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Fencon

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

Thenemesiskid has this video of some of the costuming work on display at this years Fencon,

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Cartoon Network and Adult Swim Panel and Event Lineup for Nycc

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

Cartoon Network and Adult Swim have announced their plans and talent participation at this year’s New York Comic Con (NYCC) which takes place at the Jacob K. Javits Center, October 8 – 10. Please see below for full details!
Cartoon Network and Adult Swim Panel and Event Lineup for

New York Comic Con

Celebrate Ben 10 on 10.10.10 with the cast of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien

Cartoon Network and Adult Swim will host a number of highly-anticipated panels, fan events and autograph signings at 2010 New York Comic Con at the Jacob K. Javits Center, Friday, October 8 through Sunday October 10, 2010. See the full lineup for both networks below; please note all times, dates and locations are subject to change.

CARTOON NETWORK & ADULT SWIM PANELS
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M. Night Shyamalan goes to NYCC

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

“MTV.com’s Splash Page has just announced an appearance by M. Night Shyamalan at New York Comic Con. In a nutshell, here’s the panel description:

MTV Presents ‘Unbreakable: Ten Years Later’ With M. Night Shyamalan
M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense,” “Signs,” “The Village,” “The Last Airbender”), one of the most successful filmmakers of our time, joins MTV News’ Josh Horowitz for an anniversary retrospective of the groundbreaking comic book movie. Don’t miss this exclusive one-time event as the director takes fans inside the fan-favorite film with never-before-heard stories and special surprises.

This is the latest — but far from the last!!! — breaking news on major guest appearances at NYCC. We’ve got lots more to announce over the next few days and I’ll be keeping you posted.

Meanwhile, here’s Rick Marshall’s full story about this great panel.

http://splashpage.mtv.com/2010/09/21/nycc-2010-mtv-presents-unbreakable-ten-years-later-with-m-night-shyamalan/

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2011 dates

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 21, 2010 | Comments Off

Feb 25th-27th, 2011
Fire and Ice Mantioc, WI

March 17th-21st, 2011
Furry Atlanta Atlanta, GA

April 15th-17th, 2011
Marmaladedog Kalamazoo, MI
Icon Stony Brook, NY

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King Con Brooklyn announced.

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 21, 2010 | Comments Off

It seems like NYC is now a battleground for comic conventions as King Con has been announced for Nov 4th-7th, 2010 in Brooklyn, NY. Writer Chris Claremont has been listed as guest of honor.

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WINSFA awards SMOFcon scholarships

By Petrea Mitchell| September 20, 2010 | Comments Off

The following comes via the SMOFs list:

The WINSFA Senate is proud to announce that Levi Labelle, co-chair of Keycon 2011, and Carol Leblond, co-chair of Keycon 2012, have received bursaries to attend the 2010 SMOFCON in San Jose, California. Their transportation, hotel room and memberships will be paid for by the Winnipeg Science Fiction Association (incorporate). We look forward to their post-con report.

Keycon is Manitoba, Canada’s premier Science Fiction Convention.

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Starbase Indy

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

Got the following email from Starbase Indy to pass along. The individual links don’t work as I just copied the txt for you, but you can find all of this and more on their website here
From the email,
Have you been thinking about beaming down to Starbase Indy? Well, embrace your inner geek and join us for Thanksgiving Weekend. BUY NOW and get an adult weekend membership for $30! Act fast because prices increase October 1.

Starbase Indy is not your grandma’s Star Trek Convention. We like to mix things up and do it differently. In that vein, this mailing is a tad “backwards” from all that has gone before.

The first thing we want to tell you about is our AMAZING programming! We take it very seriously. If we don’t have a guest to suit you, then there are a myriad of other things for you to do at Starbase Indy. Here are just a few of the highlights.

Main Programming will be presenting many items including the movie Galaxy Quest, appearances by our Guest Stars, the Masquerade Contest and the band Five Year Mission.

Secondary Programming will have Astronomy 101 with Dennis Ciurej, an exploration of the Cosmos by Dr. Kashyap Vasavada, a panel on the Ethics of Star Trek with professors from IUPUI, Weird Science with Dr. Rob Pyatt, a presentation on Attention to Detail by WorldCon winning costumer Joanne Brooks and a MUFON presentation on the state of UFOs in Indiana by Central Indiana Regional member David Henninger.

