Portlandians pride themselves on being weird, but for one blissful weekend each year things get even weirder. Rose City Comic Con is back this weekend, Sept. 7-9, 2018, and we’ve got some highlights to keep you entertained throughout the weekend!

Rose City Comic Con

Rose City Comic Con via Facebook

Friday, Sept. 7

Celebrity highlights include:

Once Upon a Rose City With Kristen Bauer

A Spotlight on Mike Mignola

The Exorcism of Linda Blair

In addition to Friday panels, RCCC features:

Jinxworld Drink & Draw with Special Guest Brian Michael Bendis and DC Comics. 8 pm at Spirit of ’77, right across from the Oregon Convention Center.

Karate Kid (1984) Screening. 8 pm in Panel Room 1.

Saturday, Sept. 8

Celebrity highlights include:

The Doctor is In With David Tennant

Felicia Day: Queen of Geek

John Barrowman Does It All

An Hour With Catherine Tate

In addition to the phenomenal panel line up, RCCC will also feature:

2018 Costume Contest. 8 pm in Panel Room 1.

2018 After Party With Sonicboombox. 8 pm at Spirit of ’77, right across from the Oregon Convention Center.

Sunday, Sept. 9

Celebrity highlights include:

Smallville in the Rose City With Tom Welling and Michael Rosenbaum

As Seen in Everything: Karl Urban

Get Lost With Evangeline Lilly

In addition to Sunday panels, RCCC will also feature:

PDX Ramen Summit – Spotlight Dinner. Afuri PDX hosts an Anime Bashi dinner event limited to 12 people.


A detailed list of panels can be found on the Rose City Comic Con website.


Play Fair PDX

Play Fair

via Facebook @PlayFairShows

Play Fair is excited to be a part of RCCC 2018! Access to this event is included with your RCCC badge, which means you get to experience more nerdy goodness for free. The highlights below can also be found in a more detailed press release here.

Highlights will include:

  • More than 30 exhibitors and sponsors including DreamWorks, Playmobil, EntertainmentOne, Hogwild, and Relevant Play.
  • Exciting photo opportunities with talent and costume characters from PJ Masks, Peppa Pig, Poppy and Branch from Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, the University of Oregon Duck Mascot, and more!
  • Stage programming all weekend featuring screenings of DreamWorks Spirit Riding Free and Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, a kids costume parade, lightsaber training, kid’s concerts, magic shows, slime making, plus so much more.
  • Hands-on activities for the whole family, including an Urban Warrior kid’s obstacle course, a 9DKP card tournament, a creation station with amazing LEGO builds, and a craft station with take-home creations.

Transportation and Food

TriMet has two convenient methods of public transport that are located just outside the Oregon Convention Center. The MAX light rail has three trains that make a total of 300 stops at the convention center each day, and bus line No. 6 stops at the MLK lobby entrance.

Both methods of transportation can easily get you downtown to explore the rest of the sights the Rose City has to offer!

Below is a list of food options in the immediate area, although, from personal experience, I highly suggest taking a little bit of time to explore the city and other food options a bit farther away due to the high traffic of these restaurants.

  • Red Robin
  • Burgerville
  • Starbucks
  • Denny’s
  • Citizen Bakery
  • Altabira City Tavern
  • J Cafe

I will be personally covering the convention all weekend, so keep an eye out for a geek running around in a bright teal TGON T-shirt! I’d love to see your inevitably great cosplays! As always, you can reach out to me on Twitter or Tumblr.