I had the opportunity, in conjunction with a personal trip, to cover the inaugural Comic Con event in San Angelo, Texas. Of course, I took that opportunity.
As an out-of-the-way town in rural west Texas, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I got there.
Let me just say that, for what and where it is, I was very pleasantly surprised.
San Angelo Comic-Con was a surprisingly robust affair. While the arena was small it was filled with vendors and artists.
Clearly, this is no Salt Lake, New York, Denver, or Comic-Con-which-shall-not-be-named, but still, for a town of approximately 97,000 people lost somewhere in the west Texas hill country… not too shabby.
I was able to chat with the Smart Family, an entire family of cosplayers from Andrews, Texas. Mom, Dad, sons, fiancés… quite an impressive group, with their own Batmobile and motorcycles for Robin and Nightwing.
[As an aside, I was told that they had been contacted by the Comic-Con-which-shall-not-be-named to appear, but only to stand outside the event. WTF? If you invite someone, that means they’re in, not a walking billboard for your event. Rude.]
I’m sure that their appearance schedule will be more than adequate for the foreseeable future.
On a sad note, headlining guest Peter Dante had to cancel which I’m sure left some fans a bit disappointed.
I was also able to speak to event organizer Chris Slatosch, who was on top of the situation and had promptly refunded pre-purchased photo-ops and was preparing to make the announcement about the cancellation.
[Chris, by the way, handles a lot of the Growtix business, a company many convention fans know about. Salt Lake Comic Con loves Growtix.]
There is more of my talk with Chris here:
It was great to learn that the community’s response had already been good enough to announce the second event for next year.
Keep up the good work, Chris! I look forward to trying to fit another trip to Texas into my busy schedule next fall to cover the event again!