Date: Saturday October 08, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM
South Texas Collectors Expo
Saturday, October 8 - Sunday, October 9
Laredo Energy Arena
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, July 7, 2016
LAREDO, TEXAS – Returning to the Laredo Energy Arena, the South Texas Collectors Expo (STCE) presents Laredo’s very own Comic Con from Saturday, October 8 through Sunday, October 9. The event runs from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday.
The two-day event will be filled with various vendors, gaming competitions, cosplay contest with top individual taking home $1,000.00, movie and TV stars, and comic book creators.
Special Offer - $5 OFF
(Friday, July 29 – Sunday, August 31)
Adult: $25 Two-Day Passes, $15 Single Day Passes
Children (6-12 years of age): $13 Two-Day Passes, $8 Single Day Passes
(Other Fees May Apply)
After Sunday, August 31
Adult: $30 Two-Day Passes, $20 Single Day Passes
Children (6-12 years of age): $18 Two-Day Passes, $13 Single Day Passes
$17 GROUP (10 or more; Single days only)
(Other Fees May Apply)
Children 5 and under enter FREE
VIP Two-Day Passes: $90
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE LEA BOX OFFICE, TICKETMASTER.COM OR CHARGE BY PHONE AT 800-745-3000.
Featured guests this year include the second Black Ranger of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Johnny Yong Bosch, the Incredible Hulk television star Lou Ferrigno, comedic actor from Nickelodeon’s TV show All That Kel Mitchell and more to be announced as the event approaches.
In January 2010, Lou Ferrigno® signed on with Nestlé USA, Inc., as a Spokesperson for what promises to be a funny and exciting Campaign that will be launching this year. He and his family are also currently in negotiations with TV Land for a new Reality TV project - The Incredible Ferrigno’s which will focus on “coaching” viewers on how to improve the quality of their physical and mental health. Who better than Lou Ferrigno to take on this “Incredible” task. Be sure to stay tuned for the launch of both projects!
In recent news, Lou was a guest on The Tonight Show hosted by his long-time friend and colleague, Jay Leno. You can catch a clip of the Interview on YouTube. Lou has also recently been doing Voice Overs for cartoon characters on The Cartoon Network.
The Summer of 2009 presented a personal challenge for Lou when his long-time friend, Pop legend Michael Jackson, for whom he was a personal trainer over the past 15 years, suddenly passed away stunning both Lou and the entire World. In honor of Michael, Lou made over two-dozen television appearances, including Larry King Live, Good Morning America, The ABC Morning Show and Anderson Cooper. In recognition, Lou was credited on the recently released Michael Jackson movie “This Is It”.
In 2009, Lou played a wonderful supporting role in the DreamWorks romantic comedy “I Love You, Man” which was directed by John Hamburg (Zoolander, Along Came Poly, Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers), with a cast that includes Paul Rudd, Jason Segel and Rashida Jones. The DVD was released just a few months ago, in August, 2009.
Shortly before that Lou also appeared in, and did the voice of The Hulk, in Superhero blockbuster feature films, The Incredible Hulk, directed by Louis Leterrier, with a cast that included Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt, and Robert Downey Jr. That was, of course, the squeal to the blockbuster hit feature film Hulk, directed by Ang Lee where Lou, at the request of the filmmakers, made an honorary Cameo Appearance. He also provides the voice for the UPN animated series The Incredible Hulk, with a cast that includes Peter Strauss, Mark Hamill, Kathy Ireland, and Richard Moll.
Lou also enjoyed his Recurring Guest Star role on King of Queens, where he frequently appeared up through the shows successful 9th Season, on CBS Television Network. Also just prior, Lou Guest Starred on the ABC Television sitcom My Wife and Kids, became the spokesman for the Sit Up-Sit Down Home Gym, and was the lead in the debut video for the band "Edgewater" for MTV.
Lou also headed first to Italy where he shot two commercials used in the International market where he has a huge fan base, and to the East coast to shoot two Longhorn Steakhouse commercials, one of which was rated as the No. 3 top commercial of the year by "Shoot Magazine."
Over the past several years Lou completed an extensive physical and academic training program and became a "Deputy" for the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. At the induction ceremony, Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca introduced Lou, who spoke publicly before a packed house of other Deputy Sheriffs, their families, friends and press who were present to witness the formal "white glove" event.
In addition, Lou is regularly invited by universities, corporate executives, and numerous other major event holders to give motivational and inspiring speeches all over the world.
In addition to his film and television career, Lou recently released his autobiography, "My Incredible Life as the Hulk," which included forwards by both Stan Lee and Ang Lee.
Lou was only 21 when he won his first Mr. Universe title, a Guinness Book record that stands to this day. More incredible, at age 22 he won again - and to this day remains the only person to win consecutive titles! Lou carried the world of bodybuilding to new heights and himself to superstardom with the film documentary, Pumping Iron, which chronicled the fabled exploits of the youngest and only person to ever become Mr. Universe twice in a row! Exploding onto the film scene, with his place as a body building legend secured, Lou set out to do the same thing in film and television. In less than a year after Pumping Iron, Lou was again larger than life and created a new cult legend as the title character of the hit show The Incredible Hulk. The same hard work that crafted his six foot five inch, two hundred eighty five pound frame into a piece of human art, define him as an actor with the uncanny ability to assume characters of mythic proportions that carry a primal humanity.
