Considered by many to be one of television’s greatest dramas, HBO’s The Sopranos is officially getting its own fan convention. Dubbed SopranosCon, the convention will naturally be held in New Jersey, specifically at the Meadowlands Exposition Center November 23 and 24.
SopranosCon is produced by Time Immemorial, Famous Signs and Michael Mota. “In a nutshell, this is The Sopranos meets New York Comic Con,” says Time Immemorial’s Daniel Trader. “However, our event is going to be much more than pictures, autographs, and vendors.”
What can fans expect? First, the convention promises appearances by over 30 series actors, with Tony Sirico (Paulie “Walnuts”), Federico Castelluccio (Furio Giunta), Vincent Pastore (“Big Pussy”), Vincent Curatola (Johnny “Sack”), David Proval (Richie Aprile), and even Pie-O-My (Goldee, Tony’s favorite horse) already being announced. Beyond that, Trader promises “food, drink, music, comedy, and ‘show-related businesses’ that showcase New Jersey’s Italian culture, as well as fan art galleries, Q&As, trivia, games” and more.
The food aspect might just be the most appealing to me, as any fan knows just how much of a role food plays on the show. A recent re-watch of the series sent me down an Italian food binge from which my belt is still recovering.
Following the rise of New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano — played with wit, charm and vulnerability by James Gandolfini, who sadly passed away in 2013 — The Sopranos aired for six seasons on HBO starting in 1999, which means SopranosCon will arrive in time for its 20th anniversary. Tickets and additional information can be found here.
h/t The A.V. Club