Let’s take about the awesomeness and growing diversity that was all at Power-Con 2019 this past weekend.
Have you ever heard of the Power-Con? I had not until this year, even though it’s been going for over 8 years now. I must say, if you are a fan of the She-Ra or He-man universe this is where you need to be. It’s the official Masters of the Universe and Princesses of Power convention, held in Anaheim, California.
The Power-Con opened it’s doors at 10 am, Saturday 17 Aug 2019. At the Hilton Anaheim Convention Center. I got there about 10:20 the line was not bad, about a 20-minute wait. Also, the wait was inside the air-conditioned hotel so I didn’t mind. Other conventions will have con-goers standing outside for hours in the heat.
I walked around for a bit to get a lay of the land. Everyone I spoke with said that this was the best turn out in the history of the convention.
I’m positive that a lot of this had to do with the release of the new She-ra show on Netflix.
Now with the release of the new multi-verse mini-comic and the new He-man Netflix show, I expect to see even more cosplayers and artists depicting the many different versions of all the characters in the franchise … but I’m getting ahead of myself.
This is an exciting time for Power-Con and the Masters of the Universe. All the love and fandom from the ’80s are being revamped for a whole new generation to love and enjoy. The kids that grew up watching the original version of He-man and She-ra, which was released over 35 years ago, are now exposing their children to the universe and creating new memories.
The Power-Con Creators
Ran into a wonderful artist named Tony Washington. He has been attending and vendering at Power-con since the very first one. Of all his creations I especially loved his version of Orko. Tony managed to make Orko look like a black mage from the nostalgic times of the early Final Fantasy days. The colors were vibrant. The placement of elements in the surroundings background made you feel as though you were being pulled into a real life cut scene from your favorite video game. You can check him out at tonywashingtonart.com Art By Tony Washington
Ran into a wonderful artist named Tony Washington. He has been attending and vending at Power-Con since the very first one. Of all his creations I especially loved his version of Orko. Tony managed to make Orko look like a black mage from the nostalgic times of the early Final Fantasy days. The colors were vibrant. The placement of elements in the surrounding background made you feel as though you were being pulled into a real-life cut scene from your favorite video game. You can check him out at tonywashingtonart.com
Art By Tony Washington
Mark McCray, author of an interesting book – The Best Saturdays of Our Lives – veneered at Power-Con with his sons, Miles, and Omar. This interesting read is about the evolution of Saturday morning cartoons, the good, the bad, and the super-competitive nature of that time slot. The cartoon-packed Saturday morning tv was the highlight of the week for most kids in the ’80s. The book is a great read that will have you reminiscing about your childhood. Pick yourself up a copy at TheBestSaturdaysOfOurLives.com
There were very integrate art displays like this one from Jorge Solares. A Huichol art Battle Cat, how cool is that! This is the first time I have ever heard the term Huichol art but I’m glad I have been enlightened. It’s an ancient art form of the Huichol people, who are indigenous to regions in north-central Mexico. The beadwork was very detailed and complex, it truly was a party for your eyes.
The Power-Con Cosplayers
This year’s Power-Con presented more MOTU cosplay diversity than ever before. The original version of MOTU did not have much representation for people of color (PoC). This is understandable since the show aired in the early in the ’80s. However now with the reboots, more representation showing people of all sizes and colors are being written into the storyline.
The push for diversity was evident with the lineup of official cosplay guests. This year was the first year that the convention had not one, but two black cosplay guest. That’s a big deal. It’s showing a diverse face to the fan-base.
These two little girls came to the show with their father. They were so excited to see a cosplayer that looks like them. Just more examples of why representation matters. They had a 10-minute conversation about geeky things that they liked and how much they enjoyed dressing up. Children are creative being by nature and helping them see more people who look like them will help fuel creativity and invention. Follow @MiniMorphee_cosplay on Instagram.
On top of being a cool cosplayer with a mean afro, Hellspawned Cosplay is also a cosplay diversity activist. He spent a lot of time at the con meeting with the movers and shakers in the industry like Tim Seeley and Mark Bernardin to promote getting more diversity written into the new MOTU multiverse. Even with all that going on, Hellspawn still had time to pose with all species of the Masters of the Universe. Check him out on Instagram @Hellspawned_cosplay.
Alphonso McAuley and Nyambi
There was even a surprise visit from Alphonso McAuley and his right-hand man Nyambi. Not cosplayers but wonderful actors and certified blerds, they came out to Power-Con to share a few laughs with us. If you ever get the chance to hang out with these jokers. Do It. Check them out on Instagram @nyambi / @mcphonz.
The Big Announcement
The big exciting news this year is that Kevin Smith the creator of Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob – is the lead writer of the new He-man reboot on Netflix. Masters of the Universe: Revelation. I sincerely hope this new show has all the sarcasm and wittiness that made Kevin’s previous creations a hit.
So I managed to record the announcement but I have to warn you ahead of time. The video is pretty rough, not very stable. This would have probably been better as a podcast but you get all the important stuff. Enjoy it and rejoice in the reincarnation of our beloved characters.
Will you be at Power-oCn next year?
I had a great time this year I have always been a She-ra fan but I never knew there was an actual convention for my nerd drug of choice until I stumbled upon Power-Con this year. I had two mission for this convention and achieved them both – Quest completed.
First and foremost, I went to Power-Con to see what all they had to offer us fans and I was not disappointed. Hopefully, as the convention grows they will have more activities past 6 pm. I vote for a cosplay dance party, those are always a big hit.
The second part of my mission was to promote the upcoming cosplay event I will be a part of, which will is happening in April 2020. A group of more than 60 cosplayers will re-enact the cannon and stories from the Masters of the Universe and Princesses of Power – I’m cosplaying a supporting character from She-ra – Castaspella. Stay tuned for more info and follow the hashtag #Motu2020Crew on social media.
This year was a great time for any He-Man or She-ra fan. I hope next year there will be even more diversity, more informative panels, and more cosplay fun. The Masters of the Universe and Princesses of Power have a strong dedicated following which is only going to grow larger in the coming years. I hope to see you there next year.
Writer, Cosplayer, Wine Lover.
Founder and Editor-in-chief for Urban Cosplayers, a website dedicated to spreading the representation of People of Color (PoC) a in the cosplay culture.