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What To Expect At Fayetteville Comic Con (October 2022 Con Update!)

If you love all things comic, science fiction, and anime, Fayetteville Comic Con is for you. There are panels with special guests, vendors, and more. This fall’s con is happening October 15 and 16, 2022. Get all the details below.

And, if you are planning to attend, our other Fayetteville posts can help you plan your whole trip.

Two men and one woman dressed in costumes.

A few years ago, I didn’t own a sewing machine. So I painstakingly sewed our Fayetteville Comic Con costumes by hand.

Because there was no way we were showing up in plain t-shirts.

So for weeks, I hand-stitched a Pikachu hoodie for me and a Bulbasaur hoodie for Pete. I’m glad I did because cosplay is huge at Fayetteville Comic Con. People show up in things they bought, things they made, things they made that look like they bought … like my favorite Ludo and one of the Fireys from Labyrinth.

A man looking at someone dressed as Ludo from the movie Labyrinth.

I wanted the hoodies because Veronica Taylor, the voice of Ash Ketchum from Pokémon, was there. She was amazing, by the way. We didn’t speak with her personally, but we sat in on her panel and she was just so sweet, so kind, so motivational … even if she was stumped when a young con-goer asked her which shiny Pokémon was her favorite.

The next year, we went in t-shirts. Not plain ones, of course. I wore a Super Mario Bros. one because video games are a big part of Fayetteville Comic Con, and Pete wore a Rick & Morty one because Troy Little, who drew Rick & Morty vs. Dungeons and Dragons, was there.

We’re not going this year, so we don’t have any outfits to plan, but if you’re going, you should start brainstorming now because Fayetteville Comic Con 2022 is later this month.

A black and white Mustang car with its hood open, a stormtrooper from Star Wars mask under the hood and a stormtrooper figure in front.

What To Expect At Fayetteville Comic Con

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The 2018 Fayetteville Comic Con was our first ever Comic Con. We had no idea what to expect. So I definitely wanted to update this post with our experience and help you to understand what you’re stepping into before you get there.

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Fayetteville Comic Con: Frequently Asked Questions

When is Fayetteville Comic Con?

Fayetteville Comic Con is Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16, 2022.

Hours haven’t been announced yet, but in the spring, it was 10 am to 8 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday.

Where in Fayetteville Comic Con?

Fayetteville Comic Con is held at the Crown Complex Expo Center (1960 Coliseum Dr) in Fayetteville, NC.

How do get Fayetteville Comic Con tickets?

You can purchase Fayetteville Comic Con tickets online if you’re not local to Fayetteville, or you can get them locally at various local stores.

Prices for the fall Fayetteville Comic Con 2022 are $26 for a one-day pass for adults and $21 for young adults (13 to 20), if you purchase ahead of time. Ticket prices may increase if you buy them on the day of the event.

Children 12 and under were free and don’t require a ticket.

Who are the Fayetteville Comic Con 2022 guests?

This fall, comic book artists like Jason Keith (who draws for Marvel), WWE wresters like Lisa Marie Varon, voice actors like Wayne Grayson (Yu-Gi-Oh!), and other media guests like Bai Ling (The Crow) and more will be in attendance.

There were also be a bunch of vendors and cosplay guests.

Are there meet and greets at Fayetteville Comic Con?

Yes. For a price.

So I bring this up, actually, because it’s pretty common knowledge to someone who knows about cons, but it was news to me and Pete at our first Fayetteville Comic Con because we were noobs.

So … each artist, guest, and vendor will have a table or section set up around the venue. For vendors and many artists, you can just approach the tables and chat.

That’s how we met Tugg the Super Hero dog in 2018. The 2018 Fayetteville Comic Con was Tugg’s last official East Coast appearance. And in 2019, he had his last official Comic Con appearance. His “mom” has terminal dementia and his “dad” needs to be there to take care of her.

I’m glad I was able to snag a photo with Tugg.

It was actually the only photo I got with any of the guests. Because, as I mentioned before, you can meet the guests … for a price.

As you walk along the booths, you see a price chart at many of the guests’ tables. There’s a price for an autograph, a doodle, a photo, whatever else the guest is offering. And yes, that’s in addition to the ticket price you pay to enter the con.

For veteran Comic Con goers, this is obvious, but we didn’t know it. So, as much as I was hoping to snap a photo with Eddie Munster, the sticker shock of $50 deterred me. If I had known that heading in, like I did the following year, it would have been a different story.

