Written by John Edward Betancourt
There are some actors out there that are so iconic and important to a fan that well, you simply cannot remember your childhood without them. Some of us only have a few that they can think of, some of us have many, either way we all look forward to the possibility of someday meeting those silver screen heroes from days gone bye.
I myself am in the latter category of what I mentioned, there are so many actors that brought me joy in my youth and one of the many reasons I love conventions is because of the fact it is a place to finally meet those people that inspired us and enthralled us growing up and Denver Comic Con has once again delivered a living legend, by announcing that Christopher Lloyd is coming to DCC 2015.
On a personal level, my first introduction to this man's fine acting work came from my favorite franchise, Star Trek. Specifically the third film The Search for Spock when Lloyd took up the role of Commander Kruge. He was a fascinating villain, and the first Klingon I ever came to know and it was a fine enough performance that I sought out much of his work over the years.
In fact he was the initial reason I found myself wanting to watch the original Back to the Future and over the years I've really just come to realize that his ability to simply lose himself in a role, to truly become that character is what makes watching Christopher's work so absolutely enjoyable. I mean come on, the man BECAME Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, he simply oozes talent and it will be a great honor to shake his hand and see him in the flesh.
This is simply an incredible addition to Denver Comic Con's 2015 lineup, one that has actually made me more excited for this convention, if that's even possible, and it makes the wait for May all that more difficult because I cannot wait to see Christopher Lloyd at DCC.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
Of all the fandoms I have come to know over the years, there is one that still remains my favorite through and through, Star Trek. I love how well this series continues to inspire people around the world with its message of hope and a better future.
Heck, I remember the time when Trek ruled the landscape of all fandoms not that long ago with the movies doing well on the big screen and at least two television series playing out on the air, it was a wonderful time to be a fan of the 24th Century. So of course, leave it to Denver Comic Con to continue their proud tradition of respect and diversity of all fandoms by bringing another legend from the Federation to Denver with Garrett Wang.
For those who are unfamiliar with Garrett, he played Ensign Harry Kim on the iconic Star Trek: Voyager during its seven season run on television. Kim was an important character to the show since well, Voyager was his first mission in Starfleet and what a tough one to get seeing as to how the ship was lost in space, 70 years away from home, giving his character a unique perspective on life in deep space.
He quickly became a fan favorite thanks to an honest portrayal of a Starfleet rookie without a clue how to proceed and we literally watched him go from unsure greenhorn to seasoned veteran before our eyes and that's all thanks to Garrett's fine acting skills bringing this character to life. It's a great honor to see another fantastic Star Trek guest coming to Denver this year, and I cannot wait to meet the Ensign in person come May!
Written by John Edward Betancourt
If there's something I've noticed when it comes to the many conventions out there, it's that sometimes you see guests that come back year after year, becoming something of a fixture at that convention and I think that's one of the biggest compliments a convention can get.
It means that not only did that guest have an amazing time the first time they came to said convention, they have a great time year after year and Denver Comic Con is certainly no exception to this proud tradition with the announcement of the return of another iconic guest, The Incredible Hulk himself, Lou Ferrigno.
For those unfamiliar with Mister Ferrigno and his career, Lou is a comic book legend having played the part of the Incredible Hulk in the 1978 television series of the same namesake and well, he was nothing short of incredible. In a time where CGI was an expensive venture and practical effects ruled the land, Lou was simply imagination come to life. While the show itself was actually amazing as well and filled with a quality plot, production values and solid acting, I know we all wanted to see one thing, the Hulk, and Lou made the part his own.
Of course Lou has had a rich career following the show as well, showing up on television shows like The King of Queens and Chuck, plus you can even hear his voice acting work on Adventure Time, but he has never turned his back on the role that made him famous. After all he even showed up in Marvel's first big screen adaptation of the character with a cameo in Hulk, and he continues to lend his voice to the character, reprising the role vocally in the 1996-1997 animated series The Incredible Hulk and in both Avengers motion pictures.
Regardless, I think it's fantastic that Lou enjoyed his time at Denver Comic Con 2014 enough that he is coming back for 2015 and I certainly hope he becomes a yearly mainstay at the convention where we can all just swing by and say hello to this comic book legend. Can't wait to see him again in May!
Written by Mattie
I’m so excited! Yesterday Denver Comic Con added another incredible guest to the lineup and he's one of my favorites, Sean Astin. This is an actor I grew up with. He played Mikey in the classic 80’s movie, The Goonies, which I’ve probably have seen dozens of times. It’s one of my childhood favorites.
