Close Encounters Anticipated at This Weekend’s SCI-FI EXPO

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This weekend is looking particularly amazing for those of you living in (or traveling to) the Dallas area, because this year’s Dallas Comic Con’s Sci-Fi Expo is overflowing with stars of screen and comics. Richard Dreyfuss! Karl Urban! Stephen Amell! Karen Gillan! The Warehouse 13 and Defiance casts! Ian Churchill! Chris Sprouse! And SO MANY MORE.

And if you’re lucky, you might even spot SciFi Mafia Senior Managing Editor Lillian Standefer! Details are below, but PLEASE ESPECIALLY NOTE this fine print from the official websiteNote: We will allow all pre-registered guests to enter the building BEFORE we start ticket sales at the box office. This may delay the box office ticket sales for 30-60 minutes.

Oscar winner, Richard Dreyfuss tops Sci-Fi Expo line-up!

Oscar-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss tops a long list of actors and artists appearing at Dallas Comic Con’s Sci-Fi Expo on Feb. 8 & 9 at the Irving Convention Center. The star of such well-known films as The Goodbye Girl, American Graffiti, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Mr. Holland’s Opus will talk about his long-running career during a Q&A panel on Saturday.

“We are honored to have an actor of Mr. Dreyfuss’ caliber at our upcoming expo,” said Ben Stevens, co-owner of C2Ventures, which produces Dallas Comic Con. “Of course, he’s just one of many on our guest list, which reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ in television and films.”

They include Karl Urban, who portrayed “Dr. Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy” in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness; and Stephen Amell, star of the CW-TV hit series Arrow, based on the “Green Arrow” comic books. Fans of the long-running British TV series Doctor Who can meet Sylvester McCoy, the seventh doctor in the series who also starred in the 1996 Doctor Who television movie. Also appearing will be Karen Gillan, who played “Amy Pond” on the Doctor Who series and portrays “Nebula” in the soon-to-be-released Guardians of the Galaxy, based on the Marvel comic book.

The Sci-Fi Expo also will feature the pairing of The Six Million Dollar Man’s Lee Majors and The Bionic Woman’s Lindsay Wagner. Mr. Majors recently starred in the new Dallas TV series, and Ms. Wagner appeared in the popular TV show Warehouse 13 along with Expo guests Eddie McClintock, Allison Scagliotti, Jaime Murray and Saul Rubinek.

Actor Peter Weller returns to Dallas for the Expo along with Angie Bolling, his co-star in Robocop, which was filmed in Dallas. The line-up also includes Tony Curran from Defiance; voiceover actor Vic Mignogna (Pokemon, Wolverine, Dragon Ball Z), Peter Mayhew (“Chewbacca” in the Star Wars franchise); Aaron Douglas from the new Battlestar Galactica; Anne Lockhart (Lost in Space) and Yellow Power Ranger Nakia Burisse.

The actors will sign autographs, meet fans and answer questions during special panels, as well as pose with fans during professional photo sessions. All actors are scheduled to appear both days except Mr. Amell and Ms. Gillan, who appear Saturday only.

The Expo’s artist alley will feature some of the comic industry’s top creators, including a rare U.S. appearance by Eisner-nominated artist Ian Churchill. His work includes Coven, Supergirl, Uncanny X-Men and his creator-owned comic Marineman.

Also appearing are Chris Sprouse, co-creator of Tom Strong; the legendary Howard Chaykin, artist of Star Wars, Blackhawk, and The Shadow, and frequent writer and executive script consultant for The Flash TV series. Also, Eisner winner Kevin Maguire, artist of Justice League, Batman Confidential and Guardians of the Galaxy; Eisner Award-winning creator and fellow Texan Terry Moore, known for his books Strangers in Paradise and Rachel Rising; and more than a dozen additional artists.

Other events include adult and children costume contests, special effects make-up workshops, a Cosplay Red Carpet, and hundreds of vendors and exhibitors.

The Irving Convention Center is at 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., in Irving, Texas. Show hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The box office opens two hours prior to show time on Saturday and one hour prior on Sunday.

Tickets are $35 Saturday, $25 Sunday and $50 for a two-day pass. Children’s tickets for ages 5 to 12 are $5, and ages 4 and under are free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Parking is $5, with shuttles provided for extended lots.

Erin Willard
Written by Erin Willard

Erin is the Editor In Chief and West Coast Correspondent for