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The shape of Worldcon bids to come

By Petrea Mitchell| May 29, 2011 | 14 Comments

Worldcon has an interesting bid situation right now. Worldcon sites are selected 2 years beforehand, so bids typically show up 4-5 years before the year the bid is for, and more often than not, there are two or more bids for the same year. In the last year or so, however, we’ve seen bids operating on a much longer timescale than usual, so that while there are 7 active bids, every one is currently uncontested.

This probably won’t last long. There are more groups interested in running Worldcon, and one really startling absence on the current list.

The current lineup

2013 (being voted on this year): San Antonio
2014: London
2015: Spokane
2016: Kansas City (exploratory)
2017: Japan (year is tentative, but definitely bidding)
2018: New Orleans
2019: No bids yet
2020: New Zealand

Who’s waiting in the wings?

  • Zagreb, Croatia. Their first bid, for 1993, was sunk by a war. Now, Croatia is on its way toward joining the EU, Zagreb is hosting next year’s Eurocon, and the organizers sound serious about tackling a Worldcon next.
  • Canada. The last three Canadian Worldcons were in 1994, 2003, and 2009, so the next is likely to show up later this decade.
  • Los Angeles. The LA area has been hosting a Worldcon per decade for the last few. The most recent was in 2006, so the urge to run another one should be creeping into the local con-runners’ hearts about now.
  • But the really big one is: the East Coast. This is where most of the biggest Worldcons have been held. Boston also runs about a Worldcon per decade. Philadelphia has hosted it three times, most recently in 2001. There was nearly a bid for 2011 or 2012 in Washington, DC, said to have been dropped due to delays in the facilities they wanted to use being constructed. I will be astonished if a bid based somewhere along the coast doesn’t turn up by the end of the year.

After the jump: what do the odds look like for the declared and undeclared contenders?

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Conventions this Weekend June 3rd-5th, 2011

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 29, 2011 | 1 Comment

I’m hitting Heroescon on saturday. Wheres everyone else going?

June 3rd-5th, 2011
American Burlesque & Sideshow Festival Asheville, NC
Blackbeard Pirate Hampton, VA
Botcon Pasadena, CA
C4 Expo Ft. Mitchell KY
Califur Irvine, CA
Colossalcon Sandusky, OH
ConCarolinas Charlotte, NC
Creation Supernatural Nashville, TN
Diecon Collinsville, IL
Hamacon Huntsville, Al
Heroescon Charlotte, NC
Monster Mania Hunt Valley, MD
Nebula Awards Washington, DC
NW Pinball Seattle, WA
OMGcon Paducah, KY
Seishucon Atlanta, GA
Soonercon Oklahoma, OK


Baltimore Comic Con guests news

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 28, 2011 | Comments Off on Baltimore Comic Con guests news

The Baltimore Comic-Con has just added a slew of fan-favorite creators to the growing list of talent for this year’s show. Cully Hamner, Craig Rousseau, Todd Dezago, Brian Stelfreeze, and Karl Story will all be in attendance when the show rolls into Baltimore on August 20-21, 2011.

Cully Hamner, one of the original members of Gaijin Studios, has worked professionally in the comics industry for the last 20 years. His writing and art has been featured in books from DC Comics, Vertigo, Marvel Comics, Image, and many more. The artist behind Wildstorm’s Red, which was adapted as a feature film in 2010 by Summit Entertainment, Hamner re
cently finished writing and illustrating the prequel to the mini-series, called Eyes Only, which hit stores in December of 2010.

Craig Rousseau broke into comics in the early-’90s, providing art for DC Comics’ Impulse. After a 22-issue run, Rousseau went on to become the semi-regular artist on Batman Beyond and Harley Quinn. In 2005, along with writer Todd Dezago, Rousseau co-created the series The Perhapanauts, which debuted at Dark Horse Comics. Rousseau most recently worked on Marvel Comics’ Marvel Her-Oes, which showcased the women of the Marvel Universe, as well as Captain America & the Korvac Saga, a reimagining of the original 1978 classic.

