CA – The Artist Within Signing

Pop Secret Gallery welcomes Greg Preston and a huge cast of creatives showcased in both volumes of The Artist Within books on Friday, January 26th from 5:00 – 9:00 PM! Meet & greet and get your books signed by everyone in attendance!

Confirmed Guests include: Dave Willardson, Jeff Keane, Bill Sienkiewicz, Bill Morrison, Bobby London, Sharon Sampsel, Michael Dooley, Scott Gandell, Stan Sakai, Scott Shaw, Stephen Silver, Craig Elliott, Claire Keane, Dean Yeagle, Chris Bailey, Chad Frye, Jake Rowell, Chris Sanders, Kyle Lambert.

Also, The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles’ Illustration West 56 Show is up for Preview Night – check out all the best of the best work in 10 categories from around the globe – without the opening night crowds!

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Pop Secret Gallery
5119 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041
(626) 262-3909

CA – Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase Signing

Join award-winning Walt Disney Studios Animation talent Paul Briggs and Benson Shum at Skylight Books on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 5:00 PM as they read from their picture books Catch My Breath and Holly’s Day at the Pool. Readers will also get treated to drawing activities by the two talents.

Paul Briggs has worked in the animation industry for twenty years and was fortunate to be the head of story on Disney’s Frozen and Big Hero 6, both of which received an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. However, he’s most proud of his family: his wife, Christin, and their two sons, Luke and Leo. When he’s not working, Paul and his family can be found wandering the woods of California, looking for forest zombies to defeat, or engaging in epic dance battles– where they have to stop and catch their breaths. In the latest edition of the Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase series Catch My Breath, acclaimed animation talent Paul Briggs (Big Hero 6, Frozen, Zootopia) delivers a heartwarming and clever story about a boy who’s lost his breath: Losing it, trying to find it, even trying to buy it. But how he comes to get it back is sure to bring a smile to readers of all ages faces.

Benson Shum is an animator at the Walt Disney Animation Studios and has worked on films such as Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, and Moana. He was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, where he studied the art of animation at Capilano University and Sheridan College. He now lives in Burbank, CA. Based on his niece’s experience, Benson created a story about how Holly the Hippo overcame her fear of swimming. Holly is full of questions when it comes to swimming! “What if..” she always wonders, every time she almost dips her toe in the water. Read on how she overcomes her fear of stepping into the pool.

Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
323.660.1175

CA – Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase

Animators Paul Briggs, Benson Shum, and Andy Harkness appear at Vroman’s Bookstore on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 10:00 AM to present and sign their latest picture books, Catch My Breath, Bug Zoo, and Holly’s Day at the Pool!

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Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

SF – Futurama: Live from Omicron Persei 8

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Prepare yourself for 1000 light years of laughs with the Cast and Producers of Futurama. Executive Producer / Head Writer David X. Cohen will be live on stage with cast members Billy West (Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg), John DiMaggio (Bender), Maurice LaMarche (Kif, Lrrr, Morbo), Phil LaMarr (Hermes Conrad), and David Herman (Scruffy). The panel will feature a live reading by the cast followed by an audience Q&A, where no questions are off-limits… even the dumb ones! Don’t miss out on this very special reunion of the folks who made your favorite animated science fiction TV series on Saturday, January 13, 2017 at 10:00 PM at the Marines Memorial Theatre. Moderated by Futurama Producer Lee Supercinski.  (**SOLD OUT**)

Presented by the Cartoon Art Museum and SF Sketchfest! It’s the city’s greatest comedy festival, with a variety of sketch and improv, film and television tributes and reunions, solo performers, podcasts and stand-up comedy performers. See the greatest names live and in person!

Marines Memorial Theatre (MMT)
609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

SF – Animaniacs 25th Anniversary Celebration

It’s time for Animaniacs! The beloved show turns 25, and SF Sketchfest is proud to celebrate it with an evening of stories, songs and general tomfoolery with three of the massive talents behind the show: Rob Paulsen (Yakko, Pinky, Dr. Scratchansniff), Maurice LaMarche (The Brain), and Randy Rogel, the man responsible for the amazing wordplay and music in the show, appear at the Brava Theater Center on Friday January 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

Tickets available now…

Maurice LaMarche:
Maurice LaMarche is an Emmy Award winning Canadian voice actor and former stand up comedian. He is best known for his voicework in Futurama as Kif Kroker, as Egon Spengler in The Real Ghostbusters, Verminous Skumm and Duke Nukem in Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Big Bob Pataki in Hey Arnold!, Dizzy Devil in Tiny Toons, The Brain in Animaniacs and Pinky and The Brain, and his portrayal of Mr. Freeze in Batman: Arkham City. His extensive resumes also includes voice work on The Critic, GI Joe, Freakazoid!, The Tick, Taz-Mania, Talespin, The Littler Mermaid, King of the Hill, Sonic Underground, Disney’s House of Mouse, Mickey Mouse Works, and Inspector Gadget. He also dubbed the voice of Orson Welles over Vincent D’Onofrio’s on-camera performance in Ed Wood. Follow him on twitter: @mauricelamarche.

