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PR: Worldcon announces initial program participants

By Petrea Mitchell| March 6, 2013 | Comments Off on PR: Worldcon announces initial program participants

LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”), has today released its first confirmed list of program participants.

The addition of this diverse group of over 80 writers, artists, editors, scientists, critics, and fans to our programming is just the beginning. With over 500 hours of programming planned, LoneStarCon 3 expects well over 400 participants, and we will be adding further names to the list regularly between now and the start of the convention on August 29. Add in our distinguished five Guests of Honor, two Special Guests, and Toastmaster, and LoneStarCon 3 will thus be presenting participants from every corner of the science fiction and fantasy world.

The confirmed program participants thus far include writers Ben Bova, Joe Haldeman, Robin Hobb, Mary Robinette Kowal, Nancy Kress, Jay Lake, Tim Powers, Alastair Reynolds, Patrick Rothfuss, Robert J. Sawyer, Robert Silverberg, Jo Walton, and Gene Wolfe. Participating editors include David G. Hartwell (Tor), Beth Meacham (Tor), Toni Weisskopf (Baen), and Sheila Williams (Asimov’s). The list also includes graphic storytellers Phil and Kaja Foglio (“Girl Genius”) and Howard Tayler (“Schlock Mercenary”), as well as Irene Gallo (, artist John Picacio, and games designer Steve Jackson.

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$50 Costuming giveaway!

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 6, 2013 | Comments Off on $50 Costuming giveaway!


Con-news & Giveaway


There is a con-icopia of conferences out there to choose from, so we’ve teamed up with our friends at to give you a shot at a $50 credit toward any costume or accessory you need!


Doth My Ears Deceive Me? We’re talking about costumes and accessories ranging from Star Wars and graphic novels to super heroes, Hobbits, anime characters and everything between.







How Do I Enter? For your chance to win, send us an email to with the subject line, “Make My Con!” and tell us what conference you plan on attending this year and what you hope to wear. The winner will be chosen at random on Friday, March 22 and emailed at that time.

Sorry international con-news readers , this giveaway is for U.S. residents only!


Massive Dragoncon guests additions.

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 5, 2013 | Comments Off on Massive Dragoncon guests additions.

Recent Dragoncon guest additions all taken from their website.
Announced: 03/04/2013Calabrese
Spooky horror rock that’s guaranteed to haunt your speakers!Elizabeth Donald
Elizabeth Donald is a writer fond of things that go chomp in the night. Three-time winner of the Darrell Award, she has penned many short stories, novels and novellas of horror, science fiction and fantasy. She is also founder of the Literary Underworld author cooperative.

Michael Gordon
Michael Gordon is the president and editor-in-chief of New Legend Productions and the writer and creator of the comic books series,Tiki Zombie. This year will see the release of a new book, Strong Will, co-written with Bobby Nash. He is also co-host of the weekly Earth Station One podcast.

Gary Kim Hayes
G.K. Hayes is a multi-award winner for his short fiction, and was Managing Editor of Critical Mass SF Magazine. His six book Epic Fantasy series, Sleag’s Quest is available at

James Minz
James Minz has been in SF Publishing for nearly two decades. He is Senior Editor with Baen Books, and has worked with Larry Correia, Eric Flint, Terry Goodkind, Elizabeth Haydon, Frederik Pohl, John Ringo, Robert J. Sawyer, Harry Turtledove, David Weber, Jack Williamson, Gene Wolfe, and Timothy Zahn, among many others.

Andy Price

Andy Price is the pencil and ink artist for the incredibly successful and record breaking My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic comic book from IDW Publishing.


Joel Shepherd
Joel Shepherd is an Australian SF&Fantasy author. He currently has seven published novels, including the Trial of Blood and SteelQuartet, and the Cassandra Kresnov Trilogy, the second series of which will be released later in 2013 with Pyr SF, commencing with 23 Years on Fire.

