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Sci-Fi Expo goes ‘Back To The Future’

January 23rd, 2013

Dallas Comic Con: Sci-Fi Expo goes Back To The Future, with three actors from the popular movie series topping the star-studded guest list on Feb. 9 and 10 at the Irving Convention Center in Irving, Texas. Christopher Lloyd, who played the iconic Dr. Emmett Brown, joins fellow cast members Lea Thompson (Marty’s mother, “Lorraine”) and James Tolkan (“Principal Strickland”) as they meet fans, sign autographs and pose for photos with a replica Delorean time machine.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s Avery Brooks — “Capt. Benjamin Sisko” – makes his first Dallas appearance at the Expo, which also will feature zombie killers Laurie Holden and Danai Gurira from the popular series, The Walking Dead. Battlestar Galactica fans will be treated to appearances by actors Edward James Olmos, Tricia Helfer, James Callis and Sam Witwer.

The science fiction line-up continues with Tron actors Bruce Boxleitner and Cindy Morgan, Firefly/Serenity actress Morena Baccarin, William Sanderson from Blade Runner and Erin Gray, star of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Rounding out the guest list are Billy Boyd, who played the hobbit “Pippin” in the Lord of the Rings trilogy; Andrew McCarthy, whose long list of credits includes St. Elmo’s Fire and Weekend at Bernie’s; Hercules star Kevin Sorbo; and Dallas native Glenn Morshower, who plays “Lou” on the new Dallas TV series.

Topping the guest list on the comic side are Adam Hughes, cover artist for Fairest, Catwoman, Batgirl and Wonder Woman; Superman artist George Perez; and Michael Golden, legendary artist of ‘Nam, Doctor Strange and The Micronauts. Making their first appearance with Dallas Comic Con are Image Comics co-founder Jim Valentino, Marvel Comics artist Cynthia Martin, and artist/painter Mark Texeira. Other comic guests include artists Tom Feister, Joe Eisma, Steve Erwin and Cal Slayton; illustrator Allison Sohn; and editor Renee Witterstaetter.

The actors will be available to sign autographs, talk with fans and answer questions during special panel discussions, which are free to attend as space allows. Media guests charge a fee for autographs and fans also may pay to have a professional photographer take their photo with select actors. Comic guests also will talk with fans, do commissioned sketches as time allows, and offer a variety of merchandise for sale to attendees.

The two-day Expo features 300 vendor booths in the exhibit hall and fourth floor lobby. New to this show will be a “Cosplay Carpet” for the many fans who attend in costume, with a 30-foot backdrop and red carpet creating the ideal setting for viewing costumes and taking photos. Costume-clad fans also will vie for cash and prizes during Saturday evening’s costume contest.

Admission to Dallas Comic Con: Sci-Fi Expo is $25 Saturday and $20 Sunday. A two-day priority pass is available for $40, and children ages 5-12 are $5 when accompanied by a paying adult. Children ages 4 and under are admitted free. VIP passes for this show are sold out.

Tickets may be purchased at the box office beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. Coupons for $5 off can be found in The Dallas Observer, Fort Worth Weekly and other North Texas newspapers.

Show hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., is at the intersection of SH114 and Northwest Highway in Irving, Texas.

For more information on events and schedules, please visit the website at www.scifiexpo.com.

Media contact: Kathy A. Goolsby at k_goolsby@tx.rr.com.

Images: Downloadable images for use in promoting Dallas Comic Con: Sci-Fi Expo, including images from past C2 Ventures’ events, are available at http://www.scifiexpo.com/DCC/press-pix1.html.

About C2 Ventures:

C2 Ventures is a partnership of long-time STAR WARS fans Ben Stevens and Philip Wise. Since 2001, C2 Ventures has been the most trusted name in STAR WARS autographs, providing more authentic autographs to fans than any other provider worldwide. We produced the massive autograph program at the official STAR WARS Celebration II in 2002, Celebration III in 2005, Celebration IV in 2007, Celebration Japan in 2008, Celebration V in 2010 and Celebration VI in 2012.

C2 Ventures continues to work closely with more than 100 celebrities from the STAR WARS Universe, including Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Carrie Fisher, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels and Samuel L. Jackson, to provide or produce special appearances at conventions and retail stores, authentic autograph signings on your product or our licensed photos, special events, exclusives, and more.

 


 

Dallas Fan Days expands, makes changes to growing show

This month’s Dallas Fan Days expands to three days to better accommodate its growing fan base and give attendees more choices. With actor Bruce Campbell topping the media list and comic book legend Stan Lee leading the artists’ roster, the show will kick off at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, and run through Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Irving Convention Center in Irving, Texas.

