The Black nerd and geek community has gone through a week of confusion and outrage with the announcement of Universal FanCon being cancelled with no refunds a week before the event.
Several excited con-goers were now left stranded with non-refundable tickets to Baltimore as well as money invested in the now non-existent con.
In response, the founders of Black Heroes Matter with the help of The Nerds of Color, The Blerd Girl and several others stepped in to create a pop-up con called WICOMICON named after the street that the new venue was held (the old Under Armour Factory).
The convention was held on April 28th from 10am-7pm and was $10 for the general public and $5 for anyone who bought FanCon tickets.
With about a week to plan, many people wondered how the event would come together, as this is an event that everyone was rooting for.
Our features contributor, Neka Wright had the pleasure of attending this event but even without her reporting, the event was very well broadcasted over on Twitter. Here are the answers to some of the questions you may have about the success of WICOMICON:
Did people actually show up to WICOMICON?
Apparently there was a line wrapped around the door 30 minutes before the convention opened its doors.
Was overwhelming to see the anticipation on the faces of everyone who came to be a part of this event. Thirty minutes before doors opened there was already a line of merry folks waiting to get it 😊 #WICOMICON #ConTogether pic.twitter.com/PT22vaxcph
— 𝗕𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝗠𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 ® (@BHMatter) April 29, 2018
Wondering if people actually came in cosplay? Why yes, yes they did.
— Dom Watkins AKA Barry Allen Grier (@Shadow7763) April 30, 2018
Even the babies dressed up!
— Nikki Trufant-Wade (@NTDubb) April 28, 2018
There was also a lot to do and some of our favorite influencers walking around. Vendors were also fully supported at this event.
— 𝗕𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝗠𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 ® (@BHMatter) April 28, 2018
— BlackBloggersConnect (@JoinBBC) April 28, 2018
Check out these snapshots of some of the panels including a panel that included April Reign of the #OscarsSoWhite movement.
— Kit Whelan (@kitwhelan) April 28, 2018
— please send chocolate or @carygrantchang (@Unm4sk3dPodc4st) April 28, 2018
The most powerful thing about WICOMICON is that they swooped in like heroes to solve a tragic situation and pulled it off successfully…with only 7 days of planning.
#WICOMICON and #FAMCOM will forever be tales of a resilient nerd community that came together to create beautiful things. I hope the ugliness that preceded both is remembered as the prologue, not the story. 💕
— Shannon Miller 💗💜💙 (@Phunky_Brewster) April 30, 2018
The only question we have is… where can we donate for a hopeful second year?
Not a joke: If the #WICOMICON people set up a kickstarter to raise funds for another one next year I would 100% donate and go to it based on how well they saved such a terrible situation in just 7 days. They have my trust.
— Hells Yeah Kells Yeah (@pkkaos) April 28, 2018
Thank you so much to Black Heroes Matter, The Nerds of Color and everyone who was involved in putting this pop-up con together.
— The Nerds of Color (@TheNerdsofColor) April 29, 2018
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