serving the convention community since 2007.


By Shawn Scott Smith| September 4, 2013 | Comments Off on TOMMY TALLARICO TO ATTEND MAGFEST


September 3rd, 2013:
loves to bring out the best, brightest, and most colorful composers from
the video game music scene, and Mr. Tommy Tallarico certainly fits that
bill. It’s been five years since Tommy has attended a MAGFest event, so
it’s a real treat to bring him back into the fray of the annual video game
music mecca at MAGFest 12, coming January 2-5, 2014, in National Harbor,

Tommy Tallarico’s career spans over 20 years of hits including Earthworm
Jim, Metroid Prime, Advent Rising, and many more. Mr. Tallarico is also the
creator and producer of Video Games Live, the world’s premiere touring
orchestral video game concert event. Since 2005, Video Games Live has
toured in countries all over the world, boasting a repertoire of over 60
different games in a wide variety of styles. The third album from Video
Games Live is currently in its planning phases, but needs YOUR HELP to make
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3 Baltimore Press releases.

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 4, 2013 | Comments Off on 3 Baltimore Press releases.

Baltimore Comic-Con’s Yearbook Returns!

Featuring Stan Sakai and Usagi Yojimbo!


tipin_letter_clrBALTIMORE, MARYLAND – September 3, 2013 – The Baltimore Comic-Con is proud to announce the return of the Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook, celebrating the creators appearing at the show.  This book of art features some of our guests interpreting the Usagi Yojimbo characters, sometimes in conjunction with their own creations, in a celebration of creator-owned properties.
As a bonus, we have a scavenger hunt of sorts. When you buy the book, you’ll get a list of our 38 Yearbook contributors and their table numbers. Get 10 of them to sign it, and come back to the booth for your choice of an added print by either Frank Cho, Ray Fawkes, Michael Golden, Terry Moore, or Mark Texeira! For every 5 extra signatures beyond the first 10, you get an extra print!
Usagi Yojimbo was created by Stan Sakai and first published in 1984, launching in Albedo, a self-published anthology by Steve Gallacci, followed by an appearance in Critters from Fantagraphics in 1985, and finally its own series from the same publisher in 1987, all in black & white.  In 1993, Usagi made the jump to color at Mirage Publishing, and moved to Dark Horse in 1996, where it remains to this day.  Nearly 30 years of Usagi Yojimbo have seen print in book, TV, and digital formats. Read more

AMC’s “Comic Book Men” Invade Baltimore Comic-Con to Tape an Episode of Their Series and Launch Their Comic Book,

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 3, 2013 | Comments Off on AMC’s “Comic Book Men” Invade Baltimore Comic-Con to Tape an Episode of Their Series and Launch Their Comic Book,

“Cryptozoic Man”
Stash Boys Sign Con-Exclusive Copies of the Comic Book at Autograph Signing in Booth #2414 on Sunday, September 8


BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – August 30, 2013 – AMC’s “Comic Book Men” will be filming an episode for the upcoming third season of the series (premieres Sunday, October 13 at midnight ET/PT) at the Baltimore Comic-Con, where the cast will launch their first collaborative comic book “Cryptozoic Man” and sign Con-exclusive copies for fans. Cast members Walt Flanagan, Bryan Johnson, Michael Zapcic, and Ming Chen will be at Booth #2414 for the filming and signing throughout the day, and the legendary Executive Producer Kevin Smith will even stop by to help celebrate the launch.
Comic Book Men
“Comic Book Men” cast. Front Row: Kevin Smith; Back Row: Ming Chen, Bryan Johnson, Walt Flanagan, Michael Zapcic

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Horror Realm Celebrates 5th Anniversary at September 2013 Convention

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 3, 2013 | Comments Off on Horror Realm Celebrates 5th Anniversary at September 2013 Convention

Fall show features cast members from Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Buffy


Pittsburgh, PA – August 28, 2013 – Horror Realm, Pittsburgh’s modern horror convention, celebrates its fifth anniversary in 2013.  The convention takes place September 20th to 22nd at the Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South hotel in Bethel Park.


The convention features dealer areas filled with vendors selling horror themed merchandise such as DVDs, posters, t-shirts, collectibles and handmade items; a film program featuring popular and independent horror movies; a VHS viewing room for horror films that have never been released to DVD; question and answer panels with celebrity guests and horror authors; a costume contest; entertainment and a themed party on Saturday evening.

