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About Those East Coast Worldcon Bids

By Petrea Mitchell| July 19, 2011 | Comments Off on About Those East Coast Worldcon Bids

Back in May, I did a rundown of current Worldcon bids noting the curious lack of both contested bids and East Coast cities in the list. Well, that’s been taken care of: say hello to Orlando in 2015, competing against Spokane for that year.

Orlando has previously hosted one Worldcon: MagiCon, the 50th, in 1992. Nearby Miami Beach has also hosted it once, in 1977.

There is also word that a bid is planned for New York City in 2017, going up against Japan, but it won’t start active campaigning until 2013.


Call of Duty Xp tickets Tuesday.

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 19, 2011 | Comments Off on Call of Duty Xp tickets Tuesday.

Tickets for Call of Duty Xp go on sale tommorow and can be purchased from the main site here. Original storyJoystiq


The Dark Knight Rises.

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 19, 2011 | Comments Off on The Dark Knight Rises.



By Shawn Scott Smith| July 18, 2011 | Comments Off on SDCC EXCLUSIVES.

Just some of the hot exclusives at this years show. I’ll be scouring ebay for some of the minimates.


5 more dates added.

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 17, 2011 | Comments Off on 5 more dates added.

April 6th-8th, 2012
Leprecon Tempe, AZ

May 4th-6th, 2012
Outlantacon Atlanta, GA
Morphicon Columbus, OH

May 17th-20th, 2012
Nebula Awards Arlignton, VA

June 29th-July 1st, 2012
Bayoucon Lake Charles, La


Conventions this Weekend July 21st-24th, 2011

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 17, 2011 | Comments Off on Conventions this Weekend July 21st-24th, 2011

July 21st-24th, 2011
Camp Necon Bristol, RI
Comic-Con Intl San Diego, CA
Condition London, ON
Confluence Pittsburgh, PA
Fandom Fest Louisville, KY
Fright Night Louisville, KY
Kamikaze Houston, TX
Kansasfest Kansas City, MO
Osfest Omaha, NE


Mark Wheatley, Insight Studios Group Head to Baltimore

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 15, 2011 | Comments Off on Mark Wheatley, Insight Studios Group Head to Baltimore

Mark Hempel, Robert Tinnell, and Mike Gold at Baltimore Comic-Con
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – July 15, 2011 – Eisner, Inkpot, Mucker, Gem, and Speakeasy award-winner Mark Wheatley, architect of Blood of the Innocent and Mars, will be joined by a full slate of creators from Insight Studios Group for this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con, August 20-21, 2011, at the Baltimore Convention Center, which is located directly across the street from Baltimore’s historic Camden Yards sports complex at 1 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. 
Insight Studios will represented by Sandman: The Kindly Ones artist and Tug & Buster creator Marc Hempel, EZ Street and The Wicked West writer Robert Tinnell, and former First Comics and DC Comics editor and ComicMix Founder Mike Gold.
From Vertigo’s Breathtaker to IDW’s Lone Justice, from Impact’s The Black Hood to Moonstone’s The Spider, from Comico’s Jonny Quest to Malibu’s Tarzan The Warrior, and from ComicMix’s Hammer of the Gods to his self-published Radical Dreamer, Wheatley’s achievements have been widely recognized in and out of the comics business. His work has been repeatedly included in the annual Spectrum selection of fantastic art and has appeared at The Norman Rockwell Museum, Toledo Museum of Art, Huntington Art Museum, James A. Michener Art Museum, and the Library of Congress, where several of his originals are in the permanent collection. EZ Street, Lone Justice, Mars, Frankenstein Mobster, and Hammer of the Gods are currently available from IDW Publishing.
Among Wheatley’s latest projects, Skultar, has just been announced to start in Dark Horse Presents #7. Written by M.J. Butler, Skultar is a loving (but none-too-kind) send-up of barbarian stories. The Spider: Satan’s Murder Machines collects Norvell Page’s epic crime drama in a deluxe hardcover for the first time with a cover by Wheatley, and The Mark Wheatley Gallery collects a number of the artist’s 2010 13″ x 19″ art prints in book form for the first time.

