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Creation adds Hunger Games to there conventions.

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 10, 2012 | 1 Comment

Stars of the Hunger Games

Sat. & Sun.
June 23-24, 2012

The Westin O’Hare Hotel
6100 North River Road
Rosemont, IL, 60018
United States
Phone: (847) 698-6000

Creation Fan Convention
With Stars From
The Hunger Games

WILLOW SHIELDS (Primrose Everdeen of The Hunger Games)
AMANDLA STENBERG (Rue of The Hunger Games)
JACQUELINE EMERSON (Fox Face of The Hunger Games)
DAYO OKENIYI (Thresh of The Hunger Games)
and more to come!


Hotel Rooms: We will have special lower than normal room rates set up for those coming to the convention, info to be announced soon


Baltimore Comic Con News

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 10, 2012 | Comments Off on Baltimore Comic Con News

Garth Ennis and Dynamite Entertainment Cast their Shadow in Baltimore!
Garth Ennis Shadow 01 Cover
The Shadow written by Garth Ennis

Published by Dynamite Entertainment

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – April 9, 2012 –The Baltimore Comic-Con is excited to add prolific writer Garth Ennis and publisher Dynamite Entertainment to the growing list of talent and exhibitors attending this year’s show. The show will take place September 8-9, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center.


Ennis, who is probably best known for his work on the Vertigo series, Preacher, as well as the creator-owned series, The Boys from Dynamite Entertainment, began his career in 1989. After several critically acclaimed works in England, he broke into the American comic scene in 1991.


Building a following on such titles as Hellblazer(Vertigo), The Demon (DC Comics), Hitman (DC Comics), Preacher (Vertigo), and PunisherMAX(Marvel Comics), Ennis is renowned as one of the best writers to come out of the “British Invasion” of the early-’90s and received and Eisner Award for Best Writer in 1998 and an Eagle Award in 1999 for Best Color Comic Book (for Preacher).


Currently, Ennis is wrapping up his final story arc forThe Boys, as well as handling writing duties for the relaunch of The Shadow for Dynamite Entertainment. Ennis will be working with artist Aaron Campbell (Green Hornet: Year OneDark Shadows) to bring the classic pulp franchise back to the printed page for a whole new generation of fans.


The Shadow is probably the last established character I like that I haven’t gotten around to writing yet, certainly on this side of the Atlantic,” said Ennis in a recent press release. “It makes a kind of bloody, bullet-riddled sense: I always had a feeling our paths would cross sooner or later.”


Dynamite Entertainment, whose publishing works includes both licensed properties and creator-owned work, will also be exhibiting at this year’s show. Founded in 2004, Dynamite won the Diamond Gem Award for Best Publisher Under 4% of Market Share in 2011.


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Chris Hemsworth, William Shatner, Stan Lee, WWE® Superstars Rey Mysterio® and CM Punk™ Top Stellar 2012 Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con Lineup

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 10, 2012 | Comments Off on Chris Hemsworth, William Shatner, Stan Lee, WWE® Superstars Rey Mysterio® and CM Punk™ Top Stellar 2012 Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con Lineup

Paul Wesley, Jeri Ryan, Bruce Campbell, Scott Bakula, 60 Other Celebrities, Dozens of Top Creators Set For Pennsylvania Convention Center May 31 – June 3

NEW YORK and PHILADELPHIA, April 9, 2012 – For more than a decade, Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con has brought standout celebrities, comics creators and more to the Pennsylvania Convention Center as one of the highlights of the city’s pop culture scene.  But the 2012 lineup, set for Thursday, May 31, through Sunday, June 3, featuring mega-stars Chris Hemsworth, William Shatner, Stan Lee, WWE® Superstars Rey Mysterio® and CM Punk™ and more than 60 others, may be the best and most diverse ever.

Shatner (“Star Trek,” “Boston Legal”) will appear on Saturday and Sunday, while Hemsworth (The Avengers, Thor) and WWE® Superstar CM Punk™ will be on site on Saturday, WWE® Superstar Rey Mysterio®  on Sunday, and comics legend Lee (“Spider-Man,” “X-Men”) on Friday through Sunday.

