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Torchwood stars come to Wizard Chicago

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 26, 2011 | Comments Off on Torchwood stars come to Wizard Chicago


Torchwood is a British science fiction television program created by Russell T. Davies. The series is a spin-off from Davies’ 2005 revival of the long-running science fiction programme Doctor Who, which has a family audience. Torchwood stars Gareth David-Lloyd & Kai Owen, Ianto Jones & Rhys Williams are set to appear at appear at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con August 11-14 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.


Wizard Philly Celebrity lineup,

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 26, 2011 | Comments Off on Wizard Philly Celebrity lineup,

Bruce Campbell, Adam Baldwin, Pam Grier, Vivica A. Fox, Julie Benz, Billy Dee Williams Among Headliners At Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, June 17-18-19 At Pennsylvania Convention Center

Michael Biehn, Alaina Huffman, Julia Benson, Adam West, Burt Ward, John Schneider, Richard Roundtree, Mimi Rogers Among 500+ Celebrity Guests, Leading Comics Artists, Creative Directors

NEW YORK and PHILADELPHIA, April 25, 2011 – North America’s largest pop-culture tour continues as the 11th annual Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con returns to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, June 17-19, with superstar guests Bruce Campbell, Adam Baldwin, Pam Grier, Vivica A. Fox, Julie Benz and Billy Dee Williams headlining the list of celebrity attendees.  The event will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop culture, movies, comics, toys, video gaming, television, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Read more


Steel City Con Summer News

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 25, 2011 | Comments Off on Steel City Con Summer News

Steel City Con
July 29-31, 2011
Fri 2-8pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm
Monroeville Convention Center
Celebrity Guests:   Lindsay Wagner (“Jaime Sommers” from The Bionic Woman)
                            Margot Kidder (“Lois Lane” from Superman)
                            Jeremy Bulloch (“Boba Fett from Star Wars)
                            Betsy Russell (“Jill Tuck” from the SAW films)
                            Torrie Wilson (former WWE Diva!)
                            Dennis Haskins (Principal Belding” from Saved By The Bell)
                            Richard LeParmentier  (“Admiral Motti” from Star Wars)
General Show Information:
Pennsylvania’s Largest Toy, Comic and Pop Culture Convention Celebrates 22 years at the Monroeville Convention Center.  209 Mall Boulevard Monroeville, Pennsylvania 15146 on JULY 29-31,  2011. The Steel City Con has 500 dealer tables of new and vintage Toys, Gold, Silver and Modern Age Comic Books, Non-Sport Cards, Anime, Gaming, Posters, Artwork, Action Figures, Sci-Fi/Horror, TV & Movie, Godzilla, Model Kits, Star Trek, Star Wars, Transformers, NASCAR, Diecast, Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Johnny Lightning, Barbie, Dolls, Mego, G.I. Joe, Planet of the Apes and much more.  SHOW HOURS: Friday : 2-8pm; Saturday : 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. Admission: Adult –  $12 per day or $20 for 3 Day Pass, Kids under 12 – $5 per day or $10 for 3 Day Pass. SAVE almost 50% when you purchase a 3 Day Pass and get Early Admission. Celebrity Guests:  LINDSAY WAGNER (“Jaime Sommers” from THE BIONIC WOMAN); MARGOT KIDDER  ( “Lois Lane” from SUPERMAN Films!); JEREMY BULLOCH  (“Boba Fett” from STAR WARS);  BETSY RUSSELL (“Jill Tuck” from the SAW Films);  TORRIE WILSON  (former WWE Diva!);  DENNIS HASKINS (“Principal Belding” from SAVED BY THE BELL); RICHARD LEPARMENTIER (“Admiral Motti” from STAR WARS). More Guests to be announced! FREE GOODIE BAG to attendees who purchase a 3 Day Pass in advance & online! (Goodie Bag valued at more than the price of admission!) FREE PARKING! HOURLY PRIZE DRAWINGS!   For more details and updates go to:  Orangestone Promotions, Inc.,  (412) 213-0224   Read more


J-Pop Group FLOW to Perform at Anime Central and FanimeCon

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 25, 2011 | Comments Off on J-Pop Group FLOW to Perform at Anime Central and FanimeCon

Rosemont, IL / San Jose, CA (April 22, 2011) – Anime Central and FanimeCon announced today that the internationally renowned Japanese pop band FLOW will perform live at their annual conventions. FLOW is visiting the United States to promote their new album, FLOW ANIME BEST. They will perform in Rosemont, IL, on Friday night, May 20, for Anime Central, and they will return to San Jose, CA for FanimeCon’s MusicFest during Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-30, 2011.
Originally formed in 1993 by TAKE (guitarist) and his older brother KOHSHI (vocalist), the band was named FLOW in 1998 and quickly evolved into its current line-up in 2000 after GOT’S (bassist), KEIGO (vocalist), and IWASAKI (drummer) joined the original two. After their indie debut in 2001, FLOW went on to release their first major album “SPLASH!!!”. They later released “GO!!!”, which eventually became the opening song for Naruto.