Rob Paulsen
One of the most acclaimed and in-demand voice actors out there, with over 2,000 animated half-hours to his credit and 1000 commercial spots, Rob Paulsen is familiar to many as the voice of Pinky from Pinky and the Brain (for which he won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program, and back to back Annie awards in 1997 and 1998); Yakko and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff from Animaniacs; Arthur from The Tick; Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Jack Fenton in Danny Phantom; Carl Wheezer in Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius; the title role in Mighty Max; Bobble in the Tinkerbell series; and the title role in The Mask. On camera, he’s appeared in the films Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match and Warlocked. TV work includes MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Rob’s new weekly podcast, Talkin’ Toons with Rob Paulsen, is available on iTunes. Check out his website at www.robpaulsenlive.com

Randy Rogel
Randy has won three Emmy Awards (nominated for ten), a Peabody Award, two Annie Awards, three Leo Awards, and the Ovation Award. He recently co-wrote the hit song “Poisonous Love” for Kristen Chenoweth with John Powell for the major motion picture “Rio 2.” He was show-runner for the animated series “1001 Nights” and won Leo awards for Writing and Best Animated Series. At Disney, Randy wrote songs and scripts for the animated movies “Peter Pan — Return to Neverland,” “Cinderella II,” “Cinderella III,” “Winnie The Pooh,” “Around the World in Eighty Days,” “The Three Musketeers,” and “101 Dalmations II.” Randy spent nine years on staff at Warner Bros. Animation where he began as an original writer on the “Batman” series and then joined the staff of Steven Spielberg’s “Animaniacs,” for which wrote most of the songs and many of the scripts. Randy is a West Point graduate with ten years service as an officer in the combat arms. He has a B.S. in Engineering from the academy and a Masters Degree in International Relations from Boston University.

Presented by the Cartoon Art Museum and SF Sketchfest! It’s the city’s greatest comedy festival, with a variety of sketch and improv, film and television tributes and reunions, solo performers, podcasts and stand-up comedy performers. See the greatest names live and in person!

Brava Theater Center
2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

SF – Eyvind Earle’s Influence

Join Michael Giaimo, art director of Oscar®-winning Frozen (2013) and Pocahontas (1995), at the Walt Disney Family Museum on Saturday, November 4th at 4:00 PM as he discusses the many ways in which Eyvind Earle’s work inspired his own art and the memorable design on the classic Disney films that he’s worked on.

In 1951, Eyvind Earle began working at The Walt Disney Studios, and his distinctive style quickly caught the attention of Walt Disney. Soon after Earle began working for Walt, he was chosen to create the entire look of Sleeping Beauty (1959). However, his influence on Disney films didn’t stop there.

Michael Giaimo is a production designer at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Giaimo spearheaded the visual components of the 2013 Academy Award®-winning feature film, Frozen, for which he won an Annie Award from ASIFA-Hollywood for production design in an animated feature production. Aspiring to work in animation since age 6, Giaimo first joined Disney in 1978 after studying at CalArts in the character animation program alongside John Lasseter. Giaimo left Disney in 1986 and returned to the Studios in 1992, serving as art director on the Oscar®-winning feature film Pocahontas, which opened in 1995. Giaimo was awarded an Annie Award by ASIFA-Hollywood for Best Production Design in an Animated Feature Film for his work on Pocahontas that year. After pursuing outside projects from 2001 to 2009, Giaimo returned to Disney and soon began work on Frozen. Giaimo has continued his work with the Frozen filmmaking team, as art director on the 2015 short film Frozen Fever and as production designer on the upcoming holiday featurette, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.

Tickets available at the link…

Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94129
415.345.6800

CA – Meow! Signing

Victoria Ying, Disney Animation Studios’ talented visual development artist, appears at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday, October 7th at 3:00 PM to debut and sign her latest book Meow!

Event Highlights:
– Fun crafts photobooth
– Print release from Meow!
– Art demo/presentation

About the Artist:
Victoria Ying is an Author Illustrator who grew up in Southern California with the sun and surf. She started her career in the arts by falling in love with comic books, this eventually turned into a career working in Animation. She loves Japanese Curry, putting things in her shopping cart online and taking them out again and hanging out with her big buddy dog Buster. Her film credits include Tangled, Wreck it Ralph, Frozen, Paperman, Big Hero 6, and Moana.