To protect customers from inclimate weather, outside lines will be routed through the center’s covered garage, and an outdoor food court in that area will ease congestion in the exhibit hall. A large influx of attendees at Dallas Comic Con in May caught organizers by surprise, but they hope these and other changes will alleviate some of the issues that resulted.

“Basically, the number of customers doubled from 10,000 in February to 20,000 at our May show, causing some longer than expected lines and making it hard for some fans to see everything they wanted,” said Ben Stevens with C2 Ventures, which produces three shows annually at the Irving facility. “By moving the lines, adding concessions and scheduling a third day, we hope to create a more inviting and fun experience for our customers.”

Friday attendees will be among the first to witness the reunion of Star Wars bad boys Ian McDiarmid and Dave Prowse, who led the evil empire as “The Emperor Palpatine” and “Darth Vader,” respectively, in several of the popular movies. Also on hand Friday to sign autographs and meet fans will be actors Anne Lockhart from the original Battlestar Galactica and Donnie Dunagan, the voice of “Bambi” in the Disney classic. Fans unable to attend on Friday can catch all four actors on Saturday and Sunday.

Returning for his third appearance at our shows is Stan Lee, co-creator and writer of the Amazing Spider-man, Iron Man, Thor, Fantastic Four, Incredible Hulk and X-Men. In addition to being the former president of Marvel Comics, he’s well known in the industry as a writer, editor, actor, producer and publisher. Mr. Lee will sign autographs all three days and conduct a Q&A session at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the fourth-floor auditorium.

The three-day event will feature 300 vendor booths in the exhibit hall and fourth floor lobby, as well as two dozen artists, including Ralph Bakshi, award-winning animator and director of Fritz the Cat, Heavy Traffic and Wizards; legendary artist Al Plastino, co-creator of Supergirl, Brainiacs and Legion of Super-Heroes; and Eisner Award-winner Frank Cho, creator and artist of Liberty Meadows.

Mr. Campbell, who stars as “Sam Axe” in television’s Burn Notice, appears Saturday only. He also played “Ash” in the Evil Dead series, and starred in Bubba Ho-Tep, Sam Raimi’s Spider-man movies and Sky High. In addition to signing autographs, Mr. Campbell will do a Q&A session starting at noon Saturday.

Media guests appearing Saturday and Sunday include Robert Englund of “Freddy Krueger” fame; Lance Henriksen, best known as “Bishop” in the Alien movies; Felicia Day from The Guild; and Sean Astin, who played “Sam” in The Lord of the Rings movies. Also, voice actress Tara Strong, whose credits include My Little Pony and Rugrats, Steven Yeun from The Walking Dead, and Warehouse 13 actor Eddie McClintock.

Making a rare convention appearance will be Gina Torres from the short-lived but highly popular Firefly series/Serenity movie, along with her on-screen husband, Alan Tudyk. Also appearing both days are Starship Troopers stars Dina Meyer and Casper Van Dien.

During Fan Days, the actors will be available to sign autographs, talk with fans and answer questions during special panel discussions, which are free to attend as space allows. Media guests charge a fee for autographs and fans also may pay to have their photo taken with select actors by a professional photographer.

Admission to Dallas Fan Days is $20 Friday, $30 Saturday and $20 Sunday. A three-day pass also is available for $60. Children’s tickets are $5 when accompanied by a paying adult. VIP passes for this show are sold out. Tickets may be purchased at the box office beginning at 1 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. Coupons for $5 off can be found in The Dallas Observer, Fort Worth Weekly and other North Texas newspapers.

Show hours are 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., is at the intersection of SH114 and Northwest Highway in Irving, Texas.

For more information on events and schedules, please visit the website at www.fandays.com.

 

Media contact: Kathy A. Goolsby at k_goolsby@tx.rr.com.

Images: Downloadable images for use in promoting Dallas Fan Days, including images from past C2 Ventures’ events, are available at www.scifiexpo.com/DCC/press-pix.html

About C2 Ventures:

C2 Ventures is a partnership of long-time STAR WARS fans Ben Stevens and Philip Wise. Since 2001, C2 Ventures has been the most trusted name in STAR WARS autographs, providing more authentic autographs to fans than any other provider worldwide. We produced the massive autograph program at the official STAR WARS Celebration II in 2002, Celebration III in 2005, Celebration IV in 2007, Celebration Japan in 2008, Celebration V in 2010 and Celebration VI in 2012.

C2 Ventures continues to work closely with more than 100 celebrities from the STAR WARS Universe, including Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Carrie Fisher, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels and Samuel L. Jackson, to provide or produce special appearances at conventions and retail stores, authentic autograph signings on your product or our licensed photos, special events, exclusives, and more.

