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23 2014 dates added!

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 7, 2013 | Comments Off

July 27th, 2013
Wvyacon Whytheville, WV

Jan 24th-26th, 2014
Wizard World Portland, OR

Jan 31st-Feb 2nd, 2014
Foolscap Redmond, WA

Feb 7th-9th, 2014
Scifi Expo Dallas, TX
Ushicon Round Rock, TX
Creation Xena Burbank, CA

Feb 14th-16th, 2014
Con Of the North St. Paul, MN
Texancon Stephanville, TX
Creation Grand Slam Burbank, CA

Feb 21st-23rd, 2014
Pensacon Pensacola, FL
Beyondcon Gig Harbor, WA
Potlatch San Jose, CA
Mysticon Roanoke, VA
Connooga Chattanooga, TN
Gamicon Iowa City, IA

Feb 27th-March 1st, 2014
Intercon Chelmsford, MA

March 7th-9th, 2014
Marscon Bloomington, MN
Furnal Equinox Toronto, ON

March 13th-16th, 2014
Allcon Dallas, TX
Creation Supernatural Las Vegas, NV

March 21st-24th, 2014
Condor San Diego, CA

March 28th-30th, 2014
Emerald City Seattle, WA

April 4th-5th, 2014
Wizard World St Louis, MO

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Conventions next Weekend April 12th-14th, 2013

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 7, 2013 | Comments Off

Wow, I’ve attended Nashicon (twice) Windy City Pulp, Odyssey Con, and Space before. What shows are you going to? Discuss at the Consuite

April 12th-14th, 2013
221B Con Atlanta, GA
Anime Conji San Diego, CA
Anime St. Louis St. Louis, IL
Atlanta South ComicMcDonough, GA
Canadian Haunts Hamilton, ON
Constellation NE Lincoln, NE
Creation Vampire Diaries Las Vegas, NV
Eaton/SFRA Riverside, CA
Econocon Plymouth, NH
Furry Connection Novi, MI
Icon Idaho Falls, ID
Let’s Play Green Bay, WI
Mepacon Clarks Summit, PA
Monsterpalooza Burbank, CA
Nashicon Columbia, SC
No Brand Con Eau Claire, WI
Odyssey Con Madison, WI
Pirate Fest Greenville, NC
Shinbokucon Elyria, OH
Space Columbus, OH
Spring Break Orlando, FL
Steam Revolution Nashua, NH
Windy City Pulp & Paper Lombard, IL

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Wondercon Flashback

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 5, 2013 | Comments Off

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Iain Banks not to be at 2014 Worldcon

By Petrea Mitchell| April 3, 2013 | Comments Off

Iain (M.) Banks, one of the Guests of Honor for Loncon 3, the 2014 Worldcon, has been diagnosed with inoperable late-stage cancer. He has probably less than a year to live and is cancelling all his planned appearances in order to spend as much time as possible with family.

Banks’s statment can be read here at Banksophilia.

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Tampa Bay Comic Con Is This Weekend

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 3, 2013 | Comments Off

April 3rd, 2013 – The Tampa Bay Comic Con is just days away! The Tampa Bay Comic Con is April 6-7 and will bring to the city of Tampa, two actresses from AMC’s The Walking DeadLauren Cohan and Emily Kinney. In addition, actor and musician, Drake Bell who is known for starring in the Superhero Movie, the voice of Spider-Man in Ultimate Spider-Man and  Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh. These special guests will be signing autographs for attendees throughout the weekend. Emily Kinney and Drake Bell will be in attendance on both days of the convention. Lauren Cohan will be in attendance on Sunday only.

