Each year, local comic book fans look forward to the annual Bakersfield Comic Con, a gathering of special guests, panels, artists, vendors, cosplay and more. But every other year, those folks get another treat: the Bakersfield Mini Comic Con. The biennial gathering has all the good stuff expected at a comic book convention along with the added bonus of being all for charity.
This is the third mini con, put on by Steve Wyatt, who has run the Bakersfield Comic Con since 2007. Each of these special conventions are focused on benefitting a local organization. All funds raised from Sunday's event will go to aid The Mission at Kern County.
Although this is only a one-day show, there is still an admirable selection of artists and performers who will be on hand for photo opportunities and signings. Those slated to appear include:
• Scott Shaw and Mike Kazelah (both comic artists for Marvel, Hanna-Barbera, "The Simpsons," "Ren & Stimpy" and more), who will draw many of the great characters they have done for an auction at the event.
• Scott Koblish (artist of "Deadpool" for Marvel)
• Local comic artist (and art teacher) Scott "Fuzzy" Joseph
• Actor Richard Herd, most recently seen as Roman Armitage in last year's Oscar-winning "Get Out." He also played George Costanza's boss, Mr. Wilhelm, on "Seinfeld" and is known for roles in the 1980s miniseries "V" and "V: The Final Battle" as well as "Star Trek: Voyager" and "T.J. Hooker."
• Actress Lana Wood who played Bond girl Plenty O'Toole in "Diamonds Are Forever," as well as appearing in episodes of "Starsky & Hutch," "Fantasy Island, "The Fugitive" and other TV shows.
• Margaret Kerry, actress and author best known for serving as the model for Tinker Bell in the Walt Disney Pictures' 1953 film "Peter Pan."
• Actor Costas Mandylor, who starred in CBS' "Picket Fences" and the later half of the "Saw" franchise
• Kevin Dobson, known for roles on "Kojak," "Midway" and "Knots Landing"
• Jeane Russell, who played Margaret, Dennis' best friend, on the late 1950s TV show "Dennis The Menace."
• Hank Garrett, known for roles on "Car 54 Where Are You?," "Knight Rider" and as the voice of Dial Tone in the "G.I. Joe" TV series and films.
The day will also include panel discussions, the popular costume contest with prizes for kids and adults and a charity raffle featuring thousands of dollars worth of toys and original art from con guests and supporters. (Tickets are $1.)
And the first 500 paid attendees will receive a limited-edition print of "Voltron" or "Troll Hunters."