Mico Suayan Variant Cover of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #1 Debuts at Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
By Shawn Scott Smith| October 9, 2013 | Comments Off
Skybound and Wizard World’s Seventh Limited Edition Cover in the Wizard World series Free to Full-Price Attendees; VIPs To Receive Additional B&W Sketch Cover
NEW YORK, October 7, 2013 – Rising star artist Mico Suayan will create the seventh 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 the inaugural Wizard World Nashville Comic Con, October 18-20 at the Music City Center. Wizard World and Skybound, Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, have teamed to produce the line based upon the Eisner Award-winning groundbreaking comic book series and best-selling graphic novels written and created by Robert Kirkman.
Suayan will be on hand at Wizard World Nashville Comic Con to sign copies of the limited-edition comic, produced in extremely limited quantities and available to fans only while supplies last. The first six covers, illustrated by superstar artists Michael Golden, Arthur Suydam, Julian Totino Tedesco, Neal Adams, Ethan Van Sciver and Mike Zeck, respectively, were huge hits at Wizard World events in Portland (February, Golden), St. Louis (March, Suydam), Philadelphia (June, Tedesco), New York (June, Adams), Chicago (August, Van Sciver) and Columbus (September, Zeck). Another creator will draw the variant cover art for Wizard World Austin Comic Con in November, the final remaining scheduled event in 2013.
After taking the comics industry by storm in 2007 with his work on “Moon Knight,” Suayan elevated his art even further with his breathtakingly detailed pencil work on “Dead of Night” featuring “Werewolf by Night” and “Immortal Weapons”. He has since followed that up with acclaimed work for “Thor” and “Rage of Thor,” and is currently on his next major project for Marvel.
Independent third-party comic book grading service CGC, a leader in the industry, will accept TWD #1 variant and Signature Series submissions at its Wizard World Nashville Comic Con exhibitor booth. Read more
By Shawn Scott Smith| October 9, 2013 | Comments Off
Feb 28th-March 2nd, 2014
WTH Con Greensboro, NC
April 11th-13th, 2014
Marble City Comiccon Knoxville, Tn
April 17th-20th, 2014
MTAC Nashville, TN
June 6th-9th, 2014
Geekout Asheville, NC
June 20th-22nd, 2014
Idol Matsuri Silverdale, WA
By Shawn Scott Smith| October 8, 2013 | Comments Off
With a career spanning over two and a half decades, Dante Basco is a Hollywood actor who has become a cult classic and pioneering figure in Asian American cinema. He was first introduced in Steven Spielberg’s fairytale movie Hook, as “Rufio”, the leader of the Lost Boys. He quickly jumped to leading roles like Newline’s Take the Lead, opposite Antonio Banderas, and The Debut, which became the voice of a Filipino American generation. 20th Century Fox executives were so mesmerized by the uniqueness of Dante’s look and ability that they gave him a development deal for his own series and he starred in a pilot for Touchstone/ABC, The Chang Family Saves the World, written and produced by John Ridley and directed by Paris Barclay. Ever versatile, he’s “Jake Long” in Disney’s animated series American Dragon: Jake Long as well as “Prince Zuko” in Nickelodeon’s phenomenal hit, Avatar: The Last Airbender and most recently as “General Iroh” in The Legend of Korra.
By Shawn Scott Smith| October 7, 2013 | Comments Off
Capricon’s Newsletter is out and can be accessed here. What they say about it.
“It’s full of all the latest news about Capricon 34: The 4th Dimension, plus the other great Phandemonium activities. Take a look, before you miss out on the fun.
Emerging Artists Program
Return of Karaoke!
Return of the Euchre Tournaments!
Return of the Dance!
The Midwinter Faire
Catan World Championships 2014 Pre-Qualifier
… plus much, much more!
