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Gotham Cast Members on Their Way to Comicpalooza

Our annual mega-celebration of all things geek just snagged a rare and wonderful opportunity for DC fans. Five stars from Gotham will be attending the convention to meet fans and host panels.

Included on the guest list are Sean Pertwee (Alfred Pennyworth), Camren Bicondova (Selina Kyle, later Catwoman), Donal Logue (Detective Harvey Bullock) and Cory Michael Smith (Edward Nygma, later The Riddler). The man who is presumably going to get the most questions at Comicpalooza is Cameron Monaghan, who plays Jerome Valeska, the man heavily implied to become Batman's greatest enemy, The Joker.

"Only three cons in the U.S. will have Gotham lineups in 2015," says Comicpalooza head John Simons. They are San Diego Comic Con, New York Comic Con and Comicpalooza."

The snagging of such a group is further proof that Comicpalooza continues to grow in scope. Last year they handled the Marvel side of television when they brought many of the cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to town, including Clark Gregg.

Gotham takes place shortly after the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents but long before he becomes the legendary hero Batman. Rookie detective James Gordon struggles to solve the crime and keep the streets of the city safe. The origin stories of many of Batman's rogues' gallery are also explored, such as The Penguin and Mr. Zsasz. The show was recently picked up for a second season on Fox.

Guests for Comicpalooza continue to be announced, with Simons promising a major one in two weeks. Big names that have already confirmed include Marvel legend Stan Lee, George Takei of Star Trek and Heroes fame, several cast members from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Exorcist star Linda Blair, and Dan Starkey, who plays Strax on Doctor Who.

Last year the four-day convention drew more than 33,000 visitors.

Comicpalooza runs May 22-25 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

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Jef Rouner is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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