serving the convention community since 2007.


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


On May 11, 2013, the ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con returns to Archbishop Neale School in La Plata, Maryland for their Second Annual benefit event.  Organizer Tom Boone says of the event, “It’s a fundraiser for the school and an awareness-raiser.  We want people to come see our school, see the students’ work, see our wonderful facility and also to have a great time in a welcoming atmosphere.”


Archbishop Neale School is a Catholic elementary school in La Plata, Maryland that has been in continuous operation for 85 years.  With a two-track system for grades Pre-K through 8, the school serves Catholic students from over seven parishes in the Southern Maryland area and many non-Catholics as well. Read more


Days of the Dead Atlanta!

By Shawn Scott Smith| January 23, 2013 | Comments Off

DAYS OF THE DEAD Invades Atlanta Next Weekend (Feb. 1st-3rd), Debuts in Los Angeles April 5th-7th

EGOcon 2013

By Shawn Scott Smith| January 23, 2013 | Comments Off

* EGOCON***   March 23, 2013
=====Confirmed guests====
Dave Duca aka Dalek Sec
Mike Glielmi aka Dakek Caan
Feathered Gold Gypsy Horses – rare & beautiful
Jenny Turner – Urban Fantasy Author
Laura Nieland – musician / Mason’s Quest
Melody Valenti – Caricature Artist
Peggy McDowell – Creative Artist
Terry Fisk – Unexplained Author
Stevens Point Paranormal aka Chris Scharr & Lisa Bishiop
Kathy Hardy – Fantasy Artist
Jason Hardy – Author/ Shadowrun Game Designer
Finn Hardy – Mason’s Quest
Inanna Tarot Reader
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PR: DomoCon announced for December 2013

By Petrea Mitchell| January 22, 2013 | Comments Off

A new Chicago anime convention has been announced for December 2013 in Lisle, Illinois. The new event, DomoCon, is slated to bring together over one thousand fans of Japanese animation to participate in autograph signings, cosplay events, and socializing with other anime fans for three days from December 13-15, 2013.
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Baltimore Comic-Con Welcomes Back DeMatteis, Giffen, and Maguire!

By Shawn Scott Smith| January 22, 2013 | Comments Off

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - January 21, 2013 - The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to announce the return of J.M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen,and Kevin Maguire to this year’s show, taking place the weekend of September 8-9, 2013 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

 DeMatteis Phantom Stranger cover

Writer J.M. DeMatteis began his career in the late-’70s working on DC Comics’ horror line of books. In 1980, he moved over to Marvel, where he worked on The Defenders and Captain America. Over the next 30 years, DeMatteis would write nearly every major character in both the DC and Marvel Universes, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Silver Surfer, Daredevil, and Doctor Strange. DeMatteis is currently co-writing the Phantom Stranger along with Dan Didio for DC Comics.


Giffen Masters of the Universe coverKeith Giffen is a writer/artist who has worked on such titles as OMAC, Nick Fury’s Howling Commandos, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, and his creator-owned series, Hero Squared. Giffen is currently working on Threshold and the recently announced Masters of the Universe ongoing series for DC Comics.


Artist Kevin Maguire, who has worked with both Giffen and DeMatteis on several books, began his a career in 1987. He has Maguire Worlds Finest coverworked on such high-profile titles as Batman ConfidentialCaptain America, and X-Men, and he is currently working with Paul Levitz and George Perez on DC Comics’ World’s Finest, which stars the Huntress and Power Girl.


DeMatteis, Giffen, and Maguire are well-known for their run on DC Comics’Justice Read more


Kramer extradited to Georgia

By Petrea Mitchell| January 22, 2013 | Comments Off

The saga of Ed Kramer, co-founder and biggest shareholder of Dragon*Con, may be approaching its final chapter. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Kramer, having been arrested in Connecticut for violating the terms of his release on bond, has been extradited to Georgia for his long-delayed trial on child molestation charges. He is being held without bond this time. No trial date has been set.



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

Now in its third year, Orlando’s “anime convention about ANIME” continues to focus on Japanese pop culture in Florida.

(ORLANDO, January 21, 2013)  Florida Anime Experience, the southeast’s “anime convention about ANIME,” will return for its third year on Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26, 2013, to the International Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.  The three day event  is a celebration of Japanese pop culture encompassing animation, manga (Japanese graphic novels,) music, video games, and more.  Keeping with the event’s “Legends of Anime” theme from previous years, the Guest of Honor in 2013 is Maile Flanagan – the voice of one of anime’s most recognizable characters: Naruto.

