There was no doubt in anyone’s minds at the close of the 2014 Dallas Sci-Fi Expo that the event had more than outgrown the Irving Convention Center. Over 12,000 attendees roamed the halls of the venue February 8th through the 9th in anticipation of seeing or meeting their favorite comic book, TV, or movie celebrity. Many of them were decked out in costumes reflecting different characters and super heroes they loved.
Here is an event where thousands of geeks come together and celebrate pop culture in a safe place. It comes as no surprise if you witness Captain America walking hand-in-hand with Wonder Woman or Princess Leia accompanied by Doctor Who to a panel featuring actors from “RoboCop.” No one’s judging anyone at Sci-Fi Expo.
This year’s convention upped the expectations of event goers once again. Academy Award-winner Richard Dreyfuss was in attendance to meet and greet the masses. Peter Weller and Angie Bolling couldn’t have made a more timely appearance with the opening of the “RoboCop” remake fresh on everyone’s minds and awakening memories of the original movie.
The Emerald Archer himself, Stephen Amell, graced everyone with his presence on the eve of the announcement that his hit CW series “Arrow” was renewed for a third season. Karl Urban was there, fresh from his recent roles in “Star Trek: Into Darkness” and “Dredd.”
“Doctor Who” fanatics were given the opportunity to meet Karen Gillan and Sylvester McCoy. How often does one get to meet one of the actual Doctors or his traveling companion? Not often, as evidenced by the line that resembled that of an anaconda at their booth.
Virtually every question and answer session was filled to the Grand Ballroom’s capacity. Thousands of people listened as the cast of “Warehouse 13,” “Battlestar Galactica,” or guests like Richard Dreyfuss, Karl Urban, and Stephen Amell discussed their careers. We were even treated to a Bionic Reunion as Lee Majors and Lindsay Wagner took to the stage and shared their experiences with the crowd.
The Exhibit Room was full of vendors selling toys, posters, and other collectibles from every walk of pop culture life. Comic book artists lined the aisles with their work. They included DC and Marvel alumni like Howard Chaykin (Star Wars), Ethan Van Sciver (The Flash: Rebirth), Bill Sienkiewicz (The New Mutants), and many more. Exclusive t-shirts and toys were made available at the convention as well. One of these items was a Holographic Darth Vader Pop! Vinyl that “Star Wars” enthusiasts could only pick up at the event.
The continuing record attendances for the Dallas Comic-Cons and Sci-Fi Expos have forced the promoters of the events to take some steps to keep them fresh, exciting, and manageable. First they’ve moved the May Comic-Con to the Dallas Convention Center to give attendees more room to wander and breathe. Secondly, the Swiss/British company Informa recently bought out the successful conventions. They’ll be managing the events now through their FanExpo business arm.
“There are a lot of connections and a lot of relationships that the guys at Fan Expo have with people that up until now, we haven’t been able to bring down here. I think people will see some new and exciting things in May that we haven’t seen so far. I feel like it’s going to be a great thing for Dallas,” Sci-Fi Expo and Comic-Con spokesperson Mark Walters told Dallas Observer.
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For more information on upcoming events, go to the official convention website.
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