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Awesome Con returns to Washington, D.C. on Easter Weekend

The sixth annual Awesome Con by LeftField Media, the Mid-Atlantic’s premier pop culture convention, will unite 80,000 fans of comics, technology and science, television and film, custom art, over-the-top cosplay, and more at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1, 2018. The convention floor and panel rooms will buzz with hundreds of hours’ worth of programs including: celebrities and experts hosting panels and exclusive reveals; cosplay fashion shows; gaming tournaments; iconic film memorabilia exhibits; and a diverse array of activities for families on Easter weekend.

Family-friendly pavilion Awesome Con Jr returns with even more playful events planned to educate and entertain kids of all ages and parents alike, with special promotions in place to engage Awesome Con’s youngest fans throughout the show. Future Con, Awesome Con’s science pavilion, will dive into the latest developments in science and science fiction sure to delight even the most curious minds. Back for the second year is Pride Alley presented in partnership with Geeks OUT, shining a spotlight on LGBTQ creators and fans in an even more robust section of Artist Alley.

With Awesome Con 2018 hosting more energetic programs, more globally recognized special guests, and presenting more exclusive previews and announcements to attendees than ever before, it continues growing into a standout annual destination as an unbridled celebration of pop culture and pure fun.

WHEN

Friday, March 30; exhibit hall hours 12pm – 8pm, programming until 10pm
Saturday, March 31; exhibit hall hours 10am – 8pm, programming until 10pm
Sunday, April 1; exhibit hall hours 10am – 5pm

WHERE:

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001

SPECIAL GUESTS:

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Cast: Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer), Michael Rooker (Yondu), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Sean Gunn (Kraglin)

Screen Stars:

  • Stephen Amell (Arrow, New Girl, Private Practice)
  • John Barrowman (Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who)
  • Cress Williams (Black Lightning, Prison Break, Hart of Dixie)
  • Tom Welling (Smallville, Lucifer)
  • Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, Guardians of the Guardians Vol. 2, IMPASTOR)
  • Joonas Suotamo (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story)
  • Joe Keery (Stranger Things, Molly’s Game, Slice)
  • Ben Savage (Boy Meets World, Girls Meet World, Chuck, Dear John, Little Monsters, Without a Trace)
  • Will Friedle (Boy Meets World, Girls Meets World, Batman Beyond, Kim Possible, Guardians of the Galaxy animated series)
  • Rider Strong (Boy Meets World, Girl Meets World, Cabin Fever)
  • Charisma Carpenter (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel)
  • Phil LaMarr (Futurama, Samurai Jack, Pulp Fiction, Justice League Unlimited, Mad TV, Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Comic Guests:

  • J. Scott Campbell (Gen¹³, Danger Girl, Spider-Man)
  • Fabian Nicieza (Deadpool co-creator, X-Men, Thunderbolts, Action Comics)
  • Jim Starlin (Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Infinity Gauntlet, Batman; co-creator of Drax, Gamora, and Thanos)
  • Greg Capullo (Batman, Reborn, X-Force, Quasar, The Creech)
  • Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Batman, Swamp Thing, Voodoo Heart)
  • Tom King (Batman, The Sheriff of Babylon, The Vision)
  • Colleen Doran (A Distant Soil, Wonder Woman, Amazing Spider-Man)
  • Sean Gordon Murphy (Batman: White Knight, Hellblazer: City of Demons, Punk Rock Jesus, Shaun of the Dead, Teen Titans, The Wake, Tokyo Ghost)
  • James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, Batman)
  • Sorah Sungh (Iron Man, Princeless)

TICKETS: Daily and full weekend passes available

  • Friday or Sunday Only Admission: $35
  • Saturday Only Admission: $50
  • 3-Day Weekend Pass: $75
  • 3-Day ‘Geekend VIP’ Pass: $150
  • Kids 10 and under: free with coupon code AWESOMEJR
  • VIP passes & experiences range from the VIP Geekend ($150) to the premium, limited quantity Club Awesome Reserve Membership ($999) and offer access to various celebrity appearances and special events.

The Sights of Awesome Con…. Cosplay, Panels and More!

