Fan Expo Dallas

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Fan Expo Dallas
Status Active
Genre Speculative fiction
Venue Plano Centre (2002–2006)
Richardson Civic Center (2003–2010)
Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas (2011–2013)
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center (2014–present)
Location(s) Dallas, Texas
Country United States
Inaugurated October 2002
Attendance 50,000 (2014)[1]
Organized by Informa Canada Inc.
Filing status For Profit
Website fanexpodallas.com

Fan Expo Dallas is a three-day speculative fiction, (including comic books and gaming)[2] fan convention now held annually in the Dallas, Texas, area. Larger in scale than the Dallas Fan Days events under the same management, Fan Expo Dallas focuses on comic book artists, writers, and publishers.[3][4] These events usually also feature question and answer sessions, a large dealers room, and a number of comics and media guests signing autographs.[5][6][7] The event, previously known as Dallas Comic Con (or DCC for short), is produced by Informa.

History[edit]

In 2002, Ben Stevens, producer of the Sci-Fi Expo (1994–present), and Philip Wise, owner of rebelscum.com and theforce.net, brought on consultant Mark Walters (of the defunct Dallas Fantasy Fair, who had staged the Dallas Comic & Toy Fest from 2000–2002)[8] and produced the first Dallas Comic Con.[9] The show attracted 5,000 attendees.[8]

Starting with the October 2012 show, Dallas Comic Con expanded to three days.[8] C2 Ventures sold control of Dallas Comic Con, Sci-Fi Expo, and Fan Days to Informa in early 2014.[10]

Locations[edit]

To date, the Dallas Comic Con has been held at one of four locations. The first three locations were in suburbs of Dallas, Texas. Early editions were held at the Plano Centre in Plano, Texas,[11] or the Richardson Civic Center in Richardson, Texas.[12][13] Beginning in May 2011, the event relocated to the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas. In May 2014, the Dallas Comic Con relocated to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas. Dallas Fan Days events remain at the Irving Convention Center.

Event history[edit]

