Pensacon will be back in its familiar timeslot next year as event founder Mike Ensley announced Sunday that the 2022 pop culture extravaganza will run from Feb. 18-20 in downtown Pensacola.
Pensacon 2022 will mark the ninth annual version of the event. Ensley made the announcement from the floor of the Pensacola Bay Center on Sunday during the third and final day of this year’s rescheduled event.
Pensacon 2021 occurred in late May after being postponed in January due to COVID-19 concerns. A number of scheduled 2021 guests dropped out over the course of this year, but event organizers were diligent in replacing them to give fans the best possible time given the circumstances.
Ensley said it was a crazy year, especially from Pensacon’s perspective.
“Last year we were very lucky, we happened right before the shutdown,” Ensley said. “We had a great convention with amazing guests like Weird Al Yankovic here. Everybody came out and supported us and it was great. Then we went to put (2021) tickets on sale and we had to postpone that because there was so much uncertainty in the world. We thought, in a couple months this will pass and we’ll get back on track, and, it didn’t pass.”
Still, Ensley said the May audible has worked out well for all parties involved. Pensacon doesn’t have the Sunday attendance counts, but said the 2021 turnout is “trending in the same direction as 2020’s event.”
Also during Sunday’s announcement, Ensley revealed a number of celebrity guests already locked into 2022’s event.
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Those guests include:
- Donnie Dunagan and Peter Behn, the voices of “Bambi” and “Thumper” in Disney’s animated classic, “Bambi.”
- Dan Molina and Vera Pacheco, the voices of “Dirk the Daring” and “Princess Daphne” in the video game, “Dragon’s Lair.”
- Jeff Etter, the voice of the title character in the popular video game “Space Ace.”
- Dennis Christopher, whose career includes roles in the 1990 miniseries “It” “Breaking Away,” “Chariots of Fire” and “Django Unchained.”
- Bin Fuyura and Eiichi Kikuchi, both famous as the Japanese hero “Ultraman.”
- Comic artist Simon Bisley, perhaps best known for his work on DC Comics antihero, “Lobo.”
Visit Pensacon.com for more details as they emerge — including information on 2022 ticket sales — throughout the year at pensacon.com.
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