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Announcing Anime Blast Chattanooga

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 4, 2011 | Comments Off on Announcing Anime Blast Chattanooga



New Anime Convention to Be Held in Chattanooga, TN

CHATTANOOGA, TN – March 30, 2011 – Anime Blast Chattanooga makes its debut this year on Nov. 4-
6, 2011 at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Chattanooga, TN. Pre-registration for the entire weekend
is $25 until April 24th. After that, attendees can pre-register for $30. A VIP package is also offered in
limited quantities for $50. Details on the VIP package, as well as the registration form, can be found at

Guest announcements, event details, and hotel information will be posted on the site as they become
available. Forms are currently online for those interested in hosting panels or volunteering for the staff.

ABOUT ANIME BLAST CHATTANOOGA: Anime Blast Chattanooga is a three-day convention th Read more


Conventions this weekend April 8th-10th, 2011

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 3, 2011 | Comments Off on Conventions this weekend April 8th-10th, 2011

I can’t wait for Actionfest this weekend. Hoping to catch at least a film every day if not more. What about everyone else? WHose going where?

April 8th-10th-2011
Action Fest Asheville, NC
Anime Conji San Diego, CA
Ad Astra Toronto, ON
ATLSteamFestival Atlanta, GA
Creation Star Trek Phoenix, AZ
Econocon Plymouth, NH
Freecon Tallahasee, Fl
Furry Connection Novi, MI
Icon Idaho Falls, ID
Johncon Baltimore, MD
MOCCA New York, NY
Odyssey Con Madison, WI
Pirate Fest Greenville, NC
Ravencon Richmond, VA
Toronto Comic Toronto, ON
Ubbcon Buffalo, NY


MTAC Goes To 11 Announces Voice Actor Guests!

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 2, 2011 | Comments Off on MTAC Goes To 11 Announces Voice Actor Guests!

NASHVILLE, TN – MTAC is welcoming a plethora of voice actor guests to this year’s Easter event – MTAC Goes To 11!
Robert Axelrod – Robert is the voice of Lord Zedd and Finster on the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”. The Lord Zedd voice is one of the most recognizable character voices around. He voiced Armadillomon and Wizardmon on “Digimon, Microchip, The Punisher’s sidekick, on “Spider-Man”, Rico on “Robotech”, and has voiced countless Anime features including “Akira”, “The Big O”, “Cowboy Bebop”, “Brain Scratch”, et al. He was a regular character on Saban Entertainment’s “Wowser” series (as Ratso Catso), “Journey To The Heart of the World” (as Scarface), “Hallo Spencer” (as Elmer), and more. He just finished narrating the mockumentary “Safety First: The Rise of Women” and voicing four Anime series: “Gaiking”, “Danguard Ace”, “Captain Horlock”, “The Adventures of Nadja”, and “Fist of the North Star”.
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Wizard Big Apple Comic Spring news,

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 2, 2011 | Comments Off on Wizard Big Apple Comic Spring news,

Tom Felton, Morena Baccarin, Kristanna Loken Among Headliners At Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con ‘Spring Edition,’ May 21-22 At Manhattan’s Penn Plaza Pavilion

Mike Grell, Arthur Suydam, Jerry Robinson, Greg Horn, Jim Cheung, Kaare Andrews, Christos Gage, Phil Ortiz, Ryan Ottley Among Leading Comics Creators To Attend

NEW YORK – Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con ‘Spring Edition,’ part of North America’s largest pop-culture tour, is set for Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22, at the Penn Plaza Pavilion in Manhattan. The event, the largest and longest-running Comic Con in New York, will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and plenty of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, comics, toys, video gaming, television, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.
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The North American Discworld Convention 2011

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 2, 2011 | Comments Off on The North American Discworld Convention 2011

July 8 – 11, Madison WI –
April Newsletter

March roars in like a lion, bringing in the latest news about the North American Discworld Convention! So much, in fact, that it has taken us the full month to get this newsletter finished. This time we’ve got tons of news regarding games, guests and merchandise (and a bit about Wisconsin’s time in the news spotlight)!

