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ALAMO announces 2010 SMOFCon scholarship

By Petrea Mitchell| August 3, 2010 | Comments Off on ALAMO announces 2010 SMOFCon scholarship

The Alamo Literary Arts Maintenance Organization (ALAMO) is pleased to announce that they will be giving out scholarships for science-fiction convention fans to attend this year’s SMOFcon 28 in San Jose, CA. There will be one scholarship given this year in the amount of $300. This money may be used towards the membership fee ($55 currently, but may change at the door), as well as travel, room and board. Following the convention, the winner will be expected to submit a full report to ALAMO covering their experience and what new information they were able to take away from the convention.
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Ultimate Horror Press Release

By Shawn Scott Smith| August 2, 2010 | Comments Off on Ultimate Horror Press Release

Orlando, FL – They’ve done it again! Spooky Empire has taken what was already an amazing celebrity guest lineup and made it even more impressive with the addition of some of the best guests the horror world has to offer. This year’s event returns to the Wyndham Orlando Resort on October 8-10, 2010. Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend is fast becoming one of the most popular horror events in U.S. with fans coming from all over the world to attend. Last years show was monstrous, with the most fans in attendance so far, reaching record breaking numbers.

In addition to the first guest announcements, (including a Nightmare on Elm Street reunion featuring the gloved one himself, Robert Englund “Freddy Krueger”, John Saxon, Heather Langenkamp, and Amanda Wyss), will be the Master of Horror, Legendary Director John Carpenter – best known for his many horror/sci-fi films including “Halloween”, “Christine”, “The Fog”, and “Escape From New York” and The Mistress of the Dark herself – Elvira. Read more



By Shawn Scott Smith| August 2, 2010 | Comments Off on Majors

We Can Rebuild Him!… Lee Majors To Make First Wizard World Comic Con Appearance at Big Apple in October

NEW YORK, August 2, 2010 – Lee Majors, who has starred in numerous television series over six decades, most notably “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “The Fall Guy,” and “The Big Valley,” will be a special guest at Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con, October 1-3, at Penn Plaza Pavilion in New York. The appearance will mark Majors’ first at a Wizard World show, and his first convention in more than 30 years.

Majors, whose portrayal of “Col. Steve Austin” in the hit television series and other TV movies and series helped make the “Six Million Dollar Man” franchise one of the most popular of the 1970’s into the 1980’s, got his first big regular role as “Heath Barkley” in “The Big Valley,” which ran from 1965-69. After co-starring in “Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law” in the early 1970’s, he was cast in the lead role in a TV movie version of The Six Million Dollar Man that was later turned into the hugely successful series.

“I am looking forward to meeting fans at my first Wizard World Comic Con experience,” said Majors. “It has been a while since I have had this opportunity, and I’m glad that ‘Six Million Dollar Man’ and some of the other programs I’ve been in have remained a part of pop culture for so long.”

“Lee Majors and the ‘Six Million Dollar Man’ were iconic figures in the 1970’s,” said Gareb Shamus, Wizard World CEO. “We are honored and excited that he has chosen Big Apple Comic Con to make his first convention appearance in three decades.” Read more


Even more con dates discovered.

By Shawn Scott Smith| August 1, 2010 | Comments Off on Even more con dates discovered.

August 14th-15th, 2010
Faerie Escape Atlanta, GA

Sept 11th, 2010
ACEC Columbus, OH

Dec 4th-9th, 2010
Furry Cruise Ft. Lauderdale, Fl

April 15th-17th, 2011
Anime St. Louis Collinsville, IL

June 3rd-5th, 2011
Califur Irvine, CA
Soonercon Oklahoma, OK

July 9th-10th, 2011
California Extreme Santa Clara, CA


ReConStruction schedule

By Petrea Mitchell| August 1, 2010 | Comments Off on ReConStruction schedule

As Scott said, I’ll be at ReConStruction. Here’s my preliminary panel schedule:

Thursday, 1pm, RCC 306B: Harry Potter Retrospective
Thursday, 2pm, RCC 307: When I Was First Going to Conventions…
Friday, 3pm, State EF: Music in Science Fiction and Fantasy
Saturday, 10am, University C: Budget Tips For Con-Goers
Sunday, 11am, University C: Getting the Most Out of Gaming


Phantomcon added.

By Shawn Scott Smith| August 1, 2010 | Comments Off on Phantomcon added.

Happening in just two weeks in Hickory, NC I just found out about Phantomcon,
August 12th-15th, 2010


Conventions this Weekend Aug 5th-8th, 2010

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

NASfic is this weekend. Unfortunately for me, Im not gonna be able to go but Petrea will be there and bring back all the news for us. Gencon, Star Trek Vegas, and a bunch of other great cons happen this weekend. Where are you going?

