Full Event Lineup Announced for Planet Comicon 2014

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Press Release:

Planet Comicon 2014 will have more programming than ever before, with five rooms of events stretching over three days. This schedule is presented for your convenience. All events, panelists, and other details are subject to change.

Friday, March 14

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3:00 – 3:50 PM

Margot Kidder
Margot Kidder:
 Superman’s Lois Lane! Margot Kidder is most famous for her acclaimed performance as Lois Lane in four Superman films. ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

Webcomics: Inside Out Who needs ink on paper? Join a discussion of what it takes to create comics magic on the web. ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

Comics without Capes: Leading comics creators discuss crafting successful series outside the superhero genre.  Explore the worlds of cowboys, comedic teen soap opera, and even biographical comics. Moderated by Jai Nitz. ROOM 2504 (Lower level)

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4:00 – 4:50 PM

Michael Dorn
Michael Dorn & Marina Sirtis:
 ST:TNG’s Klingon and Betazoid stars take the stage to take you behind the scenes of one of the greatest science fiction series in history.ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

Craft Your Fandom: Cosplay from Concept to Completion: Join leading cosplay and prop-builder experts in a look at where to start making your favorite prop or costume. Featuring Abby DarkStar, Zen Dragon, and more to be announced. ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

Vampires Don’t Sparkle: That’s right…we said it! We want our meat eating, sunlight obliterating, butt-ugly vampires back! Bram Stoker would be doing cartwheels in his grave is he saw what vampires have become.  We are taking it back, today!!! ROOM 2503 (Lower level)

Marina Sirtis
Visual Storytelling Success: Artists discuss their approach to creating comics that tells the story and engages the reader. ROOM 2504 (Lower level)

Kansas City Comics Creators: Kansas City has one of the most vibrant communities of comics creators. Jason Aaron and Ande Parks lead a panel of the local talent. ROOM 2505 (Lower level)

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Saturday, March 15

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11:00 – 11:50 AM

Wil Wheaton
Wil Wheaton:
 
He’s back! One of Planet Comicon’s favorite guests has returned. You know him from ST:TNG, The Big Bang Theory, Stand By Me, and much more. – ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

Bad Karma: Bad Karma is a creative collective, whose members include Alex GrecianJeremy HaunB. Clay Moore, and Seth Peck. Their first joint project was Bad Karma Volume One featuring five original, creator owned concepts in self-contained stories. Meet the creators and listen as they answer questions about the Kickstarter process, the concept behind the book and what’s next for Bad Karma. ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

Khemia Creations: The Art of Stage Combat: Come join Khemia Creations as we display a series of stage combat sketches that can be easily adapted into stage or video skits! After each showcase fight, a thorough dissection of the combat choreography will be given so that you can learn how it’s done. ROOM 2503 (Lower level)

Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Fandom – Destination: 221B Baker Street – Sherlock Holmes fandom has never been more popular. Join an interactive Q&A covering the Holmes and Watson in every media, from novels to television, movies to comics. The panel includes Rob Davis (Illustrator of Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective), Tammy Lynn Garrison (Editor of Investigating Sherlock Holmes), and Ellie Ann Soderstrum (Producer of Steampunk Holmes). ROOM 2504 (Lower level)

Star Wars Costuming: Meet and Greet – Get to know the local Star Wars Costuming Group Chapters: 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, and The Dark Empire. ROOM 2505 (Lower level)

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Noon – 12:50 PM

Jewel Staite
Jewel Staite:
 
Everything’s Shiny! Jewel Staite portrayed Kaylee Frye in Firefly and Serenity, and Dr. Jennifer Keller on Stargate: Atlantis. –ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

Sexuality in Cosplay: A frank discussion of the role of sexuality in cosplay featuring prominent cosplay personalities. May not be suitable for all audiences. Parental guidance suggested. ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

Comic Geeks – A Web Series – A screening of the Comic Geeks pilot, a new series debuting in 2014. The story follows three friends at various stages of comic geekery: Dan, the die-hard weekly shopper, Jeff, the indie-only cartoonist, and Brian, who struggles with reading comics and acting like an adult. Together, the three try to figure out what makes a comic geek, and how to be an adult doing it. ROOM 2503 (Lower level)

Crowdfunding – Kickstarter. Indygogo. Rockethub. What’s crowdfunding all about? How can creators like you use it to feed their creativity – any maybe event their families? ROOM 2504 (Lower level)