Aiden Sinclair
Aiden Sinclair is the worlds premier Paranormal Illusionist. His seance style shows use the art of illusion to bring haunted history to life.

Announced: 02/26/2013Blake Sorensen
Blake Sorensen is a video game developer for Simutronics and a registered patent attorney with Merchant & Gould. He works with the Georgia Game Developers Association to provide legal insight and services to startups, particularly in the video game industry.
Announced: 02/25/2013Richard Estep
Richard Estep hails from jolly old England, and has spent seventeen years investigating haunted houses on two continents. In between, he works as a paramedic and volunteer firefighter in Colorado. If a building is either burning down or haunted, he probably has an opinion…Bill Fawcett
Bill is a founder of Mayfair Games, has designed several computer games and apps. Bill has been a book packager, editor, anthologist and author and collaborated on several mystery novels including the Mycroft Holmes mysteries. Bill’s non-fiction books range from UFOsto Trust Me, 100 Leadership Mistakes that Changed History.

Margaret Killjoy
Margaret Killjoy is a nomadic author, editor, and tintypist. He is the founder of SteamPunk Magazine, the author of What Lies Beneath the Clock Tower and A Steampunk’s Guide to the Apocalypse, and an editor and tintypist of A Steampunk’s Guide to Sex.

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Momocon last minute updates.

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 4, 2013 | Comments Off on Momocon last minute updates.

Here is everything you need to know if you want to come to MomoCon 2013 (March 8th – 10th)


Hilton Atlanta
255 Courtland Street NE,
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

You can get there from MARTA, Peachtree Center Station stop
Otherwise Parking Information

Getting your Badge?

Already pre-registered online? Print your ticket, and bring it with you (and photo ID)!
Otherwise on-site membership registration is $40 for 3-days, $20 Fri Only, $30 Sat only, and $20 Sun only (children 6 and under are free)
Those 16 and under need an adult guardian present to purchase walk-up registration
Pre-Registration and On-Site Registration are on the 1st floor of the Hilton near the entrance
Registration will be open starting at Thu 8PM-10PM, Fri 12PM-7PM. Sat 9AM – 8PM, Sun 9AM – 3PM. (Come Thursday for shorter lines)

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21 convention dates added!

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 3, 2013 | Comments Off on 21 convention dates added!

May 23rd-27th, 2013
Atlanta Game Fest Atlanta, GA

Aug 30th-Sept 1st, 2013
Sac Anime Sacremento, CA

Sept 6th-8th, 2013
Cincy Comic Cinncinnatti, OH

Sept 28th-29th, 2013
Granite State ComicManchester, NH

Oct 4th-6th, 2013
Genrecon Guelph, ON
Shadocon Tampa, FL

Oct 12th-13th, 2013
A.P.E. San Francisco, CA

Nov 1st-3rd, 2013
Honorcon Greenville, SC
Naru2u Ottawa, ON

Nov 8th-10th, 2013
Atomacon North Charleston, SC
Quinte Minicon Belleville, ON

Nov 15th-17th, 2013
Upstate Steampunk Anderson, SC

Dec 13th-15th, 2013
Anime Crossroads Indianapolis, IN
Holiday Matsuri Orlando, FL

Jan 10th-12th, 2014
Anime LA Los Angeles, CA
Ahn-con Kansas City, MO
Ga Filk Atlanta, GA
Illogicon Raleigh, NC
Kotoricon Sewell, NJ

Feb 28th-March 2nd, 2014
Ring of Fire Norfolk, VA

Jan 30th-Feb 1st, 2015
SWAG San Antonio, TX


Stellarcon 37 Saturday Review

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 3, 2013 | Comments Off on Stellarcon 37 Saturday Review

I attended Stellarcon 34 around three years ago in High Point. As you can tell from my previous postings, I was less than thrilled.

dealers I decided to give the convention another go this year, mostly because its been a slow winter for me and a friend of mine Jack was going to be at the convention who I havent seen in over a decade. I only went on Saturday so I can only comment on that aspect of the convention this time. Things seemed much more organized than the last time I attended, except for the fact that the programming 1 and 2 room signs werent placed right, and even though I heard countless people enter the wrong room all day, no one from staff ever moved the signs to make it less confusing.

