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Dragoncon free of Ed Kramer

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 8, 2013 | Comments Off on Dragoncon free of Ed Kramer

Press release:

Dragon Con will Continue the Agreements With Hotels, Guests and Performers.

ATLANTA – July 8, 2013 – The Board of Directors and Shareholders of Dragon Con / ACE, Inc., producer of Dragon*Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy and sci-fi convention, have agreed to merge the company into Dragon Con, Inc. (Dragon Con) in a cash-out merger.

Led by Pat Henry, David Cody and Robert Dennis, ownership of Dragon Con includes five of the six founding owners of Dragon Con / ACE (the old Dragon Con). Read more


Stan Lee Excelsior Package, Baltimore Comic-Con VIP and General Admission Tickets are Now on Sale!

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 8, 2013 | Comments Off on Stan Lee Excelsior Package, Baltimore Comic-Con VIP and General Admission Tickets are Now on Sale!

Stan Lee bBALTIMORE, MARYLAND – July 6, 2013 – It’s official! With the announcement last week that Stan Lee will be with us at the show, expanded ticket options are now available for the Baltimore Comic-Con.  Online ticket sales are now open for the All-Star Baltimore Comic-Con Reception and Panel, the Stan Lee Excelsior Package, and Baltimore Comic-Con VIP tickets.  In addition, weekend and dailygeneral admission tickets are now on sale for the 14th Annual Baltimore Comic-Con, taking place September 7-8, 2013.

 The Stan Lee Excelsior Package will include:

  • a Stan Lee Autograph,
  • a Professional photo-op including 8×10 photo with Stan,
  • a Stan Lee “Fast Pass” for additional autographs and photos, and
  • an Exclusive commemorative item which will be announced closer to the show.

Excelsior Packages are priced at $160.00 and do not include admission to the show, which is available separately (see details below).


In addition, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be hosting an All-Star Reception Starring Stan Lee on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 8:00 pm! An all-star lineup of special comics guests, including Mark Buckingham, Dave Gibbons, George Perez, Stan Sakai, Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson, and others welcome Stan Lee and YOU to the 2013 Baltimore Comic-Con. This private, limited event is only open to ticket holders of this special engagement and will include a panel discussion, catered light snacks & desserts, as well as a chance for Stan Read more


Conventions Next Weekend July 12th-14th, 2013

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 7, 2013 | Comments Off on Conventions Next Weekend July 12th-14th, 2013

July 12th-14th, 2013
Ai-kon Winnipeg, MB
Anime Southeast Sevierville, TN
Anime Wichita Wichita, KS
California Extreme Santa Clara, CA
Connecticon Hartford, CT
Creation Vamp Diaries Parsippany, NJ
Delta H Con Houston, TX
Fantasia Fest Montreal, QB
G-Fest Rosemont, IL
Ikasucon Ft. Wayne, IN
Mythcon East Lansing, MI
Natsucon Collinsville, IL
Polar Chill Toronto, ON
Readercon Burlington, MA
Seattle Retro Gaming Seattle, WA
Southern Media St. Petersburg, FL
Storm Con Summerville, SC
Sweet Apple Con Nashville, TN
Tolkien Moot Spokane, WA


Comic Con schedules are posted.

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 6, 2013 | Comments Off on Comic Con schedules are posted.

San Diego Comic Con Schedules are out. You can view them either on the Comic-con site or on the Schedule site if you prefer. Anything your looking forward to seeing?


Wizard grabs new Spock

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 6, 2013 | Comments Off on Wizard grabs new Spock

It’s Logical! Meet ‘Spock’ Zachary Quinto At
Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

Known to fans for his portrayal of “Skylar,” the psychopathic killer in “Heroes” and “Spock” in the 2009 reboot of Star Trek and this year’s Star Trek Into DarknessZachary Quinto makes his first Wizard World appearance at Chicago Comic Con, on Saturday, August 10.

Quinto also starred in “American Horror Story: Asylum” opposite Denis O’Hare, who will also be attending Chicago Comic Con.  Quinto will meet fans, sign autographs, pose for photo ops and conduct a Q&A panel for attendees.
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Happy 4th!

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 4, 2013 | Comments Off on Happy 4th!