(Previous Guests of Honor have been Steve Blum, the voice of “Spike Spiegel” from Cowboy Bebop in 2011 and Terri Hawkes – in her first ever United States convention appearance – the voice of “Sailor Moon” from the internationally know anime Sailor Moon in 2012.) Read more


TAFF election: dueling fanwriters

By Petrea Mitchell| January 21, 2013 | Comments Off

The 2013 Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund election has opened. This year’s winning candidate will travel from Europe to North America for the World Science Fiction Convention.

The candidates are Theresa Derwin and Jim Mowatt, both of whom have not only provided the required platform statement, but are also publishing newsletters throughout the campaign.

Anyone may vote, with a minimum contribution $3 or £2 to the fund. The ballot and further details are available here. Voting closes on Friday, April 19.

The candidates’ statements and zines:
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Worldcon Hotel and Hugo dates

By Petrea Mitchell| January 21, 2013 | Comments Off

This year’s Worldcon, LoneStarCon 3 in San Antonio, will be opening up its hotel room block on Monday, January 21st. This is traditionally a day of frantic reservation-making, although the fact that both of this year’s hotels have the same room rates, and that there are numerous other hotels in the vicinity, should ease the crush somewhat.

Hugo Award nominations are now open, and close on March 10. This is probably to make room for an Easter weekend announcement of the nominees, although the announcement date has not been officially confirmed. Everyone who buys a Worldcon membership, including the $60 non-attending membership, before the nomination deadline is eligible to vote. Further Hugo details here.


Conventions next weekend 1/25-1/27, 2013

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

Jan 25th-27th, 2013
Amazing Arizona Comic Mesa, AZ
Chattacon Chattanooga, TN
Conflikt Renton, WA
Cosine Colorodo Springs, CO
Ganime Gattineau, QB
Las Cruces Anime Days Las Cruces, NM
Setsucon Penn St, PA
Winter War Champaign, IL


WOW!!! 50 dates for 2013 conventions added for you!

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

Feb 14th-16th, 2013
Sankofa College Park, GA
GhenghisCon Auroro, Co

March 22nd-23rd, 2013
Lebowski Fest Los Angeles, CA
Horrorhound Cincinnati, OH

April 12th-14th, 2013
Mepacon Clarks Summit, PA

April 19th-20th, 2013
Lebowski Fest New York, NY

March 15th-17th, 2013
Horror Realm Pittsburgh, PA

May 17th-19th, 2013
Ecof Chicago, IL

May 31st-June 1st, 2013
Hamacon Huntsville, Al

July 26th-28th, 2013
Star Wars Celebration Messe Essen, GE

Aug 9th-11th, 2013
Dragonflight Bellevue, WA
Pirates & Wenches Rock Hall, MD
Dum Dum Louisville, KY
Cos and Effect Vancouver, BC

Aug 17th-19th, 2013
Ani-JamFresno, CA

Aug 23rd-25th, 2013
Guns Of August Williamsburg, VA
Camp Feral Algonquin Park, ON
Mechacon New Orleans, LA

Aug 30th-Sept 2nd, 2013
Anime Fest Dallas, TX
Anime Vegas Las Vegas, NV

Sept 6th-8th, 2013
Indie Craft Parade Greenville, SC

Sept 13th-15th, 2013
Anime Usa Arlington, VA
Dellacon Wisconsin Dells, WI
Montreal Comic Con Montreal, QB
Nan Desku Kon Denver, CO
SPX Betheseda, MD
Powercon Los Angeles, CA
Illuxcon Altoona, PA

Sept 19th-21st, 2013
MidAtlantic Nostalgia Hunt Valley, MD
Rose City Comiccon Portland, OR

Sept 27th-29th, 2013
Context Columbus, OH

Oct 4th-6th, 2013
Rincon Tuscon, AZ
Brickcon Seattle, WA

Oct 11th-13th, 2013
Game Springfield, MO
Wincon Las Vegas, NV
AZ FurCon Scottsdale, AZ

Oct 17th-19th, 2013
Milehicon Denver, CO
Con On the Cob Hudson, OH

Oct 25th-27th, 2013
Akicon Bellevue, WA
Flatcon Bloomington, IL
Steamcon Bellevue, WA

Nov 1st-3rd, 2013
Emerald City Steampunk Witchita, KS
Nekocon Hampton, VA
Rhode Island Comic Providence, RI
Youmacon Detroit, MI
Bakuretsu COn Colchester, VT

Nov 8th-10th, 2013
Bottoscon Surrey, BC
Orycon 35, Portland, OR
Anthocon Portsmouth, NH

Nov 15th-17th, 2013
Memphis Comic Con Memphis, TN



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

Superstar artist Tony S. Daniel Creates
Original Drawing Featuring Superman!