I started the day with a tv retrospective panel that was fun, and followed it with a panel about Stan Lee’s life in comics, both pro and cons. I enjoyed this panel as it was probably the most informative of the day.
Took a lunch at the wonderfully stocked consuite. Stellarcon gets an A for their consuite. It had food all day and a good variety of the regular con amenities. I guess when your only feeding a small group of people that is doable, but either way the CONSUITE was a highlight with friendly staff and plentiful food, and that department head should be proud of their effort.

Ran through the dealer room after lunch, which had the usual assortment of dealers, artists, and game supplies. Strange to see the other conventions tables taking up a lot of the room in the dealers room instead of the hallways, but I wonder if the hotel requested no tables in the hallways? Which would be strange for a private event. Heard a few dealers grumble about lack of traffic, again pointing to what was pretty obvious. The convention was very lightly attended. Read more


Conventions next weekend 3/8-3/10, 2013

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 3, 2013 | Comments Off on Conventions next weekend 3/8-3/10, 2013

March 8th-10th, 2013
Allcon Addison, TX
Brickworld Indianapolis, IN
Chicago Zine Chicago, IL
Game Days Plus Rolla, MO
Condor San Diego, CA
Creation Supernatural Las Vegas, NV
Fogcon San Fransico, CA
Furnal Equinox Toronto, ON
Gamicon Iowa City, IA
Louisville Arcade Louisville, KY
Madicon Harrisonburg, VA
Momocon Atlanta, GA
Monster Mania Cherry Hill, NJ
Springfever Raleigh, NC
Toy And Hobby Show Hickory, NC
TN Game Days Nashville, TN
Wild Wild West Tuscon, AZ


Tampa Bay Comic Con!

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 1, 2013 | Comments Off on Tampa Bay Comic Con!

February 28th, 2013 – The Tampa Bay Comic Con has confirmed actor and musician Drake Bell for the April 6-7, 2013 convention. Drake Bell is the voice of Spider-Man in the current Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon, as well as the star of the Superhero Movie and Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh.
As previously announced, Lauren Cohan, a starring actress from AMC’s, The Walking Dead, CW’s Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries will also be in attendance!


The Tampa Bay Comic Con has also released its limited edition print featuring Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet, created by guest artist Joe Jusko. The edition will be limited to 100 numbered prints. Each print is 11” x 17” and is available for $30.

In addition, the Tampa Bay Comic Con’s guest list is set to include a talented array of professional comic book creators. Among them are: Jenny Frison (Hack & Slash artist), Michael Golden (Punisher, Transfomers artist), Bob Layton (Iron Man artist), Luke McDonnell (Iron Man artist), Joe Jusko (Conan, Vampirella) and Renee Witterstaetter (writer, editor).

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Days of the Dead La

By Shawn Scott Smith| February 28, 2013 | Comments Off on Days of the Dead La

Billed as the biggest horror themed event to ever invade the West Coast, we are just ONE MONTH AWAY from DAYS OF THE DEAD: LOS ANGELES invading the Los Angeles Convention Centers April 5th – 7th, 2013, for what promises to be one of the most anticipated genre conventions ever put together.

DAYS OF THE DEAD: Los Angeles promises to be one of the most ambitious horror conventions ever assembled, with over 100 guests planned to be attend throughout the 3 day weekend, including legends such as KEITH DAVID, RODDY PIPER, HEATHER LANGENKAMP, SID HAIG, BILL MOSELEY, JAKE BUSEY, DICK MILLER, TYLER MANE, MICHAEL BERRYMAN, PETER FACINELLI, and DEREK MEARS! Couple that with 3 days full of panels, events, and the DAYS OF THE DEAD celebrity awards – hosted by Dana Gould with music by DJ Twiggy Ramirez – and you can bet that the West Coast will never be the same again! Read more

Quakecon 2013 announced.

