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Dallas Fan Days Celebrates National Comic Book Day

From Marvel to DC Comics Dallas Fan Days Offers Unique Fan Opportunities


DALLAS (Sept. 19, 2018) – Every year on Sept. 25, comic book readers, collectors, lovers and fans celebrate National Comic Book Day. From Marvel and DC to Garfield and Calvin and Hobbes, comic books have continued to be an influential part of our society’s culture.

First popularized in the 1930s, comic books quickly became an important pillar for creative storytelling. Artists and publishers have turned a simple picture book into a multibillion-dollar industry, providing the source material behind many the of biggest blockbusters and hit television series of the past decade. According to Comichron, comic book sales are up 15 percent from previous years, estimating around $296 million in 2018 alone.

“Comic books have continued to become a cultural unifier,” said vice president of Fan Expo HQ, Andrew Moyes. “People all over the world connect over their love and passion for comic books, and we see that at our conventions year after year. Dallas Fan Days affords guests the opportunity to meet legendary comic book creators, attend workshops and seminars, get their comics signed and meet other enthusiasts.”

Many comic artists and writers have been able to put their passion of comics into a beloved career. Dallas Fan Days, one of the best comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming events in Texas, allows these artists and writers to come together for a bigger purpose – to share that passion with the world.

Some of the world’s biggest comic book creators will be featured at Dallas Fan Days on October 19-21, with hourlong panels of their own. Attendees have the opportunity to ask questions and hear the perspectives of those who shape the industry. The 2018 Dallas Fan Days Comic Artist featured guests include:

Pat Broderick – known for his work on the “Micronauts” and “Alpha Flight” for Marvel Comics, and “Legion of Super-Heroes,” “Captain Atom” and “Green Lantern” for DC Comics, Broderick also penciled Marv Wolfman’s four-part "Batman: Year Three" storyline, which detailed the first meeting of Batman and Tim Drake.

Dave Dorman –  legendary Illustrator best known for his “Star Wars” artwork. He has done illustrations for Marvel, DC Comics and Dark Horse. His artwork has appeared in Batman, Spider-Man, Superman, G.I. Joe, Alien, Predator and Indiana Jones, to name a few.

Scott Hepburn – an illustrator and cover artist for Marvel. He is most known for “Spider-Man/Deadpool” andDeadpool.”

Also appearing at the 2018 Dallas Fan Days are:

Sam De La Rosa – “Spider-Man/Deadpool”

David Angelo Roman – “Rick and Morty”

Lawrence Reynolds – Illustrator

Jeff Balke – Colorist

Ryan Kincaid – Cover Artist

Mohammad Jilani – Illustrator

Kathryn Crenshaw – Cartoonist

Andrew Herman – “Zoe Dare”

Dusk Comics – “Miss Tilney”

Shonuff Studios - Cartoonists

Within Dallas Fan Days is Artist Alley. Indie meets pro in this special area where guests find all of their favorite pencillers, inkers and writers. This is a “must experience area” for anyone interested in meeting the rising stars and the people who work the front lines of the industry. Here guests find it all – comics, graphic novels, limited edition prints and, best of all, original art and sketches! Also located in the Artist Alley area, the Indy Press Pavilion brings a fine lineup of independent comic book, zine and other related publishers.

Additionally, hundreds of retailers from all over will be in attendance specializing in everything comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming. Numerous retailers have exclusive comic book back issues and graphic novels by many of the 2018 Dallas Fan Days creator guests.

Dallas Fan Days, the pop culture extravaganza, is host to tens of thousands of fans at the Irving Convention Center for the three-day event this fall. Dallas Fan Days has a full schedule packed with panels from celebrities, voice actors, anime superstars, comic book creators, cosplayers, internet celebrities and sci-fi, fantasy, horror and gaming personalities, to cosplay contests, gaming and more. This year’s celebrities include: Matt Smith, “Doctor Who;” Karl Urban, “Star Trek;” Jennifer Morrison, “Once Upon A Time” and “House;” Bret Hart, wrestling icon; Jaleel White, “Sonic The Hedgehog” and “Family Matters;” Ray Park, “Star Wars;” Kristy Swanson, “Buffy The Vampire Slayer;” Kevin Sorbo, “Hercules;” Corbin Bernsen, “Star Trek: The Next Generation;” John De Lancie, “Star Trek: The Next Generation;” Jason David Frank, “Power Rangers;” and Breckin Meyer, “Robot Chicken.”

