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2014 World Horror Convention goes to Portland

By Petrea Mitchell| February 13, 2013 | Comments Off

The 2014 World Horror Convention will be held in Portland, Oregon. Dates will be May 8-11, and the host hotel will be the Portland Doubletree (Orycon’s current home). The guests of honor will be:

  • Author: Nancy Holder and Jack Ketchum
  • Artist: Gret Staples
  • Editor: Paula Guran
  • Ghost of Honor: Edward Gorey
  • Toastmaster: Alan M. Clark

The WHC announcement promises a Web site coming soon; there is already a Facebook event page which will carry updates as well.

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12 conventions added!

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

May 9th-12th, 2013
Misti-con Laconia, NH

June 7th-9th, 2013
ConComCON Seattle, WA

June 22nd-23rd, 2013
Jafax Allendale, MI
Kids Read Comics Dearborn, MI

June 28th-29th, 2013
Bayoucon Lake Charles, La

July 5th-7th, 2013
Anime Overload Austin, TX
Days of The Dead Indianapolis, IN

July 13th-14th, 2013
Seattle Retro Gaming Seattle, WA
G-Fest Rosemont, IL

July 19th-21st, 2013
Soycon Rolling Meadows, IL

Aug 2nd-4th, 2013
Tokyo In Tulsa Tulsa, OK

Nov 15th-17th, 2013
Days of The Dead Chicago, IL

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Horror Realm’s Spring Break Massacre Expands in 2013

By Shawn Scott Smith| February 12, 2013 | Comments Off

Spring horror convention grows to three days

 

Pittsburgh, PA – February 11, 2013 – Pittsburgh’s modern horror convention expands its spring show to a full weekend in 2013.  Horror Realm’s “Spring Break Massacre” show will be held March 15 to 17 at the Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South.  Main show hours are Friday from 4 PM to 10 PM; Saturday from 10 AM to 7 PM and Sunday from 11 AM to 5 PM.

 

The convention features a dealer room with more than 30 vendors selling horror themed merchandise plus celebrity guests, horror film screenings, a VHS viewing room with films that haven’t yet made it to DVD, discussion panels, Q&A sessions, contests and entertainment.

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Wizard Programming

By Shawn Scott Smith| February 12, 2013 | Comments Off

Chris Claremont, Gail Simone, Carlos Pacheco, Mike Deodato Jr., Kurt Busiek Among Top Creators To Attend 2013 Wizard World Portland Comic Con, Feb. 22-23-24

Scott Lobdell, Arthur Suydam, Mike Grell, Greg Horn Among Nearly 100 In Artist Alley At Oregon Convention Center

NEW YORK and PORTLAND, Ore., February 11, 2013 – Chris Claremont(“Uncanny X-Men,” “Spider-Man”), Gail Simone (“Batgirl,” “Firestorm”), Carlos Pacheco (“Green Lantern,” “Wolverine”), Mike Deodato Jr. (“Wonder Woman,” “Batman”) and Kurt Busiek (“Astro City,” “Superman”) are a few the top comics creators scheduled to attend next weekend’s inaugural Wizard World Portland Comic Con, Feb. 22-24 at the Oregon Convention Center. The Artist Alley of nearly 100 talented writers and artists complements a strong celebrity roster which includes comics legend Stan Lee, “Happy Days” star Henry Winkler andEvil Dead star Bruce Campbell.

The standout creator roster also includes notables such as Scott Lobdell(“Superman,” “Teen Titans”), Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”), Mike Grell (“Green Arrow,” “Green Lantern”), Greg Horn (“Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark,” “X-Force”) and many others.

A total of 12 Eisner Award winners and/or nominees will be on hand, including Hall of Famer Lee and winners Busiek, Joe Keatinge (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Morbius: The Living Vampire”) and Shannon Wheeler (“Too Much Coffee Man,” “Oil and Water”). Nominated creators include Pacheco, Bill Crabtree (“The Sixth Gun,” “Invincible”), Barry Deutsch (“Hereville”), Nathan Edmonson (“Who is Jake Ellis?”, “Ultimate Iron Man”), Paul Gulacy (“Valkyrie,” “Batman”), Arnold and Jacob Pander (“Grendel,” “Batman: City of Light”) and Brett Weldele (“The Surrogates,” “Pariah”).

