Attendees swarm the Alamodome during the sixth annual Alamo City Comic Con in 2018. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

Alamo City Comic Con, the pop culture convention celebrating all things nerdy, kicked off its sixth year Friday. Thousands of people swarmed into the Alamodome, many in elaborate costumes, all excited for a weekend of mingling with fellow convention attendees. The convention runs from Friday to Sunday.

Luis Canales as a Helghast soldier

Luis Canales is dressed as a Helghast soldier from Killzone video game series. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

Luis Canales made his Helghast soldier cosplay himself. His vest was once a life jacket, and he painted rubber boots and plastic kneepads with silver accents to match his character’s look.

“I recently bought a Playstation 3 and started playing my old games, including the Killzone series,” he said. “I like the Helghast. They’re determined and formidable, and I thought I’d like to be one.”

Canales said he wanted to attend Alamo City Comic Con because he loves pop culture, comic books, and video games. Moreover, he hopes to meet some of the celebrities headlining this year’s convention, especially Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rick Moranis.

Lindsey Giang as X-23

Lindsey Giang is dressed as X-23. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

Lindsey Giang dressed up as X-23, Wolverine’s daughter-of-sorts, for Alamo City Comic Con. She said she’s been to the convention every year since it started in 2013.

“I try to be someone different each time,” she said.

The first year, there were a lot of Walking Dead fans at the convention so she went as a zombie, she said. She chose X-23 this year as her cosplay because she prefers a more “authentic look,” she said.

“Honestly, I don’t think my costumes are that good because I buy all the pieces online,” she said. “Making it costs more money.”

Dani Davila as She-Hulk

Dani Davila is dressed as She-Hulk. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

Dani Davila came down from Houston to attend this year’s Alamo City Comic Con. She made her own cosplay – the Incredible She-Hulk. It took about $90 and three days, she said.

“I’ve done a lot of cosplays, and this was one on the bucket list,” Davila said. “She’s a violent female, and I’m all for that. I’m kind of a tomboy, so it fit right into my personality.”

Davila has been to this convention twice before, she said.

“I love Halloween, and I always wanted more than one Halloween a year,” she said. “Now that I’m an adult, this is how we make t happen.”

Brian Cooper as Sub-Zero from Mortal Kombat

Brian Cooper is dressed as Sub-Zero from Mortal Kombat. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

Brian Cooper traveled to San Antonio from Houston with Davila, but opted for a cosplay from a different universe – Sub-Zero from the video game Mortal Kombat.

His cosplay was all handmade as well, Cooper said. He loves the art style of the video game and said it was fun to bring the character to life.

Cooper said he likes going to conventions because they gather people of similar interests in one place to have a good time.

“The acceptance is what I enjoy,” he said. “It doesn’t matter age, weight, ethnicity. Here, you’re under the united banner of nerdhood. People can have a good time and not feel weird and nerdy.”

Hubbert and Chris Williams as Davros, Creator of the Daleks, and the Fourth Doctor

Hubbert Williams is dressed as Davros, Creator of the Daleks from Doctor Who. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

Hubbert and Chris Williams from Houston have been cosplaying as Doctor Who characters since before Comic Cons were a thing. Chris, who dressed as the Fourth Doctor, said his costume was made in 1987 by his mom. They built Hubbert’s costume, which involved a motorized scooter.

At first, the two frequented Doctor Who specific conventions. “We’ve been doing this since 1985,” Chris said.

But after a while, the conventions stopped happening, and Hubbert and Chris had to pause their cosplaying. But then when Comic Cons started popping up, they broke out their trusty old costumes. This is their first Alamo City Comic Con.

“He’s always Davros, and I have a Sixth Doctor costume,” Chris said. “But this one is the better one.”

Timothy Norwood as Captain America

Timothy Norwood is dressed as Captain America. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

Timothy Norwood cobbled together his cosplay from three different Captain America costumes from three different companies. It took around three months and between $400 and $500, he said.

“I had to sand things down to distress this costume, and piece it together,” he said. “And then I put on 15 pounds of muscle. I used to weigh 175 pounds. Now I weigh 190.”

This is his first time cosplaying, and Norwood said he picked Captain America because he has similar features to the Marvel character.

“I couldn’t pull off Tony Stark, I don’t have a dark beard,” he said. “And it seems more original. Everyone seems to want to do Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk. Nobody really gives much love to Captain America.”

Brittany Norwood as Lara Croft

Brittany Norwood is dressed as Lara Croft. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

Brittany Norwood accompanied her brother Timothy to his first Alamo City Comic Con. She’s an experienced cosplayer and chose to dress as the newest iteration of Lara Croft.

“I really like the newer versions because she’s not as sexualized,” Norwood said. “She’s more of a powerful female character than just boobs.”

She regularly attends San Japan, and all of her costumes are handmade or from her closet, she said.

“Today was not expected,” Norwood said. “I almost canceled [coming] but I said, ‘I have this in my closet.’ This is what I wore last year to San Japan.”

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Jackie Wang

Jackie Wang is the local government reporter at the San Antonio Report.