Guildhall at Comic Con 2014-15

The Guildhall at SMU will travel to Comic Con in San Antonio, Chicago, Austin and New Orleans from August 2014 to January 2015. The popular conventions reach a large and enthusiastic gaming audience. René Archambault, manager of admissions and alumni affairs, will blog about Guildhall activities at the San Antonio gathering.

Looking for game changers in Chicago

An update from Meredith of The Guildhall at SMU:

Things are really starting to heat up at day two of Comic Con Chicago!  In between character spotting and photo ops, we’re on the lookout for future gamers and game changers.

The most popular characters so far are Deadpool and Harley Quinn. They come in all sizes and shapes and constantly amaze.

Another unique aspect of this Con is the sheer number of Star Trek actors making an appearence including Jonathan Frakes (Riker), Brent Spiner (Data), Patrick Stewart (Picard), and Michael Dorn (Warf).

Our booth neighbor to the right are the very talented artists of Lion Forge Comics who are continually sketching and creating masterpieces. To the left is Insight Editions, publishers of journals, books providing artist insight into the World of Warcrraft, Harry Potter, and the Game of Thrones, and a wonderful tongue-in-cheek book on how to become a barbarian (including do’s and don’ts and wardrobe options).

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Walls come down, excitement goes up

Baby ewok, San Antonio Comic Con 2014

Baby ewok, San Antonio Comic Con 2014. Photo credit: René Archambault/SMU Adventures

People of all ages came out today to celebrate the fun that Comic Con San Antonio brings to the city. From a baby Ewok, to a magnificent Maleficent, to an Ursula who looked like she swam straight out of the movie, it was a full day of cosplay (costume play).

Many of these cosplayers spent time with SMU Guildhall exploring their desire to break into the video game industry. Overheard more often than not: “I had no idea that I could get a master’s degree in video game development. This is awesome.”

This show proves that when a group of like-minded people get together, walls come down, excitement goes up, and the only thing to do is have fun. Onto Day 3 we go.…

Maleficent, San Antonio Comic Con 2014

Maleficent, San Antonio Comic Con 2014. Photo credit: René Archambault/SMU Adventures

Ursula, San Antonio Comic Con 2014

Ursula, San Antonio Comic Con 2014. Photo credit: René Archambault/SMU Adventures

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Zoinks!

Scooby Doo cosplayers, San Antonio Comic Con 2014

Scooby-Doo cosplayers at San Antonio Comic Con. Photo credit: René Archambault/SMU Adventures

SMU Guildhall had a great first day at Comic Con San Antonio. The show kicked off with thousands of attendees from all over the country coming together to cosplay, view and purchase amazing art, pose with celebrities, and play games. SMU Guildhall faculty and staff spent their time on the show floor talking with potential graduate video game development students and middle and high school aged students for the summer Guildhall Academy.

San Antonio is housing Comic Con for the first time this year, and SMU Guildhall is excited to be a part of the over 10,000 attendees that will walk through the doors this weekend. If you happen to be in the area, please stop by and say hi. We’re in Booth 632 today from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and tomorrow from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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