COMIC CONVENTIONS: Astronomicon 3 Pop Culture Convention in Sterling Heights, MI to Feature First Ever “Clerks” 25th Anniversary Reunion, WWE Superstar Alexa Bliss, Brat Pack Actor Anthony Michael Hall and More! - READ IT HERE
Astronomicon 3, the Detroit area’s newest pop culture convention, has added even more guests to the eclectic lineup of pop culture icons appearing at the convention the weekend of February 7-9 at Wyndham Garden in Sterling Heights, MI.
In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the cult-classic Clerks movie franchise, Jeff Anderson (“Randal”), in his first-ever convention appearance, with reunite with fellow actor Brian O’Halloran (“Dante”) for a once-in-a-lifetime fan experience. “I'm really excited to be returning to Astronomicon,” O’Halloran says. “The first year it snowed 10 inches and the fans still came out in record numbers. This year I can only imagine how many people will come out to meet myself and Jeff Anderson for his first ever comic con!”
From inside the squared circle, Astronomicon 3 has announced the appearance of WWE and Total Divas superstar Alexa Bliss, former pro wrestler and animal activist Amy Dumas (aka Lita), WWE Hall of Fame wrestling legend Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake and WWE superstar The Boogeyman.
As previously announced, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creator Kevin Eastman will make his first Astronomicon appearance at this year’s convention. “I am so excited to get the 2020 convention season started at Astronomicon,” Eastman says. “Team Eastman hopes to see you there! Cowabunga!”
Anthony Michael Hall, the iconic “Brat Pack” actor known for his roles in The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, War Machine and Halloween Kills, has also joined the eclectic roster of guests. Says Hall, “I’m excited and looking forward to coming to Michigan in February. It’s going to be a fun show with lots of great people in attendance. We hope to see you there.”
In addition to Hall, Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie franchise, Rookie of the Year, Halloween Resurrection), RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad) and Alex Vincent (Child’s Play franchise, Curse of Chucky, Cult of Chucky) will join previously announced actors James Jude Courtney (Halloween), Tom Atkins (Halloween III, Lethal Weapon), Robert Carradine (Revenge of the Nerds), Bill Moseley (Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell, House of 1000 Corpses, The Devils Rejects, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Charles Fleischer (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Nightmare on Elm Street, Back to the Future 2), CJ Graham (“Jason Voorhees” from Friday the 13th Part VI Jason Lives), Richard Brake (Game of Thrones, Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell, 31), Walter Phelan (House of 1000 Corpses), Nathan Baesel (Leslie Vernon, Cold Case, CSI: Miami) and David Howard Thornton (Terrifier’s “Art the Clown”).
“In the words of Captain Spaulding, if you like blood, violence and freaks of nature, join me at the third annual Astronomicon convention,” says Bill Moseley. “It's one hell of a show, and I'll see you there!”
Astronomicon 3 promises to fulfill the pop culture cravings of fans attending from far and wide, with even more guests, including hockey legend and four-time Stanley Cup champion Darren McCarty; comic book writer Dirk Manning; Comic Book Men star and podcaster Ming Chen; creator of “Art the Clown” and director of horror phenomenon Terrifier Damien Leone; rapper Mickey Avalon; special FX artists Rob Miller (Face Off Season 8), Nora Hewitt (Winner of Face Off Season 9) and Get Dead Crew’s Megan Grant; MTV VJ and Scary Movie franchise actor Simon Rex aka Dirty Nasty; Troma Entertainment co-founder and The Toxic Avenger actor Lloyd Kaufman; James from the Dave & Chuck the Freak radio show; tattoo artists Saint Karlos and Steve Pelkey; speed painter/artist Dave Santia; cosplayers Ginoza Costuming, Ashlee Kalthoff of Disfusional Studios, Envy the Green Fairy and League of Enchantment; Ghostbusters Detroit; and Majik Ninja Entertainment artists AMB, Alla Xul Elu, Blaze Ya Dead Homie; and Astronomicon masterminds Twiztid,
The all ages event will not only feature appearances, signings and photo ops with many additional activities – including live music performances, Q&A panels, cosplay and tattoo contests, a free play video game room and tournaments, a scavenger hunt and trivia. Confirmed in-costume photo opportunities include CJ Graham dressed as Jason Voorhees, Walter Phelan as Dr. Satan, David Howard Thornton as Art the Clown and Bill Moseley as Chop Top.
