The king is back in the building, baby, and you won’t believe what Bruce Campbell is bringing to San Diego Comic-Con this year. Or will you?
The host and executive producer of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! on Travel Channel said he first began making the rounds at cons around 1988 but didn’t land at SDCC until 15 or 20 years ago. Ever since, the man behind The Evil Dead’s Ash has reigned as con royalty, existing in a pantheon that includes the likes of Stan Lee and Kevin Smith (his 2005 panel/one-man show for Sky High is of special note in SDCC history).
Now, Bruce returns to support Ripley’s with a Saturday panel in the Indigo Ballroom (4 pm PT), with “Cyborg” Angel Giuffria, who possesses an advanced prosthesis; John “Hammerhead” Ferraro, who has a skull more than two times thicker than average; “Half-man” Short E. Dangerously; and Ripleys.com editor Sabrina Sieck. The Ripley’s event presence also includes autograph signing, a “Ripley’s Garaga” activation on the con floor (Booth 4015, complete with shrunken heads and the original Star Wars lightsaber), and the outdoor “Ripley’s Car Lot” in Petco Park (featuring Inflatable tube men, human car washes, and a pinball arcade).
While the first season of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! airs on Travel, Bruce joined us to discuss why the show is perfect for SDCC -- compared to “panels that suck” -- and how the sideshow element of the series is inspirational and cooler than the Smithsonian.
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