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Youmacon guests.

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 4, 2011 | Comments Off

Press Release
Youmacon, Detroit’s first and only Anime convention will be returning to the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center November 3rd – 6th, 2011. With over 9,000 in attendance in 2010, Youmacon has become one of fastest growing fan conventions in the nation. In it’s seventh year, Youmacon will once again give its attendees the opportunity to meet various industry guests, such as voice actors of popular Anime shows, artists, musical guests, and internet celebrities. Read more

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Cosplay Daily

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 3, 2011 | Comments Off

Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits fashion
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Smofcon scholarships awarded

By Petrea Mitchell| October 3, 2011 | Comments Off

The previously announced scholarships to Smofcon have been awarded. Diane Lacey of CanSMOF says:

The two scholarships have been awarded to Catherine Crockett of Toronto, Ontario and Megan Totusek of Maryville, Missouri. We wish to congratulate Catherine and Megan and to thank all those who applied.

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Sidebar updated. 30 conventions added!

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 2, 2011 | Comments Off

Oct 22nd-23rd, 2011
XCON Myrtle Beach, SC

Nov 4th-6th, 2011
Emerald City Steampunk Witchita, KS

Nov 11th-13th, 2011
Mepacon Clarks Summit, PA

Dec 3rd-5th, 2011
Arkansas Anime Festival Bentonville, AR

Dec 17th-18th, 2011
Bishiecon St. Louis, MO

Feb 17th-19th, 2012
Dundracon San Ramon, CA
Visioncon Springfield, MO

March 9th-11th, 2012
Monster Mania Hunt Valley, MD

March 16th-18th, 2012
Momocon Atlanta, GA
Vericon Cambridge, MA

March 24th-25th, 2012
Annapolis Comic Con Annapolis, MD

April 6th-8th, 2012
Chimaeracon San Antonio, TX

April 28th-29th, 2012
Quinni-Con”>Hamden, CT
Pariahcon Lakeland, FL

May 4th-6th, 2012
Halloween and Haunters King of Prussia, PA

May 18th-20th, 2012
Steampunk World Fair Piscataway, NJ

May 25th-27th, 2012
Comicpalooza Houston, TX
NashconFranklin, TN

June 1st-3rd, 2012
Califur Irvine, CA
Hamacon Huntsville, Al
Anime Zing Davenport, IA

June 8th-10th, 2012
Steam Revolution Nashua, NH
OMGcon Paducah, KY
Alberquerque Comic Alber, NM

June 15th-17th, 2012
Metrocon Tampa, FL

June 21st-24th, 2012
Wyrdcon Costa Mesa, CA
Apollocon Houston, TX
Trek Expo Tulsa, OK

July 7th-8th, 2012
Kids Read Comics Chelsea, MI

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Conventions This Weekend Oct 7th-9th, 2011

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 2, 2011 | Comments Off

Oct 7th-9th, 2011
Akicon Bellevue, WA
Central Texas Paranormal Austin, TX
Conclave Romulus, MI
Council of Five Nations Schenectdy, NY
Creation Twilight Baltimore, MD
Creation Supernatural Toronto, ON
Crisiscon Huntsville, AL
Fan Days Plano, TX
GardenState Comiccon Cherry Hill, NJ
Geek Girl Con Seattle, WA
Hollywood Collectors Burbank, CA
Pittsburgh Indy Comix Pittsburgh, PA
Realms Con Corpus Christi, TX
Sirens Vail, CO
Snafucon Reno, NV
Tsubasacon Huntington, WV
Ultimate Horror Orlando, FL

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Starbase Indy News

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 1, 2011 | Comments Off

Get You

TonyToddStarbase Indy the 16th Generation. We are immersing ourselves in as many things Klingon as we can this year.Celebrate your inner alien. Impress your friends with some newly acquired Klingon linguistic skills. Learn about Klingon anthropology. Sing karaoke in Klingon. Swing a bat’leth with the best of them. Get your forehead rippled.  Prices are only $40 for the weekend with prices going up at the door.  For more information on why you should pre-register, including day rates, click here.

We are also happy to announce TWO new guests for this year’s event. Keep reading for more details.

Convinced? Order Your Weekend Membership Online TODAY!

If you are a creative person and enjoy writing, boy do we have the workshop for you! Screenwriter Morgan Gendel, Hugo-winner for the Star Trek: TNG episode “The Inner Light,” leads a 2-hour session during which participants will create “The Next (Imaginary) Star Trek Series.” Gendel uses clips from Star Trek and other series he’s written to demonstrate how actions illuminate character; how characters dictate their own dialog; and the essentials of dramatic conflict. Each workshop participant will have plenty of input as these general principles are applied to creating a hypothetical new fan-favorite series. There is an additional fee for this workshop, click herefor pricing and to reserve your seat.

