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FanimeCon 2013 Announces Mechanical Designer Tsuyoshi Nonaka as a Guest of Hono

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 1, 2013 | Comments Off on FanimeCon 2013 Announces Mechanical Designer Tsuyoshi Nonaka as a Guest of Hono

San Jose, CA (April 30, 2013) – FanimeCon is pleased to announce famed mechanical designer, Tsuyoshi Nonaka as a Guest of Honor for FanimeCon 2013, taking place at the McEnery Convention Center in downtown San Jose over Memorial Day weekend.

Although Tsuyoshi Nonaka’s name isn’t one commonly brought up in America, numerous fans are likely to have seen and own toys designed by him while growing up. Mr. Nonaka has spent 25 years working for Bandai Co. LTD working as a toy designer and planner being responsible for the Toei Metal Hero Series and Super Sentai Series (known as the Power Rangers in the United States). He has also worked on a number of the Kamen Riders series and has created the successful brand in Japan called Chogokin-Damashii which has produced a number of die-cast high end figures enjoyed by serious collectors, including his own childhood favorite Mazinger Z (Tranzor Z). Read more

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Florida Supercon news.

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 1, 2013 | Comments Off on Florida Supercon news.

Florida Supercon www.floridasupercon.com, July 4-7 2013 is getting closer, and we’ve already announced over 300 guest celebrities, artists, writers, video game developers, musicians, etc…

George Takei (Star Trek), Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), Adam Baldwin (Firefly, Chuck), Laurie Holden (Walking Dead), Olivier Coipel (Avengers, X-Men), Sgt Slaughter (G.I. Joe, WWE), Dana Snyder (Aqua Teen), George Perez (Avengers, Teen Titans), Brina Palencia (One Piece, Spice and Wolf), The Comic Book Men are just some of the amazing guests on the line up! Over two dozen brand new guests have been announced in the past few weeks, including: Read more

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Cosplay at C2E2

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 30, 2013 | Comments Off on Cosplay at C2E2

Pretty great Cosplay from C2E2 filmed by Agressive Comix.

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Taking A Closer Look at Robo Toy Fest and Brick Boutique

By Shawn Marshall| April 29, 2013 | Comments Off on Taking A Closer Look at Robo Toy Fest and Brick Boutique

tone-rtf-print-779x1024Although there will be a lot of attention given to Iron Man 3, Free Comic Book Day and Star Wars Day a dark horse favorite to foster the most geek fun the weekend of May 4th and 5th is Robo Toy Fest and Brick Boutique in Pasadena, CA at the Pasadena Convention Center. Although its a crowded weekend, what’s more fun than a con? Well, Scott Zillner and friends answer that question: two cons. That’s right, this bi-annual show hosts two distinctly different cons under the same roof although fans love them both.

Robo Toy Fest is a show as good as its title. For all those lovers of robot toys, this is your destination. Vendors from all around California will gather to give attendees the very best in robot toys from the past, present…and maybe even the future (crazier things have happened). Meanwhile, Brick Boutique will open its Lego-fabricated doors to building enthusiasts of all ages. Looking for rare retired Lego sets? Interested in original Lego art? Whatever your interest in the Lego arena, you can be sure that Brick Boutique will have you covered.

Vendors aside, here are some details as to what you can expect at the two shows:

-Guest artists Tsuyoshi Nonaka, Tone Rodriguez and Mr. Toast will all be on-hand

-Free limited art print by Tone Rodriguez

-Large play area for kids with famous “You Build It, You Keep It” building block area!

-TMNT Turtle Van on location!

-Hourly Door Prizes

The show is sure to be crowded, so plan to arrive early for the best products. Admission is free after 10am, but there is also an early bird pass starting at 9am for only $5.00 for those that want to make sure to have the best selection. Additionally, there will be gift bags for adults and kids while they last!

For more information, visit the shows at www.robotoyfest.com and www.brickboutique.com.

Will we see you posing in front of that TMNT van this weekend? Let us know here or send a tweet: @The_Con_Fluence

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23 dates added!

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 28, 2013 | Comments Off on 23 dates added!

