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Updated: James Marsters and John Scalzi to attend Phoenix Comicon

by on Feb.02, 2010, under Conventions

Just got the following press release:

Updated: Just added: John Scalzi, creative consultant on Stargate Universe and science fiction author, who won the 2005 Hugo Award for [asin=0765348276]Old Man’s War[/asin].


“Buffy” alum joins other talented guests at Phoenix in May

Phoenix, Ariz.—James Marsters, breakout star of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and television actor on series such as Smallville and Torchwood will be appearing at Phoenix Comicon.

“James Marsters played some of the greatest characters on scifi television,” said Matt Solberg, Convention Director. “He was Spike on Buffy, Braniac on Smallville, and he voiced Lex Luthor in Superman: Doomsday. We are absolutely thrilled that he’ll be coming to Phoenix.”

Marsters began his career with a small role on television’s Northern Exposure, but it wasn’t until his role as the reformed vampire Spike on Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer that his true star power showed through.

“We are so glad Marsters is taking the time to visit Phoenix,” said Anabel Martinez, Marketing Director. “Our attendees and fans will love having the chance to meet him in person.”

Most recently, Marsters starred in the History Channel’s movie Moonshot, portraying Buzz Aldrin. He has also been cast in a guest star role on the new SyFy series Caprica, a prequel to the critically-acclaimed Battlestar Galactica.

Marsters will also be performing in concert at the Phoenix Comicon at a special ticketed event.

More info can be found at Phoenix Comicon’s website,

Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop culture event of the southwest, presenting guests and programming for hobbyists by attracting the top segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, tv, and gaming industries. Entering its ninth year, Phoenix Comicon is expected to draw over 10,000 attendees to its May 27-30, 2010 convention held at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency, downtown Phoenix.


Critically acclaimed science fiction writer, John Scalzi will be attending the Phoenix Comicon. Scalzi is best known for his futuristic military novel Old Man’s War and for his blog, Whatever, to which he has posted daily since 1998.

Scalzi was nominated for a Hugo Award for his 2005 book Old Man’s War, the highest honor in science fiction and fantasy literature. He won the award in 2009 for his book of excerpts from his blog, Whatever, entitled Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever 1998 – 2008.

“John Scalzi is fast becoming a sci-fi giant; we’re lucky to have him,” said Director of Marketing, Anabel Martinez.

In addition to his science fiction body of work, Scalzi has also written a number of non-fiction books on topics ranging from economics to the Internet. He has a voice in politics as well, frequently having his op-ed pieces published all over the country. Scalzi also began work in early 2009 as a creative consultant on the hit television series Stargate Universe.

“I don’t even know how John finds time to sleep,” said Convention Director Matt Solberg, “I’m just glad he’s finding time to make it to Phoenix Comicon.”


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