The metro’s indie comics and pop culture convention is back to Council Bluffs for its fifth year.
Starting today at noon, OCon is celebrating pop culture and creativity at the Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, where fans of comics, costumes and collectibles gather for a weekend-long convention.
For those new to comic conventions, attendees can enjoy five areas of fun: Cosplay, exhibitors, photo ops, panels and vendors. In years passed, OCon Expo was called O Comic Con or Omaha Comic Con.
Special guests include Kate Flannery, known for her role as Meredith from “The Office”; four-time women’s wrestling champion and WWE Hall of Famer Lita; Sam Jones, also known as the “savior of the universe” Flash Gordon; longtime puppeteer behind Kermit the Frog Steve Whitmire; and prolific voice actors Steve Blum and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn.
Those guests will be signing autographs and participating in panels.
During the event, OCon will host comic creators and novelists who will also present a panel. Creators include the New York Times bestselling author of the Bathory duology Tosca Lee; Alison Wilgus, the artist and writer behind the graphic novel Chronin; comics writer Mark Russell, whose re-interpretation of classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters in the “The Flintstones” and “Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles” have earned him critical acclaim and an Eisner nomination for Best Writer.
Wares of more than 100 vendors, artists and exhibitors will fill the Mid-America Center and arena, along with more than 100 hours of programming on a variety of topics in the realms of art, crafting, writing and fandom.
While cosplayers, artists, podcasters and and artisans are perusing the Mid-America Center this weekend, live wrestling matches will also be taking place courtesy of PWP Live Pro Wrestling.
Online tickets are $21.50 for Friday, $26.50 for Saturday and $21.50 for Sunday, or $40 for all three days. At the door, tickets are $25 for Friday, $30 for Saturday, $25 for Sunday or $55 for all three days.
The convention starts today at noon to 8 p.m., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Parking for the event is free. Children under age 12 are admitted free with any paid adult admission.
The complete schedule is listed online at oconexpo.com/schedule.