Awesome Con took place this past weekend at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Running from June 3 through June 5, the convention brought celebrities, panels, comics, games, and more in an awesome combination of geeky fun.

I was there snapping away and attending panels, but first up is showing off some of the photos from the convention of the cosplay, panels, and even a celebrity sighting.

Expect more coverage over the next few days.

Awesome Con Announces Full Schedule of Events

awesome conAwesome Con, Washington DC’s Comic Con, is proud to announce its full lineup of programming, including talks from celebrity guests Peter Capaldi, Kevin Smith, John Barrowman, and the cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; scientific lectures with engineers, experts, astronauts, and Bill Nye the Science Guy; family workshops covering arts, crafts, comics, and literacy; and interactive activities including Sci-Fi Speed Dating, costume contests, and tabletop gaming.

Awesome Con takes place June 3-5 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, with events running each day from morning to night. For Awesome Con’s full schedule, please visit awesome-con.com/schedule and see below for select highlights.

Celebrity & Comic Guests

Learn what makes Awesome Con’s biggest guests tick with talks from the stars behind fan-favorite TV shows, movies, and comic books.

  • Peter Capaldi (2:30 PM – June 5 – Hall D) The current Doctor in Doctor Who comes to Awesome Con all the way from the UK to talk about his role in the iconic series.
  • John Barrowman (3 PM – June 4 – Hall D) Whether he’s in BBC’s Torchwood, CW’s Arrow, or the British stage, Barrowman is a showstopper. Find out why at Awesome Con.
  • Adam West & Burt Ward (1:15 PM – June 4 – Hall D) The stars of 1966’s Batman series speak about their careers and the classic series’ lengthy legacy.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (12:30 PM – June 4 – Room 146) B.J. Britt, Brett Dalton, and Elizabeth Henstridge talk about their hit series, just after the shocking season finale.
  • Karl Urban (5 PM – June 4 – Room 146) Urban plays McCoy in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond and was recently cast in Thor: Ragnarok. Learn what’s next for this rising star.
  • Tom King (12:30 PM – June 5 – Room 152) Following a career in the CIA, King started penning comics – and is now writing Batman. Hear about his unique career firsthand.
  • Paranormal Lockdown (1:30 PM – June 4 – Room 145B) Paranormal all-star Nick Groff and ghost hunter Katrina Weidman discuss their hit Destination America series.
  • A Haunting (4 PM – June 4 – Room 145B) Tony Call goes behind the scenes of this Destination America series, shot entirely in DC, Virginia, and Maryland.

Evening Events

Stay up late at Awesome Con with two extra special evening events, and grab premium tickets including autographs with their stars.

  • Kevin Smith (7 PM – June 3 – Hall D) The prolific, actor, comedian, comic writer, author, and podcaster comes to DC for an evening of candid stories and laughs.
  • Eugene Mirman (8 PM – June 4 – Room 152) Brooklyn comedian and the voice of Gene in Bob’s Burgers, Eugene Mirman brings his unique comedy show to Awesome Con.

Science Fair

Awesome Con’s Science Fair presented by Science Channel features three days of lectures, workshops, and discussions with scientists from Science Channel, NASA, the Smithsonian, and more.

  • StarTalk Live! (12 PM – June 5 – Hall D) Bill Nye and Eugene Mirman co-host StarTalk Live!, a talk show blending science and comedy with acclaimed special guests.
  • Exoplanets: Stranger than Fiction (5 PM – June 3 – Room 145A) A panel of NASA scientists discuss planets depicted in science fiction and how our knowledge of planets in our solar system – and beyond – present a picture stranger than fiction.
  • 3D Bioprinting: Moving Beyond Cyborgs (12:30 PM – June 4 – Room 145A) In this panel, organized by NationOfMakers.org, engineers explain the cutting-edge research that may someday replace mechanical implants with engineered human tissue.
  • Mars: Past, Present, and Future (7 PM – June 4 – Room 145A) Scientists talk about searching the Martian surface for clues about the possibility of life and how astronauts might someday explore the Mars on foot.
  • Outrageous Acts of Science (1:45 PM – June 4 – Room 145A) Join Science Channel as they celebrate their hit series Outrageous Acts of Science with some of the greatest (and most hilarious) scientific minds.