If writing isn’t your thing, you won’t want to miss Gendel’s Q & A as he offers new insights into the making of this fan-favorite tale, “The Inner Light,” about Picard’s alternate life and much more. Hear all about the sequel that never was, the Flute that almost wasn’t, plus ongoing otherworldly experiences with William Shatner, Stan Lee and others. Gendel will be available throughout the convention to autograph copies of his “Inner Light” script and sell handcrafted Official Replicas of the Ressikan Flute approved by Roddenberry Productions.

IMPORTANT HOTEL NOTICE! If you plan on staying at the hotel it is imperative that you make your reservations TODAY! As many of you know, we normally hold our convention over Thanksgiving weekend. Because of this we are usually not competing with hotel space for other events. This year there will be other events going on at the Marriott reducing the number of available rooms. We usually sell out of our block as it is and this year our block was reduced due to space. We have contracted rates at the Marriott for $89 per night and the La Quinta for $49 per night. Reserve your room by phone or online; checkout all the details on our hotel page.

Reserve Your Room TODAY, Before They Are Gone!

Other programming is materializing into shape. We definitely have Robot Building and Critter Crunch competition with Joe Greene. (We came into possession of a magic tent with lots of space inside.) Tim Richardson will be there with his movie Harvey Putter. Kate Chaplin is bringing her movie It’s Leah Not Leia.

Whether you have children or you’re a kid at heart, you won’t want to miss Pam Easterday’s panel Build a Tribble or Making Wave Bottles. And, an idea brought to SBI by Dr. Rob Pyatt a couple years ago, Cereal & Cartoons will return on Saturday morning, but this year will be held in the Con Suite. Remember, our goal is to get your kids addicted to SBI, I mean, interested in science and speculative fiction early.  Please note that children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

First rate costumers will be on hand to share their expertise and teach you how to make some nifty outfits to wear, apply make-up and construct a prosthesis for your forehead; you do want to be a Klingon, right? If you already have a costume, that is splendiferous. Stop by Registration or Operations and enter the Masquerade or fill out the forms online. Click here for the entry form and masquerade rules. Click here for general cosplay rules.

Dr. Rob Pyatt and Jeff Thompson will be our MC’s this year. This will be their swan song, so you don’t want to miss whatever mayhem they may have in store for us. Rob will also regale us with his (R-rated) Weird Science.

Starbase Indy is going to screen another FREE movie in Main Programming. This year’s movie is The Truth is Out There with our guest Dean Haglund, followed by a Q&A. (Checkout the trailer on our website.) The free showing will be on Saturday instead of Friday and will require a weekend or Saturday only badge. Our Friday programming will begin later than usual, since most of us still have to work in the mundane world.

DINNER WITH THE STARS is still on the menu!! If you haven’t attended before, here is a brief review: Doors will open at 6:00 PM. There is a mix and mingle until 6:30 PM after which the buffet line begins. Our entertainment will begin between 7:30 PM and 7:45 PM. (Entertainment schedule is not set but will include iL Troubadore Klingon Music Project, some singing by Kim Morgan and David Reddick and some side splitting humor with Jay Acovone and Dean Haglund.) Entertainment will end by 9:00 PM. We only have enough seating for 50 people and we have less than 20 left so you will want to reserve your spot quickly because at $75 per person, they won’t last long. For more details about the dinner, click here. Read more

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EXHIBIT SPACE AT NEW YORK COMIC CON SOLD OUT!

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 30, 2011 | Comments Off

Show Floor to Occupy Entire Javits Exhibit Hall; Chevrolet to be “Vehicle Sponsor”; Cultyard Pavilion and Other Attractions are Convention Floor Highlights

Norwalk, CT, September 29, 2011: Officials at New York Comic Con have announced that the show floor for this year’s highly anticipated convention is sold out. This “sell out” two weeks before the show marks another milestone in the convention’s enormous growth since its debut in 2006. The show floor will occupy the complete exhibit hall of Javits Center as the entire convention takes up 470,000 square feet of space. In total, over 700 exhibitors and 400 artists will participate in this year’s event which will include an expanded autographing area as well as 3 full days of public access to the show. Notably, this year will feature a Vehicle Sponsor, as Chevrolet will host the New York consumer debut for the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic at New York Comic Con. Additionally, after a hugely successful debut last year, the Cultyard Pavilion will return again this year with over 40 exhibitors featuring art, design, collectible toys, pop-tech, and fashion. And, in what NYCC is informally calling the “Star Wars Zip Code” in the exhibition hall, attendees will find new Star Wars products from licensees and dealers, as well as a special Celebration VI area.