Other hugely popular stars scheduled to attend include Scott Bakula (“Star Trek: Enterprise,” “Quantum Leap”), Paul Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries,” “24”), Kate Mulgrew (“Star Trek: Voyager,” Remo Williams), James Marsters (“Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” “Torchwood”), Avery Brooks (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Spenser: For Hire”), Jeri Ryan (“Star Trek: Voyager,” “Boston Public”), Bruce Campbell (Army of Darkness, Evil Dead), Sam Witwer (“Smallville,” “Being Human”),Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints, Saw 3D), Melissa Joan Hart (“Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” “Melissa and Joey”), Joey Lawrence (“Melissa and Joey,” “Blossom”), Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “90210”), James Hong (Blade Runner, Kung Fu Panda), Hayden Panettiere(“Heroes,” Bring It On), Jason Priestley (“Beverly Hills, 90210,” Tombstone), Luke Perry (“Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Oz”), Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Dude, Where’s My Car?) and Juliet Landau (“Angel,” Ed Wood).

VIP tickets are available now for fans who want to secure their opportunity to meet many of the stars at the event.  Fans can visit for links to VIP packages for Hemsworth, Lee, Campbell, Ryan, Panettiere, WWE® Superstars CM Punk™ & Rey Mysterio®, Bakula, Wesley, Shatner, Marsters and group experiences with Boondock Saints, “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” “Spartacus/Legend of the Seeker” and “Star Trek” Captains. Read more


Florida Supercon news.

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 10, 2012 | Comments Off on Florida Supercon news.

From a press release.


The last few weeks have been full of big announcements for Florida Supercon 2012! Several new guests have been announced, including 2 stars of The Hunger Games (with more to come!), plus stars from the world of Anime, Video Games, Comic Books and Animation. Along with our big guest announcements, we’ve just launched our official video/audio podcast the Florida Supercast The FSC Art Contest is heating up! As always, go to for all the latest info on the show!


Our big Art Contest is heating up as it goes into the final week of voting! CLICK HERE to vote now! The contest ends on April 15th with $200 cash & tickets to FSC up for grabs.
The Florida Supercast is now live! CLICK HERE to check out the official Florida Supercon video/audio podcast. It’s our very own weekly show dedicated to geek culture!

FLORIDA SUPERCON: South Florida’s Comic Book, Anime, Animation, Video Game, Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Pop Culture Convention is JUNE 29 – JULY 2, 2012. It’s 4 days of fun dedicated to Comic Books, Anime, Animation, Video Games, Fantasy, Sci-Fi and all of pop culture featuring celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors, industry guests, cosplayers, artists, writers, panels, Q&A’s, films & shorts, costume & cosplay contests,vendors, parties, anime, workshops, video gaming and more! FSC will be returning for year seven to the MIAMI AIRPORT CONVENTION CENTER (MACC), formally known as the Miami Mart Airport Hotel and Convention Center.
Tickets are on sale now at

Want to set up as a vendor, artist or craftsperson at FSC? Go to for all the info! We still have a limited amount of space available, so if you’re planning to set up at the show reserve your space now!
See you at Supercon!

Mike Broder


Wizard returns to New Orleans this year.

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 9, 2012 | Comments Off on Wizard returns to New Orleans this year.

Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con Returns To Ernest N. Morial Convention Center November 30 – December 2, 2012

Expansion To Three-Day Event Follows Successful Conventions In 2011 And January 2012

NEW YORK and NEW ORLEANS, April 6, 2012 – Following hugely successful shows in its first two trips to the “Big Easy,” Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con will return to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in an expanded, three-day format, November 30 – December 2, 2012, Wizard World announced today.  Headline celebrities, artists and other details will follow in the coming weeks.

“Fans throughout the Southeast have made Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con a tremendous hit,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO.  “In January, thousands came to see stars like William Shatner, Adam Baldwin, Mary McDonnell and James Marsters, comics icon Stan Lee and dozens of others.  We are working now on assembling another standout lineup of guests, VIP experiences and parties for what has become one of our most popular shows.”

On January 28-29, 2012, thousands of Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con fans met Shatner, Baldwin, McConnell, Marsters and Lee along with dozens of superstar artists such as Carlos Pacheco, George Pérez, Greg Horn, Jesus Merino, Tyler Kirkham and Arthur Suydam.  That followed up a strong debut at the Morial Convention Center in January 2011.
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By Shawn Scott Smith| April 9, 2012 | Comments Off on STEPHEN RANNAZZISI TO TAKE THE STAGE AT C2E2 FOR NIGHT OF COMEDY!

Popular “You’re Either In or You’re Out” Tour Comes to Comic Convention … Free for All Weekend, Saturday or VIP Ticket C2E2 Ticket-Holders!!


