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Celebrate Independents at This Year’s Baltimore Comic-Con

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 18, 2011 | Comments Off on Celebrate Independents at This Year’s Baltimore Comic-Con

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – May 16, 2011 – The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy announce the addition of Indy comics creators Dean Haspiel, Thom Zahler, Brad Guigar, Tim Truman, and Neil Vokes to the line-up of this year’s show, taking place August 20-21, 2011.

Dean Haspiel broke into the comic scene in the mid-1980s, working as an assistant to Howard Chaykin, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Walter Simonson. After graduating college, he made a career for himself as an independent artist working for such companies as Eternity Comics, Top Shelf Productions, and Alternative Comics. In addition, his artwork was featured in the Vertigo graphic novels, The Quitter, The Alcoholic, and Cuba: My Revolution. Haspiel is a founding-member of the webcomics collective, Act-i-vate and, in 2010, won an Emmy Award for his title design for HBO’s Bored to Death.

Said Haspiel, “If I could attend only one show a year, it would be Baltimore Comic-Con!”

Thom Zahler is the writer and artist of fan-favorite Indy book, Love and Capes, which is currently being published by IDW. A graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Comic and Graphic Art, his artistic talents have been showcased through work for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and the Cleveland Indians. In 2009, Zahler was nominated for two Harvey Awards in the categories of Best Cartoonist and Best Letterer.

Cartoonist Brad Guigar is the creator of the webcomics Evil, Inc., Courting Disaster, Greystone Inn, and Phables. His work on Courting Disaster and Phables appear weekly in the Philadelphia Daily News as well as on the web, and he is also the co-author of the book How to Make Webcomics. In 2007, Guigar was nominated of an Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic. Following that nomination, he received a Harvey Award nomination in 2009 for Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic Presentation.

Tim Truman, who is the co-creator of the character Grimjack, began working in comics in 1983. A graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Comic and Graphic Arts, he is both a writer and artist having worked on such titles as Airboy, The Heap, The Prowler, and The Spider for Eclipse Comics, as well as reinventing both Hawkman and Jonah Hex for DC Comics in the early-90s. Most recently, Truman handled writing duties for Dark Horse Comics’ Conan the Cimmerian.

Finally, Neil Vokes began his career in comics in 1984 with The Key Eternal from Comico. Since that time, Vokes’ art has graced the pages of the graphic novels The Wicked West and The Black Forest from Image Comics, Hero Happy Hour from GeekPunk, and Jurassic Park from Topps Comics. Currently, he is working on Flesh & Blood from Monsterverse and Eagle: The Original Adventures from Moonstone Books.

“From webcomics to independent press books, these great creators add a depth and richness to the comic industry that helps promote comics to a wider audience through the diversity of genres in which they’ve worked,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “We couldn’t be more excited to have these guys added to our guest list for this year’s show.”

In addition to Haspiel, Zahler, Guigar, Truman, and Vokes, confirmed guests for the show including: Jason Aaron (Scalped, PunisherMAX); Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead); Nick Cardy (Aquaman, Teen Titans); Cliff Chiang (Greendale); Frank Cho (50 Girl 50, X-Men: Schism, New Ultimates); David Finch (Brightest Day, Batman: The Dark Knight); Ron Frenz (Spider-Girl); Jose-Luis Garcia-Lopez (Wednesday Comics, Batman Confidential); Michael Golden (creator of Bucky O’Hare); Mike Grell (Action Comics, The Pilgrim); Steve Hamaker (Bone); Jamal Igle (Supergirl, Zatanna); J.G. Jones (Doc Savage, DC Universe Legacies); Barry Kitson (Secret Invasion, Amazing Spider-Man); Laura Martin (New Avengers, Thor); Mark Morales (Fear Itself cover artist); Kevin Nowlan (Wednesday Comics); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brandon Peterson (Ultimate Vision, Strange); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Walter Simonson (Thor); Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL); and Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Iron Man 2.0).

In coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found at our website, Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace pages.

This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, August 21th.

Contact Information
Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con: – for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution – for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications – for inquiries about submitted registrations – for communications regarding the Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet – for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries

About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 12th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. For more information, please visit

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 6 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit


Kalafina to perform at Anime Expo

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 18, 2011 | Comments Off on Kalafina to perform at Anime Expo

Press release- Anime Expo, North America’s largest anime and manga celebration, is proud to present a live concert with the chart-topping, female Japanese pop trio, Kalafina, when it returns to the L.A. Convention Center from July 1 – 4, 2011. Along with the hit-making sound producer Yuki Kajiura, Kalafina has provided memorable songs for popular anime series including “Kara no Kyoukai – the Garden of sinners,” “Kuroshitsuji – Black Butler,” and “PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA.”

Since their debut in 2008, Kalafina has had an impressive string of hits with seven singles reaching the Top 15 on the Japanese Oricon Charts while the group’s two albums have claimed #5 and #8 spots. Since 2009, the group has toured extensively throughout Japan and overseas, building a passionate following that often breaks into a chorus of Kalafina’s lyrics. Tickets for Kalafina’s most recent tour in Japan sold out within one day.

Keiko, Wakana, and Hikaru, the three voices of Kalafina will take the stage of Club Nokia for an exclusive concert on July 2, 2011. Kalafina will also participate in a meet-and-greet, autograph signing and focus panel giving fans multiple opportunities to see and hear from these captivating performers. Read more


Six flags comic con?

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 17, 2011 | Comments Off on Six flags comic con?

Found the below news interesting? Six flags is holding a mini con.

Fan favorite artist Sean Chen will be a featured creator at the Six Flags Great Comic Book Adventure Comicon! His best known works include… Wolverine, Iron Man, Elektra and X-Men The End… but that’s just a fraction of his amazing creations!

He will be joining other creators including Lee Weeks, Irwin Hasen, Reilly Brown, Doug Baron, Glenn Whitmore, Daxiong, Fred Hembeck and many more!

Show date is May 29th and runs from 10:30-8:00!… there will be dozens of vendor tables as well featuring everything from GA keys to bargain comics.

Auction at 2:00 to benefit Children’s Miracle Network.

Costume contest with judging at 4:00

Talks, panels & meet and greets throughout the day.

There’s a special link to buy a ticket for the day… it gets you theme park AND safari park admission for only $28.99! The comicon is included at no extra charge! Go to


Big Apple Programming.

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 16, 2011 | Comments Off on Big Apple Programming.

James Marsters Q&A, Reception, Seminar, ‘Harry Potter’ Panel With Tom Felton, Disney ‘They Spoke Out’ Screening Highlight Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con Programming

Morena Baccarin, Chandler Riggs Q&A’s, Evening ‘Drink & Draw,’ ‘Wizard School,’ and Costume Contests Also On Tap For May 21-22 at Penn Plaza Pavilion

NEW YORK, May 9, 2011 – Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con today announced its diverse programming schedule, featuring unique celebrity Q&A’s, music, screenings, artist schools and more for the event, set for Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22 at Penn Plaza Pavilion.

Some of the highlights include:
A trio of events with “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” star James Marsters, including a Q&A, cocktail reception and Shakespeare seminar
“Harry Potter” discussion with Tom Felton, who portrayed “Draco Malfoy” in the hugely successful film series
Rare Q&A sessions with Morena Baccarin, discussing her roles in “Firefly,” “Stargate SG-1” and “V,” and Chandler Riggs, star child actor in “Walking Dead” Read more


Am2 announces more music guests,

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 16, 2011 | Comments Off on Am2 announces more music guests,

Press release:
This summer’s most anticipated anime, manga and music convention AM2 is proud to welcome “Video Games Live” artist Icarus Kid and super “kawaii” (cute) American J-Pop group the Ajuku Girls to perform on the Summer Festival stage this 4th of July weekend. More info can be found at

“We are honored to be hosting such wonderful talent on the Summer Festival stage”, states AM2 representative Chase Wang, “fans will be in for such a treat with such amazing US/American talent and this is just the beginning … we have more coming soon! So come join us and get ahead of the lines and experience the difference with a Passport!”

