CA – Serpent’s Storm Signing

Amber Benson appears on February 26th at 2 p.m. to sign her new novel Serpent’s Storm.

Dark Delicacies
4213 W. Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA  91505

NYC – Silver Surfer Signing

Greg Pak and ChrisCross sign on February 16th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Jim Hanley’s Universe.

Jim Hanley’s Universe
4 West 33rd St, New York, NY 10001

Anime Boston 2011 Adds More Guests

Voice actors Richard Epcar and J. Michael Tatum join industry guest Tom Wayland at Anime Boston 2011, at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston Mass. on April 22-24th.

Tom Wayland is proud to have made a long and successful career out of his most favorite things – acting, directing, and making raucous, loud rock and roll music. Wayland has produced and/or directed hundreds of anime programs such as Now & Then, Here & There, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Alien Nine, The World of Narue, Ichi the Killer, Mew Mew Power, Magical Do Re Mi, GI Joe, and currently serves as the voice director on the hit series “Pokemon”.

Wayland is also a very busy voice actor having appeared in hundreds of titles currently airing on Cartoon Network, Fox, WB, Nickelodeon or available on DVD including Yugi-oh 5Ds as Crow, Lester, and Nervin, GI Joe as Storm Shadow, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as Jammerhead, Pokemon as Flint, Reggie, Arceus, and numerous creatures, and Ikki Tousen as Kakuton. Keep an ear out for his latest work as one of the lead characters – Finn in Tai-Chi Chasers.

Wayland’s work can also be seen or heard on various commercials, feature films, and audiobook projects including narrating Heavy Metal legend Dave Mustaine’s autobiography – Mustaine: a Heavy Metal Memoir.

J. Michael Tatum will be attending Anime Boston for the second year in a row. Discovered by Funimation warhorse and visionary ADR director Christopher Bevins, who cast him as Rikichi in 2005’s Samurai 7, Tatum’s inexplicable luck has held long enough to see his flag hoisted on a slew of dream roles, most notably Kyoya Otori in the hit English language dub of Ouran High School Host Club and suave, demonic Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler.

Other characters the he has played include: Doumeki in XXXHolic, Jiro Mochizuki in Black Blood Brothers, Isaac Dian in Baccano!, Both God Eneru and Dalton in the new dub of One Piece, Komui Lee in D-Gray Man, Dororo in Sgt. Frog, the titular loveable savage of Heroic Age, Ryosuke Takahashi in Initial D, Lawrence Kraft in Spice and Wolf, Zarbon in Dragon Ball Z Kai, and Scar in Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

Richard Epcar has done over 300 characters and is well known to animation, game and anime fans. He started with major roles in Robotech, in which he played Ben Dixon, Lunk and Grel. To continue the tradition, he played Captain Vince Grant in Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles, which he also holds director credits.

Most famously, he is the voice of Batou in all things Ghost in the Shell, including Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, which he also adapted and directed into English. Most recently, he can be heard on a brand new series from Nickelodeon, Airbender: The Legend of Korra and as Koga and Zangetsu in Bleach. He has also appeared in Gundam Unicorn, Ghost Slayer Ayashi, Blue Elephant, Blaze of Glory, Monster and Bobobo-bobobobo.

About Anime Boston:
Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Massachusetts. Anime Boston 2011 will be held Friday, April 22nd through Sunday, April 24th at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel.

Anime Boston 2011 will once again be presenting popular events which include a masquerade, an anime music video contest, video programming rooms, an artists’ alley and art show, karaoke, game shows, video games, manga library, dances and balls, and much more…

CA – Shorts! Panel

Kenneth Branagh hosts a panel with this year’s nominees for Best Animated and Live Action Short Film. Branagh earned a nomination in the Live Action Short Film category for “Swan Song” (1992).

Nominated for BEST ANIMATED SHORT are:
Day & Night Director: Teddy Newton.
Let’s Pollute Director: Geefwee Boedoe.
Madagascar, A Journey Diary Director: Bastien Dubois.
The Gruffalo Directors: Jakob Schuh, Max Lang.
The Lost Thing Directors: Andrew Ruhemann, Shaun Tan.

Nominated for BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT are:
The Confession, Director: Tanel Toom
The Crush, Director: Michael Creagh
God of Love, Director: Luke Matheny
Na Wewe, Director: Ivan Goldschmidt
Wish 143, Directors: Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

Oscar Week kicks off with “Shorts!,” featuring screenings of all the Oscar-nominated films in the Animated and Live Action Short Film categories, plus an onstage discussion with the filmmakers (schedules permitting).  This popular event began in 1997 and has sold out every year since then. 

Tickets will be available starting February 1.

