Comic Con Revolution returns to the Ontario Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22, with a host of TV, movie and voice actors, comic book writers and artists, and cosplayers galore.
Oh, and a bunch of pro wrestlers, too. Because why not?
Comic Con Revolution didn’t happen in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it almost didn’t happen in 2021, either, before it managed to catch a weekend at the convention center in December before the year was done.
While San Diego Comic-Con recently announced it will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative test, and face masks while at the Con, no such requirements are in place for Comic Con Revolution, which dropped those requirements when the state dropped such mandates in April. Masks are recommended but not required.
So what’s on offer at Comic Con Revolution this year? Let’s start with a couple of TV and movie-themed panels.
Actor Ryan Hurst will appear Saturday afternoon for a conversation titled Walking Anarchy after his two best-known roles: Opie, the hulking, brooding biker on “Sons of Anarchy,” and Beta, the hulking, brooding bad dude on “The Walking Dead. “
“Star Trek” actors Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar from “The Next Generation”) and Robert Picardo (the Doctor from “Voyager”) talk about the phenomenon of that franchise’s fandom on Sunday. And actress Claudia Wells, who played Jennifer, Marty McFly’s girlfriend in “Back To The Future,” will be making appearances during the Con, too.
Comic books and their creators get the spotlight in other programs over the weekend.
James O’Barr, creator of “The Crow” comic book series, will talk about his life and career on Saturday. Gerry Conway, creator of Frank Castle, the anti-hero in Marvel’s “The Punisher” series, will talk Sunday about what people get wrong about that character.
There is, of course, tons of cosplay, with the annual Cosplay Revolution cosplay contest on Saturday the highlight of the weekend for many attendees.
And there are wrestlers. Billy Gunn and the “Road Dogg” Jesse James will tag-team a Wrestling Retrospective panel titled Outlaws of the New Age on Saturday.
Gunn will return Sunday with fellow wrestlers Anna Jay, Tay Conti, and Sammy Guevarra for a panel titled Being Elite, a reference to All Elite Wrestling, or AEW, the second biggest wrestling circuit after WWE.
For all the details, including tickets, programs, guests and exhibitors, go to comicconrevolution.com.