The Thirteenth Doctor (copy)

“The Thirteenth Doctor” Kawaii figure, based on a design by Kelly Yates, an artist from Greensboro. Yates has been working on comics related to the “Doctor Who” franchise for 10 years.

Geno Segers, a Winston-Salem native, has had a busy career acting in such TV shows as “Banshee,” “Pair of Kings” and “Teen Wolf,” as well as movies including “Bone Tomahawk” and “Brawl in Cell Block 99.”

His latest project is getting a lot of attention. “Uncharted” is a 15-minute short film based on the popular video game series. It was posted on YouTube on Monday, and has already garnered more than two million views and plenty of praise.

Nathan Fillion (“Castle,” “Firefly”) stars in the lead role as Nathan Drake, an intrepid, wisecracking adventurer — a role that is perfect for Fillion’s screen persona. He and filmmaker Allan Ungar (“Gridlocked”) decided to collaborate on an independently produced, unofficial fan film to show what they could do with the character, and called on various actors to join in the fun.

Segers plays Diego, a henchman whose boss has a grudge against Drake, and the cast also includes such familiar faces as Stephen Lang (“Avatar”), Ernie Reyes Jr. (“Sidekicks”) and Mircea Monroe (“Book Club”).

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ungar said, “We’re very happy, and we’re very proud of what we accomplished, and if it lives and dies as a fan film, that’s great.” But if Sony, which has the rights to the character, was interested in going further, “I’d be thrilled to have a conversation about it and possibly see this specific story continue,” he said.

On his Twitter page, Segers said, “I’m looking forward to working with these guys again real soon.” As to how he became involved in the project, Segers told me that Ungar “gave me a call and the rest is history. No way I was saying no to this.”

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The San Diego Comic-Con is in full gear this weekend, with thousands of fans gathering to celebrate their favorite shows, movies and, oh yeah, comics. One of the people featured at the BBC America booth is Kelly Yates, an artist from Greensboro who works on comics related to the “Doctor Who” franchise for both Titan and IDW comics, in addition to some creator-owned titles.

He is the artist behind a new product line of “Who” merchandise available at the con. The “Kawaii Collection” features cartoonish, cute renditions of the various incarnations of The Doctor, including the latest, the Thirteenth Doctor played by Jodie Whittaker, the first woman to take on the iconic role.

She was seen briefly at the end of last year’s Christmas special and takes over the role in earnest in the next season of the show, which will air later in 2018.

The merchandise available at Comic-Con, which invariably become collector’s items, will include a Kawaii-style figurine of the Thirteenth Doctor and exclusive T-shirts, hoodies and mugs. Yates was scheduled to attend a signing of his work at BBC America’s booth on Saturday. On Twitter recently, he said he was “super happy to contribute to the SDCC experience.”

Ten years ago, when Yates was first hired to work on “Doctor Who” comics, he told me that the series was “one of my dream projects,” having been a fan since he grew up watching old episodes on public television and even audio-taping them in the days before VCRs.

Yates is a Greensboro native and Grimsley High School graduate who works full-time at VF Jeanswear as a graphic designer and illustrates comic books part-time.

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If you weren’t able to make it the 2,000 or so miles to the San Diego Comic-Con, two conventions in North Carolina coming up next month may sate your appetite for pop culture and the joys of geekdom.

Next weekend, the Raleigh Convention Center will host Supercon. Among the many guests signing autographs and posing in photo opportunities will be actors from “Doctor Who” (John Barrowman, Karen Gillan, Catherine Tate); “Star Trek” (William Shatner, Walter Koenig, Michael Dorn); “Guardians of the Galaxy” (Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn, Dave Bautista); wrestling stars including Mick Foley, Diamond Dallas Page, Sgt. Slaughter and many more; such pop culture icons as Alice Cooper, Lou Ferrigno, and Henry “The Fonz” Winkler; and puppeteers Caroll Spinney (Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird) and Steve Whitmire (Kermit the Frog, Ernie, Rizzo the Rat and more). Saturday’s one-day tickets and multi-day passes are already sold out, but tickets were still available at last word for Friday and Sunday.

Tickets, schedules, a full guest list and information on the cost of autographs and photo ops are at www.raleighsupercon.com.

Then on Aug. 3-5, Wizard World Comic Con will come to the Benton Convention Center, 501 W. Fifth St. in Winston-Salem. Guests at this show will include stars from Fox’s Batman prequel series “Gotham,” Robin Lord Taylor (The Penguin), Sean Pertwee (Alfred) and David Mazouz (Bruce Wayne); Ruth Connell and Lisa Berry from “Supernatural”; animation voice actors Christy Carlson Romano (“Kim Possible”) and Samantha Newark (“Jem and the Holograms”); Will Friedle from “Boy Meets World”; Charisma Carpenter from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”; Holly Marie Combs and Brian Krause from “Charmed”; and Thomas Ian Nicholas from the “American Pie” movies. Henry Winkler was originally scheduled to attend this convention as well, but had to cancel because of a filming conflict.

Ticket information, VIP packages for photo ops and so on, and more details are at https://wizardworld.com/guests/winston-salem.

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Tim Clodfelter writes about TV for the Winston-Salem Journal. Contact him at 336-727-7371 or tclodfelter@wsjournal.com.

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