April went out with a bang as the North Texas Comic Book Show thrilled bargain-hunting fans, autograph hounds and cosplay enthusiasts. Guests enjoyed browsing the dealer's rooms, chatting with artists, taking photos with cosplayers and commissioning sketches from their favorite artists.
The event took place at the DoubleTree Hotel near downtown Dallas, Texas. Convention guests included Jai Nitz and Phil Hester, the writer and artist responsible for the current El Diablo character featured in the new Suicide Squad movie. Also in attendance were artists Don Kramer of Batman and Wonder Woman fame; Alvin Lee the co-creator of Agent X and recently from Marvel's Deadpool book; and Brent Peeples who is the artist behind the new Gold Key Alliance from Dynamite.
|Michael sits down with Jai Nitz and Phil Hester - interview coming soon!|
The night ended with a family-friendly after-party featuring a magic show by Lady Amaraldi dressed as Zatanna, a Star Wars trivia contest, and grooving beats provided by the Harley Quinn-clad DJ Veonix.
NTX Comic Book Shows draw smaller crowds than the big conventions, but occur more frequently. "We like them to be smaller. You get to meet the artists one-on-one and have a personal experience without ten people pushing you from behind," said Chris Latshaw of NTX Shows.
The fans that made it out Saturday consisted of bargain hunters and cosplay enthusiasts. Batman, Deadpool and anything in the "dollar-a-book bins" were the big sellers in the two large dealer rooms. Those price conscious shoppers didn't dim the enthusiasm of the dealers, as several confided those sales are their "bread and butter".
|Michael's haul, surely to be found in a Crapbox of Son of Cthulhu review in the near future - stay tuned|
Brian Hughes, co-host of the 3rd Degree Byrne podcast took his whole family. Toting around a huge stack of books with his wife, daughter and son, he praised the show, "We had a lot of fun at the con. There were a number of good deals to be made on comics and plenty of other items." The bargains were so good, Hughes made some purchases he wasn't expecting. "While I already owned a bunch of the books I bought today, I could not pass up the dirt cheap prices."
When the NTX show returns in July I'm certain he won't be alone in seeking out good books at great prices.
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