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If you are interested in covering Des Moines Con, you can EMAIL US for interview requests. If you would like to attend the event as a press/media representative, you can APPLY HERE.

Please request celebrity interviews pre-show. It is very unlikely that you will be able to interview celebrity guests on-site. 

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Des Moines Con's Story

Des Moines Con is a pop culture, media, and comic book convention in Des Moines, Iowa. DMC was created by Ben Penrod, founder of comic cons in over ten cities, including Awesome Con in Washington, DC. Ben fell in love with Des Moines while visiting his friend Jacqui, and decided that Des Moines would be the perfect location for a new comic con. DMC is produced by Ben's company Nerd Street (established 2011), which also organizes Twin Cities Con, Central Florida Comic Con, Annapolis Comic-Con, Southern Maryland Comic-Con, Sugoi Expo Orlando, and co-promotes the Alaska ComiCon. 

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Des Moines Con Returns for Year 2!

June 3-4, 2023, at the Iowa Events Center


The Pop Culture Festival Brings in Dozens of Celebrities, Including

Ross Marquand, Amy Jo Johnson, David Yost, X-Pac, and many more!


Des Moines, IA (March 9, 2023) – Des Moines Con is growing with new additions to the celebrity lineup! Back for its second year, tickets are on sale for the events return to the Iowa Events Center (730 3rd St.), Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4. Des Moines Con celebrates all things comics and pop culture, including TV, film, cosplay, gaming, and anime.


Fans of all ages are invited to join the fun and meet dozens of internationally known TV and movie actors, wrestlers, anime voice actors, comic creators, and other entertainers, including a man who survived a zombie apocalypse, two Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a pro wrestler, Pokémon anime cast members, and the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants. Celebrity guests scheduled to appear include:


  • Tom Kenny (Voice Actor, “SpongeBob SquarePants”)

  • Ross Marquand (Actor, “The Walking Dead,” “Avengers: Infinity War”)

  • Amy Jo Johnson (Actor, musician, filmmaker)

  • David Yost (Actor, “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”)

  • Raphael Sbarge (Actor, “Once Upon A Time”)

  • X-Pac (Pro Wrestler)Sarah Natochenny (Voice Actor, “Pokémon”)

  • Lisa Ortiz (Voice Actor, “Pokémon”)

  • Erica Schroeder (Voice Actor, “Pokémon”)

  • Jim Cummings (Voice Actor, “Winnie The Pooh”)

  • Vincent Martella (Voice Actor, “Phineas & Ferb”)

  • David Errigo Jr. (Voice Actor, “Phineas & Ferb”)

  • Molly Searcy (Voice Actor)

  • Ming Chen (“Comic Book Men,” “Clerks 3”)

  • Tom Ruegger (Animation Producer, “Freakazoid,” “Tiny Toon Adventures”)

  • Paul Rugg (Voice Actor, “Freakazoid,” “Dave the Barbarian”)


*Guest List Subject to Change


For a complete list, please visit


Alongside the celebrities and artists, there will be vendors, discussion panels, and other related events taking place at the con.


Featured Activities

  • Celebrity Guest Q&A Sessions

  • Tabletop Gaming Tournaments

  • Video Gaming Tournaments

  • Discussion panels and workshops

  • Exhibitor and Artist Marketplace with merchants selling comics, art, toys, and more

  • Costume Contests


Event Hours

  • Saturday, June 3        10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

  • Sunday, June 4           10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

A Des Moines Con VIP Pass is $99. It includes two-day admission, early entry, priority lines, a t-shirt, and an art print.


Admission for children 13 & under is only $10 for the entire weekend.


For more information and to order online, visit



For the most up-to-date information, please follow Twin Cities Con on our social channels

Facebook:       @DesMoinesCon

Instagram:       @DesMoinesCon

Twitter:            @DesMoinesCon


About Nerd Street

Nerd Street is an event production company created and operated by Ben Penrod. Nerd Street also produces Twin Cities Con, Central Florida Comic Con, Alaska ComiCon, Annapolis Comic-Con, Southern Maryland Comic-Con, and Sugoi Expo.


Media Contacts

Mike Haberman, Nemer Fieger, mhaberman@, 612-432-9898

Molly Steinke, Nemer Fieger, molly@, 612-309-1677

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