San Antonio Comic Con 2014 Event Guide

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San Antonio Comic Con
Aug 1- 3, 2014
San Antonio, TX

The San Antonio Comic Con will take place at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, located at 200 East Market Street in downtown San Antonio. This three-day event is set to begin on Friday, Aug. 1, and run through the weekend ending on Aug. 3. Silver screen stars, comic book legends and television celebrities will be out in force this weekend, and will be ready to welcome all the die-hard fans planning on attending the event. 

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What to Expect

norman reedusVisitors planning a trip to San Antonio for the annual celebration of all things fantasy and science fiction, will be sure to enjoy a packed lineup of celebrity guests, excellent events and unique cosplay attire. Jon Heder from the underground hit, "Napoleon Dynamite" will be in attendance to discuss his awkward brand of high school humor and unique dancing skills.

American artist Ethan Van Sciver, who illustrates the perilous adventures of the Green Lantern, Batman, Superman, The Flash and the X-Men, will also be making an appearance at this year's installment of Comic Con. Fans of the widely popular television series "The Walking Dead," will get a chance to meet some of their small screen heroes - including Norman Reedus, who've taken a break from the hard days of zombie slaying to stop by and say hello.

Aside from a full slate of talented actors, visitors will be encouraged to engage in a wide spectrum of events at this year's Comic Con, ranging from upcoming film previews to costume competitions to in-depth lightsaber tutorials.

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Top Panels

No word yet on the specific lineup for 2014, but here's a little more information on what to expect:

A number of exclusive packages are available to guests at this year's Comic Con that will allow you to spend some quality time with some of your favorite celebs, see advanced screenings of upcoming features, peruse through fantasy and science fiction artwork, get the latest in gaming and so much more. Sit in on this year's top panels, and listen as celebrities, artists and other genre legends answer questions regarding their recent work and what may be on the horizon. Grab an autograph or a photo with some of the stars, or simply meander through the event and check out the extremely detailed (and some not so much) cosplay outfits donned by fellow fans.

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Where to Buy Tickets

Tickets are available at the door of the event, but guests are encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance for a discounted rate. If tickets sell out, they will not be available at the door, so be sure to get yours early! You must be sure to bring your printed e-ticket to the event to gain entry. Children under 10 years of age are granted free admission when accompanied by a paying adult. Adults are limited to only two unpaid children each day.
  • Three-day passes that grant entry for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are available for $65
  • Single-day Friday tickets are $35
  • Single-day Saturday tickets are $45
  • Single-day Sunday tickets are $40
  • VIP three-day tickets are $199
  • Specific VIP Experience tickets range from $75 single-day passes to $325 for three-day passes
  • Photo Op tickets range from $25 to $110 depending on celebrities

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Costume and Weapon Rules

Weapons Policy

To ensure that all attendees have a fun and safe experience at the San Antonio Comic Con, event officials have enacted some rules to govern the allowance of certain weapons. If an individual fails to adhere to the set weapon guidelines, her or she will be asked to leave the event without a refund on ticket price. The guidelines are as follows:

  • All weapons must be inspected by members of the security team stationed at the entrance of the event.
  • Weapons must be properly tagged by staff members prior to entry.
  • Actual firearms of any sort will not be allowed inside the convention center.
  • Simulated weapons for certain cosplay outfits will be allowed, but must be non-firing.
  • Bladed weapons must be fixed within their sheaths so they cannot be removed.
  • If you are found to have an untagged weapon inside the show, you will be escorted to the security area to have your weapon inspected and tagged.
  • If your weapon does not meet the criteria listed above, you will not be permitted entry to the convention.
  • If you are unsure about your weapon or it does not meet the specifications of security personnel, please leave it at home to ensure admission.

Costume Policy

Costumes are encouraged, however, San Antonio Comic Con is a family-friendly event and patrons are asked to refrain from dressing in lewd or scandalous attire. The costume contest will be held on Saturday, with a special kids installment set for Sunday.

  • Guests' costumes must abide by local and federal indecent exposure laws.
  • This event will be attended by persons from all age groups, and you should be sure to wear clothing that will not offend.
  • Harassment of any other Comic Con attendee will likely result in you being asked to leave.
  • All costumes and props must not fire, spray, shoot, or ignite, or you will be prohibited from entering

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getting around

Getting Around

The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center is located just off US-281, and is also easily accessible from the San Antonio Amtrak. It is also in close proximity to a number of different vacation rentals.

  • Driving: From the San Antonio International Airport, get on US-281 heading south from East Terminal Drive and Dee Howard Way. Continue down US-281 for 10 miles to South Bowie Street and take exit 140B. Turn right onto East Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard then make another right on South Alamo Street. The convention center will be on your right. Parking lots can be found surrounding the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and visitors should defer to local authorities who will likely be directing traffic outside the event.
  • Public Transportation: The convention center is a short distance from the Texas Eagle San Antonio Amtrak station. Event patrons should exit the station and head west on Market Street to reach the convention center.

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Things to Do Besides San-antonio Comic Con

san antonioTravelers hoping to take in all that San Antonio has to offer besides the annual Comic Con will be happy to find a vast array of awesome activities throughout the city.

  • Spend a day enjoying a variety of priceless artwork at the San Antonio Museum of Art. This extensive collection features work from some of the world’s most prolific artists, and includes pieces ranging from ancient stoneware of Mediterranean civilizations to contemporary paintings from modern masters.
  • Visitors who may have a few kids in tow can find more family-friendly fun at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. This popular amusement park features a wide selection of rides and games that make for an enjoyable day for patrons of all ages. Take a thrilling ride on the Superman: Krypton Coaster or slow things down on a leisurely ride aboard the park’s lofty Ferris wheel.
  • Outdoor enthusiasts can find the peace and serenity of nature at San Antonio’s Botanical Gardens. Enjoy a colorful array of beautiful blossoms and exotic botanicals throughout this world-class facility’s numerous gardens.  
  • The San Antonio River Walk is very close to Comic Con headquarters, and very easy to kill time at - enjoy riverfront restaurants, attractions and shops of all varieties.
  • Get your s hop on at the nearby Rivercenter Mall!
  • One of the country's most famed historic attractions is near the convention center - The Alamo. It's free to explore, so why not visit while in between Comic Con events?

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Where to Stay

Warm spring weather with plenty of gorgeous blooms make March a great time to visit Kentucky's largest city. One rental option here is large enough to fit groups of 13, with room to spare! This five bedroom behemoth is close to the Ohio River as well as all of San-antonio's top attractions, and features a large front yard that's perfect for working out your cosplay moves before Comic Con.

But there are many more options than this - browse many more San-antonio vacation rentals.

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