Star Wars Celebration Adds Lando, Hera, K-2SO & General Grievous

Star Wars Celebration welcomes Billy Dee Williams, Vanessa Marshall, Alan Tudyk, and Matthew Wood!

These new Autographing Guests will be in the Autograph Hall at Star Wars Celebration.  Celebration is very happy to be working with Topps on the Celebration Autograph Hall. For more information on purchasing Autographs and Photo Ops, please check out Star Wars Authentics.

Billy Dee Williams: Lando Calrissian, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,  Return of the Jedi and Star Wars Rebels

Hollywood icon Billy Dee Williams was an exceptional addition to the cast of heroes in the Star Wars universe, backed by his powerful performance opposite Diana Ross in the films Mahogany and Lady Sings the Blues. Appearing in both Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Williams brought the iconic character Lando Calrissian to life on the big screen.

Williams’ career includes roles in the films Undercover Brother, Nighthawks, Bingo Long, Batman, and Bryan’s Song. He’s been nominated for the Emmy and Independent Spirit Awards, and been presented the TV Land and Image Awards for his performances. In the world of television, Williams has appeared on Dynasty, Lost, NCIS, Night Shift, and Glee to name a few. He has voiced Lando Calrissian in video games, television specials, and in Star Wars Rebels.

Vanessa Marshall: Voice of Hera Syndulla, Star Wars Rebels and Rogue One.

An accomplished artist and author, Williams has been nominated for a Guggenheim Award and won an Hallgarten Award, an honor in the art world.

A graduate of Princeton University with a Masters in acting from NYU, Vanessa Marshall plays Hera in “Star Wars: Rebels,” Gamora in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Mary Jane in “The Spectacular Spider-man,” Wonder Woman in “Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox,” Poison Ivy in “Batman: Brave and the Bold,” Black Canary in “Young Justice,” and Black Widow in “Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.” In the world of games, she voiced Olga in “Metal Gear Solid 2,” H.Q. in “Socom II” and Jan Ors in “Star Wars: Jedi Knights II.” She is currently the voice of Freeform, and she has also done promos for CBS, HGTV, and MTV.  As a stand up comic and former “plus-size” model, she also created a one-woman show “Got Phat?” – which ran successfully in both LA & NYC.  See www.VanessaMarshall.com for more details.  Follow her @vanmarshall on Twitter and @vanessamarshall1138 on Instagram.

Alan Tudyk: K-2SO, Rogue One

Alan Tudyk is a multi-dimensional actor whose credits span throughout stage, film, television and voiceover entertainment platforms. Over the span of his career, his films have garnered over $2 Billion at the Box Office.

In 2016, Tudyk appeared in Lucasfilm’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” as the scene-stealing and snarky, security droid, ‘K-2SO.’ Directed by Gareth Edwards, the film grossed over $1 billion at the global box office and is the first live action Star Wars spin-off. He also voiced characters in two Academy-Award nominated animated films, playing the ‘Duke of Weaselton’ in Disney’s “Zootopia” and the rooster ‘Hei Hei’ in Disney’s “Moana.”

Tudyk also stars as ‘Van’ in NBC’s new upcoming workplace comedy “Powerless,” opposite Vanessa Hudgens. Danny Pudi, Ron Funches, and Christina Kirk also star. “Powerless” is the first comedy series set in the universe of DC Comics, where the story follows the reality of working life for a normal, powerless person in a world of superheroes and villains. “Powerless” premiered February 2, 2017.

Tudyk is also the creator and star of the record breaking web series, “Con Man.”Executive produced by Tudyk, Nathan Fillion and author PJ Haarsma, the series was funded via Indiegogo, resulting in a record-breaking $3.2 million donation which had the support of over 46,000 fans from around the world. The second season of the series debuted on Lionsgate’s Comic-Con HQ on December 8th. Loosely based on Tudyk’s and Fillion’s experiences starring in “Firefly,” “Con Man” centers on the post-show life of ‘Wray Nerely’ (Tudyk), the co-star of “Spectrum,” a sci-fi TV series canceled before its time that later became a cult classic beloved by fans. ‘Wray’s’ best friend, ‘Jack Moore’ (Fillion) starred as the series’ Captain and has gone on to become a major celebrity, while ‘Wray’ continues to struggle to find his big break. While ‘Jack’ enjoys the life of an A-lister, ‘Wray’ is the begrudging guest of sci-fi conventions, comic book store appearances and different pop culture events. The series explores these events and all the crazy and real things that happen behind the scenes in the world of fandom. In 2016, Tudyk, along with Fillion, also launched “Con Man: The Game” based on the series. The game allows players to build and host their own comic book conventions and can be downloaded for free on iTunes and Google Play.

