9 celebrities to see at Indiana Comic Con – Indianapolis Star




Prepare to be starstruck.

If you haven’t noticed the sponsored posts on your Facebook feed, Indiana Comic Con is fast approaching. Besides hosting numerous classes, seminars and panels, the convention has brought numerous celebrities to Indy over its first three years.

While some of the voice actors coming to this year’s show are more recognizable by show title, the on-camera actors register very high on the ”Oh, I’ve heard of him/her!” scale. You want superheroes? You get a Batman, a Daredevil, a Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Science fiction? A “Firefly” alum, Eleven and Uhura will all be here. Video games? Meet the voices of Mario and FemShep.

Here’s a closer look:

Val Kilmer

The Dark Knight in “Batman Forever.” Jim Morrison in “The Doors.” Iceman in “Top Gun.” Nick Rivers in “Top Secret!” OK, I may be the only person who is excited about that last one. (Saturday & Sunday only)

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Cary Elwes

Westley in “The Princess Bride.” Dr. Gordon in “Saw.” FBI AD Brad Fuller on “The X-Files.” Did I mention Westley in “The Princess Bride”? (Saturday & Sunday only) 

Millie Bobby Brown

Set in a fictional ’80s Indiana town, Netflix’s “Stranger Things” was a paean to early Spielberg, but where Spielberg used an alien to kick the kid-centered “E.T.” into gear, “Stranger Things” had Millie Bobby Brown’s telekinetic Eleven. Although Eleven disappeared at the end of the first season, the teenage English actress will return when the second season arrives on Halloween. (Sunday)

Nichelle Nichols

Uhura. Sure, she’s had other acting roles and worked with NASA to recruit astronauts, but when you’re dealing with a 50-plus-year veteran of Starfleet, “Star Trek” is all you need. (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

Charlie Cox

As the star of Marvel and Netflix’s ”Daredevil” TV adaptation, Cox was the public face of the two companies launching their own small-screen universe of interconnected shows, culminating in this August’s “The Defenders.” (Saturday & Sunday)

Jennifer Hale

Troy Baker and Nolan North hit the Indianapolis convention circuit the past two years. With Jennifer Hale, the “holy trinity” of videogame voice actors is complete. Her list of credits is impressive in both length and variety: the female Commander Shepard in the “Mass Effect” trilogy. Naomi Hunter in the “Metal Gear Solid” series. Rosalind Lutece in “BioShock: Infinite.” If you have a favorite game, the odds are good she was involved. (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

Charles Martinet

For more than 25 years Martinet has provided the voice of Nintendo’s Super Mario for games, interactive displays and toys. As if that wasn’t enough, he also has voiced Mario’s brother Luigi and their “evil mirror twin” Wario and Waluigi. He’s also done voices for character outside the Nintendo family, most notably as the narrator for “Bit.Trip Runner 2.” (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

Jewel Staite

You could argue which character on ”Firefly/Serenity” was most beloved by fans, but Jewel Staite’s ship mechanic Kaylee would be a heavy favorite or at least a close second to Nathan Fillion’s Captain Mal Reynolds. Since “Serenity” in 2005, she has spent most of her time on TV with recurring and main roles on “Stargate: Atlantis” and AMC’s “The Killing.” (Saturday & Sunday)

Brianna Hildebrand

“Deadpool” didn’t have the budget for the BIG actors from the “X-Men” film franchise, but who needs Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender or Jennifer Lawrence when you have Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead? Straddling the line between sullen and smart-ass — playing a teen, in other words — she stole nearly every scene she was in. (Saturday & Sunday)

Indiana Comic Con

• When: April 14-16.

• Where: Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave.

• Tickets: $60/3-day pass; $30/Friday-only; $40/Saturday-only; $30/Sunday-only. (Celebrity autographs and photos are extra.)

• Info: indianacomiccon.com




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