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Final Worldcon vote totals and analysis

By Petrea Mitchell| September 1, 2013 | 1 Comment

Fuller details of the Worldcon site selection voting are available now thanks to this post from Kevin Standlee. As you see, Helsinki had the initial lead, but Orlando’s voters (at least those who had a further preference) split more than 2:1 in favor of Spokane, pushing it into the majority.
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Spokane gets 2015 Worldcon

By Petrea Mitchell| September 1, 2013 | Comments Off on Spokane gets 2015 Worldcon

The 2015 World Science Fiction Convention will be Sasquan in Spokane, Washington, August 19-23. Exact vote counts are not yet available, but unofficial reports are that it played out as predicted here.

Guests of Honor are: authors David Gerrold and Vonda McIntyre; artist Brad Foster; musician Tom Smith; and fan writer and conrunner Leslie Turek.

For more, watch the official site.


Detroit gets 2014 NASFiC

By Petrea Mitchell| September 1, 2013 | Comments Off on Detroit gets 2014 NASFiC

The 2014 North American Science Fiction Convention will be Detcon 1 in Detroit, Michigan, July 17-20. It defeated Phoenix by 231 votes to 210. Everyone who voted in NASFiC site selection is automatically a supporting member.

Guests of Honor will be: author Steven Barnes; artist John Picacio; critics, academics and fan writers Bernadette Bosky, Arthur D. Hlavaty and Kevin J. Maroney; engineer Helen Greiner; musicians Bill and Brenda Sutton; and the chairs of the Detroit Worldcon from 1959, Roger Sims and Fred Prophet.

For everyone who didn’t vote, memberships purchased before December 1 are $55 for attending adults, $25 for children, $35 for supporting.

For more, see the official site.


Conventions next weekend 9/6-9/8, 2013

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 1, 2013 | Comments Off on Conventions next weekend 9/6-9/8, 2013

Sept 6th-8th, 2013
Baltimore Comic Con Baltimore, MD
Cincy Comic Cinncinnatti, OH
Drive-in Super Monster Vandergrift, PA
Hollywood Collectors Chicago, IL
Horrorhound Indianapolis, IN
Indie Craft Parade Greenville, SC
Kentuckyocon Lexington, Ky
Kishicon Welasco, TX
Midoricon West Portmouth, OH
No Mich Anime Traverse City, MI
Outsidecon Burns, TN
Peewee Over Louisville Louisville, KY
Southern Front Raleigh, NC
Umicon Daytona, FL


Worldcon election-night projections

By Petrea Mitchell| August 31, 2013 | 1 Comment

The polls have just closed for Worldcon site selection, which for the first time in years features a three-way race. The results will be officially announced at tomorrow morning’s WSFS Business Meeting. In the spirit of modern elections, let’s fill that gap with some speculation!

There are no organized polls of Worldcon votes to rely on, but there is one piece of information which can provide some guidance on the feelings of the electorate: pre-support numbers. Pre-supporters are the people who have donated to a bid to help finance its campaign, with the promise of a discounted membership should the bid win.

Current presupport numbers from the bid sites are…
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Dublin announces Worldcon 2019 bid

By Petrea Mitchell| August 31, 2013 | Comments Off on Dublin announces Worldcon 2019 bid

A bid has been announced for Dublin to host the 2019 World Science Fiction Convention. Dates have not been mentioned, but it would probably be held across Ireland’s August bank holiday, which would make it August 1-5.

The bid will begin active campaigning next summer, when Dublin hosts the European Science Fiction Convention.

One unusual twist is that the bid will have access to government assistance:

Fáilte Ireland and The Dublin Convention Bureau have stated that they wish to support a Worldcon in Ireland. This support would come in a variety of forms, including monetary assistance if we are successful with our bid.

See all the details at the official site.

There are currently no other bids for 2019, with Montréal’s bid having moved to 2017. New Orleans is the only bidder for 2018, and the only one for 2020 is New Zealand, standing in for the about-once-per-decade trip to Australia that Worldcon has been making since 1975. This once again raises the question of whether the primarily North American voter base will allow two Worldcons in a row outside North America, something which is about to be tested with Helsinki going for the year after London. More on that later today!



By Shawn Scott Smith| August 31, 2013 | Comments Off on Pinupalooza


PinUpalooza 2013 is coming! Back for our second year, PinUpalooza ( is a celebration of pin-up girl art, culture, fashion, and photography that takes place September 7, 2013 at the International Palms Resort in Orlando, Florida.


