HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The celebration of all things geek is returning to Huntsville this weekend!
The 7th annual Huntsville Comic & Pop Culture Expo will be at the VBC South Hall on April 22-24.
“It’s Alabama’s celebration of all things geek. We have more square footage, more guests, more patrons than any other show in Alabama,” Expo founder Jeremy Long told News 19 Friday. “Pretty much if you were a child of the 80s and 90s we have most of your childhood in the building.”
The family-friendly 3-day event will have cosplay contests, gaming rooms, panels, a charity auction, a concert, over one hundred vendors, with artists, authors, and special celebrity guests.
“Lea Thompson, Tom Arnold, Cain the wrestler, Kevin Eastman the co-creator of the Ninja Turtles, Jim Starlin the creator of Thanos,” Long continues, “And we say ‘All things geek,’ because we have comic books, we have wrestling, we have Walking Dead. We have Back to The Future, we have Power Rangers. A little bit of everything, all fandom’s across the board. We want to celebrate it all.”
The 2022 edition is expected to have an attendance surpassing 15,000 fans of all ages.
“Be patient, be nice. Think of it as going to the big new ride at Disney. You’re going to wait but there’s a lot of fun stuff to do,” Long said.
Long adds that a portion of all ticket sales plus a charity auction goes to Tennessee Valley-based charity Kids To Love.
“And that’s my favorite thing to do, is drive out to their offices and write them a check the day after the show,” Long said. “It’s being able to give back (that counts).”
Tickets can be purchased online and at the event with single-day passes starting at $25 and $60 for a weekend pass. VIP tickets for the 2022 convention have already sold out.
Hours for the Expo
- Friday 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
2022 Guest Lineup
One of the best parts of a comic convention involves the opportunity to meet and greet some of your favorite celebrities and artists. This year’s lineup currently includes Tom Arnold, Billy West, Lea Thompson, Lou Ferrigno, Kevin Eastman, DJ Qualls, Erik Estrada, Naomi Grossman, Guy Gilchrist, Shoshannah Stern, and many more.
Photo opportunities are available, but costs vary.
Unfortunately, all guest availability is subject to change.
This year, a portion of the proceeds will benefit foster children through local non-profit Kids to Love. There will also be a community blood drive with LifeSouth.