From Sep. 14 to Sep. 16, a brand new comic convention made its home at the NRG Center. The convention, entitled the Fandemic Tour, began at 3 p.m. on Friday and featured a large show room of various comic stands, collector booths, etc. But the most important part of the convention was all of the guest who attended. From comic book designers to celebrities, guests of the Fandemic Tour were able to get their “Wow!” on.
Friday featured smaller panels with the biggest one being a panel featuring World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Smackdown General Manager, Paige. At the panel, the former WWE Diva Champion discussed how growing up in a wrestling family initially deterred her from the industry – instead wanting to become a zoologist – before she decided to pursue wrestling as her career. In addition, she discussed how inspirational words from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson before her WWE debut and how she has been handling a forced retirement due to a spinal injury which is similar to the one that former WWE superstar Edge suffered which forced his career to end.
On Saturday, the center was packed with fans as early as 11 a.m. On this day, several high-demand panels were held, such as a panel by Michael Rooker, famous for his roles as Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy and Merle Dixon in AMC’s The Walking Dead, as well as panels from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers alumni Jason David Frank and the groovy Bruce Campbell. In each of these panels, the room was packed with fans excited to observe their favorite actor and have their burning questions answered.
Another notable panel on Saturday was the Guardians of the Galaxy panel featuring Sean Gunn and Chris Sullivan. At the panel, topics such as favorite actor to work with and the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War sequel were brought up. However, despite being asked by the audience — not much was said regarding the controversy over James Gunn, who is Sean’s brother. Although James has not been rehired to direct the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, Sean did give insight on the direction of the film.
“As far as I know, if the movie gets made, they’re going to use his script in order to make it,” Gunn said.
Although production has been “indefinitely” put on hold for the Guardians sequel, Gunn believes that the film will proceed over time.
The final day of the Fandemic convention wrapped up the event with spotlights for Dean Cain, who played Superman in the television series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” and Adam Baldwin from the Vietnam War film “Full Metal Jacket.”
Overall, the Fandemic Tour was an enticing and exciting event that came with many great experiences and shall be a convention that Houstonians should consider when deciding to go to a convention. Although Comicpalooza is a popular choice, Fandemic has made an outstanding first impression in the Houston market.