PinUpalooza is designed to cater to all levels of fans for pin-up, burlesque, and rockabilly culture. As such, we offer a full day of activities for our attendees to enjoy, from casually curious to dangerously dedicated! Please note that, like all events of this nature, the schedule posted here is tentative and subject to change. The final, official schedule will be posted at the convention.

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Baltimore Comic-Con Adds Brian Wood Courtesy of CBLDF

By Shawn Scott Smith| August 30, 2013 | Comments Off on Baltimore Comic-Con Adds Brian Wood Courtesy of CBLDF

Star Wars by Brian WoodBALTIMORE, MARYLAND – August 27, 2013 – The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to announce the addition of writer Brian Wood, courtesy of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF). Wood joins a growing list of creators that will be in attendance at this year’s show, taking place September 7-8, 2013 at the Baltimore Convention Center.


Brian Wood’s first professional work in comics was a 5-issue miniseries, titledChannel Zero, published by Image Comics in 1997. It was created as part of his final project for graduation from Parsons School of Design. In 2000, he was offered a co-writing job by Warren Ellis to join him on Marvel Comics’Generation X.


After a 12-issue run on the title, he returned to the world of creator-owned comics where, between 2001 and 2005, he would create such titles asCouscous Express, The Couriers, Jennie One (AiT/Planet Lar), Pounded(Oni Press), and Fight for Tomorrow (Vertigo), as well as the critically-acclaimed 12-issue series, Demo.

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New Guest Annoucements!

By Shawn Scott Smith| August 29, 2013 | Comments Off on New Guest Annoucements!

MomoCon is happy to bring you the first of many new guest announcements for the 2014 convention!

Troy Baker

We are very excited to announce that Troy Baker will be coming to MomoCon 2014! Troy is most recently known for voicing the lead roles in both Last of Us (Joel) and Bioshock Infinite (Booker DeWitt), and is lead in the upcoming InFAMOUS: Second Son. Troy is perhaps one of the most prolific video game voice actors today, but got his start voicing for various anime series where he has played Abel Nightroad from Trinity Blood,  November 11 from Darker Than Black, Excalibur fromSoul Eater, and Kanji Tatsumi from Persona 4 among others.

Sifu Kisu and Sifu Manny

Sifu Kisu is the creative consultant responsible for the martial arts we see in Avatar The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. Sifu Manny is the consultant responsible for the style of earth bending as demonstrated by the character Toph from Avatar The Last Airbender. Both Sifu Kisu and Sifu Manny were at MomoCon 2013 and have been one of the most requested guests to return. We are excited that they will once again be at MomoCon, and instructing us all on how to properly bend with their workshop classes!

Mike Reiss

There are few truly funny people in this world, and Mike Reiss is one of them. And we are proud to welcome back Mike Reiss as a guest for MomoCon 2014! One of the founding writers on The Simpsons, Mike has gone on to create the animated series The Critic as well as write the screenplays for Horton Hears a Who!, Ice Age: Dawn of the DinosaursThe Simpson’s Movie, and was a consultant The Lorax. We know you will enjoy Mike Reiss’ panels as much as we do!

The Nostalgia Critic

we are happy to announce that Doug Walker, from (perhaps best known as The Nostalgia Critic), will be at MomoCon 2014! Doug’s online videos average over 100,000 views a week, and he has been a frequent guest request for MomoCon for several years. We have heard that he is even funnier in real life, and are looking forward to what is sure to be some epic panels!

Lindze, Riddle, and Manda Bear

Here in Atlanta we are the lucky to have some very talented cosplayers, and we are excited to announce the return of Lindze A’la ModeRiddle’s Messy Wardrobe, and Manda Bear. If you have any questions about cosplay, then you must check out their panels at MomoCon 2014!


