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Albacon cancelled for 2011

By Petrea Mitchell| September 24, 2011 | Comments Off on Albacon cancelled for 2011

Albacon has been cancelled for 2011, but intends to return in 2012. All participation fees will be returned, unless members wish to transfer their memberships to 2012. A very small modified event may still be held on the original Albacon weekend, which was to have been October 21-23. More details are available on the Web site and in this letter from the president of LASTSFA (PDF).


Cosplay Daily:

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 23, 2011 | Comments Off on Cosplay Daily:

Musashi Miyamoto & Hanamichi
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Days of the Dead Atlanta Announces guests.

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 23, 2011 | Comments Off on Days of the Dead Atlanta Announces guests.


It is with great pleasure that we announce the additionS of action star and pro-wrestling legend, “ROWDY” RODDY PIPER, as well as genre icon, SID HAIG, and actor NICK PRINCIPE to the guest line up for DAYS OF THE DEAD: Atlanta, happening March 9th-11th in Peachtree City, GA!

Rowdy” Roddy Piper, is one of the most recognizable names in the history of professional wrestling and one of the most infamous villains in the history of the sport. Known for his spontaneity, and his rockstar-like persona, “Hot Rod” is often remembered for his long standing feud with arch nemesis Hulk Hogan, a rivalry that culminated in an epic brawl at Wrestlemania I which saw Hogan and Mr. T going against (and narrowly defeating) Piper and Paul Orndorff (with Muhammad Ali acting as special guest referee).Throughout his tenure in pro wrestling, Piper accumulated thirty-four championships in various promotions during his career. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005.

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Comikaze All That

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 23, 2011 | Comments Off on Comikaze All That

Comikaze Expo Presents the Iconic Cast of “All That” In An
Exclusive, First Ever, One-Time Only Reunion Extravaganza 

Comikaze Expo is All That!! Appearances and antics by the hilarious cast of Nickelodeon’s award-winning
sketch comedy series promise an event to remember.

Los Angeles, Calif., (September 2011) – Comikaze Expo, the largest multimedia pop culture, comic book, horror, anime and gaming convention in California, aka the Los Angeles Comic-Con, has announced appearances by the hilarious cast of Nickelodeon’s award-winning sketch comedy series, All That. This reunion extravaganza takes place November 5, 2011 at the Los Angeles Convention Center and features appearances by Kel Mitchell, Nick Cannon, Lisa Foiles, Jack DeSena, Alisa Reyea, Katrina Johnson, Mark Saul, Leon Frierson, Angelique Bates, Giovonnie Samuels, Chelsea Brummet and Bryan Hearne.

All That rocked the world every Saturday night on Nickelodeon’s SNICK for 10 years. While teaching kids the intricacies of sketch comedy and burp jokes, the iconic show also launched the careers of Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, and Amanda Bynes, as well as everyone’s favorite cast member: The Big Ear of Corn. An All That panel discussion and autograph signing offers attendees the chance to find out if Kiki ever got off “Kiki’s Island,” and ask why “Repairman” did his own echo or if that was real sugar and coffee in “Sugar and Coffee.”
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Cosplay Daily

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 22, 2011 | Comments Off on Cosplay Daily

Shin Chan from Adult Swim

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Wizard Austin news.

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 22, 2011 | Comments Off on Wizard Austin news.

Hayden Panettiere, Adam Baldwin, Louis Gossett Jr., James Marsters, Juliet Landau, Charisma Carpenter Among Headliners At Wizard World Austin Comic Con, November 11-13 At Austin Convention Center

Superstar Artists Greg Capullo, Patrick Gleason, Tyler Kirkham, Yanick Paquette, Jo Chen, Michael Golden, Greg Horn, Bill Sienkiewicz, And Many Others Scheduled To Appear

NEW YORK and AUSTIN, Texas, September 21, 2011 – North America’s largest pop-culture tour continues as Wizard World Austin Comic Con returns to the Austin Convention Center, November 11-13, with standout guests Hayden Panettiere, Adam Baldwin, ACADEMY AWARD WINNER Louis Gossett Jr., James Marsters, Juliet Landau and Charisma Carpenter headlining the list of celebrity attendees.  The event, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK) will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

Panettieri (“Heroes,” BRING IT ON) will appear on Saturday only, Baldwin (FULL METAL JACKET, “Serenity”) is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, and Gossett (AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, ENEMY MINE), Marsters (“Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” “Caprica”), Landau (“Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”) and Carpenter (“Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” “Veronica Mars”) will attend all three days.

“Wizard World Austin Comic Con’s inaugural event was a huge success, and we look forward to a major expansion this year,” said Gareb Shamus, Wizard World CEO.  “We have a a fresh and new guest celebrity list, as well as a massive increase in comic creators, including seven creators involved in the DCnU relaunch!”

DCnU creators include Greg Capullo (“Thor,” “Asgard’s Avenger”), Patrick Gleason (“Batman & Robin,” “Brightest Day”), Yanick Paquette (“Swamp Thing,” “Batman,” “Superman”), Tyler Kirkham (“Green Lantern: New Guardians,” “Amazing Spider-Man”), Nathan Edmondson (“Grifter,” Who Is Jake Ellis”), Freddie Williams II (“Captain Atom,” “JSA All-Stars,” “Batman”) and John Tyler Christopher (“Voodoo”).

