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New 1 day Florida show.

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 23, 2013 | Comments Off on New 1 day Florida show.

The event, sponsored by local comic store Famous Faces & Funnies, aims to bring a big city comic book convention experience to to locals in August of 2013.

(MELBOURNE, FLORIDA July 22, 2013) Florida Comics Experience, a new one-day pop culture event, will take place Saturday, August 10, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront in Melbourne, Florida. The event, sponsored by Famous Faces & Funnies Comics ( and produced by Green Mustard Entertainment (, aims to bring local comic book fans together for a day of games, panels, events, guests, and (of course!) comics!

FCE has gathered some amazing comic and media guests for Year One… Read more


2013 Harvey Awards Nominees Announced!

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 23, 2013 | Comments Off on 2013 Harvey Awards Nominees Announced!

Visit for Ballots & Submission Details! 


BALTIMORE, MD (July 15, 2013) — The 2013 Harvey Awards Nominees have been announced with the release of the final ballot, presented by the Executive Committees of the Harvey Awards and the Baltimore Comic-Con. Named in honor of the late Harvey Kurtzman, one of the industry’s most innovative talents, the Harvey Awards recognize outstanding work in comics and sequential art. They will be presented September 7, 2013 in Baltimore, MD, in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con.

Nominations for the Harvey Awards are selected exclusively by creators – those who write, draw, ink, letter, color, design, edit, or are otherwise involved in a creative capacity in the comics field. They are the only industry awards both nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. Thank you to all that have already participated by submitting a nomination ballot.

Final ballots are due to the Harvey Awards by Monday, August 19, 2013. Full submission instructions can be found on the final ballot.  Voting is open to anyone professionally involved in a creative capacity within the comics field.  Final ballots are available at Those who prefer paper ballots may e-mail
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Conventions Next Weekend 7/26-7/28, 2013

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 21, 2013 | Comments Off on Conventions Next Weekend 7/26-7/28, 2013

We will be hitting Monstercon next weekend. I’ve been to Anime Iowa twice. It’s a good show. Where is everyone else going?

July 26th-28th, 2013
Anime Iowa Iowa City, IA
Animeland Tucon Tuscon, AZ
Chiisaicon Sheperdsville, KY
Con Bravo Oakville, ON
Fandom Fest Louisville, KY
Fright Night Louisville, KY
Game Warp Show Orlando, Florida
Kansasfest Kansas City, MO
Kintoki-con Sacremento, CA
Megaplex Orlando, Fl
Metrocon Tampa, FL
Monstercon Greenville, SC
OMNIcon Mcallen, TX
Osfest Omaha, NE
Pirate FestPunta Gorda, FL
Pulpfest Columbus, OH
qep’aPhiladelphia, PA
Rob-con Bristol, TN
Ryu-kon Niagra Falls, NY
Salt City Steamfest Layton, UT
Steel City ConMonroeville, PA
Star Wars Celebration Messe Essen, GE
Toy And Hobby Show Raleigh, NC
Transformers Con Mississaugo, ON
Wvyacon Whytheville, WV


Monstercon changes locations

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 20, 2013 | Comments Off on Monstercon changes locations

Monstercon scheduled for next weekend has left their hotel as of this notice and will instead be holding the event at Furman University’s Timmons Arena. We plan on being at the show to cover the event for con-news. Hope to see you there!

Here is the websites announcement,

If you are coming to MonsterCon 2013, PLEASE READ THIS MESSAGE COMPLETELY. This is a major news announcement regarding our event this year.

For the last couple of weeks we have been working to solve the problem of capacity at the Hilton Greenville, as well as parking concerns, and resolution of the errors made with room reservations earlier this year. These problems became compounded this week due to unrealistic and unfair actions taken by the hotel.

2 things to remember about our staff and this convention:
*We will not tolerate unfair treatment of our attendees.
*We will not take abuse from any venue. Read more



By Shawn Scott Smith| July 19, 2013 | Comments Off on Mutants



Comic Con Live Streams

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 18, 2013 | Comments Off on Comic Con Live Streams

DIDNT GO TO Comic Con? Still want a piece of the action. Here’s five very full schedules of livestreams for those of us at home.

MTV has live streams and exclusive interviews all four days here.

Ign has a live stream direct on their front page of course with a little more of a videogame aspect.

Enterntainment Weekly has star interviews in their lounge streaming here

Gamespot’s coverage

Marvels livestream is here.



SDCC preview night night a few pictures.

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 18, 2013 | Comments Off on SDCC preview night night a few pictures.




Dungeons and Dragons Kreo figures announced by Hasbro.



Adult swims castle.


Kias limited Justice league car.




One Man’s Junk Is Another Man’s Batcave

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 17, 2013 | Comments Off on One Man’s Junk Is Another Man’s Batcave

Article by Robert Carlson
Rob writes about cars, DIY home projects and sports

Charles Keller didn’t start out to build a Batcave. Keller invested in Apple right before the release of the first iPod, and all he really wanted was a Batmobile of his own to celebrate, like the George Barris designed Ford Futura concept car that Adam West drove in the 1960s television series. Originally, Keller’s intent was to keep it to himself and his kids, take it for weekend spins and enjoy his newfound wealth.