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Starbase Indy April Newsletter

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 25, 2011 | Comments Off on Starbase Indy April Newsletter

From April Newsletter:

Starbase Indy is back on a NEW DATE!

Great Scott!  Dr. Brown, there has been an anomaly in the space/time continuum.  That nasty Q has been at it again.  Starbase Indy will NOT be held on Thanksgiving weekend.  Fire up the DeLorean and start saving garbage!  Make sure the flux capacitor is fully functional so that you can prepare yourself for a temporal displacement. Insert the date December 9-11, 2011 to reach Starbase Indy, the 16th Generation.  Time travel is on the playbill.  (We don’t know why bowling is more important, other than they have more money.) But our Marriott hotel has been most obliging in helping us to keep costs down by once again giving us great room rates.

IMPORTANT – Starbase Indy will not be the only event at the hotel this year.  PLEASE, if you want a room — RESERVE IT NOW!  For more details, visit our hotel page.

Starbase Indy Programming

We will still be taking programming very seriously and will be lining up a plethora of interesting things to see and do, but we won’t be sneaking into your rooms at night in full protective gear to scare the stuffing out of you.  And we absolutely promise not to change the future.

Secondary Programming will have some of your favorites back and new ideas are being discussed.

Making tribbles and wave bottles with Pamela Easterday was very popular so we will have workshops for children (Please note that children seven and under must be accompanied by an adult) along with Cereal and Cartoons on Saturday morning in the Video Room.  We want to get your kids addicted to SBI interested in science and speculative fiction early.  And for those adults in the crowd, I am sure that we can convince Dr. Rob to regale us with his tales of Weird Science.

We will, of course, have the Dinner with the Stars, the Masquerade, the Charity Auction, Karaoke and panels on a variety of subjects.  You can visit the gaming room, watch movies, converse in the Con Suite or visit our Dealer’s Room. We will keep you updated on additions as programming gets more solid.  A semi-final programming grid will be up in late October, but continue on below for more details on certain programming.

Starbase Indy is going to bring another FREE HD movie to mai Read more


Conventions This Weekend April 28th-May 1st, 2011

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 24, 2011 | Comments Off on Conventions This Weekend April 28th-May 1st, 2011

Lots coming up this weekend. I’m gonna be selling my creatures at the Columbia Anime Con in SC. See you there.

April 28th-May 1st, 2011
Bayoucon Lake Charles, La
Canadian Steampunk Toronto, ON
Columbia Anime Con Columbia, SC
Bayoucon Lake Charles, LA
Costume Con 29 Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
Creation Supernatural Nashville, TN
Demicon Des Moines, IA
Niagra Falls, NY
Gamers Reunion Rochester, MN
Gaylaxicon Atlanta, GA
Hauntcon Louisville, KY
Kawaii Kon Honolulu, HI
Malice Domestic Bethseda, MD
Penguicon Troy, MI
Recon Cocoa Beach, FL
Shinbokucon Westlake, OH
Shoryucon Princess Anne, MD
Texas Frightmare Irving, TX
Wizard Anaheim Anaheim, CA
World Horror Austin, TX


New Orleans Worldcon bid

By Petrea Mitchell| April 23, 2011 | 1 Comment

New Orleans hosted the World Science Fiction Convention in 1951 and 1988. Now, just as it prepares for CONtraflow, the first full-spectrum convention there since Hurricane Katrina, plans are afoot to put together a Worldcon bid for 2018. So far, there’s no Web site, just an address for interested parties to contact:


Hugos at Eastercon, Norwescon, and online

By Petrea Mitchell| April 22, 2011 | Comments Off on Hugos at Eastercon, Norwescon, and online

The Hugo Awards are the oldest in science fiction, and are presented each year at the World Science Fiction Convention. This year’s Worldcon, Renovation, will be announcing this year’s nominees worldwide at 2pm PDT (9pm UTC) on Sunday, April 24th as follows:


San Japan Announces Shinichi “Nabeshin” Watanabe As Japanese Guest Of Honor

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 21, 2011 | Comments Off on San Japan Announces Shinichi “Nabeshin” Watanabe As Japanese Guest Of Honor

Famous Japanese director and seiyu to appear in the Alamo City

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – April 21st, 2011 – San Japan, San Antonio’s major
Japanese Culture and Anime Convention, has announced that anime
director and seiyu Shinichi “Nabeshin” Watanabe will be a Japanese
Guest Of Honor for the upcoming convention happening on August
5th-7th, 2011.

