Batista Set to Appear at Rhode Island Comic Con

Following an exciting two months’ worth of guest announcements, organizers of Rhode Island Comic Con, Altered Reality Entertainment, announced that Dave Bautista, Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy and the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy 2, as well as Infinity Wars coming in 2018, will be a headlining guest at Rhode Island Comic Con 2017.

For eleven collective years, Bautista signed to WWE under the name Batista, where he became a six-time world champion, winning WWE’s World Heavyweight Championship four times and the WWE Championship twice. He holds the record for the longest reign as World Heavyweight Champion, and has also won the World Tag Team Championship three times and the WWE Tag Team Championship once.

Bautista is the latest among an exciting list of guests for the Biggest Show in the Smallest State, including Power Rangers’ Blake Foster, Catherine Sutherland, Hilary Shepard, Nakia Burrise, Steve Cardenas, Selwyn Ward, and RJ Cyler. Voice actors Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Moana, Rogue One) and Steve Blum (Cowboy Bebop, Legend of Korra, Ben 10) will also be appearing.

In a very rare appearance, Rhode Island Comic Con also welcomes Beverly D’Angelo from the National Lampoon’s franchise.

Tickets are currently on sale through the Rhode Island Comic Con website at www.ricomiccon.com, and the Dunkin Donuts Center Arena box office. The 6th Annual Rhode Island Comic Con arrives November 10 to 12 at the Rhode Island Convention Center, and the Dunkin Donuts Center arena.

TERROR CON 2017 HOSTS ‘HALLOWEEN’ REUNION

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Altered Reality Entertainment, owners of Rhode Island Comic Con, the Biggest Show in the Smallest State, celebrates the return of Terror Con with a Halloween Reunion.

Terror Con, which returns to the Rhode Island Convention Center after a two-season hiatus, welcomesMalcom McDowell, Tyler Mane, and Scout Taylor-Compton in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the 2007 remake of the original movie by Rob Zombie.

Throughout a career spanning over fifty years, McDowell is perhaps best known for the controversial roles of Alex DeLarge in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, the title character in Tinto Brass’ Caligula, and Mick Travis in Lindsay Anderson’s trilogy of if…., O Lucky Man! and Britannia Hospital. He is also known for his work in Cat People, Tank Girl, and The Artist. McDowell has had recurring roles in numerous television series such as Entourage, Heroes, and The Mentalist.

Tyler Mane is a former professional wrestler. As an actor, he is known for playing Sabretooth in X-Men and X-Men: The Official Game, Ajax in Troy, as well as Michael Myers in the remake of Halloween and its sequel, Halloween II. Scout Taylor-Compton has appeared in numerous television roles and feature films. In addition to her role as Laurie Strode in Halloween, her most notable role includes her role as Lita Ford in the film The Runaways.

Halloween is an American horror movie franchise that predominately focuses on the fictional character of Michael Myers who was committed to a sanitarium as a child for the murder of his older sister, Judith Myers. Fifteen years later, he escapes to stalk and kill the people of Haddonfield, Illinois while being chased by his former psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis. Michael’s killings occur on the holiday of Halloween, on which all the films primarily take place.

Terror Con, celebrating horror, paranormal, music, and wrestling, comes to the Rhode Island Convention Center on February 25th and 26th. Tickets are currently available through the event’s website, www.theterrorcon.com. Ticket prices range from $25 to $45. VIP packages are available for $99.99.

Rhode Warrior #1 Debuts at Rhode Island Comic Con

Altered Reality Entertainment and Rhode Island Comic Con have announced this week a new division to their ever-growing presence in the comic book and entertainment industry, Altered Reality Entertainment Comics. Altered Reality Entertainment Comics will release THE RHODE WARRIOR #1 on November 11 at the fifth anniversary Rhode Island Comic Con.
Written/Co-Created by: Ian Chase Nichols
Interior Art by: Chris Campana, Hannibal King, Ian Chase Nichols, Joe St. Pierre
Cover by: Pat Broderick and Sean Forney
Pinup by: Jay Kennedy
[Assistants: Griffin Ess, Jay Kennedy, Robert Carmona]
24 pages • ALL-AGES

In Issue #1, a vile new menace has brought his evil plans to Providence, which threatens the safety of the entire city and all its citizens! Local authorities have only one person to turn to—The Rhode Warrior. In a world filled with super-powered beings and villains of all types, she is Rhode Island’s new defender.