August 5th-8th, 2010
Reconstruction NASFIC Raleigh, NC
Gencon Indianapolis, IN
Crisiscon Huntsville, AL
Brickfair Washington, DC
Creation Star Trek Las Vegas, NV
Whedon Fest Scottsville, KY
Anime Fest Orlando Orlando, FL
Animethon Edmonton, AB
Fandemonium Nampa, ID
Anibash Rochester, NY
No. Mich Anime Traverse City, MI
Costume College Woodland Hills, CA
Furcon Denver, CO
Vividcon Chicago, IL
Steel City Con Pittsburgh, PA
Mysterium Minneapolis, MN
Mars Society Dayton, OH
Anime Overload Austin, TX
Kin-Yoobi Hayward, CA
Condition London, ON


11 new dates for 11

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 31, 2010 | 1 Comment

March 4th-6th, 2011
Intercon Chemlsford, MA

March 16th-20th, 2011
Va Fest Book Charlottesville, VA

March 25th-27th, 2011
Texas Pinball Grapevine, TX
Planet Comic Con Kansas City, KS
Game Storm 12, Vancouver, WA

April 1st-3rd, 2011
Willycon Wayne, NE
Chimaeracon San Antonio, TX

April 8th-10th, 2011
Anime Conji San Diego, CA
Ad Astra Toronto, ON

May 14th-15th, 2011
Wonderfest Louisville, KY

May 27th-29th, 2011
Baycon San Fransico, CA


The Countdown is on for Mid-Ohio-Con 2010

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 30, 2010 | Comments Off on The Countdown is on for Mid-Ohio-Con 2010

Save the date for 30th anniversary of Mid-Ohio-Con! This milestone extravaganza is just 100 days away on the weekend of November 6-7, 2010 at Exhibit Hall E in the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH. Check out further details on this year’s show below or visit us online at

Check Out Our Star-Studded Comics Guest List
The Mid-Ohio-Con 2010 guest list is growing by the day and already features a who’s who of leading talent from the world of comics. The show is being headlined by guest of honor David Finch along with featured guests Sergio Aragones, Barry Kitson, Ethan Van Sciver, Matt Wagner and many many more. Click here to check out our guest list.
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Top Cow and Baltimore

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 30, 2010 | Comments Off on Top Cow and Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland – July 30, 2010 – Top Cow Productions is excited to be returning to the Baltimore Comic-Con in 2010 for its 11th annual show. A recurring exhibitor at the annual comic book event, the premiere publisher will be bringing some of their star writers and artists, as well as an exciting show exclusive.

Stop by the Top Cow booth to meet Angelus, Artifacts, Magdalena, Velocity, and Witchblade writer Ron Marz, Artifacts and The Darkness artist Michael Broussard, Velocity and Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer artist Kenneth Rocafort, and upcoming Pilot Season: The Asset writer and Top Cow Productions Publisher Filip Sablik.

“Baltimore Comic-Con is my hometown show and one of my personal favorites to exhibit at each year,” stated Top Cow Productions publisher Filip Sablik. “This year, we’re thrilled to be coming back to Baltimore with the Artifacts team of Ron Marz and Michael Broussard as well as artist of Velocity, Kenneth Rocafort. The Baltimore fans know how to treat creators right and so these guys were all too eager to make a return appearance!”

Top Cow will also be offering an exclusive Velocity #1 variant by Michael Broussard with interiors by Kenneth Rocafort at the show as well.

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Nekocon announces 2010 Japanese musical guest

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 30, 2010 | Comments Off on Nekocon announces 2010 Japanese musical guest

Tainted Reality presents THE SOUND BEE HD’s US Debut At Nekocon 2010
July 27, 2010 – Visual Kei Industrial rockers THE SOUND BEE HD are set to make their American debut at Nekocon 2010. The band will be appearing in support of their new CD, “Hachi”, released through Starwave Records. Their appearance will consist of 2 full concerts, merchandise sales, autograph sessions, a Fan Q&A panel, and possible other surprises! Nekocon 2010 will take place on November 5th-7th at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia.

The former vocalist of media youth, DAISUKE, after working on solo projects for a time, formed THE SOUND BEE HD in 2000. They released their mini-album [Dol-Bee6] via avex, their full album [BEECYBONE] via Explosion Works, and later their single [Uchuusen] and their full album [MUTATION] via the independent label MOTHER SHIP. The band then experienced a member change, and Tak of Calmando Qual began to participate in all aspects of the band’s performing and recording activities. In 2010 they signed on with Starwave Records and released their third full album, [Hachi], accompanied by vast changes in their musical style and visual image achieved through the concept of a fusion of heavy rock and electro with a Japanese taste, under the theme of Japanese Goth. Their 10th anniversary one-man live, conducted as the final show on a tour commemorating the album’s release, was a great success. This fall they will work simultaneously on a new release and a domestic tour, as well as perform in the US for the first time the anime convention NekoCon.
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Here’s The Story… “Brady Brothers” To Reunite At Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 29, 2010 | Comments Off on Here’s The Story… “Brady Brothers” To Reunite At Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con

Barry Willams, Christopher Knight, Mike Lookinland Together For First Convention Ever On The East Coast

NEW YORK, July 29, 2010 – From awkward first kisses to untimely voice changes and warnings not to play ball in the house, they have been coming into living rooms for more than 40 years as the famed Brady brothers in the cult favorite television series “The Brady Bunch” and its various sequel programs and movies. Now, Barry Williams, Christopher Knight and Mike Lookinland will be together again for the first time ever on the East Coast at Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con, October 1-3 at Penn Plaza Pavilion in New York.

