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DC Collectibles Heads to DesignerCon 2018 with Con Exclusives

DC Collectibles, DC’s in-house line of high-end collectibles, will make its DesignerCon debut, showcasing some of the company’s most cutting-edge collectibles at this year’s convention from November 16-18, 2018, in Anaheim, CA.

Taking center stage at the show is DC Collectibles’ artist-focused designer vinyl line, DC Artists Alley. DC Artists Alley is inspired by the popular “Artist Alley” convention experience and allows innovative artists to put their eccentric spin on DC’s most iconic characters. At DesignerCon, DC Collectibles will debut a DC Artists Alley convention exclusive variant of HaiNaNu “Nooligan” Saulque’s Nightwing figure. The design embodies Nooligan’s signature offbeat art style and features a “streetwear” makeover of Dick Grayson, complete with casual sneakers and a custom Nightwing varsity jacket. The standard version hits stores in December 2018, but a special-edition black-and-gold Eclipse variant will be available to purchase exclusively at the convention. The con exclusive is limited to 200 pieces and includes an original sketch of a Batman family character, hand-drawn by Nooligan.

DC Collectibles will also give fans an up-close look at upcoming DC Artists Alley figures from artists Joe Ledbetter and Chrissie Zullo. Ledbetter’s anthropomorphic spin on Batman, the Penguin, Catwoman and Robin will be on display in the DC Collectibles booth alongside Zullo’s whimsical transformations of Batgirl, Hawkgirl, Supergirl and Wonder Woman. Both sets of figures will hit stores in 2019, but fans attending the show can purchase custom art prints from each artist…and that’s not all. DC Collectibles will also debut additional DC Artists Alley figures from a surprise artist to be announced at the show…stay tuned!

Here is the complete list of items available to purchase at the DC Collectibles booth (#1500):

  • DesignerCon Exclusive: DC Artists Alley Nightwing Eclipse Variant Designer Vinyl 6.75″ figure (MSRP: $100.00) – Limited to 200 pieces

  • Clutter Double Cast Batman 7″ figure (MSRP: $195.00) – Only 30 pieces will be sold at the show; Features glow-in the-dark skeleton

  • Limited-Edition Art Prints designed by Chrissie Zullo and Joe Ledbetter (MSRP: $40.00 each) – Limited to 50 prints per design

  • Limited-Edition Enamel Pins (MSRP: $10.00 each) – Limited to 50 pins per design

New Blizzard Entertainment Toys And Apparel Revealed At Blizzcon 2018 including Overwatch LEGO

At BlizzCon 2018 the company revealed a full lineup of global consumer products announcements for the tens of thousands of gamers in attendance and following along online via the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket.

Featured were previews and reveals for several upcoming 2019 products stemming from partnerships with The LEGO GroupHasbroUNIQLO and FUNKO, each highlighting new ways for fans to showcase their passion for the characters and settings of Blizzard’s globally acclaimed games, such as OverwatchWorld of Warcraft, Hearthstone and Diablo III.

Six LEGO Overwatch building sets, ranging in price from $14.99 to $89.99, were previewed for BlizzCon attendees, including: Tracer vs. WidowmakerHanzo vs. GenjiDorado ShowdownD.Va & ReinhardtBastion, and Watchpoint: Gibraltar. Sets feature fan-favorite vehicles and characters in minifigure form, such as Tracer, Widowmaker, Hanzo, Genji, Shimada Henchman, Soldier: 76, McCree, D.Va, Reinhardt, Pharah, Mercy, Reaper, and Winston. The LEGO Overwatch collection will be available at mass retail in early 2019. As previously announced, fans attending BlizzCon may also purchase an exclusive LEGO Overwatch Omnic Bastion building set by visiting the Blizzard Gear Store.

As the master toy licensee for Overwatch, Hasbro previewed a range of NERF Overwatch Rival + Microshots blasters with select items exclusively available for pre-order now and full line coming in January 2019. Hasbro also revealed the OVERWATCH ULTIMATES MERCY figure, which is the first figure to be unveiled within its OVERWATCH ULTIMATES FIGURE assortment, coming to most major retailers next spring.

Her Universe, a leading fan-focused lifestyle and fashion brand, announced their expansion in the gaming space at BlizzCon. The Her Universe World of Warcraft women’s fashion collection is now available and at the Blizzard Gear Store, and an Overwatch fashion collection for both women and men, under the company’s new label Our Universe, will debut later in November at BoxLunch and in December at Hot Topic.

