Category: Conventions

Christopher Judge Invades Portland For Rose City Comicon

Christopher Judge, best known as Teal’C on Stargate SG-1, will be appearing at the annual Rose City Comicon this year. The con will be taking place September 21-22, 2013 at the Oregon Convention Center. Judge also played the voice of Magneto on the animated series, X-Men: Evolution and was an Oregon Duck from 1982-1985 where he lead in kickoff returns and interceptions, as well as being a three time All American. He began his acting career in 1990 with roles in Neon Ryder and MacGuyver, but since then has appeared in Bird on a Wire, House Party 2, 21 Jump Street, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, He Man and the Masters of the Universe, Andromeda, The Mentalist, and most recently in The Dark Knight Rises.

Sponsoring RCCC this year is one of the largest comic retailers, Things From Another World, a leading comic book publisher, ONI Press, the premier source for nerdy socks, Sock Dreams, Portland’s long standing gaming store, Rainy Day Games, Dark Horse Comics, Oregon’s premiere Tattoo studio, Infinity Tattoo and Oregon City’s epic, Stryker’s Main Street Arcade.

RCCC 2013 will feature even more of a variety of film/television stars, voice actors, comic guests, vendors, merchandise, gaming, contests, artists, speakers and pop culture than its previous groundbreaking year! With an anticipated attendance of over 15,000 in 2013, Rose City Comic Con has established itself as one of the most exciting new conventions on the scene. Founded by Portland-area entrepreneur Ron Brister in 2012, RCCC is one of the fastest growing conventions with the focus of fan and family-friendly fun.

Avery Brooks Beams Down To Rose City Comic Con

logoActor and star of the hit sci-fi television show, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Avery Brooks, is the sixth celebrity guest announced for the upcoming Rose City Comic Con taking place on September 21st and 22nd, 2013 at the Oregon Convention Center.

Avery Brooks is best known for his role as Commander/Captain/Admiral Benjamin Sisko in the sci-fi series, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Hawk in the mystery series, Spenser: For Hire, the spinoff series, A Man Called Hawk, and as Dr. Robert Sweeney in American History X.

Avery was the first African American in US history to receive an MFA in acting and directing in 1976. Since then he’s appeared in numerous television shows, commercials, video games, and films including American Playhouse, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Roots: The Gift, Gargoyles, The Big Hit, and 15 Minutes. Avery has also taught acting at many universities.

Other special guests at this year’s Rose City Comic Con are Jewel Staite (Firefly/Serenity), Sam Jones (Flash Gordon), David Giuntoli (Grimm), and Billy West (Futurama), and John DiMaggio (Futurama).

Sponsoring RCCC this year is one of the largest comic retailers, Things From Another World, a leading comic book publisher, ONI Press, the premier source for nerdy socks, Sock Dreams, Portland’s long standing gaming store, Rainy Day Games, and Oregon City’s epic, Stryker’s Main Street Arcade.

RCCC 2013 will feature even more of a variety of film/television stars, voice actors, comic guests, vendors, merchandise, gaming, contests, artists, speakers and pop culture than its previous groundbreaking year!

With an anticipated attendance of over 15,000 in 2013, Rose City Comic Con has established itself as one of the most exciting new conventions on the scene. Founded by Portland-area entrepreneur Ron Brister in 2012, RCCC is one of the fastest growing conventions with the focus of fan and family-friendly fun.

Look for regular press releases containing all of the latest news leading up to the show in September 2013. For more information, please visit RCCC’s website at www.RoseCityComicCon.com

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Comic Con Team-up: Rose City Comic Con And Emerald City Comicon

After an amazing debut in 2012, the Rose City Comic Con is kicking it up a notch or 12 for its sophomore year by announcing a partnership with Seattle’s Emerald City Comicon. Forging ahead into an impressive eleventh year of operations, ECCC lends its considerable skills to bolstering an already elegantly run RCCC to make Portland, OR the place to be for next Fall’s biggest pop culture spectacle. Keep checking with Pop Culture Zoo for more info and check out today’s press release below for all the deets, True Believer!

Seattle-based ECCC Corp., organizers of Emerald City Comicon (ECCC), the largest comic book and pop culture event in the Pacific Northwest, announced today a formal partnership with Portland-based FlashPoint Media to cooperate in bringing Oregon the convention it rightly deserves in the 2013 Rose City Comic Con (RCCC).

