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Reasons Why You Should Go to StocktonCon in Stockton, California

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Thinking about attending StocktonCon at the Stockton Arena? Here are some fantastic reasons why you should take the whole family.

StocktonCon is the largest two-day pop culture celebration in Stockton, California for fans of comic books, superhero movies, anime, and in general, all things geek! Since its inception in 2012 at the University of the Pacific’s Spanos Center, the convention has grown considerably in size that it had to move to the Stockton Arena to accommodate its growing number of fans!

The convention, held each August (August 3-4, 2019), takes place in both the Stockton Arena and University Plaza Waterfront Hotel.  It attracts fans from across the region, many of whom will be coming to revel in the costumes and explore pop culture in an entirely new way. The event's mission is to raise awareness of outstanding artists in the Central Valley and to give attendees the chance to experience the ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. If you have never visited StocktonCon or know little about it, let us lure you in and give you reasons why you should attend this year.

See Cos-Players in Action!

StocktonCon is like no other event in the area when it comes to dressing up as your favorite characters. You will find that the majority in attendance have taken the time and effort to look their very best during this two-day celebration. Fans come dressed up as their favorite superheroes, villains, and comic book characters - from Superman and Batman to Harley Quinn, you are almost certain to find your favorite character here.

BONUS: The comic convention holds two fun costume contests. One features fans ages 13 and up, while the children's contest features kids 12 and under, both held in the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel Ballroom. So come in your most creative costume to StocktonCon and you just might walk away with cash or other fun prizes. To register, go to the StocktonCon Information and Merchandise booth by the main entrance at the Stockton Arena.


Meet Famous People!

This year's convention guest list has an exciting mixture of talent, including actors and actresses from TV shows to anime and comedians. The best part? Attendees will get to meet their idols, check them out in panels and even snag a photo or autograph! Just be sure plan ahead and hash tag #VisitStockton on that Instagram-worthy photo! Some fees for autographs and photos apply.

Below are just a few of the highly anticipated guest appearances coming to StocktonCon:

  • Nick Dragotta (East of West, Fantastic Four)
  • Scott Koblish (Deadpool)
  • Dan Brereton (Batman, Nocturnals)
  • Justin Greenwood (Stumptown, The Last Siege)
  • Stockton’s own Ramon Villalobos (Nighthawk, WildCATs)

Many more guests will be announced in the coming months! Appearances are subject to change and cancellation.


Snag some Memorabilia!

Sure finding merchandise related to your favorite fiction series online is easy peasy, but can be a little questionable. At StocktonCon, you can see it, touch it, and put aside any worries about the purchase. Plus, there is an abundance of vendors covering the arena floor, many of which sell products such as hard-to-find comic books, popular graphic novels, a wide selection of action figures, memorabilia, and more. You might need an extra bag (and some extra cash!) because you are surely to find some unexpected collectibles and with such a wide variety of vendors, there'll be a keepsake for everyone.


Experience Stockton's Waterfront!

The waterfront! If you've been paying attention to Downtown Stockton in recent years, you've probably noticed how much it's been growing! The Stockton Arena sits along the waterfront and is surrounded by numerous downtown attractions, from Weber Point Events Center to flavorful new dining destinations, bars, and the Regal Cineplex. Stroll along the Stockton Marina for a picturesque view of Downtown and enjoy countless treasures in the vicinity through the eyes of various artists. The proximity of the Downtown and waterfront makes it easy for attendees at StocktonCon to visit nearby stops after the convention and make it a full-fledged Stockton experience!


More Information:
Hours: 10am-5pm both days.

Admission: Pre-sale price for Two-Day $20, and One-Day passes are available for $15. Tickets are $25 for a Two-Day Pass at the door, and $20 for a One-Day Pass at the door. Children 12 and younger are free with paying adult.

Buy online, at the Stockton Arena Box office, or for other ticket stops, go to

Location: Stockton Arena, 248 W. Fremont Street, Stockton. 


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