SoonerCon returns to Oklahoma City metro area

Thousands expected at multigenre SoonerCon event in Midwest City.
by Matthew Price Published: June 27, 2014
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“Star Trek,” anime, comics and more will be celebrated at SoonerCon 23, a multigenre fan-run convention set for this weekend in Midwest City.

Larry Nemecek, a “Star Trek” expert originally from Norman, will be on hand as part of “Star Trek Continues.” SoonerCon will offer a special big-screen showing at 4 p.m. Saturday of “Fairest of Them All,” the third episode of the fan-created Web series “Star Trek Continues.”

The series continues the original five-year mission of the Enterprise from the classic series “Star Trek” and features SoonerCon guests Vic Mignogna as Captain Kirk and Nemecek as Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy.

And that’s just one event on an expanded schedule for this year’s SoonerCon.

“For this year’s SoonerCon, fans can expect the same broad mix of activities and features, but expanded,” said SoonerCon 23 co-chairman Leonard Bishop. “More gaming, a larger Exhibitors Hall, a greatly expanded anime track, voiceover actors for the very first time, more workshops and demos and make-and-take classes ... more, more, more. SoonerCon is growing, just like pop culture is more and more prevalent all around us.”

Mignogna is one of the noted voice actors Bishop mentioned; another is Jamie Marchi, a University of Oklahoma graduate who previously voiced the anime version of the Top Cow comics character Witchblade. Marchi also writes anime dub scripts and directs other actors. She’s currently writing for “Space Dandy” on Toonami.

“Season two is starting soon,” Marchi said in an interview with The Oklahoman. “I’ll be able to talk about the other things I’m working on anytime between three months to a year, so stay tuned.”

Hall of fame

The Oklahoma Speculative Fiction Hall of Fame, founded last year at SoonerCon, this year inducts Dwight V. Swain.

The hall honors lifetime achievements and contributions to science fiction and pop culture by Oklahomans.

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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IF YOU GO

SOONERCON 23

When: Exhibitors Hall hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Evening events also are scheduled. A more detailed schedule is available at soonercon.com/?q=content/schedule.

Where: Reed Conference Center, 5800 Will Rogers Road, Midwest City.

Information: www.soonercon.com.

Tickets: $25 daily membership; $50 for weekend.

COLUMNIST’S SCHEDULE

Comics columnist Matthew Price will appear at multiple panels at SoonerCon:

Koffee Klatch, 9 a.m. Saturday.

Comics for Beginners, 10 a.m. Saturday.

Comics and Literacy, 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Posthuman Project Q&A, 3 p.m. Saturday.

It Takes Three To Tango: Writer, Penciler, Inker, 1 p.m. Sunday.

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