PHOTOS: First ever Stockton-Con draws huge crowd | Events
STOCKTON, CA - Stockton premiered its very first Stockton-Con on Sunday, Aug. 5. More than 1,000 tickets were sold in advance, with long ticket and entrance lines lasting all day.
The pop-culture convention brought crowds of people from Modesto, Lathrop, Sacramento and across the central valley to the Spanos Center on the University of Pacific Campus for the inaugural convention.
One of the Stockton-Con's organizers, Mike Millerick, said in an email that the event was aimed at bringing recognition to artists in the San Joaquin Valley, and to give attendees the chance to experience Popular Culture (Comics, Card Games, Video Games, Cards, Anime, Manga, Science Fiction, Toys, Television and Movies).
The event was also geared toward raising money for United Way and St. Mary's Dining Room. Half of every dollar raised from admission fees and exhibitor revenue, as well as 100 percent of all proceeds from the live auction will go to St. Mary's Dining Room.
The event amassed bins of donated clothing for St. Mary's Dining Room, which helps to provide food, dental and medical services to needy and homeless people in the area.
James Grant, a Lathrop resident, said he came to the event because he wanted to take his children, who he said are into comics and wanted to check it out.
"So far it's really good," Grant said. "I like it. I'll definitely come back."
Dressed as Poison Ivy from Batman, Rachel Litfin said she came from Lodi to support cosplay and to support Comic-Con in Stockton.
"We thought it was going to be small, but it's pretty big," Litfin said. "I think it could be good for this city, as long as everyone is cool with each other, this could be a great event."
Stockton resident Justin Alvarez said he was happy to have a comic book convention close to home and that there were a lot more people than he expected.
"I think it's pretty good for the first time around," Alvarez said. "I'd like to see it come again."