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Sean Maher Adds To Robust ‘Whedonverse’ Presence At Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 15, 2011 | Comments Off on Sean Maher Adds To Robust ‘Whedonverse’ Presence At Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

Felicia Day, James Marsters, Julie Benz, Morena Baccarin Also Among 10 Joss Whedon Characters, 500+ Celebrities And Artists, August 11-14 At Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
NEW YORK and ROSEMONT, Ill., July 15, 2011 – Sean Maher, best known for his role as “Simon Tam” in the science fiction television series “Firefly” and follow up movie SERENITY, will be a special guest at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, August 11-14 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.  The addition of Maher adds to the already huge presence of Joss Whedon characters, with 10 scheduled to attend, including headliners Felicia Day, James Marsters, Julie Benz and Morena Baccarin.

In addition to his roles in “Firefly” and SERENITY, Maher played the ill-fated lead character “Brian Piccolo” in the 2001 remake of BRIAN’S SONG and has had recurring roles in popular series “The $treet,” “Party of Five” and “Make it or Break It.”  He has also recently made guest appearances in “The Mentalist,” “Human Target” and “Warehouse 13.”

Eight actors and actresses from Whedon’s “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer” will be in Chicago next mo Read more


Starbase Indy July Newsletter

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 14, 2011 | Comments Off on Starbase Indy July Newsletter

All contents from the email,

“We have a delightfully varied menu for this year’s Starbase Indy. We have added TWO more actors to our guest list. What’s not to like? Many of you said you couldn’t attend in the past because it was Thanksgiving Weekend. Due to circumstances beyond our control (bowling?), Starbase Indy, the 16th Generation has moved to December 9-11, 2011. So now is the time to put your money where your mouth is. Come join us for a fun weekend of Klingons and music. The current weekend rate is still low (prices increase August 1) and we have two hotel options with great standard and suite room rates.

Entire Weekend ONLY $35
Enjoy 1990s Rates
Click HERE to register!

Starbase Indy is going to bring another FREE HD movie to main programming, we just haven’t decided which one. We usually kick off the convention with our FREE HD movie, but due to our date change, the convention will start later in the day around 4pm to 5pm. You will not need a badge for the movie, but it may convince you to join us for the rest of the weekend.

We will still be taking programming very seriously and will be lining up a plethora of interesting things to see and do. Secondary Programming will have some of your favorites back and new ideas are being discussed.

tribblesMaking tribbles and wave bottles with Pamela Easterday were very popular so we will have decided to continue with our workshops for children (Please note that children 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult) along with Cereal and Cartoons on Saturday morning. We want to get your kids addicted to SBI interested in science and speculative fiction early. And, for those adults in the crowd, we have it on good authority that Barfleet plans on entertaining those 21 and older with another fantastic party. If dancing and good ole spirits aren’t your thing, we are trying to convince Dr. Rob to regale us with his tales of Weird Science.

We will have the Dinner with the Stars, the Masquerade, the Charity Auction, Karaoke and panels on a variety of subjects. You can visit the arcade, watch movies, filk, converse in the Con Suite or visit our Dealer’s Room.

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Westercon 66 site and origin story online

By Petrea Mitchell| July 13, 2011 | Comments Off on Westercon 66 site and origin story online

Westercon 66 now has an official Web site, where the main news is that since Granzella’s is really not sufficient for a full convention, the committee is searching for a suitable place somewhere in the Sacramento area.

Meanwhile, for those who have the stamina, the video of the epic Business Meeting that selected the winning bid is now online. Although the meeting was 3 hours long, the video runs a mere 2 hours 15 minutes, omitting a stretch when the meeting was not technically in session.