Tickets
General Admission – $5
Academy members and students with a valid ID (limit 2) – $3

On sale starting Tuesday, February 1 at 9 a.m.

When
Tuesday, February 22, 7:30 p.m.

Where
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

All seating is unreserved.

WI – Knight Errant Signings

Writer John Jackson Miller signs his new Star Wars novel Knight Errant at the following locations:

Friday, January 28, 4-6 p.m.
Bookworld
1136 Main Street, Stevens Point, WI

Saturday, January 29, 2 p.m.
Borders
3750 University Ave, Madison, WI

Friday, February 4, 2-4 p.m.
Bookworld
414 South Central Avenue, Marshfield, WI

Saturday, February 19, 1-4 p.m.
Westfield Comics
7475 Mineral Point Rd, Madison, WI
(in High Point Center)

MA – If You Loved Me Signing

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Nick Galifianakis signs on Sunday February 13, 2011 at 2:00 PM.

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Barnes & Noble – Burlington
98 Middlesex Pkwy, Burlington, MA 01803

Florida Anime Experience Launching in Orlando in May 2011

January 25, 2011 by  
Filed under Anime, Convention News, Florida, Top Stories

Press Release:

THE FLORIDA ANIME EXPERIENCE IS COMING TO ORLANDO, FLORIDA ON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2011.

The convention, which focuses on Japanese animation and pop culture, is being designed and operated by staff from Florida Supercon, JACON and Wasabi Anime.

(Orlando, FL, January 24, 2011) The Florida Anime Experience is a new fan convention designed to focus specifically on Japanese animation, manga and popular culture. The event, run by team members from Florida Supercon, JACON and Wasabi Anime, will take place May 27-29, 2011 at the Ramada Orlando Celebration Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida.

Cowboy Bebop the MovieThe guest of honor for The Florida Anime Experience is well known voice actor Steve Blum. With literally hundreds of voice-over credits to his name, Mr. Blum is best known as the voice of “Spike Spiegel” from Cowboy Bebop, “Vincent Valentine” (Final Fantasy VII), “Leeron” (Guren Lagann), “Wolverine” from several incarnations of X-Men (animated movies, games, the Wolverine and the X-Men TV Series and The Super Hero Squad Show), “Tom” (the robot host) from Cartoon Network’s Toonami, “Green Goblin” from the Spectacular Spiderman series, “Heatblast,” “Vilgax” and “Ghostfreak” from Ben 10, “Grunt” (Mass Effect 2), “Tank Dempsey” (Call of Duty), “Oghren” (DragonAge), the voice of 7-11, dozens of Digimon and a gigantic list of other characters from Anime, Video Games, TV and Film. Currently he’s working on the new super-charged CGI series Transformers: Prime, playing the delusional but deadly Decepticon Starscream!

Mr. Blum appears courtesy of sponsorship from the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (www.spja.org). The SPJA is the parent organization for Anime Expo (www.anime-expo.org), the largest Anime, Manga and Japanese Pop-culture convention in North America. Like Wasabi Anime (Green Mustard Entertainment), the SPJA is an organization that works to promote the arts that are related to Japanese Animation and the culture that surrounds it. They strive to be an organization that enriches lives by becoming an integral part of and helping to facilitate the relationship between Japanese and American popular culture by servicing their fans, peers, and the industry.

Green Mustard Entertainment thanks the SPJA and Anime Expo for their support!

In keeping with the event’s goal of focusing on anime fandom, The Florida Anime Experience will feature viewing room programming designed by the hosts of the top rated podcast: Anime World Order (www.awopodcast.com). On the web since 2005, AWO’s hosts are known for their extensive knowledge of Japanese animation and they promise to show “only the good stuff” during the weekend.

The convention, like popular events of its kind, will feature costume and cosplay competitions, a dealers room, and other themed entertainment all three days. Weekend admission tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Additional details can be found online at www.floridaanime.com.

ABOUT FLORIDA SUPERCON: South Florida’s premier comic book show, Florida Supercon draws thousands of fans each summer to Miami, Florida for a weekend of costumes, dances, panels, live bands and celebrity appearances. 2011 will mark Florida Supercon’s sixth year.
www.floridasupercon.com

ABOUT JACON: The Japanese Animation CONvention (JACON) started on the campus of the University of Central Florida and ran from 2000-2009. For ten years, the convention drew thousands of anime fans from Florida and Georgia before ending its run. Among Orlando’s otaku, JACON’s events are the stuff of legend.
www.jacon.org

