Nichelle Nichols, James Marsters, Charisma Carpenter, Nicholas Brendon
Among Top Celebrities Scheduled To Attend Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento
Sean Gunn, Holly Marie Combs, Kevin Sorbo Also Headline Guest Roster To Date;
Talented Comics Creators, Live Entertainment, Variety of Exhibitors, Cosplayers,
Robust Programming At Sacramento Convention Center, June 16-18
Wizard World, Inc. continues its 2017 schedule with its fourth trip to the Sacramento Center at Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento, June 16-18. Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek”) and the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” trio of James Marsters, Charisma Carpenter and Nicholas Brendon, Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, “Gilmore Girls”), Kevin Sorbo (“Hercules,” “Andromeda”) and Barry Bostwick (Rocky Horror Picture Show , “Spin City”) headline the roster of celebrity guests scheduled to attend the comic con and pop culture extravaganza.
Carpenter will attend Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18; the other celebrities are scheduled for all three days.
Others scheduled to attend Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento include Holly Marie Combs (“Charmed,” “Pretty Little Liars”), Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite, Blades of Glory), Cas Anvar (Assassin’s Creed, “The Expanse”), Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk,” “The King of Queens”), voice actors Sandy Fox (“The Simpsons,” “King of the Hill”) and Lex Lang (“LEGO Star Wars The Resistance Rises,” “Dr. Doom”).
Wizard World is the home of the most creative comics artists and writers on the planet. Artist Alley in Sacramento will feature Jeremy Clark (“Escape From Monster Island,” “Grimm Fairy Tales Genesis: Heroes Reborn”), Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons,” “Muppet Babies”), Tom Cook (“The Smurfs,” “He-Man”), Danny Fingeroth (“Spider-Man,” “Iron Man”), Victor Dandridge (“The Samaritan,” “Origins Unknown”), Clinton Hobart (licensed Disney fine artist) and many others.
Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento will also feature non-stop live entertainment, gaming, exclusive Q&A sessions with top celebrities, movie screenings hosted by stars and directors and more. Details to follow soon.
Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The eighth event scheduled on the 2017 Wizard World calendar, Sacramento show hours are Friday, June 16, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, June 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.
Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening.
Nichelle Nichols began her professional singing and dancing career in her home town, Chicago, at the tender age of 14. As a teenager she was discovered by the great Duke Ellington, who hired her to choreograph and perform a ballet for one of his musical suites, and finished the tour as his lead singer. When Nichelle was cast by Gene Roddenberry to create Chief Communications Officer Lt. Uhura, fourth in command of the Starship Enterprise, in his legendary TV series Star Trek – in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King – “The first non-stereotypical role portrayed by a black woman in television history.”
Nichelle was awarded her much deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 9, 1992. Just a few weeks before she became the first African-American to place her handprints and signature in the cement walk at the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Using her Star Trek fame to bring good back to the world, Nichelle, at the behest of NASA, led a national campaign to recruit the first women and minorities into the space program. Her personal recruits include Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to travel in space, and Charles Bolden, the current administrator of NASA.
AMERICAN actor, singer and songwriter James Marsters first found international fame playing punk-goth Brit vampire Spike in the critically acclaimed American TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the equally popular spin-off Angel.
Film roles include live action film Dragon Ball, romantic love story P.S. I Love You with Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler and Kathy Bates, USA Original true-crime film Cool Money, independent thriller Shadow Puppets, Winding Roads, The House On Haunted Hill and Chance with Buffy co-star Amber Benson.
The Californian actor, who grew up in Modesto, has also played Brainiac in TV’s Smallville and guest starred in Without A Trace, Millennium, Andromeda, The Mountain, Saving Grace, Caprica and most recently Warehouse 13, Supernatural and Hawaii Five-O.
James’s voiceover talents can be found portraying Lex Luthor on the DVD release of Superman: Doomsday and he continues to read for the very popular Dresden Files books on tape series.
He has received numerous nominations and awards, including the Spacey Award, the Saturn Award, the Cinescape Face of the Future Award, the Golden Satellite Award, and the Teen Choice Award.
Born July 23, 1970, in Las Vegas, Charisma Carpenter was named after an Avon perfume (a fact that did not sit well with her). She studied classical ballet from age five. Her family moved around often. As a youngster, she entered many local beauty contests. Charisma attended Gorman High School in Las Vegas. At 15, the family moved to Rosarita City, Mexico, and then to Bonita (a suburb of San Diego) where she attended Bonita High.
