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Richard Alf dies

By Petrea Mitchell| January 7, 2012 | Comments Off on Richard Alf dies

Another Comic-Con co-founder has died. Richard Alf was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer in December, and died Wednesday evening. The San Diego Union-Tribune has an extensive obituary here.


A message from Green Mustard

By Shawn Scott Smith| January 6, 2012 | Comments Off on A message from Green Mustard

These guys have some exciting stuff lined up this year. Below is an email,

“Happy New Year!

2011 turned out to be a VERY busy year for us.  We launched two new fan conventions (Florida Anime Experience & InvaderCON,) appeared at four other conventions (Anime Weekend Atlanta, Florida Supercon, Gen Con, & MomoCon,) and even announce a new convention for 2012 (PinUpalooza.)

As we roll out the new year, we’re busy hammering out details on a number of new and exciting projects to enhance the fan experience.  For now, though, here’s a recap of all the awesomeness we’ve rolled out so far…

Florida Anime Experience 2012
(tickets on sale now!)
May 25-27, 2012 in Orlando, Florida

(tickets on sale in February)
July 7, 2012 in Orlando, Florida

(tickets on sale now!)
July 27-28, 2012 in Torrance, California

Badges from Conventions
Our new Tumblr blog featuring a collections of badges collected from anime, comic book, and science fiction conventions across the U.S.


My Illogicon Schedule

By Shawn Scott Smith| January 6, 2012 | Comments Off on My Illogicon Schedule

I’ve got my schedule for Illogicon

Ill be in Artist Alley both Saturday and Sunday during the day and on the following panels.

Saturday the 14th
Iron Artist – 1 hour challenge to make one piece of art.€ Artists could donate their pieces to the charity auction. Saturday, 2:00 PM, Lincoln.
Panelists: Rich Sigfrit (host), Scott Smith, Charlie Harper, Jason Strutz

Sunday the 15th
Letterpress Demo – Come learn how to operate an old-school printing press. Sunday, 10:00 AM, Lincoln.
Panelists: Scott Smith, Jessica C. White

Sci-Fi On Screen — Roundtable discussion of the current crop of TV and movies. Sunday, 1:00 PM, Washington.
Panelists: Rich Sigfrit(M), Scott Smith, Angela Pritchett, John Kessel, one of the Firetower crew

Convention Stories – Most of us have been to a few of these things before, but even then, some of the things that happen at cons can be tough to believe. Hear our panel of veterans recount some of the wildest and wackiest things they’ve seen at cons. Sunday, 3:00 PM, Lincoln.
Panelists: Scott Smith(M), Davey Beauchamp, Allegra Torres, Brittney Chiki Fisher, Angela Pritchett

The entire schedule can be seen on Illogicon website. See you there!


The first “real” convention

By Petrea Mitchell| January 5, 2012 | Comments Off on The first “real” convention

The words “science fiction convention” were first put together to describe a gathering at Milt Rothman’s house in Philadelphia in 1936. But the first thing that modern fans would recognize as a convention was held 75 years ago this month at the Theosophical Hall in Leeds, England. Rob Hansen has collected some photographs and contemporary accounts here.


Hex at Amazing Arizona

By Shawn Scott Smith| January 5, 2012 | Comments Off on Hex at Amazing Arizona

Los Angeles, January 4, 2012 — Keu Cha and Hex The Lost Tribe will be attending The Amazing Arizona Comic Con in Mesa Arizona on January 6-8.

Come by and support us and get the chance to win original art and prints. Also, Keu Cha will be doing a ‘how to draw’ workshop!

Keu Cha tells: “The workshop is going to be alot of fun. I’ll get the chance to talk as I draw and give you a glimpse into my madness. Believe it or not, there is a lot of thought, understanding and experimenting every step of the way. My goal is to show this birthing process in all it’s glory!!  I’ll get frustrated when I’m stuck and excited when things work out. I plan on doing this by  not planning… because I want to talk about the creative thinking before the drawing. I feel it is equally as important. I want everyone to enjoy and relate in seeing me struggle. Can’t wait!!!!!
Warning: I might swear from time to time.

I want to thank Bill and Jimmy Jay for holding the show and  for all the support!”

