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Westercon 65 goes to Seattle

By Petrea Mitchell| July 4, 2010 | Comments Off on Westercon 65 goes to Seattle

Seattle has won the bidding for the 2012 Westercon. Westercon 65 will be named ConClusion and held July 5-8, 2012. Initial guests are Robin Hobb (author), Frank Wu and Brianna “SpaceKat” Wu (artists), Art Bozlee (science), and Chaz Boston Baden (fan). Honoring the alleged end of the world, the convention will begin with closing ceremonies and end with opening ceremonies. For more details, see the ConClusion site.

Tonopah, NV got 36% of the vote expressing a preference, a terrific showing for a bid most people thought was a hoax (it was in fact semi-serious). Not yet ready to give up yet, it has added two new membership categories: Post-Supporting for new members, and Post-Apocalyptic as an upgrade for prior supporters. Details here.


Conventions this weekend July 9th-11th, 2011

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 4, 2010 | Comments Off on Conventions this weekend July 9th-11th, 2011

What a weekend coming up. I’ve always wanted to attend G Fest as a room full of Godzilla fans sounds alright by me. Classic Readercon returns, and the up and coming Famous Montsers Convention among others takes place this weekend. Where are you going?

July 9th-11th, 2010
G-Fest Rosemont, IL
Gatecon Vancouver, BC
Readercon Burlington, MA
Connecticon Hartford, CT
Randomcon Phoenix, AZ
Shore Leave Hunt Valley, MD
Play on con Birmingham, AL
Libertycon East Ridge, TN
Ancient city Jacksonville, FL
Creation Twilight Indianoplis, IN
Creation Supernatural Parsippany, NJ
San Japan San Antonio, TX
Anime Witchita Witchita, KS
Famous Monsters Convention Indianpolis, IN
Mich Pinball Rochester, MI
Mythcon Dallas, TX
Soycon Chicago, IL
Super Mega Show Fairfield, NJ
Dexcon Morriston, NJ


2nd and 3rd winners announced

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 4, 2010 | Comments Off on 2nd and 3rd winners announced

Our second winner is Abbey Rosario of Californa. Our third winner is Jason McCroy of Ohio. They will be enjoying their new Honor Harrington book Mission of Honor by David Weber, how about you? Remember to enter the contest here



By Shawn Scott Smith| July 3, 2010 | Comments Off on Shevacon!

I’m super excited to be a guest at next years Shevacon in Roanoke, VA March 4th-6th, 2011. It’s their 19th year I will be running a letterpress demo with Jessica White among other things during the weekend. I hope to meet everyone there! Shevacon


Fan Film Saturday: Honor Harrington

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 3, 2010 | Comments Off on Fan Film Saturday: Honor Harrington

Hazmatmedia has this fan film teaser trailer using clips from Sky Captain with Angelina Jolie as the Captain.


Our first winner,

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 3, 2010 | Comments Off on Our first winner,

Our first winner is Marvin Castillo of Californa. He will be enjoying his new Honor Harrington book, how about you? Remember to enter the contest here


Renovation adds Bill Willingham

By Petrea Mitchell| July 3, 2010 | Comments Off on Renovation adds Bill Willingham

Reno, Nevada, USA – Renovation, the 69th World Science Fiction Convention being held in Reno, Nevada, USA on August 17-21 2011, proudly announces that Eisner Award winning comic book writer Bill Willingham will be a special guest.

Best known for his creation of Fables, the award-winning urban fantasy series about folkloric characters exiled from their homelands to the mundane world, Willingham’s current work includes writing the Angel series for IDW, working on the Justice Society series for DC Comics, Fables prose novel Peter and Max (Vertigo), and the short story “Fearless Space Pirates of the Outer Rings” in The New Space Opera 2, edited by Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan. Peter and Max was the first prose novel published by Vertigo. Willingham has also created the Elementals series, the Ironwood series, the Coventry series, and Proposition Player, among other works. Besides Vertigo/DC and IDW, he has worked for Marvel, Fantagraphics, Comico and TSR. While he started work as an artist, he is better known for his writing.