Undoubtedly the discipline and resiliency that have made Lou into a bodybuilding icon lend themselves to his willingness to train as a serious theatrical actor. Lou immersed himself in the actor's theatrical experience with the help of his acting mentors, Milton Katselas, Howard Fine, and Hulk co-star Bill Bixby. The results were great theatrical notices in Texas, Canada, and Chicago (at Drury Lane Theater), for his starring role in "Arsenic and Old Lace," and starring roles in ambitious stage presentations of "Requiem for a Heavyweight" and "Of Mice and Men" - shows that toured throughout the U.S. and Canada. Lou's passionate pursuit of excellence has brought this Brooklyn-born actor more than fame and fortune; it has brought him the joy of fulfilling his life-long dreams.
Remaining true to his host of fans from the bodybuilding world, Lou starred in the sequel to Pumping Iron. And, Stand Tall is a film that documents Lou's 1994 comeback in the Masters Olympia title and his return to bodybuilding after a seventeen year retirement. Lou has starred in over twenty feature films including Cage and Cage II, All's Fair, Seven Magnificent Gladiators, and Godson. In two unforgettable performances in Hercules and The Adventures of Hercules, Lou lived a life-long dream by playing the legendary Greek hero.
All this led to an amazingly successful personal training business that includes such star clientele as Mickey Rourke, Michael Jackson, and Chuck Norris, and led him to author the book "Lou Ferrigno's Guide to Personal Power, Bodybuilding and Fitness for Everyone."
Lou continues his regular study of acting and he works out daily, all with the same passion and vigor that made him a household name and established him as one of the most sought-after entertainers in the business.
Two-time Emmy Award-nominated Kel Mitchell stars as Double G, an impulsive and unpredictable billionaire rapper. He becomes a business partner in Babe and Kenzie’s gaming company and with their help rediscovers his love for games.
Hailing from the Windy City of Chicago, Ill., Mitchell began his acting career at a young age and won several awards for his career for the Nickelodeon breakout hits “All That” and “Kenan and Kel.” Recently, Mitchell began doing standup comedy, and is on a nationwide tour preparing for his one-hour special. Mitchell’s voiceover credits include voicing “Jay Jay” on the Nicktoon’s series Wild Grinders, and “Tiny Pea” on the cartoon series VeggieTales. Other acting credits include TRU TV’s Friends of the People, Cartoon Network’s Loiter Squad, TV One’s Love That Girl Disney’s Liv & Maddie and the Nickelodeon series Sam & Cat and The Thundermans. Mitchell has written and directed a faith-based anti-bullying film, and has also directed several music videos.
When he is not acting, writing or directing, Mitchell speaks to youth across the country encouraging them to follow their dreams. He and his wife, Asia Lee-Mitchell, were recently honored with an award from the “Carson Black Chambers of Commerce” for providing a safe program for kids to show off their creative talents in their dance variety live show, The Back House Party. Mitchell is also the spokesperson for “The Black College Expo,” which provides numerous scholarships for students throughout the year.
Johnny Yong Bosch
Bosch played Adam Parck, the second Black Power Ranger from the universe of the American television series franchise Power Rangers. He is an American actor, martial artist, voice actor and musician. After his first major role as the Black Ranger, Bosch landed roles in some martial arts television and feature films. He provides the English voices for a number of anime productions and video games, including Vash the Stampede in Trigun, Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach, Renton Thurston in Eureka Seven, Itsuki Koizumi in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Lelouch Lamperouge in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, Izaya Orihara in Durarara!!, Yukio Okumura in Blue Exorcist, and Noby in Doraemon.
Bosch is the front man of the band Eyeshine. He lives in Los Angeles and does most of his voice-over work at Bang Zoom! Entertainment, Animaze, New Generation Pictures, Studiopolis, and on some occasions travels to Dallas to record shows for Funimation.
Sam J. Jones
Sam J. Jones is best known throughout the world as Flash Gordon, The Highwayman, The Spirit and as Aris Boch, in Stargate’s SG-1.
He has starred, co-starred and guest starred in over 40 films and 100 television shows, including Ten; My Chauffeur; Under The Gun; Lady Dragon II; Hollywood Safari; Walker Texas Ranger; Code Red; Conan The Series; Thunder In Paradise and Fists of Honor.
Sam is currently developing an Action-Adventure Television Series for the Chinese and American television markets, titled PORCELAIN COWBOYS, (aka RARE BREED.)
As a Goodwill Ambassador, Sam travels extensively throughout Asia, Europe and America, attending speaking engagements; personal appearances; media talk shows and charity fundraisers. Sam is uniquely transparent and very approachable while sharing his personal experiences, encouraging others that they are no longer victims, then passionately illustrating how to rise above any and all of life’s obstacles.
In addition and after much demand, Sam is writing his first book, a “from rebellion and failure to success” story, titled STOP THE BABY TALK, GET OVER YOURSELF and STEP INTO YOUR DESTINY. This will target the domestic, as well as the international audience and will enlighten and inspire every reader. Since this year marks the 25th Anniversary of The Making of Flash Gordon and December of 2005, marks the 25th Anniversary of The Release of Flash Gordon, Sam will incorporate a 2005 release of his book with the 25th Anniversary celebration, combined with all speaking engagements and personal appearances.
Sam is a former United States Marine and recipient of numerous Entertainment; Civic and Humanitarian Awards, including Citizen of The Year, presented by California State Senate; County of Los Angeles; City of Los Angeles; and North Hollywood Police Department, as well as The Outstanding Achievement Award in The Entertainment Industry, presented by The Southern California Motion Picture Council.
Sam resides in Southern California. He is a husband and father of five children.
The STCE is a fun filled weekend of everything Pop Culture, Anime, Movies, Comic Book and even some sports. Stay tuned for more guests and features. For all the latest information, please visit www.STCELaredo.com, Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/collectors.expo and follow us on Twitter @STCELaredo.