Finally Getting Back Into The Swing Of Things…
I attended three conventions last year. Those conventions were Louisiana Comic Con in Lafayette, LA, CyPhaCon in Lake Charles, LA, and the first ever Beaumont Comic Con in Beaumont, TX. I have plans to attend all three again this year, but Beaumont Comic Con is still quite a few months away, so I’ll post about it once it gets closer. For now, let’s focus on the two that are hitting earlier this year.
Louisiana Comic Con will hit Lafayette once again on March 14th and 15th. I submitted a panel for the event and will hopefully get a notice about whether or not I’ll get to present it in the near future. The event is still announcing guests, but so far they’ve revealed a stellar lineup.
Wrestling fans will get a chance to meet Mankind, Cactus Jack, and Dude Love….all of whom happen to be one man, Mick Foley. I’m actually very pumped to have the chance to meet Mr. Foley, as I’ve been a longtime fan of his. Kevin Sorbo, star of such popular shows like Hercules and Andromeda, will also be in attendance. I’ve attended panels featuring Mr. Sorbo before and he’s one of the best panelists you’ll ever have the opportunity to hear. Other guests include actor Brett Cullen (recently in Joker), artist Rob Guillory, Suzanne’s Cosplay, and voice actor Brina Palencia.
Oh, and Louisiana Comic Con is also bringing in the legendary Kevin Conroy, arguably the greatest actor to ever portray Batman (even though it’s just his voice)! I am totally stoked to meet Mr. Conroy as well as Poison Ivy herself, Diane Pershing, who starred alongside Conroy on Batman: The Animated Series.
The Big Blue Boy Scout will also be in attendance. George Newbern, best known to fandom as the voice of Superman in Justice League Unlimited and Sephiroth in Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts, will be joining Batman and Poison Ivy for a trio of DC Comics heavy hitters. Some older fans might remember him as Payne, Dixie Carter’s son on Designing Women or as Steve Martin’s son-in-law, Bryan, in the Father of the Bride films. More guests are being announced, so be sure to keep up with the convention’s Facebook page for the latest information.
Less than a month later, CyPhaCon returns to the Lake Charles Civic Center for its tenth year on April 3rd-5th. In celebration of their tenth anniversary, CyPhaCon is loading the deck with some excellent guests and events. On the first evening of the convention, CyPhaCon will host a pub crawl. This is their fifth year to have a pub crawl and sadly I’ve never been available to attend it. I might just have to check it out this year.
The list of announced guests is pretty awesome so far, but there are still more guest announcements to come! From the realm of anime, confirmed guests include Cristina Vee (Sailor Moon, Devilman Crybaby, The Seven Deadly Sins), Eric Vale (My Hero Academia, Dragonball, Fullmetal Alchemist), Sarah Wiedenheft (Tokyo Ghoul, Dragon Ball Super, My Hero Academia), and Aaron Dismuke (Blood Blockade Battlefront, RWBY, Devil Is A Part Timer).
Live action guests include Doug Jones, one of my favorite actors of all time, who has appeared in Hellboy, Star Trek: Discovery, Pan’s Labyrinth, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and The Shape of Water. You may not recognize Mr. Jones’ face because it is almost always covered with makeup, latex, or a little CGI magic. He’s one of the friendliest actors that I’ve ever encountered and can’t wait to see him again! Be sure to check CyPhaCon’s webpage for more guest announcements.
Announced cosplay guests include Space Lion Cosplay, Sarah Kathrine, and NoirFX & The Killing Draik. I’m familiar with Sarah Kathrine’s work and am especially fond of her Spider Gwen and Wonder Woman builds. Check out her Facebook page for more information.
Announced author guests include G.M. Kelso, Veronica Smith, and Chris Hayes. Other guests include the returning Take One Improv group, who always put on a great performance for attendees, the Louisiana Ghostbusters, Rachel Pizzolato, The Week in Geek Radio Show, and the Rebel Legion, Dagobah Base. There are tons of other guests, fan groups, and artists still to be announced, so check CyPhaCon’s webpage and Facebook page for updates.
I’ve applied for a media pass and also submitted a panel to CyPhaCon. Once I hear back from them, I’ll let all of my faithful readers know if I’ll be in attendance and which panel I will be doing, if any. Keep your eyes peeled on my blog for more information.
I’m sad to report that I won’t be able to attend CoastCon this year. Due to distance and finances, I’ll have to skip out on one my favorite conventions again. CoastCon is, at least to my knowledge, the oldest fan-run convention in the southern United States. This will be their forty-third year. That’s a long time, which means that they are obviously doing something right! Be sure to check out their Facebook page for updates on the upcoming event. The event will be taking place on March 6-8 in beautiful Biloxi, MS. Announced guests include voice actress Morgan Berry, author Seanan McGuire, artist Melissa Gay, and author THE Rob Cerio! It’s really killing me that I can’t attend this year. CoastCon is the biggest little convention in the Gulf South and it has more heart than any other convention that I’ve ever attended.
I’ll be sure to post about all of the conventions that I attend this year. I’m hoping to squeeze in a couple of other events this year. Thank you for checking out my post. See you again real soon!