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10 more cons added, mostly in FL.

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 24, 2013 | Comments Off

April 14th, 2013
Atlanta South ComicMcDonough, GA

April 21st, 2013
Atlanta Comic ConAtlanta, GA

May 26th, 2013
Marietta ComicMarietta, GA

June 7th-9th, 2013
Fatality Fest West Palm Beach, FL
ScifestSan Antonio, TX

June 14th-16th, 2013
Eyecon ZombieAtlanta, GA

June 29th-30th, 2013
Ocala Comic Ocala, FL

Aug 3rd-5th, 2013
Fanboy ExpoTampa, FL

Sept 13th-15th, 2013
Fatality Fest Billings, MT

Nov 1st-3rd, 2013
Eyecon Vampire DiariesAtlanta, GA

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Conventions next weekend 3/29-3/31, 2013

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 24, 2013 | Comments Off

March 29th-31st, 2013
American Music & Pop Culture Expo Hershey, PA
Anime Matsuri Woodlands, TX
Anomalycon Denver, CO
Boston Underground Film Boston, MA
Conbust Northhampton, MA
Frolicon Atlanta, GA
Full Moon Horror Nashville, TN
Marcon Columbus, OH
Minicon 48 Minneapolis, MN
MTAC Nashville, TN
Norwescon Seattle, WA
Sakuracon Seattle, WA
Steampunk Gettysburg Gettysburg, PA
Wondercon Anaheim, CA

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Heroescon guests updates.

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 23, 2013 | Comments Off

Updated Heroescon guest list from their newsletter.

 

KALMAN ANDRASOFSZKY – Artist: X-Treme X-Men, X-23, Captain CanuckRICK BURCHETT – Artist: Batman Adventures, Superman Adventures,JIM CALAFIORE – Artist: Aquaman, Exiles, Gotham Underground, Leaving MegalopolisBRIAN CLEVINGER – Writer: Atomic Robo, 8-Bit Theater SCOTT WEGENER – Artist: Atomic Robo, Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Cow Read more

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CONvergence newsletter.

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 23, 2013 | Comments Off

CONvergence 2013 

CONvergence needs you!
Connie Wants You
Looking for a few good volunteers: ushers for Main Stage, move in and out help, elevator operators, badgers, nerf herders and so much more.

We have lots of perks for our volunteers: T-shirts, volunteers den, massages, and the Volunteer Party!

Please contact volunteers@convergence-con.org and sign up today.
Hotel Update
DoubleTreeWe’ve experienced unfortunate delays processing room requests with the DoubleTree, so nothing has gone out to anyone yet. The major delay has been the hotel, who needed to place a new reservationist. They now have one now, so we should start processing requests within the next week. We are glad the delay is finally over and hope to finish by the end of April!

In the next few weeks, those with DoubleTree requests will receive a confirmation email from the DoubleTree for your actual room reservation. Once you receive that confirmation, please contact the DoubleTree and guarantee your room.

  • If you don’t guarantee your room, your reservation may be cancelled without notice.
  • You can guarantee your room via credit card and nothing will be charged to your credit card until you check out.
  • If you use a debit card, the hotel will pre-authorize the amount of your stay when you check in, and those funds will not be available to you. This is standard hotel procedure.
  • If you guarantee the room via credit or debit card, and abandon your reservation without calling to cancel, the hotel will charge the first night’s stay. This is also their standard. Read more
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Hugo announcement at Norwescon, Eastercon, Marcon, Minicon

By Petrea Mitchell| March 23, 2013 | Comments Off

The Hugo Award nominees will be announced in a joint ceremony on Saturday, March 30th, at 3pm Central Time (8pm UTC). The announcement will take place at these conventions:

  • Norwescon, Seatac, WA (1pm local)
  • Minicon, Bloomington, MN (3pm local)
  • Marcon, Columbus, OH (4pm local)
  • Eastercon, Bradford, UK (8pm local)

It appears there will be no video feed this year, but there will be simultaneous announcements on the LoneStarCon 3 Facebook page and Twitter feed.

LoneStarCon 3 also notes that this year saw a new record for the number of Hugo nominating ballots cast. See the full press release for further details.

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Pop culture expo set to debut Easter Weekend in Hershey, PA

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 22, 2013 | Comments Off

HERSHEY, Pa – Television stars, movie stars, antiques, collectibles and Elvis are just some of the attractions expected to be seen at the American Music & Pop Culture Expo.

The Expo is set to debut on Friday and Saturday, March 29 and 30, at the Granada Avenue Gymnasium, 30 E. Granada Avenue in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
The show will present the world of music, comics, movies, television, toys and more, with a showroom packed with over 100 exhibitor spaces.
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Momocon recap.

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 21, 2013 | Comments Off

MomoCon 2013 Was Amazing!

