Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtlesâ„¢ and Chaoticâ„¢ Highlight Fan Expo Canada

August 27, 2009 by  
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Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesTM and ChaoticTM Highlight Fan Expo Canada

TMNT 25th Anniversary Panel & Screening and Chaotic Gaming Tournaments Provide Exclusive Fan Opportunities

TORONTO, August 28, 2009 – 4Kids Entertainment, global licensing agent for Chaotic and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT), will be showcasing these two brands this weekend at Fan Expo Canada at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from August 28-30. This three-day event promises to be bigger than ever as Fan Expo Canada celebrates its 15th Anniversary.

“The TMNT and Chaotic brands have evolved in no small part thanks tor their dedicated fans across Canada,” said Al Kahn, Chairman and CEO, 4Kids Entertainment. “We look forward to bringing them the new TMNT video games and feature film as well as the new Chaotic beverage, trading cards and TV series.”

Attendees can quench their thirst by heading over to the Chaotic booth (#546) to sample Chaotic’s new nutrient-infused beverages. There will also be exciting raffles held each day of the Expo, providing fans the chance to win Chaotic trading cards, t-shirts, card accessories, and copies of the Chaotic: Shadow Warriors video game from Activision. Raffles will be held on Friday, August 28 at 6 PM and 8 PM, Saturday, August 29 at 12 PM, 3 PM and 6 PM and Sunday, August 30 at 1 PM and 3 PM.

In addition, fans should be ready to get their “game on” at the following tournaments in the Gaming Area in room #808.

iPod Touch Challenge: Friday, August 28 at 4 PM, Saturday, August 29 at 3 PM and Sunday, August 30 at 12 PM
• Play for a chance to win an iPod Touch 8GB in these Sealed Deck Tournaments (Twenty dollar entrance fee)
Playmat Challenge: Daily, check times in the Gaming Area
• Win three matches to win a custom Chaotic Playmat in these 8-person Single Elimination Tournaments (Ten dollar entrance fee)
Championship Challenge: Saturday, August 29 at 10 AM
• Compete for a laptop and an invite to the 2009 World Championship (Twenty-dollar entrance fee)
Youth Challenge: Sunday, August 30 at 12 PM
• Players 13 years old and younger can compete for booster packs and a custom Chaotic playmat (Twenty dollar entrance fee)

For Turtle enthusiasts, a special TMNT panel will be held on Sunday, August 30 from 2- 4 PM in the Convention Centre in room #717. The diverse panelists, who will discuss the long history of the brand and the Turtles’ popularity over the past 25 years, include:

• Gary Richardson (moderator), CEO of Mirage Studios (owners of the TMNT property)tmnt_sq
• Lloyd Goldfine, supervising producer, 4Kids Productions
• Randall Lobb, producer of the TMNT documentary
• Mike Dooney, TMNT artist
• Eric Talbot, TMNT artist
• Steve Lavigne, TMNT artist

Fans will also get a sneak peek of the “Turtles Forever” animation special and never-before-seen footage of the upcoming TMNT documentary. In addition to the Chaotic booth, attendees should head to Mirage Studios booth (#543) for TMNT giveaways, autographs and much more. Chaotic is a revolutionary trading card game which integrates a collectible in-person card game with an online multi-player experience.

Each Chaotic trading card is printed with a unique alphanumeric code that enables players to upload their personal card collection onto www.chaoticgame.com. Chaotic connects traditional trading card elements with state-of-the-art technology to create an interactive gaming experience like no other.

Complementing the Chaotic Trading Card Game is the Chaotic animated TV series, whose second season, entitled “Chaotic M’arrillian Invasion,” currently airs in Canada on TELETOON and in the U.S. on Cartoon Network, Disney XD and on TheCW4Kids, the five-hour Saturday morning children’s programming block on The CW Television Network.

Visit www.tmnt25.com and www.chaoticgame.com for additional updates.


About 4Kids Entertainment

With U.S. headquarters in New York City, regional offices for its trading card business in San Diego, California and international offices in London, 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: KDE) is a global organization devoted to the creation, development, production, broadcasting, distribution, licensing, and manufacturing of children’s entertainment products.

