Head of Alamo City Comic Con Addresses Concerns/Criticisms
The Alamo City Comic Con is one of the largest conventions for geeks, nerds, gamers, and comic enthusiasts in the United States. Celebrities such as David Tennant, Billie Piper, Amy Jo Johnson, and Marky Ramone descend upon San Antonio, Texas, turning the 7th largest city in the USA into Geek Heaven for a weekend.
But not all was well for every fan. In an organization as large as this, there are bound to be a few things that don’t go as planned. Common criticisms included the lack of organization, particularly around the photo-op area. I sat down with Apple De La Fuente, the head organizer for the entire event and asked for his response to the concern.
“We’re in a brand new hall this year, unlike the last two years,” he explained. “It’s like playing Tetris without knowing how big the board is. We did the best we could with this new hall. The last two cons we had down so well because we knew that hall. This was just different to us.”
Another commonly voiced criticism was the lack of a social “feel” to the convention. The lack of fan-lead panels, late night movies, or other such gathering places made some feel as though once you left the vendor hall there was nothing else to do.
“We want our fans to feel right at home,” Apple said. “We’re hoping that this year, the size of the event will convince the city officials that we’ll need more space for movies and more, and more time so we can stay open longer.”
It should be noted that there was another convention going on, a portion of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center was torn down for new construction, and several other events were taking place at the same time.