APE and NYCC are both gearing up, Comic-Con International re-ups their trademark for Los Angeles Comic Con, Wonder Woman gets a live action fan-film trailer, and more.
‘Leatherface’ to Serve Chili at Coast City Comicon
PORTLAND, MAINE – 9/11/13 – Coast City Comics is proud to announce that actor Gunnar Hansen will be appearing at this year’s Coast City Comicon on November 8-10 at the DoubleTree by Hilton. Fans of the horror genre know Hansen’s alter ego, the intimidating Leatherface from the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” franchise. Hansen also appeared in the film “Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers” with fellow Coast City Comicon guest Linnea Quigley.
As part of Hansen’s appearance — he’ll be signing autographs and posing for photos with fans all weekend — he has generously agreed to host a chili cook-off during the convention. Fans will not only be able to have their chili judged by Hansen, who happens to be an aficionado of the dish, but they will be able to taste chili prepared by the man behind the mask.
Following a screening of “Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers,” fans can participate in a Q&A session with Gunnar Hansen and co-star Linnea Quigley. Hansen will also be selling copies of his latest book, “Chain Saw Confidential.”
“We’re tired of the conventions that just plop movie stars behind a table and just have them sign stuff,” explains Jarrett Melendez, organizer of Coast City Comicon. “We like being able to provide a more intimate experience for fans. They won’t just get herded through a line and shoved away before they can manage a quick ‘Hello’; they can actually take a minute and talk with idols like Gunnar. Heck, they can even taste food that he made! You don’t get that at national shows like New York Comic Con or San Diego Comic Con.”
Coast City Comicon 2013 will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel across from the Maine Mall this November 9 and 10. Attendees can pre-register for tickets online at coastcitycomicon.com. Adult passes start at $25. Passes for children and students will be available at the door with prices starting at $10. For more information, visit coasticitycomicon.com or call 207-899-1505.
UPDATE: We are turning off the application form for now as we have several promising candidates to join our staff. Thank you for your interest and keep watching for future announcements.
For the first time in a very long time, we are opening up the doors of Convention Scene and are looking to add some Assistant Editors to our staff. The primary responsibility of these positions will be to post press releases to the site.
We are looking for staff members that can hit the ground running, preferably with past WordPress experience.
These are unpaid positions (at least for now), but staff members often receive press passes and free admission to conventions. (Note: If you do attend a convention in your position as a Convention Scene staff member, you will be expected to file a con report with photos about your experience.)
Our response time to the applications might be slow (we are doing this because we need the extra help after all), but everyone will get a response.
Save the country singer, save the world? If you were a fan of Heroes, you may want to check out Hayden Panettiere’s current project, Nashville. She stars along with Connie Britton on the ABC show, and Convention Scene is giving away a complete DVD set of the first season. Here is more about the show and scroll down to the bottom for the ways to enter the giveaway.
About the Show
“Music City” can mean so many things to different people. In Nashville, musicians and songwriters are at the heart of the storms driven by their own ambitions. Some are fueled by their creativity and passion for fame, others struggle to cope with the pressures of success and doing everything in their power to stay on top.
Music legend Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) reigns as the Queen of Country, but after two decades, her grip on the throne is slipping. Rayna refuses to be steamrolled by her record label as they present a new arrangement. And in the face of an evolving industry, Rayna is struggling to adapt and reinvent herself, which she must do if she plans to stay relevant.
Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) is sexy, sassy, and trails trouble in her wake— she’s also the country’s #1 crossover artist. In her climb to the top, Juliette’s public image is threatened by circumstances she struggles to control. And while she is determined to sit on Rayna’s throne, Juliette refuses to deal with her difficult past.
Offstage, things aren’t much smoother for Rayna. Her father, Lamar Wyatt, Nashville’s most influential businessman, continues to complicate her life. Their strained relationship is defined by years of resentment and secrets that come to a head when Lamar and Rayna’s sister, Tandy, push Rayna’s husband to run for mayor. For husband Teddy Conrad, this marks an opportunity to share the spotlight with his wife instead of continuing to be the man behind the woman.
The city of Nashville is the stage for many hopefuls: Deacon Claybourne, Rayna’s longtime bandleader whose unrequited love for Rayna prevents him from claiming success if he went on his own. Scarlett O’Connor, the beautiful and gifted songwriter, who’s here to support her boyfriend Avery’s talent while still unsure of her own. Avery Barkley, a struggling alt-country musician, who can’t help but feel left behind when his girlfriend Scarlett’s songs have a chance to find an audience before his own. And Gunnar Scott, a wholesome up-and-coming crooner, who finds a musical soulmate in Scarlett, coming in between her relationship with Avery.
