Get Ready for a Nerdy Family Fun Day!

One of the things we love more about cons is the social aspect of them.  Where else can you meet tons of other fellow fans and take part in numerous fun activities with them?  Our Exhibit Hall and Programming Rooms will feature a wide variety of fun things to interact with and experience for people from all walks of life and for all ages.  Read on to learn more about what we have planned for our first fun filled year!


2018 Programming Schedule and General Hours

Below are the current general hours for the show as well as a link to a detailed schedule.  These are subject to change at any time.

click here to view the event schedule!

Saturday, Oct 27th

  • Registration (Badge Sales): 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Exhibit Hall: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

  • Programming: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Sunday, Oct 28th

  • Registration (Badge Sales): 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • Exhibit Hall: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Programming: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.



Costume Contest

(Sign-ups at 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. each day, Contest at 3 p.m. each day)

A nerdy event right before Halloween?  You’d better believe we’ll be having a costume contest on both days of the convention!  Gateway Comic Con’s costume contest will be simple walk-on style.  Interested contestants need to stop by the registration table between 10 am – 2 pm in order to sign up, with the contest being at 3 p.m. each day.  The top 2 kids (ages 12 and under) and top 2 attendees (13 and over) each day will win pass to Anime St. Louis 2019!  We’ll be keeping the rules simple as well:

·      Entrants will walk up on stage to pose and show off their great creations.  We ask that no one be on stage for more than a minute.

·      This is a family friendly costume contest, so costumes need to cover what your normal swimsuit would cover.  No nudity, profanity, or ultra-gore please.

·      Sorry, but no skits allowed.  In this same vein, no one needs to bring sounds, music, or other media.  We’ll have you covered.

·      To be considered for prizes, at least 60% of the entrant’s costume must be from their own making.  Store bought and commissioned costumes may still register to be up on stage as exhibitions and show off their love of their characters, but they will not be eligible for prizes.  The Kids Category is excluded from this rule.  We’ll give one Craftsmanship and one Judge’s Choice for each category.

·      Be sure to bring Work In Progress items and character pictures! 

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Slackers High-Score Challenge (Exhibit Hall)

Be sure to stop by the local Slackers booth in the Exhibit Hall for not only great merchandise, but also to learn about their arcade cabinets you can buy to take home, or just free play them on the show floor.  In addition, take part in a high score challenge on a selected machine to win a special prize each day of the convention!


501st Legion Charity Booth (Exhibit Hall)

Meet our local branch of the 501st Legion, a wonderful group of Star Wars enthusiasts and costumers.  Learn about how you can be a part of the 501st as well as take part in a wonderful photoshoot piece and help support a chosen charity specifically for our event.


drawing & reading area (Exhibit hall)

With a room full of comics, it wouldn't be right to not have a spot to sit down and enjoy them at the show.  Enjoy a moment with your favorite stories or share them with others in our Reading Area.  We'll also have some of our own stock available for attendees to read.  In the same location, we will have art books and supplies for our artistic attendees to enjoy.  Learn from creators of your favorite properties or just color a setting that only you can envision.

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Gateway Lego Display & Store (exhibit hall)

They built this city on bricks and bricks.  Our local Lego builders group will be on-site to show off their wonderful unique creations using everyone's favorite versatile brick.  In addition, they will have sets for purchase.  Experience the fun of being a master builder, and learn how you can join their group.


iCon Tournaments (Exhibit Hall)

Welcome to iCon Tournaments! Stop by to join our tournaments for lively and exciting games like Dragon Ball Fighter Z, Super Smash Bros, Injustice, Mortal Kombat, and more where you can battle our team members and your friends to see who comes out on top (and even if you’re not a tournament type gamer, we have free play stations with a variety of fun games as well)! Also, be sure to check out our artist shop full of unique, custom work, and get your face painted before you leave!

Tournament Schedule

  • Sign-ups start at 10 a.m. each day

  • Saturday

    • Marvel vs Capcom 3 - 10:30 a.m.

    • Super Smash Bros, 8 man free-for-all - 1 p.m.

    • Dragonball Fighterz - 3:30 p.m.

    • Super Smash Bros, 1 vs 1 matches - 6 p.m.

  • Sunday

    • Injustice 2 - 10:30 a.m.

    • Super Smash Bros, 8 man free-for-fall - 1 p.m.

    • Super Smash Bros, 2 vs 2 matches - 3:30 p.m.

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Limitless Green Screen Photo Area (Exhibit Hall)

Take your cosplay to the next level with a special green screen photograph created by local company Limitless Aerial Photography.  Want your superhero to soar about the landscape, or maybe place yourself in a setting from your favorite show.  Even the sky isn't the limit with Limitless!


Unchained STL Escape Room (Exhibit Hall)

Come join Unchained STL at Gateway Comic Con as they offer a mini-Escape Room experience.  Can you work as a team to crack codes, find hidden clues and solve challenging puzzles?  Take part in the adventure captivating the country with a room specially designed for our convention.  Each 15 minute session is $5 per person or use a special group rate of $25 for 6 people.  Get code-cracking with your friends at Gateway Comic Con! (Please note: An event badge is still required to participate in the experiences).


Arch Reactor Makerspace Demonstrations (Exhibit Hall)

Join St. Louis' local makerspace group at their pop-up exhibit to take part in a number of demonstrations and interactive activities.  Check out 3D printing and learn more about robotics.  Or maybe you're looking to level-up your rogue abilities by practicing some lock-picking.  And for our alchemists, create some slime to help guard your dungeons and treasures!


Upper Limits Rock Climbing Wall (Exhibit Hall)

Want to climb to greater heights?  Then take yourself up on the challenge, literally!  Upper Limits will be providing a portable rock climbing wall for all ages to enjoy during the convention.  The wall has three separate climbs of varying difficulties on it and you can challenge one of them for $3, $5 to do all three, or spend $10 for an unlimited day pass to climb around to your heart's content.  Take yourself to the next level to accomplish your superhero training goals!


Magic Wand Laser Tag with Wizible (Exhibit Hall)

Join local company Wizible at their station to try out a special, interactive magic wand exhibit. See what you can accomplish with the flick of the wrist, as well as try out dueling each other wizard, witch, and warlock style!