By Shawn Scott Smith| October 6, 2013 | Comments Off
Oct 10th-13th, 2013
Akaicon Mufreesboro, TN
Anime Banzai Layton, UT
A.P.E. San Francisco, CA
AZ FurCon Scottsdale, AZ
Capclave, Washington, DC
Conclave Romulus, MI
Constellation Huntsville, AL
Council of Five Nations Schenectady, NY
Creation Supernatural Toronto, ON
Encouters Witchita, KS
Fatality Fest Ft Lauderdale, FL
Game Springfield, MO
Icon Idaho Falls, ID
Lebowski Fest San Francisco, CA
Ny Comic Con New York, NY
Orlando Comic Expo Orlando, FL
Screamfest Los Angeles, CA
Sirens Portland, OR
Son Of Monsterpalooza Burbank, CA
Telluride Horror Telluride, CO
Tsubasacon Huntington, WV
By Shawn Scott Smith| October 5, 2013 | Comments Off
Ashley Eckstein, The Araca Group and ReedPOP Bringing a Universe of Fangirl Fashions to New York Comic Con This October
New York, NY – October 3, 2013 – Actress and entrepreneur, Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and The Araca Group, one of the most innovative theatrical production and brand management companies in the world are partnering again with ReedPOP to bring their fangirl fashion apparel company, Her Universe™, to New York Comic Con, October 10th through the 13th at the Javits Center in NYC. Several new Her Universe designs and exclusive pieces will be available at NYCC for the first time.
“We’re excited to bring Her Universe to New York Comic Con in partnership with ReedPOP,” said Eckstein. “Together we are looking forward to recognizing the fangirls in attendance with a special Her Universe boutique in the ReedPOP Supply Co. Official Store at New York Comic Con. I’ll personally be there off and on throughout the convention to meet fans and provide styling tips!” Read more
By Shawn Scott Smith| October 4, 2013 | Comments Off
Stan Lee, Norman Reedus, WWE® Superstar John Cena®, William Shatner, Scott Bakula Among Top Celebrity Guests At Wizard World Austin Comic Con, November 22-24
Bruce Campbell, Erica Durance, Jewel Staite, Ralph Macchio, Top Comics Creators Also Among Highlight Stars At Pop Culture Festival At Austin Convention Center
NEW YORK and AUSTIN, Texas, October 1, 2013 – Eisner Award Hall of FamerStan Lee, Norman Reedus of “The Walking Dead,” WWE® Superstar John Cena® and “Star Trek” captains William Shatner and Scott Bakula are among the top celebrities scheduled to attend Wizard World Austin Comic Con, November 22-24 at the Austin Convention Center Center. The standout roster will also includeBruce Campbell of Evil Dead, Erica Durance of “Smallville” and “Saving Hope,”Jewel Staite of “Firefly,” The Karate Kid Ralph Macchio and many others. It is the eighth and final event in the 2013 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and will also feature a top-drawer collection of well-known artists and writers and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.
Lee and Shatner will both appear on Friday evening, Nov. 22, and all day Saturday, Nov. 23. Reedus, Bakula, Durance and Staite are scheduled for both Saturday andSunday, Nov. 24. Campbell and Cena will be on site on Saturday only, and Macchio will attend all three days.
Additionally, all full price attendees will receive a free copy of the Exclusive Variant Cover of The Walking Dead #1 comic, available only at Wizard World Austin Comic Con.
Superstar comics creators scheduled to attend include Eisner Award Hall of FamerNeal Adams (“Batman,” “Green Lantern”), Greg Capullo (“Batman,” “Spawn”),Mark Bagley (“Fantastic Four,” “Utimate Spider-Man”), Kenneth Rocafort(“Superman,” “Action Comics”), Barry Kitson (“Thor,” “Iron Man,), Mike Grell(“Green Arrow,” “Green Lantern”), Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons,” “Muppet Babies”), “Zombie King” Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”) and Michael Golden (“Hulk,” “Daredevil”).
By Shawn Scott Smith| October 3, 2013 | Comments Off
Four-Day Program Hits the Streets with Leading Comic Book Publishers – BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, Image, and Valiant
New York – October 2, 2013 – On Saturday, October 5, Chevy and ReedPOP will launch the “New York Comic Con King of the Road” challenge to kick-off the beginning of this year’s New York Comic Con – one of the world’s preeminent pop culture extravaganzas. The challenge will customize four Chevy Sonics with image wraps showcasing iconic characters and images from some of the comic book industry’s top publishers – BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, Image and Valiant.
