Steven Yeun, Dave Bautista, Manu Bennett, James Marsters Headline Celebrity Guests At Inaugural Wizard World Richmond Comic Con, September 12-14
WWE® Hall of Famer Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat™, Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Tudyk, Eliza Dushku, Michael Madsen, Jon Bernthal, Michael Rooker, Top Comics Creators At Pop Culture Festival At Greater Richmond Convention Center
RICHMOND, Va., July 7, 2014 – Steven Yeun, Michael Rooker and Jon Bernthal of “The Walking Dead,” Adam West and Burt Ward of “Batman”, Manu Bennett (The Hobbit, “Arrow”), Dave Bautista (a.k.a. WWE® Superstar Batista™, also starring in the summer blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy), WWE® Hall of Famer Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat™ and James Marsters (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Torchwood”) are among the celebrities scheduled to attend the inaugural Wizard World Richmond Comic Con, September 12-14 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. It is the 11th of 16 events scheduled in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and will also feature a top-drawer collection of well-known comics artists and writers and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.
Yeun will appear on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13-14; the WWE stars will attend on Saturday only; the others are scheduled for all three days.
Other notables scheduled include Eliza Dushku (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”), Giancarlo Esposito (“Once Upon a Time,” “Breaking Bad”), Alan Tudyk (“Firefly,” Wreck-It Ralph), Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, “24”), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, “Heroes”), Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk,” “The King of Queens”), Jason David Frank (“Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers”), Sara Underwood (“Attack of the Show”) and the Boondock Saints duo of Sean Patrick Flanery and David Della Rocco.
Superstar comics creators scheduled to attend include Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams (“Batman,” “X-Men”), Ethan Van Sciver (“Green Lantern,” “Flash”), Kevin Eastman (Co-Creator, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”), Kevin Maguire (“Justice League,” “Batman Confidential”), John Tyler Christopher (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “X-Men”), Michael Golden (“Hulk,” “Star Wars”), Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”) and Greg Horn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Avengers”).
Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World Richmond Comic Con show hours are Friday, Sept. 12, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place all three days at the event, with celebrity Q&A’s, the Wizard World Film Festival, comics-themed sessions, costume contest, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Sunday, Sept. 14, is also Kids Day, with an array of activities and programming specially designed for the younger Wizard World fans.
Richmond Comic Con is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor, often stopping by the Show Stage, the ideal place to see and be seen.
For more on the 2014 Wizard World Richmond Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-richmond.html.
About Wizard World:
Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.
The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.
Wizard World 2014 Schedule
January 24-26 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
February 7-9 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
March 7-9 – Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con
March 28-30 – Wizard World Louisville Comic Con
April 4-6 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
May 2-4 – Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con
May 30-June 1 – Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con
June 19-22 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 1-3 – Wizard World San Antonio Comic Con
August 21-24 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 12-14 – Wizard World Richmond Comic Con
September 26-28 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
October 2-4 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
October 31-November 2 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
November 7-9 – Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con
November 21-23 – Wizard World Reno Comic Con
July 18, 2013 by Joe Fauvel
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Danny Glover added to Rhode Island Comic Con
We are honored to add a movie legend to this years Rhode Island Comic Con Danny’s career has been legendary in such films as the Lethal Weapon series, Predator 2, Saw, The Color Purple, 2012 and so much more!
The Biggest Power Rangers Reunion on the East Coast with Jason David Frank, David Yost, Walter Jones, Catherine Sutherland, Robert Axelrod, Barbara Goodson, Kerrigan Mahan, Paul Schier and Jason Narvy!
WARNER BROS. CONSUMERPRODUCTS LAUNCHES NEWMERCHANDISE LINE BASED ON DCCOMICS 1960’S BATMAN CLASSICTELEVISION SERIES
Kick-Off Event Co-Hosted with Junk Food Clothing and Celebrated with Iconic Adam West, The Original Batmobile, Celebrity Batman Fans and New Product Offerings at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood
Burbank, Calif. – March 22, 2013 — Holy Merchandise, Batman!! Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) officially launched the highly anticipated Batman Classic Television Series licensing program, inspired by the classic DC Comics 1960’s Batman television show, last night at an exclusive event co-hosted with Junk Food Clothing at the famed comic store mecca Meltdown Comics in Hollywood. Leading the impressive roster of licensees supporting the program, Junk Food Clothing, celebrity-favored designer of fashionable t-shirts, unveiled its capsule collection which includes a range of men’s and women’s t-shirts featuring live-action imagery and inspired graphics from the show. The exclusive apparel collection is available at Meltdown Comics or www.junkfoodclothing.com.
