Worlds collide at XCon Myrtle Beach
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WCIV) -- While Bike Week revved through the Grand Strand, one Harley people saw wasn't a motorcycle, but the Joker's girlfriend.Intermingling with the leather-clad biker crowd were sci-fi fans and cosplayers looking for a ComicCon experience on the beach.X-Con, the comic, sci-fi and gamming convention, took place May 17-19 and also branched out into off-site events at Broadway at the Beach and Medieval Times. Actors from AMC's popular show "The Walking Dead" were among the guests to this year's convention at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.The celebrity guest line-up included 10 cast members from the hit AMC original series, "The Walking Dead" including actor Michael Rooker who played the racist, misogynist bad guy Merle Dixon. Robert 'IronE' Singleton (who played Theodore 'T-Dog' Douglas), Travis Love (one of the Governor's henchmen) and Theodus Crane (who played inmate Big-Tiny) greeted fans along with several actors who you might not recognize without their walker makeup.Well known to fantasy movie fans, actor Deep Roy from "Never Ending Story", "Charlie & the Chocolate Factory" and "Big Fish" was a featured guest during X-Con's premiere of "Star Trek Into Darkness" as well as a guest panel where he took questions from fans.Lee Arenburg, known for his roles in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies and the fairy tale series "Once Upon a Time," also held a fan panel Q&A Saturday.Also appearing was:Garrick Hagon (Biggs Darklighter in Star Wars: A New Hope)Cerina Vincent ("Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy", "Not Another Teen Movie", "Cabin Fever")Jeffrey Breslauer ("Police Academy 5 - Assignment: Miami Beach", "Adventures of Superboy")Cyndi Crotts ("Hells Little Angels", "Creepy Crawly")If you grew up watching "Ren and Stimpy", the co-creator of the show Bob Camp did sketches for fans at his table along with Adult Swim's C. Martin Croker (Space Ghost Coast to Coast, The Brak Show, Aqua Teen Hunger Force). Several comic book artists and fantasy writers are also on hand.Reality show fans had a chance to meet Johnny Fairplay from "Survivor" and Maria Kanellis from "Celebrity Apprentice." There was also a chance for fans to get their own 15 minutes of fame on reality show "King of the Nerds." There was a casting call opportunity for the second season of the TBS reality/game show.The convention is a lot more than a chance for fans to meet the people behind some of their favorite shows. It also had gaming tournaments (Magic the Gathering, Warhammer, Warmachine), art exhibits, fashion shows and contests.The 2013 Killuride Film Festival was also part of the convention, promoting independent and low budget horror films and projects.Off site events included a sleepover for the kids at MagicQuest and a laser tag tourney at Wonderworks, both on Broadway at the Beach. A dinner and dance event was also held at Medieval Times.Bikers in the area for Bike Week shared King's Highway with the Mystery Machine and Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters.
The convention ran through Sunday.
For more information or if you're interested in checking it out next year, visit the convention website by clicking here.