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Fan Film Saturday Inception/Toy Story

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 15, 2010 | Comments Off

In case you havent seen this yet, ScreenRant has this awesome mashup.

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By Shawn Scott Smith| May 14, 2010 | Comments Off

Just added SPATSfest in Asheville, NC to the calendar. Its a new Steampunk fest. Which means in January I’ll have a reason to wear a heavier coat.

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FLOW Blasts into San Jose for FanimeCon 2010

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 14, 2010 | Comments Off

San Jose, CA (May 14th, 2010) – FanimeCon gives an energetic welcome to Japanese rock sensation, FLOW. The “five-piece” band will make a splash in the San Jose Civic Auditorium on Friday, May 28th, as part of FanimeCon’s 2010 MusicFest. (Please see schedule for performance start time.) In addition, band members will answer the blazing questions of focused fans during a Q&A panel and will sign items at their autograph session.

FLOW is a five-piece rock band made up of vocalists KOHSHI and KEIGO, guitarist TAKE, bassist GOT’S, and drummer IWASAKI. After their major-label debut in 2003 with the song “Blaster”, this chart-topping group released many theme songs for popular anime such as Naruto, Code Geass, Psalms of Planets, Eureka Seven, and Persona. Their 2006 Best album has sold over 250 thousand copies, and their 2008 tour rocked every single prefecture in Japan. This journey culminated in Tokyo at the Budokan. FLOW’s recent single “Calling” is featured as the ending theme of HEROMAN, an anime from Japanese studio Bones and Stan Lee of Marvel Comics, and was released on May 12th.
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Convergence News

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 14, 2010 | Comments Off


Hello from your friends at CONvergence, an annual convention for fans of Science Fiction and Fantasy in all media, held each July.

CONvergence 2010 will be held July 1-4, 2010, when our theme will be a celebration of the great VILLAINS of Sci-Fi and Fantasy.

Learn more about our 2010 Guests of Honor at http://www.convergence-con.org/guests/guests.php.

MAY 15: Pre-Registration DeadlineLAST CALL! Pre-Registration for CONvergence 2010 CLOSES MAY 15. After that, you’ll have to Register At-the-door at a higher rate. Pre-Reg NOW and SAVE $25 on an ADULT MEMBERSHIP!

Adult Memberships for CVG2010 are $55 until May 15, 2010. You can find more information about Registration Rates and Policies at http://www.convergence-con.org/amenities/registration/registration.php.

Pre-Registration: You can Pre-Register for CVG2010 by downloading the 2010 Pre-Reg Form to fill out and mail in with payment by check HERE: http://www.convergence-con.org/pdf/CVG2010RegForm.pdf

Or you can simply Pre-Register On-Line at https://www.convention-reg.com/?nav=event&event=cnvg10.

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New Cons in the Calendar

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 14, 2010 | Comments Off

Feb 24th-27th, 2011
Totalcon Mansfield, MA
April 8th-10th-2011
Ravencon Richmond, VA
C2E2 Chicago, IL
April 16th-17th, 2011
Sci-fi on the Rock St. Johns, NF

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Fanaticon this Saturday

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 13, 2010 | Comments Off


Just a reminder I will have my Creature Paintings, my poster, and the Lucky Creature Attacks Anthology for sale at the Heroes & Criminals Press table downstairs at the Asheville Arts Museum this Saturday. Come see us at the first ever Fanaticon

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Mell at Anime Expo

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 12, 2010 | Comments Off

Anaheim, CA – May 6, 2010 – Anime Expo® is pleased to announce today that Japanese musical artist, MELL, will be an official Guest of Honor at its July convention. Anime Expo, North America’s largest anime and manga convention, is scheduled for July 1 – 4, 2010, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. MELL is scheduled to perform Friday evening, July 2, in Nokia Theater as well as participating in guest panels, meet-and-greets and autograph sessions.

