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EightSquaredCon statement on gender parity

By Petrea Mitchell| April 28, 2012 | Comments Off on EightSquaredCon statement on gender parity

EightSquaredCon, next year’s Eastercon, has posted a long and thoughtful statement titled “Why we are committing to Gender Parity on Panels”. It sets out the specifics of their policy:

We will therefore, as a default, look for two good female and two good male panel members, and will keep track of moderators to ensure that we are not ending up with (as all too often happens) mainly male moderators.

And examines the roots of existing imbalances:

2) Eastercon membership now shows broad gender parity; fandom is no longer male-dominated (at least not in terms of numbers, and arguably not in terms of active participation.)

3) The Eastercon membership, taken collectively, constitutes an exceptionally interesting, experienced and well-qualified group of people. In my own expericne I recall one prominent visiting science lecturer saying that of all the audiences he’d given talks to, including major science festivals, the Eastercon membership was the most engaged and erudite he’d ever seen.


Historically the bias was because (2) was not true, but that’s not really valid any more. It is more likely that what happens is that (3) is not fully exploited and that in practice the pool of programme participants is drawn from a relatively small subset of convention membership. That pool is small in part due to inertia (“Andy, Bob and Charles always do well on panels”) and partly because women may feel disinclined to volunteer for programme if they see that panels are male-dominated.

It also provides historical background, and rebuts some of the arguments made against such a policy when the discussion began earlier this year. The whole thing is well worth a read.


Eurocon 2014: ShamroKon in Dublin

By Petrea Mitchell| April 28, 2012 | Comments Off on Eurocon 2014: ShamroKon in Dublin

The 2014 pan-European sf convention will be held in Dublin, Ireland, August 22-24 (the week after Worldcon is held in London that year). Dublin beat a Romanian bid with 71% of the delegate vote and 85% of the non-delegate vote. The bid site will be updated with more information shortly.

Next year’s Eurocon will be April 12-14 in Kiev, Ukraine.


CONvergence news.

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 28, 2012 | Comments Off on CONvergence news.

From their email newsletter!
CONvergence Needs You
Convergence happens because we have an extraordinary amount of talented people who contribute their time and skills to make this an amazing event. We can’t do it with out our Volunteers.  We are always in need of more people, like you. If you have an interest in getting more involved please contact us at
Currently we have open positions in several departments, as well as needing volunteers to help us move into the hotel:

CONvergence Programming 
sched-smallThe initial 2012 Programming Schedule is now available online at  As usual, this schedule is subject to change, but you can get started with your planning today!

CrowneThere are still rooms available Crowne Plaza in the CONvergence room block. The room rate for 2 beds at the Crowne is $101.00 per night + tax, and $121.00 per night + tax for 2 beds on the executive floor. Reservations can be made directly with the Crowne at their site or by phone: (877) 270-1393

Crowne Plaza is located at 5401 Green Valley Drive, Bloomington, MN 55437 | Hotel Front Desk: (952) 831-8000.

Shuttle service will be available for transportation between the hotels.
As always, please feel free to email any questions to
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Spartacus stars go Wizard.

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 28, 2012 | Comments Off on Spartacus stars go Wizard.

Vengeance Is Yours @ Wizard World Philadelphia And Chicago Comic Con

Three of the stars of the award-winning series “Spartacus: Vengeance” power their way to Wizard World Comic Con events in Philadelphia and Chicago, as Katrina LawCraig Parker and Lesley-Ann Brandt all make their Wizard World debuts.

Law, who plays “Mira,” Parker, who portrays “Glaber” and Brandt, who appears as “Naevia,” will meet fans, pose for photographs, sign autographs and share stories from the set of the gritty, blood-soaked STARZ show.

It’s the story of history’s greatest gladiator, brought to life in Philadelphia (Parker June 1-3, Brandt and Law June 2-3) and Chicago (Parker August 10-12, Brand and Law August 11-12).


