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Wizard World New Orleans Adds Chewbacca Actor Peter Mayhew

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Press Release: Peter Mayhew, who brought the beloved character “Chewbacca” to life in four STAR WARS films, will attend the 2012 Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, January 28-29 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Mayhew, who portrayed the loyal Wookiee in the original trilogy STAR WARS (1977), THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980), RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983), and the 2005 prequel REVENGE OF THE SITH, will meet fans, pose for photos, sign autographs, and perform a special reading of his latest children’s book “My Favorite Giant” during the show.

Mayhew, who stands 7’3?, was a hospital worker in his native England when he landed the role of Chewbacca. Between STAR WARS and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, Mayhew worked at Mayday Hospital in suburban London. He resumed this position after EMPIRE, only leaving the hospital again to join his colleagues on the set of RETURN OF THE JEDI. Interestingly, when writer/director George Lucas began searching for a tall actor who could accurately portray Chewbacca, he initially turned to David Prowse. The bodybuilder opted for the part of the sinister Darth Vader, leaving Lucas free to seek out Mayhew for the role of the Wookiee.

Mayhew will read from “My Favorite Giant,” which he co-wrote with his wife Angie Mayhew, on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m., in Panel Room A. The book is intended to help little ones understand that being different doesn’t have to be a bad thing. The reading is part of full day of kids events on Sunday, which includes a costume contest, mosaic building workshop and a “passport” program in which kids complete activities all over New Orelans Comic Con.

Other top celebrities to attend New Orleans Comic Con include William Shatner, Stan Lee, Adam Baldwin, Mary McDonnell, James Marsters, Michael Biehn, WWE® Diva Kelly Kelly™ and WWE® Superstar Zack Ryder™. The event, produced by Wizard World, Inc. will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

New Orleans Comic Con is the first stop on Wizard World’s 2012 North American tour. Hours are Saturday, January 28, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, January 29, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.wizardworldcomiccon.com/neworleans.html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door. Advance adult single-day tickets are priced at $30 ($40 on site); weekend all-session tickets are $45 ($55 on site), and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult). VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available on a limited basis.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

***** SAVE THE 2012 DATES *****
January 28-29 – New Orleans Comic Con
April 14-15 – Toronto Comic Con
June 1-3 – Philadelphia Comic Con
August 9-12 – Chicago Comic Con
September 29-30 – Mid-Ohio Comic Con
October 26-28 – Austin Comic Con
TBD, 2012 – Big Apple Comic Con

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Exclusive Falling Skies Trailer

FallingSkiesThe TNT original television series, Falling Skies, created by Robert Rodat and Steven Spielberg will premier in June of 2011. The ten week science fiction television series delves into the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world in a uncertain state. Everyday heros are forced to pick up arms agains a mysterious invading army.

The original trailer, aired at Comic-Con 2010, faced some criticism by convention attendees and sci-fi fans alike. You be the judge of the latest release.

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Full Spectrum of Celebrities Bring Brimstone’s ‘Borderhounds’ Animated Series to Life

Hound Comics & Floating Pear Reveal Celebrity Voices for Animated Series

 

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New York, New York January 17, 2011 – Hound Comics CEO William ‘Brimstone’ Kucmierowski is looking to make Brimstone and The Borderhounds: The Animated Series into a family affair. Rather than auditioning a slew of actors and actresses, Hound Comics and Floating Pear Productions have chosen to cherry pick what they feel is the perfect cast for the eclectic grouping of Borderhound characters. The well-known names create an ensemble that represents the wide spectrum of entertainment including pro wrestlers, models, reality stars and other personalities. “When working in entertainment, you can go for months at a clip living in your own little world. Utilizing the talents of these fantastic entertainers is a no brainer and at the same time gives me an excuse to hang out with my friends” says Brimstone.  

Hot off the heels of their worldwide release of the comic book on newsstands in Barnes & Noble, Book World, and Amazon; the Hound Comics crew has been anticipating the World Wide Premiere of the animated series that has been in production with partners Floating Pear Productions, LLC. The exclusive ‘first look sneak peek’ will be offered initially at Wizard World Entertainment’s Miami event which is slated to take place at the Miami Airport Convention Center located at 711 N.W. 72nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33126 on February 26th and 27th. "Wizard World is proud to announce the launch of 'Brimstone and The Borderhounds: The Animated Series' at Miami Comic Con," said Gareb Shamus, Wizard World CEO. "It fits perfectly with our tradition of world premieres and sneak peeks of exciting new shows, and it's particularly gratifying given our long relationship with Brimstone." To which Brimstone adds, “Wizard World Comic Cons are a staple in the Hound Comics’ marketing arsenal. I’m honored to be able to work with Wizard concerning this major milestone in the Borderhounds franchise!”

