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    From Niagara This Week:

    Appearing at Niagara Falls Comic Con was like coming home for Lance Henriksen.

    The American actor, best known as the android Bishop in two films in the Alien franchise and the cult classics Pumpkinhead and Near Dark, recently spent several months in Toronto filming a movie and was eager to return north of the border.

    He was also pleased the comic con was held in June as opposed to the dead of winter.

    Fans flock to Comic Con

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Yondu was in the house and the crowds couldn’t get enough.

    Michael Rooker, who played the blue-skinned buccaneer Yondu in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” series, was one the main attractions at Niagara Falls Comic Con.

    The 63-year-old actor enjoys meeting with his fans.

    Gearing up for Niagara Falls Comic Con

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It’s game on for Charles Martinet.

    The California resident has spent the last few days cramming in as much sight-seeing adventures as he could into his first trip to Niagara because, starting Friday, his calendar will be pretty full.

    “I’m enchanted with Niagara Falls,” he said Wednesday. “It is absolutely beautiful.”

    Martinet, who has been the voice of Mario in Nintendo’s flagship video game franchise for the past 27 years, will be among a number of celebrity guests at the sixth annual Niagara Falls Comic Con which starts Friday.

    Chewbacca actor roars into Niagara Falls Comic Con

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Few people could have predicted how massive the “Star Wars” phenomenon would become when it was released 40 years ago. It certainly boosted the profile of Peter Mayhew, the 7’3” English actor who played the iconic Chewbacca in the space adventure series. Mayhew will be one of the featured guests at Niagara Falls Comic Con June 2-4.

    During a recent phone interview, Mayhew said he’s looking forward to returning to Niagara Falls, Ont. for the three-day convention. When asked how many years has he been touring on the convention circuit, he laughed and said, “Too many. It’s been a long time (since I’ve been in Niagara Falls). I was quite amazed the first time I went up there and saw all the water and the whole lake.”

    Niagara Falls Comic Con returns in June

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    From Niagara Frontier Publications:

    Niagara Falls on both sides of the border have become the mecca of family getaways. But thousands of families travel to Niagara Falls, Ontario, to take part in the biggest pop culture event of the year: Niagara Falls Comic Con. Read More…

    Comic Con gives Star Wars fans something to ‘Chewie’ on

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    From Niagara This Week:

    As an actor, Peter Mayhew has been a part of one of the most successful film franchises of all time.

    But you may not recognize him if you met him on the street.

    Mayhew, of course, is best known to Star Wars fans as Chewbacca, Han Solo’s wookie sidekick. Fans will get a chance to see the man behind all that hair and makeup when he makes a rare Canadian appearance in Niagara Falls later this year, when Niagara Falls Comic Con takes over the Scotiabank Convention Centre from June 2 to 4.

    “There’s no question that Star Wars is hands down the most popular film series of all time, so we couldn’t be more excited to land one of the more well known characters from the movie franchise,” said Chris Dabrowski, Comic Con’s show manager. “This will be a real treat for Star Wars fans of the original and new movies.”

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    Comic Con lands ‘the Fonz’ after years of trying

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The last time Henry Winkler visited Niagara Falls, he was all business, speaking out to raise awareness on mental health issues in 2012.

    Winkler was the keynote speaker as a Pathstone Foundation Hope Award Gala to help raise funds for the Niagara organization that looks to provide mental health services and support for young people. Winkler has struggled his entire life with learning challenges.

    This time Winkler, best known for his Fonzie character from ’70s sitcom, Happy Days will be visiting for a different reason, to meet with fans at Niagara Falls Comic Con in June.

    Comic Con expanding again

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Success has come as quick as 1-2-3 for the Niagara Falls Comic Con.

    From humble beginnings at Dave & Busters on Clifton Hill on 2011, the event first moved to the Scotiabank Convention Centre where some 5,000 comic book, sci-fi and fantasy fans took in the one-day event in 2012.

    Comic Con co-owner Chris Dabrowski speculated that the event, which expanded to two days in 2013, will grow again for 2014 once the 2013 event wrapped up last month.

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