Fans of Dollhouse, Firefly, Angel, Stargate and Battlestar Galactica can meet some of their favorite stars from those and other shows during the upcoming Sci-Fi Expo on Feb. 11 and 12 at the new Irving Convention Center in Irving, Texas. Comic fans won’t be left out in the cold either with a variety of artists showing their work in Artists’ Alley.
This is the third convention Dallas Comic Con’s producers have hosted at the center since it opened last spring.
“We’re really happy to bring our sci-fi-themed show to this beautiful new facility,” said producer Ben Stevens. “With 300,000 square feet at our disposal, the Irving Convention Center provides room to spread out and really grow, and the fans have told us they really love our new ‘home’ as well.”
Topping the Sci-Fi Expo’s guest list is Eliza Dushku, star of Dollhouse, Buffy and Angel, as well as numerous movies, including True Lies, Bring It On and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Ms. Dushku will be greeting fans and signing autographs on Saturday only, as will Adam Baldwin. Mr. Baldwin starred in the 1987 movie Full Metal Jacket, recently played “Agent John Casey” on the TV show Chuck, and was in The X-Files and Firefly series.
Appearing Saturday and Sunday are three additional actors from the popular Firefly series, including Jewel Staite, also a regular on Stargate Atlantis; Sean Maher, who recently appeared in The Playboy Club TV show; and Ron Glass. Mr. Glass also appeared in Star Trek Voyager and first found fame as Det. Ron Harris in the popular 1970s sitcom, Barney Miller.
Other media guests appearing both days are Alexis Cruz of the Stargate movie; James Hampton of F-Troop and Teen Wolf fame; Noah Hathaway, best known as “Boxey” on the classic Battlestar Galactica TV series; and Angie Bolling, who played Ellen in the Robocop movies. Also, stunt performer Alina Andrei, whose work includes The Office, CSI: NY and Dexter.
Comic fans will find more than a dozen top-notch artists at the Sci-Fi Expo, including Eisner award-winning artist Bill Sienkiewicz of Elektra: Assassin, Fantastic Four, New Mutants and Moon Night fame. Also, Bernie Wrightson, legendary co-creator and artist of Swamp Thing; Joe Jusko, award-winning cover artist of Marvel Masterpieces trading cards, and fan favorite Mark Brooks, Marvel artist of Amazing Spider-Man.
In addition to meeting the actors and artists, fans are invited to attend Q&A sessions with the guests at no additional charge. They also can peruse more than 200 exhibitors’ booths featuring comic books, movie memorabilia, old and new toys, clothing and other merchandise. For an additional fee, fans may have their photo taken with select actors by a professional photographer.
Admission to the Sci-Fi Expo varies depending on level purchased.
VIP passes ($60) give customers admission to the show 30 minutes prior to other ticket holders, first access to the autograph area, and first seating in the Q&A sessions. Passes are good Saturday and Sunday with a limited number available.
Priority passes ($40) also are limited in number, allow customers into autograph areas ahead of general admission, and are good Saturday and Sunday. One-day General admission is $15. Admission for children ages 5-12 is $5 when accompanied by a paid adult; children’s passes are good both days.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. 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 order advance tickets, please visit the website at www.scifiexpo.com.