Avery Brooks and Colin Ferguson Slated to Appear at the Away Mission: Orlando Sci- Fi Convention October 5-7, 2012

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Avery Brooks and Colin Ferguson Slated to Appear at the Away Mission: Orlando Sci- Fi Convention October 5-7, 2012

 Tenured professor at NYU, Brooks will commemorate the 20th anniversary of DS9 with his fans at the Hilton Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando and join a host of other sci-fi guests.

 Also attending is Colin Ferguson from the wildly popular SyFy channel original series Eureka. Plus the great hotel rate has many patrons staying a couple of extra days to enjoy the Disney theme parks.

Orlando, FL (PRLINK) August 20, 2012 – Set for the first weekend of October and with many confirmed stars, artists, and authors, this  weekend-long sci-fi convention presented by Away Mission (formerly Vulcan Events) promises to be the sci-fi event of the year. Avery Brooks—the smooth as velvet Captain Benjamin Sisko from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine TV show and several films including American History X—will join Colin Ferguson from the SyFy Channel’s original series Eureka! They will be available all weekend for autographs and photo ops.

Rounding out the lineup are Dwight Schultz from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Dirk Benedict from the original Battlestar Galactica. Both Dwight and Dirk also starred in the 80’s cult classic The A Team. Robert Duncan McNeill, the actor best known for portraying Tom Paris in Star Trek: Voyager is also scheduled to attend. Robin Curtis from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and Eric Menyuk from Star Trek: The Next Generation will attend and perform.

Kicking off the event Friday night, Away Mission is hosting a nerd music concert featuring nerdcore rapper from New York City-Schaffer The Darklord and performances by several acts from the nerd music movement including Sci-Fried, Random Encounter, MC Wrekshin, HDNinja, Magitek, and Marc with a C.

As with the company’s past conventions, this show is planned around providing a relaxed and sociable atmosphere where fans can mingle with stars and enjoy the many convention activities including auctions, a concert Friday night, and special events for children. Robin and Eric will perform their nerdy comedy—about an hour of original Star Trek parody materials—and it is a must see.

First-time convention goers will be pleasantly surprised at the ambiance and disposition of the average patron. “We may look like geeks in rubber masks but we are doctors, professors, and people from all walks of life. This is our fun; this is our escape” notes Javier Garcia, one of the promoters.

Several ticket options are available for advanced purchase. Weekend tickets start at $65 and single-day general admission tickets start at $15.

For tickets or more information please visit: www.away-mission.com/events/orl-2012.html.

 

About the Celebrity Guests

 Avery Brooks is an accomplished stage, television, and film actor best known for his role as Benjamin Sisko in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; Hawk on Spenser: For Hire and A Man Called Hawk; and as Dr. Bob Sweeney in the Academy Award-nominated film American History X. He is currently a tenured professor of theater arts at Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts, and in 1993, he was inducted into the Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni. After Deep Space Nine ended its run in 1999, Brooks continued to act on stage and narrated documentaries such as Jesus: The Complete Story, The Ballad of Big Al, Land of the Mammoth, and Walking with Dinosaurs. He also hosted the Discovery Channel show Unsolved History.

Actor/director/producer Colin Ferguson starred as Federal Marshal Jack Carter in the highly acclaimed SyFy-hit dramedy Eureka. Colin is a founding member of Detroit’s Second City franchise. Colin’s feature-film credits include Because I Said So, Rowing Through, and The Opposite of Sex among others. Colin was a producer on Eureka and has directed the fan favorite episodes Your Face or Mine and The Story of O2.

Dwight Schultz is the actor known to Star Trek fans for portraying Reginald Barclay. His appearances as Barclay range over an 11-year period from 1990 to 2001 having appeared in 5 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and 6 episodes of Star Trek: Voyager as well as the film Star Trek: First Contact. Dwight is also known for his role as H.M. ‘Howling Mad’ Murdock on The A-Team opposite Dirk Benedict.

Dirk Benedict’s career break came in 1978 when he appeared as Lieutenant Starbuck in the original movie and television series Battlestar Galactica. Four years later, Dirk gained further popularity as con-man Lieutenant Templeton “Face” Peck in 1980s action television series The A-Team. Recently he has authored two books: Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy and And Then We Went Fishing.

Robert Duncan McNeill is the actor best known for portraying Tom Paris in Star Trek: Voyager. Beginning with the Voyager episode Sacred Ground in 1996, McNeill has made an impressive turn as a director for episodic television. He has directed episodes of shows such as Dead Like Me, Supernatural, Desperate Housewives, and Star Trek: Enterprise. He served as an executive producer and director on the NBC series Chuck.

Robin Curtis is best known for playing Saavik in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. She later portrayed Tallera/T’Paal in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes “Gambit, Part I” and “Gambit, Part II”. Curtis also appeared on Babylon 5 playing Ambassador Kalika Curtis made her last television appearance on the drama series 7th Heaven.

