ShareThis Page
More Lifestyles

Star Wars' evil Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) to reign over Steel City Comic Con in April

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
| Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, 5:27 p.m.
Ian McDiarmid will be attending Steel City Comic Con. The actor, cast by George Lucas in “Return of the Jedi” as Emperor Palpatine, the main villain will be at the event April 13-15 at Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville.
STARWARS.COM
Ian McDiarmid will be attending Steel City Comic Con. The actor, cast by George Lucas in “Return of the Jedi” as Emperor Palpatine, the main villain will be at the event April 13-15 at Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville.
Ian McDiarmid will be attending Steel City Comic Con. The actor, cast by George Lucas in “Return of the Jedi” as Emperor Palpatine, the main villain will be at the event April 13-15 at Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville.
YOUTUBE
Ian McDiarmid will be attending Steel City Comic Con. The actor, cast by George Lucas in “Return of the Jedi” as Emperor Palpatine, the main villain will be at the event April 13-15 at Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville.

Star Wars' evil emperor will take control of the the annual Steel City Comic Con.

Ian McDiarmid, cast by George Lucas in "Return of the Jedi" as villianous Emperor Palpatine, will be at the event April 13-15 at Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville.

Sixteen years after appearing in "Return of the Jedi," he reprised the role as the character's younger incarnation of Senator Palpatine and Sith Lord Darth Sidious in the prequel films: "The Phantom Menace," "Attack of the Clones" and "Revenge of the Sith."

The prequels had him play two faces to his character — he re-created his diabolical interpretation of Palpatine from "Return of the Jedi," when playing Darth Sidious, the chancellor's evil alter ego, but created a pleasant, charming character in Palpatine's public persona.

In the 2004 re-release of "The Empire Strikes Back," a brief scene between Darth Vader and a hologram of Emperor Palpatine was updated to include McDiarmid. He also worked with the Star Wars expanded universe as the voice of Palpatine in the video game adaptations of "The Empire Strikes Back," and "Return of the Jedi," "Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back," and "Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi."

He will be available for autographs.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 13-14 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 15.

Tickets are $23-$35.

Details: steelcitycon.com

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-853-5062 or jharrop@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Jharrop_Trib.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me