Sword Art Online Premieres at Anime Boston 2013

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This past weekend the Hynes Convention Center once again hosted Anime Boston, one of the city’s largest events which draws thousands upon thousands of attendees each year. This year was marked by last month’s tragic events with heightened security including bag checks at every entrance and strict regulation of cosplay props. Despite this, the atmosphere was one of celebration and fun.

As always throngs of cosplayers crowded the Hynes as well as the surrounding area to the surprise and bemusement of locals. Catgirls, stormtroopers, and Marios swarmed the Food Court of the Prudential Center Mall as the heavy rainfall limited options to find food. Packed panel rooms forced convention staff to shoo away attendees lining up for the next event throughout the weekend.

One of the highlights of Anime Boston this year was the world premiere of the English dub of the popular anime series Sword Art Online. Director Tomohiko Ito and producer Shinichiro Kashiwada appeared on several panels as did American voice actors Cherami Leigh and Bryce Papenbrook, who respectively play lead characters Asuna and Kirito. A standing-room-only panel on Saturday evening treated AB con-goers to the first look at episode 1 and 2 in English. Also announced was the exciting news that the series will begin airing on Toonami in August. Through an interpreter, Ito and Kashiwada fielded questions from the audience the first naturally being,” When can we expect Season Two?” They deferred to say that while they are currently attached to other projects, they hope to produce a second season in the near future. When asked if they could at least do an OVA series, Kashiwada replied, “If we’re going to do it we might as well get a whoe series out of it.”

The plot of Sword Art Online follows a group of gamers trapped in an immersive MMORPG where if they lose their hit points they die in real life. Based on a light novel by Reki Kawahara the first season covered the first two iterations of SAO.

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Sword Art Online cast and crew sign autographs

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UK – Much Ado About Nothing Panel

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Join director Joss Whedon and actors Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof as they discuss their new film, Much Ado About Nothing – a contemporary spin on Shakespeare’s classic comedy, on Tuesday 11 June, 2013 at 7:30 pm. Come early as seating is limited!

Apple Store
235 Regent Street, London, W1B 2EL
020 7153 9000

CA – My Little Pony Variant Signing

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Tony Fleecs and Amy Mebberson appear at Emerald Knights Comics on Sunday June 30, 2013 at 1:00 pm to sign the EKC exclusive My Little Pony #8 Variant Cover!

Emerald Knights Comics and Games 
4116 W. Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

KY – Deadpool Signing

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Artist Tony Moore signs at Collectibles Etc on Saturday June 8th from noon till 8:00 pm for the release of the new Deadpool collection! There will be a limited edition print for the first 100 people through the door! He will also draw head sketches for $20 apiece!

Collectibles Etc
115 N Locust Hill Dr, Lexington, KY 40509
859-269-6633

Marvel Conducting Programming Panels and Portfolio Reviews at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con 2013

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Press Release:

Marvel To Conduct Programming Panels, Portfolio Reviews At Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, May 31 – June 2

Character-Based Entertainment Leader Brings ‘Breaking Into Comics The Marvel Way’ And ‘From NOW To Infinity’ To Pennsylvania Convention Center; Talent Scout C.B. Cebulski, Others To Review Attendees’ Work

NEW YORK and PHILADELPHIA, May 16, 2013 – Marvel Entertainment will host two programming panels and conduct two portfolio reviews at the 2013 Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con Friday, May 31, through Sunday, June 2 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

The panels are entitled “MARVEL: Breaking Into Comics the Marvel Way,” set for Friday at 5 p.m. Saturday’s panel, “MARVEL: From NOW! to Infinity,” will take place from 4-5 p.m. Additionally, Marvel will be accepting portfolios on Friday and Saturday, and talent scout C.B. Cebulski and others will conduct reviews on Saturday and Sunday from 2-3:30 p.m. in Room 110.

“We are excited to bring an industry leader like Marvel to Wizard World shows,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO. “Many of our fans have a close connection with the movies, comics and characters Marvel produces, and these two panels and review sessions are excellent additions to an already packed lineup for Philadelphia Comic Con attendees.”

Eisner Award Hall of Famer Stan Lee, co-creator of many of those characters, is among the headliners at Philadelphia Comic Con, which will be held May 30 – June 2. “Torchwood” and Zero Dark Thirty star John Barrowman, “Serenity” and Firefly standouts Gina Torres and Summer Glau, William Shatner (“Star Trek,” “Boston Legal”), “The Walking Dead” trio of Michael Rooker, Norman Reedus and Jon Bernthal, Manu Bennett (“Arrow,” The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) are among the top celebrities at the event.

Barry Kitson (“Amazing Spider-Man”), Phil Noto (“Uncanny X-Force”), Khoi Pham (“Scarlet Spider”), Julian Totino Tedesco (“Thunderbolts”) and Leinil Yu (“Indestructible Hulk”) lead a top-drawer collection of well-known artists and writers, many with Marvel connections, attending the show.

The first panel, “Breaking Into Comics the Marvel Way,” features Kitson, Noto, Tedesco, Yu and Cebulski helping aspiring artists find out the answers on how to get their foot in the door and make their job MARVEL.

