Silicon Valley Comic Con is back for its third year this April 6-8 and PopCultHQ is returning to cover the event for all of you! Silicon Valley Comic Con brings together America’s two greatest superheroes: Pop Culture and Technology. Presented by Steve Wozniak and featuring top celebrities, comics, independent artists, cosplay, video games, consumer electronics, music and apps, Silicon Valley Comic Con is where entertainment and our electronic worlds intersect.
Being held at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California, the three-day event put on by Steve Wozniak this year is bigger and better than ever! With such a massive line-up for 2018, we’re breaking down the show by the guests appearing, exhibitors attending, and all the programming featured at SVCC.
Our first look is at the celebrities scheduled to appear during the first weekend in April. Covering a wide spectrum across pop culture, this year’s event features celebs from Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Netflix shows, and more from television and movies. Plus Stan “The Man” Lee will be there!
Best known for creating beloved characters such as
Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, and many more!
Lee co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, Thor, the X-Men, and many other fictional characters, introducing a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books. In addition, he challenged the comics’ industry’s censorship organization, the Comics Code Authority, indirectly leading to it updating its policies. Lee subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.
He has had cameo appearances in many Marvel film and television projects. A few of these appearances are self-aware and sometimes reference Lee’s involvement in the creation of certain characters.
On 16 July 2017, Lee was named a Disney Legend, a hall of fame program that recognizes individuals who have made an extraordinary and integral contribution to The Walt Disney Company.
Best known for Doctor Who, Broadchurch and Marvel’s Jessica Jones
One of Scotland’s greatest ever actors, David Tennant has won almost universal acclaim from audiences, critics and fellow professionals for his outstanding and award-winning performances on stage and screen. He was born David John McDonald in West Lothian, Scotland, to Essdale Helen (McLeod) and Sandy McDonald, who was a Presbyterian minister. He is of Scottish and Ulster-Scots descent. When he was about 3 or 4 years old, he decided to become an actor, inspired by his love of Doctor Who (1963).
He was brought up in Bathgate, West Lothian and Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland and was a huge fan of the band The Proclaimers. He attended Paisley Grammar school and while there he wrote about how he wanted to become a professional actor and play the role of the Doctor in Doctor Who (1963).
He made his first television appearance (which was also his first professional acting job) when he was 16, after his father sent some photos of him to a casting director at Scottish television. He also attended a youth theatre group at weekends run by the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD – now renamed the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland [RCS]). When he was 16 he auditioned for and won a place at the RSAMD; the youngest student to ever do so, and started as a full time drama student when he was 17.
He worked regularly in theatre and TV after leaving drama school, and his first big break came in 1994 when he was cast in a lead role in the Scottish drama Takin’ Over the Asylum (1994). He then moved to London where his career thrived. Amongst other things, he spent several years as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and became famous from his lead roles in TV dramas Blackpool (2004) and Casanova (2005).
In 2005, his childhood wish came true. David was cast to play the role of the Doctor in Doctor Who (2005) alongside Billie Piper, after Christopher Eccleston decided to leave. Playing the Doctor made him a household name. Since leaving the series in 2010 his career has continued to rise, with lead roles in films, TV series and theatre.
Best known as the title character in Jessica Jones,
and as Jane in the hit AMC show Breaking Bad.
KRYSTEN RITTER is known for her starring roles in the award-winning Netflix original series, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, also Defenders, and cult favorite, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, as well as her pivotal role on AMC’s Breaking Bad. Krysten’s work on film includes Big Eyes, Listen Up Philip, Life Happens (which she co-wrote), The Hero, Confessions of a Shopaholic and She’s Out of My League. She is also the founder of Silent Machine, a production company which aims to highlight complex female protagonists. Krysten’s critically acclaimed debut novel BONFIRE is out now and available wherever books are sold. In her spare time, Krysten is also an avid knitter and has a collaboration of knitting kits available from WE ARE KNITTERS.
Ritter and her dog Mikey split their time between New York and Los Angeles.
Best known as for his roles as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in TV series Hannibal,
villain Kaecilius in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, & Galen Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Mads Mikkelsen is a synonym to the great success the Danish film industry has had since the mid-1990s. He was born in Østerbro, Copenhagen, to Bente Christiansen, a nurse, and Henning Mikkelsen, a banker.
