“The next best thing to being a sci-fi or action hero has to be shooting a sci-fi or action hero with a gun. Or maybe being shot by one,” says John Simons, founder and Chairman of Comicpalooza, the Texas International Comic Con. At least that’s the premise that led to the Badass Celebrity Smackdown, in which fans attending Comicpalooza May 25 - 27 will get their chance to pit themselves against stars of some of the biggest sci-fi and action franchises in Hollywood while helping US veterans at the same time.
Heroes for Heroes: The Badass Celebrity Smackdown is a charity event held at Comicpalooza that benefits Impact a Hero, a non-profit organization that provides emotional and financial support to severely wounded veterans from post 911 conflicts. In addition to the heroes event, there will be a villain event as well. Celebrities participating in the charity events are:
Michael Biehn (Terminator, Aliens)
Claudia Christian (Babylon 5)
David Della Rocco (Boondock Saints)
Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints)
Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica)
Christopher Judge (Stargate SG-1)
Richard LeParmentier (Star Wars)
Rachel Lutrell (Stargate Atlantis)
Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, Andromeda)
In the heroes event, fans will have the chance to shoot or be shot by their favorite heroes in a once-in-a-lifetime game of laser tag. There will be two heroes games of laser tag. To qualify for one of the fan teams, a fan may either make a $300 donation to Impact a Hero to reserve one of the fixed spots, or win one of several open spots that will be raffled off at the Impact a Hero booth from among all the fans making donations over the convention weekend.
Richard LeParmentier will be featured in the villains event where he will lead a team of the 501st Stormtroopers against fans. There will be one villain game on Friday and one on Saturday, while the heroes games will both take place on Sunday, May 27. Fans will be able to register for the villain game on site immediately before it takes place. Registration for the Heroes event will be on the Comicpalooza website.
For information about registering for Comicpalooza, go to www.comicpalooza.com. For more information on Impact a Hero go to impactahero.org.