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Star Trek Engaging SDCC at Maximum Warp!

Star Trek, the venerable Science Fiction franchise that has spawned six television series to date (With a seventh premiering in January) and 13 feature films will be very visible at this years’ San Diego Comic Con. The first big indication of this is the fact that the late, great Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock is featured on the cover of the Convention Booklet.

Special Trek Panel, Special Trek Guests

Star Trek celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016 and SDCC is planning a special panel discussion at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 23rd in Hall H hosted by  Executive Producer Bryan Fuller and moderated by none other than the original Captain James T. Kirk himself, William Shatner. The Panel titled, “Star Trek: Celebrating 50 Years,” and also features many past Trek Alums including: Michael Dorn, Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan, and Scott Bakula. It is strongly suspected that Fuller will drop some very interesting news during this panel discussion about the as-yet-untitled Star Trek series set to air on CBS All-Access in 2017.

William Shatner star trekThere are FIVE MORE Star Trek Panels happening at the convention.

• “Trek Talks: Science, the Smithsonian and ‘Star Trek’” (Friday, July 22, 6:30 p.m., Room 5AB)

“‘Star Trek’: The Rodenberry Vault” (Saturday, July 23, 12:30 p.m., Room 5AB)

“Trek Talks: ‘Star Trek’ and NASA Boldly Go” (Saturday, July 23 6 p.m., Room 5AB)

“‘Star Trek’ the Official Starships Collection: Designing and Filming Starships” (Saturday, July 23, 3 p.m., Room 28 D/E)

“‘Star Trek’: Five Decades of Comics” (Friday, July 22, 1:30p.m., Room 8).

Massive Star Trek Beyond World Premiere!

Paramount Pictures is also hosting the world Premiere of Star Trek Beyond right outside the convention, at the Embarcadero Marina Park. This is going to be, “the first-ever outdoor IMAX premiere” and “will include appearances by the film’s cast and crew, and a live concert performance by the San Diego symphony orchestra.” That is not all of the Trek related goodness appearing at SDCC 2016!

Star Trek Art Exhibit

As if that were not enough to set your phasers to Stun, there is also a Star Trek art exhibit going on during the convention at a nearby art gallery called: 50 Years 50 Artists.

The full San Diego Comic-Con schedule will be coming out this week, but if the news we have gotten so far is any indication its clear that Star Trek is ready to, “Live Long and Prosper,” again!

Who is ready to, “Boldly Go,” into San Diego Comic-Con and Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary this year? 


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Tim Piland

Timothy Piland is a classically trained tenor and opera singer. He was born and raised in the Springfield, Mo. Area.

He has performed Roles for Springfield Little Theater, Vandivort Theater, Springfield Regional Opera and Mobile Opera. He has also worked for the Puccini Festival, and the Kansas City Lyric Opera.

In his performing career he has performed roles in: Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Man of La Mancha, Die Fledermouse, La Fanciulla del West, Gianni Schicchi and many other shows.

In 2007, he toured the United Kingdom with the Church of the Incarnation out of Dallas, Texas. This included a week long engagement at Westminster Abbey, as well as a 9 day engagement at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland.

In 2009 he originated the role of the Priest in "Frankenstein, Monster" by Le Wlhelm at the Gilloiz Theater.

He appeared onstage as Rupert Giles for, "A Class Act productions," in their ongoing presentation of Buffy The Vampire Slayer: A Reader’s Theatre Parody, from March 2010-July 2013.

In November 2011, he made his directoral debut, directing "Star Trek Live Onstage: The Trouble with Tribbles," also for "A Class Act." He went on to direct 14 of the next 17 episodes of that live stage show.

Each Christmas you can also catch him at the historic Pythian Castle where he performs in a, "Night of the Dueling Santas," a Christmas dinner show of his own writing. He has been the Ghost Tour Guide for the castle since 2010.

He has been featured on The Discovery Channel, SYFY Channel, The History Channel, NPR.

He is the founder of Harvest Moon Productions and oversees events ranging from concerts to straight plays. He is currently writing a book called "Ghostly Tales From Pythian Castle," which hopefully will see production at some point in 2014.

In 2013 he was cast as Dr. Howard Lagrasse in the 5 episode silent Horror web series SHADOW BOUND, for Arcane Productions. Most recently he was cast in a role in the feature film EVERYTHING, for Parallax Studio.