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Jon Bernthal Makes It A ‘Walking Dead’ Trio At 2012 Wizard World Austin Comic Con

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 12, 2012 | Comments Off

Joins Fellow Cast Members Norman Reedus, Michael Rooker At Austin Convention Center, October 27-28

NEW YORK and AUSTIN, Texas, October 11, 2012 – Fans of “The Walking Dead” have another great reason to rejoice, as Jon Bernthal, who portrayed “Shane Walsh” in the hit AMC series, has been added to the roster at Wizard World Austin Comic Con at the Austin Convention Center.  He joins fellow cast members Norman Reedus (“Daryl Dixon”) andMichael Rooker (“Merle Dixon”); all three are scheduled to appear on Saturday, Oct. 27, and Sunday, Oct. 28.

The classically-trained Bernthal recently completed filming Ric Roman Waugh’s action drama, Snitch, opposite Susan Sarandon and Dwayne Johnson.  He has appeared in such large-scale productions as World Trade Center, The Pacific and Rampart, and has had guest roles on top TV series like “CSI: Miami,” “Boston Legal,” “Without a Trace” and “How I Met Your Mother.”

Bernthal, Reedus and Rooker will greet Wizard World Austin Comic Con fans, sign autographs, pose for photo ops (including a chance to be photographed with all three) and participate together in an interactive Q&A panel.

“The Walking Dead” earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Drama Series, a Writers Guild of America nomination for Best New Series, and recognition as one of AFI’s Ten Best Television Programs of the Year. The series set new records as the most watched drama series in basic cable history, and is aired internationally in over 120 countries and 33 languages.

In addition to Bernthal, Reedus and Rooker, eight stars of the popular series “Star Trek: The Next Generation” will gather for their first 25-year U.S. reunion at Wizard World Austin Comic Con, including the legendary Patrick Stewart, who portrayed the stern, determined “Captain Jean-Luc Picard,” commander of the USS Enterprise.
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Aliens to Zombies returns.

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 11, 2012 | Comments Off

Hollywood, CA (October 10, 2012) _ Tickets are now on sale for the second annual Aliens to Zombies Convention, to be held at the W Hotel in Hollywood on Oct. 29 and 30. Complete program is online at

The event features panels, a costume party judged by the cast of SyFy’s “Monster Man,” the Aliens to Zombies Film Festival and exhibitors examining everything from A to Z in the pop culture world of science fiction, horror and the post-apocalyptic.

Scheduled to appear: PJ Soles (“Halloween”), Christine Elise (“Child’s Play”), Brea Grant (“Heroes”), the Twisted Twins (“Dead Hooker in a Trunk”), Cleve Hall (SyFy’s “Monster Man”), Matt Mogk (Zombie Research Society), Stephen Murillo (Mutual UFO Network),Richard Martini (“Flipside”), plus the creators of Monsterverse comics. EXHIBITOR AND SPONSORSHIP Read more


Eisner Award Hall Of Famer Neal Adams, Humberto Ramos, Jim Cheung Among Featured Comic Creators At 2012 Wizard World Austin Comic Con

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 10, 2012 | Comments Off

Will Conrad, Bernie Wrightson, Greg Horn, Arthur Suydam Also Headline 200+ Artists And Writers At Austin Convention Center, October 26-28

NEW YORK and AUSTIN, Texas, October 9, 2012 – Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams, winner Bernie Wrightson and nominees Humberto Ramos, Art Thibert, Alex Saviuk and Matthew Sturges are among the more than 200 comics creators scheduled to attend Wizard World Austin Comic Con, Oct. 26-28, 2012, at the Austin Convention Center.

Adams (“Batman,” “Green Lantern”), Wrightson (“Swamp Thing,” “Detective Comics”), Ramos (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Impulse”), Thibert (“X-Men,” “Iron Man”), Saviuk (“Stan Lee’s Mighty-7,” “The Flash”) and Sturges (“Jack of Fables,” “JSA All-Stars”) will be joined by special guests Will Conrad (“Stormwatch,” “New Avengers”), Jim Cheung (“Avengers vs. X-Men,” “Wolverine”), Michael Golden (“Batman,” “Spider-Man”), Mike McKone(“Avengers,” “Fantastic Four”), Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”) and Greg Horn(“Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark,” “Wonder Woman”) in a star-packed Artist Alley that features international, national and local talent.

