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Lou Ferrigno to Hulk-Out at Phoenix Comicon

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 5, 2010 | Comments Off on Lou Ferrigno to Hulk-Out at Phoenix Comicon

Lou Ferrigno, the actor best known for his portrayal of the Incredible Hulk in the 70’s & 80’s television series The Incredible Hulk, has committed to attend the Phoenix Comicon.

“The kids can’t get enough of Lou Ferrigno lately; he’s had a massive resurgence,” said Marketing Director Anabel Martinez. Though Lou Ferrigno was very popular for playing the Hulk in the series, today he is more famous for being himself, especially on the television show The King of Queens and in the movie I Love You, Man.
Born and raised in New York, Ferrigno started weightlifting at the age of thirteen. After placing in a number of bodybuilding competitions, he was cast as the role of David Banner’s angry alter ego, The Incredible Hulk, in a popular television series and subsequent movies.
“I always think it’s fantastic somebody that strong can be that nice of a guy and have fun with the role he’s best known for,” said Convention Director Matt Solberg.
More info can be found at Phoenix Comicon’s website,
Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop culture event of the southwest, presenting guests and programming for hobbyists by attracting the top segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, tv, and gaming industries. Entering its ninth year, Phoenix Comicon is expected to draw over 10,000 attendees to its May 27-30, 2010 convention held at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency, downtown Phoenix.




Aussiecon 4 has released an electronic 2010 Hugo Voter Packet containing full-length works and samples from 2010 Hugo Award and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer nominees. The packet is available for download by Aussiecon 4 members to help inform them about the works under consideration before voting.

The works in the Hugo Voter Packet are made available to voters through the efforts of the nominees and their publishers. Aussiecon 4 is grateful for their participation and willingness to share with its members. Remember to vote, and please support these creators! Their work is available in bookstores and online.

The Hugo voting process for works published or otherwise released in 2009 is open to supporting and attending members of Aussiecon 4, the 2010 World Science Fiction Convention. In order to participate you must purchase a supporting or attending Aussiecon 4 membership by 31 July 2010 23:59 PDT.

The following full-length works are included:
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Renovation announces film festival

By Petrea Mitchell| May 4, 2010 | Comments Off on Renovation announces film festival

“Reno, Nevada, USA – Renovation, the 69th World Science Fiction Convention being held in Reno, Nevada, USA on August 17-21 2011, proudly announces the Renovation Independent/ Fan Film Festival 2011! Run by Nat Saenz, coordinator of the Tri-City Independent/Fan Film Festival (TCIF3), this innovative addition to Renovation in 2011 promises visual delights and opens up new dimensions in the creative options for Worldcon participants. Renovation’s theme is New Frontiers, and adding this format for creative artists develops a new and exciting direction to Worldcon programming for attendees to enjoy.”

Full press release here. As noted on SMOFs, the 1984 and 1996 Worldcons also hosted film festivals.


Wizard World’s Philadelphia Comic Con Returns To Philadelphia Convention Center For 10th Anniversary Celebration, June 11-13, 2010

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 4, 2010 | Comments Off on Wizard World’s Philadelphia Comic Con Returns To Philadelphia Convention Center For 10th Anniversary Celebration, June 11-13, 2010

William Shatner, Adam West, Bruce Campbell, James Marsters, Tia Carrere Among Celebrity Guests; Leading Comics Artists, Creative Directors and More than 150 Pop Culture Icons to Attend

PHILADELPHIA, May 4, 2010 — Philadelphia Comic Con, part of North America’s largest pop-culture touring expo, will return to the “City of Brotherly Love” for the 10th straight year with a three-day run at Philadelphia Convention Center, Friday through Sunday, June 11-13, 2010. Philadelphia Comic Con will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and more than 150 celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop culture movies, comics, toys, video gaming, television, anime, manga, horror, sports, original art, collectibles, contests, movie screenings, and more.

Among the scheduled celebrity guests at Philadelphia Comic Con are William Shatner (“Star Trek”), Adam West (“Batman,” “Family Guy,”) Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Army of Darkness”), James Marsters (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Caprica,” “Smallville”), Tia Carrere (Wayne’s World, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”; “Relic Hunter”), Clare Kramer (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Bring it On”), Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk”), Scott Porter (“Caprica,” “Friday Night Lights”), Adrianne Curry (“America’s Next Top Model,” “My Fair Brady”), Christopher Knight (“The Brady Bunch,” “My Fair Brady”), Stephen Baldwin (The Usual Suspects, Bio-Dome), Jake Busey (Starship Troopers, The Frighteners) and Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters).