Through its wholly owned subsidiaries, 4Kids produces animated television series and films, distributes 4Kids’ produced or licensed animated television series for the domestic and international television and home video markets, licenses merchandising rights worldwide to 4Kids’ owned or represented properties, operates Web sites to support 4Kids’ owned or represented properties, and produces and markets collectible trading card games. Additionally, the company programs and sells the national advertising time in TheCW4Kids five-hour Saturday morning block on The CW television network.

Additional information is available on the www.4KidsEntertainment.com corporate web site and at the www.4kids.tv game station site.

About Mirage Studios
Mirage Studios, Inc. is part of the Mirage Group, a group of companies located in Northampton, Massachusetts that owns, manages, nurtures and protects the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles property.


August 27, 2009 by  
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Hi, Everyone.

Pretty much since the start, we have been plagued by memory issues on the back end of the site which made the submission process frustrating and confusing. In the few weeks, things seemed to take a turn for the worse because although submissions were making it through, promoters were seeing error messages on each attempt and were trying over and over again as a result.

To alleviate this situation, we have installed a completely new submission form system that we believe will make the process run smoother and easier for everyone. As with any process, there are changes and drawbacks, however.

  • The new submission system is not tied into the membership system on the site so we will be asking for contact information with each submission, much like on the old Comic Book Conventions.com site.
  • For Premium Promoters, you will no longer be able to edit your own entries at this time, but we will, of course, make any changes you need a priority. Also, the new Premium form is password protected so if you haven’t heard from me yet and need to make a submission, please contact me for your password.

We still have all the submissions made under the previous system and are working on getting those up as well.

To recap what forms are available:

  • Free Convention Submission Form – Just want to have a basic listing and don’t mind until waiting a while for it appear on the site? Use this form.
  • Premium Convention Form – Wnnt your convention added right away? Would you like to include information about your guests plus a description of your convention? Would you like to include your logo or flyer? Sign up for our Premium Promoter program so you can use this form.
  • Convention Update Form – Did something change? Your date, location, etc.? Update us through this form.
  • News Form – Have an announcement to make concerning your convention? Use this form. You can even attach graphics to go along with your story.
  • Signing or Appearance Form – Is a creator appearing at your shop, school, library…? Use this form to let us know.

Thanks for your patience as we work out the kinks of the new site.

Brian Pate, Owner and Webmaster

CA – The Child Thief Signing

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Sep 12th – 2 pm: Brom signing his new fantasy novel, The Child Thief. “Brom gives the classic tale of the boy who would never grow up a brilliant and terrifying modern twist. Brom’s charming, golden-eyed, pointy-eared Peter roams the world in search of the sad faces, the loners, the bullied—the lost children whose hearts, beneath the pain, are still open to enchantment. Follow him into the Mist, he tells them, and they will find adventure and power to erase the loneliness and hurt.” We will also have copies of The Devil’s Rose and The Plucker.

Dark Delicacies, 4213 W. Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA

818-556-6660 / 888-darkdel


MA – Final Fridays

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Dirty Duality/Gramps & Scamps/The Foxtrot Code


SPACE 242 , Boston’s lowbrow destination, proudly announces its August 2009 exhibitions: DIRTY DUALITY featuring new work by Scott Murry; GRAMPS & SCAMPS, featuring new work by Ellen Crenshaw; and THE FOXTROT CODE, featuring new work by Amanda Atkins. The exhibition, on view August 28 through September 18, features a variety of new work by these three illustration artists. The opening reception, Friday, August 28, runs from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Boston’s South End, 242 E. Berkeley Street, 2nd floor (between Albany Street and Harrison Avenue). The artists will also host an artist talk Tuesday, September 15, from 7:00 to 8:00p.m. RSVP required for attendance at either event at ww.space242.com. Regular gallery hours are Friday evenings, 6:30-8pm, and by appointment. No RSVP is necessary for visiting during regular gallery hours.

Scott Murry
Murry works in a variety of mediums (pencil, Micron pen, watercolor, colored pencil), but prefers acrylic paints. He most favors “wood stumps and panel surfaces, due to their smooth surface, but rich, textural grains.” His work is largely character based, presented in a humorous manner, depicting apathetic expressions. This exhibition, Dirty Duality, according to Murry “focuses on the duality of characters. There is a public persona that everyone chooses to present, but there is also another side. There are habits, guilty pleasures, and secrets that aren’t always openly shared.” This body of work will show both sides of characters. Murry cites influences including Jeff Soto, Shag, Michael Sieben, Picasso, Egon Schiele, punk rock, smut, and Sesame Street. He has shown in the Boston area, as well as in Los Angeles and Cincinnati. He studied at both the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and the Art Institute of Boston, earning his B.F.A. in Illustration. Originally from Ohio, Murry, a designer and illustrator for The Weekly Dig and Beer Advocate, lives in Boston with his fiancé and cat, Waffles.

Ellen Crenshaw
Her first solo exhibition, Gramps & Scamps is a survey of Crenshaw’s illustration work. According to the artist “It’s a showcase of quirky characters in silly, sometimes awkward situations.” Inspired by imperfect people, she tries to “infuse a bit of gracelessness in my characters—like the nose is too big, or the haircut is geeky, or the proportions are off.” Most of her illustration is fairly innocent, although according to her “I do have a healthy fascination with sex and violence, which at times shows in my work.” Crenshaw works primarily in brush-and-ink and watercolor on hot press watercolor paper. “I like the finality of watercolor,” she notes, “if you put a color down, you can’t take it back. It allows for thoughtful, deliberate painting, with some happy (or not-so-happy) accidents. It also panders to my impatience, as it is so quick-drying.” Crenshaw cites influences including comedy, history, fashion, animals, PBS, Peter de Seve, Chuck Jones, Craig Thompson, Dupuy and Berberian, Graham Annable, Jen Wang, and Tom Barrett. She has exhibited in Massachusetts and Florida, and her artwork has been published in The White Eagle, The Weekly Dig, The Sketch Report, and upcoming issues of Inbound #4. She studied visual arts at Dreyfoos School of the Arts, and earned her B.F.A. in illustration at The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University (Suma Cum Laude), where she helped teach Conceptual Development. Originally from North Palm Beach, Florida, Ms. Crenshaw resides in East Boston.

Amanda Laurel Atkins
In The Foxtrot Code, most of Atkins’ paintings depict curious women in elaborately filled, wallpapered, and decorated rooms, often with an animal companion. According to the artist, “I want viewers to wonder what lies beyond the borders of the painting, what the characters are thinking and doing, and to vicariously feel the joy of the characters’ surroundings.” Primarily, she paints with acrylic on masonite, which according to Atkins “it creates a something-you-can-hold-in-your-hands feeling.” Atkins sites influences including Michael Sowa, John Currin, and Ray Caesar. A great lover of books, and also a writer, she also finds inspiration in trees, notebooks, dresses, real and plastic animals, opera stage sets and clipper ships. Additionally, when not painting, she works in sculpture as well as illustration. She has exhibited her work regionally, including the Teeny Tiny Art Show in Portsmouth, NH, and last year, was a featured artist at Glovebox’s One Art Show, benefiting One Home Many Hopes. Her artwork has been featured as album art for the musical group Jerry Fish and The Mud Club. Ms. Atkins earned her B.F.A. from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.

SPACE 242’s August exhibitions are sponsored in part by Southern Comfort, Harpoon, The Weekly Dig, and ArtScope Magazine

SPACE 242 | 242 E. Berkeley Street, 2nd Floor | Boston | MA | 02118


Baltimore Comic-Con 2009 Hotel Deadline, Panel Sneak Peek, and More Guests

August 27, 2009 by  
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Baltimore Comic-Con 2009 Hotel Rate Deadline, Panel Sneak Peek, More Guests!

Baltimore, Maryland – August 19, 2009 – The 10th Annual Baltimore Comic-Con is building to an amazing 2009 show! We’re working on panels, show exclusives, and even more guests!


Coming to the show? Buy your tickets now to avoid lines! Go on-line to http://www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets.htm and ensure you’re not waiting outside to purchase your tickets when you could be inside enjoying the show! If you were with us last year, you know what we’re talking about!

Hotel Rate Deadline

The Baltimore Comic-Con has worked with the City of Baltimore to reserve a limited number of discounted rooms at hotels convenient to the show. The deadline for this offer is September 9, 2009, so make sure you take advantage of the offer while it is still valid and rooms are still available — go to http://www.baltimorecomiccon.com/hotels.htm to reserve yours now.