 


 

Dallas Comic Con celebrates 10th anniversary with largest show yet

Actors Patrick Stewart, Val Kilmer and TV’s original Dynamic Duo – Adam West and Burt Ward – join a long list of comic artists and media guests for the largest Dallas Comic Con yet on May 19 and 20. Presented by legendary comic book writer Stan Lee, the show will celebrate its 10th anniversary at the 300,000-square-foot Irving Convention Center in Irving, Texas.

“This is definitely our biggest show thus far,” said producer Ben Stevens. “Not only do we have a huge line-up of artists, actors and other guests, but we’re using every square foot of the facility so we can bring in some new and exciting surprises for our fans. There will be more things for them to do and see at this show.”

Mr. Lee, a guest at last year’s Dallas Comic Con, signed up for this year’s show immediately afterward. In addition to being the former president of Marvel Comics, he’s well known in the industry as a writer, editor, actor, producer and publisher.

Comic artists appearing at the show include Neal Adams, co-founder of Continuity Comics and legendary artist of Batman, Conan the Barbarian, Green Arrow, Superman and X-Men; Superman artist George Perez, also known for Wonder Woman; Len Wein, co-creator of Wolverine and Swamp Thing; and Marvel artist Arthur Suydam, award-winning creator of the smash hit Marvel Zombies series.

Mr. Lee charges a fee for autographs, and many of the artists draw small sketches for a fee. However, most artists will sign autographs at no charge

Actor Kevin Conroy, the voice of “Batman/Bruce Wayne” in both animated film and video games, also will be signing at no charge throughout the weekend.

Patrick Stewart and Val Kilmer top the media guest list that will appeal to fans of Star Trek, Star Wars, Batman and even the recent hit movie, The Hunger Games.

Mr. Stewart is best known to sci-fi fans as Star Trek’s “Capt. Jean-Luc Picard” and “Professor Charles Xavier” in the X-Men movies and video games. Mr. Kilmer took on the iconic lead role in 1995’s Batman Forever, played “Doc Holliday” in Tombstone, and nailed the role of “Jim Morrison” in Oliver Stone’s The Doors.

Other media guests include actors Adam West and Burt Ward, aka “Batman” and “Robin” in the 1960s Batman TV series; actress Kristanna Loken from Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines; John de Lancie, who starred in both Star Trek: The Next Generation and Stargate SG-1; and Dallas native Tim Taylor, who plays “The Gamekeeper” in the recent smash hit The Hunger Games.

Star Wars fans will welcome back perennial favorites Dave Prowse, who played the villainous “Darth Vader” in the original trilogy; Jeremy Bulloch, portrayer of favorite bounty hunter “Boba Fett;” and Englishman-turned-Texan Peter Mayhew, best known as the gruff but lovable sidekick “Chewbacca.”

During the two-day event, the actors will be available to sign autographs, talk with fans and answer questions during special panel discussions, which are free to attend as space allows. Guests charge a fee for autographs.

In addition to meeting the actors and artists, fans may peruse more than 200 exhibitor booths featuring comic books, movie memorabilia, old and new toys, clothing and other merchandise. For an additional fee, fans also may have their photo taken with select actors by a professional photographer.

Admission to Dallas Comic Con is $20 Saturday and $15 Sunday when pre-purchased online, and an additional $5 if purchased at the box office. Online sales end April 20. VIP and Priority passes for this show are sold out.

Show hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20. The Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., is at the intersection of SH114 and Northwest Highway in Irving, Texas.

For more information or to pre-purchase tickets, please visit the website at http://dallascomiccon.com.

 

Media contact: Kathy A. Goolsby at k_goolsby@tx.rr.com.

Images: Downloadable images for use in promoting Dallas Comic Con, including images from past C2 Ventures’ events, are available at www.scifiexpo.com/DCC/press-pix.html

 

About C2 Ventures:

C2 Ventures is a partnership of long-time STAR WARS fans Ben Stevens and Philip Wise. Since 2001, C2 Ventures has been the most trusted name in STAR WARS autographs, providing more authentic autographs to fans than any other provider worldwide. We produced the massive autograph program at the official STAR WARS Celebration II in 2002, Celebration III in 2005, Celebration IV in 2007, Celebration Japan in 2008 and Celebration V in 2010.

C2 Ventures continues to work closely with more than 100 celebrities from the STAR WARS Universe, including Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Carrie Fisher, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels and Samuel L. Jackson, to provide or produce special appearances at conventions and retail stores, authentic autograph signings on your product or our licensed photos, special events, exclusives, and more.


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