The Icarus Kid blasts familiar NES melodies and has been featured with the acclaimed orchestral show “Video Games Live,” won first place in the Seattle Laptop Battle, and his 8-bit roots have been turning heands in the video game composition industry. The music is often compared with Daft Punk, Crystal Castles and Aphex Twin.
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Conventions This Weekend May 20th-22nd, 2011

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 15, 2011 | Comments Off on Conventions This Weekend May 20th-22nd, 2011

May 20th-22nd, 2011
Anime Central Rosemont, IL
Another Game ConHudson, OH
Big Apple Spring Show New York, NY
Big Wow Comic San Jose, CA
Cult Fiction Drive-IN Jacksonville, Fl
Dallas Comiccon Dallas, TX
East Coast Black Age of Comics Philly, PA (Sat)
Fanaticon Asheville, NC
Imagicon (Cancelled)
Keycon Winnepeg, MB
Las Vegas Supercon Henderson, NV
MCBA Bloomington, MN
Mobicon Mobile, Al
Nebula Awards Washington, DC
Otafest Calgary, AB
Steampunk World Fair Somerset, NJ
Texicon Ft. Worth, TX
Tonner Doll Lombard, IL


12 more con dates for you.

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 15, 2011 | Comments Off on 12 more con dates for you.

June 10th-11th, 2011
Haunted America Midwest Jacksonville, IL

Aug 5th-7th, 2011
Mysterium Boston, MA

Oct 7th-9th, 2011
Central Texas Paranormal Austin, TX

Oct 28th-30th, 2011
Vulcan Away Mission Orlando, FL

Nov 4th-6th, 2011
Neoncon Las Vegas, NV

Feb 17th-19th, 2012
Megacon Orlando, FL

Feb 24th-26th, 2012
Anachrocon Atlanta, GA

March 2nd-4th, 2012
Intercon Chelmsford, MA

March 9th-11th, 2012
A and G Cinncinatti, OH

March 16th-18th, 2012
Allcon Addison, TX

April 20th-22nd, 2012
Odyssey Con Madison, WI

April 27th,-29th, 2012
Wizard World Anaheim, CA



By Shawn Scott Smith| May 14, 2011 | Comments Off on Tawain

I’m leaving tomorrow for a trip to Tapei, Tawain. I’ve never been around the world before and am super excited. Never fear though, has posts preloaded and will keep running as always while I’m gone. Depending on my internet connectivity, may be a lot of text based posts with no pictures for the next couple of weeks. As always, thanks a bunch for reading con-news! See you on the other side of the Atlantic!


Heroes adds McGuiness,

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 13, 2011 | Comments Off on Heroes adds McGuiness,

We reported on the other guests earlier this week, the following bit comes from the Heroes email.

“THURSDAY’S GUEST LIST UPDATE!Ed McGuinness is leading the charge on today’s guest list update! Ed’s Capcom-influenced art style has helped blur the lines between Eastern and Western interpretations of Marvel and DC’s iconic superheroes. With great runs on Deadpool, Superman, Superman/Batman, and The Hulk, Ed has made an indelible mark on mainstream American comic books. On top of all that, Ed is a great guy and we are very happy to have him back at HeroesCon.
Also joining us this year is Ed’s former editor at DC Comics, Eddie Berganza. Eddie is the executive editor of the DC Universe line. A 19-year veteran of DC, Berganza oversees high-profile events like Infinite Crisis, Final Crisis, Blackest Night and their latest crossover event, Flashpoint. Heroescon


10 more con dates 4 you!

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 12, 2011 | Comments Off on 10 more con dates 4 you!

