March 26, 2020
iMagicon Postpones To August
Cast from Star Trek Discovery TV-series will still attend event
MINOT – iMagicon announced Thursday (3/26/2020) that it has officially postponed the April comic & gaming convention due to the growing pandemic. The event has been rescheduled for August 21-23, 2020, at the Minot Municipal Auditorium. All presold tickets and vendor applications will be honored for the August dates.
Star Trek Discovery special guests Doug Jones, Sara Mitich, Patrick Kwok-Choon, Hannah Cheesman and Ronnie Rowe Jr have all confirmed they will attend the fall event.
“For the past two weeks, we have been working diligently to find a date that worked with iMagicon, the Auditorium and special guests,” said Leann Mellum, iMagicon event organizer. “We didn’t want to postpone without knowing a firm date and if the Star Trek Discovery team were still able to attend.”
“With conventions and events canceling all around the world, the rescheduling process surprisingly went very smooth,” Mellum continued. “Everyone stepped up to the plate to rearrange schedules and ensure the event could continue as normally as possible.”
iMagicon is entering its 6th year and was on track to be its biggest year with five cast members attending from the hit TV series Star Trek Discovery.
“To have a high caliber actor like Doug Jones in our midst is something we dreamed about for the past five years,” said Jared Adams, event organizer. “He’s been in so many films from Fantastic Four as the Silver Surfer to Hell Boy’s Abe Sapien. We are excited that him and his castmates are still able to attend Minot.”
The event is more than special guests however. iMagicon celebrates all fandoms from video gaming, table top gaming, cosplay, anime and more.
“We really are a unique con as we don’t focus just on one genre of fandom,” Adams continued. “We are a place for all fans to come enjoy their interests whether it is tabletop gaming or dressing up as a favorite character.”
Cosplay Contests are one of the most attended events at iMagicon with fans competing for the ultimate title of iMagicon Cosplayer of the Year, which includes a $200 cash prize and a $150 value prize provided by Rock30 Games.
“Coplay is one of the main areas our guests can really let loose,” said Adams. “Whether it takes a day or years of tweaking, cosplayers pour their hearts, blood, sweat and tears into their costumes to represent something they truly love.”
Those wanting to compete in the cosplay contest, can pre-register at imagiconnd.com/cosplaycontest.
While cosplay may be one of the main features of the event, gaming is a close competition in popularity. Video and tabletop tournaments will dominate the gaming experience. iMagicon will also see the return of other fan favorite events such as SRT LAN party, Draw Offs Competitions, LARPing (live action role playing) and Escape Rooms. No matter your interest, iMagicon has a bit of something for everyone!
This year’s special guests have decades of experience in the pop culture industry.
Currently known as Lieutenant Saru on CBS’ Star Trek Discovery, Doug Jones has been acting for 32 years across television and film! From roles like the Silver Surfer to Abe Sapien to a clown in Batman Returns, Jones has played a vast variety of characters throughout his career. During Halloween, most fans may recognize him as Billy Butcherson from the hit movie Hocus Pocus.
Hannah Cheesman — a CSA-nominated filmmaker, writer and actor — has just wrapped her role as Commander Airiam on CBS’ Star Trek Discovery Season 2, Hannah is an emerging filmmaker. She’s written and directed three short films and her hit digital series Whatever, Linda is currently in development for television.
Sara Mitich is known as Lieutenant Nilsson in CBS’ Star Trek Discovery Season 2 (Lt. Commander Airiam Season 1), she has also appeared in the hit show, The Expanse as the lovable Gia. Acting for just under 10 years, she is very quickly becoming an actress to watch, and her roles are ones to remember.
Beginning acting all the way back in school, landing the roll of Will in “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” in high school, Ronnie Rowe Jr has always loved to act. Professionally acting since 2003, he has appeared in numerous roles from Warehouse 13, The Expanse to Lieutenant junior grade R.A. Bryce in CBS’ Star Trek Discovery. Always pushing himself forward to improve, Ronnie constantly trains to reach the next level.
Last, but not least, is Patrick Kwok-Choon. One of 12 actors out of 600, he was selected to train at the prestigious Canadian Film Centre Actors Conservatory. Reprising his role as Lieutenant Gen Rhys on CBS’ Star Trek Discovery, his work spans across several performances. Patrick is a highly skilled martial artist and speaks several languages fluently. Come meet him and all our guests at iMagicon and join them at our celebrity panels!
VOLUNTEER: iMagicon is seeking volunteers to help make the event happen. To learn more, visit imagiconnd.com/volunteer.
HOTEL: The Hampton Inn & Suites (Minot) is hosting iMagicon guests this year with special room blocks set aside for fans. To reserve a room, call 701-838-1400 and mention “iMagicon”.
TICKETS: Tickets to iMagicon run $20/ for individuals 14+; youth (13-7) are $5/day. Guests looking to attend the full weekend can get major discounts by purchasing tickets in advance of the event. 3-Day Convention Passes are being sold for $40 and 3-Day Family Passes for two individuals (14 and older) and two youth (13 and younger) are being sold for $60. Advanced Tickets can be purchased at www.imagiconnd.com or by visiting participating ticket outlets at Original Comics & Collectibles, Budget Music, and Chaos Games.
iMagicon is made possible through the support of sponsors like KMOT, Chaos Games, Hampton Inn & Suites, SRT Communications, Papa Johns (Minot), Hometown Radio Group, Dakota Outdoor Advertising, Dirty Girls Car Wash (Bottineau), Artmain, Visit Minot, KX News, and Grand Hotel.