Thursday, February 15, 2018

All-Con Has a New Home - Don't Miss Out on Promotional Room Rates!

Hello Texas convention fans!

Since this is my site and I am Group Captain of All-Con Games and Theory (the Game Shows track), I can play favorites a bit by publishing the following announcement about All-Con 2018.

Over the last 13 years, All-Con has brought together every form of fandom under one roof for one amazing convention.  Starting out at the Sterling Hotel in Irving (2005 and 2006), the show moved to its long-term home at the Crowne Plaza in Addison (2007-2015) and then its interim stop at the Westin in Dallas.  Last year saw the show return to the Crowne Plaza for one final year.  This year the show goes on at its new permanent home!

All-Con 2018 at The InterContinental in Addison! 

From All-Con Dallas, a press release on the special convention rate which ends on Monday, February 26, 2018:

DEADLINE COMING! Book your hotel room for ALL-CON today. Group rates expire Monday Feb 26. Over 400 events! What will you choose to do at ALL-CON? March 15-18, 2018. InterContinental Dallas, 15201 Dallas Pkwy, Addison, TX 75001. Group Code: "ALL-CON" (972) 386-6000. 
Online / Direct: click here.

I look forward to seeing you at All-Con 2018, especially at one of the many game shows all weekend long!  Don't forget, Thursday is the free admission "try out" day!  What convention anywhere else in Texas offers that?
- JediCole

Friday, April 10, 2015

You Can't Go If You Don't Know! - 2018 Texas Convention Guide

Welcome to the Convention Awareness Project - Texas 2018 convention list!  

Click on the name of any show to be linked to that convention's website for further information.  The 2018 listings have only just started to be confirmed, so expect this page to be updated repeatedly in the coming weeks and months.

Updated February 20, 2018

2018 Listings

This Weekend:
23-25 OwlCon XXXV (Houston, TX)
24 DFW Funko & Collectible Swap (Grand Prairie, TX)
24-25 Lubbock-Con (Lubbock, TX)
25 February Comic and Toy Con (Haltom City, TX)
25 The Lost Toys Free Toy Show and Swap Meet (Dallas, TX)

North Dallas Toy Show (Farmers Branch, TX)
3-4 Lost in Wonderland Festival (San Antonio, TX)
10 Mini A-Kon (Lewisville, TX)
10 Women of Wonder Con (Dallas, TX)
10-12 RevelCon 28 (Houston, TX)
15-18 All-Con 2018 (Addison, TX)  ** New Hotel! **
16-18 Aselia Con 2018 (Irving, TX)
16-18 Permian Basin Comic Con (Midland, TX)
16-18 Texas Pinball Festival (Frisco, TX)
23-25 RevelCon 29  (Houston, TX)
24 Fanboys Comic Con (White Settlement, TX)
24 Gulf Coast Toy Show (Houston, TX)
24 Retrofest 5 (River Oaks, TX)
24 Weatherford 90's Palooza (Weatherford, TX)
29-April 1 HavenCon 4 (Austin, TX)
30-April 1 Anime Matsuri (Houston, TX)
30-April 1 Houston Pop Culture Expo (Houston, TX)

6-8 Fan Expo Dallas (Dallas, TX)
North Dallas Toy Show (Farmers Branch, TX)
7-8 MAG Con 8 (New Caney, TX)
13-14 South Campus Anime Convention 3 (Fort Worth, TX)
13-15 El Paso Comic Con (El Paso, TX)
13-15 Yellow City Comic Con (Amarillo, TX)
14-15 Retropalooza San Antonio (San Antonio, TX)
27-29 South Texas Comic Con (McAllen, TX)
28-29 3rd Annual Traders Village Comicon (Houston, TX)

4-6 ChupacabraCon (Austin, TX)
4-6 Kameha-Con (Irving, TX)
4-6 Texas Frightmare Weekend (DFW Airport, TX)
Mini-Mini Con 2016 (San Antonio, TX)
North Dallas Toy Show (Farmers Branch, TX)
5-6 Kilgore Geekend (Kilgore, TX)
12 Eckman's Toy Show (San Antonio, TX)
19 Rec-Con (Corpus Christi, TX)
25-27 Comicpalooza (Houston, TX)
25-27 Con of Thrones (Dallas, TX)

2 North Dallas Toy Show (Farmers Branch, TX)
7-10 A-Kon 29 (Fort Worth, TX)
7-10 North Texas RPG Con 2018 (Irving, TX)
9-10 Collector Mania VII (Pharr, TX)
16-17 Greater Austin Comic Con (Austin, TX)
23-24 Corpus Christi Comic Con (Corpus Christi, TX)
29-July 1 AnimeCTX (Austin, TX)
30-July 1 Countdown City Comic Con (San Antonio, TX)
30 ArlingCon (Arlington, TX)

