From the Friday, May 20 edition of The Oklahoman
TULSA — Comic creators and Power Rangers will suit up for the fourth year of the Uncanny Comic Expo this weekend, held this year in Tulsa.
Justin Nimmo, a former state champion wrestler from Lexington, was the star of the TV series “Power Rangers in Space.” Nimmo played the Silver Power Ranger, Zhane, on the series in 1998.
In a previous interview with The Oklahoman, he said when he first got the role, he was “star struck.”
“My friends made fun of me getting the role, but I laughed back at them when the checks started rolling in,” he said.
In 2020, Nimmo appeared in a “ShapED My Life” video for the Oklahoma State Department of Education, describing how his wrestling coach, Kenny Stringer, helped encourage him in his journey. The series asks prominent Oklahomans how teachers impacted their lives.
“He would help you become who you wanted to be, and he would encourage you,” Nimmo said.
Other guests set for the show include artists John Lucas and Robert Wilson IV.
Lucas has drawn comics for Marvel, DC/Vertigo, Mad Magazine, Last Gasp, Dark Horse, Image, and many more. Superman, the X-Men and the characters from “Star Trek” are some of the more notable characters Lucas has drawn.
Wilson, formerly of Oklahoma City, is a comic artist and illustrator living in Dallas. He is the co-creator and artist of the series “Heartthrob,” and co-created “Knuckleheads” at IDW / Monkeybrain with OKC comic creator Brian Winkeler.
The theme for Uncanny Comic Expo Tulsa 2022 is J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth. Artist Joshua Brunet created the show’s official art, featuring Arwen the Elf from Middle-Earth’s Second Age.
This is the fourth year for the Expo, created by organizer Peter Purin; The Oklahoma Travel Industry Association in 2021 awarded the Expo with the RedBud award for outstanding new event.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Central Park Hall in Expo Square in Tulsa. For more info visit UncannyComicExpo.com.
Matthew Price, firstname.lastname@example.org, has written about the comics industry for more than two decades. He is the co-owner of Speeding Bullet Comics in Norman.