[Seattle, WA] Emerald City Comiccon is ‘Shipp’ing out to be Spectacular

15 Dec

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

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The Emerald City of the Pacific Northwest is certainly becoming “Central” because of the lineup of DC heroes coming to its comic convention in March 27-29 2015. Hopefully this show will not go by too fast because of its ever-increasing lineup of celebrities who played comic book characters. The lineup now includes John Wesley Shipp (The Flash) as the latest name to join this cadre.

This fine actor never slowed down after the 90’s The Flash television program was sadly cancelled. For its time, that was one of the finest adaptations that really worked on the small screen. It won accolades as being a fun program to watch, especially with Mark Hamill fine-tuning his vocal talent before the animated Batman series would take hold and cement him as a talent as The Joker.

For Shipp, he continued working in television by appearing in favourites like NYPD Blue, JAG and Dawson’s Creek. Twenty years will pass before his return to the comic book world by becoming the voice of Professor Zoom in an episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and a few more before he was cast to be Henry Allen in CW’s 2014 update, The Flash.

Other celebrities who have been seen in comic book to television/movie crossovers include John Barrowman (Arrow), LeVar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Captain Planet and the Planeteers), Susan Eisenberg (voice of Wonder Woman), Clark Gregg (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Brandon Routh (Superman Returns), Anthony Mackie (Captain America: Winter Soldier), Patrick Warburton (The Tick). Many more greats will be at Emerald City Comiccon, and amongst the vocal talents, this author will have to wonder how many of them will lend their voice when the Star Wars Trilogy: The Radio Play continues. This panel is worth waiting in line for; the zaniness and what these voice actors can ad lib, should they flub their lines, is hilarious!

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