serving the convention community since 2007.


By Shawn Scott Smith| July 26, 2010 | 1 Comment

FT. MITCHELL, KY – July 22, 2010—Sugoicon, Cincinnati’s Premier Anime Convention, is proud to
announce the addition of Shinichi Watanabe as the convention’s Japanese Guest of Honor. He joins
returning American voice acting guests Christopher Ayres, Josh Grelle, Brittney Karbowski, and Carli
Mosier to celebrate Sugoicon’s eleventh year.
Known popularly as “Nabeshin”, Shinichi Watanabe is the iconic director of the anime comedies Excel
Saga, Nerima Daikon Brothers, and Tenchi Muyo! GXP, as well as the recent comedy-drama The
Wallflower. Nabeshin is also known for his animated alter ego, who frequently can be spotted as a recurring
character in his series. Nabeshin’s larger-than-life personality has cemented his status as a fan favorite with
his recent stateside appearances.

Sugoicon has also confirmed writer/artist Fred Gallagher of Megatokyo as a first-time guest for the
upcoming convention, joining returning artist guests and webcomics creators James Hatton (In His
Likeness), Dan Hess (Weesh, Realms of Ishikaze), and Shannon Townsend (Otaku –no– Yen). Longtime
guests and industry professionals Doug Smith (Goldenboy’s Kintaro Oe) and Jan Scott-Frazier have also
Voices For, the Jan Scott-Frazier-produced music project, will be presented in concert at Sugoicon
again this year. The non-profit group features theme-centered songs covered by established voice actors,
with proceeds donated to charities including the Southern Poverty Law Center, C.A.R.E., ActionAid
International USA, and Doctors Without Borders. The group also features the talents of Dale Tippett and
Justin Smith of the Chicago-based band, Something Beautiful.
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More Trek stars join Hollywood XPO

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 25, 2010 | Comments Off on More Trek stars join Hollywood XPO

Jonathan Frakes, Michael Dorn & Rene Auberjonois on Saturday, 10/16
Jonathan Frakes, Michael Dorn and Rene Auberjonois will be signing autographs on Saturday at Hollywood Xpo. There will also be photo opportunities. Prices will be announced soon.
Jonathan Frakes is an actor, author and director, best known for his portrayal of Commander William T. Riker in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Moving on to directing in recent years, Frakes directed and also starred in Star Trek: First Contact as well as Star Trek: Insurrection, which earned him the nickname Two-Takes Frakes for his speed.

Michael Dorn’s most famous role to date is that of the Klingon Starfleet officer Lieutenant (later Lt. Commander) Worf in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Michael played Worf in the four TNG movies, but before that, he played Colonel Worf in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

Rene Auberjonois is an American actor, known for creating a number of characters in long-running television series, including Odo on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Rene has been a guest star on many different television series, including The Outer Limits, Night Gallery, Star Trek: Enterprise, and Stargate SG-1.
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New conventions dates!

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 25, 2010 | 1 Comment

Oct 22nd-24th, 2010
Mr Hush Weekend of Fear” Matamoras, PA

Nov 5th-7th, 2010
Telsacon Madison, WI

April 1st-3rd, 2011
Babelcon Baton Rougue, LA

May 21st, 2011
Fanaticon Asheville, NC

May 27th-31st, 2011
Media Westcon Lansing, MI
Oasis Orlando, FL

June 24th-26th, 2011
Persacon Decatur, AL


Conventions this Weekend July 30th-Aug 1st, 2010

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 25, 2010 | 2 Comments

I’ve got lots of friends going to Anime Iowa, how about you? What are you attending this weekend?

