Thursday, September 13, 2018

2018 Crocker Con

Author: Luke Cheng


I cannot believe this is the 6th annual Crocker Con at the Crocker Art Museum in downtown Sacramento. Where has the time gone??? This 'con' is an event I always love going to because it's so different than everything else out there. For those who have never been, it takes place on a Thursday night as one of the Crocker Art Museum's Art Mixes. It has a very different vibe than that of a big con that happens during a weekend. This is a much smaller event with a huge focus on artists and attendee participation. I really love this event because it's such a change from the hustle and bustle of its bigger con brothers.


The mix of people at Crocker Con was certainly diverse. Many who came were not your usual con-goers. They were people who frequent the museum and dressed up just for this event. So while I did see a few familiar faces here, many of the people I ran into were completely new to me! It was a lot of fun being able to talk to them - many of them really enjoyed the cosplaying experience.


Now this is something you don't see everyday! It's the Empire and Starfleet mingling together! Though this isn't typical in everyday life (or in media for that matter), Crocker Con is different. The fandoms really did come together and got to hang out with each other. And this wasn't just unique to this year. It seems like all the Crocker Cons I've been to have had Star Wars and Star Trek fans enjoying each others company.


This trio of Sith cosplayers had their game on BIG TIME. They were menacing with their spot on cosplays. I'm glad I had the chance to get them in a photo together. I love the red and black aesthetic of the image I got.


Like the previous years, cosplayers had the opportunity to be models for artists to draw. I'm not sure if I'd have the patience to just sit there for a long time for people to draw me... so props to the volunteers that were there. Thankfully the weather was cooler this evening so guys in the huge armor weren't sweating it out.


As always, the Crocker Art Mixes feature some pretty awesome music. A live band and a group of DJs switched off providing some awesome tunes for everyone to enjoy while hanging out at Crocker Con. It was nice to see the band get into some costumes too. Good for them as having a costume on while playing can be a challenge.


I had a great time at Crocker Con. The enthusiasm for this event just keeps growing and growing. I'd love to return next year for the 7th annual Crocker Con Art Mix. Just let me know when it is and I'll put it on my calendar! CLICK HERE for a full gallery of photos from Crocker Con 2018.

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