Great guests for Oz Comic-Con in Adelaide
Whether you’re into sci-fi television shows and movies, comic books or anime and cosplay, the Australian debut of Oz Comic-Con in Adelaide may be the highlight of your 2012.
Yes, our fair city’s been chosen to kick off the first installment of what organisers hope will be become Australia’s top fan event, a feast of pop-culture in the spirit of other Comic-Con events around the world. General admission and special tickets are now on sale!
Over two days, on the weekend of Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April,
Oz Comic-Con Adelaide will feature some great international and local film and TV stars, and comics industry luminaries.
There will also be workshops with comic book and anime artists, gaming demonstrations and cosplay competitions, plus exhibitors with the best collectibles out of the USA, UK and Japan.
“Oz Comic-Con will be more than just a gathering place for South Australian fans of the various arms of pop culture,” said Carissa Avenhouse, of organisers DCA Enterprises. “It will celebrate and educate – it will be the place for fans to share their love of pop culture, get up close and personal with celebrities, enter contests with fantastic prizes, or learn how to break into the industry.”
Here are brief bios for the special guests. More information is available at http://ozcomiccon.com/.
To her fans, Jewel Staite’s most memorable role has been Kaylee, the adorable mechanic on Joss Whedon’s Firefly, which later became the major motion picture Serenity, in which Jewel reprised her role. Since then, she’s starred as the deliciously hateful character Heidi in Bryan Fuller’s Wonderfalls and as Dr. Jennifer Keller in Stargate: Atlantis. Follow @JewelStaite on Twitter, and on Facebook or visit her website.
Best known as Commander William Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Jonathan Frakes is a talented director too. He helmed eight TNG and several Deep Space Nine and Voyager episodes and directed Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection. His career is going strong, having directed episodes of Dollhouse, Castle, V, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Glades and Burn Notice. Follow @jonathansfrakes on Twitter and on Facebook.
Teryl Rothery is no longer attending. She is known for playing Dr. Janet Fraiser on Stargate SG-1 (1997-2004) and roles in other sci-fi series, including The X-Files, The Outer Limits and Kyle XY. In 2010, she starred in the Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica. An accomplished stage performer in her native Vancouver, Rothery has been nominated for four Leo Awards. Find Teryl Rothery on Facebook, or visit her official website.
Bill Farmer performed the role in Goofy in A Goofy Movie in 1995 and it’s sequel An Extremely Goofy Movie in 2000 and in many of the Mickey Mouse animates series. Some of his many other voice roles have included Stinky in Casper: A Spirited Beginning and Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck in Robot Chicken. One of his first roles was as the reporter Justin Ballard-Watkins in the movie RoboCop. Bill Farmer is GoofyBill on Twitter.
Sean Patrick Flanery is no longer able to attend. His first notable role was as the title character in George Lucas’ acclaimed The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and he has starred in films such as Powder, Ten Inch Hero and Saw 3D. In 1999 he reached cult status in The Boondock Saints and the 2009 sequel, The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day. He is a tri-athlete and surfer, and has black belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and karate. Find Sean Patrick Flanery on Twitter and Facebook and his official site.
Norman Reedus got his first taste of acting in Maps for Drowners at the Tiffany Theater on Sunset Boulevard. Days later he was cast in Mimic, shortly followed by Six Ways to Sunday and Floating. He shot to cult status as Murphy McManus in The Boondock Saints and its sequel. His roles as Scud in Blade II and Daryl Dixon in The Walking Dead also earned him many fans. Reedus exhibits art in galleries in New York, Berlin and Frankfurt. Follow @wwwbigbaldhead, like on Facebook and visit his official website.
Corin Nemec made his television debut on Sidekicks. In 1987, he landed a role on the series Webster, then made his feature film debut in Tucker: The Man and His Dream. He earned an Emmy nomination for I Know My Name Is Steven. He has starred in over a dozen television movies and miniseries. Nemec was cast as Jonas Quinn for Stargate: SG-1’s season 5 and became a series regular in the sixth season. He was recently cast as Christian Campbell on Supernatural. Visit his official website.
One of Australia’s most prolifically published comic book artists, Stewart McKenny currently pencils DC Super Friends – an all ages comic that introduces Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash and Aquaman to a new generation. His other credits include contributions to Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures. He has also worked for Marvel Comics on Captain America and on Star Wars Tales for Dark Horse. Find Stewart McKenny on Facebook and visit his official website.
Gigi Edgley is best known to fans for her role as Chiana in Farscape. She joined The Secret Life of Us in 2003 and Stingers in 2004, before returning as Chiana in the SciFi Channel miniseries Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars. In 2006 Edgley was nominated for Best Actress in a Lead Role by the Film Critics Circle of Australia for Last Train to Freo. She has starred in in four seasons of Rescue: Special Ops, and is in upcoming series Tricky Business. Like Gigi Edgley on Facebook and visit her official website.
Nicola Scott (Teen Titans, Birds of Prey, JSA, Secret Six)
Nicola Scott moved into the comics industry in 2001, as a penciller for Australia’s Phosphorescent Comics. Scott has worked for Dark Horse, Top Cow, Image and IDW, and is now exclusively contracted to DC Comics. After a successful stint on Birds of Prey, she moved on to work on Secret Six, Blackest Night, Wonder Woman and Teen Titans. She is now in the process of relaunching one of DC’s most iconic titles, JSA (Justice Society of America). You can find Nicola Scott on Facebook.
Oz Comic-Con will be brought to Adelaide by DCA Enterprises, a Sydney-based company that specialises in pop culture events, bringing some of the world’s most loved stars to Australian shores. Recent DCA Enterprises events include Twilight 2008, 2009 and 2010 (featuring Taylor Lautner, Kellan Lutz and Nikki Reed), Star Trek 2010 (featuring William Shatner and Scott Bakula), Gleek-On 2010 (featuring Kevin McHale) and Stargate 2010 (featuring Richard Dean Anderson and Chris Judge).
The Adelaide Oz Comic-Con will be followed up with a Melbourne event on Saturday June 30 and Sunday July 1 2012, featuring guests like comics legend Stan Lee, Patrick Stewart (Star Trek and X-Men), The X-Files’ Mitch Pileggi, Tia Carrere, Sean Maher (Serenity) and many more. See the Oz Comic-Con site for details.