A brief Scene on the Web this week, but NYCC adds Gillian Anderson and John Romita, Jr., Harry Potter gets a spin-off movie, and we round up some great Dragon Con videos for you including the JLA taking on the Avengers!
The Truth Is Out There: ‘The X-Files’ Star Gillian Anderson Joins Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
Joins Patrick Stewart, Stan Lee, Eliza Dushku, Michael Madsen, WWE® Superstar CM Punk®, Others At New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
NEW YORK and NEW ORLEANS, September 25, 2012 – Viewers of “The X-Files” were told to “Trust No One” and to “Deny Everything.” Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con attendees, on the other hand, can trust that Gillian Anderson, who starred as “Agent Dana Scully” in the popular Fox TV show, will be appearing at Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, and confirm that she will be attending on Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2, at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Anderson an award-winning film, television, and theatre actress whose other credits include the ill-fated socialite “Lily Bart” in Terence Davies’ masterpiece The House of Mirth (2000) and “Lady Dedlock” in the very successful BBC production of Charles Dickens’ “Bleak House.”
In 2003, she won the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Best Actress Award for her West End debut in Michael Weller’s two-hander “What the Night Is For.” The following year, she starred in Rebecca Gilman’s play “The Sweetest Swing in Baseball” which ran at London’s Royal Court Theatre from March 25 through May 15, 2004. From May 14 through July 18, 2009, she played Nora in a new version of Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” at the Donmar Warehouse in London. She received a Laurence Olivier Nomination for her performance.
Anderson joins “Star Trek: The Next Generation” actor Sir Patrick Stewart, comics legend Stan Lee, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Eliza Dushku, Reservoir Dogs headliner Michael Madsen and WWE® Superstar CM Punk® atop the standout lineup of celebrities scheduled to attend the event, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2. An All-Star collection of well-known artists and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions will also be on hand in the final event on Wizard World’s 2012 calendar.
Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages 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. Admission is free for kids 10 and under, and Sunday, December 2, is “Kids Day,” an array of programming specially designed for children.
For more on the 2012 Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/
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.wizardworld.com.
***** SAVE THE 2012-13 DATES *****
September 28-30, 2012 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
October 26-28, 2012 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
November 30 – December 2, 2012 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
February 22-24, 2013 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
May 30 – June 2, 2013 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 8-11, 2013 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
FAN EXPO OP-ED
By Chris Lackner
“All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination?”
“Don’t you call me a mindless philosopher you overweight glob of grease!”
— C-3PO to Jabba the Hutt, Star Wars: A New Hope
Carl Jung may have said it more eloquently, but leave it to the droid C-3P0 to sum up my response to critics of sci-fi and fantasy. Those who unfairly dismiss the worlds of fantasy as mindless and cheesy are missing the big picture: that the genre, when done well, can teach us more about ourselves than almost any other.
From franchise epics like Star Trek and Star Wars to serial dramas like The X-Files, the best sci-fi and fantasy offer a glimpse into our modern world through a distorted, funhouse mirror. They offer a safe place to deal with challenging questions about society, technology, ethics and politics. They just happen to also offer heroes in spandex — and the occasional Wookie.
Behind almost every costumed fangirl and fanboy flocking to this week’s Fan Expo in Toronto, is a story that has challenged us, and made us re-think our place in the universe.
Just a quick glance at the list of celebrity appearances at Fan Expo offers countless examples of fantasy as high-art.
For starters, there’s Gillian Anderson. As Scully on The X-Files, Anderson represented our modern skepticism of the fantastical – the logic-driven cynicism of our age. Her counterpart, David Duchovny as Fox Mulder, offered the other side of the coin: a man willing to challenge beliefs, to push boundaries and to believe the impossible was possible. When you look past the alien conspiracy, sexual tension — and the occasional sewer monster — their two characters are a good representation of how the sci-fi genre works.
We, as the audience, are all Scullys. And sci-fi and fantasy works — whether novel, comic, TV show or film — are collectively, the Mulder of the equation. Probing. Challenging. Mind-opening.
Lou Ferrigno of The Incredible Hulk will bring his biceps to this week’s convention. The series, which originally ran from 1978 to 1982, is cherished for its campy fun. But at the same time, The Hulk connects on a personal level. Brainy scientist Bruce Banner, and his inner-green demon and anger issues, speaks to the animal instincts inside all of us. Sure, we’re civilized. But who among us hasn’t wanted to give in to their frustrations and embrace the big green behemoth’s mantra of “Hulk smash.” There is a reason why Mark Ruffalo’s understated, human portrayal of the character in the recent film, The Avengers, offered some of its best moments.
