Redeemer Church in La Mirada, CA played host to the first annual Alpha Omega Con. The small gathering encouraged a sense of community, geeky acceptance and a general feeling of love. Founded by the Christian Comic Arts Society, a group often seen displaying Christian based wares at comic conventions on the West Coast, Alpha Omega Con was designed to share a love of all things nerdy and based in the message of Christianity. The event featured a vendor hall, panels and even a film festival.
Far from preachy, the events panels included titles like “Video Games: Controlled Conflict” and “Women in Media.” “Women in Media” was run by Serena Travis, of the show The High Road. The room had a feeling of love with absolutely no condemnation. Serena started conversations on Doctor Who and hugged the crowd happily beforehand. She was joined by actress Carmi Fellwock of the upcoming film Second Seers and Theo Centric Productions (TCP), Zina Bell of Salem Communications and,Tige Charity of the non-profit charity Kids in the Spotlight. All shared their personal stories of being a woman of faith in the culture of LA and media.
Tige Charity’s group, Kids in the Spotlight works with children in the foster system to help them create ten minute videos. The process involves helping the child write their own script, film and edit. November 1 of this year, their Film Festival will be held at the Writer’s Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, hosted by Modern Family’s Ty Burrell.
Panelists were easily approachable. After running to the foodtrucks outside of the church hall, we found ourselves talking to professors, preachers, and attendees in equal measure. Topics covered everything from 1980’s cartoons to Lost to feelings on this season’s Doctor Who. I can’t express how amazing this was. Alpha Omega Con put Christians on an equal nerdy playing field. There was no preaching, but sharing experiences. There wasn’t anyone trying to force a message, but rather a group of people excited to be together and share what they love.
Alpha Omega Con 2014 was a small and easily experienced affair. We look forward to visiting for a second year.