October 16, 2020 : By Ryan Klinker - Office of Communications & Public Engagement
After a postponement due to the onset of COVID-19 in March, Liberty University is once again inviting industry professionals and aspiring audio storytellers to the inaugural Sonic-Con, a family-friendly national audio theatre convention, Oct. 23-25.
Growing from an idea that began in 2018, Sonic-Con was created by theatre arts associate professor Chris Nelson as an opportunity for those interested in any and all aspects of the audio industry — including radio, podcasts, and voice acting — to both meet experienced professionals in the field and create their own work among those who share their love for all things audio.
Headlining the weekend convention are voice actors and producers such as Katie Leigh, Phil Lollar, Todd Busteed, and Marshal Younger, who have worked on the well-known “Adventures in Odyssey” series, the world’s longest running international radio drama. The weekend will also feature masterclasses, live radio dramas and music, and exhibitions from writers, producers, sound designers, editors, and more.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to bring people to campus; this is the first time that many of our guests will have stepped foot on Liberty’s campus,” Nelson said. “We always wanted Sonic-Con to be more than just a place where you go to take a picture with some person you grew up with, which is still fun, but we also wanted it to be a place where people create and see creations.”
With special guests booked, roughly 200 passes sold, and a week and a half before its original start in mid-March, the news of the pandemic left Nelson with no choice but to postpone the event. Some guests were unfortunately unable to return for the new date, including voice actor James Arnold Taylor (the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the animated television show “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”), due to scheduling issues related to the ongoing pandemic.
“I’m grateful that the university and the School of Communication and the Arts (SCA) were able to find a date here in October … and everything looks more positive with each passing day that we’re going to make it happen,” Nelson said.
Weekend and daily passes are still available online as well as in-person as late as the morning of each day of the convention. The events will be spread out across SCA classrooms and studios and the Tower Theater, all located in Marie F. Green Hall.