Brian Muir has worked on 70 films, including Alien, the Harry Potter series, and Guardians of the Galaxy
Brian Muir, a sculptor and artist who has worked on some of the most iconic sets, costumes and props in film history, will be appearing at this year's ThunderCon, organizers said Thursday.
Muir is perhaps best known for sculpting the original Darth Vader mask and armour from designs by Ralph McQuarrie. It wasn't his only contribution to the Star Wars series, however: Muir also sculpted the stormtrooper armour, and worked on the C-3PO suit.
Heather Dickson, ThunderCon's media manager, said Muir approached the event's organizers about taking part this year.
"He had heard that we had got [comic book writer and artist] Jim Starlin just a couple of weeks back," she said. "He had gone on our website and looked at what we had done last year, and the way that we really focus on cosplay and props, and just celebrating the look of pop culture and movies and stuff, and he thought it was something he really wanted to support."
"I almost hit the floor when I got his email," Dickson said. "It was really sweet to actually be contacted by somebody of his level."
He's also worked on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, several James Bond films, the Harry Potter series, Guardians of the Galaxy, the Princess Bride, Sleepy Hollow, and the Dark Crystal.
Muir has also written two autobiographical books — In the Shadow of Vader, and Beyond the Shadow.
"He'll be doing autographing, obviously, several panels," Dickson said, adding that organizers hope Muir will run a workshop at ThunderCon, as well. Details of his appearance are still being worked out, she said.
Voice actor Vic Mignogna has also been confirmed as a guest at this year's ThunderCon, and Dickson said more guest announcements will be coming soon.
This year's ThunderCon is scheduled for October 27-28 at the Valhalla Inn.
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TBT NEWSWATCH, THUNDER BAY - The creative brain behind well-known comic works such as Marvel’s Thanos, DC’s Darkseid and Epic’s Dreadstar has been officially confirmed as a special guest for ThunderCon 2018.
Jim Starlin, comic writer and illustrator, is best known for revamping the Marvel Comics characters Captain Marvel and Adam Warlock and creating or co-creating Marvel characters Drax the Destroyer, Gamora and Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu. His career dates back to the early 1970s.
“It’s amazing that we are able to bring a legend in the comic industry,” said ThunderCon executive Toller Madsen. “An amazing writer, penciller, inker and artist; I’m excited that Jim Starlin will be our first comic artist for ThunderCon.”
Having had a role in the creation of Marvel universe villain Thanos, Starlin’s appearance in Thunder Bay comes at a relevant time for movie fans. Thanos will be a prominent character in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, which is expected to have its theatrical release in May 2018.
Organizers put significant effort into attracting internationally recognized keynote guests, including Robert Picardo (Star Trek Voyager; Stargate), along with making other event improvements for 2017. Those efforts led to a significant increase in out-of-town and local attendance, and put ThunderCon on the convention circuit map. Those same efforts continue into 2018.
Keep an eye on ThunderCon’s Facebook page, where more special guests will be revealed leading up to the October event: https://www.facebook.com/TBayThunderCon/
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A comic book writer and artist who's written or drawn some of the industry's most famous characters is coming to Thunder Bay, Ont. this fall.
Jim Starlin is appearing at the 2018 edition of ThunderCon, which is scheduled for October.
Starlin's career as a writer and artist stretches back to the 1970s. He's written or drawn major characters like Batman, Superman, the Punisher, Daredevil, the Hulk, Captain Marvel and the Flash. Starlin also co-created Marvel supervillain Thanos, and created Gamora and Drax of Guardians of the Galaxy film fame.
Heather Dickson, ThunderCon's media manager, said Starlin will be appearing on panels, and signing autographs while in Thunder Bay.
"When he's here, he just wants to be meeting fans, chatting, autographing," Dickson said.
Dickson said the support ThunderCon has received from Thunder Bay and its residents is allowing the festival to take more risks and book bigger names.
"That gives us a safety net," she said. "It's not like we're going out on a limb, because we don't have business backing. We're not an expo — we're fan run, and nobody gets paid. It's just all volunteers."
"We're just doing this because it's an awful lot of fun, and because we would have loved to have gone to something like this in Thunder Bay when we were young."
More announcements comingVoice actor Vic Mignogna (Fullmetal Alchemist, Star Trek Continues, Dragon Ball Z) has also been announced for this year's ThunderCon, and Dickson said more guest announcements will be made in the coming weeks.
ThunderCon will take place Oct. 27-28, 2018, at the Valhalla Inn.
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