Tudyk has shown audiences wide versatility in numerous television shows and a plethora of feature films. Most recently he co-starred in the Jay Roach 2015 SAG Award nominated feature “Trumbo,” opposite Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Louie CK, Michael Stuhlbarg and Stephen Root as well as 2014’s “Welcome to Me” with Kristin Wiig. In 2013, Tudyk co-starred in the well-received Jackie Robinson biopic, “42,” as former Phillies manager ‘Ben Chapman.’ He made his feature film debut in 1998, when he first appeared opposite Robin Williams in “Patch Adams.”

Tudyk’s role in the Disney’s animated feature, “Wreck it Ralph,” garnered him an Annie Award for his role as ‘King Candy.’ He returned to the recording booth to voice ‘The Duke of Weaselton’ in Disney’s Academy Award-winning “Frozen.” He continued his work with Disney Animation Studios voicing ‘Alister Krei’ in “Big Hero 6” and will reprise his role in the upcoming “Big Hero 6” television series on Disney XD. He can also be heard as ‘Ludo’ and ‘King Butterfly’ on the Disney Channel series, “Star vs. the Forces of Evil,” which had its second season premiere on July 11th. Tudyk has also done voice work for many other features, television shows and video games.

His film credits also include: “Wonder Boys,” “28 Days,” “A Knight’s Tale,” “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” “Death at a Funeral” (the original UK version), “Knocked Up,” “Tucker and Dale vs Evil,” “3:10 to Yuma,” “Serenity,” “Premature,” “Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter,” and “Transformers 3.” Additionally, Tudyk motion performed the lead robot, ‘Sonny,’ in “I, Robot” opposite Will Smith.

In television, Tudyk was a series regular on the critically acclaimed ABC comedy, “Suburgatory” and he reprised his role in the Netflix revival of “Arrested Development” as ‘Pastor Veal.’ His work on Joss Whedon’s “Firefly,” has been highly lauded by fans and has gained him a strong cult following. Tudyk also appeared in “Strangers with Candy,” “Dollhouse,” “Frasier,” and “Justified.” He also was the host of “Newsreaders,” written and produced by Rob Corddry and David Wain, on Adult Swim.

Tudyk attended the prestigious Juilliard School in New York and has starred on Broadway opposite Kristin Chenoweth in “Epic Proportions,” played ‘Lancelot’ with the original cast in Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” as well as the lead role of ‘Peter’ in “Prelude to a Kiss” opposite John Mahoney.

Tudyk grew up in Plano, Texas and lives in Los Angeles.

Matthew Wood: Voice of General Grievous, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and The Clone Wars

Matthew Wood has been bringing digital technology to the forefront of filmmaking for over 25 years. As a film and journalism major in college, Matthew realized the potential for blending his creative studies with his lifelong passion for computers, and this innovative edge singled him out. He was invited to join Lucasfilm as a part of the Sound Droid development team at age 17 in 1990.

Through the ‘90s, Wood worked on The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Mission Impossible (1994), Con Air, Eraser, and finally Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in 1997 as Supervising Sound Editor, a role he reprised on both Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

In addition to his work in sound, Wood lent his acting talents to the roles of Bib Fortuna and Ody Mandrell in The Phantom Menace and the voices of Magaloof and Seboca in Attack of the Clones. Revenge of the Sith would allow Matthew to expand his acting in the prequels one giant step further, landing the role of the voice of General Grievous for Revenge of the Sith.

Starting in 2006, Matthew started working on the Emmy award winning Star Wars: The Clone Wars, reprising his role as the voice of General Grievous and behind the scenes as Supervising Sound Editor.  He picked up new voices roles as all the battle droids, Wat Tambor and Poggle the Lessor.

In between Star Wars projects, Matthew supervised the soundtracks at Skywalker Sound on Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood as well as Disney/Pixar’s Wall*E which earned him a BAFTA and Academy Award nominations on both films.

After working with J.J. Abrams on Super 8 and Star Trek Into Darkness, Matthew was the natural choice to supervise Star Wars: The Force Awakens, garnering BAFTA and Academy nominations once again.

Currently, Wood has been very busy as the Supervising Sound Editor on the Star Wars Rebels animated series, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  He is also voicing a main character “Roger” the battle droid on Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures.

