Photos : Leo Nocedo , Aryona Espino
The Bartow Civic Center was pulsing with excitement this past weekend as it played host to the city’s very first annual pop culture extravaganza. From Trekkies to Star Wars aficionados, fans of all walks of life gathered to revel in an array of thrilling panels, meet-and-greets, and captivating discussions.
One of the highlights of the event was the presence of star-studded celebrities Robin Curtis and Vanessa Branch, both beloved for their roles in the iconic Star Trek franchise. Fans had the unique opportunity to engage with Curtis, who portrayed the enigmatic Vulcan, Saavik, in “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock,” as well as with Branch, known for her memorable appearance in “Star Trek: Voyager.”
The atmosphere was nothing short of electric as attendees flocked to the free photography sessions provided by the incredibly talented Greg Rice, whose lens captured unforgettable moments between fans and their sci-fi idols. “It’s amazing to see the camaraderie and sheer joy in the room. These photographs will undoubtedly be cherished mementos for years to come,” expressed Rice.
Cosplay enthusiasts were treated to an engaging panel with Alex Cage, an accomplished cosplayer renowned for her intricate and meticulously crafted costumes. Cage provided invaluable tips and tricks for aspiring cosplayers, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the artistry and dedication that goes into creating these fantastical personas.
Pikabellechu, an internet sensation celebrated for her expertise in all things Pokémon, held a dynamic session where fans were treated to insider knowledge about the beloved franchise. Attendees were captivated by her encyclopedic knowledge of Pokémon species, strategies, and the ever-evolving world of competitive play.
The event also featured a bustling vendor area, where attendees could peruse a diverse array of merchandise ranging from handmade crafts to rare collectibles, ensuring that fans could take home a piece of the unforgettable experience.
With its stellar lineup of guests, engaging discussions, and vibrant atmosphere, Bartow’s inaugural event set the stage for future gatherings that promise to be even more spectacular. Fans can undoubtedly look forward to an even bigger and better event next year. For individual photos click here.