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7 Baltimore Press releases in one post.

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 6, 2012 | Comments Off on 7 Baltimore Press releases in one post.

The British Embassy Joins Forces with the Baltimore Comic-Con to Celebrate ‘The British Invasion’


2012 is Great Britain Comic-Con BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – September 6, 2012 –Ever wondered where the genius behind many of the favourite comic books in the 1980s came from? Captain America and many other of your favourite comic books were actually enhanced by ‘The British Invasion’ of the comic book world. The British Embassy in Washington will be celebrating this theme at Baltimore Comic-Con, this weekend, showcasing what is great about the comic book, science-fiction, and creative industries in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
The team from the British Embassy will be exhibiting in the lobby of the Baltimore Comic-Con, and its booth will feature images of characters portrayed during the long history of creativity in the UK – from the early days of Doctor Who to the present, to Game of Thrones and British contributions to American creative arts. Come experience why Creativity is GREAT in the UK and to take a fresh look at the longstanding British Invasion of American comics.
James Barbour, Press Secretary, British Embassy, says:

“Comic books have long been a part of our culture. We are thrilled that a “British Invasion” theme was chosen for this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con, adding to the excitement that the Queen’s Jubilee and the London Olympics have brought to the UK this year. Spider-Man, which was one of my favourite comics growing up, is currently and has previously been drawn by British artists, adding to the celebration of American and British comics this weekend.”
In the 1980s, a number of British writers and artists started producing work for American comics and brought a fresh take that appealed to fans and critics alike. This has been coined the ‘British Invasion’. British creativity in the industry is kept alive today by creators including Brian Bolland, Mark Buckingham, and Barry Kitson. All three will speak on a panel themed around the ‘British Invasion.’ Read more

Ben Folds Five to perform at Nycc

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 6, 2012 | Comments Off on Ben Folds Five to perform at Nycc


Opening Night Concert Free for VIP and 4-Day Ticket Holders!

Appearance is part of band’s 2012 reunion tour

Norwalk, CT, September 5, 2012: Officials at New York Comic Con (NYCC) are pleased to announce that the critically acclaimed and renowned alternative rock trio Ben Folds Five will perform at NYCC in an opening night concert. This exclusive concert appearance for the fans attending NYCC will be part of the band’s reunion tour following the release of their first new album in 13 years called The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind . Ben Folds Five will perform in the IGN Theater at NYCC on Thursday, October 11 at 8:00 PM, presented by WD, maker of digital storage and home entertainment products. The concert is free for NYCC VIPs and 4-Day ticket holders with entrance provided on a first come, first served basis. Badges must be presented at the door.

This year’s New York Comic Con, which attracted over 100,000 fans last year, will take place October 11 – 14, 2012 at Manhattan’s Javits Center. The extravaganza attracts top talent and major artists from all areas of the pop culture universe including comics, film, television, music, books and gaming.
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Hugo Awards to be re-broadcast

By Petrea Mitchell| September 6, 2012 | Comments Off on Hugo Awards to be re-broadcast

After the unceremonious cutoff of the Hugo ceremony broadcast, Worldcon and Ustream are planning a “like live” broadcast of the full ceremony. Details are to be announced in the next couple days.


Adventurecon goes leaf on a wind..

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 5, 2012 | Comments Off on Adventurecon goes leaf on a wind..

Join us October 13-14th, for the 10th annual AdventureCon at the Knoxville Convention Center. Regarded as Tennessee’s largest collectors expo, the 2012 AdventureCon will feature a wide variety of vendors selling toys, comics, cards, TV/movie memorabilia and much more. 


We are pleased to announce our latest guest, Alan Tudyk. Although best known as Hoban “Wash” Washburne from Joss Whedon’s Firefly and Serenity, Alan Tudyk’s career over the last 10 years has featured a wide variety of roles. Some of his more notable roles have included; A Knight’s Tale, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, I Robot, Knocked Up, 3:10 to Yuma, Tucker & Dale vs Evil, Transformers: Dark of the Moon & Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. In addition, Alan has had a successful career in voice-over work, including: Ice Age, Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, Halo 3, Astro Boy, Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Young Justice, Ice Age: Continental Drift and Disney’s upcoming film, Wreck-It-Ralph. Currently, Alan can been seen on ABC’s Suburgatory.