Summoned by the Bat-Signal onto the black carpet was the classic Batman, the Bright Knight himself, Adam West, one of the most celebrated Caped Crusaders and star of the classic television series, along with celebrity Batman fans including DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee, musician Chris Daughtry, 90210’s Rumer Willis, Splash’s Katherine Webb,The Neighbors’ Tim Jo, The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun,Arrow’s Colin Donnell, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Antonio Sabato, Jr., The Twilight Saga’s BooBoo Stewart, The Office’s Melora Hardin, Baby Daddy’s Chelsea Kane, Haven’s Kate Kelton, graffiti artist David Choe, KROQ’s Ralph Garman, Glee’s Josh Sussman, Shrek’s (Broadway adaption) Stephen Kramer Glickman and celebrity DJ Caroline D’Amore kept the crowd going as she set the tone for the event.
“There are so many great and varied iterations of Batman over the storied history and it’s exciting to see a product line, the likes of which we haven’t seen in decades, brought to life for both long-time fans of the Batman Classic TV Series as well as for a new generation of fans,” said Brad Globe, president, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “We are proud of our partnership with Junk Food and the incredible roster of partners including Mattel, Rubie’s Costumes, Mezco, New Era and so many more, who have re-created the characters and creative elements that made the legendary show a pop-culture phenomenon.”
“This TV series introduced a whole new generation to Batmanand I am so proud to have been a part of that phenomenon. Events like this remind us all of the legacy of the show and its staying power for generations to come; and it’s fun to playBatman,” said Adam West.
The new licensing and merchandising program brings to life some of the most celebrated elements of the 1960’s Batman Classic Television Series, including the dynamic duo ofBatman and Robin as well as an arsenal of archenemies such as The Penguin, The Joker and The Riddler, as well asBatman’s famous high-tech gadgetry and, of course, theBatmobile.
On display during the event, guests received a first-hand look at new products inspired by the television series, including the Mattel 2013 San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive – a six-inch Figure Batusi Batman from the BATMAN™Classic TV Series line. Mattel also showcased its line-up of never-before-seen six-inch Figure of The Joker, along with the six-inch Figure Assortment of Batman, Robin, The Riddler, The Penguin,Surfing Batman and a collector’s BATMAN™ Classic TV Series Batmobile, as well as the Mattel® vintage-styled Batman Ken® and Catwoman Barbie® Doll. Other partners showcasing product at the event included Rubie’s Costume Co. with their deluxe Batgirl, The Riddler and Catwomancostumes for adults; Mezco with Batman and Robin – in their signature Batmobile, along with The Joker and The RiddlerMez-itz mini-figures; CSS Industries with gift-tags and stationery; and Mead’s 2014 wall calendar inspired by the show. New Era also offered three new, limited-edition caps inspired by the Batman Classic Television Series and available exclusively at Meltdown Comics.
Comic book fans also got a special treat when DC Entertainment unveiled art for its all-new digital comic book series BATMAN ’66, launching in summer 2013. Inspired by the classic TV series, the digital comic book features many fan-favorite characters like Catwoman, The Riddler, The Jokerand, of course, the dynamic duo of Batman and Robin. Written by Jeff Parker, the series will feature cover art by Michael Allred and the first issue will be drawn by Eisner Award winner Jonathan Case. BATMAN ’66 will also be collected and available for sale in monthly print issues.
“The juxtaposition of offering a retro BATMAN ’66 comic as a current and modern digital first title is fun,” stated DC Entertainment President, Diane Nelson. “DC Entertainment is the most prolific producer of digital first comics and, as we work to create new and compelling content, this is a great way to also preserve the legacy of our characters. It’s exciting to roll out the new BATMAN ’66 comic as part of this bigger initiative with our Warner Bros Consumer Product partners.”
Artifacts from the original Batman Classic TV Series were featured during the event, including the original iconicBatmobile, as well as authentic pieces from Comisar Collection that provided the “Robin” costume as worn by actor Burt Ward, the original Bat-Shield that Batman and Robinfrequently used to protect themselves from their foes, the Bat-Phone from the Batmobile and the Bat-O-Rang prop used by Robin throughout the series. In addition, guests had the opportunity to hang out in a replica of the famous Batcave as depicted in the classic television series.