The lineup of superstar artists at Wizard World Austin Comic Con is also impressive, including Jo Chen (“Superman,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Matthew Sturges (“Jack of Fables,” “JSA All-Stars”), Greg Horn (“Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark,” “X-Force”), Mark Texeira (“Wolverine,” “Spider-Man”), Michael Golden (“Batman,” “Spider-Man”), Stéphane Roux (“Zatanna,” “Star Wars”), Marv Wolfman “DCU Online,” “Crisis on Infinite Earths”), Bill Sienkiewicz (“Elektra: Assassin,” “Moon Knight”) and dozens of others.

The five kids from the original WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY will also reunite at Austin Comic Con, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the film’s release.   Peter Ostrum (“Charlie Bucket”), Paris Themmen (“Mike Tee Vee”), Julie Dawn Cole (“Veruca Salt”), Denise Nickerson (“Violet Beauregard”) and Michael Boellner (“Augustus Gloop”) will appear together for an extremely rare reunion.

Other popular celebrity guests scheduled to be on hand in Austin include Chandler Riggs (“The Walking Dead,” Barbara Nedeljáková (HOSTEL, SHANGHAI KNIGHTS), Electra and Elise Avellan (MACHETE, GRINDHOUSE) and Gena Lee Nolin (“Baywatch,” “Sheena”).

STAR WARS fans can meet special guests Daniel Logan (“Episode II – Attack of the Clones,” “Clone Wars”), Jake Lloyd (“Episode I – The Phantom Menace”), Adrienne Wilkinson (“The Clone Wars,” “The Force Unleashed”), Bonnie Piesse (“Episode II – Attack of the Clones,” “Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”) and Orli Shoshan (“Episode II – Attack of the Clones,” “Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”).

Children and adult attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite villain, superhero or pop culture personality for the chance to win special prizes in costume contests.  Event-goers may also try their hand interactive product exhibits and shop for collectible comics, movie and television memorabilia, toys and games at scores of dealer booths. Read more


Cartoon Network And Adult Swim at NYCC

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 22, 2011 | Comments Off on Cartoon Network And Adult Swim at NYCC


Cartoon Network and Adult Swim Announce

Highly-Anticipated Panel and Event Lineup for

2011 New York Comic Con



Cartoon Network and Adult Swim will host nine panels, two screenings and three autograph signings for fan-favorite series at New York Comic Con at the Jacob K. Javits Center, Friday, October 14 through Sunday October 16, 2011.  See the full lineup for both networks below; please note all times, dates and locations are subject to change. 






ADULT SWIM: The Venture Bros

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: IGN Theater

Talent: Jackson Publick (co-creator) and Doc Hammer (co-creator)

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Jayson Thiessen announced as a guest at Animation on Display 2012

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 21, 2011 | Comments Off on Jayson Thiessen announced as a guest at Animation on Display 2012

Press Release
Animation on Display (AOD) is pleased to announce its first guest of honor for AOD 2012: Jayson Thiessen, supervising director of the hit animated series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic! Jayson will be hosting panels and signing autographs for bronies and fillies alike at on February 18-19, 2012 at the Kabuki Hotel in San Francisco.
AOD is a weekend celebration of Japanese animation, video games, recent American cartoons, and their related interests. Based in San Francisco, the family-friendly event allows people people to meet, bond, and share their interests with fellow enthusiasts.
For more information, please see the website at, follow the event on Facebook at, or on twitter @aodsf.


Cosplay Daily: Sam.

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 21, 2011 | Comments Off on Cosplay Daily: Sam.

IMG_4317 - Sam the Eagle Photo Credit


Cosplay Daily: Why not?

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 20, 2011 | Comments Off on Cosplay Daily: Why not?

Elf Fantasy Fair Arcen 2011 Photo Credit


Anime Nebraskon Press release.

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 20, 2011 | Comments Off on Anime Nebraskon Press release.

OMAHA, NE- September 19, 2011 Anime NebrasKon is excited to announce two more
confirmed guests for 2011, Stephanie Young and David Brehm.

Stephanie Young is a voice actress working with Funimation. She voices Clare in Claymore, Nico
Robin in One Piece, Junko in Desert Punk, Elfriede in Moonphase, Sophia in Aquarion, Kagero
in Basilisk, Oruha in Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, Yahagi in Mushi-shi, Mana in Negima, Dr.
Kozuki in Rumbling Hearts, Itoko Osakabe in School Rumble, Mireille in Trinity Blood, Aki Abe in
Hell Girl, Reika Tachibana in Balder Force Exe Resolution, Xavier Tatum in Shuffle, Mrs. Tomita
in Kodocha, Hanahana in XXXholic, and Shika in Samurai 7. Stephanie can also be heard singing
theme songs for Dragon Ball GT, Negima, and Tsubasa.

