By: Matt Stockman | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: October 2018
Tulsa Pop Kids, XPO Game Festival and OKPOP are partnering together to produce the new and improved Tulsa Pop Culture Expo, November 2-4, 2018 at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Tulsa.
The partnership between Tulsa Pop Kids, XPO Game Festival, and OKPOP derived from the intention of producing a successful event that showcases the pop culture industry for northeast Oklahoma. Tulsa Pop Culture Expo is a community-based event bringing together multiple organizations for one unified mission- showcasing all facets of the pop culture industry.
Tulsa Pop Culture Expo will merge different components from the pop culture industry. Each organization is providing a different segment throughout the three-day event. Tulsa Pop Kids will entice attendees with nationally-known guest appearances, cosplayers, panel sessions related to the comic book industry, and a large kid’s area with activities geared towards their interests.
Guest appearances include Karen Gillan, best known as “Ruby Roundhouse” or “Nebula” in Guardians of the Galaxy, Summer Glau, Zach Callison, voice actor for Steven Universe, C. Thomas Howell, “Ponyboy” from the Outsiders, Sean Gunn, John Schneider, Butch Patrick, and the CHiPs cast.
XPO Game Festival is slated to engage attendees with an eSports tournament, indie game competition, retro games, streaming lounge, gaming workshops and panel sessions related to streaming and game development.
The eSports tournament at Tulsa Pop Culture Expo will showcase a $10,000 League of Legends tournament provided by Osage Casino and Hotel. Other games in the eSports and console tournaments include Overwatch, CS: GO, Rocket League, Halo 5, Smash Bros, Dragon Ball Fighter Z, Street Fighter, and a special free-play with Fortnite.
OKPOP plans to educate attendees on the impact Oklahomans have had on pop culture. Multiple forms of pop culture, including movies, music, video games and comic books have had Oklahomans contribute to them in meaningful ways.
Tulsa Pop Culture Expo will also feature a concert on the evening of Nov. 2 to help kick-off the event. Musical acts include Bit Brigade and video game hip-hop star Mega Ran. Bit Brigade will perform the music from The Legend of Zelda while one of the band members completes the game on the big screen. Bit Brigade has been playing sold out shows across the country, and this special concert is included with a Tulsa Pop Culture Expo pass at no additional charge.
Tulsa Pop Culture Expo boasts over 46,000 square feet of space including a kid’s area, gaming, panel sessions, cosplayers, artists, celebrities, pop culture and gaming vendors, and a historical perspective on Oklahoma’s influence on pop culture. Complete schedule coming soon.
“When great organizations come together that are focused on the community, great things can happen,” said Arthur Greeno, fundraising chair for Tulsa Pop Kids, Inc. “There is no reason this convention cannot be the biggest one in the region.”
Tickets are on sale now. Receive a one-day pass for only $25 or a 3-day pass for $59.95. Visit www.tulsapopcultureexpo.com to purchase tickets.
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