However, he is most popular for being Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy where he played the loveable hobbit Sam, friend to Frodo Baggins. He also played Doug Whitmore in the comedy 50 First Dates and played the pretty hilarious steroid filled brother. That movie is so funny.
He also was in the show, Alphas as Mitchell Morgan. I sadly never made it to season 2 but it is on my list.
Sean Astin is also a very talented voice actor, who has been in Kingdom Hearts as Hercules, and is in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series as the voice of Raphael. He's just so amazing as an actor and I cannot wait to meet him later this year!
Please help us welcome Sean Astin to Denver Comic Con 2015! It’s going to be another great year!
Written by Daniel
It’s has been a while since my RPG days but I can recall the hours spent around the table with my group of friends Not only as a kid, oddly enough I just came across my First Edition DMG and Player's hand book the other day sifting through boxes. Then came the dark ages for a while as sports came along and other things going on in the world. It wasn’t until later, when I had my comic shop that RPG’s and board games came back with a force. There were new editions, manuals, revised rules, and character classes to choose from. It wasn’t just limited to DND, now there were other RPG’s to choose from, Robo Tech, Marvel Comics, Star Wars, just about every universe you could think of had a gaming platform to help with your geeky fix. Not to mention the new card game that was just starting to take over, Magic: The Gathering.
I have gone to tournaments across the country for Magic, Mage Knight, and Hero Clix and I always feel a little sad when I see a gaming event going on during a Comic Con. I know the time these can take, I once spent two straight days playing Axis and Allies and it seems so unfair to hold one of these during a con. The inner geek in me is afraid of missing something during the con, or not enough time in the dealer’s room because my stagey to take the castle ran a little longer than I had counted on (damn cold dice). So when I saw the announcement for Con on the Range I could feel the inner gamer in me jumping for joy. A con just devoted to the simple idea of playing with no distraction of costumes or speakers and best of all I don’t have to get on a plane to attend.
You have no idea what a pain it is to lug your gaming gear across an airport and wonder if you still have everything you need. There is always the worry of that one miniature you forgot that would work perfect and when this sort of thing happens at home it’s amazing. Tables as far as the eye can see ready to carry the weight of the epic clashes about to happen. Sure you can play in the comfort of home but t’s an entirely different experience to take it to a public format. Con on the Range has answered that challenge offering space for your group as well as some pre built scenarios for the novice and experienced gamer alike. The one spotlighted this round was Pathfinder along with different blocks of time during the day dedicated to different themes.
I was lucky enough to hear about this early so I could clear my schedule for the weekend but some of my friends had missed the notice entirely, good thing is this won’t be the only one for the year. I know Enchanted Grounds in Highlands Ranch had a big involvement in this event and they told me there will be another one just like this closer to the end of June beginning of July. They will announce a date very soon on FaceBook for a more sold date so please watch there page for that because I have to tell you. This is a fun time, a great way to blow a weekend stepping out of your world and crossing over to a land that is only limited by your own imagination. You can even be a drunken pirate in public and no one will care, can’t wait for the next event.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
As the holiday season begins to wrap up, and we all begin to clean up the vast amounts of wrapping paper covering our floors, it turns out that one more gift was waiting for us under the tree all along as Denver Comic Con made a few more guest announcements this holiday season, along with letting us fans know how we can make the convention even more special for the kids that want to attend it.
Over at Pop Culture Classroom's website
there is a place where folks can donate five dollars that will go to one of PCC/DCC's non-profit, youth-based partners to give kids that may not normally have the chance to attend Denver Comic Con the opportunity to spend the weekend at the Colorado Convention Center for DCC 2015. It's an awesome way to keep giving after this holiday season.
But just who exactly will be joining the already amazing lineup of guests for next year? Well without further ado, here are the latest round of announcements.
This incredibly decorated actor is credited with 77 acting roles and has been in some big time films. Heck, he even played General George C. Marshall in 2001's Pearl Harbor and is no stranger to comic book movies since he played Pa Angel in 1995's Judge Dredd. But Scott is now best known for playing the role of Hershel Greene on TV's biggest show...The Walking Dead.
Emma is a longtime veteran of television, having been on such TV classics as General Hospital and the wildly popular Beverly Hills 90210. But if there is one show and one role that Emma is best known for, it's Anya from the iconic Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
This talented artist has had his work featured in Gorilla Gorilla and Tiny Titans amongst a host of other comics and to top it off, he is an award winner as well, having taken home The Eisner Award.