(For those who don’t, here’s the short version.)


Horror Realm Presents….

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 12, 2011 | Comments Off on Horror Realm Presents….

         World premiere of Beverly Bonner’s live stage show “Casey-30 Years Later” at Hollywood Theater in Pittsburgh Horror Realm sponsoring event which includes screening of cult classic film “Basket Case”

Pittsburgh, PA – July 10, 2011 – Horror Realm is pleased to sponsor a very special evening for fans of the cult classic film “Basket Case” on Friday, August 12 at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont (Pittsburgh). The program of film and live entertainment opens at 8 PM with a Q&A with freelance artist Joshua Emerick, who is the illustrator of the Basket Case: The Comic serial slated to appear in Fangoria magazine.   Fans can then enjoy a screening of the original “Basket Case” film.  Released in 1982, the movie tells the story of a young man who carries his deformed conjoined twin brother in a large basket while seeking vengeance on the doctors who separated them against their will.  Written and directed by Frank Henenlotter, “Basket Case” became a hit as a midnight movie and spawned two sequels.  The world premiere of Beverly Bonner’s stage show Casey – 30 Years Later follows the film screening.  The show catches up with Bonner’s character from the film series, who is running an old age home for prostitutes.  Casey is interviewed by a college reporter (played by Michael Varrati) to find out what she’s been up to all these years.  Actress and comedian Beverly Bonner has appeared in films, stage productions and television.  In addition to her role as Casey in the “Basket Case” series, Ms. Bonner has appeared in more than 45 stage plays, most notably featured in the long running “Women Behind Bars” with the late actor Divine.  Ms. Bonner wrote, produced and directed “The Beverly Bonner Show” and “Beverly Bonner’s Laugh Tracks” for television which ran in New York, Los Angeles and Detroit for many years.  She can currently be seen in “The Gloria Glitter Show”, “New York Comedy Connection” and “Help!! Let Me Out of Myself!!!” at the Broadway Comedy Club in New York.  Visit her web site at for more information on upcoming shows. Read more


5 more convention dates.

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 11, 2011 | Comments Off on 5 more convention dates.

Sept 15th-18th, 2011
Grand Masquerade New Orleans, LA (Hat tip to Jondi Soper)

Nov 18th-20th, 2011
Allentown Comicon Allentown, PA

April 13th-15th, 2012
Pirate Fest Greenville, NC
Constellation NE Lincoln, NE

May 4th-6th, 2012
CoreconMoorhead, MN


Conventions this Weekend 7.15-7.17, 2011

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 10, 2011 | Comments Off on Conventions this Weekend 7.15-7.17, 2011

Im gonna be selling at Rob-Con on saturday. Always have wanted to attend a G-fest, and the age old Readercon happens this weekend too. Wonder what there stance on digital readers is? Anyone attending any of the below? Send us your reviews to

July 15th-17th, 2011
24 Hours of Potter St. Louis, MO
Ai-kon Winnipeg, MB
Anime Kaigi Flagstaff, AZ
Anime Midwest St. Charles, IL
Creation Star Trek Boston, MA
G-Fest Rosemont, IL
Hollywood Collectors Burbank, CA
LeakyCon Orlando, FL
Lebowski Fest Louisville, KY
Libertycon East Ridge, TN
Mythcon Albuquerque, NM
Persacon Huntsville, AL
Polaris Toronto, ON
Readercon Burlington, MA
Retcon Long Island, NY
Rob-Con Bristol, VA
Sangawaproject Pittsburgh, PA
Slapsticon Arlington, VA
Southern Media St. Petersburg, FL
Tokyo In Tulsa Tulsa, OK
Twin Cities Zinefest Minneapolis, MN (July 16th)


Comic Con Schedule is up.

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 9, 2011 | Comments Off on Comic Con Schedule is up.

The Comic Con Schedule is Live. Click Here to plan out your time in line.


