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By Shawn Scott Smith| December 1, 2010 | Comments Off

From email,
“CONvergence 2011 Pre-Registration
Some things don’t change with time, but our Pre-Registrations rates aren’t among them! If you pre-register before the first of the year you can save! An adult membership will cost $80 at-the-door, but right now it’s only $45! That rate will go up by $10 on Jan 1, so pre-reg now and save!

You can register for CONvergence online with a credit card at www.convention-reg.com.

If you’d like to mail in a registration directly to CONvergence, you need to fill out a Registration Form and send it in with a check payment. You can do that in one of three ways:

Use the Registration form at the back of the next mailing/PR (feel free to make photocopies of the form).
Create a registration form by filling out the form at
http://www.convergence-con.org/amenities/registration/conregform.php, and then just print out the completed form.
Download the Registration Form PDF from our website for you to print and then fill out by hand.
If you have any questions, please email registration@convergence-con.org.
CONvergence 2011 Guests of Honor
Every year we are fortunate enough to have amazingly talented and fun people join us as Guests of Honor. The coming year looks to be no exception. The following individuals are scheduled to join us as Guests of Honor at CONvergence 2011. Watch our website for the latest additions and updates.

Brian Keene – Author
We’re delighted to have Brian returning to CONvergence this year. Brian is a Bram Stoker Award-winning author of horror and crime fiction, who has recently been branching out into comics. Brian has often been credited with helping to usher in the new era of zombie popularity in pop culture. Brian’s novels include The Rising,Terminal, City of the Dead, The Conqueror Worms, Ghoul, Darkness On the Edge of Town, Castaways, Urban Gothic, Clickers II & III: Dagon Rising, and A Gathering of Crows. His recent comics work includes Devil Slayer for Marvel Comics and Doom Patrol for DC. Read more

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14 2011 dates.

By Shawn Scott Smith| December 1, 2010 | Comments Off

April 29th-May 2nd, 2011
Shinbokucon Westlake, OH

May 20-22nd, 2011
Otafest Calgary, AB

May 27th-29th, 2011
May-hem Orlando, FL

Sept 9th-11th, 2011
Nan Desku Kon Denver, CO

Sept 30th-Oct 2nd, 2011
Archon 35 St. Louis, MO

Oct 6th-9th, 2011
Crisiscon Huntsville, AL
Tsubasacon Huntington, WV

Oct 14th-16th, 2011
Ny Comic Con/ Anime Fest New York, NY

Oct 21st-23rd, 2011
Albacon Albany, NY

Nov 3-6th, 2011
King Con Brooklyn, NY

Nov 11th-13th, 2011
Wizard Austin Austin, TX
Orycon 33, Portland, OR

Nov 18th-20th, 2011
SFContario Toronto, ON

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Wizard Atlanta Programming

By Shawn Scott Smith| November 30, 2010 | Comments Off

“Walking Dead” Preview, Exclusive “Family Guy” Video, Celebrity Q&A’s Highlight Atlanta Comic Con Programming

Henry Winkler, Pam Grier, Mimi Rogers, Adam West, Burt Ward Among Stars Conducting Panels; Movie Screenings And Debut Of Coolwaters Game Show Also On Tap This Weekend

ATLANTA, November 30, 2010 – Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con today announced its rich, diverse programming schedule, featuring exclusive TV and movie previews and screenings, unique celebrity Q&A’s, movie screenings, game shows, artist schools and more for the event, set for Saturday and Sunday at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

Some of the highlights include: Read more

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John Billingsley and Bonita Friedericy added to Con Carolinas

By Shawn Scott Smith| November 30, 2010 | Comments Off


Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SPACE DOCTOR TURNED VAMPIRE CORONER AND HIS GENERAL WIFE TO APPEAR AT CONCAROLINAS 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC – November 6, 2010 – ConCarolinas officially announced today that actors John Billingsley and Bonita Friedericy will appear as the Media Guests of Honor for ConCarolinas 2011.

