While it’s true that Spiderman may have seen – and gotten past – some marginal jeopardy earlier this month quicker than you can say, “orchestrated by the powers that be,” fans of all things superhero and supernatural will soon be able to soothe their nerdom nerves at the upcoming Houston Fandemic Tour. Beginning on October 18th and lasting until October 20th, the 2019 Houston Fandemic Tour boasts the same mission statement as last year and has this to say about the amazing things in store for all Fandemic attendees:
“It is with great pleasure that we bring the FANDEMIC tour to you. Our core values place you, our fans, first and foremost. Every member of our team is committed to our mission. We pledge to present events that bring the highest tier celebrities, artists, and exhibitors and to create immersive programming that is both fun and educational. Not sure what we are all about? Our mission is simple: take care of the fan; take care of the fan; and, to be clear, take care of the fan!”
Tasked to uphold its inaugural mission to bring “a new comic convention experience” to fans, the 2019 Houston Fandemic Tour has once again made good on that mission statement, this year bringing us another impressive lineup of Special Guests, highlights of which include a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunion of sorts made up of show favorites James Marsters, Juliet Landau, Clare Kramer, and Emma Caulfield; another tour for the Winter Soldier Sebastian Stan; a direct from Diagon Alley visit from the Weasley Twins James and Oliver Phelps; appearances by the “punishing” and reluctant “heroes” Milo Ventimiglia and Jon Bernthal and a smattering of Star Wars, WWE, Terminator, Umbrella Academy, Power Ranger, Boondock Saints, Stranger Things and voice actor stars.
Speaking of all things “Stranger,” to me, the highlight of Fandemic 2019 has to be the appearance of Sean Astin, a legendary actor and a pop culture staple to any astute fan. Stranger still is that Astin seems to be a more low-key draw to this year’s con, featured on the main Fandemic banner, yes, but positioned further from what one might consider to be the “main draws” of the con. Granted, one can understand how it might be difficult to rank the impressive talent roster Fandemic has to offer this year, but with iconic characters such as Mikey from “The Goonies,” Rudy from “Rudy,” Sam from “The Lord of the Rings” franchise, and now Bob “taken too soon” Newby from “Stranger Things” under Astin’s belt – just to name a few of his more well-known roles – it’s hard to imagine a larger draw than this pop-culture powerhouse. OK, yes, he did play, to quote Amy Farrah Fowler, “imposter and fraud” Dr. Greg Pemberton on “The Big Bang Theory” recently, but still… Samwise Gamgee is coming to Fandemic!
Now that my Fowler rant has subsided, we can move from Diagon Alley to Artist’s Alley and the wonderful array of artists offered this year. Artist’s helming the alley range from long-time alum to fresh meat, highlights of which include Arthur “The Zombie King” Suydam, best known for his work with The Walking Dead, Deadpool and the Marvel Zombies franchises; Mike DeCarlo, best known for his work with DC Comics as well as with the Simpsons, Looney Tunes, and Cartoon Network franchises; legendary artist and animator Tom Cook, best known for his work on the He-Man, She-Ra, Ghostbusters, Smurfs, and Scooby-Doo series’; Rodney Ramos, best known for his work with both Marvel and DC Comics; Jim Salicrup, best known for his work with Marvel and Topps Comics on such franchises as The Uncanny X-Men, Fantastic Four, Avengers, Spider-Man, X-Files and Bram Stoker’s Dracula; and Renee Witterstaetter, a comic colorist, editor, producer and writer best known for her work with the Avengers, Spider-Man, She-Hulk and Superman franchises and as an editor for The Sensational She-Hulk series.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Artist Alley and the extraordinary talent that make up the alley every year is one of the main, if not only, reasons why comic-cons are what they are today. So, I encourage each attendee to stop by for a quick “thank you” and a jaw-dropping array of amazing art on display.
As of this writing, full details on all of Fandemic’s programming, special guests and artists can be found below, and remember to check in often for last minute additions and changes:
So, whether vampires and Voldemort vexers make you weak in the knees or you want to wish a fond farewell to Bob Newby, join us on October 18th – 20th at the Fandemic Tour 2019. Still striving to bring a “New Convention Experience” to Houston.
TICKETS for 2019 FANDEMIC TOUR ON SALE NOW!
Fandemic Tour 2019 ~ October 18,19,20 2019
Address: NRG Center | Houston, TX
Website – https://www.fandemictour.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/FandemicTour/
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$40 — Friday General Admission
$50 — Saturday General Admission
$45 — Sunday General Admission
$75 — 3-Day Admission
$150 — Fandemic Fanatic VIP
For VIP Packages visit: https://www.tixr.com/groups/fandemic/events/fandemic-tour-houston-2019-11476
FRIDAY 3PM – 8PM
SATURDAY 10AM – 7PM
SUNDAY 10AM – 4PM
• General Admission to exhibit hall and panels.
• Each paid adult may bring up to two children (aged 10 or under) at no charge. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
• All general admission ticket sales are final. No refunds will be given due to any particular guest’s need to cancel an event.
• Attendees must be present to redeem their purchase and receive a wristband. Wristband will not be replaced if removed. Wristbands may not be shared between multiple attendees.
• Each Admission includes up to 2 free Children.
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