serving the convention community since 2007.


By Shawn Scott Smith| December 20, 2012 | Comments Off

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*Washington DC, VA, MD – December 20th, 2012* – In the past two
years, MAGFest, the Music And Gaming Festival, has raised over $15,000
to support Child’s Play (, the
Penny-Arcade run charity which provides games to children’s hospitals
around the world. This year, MAGFest hopes to surpass all years
previous by offering a variety of charitable activities to help raise
money for Child’s Play.
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Dates for some Chicago Area shows.

By Shawn Scott Smith| December 20, 2012 | Comments Off

The promoters just sent the following our way, adding them to the sidebar in a minute.

Dan Con Spring 2013 —> Saturday, March 16, 2013
T-C-S Summer 2013 —> Sunday, May 5, 2013
Dan Con Fall 2013 —> Saturday, September 21, 2013
T-C-S Winter 2013 —> Saturday, November 16, 2013

Dan con website

T-C-S website
Both held at:
Orland Park Civic Center

14750 Ravinia Ave.

Orland Park, IL 60462

Hours: 10 am to 4 pm

For the low price of $3 admission (adults), $1 children


Kansasfest 2013

By Shawn Scott Smith| December 18, 2012 | Comments Off

DECEMBER 17, 2012 — KansasFest 2013, the Apple II convention scheduled for July 23 –28 in Kansas City, Missouri, comes on the thirty-fifth anniversary of the Disk ][ disk drive, Apple DOS, and Applesoft BASIC. To celebrate this anniversary, Randy Wigginton, Apple employee #6 and engineer who worked on all three of these innovations, will be the keynote speaker.

In 1978, Wigginton was a brilliant young high school student working alongside Apple co-founder Wozniak. Wigginton was an early member of the famous Homebrew Computer Club, often caught rides to club meetings with Wozniak, and was there for the unveiling of the Apple I. At age 14, Wigginton started writing software for the Apple I. He assisted with the early design of and software for the Apple II and manned the booth at the West Coast Computer Faire introducing the Apple II. He was part of the all-night coding session in January 1978 that allowed Apple to introduce a working disk drive the following day at the Consumer Electronics Show. Later that year, Wigginton adapted Microsoft BASIC to become Applesoft BASIC and wrote the RWTS (Read/Write Track/Sector) software routines critical to the operation of Apple DOS and the new disk drive. The MacWrite software was among Wigginton’s contributions to the company beyond the Apple II. Wigginton continues to work in the computer industry today, currently with Square. Read more


Momocon winter news.

By Shawn Scott Smith| December 17, 2012 | Comments Off

Holiday Giveaway!

How would you like the chance to get your MomoCon 2013 Membership for free? We are happy to announce that we are giving away 15 three day memberships, 10 MomoCon 2013 t-shirts, and even the chance to get your name in the MomoCon 2013 Program Book. Some partners have even provided us with a Limited Edition Haruhi Suzumiya Boxset and Artbooks, and 10 awesome fleece animal hats! All you need to do to have your chance at winning is go here: MomoCon Holiday Giveaway

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Conventions Next Weekend 12/21-12/23, 2012

By Shawn Scott Smith| December 16, 2012 | Comments Off

Dec 21st-23rd, 2012
Anime Apocalypse Rockford, IL
Armegeddicon Columbus, OH


Nc Comiccon returns in 2013

By Shawn Scott Smith| December 15, 2012 | Comments Off


  Nc Comiccon returns next November 9th-10th, 2013 in Durham, NC.


PR: Anime-zing! adds V is for Villains

By Petrea Mitchell| December 13, 2012 | Comments Off

The Iowa anime convention Anime-zing! announced today that V is for Villains will be performing at the convention. Anime-zing! also announced that Wisconsin gaming company Gnome Games will sponsor the convention’s 2012 table top gaming room.
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Wizard Portland

By Shawn Scott Smith| December 12, 2012 | Comments Off

Stan Lee, Bruce Campbell, Morena Baccarin, Dean Cain Highlight 2013 Wizard World Portland Comic Con Celebrity Roster, Feb. 22-23-24

Also To Feature Michael Rooker, Norman Reedus, James Marsters, Juliet Landau, Superstar Artists Chris Claremont, Carlos Pacheco, Mike Deodato Jr. At Oregon Convention Center

NEW YORK and PORTLAND, Ore., December 11, 2012 – Comics legend Stan Lee, Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell, “Homeland” headliner Morena Baccarin and “Superman” Dean Cain top the standout lineup of celebrities scheduled to attend Wizard World Portland Comic Con, Feb. 22-24, 2013, at the Oregon Convention Center.  They will be joined by a top-drawer collection of well-known artists and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions in the first event on Wizard World’s 2013 calendar and the first Wizard World event in the “City of Roses.”