The star power among the creators is matched by the standout celebrity list attending the event, including eight stars of the popular series “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” who will gather for their first 25-year U.S. reunion.  The legendary Patrick Stewart, who portrayed the stern, determined Captain Jean-Luc Picard leads the “TNG” crew, while Eliza Dushku (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” True Lies), WWE® Superstar CM Punk®, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino (“Jersey Shore”) and Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “90210”) pace the roster. Read more


CONvergence Hotel Update.

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 9, 2012 | Comments Off

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Greetings from the CONvergence Hotel Department.  We are sending a reminder on the upcoming  room request process going live on Oct. 20, 2012 AT APPROXIMATELY 3:00 PM CST
UPDATE – UPDATE – UPDATE:  System maintenance has been performed on the system and ALL LOGINS have been wiped.  New accounts will have to be created to request a room.  Nothing from previous years will be active.
  • All requests are to be entered on-line using the link that will be provided.
  • Please be sure to complete all pertinent fields on the on-line form, especially first and last name (we often get requests where the last name has been omitted); email address; check in and out dates; and indicate 1 or 2 beds.
  • Any missing information WILL delay the request and could result in the loss of your preferred room type.
  • Be sure to click “Submit” once you are satisfied that the form is correct – the request will not be added to the queue if “Submit” has not been clicked.
  • We will do all we can to meet requests as submitted.  Please keep in mind that rooms with 2 beds are the most requested rooms and hence go fast.
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By Shawn Scott Smith| October 9, 2012 | Comments Off

Mark Meer

MomoCon Welcomes Mark Meer!

The voice of Commander Shepard (the male version) from Mass Effect joins the lineup for MomoCon 2013! Mark Meer is an accomplished voice actor, writer and improv comedian, who sometimes enjoys cosplaying his own characters!


9 2013 dates!

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 8, 2012 | Comments Off

Nov 18th, 2012
Atlanta South Comic McDonough, GA

April 5th-7th, 2013
Willycon Wayne, NE
Super Show Reading, PA

April 19th-21st, 2013
Codcon Glen Ellyn, IL
T-mode Alexandria, VA
Penguicon Troy, MI
Quinni-ConHamden, CT

April 27th-28th, 2013
Stumptown Comics Festival Portland, OR

May 3rd-5th, 2013
Gamedays Timonium, MD


Sequart’s NYCC plans.

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 8, 2012 | Comments Off

Sequart Research & Literacy Organization and Respect! Films are proud to announce their New York Comic Con panel, which will preview footage from their upcoming documentary on the history of Image Comics, The Image Revolution. (Currently filming, the documentary has an anticipated completion date of early 2013. You can pre-order it now at The panel is Thursday night from 6:30 – 7:30pm in room 1A04. Sure, there’ll be other interesting panels at the same time as ours, but let the comics news sites cover those, because this will be your only chance to see more than just trailers before the documentary is released next year.


At the end of the panel, Sequart and Respect! will be selling the recently-released DVD of Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts (which includes over 70 minutes of bonus interviews) and the new 2-disc special edition DVD of Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods. (FYI: Captured Ghostsis available for purchase on iTunes and Google Play, and Talking with Gods is available to stream for free from YouTube and Hulu.) Read more


Conventions next weekend 10/12-10/13, 2013

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 7, 2012 | Comments Off

Oct 12th-14th, 2012
Archon 35 St. Louis, MO
A.P.E. San Fransico, CA
Adventurecon Knoxville, TN
Asheville Comic Expo Asheville, NC
Babelcon Baton Rouge, LA
Banzaicon Columbia, SC
Capclave, Washington, DC
Con On the Cob Hudson, OH
Constellation Huntsville, AL
Icon Idaho Falls, ID
Monstercon San Antonio, TX
Ny Comic Con New York, NY
Realms Con Corpus Christi, TX
Screamfest Los Angeles, CA
Sirens Portland, OR
Southern Front Raleigh, NC
Tsubasacon Huntington, WV
Yaoicon Burligame, CA


Spooky Empires October Newsletter.

