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Silicon Valley Comic Con press release (re: attendance, 2018 news)

Silicon Valley Comic Con (which we attended, you can see our coverage here) earlier this week gave final attendance numbers and officially announced the dates for 2018. More information below and pictures courtesy of their press release.



Steve Wozniak’s Second Annual Pop Culture, Science & Technology Expo

Added New Venues and Outdoor Festival, Saw Increased Attendance


SVCC 2018 Will Take Place April 6-8 in San Jose


SAN JOSE – April 27, 2017 – Silicon Valley Comic Con (SVCC), Steve Wozniak’s wildly successful pop culture and technology expo, took over downtown San Jose the weekend of April 21-23, welcoming more than 65,000 guests over the course of the three-day show. This year’s theme of “The Future of Humanity: Where Will We Be in 2075?” featured a Space Village, NASA space exploration panels, robotics, virtual reality, a Kids S.T.E.A.M. Lab, celebrity appearances, leading comic book artists and authors, cosplay contests, a science fair, Geek Fashion Show, Rover.com dog cosplay contest, transportation provided by Acura’s NSX supercar and more. SVCC 2.0 also saw massive physical expansions and layout changes, adding a free public outdoor festival, programming at City National Civic and hosting registration inside South Hall. Silicon Valley Comic Con will return to San Jose the weekend of April 6-8, 2018.


“First and foremost, I’m an engineer, and we’re all about iterations and improvements. We made a lot of changes this year, and we’re happy to see that most worked,” said SVCC founder Steve Wozniak. “Silicon Valley Comic Con is all about having fun and being inspired. From the science fair and the NASA panels to meeting some of my heroes and favorite celebrities, I saw and learned so much. We can’t wait to build this out for next year!”


Buzz Aldrin and Steve Wozniak relax backstage at Silicon Valley Comic Con 2017. Photo Credit: Stacy Miles

Silicon Valley Comic Con founders Steve Wozniak and Rick White address fans over Pepper the Robot from SoftBank Robotics and fan-made R2D2s from the R2 Builders Club. Silicon Valley Comic Con took place in San Jose April 21-23, 2017. Photo Credit: R2 Builders Club

West Coast President of Venture for America Leslie Miley, Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols, Foxy Brown actress Pam Grier and Slack Senior Engineer Erica Baker Pose Following Silicon Valley Comic Con’s Breaking Barriers Panel. Photo Credit: Al Ortega

Sesame Street actors Emilio Delgado (Luis), Roscoe Orman (Gordon) and Bob McGrath (Bob) share stories on stage at Silicon Valley Comic Con 2017. Photo Credit: Al Ortega

Lord of the Rings Actor Billy Boyd, Steve Wozniak and The Martian Author Andy Weir Laugh Together at a Silicon Valley Comic Con 2017 private event sponsored by Acura. Photo Credit: Al Ortega

Bay Area natives and award-winning artists Art Adams and Joyce Chin greet fans at Silicon Valley Comic Con 2017. Photo Credit: Kevin Green

YouTube’s Queen of Shitty Robots, Simone Giertz meets Steve Wozniak while dressed as a Macintosh SE at Silicon Valley Comic Con. Photo Credit: Simone Giertz

Steve Wozniak attending a private evening event sponsored by Acura during Silicon Valley Comic Con. Photo Credit: Al Ortega

Steve Wozniak & acclaimed Disney animator and illustrator James C. Mulligan pose in front of the portrait Mulligan painted on stage during Wozniak’s closing address at Silicon Valley Comic Con 2017. The portrait will be sold for charity, with proceeds going towards restoring the Butcher Dog Park in San Jose.

Photo Credit: Silicon Valley Comic Con

William Shatner and Steve Wozniak kick off Silicon Valley Comic Con 2017 with a lively discussion about Star Trek, science and the future of technology. Photo Credit: Teodor Bjerrang

Actor Tom Felton laughs as Grant Gustin removes his Dodgers jersey during the special “The Flash” fan Q&A during Silicon Valley Comic Con 2017. Photo Credit: Al Ortega

65,000 people attended the second annual Silicon Valley Comic Con, which took place in San Jose the weekend of April 21-23, 2017. Photo Credit: Al Ortega


Official photos can be found at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ykbvtk2keuipnld/AABKgyEB7ptePTafSTuEA4Kia?dl=0


Marquee stage events included William Shatner and Steve Wozniak sharing the stage to talk about Star Trek and the future of technology, Buzz Aldrin presenting about “Humanity’s Future in Space,” Grant Gustin and Tom Felton talking about their popular CW TV show “The Flash,” Steve Wozniak hosting a “Wonder Women Changing the face of STEM” panel with Simone Giertz and Sabrina Pasterski, the 30th anniversary cast reunion of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” hosted by William Shatner, a “Breaking Barriers” panel featuring actress Pam Grier and Slack senior engineer Erica Baker, the original human residents of “Sesame Street” and Mr McFeely from “Mr Rogers’ Neighborhood” reunited on-stage, space exploration panels from NASA, Virgin Galactic and SETI, panels on robotics, virtual reality, cosplay, art, science, cosplay contests for humans and dogs, geek fashion show, science fair, plus Q&As with Steven Yeun, John Cusack, Tom Wilson, Gina Torres, Robert Englund, and more.


Silicon Valley Comic Con also hosted a rally for the March for Science Silicon Valley that was attended by 10,000 people. SETI hosted its first-ever Space Ball gala fundraiser, and ScreenUsed.com returned to host its 2nd Annual Movie Prop and Wardrobe Auction that beat 2016’s sales record of $707,000 including selling a Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope – Original Stormtrooper (Sandtrooper) Helmet for $228,000.


The sold-out show floor, outdoor festival and surrounding events featured more than 450 exhibitors and attractions, including NASA, Acura’s NSX supercar and Mood Roads virtual experience, XPRIZE, Sony PlayStation, Facebook/ Oculus VR, Pepper the Robot from SoftBank Robotics, 8i Reality, Studio C, WordPress.com, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Hanson Robotics’ Professor Einstein, Rogue Reality, Lifeliqe, Steel Wool Studios, beer gardens from Lagunitas Brewing Company, Essentia hydration stations and more.


To view a full list of SVCC panels and guests, visit www.svcomiccon.com. To inquire about sponsorship, exhibiting or media partnerships in 2018, contact marketing@svcomiccon.com.



Silicon Valley Comic Con celebrates the Age of the Geek by bringing together America’s two greatest superheroes: pop culture and technology. Featuring top celebrities, comics, independent artists, cosplay, video game creators, consumer electronics, music and apps, Silicon Valley Comic Con is where entertainment and our electronic worlds intersect. The second annual Silicon Valley Comic Con took place at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA the weekend of April 21-23, 2017. Silicon Valley Comic Con will return to San Jose April 6-8, 2018.

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