ConnectiCon 2016: Day One

By Jason Harris

 

ConnectiCon officially started today and runs until Sunday at the Connecticut Convention Center. There are celebrities, artists, vendors, and cosplayers at the convention. There are also Q & A sessions, panels, workshops, and much more.

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Walter Koenig (Star Trek).

Tiana, the frog princess.

Baymax

Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation).

He-man.

Nana Visitor (Star Trek: DS9).

Harley Quinn.


Guy Gilchrist.

Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings).


The Beast and Belle.



Pictures from Super Megafest 2016 Spring Edition

 

By Jason Harris

 

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Lee Meriwether (Batman, Star Trek, All My Children).

Author Stacey Longo.

Author Stacey Longo.

Cosplayer R.W. Martin.

Cosplayer R.W. Martin.

Michael

Michael Beck (The Warriors).

Cosplay at Super Megafest.

Cosplay at Super Megafest.

Kevin Sorbo (Hercules

Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Andromeda).

Thor.

Thor.

Corbin Bernsen.

Corbin Bernsen (Major League, Star Trek: TNG).

The Walking Dead's Negan.

The Walking Dead’s Negan.

Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers).

Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers).

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Illustrator Karen Gosselin.

Illustrator Karen Gosselin.

Ric Flair (WWE).

Ric Flair (WWE).

The Disney Princesses.

The Disney Princesses.

Peter Mayhew. (Star Wars).

Peter Mayhew. (Star Wars).

Gary Sohmers of Northeast Comic Con.

Gary Sohmers of Northeast Comic Con.

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William Zabka (The Karate Kid).

William Zabka (The Karate Kid).

Pictures from Super Megafest Fall 2015

By Jason Harris

 

The 2015 Fall edition of Super Megafest happened over the weekend and it was a great two days with celebrities, authors, artists, vendors and cosplay. Here are the pictures from the convention.

Actor John Schneider (The Dukes of Hazzard).

Actor John Schneider (The Dukes of Hazzard).

Author Stacey Longo.

Author Stacey Longo.

Actress Catherine Bach (The Dukes of Hazzard).

Actress Catherine Bach (The Dukes of Hazzard).

Daisy Duke.

Daisy Duke.

Actor Tom Wopat ().

Actor Tom Wopat (The Dukes of Hazzard).

Hellgirl.

Hellgirl.

Actress Judith Hoag (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [1990]).

Actress Judith Hoag (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [1990]).

Masters of the Universe

Ram-man and Orko.

Actors Leif Tilden and Michelan Sisti (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [1990]).

Actors Leif Tilden and Michelan Sisti (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [1990]).

Artist Hannibal King.

Artist Hannibal King.

The Year Without a Santa Claus

Heat Miser and Snow Miser.

Actress Addy Miller (The Walking Dead).

Actress Addy Miller (The Walking Dead).

The X-men

Wolverine.

Actress/Model Kristanna Loken.

Actress/Model Kristanna Loken.

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Actor Bruce Boxleitner (Tron).

Actor Bruce Boxleitner (Tron).

Ash.

Ash.

Actress Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek).

Actress Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek).

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Artist Steve Lavigne.

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Crew from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Actor Michael Biehn (The Terminator).

Actor Michael Biehn (The Terminator).

Cosplayer Chelsea Von Chastity.

Cosplayer Chelsea Von Chastity.

Actor Ricky Whittle (The 100).

Actor Ricky Whittle (The 100).

Author Byron Turner.

Author Byron Turner.

Former NBA Player Dennis Rodman.

Former NBA Player Dennis Rodman.

Actor Kevin McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl).

Actor Kevin McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl).

Actresses Natalie Skyy (Sons of Anarchy) and Arryn Zech (Red vs. Blue).

Actresses Natalie Skyy (Sons of Anarchy) and Arryn Zech (Red vs. Blue).

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Authors Matt Herring and Stacey Longo at their The Art of Genre Writing panel.

Authors Matt Herring and Stacey Longo at their The Art of Genre Writing panel.

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A alien has burst onto the convention scene.

A alien has burst onto the convention scene.

Playboy model Valerie Cormier.

Playboy model Valerie Cormier.

Wolverine.

Wolverine.

Artist Joe St. Pierre.

Artist Joe St. Pierre.

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The Monkees

Musician/actor Peter Tork.

Author Herring at his Dr. Who 101 panel.

Author Matt Herring at his Dr. Who 101 panel.

Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney.

Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney.

Musician/author Bobby Hart.

Musician/author Bobby Hart.

Mortal Kombat.

Mortal Kombat.

