Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Dallas Comic Con: Fan Days AAR

Fan Days is one of three conventions hosted by Dallas Comic Con. For any that are intimidated by the likes Of San Diego Comic-Con something like Fan Days might be a better and less expensive option while still maintaining quality guests and panels. As a smaller convention it also has the benefit of not being overtaken by the movie studios, publishers, and game companies. The dealer floor is populated by independent dealers and you will not blow all you budget getting and autograph.

This year you could have met John Barrowman (Arrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who), Katee Sackoff (Battlestar Galactica, Longmire), Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica), Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), John Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville), Grant Bowler (Defiance), and Jason David Frank (Might Morphin Power Rangers).

It was a pretty good list of celebrities. And if you paid attention you could have easily spent some time talking to Jamie Bamber at his signing table on Friday. He was not scheduled to be there and there was no line. Some lucky con attendees were able to have as much as 10 minute conversations with him, uninterrupted.

The panels were loosely moderated and felt more intimate than what you would have had a larger convention. If you had attended Michael Rosenbaum and John Heder’s panel together you would have had a special treat. It was a panel in the sense that they were in a room, at a convention, with many fans, and there was a designated place for guests to sit and speak. What actually happened is that both roamed the ballroom and stood by the mics for attendees asking questions and interacted face to face. Rosenbaum had fun sitting in people laps, walking down rows high fiving people, and taking selfies with whoever he happened to be sanding next to. Though the other panels were not as interactive, they were no less entertaining I was unable to get into John Barrowman’s panel on Sunday, but judging by the reaction of the crowd, he was in his usual panel form and made it memorable.

I have not been to Dallas Comic Con or the SciFi Expo, but Fan Days shows that this organization know how to organize a con. I guess you could say that it is not to big and not too small. It’s a good idea to pre order your tickets ahead of time to save yourself from the ticket line. Fan Days is that popular and I will likely be attending next year.

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