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Conventions this Weekend 7/22-7/25, 2010

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Conventions this Weekend 7/22-7/25, 2010

This is it folks, the grandaddy of them all, San Diego hosts what they hope will not be one of their last few Comic Con International. The media coverage will be on fandom in full force this week, please behave.

July 22nd-25th, 2010
Comic-Con Intl San Diego, CA
Hollywood Collectors Show Burbank, CA
Megaplex Kissimee, FL
Metrocon Tampa, FL
Sogen Con Sioux Falls, SD
Osfest Omaha, NE
Confluence Pittsburgh, PA
Klingon Language Essington, PA
Mooncon Sauk City, WI
Trollcon Little Rock, AR
No Anime Oshawa, ON
Kansasfest Kansas City, MO


Sonic 4 at Screw Attack

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 17, 2010 | Comments Off on Sonic 4 at Screw Attack

Fandom is its best when it’s in enthusiam mode. This video of Sonic 4 reveal at Screw Attack July 4th weekend warms my geek heart.


Fan Film Saturday: Black Mesa Half Life

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 17, 2010 | Comments Off on Fan Film Saturday: Black Mesa Half Life

This is so high quality I had to check their Website to make sure it wasn’t a commercial film. Enjoy Half-Life 2 fans the trailer below.


Wizard adds 2nd NYC show.

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 16, 2010 | Comments Off on Wizard adds 2nd NYC show.

Twice As Nice: Wizard World Announces New Spring Comic Con In New York City, May 6-7-8, 2011

Wizard World Comic Con NYC will be New York’s Premiere Spring Event!

NEW YORK, July 15, 2010 – Gareb Shamus, CEO of Wizard Entertainment, today announced the addition of a Spring event, Comic Con NYC, set for May 6-8, 2011, at the newly renovated Penn Plaza Pavilion in New York.

This fall, the site will host its first Big Apple Comic Con, October 1-3, with Adam West, Mickey Rooney, Julia Jones and Mark Millar among the highlighted attendees, with many more to be announced.

“Response to last year’s Big Apple Comic Con and advance interest in the show this October has been so strong that we had to add the Spring event,” said Shamus. “Everyone – the celebrities, the fans, the dealers, manufacturers, artists, and the entire community we deal with was begging us to bring a huge Spring event to New York. And now we have Wizard World Comic Con NYC.”

About Wizard Entertainment:
Gareb Shamus founded Wizard Entertainment in 1991. Today, Shamus publishes consumer magazines Wizard, ToyFare, FunFare and numerous books about pop-culture’s top talent, comic books and toys. Shamus also produces the largest North American Comic Con tour.

Wizard World Comic Con Tour:
August 19-22 – Chicago Comic Con – Donald E. Stephens (Rosemont) Convention Center
October 1-3 – Big Apple Comic Con (New York) – Penn Plaza Pavilion
October 15-17 – New England Comic Con (Boston) – John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center
November 12-14 – Austin Comic Con – Austin Convention Center
December 3-5 – Atlanta Comic Con – Cobb Galleria Centre
March 18-20, 2011 – Toronto Comic Con – Direct Energy Centre
April TBD, 2011 – Anaheim Comic Con – Anaheim Convention Center
May 6-8, 2011 – Wizard World Comic Con NYC – Penn Plaza Pavilion
June 10-12, 2011 – Philadelphia Comic Con – Pennsylvania Convention Center
TBA – Cincinnati Comic Con
TBA – Cleveland Comic Con
TBA – Nashville Comic Con
TBA – Connecticut Comic Con
TBA – New Jersey Comic Con


Creation Meet Wizard, Wizard Meet Creation.

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 16, 2010 | Comments Off on Creation Meet Wizard, Wizard Meet Creation.

In what Im sure will have indie promoters everywhere crying, Wizard has enlisted Creation for their conventions to give you a ‘better’ experience. Namely charging you more for closer seats in the q and a’s and oppurtunities to purchase pictures with celebrities. Creation has for the past decade been the only major supplier of hollywood/media cons across the country where your admission fee is only the beginning. Most of the shows are geared towards purchasing your autographs from your favorite celebrity and standing in line waiting to do so. I much prefer just listening to their q and a’s, which you get more of at local conventions. Wizard has been adding more of a media presence to their shows, moving the comics down just a bit in an effort to grab more attendees. In that way I guess the move makes sense


New Dates for 2011, Codcon, Ambercon, Animazement, & A-kon.

