Did you own a "Bionic Man" or "Bionic Woman" barbie doll as a kid? As a child of the 70's two of my favorite toys were a "Steve Austin" aka: "Bionic Man" and "Jamie Summers" aka: "Bionic Woman" doll from the TV show. He had skin that rolled up so you could see his bionics and she had cool hair to play with. Plenty of my time was spent imagining both dolls going on dates and even Jamie being fought over from my neighbors "G.I. Joe." Both actors, Lee Magors and Lindsey Wagner will both appear as well as a host of other actors at this year's Dallas Comic Con / Sci-Fi Expo to be held at The Irving Convention Center near Dallas, TX this weekend (Feb. 8, 9).
Also appearing is Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss who is well-known for his roles in films such as "Jaws," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "Mr. Holland’s Opus." He will talk about his long-running career during a Q&A panel on Saturday.
“We are honored to have an actor of Mr. Dreyfuss’ caliber at our upcoming expo,” said Ben Stevens, co-owner of C2Ventures, which produces Dallas Comic Con. “Of course, he’s just one of many on our guest list, which reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ in television and films.”
As a fan of "Star Trek," "Riddick," and "Lord Of The Rings," I am especially looking forward to special guest Karl Urban. He's known for portraying “Dr. Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy” in J.J. Abrams’ "Star Trek" and "Star Trek; Into Darkness;" and Stephen Amell, star of the CW-TV hit series "Arrow," based on the “Green Arrow” comic books.
Plus, fans of the long-running British TV series "Doctor Who" can meet Sylvester McCoy, the seventh doctor in the series who also starred in the 1996 "Doctor Who" television movie. Also appearing will be Karen Gillan, who played “Amy Pond” on the "Doctor Who" series and portrays “Nebula” in the soon-to-be-released "Guardians of the Galaxy," based on the Marvel comic book.
Another headliner appearing is actor Peter Weller, along with Angie Bolling, his co-star in "Robocop," which was filmed in Dallas. The line-up also includes Tony Curran from "Defiance;" voice over actor Vic Mignogna (Pokemon, Wolverine, Dragon Ball Z), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca, Star Wars); Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica); Anne Lockhart (Lost in Space) and Yellow Power Ranger Nakia Burisse.
If this is your first convention you will be able to get the actors to sign autographs (usually cost $10 and up), attend panels where the celebs will answer questions, as well as pose with fans during professional photo sessions. All actors are scheduled to appear both days except Mr. Amell and Ms. Gillan, who appear Saturday only.
For comic book fans you will be able to visit artist alley will feature some of the comic industry’s top creators, including a rare U.S. appearance by Eisner-nominated artist Ian Churchill. His work includes Coven, Supergirl, Uncanny X-Men and his creator-owned comic Marineman.
Also appearing are Chris Sprouse, co-creator of Tom Strong; the legendary Howard Chaykin, artist of Star Wars, Blackhawk, and The Shadow, and frequent writer and executive script consultant for The Flash TV series. Also, Eisner winner Kevin Maguire, artist of Justice League, Batman Confidential and Guardians of the Galaxy; Eisner Award-winning creator and fellow Texan Terry Moore, known for his books Strangers in Paradise and Rachel Rising; and more than a dozen additional artists.
Other events include adult and children costume contests, special effects make-up workshops, a Cosplay Red Carpet, and hundreds of vendors and exhibitors.
The convention takes place at : The Irving Convention Center is at 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., in Irving, Texas. Show hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The box office opens two hours prior to show time on Saturday and one hour prior on Sunday.
Tickets are $35 Saturday, $25 Sunday and $50 for a two-day pass. Children’s tickets for ages 5 to 12 are $5, and ages 4 and under are free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Parking is $5, with shuttles provided for extended lots.
Tickets are available online through Feb. 5. To pre-order tickets or for more information, please visit www.scifiexpo.com.