June 21st-23rd, 2013
Mightycon Pheasant Run, IL

Aug 3rd-4th, 2013
Boston Comic Con Boston, MA

Aug 23rd-25th, 2013
Saikoucon Bethlehem, PA

Sept 6th-8th, 2013
Horrorhound Indianapolis, IN

Sept 14-15, 2013
Fantacon Albany, NY

Sept 20-23, 2013
Horror Realm Pittsburgh, PA
Freaks N Geeks Kalamazoo, MI

Feb 28th-March 1st, 2013
Ohio Pinball Cuyahoga, OH

March 14th-16th, 2014
Lunacon Rye Brook, NY
Princecon Princeton, NJ

March 21st-24th, 2014
Megacon Orlando, FL
Revelcon Houston, TX
Gamestorm Vancouver, WA
IAFA Orlando, FL
Midsouthcon Memphis, TN

March 28th-30th, 2014
Texas Pinball Dallas, TX
Anomalycon Denver, CO

April 4th-6th, 2014
Kawaii Kon Honolulu, HI
Gem City Dayton, OH

April 17th-20th, 2014
Minicon 49 Minneapolis, MN

April 25th-27th, 2014
Zenkaikon Lancaster, PA

May 9th-11th, 2014
Marcon Columbus, OH

April 2nd-5th, 2015
Minicon 50 Minneapolis, MN

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Conventions Next Weekend 5/3-5/5, 2013

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 28, 2013 | Comments Off on Conventions Next Weekend 5/3-5/5, 2013

May 3rd-5th, 2013
Anime Zing Davenport, IA
Another Game ConHudson, OH
Collectors Showcase Knoxville, TN
CorfluPortland, OR
CoreconMoorhead, MN
Creation Supernatural Whippany, NJ
Demicon Des Moines, IA
Gamedays Timonium, MD
Gaslight Gathering San Diego, CA
Geekout Asheville, NC
Halloween and Haunters King of Prussia, PA
Huzzah Portland, ME
KhaotickonTampa, FL
KiraKiracon Charlotte, NC
LouisanimeBaton Rouge, LA
Malice Domestic Bethseda, MD
Morphicon Columbus, OH
Parahorror Niagra Falls, NY
Philly Non Sport Card Allentown, PA
Outlantacon/Gaylaxicon Atlanta, GA
T-C-S Orland Park, IL
Texas FrightmareDallas, TX
Wonder Northwest Portland, OR

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Cant Stop The Serenity

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 27, 2013 | Comments Off on Cant Stop The Serenity

cstsnews
Joss Whedon fans will raise over $100,000 for charity through the 8th Annual “Can’t Stop The Serenity” Worldwide Movie Events
From April through September 2013, fans of television and film writer/director Joss Whedon will gather worldwide to raise money for Equality Now, a charity dedicated to promoting the human rights of beleaguered women and girls. Whedon was most recently at the helm of “The Avengers” as writer/director and also created “Serenity” which is featured in this event.

WORLDWIDE – April 26, 2013 – For the eighth year in a row, thousands of people around the world will participate in “Can’t Stop the Serenity” – a fund-raising event which has raised over $800,000 to date for “Equality Now”, a charity organization working to protect the basic human rights of women and girls across the planet.

Says Joss Whedon: “Equality is not a concept. It’s not something we should be striving for – it’s a necessity. Equality is like gravity – we need it to stand on this earth as men and women.”

Everyone associated with events are volunteers, including this year’s Global Event Coordinator, Dave Catoe. Dave and his Global Team bring the event together by coordinating multiple participating cities across the US, Canada, Europe and Australia, all of which donate the majority of event proceeds directly to Equality Now, with the remainder donated to other charities such as local women’s shelters and literacy programs. Read more

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Horror Realm Hosts Zombie Breakfast & Film Event

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 25, 2013 | Comments Off on Horror Realm Hosts Zombie Breakfast & Film Event

Includes screening of “Dead & Breakfast”

 

Pittsburgh, PA – April 23, 2013 – Horror Realm and the Hollywood Theater present a twist on the theater’s monthly “breakfast and a movie” event with a special screening of the horror comedy “Dead & Breakfast” on Sunday, May 5, 2013.  The twist – attendees are invited to come dressed as zombies.