Fanboy Expo adds guests

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 27, 2012 | Comments Off on Fanboy Expo adds guests

Celebrity Guests Added!!!! 


This your chance to get up close and personal with some of your favorite stars. Our celebrity guests in attendance will be signing autographs, taking photos with the fans and participating in Question and Answer panels.





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Hero Initiative Brings John Romita Jr. to Baltimore

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 27, 2012 | Comments Off on Hero Initiative Brings John Romita Jr. to Baltimore



Avengers vs. X-Men #1 John Romita Jr. Variant
Avengers vs. X-Men #1John Romita Jr. Variant

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – April 25, 2012 – The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to announce the addition of comic super-star John Romita, Jr. to the growing line-up for this year’s show, taking place September 8-9, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Romita, Jr. will be appearing at the Hero Initiative booth both Saturday and Sunday.

Romita, Jr., the son of comic legend John Romita, began his illustrious career in comics in 1977 penciling a 6-page story in Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man Annual #11. Throughout his 35-year career, he has drawn such characters as Spider-Man, Daredevil, the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk, the Punisher, and Thor.


Most recently, Romita, Jr. finished working on the follow-up to Mark Millar’s Kick-Ass and is the current series artist for Marvel’s Avengers, which relaunched in 2010.


The Hero Initiative is a federally charted not-for-profit corporation dedicated to helping comic book creators in their hour on need. By providing financial safety nets for medical aid, financial support for the necessities of life, and an avenue back to paying work, the Hero Initiative, through the support of its donors, has been able to grant more than $500,000 to over 50 comic veterans.Hero Initiative


For more information about how to help support the Hero Initiative, please visit For more information about the Baltimore Comic-Con, please visit



Other confirmed guests for the show include:

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Anime Boston statement on this year’s incidents

By Petrea Mitchell| April 26, 2012 | Comments Off on Anime Boston statement on this year’s incidents

This year’s Anime Boston made a local paper for EMTs and police being summoned to the convention. Anime Boston has now released a statement providing more detail of what happened at an informally organized dance:

What actually happened is much less dire than rumors have indicated. Two events required response during Saturday night’s dance. First, a medical emergency occurred; EMT’s were called in to remove a dance attendee for treatment. Next, an alleged theft of a bag took place. Boston Police arrived and conducted their investigation on-site, and during their inquiry, marijuana was found. An arrest followed.

The dance was ultimately closed down due to perceived overcrowding issues.

The full statement is here.

The situation has unfortunate echoes of Boskone 24 in 1987— also a fast-growing convention at the time, also attracting a young crowd, and also running into problems associated with the party aspect of the con. It was also, coincidentally, at a Sheraton, although a different one from Anime Boston.

Boskone’s reputation was damaged so badly that it was forced to leave Boston for five years. Here’s hoping Anime Boston’s meeting with hotel and city officials tomorrow has a better outcome.


Denver Comic Con Expands And Brings Out Their Dead… The Walking Dead

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 26, 2012 | Comments Off on Denver Comic Con Expands And Brings Out Their Dead… The Walking Dead

PRESS RELEASE:04/25/12, Denver CO Denver Comic Con goes six feet under to unearth TV’s hottest stars. The locally- powered organization just announced the addition of three celebrities from AMC’s The Walking Dead to their already smoking hot guest list.

Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene), Steven Yeun (Glenn), andChandler Riggs (Carl Grimes) will take over the Mile High City months after the shocking finale of their 2nd chart-busting season. And the Rocky Mountain region couldn’t be happier.

The demand and excitement for Denver’s first Comic Con, taking place Father’s Day weekend, June 15th-17th, 2012, has been so great that the organizers were recently encouraged to move up within the Colorado Convention Center.  Originally positioned in the smaller Mile High Ballroom the event will move to Hall A upstairs with room to stretch out with over 100,000 square feet. Dr. Christina Angel (Co-Convention Director) explains: “We planned on the smaller space for our first year, but the response has been so overwhelming – from vendors, dealers, artists and attendees – that we quickly outgrew that space. I should have known this would happen; Denver has such an amazing and diverse population of active and enthusiastic people, and we’re so proud to call it our home. After walking the sprawling space, I think everyone is going to be as excited as we are to give Denver the pop culture experience it so richly deserves.”

