North Texas Comic Book Show – July 18

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The North Texas Comic Book Show is back with a day full of adventures, plenty of comic books, and a great opportunity to get your geek on with nerds of all ages.

When: Saturday, July 18 9:30 am – 5 p.m.

Where: Doubletree Hotel Dallas Market Center, 2015 Market Center Blvd., just off I-35 near Market Hall and Medieval Times.

How much: Admission is just $10 at the door. Kids 11 and under get in FREE!

Side note (per NTCBS): parking at the Doubletree is free. If the lot fills up you may want to pay to park at the Hilton Anatole and walk over. It’s about 2 blocks.

NTCBS is known for putting on a show that is very interactive with the community. This is a great opportunity to meet other fans in the area!

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Tugg the bull terrier is not only a super cute pup, but also a comic book hero!

Many talented comic artists and characters will be in attendance at this event including the lovable bull terrier pup Tugg, who has overcome a rough start as a young puppy and is now a superhero! Look for him at his booth along with his comic book “Tugg: A Hero Among Us”.

Don’t forget your cosplay! NTCBS will be hosting a cosplay contest by the hotel pool at 2 p.m. and the winner will receive a $100 prize! Everyone in costume is encouraged to join and play the role of their character. If you’ve never participated in a cosplay contest before this is a great opportunity!

For more information visit NTCBS on Facebook or at their website http://www.comicbooksdallas.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.

 

First wave of Dallas Comic Con 2014 Guests Announced

The first wave of Dallas Comic Con guests were announced at Sci-Fi Expo last weekend. So far this is an all-star lineup! So start planning your trip, because this year will be crazy! Dallas Comic Con will be at the Dallas Convention Center, May 16-18.

The first wave of guests for Dallas Comic Con announced at Sci-Fi Expo

The first wave of guests for Dallas Comic Con announced at Sci-Fi Expo.

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Rightfully titled the “horror king”, Englund has starred in some of the most iconic horror films of our generation, and is most well-known for his role as Freddy Krueger in The Nightmare on Elm Street.

 

Stan Lee

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Stan “the man” Lee is the king of comics and the president and chairman of Marvel comics. He is responsible for the most iconic of super heroes and collaborated with the artistic talents of Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. Lee has attended Dallas Comic Con events in the past. Lee draws large crowds and lately the number of conventions he has been attending has been decreasing. There is usually the opportunity to purchase a photograph op in advance.

 

 

William Shatner

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Shatner is a familiar face to the Dallas Comic Con scene. Most famously known as his role as “Captain Kirk” in the original Star Trek series and other following Star Trek films and shows. Since, he has taken roles in drama series and most recently, a comedic role as the “Priceline Negotiator”. Shatner’s panels are typically energetic, interactive, and packed full of Trekkies!

 

Nathan Fillion

images-1Fillion is most known for his role in the television series Firefly and as Captain Hammer in the ever so catchy musical with Neil Patrick Harris and Felicia Day, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog. Fillion was scheduled for the Dallas Comic Con event in summer of 2013 but fell sick and was unable to attend, making his presence at Dallas Comic Con even more anticipated.

Sci-Fi Expo: Everything You Need to Know

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Sci-Fi Expo will be held Febraury 8-9 at the Irving Convention Center in Las Colinas.

If you’ve never been to a convention before, you may not know what to expect and have a bunch of questions! For those of you who have been before, you know the basic drill, but you also know that every convention is different.

Sci-Fi Expo is no exception, and that’s what makes it so unique and fun! I’ve attended Sci-Fi Expo for at least four years now (ever since it was hosted at the Plano Centre) and know the layout pretty well; so I’m going to do my best to answer all your questions about this awesome convention!

Q. How much is the convention?

Saturday (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.): $35

Sunday (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.): $25

Weekend Pass: $50

Kids 5-12 weekend pass: $5 (4 and under are free)

If you purchase your tickets online you will be able to enter the convention center before on-site ticket purchasers.

Q. Who can go? How old do you have to be to go? 

Anyone can go! From little kids to great-grandparents, everyone is invited!

