Previewing Dallas Comic Con from A to Z
But for noobs and vets alike, it's easy to get lost in the shuffle. So we've created a simple-to-follow-if-you-know-your-A-B-Cs glossary, to give you the rundown of the good, the bad and the ugly of Dallas Comic Con.
The Costumes of Dallas Comic Con '12
Akira, the greatest animated film ever made, will be on display with memorabilia and animation cels from curator and Akira fanatic Joe Peacock. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the film, which is the perfect time to turn a new generation into loyal legions to boycott that nasty live-action rumor.
Natasha Henstridge (Species), Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3) and Kelly Hu (X-Men 2), who all caused my pause button to break on all my VHS players, will be on hand throughout the weekend. These women toed the line between hero and villain with their characters, giving even more existential drama to my teenage crushes.
Swagging out in your favorite comic character costume is a given. But how about winning a prize for all those hours spent making that Malakili the Rancor Keeper costume? It starts at 5:30 on Sunday, and the first 100 costumed contestants will be allowed to participate, so get there early.
Tony Amendola! Andrew McCarthy! Ernie Hudson! Seventies and '80s babies rejoice! Now you can tell your pre-teen "kind-of" crush, "sort-of" idol and "somewhat" hero how much you miss their face in mainstream media.
It's the key to everything. You can't do everything, so plan for that one thing you can't miss.
Now that being a nerd is actually cool, there's one series true nerds still have for themselves: Firefly. Before Avengers, the great and powerful Joss Whedon created this masterful sci-fi epic in the early 2000s. Ladies, prepare yourself: Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) and the ultra-sexy Jayne Cobb (Adam Baldwin) will be in attendance.
Austin Browncoats, the Josh Whedon-loving nonprofit, will have a booth to raise awareness of their efforts to work to end violence and discrimination in all sectors of society.
Hero of Hoth
"Right now, I feel like I could take on the whole Empire myself" -- Dak Ralter. Manning his T-47 Airspeeder, these were Dak's last words before an AT-AT shot and killed him, then stomped on him, cementing his legendary status to all. The actor who played Dak, John Morton, will be in attendance. Go salute this Star Wars hero.
Irving Convention Center
The 50,000-square-foot, three-level building is sure to accommodate the hordes of nerds flooding into it during Comic Con. But for those who need more than what the massive complex can provide, Irving is also home to some of the seediest strip clubs and porno shops in the metroplex. (And other things, we're sure.) Enjoy.
It pays to be a VIP. Those with the fattest pockets can shell out for VIP wristbands that allow you to pass all other autograph hounds for a premier place in line for the select autograph guests. Choose wisely, though: You only have four opportunities on your VIP punchcard.
John Romita Jr., who's signing autographs and giving a 2 p.m. talk on Saturday, is best known as the creator of the kick-ass Kick-Ass series. A one-trick pony he ain't, though: Here's a short list of his past collaborations, tenures and creations: 1970s Iron Man, 1980s Amazing Spider-Man (he co-created Hobgoblin), Uncanny X-Men, Daredevil, (he helped co-create Typhoid Mary), Daredevil: The Man Without Fear (written by Frank Miller), Punisher: War Zone, the original Cable mini-series, The Mighty Thor, a return to Iron Man, Wolverine, Black Panther, The Sentry, World War Hulk, The Avengers and The Eternals (for which he collaborated with Neil Gaiman).
Lost & Found
Located on the first floor, make sure you check in here for all lost Lightsabers, Batarangs and Power Rings.
Bring it. Lots of it. Autographs are pricey and so are photo ops. Save a few bills for La Zona Rosa