Lauren Cohan and Steven Yeun are the perfect pairing to appear together at the inaugural event as they play opposite each other as Maggie and Glenn, the budding romance that is contrasted against the apocalyptic world of

The Walking Dead.Cohan, known as the fierce beautiful tomboy, Maggie Green, is no stranger to TV and film.  She has just signed on for season 3 of The Walking Dead and has had pivotal guest star arcs on NBC’s fan-favorite Chuck and the CW hit The Vampire Diaries. On the big screen, Cohan has appeared opposite Heath Ledger in Casanova, starred in Van Wilder2: The Rise of Taj and appeared in the ironically-named Death Race prequel Death Race 2Cohan’s other television credits include a guest spot on ABC’s Modern Family and a series regular role on the CW’s Supernatural.

Yeun, who plays the very popular and ever reliable Glenn, got his start in the Chicago Improv scene. And it wasn’t long before he had a Read more


Ans Prometheus

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 26, 2012 | Comments Off on Ans Prometheus

The ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con promises to be the ultimate destination for comics and sci-fi and pop culture collectibles this spring inSouthern Maryland.  But now, this event will be even more exciting with a screening of the trailer for the new film,‘PROMETHEUS’!


Ridley Scott, director of ‘Alien’ and ‘Blade Runner’, returns to the genre he helped define.  With ‘PROMETHEUS’, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.


The ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con is a new fan and collector event established to benefit Archbishop Neale School in La Plata,Maryland, the oldest and largest local Catholic elementary school serving over 350 students.  The event takes place on May 12, 2012, from 10am to 3pm at the school, located at 104 Port Tobacco Road, La Plata, Maryland.


The event will feature a range of vendors selling vintage and new comic books, trading cards, toys and other pop culture memorabilia, local comic artists and artists of other media, contests for kids, door prizes, silent auctions and costumed attendees.  Admission to the event is $5 per adult and free to children under 10. All proceeds from the admission costs and vendors fees will go directly toArchbishop Neale School. Read more


More dates!

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 25, 2012 | Comments Off on More dates!

June 30th, 2012
Derby City Cinnci, OH

Oct 5th-7th, 2012
Away Mission Orlando, FL

Oct 19th-20th, 2012
South Texas Horror McAllen, TX
Rock Con Rockford, IL

Oct 26th-27th, 2012
Rising Star Bluefield, WV

Nov 3rd-4th, 2012
Rhode Island Comic Providence, RI
Con-vulution Burligame, CA

Nov 23rd-25th, 2012
Toys on the Hudson Jersey City, NJ

April 12th-14th, 2013
Space Columbus, OH


Spooky Empire May-hem news

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 25, 2012 | Comments Off on Spooky Empire May-hem news

The below comes from an email from Spooky Empire about their Mayhem show.




Spooky Empire’s May-Hem is less than 5 weeks away….are you all ready for, well…the Mayhem?!!


As we draw closer, the show is coming together and is looking to be an epic event, in true Spooky Empire fashion. We’re excited for our last event at the Wyndham and hope you will be there to join us!




May-Hem is not just about the guests, we have some memorable events lined up as well. For the first time at May-Hem, we will be hosting our annual Zombie Walk in memory of our late friend and supporter, Bill Hinzman! The walk will start once again at Uno’s Pizza on International Drive.



The Mucklebones Monster Museum will be set up throughout the weekend, this is something you don’t want to miss! A room full of life size figures of monsters old and new including Universal Monsters! This is an exclusive Spooky Empire event only taking place in May!



