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MANU INTIRAYMI joins TrekTrax Atlanta

By Shawn Scott Smith| February 21, 2013 | Comments Off

manuTrekTrax Atlanta is pleased to announce that MANU INTIRAYMI has been added to our 2013 Guest Roster!

Manu is an American television and theatre actor best known as Icheb in eleven episodes during the last two seasons of Star Trek: Voyager, including “Collective, ” “Ashes to Ashes,” “Child’s Play,” “The Haunting of Deck Twelve,” “Imperfection,” “Nightingale,” “Shattered,” “Lineage,” “Human Error,” “Q2″ and “Endgame: Part 1.”

TrekTrax Atlanta will be Manu’s first-ever convention appearance in the southeastern United States, and he’s very much looking forward to celebrating his birthday here with us!

TrekTrax Atlanta memberships, VIP champagne reception tickets, souvenir t-shirts, fan tables, dealer tables and more can be purchased on our web site at trektrax.org.  You can also book your hotel room, volunteer for staff and register to compete in the Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant.  Find lots of information on all our guests, special events, programming and much more!TrekTrax Atlanta Website

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Tom Felton, Henry Winkler Added To Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con Celebrity Roster, March 22-23-24

By Shawn Scott Smith| February 21, 2013 | Comments Off

‘Draco Malfoy’ From ‘Harry Potter’ Joins ‘Happy Days’ Actor, Successful Producer, Director As Additions To Inaugural Event At America’s Center; Stan Lee, Laurie Holden, Billy Dee Williams, WWE® Superstar Randy Orton®, Superstar Comics Creators Also Headlining

NEW YORK and ST. LOUIS, February 20, 2013 – Tom Felton, best known for his portrayal of “Draco Malfoy” in the Harry Potter series, and Henry Winkler, who first became a pop culture icon as “The Fonz” in the classic TV series “Happy Days,” have been added to the standout celebrity roster at the inaugural 2013 Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con, March 22-24 at America’s Center.  The two join previously announced guests Stan Lee, Laurie Holden, Billy Dee Williams, WWE® Superstar Randy Orton®, James Marsters and Dean Cain among the headliners.

Felton, who began filming commercials at age eight and auditioned for the Malfoy role at age 12, appeared as the increasingly prominent villainous character in all eight films based on J.K. Rowlings’ blockbuster fantasy series, from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in 2001 through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 2011.  He also appeared as “Dodge Landon” in Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011.

After taking the entertainment world by storm in his breakout role as “Fonzie” in the popular sitcom “Happy Days” (1974-84), Winkler established himself as an award-winning producer and director, mixing in a few well-placed acting roles like Scream, Waterboy and last year’s Here Comes the Boom along the way.  After achieving success as “Fonzie,” originally written as a minor character but which soon earned him billing alongside other series stars Ron Howard and Tom Bosley, Winkler quickly transitioned to produce the successful television series “MacGyver” and direct the film Memories of Me, among dozens of off-screen credits over the past four decades. Read more

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David Boreanaz, ‘Angel,’ ‘Buffy,’ ‘Bones’ Star To Attend Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con

By Shawn Scott Smith| February 20, 2013 | Comments Off

, June 1-2 For First-Ever Public Signing

Joins Stan Lee, Summer Glau, William Shatner, WWE® Superstars John Cena® And Daniel Bryan® At Pennsylvania Convention Center

NEW YORK and PHILADELPHIA, February 19, 2013 – Best known for starring roles in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel” and the current Fox prime-time series “Bones,” David Boreanaz will make his first-every public signing atWizard World Philadelphia Comic Con on Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2.  Boreanaz, who grew up in the Philadelphia area, played the vampire “Angel” in the Joss Whedon cult series and portrays “Special Agent Seeley Booth” opposite Emily Deschanel in “Bones.”

Boreanaz will meet Wizard World fans, pose for photo ops (solo, dual and with fellow “Buffy” cast alums James Marsters, Charisma Carpenter, Juliet Landau and others also in attendance), sign autographs and conduct an interactive Q&A at Philadelphia Comic Con.  He will join fellow comics legend Stan Lee, Summer Glau (Serenity, “Firefly”), William Shatner (“Star Trek,” “Boston Legal”), WWE® Superstars John Cena® And Daniel Bryan® and Manu Bennett (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, “Spartacus: Vengeance”) as headliners scheduled at the event, held May 30 – June 2 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Read more

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Dragoncon guests added recently

By Shawn Scott Smith| February 19, 2013 | Comments Off

Taken from the Dragoncon guest page

GUESTS, PROFESSIONALS, AND PERFORMERS BY ANNOUNCEMENT DATE
Announced: 02/14/2013
Trina Ray
Trina Ray is an astronomer with the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn operated out of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In her current position she coordinates all the Titan science opportunities for the Cassini Mission. She is an active public speaker for NASA, invited to give many talks around the nation.