May 27th-29th, 2011
Comicpalooza Houston, TX

June 3rd-5th, 2011
Saturday Nightmares Horror show Rutherford, NJ

June 23rd-26th, 2011
Alberquerque Comic Alber, NM

Sept 9th-11th, 2011
Glitchcon Bentonville, AR

Sept 23rd-25th, 2011
Erie Anime Erie, PA

Oct 27th-30th, 2011
Animeland Remonedo Bloomington, MN

March 2nd-4th, 2012
Creation Supernatural Burbank, CA

March 30th-April 1st, 2012
Kappacon Milwaukee, Wi

April 13th-15th, 2012
Creation Twilight Nashville, TN

April 27th-29th, 2012
Creation Stargate Vancouver, BC


Heroes gets more guests.

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 11, 2011 | Comments Off on Heroes gets more guests.


HeroesCon is very happy to announce that Neal Adams will be attending HeroesCon 2011! Neal is a living legend known for bringing a realism to superhero comics that didn’t exist before his arrival. Illustrating classic comics like Green Lantern #76 (pictured), Strange Adventures (creating the definitive look for Deadman), and many more, Neal went on to be DC’s primary cover artist during the 70′s. He later went on to found Continuity Comics and most recently he is writing and illustrating Batman: Odyssey at DC Comics.

Scott Hampton’s gorgeous work was recently seen in the pages of Hellboy: The Sleeping and the Dead. Try to catch Scott painting on our art stage for the Annual Art Auction.  He always creates something spectacular!

Painter Erik Jones has quickly made a name for himself in comics with his gorgeous covers for bo Read more


***Media Alert – New Media Film Festival***

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 10, 2011 | Comments Off on ***Media Alert – New Media Film Festival***

2nd Annual New Media Film Festival featuring the best creative content crossing screens from silver to mobile. The New Media Film Festival is an IMDb qualifier festival helping filmmakers with distribution, monetization and exposure to a wider audience while being judged by top industry leaders.
The 2nd Annual New Media Film Festival has over $12,000 in prizes and a wide variety of categories for filmmakers to submit to, the Festival highlights the winners in a “Best of” tour while curating their content for future reference and other opportunities. Industry support for the festival include entertainment and technology professionals from Industrial Light & Magic, Pixar, Summit Entertainment, and United Talent Agency to name a few.
Opening night of the festival on Friday will include a Red Carpet LIVE streamed on along with 3D Opening Night Screenings Presented by PGA New Media Council & International 3D Society. Saturday’s festival events will include industry panels and screenings from Apps, Digital Comics, Animation, Web Series, Documentaries, Shorts, LGBT, Shot on Red, Music Videos, Socially Responsible Content and closing night events and screenings. Read more


Baltimore Comic-Con Brings the Classics to Charm City

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 10, 2011 | Comments Off on Baltimore Comic-Con Brings the Classics to Charm City

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – May 10, 2011 – They say that a classic never goes out of style and that statement couldn’t be truer of the creators just added to the line-up of this year’s show! We are proud to announce the addition of Nick Cardy, Jose-Luis Garcia-Lopez, Kevin Nowlan, and Michael Golden to the growing guest list for the 12th annual Baltimore Comic-Con, taking place August 20-21, 2011.
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The North American Discworld Convention 2011

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 9, 2011 | Comments Off on The North American Discworld Convention 2011

July 8 – 11, Madison WI – http://
May Newsletter

Two months to go before the Discworld collides with Madison! This month we hope to increase levels of anticipation with news about upcoming programming, parties and other fun!

Designed by The Morpheus Company, the 2011 NADWCon pendant is now available! Cast in bronze or silver, this pendant features our clever little Ankh Morpork convention logo. It is approximately one inch in diameter, and is available as either a pin or pendant.

