The Red Deer Pop Culture Extravaganza set

Event takes place at Westerner Park this weekend

  • Mar. 1, 2017 5:30 p.m.


Anime and cosplay fans in Red Deer rejoice; there’s a new comic expo in town.

The Red Deer Pop Culture and Cosplay Extravaganza is set to hit the Harvest Centre at Westerner Park this weekend and it’s bringing with it a slate of events that is sure to please any fan of geek culture.

The event, which is being put on by Starburst Events, was originally started as a way to bring the worlds of comic conventions and anime conventions under one roof.

“There’s comic cons and then there’s anime conventions and they almost seem like they’re totally different. The art’s different but one’s for one and one’s for the other,” said Dustyanne Evans, one of the organizers of the event.

So was born the Pop Culture Extravaganza, a two-day celebration of all things cosplay, comics, video games and entertainment.

Evans said having a comic convention in Red Deer is important because it allows people in that community to get together and celebrate their passion without having to drive to Calgary or Edmonton to experience the much larger conventions that they offer.

“I’m only 29 and when I was in high school being a nerd or being an anime fan you were like the ultimate freak. But nowadays it’s getting to the point where it’s almost the new cool,” she said, adding that part of what draws people to that community is the fact that there are no barriers to becoming a part of it.

“The nice thing about cosplay or comic books or video games and all that stuff is that it’s not exclusive. You don’t have to be super fit to fit in kind of thing like sports kids. You can take anybody of any gender, any age — anything — and put them into a room together, throw in a Doctor Who reference and you can go for hours on that.”

Panels that will be hosted at the new show will include topics such as an Introduction to Steampunk hosted by Mike Johnson, Pretending to Adult with Arty McFly, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hosted by the Central Alberta Quidditch Team and a panel discussing the NCR from the popular video game Fallout hosted by Those Fallout Guys.

“We have a lot of cosplayers coming. We actually are running two different cosplay contests,” Evans said, noting there will be a separate contest for adult and kids cosplayers looking to show off their creations.

There will also be the usual myriad of artists and retail vendors on hand for participants to browse through.

Special guests at the event include Felicia Does Stuff and Hotshot Cosplay.

The show runs this Saturday and Sunday in the Harvest Centre at Westerner Park.

For more information on the Red Deer Pop Culture and Cosplay Extravaganza or to purchase tickets you can check out the event web site at

Just Posted

City sells former RCMP building, land to province

Construction of new courthouse in Red Deer one step closer to reality

City increases parking rates by 25%

Red Deerians expected to pay increase in early fine payments

RCMP make arrests after bank robbery

Two suspects are in custody after using a needle to rob a CIBC in north Red Deer

WATCH: Lowe’s officially opens its doors in Red Deer

New retailer has created 128 permanent jobs

WATCH: Lacombe and Red Deer Chambers prepare members for cannabis legalization

Luncheon speaker educates businesses on marijuana policies

Suspected Toronto serial killer targeting gay community arrested

A 66-year-old man is charged with first-degree murder in disappearance of two Toronto men

Barenaked Ladies, Steven Page, to be inducted into Canadian Music Hall of Fame

Canadian band to get top honours at 2018 JUNO Awards

B.C. out of the running for Amazon’s next headquarters

Toronto is the only Canadian city left in the running despite the province backing Metro Vancouver’s bid for new Amazon headquarters

Post interest rate hike debt tips

What to do about your debt and mortgages after the interest rate hike

Foreign workers sleeping in Alberta Burger King basement

Alberta Health Services said its inspectors found foreign workers sleeping in the basement of the Lethbridge restaurant

Court application halts release of bread price-fixing documents

Bread price-fixing documents won’t be unsealed Thursday, Loblaw says

Pharrell and N.E.R.D to headline NBA All-Star halftime show

11-time Grammy winner Pharrell and his hip hop-rock band N.E.R.D. will headline the halftime show at the 2018 NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles

Heritage Minister wants zero tolerance for harassment in entertainment industry

Heritage Minister Melanie Joly had two meetings to discuss harassment in the film, TV and theatre worlds

Most Read