By Leigh Wendinger at HalloweenCostumes.com
Batman and Superman have dominated the superhero films for years now, spending nearly $1 billion dollars for their production over the last eight years collectively . The glaring question left in the shadow of their hulking success is why are superhero movies continuing to pop up like weeds while the Wonder Woman film idea shrivels in the darkness?
It goes without saying that Superman and Batman have gained raging popularity, but those films have not always had a solid history of success. Consider Green Lantern, Hulk and Superman Returns – all flops! Why did they get a second chance while Wonder Woman has yet to get her first? Good question.
Since movies like Catwoman and Elektra failed to bring the fan base creators were hoping for, an appalling misconception developed: female superhero movies would never succeed. The myth clearly follows the wake of two of the most lackluster scripts in superhero film history.
This, in turn, has aided in the creation of the proverbial glass ceiling for female superheroes. Now, those who would like a crack at making a dominating female picture are left to face a series of obstacles ahead.
Here’s the scene. Nearly every superhero movie made revolves around males while their female counterparts take a sheepish back seat. Considering society’s need for a strong female character, this theory fails to make much sense, unless of course it is too hard for society to see a woman succeed without a man to guide her. Ludicrous again!
So the question arises, why can’t women be the empowering main characters in movies instead of just a sexualized accessory to a male?
Well, there are a few reasons why Hollywood has been reluctant to create more movies where women take the lead and regrettably, that line of thinking has led to five myths:
- 1. Female superheroes don’t bring in revenue
Toy companies claim they cannot sell as many toys for female superheroes, but Wonder Woman products have the ability to sell to a diverse audience – gender and age included.
- 2. Female superhero movies always bomb at the box office
When the movie fails to break even with the production budget while it is in theatres, it is considered a box office bomb. Of the two ‘legitimate’ female superhero movies made, only one tanked at the box office. But how many male superhero movies bombed? Far more than one and we’ll leave it at that.
The 1997 film Batman and Robin was not a fan favorite, but the prevailing Batman movies, The Dark Night and The Dark Night Rises, have been some of the highest grossing films to date. So why can’t females have another shot? What’s the harm? We clearly know there is only room for improvement since the lukewarm reception of Catwoman!
- 3. There are no actresses who will play them or who are good enough to portray them
Scarlett Johansson definitely holds her own playing Black Widow in Iron Man 2 and The Avengers – clearly it’s all about casting and script.
Bets are the male population would not mind watching Wonder Woman fight crime in her skin tight attire. But again, that’s feeding into the very progression that’s made the glass ceiling bullet proof!
- 4. Women don’t read comics and the men don’t like female superheroes
Both assumptions are ridiculous and false, no need to elaborate there!
- 5. No female superhero is well known enough to attract a fan base
Wonder Woman, duh!
Even though a large fan base would disagree with some of these concepts, we still are left suspicious of Wonder Woman and her success in film. Is it because of her confusing beginning in the comic book world, her character complexity, or one of the many myths that prompted the reluctance of success? That is left for you to ponder.
In the meantime, consider that Wonder Woman has many components to her life and for those who have not followed her in comic book culture, she may appear extremely complex. Followers of her comic introduction know her origins are comprised of an intricate weave intertwining the notions of female strength and obedience to a male – a web not easily untangled.
Although the life of Wonder Woman is complicated, it is not convoluted to the point where followers will fail to understand her character progression. If anything, a great plot will keep viewers on the edge of their seats as the predictable nature of many scripts is circumvented.
Finding Cracks in the Ceiling
Perhaps the true question here is whether the uncertainty is placed in Wonder Woman as a character or the inability to create a script that portrays her in a deserving light? Undoubtedly, it will be hard to find the aspect of her existence that is the most appealing to viewers, especially males. But it has to be done! Indeed, the presence of strong female characters in lead roles may very well depend upon the ability to get Wonder Woman “right”.
Variance from original story lines may also deter comic book fans from watching her in film; simply because that is not the Wonder Woman they know. Ill logic aside; she has to be perfect otherwise the doubts in all the skeptic’s minds will be solidified. In other words, Hollywood only gets one shot to do this right!
