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Conventions this weekend Nov 4th-6th, 2011

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 30, 2011 | Comments Off on Conventions this weekend Nov 4th-6th, 2011

Big con going weekend coming up. Ill be at the NC Comiccon shopping on Sunday. Did the show as a vendor last year and it’s pretty great. Anyone going to any of these?

Nov 4th-6th, 2011
Anime Blast Chattanooga, TN
Anime Nebraskon Lincoln, NE
Bottoscon Surrey, BC
CarnageFairlee, VT
Chibi Pa West Palm Beach, FL
Comikaze Expo Los Angeles, CA
Contraflow New Orleans, LA
Emerald City Steampunk Witchita, KS
Euro Quest Pikesville, MD
Faeriecon Hunt Valley, MD
Hammercon Hamilton, ON
Hurricane Who Orlando, Fl
Illuxcon Altoona, PA
King Con Brooklyn, NY
NC Comiccon Morrisville, NC
Neoncon Las Vegas, NV
Nekocon Hampton, VA
Pentacon Ft. Wayne, IN
Rock Con Rockford, IL
Sonicon Plano, TX
Sorcerercon San Jose, CA
Sugiocon Ft. Mitchell, KY
Ubercon Edison, NJ
Vegas Valley Book Festival Las Vegas, NV
Youmacon Detroit, MI


Starbase Indy offers deal!

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 28, 2011 | Comments Off on Starbase Indy offers deal!


The Starbase Indy Ghoulish Deal

It’s getting late and the air is chilling,
And this year we have something thrilling,
Something we have not had before,
This time Starbase has some gore.

The halls are filled with Klingons roaming
And notice, please, Candyman is moaning.
And with our creepy zombie zeal,
This time Starbase has a ghoulish deal.

So get your flashlight and creep into the dark.
You can check-in, but you cannot depart.
Halloween is the magic day; midnight is the magic hour
This time Starbase won’t let you cower.

Starbase Indy Discount Details

Halloween Online Special!  From 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM, 10/31/2011 only, the price for a weekend pass is $31.  You have only 24 hours to join Starbase Indy, the 16th Generation for the weekend of December 9-11, 2011 at such a great price.  We are immersing ourselves in as many things Klingon and alien as we can this year. Learn to speak some Klingon.  Learn about Klingon anthropology.  Sing in Klingon at karaoke.  Listen to Klingon Kristmas Karols in the atrium.  Practice the use of the bat’leth.  Attend the workshop on prosthetics from Klingon foreheads to Vulcan ears.

Pardon the Mess…

Because of the 2012 Superbowl, the entire city of Indianapolis is under construction, including our main hotel, The Indianapolis Marriott East.  They have bent over backwards to help us squeeze into a smaller space with less time.  We are not the only group in the hotel, so reserve your room ASAP and try not to scare mundanes too much.


You will want to enter the hotel from the east side of the hotel near LaQuinta since the front of the hotel is completely blocked off.  Click here to see a detailed map.


We also get credit if you use the LaQuinta across the parking lot.  Stay at the Marriott if you want to be close to the action, but if money is tight, the LaQuinta is just a short walk away.  Click here for more information.

Click here to check out our guests, events or the conventionschedule.

Order TODAY!




Naka-kon news.

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 27, 2011 | Comments Off on Naka-kon news.

Overland Park, Kans. – Naka-Kon 2012 will be held at the Overland Park Convention Center and the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel in Overland Park, Kansas. Convention-rate rooms are available for $109 per night plus taxes and fees. Hotel registration is available at

Naka-Kon 2012 badges are also available online. Prices for badges are as follows:

By Dec. 22, 2011:
Adult full-weekend pass – $40
Child full-weekend pass – $10
Adult group – $35

At-door prices:
Adult full-weekend pass – $50
Adult Friday-only pass – $25
Adult Saturday-only pass – $30
Adult Sunday-only pass – $20
Child full-weekend pass – $15
Child single-day pass – $10 Read more


Wizard World Moves 2012 Toronto Comic Con to Metro Toronto Convention Centre, To April 14-15

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 27, 2011 | Comments Off on Wizard World Moves 2012 Toronto Comic Con to Metro Toronto Convention Centre, To April 14-15

Early Guest Confirmations Include Paul McGillion of ‘Stargate: Atlantis,’ Guest of Honor Mike Deodato Jr., Eisner Hall Of Famer Marv Wolfman

NEW YORK and TORONTO, October 26, 2011 – Coming off extremely successful events in its first two annual Toronto shows, Wizard World Inc. (WIZD. PK) today announced a venue change for the 2012 Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, part of North America’s largest pop-culture tour.  The event will be held April 14-15, 2012, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) in downtown Toronto.

