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10 dates for 2011

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

April 22nd-24th, 2011
Anime Punch Columbus, OH

May 26th-29th, 2011
Anime Oasis Boise, ID
Conquest Kansas City, KS

July 8th-10th, 2011
Shore Leave Hunt Valley, MD
Anime Wichita Wichita, KS

July 14th-17th, 2011
Readercon Burlington, MA
Libertycon East Ridge, TN
Mythcon Albuquerque, NM

July 21st-24th, 2011
Comic-Con Intl San Diego, CA

August 5th-7th, 2011
San Japan San Antonio, TX

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AAC announces more guests,

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

NASHUA, NH – Another Anime Convention would like to take this opportunity to announce its second round of guests.

Returning as guest artists this year will be Michelle Pinard and Robert “Sketch” Scholz. The Comiku Girls will be returning as guest panelists, as will the former members of The Penny Dreadfuls. The Dreadfuls have become S. S. Icarus and The Wandering Legion.

Adding to AAC’s voice actor lineup, we have Robert Axelrod. Robert’s voice acting career has spanned decades, and landed him well known roles such as Lord Zedd from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Colonel Gaust in The Big O.

Finally, Another Anime Con would like to welcome the Japanese band ZAMZA. ZAMZA will be kicking off its 2010 U.S. tour, and promoting its first U.S. album release, MANGA ROCK. The band will be playing on Sunday of the convention, with a meet and greet on Saturday.
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New dates for 2011

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

March 11th-13th, 2011
Anime Fannatiku St. George, UT

April 15th-17th, 2011
Jordancon Atlanta, GA

April 29th-May 1st, 2011
Texas Frightmare Irving, TX

July 29th-31st, 2011
Megaplex Kissimee, FL

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KC tries for Worldcon again

By Petrea Mitchell| August 12, 2010 | 1 Comment

News of one genuine Worldcon bid today: Kansas City is trying for 2016. So far, it has a Twitter feed, with a Web site coming soon.

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Orycon 32 adds Seanan McGuire

By Petrea Mitchell| August 12, 2010 | Comments Off

Writer, musician, and cartoonist Seanan McGuire has been announced as the Filk Guest of Honor for Orycon 32, which is November 12-14 in Portland, OR. Previously announced guests are P. N. Elrod (writer), Sharyn November (editor), and Chad Savage (artist). Bios of all of them can be found here.

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Baltimore Comic-Con 2010 Second Annual Costume Contest and More!

By Shawn Scott Smith| August 11, 2010 | 1 Comment


BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – August 11, 2010 – In addition to the all-star line-up of talent scheduled at this year’s 11th anniversary Baltimore Comic-Con, the show will host their second annual costume contest … back by HUGE demand!

“We held the first costume contest last year and were not sure what to expect, it being our first time,” said Marc Nathan, Baltimore Comic-Con promoter, “and we were totally caught off-guard when hundreds entered. The contestants and audience overflowed the stage and the contest room, then spilled into the convention center.” He went on to add, “We’ve been asked for years and years to have a costume contest – so we had one and it was a massive hit – so now we have to take it up a notch! Bigger hall, bigger prizes, bigger guest judges.”
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ReConStruction redux

By Petrea Mitchell| August 11, 2010 | Comments Off

ReConStruction had about 750 members total. Out of that, the Texas in 2013 Worldcon bid reports 113 new presupporters, and London in 2014 reports 175.

The point of a NASFiC is to provide a small Worldcon-like convention as a consolation for people who can’t make it to the real thing when it’s being held off-continent, and in that respect it performed admirably. Programming included the usual range of panels, as well as all the usual specialty areas, including films, gaming, and an extensive filk track. There were awards ceremonies– the Chesleys and Golden Ducks stayed home, as previously announced, with a surprise cameo from the Sidewise Awards.

Owing to longstanding Marriott corporate policy, there were no parties. (For those who can recall recent conventions being held at Marriotts and having parties, no, they really have this policy, it’s just apparently not enforced much.) However, there were many lively and well-attended themed meet-and-greets in the evenings.

