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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Fandemic Tour Brought the Fun to Houston

I was invited to Fandemic Tour's first run in Houston the weekend of September 14-16th, and I'm here to tell you, this has to go on your Houston bucket list when it returns!

Fandemic Tour brought a variety of pop culture icons to NRG Center, including several cast members of The Walking Dead (Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Stephen Yeun, and Pollyanna Mackintosh), a Smallville reunion (Tom Welling, John Schneider, and Michael Rosenbaum), legend Bruce Campbell, Guardians of the Galaxy's Sean Gunn, Michael Rooker, and Chris Sullivan, wrestlers Paige and Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Superman Dean Cain, Boondock Saints' Sean Patrick Flannery and David Della Rocca, Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Clare Kramer, and quite a few more.

The celebrity guests could usually be found at their tables signing autographs, but there were also scheduled photo ops where you could have your photo taken with your favorites, and many of the guests did panels upstairs where they spoke to guests about their various projects and answered audience questions. I was able to attend the panels for Michael Rooker, Bruce Campbell, and Sean Gunn and Chris Sullivan. Being the bucket lister I am, I took the opportunity to ask them what was on their personal bucket lists. Michael Rooker said he doesn't have one and just takes life as it comes. Bruce Campbell marked the number one thing off his bucket list when he was able to watch a movie he was in, in the movie theater he frequented. Chris Sullivan wants to get a tattoo. I highly recommend attending the panels, as you can get so much insight into the movies and shows, as well as the personalities of the celebrity guests. I have to say that all of the above I saw were hilarious and highly entertaining, and were also amazing with their fans. Bruce Campbell called one fan's father and spoke to him on the phone, brought a fan on stage for impromptu acting lessons, and told part of a story while laying on the floor. Michael Rooker walked around the room talking to his fans. You just never know what will happen!

In addition to the celebrity guest panels, there were also other panels you could attend upstairs. I attended panels for casting with resin, body painting for cosplay, and a Hamilton sing along with some adorable kids. Not only were the panels a great break from walking around on the main floor, I learned quite a few things about casting and body paint. I honestly think I may have gained a new hobby with making items from a casting mold. That's something for the bucket list for certain!

One of the coolest parts of the convention, to me, were the artists that were in attendance. My husband and I were able to get ourselves drawn as The Simpsons characters by actual The Simpsons artist Phil Ortiz and colored in by Hanna Barbera artist Tom Cook. We also met original Jim Henson cartoonist Guy Gilchrist, who drew my very favorite Muppet, Sweetums, for me. I will treasure these illustrations for ever and already have them hanging on my wall at home.

And of course there were vendors galore, selling a myriad of toys, autographs, comic books, art prints, cosplay items, soap, and more. My favorite were the authors, being the bookworm that I am. I spoke to several and was very impressed at how great their books sounded! I can't wait to read them.

I had an amazing time and am already very excitedly looking forward to next year, to see what else I can cross off my bucket list at Fandemic. Here are some more of my favorite photos from the Fandemic Tour convention! Hope to see you all next year. 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Fandemic Tour Houston Is Coming

Fandemic Tour 
A New Convention Experience
September 14th, 15th, and 16th 
at NRG Center in Houston Texas

There's a new convention rolling in to NRG Center in Houston on September 14-16th, and you are definitely going to want to add it to your bucket list! Fandemic Tour, by veteran comic convention producer John Macaluso, just finished a successful run in Sacramento this summer and will be joining us in Houston for the first time ever.  Get your tickets now!

Comic and Pop Culture fans alike will be intrigued by actors from The Walking Dead, Smallville, Guardians of the Galaxy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, This is Us, Gilmore Girls, and Boondock Saints, as well as WWE's Paige, Lois and Clark's Dean Cain, Green/White Ranger Jason David Frank, and The Evil Dead's Bruce Campbell, amongst others. There will be many artists, creators, attractions and fan groups as well.  A full lineup of guests and attractions can be found at Guest List. Photo ops and autograph tickets can be purchased here.

There will be three main stages to visit while you're at Fandemic. The first stage is where the celebrity guests will be, signing autographs and doing photo ops. The second stage will feature local artists, creators, shops, and the like. The third stage is the live stage which will feature live streaming podcasters throughout the weekend.

In addition to the spectacular line up, attendees will also be able to participate in the Cosplay Contest. Starting at 8pm on Saturday, September 15th Fandemic will feature an on-site cosplay contest hosted by Clare Kramer and Jason David Frank on the main stage. It's free to enter and there will be some really cool prizes to win for several different categories such as Best Group, Best Child, etc. Registration info can be found at the Information Booth.  I marked doing Cosplay off my bucket list years before, and it's so much fun! Don't be shy, lots of people will be in costume!

The popular Drink and Draw event will be held at 7pm and hosted by Clinton Hobart. This event is open to anyone with an admission ticket.

Sunday will be Family Day. Kids 10 and under will be welcomed free with a paying adult. There will be a lot of kid-friendly, socially-responsible programming on the second stage, face painting. a kid's merchandise shop, as well as a cosplay contest just for the kiddos. Be sure to bring the little ones along with you on Sunday Sept. 16th!

Are you as excited as I am yet? Make sure you set a reminder to join the Twitter Party on Thursday September 6th at 8pm CST/9 pm ET. Lots of great prizes, including TWO VIP tickets and more, will be given away and you'll get a sneak peek at the great stuff happening at Fandemic Tour!

I hope to see you all there!