By Shawn Scott Smith| July 8, 2013 | Comments Off on Dragoncon free of Ed Kramer
DRAGON CON, INC. REPLACES DRAGON CON / ACE, INC.
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
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!
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
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
By Shawn Scott Smith| July 6, 2013 | Comments Off on Comic Con schedules are posted.
By Shawn Scott Smith| July 6, 2013 | Comments Off on Wizard grabs new Spock
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!)
By Shawn Scott Smith| July 3, 2013 | Comments Off on Upcoming Florida Comic shows.
Comic, gaming, anime, cosplay, multi-media, toys and more convention.
More info at http://www.floridasupercon.
-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 firstname.lastname@example.org
On facebook at http://facebook.com/
-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 email@example.com
Web site is http://thecomicbookconnection.
By Shawn Scott Smith| July 2, 2013 | 1 Comment
ALL CLaimed thanks!
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.
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 11th-13th, 2013
Lebowski Fest San Francisco, CA
March 21st-24th, 2014
Cape Comic Con Cape Giradieu, MO
April 17th-20th, 2014
AwesomeCon Washington, DC
May 2nd-4th, 2014
Bellecon Jacksonville, FL
Penguicon Troy, MI
Starfest Denver, CO
Demicon Des Moines, IA
Gaslight Gathering San Diego, CA
Another Game ConHudson, OH
Malice Domestic Bethseda, MD
May 25th-27th, 2014
Sci-fi on the Rock St. Johns, NF
June 27th-29th, 2014
Britishfest Omaha, NE
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.
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
By Shawn Scott Smith| June 27, 2013 | Comments Off on Days of The Dead
— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE —
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.
THERE IS JUST ONE WEEK TO GO IN ORDER TO PRE-ORDER YOUR DISCOUNT PASSES ONLINE FOR DAYS OF THE DEAD: INDIANAPOLIS! LAST DAY TO PRE-ORDER PASSES IS MONDAY, JULY 1ST!
Save money over the door price and avoid long lines to get into the show! Read more
By Shawn Scott Smith| June 27, 2013 | Comments Off on Hotel Information for the 2013 Baltimore Comic-Con!
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®.
By Shawn Scott Smith| June 24, 2013 | Comments Off on Fsc is soon!
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
By Shawn Scott Smith| June 22, 2013 | Comments Off on Third Time’s a Charm for Stan Lee and the Baltimore Comic-Con
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.
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.« go back — keep looking »