Dallas Fan Days is Oct. 19-21 at the Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, TX 75039. Ticket prices start at $20. To purchase tickets, go to

For more information, please visit the Dallas Fan Days website at and follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. General inquiries can be sent to, exhibitors can contact and questions about tickets can be sent to Fan Expo After Hours is the official biweekly podcast that celebrates all things Pop Culture! The show is available on SoundCloud, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts and Google Play.


About Dallas Fan Days

Dallas Fan Days is an annual comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming event in Texas. It is packed with exciting family-friendly activities, celebrity & comic guests, and much more! The pop culture extravaganza is host to tens of thousands of fans at the Irving Convention Center for the three-day event every fall. Dallas Fan Days is owned by Fan Expo HQ, one of the largest entertainment convention groups in North America. Collectively it hosts over 500,000 fans annually at Fan Expo Canada, Fan Expo Boston, Fan Expo Vancouver, Fan Expo Dallas, Toronto Comicon, Calgary Expo, Megacon Orlando, Dallas Fan Days, Edmonton Expo, Fan Expo Regina and Megacon Tampa Bay. For more information, go to

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No-kill Shelter Offering $50 Discount on Cat Adoption Fees

CARROLLTON, Texas (June 27, 2018) – It’s midkitten season in North Texas and the hundreds of homeless cats and kittens rescued by Operation Kindness over the last several months are ready for adoption. To help these 100 felines find loving homes, Operation Kindness announces “Purassic World: The Feline Kingdom $50-off Adoption Special.”
Thanks to a generous contribution, $5,000 has been donated to Operation Kindness to go toward cat adoption fees at the shelter. For the first 100 cats and kittens adopted, $50 will be discounted from the total adoption fee. The $135 regular adoption fee covers medical exams, spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations and microchipping, but with the discount, adopters will be able to take home their new best friend for less.

“We’re excited about this generous donation, as it will help us get one step closer to finding forever homes for all of the cats and kittens at our shelter during this season,” said Jim Hanophy, chief executive officer.

“Purassic World: The Feline Kingdom $50-off Adoption Special” runs from June 29 through July 15.

To learn more about the cat adoption event or about Operation Kindness, please visit

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Operation Kindness Celebrates National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

Operation Kindness, North Texas’ original and largest no-kill animal shelter, celebrates Adopt a Shelter Cat Month by bringing their Kitten Snugglepalooza sessions to companies across Dallas-Fort Worth throughout the month of June.

With a minimum donation of $1000, DFW companies can schedule their own Kitten Snugglepalooza and Operation Kindness will do the rest! Each Kitten Snugglepalooza lasts two hours, and Operation Kindness’ staff will bring six to eight kittens to an enclosed area of the company where employees can greet and snuggle with the kittens. All funds raised through the Kitten Snugglepalooza will go toward paying for medical care of the animals and for food and supplies to refill the shelter’s Pet Food Pantry.

Kitten season runs from March until October and on average the shelter spends over $1 million in medical costs for the pets which includes cat and kitten care. The care provided by Operation Kindness includes veterinary costs such as vaccines, spay/neuter surgeries and medicine, and food for the cats and kittens.

“At this moment, we have already rescued 150 cats and kittens this year and anticipate rescuing 600 or more by the time kitten season ends,” said Operation Kindness CEO Jim Hanophy.

In addition, Operation Kindness hosts Work Paw Playdate, which brings puppies and dogs to businesses for a minimum $1000 donation.

To schedule a Kitten Snugglepalooza session or for more information, contact Lynn Handley at or by phone at 972-428-3823.


Upcoming Kitten Snugglepalooza sessions:

  • Pet Supply Plus (291 E. Round Grove Rd., Lewisville, TX 75067)-6/18, 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
  • Pet Supply Plus (6060 E. Mockingbird Ln., Dallas, TX 75206)-6/24, 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
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Adopt a “Heavyweight” and Receive a $50 Value

Operation Kindness is giving large dogs – 50-plus pounds – their time in the spotlight with the “$50 for 50 Promotion”! Humans adopting dogs weighing in at 50 pounds or more will receive their choice of $50 off the $185 adoption fee or a “take me home” kit valued at $50. The kit includes a premium dog bed, a 3-pound bag of Muenster dog food, shampoo and a 25 percent discount coupon to Pet Supplies Plus.

