Pull your Batman mask out of the closet and get ready to geek out, the 2010 Austin Comicon is on its way. November 12th – 14th at the Austin Convention Center, comic fans, sci-fi followers, and gamers will converge for a weekend of non-stop entertainment. The convention center is located at 500 East Cesar Chavez Street in Austin. Doors will open at noon Friday the 12th on the opening day, and the festivities will go on until 8pm. The hours for Saturday the 13th are 10am-7pm, and 10am-5pm on the conventions closing night, Sunday the 14th.
You have several options when it comes to purchasing tickets. A single day pass is $30, but buy early and get $5 off the purchase price. $50 will get you into all three days of the convention. The $5 discount also applies for early purchase. For $200 or $150 for early purchase, you can get the Wizard VIP package. This includes a 3-day ticket as well as an exclusive VIP book, and a 9.8 rated CGC (Certified Guaranty Company) comic. Children 10 and under are free with a paid adult admission. All early purchase tickets will be e-mailed and available as a PDF file after purchase. The Wizard VIP badge must be picked up at the show.
Whatever you are interested in, you will find it at Comicon. This year will have three stars from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series, James Marsters, Nicholas Brendon, and Clare Kramer. Star Wars fans have reason to celebrate this year also. Lando Calrissian himself, Billy Dee Williams will be on hand as well as other favorite classic sci-fi characters, Gil Gerard and Erin Gray of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Stars from current sci-fi hits will also be present and you will have a chance to meet Claudia Christian from Babylon 5 or Luciana Carro from Battlestar Galactica. Other special guests include Ernie Hudson of Ghostbusters, Kelly Hu of X-Men 2, Emmy nominated actress Mimi Rogers, and The Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno as well as many other sports and TV celebrities. In all, more than 150 guests are expected to attend.
Austin Comicon has it all, comics, collectibles, video games, anime, horror, wrestling, and TV. While Comicon is a pop culture smorgasbord, the purists are interested in seeing what is new in the world of comics. While at the convention, head over to “Artist Alley” to meet some of your favorite nationally known comic artists, illustrators, and toy designers, including local Austin artists M. Austin Bedell, Tim Doyle, Cary Kelley, and Jason Neulander.
Dress up as your favorite character for a chance to win prizes in the costume contest or have your picture taken with or get an autograph from your favorite TV or movie character. A “Magic: The Gathering” tournament will take place for all you planeswalkers. If you are looking to expand your comic, toy, or memorabilia collection, there will be over 100 dealer booths with collectibles for sale and interactive product exhibits for you to enjoy. Above all else, Comicon is a chance to have fun. Let the real world and fantasy collide.