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Big Easy Con Switches Dates to November Leaving Vendors and Attendees Holding the Bill

Big Easy Con

It looks like those who were planning on attending the Big Easy Con aren’t having that much of an easy time. The first time convention being put on by LeftField Media has stumbled out of the gate already switching dates.

The convention was to take place June 1 and 2 and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans but nine days after we received our initial press announcement about the show, the convention has moved to November leaving exhibitors and attendees with a lot of questions.

Angry individuals took to the convention’s Facebook announcement voicing their displeasure and asking some pretty important questions.

Creators who attended Awesome Con, also a Leftfield show, were offered free shipping from that convention to Big Easy Con. With the convention now taking place over three days November 1-3, those creators are left trying to figure out how to get their product and other supplies back as some have shows between the original June dates and November. There’s also those who have had product shipped directly from the printer to the show as well who are left with questions and scrambling what to do.

Attendees as well are left holding the bill, along with some creators, as flights and hotels have been book with the show less than a month away. Some of that is non-refundable.

When questioned over what vendors can do, the convention responded:

…all vendors received an email today with their options listed. Getting a full refund on their booth is definitely one of those options. Hotel rooms in the Big Easy Con room block are also 100% refundable.

Vendors flights though are still a question and while some may be able to get credit for use later, others have non-refundable tickets, or will be forced to spend more changing flight plans.

In the announcement of the date change, the reason given was that the convention want to create a more “enjoyable and valuable experience” for the community and have expanded the convention to three days and more space within the convention center. They’ve also said fans weren’t “enthusiastic about the June dates.” Fans asked on Facebook about that with no response.

Big Easy Con has said they are upgrading two day tickets to three day, single day ticket holders can upgrade, and those who want a refund for their tickets can request one.

It’s unknown which guests will return in November though the convention announced Zachary Levi’s attendance around the same time as the date change.

For a first year convention, many are pointing out this isn’t a good first impression and obviously not a good look for a veteran company like Leftfield who also runs Anime NYC, Rose City Comic Con, and Awesome Con.

Awesome Con returns to Washington, D.C. April 26 – April 28

The seventh annual Awesome Con by LeftField Media, 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, April 26 through Sunday, April 28, 2019. 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 pop culture memorabilia collections; and as always, a diverse array of activities for the whole family.

Family-friendly pavilion Awesome Con Jr presented by the Toy Association returns with even more playful events planned to educate and entertain kids of all ages and parents alike. Smithsonian partners up with Awesome Con once again to present Future Con, a science pavilion showcasing the intersection between science and science fiction with tech demonstrations, experts discussing everything from dystopia to scientific advancement, and more. Back for the third year is Pride Alley presented in partnership with Geeks OUT and Washington Blade, shining a spotlight on LGBTQ creators and fans in an even more robust section of Artist Alley and presenting special programs discussing diversity in pop culture.

In addition to returning esteemed comics publishers such as DC Comics and Third Eye Comics, for the first time at Awesome Con, Dark Horse Comics, and Oni Press will be onsite. Attendees will have the opportunity to stop by their panels for special announcements and exclusives. 

With Awesome Con 2019 hosting more energetic programs, more globally recognized special guests, and presenting more exclusive previews and announcements to attendees than ever before, it continues to grow into a standout annual destination – and unite fans at one of the largest pop culture events in the country.

WHEN: Friday, April 26; exhibit hall hours 12pm – 8pm, programming until 10pm

Saturday, April 27; exhibit hall hours 10am – 7pm, programming until 10pm

Sunday, April 28; exhibit hall hours 10am – 5pm

WHERE:

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

SPECIAL GUESTS:

Screen Stars:

Comic Guests:          

