Category Archives: Conventions

We Got the Exclusive Scoop on Two Long Beach Comic Expo Panels

long beach comic expoThe Long Beach Comic Expo takes place February 20 and 21 and the full panel list is being released this Friday, but we got the scoop on two of the panels you can expect at the convention.

Down to Nerd: Invader Zim and Gargoyles: Conqueror Vs Protectors

Panelists: Greg Weisman, Dave Crosland
Moderator: RuthAnn Thompson
Time: Saturday, 11:30am-12:30pm

Some come from another time to protect, another from a different planet to conquer- but both hold a special place in our hearts! Gargoyles VS Invader Zim. We will focus on the first 5 episodes of the TV series Gargoyles with writer/creator Greg Weisman and the Invader Zim comic books with Dave Crosland. What differences and similarities do these creatures out of space and time have? How will they fit in on modern day earth? Casual Fans and Hard Core Nerds alike join host RuthAnn Thompson and be “Down To Nerd”!

Down to Nerd: Time Travel with Chris Claremont & MARTY

Panelists: Chris Claremont, Mike Fasolo, Rus Wooton
Time: Sunday, 3:30-4:30pm

The Down to Nerd Podcast is hosted by the wildly charming RuthAnn Thompson: fan, nerd and actress who has been featured on such shows as, “True Blood,” “New Girl,” “2 Broke Girls,” and many more. Anime fans will recognize her as Bulma from the smash hit webseries “DBZ: Light of Hope”. RuthAnn will discuss X-Men: Days of Future Past with writer/creator Chris Claremont and with Mike Fasolo (Emmy winning writer on Robot Chicken) and Rus Wooton (Artist/Letterer Marvel, Image) from the time travel podcast, MARTY, to discuss the comic, movie and the elements of time travel in both.

Pop culture fans can meet celebrity guests, cosplay stars and comic book writers and artists including Chris Claremont, Amanda Connor, Terry and Rachel Dodson, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Agnes Garbowska, Paul Jenkins, Scott Kolins, Jae Lee, Aaron Lopresti, Fabien Nicieza, Michael Avon-Oeming, Jimmy Palmiotti, James Tynion IV, and over 100 guests. Mad Entertainment Management also announced that, for the first time ever, convention attendees will receive admission to the Aquarium for just $9.00 (regularly $29.95) when they visit the Aquarium after 12:00pm on the weekend of Long Beach Comic Expo or the following weekend.

In 2016, the Expo will take over two entire exhibit halls with over 150 exhibitors featuring some of the continent’s best vintage and modern comic book dealers, over 100 creators in Artist Alley, the all-new Animation Island, Cosplay Corner, a kids area and the annual Comic Expo Costume Contest.

Fans can enjoy an exciting weekend full of exceptional guests, exhibitors, and engaging panels, at Long Beach Comic Expo, Saturday, February 20  from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday, February 21 from 10:00 am – 5:00 PM at the Long Beach Convention Center.

The Second Annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics Finalists Announced

McDuffieAwardThe finalists for the second annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics were announced today. The five nominated titles are:

  • Andre the Giant Closer to Heaven by Brandon Easton (writer), Denis Medri (artist) (IDW Publishing);
  • Fresh Romance edited by Janelle Asselin (Rosy Press);
  • Moon Girl and the Devil Dinosaur by Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder (Writers), Natacha Bustos (Artist) (Marvel Entertainment);
  • Ms. Marvel by Willow Wilson (writer), Adrian Alphona (artist) (Marvel Entertainment);
  • Zana by Jean Barker (writer), Joey Granger (Artist) (Emet Comics)

The winner will be announced at the second annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics ceremony event to be held later this month at Long Beach Comic Expo on Saturday February 20 at 2:30 PM PT, on Dwayne McDuffie’s birthday. Acclaimed comic book writer and reporter Marc Bernardin will be the event’s Keynote Speaker.

The Award is named in honor of Dwayne McDuffie, the legendary writer and producer who co-founded Milestone Media. As a writer, Dwayne created or co-created more than a dozen comic book series, including Damage Control, Deathlok II, Icon, Static, Xombi, The Road to Hell, and Hardware. Nilah Magruder was the recipient of the first annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics for M.F.K..

The Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics Selection Committee consists of six prominent comics and animation professionals who knew McDuffie and have demonstrated a commitment to inclusiveness:

  • Neo Edmund – Novelist, animation and comics writer;
  • Joan Hilty – Nickelodeon Comics Editor; editor-in-chief of Pageturner, former DC/Vertigo Senior Editor;
  • Joseph Illidge – Former Editor, Milestone and DC Comics; Columnist, Comic Book Resources; Writer, First Second Books;
  • Heidi MacDonald – Editor in Chief, The Beat;
  • William J. Watkins – Writer; Former owner, Chicago’s first African American-owned comics store;
  • Matt Wayne, Former Managing Editor Milestone Media.

Wizard World Tapped as Exclusive Amateur Tour for Tekken 7

Tekken 7Wizard World, Inc. and Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. today announces that the arcade version of Tekken 7, the latest chapter of the popular fighting game franchise published by Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc., will be featured at Wizard World comic con, pop culture and gaming conventions throughout 2016.

Fans attending Wizard World Portland will have a thrilling opportunity to play Tekken 7 at a touring event in North America in 2016. The Tekken franchise has garnered a passionate and loyal following in North America and we’re enabling these fans to experience Tekken 7 starting in Portland. There, attendees will enjoy both free-play and a sanctioned tournament during the event that is taking place February 19-21 at the Oregon Convention Center.

As previously announced; Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. is the Official Anime Entertainment Partner for the 2016 Wizard World comic con and gaming tours, bringing Bandai Namco Entertainment games to fans throughout the country.

Tekken 7 will be one of the marquee titles that Bandai Namco Entertainment America will have featured at Wizard World events all year. The gaming leader’s presence at Wizard World shows will be even greater in 10 key markets that will feature major gaming activations and an eSports tournament streaming stage: Portland, Ore. (Feb. 19-21); St. Louis (April 1-3); Minneapolis (May 6-8); Philadelphia (June 2-5); Sacramento, Calif. (June 17-19); Columbus, Ohio (July 29-31); Orlando, Fla. (August 5-7); Chicago (August 18-21); Austin, Texas (September 23-25); and Pittsburgh (November 4-6).

Capcom To Feature Street Fighter V At Wizard World Gaming Throughout 2016

Street Fighter VWizard World, Inc. and Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced an agreement to feature the highly-anticipated Street Fighter V fighting game at Wizard World Gaming events throughout 2016, beginning in Portland, Ore., from February 19-21 at the Oregon Convention Center.

Event attendees can visit the Capcom free play area at Wizard World Gaming shows to play Street Fighter V. Additionally, at the main event stage, gamers can compete in a tournament for $3,000 in cash as well as other prizes, with the action streamed live online for a global audience.

Wizard World Gaming Portland kicks off a season-long series of gaming-focused events which will coincide with Wizard World comic con shows throughout 2016 in the following additional cities: St. Louis (April 1-3); Minneapolis (May 6-8); Philadelphia (June 2-5); Sacramento, Calif. (June 17-19); Columbus, Ohio (July 29-31); Orlando, Fla. (August 5-7); Chicago (August 18-21); Austin, Texas (September 23-25); and Pittsburgh (Nov. 4-6).

Long Beach Comic Expo Returns February 20 and 21

logo_lbcc_large (1)Mad Entertainment Management has announced the first wave of guests for this year’s Long Beach Comic Expo along with a new discount program with the Aquarium of the Pacific. The spring counterpart to Long Beach, CA’s annual celebration of the best in comics and pop culture returns as one of the two best weekends of the year for fans and families!.  Attendees can meet celebrity guests, cosplay stars and comic book writers and artists including Chris Claremont, Amanda Connor, Terry and Rachel Dodson, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Agnes Garbowska, Paul Jenkins, Scott Kolins, Jae Lee, Aaron Lopresti, Fabien Nicieza, Michael Avon-Oeming, Jimmy Palmiotti, James Tynion IV, and over 100 guests! Mad Entertainment Management also announces that, for the first time ever, convention attendees will receive admission to the Aquarium for just $9.00 (regularly $29.95) when they visit the Aquarium after 12:00pm on either the weekend of Long Beach Comic Expo or the following weekend.