1960s Batmobile (FMC)

Photo of the 1960s Batmobile by Jennifer Graylock/Ford Motor Company via Wikimedia Commons Read more


Machete Kills,’ ‘Sin City’ Director Robert Rodriguez To Attend Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 17, 2013 | Comments Off on Machete Kills,’ ‘Sin City’ Director Robert Rodriguez To Attend Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

‘Grindhouse,’ ”From Dusk Till Dawn,’ ‘Once Upon a Time in Mexico’ Director Joins Pop Culture Festival At Donald E. Stephens Convention Center In Rosemont, Ill.; Featuring “A Conversation With… Robert Rodriguez” on Friday Evening, August 9 and Appearance on Saturday, August 10

NEW YORK and ROSEMONT, Ill., July 15, 2013 – Robert Rodriguez, director of the upcoming films Machete Kills and Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For, has joined the roster of top stars attending Wizard World Chicago Comic Con next month at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.

Rodriguez, whose previous movies include Machete, Sin City, From Dusk Till Dawn and Once Upon a Time In Mexico, will conduct “A Conversation With… Robert Rodriguez” on Friday evening, August 9 featuring exclusive sneak peeks ofMachete Kills and Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For, an exclusive presentation on The Art of Frank Frazetta, a preview of his upcoming Frank Frazetta project, Fire and Ice, a Q&A, plus special guest appearances.

In addition, Rodriguez will also be unveiling The Art of Frank Frazetta featuring 15 masterwork original paintings including “Death Dealer,” “The Barbarian,” “At the Earth’s Core,” and even Frazetta’s original “From Dusk Til Dawn” painting he made for the 1996 film.  The artwork will be available for viewing all four days of the convention, Thursday, August 8 through Sunday, August 11.

Rodriguez will also appear at the event on Saturday, August 10, where he will meet fans, sign autographs, and pose for photo ops.

The innovative filmmaker first gained attention with El Mariachi in 1993, then had his first major release Read more


1 twitter we are following for San Diego fun

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 17, 2013 | Comments Off on 1 twitter we are following for San Diego fun

The big one starts tomorrow. San Diego Comic Con. I’ll be posting the news highlights as I can from the east coast, but one of our contributors Shawn Marshall is already on the ground at the show. Embedding his twitter feed below where he will post pictures and videos to his youtube channel. Stuck at home like me? Lets follow along.


20 convention dates added.

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 17, 2013 | Comments Off on 20 convention dates added.

Aug 25th-26th, 2013
MightyCon Palatine, IL
Creation Star Trek Seattle, WA

Nov 1st-3rd, 2013
Walker Stalker Con Atlanta, GA

Feb 21st-23rd, 2014
Florida Arcade Pinball Ft. Lauderdale, FL

April 4th-5th, 2014
Creation Vampire Diaries Chicago, Il

April 25th-27th, 2014
Trek Trax Atlanta, GA
Creation Star Trek Philadelphia, PA

May 2nd-4th, 2014
Creation Supernatural Washignton, DC

May 3oth-June 1st, 2014
Califur Irvine, CA
ConCarolinas Charlotte, NC

June 6th-8th, 2014
A-kon Dallas, TX
Hamacon Huntsville, Al
Bloody Worlds Toronto, ON
Creation Star Trek Chicago, IL

June 13th-15th, 2014
Denver Comic Con Denver, CO

June 28th-29th, 2014
Con Kasterborous Huntsville, AL

Aug 16th-17th, 2014
Va Beach Comiccon Va Beach, VA

Sept 5th-7th, 2014
Creation Supernatural Whippany, NJ

Sept 12th-14th, 2014
Creation Vampire Diaries Las Vegas, NV

June 4th-7th, 2015
Bloody Worlds Halifax, ON


Riverside Drive-In Theatre to Host 7th Annual DRIVE-IN SUPER MONSTER-RAMA!

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 15, 2013 | Comments Off on Riverside Drive-In Theatre to Host 7th Annual DRIVE-IN SUPER MONSTER-RAMA!

Two Big Nights of Classic Horror on the Giant Outdoor Screen! 

The ONLY Peter Cushing Centenary Event in the US!

 Overnight Camping Option Both Nights!


VANDERGRIFTPA — A weekend full of nostalgic retro thrills and chills, DRIVE-IN SUPER MONSTER-RAMA is two nights of classic horror and science fiction 35mm prints presented at an authentic drive-in movie theater. There will be two big shows on two consecutive nights which will start at dusk and go on until really late into the night! This is the seventh year in a row that we are hosting such an event, so we encourage all drive-in movie fanatics to travel from near and far, as you’re not going to find anything else like it, anywhere!


This year’s weekend event will be presented as a Peter Cushing Centenary, celebrating the 100th birthday year of the iconic British genre star (1913-1994). All eight feature films have Cushing in a starring or supporting role. This is the ONLY major Cushing Centenary event happening in the US, so you won’t want to miss it! Read more


Anime Southeast review

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 14, 2013 | Comments Off on Anime Southeast review

photo (3)Drove up this morning to Anime Southeast in Sevierville, TN for day 3 of the convention. What I found was a very nice Anime con hosted at a super nice hotel/waterpark family theme resort.

