Dallas Comic Con

Dallas Comic Con
Dallas Comic Con
Status Active
Genre Comics
Venue Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas
Location Irving, Texas
Country United States
First held October 2002
Organizer OfficialPix
Filing status For Profit
Official website dallascomiccon.com

The Dallas Comic Con is two-day event usually held twice a year in the Dallas, Texas area. Similar in size to the Sci-Fi Expo events under the same OfficialPix management, the Dallas Comic Con (or DCC for short) focuses on comic book artists, writers, and publishers.[1][2] These events usually also feature a large dealers room, question and answer sessions, and a number of media guests signing autographs.[3].[4][5] The event is organized by Ben Stevens and Mark Walters.[6] The 2011 Dallas Comic Con was quite large having over 10,000 attendees.



To date, the Dallas Comic Con has been held at one of three locations, each located in a suburb of Dallas, Texas. Several have been held at the spacious Plano Centre located at 2000 East Spring Creek Parkway in Plano, Texas.[7] Most have been held at the smaller Richardson Civic Center located at 411 West Arapaho Road in Richardson, Texas.[8][9] Beginning in May 2011, the event relocated permanently to the new Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas.

Past events

The first Dallas Comic Con & Sci-Fi Expo was held October 12–13, 2002, at the Plano Centre. Fantasy Guests of Honor were Dave Dorman and Greg & Tim Hildebrandt. Comics guests included Amanda Conner, Jim Daly, Nick Derington, Richard Dominguez, Ben Dunn, Steve Erwin, Kerry Gammill, Miles Gunter, Michael Lark, Jaime Mendoza, John Lucas, Joseph Michael, Terry Moore, Mark Murphy, Don Punchatz, Kelsey Shannon, Cal Slayton, Kenneth Smith, and Dave Stevens. Media guests included Carrie Fisher, Amy Allen, Rena Owen, Peter Mayhew, Ray Park, David Naughton, Jackson Bostwick, Linda Blair, Joanna Cameron, Brad Dourif, Ben Chapman, Traci Lords, Cynthia Rothrock, Butch Patrick, Glenn Shadix, and Richard Hatch.

Dallas Comic Con 2.0 was held April 5–6, 2003, at the Richardson Civic Center.[10] Comics guests included Tim Bradstreet, Adam Hughes, Dave Dorman, and Frank Cho, Scott Kurtz, Kerry Gammill, Cal Slayton, and Michael Lark. Media guests included Zach Jensen, Tanya Roberts, Chase Masterson, Maud Adams, Anne Ramsay, and David Carradine. A collectible program book was produced with dual covers by artists Dave Dorman and Adam Hughes. A "Celebrity Autograph Series" trading card featuring Zachariah Jensen was distributed to promote this event. While the card is numbered "Promo 1" the line was dropped due to licensing issues and this was the only such card issued.

DCC3 was held October 25–26, 2003, at the Plano Centre. Comic guests included Tim Bradstreet, Phil Noto, Adam Hughes, Scott Kurtz, John Lucas, Ben Dunn, Jaime Mendoza, Cal Slayton, and Erik Reeves. Media guests included Warwick Davis, Anthony Daniels, Dave Prowse, Rena Owen, Michonne Bourriague, Amy Allen, John Rhys-Davies, Sala Baker, David Hedison, Mercedes McNab, Brad Dourif, and Jonathan Breck.

DCC4 was held October 23–24, 2004, at the Plano Centre.[11] Comics guests included Adam Hughes, Michael Lark, Greg Horn, Dan Brereton, Cal Slayton, and Michael Jantze.[11] Media guests included Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, Orli Shoshan, Iyari Limon, Robia LaMorte, Peter Mayhew, John de Lancie, plus voice actors Kevin Conroy and Arleen Sorkin. A collectible program book was produced with dual covers by artists Adam Hughes and Dan Brereton. Activities at this event included a costume contest and a free screening of the motion picture Saw.

