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Star Wars Celebs to Appear at Wizard World Philadelphia

If you are a Star Wars fan the Pennsylvania Convention Center is the place to be from May 31st to June 3rd for Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con.  Star Wars celebrities will be in attendance including Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), Nick Gillard (stunt coordinator for the Prequels), and Sam Witwer (voice of Darth Maul in The Clone Wars).

 

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On Friday, June 1st there will be a Star Wars Q&A featuring Mayhew, Bulloch, and Gillard at 3pm.  Sam Witwer will have his own Q&A at 6pm on the same day.  Nick Gillard will also be doing a “Jedi Lightsaber Master Class” at various times throughout the convention.

There are a number of other guests who will be of interest to pop culture fans including Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers) and Stan Lee (creator of Spiderman, Hulk, X-men…).  Star Trek fans will be excited to see 5 Trek Captains together in one place.  William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, and Scott Bakula will appear together (for the first time ever!) for Q&A’s on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information check out the Wizard World Philadelphia website.  See the official press release below.

-Aaron Goins

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Chris Hemsworth, William Shatner, Stan Lee, WWE® Superstar CM Punk™,Patrick Stewart Top Stellar 2012 Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con Lineup

Five ‘Star Trek’ Captains Together For The First Time; Paul Wesley, Bruce Campbell, ScottBakula, 60 Other Celebrities, Dozens of Top Creators Set For Pennsylvania Convention CenterMay 31 – June 3

NEW YORK and PHILADELPHIA, May 2012 – For more than a decade, Wizard WorldPhiladelphia Comic Con has brought standout celebrities, comics creators and more to thePennsylvania Convention Center as one of the highlights of the city’s pop culture scene. Butthe 2012 lineup, set for Thursday, May 31, through Sunday, June 3, featuring mega-starsChris Hemsworth, William Shatner, Stan Lee, WWE® Superstar CM Punk™, PatrickStewart and more than 60 others, may be the best and most diverse ever.

Shatner (“Star Trek,” “Boston Legal”) will appear on Saturday and Sunday, while Hemsworth(The Avengers, Thor), Stewart (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “X-Men”) and WWE®Superstar CM Punk™ will be on site on Saturday, and comics legend Lee (“Spider-Man,” “XMen”)on Friday through Sunday.

The event also marks the first gathering of all five “Star Trek” captains from the five TV seriesin the iconic franchise: Shatner (“Captain Kirk” in “Star Trek”), Stewart (“Captain Jean-LucPicard” in “The Next Generation”), Avery Brooks (“Captain Sisko” in “Deep Space Nine”),Kate Mulgrew (“Captain Janeway” in “Voyager”) and Bakula (“Captain Archer” in “Enterprise”).

Other hugely popular stars scheduled to attend include Scott Bakula (“Star Trek: Enterprise,”“Quantum Leap”), Paul Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries,” “24”), Kate Mulgrew (“Star Trek:Voyager,” Remo Williams), James Marsters (“Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” “Torchwood”),Bruce Campbell (Army of Darkness, Evil Dead), Sam Witwer (“Smallville,” “Being Human”),Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints, Saw 3D), Melissa Joan Hart (“Sabrina, the TeenageWitch,” “Melissa and Joey”), Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,”“90210”), James Hong (Blade Runner, Kung Fu Panda), Hayden Panettiere (“Heroes,” BringIt On), Jason Priestley (“Beverly Hills, 90210,” Tombstone), Kristy Swanson (Buffy theVampire Slayer; Dude, Where’s My Car?) and Juliet Landau (“Angel,” Ed Wood).

VIP tickets are available now for fans who want to secure their opportunity to meet many of thestars at the event. Fans can visit http://www.wizardworld.com/philadelphia.html for links to VIPpackages for Hemsworth, Lee, Campbell, Ryan, Panettiere, WWE® Superstar CM Punk™,Bakula, Wesley, Shatner, Marsters and group experiences with Boondock Saints, “Buffy: TheVampire Slayer,” “Spartacus/Legend of the Seeker” and “Star Trek” Captains.

Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bringtogether 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.

Children and adult attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite villain,superhero or pop culture personality for the chance to win special prizes in costume contests.Event-goers may also try their hand at interactive product exhibits and shop for collectiblecomics, movie and television memorabilia, toys and games at scores of dealer booths.

Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con will also feature special children’s programming onSunday, June 3, with face painting, art projects, workshops, costume contest and other youthactivities. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with adult paid admission (up to two childrenper adult).

For more on the 2012 Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, including hours, celebrities,creators, vendors, programming schedules, evening entertainment, autographs, sponsorshipand volunteer information and more, visit http://www.wizardworld/home-pa.html

About Wizard World: Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America thatcelebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and socialnetworking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, andevents such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

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April 14-15 – Wizard World Toronto Comic Con
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The Clone Wars Weekly Roundup

Greetings Troops, and welcome to this week’s TCW Weekly Roundup!