Mr. Watanabe has been an anime director since 1995 starting with
Bonobono and has gone on to direct popular anime series which include
Excel Saga, The Wallflower, Tenchi Muyo! GXP and Nerima Daikon
Brothers. In addition to his work as a director, Mr. Watanabe also
appears as the voice of Nabeshin. His likeness has appeared in such
titles as Excel Saga, Puni Puni Poemy, Eyeshield, Hayate No Gotoku,
Nyan Koi! And Tayutama. Mr. Watanabe will be seen with his signature
red blazer and afro. Read more



By Shawn Scott Smith| April 20, 2011 | Comments Off on Skynet

Remember, Skynet is now up and self aware. And if The Sarah Connor Chronicles are to be believed we all die tommorow. Oh well, also in less than a 100 years we will be traveling at Warp Speed. And in just a few years Marty Mcfly will be flying around on his hoverboard. How cool is that?


Five Prominent Video Game Composers To Attend Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con, April 29-May 1

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 20, 2011 | Comments Off on Five Prominent Video Game Composers To Attend Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con, April 29-May 1

Greg Edmonson, Sean Murray, Garry Schyman, Kevin Sherwood, Inon Zur To Meet Fans At Anaheim Comic Con

NEW YORK and ANAHEIM, Calif., April 19, 2011 – Music has been a huge part of video game production for years, and five composers who have created memorable themes and soundtracks for major releases such as “Bioshock,” “Dragon Age,” “Uncharted” and “Call of Duty: Black Ops” will be in attendance at next weekend’s Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con.  Greg Edmonson, Sean Murray, Garry Schyman, Kevin Sherwood, and Inon Zur will meet fans, sign autographs throughout the weekend and share some of their experiences in a special panel at the event, set for April 29 – May 1 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The interactive panel and demonstration session with the five will take place on Sunday, May 1, at noon.

Greg Edmonson is perhaps best known for composing the soundtrack to the cult space western TV series “Firefly,” written and directed by Joss Whedon.  He is also the composer for the PlayStation 3 blockbuster video game series “Uncharted,” winner of Best Original Music from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Sean Murray has provided the emotional and memorable dramatic musical scores for numerous international films as well as hit television series and blockbuster video games spanning diverse genres from the gothic horror of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and urban action of “True Crime: Streets Of L.A.” to the emotionally intense themes of “Call of Duty: World At War” and “Call of Duty: Black Ops,” the biggest entertainment series in history.

Garry Schyman has emerged as one of the medium’s foremost composers, creator of the music for the multiple award-winning video game “BioShock,” winner of Best Original Score from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, SPIKE TV’s Best Original Video Game Score Award, and G4 TV’s Soundtrack of the Year Award. That success led his being assigned by Electronic Arts to create the hellish, dramatic score for Visceral Games’ adaptation of Dante Alighieri’s epic poem, “Dante’s Inferno.” Read more


8 convention dates added.

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 19, 2011 | Comments Off on 8 convention dates added.

April 29th-May 1st, 2011
Hauntcon Louisville, KY

May 20th-22nd, 2011
Cult Fiction Drive-IN Jacksonville, Fl

March 2nd-4th, 2012
Stellarcon 36 High Point, NC

March 16th-18th, 2012
Furnal Equinox Toronto, ON

March 23rd-25th 2012
Midsouthcon Memphis, TN
Wizard World New Orleans, LA

April 13th-15th, 2012
KhaotickonTampa, FL

Dec 8th-9th, 2012
Wizard World Miami, FL


Wizard Anaheim News

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 19, 2011 | Comments Off on Wizard Anaheim News


 Sienkiewicz (“Elektra”), and William Stout (paleontological reconstruction artist), Derek Kirk Kim (“Same Difference and Other Stories,” “Lowbright”) and D.J. Kirkbride (“PopGun,” “Do You Believe in Ninjas?”).

