(SACRAMENTO, CA — September 10, 2019) The Crocker Art Museum is calling all comic book lovers to bust out their best superhero, antihero, and supervillain attire this Thursday evening, and join regional artists and writers at CrockerCon 2019.

Now in its fifth year, CrockerCon is an all-ages event that honors the influence of comic book artists and writers in pop culture. This year, visitors are invited to express their creativity through cosplay as they are treated to an evening of art demos, games, music, dancing, and panel talks. CrockerCon is best known for providing opportunities to mingle with a curated group of accomplished and emerging artists from throughout the region and gain insight into their creative processes.

In preparation for Thursday evening, the Museum's education team has been working closely with comic artist/author Eben Burgoon, who has offered classes at the Crocker, and who tours throughout the year, speaking to comic book fans internationally.

"CrockerCon attracts a lot of people who love comic book conventions, but what I love is that this is also an opportunity for people who haven't been to a 'con' to get their feet wet and sample all the things that make this art form so much fun," says Burgoon.

Burgoon also provides an inside tip: CrockerCon attendees may do well to ask their favorite artists what they have been up to this past year.

"CrockerCon provides a great opportunity to check in with the artists, some of which are getting big attention and have exciting new projects in the works," he adds. "What's neat is many of these artists say CrockerCon is their favorite convention because of its focus on the art, and the way it connects museum visitors to this art form."

Offerings at this Thursday night's event include:

  • The Crocker Art Museum's CrockerCon exhibition, featuring art by local comic book artists in the museum's galleries, plus a meet-and-greet reception with the artists featured in the exhibition
  • Mixing & mingling with dozens of local comic book artists and opportunities to view their work while enjoying music from Sleeprockers
  • Vendor village featuring pop-up experiences from comic book shops
  • Panel talks with legendary comic creators as part of Chris Wisnia's ongoing "Diary of a Struggling Comic Artist" documentary
  • Photo ops with the 501st Legion Central California Garrison (Star Wars villains), Sacramento Ghostbusters, USS Independence, and League of Heroes Inspired
  • Sacramento Brick Builders Lego Laboratory
  • Learn to Play D&D and Board Game Room by Time2Tabletop
  • Sketch-a-Superhero (or villain)
  • Chances to draw and color in the Creator Zone
  • Gundam Robot Model Building and Star Wars Games by Comics & Collectibles
  • Comic Book "Pizza Joint” presented by Starburns Industries Press
  • Podcast with Graphic Novel Explorers Club
  • Ghostbusters car
  • Cosplay photo booth by An Idiot's Array

Additionally, visitors can pick up their very own CROCKERTRON 2019 poster, featuring the Crocker Art Museum's robot champion of art. This year's poster was created by Sacramento artist Dan Bethel, who took inspiration from the Museum's iconic architecture to create the image, which features the robot empowering a human being with the power of creativity. To read our blog about Dan and this year's poster, click HERE.

Thursday, September 12
6 - 9:30 p.m.
Crocker Art Museum, 216 O Street, Downtown Sacramento
All ages
Event information

Dan Bethel, holding the poster for CrockerCon 2019

For the safety of our guests and the art, full-face masks and objects protruding more than 12 inches from the body – including wings, swords, light sabers, and backpacks – are not allowed in the galleries. A complimentary masks, weapons & wings check will be provided on the Museum's first floor.

Karen Christian
Media Relations Associate
Crocker Art Museum
(916) 808-1867

Through engaging, innovative, and life-changing interactions with art, the Crocker Art Museum provides meaningful opportunities for people of divergent backgrounds to find common ground. Founded as a public/private partnership in 1885, the Crocker features the world’s foremost display of California art and is renowned for its holdings of master drawings and international ceramics, as well as European, Asian, African, and Oceanic art. The Crocker serves as the primary regional resource for the study and appreciation of fine art and offers a diverse spectrum of exhibitions, events, and programs to deepen visitor’s understanding of art, including films, concerts, studio classes, lectures, and an array of activities for families and children. More information about exhibits and programs can be found at crockerart.org