MYRTLE BEACH — Comic and science-fiction enthusiasts are gearing up for this Mays XCON in Myrtle Beach, featuring some scheduled appearances from The Walking Dead and Star Trek: Into Darkness.
Michael Rooker and IronE Singleton who play Merle Dixon and Theodore T-Dog Douglas, respectively, on AMCs The Walking Dead have signed contracts to appear at the comic convention and show, said event organizer Robin Roberts, president of Palmetto Studio Arts Alliance.
I hear that a third major cast member might be coming, Roberts said. And lots of supporting characters are coming as well.
The Walking Dead is in its third season.
Singletons character died in the third season and Roberts said he is a fan favorite. The character played by Rooker is the villain of the show.
[Rooker] is a really good actor. Hes been in a lot of really cool movies, Roberts said.
Roberts said people travel from other nearby states for the comic convention in general as well as to see some of the bigger name cast members.
Aaron VanPatten-Steiger said he plans to make the trip from New York to Myrtle Beach to attend this years XCON. He moved to New York from Myrtle Beach in August and attended the last three conventions. He also has traveled to conventions in Indianapolis and Baltimore, but said XCON is his favorite.
Of all the conventions Ive been to, XCON is the only one where you feel like youre a part of everything, he said. At other conventions it feels like going into Wal-Mart, they just want you to shop and get out.
And the actors who attend the convention in Myrtle Beach are an added bonus for him. He said its exciting to have actors like those from The Walking Dead in attendance.
And you get to talk to these people. They dont just sit there for an hour signing autographs and then leave, he said.
David Waslicki of Murrells Inlet said hed never attended a comic-themed convention before XCON came to the Grand Strand. He said he knew about the conventions in San Diego and New York but getting there was difficult.
If theres one thats right here, that makes it easier, he said.
But Waslicki said more than any actor hes just excited to see all there is to be offered.
My draw to the conventions is to be around other people who are into the same things, he said. When I make comments about a TV show or a movie, they know what Im talking about.
City spokesman Mark Kruea said the convention is still in its early years and has room to grow.
The appeal isnt to everyone but its something different that you can experience right here in Myrtle Beach, Kruea said.
In addition to the actors from The Walking Dead Deep Roy, who played Keenser in the 2009 Star Trek movie, also is scheduled to appear.
Contracts always give [actors] the ability to get out of it if they have to shoot a movie or something, Roberts said. But Im confident theyll be here.
Last year Giorgio A. Tsoukalous from Ancient Aliens, which appears on the History channel, drew a large crowd during the convention.
He was very popular, Roberts said. People drove from several states away to see him. ... We were the first comic book convention to invite him.
This is the sixth year the three-day event has been held in the Myrtle Beach area and its second year in the convention center. Previously it was held at Springmaid Pier. The convention will be held May 17 to May 19.
For more information on XCON, visit the events website at www.xconworld.info.
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