Billingsley, a veteran actor of both the stage as well as the small and big screens, may be best known for his roles as Dr. Phlox on four seasons of Star Trek: Enterprise and his recent role on HBO’s True Blood as Coroner Mike Spenser. Friedericy is also an acclaimed actor and currently starring as General Diane Beckman on NBC’s Chuck.

Award-winning author Harry Turtledove has previously been announced as the 2011 Writer Guest of Honor. Other media guests appearing at ConCarolinas 2011 include “Scream Queen” Brinke Stephens and Heroes’ David H. Lawrence.

2011 marks the tenth year of ConCarolinas, a family-friendly multi-genre, multi-media convention in Charlotte, NC. This annual event includes 3 full days of activities and plays host to over 100 authors, artists, media guests, musicians and entertainers. ConCarolinas 2011 is June 3-5, 2011 at the Charlotte Hilton University Place in Charlotte, NC. For more details and ticket information, visit the website

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About ConCarolinas
ConCarolinas is a multi-genre multi-media convention covering all speculative fiction including science fiction, fantasy and horror. The first full convention was held in 2003 after an initial prequel launch in 2002. ConCarolinas hosts a variety of fandom related events including discussion panels, gaming, a film festival, costume and music events, live-action roleplaying, a zombie walk and an annual charity auction. ConCarolinas is sponsored by ConCarolinas, Inc., a nonprofit organization. For more information, visit http://www.concarolinas.org

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Shevacon Cyber Monday Deal

By Shawn Scott Smith| November 29, 2010 | Comments Off


Shevacon which takes place next March 4th-6th in Roanoke, VA and which I’m lucky to be one of the guests at is offering a Cyber Monday deal on memberships.
They write,
“Our Cyber Monday deal is prepped and ready! Enter the code “shevaholiday” for 10% off an attendee ticket from 12am Monday until 12:55pm Tuesday. An attendee ticket to Shevacon can make a great Christmas present for your loved ones or even you!”
You can buy tickets here or get more info on the convention here. See you there!

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Conventions this Weekend Dec 3rd-5th, 2010

By Shawn Scott Smith| November 28, 2010 | Comments Off

As we head into the last multiple convention weekend until the new year, anyone going to any of these? Weather permitting Ill be going to Atlanta on Saturday for Wizards new show and see if I like the traveling circus they are running.

Dec 3rd-5th, 2010
Wizard Atlanta Atlanta, GA
Creation Twilight Honolulu, HI
Lonestar Shindig Dallas, TX
Smofcon San Jose, CA
Steel City Con Pittsburgh, PA
Anonycon Stamford, CT
Furry Cruise Ft. Lauderdale, Fl (4th-9th)
Sangawaproject Pittsburgh, PA

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Fan Film Saturday

By Shawn Scott Smith| November 27, 2010 | Comments Off

Space Adventure: Thanksgiving Special

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Pariahcon 2011

By Shawn Scott Smith| November 26, 2010 | Comments Off

PariahCon announced for June 2011 in Lakeland, Florida with guest Aaron Dismuke
Lakeland, Florida – November 21, 2010. PariahCon is excited to announce its first year will be held June 10th and 11th, 2011 at the Imperial Swan Hotel in Lakeland, Florida. PariahCon is a two-day convention celebrating several forms of fandom, including but not limited to: Gaming, Anime, Science Fiction and Collectibles.

Panel submissions and artist alley table requests are currently being accepted at http://pariahcon.com/. For further information regarding panels, please email panels@pariahcon.com and for artist alley information, please email art@pariahcon.com.

Registration will not be opened until the beginning of 2011, but registration will be handled via an EventBrite page located at http://pariahcon2011.eventbrite.com/. Links will also be posted on the convention’s Facebook page, Twitter account, and on http://pariahcon.com. Weekend tickets will be available at $25/person once registration begins.

Events at PariahCon 2011 will include, but are not limited to: a rave, a formal ball, video gaming, board gaming, collectible card gaming, interactive panels, workshops, and a hall cosplay contest.