In 2016, the Expo will take over two entire exhibit halls with over 150 exhibitors featuring some of the continent’s best vintage and modern comic book dealers, over 100 creators in Artist Alley, the all-new Animation Island, Cosplay Corner, a kids area and the annual Comic Expo Costume Contest.

Fans can enjoy an exciting weekend full of exceptional guests, exhibitors, and engaging panels, at Long Beach Comic Expo, Saturday, February 20  from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday, February 21 from 10:00 am – 5:00 PM at the Long Beach Convention Center. Tickets are available now.

Van Lente, Golden, Isherwood, Ortiz Among Creators To Attend Wizard World Cleveland

Wizard World ClevelandFred Van Lente, Michael Golden, Geof Isherwood and Phil Ortiz are among the leading comics artists and writers scheduled to attend Wizard World Comic Con Cleveland, February 26-28 at the FirstMerit Convention Center of Cleveland. It is the third event on the 2016 Wizard World calendar and second year for the show in Cleveland.

Other top Wizard World Comic Con Cleveland Artist Alley guests include Marc Sumerak, Shawn Coss, Clinton Hobart, James O’Barr, Jose Delbo, Stuart Sayger, Greg Horn, Andrew Griffith, Joe Corroney, Tony Isabella, Danny Fingeroth and many others.

Cleveland show hours are Friday, February 26, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, February 27, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, February 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Gen Con Badge Pre-Registration Now Open, Housing Opens Sunday

Gen Con 2016Gen Con 2016 badges are now available at gencon.com. After creating an account (if you don’t have you) and signing in, you’ll be able to purchase your badge. The “Best Four Days in Gaming” takes place August 4-7 in Indianapolis, IN.

But, badges are important if you need a hotel! To participate in the Housing Registration, which begins at noon (Eastern) this Sunday, January 24, you’ll need to have purchased your badge. Don’t think you can wait for a hotel. Downtown hotel rooms sell out fast, and supply is much smaller than demand.

Individuals will be randomized as far as their access to the Housing Portal to book lodging this Sunday, that’s as much to make things “fair” as they are to prevent the system crashing. You’ll be able to find that under “My Housing.” Reservations are real time, so when it’s your turn you need to act quick, your room will only be held for 10 minutes while you complete the transaction.

There are rules for hotel purchases. For downtown hotels you need to be there for three or more consecutive dates and that includes August 6. There’s also rules as to how many rooms you can get per badges purchased.

1-2 badges = One room
3-4 badges = Two rooms
5-6 badges = Three rooms
7+ badges = etc …

Individuals needing ADA rooms are invited to call 317-688-1323 when Housing Registration opens to make their reservations. On opening day, Call Center assistance will be provided only to individuals needing to book ADA rooms and individuals needing assistance with existing reservations.

Good luck in your housing and see you in Indie!

Busiek, Waid, Valentino, Haspiel Headline Artist Alley At Wizard World Portland

unnamedEisner Award winners Kurt Busiek, Mark Waid, Dean Haspiel, and Steve Lieber, as well as standouts Bob Camp, Mark Kistler, Miguel Sepulveda, Tom Cook, Michael Golden, Arthur Suydam and Phil Ortiz are among the leading comics artists and writers scheduled to attend Wizard World Comic Con Portland, February 19-21.

Other superstars in Artist Alley in Portland include Rob Liefeld, Simon Fraser, Marat Mychaels, Keith Tucker, Rebekah Isaacs, Dennis O’Neil, Genese Davis, James O’Barr, Colleen Houck, Danny Fingeroth, Barry Deutsch, Stuart Sayger and many others.

Top celebrities attending the event include Matt Smith, Karen Gillan , Arthur Darvill, and Alex Kingston from Doctor Who, Jennifer Morrison, John Barrowman, William Shatner, Mike Colter, Cassandra Peterson, Elizabeth Henstridge, Tobin Bell, Jewel Staite, James Marsters, Scott Wilson and Chris 51 and more.

