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Pow! Zap! Alamo City Comic Con Opens Today

Alamo City Comic Con runs Oct. 24-27 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Gotham City's Dynamic Duo is coming to the Alamo City. From the 1960s television program "Batman," Adam West and Robin Burt Ward join Ernie Hudson from "Ghostbusters," Danny Trejo from "Machete," and many more celebrities in town for a highly anticipated event among the geek conogscenti.

For fans like Tim Stewart, the Alamo City Comic Con is a big deal.

"I've been a fan of science fiction and comic books all of my life," he said.

Stewart is a self-described promoter of geek stuff, and a producer of nerdy TV on the internet called Geekvengers.

He says the Alamo City Comic Con has a huge potential of doing more than leaping tall buildings. And he says the fan base here is flexing its super powers.

"We've always been here," he said. "The companies and people that put on this kind of stuff, we've just been ignored for a long time. Alamo City Comic Con seems like the first attempt at a really big convention. I look at the lineup and the things that they're going to do and it really remind me of some of the events in Dallas and in Houston."

Comic Cons are no stranger to San Antonio. But Stewart thinks this one has more star power and excitement around it than he's seen in a decade. From a "Transformers" reunion to "Battlestar Galactica," leaders with the Convention and Visitors Bureau say the door is always open to welcome people back to the city, and for those who have never been to San Antonio.

They say events like this not only attract similar gatherings, but make San Antonio a place other mortals want to visit.

"[It] seems like this is going to be the first really big con that San Antonio has had," Stewart said. "It's not just that it's going to be great for the fans but it's also bringing attention to our city."

Alfredo "Apple" De La Fuente founded Alamo City Comic Con and is a life long artist who wanted to bring attention to arts and culture in his hometown. He hopes this makes San Antonio leap right off the pages.