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Animation Icon BILLY WEST Coming To Farpoint in 2023!

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Please join us in welcoming BILLY WEST for his first appearance at Farpoint Convention!

Billy is a renowned voice actor, comedian, impressionist, and radio personality. His voice roles include the Futurama characters Philip J. Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg, and Zapp Brannigan, and the title characters in animation classics Doug and Ren & Stimpy. In commercials, he is the current voice of the Red M&M and formerly voiced Buzz for Honey Nut Cheerios.  In 1998, Entertainment Weekly described him as “the new Mel Blanc” and noted his ability to mimic well-known voices though he would rather develop original voices. Billy has become one of the few voice actors who can impersonate Mel Blanc in his prime, including characterizations of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, the voice Arthur Q. Bryan used for Elmer Fudd, as well as other characters from Warner Bros. cartoons. He voiced Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in the 1996 film Space Jam and returned as Elmer in the 2003 film Looney Tunes: Back In Action. Billy has voiced many of his classic characters in their video game versions as well, notably Ren and Stimpy in the 2021 release Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.

Billy also voices other established characters such as Popeye, Shaggy Rogers, Skeets, Tom the Cat, Muttley, and Woody Woodpecker. He was a cast member on The Howard Stern Show, during which time he was noted for his impressions of Larry Fine, Marge Schott, and George Takei among many other celebrities.

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#FARPOINTCON2023 Tickets on Sale Now!

Tickets for #FarpointCon2023 are now on sale, with no price increase from 2022! Purchase your tickets by clicking this button or by going to the REGISTER page on our website.

#Farpointcon2023 dates & guest announcement

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#FarpointCon2023 will be held February 10-12, 2023 at the Delta Hotel by Marriott in Hunt Valley, MD. Room reservations can be made now using this link from our website. Tickets will be available beginning Memorial Day weekend 2023.

Wilson Cruz fulfills his promise after the 2022 scheduling snafu. We are pleased to welcome the accomplished actor who is known as Dr. Hugh Culber in Star Trek: Discovery! He also can be seen on the Netflix series, Thirteen Reasons Why, playing the role of ‘Dennis Vasquez.’ Early in his career, Wilson won the hearts of audiences playing ‘Rickie Vasquez’ on MY SO CALLED LIFE. It was the first openly gay teenager role to air on network television.

Wilson’s theater accolades include his portrayal of the critically acclaimed role of Angel in the Broadway and West Coast premiere productions of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning musical RENT. His portrayal earned him the Los Angeles Ovation Award and Dramalogue Award. He also starred in Tick, Tick, BOOM! at the Westport Country Playhouse, West Coast Premiere, and its first National Tour.

On the frontlines of LGBT advocacy, Wilson Cruz recently served as the Director of Entertainment Industry Partnerships and as National Spokesperson for GLAAD, the nation’s leading LGBT media advocacy organization. Wilson also wrote and is executive producing a six-part docuseries, OUT OF THE BOX: HOW AMERICA CAME OUT ON TV.

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At the door pricing and badge pickup

We have updated the Register page website to include at the door pricing. As of 2/22/22, weekend and daily tickets will be available at the door, although the Saturday Only tickets are in shortest supply. Tickets are purchased at our Registration desk on the lower level of the hotel convention center.

If you have tickets, here is where to pick up your badges. We have modified distribution locations to reduce lines as part of our pandemic safety procedures:

   – Attendees: at the Registration desk by the escalator on the lower level of the hotel convention center

   – Guests/Press: at Con Ops in the Pimlico room on the lower level of the hotel convention center

   – Committee/Staff: at the Information desk by the escalator on the upper level of the hotel convention center

   – Lifetime Members: go to the station that reflects your status as an Attendee, Committee/Staff, Guest, etc. for your badge

Guest update

We are sad to announce that Scott Grimes has had to cancel his #FarpointCon2022 appearance due to a change in his film production schedule. He sends his best wishes to all and is sorry that he won’t be able to be with us this coming weekend.

But when one door closes, another opens – Agent Liberty from Supergirl, Darth Maul and Palpatine from the Star Wars Universe, Rupert Chipping from Riverdale, Mr. Hyde from Once Upon A Time, Aidan from Being Human, Doomsday from Smallville, and all around excellent person SAM WITWER will be joining us!

Emmy-nominated actor Sam Witwer is probably best known
as the voice of the famous and fearsome Star Wars villain ‘Darth
Maul’. Witwer has done extensive work for the storied Lucasfilm/
Disney franchise, including Star Wars: Clone Wars, for which he
earned an Emmy nomination in 2013 as “Outstanding Performer
in an Animated Program,” and Star Wars: Rebels. His memorable
performance gave him the opportunity to reprise his role in the
2018 blockbuster franchise prequel, Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Working opposite such talents as Jon Favreau and Clancy Brown,
Witwer also received recognition with an Annie Award nomination
for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television/Broadcast
Production in 2012. tar Wars fans and gamers will also recognize Witwer as Darth Vader’s vengeful apprentice, ‘StarKiller,’ in the LucasArts video game sensation Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Parts I
and II). Through high-tech digital referencing and motion capture
of Blur Studios, Witwer has become the voice and face of the
series’ powerful protagonist. Given all of the above, it should be no surprise that Witwer will be part of the cast of the recently renewed season of Star Wars: Clone Wars, though what role he will play remains a secret.