Why adopting a big dog is the best?

  1. Swimsuit season is coming: you want to get into shape and a big dog must get exercise. You do the math…
  2. Big dogs are never mistaken for a cat.
  3. Everything is bigger in Texas… and your dog should be too!
  4. Big dogs make great baby sitters and keep your kiddos hands clean before, during and after meals.
  5. A big dog means you never have to bend over to pet your dog.
  6. Bigger dogs = more to cuddle
  7. Big dogs make great fuzzy foot rests and foot warmers in one cuddly package.
  8. Big dogs are always ready to clean up crumbs on the floor AND your counters.
  9. You’ll never hear the words yappy and big dog in the same sentence.
  10. Big dogs mean big hugs and bigger adventures!

Founded in 1976, Operation Kindness is the original and largest no-kill shelter in North Texas. Its mission is to care for homeless cats and dogs in a no-kill environment until each is adopted into responsible homes and to advocate humane values and behavior. In the 42 years since their inception, Operation Kindness has saved more than 100,000 animals. Annually the shelter assists more than 5,000 dogs and cats, caring for an average of 300 animals daily with another 100-150 animals in foster homes.

The $50 for 50 Promotion runs from Monday, April 30 through Monday, May 14.

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The Warren Center's 50th Anniversary Celebration to be held April 21

DALLAS (April 17, 2018)—The Warren Center, a nonprofit agency that advocates for and serves children impacted by developmental disabilities and their families, will celebrate its 50th birthday with a 50th Anniversary Celebration Saturday, April 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Richardson, 503 N. Central Expressway, Richardson, TX 75080. The festive afternoon is packed with family activities, unlimited photo opportunities and catered food, and topped with headlining art activities by Dwayne Szot, founder and president of Zot Artz.

From the Midwest, Szot grew up in a foster home in which his foster siblings had cerebral palsy. As a result, he spent most of his childhood interacting with children and adults with disabilities. As he grew older, Szot developed an interest in mechanics and graphic arts, which led him to attend the Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and later received a Master of Fine Arts from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Heavily influenced by his upbringing, Szot worked with special education departments, hospitals and residential facilities. During this time he invented the first “painting wheelchair,” as well as various adaptive art tools for children of all abilities.

In 1990, Szot founded Zot Artz with a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation. Zot Artz’s mission is to create adaptive art tools for preschoolers, young children, teens, adults and seniors of all abilities and physical impairments, and has curated hundreds of special art events around the globe. The organization also makes these tools available to teachers, therapists, residential providers, hospitals and parks, and is now bringing the tools to the Dallas-Fort Worth community. In the last decade, Zot Artz tools and interactive experiences have been featured in multiple media outlets, including the Huffington Post and PBS.

“We are very excited to bring Dwayne Szot’s unique style of artistic expression to our children,” said Amy Spawn, executive director of The Warren Center. “It allows all the children we serve, no matter what limitations they face, to enjoy art and participate in creating something memorable.”

Presented by Reliant Energy, The Warren Center’s 50th Anniversary Celebration will include countless activities for the whole family, photo opportunities with superheroes and princesses alike, and balloon sculptures. In addition, a special award ceremony will take place during the event to honor community leaders who continue to advocate for children with developmental disabilities.

For more information about The Warren Center or to learn more about the 50th Anniversary Celebration, visit


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Stylists Offering Promotional Prom Packages in April

Dallas (April 16, 2018) – Dallas-based startup Beauty Door Pro is ready to bring salon-grade services right to a client’s preferred location at a budget-friendly cost. With prom season here, the rush to book a salon appointment can be quickly eliminated with one simple click. Beauty Door Pro is offering two promotional packages from now until April 29, just in time for all-things prom.

The basic package, Package Uno, includes full makeup application, the option of a curled or braided hairstyle, and a spray tan. It must be booked two to three days before the event and costs $205. Or a client can select the second package – book their own Spray Tan Party and invite some of their closest friends. The team of stylists will bring the party to the client with a mobile tent and all the supplies needed to create the perfect tan. Tan parties of three will receive tan services at a cost of $45 each. Add four or more, and each tan will be $40 with a FREE tan for the host included.