UNIQLO and Blizzard announced that, following the success of the 2018 Blizzard Entertainment collection, the two companies will be partnering once again on a new apparel line. The collection of exclusive designs will be available in spring 2019 across all Blizzard’s franchises.

FUNKO and Blizzard revealed their latest Overwatch POP! vinyl figure, modeled after Ashe, a new hero revealed at BlizzCon, in addition to a messenger bag from Loungefly. The Ashe vinyl figure and messenger bag are available for purchase at BlizzCon and on the Blizzard gear store.

In celebration of the fan art community, HOT TOPIC and BOXLUNCH partnered with Blizzard to launch a contest where artists rallied to submit hundreds of original Hearthstone, StarCraft, Heroes of the Storm, World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Diablo designs for the opportunity to have their creations featured on t-shirts at Hot Topic, BoxLunch, and the Blizzard Gear Store. Fan favorite designs from World of Warcraft will be available at the Gear Store and onsite at BlizzCon, while additional designs from Blizzard’s roster will be available at Hot Topic in mid-November with the grand-prize-winning Diablo design set to debut at BoxLunch in late November.

Anime NYC Reveals their Programming Schedule

Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll, New York’s largest dedicated anime convention, will present three days of entertaining and educational programming about Japanese culture, the anime industry, gaming, and more at New York’s Javits Center (655 W 34th St) from November 16-18. A full schedule of events can be accessed now, where fans can also purchase tickets, learn more about special guests, and more. General admission tickets are priced from $40-65.

Over 30,000 fans are expected to convene at Anime NYC to dive into even more exclusive screenings, talks with iconic creators and industry leaders, Japanese games, and incredible concerts than were featured at the inaugural show in 2017. With over 200 hours of programming planned, fans are sure to fill the three days with unforgettable experiences.

All Anime NYC events take place at the Javits Center unless otherwise indicated. Highlights from Anime NYC include:

Friday, November 16

  • Anisong World Matsuri – Day 1 (7:00PM – OFF SITE at Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W 34th StAnime NYC is proud to welcome the globally renowned Anisong World Matsuri concert series to New York City for the first time! Anisong World Matsuri – the largest Japanese pop concert in the history of New York City – brings together headlining Japanese pop stars Luna Haruna, Konomi Suzuki, TRUE, and nano for a show-stopping concert. A separate ticket is needed to attend.
  • North American Premiere of K: SEVEN STORIES “Memory of RED – BURN” (3:15PM – Main Stage) Join VIZ for the North American premiere of K: SEVEN STORIES “Memory of RED – BURN”! As the boys in Homura prepare a surprise birthday party for their princess Anna Kushina, the colorless king sets his plan to devour all the other kings in motion. Unaware of the danger, Totsuka Tatara heads out into the night to film one last video for Anna’s birthday gift. All attendees will receive a special giveaway item while supplies list.
  • “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime” Screening & Talk Show (6:00PM – Room 1) Come enjoy the first two episodes of “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime” followed by a short panel featuring Director Yasuhito Kikuchi and Character Designer Ryoma Ebata.
  • “Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond” North America Premiere (7:45PM – Panel Room 2) Ever since he was little, Takashi Natsume has been able to see what others could not – namely monstrous spirits known as the Yokai. Natsume’s late grandmother, Reiko, would challenge the Yokai to contests and the ones that lost had to sign a contract with her, binding their names to her “Yujin-cho.” Since inheriting the book, Natsume along with his self-proclaimed bodyguard Nyanko Sensei spends his days trying to return the names within the book to their rightful owners. Be the first to experience this enchanting tale at the North America premiere of “Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond”. Plus receive a free commemorative gift upon attending (while supplies last!)
  • Arc System Works presents Kill-la-Kill: IF (1:15PM – Panel Room 3) Join members from the Arc System Works America team to find out juicy details on Kill-la-Kill: IF, the latest title from the premiere fighting game studio. Special guests from Studio TRIGGER will join the panel to answer questions and talk about new characters. Giveaways within!
  • Inti Creates: Developing Japanese-Style Multiplayer Games on the Nintendo Switch (5:45PM – Panel Room 3)Takuya Aizu (Mega Man 9 & 10, Azure Striker Gunvolt, Gal*Gun, and more) and Yoshifumi Hashimoto (Rune Factory, Harvest Moon, and more) share their experiences with game development on the Nintendo Switch from a Japanese developer’s point of view and what it’s like to create multiplayer-focused action games.
  • HIDIVE Presents: LGBTQ+ Representation in Anime (7:45PM – Panel Room 4) Explore how LGBTQ+ representation in anime has evolved over the last few years with special guest panelist, voice actor, and ADR director David Wald.


