A Bit of a Bumpy Flight for Space City Comic Con Before William Shatner Lands

Space City Comic Com got off to a little bit of a bumpy start at NRG Center this weekend if social media was to be believed, but on Sunday, William Shatner showed up and the skies seemed to lift. (The con staff didn’t want us taking Shatner’s photo and blocked our view, but we came back and got one from far away.)

Halls were crowded and lines somewhat chaotic Sunday, a situation not helped by the fact that the con's staff didn't all have their walkie-talkies. 

Some of the celebrities got off to a late start Friday, which sparked outrage online. Co-owner Johnny Steverson explained that the bad weather had delayed their arrival. Vendors Sunday that we checked with said they’d started on time. And as our slide show demonstrates, many cos players managed to have a very good time. 

After that, Steverson went into strict no-comment mode when asked about reports of bounced checks, including one to Sons of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam, who was reported to have been at the event Saturday morning but left. Steverson also said no comment when asked if any VIP ticket purchasers had requested their money back. There were reports Saturday that not all pre-paid celebrity autographs were being honored.

And Sunday, a representative for Alex Kingston confirmed that con officials told them to stop taking autograph vouchers, then told them to start taking them again.

Still to come: All the Doctor Who celebs were present and accounted for Sunday morning with the exception of Billie Piper, who plays Rose. Update 12:56 a.m. May 29, 2016: Billie Piper has arrived. 

We will update if Steverson gets back to us and with any more developments.

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Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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