ATL Comic Convention 2024: A Fun-Filled Weekend of Panels, Celebrities, and Shopping

Jyoti Amge World's Shortest Woman at ATL Comic Convention

Convention season is back here in Atlanta, and Lauren and I enjoy starting the year by attending the ATL Comic Convention.

It used to be the summertime when the Atlanta Comic Con would come to town (now rebranded to ATL Comic Convention), but I like to begin the year by having something fun to do instead of waiting until May for the MomoCon Convention.

We have been attending for several years, and the convention keeps getting better.

We went last year, but I didn't write a review about it since we went on a Sunday, the last day of the convention, with shorter hours. We rushed to see as much as possible and hoped to score some last-minute merch.

But this year, we had a game plan, attend on Saturday and have the ATL Comic Convention app to create our own schedule for the day.

ATL Comic Convention Vendor Hall

About ATL Comic Convention

The ATL Comic Convention is a popular 3-day event that takes place annually in Atlanta, Georgia. It is a gathering of comic book enthusiasts, collectors, cosplayers, and vendors from all over the country. The convention features various activities, including panel discussions, autograph sessions, cosplay contests, and more. It's an excellent opportunity to meet like-minded people and celebrate your love of all things comic book-related, TV shows, anime, and more.

ATL Comic Convention Vendor Hall

Here is What We Did at the ATL Comic Convention

We had a game plan of what we would do while at ATL Comic Convention, hit up a few panels, explore the vendor hall so Lauren could do some shopping, and maybe even check out some celebrities.

Penguin Knife Fight at ATL Comic Convention

Our day started on Saturday at 2pm to see our favorite improv comedy group, Penguin Knife Fight.

The hour-long show had me in tears of laughter throughout! What a fantastic way to kickstart our time at the convention.

After the show, we went down to the 3rd floor for Lauren to do her shopping at the vendor hall.

And, thank goodness, she now has her own money, so she doesn't blow all of mine!

While browsing the aisles, we noticed that many vendors sell those Funko Pop figures; it's like we see rows of them everywhere we turn. Are they still that popular? They must be.

The vendor hall also had a section of celebrity booths where people could get pictures and autographs from celebrities who attended the show.

This year, the convention had some well-known celebrities in attendance. Even Lauren recognized almost half of them.

But I was surprised to see Alec Baldwin there. Wasn't he charged with involuntary manslaughter? Maybe due to his circumstances, his career came to a halt, and he needed to supplement his current income. 

But still, he had a line of fans wanting to meet him. However, there were still people walking past, calling him a murderer under their breath.

Jyoti Amge at ATL Comic Convention

During our walk around to check out all the celebrities in attendance, Lauren saw the shortest woman in the world, Jyoti Amge, and wanted to take a photo of her.

Jyoti Amge was charging $60 for the photo op. You can take as many photos as you want, like a selfie with her, a picture just of her, and photos with more than one other person with you.

We chose to do a photo with only her and a photo with me posing with her.

Jyoti Amge is an Indian actress and the world's smallest living woman, according to Guinness World Records. She stands at just 2 feet 0.6 inches tall. Despite her small stature, she has accomplished a lot in her life and has become an inspiration to many.

Upon meeting her in person, I was taken aback by her petite stature. As she placed her small, delicate hand, which was no larger than that of a newborn baby, into mine, I was amazed at how her entire life has been lived at this size, even at the age of 30.  

She is a true testament to the fact that one can accomplish anything in life despite one's physical limitations or disabilities.

After taking photos with Jyoti Amge, we walked around the vendor hall a little more. Although the vendor hall is mostly people selling goods, there were also other attractions like feeding butterflies at a small butterfly exhibit and pet snakes at a reptile rescue booth.

Big Yellow Snake at ATL Comic Convention

Butterfly Exhibit at ATL Comic Convention

After exploring the vendor hall, it was time to visit another panel, the Maid Cafe!

Maid Cafe at ATL Comic Convention

I always look forward to attending Maid Cafe events at anime conventions, but it's usually sold out, so we end up missing it. Fortunately, we were able to experience it this time at the ATL Comic Convention!

I paid Lauren and me to be VIPs at the Maid Cafe, where we got first priority, extra snacks, and front-row seats.

It was enjoyable to watch the maids dance and play games with us. I highly recommend attending this type of event.

I wish we could attend all three days because we missed so much.

I appreciate that the ATL Comic Convention offers a variety of activities for all attendees.

Here are some tips to make your time enjoyable:

1. Download the ATL Comic Convention App so you can build your schedule and know where everything will be

2. Pay for your parking ahead of time. The Red Deck and Green Deck are the closets to the convention.

3. Pay for tickets online to save money because it costs more at the door.

4. Wear comfortable shoes because there is a lot of walking at the event.

5. Bring cash because some vendors and celebrity guests only accept it.

In conclusion, attending the ATL Comic Convention was a fantastic experience for us. We enjoyed exploring the vendor hall, attending panels, and meeting celebrities. The Maid Cafe was a highlight, and we highly recommend attending if you get the chance.  

The convention offers a wide range of activities for all attendees, making it an enjoyable experience for everyone. If you plan on attending, make sure to follow the tips we mentioned to make the most out of your time.  

We can't wait to attend again next year!

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