Cast list for Hamilton Comic Con, and Retro Con, steadily revealed

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Published September 6, 2022 at 4:49 pm

A member of Canada’s greatest comedy troupe, famous wrestlers, a pair of Rebel pilots and Hilary from the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” will be performing fan service in Hamilton this fall.

Both Hamilton Comic Con, which takes place in 2½ weeks, and RetroCon Canada, slated for in late November, have been steadily revealing their cavalcade of celebrity guests who will be availabe for signings and photo-ops.

First up is Comic Con, which takes place on Sept. 24-25 at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Mount Hope. While a schedule for photo ops has yet to be revealed, organizers have announced that comic actor Dave Foley, of “Kids In The Hall” fame, is joining the lineup.

The five-man troupe recently rebooted their series on Prime Video, making their first episodes in 27 years. Foley created the most viral sketch with the three-part “Doomsday DJ,” where he stars as post-apocalyptic DJ Mike “MotorMouth” Mulcahey, who spends his days in an underground fallout shelter broadcasting one song on repeat to “whoever’s left, in whatever’s left of the greater metropolitan area.”

Other previously announced Hamilton Comic-Con guests include “Breaking Bad” actor R.J. Mitte; Deep Roy, the puppeteer-stuntman who played Yoda in “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back”; and “Fresh Prince” cast members Karyn Parsons (Hilary Banks) and Daphne Reid (the second Aunt Viv). Kurt Angle and Billy Gunn, and AEW champion Thunder Rosa are also among the “legends of wrestling” scheduled to appear.

Hamilton Comic-Con also features exhibitors, comic books, movie cars and cosplay contests. Tickets for the first day are 88 per cent sold, while tickets fro the Sunday are 71 per cent sold. Two-day deluxe passes are 89% sold, while a speed pass is 92% sold.

RetroCon Canada takes place is Nov. 26 at the Hamilton Convention Centre, with adult tickets starting at $17.50 and children’s passes starting at $5. The lineup includes a 50th anniversary celebration of ATARI, the OG of home video-gaming consoles, and two of the three Canadians who played characters in “Star Wars: A New Hope,” whose 45th anniversary occurred ths year.

Game industry pioneers David Crane and Warren Robinett, who helped developed ATARI, are both appearing at a panel as part of the Con.

Garrick Hagon and Angus MacInnes, who played Rebel pilots in the original Star Wars film, are also slated to appear. Hagon played the character Biggs Darklighter, while MacInnes also played the gold leader Jon “Dutch” Vander. He also played a former hockey star , Jean (Rosey) LaRose in the 1983 cult comedy movie “Strange Brew.” That comedy, which costarred Dundas native Dave Thomas and was based on his “SCTV” McKenzie Brothers sketches with castmate Rick Moranis, was partially filmed in Hamilton.

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