When: Fri., Oct. 28, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat., Oct. 29, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 30, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 2016
As giddy geeks across the Southwest prepare for San Antonio’s largest and most popular comic-book convention this weekend, it’s anyone’s guess as to how massive the turnout is going to be for the fourth annual event (85,000 attendees showed up in 2015). “I’m excited that more and more San Antonio residents are coming to ACCC every year,” Apple de la Fuente, ACCC festival director and founder, told the Current last week. “As we continue to grow, we’re also getting the chance to show off our beautiful city to top-name artists and celebrities. We hope to break our record from last year and it looks like we are on track to do just that.” So, what is it exactly that has so many fans ramped up this year? Along with a full slate of guest artists and writers from publishing houses like Marvel and DC, expect a convention floor brimming with creative cosplayers, fanboys and fangirls lining up to meet, take photos with, and get autographs from their favorite TV, film and pop-culture celebrities, including the young cast from the hit Netflix original series Stranger Things (Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and Noah Schnapp). Also on the roster: David Tennant (Doctor Who, Jessica Jones), Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Gotham stars Camren Bicondova (Catwoman) and Cory Michael Smith (Edward Nygma), Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid), Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars), Margot Kidder (Superman), wrestlers Ric Flair and Sting, and San Antonio’s own Summer Glau (Serenity) and Peter Weller, (Robocop), not to mention every current millennial’s nerdy crush of the 1990s, the Pink Ranger herself, Amy Jo Johnson (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers). And that’s just for starters. Let’s not forget a special Saturday-only appearance by Kim Jong-un’s BFF and cuddle buddy, five-time NBA Champion and former San Antonio Spurs forward Dennis Rodman. While he’s here, remind us to tell him, “You’re welcome!” Thanks for nothing, Will Perdue.