July 30th-Aug 1st, 2010
Pulpfest Columbus, OH
Otakon Baltimore, MD
Creation Twilight Toronto, ON
Anime Iowa Iowa City, IA
Kita Kon Thunderbay, ON
Classic Game Expo Las Vegas, NV
Portland Retro Gaming Expo
Spocon Spokane, WA
Starfleet International Wagoner, OK
Diversicon St. Paul, MN
Fright Night Louisville, KY
Faerie Worlds Veneta, OR
Pan Kinetic Expo Vallejo, CA


Comic Con Final

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 25, 2010 | Comments Off on Comic Con Final

So if someone wants to switch seats with you at comic con I guess the correct thing to do is agree to it. Otherwise you may get stabbed in the eye. Poor fellow. Anyway other than that fiasco, the news has been rather jolly coming from the worlds largest geek fest. Here’s our picks for the final day of Comic Con 2010,

1000 Rick Riordian

1000 Smallville

1030 Castle

1130: Yoshitaka Amano

130 Glee

300 DC Comics

400 Buffy singalong

6pm Show closes go home.


Comic-Con Day 3 Highlights

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 24, 2010 | Comments Off on Comic-Con Day 3 Highlights

Comic Con Day 3, the last full day of the show, here’s our picks for the best of the best today. Enjoy.

1000 Mad about Mad

1100 Comics in the Library

1100 Family Guy

1115 Marvel Cup Of Joe

1145 Warner Bros: Green Lantern, Sucker Punch and Harry Potter

1200 Venture Bros

1245 Futurama

100 Sanctuary

130 Simpsons

200 Tokyopop panel

200 The Guild

230 DST Minimates!


300 Community

315 Fringe

430 J. Michael Straczynski

430 Terry Moore

500 Hellboy

645 Fables

715 Mythbusters

800 Troma

830 Masquerade

1000 Kevin Smith


SDCC day 2 Highlights

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 23, 2010 | Comments Off on SDCC day 2 Highlights

Got day one and that snazzy new Tron trailer out of your system? Good it’s time for day 2. These are just some Highlights of todays show schedule,

1000 am Marvels Xmen panel.

1030 SG Universe Panel

1100 Star Wars/ Hasbro

1100 Boom Studios

1130 Dark Horses Panel

1130 The Walking Dead Tv Series!!!

1200 IDW panel

145 Batman panel

200 Stan The Man Lee

200 Yo Gabba Gabba

230 Image Comics

300 Joss Whedon

400 Sony Pictures block

430 Adult Swim panel

515 True Blood

530 Vertigo panel

600 Archer

630 Gears of War 3

700 Rifftrax Live

730 Grant Morrison

800 World Premier Batman Under the Red Hood

830 Eisner Awards

1100 Mega Pirhana

Have fun!


Convention Added: Corecon

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 23, 2010 | Comments Off on Convention Added: Corecon

Moorhead, MN
April 15-17


Ustreams at SDCC

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 22, 2010 | Comments Off on Ustreams at SDCC

Live streams at comic con include Capcoms booth,
Video clips at Ustream

Broadcasting Live with Ustream.TV


Eeriecon 13

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 22, 2010 | Comments Off on Eeriecon 13

Just got this email from W. Paul Ganley letting us know about Eeeriecon 13.
Eeriecon 13 will be held on April 29-30/May1 in Niagara Falls NY. Guests of honor are Larry Niven and Derwin Mak. The Eeriecon website has not yet been revised to give this information ( as yet.



Comic-con day 1

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 22, 2010 | Comments Off on Comic-con day 1

Here are some higlights of today’s programming that us on the web can look for news from,

1000am: Jeff Smith, the Bone and Rasl creator answers questions.

1115: Tron Legacy panel. New Lightcycle videos? Sure to be a hard to attend panel.

1200: Caprica, BSG and beyond. Ritchard Hatch hosts this panel.

100: Burn Notice , because Bruce Campbell will be there and
100 Gi Joe. Hasbro unveils new toys.

215 Red featuring Bruce Willis and Warren Ellis

230 A decade of Aqua Teen Hunger Force

330 James Strum.

330 EW presents JJ Abrams and Joss Whedon.

500 Look Around You the bbc smash hit comes to the US

600 Scott Pilgrim Versus the World

730 Dr Horrible Sing Along Blog

730 Penn and Teller Live

830 Doctor Who Screening

10pm World Premier of Lost Boys, The Thirst.

