Marvel Universe Live! Blew Up the American Airlines Center with SuperHeroes in Spandex

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Marvel Universe Live!

We hadn't been inside the American Airlines Center for five minutes when the marketing machine snared my six-year-old nephew in their trap of flashing lights, loud noises and wallet-depleting merchandise. And, with a deep sigh of resignation I accepted that I wasn't getting out of this one, as every parent, guardian and bearded writer-uncle was ponying up cash for soon to be tossed away toys in solemn solidarity for the social contract we had inadvertently agreed to by attending the Marvel Universe Live! event. The contract? Well it was the promise to not be "that asshole." You know, the one who didn't buy the toy and caused the kid to cry, thus spiking the punch bowl of joy with sadness that would eventually creep throughout the arena and ruin everyone's night.

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A Time Lord and One of His Companions Will Be at Dallas Comic Con's Fan Days

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Courtesy of Dallas Comic Con
Doctor Who's Colin Baker and Billie Piper will be at Dallas Comic Con's Fan Days. We assume they are not going to travel to Irving by breaking the laws of time and space.

If you've ever wanted to meet a real Time Lord and one of their companions, well, someone should probably tell you that they don't really exist. As far as modern science knows, it's not possible for a police box or any public communication cubicle to traverse across different plains of existence. We're not even entirely sure that a human being would survive the trip.

The closest you'll be able to get to saying that you rubbed shoulders with a Time Lord (assuming that you meant an actual Time Lord and not say someone famous who played one on a TV show) is at the next Fan Days expo at the Irving Convention Center, where you'll get to meet Colin Baker, the actor who played the sixth incarnation of Doctor Who, and Billie Piper, best known for playing Rose Tyler with the ninth and 10th doctors.

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Renfield's Corner Puts "Social" Back in Social Gaming with Weekly Video Game Night

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Courtesy of Renfield's Facebook Page
Dinner, drinks and fragging? Normally, you'd have us at drinks but the fragging is a nice touch.

These days, video games aren't a social experience. Sure you can talk to people online while you play with or against them but a true social experience requires proximity. Usually, you're dealing with people who don't have good microphones that pick up everything but their own voice, or you end up playing against some 6-year-old punk who knows more curse words and ways to tell you to "go #*$& yourself" than Andrew "Dice" Clay.

You had to have a real set of balls to do that back in the salad days of the video game revolution. Long before the days of wireless Internet and the "Cloud," you had to actually go to the person's house if you wanted a chance to achieve digital glory by fragging their sorry ass in a video game. That means if you wanted to brag with a stream of consciousness of curse words, you had to do right in their fat, sorry face. That took guts, especially if drinks were involved in the mix. You were always one kill away in "GoldenEye 007" from knowing what it feels like to break a glass bottle with your skull.

Renfield's Corner is bringing back the glory days of face-to-face gaming with a weekly video game series that lets you eat, drink and frag your friends the way you did when video games didn't act like curse word delivery machines.

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An Animatronic Joker Will Shoot You in the Face on Six Flags' New "Justice League" Ride

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An animatronic Joker will blast you in the face with a cloud of laughing gas on a new ride coming soon to Six Flags Over Texas.

Back in September, Six Flags announced a new interactive dark ride based on the Justice League would soon take up some real estate in their park, offering an alternative experience from the typical roller coaster, for those who don't care to know how it feels to fall 30 stories and not die.

Sally Corporation, the company building the new Justice League: Battle for Metropolis ride, showed off two of the animatronic figures that guests will encounter when it comes to Six Flags Over Texas in early spring 2015. The YouTube channel Theme Park Review captured footage of the figures in action at the International Association of Amusement Parks Attractions' annual conference in Orlando, Florida.

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Meet All of Your Fanboy (or Fangirl) Idols at the Dallas Comic Con's Fan Days

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Ed Steele
All fans of anything have lists in their heads of famous hands they'd like to shake -- those attached the faces and voices they've seen in their favorite movies and TV shows. There's just something about making that face-to-face to contact with the people you've worshiped from afar that makes them seem more real.

You don't just get to tell them how much you've enjoyed and been inspired by their work. You get to watch your favorite shows and movies in a whole new light. You're no longer just staring at a memorable face on a flat screen. You're part of their actual world. You're one degree of separation away from them. And as long as you don't try to obtain a lock of their hair or a skin fragment, you'll retain that beautiful memory for as long as you live or as long as the series doesn't veer down a weird path.

