New Celebrity Guests: Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), Charisma Carpenter (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Jon Heder (“Napoleon Dynamite”) and Julie Benz (“Dexter”)
Technology Leader Additions: Renowned Theoretical Cosmologist Janna Levin (“How the Universe Got Its Spots”) and Beamed Energy Expert Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux (Co-Founder of Escape Dynamics)
Warner Bros. Pictures, Lionsgate and AMC will participate in SVCC. Fans of AMC’s drama “Halt and Catch Fire” can catch a special screening and panel for the series at Silicon Valley Comic Con prior to the third season premiere summer 2016. Set in the 1980s, “Halt and Catch Fire” (starring Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis and Kerry Bishe) dramatizes the personal computing boom during the debut of the most disruptive idea of the modern era: the Internet.
Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Doctor Who”), Charisma Carpenter (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” The Lying Game”), Jon Heder (“Napoleon Dynamite,” “Blades of Glory”) and Julie Benz (“Dexter,” “Hawaii 5-0”) will join the already star-studded celebrity roster that includes: Jeremy Renner, Stan Lee, William Shatner, Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Sean Astin, Ray Park, Adam Savage, Christopher Lloyd, Tim Miller and Andy Weir.
WORLD-CHANGING TECHNOLOGY ICONS
SVCC speaker schedule and topics will be revealed at a later date, but two additional renowned industry experts are confirmed for the show: Janna Levin and Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux.
The astrophysicist and author Janna Levin (“A Madman of Dreams of Turing Machines,” “How the Universe Got Its Spots” and, most recently, “Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space”) has contributed to the understanding of black holes, the cosmology of extra dimensions, the sound of spacetime, and gravitational waves in the shape of spacetime.
Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux is co-founder of Escape Dynamics, a technology company which has greatly advanced the state of the art in beamed energy propulsion for space launch and was featured on the cover of Aviation Week, and in Scientific American as a “World Changing Idea” that could enable microwave-powered single-stage to orbit spaceplanes and aircraft-like operations to orbit.
COMIC BOOK ARTISTS
Comic Artists Frank Cirocco (“Alien Legion”) and Shannon Eric Denton (“Con Man”, “X-Men”) will also be part of the star-studded lineup of famous artists on hand.
Award-winning artist, set designer, illustrator and papercrafter, Owen Gildersleeve will be creating a life size Iron Man on the show floor. His past work includes the “Nissan Juke: Folded in Britain” where he built a life-sized Nissan Juke out of paper, “Discoverer’s Alliance” a mockumentary of a fictional society devoted to the exploration of sea and space, and the book “Paper Cut.”
Silicon Valley Comic Con will be held the weekend of March 18-20, 2016 at the San Jose Convention Center. To be the first to hear more details as they are released, sign up atSVComicCon.com/register and follow @SVComicCon on Twitter. Silicon Valley Comic Con welcomes exhibitors who want to join the Woz in uniting pop culture and technology. Companies and artists who are interested in exhibiting can request details on the Silicon Valley Comic Con website.