StocktonCon Winter is back.
This offshoot of the popular StocktonCon held every August since 2012 is a one-day event scheduled for Sunday at the Stockton Arena, 248 W. Fremont St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Last year’s (inaugural StocktonCon Winter) was a great success,” said StocktonCon Event President Mike Millerick. “It exceeded our expectations.”
Like the summer event, StocktonCon Winter will feature a costume contest in the Stockton Arena panel rooms beginning at 5 p.m., with a large array of artists, exhibitors and special guests being available beforehand.
“Fans in attendance will be able to find lost treasures and art commissions,” said Millerick, who recalled StocktonCon starting as a one-day event at University of the Pacific’s Spanos Center and quickly growing to a popular weekend destination that attracts thousands to the Stockton Arena each year.
Special guests include Tatyana Ali, who played Ashley Banks on Fresh Prince of Bel Air, original Power Ranger Walter Jones and actor Daniel Ross, who currently does the voice of Donald Duck.
From WWE are Hall of Fame inductee Rikishi and Kelly Kelly along with Legend Raven.
Actor Eric Roberts, who had supporting roles in such blockbusters as The Dark Knight (2008) and The Expendables (2010), is scheduled to be on hand along with Dominic Pace (The Mandalorian) and Larry Hankin (Friends, Seinfeld).
Ramon Villalobos (Nighthawk, Flash), who grew up in Manteca and graduated from Manteca High, was once again behind the art work for this year’s StocktonCon Winter poster.
“He did the ink and coloring and Justin Greenwood did the penciling (for the event poster),” said Millerick.
Greenwood (The Fuse, Stumpton) and Villalobos will join the likes of Arthur Adams (Uncanny X-Men, Fantastic Four), Ron Lim (Silver Surfer, Thanos), Dan Brereton (Batman, Nocturnals), and Nick Dragotta (East of West, Fantastic Four) as the special guest creators.
Pre-sale tickets are currently available at the Stockton Arena box office (https://www.universe.com/events/stocktoncon-winter-tickets-9YRJFW) at $10. Cost on the day of the event is $15.
A portion of the proceeds from StocktonCon go directly to local charities.