Dallas Fan Days 2013 unleashed thousands of fanboys and girls upon the Irving Convention Center on October 4th, 5th, and 6th. This year's event seemed to further spread out its pop culture reach by including guests from TV shows and movies far outside of the "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" realm it's been known for in the past. Enthusiasts of anything from "Harry Potter" to "Firefly" and "Hellboy" could find someone or something to get excited about.
All the question and answer panels with the attending media and artist guests were well attended. Fans of Ron Perlman, Robert Patrick, Jamie Bamber, Katee Sackoff, Neal Adams, and others were thrilled to get a chance to personally ask them about their careers and lives. Each one took the time on stage and at their individual booths to meet and greet their admirers.
The highlight of the weekend had to be the combined panel featuring Michael Rosenbaum and Jon Heder. It was one of the funniest things I've ever seen. The two bounced insults and jokes off of each other like Abbott and Costello or (for those historically challenged) David Spade and Chris Farley. The two took questions from the crowd and answered them with rapid fire enthusiasm.
I had the opportunity to speak with young Boba Fett actor Daniel Logan and "Dallas"/"The Walking Dead" actor Emma Bell. Both of them were very pleasant and appreciative for the support from their fans. Comic book artists and writers I met included Bane co-creator Graham Nolan and Neal Adams, who created Ra's al Ghul and Man-Bat. I also had the distinct pleasure of meeting "Batman: Knightfall" cover artist Kelley Jones. I caught up with "30 Days of Night" creator Steve Niles and "Swamp Thing" creator Bernie Wrightson as well. They're working together on the sequel to Mary Shelley's classic horror story, which is entitled "Frankenstein Alive, Alive!"
As usual, there were plenty of vendors to buy toys and collectibles from. You didn't have to look very hard to find items from movies and television shows like "The Walking Dead," "Star Wars," "Star Trek," "Firefly," and many more. There were even tables where you could buy Batman knives and brass knuckles. I found a "Blade Runner" trucker cap I couldn't resist buying. How often do you see one of those?
I would also like to point out that the press liaisons this year were much friendlier. Instead of being flagged down and reprimanded every time we raised a camera to our eyes, we were welcomed into the actor areas and told we could take pictures of the celebrities from a distance. It's nice that we're allowed to do that now, since it's one of the reasons I attend the event.
The crowd was a bit smaller than I've grown accustomed to after attending the past few Comic-Cons and Sci-Fi Expos at the location. I would still consider the event a huge success. It easier to walk around and I didn't constantly bump into other people at every turn. I recommend anyone with a geek or nerd bone in their body attend the upcoming Dallas Comic-Con in February of 2014.
See pictures from Dallas Fan Days 2013 right here.
For more information on upcoming events, visit the official event website right here.