All the Worldcon bids were there, though that wasn’t enough for some people, leading to two bids for 2015 being started at the dead dog party gathering Sunday night without the knowledge of their alleged bid chairs. Experienced convention-runners based in or around major cities should really plan to make it to their next local club meeting if at all possible, is all I’m gonna say…

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Gareb Shamus Announces Dates For 2011 Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con

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

Event To Return to Anaheim Convention Center April 29 – May 1, 2011

NEW YORK and ANAHEIM, Calif., August 10, 2010 – Following a successful debut at the 2010 Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con, Wizard Entertainment CEO Gareb Shamus today announced that the event will return to the Anaheim Convention Center, April 29 through May 1, 2011.

The inaugural Anaheim Comic Con, held April 16-18, featured a rare reunion of “Batman’s” Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether and Yvonne Craig and more than 250 celebrities, comic artists and writers. Comic book legend Stan Lee, TV icon William Shatner and legend Mickey Rooney were among the other headline guests. Numerous well-known producers and directors, including Avi Arad and Don Murphy, comprised a special section, and the popular Voice Actors Pavilion is scheduled to return in 2011. The 2010 event brought together fans of pop culture, comics, toys and collectibles and offered a chance to see the best each industry has to offer.

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Added the next 2 Deep South Cons.

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

Sept 23rd-25th, 2011
Fencon/DSC 49Addison, TX

June 15th-17th, 2012
Deepsouthcon 50 Hunstville, AL

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Dorn and Stewart in Vegas.

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

Michael Dorn finally gets the captain back for being a prick all those years.

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Klaus Janson & Howard Chaykin Offer Artist’s Workshop

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


Baltimore, Maryland – Aug 9, 2010 – With over seventy five years of cumulative experience in the comic book industry, Klaus Janson and Howard Chaykin are all-too-well-versed in the ins and outs of making a career in our inkstained – and now, with all that digital stuff, carpal tunneled – business.

For the past few years, Klaus and Howard have been conducting an Artist’s Workshop for Marvel, offering invaluable insights, gleaned from those decades of experience, on narrative, storytelling, page design, and career management.

They’ve developed a fluid and comprehensive take on the inside game played by successful cartoonists – and a series of direct and vital techniques intended to drag newer talents out of a hobby and into a profession – without ever losing the joy all of us experience when we ply our craft.

Klaus and Howard have taken their seminar on the road to the renowned Savannah College of Art & Design, to great acclaim from students and faculty alike, and now they’re bringing a customized version of the workshop to the 2010 Baltimore Comic-Con.

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Autopsy of the Dead screening at Horror Realm

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


Documentary honors Night of the Living Dead; cast & crew to appear

Pittsburgh, PA – August 6, 2010 – Horror Realm, Pittsburgh’s modern horror convention, honors the area’s horror roots with a screening of the documentary Autopsy of the Dead.

Autopsy of the Dead is a historical documentary which was produced to preserve the memories of the production of Night of the Living Dead through interviews with cast and crew of George Romero’s horror masterpiece. The documentary was produced by Jim Cirronella and directed by Jeff Carney.

Complementing the screening, Horror Realm is pleased to announce that the following cast and crew members of the original film will be appearing at the convention:
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Conventions this weekend Aug 13th-15th, 2010

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

All the kids in their stormtrooper armor descend on Orlando, three items for Atlanta, and so much more this weekend. Anyone going to any of these?

Aug 13th-15th, 2010
Star Wars Celebration Orlando, FL
Atlanta Horror Fest Atlanta, GA
Creation Star Trek Parsippany, NJ
Anime Evolution Vancouver, BC
MatsuriconColumbus, OH
Otakuthon Montreal, QB
Quakecon Dallas, TX
Anime DetroitTroy, MI
Delta H Con Houston, TX
Onyxcon Atlanta, GA
Guns Of August Williamsburg, VA
Dragonflight Bellevue, WA
Tolkien Moot Spokane, WA
Constructacon Livonia, MI
Fear Fest Dallas, TX
Atamakon Orlando, FL
Phantomcon Hickory, NC
Faerie Escape Atlanta, GA

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17 dates for 2011.

