2012 Story: Mom, son put together spring science fiction convention to help with El Paso's image
Actors from Star Wars, Star Trek, other franchises to attend
The way Ean Puhlman sees it, he and his mother, Jeanine Puhlman, are the ideal type of people to put on a science fiction convention because of one main reason: They are fans.
Ean, 21, said he has been attending Star Trek and science fiction conventions since he was 10 years old and said he and his mother have built relationships with sci-fi stars over the years.
That’s why they are putting on the inaugural Sun City Scifi April 26-28 at the El Paso Marriott.
“Our slogan is ‘it’s a convention by fans, for fans,'” Ean said Monday afternoon. "We feel we bring a very different perspective."
He said the idea to put on the convention came in September.
“There was another convention here that kind of didn’t go so well,” Ean said. “We wanted to do this convention to clear El Paso’s name a little bit. And put us back in good terms with Hollywood and agents.”
That other convention is the El Paso Comic Con (EPCON) and there were issues with some actors claiming they did not get paid according to their contracts.
Michael Biehn, known for his roles in "Terminator," "Aliens," and "Tombstone," and his wife, actress Jennifer Blanc-Biehn said in September they did not get paid the full amount according to their contract and said other actors also were not paid the full amount.
EPCON promoter Julian Lawler was sent an email and text Monday afternoon by ABC-7 asking about more details on this year's convention, as well as to respond to Jennifer Blanc-Biehn's statement that her and her husband still have not been paid the full amount per their contract. A response has not been received.
The Sun City Scifi and EPCON are not connected in any way.
Ean thinks El Paso is big enough to host two conventions, saying that other cities El Paso's size or larger have two or three science fiction or comic conventions a year.
Sun City Scifi's announced lineup is: Joseph Gatt (Undisclosed role in Star Trek: Into Darkness), Tom Kane (Yoda in Star Wars: Clone Wars cartoon), Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi from Star Trek: The Next Generation), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca from Star Wars films), Aaron Douglas (Galen Tyrol from Battlestar Galactica), Tony Amendola (Jaffa master Bra'tac from Stargate SG-1), and David Yost (Blue Power Ranger from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers).
Ean said they have received a good response from fans about the announced guests and said there might be one or two other guests announced.
Ean said it's the right time for the convention because it will attract the sci-fi fans and those with a casual interest because of renewed interest in "Star Wars" after the franchise was recently sold to Disney.
The new Star Trek film, set to come out just weeks after Sun City Scifi, could also bring new fans.
Sun City Scifi information:
Tickets for the Sun City Scifi are available at suncityscifi.com and are $20 for April 27 or 28. If you buy a three-day pass, you can attend the preview night on April 26 to check out and buy vendor items but none of the celebrities will be at the convention on April 26.
EPCON 2013 information:
According to EP Comic-Con's Facebook page, entry will be $35 for three days, $25 for two, and $15 for a single day. Dates: Sept 27-29. Location is listed as to be decided but was originally announced on the Facebook page to be at the El Paso Convention Center.
EPCON 2012 was recorded and is being offered for 99 cents through Qello network email list which has 100 million subscribers.
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