FAN EXPO DALLAS 2017 Pre-Show Report!

The Lone Star State’s biggest gathering of comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming fans – the 16th annual FAN EXPO DALLAS™ – is set to return to Dallas, Friday, March 31, through Sunday, April 2, 2017, at Dallas’ Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center. Boasting a spectacular line-up of celebrity guests, the biggest news is the largest reunion of actors from the original Rocky Horror Picture Show at any event in history!

The legendary Tim Curry – who originally portrayed Dr. Frank N. Furter on stage and screen – will be in attendance on Saturday and Sunday, April 1st and 2nd. Barry Bostwick (Brad Majors). Meat Loaf (Eddie), Patricia Quinn (Magenta) and Nell Campbell (Columbia) will be in attendance Friday, March 31st as well as Saturday and Sunday April 1st and 2nd.

The festivities will also include a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, organized by Amber Does Dallas – a Dallas theatre group devoted to traditional live productions of both Rocky Horror and Repo: The Genetic Opera. The show will be at Noon on Saturday, April 1st. The troupe will also host several panels on Rocky Horror show etiquette, costuming and a Rocky Horror themed game-show.

Among the other pop culture luminaries on hand will be Mark Hamill (Star Wars, Batman: The Animated Series). comic book writer and Master Of The Cameo Stan Lee, Catherine Tate (Doctor Who) and Norman Reedus and Jeffrey Dean Morgan of The Walking Dead. A full list of celebrity guests and the times of their panels and photo-ops is available on-line.

Despite this impressive collection of guests, Fan Expo Dallas isn’t just about celebrities. It’s about a community built around a shared love of common interests and sharing that love with others. To that end, local charity Heroic Inner Kids is organizing Fan Expo’s first-ever Kid Zone!


Set up in Room C2, the Kid Zone will feature special activities for children 12 and under, including craft projects, professional-level photos, a dress up area, gaming stations, kids movies, free comics from Collected Comics, one-on-one Q&A sessions with cosplayers and other professionals and a quiet zone with tents and coloring pages. Please note that this is not a day-care facility and all children must be accompanied by an adult guardian all times.

North Texas Cosplay will once again be organizing a Cosplay Hideaway lounge for costumed folk to get off the floor and off their feet for a little while. The Hideaway – located in room A114 – will also be the site for cosplay contest sign-ups.

“We have planned an incredible lineup of family-friendly pop culture attractions to Dallas,” said Andrew Moyes, show director for Fan Expo Dallas. “As in years past, we will continue our tradition of praising and celebrating the enthusiasm of superhero, sci-fi and fantasy content seen on TV, in film, comic books and graphic novels with the fans.”

Kabooooom.com will be in attendance covering the convention. We will have our photographer at the Cosplay Red Carpet area at the following times for one hour each day, for anyone interested in posing for our annual cosplay gallery.

Friday, March 31 – 7 pm to 8 pm.
Saturday, April 1 –  3 pm to 4 pm.
Sunday, April 2 – 11 am to 12 pm.

FAN EXPO DALLAS™ runs Friday, March 31, through Sunday, April 2, 2017, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.  Tickets are priced from $25-$129. Hours and information are available at fanexpodallas.com

About Matt Morrison

Matt has been writing about comics on-line since before the word "blogging" was coined. When he's not busy being the World's Finest Teen Librarian, he enjoys acting, role-playing, movie-riffing and sarcasm. He also writes for NoFlyingNoTights.com and MyGeekyGeekyWays.com. You can follow his adventures on Twitter, @GeekyGeekyWays.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *