By Shawn Scott Smith| March 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Joe Motes not part of new Vulcan events.
The new Vulcan Events whose website is here and whose first show is April 30th-May2nd in Tampa is not being run by former Vulkon head Joe Motes as the email after the break states. Mr. Motes has sent the letter due to confusion that the company was the same as Vulkon. Hit the break to see the email, Read more
By Shawn Scott Smith| March 18, 2010 | Comments Off on C2E2 ORGANIZERS ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR KIDS DAY ON SUNDAY, APRIL 18
C2E2 to Sponsor Scholastic Book Fair at Local Elementary School
Norwalk, CT, March 18, 2010: Organizers of the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) have today revealed their plans for Kids Day which will take place on Sunday, April 18, 2010. C2E2, the new pop culture convention which is being launched by the organizers of New York Comic Con (NYCC), is set to debut April 16 – 18 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in downtown Chicago and the Kids Day festivities will closely resemble the enormously popular Kids Day at New York Comic Con (NYCC) which attracted 6000 kids and their parents last year. All children under twelve will get into C2E2 for free on Kids Day!
Lance Briggs, the 5-time Pro Bowl player and Co-Defensive Captain of the Chicago Bears, will be the Kids Day Guest of Honor and will participate in numerous events at C2E2 over the course of the weekend, including signing footballs, auctioning off signed Chicago Bears and C2E2 items, as well as moderating a panel on Saturday, April 17. Mr. Briggs is a comic book enthusiast and is also the founder of Briggz4Kids, a foundation dedicated to raising funds and awareness for at risk youth in the Chicago area. Proceeds from his auctioned items will go to benefit Briggs4Kidz. Organizers also note that C2E2 will be sponsoring a week long Scholastic Book Fair during the week of C2E2 at Pershing East elementary school in downtown Chicago.
By Shawn Scott Smith| March 18, 2010 | Comments Off on SAW Cuts into Toronto Comic Con
NEW YORK, March 18, 2010 – SAW fans can experience the truly terrifying world of Jigsaw firsthand. Come to the Toronto Comic Con March 26-28 at the Direct Energy Centre and experience the opportunity of a life-time – meet SAW star Costas Mandylor (“Hoffman”) and other actors from the SAW horror franchise. Twisted Pictures and Lionsgate are set to release the seventh installment of the SAW franchise in theaters on October 22, 2010, and Maple Pictures will distribute the film in Canada. This SAW event in Toronto, Canada will be the first in a yearlong SAW Comic Con Tour that no SAW fan will want to miss.
The SAW franchise will be the anchor of the new horror pavilion at Wizard Comic Cons all across North America.
By Shawn Scott Smith| March 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Con Mail: Windy City
The upcoming Windy City Pulp and Paper show in Chicago always has the best mailers. Who doesn’t want free art on their flyers?
By Shawn Scott Smith| March 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Cosplay Thursday: Megacon
By Petrea Mitchell| March 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Battle of the media cons in Toronto
The Torontoist covers Wizard Entertainment’s entry into Toronto, where it will compete with an existing for-profit convention, which in turn has allegedly been aggressive and hostile to the fan community.
Not that this is new in the convention world; just about anyone who was active in helping with fan-run conventions around 1990 or so, if you ask them nicely, will explain at length why “Creation” is a dirty word to old-time con-runners.
(Hat tip to Isaac Alexander.)
By Shawn Scott Smith| March 17, 2010 | Comments Off on Cosplay Thursday: Star Trek record.
From themmoxe is this video of Star Trek online fans promoting the game and breaking a record for fans in Star Trek Gear. I have a hard time believing Creation’s annual Trek con in Vegas doesn’t have more in costume, they just haven’t organized a record attempt. Anyway, see the costumes below.
By Shawn Scott Smith| March 16, 2010 | Comments Off on Megacon: Geordi and Data.
Sputler has a five part video with Levar Burton and Brent Spiner
By Shawn Scott Smith| March 15, 2010 | Comments Off on HORROR OF HORRORS! FILM COMPETITION TO JOIN WIZARD WORLD
NEW YORK and ANAHEIM, Calif., March 15, 2010 – From Frankenstein to Halloween to Saw, horror films have been a staple for moviegoers for generations. Now, fans attending Wizard Comic Con events in 2010, beginning next month in Anaheim, Calif., can take part in The NYC Horror Film Festival’s Killer Short Sudden Death Competition, in which short filmmakers will have their work viewed by a live audience and voted into the NYC Horror Film Festival program later this year. Comic Con audiences will have the opportunity to select one winner at each of six 2010 Wizard Conventions – Anaheim (April 16-18), Philadelphia (June 11-13), Chicago (August 19-22), Philadelphia (June 11-13), New England (Oct. 1-3), New York (October 7-10) and New Jersey (Oct. 15-17) – that will become part of the 2010 NYC Horror Film NYC Festival program later this year.
The competition is part of the “Horror Pavilion,” to be featured at Comic Con shows beginning at Anaheim. Aspiring filmmakers are invited to submit their work for consideration at each show.
“The addition of the Film Competition to the Wizard Comic Con series gives attendees who love horror an early look at some new works from talented filmmakers, and the chance to choose which they like best,” said Gareb Shamus, Wizard Entertainment CEO. “We are always trying to bring unique programming to the Series and, combined with the Horror Pavilion, the offerings in this area are even greater.”
