El Paso Comic Con set to return

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El Paso Comic Con set to return

Catherine Ramirez, Entertainment Editor

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The El Paso Comic Con brings a handful of celebrity guests for a pop culture-filled weekend April 12-14 at the El Paso Convention Center.

The three-day event includes costume and trivia contests, a poker tournament, a cosplay competition, gaming, merchandise, panels with special guests and more.

“There are home shows, garden shows, gun shows for everyone—but nothing really like this,” said Troy Stegner, director of El Paso Comic Con.

The convention will include special guests from different aspects of pop culture such as author guests, celebrity guests, media guests, comic industry guests and cosplay guests.

“El Paso Comic Con celebrates pop culture from all aspects,” Stegner said.

Special guests include Donny Cates, Frank Cho and Jae Lea. Cates is comic book writer currently working on “Venom” and “Cosmic Ghost Rider.” Cho is a comic strip and comic book writer and illustrator known for his series ”Liberty Meadows.”  Lee is the youngest professional artist ever to work for a major comic book company Marvel.

The convention’s cosplay competition allows participants to represent a specific character. Cosplay guests at the comic con include internationally recognized cosplayer, artist, gamer and model Ivy Doomkitty.

The staff of El Paso Comic Con wants to remind all guests that cosplay is not a form of consent and holds a zero-tolerance anti-harassment policy toward those who are participating in cosplay during the event.

The El Paso Comic Con began in the 1980s but has been owned and directed by Stegner for the past three years, who plans to continue the event in the years to come.

Stegner said the El Paso Comic Con is a space where pop culture nerds have a place to interact and share their excitement with each other and all those from the El Paso Comic Con invites all to “Fly Your Nerd Flag High.”

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