Lee is scheduled to attend all three days, while Baccarin will appear on Saturday and Sunday, Cain is set for Friday and Saturday and Campbell will be on hand on Friday only.

Other headliners slated for the Wizard World Portland roster includeMichael Rooker (“The Walking Dead,” Henry), Norman Reedus(“The Walking Dead,” Boondock Saints), James Marsters (“Buffy: The Read more


Worldcon and Kumoricon videos

By Petrea Mitchell| December 11, 2012 | Comments Off

Or rather, two videos from Worldcon, and one music video that includes Kumoricon.

To start with the short one, the music video is The Slants’ “Con Kids”, incorporating footage from their concert at this year’s Kumoricon:

Opening ceremonies from Chicon 7, starting with its own musical performance and featuring toastmaster John Scalzi:

And closing ceremonies:


22 2013 dates!

By Shawn Scott Smith| December 11, 2012 | Comments Off

Feb 9th-10th, 2013
Pellicon Knoxville, TN

April 6th-8th, 2013
MOCCA New York, NY

May 3rd-5th, 2013
Demicon Des Moines, IA
Morphicon Columbus, OH

May 10th-13th, 2013
Bam-con Pittsfield, MA
Toronto Comics Arts Toronto, ON
ANS Comic La Plata, MD
Faerie FestDarlington, MD

May 18th, 2013
East Coast Black Age of Comics Philly, PA (Sat)

June 8th-10th, 2013
Retro Computing Expo Indianapolis, IN

June 21st-23rd, 2013
A.C.E. Alberquerque, NM

June 27th-29th, 2013
Botcon San Diego, CA
Duckcon Wheeling, IL

Aug 2nd-4th, 2013
Musecon Itsaca, IL

Sept 13th-15th, 2013
Scarefest Lexington, KY

Sept 27th-29th, 2013
Anime Weekend Atlanta Atlanta, GA
Rainfurfest Seattle, WA
Wasteland Weekend Lucerne Valley, CA

Oct 4th-6th, 2013
Jemcon Portland, ME

Oct 11th-13th, 2013
Akaicon Mufreesboro, TN

Nov 30th-Dec 1st, 2013
Long Beach Comic Con Long Beach, CA

Feb 7th-9th, 2014
Wizard World New Orleans, LA


Conventions next weekend 12/14-12/16, 2012

By Shawn Scott Smith| December 9, 2012 | Comments Off

Dec 14th-16th, 2012
Holiday Matsuri Orlando, FL
Toy And Hobby Show Raleigh, NC


12 2013 dates!

By Shawn Scott Smith| December 7, 2012 | Comments Off

March 15th-17th, 2013
Conncon Stamford, CT

March 21st-27th, 2013
Hatsume Fair Delrey Beach, FL
Vericon Cambridge, MA
Icon Stony Brook, NY
PAX East Boston, MA

April 5th-8th, 2013
Mace West Hickory, NC

April 12th-14th, 2013
Monsterpalooza Burbank, CA
Pirate Fest Greenville, NC

April 26th-28th, 2013
Steampunk Exhib Santa Clara, CA
Nadeshicon Sillery, QB

Sept 28th, 2013
Wildcat Comic Con Williamsport, PA

Nov 15th-17th, 2013
Mace Charlotte, NC


Heroescon news.

By Shawn Scott Smith| December 6, 2012 | Comments Off

From a Heroescon newsletter,

Are you ready for some HeroesCon 2013 news? Let’s get to it! HeroesCon 2013 will be our biggest and best show yet. We’ve announced a few of our fantastic guests here. 3-Day Passes are on sale now. If you order before the end of 2012 you will save almost 50% off the regular price for daily admission at the door. So order today to make sure you get that sweet discount! Read more

17 dates added.

By Shawn Scott Smith| December 5, 2012 | Comments Off

Got the dates for Inside Pitches shows and Potlatch 2013 date added to the calendar.

