June 8, 2024

12:00-6:00 PM

Dole Center

Base access is required to attend.

Are You Ready?

Mark your calendars, set your phasers to stun, and get ready to boldly go where no fan has gone before. Keep your eyes peeled for more updates on what’s in store for this epic event!

McConnell Con 2024 Cosplay Contest

See your favorite characters come to life on the Jack Pulley Ballroom stage! The cosplay contest is a competition showcase of costume construction and stage performance, open to cosplayers of all levels of experience. You may choose to sign up for Little League (ages 9 and below), Sidekicks (ages 10-17), Superheroes (ages 18+), or Master Chiefs (All ages of Master Cosplay / Award Winning Cosplay Individual). We also have categories for you super teams who want to enter as a group!

For a full list of rules click here

We want to see your cosplay!

2024 Schedule of Events | Saturday, June 8

Vendors Den - Main Stage

Pulley Ballroom

12-12:25 – Episode II Begins

12:30-12:55pm – Turning Cosplay into Community (Just Us League)

1-1:25pm – Get Ready for Walkin & Rollin! (Followed by Cosplay Parade)

1:30-1:55pm – Meet Vader’s Fist – 501st Legion

1:55pm – Little Beard Annoucement: Swashbuckle the Scallywags at 2pm

2-2:45pm – Live from Faraday Studios: It’s Mr. Wizard!

3:00pm – Cosplay Pre-Judging Begins 

3-3:25pm – Pitching Trek: What it Was Like in the Writer’s Room with Robert Bolivar

3:30-3:55pm – Tutorial: Bob Ross Painting with Derese McAbee

4-4:15pm – Butler Community College eGaming

4:20-4:55pm – Heartland Championship Wrestling Demo

5pm – Cosplay Contest and Awards

Cosplay Corner

Fitness Center Large Gym

Yavin Temple – Jedi Academy Classes

Space is limited. Get tickets in advance or just come and watch!

2:30-3:00pm – Sign up by 2:15

3:30-4:00pm – Sign up by 3:15

4:30-5:00pm – Sign up by 4:15


1:30pm – Cosplay Parade in Ballroom


Tabletop Tavern & TCG @ Breakaway

Arena Hobbies Commander Tournament

Start time – 1:15pm

Register by 1pm with the Arena Hobbies booth to get your name on the bracket. 

Bring your commander deck and prepare to compete for prizes in a 1-on-1 competition. The standard Wizards of the Coast banlist will be used for the event. For the banlist, click here.

The top 8 prize breakdown:

1st – 1 Bundle Pack and 3 Booster Packs of Outlaws of Thunder Junction

2nd – 8 Booster Packs of Outlaws of Thunder Junction

3rd – 6 Booster Packs of Outlaws of Thunder Junction

4th – 6 Booster Packs of Outlaws of Thunder Junction

5th – 4 Booster Packs of Outlaws of Thunder Junction

6th – 4 Booster Packs of Outlaws of Thunder Junction

7th – 3 Booster Packs of Outlaws of Thunder Junction

8th – 2 Booster Packs of Outlaws of Thunder Junction

We also plan to have open commander pods. Jump in anytime!

Hall of Heroes

Education Hall, Room 163

1-1:30pm – Harry Potter and the Majorly Hard Trivia

1:30-2pm – BREAK

2-2:30pm – Scavenger Hunt – Dino Trackers!

2:30-3pm – BREAK

3-3:30pm – 1980s Pop Culture Trivia

3:30-4pm – Win, Lose or Draw

4-4:25pm – BREAK

4-4:45pm – Win, Lose or Draw

4:30-4:55pm – Scavenger Hunt 2: The Lost World


Panel Room

Education Hall, Room 164

1-1:55pm – Iain Chaplain: Miniature Painting – Warhammer & More!

2-2:30pm – Ace Nuckolls & Kim Cotterell: Creating Comics

2:30-3pm – Lt. Col Bruce Jamison: So You Want to Be An Author? My Experience Writing and Publishing My First Novel

3-3:55pm – Anthony Vu: Fit Check! Intro to Cosplay


Fitness Center Auxiliary Gym

Planetarium Showtimes

Space may be vast, but it’s also limited to 40 people per tour! Get tickets in advance outside of the fitness center gym!








Swashbuckle the Scallywags @The Pirate Ship (Kids Show)

Behind the Tanker Tavern




Screens 1 & 2

Education Hallway, Sunflower Room & Room 161

Screening Room 1 

12:15pm – “Nichijou” (Episodes 1, 6 & 16)

1:15pm – Discussion

1:30pm – “March Comes in Like a Lion”

2:30pm – Discussion

2:45pm – “Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!” (Episodes 1. 2 & 3)

3:45pm – Discussion

4:00pm – “Laid-Back Camp”

Screening Room 2

12:15pm – Millennium Actress (subtitled)

1:45pm – Discussion

2:15pm – Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (subtitled)

4:00pm – Discussion


After Hours 18+

Tanker Tavern


Adult Pirate Comedy Show, Drink Specials & Tabletop Gaming


Gamer Grotto

Bleckley Lounge

12-1pm – Tournament Sign-Ups in Bleckley Lounge

1-4:00pm – Tournaments: Tekken, Street Fighter VI, Super Smash Bros.

1-4pm – Console Free Play with dozens of games


FREE comic books in the library 12-4pm

Highlights from Last Year

Previously at McConnell Con…

JK Simmons Video Message

A personal video to McConnell AFB geeks and nerds from J. Jonah Jameson himself!

Watch Video

2023 Group Cosplay Winner

A super-duper CONGRATS to last year’s cosplay winner in the group category.

For more photos of cosplayers and other highlights, click the gallery link below.

2023 Photo Gallery

Nic Cage Video Message

McConnell AFB was lucky enough to receive an exclusive message from Johnny Blaze actor Nicolas Cage!

Watch Video


Geek out with us

McConnell Con is the celebration of all things comics, gaming, toys, anime, cosplay & pop culture. We will be bringing to McConnell AFB local comic books and cartoon artists, writers, cosplayers, and so much more!

The event is projected to bring thousands of military-affiliated fans from all over the Kansas region – including members of the Air National Guard, Reserves and Space Force. Being the only Kansas military base hosting an annual comic con, our event has become a hub for local military-connected fans and connoisseurs of comic and pop culture.

Don’t miss this epic celebration of all things nerdy! Bring out (or build!) your best cosplay, grab your wands, and get ready to assemble! We’re putting together an action-packed day! McConnell Con will feature cosplay contests, gaming tournaments, and brain-busting panels to learn more about the nerdy things you love!


Robert J. Dole Community Center
53476 Wichita St.
McConnell AFB, KS 67221

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From simple raffles, competitions, spinning wheels with prizes, to contests or hidden treasures, to many other fun promotional ways, our team will help you make your marketing ideas come true! Let’s talk, True Believers!

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