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The Big Easy Hosts Fan Expo New Orleans 

By Miclpea

Fan Expo New Orleans returns to the Big Easy, January 5-7, 2024 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Over the weekend FanExpo New Orleans will host celebrity Q&As, cosplay, gaming, anime, photo ops, and autograph signings. With nearly 150 programming panels and meetups during the event, there will be something for every fan each hour of the show.

FAN EXPO New Orleans celebrity guests include Lord of the Rings stars Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, and Dominic Monaghan, The Terminator franchise cast members Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Robert Patrick, and Edward Furlong, and Charmed duo of Holly Marie Combs and Rose McGowan.

The guest slate also includes stars from the Marvel Universe and the Star Trek Universe. From the Marvel Universe, the stars of the Daredevil series Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio and Jon Bernthal from The Punisher and Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) will appear. From the Star Trek Universe, the event will host Sonequa Martin-Green (Star Trek: Discovery), Michelle Hurd (Star Trek: Picard), and Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: The Next Generation).  

Fan favorites Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead), Danny Trejo (The Book of Boba Fett), and Katee Sackhoff (The Mandalorian) will also appear.

Fans can review the entire event schedule at Most panels are free with event admission. The hours of the event will be Friday 3 pm to 8 pm, Saturday 10 am to 7 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. Here are a few of the highlights:


  • 5 p.m., The Expanse: The Greatest SF Television Series of the 21st Century, Room 271
  • 5:45 p.m., Charmed Ones: Spotlight on Holly Marie Combs and Rose McGowan, Main Theater
  • 6 p.m., Playing with Power! Chainsaw Man’s Sarah Wiedenheft Q+A, Anime Theater
  • 6:15 p.m., Spider-Man Psychology: Untangling Webs with Alex Langley, Gordon Schmidt, and Travis Langley, Theater #3
  • 6:45 p.m., Turtle Power! Meet the Voices of “TMNT,” Barry Gordon (“Donatello”), Cam Clarke (“Leonardo”), Townsend Coleman (“Michelangelo”) and Rob Paulsen (“Raphael”), Main Theater
  • 7 p.m., The State of Fandom with The Weekend Geeks, Creator Stage



  • 11 a.m., The Overlook Film Festival, Theater #3
  • 11 a.m., Let’s Get Some Shoes: Cosplay Footwear!, Cosplay Panels Room 274
  • 11 a.m., Taking over the World with Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche, Theater #2
  • 11:30 a.m., 100 Years of Magic: Century of the Walt Disney Company, Fandom Panels Room 271
  • 11:45 a.m., Women of Sci-Fi with Sonequa Martin-Green, Felicia Day and Michelle Hurd, Main Theater
  • 12 p.m., Vamanos: Meet Kathleen Herles, Theater #2
  • 12:30 p.m., The Man without Fear: The Legacy of Marvel’s Daredevil, Fandom Panels Room 271
  • 12:45 p.m., Being Badass with Katee Sackhoff, Main Theater
  • 1 p.m., From Kirk to Kraglin: Spotlight on Sean Gunn, Theater #2
  • 1:15 p.m., Fandom Traveler Trivia, Workshops Room 270
  • 1:45 p.m., Born Again: Meet Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio, Main Theater
  • 2 p.m., Sketch Duel: Tom Grummett vs. John Delaney, Creator Stage
  • 2 p.m., Take a Vacation with Randy Quaid, Theater #2
  • 2:45 p.m., What’s the Buzz with Juliette Lewis, Main Theater
  • 3 p.m., Whatchu Love? FAN EXPO New Orleans Cosplayers, Creator Stage
  • 4:15 p.m., Crafting Captivating Comic Book Covers with Clay Mann, Cary Nord, Stephen Platt, and Sway Swaby, Theater #3
  • 5 p.m., All Hail Lana Parrilla, Theater #2
  • 5:30 p.m., Horror Films of 2023, Fandom Panels Room 271
  • 5:45 p.m., The FAN EXPO New Orleans Cosplay Craftsmanship Cup, Main Theater
  • 6 p.m., My Name is Earl: Meet Jason Lee and Ethan Suplee, Theater #2
  • 6 p.m., Why is Anime so Good? It’s the Characters, Dude, Anime Theater
  • 6:15 p.m., Crescent City Paranormal: The Psychology of Ghosts, Theater #3
  • 7:30 p.m., The Four Hobbits: An Unexpected Reunion, Main Theater (general admission free, upgraded experiences available)
  • 8:30 p.m., Rocky Horror Picture Show Shadowcast (18+) with Sweet Sensation Shadowcast & Productions, Theater #3



  • 10:45 a.m., Astonishing Adventures with Sean Astin, Main Theater
  • 11 a.m., FAN EXPO New Orleans Kids’ Cosplay Contest, Cosplay Red Carpet
  • 11 a.m., Let’s Fight over the Best Pokémon with YouTube Content Creator Abdallah, Creator Stage
  • 11:45 a.m., The Man, the Myth, the Legend: Spotlight on Danny Trejo, Main Theater
  • 12 p.m., On Screen to IRL: Translating Characters to Cosplay, Cosplay Panels Room 274
  • 12 p.m., Voices of Gaming with Maggie Robertson, Steve Downes, and Xander Mobus, Theater #2
  • 12:15 p.m., Nerdy Women Taking over the World, Workshops Room 270
  • 12:45 p.m., All About Ahsoka with Eman Esfandi and Diana Lee Inosanto, Main Theater
  • 1 p.m., Geeking out with Felicia Day, Theater #2
  • 1 p.m., You’re Yor! Spy x Family Q&A with Natalie Van Sistine, Anime Theater
  • 1:45 p.m., One Batch, Two Batch with Jon Bernthal, Main Theater
  • 2 p.m., Devil Hunters! Chainsaw Main Cast Q&A with Ryan Colt Levy, Reagan Murdock, and Sarah Wiedenheft
  • 2:45 p.m., Boldly Go with Johnathan Frakes and Michelle Hurd, Main Theater
  • 3 p.m., Robots in Disguise with Peter Cullen and Frank Welker
  • 3 p.m., Cosplay Your Way!, Cosplay Panels Room 274
  • 3:15 p.m., Horror Entertainment: We Know What Scares You – and Why!, Theater #3
  • 3:45 p.m., A Groovy Panel with Bruce Campbell, Main Theater

Drop by my panel, The Expanse: The Greatest SF Television Series of the 21st Century, on Friday at 5 pm in Room 271 if you have time. There will be prizes!

Fan Expo New Orleans promises to be a fun pop culture weekend in a city known for its Southern hospitality and incredible cuisine. I hope to see you there. 

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I love going to conventions around the US and Canada. I'm an ardent fan of all things science fiction and especially The Expanse. I'm a senior writer for Friends of CC and I have co-written a science-fiction script called Punctuated Equilibrium.