In our Workshop room, we will have the SBI weekend film project with Gary Wood, Green Screen techniques with Jeff Ello and Magic House Productions, and Costume make-up techniques with Alena Van Arendonk. Gregg Nowling and George Starkey have expanded their panel on props to a two-hour workshop (Don’t worry, a fire extinguisher is nearby).
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Conventions this weekend 9/24-26th, 2010

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

September 23rd-26th, 2010
MidAtlantic Nostalgia Hunt Valley, MD
Creation Twilight Sacremento, CA
Jemcon Manchester, NH
Foolscap Redmond, WA
Nashville Comic Con Nashville, TN
Anime Crossroads Indianapolis, IN
Rainfurfest Seatac, WA
Madcon Madison, WI
Conception Glen Ellyn, IL

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Hollywood xpo update.

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

“Hollywood Xpo, October 15-17 at the Hilton Universal City in Hollywood, now boasts over 50 Star Trek stars in its line-up of over 100 guests. Newest addition is John Savage (“The Deer Hunter”) known to Trek fans as Captain Ransom in the two part Voyager episode “Equinox”, making his second-ever convention appearance. He join previously announced Star Trek luminaries Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Grace Lee Whitney, Jonathan Frakes, Michael Dorn, Rene Auberjonois, Tim Russ, Cirroc Lofton, Robert Duncan McNeil, Connor Trinneer, John Billingsley and more.
Complete Hollywood Xpo info and tickets can be found at www.hollywoodxpo.com.”

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Shevacon Sketch cards

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 17, 2010 | Comments Off

Passing this on from an email i received

“The Shevacon Sketch Card Auction is going on NOW! Please take a look, bid, spread the word. This is for ThemeCon INC’s convention called SheVaCon a not for profit orginization to help with their current legal defense, to have the right to keep putting on a wonderful family Science Fiction & Fantasy convention as it has for 18 years. For more information on why ThemeCon needs to defened itself is here. http://www.shevacon.org/ThemeconSF&F_Legal.php. But as for the Sketch Cards you can find the links below. You have only 7 days and the chance to bid & win some amazing cards by the following artists! Just in case you don’t know what a sketch card is, They are Original pieces of art done on 2.5×3.5 cards. So your not getting copies you are getting Original Art! :D
Shevacon Sketch auction here
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Marvel Nycc plans

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 17, 2010 | Comments Off

ACCLAIMED MARVEL CREATORS AND EXECUTIVES TO BE GUESTS OF HONOR AT NEW YORK COMIC CON

Bendis, Fraction, Larroca, Loeb and Quesada to Appear on Panels

Norwalk, CT, September 17, 2010: Marvel Comics will once again have a strong presence at New York Comic Con (NYCC). Organizers of the annual East Coast pop culture extravaganza have announced that five notable personalities from the renowned comic books and media entertainment company will be Guests of Honor at NYCC and will be participating in several panel discussions at the show. The Guests of Honor who will be taking the NYCC stage on behalf of Marvel include Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Salvador Larroca, Jeph Loeb, and Joe Quesada.

“Marvel is a close partner and friend of our show and it is always a pleasure to announce their participation at New York Comic Con,” notes Lance Fensterman, Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for both NYCC and NYAF. “The guests who will be appearing at NYCC on Marvel’s behalf are some of the most celebrated artists and creators working in the pop culture arena. We’re proud to be an industry leading event where premiere exhibitors may bring their talent, as well as launch and display their new content. We are seeing significant growth at NYCC this year and we are preparing for a show that promises to be huge!”

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Today Eurocon, tomorrow the Worldcon?

By Petrea Mitchell| September 17, 2010 | Comments Off

Zagreb has been chosen as the site of the 2012 Eurocon, which means it will probably be combined with SFeraKon, Zagreb’s annual convention, that year.

This article in the Croatian Times indicates that this a step on the road to a Worldcon bid. Could this mean the Zagreb in 2013 bid is being revived? Watch your back, Texas in 2013!

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VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY TO HAVE MAJOR PRESENCE AT

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 16, 2010 | Comments Off

Leading Companies Take Booths; New Titles and Content will be Featured

Norwalk, CT, September 16, 2010: Leading companies in the video gaming industry will have a major presence at New York Comic Con (NYCC) this year. Overall, the video gaming presence at NYCC represents a 100% increase over last year and will account for 25% of all exhibitors on the show floor. Leading the way is Intel which has taken 9600 square feet at the show this year and will be featuring, among other things, Intel Extreme Masters. A pro-gamer tournament area will be set up at the Intel booth which will feature grandstand seating for enthusiasts to follow the competition in Counter-Strike 1.6, Quake Live and the newly released title StarCraft 2. The world’s best gamers will be meeting to compete for $60,200 in prize money! Other companies with booths ranging from 1500 square feet to 2000 square feet include: Square Enix, Camcom, Ubisoft, Activision and Rockstar. In addition, there will be in-depth presentations at a roster of panels providing sneak peeks and previews of new video game content and product. NYCC is scheduled to take place at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City, October 8 – 10, 2010.