Saturday, November 17

  • Anisong World Matsuri – Day 2 (5:00PM – OFF SITE at Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W 34th St) Anime NYC is proud to welcome the globally renowned Anisong World Matsuri concert series to New York City for the first time! Anisong World Matsuri – the largest Japanese pop concert in the history of New York City – brings together headlining Japanese pop stars Morning Musume。’18, Hironobu Kageyama, Hiroshi Kitadani, and Shoko Nakagawa for a show-stopping concert.  A separate ticket is needed to attend.
  • “Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel]” Special Event featuring Aimer (1:00PM – Main Stage) Anime NYC, Aniplex of America and Sony Music Entertainment Japan are proud to host the “Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel]” special event featuring Aimer. This special celebration of the “Fate/stay night” series and the “Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel]” film trilogy will showcase the beloved English cast of the “Fate” series including Kari Wahlgren (voice of Saber), Cristina Vee (voice of Sakura Matou), Bryce Papenbrook (voice of Shirou Emiya) and Tony Oliver (English ADR Director and voice of Lancer) on stage. Don’t miss the electrifying concert as part of the event from Japanese songstress Aimer. A separate ticket is needed to attend.
  • “Mob Psycho 100” II: World Premiere Screening (1:00PM – Panel Room 1) Are you ready for a brand-new episode of “Mob Psycho 100”? Come and join us for the world premiere screening of “Mob Psycho 100” II with a guest from Japan… the Japanese voice of Mob, Setsuo Ito! Claim your free giveaways, watch exclusive comment videos from cast and creators, and don’t miss your chance to win super special prizes.
  • World Premiere of K: SEVEN STORIES “Circle Vision – Nameless Song” with Special Guests (3:45PM – Main Stage) Join VIZ for a memorable event with special guests featuring prize giveaways, Q&As and so much more! Afterwards, stay tuned for the world premiere of K: SEVEN STORIES “Circle Vision – Nameless Song”! Misaki Yata is still having a blast with Homura, Seri Awashima continues working diligently for SCEPTER 4, and Sukuna Gojo runs across the battlefield to fulfill the dream of JUNGLE. But as the days go by, some begin to realize that this perfect world where everyone is alive and happy seems too good to be true. All attendees will receive a special giveaway item while supplies last.
  • “Mobile Suit Gundam NT (Narrative)” Panel presented by SUNRISE (3:00PM – Panel Room 1) Head to the official panel for “Mobile Suit Gundam NT (Narrative)”, the latest Gundam work set in the Universal Century, to hear the film’s producer Naohiro Ogata talking about the inside story of the production. The panel will also feature freshly made video clips of the film, set to be released this year in Japan and the United States, and a raffle will be held at the end of the event.
  • Funimation Presents: “Fairy Tail” Final Season Panel & SimulDub Episode Premiere (6:00PM – Main Stage) Meet the voices of Natsu, Lucy and Happy as well as the ADR Director for the entire “Fairy Tail” series. Join an exciting panel with voice actors Todd Haberkorn, Cherami Leigh, Tia Ballard, and Director Tyler Walker and see the newest SimulDub episode from the final season of “Fairy Tail” before it’s available anywhere else. Plus, participate in Q&A and win free “Fairy Tail” promo items.
  • “Kase-san and Morning Glories” Screening (7:30PM – Panel Room 2) Based on the manga series written by Hiromi Takashima, “Kase-san and…”, the enormously popular short form web anime “Your Light (Kimi no Hikari)” paved the way for “Kase-san and Morning Glories” – the long-awaiting film adaptation. The renowned director Takuya Sato (Steins;Gate,Selector) will attend the screening and panel along with his producer – Pony Canyon’s Yusuke Terada – to discuss the film’s universal themes.