Author David R. Witanowski (left) and graphic designer Brian Morey (right).

Author David R. Witanowski (left) and graphic designer Brian Morey (right).

Actor Michael Winslow and myself.

Actor Michael Winslow and myself.

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.

Kid’s Con Returns to Rhode Island Comic Con

Rhode Island Comic Con announces activities for the littlest fans

 

A mainstay in the Rhode Island Comic Con event schedule, Kids Con sets the stage for an exciting weekend for the younger generation of fandom. Kids Con is a series of organized activities within the walls of Rhode Island Comic Con, the Biggest Show in the Smallest State, slated for November 7th and 8th at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin Donuts Center area. Activities are designed for fans 12 and under.

Some of the activities scheduled for the two-day program include:

  • Puppet making and “How to be a Puppeteer,” hosted by Julio Robles. Robles is a former student of Michael Earl, the original man behind Snuffleupagus and Forgetful Jones on Sesame Street. Julio is a puppeteer and a puppet builder and has been featured in TV shows such as The Steve Katsos Show and movies including “What’s Your Number?” Recently Julio finished work being a puppet teacher to the Stratton cast of Avenue Q. He currently spends a great deal of time working on his YouTube page called ScrapsTV.
  • Comic Construction Workshop, hosted by Matt Ryan. Ryan is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist. His work appears in his own comic, Food Fight, the 2015 Massachusetts Children’s Book Award nominated The Nearly Calamitous Taming of PZ and the Junk Food comic strips.
  • Roger Williams Zoo’s Zoomobile will visit with the children with the animals.
  • A gaming tournament hosted by Rhode Island Comic Con sponsor, GameStop. Kids will compete in video games Mario Kart and Smash Brothers.
  • A magic show by Dezrah Blinn.

Aside from these scheduled events, Kids Con will feature story time with costumed characters as well as a princess dance party and a heroes vs. villains dance-off.

Commenting on this year’s Kids Con, coordinator Jillian Aldrich said, “It’s going to be the biggest Kids Con yet! Tons of games, crafts, and events!”

Kids Con is free to attend with a paid admission to the convention. Tickets for Rhode Island Comic Con are currently on sale through Ticketmaster, or by visiting http://www.ricomiccon.com. Daily tickets start at only $29.00 and a three-day weekend admission is $75 in advance, $85 at the door (if available). For kids ages 6 to 12, a weekend admission is $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Kids under 6 are admitted free.

In its fourth year, the award-winning Rhode Island Comic Con, produced by Altered Reality Entertainment, expands to three days, two venues, and over 100 celebrity guests, including actors from Star Trek, Doctor WhoGame of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy, Agents of Shield, and Transformers, among many others. Comic book artists from Marvel, DC and the independent market all converge on downtown Providence. Gaming, cosplay, and after parties all add to an exciting schedule of events and panels.

Rhode Island Comic Con Announces Panel Schedule

In a few days the Biggest Show in the Smallest State, Rhode Island Comic Con organizers have announced the schedule of panels, celebrity Q&A sessions, and special events.

According to the convention’s Programming Director, Michael Gianfrancesco, “The programming staff has worked hard to put together what we think is an entertaining and diverse offering of amazing panels for our guests this year. We are excited about all of our major offerings and are thrilled to have guest celebrity moderator Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bring it On) from geeknation.com working with us to make these events even more of a memorable experience for attendees.”

Saturday’s events include:

  •  Buckler and McGregor: The Making of the Panther
  •  The Faces of Star Trek
  •  Under the Helmet: The Men who Played Boba Fett
  • Magical Objects
  • Cosplay Workshop: Foam Armor
  • Q & A with Neal Adams
  • Ride Along with Sons of Anarchy
  • The Voices of Batman
  • The Weekly Pull Live
  • It’s a Homestuck Life
  • Spirit Connections Gallery Readings with Spirit Medium Tiffany Rice
  • Behind the Masks and Uniforms: Star Wars Characters
  • Everything Wrong With: A Day in the life of CinemaSins
  • Limitless Cosplay: Cosplay Your Way to Self-Love
  • Back into the Pensieve: Ridiculous Harry Potter Theories You Forgot About
  • Cosplay Workshop: Wig Styling 101
  • Explore the Supernatural
  • Dealing Toys with Travis Landry
  • Q & A with Jason Momoa
  • Q & A with David Prowse
  • Growing Up Geek: Nerd Parents Raising Geek Offspring
  • Introduction to Lightsabers
  • Cosplay Workshop: Hands On Molding and Casting
  • Q & A with Ron Perlman
  • Creating Worlds with Chris Claremont
  • The Voices of Sailor Moon
  • Find Your Nerd Herd
  • Cosplay for a Cause
  • Q & A with Amy Jo Johnson
  • Super Beard Bros. Presents: The Newlywed Game
  • Transformers Unmasked
  • Bringing Back the Good Stuff: Reviving 90’s Retro Nostalgic Entertainment with Erica Crooks
  • Who wants to be a Super Millionaire?
  • A Celebration of Carrie Fisher
  • Comedy Show with Ron Funches
  • RICC 2015 Cosplay Contest

