This year, the Sherman Oaks Street Fair is launching SOPOPCON, the first street based Pop Culture Convention in California, to engage millennials and families with children that love comics, fantasy, and science fiction, along with their parents who grew up with them just the same.
Sherman Oaks has been synonymous with the latest pop culture fads since the 80's (highlighted in Fast Times at Ridgemont High - filmed at the Sherman Oaks Galleria - as well as Valley Girl, the 1983 cult classic that made popular the colloquial California English dialect Valleyspeak. The time is right for Sherman Oaks to start another fad with the introduction of SOPOPCON!
The new Pop Culture Zone will include comic shops, collectibles, pop culture fashion, accessory items and cosplay. Established comic artists will be on-hand to promote their upcoming comic runs and project releases in the SOPOPCON Autograph Booth!
The Sherman Oaks Street Fair is in its 29th year and takes place Sunday, October 20th from 10am to 6pm. We close Ventura Blvd. down between Van Nuys Blvd. and Kester Ave - it's the only "Valley" venue that will hold 100,000 people and is the largest single day event in the Valley going on 10 years+!
Last year's event included over 250 vendors, a carnival, a full live concert schedule, a community stage with school performances, and local vendors and artists selling their wares.
RODNEY BARNES - Award winning writer/ producer Rodney Barnes and one of the rising African American creatives in Hollywood with projects ranging from The Boondocks to My Wife and Kids to Everybody Hates Chris, and more than two hundred episodes as both a writer and a producer across multiple networks. His creative style and approach, from mainstream comedy to urban to animation, has earned him top honors including the BET Comedy Awards, the Image Awards and Writer’s Guild of America.
RICHARD FAIRGRAY - Writer. Artist. Colorist. Animator. Featured in Free Comic Book Day in 2019, Fairgray's Blastosaurus is taking the comic industry by storm, reaching a wide audience of ALL AGES through stores, online and at Conventions nationwide. New Zealand's #1 selling comic of all time is being relaunched by Golden Apple Productions as a brand new series in the US! Blastosaurus, a 6-foot-tall, mutant triceratops, aided by Tabitha and Richard (the twelve-year-old sidekicks he never asked for) battles monsters, robots, sentient meatballs and whatever other weirdness Freak Out City can throw at him!
SHEQUETA SMITH - Filmmaker and book author, most recently launching the first book in her six-part graphic novel series, Rayven Choi, based on her award winning screenplay. Shequeta beat out over 5,000 filmmakers to become a Top 20 Finalist in HBO's Project Greenlight, with her comedy trailer "The Gestapo vs. Granny." Smith is CEO of SheroComics and co-founder of Los Angeles’ first ever female-themed comic-con called SheroCon, a one-day celebration of female comic creators, cosplayers, and local sheroes “making a difference in the world of comics and entertainment”.
LARRY HOUSTON - Emmy nominated Director/Producer and Golden Reel Award Winner! Larry has contributed to the success of MANY legendary animated television series, including Fox-TV's The X-MEN, G.I. Joe, Hanna Barbera’s The New Adventures of Johnny Quest, New World Pictures’ The Fantastic Four, Captain Planet, and The Care Bears!
MIKE KUNKEL - Cartoonist known for his work on DC's Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam! and for his creator-owned Herobear and the Kid, for which he has won two Eisner awards. Kunkel's amazing work is written and illustrated for readers of ALL ages!
DWAYNE CAMERON - Best known for his role as Tyzonn, The Mercury Ranger in Power Rangers Operation Overdrive. Recently he co-starred opposite Nicolas Cage in the film "211". When he's not acting, Dwayne is first and foremost a fine arts painter and sculptor.
501st LEGION SOUTHERN CA GARRISON is a local chapter of the international fan-based Star Wars organization dedicated to the construction and wearing of screen-accurate replicas of Imperial Stormtrooper armor, Sith Lords, Clone Troopers, bounty hunters, and other villains from the Star Wars universe. The 501st Legion, called by its nickname Vader's Fist, is made up entirely of volunteers.
SOUTHLAND GHOSTBUSTERS is a local themed cosplay group that regularly attends conventions, charitable causes, movie screenings and public/private functions. They take their love of Ghostbusters to the extreme, all with the intent of either raising money for a good cause or simply putting a smile on someone’s face. Southland Ghostbusters is an Official Franchise of GhostCorps, a division of Columbia Pictures Industries Inc.