Kids Zone

Check out the Kids Zone on the Awesome Con show floor, filled with events and activities for little ones. Admission for kids under 10 is free.

  • Say Yes To Capes (6 PM – June 3 – Kids Zone) Personalize your own cape and mask and wear it around the con.
  • Scribble Scramble (3 PM – June 4 – Kids Zone) Kids and artists compete in a series of rapid fire drawing challenges.
  • Make Your Own Superhero Symbol (4 PM – June 4 – Kids Zone) Artist Carolyn Belefski helps kids create their own superhero symbols unique to their interests.
  • Making Mini-Comics (3 PM – June 5 – Kids Zone) Comic creator Laura Lee Gulledge helps kids write and draw their very own comic books.

Interactive & Nerdy

Beyond talks from celebrities and scientists, Awesome Con offers a wealth of interactive entertainment connecting fans with fellow fans.

  • Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Multiple Times – June 3-5 – Room 140) Looking for that special someone to spend New Comic Book Day with? Grab a spot at Sci-Fi Speed Dating.
  • The Backlot (All Day – June 3-5 – Exhibit Hall) Hold Captain America’s actual shield, snap a photo with a reproduction Batmobile, and check out larger than life props.
  • Tabletop Gaming (All Day – June 3-5 – Salons A-C) From Magic: The Gathering to Cards Against Humanity, play non-stop in the Foam Brain Games Tabletop Room.
  • Artemis Bridge (All Day – June 3-5 – Salon F) Ever fancied yourself a Starfleet commander? Live the dream in the live-action starship roleplaying experience.

    Costume Contests (Multiple Times – June 4-5 – Hall D) Awesome Con offers attendees two chances to strut their stuff on stage, with prizes from Cosplay by McCall’s, Capture Me in 3D, Funimation, HERO HAIR: Cosplay Wigs for the Serious Adventurer, and Kotobukiya.

Awesome Con tickets are available now.

Awesome Con coming to Washington, DC 6/3-6/5

awesome conAwesome Con, the biggest annual comic and pop culture convention in Washington, DC, expects to attract its most dynamic crowd yet in 2016.

This June, fans will experience an impressive line-up of celebrity guests from the worlds of television, movies, and comic books and specialized pavilions focused on science and technology, family activities, and larger-than-life props and we’ll be there to cover it all!

Panel discussions bring together noted experts from comic creators to scientists at NASA; costume contests, sci-fi speed dating, and gaming tournaments celebrate all things geeky; and the show floor will feature exhibits dedicated to comics, collectibles, toys, cosplay, and original art.

Fun for fans of all ages, Awesome Con continues its commitment to creating an inclusive atmosphere for diehard fans, casual fans, and families. This year also marks the convention’s first year in partnership with LeftField Media, an event organizer created by the founder of New York Comic Con.

When: Friday, June 3; 12pm – 8pm
Saturday, June 4; 10am – 7pm
Sunday, June 5; 10am – 5pm

Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001

Special Guest Headliners:

Cost: Daily and full weekend passes available

  • Friday or Sunday Only Admission: $35
  • Saturday Only Admission: $45
  • 3-Day ‘Geekend’ Pass: $75

VIP passes & experiences range from $150 to $465 and offer access to various celebrity appearances and special events

Kickstarter Spotlight: Chatting The First Law of Mad Science with Mike Isenberg & Oliver Mertz

At Awesome Con this past weekend, I chatted with comic creators Mike Isenberg and Oliver Mertz about their comic series First Law of Mad Science.

They’re currently running a Kickstarter to print the first five issues of First Law of Mad Science as a trade paperback, 164 pages, and a new anthology issue (68 pages). That’s over 230 pages of comics!

Check out the interview, and if you’re interested, you can pledge now to their project.

Awesome Con’s 2015 Commercial

Watching the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead on Sunday, I was caught off guard to see a highly relevant local ad. Washington, DC based convention, Awesome Con, launched their 2015 advertising push with the above spot to raise awareness of this year’s convention. Having the ad run during this show was great targeting that put it in front of an audience who would likely be highly interested. Facebook pegs the fanbase for The Walking Dead at 96,000 within a 25 mile radius of the city.