By Shawn Scott Smith| February 27, 2013 | Comments Off on Quakecon 2013 announced.



QuakeCon will take place August 1 – 4, 2013.


The Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

You can make reservations at the hotel by calling 1-800-Hiltons or 1-800-445-8667 or by going online to Special room rate of $159 per night when you reference QuakeCon 2013!

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Baltimore Comic-Con Welcomes David Finch

By Shawn Scott Smith| February 26, 2013 | Comments Off on Baltimore Comic-Con Welcomes David Finch


Finch JLABALTIMORE, MARYLAND – February 25, 2013 – The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to announce the addition of superstar artist David Finch to the growing line-up of talent attending this year’s show. The 14th Annual show will be held September 7-8, 2013 at the Baltimore Convention Center.
David Finch began his career in comics as the artist on the Top Cow Productions title, Cyberforce before co-creating the series Ascension. While at Top Cow, Finch also worked on such titles as Aphrodite IXThe Darkness, and Tales of the Witchblade.
In 2003, Finch began working with Brian Micheal Bendis on a year-long story arc for Marvel’s Ultimate X-Men before the duo moved on to Avengers andFinch Batman-The Dark KnightNew Avengers. During his 8 years at Marvel Comics, he worked on such titles as Moon KnightUltimatumWolverine, and Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America – Spider-Man.
In 2010, Finch announced that he was leaving Marvel to become an exclusive artist with DC Comics and was one of several artist who worked on the bi-weekly title, Brightest Day. In January of 2011, Finch began writing and drawing Batman: The Dark Knight.
After DC’s launch of the New 52, he continued writing and drawing the second volume of the Batman: The Dark Knight, as well as providing cover art for Justice LeagueJustice League International, and Birds of Prey. He is currently the artist on the recently launched, Justice League of America.
“David is one of the most talented artists working in comics today and we couldn’t be happier to have him returning to Baltimore again this year,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “He’s a fan-favorite creator so this will be a real treat for everyone attending the show!” Read more

5 Cons documentary funded

By Petrea Mitchell| February 26, 2013 | Comments Off on 5 Cons documentary funded

The previously announced 5 Cons documentary has just hit its minimum funding goal, meaning it will be filming at Worldcon, Westercon, World Fantasy, ConQuesT, and Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition. Nova Albion is first up, and in the meantime, the Indiegogo campaign has 31 days to meet its stretch goals.


League of Legends at Momocon

By Shawn Scott Smith| February 25, 2013 | Comments Off on League of Legends at Momocon

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League of Legends and Starcraft 2 Tournament!

We are very excited to announce that MomoCon 2013 will be the year of the first MomoCon LAN Party! We will have a League of Legends and a Starcraft 2 tournament starting Friday, going through to Sunday of MomoCon. In addition to coming to MomoCon, Riot Games will be providing some prize support to the winners from the LoL Tournament! You can register today, reserving you a spot for $6. There are only 150 spots, so register early!
LoL teams are also able to compete in the qualifiers on March 1st for a chance at guaranteed team placement instead of fighting for a BYOC spot. The top qualifying team will also receive a special swag bag!
All the details and registration information are available here:

Conventions next weekend 3/1-3/3, 2013

By Shawn Scott Smith| February 24, 2013 | Comments Off on Conventions next weekend 3/1-3/3, 2013

I’ve been to both Connooga and Stellarcon. Which of these are you going to? Discuss at the Consuite

March 1st-3rd, 2013
Aggieccon College Station, TX
Anime FannatikuSt. George, UT
Cardboard Con Atlanta, GA
Anime & Comic Ft. Campbell, TN
Animeland Wasabi Denver, Co
Connooga Chattanooga, TN
Consonance San Francisco, CA
Emerald City Seattle, WA
Genericon Troy, NY
Indie Horror Chicago, IL
Intercon Chelmsford, MA
Marscon Bloomington, MN
Mightycon Wheaton, IL
Plattecon Platteville, WI
Staple Austin, TX
Stellarcon 37 Greensboro, NC
Texancon Stephanville, TX


30 convention dates added!

