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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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2022 Des Moines Con Press Release

Des Moines Con Debuts This May 

Inaugural Iowa Comic Con to Bring in Celebrities, Creators, and More

DES MOINES (Updated February 3, 2022) – The inaugural Des Moines Con will debut at the Iowa Events Center (730 3rd St.) on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, 2022.


Des Moines Con is a celebration of comics, toys, TV, film, art, cosplay, gaming, and all things nerdy. If you're a fan of Batman, Marvel, Star Wars, LEGO, Disney, Star Trek, Anime, Power Rangers, etc., you'll fit right in at DMC!


Fans of all ages are invited to join the fun and meet internationally known TV and movie actors, anime voice actors, comic creators and other entertainers including*: 


  • Kel Mitchell: All That, Goodburger, Kenan & Kel, Dancing With The Stars

  • Austin St. John: Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers

  • Josh Grelle: Yuri On Ice, My Hero Academia, Attack on Titan

  • Emily Neves: My Hero Academia, Tokyo Ghoul, Dragon Ball Z

  • Aaron Dismuke: My Hero Academia, Fruits Basket, Fullmetal Alchemist

  • Austin Tindle: Tokyo Ghoul, Attack on Titan, Hetalia

  • Raphael Sbarge: Once Upon a Time, Mass Effect


….and others!


“This is the first event of this kind in Des Moines for many years,” said Ben Penrod, founder of Des Moines Con. “We’ve already heard from many local fans, cosplayers, and exhibitors. Everyone is so excited to go to the con!”


Alongside the celebrities and artists, there will be vendors, discussion panels, and other related events taking place at the con. Des Moines Con will also feature a cosplay contest each day to find the best cosplayers in the area. 


For a complete list of the TV and movie stars, wrestlers, cosplayers, animation and anime professionals, creators, and entertainers scheduled to attend, please visit


Event Hours: 

Saturday, May 21    10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 22      10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 


Featured Activities:

Costume Contests 

Celebrity Guest Q&A Sessions

Tabletop Gaming Tournaments

Discussion panels and workshops

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



Prices range from $15 for a one-day Sunday pass to $75 for the Des Moines Con VIP Pass (includes two-day admission, early entry, t-shirt, and art print)

Children 10 and under are FREE with a paid adult. 

For more information and to order online, visit 



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About Nerd Street:

Nerd Street is an event production company started 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.