By Shawn Scott Smith| February 20, 2011 | Comments Off on Connooga 2011
Just got home from Connooga 2011 and although me and Jess were sick most of the weekend, leading to us not partying all night on Saturday, its still a great show, with a good variety of programming, and an excellent location. Second year running I can reccomend it to any fan. I hope to have a table next year in the dealers room. See you there!
By Shawn Scott Smith| February 20, 2011 | Comments Off on Conventions this weekend Feb 25th-27th, 2011
Another great February weekend!
February 25th-27th, 2011
Anachrocon Atlanta, GA
Condor San Diego, CA
Dreamation Morriston, NJ
Fire and Ice Mantioc, WI
Furry Fiesta Dallas, TX
Kistunekon Appleton, WI
Lebowskifest Tampa, FL
Mysticon Roanoke, VA
Prezcon Charlottesville, VA
Totalcon Mansfield, MA
Tsukinocon Victoria, BC
Vulcan Meet The Stars Tampa, FL
Wizard World Miami, FL
By Shawn Scott Smith| February 19, 2011 | Comments Off on Egocon.
Got this email about Egocon, a one day convention in Wisconsin on March 12th. Thought Id pass it along to our readers,
March 12, 2011 EgoCon: The Dalek Invasion of Stevens Point Sci-Fi-Fantasy-Gaming-Unexplained Event Admisson $8.00 ======GUESTS========
Dalek Sec aka Dave Duca firstname.lastname@example.org
Dalek Caan (the Conspirator) aka Michael Gliemi
Terry Fisk (paranormal author) www.unexplainedresearch.com/Peggy McDowell – fantasy artist email@example.comWausau Paranormal Research Society firstname.lastname@example.orgKathy Hardy – fantasy artist www.stainedglassbutterfly.net
Jason Hardy – Catalyst Game Lab & Shadowrun game designer
K-9, Jedi Knight,Tarot Readings, venders, D&D, demonstrations 23nd NEWFOD Sci-Fi/Fantasy CHARITY AUCTION Read more
By Shawn Scott Smith| February 18, 2011 | Comments Off on Nicholas Brendan joins Wizard Tour
Nicholas Brendon was born three minutes after his identical twin brother, actor Kelly Donovan on April 12, 1971 in Los Angeles, California. He attended Chatsworth High School, where he struggled with stuttering but was also a starter on the baseball team. He had dreams of playing for the L.A. Dodgers, but had to pursue other options when he hurt his arm about a year after graduating high school.
By Shawn Scott Smith| February 18, 2011 | Comments Off on Connooga bound!
On on our way to Chattanooga, TN this morning for Connoooga.
Going to be a lot of fun. You can follow our adventure there this weekend on my twitter feed.
By Shawn Scott Smith| February 17, 2011 | Comments Off on Cardboard Con 2
Cardboard con returns for a second year in Atlanta, Ga on March 5th. Here’s the website full of cardboard jokes and a video.
By Shawn Scott Smith| February 17, 2011 | Comments Off on World Cosplay Summit regionals at AM2 this July
Winners Winning Trips to Japan to Represent the USA
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (February 16, 2011) – Have a sense of showmanship? A great personality? And an impressive crafting and performance creating ability? Come and participate or watch the best of the best as one pair will succeed in the US preliminaries, at this summer’s most anticipated FREE convention AM2, to move on and compete on the world stage in Japan on television! More info, rules and attendee registration can be found at www.am2con.org or via the World Cosplay Summit official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/World-Cosplay-Summit-Preliminaries-United-States/122191194459337
Begun in 2003, the World Cosplay Summit was created, by TV Aichi and attracts over 15,000 fans to the finals in Japan, to promote international exchange through the Japanese youth culture of manga and anime. The championship is graded on the finish of the costume design and the teams performance on stage. Involving 15 different countries, previous year’s Grand Champions were teams from Italy (2005, 2010), Brazil (2006, 2008), France (2007) and Japan (2009). Read more
By Shawn Scott Smith| February 16, 2011 | Comments Off on More C2E2 News.