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 6, 2012 | Comments Off





What better time to celebrate 10 years of Spooky Empire than Halloween weekend!

Plus a brand new venue to boot…could there

be a better combination?! It’s not too early to start planning.


You guys spoke, and we definitely listened. More than half of our guest list are new faces! Hopefully we’ve come through with many of your requests for guests.


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6 dates added.

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 6, 2012 | Comments Off

Nov 1st-4th, 2012
Tarzan Centennial Bridgewater, VA

Marc 1st-3rd, 2013
Genericon Troy, NY
Animeland Wasabi Denver, Co

March 29th-31st, 2013
Conbust Northhampton, MA

April 6th-8th, 2013
Planet Comiccon Overland Park, KS
Tekkoshocon Pittsburgh, PA


TNG reunion in New Orleans

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 4, 2012 | Comments Off

Star Trek: The Next Generation’ 25-Year Reunion Set for Wizard World New Orleans As Main Cast Members Join Patrick Stewart, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2

Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, Gates McFadden Added To Celebration At New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

NEW YORK and NEW ORLEANS, October 3, 2012 – It has been 25 years since “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” hit the air.  Now, seven main members of that historic show will reunite as Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard),Jonathan Frakes (Commander William T. Riker), LeVar Burton (Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge), Michael Dorn(Lieutenant Worf), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi),Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data) and Gates McFadden(Dr. Beverly Crusher) will attend Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

The series, which ran for seven seasons from 1987 through 1994, garnered 18 daytime Emmys and was a hugely successful follow-up to the original “Star Trek” from two decades earlier.  The seven stars are also scheduled to appear at this month’s Austin Comic Con in what would be the first gathering of the group in the U.S. since “TNG” first aired.

Stewart is scheduled to appear on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, while the rest of the cast is slotted for attendance all three days.  Weekend fans will have the unique opportunity to pose for a photo op with all seven actors.
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MomoCon welcomes Steve Blum!

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 2, 2012 | Comments Off

We are extremely excited to announce that Steve Blum will be joining us for MomoCon 2013! You likely know Steve’s voice from many different media, but is perhaps best known for his role as “Spike Spiegel” from Cowboy Bebop, “Tom” from Toonami, and more recently was “Amon” in Korra and had several roles in Guild Wars 2 most notably “Rytlock”.

Mr. Blum will be joining Martin Billany AKA Little Kuriboh from Yu-Gi-Oh! the Abridged Series and Marianne Miller voice of Kyosuke from Madoka Magica as MomoCon 2013 guests. We also expect to announce even more guests shortly!

Free Persona 4 Arena Tournament

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Action Figure Express reveals their NYCC exclusives

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 2, 2012 | Comments Off

New York Comic Con 2012

What: 2012 New York Comic-Con International
When: October 11-14, 2012
Where: Javits Center Booth #556
Once again, Action Figure Xpress will be at the 2012 New York Comic-Con in f-con is that special event for fans to get a sneak peek at upcoming products and also to interact with designers, manufacturers, artists, celebrities, and more.
What good is Comic-con these days without some cool exclusives to buy? For the past several years we’ve debuted a host of limited edition and exclusive products at Comic-con. The following is a tentative list of exclusives we will be selling at the show.  If you can’t make the show, we may have a limited quantity of each exclusive for sale here on our website beginning Monday, October 15.

Masters of the Universe Skeletor Power Sword Letter Opener

Masters of the Universe Skeletor Power Sword Letter Opener

Open your Eternian hate mail with this collecible metal Skeletor Power Sword letter opener! The Skeletor Power Sword letter opener measures approximately 7 inches long and stores nicely in the Castle Grayskull business card holder (sold separately).

