A life size remote-controlled R2-D2 robot roams the festival, humoring fans.(Photo by Anthony Mazur)
By Anthony Mazur
The Texas Comic Fest was held Saturday at the Premier Events Center in Lewisville, bringing pop culture fans from around the area. Many visitors dressed up in their favorite costumes and came to browse vendors and buy comics, toys, and art from others. Artists and fans alike walked around the event space, talking with others and seeing popular attractions.
The Star Wars section gathered much attention, with numerous people dressing up as Storm Troopers, Boba Fett, and other Star Wars characters taking pictures with the visitors. Another feature was a life size, remote control R2-D2 robot, which roamed around the facility, humoring guests. In addition, guests could see the art of Ron Brewer, an art fan whose passion is drawing. At Brewer’s table, anyone could see his partially pencil drawn picture of numerous Star Wars characters. He explained that he videotapes himself drawing his art, and posts to Facebook and YouTube where supporters can follow along.
Further, enthusiasts from other hobbies were in attendance as well. Some came to share their interests in a different form: LEGO.
LEGO and pop culture enthusiast Paul Watson brought dozens of LEGO minifigures, some of which are customized to look like movie characters, which Watson hopes in the future LEGO will create.
“I think it’s good for both parties if LEGO does that,” Watson said. “The movies also have more people to be interactive, and it’s more fun whenever you can be interactive with the movie.”
Many artists show up with their portfolios and offer to sell their work and explain their passion.(Photo by Anthony Mazur)
A fan dresses up as a Sand Trooper from Star Wars. (Photo by Anthony Mazur)
Sunday afternoon - between about 4:35 - 4:45 p.m., an isolated but strong storm brought heavy winds to parts of Lewisville and created minor damage in several locations that we are aware of. It is also reported that there were some power outages.
- In Old Town near Cowan and Main Street, next to the LISD student services building, the winds snapped two utility poles and left communication cables lying in the street.
- At the intersection of Main and Surf/Summit, numerous tree limbs were snapped and a DCTA bus stop was apparently damaged. Trees at First United Methodist Church were damaged, as were trees at Taco Bell.
- Fences were blown down near North Valley Parkway between Old Orchard and College.
- Trees were knocked down near Garden Ridge and FM 407.
Here are some photos: Communication lines down where utility poles snapped at Cowan and Main
Tree limbs down at First United Methodist:
Here's a fence that got blown down on Valley Parkway: (Photo by Lauren Callo)
DCTA bus stop damage:
A tree fell on a fence near Cowan and College: (Photo by Nancy Nelson)
These two trees fell and smashed through a fence in the Garden Ridge and FM 407 area. (Photo by Tovah Prue)
We will update this story with more pictures and further damage reports as we learn of them. Feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on Facebook with your damage reports.
Colin Gilmore and Band will take the stage Saturday, June 13, at 8 p.m., as the final act of the fifth annual Texas Tunes concert series.
The show will be held in the Performance Hall of the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors age 60 and older or children age 12 and younger, and can be purchased online here.
Lewisville residents are able to purchase single-show tickets for $10 each, either in advance at City Hall or on the performance date at the MCL Grand box office. Discount tickets are not available online. Current driver’s license or utility bill will be required to verify residency.
Gilmore grew up in Lubbock, Texas, where he soaked in the influence of such greats as Joe Ely, Terry Allen and his own father, Jimmie Dale Gilmore. He also developed a taste for Buddy Holly and Townes Van Zandt. For the past 13 years, he has used the rich material from these influences and other bands like The Clash and The Pogues to inform the writing of his own songs.
Join KLB and Denton County Master Gardener Ellen Diers for a free and informative class on “Earth Kind Gardening” on Thursday June 11th, from 6:00-7:30pm at the Lewisville Annex Community Room (1197 W Main Street, Lewisville, Texas 75067). Participants will learn about research-proven techniques to provide maximum garden and landscape enjoyment while preserving and protecting the environment. You will learn how to combine the best of organic and traditional gardening principles at home! RSVP to 972-538-5949, or email email@example.com.
Bring your family, friends, and neighbors for this informative Garden Secrets class. Each class will include a question and answer session. Classes are open to all participants (Lewisville residency not required). For more information, contact Keep Lewisville Beautiful at 972-538-5949 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you there!
Keep Lewisville Beautiful is partnering with the City of Lewisville to bring you a variety of classes in 2015. For a full list of upcoming scheduled classes, please visit the KLB website. Please note that class times and locations may vary from class to class.
Two Lewisville High School alumni were drafted in the Major League Baseball draft, also known as the Rule 4 draft, Wednesday. Taylor Munden, 21, was drafted in the 27th round by the Miami Marlins. Blake Rogers, 21, was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 37th round. Both men played baseball at LHS under Coach Mike Campbell.
Munden, the son of Mike and Traci Munden and Kasee Munden, graduated from Lewisville High School in 2012. He went on from there to Marion Military Institute, and then to West Virginia University, where he played shortstop. At WVU, where he graduated this may, he majored in athletic coaching education, and was on two honor rolls and the Dean’s list. Munden earned national attention earlier this year when his no-look flip to second base during a game against Kansas State earned the number one spot on SportsCenter’s Top 10:
Munden will likely begin his professional career with the rookie level Gulf Coast League Marlins or an A-level affiliate like the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
Rogers graduated from Lewisville High School in 2011, and attends the University of Oklahoma, where he is a right-handed pitcher. Prior to that, he played for Cisco College (Texas), and Lyon College (Arkansas), where he was an All-Conference Second Team catcher. Rogers, is a junior, majoring in administrative leadership.
“I’m absolutely excited,” said Rogers. “This is a day I’ve been waiting on for a long time.” Rogers will report to Phoenix on Friday for his physical and mini-camp. He will likely start out with one of the Padres’ affiliated minor league teams such as the Tri-City Dust Devils in the Short-Season A-level Northwest League or the team’s rookie-level affiliate in the Arizona League. Rogers says he has about three to four semesters of college left; he intends to finish his degree from OU, which he says the club will pay for.