 Alan Tudyk as “Steve the Pirate” from Dodgebal

Holiday Weekend Baltimore Comic-Con PR Recap

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 5, 2012 | Comments Off on Holiday Weekend Baltimore Comic-Con PR Recap

Since we were at Dragoncon & Worldcon this weekend, we missed posting a bunch of these press releases for you. Here’s links to all of them.

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – September 4, 2012 – The staff of the Baltimore Comic-Con hopes you’ve enjoyed a relaxing 3-day Labor Day holiday weekend (for those of you in the I'll See You In Baltimore 2012United States!).  We’ve been busy working on the final polishing touches for the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con, making numerous Press Releases over the long weekend, and to ensure you didn’t miss anything, here’s a quick recap with links to the release:


John Romita Sr. Joins Stan Lee for Panel at the Baltimore Comic-Con 


Harvey Awards Dinner Tickets Now on Sale!
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Ustream statement on Hugo disruption

By Petrea Mitchell| September 4, 2012 | Comments Off on Ustream statement on Hugo disruption

Ustream has issued a statement apologizing for the loss of the Hugo Awards broadcast. The feed was interrupted by automatic monitoring software for alleged copyright violations when clips of the nominees for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form were played, and Ustream states that they attempted to re-establish the broadcast but were unable to.

Ustream’s post has been updated, and comments that had been made were deleted.


Adventurecon news

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 4, 2012 | Comments Off on Adventurecon news

Press Release :Join us October 13-14th, for the 10th annual AdventureCon at the Knoxville Convention Center. Regarded as Tennessee’s largest collectors expo, the 2012 AdventureCon will feature a wide variety of vendors selling toys, comics, cards, TV/movie memorabilia and much more. In addition, this year’s event will feature autograph appearances by Back to the Future’s Lea Thompson, The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal and many more. 


Ian Whyte, star of such movies as Alien vs. Predator, Clash of the Titans, Prometheus and HBO’s Game of Thrones will be signing for FREE on both days of the event. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet this up and coming actor, as AdventureCon is his only scheduled autograph appearance in the USA, for the remainder of 2012.


.The DeLorean Time Machine as seen in the film “Back to the Future” will be appearing at AdventureCon October 13-14 2012 at the Knoxville Convention Center for photo opportunities!
Don’t miss your chance to sit inside this faithful, street
legal replica built by husband and wife team Oliver and Terry Holler to match the original.

Driven by Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown himself, the DeLorean features the famous ‘Flux Capacitor’ and working time circuits. It has toured four countries as an ambassador for the official web site, appeared in international ad campaigns for Nike and is used to raise funds and awareness for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

For more information about the DeLorean time machine and it’s owners, visit



Worldcon Diary part 3: Hanging Around

By Petrea Mitchell| September 3, 2012 | Comments Off on Worldcon Diary part 3: Hanging Around

Electroshock ornaments

Here’s the most science-fictional thing I’ve seen so far at this con. These ornaments were made in a particle accelerator. I’ll say that again: a particle accelerator. The process is to pump a piece of lucite full of electrons in the accelerator, then tap it just so to make them carve out the tunnels seen above.

The second most science-fictional thing, which unfortunately photographs very badly, is the line of BattleTech pods along one wall of the exhibits area. I’ve played tabletop BattleTech many times, but this was my first encounter with the pods. For others similarly deprived, what we’re talking about are simulators which give you the feeling of being inside a battlemech. For the hardened videogamer, the biggest thing that trips you up is having a left-hand control for the throttle, rather than moving the joystick forward and backward to move forward and backward.

The Hyatt conference center itself has a rather sfnal feel, with levels named Purple, Gold, Bronze, Green, and Blue rather than numbered floors. If you’d rather have them numbered from street level, well, street level is a bit hard to determine. The floor with the main hotel entrance looks like it could be it, but go down a level and there is another perfectly usable set of city streets down there. And a level below that is another street, only this one is full of wrecked police cars.

Police car pileup

That would be Gold level, where on the other side of that back wall now the line for the Hugo ceremony is slowly making its way into the Grand Ballroom. Well, most of the line. When I went to look, it filled up the available space on that level, went up to the next one, and stretched into the connector between hotel towers. There are a lot of people here who are not morning people. I’m one, though, so I’ll be skipping to tomorrow morning to just read the full results. Night, all!


