Anime North Texas this weekend

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This weekend Anime North Texas will bring panels, celebrity guests, and plenty of opportunities to show your love for all thins anime!

When: Nov. 14-16

Where: Radisson Hotel Fort Worth North – Fossil Creek

How Much: $40 whole weekend, $25 Fri, $30 Sat, $20 Sun

There is so much going on at ANT that appeals to all aspects of the anime fandom community. Panels include Gundam, Attack on Titan, Propmaking Cosplay 101, and a dating game. There will be a dance and a masquerade ball as well.

Additionally, ANT will run a costume contest with awesome prizes including an amazing sewing machine!

So check out all the fun this weekend at one of the last convention of the year, Anime North Texas!

Additional information can be found on ANT’s website and their Facebook page.

Fan Days Guest Updates

This afternoon an announcement was made regarding the cancellation and addition of guests of Fan Days this weekend on the Dallas Comic Con Facebook Page. I will update this up until the event if more announcements are made. If you purchased a photo-op ticket for any of the guests, you have an option to switch photo op guests or to receive a refund after the event. Additionally, if you are upset about the change and no longer wish to go to the convention, I would recommend posting around and seeing who would like to buy your ticket.

* Corey Feldman – NEW! Announcement (Sun Only)
* Caity Lotz – NEW! Announcement (Sat/Sun)
* Harry Shearer – NEW! Announcement (Fri Only)
* Alex Kingston – Postponed (Arrow Shooting)
* Adam West & Burt Ward – Postponed (Batman Blu-Ray Tour)
* James Hong – Postponed

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Fan Days October 17-19

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This weekend is Fan Days, a convention dedicated to all types of nerdy fandom. From sci-fi to animation, there is something for everyone at Fan Days!

 

When: Friday October 17 4pm-8pm

Saturday October 18 10am-7pm

Sunday October 19 10am-5pm

 

Where: Irving Convention Center

Cost: Fri: $25 Sat: $40 Sun: $30 or $60 for all three days (online ticket purchase ends 10/16)

Children 6-12 $10, 5 years and under are FREE

 

Guests attending include Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood, Weasley twins James & Oliver Phelps, and Batman & Robin Adam West and Burt Ward (Postponed).

There will be an artist alley and dealers room. Bringing cash for these is the best option, as typically either booths don’t elijahaccept credit card, or non-reliable wifi connection makes it impossible for credit cards to be accepted. If you do not plan on purchasing anything specific but plan to shop, I always suggest bringing $100 in cash.

There are three parking options typically at the Irving Convention Center. However, construction on the grass area may narrow this down to do (I’m not sure). In the past, there is the connected parking garage to the convention center which fills up very quickly (get there extra early if you plan to park there). Additionally, parking on the grass across from the center is usually available, and there is also a parking garage beyond the grass. Although this is a bit of a walk to the convention center, typically a shuttle service to and from is provided.

Additionally, there will be a Saturday Night Social event after the convention Saturday night from 8pm-1am.  This event will is $30 and tickets are available online or at the door of the Gas Monkey Bar & Grill.

 

Here is the list of events and information from DallasComicCon.com:

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AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS

A perfect opportunity to get that special something signed by your favorite celebrity! Be sure to check out the schedule so you don’t miss out! NOTE: Some guests may charge additional fees for an autograph.

CELEBRITY PHOTO SESSIONS

Don’t miss out on a chance of a lifetime to have your photo taken by a professional photographer with your favorite celebrity! This is the only way to get a beautiful 8×10 glossy photo of you with one of our guests in an intimate setting.

PANELS / Q&As

They say knowledge is power. If you don’t know, all you have to do is ask…and you shall receive! The pros will be here to answer all your questions about the industry and to talk about their latest projects. You never know what they might say!

