Ernie Hudson is one of many guests slated to appear at Cheyenne Comic Con this year. Courtesy 

Cheyenne’s first ever comic and pop culture convention is less than a week away. Organizer Phil Mitotes is bringing in over dozens of artists, celebrities and cosplayers for a weekend of entertainment at Little America Hotel and Resort. Tickets for all three days are $60, with prices ranging from day to day. They can be purchased online at www.cheyennecomiccon.com or at the door to the event. If someone buys tickets on the day of the event, the price will be increased by $5.

But, with all of the guests coming in, how do you decide who to follow around for three days? Here is a guide to the guests of Cheyenne Comic Con:

Virginia Madsen

Virginia Madsen burst onto the entertainment scene in 1984, when she was cast as Princess Irulan in David Lynch’s space epic, “Dune.”

Madsen is also well-known for her role as Helen Lyle in 1992’s “Candyman.” Her co-star and the villain of that film, Tony Todd, will also be appearing at Cheyenne Comic Con.

She’s also known for her role in Alexander Payne’s “Sideways” as Maya Randall, a woman who becomes romantically involved with one of the main characters. She was nominated for a Golden Globe and Academy Award for that role.

Madsen will appear Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the convention.

Ryan Hurst

Ryan Hurst has become a television staple in the last decade, becoming extremely popular from his role as Harry “Opie” Winston in FX’s hit series, “Sons of Anarchy.” Hurst appeared in 54 episodes during his four-year run on the show, before being killed off in 2012.

Earlier in his career, he appeared in several movies, including “Remember the Titans” and “Saving Private Ryan.”

Currently, Hurst has been starring as Chick Hogan in the “Psycho” inspired television series, “Bates Motel.”

Hurst will appear Saturday and Sunday at the convention.

Kristin Bauer

Two decades ago, Kristin Bauer became famous for having “man hands” when she was the guest star on “Seinfeld.”

Since then, Bauer has regularly worked in film and television, popping up in “50 First Dates” and “Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion.”

Bauer had a long-running role as Pamela Swynford De Beaufort on the vampire soap opera, “True Blood.” Pam is second-in-command to main love interest, Eric Northman, as well as co-owner of the vampire bar, “Fangtasia.”

She’s had a recurring role on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” since 2011, playing Maleficent, the evil witch from “Sleeping Beauty.” 

Bauer will appear at the convention Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Manu Bennett

Manu Bennett played the villainous Slade Wilson, also known as Deathstroke, for three seasons on the CW’s “Arrow.”

The New Zealand actor had a main role on Starz’s “Spartacus,” as Crixus.

Bennett doesn’t have many silver screen titles to his name, but he did appear as Azog the Defiler in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” trilogy.

Currently, Bennett is performing on MTV’s fantasy series, “The Shannara Chronicles.”

Bennett will appear Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the convention.

Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson has been in dozens of TV shows and films, but laying eyes on him will immediately remind you of his breakout role as Winston Zeddimore in the original “Ghostbusters.”

Hudson became a household name in 1984 when he appeared alongside comedy heavy-hitters Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis, but he’s carved his own way in the entertainment industry.

Hudson is also known for his role as Sgt. Albrecht in 1994’s comic book film, “The Crow,” alongside the late Brandon Lee.

Recently, Hudson has appeared in “God’s Not Dead 2,” as King Poseidon in “Once Upon a Time” and is rumored to make a cameo appearance in this summer’s all-female reboot of “Ghostbusters.”

He will appear Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the convention.

Tony Todd

Tony Todd is a legend among horror films. From playing the titular role in “Candyman,” to appearing in both remakes of “Night of the Living Dead” or appearing in the “Final Destination” series, Todd is a major figure in film and television.

Overall, Todd has appeared in more than 100 films and shows including a guest appearance on “The X-Files” episode “Murder, She Wrote.”

Todd will appear Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the convention.

Amanda Bearse

Actress and comedian Amanda Bearse has been working in the entertainment industry for 35 years, but her standout role as Marcy Rhoades D’Arcy on the 1980s sitcom, “Married … With Children” has kept her in the public conscience, long after the show stopped running.

Bearse got her breakout role as Amy Peterson, the main love interest in the 1985 horror film, “Fright Night,” opposite William Ragsdale and Chris Sarandon.

Two years later, she began appearing as annoying neighbor Marcy, sticking with the role for a decade. She also directed around 30 episodes of the show during its run.

In recent years, Bearse has had roles in TV shows such as “Drop Dead Diva” and “Anger Management.”

Bearse will appear Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the convention.

Naomi Grossman

People may not recognize Naomi Grossman outright, but the name “Pepper” might give a clue to who she is.

The Denver-born actress has had a recurring role as the kindhearted Pepper on two seasons of FX’s anthology series “American Horror Story.” Grossman had a major role in season two, “Asylum” and season four, “Freak Show.”

Prior to her role on “American Horror Story,” Grossman has mainly appeared in short films. She is currently working on comedy horror film, “Fear, Inc.”

Grossman will appear Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the convention.

Kevin McNally

Kevin McNally just wrapped shooting for the latest “Pirates of the Caribbean” film.

McNally is best known as Joshamee Gibbs, first mate to Captain Jack Sparrow. He has also appeared on TV shows such as “Supernatural” and “Doctor Who,” as well as providing his voice and likeness in “Assassin’s Creed III.”

He will appear Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the convention.

Sam J. Jones

Over 35 years after his starring role in “Flash Gordon,” Sam Jones is still known as the New York Jets football star that saved the world.

Jones made his first film appearance in the groundbreaking 1979 Dudley Moore film, “10,” which led to him beating out actors like Kurt Russell and Arnold Schwarzenegger to play Flash Gordon.

Following his 1980 cult film smash, Jones has made guest appearances in television shows and smaller films.

In 2012, however, he donned his famous blond locks again to play an exaggerated version of himself in Seth McFarlane’s immensely popular movie, “Ted” and its sequel.

Jones will appear Saturday and Sunday at the convention. 

Ellen Fike is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s features editor. She can be reached at efike@wyomingnews.com or 307-633-3135. Follow her on Twitter @EllenLFike

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