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Fanboy Expo bringing diverse mix of cult stars to Tampa

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Intergalactic city administrators, mistresses of the night and adolescent zombie-killers will all gather under one roof for the delight of hard-core fans at the inaugural Fanboy Expo in Tampa this weekend.

The expo, running Saturday and Sunday at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, will bring out more than 20 pop-culture personalities from cult movies and TV, with resume credits ranging from cartoon squid voices to professional wrestling championships.

Among the best known names will be Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando Calrissian in the "Star Wars" films, Cassandra Peterson, known for her "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark" character, and Chandler Riggs, who plays Carl Grimes on the AMC series "The Walking Dead."

The celebrity guests will sign autographs, pose for photos and participate in Q&A sessions with fans on both days.

Admission is $20 for a single day, or $35 for a weekend pass. Children 10 and under are free.

Part celebrity meet-and-greet and part comic book convention, the expo will also feature dealers selling comics books, toys and other geek-related items. A group of comic book artists will be there to meet fans and sign artwork.

On "tattoo alley," attendees can get inked by one of 12 tattoo artists specializing in comic book, sci-fi and other similarly-minded art.

A costume contest with prizes for sci-fi, TV, horror and superhero categories is set for Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

A full schedule of events and a form to schedule a tattoo appointment is available at fanboyexpo.com/tampa.

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Here's a full list of the other celebrity guests attending the Fanboy Expo; look at them and imagine the strangest dinner party of all time:


Adrian Paul, "Duncan MacLeod" in the "Highlander" TV series

Doug Jones, "Abe Sapien" in the "Hellboy" movies

Sid Haig, "Captain Spaulding" in "House of 1000 Corpses" and "The Devil's Rejects"

Jerry "The King" Lawler, WWE Hall of Fame wrestler and commentator

Margot Kidder, "Lois Lane" in the "Superman" movies

Lorenzo Lamas, "Reno Rains" on "Renegade"

Thomas Ian Nicholas, "Kevin" in the "American Pie" movies

Rodger Bumpas, voice of "Squidward" on "Spongebob Squarepants"

Scott Schwartz, "Flick" in "A Christmas Story"

Camden Toy, "Gentleman" on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"

Daniel Thomas May, "Allen" on "The Walking Dead"

Melissa Cowan, "Bicycle Girl Zombie" on "The Walking Dead"

Sonya Thompson, a featured zombie on "The Walking Dead"

Stevie Richards, former ECW, WWE, TNA and WCW wrestler

Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, former WWE wrestler

April Hunter, Playboy model and WCW wrestling "NWO girl"

Lauren Williams, TNA wrestler "Angelina Love"

The Ken Spivey Band, "Doctor Who" themed rock band

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