Tennessee ComicCon has a local flavor

Hughes native, sci-fi star to appear this weekend

By the Evening Times News Staff news@theeveningtimes.com

Movie buffs and sci-fi fans will remember, Michael Beck, a Hughes native best known for his roles as Swan in cult classic “The Warriors,” as Dallas in the campy action flick “Megaforce,” or the trippy Olivia Newton-John movie “Xanadu.” The actor’s film career peaked in the 1980s, but he has continued a steady stream of roles on television, including turns on hit shows such as “In the Heat of the Night,” “Murder She Wrote,” “Walker, Texas Ranger,” and staying true to his sci-fi pedigree, “Babylon 5” and a reprise of his Swan character in the “Warriors” video game adaption. Beck will be among those appearing at the Tennessee Comic Con this weekend at theCook Convention Center in Memphis. Also appearing with Beck will be Memphian Jon Bailey from the popular “Honest Trailers” online video series. “We can’t wait to bring our show to Memphis,” said Greg Hanks, co-owner of AVC Conventions, the company behind the event. This is the first event in Memphis for AVC Conventions, he said, but hopefully not the last. Tennessee Comic Con is a celebration of popular culture and is set for Saturday, Feb. 6 and Sunday, Feb 7 at Cook Convention Center. Tickets are $15 per day or $25 for the weekend. Kids under eight can purchase tickets for just $5 per day. To purchase tickets visit http://www.tenncomiccon.com Other highlights from the convention will include: Actress Samantha Smith, matriarch on the popular CW series, “Supernatural;” voice actor Sean Schemmel from the anime series “Dragon Ball Z,” as well as video game “Fallout 4;” Legendary editor Howard Mackie, most often associated with Marvel Comics; cosplayers Kristen Hughey, Haiden Hazard, and Kelli Smith; WWE Hall of Fame inductee, and wrestling legend, “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase; and local Memphis artists Dean Zachary, Mitch Foust, and Jim Hall. Jim Hall will be on site doing commissions and signings. In addition to the special guests there will be a costume contest, gaming, and fan groups. For a complete lineup for the convention visit http://www.tenncomiccon.com “We want everyone who attends to have a great time, and as a father and husband to a group of nerds,” said Hanks. “I always look forward to seeing everyone coming together to celebrate their fandoms.”

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