Starting out as a low-life pusher/junkie in the 1996 success Pusher (1996), he slowly grew to become one of Denmark’s biggest movie actors. The success in his home country includes Flickering Lights (2000), Shake It (2001) and the Emmy-winning police series Unit 1 (2000).
His success has taken him abroad where he has played alongside Gérard Depardieu in I Am Dina (2002) as well as in the Spanish comedy Torremolinos 73 (2003) and the American blockbuster King Arthur (2004).
He played the role of Dr. Hannibal Lecter in the critically acclaimed NBC series Hannibal (2013), from 2013 to 2015, with great success. And most recently, he played the villain, Kaecilius, in Marvel’s Doctor Strange & Galen Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Best known for playing Lieutenant Kara “Starbuck” Thrace
on the Sci Fi Channel’s television program Battlestar Galactica.
Katee Sackhoff is an American actress known for playing Lieutenant Kara “Starbuck” Thrace on the Sci Fi Channel’s television program Battlestar Galactica (2003–2009). Sackhoff also appeared on the series Longmire (2012).
She was nominated for four Saturn Awards for her work on Battlestar Galactica, winning the award for Best Supporting Actress on Television in 2005. Katee also starred in Riddick (2013) and Oculus (2013).
Best known for her role as Wednesday Addams in “The Addams Family”
Ricci began her career appearing in commercials and received early recognition as a child star. Her debut performance in Mermaids (1990) was followed by a breakthrough role as Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family(1991) and its sequel Addams Family Values (1993) when she was eleven and thirteen years old, respectively. Following her success with the Addams Familyfilms, she earned something of a “teen icon” status thanks to appearances in various big-budget productions, notably Now and Then (1995) and Casper(1995), which were marketed for younger audiences, before making a successful transition into adult-oriented roles with the art-house drama The Ice Storm (1997), at the age of seventeen.
Ricci continued acting in small-scale independent films such as Buffalo ’66(1998) and The Opposite of Sex (1998), for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. She made a departure from independent cinema with Tim Burton’s big-budget Gothic horror Sleepy Hollow (1999) and later received praise for her performance in the drama Monster (2003), portraying the girlfriend of a notorious female serial killer. Although she has developed a reputation for being a prominent independent film actress, Ricci has appeared in many box office hits—to date, the films in which she has starred have amassed a gross in excess of $1.7 billion.
Ricci has also acted in various television productions. In 2006, she was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role as a paramedic in the ABC drama Grey’s Anatomy. From 2011 to 2012, she starred as a stewardess in the short-lived series Pan Am. In 2014, she starred in the titular role of the Lifetime film Lizzie Borden Took an Ax, marking a return to the darker roles she had generated attention for earlier in her career. In 2015, she reprised the role in the limited series The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, chronicling the aftermath of the events that took place in the biopic.
American actor and comedian, best known for his work as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live”, his role as Bob on the first four seasons of “The Middle”, and for playing Doug Butabi in “A Night at the Roxbury”
Kattan was a member of several improvisational comedy (improv) and sketch comedy troupes, one of them being The Groundlings in Los Angeles. His father was an original member of the troupe. Kattan also did some minor roles on TV, including the second episode of the second season of NewsRadio, “No, This Is Not Based Entirely on Julie’s Life,” as a photo shop employee.
He moved to New York City to work on Saturday Night Live from 1996 to 2003. His recurring characters included Mr. Peepers, Mango, Azrael Abyss, Kyle DeMarco from The DeMarco Brothers, Gay Hitler, Suel Forrester (known for the term “dagitybo”) and, most notably, one half of the Butabi Brothers with fellow SNL (and Groundlings) cast member Will Ferrell, known for their trademark head-bobbing. Kattan and Ferrell continued the characters in the 1998 film A Night at the Roxbury.