 

In addition, the Tampa Bay Comic Con’s guest list is set to include a talented array of professional comic book creators. Among them are: Rich Buckler, (1970s era Marvel Comics artist), Jenny Frison (Hack & Slash artist), Arthur Suydam  (Walking Dead and Marvel Zombies artist), Bob Layton (Iron Man artist), Luke McDonnell (Iron Man artist), Joe Jusko (Conan, Vampirella), Clayton Crain (Carnage, Ghost Rider) and Clay Mann (X-Men). Read more

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Earth Girls Are Easy Special Screening to Benefit Hollywood Theater

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 3, 2013 | Comments Off

Pittsburgh, PA – April 1, 2013 – The Hollywood Theater in Dormont goes back to the 80s on April 13, 2013 with a special event to benefit the theater’s digital projection fundraising campaign.  The evening features a screening of the 1988 sci-fi comedy “Earth Girls Are Easy”, which stars Geena Davis, Pittsburgh native Jeff Goldblum, Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans and Julie Brown.

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Four-Piece Band 7!! to Rock MusicFest at FanimeCon 2013

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 2, 2013 | Comments Off

San Jose, CA (April 1, 2012) – FanimeCon announced today that 7!! (pronounced “Seven Oops”) will be performing at their first North American convention – FanimeCon 2013’s MusicFest, which takes place over Memorial Day weekend at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

7!! is a four-piece band from Okinawa with an infectious pop melody thanks to their vocalist NANAE’s sweet and innocent voice. Their music has a certain similarity to the world-view of girl comics, and they’re favored by young generation fans. Making their musical debut in 2011 they scored the theme song for the film ‘High School Debut’ with their first single ‘Fallin Love.’ Since then their music has been featured in a variety of shows including Fuji Sankei Group’s morning news program ‘FCI Morning Eye’, broadcasted all over the United States (with the song ‘Nijiiro’), the anime series ‘Naruto Shippuden’ (with the song ‘Lovers’). Their latest single (‘Sayonara Memory’) being used as the ending theme for ‘Naruto Shippuden’ and their single “Bye Bye” also was used as the theme song for TV animation “Kimi to Boku”. The band is increasing its’ fans globally with these animation tie-ins. Last year, they performed in Jakarta for the first time in overseas Read more

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24 conventions added to the calendar.

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 31, 2013 | Comments Off

Oct 4th-5th, 2013
Fantom Fest San Antonio, TX
Nuke Con Omaha, NE
Siegecon Atlanta, GA

Oct 18th-20th, 2013
Anime Fusion Bloomington, MN
Charcon Charleston, WV

Oct 25th-27th, 2013
Ultimate Horror Weekend Orlando, FL
Hallowcon Dalton, GA

Nov 1st-3rd, 2013
Anime Nebraskon Lincoln, NE
Izumicon Oklahoma City, OK

Nov 8th-9th, 2013
Houston Arcade Houston, TX
Omegacon Siren, WI
Philcon Cherry Hill, NJ
Tuscon Tuscon, AZ
Bentcon Burbank, CA

Nov 15th-16th, 2013
Nerdacon Columbus, GA

Nov 22nd-24th, 2013
U-con Ann Arbor, MI
Board Game Geek Dallas, TX
Super MegafestBoston, MA

Nov 29th-Dec 1st, 2013
SFContario Toronto, ON

Dec 6th-8th, 2013
Anonycon Stamford, CT

Dec 27th-29th, 2013
Anime Apocalypse Rockford, IL

Jan 3rd-5th, 2014
Anime Zap Peoria, IL
Magfest National Harbor, MD

Feb 14th-16th, 2014
Farpointcon Timonium, MD

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PR: Anime-zing! adds Doctor Awkward

By Petrea Mitchell| March 31, 2013 | Comments Off

Iowa anime convention Anime-zing! is happy to announce that Nerdcore rapper Doctor Awkward will be appearing and performing at Anime-zing! 2013 at the Clarion Hotel in Davenport, Iowa from May 3-5. Following the announcement that V is for Villains is no longer able to perform this year, convention organizers are very excited to have Doctor Awkward fill the concert needs of Iowa congoers.
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Conventions next weekend 4/5-4/8, 2013

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 31, 2013 | Comments Off

I will be set up at the Tri-Cities Toy show next weekend. Where will you be? Talk about it at the Consuite.

April 5th-8th, 2013
Ad AstraToronto, ON
A and G Cinncinatti, OH
Arkansas Anime Festival Bentonville, AR
Charlotte Comic Charlotte, NC
Chimaeracon San Antonio, TX
Conglomeration Louisville, KY
Creation Vampire Diaries Chicago, IL
Days of The Dead Los Angeles, CA
Fluke Athens, GA
Freecon Tallahasee, Fl
Gi Joe Con Indianapolis, IN
Ghouls Drive-in Vandergrift, PA
Kingdomcon San Diego, CA
LA SCifi Port Allen, LA
Mace West Hickory, NC
Mich Pinball Rochester, MI
MOCCA New York, NY
Planet Comiccon Overland Park, KS
Ravencon Richmond, VA
Shutocon Lansing, MI
Steel City ConMonroeville, PA
Super Show Reading, PA
Tampa Bay Comic Con Tampa, FL
Tekkoshocon Pittsburgh, PA
TriCities Toy & Hobby Gray, TN
Willycon Wayne, NE

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Hugo Nominees announced.

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 30, 2013 | Comments Off

The winners will be revealed at this years Worldcon in Texas.

Best Novel (1,113 ballots)

2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
Blackout by Mira Grant (Orbit)
Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi (Tor)
Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed (DAW)

Best Novella (587 ballots)

After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress (Tachyon Publications)
The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson (Tachyon Publications)
On a Red Station, Drifting by Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press)
San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats by Mira Grant (Orbit)
“The Stars Do Not Lie” by Jay Lake (Asimov’s, Oct-Nov 2012)

Best Novelette (616 ballots)

“The Boy Who Cast No Shadow” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Postscripts: Unfit For Eden, PS Publications)
“Fade To White” by Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld, August 2012)
“The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi” by Pat Cadigan (Edge of Infinity, Solaris)
“In Sea-Salt Tears” by Seanan McGuire (Self-published)
“Rat-Catcher” by Seanan McGuire (A Fantasy Medley 2, Subterranean)

Best Short Story (662 ballots)
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Kansasfest news

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 30, 2013 | Comments Off

KANSAS CITY, MO — March 29, 2013 — KansasFest, the 25th annual convention dedicated to the Apple II computer, is now open for registration. Users, programmers, hobbyists, and retrocomputing enthusiasts are invited to Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, from Tuesday, July 23, through Sunday, July 28, for six days and five nights of sessions, demos, announcements, contests, and camaraderie.

The week kicks off with keynote speaker Randy Wigginton, Apple employee #6, who worked on the Disk ][ disk drive, Apple DOS, and Applesoft BASIC.  Wigginton will be available immediately afterward for a Q&A and autograph session.

The week then offers a variety of presentations and workshops, including but not limited to:
•    Teaching kids to program with Matthew Hellinger
•    Disk ][ theory of design with Tony Diaz
•    Hardware hacking with Stephen Buggie
•    How to build an arcade machine using MESS and MAME emulation with Carrington Vanston
•    Disk copy de-protection with Martin Haye
•    HackFest, an annual programming challenge open to coders of all skill levels
•    A vendor fair and exhibit hall for attendees and the general public to show off, play with, and buy and sell new or unusual hardware and software Read more

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A HALLOWEEN, HORROR AND HAUNT EXTRAVAGANZA…IN MAY!

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 30, 2013 | Comments Off

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ORLANDO, FL – For the first time ever, three of the biggest names in the horror and haunt industry, Spooky
Empire, alongside TransWorld and Netherworld, are bringing a Halloween and Horror event like never before!