North Dallas Toy Show (Farmers Branch, TX)
7-8 Sci-Fest (San Antonio, TX)
13-15 Delta H Con (Houston, TX)
27-29 Anime Austin (Austin, TX)
27-29 Let's Play Gaming Expo (Irving, TX)
28-29 Animania Wichita Falls 2018 (Wichita Falls, TX)
28-29 Classic Game Fest (Austin, TX)
28-29 Retropalooza Houston (Houston, TX)

3-5 RTX 2017 (Austin, TX)
4-5 Ama-Con 2017 (Amarillo, TX)
North Dallas Toy Show (Farmers Branch, TX)
10-12 LeakyCon 2018 (Dallas, TX)  Note SOLD OUT
17-19 Geekfest (Killeen, TX)
17-20 AnimeFest (Dallas, TX)
18-19 Halloween and HauntFest Show (Mesquite, TX)
31-September 2 Hub City Comic Con (Lubbock, TX)
31-September 2 San Japan 11 (San Antonio, TX)

North Dallas Toy Show (Farmers Branch, TX)
8-9 Staple!  The Independent Media Expo (Austin, TX)
21-23 FenCon XV (Irving, TX)
28-30 Cult Classic Convention (Bastrop, TX)
29-30 Granbury Paranormal Expo (Granbury, TX)

5-7 Realms Con (Corpus Christi, TX)
North Dallas Toy Show (Farmers Branch, TX)
12-14 San Angelo Comic Con (San Angelo, TX)
12-14 Texas BROADSIDE! (LaPorte, TX)
13 Eckman's Toy Show (San Antonio, TX)
19-21 Dallas Fan Days (Irving, TX)
26-28 Alamo City Comic Con (San Antonio, TX)

8-9 Nerdtacular (San Antonio, TX)

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.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Knowing is Half the Battle - DFW GI Joe and Action Figure Show

On Saturday, September 21, 2013 the DFW GI Joe and Action Figure Show II will be held in Grapevine, Texas.  I talked with Keith from the Dallas-Fort Worth GI Joe Collector's Club about the upcoming toy show.

The Fine Details:
DFW GI Joe and Action Figure Show II
September 21, 2013
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Grapevine Convention Center
1209 South Main Street
Grapevine, TX 76051

$10.00 for families
Free admission for Boy Scouts in uniform as well as military, police, fire fighters, and other law enforcement with valid ID

Be sure to check out the show's Facebook page as well as the home of the GI Joe Collector's Club for more information!

Note:  All above information is provided based on contents of the websites maintained by the conventions in question.  Any inaccuracies are not the responsibility of said conventions or Convention Awareness Project - Texas.  This is a free service to both conventions and convention goers and errors are certainly possible.  Please consult the websites of the individual shows for further information when planning to attend any given show.

Visit my table, The JediCole Universe, if you want to get one of these incredible 20" x 8" Executive Order 66 prints!  Just $5 each or 2 for $9!  

They are printed on heavy stock, fully licensed, and produced by C2 Ventures (published in 2006).

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Show Must Go On! - An Open Letter to the Texas Convention-Going Community

Welcome to my labor of love.

The Convention Awareness Project -TX website went live on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 and featured what is intended to be the most comprehensive listing of conventions in Texas to be found anywhere on the internet.  Spawned from a personal dedication to the Texas convention scene and as an offshoot of two live Convention Awareness Day events held in past years, it was my express purpose to create a one-stop resource for convention goers to discover every single show being held in the Lone Star State.  Furthermore, I wanted to feature more than just a month-to-month listing, so I began to seek out interviews with the organizers and promoters of the shows featured.   

Co-hosting $1 Star Wars Auction, All-Con 2010 (Addison, TX)
For the early part of the year these ends were achieved remarkably well.  I received tremendous support from convention organizers when it came to utilizing this resource for free promotion of their shows.  And frankly I had more time at my disposal to seek out such interviews and meticulously search for conventions of fan interest that had escaped my initial sweeps in late 2012 and early 2013.  In more recent months it has been a challenge to simply keep the listings updated as new shows come to my attention.  Various constraints have left this site wanting for attention and new content. 

The Mighty Placeholder hosts Super-Hero Sunday, All-Con 2011 (Addison, TX)
This has been bothersome to me and my plan is to put a greater effort into this site now that my primary home on the internet, The JediCole Universe, is running at full steam with a compliment of recurring features.  I will be reaching out to the promoters of conventions coming up between September and December to obtain interviews and return to more detailed features on all upcoming conventions week to week.   At present I am also compiling the initial 2014 listings so if you are aware of any conventions coming up in Texas in the new year, please drop me a line here.  

