Sometimes a roadblock can force you to deviate from course but on occasion the deviation leads to something better. In the case of the Sun City Scifi convention organizers, the unavailability of the Convention Center lead to a smaller but more intimate venue for their first comic book convention.
The “Comicon” will now be held this weekend, June 13 and 14 at the Camino Real Hotel in Downtown El Paso with the addition of a Film Festival to be held at Tricky Falls, a venue known for bringing a wide array of musical talent into Downtown El Paso.
Hot off the success of bringing a pop-culture convention to Downtown which focused on the Science Fiction genre, such as Star Trek and Star Wars the organizers have switched gears and are setting their sights on the Comic Book genre.
Ean Puhlman co-organizer of the family owned event elaborates, “We actually hadn’t planned to do our next convention so small, however without the availability of the convention center, we were afforded the opportunity to try something new on a smaller scale. We fully intend to grow the event over the next few years and hopefully it becomes as successful as our other events. We have been talking about doing a comic con for a long time and things finally came together for us to do one.”
Traditionally before the success of comic book themed movies, the highlight of a convention was the creative teams behind the comic books themselves. Booths were lined with writers and artists of our favorite books. Recently, the attention has gone to larger media, such as film with Hollywood shadowing events such as the San Diego Comicon, arguably one of the biggest Comicons in the world. The Puhlman’s have chosen to embrace the intimate size of the event and make their guests professional artists instead of actors.
“I don’t think a lot of people know about some of the professional artists that are from the borderland. Being the only locally owned and operated convention in El Paso, we have always looked to feature local talent at our cons, because there are so many creative people here. Last year we brought Lombardo Boyar who is currently a professional actor from El Paso,” said Puhlman.
“This year we are bringing Carlos D’Anda and Eddie Nunez who are professional comic artists from DC comics and of course we always bring local fan favorite cosplayer Kirika Yashida,” he said.
For those not in-the-know, “cosplay” is costume play where the craftsman or woman not only creates their own costume but wears it. Cosplayers have even gained celebrity status donning their elaborate costumes that pay homage to pop-culture characters.
Carlos D’Anda and fellow El Paso native Eddie Nunez both grew up together, eventually working their way into DC Comics. Carlos has worked on titles such as Deathblow, the Outsiders and is currently working on the Star Wars comic published by Dark Horse.
In addition to comics, a Film Festival is being held simultaneously at Tricky Falls, “Films and comics have always gone hand in hand, especially more recently with the marvel cinematic universe and DC’s Batman and Superman films. So we [asked], ‘Why do just a comic con?’ when we can incorporate even more entertainment into the weekend. We are very excited to be showing some great films like Iron Man, Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan, Serenity and Lost Boys to name a few,” said Puhlman.
(This humble author is also a convention guest artist, Rudy Vasquez was once a full-time pro artist in the independent comic world.)
For more information visit SunCitySciFi.com