DCC5 was held February 12–13, 2005, at the Richardson Civic Center.[12] Comic guests included Bernie Wrightson, Tim Bradstreet, Steve Niles, Mark Brooks, Jaime Mendoza, Scott Kurtz, Todd Nauck, Raven Gregory, Cal Slayton, and Brian Denham. Media guests included Thomas Jane, Patricia Arquette, Sean Astin, and David Anders.[12]

DCC6 was held October 15–16, 2005, at the Plano Centre.[13] Comic guests included Mark Brooks, Ale Garza, Cliff Chiang, Rich Buckler, Terry Moore, Michael Lark, James O'Barr, Kerry Gammill, Jaime Mendoza, Cat Staggs, Cynthia Cummiens, David Hopkins, Ben Dunn, and Baldo writer Hector Cantú. Media guests included Carrie Fisher, Jonathan Frakes, Adam Baldwin, Kevin Sorbo, Peter Mayhew, Erin Gray, Donnie Dunagan, Marc Singer, Kane Hodder, Bill Johnson, Genie Francis, Bonnie Piesse, plus 2001: A Space Odyssey stars Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood. Other guests included Lucasfilm rep Steve Sansweet, author Paul Black, and Fanboy Radio. A collectible program book was produced with dual covers by artists Mark Brooks and Terry Moore.

DCC7 was held April 29–30, 2006, at the Plano Centre.[14] Comic guests included Bernie Wrightson, Dave Dorman, Tony Harris, Howard Chaykin, Steve Niles, Norm Breyfogle, James O'Barr, Josh Howard, Jaime Mendoza, Tom Hodges, Cat Staggs, Kerry Gammill, Brian Denham, Ben Dunn, Kez Wilson, Jim Daly, David Hopkins, Brock Rizy, and Tim Bradstreet. Media guests included Thomas Jane, Gates McFadden, John Wesley Shipp, Doug Jones, Alan Ruck, Dwight Schultz, Sarah Douglas, Michael Gross, Jeremy Bulloch, James Hampton, Burton Gilliam, and Karen Allen. A collectible program book was produced with dual covers by artists Dave Dorman and Tom Hodges & Cat Staggs.

DCC8 was held October 28–29, 2006, at the Plano Centre.[15] Comic guests included Brian Stelfreeze, Phil Noto, Paul Gulacy, Steve Rude, Mike Grell, Ron Frenz, Mark Brooks, Jaime Mendoza, Kerry Gammill, Steve Erwin, Kez Wilson, Tom Hodges, Cat Staggs, Cal Slayton, and Ben Dunn. Media guests included Amy Acker, Firefly actor Ron Glass, Lane Garrison, Jake Lloyd, Claudia Christian, Musetta Vander, Daniel Logan, Mark Goddard, and Bambi voice actor Donnie Dunagan. Other guests included wrestler Captain Lou Albano, wrestler Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, and reality show teams Team Brown Family and Team Wild Hanlons from the NBC show Treasure Hunters.

DCC9 was held June 30-July 1, 2007, at the Richardson Civic Center. Guest of Honor was Herb Trimpe, co-creator of Wolverine. Other comic guests included Billy Tan, Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges, Kristian Donaldson, Brian Denham, Josh Howard, The Crow creator James O'Barr, Ben Dunn, Jamie Mendoza, Steve Irwin, Kez Wilson, Kenneth Smith, Cal Slayton, Baldo writer Hector Cantú, multiple Hugo-winning fan artist Brad W. Foster, and more. Media guests included Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress Kristy Swanson, actor Robert Beltran from Star Trek: Voyager, voice actor Billy West, actress Mary Oyaya, and actor James Hampton.