Many cynics have questioned the potential success of a Wonder Woman film for years and lack of faith in an original Joss Whedon script didn’t defend her case much either. While Wonder Woman, and other female superheroes for that matter, has been pigeon-holed to lack the ability to create a good film, numerous flaws lie in doubting her capabilities and her popularity.
Wonder Woman is recognized by a large demographic whether it is because of her presence in comic books or because she is a popular cultural icon. Superhero hero movies attract a large following that do not stem from comic books, so why wouldn’t Wonder Woman be able to do the same?
A male superhero story may have an intricate story line, but the characters generally encompass one main detail – they fight crime. The problem with doubting Wonder Woman quite possibly lies in the misconception that a female heroine movie would do the same while lacking the same success.
Female characters are much more diversified and Wonder Woman would have the ability to play on the inherent value of female empowerment. Although Wonder Woman doesn’t represent all women, her idiosyncrasies will help develop the strength of future female characters.
Wonder Woman’s bravery and strength are enviable traits for women as well as men. Not only is Wonder Woman an inspiration to women, she truly is a woman with no fear. She is a strong warrior who encompasses the loving aspect of life, but isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. In the eyes of women, there is not much better than seeing a woman who can stand up for peace, love, justice, and sexual equality.
Obviously, the problem with a Wonder Woman movie is that writers have still failed to come up with a film representation that will do her justice. Conceivably the problem with doubting the potential success of Wonder Woman is that no male superhero movie to date has embraced the entirety of their existence. Many fans enjoy the movies that are highly favored to the action aspects, but Wonder Woman is fighting for more than just peace.
The true concern is whether disbelief in the success of Wonder Woman compromises our societal evolvement.
Times are changing and the world is ready for female heroines to shatter tired 20th century boundaries and make the long overdue gender shift in the superhero movie genre. Despite uncertainties of her ability to succeed in film, Wonder Woman is the perfect character to bridge that gap and extinguish the erroneous hesitations.
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Ultracon Of South Florida
The Original Is Back! Fort Lauderdale’s Own Hot Anime, Manga, Toys, Cosplay, Comic Books, Sports Cards, Star Wars, Transformer, Action Figures Convention
October 12th & 13th 2013
Visit Our Ultracon of South Florida Webpage For Guest And Vendor Information at www.ultraconofsouthflorida.com
Cosplay registration please enroll in my webpage under cosplay registration
Will feature Magic The Gathering Tournament October 12th & 13th
Sheraton Suites Ft. Lauderdale at Cypress Creek
555 NW 62nd street Ft Lauderdale, Fl 33309
From I-95 South to North exit on 33-b west
From I-95 North to South Exit Cypress Creek Going West
Parking Is Free.
9am Until 5pm Saturday & Sunday 9am Until 5PM
Adults $10, Kids Under The Age Of 10 Free.
Cosplay Contest $300 First Place Prize, Second place $100, Third Place Prize 450
Special Guest From UFC Wrestler Marcus Brimage Will Be At Ultra Con Signing Autograph & Taking Pictures With All His Fans.
Special Guest From The Walking Dead Larry Mainland Will be At Ultra Con
Special Guest Creature Entertainment Comics Will Have There Team Artist & Writers At Ultra Con.
Special Guest Walking Dead Super Aritist Steve Lydic Will Be At Ultra Con..
Special Guest Meanballz will make there debut at Ultracon of South Florida with there team….
Special Guest Philip McCall Writer & Author of such famous book as entitled”The Imaginist,Ing the Viking,Dr.Daelalus…Philip will also have a panel and seminar at Ultracon of South Florida
Special Guest Bronies Of South Florida Featuring There Work Of Art…
Special Guest -Movie Produces Tom Stedham “Producer of Deadly Premonition”
Special Guest -Dark Force Global Comics Independent Comic Book Company.
Special Guest-Raptor Of The Round Table With There Falcon..
Special Guest- Legend Entertainment.
Will Feature Comic Book Alley For Local Comic Book Artist Displaying & Selling There Art Work….