Having always been popular among sci-fi fans, Witwer
began his career in the memorable role of ‘Lt. Crashdown’ in
SyFy’s Battlestar Galactica and played ‘Davis Bloom/ Doomsday’,
the character fated to kill Superman, on CW’s Smallville. He then
went on to play the lead in the SyFy series Being Human, a U.S.
adaptation of the critically acclaimed British television series. The
darkly humorous, provocative drama starred Witwer as the heroic
‘Aidan’, a modern and self-aware vampire who becomes
roommates with a ghost and werewolf, respectively played by
Meaghan Rath and Sam Huntington.

Recently, Witwer wrapped a recurring role on the CW’s
Riverdale as ‘Mr. Chipping’, an English teacher at the prestigious
Stonewall Preparatory high school that Jughead (Cole Sprouse)
transfers to on scholarship. He also just finished a season-long
arc on the CW’s Supergirl as this season’s main antagonist,
‘Agent Liberty’. The series set a new precedent with Witwer,
giving his character an entire prequel episode dedicated to
building his backstory as a disenfranchised professor who leads a
hateful human supremacy movement against the aliens who have
to settled on Earth.

Witwer is also one of the authors of the critically acclaimed
Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History. The
book features the history and art that built the franchise into the
massive pop phenomenon it is today. The artwork, sourced by
Sam and his partners, explains the origins of the tabletop game
that became a household name. While considered a niche hobby
by some, the fanbase surround the franchise boasts some very
noteworthy names — including Joe Manganiello who came on
board for Sam and team to write the forward for the book.

Chicago born-and-raised and a Juilliard-trained actor, Witwer
is also an accomplished musician, having just released Revenge
of the Crashtones, the sophomore album of his one-man-band,
The Crashtones. When not working, Witwer resides in Los
Angeles with his two dogs, Buster and Leonard.

#FarpointCon2022 Schedule!

Our planned #FarpointCon2022 convention schedule can be found HERE in downloadable PDF format and in our interactive online app. Changes may be made in the final days before the convention. Bookmark this page, and/or follow us on Facebook (Farpoint Convention), Instagram (@FarpointFoundation) and Twitter (@FarpointCon) to receive updates as they are published.

Pre-Registration Deadline Extended!

We have extended the pre-registration deadline for #FarpointCon2022 to February 21, 2022 in response to the late changes to our guest lineup. Buy your tickets online or you can use the registration form to mail in your order.

Farpoint 2022 Guest Update!

Join us in welcoming prolific actor/musician SCOTT GRIMES to #FarpointCon2022! He will be joining already announced guests MAISIE RICHARDSON-SELLERS and TIMOTHY ZAHN on February 25-27, 2022 at the Delta Hotel by Marriott, Hunt Valley, MD.

Scott’s career began at the age of 9 on Broadway and has since expanded to also include movies, television and music. He is currently appearing with Seth MacFarlane, Adrienne Padalecki and #FarpointCon2020 guest Penny Johnson Jerald on “The Orville“, with the season 3 premiering on Hulu in March 2022.

Scott is equally well-known as a voice actor, voicing the character of Steve Smith on “American Dad“, where he has also written and performed original music for the show. His other animation credits include “Family Guy“, “Annoying Orange“, and “Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night“.

Scott has released three albums of his original music and is a member of the famous Band From TV, joining with other actors and musicians, performing around the country every year to raise money for multiple charities. The group has raised over six million dollars for various charitable causes since their inception.

Scott will be arriving at Farpoint on Friday evening and will be speaking and signing on Saturday and Sunday.

COVID Guidance Update

Our #FarpointCon2022 COVID Guidance has been updated as of 1/25/22 and can be found on the Rules and Policy page of our website. Steven H. Wilson, our Founder and Deputy Chair, has written about the background of our decision-making process to develop this guidance on his blog. We are sharing his post here as well for your information.

The changes since publication of our initial COVID Guidance are as follows:

  • We have updated information on masking to include the CDC and Maryland recommendations to use N95 or KN95 masks for enhanced protection. Farpoint will have a supply of these masks on hand to provide upon request to attendees.

  • If you are seen without a mask in the convention area, you will be offered a mask and given one warning to comply with the mask requirement. Continuing to not wear a mask after one warning will result in removal from the convention for the remainder of the weekend with no refund.

  • We are limiting daily attendance to 1000 people per day (half of the venue capacity) to maximize social distancing. We will be reserving a portion of the day’s tickets for our walk-in attendees to purchase at the door and will make an announcement each morning to confirm the availability of tickets at the door. You are encouraged to purchase your ticket in advance to ensure availability.

  • Seating in panel rooms will be adjusted for social distancing. This will include the Game Room and Con Suite. If the room does not have an available seat, you must wait for one to become available.

Please go to our Rules and Policy page to read our COVID Guidance and all other convention policies in their entirety.

Guest Update Part 3 – A Tale Of Two Events

Once upon a time, Wilson Cruz was invited to Farpoint Convention and happily accepted. However, his office misread the dates for Farpoint and did not realize that our con and the Trek Cruise were the same weekend. Wilson had booked the Trek Cruise quite awhile ago. So with many apologies, Wilson will be unable to attend Farpoint Convention next month and will instead be joining us in 2023.

We have a verbal acceptance from a replacement guest but are waiting for the signed contract before announcing their name. Hold tight.