Sunday’s schedule includes:

  • Ghost Facers versus Ghost Hunters
  • Has the Sorting Hat Ever Been Wrong?
  • Living the Cosplay Life
  • Meet The Legions: A look at the costumes, charity, and camaraderie of the 501st and Rebel Legions
  • Cosplay Workshop: Sewing Basics
  • The Voices of Spongebob
  • Mike Grell: A Retrospective
  • Orlando Jones Live on Stage
  • Dr. Who 101
  • Charlton Comics: The Movie
  • Spirit Connections Gallery Readings with Spirit Medium Tiffany Rice
  • The World of The Walking Dead
  • How to Be a YouTube Star
  • Q&A with Henry Winkler
  • Inside The Outsiders
  • Dressed to Impress: How to make an Impact on the Judges of the Costume Contest
  • Dynamic Drawing for Toys
  • Cosplay Workshop: Head Casting Demonstration
  • Kids Cosplay Contest
  • A Look Inside the Tardis: Dr. Who Stars Speak
  • Bishonen Pretty Boy Swag
  • King of Comic Con
  • Meet the Power Rangers

Gianfrancesco went on to comment, “In addition, we have added a slate of informative and unique fan panels, which cover some of the more specific fandoms. We have panels on Dr. Who, Harry Potter, and comic drawing. We have even added a cosplay workshop room with hands-on demonstrations of molding, sewing, and wig styling. It’s going to be a great year for all our guests at RICC!”

For specific locations, times, and descriptions for each event, please refer to Rhode Island Comic Con’s website.

Tickets for Rhode Island Comic Con are currently on sale through Ticketmaster, or by visiting www.ricomiccon.com. Daily tickets start at only $29.00 and a three-day weekend admission is $75 in advance, $85 at the door (if available). VIP and celebrity packages are also available.

In its fourth year, the award-winning Rhode Island Comic Con, produced by Altered Reality Entertainment, expands to three days, two venues, and over 100 celebrity guests, including actors from Star Trek, Doctor WhoGame of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy, Agents of Shield, and Transformers, among many others. Comic book artists from Marvel, DC and the independent market all converge on downtown Providence. Gaming, cosplay, and after parties all add to an exciting schedule of events and panels.

Pictures from ConnectiCon 2015

By Jason Harris

This year marks the 12th ConnectiCon, which was founded in 2002 and the first one was held in 2003. You can find out about it’s history here.

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W.B. Mason.

W.B. Mason.

Baymax.

Baymax.

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The Lone Gunmen from The X-Files were in attendance.

Bruce Harwood ( John Fitzgerald Byers of The Lone Gunmen)

Bruce Harwood ( John Fitzgerald Byers on The Lone Gunmen)

Tom Braidwood (Melvin Frohike on The Lone Gunmen).

Tom Braidwood (Melvin Frohike on The Lone Gunmen).

Dean Haglund (Richard 'Ringo' Langly on The Lone Gunmen).

Dean Haglund (Richard ‘Ringo’ Langly on The Lone Gunmen).

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Green Lantern.

Green Lantern.

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Prince Charming and Cinderella.

Prince Charming and Cinderella.

George Takei.

George Takei.

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Actress and author Amber Benson.

Actress and author Amber Benson.

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Queen Amidala and friend.

Queen Amidala and friend.

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Thor and Thor.

Thor and Thor.

A Jedi.

A Jedi.

The Power Rangers.

The Power Rangers.

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Supergirl and friend.

Supergirl and friend.

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Voice actor Bill Farmer.

Voice actor Bill Farmer.

Characters from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

Characters from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

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The Voice Acting in Television panel with Kari Wahlgren, Chris Bevins, Maurice LeMarche, Phil Lanarr, Bill Farmer, and Dameon Clarke.

The Voice Acting in Television panel with Kari Wahlgren, Chris Bevins, Maurice LeMarche, Phil Lanarr, Bill Farmer, and Dameon Clarke.

Harley Quinn punching Batgirl.

Harley Quinn punching Batgirl.

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Dr. Who.

Dr. Who.

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Dr. Who.