The Amazing Arizona Comic Con can be found online:
HEX the Lost Tribe can be found online:
– Read more


Windy City Pulp and Paper news.

By Shawn Scott Smith| January 4, 2012 | Comments Off on Windy City Pulp and Paper news.

MEMBERSHIPS: Memberships are $35
for all three days, $25 for Friday only, $25 for
Saturday only, and $10 for Sunday only (But
see the HOTEL section for details on how to
get a $10 refund on your membership!). We
are also offering Early Bird Admission for
non-dealers for $60, which is a three day
membership which allows entry to the dealer
room on Friday at 10 a.m. (which is one hour
after dealer setup begins and two hours before
the con generally opens to the public).
Ages 13 & under are free. Read more


Wizard Orleans Schedule

By Shawn Scott Smith| January 4, 2012 | Comments Off on Wizard Orleans Schedule

William Shatner, Stan Lee, Meet-and-Greets, James Marsters, Mary McDonnell, Adam Baldwin Q&A’s, Evening Parties Highlight Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con Programming

Jedi Master Classes, ‘Boondock Saints’ Reunion, ‘The Victim’ Movie Screening And More At  Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, January 28-29

NEW YORK and NEW ORLEANS, January 3, 2012 – Rare meet-and-greets and Q&A sessions with legends William Shatner and Stan Lee, panels with movie and TV stars James Marsters, Mary McDonnell andAdam Baldwin, and several themed parties headline a broad, diverse schedule of special programming at the 2012 Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, January 28-29 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  Unique Jedi lightsaber classes, sessions with stars of classic favorites, a screening of the new film THE VICTIM and artist schools to costume contests are some of the activities that reflect the wide variety of interests shared by Comic Con attendees.

Some of the top sessions include:

  • Once-in-a-lifetime, extremely limited meet-and-greet opportunities with pop culture legends Shatner and Lee, including photo ops and special gifts
  • Q&A panels with Marsters (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”), McDonnell (“Battlestar Galactica”), Baldwin (FULL METAL JACKET, SERENITY), and Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk”)
  • Cult classic BOONDOCK SAINTS reunion featuring the personable duo of Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery
  • Young stars Chandler Riggs and Madison Lintz of the hit AMC series “The Walking Dead”
  • Informative, interactive sessions with superstar artists including John Layman, Rob Guillory, Tyler Kirkham, Carlos Pacheco, Vic Mignogna and others
  • Jedi Lightsaber classes, in which fans can learn the same techniques used in STAR WARS films, taught by sword master Nick Gillard, who choreographed the fight scenes for three of the blockbuster films
  • Screening of the new feature film THE VICTIM, with director/producers Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc
  • Party time… including the Official Kick Off Party on Friday night, Saturday After-Party and popular Masquerade Ball
  • Wizard World New Orleans Drink And Draw, hosted by artist Tommy Castillo, during which some will drink…some will draw…and the best will take on the challenge of doing both
  • The popular adult costume contest and fun kids costume contest with great prizes

Unless noted, New Orleans Comic Con programming will take place in the designated panel rooms at the Morial Convention Center, and is included with admission to the event.  Notable events requiring additional ticket purchase include the Shatner and Lee meet-and-greets and lightsaber classes.  Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first come first serve basis and each room will be cleared between panels. Read more


Amazing Arizona Comic-Con Zombie Update

By Shawn Marshall| January 4, 2012 | Comments Off on Amazing Arizona Comic-Con Zombie Update

This Friday night, The Walking Dead and all of their zombified zomibies invade Mesa, AZ and the Amazing Arizona Comic-Con. Kicking things off with a zombie walk on Friday evening, AACC is packing the weekend full of Walking Dead goodness: Read more


New Convention Sponsor.

By Shawn Scott Smith| January 4, 2012 | Comments Off on New Convention Sponsor.

Happy to say that we have a new convention Sponsoring The Louisville Arcade Expo takes place this March 2nd-4th, 2012. I can’t wait to attend. I will also be set up selling my creature paintings on both Saturday and Sunday at the show. And will be getting my pinball and gaming on in the evenings. See you there! Website



By Shawn Scott Smith| January 3, 2012 | Comments Off on NEW YORK COMIC CON 4-DAY TICKETS TO GO ON SALE TUESDAY, JANUARY 3 AT 12 NOON!