We at con-news hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July. Many of you are already at a convention for the weekend, but if not enjoy yourselves with friends and hotdogs(veggie or meat!)

Happy 4th!


Upcoming Florida Comic shows.

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 3, 2013 | Comments Off on Upcoming Florida Comic shows.

Thanks to Toms Comics for sending these our way.
-July 4-7, 2013 : Florida Supercon 2013 at the Miami Airport Convention Center at 711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL. 33126
Comic, gaming, anime, cosplay, multi-media, toys and more convention.
More info at
-July 20-21, 2013 : Hot Toy Convention at the Ramada located at 1950 West 49th Street, Hialeah, Florida 33012
GI Joe, Star Wars, action figures, sports cards, Hot Wheels and comic books.
More info call Ultra Con at 786-258-9508 or 786-285-3738
Send email
On facebook at
-July 20-21, 2013 : CBC at the Holiday Inn Baymedows Road, Jacksonville, Florida
Comic and toy show.
Brought to you by the Comic Book Connection. See web site for times and admission price.
More info call Joe at 904-703-9246 or email
Web site is
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Nerdtag giveaway!

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 2, 2013 | 1 Comment

ALL CLaimed thanks!

Nerdtag has graciously offered us 6 Nerd Tags pictured above for a giveaway. We will give them to the first 6 people to email us an address to
List your preference for which design you would like but we can’t promise which one you will get.

A little about Nerdtag below,

“Embrace your inner nerd by hanging a 3D printed Nerd Tag anywhere.

Nerd Tags are American-made and robot-crafted by Tangible Labs in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Each tag is custom-designed and printed by a 3d printer and are made of ABS plastic measuring 30mm wide and 52mm tall. The Nerd Tags are not mass produced and are printed on demand.

Designs are only offered for a limited time. The purchase price includes shipping and a key chain.

Soon all past designs will be placed in a Nerd Vault and you’ll be able to vote back any designs you missed for a Throwback Thursday.

Past designs include a red Star Trek and blue Space Invader Nerd Tag.

Current designs include a blue Dr. Who design of the 11th Dr. and a silver Superman Nerd Tag.



27 dates added to the calendar!

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 1, 2013 | Comments Off on 27 dates added to the calendar!

Aug 16th-18th, 2013
Crypticon Kansas City, MO

Sept 27th-29th, 2013
Crypticon Minneapolis, MN

Oct 5th-7th, 2013
Krakencon San Francisco, CA
Non Sport Card Chicago, IL

Oct 11th-13th, 2013
Lebowski Fest San Francisco, CA

Dec 15th, 2013
Brick Boutique Pasadena, CA
Robo Toy Fest Pasadena, CA

March 1st-2nd,2014
Quinni-ConHamden, CT

March 21st-24th, 2014
Cape Comic Con Cape Giradieu, MO

April 11th-14th, 2014
GnomeconSavannah, GA
Ubbcon Buffalo, NY

April 17th-20th, 2014
AwesomeCon Washington, DC

April 25th-27th, 2014
Filk Ontario Mississauga, Ontario
C2e2 Chicago, IL
Omegacon Siren, WI

May 2nd-4th, 2014
Bellecon Jacksonville, FL
Penguicon Troy, MI
Starfest Denver, CO
CorfluRichmond, VA
Demicon Des Moines, IA
Gaslight Gathering San Diego, CA
Another Game ConHudson, OH
Malice Domestic Bethseda, MD

May 16th-24th, 2014
Ice & Fire Ravenwood Castle, OH
Huzzah Portland, ME

May 25th-27th, 2014
Sci-fi on the Rock St. Johns, NF

June 27th-29th, 2014
Britishfest Omaha, NE


Worldcon news: Vikings and Site Selection

By Petrea Mitchell| July 1, 2013 | Comments Off on Worldcon news: Vikings and Site Selection

Anyone joining this year’s Worldcon, even at the supporting level, may vote on the location of the 2015 Worldcon and the 2014 NASFiC. To help out voters, LoneStarCon 3 has asked all the site bidders to answer a standard questionnaire and posted the responses online:

And on the entertainment side, Worldcon Press Release #23 announces:

LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”), is delighted to announce that the a capella group, Sassafrass, will be presenting “Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok” as a featured event on Saturday, August 31. Gods and myths of the Viking era will come to life in this set of songs that narrate the history of the cosmos according to Viking legend, from the creation of the world to Ragnarok. The song cycle premiered at Balticon earlier this year, and will be receiving its second performance at Worldcon.

