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.

FACTS Welcomes Lou Ferrigno, Adi Granov & More

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F.A.C.T.S is proud to announce its full line-up, with most recent the addition of “The Incredible Hulk” Lou Ferrigno as well as Adi Granov, comic-artist famous for his involvement in the Iron Man movies!

“We have been trying to get THE HULK to FACTS for years now and finally the stars and planets are perfectly aligned. Lou Ferrigno is a personal hero and whenever I put on a jeans jacket, I think of that amazing TV-series”, said Emmanuel van Melkebeke, F.A.C.T.S. Convention Director, with a disheartening honesty…

Also to have Adi Granov join the guest line-up is a thrill in itself. Adi has played a fundamental role in designing the Iron Man outfit as well as his allies and adversaries in the Iron Man movies. A Marvel exclusive artist with a major impact in both the comic as well as the movie business!

“I adore his covers to Iron Man as much as any normal FACTS-visitor would, but do not forget his Captain America and Thor coverwork as well”, commented to Emmanuel van Melkebeke.

These latest additions might not be the last even, but for now F.A.C.T.S. has a strong line-up!

F.A.C.T.S. actors:
- Charisma Carpenter: Buffy, Angel, Charmed.
- Torri Higginsoon: Tekwar, Stargate Atlantis
- Sherilynn Fenn: Twin Peaks
- Dirk Benedict: Battlestar Galactica, The A-Team
- Julian Glover: Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Game Of Thrones

F.A.C.T.S. artists:
- Keu Cha: Witchblade, Rising Stars, HEX
- Barry Kitson: Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Legion of Super-Heroes
- Aleksi Briclot: Merlin, Spawn, Wizard of the Coast
- Aleksa Gajic: “Technotise – Edit and I” animation, Scourge Of The Gods
- Clint Langley: Slaine, 2000AD
- Minck Oosterveer: Nicky Saxx, Ruse, The Unknown
- Romano Molenaar: The Darkness, Storm, Lady Death,
- Adrien Floch: Lanfeust of Troy, Ythaq
- Adam Devreux: Game Over
- Lectrr: Belgian cartoonist

F.A.C.T.S Comicon is the signature pop culture event of the Benelux, presenting guests and programming to cater for the top segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, TV, and gaming industries.

Entering its 21th edition, F.A.C.T.S. is expected to draw over 16,000+ attendees to its October 22-23, 2011 convention held at the Gent Flanders Expo Convention Center located in Gent, Belgium.

The show will sport 12,000 square metres and will host dealers of toys, comics, movie merchandise, fantasy merchandise, manga and will see 400+ cosplayers and an entire fanvillage, as well as loads of surprises, brighten up the already amazing venue!

For more information, please go to http://www.facts.be