Two of the most recognizable talents in the voice acting world, Rob Paulson & Maurice LaMarche, will headline the sixth-annual Forest City ComiCon on Saturday, June 1 at Centennial Hall in London, Ontario, Canada.
“The event this June will be a fantastic opportunity for fans in London to meet two of the most iconic voice actors in television,” said organizing group member John Houghton. “We’ve also worked hard this year to bring fantastic value to fans: with top-notch talent, a new summer date on the calendar, and more affordable ticket prices.”
Voice acting was a second career for Maurice LaMarche. When he began, he quickly himself cast as “Chief Quimby” in “Inspector Gadget”, and “Egon Spengler” in “The Real Ghostbusters” in rapid succession. The work has kept coming ever since; he has performed on over one hundred animated series, and has been Emmy-nominated three times (once in Daytime, twice in Primetime) for his voice acting: first, in 1990, for the primetime politically satirical puppet show “D.C. Follies”, starring Fred Willard; then again in 1999 for playing “The Brain” in “Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky & The Brain” (he won ASIFA-Hollywood’s Annie Award later that year for playing the megalomaniacal mouse), he also won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in Matt Groening’s “Futurama”, where he plays more than seventy regular, frequently-recurring, and one-off characters, including “Morbo The Newscaster”, “Calculon”, “The Donbot”, “Clamps”, “Hedonismbot”, and, Zapp Brannigan’s long-suffering First Officer, “Kif Kroker”. Maurice is also often heard in the commercial world as the voice of Toucan Sam (spokesbird of Kellogg’s Froot Loops cereal, a part he’s played since 1987). Most recently he was featured in the Netflix Original “Disenchantment” as Odval, the royal advisor.
Rob Paulsen, who is one of the most popular voices in animation has voiced beloved characters in several iconic animated series: Yakko Warner & Dr. Scratch ‘N’ Sniff in “Animaniacs” and Carl Wheezer in “Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius”, but may be best known to animation fans the world over as the voice of the boisterous and energetic laboratory mouse Pinky in hit series “Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky and The Brain” for Warner Brothers for which he won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 as “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program”. Rob has also had the unique opportunity to have gone full circle with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series; having voiced Raphael in the original show, and now voicing Donatello in Nickelodeon’s TMNT. He can also be heard as Peck in “Back at the Barnyard”, Birdbrain in “T.U.F.F. Puppy”, Jack Fenton in “Danny Phantom” and various characters, including Mark Chang in “Fairly Odd Parents”, all on Nickelodeon, as well as a number of Disney projects including “The Little Mermaid III; Ariel’s Beginning”, Jacques and the Grand Duke in “Cinderella” and the role of Bobble in the “Tinkerbell” DVD series. For young fans of Play House Disney, Rob provides the voices of Al in “Can you teach my Alligator Manners?” and Ze Fronk in “Tasty Time with Ze Fronk” and Toodles in “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse”. Rob is also the host of a successful podcast, “Talkin’ Toons”, available at www.robpaulsenlive.com and iTunes.
Paulsen had originally been set to appear at the 2018 Forest City ComiCon before a professional commitment resulted in a schedule change. Organizers took the opportunity to ramp up the lineup for 2019 when the opportunity to include LaMarche presented itself.
Early bird tickets for the event are available online and in selected stores for just $15 until May 6. The celebration of nerd and geek culture, which comes to London’s Centennial Hall on Saturday, June 1 features a full exhibitor floor, interactive displays, panel presentations, games, and more.