Marvel: Your Universe – What’s happening now and next from Mighty Marvel? Leading Marvel creators take the stage. Featuring a roster of Marvel creators including Jason Aaron. Moderated by Marvel’s V.P. of Creator Development, C.B. Cebulski. ROOM 2505 (Lower level)

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1:00 – 1:50 PM

LeVar Burton
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Two of Star Trek’s most memorable performers tag-team on the Planet Comicon stage. Ask your questions of the actors who brought android Data and Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge to life. - ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

The Last Ride of Lee Salem, Editor of Calvin and Hobbes – Enjoy a Q & A with Lee Salem, the man who edited Calvin and Hobbes, For Better or For Worse, Doonesbury, The Far Side, Cathy, FoxTrot, The Boondocks, Cul De Sac, Lio and dozens of other comics. The industry icon is transitioning to the role of President Emeritus of Universal Uclick as of March 2014. He has a wealth of experience and stories that any comics fan and creator will find enlightening. Joining him will be those influenced by his work in the comics industry including Bill Amend, creator of Foxtrot. Plus, a there will be a reading of statements regarding his work provided by Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes), Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse), Jan Eliot (Stone Soup), Richard Thompson (Cul De Sac) and Mark Tatulli (Lio). ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

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Zero Budget Filmmaking
 – The internationally awarded Brass Engine Productions team will give you tips and tricks to make your film or series without spending a lot of cash. Come and get a Q&A with Director Ben Watkins, and watch clips from the production’s web series and other projects done on a shoestring budget. - ROOM 2503 (Lower level)

Pencil, Brush, and Stylus: Comics Art Today – A panel of comics most popular artists discuss their projetcs, techniques, and inspirations. - ROOM 2504 (Lower level)

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2:00 – 2:50 PM

Sylvester McCoy as the seventh Doctor
Sylvester McCoy:
 The Tardis has landed… in Middle Earth? He’s Radagast the Brown fromThe Hobbit movies! He’s also Doctor Who‘s seventh Doctor! He’s one of the biggest fandom mash-ups ever! Moderated by theTraveling the Vortex podcast crew – ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

Researching Comics with the Grand Comics Database – Dive deep into comics and comics history! Leading members of the Grand Comics Database community will be discussing a bit of the history of the GCD and its roots in the early days of internet comics fandom, along with its current status and abilities in helping people research various comic books and comic book creators. - ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

Charlton Arrow – From the 40s thru the 80s, Charlton was the “other” comics publisher of  mystery, romance, and superhero titles. Join Paul Kupperberg and Rick Stasi, two of the creators of Charlton Arrow, for a trip down memory lane and an introduction to their new comics zine that celebrate some of Charlton’s lesser known creations. - ROOM 2503 (Lower level)

Deadpool Double Dare -Deadpool creators  display a dynamic dose of Deadpool discussion. - ROOM 2504 (Lower level)

Kids’ Costume Contest: It’s a cavalcade of cute! A special costume contest just for the younger set. – ROOM 2505 (Lower Level)

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3:00 – 3:50 PM

John Ratzenberger
Making of Archer – Discover the animation secrets behind FX’s hit series Archer. Featuring storyboard artist Kevin Mellon and the team from Kansas City’s own Trinity Animation. - ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

Breaking into Comics - How do you become a professional comic book or comic strip creator? Join a panel of editors who specialize in spotting new talent: C.B. Cebulski (VP of Creator Development at Marvel), Shena Wolf (Acquisitions Editor and Universal Uclick), and Joe Rybandt (Editor at Dynamite Entertaintment). - ROOM 2504 (Lower level)

John Ratzenberger: He may be most famous as Cliff Clavin from Cheers, but John Ratzenberger‘s nerd movie cred is truly amazing. “It’s a little known fact” that his filmography includes Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Superman: The Movie, Superman II, and every single Pixar movie ever made! - ROOM 2505 (Lower Level)

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4:00 – 4:50 PM

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Heroic Prose: Genre Fiction – Kings of the Keyboard and Princesses of Prose! A panel of prodigious purveyors of thrilling novels and short fiction reveal the stories behind their stories. - ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

Pros and Cons of the Shared Universe – SciFi4Me Radio’s H20 podcast tackles explore the ups, downs, ins, and outs of consuming and creating tales in shared universes. Hosts Jason P. Hunt and Tim Harvey interview Star Trek novelist Kevin Dilmore. - ROOM 2503 (Lower level)

Announcement coming soon - ROOM 2504 (Lower level)

Zoie Palmer: A lively Q&A with one of the stars of the Syfy series Lost Girl. – ROOM 2505 (Lower Level)

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5:00 PM until who knows when!

