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SiouxperCon 2017 Brings Gamers, Trekkers, Graphic Novelists to Sioux Falls May 12–14

Kirk and Spock, "The City on the Edge of Forever," 1967
Done cleaning up after those Republicans— where should we go? Many journeys are possible… but let’s stick around for SiouxperCon!

Now that the Democrats have enjoyed a pleasant if pressless evening with their national party vice-chair, Congressman Keith Ellison, and once the staff get done cleaning the fun off the walls from the Republicans’ orgiastic duckspeaking for their national vice of cardboard-cutout Trumpism, the Ramkota can get ready to host something really fun: SiouxperCon 2017!

In just its second year, SiouxperCon brands itself as the Sioux Falls area’s (I can’t bring myself to say “Siouxland”) “most anticipated… nerd event“… which description doesn’t really distinguish SiouxperCon from a really good Democratic Party event. But the comic books, anime, board games, video games, science fiction/fantasy literature discussions and awesome costumes will.

SiouxperCon 2017 starts Friday, May 12, at noon with ten hours of gaming. The event runs Saturday and Sunday with a full roster of panels, speakers, vendors, and other fun:

Siouxpercon 2017
SiouxperCon 2017

Events include South Dakota’s biggest Cosplay Contest, celebrity entertainment and Nerd Idol, numerous panels, the Siouxper Brawl video game tournament, vendors, local artists, comic book creators and artists, board games, Princess Tea Party, Pokemon tournament, Comedy Show, Movies, Improv, live music and dance! 

…Featured guests include: DC Comic Book Artist Tom Nguyen, IDW Comic Book writer Erik Burnham, Comic Book Legend Gordon Purcell, Comic Book writers Sean E. Williams and Eliot Rahal, Eisner Award winning creator Bill Willingham, Movie/TV producer Ken E Levin (Hellboy, Road to Perdition and Preacher), WWE Wrestler Nick “Eugene” Dinsmore, and “How It Should Have Ended” artists Otis Frampton. Also featured will be the original Delorean from Back to the Future, the 501st Legion, South Dakota Ghostbusters, local vendors and local artists [SiouxperCon, press release, received 2017.04.28].

Of special interest: Saturday, 7 p.m., Jacob Kleinsasser presents Star Wars vs. Star Trek. You think Tornberg vs. Lederman gets nasty? Try blasters vs. phasers!

SiouxperCon VP Shane Gerlach tells me that the inaugural SiouxperCon last year drew over 1500 unique visitors who helped raise $4000, which SiouxperCon donated to charities REACH Literacy and JY6. Gerlach says SiouxperCon 2017 is aiming for 2,500 guests.

Kids 10 and under get in free; kids like me who are older than 10 can get a one-day pass for $10, a three-day pass for $25, and special event passes for $60 and $150.


  1. Porter Lansing 2017-05-01 09:06

    Speaking of cosplay, have you ever noticed how Republicans mostly all look alike? Sit in an airport and watch passengers walk by. It’s hardly difficult to tell the Republicans. You rarely even have to look past the facial expressions.
    Lets examine why …
    Liberal ideals are largely rooted in empathy. Liberal policies seek to care for the poor with social services, promote equity even for people unlike themselves, valuing natural environments at the expense of business, etc. The people who espouse these views think of this as “progress”. Whether or not these ideas are the best depends on the circumstances (and individual values), and that’s a whole other matter.
    Conservative ideals are the opposite. They place value on self-reliance over offering help, promoting one’s own values or status at the expense of others, and a general resistance to change and new information. And, again, the best set of values should looked at case by case.
    Liberals come out looking like the good guys because their ideas seem…well, “nice”. Liberals aren’t always nice. But conservatives sure do give them a lot of ammunition to play the “we’re good because we fight for the people” game. – QUORA
    The question arises. How can a state that boasts “South Dakota Nice” be comprised of so many Republicans? As I read in a SoDak letter to the editor. South Dakota is only nice if you act like everyone else and not like a darned liberal. A liberal’s front sidewalk may be the one his neighbor with a snowblower conveniently passes over while doing the entire block on a Sunday morning.

  2. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2017-05-01 09:11

    I’m sure cosplayers, gamers, Trekkers, and other devotees of the fantastic are welcome, regardless of political persuasion.

  3. Porter Lansing 2017-05-01 10:43

    That’s right. All are welcome at SiouxperCon. Be Nice … don’t just put on your “nice” costume.

  4. Vance Feyereisen 2017-05-01 16:04

    Porter Lansing—-

    The average repub will drive a Ford.
    The average Dem will drive a Chevy.

  5. Porter Lansing 2017-05-01 16:08

    I agree, Vance. Got any more?

  6. Porter Lansing 2017-05-01 17:22

    Calling all cosplayers. Patty and T.J will be there. They’re furries. Pat’s a big ‘ol bear and T.J.’s her little snowflake. lol

  7. Dave Baumeister 2017-05-01 23:23

    Will Bat-bum make a return appearance?

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