This is a high quality piece of fine jewelry and will be made to order with very few available for sale during the convention. The pre-ordering time for this little beauty is ending soon, as the jewelers need time to cast them. Order now while you still can! Read more


Conventions this weekend May 12th-15th, 2011

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 8, 2011 | Comments Off on Conventions this weekend May 12th-15th, 2011

May 12-15th, 2011
Camp Blood Addison, TX
Creation Twilight Hartford, Ct
Dicehead Siege, Chattanooga, TN
Faerie Fest Marlboro, MD
Full Moon Horror Nashville, TN
Morphicon Columbus, OH
Motor City Con Novi, MI
Nola Comic Con New Orleans, LA
Outlantacon/Gaylaxicon Atlanta, GA
Pulp Ark Batesville, AR
Scadcon Savannah, GA
Tigercon Memphis, TN
Ufo Fest McMinnville, OR
Wonderfest Louisville, KY
Wonder Northwest Portland, OR


10 more dates added.

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 7, 2011 | Comments Off on 10 more dates added.

June 3rd-5th, 2011
Lebowski Fest Philly, PA

June 16th-19th, 2011
Epiccon Las Vegas, NV

July 15th-16th, 2011
Lebowski Fest Louisville, KY

Sept 29th-Oct 2nd, 2011
Epiccon Las Vegas, NV

Feb 17th-19th, 2012
Shevacon Roanoke, VA
Tsukinocon Victoria, BC

March 16th-18th, 2012
Fantascicon Dalton, GA

Feb 23rd-26th, 2012
Prezcon Charlottesville, VA

March 2nd-4th, 2012
Condor San Diego, CA
Consonance San Fransico, CA


FanimeCon Welcomes hANGRY&ANGRY Illustrator GASHICON as a Guest of Honor

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 7, 2011 | Comments Off on FanimeCon Welcomes hANGRY&ANGRY Illustrator GASHICON as a Guest of Honor

San Jose, CA (May 5th, 2011) – FanimeCon welcomes GASHICON as a Guest of Honor at its 2011 convention at the San Jose Convention Center over Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-30. GASHICON will host a hANGRY&ANGRY fashion show on Saturday, May 28. She will also give style tips and help fans coordinate outfits at the hANGRY&ANGRY clothing booth in the FanimeCon Dealers Hall.
GASHICON is the illustrator and character designer for hANGRY&ANGRY, a character brand which features grotesquely cute cats named Hangry and Angry. Much like twisted versions of Sanrio’s Hello Kitty, Hangry and Angry are used in a vast array of eclectic contexts. They are featured on a line of Japanese fashions by h.NAOTO which display a unique style known as “gro-kawa” (grotesque-cute). They are the main characters in a comic strip published in visual kei magazines such as CURE. Hangry and Angry also adorn merchandise such as plush characters, bags, and trinkets. In 2008, the J-rock duo, HANGRY&ANGRY FUTURE, was created with former Morning Musume members Hitomi Yoshizawa as Hangry and Rika Ishikawa as Angry. The Death Note live action movie also involved the hANGRY&ANGRY brand.
More information about GASHICON’s appearance at FanimeCon is on In addition to the schedule of events, the web site has information about how to apply for a part in the fashion show as a model, make up artist, or hair stylist.

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Wizard Big Apple Guests

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 6, 2011 | Comments Off on Wizard Big Apple Guests

James Marsters, Tom Felton, Morena Baccarin, Kristanna Loken Top Celebrity List At Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con ‘Spring Edition,’ May 21-22 At Manhattan’s Penn Plaza Pavilion

Dan Fogler, Bonnie Piesse, “Raab Himself,” Chandler Riggs, Rikishi, Christy Carlson Romano Also Set For Longest-running Comic Con in New York

NEW YORK, May 6, 2011 – Stars James Marsters, Tom Felton, Morena Baccarin and Kristanna Loken headline the field of celebrities scheduled to attend Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con ‘Spring Edition,’ part of North America’s largest pop-culture tour, 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.

Marsters, who played “Spike” on “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” has proven to be one of the Read more

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