Arts & Culture
Holy Guacamole! Alamo City Comic Con Invades SA
Published: October 23, 2013
Years ago, a lead such as “The nerds are coming! The nerds are coming!” might have been apropos for this kind of story. But unless you’ve been living in the Phantom Zone the past 10 years, it’s clear that the nerds are not coming. They’ve already arrived.
Top grossing movies such as The Avengers ($1.5 billion worldwide), ratings bait television shows like The Big Bang Theory (20 million-plus viewers an episode) and record-breaking digital entertainment such as Grand Theft Auto 5 (a Dr. Evil-worthy $1 billion in sales after only three days) are testaments to that.
If there is a type of event that brings nerds of all shapes and sizes together, it’s a comic con, an event San Antonio is no stranger to. But while Texas Comicon and LoneStar Comic Con are nice, quaint events held in small locales, they don’t announce to the world that San Antonio is ready for a higher form of nerd.
But now, as clear as a bat signal emblazoned across the night sky, it seems our metropolis has finally proved itself worthy, perhaps ready to one day join the likes of big-name con towns such as New York City, Atlanta and (dare I say it?) San Diego.
Alamo City Comic Con, brainchild of one Alfredo “Apple” De La Fuente, kicks off its inaugural convention on Friday, October 25, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. With it comes three glorious days of celebrating TV, movies, comics, games and the culture that surrounds them.
“I worked at the San Diego Comic Con and I just loved the energy, how it was the [gathering of] pop culture” De La Fuente said. “I asked myself, ‘Why can’t San Antonio have that?’ We are big collectors. We love that stuff in San Antonio. San Diego Comic Con has a huge San Antonio presence. A lot of our artists travel down there. Why can’t we do something local?”
Any con worth its salt must provide an enjoyable mixture of celebrities (of the television and movie variety), panels, artists (and their wares), toy vendors (the rarer the toy the better) and cosplay (short for costume play, which can approach performance art). One look at ACCC’s lineup and it’s clear that its founder’s stints working for industry heavy-hitters DC Comics and Warner Brothers have left him uniquely situated to deliver guests and panels that would be right at home at more established cons.