Why Let San Diego Have All The Fun – Albuquerque Comic Con 2011

I’m very excited about the Albuquerque Comic Con coming to Albuquerque, NM in January 2011! With a great line-up of celebrity guests and comic book creators. It’s going to be a whole weekend of comic book fun! The con has 4 rooms dedicated to it at the Hilton of Albuquerque! I think I might be most excited to meet Lou Ferrigno (The HULK) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), but there will be a lot of other great comic/sci-fi celebrities there.

There will also be a great representation of comic book creators. Form local to national comic artists, writers, and publishers. Like 7000bc, Andy Kuhn, Gene Ha and Brian Pulido.

Where:
Hilton Hotel
1901 University Bl. NE
Albuquerque, NM

When:
Saturday January 15 11am-6pm
Sunday January 16 12pm-5pm

Prices range from $5 to 50 to enter the con. You can reserve your spot here.
$50.00: Full Conference – VIP (All access, Door Prizes, First in line for autographs)
$25.00: Full Event Passes
$15.00: Daily Pass Saturday
$15.00: Daily Pass Sunday
$10.00 : Childs All Event Pass
$5.00: Childs Daily Pass Saturday
$5.00: Childs Daily Pass Sunday
Kids under 6 are free with a paying adult
*Police, Fire, and Military all get free admission

Here’s a list of some of the artists appearing:

  • Gene Ha
  • Andy Kuhn
  • David “Brohawk” Williams
  • Grant Gould
  • Peter Palmiotti
  • David “Artassassin” Harrigan
  • 7000 BC
  • Dwight Sanchez and Quentin Bedwell
  • Eric Swanson
  • Jeff Benham
  • Daniel Campos

Here’s a list of the Celebrity Guests:

  • Lou Ferrigno – The HULK!
  • Peter Mayhew – Chewbacca!
  • Alaina Huffman – Stargate: Universe, Smallville, Painkiller Jane
  • Daniel Logan – Star Wars (Episode II: Boba Fett)
  • Gil Gerard – Buck Rogers
  • Dickey Beer – Star Wars (Return of the Jedi: Boba Fett)
  • Mike Quinn – Star Wars
  • Erin Gray – Buck Rogers
  • Herbert Jefferson Jr. – Battlestar Galactica (original tv series)
  • Anne Lockhart – Battlestar Galactica (original tv series)
  • Bokeem Woodbine

VADER’S FIST the 501st Legion will be there too! I’m a huge fan of this group. Last year I drew my own pin-up of the Vader’s Fist: The 501 Legion for May the 4th (National Star Wars Day). This was before I knew of this Cosplay group. I got to meet them at the EPCON 2010. You really get the feel of the Imperial presence when they come into the show room.

The Albuquerque Comic Con will also be holding it’s First Annual Comics in Film Festival! A place for independent film-makers to showcase there films. Each movie will be 45 minutes or less. The films will be judged by a panel of critics. One film will be Awarded as the “Best New Original Comic Book Genre Film”.

Schedule of Events

Where: Hilton Hotel, 1901 University Bl. NE, Albuquerque, NM
When:
Saturday January 15 11am-6pm, Sunday January 16 12pm-5pm

FRIDAY
Pre-registration Party at Borders: 12pm-6pm
Launch Party at Imbibe: 10pm-2am

SATURDAY
Gaming Saturday
10am: Tournament Registration
11am: Open Gaming (RoomA) Warhammer 40k registration (RoomB)
12pm-5pm: L5R CCG Sealed Deck Tournament, Hero Clix Tournament (RoomA) 40K Tournament (roomB)
5pm: Warhammer Fantasy (roomB)
6pm-12am: Magic The Gathering Tournament Legacy Format (roomA)

Panel Room
10am: Breaking into Comics
11am: Self Publishing 7000 BC
12am: Battlestar Galactica/Buck Rogers
1pm: Star Wars Actors Q&A
2pm: Armor Building with 501st Dewback Brigade
3pm: Boondock Saints
4pm: Taking comics to Film Brian Pulido- Andy Kuhn
5pm: Breaking into Film- Casting Director Darlene Hansen

Film Screening Room
Comics In Film Festival
11am: David Dirks and Chris Harrington Panel Discussion
12am: Film Festival begins
12:30-2:00: Films
2:00-2:30: lunch
2:30-5:30: Films

Saturday late night event
Uptown Bar and Grill
9pm-2am: Official After Party

SUNDAY
Gaming
10am: Open Gaming (RoomA+B)
11am: Tournament Registration/ Scheduling (roomA+B)
12pm: Magic the Gathering Type 2 (room A) L5R tournament Current Block (roomb)

Panel Room
11am: Walking Dead
12pm: Lou Ferrigno
1pm: Mixed Martial Arts with Herb Dean and Michael Westbrook
2pm: Comic Art by the experts
3pm: 12 Gauge Comics Boondock Saints Cover Contest judging
4pm: Comics in Film Festival Award Ceremony

6pm: Convention hall closes

Official Wrap Party at Exhale Albuquerque
8pm-12am: Karaoke

This is the first time that this con is being held. From the looks of the guest and panels, it’s going to be a big and fun event! I’m ready to meet some talented comic book creators. Get some signatures from stars of some of my favorite movies. And just have fun geeking out with my fellow comic book nerds. If you see me there make sure to say hi. That’s if you can recognize me, I might be dressed up in some comic of sci-fi cosplay……..maybe I’ll be Captain Marvel.
-SHAZAM!