Since 2017, Beauty Door Pro has specialized in bringing peace of mind to clients who are busy executives, moms and travelers, or anyone with a packed schedule who can’t regularly make it to a traditional salon. With a dedicated team, Beauty Door Pro is able to bring additional services including hair and makeup, lash extensions and spray tanning services directly to a client.

As one of the most convenient and on-demand beauty solutions, a stylist team will arrive ready with all the tools and equipment needed for the day of glam. For more information on these packages or to book an appointment, visit

These promotions are only available to clients who live in Dallas and Richardson areas. For more information on additional services provided, email

About Beauty Door Pro
Beauty Door Pro is a mobile on-demand platform that allows clients to book a stylist for hair, makeup, lash extension, nails and spray tan services on their own schedule. Top-rated stylists will come to a client’s home or preferred location on the day of the appointment and serve the Dallas, Plano, Frisco, Lewisville, Carrollton, Irving, Mesquite, Coppell and Highland Park areas. For more information on Beauty Door Pro, visit or find them on Facebook and Instagram.

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14,628-sq.-ft. Medical Facility to Help Provide a Second Chance to Homeless Pets

CARROLLTON, TX (April 6, 2018)—Operation Kindness, the original and largest no-kill shelter in North Texas, is pleased to announce phase one of the “Build. Save. Love: Creating Hope for Homeless Pets” capital campaign. Phase one of the three-phase $12 million campaign, includes the construction of a 14,628-square-foot medical wing addition to the shelter’s current campus located at 3201 Earhart Drive, Carrollton, TX 75006. Construction on the new medical wing is expected to begin in April 2018 and when finished will increase the shelter’s daily capacity by 24 percent and adoptions by 35 percent.

As the “go to” facility for 47 municipal shelters and rescue groups, who are unable to provide additional medical resources to homeless animals, Operation Kindness is beginning to outgrow its current campus. The highly anticipated $6 million medical wing will allow staff to expand its comprehensive medical care to homeless cats and dogs in North Texas.The new medical wing will include:

• A cutting-edge sanitation system installed throughout the facility. This system will decrease the amount of time spent on cleaning and sanitation and increase the amount of time focusing on the well-being and treating of the animals.
• Separate isolation and monitoring areas to provide adequate space for evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of more cats and dogs.
• Additional screened-in porches for cats and dogs to enjoy the outdoors during recovery after medical treatments.
• A complete administrative office suite, meeting and training spaces

“We celebrate the fact that Operation Kindness has broken adoption records for the past five years,” stated Jim Hanophy, CEO of Operation Kindness. “As an alternative for unnecessary euthanasia, Operation Kindness gladly takes in these animals, but the reality is we have outgrown our space and must expand our facilities. Soon we’ll provide even more homeless cats and dogs a second chance at a happy and healthy life.”

Since its inception, Operation Kindness has saved the lives of more than 100,000 animals and continues to work toward the prevention of animal euthanasia. In 2017, Operation Kindness was responsible for providing care to 5,090 animals and broke adoption records by assisting a total of 4,889 cats and dogs in finding forever homes. The new medical wing, and the future shelter improvements, made possible through the “Build. Save. Love: Creating Hope for Homeless Pets” capital campaign will allow the shelter to continue providing exceptional veterinary care and rehabilitation services to the increasing number of pets taken in by the shelter in the future.

The Rees-Jones Foundation is providing the lead gift for phase one of the “Build. Save. Love: Creating Hope for Homeless Pets” capital campaign to kick-start the construction of the medical wing. The Elsie and Marvin Dekelboum Family Foundation is providing funding for the surgical suite.

To learn more about the “Build. Save. Love: Creating Hope for Homeless Pets” capital campaign or about Operation Kindness, please visit


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Third Annual Day of Giving is April 5

Operation Kindness – North Texas’ original and largest no-kill shelter invites the North Texas community to participate in its Day of Giving. Thanks to a generous benefactor, every gift made on April 5 will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000 to help Operation Kindness save more homeless animals.

