We are happy to announce the late addition of Shannon McRandle, the model and actor who is the real-life model for the beloved Star Wars expanded universe character Mara Jade, created by Timothy Zahn.
Before 1998, the character of Mara Jade appeared only as illustrations created by various artists based on the descriptions provided of her appearance in novels in the Star Wars expanded universe. A long-time fan of the Star Wars franchise, McRandle auditioned to be cast as an image for Mara Jade after Lucasfilm decided to use a photographic likeness as a model for Mara. Lucasfilm Ltd. used McRandle’s likeness for merchandise of Mara Jade. Illustrations of the character were influenced by McRandle’s appearance.
Shannon will be with us Saturday and Sunday downstairs signing and talking with fans. She will have some wonderful art and memorabilia from her personal collection for sale during the weekend, so please make sure to visit both her and Timothy Zahn during your time with us this weekend.
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.
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 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.
We have received the unfortunate news that Brent Spiner and Sean Gunn are cancelling their appearances at #FarpointCon2022 because of production delays on their respective projects that have pushed their film schedules out into March 2022.
This bad news does allow us to offer some good news as well. Please join us in welcoming Wilson Cruz, Dr. Hugh Culber from 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 sixpart docuseries, OUT OF THE BOX: HOW AMERICA CAME OUT ON TV.
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The schedule for #FarpointCon2021 has been published! The link to access the event will be published once we have finished setup and testing of our online platform. Links are also coming soon for our virtual Program Book and updated KonOpas interactive schedule app. Attendance at #FarpointCon2021 is FREE for all and does not require advance registration.
We are thrilled to announce that our friends John Billingsley from “Enterprise” and his wife Bonita Friedricy from “Chuck” will be making an appearance with us on Saturday 2/20/21 at 4:00 PM EST! John and Bonnie are fan favorite guests and are sure to bring the fun with them in their conversation with us. One of their important focuses during the pandemic has been their work with the Hollywood Food Coalition. Please visit https://hofoco.org to learn more about this important cause.
We will be having a virtual Masquerade Costume Contest as part of our #FarpointCon2021 online event. Please note that it will take place on SUNDAY 2/21/21 at 1:00 PM EST instead of its normal Saturday evening placement on our schedule.
Our Hal’s Place Gaming Oasis is also planning some virtual activities during #FarpointCon2021! Please bookmark their page here on our website for updates as they become available.
Marc Okrand, professional linguist and creator of the Klingon language, will be chatting with fans and taking your questions on anything from working on Star Trek, creating languages, and translating Shakespeare into the original Klingon on Saturday 8/22/20 at 1:00 pm EDT! This event is part of the free Shore Leave 41.5 virtual program via Zoom – learn more at https://www.shore-leave.com/programming/schedule.htm.
Sean Gunn is known for his role as Kraglin in the Marvel Universe films Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. In addition to portraying Kraglin, Sean also provides on-set motion capture performance for Rocket Raccoon for the Marvel Cinematic Universe productions, working in both Guardians films, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame in this capacity. Gilmore Girls fans remember him as Kirk, one of the quirky townies of Stars Hollow.
Maisie Richardson-Sellers is a British actress known for her role as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen and Charlie on The CW superhero series Legends of Tomorrow. She has also played Eva Sinclair on The CW series The Originals, and a starring role as King Saul of Israel’s daughter Michal in the ABC Biblical series Of Kings and Prophets.
Convention membership tickets and hotel room reservations are available now here on our website. We look forward to seeing you at #FarpointCon2021 in February.
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FARPOINT CONVENTION 2021 Farpoint Convention is scheduled for February 19-21, 2021. The state of Maryland expects to be fully open for business operations and gatherings by this time. We will be working with the hotel to implement any changes to health and safety guidelines required by the state and/or county.
Our first #FarpointCon2021 celebrity guests will be announced Sunday 5/24/20. Keep your eyes on this website and our social media pages for updates.
We plan to work with our friends at ShoreLeave convention to develop virtual content and events in summer 2020 to encourage and entertain fandom while events are postponed. Keep your eyes on our sites and social media for updates.
FARPOINT FOUNDATION We are pleased and proud to announce that our new nonprofit, FARPOINT FOUNDATION, has received our official 501(c)3 designation from the Internal Revenue Service. We will happily accept tax-deductible donations from the public and other organizations to further our efforts to support the creative arts in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, comics, horror, and anime. You can donate as part of your #FarpointCon2021 ticket purchase or separately at any time at the link above. Thank you for your past and current support.
We look forward to seeing you at #FarpointCon2021! Our attendees are the most important part of our event. Please send ideas and suggestions to us at contact@FarpointCon.com