Doing it BIG at Fan Expo Dallas 2017

Fan Expo Dallas, Dallas biggest comic convention and celebration of all things pop culture, returned to the convention center downtown over this past weekend. This three-day event hosted thousands of fans, comic-book lovers, anime, artists, movie fans and amazing cosplayers. Stan Lee, Mark Hamill, and Tim Curry were among the celebrities on hand, with dozens of panels, booths, and more packed into this three-day schedule. Even Jim Lee made a special appearance on Sunday’s DC Batman panel event. My daughter and I have always been fans of Fan Expo Dallas and been coming for the past three years and it just seems to keep growing and growing each year. The event always draws a pretty huge crowd, and it can be a little overwhelming and to me it seemed this year’s ratio: fans to the actual event space – was super packed and felt like the event itself is starting to out-grow the venue. The crowd on Saturday was huge partly due to the incredible roster of talent on-hand but also partly because Norman Reedus and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Daryl and Negan, respectively, from AMC’s The Walking Dead) had to cancel their Sunday appearance. This led to a lot of Sunday ticket holders for autograph and photo-ops coming down on Saturday to try to redeem or exchange their tickets.

Highlights for me has always been seeing all the talented artists do their thing on the spot, and all the new artwork that are on display for sale. Also, many Texas vendors were selling all the must haves merchandises that you probably do or do not, but still need in your life. I may have bought a wonder woman business card holder that I definitely needed. They also had actual tattoo artists doing tattoos on fans out in the open floor which I thought was kind of neat, but also takes a lot of trust.

And of course, I just love seeing all the wonderful and creative cosplayers every year. I decide to cosplay as Sue Storm from Marvel’s Fantastic Four this year. I always been fascinated by her (no pun intended) and not a lot of people cosplay as her, so I wanted give her some love. The cosplay community is full of amazing, kind and thoughtful people; even as I am walking around now people are starting to recognize me and my daughter from other previous cons which is cool.

Family goals. 

Family goals. 

All in all, we are and have always been fans of this Fan Expo Dallas year after year. It is still a pleasant experience and a perfect size for families and is something that fans of all ages can do without breaking the bank. Fan Expo Dallas is a shining star in the Lone Star State.

Check out some more photos from Fan Expo Dallas in the gallery below. Enjoy! -xo Mel 

FAN EXPO DALLAS Flexes Some Serious Star Power March 31-April 2

The stars will be big and bright in the Lone Star State’s biggest congregation of comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming fans. The 16th annual FAN EXPO DALLAS™ returns to Big D at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center Friday, March 31, through Sunday, April 2, 2017. I am so excited to attend this year's Fan Expo Dallas with my daughter again and see all the wonderful cosplayers, guest appearances and insane artwork. 

Headlining the impressive list of pop culture luminaries on hand will be Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, the living legend Stan Lee, as well as members of the cast of the internationally famous cult movie, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, including actors Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick, Meat Loaf, Patricia Quinn and Nell Campbell.

“We have Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Ian Somerhalder … I’m just scratching the surface,” said Fan Expo Vice President Andrew Moyes. “We have a great guest list, heaps of attractions, a show floor of over 300,000 square feet of retailers and hours of programming. Everyone will have to come down and see for themselves why it’s going to be such a jam packed, fun weekend.”

Other celebrities attending include This is Us’ Milo Ventimiglia; Doctor Who’s Catherine Tate, Alex Kingston and Karen Gillan; Adam West and Burt Ward, the original Batman and Robin in their final Dallas appearance; and dozens more. The full guest list is available at http://fanexpodallas.com/guests/.

Producing a show of this magnitude is no easy task but it is well worth it. Moyes said, “Honestly, it is truly about the fan experience … our mandate is to deliver the ultimate fan experience. We get the privilege of building a platform for fans to enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences like meeting their idol Stan Lee. That’s what truly drives us. At the end of the day, we work day and night to make sure the best possible experience is put together for all of our fans.”

The just released full program schedule is available here and includes the following ticketed celebrity events:

  • Mark Hamill- the actor known for playing Luke Skywalker comes for questions and answers on Friday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m.
  • The Tim Curry Experience- Fans will have the opportunity to meet Dr. Frank-N-Furter in person on Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2.
  • Breakfast with Stan Lee- the legendary comic creator welcomes guests to an intimate breakfast on Saturday, April 1, at 8:30 a.m.
  • Batman & the Joker Live- the people behind the voices of the animated Batman series, Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, come together in a rare appearance on Sunday, April 2 at 2 p.m.

Other free events throughout the weekend include:

  • Celebrity Q&A with Stan Lee on Friday, March 31 at 6 p.m.
  • Celebrity Q&A with Spongebob Squarepants Rodger Bumpass on Friday, March 31 at 8 p.m.
  • Celebrity Q&A with Doctor Who’s Catherine Tate on Saturday, April 1 at 12 p.m.
  • Voice actor live script reading of The Princess Bride on Saturday, April 1 at 2 p.m.
  • Celebrity Q&A with John Barrowman on Saturday, April 1 at 5 p.m.
  • Celebrity Q&A with Buffy and Angel star James Marsters on Sunday, April 2 at 11 a.m.
  • Farewell to Dallas from Batman’s Adam West and Burt Ward on Sunday, April 2 at 12:30 p.m.
  • DC Comics: Special Event- a panel featuring Batman writer and artist team Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo with world-renowned comic book artist and DC Publisher Jim Lee on Sunday, April 2 at 1 p.m.
  • Celebrity Q&A with the cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Sunday, April 2 at 3 p.m.
  • The Walking Dead Duo Norman Reedus and Jeffrey Dean Morgan- Negan and Daryl of The Walking Dead meet face-to-face once again.

FAN EXPO DALLAS runs Friday, March 31, through Sunday, April 2, 2017, at the Dallas Convention Center (Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center) located at 650 S. Griffin St. Tickets are priced from $25-$129. Hours and information are available at fanexpodallas.com.

Happy Spring!

Happy Spring! I cannot believe its finally here. It’s hard for me to get rid of my cozy comfy sweaters, but I am ready to embrace some sunshine, the blooming flowers, the green grass, hearing the birds chirp in the mornings, the sun staying up longer (yes to daylights savings time) and especially the temperature increases. I mean who doesn’t enjoying wearing pretty spring colors? Even Starbucks embraced the color palette with their new minimal spring cups. 

One thing I am lacking in my closet are off the shoulder blouses. Off the shoulder blouses are so perfect for this time of year because you can wear them with shorts or jeans and they are a great item to have in your closet for any fun spring/summer night ... I recently found this pretty pastel pink off the shoulder blouse and fell in love. Being one who was iffy on wearing off the shoulder style shirts simply because I was afraid of it riding up my shoulders in the middle of brunch or dinner, this one is so comfortable and fits perfectly that I don’t have to worry about that. The fabric is light and airy and I just love the flowy cuffs. I am wearing it in a medium size for that baggy for that easy to tuck in my jeans feel. It also comes in a pastel blue if this is too pink for your taste. I paired it with my white jeans that is always on repeat in my closet for spring and summer time, and finished off the look with my Dolce Vita wedges, Michael Kors shoulder bag, and of course the new Spring Starbucks cup. 

From casual afternoons, to nice dinners to summer parties, an off the shoulder blouse is the perfect staple that you can wear over and over again! Have a great week everyone! -xo Mel

Photo Credit: Melissa King 

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