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Tickets are Now On Sale for the 2013 Baltimore Comic-Con!

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 24, 2013 | Comments Off on Tickets are Now On Sale for the 2013 Baltimore Comic-Con!

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – April 23, 2013 – The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to announce that tickets are now on sale for this year’s show, taking place September 7-8, 2013 at the Baltimore Convention Center in downtown Baltimore.

 Tickets that are now on sale include: General Admission for Saturday and Sunday, Two-Day General Admissions, and Baltimore Comic-Con 2013 VIP Experience Packages.

The 2013 VIP Experience Package includes:

I'll See You In Baltimore 2013

  • Admission to both days of 2013 Baltimore Comic-Con
  • “First on the Floor” VIP early admission at 9:30am both days of the show
  • VIP Priority Access to Panels and Presentations*
  • A 2013 Baltimore Comic-Con T-shirt
  • Collectible 2013 Baltimore Comic-Con VIP Badge and lanyard
  • Collectible 2013 Baltimore Comic-Con Hardcover Yearbook
  • And much, much more to be announced as we get closer to the show!

* VIP ticket holders must be in the VIP line 30 minutes before scheduled presentation times, as VIP Seating is guaranteed but not reserved and does not

include special ticketed events.

 “Last year was our biggest show ever, not only in terms of guests, retailers and Read more

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Fan-Demonium! ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Firefly/Serenity,’ Cosplay Groups At Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, May 30 – June 2

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 24, 2013 | Comments Off on Fan-Demonium! ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Firefly/Serenity,’ Cosplay Groups At Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, May 30 – June 2

‘Ghostbusters,’ LEGO Enthusiasts Also Add To The Festivites At Pennsylvania Convention Center

NEW YORK and PHILADELPHIA, April 23, 2013 –  Wizard World shows are all about the fan experience.  Attendees needn’t be shocked if they run into scores of Wookiees, Captain Kirks, Kaylee Fryes or any other costumed characters, as enthusiasts of Star Wars, “Star Trek,” “Firefly”/Serenity and other cosplay groups are among the more than a dozen fan communities that will be roaming the floor at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, May 30 – June 2 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Organizations representing fans of the Ghostbusters franchise and LEGO will also attend, along with noted cosplayers like Eric “The Smoke” Moran, Ivy Doomkitty, David Santiago and many others.  The Wizard World Cosplay Stage will be the focal point for members of these groups and thousands of other fans who will get their cosplay on over the four days.  Flashes will be popping, with fans of all ages and costumes of all types strutting their stuff. Read more

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12 dates added for you.

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 24, 2013 | Comments Off on 12 dates added for you.

Aug 2nd-4th, 2013
Central Comic Con Kansas City, MO

Aug 22nd-25th, 2013
RKOcon Providence, RI

Nov 15th-17th, 2013
Astronomicon Rochester, NY

Feb 14th-16th, 2014
Boskone Boston, MA
Katsucon Washington, DC

March 28th-30th, 2014
3rd conf on Middle Earth Westford, MA

April 11th-13, 2014
Jordancon Atlanta, GA

May 16th-18th, 2014
Contrails/Deepsouthcon Bristol, VA

Nov 13th-16th, 2014
Bouchercon Long Beach, CA

May 15th-18th, 2015
CostumeCon Charleston, SC

Oct 2nd-4th, 2015
Contraflow/Deepsouthcon New Orleans, LA

Oct 9th-11th, 2015
Bouchercon Raleigh, NC

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A weekend with Atlanta Fandom: Jordancon, Trek Trax, Atlanta Comic.

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 22, 2013 | Comments Off on A weekend with Atlanta Fandom: Jordancon, Trek Trax, Atlanta Comic.

This past weekend we went to three conventions in Atlanta. Three cons in one weekend seems like a lot when you step back and look at it. I’ve always been against local fandoms competing on the same weekend (there are 51 other weekends), because surely there would be some crossover, and it has to affect some attendance numbers. Of course Atlanta was recently named the no 1 best place to live as a Geek mostly because of all the conventions it holds.

