Full of cosplayers, pop-culture celebrity guests, vendors, comic books, and all things nerdy, Dallas Fan Days is back at it again October 14-16. This is one of my favorite shows to attend, and one I would definitely recommend to anyone who has yet to attend a convention.
The celebrity I’m most excited to see is Millie Bobby Brown, Eleven from Stranger Things. From the beginning of the first episode I was hooked. If you haven’t seen Stranger Things on Netflix yet, there’s still time to catch it before the convention. If you’re into 80’s themed sci-fi thrillers, this is totally up your alley. Other celebrities in attendance include The Flash star Danielle Panabaker, Hollywood icon Christian Slater and more.
Be aware PANEL LINES FILL UP QUICKLY. If you are planning to attend a panel, but not a VIP ticket holder, prepare to be very aware of the line and how many people the panel room can hold. The sooner you get to the convention, the better. Arrive a couple hours early to inspect the panel line. If the panel is at noon, get to the show right when it opens. It’s very hard to predict the lines.
Cosplay is big at this show, but not required. One of my favorite aspects of this show is the Cosplay Red Carpet. The red carpet allows cosplayers to show off their creations and get their photo taken. The Red Carpet starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday. I’d advise getting there early, as sometimes the line is a bit disorganized and takes a minute to get everyone lined up.
There are some great places to shoot cosplay photography, and one of my favorite spots is on the side of the convention center, on the third floor steps. The lighting here is always so great, and the breeze is usually not to severe. I would highly recommend getting a photo here, even if it’s just on your phone!
LAST MINUTE TIPS:
Stay updated on convention changes on the shows website and social media pages. Celebrity cancellations are tentative to happen at anytime, so make sure you are aware before you head out to the show.
Make sure you have cash, as the ATM at the convention center has been prone to have long lines, and sometimes be down.
Don’t try to haggle with everyone. Haggling down
prices can be a great way to get a bargain, but other times it can be insulting. Be careful on how you approach people, and do it politely. Haggling on an action figure versus haggling on an art commission can come across very different.
Make a meeting place. While this is a smaller convention, it’s easy to get shuffled around and separated from your group. Establish a meeting place (i.e. Meet at the concession stand on the first floor at 3p.m. if we get separated). This will help if you don’t have phone signal or get distracted by something cool.
Be understanding of change, and have fun. Changes happen so fast. A panel could run late. Someone may be a no show. Just prepare for things to change and have a back-up plan.
There’s tons of things to do at the convention, and a lot of family friendly activities. One of my friends had a show where his daughters saw everything in about an hour and got bored, so he started to introduce them to the independent artists in the Artist Alley and let them each pick a drawing to purchase. They got to talk to a lot of people and learn about their art. He said it was the best experience for them and they thought it was so cool to pick out a piece of art that was completely unique!
I will be at the convention for certain on Saturday and Sunday. Stay posted on my Facebook, as I will have updates about what I am doing if you would like to meet up!
Have fun and see you there!