Though some of those surprises weren’t good, that didn’t stop the hardcore comic/sci-fi fans from having a blast at the ABQ Comic Expo 2011! Arriving on the scene in the afternoon brought a sight of the event in full swing as people walked around with a bag or two full of goodies they had just purchased from the numerous amount of vendors selling all types of things from comics book to art work to toys to a novelty Face-Sucker from the Aliens movies (yes, they were on sale) and even tattoo artists were doing some fine ink work on the Expo goers in attendance.
Of course, the major attraction was of course Marvel’s most famous artist and character creator, Stan “The Man” Lee who had his day booked with a Q&A and photo shoots with fans and autograph signings. The fans were in awes as they got to sit in and listen to the Q&A portion of his schedule and some of the lucky fans got to do a meet-and-greet with “The Man” as he signed various fan memorabilia as well as some of their body parts. Stan Lee was not the only celebrity in the building that caused quite a buzz. Trekkie fans were also in for a treat as Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Levar Burton and Marina Sirtis also did a Q&A for fans and an autograph session in which from the looks of it, they were enjoying as much as the fans which was very awesome. Another celebrity that loved interacting with his fans was actor Ernie Hudson, most well known for being part of the Ghostbusters group, as he signed autographs, took pictures with fans, and even chatted with some of them. Not all Expo goers had a pleasant time unfortunately. Long time Chewbacca lovers were disappointed as the man behind the Wookie hide, Peter Mayhew, didn’t show up for his autograph signing and photo ops, which caused a bit of tension but unforeseen circumstances prevented Mr. Mayhew from keeping his appearance date.
Aside from the celebrity presence and the huge stock of comics and fun gear to look at, the most awesome part of the event was the Duke City citizens who chose to go full out on their costumes for the costume contest that was ongoing at the event and some not interested in the contest itself but just wanted to take the opportunity to show off their best costume for fun. It was really interesting to see people walking around in their get up and other people asking them for a picture just for the fun of it. For that moment, these people who decided to don their favorite character’s outfit are now local celebrities because of the person they choose to emmulate, gladly indulging the people asking for a picture with them. It was overall a fun experience for everyone and showed that truly geeks…are…chic.
The ABQ Comic Con is going on for one more day, Sunday, June 26th with the doors opening at 9:00 a.m. Admission is about $25, $30 if you didn’t get your package in advance but even if you don’t have money for admission, hanging around in the lobby will provide to be more exciting than you may think!