2nd Annual Elko Pop Con

 

#elkopopcon

Buckle up, pop culture enthusiasts, because we’re diving headfirst into a whirlwind of fandoms, trends, and all things trending!

from silver screen to the comic book page, pop culture encompasses the stories, music, and art that shaPE our shared experience. It’s the catchy tune stuck in your head, the movie everyone’s buzzing about, and the cosplay that makes you do a double take. you’re not going to want to miss it!

ADMISSION IS BACK-TO SCHOOL SUPPLIES!

2024 Sponsors

Preferred Hotels

  • Rate includes a hot breakfast buffet, parking, and Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
  • The hotel offers a swimming pool, and hot tub, fitness center, business center, and laundry facilities.
  • Rooms feature refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards.

(775)777-8181

When calling mention Elko Pop Con for a discounted rate. The discounted rate is only valid until August 1st, 2024.

  • Free hot breakfast
  • Indoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Fitness center
  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Pet-friendly rooms

(775) 738-2111

When calling to make your reservation ask for the “Pop Con 2024 Block”. The discounted rate is only valid until Friday, August 2, 2024.

  • Largest Casino in Elko, NV
  • Free Airport Shuttle
  • Coffee Garden Restaurant
  • Aspens Bar & Grill
  • Arcade
  • Seasonal Outdoor Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Massage Works
  • Pet-friendly rooms
  • Event & Meeting Space

(775) 374-4165

  • Breakfast Included
  • Business center
  • Free Internet
  • Pet Friendly
  • Free Parking
  • Conference facilities
  • Vending machines
  • Coin operated laundry

Vendor Registration*

*VENDOR REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE PLACED ON THE WAIT LIST PLEASE EMAIL elkopopcon@elkocva.com

Being a vendor at the Elko Pop Con is an exhilarating experience, filled with the vibrant energy of passionate fans. You get to showcase your creations and connect with a diverse audience eager for new discoveries. From the thrill of a successful sale to the joy of sparking conversations about your work, it’s a unique opportunity to share your passion and be part of the vibrant comic con community.

Interested in being a vendor? Click on one of the links to register!

Booths are $100 for an 8×10 which includes, one (1) table. two (2) chairs and pipe/drape.

Email elkopopcon@elkocva.com with any questions

Panelist/Workshop Submission

Deadline to submit: Saturday, June 22nd

Panels are a popular and fun way for people to connect with others on topics about which they are passionate, to learn something fascinating, and to ask questions about skills they want to develop. There’s a great variety of panel types to cover many interests!

Workshops and Demonstrations are different in that they are essentially “master classes” to learn a specific skill with a knowledgeable teacher. These typically run 45 minutes to 2 hours, and a workshop charge may be included to cover the cost of materials by the instructor on a case by case basis.* Note that no assistance in running the workshop will be able to be provided by Elko Pop Con staff, so make sure to bring all the tools, materials, and additional assistants you will require to share your craft.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Elko Pop Con is Elko’s premier event for comic, sci-fi, fantasy, and pop culture enthusiasts. We’re expecting a huge turnout of thousands passionate fans this year, eager to connect with their favorite franchises and discover new ones. Partner with us and become a pop culture hero! We offer a variety of sponsorship packages to suit your needs and budget.

 

 

 

Cosplay Contest

Submissions open July 1st

Do you love to create things? Have you made a costume you’re really proud of? Do you want to share what you’re passionate about with the world? Then this is the contest for you!!

Kid’s Costume Contest

Calling all knights, heroes, princesses, and more! We are looking for shining stars to take the stage and show us the characters they love!

The first ever Elko Pop Con Kid’s Costume Contest will take place on Saturday afternoon, August 10th – details on location & time to be shared closer to the event. No early application or sign-up will be required. Calling all knights, heroes, princesses, and more! We are looking for shining stars to take the stage and show us the characters they love!

  • This fun contest is for children ages 1 – 10 only (every child must be accompanied by an adult at all times)
  • The costumes can either be made (by the child or someone else) or purchased.
  • Each kid in the contest will stand before the crowd and show us their costume – they can pose, dance, or show off their best fighter moves – whatever they want!
  • 3 prizes will be awarded to this year’s “Shining Stars” (see below)
  • Please note that the music for this show will be pre-selected by Elko Pop Con staff ahead of time; no custom audio tracks will be included.

The Kid’s Costume Parade – The three “Shining Stars” from the Kid’s Costume Contest will lead a parade of children in costume throughout Elko Pop Con to show the adults how it’s done!

  • Any kids can join in the costume parade, whether or not they go on stage for the Kid’s Costume Contest

SHARE YOUR PHOTOS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Use #elkopopcon and your content could be featured here!

