There are three things that all nerds/geeks have in common; video games, anime, and comics. Comics are big part of our culture, from telling stories that whisk us away from our mundane and boning lives to inspiring a new generation of artists and writers. When I heard that San Antonio was getting a comic con, Texas Comic Con 2010, I was both excited and curious. I’ve been to anime conventions before, but never to a comic con so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Neither did the staff that put on the event for it was their first time too. As I stepped through the doors of a former church turned event center, I knew that this had the makings of a yearly event.
Texas Comic Con 2010 is the first comic convention held in San Antonio. Located in the NW part of San Antonio, TCC was a bit hard to miss since it was being held in a building that used to serve as a church. Once inside, I was surprised how big the place was and how much there was. The best way I can describe it was a flea market for comic geeks.
As soon as you enter there are rows and rows of local and out of town comic vendors, selling their collections and products. The variety of merchandise on hand was really amazing for being comic related. All booths has some type of sale going on, such as .50 cents comics in a certain box , 3 for $1, 50% off of comics, and the deals keep going. In addition to comics, action figures were up for grabs and as well as video games. Everything was clean and organized making it easy for customers to browse around and search for hidden gems. There was something for everyone.
Near the sides of the con walls were the gusts and artist ally. Some of Texas’s best comic artists were in attendance, and well, was on the bottom of my list to see. No offence to the great artists but I wasn’t that interested in the ally. Same is said for the guests. They just didn’t wow me, even though I knew who they were. I’m not saying that they were bad, my mind was set on focusing where to find Earth X #1 and how much I could bargain my way down.
As with any convention, it’s not truly a con without people dressing up. That’s right I’m taking about cosplay. But was different is that the people who were dressed up in costumes, are actual professional prop makers. There were three major groups that were in attendance: the 501st (Star Wars), 401st infantry division (Halo) and the D/FW Ghostbusters. The 501th is known better as Vader’s Fist, the legion of Clone and Storm Troopers that Darth Vader personally commands. These fans are some of the greatest prop masters that I’ve seen outside of Lucas Arts and are every well known. New to me were the 401st. At first I didn’t recognized some of the props that they have made, but as soon I scanned the table, it was clear who they modeled themselves after: the Marines and Spartans of Halo. Lastly is the group from D/FW, the Ghostbusters. Now these fans truly love the movies, so much so as they created detailed replicas of the various gears that the Ghostbusters used. They even had their own Ecto 1 PT Cruiser. They even had people dressed up as Walter Peck, Louis, and Janine. All the groups really show their dedication to their craft.
To complete the con experience, video games are a must. There wasn’t that much in terms of variety, but for being a first year con, the selection was pretty good. A Super Street Fighter tourney was scheduled, but I didn’t stick around for that. Our resident Street Fighter expert, Black James, did jump in the tourney and did pretty well. Here's a quick video of him talking about it before his final match:
It was good however to be able to play some pickup games and after talk to whoever I just fought and talk about the game, what we bought and other things. In addition to the console games, there were a few arcade cabs, ranging from Marvel vs Capcom 2 to DDR and a Neo Geo cab.
For a first year convention, it wasn’t half bad. Like I said earlier, to me it felt like a comic book flea market, which isn’t bad. They could expand the video game section a bit; bring in some MW2, Rock Band/Guitar Hero, and some more arcade cabs. The guests and artist ally were ok, just didn’t catch my attention as much as buying the first print of Aliens Vs Predator did. I would gladly come again next year if only to browse around and blow my money on comics. With a few minor tweaks this con has the potential to be a great comic con and one San Antonio deserves. Here to hoping that the Texas Comic Con comes back for another great year.