Attending 2011's Universal Collectibles Show (Fort Worth, TX)
When I created CAP-TX I had the fan community in mind first and foremost.  Support and praise for this site from said community has been nothing short of amazing.  While you can find listings for every one of the shows I cover here on the internet somewhere, mine is the only site that brings them all together in one place with links to the individual sites of each convention for your convenience.  An unexpected offshoot of this site was as a resource for convention vendors.  As a former show dealer of over 20 years I was amazed that this use of the site had not occurred to me from the outset.  Furthermore, an artist friend of mine wrote to me this year to express her gratitude for this site as a means to find more venues to showcase and sell her work.  

JediCole's Morning After, All-Con 2011 (Addison, TX)
Through various channels, including hundreds of postcards I have distributed at conventions in the state, word is spreading about Convention Awareness Project - Texas.  If you have friends who enjoy attending conventions please link this site from your Facebook or other social media sites, ask your local comic shop to request postcards for this site, and let the promoters of your favorite shows know about my efforts.  

Moderating a panel with Tim Taylor at Strip! Dallas Webcomics Expo 2012
We are fortunate in Texas to have one of the larger convention scenes in the United States, one which grows every year.  Supporting such shows, large and small, will insure that we always have plenty of conventions around the state during the years to come.  My personal goal with this site is to generate excitement for, as well as awareness of, the Texas convention scene.  Having missed out on many a show in my day it seemed the best possible service to fandom to create and maintain such a website.  

Costume Contest judging, All-Con 2009 (Addison, TX)
Remember - You Can't Go If You Don't Know!

Cole "JediCole" Houston
Founder, Convention Awareness Project - Texas

P.S. If you would like to be a part of CAP-TX by writing feature articles on upcoming shows, your personal convention experience, or aspects of convention-going (costuming, volunteering, show production, etc.) please drop me a line.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Texas Conventions Lose an Unsung Hero

There are those of us in the convention scene here in Texas that seem to be everywhere.  Convention fixtures among whom I count myself.  Those of us who not only attend or sell at conventions but also have a presence that leaves a lasting impression.  You may not know all of these folks by name, but you know the people of which I speak.  And one of these folks simply can’t be missed in a crowd – PurrKayla!  If you have attended conventions in the Dallas/Fort Worth area especially (as well as Austin’s Wizard World incarnations) you have undoubtedly seen our favorite feline super-hero.  And you may well have met Tom as well, her husband, assistant in super-heroics, and constant companion.

On Friday, March 22, 2013 I received the sad news that Tom had passed away.  I have had the privilege to have known Tom and PurrKayla for a number of years now.  And further to have, in some small way, been a part of launching the very public convention presence they shared.   If you ever met or saw PurrKayla at a convention you would never forget her.  She loves conventions, fandom, and above all the kids to whom she is the most approachable super-hero in the world.  And you likely saw or even met Tom, her unassuming number one fan, ever just outside of the spotlight because that is where he preferred to be.  He was not PurrKayla’s sidekick so much as the Alfred to her Batman, the Jarvis to her Avengers – always there for whatever is needed.

There is another hero with whom I am most familiar, the Mighty Placeholder.  He is most often seen at All-Con and is known as “the hero’s hero”.  I feel that convention goers need to know there was another hero’s hero, the hero to not only PurrKayla but  to all of us who strive to enhance and celebrate the richly diverse convention scene.  His name was Tom. 
He was the hero behind the hero, the star behind the star.  And all of us who frequent conventions in Texas, especially in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, owe him a debt of gratitude. 

Farewell my friend.

Cole “JediCole Houston
March 28, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Fun With Deadpool in April

From the very first convention I ever attended, a small hotel show put on by Duncanville Bookstore back in the early 80s, I have been silly for conventions.  As an attendee, a vendor, a panelist, an emcee, and even a producer, I have had a history with the Texas convention scene that spans three decades.  And even with all of that history I can still be taken by surprise when someone in the convention community reaches out to me.  Thus was the case when Chris of North Texas Comic Book Shows asked if I might be interested in moderating a panel discussion on the Marvel anti-hero Deadpool!

Needless to say the answer was yes!  Very interested, indeed.  And while Deadpool is not a character who’s exploits I have followed, I have moderated discussions with a lot less to go on at the outset.  And this is more than just the character in the mix.  Deadpool artist Carlo Barberi and Deadpool: Merc With a Mouth writer Victor Gischler will be guests of the next North Texas Comic Book Show on Saturday, April 13, 2013 in Dallas.  If you are planning to attend be sure to check out the panel as I talk all things Deadpool with two of the folks behind making him one of the most popular characters in the Marvel Universe! 

But there is so much more!  The North Texas Comic Book Show consistently brings you a variety of dealers selling comic books, action figures, Hot Wheels, original art, toys, and collectibles.  You never know what you will find at this show.  And they always have some fun surprises in store.  Stay tuned for more as we get a bit closer to April.  I hope to see you there!