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Fanime adds guests.

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 8, 2010 | 1 Comment

FanimeCon Adds Carl Gustav Horn, Gilles Poitras, Jonathan Osborne, Keith Burgess, Ric Meyers, and Ryan Gavigan to Guests of Honor List for 2010

San Jose, CA (April 7th, 2010) – FanimeCon is proud to announce manga editor Carl Gustav Horn, author Gilles Poitras, voice actor Jonathan Osborne, anime talent Keith Burgess, martial arts professor Ric Meyers, and personality Ryan Gavigan as Guests of Honor at FanimeCon 2010, which is being held over Memorial Day weekend, May 28th to May 31st, at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Representing over half a century of experience in anime, manga, martial arts, and related fields, these experts offer FanimeCon attendees a wide variety of programs, from educational to entertaining.

Carl Gustav Horn is an editor at Dark Horse Comics, where he works on the CLAMP “Mangettes” project and graphic novels such as Clover, Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project, The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, and Oh My Goddess! He has also contributed his expertise to the American anime DVD releases of Patlabor 2, Gunbuster, Gunbuster 2, Jin-Roh, Royal Space Force, Appleseed Ex Machina, and Lupin III: The Fuma Conspiracy, and he provided commentaries about his field to Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, WIRED, and the Nihon Keizai Shimbun.

Author and librarian Gilles Poitras wrote Anime Essentials, the book on “Every Thing a Fan Needs to Know” about Japanese popular culture, as well as The Anime Companion, The Anime Companion 2, and articles in Otaku USA and (previously) Newtype USA. He has given presentations about anime at Pixar Animation Studios, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Smithsonian, and various libraries and conventions.

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Fan Film Err… Wednesday: Dr. Horrible 8 bit.

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 7, 2010 | Comments Off on Fan Film Err… Wednesday: Dr. Horrible 8 bit.

Couldn’t wait till Saturday for this one Doctor Octoroc has taken the Geek Phenom Musical Dr. Horrible and made it 8 bit. You can get the soundtrack here. Brilliant!


Shocker toys will be attending the 2010 Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con with Indie Spotlight taking over the West Coast!

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 7, 2010 | Comments Off on Shocker toys will be attending the 2010 Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con with Indie Spotlight taking over the West Coast!

April 7th 2010 – NY – Wizard World hits Anaheim April 16th -18th and Shocker Toys will be continuing their Wizard World tour in full force at Booth# 320 with new products showcasing and bringing big announcements, sneaks and exclusives to the event.

Shocker Toys Indie Spotlight brand will be ready to throw down at the Wizard show and the line has proved to be a huge demand on the West coast. Shocker Toys will have on hand MTV’s the Maxx Wizard Exclusive action figure with all painted highlights and his suit cast in translucent purple plastic. Also more details will be given on our Wizard Tour exclusive toys (The Maxx, Gone Mallows 2 pack, The Lazerman Mallow and a Grendel Hunter Rose 6” Indie Spotlight figure).

Also on hand for sale will be the full set of Indie Spotlight comic book heroes the 6” scale action figure line everyone is talking about featuring pulp heroes to weapon wielding ladies. Series1 consists of ShadowHawk, ShadowHawk Variant, SCUD, SOL, Kabuki, Katchoo and The Maxx. Each comes with extra hands, accessories and an Isz from the Maxx’s world. Along with Mallows the new 5″ designer collectible sure to warm the hearts of any toy collector featured in blanks and licensed versions. And much, much more you can’t miss out on. Many new announcements will be made leading into San Diego Comic Con 2010 along the Wizard Tour which started with Toronto. So make sure to stop at the Shocker Toys booth #320 for more info.
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It’s Crazy! Gogos Crazy Bones Free To Kids 10 And Under At Anaheim Comic Con Courtesy of Irwin Toy

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 7, 2010 | 1 Comment

NEW YORK and ANAHEIM, Calif., April 7, 2010 – Children 10 and under attending Anaheim Comic Con, April 16-18, 2010, at the Anaheim Convention Center will receive a free Gogos Crazy Bones toy, courtesy of Irwin Toy. The popular items will be distributed, while supplies last, at the Registration area upon arrival.

Gogos Crazy Bones is a collectable, mini game toy sensation. They are small, colorful figures whose gaming origins date back to Ancient Greece, where children played by bouncing and throwing knuckle bones. These more refined, plastic characters are available in the hundreds, each one having a unique face and name.

