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Baltimore Comic Con 2014: Peter “Chewbacca” Mayhew to be Media Guest of Honor

Peter MayhewThe Baltimore Comic-Con, returning to the Baltimore Convention Center on Friday, September 5th through Sunday, September 7th, has announced their 2014 Media Guest of Honor. Peter Mayhew, known by fans the world over for his portrayal of Chewbacca, the Wookie co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. Peter is currently filming Star Wars Episode VII, due to be released in 2015, and will appear all three days of the 2014 Baltimore Comic-Con!

Mayhew was born in Barnes, England, and at the age of eight was diagnosed with giantism. While working as an orderly at London’s King’s College Hospital, a reporter took a photo of him which was published in a local paper, an event that would change his life.

That photo demonstrated Peter’s towering 7’3″ figure and giant frame. By mere chance, the producers of Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger saw this picture, which led to Peter being cast as the Minoton in his first film. Once Peter finished filming, he returned to his job at the hospital, only to be called again to audition with a gentleman by the name of George Lucas about his project, Star Wars. George walked into the room, Peter stood up to shake his hand like a proper Englishman, and the rest is history.

ChewbaccaPeter brought the mighty wookiee Chewbacca to life in Star Wars (1977), The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978), Empire Strikes Back (1980), The Muppet Show (1980), and Return of the Jedi (1983).

When the movies were finished, Peter moved to Yorkshire where he lived quietly for 14 years. As the Star Wars Special Edition movies were being released in 1997, Peter found himself in high demand on the SciFi Convention circuit, and began making personal appearances around the world. In 1999 he married and packed his bags, made the jump across the pond, and moved to Texas where he eventually became an American citizen.

Peter was again asked to reprise his role as Chewbacca in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, introducing Chewie’s home planet of Kashyyyk and the world of Wookiees. In 2011, Lucasfilm flew Peter and his wife Angie out to Skywalker Ranch to consult with the animators and artists as they introduced Chewie into the Clone Wars series. After 30 years, Peter’s relationship with his beloved character came full circle by having him voice Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Currently, he is on hiatus from filming the highly anticipated Star Wars Episode VII, which will be hitting theaters next year. Peter will be at the Baltimore Comic-Con all three days, signing autographs and taking photos at his table. He will also be doing a panel Sunday.

The Baltimore Comic-Con will be held Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7, 2014, at the Baltimore Convention Center, which is located immediately across the street from the historic Camden Yards sports complex (which includes Oriole Park and Geppi’s Entertainment Museum). Tickets, a full guest roster, and additional information is available on the convention’s website.

Chewbacca, TSA Battle Over Lightsaber

Returning home after Denver ComicCon, actor Peter Mayhew, known for his role as Chewbacca, had a bit of a dustup with the TSA. The 69 year old actor, had a rough time getting his light saber-shaped cane past airport security.

The actor turned to Twitter for help.

The 7 foot 2 actor needs a special cane, and had this one specially made. I have to wonder how he got it to Denver in the first place without issues?

Peter Mayhew Added To New Orleans Comic Con

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Wookiee Wonders: Original ‘Chewbacca,’ Peter Mayhew, Added To 2012 Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, January 28-29 At Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Actor Who Portrayed Beloved Character in Four STAR WARS Films Also to Read from his Children’s Book, ‘My Favorite Giant’; Joins Stars William Shatner, Stan Lee, Adam Baldwin, Mary McDonnell, James Marsters And Others Scheduled To Appear

NEW YORK and NEW ORLEANS, January 9, 2012 – Peter Mayhew, who brought the beloved character “Chewbacca” to life in four STAR WARS films, will attend the 2012 Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con,  January 28-29 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  Mayhew, who portrayed the loyal Wookiee in the original trilogy STAR WARS (1977), THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980), RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983), and the 2005 prequel REVENGE OF THE SITH, will meet fans, pose for photos, sign autographs, and perform a special reading of his latest children’s book “My Favorite Giant” during the show.

Mayhew, who stands 7’3″, was a hospital worker in his native England when he landed the role of Chewbacca.  Between STAR WARS and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, Mayhew worked at Mayday Hospital in suburban London.  He resumed this position after EMPIRE, only leaving the hospital again to join his colleagues on the set of RETURN OF THE JEDI.  Interestingly, when writer/director George Lucas began searching for a tall actor who could accurately portray Chewbacca, he initially turned to David Prowse.  The bodybuilder opted for the part of the sinister Darth Vader, leaving Lucas free to seek out Mayhew for the role of the Wookiee.