  • Greg Capullo (BATMAN series for DC Comics, SPAWN, Marvel Comics X-FORCE, QUASAR, The Creech)
  • Amy Chu (Red Sonja, Kiss, Wonder Woman, Deadpool)
  • David Walker (Luke Cage, Occupy Avengers, Cyborg)
  • Amanda Conner (Vampirella, Harley Quinn, Power Girl)
  • Jeff Parker (Agents of Atlas, X-Men First Class, Hulk, Flash Gordon, Aquaman)
  • Amy Mebberson (Walt Disney Company)
  • Cat Staggs(DC Comics, Smallville, The Vampire Diaries)
  • Steve Orlando (Midnighter, Justice League of America)
  • Chrissie Zullo (Vampirella, Josie and the Pussycats, Fables: The Wolf Among Us, Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love)
  • James Silvani (Disney and Muppet comics for BOOM! IDW and APE Entertainment)
  • Jimmy Palmiotti (Event Comics, Marvel Knights, Paperfilms)
  • Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin, Robin Rises: Omega, Superman/Wonder Woman)
  • Richard Starkings (Hip Flask, Elephantmen, Doctor Who Magazine, The Real Ghostbusters, Transformers)
  • Kyle Starks (Sexcastle, Rock Candy Mountain, Secret Wars, Too, Invader Zim, Rick and Morty)

TICKETS: Daily and full weekend passes are available. Badges purchased before March 11 can be mailed to a provided address. Prices increase on April 1.

  • Friday Only Admission: $40
  • Saturday Only Admission: $55
  • Sunday Only Admission: $45
  • 3-Day Weekend Pass: $80
  • 3-Day ‘Geekend VIP’ Pass: $150
  • Kids Admission: $15. Valid for kids ages 3-10. Valid for full weekend or any day individually.
  • VIP passes & experiences range from the VIP Geekend ($150) to the premium, limited quantity Club Awesome Reserve Membership ($399-$999) which offers access to various celebrity appearances, reserved Main Stage seating for marquee programs, and exclusive Club Awesome Reserve-only events.

Anime NYC brings celebration of Japanese culture & anime to Javits Center – 11/17-19

LeftField Media will present a massive three-day celebration of Japanese animation and culture this fall at the inaugural Anime NYC convention powered by Crunchyroll, coming to New York City’s Javits Center (655 W 34th St) from Friday, November 17 through Sunday, November 19. Attendees will be able to view exclusive anime screenings and meet major guests courtesy of international animation and manga publishers like Aniplex, Bandai Visual, Crunchyroll, Funimation, Sentai Filmworks, Sunrise, Yen Press, and VIZ Media; play the latest in Japanese gaming technology; chow down on Japanese delicacies and fusion cuisine; rock out to musical guests direct from Tokyo; and more. Tickets are available with general admission tickets priced from $35-60, and with VIP tickets priced at $275 guaranteeing access to premiere programming and special guests.

LeftField Media looks to fill a void with Anime NYC. While most major cities in America play host to anime-specific conventions, New York City – America’s largest city – has no large, dedicated celebration of Japanese animation and culture. Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll has been in planning for over a year with tremendous support from partners in both America and Japan, and anticipates bringing together almost 20,000 fans at its inaugural convention. Anime has had a presence in American entertainment for decades in the form of beloved series like Pokemon, Dragon Ball Z, and Sailor Moon and films from acclaimed directors like Hayao Miyazaki and Satoshi Kon, and has seen broader audiences tuning in recently to watch hits like Attack on Titan, One-Punch Man, and Yuri!!! on Ice on services like Netflix, Hulu, and Crunchyroll.

Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll puts Japanese culture and animation on a massive international stage in New York City, at a time when the anime industry is burgeoning worldwide. The Anime Industry Report 2016 from the Association of Japanese Animators estimated the overseas anime industry (excluding Japan) generated $288.4 million USD in 2015, an increase of over $125 million from 2014. Anime represents a growing stake in the entertainment industry both worldwide and notably in America, with the Anime Industry Report 2016 reporting more anime licensing contracts filed in 2015 in the United States than in any other country.