2014 Worldcon is Loncon 3

By Petrea Mitchell| September 2, 2012 | Comments Off on 2014 Worldcon is Loncon 3

In the absence of any last-minute shenanigans, the London in 2014 bid has been seated as Loncon 3, to be held August 14-18. The guests of honor will be writers Iain (M.) Banks and Robin Hobb; artist Chris Foss; comics writer/artist Bryan Talbot; editor Malcolm Edwards; critic John Clute; and fan Jeanne Gomoll. Much more info is available at their new site.

This means a NASFiC, of course, and the only bid for 2014 (to be voted on next year) is still the one for Phoenix.

The summer of 2014 is shaping up to be an interesting one as several big-name cons line up on separate but nearly consecutive weekends. If the Phoenix bid succeeds and a couple of other major conventions stick to the weekends they’ve been on recently, it will look like this:

  • July 24-27: SD Comic-Con
  • July 31-August 3: NASFiC
  • August 15-18: Worldcon
  • August 22-24: Eurocon (Shamrokon in Dublin)
  • August 29-September 1: Dragon*Con

Start planning those sabbaticals now!


Conventions this weekend Sept 7th-9th, 2012

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 2, 2012 | Comments Off on Conventions this weekend Sept 7th-9th, 2012

Sept 7th-9th, 2012
Baltimore Comic Con Baltimore, MD
Camp Anime Woodstock, CT
Collector Showcase Knoxville, TN
Geekkon Madison, WI
Hollywood Collectors Chicago, IL
Horrorhound Indianapolis, IN
Hypercon San Mateo, CA
Indie Craft Parade Greenville, SC
Mechacon New Orleans, LA
Midoricon Cambridge, OH
No Mich Anime Traverse City, MI
Rose City Comiccon Portland, OR
Umicon Daytona, FL


The Con-Fluence Cons-of-the-Month: September Edition

By Shawn Marshall| September 1, 2012 | Comments Off on The Con-Fluence Cons-of-the-Month: September Edition

With shows like San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), Star Wars Celebration and Fan Expo Canada in the rear view mirror, the summer is coming to a close and September brings us a few of the best shows of the year. This month the con map takes us all over the country, as we find the best of the best!

Here are my top five cons of September, 2012: Read more


Worldcon Diary part 2: Hugo Category News

By Petrea Mitchell| September 1, 2012 | Comments Off on Worldcon Diary part 2: Hugo Category News

First, a breaking news update: Two people were injured falling on one of the escalators, but the injuries were minor. (There was blood, but both people were sitting and talking calmly with the hotel staff and fans who were administering first aid.)

And now back to Worldcon. Here’s this year’s Hugo trophy, unveiled at the opening ceremonies rather than the Hugo ceremony:

2012 Hugo trophy

The Saturday business meeting was almost entirely taken up with debate over several proposed Hugo category changes. I’ll just skip to the results.

  • Best Fancast was ratified as a permanent Hugo category. This covers fan-made podcasts and similar, kicking them out of the Best Fanzine category.
  • The proposal to simplify and clarify the distinctions between Best Semiprozine and Best Fanzine was ratified with one very important change: the restoration of the phrase “or the equivalent in other media”, allowing blogs and other electronic-only publications to remain eligible as fanzines.
  • Best Graphic Story was re-ratified to keep its sunset clause from taking effect, making it a permanent category.
  • The addition of a Best YA Book category was voted down once again. This was the only really contested vote, with 51 in favor and 67 against.

The Hugo ceremony itself is tomorrow night at 8pm local time (1am Monday UTC). Dragon*Con members will be able to watch them locally on a video feed; the Internet at large has a choice of the Worldcon channel at Ustream or the CoverItLive chat at the Hugo Awards Web site.

And for those of you at Worldcon, be at the Grand Ballroom early, say around 7:15 pm, to catch a flash mob performing “The Tom Bombadil Rap”.


Ed Kramer and the rise of Dragon*Con

By Petrea Mitchell| September 1, 2012 | Comments Off on Ed Kramer and the rise of Dragon*Con

Atlanta Magazine today has a long profile of Dragon*Con founder Ed Kramer, focusing on the long battle to bring him to trial for child molestation.

Most important to highlight is this reminder that sometimes the reflexive tendency of fandom to defend itself leads to no good.

