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Confluence gets you ready for D23.

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

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Attack of the Show.

By Shawn Scott Smith| August 6, 2013 | Comments Off

Meet ‘Attack Of The Show’ Host Sara Underwood At Four Upcoming Wizard World Shows

Be there when actress, TV host, model — and Playboy Playmate – Sara Underwood appears at four upcoming Wizard World shows, beginning withChicago Comic Con on Friday and Saturday, August 9-10.  Underwood, the July 2006 Playmate of the Month and 2007 Playmate of the Year, was also a host of G4′s “Attack of the Show.”

The sunny blonde has appeared in several films, including Epic Movie andThe Telling, and has TV experience on MTV’s “Ridiculousness” and “Black Belt TV.”

See Underwood at Ohio Comic Con (Sept. 20-21), Nashville Comic Con (Oct. 18-19) and Austin Comic Con (Nov. 22-23) to round out 2013.

GET YOUR WIZARD WORLD TICKETS HERE!

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FLORIDA COMIC CONVENTIONS

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

-PopCulture Playground will be set up at the Retr-O-Rama Pop Culture Collectibles Show this Sunday August 4th, 2013.
-We will be in booth # 408 at the Tampa Bay Comic Con on August 23 to 25, 2013
-Check info on website or contact person for list comic shws as some shows have changed location, times and some have been cancelled.
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-August 3-4, 2013 : Fan Boy Expo at Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607
Multi-media, comic convention
More info at http://fanboyexpo.com/
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-August 4, 2013 : Retr-O-Rama Pop Culture Collectibles Show will be at the Ramada Inn Mandarin. 3130 Hartley Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32257
Collectibles convention.
Admission is$4.00 and $3.00 with flyer from web site. Show hours are 10 AM to 4 PM.
More info at https://www.jaxretrorama.com
Send email to Retrorama66@aol.com
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-August 10, 2013 : Florida Comics Experience at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront located at 2605
Florida A1A, Melbourne, Florida 32903.
Comic, anime and toy show.
More info at http://www.florida-comics.com/
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-August 17-18, 2013 : CBC at the Holiday Inn Suites, 5905 Kirkman Road, Orlando, Florida 32819
Comic and toy show.
Brought to you by the Comic Book Connection. See web site for times and admission price.
More info call Joe at 904-703-9246 or email layoutman2@aol.com
Web site is http://thecomicbookconnection.com/  Read more
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Conventions next weekend 8/9-8/11, 2013

By Shawn Scott Smith| August 4, 2013 | Comments Off

Aug 9th-11th, 2013
Animethon Edmonton, AB
Charticon Charlotte, NC
Coppercon Mesa, AZ
Cos and Effect Vancouver, BC
Creation Star Trek Las Vegas, NV
D23 Anaheim, CA
Dragonflight Bellevue, WA
Dum Dum Louisville, KY
Florida Comics Melbourne, FL
Nagucon Helena, MT
Otakon Baltimore, MD
Pirate Invasion Beaufort, NC
Pirates & Wenches Rock Hall, MD
Spocon Spokane. WA
Toy And Hobby Show Charlotte, NC
When Worlds Collide Calgary, AB
Whedonfest Scottsville, KY
Wizard World Chicago, IL

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Horror Realm’s Summer of Scares Invades the Hollywood Theater in August

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

 

 Three special events for horror fans

 

Pittsburgh, PA – August 2, 2013 – Horror Realm’s Summer of Scares continues with three events at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont in August:

 

  • 13 Hours of Sci Fi – Building on the success of its previous 13 Hours of Horror and 13 Hours of Grindhouse programs, Horror Realm tackles cheesy science fiction movies on August 10.  Doors open at 10:45 AM and tickets are $13 for an all day pass or $5 per individual movie.  All proceeds benefit the Hollywood Theater.  The tentative schedule for the day is:

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Baltimore Comic-Con Welcomes Back Neal and Josh Adams

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

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - July 31, 2013 - The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to announce the return of Neal and Josh Adams as guests for this year’s show, taking place September 7-8, 2013 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Neal and Josh join the growing line-up of talent attending the 14th annual show.

Neal Adams HungerSilver Age artist and creator-rights advocate, Neil Adams’ work on such DC Comics characters as Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, and Green Arrow throughout the ’60s and ’70s redefined an era of comics, and brought a photo-realistic feel to the pages of their respective books. His eye for detail and definition elevated the art form to levels that had previously been seen only in fantasy illustration.