Norwalk, CT, Friday, January 18: DC Entertainment – the renowned comic book publisher and media entertainment company – has today revealed that they will provide the original poster art for the 2013 edition of the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2). The exclusive art will feature Superman in an iconic Chicago setting. The poster will figure prominently in C2E2′s advertising and promotion and will be featured at the convention as well as in Chicago area retailers and on transit trains and buses throughout Chicago leading up to the show. Famed DC artist Tony S. Daniel (ACTION COMICS) has drawn the powerful new image of Superman flying over the Chicago skyline. Daniel will also be a Spotlight Guest at C2E2 in 2013.

This year’s C2E2, which is produced by the organizers of New York Comic Con (NYCC), is expected to attract thousands of loyal fans making this convention the largest pop culture extravaganza in the Midwest. It will take place April 26 – 28, 2013 in the West Building at the McCormick Place Convention Center. Read more


13 dates for 13!

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

April 13th-14th, 2013
Spring Break Orlando, FL

April 27th-29th, 2013
Dairycon Fond Du Lac, Wi

Aug 9th-11th, 2013
Charticon Charlotte, NC
Pirate Invasion Beaufort, NC

Aug 16th-18th, 2013
Creation Vampire Diaries Dallas, TX

Sept 14th, 2013
Retrocon Philadelphia, PA

Sept 20th-22nd, 2013
Creation Supernatural Dallas, TX

Oct 11th-13th, 2013
Creation Supernatural Toronto, ON

Oct 25th-27th, 2013
Creation Supernatural Chicago, IL

Nov 1st-3rd, 2013
Gameholecon Madison, Wi

Nov 8th-10th, 2013
Creation Star Trek San Fransico, CA

Nov 22nd-24th, 2013
Creation Supernatural Burbank, CA

Dec 13th-15th, 2013
Creation Vampire Diaries Orlando, FL


SF2 Concatenation spring edition

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

The Spring 2013 edition of SF2 Concatenation is 
now up with seasonal news and loads of reviews 
(fiction and non-fiction) plus a couple 
of stand-alone convention reports.

These last will be of most interest to Con News regulars with
reviews of:- 23rd Festival of Fantastic Films
and the 30th Spanish national SF convention

Plus within the large seasonal news page there is a section on Worldcon and Eurocon news
together with other convention news Read more


Heroes Minicon

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

The Heroes Charlotte Minicon set for this Sunday has the floorplan up here. That’s a lot of comic dealer and artist goodness.

And you can still register to attend for free here

Con-news will be in attendance and will have a report Monday from the show.


Dragoncon news.

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

Some news coming out of the Daily Dragon Twitter feed for Dragonon 2013.

The ever popular parade will be juried, so get your applications in,

The Scifi fantasty, wheel of time, Pern tracks are merging into the Fantasy lit tracks,

The Walk of Fame moving to the Marriot.

And the dealers room is moving to the Americas Mart (Part of the Atlanta Convention center.)

Also Dragoncon has a new spiffed up look to the website Dragoncon


Conventions next weekend 1/18-1/21, 2013

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

Jan 18th-21st, 2013
Animate Miami Miami, FL
Anime Blues Remix Memphis, TN
Arisia Boston, MA
Brickfair Birmingham, AL
Charlotte Minicon Charlotte, NC
Confusion Detroit, MI
Deconpression Columbus, OH
Further ConfusionSan Jose, CA
Marscon Williamsburg, VA
MACk Murfreesboro, TN
Ohayocon Columbus, OH
Rennigers Mount Dora, FL
Rustycon Seattle, WA
Scarab Columbia, SC
Snow Con Orono, ME


Marmalade Dog events

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

Organizers sent the below email informing us that the events have been posted for Marmalade Dog 18.

“Events have been posted for Marmalade Dog 18, schedule for February 8-10, 2013:

Marmalade Dog is a gaming convention held each year by the Western Michigan Gamers Guild (WMGG) on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  The largest in SW Michigan, this convention features role-playing games, miniature wargames, collectible card games, board games and many other events.

This year’s special guest is Jolly R. Blackburn (Knights of the Dinner Table).”

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