SOLDIERCON Introduction/Background

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  • PORPOSE of Soldiercon is to bring the comic/car show/cosplay community to the military, while providing a safe venue for those who conduct business in those industries
  • GOAL: Our overall goal for our events is to create fun, inspire enthusiasts, and help unique communities grow
  • LONG TERM GOAL: Provide this event to military members stationed overseas in cities such as Japan, Vicenza, Frankfurt, Longstuhl, and Darmstadt

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The concept of Soldiercon is to infuse comic, automotive, and cosplay passion into one event.  This concept originated in Ft Bliss, Texas and will continue to grow with venues in Ft Carson, Colorado and Phoenix, Arizona.  After several years of organizing car shows on Ft Bliss, I was asked to see if I could also organize/execute a comic con.  This was requested by the Director of AAFES in 2016, since I was then starting to work with Todd McFarlane. Being not only a veteran, but also having a father who was deployed a lot, I understood the hardships dependent mothers face.  To go to any event outside of military housing is sometimes a logistical nightmare when you have two or more children.  Add the cost of tickets and parking, the hassle and costs deflate the excitement of going to events outside the base.  So, I was determined to create a Family Friendly event that would be affordable to any family on base.

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SCHEDULED EVENTS

  • 29 June- Ft Carson, Co
  • 25-27 Oct- Phoenix, Az
  • 16-17 Nov- Las Vegas, NV
  • FEB 2020- Ft Cambell, KY
  • MAR 2020- Ft Bliss, Texas

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Below is information on the event, but first some terms you may not be familiar with……

  • AAFES- This is the Military directorate which manages all the commodities inside the Post Exchange and the Shoppettes
  • Post Exchange- Like a Huge Wal-Mart, but with name brands you would find at the mall.  From Gucci to Rolex to Apple to Firestone.  Basically a one-stop shop for Soldiers
  • Shopette- Like a 7/11 with gas and snacks, drinks and alcohol
  • MWR- Morale Welfare and Recreation.  They are the entity which provides entertainment for the Soldiers.  Here on Ft Bliss, they bring in concerts, celebrity appearances, and organize many holiday events

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Projekt Cars: https://www.facebook.com/ProjektCars/
  • EAT/SLEEP/DRIFT: https://www.facebook.com/EatSleepDriftofficial/
  • SoldierCon: https://www.facebook.com/TheRealSoldierCon/
  • Spawn Vehicles: https://www.facebook.com/SpawnMustang/

ONLINE Articles

SoldierCon: Unlikely Marriage of Comics and Cars

https://www.theengineblock.com/soldiercon-the-unlikely-marriage-of-comics-and-cars/

Another Successful SoldierCon for the Books

https://www.theengineblock.com/auto-industry-news-auto-show-season-mobility-solutions-survey-subaru-soldiercon/

Y.O.U.N.G Ghostbusters Honored by Projekt Cars

https://www.theengineblock.com/y-o-u-n-g-ghostbusters-honored-by-projekt-cars/

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