Can you believe MomoCon is already over? For many of us, we are still recovering, but what an amazing time. For everyone who noticed a much bigger crowd this year, we are incredibly excited to announce that MomoCon 2013 had 12, 200 people attend over 3 days, which represents 42% growth from MomoCon 2012! Rest assured we are already at work on planning MomoCon 2014, making improvements from this year, and getting space for an even larger attendance next year. Speaking of next year, for those that follow our art theme, we are also excited to announce that MomoCon 2014′s theme will be carnivals (as pictured above). We hope to see you next year, if not at one of our many MomoCon On Tour side events (schedule to be announced at a later date).

Win a MomoCon 2014 Membership!

We are conducting a survey for MomoCon 2013, and need a moment of your time to provide feedback on our performance. In exchange for your time, you have a chance to win a MomoCon 2014 membership! Your answers however good or bad will not affect your chance to win. Please fill out the survey here.

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Adrian Paul, more added to Dragoncon

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 21, 2013 | Comments Off

All from the Dragoncon website

Announced: 03/20/2013
Cinda Williams Chima
Cinda Williams Chima has written two best-selling YA fantasy series: The Heir Chronicles (The Warrior Heir, The Wizard Heir, The Dragon Heir, The Enchanter Heir) with another forthcoming; and the Seven Realms series (The Demon King, The Exiled Queen, The Gray Wolf Throne, The Crimson Crown).

Announced: 03/14/2013
The League of S.T.E.A.M.
The League of S.T.E.A.M. (Steampunk Ghostbusters and Monster Hunters)

Entertaining in the style of a traveling Victorian vaudeville show, this group of innovative artists dazzles audiences with an interactive show performing with fantastical technology, live demonstrations and theatrical trickery. Featuring amazing steampunk gadgets & monsters!

Announced: 03/12/2013
Dean Motter
Dean Motter, artist/writer/designer, relaunched his seminal creation, Mister X in 2009. In recent years he’s written Wolverine, The Spirit, and the ‘film-noir’ graphic novel, Batman: Nine Lives. He is also known for his graphic novel The Prisoner, and is currently illustrating The Book Hitler Didn’t Want You To Read.
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Gallifrey officially Sold out for 2014

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 21, 2013 | Comments Off

dalekStill 11 months till the next Gallifrey One but if you havent registered yet, I’m sorry to report the 2014 convention has already sold out. For those going have fun!

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Wizard Philly

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 20, 2013 | Comments Off

Nathan Fillion, Stan Lee, Summer Glau, WWE® Superstars John Cena® And Daniel Bryan® Among Celebrity Guests At Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, May 30 – June 2

Pop Culture Festival At Pa. Convention Center Also To Feature ‘The Walking Dead’ Stars Michael Rooker and Norman Reedus, William Shatner, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Superstar Comics Creators

NEW YORK and PHILADELPHIA, March 19, 2013 – “Castle” Star Nathan Fillion, fellow “Serenity” and Firefly headliner Summer Glau, Eisner Award Hall of Famer Stan Lee and WWE® Superstars John Cena® and Daniel Bryan®are at the top of a standout roster of celebrity guests scheduled to appear at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, May 30 – June 2 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  It is the third in the 2013 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and will also feature a top-drawer collection of well-known artists and writers and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.

Fillion and Lee will appear on Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2; Cena is scheduled for Thursday, May 30; and Bryan will be on site on Saturday, June 1 only.  Other standout celebrities attending include William Shatner (“Star Trek,” “Boston Legal”), “The Walking Dead” duo of Michael Rooker and Norman ReedusAdam Baldwin (“Serenity,” Firefly), Jewel Staite (“Serenity,” Firefly),Manu Bennett (“Arrow,” The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) and many others.

Additionally, all full price attendees will receive a free copy of the Exclusive Variant Cover of The Walking Dead #1 comic, available only at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con.
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19 conventions added!

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 19, 2013 | Comments Off

June 1st, 2013
Ephemerafest Lexington, KY

June 14th-16th, 2013
Ani Megacon Las Vegas, NV

July 12th-14th, 2013
Natsucon Collinsville, IL

July 25th-27th, 2013
qep’a'”Philadelphia, PA

Aug 9th-11th, 2013
Animethon Edmonton, AB
Glitchcon Bentonville, AR
MatsuriconColumbus, OH

Aug 29th-Sept 2nd, 2013
Pax Prime Seattle, WA

Sept 6th-8th, 2013
Midoricon West Portmouth, OH

Sept 21st-22nd, 2013
Mothman Fest Point Pleasant, WV
Erie Anime Erie, PA

Sept 27th-29th, 2013
Chicago Horror Film Fest Chicago, IL

Oct 4th-6th, 2013
Ochibacon Oshawa, ON
Vcon Vancouver, BC

Oct 26th-27th, 2013
Comic Book City Con Greensboro, NC

March 15th-16th, 2014
Lexington Comic Con Lexington, KY

July 18th-20th, 2014
San Japan San Antonio, TX

July 31st-Aug 2nd, 2015
San Japan San Antonio, TX

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New Virtual Artist Alley Member: The Geekerie

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 18, 2013 | Comments Off

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Smofcon 31 now online

By Petrea Mitchell| March 18, 2013 | Comments Off

Smofcon, the travelling convention for con-runners, will be held held December 6-8 in Toronto this year. Its Web site is now live here. This year’s theme is “Learning From the Past, Looking to the Future”. Memberships are currently CA$50 (approximately US$49).