COSPLAY MASQUERADE

With the ever-increasing talent level of cosplayers at Dallas Comic-Con, we’ve modified our event showcasing our costumed attendees. We’re inviting our cosplayers to have their spotlight moment onstage during the COSPLAY MASQUERADE, hosted by arch nemeses Devin Pike and Ben Ambroso. Sign-ups for the Costume Contest will begin at 4pm on the 3rd Flr, in the Cosplay Hideaway. Judges will be on-hand to preview the costumes up close, and may ask a few questions. The first 72 adult entrants (ages 12 and up) will be admitted into the Contest. Signups will close at 5pm. NO EXCEPTIONS. Click here for more info.

COSPLAY RED CARPET

The Cosplay Red Carpet returns at 3pm on Saturday, Oct. 18. The skill and craftsmanship of dozens of Cosplayers from across North Texas and around the country are on display, in a red carpet format worthy of their time and creativity. All photographers are welcomed to line up for the best shot possible during the managed event. Cosplayers will begin lining up at 2:45 pm on the Ground Floor Concourse, and the Carpet runs until 4pm.

FAN DAYS KIDS COSTUME CONTEST

Kids 11 and under will have their Costume Contest on the Cosplay Red Carpet area on the Ground Floor on Sunday at 3pm, with signups beginning at 2:30pm. Hilary Thomas from the FANGIRLS: DAMES OF THE ROUND TABLE podcast will be the emcee. Prizes will be awarded for the top 3.

DCC COSPLAY HIDEAWAY

Returning due to popular demand, the DCC Cosplay Hideaway provides an area to repair an element of your costume, or simply a place to sit for 15 minutes and recharge your batteries (literately or figuratively). Located on the Third Floor of the Irving Convention Center in Meeting Room 1, the Lounge gives you the space you need. The DCC Cosplayer Hideaway is presented by the North Texas Cosplay group!

DOCTOR WHO PROPS

Whovians rejoice! We are going all out to provide the best WHO Experience at Fan Days this year, so be sure you drop by and get a photo with a real Dalek and amazingly detailed TARDIS.

ARTIST ALLEY

Indie meets pro in this special area where you will find all of your favorite pencillers, inkers and writers. This is a ”must experience area” for anyone interested in meeting the rising stars and the people who work the front lines of the industry! Here you’ll find it all – comics, graphic novels, limited edition prints and best of all, original art and sketches!

SHOPPING MADNESS!

Hundreds of retailers from all over will join us to make your experience an unforgettable one! Specializing in everything comics, anime, gaming, science fiction and/or horror, these retailers have what you need. It is THE area to find just what you’re looking for – whether it’s a comic books from any era, original artwork, graphic novels, memorabilia, DVD’s, videos, games, toys or t-shirts – you will find it all here.

COSTUMES! COSTUMES! COSTUMES!

Fans dressing up in costumes, or cosplay as it is sometimes called, is a BIG part of the weekend. Literally thousands of amazing costumes are available for your viewing pleasure throughout the weekend. Don’t be shy; get your photo taken with all your favorite characters or come dressed up yourself. It’s all good!

EXHIBITOR AREA

Experience the hottest new products and services – before anyone else sees them! Companies from all corners of the industry will be showcasing their upcoming projects and promos in the Exhibitor area and you get to be there for a sneak peek. You’ll also be sure to receive samples, goodies and chances to win prizes through their contest

 

Additional information can be found at www.DallasComicCon.com 

Meet Comic Book Artist George Pérez at Keith’s Comics Sept. 18

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When: Thursday, September 18 line numbers passed out starting at 4 p.m., Pérez signing 6 -8 p.m.

Where:

Keith’s Comics
5400 East Mockingbird Lane #120
Dallas, Texas 75206
Next to Jason’s Deli

Cost:STK649666

$5 Siren’s #1 event pack purchase required

Details:

George Pérez is an immensely talented comic book artist who has worked on titles such as The Avengers, Teen Titans, and most recently a team of heroes he’s created in a new six-issue miniseries George Pérez’s Sirens.

Pérez will be at Keith’s Comics in Dallas for the launch of Sirens. In order to be eligible to get in line to receive autographs from Pérez, you will need to purchase the Sirens #1 launch kit for $5 at the shop (limited to five packs per customer). In addition to signing your Sirens #1, Pérez will also be signing two additional items that you either purchase at Keith’s or that you bring in.