Adult Costume Contest: Captivated by cosplay creativity? This is your event! – ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

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Sunday, March 16th

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11:00 – 11:50 AM

Femi Taylor in Return of the Jedi
Femi Taylor:
 The delightful Femi Taylor is best known for playing Jabba the Hutt’s Twi’lek slave dancer Oola in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. She is a Nigerian-born British dancer and actress who spent years training with the London Contemporary Dance Company and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York. In addition to RotJ, she appeared in the original London cast of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical Cats! – ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

DC Universe: Best of the Best – A celebration of the best of DC Comics through the years, from the Golden Age to today. Join leading creators for a discussion of the DC Comics that inspired them! Moderated by long-time DC editor and writer Paul Kupperberg. - ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

Karate Chopping Robots & Killer Carnies: The Art and Science of Digital Comics and Games – Mobile-based comics and games are transforming the entertainment industry. Indie game and comic developers have more opportunity than ever before to make their mark and create some major waves. Join Kung Fu Robot creator Jason Bays and Burn the Lot co-creator Cameron Calder as they share their experiences in mobile-based interactive comic and game development. From concept to development to launch and beyond, these Kansas City-area veterans will offer their unique perspective to this exciting and ever-changing scene. - ROOM 2503 (Lower level)

 

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Noon – 12:50 PM

David Yost as the Blue Power Ranger
David Yost 
 - The Blue Power Ranger has arrived! David Yost played Billy Cranston, the Blue Ranger, on the international television series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Power Rangers Zeo, and the film Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: the Movie. – ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

Timey Wimey Puppet Show – Direct from the YouTube web series and packed appearances at DragonCon and Gallifrey One, we’re pleased to present  this family-friend Punch-and-Judy-inspired Doctor Who comedy puppet show.  The show is for all ages! - ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

Khemia Creations: Cosplay Photography and Modeling – Whether you’re in front of behind the camera, this is the panel for you! We will be discussing techniques on how to make your cosplay photography go from a snapshot to a work of art! For those with camera in hand, we’ll tell you how to make the most of your environments, angles, and lighting to ensure you can capture the best images at every convention. For those wanting to show off their costume creations, we’ll give beginner modeling tips to offer your best side to camera every time! - ROOM 2503 (Lower level)

So you want to build an R2 Unit - Come join us for the in’s and out’s of building your own R2D2 or other Astromech droid. We will give you an idea of what it skills are needed, and the resources available to help you on your journey. - ROOM 2504 (Lower level)

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cClintock: Eddie McClintock is best-known for his role as Secret Service agent Pete Lattimer on the Syfy series Warehouse 13. But, the actor is also an artist, who was inspired to purse his passion by comic books. He says, “It all started with Herb Trimpe andThe Incredible Hulk.” Now is your chance to meet Pete Lattimer and learn the answers to your Eddie McClintock questions. - ROOM 2505 (Lower Level)

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1:00 – 1:50 PM

Lee Majors
Lee Majors:
 The Six Million Dollar Man  - 
An actor of international importance, Lee Majors has  continually proven himself to be a favorite of audiences worldwide. Lee Majors’ performances and personas have made an indelible impact on television programs. From his initial role of Heath Barkley on The Big Valley to the Men From Shilo to Owen Marshall Counselor at Law to The Fall Guy and Raven. It was his starring role as Steve Austin on the overwhelmingly popular The Six Million Dollar Man that Lee became an icon and part of the American culture. - ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

How To Market Comic Strips Today – In previous decades, comic strips were the delicious and funny center of a reader’s daily dose of communication, placed in the middle of their newspapers and hearts. Today, comic strips and webcomics have enjoyed a strong renaissance in pop culture. How has this happened; how are cartoonists sharing their art and stories today? This panel will share the wide experiences of print, syndicated and web cartoonists alike. From viral marketing, presences at events such as San Diego Comic Con and Planet ComiCon, social media outreach, tours and more, we’ll hear from some of the engaging storytellers that are creating today. - ROOM 2502 (Lower level)

