Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Huntsville Expo 2022

Huntsville Comic & Pop Culture Expo is an expo in Huntsville, Alabama that has comics and pop culture stuff. LOL! The name is a mouthful, but at least it’s appropriate. Now in its seventh year, this convention, or “con” as we like to call it, has pop culture celebrities, gaming, and vendors. It is very family-friendly. Huntsville is a beautiful city that also has the US Space & Rocket Center, if you needed even more reason to visit.

Lea Thompson, of Back to the Future fame, was there signing autographs, doing photo-ops, and doing a Q&A panel. Her photo-ops were in front of a DeLorean that looked just like the one from the Back to the Future movies! She recently directed two episodes of Star Trek: Picard and did a cameo in one episode. We were so happy to see her at her first con as part of the Star Trek family! We spoke to her at her autograph table and during her panel, and she said it was a wonderful experience working on Star Trek. She admitted to being a longtime Trek fan!

Other guests were Lou Ferrigno from The Incredible Hulk, Tom Arnold from Roseanne, Erik Estrada from CHiPs, and wrestlers Ricky Steamboat and Dustin Rhodes. Nayr and I went to Lou Ferrigno’s panel and spoke to him at his autograph table. He’s a super nice guy. Kevin Eastman, of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fame, had an autograph line that went all the way to Memphis. And that was just a few on the con’s long list of guests.

The con also had a video game room with vintage video games. There were several rooms for tabletop gaming. The vendors’ room was huge with lots of stuff from comic books to anime toys to fan artwork and crafts. The room was pretty crowded. It was great seeing so many people out enjoying their fandoms and geekery! There were also plenty of cosplayers: Captain America, Transformers, and Princess Leia, to name a few. We saw some miscellaneous tables, such as one for the local rocket center. Their table had a neat photograph area where you could take pictures of yourself in astronaut getup. Another area of the con had a Bill and Ted phone booth photograph area. These things add so much to the con experience. The 501st and Rebel Legion were also on hand with a photo area and fun cosplayers. Kudos to all the staff and volunteers who made it a totally awesome con!

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