Among the guests that have already committed to the event are actor Paul McGillion(“Stargate: Atlantis,” “Star Trek”), Eisner Award Hall of Fame writer Marv Wolfman(“DCU Online,” “Crisis on Infinite Earths”), and artists Mike Deodato Jr. (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Wonder Woman”), John McCrea (“Hitman,” “Transmetropolitan”) and Barry Kitson (“Uncanny X-Force,” “FF”).  Additional celebrities and creators will be announced at a later date.

“Wizard World Toronto Comic Con has grown tremendously in its first two years, making this move to the Metro Toronto Convention Center a natural,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World Board of Directors.  “The support from Toronto and across Canada for this event has continued to increase, and this will allow us to accommodate even more fans, vendors, celebrities, artists and sponsors next April in a state-of-the-art venue in a great downtown location.” Read more


Orlando in 2015 bid committee named

By Petrea Mitchell| October 26, 2011 | Comments Off on Orlando in 2015 bid committee named

The Orlando in 2015 Worldcon bid has posted the names of the bid committee here.


New York Premiere of Beverly Bonner’s live stage show “CASEY – 30 YEARS LATER”

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 26, 2011 | Comments Off on New York Premiere of Beverly Bonner’s live stage show “CASEY – 30 YEARS LATER”

Event includes screening of Frank Henenlotter’s cult classic film “Basket Case”


October 25, 2011, New York, New York – Beverly Bonner presents the New York opening of her original stage show,CASEY—-30 YEARS LATER, at the Broadway Comedy Club in New York City on November 10, 2011 at 7:30 PM.  This hilarious play is based upon her Casey character from the BASKET CASE films.


This exciting night opens with dynamic opening acts, a screening of Frank Henenlotter’s Horror Cult Film Classic, BASKET CASE, followed by live presentation of CASEY—-30 YEARS LATER and ends with a Q&A between, Ms. Bonner, the other cast members and the audience.


BASKET CASE, released in 1982, tells the story of a young man who carries his deformed conjoined twin brother in a large basket while seeking vengeance on the doctors who separated them against their will.  Written and directed by Frank Henenlotter, BASKET CASE became a cult hit and spawned two sequels.

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Unmasked: The Detailed Account Of Phoenix Jones By Ken Goldstein” Debuts At Wednesday

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 26, 2011 | Comments Off on Unmasked: The Detailed Account Of Phoenix Jones By Ken Goldstein” Debuts At Wednesday

Popular “Citizen Superhero” Unmasked In Unprecedented Interview With Ken Goldstein, Video, Photos By Famed Photographer Peter Tangen

Phoenix JonesNEW YORK and SEATTLE, October 25, 2011 – Phoenix Jones, the “citizen superhero” who has gained fame for his efforts in fighting crime in the streets of Seattle while dressed as a masked crusader, will reveal his true story for the first time in an expansive interview with author Ken Goldstein, exclusively at, on Wednesday.  The site will also feature exclusive video excerpts from the interview and the debut of the first official photo of Benjamin Fodor by noted movie photographer Peter Tangen. Read more


Animinneapolis announces Quinton Flynn and StarF

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 25, 2011 | Comments Off on Animinneapolis announces Quinton Flynn and StarF

AniMinneapolis, the second-largest anime convention in Minnesota, is excited to announce the return of voice actor Quinton Flynn and Nerdcore performer StarF. Quinton and StarF will be appearing in addition to a number of soon-to-be-announced guests at the convention, which is happening June 29 – July 1, 2012 at the Ramada Mall of America Hotel.
Quinton’s voice has been burning up film and television since he first arrived in Los Angeles from his native Cleveland. He is an A-list voice actor, having played such famous animated characters as Jonny Quest, Spiderman, Speed Racer, The Human Torch, Timon, Snowbell in Stuart Little, just to name a few. His television and film appearances include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, King of Queens, Animaniacs, Woody Woodpecker, Robot Chicken, and many more. Read more


Mid Ohio Photos.

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 24, 2011 | Comments Off on Mid Ohio Photos.

Photo below credit: Carlos Anthony Espinoza


Conventions this Weekend Oct 27th-30th, 2011

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 23, 2011 | Comments Off on Conventions this Weekend Oct 27th-30th, 2011

October 27th-30th, 2011
Animeland Remonedo Bloomington, MN
Eyecon Vampire Diaries Atlanta, GA
Frankncon El Paso, TX
Hallowcon Dalton, GA
Indie-con Yuma, AZ
Iowa Icon Cedar Rapids, IA
Long Beach Comic Con Long Beach, CA
Oni-con Houston, TX
Tonner Halloween Burlington, VT
World Fantasy San Diego, CA
Vulcan Away Mission Orlando, FL


DC52, Star Trek, All That, Team Unicorn, Stan Lee, & Morgan Fairchild Headline Comikaze Programing

