“Creating the Improbable” Comes to Life with an Incredible Array of Pop Culture, Tech, Science, Makers, Artists, Cosplay, Gaming, Comic Creators and Authors

Amazon Alexa, Blick Art Materials, Itemfarm, Print Bed, Raspberry Pi and SKS Props Join the 2022 Sponsor Roster

San Jose, Calif. – June 14, 2022 – SiliCon with Adam Savage, Silicon Valley’s largest Comic Con and Maker Con, has announced additional celebrities and special guests. Karen Gillan (“Doctor Who,” “Jumanji,” “Guardians of the Galaxy“), Kari Byron and Tory Belleci from “Mythbusters,” Darrell Maloney (aka The Broken Nerd), designer and robot builder Simone Giertz, and Bob Clagett from “I Like to Make Stuff” are just a few of the exciting appearances.

The two-day convention, themed Creating the Improbable, is a family-friendly science, technology and pop culture fan extravaganza and comic convention that aims to inspire and entertain with science/tech discussions, film and TV screenings, and of course, incredible celebrity guests. Attendees will be able to get their maker on with hands-on maker workshops and classes taking place right on the show floor in the Savage MakerVerse makerspace. All weekend long, there will be panels with award-winning authors and artists, children’s and adult cosplay contests, build challenges, a full hall of vendors and more! 

“Our goal is to bring together guests with rich histories of creation, from filmmakers and actors to artists, authors, engineers, scientists, technologists and makers, to share their creativity and enthusiasm,” said Adam Savage, Creative Director and SiliCon 2022 co-producer, special effects designer and fabricator, actor, educator, and television personality/producer, including the host of Tested and former co-host of Discovery’s “Mythbusters” series.

Special Celebrity Guests

  • Karen Gillan, known for her role in the science fiction series “Doctor Who,” and the films “Jumanji” and Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Steven Strait, known for his role as James Holden in the science fiction series “The Expanse” and the adventure film “Sky High.
  • Wes Chatham, known for his role as Amos Burton in the science fiction series “The Expanse” and the films “The Philly Kid” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Parts 1 and Parts 2.

Previously Announced Celebrity Guests

  • Christopher Lloyd, “Back to the Future
  • George Takei, “Star Trek
  • Alan Ritchson, Amazon Prime Video’s original hit series “Reacher
  • Amazon Prime Video’s critically acclaimed “The Expanse showrunner Naren Shankar will be joined by writers/producers Ty Franck, Daniel Abraham, and Dan Nowak, Director Breck Eisner, and members of the incredible cast to share highlights of its seven-year run.

Maker Guests 

Here are just a few of the world-renowned celebrity makers who will be appearing in the Savage MakerVerse and panels throughout the event:

  • Kari Byron, best known as a host on Discovery Channel’s “Mythbusters,” co-founder of EXPLR media, a platform created to inspire, educate and empower kids to become agents of change.
  • Tory Belleci, daredevil/builder host of Discovery Channel’s “MythBusters,” executive producer/host for Amazon, Science Channel and Motor Trend. 
  • Darrell Maloney, aka The Broken Nerd, a Marvel prop and specialty costume 3D illustrator/maker. 
  • Simone Giertz, Swedish designer, inventor, maker, robotics enthusiast and TV host.
  • Bob Clagett, known for his maker channel I Like to Make Stuff, whether it’s music, websites, software, furniture, vintage scooters or motorcycles.

Previously Announced Maker Guests

  • Frank Pillar from Frankly Built, known for his incredible Iron Man suits
  • Beverly Downen of Downen Creative Studios
  • Sophy Wong, a maker/author of Wearable Tech Products
  • Bill Doran of Punished Props 
  • Cosplay Crafting: 3D printing, prop-making, fabrication and kit-bashing
  • Maker challenges and prizes