The three will meet fans, take photographs, sign autographs and participate in a once-in-a-generation panel discussing the franchise that millions have enjoyed for decades, as well as the way the series helped shape their own lives.

“When it comes to pop culture, ‘The Brady Bunch’ hits the mark for fans of all ages,” said Gareb Shamus, Wizard Entertainment CEO. “A third generation is now growing up on the program, and having all three ‘brothers’ together in one place is a rare opportunity that whole families will want to enjoy.”

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By Shawn Scott Smith| July 29, 2010 | 1 Comment

Recently Added Artists Include J. Scott Campbell, Tom DeFalco, Steve Scott, Mark Morales, among many others …

Norwalk, CT, July 29, 2010: New York Comic Con (NYCC) has announced the preliminary line up of artists who will be appearing in Artist Alley this year. More than 300 guests have already signed up and show officials note that the list will continue to grow as the annual pop culture convention gets closer. This compares with 250 artists who appeared in Artist Alley last year. NYCC, which will be co-located with the New York Anime Festival (NYAF) in 2010, will take place October 8 – 10 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. Among the artists who have joined the top headliners in Artist Alley include: J.Scott Campbell, Jimmy Cheung, Chris Clarmont, Geof Darrow, Tom DeFalco, Leo Leibelman, Mark Morales, Steve Scott, and Leinil Francis Yu.

“This is an awesome Artist Alley and it’s only going to get better,” notes Lance Fensterman, Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for both NYCC and NYAF. “It certainly underscores how popular the venue is, and how much the fans want to see and talk to these incredible artists. Artist Alley is an unparalleled opportunity since it offers a unique chance to get up close to some of the best artists working today. We are incredibly pleased to be able to facilitate this kind of ‘up close’ communication and interaction. Across the board, this is going to be New York Comic Con’s best year ever!”

For more information about the complete line up of artists participating in Artist Alley please go to: As noted, the 2010 New York Comic Con be co-located with the New York Anime Festival (NYAF) and will occupy the entire Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. Tickets for NYCC and NYAF may be purchased at Other information about the shows, as well as news about ReedPOP, which also organizes Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), is available at Lance Fensterman’s blog,

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Cosplay Thursday:SDCC

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 29, 2010 | Comments Off on Cosplay Thursday:SDCC

Some cosplayers get interviewed by Tara and Rich at Comic Con.


Help me raise some money for Wildlife

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 28, 2010 | Comments Off on Help me raise some money for Wildlife

Hey Con-news readers, one of the things that has broken my heart this year and Im sure many of yours is the loss of animal life in the Gulf because of the BP oil spill. Anyway, if you like the above image of my Vertigo Creature painting at all, I ask that you bid on it here on ebay as 70 percent of the final price will go to the National Wildlife Federation and their work in the gulf. If you don’t like the image, then please share the auction through your twitters, and facebooks. Every bit that we can raise helps. Thanks for reading con-news!
Vertigo Creatures


Zenkaikon adds Todd Haberkorn

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 28, 2010 | Comments Off on Zenkaikon adds Todd Haberkorn

VALLEY FORGE, PENNSYLVANIA — July 26, 2010: Zenkaikon is pleased to welcome actor, director, and writer Todd Haberkorn as a guest of honor at its 2011 convention. Mr. Haberkorn voices roles in many popular series including Ouran High School Host Club, Axis Powers Hetalia, and many others. He joins previously-announced guests Vic Mignogna and Greg Wicker on the Zenkaikon V guest roster.


Todd Haberkorn is a proud member of the anime community and continues to be its humble servant by way of English dubbing. Haberkorn received his BFA in acting from Southern Methodist University and continues to work professionally, primarily in Texas and surrounding states, as an actor, director, producer, and writer. Catch Todd’s voice as lead roles in Sgt. Frog as Keroro, Suzuka as Yamato, Ghost Hunt as Naru, Claymore as Raki, xxxHolic as Watanuki, D. Gray Man as Allen Walker, Sands of Destruction as Kyrie, Soul Eater as Death the Kid, and soon Axis Powers Hetalia as Italy. A few supporting roles include Itsuki in Shuffle, Ichimoruken in Hell Girl, Firo in Baccano!, Kono in Darker Than Black, Hikaru in Ouran High School Host Club, and Khoza in One Piece.
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U.S. conventions, check your filing status

By Petrea Mitchell| July 27, 2010 | Comments Off on U.S. conventions, check your filing status

IRS rules changes mean that all 501(c)(3) nonprofits, which includes most US-based conventions, must file a form every year now. Because so many nonprofits apparently hadn’t heard of this rule, the IRS is offering a one-time amnesty for groups which catch up on their paperwork before October 15th. Details here, along with a list of all organizations at risk of losing their tax-exempt status once the amnesty ends. Check to make sure your con-running organization isn’t on there!

[Hat tip to Ben Yalow on the SMOFs list.]


Constellation NE 2 dates Added

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 26, 2010 | Comments Off on Constellation NE 2 dates Added

April 15th-17th, 2011
Constellation NE Lincoln, NE

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