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Conventions this weekend 8/9-8/12, 2012

By Shawn Scott Smith| August 5, 2012 | Comments Off on Conventions this weekend 8/9-8/12, 2012

Aug 9th-12th, 2012
Animethon Edmonton, AB
Classic Game Expo Las Vegas, NV
Creation Star TrekLas Vegas, NV
Dragonflight Bellevue, WA
Furcon Denver, CO
Geek Girl Con Seattle, WA
Guns Of August Williamsburg, VA
LeakyCon Chicago, IL
Lebowski Fest Seattle, WA
MidAtlantic Nostalgia Hunt Valley, MD
Nagucon Helena, MT
Natsucon Collinsville, IL
Pirates & Wenches Rock Hall, MD
Portland Zine Portland, OR
Pulpfest Columbus, OH
San Japan San Antonio, TX
Space City Houston, TX
Spocon Spokane. WA
Sukoshicon Louisville, KY
Toy And Hobby Show Charlotte, NC
Vividcon Chicago, IL
When Worlds Collide Calgary, AB
Wizard Chicago Rosemont, IL

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Bakula ‘Leaps’ Into Chicago

By Shawn Scott Smith| August 4, 2012 | Comments Off on Bakula ‘Leaps’ Into Chicago

Scott Bakula, perhaps best known for his roles as “Dr. Sam Beckett” on “Quantum Leap,” for which he earned four Emmy nominations, and as “Captain Jonathan Archer” in “Star Trek: Enterprise,” will next “leap” into Chicago next week for Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, Friday and Saturday, August 10-11.

Bakula, hugely popular at Philadelphia earlier this year, will meet fans, sign autographs, pose for photo ops and team with fellow “Star Trek” captains William Shatner and Avery Brooks for an interactive Q&A. Read more

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Readercon board resigning

By Petrea Mitchell| August 3, 2012 | Comments Off on Readercon board resigning

In the wake of an incident and response which left many people questioning its harrassment policy, Readercon has announced:

The entire Readercon board has now either resigned or announced intention to resign at the next meeting.

Discussions continue about modifying both the policy and the punishment handed out to the offender. The chair of the most recent Readercon has also asked for patience with the process in this blog post, explaining why it is taking so long.

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Baltimore Comic-Con Welcomes Neal, Josh, and Jason Adams to Charm City

By Shawn Scott Smith| August 3, 2012 | Comments Off on Baltimore Comic-Con Welcomes Neal, Josh, and Jason Adams to Charm City


BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – August 2, 2012 –
 The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to announce the addition of artist and creator-rights advocate Neal Adams, along with sons Josh and Jason, to the growing line-up of this year’s show. The 13th annual show will take place September 8-9, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

 

Neil Adams’ work on such DC Comics characters as Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, and Green Arrow redefined an era of comics, bringing a photorealistic feel to the pages of their respective books.

 

In the late-’60s, while freelancing for DC Comics, Adams also began working at Marvel Comics on X-Men with Roy Thomas. He continued to work for DC and Marvel throughout the late-’60s and ’70s, working on The Avengers, Detective Comics, andGreen Lantern/Green Arrow.  Most recently, Adams wrapped up the 7-issue second volume of Batman: Odyssey for DC Comics, and is currently handling art duties on Marvel Comics’First X-Men, hitting stores this month.

 

Josh Adams
Josh Adams

In addition, Adams crusaded for years to secure pensions and recognition for Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, creators of Superman and, in 1978, he helped form the Comics Creators Guide. He was inducted into the Eisner Award’s Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1998, and the Harvey Awards’ Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1999.  In 2009, during the Harvey Awards at the Baltimore Comic-Con, Neal was presented with the Hero Initiative Humanitarian Award for his charitable work.

 

Josh Adams, the artist for IDW’s Doctor Who series, has achieved notoriety on the Internet for his exquisitely designed Sherlock illustrations. He has worked throughout the industry for such companies as DC Comics (House of Mystery, JSA, Batman Odyssey) and Marvel Comics (Astonishing X-Men Motion Comic) as well as on Syfy shows like Eureka, Battlestar Galactica, Warehouse 13, andAlphas. His work can be found at his website, www.whatwouldjoshdo.com.

