Florida Geek Scene was in attendance for the Fanboy Expo this last weekend, August 3rd and 4th, and it was an awesome experience. Those of us who were used to the Tampa Bay Comic Con were slightly shocked to see the room was half the size but it was done right. The room was arranged very well to showcase the over 50 vendors, crafters, artists and celebrities that dotted the room. It was fairly genius to be honest, by placing the personalities in between the different vendors you’d walk by artists you may have never seen or a local comic book vendor you didn’t know was in the neighborhood. To get to Roger Bumpass (of Spongebob Squarepants fame) I bought some cake pops, so their marketing worked on my simple mind (I’m fat and love cake, I have my many weaknesses). Every booth was filled when I stopped by on Sunday, and being both a vendor in the past and just your average convention attendee, that’s commendable and shows evidence the vendors must have been doing well at Fanboy Expo’s inaugural show in the bay area.
At the convention we got a chance to talk with several of the personalities in attendance. Sadly, due to contractual agreements they weren’t able to give us video interviews but they were kind enough to let us know what’s coming up and what to watch them in next. I limited myself to 1 big question per celebrity as to not hold up the lines any further.
Sid Haig was at Fanboy Expo Tampa. You may know him from movies such as House of 1000 Corpses, Devil’s Rejects, Jackie Brown, Galaxy of Terror and The Lords of Salem, told us to look for him in The Penny Dreadful Picture Show and Go Straight to Hell. And if you haven’t seen Hatchet III you’re missing out on an underrated horror gem.
FGS: What roles do you look back as the oddest you’ve done?
Sid Haig: Probably my early television roles like A-Team, Star Trek TOS and TJ Hooker.
FGS: What about the Genie from Electra Woman and Dyna Girl?
Sid Haig: Oh yeah, that’ll be probably the most obscure role someone has brought up recently.
Doug Jones is one of the nicest people I’ve met in person. I’ll have to write a piece about my top 10 favorite people to talk to at conventions. Doug Jones would be in the top 3 for sure. Doug Jones is the man who’s brought to life so many costumed characters in Guillermo Del Toro’s visions but little know fact is he’s one of Hollywood’s most frequent working actors at the moment.
FGS: Spending much of your career behind prosthetic make up while on film, I’m sure there’s a few characters you’ve played that even the most dedicated fans don’t know it was you.
Doug Jones: Oh yes, there’s a few.
FGS: Could you give our readers two roles if you they may not know you from?
Doug Jones: I was Mac Tonight and one of the clowns from Batman Returns, and as a bonus I was an unnamed Ripper from Tank Girl.
Roger Bumpass is a really talented voice actor with a credits list that covers both video games and cartoons. Everyone knows the nasal tones of Squidward from Spongebob Squarepants but the more you listen to his voice, the more familiar it is. And I’m not sure if it’s his natural voice or something he made up because while talking to us and greeting fans he sounded just like Squidward.
FGS: How much fun is it when kids come up and recognize you from Spongebob but the parents remember you from Heavy Metal, Pocco Rosso and The Real Ghostbusters?
Roger Bumpass: It’s really a pleasure to have reached a couple of generations in my career so far.
FGS: Now I know I recognize your voice from tons of cartoons. What’s the most annoying character you’ve played?
Roger Bumpass: The Chief from Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego. There’s a few others but that one comes to mind first.
The Fanboy Expo is expected to make a return in 2014 to both Tampa, FL and Knoxvillie, TN. Check out the Photo Gallery below to see all that we saw!