Bill Sienkiewicz and Bernie Wrightson join some of Sci-Fi’s hottest at the DFW SCI-FI EXPO, Feb 11-12
Two comic book legends, Bill Sienkiewicz (ELEKTRA ASSASSIN) and Bernie Wrightson (SWAMP THING), headline the impressive artist lineup at the February 11-12 Sci-Fi Expo. Produced by the men behind the Dallas Comic Con, this year’s Sci-Fi Expo brings in a wide variety of television and movie actors, along with several comic book luminaries including Joe Jusko and Marvel artist Mark Brooks. This is Sienkiewicz’s first trip back to the Big D area after previously appearing at the 2009 Dallas Comic Con – his art recently graced the packaging of the new GODZILLA Blu-ray. Bernie Wrightson has become a favorite guest of the Dallas-based shows, and will be making one of his first major 2012 convention appearances there. Mark Brooks is making time from his busy Marvel schedule to return to Dallas for the first time in many years as well, and Joe Jusko is coming straight to the show from a big trip to Paris! Other comic book personalities attending include James O’Barr (creator of THE CROW), Joe Eisma (artist of MORNING GLORIES), Kerry Gammill (former SUPERMAN artist) and Ben Dunn (creator and artist of NINJA HIGH SCHOOL).
Sci-Fi fans will be thrilled to meet the sexy star of BUFFY and DOLLHOUSE, Eliza Dushku, who is attending the show on Saturday only. FIREFLY and SERENITY fans will be treated to appearances by cast members Adam Baldwin (also Saturday only), Jewel Staite, Sean Maher and Ron Glass. Other media personalities include Alexis Cruz (STARGATE), Noah Hathaway (THE NEVERENDING STORY), Angie Bolling (all three ROBOCOP movies) and James Hampton (TEEN WOLF). Event Manager Mark Walters notes, “We pride ourselves in putting together conventions that feature something for everyone, and all with a family-friendly atmosphere. This particular Sci-Fi Expo is our most-ambitious yet, with an incredible mix of talent… we expect the fans will be thrilled.”
General Admission is $15 (discounted tickets for children), with Priority and VIP passes available. You can find more information on the show, which runs Saturday (11am to 6pm) and Sunday (11am to 4pm) at http://scifiexpo.com
Making a Rare East Coast Appearance, Sir Patrick Stewart Slated to Appear at the Vulcan Events Sci-Fi Convention October 28-30, 2011
After more than a decade-long absence from Florida conventions, Sir Patrick Stewart will reconnect with his fans at the Hilton Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando and join a host of other sci-fi guests.
Orlando, FL – July 29, 2011
Set for Halloween weekend and with more than a dozen confirmed stars, artists, and authors, this weekend-long sci-fi convention presented by Vulcan Events promises to be the sci-fi event of the year. Sir Patrick Stewart—also known as the serene Professor X from the X-Men films and the commanding Captain Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation TV show and films—joins Jewel Staite of Firefly/Serenity and Stargate: Atlantis fame. They will be available all weekend for autographs and photo ops.
Rounding out the line up are Armin Shimerman and Max Grodénchik from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, David Nykl from Stargate: Atlantis, Sherry Jackson from the original Star Trek series, Phil Morris with a number of sci-fi credits to his name and the recently added Jennifer Hetrick from Star Trek: The Next Generation, X-Files, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Representing the creative, behind-the-scenes life of sci-fi are Emmy and Hugo award winning illustrator Rick Sternbach and Star Trek screenwriter and historian Larry Nemecek.
As with Vulcan Events’ 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 Halloween Bash on Saturday night, and special events for children. As a special treat on Friday night, Armin and Max will perform their newly revamped Brotherly Love Tour—about an hour of original Star Trek parody materials—and will host a chocolate dessert meet and greet with fans immediately following the show.
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.
While the all-inclusive tickets are sold out, several ticket options are still available for advanced purchase. Bronze weekend tickets are $89 and single-day general admission tickets start at $20.
About the Celebrity Guests
Sir Patrick Stewart is best known as the Captain of the Enterprise–Captain Jean-Luc Picard–on the seven seasons of TV’s Star Trek: The Next Generation and the four subsequent feature films. He has also embodied Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men films as well as countless other roles. His film and television credits include Dune, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Conspiracy Theory, Masterminds, Animal Farm, Jimmy Neutron, King of Texas, Gnomeo & Juliet, and American Dad! As a trained actor with the Royal Shakespearean Company, he has performed across the globe in Shakespearean plays such as I Claudius, Anthony and Cleopatra, Hamlet, Macbeth, and The Tempest.
Jewel Staite’s most memorable role is Kaylee, the beloved mechanic on Fox’s Firefly, and the major motion picture Serenity. Since then, she starred in Bryan Fuller’s Wonderfalls, as well as Dr. Jennifer Keller in Syfy’s Stargate: Atlantis.
David Nykl is known to sci-fi fans as the recurring character on Stargate Atlantis, Dr. Radek Zelenka. Nykl has also made several guest appearances on television including Human Target, Fringe, Eureka, and Sanctuary.