If you've got a particularly long bucket list of famous hands you wish to shake and faces to take selfies with, you'll be able to cross a bunch of them off of your list this weekend at the Dallas Comic Con's Fan Days Expo.

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New 'Hyper-Reality' Marvel Theme Ride Coming to Fair Park in January

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Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

Deep down, every comic book fan wishes for some kind of superpower that would allow them to dish out world justice or attract men or women with a made-for-spandex body.

Next year, fans will get their chance to act out superhero fantasies with The Marvel Experience, a new interactive ride, which receives its world premiere Jan. 9- Feb. 1. at the Cotton Bowl.

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DFW's Second Annual WhoFest Books an Actual Doctor Colin Baker

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For it to be an event, every fan convention has to have a guest of honor. The San Diego Comic-Con employs Peter Jackson, who spends his time persuading attendees that they want a 15th movie based on a J.R.R. Tolkein novel. The E3 convention brings in every Nintendo executive, who beg and plead with people to buy a WiiU. And every Doctor Who convention needs at least one Doctor.

Last year's first WhoFest broke that one rule and somehow managed to be successful. But this year should be even better because the organizers announced this week that one of the Doctors will materialize at their next convention in April of 2015.

Organizers of the annual convention announced that Colin Baker, the sixth actor to play Doctor Who, will be at the next WhoFest on Apr. 24-26.

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Dallas Has a Convention Dedicated to Supernatural. We Hope Some Fans Miss It.

You don't even want to know what some people think of these guys.
Fandom is a weird beast. It can make otherwise sane individuals do things that not even a lifetime of drinking will erase from memory.

Some extreme fans of Supernatural seem to fit into that category. For those of you who aren't in the know, it's a show on The CW about two hunky paranormal explorers named Dean and Sam Winchester played by Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. They roam the landscape, solving mysteries, confronting various otherworldly nasties.

If you're one of those people who feel all tingly just watching a rerun of Supernatural, you'll probably explode when you learn that a special Supernatural fan convention is coming to town in September featuring special appearances from the stars and all sorts of other events to help get the geek out of your system.

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These Eyes Have Seen the New Doom (Not Doom 4, It's Just Doom) at QuakeCon

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QuakeCon is one of the most beloved video game conventions in the business, but the last six years must have carried an air of longing among its many, many attendees.

Way back in 2008, id Software promised its fans that it was working on a new Doom game. Each QuakeCon came and went with practically nothing to show for it. The various studios under QuakeCon's umbrella premiered and released some great games, but none of them had a chainsaw wielding spaceman slicing up greasy abominations from the depths of hell. Every year, the fans consumed an entire Thanksgiving meal without barely a whiff of the turkey.

This year, id knew it had to make up for six years of heartbreak and longing. The company is closer to a fourth Doom game than any point in the last six years and knew it'd have to deliver more than just a couple of sketched designs and a teaser trailer that they threw to the piranha schools attending E3 who would gobble down anything.

They would have to deliver a demo.

So last night at the Hilton Anatole, id Software kicked off the 19th annual QuakeCon with the first live demo of the next Doom game, and it was pure heaven that looked like total hell.

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The Dallas Ghostbusters Want to Build Their Own Ecto-1

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Courtesy of Thiago X. Nascimento
"Everybody can relax, they found the car. Needs some suspension work and shocks. Brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear-end. Also new rings, mufflers, a little wiring."

Every group of hard working, blue-collar, pop culture icons needs a proper vehicle. The A*Team raced in a custom painted 1978 Chevy van to the scene of ordinary folks getting screwed. Michael Knight argued with the teacher from Boy Meets World who was trapped like a possessed soul in a 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Scooby-Doo and his pals solved mysteries using the awesome power of marijuana in their custom painted "Mystery Machine."

See also: Who You Gonna Call? The Dallas Ghostbusters.

The Ghostbusters, however, set the standard in style by converting a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor into the paranormal extermination transporter known as the Ecto-1. As we learned last week, Dallas has a local Ghostbusters franchise in operation with movie-grade reproductions of uniforms, proton packs and ghost traps. Now, they want to complete their collection by building an equally authentic looking Ecto-1.

"[The Ecto-1] is such an icon and just looking at the thing makes you happy," said Thiago Nascimento, one of the founding members of the Dallas Ghostbusters. "So just imagine building one."

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