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 16, 2010 | Comments Off on New Dates for 2011, Codcon, Ambercon, Animazement, & A-kon.

April 15th-18th, 2011
Ambercon Detroit, MI
Codcon Glen Ellyn, IL

May 27th-29th, 2011
Animazement Raleigh, NC

June 10th-12th, 2011
A-kon Dallas, TX




Celebrity Appearances at NYCC Span the

Pop Culture Universe

Norwalk, CT, July 15, 2010: New York Comic Con (NYCC) has today announced a line up of celebrity actor guests who have starred in television, film and theater and who will appear at the show to autograph and mingle with fans. The introduction of these Special Guests highlights the scope of the convention’s guest appearances and underscores the broad appeal of New York Comic Con which has rapidly become a pre-eminent pop culture event. The entertainment guests who have been announced are: Christopher Judge, James Marsters, Katee Sackhoff, and Ian Whyte. They join other celebrity guests from the world of comics including Stan Lee, John Romita, Sr., and John Romita, Jr. among many others. Officials at NYCC recently announced a line up of comic guests including Adam Hughes, Steve McNiven, Steve Epting, Bob Layton and Greg Pak. The New York Comic will be co-located with the New York Anime Festival (NYAF) this year and will take place at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City, October 8 – 10, 2010. Both shows are produced by ReedPOP, a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions.

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Special notice for vuvuzela lovers

By Petrea Mitchell| July 15, 2010 | Comments Off on Special notice for vuvuzela lovers

After the South African World Cup noisemakers were spotted (and heard) at Anime Expo, Otakon took the unusual step of posting a special no-vuvuzelas notice on its front page. Many other conventions would like to remind prospective attendees that vuvuzelas are covered by existing con and/or hotel policies about excessive noise. This does include electronic emulators such as iPhone apps. Please be considerate toward your fellow fans. Thank you.


Anime Orlando News.

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 14, 2010 | Comments Off on Anime Orlando News.

Orlando, FL – Anime Festival Orlando is a multi-day celebration of all things related to Japanese animation and pop culture held at the Wyndham Orlando Resort August 6, 7 and 8. This event in its 11th year consistently provides family friendly entertainment throughout the entire weekend. Attendees can participate in workshops, attend panels and events and even meet some celebrities who have lent their talents to bring their favorite characters to life over the years.

This year, AFO is honored to have Sonny Strait, Reuben Langdon, Dan Southworth, Jason David Frank, David Yost, Tony Oliver and Tommy Yune as guests at their event.

Sonny Strait is best known for his voice acting on popular anime series Fullmetal Alchemist as the beloved character Maes Hughes. Other fan favorites include his work on Lupin III, Dragon Ball Z and One Piece. Despite his obvious talents as a voice actor, Sonny is also an extremely gifted and successful artist. His art can be seen in several comic strips and even the time honored Elfquest.
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By Shawn Scott Smith| July 13, 2010 | Comments Off on THE CULTYARD™ COMES TO NEW YORK CITY

The Cultyard, Inc. Joins Forces with Reed Exhibitions to Create a

Premier Art and Design Pavilion at the 2010 New York Comic Con

Norwalk, CT, July 13, 2010: ReedPOP’s New York Comic Con (NYCC) and The Cultyard, Inc. have today announced a partnership which will bring a new and focused pavilion for Art, Design, Collectible Toys, Pop-Tech, and Fashion to the New York Comic Con, October 8-10th, 2010 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. Working as consultant and ambassadors, the Cultyard will work to assist ReedPOP in expanding their hugely popular show, already the second largest event in NYC — enlisting the tastemakers, virtuosos, trendsetters, artists, thinkers, movers-doers and shakers of this potent design community and the potent brands they create. ReedPOP’s NYCC draws nearly 80,000 passionate fans, followers, exhibitors, and press. The Cultyard is excited to bring a unique brand of art, art-related ideas, and products into this dynamic event.

The Cultyard and NYCC are pleased to reveal that the following well-known names from the collectibles space have already pledged to exhibit within The Cultyard pavilion at the show: Tokidoki, Toy Tokyo, DKE, StrangeCo, Tenacious Toys, myplasticheart, Toyqube, and Mimoco. Additionally, artists appearing inside The Cultyard at NYCC will already include Simone Legno, Tara McPherson, and pushead.