Dates Convention Name Location Guests Notes
October 12–13, 2002 Dallas Comic Con Plano Centre Dave Dorman, Greg, Tim Hildebrandt, Amanda Conner, Jim Daly, Nick Derington, Richard Dominguez, Ben Dunn, Steve Erwin, Kerry Gammill, Miles Gunter, Michael Lark, Jaime Mendoza, John Lucas, Joseph Michael, Terry Moore, Mark Murphy, Don Punchatz, Kelsey Shannon, Cal Slayton, Kenneth Smith, Dave Stevens, Carrie Fisher, Amy Allen, Rena Owen, Peter Mayhew, Ray Park, David Naughton, Jackson Bostwick, Linda Blair, Joanna Cameron, Brad Dourif, Ben Chapman, Traci Lords, Cynthia Rothrock, Butch Patrick, Glenn Shadix, Richard Hatch
April 5–6, 2003 Dallas Comic Con Richardson Civic Center[14] Tim Bradstreet, Adam Hughes, Dave Dorman, Frank Cho, Scott Kurtz, Kerry Gammill, Cal Slayton, Michael Lark, Zach Jensen, Tanya Roberts, Chase Masterson, Maud Adams, Anne Ramsay, David Carradine A collectible program book was produced with dual covers by artists Dave Dorman and Adam Hughes. "Celebrity Autograph Series" trading cards featuring Zachariah Jensen were distributed to promote this event. While the card is numbered "Promo 1", the line was dropped due to licensing issues, and this was the only such card issued.
October 25–26, 2003 Dallas Comic Con Plano Centre Tim Bradstreet, Phil Noto, Adam Hughes, Scott Kurtz, John Lucas, Ben Dunn, Jaime Mendoza, Cal Slayton, Erik Reeves, Warwick Davis, Anthony Daniels, Dave Prowse, Rena Owen, Michonne Bourriague, Amy Allen, John Rhys-Davies, Sala Baker, David Hedison, Mercedes McNab, Brad Dourif, Jonathan Breck
October 23–24, 2004 Dallas Comic Con Plano Centre [15] Adam Hughes, Michael Lark, Greg Horn, Dan Brereton, Cal Slayton, Michael Jantze[15], Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, Orli Shoshan, Iyari Limon, Robia LaMorte, Peter Mayhew, John de Lancie, Kevin Conroy, Arleen Sorkin A collectible program book was produced with dual covers by artists Adam Hughes and Dan Brereton. Activities at this event included a costume contest and a free screening of the motion picture Saw.
February 12–13, 2005 Dallas Comic Con Richardson Civic Center.[16] Bernie Wrightson, Tim Bradstreet, Steve Niles, Mark Brooks, Jaime Mendoza, Scott Kurtz, Todd Nauck, Raven Gregory, Cal Slayton, Brian Denham, Thomas Jane, Patricia Arquette, Sean Astin, David Anders[16]
October 15–16, 2005 Dallas Comic Con Plano Centre.[17] Mark Brooks, Ale Garza, Cliff Chiang, Rich Buckler, Terry Moore, Michael Lark, James O'Barr, Cal Slayton, Kerry Gammill, Jaime Mendoza, Cat Staggs, Cynthia Cummiens, David Hopkins, Ben Dunn, Hector Cantú, Carrie Fisher, Jonathan Frakes, Adam Baldwin, Kevin Sorbo, Peter Mayhew, Erin Gray, Donnie Dunagan, Marc Singer, Kane Hodder, Bill Johnson, Genie Francis, Bonnie Piesse, Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, Steve Sansweet, Paul Black, Fanboy Radio. A collectible program book was produced with dual covers by artists Mark Brooks and Terry Moore.
April 29–30, 2006 Dallas Comic Con Plano Centre.[18] Bernie Wrightson, Dave Dorman, Tony Harris, Howard Chaykin, Steve Niles, Norm Breyfogle, James O'Barr, Cal Slayton, Josh Howard, Jaime Mendoza, Tom Hodges, Cat Staggs, Kerry Gammill, Brian Denham, Ben Dunn, Kez Wilson, Jim Daly, David Hopkins, Brock Rizy, Tim Bradstreet, Thomas Jane, Gates McFadden, John Wesley Shipp, Doug Jones, Alan Ruck, Dwight Schultz, Sarah Douglas, Michael Gross, Jeremy Bulloch, James Hampton, Burton Gilliam, Karen Allen A collectible program book was produced with dual covers by artists Dave Dorman, Tom Hodges, and Cat Staggs.
October 28–29, 2006 Dallas Comic Con Plano Centre.[19] Brian Stelfreeze, Phil Noto, Paul Gulacy, Steve Rude, Mike Grell, Ron Frenz, Mark Brooks, Jaime Mendoza, Kerry Gammill, Steve Erwin, Kez Wilson, Tom Hodges, Cat Staggs, Cal Slayton, Ben Dunn, Amy Acker, Ron Glass, Lane Garrison, Jake Lloyd, Claudia Christian, Musetta Vander, Daniel Logan, Mark Goddard, Donnie Dunagan, Captain Lou Albano, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Team Brown Family, Team Wild Hanlons
June 30-July 1, 2007 Dallas Comic Con Richardson Civic Center Herb Trimpe, Billy Tan, Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges, Kristian Donaldson, Brian Denham, Josh Howard, James O'Barr, Ben Dunn, Jamie Mendoza, Steve Irwin, Kez Wilson, Kenneth Smith, Cal Slayton, Hector Cantú, Brad W. Foster, Kristy Swanson, Robert Beltran, Billy West, Mary Oyaya, James Hampton
January 12–13, 2008 Dallas Comic Con Richardson Civic Center Shawnee Smith, Ray Park, Missi Pyle, Tony DeZuniga, Harold LeDoux, Scott Kurtz, Kristian Donaldson, Nick Derington, Kristofer Straub, Cal Slayton, Brad W. Foster, James O'Barr, Bob Layton, Terry Moore, Steve Niles, Cully Hamner, Tim Bradstreet, Matt Sturges, Brian Denham, Sarah Wilkinson, David Hopkins, Jaime Mendoza, Cat Staggs, Scott Harben
April 5–6, 2008 Dallas Comic Con & Sci-Fi Expo Richardson Civic Center Jeremy Bulloch
October 25–26, 2008 Star Wars Fan Days II Plano Centre.[20]
January 2009 Dallas Comic Con Richardson Civic Center
August 15–16, 2009 Dallas Comic Con Richardson Civic Center Barry Bostwick, Dean Stockwell, James Hampton, Yancy Butler, René Auberjonois, Paul Smith, Steve Niles, Bill Sienkiewicz, J. Scott Campbell, Cal Slayton [21]
