Geekinomicon brings artists, actors and 'Doctor' to Oklahoma City
Adrianne Palicki of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and Gregg Grunberg of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be among the TV and movie stars headlining Geekinomicon this weekend at the Cox Convention Center.
Local artist Jerry Bennett, a featured guest of the con, says the rising interest in comic-related film properties is largely a good thing.
“This has been a long time coming. Over the past 5, 10, 15 years, we've started developing this culture where comics have been embraced all the more,” Bennett said in an interview with The Oklahoman. “And you see it in Hollywood, you see it in the big movies. Comic book movies are all the rage, obviously.”
That attention to comic-book properties at large conventions helps get more eyes on comics artists, Bennett said.
“I feel like it's allowed comic-book artists of all kinds, all over the nation, but especially in Oklahoma, I feel like our creator force has just really grown and blossomed and is really standing out,” Bennett said.
In the case of Geekinomicon, “they really embraced the local scene,” Bennett said.
“They even came to me wanting me to create original artwork as part of their promotion to feature the 20th anniversary reunion of the eighth ‘Doctor' (“Doctor Who”) ... I got to create a really fun piece related to that,” he said.
Geekinomicon is hosting the official 20th anniversary event for “Doctor Who: The Movie.”
According to a news release, this will mark the first time the directors, writers and cast have come back together since the movie came out in 1996. Those expected include Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Eric Roberts, Daphne Ashbrook, Yee Jee Tso and Jeremy Radick. The movie will be screened with live commentary from the cast. Geekinomicon also will be displaying the screen-used Tardis console.
Other celebrity guests of the show include Claudia Christian from “Babylon 5,” John Noble from “Lord of the Rings” and “Fringe,” Vincent Ward from “The Walking Dead” and Glenn Morshower from “Supergirl” and “Transformers,” among many others. A full list is available at www.geekexpos.com/geekinomicon- oklahoma-city.
Comic creator guests include Guy Gilchrist (“Nancy”), Sam De La Rosa (“Amazing Spider-Man”) and James O'Barr, creator of “The Crow.”
Bennett, who has illustrated comics, posters, T-shirts and children's books, himself got involved in the world of film in recent years. He was the cinematographer and storyboard artist for the film “Even in Death,” which recently was named the Best Oklahoma Short at the deadCenter Film Festival.
“I have been mentoring some art camps for AutismOklahoma for a few years now,” Bennett said.
Invisible Layers is a pre-employment program provided by AutismOklahoma for young adults on the autism spectrum who have an interest in film, video production or animation. Bennett and others in the animation and film industry worked with teams of people with autism to create a short film.
“The culmination was ‘Even in Death,' which was a really precious short film, about 10 minutes in length, and it just turned into a beautiful film,” Bennett said.
“I feel like people have really embraced the story, as well as the whole goal of the project, and it turned out so fun.”
“Even in Death” recently was selected for the Tulsa American Film Festival, to be held Oct. 12-16.
Where: Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens.
When: 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.