The world is opening up again, and that means the return of conventions and trade fairs like Collect-A-Con, an explosion of popular culture in Frisco from June 26 to 27.
“Collect-A-Con is a place where you can find all types of amazing collectibles,” says event co-founder Cody Wirz. “You can meet celebrities, get autographs, take photos, and meet other fans with similar interests.
It’s a recall engagement for the event, which debuted so numerous last March, says Wirz, that they are getting bigger.
“Our first convention … was so well received by fans and sellers that we had a high demand for a second convention, this time double the size, with double the sellers and double the fun,” says -he.
Wirz, who grew up and still lives in North Texas, collects comics, toys, sports cards, and Pokémon cards – all of which will be on sale from hundreds of vendors at Collect-a-Con, as well as video games, action figures, Funko Pops and associated instants.
“I’ve collected my whole life,” says Wirz. “Collecting is a fun and exciting hobby. It’s not just nostalgic, but it’s about having something that represents your favorite character or player. Plus, hunting for a specific map or other item that you absolutely want is an exhilarating experience – it’s like a treasure hunt. “
Along with an expansive vendor room filled with geeky goodies, Collect-A-Con will host a number of underage celebrities for autographs and photo ops, including Austin St. John and Walter Jones, who respectively play the Red Power Ranger and the Black Power Ranger; Kenny james, which voices Bowser in the “Mario Kart” games; and Brittney karbowski, the voice of Camie in “My Hero Academia” (as well as other voice actors of the series).
An artist alley at the event will feature creators such as Cole Hays, David Sanchez and McClain McGuire.
These aren’t exactly household names (although some work on famous properties), but it can be a good thing for budget-conscious fans who prefer to spend most of their money in the seller’s room. Lesser-known people in the industry also tend to be more accessible and generally have more time to chat.
“Many famous guests will be signing autographs and taking photos for free,” says Wirz. “Other guests will charge a nominal fee for an autograph or photo.”
Wirz says Collect-A-Con was born out of “the market interest has grown dramatically in recent years” and the fact that you often can’t find specific cards or other collectibles in local stores. .
Wirz says the whole event will be family-friendly, so all ages can set their phasers on fun. Kids will get balloon characters, play video games, have their faces painted, and more.
Collect-A-Con will take place at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas / Frisco Convention Center from June 26-27. Two-day passes cost $ 30 for adults and $ 20 for children ages 4 to 12. Individual tickets cost $ 20 for adults, $ 10 for children. For more information, tickets and a hotel discount code, visit the website.