Well over 40,000 fans from all over the world indulged their passion for pop culture, entertainment, and fun-under-the-Caribbean sun at Puerto Rico Comic Comic Con’s 15th anniversary show this past weekend, May 26-28. The three-day event featured a slate of entertainment industry guests, covering the gamut from television and film, to videogames, collectibles, anime, cosplay and more.
“Based on what we are hearing from our fans, special guests, exhibitors and retailers, this year’s event was a success by all measures. We are extremely grateful to everyone – fans and partners alike – for having helped Puerto Rico Comic Con become the region’s largest and most important entertainment event, and look forward to even bigger and better experiences in the years ahead,” said Ricardo Carrion, executive producer of the event.
From science fiction and fantasy, to Japanese animation, independent art, videogames, TV, movies, and memorabilia, Puerto Rico Comic Con had something for everyone. Conventiongoers not only roamed the main exhibition hall of the Puerto Rico Convention Center decked out in their favorite cosplay, visiting the hundreds of exhibitor booths. They also took in engaging Q&A panels with their favorite artists, as well as photos and autographs, including Finn Jones (Netflix’s “Iron Fist” and “The Defenders”, and HBO’s “Game of Thrones”); David Ramsey (The CW’s “Arrow”); and Brianna Hildebrand (the “Deadpool” film franchise).
Fans also couldn’t get enough of Puerto Rico Comic Con’s other marquee guests, which included Reika, international cosplayer and model; and renown voice actress Tara Strong(“The Powerpuff Girls,” “Batman: Arkham,” and many others). According to Carrion, this year’s event featured the most diverse and complete guest roster, covering the entertainment spectrum, including film, TV, cosplay, comics, videogames, and more.
Among the new offerings at this year’s show: a scripting and writing contest held by Vince Gerardis, an executive producer on HBO’s “Game of Thrones”. The winner received a writing contract from Gerardis’ company, Startling, Inc., and winning work will also be shopped around Hollywood to be adapted into derivative media, including comic book, graphic novel, videogame, film, TV or other.
Also, a lucky couple will travel to Japan later in the summer to represent Puerto Rico in the World Cosplay Summit. The pair won the regional championship, held for the first time on the island at Puerto Rico Comic Con, thus qualifying for the world championships in Nagoya.
A Con in Paradise
Each year people from all over the Americas come to Puerto Rico Comic Con, as the event stands out from other cons for its idyllic location. The island of Puerto Rico is a Caribbean paradise featuring a year-round tropical climate. As a U.S. territory, no passport is required for travel from the U.S. mainland, and U.S. currency is the official form of payment. Couple that with entertainment geekdom over three days, and it’s a win-win situation for fans. Convention goers often turn their stay into a mini vacation, given Puerto Rico’s colorful culture, cuisine, history, natural wonders and beaches.
For more information: prcomiccon.com and @PRComicCon on social media.
Conceived in 2002, Puerto Rico Comic Con has grown exponentially over the years, with 30% year-over-year growth during the past six years. It is one of the top 20 cons in North America