By Shawn Marshall| October 23, 2011 | Comments Off on DC52, Star Trek, All That, Team Unicorn, Stan Lee, & Morgan Fairchild Headline Comikaze Programing

Comikaze Expo has just announced its programming schedule for its very first first show. This November 5th and 6th, geek stars of the past, present and future invade LA and talk shop on the stages of the Los Angeles Convention Center. Here are some highlights:

Watch the new trailer from CBS films new movie The Woman in Black. With message from Daniel. Special Giveaways courtesy of CBS Films

Team Unicorn’s Super Happy Fun Panel
Team Unicorn takes on the form of awesome with friends Bonnie Burton (Star Wars), Sean Becker (Director: Team Unicorn, The Guild), and more to discuss past projects, geekery, and what being a Unicorn is all about. Moderated by writer/director Adam Green (HATCHET, FROZEN). Read more


75 years of conventions

By Petrea Mitchell| October 22, 2011 | Comments Off on 75 years of conventions

75 years ago, on October 22, 1936, the first science fiction convention occurred when a group of fans from New York City travelled to Philadelphia to meet local fans at Milton A. Rothman’s house. This is now known as Philcon I.

Arguments rage today about whether this should be considered a real convention, since it was at someone’s house and not a purpose-built meeting venue. (That kind of convention would happen for the first time in 1937, in Leeds, UK.) But the word “convention” was used for this meeting at the time– in fact, this was where “science fiction convention” entered the English language. 1936 being an election year, the major parties had had their nominating conventions a few months before, and it was an analogy with those that led people to call this meeting a convention.

At least two people who were there are still with us and participating in fandom. David Kyle became a publisher, editor, illustrator, and author, and still goes to conventions. Frederik Pohl, who became best known for his writing and was named a Grand Master of Science Fiction, won his latest Hugo Award just last year for his blog on fan history.

[HT: Steve Silver]


Comikaze Announces Real Heroes Discount Ticket Packages

By Shawn Marshall| October 21, 2011 | Comments Off on Comikaze Announces Real Heroes Discount Ticket Packages

In an effort to recognize the real heroes of America, Comikaze Expo has announced special discount tickets for those in the most heroic of professions. Here is their most recent announcement:

“Comikaze Salutes the real heroes. ALL MILITARY, FIRE, EMT, POLICE, HOSPITAL, and TEACHERS only pay $5 at the door and can bring up to 5 people who also can pay $5 for a ticket. Must show ID limit 5 $5 passes per hero.

We have some HUGE news going along with the programing. so get ready! Discount tickets:”

Also, programming is to be announced tonight, so keep an eye out for this epic schedule!


Save the Pearls

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 21, 2011 | Comments Off on Save the Pearls

Comikaze Expo Presents Presents Pre-Release Party For Victoria Foyt’s Groundbreaking YA Novel, Save the Pearls Part One REVEALING EDEN
Cutting Edge Pop Culture Expo Secures Appearance and Book Signing by Victoria Foyt and the Launch of The Book’s Revolutionary Marketing Campaign

Los Angeles, Calif., (October 2011) – Comikaze Expo, the largest multimedia pop culture, comic book, horror, anime and gaming convention in California, aka the Los Angeles Comic-Con, has announced that it will host an early book release party and signing for author/actress Victoria Foyt’s groundbreaking YA novel, Save the Pearls Part One REVEALING EDEN. This premiere appearance includes a slate of fun activities and is just one of many exclusive events that Comikaze has lined up for this one-of-a-kind expo taking place on November 5-6, 2011 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Foyt’s participation at Comikaze will feature elements of the book’s creative and ingenious marketing campaign, which includes a social networking site,, for “dating and mating,” where users can submit videos, readblog posts from the protagonist and watch cutting-edge teasers for the book. The Save the Pearls booth at Comikaze will include face makeup for fans and readers to participate in making video profiles to be included in this cutting-edge campaign, along with contests to win free books, posters and more.
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By Shawn Scott Smith| October 21, 2011 | Comments Off on Roundcon

Heading out after work for Roundcon in Columbia, SC. My third show this year in South Carolina. Starting to feel like a second home. Ill be in Artist Alley most of the show, hope to see you there.


Fan Groups at Mid-Ohio

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 20, 2011 | Comments Off on Fan Groups at Mid-Ohio

Fan Groups Ready For Wizard World Mid-Ohio Comic Con, Saturday And Sunday At Greater Columbus Convention Center

Cosplayers, Podcasters, Charity Organizations And More Enhance Wizard World Experience

NEW YORK and COLUMBUS, Ohio, October 19, 2011 – A variety of fan clubs, podcasters and other groups are making final preparations for this weekend’s Wizard World Mid-Ohio Comic Con, Saturday and Sunday at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.  From cosplayers like the Great Lakes Base of the Rebel Legion and Ohio 501st Legion and Mandalorian Mercs to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Comic Book Connection Initiative, groups will be on site, meeting attendees and enriching the Wizard World experience.

