First-Ever Pop Culture Convention To Take Place In Virtual Reality This September
by Brendan M. Allen
FanConXR promises to be the safest and most unique con experience of the year, featuring interactive programming, exhibitors, guests and more hosted exclusively in virtual reality. Announced this week, the convention unites Big Rock Creative and Los Angeles based Golden Apple Comics.
“When most of us experience something transcendent, we naturally want to share it far and wide. After one visit to the virtual Burning Man space in 2020, I was blown away and sought to get other communities involved” says Kari Dietrich of Partikle Digital. “I immediately reached out to Kendra and Ryan Liebowitz of Golden Apple Comics, who just so happen to be my sister and brother-in-law. We met with Big Rock Creative’s Athena Demos and Doug Jacobsen, also a long-time friend, and together, we’re working to create a singular virtual con experience open to comic fans around the globe.”
Golden Apple’s Ryan and Kendra Liebowitz continued “We are so excited for people all over the world to visit our store virtually and have a con experience with other fans socially without any of the costs or lines but all the fun!”
FanConXR will feature publishers Aftershock Comics, legendary science fiction publisher Heavy Metal, and Stranger Comics, with creators and additional exhibitors to be announced in the coming weeks. Heidi MacDonald, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Beat, will moderate panel programming with top comics talent, with names and times to be announced weekly leading up to the event.
Athena Demos and Doug Jacobsen of Big Rock Creative added “We are thrilled to bring our community and world building expertise in VR to convention goers around the world, and are certain they will say they truly have never experienced anything like it!”
FanConXR promises to be a unique experience for a global audience harnessing the incredible possibilities of virtual reality and the best in pop culture fandom. With over 11 million VR headsets sold in 2021 and fans around the world regularly participating in livestream and virtual events since 2020, the mission of FanConXR is to celebrate comics fandom by introducing the first comic convention designed exclusively for virtual. Fans can interact with their favorite comic artists and writers, as well as fellow members of the comic community for a safe, fun and accessible social experience unlike any other.
The inaugural FanConXR will take place on September 24, with exhibitors, Hollywood talent, and comic creators to be announced weekly leading up to the event. Attendees will be able to participate from either headset or laptop, easily set up through AltspaceVR and streaming through FanConXR’s YouTube page with programming running at various times throughout the event to be accessible to fans around the globe in most time zones.