Weekend long celebration of fandom to feature celebs from TV, movies, animation, and more in Richmond, VA

GalaxyCon, the premier pop culture convention, is set to make a triumphant return to the Richmond Convention Center from March 15-17 for its highly anticipated Richmond edition. The event promises an immersive experience for fans of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, and gaming, featuring celebrity guests, panel discussions, interactive activities, and an expansive exhibitor floor.


GalaxyCon events have become a staple in the cultural landscape of Richmond, contributing significantly to the local economy. Previous editions of GalaxyCon have consistently attracted tens of thousands of attendees, with a substantial economic impact for the region of more than $2.5 million in 2023. Local businesses, hotels, and restaurants have all benefited from the influx of visitors, showcasing the convention’s positive influence on the community.


GalaxyCon founder and owner, Mike Broder, expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming event, stating, “We’re thrilled to bring GalaxyCon back to Richmond for another fantastic celebration of pop culture. The support from the Richmond community has been overwhelming, and we can’t wait to deliver an unforgettable experience for fans and continue contributing to the vibrant local economy.”


The company is adding to the recent success of Richmond’s inaugural GalaxyCon Presents Nightmare Weekend, which made its debut in October of 2023. Nightmare Weekend, a horror-themed spinoff event, garnered widespread acclaim for its spine-chilling attractions, celebrity guests from the horror genre, and immersive experiences. The positive reception from attendees and the success of Nightmare Weekend further solidify GalaxyCon’s position as a versatile and dynamic event organizer.


Jeremy Phillips, General Manager of the Greater Richmond Convention Center, expressed his anticipation for the upcoming GalaxyCon Richmond, stating, “GalaxyCon has proven to be a tremendous partner for the Greater Richmond Convention Center, bringing diverse and engaged audiences to our city. We are proud to host such an exciting event and look forward to welcoming fans and guests from all over for another spectacular weekend.”


GalaxyCon Richmond promises to be a celebration of all things pop culture, offering fans a chance to connect with their favorite creators, immerse themselves in fandoms, and create lasting memories.


In addition to communal activities and spectacles, the event will once again bring together some of the most beloved celebs from movies, television, comics, wrestling, and gaming.


The 2024 lineup includes:


  • Ian McDiarmid (Supreme Chancellor Palpatine/Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars Franchise, Star Wars Rebels, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Tales of the Jedi, and Star Wars: The Bad Batch, King Pellenor in Britannia, Sir George Goldie in The Lost City of Z)

  • Ron Perlman (Hellboy in Hellboy & Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Clay Morrow in Sons of Anarchy, Pernell Harris in Hand of God)

  • Giancarlo Esposito – Moff Gideon in The Mandalorian; Gus Fring in Breaking Bad & Better Call Saul; Faraday in Cyberpunk: Edgerunners; Stan Edger in The Boys; Lex Luthor in Harley Quinn

  • Emily Swallow – The Armorer in The Mandalorian, Amara in Supernatural, Natalie Pierce in SEAL Team

  • Simon Kassianides – Axe Woves in The Mandalorian, Sunil Bakshi in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Yusef in Quantum of Solace

  • A Psych Reunion featuring Corbin Bernsen (Roger Dorn in Major League and Major League II, Henry Spencer in Psych, Arnie Becker in L.A. Law), Timothy Omudnson (Carlton Lassiter/Archie Baxter in Psych, Sean Potter in Judging Amy, Gregory in This Is Us), and Maggie Lawson (Juliet O’Hara/Scarlett Jones in Psych, Lisa Anne in Pleasantville, Natalie Flynn in Lethal Weapon)

  • Lou Diamond Phillips – Monfriez in Courage Under Fire, Chavez y Chavez in Young Guns & Young Guns II, Ritchie Valens in La Bamba

  • Edward James Olmos – Admiral William Adama in Battlestar Galactica, Lieutenant Martin “Marty” Castillo in Miami Vice, Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver

  • Star Trek cast members William Shatner (Captain Kirk), Brent Spiner (Lt. Cmdr. Data),

  • Katee Sackhoff (Bo-Katan Kryze in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels & The Mandalorian, Amunet Black in The Flash, Kara ‘Starbuck’ Thrace in Battlestar Galactica

  • Jesse Ventura – American politician, actor, and retired professional wrestler for the WWF, Captain Freedom in The Running Man, CryoCon in Demolition Man

  • Carl Weathers – Dillon in Predator, Apollo Creed in Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III, and Rocky IV, Greef Karga in The Mandalorian, Chubbs in Happy Gilmore

  • The Lawrence Brothers – Joey (Joey Russo/Donnie Russo in Blossom, Joe Roman in Brotherly Love, Joseph ‘Joe’ Long in Melissa & Joey, Oliver in Oliver & Company), Matthew (Jack Hunter in Boy Meets World and Girl Meets World, Chris Hillard in Mrs. Doubtfire, Billy in The Hot Chick) and Andy (Theodore J. ‘T.J.’ Detweiler in Recess, Andy Roman in Brotherly Love, Jason in United States of Tara)


In addition to celebrity guests, GalaxyCon 2022 will feature:

  • Tabletop and video gaming tournaments

  • FSCW – Fantasy Super Cosplay Wrestling

  • Costume contests

  • Photo-ops

  • Late night parties and events

  • Full exhibition room of comics, merch, and collectible vendors


Guests are available for pre-interviews the week of the event based on availability. Some guests will be available for on-site interviews (based on availability) and media is encouraged to schedule any interviews with desired celebrities in advance.