Tidesiren Tackles Albuquerque Comic Con 2018!
This is my second year attending Albuquerque Comic Con and I must say, it continues to get better and better! It was held again in the Albuquerque convention center except this time it has expanded offering so much more to attendees. In 2017, the convention barely occupied the first floor with a single vendor hall and then the top floor with the artist alley and panel rooms. This year, it has grown to the top floor, both sides of the escalators, through the sky bridge to more panel rooms, the first floor, and so much more! In addition to everything, they had the cospital, speed dating, lounging, and more panels as well as the theater room where they held the costume contest.
With the comic con scene growing and becoming more mainstream, shows worldwide are adapting to new audiences coming into attendance. Albuquerque Comic Con was no exception and had a little bit of something for everyone in the vendor hall. Cosplayers roaming the convention, panels discussing various fandoms, breathtaking artwork in the artist alley with the lineup of celebrities ready to great fans! With traveling talent from nearby states, I saw the familiar faces of Flying Frog Illustrations, Hector Ceniceros, and cosplayers Rosanna Rocha, Kristi Kai, Maddest Madi, Ashe Kai, Christina Dark, and Kailah Case, who wouldn’t want to visit Albuquerque Comic Con?
Albuquerque Comic Con was not only my first con of 2018, but was the first con ever for my good friend Halle, who got to attend and assist me with photos and making sure we got to see all of what the con had to offer. We got to meet up with my friends, hang out, take dozens of selfies for our social media, and make some fun after-con plans too! She even convinced me to try Super Sonic Speed Dating-my first time ever speed dating- where both of us made several friends that we look forward to meeting up with at future events! For someone who had never cosplayed or been to a comic convention before, she added to the enjoyment of the experience with her enthusiasm to want to explore and try everything and now that she is addicted, I look forward to attending more events with her too!
Convention center staff were nice but it seemed a little disorganized when we got there early Friday. They couldn’t find our names on the list and took our word when I had the emails ready to show. The weapons policy was very strict which is a blessing for cosplayers to show off their awesome props but raises some concerns for security.
It was a little weird for them to them to check us in our skin-tight suits for Black cat and Silk but then not search me at all when I came in my giant Daenerys coat and Halle’s layered Gamora. Again, we’re grateful that the process was so swift but consistency in regards to security should always be maintained. Always better to wait a few minutes and be safe than to get into the convention early and increase the risk of personal safety.
A full three day pass for Albuquerque Comic Con is $60 which was fair for all of the content available to attendees, especially with the increase of venue space!
Albuquerque Comic Con put on a great convention that was enjoyed by all! Whether you came for guests, cosplayers, art, or panels Albuquerque Comic Con had your back! I recommend heading over if you ever get the chance because you’ll no doubt have a great time.
Til next con, happy cosplaying!