From the founder of Salinas Valley Comic Con comes a NEW and BIGGER pop culture event for California’s Central Coast.
Central Coast Pop Expo (#CCPE) was created for fans by fans. From comics to movies, collectibles and animation, #CCPE will have something for pop culture fans of all ages!
Central Coast Pop Expo’s mission is to create a community atmosphere that fosters creativity and imagination through a love of pop culture.
- Single Day (ages 13+) $15
- Single Day (ages 8-12) $5
- Single Day (ages 7 and under) FREE with paid admission
- Two-Day (ages 13+) $25
- Two-Day (ages 8-12) $9
- Two-Day (ages 7 and under) FREE with paid admission
- VIP (limited – all ages) $125 – Includes: Full weekend admission, 30 minute early admission to exhibit floor, limited VIP seating at all panels, souvenir lithograph of exclusive Central Coast Pop Expo art, autograph and professional photo with featured guest, souvenir admission lanyard, discount on Central Coast Pop Expo merchandise.
(All programs, panels and guests are subject to change and cancellation.)
Friday – February 10
Pop Expo ICON Award Ceremony
Special Pop Expo ICON Q&A Session
Auction to Benefit The Children’s Miracle Network
Saturday – February 11
I Want To Work In Comics – You have the desire but lack the knowledge of where to start. Join panelists Adelso Corona ( Marvel’s Deadpool, DC Comic’s Deathstroke), Sajad Shah (VP of Hound Comics, IDW), Ace Continuado (Dark Horse Comics, Zenescope), Ray Zepeda Jr. (Tragic Hero Comics), and Alex Schumacher (The Unemployment Adventures of Aqualung, The World’s Crummiest Umbrella) as they share their insight and advice on what comic publishers are looking for.
Oh, The Horror! – The horror genre is no longer just for books and movies. Panelists Nick Black (Oh My Geek! podcast) and fantasy/sci-fi author Davidson L. Haworth (The Defenders of Prali trilogy, The Icarus Project) will discuss how horror has been able to evolve from cinema and make its way across comics and television.
The Art of the Pitch – You have an idea that you think would make a great TV show but you have no idea what it takes to make that happen. Our featured guest, Andie Bolt (owner Red Bolt Films, MTV, Nerdist) will share with you her experiences and tell you how you can make your project stand out to studio executives. This is an opportunity that you don’t want to miss.
Mood Music – How does music change the scene in a movie or television show? Our panel of experts will show you exactly how it’s done. This is a panel that every movie lover will appreciate.
Featured Guests: Sajad Shah and Adelso Corona– Central Coast Pop Expo is proud to present an intimate Q&A with featured guests Sajad Shah and Adelso Corona. They will discuss the roads that took them on their career paths and answer your questions. Make sure you check out this exclusive opportunity to chat with these incredible talents.
The Masquerade Cosplay Contest – Join us for The Masquerade — a special portion of the night dedicated to cosplayers hoping to strut their stuff. All are welcome to participate, so long as you’re in a costume. We’ll have awards for best of show and best in category. Stay tuned as we work out the fine details because this will be a night to remember!
Sunday – February 12 – KIDS DAY
Gaming For Good – Gaming can change lives. Attendees will hear how World of Warcraft has helped people battling cancer and how gaming with Extra Life has raised millions of dollars for the Children’s Miracle Network.
Cosplay For All Ages – The cosplay world is growing and many want to join in on the fun. Hear from experienced cosplayers and crafters of all ages about how they started and what techniques they use.
The Panel Which Shall Not Be Named – Get ready for a Harry Potter™ trivia showdown with awesome prizes and surprises. (Trivia sign-ups will take place in the lobby prior to the panel. Spaces will be limited. All ages.)
Featured Guest: Andie Bolt- Central Coast Pop Expo is proud to feature Andie Bolt in this intimate Q&A. Andie will discuss how her comedy skills led to her working with will.i.am and touring with The Black Eyed Peas which has taken her on a journey into digital and television comedy creation. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity.
The Happiest Panel On Earth – Have you ever wondered what it’s really like to work at The Happiest Place on Earth™? Hear about all of the silliness that takes place straight from the Skippers who brought the magic to life on a daily basis on The World Famous Jungle Cruise™. This panel is one that every Disney fan will not want to miss!
Oh My Geek! LIVE – Join the hosts of the Oh My Geek! Podcast as they close out Central Coast Pop Expo with silliness, special guests and a pop culture trivia showdown filled with prizes and surprises. (Trivia sign-ups in the lobby prior to the panel. Spaces limited. All ages.)
Special Exhibit: Exclusive Disney Memorabilia
Attendees will have the chance to see items from a private collection of Disneyland™ memorabilia. This includes an original park map along with exclusive items that were provided only to Disney™ Cast Members. This is the first time these items are being displayed by their owner, and they are a must-see for any Disney™ fan.
More panels and programming will continue to be added. Follow Central Coast Pop Expo across social media to get up-to-the-minute updates.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
When is CENTRAL COAST POP EXPO?
February 10-12, 2017.
Friday, Feb. 10th is Opening Night Nerdy Gras. The Expo floor officially opens to the general public on Saturday, February 11th, at 10:00 AM.
Is this a Comic Con?
