Preview: Fan Expo St. Louis | 05.13-15.22, America’s Center

Are you ready, St. Louis? It’s time to share space with incredible artists, meticulous cosplayers, Funko Pops as far as the eye can see, practically actual light sabers; a Clerks cast reunion that includes writer/director Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Brian O’Halloran, Trevor Fehrman, and Jeff Anderson (O’Halloran wasn’t even supposed to BE in St. Louis this weekend); Carl Weathers (APOLLO CREED, YOU GUYS), at least 20 Jayne hats from Firefly, three Wonder Women, and a minimum of six little nerdlings freaking out over Deadpool at any given moment. Also, this year, we get a big, mohawked “Mary Poppins, y’all” in the form of the wonderful actor Michael Rooker.

It’s Fan Expo time, you guys.

Running May 13-15 at America’s Center (701 Convention Plaza), Fan Expo St. Louis takes the place of Wizard World St. Louis, the comics and pop culture convention that similarly invaded America’s Center every year starting in 2013. Though this is Fan Expo’s first foray into our fair city, they have long managed a healthy slate of comic conventions, including their flagship MegaCon in Orlando. With the purchase of six Wizard cons last year (including the company’s two largest in Chicago and Philadelphia), the company now runs 17 events across North America, which Forbes theorized gives them “likely the largest fan convention aggregate audience in the world.”

Additional celebrity guests include William Shatner, Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy), and the main Smallville trio of Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, and Kristen Kreuk, while comic book guests include artists like Jae Lee (Inhumans, The Dark Tower), Tony Harris (Starman), and the legendary Michael Golden (The ‘Nam), and writers like longtime Green Lantern Corps scribe Peter Tomasi and ‘90s Spider-Man mainstay Howard Mackie. See the below press release for more details. For full information or to purchase tickets, visit fanexpohq.com/fanexpostlouis/. And The Arts STL will be on the ground at the convention, so stay tuned next week for a summary of the festivities and a photo gallery. | Melissa Cynova

William Shatner, Carl Weathers,

Clerks Reunion with Kevin Smith

Headline Celebrity Roster

at FAN EXPO St. Louis, May 13-15

‘Smallville’ Stars Welling, Kreuk, Rosenbaum; ‘Mandalorian’ Standout Wen; ‘Guardians’ Star Rooker; ‘Supernatural’s’ Sheppard Lead Lineup at America’s Center at Supercharged FAN EXPO

ST. LOUIS, March 24, 2022 — William Shatner (“Star Trek,” “Boston Legal”); Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, Suicide Squad); a Clerks cast reunion that includes writer/director Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Brian O’Halloran, Trevor Fehrman and Jeff Anderson; Carl Weathers (“The Mandalorian,” Rocky); the “Smallville” trio of Tom Welling, Kristen Kreuk and Michael Rosenbaum are among the first wave of celebrity guests scheduled to attend the first FAN EXPO St. Louis, May 13-15 at the America’s Center.

The show will welcome fans to reunite for a weekend of non-stop programming and special guests. Tickets for FAN EXPO St. Louis are available now at https://fanexpohq.com/fanexpostlouis/buy-tickets/.

The event, formerly produced as Wizard World St. Louis from 2013-2019 will also feature Ron Perlman (“Hellboy,” “Sons of Anarchy”), Theo Rossi (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Luke Cage”), and Mark Sheppard (“Supernatural,” “Battlestar Galactica”) and more.

“St. Louis has been a traditionally strong supporter of pop culture conventions, and we are excited to bring our supercharged FAN EXPO to fans there,” said Andrew Moyes, FAN EXPO Vice President. “This impressive lineup of stars and variety of franchises and genres means there’s something for everyone at FAN EXPO St. Louis.”

Additional celebrities, creators, featured exhibitors and other guests will be announced in advance of the event.Additionally, fans can meet a standout voice talent roster featuring gaming voices Charles Martinet (“Super Mario”) and Carolina Ravassa (“Overwatch”); animation stars Billy West (“Futurama”), Rodger Bumpass (“SpongeBob SquarePants”), Rob Paulsen (“Pinky and the Brain”), Nolan North (“Uncharted,” “Young Justice”), Wen (“Mulan”), de Lancie (“Discord”) and Rooker (“Marvel’s What If”); and anime standouts Justin Briner, David Matranga, Lucy Christian and Monica Rial of “My Hero Academia”), and Sean Schemmel (“Dragon Ball Z”), with more to follow.

FAN EXPO St. Louis brings its unique brand of excitement to an event that will feature top celebrities, hundreds of exhibitors, creators and cosplayers as well as compelling programming, meet and greets, special events, kids zones and more. FAN EXPO St. Louis will feature everything fans have loved about Wizard World St. Louis with even more all weekend. 

FAN EXPO St. Louis will follow official government and local authority guidance as well as any venue or location-specific regulations. For more information on the health and safety measures in place, please visit www.fanexpostlouis.com.  

ABOUT FAN EXPO HQ 

FAN EXPO HQ is the largest comic con producer in the world. Collectively it hosts nearly one million fans annually at FAN EXPO Canada™, MEGACON Orlando, FAN EXPO Dallas™, FAN EXPO Boston™, FAN EXPO Denver, FAN EXPO San Francisco, Calgary Comics & Entertainment Expo, FAN EXPO Vancouver™, Toronto Comicon, Dallas FAN FESTIVAL and Edmonton Comics & Entertainment Expo. In 2022, FAN EXPO HQ presents six new shows previously organized by Wizard World: FAN EXPO Chicago, FAN EXPO Philadelphia, FAN EXPO St. Louis, FAN EXPO Portland, FAN EXPO New Orleans, and FAN EXPO Cleveland. The latest schedule of events is available at www.fanexpostlouis.com

Discover. Celebrate. Belong. 

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