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Kramer at Dragon*Con in 2008, but not a guest

By Petrea Mitchell| February 12, 2013 | Comments Off

Following up on the claim that Ed Kramer attended Dragon*Con as a guest in 2008, after he was released from house arrest: The photo of him at the con does appear to be from 2008, after comparison with that year’s badge art, as seen here.

However, well-known conrunner Warren Buff (chair of the 2011 NASFiC, among other things) spoke up on the SMOFs list:

I worked in the main programming office at D*C in 2008. If Ed had been on programming, it would have been noteworthy enough to have been discussed there. We were a small team, and chatty. [...] I don’t know enough of the internal details to know if Ed is banned from attending (or if his house arrest was assumed to handle that), but I can say with confidence he wasn’t on the program.

So, what was with his brief appearance in the guest list? Well, this reporter is a computer geek by day, and will speculate: Kramer’s individual guest page was found by the Wayback Machine as late as 2012, when he was under arrest again, so it’s likely he was already in their computer system due to past appearances, making it easy for him to be “activated” as a current guest either by accident or by a low-level programming staffer who would quickly be overruled. Either way, his removal a few days later seems to support the idea that there was never official approval to put him on the program.

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Gallifrey 1 and Grand Slam previews.

By Shawn Scott Smith| February 11, 2013 | Comments Off

Two previews from Shawns Youtube channel. Remember to subscribe to his feed.

Gallifrey.

Grand Slam

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CONvergence newsletter.

By Shawn Scott Smith| February 11, 2013 | Comments Off

CONvergence 2013 

CONvergence 2013: British Invasion is still on track and we’re excited as planning comes together more and more every day! Here are some brief updates along with pointers to the convention website for more detailed information.

Registration The current adult registration rate is $60. You can register for the convention a number of ways, so visit the Convergence-Con.org website for more information.

New Online Services For your convenience this year Dealers Room and Parties BOTH have applications available on the website!

Hotel Check the CONvergence website for Hotel Department updates, including up-to-date contact information for area accommodations.


Convergence Events News

February Open Meeting
The first 2013 quarterly meeting will be at 5:30pm on February 23rd in Waterbury room 135. Come down for a meet and greet at 5:30, and the meeting starts at 6pm.

Election news Board of Directors elections were held on January 20th. Elected directors include: Liz Hernandez, Administration; Ishmael Williams, Hospitality and Member Experience; Systems & Finance, Thomas Keeley; and new director Amy Mills, Productions. Congratulations and thank you for your service! Read more

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Momocon launches App.

By Shawn Scott Smith| February 11, 2013 | Comments Off

Get the iPhone/Android App!

We have labored to put together the best schedule in MomoCon history, and we are excited to have it online now so you can make the most of your MomoCon 2013 experience! The full schedule is available via FacebookAndroid, the iPhone, and Mobile Web. And don’t forget February 24th is the last day to pre-register for MomoCon 2013. Soregister online now, and save yourself time and money!

Last chance to win a free MomoCon Membership!

We are also very excited to be hosting our final MomoCon 2013 contest! We have some great prizes including the chance to win your MomoCon 2013 3-day membership. The contest is live here, so what are you waiting for!?

 

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Conventions next weekend 2/15-2/17,2013

By Shawn Scott Smith| February 10, 2013 | Comments Off

Lots going on next weekend. I will be a guest on Saturday at WTHcon. Which convention are you attending?

Feb 15th-17th, 2013
Animation on Display San Fransico, CA
Anime Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
Boskone Boston, MA
Con DFW Dallas, TX
Con Of the North St. Paul, MN
Creation Grand Slam Los Angeles, CA
Dead Winter London, KY
Dundracon San Ramon, CA
Farpoint Timonium, MD
Gallifrey One Los Angeles, CA
GhenghisCon Auroro, Co
Kamicon Tuscaloosca, Al
Katsucon Washington, DC
LTUE Provo, UT
Orrcon Los Angeles, CA
Owl Con Houston, TX
Radcon Pasco, WA
Rennigers Mount Dora, FL
Sankofa College Park, GA
Visioncon Springfield, MO
WTH Con Greensboro, NC

