Featured Guest

John Eads

(A.K.A. Jim Shorts)

Jim Shorts Cosplay Skull

Jim Shorts has been in the entertainment industry for over 20 years and counting! His abilities on stage as a singer, emcee, actor, and cosplayer have earned him numerous accolades and awards, including multiple first place awards at SoonerCon; Best in Sci-Fi Media and the highly coveted “WTF?!?” Award. Mr. Shorts (from this point on we can all call him Jim) has performed on stage well over 1,000 times for audiences ranging from our very own SoonerCon to the Civic Center to hundreds of U.S. government and military officials and more.

With a degree in Vocal Performance and background in Theater, Jim’s abilities to entertain crowds has amplified in recent years due to his involvement in the Oklahoma cosplay community as well as both worldwide and local volunteer organizations. From Solo to Mandalorian to Stormtrooper, he is also active with the all-volunteer forces of Jedi OKC and the 501st Legion, which serve to bring joy and raise funds for many organizations in need both near and far. Jim now sets his targeting system on SoonerCon 30 and looks forward to providing the best “Ooo’s, Ahh’s & Haha’s” in the galaxy!

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Noon | Location: Boomer A

Star Wars: Start Here

With such an expanded canon, the Star Wars franchise can be intimidating to newcomers interested in joining in and geeking out. Punch it on into the Star Wars universe.

Moderator: Stevo the Gutter Nerd

Panelists: Stevo the Gutter Nerd, La Blanke, James Dock, John Eads, TattedSith Cosplay

Tracks: Pop Culture & Entertainment, Fandoms, Film & TV

2:00 PM | Location: Sooner B

Anti-Heroes and Why We Love Them

Killmonger, Homelander, Deadpool—the entire Doom Patrol and Suicide Squad. What makes one a villain and another an antihero? While superheroes dominate the landscape, there’s a growing trend of fan affection for the not-so-straight shooters of the super squad. Why are antiheroic characters so popular, and how is this shaping pop-culture storytelling?

Moderator: ET Wardwell

Panelists: ET Wardwell, Sherri Dean, John Eads, Tim Frayser

Tracks: Pop Culture & Entertainment, Gaming, Film & TV, Comics, Cosplay, Writing & Publishing

6:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma HIJ

Opening Ceremonies

SoonerCon 30's official opening. Emcee John Eads welcomes all SoonerCon Heroes Home!

Moderator: John Eads

Panelists: John Eads, Beku.Cos, Johnny Yong Bosch, Dr. Donna J. Nelson, FRSC, FACS, Muriel Fahrion, Knightmage, Elizabeth Leggett, Mace Kendu, Jamie Marchi, A. Lee Martinez, Larry Nemecek, Cory J. Phillips, Porcelain Vahjeen, Remy Domino, Rynaga, Syren, J. Michael Tatum

Tracks: General Interest, Meetup

7:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma A

Friends of SoonerCon Reception

Friends of SoonerCon membership-exclusive social event with SoonerCon 30 guests of honor and featured guests. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages provided. Thank you to our 2022 Friends of SoonerCon and Kickstarter supporters!

Moderator: John Eads

Panelists: John Eads, Beku.Cos, Jerry Bennett, Johnny Yong Bosch, Dr. Donna J. Nelson, FRSC, FACS, Muriel Fahrion, Knightmage, Elizabeth Leggett, Mace Kendu, Jamie Marchi, A. Lee Martinez, Larry Nemecek, Cory J. Phillips, Porcelain Vahjeen, Remy Domino, Rynaga, Syren, J. Michael Tatum

Tracks: General Interest, Meetup

10:00 AM | Location: Oklahoma E - Con Store

Autographs

Meet SPIKE Team members Frontline and Safeguard, Covidia the Cruel, and Ms. Information for pics and exclusive Kickstarter print signings at the Con Store in the Exhibitors Hall. (2 Hours)

Tracks: Autographs

1:30 PM | Location: North Hallway

Star Wars Parade Meet-up

If you're in Star Wars costuming, head over to the line-up spot for assignment from the 501st for your spot to walk in the con floor parade.

