Photo: Garrett Wang poses with Aiden Oickle and John Liedtke (right) in front of his autograph station. Biz X was proud to sponsor him at this year’s Comicon. Not just a nice guy . . . Garrett is best known for playing Ensign Harry Kim on Star Trek: Voyager.
Windsor ComiCon Epic Weekend!
If you noticed the downtown crowd was dressed a bit more colourfully recently, you weren’t seeing things. On August 12 and 13th Caesars Windsor became a haven for geeks and sci-fi fans throughout the area for the third annual Windsor ComiCon.
A thrill for WWE fans, Jake “The Snake” Roberts was on hand and tall as ever! Jake “The Snake” was popular in the mid ‘80s and early ‘90s with the brash persona and often appeared with his namesake python.
Comedic Duo Kenny vs. Spenny were also in attendance. Their sharp wit and quick sarcasm delighted and sometimes confused the odd fan. A sly wink and a pause let everyone catch up and get the joke. You had to think pretty quickly around those two jokesters.
Johnny Yong Bosch was also on hand with many fans to draw from. He is best known for his role as the second actor to play the Black Ranger on the 1990’s Power Rangers TV show, as well as the Green Zeo and Turbo Rangers. (Ask a millennial for clarification). He also voiced many characters on several franchises. Transformers fans know him as Bumblebee in a few incarnations with Sailor Moon fans recognizing him as Artimus.
Star Wars and Star Trek fans were equally represented by the celebrities at “Windsor ComiCon” this year. Denise Crosby (granddaughter of crooner Bing Crosby) and Garrett Wang represented team Star Trek, while Billy Dee Williams and Angus MacInnes (born in Windsor) carried the Star Wars banner at the show.
Billy Dee Williams was iconic as the intergalactic scoundrel turned rebel hero Lando Calrissian. Angus MacInnes played the leader of Gold Squadron in the original 1977 Star Wars movie.
Denise Crosby is best known for playing Tasha Yar on Star Trek The Next Generation in its first season, and returned as the Romulan Sela later on in the series. Garrett Wang played Ensign Harry Kim on Star Trek: Voyager in the late ‘90s to the early 2000s. We had a chance to sit down with Garrett and talk Trek for a bit (see further in this article).
Also on hand for die hard comic book fans were the writers, artists, and creators of popular comic franchises. The artist most were geeked out to see was Fabian Nicieza creator of the smash hit movie superhero Deadpool.
Also attending were artists Arvell Jones, James Raiz, Johnny Desjardins and Tony Gray.
Rounding out the Windsor ComiCon Epic Weekend was The Dark Knight and his 1989 movie- accurate Batmobile, dynamic Cosplayer Zombie Bit Me, and the opposing forces of the 51st Imperial Legion and the Rebel Legion.
Whether you enjoy comics or sci-fi, you would have been sure to recognize the guests at the con and have a blast. We can certainly say that if it was this great in 2017 . . . we are beyond excited for 2018! (Note: keep up to date with plans for next year at: WindsorComiCon.com).
The Voyage Continues With Garrett Wang.
Jason Kerluck (Biz X) was able to sit down with legendary Star Trek actor Garrett Wang (GW), who played Ensign Harry Kim on Star Trek: Voyager for seven seasons in the mid ’90s to the early 2000s. He also discovered that Garrett played a underreported role in continuing Star Trek’s quest to open doors for minorities in network TV. Read their entire conversation, word for word, as we get an inside look into the world of Star Trek as seen by Garrett Wang. Engage!
Biz X: So you and I are both about the same vintage. What was it like to be a part of a series that you grew up watching as many of us did?
GW: Obviously I was born in ’68, the original series started in ‘66 and so I didn’t watch it in its original airing, but in reruns I saw the original Star Trek and for me what it meant was I saw an Asian American. I saw an Asian on TV that didn’t speak with an accent and I was the same person. I was an Asian American that did not speak with an accent yet, Hollywood always seems to portray Asians with an accent.
Biz X: In a comical role . . .
GW: In a comical role and definitely laugh at and look down upon, you know it’s not, it’s derogatory. So Star Trek to me was the first time I saw a non-stereotypical role for an Asian American, so it meant the world to me.
Biz X: Absolutely and I know George Takei (who played Sulu), I mean that was his kind of excitement for becoming a part of that. So for you joining the Voyager cast, you were already a fan then. So what was that like to find out you were basically going to be 1990’s George Takei?
GW: I had to pinch myself every day for probably the first two years as I couldn’t believe it. I was like oh my gosh, oh my gosh!! OH MY GOSH, I’m really on the show!! Oh my goodness my life is completely changed. I was ecstatic and I felt so lucky so gracious to have landed a role like Ensign Kim that very few people . . . honestly in the ‘90s I was the only Asian man on television
Biz X: Really? That’s kind of disturbing.
GW: It is disturbing.
Windsor ComiCon Epic Weekend continues here
You can also listen to the actual interview with Garrett Wang.