Back to the Future, Shatner, Fillion Q&A’s Highlight FAN EXPO Portland Programming, February 17-19

FAN EXPO Portland Programming

PORTLAND, Ore., 2023-Feb-09 — /EPR Network/ — From celebrity Q&As to industry, cosplay, gaming, anime and entertaining, informative sessions from all areas of pop culture, FAN EXPO Portland presents its collection of nearly 150 programing panels and meetups during the event, Friday through Sunday, February 17-19 at Oregon Convention Center. There’s truly something for every fan and every taste every hour of the show into the evening throughout all three days of the convention, right until Sunday’s 5 p.m. finish.

FAN EXPO Portland celebrity guests like Back to the Future stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Tom Wilson; Ron Perlman (“Sons of Anarchy,” Hellboy; Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”), Carl Weathers (“The Mandalorian,” Rocky); Gates McFadden (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”), Anthony Daniels (Star Wars franchise) and others will conduct interactive sessions with fans, headlining the thorough slate.

There are dozens of informative, entertaining panels by superstar creators as well as cosplay, gaming, trivia, film, horror and other pop culture themed sessions. Fans can review the entire event schedule at Most panels are free with event admission, and dates/times are subject to change. Just a few of the highlights include:


  • 12:50 p.m., Opening Ceremonies, show entrance
  • 4 p.m., Feeling Super: Mental Health in Pop Culture, Room B121
  • 4 p.m., My Name is Zuko: Conversation with Dante Basco, Secondary Theater
  • 4:30 p.m., Why Portland is Weird and Why we Love it, Room B120
  • 5 p.m., William Shatner – Where No One Has Gone Before, Main Events Stage
  • 6 p.m., Anthony Daniels – Don’t Blame Me: I’m an Interpreter, Main Events Stage
  • 6 p.m., Women in Horror, Room B117-118
  • 7 p.m., Portland Horror Film Festival Sneak Peek 2023, Secondary Theater
  • 7 p.m., Sean Chandler Speaks! How To Grow A Nerdy YouTube Channel, Room B110
  • 7:30 p.m., An Evening with the Cast of Back to the Future, Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Tom Wilson, Main Events Stage
  • 8 p.m., Drink and Draw with Joe Wos – Presented By Wacom, Mox Boarding House, 1938 W Burnside, Portland


  • 11 a.m., Mind the Gap: A Cosplayer’s Guide to Awesome Seams on Eva Foam Projects, Room B111-112
  • 11 a.m., It’s Too Early for an Anime Panel, Room C123-124
  • 11:30 a.m., Haunted History of Oregon & the Northwest with Rocky Smith, Oregon Ghost Conference, Room B120
  • Noon, Black 2 Da Future, Room B117-118
  • Noon and 3 p.m., Cosplay Red Carpet, Cosplay Area
  • Noon, Nolan North is so Tired of Climbing, Secondary Theater
  • 1 p.m., Animation Showdown: X-Men vs. Batman, Room B117-118
  • 1 p.m., Plus Ultra! The My Hero Academia Voice Actors Panel with Justin Briner and David Matranga, Secondary Theater
  • 1 p.m., Old School Spirit Communication with Paranormal Experts Aaron Collins and June Lundgren, Room B119
  • 1:30 p.m., Katee Sackhoff – From Starbuck to Star Wars, Main Events Stage
  • 2 p.m., Matthew Lewis Blows it up. Boom!, Secondary Theater
  • 2:30 p.m., Carl Weathers – From Rocky to the Mandalorian, Main Events Stage
  • 3 p.m., Lea Thompson’s Enchantment Under the Sea, Secondary Theater
  • 4 p.m., Bringing the Backstory with creators Jeff Davis, Nikolas P. Robinson, Adam Ross and Danger Slater, Room B119
  • 4 p.m., Star Trek: Strange New Worlds with Anson Mount and Ethan Peck, Secondary Theater
  • 4:30 p.m., Ron Perlman – Do it for the Club, Main Events Stage
  • 5 p.m. Real Life Sci-Fi: Creating Tomorrow’s Tech Today, Room B119
  • 5:45 p.m., Ethics of AI Art, Room B120
  • 6 p.m., The FAN EXPO Portland Cosplay Exhibition, Main Events Stage


  • 11 a.m., Jodi Benson – Don’t Be Such a Guppy, Secondary Theater
  • 11 a.m., The Force Experience + Kids Lightsaber Training, Family Zone
  • 11:30 a.m., Learn to Draw Forest Friends – Cartoon Academy with Joe Wos, Family Zone
  • 11:30 a.m., Nathan Fillion – I’m Just a Good Man, Main Events Stage
  • Noon, Billy West – Happy Happy Joy Joy, Secondary Theater
  • Noon and 2 p.m., Hogwarts Sorting Ceremony, Family Zone
  • Noon, Kickstarters and Comic Publishing, Room A105-106
  • Noon, Star Wars and Conflict Resolution, Room B121
  • 12:30 p.m., Bruce Campbell: Who’s Laughing Now?, Main Events Stage
  • 1:30 p.m., A Conversation with Filmmaking Legend Sam Raimi, Main Events Stage
  • 2 p.m., Spy X Family X Anya X Yor! Voice Actor Q&A with Megan Shipman and Natalie Van Sistine, Room C123-124
  • 2 p.m., The Super Powers of Bats, Room B121
  • 2:30 p.m., Kids Cosplay Contest, Cosplay Red Carpet
  • 3 p.m., Monsters Are Metaphors: How Horror Performs “Cultural Shadow Work,” Room B119
  • 3 p.m., Making History with Pop Culture, Room B121

Tickets for FAN EXPO Portland are on sale at now, including individual single day, 3-day and Ultimate Fan Packages for adults, youths and families. VIP packages (now sold out!) include dozens of special benefits including priority entry, limited edition collectibles, exclusive items and much more.

Portland is the second event on the 2023 FAN EXPO HQ calendar; the full schedule is available at


FAN EXPO HQ is the largest comic con producer in the world. Collectively it hosts nearly 1 million fans annually at FAN EXPO Portland, FAN EXPO New Orleans, FAN EXPO Vancouver™, Toronto Comicon, FAN EXPO Cleveland, MEGACON Orlando, Calgary Comics & Entertainment Expo, FAN EXPO Philadelphia, FAN EXPO Dallas™, FAN EXPO Denver, FAN EXPO Boston™, FAN EXPO Chicago, FAN EXPO Canada™, Edmonton Comics & Entertainment Expo, Dallas FAN FESTIVAL, and FAN EXPO San Francisco. The latest schedule of events is available here, along with up-to-date ticket information. Discover. Celebrate. Belong.

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