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Smithsonian and Awesome Con introduce Future Con

Smithsonian magazine and LeftField Media today announced a partnership to create an exciting new live event called Future Con,” a three-day science, technology, and entertainment celebration that will be featured within the upcoming Awesome Con on June 16-18, 2017 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Future Con will highlight the intersection of science, technology, and science fiction inside D.C.’s largest pop culture event. It is sponsored by Science Channel, features partners including NASA, the American Physical Society, the National Science Foundation, and Nerd Nite, and it will be headlined by StarTalk Live! hosted by Astronaut Chris Hadfield, who became a social media sensation through his (literally) out-of-this-world videos and performances from the International Space Station.

Driven by experts at Smithsonian magazine, Future Con will mix together interactive experiences, engaging discussions, and special guests centered around creating new awareness and advocacy for all things science, technology, engineering, and math.

Awesome Con, now entering its fifth year, attracts over 60,000 attendees and participants. Awesome Con is a celebration of comic books, movies, television, toys, and games, and Future Con will add science to the worlds Awesome Con explores.

Future Con’s kickoff event will welcome Colonel Chris Hadfield to host a special edition of StarTalk Live! Col. Hadfield is a veteran of two space shuttle missions and former commander of the International Space Station. He’s also been called the “most social media savvy astronaut” by Forbes for his ongoing documentation of his time in space to over 2 million Twitter followers. Col. Hadfield will appear at Future Con to lead a taping of StarTalk Live!, an award-winning talk show bridging the intersection between pop culture and science with humor and passion.

Future Con will see further pioneering names in space travel, artificial intelligence, nanomachines, climate science, and medical research share the stage with some of the brightest names in pop culture—with presenters including John Mather (NASA’s Nobel Laureate and head of the James Webb Telescope), Adam Steltzner (NASA’s “Rock and Roll Engineer” and head of the Mars 2020 mission), and Seth Shostak (Senior Astronomer at SETI: the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). Thought-provoking talks at Future Con will include Cassini’s Spectacular Grand Finale at Saturn, Parallel and Multi Universe Theory in Sci-Fi, Mars: Past, Present, & Future, Harry Potter and the Genetics of Wizarding, Space Lasers, and Antarctic Dinosaurs.

Future Con takes place June 16-18 inside this year’s Awesome Con, and no separate ticket is needed to attend—admission to Awesome Con includes access to Future Con’s speakers, exhibits, and events.

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Awesome Con returns to Washington, D.C. from 6/16 – 6/18

Awesome Con, the mid-Atlantic’s premier pop culture convention, brings a three-day celebration of television, movies, comic books, science, technology and more back to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from Friday, June 16 through Sunday, June 18. Fans will be able to explore hundreds of hours’ worth of programming including: celebrity and expert-driven panel discussions; iconic film memorabilia exhibits; cosplay fashion shows; video game showdowns; and more. Exciting additions to Awesome Con 2017 include an even more playful and educational kids zone in the form of Awesome Con Junior, Pride Alley showcasing LGBTQ artists and pop culture intersections in partnership with Geeks OUT, and a more stimulating science and technology pavilion sure to delight curious minds. Now in its fourth year, Awesome Con is setting a new standard as an ever-more inclusive and dynamic destination for fans of all ages across the spectrum of ‘geeky.’

When:  Friday, June 16; exhibit hall hours 12pm – 8pm, programming until 10pm
Saturday, June 17; exhibit hall hours 10am – 7pm, programming until 10pm
Sunday, June 18; exhibit hall hours 10am – 5pm

 

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

 

Special Guest:

  • Stan Lee (Creator of Spider-Man, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, X-Men)

 

From Doctor Who:

  • David Tennant (Doctor Who, Jessica Jones, DuckTales, Broadchurch, Gracepoint)
  • Billie Piper (Doctor Who, Penny Dreadful, Secret Diary of a Call Girl)
  • Catherine Tate (Doctor Who, The Catherine Tate Show, The Office)
  • John Barrowman (Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who)

 

Screen Stars:

  • Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Big Bang Theory, The Guild, Eureka, NUMB3RS)
  • Khary Payton (AMC’s The Walking Dead, Teen Titans GO, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Big Hero 6: The Series)
  • Eliza Dushku (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Tru Calling, Dollhouse)
  • Kel Mitchell (All That, Game Shakers, Good Burger, Keenan and Kel)
  • Jason David Frank (Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers)
  • Felicia Day (The Guild, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Eureka, Supernatural)

 

Comics Stars:

  • Greg Capullo (Batman, Reborn, X-Force, Quasar, The Creech)
  • Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Batman, Swamp Thing, Voodoo Heart)

 

Cost:      Daily and full weekend passes available

  • Friday or Sunday Only Admission: $35
  • Saturday Only Admission: $45
  • 3-Day ‘Geekend’ Pass: $75
  • Kids 10 and under: free with coupon code AWESOMEJR

VIP passes & experiences range from $150 to $379 and offer access to various celebrity appearances and special events.

Awesome Con and Geeks Out Announce Pride Alley

Awesome Con and Geeks Out have partnered up for the first ever Pride Alley at Awesome Con 2017.

The section of the convention puts a spotlight on queer creators and fans and unites the LGBTQ activities at Awesome Con. On top of a dedicated section of Artist Alley, it will include three days of panels and special events as well.