We took the conflicting schedules as an opportunity to make our gas and hotel mileage worth more and bring you a little bit of coverage on three shows at once.

jordancon
First up was Jordancon a convention in it’s 5th year, which also just happened to be hosting Deepsouthcon 51, a traveling convention that is held in different cities each year throughout the south. Jordancon started as a convention for fans of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and has added a great deal of programming in the literary fields, They offer something for every fan of fantasy literature, and every aspiring writer, while not forgetting their roots as a Wheel of Time fan convention.
For me Jordancon was excellently run, smooth panels with professionals who knew what they were talking about. A dealers room that was small but complimented by having the art show in the same space. If your a fantasy reader the art in this show is to die for. I’m not even big into the Wheel of Time but some of the pieces were instantly recognizable.
The programming was split amongst 5 panel rooms, and the show had a gaming room as well for those hours when you needed something else to do.
The consuite was well stocked and had items not normally found at your average consuite. (We sampled some Alaskan Salmon).
This show had a lot of good going on, and I was able to enjoy it without being a big Robert Jordan fan. Considering the shows focus, that should tell you that Jordancon is a convention that will be sticking around.

Which leads me to show #2.
trektraz <http://trektrax.org/”>TrekTrax Atlanta is a show in it’s 3rd year. I had high hopes for the show as Star Trek was my first fandom, and something I carry with me to this day. As soon as you entered the building you could tell something was amiss. The place was too quiet. The hotels atrium is used for some of the larger programming events and there were maybe thirty to fifty chairs spread out for the main events. The fact that it was enough seating for the guest of honor Manu Intiraymi says alot about the current state of the show. I’d estimate the show had attendance of around 100 people if lucky. The show had 3 programming tracks, a dealers room, two viewing lounges going on while we were there, a consuite, and they take up most of the function space at their host hotel. The problem is, most of the panel rooms were empty during panels, and you could have combined everyone into one small room.
The promoters of this show love Star Trek, that much is obvious, but they would be better served scaling back their show, making it 1 or 2 tracks of programming and move the dealers room (which was tucked in a far wing of the hotel) into a programming room, or even into the atrium. If they adopted a Relaxacon model with a Star Trek Theme, I bet they would have the same attendance but they would benefit from larger groups at each programming piece and the attendees would still have time to socialize. I’m usually a huge fan of the 1/2 hour breaks between panels, as it gives people time to go to the consuite, go to the dealers room, etc, but a 1/2 hour break at this show just made the whole place feel like more of a ghosttown. This show could be great with some tweaks but I wonder if they can continue financially. They did have a indiegogo campaign to help with this year, but if they don’t see larger numbers of attendees, or scale back on hotel space, I don’t know how they can survive in the busy Atlanta Fandom circuit. Star Trek always ebbs and flows in popularity, but for TrekTrax Atlanta it may be going in the wrong direction.

Show #3 was the Atlanta Comic Convention. It’s a show that goes on a few times a year, that is basically a big dealers room. atlantacomic.
There is also a good artist alley, and they did a good job of not just having superhero comic guests. The dealers room could be a little more varied, as most carried comics only (it is a comic show afterall) but there were 1,000’s of comics to sift through so plenty for the avid comic fan to see and shop through. I got a few discounted Graphic Novels, and was pleased with the visit.

A long weekend enjoying Atlanta fandom. Whoo!
Can’t wait to return this fall for the big one, Ole Dragoncon.

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Wikia partners with C2e2

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 22, 2013 | Comments Off on Wikia partners with C2e2

San Francisco – April 19, 2013 – www.Wikia.com, the world’s leading collaborative media company and home to many of the Web’s largest social communities, announced today that it has partnered with C2E2, the annual comic and entertainment extravaganza which takes place every Spring in Chicago and is organized by ReedPOP, the leading producer of pop culture events around the world. The partnership is designed to integrate Wikia’s powerful community of entertainment experts into the industry’s leading events through Wikia [LIVE]. The live, interactive series will consist of a variety of programs that weave in the site’s popular hubs: Video Games, Entertainment and Lifestyle.

