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Nashville Comic Expo blows into Opryland Hotel

by Cass Teague

Nashville welcomes another first-time convention Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15. The Opryland Hotel will host the inaugural Nashville Comic Expo, with sparkling guest stars from Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and Nightmare on Elm Street and fun for fans of comic book culture and horror film and television.

Who could forget Freddie Krueger? Some readers probably still have nightmares about the character from the Elm Street film franchise. Robert Englund, after over 75 feature length films, four TV series and countless episodic guest star roles—the most recent being guest leads on Bones and Chuck, Englund is now directing as well as acting, and exploring the world of reality television and internet programming.

Game of Thrones has captivated the world. It is a global television phenomenon, and the next-to-last episode of the third season shocked the world last spring. If you don’t know what happened at The Red Wedding, just watch the series and you will be traumatized for life! Rory McCann plays a powerful warrior known as Sandor ‘The Hound’ Clegane, who has a soft spot for one of the show’s most feisty and endearing characters, tomboy Arya Stark.

Lauren Cohan burst onto the scene on Chuck, but has made her mark on the wildly popular AMC post-apocalyptic series The Walking Dead. Lauren’s other television credits include a guest spot on ABC’s Modern Family and a series regular role on the CW’s Supernatural, as well as guest star roles on the hit CBS series CSI: New York and Cold Case. Her co-star Emily Kinney has had recurring roles and guest appearances on television series such as Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, The Good Wife, and The Big C. She plays Beth Greene in The Walking Dead.

Since becoming a household name via the hit Nickelodeon series Drake & Josh, Drake Bell has evolved into a bona fide international music, television and film star. He is the voice of Spider-Man in the current Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers cartoons.

Illustrator, musician, art director, magician, fire-eater, designer, escape artist, filmmaker, pop-culture lecturer, and publisher Jim Steranko has cut a ferocious path through the entertainment arts. His innovations as artist-writer on Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America, and X-Men revolutionized the comics form and, as an illustrator, he painted a multitude of book covers, record jackets, and movie posters. His more than 200 exhibitions worldwide included the Louvre in Paris and the Smithsonian Institution. His two-volume The History of Comics has sold more than 100,000 copies. As a filmmaker, he has collaborated with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Francis Ford Coppola. He was cited by Wizard as one of the Top Five Most Influential Comicbook Artists of All Time.

Several guest comic art creators will be highlighted, such as Dennis Calero, Bob Camp, Clayton Crain, Tom Feister, Clay Mann, Pablo Marcos, Budd Root, Don Rosa, Andy Smith, J. David Spurlock, and Tim Townsend.

For details, visit the website at www.nashvillecomicexpo.com

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