The exclusive New York Comic Con cars will travel the Tri-State area on a scavenger hunt pitting the publishers against one another for the chance to be crowned the ultimate ‘New York Comic Con King of the Road’. Throughout the challenge, each car will make scheduled stops at comic book retailers and other locations with every move documented through social media channels and on the Chevy and New York Comic Con websites. It will culminate with an event on Tuesday, October 8th in Manhattan.
“We’re bringing New York Comic Con on the road, so even for those who didn’t get tickets in time there’s an opportunity to see some of the magic in person,” said Lance Fensterman, Global Vice President of ReedPOP. “We’re thrilled that Chevy teamed up with these fantastic publishers for this type of campaign and couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the show.”
Fans can follow all the action on Twitter with #NYCCKOTR, Instagram @newyorkcomiccon or on Facebook. New York Comic Con 2013 will take place at the Javits Center in New York City, Thursday, October 10 – Sunday October 13.
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime & East, Star Wars Celebration, and the UFC Fan Expo. In 2013 ReedPOP has added Star Wars Celebration Europe and PAX Australia to its rapidly expanding portfolio of international events. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.
About BOOM! Studios
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS will be released as a feature film from Universal Pictures August 2nd, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. – See more at: http://blog.boom-studios.com/about-us/#sthash.pssajQuZ.dpuf
About Dark Horse Comics
Founded in1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, Guillermo Del Toro and comics legends such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE: Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.
By Shawn Scott Smith| October 2, 2013 | Comments Off
Bryce Papenbrook has been a professional voice over artist since the age of eight. He was introduced to the voice acting scene by his father, Bob Papenbrook, and has continued the trade in his footsteps.
Bryce has performed in numerous video games, cartoons, and television shows. Some recent roles include Kirito in Sword Art Online, Rin Okumura in Blue Exorcist, Chooki & Lydendor in Tenkai Knights, Makoto Naegi in DanganRonpa : Trigger Happy Havoc, Henry in Fire Emblem Awakening, Issachar in Shin Megami Tensei IV, Asbel Lhant in Tales of Graces F, Zidane Tribal in Final Fantasy Dissidia 012, Masaomi Kida in Durarara!!, and Guan Ping in Dynasty Warriors. Past leading roles include Shugo in.hack//Sign Legend of the Twilight, Jack in MAR, Jack Russell in Radiata Stories, Hanabusa Aido in Vampire Knight, and Isami Fujiwara in Noein. Read more
By Shawn Scott Smith| October 1, 2013 | Comments Off
Recently a tragedy struck a member of the South Carolina Cosplay Community. The cosplayer in question was in a terrible wreck which left her in the ICU and her mother was killed in the accident. A group has set up a charity fundraiser on IndieGoGo. It is already fully funded but every bit helps. Below is the description from the indiegogo site which you can donate to at this link.
The below comes directly from Indiegogo.
“On Wednesday Septemeber 25 2013, tragedy stuck. Kathleen Morphew was driving with her mother, Brenda Morphew, on the interstate when she was in an accident with another vehicle and a semi truck. She and her mother were pulled from the twisted mass of metal that was once their car. Kathleen was rushed to the emergency room. Her mother, however, did not make it. Many South Carolinians saw the horrible crash on the news that night. Some said a prayer for those injured and some overlooked it as another crash that caused delays in their overscheduled lives. What they didn’t know was the people who were involved in it. They didn’t know that the young girl that was looking forward to the next day when she would be traveling to see her friends, that she doesn’t see often, for a weekend of fun at a convention in Atlanta, Georgia. They didn’t know she was going to be celebrating her love of the show Sailor Moon or how she was going to be debuting her new Sailor Venus cosplay, the scout she loves the most. Instead, in that one moment, she lost her mother and nearly died. In that single moment, her life changed in a way she would never have seen coming.
