WILDCON, St. Louis Community College at Wildwood’s sixth annual sci-fi and fantasy convention, is planned for Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
This free, family-friendly event will be held on the Wildwood campus, 2645 Generations Drive in Wildwood, Mo.
“WILDCON embraces the best of geek culture – from graphic artists and authors, to superheroes, cosplay contests, video games, comic book dealers and more,” said Stephanie Church, coordinator for campus life and college transition. “Whether you’re young or young-at-heart, the day is sure to be one that is filled with fun and fantasy.”
WILDCON includes activities for kids, teens and adults. Families with young children are encouraged to visit the campus between 10 a.m. and noon so they can participate in activities just for kids. These include superhero games and crafts led by STLCC-Wildwood students, robot demonstrations with students from various high school robotics teams, interactive STEM activities led by Code Ninjas, and “little ninja” karate training with Premier Martial Arts. The cosplay contest for children 10 and under will be held at 11 a.m.
Teens and adults will enjoy a variety of activities throughout the day, including meet-and-greets with professional artists, authors and industry experts. Guests can also shop for bargains from local vendors in the comic, toy and dealer room.
Adding to the fun, a number of industry experts will give presentations and lead panel discussions on a variety of topics. Among these, faculty members from St. Louis Community College and Webster University will discuss career paths in art, media production, game design and the like. Other activities include a Magic: The Gathering tournament, a Smash Bros. tournament, Pokémon trivia, karaoke, and cosplay contests.
Lorenzo Lizana and Christina ‘Steenz’ Stewart are the guests of honor for WILDCON.
Lizana is an artist and toy designer whose work has appeared in national print and television advertising campaigns and toy stores. He is also the creator of Scarab for Mach One Entertainment.
Stewart is an Eisner Award-winning cartoonist and co-creator “Archival Quality” from Oni Press, which won the fifth annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics. She is currently an associate editor at Lion Forge Comics.
Other notable artists, authors and experts guests can meet at WILDCON include: Morgan Straughan Comnick, young adult novelist; Kimberly Austin Daly, professional illustrator and toy designer; Paul Daly, Eisner nominated gaming/comic book artist/writer; Sean Frye, fine art and graphic illustrator; Andie Scott, caricature/cartoon/chibi artist; Steamworks and Shadows, web series creators; and Jim Yelton, host of the Geek Universe podcast.
The first WILDCON was held at STLCC-Wildwood in fall 2014. Since then, the event has grown in size and scope.
“The idea behind WILDCON was to bring people together who share a common interest in geek-friendly things,” said Chris Mahan, an assistant professor of mathematics and planning committee member.
“While it used to be heavily focused on video and card games, the event has morphed into a community offering that celebrates the best of geek culture.”
While all activities are free, cash may be needed for some purchases. Refreshments will be available for purchase in the campus store.
For more information, contact Stephanie Church at firstname.lastname@example.org or 636-422-2244.