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Wizard returns the NYC

By Shawn Scott Smith| February 9, 2013 | Comments Off

Save The Date For The Premiere Wizard World New York City Experience, June 28-29-30, 2013; ‘The Walking Dead’ Stars Join Stan Lee, Patrick Stewart As Early Guests

Norman Reedus, Jon Bernthal, Michael Rooker From ‘TWD’ To Attend Fan Extravaganza With Celebrities, Creators, Exhibitors, Sports Stars And More Set For New Riverside Location At Basketball City (Pier 36), just north of the Manhattan Bridge near South Street Seaport

NEW YORK, February 8, 2013 – Experience New York City, differently, as Wizard World brings together celebrities, creators, sports stars, music, exhibitors, parties and other attractions at the 2013 Wizard World New York City Experience, June 28-30.  Comics legend Stan Lee, “Star Trek: The Next Generation” icon Patrick Stewart and “The Walking Dead” trio of Norman Reedus, Michael Rooker and Jon Bernthal are the first stars scheduled to attend the extravaganza at Basketball City (Pier 36) in lower Manhattan, overlooking the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty and steps away from vibrant South Street Seaport.

“Fans will want to keep the last weekend of June open,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO.  “We have a star-studded affair planned and we are excited to launch with an early guest list, with more to follow. This show will have an all new look and feel that encompasses talented artists, unique shopping opportunities, specialty programming, sports heroes and much more.  It will be a true experience unlike any other for New York fans.”
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Mysticon Schedules

By Shawn Scott Smith| February 8, 2013 | Comments Off

Mysticon scheduled for next week Feb 22nd-24th, 2013 has their schedules up on there Website here

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Denver Comic Con Announces Felicia Day

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

Felica Day At Denver Comic Con 2013Get your head in The Game and prime your camera! Denver Comic Con just announced cult-favorite Felicia Day will be appearing all weekend at the Colorado Convention Center from May 31 – June 2nd. The former Buffyactress who is now the star, script writer and producer of hit show, The Guild,the iconic Felicia Day was one of the top-requested appearances for 2013.

Denver Comic Con will also feature guest appearances from Action Lab Entertainment’s own Jeremy WhitleyKevin Freeman and Jamal Igle, as well appearances with legendary comic talent as Allen Bellman  and Ramona Fradon, not to mention additional tracks of panels focusing on women, minorities and LGBT comics, creators and actors.  In addition, even more animation voice actors, celebrities and 50% more space is planned for the Convention Floor in 2013.

DENVER COMIC CON
Colorado Convention Center
May 31 – June 2nd
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Felicia Day is best known for her work in the web video world, behind and in front of the camera.  She co-starred in Joss Whedon’s Internet musical Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, which was ranked in the “Top 10 Best TV of 2008” by Time Magazine,Entertainment Weekly and People Magazine and won an Emmy in 2009. She also created and stars in the hit web series The Guild, which is currently in its sixth season of production. The Guild has won numerous awards for web video excellence, most recently garnering a PGA nomination for best web series in 2011.
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Dragon*Con boycott gains (a little) steam; Kramer a guest in 2008?

By Petrea Mitchell| February 7, 2013 | Comments Off

Author Nancy Collins has renewed her call for a boycott of Dragon*Con due to Ed Kramer still receiving substantial dividend payments from it. As this Atlanta Magazine article explains in great detail, Kramer was first charged with multiple counts of child molestation in 2000, but was never brought to trial due to allegedly crippling, incurable health issues. Essentially free again as of 2009, he was reported to be able-bodied and healthy just before he was re-arrested in 2011 for spectacularly violating his probation and possibly molesting another child.

Collins has been calling for a boycott for years, but this time around it appears to be gaining more traction and support, including Wendy and Richard Pini of Elfquest fame dropping their guest application and multiple Hugo winners Kaja and Phil Foglio refusing an offer of a free room and travel for a D*C appearance.

A followup to the boycott call makes another damning claim: that D*C management has lied about the degree to which Kramer has separated from the convention.

(Note: See the update here for more on his presence in 2008.)
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Momocon welcomes Bioware

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

Major Companies attending MomoCon 2013!

We are incredibly excited to announce that Riot Games, developers of League of Legends, BioWare, creators of the Mass Effect and Dragon Age game series, and Hi-Rez Studios, makers of Tribes Ascend and Global Agenda will all be at MomoCon 2013!