MORE ENTERTAINMENT CELEBRITY APPEARANCES ARE ANNOUNCED FOR THE CHICAGO COMIC AND ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (C2E2)
Eliza Dushku and Rick Bayless to Participate in Panels; Cast of True Blood in Spotlight Panel on Saturday, March 19
Norwalk, CT, February 16, 2011: Officials at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) have announced more notable guests from the world of entertainment who will participate in the show and take part in panels. Eliza Dushku, the star of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse will be at C2E2 on both Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20 where she’ll be signing both days and speaking with Dollhouse co-star and previously announced guest of C2E2, Tahmoh Penikett, in a Q & A session on Saturday afternoon. In addition, famed Chef, award-winning author, and popular television personality Rick Bayless will participate in a panel with C.B. Cebulski, writer and talent scout for Marvel, and moderated by Ron Richards of iFanboy and A Taste of Comics. The unique panel, which itself illustrates the broad reach and expansive role of pop culture in the world today, will center on the connections between food and comics on a creative level. Cooking is creativity. Food is art. And that’s the connection to comics. A chef’s knife is the equivalent of an artist’s pencil or brush! Read more
By Shawn Scott Smith| February 16, 2011 | Comments Off on CONvergence offers a party preview,
Part of their Feb email includes this note about Party Lab, and trust me when I tell you CONvergence knows how to party,
CONvergence Party Lab – March 19
In partnership with many of the party hosts who bring you the amazing parties you know and love from con, CONvergence presents PARTY LAB! It’s an evenings entertainment for $10, and it’s a sneak peak at what CONvergence’s parties will be offering in 2011!
This event serves as a fundraiser to support the parties of CONvergence, with a portion of the money raised going directly to the participating party hosts!
By Shawn Scott Smith| February 15, 2011 | Comments Off on Kawakon announces final guests
“Kawa Kon announces last round of guests
Kawa Kon in St. Louis, Missouri, has announced its final round of guests for its March 11-13 convention.
Voice actor Quinton Flynn will be the Voice Actor Guest of Honor. Quinton can be heard in various Cartoon Network shows such as The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, and Robot Chicken. His Disney credits include Timon in the Timon and Pumbaa series and Axel from Kingdom Hearts II. He voices many anime and video game characters including Kon from Bleach, Iruka from Naruto, Reno from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, and Raiden from the Metal Gear Solid series.
Musical Guest of Honor YukaPon is an aspiring Akiba Idol and internet sensation. Through singing, choreography, and cute costumes, YukaPon presents Japanese songs in the style of Akihabara cosplay idols.
By Shawn Scott Smith| February 14, 2011 | Comments Off on KEY EXHIBITORS TO PARTICIPATE IN C2E2; MORE THAN 250 ARTISTS LINED UP FOR ARTIST ALLEY
Norwalk, CT, February 14, 2011: Major companies who help shape and define the pop culture universe will once again participate in the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2). According to officials, many of the exhibitors and partners who have a significant stake in New York Comic Con will also have a major booth presence in Chicago and will be bringing many of their top artists and creators to meet and greet the thousands of fans who will be in attendance. Both C2E2 and NYCC are owned and operated by ReedPOP, a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions exclusively devoted to organizing events in the pop culture arena.
Also, for the first time this year, C2E2 will be providing free shuttle bus service to the convention facility from several key downtown locations including Graham Crackers Comics at 77 East Madison and the Hard Rock Cafe at 63 West Ontario. The shuttle service is designed to encourage “inside The Loop” participation at C2E2 by making it easy to get to McCormick Place. The readily available service to the convention center will add even more attendees to a show floor that will already be full of activity. To avoid lines, organizers encourage fans to purchase their tickets online and arrive early! Information about shuttle routes with times and additional pick up locations is available at the C2E2 website.
