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Wendee Lee goes Ohio!

By Shawn Scott Smith| November 4, 2010 | Comments Off

CINCINNATI, OH – November 2, 2010 – Animation and Gaming Ohio is proud to announce that Wendee Lee will be attending as a guest! As one of the premiere voice artists on the cutting edge of Anime, Wendee Lee has voiced numerous characters for over 300 series, games and films. Best known as the femme fatale “Faye Valentine” in the hit series Cowboy Bebop, Wendee’s career includes a wide array of characters ranging from “Konata” in Lucky Star, Moegi in Naruto, villainesses on Power Rangers, and “Rumi” in Perfect Blues. Wendee has also given her voice to vamps like “Sprocket” in Viewtiful Joe, “Mitsuka” in DearS, and “Loretta” in Wild Arms. She has voiced such memorable heroines as “Lady Aribeth” in Neverwinter Knights, “Umi” and “Princess Emeraude” in Magical Knight Rayearth, “Ryoko” in Samurai Girl: Real Bout High School, “Ruriko” in Gate Keepers, “Sakura” in Sakura Wars, and sisters “Da Qiao” and “Xiao Qiao” in Dynasty Warriors.
Along with Wendee Lee, Scott McNeil and Brentalfloss will also be attending as guests! Read more


Wizard gets happy in New Orleans

By Shawn Scott Smith| November 3, 2010 | Comments Off

NEW YORK, November 3, 2010 – Gareb Shamus, CEO of Wizard Entertainment, today announced the acquisition of NOLA Comic-Con, which had been held the past two years in suburban New Orleans. The event will now become part of the Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con scheduled for January 29-30, 2011, at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

“NOLA Comic-Con has been a well-respected event that has really helped bring out the comics fans in Louisiana,” said Shamus. “We are pleased to be working with Ronnie Prudhomme to help build New Orleans Comic Con in our first year.”

“This can only help increase the interest in the comics industry in New Orleans,” said Prudhomme, NOLA Comic-Con owner and promoter. “The whole reason I started NOLA Comic-Con was to get people excited about comics here, and Wizard World’s involvement will take that interest even further.” Read more


10 2011 dates.

By Shawn Scott Smith| November 2, 2010 | Comments Off

June 10th-12th, 2011
Anime Next Somerset, NJ

July 29th-Aug 1st, 2011
Costume College Woodland Hills, CA
Anime Iowa Iowa City, IA
Pulpfest Columbus, OH
Otakon Baltimore, MD
Transformers Con Mississaugo, ON

Aug 5th-7th, 2011
Fandemonium Nampa, ID

Aug 12th-14th, 2011
Furcon Denver, CO
Starfleet Intl Pocono Manor, PA

Sept 9th-11th, 2011
No. Mich Anime Traverse City, MI


NEFE postponed

By Shawn Scott Smith| November 1, 2010 | 1 Comment

Reader Richard lets us know that the New England Fan Expo in Massachuttes has been postponed. Full details on the
United Fan Con website.


Wasabi Anime News.

By Shawn Scott Smith| November 1, 2010 | Comments Off

The below is an email from Wasabi Anime,

“What a year! At the close of 2010, Wasabi Anime will have made appearances in Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Miami, & Orlando. Right now, the team is enjoying a much needed break. We still, though, have some great news regarding our upcoming projects…

NEONCON 2010 (November 4-7, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV)
If you’re in the Vegas area, stop by and see the Mint Chocolate Chippies & Wasabi Anime – both appearing at NeonCon 2010. Although the convention’s roots are in the hobby games industry, it has expanded to include additional events that attract and foster budding writers, game designers and artists. One of these venues, entitled CreativeU, offers people the chance to learn and interact with professionals through a seminar or workshop environment.

INVADERCON 2011 (March 26-27, 2011 in Atlanta, GA) Read more


Conventions This Weekend Nov 5th-7th, 2010

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 31, 2010 | Comments Off

Nov 5th-7th, 2010
Carnage Fairlee, VT
Nekocon Hampton, VA
Sugiocon Ft. Mitchell, KY
Scarefest Lexington, KY
Creation Farscape Los Angeles, CA
Creation Buffy/Firefly Los Angeles, CA
Creation Stargate Los Angeles, CA
Akicon Bellevue, WA
Shadocon Tampa, FL
Mid Ohio Con Columbus, OH
Anime Nebraskon Lincoln, NE
Pentacon Ft. Wayne, IN
Iowa Icon Cedar Rapids, IA
Hedgehog Show & Sonicon Plano, TX
Noircon Philadelphia, PA
Webcomics Weekend Easthampton, MA
Memphis Comic Con Memphis, TN
Telsacon Madison, WI
Eyecon True Blood Orlando, FL
Neoncon Las Vegas, NV
Hurricane Who Orlando, FL
Ubercon Edison, NJ
King Con Brooklyn, NY
Euro Quest Pikesville, MD
Vegas Valley Book Festival Las Vegas, NV


Wizard adds Miami show

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 30, 2010 | Comments Off

Just as LeBron James did, Wizard World is taking its talent to South Beach.

Gareb Shamus, CEO of Wizard Entertainment, today announced the addition of Wizard World Miami Comic Con to the world’s largest pop culture convention series. The event is scheduled for Feb. 26-27, 2011, at the Miami Airport Convention Center (MACC) in Miami.

“The fans wanted a warm weather destination for the winter, so we are presenting Miami Comic Con,” said Shamus. “We have the greatest fans in the world, and they are supporting us in every city. We are looking forward to celebrating pop culture in Miami this coming February.”

