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George Takei is latest guest at Emerald City Comicon

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on Dec. 5, 2011 at 11:39 am |
December 5, 2011 11:39 am

He’s best known for playing “Sulu” on the original “Star Trek” and now George Takei is coming to Emerald City Comicon.

Like his other surviving “Trek” co-stars Takei has stayed busy. He had a recurring role on “Heroes” and is a frequent guest on “The Howard Stern Show.” He seems to pop up everywhere from commercials to a recent episode of “Psych.” Takei has also been a mover on the social front. He publicly announced being gay in 2005.

Emerald City Comicon runs March 30-April 1 at the Washington State Convention Center. Disney comic artist/writer Don Rosa was also announced as a guest last week.

Though Takei’s role in moving society forward has recently been centered around his sexual orientation it was his race where he first began to break long held stereotypes. Whether you’re a “Trek” fan or not it can’t be denied that the series presented ethnic actors in roles that American society had rarely seen before: equals among their white actors.

Here’s more background info on Takei and Rosa from the press release:

Takei got his start working as a voice over actor for a series of films featuring another pop culture icon, “Godzilla”, back in 1955. Since then, he has lent his unique voice to a list of animated productions that run the gambit. From comedy staples like The Simpsons and Scooby Doo to comic hero favorites like Spider-Man and Batman Beyond, Takei has shown himself to be talented whether he is seen or simply heard. Other voice over credits include Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Mulan 1 and 2, Kim Possible and The Super Hero Squad Show.

Don Rosa also joins the 2012 line-up for Emerald City Comicon but he’s no quack. He is in fact one of Disney’s most well-respected comic artists and writers most famous for his stories about “Donald Duck”, “Scrooge McDuck”, and the loveable “Huey”, “Dewey” and “Louie”. He got his start as a political cartoonist in the late 60s and that eventually found him creating the comic strip character Captain Kentucky for the Saturday edition of his local newspaper Louisville Times. In 1985, he helped to resurrect Disney characters in comic form for the first time since the 70s. This led to perhaps his most successful work, 1991′s The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, for which he won an Eisner Award. Rosa retired in 2002 but still makes comic show appearances.

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