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El Paso Comic Con Returns, ‘Green Ranger’ Jason David Frank Among Stars in Town

The El Paso Comic Con is coming up this weekend at the El Paso Convention Center. On Wednesday I was able to talk with Jason David Frank, the original Green Ranger from the Power Rangers.

Before I ever attended my first Comic-Con, back in New York City, I had images of the Big Bang Theory running through my head. Remember the show where Raj dressed as Wonder Woman or was it Bat Girl?

So, what is a Comic-Con? Jason David Frank gave me his take on just what it is.

“I would say the newer, modern versions of Comic Cons, compared to what they used to be, are like a pop culture event,” said Jason. “They are beyond toys and comic books. There are interesting things there. Some have different kinds of food trucks.”

“There are different celebrities,” he said, “that you can meet from different shows.”

They are, like Jason also says, family events.

I’ve been to events where parents will take their kids, all dressed in costume, and have a blast. Like a family, years ago in NYC where the parents dressed as Princess Leia, and Darth Vader. The kids, they were Ewoks!

It’s also a time where parents can ignite that spark of discovery within their kids. Showing them the comics, you grew up with, and how those evolved. Maybe getting to meet someone who worked on the show, or comic, Dr. Who, and hoping they catch the Whovian spirit.

“Comic Cons, pretty much around the world, are about the same,” says Jason. “What makes it more interesting are the people. And I know El Paso is really excited about Comic Con.”

I did discover that Jason, who played Tommy Oliver, is one of the people who can make it interesting. Not only has he been on the Power Rangers, but he’s done work on the Transformers, the Junior Defenders, and so much more. (Author’s note: I honestly didn’t know who he was and had admitted that to him. You’ll hear me embarrassing myself in the call with him)

“I just did a promo for a trailer for Shattered Grid,” says Jason. “That’s the new version of the Power Rangers where I pray Lord Drakkon. It’s me in an alternate version….I did a new show called Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe.”

The trailer for Power Rangers: Shattered Grid is worth checking out; the trailer for Ninjaak can be seen on YouTube

“In that, I play a character on the television side called Bloodshot,” he said. “Vin Diesel is doing Bloodshot this year in movie side, and I’m doing the Television side of Bloodshot.”

There is a bit of the real-life Power Ranger with Jason. He owns Red Dragon Karate School, Rising Sun Karate Academy. He’s an MMA pro. He’s an eighth-degree black belt. Jason also won the Master of the Year (American Karate). He’s even in the Guinness Book of World Records- in January 2013 he broke the most pine boards in freefall).

Another thing about Jason, he’s personable. He’ll stay at Comic-Con and take the time to meet the last person, who was waiting in line forever to meet him. Meeting with and talking to everyone is important to him. Something rare with most famous people.

And then there are the proposals.

“I get a lot of proposals, where I don’t know what’s going on,” says Jason. “I open a box, and a ring pops in, the next thing they are saying will you marry me type of thing.” I can only imagine. I can’t even imagine the people who have asked him to autograph babies, but he says
it’s happened.

“Take a day out of your time and check out Comic-Con,” says Jason David Frank. “Take one day out of your schedule and try to come to a Comic-Con and see what it’s all about.”

When you are there, tell Jason hello. My take away with Jason is that he is a genuine guy who cares about the world around him, and those who take the time out of their day just to say hello. It’s rare to find famous people who are like that.

Oh, and keep an eye out for Andres Acosta from the El Paso Herald-Post, he’s going to be taking pictures of everything!

For more information on Jason David Frank, you can find him on Facebook or via his Virtual Training Academy website.

For schedule on stars at the photo booth, check out the video from RayWork Productions below.

Editor’s Note: The El Paso Herald-Post is media partners with the El Paso ComicCon.

El Paso Comic Con Poster Release Party Set

El Paso Comic Con is hosting it’s first ever Poster Release Party.  This will be the official unveiling of the limited edition El Paso Comic Con 2018 collectible poster designed by local El Paso artist, Daniel Campos.

The event will be held on the beautiful Sunset Terrace in the DoubleTree Downtown El Paso.  Sunset Terrace has stunning views of Downtown El Paso.  You can sample a brick oven pizza from their outdoor pizza kitchen.  This is the ideal venue to relax and enjoy the poster unveiling.

Price for admission is $25.  This includes a limited signed collectible poster (24 x 36), hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine.  The new 2018 EPCON collectible souvenirs will be available at discount prices. If that’s not enough, a limited time discount code for tickets will be given to all attendees. Rub elbows with fellow EPCON fans and bask in the nerdy atmosphere.