If you have been living under a rock, you may not have heard about a little gathering of fanboys and fangirls of the popular arts that occurs every July in San Diego, California called Comic-Con. This little get together generated lots and lots of news regarding the best animated show on television, Star Wars: The Clone Wars (TCW).

To kick off the week we finally found out the character that Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica’s Starbuck) will be playing. Though no name has yet been given, we learned that Ms. Sackhoff will be playing the role of a female Mandalorian commando who is part of the Death Watch terrorist group.

 

EW.com and subsequently Starwars.com both posted a Season Four teaser trailer entitled “Death Watch.” This not only marks the debut of Ms. Sackhoff’s character, but also marks the return of Lux Bonteri. Lux made his debut on the season 3 episode “Heroes on Both Sides” and took part in exchanging playful banter with Ahsoka Tano. Lux enabled Ahsoka to gain a different perspective on theSeparatists, but in Season Four could there be friendship or even teenage romance in their future? We will have to wait and see.

We also learned that the story arc will also feature the return of actor/director Jon Favreau as Deathwatch leader Pre Vizsla and that the episodes should air roughly mid-season.

If one new teaser trailer wasn’t enough, we got a second one entitled “Water War” which comes from the season opening Battle of Dac trilogy. Scuba Troopers, alien-shark dudes, and full scale underwater battle royal between the Quarren-Separatists and the Mon Cal-Republic.

We learned a lot about what characters, locations and storylines will be appearing in season four.

The Besalisk Jedi previously seen in the Season Four Teaser trailer is named General Krell and he will factor into a storyline involving the Clones and their view on the war and the Jedi.

We will also see the return of Savage Opress, Asajj Ventress, The Nightsisters, Cade Bane, Bossk, Boba Fett, Commander Wolfe, ARC Trooper Fives, and non-Delta Squad Clone Commandos. We will also see the debut of Dengar, one of the bounty hunters from The Empire Strikes Back.

For planets we will see the Mon Calamari home world of Dac as well as the planet of Umbara. Umbara is the home world of Palpatine’s aide Sly Moore, and is a planet of perpetual darkness. It sounds like we will see some really weird technology on Umbara.

Bonnie Burton on The Official Star Wars Blog has some interesting details on how Season 4 will portray the clones in general and Captain Rex in particular.

New Clone Trooper Story Arc with Captain Rex:
Umbara is a new planet shrouded in darkness & for the first time you get to see clone troopers killing non-droids, but infact humaniods that live on the planet. All the technology the Umbarans fight with weapons you’ve never seen before. Fans have actually seen Umbarans before; Palpatine’s creepy aid is an Umbaran. And a lot of the favorite troopers who have survived so far like Captain Rex and Fives will show up in this episode.

New Faces and Armor:
They changed the look of a lot of the main characters like Anakin, Ahsoka and Obi-Wan, so this season they upgraded the facial expressions on the clone faces and changed some of the armor as well. Captain Rex doesn’t like the new armor because he thinks it’s too disposable so he makes a hybrid of his old armor welded together with his new armor. He’s worried that the Republic looks at the clones as more of a disposable army.”

I can’t wait for the show to continue to explore the moral issues associated with the clone army, and I hope we see storylines similar to those in the Republic Commando novel series.

At TCW panel at Comic-Con they also showed some early animation for a scene involving Nightsisters using lightsabers and battling battle droids. This really has me intrigued. In January on Lightsaber Rattling I speculated about the destabilization of the balance of power in the galaxy with the introduction of the Nightsisters, Savage Opress and the potential return of Darth Maul. Could this third power base in the galaxy create yet another way for Palpatine to prolong the war for his own ends? The Nightsisters in conflict with the Separatists certainly has interesting story possibilities following up on what we saw in Season Three.

For our friends north of the border who watch TCW on Teletoon, we got a little write up blurb about season four in that networks promotion for the fall season.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season Four
Premieres Friday, September 16 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT
Airs Friday at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Heroes rise, enemies return and battles intensify in an all-new, action-packed season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. As the heroic Jedi Knights and their clone army fight to preserve order, their efforts continue to be met with strong resistance from the massive Separatist droid army. Escalating and expanding into uncharted corners of the galaxy, the scope and scale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars continues to grow with exotic adventures and enhanced animation strengthening ties to the Star Wars Saga. Within the galactic battle, fearsome foes from the past return to settle the score including lethal adversaries such as bounty hunter Cad Bane and the monstrous Savage Opress. As unexpected alliances are formed on both sides of the battle, the action explodes and the course of the war takes an unforeseen turn. Critically-acclaimed and unlike any other animated show on television, Star Wars: The Clone Wars season four: Battle Lines brings viewers right up to the front-lines of the massive galactic conflict, revealing the stories that forged the Star Wars galaxy.