January 30–31, 2010 Dallas Comic Con Richardson Civic Center.[22] Adam West, Sean Patrick Flanery, Charisma Carpenter, Daniel Cudmore, Peter Mayhew, Anne Lockhart, Herb Jefferson Jr.[23][24], Tim Sale, Adam Hughes, Todd Nauck, Brad W. Foster, Ben Dunn, Michael Golden, Harold LeDoux, Cal Slayton[25][26]
Harold LeDoux at the Dallas Comic Con in Richardson, Texas (January 30, 2010)
August 28–29, 2010 Dallas Comic Con Richardson Civic Center[27][28] Edward James Olmos, Luciana Carro, Alan Harris, Mike Edmonds, Lar Park Lincoln, [Machete (2010 film)|Machete]][29][30], Keith Pollard, Adam Warren, Angel Medina, Pat Broderick, June Brigman, Roy Richardson, Kerry Gammill, Kez Wilson, Ben Dunn, Josh Howard, Joe Eisma, Steve Erwin, John Lucas, Brian Denham, Andre Mangum, David Hopkins, Cal Slayton, Richard Dominguez, Lawrence Reynolds, Anthony Tollin[7][30][31]
May 21–22, 2011 Dallas Comic Con Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas[3] Leonard Nimoy, Carrie Fisher, Amanda Pays, John Wesley Shipp, Alexis Cruz, Thomas Jane, Todd Farmer, The Walking Dead, Stan Lee, John Romita Jr., Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Cal Slayton, Bernie Wrightson, Steve Niles, Tim Bradstreet, Rick Leonardi, Kerry Gammill, Todd Nauck, James O'Barr, Michael Lark.[32]
May 19–20, 2012 Stan Lee Presents Dallas Comic Con Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas[3][33] Stan Lee, Neal Adams, George Pérez, Len Wein, Arthur Suydam, Jimmy Palmiotti, Cully Hamner, Brian Stelfreeze, Norm Breyfogle, Greg Horn, Mitch Breitweiser, Elizabeth Breitweiser, Alex Saviuk, Sam DeLarosa, Guo Jingxiong, Steve Erwin, Cal Slayton, Kristian Donaldson[34], Patrick Stewart, John de Lancie, David Prowse, Jeremy Bulloch, Peter Mayhew, Adam West, Kevin Conroy, Burt Ward, Laura Vandervoort, Summer Glau, James Marsters, Anne Lockhart, Tim Taylor[disambiguation needed] [33][35]
DCC logo used from 2012 until 2016 rebranding.
Organizers estimated the total attendance at 20,000 for the weekend.[9]
October 19–21, 2012,[36] Dallas Fan Days Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas Stan Lee, Bruce Campbell, Robert Englund, Tom Felton, Sean Astin[8]
May 17–19, 2013 Dallas Comic Con Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas [3]
October 4–6, 2013 Dallas Fan Days Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas John Barrowman, Simon Bisley, John Heder[37]
May 16–18, 2014 Dallas Comic Con Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Nathan Fillion, William Shatner, Akira Takarada, Christopher Lloyd, Nightmare on Elm Street, Stan Lee, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, David Finch, Mark Bagley, J. Scott Campbell, Dan Slott, Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin, Ron Glass, Sean Maher, Gina Torres, Jewel Staite, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, John de Lancie, Denise Crosby, David Morrissey, Emily Kinney, Michael Rooker First convention under the new ownership.
October 17–19, 2014 Dallas Fan Days Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas [38]
February 7–8, 2015 Dallas Fan Days Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas [39]
May 29–31, 2015 Fan Expo Presents Dallas Comic Con Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Robin Lord Taylor, Carrie Fisher, Karen Gillan, Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Adam West, Burt Ward, Dean Cain, Laura Vandervoort, Barbara Eden, Bill Daily, Haruo Nakajima, Kenpachiro Satsuma, Tsutomu Kitagawa, Stan Lee, Amanda Conner, Alex Maleev, Esad Ribić, Kaare Andrews, Greg Pak, Steve Epting, Jimmy Palmiotti, Bob Layton
October 16–18, 2015 Dallas Fan Days Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas [40]
February 13–14, 2016 Dallas Fan Days Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas [41]
June 3–5, 2016 Fan Expo Dallas Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Stan Lee, Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Doctor Who, Agent Carter, Jon Bernthal, Rob Schneider, Jack Gleeson First convention under the new branding. Attendees reached a total of over 100,000.[citation needed]
February 13–14, 2016 Dallas Fan Days Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas [42]
March 31–April 2, 2017 Fan Expo Dallas Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Mark Hamill, Stan Lee, Tim Curry, John Barrowman, Alan Tudyk, Jason Isaacs, Catherine Tate, Jason David Frank, Thomas F. Wilson, Alex Kingston, Meat Loaf, Barry Bostwick, Charisma Carpenter, Jim Lee, Mike Zeck, Ian Somerhalder, Adam West, Burt Ward [43] Adam West and Burt Ward final appearance together.
October 20–22, 2017 Dallas Fan Days Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas
April 6-8 2018 Fan Expo Dallas Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Ben Affleck, Jason Momoa, Jeff Goldblum, Chuck Norris, Tom Cavanagh, Val Kilmer, Cary Elwes, Wallace Shawn, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Lloyd, Amy Jo Johnson, Richard Dean Anderson, Eliza Taylor, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, Paul Reubens[44][45]
October 19-21, 2018 Dallas Fan Days Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas [46]
May 3-5, 2019 Fan Expo Dallas Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center [47]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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