Sunday, February 7, 2016

Attending All-Con 2016? Book Your Hotel Room Today and Save More Than 50%!

All-Con 2016 Special Room Rates at the Westin Park Central

Why should you book your room at the Westin for All-Con 2016 right now?  Well for one thing, being at the hotel for the day (or all four days) means you never miss a thing all weekend long.  All-Con has over 400 events going on over the course of four days, generally well into the wee hours of the morning.  Then things heat up again and even more panels, game shows, workshops, and events begin!  

Book your room by or before February 16 2016 to get the special rate above (click here to go straight to the All-Con Hotel page).  You cannot get this deal at the Westin's website.  This is a special offer that All-Con has negotiated that saves you more than half!

Do you know the importance of hotel room nights?  

It is a little known fact that conventions held in hotels benefit greatly from attendees booking a night (or more) at the same hotel.  The more room nights booked, the better the rates overall for the show.  This can translate into a convention being able to maintain their admission price for years while also providing more and better content.  Plus in many cases the hotels are willing to work with said shows on the price (as seen above).  Do your part to support not only All-Con but all of your favorite hotel shows by booking a night or more at the hotel where the event is held.

Friday, April 10, 2015

You Can't Go If You Don't Know! - 2016 Texas Convention Guide

Welcome to the Convention Awareness Project - Texas 2015 convention list!  As we bid farewell to the second year of this website we also look forward to all that the Texas convention scene has to offer.  

Click on the name of any show to be linked to that convention's website for further information.  The 2015 listings have only just started to be confirmed, so expect this page to be updated repeatedly in the coming weeks and months.

Updated February 7, 2016

This Weekend 
12-14 ConDFW XIV (Addison, TX)
12-14 Supernatural Official Convention (Houston, TX)
13-14 Dallas Comic Con Fan Days (Irving, TX)

19-21 OwlCon XXXIV (Houston, TX)

19-21 Toy-A-Rama (Dallas, TX) 
          Note: Held in conjunction with Dallas Autorama, scroll down on site for details.
20 Lubbock-Con (Lubbock, TX)
26-28 Anime Matsuri (Houston, TX)


5 Hero Con Toy Show (Austin, TX)
5-6 Lost in Wonderland (San Antonio, TX)
5-6 Staple!  The Independent Media Expo (Round Rock, TX)
5-6 Walker Stalker Con 2016 (Dallas, TX)
11-15 Heart of Texas Comic Con (Waco, TX)
11-13 Texas Furry Fiesta 2016 (Dallas, TX)  
12 Mini A-Kon 9 (Denton, TX)
12 Retrofest 3 (River Oaks, TX)
13-15 Yellow City Comic Con (Amarillo, TX)
17-20 All-Con 2016 (Dallas, TX)
18-20 Aselia Con (Irving, TX)
18-20 Permian Basin Comic Con X (Odessa, TX)
18-20 RevelCon 27 (Houston, TX)
18-20 TexanCon (Stephenville, TX)
18-20 Texas Pinball Festival (Frisco, TX)
26 Texas Collectibles Expo (San Antonio, TX) 


1-3 AggieCon 47 (College Station, TX)
North Dallas Toy Show (Dallas, TX)
2 Weatherford Comic Con (Weatherford, TX)
2-3 MAG Con 8 (New Caney, TX)
2-3 Mizuumi-Con 9 (San Antonio, TX)
8-10 Creation Entertainment's 50 Year Mission Tour (Dallas, TX)
22-24 HavenCon (Austin, TX)
22-24 WhoFest 3 (Irving, TX)
23-24 Dallas Comic Show (Dallas, TX)
29-May 1 South Texas Comic Con (McAllen, TX)
29-May 1 Texas Frightmare Weekend (DFW Airport, TX)


North Dallas Toy Show (Dallas, TX)
13-15 ChupacabraCon (Austin, TX)
14 Mini-Mini Con 2016 (San Antonio, TX)
14 Texas Comic Fest (Lewisville, TX)
27-29 Space City Comic Con (Houston, TX)


3-5 A-Kon 27 (Dallas, TX)
3-5 Fan Expo Dallas (Dallas, TX)
North Dallas Toy Show (Dallas, TX)
10-12 Costumer's Lost Weekend (Lindale, TX)

17-19 Comicpalooza 2016 (Houston, TX)
24-26 Koya Con 2016 (Midland, TX)

North Dallas Toy Show (Dallas, TX)
8-10 Texas Comicon 2016 (San Antonio, TX)

15-17 Anime Austin (Austin, TX)
23-24 Ama-Con 2016 (Amarillo, TX)
30-31 Classic Game Fest (Austin, TX)

5-7 Anime Overload (Round Rock, TX)
5-7 Omnicon (McAllen, TX)
5-8 Mythcon 47 (San Antonio, TX)
North Dallas Toy Show (Dallas, TX)
6-7 Dallas Comic Show (Dallas, TX)
11-14 Retro World Series 2016 Main Event (Houston, TX)
12-15 AnimeFest (Dallas, TX)
19-21 Delta H Con (Houston, TX)
19-21 The Vampire Diaries Official Convention (Dallas, TX)


2-4 San Japan 9 (San Antonio, TX)
3 North Dallas Toy Show (Dallas, TX)
16-18 Supernatural Official Convention (Dallas, TX)
30-October 2 Realms Con 2016 (Corpus Christi, TX)


North Dallas Toy Show (Dallas, TX)


North Dallas Toy Show (Dallas, TX)


North Dallas Toy Show (Dallas, TX)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

It's Baaaaaaack! JediCole Announces the Return of the Swap Meet!