In the late-’60s, while freelancing for DC Comics, Adams also began working at Marvel Comics on X-Men with Roy Thomas. He continued to work for DC and Marvel throughout the late-’60s and ’70s, working on the titles The Avengers, Detective Comics, and Green Lantern/Green Arrow.

In addition, Adams crusaded for years to secure pensions and recognition for Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, creators of Superman and, in 1978, he helped form the Comics Creators Guide. He was inducted into the Eisner Awards’ Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1998, and the Harvey Awards’ Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1999. Most recently, he finished working on the covers for Marvel Comics’ First X-Men.

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BITGEN GAMER FEST, AUGUST 10TH, 2013

By Shawn Scott Smith| August 1, 2013 | Comments Off

*MAGFEST* PARTNERS WITH BALTIMORE’S SUMMER VIDEO GAME MUSIC FESTIVAL

*Baltimore, MD – July 31st, 2013* – Itching for your fix of video
game music bands, and can’t wait until January for MAGFest 12? Then
boy, do we have something to scratch that for you. MAGFest is teamed
up with Baltimore’s BitGen Gamer Fest

to put on BitGen’s 8th annual summer show! The two forces have
combined into some kind of video game music megazord, so BitGen is
officially a MAGFest event.

*BitGen Gamer Fest 8

* is August 10th, 2013 at Rams Head Live, Baltimore’s biggest rock
venue. With 11 bands, dozens of arcades and consoles to play, and even
artists selling nerd themed creations, BitGen Gamer Fest is packed to
the gills with geeky goodness. Internet comedy legend *brentalfloss*
will MC the evening, and will help guide concert-goers through the
diverse lineup of musical acts:

*Headlining Bands:*

Powerglove

(VGM themed metal)
Random Aka Mega Ran

(VGM Hip-hop)
The Megas

(Pop-rock lyrical Mega Man covers)

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14 more conventions added!

By Shawn Scott Smith| August 1, 2013 | Comments Off

Aug 29th-Sept 2nd, 2013
Tacticon Auroro, CO

Sept 27th-29th, 2013
Malcon Greenwood, CO
Monstercon San Antonio, TX

Oct 25th-26th, 2013
Rising Star Bluefield, WV

Nov 1st-3rd, 2013
Sugiocon Cinnci, OH

Nov 16th, 2013
Nuke The Fridge City of Industry, CA

Jan 3rd-5th, 2014
Shadowcon Memphis, TN

Jan 18th-19th, 2014
Swampcon Gainesville, FL
Anime Blues Remix Memphis, TN
Deconpression Columbus, OH

Feb 6th-9th, 2014
Coastal Magic Daytona Beach, FL

June 27th-29th, 2014
Savcon Savannah, GA

Aug 22nd-24th, 2014
Power Morphin Pasadena, CA

Oct 29th-Nov 2nd, 2014
Noircon Philadelphia, PA

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Ethan Van Sciver Variant Cover of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #1 Debuts at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

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

Skybound and Wizard World’s Fifth Limited Edition Cover in the Wizard World series Free to Full-Price Attendees; VIPs To Receive Additional B&W Sketch Cover

NEW YORK, July 30, 2013 – Noted artist Ethan Van Sciver will create the fifth in a series of exclusive Wizard World variant covers of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #1 comic, provided for free to all full-price attendees at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, August 8-11at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.  Wizard World and Skybound, Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, have teamed to produce the line.

Van Sciver will be on hand at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con to sign copies of the limited-edition comic,  produced in extremely limited Read more

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More Than 100 Hours Of Programming Set For All Four Days At Wizard World Chicago Comic Con,August 8-11

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

Q&As With Stars Stan Lee, Michael Shannon, John Barrowman, WWE® Superstar CM Punk®; Firefly, Smallville Cast Reunions; Tons Of Comics And Artist Panels; Costume Contests; Meet-And Greets; Evening Programming Also Featured At Pop Culture Festival At Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

NEW YORK and ROSEMONT, Ill.,July 29, 2013 – From interactive Q&As with celebrities like Stan Lee, Michael Shannon, Robert Rodriguez, John Barrowman and WWE® Superstar CM Punk® to reunions of the “Firefly” and “Smallville” casts to comics panels, costume contests, evening parties and more, Wizard World Chicago Comic Con today unveiled its most robust and diverse programming schedule ever, with more than 100 hours scheduled over the full four days in a total of nine programming rooms at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, August 8-11. Read more

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Visioncon Welcomes Ernie Hudson for 2014!

