Thursday, December 1, 2016

Wintercon Announces Panel Highlights for December 3-4th Convention

Wintercon prepares to roll into Jamaica, NY this weekend with your last chance for convention fun on the East Coast for 2016! It's your last chance to show off your mind-blowing costume! Your last chance to shop for toys, comics, art and collectibles for the holiday season with over 400 tables to choose from! Your last chance to celebrate all things geek with friends and family right in your back yard! 

Among the shows many highlights, you'll find the 35th Anniversary Reunion of Mad Max (with Bruce Spence, Virginia Hey, Kjell Nilsson, Vernon Wells and Emil Minty), a Warriors Reunion (with Michael Beck, James Remar, David Harris, Dorsey Wright, Terry Michos, Bryan Tyler and Thomas G. Waites), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), Peter Mayhew (Star Wars) and more stellar guests from film, TV, cosplay and comics as well as a costume contest, aisles of excellent vendors and artists, and a packed schedule of panels for pop culture fans of every age.

Two rooms of programming await convention fans this weekend at Wintercon! Here's some of the panel highlights...

Chewbacca and the Rebel Pilots
Meet the Mighty Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) and the Rebel Pilots, Nien Numb (Mike Quinn), Biggs Darklighter (Garrick Hagon), and Red 9 (Jack Klaff), and hear their stories of filming Star Wars.

Max Max: The Road Warrior Panel
For the first time in 35 years, the cast of Mad Max: The Road Warrior (Bruce Spence, Virginia Hey, Vernon Wells, Kjell Nilsson, and Emil Minty) come together to talk about their experience in filming the classic 1982 movie.

The Walking Dead Panel
Join Austin Amelio (Dwight) and Seth Gilliam (Father Gabriel) of the AMC hit series “The Walking Dead” and discuss the shocking season opener, see where the show is going, and maybe find out, who is next!

The Science Fiction work of Jack Kirby
They're Back! Join writer Adam McGovern & Jack Kirby Museum co-founder Rand Hoppe as they present "The Science Fiction Work of Jack Kirby." Join them as they travel from the pulp magazines of Kirby's youth, through his mind-bending work featuring classic characters like the Fantastic Four, Captain America, the Star-Child from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Captain Victory, O.M.A.C., and much more.

Ghost Smashers
This panel will discuss the original drafts and ideas that lead to the iconic supernatural comedy Ghostbusters as well as actors and actresses who could have played the roles we know and love. Armed with clips, skits, and enough proton charging to alert the EPA, this informative and funny panel hosted by actual Ghostbusters is enough to make you cross the streams and remember, crossing the streams is bad.

LGBT responsibility in Comics
Are publishing houses really listening to the LGBT community for flushed out non-throwaway characters? Eg: freedom's ring vs the most recent Young Avengers series.

Kids Costume Showcase
Bring the kids and put them in costume! We have set up this hour on our main stage to display all the awesome kids costumes at the show! A great photo op that you and your family will remember for years to come! Sponsored by Squishables, every child (12 and under) who enters the showcase gets a prize!

The Women of Sci-Fi Q&A
Hear the stories from 3 of the most popular women in Sci-Fi history! Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), Adrienne Barbeau (Escape from NY, Swamp Thing), and Virginia Hey (Mad Max: The Road Warrior, Farscape).

The Warriors Q&A
Meet the most popular gang in cinema history! Hear the stories from the stars who made this super-stylized action film into a cult classic!

Empire Saber Guild Performance
As the Jedi Order struggles to maintain peace during the Clone Wars, Master Tarco and a small group of Knights are sent to Coruscant after the Council receives an urgent transmission. Their mission: find the Mandalorian, Falco. But this Bounty Hunter has a package containing more than they - and even he - could ever bargain for... Will they be able to set things right once a nefarious Sith plan is set into motion? Find out in Saber Guild: Empire Temple's original show: Smuggler's Bounty.

Children Becoming Heroes
A presentation on the magic of introducing humane education visually, through comics, to children of all demographics around the world. Engaging them this way gets around literacy, cultural, and language barriers to a degree few could expect. Children will have a chance to meet Super Piggy, the real life dog featured in A Piggy's Tale.

Visit for further info on panels and special events, and to grab your tickets today!

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