By Shawn Scott Smith| February 23, 2013 | Comments Off on 30 convention dates added!

April 12th-13th, 2013
Icon Idaho Falls, ID

May 25th-26th, 2013
Puerto Rico Comic Con San Juan, PR

June 13th-16th, 2013
Amazing Las Vegas Comic Las Vegas, NV

June 29th, 2013
Annapolis Comic Con Annapolis, MD

Aug 23rd-25th, 2013
WV POP Morgantown, WV

Aug 30th-31st, 2013
Dark Carnival Columbus, IN

Sept 6th-8th, 2013
Southern Front Raleigh, NC

Sept 21st, 2013
Asheville Comic Expo Asheville, NC

Sept 27th-29th, 2013
Klingon Feast Daytona Beach, FL
Senshicon Anchorage, AK

Oct 4th-6th, 2013
Escapist Expo Durham, NC
Portland Retro Gaming Expo Portland, OR
Handmande & Bound Nashville, TN
Realms Con Corpus Christi, TX

Oct 11th-13th, 2013
Constellation Huntsville, AL
Icon Idaho Falls, ID

Oct 18th-20th, 2013
Contraflow New Orleans, LA
Fandom Pensacola, FL
Necrocomicon St. Petersburg, FL

Oct 25th-27th, 2013
Furfright Cromwell, CT
Snafucon Reno, NV
South Texas Horror McAllen, TX

Nov 2nd-4th, 2013
Wasabicon Jacksonville, FL
Hammercon Hamilton, ON
King Con Brooklyn, NY

Nov 8th-10th, 2013
Blizzcon Anaheim, CA
Anime Blast Chattanooga, TN
Monitacon Jacksonville, NC
Windycon Lombard, IL


Heroescon guest update.

By Shawn Scott Smith| February 23, 2013 | Comments Off on Heroescon guest update.

From Heroescon newsletter.

Artist: Deadpool Max, Inkpulp Audio MATT KINDT – Writer/Artist: Mind MGMT, Super Spy, 3 Story CHARLIE KIRCHOFF – Colorist: Judge Dredd, Doctor Who, Clive Barker’s HellraiserANDREW MACLEAN | Writer/Artist: Practically A God, Colonial Souls, StrayDogCounty, MEATSPACEJORGE MOLINA – Artist: X-Men Legacy, Avengers, Captain America TOM RANEY – Artist: X-Men, Stormwatch, Warlock and the Infinity Watch STUART SAYGER – Artist: Machete, Bram Stokers Death Ship, Bionicle CHARLES SOULE – Writer: 27, Swamp Thing, Strange Attractors, Strongman CAT STAGGS – Artist: Smallville, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Read more

Coverage of Day 2 at Gallifrey One and Grand Slam Sci-Fi

By Shawn Marshall| February 22, 2013 | Comments Off on Coverage of Day 2 at Gallifrey One and Grand Slam Sci-Fi


PR: MetaCon adds Chris Patton, Sonny Strait

By Petrea Mitchell| February 22, 2013 | Comments Off on PR: MetaCon adds Chris Patton, Sonny Strait

The Minneapolis ComiCon, Meta Con, announced today that anime voice actors Chris Patton and Sonny Strait will be appearing at Meta Con 2013 at the end of August. The two will be coming together at Minneapolis’s largest pop culture and comic con to sign autographs and participate in Q&A sessions throughout
the weekend.
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