Read the rest here.


Conventions Next Weekend July 2nd-8th, 2013

By Shawn Scott Smith| June 29, 2013 | Comments Off on Conventions Next Weekend July 2nd-8th, 2013

July 2nd-8th, 2013
Anime Expo Los Angeles, CA
Anime Midwest Lisle, IL
Anime Overload Austin, TX
Anthrocon Pittsburgh, PA
The Big Crafty Asheville, NC
CONvergence Bloomington, MN
Days of The Dead Indianapolis, IN
DEXCON Morriston, NJ
Dice Tower Kissimee, FL
Everfree NW Seattle, WA
Image Comics Expo San Francisco, CA (2nd)
Inconjunction Indianapolis, IN
MY Little Pony Con Indianapolis, IN
N.A. Discworld Baltimore, MD
Project Anime Los Angeles, CA
Supercon Miami, FL
Westercon 66 Sacremento, CA


Days of The Dead

By Shawn Scott Smith| June 27, 2013 | Comments Off on Days of The Dead


DAYS OF THE DEAD comes roaring into Indianapolis for its third year in a row, once again taking over the Wyndham Indianapolis West for a weekend chock full of horror stars, film programming, memorabilia dealers, and much, much more!

This year’s show is headlined by such names as DANNY TREJO (Machete), ANGUS SCRIMM (Phantasm), RODDY PIPER (They Live), GARY BUSEY (Predator 2), rock legend LITA FORD, and impressive reunions for Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN, THE THING, and CABIN FEVER, among others.


Save money over the door price and avoid long lines to get into the show! Read more


Hotel Information for the 2013 Baltimore Comic-Con!

By Shawn Scott Smith| June 27, 2013 | Comments Off on Hotel Information for the 2013 Baltimore Comic-Con!

I'll See You In Baltimore 2013

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – June 24, 2013 – The Baltimore Comic-Con is pleased to provide information about partner hotel discounts for the 2013 show, taking place September 7-8, 2013 at the Baltimore Convention Center in downtown Baltimore.
Partner hotels for the 2013 Baltimore Comic-Con are divided into two categories this year.
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Ralph Macchio Added To Wizard World Comic Con NYC Experience Sunday

By Shawn Scott Smith| June 25, 2013 | Comments Off on Ralph Macchio Added To Wizard World Comic Con NYC Experience Sunday

‘Karate Kid,’ ‘My Cousin Vinny’ Star To Make Rare Appearance At Basketball City (Pier 36); Also Scheduled For Wizard World Chicago Comic Con In August

NEW YORK, June 24, 2013 – Ralph Macchio, known to millions for his roles as “Daniel LaRusso” in The Karate Kid series, “Eugene Martone” in Crossroads and “Billy Gambini” in My Cousin Vinny, will make a rare appearance at Wizard World Comic Con NYC Experience on Sunday at Basketball City (Pier 36) in Manhattan.  Macchio, 51, will also appear at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con in August at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.

A Long Island native, Macchio first hit the national audience as “Jeremy Andretti” in the finals season (1980-81) of the series “Eight is Enough.”  He then appeared opposite young future stars C. Thomas Howell, Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe and Matt Dillon in The Outsiders before hitting it big with The Karate Kid in 1984.

His first significant adult role came in My Cousin Vinny (1992) and was followed by strong performances in the film Naked in New York and the musical How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.  In 2011 he competed on “Dancing with the Stars,” placing fourth overall in the competition, and last year appeared in the film Hitchcock.

Macchio will greet fans, sign autographs and pose for photo ops in New York, where he joins an all-star celebrity roster that includes comics legend Stan Lee, “Star Trek: The Next Generation” icon Patrick Stewart, four prominent cast members of “The Walking Dead,” including Norman Reedus, Laurie Holden, Michael Rooker andChandler Riggs, “The Fonz” Henry Winkler and WWE® Superstar CM Punk®.
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Fsc is soon!

By Shawn Scott Smith| June 24, 2013 | Comments Off on Fsc is soon!