Kathleen is a sweet girl that has touched the lives of many people in several communities. She has become known as Sailor Venus because she dresses up as her and because of how she embodies the love that Sailor Venus wanted to share with everyone. There are so many people that she knows that talk about how she is one of the sweetest people they know and how they are so glad they met her. This fund has been set up for those people who want to help her know how much she means to them. That night, she was sent to ICU and later had to have emergency surgery on two of her organs. She is also suffering from a broken bone and immense pain. Her mother was the main source of income in her family and now she is left with the emptiness of losing a parent and has no insurance to help with the cost of medical bills. Any support that you can give will help to cover those bills and anything she may need while she deals with the loss of her mother.
A group of her friends have set up this fund in her name and ask for help. Whatever you can afford is greatly appreciated. If you can’t donate, please get the word out because that is just as important. We want to show her how much people care about her and how much they wish her a speedy recovery. With any donation amount, you have our gratitude and thanks. I know it’s not much for your generous donation but we want to put whatever we can in this fund as well to help. We have a Facebook page set up and would love for you to share it and also to write a message for Kathleen on it. Please share this campaign with everyone by either directing them directly here or to the Facebook page. We want to thank you for your time and for all you do.
By Shawn Scott Smith| October 1, 2013 | Comments Off
Special Chilly Billy Halloween party, return of 13 Hours of Horror on tap
Pittsburgh, PA – September 30, 2013 – Fresh off its 5th anniversary convention, Horror Realm continues the scares with three film events in October at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont:
- Chiller Films and Horror Realm present The Monkey’s Paw on October 8 and 9 at 7:30 PM. Pittsburgh is one of only 13 select cities in the country hosting premiere screenings of the film. Tickets are $7 and available at the door only.
By Shawn Scott Smith| September 30, 2013 | Comments Off
Greetings from your friends at Florida Supercon and Animate! Miami.
It’s been almost three months since Florida Supercon 2013 and we have been working non-stop to prepare for Animate! Miami 2014, Florida Supercon 2014 and much, much more! There’s a lot of things we want to catch you up on, including:
Florida Supercon 2014, www.floridasupercon.com. If you joined us for FSC 2013, thank you for helping to make this the biggest and best show we’ve ever had. With over 25,800 fans in attendance, the time has come to make the big move to our new home, The Miami Beach Convention Center! On July 3-6, 2014, Florida Supercon will take over 500,000 sq. feet of The Miami Beach Convention Center, making FSC one of the largest shows of its kind in the country. We are hard at work putting together a guest list that will shock and amaze! Stay tuned in the coming weeks and months as we make announcements that will blow your mind away!
Animate! Miami 2014, www.animatemiami.com. Animate! Miami returns January 17-19, 2014 to the Miami Airport Convention Center! After a phenomenal first year show this past year, we are hard at work on our 2014 event. We’ve already announced some amazing guests that have never appeared in South Florida, and will continue to make announcements in the coming weeks and months.
By Shawn Scott Smith| September 29, 2013 | Comments Off
Nov 7th-9th, 2013
Animeland Otaku Mex Albuqureque, NM
Jan 11th-12th, 2014
Brickfair Birmingham, AL
Feb 6th-9th, 2014
Templecon Warwick, RI
Feb 21st-24th, 2014
Faeriecon West Seattle, WA
April 12th-13th, 2014
Midwest Gaming Classic Milwaukee, WI
By Shawn Scott Smith| September 29, 2013 | Comments Off
Oct 4th-6th, 2013
Archon 37 St. Louis, MO
Brickcon Seattle, WA
Browncoat Ball Phoenix, AZ
Can ConOttawa, ON
ConX Kansas City, MO
Escapist Expo Durham, NC
Fan Days Dallas, TX
Fantom Fest San Antonio, TX
Genrecon Guelph, ON
Handmande & Bound Nashville, TN
Jemcon Portland, ME
Krakencon San Francisco, CA
MCBA Bloomington, MN
Non Sport Card Chicago, IL
Nuke Con Council Bluffs, IA
Ochibacon Oshawa, ON
Portland Retro Gaming Expo Portland, OR
Realms Con Corpus Christi, TX
Rincon Tuscon, AZ
Rocky Mountain Collector Pueblo, CO
Shadocon Tampa, FL
Siegecon Atlanta, GA
Tomadachi Fest Boise, ID
Toy And Hobby Show Hickory, NC
Vcon Vancouver, BC
Grammy Nominated Duo The Foreign Exchange and Hip-Hop Legends Dead Prez to Headline Cola-Con, Oct. 25-26, 2013
By Shawn Scott Smith| September 26, 2013 | Comments Off
Sept. 24, 2013 (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Cola-Con, the nation’s only hip-hop and comics convention,
announces that Grammy-nominated duo The Foreign Exchange and hip-hop legends Dead Prez will
perform at the annual family-friendly, two-day festival, scheduled for Oct. 25-26, 2013 at the Columbia
Metropolitan Convention Center.