The Rhode Warrior’s adventures are all-ages superhero stories which take place in Providence and the surrounding areas. The Rhode Warrior is a tough character with a strong sense of right and wrong. She is meant to embody the personality, strength, and resilience of the people of Rhode Island & New England.

“Steve (Perry) and the rest of Altered Reality Entertainment have given us an opportunity, and we are doing everything we can to deliver something new and exciting to the fans attending Rhode Island Comic Con. The Rhode Warrior has work by phenomenal creators that I grew up reading. Seeing them bring a superhero to Rhode Island is really something else,” commented the book’s co-creator, Ian Chase Nichols.

The Rhode Warrior #1 will be available exclusively at Rhode Island Comic Con, November 11 to 13 at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin Donuts Center arena. Copies of the premiere issue may also be pre-ordered through the convention’s website, http://www.ricomiccon.com. Tickets to Rhode Island Comic Con are still available through their website, The Dunkin Donuts Center Box Office, and all Toy Vault locations.

Ian Chase Nichols has worked on multiple Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series for IDW, Imaginary Drugs (IDW), The Tick (NEC) and numerous other independent comics, books, and newspapers. He is also a graphic and web designer. He has been the lead designer for numerous award-winning books.

Altered Reality Entertainment, LLC is an event entertainment company based in New England. It currently produces multimedia, multi-genre events in the New England area including Rhode Island Comic Con, Terror Con, and Southcoast Toy and Comic Show. In 2016, Altered Reality Entertainment expanded its footprint to include Hartford ComiCONN and Colorado Springs Comic Con. Comic book publishing is its newest venture.

Starfleet Captain Beams into Rhode Island Comic Con!

 

Don’t get lost in the Delta Quadrant or locked up in Litchfield Penitentiary. Kate Mulgrew is coming to the fifth annual Rhode Island Comic Con, November 11 through 13, 2016.

Katherine Kiernan Mulgrew, or Galina “Red” Reznikov as fans of the hit Netflix program Orange is the New Black know her, has had a four-decade career spanning from soap operas where she played Mary Ryan on ABC’s Ryan’s Hope all the way to a seven-season journey through the Delta Quadrant as Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager. On stage, she has portrayed numerous characters on and off Broadway, including a one-woman show as Katharine Hepburn in Tea at Five.

Rhode Island Comic Con is held at the Rhode Island Convention Center and the Dunkin Donuts Center. Available through Ticketmaster and the Dunkin Donuts Center Box Office, Rhode Island Comic Con ticket prices are as follows: a 3-day pass to the show running November 11th through the 13th is $75 for adults and $30 for kids between the ages of 6 and 12. Daily admission is also available, as well as a VIP admission for $139. Attendees are strongly encouraged to buy their tickets in advance. For more information, visit the event’s website at www.ricomiccon.com.

THE FALCON HIMSELF: ANTHONY MACKIE HEADS TO RHODE ISLAND COMIC CON

Coinciding with the release of Captain America: Civil War, Rhode Island Comic Con, the Biggest Show in the Smallest State, for their 5th year anniversary has announced its latest guest — Anthony Mackie.

Mackie is best known for his role as the Falcon in Captain America: Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant-Man, however he has also been featured in recent films such as The Night Before, Love the Coopers, Playing It Cool, and Triple Nine. Mackie will be greeting fans, and offering photo and autograph opportunities.

Rhode Island Comic Con is held at the Rhode Island Convention Center and the Dunkin Donuts Center.

Available through Ticketmaster and the Dunkin Donuts Center Box Office, Rhode Island Comic Con ticket prices are as follows: a 3-day pass to the show running November 11th through the 13th is $75 for adults and $30 for kids between the ages of 6 and 12. Daily admission is also available, as well as a VIP admission for $139. Attendees are strongly encouraged to buy their tickets in advance. For more information, visit the event’s website at www.ricomiccon.com.

Altered Reality Entertainment, LLC is an event entertainment company based in New England. It currently produces multimedia, multi-genre events in the New England area including Rhode Island Comic Con, Terror Con, and Southcoast Toy and Comic Show. In 2016, Altered Reality Entertainment expands its footprint to include Hartford ComiCONN and Colorado Springs Comic Con.

