Here’s your guide to Corpus Christi Comic Con 2022

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The American Bank Center in Corpus Christi will soon be overrun with cosplayers, comic book lovers and nerds letting their geek flag fly high.

Corpus Christi Comic Con will return this year and, for the first time, will be held over three days – from Friday July 15 to Sunday July 17.

The event has been postponed for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but co-owner Daniel Benavides said he and his team are doing everything they can to make this year memorable.

“This will be our biggest show yet,” Benavides said. “We’re expecting 8,000 to 10,000 people this weekend, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was more.”

Benavides said he wanted to wait for the right time to bring Corpus Christi Comic Con back to make sure people feel comfortable enough to come out.

“2020 and 2021 were dark ages for us, but now we are back,” Benavides said. “People are everywhere and I’m glad to see them again.”

Benavides said High Tide Events, the company that owns Corpus Christi Comic Con, will host a second convention for the upcoming community in February 2023: Anime Corpus Christi.

The new convention is expected to be “all things anime,” Benavides said, and more information is forthcoming.

Benavides said the break allowed him to come up with lots of ideas to engage the community.

Here’s everything you need to know about Corpus Christi Comic Con.

Celebrities

More than a dozen celebrities come to visit this year’s Comic Con.

Some are only there for a day, so be sure to double-check before you miss your favorite actor.

  • Jacques Abel (Adam Milligan/Michael in “Supernatural”) will be at Corpus Christi Comic all three days.
  • Cooper Andrews (Jerry in “The Walking Dead”) will be at Corpus Christi Comic Con all three days.
Actor Cooper Andrews (beloved character Jerry on The Walking Dead) posed for photos and signed autographs during the Louisville SuperCon.  12/01/18
  • Johnny YongBosch (Adam in “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie”) will be at Corpus Christi Comic Con on Saturday.
  • Justin Brier (Izuku Midoriya in “My Hero Academia”) will be at Corpus Christi Comic Con all three days.
  • Greg Cipes (Beast Boy in “Teen Titans”) will be at Corpus Christi Comic Con all three days.
  • Jason Faunt (Wes in “Power Rangers Time Force”) will be at Corpus Christi Comic Con Saturday and Sunday only.
  • Dan Foger (Jacob Kowalski in the “Fantastic Beasts” series) will be at Corpus Christi Comic all three days.
  • Jason David Frank (Tommy in “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”) will be at Corpus Christi Comic Con on Saturday only.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar
  • Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zack Morris in “Saved by the Bell”) will be at Corpus Christi Comic Con all three days.
  • Alaina Hoffman (Abaddon in “Supernatural”) will be at Corpus Christi Comic Con all three days.
  • Ross Marquand (Aaron in “The Walking Dead”) will be at Corpus Christi Comic Con all three days.
  • Scott Patterson (Luke Danes in “Gilmore Girls”) will be at Corpus Christi Comic Con all three days.
  • Khary Payton (Ezekiel in “The Walking Dead”) will be at Corpus Christi Comic Con all three days.
Actor DJ Qualls attends a screening of "The Man in the High Castle" season premiere on December 8, 2016 in Los Angeles.
  • DJ Qualls (Dizzy in “The New Guy”) will be at Corpus Christi Comic Con all three days.
  • Kim Rhodes (Sheriff Jody Mills in “Supernatural”) will be at Corpus Christi Comic Con all three days.
  • Monique Rial (Bulma in “Dragon Ball Super”) will be at Corpus Christi Comic Con all three days.
  • Matthew Wood (General Grievous in “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith”) will be at Corpus Christi Comic Con on Saturday only.

Guest artists and professional cosplayers

Here are the celebrity guest artists to watch out for and the pro cosplayers you need to meet.