David Brehm is the President, Co-Founder, and Creative Director for Blue Logic LLC, a digital
production company. It produces online and theatrical media properties.David’s 2D and 3D
animator credits include several major film and TV properties such as Jimmy Neutron, Olive The
Other Reindeer, The Ant Bully, and BOZ. He has also worked as a cinematographer, scriptwriter,
done effects and scoring. Throughout the country David and his voice actor wife (Stephanie
Young Brehm) regularly perform their original music as the songwriting duo THE BREHMS, and
on occasion perform with their full 6 piece band.

David Brehm and Stephanie Young join Chris Sabat, Keith Silverstein, Matt Greenfield, and
Tiffany Grant for Anime NebrasKon 2011.

Anime NebrasKon is November 4-6th at the Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel & Convention Center.
Preregistration is $37 and At Door Registration is $45. One day badges are available at the con.
For more information about Anime NebrasKon, please visit


11 con dates added for 2012

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 19, 2011 | Comments Off on 11 con dates added for 2012

Feb 10th-12th, 2012
Hollywood Collectors Burbank, CA

Feb 24th-26th, 2012
Marmaladedog Kalamazoo, MI

April 13th-15th, 2012
Robocon Denver, CO

April 20th-22nd, 2012
Toracon Rochester, NY
Hollywood Collectors Burbank, CA

April 27th-29th, 2012
Eeriecon Niagra Falls, NY
Gamedays Timonium, MD

May 4th-6th, 2012
Texas FrightmareDallas, TX

May 11th-13th, 2012
Gaslight Gathering San Diego, CA

Aug 3rd-5th, 2012
Hollywood Collectors Burbank, CA

Oct 5th-7th, 2012
Hollywood Collectors Burbank, CA


Cosplay Daily

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 19, 2011 | Comments Off on Cosplay Daily

No Face (Spirited Away) - Animania 2011
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Conventions this Weekend Sept 23rd-25th, 2011

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 18, 2011 | Comments Off on Conventions this Weekend Sept 23rd-25th, 2011

Sept 23-25th, 2011
Cogcon Rolla, MO
Conception Glen Ellyn, IL
Detroit Fanfare Detroit, MI
Erie Anime Erie, PA
Fantastic Fest Austin, TX (22nd-29th)
Fencon/DSC 49Addison, TX
Hurricon Orlando, FL
Jemcon Rotterdam, Holland
Killercon Las Vegas, NV
MidAtlantic Nostalgia Hunt Valley, MD
Pacific Pinball Santa Clara, CA
Portland Retro Gaming Expo Portland, OR
Powercon Los Angeles, CA
Rainfurfest Seatac, WA
Scarefest Lexington, KY
Senshicon Anchorage, AK
Wasteland Weekend Lucerne Valley, CA


Cosplay Daily:

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 17, 2011 | Comments Off on Cosplay Daily:

Peter's Costumer
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An Interview with Long Beach Comic-Con

By Shawn Marshall| September 17, 2011 | Comments Off on An Interview with Long Beach Comic-Con

Those of you that have followed me for awhile (and if you’re not, please do so now on Twitter, @The_Con_Fluence), know that I’ve really enjoyed Long Beach Comic-Con (LBCC) the last two years. So, it should be no surprise to you that I’m counting down the days until their next show, this October 29th (which as of this writing is only 43 days away!). In anticipation of the show, I requested an interview to discuss the plans for this year and was extremely excited that Martha Donato, President of Mad Event Management, was able to take the time to fill me in on some of the exciting details.

SM: Although your first show was great, it felt like you took another big step forward with last year’s convention. So, how do you top your past successes in this third attempt?

MD: “For our third time out, we’ve decided to add several new elements that we hope will maintain our core audience’s interest while bringing in some new fans. These additions include gaming tournaments with Cascade Games, a partner we’re really honored to be working with. Tim Shields has been working with the likes of San Diego Comic-con and other large shows and we feel like we’re in great hands with him. He’s going to bring a high level of professionalism and experience to the area and will have official sanctioned Magic: The Gathering and Worlds of Warcraft tournaments running all weekend.

We are also adding a Masquerade Ball on Saturday evening. That’s something that we’ve wanted to do since year one, but we needed the right staff in place to run it. It’s like it’s own event within an event. It appeals to everyone from the hard-core cosplayer to the casual Halloween lover. We’re going to follow up the contest and showcase with a real party, so it’s going to be something really awesome. Read more


Cosplay Daily

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 16, 2011 | Comments Off on Cosplay Daily

Random furry

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Eien Strife to play tonight at Interventioncon

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 16, 2011 | Comments Off on Eien Strife to play tonight at Interventioncon

Adventure rock band “Eien Strife” will be performing  a unique acoustic
set at Intervention! in Rockville, Maryland on Friday Sept. 16th.

It’s been an amazing story so far for the adventure rock group “Eien
Strife.”  Since the start of their journey, They have been fortunate
enough to
perform at anime conventions all across the US and
now will continue their quest to Rockville, Maryland.
This will be a first time ever acoustic performance.
The band’s trademark high energy show will be toned
down a bit for this weekend, but will still stay true to what their
audiences have seen in the past.
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