Whether you like comic books, science fiction, horror, anime, movies, television, video games or some other form of cult entertainment, we’re pretty sure you’ll find something that floats your boat at the second annual Albuquerque Comic Expo. It runs Friday through Sunday at the Convention Center in Downtown Albuquerque. Stan Lee will be there. Kevin Smith will be there. Kevin Sorbo, Billy Dee Williams, Katee Sackhoff, Adam Baldwin, Bill Sienkeiwicz, Mike Grell, Michael Golden: It’s like a who’s who of pop culture. Check out our list of Top 10 Things to Do at ACE for a little guidance.
albuquerque comic expo
Memories of ACE 2014
Legos, Muppets and Star Wars ruled the day
Play MSTie For Me
An interview with “Mystery Science Theater 3000” creator Joel Hodgson
Your guide to the Albuquerque Comic Expo experience
Messages for the future, heroic after-party, noisemakers near and far and in the key of gris-gris
Messages for the future
The Race to ACE
Lando of Enchantment
An interview with actor Billy Dee WIlliams
ACE in the Hole
Alibi’s top 10 picks for the Albuquerque Comic Expo
The Albuquerque Comic Expo enters its giant-sized (dare we say “Giant Man-sized”) sophomore year this weekend. With so many exhibits, lectures, signings, parties, screenings and gaming tournaments to choose from, how do you figure out what to spend your time on? Should you comb though the dealers’ room looking for bargains on back issues of Justice League, or should you get in line for Katee Sackhoff’s autograph? We’ve chosen our top 10 faves from the still-growing lineup of events.
Jay & Silent Bob Do Albuquerque
America’s third favorite stoner duo, Jay & Silent Bob (a.k.a. Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith), will be coming to Albuquerque to record a live podcast. Find out when in this week’s Reel World.
Bullet Needs Background
There will be a major casting call this Sunday, Dec. 11, for the “post Civil War Western” Silver Bullet (which I think we can all agree is the worst fake working title they could possibly have come up with for Disney’s remake of The Lone Ranger). The casting call will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Far Horizon Studio (300 Washington SE, suite 304). Casting director Elizabeth Gabel (Cowboys & Aliens, Terminator Salvation, No Country For Old Men, Paul) will conduct the day-long search. Producers are looking for “Native Americans, Asians, Anglos and Hispanics of all ages, as well as expert horse riders to appear in non-speaking roles.” The production is also on the hunt for “men with facial hair and for trapeze and circus artists.” (I’m thinking if you’re a hairy trapeze artist, you’re in like Flynn.) These are all paid positions. The film, which stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, will begin shooting in the Albuquerque / Santa Fe area in February.
ACE Lures Stars
ACE Panel Schedule
Friday, June 24
Speak Well, He Can
An interview with the voice of Yoda
Tom Kane can do a good evil robot. He gets a lot of computer voices thrown his way. Stanley Kubrick even picked him to be the new HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey just before Kubrick died. Kane's also done a ton of animation voicings, including Professor Utonium in “The Powerpuff Girls” and Monkey Fist on “Kim Possible.” He was both Tony Stark and Ultron in the "Iron Man" cartoons, so he got to fight himself.
La Forge to Bridge
An interview with LeVar Burton
As an actor, he's hit the trifecta. LeVar Burton has managed to be cast in three roles that played a major part in American culture: the young Kunta Kinte in Roots, himself as the host of "Reading Rainbow" and Geordi La Forge in "Star Trek: The Next Generation."
An interview with comic book idol Stan Lee
Take a glance at any movie theater marquee and you’ll realize it’s the summer of superheroes. And who do we have to thank? We can think of no greater person to blame than that most titanic champion of men in capes and women in tights—writer, editor, producer, publisher and former president of Marvel Comics, Stan “The Man” Lee. The characters he created—from Spider-Man to the Fantastic Four to The Avengers—have been pop cultural icons for more than 40 marvelous years.