Eric Menyuk is the actor who portrayed the recurring part of the Traveler in the Star Trek: The Next Generation. Menyuk made several TV appearances in the 80’s and 90’s. In 1998 Menyuk retired from acting to peruse a career in law.

Also appearing all weekend are guest authors Glenda C. Finkelstein, William Hatfield, and K.L. Nappier.

 

About Away Mission (formerly Vulcan Events)

Away Mission is focused on putting on great events for the fans, producing intimate conventions offering refreshing alternatives to other convention styles that offer one long line after another. Drawing on more than 30 years of industry experience, Away Mission brings trust and confidence back to the small-convention market.

Paul Wesley, Jeri Ryan, Scott Bakula, Edge, Amy Acker Among Headliners At 2012 Wizard World Toronto Comic Con

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Paul Wesley, Jeri Ryan, Scott Bakula, WWE® Superstar Edge®, Amy Acker Among Headliners At 2012 Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, April 14-15 At Metro Toronto Convention Centre

World-Class Comics Creator Lineup Includes Mike Deodato Jr., “Jock,” John McCrea, Dale Keown, Tyler Kirkham, Greg Horn, Arthur Suydam Among Dozens Of Others

NEW YORK and TORONTO, February 2, 2012 – A state-of-the-art downtown venue, new dates and fresh celebrity guests mark the third Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, which today announced its standout lineup scheduled to attend the event, April 14-15 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC).  Popular screen stars Paul Wesley, Jeri Ryan, Scott Bakula and Amy Acker will be joined by WWE® Superstar Edge® and dozens of standout celebs and talented comic book artists and writers at the convention, which promises to be even bigger and better in 2012.

Bakula (“Star Trek: Enterprise,” “Quantum Leap”) and Acker (“Angel,” THE CABIN IN THE WOODS) will appear both days, while Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries,” “24”), Ryan (“Star Trek: Voyager,” “Boston Public”) and Edge® are scheduled to attend on Saturday only.

“Toronto and the entire region have embraced Wizard World Toronto Comic Con over the past two years, and we’re excited to bring a first-class event to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World Board of Directors.  “From well-known, relevant stars like Paul Wesley and Jeri Ryan and classic and cult actors and actresses to an outstanding collection of big-time artists and a unique array of exhibitors and vendors, there’s something for everyone.”

The event, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

Wizard World shows always have top-notch comics creators on hand, and Toronto Comic Con boasts one of the most impressive rosters ever.  Headlining the group are Mike Deodato Jr. (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Wonder Woman”), “Jock” (“Detective Comics,” “Batman”), John McCrea (“Hitman,” “Transmetropolitan”), Javi Fernandez (“Flashpoint: The Outsider,” “Captain America: First Vengeance”), Dale Keown (“Hulk,” “The Pitt”), Tyler Kirkham (“Green Lantern Corps,” “Blackest Night”), Marcus To (“The Huntress,” “The Authority”), Ken Lashley (“Batwing,” “Avengers”), David Mack (“Kabuki,” “Daredevil”), Greg Tocchini (“Batman and Robin,” “Hulk”), Michael Golden (“Batman,” “Spider-Man”), Greg Horn (“Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark,” “X-Force”) and Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”).

Other popular celebrity guests scheduled for Toronto include Colin Ferguson (“Eureka,” THE OPPOSITE OF SEX), Sean Maher (“Serenity,” “Firefly”), Jeremy Bulloch (STAR WARS: EPISODE V, VI, III, “Doctors”), Sam Witwer (“Smallville,” THE MIST), Sam Huntington (SUPERMAN RETURNS, FANBOYS), Meaghan Rath (“Being Human,” LOST AND DELIRIOUS) and Catherine Mary Stewart (WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S, THE LAST STARFIGHTER).

Children and adult attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite villain, superhero or pop culture personality for the chance to win special prizes in costume contests.  Event-goers may also try their hand interactive product exhibits and shop for collectible comics, movie and television memorabilia, toys and games at scores of dealer booths.

Toronto Comic Con is scheduled as the second stop on Wizard World’s 2012 North American tour.  Hours are Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 15, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.wizardworldcomiccon.com/toronto.html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are priced at $25 ($38 on site); two-day tickets are $40 ($55 on site), and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult).  VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available on a limited basis.

About MTCC
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (http://www.mtccc.com) is Canada’s #1 convention and trade show facility.  It is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, within walking distance of almost 13,000 hotel rooms, shopping, restaurants and Toronto sites.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World 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.wizardworldcomiccon.com.

***** SAVE THE 2012 DATES *****
April 14-15 – Toronto Comic Con
June 1-3 – Philadelphia Comic Con
August 9-12 – Chicago Comic Con
September 29-30 – Mid-Ohio Comic Con
October 26-28 – Austin Comic Con
TBD 2013 – New Orleans Comic Con