Then, “From NOW! to Infinity” highlights the current slate of Marvel NOW! titles and the forthcoming summer mega-event Infinity, with editors Tom Brennan and Jake Thomas, Noto, Pham, Yu, Cebulski and other Marvel guests taking questions on what’s to come in the Marvel Universe.

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con show hours are Thursday, May 30, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, May 31, noon – 7 p.m.; Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday, June 2, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more on the 2013 Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-pa.html.

About Marvel:

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.

About Wizard World:

Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

***** SAVE THE 2013-14 DATES *****

May 30 – June 2 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con

June 28-30 – Wizard World New York City Experience

August 8-11 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

September 20-22 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con

October 18-20 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con

November 22-24 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con

January 24-26, 2014 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con

February 7-9, 2014 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con

April 4-6, 2014 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con

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Sunday is Kids Day at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con 2013

Press Release:

Sunday, June 2, Is Kids Day At Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, May 30 – June 2

Balloon Art, Arts & Crafts, ‘Creepy Crawler Bugs,’ Green Ranger Power Hour, Baseball Book Event,’Kid-Friendly’ Booths, Passport Program, Costume Contest Lead Special Children’s Programming; Kids Under 10 Free With Paid Adult

Kids DayNEW YORK and PHILADELPHIA, May 23, 2013 – Move over, mom and dad!  Sunday, June 2, is Kids Day at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, with an array of programming, kid-friendly celebrities, creators and exhibitors designed especially for children, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  From the impossibly cute Kids Costume Contest to the positively “icky” Creepy Crawler Bug Display, children of all ages will enjoy a variety of activities all day long.  Kids 10 and under are free all weekend with a paid adult (two children admitted per paid adult).

As kids arrive on Sunday, they will receive an official “Wizard World Kids Day Passport” and sheet detailing all of the places they can visit to have the passport stamped.  Those include artists like Terry Huddleston and Sara Richard, fan groups like the New York Jedi and Delaware Valley LEGO Users Group, exhibitors like 3 Girls Creations and J&J Collectibles, and celebrities like “The Green Power Ranger” Jason David Frank.  Awesome!

Some of the highlights of the day include:

  • Balloon Art, Arts & Crafts and “Creepy Crawler Bug Display” hosted by the Rutgers Univ. Department of Entomology all day at Wizard World Kids Booth #3000
  • Junior Saber Training at the Cosplay Stage.  Show off those moves! (11 a.m. and 3 p.m.)
  • Author Jon Lindenblatt and artist Brian Kong discuss Trolley Dodgers, Pinstriped Yankees, and Wearing Red Sox: How MLB Teams Got Their Names, a children’s baseball book, with artwork to color (11 a.m.)
  • Doodle! Scribble! Draw! A fun drawing game combining Jeopardy!, Pictionary and “Whose Line is it Anyway?” The challenge is on. (1 p.m.)
  • Kick it at the Green Ranger Power Hour with Frank – a special hour-long karate class (2 p.m.)
  • Kids Costume Contest (3 p.m.), hosted by Wizard World’s own superhero, “The Defuser” Jarrett Crippen

“Torchwood” and Zero Dark Thirty star John Barrowman, “Serenity” and Firefly standouts Summer Glau and Gina Torres, Eisner Award Hall of Famer Stan Lee and WWE® SuperstarsJohn Cena® and Daniel Bryan® are at the top of a standout roster of celebrity guests scheduled to appear at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, May 30 – June 2.  It is the third in the 2013 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and will also feature a top-drawer collection of well-known artists and writers and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.  Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con show hours are Thursday, May 30, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, May 31, noon – 7 p.m.; Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday, June 2, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more on the 2013 Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-pa.html.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

***** SAVE THE 2013-14 DATES *****
May 30 – June 2 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
June 28-30 – Wizard World Comic Con NYC Experience
August 8-11 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 20-22 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
October 18-20 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
November 22-24 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
January 24-26, 2014 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
February 7-9, 2014 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
April 4-6, 2014 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con

CA – Herobear & the Kid Launch Party

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Creator and Artist MIKE KUNKEL appears in person at Golden Apple Comics on SATURDAY JUNE 8TH at noon to draw sketches and sign copies of HEROBEAR AND THE KID issue #1 from Boom! Studios.

Bring the whole family!!

RSVP on Facebook!

Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

MN – Weird Al Signs

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Weird Al Yankovic signs his new book My New Teacher & Me on Sunday June 23, 2013 at 2:00 PM!

Barnes & Noble – Roseville II
HarMar Mall, 2100 North Snelling Ave, Roseville, MN 55113
651-639-9256

CA – Legends of the Blues Signing

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William Stout presents and signs Legends of the Blues at Book Soup on Thursday June 27th at 7:00 pm!

Robert Johnson, Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, Howlin’ Wolf, Bessie Smith, Muddy Waters–say their names out loud and you can just hear the blues. Now, acclaimed artist William Stout visualizes these artists and their music with 100 stunning portraits. This graphically powerful collection includes profiles of classic musicians drawn by a master illustrator. Stout beautifully captures the signature style of each blues legend and then adds authoritative biographical text with personal and humorous writing that brings it on home. Includes recommended playlists and an exclusive bonus music CD.

Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd, W. Hollywood, CA 90069

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