This is just some of the madness happening today. Enjoy yourselves if your there!



By Shawn Scott Smith| July 21, 2010 | Comments Off on Librari-Con

I am going to be attending Librari-Con 2010 in Fayetteville, NC on Saturday September 4th, 2010. I’m going to be in the Artist Alley selling my creatures and comics so stop on by and say hello. Librari-con
Poster artwork by Kaysha Siemens of Eldanis Studios.


Heroescon 2011 dates.

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 21, 2010 | Comments Off on Heroescon 2011 dates.

This means I have to decide whether to have a table at Heroescon or Concarolinas. Tough decision for sure.


SDCC: It’s time. Preview Night

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 21, 2010 | Comments Off on SDCC: It’s time. Preview Night

Comic Con International kicks off tonight with Preview night, a night originally dedicated to getting on the show floor early and with less crowds but each year it’s getting more and more overcrowded.
Today’s programming highlights are light but include,

1. A preview of the new Nikita series starring Maggie Q.

2: And the Marriot is hosting a party and screening three unnannounced films for fans.

Of course just walking the showfloor is a party in its own right, so go have fun, and don’t blow all your cash in one day, plenty to see throughout the weekend.


David Prowse dropped from LucasFilm events

By Petrea Mitchell| July 20, 2010 | Comments Off on David Prowse dropped from LucasFilm events

David Prowse, who played Darth Vader’s body in the original Star Wars trilogy, has posted the following at his Web site:

It is with regret that I have been informed by my friends at C2 Ventures, Ben and Phillip, that I am not to be invited to C5 [Star Wars Celebration V] this year or any other Lucas Film associated events. After enquiring, the only thing I have been told is that I have “burnt too many bridges between Lucas Film and myself” – no other reason given.

I have also been advised by the promoter of Paris Manga in September that LFL have requested no photo opportunities with the 501 Squadron, even though I am commander in chief of the 501.

Sincere apologies to all my fans who were hoping to meet with me – I shall miss you too. As you will see from my events page I will be at many conventions all over the world so we can still keep in touch.

Prowse has not been banned from all conventions, as some outlets have reported; his appearances page still lists several non-LucasFilm-run conventions around Europe.


Great article on ApolloCon

By Petrea Mitchell| July 20, 2010 | Comments Off on Great article on ApolloCon

It’s so rare to see a positive, in-depth, and mostly correct article about science fiction fandom outside of the fan media that it’s worth highlighting this one from the (San Antonio) Express-News.


Gamers Find A Haven Through SFX360 At Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 19, 2010 | 1 Comment

NEW YORK and ROSEMONT, Ill., July 19, 2010 — Wizard World Chicago Comic Con attendees can check out dozens of the latest and greatest gaming titles when SFX360 (, a worldwide multi-platform, multimedia gaming community, introduces “The Gamers Haven,” a mix of free play and tournaments of the most popular games like Transformers. Singularity, Guitar Hero, DJ Hero, Modern Warfare 2, Gears Of War 2, Halo 3, Crackdown 2, Red Dead Redemption, Super Street Fighter IV, Madden 11, and Kane & Lynch 2. SFX360 will be showcasing the Mafia II Demo all weekend as well.

On Friday, fans can enjoy freeplay gaming as well as Halo 3 and Modern Warfare tournaments. Well-known pro player Prod1gyx will put his reputation on the line, taking on all comers in a pro multi genre challenge in Halo 3, Super Street Fighter IV and DJ Hero or Guitar Hero.
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One additon to the calendar,

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 19, 2010 | Comments Off on One additon to the calendar,

This conventions hotel is only 69 bucks and right on the beach. Looks like fun.
Oct 22nd-24th, 2010
XCON Myrtle Beach, SC

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