Peter Mayhew, who made Chewbacca a household name in the first four Star Wars films, will attend the Wizard World Comic Con convention at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Jan. 28-29.

When not wearing his wookie costume on the set of George Lucas' Star Wars trilogy or its sequel, the 7-foot 3-inch Mayhew worked at Mayday Hospital in London. At Comic Con Mayhew will pose for photos, sign autographs and meet fans. In conjunction with a special kids' day of programming on Sunday, Jan. 29, Mayhew also will read from My Favorite Giant , a children’s book he wrote with his wife, Angie. That reading starts at 1 p.m.

See what he looks like out of his wookie costume below the jump.

Look closely at Mayhews eyes and you will detect a resemblance to Chewbacca.
  • Photo by Tanya McConnell
  • Look closely at Mayhew's eyes and you will detect a resemblance to Chewbacca.

Mayhew will join William Shatner, Captain James Kirk in the original Star Trek series; Adam Baldwin (Independence Day and Serenity), Mary McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica, Independence Day), James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Michael Biehn (Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss) and others.

New Orleans Wizard World Comic Con is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 28 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 29. Weekend tickets are $55 ($45 in advance) and single-day tickets are $40 ($30 in advance). Children 10 and younger are free but must be accompanied by an adult with a paid ticket.

To buy tickets in advance and to see a full event schedule, visit