By Shawn Scott Smith| February 13, 2011 | Comments Off on Conventions this Weekend 2/18-2/20, 2011
A very big weekend. We are heading to Connooga to party at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. The first Trek Trax is this weekend in Atlanta as well. Where is everyone else going
February 18th-20th, 2011
Anime Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
Animation on Display San Fransico, CA
Beyondcon Gig Harbor, WA
Boskone Boston, MA
Con DFW Dallas, TX
Con-G Guelep, ON
Connooga Chattanooga, TN
Con Of the North St. Paul, MN
Farpoint Timonium, MD
Gallifrey One Los Angeles, CA
Kamicon Tuscaloosca, Al
Katsucon Washington, DC
Naka-kon Kansas City, MO
No Such Con Vasser, NY
Orrcon Los Angeles, CA
Radcon Pasco, WA
Roundcon Columbia, SC
TrekTrax Atlanta Atlanta, GA
Visioncon Springfield, MO
By Shawn Scott Smith| February 12, 2011 | Comments Off on 20 more 2011 dates
Oct 8th-9th, 2011
Fan Days Plano, TX
Oct 19th-24th, 2011
OKlacon Watonga, OK
Oct 29th-30th, 2011
Long Beach Comic Con Long Beach, CA
Nov 25th-27th, 2011
Tomadachi Fest Boise, ID
By Shawn Scott Smith| February 11, 2011 | Comments Off on American Burlesque comes to Asheville
American Burlesque & Sideshow Festival
When: June 3-5th, 2011
Where: Asheville, NC
Performers: Princess Farhanna, jesters of England, Armitage Shanks and more!
More info : American Burlesque & Sideshow Festival
By Petrea Mitchell| February 11, 2011 | Comments Off on Corflu open to all online
Yours truly plans to be hanging out there much of the weekend under the name of my not terribly good zine, Picofarad. Come by and say hi!
By Shawn Scott Smith| February 11, 2011 | Comments Off on Ray Park joins Wizard tour.
Raymond Park is a Scottish actor, stuntman and martial artist, best known for his playing the physical part of Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Toad in X-Men, Snake-Eyes in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and Edgar on Heroes.
Park was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He was brought up in Govan, Glasgow, where he was educated at Greenfield Primary School, until the age of 7. His family then moved to London. Ray has a brother and a sister.
Young Ray was introduced to martial arts by his father, who was a fan of Bruce Lee, and began training in the traditional Chinese Northern Shaolin Kung Fu when he was seven years old. A born athlete, he immediately dominated the field and had added kickboxing and wushu to his endeavours by age 14. When he was 16, Ray won Great Britain’s Martial Arts National Championship for his class and then went to Malaysia to improve his skills.
By Shawn Scott Smith| February 10, 2011 | Comments Off on 10 more 2011 fall dates.
Sept 10th-11th, 2011
SPX Betheseda, MD
Sept 22nd-29th, 2011
Fantastic Fest Austin, TX
Nov 4th-6th, 2011
Hurricane Who Orlando, Fl
Nov 11th-13th, 2011
Mace High Point, NC
Dec 16th-18th, 2011
Anime Crossroads Indianapolis, IN
By Shawn Scott Smith| February 10, 2011 | Comments Off on CONCAROLINAS 2011 ANNOUNCES NEW MEDIA, MUSIC ARTIST AND GAMING HEADLINERS
CHARLOTTE, NC – February 9, 2011 – ConCarolinas officially announced the following:
Actor Emilie Ullerup will appear as one of the Media Special Guests for ConCarolinas 2011. Best known for her role as Ashley Magnus on SyFy’s Sanctuary, Emilie Ullerup has also appeared on Smallville and the new Battlestar Galacatica. Emilie Ullerup was born in Denmark, where her father holds the title of Lord Chamberlain for the Danish Royal Family.
Comical singer-songwriter and guitarist Carla Ulbrich will appear as the Music Guest of Honor for ConCarolinas 2011. Carla Ulbrich is a comical singer-songwriter and guitarist from Clemson, South Carolina and currently living in New Jersey. Carla’s love of wordplay and keen observational eye has lead her to be known for her humorous songs about such topics as wedgies, Waffle House, Klingons, and how rich she would be if she had the copyright on the ‘F’ Word. She also dabbles in fingerstyle guitar. Something of a mix between Phoebe and Jeff Foxworthy, she cites her biggest musical influences as Sesame Street, camp songs, and commercial jingles for beer and breakfast cereal.