MELL comes to Los Angeles as an accomplished vocalist, heavily influenced by the trance and techno genres. Her 2006 debut single, Red fraction, was a smash hit through which she rose to instant fame. MELL’s subsequent singles and debut album, MELLSCOPE, helped establish her as the successful, one-of-a-kind artist that she is today. Her unique sound and extraordinary stage performances have proven to be the driving force behind her increasingly large fan following.
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John Schneider to Slide Across Phoenix Comicon’s Hood, Jump in Through Open Window

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 12, 2010 | Comments Off


Actor John Schneider, best known for his role of Bo Duke in the wildly popular 80’s television series The Dukes of Hazard, has announced he will be attending the 2010 Phoenix Comicon.

“John Schneider played a hero to millions of American youngsters,” said Convention Director Matt Solberg, “I know I would have given just about anything for a spin in the General Lee.”

The Dukes of Hazard was a family-oriented prime-time television series that chronicled the lives of cousins Bo and Luke Duke. The storyline of the show routinely centered on the good-natured Dukes foiling the corrupt ploys of the county commissioner, Boss Hog, while avoiding being thrown in jail for breaking the terms of their probation.

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Masquerade in Phoenix.

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 11, 2010 | Comments Off

Do you start planning your Halloween costume on November first? Do you have a secret technique for realistic battle damage? Does cosplay call your name? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, the 2010 Phoenix Comicon’s Masquerade Ball is the place you want to be on Saturday, May 29th.

“The Masquerade ball is the crown jewel of the Comicon,” said Programming Director Joe Boudrie, “it’s the time everybody gets to let their inner freak out.” Since all costumes must be at least 80% handcrafted, every costume is one of a kind.

Both individuals and groups of up to eight are encouraged to participate, allowing for endless possibilities of costumes. Awards will be granted at all four costuming skill levels: Master, Journeyman, Novice and Youth. Your membership to the Comicon is all you need to register; there are no additional costs for the Masquerade Ball.

“The costumes at the Masquerade Ball never fail to amaze me,” said Convention Director Matt Solberg, “the attention to detail is mind-boggling.” Entrants are encouraged to bring photos and documentation of the costume assembly process to share with the judges and audience.
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New Convention Dates in Calendar

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 11, 2010 | Comments Off

Aug 21st-22nd, 2010
Ohio Paranormal Dayton, OH
Oct 29th-31st, 2010
Furfright Cromwell, CT
Nov 13th-14th, 2010
NC Comiccon Morrisville, NC
Jan 21st-23rd, 2011
Chattacon Chattanooga, TN

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Starfury Echo

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 10, 2010 | Comments Off

Video of the Opening Ceremonies at the first ever Dollhouse Convention this weekend.

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Steel City Con

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 9, 2010 | Comments Off

STEEL CITY CON: AUG 6-8, 2010
Pennsylvania’s Largest Toy, Comic and Pop Culture Convention Celebrates 21 years at the new Monroeville Convention Center. 209 Mall Boulevard Monroeville, Pennsylvania 15146 on AUG 6-8, 2010. The Steel City Con (a.k.a. The Pittsburgh Toy, Comic & Childhood Collectibles Show) has over 450 dealer tables of new and vintage Toys, Gold, Silver and Modern Age Comic Books, Non-Sport Cards, Anime, Gaming, Action Figures, Sci-Fi/Horror, TV & Movie, Godzilla, Model Kits, Star Trek, Star Wars, Transformers, NASCAR, Diecast, Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Johnny Lightning, Barbie, Dolls, Mego, G.I. Joe, Planet of the Apes and much more. Friday : 2-7pm; Saturday : 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. Admission: Adult – $10 per day or $20 for 3 Day Pass, Kids under 12 – $5 per day or $10 for 3 Day Pass. FREE GOODIE BAG OF TOYS & COMICS to the first 1,000 attendees who purchase 3 Day Pass! (3 Day Pass Holders also receive Early Admission on Sat & Sun). Celebrity Guests: JAKE LLOYD (Anakin Skywalker” from Star Wars), MICKY DOLENZ (Monkees Recording Artist & Actor), DAVID FAUSTINO (“Bud Bundy” from Married with Children); LITA (WWE Diva & Champion!); MARTIN KLEBBA (“Marty” from Pirates of the Caribbean); More Guests to be announced! FREE PARKING! HOURLY PRIZE DRAWINGS! For more details and updates go to: Steel City Con

