Announcement of involvement in virtual pop expo!
With mandated social distancing shuttering large-scale events worldwide, the future of pop culture conventions has arrived: Virtual Pop Expo (VPE). Event producers Kaleidoko, Experience Level Entertainment (XLEVELENT), Legion M announced today that VPE 2020 is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 9-10; a jam-packed, two-day event offering fun, fandom and the ultimate celebration of the pop culture community in a safe, inclusive virtual environment.
“We’re launching Virtual Pop Expo as an exciting, revolutionary con experience that best replicates ‘being there’ without compromising anyone’s health, well-being or need to leave home,” said Bernie Bregman, director of business development and talent acquisitions, Experience Level Entertainment. “Above all, we’re enabling a deep, inclusive and meaningful sense of community for pop culture fans hungry for fun and engaging social opportunities currently stolen by the global pandemic.”
VPE promises to be an integrated fan experience featuring exciting panels, Q&A’s and celebrity appearances, including “Maltin on Movies” podcast co-hosts Leonard and Jessie Maltin, as well as interactive gaming rooms, online happy hours, and a cosplay “ball.” An event centerpiece will be a seamless virtual exhibitor floor featuring more than one hundred exhibitors and vendors offering the hottest merchandise typically found at well-known Cons. Attendees will have exclusive access to vendors on the exhibitor floor via Auxxit, an innovative virtual marketplace that will feature special shopping segments including limited edition and VPE-exclusive merch. The platform also gives the community unparalleled ability to communicate with exhibitors and each other throughout the weekend.
Bernie Bregman, XLEVELENT
Kaleidoko Director and Community Engineer Jenny Stiven added, “Virtual Pop Expo fills a tremendous void that many communities are feeling with the cancellation of major Cons around the world. VPE’s integrated environment will not only elevate the Con experience for fans, but it will deliver a seamless ‘exhibitor floor’ that enables vendors a phenomenal opportunity to engage with consumers and showcase their inventory that would have otherwise gone untouched during this uncertain time.”
Amplifying the Con’s reach across fandom, VPE producer Legion M will mobilize its highly-engaged community of more than 100,000 members leading up to and during the event, as well as provide programming support for the weekend’s schedule.
More details will be announced soon. To stay informed about Virtual Pop Expo, including panel and Q&A schedules, celebrity appearances, as well as fan experience and exhibitor details, please visit VirtualPopExpo.com. Follow Virtual Pop Expo at Facebook.com/virtualpopexpo and Twitter/Instagram at @virtualpopexpo.
As first appeared in Legion M and picked up by Ouch Magazine
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