  • Hector Ceniceros: Best known for his artistic cereal box covers, Ceniceros specializes in parody art. He makes sure his art offers positive humor.
  • Scott Harben: A digital illustrator whose work can be seen in “Punisher Max” for Marvel Comics and other projects such as “Sandman”, “Jennifer Blood” and “Hellraiser”. Harben has worked with Lucasfilm since 2005 creating images for the original “Star Wars” trilogy, the prequels and “The Clone Wars” animated series.
  • Clinton Hobart: A licensed Disney Fine Artist, he creates original oil paintings of a wide variety of subjects ranging from classic subjects, such as fruit, to more modern subjects like Mickey Mouse. Hobart has been featured on NBC News, FOX News, The CW and ABC News.
  • Julia Man: A draftsman, Mann designed stationery, murals and illustrations. His favorite media are his colored pencils and his sketchbook.
  • Vo Nguyen: A professional since the mid-1990s, Nguyen works in the comics industry providing artwork for covers, trading cards, and other collectibles. He has worked with comic companies such as Marvel, DC, IDW and Dynamite.
  • Ally B. Cosplay: Ally has been cosplaying since 2010, and her favorite character to dress up as Wonder Woman. Her cosplays include various anime, video game, and comic book characters.
  • Bart Sear: Sears has been drawing comics for over three decades for publishers including DC, Marvel and Dark Horse. He also designs toys for GI Joe, X-Men and WWF.
  • Henshin Squad: This Houston-based team dedicates its time to creating live action content around the tokusatsu genre – think “Power Rangers” vibes. They have worked with actors, performers, artists, voice actors, and other cosplayers trained over their five-year career.
  • Ithileryn Cosplay: From Denton, Ithileryn started her cosplay career in 2017 and became a self-taught seamstress and photographer. Best known for her portrayal of Raven in “Teen Titans”, she has been featured in magazines such as Cosplay Realm Magazine and Creative Cosplay Magazine.
  • Paradox Cosplay: This Puerto Rican cosplayer and U.S. Army veteran from San Antonio has been bringing characters to life since 2012. In addition to being a seamstress and photographer, she has cosplayed over 80 characters.
  • Mr. Nick Justice: Since 2013, Nick has been cosplaying and hoping to influence future artists in the community. The Texan cosplayer has cosplayed as Sub-Zero, Batman, Venom, and Deadpool.

Photo shoots

To purchase tickets for a photo op, visit corpuschristicomiccon.com/photo-ops. Each session includes an 8 inch by 10 inch glossy print and a free digital copy.

A little boy poses with a cosplayer dressed as the Green Power Ranger at the third annual Corpus Christi Comic Con on Saturday, June 29, 2019.

The sooner you buy photo ops with celebrity guests, the sooner you’ll have your experience. VIPs will also be placed into their groups based on when they purchased their photo shoot. However, VIP participants will always have priority.

Photo ops with guest artists and cosplayers will take place at their respective booths.

Panels

The Comic Con panel schedule was not released on Tuesday. Check back for updates.

prom nerd

Corpus Christi Comic Con will host its first Nerd Prom after the first day of the event on Friday, July 15.

The Bay Jewel Event Center on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 in Corpus Christi.

The ball will be held at The Bay Jewel event center. There will be arcade games, organized nerd cocktail parties, a 360 photo booth, a live DJ and the coronations of a Nerd Prom King and Queen.

Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at corpuschristicomiccon.com/tickets for $12. Tickets at the door will be $15. VIPs and volunteers enter for free.

How to get tickets

  • Friday passes are $25, Saturday $35 and Sunday $30.
  • Weekend passes are $50.
  • VIP passes are $110 and come with a VIP badge and lanyard, exclusive Corpus Christi Comic Con prints, exclusive shirt, Corpus Christi Comic Con collector’s mug, Corpus Christi Comic Con collector’s pin, priority access for autographs and celebrity photoshoots and free entry to the C4 after party.
  • Children’s day passes are $10 for any day and $20 for weekend passes.

Tickets can be purchased online at corpuschristicomiccon.com/tickets.

If you are going to

WHAT: Corpus Christi Comic-Con

WHEN: Friday July 15 from noon to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday July 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: American Banking Center

WEBSITE: corpuschristicomiccon.com

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John Oliva covers entertainment and community news in South Texas. Contact him at [email protected] or Twitter @johnpoliva.

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