This just in from the folks over at Salt Lake Comic Con:
LeVar Burton, “Star of Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Reading Rainbow,” to Appear at FanX 2016
Salt Lake Comic Con revealed today that Emmy award winning actor LeVar Burton is the newest guest scheduled to appear at the upcoming Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience 2016. Burton is best known for his roles as Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” series and films, as the host and executive producer of the long-running PBS children’s series “Reading Rainbow,” and his Emmy-nominated portrayal of the young Kunta Kinte in the 1997 ABC television series “Roots.”
Burton directed two episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and several episodes of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Star Trek: Enterprise.” Burton has also lent his voice to several animated projects, including “Captain Planet and the Planeteers,” “The New Adventures of Captain Planet,” “Family Guy,” “Batman: The Animated Series” and “Gargoyles.”
Burton’s “Reading Rainbow” ran for 23 seasons and garnered over 200 broadcast awards over its run, including a Peabody Award and 26 Emmy Awards. Burton himself won 12 Emmy awards as host and producer of the show. In 2012 Burton launched a “Reading Rainbow” app, which became the number one most-downloaded educational app with over 15 million books read and videos watched. Burton started a Kickstarter campaign in 2014 to bring “Reading Rainbow” to millions of children through classrooms, tablets, web-based access, mobile devices, game consoles and other streaming devices. The campaign reached its initial goal of $1,000,000 in just 11 hours, eventually exceeding its stretch goal of over $5,000,000.
Two new FanX 2016 guests will be announced over the next week.
Previous FanX guest announcements include Gillian Anderson and Mitch Pileggi from “The X-Files,” Norman Reedus and Chandler Riggs from “The Walking Dead,” Matt Smith and Alex Kingston from “Doctor Who,” Summer Glau and Alan Tudyk from “Firefly,” and Jason Isaacs from the “Harry Potter” films. Stars from “Supernatural,” “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Superman,” “Arrow” and more will also appear at FanX. Additional special guests include American astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who was one of only 12 people to walk on the moon.
Salt Lake Comic Con FanX is scheduled for March 24-26, 2016 at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Salt Lake Comic Con organizers have promised FanX will be an exclusive, finely curated, and once-in-a-lifetime celebration for fans
Another quality get by Dan and Bryan.
Who else is on tap in the next week? Who knows?! It could be anyone.
I’m still holding out hope for Robert Downey, Jr, or –dare I say it?–Deadpool, himself: Ryan Reynolds!
See you around the shadow!