Let’s get nerdy this weekend at the North Texas Comic Book Show

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Come visit the North Texas Comic Book Shows and meet new friends, like Captain America, Daniel Calhoun!

New year, new chances to let your nerd out; and there’s no place better to do that than this weekend at the North Texas Comic Book Show.

The North Texas Comic Book Show will run Jan 30-31 at the Doubletree Hotel Dallas Market Center, 2015 Market Center Blvd, Dallas, TX and is $10 to get it (kids 11 and under are free).

NTCBS has a cosplay contest that’s different than the norm. Instead of the standard contest where contestants model their costumes, NTCBS judges the contestants based on their ability to perform a skit as the character they are dressed as. After attending the last show, I can testify that this is so much fun to watch. These talented cosplayers really put a lot of thought and heart into their acts, it’s definitely a must see!

In addition to cosplay guests attending, there will be some legendary comic book artists as guests of the show. Amazing Spider-Man & Dr. Strange artist Randy Emberlin, and James O’Barr, creator of 12472265_623645841109179_5702962452941214434_nThe Crow, are a couple of the artists who will have tables at the show. Not to mention a very special four-legged hero – Tugg the Bull Terrier, will be in attendance both days providing many smiles.

As a large advocate for shows “by the fans and for the fans” I appreciate all NTCBS does to make this show truly one that fans will appreciate from beginning to end. I love toy and comic book hunting, and I’ve found some real treasures at this show. There are so many different local vendors and comic book artists; it really isn’t hard to find something really unique.

This show is a great size and allows a relaxing atmosphere while also having enough going on to keep attendees entertained. The local nerd community is so encouraging and supportive; it really is such a great time getting to spend the weekend with fellow nerds.

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!

Guardians of the Galaxy 17 min preview full of comedy, epic effects

*Warning! Potential spoilers below!*

Monday night I got to go to an exclusive preview of Guardians of the Galaxy!

I went to the screening at Northpark and got gotg2there literally minutes before it started. Luckily, there was still a couple of seats left. Not so luckily, they were on the very front row at the very end.

Getting the tickets was easy, I just had to reserve them online about a week beforehand. The preview  was in 3D and they had awesome posters at the table where you turned in your ticket.

Now to the good stuff – the preview.

Let me just preface this by saying that even in basically the worst seat in the house, it was 17 minutes of pure awesomeness.

Introduced by James Gunn, the scene is basically Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Groot (Vin Diesel), and Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) being arrested and working together to get out of prison. Star-Lord starts off as an outsider to the group, but is quickly initiated as one of the guys. Gamora is pegged as a trouble maker, but proves quickly she can hold her own.

gotg1Groot and Rocket have an amazing chemistry and steal the show. Groot’s dialogue consists completely of “I am Groot” but Rocket is able to get much more out of it than that. Rocket is hilarious, super witty, and very confident in his ability to put together a solid plan of escape. The two work together flawlessly and it’s really neat to see Groot’s personality come through without him having to talk.

About mid-battle Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) enters the scene and quickly  sides himself with the Guardians. By the way, during the climax of the fighting “Hooked on a Feeling” was playing, which was literally the most perfect soundtrack ever for the battle. Drax is super literal, as Rocket commented “A metaphor would go right over his head.” To which Drax responds “Nothing goes over my head. My reflexes are too fast and I will catch it.”

There was lots of Thanos talk, comedic wit, epic special effects, and great character chemistry. The preview definitely did it’s job of making me anxious for the movie.

After the scene they played an extended trailer  which you can see here:

Guardians of the Galaxy comes to theaters August 1.

Dallas Comic-Con 2014 Ultimate Guide

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Your questions answered! Here is my guide to Dallas Comic-Con 2014. The convention is at a new place this year and they are expecting almost double the attendance. That said, my experience is based off of Dallas Comic-Con at it’s previous location and previous owners. I have done my best to find the correct answers and base my responses off of what I am anticipating. This should give you a general idea of what to expect. Please send me additional questions, corrections, and additions to my email dallasfangirl@gmail.com and I will add them in! Enjoy and I hope to see you there!