For all of you early birds that are staying at the Wyndham, we will have a screening of Night of the Living Dead by the pool/Gatorville on Thursday night. Once again, a tribute to Bill Hinzman, but also a way to meet up with friends old and new, relax and get ready for the weekend.  Read more


Remembering Vintage Star Wars: An Interview with Skye Paine & Stephen Danley of The Star Wars Collector’s Archive: The Chive Cast

By Shawn Marshall| April 25, 2012 | Comments Off on Remembering Vintage Star Wars: An Interview with Skye Paine & Stephen Danley of The Star Wars Collector’s Archive: The Chive Cast

Any child of the 70’s or 80’s must remember toy aisles filled with Star Wars. Similar to the way George Lucas and Star Wars took over the theaters, Kenner and their line of Star Wars toys took over the aisles of stores all over America. Who didn’t want a Death Star playset under their Christmas tree and a one-piece-bathing-suit-wearing-Hammerhead in their Easter basket? It was a simple time when Han shot first and Darth Vader was…Darth Vader. However you might feel about the modern era of Star Wars, it is undeniable that the foundation of the franchise carries with it some of our best cultural memories and that a major part of these memories ties back to those beautiful little figures that dangled from the shelves of our favorite Zody’s, T.G. & Y., Service Merchandise or Toys r Us. Read more


9 more dates.

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 24, 2012 | Comments Off on 9 more dates.

Sept 15th-16th, 2012
Japan Fest Dultuh, GA
Mothman Fest Point Pleasant, WV
Gamecon Memphis Memphis, TN
Snafucon Reno, NV

Oct 6th-7th, 2012
Central Texas Paranormal Austin, TX

Oct 26th-27th, 2012
Detroit Fanfare Detroit, MI

Nov 3rd-5th, 2012
Cape Kimono Quebec, QB

May 3rd-5th, 2013
CorfluPortland, OR


Meta Con Announces Power Rangers Stars Jason Faunt and Jessica Rey

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 24, 2012 | Comments Off on Meta Con Announces Power Rangers Stars Jason Faunt and Jessica Rey

Bloomington, Minnesota – April 23, 2012 – MetaCon 2012, the newest and hottest comic, sci-fi, and anime con to come to Minneapolis is excited to announce stars of Power Rangers: Time Force and Power Rangers: Wild Force, Jason Faunt and Jessica Rey, will be appearing at the 2012 Meta Convention. MetaCon will gather thousands of fans of TV, comics, sci-fi, anime, and popular culture at the Doubletree by Hilton in Bloomington, Minnesota for a three-day weekend celebrating fan culture. Jason and Jessica will be joined by numerous other guests soon to be announced, in addition to previously announced anime-star Todd Haberkorn and Internet hacker YTCracker. MetaCon lasts for three days, from August 31 to September 2, 2012.
Jason Faunt was born outside of Chicago, IL. After years of playing college and then a brief stint in pro baseball he hung up the cleats and decided to move out to L.A. to pursue a longtime dream of becoming an actor.  Initially having some success on the commercial and print side Jason started doing bit work on soap operas which led to his role of ‘Kane’ on Port Charles and ‘Carson’ on Passions. Soon after he booked the lead as the Red Ranger on Power Rangers Time Force, playing two different characters, one from both the present and the future. Read more

Florida Supercon gets a Doctor.

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 24, 2012 | Comments Off on Florida Supercon gets a Doctor.

Below is an email news release from Florida Supercon.



Some big news for Florida Supercon 2012 this week! Doctor Who is coming to FSC! More Hunger Games guests! New Art Contest! More Bands! More Artists!
Love Doctor Who? Then you won’t want to miss out on meeting the 5th Doctor himself, Peter Davison! Love the Hunger Games? We now have 4 Tributes from the film announced, with more to come! Are you an Artist? If so, enter our Florida Supercon Mascot Art Contest!