Officials Announce Extended Hours with More Panels and Screenings on Thursday of Show!!



Norwalk, CT, January 2, 2012:  Just in time to welcome the New Year, New York Comic Con (NYCC) organizers have today announced that 4-Day tickets for the 2012 pop culture extravaganza in New York City will go on sale tomorrow, January 3, 2012 at 12 noon EST.  The 4-Day ticket provides an exclusive pass to New York Comic Con on Thursday (October 11) as the convention will be open on that day to only Pros, Press, VIPs and fans who purchase a 4-Day ticket!  Officials also note that more panels and screenings will be added to the schedule on Thursday and the convention will have extended hours on Thursday with the show floor open from 3pm – 9pm.


The dates for this year’s New York Comic Con are Thursday, October 11 – Sunday, October 14, 2012 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.  NYCC organizers note that right now they are only selling the exclusive 4-Day tickets.   Last year the 4-Day tickets sold out so fans are encouraged to mark their calendar and buy their tickets early!  Meanwhile, 3-Day tickets will go on sale later this Spring and Single Day tickets will go on sale in the Summer.  All tickets for the convention may be purchased at


Tickets for New York Comic Con in 2011 were completely sold out and officials note that exhibit space for last year’s show was also sold out. Customers interested in signing up for NYCC in 2012 should contact Larry Settembrini at  Other information about the show, as well as news about ReedPOP, which also organizes Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), is available at Lance Fensterman’s blog,

  Read more


11 more convention dates

By Shawn Scott Smith| January 2, 2012 | Comments Off on 11 more convention dates

March 3rd-4th, 2012
Tampa Bay Comic Con Tampa, FL

May 4th-6th, 2012
Do Deca Con Columbia, MO

Sept 20th-27th, 2012
Fantastic Fest Austin, TX

Oct 6th-7th, 2012
Brickcon Seattle, WA

Oct 12th-14th, 2012
Realms Con Corpus Christi, TX

Oct 19th-21st, 2012
Concept Montreal, QB

Oct 26th-28th, 2012
Furfright Cromwell, CT

Nov 3rd-4th, 2012
Long Beach Comic Con Long Beach, CA

Nov 9th-11th, 2012
Memphis Comic Con Memphis, TN
Bakuretsu COn Colchester, VT

Oct 31st- Nov 3rd, 2013
World Fantasy Brighton, UK


Salt Lake City files Westercon bid

By Petrea Mitchell| January 1, 2012 | Comments Off on Salt Lake City files Westercon bid

A bid to hold the 67th Westercon in Salt Lake City has been officially filed. The dates would be Thursday, July 3rd to Sunday, July 6th, 2014 and the venue would be the Little America Hotel. Site selection for 2014 will be administered by this year’s Westercon.

The Utah bid site is here.


Conventions this Weekend Jan 7th-9th, 2012

By Shawn Scott Smith| January 1, 2012 | Comments Off on Conventions this Weekend Jan 7th-9th, 2012

Jan 7th-9th, 2012
Amazing Arizona Comic Mesa, AZ
Anime LA Los Angeles, CA
Anime Zap Peoria, IL
Atlanta Game Fest Atlanta, GA
Destination Anime Destin, FL
Ga Filk Atlanta, GA
Ichibancon Charlotte, NC
Instacon Dallas, TX
Kotoricon Sewell, NJ
Magfest National Harbor, MD
Shadowcon Memphis, TN
Taiyoucon Mesa, AZ


Baltimore Comic-Con

By Shawn Scott Smith| December 31, 2011 | Comments Off on Baltimore Comic-Con

Baltimore Comic-Con’s Happy New Year!
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – December 31, 2011 – Happy New Year to the friends and partners of the Baltimore Comic-Con!  The show may not be until September 8-9, 2012, but we’ve been very busy lately lining up some absolutely amazing guests for our 13th annual event!

We are very proud to announce our initial guest list for what will surely become the largest Baltimore Comic-Con yet!

Cho Avengers vs. Xmen
Avengers vs. X-Men #0 by Frank Cho.

