Pop Culture Expo 2014 is Bringing a Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza to Massachusetts This May

Pop Culture Expo

Press Release:

The POP CULTURE EXPO comes to the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington Mass. Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25 as a celebration to all forms of popular culture including a Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza, featuring Cosplay, Costume and Videogame Competitions for Cash Prizes, Celebrity Guests, Panels, Autographs, Screenings, Animation and Anime, plus 150 vendors of Vintage and Modern Toys, Comic Books and Pop Cultural Artifacts.

If you love movies, television, comic books, science fiction, horror, art, fantasy, music, toys, animation, collecting, celebrities, autographs, magazines, posters, jewelry or just having a fun day with the family, the POP CULTURE EXPO will be the place to be for the Holiday Weekend.

This Fan Convention is produced by Gary Sohmers, who created and produced the successful Collectibles Extravaganzas in the 20th century, and he brings new technology to enhance the event, and relieve the long lines of fans waiting for autographs.  Gary is also well known as the appraiser of Pop Culture for 13 seasons on the PBS TV program “Antiques Roadshow,” along with producing over 1000 concerts and 150 consumer/fan events like this.

A low admission fee of only $15 per day, or $25 prepaid online for a two-day pass, is perfect for collectors to shop the vendors’ booths along with families, fans, nerds, geeks and photographers who just want to come to the event to dress up in costumes, play video games or to see and be seen.

Celebrities will be attending to sign autographs in person, which may be the only way to know that they are authentic, along with panels on pop culture subjects and genres.  There will be fees for autographs and photographs with the celebrities. Celebrity fees will vary, and will be posted online in advance.

Pete Best, original drummer for The Beatles, Actress Rae Dawn Chon, Jon Provost from “Lassie” and Mark Goddard of “Lost In Space” are the first guests announced to appear with many more to come.

IMAGE Meet and Greet Personalized Autograph Experiences called “Video Op” will be available to capture the signing of your autograph with video for authentication and to allow the fan to be in the video with the celebrity when they sign the autograph.  And if you cannot attend due to geography and still want a video recorded personal autograph experience you can order online at http://www.imagemeetandgreet.com/events.

Purchasing autographs and tickets in advance is the best way to avoid standing in long lines. Many autograph experiences and panels will sell out in advance.

Each panel room holds only 150 people so the audience can be close and personal with the celebrities and panelists.  Panels and Screenings will be announced in advance on the website.  These reserved seats will be included with VIP and Conventioneer Packages and while supplies last will then be offered individually priced from $5 and up.  Unfortunately, there may be disappointed fans as these will sell out.  The celebrities, panels and screenings will be announced on the website as soon as they are confirmed.

Attendees can win prizes and cash in contests at the Pop Culture Expo. There will be costume contests with cash and show money prizes including children’s, teens and adult categories. Pop culture Expo is proud to announce a new attraction, the Create-A-New-Superhero contest, where contestants compete in costumes but they are back story is the most important part of winning. With cash prizes and the audience will vote for the winners.

Game Underground of Framingham MA, will be organizing and operating the Video Game Area with contests in fighting and racing games with cash prizes and “show money” prizes which can be spent with the vendors on the show floor.  Top experts from around the country will compete in front of a live audience and online audience.

Since our event does not take place at a hotel, we have a lot more room for Cosplay, Contests, Vendors and Fun.  We will be offering several options from our host hotels, which are all within 8 miles of the venue. We will have shuttles going back and forth between the hotels and the Shriners Auditorium all weekend.  There is plenty of FREE PARKING around the venue and we will have shuttles taking people back and forth from the far ends of the lots also.

Other Fan and Conventioneer activities will be taking place at our host hotels including Friday Night May 23 Banquet Dinner with the Stars and a Pop Culture Party that includes an Adult Costume Contest with Prizes and live entertainment. Saturday May 24 activities at the hotel include Banquet Dinner with the Stars and a Pop Culture Party that includes an Adult Costume Contest with Prizes and live entertainment.  Sunday May 25 includes a Breakfast with the Stars.

Each Banquet and Breakfast will involve 9 lucky fans sitting with each celebrity, along with autographs from, and pictures with, the celebrities at the meal. VIP and Conventioneers get first choice of Meals, and table placement, based on date of reservation.  Celebrity meal availabilities will be announced by email and online.

Vendor spaces are available for dealers who sell pop-culture items, antique and collectible toys, authentic memorabilia, accoutrements of the nerd or geek lifestyle, anime and animation artwork and toys, comic books and art along with a large variety of out of the ordinary. Consumers expect to buy items they can’t get locally, so specialized exhibitors will be chosen to satisfy every collector or fans needs.

The schedule of events will be posted online and continuously updated at www.PopCultureExpo.com, along with ticket information and autograph opportunities. For further information, or to apply for vendor space, contact Gary@IMAGEMeetAndGreet.com or wexrex@aol.com.

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