“I’m looking forward to meeting up with my fans at the 10th Annual Philadelphia Comic Con,” said Marsters. “I think my fans are some of the coolest people I’ve met and I am excited to discuss and celebrate the characters I’ve played with all of them.” Read more


Penguicon videos

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 4, 2010 | 1 Comment

Edward Q has the cosplay

Liquid Nitrogen pool dump.


New Conventions in the Calendar

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 3, 2010 | Comments Off on New Conventions in the Calendar

Oct 1-3, 2010
Whedon Fest Toronto, ON
Nov 12th-14th, 2010
Mikomi Northridge, CA
New England Fan Experience Boston, MA
Feb 4th-6th, 2011
Ushicon Round Rock, TX


Convergence Rates go up May 15th.

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 3, 2010 | Comments Off on Convergence Rates go up May 15th.

Remember to get your registration in by May 15th if your going to Convergence featuring the pictured LA Banks among many others. After the 15th rates go to 80 at the door. Which by the way is still a steal for my favorite convention ever. Unfortunately for me, I won’t be making it this year, as I can’t make the travel into my budget. Here’s hoping for next year. Convergence


C2e2 Showfloor

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 3, 2010 | Comments Off on C2e2 Showfloor

Video by willosaurus1. Those are some nice wide aisles.




Documentary feature film showcases the utilization of comic books to promote literacy and education

PHOENIX, AZ – After a successful premiere at C2E2 – The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, the independent documentary feature film “Comic Book Literacy” will have its next screening Friday May 28th at 10:30 A.M. at the Phoenix Comicon Film Festival.

As a part of the 10th annual Phoenix Comicon, the film festival is a showcase for sci-fi, thriller, horror, animation and pop culture documentary films. “Comic Book Literacy” joins the line up representing the various positive aspects of the comic book medium.

The film chronicles the origins of the negative stereotypes often associated with comics and segues into the modern uses of comics in classrooms and libraries. The film features appearances by comic book writers and artists such as Paul Dini, Scott McCloud, Terry Moore, Joe Quesada, Jim Salicrup, Gail Simone and Art Spigeleman as well as historians and scholars who discuss the role comics play in education in both an historical and contemporary context.

“The Phoenix Comicon is known as ‘the signature pop-culture event of the southwest’ so I feel very fortunate to be able to screen the film there,” said the film’s director Todd Kent, “I think the convention’s audience will be very receptive to the messages in the film.”

In addition to C2E2 and the Phoenix Comicon, there are plans to screen the film throughout 2010 & 2011 at film festivals, comic book conventions and other events. Kent said, “Our goal is to change the negative preconceptions that many people have of comic books and to have the medium incorporated in classrooms and libraries everywhere.”

For more information about the film, upcoming screenings, and updates go to:


Conventions this weekend May 7th-9th, 2010

By Shawn Scott Smith| May 2, 2010 | Comments Off on Conventions this weekend May 7th-9th, 2010

I’m not sure why exactly but this weekend is pretty open if your looking to start a new May convention. Did I miss a listing for a con somewhere because this is a rare tiny weekend in May for conventions.

May 7th-9th, 2010
Bloodlust Orlando, FL
Costumecon Milwaukee, Wi
Hickory con Hickory, NC


Anime-ZAP! announced for next year

By Petrea Mitchell| May 1, 2010 | Comments Off on Anime-ZAP! announced for next year

May 1, 2010 – Peoria, IL – Anime-ZAP!, the convention that started as an “instant” anime convention, will return to Peoria, IL this January 15-16, 2011 at the Holiday Inn City Centre.

Anime-ZAP! started in January of 2010, after setbacks had forced the organizers of Pokettokon, the first anime con in Peoria, to cancel their convention less than a week prior to the convention weekend. The organizers of Anime-zing! in Bettendorf, IA, pulled together an “instant” replacement con with under 3 days of planning. 160 fans attended that first year.
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By Shawn Scott Smith| April 30, 2010 | Comments Off on MORE HEADLINERS ANNOUNCED FOR FSC 2010


Miami, FL – As the biggest genre event in South Florida draws closer, new guests continue to be added weekly! Florida’s most exciting and fun genre convention is set to occur June 18-20, 2010 in Miami, FL.

Florida Supercon (FSC) is South Florida’s Comic Book, Anime, Animation, Video Game and Sci-Fi / Fantasy Festival, a three day festival that includes celebrity guests, comic book publishers, artists, writers, vendors, Q&A’s, parties, costume contests, anime programming, cosplay, panels, photo shoots, live music, video games and more. The event kicks off at 12:00PM, Friday, June 18 and the fun continues almost around the clock until 6:00PM, Sunday, June 20. FSC returns to Miami for its 5th year as it takes over almost 150,0000 square feet at the Doubletree Miami Mart Airport Hotel and Convention Center to become the largest genre convention in the history of South Florida!