RCCC 2013 will be taking place September 21-22, 2013 at the Oregon Convention Center, and will be co-produced by both ECCC and RCCC, combining the talents and organizational efforts for one fantastic event. The first guest announced for RCCC 2013 is world-renowned illustrator Adam Hughes.

“This announcement kicks-off a fantastic partnership,” says ECCC Convention Director Jim Demonakos. “We are thrilled to team up with Ron Brister and his crew to help take the Rose City Comic Con to the next level!”

“We are so excited to work with ECCC and build upon what was started in 2012,” says Ron Brister, Rose City Comic Con founder. “ECCC has long been a favorite convention of ours and now, every six months there will be an amazing convention in the Pacific Northwest!”

This is the first step in an ongoing partnership between the two organizations to create the best in pop culture events for the Pacific Northwest. For complete details, visit the Rose City Comic Con website: http://www.rosecitycomiccon.com

Stan Lee, Bruce Campbell And Morena Baccarin Headline The First Portland Wizard World

The convention season starts earlier in 2013 as Wizard World starts their tour off in the Rose City, Portland, OR! Stan Lee, Bruce Campbell and Morena Baccarin lead an impressive line-up of celebrities and comic book creators that will make this inaugural show one to remember. Check out the press release below the official logo and be sure to check Pop Culture Zoo for regular updates. We’ll see you at the Oregon Convention Center February 22-24!

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Comics legend Stan Lee, Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell, “Homeland” headliner Morena Baccarin and “Superman” Dean Cain top the standout lineup of celebrities scheduled to attend Wizard World Portland Comic Con, Feb. 22-24, 2013, at the Oregon Convention Center. They will be joined by a top-drawer collection of well-known artists and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions in the first event on Wizard World’s 2013 calendar and the first Wizard World event in the “City of Roses.”

Lee is scheduled to attend all three days, while Baccarin will appear on Saturday and Sunday, Cain is set for Friday and Saturday and Campbell will be on hand on Friday only.

Other headliners slated for the Wizard World Portland roster include Michael Rooker (“The Walking Dead,” Henry), Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead,” Boondock Saints), James Marsters (“Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” “Caprica”), Jason David Frank (“Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers,” The One Warrior), Juliet Landau (“Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”), James Hong (Blade Runner, Kung Fu Panda), Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk”) and the Boondock Saints duo of Sean Patrick Flanery and David Della Rocco joining Reedus.

The lineup of superstar comic creators in Portland is also impressive, with Chris Claremont (“Uncanny X-Men,” “Spider-Man”), Carlos Pacheco (“Green Lantern,” “Wolverine”), Mike Deodato Jr. (“Wonder Woman,” “Batman”), Eisner Award winner Kurt Busiek (“Astro City,” “Superman”), Kaare Andrews (“Astonishing X-Men,” “Iron Man”) and “Zombie King” Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”) among the top talent.

Wizard World Portland 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, February 24, is “Kids Day,” an array of programming specially designed for children.

Event hours are Friday, Feb. 22, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more on the 2013 Wizard World Portland Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-portland.html.

Salute To Supernatural Con 2012: Jensen Ackles & Jared Padalecki

Supernatural on the CW network is finishing up its seventh season and the show can claim some of the most ardent and faithful fans. That was very apparent at the Salute to Supernatural Convention 2012 in Burbank, California this last weekend, March 2 to 4th. The fans have dubbed it Burcon and it was definitely an event crafted for them; meet and greets, a Karaoke Party, photo ops plus a Celebrity Cocktail Party. And the savvy actors, who have been doing this for several years, did not disappoint.

Here are some of the Question and Answer highlights from the Sunday J2 panel. Fast notes win sometimes, but tweets rule. Next time.

To Jensen – What was it like doing a play?

JENSEN: It was sold out every night and everybody came out. Every night it was butterflies inside. It’s not something that goes away. But I love that nervous anxiety…of here we go, in front of a whole crowd. But I love it out here and we get to talk to the fans live. And make jerks of our selves. Live.

What is your interaction with the crew?

JENSEN: With the crew members? The crew is our family. It’s a very dysfunctional family. There’s not a day on that set that goes by that were not folded over laughing about something.

JARED: We see them every day. More than most people in our lives.

Why does Dean end up in all the costumes?

JENSEN: You mean why does Dean get stuck with all the silly costumes? Yes, I want to know that too. He’s the one that’s always getting beat up. He’s the one that always has to put on the skirts or what or whatever the heck it is.

JARED: So any time I read in a script that has some (costume) I’ll get in to be dressed before Jensen and say “That’s kind of funnier for Dean’s character. And they go “Yeah”.