Gogos Crazy Bones was named the 2009 British Toy and Hobby Association (BTHA) Collectable Toy of the Year. The characters have recently been hugely popular in Europe and Australia and were first a big hit in the U.S. more than a decade ago, when 31.5 million packages were sold from 1998-2000.

“Having an international sensation like Gogos Crazy Bones available free to kids is a great bonus for Anaheim Comic Con attendees,” said Gareb Shamus, Wizard Entertainment CEO. “It’s particularly gratifying to be partnering with Irwin Toy, which has been a leader in the industry for more than 80 years.”

“We are pleased to be providing free Gogos Crazy Bones at Anaheim Comic Con,” said Peter Irwin, Irwin Toys. “It is special for Irwin Toys to participate in the inaugural show here, since Gareb has been a family friend for as long as my father and I can remember.”

Gogos Crazy Bones toys were a huge hit with attendees who received them at Toronto Comic Con last month. Read more


Convention Look-in: Kollision

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 7, 2010 | 1 Comment

What: Anime and Cosplay
When: Nov 12-14th, 2010
Where: Schaumburg, IL
Guests: Barb Staples, Robert Alexrod
No Reg info yet,


San Japan Announces Third Round of Guests for 2010 Convention

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 6, 2010 | 1 Comment

J-Rock Band KESHIKI to perform for the first time in Texas

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – April 6th, 2010 – San Japan, San Antonio’s major
Japanese Culture and Anime Convention, has announced the third round
of guests for its upcoming convention happening on July 9th-11th,
2010. San Japan, along with the cooperation of Cherry Blossom
Productions, is proud to announce that Japanese Rock Band KESHIKI will
making their Texas musical debut performance. Additional guests
announced include an appearance by Something Positive webcomic artist
R. K. Milholland, along with the return of voice actor Clarine Harp
and cosplay group DigitalDimensionCosplay.

KESHIKI, which means “landscape” in English, was formed in the spring
of 2007. Their music contains the melodic and dynamic vocals of Jun,
ex-vocalist of Camino, mixed with the sensual and powerful rock sounds
created by guitarist Yu, bassist Kenta, and drummer Taka. Despite the
band only being together for a few years, their musical background is
quite extensive.

Texas-born R. K. Milholland is the creator of the webcomics Midnight
Macabre, Classically Positive, Something Positive, New Gold Dreams and
Super Stupor. His comics have so many fans, they managed to raise
enough money to allow him to quit his day gig and become a full-time
cartoonist. His work often covers topics related to gaming, geeks,
goths and comics, which explains why his fans are so maniacally
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Wondercon videos

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 6, 2010 | 1 Comment

Kevin Smith

Chuck Panel

Because I love walkthroughs of dealers rooms


Convention Look-In: Minneapolis Anime

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 5, 2010 | Comments Off on Convention Look-In: Minneapolis Anime

Minneapolis Anime
What: Anime Convention
When June 18th-20th, 2010
Guests, YuffieBunny,Richard Townsend, Shannon Townsend, Josh Elder
Tiffany Grant,Chris Ayres, Brina Palencia, Todd Haberkorn, Cay Combs
Registration: 36 to 100 depending on choice/date.
Website: Minneapolis Anime


Shevacon video

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 5, 2010 | 1 Comment

Wyrdnet has video of this years con.


Conventions this Weekend 4/9-4/11, 2010

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 4, 2010 | 1 Comment

Lots of gaming on tap this weekend. Anyone heading out to these?

April 9th-11th, 2010
Egyptian Wars Carbondale, IL
Northeast Wars Essex, VT
Ravencon Richmond, VA
Tekkoshocon Pittsburgh, PA
Anime Conji San Diego, CA
Conglomeration Louisville, KY
Willycon Wayne, NE
Ad Astra Toronto, ON
Chimaeracon San Antonio, TX
Codcon Glen Ellyn, IL
Furry Connection Novi, MI
Econocon Plymouth, NH
Hal-con Santima, Japan
Filk Ontario Mississauga, Ontario
Creation Twilight Houston, TX
icon Idaho Falls, ID
MOCCA New York, NY


Stan Lee Is Legendary at Phoenix Comicon

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 4, 2010 | Comments Off on Stan Lee Is Legendary at Phoenix Comicon

Comic Legend Stan Lee to Attend Phoenix Comicon

March 31st 2010: Stan Lee, the co-creator of many of America’s favorite comic book heroes, including Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, and the Hulk, will be attending this year’s Phoenix Comicon, May 27-30th.

