Stranger Things are Afoot at Novacon

This year introduced nerds to a wide range of first-time events. Washington, D.C. nerds will be treated to BlerDCon in June and Novacon in July. While BlerDCon is a celebration of diversity among geeks, Novacon brings the star power. In the D.C. area in July? Here’s what’s in store for you.

Pictured: Kelly Hu as China White — Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW — © 2013 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved

Novacon Guests

Headlining the event is Kelly Hu. This actress has crossed over to both major comic houses. She was Lady Deathstrike in X-Men 2, and China White in Arrow. She’s also starred in Hawaii Five-O and the Vampire Diaries. (Fun Fact: She voiced brainiac Stacy in Phineas and Ferb, too.) She is joined by fellow CW super hero, John Wesley Shipp, from The Flash. Shipp plays Jay Garrick but was also The Flash in the tv series in 1990.

Fans of Stranger Things get not one, not two, but three stars from the Netflix series. Shannon Purser will attend, so everyone can pay their tributes to Barb. Want to join the A/V club? Mr. Clarke himself will be there. Actor Randy Havens is the second member of the cast attending. Catherine Dyer rounds out the cast. The actress plays no-nonsense Agent Frazier. Not only will they be attending, but they will be on a panel moderated by The Blair Witch Project director Eduardo Sanchez.

Check out the full roster of guests HERE.

Novacon Artists & More

This convention hosts plenty of artists and writers from the comic world as well. Craving an artist who worked on Game of Thrones AND Vikings? Meet Jason Metcalf. Bill McKey (Zombietramp), Ryan Browne (TMNT), John Reilly (Sync) and Jonny Lupsha (Wandering City Blues) are also in attendance.

The con will be hosted by cosplay Mega Star Megan Mattingly, founder of DC CosGeeks. She’ll be greeting attendees and fans all weekend, in a variety of costumes. If you see her, give her a shout out and a thank you for helping to promote the event. The Master of Ceremonies is Michael McNutt, local humorist, broadcaster and star of the Hater Nation show. DJ Romin Zandi will be spinning for attendees as well.

Novacon Events

GameStruck Events will be hosting a Video Gaming Room. Island Games & Ben Parker will host an open room for players of all card games. The RPG room will host a number of games, including Dungeons & Dragons (5th ed) and Adventurers League. Cosplayers can enter 3 contests. Friday night is the High Fashion Couture Contest. Saturday night is the Open Cosplay Contest. Sunday is the very special Stranger Things cosplay contest. Details can be found HERE.

Nick Kelly

Nick Kelly

Author, musician, blogger, and podcaster. He authors the cyberpunk Leon "Catwalk" Caliber series, and is co-author of the urban fantasy series featuring the Urban Samurai.
Nick Kelly


  1. Thanks Nick! Great article!

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