 Laura & Michael Allred – Madman, iZombie  Greg Capullo – Batman, Spawn

Frank Cho – Avengers vs. X-Men, Liberty Meadows

Steve Conley – Bloop

Rich Faber – Roboy Red

John Gallagher – Buzzboy

  Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez – Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman

Keith Giffen – Superman, OMAC, Green Arrow

Larry Hama – G.I. Joe, Wolverine, The ‘Nam

Dean Haspiel – Billy Dogma, ACT-I-VATE, Trip City

J.G. Jones – Wanted, Doc Savage

Scott Kurtz –

David Mack – Kabuki

David Petersen – Mouse Guard

Frank Quitely – All Star Superman, Batman & Robin

Walter Simonson – Thor, Legion of Super-Heroes

Scott Snyder – Batman , Severed, Swamp Thing

Billy Tucci – A Child Is Born, Shi 

  Matt Wagner – Tower Chronicles, Mage, Grendel

Mark Waid – Daredevil, Incorruptible, Irredemable

Read more


8 dates added.

By Shawn Scott Smith| December 29, 2011 | Comments Off on 8 dates added.

Jan 5th-8th, 2012
Atlanta Game Fest Atlanta, GA

Feb 17th-19th, 2012
Dead Winter London, KY

March 23rd-25th, 2012
Mad Monster Party Charlotte, NC

April 13th-15th, 2012
Actionfest Asheville, NC

June 9th-10th, 2012
Con Kasterborous Huntsville, AL

July 19th-22nd, 2012
Historicon Fredericksburg, VA

Aug 3rd-5th, 2012
Mars Society Pasadena, CA

Sept 21st-23rd, 2012
Ramencon Merryville, IN


Naka-Kon Books BLOOD STAIN CHILD as Musical Guest for 2012

By Shawn Scott Smith| December 29, 2011 | Comments Off on Naka-Kon Books BLOOD STAIN CHILD as Musical Guest for 2012

For Immediate Release
December 28, 2011

Overland Park, Ks. – The Melodic Death Metal/Trance Metal band BLOOD STAIN CHILD will perform at the Overland Park Convention Center in February as Naka-Kon 2012’s musical guest of honor.
Formerly known as Vision Quest, the band changed its name to BLOOD STAIN CHILD one year after its formation. The band’s members include vocalist Sophia, guitarist G.S.R., drummer Gami, bassist/vocalist Ryo, synthesizer/programmer Aki, and guitarist/construction leader Ryu.
More Naka-Kon 2012 guests will be announced as the convention nears. For more information about BLOOD STAIN CHILD and other guests, please visit


About Naka-Kon

Naka-Kon Anime Convention is organized and operated by approximately 100 unpaid staff members, many of whom are students and most of whom live in the greater Kansas City area. Naka-Kon was first held in 2005 at the University of Kansas Memorial Union in Lawrence, Kan. In 2011, nearly 5,000 attendees gathered at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo. for a three-day, paid convention. Naka-Kon 2012 will be held at the Overland Park Convention Center Feb. 10 – 12. Traditional features include industry guests, panels, game shows, contests, showings, and vendor and video game rooms. For more information, visit


CONvergence rates about to go up!

By Shawn Scott Smith| December 29, 2011 | Comments Off on CONvergence rates about to go up!


Quick Reminder!

The registration rate for CONvergence 2012 goes up after December 31, 2011. That’s just three (3) days away!

Right now you can register for CONvergence 2012 for $50. After Saturday the rate goes up to $60. And don’t forget, after May 15, at the door registration goes up to $100.

So please take this opportunity to register today!
Click here for registration information or click here to register online.

Thank you for your continued support!


Nakakon adds 3 more.

By Shawn Scott Smith| December 27, 2011 | Comments Off on Nakakon adds 3 more.

Overland Park, Kans. – Naka-Kon has announced yet another three guests for 2012.

First up, as a cosplay guest, we have expert craftswoman Aleathia Burns.

Voice actor and industry expert, Chris Cason, known for his role as Gluttony in Fullmetal Alchemist will be joining us as well.

Finally, our last voice actor for this year is the ever popular Steve Blum, known for voicing Spike Spiegel in Cowboy Bebop.

More Naka-Kon 2012 guests will be announced as the convention nears. For more information about these guests, please visit

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