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!

Travel in Style to Dallas Conventions and more!

The Dallas Fan Days convention is held at the Irving Convention Center from October 20 to the 22, and it can definitely be viewed as a holiday in the eyes of some locals and tourists.

For those that love the convention experience, you know that there’s a lot that goes into preparing for this event, especially if you’re somebody who participates in cosplay. However, even if you’re just attending for the panels, vendors, and people watching, there’s still a bit of organization that needs to take place for a truly seamless experience from start to finish. The addition of professional transportation to any convention experience is a great way to ensure convenience, especially if there’s a group involved.

Quality vehicles offer more than just a way to get from one point to the next, especially when you consider the features that elevate the transportation experience. There’s a ton of room on board party buses and limousines, and this is perfect for those who have bulky costumes. It’s equally as easy to rest as it is to socialize on board, and this is especially helpful for those who plan on staying at the convention all day. You wont have to deal with the task of finding a parking spot or battling traffic when you consider the chauffeur that will be around for the ride! As far as features are concerned, you can stream one of your favorite playlists with the attached auxiliary cord or your favorite movie with the flat panel television screens.

Your adventure doesn’t have to stop at the convention center! With your reserved block of time, you’re able to hit the town, go back to your hotel, or head home. It’s completely up to you, and that’s the beauty of it! If you’re worried about the affordability of a Dallas party bus or limousine, consider splitting the overall cost among a group of passengers. This will give you an affordable rate that’s comparable to a local ride share service.

In the end, you’ll be supremely glad that you took this step to prepare for your convention experience, and you’ll surely do the same for next years festivities. If you’re looking for a trustworthy company, be sure to check out DFW Party Bus & Limo.

The Thrill of the Toy Hunt

One of my favorite toys, Kota the dinosaur! Photo by Open Book Entertainment

I love toy hunting! In fact, it’s probably one of my favorite hobbies, and surprisingly, one of my most inexpensive hobbies.

First and foremost I’m a Jurassic Park collector. Anything Jurassic Park is instantly necessary. Especially Kenner toys. I like to think I’ve developed a sixth sense for finding Jurassic items almost anywhere I go; but some places are easier than others.

My favorite places to look are antique shops, toy shows, comic cons, and thrift shops. I have found my best luck to be finding Jurassic pieces at toy shows, though sometimes it almost feels too easy since the entire show is geared at vintage toy collectibles. Antique shops are a bit more of a challenge. Typically here the toys range more in the 1920-1970s timeline, and it can be difficult to come across more “modern” items. The perk of finding Jurassic Park items at antique shops is that they are usually priced way below their value. I’ve found that many sellers aren’t as familiar with the popularity of the Jurassic Park franchise and don’t see much value in these items. AKA, jackpot!

On one of my most recent hunts I visited a local Doll Show. This show was geared towards doll collectors who enjoy dolls from the turn of the century and popular classics like Madame Alexander and Barbie. For me, this was the perfect opportunity to scope out a booth that may be hiding some Jurassic treasures. After doing a couple of rounds at the show I final came across a booth that seemed promising. Here are some signs that tell me I may find what I’m looking for:

  • Clear bins full of colorful, plastic toys (like Happy Meal Toys)
  • Boxes and bins under the table that are full of items for sale, but not presented as cleanly as the items on the table
  • Kids toys shoved in piles or bunches in/around the table

Sure enough, under the table at this booth was a clear bin full of large Ziploc bags that each had a theme of toys inside. I found a dinosaur themed bag and inside instantly saw two Jurassic pieces. I was able to snag the entire bag for $2 and while most of the bag isn’t items I would keep, the two I did were totally worth it! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rarely do I have much luck at thrift shops. In fact, I usually end up leaving with things totally unrelated to what I originally went in for (like beer brand paraphernalia, old records, and bizarre coffee mugs). But that’s not to say it’s not worth stopping in. I’ve seen many people have luck finding Jurassic Park posters, hats, and toys. Even with never finding anything here, I always get excited when I walk in the door in hopes that I just may!

Do I know everything about Jurassic Park toys? Oh buddy, far from it. And because of my slips of knowledge here and there, I’ve missed out on a few great finds. My best “one that got away” was the infamous Gallimimus Kenner “Dino Screams” toy. I found it at DallasComic Con once loose in a Ziploc bag for $20 (ones in their package sell for upwards of $300). I was so focused on looking for a certain piece (Ian Malcolm) I picked it up and immediately tossed it aside. When I left the show I realized what I did and by then it was too late! If I ever come across one again I will treasure it forever!

A lot of people ask why I don’t just buy pieces I want from Amazon or Ebay. True, that would help me build my collection much faster; but it’s just not as fun. I love having a story behind each piece. Whether it has been given to me as a gift or found “in the wild” during one of my hunts, I love to have a little history behind each one. It makes looking at my collection and talking about it much more fun!

People collect many different things – from sports memorabilia to china plates, we all share the love of finding pieces that make our heart race. Whatever you collect, enjoy the hunt!