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1/21/11 02:41PM

Klingons Invade Tampa! Sci-Fi Convention February 25-27

Hundreds of fans will converge on the Doubletree Hotel Tampa Westshore Airport to meet and greet stars from their favorite science fiction shows and movies, show off their costuming talents, and spend the weekend celebrating all things sci-fi.

Tampa, FL (PRLINK) January 21, 2011 – Klingons, Troopers, Pirates, and other celebrities join guests in a weekend-long sci-fi convention presented by Vulcan Events.  Appearing in full Klingon makeup and costume, actor J.G. Hertzler (Klingon General Martok) and actor Robert O’Reilly (Klingon Chancellor Gowron) will be available for photo ops and signing autographs. Joining them is lead actor of Starship Troopers Casper Van Dien; science fiction novelist Peter David; from Pirates of the Caribbean, Lee Arenberg and Martin Klebba; Catwoman and former Miss America Lee Meriwether; and popular actor Steven Culp. Special effects makeup artist John Paladin will transform one lucky convention guest into a full fledge Klingon, with the proceeds going to charity—the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Their second annual event promises to provide a relaxed and sociable atmosphere where fans can mingle with stars and enjoy the many convention activities including auctions, themed dance party Saturday night, and special events for children. In conjunction with the crews of the IKV Widowmaker and FekLhr’s Hoof from Central Florida, Vulcan Events will be hosting a Klingon feast with dishes of Grilled Targ Ribs with Grapok Sauce and Bregit Lungs—all toned down for human consumption. 

First-time convention goers will be pleasantly surprised at the ambiance and disposition of the average patron.  “We may look like geeks in rubber masks but we are doctors, teachers, and people from all walks of life.  This is our fun; this is our escape” notes Javier Garcia, one of the promoters.

Two ticket options are available for advanced purchase.  An inclusive Platinum ticket is $195 and general admission is $40 for the entire weekend.  If available, tickets at the door will be offered at a higher rate.

About the Celebrity Guests

Casper Van Dien’s first major film role was Johnny Rico, an infantry soldier in Paul Verhoeven's cult-classic Starship Troopers. He was also cast in Tim Burton's critically acclaimed film Sleepy Hollow with Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci and Christopher Walken. Casper has starred in over 60 films and television projects. This is a very rare convention appearance for Mr. Van Dien.

J.G. Hertzler has appeared in several Star Trek incarnations including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise.  He has also guest starred in other television shows including Six Feet Under, Everybody Loves Raymond, Touched by an Angel, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman as well as TV movie Pirates of Silicon Valley.

In addition to his appearances in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Robert O’Reilly has guest starred in numerous television shows, including Cheers, Knight Rider, Sledge Hammer!, MacGyver, In the Heat of the Night, and NYPD Blue.

Joining them is Peter David, a prolific author whose career, and continued popularity, spans nearly two decades. He has worked in television, film, books, and comic books, acquiring a following in all. With over fifty novels published, including numerous appearances on the New York Times Bestsellers List, his accomplishments include Trek novels as Q-Squared; Vendetta; I, Q (with John deLancie) ; and Imzadi. Peter’s comic book resume includes an award-winning twelve-year run on The Incredible Hulk, and popular titles as Supergirl, Young Justice, Aquaman, Spider-Man, Wolverine, The Phantom, Sachs & Violens, and many others.

Former Miss America turned actress Lee Meriwether has a television career spanning almost 50 years.  She was a regular in The Time Tunnel, Barnaby Jones, and others and has appeared in Dragnet, Dr. Kildare, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Perry Mason, Mission: Impossible, The New Andy Griffith Show, Batman, Star Trek, The Munsters Today, and Wizards of Waverly Place.

With a list of credits that come close to triple digits, Steven Culp has appeared in almost every hit TV show in prime time in the last few years.  Culp has had recurring rolls in Desperate Housewives, JAG, The West Wing, and ER and guest starring roles in Burn Notice, Ghost Whisperer, CSI:Miami, Cold Case, Saving Grace, The Mentalist, The Cleaner, Criminal Minds, Medium, 24, and most recently The Defenders just to name a few.

Rounding out the guest list are Lee Arenberg and Martin Klebba from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean fame.  Arenberg is also one of just a handful of actors that have guest starred on all the Star Trek spin-offs— Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise. With over 100 credits, Lee had recurring rolls on Seinfeld, Arli$$ and has also appeared in Friends, Walker, Texas Ranger, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Scrubs.  Klebba is well known from his recurring role on Scrubs and has appeared in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: NY, and Bones.  His stunt credits include Hancock, Zombieland, Bedtime Stories, Evan Almighty, Meet the Spartans, Epic Movie, and Van Helsing.

Also appearing all weekend are guest artist Tye Bourdony and guest authors Glenda C. Finkelstein, William Hatfield, and K.L. Nappier.  Musical Guest Sci-Fried will be performing Saturday night.

About Vulcan Events

Focused on putting on great events for the fans, Fernando Martinez and Javier Garcia come together to produce intimate conventions offering refreshing alternatives to other convention styles that offer one long line after another. Drawing on more than 25 years of experience, they bring trust and confidence back to the small-convention market.

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