October 5 of this year I attended the Dallas Comic Con Fan Days. Â I wasn’t going as a guest or anything special, just as a fan. Â The main reason for my trip Â was to meet Neal Adams, who was my favorite comic illustrator since I was in jr. high.
Comic Cons ,in my region of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas,Â have been on the decline the last several years. Â I was surprised to see the crowds swarming Fan Days. Â Just to get in the gate took a couple of hours, Â waiting around, as people who had prepurchased tickets streamed in the gate first. Â I do think that the shift of major comic book conventions to emphasize television and movie stars may account for the massive crowds. Â On the comics guest list, in addition to Neal Adams, were Simon Bisley, Â Michael Golden, and Kelley Jones. Â The media list included Ron Â Perlman (Hellboy), Jon Heder ( Napoleon Dynamite) and some cast members from Breaking Bad.
My friend , Mike, from Fort Worth went with me to the con. Â I think this is his second convention, the last being some 20 ago. He was there mainly to see the cast from one of his favorite shows, Breaking Bad. Â He calls the show “genious”. Â He also summed up the Dallas Con with a single word: