Comic-Con International San Diego 2010 Sold Out!

March 30, 2010 by  
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Nearly 4 months before the start of the convention, the 41st annual Comic-Con International San Diego, set to take place July 22-25 (with Preview Night on July 21) is now completely sold out of memberships.

No tickets will be sold on site but expect some returned tickets to be returned and released. Last year, those tickets were placed on eBay with sellouts occurring in mere moments after their announcement via the Comic-Con International Twitter feed.

For more information about the convention, visit: Comic-Con International.

Stan Lee Guest of Honour at Fan Expo Canada 2010

March 29, 2010 by  
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Via Fan Expo Canada:

NUFF SAID! STAN LEE IS COMING TO FAN EXPO CANADAâ„¢ 2010!

Fan Expo Canadaâ„¢ is excited to announce our iconic Guest of Honour for 2010! Creator of the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, X-Men, Daredevil, Fantastic Four and of course Spider-Man! A true living legend, STAN “The Man” LEE will be with us in Toronto this August! And this is just the beginning…

“We are so thrilled that Stan Lee is finally coming for this historic appearance,” says James Armstrong, event coordinator for Fan Expo Canadaâ„¢. “It will be electrifying when the fans get to meet ‘The Man’ in person.”

At 87 years of age, Stan Lee is more active than ever with an unmatched career as a Writer, Editor, Publisher, Producer, and Actor. Be sure to join us for the weekend of August 27th through 29th 2010 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for this once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the immortal STAN LEE!

VA – Aww Yeah FCBD

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Franco Aureliani signs the DC Kids Mega Sampler at Richmond Comix, Inc on Free Comic Book Day, May 1st.

Richmond Comix, Inc, 14249 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113

804.594.2845

www.richmondcomix.com

Dick Giordano Passed Away

March 29, 2010 by  
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As I’m sure many of you have already read, veteran artist Bob Layton shared the news on Saturday that Dick Giordano, legendary DC Comics artist, has passed away at the age of 77.

Living in Florida, Dick was a staple of the convention scene here, and I had the opportunity to get books signed by him on many occasion. His hearing loss made conversations difficult, and with money always being scarce, I always put off getting the Batman sketch I wanted to get from him.

Although Dick was a celebrated inker, he was also one of my favorite pencillers. A great loss to the industry, he will surely be missed.

Here is a photo taken by my brother Michael showing how we’ll remember him, at conventions visiting with and producing great art for fans:

Dick Giordano at The Tampa Comic Book & Toy Convention in August 2008

Vampire Knight Voice Cast Announced

March 29, 2010 by  
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VIZ Media announces the voice cast of the highly anticipated VAMPIRE KNIGHT anime series!

VAMPIRE KNIGHT animated series is based on the best-selling gothic-romance manga created by Matsuri Hino. The story takes place at The Cross Academy, attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school protecting the Day Class from the Academy’s dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires!

Yuki Cross, the adoptive daughter of the headmaster of Cross Academy, is played by Mela Lee. Veteran anime voice actor Vic Mignogna plays Zero Kiryu, a student who is a year older than Yuki Cross and comes from a family of vampire hunters. Finally, Ethan Murray portrays Kaname Kuran, a pure blooded vampire and the current Head of the Kuran Clan, the president of the Night Class.

PAX East is a Gift to Boston

This past weekend Penny Arcade brought their gaming convention to the east coast for the inaugural PAX East. The original Penny Arcade Expo (or PAX Prime) was founded in 2004 by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik (aka Gabe & Tycho) as a way to bring together all aspects of gaming culture. The convention has grown in size and acclaim in the intervening years leading them to bring it on the road. Their reputation is held in such high regard that PAX East was held to a sold out crowd with reports of over 60,000 attendees and plans of moving to the larger Boston Convention and Expo Center for 2011 and 2012.   

Major video game companies like Rockstar, Disney, EA and many more demoed their new products for gamers who travelled from all over to take part. One group drove two straight days from Washington, the home of PAX Prime, just to join the festivities. Wizard of the Coast hosted RPG tournaments and musicians like MC Frontalot, The Protomen, Anamanaguchi, and Metroid Metal rocked the evening concerts. 

The big theme of the convention is community. In his keynote speech actor and geek culture ambassador Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation) said that Gabe and Tycho have given the city of Boston a gift and implored the standing room only audience to appreciate the next three days saying that “playing games is never so much fun as when it’s done together.” He chronicled the long history of fans of sci-fi culture gathering in hotels and ballrooms, and then gamers playing in LAN parties, to travelling to E3. 

“And then when E3 sucked so very hard,” said Wheaton to the cheering crowd, “And begat the death of video games conventions, Gabe and Tycho created PAX.” This sentiment was echoed by Gabe and Tycho themselves in their Q&A panel, “The goal of PAX is to create a community of gamers as much as celebrating gaming itself.” When asked what the next location in the PAX tour is, Gabe and Tycho joked that they’d like to establish EuroPAX. But with this kind of success maybe it’s no that far from a reality. 