Authors and Comic Book Artist Guests

  • Neo Edmund, author of “A Tale of the Red Riding Rise of the Alpha Huntress,” “Clan of the Vein,” and “Kaijudo Clash of the Duel Masters.”
  • Rachel Litfin, author of the “Chronicles of Royal High” series.
  • M. Todd Gallowglas, author of the “Dead Weight” series and the “Dragon Bone Flute” saga. 
  • Dan Wickline, author of “Grimm Fairy Tales” and the ongoing “30 Days of Night” adaptations.
  • David Gerrold, author and screenwriter of some of the best-rated episodes of “Star Trek: The Original Series,” “Babylon 5,” and “Twilight Zone.” 
  • Christian Gossett, “Star Wars” designer, creator and artist behind the ongoing “Red Star” series of graphic novels. 
  • Andrew C. Gaska, ENnie and UKGE Award-winning settings and adventure writer for the “ALIEN” Roleplaying Game and author of series bibles for “ALIEN,” “Predator,” and “Planet of the Apes.”
  • JP Roth, writer, artist, creator and owner of Rothic Comics.
  • Eric Basaldua, longtime Top Cow artist, known for “Witchblade” and “Tomb Raider,” as well as Marvel and DC covers.
  • Jason Palmer, illustrator, painter, muralist for TV and film, creating art for storyboards, concept work, and more from Indiana Jones to Game of Thrones.” 

Previously Announced Authors and Comic Book Artist Guests

  • Gary Whitta, writer of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” will return to SiliCon with Adam Savage.
  • Steven E. Gordon, renowned comic book artist and art director who is best known for “X-Men: Evolution,” “Cool World,” “Fire & Ice

Platinum and Gold VIP Ticket Holder PERKS

  • Platinum and Gold VIP ticket holders will enjoy a special VIP entrance, priority panel entry, FastPass photo op lines, access to a private VIP lounge with a private autograph signing, and access and priority seating to all premiere panel events.
  • Platinum ticket holders are invited to a special VIP party at Tech Interactive and a movie screening with Oscar and Emmy award-winning Special Effects legend Phil Tippett
    • Platinum VIP ticket holders also are invited to a VIP Cocktail party hosted by Adam Savage and attended by special guests on Saturday, August 27. Check the website for more details.
    • The movie screening of Phil Tippett’s “Mad God,” followed by a Q&A, will be held at the Tech Interactive on Friday evening, August 26. Phil is an Oscar and Emmy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and producer whose work appears in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, “Jurassic Park,” and “RoboCop.” Tippett specializes in creature design, stop-motion and computerized character animation and has assisted Industrial Light & Magic and DreamWorks.

“We’re thrilled to announce an expanded roster of incredible creators, an exclusive film screening with an award-winning Hollywood special effects master, and more at this year’s SiliCon. We will continue to augment the event with spark-igniting creativity and talent as we build on our Create the Improbable theme,” added Savage.

Discount Accommodations

SiliCon with Adam Savage attendees may purchase a special group rate of $139 US per night at the Marriott San Jose.  

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

SiliCon with Adam Savage thanks this year’s sponsors: Amazon Alexa, Blick Art Materials, Itemfarm, Print Bed, Raspberry Pi and SKS Props.

For information on custom sponsorship and exhibitor packages, contact susan@siliconsj.com. Exhibitor and Artist Alley applications are available online. Panel and workshop submissions can be submitted here

San Jose McEnery Convention Center
150 W San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95113
Saturday, August 27, 2022
Hours: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, August 28, 2022
Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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About SiliCon with Adam Savage

Founded in 2014 as SiliCon with Adam Savage, SiliCon was the vision of Rick White and Steve Wozniak as they sought to bring together the best of technology and pop culture. Having grown every year since then, Adam Savage joined in 2019 to bring a new dimension to the event, which embraced the maker ethos and community.

Adam has built everything from theater sets to miniature particle accelerators. From spaceships to animatronic arms. He’s made Rube Goldberg machines, hand props and spacesuits. His online videos have generated over 230 million page views. He’s written for Popular Mechanics, the Wall Street Journal and Wired Magazine and is a published author with his latest book, “Every Tool Is A Hammer.” His program Mythbusters produced 270 episodes that aired in over 100 countries for 14 years. He is currently Editor in Chief at Tested.


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