Some groups that fans will run into on site include:

— Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which exists to fight censorship and defend the first amendment rights of comic book professionals and readers throughout the United States.
— Great Lakes Base of the Rebel Legion, the local chapter of The Rebel Legion Star Wars costuming group.
Mandalorian Mercs Costuming Group, the world’s premier custom Mandalorian costume organization.
— Ohio 501st Legion, the state’s chapter of the national organization which seeks to promote interest in Star Wars through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for Star Wars-related events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.
— Ohio Star Wars Collectors Club, a resource through which those who live in Ohio can discuss new items arriving, toy & collectible show dates and generally anything Star Wars related.
— Open Forum Radio, a community fueled by collective interests which seeks open dialogue and to encourage debate
Outlook Media, whose content contains both local and national focused features that compliment its mix of columns, editorials, arts & entertainment, sports, celebrity interviews, and community news.
— Pendant Production Company, one of the most prolific and popular podcasting companies today, with more than 800 episodes of audio drama.
— The Comic Book Connection Initiative, a small non-profit organization that takes in donated comic books from dealers, publishers, and individual collectors then distributes them to children in homeless shelters, food pantries, after-school programs , YWCA women’s shelter and hospitals.
— The Hero Initiative, the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays’ creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work.
— USS Asgard, a chapter of Starfleet International, which  participates in community events such as Toys for Tots, Operation Feed, etc.
— USS Columbus, which does an annual school supply drive for a local school, helps in the Firefighters Toy Drive, and collects food for Mid Ohio Food Bank along with other local clubs.
— USS Lagrange, which has raised hundreds of dollars for the Akron Children’s Hospital and for various food banks in the state.
— WGTR “World Grand Theft Radio,” the nationwide internet radio station No. 1 worldwide Halloween radio station in Sept & Oct. With over 30 original shows a week live, “our mission to make your on air dreams come true!”  Read more


Robot Chicken Invades Long Beach Comic-Con

By Shawn Marshall| October 19, 2011 | Comments Off on Robot Chicken Invades Long Beach Comic-Con

Long Beach Comic-Con continues to pick up steam. Here is there latest announcement of a Robot Chicken presence:

Long Beach Comic and Horror Con is pleased to announce a special Robot Chicken panel has been added to the programming. The creative minds behind the Emmy-nominated hit show scheduled to attend include: co-creators/executive producers/directors/writers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, executive producer/head writer Tom Root, actor/writer Breckin Meyer and writers Erik Weiner and Matt Beans. The panel is Saturday at 3:00 pm and will include a Q&A, clips from upcoming episodes of season 5 (DVD on sale 10/25). Plus, a sneak preview of the exciting next steps for the hit series. Read more


2012 TAFF ballot available

By Petrea Mitchell| October 19, 2011 | Comments Off on 2012 TAFF ballot available

The 2012 Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund will be sending a fan from North America to next year’s Eastercon in London. The ballot is now available in various formats at the TAFF Web site.

The candidates and platforms are as follows:

  • Warren Buff: “I came to fandom from an odd angle, but since I got here, I’ve been exploring its varieties. I got into conrunning enough to chair the 2010 NASFiC, I edit a clubzine for the Southern Fandom Confederation and write the occasional LoC or article for others, and generally expanded my knowledge of SF by asking older fans for reading suggestions.

    All of this is a blast, but so far, I’ve only done it in North America. I plan to come to Olympus, win or lose, but winning would fund a further week traveling around the UK visiting even more fans.”

  • Kim G. Kofmel: “I discovered fandom in Ottawa, Canada in the 1970s. I’ve pubbed perzines, worked on conventions, costumed, written short stories & poetry, and learned smooothing from Tucker himself. I live now in Houston, Texas but still have strong ties to Ottawa, Toronto, & Detroit fandom. I’m overly active in the Houston Science Fiction Association (ApolloCon! Great con! Come see!!). Since I’m working the North American side of the London in 2014 Worldcon bid I’m excited about this opportunity to experience UK & European fandom at Eastercon. I promise to bring the hat – AND I PROMISE TO PUBLISH A TRIP REPORT.”
  • Jacqueline Monahan: “This flagrant Vegrant (Chicago native) is intrigued by fanhistory and its documentation. I am rarely at a loss for words, either verbally or in print. I am the co-OE for SNAPS (60th issue just out, 17 JM contributions to date) with articles in Beam, Further Ado, and Small & Far Away, among others. Named Best New Fanzine Fan (2010 FAAN Awards); Editor of Alan White’s new e-book, The Zombie Effect.
    I promise NOT to try to make a Buckingham Palace guard laugh; I WILL produce a fantastic TAFF report, naming names and exposing social gaffes at my own expense. Just wait.”
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