PariahCon is pleased to announce that 2011′s Guest of Honor will be Aaron Dismuke. Aaron is best known for voicing Alphonse Elric in the original Fullmetal Alchemist, but has also been featured in other anime such as Fruits Basket, Black Cat and Trinity Blood. PariahCon is also pleased to announce that the staff of Artix Entertainment will be Video Gaming Guests of Honor. They are located locally to Central Florida and have produced numerous online-based games including: DragonFable, MechQuest, AdventureQuest, and AdventureQuest Worlds. Their work and further information can be found at http://www.battleon.com

Rooms for the convention can be booked at the Imperial Swan Hotel; The rates and promotional code will be posted when registration opens.

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Happy Holidays!

By Shawn Scott Smith| November 24, 2010 | Comments Off

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Safe travels this weekend and thanks for reading con-news!

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GHOST HUNTERS LEADS THE WAY FOR ENTERTAINMENT GUESTS AT CHICAGO COMIC

By Shawn Scott Smith| November 23, 2010 | Comments Off

AND ENTERTAINMENT EXPO

This Year’s C2E2 to Move Significantly Beyond Comics … Entertainment and Other Pop Culture Phenomena Will Be Prominently Featured!

Norwalk, CT, November 23, 2010: Ghost Hunters will have a major presence at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) this year as show organizers plan to expand the presence of entertainment guests at the show. C2E2 is produced by ReedPOP, the organizers of the New York Comic Con, which is the second largest pop culture event in the country and which includes all aspects of pop culture including comics, movies, general entertainment, video games, books, fashion, and music. Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, which was successfully launched last year in Chicago to serve the Midwest community, will evolve and grow this year and will take on even more of the characteristics of the New York Comic Con. This includes an ambitious program to expand the entertainment portion of the show. C2E2 will be held this year March 18 – 20, 2011 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center.

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Anime Event Planners’ Conference

By Petrea Mitchell| November 23, 2010 | Comments Off

The Anime Event Planners’ Conference is the first convention for con-runners to focus exclusively on anime, so far as I know. It will be held in Round Rock, TX, February 4-6, 2011, in conjunction with Ushicon (but with separate registration).

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Jordancon

By Shawn Scott Smith| November 22, 2010 | Comments Off

Just passing along the below email about Jordancon,

“Hi everyone!

I wanted to take a moment today and do an informal update on how
planning for JordanCon 2011 is progressing. There will be a formal
progress report released in January, but I thought it might be an idea
to remind folks this event is coming up now.

All of you have probably noticed that I’ve added you to a Google Group
for these mailings. The database of email addresses associated with
JordanCon had become so large that any time I attempted to email all
of you via my email account, Google would shut it down for a bit and
call me a spammer. So I set up this announcement only email group
instead. I don’t plan to email everyone more than a couple times a
year, so don’t worry about clogged inboxes.

We still have plenty of room available at in our block at the Crowne
Plaza Ravinia. JordanCon gets discounts for selling out our room
block. It also helps us when negotiating future hotel contracts to
have an accurate idea of how much business we bring the hotel. So if
you can, please consider getting a hotel room in our block.

Also, please note that pre-registration is currently discounted to $45
and will be until December 31. After that, it will be $55 until March
and $65 at the door.

See you in April!

Jennifer Liang
JordanCon Chair


Pre-registration for JordanCon 2011 is currently open at the discounted rate of $45. Guests this year include authors David B. Coe and Eugie Foster. Our Toastmaster is Tor.com blogger Richard Fife. JordanCon will take place April 15-17, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Atlanta, Georgia. You can find out more by visiting our website. http://www.ageoflegends.net/”

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Conventions this Thanksgiving Weekend

By Shawn Scott Smith| November 21, 2010 | 1 Comment

I would love to attend both Chicago Tardis and Starbase Indy someday. What about you? Spending any of your vacation at these?

Nov 26th-29th, 2010
Chicago Tardis Chicago, IL
Starbase Indy Indianapolis, IN
Darkover Timonium, MD
Loscon Los Angeles, CA
Sorcerercon San Jose, CA
Chambanacon Urbana, IL
Tomadachi Fest Boise, ID
Banzaikon South Padre Island, TX

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11 more 2011 dates.