Tickets for the El Paso Comic Con Poster Release Party are limited, first come – first serve. Buy your tickets in advance to avoid missing out on this awesome event.

When: February 23, 2018
Time: 6-8pm
Location: DoubleTree Downtown El Paso – Sunset Terrace (7th floor)

Get advance tickets here

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TNTM: El Paso Comic Con 2017 in Review

El Paso Comic Con 2017 was bigger and better than 2016.  A lot of the thanks goes to our awesome attendees that came out and had a blast at the con.

A big thanks also goes to the folks that help make the event go smooth for everyone.  One of those groups is RayWork Productions.  Alex and Ray make sure the celebrity photo ops go Quick & Smooth.  Even with the long lines no one had to wait very long to get their photo.  EPCON is very fortunate to have these guys run the photo booth for us.

RayWork Productions also capture lots of video of the event and they were kind enough to let us post it here for you guys to look and reminisce.  The best thing is…. these guys are local.

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Please go visit RayWork Productions:

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TNTM: El Paso Comic Con 2017 in Review

El Paso Comic Con 2017 is done and in the books. There were lots more celebrities, cosplay, interactive areas, and just general awesome stuff.

A big thank you to all the attendees, vendors, and our featured guests. All of you being so great this year helped make the event a big success. This video is a quick recap of the event and our heartfelt thanks for sticking with us for year two of new ownership. Here’s looking forward to year three being bigger and better.

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Story in Many Pics: El Paso ComicCon 2017

The 2017 El Paso ComicCon is in the (comic) books.  Thanks to the stars, scores of vendors, performers, and the thousands of attendees, EPCON was an unqualified success.

For those who made the trek to downtown El Paso and want to take a look back at all the fantastic cosplayers and guests who dressed as their favorite characters, we bring you this gallery, courtesy of our Chief Photographer, Andres Acosta.

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Story in Many Pics: El Paso ComicCon 2017: Day Two

Saturday marked the second day of the annual El Paso ComicCon.  With several stars on hand and scores of panels for fans, the day was jam-packed with geeky goodness.

Our very own Andres Acosta was there once again, and brings you his view of the fun in today’s ‘Story in Many Pics.’

If you missed Friday’s pictures, check out the Day One Gallery. Doors open Sunday at 10am.

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Story in Many Pics: 2017 El Paso ComicCon Kicks Off

The 2017 edition of the El Paso ComicCon opened its doors Friday evening to fans from across the spectrum, from Anime to Zombies.  With scores of exhibitors, starts and even a couple of droids, the Convention Center came alive with costumes and stars.

Our very own Andres Acosta was there and brings you his view of the action in this ‘Story in Many Pics’

Yahaira , Brianna and Ceci at the El Paso Comic Con
Yahaira , Brianna and Ceci at the El Paso Comic Con

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TNTM: El Paso Comic Con (EPCON) 2017 March Update

El Paso Comic Con (EPCON) 2017will be here in less than a month. Wanted to give you a real quick update on some of the stuff you might not know about. Don’t want you to miss out on any of the fun.

There are a couple of exclusives for attendees.

DukesComics is a local comic book publisher. They will be premiering their new title “A.W.O.L.” at EPCON. The cover of this book has a few shout-outs to the El Paso area. Stop by their booth and support your local comics.

Mat Nastos has a special Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles variant cover comic book. You’ll also want to stop by Mat’s booth on Sunday as he will be doing a limited amount of free sketches for the kids.

Jay Fotos is bringing some of his zombies to the event. He will also be offering a ’68 Zombies print/book combo special. The print will be of his zombie “Tanker Tom”. He will sign the book and print for you as well.

There will be an El Paso Comic Con exclusive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles variant cover drawn by Kevin Eastman. There will be only 1,600 of these variant covers printed EVER! If you have a VIP or Weekend Membership you will get one of these comics as part of your membership. If you didn’t get a membership the rest of the variants will be sold at the event. Don’t forget, Kevin Eastman signs the first item for FREE so you can get his autograph on that variant.

If you are looking for a significant other that is just as nerdy as you, Speed Dating will be there.

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Lounge will be open with couches and electrical outlets for kick back, charge your phone, and relax.

Don’t forget to look at the schedule and plan out what panels you want to see. There will be 2 panel rooms this year so you won’t be able to see it all.

