Dallas Fan Days 2018 – Calling all Wizards!

 

Get your costumes out a little early – Dallas Fan Days comes to the Irving Convention Center this weekend with an opportunity for cosplayers and fans alike to release their inner nerd!

 

When:

Friday, October 19, 2018 4:00PM – 7:30PM

Saturday, October 20, 2018 10:00AM – 6:30PM

Sunday, October 21, 2018 10:00AM – 4:30PM

 

Where:

Irving Convention Center

500 West Las Colinas Boulevard, Irving, TX 7503

 

How Much:

At door pricing:

Friday $20, Saturday $45, Sunday $35

All days: $70

Kids pricing: $5 or Free with this coupon Friday and Sunday

 

Dallas Fan Days offers an extensive list of activities for attendees including meet and greet opportunities with many celebrities including Ray Park, most famous for his role of Darth Maul of Star Wars.

Listen up, Hogwarts recruits! A new activity to Dallas Fan Days is a Harry Potter Escape Room! “Play one of two Escape Room scenarios inspired by the magical world of Harry Potter! Try to escape from a vault in the Wizarding Bank or save New York by figuring out the plot of three rogue witches and wizards!”

Beyond the Irving Convention Center, there is more themed fun just around the corner! Alamo Drafthouse will be hosting after-convention events including a Buffy the Vampire Slayer 90’s themed Dance Party. Be sure to check out the full list of events to see everything going on!

So grab your costumes, prepare to shop the booths of talented artists and eclectic vendors, and head to Dallas Fan Days for an exciting weekend! Hope to see you there!

Dallas Comic Show August 25-26

Ready for a weekend filled with comics and costumes? The Dallas Comic Show is August 25-26 in Lewisville, TX.

When:

August 25-26,2018 Saturday 11am – 7pm Sunday 11am – 5pm

Where:

1165 S. Stemmons Fwy – Lewisville, TX 75067

How Much:

Adults: Saturday $15 Sunday $10 or $20 Weekend Pass

Children: $5 Weekend Pass

Bringing the Comics back into Comic Show, The Dallas Comic Show offers a phenomenal line-up of some of the comic book industries top talent. The comic book artist guest list includes Punisher artist Tim Bradstreet and Aliens artist Mark A. Nelson. Alongside these comic book artists include some of the DFW Metroplex’s premiere cosplayers including Krystle Starr and British Pixie.

For a local comic show that is sure to provide a great opportunity to meet talented artists, shop a wide selection of vendors, and enjoy a weekend with other comic mega-fans, be sure to attend the Dallas Comic Show!

Marvel Props, Costumes & More on Display at Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes

I’m very excited about the premiere of Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes opening this weekend in Seattle! Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes will feature some of the most iconic props, costumes, and more at the exhibition debuting at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture.

This is an incredible opportunity to view some of Marvel’s most spectacular pieces including costumes worn in Black Panther, Captain America, and Guardians of the Galaxy! Check out the photos below for a sample of what you can see at the event.

Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes opens to the public on April 21, 2018 and runs through January 6, 2019at MoPOP. For more information, visit MoPOP.org/Marvel.

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Horror Fans Prepare for Texas Frightmare

Celebrating 13 years, Texas Frightmare Weekend is preparing to frighten fans with one of DFW’s iconic conventions.

When: May 4-6, 2018

May 4: 6p-11p

May 5- 11a-7p

May 6- 11a-5p

Where: Hyatt Regency DFW Airport

How Much: Day tickets range from $30-$53.95; Weekend Pass range $60-$83.95

TFW is known for hosting spectacular guests from the Horror industry, and this year is no exception. The star-studded celebrity lineup includes Mischa Barton (The Sixth Sense, Into the Dark, The OC), Doug Bradley (Hellraiser, The Cottage), Matthew Lillard (Scream, Scooby Doo), and Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Alien: Resurrection, Sons of Anarchy).

Besides a fan-favorite panel of celebrities, TFW offers fans a smorgasbord of horror-themed entertainment. A full schedule can be downloaded from TFW here. The schedule of events

includes: a Chucky Celebration Panel where cast members will discuss the fandom around the doll that started it all, Scaryoke where horror fans are encouraged to scream their lungs out – in the most melodic way possible! Other events include Horror Trivia, Panels with cast members of iconic horror films, and a Camp Crystal Lake – GRAND OPENINGfeaturing a costume contest, dance floor, and giveaways. Sure to be a thriller!