Anime Southeast took up about half of the properties convention space, which means there is room to grow if needed. I imagine the Waterpark saw its fair share of cosplayers over the weekend as well which is and added bonus. Throw in all the tourist traps in the surrounding Sevierville/Piegon Forge area and I could see this convention being added to someones weeklong vacation plans.

Anime Southeast did a great job with the layout of the convention having 4 panel rooms all of adequate size for the programming, and a nice long dealers room with a little under 20 dealers. The artist alley is right near main programming and before the dealers hall ensuring all the artist get passed at least once during the course of the day. Pretty great location to get your artwork seen.

The map had a room labeled Lounge/Video Game room, but I assume it was closed for the convention on Sunday as i never saw the door open during my time there today.

I sat for a few panels and enjoyed the variety presented from Anime Food, to Samurai battle techniques, to a Pokemon Game show. This convention is easy going and I’d happily recommend it to any Anime fans. Hope to get to return for more than one day next year, and maybe hit the water park.


Conventions Next Weekend 7/18-7/20, 2013

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 13, 2013 | Comments Off on Conventions Next Weekend 7/18-7/20, 2013

July 18th-21st, 2013
Camp Necon Bristol, RI
Comic-Con Intl San Diego, CA
Comic Book Show Jacksonville, FL
Confluence Pittsburgh, PA(Cancelled)
Historicon Fredericksburg, VA
Kuroneko Spokane, WA
Lebowski Fest Louisville, KY
MonsterBash Mars, PA
Pokecon Louisville, KY
Play on con Birmingham, AL
Soycon Rolling Meadows, IL
Toy And Hobby Show Hickory, NC
Wausaubicon Wasua, WI


Heroescon guests amazing early guests

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 12, 2013 | Comments Off on Heroescon guests amazing early guests

HeroesCon 2013 was amazing. Thanks to everyone on both sides of the table who attended. Dates for HeroesCon 2014 are set, we’ll be back in the same space at the Charlotte Convention Center on June 20-22, 2014. Let’s start things off with a bang for HeroesCon 2014 with our first Guest List Announcement!
It’s been a few years since legendary comic artist ARTHUR ADAMS has graced HeroesCon with his presence but he will be back in 2014! Arthur is known for his ability Read more


Wiscon and SFRA intersect in 2014

By Petrea Mitchell| July 11, 2013 | Comments Off on Wiscon and SFRA intersect in 2014

Wiscon, the convention focusing on feminist and minority sf, and the annual academic conference of SFRA, the Science Fiction Research Association, will both be held in Madison, WI on Memorial Day weekend in 2014. So they’ve teamed up to offer a joint membership!

Registering for either Wiscon or SFRA, at $50, will grant you access to nearly all events at both conventions. The con banquets will be ticketed separately, and people wishing to present papers to SFRA must have a SFRA institutional membership.

Wiscon will be held May 23-26 at its usual home, the Concourse Hotel, and SFRA will be May 22-24 at the Inn at the Park.

For more details, see Wiscon’s announcement here.


29 convention dates added

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 11, 2013 | Comments Off on 29 convention dates added

Oct 5th, 2013
MCBA Fallcon Bloomington, MN

Jan 30th-Feb 2nd, 2014
Atlanta Game Fest Atlanta, GA

March 21st-24th, 2014
Anime Boston Boston, MA

May 9th-11th, 2014
Leprecon Mesa, AZ
Toronto Comics Arts Toronto, ON

May 16th-18th, 2014
Anime Central Rosemont, IL
Big Wow Comic San Jose, CA
Dallas Comic Con Dallas, TX
Mobicon Mobile, Al
Motor City ComicCon Detroit, MI
Steampunk World Fair Piscataway, NJ
Ufo Fest McMinnville, OR
Wonderfest Louisville, KY

May 23rd-25th, 2014
Animazement Raleigh, NC
Anime North Toronto, ON
Anime Oasis Boise, ID
Britcon MN Bloomington, MN
Clockwork Alchemy San Jose, CA
Comicpalooza Houston, TX
Conquest Kansas City, KS
Crypticon Seattle, WA
Puerto Rico Comic Con San Juan, PR
Media Westcon Lansing, MI
Miscon Missoula, MT
Wiscon Madison, WI

May 31st, 2014
Spokane Comiccon Spokane, WA

June 5th-8th, 2014
Phoenix Comic Con Phoenix, AZ

June 27th-29th, 2014
Scifi Valley Con Altoona, PA

May 21st-25th, 2015
Misti-con Laconia, NH


Kramer saga not quite over

By Petrea Mitchell| July 9, 2013 | Comments Off on Kramer saga not quite over

While the surprise announcment of Dragon*Con’s reorganization has been greeted with joy by many people, one person who is not ready to let it go is… Ed Kramer. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

McNeill Stokes, who has represented Kramer in lawsuits against DragonCon/ACE, called the merger a “discriminatory squeeze-out” and said the cash offered for Kramer’s shares was “grossly inadequate.”

Stokes said he expects a legal challenge.

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