By Shawn Scott Smith| November 20, 2010 | Comments Off

Feb 25th-27th, 2011
Vulcan Meet The Stars Tampa, FL

March 11th-13th, 2011
Princecon Princeton, NJ
Who’s Your Con Indianapolis, IN

May 21st-22nd, 2011
Mobicon Mobile, Al
MCBA Bloomington, MN

May 27th-31st, 2011
Nakamacon Madison, Wi

June 17th-19th, 2011
Faerie Escape Atlanta, GA

June 24th-26th, 2011
Contamination St. Louis, MO

July 29th-31st, 2011
Con Bravo Oakville, ON

Sept 16th-18th, 2011
Horror Realm Pittsburgh, PA

Oct 7th-9th, 2011
Crisiscon Huntsville, AL

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VIVICA A. FOX

By Shawn Scott Smith| November 20, 2010 | Comments Off

From Wizard,
HOT TICKET Vivica A. Fox started her professional career on soap operas such as Generations (1989), Days of Our Lives (1965) and The Young and the Restless (1973) followed by NBC TV series Out All Night (1992) and films including Independence Day (1996), Set It Off (1996), Soul Food (1997), City of Angels (2000), Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999), Two Can Play That Game (2001) and Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003). Don’t miss your chance to meet Vivica at Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con, December 4-5, 2010 At Cobb Galleria Centre

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CHICAGO COMIC AND ENTERTAINMENT EXPO ANNOUNCES FIRST GUESTS

By Shawn Scott Smith| November 20, 2010 | Comments Off

FOR SHOW ON
MARCH 18 – 20, 2011

Brian Michael Bendis is Guest of Honor!

Norwalk, CT, November 19, 2010: Officials at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) have today announced the first guests who will be participating at the next show which will take place March 18 – 20, 2011 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center. Marvel Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis, whose work includes Avengers, Secret Invasion, and Siege, will serve as a Guest of Honor and will be joined by Featured Guests including Franco Aureliani, Art Baltazar, Katie Cook, Geof Darrow, and Tim Seeley. C2E2 organizers note that this is the first of a long list of artists, creators and special guests whose participation in C2E2 will be announced over the next several months. C2E2 was launched last year and over 400 artists and guests were on hand to meet the thousands of fans who came to the inaugural event in Chicago. This year, the convention will move to the new West Building of McCormick Place where even more guests and a bigger audience may enjoy the pop culture extravaganza.
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HENRY WINKLER TO APPEAR AT ATLANTA COMIC CON

By Shawn Scott Smith| November 19, 2010 | Comments Off

Henry Winkler is best known for his role as the high school dropout and greaser Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli in “Happy Days” and became a 1970s icon and the epitome of cool. His motorcycle, leather jacket, thumbs-up gesture, and uttering of the phrase “Aayyyy!” became television trademarks. Don’t miss out on meetig the Fonz at Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con, December 4-5, 2010 At Cobb Galleria Centre.

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Evillecon press.

By Shawn Scott Smith| November 18, 2010 | Comments Off

The first round of guests have been announced on the EvilleCon website! Joining us this year will be: Seraphina, creator of the Otaku-Fusion Bellydance; Shane Moore, fantasy author; Pikabellechu, the Guinness World Record holder of over 10,000+ pokemon items; Satoshi, avid cosplayer (and fiance to Pikabellechu); and Sara Hoskin’s, formerly of the J-Rock bank Gemini, who will be performing on Saturday night!

Our Main Events and first rounds of panels are also up! Main Events so far include: Cosplay Contest, Cosplay Chess, Scavanger Hunts, Formal Ball, Rave, Karaoke, AMV Contest, Amateur Art Contest and Martial Arts demos!

Some of our first round of panels include: Otaku-Fusion Belly Dance, ParaPara 101, Cosplay How-To, Amateur Voice Acting, How to Win your Otaku’s Heart, Kakashi’s Jan-Ken-Pon Tournament, Pokemon Panel, Japanese 101 and Origami panels!

All information and bios are available on our website at www.evillecon.com!

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