 

Dallas Comic-Con 2014 Guide 

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The Basics

When:

May 16-18

Friday May 16: 4pm-9pm

Saturday May 17: 10am-7pm

Sunday May 18: 10am-5pm

Where:

Dallas Convention Center

650 South Griffin Street
Dallas, TX 75202

Price:

Single Day:

Friday $25

Saturday $40

Sunday $30

Kids $10 with adult ticket

All 3 days: $79 (only available as pre-registration)

Parking:

Dallas Comic-Con is selling spots for parking in advance. My largest recommendation would be to take the DART if possible, as it drops you off right at the convention center. If for some reason you cannot take the DART (costume, etc.) here is the link to parking. I’m sure there will be additional parking beyond this website, but my largest recommendation above all will be to arrive as early as you can to ensure a decent spot.

https://www.parkingpanda.com/dallas-comic-con-parking?ref=dcc

Q.Can I bring food/water bottles to Dallas Comic Con?

A. By technical standards I don’t think you are supposed to. But everyone does. I always make sure to pack my Camel water bottle and a bunch of granola bars. As long as you’re not toting in a cooler, I think it’s totally fine to load up your purse/backpack with some easy to grab snacks.

 

*Dallas Comic-Con Virgin*

Q. I’ve never been to DCC. How can I decide whether I want to go or not?

A. This year at DCC is going to be new for all of us. It is going to be at a newer, larger convention and is going to be run by a whole new company. The best argument I can make to go (besides all of the awesome events, guests, and panels) is that this year is a milestone for comic conventions in Dallas. If DCC goes off as it is being hyped to be, it will be a very, very large convention and bring a lot of attention to Dallas. I think it’s really cool to say you are a part of that!

Q. How can I make sure I have the BEST experience at Dallas Comic-Con?

A. The best advice I can give to have a great time is to not be too scheduled and to expect the unexpected. Things happen – guest stars get sick, cancel appearances, and timings change unexpectedly. Go in with an open mind, back-up plans if needed, and just enjoy yourself!

Q. How is it compared to other conventions in dallas?

A. Size wise – if the numbers of attendees come through as anticipated, it will be the largest comic book, sci-fi, anime convention in the city (perhaps even the state). Because Dallas Comic-Con is expanding their guest list beyond sci-fi and comic book guests, this will draw in crowds that typically wouldn’t venture out to comic book conventions. For example, voice actors from Dragon Ball, Pokemon, and Adventure Time will bring in the anime crowd. Be prepared for a lot more vendors, more guests, and more room to walk around! On the flip side this is also going to mean more traffic, lines, and crowds than we are used to at smaller conventions like AnimeFest and Sci-Fi Expo.

Q. What does a typical day consist of? What’s a simple play-by-play of the day?

A. A typical day varies from person to person. It depends on what your interests are and why you’re attending the convention. But, here is a very basic run-down of what a very standard day could be!