Announced: 02/11/2013
Lou Anders
Lou Anders is the Hugo Award winning editorial director of Pyr books, a Chesley Award winning Art Director, and the editor of nine anthologies. He has also been nominated five additional Hugos, four additional Chesleys, three WFC awards, and for the PKD, Locus, and Shirley Jackson awards.

Dr. Bob Blackwood
Dr. Bob Blackwood, professor emeritus, City Colleges of Chicago, is the author of one book on films & co-author of another. He has attended Science Fiction & Fantasy conventions throughout the U.S. and Canada. Currrently, he is reviewing films for the Columbia River Reader, Oregon/Washington.

Paul Jenkins
Paul Jenkins is a British comic book writer. He has had much success crossing over into the American comic book market. Primarily working for Marvel Comics, he has had a big part shaping the characters of the company over the past decade. He currently works on the Fablewood Saga.

Rosemary Laurey
Rosemary Laurey is a USA Today Best selling author of vampire, paranormal romance. Her upcoming release is Dark in the Woods out September 2013. She also writes erotica as Madeleine Oh and has written fantasy as Georgia Evans.

T. S. Rider
T. S. Rider started writing in the third grade. Her first story was published in the Golden Visions Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy in October 2009. Her second publication appeared in the Deadly Ink 2010 Short Story Collection. Since then she has concentrated on longer fiction and art work.

Announced: 02/05/2013
Don Coscarelli
Director Don Coscarelli is most known for his Phantasm films as well as Bubba Ho-Tep and Beastmaster. His new film John Dies at the End (starring Paul Giamatti) is sure to be a hit!
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Denver Comic Con guests.

By Shawn Scott Smith| February 19, 2013 | Comments Off

Denver Comic Con rolls out yet another wave of artist announcements including literary guests, television celebrities, radio and television emcees, as well as opportunities for gamers and volunteers alike.

Chris WareScheduled to take place at the Colorado Convention Center from May 31 – June 2, the annual pop culture event attracted nearly 30,000 people at its launch last year, prompting event organizers to go even bigger and better in 2013. With a guest list that ranges from Nerd-tastic to sci-fi-rific notables such as Stan Lee,Wil WheatonFelicia Day and other cast members from The Guild, along with a legion of comic book artists and voice actors, Denver Comic Con is proud to announce that New York Times bestseller Chris Ware is now joining the lineup.

DENVER COMIC CON
Colorado Convention Center
May 31 – June 2nd
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Fresh off the heels of the organization’s “indie-week” aimed at featuring the crème de la crème of the independent comic world (and released only to their social networking sites) the locally-operated organization announced yet another visionary guest to initiate this year’s Education Day of the convention: New York Times bestseller Chris Wareknown for his work on the Acme Novelty Library series, graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth and the unique set of books called Building Stories. Ware will be a featured guest of both Denver Comic Con and Special Guest at ROMOCOCO (Rocky Mountain Conference on Comics & Graphic Novels). Scheduled to take place the last weekend of May, the five-day event encapsulates both a literary conference and full-scale comic convention, with both events celebrating their second year in 2013. Read more

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Space 2013 Anthology Contributors

By Shawn Scott Smith| February 18, 2013 | Comments Off

Here’s the list of contributors for the 2013 Space Anthology available at the S.P.A.C.E. Comics show April 13th & 14th, 2013 in Columbus, OH
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Bob Corby
Chris Charlton
Christian Wald
Doug Hufford
Ed Delaney
John Steventon
Kel Crum
Lee Smith
Lorenzo Ross
Mark Mariano
Matt Chic
Michael Carroll
R Hendricks
Rachel Altvater
Ron Braun
Sarah Morton
Shawn Padraic Murphy
Steve Myers
Ted Intorcio
Tim Fuller
Troy-Jeffrey Allen
Brian John Mitchell

More info on the Space Website

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17 convention dates for you!

By Shawn Scott Smith| February 17, 2013 | Comments Off

May 10th-12th, 2013
Saltfest Salt Lake City, UT
Port City Pop Con Wilmington, NC

July 20th-21st, 2013
Kuroneko Spokane, WA

July 26th-28th, 2013
Animeland Tucon Tuscon, AZ

Aug 2nd-4th, 2013
Harbour ConfusionSt. John, NB
Anime Fest Orlando Orlando, FL
Mysterium Rochester, NY

Aug 16th-18th, 2013
Otakuthon Montreal, QB
Vividcon Chicago, IL

Aug 23rd-25th, 2013
Retcon Long Island, NY

Aug 31st-Sept 1st, 2013
Librari-con Fayetteville, NC
Sabotecon Phoenix, AZ

Sept 7th-9th, 2013
No Mich Anime Traverse City, MI

Sept 20th-22nd, 2013
Otaku Mex Alburquerque, NM

Sept 28th-29th, 2013
Brickworld Ft. Wayne, IN

Oct 4th-6th, 2013
ConX Kansas City, MO

Jan 3rd-5th, 2014
Destination Anime Ft Lauderdale, FL

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Conventions next weekend 2/22-2/24, 2013

