PalmCon celebrates Star Wars franchise

Collin Simpson // Contributing Writer

The latest comic book convention to come to Florida was PalmCon.  From Sept. 26-27, 2015, the PalmCon Comic Convention took place at the Palm Beach Convention Center. This was the fifth year of PalmCon, and it was better than ever. The theme of this year’s convention was Star Wars, to commemorate the release of the seventh film due to be released on Dec. 18, 2015.

From booths filled with various Star Wars comics to stands propped up with dozens of Star Wars action figures, the Force did not disappoint this year. The guest actors attending were outstanding as well.

Staring at this convention were two guests from the Star Wars franchise: Matthew Wood and Catherine Taber. Matthew Wood is best known among Star Wars fans for voicing the nefarious Star Wars villain General Grievous in “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” He is also currently providing the voice for the Stormtroopers in “Star Wars: Rebels,” and is the lead sound editor for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Catherine Taber is also well known among fans for voicing Padmé Amidala in the 2008 “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” animated film and television series. Both actors were incredibly nice, talking to their fans while signing film memorabilia for very reasonable prices. Both actors had an excellent time at PalmCon and praised the convention and the guests.

“It’s great to be here at PalmCon. Clearly, the Force is strong in West Palm Beach,” said Taber.

“I’m having a great time here at PalmCon, meeting all the fans, and I’m feeling a lot of great energy from the people and the folks here. It’s great to see so many interesting people and costumes. Thanks a lot,” Wood said as he signed a photo of General Grievous for an excited young fan.

Also appearing at PalmCon was Chris Harrelson, who portrayed numerous walkers on Season 5 of the hit AMC series, “The Walking Dead.”

All three hosted several panels during the weekend, where they talked to fans about their experiences. During Wood’s panel, he spoke about how he had first gotten hired by LucasFilm, his cameos in Star Wars Episode I and II, his work in sound editing and how he had gotten the role of General Grievous for Episode III. Taber’s panel was excellent as well, where she talked about her experience on Clone Wars, and her other voice acting projects for Star Wars, including “Knights of the Old Republic” and the new app “Uprising.”

There were also numerous artists attending PalmCon, such as Joe Ruberstein, who has worked on some of the most important comic series of all time, like the famed “The Infinity Gauntlet” series. Also appearing was Jose Delbo, accomplished Wonder Woman and Transformers artist from DC Comics. Other artists attending included Disney artist Vanessa “Banky” Farano and Universal Studios artist Mike Waggner.

Many of the people attending found PalmCon to be a wonderful experience, such as Gina Milian, who was attending PalmCon for the first time with her husband and young son. It was also the very first comic convention she had ever attended.

“Being my first comic convention, I felt nervous at first, but I had nothing to fear. I found it was very family oriented. My husband, son and I had a great time. We bought comics, art, action figures and had things signed by the artists and the voice actors, who were very nice to us.”

Many other comic conventions opportunities are available for those who could not make it to  PalmCon, , such as Wizard World Fort Lauderdale next week on Oct. 2-4, and Animate Miami on Oct. 23-25.


1 Comment on "PalmCon celebrates Star Wars franchise"

  1. Great article! I had a blast with the panels. PalmCon definitely is a must do for me!

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