Star Wars in American Culture – Explore the influences and impact of the single most important film of the twentieth century. We will take a look at the many ways this pop culture phenomenon connects to our everyday lives. Presented by Dr. Bradley Will, Dr. Stephen Schleicher, and Dr. Scott Robson of Fort Hays State University. - ROOM 2503 (Lower level)

Dynamic Cover Design - Top artists reveal the tips and tricks that produce covers with a powerful pop. - ROOM 2504 (Lower level)

For the Love of Comics - What do you love about comics? Today’s top creators, including Jason Aaron, discuss the comics they love the most. Moderated by C.B. Cebulski. - ROOM 2505 (Lower level)

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2:00 – 2:50 PM

Concept Design for Comic Books - Comic and concept artist Steven Sanders has designed a number of characters and locations for Marvel Entertainment, among other companies. Using examples from Marvel, he’ll explain how concept design in comics is different than concept design in video games or film, and will show what is needed to make good designs for comics. – ROOM 2502 (Lower Level)

50 Years of GI Joe – the first action figure – A history of GI Joe, the world’s first action figure, from its beginnings 50 years ago in 1964, to the present day. We will discuss the evolution of the brand from a 12 inch everyman solider to a modern team of hundreds of small action figures, as well as several odd and interesting detours and off-shoots along the way. We also will cover the brand’s current fandom, including online resources and fan projects. – ROOM 2503 (Lower Level)

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DMC: Comics and Hip Hop
 - As a founder of Run-D.M.C., Darryl “DMC” McDaniels is a pioneer of hip hop culture. Now he’s turned his creative passion to comics! Already a hero to his millions of fans around the world, DMC’s accomplishments read like a laundry list of musical and cultural accolades: Grammy nominated musician, multi-platinum recording artist, Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame inductee and rap/rock pioneer who’s influenced music since the first time he’s ever touched a mic. Adding to his long lists of firsts, DMC is teaming up with some prominent fixtures in the comic book and music world to craft the first 100% authentic, unapologetic, indie, hip hop comic book. - ROOM 2505 (Lower level)

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4:30 – 6:00 PM

TREKtacular ST:TNG Cast Reunion: This is a separately ticketed event. Seating is extremely limited! See this page to order tickets. – ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

Planet Comicon is Kansas City’s largest comic book and pop culture convention. Now in its thirteenth year! The convention will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center on March 14-16th. Please visit their website for the full guestlist, ticket information, and more!

Planet Comicon 2014 Releases Initial Schedule

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Planet Comicon 2014 has released the initial schedule for panel events. This schedule focuses on event featuring media guests, including performers from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Wars, Firefly, and more.

We will be updating the schedule with additional panels and events as soon as details are confirmed.

Highlights of the schedule include:

FRIDAY, MARCH 14th:

  • Margot Kidder (3:00 PM)
  • Michael Dorn and Marina Sirtis (4:00 PM)

SATURDAY, MARCH 15th:

  • Wil Wheaton (11:00 AM)
  • Jewel Staite (Noon)
  • Brent Spiner and LeVar Burton (1:00 PM)
  • Sylvester McCoy (2:00 PM)
  • John Ratzenberger (3:00 PM)
  • Zoie Palmer (4:00 PM)
  • Kids’ Costume Contest (2:00 PM)
  • Adults’ Costume Contest (5:00 PM)

SUNDAY MARCH 16th:

  • Femi Taylor (11:00 AM)
  • David Yost (Noon)
  • Eddie McClintock (Noon)
  • Lee Majors (1:00)
  • TREKtacular Star Trek Cast Reunion (4:30) – NOTE: this is a separately ticketed event. This event is close to being sold out. Find out more about tickets here.

Planet Comicon is Kansas City’s largest comic book and pop culture convention. Now in its thirteenth year! The convention will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center on March 14-16th. Please visit their website for the full guestlist, ticket information, and more!

William Shatner & Cast of Star Trek TNG Appear at Planet Comicon 2014

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Planet Comicon is thrilled to announce a special Sunday-only appearance of William Shatner. He will be available on a limited schedule for photos and autographs on March 16, 2014 only.

Mr. Shatner became an entertainment legend as Star Trek’s Captain James T. Kirk, leading the U.S.S. Enterprise through its original television run and seven blockbuster films. The winner of two Emmy awards, he has starred on series including Boston Legal, Rescue 911, and TJ Hooker.