Willingham’s participation at Renovation is part of a wider recognition of the graphic form as an important aspect of science fiction and fantasy storytelling. Renovation’s extension program of panels, talks and demonstrations will include a track dedicated to comics and graphic novels. Renovation will also be the third successive Worldcon to present a Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story, a new category introduced in 2009. Willingham’s Fables was nominated in this category in both 2009 (for the story War and Pieces) and 2010 (for Volume 12: The Dark Ages).

According to fellow Graphic Story Hugo nominee Paul Cornell, “It’s great to see comics being recognized with a Worldcon Special guest, and Bill Willingham, being one of the great fantasy writers in any medium, is the ideal choice.”

Bill Willingham’s website can be found at



By Shawn Scott Smith| July 2, 2010 | Comments Off on PUFFY AMIYUMI TO PERFORM AT NYAF

Duo To Headline Concert At NYC’s Irving Plaza

Norwalk, CT, July 2, 2010: The New York Anime Festival (NYAF) and Superglorious today announced Puffy AmiYumi, an iconic Japanese girl rock band, will perform at the Far East To East Showcase (FETES) on Sunday, October 10, 2010. FETES is produced by Superglorious, a live event production firm responsible for orchestrating events with a very eclectic and exciting mix of artists. The New York Anime Festival, an anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture convention, will take place October 8-10, 2010 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan. It is created by and co-located with the New York Comic Con. Puffy AmiYumi will be appearing at NYAF prior to their FETES performance. NYAF has already announced Japanese rock band VAMPS will appear as guests, and comics legends Stan Lee, John Romita, Sr., and John Romita, Jr. will headline the New York Comic Con.
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Win a copy of Mission of Honor.

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 2, 2010 | 27 Comments

I’ve got 15 arc copies of this awesome new novel from David Weber, Mission of Honor to give away to you the lucky readers of con-news, courtesy of the fine folks at Baen Books. How do you win? It’s pretty simple. Just leave me a comment here telling me what your favorite convention to attend is, and use a valid email address so I can contact you if you win. I will pick a few lucky winners each day for the next week as we celebrate the next chapter in the Honor Harrington series. Don’t want to try your luck? Well you can buy the book directly from Baen here.
Contest only open to residents of the U.S. and Canada.


More 2011 dates.

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 1, 2010 | Comments Off on More 2011 dates.

April 28th-May 1st, 2011
Malice Domestic Bethseda, MD

May 27th-29th, 2011
Conduit Salt Lake City, UT

June 17th-19th, 2011
Duckcon Naperville, IL

June 23rd-26th, 2011
Portconmaine Portland, ME


Cosplay Thursday: Avatar

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 1, 2010 | Comments Off on Cosplay Thursday: Avatar

The last Airbender cosplay from Anime Next 2008.


Osfest news.

By Shawn Scott Smith| June 30, 2010 | Comments Off on Osfest news.

Quick note from the fine folks at Osfest,

OSFest is less than a month away, and we’re planning on a great time. We’re in the same hotel, the Comfort Inn and Suites just off 72nd and I-80 in Omaha, on July 23-25th. Authors, panels, game shows, artists, panels, movies, dealers selling fun stuff, room parties, and our world famous Con-Suite will all be there for your enjoyment! Also panels.

The hotel was totally FULL last year, so if you haven’t made your reservations now would be a good time (see Hotel on our web site).

Also, OSFest is running a 4th of July sale! Our early registration rate of $30 has been extended till Sunday, July 4th, so send it in or go to the Registration part of our site to pay on-line. We’ll see you there.


Mission of Honor Week.

By Shawn Scott Smith| June 30, 2010 | Comments Off on Mission of Honor Week.

We are excited to team up with Baen Books to celebrate the release of David Weber’s latest in the Honor Harrington series Mission of Honor. Starting Friday we have 15 ARC copies to give away to you the great readers of The details will be posted on Friday morning so stay tuned, and while your waiting, head over to the amazing Baen Site read some samples from some of your favorite authors, and discover some new ones while your there.


