Pop culture conventions are returning after more than a year on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are several upcoming events to look forward to that will be held before the end of 2021, including the California Republic Comic Con (CRCC), which will be returning to the Merced County Fairgrounds for its fifth year on Saturday, September 17. 

One of the most notable changes that returning con-goers will see at CRCC and similar events are mask and facial covering requirements.


California Republic Comic Con logo. (Photo courtesy of California Republic Comic Con)

The staff is also asking that attendees:

  • Wash their hands often.

  • Maintain social distancing.

  • Get vaccinated, if you can.

  • Stay home if you are sick or if you have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

This is no different from what we are seeing at other conventions as they slowly return. According to AP News, many convention centers are adopting similar rules including vaccination requirements.

Those in attendance can also expect to see the usual array of cosplayers and celebrities appearances.

Tom Sizemore, who is known for multiple roles such as Sergeant Horvath in "Saving Private Ryan," Michael Cheritto in "Heat," and LTC Danny McKnight in "Black Hawk Down" will be a guest for the weekend. 

Bai Ling will also be making an appearance. Ling played Myca in "The Crow," as well as playing No-Doze in "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul."

Other notable attendees include C. Andrew Nelson, who played Darth Vader in the popular Star Wars series, and Patricia Summerland from "Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling."

Land of The Lost Guests and CRCC Crew

Celebrity guests from the TV show Land of the Lost pose with California Republic Comic Con staff. (Signal Photo/Rob Van Tuinen)

These celebrity guests will be available for autograph signings and photographs throughout the day with prices being available at the event.

Artists such as Chris Marrinan, Luis Rivera, Peter Secosh, and Tobe Daranouvong will also be on hand to sell their art and autographs.

CRCC will also feature cosplayers from the Central Valley, such as Lady Deadpool Fresno, Deadpool Fresno, Deadpurple7, and Noel.

There will also be a cosplay contest that will feature a grand prize of $300.

“California Republic Comic Con brings pop culture fun to fans of all ages,” said Marina Lukyantseva-Haworth, convention director.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and cost $15 for a ticket at the door. Kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult admission.

If you're interested in other pop culture events taking place in the surrounding Stanislaus County region, check out the graphic below!

Upcoming Pop Culture Conventions

Three pop cultures conventions are still to come in 2021 (Graphic by Samantha Tonarelli)

I am an avid Star Trek fan who spends his days trying to find time to play tabletop roleplaying games or board games. I also work for KCSS 91.9 Stan State's radio station.

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