The nerd world (Cosplay Kiss included) descended on San Antonio, Texas right before Halloween for Alamo City Comic Con. This comic convention enjoyed it’s inaugural year in 2013, and it has already grown to be one of the largest annual conventions in South Texas. It is hosted in downtown San Antonio at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, which recently underwent a huge renovation that essentially moved the entire building. For the first time ever, the entire convention was able to be consolidated into one large hall.
The celebrity guest list for ACCC this year was nothing short of impressive; including stars from the hit shows Stranger Things, Gotham, and Daredevil. As a bonus, this convention had everything the 90s nostalgia fan could dream of. The original Buffy, Kristy Swanson, was there; as were Jason David Frank (Green Power Ranger), Amy Jo Johnson (Pink Power Ranger), and a couple of Backstreet Boys! Did we mention that THE tenth Doctor, David Tennant, was present? The crowd that turned out for his Saturday-only appearance was out of this world. You can check out their complete celebrity guest list here.
Alamo City has many of the same components you would expect from any convention. For example: artist alley, vendors, photo ops, celebrity row, panels, tabletop gaming and cosplay guests. They went a step further however, and added some nice touches with a kids area, writer’s workshop, and film festival. One change we did notice from years past was a dramatic shift in focus for the convention. There were very few panels at ACCC this year aside from the writers’ workshop series, and it seems that this was offset with the abundance of celebrity guests.
Cosplay at Alamo City Comic Con
The cosplay. My goodness, the cosplay!! As you can guess, the top 3 most popular cosplays we saw were Harley Quinn, Joker, and Negan with the barbed wire bat. The cosplay at Alamo City Comic Con fabulously showcased the wide variety of fandoms that gathered in this one place. We saw everything from Quail-man to WWE wrestler Sting.
Special appreciation needs to be offered to cosplayers who showcased the art of the crossover! Look at these fabulously creative mashups!
The craftsmanship and sewing skills we witnessed were superb. We enjoyed the consolidated layout despite the Saturday congestion; but would’ve liked to see more panels available. Hopefully you were following our Instagram to see live updates during the actual event. With all that said, what do you look for when you attend a convention? Will you be making plans to attend Alamo City Comic Con next year? Here’s what we can tell you about making your visit a pleasant experience.
Tips for Surviving Alamo City Comic Con
- If money is no object, by all means stay at the hotels located literally next to the convention center. (Grand Hyatt and Marriott Riverwalk) But if you’re on a budget, the La Quinta is barely a block away and much cheaper.
- Avoid bringing a car if you can. The hassle and expense of downtown parking are best avoided where possible. San Antonio has a reliable public transportation system called the VIA if you need to cover some serious ground.
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- If you need to park downtown for the convention, don’t park at the Rivercenter Mall. It’s highway robbery! I won’t even mention the “Convention Center” parking garage because it’s always closed off for hotel guests and never actually open to the public. There are multiple parking options on the opposite side of the mall and right under I-37 nearby.
- If you want to go to the Rivercenter Mall food court to eat, consider taking the river level path underneath the convention center. (Just go downstairs and outside.) You avoid the heavily-trafficked streets and get to see one of San Antonio’s greatest tourist attractions.
- Pick up your badge on preview night, even if you don’t have VIP access. The registration lines, especially on Saturday, can easily stretch out the doors and down the block for this convention. Friends don’t let friends spend half the day in line. And we’re friends, right?
- Carry some cash. Your whole weekend budget doesn’t need to be in your back pocket, but it’s nice to keep your options open. Most of the vendors will take card, but cash gives them and you a little wiggle room to get a good deal. Especially with the smaller, more artisan/DIY vendors. Tax markups tend to be lower when you pay cash as well.
- Bring deodorant or fresh wipes. For cripes sake, do your part to stop con-funk! This is really just a general comicon tip, but it bears repeating. Please!
Overall, San Antonio is a popular city for comic conventions. The Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center hosts the majority of them, so it is worth getting familiar with the area if you are a nerd passing through South Texas. Alamo City Comic Con is by far one of the best in the area for celebrity appearances and cosplay enthusiasm. The extra events that they host all year long are also a boost to the geek culture scene in San Antonio. You don’t want to miss this convention next year, and neither do we! And don’t forget, #CosplayKiss so we can see your amazing photos from this and other conventions!