These are just a few of the things that weren’t mentioned much up to this point. Check out the web site and Facebook for all current information.

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TNTM: EPCON 2017 Guest Announcement 2

El Paso Comic Con next wave of Guest Announcements: Here are some more guest announcements, along with a few of the events, that will will be taking place this year at El Paso Comic Con (EPCON) 2017.

Casper Van Dien from Starship Troopers and Tarzan and the Lost City fame will be coming to EPCON.

Dina Meyer who was also in Starship Troopers and the SAW horror movie series will appear.

As a special event, Casper and Dina will be doing a Starship Troopers movie screening at Alamo Drafthouse. There will be a Q&A with them and you will get to watch the movie with them. Afterwards they will be signing autographs and selling merchandise in the lobby of the Alamo Drafthouse. This will happen Friday night and then they will be at EPCON Saturday & Sunday.

Kevin Grevioux, writer of Underworld and I, Frankenstein will appear at EPCON. Kevin was Raze the Lycan in the Underworld series. He has done some voice acting as well. Kevin will be doing an Underworld movie screening at Alamo Drafthouse on Saturday night. A Q&A, watch the movie with him, and then autographs in the lobby.

AZ Powergirl is a local favorite so it was a no-brainer to have her back. She is not only a great cosplayer, but is the colorist for 183 Degree Studio.

Steve Cardenas played the second Red Power Ranger (Rocky) on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. He will be at EPCON too.

If you’re looking for something to do at El Paso Comic Con there will be SuperSonic Speed Dating. This is your opportunity to find someone just as nerdy as you are.

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Lounge will have couches, big screen TVs, WiFi, and most importantly… charging stations. An electrical outlet is a very valuable thing at comic cons. Taking lots of pics and posting them to your social media really drains your phones battery.

Dave & Buster’s will have 3 of their video games on the exhibit hall floor (Pump It Up Prime, Dirty Drivin’, and Guitar Hero). They will be holding tournaments for these games every day of the con. There will be lots of swag and prizes for the top players each day.

These are some of the newest additions to El Paso Comic Con 2017. Hopefully there will be something to catch your interest.

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TNTM: El Paso Comic Con / EPCON 2017 Guests

El Paso Comic Con 2017 Guest Announcement

El Paso Comic Con (EPCON) 2016 was a great success. We are building on that event to make EPCON 2017 bigger and better. There will be more celebrity guests, more comic book guests, more cosplay, and more entertainment for everyone.

This video is just to put out the guest list as of February 13, 2017. We still have contracts out waiting to be signed. We plan on adding even more featured guests to the line up. Please watch the video all the way through so you don’t miss out on any of the guest announcements.

Tickets are on sale now. Just click here to  and select which option you want. You can get single or multiple day tickets.

 

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TNTM El Paso Comic Con 2016 review

Jack and Troy from ZiaComics.com review El Paso Comic Con (EPCON) 2016.

Our hosts talk about the featured guests, cosplayers, panels, events, etc. They discus what went well and what could be improved.

El Paso Comic Con is a pop culture phenomenon that brings the best in entertainment to West Texas. With celebrity guest panels, autograph signings, photo ops, cosplay guests, costume contest, and special events there is something for everyone.

El Paso Comic Con gives fans up-close and personal interaction with their favorite actors, authors, cosplayers, and stars. There will be guests from TV shows and films such as Batman (1966), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and more.

You will see iconic vehicles such as the 1966 Batmobile and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle van. YouTube sensation “The Hillywood Show” will be in attendance to meet their fans.

International cosplayers Nicole Marie Jean, Ginny DiGuiseppi, and Christina Dark will be there as well. Prop designers/creators Garage FX and Faraway Creations will have their awesome props on display. El Paso Comic Con is the ultimate fan celebration!

Here are some of the celebrities expected to make appearances at the 2016 El Paso Comic-Con:

Adam West: His role as Batman in the classic television series and feature of the same name continues to be seen throughout the world more than 40 years after its debut. While Batman, and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, remains his signature role, Adam has a multitude of motion picture, theater, and TV credits to his name.

Burt Ward: Ward is best remembered as Adam West’s diminutive cohort, Robin, on the ’60s television series Batman (1966-

Seth Gilliam: Gilliam’s film career has spanned from the early 90s to today; starring in award-winning films such as “Still Alice”. His other film credits include Private Sugar Watkins in the 1997 action film Starship Troopers and Gabriel Stokes in The Walking

Kevin Eastman: Eastman is an American comic book artist and writer, best known as the co-creator of the Teenage Mutant

Breaking Bad RV: The Breaking Bad “screen accurate” RV will be at El Paso Comic Con. You can tour the inside, wear a hazmat suit, take pictures, and chat with the crew.