Kramer’s arrest caused a stir among gamers and conventioneers. Cofounder Henry and such prominent DragonCon guests as Harlan Ellison and Anne McCaffrey offered outraged testimonials in Kramer’s defense, while Kramer’s many hangers-on took to online forums to question the honesty of his alleged victims and disparage the motives of his accusers. Those who publicly cited evidence of Kramer’s alleged guilt, like horror writer Nancy Collins, found themselves ostracized from the convention circuit.

Along the way are a few behind-the-scenes insights into the murky finances of D*C. As we’ve reported before, Kramer retains 34% ownership of it, which according to this article netted him a $154,000 dividend in 2011. There was also this surprising tidbit:

By all accounts, the event has always had a small payroll, instead relying on up to 2,000 volunteers, with first-timers paying $20 a head for the privilege.

In case there are people reading who have only ever been to Dragon*Con, paying to work at a convention is not normal.

[Hat tip: File 770]


Ken Bald–Golden Age Timely-Marvel Artist and Dark Shadows Illustrator–Comes to Baltimore!

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 1, 2012 | Comments Off on Ken Bald–Golden Age Timely-Marvel Artist and Dark Shadows Illustrator–Comes to Baltimore!

Ken Bald photoBALTIMORE, MARYLAND – August 29, 2012 – Called “The best comic artist in the business” by Stan Lee, here’s your chance to meet one of comic’s greatest illustrators of all time – Ken Bald. Appearing at the Baltimore Comic-Con on Saturday, September 8th and Sunday morning, September 9th, his prolific list of credits include: Bulletman and BulletgirlCaptain MarvelCaptain MidnightCaptain AmericaDoc SavageSub-Mariner;NamoraHuman TorchSun Girl; and the strips Judd SaxonDr Kildare; and Dark Shadows.

Credited with the often imitated but never duplicated “photo-realistic” style of illustrating, even at 92 years of age, Bald possesses a mastery of the comic pencil sketch that can’t be compared. But judge his recent work for yourself on his web site (he just started doing commissions this year) and see if you don’t agree with Marvel’s Stan Lee.

This Comic-Con is Ken Bald’s first major show ever — put in your commission order now and Ken will personally deliver it to you at the show. Ken will appear on Saturday and Sunday morning at the show.  Order at: ttp://!commissions.

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Worldcon Diary Part 1: Bid news

By Petrea Mitchell| September 1, 2012 | Comments Off on Worldcon Diary Part 1: Bid news

I’m at Worldcon, with a brand-new travelling companion: bronchitis! Meaning my blogging from it will be more abbreviated this year.

So let’s start with the actual news, which concerns Worldcon bids, most of it from today’s Fannish Inquisition notes…

Spokane in 2015 improvised Powerpoint presentation

2014: London is still uncontested, if anyone was wondering. One of the things they plan to do is hold parties in a hall in the convention center which will be divided up into smaller spaces.

2015: Joining Spokane and Orlando, there is now a serious bid from Helsinki. Dates will probably be in August. Eemeli Aro, presenting the bid, noted that most Finnish conventions do not have to charge admission fees, being funded by sponsors and government grants. The convention would be non-traditional in some respects, but it would have a dealers’ room, an art show, and “almost certainly” a masquerade.

Spokane (seen above, improvising a Photoshop presentation due to the lack of A/V equipment in the room) said that it is working with numerous groups in the city that have expressed interest in holding special events in conjunction with a Worldcon, including restaurants and the local symphony orchestra.

Orlando is emphasizing lowering costs with a discount for first-time Worldcon members, and opening the dealers’ room to non-members.

Orlando was asked point-blank about competing with Dragon*Con, since it would probably be Labor Day weekend. Adam Beaton’s response was that even being held on a different weekend, it would still be competing with D*C for consumer dollars since few people can afford to go to both anyway.

There is also a new hoax bid for Detroit, named Robocon. Primary tagline: “Detroit: Not as bad as you think.”

2016: Kansas City is still the only serious bidder. Its dates would be August 17-21. The bid chairs promise there will be barbecue.

The Mariehamn hoax bid provided more details of its plans, which involve renting a cruise ship and mooring it in the harbor to use for additional programming space.

2017: The Montréal bid has moved to this year from 2019. It would be held at the Palais de Congrés, the same place as 2009.

The Japan bid committee is looking at three sites in the greater Tokyo area: the Yokohama one where the 2007 Worldcon was held, one site in Chiba, and Makuhari Messe in Saitama. Their theme would be “International Interaction”– getting Western and Asian fans to interact with each other.

