Say what you will about the state of my birth, Texas is downright awesome when it comes to conventions. Get ready for the jealousy train to pull into the Irving Convention Center because this October 8th and 9th the mad geniuses behind Dallas Comic Con and Sci-Fi Expo, Official Pix and C2 Ventures, present Star Wars Fan Days in Dallas!
My first foray into Star Wars Fan Days was just about 6 years ago in 2005, when it was held across the street from my then apartment complex at the Plano Centre. Though the venue has changed this year in lieu of the larger capacity Irving Convention Center, the convention’s central theme remains the same. A bunch of nerds getting together to geek out about Star Wars with a bunch of other nerds, with appearances by some famous nerds, who make us all nerd out even more. Why haven’t you marked your calender yet? I’ll give you more reasons.
This year’s guests of honor are renowned artist Jim Steranko and charismatic space scoundrel Billy Dee Williams. Media guests include the Godfather of Star Wars fiction Timothy Zahn who continues to be amazing by signing for free, Dexter‘s main squeeze Julie Benz (don’t tell me what happens to her, I’m not past season 3 yet!), the terribly adorable Ahsoka Tano voice actress Ashley Eckstein, hell-goddess Clare Kramer, the best-named stunt double in the world Dickey Beer, Star Trek‘s Sulu himself George Takei, and so many other notable names that will tickle your nerdy fancy that I can’t even include them all. Though many fanboys just started foaming at the mouth at the inclusion of Trek in a Wars post, not to fret. Takei is a multi-fandom kinda guy, lending his distinctive voice to many different forms of animation, including a stint on The Clone Wars. Also, I wont pretend that I wasn’t flailing my hands and making a noise so high pitched that only my dog could decipher when I heard about Takei, so don’t ruin this for me!
In addition to this year’s guests there will also be presentations by the R2 Builders Club and The Dented Helmet in the Prop Replica Room, an exhibit room with over 300 spaces, a costume contest, a new addition of a Saturday night’s “Fan Evening” party/auction, and a free screening of Hughes of the Force with Steve Sansweet, who is also hosting a Q&A session after it’s over. And with 300 spaces in the exhibit room, the one and only thing I’d want to see there for sure is a HerUniverse.com booth since I’ve been dying to see these products in person. Force Cast’s hosts Jimmy Mac and Jason Swank will also be broadcasting their podcast live from the floor so those of you who can’t make the trip out of state can tune in and keep updated.
General admission is a measly 20.00, with VIP and Priority tickets also available. That saves you some money to spend on the amazing swag sure to be found in the exhibition hall!
There are no words to eloquently express how excited I am, so I will merely leave you with this.
I can’t wait.