Saturday, June 15 marked the first official day for Greater Austin Comic Con (GACC). The greater Austin area, Cedar Park to be specific, was overrun (and well protected) by superheroes from multiple different universes, filled with creativity and joy, and no doubt formed many friendships.
Who were the guests in attendance? We had WWE legends Dustin Rhodes (Goldust), Ric Flair, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall. We had Napoleon Dynamite himself, Jon Heder; as well as Ray Park, C. Thomas Howell and many more. I could focus on the celebrity guests in attendance, but I want to bring your attention to some of the incredible talent we had vending the convention. It’s easy to Google celebrities, but it’s not always easy to find the talent of these hard-working individuals below. Of the hundred or so vendors in attendance this past weekend, these are the ones that stood out to me, personally.
Priscilla Kim, Lawrence Reynolds, and Robert Howell. Priscilla Kim does many styles of art, from portraits to landscapes, and no matter what style she is currently working on, I guarantee you will be beyond impressed. Lawrence Reynolds had some incredibly detailed, and realistic Avengers portraits on display for the weekend, and that is just the beginning of his talent. Robert Howell specializes in Airbrush and Pinstriping, giving way to unique and beautiful artwork, this weekend he showed off portraits of Danny Trejo, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Deadpool, Keanu Reeves and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. These three artists caught my attention as I walked by their tables and I was instantly captivated by their beautiful artwork.
Now, it was a comic con and no comic con is complete without cosplay. Greater Austin Comic Con attendees did not disappoint when it came to their cosplaying, and to tell you the truth, I have never felt more safe in building. It wasn’t because of all the security walking around protecting the celebrity guests, and it wasn’t because there were four WWE wrestling legends in attendance; it was because we had Captain America, Doctor Strange, Wolverine, Jedi’s and many cosplaying as Spiderman. There isn’t a villain in the galaxy, or even one far, far away that would’ve dared mess us this past weekend. Honestly, no matter where in the convention center I went, I couldn’t take two steps without seeing a cosplayer and thinking, “that’s it… there cannot possibly be a better cosplay than that!” Inevitably though, I’d take a few more steps, see another cosplayer and think the same thing again. Though at the end of the day, the one that stuck with me the most was the Wolverine cosplay done by Adrian Acosta.
Whether you’re an Avengers nerd, a Star Wars nerd, a wrestling nerd, or just the “average” nerd, Greater Austin Comic Con has something for you. If you didn’t attend this year, I would highly recommend coming and checking it out next year. There is no shortage of great artwork, great cosplay, kind people, or fun to be had.