Pop Culture Meets Charity at WhedonCon

I was recently listening to the Dumbbells and Dragons podcast. I got totally excited when I saw that Kenny (Rotter, the host) was recording an interview with Christopher Cullen. Christopher is one of the folks representing WhedonCon. What’s that? WhedonCon is a Whedonverse convention, designed by fans for fans. It aims to harness the power of fandom to raise money for charities while creating a fun and interactive environment for attendees.

WhedonCon Guests

The convention will include a number of on and off screen guests attached to Joss Whedon projects. The Guest of Honor is writer/producer David Fury. David is an Emmy, WGA and Saturn awards winning writer/producer best known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel. Comedian Ben Paddon is the Master of Ceremonies. Actors include Andrew Boden (Dollhouse), Gigi Edgley (Farscape), and Nicholas Brendon (Xander on Buffy). Other guests include Sophia Crawford (Sarah Michelle Gellar’s stunt double) and writer/director Tim Minear. View the full guest list HERE.

WhedonCon Events

WhedonCon features a huge vendor room, appropriately titled Sunnydale Mall. The con will also host a Blood Drive benefitting Cedars-Sinai Blood Donor Services. Cosplayers will have plenty of chances to meet up, including special tracks like Cosplay over 30. The list of panels is immense. Topics include “How to Make a Low Budget Movie”, “Behind the Stunts” and “Concept Development.” Join the Gaming room for Open Gaming, Firefly LARP and RPG, and Buffy RPG sessions. Pack your swimsuit! Private Cocktail parties and All Ages pool parties close out Friday and Saturday nights.

Join the Big Bad Buffy podcast for a live session Saturday morning and the Drinking with Comics podcast Saturday night. Feel like some prose? Join an open reading with the Two Idiots Pedalling Poetry. Sharpen your story creation with the Wehdonesque Sketch Writing Workshop. The Movie Guys bring their newest comedy show, “The New Movie Show” to goof on all the latest films and upcoming summer movies. In Memorium services for Ron Glass (Firefly) and John Vulich (special makeup effects for Buffy) take place on Friday. The full schedule of events can be found HERE.

Charity Efforts

The WhedonCon creators pride themselves on the charity efforts fulfilled by the convention. In memory of Ron Glass, this year’s charity will be one that was near and dear to Glass’ heart. Auction proceeds will benefit the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center. Items include autographed merchandise, pictures, and more.

The Baby Item Drive benefits Newborns in Need – San Fernando Valley Chapter. Items include purchased, handmade or crafted items such as baby hat, scarfs and blankets. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will be on hand for a performance. This organization offers comprehensive services to nearly half of the homeless youth population of Los Angeles County.

WhedonCon takes place on May 19-21, 2017 at the Warner Center Marriott in Los Angeles, CA. Tickets and volunteer opportunities are still available. Contact the convention staff HERE.