  • 1. Get dressed and ready to go
  • 1a. Cosplaying? Make a checklist the day before of everything you are planning on wearing so that you can check it off as you get ready the next morning. Not cosplaying? A checklist is good to have anyway. Camera? Water bottle? Phone? ID/Credit card?
  • 2.Get directions and drive to the convention
  • 2a. If you are planning to get there when the convention opens, plan on getting there at least 2 hours in advance for the best parking/spot in line. Especially if you haven’t pre-registered. If you do not care about lines/aren’t in a rush, take it at your own pace.
  • 3. Arrive: pay for parking, park in garage/available lots
  • 3a. Bring cash for parking ($10-$20)
  • 4. Get in line to get your badge
  • 4a. Don’t forget your license/emails with receipt barcode of badge purchase
  • 5. Enter convention
  • 5a. Grab a schedule and establish a good meeting place in case you and your buddies get separated. Go over the schedule and narrow down what you want to do if you haven’t already pre-planned. (Sometimes there are some last-minute schedule changes, too!)
  • 6. Plan your attack
  • 6a. Grab a map and explore! Before you commit to doing something, it’s always best to get a feel for the convention floor and where everything is. Best bathroom? Panel rooms? Dealer’s room? Food? You never know when you may need to make an emergency run to the artist alley for a last-minute print! This is also a good time to scope out your food options like where the food trucks are parked, what’s available at the con, and what restaurants are nearby for after-con endeavors.
  • 7. Wander around
  • 7a. Wandering around is some of the most fun. A lot of the day consists of just walking back and forth to the same places. While this may not sound thrilling, just wait. There is always something new to see and always something happening. Cosplay red carpet, celebrities roaming the convention floors, and random acts of awesomeness make each experience unique!
  • 8. Attend at least one panel
  • 8a. I usually aim to go to one or two panels. More than two sometimes eats up the day too much for me. Between waiting in line for the panel, waiting for it to start, and then getting out, it all ends up being anywhere from a 2-4 hour experience. Worth it for some panels, not so much for others. Especially since the convention hours are relatively short (10-7, 10-5) there may be other things you won’t want to miss out on.
  • 9. Talk to artists/dealers and buy something unique
  • 9a. Artists work is unique and a lot of times are convention exclusives! I always try to buy at least one piece I really like and go out of my way to meet the artist. This gives you a deeper connection to the piece you get and makes you really treasure it! Although a lot of things you find in the dealer’s room you can find online and at retailers, there are a lot of vintage and rare pieces that you can’t! In addition, some of the dealer’s are some of the coolest people you will ever meet!
  • 10. Remember to take pictures
  • 10a. This may sound obvious but I always seem to forget! If you see something cool, take a picture. Chances are you may not see it again!

Pretend schedule:

  • 10am: arrive, park, get in line
  • 11am: enter building/get badge
  • 11:15-12:30: explore dealer’s room, artist alley, convention floor
  • 12:30-12:45: Grab food to eat in line
  • 12:45: get in line for 2 p.m. panel
  • 2:00: enter panel
  • 3:00: exit panel
  • 3:30: go get autographs
  • 5:00: back to dealer’s room
  • 6:00: Final walk through

*Kids Zone*

Children’s admission: $10 with adult ticket purchase

Q. Is Dallas Comic Con kid friendly?

A. Yes! A lot of conventions go out of their way to make sure that children are welcome. Dallas Comic Con is no exception! There is a lot for kids to do, and there is even a kids cosplay contest.

Q. Do cosplayers take pictures with kids? Is that okay?

A. Absolutely! Ask any cosplayer – posing with kids is usually the best part of a convention! Don’t be afraid to stop someone and ask for a picture, most are more than happy to pose!

 

*Photos/Autographs*

Q. How does getting a photo with a celebrity work? Do I just walk up with my phone/camera?

A. Very rarely can you take a photograph with a celebrity at their booth for free. At DCC most celebrities will have specific “photo opp” times where fans will line up with pre-purchased vouchers to get a photo with their choice of guest. These photo ops start at $30 and are more expensive the larger the guest.

http://www.fanexpodallas.com/photo-ops/

Q. Can me and my friend/fiancé/partner get a picture together with a celebrity? Does that cost extra?

A. According to Epic Photo Op: The price of a photo is the price per posed picture, not per person. There is a limit of three people in each photo (excluding children 3 years or under, and media guests). (Thanks John Abbott!)

Q. What’s the basic cost for autographs, as well as group deals for autographs from entire casts that will be there?

A. Autographs run anywhere from $35-$85+. Typically there are no “group” deals on autographs and celebrities charge separately.

Q. We are scheduling an itinerary but you mentioned waits can get kind ridiculous…what has been your best and worst experience with autographs or photo ops?