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

April 29th-May 1st, 2011
Penguicon Troy, MI
Creation Supernatural Nashville, TN

May 27th-31st, 2011
World Steam Expo Dearborn, MI

Jun 3-5th, 2011
Diecon Collinsville, IL

Jun 10th-12th, 2011
Wyrdcon Costa Mesa, CA
Sf Summer Con Atlanta, GA
Creation Star Trek Vancouver, BC

June 17th-19th, 2011
Supercon Miami, FL
Anime Mid Atlantic Hampton, VA

June 22nd-26th, 2011
Origins Columbus, OH

July 1st-3rd, 2011
Ne Filk Parsippany, NJ

July 8th-10th, 2011
Creation Supernatural Parsippany, NJ

July 15th-17th, 2011
Creation Star Trek Boston, MA

July 29th-31st, 2011
Creation Star Trek Nashville, TN

Aug 5th-7th, 2011
Creation Supernatural Boston, MA

Aug 19th- 21st, 2011
Creation Twilight Boston, MA

Oct 8th-9th, 2011
Creation Twilight Baltimore, MD

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Lone Justice Graphic Novel Exclusive at Baltimore Comic-Con

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


IDW Publishing, ComicMix and Insight Studios Team-Up for Signed, Numbered Edition

Baltimore, Maryland – August 6, 2010 – He’s been the city’s greatest champion, battling tirelessly to keep us safe from harm. But what could spell the end for Lone Justice? What could destroy the hero of the century? Does it take losing everything to a horrific economy to make a man see what he really stands for?

With the regular edition of IDW Publishing and ComicMix’s Lone Justice – Volume 1 not due in comic shops until September, a select few fans will be able to get a signed, limited convention exclusive edition at the August 28-29, 2010 Baltimore Comic-Con.

Writer-artist Mark Wheatley, writer Robert Tinnell, and editor Mike Gold will all be on hand to celebrate this sneak peek edition, which is limited to only 50 copies. This edition includes a special illustrated signature plate.
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Cosplay Chess at Anime North

By Shawn Scott Smith| August 5, 2010 | Comments Off

Lunatique is uploading the entire cosplay chess at Anime North. Never really enjoyed these at Anime cons, but maybe you do.

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Harvey Awards News

By Shawn Scott Smith| August 4, 2010 | Comments Off

Mark Waid to Keynote 2010 Harvey Awards!

Tickets Now Available!
Final Ballots Due by Saturday, Aug. 7!

Baltimore, Maryland – August 4, 2010 – The Harvey Awards dinner and presentation ceremony, featuring emcee Scott Kurtz and Keynote speaker Mark Waid, will be held on Saturday, August 28th at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore.

Harvey Awards tickets are on sale now. Tickets to the event, which includes full cocktail hour (cash bar), full service dinner, awards ceremony, and gift bag are now available for $100. Tickets are available by calling Cards, Comics & Collectibles in Reisterstown, Maryland at (410) 526-7410. Major Credit Cards will be accepted for payment. Dinner tickets must be purchased by Wednesday, August 25th and will not be available at the door.

The Harveys, named after the legendary MAD Magazine founding editor and master storyteller Harvey Kurtzman, recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards both nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals.

Guests for dinner and the awards ceremony will enjoy a full banquet dinner and a lively show hosted once again by Scott Kurtz as our Master of Ceremonies. All 22 Harvey Awards will be announced, as well the Keynote Presentation by Mark Waid.
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Otakon Fire Alarm

By Shawn Scott Smith| August 4, 2010 | Comments Off

Good way to disrupt a convention schedule for 30,000 anime fans.

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