And, honestly, that’s the only negative thing I could say about Fayetteville Comic Con, and it has nothing to do with the actual con itself. The con itself is fun.

A girl posing with a super hero dog.

Is a comic convention just about comics?

(Side note: The following describes activities that have happened in the past. Despite the con being next month, a schedule of events still hasn’t been released, so we’re not 100% sure of what’s happening at FCC this year.)

No. Absolutely not.

Stop_Button Bar + Arcade is usually there supplying a ton of free games to play. In the past, the bar brought Arcade1Up games, like Rampage, and I spent months debating about buying one for our house.

There are vendors selling old Nintendo games, Funko Pops, LEGO mini figures, and so much more.

A girl in a Pikachu hoodie playing a Rampage video game.

If you’re on the hunt for more than just old video games … like on the hunt for love … you can find that there too.

I’m serious. 

If you want to find your perfect nerdcore boyfriend, this is the place to be. In the past, there was Geek Speed Dating. I don’t know anything about that since I go with Pete every year so we are basically “taken like bacon” (which I just made up so trademark that right there for me), but it sounds a lot better than swiping right on an app.

I actually called my cousin and told her that if she was still single by this year’s New York Comic Con (since she lives in New York), that she had to buy a ticket because it would be the perfect place for her to find a boyfriend.

A belly dancing woman on a stage with a dragon image behind her.

And, okay, I’m gonna wax poetic here for a minute, but let me talk about that for a second. If you go to a bar, unless it’s a place like The Sideboard in Wilmington, NC (which is a board game bar that also serves coffee and food), the chance of you finding someone who shares your comic book and video game interests is slim.

But at a Comic Con? It’s perfect. Plus, when we were there, everyone was so comfortable in their own skin. People walked around in My Hero Academia outfits and owned them.  The whole atmosphere felt so non-judgmental.

LEGO mini figures.

Fayetteville Comic Con will have more than just a chance for you to make a love connection. There will be Yu-Go-Oh and video game tournaments, trivia contests, portfolio reviews, swordplay demonstrations, door prizes, free comics (while supplies last), and more.

A girl in a Police Public Call Box.

Full list of NC Comic Conventions:

If you’re looking for more North Carolina Comic Conventions, head over to this link for the most up to date list. As comic cons happen, they’ll be removed from that list. And as they’re scheduled, they’ll be added to that list.

The outside of the front of a hotel.

Where To Stay For Fayetteville Comic Con:

If you’re planning a trip to Fayetteville Comic Con and are planning on going both days, you’ll need somewhere to sleep on Saturday night.

There are a ton of hotels in the area, so you have a lot of options. Check out a few of them and search for availability below:

Edamame in a bowl on a table.

Restaurants near Fayetteville Comic Con:

If you’re staying in Fayetteville overnight so you can attend both days of Fayetteville Comic Con, these restaurants are great options for your meals.

The Airborne and Special Opps museum in Fayetteville.

Things to do near Fayetteville Comic Con:

If you’re staying in the area, you need things to do. Check out our long list of Things To Do In Fayetteville, NC.

And, if you spent all your money at Comic Con, check out our 10 Free Things To Do In Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Have you been to Fayetteville Comic Con or any other North Carolina Comic Con before? What did you enjoy most?

Silvia Martinez

Monday 14th of October 2019

Comic cons are so much fun! One of my favorite things is look at all the costumes, I'm always amazed by the creativity and details some of them have. So Fayetteville Comic Con is just around the corner. Great prices!

Jen Walker

Friday 11th of October 2019

I'm a big Labyrinth fan, and even named a dog Ludo - I would have to give him a big hug! This looks like a really fun con for those in the area!

Linda Szymoniak

Thursday 10th of October 2019

We mostly attend anime conventions, and you rarely have to pay for an autograph at them (mostly it's if you want a special photo they have available to be autographed. I was surprised that so many other conventions charge for autographs or photos with the guests (two friends of my daughter paid something like $200 to get their photo with Sam and Dean from Supernatural at that convention). I can understand a few dollars, but the prices can be just way too much. I don't have the money for that (and doubt I'd spend that much for it even if I did)


Thursday 10th of October 2019

Sounds/ looks so much fun. Hope you have a great time this year.

Krysten Quiles

Thursday 10th of October 2019

Oh my gosh this looks like so much fun! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!