A. Best experience is that I am able to just walk up and get the autograph I want with no wait. Worst experience was that I waited a long time to meet an actor, and then he had to leave for the day, so I waited over an hour for nothing. A lot of times a long line can be worth the wait though. For example, I waited about an hour to meet Felicia Day and she was amazing. She even did a shout out video for my professor (and yes, I got an A).

*Panels*

Q. How early do I need to line up for a panel?

A. This really depends on how popular of a panel it will be and the day. Typically in the past at DCC the rule of thumb is to line up about an hour before the panel. However, with the attendance list expected to nearly double this year you may want to keep tabs on your panel up to two hours before it begins.

 

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*Cosplay/Wardrobe*

Q. What should I wear to Dallas Comic Con?

A. There’s no right or wrong answer to this one. For guys, typically a nerdy shirt, jeans (or shorts), and sneakers are a classic convention look. Ladies have looks all over the place – I’ve seen anything from casual tee and shorts to full decked out high heels and short skirts. If you’re planning on staying a while I’d just advise you wear something comfortable! Unless it’s for a cosplay, conventions typically aren’t the best place to test out new footwear!

Q. Is it required for me to cosplay in order to go to DCC?

A. Not at all! Even though cosplay is a big thing right now, typically there are less people dressed up than not!

Q. I’m not planning on cosplaying, but I do want to wear a costume. Is that okay?

A. YES! To many cosplaying means taking the role of the character and not breaking said role. Whether that’s your definition or not – dressing up in a costume and just being your kooky self is 100% awesome!

Q. I am planning on cosplaying but my materials are heavy/hot. Is there anywhere I can sit down and take a break without being asked for photos? 

A. Yes!! There will actually be a Cosplay Hideout lounge

Q. We are still on the fence for Cosplay. Do you always go in costume?

A. I don’t always go in costume, but when I don’t I usually sport some sort of nerdy apparel.

Q. What are your personal experiences, both good and bad with going in costume?

A. The fun thing about going is costume is getting to show off your work (if you made it) and getting your picture taken! It’s fun to have some spotlight. Also, you can connect with people who love the same fandom as you, because it’s pretty obvious what you love. The downside is it can be hard to do lots of things because you are being stopped for photos, your costume is restrictive and doesn’t allow you to do other activities. For me, a lot of my costumes don’t have pockets so I try to integrate some sort of carrying device (backpack that fits, utility belt I can put money in etc.)

Q. You might not know since its a new company, but what has been your experiences with other Cons and prop guns?

A. Make sure your prop gun has the orange tip and is plastic. Metal guns and props are prohibited at DCC.

*After the Con*

Q. I see the convention ends at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Is there anything going on after?

A. There will be an official after party Saturday night!

 

*Hotel* 

Q. Do I need to get a hotel room?

A. If you are going all 3 days (or even 2) getting a hotel sometimes makes things a lot easier, especially if you are in cosplay or planning to stay out late. Most of the hotels are filling up quickly, so the earlier you book the closer you can get.

Recommended hotel list: http://www.fanexpodallas.com/travel/

 

*Expenses*

Q. How much money should I bring?

A. This really depends on how much you are able to spend and what you are looking at getting. Tickets at the door can be purchased using credit card. Most vendors take card, but it’s usually a lot easier to pay cash and sometimes vendors are willing to cut deals for cash sales. If you are looking to get some high-dollar items, bring enough to support that. If you aren’t looking for anything particular, my go-to amount is $100 in cash for food and misc. spending.

 

*Dealer’s Room / Artist Alley*

Q. Should I try and bargain in the dealers room?

A. Most vendors are willing to haggle a bit. Just make sure you are courteous and not pushy about it. In my opinion, it’s usually easier to strike a good deal on the last day of the con. Most times big retailers are unable to make further markdowns on their merchandise, but have convention exclusive sales.

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.