Richland student's dreams come true at Dallas Fan Expo

The Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center Dallas was the destination for hundreds of comic, cosplay, and pop culture fans, March 31 to April 2 for Fan Expo, Dallas, also known as Dallas Comic Con. 

Fans came dressed up as their favorite characters to interact and bring their imaginations to life. There were vendors selling comic books, video games and excellent collectibles. Many came to be seen among the celebrities and famous figures from Hollywood. 

The convention included tables for celebrities who were selling autographs and posing for photos with their fans.

Celebrity appearances included Mark Hamill, Billy West, Tim Curry, Adam West, Burt Ward, Rodger Bumpass, Jason Isaacs and Tom Wilson. Even the legendary Comic-Con titan, Stan Lee was there. Now in his 90s, Lee helped Marvel grow from a small-time publisher into arguably the most successful comic house of all time. 

More recently, Lee made guest appearances in the Marvel cinematic universe with the very characters he helped create. 

Lee was the man behind the creation of the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, X-Men and the Hulk . 

It was my first time to attend the Fan Expo. I had wonderful experiences, but autographs were expensive. There were photo-op sessions with the celebrities and legendary figures on the schedule. 

I went to Lee’s photo-op and it was worth the price. Lee is 94 but a legend in the comic book world and for his cameos in the Marvel films. He was devoted to his many fans who came to the convention. 

I also got to meet Billy West, the voice of Philip J. Fry from the animated television series “Futurama.” He also brought vocal life to the red M&M in the television commercial, Doug in the “Ren & Stimpy” cartoon series, and as Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in the modern-era Looney Tunes cartoons.