Dallas Fan Days is a three-day comic expo in Irving, Texas and it ran from October 16th-18th, 2019. DFW Images has attended all Dallas Comic Com events over the last 3 years, and this event was, by far, the most disappointing.
Headlining celebrities guests Christopher Eccleston (Dr. Who) and Theo Rossi (Sons of Anarchy) canceled last minute, significantly reducing the appeal of this convention. Celebrity guests this fall included Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Anthony Daniels (Star Wars), Matthew Modine (Stranger Things), and Patrick Warburton (A Series of Unfortunate Events). Lines to get autographs were extremely short. During the busy time, it took about 20 minutes to get through a celebrity line, which is significantly shorter than some of the 3-4 hour waits at other conventions. The short lines didn’t reference better line management, but lack of interest in the celebrity line up.
The vendor floor was full of different shops, but the selection was not as diverse or as high quality as previous conventions, which was surprising since vendors booths cost about $575 for the weekend. It appeared that some vendors would not make that money back over the weekend.
Entry into the expo cost $40 for Saturday, not including the $10 fee for parking. Prior to the event, you can pay $159 for a VIP pass, which includes admission to the expo all three days, priority Q&A entrance, a head start to the show floor, and 5 jump the line coupons for autographs and photo ops.
Many of the attractions at the expo came with additional costs. Want to take your picture with the Jurassic Park jeep that was advertised on their website? Cost money. Want to do a 30-minute escape room? That’ll be $20 per person. Thirsty? How about a $4 Dr. Pepper from the concession stand.
There were free activities at the expo including speed dating, cosplay meet-ups, board game rooms, and a few celebrity Q & A sessions. The Celebrity Q&A rooms were shockingly empty for expo headliners.
As press, we do our best to be respectful of the house rules. However, many different staff members and volunteers gave conflicting information on who/what could be filmed. For how small the event was, it was disappointing that the staff/volunteers were not trained appropriately.
This expo felt more like a cash grab. For $50 (entry and parking), you can enter a convention center, look at vendors and stare at celebrities from afar.
We hope that Fan Expo Dallas 2020 more than makes up for this event. Keep up to date with the upcoming events at FanExpoDallas.com – and we’ll see you there.
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