About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.
About Junk Food Clothing
Junk Food came onto the scene in 1998 as the original vintage t-shirt company, creating and forever changing the premium t-shirt market. Known for its soft, comfy fabrics and witty art, Junk Food is a celebrity favorite carried throughout the top stores throughout the world. Also a licensing powerhouse, Junk Food has distribution rights to over 800 pop-culture properties across multiple categories including rock & roll, characters, movies, sports, and foods. The brand continues to pave the way for innovation in the fashion industry. From recently launching their first retail stores as QR code walls to creating the first ever t-shirt allowing consumers to register to vote by scanning the graphic with their smartphones, Junk Food is revolutionizing the use of technology in fashion and culture; www.junkfoodclothing.com,www.facebook.com/junkfoodclothing.
About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games.Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world. In January 2012, DC Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner divisions, launched We Can Be Heroes—a giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League super heroes—to raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.
BATMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.
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ADAM WEST, BURT WARD AND JULIE NEWMAR TO REUNITE AT THE CHICAGO COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO
Catwoman Will Join Batman and Robin for Autographing and Panel Appearance!
Norwalk, CT, January 9, 2013: Noted actors Adam West and Burt Ward, who created the roles of Batman and Robin in the 1960′s Batman TV series, will appear at this year’s Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) along with legendary actress Julie Newmar who famously appeared as Catwoman in the same series. The three actors will be reunited at C2E2 where they will be Spotlight Entertainment Guests appearing together on a panel as well as signing in the Autographing Area for all three days of the show. C2E2, which is organized by the producers of New York Comic Con (NYCC), is a celebration of pop culture embracing timeless products and creations and attracting famous and successful artists, creators, writers, actors and musicians from every walk of life. Organizers recently announced that the multi-talented artist Kevin Smith will be making a special appearance at C2E2 this year where he will appear in an exclusive engagement at the show.
C2E2 is the largest pop culture event to take place annually in the Midwest and show officials are anticipating that this year’s event will be the biggest since it was launched in 2010. C2E2 will be held April 26 – 28 in the West Building at McCormick Place Convention Center.
In addition to his role as Batman, Mr. West has made nearly 50 other movies and has had starring roles in several TV series including The Detectives, The Last Precinct, and The Clinic. Notably, he is currently recognized for his voice work playing the fictionalized character Mayor Adam West on the animated series Family Guy. Burt Ward has had numerous acting jobs and has appeared in several reunions with co-star Adam West through the years. Ward is also tirelessly devoted to rescuing dogs and both he and his wife operate the largest giant breed dog rescue in the world, Gentle Giants Rescue. Ms. Newmar is a Tony Award-winning stage actress widely known to a generation of TV viewers for her guest-starring appearances in many iconic TV programs in the 1960′s and 70′s including The Monkees, Columbo, Get Smart, Star Trek, F Troop and The Beverly Hillbillies, among many others. She is widely credited for creating the quintessential Catwoman in the Batman TV Series.
“Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar enjoy an immense following in the pop culture community and we are proud to be making this early announcement about their appearance at C2E2,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2. “We will be revealing many more guests in the coming months all of whom will reflect the range and diversity of our audience and the depth of our programming. Our goal is to bring together top talent from many fields who have one thing in common – they are loved and respected by the pop culture community. Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar certainly meet this criteria and I am grateful to them for agreeing to be at our show for three full days.”
Tickets for C2E2 are currently on sale at www.C2E2.com. Anyone interested in exhibiting at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo should contact Larry Settembrini, Larry@ReedPOP.com. Many more guests and activities will be announced in the months ahead and fans should keep their eyes on C2E2′s website for additional comics and entertainment announcements.
ADAM WEST: Adam West is a true American icon. From his humble beginning on a wheat ranch in Walla Walla, Washington, Adam skyrocketed to fame in Hollywood, pursuing an extraordinary career in entertainment that has spanned half a century. His role as Batman in the classic television series and feature of the same name continues to be seen throughout the world more than 40 years after its debut. While Batman, and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, remains his signature role, Adam has a multitude of motion picture, theater, and TV credits to his name.