When:

  • Friday, November 17; exhibit hall hours 1pm – 7pm, programming until 10pm
  • Saturday, November 18; exhibit hall hours 10am – 7pm, programming until 10pm
  • Sunday, November 19; exhibit hall hours 10am – 5pm

Where:

  • Javits Center 655 W 34th St New York, N.Y. 10001

Special Guests and Events:

  • Sailor Moon Crystal Cast Panel and Screening with Stephanie Sheh (Sailor Moon), Kate Higgins (Sailor Mercury), Cristina Vee (Sailor Mars), Amanda Celine Miller (Sailor Jupiter), Cherami Leigh (Sailor Venus), Sandy Fox (Chibi-Usa), Erica Mendez (Sailor Uranus), Lauren Landa (Sailor Neptune), Christine Marie Cabanos (Sailor Saturn), and Robbie Daymond (Tuxedo Mask)
  • US Premiere of the film Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower and concert lead by composer Naruyoshi Kikuchi
  • Anime Diva Night powered by Anisong World Matsuri concert featuring Japanese singers Yoko Ishida, Chihiro Yonekura, and TRUE
  • NY Ramen Summit featuring a discussion between famed ramen chefs from around NYC
  • Talk from LeSean Thomas, an NYC native who has successfully worked in the anime industry in Japan and whose Children of Ether is now on Crunchyroll and whose Cannon Busters will be debuting next year on Netflix

Cost:      Daily and full weekend passes available

  • Friday Only Admission: $35
  • Saturday Only Admission: $45
  • Sunday Only Admission: $40
  • 3-Day Weekend Ticket: $60

Kids 6 and under are admitted for free. VIP passes are $275 and include admission during all Anime NYC hours and access to various special guest appearances and exclusive events. Attendees who purchase tickets by October 10 will receive their passes in the mail; attendees who purchase tickets after October 10 will pick up passes at Anime NYC.

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.

Around the Tubes

kingpin__1It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d everyone get? What’d you enjoy? What didn’t you like? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

ICv2 – Confessions of a Comic Book Guy – Everything Isn’t Political – Agree? Disagree? Sound off in the comments!

CBLDF – CBLDF Joins Statement Opposing U.S. Immigration Ban – This is good to see.

ICv2 – New Issue of ‘Resist!’ Planned – Good! The first was fantastic.

Kotaku – Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Pulls Through For 9th EVO 2017 Slot – Still going strong!

ICv2 – LefField Media Invests in Rose City Comic Con – Mazel tov!

The Beat – Yet another lawsuit: Wizard World suing Shamus Brothers and friends over possible takeover – Maybe all the lawyer bills will put them out of business?

Kotaku – Obama Is Now Free To Dunk All Over NBA 2K17 – Awesome.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Action Comics #973

Newsarama – All-Star Batman #7

Newsarama – Kingpin #1

Atomic Junk Shop – Time Share

Clutter Magazine & LeftField Media Launch New Take On Comic Con

Clutter Magazine and LeftField Media have announced details around the inaugural Five Points Festival, a designer toy and comic art convention debuting May 20-21 in Lower Manhattan. A showcase for artists, designers, and brands focused on independent art, entertainment, and lifestyle, Five Points is presented by Midtown Comics, sponsored by Playcrafting, and built with major support from brands including Cotton Candy Machine, Kidrobot, the LISA Project, Popaganda, Super7, and Toy Tokyo. The Five Points Festival will play host to guests including Bryan Lee O’Malley, Elsa Charretier, Greg Capullo, Huck Gee, Ron English, Scott Wilkowski, Sean Gordon Murphy, and Tara McPherson.

Boutique event organizer LeftField Media is no stranger to Comic Cons – it was founded by Greg Topalian, the creator of New York Comic Con, and is home to a veteran team with experience building over 50 pop culture conventions around the planet – but Five Points isn’t like any of the wave of Comic Cons which have sprouted up recently. Replacing a model centered on celebrity appearances and autographs, the Five Points Festival puts its focus absolutely on artists and is a celebration of comic creators, designer toy makers, and the culture they create.