Charisma finally transferred to Chula Vista School of Creative and Performing Arts, where she graduated in 1988. In high school(s), she was a cheerleader, and did the typical teen things: sneaking out and having boys over when mom wasn’t home. Charisma’s nature tends to be pensive, which some classmates unfortunately misinterpreted as being snooty. After graduating, she traveled throughout Europe, then went on to college. She also worked as an aerobics instructor and in property management. In 1991, Charisma was a cheerleader for the San Diego Chargers. In 1992, she moved to Los Angeles. She audited classes at Playhouse West and was cast in over 20 major commercials, including doing a long stint for Secret.
Charisma was in a number of theater productions, such as “No, No, Nanette” and “Welcome Home, Soldier.” This tall (5′ 7″) beauty with the striking looks, brunette hair with chestnut highlights, and hazel eyes was a natural for TV; she started in an episode of “Baywatch” (1989) in October, 1994. Because of that appearance, Aaron Spelling personally auditioned her for the role of Ashley in “Malibu Shores” (1996), which had a brief run from March to June of 1996. Despite the short run, TV Guide noticed her and said she was beguiling and had the most fleshed-out character on the show. Charisma auditioned for the title role in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997) but wound up being cast as Cordelia, instead.
Nicholas Brendon is an American actor and writer. He was born three minutes after his identical twin brother, actor Kelly Donovan on April 12, 1971 in Los Angeles, California. He attended Chatsworth High School, where he was also a starter on the baseball team. He had dreams of playing for the L.A. Dodgers, but had to pursue other options when he hurt his arm about a year after graduating high school.
He got his big break as an actor when he landed the role of Xander Harris on the hugely successful TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003). The series ran from 1997 until 2003, garnering a huge cult following as well as a large fan base for Brendon. Brendon and brother Kelly appeared together in the episode “The Replacement”, in which Xander has to cope with having a seemingly sinister double. His first major role in a feature film came with the Charles Busch satire Psycho Beach Party (2000). Brendon has also starred in the ABC Family Channel original movie Celeste in the City (2004). The following year, he returned to Fox as part of the cast of ‘Kitchen Confidential’, based on the book by chef Anthony Bourdain. In 2006, he voiced Huntsboy #89 for season 2 of the animated series American Dragon: Jake Long. That same year, he reunited with his former Buffy the Vampire Slayer co-star Charisma Carpenter in the ABC Family TV movie Relative Chaos.
In 2014, Brendon was part of a summit for writers of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics’. which included Joss Whedon, Jane Espenson, Drew Greenberg, Andrew Chambliss and the then-incoming Buffy writer Christos Gage. He is currently involved with the show’s canonical comic book series, ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten’, on stories centering on his character. It was announced in August 2014 that Brendon will star in the new ‘Untitled Web Series About a Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time’ feature film along with Sylvester McCoy, Robert Picardo, Maim Bialik, Chase Masterson, Travis Richey and others.
Actor and writer Sean Gunn is best known for his role on Gilmore Girls as the quirky Kirk Gleason. Sean’s first film was Troma Films Tromeo and Juliet where he played Sammy Capulet. Since then Sean has gone on to have roles on shows such as Any Day Now, Brutally Normal, Angel, Inside Schwartz, DAG, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Going to California, Yes, Dear, Andy Richter Controls the Universe, October Road, Glee, and Bunheads. He’s worked alongside his brother, writer and director James Gunn on The Specials, Super, the video game Lollipop Chainsaw, and most recently he provided motion capture for numerous roles as well as portraying Kraglin in the Marvel Universe film Guardians of the Galaxy. Sean’s other films include Stricken, The Auteur Theory, Pearl Harbor, Jesus, Mary and Joey, Pants on Fire, The Giant Mechanical Man, Who the F is Buddy Applebaum, and The Education of Eddie and Mortimer.
As a strong leading man and a hunky half-god, Kevin Sorbo brings a refreshing cadence to Hollywood. Growing up in Mound, Minnesota, a western suburb of Minneapolis, the “Sorbs” excelled at football, basketball, baseball and golf, but his true passion was always to be an actor. He has appeared in over 150 commercials and made prime time appearances as a guest star on shows such as “Dallas”, “Cheers”, “The Commish”, and “Murder She Wrote”. He also had leading roles in two pilots. “Aspen Extreme” for ABC and “Condition Critical” for CBS.
