Cosplay & So Much More at Fan Expo Dallas

by Brian Maass on May 23, 2019 in Entertainment, Living Texas, Dallas/Fort Worth,

One of the fastest growing comic conventions in a flourishing field is Fan Expo Dallas, currently the largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming event in Texas. Big D’s fan favorite is also the fastest growing such convention behind Comic Con San Diego.

Fans come from all over to get autographs, take pictures with their favorite stars, and even cosplay (short-hand for essentially dressing in costume) as their favorite characters. The 2019 Fan Expo Dallas May 3-5 featured a reunion of the cast of “Back to the Future,” including Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric were on hand to tell stories from their respective careers and also share memories from the filming of the ‘80s vampire movie “Lost Boys.” One story involved Sutherland trying to impress a girl by popping a wheelie on the motorcycle he was riding–which didn’t end well for the errant star, also known for his longtime leading role in “24.”

While Comic Cons are often known for their superheros and villainous characters, Fan Expo Dallas has once again added credence to the expression, “Everything’s bigger in Texas.” Opening the event to actors from blockbuster hit movies which have been entertaining audiences for many years, this conference has broadened its fan base and cast of characters. Who says the parents can’t have as much fun as the kids? Fan Expo Dallas invites multiple generations to the party, and that’s something to talk about on the long ride home.

Cosplay fans dressed up as their favorite characters, even getting to walk the red carpet at Fan Expo Dallas. On show were characters from “Star Wars,” “Marvel’s Avengers,” a lone knight from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and more. Photo Brian Maass
Stars of the ‘80s vampire movie “The Lost Boys” Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric were on hand to discuss the film and tell behind the scenes stories. Photo Brian Maass
Mork from Ork made time to attend the Fan Expo Dallas. Nanu Nanu! Photo Brian Maass
A replica of the speeder Luke and Obi-Wan Kenobi used in “Star Wars: A New Hope” drew fans to the to-scale vehicle. Also on hand was the fastest ship in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon. Have your picture taken in “less than twelve parsecs!” Photo Brian Maass
At Fan Expo Dallas, fans can get autographs and say hello to their favorite stars of television, movies and even anime. This year’s event featured the cast of “Back to the Future. “Mark Sheppard of “Supernatural” and Khary Payton from AMC’s “Walking Dead” were also on hand to greet fans. Unfortunately, Peter Mayhew, best known for his portrayal of Chewbacca from “Star Wars” died just days before the event. Fans left messages of remembrance at his booth. Photo Brian Maass
Fan Expo Dallas has many sights to see, from Artist Alley, where attendees can meet the creators and artists, to Cosplay Alley, where fans can meet other cosplayers. Photo Brian Maass

Cover: Superman, Batman, Aquaman and Shazam! welcomed fans to the DC Comics booth. Photo Brian Maass

Native Austinite Brian Maass has long had a passion for music and movies, and is now bringing that same passion to the world of photography. @maass_brian and brian_maass_photographer