Monday, November 3, 2014

You Can't Go If You Don't Know! - December 2014 - (All) 2015 Texas Convention Guide

Here it is!  The start of your official Convention Awareness Project - Texas 2015 convention list (including December 2014)!  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 November 24, 2014

December
North Dallas Toy Show (Dallas, TX)
6-7 Nerdacular Holiday Bazaar (San Antonio, TX)
14 Awesome Comic Book Collector Show (Arlington, TX)
20 Texas Collectibles Expo (San Antonio, TX)

2015

January
2-4 IKKiCON (Austin, TX)
North Dallas Toy Show (Dallas, TX)
9-11 ChupacabraCon (Austin, TX)
17 Eckman's Toy Show (New Braunfels, TX)
17 Texas Collectibles Expo (San Antonio, TX)
17-18 Victoria Comic Con (Victoria, TX)
23-25  Salute to Supernatural (Houston, TX)
24-25 North Texas Comic Book Show (Dallas, TX)
24-25 STCE's Comic Con (Larado, TX)
30-February 1 Southwest Animation and Gaming Expo (San Antonio, TX)

February

6-8 OwlCon XXXIV (Houston, TX)
6-8 Ushicon (Round Rock, TX)
North Dallas Toy Show (Dallas, TX)
7-8 GATO Con (Kingsville, TX)
13-15 ConDFW X1V (Addison, TX)
20-22  Bara No Toshi Anime Con (Tyler, TX)
20-22 Texas Furry Fiesta 2015 (Dallas, TX)
28 Mini A-Kon 8: The Return (Denton, TX)

March

North Dallas Toy Show (Dallas, TX)
7-8 Staple!  The Independent Media Expo (Austin, TX)
12-14 Lone Star Figure Show (Fort Worth, TX)
12-15 All-Con 2015 (Dallas, TX)
13-15 ConComics USA 2015 (San Antonio, TX)
14-15 Permian Basin Comic Con X (Odessa, TX)
20-22 Heart of Texas Comic Con (Waco, TX)
20-22 The Vampire Diaries Official Convention (Houston, TX)
21 Mizuumi-Con 7 (San Antonio, TX)
26-29 AggieCon 46 (College Station, TX)
27-29 TexanCon 2015 (Stephenville, TX)
27-29 Texas Pinball 2014 (Frisco, TX)

April

3-5 Anime Matsuri (Houston, TX)
Eckman's Toy Show (New Braunfels, TX)
North Dallas Toy Show (Dallas, TX)
11 Texas Collectibles Expo (San Antonio, TX)
11-12 MAG Con 6 (New Caney, TX)
17-19 TABLE 2 (Grapevine, TX)
24-26 WhoFest 2 (Irving, TX)
25-26 The 3rd Annual Tyler Paranormal Conference (Tyler, TX)

May

1-3 Texas Frightmare Weekend (Dallas, TX)
North Dallas Toy Show (Dallas, TX)
9-10 Strip-Con - The Web Comics Expo (Plano, TX)
22-25 Comicpalooza (Houston, TX)
29-31 Fan Expo Dallas (Dallas, TX)

June

4-7 North Texas RPG Con (Fort Worth, TX)
5-7 A-Kon 26 (Dallas, TX)
North Dallas Toy Show (Dallas, TX)
19-21 ApolloCon 2015 (Houston, TX)
25-28 Texicon (Grapevine, TX)
26-28 Fiesta Equestria! 2015 (Houston, TX)

July

North Dallas Toy Show (Dallas, TX)
23-26 QuakeCon 2015 (Dallas, TX)
24-26 Dallas Gaming Expo (Addison, TX)
25-26 Classic Game Fest (Austin, TX)
31-August 2 San Japan (San Antonio, TX)

August

North Dallas Toy Show (Dallas, TX)
7-9 Texas Comicon 2015 (San Antonio, TX)
14-15 The Vampire Diaries Official Convention (Dallas, TX)

September

North Dallas Toy Show (Dallas, TX)
25-27 FenCon XII (Addison, TX)
4-7 AnimeFest (Dallas, TX)
11-13 Salute to Supernatural (Dallas, TX)

October

2-4 Omega Expo (The Woodlands, TX)
North Dallas Toy Show (Dallas, TX)
10 Eckman's Toy Show (New Braunfels, TX)
30-31 Wizard World Austin Comic Con (Austin, TX)

November

North Dallas Toy Show (Dallas, TX)

December

North Dallas Toy Show (Dallas, 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.

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.

December
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 jedicole@yahoo.com and let me know the whens and wheres (and website if possible) and I will update this list accordingly.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Points of Interest - "Life Isn't Fair Monopoly" at Roll2Play (Coppell, TX)

It's not a convention, but it is something related to All-Con and a whole lot of fun!  If you are looking for something fun on Saturday night (September 28) in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area.



Check out Roll2Play in Coppell, our favorite game shop here at CAP-TX and sponsors of The United States of Geekdom.  From 7 PM to 10 PM on September 28, 2013, Roll2Play will play host to Mrs. JediCole's variation on Monopoly, "Life Isn't Fair Monopoly"!


"Horatio"
A staple of late night fun at All-Con Dallas for the last six years, I have often described this game as "Monopoly if it was fun to play".  Unique features include dependent children, Welfare, a Lottery, and even the ability to frame another player to go to jail in your place!  Players can go from rags to riches to rags in this unpredictable version of the famous board game.

Mrs. JediCole will be on hand to introduce the game and explain the rule variations as well as run herd on game play.  She will have multiple boards so there will be plenty of room for everyone who wants to get in on the action.  Every player starts with property so game play becomes really interesting late in the game.

If you are in the area on Saturday night you really ought to check out Life Isn't Fair Monopoly, otherwise you will likely have to wait until March at All-Con 2014 for a chance to play.   

What? Life Isn't Fair Monopoly Open Gaming
When?  Saturday, September 28, 2013
             7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where? Roll2Play
             150 S. Denton Tap Road, Suite 111
             Coppell, TX 75019
Why? 'Cause it's fun!

Check out the Facebook page here for more.