He has also written dozens of fiction and non-fiction books including ten Star Trek novels, his own TekWar series, and memoirs including Star Trek Memories, Up Till Now: The Autobiography, and Shatner Rules. He has appeared documentaries related to Star Trek, including How William Shatner Changed the World and The Captains.

Find out more about William Shatner on his official website and follow him on Twitter as @WilliamShatner.

A RARE REUNION EVENT:

Meet the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation on stage together… moderated by living legend William Shatner!

Join us for a Star Trek: The Next Generation cast reunion plus special guest moderator, William Shatner. Six ST:TNG cast members will join the Mr. Shatner on stage Sunday, March 16, starting at 4:30 p.m. at Planet Comicon in the Kansas City Convention Center.

LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, and Brent Spiner will appear for an insightful 90-minute conversation led by master of ceremonies William Shatner. The actors will explore the essence of what made this amazing cast one of the most loved in the history of television and film.

Prepare to laugh the evening away, as these cast members have remained best friends and love to make fun as they reveal memorable stories about themselves and each other. Mr. Shatner — along with the audience — will pose no-holds-barred questions during a casual 90-minute event. It may be explosive, it may be tearful, but it will unquestionably be lots of laughs.

This event will require separate tickets, and many admission levels will include special bonus perks. More information about ticket packages will be announced shortly. Tickets for the Planet Comicon Trek-tacular will be available online beginning January 22nd. Seating is limited, so be prepared to purchase your tickets early. See you there!

Six More Star Trek: TNG Cast Members Sign Up to Join Patrick Stewart at Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con 2012

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‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ 25-Year Reunion Set for Wizard World New Orleans As Main Cast Members Join Patrick Stewart, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2

Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, Gates McFadden Added To Celebration At New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

NEW YORK and NEW ORLEANS, October 3, 2012 – It has been 25 years since “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” hit the air.  Now, seven main members of that historic show will reunite as Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard), Jonathan Frakes (Commander William T. Riker), LeVar Burton (Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge), Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Worf), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi), Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data) and Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher) will attend Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

The series, which ran for seven seasons from 1987 through 1994, garnered 18 daytime Emmys and was a hugely successful follow-up to the original “Star Trek” from two decades earlier.  The seven stars are also scheduled to appear at this month’s Austin Comic Con in what would be the first gathering of the group in the U.S. since “TNG” first aired.

Stewart is scheduled to appear on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, while the rest of the cast is slotted for attendance all three days.  Weekend fans will have the unique opportunity to pose for a photo op with all seven actors.

Other standouts on the Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con celebrity roster include comics legend Stan Lee, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Eliza Dushku,Reservoir Dogs headliner Michael Madsen and WWE® Superstar CM Punk®.  They will be joined by an All-Star collection of well-known artists and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions 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, Dec. 2, is “Kids Day,” filled with an array of programming specially designed for children.

For more on the 2012 Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-neworleans.html.

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 *****
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

Montreal Comiccon Welcomes Stan Lee for September 2011 Show Plus Stars of Buffy, Batman, Etc.

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The Montreal Comiccon Expands! September 17-18, 2011 – Place Bonaventure

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, Aug 18, 2011  – When internationally recognized comic book icon Stan Lee, undoubtedly the biggest name in comics, agrees to be your guest of honor, you know you’re in for something special, even magical. In what promises to be the largest attendance it has seen yet, the Montreal Comiccon is incredibly proud to welcome Stan “The Man” Lee, co-creator of fan-favorite characters Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, the Avengers and Daredevil (to name a few). In what is surely to be a Montreal exclusive, Stan will be signing autographs, taking pictures and essentially bestowing his awesomeness upon the multitude of fans eagerly awaiting the chance to meet their hero.

And as if THAT wasn’t enough, the Montreal Comiccon is offering a spectacular line-up of stars from the worlds of comics, science fiction, television, film, horror, bande dessinee, manga and wrestling. Science fiction, television and comic book fans will be thrilled to meet the original Dynamic Duo, the legendary Adam West and Burt Ward. Known the world over for their acclaimed portrayals of Batman and Robin in 1960s’ Batman, they will be on hand to meet and greet their loyal Montreal fans. Oh yeah, they’re also bringing with them the most beloved crime-fighting vehicles ever known, the one-and-only 1960s Batmobile! Joining the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder are Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s platinum-blonde punk vampire Spike, better known to us mortals as the charismatic James Marsters. Accompanying him are Mercedes McNab, the vampire villainess Harmony Kendall and Clare Kramer, the Buffy villainess supreme.