Astronomicon 3 will take place at the Wyndham Garden in Sterling Heights, MI. Additional information on tickets, lodging, VIP options, full guest information, vendors and more can be located at www.astronomicon.com.
In its inaugural year in 2018 – even in the midst of a blizzard that dropped over 14 inches of snow on the metro Detroit area on the same weekend – the event drew 2,000+ attendees from all over the world, selling out the hotel in less than one day and playing host to 20+ celebrities. In its second year, Astronomicon grew by 50% and had 3,500 attendees, and continues to grow as the newest pop culture convention in Metro Detroit.
Astronomicon The Making Of: A Pop Culture Convention, a documentary that takes viewers behind the scenes to experience what goes into the production and end result of a convention, was released late last year via Amazon Prime. Through incredible convention video footage and interviews with organizers Twiztid, the hard-working Astronomicon staff, guests and fans, viewers will get a feel for the Astronomicon experience and learn why its dedicated fanbase has made it Metro Detroit’s fastest-growing convention. Watch the trailer for Astronomicon The Making Of: A Pop Culture Convention here: https://youtu.be/zDRosnPyTPc.
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Evan J. Thomas previews the 2018 Lexington Comic & Toy Convention that is being held March 9-11 at Heritage Hall next to Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY
We are merely a few days away from the 2018 Lexington Comic & Toy Convention to be held in the Heritage Hall at the Lexington Convention Center just steps away from Rupp Arena kicking off this Friday March 9 till Sunday March 11 and the organizers are expecting a jam packed three days of festivities. The 2017 convention drew over 25K attendees for the three day event. It’ll be my fourth straight year attending and I have had a blast at every one of them.
Attendees can attend a kickoff party on Friday night as well as photo opps with celebrities. You can join in on gaming tournaments, cosplay contests, Q&A’s with various guests, seminars like “How To Get Started in Movies”, Steam Punk Funk Belly Dance Performance and a VIP Cosplay Party with Live Art on Saturday night or just wander through the various floors and check out amazing collectibles and various items for sale.
The 2018 lineup is chock full of celebrity guests, comic creators, exhibitors and vendors from all walks of geekery. Comics, toys, magazines, gaming, horror, anime, movies, art, music, wrestling and more will be featured throughout the weekend.
Some of the celebrity guests this year who will be signing autographs and taking photos will be from the movies and TV genres the legendary Chuck Norris, Billy Dee Williams, Ian McDiarmid and Tim Rose of Star Wars fame, Lou Diamond Phillips, Pauly Shore, Ke Huy Quan of Goonies and Temple of The Doom, Shannon Elizabeth and Thomas Ian Nicholas of the American Pie movies and many more.
WWE Legends and Hall of Famers are featured every year and this year has some major names like 2 Time Hall of Famer Ric Flair, Trish Stratus, Amy “Lita” Dumas, Kevin Nash, Booker T, Rey Mysterio and Jim Cornette. Comic creators will be displaying meeting with fans will be Neal Adams, Michael Golden, Greg Capullo and dozens more.
Lexington Comic & Toy Convention is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing events in the midwest. Tickets start at $30 for Friday, $35 for Saturday and $20 for Sunday. 2 Day Sat/ Sun tickets are still available for $50 and 3 Day VIP are sold out. Follow everything that is the Lexington Comic & Toy Convention including times, Photo opps, special events and extras and check out the pricing at the Convention website at www.LexingtonComicCon.com