Will we see a September 16th premier in the United States as well? We will let you know as soon as we find out. Until next time, keep your Buy’ce on and your blaster handy.

Pete

 

 

 

Philadelphia Comic Con 2011

This past Saturday, June 18, a couple of friends and I decided to check out Wizard World Philadelphia, or Philadelphia Comic Con as it is more commonly known. I am pretty new to the whole convention thing, only having gone to Celebration V and Steel City Con before this. Celebration, as most of you know, is a Star Wars centered con and Steel City Con is a very small convention in Pittsburgh PA. I was excited to attend Philly Comic Con because it would be the first large non Star Wars con I have been to, and I was curious to venture into this larger world.

We arrived at the convention center right as the doors were supposed to open at 10:00 A.M. Right away I realized I had underestimated the popularity of this con. There was a line all the way around the block. It took about an hour waiting in line to finally get into the convention. Judging by the t-shirts and costumes, there were many fellow Star Wars fans in line with us. We even bumped into a General Grievous. Not movie accurate by a longshot, but I applauded the costumer’s efforts.

Peter Mayhew, Daniel Logan and Jake Lloyd

After we got into the convention, we went straight to the first of two Q&A’s featuring Star Wars actors. This one had Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Daniel Logan (young Boba Fett) and Jake Lloyd (young Anakin). Peter Mayhew sort of acted as host, and they all took questions from the audience. Daniel Logan quickly stole the show with his humor and big personality, and Jake seemed happy to allow someone else to take the spotlight.

Daniel had funny stories about playing against Jake in the arcade podracer game, riding in golf carts on set with Ewan Macgregor, and meeting Christopher Lee for the first time.

Jake said he doesn’t regret working on Star Wars.

Both Daniel and Peter talked about how much they loved riding the new Star Tours.

Peter talked about his fond memories of Sir Alec Guinness and Irvin Kershner.

Daniel said he would work on Star Trek if ever asked.

Peter Mayhew – “What do you get if you shave a Wookiee? A Klingon.”

Peter said he was informed over a phone call about the impending death of Chewbacca in the book Vector Prime, and he also received a signed copy of the book from R.A. Salvatore that said “Sorry mate”.

Daniel said he is still working on Clone Wars.

Daniel’s favorite movie is What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

Favorite Star Wars Movie:
Jake – The Return of the Jedi
Daniel – The Phantom Menace
Peter – The Empire Strikes Back

Billy Dee Williams

The other Q&A was with Billy Dee Williams. There was a lot of discussion about some of the other projects that he has worked on, and about his art, but there were plenty of Star Wars related questions as well. As a side note, his art is actually very good. If you have never seen any of it I recommend seeking it out online.

He said he may be working on an upcoming Driving Miss Daisy project.

He spoke of his memories of working with Irvin Kershner.

His middle name is December, “..and I was born in April”

Women used to fall down when they would see him. He was afraid to help them up because if he touched them he thought they might die.

When asked if he would ever do voice work again for a Star Wars project he said, “There is something else that’s being done, but I am not at liberty to talk about it.” Clone Wars maybe??

When told that Lando is now married in the Expanded Universe Billy Dee said, “I gotta get that [book], gotta check it out. What does she look like?”

When asked if he liked the Prequels, “..billions of dollars are made with these things. People seem to really enjoy the adventure.”

Who was the most fun to work with on Star Wars? “Who was that guys sitting next to me? …. Nien Nunb”

Both panels were great fun, and most of the actors seemed to really enjoy themselves.

Convention Floor

The convention floor was packed with vendors selling comics, t-shirts, toys, and almost anything else a collector could want. I was personally able to find a Darth Vader Mighty Mugg to add to my collection and some Legacy comic trades that I had been looking for at a discounted price.

There was also an unbelievable amount of comic book artists at the convention. The only Star Wars artist I recognized was Tom Hodges who is probably best known for his art on the online Clone Wars series at StarWars.com. I picked up one of his sketch books, and he even did a sketch of Luke Skywalker in the back of the book for me while I was standing there. Very nice guy and extremely talented.

I also had a chance to talk to Daniel Logan for a few minutes at his signing table. I don’t collect signatures, but I do like to meet Star Wars celebrities when I get the chance. I had met Daniel in December and was so happy to talk to him again. He really takes time to talk to his fans and is a genuinely nice guy. It is obvious that he appreciates his fans and understands how important they are.

Unfortunately, I was only able to stay at the con for about 6 hours, so I had to rush to get to everything I wanted to do. I was very pleased with the Star Wars presence at the convention with 4 major Star Wars celebrities, a well known Star Wars artist, and all the comics and toys you could want. The convention was great fun, and I definitely will be attending again when it comes back to town. Next time, I will make better plans for dealing with the crowds and who knows, maybe I’ll even put together my own General Grievous costume. Probably not though.

Aaron Goins