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

Batman’s 75th Anniversary – Free Comics and More!

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Happy 75th anniversary to the Caped Crusader! In his honor, many shops in the metroplex will be doing giveaways including a free comic, having specials, and some will be having free food! Here are some locations that will be partaking in Batman Day!

Collected Comics

(Been told free comic and free pizza/batman cookies)

Barnes & Noble (Check your local location) 

*Preston & Royal location has been confirmed to be hosting giveaways and have the free comic

Keith’s Comics

Madness Comics & Games

Titan Comics

Barnes and Noble ‘Get Pop-Cultured’ Freebies and More!

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Barnes and Noble is celebrating all things nerdy and pop-culture during this month-long event! All the events are free to attend and are great for all ages! There are lots of freebies, photo opportunities, activities and more. Click here to check if your local store is participating. 

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Batman Day

Wednesday July 23 

Celebrate the Caped Crusader’s 75th anniversary with activities and giveaways – including a free special edition of Detective Comics #27. Plus, enter to win your own Mini Bat Signal!

DC Comics Spectacular 

July 23 – July 27

Come in during this time for a special offer on all DC Comics Graphic Novels plus giveaways and special offers!

Comic Convention Collectibles 

July 24 – July 27

Funko 2014 Limited Edition Summer 2014 Exclusives to be revealed on July 24

‘Frozen’ Friday

August 1 – 7 p.m.

Fun adventure featuring the summer-loving snowman, Olaf! Enjoy story time, a sing-along, crafts, and more!

Marvel Day

August 2

Honoring Marvel’s 75th anniversary with activities and giveaways – including a chance to win special Marvel prizes and more!

James Patterson Day

August 3

Celebrate America’s bestselling author with a special one-day-only offer on all James Patterson books plus fan trivia, discussions and more!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

August 4 – August 9

Discover your inner Ninja Turtle with exciting activities for kids ages 5-10. Check your local store for exact date and time.

Page & Screen Weekend

August 9 – August 10

Celebrate the connections between books, movies, TV shows, collectibles, toys, and games featuring giveaways and raffles from Maze Runner, The Giver, Dr. Who, and Game of Thrones.

North Texas Comic Book Show July 19

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Quakecon and the North Texas Comic Book Show are both this weekend – but don’t worry, they are right next to each other!

The NTCBS is held at the Doubletree Hotel Dallas Market Center behind the Hilton Anatole. This show is only $8 and more than just a comic book show! Comic book artists including Green Arrow artist Mike Grell will be in attendance and wickedly talented cosplayer Glitzy Geek Girl will be there, too! NTCBS will even be hosting a cosplay contest at 2 p.m. with a $100 cash prize to the winner!

Stop on by the show this weekend and scope out some awesome new comics to add to your collection as well as meet some awesome people!

Quakecon July 17-20

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Ready for another weekend of gaming? Quakecon is this weekend at the Hilton Anatole in Downtown Dallas and is North America’s largest BYOC (bring your own computer) LAN party.

Pre-registration for a guaranteed seat at the BYOC lounge has closed, but you don’t have to bring a computer to have an awesome time. Attending the show and roaming around the main floor is totally free. There are many booths that will be set up so users can experience new titles, and there will even be computers available to rent for the weekend. A lot of the industries top names will be in attendance demoing new technology and titles including Alienware and Bethesda.

Events include Elderscrolls tournaments, portfolio reviews, Battlecry tournaments, and a QR code hunt. Additionally, there are many panels, announcements, game presentations and parties!

Marking the 19th year of the convention, Quakecon hopes to hold the reputation as the “Woodstock of gaming” and provide PC gamers and fans alike a hub to come together and celebrate one of the most exciting industries.