Eisner nominees scheduled to appear include James Andrew Clark (“The Guns of Shadow Valley: Scar Tissue”), Chyna Clugston Flores (“Blue Monday,” “Brave & The Bold”), Nat Gertler (“The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Creating a GN”, “The Factor”), Eliza Frye (“The Lady’s Murder,” “Lucky House”), Paul Gulacy (“Valkyrie,” “Batman”), James Hudnall (“Lex Luthor: The Unauthorized Biography,” “Harsh Realm”), Barbara Kesel (“Star Wars,” “Action Comics”), Kazu Kibuishi (“Flight,” “Copper”), Ethan Nicolle (“Chumble Spuzz,” “Axe Cop”), Ethan Van Sciver (“Green Lantern,” “Superman/Batman”) and Judd Winick (“Batman and Robin,” “Power Girl”).

The creators will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs and sketch.  Many California-based artists will be in attendance as well.

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are considered the “Oscars” of the comic book industry. Established in 1987, they are named for renowned cartoonist Will Eisner (creator of “The Spirit” and several award-winning graphic novels).

Anaheim Comic Con will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry Read more


Adventurecon returns to Knoxville June 10th-12th, 2011

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 18, 2011 | Comments Off on Adventurecon returns to Knoxville June 10th-12th, 2011

Adventurecon is back. And Back to Knoxville after a stay in touristy Pigeon Forge, TN
From an email:
“We listened to the fans and the vendors and our bringing Adventurecon back to Knoxville. And what a way to celebrate our 10th anniversary then to bring the show back to where it all started to the Knoxville Expo Center. The new website is now up and running and this week our first guests will be announced. We are very excited about this years show and hope you the fans and vendors are too. Be sure to visit the Adventurecon website Adventurecon


Baltimore Comicon news,

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 18, 2011 | Comments Off on Baltimore Comicon news,

Baltimore Comic-Con Adds Top Talent to Growing Guest List

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – April 15, 2011 – The Baltimore Comic-Con is excited to announce the addition of four new red-hot guests to this year’s list of creators. Nick Spencer, Jamal Igle, J.G. Jones, and Cliff Chiang have confirmed that they will be attending the 12th annual show, taking place the weekend of August 20-21, 2011.

Nick Spencer, who recently signed an exclusive deal with Marvel Comics, has been one of the rising-star writers in comics over the last year. With the announcement of the upcoming Cloak & Dagger series from Marvel, his current work on Iron Man 2.0 and Secret Avengers for the publisher, wrapping up his arc on DC’s T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents and his creator-owned properties, Morning Glories and Infinite Vacation from Image, Spencer is really making his mark on the industry!

After wrapping his 22-issue run on Supergirl with writer Sterling Gates, artist Jamal Igle recently took over the art duties for Zatanna, DC’s Mistress of Magic, with March’s issue #9. Returning for another year, Igle is a fan-favorite in Baltimore!

“Baltimore Comic-Con has quickly become one of my favorite shows to attend,” said Igle. “The fans are fantastic and the show crew really goes out of their way to create a friendly, family-oriented, fun and accessible convention.” Read more


Conventions this Weekend April 22nd-24th, 2011

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 17, 2011 | Comments Off on Conventions this Weekend April 22nd-24th, 2011

Im gonna be selling my creatures at the Artist Alley of Hoshicon this saturday. Wheres everyone else going?

April 22nd-24th, 2011
All Fur Fun Spokane, WA
Anime Boston Boston, MA
Anime Punch Columbus, OH
Conglomeration Louisville, KY
Frolicon Atlanta, GA
Hollywood Collectors Burbank, CA
Hoshicon Charlotte, NC
LouisanimeBaton Rouge, LA
Minicon 46 Minneapolis, MN
MTAC Nashville, TN
Norwescon Seatac, WA
Sakuracon Seattle, WA
Wild Nights Wilburton, OK


Back to Space-Con: A new documentary

By Petrea Mitchell| April 17, 2011 | Comments Off on Back to Space-Con: A new documentary

Back to Space-Con is a new documentary about media fandom in its early days, the 1970s. From the trailer, it appears to be a respectful look at Star Wars and Star Trek fans, for a change. If there’s one thing to quibble with in that trailer, it’s that it misses something nearly everyone has forgotten about the earliest media cons: that the fandom started out overwhelmingly female.

More about the film here, from SF Weekly.

[Hat tip to Isaac Alexander on the SMOFs list.]


Tri-cities show!

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 16, 2011 | Comments Off on Tri-cities show!

I’m a guest at this weekends Tri-cities Toy & Hobby Show in Gray, TN. Come by and say hi, and of course follow my twitter on the sidebar for all the fun.

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