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Prague Comic-Con 2020: Our must-see list

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Prague Comic-Con was born when Pavel Renčín met Václav Pravda more than a year ago. Renčín, the marketing director for Active Radio, is an avid science fiction and fantasy fan as well as an amateur writer. Pravda, also a sci-fi enthusiast, had experience hosting several fan conferences throughout the region. “It was a perfect match,” Renčín says.

The two teamed up to bring the world-renowned comic-book and entertainment convention to the Czech capital for the first time. Prague Comic-Con will be held from Feb. 7–9 at O2 Universum. For three days, fans can enjoy non-stop programming and exhibitions featuring everything from video gaming and discussions with Hollywood actors to signings with comic-book authors and cosplay.

“Since it’s the first event, we’re trying to be as colorful as possible and we’ll find out what people like the most,” Renčín says.

Most of the program will be in Czech, however, the highest-profile events, like discussions with filmmakers or other foreigners, will be in English with Czech translation. Autographs and photos with actors are allowed with payment.

“This community is a world community,” Renčín says. “We’re happy to bring so many fans together so they can share what they love and maybe discover something new.”

Comic-Con Must-Sees

Ron Perlman

The star of Prague Comic-Con will be Hellboy himself, Ron Perlman. Perlman’s resume speaks for itself with more than 200 theatre, television and film credits dating back to the late 1970s. His career encompasses many genres from drama to sci-fi to thriller, but it was his collaboration with visionary director Guillermo del Toro on the “Hellboy” that solidified him in the mainstream. Now the actor is returning to Prague, where most of the comic book franchise was shot, for the city’s inaugural gathering of fanboys and fangirls.

Present Friday 2.7 and Saturday 2.8

Casper Van Dien

Hopefully you’re aware of the 1997 cult classic “Starship Troopers.” If not, put this magazine down right now and find it streaming online. We’ll wait. While the satirical sci-fi movie also starred Neil Patrick Harris and Denise Richards, it also served as Casper Van Dien’s breakout role. The actor’s been in more than 60 film and television projects since then, but you know you really want to ask him what it was like battling those evil alien Bugs.

Present Saturday 2.8 and Sunday 2.9

Vladimir Furdik

“Game of Thrones” fans will be happy to know that one of the series’ most chilling villains was played by a Slovak. While the Night King is Furdik’s most recent role, he’s also had a long career as a Hollywood stuntman, standing in for actors on films including “Thor: The Dark World,” “Skyfall” and “Prometheus.”  If you see him, make sure to ask the leader of the White Walkers what it was like stunting for Nicolas Cage. Just don’t bring any dragon glass.

Present Friday 2.7 and Saturday 2.8

Anna Shaffer

“The Witcher” was one of Netflix’s most anticipated fantasy series with rising star Anna Shaffer cast as the sorceress Triss. However, this is not Shaffer’s first bout with magic. Harry Potter fanatics will recognize the British actress as Gryffindor student Romilda Vane who doled out love potions and joined forces against the evil Voldemort. Perhaps she’ll have a few tips on how to defend yourself against the dark arts.

Present Sunday 2.9

Danny John Jules

The sci-fi comedy series “Red Dwarf” is close to many Czechs’ hearts as it was one of the first Western shows to gain popularity after the end of Communism, according to Renčín. One of the show’s most beloved characters will be making an appearance in Prague. Professional dancer and singer Danny John Jules portrayed Cat, a humanoid creature that evolved from the lead character’s pet feline. While he might’ve been mostly preoccupied with sleeping and self grooming on the show, we’re sure the talented star will be even more lively during his Comic-Con appearance.

Present Friday 2.7 and Saturday 2.8

Brian Azzarello

Actors are great and all, but Comic-Con is really meant for comic book fans. Which is why it’s a great opportunity to meet some of the creative minds behind your favorite graphic series, like Brian Azzarello. A best-selling author, Azzarello has penned stories featuring some of DC’s most well-known good guys and bad guys, including Batman, Superman, the Joker and many more.

Present all days

Ben Aaronovitch

Television screenwriter Ben Aaronovitch is another good person to check out in between cosplaying and Q&A sessions. Aaronovitch used to work on the famous English series “Doctor Who.” Since then, he has created the popular urban fantasy Peter Grant book series, which focuses on a police constable’s dealings with the supernatural.

Present Friday 2.7 and Sunday 2.9

O2 universum

Českomoravská 2345/17

Tickets available at www.comicon.cz.

 

 

Story by Nicole Ely

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