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Conventions this Weekend May 14th-16th, 2010

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 9, 2010 | Comments Off

Back to normal this weekend. I will be vending my creature paintings Saturday at the first ever Fanaticon, and the midwest is packed full of goodness this weekend. Anyone going to any of these?

May 14th-16th, 2010
Fanaticon Asheville, NC
Motor City Con Novi, MI
MCBA Bloomington, MN
Anime Central Rosemont, IL
Demicon Des Moines, IA
Leprecon Mesa, AZ
Mobicon Mobile, Al
Ufo Fest McMinnville, OR
Red Stick Baton Rouge, LA
Nebula Awards Cocoa Beach, FL
Wonderfest Louisville, KY
Creation Twilight Vancouver, BC
Morphicon Columbus, OH
Steampunk World Fair Pictsaway, NJ
Zompire Portland, OR

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San Diego trying to keep Comic Con

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 8, 2010 | Comments Off

Seems San Diego’s city council realizes the importance of Comic Con and have recently passed a measure approving the expansion of the convention center. This article has all the details. There is still alot to work out and one wonders if it’s too little too late to save Comic-con for San Diego.

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Fan Film Saturday: Street Fighter

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 8, 2010 | Comments Off

It’s pretty bad when the fan film is better than the official movies. A lot better in fact.

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Mid-Ohio-Con Names David Finch Guest of Honor for 2010 show

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 7, 2010 | Comments Off


Press Release: We are thrilled to name superstar artist David Finch as guest of honor at Mid-Ohio-Con 2010, our very first guest announcement for the 30th anniversary show. Finch has been dazzling comic fans for more than 15 years since he debuted his unique style in the pages of Image’s hit title, Cyberforce. Finch is perhaps best known for his lengthy run at Marvel, during which he captivated audiences with his riveting work on Avengers: Disassembled, Moon Knight, New Avengers, Ultimate X-Men, Ultimatum and many other titles.
Finch made headlines in January 2010 with the announcement of his exclusive contract with DC Comics, which Comic Book Resources (CBR) described as a “truly seismic shift in the marquee creator’s career path.” “I’ve been a DC fan for a really long time, and I always knew that I’d love the opportunity to work in the DCU at some point,” Finch told CBR in his first interview on his new deal. Finch is slated to illustrate all 26 of DC’s bi-weekly Brightest Day covers and fans are eagerly awaiting news of his other projects within the DC universe and beyond.

Now entering its 30th year, Mid-Ohio-Con is one of America’s longest-running and most successful comic book and pop culture conventions. Each year, Mid-Ohio-Con brings fans of all ages together with leading comic book writers and artists, film and television creators and stars, as well as publishers and retailers from across the nation. Mid-Ohio-Con 2010 will be held on November 6-7 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. For more information on Mid-Ohio-Con 2010, visit us online at http://www.midohiocon.com.

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Cosplay Thursday: Some Final.

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 6, 2010 | Comments Off


Growing importance in Cosplay is not just the costume, but how good you take a picture in it. Cosplay.com member Ameno Kitarou has some pretty great photos. I’m loving the water effect on this one.

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More 2011 dates. Easter getting full.

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 6, 2010 | Comments Off

March 18th-21st, 2011
Lunacon Rye Brook, NY
April 1-3rd, 2011
Wonder Con San Fransico, CA
April 22nd-24th, 2011
Anime Boston Boston, MA
Frolicon Atlanta, GA
Norwescon Seatac, WA
Minicon 46 Minneapolis, MN
Sakuracon Seattle, WA

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