 

Jason Adams
Jason Adams

A self-taught artist in sculpture and human anatomy, Jason Adams made a name for himself in the world of toy and fantasy sculpture. Working for world-renowned companies across the toy and comics fields, his professional catalog spans 20 years and his company, Spyda Creations, is his platform to create dynamic fine art sculpture. Read more

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Nicholas Brendon to attend Meta Con

By Shawn Scott Smith| August 1, 2012 | Comments Off on Nicholas Brendon to attend Meta Con

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bloomington, MN – July 31, 2012 – Meta Con is thrilled to announce that Nicholas Brendon, the actor for Xander Harris in all seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, will be appearing at Meta Con 2012 in Minneapolis. Meta Con is a three-day multi-genre comic convention that will bring together over 2,000 fans for a Labor Day weekend celebration at the Doubletree by Hilton in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Nicholas Brendon is best known to audiences as Xander on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a role he played for the seven-year run of the show. His film credits include the cult favorite Psycho Beach Party, My Neighbor’s Secret for Lifetime, A Golden Christmas for Ion, Blood on the Highway, and The Portal.

He recurs on the hit CBS series Criminal Minds, has guest starred on the ABC drama Private Practice, and also starred on the Fox series Kitchen Confidential. In 2010, he launched the weekly webcomic Very Bad Koalas, with Steve Loter. Convention attendees will be able to attend Q&A sessions with Nicholas, and they will have the opportunity to get autographs and pictures with him. Read more

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Worlds Largest Pacman at Wizard Chicago.

By Shawn Scott Smith| August 1, 2012 | Comments Off on Worlds Largest Pacman at Wizard Chicago.

See The World’s Largest Playable Pac-Man Machine At Wizard World Chicago Comic Con!

As iconic video games go, it’s hard to top Pac-Man.  In addition to serving as an introduction to gaming for millions, it became a nationwide phenomenon and true pop culture icon of the 1980s.

ARCADEDLX will display what is billed as the world’s largest playable Pac-Man game, over seven feet tall, at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con next week.  See it along with the company’s other playable offerings at Booth #1702.

ARCADEDLX, one of the few companies still recreating the arcade experience for the home market, utilizes a design which is a combination of nostalgia with a touch of new wave.

Star Trek, Ghostbusters, Star Wars Groups Boost Wizard World Chicago Comic Con For Fans Read more
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The Con-Fluence Cons-of-the-Month: August Edition

By Shawn Marshall| July 31, 2012 | Comments Off on The Con-Fluence Cons-of-the-Month: August Edition

So, have you recovered from San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC)? Even if you weren’t able to attend the event, the amount of energy and information that comes out of SDCC is a lot to digest. Now that a few weeks have passed, it’s time to start looking ahead at some of the very best conventions in August. Read more

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Baltimore Welcomes Kids Love Comics Pavilion for 2012!

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 31, 2012 | Comments Off on Baltimore Welcomes Kids Love Comics Pavilion for 2012!

Baltimore Comic-Con offers interactive Kids Love Comics Pavilion with artists, how-to’s, capes, and a diner booth!

 

Comic Book Diner 2012 imageBALTIMORE, MARYLAND – July 30, 2012 – Kids 10 and under get in free with a ticketed adult at the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con on September 8-9 at the Baltimore Convention Center– and there will be a ton of kid-friendly comics, as well as the artists and writers who make them! Creators from such companies as Pixar, Archie, Scholastic, Disney, Simon & Schuster, Marvel, and DC will be on hand to sketch, help teach young ones about the magic of comics through mini-how to’s through the weekend, and to just say “hi,” right at the Kids Love Comics Pavilion!
Activities in this super cool section of the show include:
* Interactive Comics Talks from some of All-Ages Comics top creators, such as Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!), Franco (Tiny Titans), and Dan Parent (Archie)
* Design your own super hero cape
* Kids Comics Reading and Drawing Booth
* Creator sketches and autographs

 

“The Baltimore Comic-Con has always been a welcoming, family-friendly show,” said John Gallagher, creator of the Buzzboy graphic novel series and organizer of the kids section, “so great that I bring my own family here every year.” Read more
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ADAM WEST AND BURT WARD TO BE SPOTLIGHT GUESTS AT NEW YORK COMIC CON

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 31, 2012 | Comments Off on ADAM WEST AND BURT WARD TO BE SPOTLIGHT GUESTS AT NEW YORK COMIC CON

 

Dynamic Duo will Autograph and Appear on Panel Together!

Norwalk, CT, July 30, 2012: Noted actors Adam West and Burt Ward will be Spotlight Guests at New York Comic Con (NYCC). The acting team best known for their roles as Batman and Robin in the 1960s Batman TV series and the 1966 Batman feature film, will be appearing together on a panel as well as signing in the Autographing Area. Show officials note that the addition of West and Ward to the roster of guests appearing at NYCC once again underscores the range of talent which is embraced by the pop culture community. NYCC not only attracts talent from many artistic endeavors including artists, creators, writers, actors and musicians, but it also provides a home for timeless products and creations which are enjoyed as much today as when they were first created. The original Batman is an iconic program which helped define popular culture for a generation of TV viewers in the 1960s.

