Category: Special Guests

Sam J. Jones

Special Guests

Please welcome legendary actor Sam Jones as our Guest of Honor for the ICT Comic Con and Science Fiction Expo Year 3.0!

For a generation of moviegoers, Sam J. Jones is better known as Flash Gordon. Sam’s engaging portrayal of the quintessential comic strip space adventurer won over the hearts of millions around the world. In an acting career that now spans over thirty years, Jones has endured in Hollywood – with close to a hundred appearances on the big screen and television – due to the versatility and enthusiasm that he brings to each and every role.

Born in Chicago, Jones grew up in sunny West Palm Beach, Florida, where he basked on the beaches while surfing and scuba diving in his youth. After serving his country in the United States Marine Corps as a mere teenager, Sam found himself without any long-term plans and working all sorts of odd jobs, from selling shoes to playing semi-pro football. Having had some success as a model (and a little encouragement from his friends), he decided that the time was right to give acting a try and relocated to Los Angeles on the condition that in six months he would hopefully find some steady work. Soon his all-American good looks and ambition would earn him auditions and minor roles on television and local theatre before eventually landing a solid movie part in Blake Edwards’ classic 10 as the beau of Bo Derek.

In true Hollywood fashion, the casting of Sam Jones as Flash Gordon was purely accidental luck with a dash of good timing. At the behest of De Laurentiis’ mother-in-law, upon seeing the young actor as a potential suitor on an episode of The Dating Game, the producer brought in Jones for a series of auditions that eventually won him the principal role of a lifetime in a major big budget theatrical picture. Upon earning the role and a multi-picture deal for potential Gordon sequels, Sam totally invested every ounce of himself, physically and emotionally, into giving the film and the character his all. The actor always understood that it wasn’t enough that he was the living embodiment of the classic character but that he had to portray Flash as an earnest man that rises to the occasion as a natural born hero and friend to all, selfless in the face of any evil. Amongst an all-star international cast, Sam’s hard work would help him stand out and succeed in making him the definitive Flash Gordon in the eyes of many.

The 1980 film remains a charming picture that is full of adventure, humor, sexual innuendo and good old fashion fun. Never was there a cast that so closely resembled their comic strip personas in a picture like this one. The endearing self-confidence of Flash and Dale in the face of Ming the Merciless and the unknown dangers of Mongo make for a lovely comment on good old American cockiness and spunk. It’s one of the films where every single element is crucial to its viewing experience: the lively acting approach from Sam and the rest of the cast, Queen’s explosive music, Lorenzo Semple’s breezy dialogue, Mike Hodges’ lighthearted vision and direction, the creative special effects and the colorful production values of Danilo Donati. In a world full of big screen comic book film adaptations, Flash Gordon remains a timeless gem that’s loaded with heart and pure enjoyment.

When not in front of a camera, Sam keeps himself employed as a security professional and consultant, working for a prestigious risk management company protecting VIP’s traveling to high-risk environments throughout the world. During the last forty years, Sam has always been very active volunteering and donating his time nationwide – from coaching local youth sports to motivational speaking and personal appearances. For his efforts in hundreds of charitable events and selflessness, Sam was presented with the Outstanding Courageous Citizen of The Year Award and The Star Sapphire Halo Award, provided by The Southern California Motion Picture Council, The California State Senate, The Los Angeles City Mayor’s Office, The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office and The North Hollywood Police Department.

Sam’s 2017 film projects (for release) include Axcellerator, Enter The Fist and the Golden Fleece, Head Games and Life After Flash, The Document

Wonder Woman is Real

Special Guests

That’s right true believers, Wonder Woman is Real! ICT Comic Con and Science Fiction Expo is pleased to welcome Wonder Woman is Real as our Cosplay and Super Hero Guest of Honor.

Wonder Woman is Real is a costumer whose love for her clients, children with disabilities she fights for in court, drew her to cosplay – she is a true champion and super hero in our eyes!

Craig Skaggs

Special Guests

Mr. Skaggs started his career as an artist in 1983 illustrating children’s books for a small publishing company when he was a junior in high school. In the early nineties he became a full-time freelancer working for multiple advertising agencies, and publishers of teaching material. Craig Skaggs was then picked by Skywalker Ranch to illustrate licensed Star Wars art when they were re-releasing episodes 4, 5 and 6 with new special effects. He also began designing all kinds of toys and products for over thirty companies, doing illustrations for several magazine, game, comic, children’s book and journal publishers, and he was a cover artist for Random House Pub. and Wings Press for several years. Seven years ago Mr. Skaggs became a lead medical illustrator for the American College of Cardiology, and the Journal of Allergy and Immunology. About three years ago Craig Skaggs started doing conventions, and fine art gallery shows. Recently Mr. Skaggs started doing illustrations for Altered Creatures Pub., and toy design work for SG labs.

 

Susanne L. Lambdin

Special Guests

Susanne L. Lambdin is the author of the Dead Hearts series. This ZomPoc series takes a twist with a mutating virus that creates a bloody good adventure, with teens fighting for their lives in Colorado.

A Trekkie at heart, she received a “based in part” screen credit for writing a portion of Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4, Episode 76, titled Family. She is passionate about all things science fiction, horror, and high fantasy, and is an expert on the subject of zombies. She is affectionately known by many of her fans as ‘The Zombie Lady.’

When she is not attending fan conventions throughout the U.S., Susanne is either writing a new novel or can be found cuddling with her dogs and a scary movie.

She lives in Kansas with her family. To contact Susanne and to learn more about her current and upcoming projects, visit www.SusanneLambdin.com.

Master of Ceremonies, Little Beard

Special Guests

ICT Comic Con and Science Fiction Expo is pleased to welcome Littlebeard as Master of Ceremonies for our Year 3.0 event! Entertainer Extraordinaire, Sultan of Steampunk, Prince of Pirates, Guru of Geeks and no stranger to all things comic and science fiction! Littlebeard is also one of the hosts of the popular Con Cast Pod Cast Show and maybe one of the most recognizable faces at comic book, steam punk, horror, anime and sci -fi conventions in this part of the world. So give a big ICT Comic Con and Science Fiction Expo welcome to Littlebeard March 24th and 25th, 2018 in the mighty ICT!

Rodrick Pocowatchit

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Rodrick Pocowatchit is a Wichita filmmaker whose goal is to see more Native Americans represented in popular culture. He is of the Comanche, Pawnee and Shawnee nations, and has produced, written, edited, directed and starred in three independent feature films made right here in Wichita, including the zombie cult hit “The Dead Can’t Dance.” He is currently in post-production on his latest film, “Red Hand.” Rod is an alumnus of the Sundance Institute’s renowned screenwriting program and received a directing fellowship at the L.A. SkinsFest and CBS. Rod is also a film columnist for The Wichita Eagle.

 

501st Legion

Special Guests

The Force is with us! Please give a big ICT Comic Con and Science Fiction Expo welcome to the 501st Legion! The Legion is an all-volunteer organization formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts under a collective identity within which to operate. The Legion seeks to promote interest in Star Wars through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for Star Wars-related events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work

The members of the 501st Legion will be at the ICT Comic Con and Science Fiction Expo interacting with fans, photo ops and supporting a local charity with their Blast – a – Trooper game.
See more at the 501’s website.

 

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