CONVENTIONS: Dallas Comic Con: Sci-Fi Expo goes Back to the Future in February
Dallas Comic Con: Sci-Fi Expo goes Back To The Future, with three actors from the popular movie series topping the star-studded guest list on Feb. 9 and 10 at the Irving Convention Center in Irving, Texas. Christopher Lloyd, who played the iconic Dr. Emmett Brown, joins fellow cast members Lea Thompson (Marty’s mother, “Lorraine”) and James Tolkan (“Principal Strickland”) as they meet fans, sign autographs and pose for photos with a replica Delorean time machine.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s Avery Brooks — “Capt. Benjamin Sisko” – makes his first Dallas appearance at the Expo, which also will feature zombie killers Laurie Holden and Danai Gurira from the popular series, The Walking Dead. Battlestar Galactica fans will be treated to appearances by actors Edward James Olmos, Tricia Helfer, James Callis and Sam Witwer.
The science fiction line-up continues with Tron actors Bruce Boxleitner and Cindy Morgan, Firefly/Serenity actress Morena Baccarin, William Sanderson from Blade Runner and Erin Gray, star of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Rounding out the guest list are Billy Boyd, who played the hobbit “Pippin” in the Lord of the Rings trilogy; Andrew McCarthy, whose long list of credits includes St. Elmo’s Fire and Weekend at Bernie’s; Hercules star Kevin Sorbo; and Dallas native Glenn Morshower, who plays “Lou” on the new Dallas TV series.
Topping the guest list on the comic side are Adam Hughes, cover artist for Fairest, Catwoman, Batgirl and Wonder Woman; Superman artist George Perez; and Michael Golden, legendary artist of ‘Nam, Doctor Strange and The Micronauts. Making their first appearance with Dallas Comic Con are Image Comics co-founder Jim Valentino, Marvel Comics artist Cynthia Martin, and artist/painter Mark Texeira. Other comic guests include artists Tom Feister, Joe Eisma, Steve Erwin and Cal Slayton; illustrator Allison Sohn; and editor Renee Witterstaetter.
The actors will be available to sign autographs, talk with fans and answer questions during special panel discussions, which are free to attend as space allows. Media guests charge a fee for autographs and fans also may pay to have a professional photographer take their photo with select actors. Comic guests also will talk with fans, do commissioned sketches as time allows, and offer a variety of merchandise for sale to attendees.
The two-day Expo features 300 vendor booths in the exhibit hall and fourth floor lobby. New to this show will be a “Cosplay Carpet” for the many fans who attend in costume, with a 30-foot backdrop and red carpet creating the ideal setting for viewing costumes and taking photos. Costume-clad fans also will vie for cash and prizes during Saturday evening’s costume contest.
Admission to Dallas Comic Con: Sci-Fi Expo is $25 Saturday and $20 Sunday. A two-day priority pass is available for $40, and children ages 5-12 are $5 when accompanied by a paying adult. Children ages 4 and under are admitted free. VIP passes for this show are sold out.
Tickets may be purchased at the box office beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. Coupons for $5 off can be found in The Dallas Observer, Fort Worth Weekly and other North Texas newspapers.
Show hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., is at the intersection of SH114 and Northwest Highway in Irving, Texas.
For more information on events and schedules, please visit the website at www.scifiexpo.com.