POSTED: Friday, September 9, 2011 - 10:33am
UPDATED: Friday, September 9, 2011 - 6:12pm
EL PASO- Guests from all over the galaxy will be paying a special visit to El Paso this weekend.
Star Trek, Star Wars and Power Rangers stars will be on hand for the second annual El Paso Comic Con being held at the convention center. And as organizers tell us, they're expecting the event to live long and prosper.
The second annual El Paso Comic Con has added something new this year, an out-of-this world guest lineup from both the big screen and television that is expected to draw comic book lovers and Sci-Fi fans by the thousands to the El Paso Convention Center
"Last year was 1,000 people. I'm expecting 25,000 this year," said EPCON organizer Julian Lawler.
Lawler says the guest of honor is Star Wars' Billy Dee Williams. Peter Mayhew who played Chewbacca and Dickeey Beer a.k.a. Boba Fett also made the trip to the Sun City. Actors from different Star Trek series will also be on hand.
"We have Chase Masterson, Anthony Montgomery, James Horan," said Julian. "We have the Power Rangers, Walter Jones, Nakia Burrise, Jessica Rey and Cat Southerland."
And the Vatos from the Walking Dead have also been invited. "It’s Neal Brown Jr., Anthony Guajardo, James Gonzaba and Noel G," he said.
When guests aren't busy meeting with all the different stars, there'll be plenty else for them to do. Every single booth at El Paso Comic Con has been filled, which means there'll be more than 80 vendors on hand with everything a comic book fan would ever want.
"We have card vendors that are going to be having card tournaments, a game room, and an anime theater. They're going to be showing cartoon movies for the two days. And we're also going to panels, Q & A for every actor that's coming," said Julian.
And the entertainment doesn't stop there. More than 30 bands have been invited to play. "There’s a wide variety of bands that are playing from hip hop to rock to metal to DJs to the El Paso Youth Symphony and every single one of those bands if really good," said Guerilla Fest coordinator Christopher Lawler.
Organizers are hoping for a successful event to come back with an even bigger El Paso Comic Con in 2012. "Next year, we can bring in companies like DC Comics, Marvel. We can bring Sony," said Julian.
El Paso Comic Con takes place at the El Paso Convention Center this Saturday and Sunday. The event is from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on both days. Tickets are $15 for one day and $25 for a two-day pass. You can buy tickets at Ticketmaster or at the plaza theater box office.
For more information, visit http://ep-con.blogspot.com