He has made nearly 50 movies, including starring or co-starring roles in Drop Dead Gorgeous, The New Age, The Young Philadelphians, An American Vampire Story, Soldier in the Rain, Robinson Crusoe on Mars, and Nevada Smith.
He has had starring roles in several TV series other than Batman, including The Detectives, The Last Precinct, and The Clinic. His theater credits include Volpone at the Mark Taper Forum at the Los Angeles Music Center.
Adam West has also lent his voice to animated characters in such well-known series as Family Guy, The Simpsons, Rugrats, Batman, Animaniacs, Jonny Bravo, Spydogs, The Super Adventure Team, and many others. His voice-over work in animated film includes the roles of “Ace, Hollywood Chicken Little” in Disney’s Chicken Little, and “Uncle Art” in Disney’s Meet the Robinsons. In 2000, he also contributed the voice of “Leonard Fox” to the animated short, Redux Riding Hood, which went on to win an Academy Award nomination.
Adam West is the author of two books, Back to the Batcave and Climbing the Walls. He lends his support to numerous charities and won $250,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, on behalf of an organization supporting underprivileged women and children in Idaho. Adam splits his time between homes in Palm Springs, California, and Ketchum, Idaho.
More than 50 years after starting his career in Hollywood, Adam West continues to work consistently in TV and film. His most recent work includes a guest starring role on the hit series 30 Rock and a viral video for Funny or Die. His undeniable talent and unique brand of humor have become truly iconic in entertainment and he continues to entertain fans around the world.
BURT WARD: At the age of 20, Ward auditioned for the part of Robin. After beating out over 1,100 other kids for the part, Ward was cast alongside Adam West in the title role, and the two would go on to become pop culture icons. First airing as a mid-season replacement, Batman took the ratings – and world – by storm with its vivid colors and larger than life villains, played by some of the biggest names in Hollywood.
The series went on to produce 120 episodes and a full length feature film. The multi-level appeal of the show made it a life-long favorite for fans young and old. The show still airs today in 50 countries worldwide. Burt Ward and Adam West quickly became household names and remain that way today.
Today, Burt and his wife operate the largest giant breed dog rescue in the world, Gentle Giants Rescue. Over the past 18 years, they have rescued over 14,000 dogs. Having dedicated his life to saving the lives of thousands of dogs, it really shows that Burt Ward has gone from the “Caped Crusader” to the “Canine Crusader”.
JULIE NEWMAR: Born in Hollywood … known for being the quintessential Catwoman. Julie Newmar dropped out of college to become a choreographer/ dance director for Universal Studios. Her early appearances are often seen on YouTube, including her role as the golden statue-come to-life in the film Serpent of the Nile. She was next cast as one of the brides in the classic MGM musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Like her mother, a former Ziegfeld girl, Julie made the New York stage her next horizon at age 19.
She soon became an overnight sensation as the one and only Stupefyin’ Jones in Li’l Abner. Julie would recreate the same role on Broadway 42 years later, in the same costume. Subsequent to the original performance, her legs were insured for 10 million dollars (not however, in the event of theft).
Julie won a Tony for her acting role on Broadway in the hit comedy Marriage-Go-Round, and she was immediately accepted by the prestigious Actors Studio. Loving dance, she continued to star in Bob Fosse’s musicals on and off Broadway. She toured nationally with Joel Grey in Stop the World I Want to Get Off.
She guest-starred in many now-favorite TV episodes, on shows such as The Monkees, Columbo,Love American Style, Get Smart, Star Trek, F Troop, The Beverly Hillbillies, Twilight Zone andRoute 66. The part she’s most fondly remembered for is Catwoman, in the original Batmantelevision series.
In 1995, Universal Pictures and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment produced a movie named after her, To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar. In the film, Julie appeared as herself.
With cutting-edge sensibility, Julie retrained herself into the Internet world of social media. Active on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/
An avid gardener, Julie’s gardens are renowned. There is a rose, daylily and begonia named after her. See: http://JulieNewmar.com/videos/
Julie has a handicapped son who “sparks love and a high level of creativity” in her life.
ABOUT REEDPOP: ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime & East, Star Wars Celebration and the UFC Fan Expo. In 2013 ReedPOP will add Star Wars Celebration Europe and PAX Australia to its rapidly expanding portfolio of international events. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.
