The annual Dallas All-Con starts this Friday, March 12th at The Crowne Plaza in Addison (14315 Midway Road, Addison, TX 75001). Of course, MGF will be on-hand to cover the crazy going-ons. As usual, I'll let the professionals handle the event description. According to All-Con's official website, "for three days All-Con provides an umbrella of content supporting fans of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Renaissance, Anime, Costuming, Theater / Performing Arts, Mystery, Art, Crafts, Collecting, and Film Making. To help 'give back' there are several charity events at the convention every year." This year, the festivities include appearances by actors and artists like John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox", Enterprise / "Mike Spencer", True Blood), Anne Lockhart ("Sheba" on the original Battlestar Galactica, Starship Kelvan's computer voice in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek), Larry Hama (Writer/Editor, Marvel Comics / G.I. Joe), Kazushi Hinoki (Manga artist, Japan), and Keisaku Kimura (Indie filmmaker, Japan). There's also Burlesque, Imperial Gladiators, Cosplay, Console Tournaments, Laser Tag, Rocky Horror, Texas Hold 'Em, Ms. Star Wars competition, vendors, and tons of other panels, activities, and contests. Believe me, there's something for everyone. Last year's event was very fun.
You can go here to see a full list of all the panels and activities going on at the con. To register in advance and get a hotel room for easy event access, go right here for more information. You might want to get a room if you're a big con-goer since the days activities at All-Con don't end until 2AM on both Friday and Saturday nights. The "hotel offers special rates to convention attendees, superb room accomodations, an affordable lobby restaurant, and free parking. Six elevator banks move traffic quickly between the convention space and the 560 guest rooms."