Q. What are essential things I need to bring?

Money, camera, phone, ID, snack, small backpack or bag to carry items in if you plan on buying things or loading up on free stuff.

Q. What kind of parking should I expect?

There are two parking garages at the Irving Convention Center. One is pretty much attached to the convention center and fills up very, very quickly. The second is about half a mile down the field from the convention center, but don’t worry, there is a bus that is designated to pick up people from this garage and take them to the convention center and vice versa. You also have the option to park on the field, but be fore-warned, if it looks like it may rain, don’t park here! Last time people parked here when it was raining and several cars got stuck in the mud! The cost is typically $5 for parking.

Q. Do I need to cosplay/dress up in costume? What should I wear?

I have never encountered a convention where dressing in costume was mandatory. In fact, although the cosplay culture has exploded, I think it’s still safe to say that cosplayers are in the minority. A good chunk of people attend Sci-Fi Expo to get autographs and buy exclusive merchandise, comic books, and artwork.

In short, the answer is no, but I would definitely encourage a costume if you have something handy! I think that dressing in costume can really enhance your experience and break you out of the norm of street clothes.

If you decide not to dress up, it’s pretty standard to rock a nerdy tee (TeeFury is a great place to start, Hot Topic is great in a pinch!) and some jeans. Comfy shoes are definitely a plus! I also see a lot of girls wearing cute, funky outfits and a bit of nerd flair like a bow or nerdy purse.

Q. If I cosplay, who should I be?

My biggest suggestion is to be someone you really want to be! Think about your favorite movies and characters from when you were a kid. Who was your role model? Who did you have action figures of? Even though this is labeled as a Sci-Fi convention, there are no limits to who you can be.

Sci-Fi Expo also hosts a red carpet event on Saturday and Sunday where if you are dressed as characters from specific series, you get the opportunity to walk the red carpet and have your picture taken.

Saturday:
3:00pm Bring your camera! Cosplay Red Carpet Photo Ops* (1st floor lobby) for:  Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, Marvel Heroes and Villains Stargate / SG1, Video Game Characters.

Sunday:

3:00pm Bring your camera! Cosplay Red Carpet Photo Ops* (1st floor lobby) for: Star Trek, Doctor Who / Torchwood, DC Heroes and Villains, Steampunk / Golden Age of Sci-Fi, Animation / Anime Heroes and Villains.

Q. What day is better to go? Saturday or Sunday?

Both days have something different to offer. Saturday’s of conventions typically draw the highest attendance. There are pros and cons to this. Higher attendance means more cosplays, more people to take pictures of you (if you are flaunting a costume), typically some of the biggest celebrities only show up on Saturday, and also you have the largest amount of merchandise to explore. The downside to this is that it can be really crowded, hard to navigate, and the lines for things can be very, very lengthy.

I usually prefer attending Sunday. I have had great success not only finding awesome merchandise and artwork, but meeting celebrities. It seems on Sunday the atmosphere is more relaxed and there’s a lot more room to walk around and explore. Of course the ideal path would be to attend both days for the most optimal experience, but either day you really can’t go wrong. Be sure to refer to the website to see which celebrities will be appearing on Saturday or Sunday only.

As of today (1/30) these are the Saturday only guests:

-Stephen Amell

-Karen Gillan

Q. How much money should I bring?

If you haven’t already purchased your ticket, be sure to bring at least enough for that. From there it’s really a matter of what you can afford. Most artists charge anywhere from $10-$50 for prints and commissions (requested artworks) are in an even higher bracket. Merchandise can have any price range, especially if you are looking for limited edition and vintage items. Autographs are also an extra charge, so if you plan on getting something signed be sure to prepare to pay for it. Most autographs range from $20-$60.

If you are going and don’t have any specific items in mind, my go-to amount is about $60 in spending money. This way I have some money for a couple prints and a small action figure or item of some sort.

Q. What’s free?

Ah, so glad you asked. Free things are the best! Big Fan Boy has a room dedicated to freebies from the latest and upcoming movies. From posters to stickers and even apparel, the Big Fan Boy room is a must visit. There’s always a line to get in, but it moves very quickly because once you walk in, you just go down a line of tables stuffed with free things.