Armin Shimerman is best known for his role as Quark on the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as Principal Snyder on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and as Pascal on Beauty and the Beast. Shimerman has hundreds of TV credits including Hillstreet Blues, Remington Steel, The Paper Chase, Alien Nation, Seinfeld, Stargate SG-1, Alley McBeal, The Practice, Charmed, and Boston Public. Recently he appeared in episodes of Boston Legal, Numb3rs, and Warehouse 13.
Max Grodénchik is best known for his role as Rom on the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Grodénchik has made several guest appearances on hit TV shows and films such as Apollo 13 and Bruce Almighty. Max also dabbles in singing, songwriting, as well as play writing.
Sherry Jackson played Andrea in the original Star Trek episode “What Are Little Girls Made Of?” She is most known for her role as Terry Williams on Make Room for Daddy. She also appeared in Batman, The Twilight Zone, Gene Roddenberry’s The Lieutenant, Barbary Coast, The Wild Wild West, Lost in Space, Barnaby Jones, Starsky and Hutch, and Fantasy Island.
Phil Morris’ first acting role was in the 1966 Star Trek episode “Miri”. He made his feature film debut in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and later guest-starred on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager. On Seinfeld, he played the Johnnie Cochran-inspired defense attorney Jackie Chiles. Morris also co-starred in the remake of Mission: Impossible as tech wizard Grant Collier (son of Barney Collier, who was played in the original series by Morris’ real-life father Greg Morris). On Smallville, Morris portrayed The Martian Manhunter/John Jones, which became a recurring character in the series. His voice credits include Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Atlantis: Milo’s Return, and The PJs.
Jennifer Hetrick played the recurring role of Vash, Picard’s love interest in the Star Trek: The Next Generation. She reprised her role for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. She also appeared in The X-Files, Sliders, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, L.A. Law, 24, Prison Break, Cold Case, NCIS, Criminal Minds, Close to Home, and Alias.
Also appearing all weekend are musical guest Sci-Fried and guest authors Glenda C. Finkelstein, William Hatfield, K.L. Nappier and William Mize.
About Vulcan Events
Focused on putting on great events for the fans, Fernando Martinez and Javier Garcia come together to produce intimate conventions offering refreshing alternatives to other convention styles that offer one long line after another. Drawing on more than 25 years of experience, they bring trust and confidence back to the small-convention market.
|Convention||Sac Horror Show|
|Venue Name||Sac Horror Show|
|Venue Address||Scottish Rite Center 6151 H Street
Sacramento, CA 95819
|What category best describes your convention?||Horror|
|What other categories might be appropriate for your convention?||- Anime
- Comic Books
- Science Fiction and Fantasy
The guest list for Atlanta’s Dragon*Con is always long (and this year’s is no exception) with someone interesting for fans of any genre. While everyone will have their favorites, I just thought that in addition to the recent addition of comics legend Stan Lee, I would highlight a few of the names that stand out to me for 2010:
- Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings)
- Morena Baccarin (Firefly/Serenity, V)
- Avery Brooks (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
- LeVar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
- Erica Cerra (Eureka)
- Daniel Cudmore (Twilight, X-Men)
- Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
- Larry Hagman (Dallas, I Dream of Jeannie)
- Linda Hamilton (Terminator, Beauty & The Beast)
- Stan Lee – comic book legend
- Kellan Lutz (Twilight)
- James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Smallville)
- Mike McKone (Teen Titans, Avengers Academy)
- Mike Mignola (Hellboy)
- Jason Momoa (Conan)
- Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica)
- Adrian Pasdar (Heroes)
- George Perez – comics legend
- Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes)
- Elisabeth Rohm (Angel, Law & Order, Heroes)
- Michael Shanks (Stargate SG-1)
- Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
- Shawnee Smith (SAW)
- Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, Andromeda)
- Chaske Spencer (Twilight)
- Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
- Jewel Staite (Firefly/Serenity, Stargate: Atlantis)
- Sam Trammel (True Blood)
- Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, V)
Who else do you think is a highlight?
On April 16-18, 2010, while C2E2 was going on in Chicago, Gareb Shamus brought his Wizard World show to Anaheim. While I was a bit skeptical at the number of people who would attend this event due to the overwhelming talent going to C2E2, I was genuinely surprised at how well run the show was. There was something for everyone at this show, from shopping, to seeing the myriad of celebrities attending the event, to Artist Alley, where art collectors were able to snag some great art at very affordable prices. Everyone was very approachable, and even the celebrities had a good time, most taking in and enjoying their first comic convention. With the success of this show, I can only hope that Wizard World Anaheim can come by next year to hopefully bring more talent to this great show! Here’s a look at some of the highlights from this show:
And of course, what show would not be complete without booth babes and cosplay characters? Here are some of the best ones I saw:
|About This Convention:||CYPHAN is the Midwest’s very own Sci-Fi / Fantasy convention for costumers, collectors, gamers and any other fan that likes the genre and wants to have a good time!|
|Convention Guests||Nicki Clyne – Battlestar Galactica
Jewel Staite – Firefly / Serenity, SG-Atlantis
Julie Caitlin Brown – ST-TNG, ST-DS9, Bablylon 5
|Venue Name||Westin Chicago North Shore|
|Venue Address||601 North Milwaukee Ave.
Wheeling, IL 60504
|Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables||200|
|What category best describes your convention?||Science Fiction and Fantasy|
|What other categories might be appropriate for your convention?||- Anime
- Comic Books