Sunday, November 18

  • “Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki” (2:45PM – Panel Room 2) GKIDS presents an Anime NYC exclusive sneak preview of the upcoming documentary “Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki”, which profiles the master filmmaker as he directs a new short film.
  • Ramen Summit 2.0 (1:30PM – Panel Room 1) Featuring Keizo Shimamoto (Chef-owner – Ramen Shack / Ramen Burger) and Kenshiro Uki (VP of Operations – Sun Noodle / Ramen Lab) alongside amateur ramen cooks Mike Satinover (Akahoshi Ramen, Chicago), David Chan (Nichijou Ramen, Sacramento), and Josh Reisner (S2 MasterChef Junior, Top-8 finalist, NYC)! Ramen has taken America’s hearts and stomachs by storm with no signs of stopping. The infatuation with this dish borders on obsession with our Ramen Summit 2.0 panelists – three super-passionate amateur ramen cooks and their top industry Superstar mentors! Hear how they’ve each discovered endless inspiration, deep friendships, and a lifelong calling all in the name of spreading the love and deliciousness of craft ramen. Moderator and fellow amateur ramen cook Sho Spaeth (Senior Editor, Serious Eats) will lead this exciting discussion about American ramen culture followed by a Q&A.
  • Funimation Presents: “Fairy Tail” Final Season Live Reading Panel (11:00AM – Main Stage) “Fairy Tail” fans, ever wanted to see your favorite voices acted in person? Funimation presents an exclusive opportunity for you to see the “Fairy Tail” voice actors read lines from the latest SimulDub episodes LIVE at a once-in-a-lifetime panel celebrating the last season of “Fairy Tail”.
  • “Sound! Euphonium, The Movie I want to resonate with you…” (11:00AM – Panel Room 2) The anime series “Sound! Euphonium” purely and sincerely depicts high school girls growing through their experience in the school’s brass band. Ogawa Taichi – who oversaw the anime series’ second season – directs this film forming a central narrative axis around the characters of Kumiko and Asuka.
  • Official “Sailor Moon” Panel (12:45PM – Main Stage) Join VIZ and members of the “Sailor Moon” cast as we celebrate all things “Sailor Moon”! Get ready for exclusive announcements, awesome prizes and most importantly MORE GLITTER! All attendees will receive a special giveaway item while supplies last.
  • A Guide to Professional Gaming from the Women’s Perspective (1:30PM – Panel Room 2) A panel of women who are in various parts of the gaming field talk about their experiences in professional gaming, from team ownership, professional play, streaming, journalism and how other women can get into it.
  • Blerds in Geekdom: Black Nerds, POCs, and Representation in Anime, Gaming and Comics (3:30PM – Panel Room 3) Blerd culture is on the rise in almost every geek genre! Where is the diversity and representation in YOUR fandom and how can the Blerd movement move the needle for ALL underrepresented groups?

Valiant Sends Convention Exclusives to Heroes Dutch Comic Con 2018!

Valiant has announced that it has partnered with Heroes Dutch Comic Con, the biggest comic convention in the Netherlands, to bring some of the publisher’s critically acclaimed comic titles and merchandise across the Atlantic for an unbeatable celebration of pop culture and European fandom!

From November 24th to November 25th, check out all the fun and festivities at the Jaarbeurs Convention Centre in Utrecht, Netherlands – and while you’re there, make sure you pick up a copy of the Bloodshot Rising Spirit #1 Heroes Ducth Comic Con Variant Cover, available only at Heroes Dutch Comic Con!

This limited variant cover will only be sold in the Netherlands and features artwork by Valiant fan-favorite artist and Heroes Dutch Comic Con guest Manuel Garcia!

Created by a brutal brain trust of comic elites that includes writers Kevin Grevioux, Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson; artist Ken Lashley; inker Ryan Winn; and colorist Diego Rodriguez, Bloodshot Rising Spirit #1 begins the definitive origin story of Valiant’s walking weapon of war in a brand-new prequel series!

Lightbox Expo, an Annual Celebration of Art Launches in 2019

In 2019, celebrated character designer and illustrator Bobby Chiu and Emerald City Comic Con founder Jim Demonakos are launching LightBox Expo, a three day celebration of the visual arts in Pasadena, California. LightBox Expo (or LBX) will be a multi-faceted experience for everyone from aspiring artists and students, to professionals and fans, with a focus on animation, illustration and concept art.

An impressive range of artists, including Daniel Arriaga (Coco), illustrator Loish, Iain McCaig (Star Wars), Crash McCreery (Jurassic Park), Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, Ryan Meinerding (Marvel Studios), Karla Ortiz (Dr. Strange), Victoria Ying (Tangled), and illustrator Claire Wendling, are already confirmed as inaugural guests with more guests to be announced in the upcoming months. The event will be held from September 6-8, 2019 at the Pasadena Convention Center with tickets going on sale early next spring.