For fans of everything scary and – well, spooky – Orlando, Florida plays host to a pair of the most popular themed events in the na tion. Produced by Spooky Empire, October’s “Ultimate Horror Weekend” and May’s “May-Hem” stand as the Southeast’s premier destinations for those whose tastes run to the darker side of entertainment. A fully-loaded weekend of all things horror-centric, the Spooky Empire shows have garnered a strong following of
fans and attendees who descend upon the Sunshine State twice a year for a heavy dose of madness and macabre.
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C2E2 WELCOMES NEW COMICS PUBLISHERS TO ANNUAL POP CULTURE EVENT

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 29, 2013 | Comments Off

Norwalk, CT, March 26, 2013: Officials at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) have announced that there will be many new and fresh faces at the annual pop culture extravaganza this year. Several notable comics publishers will be exhibiting at the show for the first time. They will be joining other leading publishers, such as Marvel and DC Entertainment, who have helped to make C2E2 the preeminent pop culture event in the Midwest since its debut in 2010. Officials are projecting that exhibitor space at C2E2 will be approximately 25 percent larger than last year! A few of the creative and innovative new companies on hand this year will be Action Lab Entertainment, Athleta Comics and Lion Forge Comics. In addition, Reload Comics and 2000 AD/Rebellion will be at C2E2 for the first time promoting their widely popular properties and titles.
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Days of the Dead LA

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 28, 2013 | Comments Off

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Don’t miss out when DAYS OF THE DEAD brings horror back to the west coast and invades the LOS ANGELES CONVENTION CENTER, APRIL 5th-7th with over 50 dealers, 100+ horror guests, prop displays, and 30+ hours of panels, film screenings, and MORE! Pre-order your tickets online and save up to $10 on the door price, avoid long lines to get in, and score a cool limited edition laminate (Weekend Passes only)! 
Online discount passes will only be available through Wednesday, APRIL 3rd, so DONT DELAY! Don’t miss the MASSIVE guest list of over 100 celebrity guests over three different, terror packed days, including KEITH DAVID, RODDY PIPER, SID HAIG, BILL MOSELEY, ADAM GREEN, TIM SULLIVAN, HEATHER LANGENKAMP, WEDNESDAY 13,TRACI LORDS, JAKE BUSEY, DICK MILLER, TYLER MANE, JOE LYNCH, MICHAEL BERRYMAN, KEITH DAVID, DEREK MEARS, and many, many more!

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The Doctor, the TARDIS, Star Trek : Renegades into Texas

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 27, 2013 | Comments Off

My Houston Hometown Comic Con – Jason David Frank, Power Rangers

Houston, Texas (PRWEB) March 15, 2013 For fans celebrating the 50th Anniversary of “Dr. Who”, the 20th Anniversary of the Power Rangers, and all things Pop Culture, Houston, Texas is the destination of choice for the summer “Geek Festival” on August 2-4. Space City Con 2013 includes 24 hour programming for 3 days, exapnded to two adjoining hotels, with vendors, comics, artists, authors, media guests, gaming & video-gaming, cosplay, a Masquerade competition, martial arts demonstrations, a Klingon Makeover for Charity, theRobotech 2013 Convention Tour, and fun for kids of all ages to enjoy. Sylvester McCoy, beloved for his role as the 7th Doctor, and also for his quirky Radagast the Brown wizard in the international blockbuster, Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, will be joining a gathering of 5 Power Rangers: Jason David Frank (Green), Steve Cardenas (Red), Catherine Sutherland (Pink), Blake Foster (Blue Turbo), and Karan Ashley (Yellow), a native Texan like JDF. Read more

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ANIME BLAST CHATTANOOGA ANNOUNCES FIRST ROUND OF GUESTS

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 27, 2013 | Comments Off

Press Release:

CHATTANOOGA, TN – March 26, 2013 – Anime Blast Chattanooga is pleased to
present its first round of guest announcements. Attendees will be joined by voice
and on-camera actress Cherami Leigh, musical guest Project: Leviathan, and Greg
Wicker aka Greggo’s Game Shows.

Anime Blast Chattanooga will be held Nov. 8-10, 2013 at the Chattanooga
Convention Center in Chattanooga, TN. Pre-registration for the weekend
is $25 till May 1st, $30 after May 1st, with VIP packages available for $50.
Details on the VIP package, as well as the registration form, can be found
at www.animeblastchattanooga.com . Read more

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Shawn Marshall previews Wondercon panels

By Shawn Scott Smith| March 26, 2013 | Comments Off

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