LeftField’s partner in Five Points is Clutter, a cornerstone of the US designer toy scene, responsible for the only English-language art toy magazine, gallery, and awards ceremony. Coming to Five Points with a wealth of relationships and an outsider’s eye, Clutter’s challenged much of the common expectations of a Comic Con and brought forward a roster of dynamic guests and very different experiences…

  • Five Points will take place in Pier 36 in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Pier 36 is a modern, robust venue filled with natural light in one of NYC’s most artistic neighborhoods against the backdrop of the East River.
  • The Five Points Artist Alley will bring together over 100 comic creators crossing the indie, alternative, and mainstream worlds. A gathering point for unique writers and artists, Five Points’ Artist Alley guest list already counts Amy Reeder, Annie Wu, Ben Templesmith, Brandon Montclare, Christopher Hastings, Cliff Chiang, David Gallaher, Elsa Charretier, James Tynion IV, Ivan Brandon, Joe Harris, Khary Randolph, Leslie Hung, Magdalene Visaggio, Patrick Thomas Parnell, Sean Galloway, Sean Gordon Murphy, and Tini Howard, and the Midtown Comics booth will play host to additional high profile signings with megastar names including Bryan Lee O’Malley and Greg Capullo.
  • A home to the best of the designer toy world, Five Points will pull together more art toy makers and brands than any other event on the East Coast with names including Amanda Spayd, Boundless Brooklyn, Chris Ryniak, Expanded Universe with James Groman, Gary Ham, Huck Gee, Instinct Toy, Jason Freeny, Jeff Lamm, LuluBell, Martian Toys, Mighty Jaxx, Mishka, myplasticheart, The Outer Space Men, Ron English, Scott Wilkowski, Skull Toys with Punk Drunkers & Goccodo, Tara McPherson, Tenacious Toys, Tim Clarke, Rampage Toys, and Rotofugi.
  • Shining a spotlight on artists working with pixels and bits, Playcrafting will present a hands-on showcase where fans can play a survey of the independent video games sculpted right in NYC.
  • Creation of a permanent mural in Lower Manhattan, a larger-than-life installation in partnership with the LISA Project.
  • Five Points will host a large Craft Beer Garden headlined by a selection of NYC beers. In line with its focus on artistry, the Five Points Beer Garden will offer tastes of artistic beers brewed in and around New York City, and side-by-side with craft beer, Five Points will present a Food Truck Food Court featuring a curated selection of NYC’s most acclaimed artisan food trucks.
  • And Five Points will kick off with the 2017 edition of the Designer Toy Awards. The DTAs are the largest award ceremony in the art toy world and open to designers, comic creators, and fans.

Day and weekend tickets are available now on fivepointsfest.com and will be available at all Midtown Comics locations in late February. Additionally, a VIP ticket which includes extended weekend admission hours, entry to the Designer Toy Awards, and an exclusive limited edition Dunny made only for Five Points is available for a limited time on the Five Points website.

Further designer toy artists, comic creators, brands, and features will be announced over the coming weeks and months, as will details on show exclusives, parties, and special events.

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LeftFeild Media Acquires DC Convention, Awesome Con

LFM_wht2LeftField Media LLC announced today the addition of Awesome Con to its growing roster of events. LeftField was launched in 2014, and Awesome Con held its third convention earlier this year in Washington, DC. Awesome Con also briefly held a convention in Indianapolis, IN.

This expands LeftField’s existing events which include:

  • Stream Con NYC – An online content creator fan convention and industry conference in partnership with Tubefilter, October 30-November 1, 2015 at Javits Center, NY
  • Play Fair – A toy and play-focused convention for families and collectors in partnership with the Toy Industry Association, February 13-14, 2016 at Javits Center North, NY
  • AXPONA – A high-fi audio convention for audiophiles and the audio industry in partnership with JD Events, April 15-17, 2016 at Westin O’Hare, Chicago

AC_2015_logo_DCAwesome Con was launched in 2013 by Ben Penrod, and this past year’s convention attracted over 40,000 attendees, massive growth compared to its first year. The convention spans the worlds of comics, toys, games, cosplay, movies, and television. In 2015, Awesome Con welcomed over 50 celebrities from the worlds of TV, film, and comics, including William Shatner, George Takei, Sean Astin, and Kevin Eastman, creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

LeftField Media was created in 2014 by New York Comic Con founder Greg Topalian and trade show veterans Britton Jones, Mac Brighton, and Sharon Enright with the vision to build a company focused on nimble thinking, a commitment to new audiences, and bringing together the best of B2B and B2C experiences. It is staffed by a team of veterans who have worked on comic cons and pop culture festivals across the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia. In the span of one year, LeftField has emerged from a new concept in the event world into an organizer with a portfolio of dynamic events.