“It is with great excitement that we announce this partnership with C2E2,” said Eric Moro, Director of Entertainment Programming, Wikia. “We feel it is yet further recognition of Wikia as one of the largest communities of pop culture experts, and we look forward to working with C2E2 and the ReedPOP team to bring these voices to par with other industry experts.”
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Deepsouthcon 53 awarded to Contraflow

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 22, 2013 | Comments Off on Deepsouthcon 53 awarded to Contraflow

Contraflow 5 in New Orleans will be the host of Deep South Con 52 in October, 2015. Congrats to them.

Meanwhile Deepsouthcon 52 , Contrails will be held in Bristol, VA on May 16th-18th, 2014. There is as of yet no website.

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Conventions Next Weekend April 26th-28th, 2013

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 21, 2013 | Comments Off on Conventions Next Weekend April 26th-28th, 2013

April 26th-28th, 2013
C2e2 Chicago, IL
Chiller Theatre Parsippany, NJ
Creation Star Trek Philly, PA
Dairycon Fond Du Lac, Wi
Dark Shadows Coronado, CA
Eeriecon Niagra Falls, NY
Hauntcon Irving, TX
Ice & Fire Ravenwood Castle, OH
Nadeshicon Sillery, QB
Omegacon Siren, WI
Parahistory Con Lake George, NY
Pulp Ark Batesville, AR
Sci-fi on the Rock St. Johns, NF
Steampunk Exhib Santa Clara, CA
Steampunk Symposium Cinncinnatti, OH
Stumptown Comics Festival Portland, OR
Toy And Hobby Show Charlotte, NC
Wild Nights Wilburton, OK

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Sf2 Summer edition is out.

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 20, 2013 | Comments Off on Sf2 Summer edition is out.

Our friends across the pond sent us news of their latest below,

The summer (or winter down under) issue of Science Fact & Science Fiction Concatenation 

is now up (just a day or so before its nominal posting day of 20th April).

SF2 Concatenation only has three principal seasonal issues of news and reviews a year and this
is one of those.

http://www.concatenation.org

Included is our large seasonal news round-up
http://www.concatenation.org/news/news4~13.html

In that there is quite a bit of convention news including of the
various forthcoming Worldcons and Eurocons
http://www.concatenation.org/news/news4~13.html#worldcon

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Boston Comic Con Cancelled

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 19, 2013 | Comments Off on Boston Comic Con Cancelled

Due to the continuing drama in Boston, the Boston Comic Con has been postponed.
A statement on their website reads,
“Due to the unfortunate events that have transpired here in Boston, a lock down has been put into effect until further notice, causing the Hynes Convention Center to suspend all events. As such, The Boston Comic Con will be rescheduled to a date in the not too distant future.

All people who purchased advanced tickets on line will have their tickets honored at the rescheduled show. If for some reason, you can not come to the show on that date, we will refund your ticket.

Please, we ask for your patience, understanding, and cooperation. We appreciate your loyalty, and continued support for the Boston Comic Con. Unfortunately, this situation is beyond our control.”

It is good to see they will try to hold the show at a later date. Although not as important as what is going on in Boston right now, I do feel for the promoters who will lose a lot of funds as many of the guests had already flown into Boston, and most likely have hotel rooms that will still need to be paid for. I hope many of the guests will do something to help Boston Comic Con in the future to offset any losses this delay will cause, but at the end of the day the safety of the attendees is paramount.

Follow Boston Comic Con’s Twitter for more updates in the coming days.

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Weekend in Atlanta

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 19, 2013 | Comments Off on Weekend in Atlanta

We are heading out first thing Saturday morning for three conventions in Atlanta.
We are hitting Jordancon which also is hosting DeepSouthCon 51.
Down the road is Trek Trax Atlanta. And on Sunday we are going to stop by the Atlanta Comic Con.
Hope to see some of you there, and if not you can follow our adventure on twitter.

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