Celebrity Fan Fest
San Antonio’s premier comic con, is excited to welcome
Photo Ops: $40
How to Purchase*: Celebrity Booth
*Please note, all celebrity guest experiences are sold on a limited basis based on their appearance dates and schedule. Some celebrity photo ops and autographs can be purchased online by clicking the Buy Experiences below. Other experiences, if available, can be purchased at the Photo Op/Autograph Desk at the show or at the Celebrity’s booth in Fan Fest Park.
Admission is sold separately and includes full access to Six flags Fiesta Texas including White Water Bay Water Park! Guest appearances, pricing, and schedules are subject to change or cancellation. Photo Op and Autograph schedules to be released prior to the event
From breakdancing in the streets of San Francisco to starring in movies on the silver screen, Dante Basco has become one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood and truly an Asian American icon with a career spanning over three decades. Born and raised in the City by the Bay, Dante started out breakdancing with his three brothers at the age of 8, calling themselves “The Street Freaks”. Quickly they became one of the top groups in San Francisco, performing during half-time shows for the 49ers and the Oakland A’s, then landing scholarships dancing with the San Francisco Ballet Company. Dante and his family moved to Los Angeles in the mid-80s where he started to work immediately. By the age of 15, Dante was fencing against Dustin Hoffman and flying with Robin Williams in Hook, helping him embark on a career that is continuing to grow. As one of the voices of Asian American’s in Hollywood, Dante co-found We Own The 8th, a grassroots collective of content creators, mentors, & doers that meet on the 8th of every month to uplift, celebrate, & own the Asian American Narrative in multi-media & pop culture.
He was first introduced in Steven Spielberg’s fairytale movie Hook, as “Rufio”, the leader of the Lost Boys, which quickly developed into a fandom phenomenon. Continuing to work in films with leading roles such as Newline’s Take the Lead, opposite Antonio Banderas, Blood and Bone, the Michael Jai White cult classic, and starring in The Debut, which became the voice of a Filipino American generation. 20th Century Fox executives were so mesmerized by the uniqueness of Dante’s look and ability that they gave him a development deal for his own series and he starred in a pilot for Touchstone/ABC, The Chang Family Saves the World, written and produced by John Ridley and directed by Paris Barclay. With more than 100 credits to his name, he’s found success in film, as well as television starting at a very early age on hit shows such as, The Wonder Years, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, Moesha, Nash Bridges, Touched by an Angel, and Providence, CSI: Miami, Entourage and Hawaii Five-0.
Ever versatile, Dante has voiced some of the most celebrated projects in animation and video games. As the voice of “Jake Long” in Disney’s animated series American Dragon: Jake Long, as well as “Prince Zuko” in Nickelodeon’s phenomenal hit, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Dante’s extensive acting training has helped bring these characters to life. Loved by fans across the world, Dante has attended Cons from Los Angeles to New Zealand, signing autographs, meeting fans and speaking on panels. Most recently he can be heard on The Legend of Korra as General Iroh, Star Wars Rebels, and Hasbro’s new animation series Micronauts.
A man of many talents, Dante is the founder of the largest weekly poetry venue in the country, “Da Poetry Lounge” in Los Angeles. DPL has had a 400plus turn out every Tuesday night since 1995. After appearing on Russell Simmons’ HBO Def Poetry Jam, Dante went on to travel the world performing spoken word & poetry, and published a poetry book with a forward written by close friend and fellow poet, Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas. To date, he is requested by colleges around the country to perform poetry and deliver keynotes discussing his work, along with his acting and contributions as an Asian American Artist.
WRITER & PRODUCER:
As a writer and producer, Dante and his production company Kinetic Films, have produced several films, including Hang Loose, a hilarious buddy comedy with YouTube sensation KevJumba, winning the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Special Jury Prizes for “Best Actor” and “Best Newcomer” respectively, and the dark drama, Paradise Broken. Kinetic Films is currently working on their next slate of films, geared towards the Asian American audience. With a love for theatre and music, Dante wrote, produced and starred in Midnight Makeout Session, a unique theatre show combining poetry, music and theatre to give the audience an experience like no other. With four runs in Los Angeles, the show was sold out every night and requested in every city across the country.