Amarillo’s original Yellow City Comic Con is back bigger and bolder in its fourth year.
“YC3 is bold because we’re in the middle of the Bible belt … doing something extremely nerdy … that a lot of people were against because they saw it as demonic or magical witchcraft which is bologna --Repent Amarillo came here to protest the year before,” said John Hastings, with the Live Action Role Playing game AMTGARD.
Hastings said all nerds are welcome at the Amarillo chapter of the international organization to play for free when they meet Saturday in Canyon at Connor Park and Sunday in Amarillo at Memorial Park.
“We’re bringing nerd culture to the forefront and showing that it’s okay to be a nerd in the middle of the Bible belt … and we’re not a bunch of demon worshipers, we’re not forming witchcraft, we just like to have fun on the weekends,” he said.
And fun, fun, fun, the convention is according to YC3 board member, Chris Anderson; the three day event at the Amarillo Civic Center is packed with vendors, games, cosplay, live action plays and celebrity panels.
Anderson said vendors come from across the country and the guest this year guest represent a wide range of pop culture from children’s television to adult cartoons and more.
“We’ve got more celebrities than have ever been here before, it’s just massive,” Anderson said. “We want to share what we love with the community. We feel like we’re pretty in tuned with what the community likes and we try to bring in the best that we can get."
This year two of the original Power Rangers are in town -- the original Black Ranger, Walter Jones, and original Red Ranger Austin St. John; Tom Kane, the voice of Star Wars’ Yoda in every cartoon and video game since 2000 and three cast members of the original Star Wars trilogy -- Mark Dodson, Jedi’s Salacious Crum, John Morton, Empire’s Rebel Force Dak, and David Ankrum, A New Hope’s Wedge Antilles, are in here; Archer’s Amber Nash, the voice of Pam Poovey is at the convention as well as Elysia Rotaru, the voice Taiana in the CW’s Arrowverse, as well as many, many, more guests.
"There’s always something going on, and never a dull moment to be had … it’s literally impossible to see everything that we have. It’s non-stop fun at YC3,” Anderson said.
“I’m very proud of the guests we’re bringing in this year. Every year we try to outdo ourselves from previous years, and I truly think this is our best lineup yet,” YC3 Boardmember Travis Tidmore said. “We are always trying to bring in a diverse group of celebrity guests so that there’s something for everyone, and this year I feel like we’ve really done that"
The convention, which benefits the Children’s Miracle Network in Amarillo, continues today and Sunday. Two Day Passes are $25, and for Sunday only it’s $15. Children aged five and younger are free as well as active military and service personnel. Buy tickets at the door or at yellowcitycon.com