New York Comic Con is one of the largest annual conventions to take place in New York City. Attracting over 100,000 fans, the event will be held at the Javits Center October 11 – 14, 2012.
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Readercon zero tolerance debacle

By Petrea Mitchell| July 30, 2012 | Comments Off on Readercon zero tolerance debacle

Reports emerged over the last few days of harassment of one Readercon attendee by another, who happens to be a well-known member of the fan community. Readercon has a “zero tolerance” policy for harassment: if the accusation is substantiated, the harrasser is to be banned from the convention, permanently. It has been appluaded before as a bold statement in support of female congoers.

However, in this year’s case, the Readercon board (the group in charge of the organization that controls Readercon, not the committee running the convention this year) chose instead to suspend the offender for two years, later explaining:

When we wrote our zero-tolerance policy in 2008 (in response to a previous incident), we were operating under the assumption that violators were either intent on their specific behaviors, clueless, or both.

During the course of our conversation with Rene it became immediately apparent that he realized what he had done and was sincerely regretful of his actions. It was that recognition and regret that influenced our decision, not his status in the community.

The admitted harasser is René Walling, long-time con-runner, co-chair of the 2009 Worldcon and the public face of the 2019 Montréal bid. Despite the Readercon’s board assertion that it does not matter, public opinion continues to be that his fan credentials were key to allowing him the chance to make his case.

Reaction has been almost universally negative. One committee member has publicly resigned.

A full roundup of online reaction is available here. Two recurring themes provide useful takeaways for other conventions:

1) Zero-tolerance policies are not really a good idea. As the Readercon board belatedly realized, committing yourself to a single penalty does not work where there may be differing degrees of wrongdoing.

2) Whatever your policy is, enforce it, no matter who the offender is. Readercon is being hammered far more for refusing to follow its own policy than for the possibility that a well-known fan could have been banned for life.

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Adventurecon adds Walking Dead’s Shane

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 30, 2012 | Comments Off on Adventurecon adds Walking Dead’s Shane

We are pleased to announce our latest celebrity autograph guest, Jon Bernthal. Jon is best known for playing the part of Shane Walsh on AMC’s The Walking Dead. In addition, Jon was also Al Capone in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.

 

 

 

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Wizard World ‘Makes It So’ As ‘Star Trek: TNG’ Strikes Silver In Austin

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 30, 2012 | Comments Off on Wizard World ‘Makes It So’ As ‘Star Trek: TNG’ Strikes Silver In Austin

Seven of the main stars of the cult hit series “Star Trek: The Next Generation” will reunite on the occasion of the show’s 25th anniversary at Wizard World Austin Comic Con, Oct. 26-28, at the Austin Convention Center.Patrick Stewart (“Jean-Luc Picard”), Jonathan Frakes (“William T. Riker”), Brent Spiner (“Data”), LeVar Burton (“Geordi La Forge”), Michael Dorn (“Worf”), Gates McFadden (“Beverly Crusher”) and Marina Sirtis (“Deanna Troi”) will meet fans, sign autographs and pose for a once-in-a-lifetime group photo opportunity (as well as individual photo ops).

The series, which ran for seven seasons from 1987 through 1994, garnered 18 daytime emmys and was a hugely successful follow-up to the original “Star Trek” series from two decades earlier.

Wizard World #wizardpic Costume Contest! Read more
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11 2013 dates added.

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 29, 2012 | Comments Off on 11 2013 dates added.

Jan 4th-6th, 2013
Atlanta Game Fest Atlanta, GA

April 13th-14th, 2013
221B Con Atlanta, GA

May 17th-19th, 2013
Motor City ComicCon Detroit, MI
Nebula Awards San Jose, CA
Otafest Calgary, AB
Steampunk World Fair Piscataway, NJ
Ufo Fest McMinnville, OR

May 24th-26th, 2013
Alabama Phoenix Birmingham, Al
Anime North Toronto, ON
Oasis Orlando, FL

Sept 13th-15th, 2013
Nauticon Provincetown, MA

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Conventions this Weekend 8/3-8/5, 2012

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 29, 2012 | Comments Off on Conventions this Weekend 8/3-8/5, 2012

I’m volunteering at Ladies of Letterpress convention this coming weekend. What are you attending?