Writer Todd Dezago, whose body of work includes The Sensational Spider-Man and Tellos (with the late Mike Wieringo), is the co-creator of Young Justice from DC Comics and The Perhapanauts from Dark Horse/Image. In 2010, Dezago took over writing duties for Super Hero Squad, an all-ages title from Marvel, and recently finished up Super Hero Squad Spectacular #1. He is currently working on the motion comic versions of his own Tellos and Perhapanauts, as well as an all-new title, Katie Greaven and the Engine-Men, with artist Bret Blevins for MotionWorks Entertainment.

Brian Stelfreeze, who was also a founding member of Gaijin Studios, is the current art director of 12 Gauge Comics. An accomplished painter, penciller, inker and colorist, Stelfreeze’s art graced more than 50 covers for DC Comics’ Shadow of the Bat. He most recently worked on the Demon/Catwoman feature for DC’s Wednesday Comics, which was written by previously-announced guest, Walter Simonson. Read more


Spokane in 2015 Worldcon bid

By Petrea Mitchell| May 28, 2011 | Comments Off on Spokane in 2015 Worldcon bid

Today saw the announcement of a bid to bring Worldcon to Spokane, WA in 2015. The bid chair is Alex von Thorn, and the bid is being run under the auspices of SWOC, which runs two yearly conventions and has been responsible for a number of Westercons, including next year’s.

This means that there are now firm or exploratory bids for every year from 2013 to 2018 (plus one for 2020).


Nekocon announces it’s first Industry Guest of 2011!

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 27, 2011 | Comments Off on Nekocon announces it’s first Industry Guest of 2011!

Nekocon is pleased to announce that it will host Funimation as it’s first Industry Guest of 2011. They will be located in our dealers room with a special booth setup for attendees to enjoy, and be providing panels where you can get a sneak peak of things to come! Make sure you stop by and talk with them!

Make sure to register now and take advantage of early discount pricing!

Nekocon 14, 2011 Hampton, VA

For more information check out the main Nekocon website where you can find details on guests, hotel, registration, and forums to discuss with your friends!


PR: Renovation (Worldcon) Memorial Day membership sale

By Petrea Mitchell| May 27, 2011 | Comments Off on PR: Renovation (Worldcon) Memorial Day membership sale

Renovation is pleased to announce a special Memorial Day sale on Adult Attending memberships.

Adult Attending rates will be reduced to $180, a discount of $15, for all adults joining online through the Renovation website on Memorial Day, May 30. An equivalent reduction will also apply to adults upgrading from Supporting to Attending status. The Family Attending rate will be reduced to $460, a discount of $20.

The reduced rates also apply to all face-to-face membership sales made at Balticon, BayCon, ConQuesT, Marcon and WisCon throughout the whole of Memorial Day weekend.
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– Voice Actor, producer, director and writer Tony Oliver to appear at Otakon 2011.

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 26, 2011 | Comments Off on – Voice Actor, producer, director and writer Tony Oliver to appear at Otakon 2011.

Press Release

Tony Oliver began his career over 25 years ago as an actor on stage and on camera, performing in several feature films and dozens of plays. His first foray into television was as the lead voice in the popular animated series Robotech.

In 1992 Tony was tapped to help create a new kind of children’s television show. The result was the mega children’s hit, The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Tony not only served as the development producer but also wrote the pilot episode, produced the network presentation and story edited the first season. As Supervising Producer, Tony took on the additional responsibilities of writing, producing and directing the Power Rangers live appearances including the February 1994 appearance at Universal Studios, Hollywood, which drew an estimated 50,000 people on a single day. Later in the year he co-developed and wrote the script for the international sensation Mighty Morphin Power Ranger – Live Tour and spent several months in Sydney, Australia consulting on the 20th Century Fox summer release Mighty Morphin Power Rangers – The Movie. Before leaving Saban Entertainment, Tony wrote, produced and directed a Power Rangers retrospective special, which earned significant Saturday morning ratings among kids and was the top rated program on FOX Kids the day it aired.