Jan 11th-13th, 2013
Toy And Hobby Show Raleigh, NC

Feb 1st-3rd, 2013
Potlatch Seattle, WA

Feb 8th-10th, 2013
Toy And Hobby Show Raleigh, NC

Feb 23rd-27th, 2013
Toy And Hobby Show Charlotte, NC

March 9th, 2013
Toy And Hobby Show Hickory, NC

April 27th-29th, 2013
Toy And Hobby Show Charlotte, NC

May 10th-12th, 2013
Toy And Hobby Show Raleigh, NC

June 8th-9th, 2013
Toy And Hobby Show Greensboro, NC

June 21st-23rd, 2013
Toy And Hobby Show Raleigh, NC

July 19th- 21st, 2013
Pokecon Louisville, KY
Toy And Hobby Show Hickory, NC

July 26th-28th, 2013
Toy And Hobby Show Raleigh, NC

Aug 10th-11th, 2013
Toy And Hobby Show Charlotte, NC

Sept 28th-29th, 2013
Toy And Hobby Show Raleigh, NC

Oct 5th, 2013
Toy And Hobby Show Hickory, NC

Nov 16th-17th, 2013
Toy And Hobby Show Greensboro, NC

Nov 29th-Dec 1st, 2013
Toy And Hobby Show Charlotte, NC

Dec 13th-15th, 2013
Toy And Hobby Show Raleigh, NC


Conventions next weekend 12/7-12/9, 2012

By Shawn Scott Smith| December 2, 2012 | Comments Off

Dec 7th-9th, 2012
Anime Crossroads Indianapolis, IN
Anonycon Stamford, CT
Creation Vampire Orlando, FL
Steel City Con Pittsburgh, PA
Yama-con Piegon Forge, TN


Worldcon bids and analysis, Smofcon edition

By Petrea Mitchell| December 1, 2012 | Comments Off

It’s Smofcon time, which means another gathering of thousands of years of combined con-running experience and probable Worldcon bid news. Let’s look at how things stack up right now.

One very handy thing this year’s Smofcon has done is send out a questionnaire to all the bids so that the “Fannish Inquisition” Q&A sessions aren’t taken up with the same old easily answered questions. All the answers are gathered here for not only Worldcon bids, but also both NASFiC bids and some Smofcon ones.

Here’s how things stacked up going into the weekend:

2015: Spokane vs. Orlando vs. Helsinki
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Animate news!

By Shawn Scott Smith| November 30, 2012 | Comments Off

Michelle Creber joins My Little Pony Invasion 
at Animate! Miami
Voice of Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle joins MLP cast 
for January 18-20, 2013 event
MIAMI, FL. – Michelle Creber joins fellow My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic stars Nicole Oliver, Andrea Libman and Peter New for an MLP invasion of Animate! Miami on January 18-20, 2013. Ms. Creber is best known to fans of the hit animated series as the voice of “Apple Bloom” and as the singing voice of “Sweetie Belle”. Animate! Miami is a three day convention and festival dedicated to Anime, Animation and Cosplay that will take place at The Miami Airport Convention Center in Miami, FL. Michelle joins the growing list of anime and animation voice actors set to appear at the event.

Michelle is an actress, singer, dancer and voice artist best known for starring as “Apple Bloom” and “Sweetie Belle” (singing voice) in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Her recent screen credits include a lead role in Smart Cookies, guest star appearances on The Haunting Hour and Supernatural, a principal role on sci-fi series Eureka, “Charlene” in Christmas Lodge, and acting, singing and dancing as “Taylor” in The Search For Santa Paws. As a motion capture actor, Michelle played the role of “Chelsea” in Holiday Barbie. Her other voice acting credits include “Lucy” in Peanuts, “Alice” in Martha Speaks and guest characters on Dinosaur Train. Her musical theatre credits include two acclaimed performances of the title role in Annie, “Brigitta” in The Sound of Music, and “Tiny Tim” in A Christmas Carol. In August 2012, Michelle released her first solo CD entitled Timeless: Songs of a Century. Michelle is a featured singer Read more



By Shawn Scott Smith| November 30, 2012 | Comments Off

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2013 EVENT

*Washington DC, VA, MD – November 28th, 2012* – MAGFest, the
Music And Gaming Festival, has always been known for bringing together
all aspects of the video game fan community to host the most
all-encompassing gaming event possible. This year, MAGFest sets their
sights on the silver screen by adding their very own film festival:
Games on Film.
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