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5 Prep Tips for WonderCon 2013

By Shawn Marshall| March 18, 2013 | Comments Off

untitledWith less than two weeks until WonderCon, details of the show are slowly starting to make their way to the mainstream. Last week we were let in on the panel schedule and this week will should bring more on exclusives and “surprise” guest stars. Now is the time to prepare your plan for Anaheim’s biggest convention. Here are the top 5 things I suggest you take care of now: Read more

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Conventions next weekend 3/21-3/24, 2013

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 17, 2013 | Comments Off

March 21st-24th, 2013
Ambercon Detroit, MI
Anime Salt Lake Salt Lake City, UT
Con-nichiwa Tuscon, AZ
Egocon Plover, WI
Evillecon Evansville, IN
Fablescon Rochester, MN
Fantascicon Dalton, GA
Gamestorm Vancouver, WA
Gem City Dayton, OH
Hatsume Fair Delrey Beach, FL
Horrorhound Cincinnati, OH
IAFA Orlando, FL
Icon Stony Brook, NY (postponed)
Kitsunecon Appleton, WI
Lebowski Fest Los Angeles, CA
Mad Monster Party Charlotte, NC
Midsouthcon Memphis, TN
Midwest Gaming Classic Milwaukee, WI
PAX East Boston, MA
South Texas Collectors Laredo, TX
Toracon Rochester, NY
Triad Anime Con Winston Salem, NC
Va Fest Book Charlottesville, VA
Vericon Cambridge, MA
Wizard World St Louis, MO
Zenkaikon King Of Prussia, PA

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REVOLUTION BREWING TO CREATE BEER EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE CHICAGO COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (C2E2)

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 16, 2013 | Comments Off

“Galaxy Hero” Beer to be Launched at Tap Room Party on April 4!

Norwalk, CT, March 14, 2013: The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) has today announced that Chicago’s Revolution Brewing will create a beer exclusively for C2E2′s audience of pop culture enthusiasts and comic book fans. “Galaxy Hero”, which is described by Revolution Brewing as a beer which “shoots a raygun blast of Galaxy and Zythos hops into your mouth and leaves a crisp, dry finish” is a superhero’s beer for a superhero-loving audience. The new, exclusive IPA beer will be available for tasting at a debut party sponsored by C2E2 and Revolution Brewing on April 4 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the Revolution Brewery Tap Room, located at 3340 N. Kedzie Avenue. Everyone who RSVPs will get at least one drink ticket for a complimentary Galaxy Hero! The beer will also be available in several locations throughout Chicago in the weeks leading up to C2E2 and at the bar in the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel during C2E2.

Launched in 2010, C2E2 has quickly become the largest and most influential pop culture event in the Midwest attracting top comics, entertainment and literary guests and artists. This year’s convention will be no exception. Ticket sales are currently running 75% ahead of this time last year and just a few of the guests who have already been announced include Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, J. Michael Straczynski, R.L. Stine, Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Peter Davison and Felicia Day. Many more high profile guest announcements will be made in the next month. Read more

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Harvey Ballots out now.

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 15, 2013 | Comments Off

2013 HARVEY NOMINATION BALLOTS AVAILABLE!

ONLINE VOTING NOW AVAILABLE!
NOMINATION BALLOTS DUE MAY 6!

 

Harvey Awards Nominee Logo
BALTIMORE, MD (March 13, 2013) – The Executive Committees of the Harvey Awards and the Baltimore Comic-Con are proud to present the official Nomination Ballot for this year’s Harvey Awards, honoring work published in the 2012 calendar year. 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.  The 26th Annual Harvey Awards will be presented Saturday, September 7th, 2013 as part of the Baltimore Comic-Con.

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NYCC tickets go on sale today!

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 14, 2013 | Comments Off

NEW YORK COMIC CON VIP AND 4-DAY TICKETS
TO GO ON SALE AT 12 NOON TODAY

Officials Announce First Spotlight Guests for 2013 Show!

Norwalk, CT, March 14, 2013: New York Comic Con (NYCC) organizers have announced that VIP and 4-Day Tickets for the 2013 pop culture extravaganza in New York City will go on sale today, March 14, 2013 at 12 noon EDT. Officials note that due to the high volume Ticket sales for NYCC 2013 will be rolled out in waves. VIP and 4-Day Tickets are limited so Fans are encouraged to buy their Tickets early. Information about 3-Day and Single Day Ticket sales will be announced in the future. Press Registration for the 2013 show will be available in early summer. VIP and 4-Day Tickets for NYCC are available for purchase at www.NewYorkComicCon.com.
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