Stockton-Con, a pop-culture convention that will feature comic books, science fiction, games, movie and television memorabilia, will be held in the Alex G. Spanos Center this summer.

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Stockton-Con coming to Spanos Center

Event will benefit St. Mary’s Dining Hall and United Way of Stockton
Jun 8, 2012

Comic book, movie, television and pop-culture fans will converge in Stockton this summer. They will arrive for Stockton-Con, a new pop culture convention, that will be held at the Alex G. Spanos Center at University of the Pacific on Aug. 5.

The day-long event, which will feature lectures from artists, fans dressed as their favorite pop culture icons, several game tournaments and more. Proceeds from the event will benefit St. Mary's Dining Room and United Way.

"I've been attending numerous comic-book and pop-art conventions for years, including Comic-Con, Sac-Con, Wonder-Con and APE (Alternative Press Expo) and wanted to bring a similar event to Stockton," said Mike Millerick, director of Stockton-Con. "But I wanted to make the event focused on Stockton to show support for our local artists, our local pop-culture fans and to raise money and awareness for the great work of St. Mary's Dining Hall."

The featured guest of honor will be Morrie Turner, thecreator of "Wee Pals," a comic strip that was established in 1965 and today is published in more than 100 daily newspapers. Other speakers will be highlighted throughout the day, including a session on costuming.

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An art contest for all ages also will be hosted, and a live auction that will benefit St. Mary's Dining Room will be held.  Additionally, there will be an all-ages drawing area where visitors can show off their own skills and meet other budding artists.

During Stockton-Con, members of the 501st Legion, a Star Wars themed-group that features costumed members, will visit the event. Other special guests are expected to be announced soon. Tournaments will be held for Magic the Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Pokémon card games.

There also will be numerous vendors offering collectible comic books, original and reprinted drawings, models, movie and television memorabilia, and toys.

Proceeds from ticket sales of Stockton-Con will benefit St. Mary's Dining Hall and United Way, which provides meals and medical assistance to the homeless and to working families living at or near the poverty level.

Tickets are $6 per person at the event, with children 10 and younger free. Attendees can get $2 off admission at the event by donating apiece of gently used clothing. Pre-sale tickets for the event are on sale at several locations all over Northern California and are available through at the event's website http://stocktoncon.com. All pre-sale tickets are $4.

For more information about the event, to purchase tickets, or to reserve a booth for the event, visit Stocktoncon.com.

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