Saturday: 3:00pm to 7:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm to 3:00pm.

Q. Are there places to eat at the convention?

There are two snack spots in the convention center and a guy with a roasted nuts cart. The snack centers offer your typical snacks like hot dogs and nachos. Sometimes food trucks will also pull up and offer a variety of foods like the Nammi (vietnamese tacos and sandwiches) truck. If you are able to, my suggestion would be to bring snacks like granola bars and apples. If you are trying to be healthy or would rather save your money for merchandise rather than overpriced snacks, bringing your own food is your best bet!

*I’ve been informed no outside food or drink is allowed in the convention center this go-around, but since reentry is allowed it’s just as easy to keep your food in your car and go take a break.

Q. How do I meet the actors/actresses? How much are autographs? Can I take pictures with them?

The media guests are usually spread out around the convention but it seems most recently they are mainly being grouped together on the top floor.

Guests will be easily identified by a big banner with their name behind it. A volunteer will be stationed at their table to help you get in line. If you want an autograph or photo the price will be posted at their booth. Most of the rates are posted here. Typically only cash is accepted. However, in my past experiences, just wanting to wait in line to shake hands and meet a guest is totally free.

Q. Can I bring my own camera to Sci-Fi Expo?

Of course! There will be professional photographers (freelance and media crew) roaming around the convention center but it is very encouraged that you bring your own camera! Most everywhere at the convention allows anyone to take photos. If you are going to take a picture of a cosplayer, just make sure that you ask first! Most are more than willing to stop and pose. If there is an area where you are not allowed to take pictures, they will be designated by signs that read “No photos”.

This should cover just about everything you need to know about Sci-Fi Expo! I will be there Sunday and hope to see you all there!

Dallas Comic Con – My Thoughts + Giveaway

So instead of writing out my opinions on Dallas Comic Con I made a video! I am also hosting a giveaway for the first time. It is completely free to enter all you need to do is comment on my YouTube video. There will be 2 winners. 1) One randomly selected winner will receive the Dallas Comic Con badge and a program booklet 2) One randomly selected winner will receive the pack of 2 comics and 3 posters from Overground Comics and a program booklet. Comments on this blog or on my Facebook won’t count, so make sure you enter at the right place! Here are the rules:

  • Comment on the YouTube video with your favorite thing about Dallas Comic Con or your favorite thing about comic/fan  conventions
  • Must be 18-years old or older or have parent permission to enter
  • Winners will be announced May 31 in the text description of the YouTube video

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**All opinions are my own. I was not paid for anything in this video. I will be using random.org to select the winners**

Adventures in Costuming – Recommendations to New Buyers

It’s always nerve-racking pulling the trigger when purchasing items for a costume. I feel like once I buy the first piece – I’m committed. There’s no going back. Maybe I have a large fear of buyer’s remorse, or maybe I’m still warming up to the fact that that to really get a good quality costume I need to be prepared to shell out some dollars.

Since there’s less than two months until Dallas Comic-Con and I’m preparing a new costume (exciting!) it’s crunch time for me to order
my materials. I’ve had quite a few friends ask me for some advice when it comes to putting together a costume. So, instead of telling you all separately at the risk of forgetting something, I’ve narrowed down what I think are the most valuable tips I’ve learned over the years into this nice little post.

Plan in advance

Get your costume planned out in full detail at least two months before the convention you are planning on attending. Not only does this give time to figure out the exact materials that you want but it also majorly lowers the risk of not getting your order on time. If you have a costume idea that you think is going to require more than two months worth of work (this is sounding pretty intense) and you have less than two months to do it, it might be worth trying to enlist some crafty friends to help. Cookies are always a nice incentive.

Order from a place you know is reliable

My favorite place to purchase materials is Amazon, especially when I’m in a time crunch. It’s easy to find competitive deals from brand name sellers who offer quick shipping dates and are reliable.

Ebay is risky, but can pay off if you’re willing to wait. The thing with Ebay is that you are able to purchase from international sellers which in most cases results in lower prices. For my Captain America outfit ordered the red under-bust and my red boots from a seller in China via Ebay.  My items arrived in the mail roughly 3 weeks after they were ordered. One of my friends wasn’t so fortunate and had ordered similar items only to have them get stuck at customs and she didn’t wind up receiving them until 3 months after the convention.

