Pop cul­ture is on dis­play at Alamo City Comic Con.

Vis­i­tor gets gift from ‘Juras­sic Park’ star

San Antonio Express-News (Sunday) - - Front Page - By René A. Guz­man STAFF WRITER

If you’re go­ing to at­tend your first-ever Alamo City Comic Con, what bet­ter way to start it than with the charm­ingly odd ac­tor Jeff Gold­blum hand­ing you a shower cur­tain fea­tur­ing his oceanog­ra­pher char­ac­ter from “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zis­sou” in­ex­pli­ca­bly hold­ing a mon­key?

The Gold­blum-ian mo­ment was as much a first for Jay­cie Hub­bard of San An­to­nio as it was for the star fa­mous for his quirky turns in block­busters such as “Juras­sic Park,” “In­de­pen­dence Day,” and “Thor: Rag­narok.” Af­ter all, this was Gold­blum’s first Alamo City Comic Con, too.

“Peo­ple are so charm­ing and I’m ab­so­lutely thrilled to be here,” said Gold­blum ahead of a jam-packed panel at the Alam­od­ome, where he re­galed Hub­bard and many oth­ers with sto­ries of his film work and forth­com­ing de­but jazz al­bum, not to men­tion the oc­ca­sional pil­low­case and shower cur­tain bear­ing his like­ness.

Gold­blum was one of many su­per­stars at the Alam­od­ome on Satur­day for Alamo City Comic Con, San An­to­nio’s big pop cul­ture and comic book con­ven­tion. The geeky show­case of celebri­ties, su­per­heroes and so many fans in and out of cos­tume con­cludes to­day.

Hub­bard ar­rived at the event Satur­day less than two hours be­fore the Gold­blum panel, and some­how man­aged to score a front row seat and a most un­for­get­table me­mento.

“My fa­vorite movie that he’s in is ‘Thor: Rag­narok,’” Hub­bard said. “And then af­ter I watched that I just started lov­ing him so much. He’s one of my fa­vorite peo­ple ever.”

This year’s Alamo City Comic Con hosted more than its share of fan fa­vorites from the big and small screen.

“Ghost­busters” and “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” star Rick Mo­ra­nis made a rare con­ven­tion ap­pear­ance, while “Star Trek” lu­mi­nary Wil­liam Shat­ner was just a trib­ble’s throw away from “Star Trek: The Next Gen­er­a­tion’s” Jonathan Frakes, who all were within scream­ing dis­tance of “Scream” star Neve Camp­bell and pro wrestling leg­end Ric Flair.

Not far off loomed the liv­ing em­bod­i­ments of Mar­vel su­per­heroes the Hulk and Luke Cage, bet­ter known to fans as Lou Fer­rigno, the tit­u­lar ti­tan of “The In­cred­i­ble Hulk” TV se­ries from the late ’70s and early ’80s, and Michael Colter, ti­tle star of Net­flix’s “Luke Cage.”

Alamo City Comic Con even hosted a global star who grew up lo­cal with San An­to­nio na­tive and “E.T. the Ex­tra-Ter­res­trial” ac­tor Henry Thomas, who these days en­coun­ters a whole other world of strange in the Net­flix hor­ror se­ries, “The Haunt­ing of Hill House.”

But the big­gest name by far had to be the one and only Ter­mi­na­tor, Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger. The ac­tion film star and for­mer gov­er­nor of Cal­i­for­nia re­turned to San An­to­nio for a Satur­day-only ap­pear­ance, which came with a $1,250 VIP ac­cess pack­age.

“We came es­pe­cially for Arnold,” said Jen­nifer Tor­res, who bought her hus­band a VIP pass for their an­niver­sary to meet Sch­warzeneg­ger and get a photo with him. “We’re really ex- cited.”

An Alamo City Comic Con reg­u­lar, Tor­res said she also loves com­ing to the an­nual event for the fun of dress­ing up, a sen­ti­ment best ex­pressed by her daugh­ters, Ge­n­e­sis, 13, and Heaven, 5. Ge­n­e­sis cos­played, or cos­tume played, as the pink Cud­dle Team Leader from the hit video game “Fort­nite,” while lit­tle sis­ter Heaven zipped around as a frilly pur­ple Llama Piñata from the game.

Of course, Alamo City Comic Con doesn’t just spe­cial­ize in host­ing fa­mous faces. Since its 2013 launch, the San An­to­nio event has lived up to its name­sake with nu­mer­ous pro­fes­sional comic book artists and il­lus­tra­tors.

This year’s most no­table artis­tic tal­ent was Jim Lee, the DC En­ter­tain­ment cop­ub­lisher whose de­tailed draw­ing style has fu­eled the comic ad­ven­tures of Bat­man, Su­per­man, and other mem­bers of the Jus­tice League, as well as the XMen and the Fan­tas­tic Four.

Nat­u­rally, many of those char­ac­ters filled the Alam­od­ome floor, with plenty of at­ten­dees sport­ing their best Spi­der-Man and Won­der Woman out­fits as they milled about the main floor’s cramped aisles be­tween artists and ven­dors, bump­ing cos­tumed el­bows with the likes of “Star Wars” Jedi tot­ing lightsabers and “Hal­loween” slasher Michael My­ers car­ry­ing a knife.

Be­cause to para­phrase Gold­blum’s fa­mous line from “Juras­sic Park,” cos­play, uh, finds a way.

Pho­tos by Josie Nor­ris / Staff pho­tog­ra­pher

Ac­tor Jeff Gold­blum gives out a pil­low­case with his face on it to an ex­cited fan dur­ing his panel dis­cus­sion at Alamo City Comic Con at the Alam­od­ome on Satur­day.

Josie Nor­ris / Staff pho­tog­ra­pher

Wook­iees make their way to a “Star Wars”-themed photo op dur­ing Alamo City Comic Con on Satur­day.

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