Dr. Who.

Peter

Peter “Starlord” Quill.

Loki.

Loki.

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Bluntman and Chronic.

Bluntman and Chronic.

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Harley Quinn, The Riddler, and Robin.

Harley Quinn, The Riddler, and Robin.

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Yoko Littner.

A Night with William Shatner

By Jason Harris

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Actor William Shatner was a guest at the Middlesex Community College Celebrity Forum 2015 at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA. Shatner was interviewed by Patrick Cook, executive director of public affairs. 2015-06-11 19.47.47
Shatner is an award-winning actor, producer, writer, recording artist, and philanthropist. During the almost 75 minute interview, he spoke about Star Trek, Boston Legal, his friendship with Leonard Nimoy who passed away in February, and death. You could tell that he misses Nimoy who he had been friends with for over 50 year ever since filming Star Trek. He talks about Nimoy’s death as memories that have faded away. He also mentioned his charities and his new reality series, Better Late Than Never with Henry Winkler, George Foreman, and Terry Bradshaw.

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My Second Trip to Granite State ComiCon (Pictures)

By Dale T. Phillips

Pictures by Dale T. Phillips and Stacey Longo

 

Once more, I got to travel to another world or a lot of them, by attending Granite State ComiCon, organized by Double Midnight Comics. I was one of two authors at the Books & Boos table. The other author at the table being Stacey Longo. We were signing books for fans, new and old.

Author Stacey Longo at the Books & Boos table.

Author Stacey Longo at the Books & Boos table.

It was an amazing time at a well-run con, with thousands of fun people enjoying themselves and sharing their special likes of comics, TV shows, books, films, graphic novels, games, and cultural icons of all sorts.

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Hall2

Waiting

You get to see people like The New England Brethren of Pirates.Pirates1

The Ghostbusters of New Hampshire Ghostbusters

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The New England garrison of the 501st Legion.
All three groups make appearances to help raise money for charities. These people put a lot of time and effort into their outfits and shows, and they deserve a big hand for what they do.501_base

Star_wars

Starwarrior

Wookie_face

Leia

Sam Jones

Sam Jones

You get to see celebrities, like Sam Jones (of Flash Gordon and Ted fame) and tough-guy actor William Forsythe, both of whom were

Author Stacey Longo with William

Author Stacey Longo with William Forsythe.

extremely gracious and kind to the fans. You also see the people behind the voices of your favorite animated characters such as Richard Horvitz, who voices Zim in Invader Zim, .

Richard Horvitz.

Richard Horvitz.

You get to meet writers such as Gordon Bean, Rob Watts, Katherine Silva, and Scott Goudsward, who are all members of the New England Horror Writers.

From left to right: Bean, Watts, Silva, and Goudsward.

From left to right: Gordon Bean, Rob Watts, Katherine Silva, and Scott Goudsward.

Author Matthew Bartlett, another NEHW member, was also signing books at the organization’s table.

Author Matthew Bart

Author Matthew Bartlett.

Besides the NEHW and Longo, Chris Philbrook, another author, had his own table at the convention.

During my time at the convention, I also met author John Murphy, who was recently heard on the Sci-fi Saturday Night podcast. I can’t wait to hear their interviews with the cast members of Game of Thrones.

Me (left) and John Murphy (right).

Me (left) and John Murphy (right).

The Game of Thrones celebrities.

The Game of Thrones celebrities.

Speaking of which, lots of folks were Game of Thrones cosplaying to honor the cast members who were there.

Arya

Arya of Game of Thrones.

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Arya of Game of Thrones.

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Miltos Yeramelou (Syrio on GoT) hosted a Water Dancing class to teach beginning fencers. I watched some of it, and thought it superb– and I’ve been a fencer for over 35 years.

Miltos Yeramelou.

Miltos Yeramelou.

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Syrio3

Groot

Groot.

You get to see about every superhero and supervillain you can think of.

Catwoman

Catwoman.

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Robin and Batgirl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Harley Quinn, the Joker and the Riddler.

Mr_T_JasonAnd many other costumes. A guy who plays Mr T. emceed the huge costume contest. I sure wouldn’t want to judge that one, because there are so manyCostume_crowd2 cool costumes, it would be too hard to choose a winner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two days of fun, and we just saw a small part of it. It’s a total experience, with panels, parties, and participation.

Alien

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Freddy Krueger and Jason Vorhees.

Borg

A Borg from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Horns

Loki

Harley_Joker

Harley Quinn and the Joker.

Big_Guy

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Cosplayers

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Frozen’s Elsa taking a trip in the Tardis.