Kevin “Dot Com” Brown from “30 Rock” to Open


Norwalk, CT, April 6, 2012:  Stephen Rannazzisi will headline an evening of entertainment at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) on Saturday, April 14 in the IGN Theater at McCormick Place.  Rannazzisi, who got his first taste of television success for his role on MTV’s Punk’d, is more recently recognized for his part as “Kevin”, the League Commissioner on FX’s hit show The League, a semi-improvised comedy which is set in Chicago about the members of a fantasy football league and their everyday lives.  Mr. Rannazzisi’s show at C2E2 is part of his You’re Either In or You’re Out tour which has been selling out venues across the country.  He will perform free for all C2E2 Weekend, Saturday or VIP badge-holders. The festivities begin at 7:30pm with an opening act by comedian Kevin “Dot Com” Brown who plays the bodyguard, best friend and right hand man to Tracy Morgan in NBC TV’s huge hit series 30 Rock.

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Kansas City, Missouri, 4/8/12 – Spectrum Fantastic Art Live! being held in the Grand Ballroom of Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City, May 18-20 will showcase 200 exhibitor booths featuring the world’s most celebrated painters, sculptors, and digital illustrators, ongoing live art demonstrations, educational panels, guest interviews, a documentary film program, and portfolio reviews by the art directors who will be scouting for new talent.  Special guests include Brom (World of Warcraft, Van Helsing, Galaxy Quest), Phil Hale (world-renowned fine artist), Andrew “Android” Jones (Industrial Light and Magic, Nintendo), Ian McCaig (designer of Star Wars: Episode 1, Terminator 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and Mike Mignola (creator of Hellboy).
Spectrum Fantastic Art Live! will also feature professional portfolio reviews throughout the show. Registration for reviews will open at noon on April 14th. Art Directors from film, comics, video games, and publishing will be on hand to review and critique portfolios including: Mark Chiarello – DC Comics, Irene Gallo – Tor books, Jeremy Cranford – Blizzard Entertainment, Jon Schindehette – Wizards of the Coast, Lauren Panepatino – Orbit Books, Daren Bader – Rockstar Games, Mike Linneman – Fantasy Flight Games, and Dawn Rivera-Ernster – Walt Disney Animation Studio. Space is limited and is expected to fill up fast. Go to www.spectrumfantasticartlive.comto find out more.
This one-of-a-kind, international convention is a rare opportunity to mingle with some of the most talented artists, illustrators and creators in the world. Meet the people who brought Batman, Harry Potter, Darth Maul, Conan the Barbarian, Alien, John Carter of Mars and every other imaginable character to vivid life on book covers, in comics, for video games, and on the screen. For three days in May, Kansas City’s Bartle Hall will be transformed into an international museum of the imagination to host this fantastic art convergence. If you love fantasy, science fiction, horror, comics, movies and especially fantastic-themed art, then Spectrum Fantastic Art Live! is the event you’ve been waiting for.
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Conventions this weekend April 13th-15th, 2012

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 8, 2012 | Comments Off on Conventions this weekend April 13th-15th, 2012

I’ll be watching movies till my eyes bleed at Actionfest. Many of you will be at C2e2. But there’s a lot more to do this coming weekend. Over 24 conventions to choose from. Who is going where?

April 13th-15th, 2012
Actionfest Asheville, NC
Ad Astra Toronto, ON
Canadian Haunts Hamilton, ON
C2e2 Chicago, IL
Constellation NE Lincoln, NE
Creation Twilight Nashville, TN
Creation Vampire Diaries Chicago, IL
Cyphacon Lake Charles, LA
Econocon Plymouth, NH
Furry Connection Novi, MI
Icon Idaho Falls, ID
KhaotickonTampa, FL
Kingdomcon San Diego, CA
Mich Pinball Rochester, MI
Monsterpalooza Burbank, CA
Pirate Fest Greenville, NC
Ravencon Richmond, VA
Robocon Denver, CO
SteamFest Atlanta, GA
Tarzan Fest Morgan City, LA
Ubbcon Buffalo, NY
Wildcat Comic Con Williamsport, PA
Wizard World Toronto, ON


William Shatner, Jeri Ryan, Stan Lee, WWE® Superstar CM Punk™ Headline Expanded 2012 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 7, 2012 | Comments Off on William Shatner, Jeri Ryan, Stan Lee, WWE® Superstar CM Punk™ Headline Expanded 2012 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

William Shatner, Jeri Ryan, Stan Lee, WWE® Superstar CM Punk™ Headline Expanded 2012 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

