From March 8-10, DC’s Convention Center turns into a massive celebration of geek culture.
More than 70,000 fans will be able to see their favorite stars from comics, films, TV, toys and games throughout Awesome Con, a three-day festival that is Washington, DC’s own Comic Con. Expect plenty of costumed attendees and an array of activities to enjoy during one of the city’s most vibrant annual events. Read below for some highlights and make sure to purchase your badge ASAP.
Enjoy a star-studded celebrity guest roster
There will be no shortage of celebrity talent at Awesome Con, including Star Wars actors Hayden Christensen, Rosario Dawson, Ming-Na Wen and Natasha Liu Bordizzo. SpongeBob SquarePants star Tom Kenny will be on-hand, as well as Power Rangers Walter Jones and David Yost and Smallville stars Tom Welling and Michael Rosenbaum. In addition, Awesome Con is proud to present a reunion of stars from the hit TV series Breaking Bad, including Dean Norris, RJ Mitte and Steven Michael Quezada.
Check out the Book Fair, hosted in partnership with Loyalty Bookstore
Lovers of literature and comic books can greet and get books signed by bestselling authors Claudia Gray, Delilah S. Dawson, Sam Maggs, Nnedi Okorafor, Peter V. Brett and many others. Loyalty Bookstore will provide a stunning selection of books for purchase, plus fans can attend an entire programming track of panels dedicated to books, authors and writing.
Witness the debut of Anime Yokocho
Otakus, rejoice! A new show feature debuts geared towards fans of anime, manga and Japanese culture. Anime Yokocho will offer a stage with live entertainment, cosplay meetups, fan groups, anime-related vendors and free swag. Attendees can also expect anime/manga-related programming and a slew of anime voice actor guests including Bryce Papenbrook, Steve Blum, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Yuri Lowenthal, Tara Platt, Kate Higgins, Neil Kaplan and many more.
Take advantage of expanded gaming areas
If you love role-playing games and tabletop gaming, you’ll be pleased to know that Awesome Con's play area (in partnership with Labyrinth Games & Puzzles) has DOUBLED in size for 2024. If you prefer video games or old-school arcade cab, MAGFest will be on-hand with a variety of devices on which you can play.
Take the kids to Awesome Con Jr.
As always, the littlest fans have a lot to look forward to at Awesome Con, including drawing and crafting workshops from published children's book authors, the Movement Zone (which offers interactive entertainment), costumed character meet-and-greets, a miniature and kid-friendly Artist Alley and awesome exhibits.