Fans of anime, gaming, science fiction and fantasy are preparing to descend upon the Lake Charles Civic Center for the annual CyPhaCon convention set for Friday, April 7 through Sunday, April 9.
The event is sponsored and supported by CYPHA L.L.C., a not-for-profit company operating in Southwest Louisiana. President and Treasurer of CYPHA, LLC, Stuart Griggs, told the Southwest Daily News recently that CyPhaCon 2017 is sure to appeal to just about every fantasy and gaming fan in the region.
“As with past events, the convention will be hosting some impressive television, video, and voice celebrities,” he said.
This year’s line-up includes Julian Glover, an English actor best known for his role as General Maximilian Veers from “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back;” Sonny Strait, Krillian of “DragonBall Z,” Chuck Huber, Stien in “Soul Eater,” Luciana Carro, Louanne ‘Kat’ Katraine in “Battlestar Galactica;” and Larry Nemecek, Dr. McCoy in “Star Trek: Continues.”
There will be several authors, and performing groups, as well as local out-of-town fan groups, available for face-to-face meet and greets and autographs.
“We believe CyPhaCon 2017 will be one of the best events to date,” said Garrett Manuel, CyPhaCon guest relations director. “CyPhaCon has grown every year thanks to the local and regional support of our fans. Our staff is always up to the challenge of bringing a one-of-a-kind experience to Southwest Louisiana that you won’t forget.”
Activities scheduled for the convention include the annual CyPhaCon Cosplay Contest and the CyPhaCon Charity Auction, benefitting Harbor House; the CyPhaCon Saturday Evening After-Party, demonstrations and discussion panels, gaming events, and collectible and food vendors.
The weekend kicks off with the second annual CyPhaCon Pub Crawl, a tour of several downtown Lake Charles restaurants and bars.
Children ages 4-11 can again enjoy the child-friendly convention corner which hosts games, artwork, music and other activities.
CyPhaCon events will be spread throughout the entire central portion of the Civic Center, including the first floor Exhibition Hall, the second floor Contraband Room and Mezzanine, the third floor Buccaneer and Jean Lafitte rooms, and the Rosa Hart Theater. The event will run from 3 p.m. until midnight, Friday, April 7; from 8 a.m. until midnight, Saturday, April 8, and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday.
An at-the-door weekend pass is $15 for ages 7-13 and $40 for ages 14 and older. Single-day passes are $15 for ages 7-13, and for those 14 and older, a Friday pass is $20, a Saturday pass is $35, and a Sunday pass is $15. Children 6 and under get in free.
Memberships can also be purchased at Paper Heroes on Ryan Street in Lake Charles or visit the Eventbrite link at www.CyPhaCon.org.
Since 2011, funds from the CyPhaCon auctions have benefitted the Children’s Museum, Southwest Louisiana Autism Society, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the Women’s and Children’s Shelter of Southwest Louisiana, and others.