The no-kill shelter assists more than 5,000 dogs and cats annually and cares for an average of 300 animals daily with another 100 to 150 animals in foster homes. In 2017, the medical staff performed 23,656 medical exams; 3,140 spay/neuter surgeries; 363 internal surgeries – including orthopedics, internal organs, hearts, eyes and wounds; and administered $200,000 worth of medicine to animals in need. Since its inception in 1976, Operation Kindness has saved the lives of more than 100,000 animals.

Many of the animals come to Operation Kindness from a network of shelter partners consisting of more than 47 shelters that are not equipped to provide the care these animals need to survive and thrive. Operation Kindness receives no funding from the government, instead relies solely on funds from donations, grants and adoption fees to care for homeless pets.

Recently, Operation Kindness received a call about a dog who had been roaming a country property for a few months. The owners of the property noticed her spending more time near a tree, so they investigated and discovered the she had given birth to seven puppies and had placed them in a tree stump to keep them safe. The mother, who has been named Missy, and her puppies were brought to Operation Kindness where they received vaccinations, heartworm preventative, full tummies and love. Missy is comfortable with people and proudly shows off her puppies to staff. Both Missy and her babies will be available for adoption once they’ve received all vaccinations.

Sushi, a four-month-old calico kitten suffering a broken leg was heartlessly thrown away into a dumpster. Fortunately, she was found and brought to Operation Kindness for medical care. The medical team performed the needed surgery to set her leg and is now treating her for an upper respiratory infection and scleral hemorrhage. Sushi is still in recovery, but the medical staff at Operation Kindness expect her to make a full recovery at which time she will be available for adoption.

“We rescue homeless pets like Missy and Sushi every day,” said Chief Executive Officer, Jim Hanophy. “We’ve been taking in many more animals with injuries and illnesses which means our medical expenses are increasing. This Day of Giving and the generous match are vital to our ability to continue to save homeless animals, treat their needs and find them new loving homes.”
Missy and her litter after being rescued!

To donate to Operation Kindness’ Day of Giving or for more information, please visit

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Carrollton Office to be Held March 22

In celebration of 50 years of service, The Warren Center and the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of The Warren Center’s new Carrollton office. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the services offered at The Warren Center and meet with Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce members.

1968, The Warren Center has been one of DFW’s most valuable resources by assisting children and their families, who are affected by a disability, to reach their full potential. With the opening of the new facility, The Warren Center hopes to continue their work and better serve the Carrollton community, as well as providing services to an additional 245 children through this one location. The opening of the Carrollton center will also allow The Warren Center to expand their services to children and families in Northwest Dallas, North Irving and Carrollton who need early childhood intervention and is the third operational center in the DFW area.

Light refreshments will be provided.


Thursday, March 22

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.



The Warren Center’s Carrollton Office

1345 Valwood Parkway, Ste. 302

Carrollton, TX 75006


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Adoption Event to be Held March 20


Operation Kindness – North Texas’ largest and original no-kill shelter



“We’re staying open late to end their wait” – Usually closed to the public Tuesdays, Operation Kindness will open its doors for a very special opportunity for experienced pet owners to meet a select group of adoptable cats and dogs. These are pets that have been at the shelter longer than usual due to a behavioral or medical issue.

Potential adopters will have plenty of one-on-one time with these prospective pets, including dog walks along the wooded trails and gardens at Operation Kindness, or play with the cats in the indoor/outdoor “catio.” Operation Kindness staff will be on hand to provide information about each pet and answer any questions.

Founded in 1976, Operation Kindness is the original and largest no-kill shelter in North Texas. Its mission is to care for homeless cats and dogs in a no-kill environment until each is adopted into responsible homes and to advocate humane values and behavior. In the 42 years since their inception, Operation Kindness has saved more than 100,000 animals. Annually the shelter assists more than 5,000 dogs and cats, caring for an average of 300 animals daily with another 100-150 animals in foster homes.


Tuesday, March 20

4 – 7 p.m.


Operation Kindness 

3201 Earhart Drive

Carrollton, TX 75006


This event is for experienced pet owners who can provide a little extra love to any of these pets. Adoption fees are $185 for dogs and $135 for cats. To adopt an animal from Operation Kindness, adoptee must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a valid, government-issued photo ID with a current address
  • Be able to verify that they can have a pet at your residence