“The video gaming portion of New York Comic Con has come into its own and represents an enormous part of our overall activity,” notes Lance Fensterman, Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for NYCC. “All aspects of New York Comic Con have grown dramatically this year but few areas have grown more substantially than video games. Gaming is now a recognizable element at our show with a strong fan base. As of just a few days ago, our Weekend Passes and our Weekday Passes were tracking over 250% ahead of the same time (approximately 4 weeks from the show) as last year. I am sure that a significant part of this growth may be attributed to the huge presence of video games at NYCC this year.”

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Cosplay Thursday: More from Dragoncon

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 16, 2010 | Comments Off

The steampunk fashion show!

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DC COMICS HEADS TO NEW YORK COMIC CON

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 15, 2010 | Comments Off


Dan DiDio, Jim Lee, Geoff Johns and J. Michael Straczynski,

Are Guests of Honor

Other Top Guests Headline Panels and In-Booth Signings!

Norwalk, CT, September 15, 2010: DC Comics has revealed some of the top guests who will be on hand to meet and greet fans at the annual New York Comic Con (NYCC) which will take place October 8 – 10, 2010 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. Acclaimed writer J. Michael Straczynski will join DC executive talent including co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee as well as superstar writer and Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment Geoff Johns as Guests of Honor. Other all-star DC creators who will be participating in various panels and activities at NYCC include John Arcudi, Art Baltazar, Matthew Clark, Amanda Conner, Tony Daniel, Shane Davis, David Finch, Franco, Derek Fridolfs, Adam Hughes, JT Krul, Francis Manapul, Sean Murphy, Dustin Nguyen, Jimmy Palmiotti, Joe Prado, Ivan Reis, Nicola Scott, Peter Snejbjerg, Scott Snyder, Peter J. Tomasi and Freddie Williams II.

Officials at DC note that many of the panels featuring their creators will include announcements and other “behind-the-scenes” information about DC Comics, Vertigo and WildStorm comics and graphic novels. In addition, DC staff members will welcome thousands of fans to DC’s 3000 square foot booth centrally located on the convention floor which will feature talent signings, free giveaways and early peeks at the newest action figures, statues, busts and other amazing collectibles on display from DC Direct.
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Night of living Trekkies

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 15, 2010 | Comments Off

Too bad this is just for Quirk Books Night of the Living Trekkies
because it would make a very funny movie.

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MangaNEXT returns in October 2010 after hiatus

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

East Brunswick, NJ, September 3, 2010 – MangaNEXT, the first Manga convention in the United States, returns for 2010. MangaNEXT returns to the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area for 2010 bringing a vast amount of manga and art focused programming to the area’s manga fans. The 2010 convention will be at the East Brunswick Hilton hotel in East Brunswick, New Jersey from October 28 to 31, 2010.

The convention organizers, the same independent organization that manges AnimeNEXT, are planning several special new programming ideas for attendees to celebrate the convention’s return after taking a one year hiatus. The convention has already announced several art and comics related guests who will be present at the convention. The convention is welcoming the following guests; Manga-ka Akino Kondoh, freelance artist and Bizenghast creator M. Alice LeGrow, veteran of syndicated comic strips and creator of Sita sings the Blues Nina Paley, print and web comics artist and author Lea Hernandez, and lastly Dirk I. Tiede, the creator of the graphic novel series Paradigm Shift.
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To the Con, Robin!… Adam West, Burt Ward To Attend Wizard World New England Comic Con

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

NEW YORK and BOSTON, September 13, 2010 – It will be like a trip to the Batcave for “Batman” fans as Adam West and Burt Ward, who played “Batman” and “Robin,” respectively, in the original television series, will both appear at Wizard World New England Comic Con, Oct. 15-17, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. The “Dynamic Duo” will meet fans, sign autographs and pose for photograph opportunities.

West, a true American icon, is best known for his roles as “Batman” and to a younger generation as “Mayor Adam West” in the popular animated series “Family Guy.” He has made nearly 50 movies, including starring or co-starring roles in DROP DEAD GORGEOUS, THE NEW AGE, THE YOUNG PHILADELPHIANS, AN AMERICAN VAMPIRE STORY, SOLDIER IN THE RAIN, ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS, and NEVADA SMITH.

He has had starring roles in several TV series other than Batman, including “The Detectives,” “The Last Precinct,” and “The Clinic.” His theater credits include “Volpone” at the Mark Taper Forum at the Los Angeles Music Center.

For more on Adam West’s career and life, visit his personal Website at www.AdamWest.com and his Facebook page.
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