What

Elko Pop Con

When

August 9th, 2024

12PM-8Pm

August 10th, 2024

9AM-9PM

Where

Elko Convention & Visitors Authority

700 Moren Way

Elko NV

Countdown to
Elko Pop Con
0
0
0
0
Days
0
0
Hrs
0
0
Min
0
0
Sec

2024 CELEBRITES

Adrian Ropp

Adrian Ropp has been working in the entertainment industry for over thirty years. Beginning as a film animator, Adrian brought to life the adventures of the Velveteen Rabbit (Netflix) and many other delightful animated cartoons. He began working in games as the Head of Story for the award winning Disney Infinity and Hogwarts Legacy, and has drawn beloved comic book characters such as Maleficent, Archie, Underdog and The Pink Panther.

 

A native of Idaho, Adrian has lived in the mountain west his entire life and enjoys helping new talent develop their craft in amazing and magical ways.

 

A recent recipient, Adrian currently spends a portion of his time advocating for kidney donors to help bring hope to the thousands of people who need a friend.

Andrey Ivchenko

Born in the heart of the Ukraine, in a city called Kharkiv, Andrey Ivchenko was always a dreamer and very passionate about television and film. As his desire to be an actor grew, Andrey enrolled in his high school theater programs and realized he was a natural at memorizing lines quickly and learned how to own the stage.

At the age of 18, Andrey joined the U.S.S.R. military and served for 2 years. After he got out, he attended college and got his Masters Degree in Kinesiology. Knowing his opportunities to succeed in film and television were extremely limited in the Ukraine, Andrey packed up and moved to Europe for the next few years hoping to find bigger opportunities. Not too long after, he moved to Toronto, Canada (where he later became a citizen) to try his luck knowing there were many more productions in television and film casting. Almost immediately, Andrey signed with an agent and began landing acting/stunt roles on such known shows as: “Falling Skies,” “Nikita,” and “The Transporter” (the TV series). He landed his first leading role in a Lionsgate feature called “The Way Of The West” which was released in 2011 as well as a lead role in the Envision Media feature “Freezer” opposite Dylan McDermot which was released in 2014.

After having some great success in Canada, Andrey decided to make the move to Los Angeles. Since moving to LA about 9 years ago, Andrey has landed almost a dozen additional recognizable credits in television and film. He is most recognized as the Russian Terminator, Grigori, on season 3 of the Netflix mega hit series “Stranger Things” as well as from his supporting role, opposite Vin Diesel, in the box office hit “xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage” as the Russian villain ‘Red Erik.’ Andrey has also been seen recurring on the TV show “Counterpart” on Starz! and a Guest Star appearance on the hit Netflix show “Lucifer.” He’s also very recognized as Perseus, the leading villain character in “Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.” Most recently, he completed a feature film called “Darkness Of Man” where he stars opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme as well as the feature film “The Best Man” that will be distributed by Saban Films out early 2023.

 

Matthew Taylor

Matthew G. Taylor (IMDB) is a Canadian born Actor who has been a part of the Television and Film industry since 1996.

Matthew played the legendary role of NEMESIS, from Resident Evil: Apocalypse. He starred in the movie- Detroit Rock City as Chongo, Zac O’Toole in Queer as Folk, and other prominent roles in The Umbrella Academy, Exit Wounds, Gothika, Pacific Rim, Immortals and the Apple TV hit series, SEE with Jason Mamoa.

Throughout the Comiccon and Horror Fests, Matthew’s role as NEMESIS draws in the crowds. He shares his memories of playing the iconic role, including the process he was involved in when the custom built costume was created.

Matthew enjoys meeting the people who appreciate the roles he has played over his career, and embraces the opportunity to take photos and sign autographs.

Jill Michaela Murphy

Michaela Jill Murphy (aka Jessie Flower) is a Los Angeles based actor, singer, and writer known for voicing “Toph Beifong” in Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender. Other credits include “Chaca” in Kronk’s New Groove/Emperor’s New School, “Young Franny” in Meet the Robinsons, “Nasse” in Platinum End, and “Harika” in Boruto. She studied Screenwriting and Theater at Yale University, has performed with cover band “Faces for Radio” in renowned New York venues from Bowery Electric to Stephen Talkhouse, and recently started the Bandit community which you can check out on her website: michaelajillmurphy.com. Follow her on Instagram/Threads/YouTube: @michaelamostly and TikTok: @michaelajillmurphy

Clive Standen

Clive Standen is an English actor best known for playing Bryan Mills in the NBC series Taken, based on the film trilogy of the same name, as well as Rollo in the History Channel series Vikings, Sir Gawain in the Starz series Camelot, Archer in the BBC One series Robin Hood, and Private Carl Harris in the BBC science-fiction programme Doctor Who.

In addition to his acting career, Clive is a notable Muay Thai boxer and sword fencing medalist, as well as a proud spokesman for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Lucy Martin

Lucy Martin is a British actress, best known for her role as Ingrid in History channels TV drama – Vikings. She also played Penny in the TV show Riviera, Camilla on Malpractice and has a number of feature film roles.

Lucy was born in Solihull – West Midlands. She is the third of four children, her father Scottish and her mother English. She attended a local secondary school in Knowle until the age of 16, was then awarded a scholarship on the Musical theatre course at Tring Park school for the performing arts, and at 17 years old got herself a part in Dirty Dancing on London’s West End. She then went on to tour around the world in Mamma Mia and came back to the West End at 21 to play the role of Lorraine in Jersey Boys. After performing primarily as a dancer and singer on many different platforms Lucy turned her full focus to acting.