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

VISIONCON 2014 - FEB 21•22•23 Springfield, MO

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There are very few actors who can lay claim to a professional resume as long and varied as Ernie Hudson, but Hudson has always been a unique screen presence, capable of taking on any role.  He was slimed when he co-starred as one of the “Ghostbusters” in two films; he played the simple-minded handyman Solomon in the box-office smash “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle”, and starred as Warden Glynn in the critically acclaimed HBO series “Oz.”

We are thrilled he has accepted out invitation to attend as a Guest of Honor in 2014! Stay tuned as we continue to announce Guests, Events, and Programs. Also be sure to ‘Like Us’ on facebook to connect with the community.

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Corflu 31 site now up

By Petrea Mitchell| July 29, 2013 | Comments Off

Corflu, the travelling fanzine convention, will be held in Richmond, VA next year on May 2-4. The official site now has the basic details in Progress Report #0 (PDF), which hints at the return of the full live stream of all programming next year.

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Star Wars Celebration announced for Anaheim in 2015

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

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Just announced At Celebration in Germany, Star Wars takes next year off and returns to the states a month before the new movie comes out on April 16th-19th, 2015 at Anaheim, CA.

Oh and the Website is already up. Tickets go on sale in 9 days.

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Conventions Next Weekend 8/1-8/4, 2014

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

Aug 1st-4th, 2013
Anime Fest Orlando Orlando, FL
Boston Comic Con Boston, MA
Brickfair Chantilly, VA
Bronycon Baltimore, MD
Charlotte Comic Charlotte, NC
Central Comic Con Kansas City, MO
Condition London, ON
Contamination St. Louis, MO
Costume College Woodland Hills, CA
Diversicon St. Paul, MN
Fandemonium Nampa, ID
Fanboy ExpoTampa, FL
Furcon Denver, CO
Gaymercon San Francisco, CA
GoDaikocon Troy, MI
Harbour ConfusionSt. John, NB
Musecon Itsaca, IL
Mysterium Rochester, NY
Quakecon Dallas, TX
Roundcon Columbia, SC
Shore Leave Hunt Valley, MD
Space City Houston, TX
Starfleet Intl Dallas, TX
Stocktoncon Stockton, CA
Tokyo In Tulsa Tulsa, OK

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Monstercon 2013

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 27, 2013 | 2 Comments

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Had a great time at Monstercon the past two days. The multifandom convention had a rough start this week when their host hotel bailed on them. Leaving them homeless they acted fast and secured the Timmons Arena at Furman University. A great place for the vendors and artists who were set up.

Sadly it left the panels being divided throughout the room and the lack of audio equipment and microphones made it very difficult to hear the panelists at all. I was literally in the second row on one panel and had to get up and leave because I couldnt’ decipher what they were saying above the crowd noise throughout the rest of the convention.

If they can figure out how to get the panel rooms in seperate areas next year(or provide sound) then the convention has an awesome shot to grow and expand in its current location, but I had planned on attending multiple panels today but gave up after not hearing two of them. A low point for me on this show, but with the short timing of the move it was understandable.

Less understandable was the lack of a printed schedule. The only way you knew when anything was happening was ten minutes before a panel started an announcement was made about the location. A printed black and white schedule could have been made at a copy shop and given out to attendees for about 8 cents per attendee, or at least one large printed schedule located at a central place would have worked wonders. This was the one inexecusable mistake the convention runners made, and one I heard echoed from fans and vendors alike. They obviously had a schedule that they made announcements from. But nothing was posted anywhere in the arena to let people know what was coming.

Despite this the show was still very strongly attended, the cosplay was abundant and the dealers were varied and well stocked. There was one guy selling Comic Con exclusives from last week, but he was charging double what the exclusives cost him. I really dislike the price gouging with exclusives but I’m sure he did okay at the show.

Great artists all around artist alley and a nice mix of differentfandoms. If Monstercon can settle the panel and sound issues, and get a posted program of events onsite somewhere the show has nothing but good potential in front of it. I’ll come back and see their progress next year.

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Jay and Silent Bob are Coming to Baltimore For a Special Three-Hour Event!

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 25, 2013 | Comments Off


Smith MewesBALTIMORE, 
MARYLAND - July 22, 2013 - That’s right! Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes will both be appearing at this year’s show to promote their new animated feature, Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie!

Best known for their roles as Jay and Silent Bob in the View Askewniverse films, which includes Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Clerks 2, Smith and Mewes are fan-favorites among comic and movie enthusiasts alike. Their careers span appearances in film, television, and video games, as well as hosting a series of podcasts on their online network, SModcast.