One of the missions of LightBox Expo is to ensure that the artists in attendance, from students to professionals, will be respected and treated fairly. To that end, an advisory council has been created, made up of some of the most experienced artists and studio representatives in the business, including Stephen Silver (Kim Possible), Justin Goby Fields (Ironklad Studios), Helen Mingjue Chen (Wreck-it Ralph), Ryan Lang (Big Hero 6), Renee di Cherri (Adobe), Douglas Little (Wacom), Christophe Lautrette (Kung Fu Panda), alongside previously mentioned artists McCreery, McCaig, Ortiz and Loish.

Peter Cullen Joins the Comic Revolution in Ontario, California

Atomic Crush Events‘ (ACE) Comic Con Revolution Ontario (CCR ONT) has announced that voice acting icon Peter Cullen will be attending this year CCR ONT on Saturday, May 18.  CCR ONT is currently Cullen’s only scheduled appearance in California for 2019.

Cullen is best known as the voice of the unforgettable leader of the Autobots – Optimus Prime!  He has voiced the character in the Transformers movies, cartoons and video games for nearly 35 years. Other notable roles include The Transformers’ Ironhide, Disney’s melancholy loveable donkey Eeyore, Chip ‘n Dale’s Rescue Rangers’ Monterey Jack, the evil KARR of Knight Rider fame, Voltron’s King Alfor and many, many more.

As part of the days programming a, 50-minute one-on-one panel with Peter will give fans a rare opportunity to hear from Cullen himself about how for the past 35 years he has portrayed the heroic Optimus Prime across cartoons, video games and feature films.

Guests scheduled to appear include: Matthew Atchley, Sweeney Boo, Evan Cagle, Sandy King Carpenter, Ming Chen, Amanda Conner, Neo Edmund, Joe Eisma, Adam Faberman, Carlos Ferro, Joel Gomez, Steven Gordon, Matt Haley, Travis Hanson, Chad Hardin, Ray-Anthony Height, Megan Hutchison, Santa Inoue, Ryan Kincaid, Mike Kunkel, Ian McGinty, Rafael Navarro, James O’Barr, Pernile Orum, Jimmy Palmiotti, Jules, Rivera, Stan Sakai, Patrick Scullin, Beth Sotelo, Angi Viper, Mike Wellman & Mike Zeck.  

Order your tickets to Comic Con Revolution today.

Early bird pricing will be available until December 31, 2018. Tickets purchased at the door will be $5 more per ticket.  In addition to the savings, advanced ticket holders will receive a limited edition art print, as well as being able to enter the exhibit floor an hour early each day.

Action Lab Danger Zone’s L.A. Comic Con 2018 Hollywood Exclusives!

Action Lab: Danger Zone has several exclusive covers and other items that will be available at L.A. Comic Con in limited quantities. Action Lab: Danger Zone is located at Booth #930. These are the mature readers comic book exclusives available at the show (risqué covers will also be available):


Writer(s): Shawn Gabborin
Artist Name(s): Rafael Dantas (art), Rosa “Rosakaz” Rantila (colors)
Cover Artist: Joel Adams

What kind of creature would stalk an idyllic, quiet, small town? None, as far as Betty can tell. But there’s one little boy in town who is convinced something is wrong. He’s willing to put up his dead grandfather’s money if Betty can find the killer… and Betty never turns down a bounty.

32 pgs./ M / FC


Writer(s): Dan Mendoza, Bryan Seaton & Nicole D’Andria
Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni
Cover Artist: Dan Mendoza

While Lila and Ivan are away searching for the scale of a green Dragon, Naiimus pays Emily a deadly visit. Will she get the crystals? More importantly, will Emily make it out of the ordeal alive?!

32 pgs./ M / FC


Writer(s): Dan Mendoza
Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni
Cover Artist: Dan Mendoza

With Janey still apparently dead, her right-hand man Oscar must go on a quest to figure out how to bring the Zombie Tramp back!

32 pgs./ M / FC


Writer(s): Dan Mendoza
Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni
Cover Artist: Bill McKay

As the search continues to find Janey’s original body, Janey continues to try and fight her way out of Black Betty.

32 pgs./ M / FC

Valiant Hightails It to NC Comiccon 2018 with Exclusives, Panels, and More!