We’re not quite ready to announce our show programming yet, but we can let you know of a few that have already been arranged: an Act-I-Vate panel, a DC Nation panel (Saturday), and a Spotlight on Ian Sattler panel (Sunday)! We’ll be putting out more information as it solidifies, but keep an eye on the guest list and you’ll undoubtedly be able to figure out some of the other panels that will be scheduled before we announce it!

It seems that the moment we hit “Send” on our press releases, we pile on yet more guests!

The Baltimore Comic-Con is proud to welcome back to the show Eisner Award winner and 2009 Harvey Award nominee, Terry Moore! Terry has received accolades for his extensive Strangers in Paradise series, the 1996 Best Serialized Story Eisner winner, has written numerous titles for Marvel Comics, including Runaways and Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane, and is back with his latest endeavor, the Eisner and Harvey nominated Echo.

In addition to Terry, we are pleased to announce the following guests: Paul Azaceta (Amazing Spider-Man), Jerry Carr (Cryptozoo Crew), Michael Dolce (Descendant), Michael Golden (Spider-Man 1602), Marc Hempel (Absolute Sandman), Greg Horn (Cover Stories: The Art of Greg Horn), Van Jensen (Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer), Karl Kesel (Marvel Apes), Michael Lark (Daredevil), Andy MacDonald (NYC Mech), Andy Runton (Owly), Richard Starkings (Elephantmen), Robert Tinnell (EZ Street), Mark Wheatley (Lone Justice), Renee Witterstaetter (Tex: The Art of Mark Texeira — The Artist’s Great Escape), and Kelly Yates (Amber Atoms).

Already announced guests, new and returning, include: Jason Aaron (Wolverine), Mike and Laura Allred (Madman), Dick Ayers (Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos), Brian Michael Bendis (Avengers), Ryan Bodenheim (Red Mass for Mars), Doug Braithwaite (Wolverine: Origins), Pat Broderick (Vincent Price Presents), Buzz (Atomika), Jim Calafiore (Batgirl), Eric Canete (Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin), Nick Cardy (Aquaman), Bernard Chang (Wonder Woman), Jo Chen (New Avengers: The Reunion), Sean Chen (Dark Reign: Fantastic Four), Jimmy Cheung (New Avengers: Illuminati), Cliff Chiang (Green Arrow & Black Canary), Frank Cho (Ultimates 4), Chris Claremont (X-Men Forever), Steve Conley (Star Trek: Year Four), Amanda Conner (Power Girl), J.M. DeMatteis (Metal Men), Todd Dezago (Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man), Evan Dorkin (Beasts of Burden), Jan Duursema (Star Wars: Legacy), Sarah Dyer (Superman Adventures), Steve Englehart (Avengers), Jay Faerber (Noble Causes), David Finch (Ultimatum), Bob Fingerman (Recess Pieces), Matt Fraction (Uncanny X-Men), John Gallagher (Buzzboy), Ron Garney (Wolverine: Weapon X), Bryan J.L. Glass (Mice Templar), Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules), Sanford Greene (Marvel Adventures Spider-Man), Cully Hamner (Detective Comics), Tony Harris (Ex Machina), Dean Haspiel (The Alcoholic), Adam Hughes (Power Girl), Jamal Igle (Supergirl), Kathryn Immonen (Runaways), Stuart Immonen (New Avengers), Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), J.G. Jones (Final Crisis), Joe Jusko (Kolchak: Tales of the Night Stalker), Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Barry Kitson (Amazing Spider-Man), Scott Koblish (Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds), Scott Kurtz (PvP), Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon), Greg LaRocque (Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man), Jerry “The King” Lawler(Headlocked), Norman Lee (GeNext), Steve Lieber (Underground), Luna Brothers (The Sword), David Mack (Kabuki), Tom Mandrake (The Outsiders), Larry Marder (Beanworld), Laura Martin (Thor), Ron Marz (Witchblade), Sean McKeever (Teen Titans), Mark McKenna (BananaTail), Mike McKone (Amazing Spider-Man), Bob McLeod (New Mutants), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Pop Mhan (World of Warcraft), Mark Morales (Secret Invasion), Doug Murray (Jungle Girl Season 2), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Phil Noto (Batgirl), Kevin Nowlan (The Spirit), Mike Oeming (Mice Templar), Ryan Ottley (Invincible), Jimmy Palmiotti (Jonah Hex), Jeff Parker (Agents of ATLAS), Dan Parsons (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Guest of Honor George Perez (Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Ultimate Comics Armor Wars), Khoi Pham (Mighty Avengers), Whilce Portacio (Spawn), Eric Powell (The Goon), Buddy Prince (Night), Brian Pulido (Lady Death), Mike Raicht (Army of Darkness), Tom Raney (Dark Reign: Hawkeye), Alex Robinson (Too Cool to be Forgotten), James Robinson (Superman), Budd Root (Cavewoman), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Craig Rousseau (Iron Man & The Armor Wars), Stephane Roux (Amazing Spider-Man), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Tim Sale (Heroes), Ian Sattler (Final Crisis: Aftermath), Scott Christian Sava (Dreamland Chronicles), Alex Saviuk (The Phantom Generations), Marc Silvestri (Witchblade), Walt Simonson (Thor), Andy Smith (Dean Koontz’s Nevermore), John K. Snyder III (Doctor Mid-Nite), Allison Sohn (Star Wars trading card artist), Taki Soma (Rapture), Jim Starlin (Strange Adventures), Brian Stelfreeze (Final Crisis Aftermath: Ink), Paul Storrie (Worlds of Dungeons & Dragons), Karl Story (Batman: Streets of Gotham), Mark Texeira (Punisher), Peter Tomasi (Blackest Night: Batman), Herb Trimpe (Hulk), Billy Tucci (Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion), Jim Valentino (Shadowline Comics), Rob Venditti (The Surrogates), Dexter Vines (Wolverine), Neil Vokes (The Black Forest), Doug Wagner (The Ride), Matt Wagner (Grendel), Mark Waid (The Incredibles), Len Wein (Justice League of America), Brian Wood (sponsored by Laughing Ogre Comics, Northlanders), Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing), and Thom Zahler (Love & Capes).