Always, always, always check reviews

Reviews are your best friend. I go through as many as I can before placing an order. Maybe it’s some sort of paranoia but I always want to make sure where I’m ordering from is reputable and the item is the quality I expect.

For most costumes I’ve put together, the items come from the same place, so I really want to make sure this place is reputable before I completely put my trust in them. For international stores and smaller businesses I usually just Google “store name review” and in my experience a forum on either a cosplay website or on another social media platform will pop up and several reviews will follow. In some other cases I’ve seen reviews posted on the items website but not correlate to the item. Spambots are out there and so are trolls! Be wary.

Fabric stores are awesome resources

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Eevee costume I put together for Ikkicon 2010. I did everything with fabric glue! No sewing required! Amazingly all the pieces are still sitting in my closet in-tact.

I’m not the craftiest person on the planet and I’m pretty challenged when it comes to sewing. That said, I usually try to find any other method of adhering fabrics. Although it’s pretty easy to search the interwebs for solutions on alternate ways to attach two fabrics, my best results have come from the people at my local craft store. There I’m able to show them the fabrics and they can tell me whether any sort of craft glue will do the trick or if I need to suck up to a friend to get them to sew it for me. Coincidentally  I found out most of the younger people who work at the craft stores in my area actually go to conventions. They have a lot of experience with the fabrics and understand just how much wear and tear they will go through. You may be surprised what new friends you can find!

Etsy is magical

I was really apprehensive the first time I ordered something from Etsy. I ordered a custom set of ears and a tail for a Rigby, from Regular Show, costume I did a couple years ago for AnimeFest. Before I ordered anything I contacted the seller to make sure I could get the items in time and got a really fast response. The seller had ears and tails ready-to-ship in her shop that would have worked for me, but when I messaged her I was surprised to get feedback saying that for the same price she could custom make me a set that was modeled right to Rigby’s. I got it way before I expected and the quality was fantastic!

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Me in my Rigby costume (circa 2011) with a very cute Fionna!

For my newest costume that I will premiere at Dallas Comic-Con I ordered from a new seller on Etsy. Her shop had no reviews and she had just recently opened her store, but she had the exact item that I wanted. I really lucked out on this one. The seller not only went out of her way to contact me but actually hand-delivered the item to my place and refunded me the shipping! Not only is the item exactly as it was described but the experience with the seller helped put my mind at ease for future transactions.

Party City – My last minute costume headquarters

I know a lot of people give criticism to those who wear Party City costumes to conventions. I don’t really understand this unless someone is trying to pass off a costume that is obviously purchased as hand-made. As mentioned in one of my previous posts, one of my favorite costumes came from Party City. For last minute accessories, Party City really is the best place to go. They carry costumes and accessories year-round and are usually well stocked with a good selection. Most of the accessories I’ve purchased from Party City I use as bases to build upon. For example, I got a pair of cat ears that were on a durable headband. I covered them in fabric and shaped it to be the headpiece that I was wanting. The price of the headband plus the price of the fabric was a large percentage less than buying an exact replica item from somewhere online.

What are your favorite places to get cosplay/costume materials? Have you ever had a bad experience?

Can’t wait to see all my friends at Dallas Comic-Con!

Captain, oh, Captain!

Dallas, get ready to get hammered. Nathan Fillion, aka Captain Hammer, has just been officially announced by Dallas Comic Con as a guest

Nathan Fillion was Captain Hammer in the Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog mini-series.

for the convention this May.

Fillion is also known for his role as Captain Malcolm Reynolds in Firefly, current star of the TV series Castle, and has an extensive list of other recognizable roles.

Dallas Comic Con will be held on May 17-19 at the Irving Convention Center and tickets are on sale now.

Check out all the other attending guests Dallas Comic Con is hosting here.

Who are you looking most forward to meeting? I think you know my answer.

 

Update: Nathan cancelled his appearance at Dallas Comic Con due to health reasons