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Ein Strife to perform at Ultimacon

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 30, 2011 | Comments Off


Adventure Rock Band” Eien Strife will be performing at Ultimacon 2012 in
New Orleans. The group will be bringing the new chapter of their show
entitled “Full Speed Ahead” to life for those in attendance on Memorial
Day weekend. Throughout the past year, the band has been traveling across
the United States while adding more and more energy and stunts to their
show. The first performance of this chapter can be seen in November at
AnimeUSA in Arlington, Virginia. With 2012 rapidly approaching, they are
booking more dates to share their adventure with convention audiences all
over the globe.

To get a glimpse of their previous performances or information on
bookings, please see these links
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Cosplay Daily

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 30, 2011 | Comments Off

.:Cosplay 4:.
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Portland Retro Gaming Expo report

By Petrea Mitchell| September 29, 2011 | Comments Off

[ Portland Retro Gaming Expo sign ] This year I finally made it to the Portland Retro Gaming Expo. It was like stepping into an old arcade, complete with vintage soundtrack (one set included the theme from Star Wars, followed by “Billy Jean”, followed by “Rock Lobster”) and gaming machines. In the freeplay arcade, I got to revisit Pac-Man, Centipede, Space Invaders (including the pinball version), Donkey Kong, and more. Lined up next to that was a whole museum of old gaming consoles, all working and available to try out.

Panels included tips on video game collecting, a trivia contest which I and some random strangers who decided to form a team did not do very well at, and my personal favorite: Ed Fries, former head of Microsoft’s gaming division, doing a presentation on how he developed a version of Halo for the Atari 2600. There were also tournaments, raffles, and a cosplay contest. Oh, yes, and the dealers’ area, where I found something for my 286 that I keep around to play old games on, something for the Amiga 500 that I also keep around to play old games on, and two GBA games for my DS Lite.

You have probably figured out by now that I’m right dead center in the PRGE’s target demographic. It will come as no surprise to you that I absolutely loved it. I spent a certain amount of time just walking around with a big silly grin on my face. I will definitely be back next year.

See the usual photostream for more photos and commentary, plus the story of probably the weakest computer ever to run Mandelbrot set calculations.

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Cosplay Daily

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 28, 2011 | Comments Off

Conan - Dragon*Con 2009WalkerSpace Photo Credit

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Horror Weekend this weekend in TN

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 28, 2011 | Comments Off

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Be sure to hit “LIKE” to get the up to the minute updates http://www.facebook.com/horrorweekend

 

 

THIS WEEKEND DON’T MISS EAST TENNESSEE’S LARGEST HORROR CELEBRITY GATHERING!

 

Joing your favorite celebrities for Autographs, Q&A Panels, Vendors, Costume Contest, Scream Queen Contest and movie screenings. Please visit our website atwww.HorrorWeekend.com for complete event details.

 

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Buy early and avoid the lines www.HorrorWeekend.com for more information.

 

TICKETS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR!

FOR QUESTIONS CALLING (865)216-3772

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New Con: When Worlds Collide

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 27, 2011 | Comments Off


Aug 10th-12th, 2012
When Worlds Collide Calgary, AB

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Cosplay Daily.

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 27, 2011 | Comments Off

Amecon Cosplay - Axis Power Hetalia
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CONvergence/Play Date news.

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 26, 2011 | Comments Off

From an email:


Help Support Independent Film!

FlywayConsider attending and volunteering at this local film festival.  Only an hour and half from the Twin Cities in the beautiful St. Croix River valley, here’s a terrific chance to seeindependent films and meet the people who make them.Convergence Events is partnering with Flyway to bring some of the cast and crew of the film Radio Free Albemuth, based on a Philip K. Dick novel, to the festival, as well as supporting a panel of science fiction authors who will speak after the viewing.

Flyway Film Festival is offering terrific discounts to CONvergence attendees. Order online using the codes provided; or get the same discounts at the festival itself when you produce your CONvergence badge from the 2011 convention.