The convention, in its third year, has previously bombarded the Washington, DC area with ads, including posting them on the metro and previous television spots. You have to applaud when someone is doing it right!

This year’s convention runs May 29 through 31.

So, for folks in other regions, anyone else take advantage of the show and run ads for conventions or comic stores?

Graphic Policy Radio On Demand. We talk online harassment, Lumberjanes, Tomb Raider & Awesome Con!

The live show happened this past Monday, but you can catch the latest episode of Graphic Policy Radio right here or download it and listen to it on the go! On this episode we discuss:

  • The ugly side of online communities reared its head as death and rape threats where made over a valid article questioning the design choices on the cover of the first issue of the soon to relaunch Teen Titans.
  • We discuss the awesomeness that is the new BOOM! Studios/BOOM! Box series Lumberjanes!
  • We talk about the first three issues of Gail Simone‘s Tomb Raider from Dark Horse.
  • We wrap up the show by discussing Awesome Con… and well how awesome it was.

Awesome Con Explodes in Its Second Year

13930722445_36d0f4c748_zThis past weekend saw Awesome Con descend upon the nation’s capital, Washington, DC,  bringing pop entertainment to the masses over Easter weekend. And what a difference a year makes. I went to 2013’s inaugural show, which was rather sparse in size, attendance and attractions. Well, in their second year, the show exploded, experiencing some growth issues, but overall, it was beyond a success. Though official numbers are still yet to be released, we’ve been told by convention officials, attendance was somewhere between 30,000 to 40,000. That compares to the first year’s 7,000 to 8,000 attendees. That’s some impressive growth for an area that boasts a solid geek community hidden among among all the politicos. I personally also think it was impressive as the DC area tends to empty out during holiday weekends, so to see that many people there was a pleasant surprise.

That surge in attendance did cause issues on Saturday which saw lines wrap around the convention center as it took hours for individuals to get their tickets to get in. That was the one negative, and it’s an easy thing to fix for next year’s show. Still, 15,000 people descending on a space at the same time, there are going to be some issues. Friday, and early and late Saturday saw no issues for tickets. Sunday there didn’t seem to be any issues either, though I wasn’t paying attention to that.

The convention took place at the Washington, DC convention center, a fantastic facility ranked as one of the best in the United States. The show took full advantage of the numerous levels, preventing over crowding and decreasing movement issues. At times it felt like a video game, moving throughout the floors to get where you needed to. Everything this year was bigger, brighter, and just… more! More guests, more publishers, more dealers, more artists, more panels, everything was amped up for this show.

13970683791_78e63a3bfb_bMuch like 2013, the 2014 convention featured numerous dealers, a game room, a video game room, and celebrities that were willing to snap photos for a price. But, that more also expanded into one of the large convention halls, which helped the show feature wide aisles for the crowds to walk up and down, and stop to snap photos of the excellent cosplay on display.

But, what really pleased me, as well as the numerous folks I talked to at the show was the diversity of the crowd. Young and old, men and women, families, friends, the crowd showed off the diverse individuals who make up the numerous fandoms represented. Many, such as myself, observed that attendance felt pretty evenly split between men and women, and though not scientific, I felt like women dominated the cosplay, easily the majority of folks dressing up for the show. This was a “family” show at it’s best and really showed off the diversity of the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Families also had tons to do at the convention including a kids zone manned staff from NASA. What was fantastic was not only seeing the kids having fun and learning about science, but the numerous female children there not being judged, but being welcomed, and with smiles on their face enjoying the events. The show took advantage of what DC had to offer, not only featuring NASA, but also I.C.E. representatives talking about online safety and an organization to promote secularism. That’s something you don’t see at any other convention! What we didn’t see were the local political parties taking advantage of the crowds by registering people to vote, something I still don’t understand, especially in an election year.

There’s so much room for this convention to grow, both literally and figuratively, I can easily see it becoming a premiere show within the next few years. As a bonus attendees can take advantage of not just the show, but the numerous museums and monuments in the area, an easy walk from the convention center.

I was blown away by the show, and all I talked to had a great time. Here’s to an even bigger and better Awesome Con 2015!

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