Deadpool_WW

Deadpool and Wonder Woman.

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Dredd

Judge Dredd.

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Groot.

Gosselin

Artist Karen Gosselin.

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Mr. T with author Stacey Longo, holding her book Secret Things.

Princesses

Puppet

Ralphie

Ralphie from A Christmas Story.

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Silverlady

Steampunk

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A Medieval Deadpool.

Me with author Rob Watts.

Me with author Rob Watts.

Tardi

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Vulcan

Star Trek’s Starfleet officer

WreckRalph

Wreck-It Ralph.

The Dome and Kriana of Sci-fi Saturday Night.

The Dome and Kriana of Sci-fi Saturday Night.

Disney Princesses.

Disney Princesses.

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A Droogie.

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Wonder Woman and Batman.

Guardians

Guardians of the Galaxy.

A Droogie.

A Droogie.

Brave's Princess Merida and Silk.

Brave’s Princess Merida and Silk.

Performers from Fright Kingdom.

Performers from Fright Kingdom.

Convention attendees.

Convention attendees.

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Rikki Simons, the voice of Gir.

Rikki Simons, the voice of Gir on Invader Zim.

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Thor and Voltron

Puppet

Rock and Shock Starts Promoting Its 11th Show

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Rock & Shock is getting ready to turn it up to 11! In anticipation of the 11th anniversary of the horror and music convention that brings 3 days of monsters, music and mayhem to downtown Worcester, MA, Rock & Shock is giving the public an extra early sneak peak at this year’s attendees. While there are still plenty of big name acts yet to be divulged, Rock & Shock is pleased to announce that among this year’s guests will be Brad Dourif, John Ratzenberger, Jeffrey Combs, Nivek Ogre and Fiona Dourif. Meanwhile, King Diamond, Machine Head and Twiztid are among some of the convention’s scheduled performers.

Brad Dourif, the voice of everyone’s favorite flame-haired doll turned serial killer Chucky will be making a rare convention appearance at Rock & Shock 2014. Dourif is a legendary character actor who is best known for his appearances in Rob Zombie’s Halloween 1 & 2, The Exorcist III, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers & The Return of the King, Dune, TV’s Deadwood and his breakthrough role as Billy Bibbit in Milos Forman’s 1975 classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. To make the event a true family affair, Dourif will be joined by his real life daughter and True Blood star Fiona Dourif. Fiona’s other screen credits include Curse of Chucky, Deadwood and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Academy Award nominated film The Master.

He has danced with the stars, voiced some of your favorite cartoon characters and even fought for the Rebel Alliance and this October, Cheers‘ very own John Ratzenberger will be returning to the place where everybody knows his name. In addition to portraying Cliff Clavin, postal worker extraordinaire on the seminal Boston-based TV series Cheers, Ratzenberger has appeared in films such as Motel Hell and House 2: The Second Story, competed on Dancing With the Stars and has become the voice of Pixar. Ratzenberger is, in fact, the only actor to voice for a character in every Pixar film; most notably Hamm the Piggy Bank in the Toy Story series, The Abominable Snowman in Monsters, Inc. and Mack the Truck in the Cars.

A legend in both the horror and sci-fi communities, Jeffery Combs will be making his triumphant return to Rock & Shock this year. Combs first made his name as Herbert West, the main character in Re-Animator and it’s two subsequent sequels. He followed that up with appearances in several classic horror films including The Frighteners, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, House on Haunted Hill, FeardotCom and most recently, Would You Rather. However, science-fiction fans will best know Combs for his portrayals of several characters within the Star Trek universe, most notably the Vorta clone Weyoun on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Rounding out the early announcements is Skinny Puppy and ohGr frontman Nivek Ogre. Since forming Skinny Puppy in 1982, Ogre has wowed audiences as both a musician and an actor, appearing in films such as Repo! The Genetic Opera, 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams and The Devil’s Carnival.

Speaking of world renowned musicians, this year’s performers are set to include: King Diamond, who will kick-off the event’s pre-party on Thursday, October 16, Machine Head, Children of Bodom, Epica and Battlecross, who will be rocking the Palladium stage on Friday, October 17 and Twiztid, back by popular demand with their Fright Fest festivities and scheduled to close out the event on Sunday, October 18. A very special guest headliner for Saturday is set to be announced in August, so let the speculation begin!

Tickets for Rock & Shock 2014 go on sale this Friday, June 27th at 10am and may be purchased at ticketfly.com, FYE stores or at the Palladium box office. There are still plenty of celebrity guests, musical acts and events yet to be announced so make sure to follow Rock & Shock on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram and visitrockandshock.com.