Dallas seems to have a comic, anime, toy or gaming convention nearly every weekend lately. Sometimes there are more than one at a time! Well in early March I attended the Dallas Comic and Pop Expo. It was held in Richardson, Tx at the Richardson Civic Center. This was their first year, and I would say it was a success! I only went on Saturday, but I was very excited to meet Nicholas Brendan. He played Xander on my favorite TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer!
As soon as I got to the convention I spotted my friends Jesse as The Crow and Emily Ann as Raven.
Several other fantastic cosplayers came out to the event, too.
I also saw my friends in the 501st.
The biggest surprise was seeing a tattoo shop set up in the dealer's room. They had some small comic, movie and book designs they would tattoo on you right there for $20! I was tempted to get one but decided not to.
Meeting Nicholas Brendan was amazing! I had practiced a little "speech" to say when I met him. Thank goodness there wasn't a huge line so I had plenty of time to talk to him. I basically said "Well you probably don't remember me but we had several classes together at Sunnydale, but you were always running around with Buffy and never signed my yearbook! So will you please sign it?" He totally played along and pretended we went to high school together!
"Anna - I'm so happy that you've come back into my life. I thought about you like every day since we graduated! K.I.T. Xander" ..Then he autographed it!
(I felt silly because I didn't know what K.I.T. meant so I asked my friend and we decided it must mean "keep in touch")
I am stoked my photographer friend Jack Teague snapped the first pic since mine came out blurry!
His panel was awesome, too! I found the courage to ask two questions during the panel. First was "Were you able to keep any items, props or pieces of the set after the show ended?" Nicholas replied that he did keep a jacket that Xander wore. Although he lost it at an airport once so then he took his stunt doubles jacket the next time he was on set! I also asked if he could play any other character which would it have been. He said no one else could play Spike as well as James Marsters, but out of all the characters that would have been his choice. I thought that was a great answer!
At the end of the panel he told everyone he would do the Snoopy dance! We all yelled WAIT so we had time to get our cameras recording.
After meeting Xander I roamed the rest of the convention. It wasn't large, but there were some great vendor's in the dealer's room.
I also got to meet LeeAnna Vamp who is a beautiful cosplayer and model. I enjoyed talking with her and really admired how down to earth she was.
These two were my favorite costumes at the con! Jim Cummings, the voice actor for Darkwing Duck, was there so this was just too perfect!
To see all my photos from Dallas Comic and Pop Expo visit my Facebook album.
I was super happy to meet Nicholas Brendan at this convention and see several of my friends. I enjoy going to cons out of costume sometimes so I can mingle better. Next up on my blog to-do list is to make a post about my trip to Waco, Tx for the Heart of Texas Comic Con and the Addison, Tx convention All-Con.
This weekend is Animation Celebration in Lewisville, Tx where I will have a table with goodies and cosplay prints for sale. I am also debuting two new costumes! Look for me as Anna from Frozen and Ariel from The Little Mermaid!