In 1999 Tony left Saban Entertainment but has continued to develop, produce, voice and direct numerous projects for TV, Film, Video Games, and New Media. More recent projects include .hack//GU a multi-player online video game; Daigunder, an anime series for ABC Family/Disney, Gurren Lagann a breakthrough anime series airing on the Sci Fi Channel, and Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers which premiered on screens nationwide.

Tony’s many voice acting credits include Lupin in Lupin the 3rd, Hibiki in Vandread, Gojyo in Sayuki Reload, Harry in Gun Grave, Ranmaru in Tokko, Shinbo in Chobits, Ulquiorra in Bleach, Lancer in Fate/Stay Night and Saba in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as well as voices in video games such as Dynasty Warriors, World of Warcraft, Everquest, Neverwinter Nights, Xenosaga, Magna Carta II, Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight, Basara 3 and BlazBlue. He is currently directing the English dub of K-ON!


Natsucon guest news.

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 25, 2011 | Comments Off on Natsucon guest news.

Press Release NatsuCon, the premeire summer anime convention in the greater St. Louis area, will be taking place August 12th-14th at the Gateway Center in Collinsville, IL. Registration is currently open and weekend passes are available for $25.

NatsuCon has announced it’s first wave of guests, featuring returning guests The Nerdfit Network. The Nerdfit Network comes from Boston, Massachusates, bringing years of convention experience into unique and original panels and events. And don’t worry, they’re from the internet. In fact, the Nerdfit Network is comprised of Erik “The Internet” Ferris, and Glenn Dubois, who can be found outside of conventions on their website where they offer articles, podcasts, and videos of the Nerdfit flavor.
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3 Fanime Press Releases

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 25, 2011 | Comments Off on 3 Fanime Press Releases

FanimeCon 2011 Announces Japanese Rock Icon Yoshiki as a Guest of Honor

San Jose, CA (May 22, 2011) – FanimeCon 2011 announces surprise Guest of Honor, Yoshiki. The talented co-founder of X Japan will hold a panel and autograph session in the evening on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at the San Jose Convention Center.

Yoshiki and vocalist Toshi formed X Japan (originally named X) in 1982. Since then, X Japan has sold more than 30-million albums, singles and videos, becoming the most successful rock band in Japanese history. The heart of X Japan, Yoshiki has written popular hits such as “I.V.” from Saw IV and “Forever Love” from the X/1999 movie. He also plays drums, piano, guitar, bass, and trumpet. Beyond X Japan, Yoshiki has produced some of Japan’s most influential bands, including Dir En Grey and Glay. Read more


Alternative Press Expo (APE) Announces Special Guests for 2011

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 24, 2011 | Comments Off on Alternative Press Expo (APE) Announces Special Guests for 2011

Beaton, Clowes, Thompson, Tomine, and Wheeler Headline the Indie Comics Show

San Francisco – Coming off its biggest year yet in 2010 with attendance topping 5,500, the Alternative Press Expo (APE), returns to San Francisco this fall at The Concourse Exhibition Center. The Expo, taking place Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, will again feature the expanded Exhibit Hall and additional programming tracks that debuted in 2010.

Five special guests have already signed on for the show: Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant!), Daniel Clowes (Wilson, Mister Wonderful; courtesy Drawn & Quarterly), Craig Thompson (Blankets, Habibi), Adrian Tomine (Optic Nerve, Scenes from an Impending Marriage), and Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man, I Thought You Would Be Funnier). Read more


2011 Fan Expo Canada™ Reveals Powerhouse Lineup of Comic Guests!

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 23, 2011 | Comments Off on 2011 Fan Expo Canada™ Reveals Powerhouse Lineup of Comic Guests!