Meet Stan “The Man” Lee at the Baltimore Comic-Con

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 9, 2011 | Comments Off on Meet Stan “The Man” Lee at the Baltimore Comic-Con

 Press Release
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – July 8, 2011 – Stan Lee, the Guest of Honor at this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con, will be on hand Saturday and Sunday signing autographs and posing for photographs with guests in attendance of the show. The 12th Annual show will be taking place August 20-21, 2011 at the Baltimore Convention Center.
Each autograph, courtesy of Desert Wind Comics, will run $55 for an advanced ticket (which includes the autograph and online service charge) and can be purchased here. Each photograph, courtesy of Froggy’s Photos, will run $40 and can be purchased here.
Please Note: all Stan Lee autographs are managed by Desert Wind Comics and all photos are managed by Froggy’s Photos. Please review their rules and conditions at the links above.
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Horror Weekend Guest news.

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 9, 2011 | Comments Off on Horror Weekend Guest news.

We are proud to announce the following additions to the show Derek Mears (Friday the 13th, Predators and the Hills Have Eyes 2), PJ Soles (Halloween, Carrie & The Devils Rejects), Cerina Vincent (Cabin Fever & Return to House on Haunted Hill) and many more to be announced soon!
Our celebrity guests in attendance will be signing autographs, taking photos with the fans and participating in Question and Answer panels. In addition there will be dozens of vendors, parties and a costume contest. Be sure to check back often for all the latest details!
Please visit our website at for complete event details.


From The ‘Brat Pack’ To ‘The Dead Zone’: Anthony Michael Hall To Attend Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 8, 2011 | Comments Off on From The ‘Brat Pack’ To ‘The Dead Zone’: Anthony Michael Hall To Attend Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, Stephen King’s Dead Zone Actor Joins Patrick Stewart, Bruce Campbell, Christopher Lloyd, Morena Baccarin, 500+ Celebrities And Artists At Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, August 11-14
NEW YORK and ROSEMONT, Ill., July 8, 2011 – Actor Anthony Michael Hall, who gained fame for roles in 1980’s “Brat Pack” films SIXTEEN CANDLES and THE BREAKFAST CLUB and later starred in “Stephen King’s Dead Zone” among dozens of film and television credits, will attend Wizard World Chicago Comic Con at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, August 11-14. Hall joins such other distinguished celebrities as Patrick Stewart, Bruce Campbell, Christopher Lloyd, Morena Baccarin, Felicia Day, Academy Award Winner® Lou Gossett Jr. and James Marsters at the event, which will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

Hall began his career in commercials and on stage as a child, and made his screen debut in 1980. His films with director-screenwriter John Hughes, beginning with the popular 1984 coming-of-age comedy SIXTEEN CANDLES, shaped his early career. Hall’s next movies with Hughes were the teen classics THE BREAKFAST CLUB and WEIRD SCIENCE, both in 1985. His performances as lovable geeks in these three films connected his name and face with the stereotype for an entire generation.
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Press Release: Takamasa Sakurai, to appear at Otakon 2011.

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 8, 2011 | Comments Off on Press Release: Takamasa Sakurai, to appear at Otakon 2011.

Born in 1965, Mr. Sakurai is a content media producer, an author and a journalist. He is currently involved as cultural exchange spokesman, giving talks in 72 cities in 20 countries and produced fashion shows. He is one of the first persons to use animation and Harajuku fashion in cultural exchange programs and is often invited as a guest in events about Japan.

Mr. Sakurai is most famous as the author of books such as the Anime Bunka Gaiko (Anime Culture Diplomacy) and Sekai Kawaii Kakumei (World Kawaii Revolution), and for taking part in the establishment of “Kawaii Ambassadors” – three Japanese girls who offer lectures on Japanese fashion at such events as Paris’s Japan Expo.

Otakon 2011 will be held July 29 – 31 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Read more

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