Dallas Comic Con X was held January 12–13, 2008, at the Richardson Civic Center. Media guests included Shawnee Smith, the actress who played "Amanda Young" in the first four Saw movies; Ray Park, the actor who played "Darth Maul" in Phantom Menace and "Toad" in X-Men; and a first-ever convention appearance by actress Missi Pyle of Galaxy Quest, Dodgeball, and Heroes. Comic guests included Tony DeZuniga, co-creator of Jonah Hex and Black Orchid for DC Comics; Harold LeDoux, artist of Judge Parker for over 50 years; Scott Kurtz, creator and artist of PvP (Player vs. Player); Kristian Donaldson, artist of "DMZ", "Fallen Angel", and "Supermarket"; Nick Derington, lead animator for A Scanner Darkly; Kristofer Straub, creator and artist of "Starslip Crisis"; Cal Slayton, artist for "Shades of Blue" and "Dead@17"; Brad W. Foster, Hugo Award-winning independent artist from Jabberwocky Graphix; James O'Barr, creator and artist of "The Crow"; Bob Layton, quintessential "Iron Man" artist, co-creator of "X-Factor", Valiant Comics pioneer; Terry Moore, creator and artist of "Strangers in Paradise"; Steve Niles, creator of "30 Days of Night" and "Criminal Macabre"; Cully Hamner, artist of "Blue Beetle" and upcoming "Black Lightning"; Tim Bradstreet, cover artist of "The Punisher"; Matt Sturges, writer for "Jack of Fables" and "Countdown to Mystery"; Brian Denham, artist of "Nova" and "Iron Man: Hypervelocity"; Sarah Wilkinson, sketch card artist for Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Spider-Man 3; David Hopkins, writer of "Astronaut Dad", "Emily Edison", "Dead@17: Rough Cut"; Jaime Mendoza, inker of "Ultimate Fantastic Four" and "X-Men"; Cat Staggs, sketch card artist for Star Wars, Heroes, & Indiana Jones; and Scott Harben, top photographer and sculptor.

Other C2 Ventures events in 2008 were a combined Dallas Comic Con & Sci-Fi Expo featuring "Boba Fett" actor Jeremy Bulloch on April 5–6 at the Richardson Civic Center and Star Wars Fan Days II on October 25–26 at the Plano Centre.[16]

Dallas Comic Con 12 was held in early 2009 at the Richardson Civic Center with a number of media and comics guests.

Dallas Comic Con 13 was held August 15–16, 2009, in Richardson with actors Barry Bostwick, Dean Stockwell, James Hampton, Yancy Butler, and Rene Auberjonois plus more than 30 comics artists and writers, including Paul Smith, Steve Niles, Bill Sienkiewicz, J. Scott Campbell, Cal Slayton, and many more.[17]

Dallas Comic Con 14 was held January 30–31, 2010, held at the Richardson Civic Center in Richardson, Texas.[18] Actors in attendance included Adam West, Sean Patrick Flanery, Charisma Carpenter, Daniel Cudmore, Peter Mayhew, Anne Lockhart, and Herb Jefferson, Jr..[19][20] Comics creators in attendance included Tim Sale, Adam Hughes, Todd Nauck, Brad W. Foster, Ben Dunn, Michael Golden, Harold LeDoux, Cal Slayton, and many more.[21][22]

Dallas Comic Con 15 was held August 28–29, 2010, at the Richardson Civic Center in Richardson, Texas.[6][23] Actors in attendance included Edward James Olmos, Luciana Carro, Alan Harris, Mike Edmonds, Lar Park Lincoln, and cast members from the film Machete.[24][25] Comics guests included Black Cat co-creator Keith Pollard, Dirty Pair artist Adam Warren, artist Angel Medina, plus Pat Broderick, June Brigman, Roy Richardson, Kerry Gammill, Kez Wilson, Ben Dunn, Josh Howard, Joe Eisma, Steve Erwin, John Lucas, Brian Denham, Andre Mangum, David Hopkins, Cal Slayton, Richard Dominguez, Lawrence Reynolds, Anthony Tollin, and others.[25][5][26]

Dallas Comic Con 2011 was held May 21–22, 2011, at the new Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas.[1] Media guests included actor Leonard Nimoy, actress Carrie Fisher, plus Amanda Pays, John Wesley Shipp, Alexis Cruz, Thomas Jane, Todd Farmer, and cast members from The Walking Dead. Comics guests included comics legend Stan Lee, John Romita, Jr., Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Cal Slayton, Bernie Wrightson, Steve Niles, Tim Bradstreet, Rick Leonardi, Kerry Gammill, Todd Nauck, James O'Barr, and Michael Lark.

Upcoming events

Dallas Comic Con 2012 is scheduled to be held May 5-6, 2012, at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas.[1] As of June 2011, scheduled guests have not been announced.


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