Bring on the cosplay.
The Connecticut Convention Center will become paradise for gamers and comic book lovers this weekend as ConnectiCon returns to Hartford.
The convention opened Thursday and runs through Sunday, July 13 and features many events from a nerd prom and cosplay masquerade to "League of Legends" competitions and cosplay karaoke.
Alan Oppenheimer, famous for voicing the narrator in"The NeverEnding Story" and several animated characters from cartoons and video games, will reunite with co-star Noah Hathaway, who played young hero Atreju in "The NeverEnding Story. Walter Jones, who played one of the original Power Rangers, will also be there, according to the ConnectiCon website. All three will be available for photos and autographs for a fee.
Other guests include Diedrich Bader, who played Oswald in "The Drew Carey Show" and Janet Varney (Kora, Nickelodeon's "The Legend of Kora" ), as well as many voice actors like Jennifer Hale, who has voiced characters from Cinderella to Ms. Keane in "The Power Puff Girls," Maurice LaMarche, who voiced chief Quimby in "Inspector Gadget" and the Brain in "Pinky and the Brain, Richard Horvitz, who voiced Daggett in "The Angry Beavers" and Alpha 5 from the original "Mighty Morphin Power Ranger," Rikki Simons (GIR, "Invader ZIM") and Rob Paulsen (Pinky, "Pinky and the Brain").
Web cartoonists and comic book artists will also be there for meet and greets.
Various panels featuring industry professionals are scheduled including a "Pinky and the Brain" Q&A, a live art competition and games like the ConnectiCon dating game hosted by "Glee" characters Blaine and Kurt.
Evening concerts as part of ConnectiCrawl showcase 16 different musical artists at BlackBear Saloon, Burger Baby and Black-Eyed Sally's
More information on guests, prices and events is available on the ConnectiCon website.
Registration for the convention began Friday at 8 a.m. Only cash is accepted for on-site registration.