Tickets Now On Sale for Rhode Island Comic Con

Celebrating its fifth anniversary as Rhode Island’s Biggest Show in the Smallest State, Rhode Island Comic Con 2016 tickets officially go on sale today.

Available through Ticketmaster and the Dunkin Donuts Center Box Office, ticket prices are as follows: a 3-day pass to the show running November 11 through 13 is $75 for adults and $30 for kids between the ages of 6 and 12. Daily admission is $30 for Friday, $45 for Saturday, and $40 for Sunday. Daily admission for kids is also available, as well as a VIP admission for $139. Attendees are strongly encouraged to buy their tickets in advance.

Rhode Island Comic Con is held at the Rhode Island Convention Center and the Dunkin Donuts Center. Preliminary guests announced include Kristin Bauer from Once Upon a Time and True Blood, and comic book artist legends Kevin Eastman and Neal Adams. More guests are slated to be announced as the year progresses. For more information, visit the event’s website at www.ricomiccon.com.

Altered Reality Entertainment, LLC is an event entertainment company based in New England. It currently produces multimedia, multi-genre events in the New England area including Rhode Island Comic Con, Terror Con, and Southcoast Toy and Comic Show. In 2016, Altered Reality Entertainment expands its footprint to include Hartford ComiConn and Colorado Springs Comic Con.

Rhode Island Comic Con Hosts Toy Buying Event

Altered Reality Entertainment, owners of Rhode Island Comic Con, the Biggest Show in the Smallest State, have announced a partnership with Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, Rhode Island based auction house to host a Major Toy Buying Event slated for January 16 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Crossings in Warwick, Rhode Island.

The daylong event, featuring entertainment for the entire family, will be hosted by TV’s toy hunting phenom Travis Landry. Attendees of this free event will have the opportunity to sell toy collections consisting of Star Wars, Transformers, comic books, G.I. Joe, and Barbie, among many other toys and collectibles. Collectors can also participate in free, no-obligation appraisals of their collections.

Entertainment of this exciting inaugural event will include celebrity appearances by pro-wrestler Rikishi, Ghost Hunters’ own Joe Chin, and Rhode Island’s TAPS team. Singer VChenay will also perform live. Family events of the day include a chicken wings contest and cosplayers.

This major toy buying event runs this Saturday, January 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free parking and free admission is available to all in attendance.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Crossings is located at 801 Greenwich Avenue in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Altered Reality Entertainment Acquires New Convention, Hartford ComiConn

Just two months after the very successful fourth annual Rhode Island Comic Con, the management of Altered Reality Entertainment have announced that they have joined forces with Connecticut ComiConn to assume ownership and management of the newly formed Hartford ComiConn.

Hartford ComiConn is scheduled for September 24 and 25 at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. The two-day event will include all of the same aspects that fans have come to expect and enjoy from each of the shows involved in this merger — celebrity appearances from the big and small screen, industry-leading comic book artists, and the best vendors in the market with toys and collectibles, as well as the ever-popular cosplay competitions and events.

Guest announcements and ticket prices, as well as vendor and artist alley applications will be forthcoming in early 2016.

The XL Center is located at One Civic Center Plaza, Hartford, CT 06120.

Pictures from RICC 2015 Part 2

By Jason Harris

 

Welcome to the second entry of pictures taken at this year’s Rhode Island Comic Con.

Actor Travis Wester (Euro Trip).

Actor Travis Wester (Euro Trip).

Swamp Thing and Poison Ivy.

Swamp Thing and Poison Ivy.

The Honkytonk Man.

The Honkytonk Man.

Wendy Darling and Matt Murdock.

Wendy Darling and Matt Murdock.

Actor Tom Wright.

Actor Tom Wright (All My Children).

Princess Leia.

Princess Leia.

Author Stacey Longo.

Author Stacey Longo.

The Stay Puft Marshmellow Man.

The Stay Puft Marshmellow Man.

Lori Petty (Tank Girl).

Lori Petty (Tank Girl).

Inside Out

Disgust, Fear, Anger, Joy, and Sadness with a convention attendee.

Ace Ventura dancing with a fan.

Ace Ventura dancing with a fan.

Actor Dean Cain ().

Actor Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman).

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The Walking Dead panel.

The Walking Dead panel.

The Scarecrow.

The Scarecrow.

Actor Seth Gilliam (The Walking Dead).