By Shawn Scott Smith| February 17, 2013 | Comments Off

Feb 22nd-24th, 2013
Anachrocon Atlanta, GA
Beyondcon Gig Harbor, WA
Con-G Guelph, ON
Dreamation Morriston, NJ
Faeriecon West Seattle, WA
Fire and Ice Mantioc, WI
Furry Fiesta Dallas, TX
Mysticon Roanoke, VA
Prezcon Charlottesville, VA
Totalcon Mansfield, MA
Toy And Hobby Show Charlotte, NC
Tsukinocon Victoria, BC
Vul-con Phoenix, AZ (cancelled)
Wizard World Portland, OR

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Gally & Grand Slam day 1 coverage

By Shawn Scott Smith| February 16, 2013 | Comments Off

Shawn Marshall reports from Day 1 of Gally and Creations Grand Slam. Subscribe to his channel so we keep getting these reports!

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New Dragon*Con statement on Ed Kramer

By Petrea Mitchell| February 16, 2013 | Comments Off

Dragon*Con has posted a new statement regarding Ed Kramer here. Regarding the recent discussions around fandom, it says:

The current flood of “information” about this litigation appears to have been taken from the multiple lawsuits against Dragon*Con filed by Edward Kramer and his lawyers (i.e., Edward Kramer’s arguments and allegations, not documented facts). To our dismay, much of this misinformation is being quoted as pure fact despite the reality that a court of law determined that many of the facts and figures provided by Mr. Kramer in his law suits were false, inaccurate or completely fictitious.

However, the figure of $154,000 for Kramer’s latest shareholder dividend was reported by Atlanta Magazine as the amount D*C was ordered to pay, not mere allegations from Kramer.

The statement reinterates that Kramer has had no role in the management or operations of D*C since 2000, which is completely true so far as anyone has been able to determine. It also asks:

We do hope that everyone understands that due to past, present, and possible future lawsuits we find ourselves unable to comment further on any matters concerning Edward Kramer. Please do not construe any future silence on the matter as a lack of concern on the part of the Dragon*Con staff and more specifically, our board of directors.

Read the whole thing here.

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Florida supercon news.

By Shawn Scott Smith| February 16, 2013 | Comments Off

Greetings!
A special thanks to everyone who made it out to he first ever Animate! Miami last month! It was awesome and far more people than we ever expected came out for the fun. Now that Animate! Miami is in the books, its time to focus 100% on Florida Supercon! We’ve got a bunch of news and new guest announcements for FSC this week. Plus some notes on Animate! Miami.
Florida Supercon has announced a slew of new guests in the past several weeks for our July 4-7, 2013 event, including:
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ADAM BALDWIN: Star of Firefly, Serenity, Chuck, Angel and Justice League

LAURIE HOLDEN: Star of The Walking Dead, X-Files, Silent Hill & The Shield
SGT SLAUGHTER: Star of G.I. Joe. Wrestling Legend
ERIN GRAY: Star of Buck Rogers, The Guild, Silver Spoons
RICHARD HORVITZ: Star of Invader Zim, Power Rangers, Billy and Mandy
RIKKI SIMONS: Star of Invader Zim

DAVID YOST: Star of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
WALTER JONES: Star of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

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TrekTrax Atlanta

By Shawn Scott Smith| February 16, 2013 | Comments Off

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Add TrekTrax Atlanta to the same weekend we are going to Jordancon in Atlanta. We will be pulling double duty covering both cons the weekend of April 19th-21st, 2013. Can’t wait!
TrekTrax Atlanta website

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British Invasion 2 Comes to Baltimore!

By Shawn Scott Smith| February 15, 2013 | Comments Off

 

Bolland! Buckingham! Cheung! Gibbons! Kitson! Langridge!

Judge-Dredd-The-Complete-Brian-BollandBALTIMORE, MARYLAND - February 14, 2013 - The Baltimore Comic-Con is proud to announce that the British Invasion will be returning to Charm City for the second year in a row! Thus far, we can confirm that Brian Bolland, Jimmy Cheung, and Roger Langridge will all be joining previous announced British Invasion guests Mark Buckingham, Dave Gibbons, and Barry Kitson for this year’s show. The show will be held on September 7-8, 2013 at the Baltimore Convention Center. 

Brian Bolland, who is best-known for his meticulously detailed line work, is one of the artists who helped define the look and feel of Judge Dredd for the British anthology series 2000 AD, and spearheaded what has become known as the “British Invasion” of the American comic industry in the early-’80s. Bolland won three Harvey Awards in 1989 for Best Artist, Best Graphic Album, and Best Single Issue for The Killing Joke. His most recent work includes covers for DC Comics’ Dial H.