Rare appearance by legendary Kubert comic book family and Bone creator Jeff Smith headline the massive four-day Comic Book Expo

Toronto, ON (May 5, 2011) – Fan Expo Canada™ Canada’s premier and largest gaming, horror, comic, science fiction and anime event, today announced its highly anticipated lineup of celebrity guests in the comic medium including industry leaders Adam, Andy and Joe Kubert and Cartoonist Guest of Honour Jeff Smith! The creative masterminds behind such iconic brands as Batman, Fantastic Four, Captain America, The Flash, Thor and Spider-Man will all be participating in Fan Expo’s ever-popular Comic Book Expo, August 25 – 28 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Read more


SFX Weekender discount offer

By Petrea Mitchell| May 23, 2011 | Comments Off on SFX Weekender discount offer

As detailed here, SFX Weekender is offering a 10% discount plus up to 6 people for the price of 4, if you make your booking by the end of May.

SFX Weekender 3 (flash required) will be held February 2-5, 2012 in Prestatyn Sands, North Wales. Ticket prices for 2012 run £125-£200 per person at full price, and include accomodations.


PR: AniMinneapolis adds Chris Cason

By Petrea Mitchell| May 23, 2011 | Comments Off on PR: AniMinneapolis adds Chris Cason

AniMinneapolis is glad to welcome Chris Cason to the Minneapolis anime convention happening July 8-10, 2011. Guests for Anime Minneapolis now include Quinton Flynn, Chris Rager, Spike Spencer, Shannon Townsend, Richard Townsend, YT Cracker, Dr. Awkward, and Chris Cason. AniMinneapolis will occur at The Northland Inn in Brooklyn Park, MN, a suburb of Minneapolis.
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Conventions this weekend May 27th-29th, 2011

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 22, 2011 | Comments Off on Conventions this weekend May 27th-29th, 2011

The biggest weekend of the year for conventions is upon us. Where might you be going?

May 27th-29th, 2011
Animazement Raleigh, NC
Anime Oasis Boise, ID
Balticon Baltimore, MD
Baycon San Fransico, CA
Chibicon Nixa, MO
Conduit Salt Lake City, UT
Conquest Kansas City, KS
Crypticon Seattle, WA
Dum Dum Minneapolis, MN
Fanime San Jose, CA
Florida Anime Orlando, FL
Gamex Los Angeles, CA
Marcon Columbus, OH
May-hem Orlando, FL
Media Westcon Lansing, MI
Miscon Missoula, MT
Nakamacon Madison, WI
NashconFranklin, TN
Oasis Orlando, FL
Phoenix Comic Con Mesa, AZ
Rocket City Furmeet Huntsville, AL
Timegate Atlanta, GA
UNcon Atlanta, GA
Wiscon Madison, WI
World Steam Expo Dearborn, MI


FanimeCon Announces Return of Beloved Japanese Guests to FanimeCon 2011

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 21, 2011 | Comments Off on FanimeCon Announces Return of Beloved Japanese Guests to FanimeCon 2011

Press release – FanimeCon welcomes back two Guests of Honor: GAINAX founder Hiroyuki Yamaga and pop idol Halko Momoi. These guests have inspired and excited fans at previous conventions, and they will return to the San Jose Convention Center over Memorial Day Weekend for FanimeCon 2011.
As one of the founders of GAINAX, Hiroyuki Yamaga has worked in many aspects of anime production, such as planning Gunbuster 2, producing Neon Genesis Evangelion, working on screenplay for Mobile Suit Gundam 0080, and directing Royal Space Force, Wings of Honneamise. Although GAINAX’s works have had tremendous impact on what people think of the Japanese anime industry today, Mr. Yamaga has taken time out of his busy schedule to visit FanimeCon every year for well over a decade because he enjoys interacting with fans. Mr. Yamaga inspired FanimeCon to create the Yamaga-san Party, which provides an opportunity for Guests of Honor and fans to chat and mingle together in a casual setting.
Queen of Akihabara, Halko Momoi is an energetic and powerful singer who also provides the voice for anime characters such as Nurse Witch Komogi, Majokko Tsukune-chan, and Feiris Nyannyan in Steins;Gate. The tremendous response from her fans has moved her to return to FanimeCon for the third year. In 2010, Ms. Momoi planned a unique and fun event consisting of a series of performances: The Quest for Momoi.
Both of the returning guests will have panels and autograph sessions, and the schedule for their events will be available at These returning guests have also made unique contributions to FanimeCon that have greatly enriched the experience of people attending the convention. For more information about Hiroyuki Yamaga and Halko Momoi, please visit