Wheaton also praised the gaming industry for its imagination and innovation. “As a kid I was inspired by movies,” he said, “But now video games lead the entertainment industry in driving visual narratives” and cited the game Heavy Rain specifically as the apex of the medium. “In this room there could be the next Gary Gygax or the next Shigeru Miyamoto.” 

Clearly, PAX East came out of the gate like a shot, blowing away everyone’s expectations. The gaming community has been given a desperately needed outlet to come together to celebrate their culture. Watch the website for when they open registration for next year’s show, it’s bound to sell out quick.

Clifton NJ Comic Book Expo (April 2010)

March 29, 2010 by  
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Convention CLIFTON NJ COMIC BOOK EXPO
Convention Website http://www.njcomicbookshows.com
Start Date 04/11/2010
About This Convention: Show hours are 10-4. Admission is FREE! Easy free parking as well. Over 200,000 comic books for sale., from bargain readers to investment grade keys, along with other comic-related items (action figures, t-shirts & more)… collector’s supplies as well. We have the Northeast’s friendliest dealers and have run over 400 monthly comicons since 1991! Many of our shows feature guest artists, writers, or publishers (if you are one and would like a “comp” table at a show, please contact us). Our legendary no minimum bid auctions at each show are held around noon and typically offer thousands of dollars worth of stuff that sells for a fraction of it’s value. If you are a hardcore collector or a casual reader-you will love our shows!
Convention Guests TBA
Venue Name CLIFTON COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTER
Venue Address 1232 Main Ave
Clifton, NJ 07011
United States
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables 65
Projected Attendance 200
What category best describes your convention? Comic Books
What other categories might be appropriate for your convention? - Collectibles

NCcomicon (November 2010)

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Convention NCcomicon
Convention Website http://www.nccomicon.com
Start Date 11/13/2010
End Date 11/14/2010
About This Convention: Its coming !!! The 2 day NCcomicon right between Raleigh and Durham. Your Comic Con Bigger, Better, Longer!
Convention Guests lots of guest to be announced
Venue Name Morrisville Outlet Mall
Venue Address 1001 Airport Blvd.,
Morrisville, NC 27560
United States
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables 60
Projected Attendance 1200
What category best describes your convention? Comic Books
What other categories might be appropriate for your convention? - Anime
- Collectibles
- Gaming

CA – FCBD Poster Signing

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Sergio Aragones signs a limited edition print of the design he created for Free Comic Book Day 2010 at Atlantis Fantasyworld on May 1st!

Atlantis Fantasyworld, 1020 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 426-0158

ZombieBomb! Drops at Boston Comic Con

March 29, 2010 by  
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 Boston Comic Con is happy to host the launch of ZombieBomb! from Terminal Press. Series creators Adam Miller and Rich Woodall will be on hand with the first copies available anywhere. Be sure to stop by their booth and pick up the exclusive blank cover edition, ready for sketches.

About ZombieBomb!:
The reanimated brainchild of Adam Miller and Rich Woodall, ZombieBomb!: Dead Not Dead is the first in a series of ZombieBomb! anthologies featuring top creators putting their spin on the cranium-chomping, lumbering legends. Each creative team involved has crafted their own unique interpretation of the subject matter, ensuring fans a diverse and original experience. From classic horror to offbeat alternative to whimsical comedy, the stories and artwork manage to breathe life into the undead and keep the rotting corpses fresh.
 
 
ZombieBomb!: Dead Not Dead features the talents of Shawn McManus (Sandman, Swamp Thing), Tomm Coker (Marvel, DC, Image), Neil Vokes (Marvel, DC, Image), Jack Herman (Terminator, Elementals), Paul Maybury (Image),  Matt Roberts (Image), Jason Copland (Image), Joe Haley (The Underburbs), Narek Gevorgian (Terminal Press, Elite Gudz), Matty Field, Jerry Morrissette, Tony Donley, Tom Whalen, Josh Morrissette, Veronica Hebard, Anthony Schiavino and Steve Jones.
 
 ZombieBomb! Dead Not Dead is available right now at TerminalPress.com
 
 Visit the Terminal Press Fan Page 
 
 Visit the ZombieBomb! Fan Page 

About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is in its fourth year of producing independent comic book shows and is committed to bringing the biggest and best comic book show to New England. Previously announced guests include Jim Lee, Mike Mignola, Eric Powell, JH Williams III, Joseph M. Linsner, Sergio Aragones, Amber Benson, Ben Templesmith, Bill Sienkiewicz, Billy Tan, Cameron Stewart, Christopher Golden, Craig Rousseau, Eva Hopkins, Jim Mahfood, Jim Starlin, Joe Jusko, Joe Quinones, Mark Chiarello, Michael Golden, Norman Lee, Skottie Young, Steve Rude, Pat Broderick, and many more!

The Boston Comic Con hosts over 22,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia. The event will be held Saturday April 10th and Sunday April 11th at the Westin Waterfront, 425 Summer Street, Boston, MA from 10am to 5pm. Admission is $15 each day. For more information please go to the website.

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