Things I learned from my first Dallas Comic Con

Over the weekend, Dallas Comic Con went down in Irving. Throngs of people wonderfully embracing their comic book geekdom journeyed to Mecca just off 114. Now, there are people who like comics (like me). And there are people who love comics. And love dressing up like characters in comics. I wasn’t blind to this fact, but when I saw this line wrapped around the Irving Convention Center on Saturday, I almost instantaneously turned my car right back toward home.

After talking to a tiny Asian woman dressed as Obi-Wan Kenobi, I learned that my media credentials were waiting for me inside and with her Jedi power, I could bypass the line. And once I was in, all I could mutter in Keanu-Matrix fashion was “whoa.” After about an hour, my head finally got wrapped around what the hell was going on. I expected a crowd. I didn’t expect hordes. And my conclusions began to draw from my Saturday excursion.

—  Rich Lopez

Dallas Comic Con this weekend

Professor X in the flesh

What is likely the Super Bowl for comic and sci-fi fans in Dallas, this year’s Dallas Comic Con looks to impress big time. With guests like Patrick Stewart, pictured, from X-Men films  and Marvel godfather Stan Lee in the lineup, the two-day event is like Nirvana. And we’re kinda hoping to see a bunch of hotties in tight superhero costumes as well.

DEETS: Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd. Through Sunday. $20–$25.  DallasComicCon.com.

—  Rich Lopez