Join horror fanatics from around the world at one of the biggest, scariest, and most haunting horror shows – Texas Frightmare Weekend! See you there!

Get Ready for Fan Expo Dallas April 6-8, 2018

 

Hold on to your butts! Fan Expo Dallas is preparing to host one of the largest celebrations of Nerd culture in Texas. April 6-8, 2018 Fan Expo Dallas will be brining a slew of some of pop-cultures most iconic celebrities, movie car tributes, and an incredible selection of comic book artists and independent creators to the Dallas Convention Center.

When: April 6-8, 2018

Fri: 4:00PM – 9:00PM, Sat: 10:00AM – 7:00PM, Sun: 10:00AM – 7:00PM

Where: Dallas Convention Center
650 South Griffin Street
Dallas, TX 75202

How Much: Many ticket plans (including deluxe, and family plans available)

Basic day ticket prices:

Friday $25 Advance $30 Door

Saturday $50 Advance $60 Door

Sunday $40 Advance $45 Door

Fan Expo Dallas has a star-studded Guest line up including Michael J. Fox, Jason Momoa, Val Kilmer, and a personal favorite, Jeff Goldblum. Other guests include cast members from Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, and Star Wars. Additionally, the convention has an incredible line-up of movie cars and movie tribute cars including local Jurassic Park Motorpool member Dave McDonough with his Jurassic Park Jeep.

More local talent at the show includes cosplay guests and local artists. Stop by and be sure to let our local friends feel appreciated!

THE FULL SHOW SCHEDULE CAN BE VIEWED HERE.

Convention floor map can be seen at the end of this article.

Planning for the Show:

Lines & Wait Times

When it comes to conventions, especially large shows like Fan Expo, it’s safe to plan for the long haul. As fantastic as the guests, events, and panels are that the convention offers, these unfortunately lead to long lines equally a lot of waiting time. Come comfy, and prepared to set aside some wait time. If there is a panel or autograph you are wanting from a popular guest, try to avoid waiting until the last minute. Typically, Sunday is the best day to grab autographs if the guest is still in attendance. Lines are shorter – giving you opportunity to talk a little bit longer and not feel so rushed.

Meeting Guests & Celebrities and Attending Panels

The most common question I get it how long to plan to wait to meet a celebrity or see a panel. This is a tough answer, as it can vary due to many different factors.

If there is a celebrity you want to meet or a panel that you are planning to attend that will make or break your convention experience, make this a top priority. I have seen in the past where celebrities wind up having to leave early, or a cap has been put on the attendance for a panel. Whatever the case, I would plan to arrive early and plan to dedicate your day to this one thing. Make everything else for that day be a secondary option.

Photos & Photographers

Celebrity photo ops are just the beginning of photos that are taken at the convention. Cosplay is exceptional at this convention, and most cosplays are happy to stop for photos. On the flip side, the convention is full of talented and professional photographers, who take time and attention to getting exciting and exceptional images! Whichever end you are on, the photographed or the photographer, please exercise all proper manners when asking for a photo, or when getting photos taken.

Asking for a cosplayer, or anyone, for a photo is easy! Make sure they are not in the middle of eating or interacting with another attendee. If they are in conversation and you really want a photo, be courteous. A simple, “Excuse me, can I take a photo? If now is a bad time, will you be free a little later?” is definitely acceptable. Do not, under any circumstances, take photos that you do not have consent to take. This includes interfering with photographers who are in the middle of a photoshoot. Always ask permission.

If someone asks to take a photo of you, great! That is a great compliment and usually, they are just excited about your costume, or work, as you are! It is important to be respectful, and if you do not feel comfortable having your photo taken, do not feel obligated to allow it to happen. If someone persists and takes a photo you did not consent of, or touches you inappropriately in any way, alert convention staff immediately.

Advice

Out of any advice I can give, my strongest piece is to be ready for your plans to change. Guests cancel, panels get pushed, and lines can get way longer than anticipated. Go into the convention with goals, but also go in with an open mind. At the end of the day, the point of the show is to celebrate our favorite fandoms with the people who make us love it.