Yes it is and so much more. Central Coast Pop Expo covers all areas of pop culture — comics, movies, television, gaming, cosplay and more! Our goal is to bring together a weekend of experiences that will inspire and entertain fans across all areas of pop culture.
Who created this event?
Jesse Banda brought the Salinas Valley Comic Con to Salinas as founder and former director. He left the National Steinbeck Center following SVCC 2015 in order to start his own company. One of his major goals for 2017 is to create an event for all pop culture fans from Salinas and beyond!
The co-creators and directors of the event are Ji Jun (HyperGeeky) and Nicholas Black (Current Comics). Both had a hand in assisting Jesse with SVCC 2015, and they’re ready to bring you a great show. You can catch the three of them on their Oh My Geek! podcast.
What is happening on February 10th?
Opening Night Nerdy Gras will be a very special evening as we honor the first recepient of the Pop Expo ICON Award. This award will be given to a person who has made a major impact on the world of pop culture.
An exclusive Q&A will be held with the recipient, and then we’ll cap off our special opening night ceremonies with a special auction to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.
In between ceremonies attendees will be able to mingle with fellow pop culture fans during our Nerdy Gras celebration. Sorry, there will be no beads tossed. All ages are welcome.
How do I get a ticket for Nerdy Gras?
Tickets for Nerdy Gras come free with your paid admission. After purchasing your #CCPE17 pass, you will be given the option to add it at no additional charge. Tickets for this event will be limited due to capacity. All ages are welcome.
Where can I buy passes for Central Coast Pop Expo?
Passes are only available for purchase on our Eventbrite ticket page or official Facebook page. Passes purchased via any other site, or persons, are unauthorized and may be counterfeit.
Can I purchase passes at the event?
Should tickets still be available, there will be an opportunity to purchase them on site at the box office at Sherwood Hall. We advise buying your passes in advance.
Are there any discounts available?
Yes. We offer discounts to members of the military (active and retired), emergency service workers (police, firefighters, paramedics, EMT, nurses, doctors) and students. Please be prepared to show your work, military or student I.D. when picking up your discount passes.
What are the hours for the vendor/exhibitor floor?
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Saturday and Sunday)
VIP Pass holders can access the vendor/exhibitor floor at 9:30 AM both days.
Will you be mailing out passes?
No. After you have purchased your tickets online, a barcode will be emailed to you. This barcode will be required to pick up your passes. Please note that the barcode is unique to each pass. Once it has been scanned, it will no longer be valid.
Can I pick up my badge before the event?
Will this event sell out?
It’s possible. We must adhere to capacity limits set by the venue, which is why we recommend attendees buy their passes in advance.
What vendors and artists will be there?
What if I lose my ticket or pass?
Should you lose your email with your unique barcode, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you lose your physical pass, please visit our check-in booth on site. You will be charged the full face value of the lost pass (including service charges) for a replacement.
Can I get a refund?
Yes. Refunds are available through the Eventbrite site but only for a limited time.
Can I leave and come back?
Of course! Once you’ve checked in, you are free to move in and out for the day.
Will there be a masquerade or cosplay contest? If so, where can I sign-up?
The masquerade contest will be held as our last event on Saturday, February 11th. Details about the contest, including categories and judges, will be announced before the show. Stay tuned and check out omgeekshow.com for more details.
What are your rules regarding costumes?
Our cosplay guidelines will be provided when we announce the cosplay contest information.
What is your harassment policy?
We will be enforcing a strict code of conduct to maintain a safe environment. The terms of this policy will be provided to you upon the purchase of your pass. Those caught violating the policy may be asked to leave Central Coast Pop Expo, and no refund will be issued.
Can I take pictures or video at the show?
Yes, but please be considerate. Some people may not be comfortable getting their picture taken, so please ask. Try to be repectful of others in regards to how and where you take your pictures. Additionally, some of the vendors and artists may not want you to take pictures of their materials. Again, it doesn’t hurt to ask first.
Can I bring in food or drinks?
Outside food and drinks are not allowed.
Are pets allowed?
Only licensed service animals will be allowed into the Expo.
What’s with the superhero otter?
“Pop” the otter is the guardian of pop culture on California’s Central Coast.
Is there parking available?
There is limited parking available at Sherwood Hall. We will be making announcements about parking locations and complimentary shuttle service in a future update. Please stay tuned to our social media sites and the omgeekshow.com website.
Is Central Coast Pop Expo handicap accessible?
Yes. Sherwood Hall is handicap accessible.
Can I volunteer?
Absolutely! Please fill out the submission form at the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/oh3upeHdKero5sVw1
Are there hotels near the event I can stay in?
Am I allowed to use the dark side of the Force?
All Force users are welcome. However, we ask that you keep lightsabers deactivated. Any use of Force lightning will be grounds for immediate expulsion.
Where can I keep up with the latest news on Central Coast Pop Expo?
I am interested in getting a vendor booth. How do I do that?
Please click on this link to submit a vendor inquiry. If you have previously submitted an inquiry, we will be in touch with you soon.
Are media passes available?
Members of the media wishing to attend Central Coast Pop Expo are asked to fill out the document at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/EaWNQAiCFOFlIkP22
A member of the CCPE team will contact you should you be approved. Please be prepared to submit credentials upon request. Media passes are non-transferable.