Mayhew will read from “My Favorite Giant,” which he co-wrote with his wife Angie Mayhew, on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m., in Panel Room A.  The book is intended to help little ones understand that being different doesn’t have to be a bad thing.  The reading is part of full day of kids events on Sunday, which includes a costume contest, mosaic building workshop and a “passport” program in which kids complete activities all over New Orelans Comic Con.

Other top celebrities to attend New Orleans Comic Con include William Shatner, Stan Lee, Adam Baldwin, Mary McDonnell, James Marsters, Michael Biehn, WWE® Diva Kelly Kelly™ and WWE® Superstar Zack Ryder™.  The event, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK) will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

New Orleans Comic Con is the first stop on Wizard World’s 2012 North American tour.  Hours are Saturday, January 28, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, January 29, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.wizardworldcomiccon.com/neworleans.html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are priced at $30 ($40 on site); weekend all-session tickets are $45 ($55 on site), and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult).  VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available on a limited basis.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

***** SAVE THE 2012 DATES *****
January 28-29 – New Orleans Comic Con
April 14-15 – Toronto Comic Con
June 1-3 – Philadelphia Comic Con
August 9-12 – Chicago Comic Con
September 29-30 – Mid-Ohio Comic Con
October 26-28 – Austin Comic Con
TBD, 2012 – Big Apple Comic Con

Hound Comics, Inc. to Launch Hound Kids Division on Halloween

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Hound Kids to launch four children’s titles worldwide on company’s one year anniversary

New York, New York – October 19, 2011 — Hound Comics, Inc. President and CEO William ‘Brimstone’ Kucmierowski announced earlier today that the Hound Kids Division will have its official launch on October 31, 2011 – the one year anniversary of the launch of their flagship brand, ‘Brimstone and The Borderhounds’.  Just in time for the holidays, the launch will offer the worldwide release of its four initial titles on B&N.com and Amazon.  “The Hound Kids line up will consist of some very heavy-hitters within the world of entertainment.” says Hound’s Director of Operations, Etan Wish.  Leading the celebrity based lineup is everyone’s favorite Wookiee, Peter ‘Chewbacca’ Mayhew.  The Peter & Angie Mayhew Collection present the combined efforts of the man behind the iconic Star Wars character and his long time wife Angie.  “We are proud to offer the ‘My Favorite Giant’ and ‘Growing Up Giant’ books to the public… what’s cooler for a Star Wars fan than being able to share a character they love with their children, while offering a positive message at the same time.” says Kucmierowski.  ‘My Favorite Giant’ features the artwork of former seventeen year Disney animator, “Terry Naughton” who has had a large part in the animating of major characters including the Beast, Genie, Zazu and King Triton to name only a few.  ‘Growing Up Giant’ features the art of Dawn DuJour who makes her debut on a grand scale.

Hound is extremely excited for their acquisition of Rich Arons who is best known for his work on Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, Freakazoid and the legendary He-Man.  Arons’ title, “Turbie the Turtle-Duck” will be among the four children’s titles available at month’s end.  “Although Rich has lent his talents to so many successful projects over the years… we feel as though ‘Turbie’ is the perfect character to appease fans of Arons’ past while grabbing the attention of new fans that will quickly define and solidify his place within pop-culture history.” says Jerry Cates of Hound Publishing.  Rounding up the explosive lineup is the first offering to the much anticipated, “Border-Pups” series.  The Border-Pups are the juvenile versions of everyone’s favorite Borderhounds while each book teaches children an array of positive messages.  “Border-Pups: CrashBat” features the illustrations of Theresa Finnelli with vivid colors by Thiago Castro.  The series is authored by the talented Courtney Freeman who is currently putting the finishing touches on the next two Border-Pups books as of press time.