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Doc Brown goes Wizard Chicago,

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 1, 2011 | Comments Off on Doc Brown goes Wizard Chicago,

Press Release:
Christopher Allen Lloyd is an American actor. He is best known for playing Doc Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy, Uncle Fester in The Addams Family films, and Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. He played Reverend Jim Ignatowski in the television series Taxi and most recently Mr. Goodman in Piranha 3D. He also starred in the short-lived television series Deadly Games, and also was a regular in the short-lived TV series Stacked, in the mid-2000s. Lloyd has used his vocal talents in animation, frequently voicing villains. He currently voices the character Hacker on the animated PBS series Cyberchase. Lloyd has won three Primetime Emmy Awards and an Independent Spirit Award, and has been nominated for two Saturn Awards and a Daytime Emmy Award.
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Oddcon programming notes,

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 31, 2011 | Comments Off on Oddcon programming notes,

I was lucky enough to attend an Oddcon while living in the midwest. Its a great convention. Below are some notes & programming schedule sent to their facebook friends.

“Just to let you all know of some new developments for Odyssey Con 11:

Saturday in the Art Show there will be a sock puppet making demonstration. Donating clean socks (OK if they have holes) and other materials would be appreciated.

Friday night is the SF Poetry Slam. Cash prizes of $30/20/10 will be awarded to the 1st/2nd/3rd place winners.

The only time Rock Band will be available is Friday night in the Main programming room after the Poetry Slam (and some set up time). Read more


Naka-kon 2012 dates and more!

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 31, 2011 | Comments Off on Naka-kon 2012 dates and more!

Overland Park, Kans. – Convention officials today announced that Naka-Kon will be held Feb. 10 – 12, 2012 at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kansas. Hotel rooms will be available at the Sheraton Overland Park and will cost attendees $109 plus tax and fees per night for up to four occupants.
The announcement was made to several fans of Naka-Kon through the convention’s Facebook page, Twitter page, and official forums.
More information about the convention will be released as it becomes available.
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PortconMaine guests and other news,,

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 30, 2011 | Comments Off on PortconMaine guests and other news,,

Press Release:
PortConMaine, Maine’s largest convention for geek culture, is pleased to present its first round of guests. Appearing at the convention as guests of honor will be anime anthropologist Charles Dunbar, science fiction authors Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, creator of Billy vs Snakeman, Luke “McMasters” Morgan, the Vice President of the New England Chapter of the International Costumers’ Guild, Elizabeth O’Malley, cosplayer and prop maker Robert “Sketch” Scholz, and the web series production crew The Entertainment Experiment, creators of Ragged Isle.

Charles Dunbar (also known by his internet handle “Anime Anthropologist”) is a graduate of Hunter College of the City University of New York, where he received his BA in Anthropology and Religion in 2004, and an MA in Sociocultural Anthropology in 2010. His fieldwork of the past 2 years has revolved around anime convention participation, including perceptions, misconceptions, stereotyping, spending habits and convention culture. He’s also addicted to the works of Hayao Miyazaki and has an obsession with mythology and folklore, especially where gods and ghost stories are concerned. He currently rambles about these things on his website, Read more


Old Creation Star Trek Footage

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 29, 2011 | Comments Off on Old Creation Star Trek Footage


10 more con dates.

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 28, 2011 | Comments Off on 10 more con dates.

April 21st-25th, 2001
Wild Nights Wilburton, OK

Oct 7th-9th, 2011
Snafucon Reno, NV

Oct 21st-23rd, 2011
Yaoicon Burligame, CA

Nov 4th-6th, 2011
Anime Nebraskon Lincoln, NE

Nov 11th-13th, 2011
U-con Ann Arbor, MI

Nov 18th-20th, 2011
Banzaikon South Padre Island, TX

Dec 2nd-4th, 2011
Anonycon Stamford, CT

Feb 17th-19th, 2012
Con DFW Dallas, TX
Gallifrey One Los Angeles, CA
Radcon Pasco, WA


CyPhaCon news.

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 28, 2011 | Comments Off on CyPhaCon news.

Press Release:  we are also located on Face Book by the same name.
What is CyPhaCon?  CyPhaCon is Southwest Louisiana’s Premier Anime and Gaming Convention, brought to you for the first time in 2011 by the Future Possibilities Foundation. If you love anime, video gaming, table top gaming, science fiction fantasy, or if you just consider your self to be a nerd/geek and are proud of it, you should come by and check it out. There will be plenty to see and do, and you are guaranteed to have a good time indulging in the things you know and love.
CyPhaCon will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2011 through Sunday, April 17, 2011 at the Lake Charles Civic Center in beautiful Downtown Lake Charles. Doors will open at 11 A.M. Admission prices will be as follows;
Saturday thru Sunday Adult Pass (13 and over) $15.00, Children 7 thru 12 $5.00
Saturday only Adult Pass $10.00
Sunday only Adult Pass $5.00
Children 6 & under free attendance
NOTICE: Children 12 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult Read more


Warren Ellis Documentary news.