 

The confirmed celebrity voices that will be gracing the series will include Brimstone as himself, Jose Hernandez, Jr. (HBO’s Oz) as Dawg, former WWE Smackdown Superstar Kaval as Orgrathan, Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake (WWE Legend) as Txigon with Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine (WWE Legend) as Txigon’s right hand man. Other celebrity guest stars that are linked to the production voice-wise are Claire Unabia and Kim Leemans (America’s Next Top Model), Darra ‘Like Dat’ Boyd (VH1’s Flavor of Love & Charm School), and Robb Demarest (SyFy’s Ghost Hunters International) along with plenty of other special guests. Theme music for the series boasts a fast paced, in your face, classic Saturday morning cartoon sound with an edge; compliments of Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, lead guitarist for Guns N’ Roses.

 

It’s amazing that the cast is just as ecstatic about getting the ball rolling. "I am very intrigued by the series. I look forward to giving Orgrathan a voice!" says, Kaval. Beefcake states, "I’m very excited to be involved with this very cutting edge animation project! Brimstone and The Borderhounds is sure to be a huge success!" Demarest makes his comic debut with the Borderhounds in issue four with his guest appearance and will continue the relationship with Hound Comics by lending the voice to himself in the animated series. "We're looking to bring back the days where celebrity cameos were fun, made sense and worked into the actual story, like Scooby Doo… just a lot less hokey!" says Brimstone. "Being a life-long comic book reader and fan, when this opportunity came along, I was more than excited to be a part of it. We didn't want this to be a forced ‘guest appearance’, and we are confident that fans will be pleased!" says Demarest. As for the other main characters in the cast; most voices will be reprised by their real life counterparts such as Mr. Hostile (Chris Hostile), Chavez Raoul (Jake Dixon) and Luscious (Eddie Castillo).

 

The new “Borderhounds” series will not only appeal to a mature audience who can appreciate the dark undertone driven story-arc and tongue-in-cheek humor; but to the young viewers as well. “We are looking to appeal to a broad age range and demographic.” says Sajad Shah, co-founder of Hound Comics and penciler for Brimstone and The Borderhounds.  “Dee [Boyd] and Damon [Wong] at Floating Pear have gone above and beyond to stay true to the title and its characters! Once the killer cast of entertainers lend their personalities to the mix… this series is bound to make some noise!”

 

 

For more information, to schedule an interview, or request a digital copy for review; please contact Amy DiLeo (PR) at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit us on the web at http://www.theborderhounds.com/home.html or http://www.theborderhounds.com/ani_home.html

 

Scott McNeil to Appear at Animation and Gaming Ohio 2011

AandGOhio2011_thumbScott_McNeilAnimation and Gaming Ohio is proud to announce that Scott McNeil will be making his return to Ohio for the first time in years! Scott McNeil initially pursued a career in theatre with Studio 58. After leaving, he worked as an Elvis Impersonator while trying to find acting jobs. He finally made his big break doing a variety of voices on The New Adventures of He-Man. The first Anime role that Scott provided his voice for was Project A-ko. Scott went back to acting for a while, appearing in several films, including two episodes of Highlander: The Series, before lending his voice to Beastwars. Scott has described that this is the work he is most proud of. He was also cast in the role of the original “Piccolo” in Dragon Ball Z, “Duo Maxwell” in Mobile Suit: Gundam Wing, and “Principal Kuno” in Ranma ½. Scott has done a variety of voices from various animes, including InuYasha, Full Metal Alchemist, Monster Rancher, and Death Note.

Accompanying Scott McNeil will be internet star & musician Brentalfloss. Brent made his mark on the scene with a music video about "The Legend of Zelda" which ended up being showcased on YouTube.com for 2 days and acquiring over a million hits. The video was also picked up by G4 TV as part of "Attack of the Show." Since then he has been a regular on Screw Attack.com and continues to make videos and music for the masses.

Animation and Gaming Ohio (A&G Ohio) is a convention ran by the fans, for the fans. It not only includes Japanese animation, but American animation as well. Gaming is also incorporated with the signature gaming events and the massive game room A&G has to offer. A&G Ohio is a fourth year convention based out of Cincinnati, OH.

Press Release for September 23, 2010

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