Hound Comics, Inc. has also announced that each of the titles will be made available in application format for the iPhone and iPad via their partnership with developers, “Blue Rocket Labs.”  “We are looking to make each of the Hound Kids titles interactive in order to make each child’s experience memorable, fun and unique!” says Mike Hovland of Blue Rocket Labs.  Continuing the trend of Hound branded products for children, Hound Comics, Inc. and Little Brass Bird have partnered in the release of the “Little Brass Borderhounds” plush toy collection.  The plush toys consist of three major characters including Brimstone, Luscious and female Borderhound, Sasha.  “We love the response we are receiving concerning the ‘Little Brass Borderhounds’ since their debut a couple of weeks ago.” says Marcello Carnevali, Hound Comics, Inc. VP.  “While as of now our team is in talks with a handful of very recognizable retail chains concerning potential purchase orders, fans can look forward to picking them up at any appearance while we are on tour.”

Hound Comics, Inc. Signs Former Wookiee to Book Deal

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Hound Comics, Inc. Signs Former Wookiee to Book Deal

Peter & Angie Mayhew sign with Hound Kids to publish their children’s book series

New York, New York – July 20, 2011 CEO William ‘Brimstone’ Kucmierowski announced today that Hound Comics, Inc. has officially acquired the talent of Peter and Angie Mayhew as well as former Disney artist Terry Naughton. The signing of Peter Mayhew, better known to the world as the man behind the mask of the most lovable Wookiee in the universe, ‘Chewbacca’, is a tremendous acquisition for our blossoming Hound Kids Division. “We are excited to release ‘My Favorite Giant’ and ‘Growing Up Giant’ which will be dubbed, The Peter & Angie Mayhew Collection.” says Kucmierowski. Star Wars fanatics will have the opportunity to get inside the mind of Mayhew and grab an all-access pass through Peter’s youth in ‘Growing Up Giant’. Star Wars fans have never before seen this side of the 7’3” legend. “Even though he [Peter] is very shy, he readily agreed to share his story when I offered to help him write it.” stated Angie Mayhew. “I’m glad to be able to tell my story in a simple format with vibrant illustrations.” says Peter Mayhew, “I truly hope people will be able to gain some form of inspiration from reading this book, especially those whom may suffer with similar issues.” The quirky artistic style of Dawn DuJour compliments the intriguing storyline concerning Peter’s youth.

The true ‘diamond in the rough’ comes from the title, ‘My Favorite Giant’ which boasts art from seasoned artist, Terry Naughton. As a seventeen year veteran of the Walt Disney Animation Studios, Naughton brings a remarkable amount of established talent to not only the Hound Kids Division; but to the company as a whole. Naughton has been essential to the creation of some of Disney’s most beloved characters including, but not limited to, the Beast (Beauty and the Beast), King Triton (The Little Mermaid), and the Genie (Aladdin). “The addition of a skilled artist such as Terry to our family is icing on the cake, rounding out a very talented roster!” says Sajad Shah, Hound Comics VP.

This is a landmark occasion for Hound Comics, the corporation that has been growing in leaps and bounds. “We are honored to have Peter and Angie on board. The books are fantastic and offer an extremely important message to our youth. We feel privileged that they would partner with us to publish their books.” says Marcello Carnevali, coCEO of Hound Comics. Plans for the Peter & Angie Mayhew Collection include distribution with some of the top big-box retailers not only in the United States; but in the world! “I’d like to personally thank everyone at Lucas Films for their personal involvement in the production of these two books.” says Literary Agent Jerry Cates, “Without their cooperation, we could not have written these stories the way they were truly meant to be told.”

For more information please visit http://www.houndcomics.com

Sneak Peek of Brimstone and The Borderhounds: The Animated Series


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A sneak peek of the upcoming Brimstone and The Borderhounds: The Animated Series. The series includes the voices of:

Brimstone as Himself
Jose Hernandez, Jr. (HBO’s Oz) as Dawg
Eddie Castillo as Luscious
Chris Hostile as Mr. Hostile
Sajad Shah as Detective Altar
Jacob Dixon as Chavez Raoul
Low-Ki (Former WWE & TNA Superstar) as Orgrathan
Brutus Beefcake (WWE Legend) as Txigon
Claire Unabia (America’s Next Top Model) as Sasha
Robb Demarest (SyFy Ghost Hunters International) as Himself
Greg Valentine (WWE Legend) as Zythor
and Peter Mayhew (Star Wars) as “The Architect”

also attached to voice characters:

Darra ‘Like Dat’ Boyd (VH1)
Kimberly Leemans (America’s Next Top Model)
Sarah Hartshorne (America’s Next Top Model)
Leilene Ondrade (VH1)