In just a few short weeks, Valiant will once again return to the great state of North Carolina for NC Comicon 2018, a spectacular celebration of comics, pop culture, and fandom!

From Friday, November 9th to Sunday, November 11th, start your journey at Booth #A001-A002 inside the Durham Convention Center and discover why Valiant is one of the most talked-about publishers in the comic industry! Check out a vast selection of trade paperbacks and hardcovers collecting Valiant’s critically acclaimed titles!

While you’re at the convention, be sure to check out the Bloodshot Rising Spirit #1 NC Comicon 2018 Variant Cover at the Official NC Comicon Merchandise Booth #1004! Created by a brutal brain trust of comic elites that includes Kevin GreviouxLonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson, and artist Ken Lashley, the definitive origin story of Valiant’s walking weapon of war, Bloodshot, can now be told in this brand-new prequel series – featuring exclusive never-before-seen cover art by Ben Bishop!

Plus: Make sure you put these upcoming panels on your calendar so you don’t miss a second of what Valiant has in store for NC Comicon!

First, learn about the ins and outs of comic book creation on Saturday, November 10th at 1 pm ET in Cinema One with Valiant: The Craft of Comics! From the award-winning industry veterans behind the Valiant Universe’s greatest hits, find out just what it takes to put together a compelling story from start to finish, how to make your series stand apart, and how the editorial process functions at the highest levels – featuring New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt!

Then, the excitement continues on Sunday, November 11th at 2pm ET in the Connie Moses Ballroom with Valiant 101 And Beyond! New to the Valiant Universe? With Valiant’s all-new and exciting “BEYOND” initiative in full swing, there’s never been a better time to become a fan! Jump on board right here with a concise and fun-filled introduction to the origins of Valiant’s greatest and most iconic heroes, complete with suggestions of where to start reading. Plus, check out the new titles in the “BEYOND” slate, along with sneak peeks of other upcoming books!

SuperMegafest 2018: Inside the ropes with Scott Steiner

A week ago in my stomping grounds of New England, there just so happened to be a gathering of geek and fan alike that takes place once a year in Marlborough, MA called Super Megafest. The name might seem like a mouthful but that is only because there is so much to contain inside these walls. There was something for every type of fan, new and old alike. However only one thing drew me there: the man called Big Poppa Pump: Scott Steiner.

As a self proclaimed Wrestling Geek or a “smark” as insider terms would have it, I was looking forward to this greatly. I have met many a wrestler in my day, but this one always eluded me. So I relished the opportunity to make so chit chat and talk some shit with one of my favorite wrestling personalities with Big Poppa Pump. His legacy is a big one in the annuls of Pro Wrestling (I refuse to say Sports Entertainment) he was a WCW World Heavyweight Champion, US Champion and of course Tag Team Champion.

Never one to mix words and not afraid to speak his mind, I was looking forward to it.

Graphic Policy: Hi my name is Joe on behalf of Graphic Policy, and I am here at Super Megafest talking to the Genetic Freak, Big Poppa Pump himself: Scott Steiner. How are you Scott?

Scott Steiner: Pretty good Joe, thanks for asking man.

GP: So Scott you were at the forefront of Professional Wrestling when it was at its apex, something it has never quite reached again. What is missing from today’s product that you all had back then?

SS: Another company. It’s always good when there is competition. You know what I mean? Now it is a monopoly. When we had the “Monday Night Wars” there was a point where we dominated for 83 weeks straight. That means we were drawing better ratings than them (WWF/E). That means people didn’t want to watch their shit. Now that we are gone, they still don’t want to really watch their shit. That’s what it is, shit. The reason being is you have two idiots in charge who basically think they are geniuses and they’re not. The ratings reflect this.

GP: I agree with your point there, to a point. They feed you what I feel is scraps. It’s nowhere near the caliber of what it could be, but they don’t have to be forced to change because they are the big game in town and they know it.

SS: Thing is though, on top of that they feed you a line of bullshit. They tell you we are giving you what you as fans want. They don’t. They give you what they want.

Graphic Policy: I agree. There is certainly an agenda to who they push.

SS: Exactly. For them to say otherwise, it’s really an insult to the fans. I think many fans are smart enough to realize this themselves and it shows. They aren’t featuring who the people want to see, they feature who they want to see. They feature who they can control. It’s all about the control. The people who do work for that company I mean they are not even considered employees. They are self contracted. Which I think is a damn shame. They don’t want to pay employees tax or insurance and a bunch of other stuff they don’t want to get into.

