TopCon brings pop culture fanatics to Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) Pop culture fanatics gathered in the Capital City on Saturday for the TopCon Pop Expo.

Six years ago, James "The Gypsy" George had an idea, that turned into much more than he expected.

George said, "I came up with an idea for a one-day comic book swap, trade, and buy show and before I knew it, it had turned into a Comic-Con."

The TopCon Pop Expo continues to grow with vendors, artists, cosplayers, and celebrities all taking part.

This year, Jeremy Palko from "The Walking Dead" is there to meet fans and share his experiences.

Palko said, "I'm very grateful to have opportunities like this being an actor. When i started professionally being an actor, about 10 to 12 years ago, I never thought I'd be traveling as much as I have been. You meet new people and you get great relationships."

Actress Tonya Pinkins was also there to talk about why she got into television.

"It's important to me that entertainment represents the world that I live in, which has a lot of kinds of people from a lot of walks of life."

The TopCon Pop Expo celebrates a very similar message.

George said, "There's so much involved with pop culture and you don't have to be a geek, you don't have to be a nerd. You just have to be an every day person that loves the things that you love."

One group that traveled from Kansas City said they have been to many Comic-Cons, and the experience is unlike any other.

Eric Lindenberg said, "I think everyone should try a con at least once. It's just a fun experience to have and it's a lot like a potato chip. Once you've had one, you tend to do more of them."

TopCon continues on Sunday at the Stormont Vail Events Center Exhibition Hall from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The cost is $10 for adults. Kids 12 and under get in for free.