Awesome Con Returns to Washington DC May 1-3 Hot Toy Reviews February 19, 2020 Washington, D.C. (February 18, 2020) – The eighth annual Awesome Con by LeftField Media, the Mid-Atlantic’s premier pop culture convention, will unite more than 80,000 fans of comics, technology and science, television and film, custom art, over-the-top cosplay, and more at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 3, 2020. The convention floor and panel rooms will buzz with hundreds of hours’ worth of programs including: celebrities and experts hosting panels and exclusive reveals; cosplay fashion shows; gaming tournaments; iconic pop culture memorabilia collections; and as always, a diverse array of activities for the whole family. Family-friendly pavilion Awesome Con Jr returns with even more playful events planned to educate and entertain kids of all ages and parents alike. Smithsonian partners up with Awesome Con once again to present Future Con, a science pavilion showcasing the intersection between science and science fiction with tech demonstrations, experts discussing everything from dystopia to scientific advancement, and more. Back for the fourth year is Pride Alley presented in partnership with Geeks OUT, shining a spotlight on LGBTQ creators and fans in an even more robust section of Artist Alley and presenting special programs discussing diversity in pop culture. New to this year’s Awesome Con, American science fiction film Back to the Future cast is coming to celebrate its 35th anniversary with a featured panel including Michael J. Fox (Marty McFly), Christopher Lloyd (Doc Brown), Tom Wilson (Biff Tannen), and Lea Thompson (Lorraine Baines). In addition, returning esteemed comics publishers such as Dark Horse Comics and Oni Press will be onsite. Among guests confirmed to appear, Awesome Con is proud to welcome comic creators including Brian Michael Bendis, Roy Thomas and Doc Shaner to this year’s lineup. Attendees will have the opportunity to stop by their booths for special announcements and exclusives. With Awesome Con 2020 hosting more energetic programs, more globally recognized special guests, and presenting more exclusive previews and announcements to attendees than ever before, it continues to grow into a standout annual destination – and unite fans at one of the largest pop culture events in the country. WHEN: Friday, May 1; exhibit hall hours 12pm – 8pm, programming until 10pm Saturday, May 2; exhibit hall hours 10am – 7pm, programming until 10pm Sunday, May 3; exhibit hall hours 10am – 5pm, programming until 5pm WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center 801 Mt. Vernon Pl NW Washington, DC 20001 Screen Stars: Billie Piper (Doctor Who, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Penny Dreadful) Christina Ricci (The Addams Family, Casper, Sleepy Hollow) Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future, The Addams Family, Star Trek III, My Favorite Martian) Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who, Thor, The Dark World, The Leftovers) Elizabeth Berkley (Saved by the Bell, Showgirls) Ke Huy Quan (The Goonies, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom) Kel Mitchell (All That, Kenan and Kel, Good Burger) Lea Thompson (Back to the Future, Switched at Birth) Mario Lopez (Saved by the Bell, Extra) Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Saved by the Bell, Raising the Bar, The Passage) Michael J. Fox (Back to the Future, Teen Wolf) Mick Foley (A.K.A Mankind, Dude Love & Cactus Jack) Ric Flair (WWE®, The Nature Boy) Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy) Ross Marquand (The Walking Dead, Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame) Ryan Hurst (Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead) Steve Cardenas (Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers) Tom Wilson (Back to the Future) Zachary Levi (Shazam!, Chuck, Tangled) Comic Guests: Andy Fish (Blackwood, Sabrina the Teenage Witch) Chrissie Zullo (Vampirella, Josie and the Pussycats, Fables: The Wolf Among Us, Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love) Doc Shaner (Flash Gordon, Shazam!, Future Quest) Dustin Nguyen (Descender, Ascender, Batman: Lil Gotham) Dan Parent (Die Kitty Die, Archie Comics) Ibrahim Moustafa (Jaeger, High Crimes, James Bond, Mother Panic) Jeremy Clark (TMT, Prodigy, Undiscovered Country, Lady Death) Rob Schamberger (Artist in Residence for WWE®) Ron Lim (Infinity Gauntlet/War/Crusade, Thanos) Ron Marz (Green Lantern, Silver Surfer) Roy Thomas (X-Men, The Avengers, All-Star Squadron) Skottie Young (Deadpool, Rocket Raccoon, Middlewest) Steve Lieber (Whiteout, The Fix, Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen) Tom King (Batman, Mister Miracle, The Vision) Veronica Fish (Blackwood, Spider-Woman, Silk) TICKETS: Daily and full weekend passes are available. Badges purchased before March 13 can be mailed to a provided address. Friday Only Admission: $40 Saturday Only Admission: $55 Sunday Only Admission: $45 3-Day Weekend Pass: $80 Premium 3-Day Pass: $160 Kids Admission: $15. Valid for kids ages 3-10. Valid for full weekend or any day individually. VIP passes & experiences range from the Premium 3-Day ($160) to 3-Day, limited quantity Club Awesome Reserve Membership ($399-$999) which offers access to various celebrity appearances, reserved Main Stage seating for marquee programs, and exclusive Club Awesome Reserve-only events. WEBSITE: www.awesomecon.com is updated regularly with new guests, exciting exhibitors, and special programming. SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: facebook.com/AwesomeConDC Twitter: @AwesomeCon Instagram: @awesomecons Access photos from Awesome Con 2019 here (credit Leftfield Media) About Awesome Con Awesome Con is the biggest annual comic and pop culture convention in Washington, D.C., having welcomed over 72,000 attendees in 2019. Awesome Con celebrates all aspects of geekdom and pop culture, with a wide assortment of engaging events, comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay and more. Awesome Con is presented in partnership with LeftField Media, an event organization company developed by the founder of New York Comic Con. Learn more at www.awesomecon.com. About LeftField Media LeftField Media, LLC is an events company focused on developing face-to-face events in a range of communities rooted in contemporary culture and shared passion. LeftField was formed in 2014 by Greg Topalian (President, LeftField Media) and is now owned by Topalian and Clarion Events Ltd. With a keen sense of the evolving needs of businesses and their consumers, as well as new opportunities created by change, LeftField takes a clean slate approach to its work. LeftField’s portfolio includes Awesome Con (awesomecon.com), Washington D.C.’s Comic Con; Rose City Comic Con (rosecitycomiccon.com), in Portland, O.R.; Anime NYC (animenyc.com), a Japanese pop culture festival presented by Crunchyroll; and the Classic Auto Show (theclassicautoshow.com), a vintage auto show launched in Los Angeles. LeftField Media is headquartered in historic Trumbull, C.T. (leftfieldmedia.com).