Jimmy Cheung began his career in the mid-1990s at Marvel Comics, working on titles such as X- ForceForce Works, and Spider-Man UnlimitedCheung AvX0In 2000, he left Marvel to join the team at CrossGen Comics, heading up the art duties on one of their flagship titles,Scion. In 2005, Cheung returned to Marvel where he worked on Secret WarriorsYoung Avengers, and Wolverine. Most recently, he illustrated the covers to Marvel’s big Avenger/X-Men event, Avengers vs. X-Men andSpider-Men. Read more

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WaCon: a crowd-funded gaming convention

By Petrea Mitchell| February 15, 2013 | Comments Off

WaCon is a proposed gaming convention to be held September 28-29 in Waco, Texas– if it can raise the seed money on Kickstarter. The minimum donation that gets you a membership is $25.

The goal is to raise $6500, and it’s already about a third of the way there. Read more about it at its Kickstarter page here.

[Hat tip: John Mansfield]

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Walking Dead variants available at Wizard Worlds 2013

By Shawn Scott Smith| February 14, 2013 | Comments Off

Available to All Wizard World Comic Con 2013 Attendees

First TWD #1 variant cover by comic writer/artist Michael Golden debuts at Portland Comic Con, Feb. 22-24; Limited Editions Via Skybound Only Available At Wizard World Throughout 2013

NEW YORK, February 13, 2013 – Robert Kirkman, creator and writer of the groundbreaking, Eisner-Award winning The Walking Dead comic book series and graphic novels continues to break records in all of its incarnations. Wizard World and Skybound, Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, have teamed to bring fans what they want, more of The Walking Dead! Now, all full-price attendees at every Wizard World event in 2013 will receive a limited-edition, exclusive cover variant of The Walking Dead#1.

A different superstar artist will create the variant cover art for each of the eight scheduled shows this year. Comic book writer/artist Michael Golden illustrates the first variant cover at Wizard World Portland Comic Con, Feb. 22-24 at the Oregon Convention Center. At each event, the cover artist will be on hand to sign fans’ copies. More cover artists will be announced shortly.

The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 editions will be produced in extremely limited quantities and are available to fans only while supplies last at each Wizard World convention.

Wizard World cons have always been great events for The Walking Dead,” said Kirkman. “I’m excited to present the all-new #1 cover variant by the legendary Michael Golden at Portland Comic Con this year.”

John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO added, “With The Walking Dead #100 as the highest-selling comic book of last year, we are absolutely thrilled to have this exclusive book that started it all available to all our Wizard World fans, beginning in the Pacific Northwest. Giving it away for free to all paid attendees is our way of giving back to the fan community that has supported us!”

The Walking Dead graphic novels accounted for seven of the 10 bestselling titles of the year and were #1 overall for both 2011 and 2012.

Michael Rooker and Norman Reedus, stars of the AMC series based upon The Walking Dead will attend Wizard World Portland Comic Con. Comics legend Stan Lee, Happy Days star Henry Winkler, Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell, Homeland headliner Morena Baccarin and WWE® Superstar The Miz® are among the other headliners. They will be joined by a top-drawer collection of well-known artists and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions in the first event on Wizard World’s 2013 calendar and the first Wizard World event in Oregon.

Wizard World Portland Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Admission is free for kids 10 and under, and Sunday, February 24, is “Kids Day,” an array of programming specially designed for children. Event hours are Friday, Feb. 22, 3-8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-7 p.m and Sunday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Read more

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Norman Partridge also GoH at 2014 WHC

By Petrea Mitchell| February 14, 2013 | Comments Off

In addition to the previously reported guests for the 2014 World Horror Convention, author Norman Partridge will also be a Guest of Honor.

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Jordancon

By Shawn Scott Smith| February 13, 2013 | Comments Off

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Excited to say we will be heading to Atlanta the weekend of April 19th-22nd to cover Jordancon for our readers. It’s also this years Deepsouthcon so it should be a blast.

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Convention documentary seeks crowd funding

By Petrea Mitchell| February 13, 2013 | Comments Off

5 Cons is a planned documentary series on convention culture spanning 5 conventions across the US and UK. It’s looking for $3500 in funding via Indiegogo, of which it has already raised $1200. The 5 conventions to be included are:

  • LoneStarCon 3, the 2013 World Science Fiction Convention in San Antonio
  • 2013 World Fantasy Convention in Brighton, UK
  • Westercon 66 in Sacramento, CA
  • ConQuesT in Kansas City
  • Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition in Santa Clara, CA

In addition, the project will be filming promotional material at Gallifrey One. For more, see its Indiegogo project page.

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