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‘Star Trek’s” Walter Koenig to appear at Emerald City Comicon

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on Sep. 10, 2012 at 11:44 am |
September 10, 2012 11:47 am

Waler Koenig as Chekov in "Star Trek"
“Star Trek’s” Walter Koenig, is the latest celebrity guest announcement for Emerald City Comicon 2013.

It will be Koenig’s first appearance in the Northwest in 15 years. Koenig played Pavel Chekov in the classic “Star Trek” series and films. He’s the third celebrity guest announced for the annual event taking place on March 1-3 at the Washington State Convention Center. He will be appearing all three days.

Joining Koenig at ECCC 2013 will be previously announced guest Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard in “Star Trek The Next Generation,” Dr. Charles Xavier from the “X-Men” films) and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian from “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi”).

ECCC will have over a dozen celebrity guests in 2013.

Here’s more from the announcement:

Though known to countless millions of people around the world as the Russian navigator of the Starship Enterprise on “Star Trek” (which celebrates its 46th anniversary this month), Koenig was actually born in Chicago to Russian Jewish immigrants from the Soviet Union.

Koenig’s vast body of work extends beyond the world of “Star Trek,” having played the villainous Alfred Bester on the cult sci-fi show “Babylon 5,” as well as appearances on such popular series as “I Spy,” “Columbo,” “Ironside,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” as well as the Sally Field sitcom “Gidget.”

Not limited to acting, Koenig is also an accomplished writer, having penned episodes of various programs including the classic primetime drama “Family,” as well as Saturday morning kid fare “Land of the Lost” and the 1974 animated version of “Star Trek.” He remains busy not only as an actor and director of both independent films and live stage productions, but is also currently writing a graphic novel about vampires.

Todat Koenig is finally receiving his well-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (the last of the original “Star Trek” cast to get one).

Tickets for Emerald City Comicon 2013 are now on sale at www.emeraldcitycomicon.com or any number of local comic book stores, also listed on the website.

ECCC 2013 will feature its most expansive variety of film/television stars, voice actors, comic guests, vendors, merchandise, gaming, contests, artists, speakers and pop culture yet.

With record-breaking attendance of over 53,000 attendees in 2012, Emerald City Comicon has established itself as one of North America’s largest and most respected shows of its kind anywhere in the world and has become the premier event of its kind in the Northwest. Founded by Seattle-area entrepreneur and Geekwire’s “Geek of the Year” Award winner Jim Demonakos in 2003, ECCC has become highly regarded in both national and international circles as one of the most fan and family-friendly shows in existence.

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