Dallas TX – Fan Expo 2019 was jam-packed with celebrities, vendors and fans from all over the nation. If you love science fiction movies and television, the celebrity guests were on point. Headlining guests included the cast of IT, Zachary Levi (Shazam), William Shatner (Star Trek), Rainn Wilson (The Office), Michael J Fox (Back to the Future), Christopher Lloyd (back to the future). Traffic control was significantly improved this year, making the event less like a Black Friday stampede and much more enjoyable for guests.
Peter Mayhew was booked for the event but passed away Thursday in his home in Boyd, Texas. Where he was supposed to set up to sign autographs, a memorial book was set up where guests could pay their respects.
Fan Expo Dallas is a comic convention hosted in Dallas, Texas each spring at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson event center. It attracts fandoms of all kinds including movies, television, comic books, and anime. There are Q&A panels with celebrity guests, hundreds of merchandise booths, an artist alley where you can buy prints or commission work, you can get a tattoo, meet your favorite celebrity, sign up for a photo op, and collect autographs. As far as comic conventions go, this one is pretty good. Lines can be long, but not near as long as San Diego Comic-Con. You can easily leave the convention with a handful of autographs and the wait depends on the popularity of the celebrity.
Entry is fairly affordable, starting at $25. It is free to look around, to take your picture with cosplayers, attend Q&A panels, and visit booths. Event staff indicated that millions of dollars are spent at the convention over the weekend, and ticket sales cap out at 100,000. Saturday was an almost sold out event.
There are a few things we hope to be improved for next year. Celebrity availability times were limited and at 2 pm, many celebrities had not shown up. Some of the lines were queued differently (ticket, pre-pay, virtual queue), so it was hard to know how to get in line. There was a new app with all of the event information on it, but due to the number of guests, you often couldn’t get service to use it.
There was a good number of volunteers this year, so it was easy to find someone to ask for help. There were plenty of panels and activities lined up, which helped to manage crowds in the main area. We appreciate the work that the group puts in to improve this convention each year.
Want to buy some limited edition and hard to find merch? Need a new tattoo? Collect autographs? Just want to talk shop with other movie/comic lovers? Come check out the events by Dallas Comic Con! They host two events annually, Fan Expo in the spring and Fan Days in the fall. If you enjoy superhero movies, comic books, sci-fi, anime, or collect autographs- this is a must-attend event. Make sure to check out Fan Expo’s website to see when your favorite stars will be there and to plan out your weekend.
Check out the next event, Fan Days Dallas, at the Irving Convention Center in October 2019 and find out more at fanexpodallas.com and dallasfandays.com.
Article by: Ashley Statham
Photos by: Calvin Mims
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