GP: That is unreal.

SS: Yeah. It really is unreal, how they can operate like that. Just a shame.

GP: Do you have advice now for guys that are coming up, on how to navigate that kind of system?

SS: Well the thing you gotta do, is stick together. Unfortunately with Vince, really the whole WWE is that it is set up so you don’t stick together. They have it so everyone is at a distance and they can’t become friends so that way you don’t form a union. That is why when you look back at when Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and all those guys stuck together, he hated that. They ended up controlling the industry. That is what it takes is sticking together but it is set up in a way that you can’t. Or he won’t allow you to.

GP: I think, hearkening back to what you said about competition it just breeds true for anything. If you don’t have competition then you are going to have shit and not get the best you could.

SS: Right.

GP: That is why it is so great to see what Cody Rhodes and the Bullet Club have done. Both here and in Japan. They were told no one would ever want to see them put on their own Pay Per View and they did it. They sold out a big venue faster than anyone ever expected with “All In”. They thumbed it right at everyone too. Do you think we should see more of that?

SS: Well hopefully. I hope so. What happened in Chicago, is now going to happen in Madison Square Garden too. That was basically a large scale independent show. I mean that is the first time in history that has ever happened. On that scale. That just goes back to that people are sick of WWE product. You can’t take people’s memories away from them. They remember when they watched wrestling growing up, how good it could be. So now they have this crap on TV and they are forced to watch and they don’t have to.

GP: Is there a company out there that you haven’t worked with that you’d like to?

SS: Well it’s not going to really work unless you get another big conglomerate like a Ted Turner or FOX that can compete. Basically it will take a large TV company that can compete with Vince. Like a Ted Turner or something along that. It has to be someone who likes Wrestling and understands it as well.

GP: I think it would be great if a large network like a FOX would back it because the production values would be off the charts and with the correct backing could be visually stunning.

SS: That’s really the only way you could compete. You would see so many guys jump on that ship. They know how it is. When it comes down to it, Vince, the WWE they don’t really care about the people they employ. They don’t care about them. They use them and then kick them out the door.

GP: It always boggles me that whoever says wrestling is fake, I feel is a damn moron because you do this 365 with barely any off days and the toll it takes on your bodies is tremendous. What makes me happy is you get to do conventions like this and hopefully the people pay it back to you. How much it means to us. All that you’ve done and given us over the years. I especially speak for myself.

SS: Thank you so much.

Baltimore Comic-Con 2018’s Costume Contest Winners

The Baltimore Comic-Con has announced the winners of our 10th Annual Costume Contest. The contest took place this past Saturday, September 29, 2018 for both amateur and professional adults, and Sunday, September 30, 2018 for kids. Visually stunning costumes ranged from classic superheroes to video game and movie characters and beyond, and our contest has proven to be one of the most anticipated events at the show.

This year’s costume contest separated amateur adults from professional adults, and held a separate contest for amateur kids as well.

The grand prize winner for Best in Show Costume, and the recipient of the $1,000 cash prize, was Kelly Coffman for her “Sylvanas Windrunner from Heroes of the Storm” costume.

Winners for this year’s contest include:


Best Overall Costume: Kelly Coffman, Sylvanas Windrunner from Heroes of the Storm

1st Place: Matthew Yaeger, Zorah Magdaros Armor From Monster Hunter World

2nd Place: Patrick Benson, Black Manta

3rd Place: Jara Barrett, Anastasia


1st Place: Candace Birger, Lady Thor/Jane Foster

2nd Place: Patrice Newman, Queen Amidala

3rd Place: Rose Ryan, BriteBomber from Fortnite

Best Group

1st Place: Catiana, Judith and Ecco Conte, Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus

2nd Place: Jason Hettel, Rose Liquori, Bartholomew Macasieb, Jennifer Macasieb, Steampunk Batman Team

Amateur Kids

Kids Prizes in the Age 12 to Age 17 category:

Grand Prize: Audrey, Kurumi Tokisaki (Date Alive)

1st Place: Tommy, Iron Man Mark II

2nd Place: Olivia, Rose Quartz

Kids Prizes in the Newborn to Age 11 category:

Grand Prize: Jayden, Gundam D.Va Of Overwatch

1st Place: Rachel, Nadia Pym, Unstoppable Wasp

2nd Place: Mary, Dragon Warrior

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