About FanimeCon – FanimeCon is Northern California’s largest anime convention. Packed with videos, costumes, music, games, parties, tournaments, panels, and guests from around the world, this annual celebration of Japanese art and popular culture entertains a colorful spectrum of fans and friends. FanimeCon is “By Fans, For Fans”, and over 16,000 enthusiasts joined FanimeCon 2010. FanimeCon will return to the San Jose McEnery Convention Center during Memorial Day weekend, May 27-30, 2011. For more information, please contact FanimeCon Marketing at or visit


Am2 welcomes Sadie

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 20, 2011 | Comments Off on Am2 welcomes Sadie

Fans get ready to rock out as AM2 proudly welcomes one of the most hottest and biggest visual kei bands from Japan … Sadie to this summer’s most anticipated anime, manga and music convention this coming 4th of July weekend. More info and rules can be found at

With elements of heavy metal interwoven into their sound, unique style and musicianship, the band is-composed of Mao (Vocals), Mizuki (Guitar), Tsurugi (Guitar), Aki (Bass Guitar) and Kei (drums), will rock the house and bring the audience to their knees with their intense sound and amazing showmanship.
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Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD) appoints Greg Suess to its Board of Directors

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 19, 2011 | Comments Off on Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD) appoints Greg Suess to its Board of Directors

Press Release:

NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES, May 9, 2011 – Wizard World, Inc. (Symbol: WIZD) announced today that Greg Suess has joined Wizard World’s Board of Directors.  Greg will help facilitate the planned growth and strategic direction of Wizard World, with the goal of leveraging Wizard World’s intellectual property assets across the entertainment industry. 

“Greg is a well-respected and accomplished executive with a strong business development skill set,” Wizard World CEO Gareb Shamus said.  “In working with Greg, we will also benefit from the association with ROAR, the entertainment and media-focused management company that Greg co-founded. It represents an amazing group of talent, several of whom have played characters relating to our world, including Julian McMahon as ‘Dr. Doom’ in Fantastic Four, Ken Watanabe as ‘Ra’s Al Ghul’ in Batman Begins, Chris Hemsworth as ‘George Kirk’ in Star Trek, and ‘Thor’ in Thor and The Avengers, Cobie Smulders as ‘Maria Hill’ in The Avengers, and Yeardley Smith as ‘Lisa Simpson’ in The Simpsons.” Read more


Eisner winners coming to Wizard

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 18, 2011 | Comments Off on Eisner winners coming to Wizard

Eisner Award Hall Of Famer Neal Adams To Attend Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con, May 21-22

Veteran Of More Than 50 Years In Comics Joins Nearly 150 Top Creators, 13 Other Eisner Award Winners At Manhattan’s Penn Plaza Pavilion

NEW YORK, May 16, 2011 – Neal Adams, who was inducted into the Eisner Award’s Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Harvey Awards’ Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1999, has been added to the field of nearly 150 comic creators already scheduled to attend Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con, part of North America’s largest pop-culture tour, Saturday and Sunday at Penn Plaza Pavilion.

Adams has had legendary ‘runs’ on “Batman,” “X-Men,” “Green Lantern-Green Arrow” and “Deadman.” He transformed the Batman character into his present “Avenger of the Night”; the “modern Batman,” refers to Neal Adams’ Batman. His run directly led to the realistic incarnation seen in “Batman Returns,” and the “Dark Knight” movies.
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