Japan was asked about the debt accrued by the 2007 convention. The 2017 funding is entirely separate from 2007, so they are not responsible for filling that hole; they have brought in Vince Docherty, who has experience in that area, to head the finance division; and they now know a lot more about probable attendance and other costs from the 2007 experience.

There were no representatives from the New York bid, but it has previously stated it would not become active until 2013.

2018: New Orleans is still in pre-bid stage and will make a decision in the next couple months whether to move ahead to an actual bid.

Further on: There is still a bid for New Zealand in 2020, and now that Montréal has moved years, no one is bidding for 2019 yet.


Aspiring Artists Can Rub Elbows With Superstar Creators As Wizard World Ohio Comic Con Launches Amateur Art Contest

By Shawn Scott Smith| August 31, 2012 | Comments Off on Aspiring Artists Can Rub Elbows With Superstar Creators As Wizard World Ohio Comic Con Launches Amateur Art Contest

Area Artists Can Compete To Win Artist Alley Table At Greater Columbus Convention Center, Sept. 28-30

NEW YORK and COLUMBUS, Ohio, August 29, 2012 – Think you have what it takes to be the next Greg Horn, Tyler Kirkham or Alan Davis?  Now aspiring artists in Ohio and beyond will have the opportunity to show their best work and even win an Artist Alley table next month as the Wizard World Ohio Comic Con Art Contest officially begins today.  Submissions will be accepted through noon ET on Sept. 17, 2012, with the event set for the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Sept. 28-30.

That trio of superstar artists will judge entries on creativity and innovation, within the following themes, consistent with the Wizard World theme:  pop culture, science fiction, comics, movies, television, gaming, technology, toys, graphic novels.  The top entry will have use of an Artist Alley table for the full three days in Columbus, and an additional pass for a guest to work the table.

Each finalist will be provided passes for himself/herself and a guest to attend Wizard World Ohio Comic Con.  Selected works, including all finalists, will also be displayed on the Web site and other outlets.

Emerging artists who have not earned payment for submitted artwork by a studio, licensing company, comic or other professional entity are eligible. Students enrolled full time in high schools, colleges, community colleges, universities, trade schools, or professional schools (Design, Architecture, etc.) are also eligible to enter.

Full details and forms are available at the Wizard World Ohio Art Contest Web page at  All two- and three-dimensional art, regardless of media, will initially be submitted electronically via email at (subject: Wizard World Ohio Comic Con Art Contest Entry) as .JPG images (max file size 2 MB).
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215 Ink Baltimore Comic-Con Exclusives

By Shawn Scott Smith| August 30, 2012 | Comments Off on 215 Ink Baltimore Comic-Con Exclusives


BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – August 29, 2012 – With Baltimore Comic-Con being the premiere convention focused on comics, 215 Ink will be unveiling a deal previously unheard of in the comic community, small press or otherwise: a fullyfunctional Android 4.0 tablet loaded with the full line-up of 215 titles for just $99.
215 Ink tablet
In addition to our tablet, we will be releasing a Baltimore Comic Con exclusive set of 11 posters from some of our current and upcoming titles. This set of posters will only be available at the con! Measuring 8×11 and limited to only 100 prints of each, these won’t last long.
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17 dates added!

By Shawn Scott Smith| August 29, 2012 | Comments Off on 17 dates added!

Dec 7th-9th, 2012
Steel City Con Pittsburgh, PA

Feb 8th-10th 2013
WTH Con Greensboro, NC
Marmaladedog Kalamazoo, MI
Kawa Kon St. Louis, MO

Feb 16th-17th, 2013
Animation on Display San Fransico, CA
Anime Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
Con DFW Dallas, TX
Visioncon Springfield, MO

Feb 23rd-24th, 2013
Beyondcon Gig Harbor, WA

March 1st-3rd, 2013
Consonance San Francisco, CA
Staple Austin, TX

March 8th-9th, 2013
Chicago Zine Chicago, IL
TN Game Days Nashville, TN

March 15th-17th, 2013
Coastcon Biloxi, MS
Millenicon Cinncinatti, OH

March 22nd-24th, 2013
Con-nichiwa Tuscon, AZ

April 12th-14th, 2013
Anime Conji San Diego, CA

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