A Comic Book World: 9 Marvelous Comic Book Events in DFW

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Dallas ComicCon’s Fan Days event is coming in October with plenty of amazing opportunities for comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming fans. Before that, there’s the unofficial holiday Comic Book Day on September 25, which fans can celebrate wherever they are. And there are plenty more events in store for comic book lovers in DFW this fall; we’ve scoped out a few for you.

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One of America’s favorite comic book lovers, whose passion has led to success as a comedian, writer, actor and film director is coming to DFW very soon. Head to Denton on Saturday, September 17, for An Evening with Kevin Smith: The Art of Comics.

If you can’t make that evening, you can still check out the exhibit “Heroes in the Making: The Art of Comic Production,” through December. Visitors will explore original comic book scripts, sketches and illustrations that detail both the history and future of comic production. Exhibit admission is free for Greater Denton Arts Council members, students and children under 12. For everybody else, it’s just five bucks.

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Before heading to the evening event in Denton, comic book fans may want to visit Batman Day at Wild West Comics in Arlington. This annual event starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 17, and will feature photo booths, trivia, crafts, a costume contest and free Batman Day comics!

Putting Something On

Also on September 17, the Burleson Art and Manga Festival is an annual event in Burleson that’s been getting bigger every year. This year’s free event features artists, writers, voice actors and cosplayers giving talks, signing autographs and mingling with comic book fans.

Fans of Everything

If you want to actually meet Batman, the original Batman, you have yet another reason to attend FanDays, the fall event of Dallas ComicCon. Their big lineup of movie and television celebrities from various genres includes Adam West and Burt Ward. Look for more comic book guests to be announced for this event being held at the Irving Convention Center October 14-16.

The TV Show About a Podcast

This concept is almost as cool as a show about nothing, and it’s been renewed for a 6th season. Look for the reality series, Comic Book Men, set in a real comic book store, to begin October 23 on AMC.

Feeling Strange?

The next big movie release for comic book fans will be the Dr. Strange movie, hitting theaters November 4 in the U.S. With Benjamin Cumberbatch in the title role and Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, the Marvel Studios work should come to life quite nicely on the big screen.

Digging for Gold

Comic book collectors and enthusiasts will love the North Texas Comic Book Show this fall. Attendees can meed national comic book artists while perusing the thousands of comic books available for sale. There’ll be Cosply too, so don’t miss out on this one, November 5 at the Doubletree Hotel near Dallas Market Center.

Anime North Texas, Fort Worth

Anime North Texas, Fort Worth’s anime fest, gets the action going November 16-19 at the Hilton Fort Worth. Cosplay is a huge part of the festivities that center around anime and Japanese pop culture.

Wrapping It Up

You can wrap up the year at a selection of shows and after parties at Marvelous Nerd Year’s Eve with Stan Lee. All the events are at the Sheraton Dallas from December 19 through the 1st of the new year. After Lee’s announcement that New York will be his last Comic-Con (in October), you’ll definitely want your chance to seem him at this special event.

That’s quite a busy schedule of events from now till the end of the year for comic book fans. Better start getting your costumes and autograph books ready!

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