Christopher Gorham

Christopher Gorham was born in Fresno, California, USA. He is an actor known for The Lincoln Lawyer, Harper’s Island, Insatiable, and Covert Affairs. He is also the voice of Barry Allen/The Flash in numerous productions from the DC Animated Movie Universe.

Christopher is also a SAG/AFTRA Los Angeles Local Board Member, directs, and tries to be a good husband and dad. He has been married to Anel Lopez Gorham since January 22, 2000 and they have three children.

2024 SPECIAL GUEST

VelmaRipp Creations – Velma Rippstein

Velma’s a self-taught hobbyist and award-winning freelance costumer who loves the world of possibility that costume making and geek fashion present. In just a decade she has made almost 200 full costumes (not including props!) and enjoys meeting cosplayers from around the world. She also runs the Geekbound Fashion Challenge annually in Utah – a fashion show where all the garments must be nerdy! “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us” (Tolkien) – she chooses to explore ideas, try new techniques, create as much as possible, and to organize opportunities for others to do the same!

 

Tori Pence

Tori Pence is an actress, puppeteer, writer, comedian, and artist from Richmond, VA who currently travels around the country for different work projects. While most notably known for her roles in Divine Comedy and the sketch comedy show Studio C, Tori has been an actress and puppeteer in various TV series and films including V/H/S/99, Freelancers, 9 Years to Neptune, and more. She is also an event MC and creates magic events for libraries including Fairy Tea Parties and Superhero Academy.

The Ghostbusters of Salt Lake

The Ghostbusters of Salt Lake is Utah’s premier Ghostbusters fan group and cosplay/costuming organization. Founded in 2007, the group has maintained its focus on helping out their community by participating at local fundraisers and charity events. This group brings with them authentic uniforms and props from the popular Ghostbusters movies, cartoons and comics universe. “When it walks through the wall, you know who to call!” The Ghostbusters of Salt Lake!

2024 Costume Contest Judges

Going Ape Costume – Becky Lee Evans

Going Ape started her career in costuming more than 30 years ago, managing a costume rental in Utah County.  From there, she attended Southern Utah University where she studied Theater Costume and Family and Consumer Sciences with a sewing emphasis.  After college, Becky and her husband, Justin, moved their family to West Wendover, Nevada, where she’s created and sold custom Halloween costumes online for over 25 years.

In 2014, Going Ape entered the world of cosplay, choosing her personal costumes based on the challenge of the build and learning new skills.  Adding to decades of sewing experience, she also builds cosplay with foam, Worbla, sculpting, electronics, lighting and painting. Going Ape has competed in several cosplay contests at the Master level with the highlight being the Larger than Life Winner at the TwitchCon 2019 Cosplay Contest.  She is also a traditional artist, a mom to three grown sons, and a herder of cats.

Troy Alan Larson

Since 2005, Troy has worked in several different areas of the special effects industry, from costumes and masks to prosthetics and large-scale suits to puppets and animatronics. Most notably, he did the creatures, props, and prosthetics for Deadstream and V/H/S 99–the latter got him nominated for a Chainsaw Award. He also created elaborate costumes and puppets for Evermore Park from 2017-2020. Many of his and other artists’ works can be seen at his art exhibit in Layton, UT called “Unworldly Exhibit” which showcases the processes involved in Special Effects art.

Vivien aka Fresh Frippery 

Vivien aka Fresh Frippery is a California-based cosplayer, historical and fantasy costumer, fashion designer, and vintage fashion enthusiast whose sewing experience and interests span many eras and genres including sci-fi, fantasy, 18th century, Regency, Victorian, Edwardian, and every decade from the 1910s – 1950s. She loves the dedication and handwork found in historic clothing, the craftsmanship and attention to detail found in vintage fashion, and the storytelling and wow factor found in movie costumes.  She started sewing because she wanted to go to costume events and needed something to wear! Vivien is a past winner of the Her Universe Fashion Show who also enjoyed being a judge and mentor.  She is a member of the Official Rebel Legion, a Star Wars costume club that does charity events. She can be found on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube sharing her love of sewing and costume adventures.

Sydney Martinez / Travel Nevada

ELKO POP CON POLICIES-

We follow two main rules: FUN and SAFETY.

We are a kid-friendly and family-friendly event, and we want to make sure everyone has a good time and enjoys the con in a friendly and safe environment.

Attendees must respect common sense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, common courtesy, and respect for private property.

– No harassing, bullying or any other kind of offensive behavior – we are really serious about it!

– No smoking.

– No drugs.

– No pets.

– Simulated weapons are allowed as a part of your costume and will be checked for safety.

– No property damage.

– All guests are subject to change.

– Children under the age of 13 must be supervised by a parent/guardian at all times.

– Respect other people’s personal space and ask permission before photographing, touching, or in any way making contact with anyone else.