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Stars of ‘Hellboy,’ ‘Sharknado’ added to Salt Lake Comic Con

Celebrities » The list continues to grow as Salt Palace event nears.

By Sean P. Means

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Aug 29 2014 12:33 pm • Last Updated Sep 03 2014 12:56 pm

Add three more big names to the Salt Lake Comic Con lineup: Ron Perlman, Ian Ziering and Eric Roberts.

Those stars will join a packed roster of actors, comic-book artists and other celebrities appearing at the second annual event, which runs Sept. 4-6 in the Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City, organizers announced Friday via social media.

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Salt Lake Comic Con tickets

The second annual Salt Lake Comic Con.

Where » Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City.

When » Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 4-6.

Admission » $60 for a basic three-day multipass; $25 for Thursday only; $35 for Friday only; $40 for Saturday only. Gold packages are also available, though VIP packages are sold out. Go to saltlakecomiccon.com for details.

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Organizers also said that ticket sales for Salt Lake Comic Con are doubling the pace of advance sales for last September’s inaugural show and April’s FanXperience event. All the VIP tickets are sold out, and organizers predict this year’s event will draw more than 120,000 attendees — which would put the Salt Lake City show behind only San Diego’s Comic-Con International and the New York Comic Con, both of which boast attendance around 130,000.

Perlman, 64, is best known for playing the red-skinned tough guy in Guillermo del Toro’s "Hellboy" films. His resumé includes the late-’80s TV series "Beauty and the Beast," roles in del Toro’s monster mash-up "Pacific Rim" and the acclaimed gangster drama "Drive," and voice work in Disney’s "Tangled" and DC Comics’ "Batman" and "Green Lantern" franchises. He currently stars on FX’s biker drama "Sons of Anarchy."

Ziering, 50, reached fame as rich kid Steve Sanders on "Beverly Hills, 90210." Last year, Ziering’s career had a resurgence when he played the chainsaw-wielding hero Fin in the cheesy Syfy channel movie "Sharknado" — which became a cult hit and pop-culture phenomenon that generated Twitter buzz and a sequel that aired in July.

Roberts, 58, earned an Oscar nomination for "Runaway Train" (1985), and is famed for menacing roles in such movies as "Star 80," "The Specialist" and "The Dark Knight," and the TV series "Heroes." Roberts appeared in the 1996 TV movie "Doctor Who," playing The Master, the arch-nemesis of The Doctor (played by Paul McGann, who’s also coming to Salt Lake Comic Con). A special screening of Roberts’ latest movie, "L.A. Slasher," will play during Salt Lake Comic Con.

The three actors join a sizable lineup of celebrities representing the science fiction, horror, fantasy and related genres. They range from Barbara Eden ("I Dream of Jeannie") to Eliza Dushku ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), from comic-book legend Stan Lee to "Big Bang Theory" nerd Simon Helberg, from TV’s "Hulk" Lou Ferrigno to wrestling’s Hulk Hogan.

Another late arrival to the Salt Lake Comic Con festivities is the return of "Evil Dead: The Musical." The Las Vegas production is based on the classic horror films starring Bruce Campbell (another Salt Lake Comic Con celebrity guest), and boasts a "splatter zone" for audience members who want to get drenched in stage blood. Cast members will be on the Salt Palace trade floor Friday and Saturday and will perform the show at 10 each night at The Fallout, 625 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City. (Tickets for "Evil Dead: The Musical" are $30 for general seating, $40 for VIP seats, and $50 in the "splatter zone," T-shirt included.)


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