BOOM! Studios Comes Out in Full Force for Mike Carey’s Only U.S. Convention: Baltimore Comic-Con

By Shawn Scott Smith| August 28, 2013 | Comments Off on BOOM! Studios Comes Out in Full Force for Mike Carey’s Only U.S. Convention: Baltimore Comic-Con

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – August 26, 2013 – BOOM! Studios is thrilled to continue its nationwide, action-packed 2013 convention tour with a return to Baltimore Comic-Con from Saturday, September 7ththrough Sunday, Sunday 8th. The publisher will be bringing along a pair of exclusive variant covers along with fan-favorite talent.
BOOM! Studios is honored to host luminary author Mike Carey (SUICIDE RISK, The Unwritten) at its booths (#1303) for signings throughout the show for his only United States comic book convention appearance in 2013.
In addition, KaBOOM! Studios is equally excited to welcome Natasha Allegri (ADVENTURE TIME: FIONNA AND CAKE), Mike Holmes (BRAVEST WARRIORS, ADVENTURE TIME), Noelle Stevenson (ADVENTURE TIME, Nimona), Ian McGinty (ADVENTURE TIME: CANDY CAPERS, UglyDoll), Travis Hill (CARS), and Allison Strejlau (REGULAR SHOW) signing and sketching at the KaBOOM! Studios booth (#1301) all weekend long. The publisher will also be hosting Paul Jenkins (DEATHMATCH, FAIRY QUEST),Garfield_17_CVR_BaltimoreBrian Stelfreeze (DAY MEN, Wednesday Comics), Matt Gagnon (DAY MEN), Mike Kunkel (HEROBEAR AND THE KID), and Eric Esquivel (FREELANCERS) throughout the weekend along with signings by Archaia creators, including David Petersen (MOUSE GUARD) and Charles Soule (STRANGE ATTRACTORS).
Newly acquired imprint Archaia Entertainment will be on hand at the BOOM! Studios booth with a section devoted entirely to their titles, including new releases like MOUSE GUARD: THE BLACK AXE, CYBORG 009, RUBICON, STRANGE ATTRACTORS, THE REASON FOR DRAGONS, and THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR.



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16 convention dates added to the calendar!

By Shawn Scott Smith| August 28, 2013 | Comments Off on 16 convention dates added to the calendar!

Oct 19th, 2013
North Texas Comic Dallas, TX

April 16th-18th, 2014
Gateway Furmeet St. Louis, MO

May 23rd-25th, 2014
Omni ExpoOrlando, FL
AniMinneapolis Minneapolis, MN

May 30th-June 1st, 2014
Sodak Anime Rapid City, SD

June 6th-8th, 2014
Duckon Wheeling, IL

June 12th-15th, 2014
Cosplacon Jefferson City, MO

June 20th-22nd, 2014
Anime Blues Memphis, TN
Haunted America 2013 Decatur, IL
Ne Filk Morristown, NJ
Portconmaine Portland, ME
Texas Comic ConSan Antonio, TX

June 28th-29th, 2014
Derby City Louisville, KY
Libertycon East Ridge, TN
Ocala Comic Ocala, FL

July 18th-20th, 2014
Ancient City Con Jacksonville, FL


Show in Knoxville Oct 12th.

By Shawn Scott Smith| August 26, 2013 | Comments Off on Show in Knoxville Oct 12th.



Conventions next weekend Aug 29th-Sept 3rd, 2013

By Shawn Scott Smith| August 25, 2013 | Comments Off on Conventions next weekend Aug 29th-Sept 3rd, 2013

Aug 29th-Sept 3rd, 2013
Anime Fest Dallas, TX
Anime Vegas Las Vegas, NV
Celestialcon Fremont, CA
Dark Carnival Columbus, IN
Dragoncon Atlanta, GA
Kumoricon Portland, OR
Librari-con Fayetteville, NC
Lone Star Con 3/ Worldcon San Antonio, TX
Memphit Furmeet, Memphis, TN
Metacon Bloomington, MN
Pax Prime Seattle, WA
Sabotecon Phoenix, AZ
Sac Anime Sacremento, CA
SF Zine Fest San Francisco, CA
Sogen Con Sioux Falls, SD
Strategicon Los Angeles, CA
Tacticon Auroro, Co
TCEP 20 Sterling, Va


11 more dates added.

By Shawn Scott Smith| August 22, 2013 | Comments Off on 11 more dates added.

Sept 6th-8th, 2013
Kishicon Welasco, TX

Sept 13th-15th, 2013
Fatality Fest Billings, MT

Oct 11th-13th, 2013
Fatality Fest Ft Lauderdale, FL

Nov 22nd-24th, 2013
Ectocon St. Louis, MO
Who Fest Dallas, TX

May 9th-11th, 2014
Trek Con Springfield, MO

June 13th-15th, 2014
Sf Summer Con Atlanta, GA
Superman Celebration Metropolis, IL
Anime Mid Atlantic Chesapeake, VA
Brickworld Chicago, IL
OMGcon Paducah, KY

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