Details have been announced about the 2019 ΘeoCon, which this year will take place at Messiah College in Pennsylvania on September 28th. I’m including the general information about the event from the website below. But before moving on to that, let me first ask if any other academics with an interest in the intersection of pop culture and theology might have an interest in putting a panel together. If so, let me know. Otherwise, feel free to propose a standalone presentation through the ΘeoCon website.
ΘeoCon, pronounced (thee-oh-con), is a one-day convention in which participants will be introduced and invited to explore themes of theology, religion, and morality in pop culture. Pop culture mediums include, but are not limited to: comic books, graphic novels, and science-fiction (sci-fi) films. Methods of exploration include: guest speakers, panel discussions, exhibits, gaming, and cosplay. All are welcome!
Doors open at 8am for guest check-in. We encourage advance ticket purchases to assure an expedient check-in process. The Boyer Center is wheelchair accessible and has elevators in its space.
May we Cosplay and Costume?
Absolutely! We welcome your creative expressions of your favorite fandom. Cosplayers have developed a culture that honors and respects the craft and the community that it is in. So come dress as your favorite biblical character or Wonder Woman-all are welcome! *To follow venue policies and Pennsylvania laws, we do not permit guns, gun replicas, nor inoperable/nonfunctioning guns. Your safety and enjoyment are our priority. Please review our Cosplay and Safety Policy for detailed information.
Cosplay is not Consent! Please ask permission to guests you see cosplaying or in costume. This is not a question, but a directive for guests. That is all!
The event venue, The Boyer Center at Messiah College, is wheelchair accessible and has elevators to all floors. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if there are further accommodations we can assist with.
Translation services? (ASL/ESL)
We want to be accommodating and we can help if you inform of us of your needs. We understand that some individuals employ their own translation services in both ASL and or ESL. If we can support you, please inform us either by checking the “accommodations” box on the registration form or contact us at email@example.com.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
ΘeoCon is a family-friendly event. All ages are welcome. You will be given an event pass at check-in at the event. You are expected to wear your pass throughout the day, so that you will be identified as an event attendee. This is a great event for youth groups and youth educators!
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
There is free parking available at the event location. Transportation to and from Messiah can be obtain through personal vehicle or taxi services. Here is other travel information that you may find helpful.
Harrisburg International Airport: http://www.flyhia.com/Amtrak: http://www.amtrak.com/home
Susquehanna Trailways: http://www.susquehannabus.com/
Harrisburg Taxi Services: http://fastcabservices.com/
What can I bring into the event?
Bring a great attitude and open mind. Be mindful of the weather and wear comfortable appropriate dress.There are no jacket/coat check or storage areas available at this time.
Some will bring/wear their cosplay/costumes to the event. Food is welcome in the venue, but please be mindful that not all rooms in the building permit it. Messiah College has a cafeteria where lunch price ranges from $13-$15 per person, invite you to take advantage of this option.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
What’s the refund policy?
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes, you may bring your ticket to help assure an expedient process. Otherwise, it will take some time to access your name in our registration database. If you lose or forget to print it-no worries!
Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?
We prefer if each person registers individually. Individual registration helps with many things; such as personalizing your experience, assuring a smooth check in process, helps us to know who is present at the event, etc. This helps for your personal experience and safety. Thanks for assisting in this!