A full list of all this year’s guest can be found at elpasocomicon.com

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El Paso Comic Con 2016 sneak peek part 2

Jack and Troy from ZiaComics.com give you some information about the upcoming El Paso Comic Con (EPCON) 2016.  Our hosts talk about the featured guests, cosplayers, panels, events, etc. There is plenty planned to keep your interest.

El Paso Comic Con is a pop culture phenomenon that brings the best in entertainment to West Texas. With celebrity guest panels, autograph signings, photo ops, cosplay guests, costume contest, and special events there is something for everyone.

El Paso Comic Con gives fans up-close and personal interaction with their favorite actors, authors, cosplayers, and stars. There will be guests from TV shows and films such as Batman (1966), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and more.

You will see iconic vehicles such as the 1966 Batmobile and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle van. YouTube sensation “The Hillywood Show” will be in attendance to meet their fans.

International cosplayers Nicole Marie Jean, Ginny DiGuiseppi, and Christina Dark will be there as well. Prop designers/creators Garage FX and Faraway Creations will have their awesome props on display. El Paso Comic Con is the ultimate fan celebration!

Here are some of the celebrities expected to make appearances at the 2016 El Paso Comic-Con:

Adam West: His role as Batman in the classic television series and feature of the same name continues to be seen throughout the world more than 40 years after its debut. While Batman, and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, remains his signature role, Adam has a multitude of motion picture, theater, and TV credits to his name.

Burt Ward: Ward is best remembered as Adam West’s diminutive cohort, Robin, on the ’60s television series Batman (1966-

Seth Gilliam: Gilliam’s film career has spanned from the early 90s to today; starring in award-winning films such as “Still Alice”. His other film credits include Private Sugar Watkins in the 1997 action film Starship Troopers and Gabriel Stokes in The Walking

Kevin Eastman: Eastman is an American comic book artist and writer, best known as the co-creator of the Teenage Mutant

Breaking Bad RV: The Breaking Bad “screen accurate” RV will be at El Paso Comic Con. You can tour the inside, wear a hazmat suit, take pictures, and chat with the crew.

A full list of all this year’s guest can be found at elpasocomicon.com

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El Paso Comic Con (EPCON) 2016 preview

Jack and Troy from ZiaComics.com give you some information about the upcoming El Paso Comic Con (EPCON) 2016.  Our hosts talk about the featured guests, cosplayers, panels, events, etc. There is plenty planned to keep your interest.

El Paso Comic Con is a pop culture phenomenon that brings the best in entertainment to West Texas. With celebrity guest panels, autograph signings, photo ops, cosplay guests, costume contest, and special events there is something for everyone.

El Paso Comic Con gives fans up-close and personal interaction with their favorite actors, authors, cosplayers, and stars. There will be guests from TV shows and films such as Batman (1966), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and more.

You will see iconic vehicles such as the 1966 Batmobile and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle van. YouTube sensation “The Hillywood Show” will be in attendance to meet their fans.

International cosplayers Nicole Marie Jean, Ginny DiGuiseppi, and Christina Dark will be there as well. Prop designers/creators Garage FX and Faraway Creations will have their awesome props on display. El Paso Comic Con is the ultimate fan celebration!

Here are some of the celebrities expected to make appearances at the 2016 El Paso Comic-Con:

Adam West: His role as Batman in the classic television series and feature of the same name continues to be seen throughout the world more than 40 years after its debut. While Batman, and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, remains his signature role, Adam has a multitude of motion picture, theater, and TV credits to his name.

Burt Ward: Ward is best remembered as Adam West’s diminutive cohort, Robin, on the ’60s television series Batman (1966-

Seth Gilliam: Gilliam’s film career has spanned from the early 90s to today; starring in award-winning films such as “Still Alice”. His other film credits include Private Sugar Watkins in the 1997 action film Starship Troopers and Gabriel Stokes in The Walking

Kevin Eastman: Eastman is an American comic book artist and writer, best known as the co-creator of the Teenage Mutant

Breaking Bad RV: The Breaking Bad “screen accurate” RV will be at El Paso Comic Con. You can tour the inside, wear a hazmat suit, take pictures, and chat with the crew.

A full list of all this year’s guest can be found at elpasocomicon.com

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