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Mr Fantastic in Tn

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 1, 2012 | Comments Off

Our latest autograph guest is Ioan Gruffudd. Although best known as Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) from Fantastic Four & Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Ioan has appeared in a wide variety of movies and TV shows. Some of his more notable roles have included; Titanic, Horatio Hornblower, 102 Dalmatians, Black Hawk Down, King Arthur, Sanctum and Horrible Bosses.

Ioan Gruffudd as Reed Richards from Fantastic Four.  

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NASFiC: An new challenger appears!

By Petrea Mitchell| October 1, 2012 | Comments Off

Just when it appeared there would be no opposition to the Phoenix bid for the 2014 NASFiC, word is spreading about a Detroit bid. The proposed dates are July 17-20 (the weekend before SDCC).

The bid has not officially launched yet, but watch its Web site or Facebook page for more information.


9 dates added.

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 1, 2012 | Comments Off

Oct 27th-28th, 2012
Wasabicon Jacksonville, FL

Nov 4th, 2012
Chicago Entertainment Expo Bridgeview, IL

Nov 10th, 2012
Nuke The Fridge City of Industry, CA

Jan 18th-21st, 2013
Snow Con Orono, ME

Feb 15th-18th, 2013
Orrcon Los Angeles, CA

Feb 22nd-24th, 2013
Faeriecon West Seattle, WA

May 24th-27th, 2013
Orrcon Los Angeles, CA

July 26th-28th, 2013
Gateway Los Angeles, CA


Conventions next weekend Oct 5th-7th, 2012

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 29, 2012 | Comments Off

Oct 5th-7th, 2012
After Life Chicago, IL
Away Mission Orlando, FL
Bouchercon Cleveland, OH
Brickcon Seattle, WA
Cola-Con Columbia, SC
Conjecture San Diego, CA
Conception Glen Ellyn, IL
Contraflow New Orleans, LA
Council of Five Nations Schenectady, NY
Creation Supernatural Toronto, ON
Central Texas Paranormal Austin, TX
Fear Fete Baton Rogue, LA
Gaylaxicon Minneapolis, MN
Game Springfield, MO
Handmande & Bound Nashville, TN
Hollywood Collectors Burbank, CA
Nashville Comic and Horror Nashville, TN
Non Sport Card Chicago, IL
Nuke Con Council Bluffs, IA
Siegecon Atlanta, GA
WV POP Morgantown, WV


‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’ ‘Stand By Me’ Star Wil Wheaton Added To Wizard World Austin Comic Con Lineup

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 27, 2012 | Comments Off

Eighth Cast Member To Join 25-Year ‘TNG’ Reunion At Austin Convention Center, October 26-28

NEW YORK and AUSTIN, September 26, 2012 – Wil Wheaton, who starred as a teenager in the classic coming-of-age film Stand By Me in 1986 and a year later earned an important role in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” will appear at next month’s Wizard World Austin Comic Con.  Wheaton joins seven other “TNG” cast members in a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the start of the landmark series, Oct. 26-28 at the Austin Convention Center.

Wheaton portrayed Wesley Crusher, son of Dr. Beverly Crusher (played by Gates McFadden) in the show.  Other fellow “TNG” cast members scheduled for Austin include Patrick Stewart (Capt. Picard), Jonathan Frakes (Commander William T. Riker), LeVar Burton (Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge), Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Worf), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi) and Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data).

Wheaton is also known for popular roles as Joey Trotta in Toy Soldiers (1991) and portraying himself on the series “The Big Bang Theory.”  He is an avid blogger, with frequent postings at Wil Wheaton Dot Net and WWdN: In Exile.

In addition to Wheaton and the rest of the “TNG” crew, top celebrities scheduled to attend includeEliza Dushku (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” True Lies), WWE® Superstar CM Punk®, Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “90210”), Anthony Michael Hall(Sixteen Candles, Weird Science), Michael Rooker (“The Walking Dead,” Cliffhanger) and theBoondock Saints trio of Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery and David Della Rocco, among others.
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