Contact Us

SDCC: ‘Futurama’ Cast Absent from Comic-Con Panel after Contract Disputes

The original panel for “Futurama” was billed as an event where we would “join executive producers Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, and stars Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, and Maurice LaMarche for high-stakes thrills as a top-ranking FOX executive decides live, on stage, whether ‘Futurama’ will make yet another triumphant return or whether it is gone forever!”

It was an obvious setup for a Fox exec to reunite the cast and creator and cue wild applause from fans for the revival of the cult favorite cartoon. Unfortunately, as a result of the recent contract disputes and salary cuts for the voice cast — and the subsequent threats from Fox that they would recast the characters — none of the voice actors were in attendance, although series creator Matt Groening voiced his support for them, saying that “we love our ‘Futurama’ actors. We hope that FOX and the actors can come to an agreement as soon as possible.”

“The core of my being is at peace,” he added in a faux-Zen voice. “There are no mistakes. I embrace the universe and send loving thoughts to all living beings, including the ‘Futurama’ cast and Fox executives.

It’s a disappointing turn of events for fans of the show so soon after the relaunch was teased, but as a small consolation prize, I offer you this photo of two Comic-Con attendees rocking some pretty excellent Bender and Fry costumes, and a video of what looks like this same Bender cosplayer and his Comic-Con adventures after the jump.

Recommended For You

Around the Web

More From ComicsAlliance

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Sign up for ComicsAlliance quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!