KIRK R. THATCHER is an Emmy award winning writer/producer, as well as an award winning television, commercial and web video director, and a creature maker and designer for both films and television. Kirk began at nineteen working at Industrial Light and Magic, creating and puppeteering creatures for blockbusters such as Return of the Jedi, Star Trek II, Star Trek III, E.T., Poltergeist, and Gremlins. He was also an associate producer on Star Trek IV, in which he had a memorable cameo as the Punk on the Bus, rocking out to the Punk anthem he both wrote and sang, called “I Hate You!”
Kirk helped create the television series Dinosaurs, where he designed all the characters and co-produced the series for 3 years. He co-wrote Muppet Treasure Island and has directed numerous Muppet films including three Muppet TV movies, and a Lifetime Thanksgiving special, Jim Henson’s Turkey Hallow.
He has also directed over twenty Muppet commercials and web shorts including, Muppets Bohemian Rhapsody and all of Neil Patrick Harris’s web comedy series, Neil’s Puppet Dreams.
The Muppets – Bohemian Rhapsody
More recently, Kirk was one of the three regular judges on the Syfy channel series Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge and just finished co-writing and co-directing the Muppets Live events at the Hollywood Bowl and London’s O2 Arena. He also co-created and executive produced an as of yet unannounced dark comedy/maker series filled with Creatures, Crafts and Comedy for Netflix with the Jim Henson company, debuting in late 2018. Kirk loves tiki bars and espresso and has a pet Macaw named Max.
Tucson Comic-Con will also host great after hours events, panels, contests and workshops!
Here’s just a few…
Cheap Thrills: Underground Comix Celebration with Live Bands and DJ Nullus (FREE SHOW!)
311 E Congress St,
Tucson, AZ 85701
After the convention hall closes keep the party going with the Underground Comix Celebration! Mix and mingle with like minded party goers! Talk underground comix over drinks or hit the dance floor in your costume!
8:00 – 9:00PM: The Ex-Bats
Tough as hell Bisbee darlings The Exbats teeter between bubblegum pop and slashing garage rock riffage. Freaking out about love in killer pop songs might seem out of step with the times, but don’t tell Inez and her pop, Kenny Mclain, they’ve been doing it since Inez was 10. With 2 releases on Burger Records, these 2 fools (plus new addition, bass hero Bobby Carlson) have been taking hostages with hits like “I Wanna F*** Bucky Barnes”, “I’m A Witch” and “Everybody Loves My Mom”. Their latest album I Got The Hots For Charlie Watts picked up a ton of new fans on their recent west coast tour. Your new favorite band. Super fun.
9:00 – 10:00PM: Psygoat
Psygoat is your mother father. We make your reality more real and elastic. We’ll take you on a ride and drop you off at the door. Each one of us has a 96-figure unit. Uncomparable girth. Merriment and mirth.
7:00 – 10:00PM: DJ Nullus
Anything but ordinary, Nullus specializes in underground electronica, witch house, dark trap, nightcore, goth, and basically anything weird and fun.
Revenge of the Nerdlesque
340 N. 4th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705
Doors at 8:00PM / Show at 9:30PM 21+ Event
Tucson’s only exclusively pop and geek culture-themed burlesque extravaganza, Revenge of the Nerdlesque is returning to the stage Saturday, November 3rd at Cans Deli, and with two exciting developments…for one, the show will be an official 11th Annual Tucson Comic Con After Hours event. Further, show founder Pisa Cake is excited to welcome Natasha Noir to the production team, who brings to the show over a decade of burlesque experience and the support of her brand, Feral Fringe Collective.
Limited admittance at this intimate, incredible venue, and it sould be noted that a large crowd always turns out to for this unique show – reserve your tickets today!
TCC Street Team Events For October! Our Street Team is hitting up all kinds of events in Tucson over the next few months leading up to Tucson Comic-Con 2018! By attending these events, you’re supporting good causes and your local community! During each event, TCC will be giving away FREE event passes as prizes! Every month Peter Piper Pizza (all Tucson area and 2 in Phoenix) will be raffling off tickets to Tucson Comic-Con from August through October.
So get down to your local Peter Piper Pizza enter to win, play some games and eat some pizza!
Find a PPP Near You!
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm MST
Reid Park Zoo
3400 E Zoo Ct
Tucson, AZ 85716
Win Tucson Comic-Con Family Weekend Passes and help raise money for the Zoo!
Call of the Fairies
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm MST
The Beach: Downtown
55 N 5th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701
Compete in the Costume Contest for a chance to win 2 free weekend passes to Tucson Comic-Con 2018!
Corona Foothills Middle School Fall Festival
5:00 pm – 9:30 pm MST
Corona Foothills Middle School
16705 S Houghton Rd
Tucson, AZ 85641
Help raise money for the STEM program with a Silent Auction! Win Family Weekend Passes to Tucson Comic-Con!
Halloween BOO BASH with the Parks and Rec Department
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm MST
Lincoln Park Soccer Fields
4325 S Pantano Rd
FUN FUN EVENT! We will be handing out candy and we’ll have a special guest! 🙂
Wild Kingdom GLOW!
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm MST
Triangle L Ranch
2805 North Triangle L Ranch
Oracle, AZ 85623
Free Family Weekend Pass to Tucson Comic-Con 2018 given away at this event!
BOO BASH at the Phoenix Zoo
October 26 & 27
6:00 pm – 10:30 pm MST
455 N Galvin Pkwy
Phoenix, AZ 85008
The Dread Fleet will be giving away a free Weekend Family Pass pack to Tucson Comic-Con 2018!
Halloween Comic Fest
10:00 am – 5:00 pm MST
2406 N Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ 85719
Join the fun at Halloween Comic Fest at R-Galaxy! There will be lots of free titles for you collect as well as sketches and guest appearances!
Trick or Treat Trail Dust Town
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm MST
Trail Dust Town
6541 E Tanque Verde Rd
Tucson, AZ 85715
This offer will ONLY be available for purchase until Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 2:00PM Arizona Time!
Tucson Comic Con, founded in 2008, began as a single day event attended by 500 fans. Since then, attendance has steadily grown to over 15,000 fans in 2017. TCC is dedicated to being an epic, community-based pop cultural experience for all that reflects today’s fandom and the unique nature of Tucson, Arizona and the American Southwest. Our motto is “Pop Culture For All!”
The 11th annual Tucson Comic Con will take place at the Tucson Convention Center November 2 – 4, 2018