San Angelo is getting its first Comic Con

Comic book fans who previously had to travel to larger cities for a comic con experience will have the opportunity to have that experience in their own backyard as the inaugural San Angelo Comic Con kicks off locally in September.

From Sept. 30-Oct. 2, the Foster Communications Coliseum will host the event which will bring vendors and artists into San Angelo from across the country.

Owners of the event, Chris and Casey Slatosch, have also hosted comic cons in Lubbock, Midland and more recently, Odessa. Those events brought 3,000-5,000 guests. The Slatosch’s hope to have a similar turnout at San Angelo’s inaugural conference.

“A lot of people in the area work in the oil industry. They can’t take a three-day weekend to travel to places like Dallas or San Antonio and take their families.” Chris Slatosch said. “People here can come out, enjoy themselves and then go home and sleep.”

According to the couple, the Midland Comic Con event was on par with what you’d see at the Dallas event, albeit a slightly smaller scale.

“We want to try that here at Foster,” he said.

The couple is bringing in popular artists, wrestlers and this week, made the first guest announcement, Peter Dante. Dante is known for his roles in Happy Madison movies such as “The Waterboy,” “Grandma’s Boy,” and “Big Daddy.”

“We wanted to launch with something big.” Chris said. “We wanted to launch with a bang.”

Along with booths set up for the artists, panels will be held giving fans access to a sort of fireside chat with the artists.

“The panel gives you a look at what their upcoming projects are and they answer questions during their Q&A.” Casey said.

VIP tickets to the con are available for $100 per person, which may seem high for the average person, but given the access the VIP pass gives, it may be a steal.

“VIP gets you in 30 minutes before general admission Saturday and Sunday.” Chris said. “You get to skip the lines and gets you a guaranteed panel seating. We host a special VIP night, where VIPs get dibs on items.”

Daily passes to the San Angelo Comic Con are available for $15 per day (Saturday and Sunday); two-day passes are available for $25 per person; and children under 8 are free but limited to one per paid adult ticket.

Cosplay is encouraged. Attendees are invited to dress as their favorite character for the event. Gamers are invited to take part in the gaming that the event will offer.

More announcements will be made as the event nears. For up-to-date information, get the con’s app at gather.com. Announcements, maps, news and schedules are available, as well as push alerts.

For more information about the San Angelo Comic Con, go to sanangelocomiccon.com.