The line to receive autographs will begin at 4 p.m., though you are encouraged to arrive earlier. Though Pérez is scheduled to sign from 6 – 8 p.m. it is unknown what the cut-off time to get in line will be.

Keith’s will also be offering limited variant covers of Sirens #1 for purchase.

Regular release cover. $3.99 (Limit 2)
Sirens #1 1:50 Variant $30.00 (Limit 2)
Sirens #1 1:25 Variant $20.00 (Limit 2)
Sirens #1 1:15 Variant $10.00 (Limit 2)

Pérez Patrón Pack:
2 Keith’s Comics Exclusive Sirens #1 Packs
(one for a friend)
1 each of the 1:50, 1:25, 1:15 Variants
$80.00 (includes priority access)

Bring your camera, photos will be allowed.

Additional information can be found on the official event page.

 

AnimeFest August 15-18 2014

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AnimeFest is one of my favorite conventions in Dallas. Even though AnimeFest has been steadily growing in attendance numbers, it’s not too big and there is always something to do. This year, Flow will be performing! The band is known to put on an incredible performance and for their show to be included in the price of admission to the con is an awesome deal!

From panels, to dances, to concerts there is an eclectic variety of events happening all weekend at AnimeFest. A full schedule of everything happening can be found here.

Where to Park

There are a couple of parking lots that are usually available near the Sheraton. They usually fill up pretty quickly, but this year Parking Panda, who recently worked with Otakon, is  teaming up with AnimeFest to give attendees a guaranteed solution to parking near the hotel. To reserve parking through Parking Panda all you have to do is go online and select either a one-day pass or a multi-day pass. From here you will be able to select your parking and print off your reservation to show at the gate. Parking Panda is also teaming up with AnimeFest to offer a 20% discount using the code: ANIME at checkout.

What to Wear

AnimeFest has a pretty high cosplay rate as most anime conventions do. Even though it’s an anime convention, don’t think that you are limited to only cosplaying as anime characters. Comic book characters, internet references/characters and even characters of your own crazy concoction are all welcomed at this convention. If you don’t feel like wearing a costume, many people just go in crazy clothing, or just a fun nerdy shirt and jeans. At night, it’s typical to see lots of both guys and girls wearing “rave” clothing. Pretty much any brightly colored clothing and flashing accessories you can find.

When:

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Where:

Sheraton Dallas Hotel
400 N. Olive Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
Phone: (214) 922-8000

How much:

Full weekend: $60

Friday $30

Saturday $40

Sunday $40

Monday $25

 

All information, including all updates and changes to the programming of AnimeFest can be found on their website www.AnimeFest.org or on their Facebook page.

Dallas Comic Con *FREE* Event: Fan Appreciation Day

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Saturday, August 9, Dallas Comic Con is hosting a free convention! Fan Appreciation Day will take place from 10 am – 7 pm at the Irving Convention Center (parking is $5).

The event will be hosted on the first floor of the convention center which will be full of guests, vendors, and artists! There will also be the cosplay red carpet for cosplayers to walk and get photos taken!

Guests will range from comic artists to cosplayers including The Iron Giant screenwriter Tim McCanlies,  Superman and Monsterverse artist Kerry Gammill, Twilight actress Ali Faulkner, Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew, and professional cosplayer Krystle Starr.

After the event, Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson will be hosting a screening of The Iron Giant in honor of their one-year anniversary here in Dallas.

See you all Saturday!

North Dallas Toy Show – August 2

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Kick off August the best way possible – nerdy! North Dallas Toy Show will be hosting a show on Saturday, August 2, at Valley View Mall.

Collectible toys anywhere from Pokemon cards to Hot Wheels will be shown for sale. There will also be awesome door prizes given out every hour!

When:

Saturday August 2

9 am – 3 pm

 

Where: 

Valley View Center Mall,

(Inside: DALLAS PARTY RENTALS STORE)

13331 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75240

 

How much:

$2 Adults, Kids under 12 are FREE