Since it began in 2002 with about 5,000 attendees, Dallas Comic Con has been growing, and in 2011, when it moved from Richardson to the Irving Convention Center — closer to the center of DFW and more convenient to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport for out-of-town guests — things really took off.
“All of a sudden, the audience tripled to having 12,000 or more,” co-founder Mark Walters told the Star-Telegram last year. “Then [in] May 2012, we had 22,000, and [in 2013], it was 25,000.”
With that growth came traffic jams — if you got there at the wrong time, it could easily take an hour just to get into the parking lot — as well as crowds at the door and sardine-packed people queuing up for autographs with the likes of William Shatner and LeVar Burton.
In 2013, Walters said the convention would probably have to look for a new venue in a few years — but the change happened sooner than that.
This year’s convention, which runs Friday-Sunday, will be at the Dallas Convention Center (officially the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center), which has a million square feet of space, as opposed to the Irving center’s 275,000 square feet.
Crowds are a given at cons, and this year’s lineup — which include a 30th anniversary Nightmare on Elm Street reunion, a reunion of most of the cast of the cult TV series Firefly, and a Q&A with Star Trek: The Next Generation stars led by none other than the original Trek’s Shatner — has a lot of drawing power. But organizers believe the new venue will provide some additional breathing room.
Dallas Comic Con runs from 4-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. $25-$40 for single-day passes; $79 for three-day pass.
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