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 26, 2011 | Comments Off on Warren Ellis Documentary news.

Respect! Films has released a brand new trailer (over at for the documentary film “Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts” and is looking for some finishing costs funding via Kickstarter.

“Captured Ghosts” ( &, the follow-up to the highly acclaimed “Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods,” features the most extensive interview Ellis has ever given. It spans his life, from his first memory watching the moon landing as a child to his recent cross-media success with the film adaptation “Red.” The documentary not only spotlights his iconic persona, it reveals the more nuanced person as well.

Complimenting Ellis’s own words are interviews with his friends, admirers, Read more


Conventions this Weekend April 1st-3rd, 2011

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 26, 2011 | Comments Off on Conventions this Weekend April 1st-3rd, 2011

Some great shows this weekend. Who is attending what?

April 1st-3rd, 2011
Anime Detour Bloomington, MN
Babelcon Baton Rougue, LA
Chimaeracon San Antonio, TX
Contact Pomona, CA
Evillecon Evansville, IN
Filk Ontario Mississauga, Ontario
Gi Joe ConWalt Disney, FL
Imagi Movies Oxnard, CA
Noobiecon Utica, NY
Ohio Pinball Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Syndcon Rockville, MD
Technicon Blacksburg, VA
Tekkoshocon Pittsburgh, PA
Willycon Wayne, NE
Wonder Con San Fransico, CA


Reporting from Game Storm

By Petrea Mitchell| March 25, 2011 | Comments Off on Reporting from Game Storm

Game Storm is the first convention I’ve physically attended this year. I’ll be posting some of the sights in the usual photostream.

If you’re at this con, don’t miss your chance to come to one of the Intangibles playtest sessions and tell me I suck as a game designer. And if you’re not at a convention, remember the Hugo deadline is this weekend, Hugo voters!


Actionfest schedule is out!

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 24, 2011 | Comments Off on Actionfest schedule is out!

Actionfest is in its second year here in Asheville and the Schedule here looks wonderful. Im hoping to catch a few films and the highlights for me include Super, Bunraku, Outrage, and Jackie Chan’s Little Big Soldier.


GEEK.kon announces guests

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 24, 2011 | Comments Off on GEEK.kon announces guests

Madison, WI — Geek.Kon is pleased to announce the first round of guests for Geek.Kon 2011 to be voice actors Jerry Jewell, and Sonny Strait, author Elaine Cunningham, linguist David Salo and game designers Matt Forbeck, Aaron Pavao, and Monica Valentinelli.

Jerry Jewell
Jerry will be making his first appearance at Geek.Kon as well as his first trip to Wisconsin.

He can be heard as; Kyo Sohma (Fruits Basket), Jimmy Kudo (Case Closed), Taira (Beck:Mongolian Chop Squad), Barry the Chopper (Full Metal Alchemist, Full Metal Achemist: Brotherhood), Happiness Bunny (Shin-Chan), Russia (Hetalia), Rin Tsuchimi (Shuffle), Lau (Black Butler), Zellman Clock (Black Blood Brothers), Dio (Casshern Sins), Tony Frost (Blue Gender), Suzaku (Yu Yu Hakusho), Jin (Yu Yu Hakusho), and Akito Hayama (Kodocha).
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9 convention dates added for 2011, 2012

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 23, 2011 | Comments Off on 9 convention dates added for 2011, 2012

June 4th-5th, 2011
C4 Expo Ft. Mitchell KY

June 24th-26th, 2011
Cape Comic Con Cape Giradieu, MO
Trek Fest Riverside, IA

Aug 5th-7th, 2011
Whedon Fest Scottsville, KY

Aug 12th-14th, 2011
Natsucon Collinsville, IL

Oct 14th-16th, 2011
Roundcon Columbia, SC

Jan 13th-15th, 2012
Darkcon Mesa, AZ

Feb 17th-19th, 2012
Boskone Boston, MA

March 30th-April 1st, 2012
Kitsunecon Appleton, WI

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