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G-fest dealers room

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 13, 2010 | Comments Off on G-fest dealers room

Kaijutube takes us on a tour of the G fest dealers room, where you can get any godzilla related thing you may want.


Harvey Nominees Announced

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 12, 2010 | 1 Comment

BALTIMORE, MD (July 11, 2010) — The 2009 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 August 28, 2010 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 Friday, August 7, 2010. Full details for submission of completed ballots 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 for download at Those without Internet access may request that paper ballots be sent to them via mail or fax by calling the Baltimore Comic-Con (410-526-7410) or e-mailing
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Anime-SPARK! adds Chris Rager

By Petrea Mitchell| July 12, 2010 | Comments Off on Anime-SPARK! adds Chris Rager

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – July 11, 2010 – Anime-SPARK!, the newest anime convention to be announced for Iowa, is excited to announce guest of honor Chris Rager will be attending the convention February 10-14, 2011.

Chris Rager is an American voice actor for Funimation studios. More notable performances are as Mr. Satan and King Yemma on Dragonball Z, as well as Arlong the leader of the fish people on the popular One Piece. Chris has been seen in national and regional T.V. commercial ads like Taco Bell, Southwest Airlines and Visa. Although he enjoys the T.V. exposure, Christopher holds voice acting closer to his heart. You may have also heard Chris in animes such as Blue Gender, Case Closed, Black Cat, Desert Punk, Lupin III, Full Metal Alchemist, Yu Yu Hakusho, Samurai 7 and Sgt. Frog. Chris has also been heard in such video games as Spike Out: Battle Street, Stuntman Ignition, Bloodrayne, Roadkill and many others. Chris always looks forwards to his next voice over role, hoping he can bring a high level of talent and professionalism to such characters.
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Conventions this Weekend July 15th-18th, 2010

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 11, 2010 | Comments Off on Conventions this Weekend July 15th-18th, 2010

July 15th-18th, 2010
Infinitus Orlando, FL
Transformers Con Toronto, ON
Mechacon New Orleans, LA
Yasumicon Miami, FL
Creation Twilight Boston, MA
Ai-kon Winnipeg, MB
Ikasucon Ft. Wayne, IN
GarasunoshiconPerrysburgh, OH
California Extreme Santa Clara, CA
Vidcon St. Petersburg, FL
Slapsticon Arlington, VA
Otakucon Spokane, WA
Journey To Where Austin, TX
Polaris Toronto, ON
Natsuecon St. Louis, MO
Camp Necon Bristol, RI
Dark Shadows Burbank, CA


New conventions in the Calendar

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 10, 2010 | Comments Off on New conventions in the Calendar

Sept 4-5th, 2010
SF Zine Fest San Fransico, CA

Oct 2nd, 2010
Madison Zine Fest Madison, WI

Oct 29th-31st, 2010
OKlacon Watonga, OK

March 9th-12th, 2011
Film Fest Williamsburg, VA

March 16th-20th, 2011
IAFA Orlando, FL

March 25th-27th, 2011
Steampunk Exhib Santa Clara, CA

June 24th-26th, 2011
Trek Expo Tulsa, OK

July 1st-3rd, 2011
Inconjunction Indianapolis, IN


Fan Film Saturday: Gandalf World Cup.

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 10, 2010 | Comments Off on Fan Film Saturday: Gandalf World Cup.

Gandalf Goes to the World Cup. I’m sure many of you have already seen this but It would be awful if I didn’t post it here.


Final Winner

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 10, 2010 | Comments Off on Final Winner

Our final winner is Joshua Gray of NH. If you didn’t win a copy this week head over to Baen Books and buy yourself one.




Documentary about comics and reading to be a part of one of the world’s largest comic book conventions

SAN DIEGO, CA – The independent documentary film “Comic Book Literacy” will screen Friday July 23rd at 4:30 PM as a part of the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival. The festival happens during the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International and takes place in Marriott Hall in the Marriott Hotel and Marina next to the San Diego Convention Center.

The film explores concepts relating to the comic book medium and the relationship it has with education and literacy. Comic book legends like Art Spiegelman, Jim Salicrup, Joe Quesada, Paul Dini, Scott McCloud and many others appear in the film and discuss the misunderstood medium and the many positive ways it has affected its readership.
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