Peter ‘Chewbacca’ Mayhew Joins Cast of Brimstone and The Borderhounds: The Animated Series

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Peter ‘Chewbacca’ Mayhew Joins Cast of Brimstone and The Borderhounds: The Animated Series

Pop Culture Icon Signs on to voice character for Brimstone and The Borderhounds: The Animated Series

New York, New York; March 8th, 2011 – New York lived up to its name as the city that never sleeps Tuesday evening as it played host to the infamous Hound Comics’ release party for its flagship brand, Brimstone and The Borderhounds issue number two.  The title turned heads in the months prior as the only independently owned and operated comic book company distributed in Barnes & Noble, the largest book retailer in the world!  Dual CEOs William ‘Brimstone’ Kucmierowski and Marcello Carnevali welcomed everyone to join them in celebrating the rapid growth of the corporation.  Guests were pampered with gourmet finger foods compliments of the hosting venue, Stone Creek Bar & Lounge.

It was almost too difficult to move around in the jam packed location where celebrity guests casually made themselves at home within the crowded room.  Cast members of the Borderhounds animated series were on hand including Claire Unabia (America’s Next Top Model), Darra ‘Like Dat’ Boyd (VH1), Low-Ki (Formally Kaval in WWE and Senshi in TNA) Jose Hernandez, Jr. (HBO’s Oz), and Eddie ‘Luscious’ Castillo.  MTV2 bombshell Desi Sanchez, boxer/prince Punchin’ Pat Nwamu, Peter Miller (The Irishman), Jason Cicardo (The Player – UPN), and Criss Angel’s producer, musician Micky James were a few of the celebs who dropped in to show love and support for everything Borderhounds.  Also in attendance were Dee Boyd and Damon Wong of Floating Pear Productions, the animation house behind the series.

Immediately following the presentation of the New York City premiere of Brimstone and The Borderhounds: The Animated Series; party goers were astonished at the announcement concerning the newest celebrity lending their voice to an already motley crew of cast members.  Webster’s definition describes a pop icon as, “A celebrity whose popularity remains constant or even increases as time goes by.”  It was revealed that the pop culture icon was none other than famed British actor, Peter Mayhew; better known across the galaxy as the legendary character Chewbacca of Star Wars.  Mayhew will provide the mysterious voice guiding the audience from episode to episode under the guise of “The Architect”.

“We are overjoyed and honored that such an iconic figure in entertainment has agreed to be a part of our project!” says Marcello Carnevali.  He continues with, “To work with someone of Peter’s quality on and off screen is truly a dream come true!”  “I have nothing but respect and admiration for Peter and his beautiful wife Angie!  I’m enamored that the Mayhew’s believe in me enough to attach themselves to a ‘Brimstone’ related project… it is beyond surreal.” says, Brimstone.

Hound Comics claims, “We have something for everyone – where else can you find a cast from such diverse walks of fame?”  America’s Next Top Model standouts, Claire Unabia, Sarah Hartshorne and Kimberly Leemans; VH1’s Darra ‘Like Dat’ Boyd and Leilene Ondrade; Jose Hernandez, Jr. of HBO’s Oz; SyFy’s Ghost Hunters International’s Robb Demarest; WWE Legends Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake and Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine with former WWE/TNA superstar Kaval (Low-Ki); and Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal of Guns N’ roses.  “The addition of Peter Mayhew wraps up a literal pop culture sandwich.  When I step back and look at the rapid growth of this monster – I’m literally speechless!” exclaims Brimstone

Another announcement from the Hound Comics team was the upcoming release of, “The BIG Book of Luscious Chicken” featuring the real Luscious, Eddie Castillo, which the character for the book is based on.  The live action cook book is the first project in the works in line with the plans to create a line of Borderhounds branded materials that will be available to fans.  “We are looking to run the gambit of utilizing our most popular characters to innovate new ways of promoting the brand as a whole.” says Brimstone who continues with, “Luscious being one of the most beloved characters in the fledgling universe; he gets to be the proverbial guinea pig in our plans to take the entertainment world by storm!”

Brim SigningEddie Castillo, Darra Boyd, Low-Ki, Claire Unabia, Marcello Carnevali, Brimstone, Jose Hernandez Jr, Dee Boyd and Damon WongMayhew character