In addition to his acting career, Smith is a well-known comic writer, having worked on such titles as Batman: Cacophony, Batman: The Widening Gyre, The Bionic Man, Daredevil, Green Arrow, Green Hornet, and Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do. In 1998, he received a Harvey Award for Best New Talent.

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Baltimore Comic-Con Welcomes Fan-Favorite Ed McGuinness

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 24, 2013 | Comments Off

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - July 23, 2013 - The Baltimore Comic-Con is excited to announce that superstar artist, Ed McGuinness will be attending  this year’s show, taking place September 7-8, 2013 at the Baltimore Convention Center. A fan-favorite artist, McGuinness will be making his first appearance at the Baltimore Comic-Con this year!
McGuinness GotGEd McGuinness broke into the comic industry in 1995, working on three issues of Harris Comics’ Vengeance of Vampirella. After working on a few titles for Awesome Entertainment, including Fighting American andYoungblood, he took over art duties on Marvel Comics’ Deadpool in 1998. Since then, he as worked on such titles as Captain America & Bucky, Captain Marvel, Mr. Majestic, ThunderCats, Ultimate Enemy, and World War Hulk: X-Men, as well as original covers for Wizard magazine.

Best known for his work on DC Comics’ SupermanSuperman/Batman and Marvel’s Hulk working with long-time collaborator Jeph Loeb, McGuinness’ expressive art style is one of the most well-recognized styles in comics today. His most recent work includes the Marvel miniseries, Avengers: X-Sanction and the Marvel NOW! titles, Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy.

“We’ve had so many fan requests for Ed over the last few years that when the stars aligned and his schedule opened up, we jumped at the chance to have him at the show,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “His art is among the very best in the industry, and we can’t wait for the fans to be able see him at this year’s show!” Read more

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J. Scott Campbell, Alan Davis, Esad Ribic, Pasqual Ferry Headline Roster Of 325 Comics Creators At Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, August 8-11

By Shawn Scott Smith| July 24, 2013 | Comments Off

Harvey Tolibao, Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Kenneth Rocafort, Neal Adams, Ramon F. Bachs, Francis Portela, Greg Land, 16 Eisner Award Winners And Nominees Also To Appear At Donald E. Stephens Convention Center In Rosemont, Ill.

NEW YORK and ROSEMONT, Ill., July 22, 2013 – Wizard World has assembled one of its largest and most diverse collections of comics creators for next month’s Chicago Comic Con, headlined by such notable superstars as J. Scott Campbell, Alan Davis, Esad Ribic, Pasqual Ferry and others among the 325 scheduled to attend the show, August 8-11 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. In all, 16 Eisner Award winners and nominees, including Hall of FamersStan Lee and Neal Adams, dot the roster.

In addition to Campbell (“Avengers vs. X-Men,” “Spider-Man”), Davis (“Captain America,” “Thor”), Ribic (“Wolverine,” “JLA”), Ferry (“Fantastic Four,” “Hulk”) and Adams (“Batman,” “Green Lantern”), Wizard World Chicago Comic Con’s Artist Alley will feature top creators such as Harvey Tolibao (“Green Arrow,” “Silver Surfer”),Scott Snyder (“Detective Comics,” “American Vampire”), Greg Capullo (“Batman,” “Spawn”), Kenneth Rocafort (“Superman,” “Red Hood”), Ramon F. Bachs (“Batgirl,” “LoSH”), Francis Portela(“The Flash,” “Batman and Robin”) and Greg Land (“Thor,” “Ultimate Avengers”).

Eisner winners attending include Snyder, Franco Aureliani (“Billy Batson And The Magic Of Shazam!,” “Tiny Titans”), Art Baltazar(“Superman Family Adventures,” “Tiny Titans”), Andrew Pepoy (“Star Wars,” “Iron Man”, appearing Saturday only), Nate Powell (“March,” “Swallow Me Whole”) and Skottie Young (“X-Men,” “Wizard of Oz”). Those attending who have been nominated for the prestigious award are Ethan Van Sciver (“Firestorm,” “Green Lantern”), David Mack(“Daredevil: End of Days,” “Kabuki”), David Chelsea (“Snow Angel,” “24-Hour Comics”), Brad Guigar (“Evil Inc,” “Phables”), Rafael Nieves (“The Apocalypse Plan,” “Bob Howard: Plumber Of The Unknown”), Sara Richard (“Kitty & Dino,” “My Little Pony”),Ben Templesmith (“Wasteland,” “Buffy”) and Billy Tucci (“Birds of Prey,” “Green Lantern Corp”). Read more

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