Fresno State Set To Raise The Geek Flag With FresCon Comic Convention


Things are about to get wonderfully weird at the Fresno State North Gym on March 21st and 22nd as the university gears up to host FresCon, its very first comic convention.

FresCon is shaping up to be a rather impressive union of all things loved and embraced by the geek community as the university opens its doors to any ones who share a similar fondness for movies, TV shows, video games, books, cosplay and so much more in specifically nerdy niches.

The excitement is no doubt building as the weekend’s events draw near. Students and other attendees will be hard pressed to decide what they should be most exited about as there is a veritable smorgasbord of awesome to choose from like panel discussions, a Super Smash Bros Tournament, a cosplay costume contest and a special screening of Big Hero 6.

Those lucky enough to attend FresCon have the awesome “geek culture club,” Pick Your Potion, to thank for putting the convention together. The time spent at their meetings was certainly put to good use as they brainstormed over their love of comics, superheroes and many other wonderfully geeky things, which resulted in this weekends festivities.

Tyler Miller, adviser to the club and assistant director of Housing at Fresno State, said “With the popularity of San Diego Comic-Con significantly increasing over the past 10 years, geek culture has become the norm for many. On college campuses across the country, ‘geek week’ programming has found success with college students wanting to engage those passions.”

Students at Fresno State have long been encouraged to let their geek flags fly by the faculty as club president Spencer Smith pointed out when he said, “At Fresno State, some studies show that as much as 30 percent of students identify with geek/pop culture across a variety of socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.”

So in other words, the geek force is strong on this campus and embraced by many.

“The attempt to develop a Comic/Pop Culture Convention on a college campus is a new concept that has begun to spring up on different campuses across the nation,” he added. “In terms of the Pick Your Potion Club, Geeky clubs are popping up on campuses across the country; some are limited, showcasing just one fan base, while others like ours are more general and cater towards all fandoms.”

I can’t help but feel a twinge of jealousy as I think of the epic fun that will be had by anyone attending FresCon this weekend. So, as I sip my tea out of a Spock mug with my “soft kitty” socks proudly displayed, I ask the Fresno State students to have an awesome time not just for themselves, but also for your fellow geeks across the country who are unable to attend!

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