Have fun and I hope to see you at the con! 

More information will be added periodically

Show Map from FanExpoDallas.com:

 

North Texas Comic Book Show Brings Conventions Back to Their Roots

A show that’s truly about the comics, the North Texas Comic Book Show showcases guests and vendors that have dedicated themselves to comic books.

  • When: February 10-11, 2018
  • Hours: General Admission Saturday  10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Where: Irving Convention Center
  • 500 West Las Colinas Boulevard, Irving, TX 75039
  • How Much: $20/day or $30/weekend pass. Kids 11 and younger are free!

Dr Strange #26, December 1977, cover by Jim Starlin

Meet the legendary Jim Starlin – creator of Thanos, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, and many other iconic characters. Other guests include Jim Shooter, former editor at Marvel Comics, Mike Zeck, artist on Secret Wars, and Michael Golden, whose artwork with the Jurassic Park franchise makes him a personal favorite.

The NTCBS is known for bringing exceptional cosplay talent, including this weekend’s guests Kevin Lewis – Imaginary FX and MCubed Cosplay.

Kevin Lewis is known in the community as an inspiration through incredible special effects makeup and costuming. Truly immersing himself in the character, Kevin creates stunning looks that bring some of the creepiest and intricate characters to life. MCubed has a reputation for stellar Star Wars attire and for having an infectious smile that is contagious with fans both young and old. Both Kevin and MCubed are not only known for their costumes, but for enriching the community beyond the convention walls – visiting children in need of a smile anywhere from a household to a hospital room.

Kevin Lewis of Imaginary FX

MCubed Cosplay

Hosting a cosplay contest with a Top Prize of $100  – contestants should be ready to strut their best costume and performance on Saturday at 2 p.m.. That’s right – this contest is not only judged on what the contestant is wearing, but how well they perform their character. Get ready for fun skits and lots of talent on display. This is a cosplay contest that attendees won’t want to miss!

Come out to the Irving Convention Center and experience a nerdy weekend full of amazing artists, spectacular talent, and everything comic books! See you at the show!

Me and a really cool Robin cosplayer, Bryce Culver, at the NTCBS!

Dallas Fan Days October 20-22

Calling all Super Nerds! Dallas Fan Days is coming October 20-22 to the Irving Convention Center. Guests from Riverdale, Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, and Dr. Who are all planned to be in attendance.

The October event of Dallas Fan Days is one of my favorite conventions. Not only is the Irving Convention Center an optimal place for a convention, but this show always has something for everyone. If this is your first convention, or you have never been to the Irving Convention Center, please see my Beginner’s Guide for FAQ!

Staying true to the “comic” aspect of Comic Cons, Dallas Fan Days has an exceptional range of comic creators, artists, and comic book professionals who are always excited to meet their fans and share the excitement for comic book culture.

Costumes are in no shortage for this show. However, it is totally not necessary to be in cosplay. Most people at the shows are simply rocking their favorite nerdy shirt and jeans – and this is perfect!

If you’re planning on wearing a costume, but don’t know where to start, think about your favorite fandoms and choose a character that is true to you! Never feel pressured to wear a specific costume just because everyone else is. If you’re wearing a costume, chances are people will want to talk to you about the character you are dressed as, and nothing is worse than trying to converse with people about a character you know nothing about! Chances are someone will recognize the character you are dressed as, and getting to talk to someone who is as excited about a fandom as you are is the goal!

Dallas Fan Days always has a solid Artist Alley. This is the best place to find unique pieces of art to make your walls pop! Pro Tip: I tend to pick up a couple new pieces of art at every show. There is no way that I would ever have enough wall space (or money for frames) for everyone! Instead, I picked up a Portfolio book from Hobby Lobby that is filled with over 100 clear pages that I can slip the art into. This makes a fantastic book to keep on my coffee table. Guests love flipping through it, and I love telling them all about the amazing artists!

Whatever you plan to do, make sure you have fun! Sometimes, the best part of the convention is getting great photos together, and wandering the vendors room basking in everything nerdy. Cheers and enjoy the con!