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Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
626.458.7477

Rock & Shock 2017 Lineup Announced

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You have waited patiently while we have hand picked the guests and musical acts we want to include in this year’s Rock and Shock. With a great sense of honor, we are excited to present the 2017 Rock and Shock lineup.

Rock and Shock family, the first guest announcement is here! This year, we are coming out of the gate with a larger first wave than ever! On this list we have four first time guests as well as six returning favorites, with none of those six being here last year. And this is only the beginning, as we have many more celebrities to reveal in the coming weeks.

As for this list, we begin with none other than JAMES REMAR! James, of course, is best known not only as Ajax in Walter Hill’s 70s gang classic The Warriors, but also as Harry Morgan, father of and spiritual conscience to the serial killing forensics expert himself, Dexter.

Next up is one of Rock and Shock’s most popular and beloved guests, local boy ADAM GREEN! Aside from all the brilliance he’s brought us over the years (the Hatchet series, Digging Up the Marrow, the horror sitcom named after his hometown, Holliston, and so much more), Adam currently has a whole lot on his plate. Listeners of his podcast (The Movie Crypt, with Joe Lynch) have heard that he will soon unveil a new film as well as a novel, a comic, and he has also reunited with his bandmates to bring back Haddonfield! Better yet, they have an album coming out and on Saturday, October 14th the band will be taking the stage to play for you at Rock and Shock!

Pretty great, right? But there’s more, because we’re very happy to welcome POLLYANNA MCINTOSH! Pollyanna, of course, was last seen making life or death deals as Jadis on The Walking Dead, and before that she had the career defining role of The Woman in the adaptation of the Jack Ketchum/Lucky McKee novel of the same name.

TONY TODD is also familiar with bringing books to life. The horror legend’s portrayal of Clive Barker’s creation, Candyman, has kept people cautious for years about what they say in front of the mirror.

Speaking of horror legends, there’s TOM SAVINI. The makeup and effects wizard is also an actor and director who has worked with nearly every major star the genre has produced since the 70s, and his work on franchises like Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and, of course, his many collaborations with the beloved George Romero, have earned him a top spot in the horror hall of fame.

TIFFANY SHEPIS is also returning to the show. Beginning her career in the Troma world, Tiffany took fast to her trade and soon became a queen of independent horror, shattering any boundaries put on her and gaining the respect of genre luminaries along the way.

ALEX VINCENT and CHRISTINE ELISE have both battled the maniacal doll Chucky, Mr. Vincent kicking off the proceedings in the original Child’s Play film and Ms. Elise in the sequel.

BARBARA MAGNOLFI has worked with Italian horror legends Sergio Martino, Ruggero Deodato, Luigi Cozzi and, most famously, the inimitable Dario Argento on Suspiria, making her name unforgettable in the genre along the way.

Finally, we have first time guest MARK L. LESTER, a man responsible, be it as director, writer or producer, for such famous fright films as The Funhouse, Firestarter, and Class of 1984. As you can see, we have a lot to offer you for the 2017 Rock and Shock already, and we’re just getting started!

Last week, we gave you a sneak peak of Ministry and Death Grips appearance on The Palladium stage on Friday, October 13th. However, that’s not all we have in store for you. On Saturday, October 14th, please welcome Superjoint to The Palladium stage with Motionless in White, our favorite punk rock cover band featuring Ace Von Johnson: The Rocking Dead (who has a new and exciting lineup), The Amity Affliction, Devildriver, Miss May I, King Parrot, Cane Hill, Child Bite, and Adam Green’s Haddonfield. On Sunday, we welcome back Twiztid’s “Mostasteless Tour”, featuring Moonshine Bandits, Blaze Yah Dead Homie, Whitney Peyton, and Andrew W Peyton. Don’t miss the Sunday After Party featuring Blaze Yah Dead Homie and Whitney Peyton.

We still have many exciting announcements coming your way. Stay tuned to our website (www.rockandshock.com) as well as our social media pages for all the updates as they are unveiled, and we hope to see you this October 13-15!

CA – Splish Splash Art Show

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Kick off the summer with Gallery Nucleus with our water themed show as curated by Liana Hee on Saturday, June 3rd at 7:00 PM! Featuring new and original work on all things underwater among our roster of lovely artists.

EXHIBITING ARTISTS
Andrea Fernandez
Ann Shen
Brittney Lee
Elsa Chang
Griselda Sastrawinata
Liana Hee
Lorelay Bove
Neysa Bove
Pernille Ørum
Rocio Cintron
Victoria Ying
Whitney Pollett

OPENING RECEPTION HIGHLIGHTS
New original hand-drawn artworks from artists handpicked by Liana Hee
Nucleus exclusive print releases
Free admission, Free refreshments

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Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
626.458.7477

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

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