Battlestar Galactica's Aaron Douglas Headlines Dallas Convention in March

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All-Con is a 3-day convention which provides an umbrella of content supporting fans of Television, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Renaissance, Anime, Cosplay, Costuming, Theater / Performing Arts, Artists, Crafts, Collecting, Model Construction, and Film Making. The annual convention is open to the public from Friday March 7th through Sunday March 9th in Dallas, Texas.

Fans of Science Fiction, Anime, Renaissance Arts, Costuming, Collecting, Film, Television, and even Women's Roller Derby will be converging on the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Addison (Dallas) Texas on March 7th-9th, 2008. Only one event can draw such an eclectic group together; Dallas' extraordinary convention: All-Con.

All-Con's three-day event schedule features Hollywood celebrities and caters to ranges of interest from the general public to fans of the exotic.

Aaron Douglas headlines the line-up of stars from television and film. Battlestar Galactica's season finale revealed four of the Cylon "final five" humanoid models… all aboard the Galactica! As fans prepare to watch the final season, Aaron Douglas (Chief Tyrol) makes one of his final convention appearances before the action begins on the Sci-Fi Channel. Come and meet this remarkable actor at All-Con in Dallas. After season 4 of Battlestar Galactica begins, you may never be able to look at him in the same way again.

Also appearing all three days are Star Wars: Return of the Jedi actors Sean Crawford who portrayed "Yak Face" on Jabba's sail barge and Tim Dry who was the Whiphid in Jabba's palace. Tonya Kay who became "Creature" for season one of televisions Who Wants To Be A Super Hero, and Burton Gilliam (instantly recognizable for the characters he portrayed in epics such as Mel Brook's Blazing Saddles and Back to the Future III) round out the celebrity line-up. All the celebrities will be speaking in discussion panels throughout the weekend and convention attendees will have the opportunity to chat briefly one-on-one with the actors during scheduled sessions. Fans may bring their own comic books, action figures, posters, DVDs, etc. for stars to autograph and every actor will also have photos available.

Participation events at All-Con for 2008 include a Cosplay Competition, 4th annual Ms. Star Wars Pageant, Model and Diorama Contest presented by Wilco! Models, Rocky Horror shadow cast performance, Super Hero Sunday Pageant, Women's Roller Derby Fan Dinner, Discussion Panels, Workshops, Game Shows, Droid Hunt, and the traditional Saturday night Costume Contest which offers a $200 cash prize for the Best-of-Show winner.

Special activities and programming geared for kids aged 15 and under are scheduled for mornings and mid-days. (Persons under the age of 17 must be accompanied by their parent or guardian at all times during the convention.) Families who might not have ever considered attending a fan convention will be treated to a family friendly environment. After 5pm, parental guidance is encouraged.

Among the customary convention events attendees may find themselves in the Art Gallery, gazing into the Video Theater at either Anime or independent films, cheering on their favorite stormtrooper in the Imperial Olympics, discovering newfound treasures in the Dealer's Room, watching late-night Burlesque, or captivated by demonstrations put on by costumers, women's roller derby teams, renaissance reenactment groups, or exhibiting organizations with a myriad of interests. Always a treat, Artist Alley is populated with artisans ready to demonstrate their crafts for your entertainment, amusement, and education.

Participating organizations and clubs for 2008 include Scarborough Faire Renaissance Festival, Assassination City Roller Derby League, Wilco! Models, Mu Epsilon Kappa (UNT) Anime Club, Los Bastardos Rocky Horror shadow cast, 501st Legion's Imperial Star Garrison (Star Wars costuming), the 6th Fleet Colonial Defense Fleet (Battlestar Galactica club), the Austin Browncoats (Firefly / Serenity club), and Galactic Productions (celebrity bookings). Prize support for the weekend is supplied in part by Lucasfilm Ltd., the Sci-Fi Channel, The Sabre Vault, and ADV Films. The registration sponsor for 2008 is NVidia.

For those who desire the full convention experience, the hotel has reduced its rates for rooms booked before February 15th using the booking code of: "ACN". (Friday and Saturday nights the scheduled content runs through 2am, making an on-premise room to retire into a recommended plan.)

All-Con is an annual convention open to the public to attend, experience, and participate. Advance tickets for access all three days are only $25 for adults and $12 for children aged 3-12. Tickets may be purchased at Titan Comics, 3701 W. Northwest Highway in Dallas, or using a credit card at http://www.All-Con.org/tkt.html

Registration forms for the competitions (Ms. Star Wars, Cosplay, Model/Diorama, Super Hero Sunday, Saturday Night Costume Contest), art gallery, and independent film submission, and remaining dealer space may all be found at the main website: http://www.All-Con.org under the heading "Forms".

All-Con, Dallas' extraordinary 3-day convention is March 7-9, 2008 and takes place at the Dallas Crowne Plaza, 14315 Midway Road, Addison, Texas 75001. The doors open at 10am on Friday morning (for 11am seating at the first event) and content runs through 5pm on Sunday with brief closings after 2am Friday and Saturday night for next-day preparations. Celebrities charge a nominal fee for autographs to cover their costs to travel and to appear.

All media contacts, advertising requests, event sponsors, exhibitor inquiries, and general questions should be sent to: info @ All-Con.org where they will be routed to the correct department and responded to within 24 hours.

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