Christopher Lloyd’s bug-eyed Doc Brown — also in Toronto this week — offered an almost cartoon-like presence in the Back to the Future series. But the good doctor and company made us think about the future we all might face, especially in the series’ second installment where Marty (Michael J. Fox) visits the not-so-distant future of 2015. So much of the future portrayed as fantastical in the film has come true. The interactive homes, with their multi-connected screens and ready access to electronic news and information, are already a part of our modern, web and mobile-driven lives. (For the record: I’m still waiting for my flying car and hover board).
The best sci-fi not only reflects who we are but tells us where we might go. The Star Trek franchise is healthily represented at Fan Expo by Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek Voyager) and Levar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation). Through its intergalactic, fictional canvas, the series explored some of our most taboo, troubling subjects — from genocide, racism and civil war, to terrorism and genetic science. The show’s depiction of an ideal-driven struggle for equality and peace among vastly different species, offered lessons on mutual respect for our all-too divisive real world. (They showed us the magic potential of a holodeck… I’m betting Apple is already working on one).
James Marsters will be in town from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a cult series that used metaphor-laden monsters and demons to tell a coming-of-age story of a teenage girl and her group of friends. Alan Tudyk is here from Joss Whedon’s short-lived, beloved series Firefly, which portrayed a central government vastly overstepping its powers and authority. Not a future any of us want to see, but one explored in some of the best sci-fi epics. Firefly’s portrayal of a future language, which at times seemed a hybrid of English and Chinese, might be another one of those fictional ideas that one day becomes a reality in our globalized culture.
X-Files, showcased at Fan Expo with appearances by both Anderson and William B. Davies, (the actor who playing The Smoking Man), inadvertently sums up the genre best. Mulder’s character once suggested, “dreams are answers to questions we haven’t figured out how to ask yet.”
The same could be said for sci-fi and fantasy. It’s the landscape of dreams, but it can offer us answers to some of our most important and burning questions.
• Chris Lackner is a Media Consultant with Holmes Creative Communications and a journalist. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Fan Expo Canada Announces Star-Studded Line-up for 2012: Stan Lee, Gillian Anderson, Patrick Stewart, Kevin Smith, Etc.
CELEBRITY GUEST LINEUP ANNOUNCED FOR 18th ANNUAL FAN EXPO CANADA™ – AUGUST 23-26
Among This Year’s Star-Studded Guests: Stan Lee, Gillian Anderson, Jennifer Carpenter, Patrick Stewart, Kevin Smith, Rose McGowan, John Carpenter
PLUS Cast Members from The Walking Dead and True Blood!
Tickets On Sale Now For This Ultimate Four-Day Fan Experience
TORONTO, ON (June 12, 2012) – Celebrating 18 years as the Comic Con of the North, Fan Expo Canada is gearing up for this year’s event boasting the largest combined gaming, horror, comic, science fiction and anime event in the country and one of the largest in the world! Fan Expo Canada will be at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre August 23-26, 2012.
Some of this year’s celebrity guests, comprising some of the world’s most legendary names in pop culture, film and television, as well as industry luminaries include:
- STAN LEE (Legendary Creator of Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, as well as countless others)
- GILLIAN ANDERSON (The X Files)
- NELSAN ELLIS AND SAM TRAMELL (True Blood)
- PATRICK STEWART (Star Trek: The Next Generation and X-Men™ Feature Films)
- KEVIN SMITH AND JASON MEWES (Jay and Silent Bob)
- ROSE McGOWAN (Charmed and Grindhouse)
- JENNIFER CARPENTER (Dexter)
- CHRISTOPHER LLOYD (Back To The Future)
- NORMAN REEDUS and JON BERTHAL (The Walking Dead)
- LUKE PERRY AND JASON PRIESTLEY (Beverly Hills 90210)
- JOHN CARPENTER (Legendary Director)
With over 80,000 fans expected and more than 700 exhibitors and retail vendors covering over 400,000 square feet, Fan Expo Canada™ is going to be the hottest event of the summer.
PREMIUM Fan Expo Pass: SOLD OUT!
DELUXE Fan Expo Pass: $95 – BEST VALUE, LIMITED QUANTITIES
- Includes unlimited access to Fan Expo Canada for all 4 days
- Advance entrance on Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 (2:00 p.m.)
SINGLE Fan Expo Pass:
- Includes unlimited access to Fan Expo Canada on specified date
- (Excludes special ticketed events and anything otherwise noted)
Thursday, August 23, 2012: $25.00
Friday, August 24, 2012: $30.00
Saturday, August 25, 2012: $45.00
Sunday, August 26, 2012: $35.00