New Celebrity Guests include:
• Richard Roundtree: An Icon to millions! Richard is best known to the world for his role as Shaft in the Shaft series of films (Shaft, Shaft Goes to Africa and Shaft’s Big Score) and TV movies in the 1970’s and most recently as one of the stars of Heroes (as Charles Deveaux one of the founders of The Company). The legendary Richard Roundtree will make his very first convention appearance at Florida Supercon.
• Fred “The Hammer” Williamson: The legendary “Hammer” joins his Original Gangstas co-star Richard Roundtree at FSC! “The Hammer” has starred in dozens of films including: The Hammer, From Dusk Til Dawn, M.A.S.H, Black Caeser, Hell Up in Harlem, The Inglorious Bastards and much more! He also starred in the original Star Trek series episode The Cloud Minders.
• Sally Kellerman: Sally is best known for her role as Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in the film M.A.S.H (1970), for which she was nominated for an Oscar. Sally has dozens of credits including starring roles in the classic Star Trek 2nd pilot episode Where No Man Has Gone Before, as Rodney Dangerfield’s teacher / love interest in Back To School, The Boston Strangler, Brewster McCloud, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Lost Horizon, Centennial, Foxes, Moving Violations, Meatballs III: Summer Job, That’s Life!, Boris and Natasha, Prêt-à-Porter, American Virgin and many more!
• Anthony Forrest: Anthony is best known as the Stormtrooper in Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope, dazed by Obi-Wan Kenobi at the Mos Eisley roadblock who said “These aren’t the droids we’re looking for.” He also played Fixer in scenes deleted from the original Star Wars. Forrest has acted in over a dozen films including: Star Wars, The Spy Who Loved Me, Riders of the Storm and The Eagle Has Landed.

New Musical Guests include:
• Less Than Jake: LTJ has just been announced as the headlining band for Florida Supercon 2010! Ska Punk legends Less Than Jake Less will take the stage Friday, June 18 at 10:00pm on the Main Events stage. The legendary Ska / Punk band will headline the Florida Supercon Music Festival which will feature over 25 live bands and take place over the entire 3 day weekend.
• Plus: Crimson (Rock), Krondor Krew (Nerdcore) and Emergency Pizza Party (Nerdcore).
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Convention Look In: SPX

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 30, 2010 | Comments Off on Convention Look In: SPX

Small Press Expo.
What: Small Press Comics
Where: Betheseda, MD
When Sept 11-12th, 2010
Guests: Over 100 comic writers, artists, creators,
Reg: One day 10, Weekend 15
Website: SPX


Port Con Maine gives scholarship.

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 29, 2010 | Comments Off on Port Con Maine gives scholarship.

PortConMaine announces a $500 scholarship to be awarded before the Cosplay on Saturday, June 26th to one of the college bound or college enrolled PortConMaine community members! Staff and attendees are invited to apply by the June 1st deadline– applications will be reviewed and read anonymously by a panel of assorted judges and one member of PortConMaine 2010 will receive an extra $500 to help with their Fall 2010 college bills! Good luck!

Winner will be notified confidentially via email, address and/or phone by June 15th so that attendance to the award ceremony occurs. PortConMaine reserves the right to potentially read the winning essay at the ceremony. Incomplete applications will be ignored. Repeat applications will be disqualified. One application per person, submitted postmarked by June 1st.



Supergirl in Chicago.

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 29, 2010 | Comments Off on Supergirl in Chicago.

Laura Vandervoort will meet fans on Saturday, August 21, 2010 as special guest of Chicago Comic Con.

“It’s incredible to bring Laura Vandervoort to our Chicago Comic Con. Our fans love Smallville, and having Supergirl here is just amazing!” said Gareb Shamus, Wizard World CEO.

Laura is currently starring in the TV series, “V,” as Lisa.


Anime Detour

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 28, 2010 | Comments Off on Anime Detour

So what’s this then?


New Conventions in the Calendar

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 28, 2010 | Comments Off on New Conventions in the Calendar

Nov 19th-21st,2010
Daishocon Stevens Point, Wi
March 11th-13th, 2011
Madicon Harrisonburg, VA
March 18th-20th, 2011
Allcon Addison, TX
March 25th-27th, 2011
Midsouthcon Memphis, TN


Free Comic Book Day this Saturday.

By Shawn Scott Smith| April 27, 2010 | Comments Off on Free Comic Book Day this Saturday.

Don’t forget, Free Comic Book Day is this Saturday May 1st at comic book stores across the country. It’s a great day to be a comic book reader or to introduce a friend to the world of comics. See if your local store is participating at Free Comic Book Day and go get some Free Comics!

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