Friday, April 10, 2015

You Can't Go If You Don't Know! - 2017 Texas Convention Guide

More 2017 Show Dates Coming Soon!

Welcome to the Convention Awareness Project - Texas 2017 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 2017 listings have only just started to be confirmed, so expect this page to be updated repeatedly in the coming weeks and months.

Updated March 27, 2017

2017 Listings

This Weekend:
31-April 2 Fan Expo Dallas (Dallas, TX)
1 Awesome Comic Book Collector Show (Houston, TX)
1 North Dallas Toy Show (Farmers Branch, TX)
1-2 Victoria Comic Con (Victoria, TX)

7-9 Anime Matsuri (Houston, TX)
9 Awesome Toy Collector Show (Houston, TX)
21-23 El Paso Comic Con 2017 (El Paso, TX)
22-23 Retropalooza Houston (Pasadena, TX)
28-30 HavenCon 3 (Austin, TX)
13-15 Yellow City Comic Con (Amarillo, TX)
23 Awesome Comic Book Collector Show (San Antonio, TX)
28-30 HavenCon 3 (Austin, TX)
28-30 South Texas Comic Con (McAllen, TX)
30 Awesome Toy Collector Show (Arlington, TX)

5-7 Texas Frightmare Weekend (DFW Airport, TX)
5-7 WhoFest 4 (Irving, TX)
Mini-Mini Con 2016 (San Antonio, TX)
North Dallas Toy Show (Farmers Branch, TX)
12-14 ChupacabraCon4 (Austin, TX)
12-14 Comicpalooza 2017 (Houston, TX)
13 Eckman's Toy Show (San Antonio, TX)
26-28 Famous Monsters Convention - Dallas (Dallas, TX)
          Also featuring Alien Expo Dallas
27-28 Lubbock-Con (Lubbock, TX)

1-4 North Texas RPG Con 2017 (Fort Worth, TX)
North Dallas Toy Show (Farmers Branch, TX)
8-11 A-Kon 28 (Dallas, TX)
10-11  DFW GI Joe and Action Figure Show (Grapevine, TX)
16-18 Anime Austin (Austin, TX)
17-18 Permian Basin Fan Expo (Odessa, TX)
23-25 Texas Comicon 2017 (San Antonio, TX)
24-25 Animania Wichita Falls 2017 (Wichita Falls, TX)

North Dallas Toy Show (Farmers Branch, TX)
8-9 Sci-Fest (San Antonio, TX)
14-16 Delta H Con (Houston, TX)
15 ArlingCon (Arlington, TX)
22-23 Corpus Christi Comic Con (Corpus Christi, TX)
29-30 Classic Game Fest (Austin, TX)

4-6 Anime CTX (Austin, TX)
North Dallas Toy Show (Farmers Branch, TX)
5-6 Bell County Comic Con (Belton, TX)
17-20 AnimeFest (Dallas, TX)
26-27 Halloween and HauntFest Show (Mesquite, TX)

1-3 San Japan X (San Antonio, TX)
North Dallas Toy Show (Farmers Branch, TX)
9-10 Staple! Independent Media Expo (Austin, TX)
15-17 Hub City Comic Con (Lubbock, TX)
16 BAM Fest (Burleson, TX)
23-24 Monster-Con (San Antonio, TX)
30-October 1 Cult Classic Convention (Bastrop, TX)

6-8 Realms Con (Corpus Christi, TX)
North Dallas Toy Show (Farmers Branch, TX)
7-8 Alamo City Furry Invasion (San Antonio, TX)
14 Eckman's Toy Show (San Antonio, TX)
27-29 Oni-Con XIII (Galveston, TX)

2-5 World Fantasy Con 2017 (San Antonio, TX)
3-5 OtakuFair x GaMExpo (San Antonio, TX)
North Dallas Toy Show (Farmers Branch, TX)
10-12 Steampunk November (Mansfield, TX)
17-19 Wizard World - Austin (Austin, TX)
18-19 Waxacon (Waxahachie, TX)

North Dallas Toy Show (Farmers Branch, 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!

Monday, September 30, 2013

You Can't Go If You Don't Know! - 2013 Convention Master List

UPDATED: September 30, 2013
It seem that whenever I think I have compiled the most comprehensive list of conventions, toy and collectibles shows, gaming conventions, and the like, another will be brought to my attention.  Or a show that occurs more than once a year will finally announce the date of their next event.  To keep things as up to date as possible I will be publishing periodic updates like this one that will give a concise overview of the conventions coming throughout the year with all updates included.

Look for features on the February conventions Ushicon, Texas Collectibles Expo, Con DFW, OwlCon, and Furry Fiesta coming in the next few weeks as interviews are arranged with their producers.  

And you can meet me, JediCole, at the Texas Collectibles Expo in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, February 9, 2013!  I will be there manning a booth to promote this and my other site, The JediCole Universe, as well as selling a few collectibles I had around the house.  And of course you can find me all over All-Con 2013 in Addison in March where I will be hosting game shows, two talk shows, the opening and closing ceremonies, and a variety of other programs.  I look forward to meeting you!

Also, you can look for me at any of the conventions listed below that appear in red.

This Weekend!
7 Austins Comic and Toy Show (Austin, TX)
7 Weird West Fest (Giddings, TX)
7-8 Nerdtacular Holiday Bazaar (San Antonio, TX)

14 DFW Toy & Diecast Show (Arlington, TX)
27-29 IKKiCon VIII (Austin, TX)

If you know of any conventions in the state of Texas that do not appear on this list, please send an email to and let me know the whens and wheres (and website if possible) and I will update this list accordingly.