Aug 3rd-5th, 2012
Allentown Comicon Allentown, PA
Anime Fest Orlando Orlando, FL
Anime World Chicago, IL
Brickfair Chantilly, VA
Costume College Woodland Hills, CA
Creation SupernaturalParsippany, NJ
Diversicon St. Paul, MN
Fandemonium
Nampa, ID
Glitchcon Bentonville, AR
GoDaikocon Troy, MI
Hollywood Collectors Burbank, CA
Ladies Of Letterpress Asheville, NC
Kuroneko Spokane, WA
Mars Society Pasadena, CA
Cat Days Bloomington, MN
Mysterium Seattle, Wa
Mythcon Berkley, CA
Otakuthon Montreal, QB
Quakecon Dallas, TX
Roundcon Columbia, SC
Starfleet Intl Memphis, TN
Shore Leave Hunt Valley, MD
Stocktoncon Stockton, CA
Whedon Fest Scottsville, KY

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Stan Lee returns to Baltimore

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 27, 2012 | Comments Off on Stan Lee returns to Baltimore

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – July 26, 2012 – Comics industry legend Stan Lee is back at the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con!  Taking place September 8-9 at the Baltimore Convention Center in downtown Baltimore, Stan Lee will be appearing at the show on Saturday, September 8th.  As an added bonus, VIP Gold Ticket holders are afforded a very unique opportunity to attend a special panel with Stan Lee and friends followed by a meet and greet with Stan Lee.

On Friday, September 8th, Stan Lee will participate in an off-site limited-access Q&A panel and meet-and-greet along with newly-expanded special guests Walter Simonson, Louise Simonson, Herb Trimpe, Frank Cho, Barry Kitson, Mark Buckingham, Larry Hama, and Roger Stern.  Only guests with a VIP Gold Ticket will have access to this very special event.  As an added bonus, Stan plans to do a signing for VIP Gold Ticket holders so that they won’t have to wait in his line on Saturday!
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Announcing Little Kuriboh at MomoCon 2013

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 27, 2012 | Comments Off on Announcing Little Kuriboh at MomoCon 2013

On the heels of his great appearance in 2012, MomoCon is happy to welcome back Martin Billany, aka Little Kuriboh!  LittleKuriboh (AKA Martin Billany) is the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Abridged series and the godfather of the abridged age. He has thus far produced no less than 56 episodes, a spinoff, a prequel, a christmas special and two movies, creating a cultural phenomenon in the anime world. In addition to playing nearly every character in his own series, he has made cameos in the Death Note, Naruto, Sonic X, Trinity Blood, Pokemon, Fullmetal Alchemist and Sailor Moon abridged series.

Martin is joined by his wife, Marianne Miller who recently voiced Kyosuke Kamijo in Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

Don’t forget you can pre-register for a MomoCon 2013 membership today, and save money doing so! Just go here to register today!

MomoCon Game Day – August 11th

We know how much you guys like to game. So we hosting a free game day! There will be board and tabletop game gurus coming out with large collections (Cosmic Encounter, Agricola, Netrunners, Carcassonne, and many many more), miniatures players and 40k’ers hosting games, and more Magic than you can shake a stick at! So join us Saturday August 11th at 11AM at the Georgia Tech Student Center for a free day of gaming! You can find more info or ask your questions in our Facebook event.
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Wizard Chicago news.

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 26, 2012 | Comments Off on Wizard Chicago news.

Eisner Award Hall Of Famer Neal Adams Joins Chicago Artist Alley!

Meet one of the giants of the comics industry at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, as Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams takes his spot in Artist Alley next month.

Adams has had legendary ‘runs’ on “Batman,” “X-Men,” “Green Lantern-Green Arrow” and “Deadman.”  He transformed the Batman character into his present “Avenger of the Night”; the “modern Batman,” refers to Neal Adams’ Batman, seen in “Batman Returns” and the “Dark Knight” movies.

Adams godfathered a generation of new talent, brought down the comics code by introducing “relevant comics” and gave America its first black comic book superhero.

‘Monster Man’ Star Cleve Hall To Make Wizard World Debut In Chicago

Fans of the SyFy hit show “Monster Man” are excited to meet star Cleve Hall in his first Wizard World appearance, at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con. Hall will be on site at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center all four days of the event, from August 9-12.

Monster Man goes behind the scenes of one of Hollywood’s most respected monster prop building workshops. Check out Monster Man on Wednesdays, 10/9c on SyFy as they bring the movie world’s most imaginative creatures to life.

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Days of The Dead Chicago

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 25, 2012 | Comments Off on Days of The Dead Chicago

Having left its mark on Indianapolis, and already garnering a huge buzz for its upcoming Atlanta show, DAYS OF THE DEAD sets it sites to expand again, this time to the Windy City.

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First the Infection hit Indianapolis, IN, in what became one of the most talked about debut conventions in years. Next, the Infection spread to Atlanta, GA. And now, the highly acclaimed DAYS OF THE DEAD looks to make its mark in one of the largest cities in the United States and bring the highly talked about party con to the biggest market in the midwest!

DAYS OF THE DEAD invades the Chicagoland area, November 16th-18th, 2012, and is happening at the Chicago Marriott Schaumburg in Schaumburg, IL. Read more

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