For tickets and further information please go to the website: www.starwarscelebration.com

FL – Iron Fist #1 Signing

Artist Mike Perkins (Captain America, Astonishing X-Men, Carnage) appears at Heroes Haven Comics on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 4:00 till 6:00 PM to sign the first issue of the new IRON FIST series!

RSVP on Facebook!

Heroes Haven
4339 Gunn Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618
813-269-8859

Melbourne Toy & Comic Con is March 19th!

Guest at the show…We are featuring Tugg the Superhero Dog. Come meet John Beatty, Barry and Jenni Gregory, Roland Mann , Martin Pierro, Jon Pinto, Tim Proctor, Jess Blais. Over 50 vendors with toys, comics, collectibles and more. Costume contest, face painting, photo booth, kids activity zone and more.

Visit their website HERE!

Dave Filoni Brings the Rebellion to Star Wars Celebration Orlando

Press Release:

Star Wars Rebels Executive Producer and Supervising Director Dave Filoni is headed to Star Wars Celebration Orlando. On Saturday April 15th Filoni and special guests will bring an epic sneak peek at what’s to come in Star Wars Rebels fourth season!

Filoni’s unique talent as a storyteller and filmmaker has added depth and resonance to the Star Wars universe, and introduced countless fan-favorite characters, via the critically acclaimed TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.

From the exclusive reveals, to the always lively audience Q&A, Celebration fans know this panel is not one to miss!

For tickets and further information please go to the website: www.starwarscelebration.com

Big guest list announced for Daytona Comic Book Convention

Lots of guest for all to meet at the April 23, 2017 Daytona Beach Comic Book Convention.

Special guest is Tugg the superhero dog.

Comic Book Guest

John Beatty, artist/ inker/ Marvel / DC / Image / Dark Horse — added 02/10/2017
Bill Black, artist / writer / publisher / film producer/maker
John Crowther, creator and writer of “Rochelle The Teen Cockroach”
Nicola Cuti, artist / writer / editor
Mark S. Dail, artist / inker
Jake Estrada, writer / artist / publisher
Jim Fern, artist / illustrator
Barry Gregory, writer / artist / publisher
Jenni Gregory, creator / writer/ artistist
Viet Huynh, custom action figures
Kevin LaPorte, writer / editor / publisher
Joe Lovece, author
Javier Lugo, artist / creator
Roland Mann, writer / editor
George Moss, design and illustration
Christopher Orta, artist
Martin T. Pierro, owner / publisher / author for Cosmic Times
Monica RavenWolf, artist, illustrator
Joe Rivera, artist/ inker/ Marvel / DC / Image / Dark Horse / Valiant
Richard Savidge, artist
Tim Tyler, artist
Nikolai Volkoff, wrestling legend and collaborator with John Crowther in a new comic book series which chronicles his life.
Jeff Whiting, artist / inker
Jade Woodruff, creator, writer, artist, Bento Studios

Media Guest

King of the B movies Joel D. Wynkoop, actress M. Catherine Wynkoop, actor Tom Antalek, pod cast and radio Super Radio Bros, daily podcast the Riley and Kimmy Show.

Entertainment

Face painting and balloon creations by Fun Faces Balloon Creations

Lots of vendors with comics from the golden age to the present. Toys, action figures, collectibles and more for sale. Floor plan, advance tickets and vendor list along with more info on guest can be found at our web site.
http://daytonabeachcomicconvention.com/

FL – Iron Fist #1 Launch Party

Artist Mike Perkins (Captain America, Astonishing X-Men, Carnage) appears at Yancy Street Comics on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 10:00 AM till noon to sign the first issue of the new IRON FIST series!

RSVP on Facebook!

Yancy Street Comics
9409 US 19 (inside Gulfview Square Mall), Port Richey, FL 34668
727-817-0888

The Darkside invades MegaCon

The dark side of the force will be strong at MegaCon!

Spencer Wilding of Rogue One & Ray Park of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace join the lineup!

www.MegaConOrlando.com

Many More Guests Announced for Star Wars Celebration 2017

Big updated as Peter Mayhew, Daniel Logan & Ray Park just announced for Star Was Celebration in Orlando April 13-16, 2017!

Check the website HERE for all the latest guest announcements!

SPOOKY EMPIRE GOES RETRO AS IT BRINGS EPIC GUESTS TO ITS MID-SEASON CONVENTION

Spooky Empire Retro
NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

SPOOKY EMPIRE GOES RETRO AS IT BRINGS EPIC GUESTS TO ITS MID-SEASON CONVENTION

Mid-season convention to feature exciting exhibitors, celebrities, meet & greets, tattoo festival, numerous vendors and more!