Nine years after the first and six years after the last of APOAC's Comic, Toy, and Collectibles Swap Meets it seemed like it was time to bring back one of the most affordable tabletop shows in Texas!

Cole "JediCole" Houston, in conjunction with Convention Awareness Project - Texas and The JediCole Universe is proud to announce The JediCole Universe Comic, Toy, and Collectibles Swap Meet!  

The return of this show will take place in Arlington, Texas on Saturday, August 22, 2015.  We will be returning to the original home of the show, the Bob Duncan Center at Vandergriff Park.  More details will be coming soon!  Dealer inquiries for this affordable show should be directed to Cole as soon as possible as tables are limited and prices increase at 60 days out and 30 days out.

Don't miss out on the JCU's first big event!  We look forward to seeing you in August!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

In Memorium - Larry Lankford

Convention Awareness Project - Texas was inspired by a great many aspects of my life as a convention attendee, promoter, guest, content provider, and vendor.  From the first convention I ever attended to the most recent, I have had a special place in my heart for these gatherings of fandom.  One of the most prominent figures in the Texas convention scene was lost to us late last year and I only just discovered this fact today.

Larry Lankford, founder of the Dallas Fantasy and FairBulldog Productions, passed away on December 25, 2013 at the age of 53. 

While not the first shows I had ever attended, Larry's were the ones I attended most often in the late 80s and early 90s.  It was at these conventions that I started a project that that I still pursue from time to time to this day, having contributing artists to the original Marvel Universe and Who's Who character guides sign the pages featuring their work.  

The Mini Cons that were produced in conjunction with the Fantasy Fairs offered some of the best opportunities for me and Mrs. JediCole to sell comics and collectibles, a hobby that became a business (A Piece of the Action Collectibles) and then a hobby again over the course of 20 years.  To say that the Dallas Fantasy Fair was a big part of my life as a fan and collector would be an understatement.  I was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to meet Larry as both a vendor at his shows and as an attendee at some of the Harvey Awards ceremonies produced in conjunction with Fantasy Fairs in the late 80s and early 90s.

As I said on a Facebook post today, the very place I learned of his demise, Larry always did right by me.

Larry Lankford 
June 10, 1960 - December 25, 2013
A Trailblazer of Texas Conventions  

If the Dallas Fantasy Fairs were a big part of your convention experience, please visit the memorial page for Larry Lankford and sign the guestbook.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

On Facebook? Join This Great Convention Group!

While a CAP-TX page is in the works for Facebook (there is already one for The JediCole Universe, Hey Kids, Comics!, and The Rantcor Pit after all), there is no need to wait to get in on some great convention news and insights on the social media site. 

Today's updates to the 2014 convention listings were due in no small part to me joining a group I discovered on Facebook earlier today.  By way of a thank you I want to recommend that you join...

The group is intended for all conventions but seems to be heavily utilized by many here in Texas, making it a great resource and a perfect place to share your convention reviews, photos, and videos!

"You Can't Go If You Don't Know!"

Friday, January 10, 2014

2014 is Off to a Great Start! - This Weekend in Conventions

It's Friday and the Texas convention scene has a lot to offer this weekend.  Hot on the heels of Space City Con last weekend there are three shows in the Lone Star State helping kick off the 2014 season. 

January 11 
Victoria Comic Con (Victoria, TX)
Victoria, Texas gets its first big convention this Saturday!  Welcome to the Convention Awareness Project family!  You can find full details on the guests and more on their Facebook page linked above.

January 11-12 
North Texas Comic Book Show (Dallas, TX)
The long-running collectibles show returns to the Doubletree Hotel in Dallas this weekend with their first two day show!  There will be lots of incredible comics, toys, and other collectibles to purchase, plus special guests.  This is one of my favorite DFW area shows and I try to make it out for every one of them when possible.  

This time I will be doing double duty, selling collectibles and promoting All-Con 2014 as part of the All-Con Street Team!  Look for my table and find out more about the great four day convention coming up in March!  Plus you can get your hands on what's left of my old convention stock and get the scoop on The JediCole Universe website.  

Please Note:
The previously announced Awesome Toy Collector Show (January 12, 2013) appears to have been cancelled.  A check of the promoter's website has no mention of this particular show that had appeared there before the first of the year.  I regret any inconvenience this may have caused local collectors.  The show listings are based solely on the information provided by promoters on their show websites.  Please check out their site for information on upcoming shows in the early part of this year:

Awesome Toy Collector Show 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Space City Con Launches 2014's Texas Convention Lineup

As Convention Awareness Project - Texas celebrates its first birthday (!) we are proud to shine the CAP-TX spotlight on the first show of the new year, Space City Con on Galveston Island!  

This relative newcomer to the Texas convention scene made a tremendous splash last August in Houston with a massive lineup of guests and is back this weekend with an equally big show at Moody Gardens!  

Space City Con
January 3-5, 2014
Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa, and Convention Center
Seven Hope Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77554

Friday, January 3 
12 PM - 7 PM (with evening activities)
Saturday, January 4 
10 AM - 7 PM (with evening activities)
Sunday, January 5
10 AM - 7 PM

Special Guests Include:
Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Conan)
Bruce Boxleitner (Babylon 5, TRON)
Claudia Christian (Babylon 5, Freaks and Geeks)
Gil Gerard (Buck Rogers)
Bill Mumy (Babylon 5, Lost in Space)
Jerry Doyle (Babylon 5)
Felix Silla (Buck Rogers, The Addams Family)
Stephen Furst (Babylon 5, Animal House)
Stephen Stanton (The Clone Wars)

And that is just a few of the dozens of guests in attendance at Space City Con this weekend!  Check out their website (linked above) to see the full lineup!