This talented artist has quite the accomplishment on her resume. She was the first female comic book artist to make onto Wizard Magazine's Top Artist list. You can find her work in such comics as Birds of Prey and X-Men Unlimited.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
If there is one thing that Denver Comic Con has established itself as, it's as a destination for legendary actors and artists. We've seen some incredible people attend this convention and yesterday DCC decided to add another legendary name to the lineup by announcing that Patrick Warbuton will be attending the convention in 2015.
Mister Warburton, best known for his distinctive voice has managed to solidify himself as not only one of the finest voice actors out there, but he has managed to find himself attached to some of the most iconic voice roles in recent history.
I would say that you likely know him best from (insert show here) but that wouldn't be doing Patrick's career justice since he has truly been in so many of our favorites. Currently, his two top roles are of course as Joe Swanson on Family Guy and Brock Samson on The Venture Bros. But his rich career has taken him all over the voice acting and acting world.
You may also recall his work as Kronk in The Emperor's New Groove as well, and heck he even showed up in Men in Black II.
But for me, my first introduction to Patrick was his turn as The Tick in the live action version of the show, a hilarious ride that quite frankly ended way too early. Regardless, Patrick is a rare breed of actor simply in the respect that he always finds the right roles at the right time that the fans love to the point of cult status.
That kind of ability makes Patrick a legend in my book and another incredible addition to the already amazing lineup for Denver Comic Con 2015!
Written by Mattie and Scotty
“Because, unlike some other Robin Hoods, I can speak with an English accent.”
That’s right! Cary Elwes is coming to Denver for Denver Comic Con 2015! He is the actor who leapt into our hearts as Westley from The Princess Bride and tickled our funny bone in Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood: Men in Tights. He played the evil villain, Edgar, in the movie, Ella Enchanted and was in the movie Saw as Dr. Lawrence Gordon for all you horror fanatics. Over all, he’s a well-versed actor.
“No one would surrender to the Dread Pirate Westley.”
I grew up on The Princess Bride and Robin Hood: Men in Tights and to this day, they are still two of my favorite movies to quote. Randomly I’ll declare myself as the Dread Pirate Roberts and run off. It happens to the best of us.
So please help me welcome Cary Elwes, the Dread Pirate Roberts himself to Denver Comic Con 2015!
Wait? What? Cary Elwes is coming to DCC this year? Yes, one of my favorite stars from growing up has said ‘as you wish’ and is coming out to Denver Comic Con this year. I have fallen in love with this man’s characters over the years, be it from The Princess Bride or Robin Hood: Men in Tights, but he has not stopped hitting the main stream by playing Pierre Despereaux in the TV series Psych and is Principal Donato in the upcoming school thriller H8RZ.
With the broad range of work that Cary has brought to the screen, I still see him as Westley in The Princess Bride since that is the movie I first noticed him in. His comedic timing was impeccable back then and has only gotten finer with age as these are still roles that I like to see him in. With adding movies like Saw to his list of credits he has been able to adapt to any of his roles and should be a joy to talk to.
With his new book that just came out in October, it might be something special to have him scribble a signature on, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride. Thus far on the DCC roster, this is the person that I will most defiinitely be in line to talk to, even if I get star struck, I am sure that I could shake his hand and say thanks for what he brought to screen in several of his roles. Still in shock as I might actually get to meet a star from my youth that I have continued to look up to ever since.
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Written by John Edward Betancourt
Oh the time has come once again my fellow fans for Denver Comic Con to do what they do best and announce yet another incredible guest to attend next year's convention.
In fact this announcement brings a little hint of a mini reunion on stage in Denver for all of you Firefly fans out there since Alan Tudyk is coming to Denver Comic Con 2015.
Yes, Wash himself will be in attendance next year and well, this is an amazing announcement. Not only will he join Jewel Staite in the Mile High City, but Alan is quite the decorated actor. Everyone of course knows him best from his time in Firefly and Serenity but he can be found in so much more!
You may remember him as Steve the Pirate from Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, but he has also shown up in V, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, 42 and has even lent his voice to some pretty amazing productions from Disney. You may also remember hearing his voice work in Wreck-It Ralph as King Candy and Duke in Frozen.
In fact you'll also hear him in Big Hero 6 once it hits theaters as Alistar Krai. I have to say I'm pretty excited about this particular announcement, Alan is a wonderful actor who brought joy to so many on Firefly. Thank you Denver Comic Con for another wonderful announcement!