Portland show hours are Friday, February 19, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, February 20, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, February 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Back to the Future Stars Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson to Attend Wizard World Philadelphia June 4

Michael J. FoxHello, McFly! From the Back to the Future franchise to TV hits like “Family Ties” and “Spin City,” Michael J. Fox has thrilled, touched and moved millions with his performances as well as his commitment to the campaign for increased Parkinson’s disease research. And Lea Thompson, who portrayed Marty’s mother in the trilogy in one of her most memorable roles, has appeared in more than 80 films and TV series. Now fans will have the chance to meet two of the most beloved stars of the past four decades as Wizard World, Inc. has announced that Fox and Thompson will attend Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia on Saturday, June 4 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Thompson will also appear on Sunday, June 5.

The Edmonton, Alberta, Canada native debuted as a professional actor at 15, co-starring in the sitcom “Leo and Me” on CBC. When he was 18, Fox moved to Los Angeles. He had a series of bit parts, including one in “Palmerstown USA” before winning the role of lovable conservative Alex P. Keaton on NBC’s enormously popular “Family Ties” (1982-89). During Fox’s seven years on “Ties,” he earned three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe, making him one of the country’s most prominent young actors.

“Spin City” reunited Fox with “Family Ties” creator/executive producer Gary David Goldberg. Together with Bill Lawrence, Goldberg created the series expressly for Fox, establishing it as a joint venture of Dreamworks SKG, Goldberg’s UBU Productions, and Lottery Hill Entertainment (run by Fox and partner Nelle Fortenberry, now a member of the Board of Directors of The Michael J. Fox Foundation).

Fox also had time during his busy TV work to become an international film star, appearing in over a dozen features showcasing his keen ability to shift between comedy and drama. These include the Back to the Future trilogy, The Hard Way, Doc Hollywood, The Secret of My Success, Bright Lights, Big City, Light of Day, Teen Wolf, Casualties of War, Life With Mikey, For Love or Money, The American President, Greedy, The Frighteners, and Mars Attacks!

Though the five-time Emmy Award winner (in addition to the three for “Family Ties,” he also won one for “Spin City” and one for a guest role on “Rescue Me”) would not share the news with the public for another seven years, Fox was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s disease in 1991. Upon disclosing his condition in 1998, he committed himself to the campaign for increased Parkinson’s research. Fox announced his retirement from “Spin City” in January 2000, effective upon the completion of his fourth season and 100th episode. Today the largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s drug development in the world, the Foundation has galvanized the search for a cure for Parkinson’s disease, and Michael is widely admired for his tireless work as a patient advocate.

Lea ThompsonIn addition to playing “Lorraine Baines McFly” alongside Fox, Thompson starred in SpaceCamp, Howard The Duck, Dennis The Menace, Some Kind of Wonderful and numerous other hit films. She has guest starred in many TV series, and had success with the NBC situation comedy “Caroline in the City” in the late 1990s before starring in several Broadway plays.

Fox and Thompson join a select group of celebrities already committed to attend Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia, including Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead,” Boondock Saints), Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints , “Dexter”), Billy Martin (Lead Guitarist/Keyboardist – Good Charlotte, Artist – TMNT New Animated Adventures), James Remar (“The Warriors,” “Dexter”) and Jason David Frank (“Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers”), with many more to be announced.

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The ninth event currently scheduled on the 2016 Wizard World calendar, Philadelphia show hours are Thursday, June 2, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, June 3, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, June 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Aspen Comics Invades Planet Comicon 2016

ASPEN COMICS logo-finalAspen Comics, publisher of Michael Turner’s Fathom and Soulfire, and other top-selling hits such as Lola
XOXO, Jirni and more, has announced their upcoming appearance for this summer’s Planet Comicon 2016.

In addition to Aspen’s largest creator appearance at Planet Comicon to date, the publisher is also planning an exclusive comic book, full size prints, and other con-exclusive items for the weekend to be revealed soon.

Planet Comicon Kansas City is the region’s largest premier comic book and pop culture convention. With a 17-year history, it has grown to be the largest show in the Kansas City area.

The convention takes place May 20-22, 2016.

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