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Dragon*Con 2012 features reunion of ‘Batman & Robin’ Adam West & Burt Ward

batman-robin-1966-tv-adam-west-burt-ward-wallpaper-cHoly flashback, Batman! Long before Michael Keaton, George Clooney or Christian Bale of “Dark Knight Rises,” out today, there was the campy 1960s TV duo of Batman and Robin, courtesy of Adam West and Burt Ward.

You’ll be able to meet them in person at Atlanta’s ode to sci-fi, fantasy and anything pop culture August 31 to Sept. 3 at the annual Dragon*Con convention. Tickets for all four days are $120 here until August 17.

West has sent up his image as Batman with self-deprecating humor and a deep, sonorous voice that is hard to forget.

Every year, Dragon*Con attempts a reunion of a classic TV show and it doesn’t have to be fantasy or scifi. Past efforts have included cast members of “Happy Days,” “WKRP in Cincinnati” and “I Dream of Jeannie.”

Note: this is not Comic-Con! The star power at Dragon*Con is never nearly as grand as it is in San Diego in July. But it’s more accessible, too. The reality: it’s Labor Day weekend and it’s in Atlanta. Most of the big-name actors are in Los Angeles and many are in the middle of production. So in the end, you get many stars “between gigs.” As a result, you don’t get most of the big names from “Vampire Diaries” or “The Walking Dead,” although both shows are shot locally. (An exception: Ian Somerhalder of “Vampire Diaries” and “Lost” will be a hot draw.)

Here’s a list of other notable TV-related folks who are going to be at the annual festival, which is from August 31 to Sept. 3. Check out the entire list here.

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Adam Baldwin

- Adam Baldwin. (”Full Metal Jacket,” “Firefly,” “The X Files,” “Angel” and most recently, Chuck.”) He came last year.

- LeVar Burton (”Roots,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation”)

- Dean Cain (”The Adventures of Lois & Clark”). I talked to him in 2009.

- Michael Dorn (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”)

- Colin Ferguson (”Eureka”) He was here last year.

- Gil Gerard (”Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”). He’s been to the event numerous times.

- Lou Ferrigno (”The Incredible Hulk”) He was most recently seen on “Celebrity Apprentice.” He came to Dragon*Con last year.

- Erin Gray (”Buck Roger sin the 25th Century”) She comes almost every year.

- Anthony Michael Hall (”The Breakfast Club,” “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” “Sixteen Candles,” “Weird Science,” “Edward Scissorhands” “The Dead Zone”) I can’t remember if he’s ever been to the event before.

- Richard Hatch (“Battlestar Galactica,” the original and no, not the dude from “Survivor”). He’s a fixture at the event.

- Grant Imahara (”Mythbusters”). Even folks on reality TV can be featured.

- James Marsters (”Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) He came last year.

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You can meet Rose McGowan up close and personal at Dragon*Con August 31-Sept. 3. CREDIT: AP

- Rose McGowan (”Charmed”) I interviewed her in 2008 for TCM Essentials.

- Steven R. McQueen (“Vampire Diaries”) Yes, he is the grandson of the great Steve McQueen. I interviewed him in 2010.

- Kathy Najimy (”Veronica’s Closet,” “Sister Act,” “King of the Hill”) Here’s a name I’ve never seen before at Dragon*Con. I’m not sure why either though Dragon*Con will bring folks who have nothing to do with sci-fi/fantasy.

- Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura on “Star Trek”)

- Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes on “The Walking Dead”)

- Katee Sackhoff (”Battlestar Galactica,” “24,” “Longmire”)

- Patrick Stewart (Capt. Picard on “Star Trek: Next Generation,” “X-Men”)

- Steven Yeun (Glenn on “The Walking Dead”)

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

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July 20th, 2012
10:42 am

I am going to Dragon*Con this year dressed as The Winter Solider.

On a side note, I normally go to Chick-fil-a every Friday for a 2 Chick-fil-A Sandwiches.

This Friday, in light of CFA’s public political statement this week, I will be ordering 3 Chick-fil-A sandwiches instead..

You Rock, Cathy Family!


July 20th, 2012
12:01 pm

Mythbusters is reality tv? I don’t think so.

JK in Acworth

July 20th, 2012
1:51 pm

Surprisingly none of the actors from HBO’s Game Of Thrones! Seems like a perfect fit! Dragons/Knights etc….


July 20th, 2012
7:03 pm

Adam Baldwin was scheduled to appear at Dragon*Con last year, but commitments to “Chuck” kept him away.


July 21st, 2012
3:19 am

Ive never been to Dragon Con before, do you actually get to meet these people you listed and have a pic taken with them? How does that usually work? Patrick Stewart would be a cool dude to meet.


July 21st, 2012
7:56 pm

Another name that didn’t get mentioned. Val Kilmer. Keaton was in the 1989 Batman and 1992 Batman Returns. Kilmer was in 1995 Batman Forever. Clooney was in the 1997 Batman & Robin. Bale in the 2005 Batman Begins, 2008 The Dark Knight, and the 2012 The Dark Knight Rises.

With the recent events in Colorado, it’s unknown if a new Batman movie or 2 is being planned. We don’t know what Christopher Nolan’s takes on other Batman villains (like the Riddler, Mr. Freeze, the Penguin, and Poison Ivy, among others) and the introduction of Robin and Batgirl would look like.

We don’t know what’s going to become of the upcoming movie Gangster Squad… whether Warner Bros. is considering post-poning the debut. With those recent events, it’s unknown if Gangster Squald will be a box office success or failure.


July 21st, 2012
9:43 pm

Kathy Najimy is coming to DragonCon as a talented VO artist (The Wild Thornberrys, King of the Hill) of quite a few popular cartoons. Also Hocus Pocus is one of her other fantasy credits. DragonCon is all about pop culture in its many forms.
Erin Gray comes each year since she is also an agent for many of the guests


July 22nd, 2012
12:36 am

I’m so conflicted. Do I spend my surplus on Dragon Con or Midtown Music festival? Decisions, decisions.


July 23rd, 2012
8:46 am

Yes, Kev, you can meet and your favorite star after waiting in line to see them. Depending on the star power of the person in question, the wait can be hardly noticeable or maybe all day. Also, it normally costs to take a pic or for an autograph. Could be cheap or really expensive. Or, you may luck out and run into them wandering the con late at night if they have the fortitude to venture from their rooms.

Early Cuyler

July 23rd, 2012
10:02 am

Will there be a fundraiser for [p]ED Kramer this year? Maybe he’ll be extradited in time to make a personal appearance!


July 23rd, 2012
10:47 am

Since Bucky for some weird reason brought social politics into this discussion, I’ll just add that I used to eat several times a week at Chik-fil-A, and in light of their anti-gay marriage policy I’ll be not be going there any more. So I’ll balance Bucky. Now can we talk about Dragoncon?

Traffic Headache

July 24th, 2012
6:12 am

And miss the start of college football? Surely you jest.

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