2017 marked the first year of the Sac Pop Culture Expo in East Sacramento. On August 5th, 1,000 guests poured into the iconic Scottish Rite Masonic Center for a celebration of fandom and friends. “Pop Culture” is a broad topic and the event was designed to house a variety of nerdy tastes, all in one place.
The producers of Sacramento’s latest addition to the convention scene are brothers Edmund and Brian Fong, also known as Efohenge Productions. During the event, Edmund articulated to the crowd, in a heartfelt manner, that this had been a dream the brothers had shared for a long time. “This is something that we’ve been considering to do a long time, and we felt the timing was right,” said Edmund Fong
Because the event was geared towards variety, there was something for everyone. There were furries, Elizabethan ladies, a couple of Deadpools and many more familiar characters strolling the con floor. The expo packed an impressive line-up of entertainment and special guests. Included in attendance was:
- Dinger – Sacramento Rivercats Mascot
- Jeremy Miller – 80’s star of Growing Pains
- Adrian Ross – Former Cincinatti Bengals Linebacker
- Vickie Vo – 2016 Queen of Miss Vietnam Sacramento
- Jeffrey Weissman – Co-Star of Back to the Future II,” “Back to the Future III
- WWE Wrestler Brutus Beefcake and 6 time TNA Impact Champion Gail Kim
Some of the groups represented at the event were:
- Norcal Cosies
- Sac Magic Alliance
- Geek Fashion Show
- Sacramento Zombies
- West Coast Avengers
- Eunique Dance Studios
- Sacramento Ghostbusters
- Shannon McCabe’s Vampire Ball
- Saber Guild: Strafe Plains Temple
- 501st Legion Central California Garrison
- Astromech Builders – Sacramento Astromech Builders
There was a cosplay contest (hosted by NorCal Cosies) that gave cosplayers a chance to strut their stuff. Yours truly so happened to have been honored with the title of “Most Dastardly” in said contest, a title I will add to my resume and frame with honor. There were also live performances by radio personality/hip hop artist Soosh*e and Singer and Songwriter Krizia. The Geek Fashion show gave us a whirl of some nerdalicious attire and hip hop dancers got the room up and grooving.
Guests were presented with a variety of vendors and items ranged from memorabilia and collectibles to original art and handmade goods. All this fun conjured up some mega appetites, but thankfully the Sacramento food trucks had that covered. Cowtown Creamery, Gyro Stop, Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen and others dished it up to hungry crowds for most of the day.
Edmund and Brian used the event as an opportunity to promote their new superheroine web series and hope that the Sac Pop Culture Expo provides a cross-cultural opportunity for nerds to learn about other shows and interests.
For more Info and to stay in the loop about future events visit: www.sacpopcultureexpo.com, or find them on Facebook.
Jennifer “The Widow” Ravensong