If you’re interested in taking part, Pride Alley’s table and panel submissions are open now!

POC-Friendly Comic Book Conventions

(originally posted at theblerdgurl)

I get asked so often about conventions that are run by people of color, or are POC-friendly, that I decided to make this list to keep folks informed. I have either attended one of the cons myself of I know someone who has. I will be updating this list from time to time on my site, so feel free to check it out there as well.  Thanks! Read more

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March Book Two CoverIt’s a brand new week and we’ve got more interviews, convention coverage, and more coming your way!

While you wait for things to kick off, here’s some news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Outhousers – Marvel to Promote STEAM to Kids by Making Money for Marvel with Variant Covers – Be nice if some of the money was donated to programs.

The Beat – When Stan Lee stops going to real conventions he’ll go to online conventions – This could be cool!

ICv2 – Owner of Awesome Con, Play Fair Acquired – Interesting…

ICv2 – Square Enix Enters North American Tabletop Games Market – Also interesing.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 1

Comic Attack – Blood & Gourd #12

Talking Comics – Briggs Land #1

Talking Comics – Cursed #1

Talking Comics – Demonic #1

Deseret News – Dendo

BlogCritics – March Book Two

Talking Comics – Spawn Kills Everyone

Talking Comics – Suicide Squad #1

Talking Comics – Supergirl: Rebirth #1

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P1060324The weekend is almost here! Some of our team is heading to the Marvel museum set up in Las Vegas! What geeky things are you all doing? Sound off in the comments!

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Cleveland – Self-published zines are now in Cleveland Heights-University Heights main library – Awesome to see this.

One India – Rohit Sharma launches first superhero cricket graphic novel ‘Hyper Tygers’ – We await the graphic novel to explain this sport to some of us.

CBLDF – Organizations Urge U.N. To Take Action Against Free Speech Violations in Turkey – Sign us up for this fight!

Newsarama – Millennials Are Fleeing Movie Theaters…Or Are They? – Who cares, just stop looking at your cells and chatting during movies!

SKTCHD – The Long Article to End them All: On Ending SKTCHD and Riding into the Sunset – Another geek site shuts down.

The Beat – Awesome Con report: will this be the next fifth biggest convention? – A solid report. We’re a bit behind in ours.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Alibi – Kaptara Vol. 1

The Outhousers – The Wicked + The Divine #20

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 Embraces Gender Neutral Bathrooms and John Barrowman Approves

Awesome Con is living up to its name with lots of signage about cosplay not being consent and other helpful reminders about harassment to help make sure individuals have a good time. As if that wasn’t enough the convention has also embraced gender neutral bathrooms (the first that I know of at a convention I’ve attended). John Barrowman clearly approves.

Valiant’s 2016 Convention Tour Storms into Phoenix Comicon 2016 and Awesome Con with Exclusive Merchandise, Panels, and More!

This weekend, the Valiant 2016 Convention Tour is doubling down for Phoenix Comicon 2016 and Awesome Con – and they’re bringing a can’t miss cavalcade of exclusives, merchandise, programming, panels, and the best-reviewed comics in the industry to both shows!

From June 2nd to June 5th, visit the Phoenix Convention Center in booth #760 for a complete journey through Valiant’s critically acclaimed universe with a complete selection of Valiant trade paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers for award-winning titles! And don’t miss the bundles of Valiant merchandise unloading into Phoenix, including the 4001 A.D. #1 (of 4) PHOENIX COMICON EXCLUSIVE VARIANT – featuring the artwork of fan-favorite artist Jeff Piña! New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt, blockbuster artist Clayton Crain, and superstar artist David Mack kick off the FIRST issue of Valiant’s most ambitious summer event here as Rai leads the heroes of the 41st century into an explosive rebellion against the despotic ruler Father and the forces of New Japan! And stick around to meet some of the hottest creators in comics throughout the weekend with a slate of special guests including Valiant-exclusive superstar David Baron, and Jeff Piña!

Then, from June 3rd to June 5th, hit Washington, D.C.’s Washington Convention Center in booth #508 for the weekend’s second helping of Valiant and its trend-setting titles with another complete selection of Valiant trade paperbacks, deluxe hardcovers, can’t-miss merchandise, and more! And meet the minds behind the upcoming FUTURE OF VALIANT throughout the weekend with special guests including superstar writer Fred Van Lente, and red-hot writer Rafer Roberts.

Plus: Get the inside scoop on the most celebrated superheroes in comics for VALIANT 101: NEW FANS START HERE—hitting Phoenix Comicon on June 4th in room North 121 C at 1:30 p.m. MST and Awesome Con on June 4th in room 154 at 1:15 p.m. EST! You’ve heard the buzz… You’ve seen the reviews… Now find out where to start with Valiant Comics!

No matter what city you visit, they’ll see you there!

Thursday, June 2nd Sunday, June 5th
Phoenix Comicon

Phoenix Convention Center, Hyatt Regency
Phoenix, AZ

Friday, June 3rd Sunday, June 5th
Awesome Con

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, DC

Friday, June 17th Sunday, June 19th
Denver Comic Con

Colorado Convention Center
Denver, Colorado

Look for more dates to be added to the Valiant 2016 Convention Tour all year long!

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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.

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