NYC Horror Film Festival’s The Killer Short Sudden Death Competition is the ultimate horror and sci-fi short film series where the audience selects the winners. The brain child of Mauceri and Michael J. Hein, festival director of the NYC Horror Film Festival, The Killer Short Sudden Death Competition was first held at the Monster Mania convention, August 2009. The audience winner was a short from the Dublin-based company First Quarter Films, Wheels of Death, directed by Edward & Rob Kennedy. Coming together swiftly in order to meet the approaching convention deadline, the organizers were stunned by the over 40 submissions and an audience in excess of 150 attendees.
By Shawn Scott Smith| March 15, 2010 | Comments Off on New Convention dates added.
February 4th-6th, 2011
Supercon Hastings, MN
February 10th-13th, 2011
Capricon 31 Wheeling, IL
March 4th-6th, 2011
Emerald City Seattle, WA
March 11th-13th, 2011
Ani Ida Con Boise, ID
By Shawn Scott Smith| March 15, 2010 | Comments Off on This Weekend: Baltimore Non-Sports Card Convention
HERSHEY, Pa – The Baltimore Non-Sports Card Convention, Charm City, Maryland’s premier pop-culture and non-sports card event, will be held this Sunday, March 21, with some exciting and new revelations.
Trading card manufacturers Rittenhouse Archives and Breygent Marketing recently revealed convention promo cards, designed exclusively for the show.
Rittenhouse, who will be exhibiting at the event, will be providing a CP1 card for their upcoming James Bond: Heroes and Villains set, while Breygent Marketing will be supplying a groovy convention promo card based on their upcoming Woodstock Generation Rock Poster Card series. Both cards are in limited supply and will be handed-out with each paid admission, while supplies last.
Other recently revealed convention promo cards include the art of Sir Shadow, Joey Havlock, and Rhonda Havlock. All of the cards are limited and produced by The Trading Card Museum, in association with TradingCardFactory.com and Versicolor Productions.
By Shawn Scott Smith| March 14, 2010 | Comments Off on Doctor Who U.S. debut at Wondercon
Wondercon attendees are going to get a special treat as they get the u.s. Premiere of Matt Smith as the Doctor on Saturday April 3rd, the same time as our friends overseas. The complete Wondercon schedule can be found here
By Shawn Scott Smith| March 14, 2010 | Comments Off on Conventions this weekend 3/19-3/21, 2010
Lots of great stuff this weekend, even a con in Alaska. Anyone heading out to any of these?
Kamikaze Houston, TX
Vericon Cambridge, MA
Momocon Atlanta, GA
Senshicon Anchorage, AK
Toronto Anime Toronto, ON
Fantascicon Chattanooga, TN
Keokon Keokuk, IA
Lunacon Rye Brook, NY
IAFA Orlando, FL
Va Fest Book Charlottesville, VA
Babelcon Baton Rougue, LA
Millenicon Cinncinatti, OH
Conncon Stamford, CT
Egyption Con Carbondale, IL
Corflu Winchester, UK
Texas Pinball Grapevine, TX
By Petrea Mitchell| March 13, 2010 | Comments Off on Vote, Hugo voters!
If you were a member of this year’s World Science Fiction Convention as of January 31st, or were a member of last year’s Worldcon, you still have until 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time today to cast your nominating ballot. If you read, heard, or saw even one amazingly good work that was released last year, get thee hence and nominate it!
By Shawn Scott Smith| March 13, 2010 | Comments Off on Fan Film Saturday: Doctor of the Carribean.
By Shawn Scott Smith| March 13, 2010 | Comments Off on Scadcon 2011!
Savannah, Georgia – The Savannah College of Art and Design has announced that it will launch SCADCon, a three and a half day comic and entertainment convention running May 12 – 15, 2011 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, One International Drive, Savannah. SCADCon will be the only annual university-sponsored comic con in the country.
SCADCon’s stated mission is to maximize awareness and appreciation of popular art forms such as film, comics, gaming and animation through education, presentations, exhibit space, portfolio reviews, forums, screenings and other events that celebrate contributions to visual storytelling within the entertainment industry.
“SCADCon provides a unique opportunity to bring students of visual storytelling together in an intimate setting with professionals in the field, while also giving the public a chance to meet their favorite artists or stars and giving venders a chance to share their products” says organizer Mark Macaulay. “What will make SCADCon special is the chance aspiring artists will have to get first-hand advice from the biggest names in the industry, while giving professionals a chance to share their experience and know-how with the next generation of artists. This is something that’s not regularly being offered from a university.”
SCADCon will be open to the public and is expected to attract fans from all over the Southeast United States and beyond. Organizers are looking to provide an eclectic range of programming spanning the mediums of comics, film, television, animation and video games, among others.
By Shawn Scott Smith| March 13, 2010 | Comments Off on SPACE Partners with Toronto Comic Con as Television Sponsor
NEW YORK and TORONTO, March 12, 2010 – SPACE, Canada’s science fiction, speculation and fantasy network, will be the exclusive television partner for Toronto Comic Con, March 26-28 at the Direct Energy Centre.
SPACE, which is available in nearly seven million homes in Canada, will highlight the event on its flagship entertainment show InnerSPACE, with specials and features looking at Comic Con from all angles. Spacecast.com, will also have extensive coverage of the show.
SPACE will have a strong presence on site at Toronto Comic Con. In addition to hosting an interactive premier exhibitor booth, SPACE personalities Ajay Fry, Teddy Wilson and Natasha Eloi will also host a number of programming panels including Universal Studio’s Caprica on Friday and Battlestar Galactica on Saturday. The network will also host on-air personality autograph sessions and conduct celebrity interviews during the show.
By Shawn Scott Smith| March 12, 2010 | Comments Off on Convention Look-in: Frolicon
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What: Adults only ‘play’ Convention
Where: Atlanta, GA
When: April 1st-4th, 2010
Registration: 70 at the door, day rates also available.