Sorbo received international stardom when he booked the lead role in “Hercules, the Legendary Journeys” (1993-1999). Originally designed as a 5-movie mini-series, the innovative action show received a tremendous response and proved that Kevin was just what Hollywood was looking for. The movies were transformed into a weekly show and exploded onto the mainstream, passing up ratings topper “Baywatch” as the most watched TV show in the world, airing in 176 countries. Sorbo also directed and wrote on the series. The worldwide success of Hercules spun off two other series: “Xena, Warrior Princess” (1995-2000) and “Young Hercules” (1997-1998), starring Ryan Gosling as the teenage Hercules.
Following the success of a 7 year run on Hercules, Sorbo went straight into tackling another iconic role to star in the lead as “Captain Dylan Hunt” in “Gene Roddenberry’s, Andromeda”. This was the first pilot written by Roddenberry in 1969 after the original Star Trek series was cancelled. Andromeda debuted as the number one, hour-long show in first run syndication and remained at number one for its entire run from 2000-2005. In 1996, on hiatus from Hercules, Sorbo starred in the Universal Studios feature film “Kull, the Conqueror”, the prequel to “Conan, the Barbarian”. In 2013 Sorbo was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Riverside Film Festival.
Cas Anvar is a multi-talented, award-winning actor who has over 100 credits to his name in both film and television.
From his big break in the Golden Globe and Spirit Award nominated movie ‘Shattered Glass’, he’s appeared in ‘The Terminal’, ‘Source Code’, ‘The Vatican Tapes’ and the multi-Oscar winners ‘Argo’ and ‘Room’.
You can also find Cas in ‘Lost’ as Naveen Andrews’ brother, on ‘Castle’ with Nathan Fillion, he’s part of a great SyFy epic fantasy adventure, ‘Neverland’, as Gentleman Starkey and many other tv shows. He’s currently a series regular on ‘The Strain’ as the alluringly dark Sanjay Desai and, of course, is now one of the leads as the favorite wisecracking, Martian pilot with a Texas drawl, space cowboy Alex Kamal on the Syfy hit ‘The Expanse’ (aka “Game of Thrones in Space”).
Louis Jude “Lou” Ferrigno is an American actor, fitness trainer/consultant, and retired professional bodybuilder. As a bodybuilder, Ferrigno won an IFBB Mr. America title and two consecutive IFBB Mr. Universe titles, and appeared in the bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron. As an actor, he is best known for portraying the title role in the CBS television series The Incredible Hulk. He has also appeared in European-produced fantasy-adventures such as Sinbad of the Seven Seas and Hercules, and as himself in the sitcom The King of Queens and the 2009 comedy I Love You, Man.
Lou Ferrigno was born in Brooklyn, New York to Victoria and Matt Ferrigno, an Italian American police lieutenant. Soon after he was born, Ferrigno says he believes he suffered a series of ear infections and lost 75 – 80% of his hearing, though his condition was not diagnosed until he was three years old. Ferrigno started weight training at age 13, citing body builder and Hercules star Steve Reeves as one of his role models. He was also a fan of the Hercules films that starred Reeves—and would later play Hercules as well. Ferrigno’s other personal heroes as a child were Spider-Man and the Hulk. Ferrigno attended St. Athanasius Grammar School and Brooklyn Technical High School, where he learned metal working.
Sandy Fox is an American Actor, Voice Actor, Singer and Producer. She is listed as one of the Top 20 Female Anime Voice Actors of All Time on IMDB. She began her career in the entertainment industry working for the Walt Disney Company performing in hundreds of live stage shows as a singer, dancer and comedic talent. As a voice actor she began her career providing an array of voices for The Simpsons, King of the Hill, and Futurama and she is known for being one of the cutest voices in the industry.
Sandy is voicing Chibiusa and Black Lady in the new Viz Media Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal Series, Courtney in Pokemon Generations, and the voice of Epi in the Lionsgate animated feature Robinson Crusoe – The Wild Life. She has voiced numerous iconic characters including Hello Kitty in Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival, Betty Boop Worldwide, as well as Faeries and Creatures in Disney’s Maleficent and various characters in the blockbuster, Wreck it Ralph. Sandy’s Anime, Animation and Video Game Credits Include: Haruna in Durrarara!x2, Tachikoma in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – First Assault Online, Mina and Momiji in Naruto, Eddelrittuo in Aldnoah Zero, Sumomo in Chobits, Ritz in Bleach, Catmancer Minette in Bravely Second: End Layer, Ar Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star- Prim, Rinna in Stellvia, Star Ocean: Till the End of Time – Meena, Marie in Please Teacher, Kyoko in AKIRA, Mistral and Mirielle in .HACK and Paiway in Vandread.