ABOUT GREEN MUSTARD ENTERTAINMENT: Started in 2001 as “Wasabi Anime”, Green Mustard Entertainment, Inc. is a production company that specializes in designing fan-focused entertainment for unique events and pop culture conventions. Based in Orlando, Florida, the team made appearances in 2010 at Ancient City Con, Anime Festival Orlando, Anime Weekend Atlanta, Florida Supercon, Gen Con, & NeonCon. A number of the staff like piña coladas, but none of them will admit to any enjoyment from being caught in the rain.
www.wasabianime.com

NYC – Drinky Crow Signing

 
Tony Millionaire signs at Desert Island on Thursday, January 27, 2011 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.
RSVP on Facebook!
Desert Island
540 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY
btwn Union and Lorimer

Wizard World Now a Company, a Tour, and an Online Magazine

Editor’s Note: While this press release does not directly comment on the print publication Wizard Magazine, it would seemingly confirm today’s Bleeding Cool story that Wizard Magazine is ceasing.

Press Release:

GAREB SHAMUS UNDERTAKES PUBLIC COMPANY WIZARD WORLD, INC. AND LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE PUBLICATION ‘WIZARD WORLD’

New York, NY (January 24, 2011) – Gareb Shamus, recently appointed President and CEO of public company Wizard World, Inc. (“Wizard World”) (OTC: GOEE.PK), today announced that the Comic Con Tour, which consists of pop culture conference events that provide high visibility marketing opportunities to pop culture brands and companies in multiple venues throughout the year, is now being produced by public company Wizard World. The Wizard World Comic Con Tour intends to cover 12 cities in 2011, including major cities such as New York City, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Austin and New Orleans. The Tour will include sponsors ranging from major movie studios and TV networks to gaming and toy companies to content publishers.

Wizard World Comic Con Tour logoIn addition, Wizard World plans to launch in February 2011 an all-new digital magazine called ‘Wizard World’ that will appeal to pop-culture fans, the same audience to which Mr. Shamus has catered to, for over 20 years. Wizard World digital magazine will provide coverage of the world of comic books, toys and superheroes, and the personalities behind them.

“This is a very exciting day for Wizard World and the industries it serves,” said Shamus. “Having the Tour produced by a public company provides additional opportunities to expand and grow the Tour. The new digital magazine Wizard World will give consumers the content they want in a magazine format with which they are familiar, but distributed in a form that is always available at any time on any device. It is a natural evolution for us in this market.”

Wizard World Comic Con will begin its North American tour at New Orleans Comic Con held from January 29 to 30, 2011. The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

About Wizard World:

Wizard World is a producer of pop culture and multimedia conventions across North America that markets movies, TV shows, video games, technology, toys, social networking/gaming platforms, comic books and graphic novels. It has the rights to the names, marks, domains, customer lists and production rights for a portfolio of pop culture and multimedia conventions.

Jim Calafiore and Ethan Van Sciver to attend Phoenix Comicon 2011

January 24, 2011 by  
Filed under Arizona, Comic Books, Convention News, Top Stories

Ethan Van Sciver and Jim Calafiore

Press Release:

Make Way For Some Comic Book Super Stars!

Jim Calafiore and Ethan Van Sciver to attend Phoenix Comicon 2011

JANUARY 1, 2011 Phoenix, AZ: Comic book pencillers and inkers Jim Calafiore and Ethan Van Sciver are among many of the guests who are to be present at Phoenix Comicon 2011. Jim Calafiore is known for his work on Marvel Comics Exiles, and DC Comics’ Aquaman. Ethan Van Sciver is best known for illustrating a number of titles including Green Lantern, New X-Men, and The Flash: Rebirth.

Jim Calafiore broke in to comics in 1989 at independent publisher Caliber Press before finding work at Marvel and DC. After

working on Marvel’s Exiles for the last few years, in 2007 he moved to DC to contribute to Countdown. He is currently having fun playing in the Bat-Universe, drawing Gotham Underground and Batgirl for DC Comics.

“Since Jim first started, he has drawn just about every character he could hope to. Amazing!” said Matt Solberg, Convention Direcor.

Returning to Phoenix Comicon next year is Ethan Van Sciver, who is known for a number of comics and illustrations throughout the years. Most notably New X-Men and Green Lantern. Van Sciver is well known for his realistic and “eye popping” artwork.

“It’s great to have him back for another year!” said Jillian Squires, Marketing Director.

Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop culture event of the southwest, presenting guests and programming for hobbyists by attracting the top segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, tv, and gaming industries. Entering its tenth year, Phoenix Comicon is expected to draw over 20,000 attendees to its May 26-29, 2011 convention held at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency in Downtown Phoenix.

For more information, please visit www.phoenixcomicon.com

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