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GalaxyCon excels in the convention industry

Ever been to a convention? If so, was it pop culture related? If going to pop culture conventions is one of your hobbies, and you enjoy meeting celebrities as part of that hobby, then GalaxyCon has you covered!

GalaxyCon is a convention company that provides fans of various TV shows with paid meet & greet opportunities with artists and actors. GalaxyCon has continued this endeavor throughout the pandemic by moving this experience to the virtual world. Therefore, now, each weekend, there are numerous events that cater toward fans from all across the globe that allow these fans to meet their favorite actors via video chats! For example, coming up on May 22nd, four actors from the hit fantasy ABC TV series, Once Upon a Time, are participating in an online event with GalaxyCon! Cast members include Jennifer Morrison, Beverly Elliot, Keegan Connor Tracy, and Eion Bailey! One-on-one meet & greets, and autographs are available for purchase, while the live Q&A panel will be a live stream that is free to watch. More details can be found at galaxycon.com.

Most one-on-one chats are around two minutes, although some are three minutes (length of time is always specified when the chat is paid for). Fans can request that autographs are personalized with their first name, character names, or even quotes. Prices for autographs and one-on-one chats vary based on the celebrity.

One great part of purchasing virtual meet & greets with celebrities via GalaxyCon is the fact that they get recorded as a video for the fan to keep forever. Fans also have the option to pose for a screenshot with the celebrity. The screenshots are then put into a nice GalaxyCon-themed border. The fan can purchase the digital screenshot for $20, or buy a signed 8×10 print of the screenshot which will be signed by the celebrity before getting sent to the fan.

As someone who used to go to many in-person conventions before the pandemic, what GalaxyCon is doing is something that I have not only been participating in, but that I deeply appreciate.