Homegrown in Columbia, S.C., Cola-Con’s goal is to keep it moving with the positive DIY energy that
created hip-hop culture.
Influenced by revolutionaries like Malcolm X and Public Enemy, the two Dead Prez frontmen are both
involved in political and social activisim such as progressive education. Fun Fact: Kanye West credits
Dead Prez in helping him “understand how to make raps with a message sound cool,” in reference to
his song “All Falls Down,” according to the New York Times. Read more
By Shawn Scott Smith| September 24, 2013 | Comments Off
“MystiCon is back for a fourth geek-tastic year at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood in Roanoke, VA! The dates are February 21-23, 2014 and we have a great line-up for fans of all kinds. Our 2014 Media Guest of Honor is none other than MARINA SIRTIS, Star Trek: TNG’s Counselor DEANNA TROI! Our Writer Guest of Honor is “Pern” book series author Todd McCaffrey. The rest of the 2014 Guest of Honor line-up is no less spectacular: Art GOH is Glyph Comics Award Winner John Jennings, Special Author Guest A.J. Hartley has penned the successful “Darwen Arkwright” book series for young adults, Gaming GOH is the award winning Kenneth Hite (Star Trek RPG and Gurps Infinite Worlds), and our Music Guest of Honor is Metropolis Records artists Bella Morte! The whole affair will be Emceed by the amazing and amusing Rich Sigfrit and the 2014 Fan Guest of Honor is RavenCon Vice Chairman John Jones! MystiCon 2014 will feature media personalities, writers, author signings and discussions, independent film festival, vendors, masquerade contest, LARPing, gaming, children’s programming, fan groups, Star City Mystery Dinner Theater, and much much more! Adult admission rates are $35 before02/19/2014 and $45 at the door. Special discounts for fan groups, children, students and military with valid ID. Beat the winter blahs and join the fun at MystiCon 2014! Visit http://mysticon-va.com for details. MystiCon…a convention by the fans for the fans! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!”
By Shawn Scott Smith| September 24, 2013 | Comments Off
These cosplayers who dressed as the Marriot’s carpet at Dragoncon this year have recieved a cease and desist letter from the carpet maker. Boing Boing has the entire story. Frankly I didn’t even see them at the con, but of course I wasn’t looking for cosplay on the floor.
By Shawn Scott Smith| September 22, 2013 | Comments Off
Sept 27th-29th, 2013
Anime Weekend Atlanta Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Horror Fest Atlanta, GA
Brickworld Ft. Wayne, IN
Chicago Horror Film Fest Chicago, IL
Comic Book ConnectionSt Augustine, FL
Conception Glen Ellyn, IL
Context Columbus, OH
Crypticon Minneapolis, MN
Days of The Dead Los Angeles, CA
Gamecon Memphis Memphis, TN
Granite State ComicManchester, NH
Hurricon Orlando, FL
Klingon Feast Daytona Beach, FL
Las Vegas Comic Expo Las Vegas, NV
MICE Cambridge, MA
Monster Mania Hunt Valley, MD
Malcon Greenwood, CO
Monstercon San Antonio, TX
New Orleans Horror New Orleans, LA
Pittsburgh Comic Pittsburgh, PA
Rainfurfest Seattle, WA
Romanticism Rochester, MI
Senshicon Anchorage, AK
Toy And Hobby Show Raleigh, NC
Wasteland Weekend Lucerne Valley, CA
Wildcat Comic Con Williamsport, PA