  • Screening tickets: Save $2 per $8 ticket (limit 2 per show) and pay $6/ticket using code cvia online or onsite using your CONvergence badge.
  • Friday Late Night Screening on October 21: Save $2 per $12 ticket (limit 2) and pay $10/ticket using codecvln online or onsite using your CONvergence badge. Includes complimentary beverages such as wine, beer and Joia soda.
  • Kickoff Gala and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, October 20 from 6 to 11 p.m.: Save $10 per $35 ticket (limit 2) and pay $25/ticket using code cvkog11 online or onsite using your CONvergence badge. Includes free food, beverages and live music.
  • Screening Passes: Purchase online only. Save $5 per $50 pass and pay $45/pass using code cvscp11. Available through October 19 as supplies last. Valid for any screening and gives you priority seating.
  • Full Festival Passes: Purchase online only. Save $10 per $85 pass and pay $75/pass using codecvffp11. Available through October 19 as supplies last. Includes entry to the Kickoff Gala, admission to the Flyway Festival Lounge, and is valid for any screening and provides priority seating.

Are you an independent filmmaker trying to figure out how to distribute and market your films? Sign up for the two-day Think Outside the Box Office workshop presented by Jon Reiss. Reiss, named one of “10 Digital Directors to Watch” by Daily Variety, will also deliver the Flyway Film Festival Keynote Address during opening night gala and awards ceremony. If you’re a CONvergence attendee, save $25 per $50 early bird registration and pay $25 through an extended early bird registration due date of October 19 using discount code cvwrk11 online. If you register at the door, you still save $25 on the $75 on site registration so you’ll pay $50 if you bring your CONvergence badge. Lunches will be provided to all workshop attendees.

Want to experience the festival behind the scenes as well? Volunteer! You’ll receive perks such as free merchandise and free tickets to individual screenings all the way up to screening passes depending on how much time you can give the festival. Flyway can even provide some limited free housing in the local YMCA camp cabins if you don’t mind sharing space with others. Apply online. Hope to see you there!

Register Now for Play Date 2011!

Play Date logo smallBring your friends, family, and favorite games to Play Date – a brand new games-playing event this Thanksgiving Weekend (November 26-27) at the Marriott Southwest in Minnetonka. Register now and beat the cool kids to it! 

Board Games

We’ll have hundreds of games on hand – including a full lineup from Fantasy Flight Games and CONvergence Consuite Gaming.

 

Big Games

Large-scale silliness and pervasive games for all ages throughout the event by Convergence partnerMNZERO.

 

Story Games

Get creative with games like Happy Birthday, Robot!Dixit, and Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple.

 

Hospitality

Fuel your EPIC WIN with refreshments at the Snack-o-rama, let your little ones rest in our quiet room, grab a meal in the Marriott’s bar and restaurant, or relax poolside.

 

Group Hotel Rates

Stay overnight and stay warm – take a break from games and winter driving and relax in your room at theMarriott Southwest with our terrific event-rate of $69/night.

 

Late-Night Programming

Games for the big kids! Make new friends and frenemies with games like Pickpocket, Dirty Minds, and Wits and Wagers – or simply gather and enjoy the evening.

 

 

Volunteer Call: Join the Play Date Family!

games-playing

Play Date is looking for a few more volunteers to help kick off our new, all ages games playing event. You can help us lead the way and get an early start on your CONvergence volunteer hours! We need…


Good ideas!

Which games do you want to play at Play Date? Share your ideas on ourFacebook page.


Leaders!

Volunteer to teach people your favorite game or lead an activity.


Innovators!

Do you make games? Bring them to Play Date for playtesting!


Kid-wranglers!

Snack-o-Rama Rockstars!

…and volunteers of every stripe for tasks big and small.

 

Visit theplaydate.org to volunteer today!

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Conventions this weekend 9/30-Oct 1st, 2011

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 25, 2011 | Comments Off

Sept 30th-Oct 2nd, 2011
Anime Weekend Atlanta Atlanta, GA
A.P.E. San Fransico, CA
Archon 35 St. Louis, MO
Brickcon Seattle, WA
Cape Kimono Quebec, QB
Creation Star Trek Chicago, IL
Epiccon Philly, PA
Gamecon Memphis Memphis, TN
Handmande & Bound Nashville, TN
HEXXP Honolulu, HI
Horror Weekend Gatlinburg, TN
Klingon Feast Daytona Beach, FL
Nashville Comic and Horror Nashville, TN
Nuke Con Council Bluffs, IA
Sabotecon Phoenix, AZ
Upstate Steampunk Greenville, SC
Vcon Vancouver, BC
Webcomics Con Norwalk, CT

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Cosplay Daily

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 25, 2011 | Comments Off

Photo Shoot: Twin Bees & Thomas
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Cosplay Daily: Ranma

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 24, 2011 | Comments Off

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