Magic Hat Brewing to Sponsor Costume Ball at Horror Realm convention

By Shawn Scott Smith| June 29, 2010 | Comments Off on Magic Hat Brewing to Sponsor Costume Ball at Horror Realm convention

Night of the Living Dead Costume Ball to feature costume contest & charity auction

Pittsburgh, PA – June 28, 2010 – Zombies, vampires, ghosts and even humans are invited to don their scariest finery for the Night of the Living Dead Costume Ball. The ball, sponsored by Magic Hat Brewing, is the featured evening entertainment event at this year’s Horror Realm convention.

The monstrous party gets under way at 9 PM on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at the Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South Hotel. Admission is free with the purchase of a Horror Realm weekend pass or Saturday single day ticket; non-convention general admission can be purchased at the door for $5.

Party goers age 18 and up (proof of age required) are in for a howling good time, including:

Devilishly hip DJ and dancing
Cash bar featuring Magic Hat’s monstrously delicious ales
Costume contest judged by several Horror Realm celebrity guests
Creepy photo backgrounds to record haunting memories of the night
Silent auction featuring cool and scary items up for bid. All proceeds benefit United Cerebral Palsy and The Epilepsy Foundation
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Seishun-con’s dealers room.

By Shawn Scott Smith| June 29, 2010 | Comments Off on Seishun-con’s dealers room.

Cause for some reason I post these. Seishun-con just got through their first year. Looks pretty respectable.
Video by swimmer 769


Animation and Gaming Ohio 2011 news.

By Shawn Scott Smith| June 28, 2010 | Comments Off on Animation and Gaming Ohio 2011 news.

July1st 2010
Cincinnati, Ohio – Today Pre Registration has begun for Animation and Gaming Ohio 2011. Currently a weekend badge for all three days, Friday March 18th ,Saturday March 19th , and Sunday March 20th, are only 25 dollars a person for the entire weekend. If you Pre-Reg before December 1st, 2010 you will receive not only a limited edition A & G Ohio T-shit but also a custom Pre-Reg Badge and button along with preferred seating and line jump passes.
Also available are the Adult Weekend Badge for $35 and Children badges (10 and under) for $20 dollars. (Note: Children under Three years of age are free.) Saturday only passes are also available for $25 dollars and are useable from 10am-10pm. (Note: Saturday only badges do not include the black light or body paint dances and are also subject to capacity limitations)
New this year are the Special A&G Ohio Platinum Badges for only $100. This includes not only a VIP party with guests Friday and Saturday Night, but also Guest dinner, Front Row Seating to events, and a limited edition T-shirt and Special Autograph signing time so you don‘t have to wait in line. Quantities are limited and you must be 21 or older to buy or use this badge. For those of you under the age of 21 or those who want something a little cheaper we have the A&G Ohio Weekend and Dinner Badge! This includes Dinner with the guests Friday or Saturday night, a special poster autographed by the guests. Quantities are also limited so buy yours today!
For more information on how to purchase your badge visit us at A & G Website
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Botcon 2011 confirmed for Cali

By Shawn Scott Smith| June 28, 2010 | Comments Off on Botcon 2011 confirmed for Cali

Botcon 2011 has been confirmed for June 2nd-5th, 2011 at the Pasadena Convention Center. Usually we don’t know the date this early, but I bet it has to do with the release of Transformers 3 which comes out July 1st, 2011.
So all you west coast Bot fans, Roll out!


15 conventions added to the calendar.

By Shawn Scott Smith| June 27, 2010 | Comments Off on 15 conventions added to the calendar.

Sept 17th-19th, 2010
Hypercon San Fransico, CA

Oct 1st-3rd, 2010
Sabotecon Phoenix, AZ

Nov 12th-14th, 2010
Naru2u Ottowa, ON
Dot Con Yorkland, ON
U-con Ann Arbor, MI

Jan 8th-9th, 2011
Amazing Arizona Comic Mesa, AZ

Feb 11th-13th, 2011
Corflu Sunnyvale, CA

Feb 18th-20th, 2011
Con Of the North St. Paul, MN

March 11th-13th, 2011
Revelcon Houston, TX

March 18th-20th, 2011
Keokon Keokuk, IA
Millenicon Cinncinatti, OH

March 26th-27th, 2011
Midwest Gaming Classic Brookfield, WI

May 27th-29th, 2011
Balticon Baltimore, MD
Marcon Columbus, OH
Miscon Missoula, MT

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