Space City Comic Con, Houston's self-described "outlaw" con because of its ongoing battle with the Greater Houston Convention & Visitor's Bureau over name rights, has just secured Sons of Anarchy superstar Charlie Hunnam (Jackson "Jax" Teller) for a three-day signing appearance May 27-29. It's quickly shaping up to be a Sons of Anarchy reunion, as he'll be joining several actors from the popular and violently riveting television show (2008–2014).
Inner circle Sons cast members already signed include Mark Boone, Jr. (Robert "Bobby Elvis" Munson), Kim Coates (Alexander "Tig" Trager), Tommy Flanagan (Filip "Chibs" Telford), Ryan Hurst (Harry "Opie" Winston) and David Labrava (Happy Lowman), as well as stepfather turned nemesis Ron Perlman (Clarence "Clay" Morrow).
Also booked are Michael Beach (Taddarius Orwell '"T.O." Cross), Rusty Coones (Rane Quinn), Michael Ornstein (Chuck "Chucky" Marstein), Niko Nicotera (George "Ratboy" Skogstrom), Christopher Reed (Philip "Filthy Phil" Russell), and Kristen Renton (Ima Tite).
Space City's promoter George Comits says that he's still holding out hope that show creator Kurt Sutter and wife, actress Katey Sagal (Gemma Teller Morrow), can make the con, which truly would turn Houston into a homecoming, but it's too early to tell if their schedule will permit. "It's not a bad thing; we've talked to them," says Comits. "They've said 'yes' they want to come; they're excited. Their problem is that they're scouting locations for their new series, they don't know their schedule yet; their schedule changes day by day. When they know what they can offer us, they'll tell us. It could be running in for the big panel on Saturday and leaving." Comits says their new project is a prequel, though it's not clear yet whether it will focus on the early years with the Mayans, or perhaps the early days of the Sons of Anarchy. He has offered them the mike, and is even in discussions about a pay-per-view for a possible formal announcement about the series.
According to Comits, Theo Rossi (Juan Carlos "Juice" Ortiz) wants to come in, but he's promoting a new film that opens the week after Memorial Day. "He may be flying in Saturday if he can get away, but he's a gentle decline." Lowriders, about the low-riding culture in Southern California's Latino communities, is scheduled to open June 1.
Trekkies will be relieved to hear that William Shatner is returning and, as Star Trek (the original series) is celebrating its 50th anniversary in September, this year's appearance becomes even more important.
The pop-culture expo includes all of our favorite things, including fan-culture convention and family entertainment, comics, sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, literature and art. Also included are costume contests, fan groups, LARP and a dealer room; additional fees apply for autographs and photo opportunities.
Noon to 8 p.m. May 27, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 29. Space City Comic Con, NRG Center, 8309 Fannin, 832-667-1400, spacecitycomiccon.com. $20 to $799.