Some of Sandy’s other roles include Daisy in Disney’s Princess Palace Pets, Leapfrog series-Penny & Lily, Harmony in Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, Owly the Owl in the new Power Puff Girls, T-AI in Fox’s Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Mipsy Mipson in Nickelodeon’s As Told by Ginger, and Melody in My Life as a Teenage Robot. Cylindria in Pacman’s Ghostly Adventures, Peashy and YellowHeart in Hyperdimension Neptunia, Aisha in Elsword, and Flonne in the Disgaea series and games.
Lex Lang is 2X Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards honored Voice Actor and Director. He is one of the top 20 Anime, Animation and Video Game Voice Actors of All Time on IMDB. Over the last 20 years he has been in over five hundred Original Animation episodes, Anime series, and Video Games and has played a wide assortment of fan favorites throughout his career.
Animation Characters include: Poe Dameron and FN2003 in LEGO Star Wars The Resistance Rises, Dr. Doom in the Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes cartoon series — Barry on The Regular Show, — Gold, Alloy, Hydrogen, Batman II, Dick Grayson, Hourman, Young Wildcat, and Dr. Polaris on Batman The Brave and the Bold — Batman on Batgirl Year One — Grimbor the Chainsman and R.J. Brande on Legion of Super Heroes — Rick Flagg on Justice League: The New Frontier — Clayface, Metallo, Hamilton Hill, and Riddleman on The Batman — Atomic Skull, Joe Morton, Captain Cold, Heat Wave, and Mick Rory on Justice League — The Doorman and his Dog Hundley on Curious George — Sozin th Fire Lord on Avatar: The Last Airbender — Ronnie Lox on ChalkZone and many more!
Lex’s current Anime credits include: Kuzuki in Fate Stay Night — Maxie in Pokemon Generations – Galen in Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans Season 2 (which he also directed!) – Pluton King of the Underworld and Flash in One Punch Man — Goku in Dragonball Super (Asia release)– Egor and Shu in Durarara X2 — Count Cruhteo in Aldnoah.Zero (which he also directed!) — Bengal in Doraemon — Hayate Gekko in Naruto — Marechiyo Omaeda in Bleach — Sanosuke Sagara in Rurouni Kenshin — Shozin the Fire Lord in Avatar the Last Airbender — Goemon in Lupin the Third — Captain Harlock in Captain Harlock — Sanzo in Sayuki Reload — Wargreymon in Digimon — Bunji in Gungrave — Ritsou Soujin in Stellvia — Jagged Stone on Nickelodeon’s Miraculous Lady Bug, and many, many, more.
He is also the voice of Batman for Mattel Toys, and Lance Charming in Ever After High, for Mattel Animation. And he is one the the worlds most in-demand voice actors in the movie business as a voice match specialist and creature sounds specialist. He can be heard in many blockbuster films including Rogue One – A Star Wars Story — Fantastic Four — Avengers Age of Ultron — Ironman 3 — Wolverine — Captain America Winter’s Soldier — X-Men, Days of Future Past — Dawn of the Planet of the Apes — Jurassic World, Deadpool and X-men Apocalypse. He can also be heard as creatures and demons on the TV shows, Constantine, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. He was also the voices of Ecliptor in Power Rangers in Space, Rygog and Lerigot in Power Rangers Turbo, and Zen Aku in Power Rangers Wild Force.
Jonathan Joseph “Jon” Heder (born October 26, 1977) is an American actor and producer. His feature film debut came in 2004 as the title character of the comedy film Napoleon Dynamite. He has also acted in the films Ghost Team, Walt Before Mickey as Roy Disney, The Benchwarmers, School for Scoundrels, Blades of Glory, Mama’s Boy, and When in Rome, and provided voice talents in the animated films Monster House, and Surf’s Up, as well as Pickle and Peanut, Star vs. the Forces of Evil, and the Napoleon Dynamite animated series.
Holly Marie Combs is an American actress and television producer. She is known for her roles as Kimberly Brock in the CBS series Picket Fences, Piper Halliwell in The WB series Charmed, and Ella Montgomery in the Freeform series Pretty Little Liars.
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