Docking Bay will host our Magic Gathering Tournament October 12th &13th…
Ultra Con Will Feature Collectors And Dealers From All Over The State Of Florida Selling There Collectible Anime Collectibles, Vintage & Modern Toys,This Convention Will Have Hot Wheels, Old Vintage Sports Cards, Avengers , Star Trek, Comic Books , Vintage GiJoe, 3 3/4 Gi Joes & Hundreds Of 3 3/4 Gi Joe Vehicles & Figures, Vintage Gi Joe’s From The 1960′s & 1970′s, United Kingdom Action Man From The 1960′s& 1970′s, Star Wars Old & New ,Monsters Old & New , Godzilla,Transformers, Dragonball Z, Power Rangers, Marvel Legends, Marvel Universe,Toy Biz, DC Action Figures Action Figures.
Ultra Con Of South Florida October 12th & 13th 2013 Two Day Convention.
Sheraton Suites Ft. Lauderdale at Cypress Creek
555 NW 62nd street Ft Lauderdale, Fl 33309
From I-95 South to North exit on 33-b west
From I-95 North to South Exit Cypress Creek Going West
Parking Is Free.Show Time Saturday & Sunday 9:00am Am Until 5:00 Pm For Vendor Info Please Call 786-285-3738 Irving Or 786-258-9508
Location: Cypress Creek 555 Nw 62 St Ft,Lauderdale Fla, 33309
Coast City Comicon Announces Comic Guests
More than 25 Comic Pros to Appear at this Year’s C4
PORTLAND, MAINE – September 27, 2013 – With less than two months to the third annual Coast City Comicon this November 9-10, the C4 organizers are proud to announce this year’s lineup of comic pros who’ll be appearing at the DoubleTree Hilton convention center. Each artist and writer will be available all weekend long to sign comics and merchandise, draw sketches and commissions, and speak on panels on a variety of topics, including how to break into comics, mainstream versus creator-owned comic, horror, sci-fi, superheroes and more. This year’s t-shirt and poster were designed by guests Chris Burnham and Ben Templesmith, respectively.
Chris Burnham (Batman Incorporated, Hack/Slash, X-Men)
Erik Burnham (Ghostbusters, TMNT: Secret History of the Foot Clan, Scarlet Spider)
Bob Camp (Ren & Stimpy, Thundercats, Silver Hawks, Tiny Toons Adventures)
Rachel Deering (Diablo III, Creepy, Womanthology, Anathema)
Alex de Campi (Smoke, Kat & Mouse, Grindhouse)
Christian DiBari (The Warriors, Pale Horse, Cutter, Anathema)
Larry Hama (GI Joe, Wolverine, Bucky O’Hare, creator of Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow)
Alex Irvine (Iron Man: Rapture, Daredevil: Noir, Marvel’s Avengers Alliance)
Braden Lamb (Adventure Time, Eisner Award winner)
Ed McGuinness (Superman, Superman/Batman, Incredible Hulk, Nova)
Christopher Mills (Kolchak the Night Stalker, Femme Noir, Primortals)
Matt Miner (Liberator)
Ethan Nicolle (Creator of Axe Cop)
Mike Norton (Runaways, Gravity, Revival, creator of Battlepug)
Yanick Paquette (X-Men, Swamp Thing, Wonder Woman: Earth One)
Rick Parker (Beavis and Butthead, Deadboy, The Farting Dead)
Shelli Paroline (Adventure Time, Eisner Award winner)
Douglas Paskiewicz (Mad Magazine, Arsenic Lullaby)
Craig Rousseau (Impulse, Harley Quinn, Batman Beyond, Perhapanauts)
Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, GI Joe, Revival, Ex Sanguine, New Exiles)
Ben Templesmith (Fell, 30 Days of Night, Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, Ten Grand)
Mort Todd (Cracked Magazine, Marvel Music, Gargoyles, Joker)
Rich Woodall (Johnny Raygun, covers for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Powerpuff Girls)
JK Woodward (Fallen Angel, X-Men Origins: The Beast, Star Trek/Doctor Who: Assimilation2)
Coast City Comicon 2013 will be held at the DoubleTree Hilton in South Portland on November 9-10. Tickets start at $25 for adults and $10 for kids and students. For more information, visit coastcitycomicon.com.
Marvel rolls out lots of teasers for New York Comic Con announcements, Thor: The Dark World gets some new character posters, and The Avengers: Age of Ultron movie teaser from SDCC finally goes public.
Still hunting for a Halloween costume? Convention Scene and HalloweenCostumes.com are teaming up to give away one adult Wonder Woman costume! Look below for lots of ways to enter.
The cast of The Walking Dead are headed to New York Comic Con, Lady Sif gets a poster, and the costume party that is Dragon Con continues via video in this edition of Scene on the Web.