Edmonton Expo Guest Line Up Change
Holy bad back, Batman! A guest lineup change and a personal message from Adam West himself:
“Adam West here…a crazy thing happened a few months ago in the bat cave: Bane broke my back and cracked three of my vertebra. Unfortunately, last week while I was in New York my back was re-injured. It is with a heavy heart that I’m making my first cancellation in 47 years of appearing at conventions.
…I’m quite jealous of my good friend Burt, who will now be joined by the Feline Fatale Julie Newmar, Supernatural’s Misha Collins, and the 6 million dollar man himself, Lee Majors.”
Special Guests, including: Lee Majors (The Six Million Dollar Man), Julie Newmar (Classic Catwoman), Burt Ward (Classic Robin), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian in Star Wars; Harvey Dent in Tim Burton’s Batman), Nichelle Nichols (Lieutenant Uhura in Star Trek), Casey Orr & Chuck Varga (horror shock-rock Musicians in GWAR), Dave Lawrence (FUBAR), Chris Claremont (Writer X-Men franchise), Mike Grell (CW’sArrow), Jewel Staite (Serenity, Firefly, L.A. Complex), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase in Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)…and more!
What: Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo
Where: Edmonton EXPO Centre; Hall E, 7515 – 118 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB
When: Saturday Oct 20 – Sunday Oct 21, 2012
10am to 6pm Saturday, 10am to 5 pm Sunday
About Edmonton Expo:
Supernatural to The Six Million Dollar Man and Buffy the Vampire Slayer…they are all going to be at Edmonton’s first comic-con October 20-21. This celebration of comics, gaming, anime, horror, and sci-fi will unite nerds of all-ages in the City of Champions to enjoy a weekend of costume roleplaying to artist alley and author panels www.edmontonexpo.com
Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo Welcomes Adam West, Burt Ward, Chris Claremont, and Lots More in October 2012
Date Reminder: Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo October 20-21
What: Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo
Where: Edmonton EXPO Centre; Hall E, 7515 – 118 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB
When: Saturday Oct 20 – Sunday Oct 21, 2012
10am to 6pm Saturday, 10am to 5 pm Sunday
Classic Batman to Buffy the Vampire Slayer…they are all going to be at Edmonton’s first comic-con October 20-21. This celebration of comics, gaming, anime, horror, and sci-fi will unite nerds of all-ages in the City of Champions to enjoy a weekend of costume roleplaying to artist alley and author panels.
Special Guests, including: Adam West (Classic Batman), Burt Ward (Classic Robin), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian in Star Wars; Harvey Dent in Tim Burton’s Batman), Nichelle Nichols (Lieutenant Uhura in Star Trek), Casey Orr & Chuck Varga (horror shock-rock Musicians in GWAR), Dave Lawrence (FUBAR), Chris Claremont (Writer X-Men franchise), Mike Grell (CW’s Arrow), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase in Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)…and more!
About Calgary Expo PRODUCTION TEAM
Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo is a non-profit organization showcasing pop culture including comics, sci-fi, gaming, anime, and horror. Since 2006, the convention has grown to host over 60,000 attendees in 2012 and is Canada’s second largest pop culture convention. Calgary Expo April 26 – 28, 2013 at BMO Centre, Stampede Park, in Calgary, AB, Canada. www.calgaryexpo.com
Batman to Star Wars Come to New Edmonton Expo
October 20-21, 2012
Edmonton Expo 2012 is a new pop culture convention produced by the team behind Canada’s second largest comic-con, the Calgary Expo and the founder of the long-running Edmonton Collectible Toy & Comic Show. The City of Champions will now host its own all-ages comic-con and unite fans of film, TV, comics, gaming, anime, horror, and sci-fi. Celebration of all things pop culture! The Edmonton Expo will also be offering workshops and panels.
Special Guests Include: Iconic Adam West from classic ‘Batman’ to the voice of ‘Quahog’s Mayor’ on Family Guy and pow! recently got his Hollywood Walk of Fame star; and Billy Dee Williams who is best known as the roguish ‘Lando Calrissian’ in the Star Wars trilogy and ‘Harvey Dent’ in Tim Burton’s Batman. Full guest line up to be announced in coming weeks.
