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What is the Albuquerque Comic Expo?

ACE, or the Albuquerque Comic Expo, is Albuquerque New Mexico’s newest comic book, pop culture, and entertainment convention.


When is the Albuquerque Comic Expo?
June 24th-26th, 2011!

Where is the Albuquerque Comic Expo being held?

ACE is being held at the Albuqerque Convention Center, located in historic downtown Albuquerque at 401 2nd Street NW Albuquerque, NM 87102.

What can I expect at the Albuquerque Comic Expo?

ACE has a massive 106,000 square foot show floor that will feature exhibitors, vendors, a gaming area, Artist Alley, and more. Our show also has massive panel rooms, where you can expect to see Q&A’s, screenings, and more.

What kind of guests will be at the Albuquerque Comic Expo?

ACE will feature independent and professional comic book creators, celebrities, voice actors, video game creators, animators, and more! You can check out our Guest page for a listing of who to expect.

Is the event ticketed? Who needs a ticket?

The event will be ticketed. Tickets will be available for the entire weekend, or for individual days. All attendees ages 10 and up are required to have a ticket to enter the event. Children 10 and under are free with a paid adult ticket. If you are exhibiting, sponsoring, or in Artist Alley, will be provided with your package, and extra will be available at a discount rate. You can purchase right here on the website.

Military, police, and firefighters will receive an additional discount. Please email web@abqcomicexpo.com for more information.

Pre-sold will be delivered as badges. Tickets sold at the door will be wristbands.

I’m traveling to the Albuquerque Comic Expo. Do you have a partner hotel?

We do! The Hyatt Regency Albuquerque is the official hotel of ACE. Please visit this page for more information.

I’ve never been to a convention before. Any tips for first timers?

Never been to a convention? No problem! We’ve got you covered!
Wear comfortable shoes! Generally conventions involved a LOT of walking!

Bring cash – not everyone accepts credit cards! If you are interested in meeting artists, we recommend bringing a Sketchbook along! You can get sketches from your favorite artists! Get to panel rooms early – usually for the more popular panels, there are pretty long lines (though we’ll try our hardest to make lines as quick and pleasant as possible!)

What hours will the show floor be open?

Friday, June 24th: 10am-7pm
Saturday, June 25th: 10am-7pm
Sunday, June 26th: 10am-6pm

Can I come to the show in costume?

YES! We encourage you to come to the show in costume. We love it! Here’s some policy, though, in case you want to come to the show with weapons being a part of your costume.

Weapon Policy:

No functional firearms
No functional projectile weapons
No realistic replica firearms (any toy gun or replica that can be confused with a real weapon)
No sharpened metal blades
No explosives
No chemical weapons (pepper spray, mace)

Any prop weapons at the show will have to be constructed out of foam, wood, or other soft materials. Cap the barrel of replica or prop firearms with a bright orange plastic cap. Anything that could be mistaken for a real weapon isn’t going to be allowed. Use common sense! Failure to abide by this policy may result in being expelled from the show with no refund.

Members of the 501st will be performing a weapons check on every costume weapon at the entrance.

Can I take pictures at the show?

You can! If you’d like to take pictures of someone in costume, it’s good form to ask them first. If you’d like to take a picture of a celebrity, please keep in mind that some of them charge for photographs, and be respectful of that. If you are taking pictures, please try to move out of the middle of any aisles, and try to keep the flow of traffic going. Thanks!

What if I wanted to sell bootleg or unlicensed merchandise at the show?

That’s generally a bad idea all around. At the very least, it’s illegal, and at most, it’s downright rude. Here’s the policy on it:

Bootleg Policy:

We do not allow the buying or selling of bootleg, knock-off, or unlicensed materials. Violating this rule will result in your removal from the show, with no refund, and possible legal action against you. This applies to guests, exhibitors, and attendees.

There’s someone at the show that I want to harass, is that okay?

Seriously? It’s not okay. Not in the slightest. Here’s our policy on harassment:

Harassment Policy:

Harassment of any kind, including stalking, physical contact, battery, or verbal abuse will not be tolerated. It can lead to your removal from the show with no refund, and even possible legal action. Don’t do it! If you are a victim of harassment, please report it to the nearest security guard or show staff.

I would like to volunteer at the Albuquerque Comic Expo. What should I do?

You should email volunteer@abqcomicexpo.com. We’re currently building our list of volunteers, and will be contacting people about ways they can help the show in the coming months. Thanks, by the way, you’re the best.

I’d like to Exhibit or get a table in Artist Alley. What should I do?

Exhibitor and Artist Alley registration forms are available on the Registration page.You can either use our automated online registration and payment system, or print out your forms, fill them out, and return them with payment to us at:

Albuquerque Comic Expo

PO Box 27504
Albuquerque, NM 87125
I’d like to sponsor the Albuquerque Comic Expo. What should I do?
Really? That’s awesome! If you’d like to become one of our proud sponsors, please email sponsor@abqcomicexpo.com!

I’d like to host a panel at the Albuquerque Comic Expo. What should I do?

You should email web@abqcomicexpo.com. We will consider any panels suggested by our fans!


Lloyd Kaufman
Stan Lee – Saturday ONLY!

Jeremy Bulloch
Peter Mayhew
Marina Sirtis

LeVar Burton
Doug Jones
Ernie Hudson

Tommy Yune
Kurly Tlapoyawa
Scott Phillips

Jim Kelly
**Richard Hatch- BSG (TOS and RDM)
Raphael Sbarge

Angus Oblong
Leah Clark
Christopher Bevins

Tom Kane
Nicholas Brendon
**Anne Lockhart - (TOS)

John Jos Miller
Victor Milan
Melinda Snodgrass

Walter Jon Williams
Robert E. Vardeman
Ian J. Spector

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