The Fonz is incredibly smart and talented; he spoke about his early life and how he got started as the Emmy-winning powerhouse and pop culture icon he is today. If you get a chance to join me in Philly 5/30-6/2, be sure to make time to sit in the audience for Henry Winkler's Q&A. He is awesome and so inspirational--you'll walk away feeling ready to take on the world.
James Hong was next on my roster and the 57-year acting veteran has played over 500 roles in that time. He is a true Hollywood icon and an extraordinary talent. He actually called an audience member on stage to lead us in a round of "I'll see you in St. Louis"! Hong is amazingly funny and did some hysterical impersonations, including George Takei. If you have a chance to see James Hong anywhere--go!
One of my favorite people on the planet is Jason David Frank, or JDF as I like to call him. We were reunited in St. Louis and it was a blast! JDF is an MMA champ, world record breaker, owner of his own dojo in Cali, 7th degree black belt, and of course, BIG star from movies and television shows like THE ONE WARRIOR and MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS. JDF has a cult following of AWESOME fans who lined up for an hour just to say a few words to one of the coolest guys I know. One excited fan even did the Green Ranger Kata! Definitely stop by and see JDF at Philly 5/30-6/2. He's worth his weight in gold.
Morena Baccarin was so much fun, as always. The graceful and poised star of HOMELAND, V, FIREFLY, and SERENITY is always a crowd favorite. She and I share a love of dogs--especially rescues. Her Lowchen usually accompanies her but this time, Rudy stayed home with Dad--Morena's hunky husband and talented director, Austin Chick. Morena has some new irons in the fire. She's also psyched for a new season of HOMELAND, which received a SAG nom in 2013. The Julliard-grad has an abundance of both beauty and brains. For Morena, it's all about going after what you want. A favorite quote from the evening: "If you have a fall back position, you'll always fall back on it."
James Marsters is really fantastic--we've worked together for about a year now. I love how James is such a story teller. He's another fan-favorite for exactly the same reason. James is gracious with fans, even accepting momentos from the crowd, like an oragami heart made out of a $2-bill by a fan who drove all the way from Mississippi just to see him. The BUFFY and ANGEL star always gets questions about his on-screen kiss with John Barrowman from TORCHWOOD. James appeared in the first episode of the latest season of WAREHOUSE 13, which aired on Monday, April 29th on SyFy. He's also an unbelievably popular musician, especially across the pond; his band, GHOST OF THE ROBOT will be touring this summer and new T-shirts are up on the website! http://ghostoftherobot.storenvy.com/ Come see James and I at Philly 5/30-6/2...we can't wait to hear the CRAZY questions you come up with. James says you can't embarrass him, but boy, does he LOVE to watch me turn red when fans ask questions like, "When you played Spike, did the carpet match the drapes?" Oy.
For once, I got to be a guest on a panel! Comic Con blogger, Tony Kim, hosted "How to Write a Compelling Story" and I was honored to join him, along with comic book writer, Jai Nitz, and young adult author, Fiona Paul. We had a wonderful audience who asked all the WRITE questions. Someone from the audience even sketched a picture for me!
I also got to organize and host three comic book artist and writer panels, including talents like Jason Craig, Rick Burchett, Jorge Molina, Freddie Williams II, Brian Hurtt, Chris Samnee, and Tyler Kirkham, whose work on SUPERMAN with writer, Scotty Lobdell, recently hit shelves.
All in all, St. Louis was AMAZING. St. Louis, I love you! And I'll be back in 2014 with Wizard World--the KINGS of POP CULTURE!!!