Best known for his role as Emperor Palpatine in George Lucas’s Star Wars films
Ian McDiarmid studied for a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of St. Andrews, but eventually found that his calling was in theatre. He went to the Royal Academy in Glasgow, where he received the prestigious gold medal for his work. He now has a highly successful career as a theatre director, and from 1990 until his retirement in 2001, was Joint Artistic Director of London’s Almeida Theatre in Islington. He and his co-director Jonathan Kent revived the Almeida and persuaded many Hollywood stars including Ralph Fiennes and Anna Friel to tread the boards in their humble theatre. They won the coveted London Evening Standard Award in 1998 for their efforts. McDiarmid is also well known for his film and television appearances, and is perhaps most famous for his chilling performance as Emperor Palpatine in George Lucas’s Star Wars films.
Best known as Darth Maul from “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace”
Ray Park is best known as Darth Maul from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, the murderous, demon-like duelist with the double-bladed lightsaber. A Scottish actor, gymnast and martial artist, he began studying the art of Wushu as a youngster, and was the first Wushu athlete from Europe to place top seven at the 1st World Wushu Championship held in Beijing in 1991. Ray was a member of the British Wushu and Chin Woo Team and has won Gold medals in Chang Chuan (Northern Fist) & Broadsword in National, European and International competition. He also achieved a Commonwealth Bronze during the 1993 World Wushu Championships held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Ray Park is also known for his portrayals of Toad in X-Men (2000), Snake Eyes in G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009), Edgar in Heroes (2010), and many other roles.
Best known as Uhura from Star Trek
Nichelle Nichols began her professional singing and dancing career in her home town, Chicago, at the tender age of 14. As a teenager she was discovered by the great Duke Ellington, who hired her to choreograph and perform a ballet for one of his musical suites, and finished the tour as his lead singer. When Nichelle was cast by Gene Roddenberry to create Chief Communications Officer Lt. Uhura, fourth in command of the Starship Enterprise, in his legendary TV series Star Trek – in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King – “The first non-stereotypical role portrayed by a black woman in television history.” It was Dr. King who convinced Nichelle to stay on Star Trek when she got an offer to come sing on Broadway, calling her role a vital role model for minorities across America and around the world.
Nichelle was awarded her much deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 9, 1992. Just a few weeks before she became the first African-American to place her handprints and signature in the cement walk at the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Using her Star Trek fame to bring good back to the world, Nichelle, at the behest of NASA, led a national campaign to recruit the first women and minorities into the space program. Many of her new recruits were women or members of racial and ethnic minorities, including Guion Bluford (the first African-American astronaut), Sally Ride (the first female American astronaut), and Mae Jamison (the first female African-American astronaut).
Today, Nichelle continues to travel to fan conventions, collaborate on new film projects, and support the charitable causes near and dear to her heart. Nichelle recently flew into the stratosphere on NASA SOFIA to raise awareness for the Planetary Society and the Technology Access Foundation, and has been nominated for an Emmy award in 2017 for her guest appearance in “The Young and the Restless”.
Best known as Martha Jones in Doctor Who and Amanita Caplan in the Netflix show Sense8
Freema Agyeman is an English actress best known for playing Martha Jones in the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who and its spin-off series Torchwood, and Amanita Caplan in the Netflix science fiction drama Sense8.
In July 2006, she appeared in an episode of the new “Doctor Who” series, and the producers were so impressed with her performance that they offered her the role of Martha Jones on the show’s upcoming third season, debuting on the 31st March 2007.
Along with John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd and Naoko Mori, she is one of only five actors to play the same character (Martha Jones) in both Doctor Who (2005) and Torchwood (2006).
Agyeman appears in the Netflix series Sense8, released in June 2015, created by J. Michael Straczynski and Lilly and Lana Wachowski. She is a series regular and plays Amanita, the girlfriend of Nomi, a sensate.
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Best known as Kristin Ortega in the Netflix series ALTERED CARBON, and as Viviana Torres in Royal Pains
Martha Higareda is the female lead of the Skydance / Netflix series, ALTERED CARBON to be released in early 2018. Produced by Laeta Kalogridis and Steve Blackman, ALTERED CARBON takes place in the 25th century where the mind has been completely digitized. Higareda will play the role of ‘Lt. Ortega’ opposite of Joel Kinnaman and Renée Elise Goldsberry. Previously, HIgareda produced and starred in the Pantelion film, NO MANCHES FRIDA, which achieved the third-best opening ever for a Mexican movie in Mexico. Simultaneously, Higareda was also writing, producing, and starring in the family comedy, 3 IDIOTAS and was also the lead in the comedy/horror film, DEADTECTIVES produced by Dark Factory Entertainment.