Beaming down from the Enterprise to join in on all the Comiccon fun are Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Lieutenant Worf and Commander Deanna Troi, played by Michael Dorn and Marina Sirtis, respectively. We also have, from another corner of space, and a galaxy far, far away, bounty hunter Jeremy Bulloch, otherwise known to Star Wars fans as the incomparable Boba Fett. Other goody galactic guests include Maria de Aragon, the cocky bounty hunter Greedo, and Gil Gerard and Erin Gray, who played Buck Rogers and Colonel Wilma Deering, respectively. And if THAT wasn’t enough, fans can have their photos taken with Back To The Future’s time-travelling DeLorean (time travel not included)!

Lee, Bradbury, and Aldrin Headline Hollywood Xpo 2010

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Hollywood Xpo, October 15 – 17 at the Hilton Universal City, Features Appearances by Over 100 Stars, Reunions, Screenings & More!

(Hollywood, CA – September 29, 2010) Over 100 stars – including two American legends – iconic comics super hero creator Stan Lee and foremost science fiction and fantasy author Ray Bradbury — plus 50 luminaries from various incarnations of Star Trek and other top TV series and films — will all appear at Hollywood Xpo, the first-annual multimedia, popular culture convention for fans of science fiction, fantasy and horror, film, TV, comics, online entertainment, literature and music. Hollywood Xpo will take place October 15 – 17, 2010 at the Hilton Universal City, 555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City. Event hours are Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The convention kicks off Thursday night, October 14 at 8:00 p.m. with a free pre-opening day screening of Star Trek: Of Gods & Men.

Friday’s highlights will include a Star Trek: Of Gods & Men on-stage reunion, featuring 15 actors from the film and most of the crew, including Star Trek original cast members Walter Koenig (Chekov), Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) and Grace Lee Whitney (Rand), as well as Alan Ruck (Captain John Harriman) on Generations, Tim Russ (Tuvok) on Voyager and more.

On Friday evening, The Hollywood Legacy Awards banquet (separate ticket required) will honor icons who have positively contributed to the richness and betterment of humanity through the popular arts, film, TV, music and literature.

Stan Lee, known to millions as the man whose super heroes propelled Marvel Comics to a preeminent position in the comic book industry and co-creator of Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men and The Fantastic Four, will make a rare on-stage appearance on Saturday. Ray Bradbury – whose best-known books, masterworks “The Martian Chronicles,” “The Illustrated Man,” “Fahrenheit 451” and “Something Wicked This Way Comes” — were all made into classic films — will also take center stage Saturday along with the cast and crew of Ray’s latest movie adaptation, “Crysalis”. Star Trek celebrity highlights will include Jonathan Frakes (Cmdr. Riker) and Michael Dorn (Worf) on Next Generation.

Celebrities scheduled to appear on Sunday include Kevin Sorbo (Hercules) and Star Trek stars Robert Duncan McNeill (Lt. Paris) on Voyager and John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox), Connor Trinneer (Cmdr. “Trip” Tucker) and Dominic Keating (Lt. Reed) on Enterprise.

Other celebrity appearances will include Eric Roberts (The Expendables), Laraine Newman (Saturday Night Live), John Savage (The Deer Hunter) Catherine Hicks (7th Heaven), Erin Moran (Happy Days) and many more.

Film and TV show reunions throughout the weekend will include Lost in Space with Bill Mumy (Will Robinson) June Lockhart (Mrs. Robinson) and Mark Goddard (Major West); Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with Alan Ruck (Cameron), Cindy Pickett (Mrs. Bueller) and Edie McClurg (Grace) and InAlienable with Richard Hatch (Dr. Eric Norris), Walter Koenig (Dr. Schilling) and Erick Avari (Howard Ellis).

Production talent set to appear includes Eugene ‘Rod’ Roddenberry, television producer and only son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and actress Majel Barrett; The Chiodo Brothers (Stephen, Charles & Edward Chiodo), sibling special effects artists, best known for their classic cult film Killer Klowns from Outer Space; Star Trek illustrator Rick Sternbach and many more.

In addition to celebrity on-stage appearances, Hollywood Xpo will feature photo opportunities with celebrity guests, autographs at the Walk of Fame, an Artist’s Alley of comic book artists offering demonstrations of their work, and much more. The exhibit hall will be filled with companies and distributors selling and displaying collectibles from the worlds of sci-fi, Star Trek, comics, fantasy and horror.