Nina Dobrev, Tom Felton, Bruce Campbell, Jon Bernthal, 50+ Other Celebrities, Dozens of Top Creators Set For Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, August 9-12

NEW YORK and ROSEMONT, Ill., April 4, 2012 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, which for nearly two decades has thrilled hundreds of thousands of fans with standout celebrities, top-notch superstar artists, VIP experiences and more, rolls out an expanded, full four-day show, August 9-12 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.  More than 50 celebrities, including headliners like William Shatner, Jeri Ryan, Stan Lee, Jon Bernthal and WWE® Superstar CM Punk™,notable artists Carlos Pacheco, George Pérez, Greg Capullo and dozens of others are already signed up to attend what is shaping up as the biggest Wizard World show ever and the Midwest’s No. 1 Pop Culture Convention.

The international pop culture icon Shatner (“Star Trek,” “T.J. Hooker”) will appear on Friday, Aug. 10, and Saturday, Aug. 11, Ryan (“Star Trek: Voyager,” “Boston Public”) on Sunday, Aug. 12, Eisner Award Hall of Famer and comic book legend Lee and Bernthal (“The Walking Dead,” The Ghost Writer) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and WWE® Superstar CM Punk™, the current WWE®  champion, on Saturday.

“Wizard World Chicago Comic Con continues to grow in all areas, from celebrity guests to Artist Alley to evening entertainment to VIP experiences, so much so that we’ve made it a full four-day show for the first time,” said John Macaluso, CEO, Wizard World.  “William Shatner, Jeri Ryan and Stan Lee are at the top of a deep celebrity roster that will connect with fans of all ages.”

The announcement follows the recent news that one of Hollywood’s fastest-risers, Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers), will headline Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on June 2.

The longest-running and highest-attended show annually on the Wizard World calendar, 2012 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con will also feature movie and television stars such as Nina Dobrev (“The Vampire Diaries,” CHLOE), Kate Mulgrew (“Star Trek: Voyager,” Remo Williams), Bruce Campbell (Army Of Darkness, Evil Dead), Tom Felton (Harry Potter, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Amy Acker (“Angel,” The Cabin In The Woods) and dozens of others.

Eisner Award winner Pérez (“Superman,” “JSA”), nominee Pacheco (“X-Men,” “Green Lantern”) and Capullo (“Batman,” “Spawn”) are joined in Artist Alley by Rodolfo Migliari (“Green Arrow,” “Green Lantern”), “Brom” (“Dungeons & Dragons,” “The Plucker), “CAFU” (“Superboy,” “Action Comics”), Ken Kelly (“Batman,” “Star Wars”) and Pat Lee (“Spider-Man,” “Iron Man”), among a first-class roster of special guests.

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

For more on the 2012 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, visit more


Hugo nomination streams

By Petrea Mitchell| April 6, 2012 | Comments Off on Hugo nomination streams

And over here, at the Hugo Awards site, is the list of channels where you can see the Hugo nomination announcements on Saturday this weekend.

In addition, Friday is the day that the Philip K. Dick Awards will be broadcast from Norwescon.


Eastercon streaming this weekend

By Petrea Mitchell| April 6, 2012 | 1 Comment

Those of us unable to make it to a con in person this weekend can still get a bit of a convention fix, it appears, courtesy of this channel on Ustream. Eastercon will be streaming all programming from its largest function room, including the British Science Fiction Association Awards, and readings from GoHs George R. R. Martin and Cory Doctorow.

Program information is available in various formats here. The stream will cover everything in the Commonwealth Room. Note that times are in British Summer Time (1 hour ahead of GMT, 5 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time, 8 hours ahead of Pacific Daylight Time).

This does not appear to include the Hugo nominees announcement, which will take place in a different room. We are still waiting for word on whether any of the conventions hosting the announcement will be streaming it.

[Hat tip: Paul Cornell’s blog]



By Shawn Scott Smith| April 5, 2012 | Comments Off on Dates.

May 5th-7th, 2012
Super Wild Pig Piscataway, NJ

Sept 1st-3rd, 2012
Metacon Bloomington, MN

Jan 4th-6th, 2013
Ichibancon Charlotte, NC

Jan 11th-13th, 2013
Ichibancon Charlotte, NC
Swampcon Gainesville, FL

Jan 25th-27th, 2013
Cosine Colorodo Springs, CO

July 4th-7th, 2013
Westercon 66 Sacremento, CA


Westercon 66 announces hotel and dates

By Petrea Mitchell| April 5, 2012 | Comments Off on Westercon 66 announces hotel and dates

As some of you recall, Westercon 66 was awarded to a surprise bid which had started as a joke and so did not have a proper hotel lined up. Now it has: the Hilton Arden West in Sacramento, with dates confirmed as July 4th-7th, 2013.