In 2014, Higareda wrote, produced, and starred in the film CASESE QUIEN PUEDA (‘GET MARRIED IF YOU CAN’) which broke records at the Mexican box office and became the third highest grossing Mexican comedy of all time. Higareda made her film debut in the 2002 film AMAR TE DUELE which was a huge success at the Mexican box office and garnered her several awards including the Silver Goddess award from Mexican Cinema Journalists for “Best Newcomer” and a MTV Latino Movie Award for Favorite Actress. Last year, Higareda received the Best Actress/Television Imagen Award for her role in Lifetime Television’s LIES IN PLAIN SIGHT.
Higareda is well-known for her work in Mexico starring in NIŇAS MAL directed by Fernando Sariňana and BORDERLAND directed by Zev Berman. She wrote, starred and produced TE PRESENTO A LAURA, which was highly successful at the Latin box office. Higareda’ s box office success in Mexico helped her cross over into American productions such as STREET KINGS opposite Keanu Reeves, Hugh Laurie, and Forest Whitaker, and in Universal’s prequel SMOKIN’ ACES 2 where she played a deadly female assassin. Most recently, Higareda can be seen opposite Kevin Costner and Maria Bello in the Walt Disney Studios feature, MCFARLAND, which was produced by Mark Ciardi and Gordon Grey of Mayhem Pictures and directed by Niki Caro. In Television, Higareda starred in the Sony Television / Teseset crime series EL MARIACHI created by Robert Rodriguez. In addition, she had a large recurring role in the USA series, ROYAL PAINS.
Martha Higareda is the definition of a multi-hyphenate talent who possesses the versatility to play either a newlywed bride or a deadly assassin while also retaining the ability to connect with audiences internationally. Higareda is currently in negotiations to write, star, and produce the Sony International film, THE ANNULLMENT.
Best known for his portrayal of young Boba Fett in “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones”
Daniel is a New Zealand actor, best known for his portrayal of young Boba Fett from the 2002 film Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones where he was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film (Supporting Actor) at the age of 14. Logan also voiced Fett in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Logan is of Māori descent. Logan currently resides in Tustin, California.
Best known for his role as the bounty hunter Jango Fett in Star Wars: Episode II – “Attack of the Clones”
Morrison is a New Zealand actor, who first gained recognition for his role as Dr. Hone Ropata on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street. He gained critical acclaim after starring as Jake “The Muss” Heke in the 1994 film Once Were Warriors and its 1999 sequel What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?.
He became known internationally after portraying bounty hunter Jango Fett in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) and Commander Cody in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005). In addition, he provided the voice of the clone troopers in both films. He is also known for voicing Chief Tui, the father of the title character in Disney’s Moana (2016).
In recent years, Morrison has gained attention for his role as the bounty hunter Jango Fett in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002). Part of the film’s plot involves an army of clones created with Jango’s DNA; Morrison also provided the voice acting for the clones. He reappeared as a number of clones in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, and re-recorded the lines of the character Boba Fett (Jango’s “son”) and another clone in the 2004 DVD re-releases of the original Star Wars trilogy, replacing the voice of Jason Wingreen.
He has since portrayed Jango Fett and his clones in a number of Star Wars video games, all produced by LucasArts. He played the commando “Boss” in Star Wars: Republic Commando, voiced all the troopers in Star Wars: Battlefront, and returned again to voice the bounty hunters Jango Fett and Boba Fett in Star Wars: Battlefront II as well as the clone advisor and the narrator of The 501st Journal. Morrison was again featured in Star Wars: Bounty Hunter, a game centered around his character Jango, in which the origins of Jango Fett are revealed. He played Boba Fett in the 2006 game Star Wars: Empire at War. He also reprised his roles uncredited as Jango Fett and various clones in LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game. Morrison voiced Boba Fett again in DICE’s Star Wars Battlefront in 2015 and Star Wars Battlefront II in 2017.
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