Check out their amazing panels and events:

The Art of League of Legends featuring 5 members of the League of Legends art team from Riot Games

Stars of Mass Effect featuring Jennifer Hale (Commander Shepard – female),  Mark Meer(Commander Shepard – male), Chris Priestly (BioWare Community Manager), and Keith Hayward (Senior Mass Effect Level Designer)
BioWare Industry Panel featuring Chris Priestly (BioWare Community Manager), and Keith Hayward (Senior Mass Effect Level Designer)
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I-CON elaborates on cancellation

By Petrea Mitchell| February 6, 2013 | Comments Off

I-Con, which previously announced the cancellation of its 2013 convention, held a staff meeting this past weekend to discuss the present state and future plans for the convention. LongIsland.com reported on the site issues:

While some in attendance of the meeting referenced the rumors that I-Con had burned its bridges with Stony Brook University, staffers and organizers were quick to correct that, stating that Stony Brook even attempted to help the convention by allowing the use of other facilities on-campus. The real reason I-Con won’t be at Stony Brook University for the next three years or so is due to the massive construction going on at the Indoor Sports Complex, which is the heart of the convention, as it houses the massive dealer’s room, a major draw for attendees.

A traditional convention-center venue would be much more expensive than a university one, and so I-Con was confronting a choice between a vastly pared-down event and no event at all. (Where things stand with Hofstra University, which was lined up to host the 2013 convention, isn’t clear.)

And on the cryptic references to Hurricane Sandy contributing to the cancellation:

[I-Con President Vince] Collura pointed out that out of seven event organizers, two had to drop out due to storm-related issues. [...] “The issue isn’t losing two people,” said Dave Cortijo, acting event chair. “The path forward we had was that certain people were going to tackle certain initiatives.” He then likened I-Con’s issues to being a ripple effect, where the loss of one team member affects others, and so on.

By “event organizers” the report probably means top-level committee members.

Plans for the immediate future include smaller events and a fundraising drive on either Kickstarter or Indiegogo, but details of either have not been released yet.

Read the full story here.

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13 2013 cons added.

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

March 2nd, 2013
Cardboard Con Atlanta, GA

March 8th-10th, 2013
Springfever Raleigh, NC

March 22nd-24th, 2013
Fantascicon Dalton, GA

March 27th-31st, 2013
Boston Underground Film Boston, MA

May 4th, 2013
Collectors Showcase Knoxville, TN

May 10th-12th, 2013
Comic Book ConnSt Augustine, FL
Nashville Comic Nashville, TN

May 24th-26th, 2013
NashconFranklin, TN

June 7th-9th, 2013
NW Pinball Seattle, WA

June 13th-15th, 2013
Rapier Jacksonville, FL

June 21st-23rd, 2013
Fieldcon Morgan County, OH

June 28th-30th, 2013
Costumers Lost Weekend Dallas, TX

Oct 11th-13th, 2013
Conclave Romulus, MI

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Portland Wizard Schedule

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

‘The Walking Dead,’ Stan Lee Q&A, ‘MTV’s The Real World: Portland Hosted by WWE® Superstar The Miz®,’ Henry Winkler Panels Highlight Programming At Wizard World Portland Comic Con

‘Dean Cain, Morena Baccarin, Other Celebrity Panels, Portfolio Reviews, Creator Q&A’s, James Marsters Concert, Game Demos, Evening Parties, Costume Contests, ‘Kids Day’ at Oregon Convention Center, Feb. 22-24

NEW YORK and PORTLAND, Ore., February 4, 2013 – A wide variety of panels, from sessions with cast members from “MTV’s The Real World,” “The Walking Dead” and The Boondock Saints, to interactive Q&A’s with stars like Henry Winkler, Stan Lee, Dean Cain, Morena Baccarin and others highlight the programming offerings at the inaugural Wizard World Portland Comic Con, Feb. 22-24 at the Oregon Convention Center.  The diverse schedule also includes portfolio reviews by leading artists, gaming demonstrations, “Creator Spotlights,” an evening concert by James Marsters, evening parties, costume contests and more.
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Shawn Marshall launches youtube channel!

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

Please go support our contributor Shawn Marshall as he launches his youtube channel! We here at con-news cant wait to see what he will do with it!

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