ComicCon returns to Austin Oct. 2-4

Lizzy Lamm, Reporter

The Austin Comic Convention, or “ComicCon”, is returning on Oct. 2. This convention is a huge event with many activities such as panels and celebrity meet-ups. There is also a lot of unique merchandise.

Junior Madeline Jordan fondly remembers her visit to ComicCon last year.

“It’s insane, crowded, and one of the best experiences of my life,” Jordan said. “It’s an awesome way to meet people with similar interests to your own.”

ComicCon will take place at the Austin Convention Center Oct. 2-4. The convention will go from 4 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, 2 to 9 p.m. on Friday, and 11 to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

The three-day weekend tickets are $80, and the tickets for a single day are $40 for Thursday, $45 for Friday, and $50 for Saturday. The tickets get you in for all of the activities, but autographs and photo-ops with celebrities costs extra.

Junior Marian Herring loves the experience of going to the convention.

“There’s tons of cool stuff for cosplay along with movies, comic books, and famous people,” Herring said. “You’ll hear about all sorts of fandoms. Even if it isn’t a very popular fandom, there’s a good chance you’ll hear about it at a convention.”

Many celebrities will be at Austin ComicCon this year, including Norman Reedus, from the Walking Dead, Bruce Campbell, from Spiderman and Hercules, Tyler Posey from Teen Wolf, Evan Peters, from X-men: Days of Future Past, Rebecca Mader from Once Upon a Time and many more.

“I’m excited to possibly meet some famous people at ComicCon,” Jordan said. “I love to hang out with my friends and fangirl about everything, along with seeing everyone’s cool cosplays there.”

Junior Katy Stevenson agrees with Jordan.

“My favorite part is seeing all the artists and actors,” said Stevenson. “It’s a great experience to see everyone who loves something come together and have a great time.”

Many fans cosplay when they go to conventions, meaning they dress up like characters from shows, movies, or books that they love. Groups of fans can dress up together and all be characters from one fandom, such as Jordan’s and Herring’s group, who will all be dressing up like characters from the Marvel comics and movies.

“Last year I was Captain Jack Harkness from Doctor Who,” Jordan said. “This year I am James “Bucky” Buchanan Barnes from Captain America and Marvel Comics.”

Tickets for admission, autographs and photo-ops are available online at, which has all the information about this year’s convention.