For more details, see the announcement here.


PR: MetaCon announces Todd Haberkorn, YTCracker

By Petrea Mitchell| April 5, 2012 | Comments Off on PR: MetaCon announces Todd Haberkorn, YTCracker

MetaCon 2012, the newest and hottest comic, sci-fi, and anime con to come to Minneapolis is excited to announce the first two guests for the 2012 Meta Convention will be voice actor Todd Haberkorn, and professional DJ and programmer YTCracker. MetaCon 2012 will bring together thousands of anime, sci-fi, gaming, pop culture, and music fans to a three-day convention at the Doubletree Bloomington Hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota from August 31 to September 2, 2012.
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Ichibancon going to two weekends?

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 5, 2012 | Comments Off on Ichibancon going to two weekends?

From their website:

“Ichibancon is Charlotte’s very own anime convention! Now for 4 days in January! We celebrate Japanese animated films and shows, J-pop/rock, and many aspects of Japanese culture! We hope you’ll join us as the first convention of the new year in the Carolinas!

Are you sitting down? We’ve got some big news for you! We might be crazy but we’ve decided that Ichibancon 2013 will take place on January 4-6, 2013 AND January 11-13, 2013. Each weekend will have different programming, different dealers, and different guests. Just imagine… the Vic Mignogna weekend… the Not Vic Mignogna weekend. Subtitled videos one weekend�dubbed the other. So many possibilities!

This is going to take place at the lovely Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel, featuring free parking, cheaper room nights, shuttle services to the airport and Lynx train, better elevators, bigger and nicer rooms.

Needless to say we’re very excited about 2013”

Kind of different strategy, but i guess you could have two totally different con experiences, but not sure how well this will work. We will see I guess.

Ichibancon Charlotte, NC




Despite the fact that I’ve waited over 25 years for the upcoming Avengers film, I don’t think there will be a film that I enjoy more in 2012 than Morgan Spurlock’s San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) documentary, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope. I had the pleasure of seeing this film a few weeks ago and I absolutely loved it. Although I feel that the film would translate well to a weekly reality show (imagine following a different geek’s journey to SDCC each week), I’ll take what I can get for now and that means many trips to the theater to see it while it is in limited release. If you love the world of conventions even half as much as I do, you must get out there and support this film this weekend. Here is the latest update on its release: Read more


Aspen Comics to Attend Long Beach Comic Expo

By Shawn Marshall| April 4, 2012 | Comments Off on Aspen Comics to Attend Long Beach Comic Expo

Things are starting to heat up as we approach the ever-nearing Long Beach Comic Expo. If you’ve not attended in the past, you should definitely make it a point to attend this year. There are few shows that rival the quality in the one-day realm. Here is the latest announcement out of Long Beach: Read more


New Guests announced for Heroes

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 3, 2012 | Comments Off on New Guests announced for Heroes

From the Heroes Blog

“Whether you’re a fan of superhero books, great cartooning, some of today’s best all ages comics, or all of the above, today’s guest list update has something for you.  On to the list!

  • MARK BAGLEY – Mark has been one of Marvel’s go-to artists for years now.  Along with classic work on titles like Amazing Spider-manNew Warriors and Venom: Lethal Protector, Mark also provided work for Ultimate Spider-man and the recent Avengers Assemble title.
  • ALEAH BAKER –  You can see Aleah’s coloring skills in recent issues of both Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Universe.
  • IAN FLYNN – Ian is responsible for writing some of the best kids books on the shelves today.  Along with work on Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Universe, Ian also helms the popular Mega Man series.
  • JAMES LYLE – You might’ve seen James’ artwork on books likeDoorman and Grimm Fairy Tales.  He’ll also be representing and bringing some friends from the Southeast Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society (SCNCS).
  • BUDDY PRINCE – Buddy provided pencils for Night, along art for Upper Deck Cards.
  • BUDD ROOT – As the creator of Cavewoman, Budd built a strong following with his renditions of dinosaurs, creatures and the humans who survive among them.
  • ANDY SMITH – Andy’s a veteran artist who has worked on everything from X-O ManowarThe FirstWWE HeroesWar of the Green Read more
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