ORLANDO, FL – Spooky Empire, host of one of the most coveted and recognizable thriller conventions in the nation,announces its return to The Wyndham Orlando Resort for their mid-season convention happening April 21 – 23, 2017. The 3-day annual weekend will feature an array of activities including celebrity autographs with meet & greets, Q&A’s led by special guests, and a tattoo festival with more than 25+ artists.

Celebrity guests and highlights include Malcolm McDowell from the classic cult movie A Clockwork Orange as well as Tank Girl and Star Trek: Generations.He will be joining the cast of Rob Zombie’s Halloween withTyler ManeScout Compton and Kristina Klebe. Also in attendance is Dee Snider, rock icon and lead singer for Twisted Sister who will participate in a Q&A hosted by MTV’s Riki Rachtman. Other expected guests include:

  • Joan Cusack from the Netflix series, A Series of Unfortunate EventsShameless and the voice of Jessie from Disney’s Toy Story movies
  • Ernie Hudson of the original 1984 Ghostbusters
  • Shannon Purser from the hit Netflix series Stranger Things and the CW’s new series Riverdale
  • Ryan Lambert and Andre Gower from the classic movie Monster Squad

And many more to be announced leading up to the convention.

The thrilling weekend will kick off Friday afternoon with a special Day of the Dead Processional starting at 12:00 p.m. at Uno Pizzeria & Grill on International Drive. Prior to the procession, walkers will have the opportunity to look like the iconic sugar skull painted on their faces by special effect make-up artists.

Throughout the spooky weekend guests, all dressed in jaw-dropping costumes and cosplay, will enjoy vendors and haunting exhibitors that will offer the ultimate in merchandise including art, movies, toys, props, action figures, comic books, special effects, clothing, and jewelry. The weekend will also include an array of after-hours events for paid attendees on Friday kicking off with a tribute to the late Rockstar, Prince, to commemorate the one year anniversary of his death and Saturday night guests will enjoy a “Rocktail” pool party.

All advance tickets, now on sale, are discounted. Prices increase at the door. In advance, three day passes are $60, one day passes on Friday and Sunday are $30, and one day passes on Saturday $35. VIP Packages are $199 and include early entry to all three days, raffles, T-shirts, autograph line fast-pass, exclusive VIP party access on Saturday night with guest celebrities in attendance. Tickets for children under eleven years old are free.

Rooms are available at The Wyndham Orlando Resort for a discounted price of $119 per night. Rooms can be reserved by calling 1-800-421-8001. Mention ‘Spooky Empire’ for special rate. 

For more information regarding the schedule and to purchase tickets, visit www.spookyempire.com/purchase-tickets.

For more information about Spooky Empire, visit www.spookyempire.com.Follow them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (@SpookyEmpire).

About Spooky Empire

Founded in 2003, Spooky Empire’s Fall Convention has grown to become one of the largest thriller conventions and the dark side of comic con in the nation with attendance increasing each year. Designed to be THE ultimate weekend for thriller fans of all ages, the event allows guests to meet and mingle with their favorite movie and TV stars, buy amazing collectibles from hundreds of vendors and artists, see new and emerging films as well as old favorites, get tattooed by some of the best artists in the world, and take part in one of the largest Zombie Walks in the country. In May 2011, Spooky Empire introduced their Spring Convention mid-season to provide fans with even more fun in anticipation of their Fall Convention. Spooky Empire’s ultimate goal is to provide memorable events for fans to return to each year, a place where they can congregate with thousands of other people with the same interests. For more information, visit www.spookyempire.com.

Melbourne Toy and Comic Con is March 19th!

Join us on Sunday March 19, 2017 for a day full of toys, comics, collectibles, cosplay, face painting, costume contest and more.

Melbourne Toy and Comic Con will be held at the Melbourne Auditorium 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne, Florida.
Admission is $10.00 at the door. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM.

Great guest to meet like Tugg, Blake and Kim Ovard, John Beatty, Roland Mann, Barry and Jenni Gregory, Tim Proctor, Martin Pierro, Tim Proctor, Jon Pinto, Jess Blais and more.
Gaming by Get Your Fun On
Panels and costume contest by Viera Comics
Co-sponsored by Famous Faces and Funnies
See more on the web site at http://www.melbournetoyandcomiccon.com

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