“I’m very pleased to see Terry returning to the show,” said Baltimore Comic-Con promoter, Marc Nathan. “His work is great, as the accolades prove, his new series Echo is nominated for the Best New Series Harvey Award this year, and his fans love him!”

In coming weeks, look for ongoing announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to adding yet more guests and providing details on the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found at our website, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and ComicSpace pages.

This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held October 10-11, 2009. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, October 10th.

As we continue to get ready for this year’s show, we would like to remind you to mark your calendar for next year’s Baltimore Comic-Con dates: August 28-29, 2010.

About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 10th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held Oct 10-11, 2009. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards

The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 4 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.

Game Core (September 2009)

August 27, 2009 by  
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Convention Website: http://www.gamecorecon.com

Date(s):: 9/12/09

Location: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, PA

Number of Dealers/Exhibitors Tables:: 100

Projected Attendance:: 2500


Collectors EXPO (September 2009)

August 27, 2009 by  
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Convention Website: http://collectorsexpo.info

Date(s):: September 12, 2009

Location: Radisson Hotel Opryland, Nashville, TN

Number of Dealers/Exhibitors Tables:: 50

Projected Attendance:: 200


Ithacon 34 (September 2009)

August 27, 2009 by  
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Convention Website: http://www.comicbookclub.org/Ithacon.html

Date(s):: 10 AM – 5 PM, September 12, 2009

Location: Women’s Community Building, NW Corner of Seneca & Cayuga Sts., Ithaca, NY

Number of Dealers/Exhibitors Tables:: 18

Projected Attendance:: 200


Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention (September 2009)

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Convention Website http://www.comicbookscifi.com
Start Date 09/13/2009
Venue Name Shrine Auditorium Expo Center
Venue Address 700 West 32nd Street
Los Angeles, California 90007
United States
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables 100
Projected Attendance 1000
What category best describes your convention? Comic Books
What other categories might be appropriate for your convention? – Anime
– Collectibles
– Horror
– Science Fiction and Fantasy

Comic-Con-Plus (September 2009)

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Convention Comic-Con-Plus
Convention Website http://www.facebook.com/comicconplus
Start Date 09/20/2009
Venue Name The Ramada Inn
Venue Address 3130 Hartley Road
Jacksonville, FL 32257
United States
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables 30
Projected Attendance 300
What category best describes your convention? Comic Books
What other categories might be appropriate for your convention? – Anime
– Collectibles
– Science Fiction and Fantasy

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