“This is why we are the signature pop-culture event of the southwest,” said Matt Solberg, Phoenix Comicon Convention Director, “Our attendees get to meet the best of the best.”

Lee’s amazing career began with Marvel Comics before the publishing company was even called “Marvel.” From a very young age, Lee showed a knack for the comics industry, becoming an editor at 18-years-old in 1941. It wasn’t until the late 1950’s, however that Lee’s true genius showed through. At that time DC Comics, Marvel’s main competition, was seeing significant success with superheroes. Marvel needed a similar success. Lee was assigned the task. He took a chance and invented heroes that had human problems, from vanity to a bad temper. His first such group of heroes, the Fantastic Four, were amazingly popular and led on to the creation of the Hulk, Iron Man, the X-Men, and eventually Marvel’s most successful super hero, Spider-Man.

“Stan is something of a superhero himself,” said Anabel Martinez, Phoenix Comicon Marketing Director, “Where he goes, success follows. Understandably, we’re happy to have him!”

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London Worldcon bid update

By Petrea Mitchell| April 3, 2010 | 1 Comment

The 2014 UK Worldcon bid site is now fully functional at Their planned dates are August 14th-18th (Thursday-Monday).

Also, we have this from Gary Blog, who attended the launch:

It was a packed house for the launch party here at Eastercon.

Christoper Priest, GOH in 2005, announced the winning city and gave a talk about his attendance at the last London Worldcon in 1965.

Then they showed a music video set to The Clash’s “London Calling” with many clips from movies and TV (more than a few from Doctor Who), most of which showed London being destroyed in one way or another. Quite fun actually.


Fan Film Saturday: Stargate TNG

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 3, 2010 | Comments Off on Fan Film Saturday: Stargate TNG


UK Worldcon bid for London

By Petrea Mitchell| April 2, 2010 | 1 Comment

The “UK in 2014” Worldcon bid has announced it will be aiming for London, which hasn’t seen a Worldcon since 1965. (In the interim, Brighton and Glasgow have hosted it twice each.) Further details should appear on its Web site any minute now.

The vote on the site for the 2014 Worldcon will take place in 2012.


Wizard adds Twilight Star.

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 2, 2010 | 1 Comment

Tinsel Korey will appear at Anaheim Comic Con and is known for her role as Emily Young in the Twilight Saga films “New Moon” and the upcoming “Eclipse.” Also joining the Wizard World tour in Chicago and New Jersey is Julia Jones, who will appear in the “Twilight Saga: Eclipse” and the soon to be released “Jonah Hex” movie


New Conventions in the Calendar

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 1, 2010 | 1 Comment

May 28th-30th, 2010
Nashcon Franklin, TN
June 10th-11th, 2010
Mego Meet Wheeling, WV
Con Du Lac Lake Charles, LA
June 25th-27th, 2010
Seishuncon Atlanta, GA
July 16th-18th, 2010
Vidcon St. Petersburg, FL
September 10th-12th, 2010
Intervention Rockville, MD
Outsidecon Burns, TN
Oct 8th-10th, 2010
Oddcon Tampa, FL
Ultimate Horror Orlando, FL
EXPcon St. Augustine, FL
Nov 12th-14th, 2010
Anime Usa Arlington, VA


Cosplay Thursday: Dead Space with lights.

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 1, 2010 | Comments Off on Cosplay Thursday: Dead Space with lights.

These guys shot alot of the halls and not as much cosplay as one would hope, but this dead space costume with lights is pretty great.


Gareb Shamus Sets Dates for 2011 Toronto Comic Con

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 31, 2010 | 1 Comment

March 18-20, 2011 @ Direct Energy Centre

NEW YORK and TORONTO, March 31, 2010 – Wizard Entertainment CEO Gareb Shamus is pleased to announce that Toronto Comic Con will return to the Direct Energy Centre, March 18-20, 2011.

In addition to the best in movies, comics, toys, video gaming, games, TV, anime, manga, horror, wrestling, original art, collectibles and more, fans were treated to panels by the casts of SAW and Caprica as well as film and video game previews by major names in entertainment like Microsoft, Sony Music, Universal, Disney and Warner Bros.

“We were so pleased with how the city of Toronto and its fans got behind this event and made it such a success, that we wanted to commit to 2011 right away,” said Shamus. “The feedback from attendees, vendors and media has been overwhelmingly positive, and everyone who was a part of this show has already committed for next year.”
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