Florida Supercon is less than 2 weeks away! We hope you can join us July 4-7 at the Miami Airport Convention Center for our biggest show yet!
Over 300 celebrity guests and artists! Over 200 exhibitors and 300 booths! Over 600 events! FLORIDA SUPERCON: South Florida’s Comic Book, Anime, Animation, Video Game, Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Pop Culture Convention is 4 days of fun 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!
Advance tickets are on sale now at
Get your tickets early to save $$$. Ticket prices will be higher at the convention the day of the show.

Conventions next weekend June 27th-30th, 2013

By Shawn Scott Smith| June 23, 2013 | Comments Off on Conventions next weekend June 27th-30th, 2013

June 27th-30th, 2013
Animaritime Moncton, NB
AniMinneapolis Minneapolis, MN
Annapolis Comic Con Annapolis, MD
Bayoucon Lake Charles, La
Botcon San Diego, CA
Contemporal Chapel Hill, NC
Cosplacon Jefferson City, MO
Costumers Lost Weekend Dallas, TX
Creation Star Trek Nashville, TN
Derby City Louisville, KY
Duckon Wheeling, IL
Hetaliacon Indianapolis, IN
Hoshicon Winston Salem, NC
Ladies of Letterpress Mt. Pleasant, IA
LeakyCon Portland, OR
Libertycon East Ridge, TN
Midwestcon 64 Cinncinatti,OH
Ocala Comic Ocala, FL
Seishucon Atlanta, GA
Slapsticon Bloomington, IN
Soonercon Oklahoma, OK
Texas Comic ConSan Antonio, TX
Trek Fest Riverside, IA
Wizard World New York City, NY


Third Time’s a Charm for Stan Lee and the Baltimore Comic-Con

By Shawn Scott Smith| June 22, 2013 | Comments Off on Third Time’s a Charm for Stan Lee and the Baltimore Comic-Con

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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – June 21, 2013 – The Baltimore Comic-Con is honored to announce that Stan “The Man” Lee will be the returning to Baltimore for the third year in a row at this year’s convention. The 14th Annual show will be taking place at the Baltimore Convention Center the weekend of September 7-8, 2012. 

For this year’s show, Lee will be making appearances both days, signing autographs and posing for photographs with fans in attendance of the show.


He is known the world over as the architect of the Marvel Universe and the Father of Modern Comics. Along with Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, Lee co-created some of the most iconic characters of the Silver Age, including the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the Avengers, the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Daredevil, Iron Man, and Doctor Strange.


Lee began his career in comics in 1939 at the age of 16, working for Martin Goodman at Timely Comics. He made his writing debut in 1941 with a text filler story in Captain America Comics #3 and wrote his first back-up story for the title two issues later. Lee continued to write for the publisher and, at the age of 19, was installed as interim editor. With a head for business and an eye for comics, Lee graduated to become editor-in-chief and art director of the comics division.

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Stand out in the crowd.

By Shawn Scott Smith| June 20, 2013 | Comments Off on Stand out in the crowd.

Ever been to comic con and sometimes people in the artist alley just start to blur together? One table to the next just looks the same, people selling the same prints of batman, or a publisher trying to get you to look at their wares.

Many artists go all out to get their tables noticed. Most artists now get banners with their own personalized artwork on them distinguishing them from the rest of the crowd. Some build entire structures and grid walls turning there usually 6 foot table into a massive display you just can’t miss.

You can personalize your shopping bags, so that customers all across the convention center will see your logo and even if you don’t get a sale there, you may end up with one later.

But what if you’re a dealer? Sometimes it’s a good idea to add a freebie with purchase, especially if you have a webstore that you can use to get repeat business outside of the convention space. Thanks to places like Quality Logo Products, you can get things like free koozies, drinkware, or even something like a pen. Never know when a customer may use that pen to get a special autograph. Have Stan Lee sign a photo with your pen can’t be a bad thing.

If you aren’t exhibiting at a show you can still benefit from some promotional materials. How about if you have a podcast? Wouldn’t it be great to advertise the podcast to a large gathering without much work? Most conventions have freebie tables. Get something neat made with your website printed on it. Many will take the item and check when they get home. A few days after the con you’ll start seeing new hits as people go through their bag of loot. Sometimes standing out in a show is only half the benefit of doing it, it’s being remembered afterwards that really counts.

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