FLORIDA SUPERCON: South Florida’s Comic Book, Anime, Animation, Video Game, Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Pop Culture Convention is JUNE 29 – JULY 2, 2012. It’s 4 days of fun dedicated to Comic Books, Anime, Animation, Video Games, Fantasy, Sci-Fi and all of pop culture featuring celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors, industry guests, cosplayers, artists, writers, panels, Q&A’s, films & shorts, costume & cosplay contests,vendors, parties, anime, workshops, video gaming and more! FSC will be returning for year seven to the MIAMI AIRPORT CONVENTION CENTER (MACC), formally known as the Miami Mart Airport Hotel and Convention Center. As always, go to for all the latest info on the show and to get tickets!
Want to set up as a vendor, artist or craftsperson at FSC? Go to for all the info! We still have a limited amount of space available, so if you’re planning to set up at the show reserve your space now!
See you at Supercon!

Mike Broder

Peter Davison has just been confirmed as a special guest for Florida Supercon 2012! Peter Davison is a star of screen, stage and radio best known for his role as the fifth incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who and as Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small. In 1981, Davison signed on to play the Doctor in Doctor Who, succeeding Tom Baker (the Fourth Doctor). The Fifth Doctor encountered many of the Doctor’s best-known adversaries, including the Daleks (in Resurrection of the Daleks) and the Cybermen (in both Earthshock and The Five Doctors). He returned to the role in the 2007 special “Time Crash”, where the Fifth Doctor met the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant).

Corflu notes

By Petrea Mitchell| April 23, 2012 | Comments Off on Corflu notes

News from this past weekend’s Corflu:

  • Claire Brialey, co-editor of Hugo winner and multiple nominee Banana Wings, was the Guest of Honor. (Corflu selects its GoH randomly at the convention.)
  • Earl Kemp was elected Past President of the Fanzine Writers of America.
  • Corflu XXX, to be pronounced “Corflu Triple-X”, will be held in Portland, OR on May 3-5, 2013. Attending memberships will be $65, and the con will be ready to accept electronic payments this coming May 1st. The hotel is the Red Lion Convention Center, with room rates of $99 single/double.

5 Panels to Watch at Phoenix Comicon

By Shawn Marshall| April 22, 2012 | Comments Off on 5 Panels to Watch at Phoenix Comicon

For those of you that follow my con adventures, you know that one of my favorite things about Phoenix Comicon (PCC) is the variety of guests and panels that PCC offers. Not only does this four day show provide some of the best in pop culture, but it also provides these guest in a variety of formats to their panels. This means that PCC packs a schedule that can take hours to analyze. In fact, San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) is the only con that I spend more time planning my panel schedule. Fortunately, one huge difference between SDCC and PCC is that there aren’t the same time commitments regarding lines. That being said, it is easy to miss some great panels, so here are a few I spotted for you that might otherwise get lost in the glitz of some of the larger ballroom offerings: Read more


Conventions this Weekend April 27th-29th, 2012

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 22, 2012 | Comments Off on Conventions this Weekend April 27th-29th, 2012

Another great weekend of fun. Where are you going?

April 27th-29th, 2012
Anime Central Rosemont, IL
Botcon Dallas, TX
Creation Stargate Vancouver, BC
Eeriecon Niagra Falls, NY
Gamedays Timonium, MD
Gamers Reunion Rochester, MN
Lebowski Fest Atlanta, GA
Malice Domestic Bethseda, MD
MOCCA New York, NY
Noobiecon Utica, NY
Pariahcon Lakeland, FL
Penguicon Troy, MI
Recon Cocoa Beach, FL
Shinbokucon Elyria, OH
Stumptown Comics Festival Portland, OR
Toy And Hobby Show Charlotte, NC
Quinni-ConHamden, CT
Windy City Pulp & Paper Lombard, IL
Wild Nights Wilburton, OK
Wizard World Anaheim, CA
Zombiefest New Port Richey, FL

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