The guest list for the 20th annual FX con, one of the area’s biggest pop culture conventions, has been announced:
James Marsters – Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Smallville, Dragonball and Torchwood
Julie Benz – Dexter, Buffy, Angel, Rambo 4 and one of the Punisher movies
Lindsay Wagner – Bionic Woman (the good one)
Ray Park – GI Joe, Star Wars (prequel) and X-Men
Mark Goddard – Lost in Space
Going to an FX con is like going to several different cons at the same time (and in the same building, all using the same bathrooms). While the celebrity guests are signing autographs and posing for pictures, comic book fans are meeting famous guest writers and artists, horror fans are buying up memorabilia, doll and stuffed bear fans are doing whatever doll and stuffed bear fans do, and the rest are busy cosplaying, gaming or just trying to get by for the golf convention in the next wing. It’s a madhouse, and a fun one.
This year they’re also launching a celebrity poker challenge. According to the release: “The FX Celebrity Poker Challenge is a charitable event with 100% of the net proceeds being donated to the American Cancer Society and other related organizations. Dealers will consist of FX guest celebrities, local celebrities, comic book professionals and tournament staff. The celebrity dealers will rotate from table to table, allowing all players an opportunity to meet them.” Meaning you’ll have to keep your poker face on while various vampires and Lords of the Sith loom over you. Watch those tells!
FX 2009 is later in the year this year, running April 17th-19th at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Get more details at the FX Web site.