JENSEN: So you’re the one that’s giving me all the trouble.

What is the most awkward experience you’ve ever had with a fan?

JARED: Someone asked, double hug me. Sorry. I thought they said something else. That was awkward.

JENSEN: I have a funny story. This is going back many years when I was on a soap opera (Days of Our Lives) and we were doing some kind of a promotional thing at a mall in the middle of nowhere. We were on a little stage. There were two stories. There were several of the actors on stage and we’re talking and I feel this thing hit my head. I look up and a girl had put a little notebook and a pen on a fishing wire and fished it all the way down from the second story. And it hit my head and I turn to look up at her. And she goes (making the universal sign of writing). Everybody who was watching was in hysterics and I signed the autograph.

What happened to the handprint on dean’s arm in season 7? It’s gone.

JENSEN: Any injuries from being beaten up and all of his scares, when he (Cass) healed him that went away. All of his scares were healed right. It was a rebirth (in essence). The true story is, they forgot. Honestly they were like, “Oh crap.” And they probably would have gone back and reshot it had they not sat and thought about it. “No,” it would have been gone when Cass healed him.

In the first episode of season 7 with Cass turning into a Leviathan was it weird seeing Misha acting in such a crazy way or it that normal?

JENSEN: He didn’t really rehearse it like that. To be honest we don’t take rehearsals seriously. After seven years Jared and I know what to do. We’ll rehearse it, but a lot of times it’s just going through the motions for the camera guys – so we can get their focus marks and stuff like that. So we’re clowning around with Misha. So we lock it up. Here we go. Sound. Action. And he’s like “Vaueegh” (Sounding like he’s throwing up.)

JARED: And I’m like, what’s wrong with him?

JENSEN: I just peed a little.

JARED: (Laughing.) He did.

JENSEN: I remember I had the same kind of reaction the first time we ever worked together. He comes in the barn door and (in a deeper voice) “I am the one who raised you from Perdition.” And I turned around to my camera guys, and this is before we knew each other, and “Is he for real. That is so weird.” Obviously, the more we got to know Misha, the more they explored the role of Cass, it became obvious that he was making a character choice and it turned out to be a really good one.

JARED: I didn’t work with him at first, but rumor was that he was going to be around for a few episodes. So I go up to Jensen. “Hey, you worked with this Misha guy. What’s the deal?” Jensen is going, “Oh yeah, he’s good. He’s a little weird. I think he’s method or what…” And we’re walking from the stage to our trailers as we’re talking and Misha is sitting on the back of a truck and Jensen’s like, “He’s right there. Act normal. I think he saw us.” Misha is not a method actor and he certainly didn’t become one on the show.

JENSEN: And if he was we completely broke him of that. I would say he did a great job and he also did a great job of not letting us know that he was going to do that, because we probably would have messed with him.

Worst injuries suffered while shooting?

JARED: I took a really bad head kick. We were breaking into something and Jim (Beaver) was sneaking up on a guy walking on a platform. We’re sneaking up on the guards, demons and Jim comes up behind him (a guard) and he’s supposed to go over the railing. We did the first take and it was alright. With the second take the guy his whole body turned and his leg hits me (indicating side of head). So I drop. Man, it hurt. I had to sit down. You don’t expect it, a knee to the side of your head. I think he KO’d me. It was a full knee to the side of the head.
The other one was, I fell the wrong way – Season 2. I go to the hotel, and a vampire comes in and I knock him out and the stunt man hits me from behind. If the camera is there (indicating shot ending chest high) you’re supposed to act from there (indicating down to waist high), but I went too far. And the stunt man (vampire) was still right here (pointing to the floor in front of him) so I couldn’t brace myself and I snapped my wrist.

JENSEN: I haven’t broken any bones yet, but I’ve gotten banged up pretty good. I believe it was “All Hell Breaks Loose Part 2” when Dean gets thrown into the tombstone. They padded the tombstone – it was kind of rubberized so I could throw myself into it. The problem was the base was solid stone and I threw myself back into it. It always weird when someone is not pushing you to launch yourself. And my funny bone caught the edge and my entire arm went, not with the tingling…it went completely dead. Fred Lane (Azazel) walks up and we had the dialogue and the whole time it felt like my entire hand was on fire. The nerves had been shocked so hard and to this day, I still have sensitivity in that elbow. I don’t know what I did but I never got it checked up. We got through the scene. I just kept going otherwise I was going to start crying.