This year is proving to be a glamorous headliner in Kern County as Bakersfield’s own SDCC-style Comic Con will be featuring some serious Hollywood star power, adding award-winning rising star Rene Michelle Aranda (Expelled, Searching, Papa) to their roster of featured celebrities. Making the trip up north from Los Angeles in a few shorts days, the younger of two famous Aranda public figures (her elder brother, Michael, is a YouTube Star) is joining E.T.’s Dee Wallace, Power Ranger’s Ciara Hanna, and Star Trek’s Tracee Coco and Rico Anderson. This will be Aranda’s 3rd convention in Kern County just this year, including Bakersfield Collector-Con in August and Fresno’s Nitro Con in October.
This year marks the 11th annual gathering of local collectors, hobbyists and fans in the name of Bakersfield Comic Con as they celebrate favorite franchises and support their native filmmaker’s own creative endeavors. Just years ago, the movie Papa filmed in the Bakersfield Rosewood senior living center, bringing to town a caravan of household names in its cast: Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen, Ann-Margret, Frankie Avalon, Mischa Barton, Paul Sorvino, Robert Scott Wilson, Eric Roberts and more, including BCC’s newly announced V.I.P, Ren Aranda.
The convention will be held at the Kern County Fair Grounds for two days, the weekend of November 17th and 18th, a little over two hours from the celebrity studded “City of Angels”. Among those representing the Entertainment Industry are producers, writers, directors, editors and concept artists involved in bringing audiences creative content from legendary titles like Lord of the Rings, Watchmen and Star Wars.
The convention is slated to happen just a week after the larger two fires sparked that are sweeping California as they set tragic new records, and locale-wise is sandwiched between, but conditions are not expected to reach the venue during the event and some exhibitors, including Aranda, have pledged on social media to donate proceeds of merchandise to wildfire relief in response to the blazes wreaking devastation in their home state.
You can find information about more guests, vendors, panels, ticket prices and hotel deals on the convention’s official website.