Actor Seth Gilliam (The Walking Dead).

Ant-man.

Ant-man.

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The Baroness.

The Baroness.

Actress Margot Kidder (Superman).

Actress Margot Kidder (Superman).

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R2-D2.

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Wrestler Sean Waltman.

Wrestler Sean Waltman.

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Me with Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow).

Me with Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow).

Lou Ferrigno, the Original Incredible Hulk, at Rhode Island Comic Con this Weekend

By Jason Harris

Lou Ferrigno.

Lou Ferrigno. Photo by Jason Harris.

Lou Ferrigno, the original Incredible Hulk, is in town for the fourth Rhode Island Comic Con, which starts this afternoon and runs until Sunday, November 8. We sat down at the Dunkin Donuts Center to talk about bodybuilding, the Incredible Hulk, and being the personal trainer for Michael Jackson.

Ferrigno discovered weight training 52 years ago at the age of 12, he said.

“When I was a kid, I was really skinny. I was just obsessed with power. I wanted to be powerful. I discovered weight training and I knew it would make me feel good about myself.”

Ferrigno wanted to be a hero like Hercules. He would watch old Hercules movies, then want to be a modern day gladiator or some other heroic character from the movies or comic books.

“I would fantasize about being the Hulk because of the way I was built.”

One day, he received a phone call about auditioning for the role, which at the time was being played by Richard Kiel. Kiel played the character of Jaws in two James Bond movies. The reason behind the switch was because director Kenneth Johnson’s son was on set one day and said Kiel didn’t look like the Hulk in the comic books, Ferrigno said. They contacted hundreds of people, including him, to audition.

“They called me, I went down for the screen test and immediately they hired me. And the next day, I was filming. In 48 hours, I went from bodybuilding to show business.”

Everything he did for the role came naturally to him, Ferrigno said.

“When I did the pilot, I used a lot of the animalistic behavior the way the character should be.”

One of his favorite moments on The Incredible Hulk was meeting Cary Grant, who came to the set with his nephew to get a picture taken with him.

“I was excited because he was one of the top movie stars in the world. That was one of my exciting moments because of the fact I was well respected.”

Ferrigno enjoyed working with Bill Bixby, who he considered “a very talented actor.” He was a fan of Bixby’s television shows The Courtship of Eddie’s Father and The Magician.

“I learned a lot from him. He was an icon. I was excited to learn from him and watch him.”

Ferrigno’s portrayal of the Incredible Hulk ended in 1990 with television movie, The Death of the Incredible Hulk, but he has continued with the character by voicing him in the UPN cartoon and in the current Marvel movies that started with The Incredible Hulk in 2008. The job was given to him after the director heard him say “Hulk crash” and “Hulk smash” at New York Comic Con seven to nine years ago, he said.

In the last few years, Ferrigno has been on Celebrity Apprentice and in an episode of Star Trek Continues.

“It was great because you’re on a show with a bunch of egos, celebrities,” Ferrigno said about Celebrity Apprentice. “I’m glad I raised 100,000 for my charity [the Muscular Dystrophy Association]. It taught me what it’s like to be with other celebrities. It was fun, but the hardest thing was no one wanted to be fired so you’re forced to look at other people’s faults. That was tough.”

Ferrigno did mention that “Donald Trump is a loose cannon.”

“I was very tense because you’re in the boardroom three times a week. You have to be careful how you conduct yourself. So with me, they were afraid of me, because when we were in the boardroom I just spoke my mind.”

Ferrigno has always been a fan of the original Star Trek so he was happy to play slave trader Zaminhon on Star Trek Continues when Vic Mignogna asked him. He wasn’t happy with the makeup, which took five hours to apply, he said.

“I knew I wanted to play [the character] because it was against type. I enjoyed playing that character.”

His upcoming movie Instant Death will be released next April. You will see him do things in the movie that audiences have never seen him do before, he said.

“I would say it’s my best work ever.”

Along with his acting, he continues giving advice about being a person’s own personal trainer at his website here or being a personal trainer to stars like Chuck Norris and Mickey Rourke. He was also Michael Jackson’s personal trainer for 20 years, which came about because he was a good friend of Jackson’s doctor.

“He learned a lot from me and I learned a lot from him,” Ferrigno said about Jackson.

You can meet Ferrigno at Rhode Island Comic Con this weekend. Find out more about the convention here.