A unique grid of filmmaking workshops will also be offered, where up-and-coming filmmakers can learn from award-winning directors, cameramen, makeup artists, screenwriters, actors and more about how to make your own film in the 21st century.

Hollywood Xpo tickets are available in advance (www.hollywoodxpo.com) or at the door. Three-day general admission tickets are $75, and single day general admission tickets are $25 Friday, $30 Saturday and $25 Sunday. Children and youths 17 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Special premium reserved seating packages as well as special event tickets are available in advance through the Hollywood Xpo website. When the exhibit hall closes on Friday and Saturday night, all Hollywood Xpo ticketholders are invited to stay and enjoy a variety of special film screenings hosted by celebrities and production talent. For complete event information, visit www.hollywoodxpo.com or call 323.774.1458.

About Hollywood Xpo: Hollywood Xpo producer Planet Xpo Productions has been presenting “out of this world” events since 2003, including the Beam Me Up, Scotty…One Last Time Tribute to James Doohan, Star Trek: The Show That Changed The World Gala 40th Anniversary Celebration and The Great Bird of the Galaxy Tribute to Gene Roddenberry. Sister company, independent film production group Renegade Studios, produced webisodic Star Trek: Of Gods & Men and feature films InAlienable and Roddenberry on Patrol.

Over 40 Special Guests Announced for Anaheim Comic Con

Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev, Eliza Dushku and more kick off the hottest convention of 2010!

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On April 16-18, 2010, the inaugural Anaheim Comic Con is coming to the Anaheim Convention Center. The Anaheim Comic Con will be a major regional pop culture convention bringing fans the latest information on comics, toys, collectibles and connecting attendees with celebrity guests, artists and industry professionals.

The convention is still a few months away and several comic book superstars are already heading to the Anaheim Comic Con! Leading the way are Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, the blockbuster creative team behind Marvel’s SPIDER-WOMAN! Additionally, Bernie Wrightson (SWAMP THING), Tim Bradstreet (THE PUNISHER), Steve Niles (30 DAYS OF NIGHT), Charlie Huston (MOON KNIGHT), Phil Jimenez (ASTONISHING X-MEN), Simon Bisley (JUDGE DREDD), Glenn Fabry (PREACHER) and Tom Jane (BAD PLANET) are already confirmed for the show, with dozens of other comic creators to be announced!

Several stars of film and television will also be in attendance, including DOLLHOUSE star and longtime fan favorite, Eliza Dushku! Also onboard for the Anaheim Comic Con are Ted Raimi (XENA, SPIDER-MAN), WWE & TNA star Mick Foley along with three of the most beloved cast members from the 60′s BATMAN TV series: Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar! Additionally, there are several additional guests that will be announced soon!

“There is a real desire in Southern California for a comic based pop-culture experience, and I feel privileged to get back in touch with our west coast fans in this way. This will truly be an event for families and people of all ages,” said Gareb Shamus, CEO of Wizard Entertainment.

Full Guest list so far:
William Shatner
Kate Mulgrew
Eliza Dushku
Christian Serratos
Brent Spiner
Catherine Bach
John Schneider
Ernie Hudson
Taylor Dayne
Brande Roderick
Jake Busey
Lori Petty
Lucianna Carro
Mick Foley
Bruce Boxleitner
Kevin Sorbo
Levar Burton
Robert Picardo
Jonathan Frakes
John de Lancie
Scott Bakula
Genie Francis
Melissa Gilbert
John Noble
Lorenzo Lamas
Rob Van Dam
Lita
Leonard Nimoy
Lindsay Wagner
Heidi Klum
Garrett Wang
Daniel Logan
Walter Koenig
Traci Scoggins
Michael Dorn
Lofton
Bernie Wrightson
Charlie Huston
Christopher Knight
Adrianne Curry
Alex Maleev
Tim Bradstreet
Tom Jane
Steve Niles

With such an incredible guest line up, the Anaheim Comic Con will easily be one of the top conventions of 2010. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this historic comic con!

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The Anaheim Comic Con runs from April 16-18, 2010 at the Anaheim Convention Center. It is a major regional pop culture convention bringing fans the latest information on comics, toys, collectibles and connecting attendees with celebrity guests, artists and industry professionals.
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