The newly redesigned MACC will feature 172,000 square feet of luxurious, state-of-the-art meeting, social function and exhibition space. The adjacent 334-room Doubletree Hotel is also newly updated, with remodeled guest rooms, and new signature restaurant, lobby and lounge. The Doubletree is situated just three miles south of Miami International Airport (MIA), adjacent the Waterford Blue Lagoon Business District and seven miles from the Miami City Center, Bayside Marketplace and the Port of Miami, as well as just minutes away from Miami’s Internationally famous South Beach. Wizard World


Horror Realm/Indy Grindhouse update.

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 29, 2010 | Comments Off

Please note that due to technical difficulties, the Independent Grindhouse 2 presented by Bastards of Horror and Horror Realm has been moved from November 6 to December 11. The event will still take place at The Oaks Theater. Show time is 10 PM. Tickets are available at the door for $6.


Cosplay Thursday: Tron

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 28, 2010 | Comments Off

Clydetothemax is working on his. I want a Tron suit.


Dragoncon doc.

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 28, 2010 | Comments Off

Coool video by Talen Kaive


10 2011 dates

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 26, 2010 | Comments Off

March 5th-6th, 2011
Staple Austin, TX

March 11th-13th, 2011
Anime Wasabi Denver, CO

March 19th-20th, 2011
Toronto Anime Toronto, ON

April 9th-10th, 2011
Toronto Comic Toronto, ON
SteamFestival Atlanta, GA

April 16th-18th, 2011
Toracon Rochester, NY

May 26th-29th, 2011
Crypticon Seattle, WA

June 3rd-5th, 2011
OMGcon Paducah, KY

July 29th-31st, 2011
Play on con Birmingham, AL

Aug 26th-28th, 2011
Fan Expo Toronto, ON


Ai-kon needs new mascot

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 25, 2010 | Comments Off

WINNIPEG, MB – – Ai-Kon is looking for a new design for Aiko, the Ai-Kon mascot, for use on the convention’s promotional materials and merchandise.

The theme for Aiko 2011 will be Celebration in recognition of this being Ai-Kon’s 10 year anniversary. The theme was selected based upon suggestions on the forums and by the Ai-Kon committee. If you require further information on the selection, or on what we’re looking for from the theme “celebration” please contact

Contest Rules and Requirements: Read more


Horror Realm presents Independent Grindhouse

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 25, 2010 | Comments Off

Featuring two indie horror feature films, a short, trailers & giveaways

Pittsburgh, PA – October 24, 2010 – In response to rave reviews from its first Independent Grindhouse program in the spring of 2010, Horror Realm and Bastards of Horror are once again teaming up to present an evening of independent horror. Independent Grindhouse 2 is slated for November 6, 2010 at 10 PM at the Oaks Theater in Oakmont, PA.

The program will feature two independent horror films: Read more


Conventions this weekend 10/29-10/31, 2010

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 24, 2010 | Comments Off

Lots going on this weekend. Anyone going to any of these?

October 29th-31st, 2010

Hallowcon Chattanooga, TN
Youmacon Detroit, MI
Long Beach Comic Con Long Beach, CA
World Fantasy Columbus, OH
Yaoicon Burligame, CA
Furfright Cromwell, CT
Central Canada Con Winnipeg, MB
Zombcon Seattle, WA
Hal-con Halifax, NS
Magna Next East Brunswick, NJ
Oni-con Houston, TX
OKlacon Watonga, OK
Motor City Con Novi, MI
Tonner Halloween Burlington, VT
Detroit Fanfare Detroit, MI


Elizabeth Moon no longer Wiscon GoH

By Petrea Mitchell| October 22, 2010 | Comments Off

Elizabeth Moon has been dropped as a Guest of Honor from Wiscon by Wiscon’s parent organization, SF3. The announcement in its entirety says:

SF3 has withdrawn the invitation to Elizabeth Moon to attend WisCon 35 as guest of honor.

Comments concerning this statement can be left below or sent to

Moon’s only public response so far has been similarly terse:

As everyone knows by now, WisCon rescinded its GOH invitation and I won’t be there.

WisCon management has the right to make whatever decisions they think best for the convention. I do not and did not dispute their right to rescind the invitation.

It is widely believed that this happened due to comments made by Moon on her blog which provoked a strong negative reaction from Wiscon attendees.

The other planned GoH, Nisi Shawl, is still on the roster for Wiscon 35.


Cosplay Thursday: NYCC Dance off

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 21, 2010 | Comments Off

Koppa15 brings us this madness. Enjoy.


Kawaii Kon news.

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 19, 2010 | Comments Off

Press Release:
Honolulu, Hawaii – October 15, 2010 – Kawaii Kon, Hawaii’s premier anime convention and conference, is back for a 7th year and announces its first round of guests for the 2011 show. Scheduled to appear are:

Jonathan Tarbox – Owner of Arashi Productions.
Bio: After graduating from Oberlin College and the University of Chicago, Jonathan spent 15 years in Japan, during which he spent several years as the senior editor of Raijin Comics at Coamix, a Japanese manga and anime production company.

Back in the US, he took the position of Group Editor at DC Comics in charge of starting up and operating the CMX manga line and anime production company. There, he produced over 20 volumes of graphic novels, including Gals and Tenjho Tenge.

In 2005, he created Arashi Productions, a California-based production house creating projects to develop manga, anime, film and other Japanese content for the American market. His current clients include DC Comics and Viz Media. Read more


Wizard adds New Orleans show.

By Shawn Scott Smith| October 18, 2010 | Comments Off

NEW YORK, October 18, 2010 – Gareb Shamus, CEO of Wizard Entertainment, today announced the addition of New Orleans Comic Con to the world’s largest pop culture convention series. The event is scheduled for January 29-30, 2011, at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

The event will be the first on the 2011 Wizard World Comic Con schedule, and the first Wizard World convention in “The Big Easy.” Read more

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