”So many people have a passion for pop culture and we here at the Calgary Expo felt it was about time to bring some of that passion to Edmonton, ”states Kandrix Foong, event director Edmonton Expo. ”Adam and Billy are icons in pop culture with careers spanning over fifty years, and we are very proud to bring them to Edmonton heroes in a City of Champions. ”
Where: Edmonton EXPO Centre, Hall E; 7515 – 118 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB
When: Saturday, October 20, 2012 – Sunday, October 21, 2012
10am to 6 pm Saturday, 10am to 5 pm Sunday
Tickets on Sale: Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 10am MST
The June 9 & 10 Super Mega Show features BATMAN & X-MEN stars and reunions!
The Dynamic Duo, Adam West (Batman) & Burt Ward (Robin), will come together with Lee Meriwether (Catwoman) in a rare appearance not to be missed.
X-MEN stars Kelly Hu (Lady Deathstrike) and Daniel Cudmore (Colossus) round out the lineup of heroes & villians at this years mega event!
Herb Trimpe (Incredible Hulk) and Pablo Marcos (Conan) are the comic artist Guests of Honor.
For more info and tickets www.supermegashow.com
Adam West receives his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. with special guests Ralph Garman and Seth McFarlane at 6764 Hollywood Boulevard in front of The Guinness World of Records Museum.*
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will honor Adam West with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. “We are thrilled to honor Adam with this prestigious award. Fans have been waiting for this special day for many years. Adam West fired up the billion dollar Batman franchise: the golden years and the classic Batman, the Bright Knight. He deserves his place of honor on our famed Walk of Fame,” said Leron Gubler, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO.
During the span of a 50-year career, from Batman to the voice of Quahog’s Mayor on Family Guy, Adam West has become a television icon.
Born in Walla Walla, Washington as William West Anderson , Adam began his career as a radio DJ and TV show host. He arrived in Hollywood in 1959, after landing a contract with Warner Brothers studios. That same year, he made his feature film debut opposite Paul Newman in The Young Philadelphians.
A long line of TV roles followed on shows like Maverick, Bonanza and The Outer Limits, as well as a co-starring role for a season on The Detectives.
But, in 1965, his life would change forever when producer William Dozier, impressed by Adam’s talent, looks and humor, handpicked him to take on the title role of ABC’s new TV series, BATMAN.
It’s been said the biggest pop-culture phenomena of the 1960’s can be boiled down to the “Three B’s”: Beatles, Bond, and BATMAN. In the early 1960’s, Batman was simply a cartoon character in a comic book that was close to cancellation, but Adam West’s performance in the ground-breaking TV adaptation propelled Batman into becoming one of the most-famous characters in modern fiction. West’s turn as the “classic” Batman has laid the foundation for the success of all the incarnations of the “Caped Crusader” that have followed after him. The smash success of the TV series, and the feature film that followed shortly thereafter, launched Adam West into international superstardom in 1966.
After its original run, BATMAN entered into non-stop syndication and Adam West has continued to garner new generations of fans all over the world for the past 40 years. All the while, he’s continued to work on stage, in movies and TV, and as a much sought-after voice actor.
It’s his wildly successful career as a voice actor that has brought him his most recent triumph as “Mayor Adam West” on the hugely popular, and critically-acclaimed, TV series Family Guy on the Fox network. Family Guy airs on Sunday evenings on FOX and fans can enjoy more from Family Guy with never-before-seen footage and extras when Volume 10 releases on DVD this Fall. Also this spring, fans can interact with Mr. West as he reprises his role as Family Guy’s Mayor Adam West, but this time in a virtual format in Twentieth Century Fox’s upcoming Family Guy Online game.
For the past 50 years, Adam West has not only been an international television star, but also a devoted father and husband, philanthropist, and dedicated ambassador of goodwill for the entertainment industry as he greets hundreds of thousands of his fans during personal appearances all over the globe.
*Special Note: Adam West has a Guinness World Record!
MOST APPEARANCES AS BATMAN:
Adam West has made 156 individual screen appearances as Batman, including 120 episodes of the 1966-68 Batman TV series and its accompanying feature film, numerous voiceover performances for animated series and TV movies, and the computer generated video short Batman: New Times’ in 2005.
Kevin Conroy, who has voiced the character in animated series and films since 1993, has notched up 118 appearances, putting him in 2nd place, and Olan Soule, who provided Batman’s voice during the 70s and 80s, comes in at 3rd place with 68 separate appearances.”
For more information and to view who shares a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, visit www.walkoffame.com