Moderator: Oklahoma Garrison of the 501st Legion

Panelists: Oklahoma Garrison of the 501st Legion, John Eads, JediOKC

Tracks: Fandoms, Meetup, Cosplay, General Interest

2:00 PM | Location: North Hallway

Star Wars Parade

Calling all fans and cosplayers to witness this march of rebels, Imperialists, Jawas, and other Star Wars character favorites throughout the convention floor.

Moderator: Oklahoma Garrison of the 501st Legion

Panelists: Oklahoma Garrison of the 501st Legion, JediOKC, John Eads

Tracks: General Interest, Cosplay, Fandoms

4:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma G

Cosplay for Fun or Cosplay FTW

Each cosplayer has their own reason(s). From scene-accurate builds, OCs, or first-time store-bought and found constructions, cosplay is art for everyone. Come learn the differences, share your own, maybe even learn something new!

Moderator: Mimic Rae

Panelists: Mimic Rae, Chaotic Neutral Cosplay, John Eads, Luna Reign Cosplay, Tall Chick Cosplay

Tracks: Art, Costuming & Fashion, Maker, Cosplay

8:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma HIJ

Costume Contest

SoonerCon's 30th annual Masquerade Costume Contest! Sponsored by Bernina OKC, TNT Cosplay Supply, OKC Fabric Market, and One Stop Anime.

Moderator: John Eads

Panelists: John Eads, Beku.Cos, Kekkuda, Knightmage, Remy Domino

Tracks: Maker, Costuming & Fashion, Art, Performing Arts, Cosplay

10:30 PM | Location: Oklahoma HIJ

SoonerCon After Dark: Nerdlesque with Terre Rouge Burlesque

Terre Rouge Burlesque performers Bessie Boutté, Padme Peaches, Quinn Dixie, and emcee Jim Shorts delight SoonerCon audience members with nerdy, titillating burlesque. (Must be age 18+ w/ID to participate in this exclusive late-night function).

Moderator: John Eads

Panelists: John Eads, Bessie Boutté, Terre Rouge Burlesque, Padme Peaches, Quinn Dixie

Tracks: General Interest, Performing Arts

11:00 AM | Location: Oklahoma HIJ

Kids Costume Contest

SoonerCon's annual Kids Costume Contest on the main stage (ages 5-12), featuring costumes imagined and made by younglings. Participants can pre-register online or onsite Friday and Saturday during registration hours at the Costuming Info Table. Sign-ups are first come, first served with a cap of 30 participants. Prizes sponsored by Bernina of OKC.

Moderator: John Eads

Panelists: John Eads, Aoi Kitsu, Heroic Inner Kids, Kekkuda, Leslie Raymond

Tracks: Contest, Cosplay, Costuming & Fashion, Kids, Maker

2:00 PM | Location: University C

Be a Karaoke Rock Star

Karaoke isn't just about hitting the correct notes. Let our experts on stage presence teach you how to harness your inner rock star.

Moderator: John Eads

Panelists: John Eads, Elijah Farmer, Madi

Tracks: Music, Performing Arts, Fandoms, Pop Culture & Entertainment

4:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma HIJ

Closing Ceremonies

SoonerCon 30's official closing. Emcee John Eads gets us stoked for SoonerCon 31, coming 2023.

Moderator: John Eads

Panelists: John Eads, Beku.Cos, Dr. Donna J. Nelson, FRSC, FACS, Knightmage, Elizabeth Leggett, Jamie Marchi, A. Lee Martinez, Larry Nemecek, Cory J. Phillips, Porcelain Vahjeen, Remy Domino, Rynaga, Syren, J. Michael Tatum

Tracks: Meetup, General Interest