Hero Initiative Hits Phoenix Comicon 2016 with Special Guest Tom Raney

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Hero Initiative hits Phoenix Comicon With Special Guest Tom Raney

Los Angeles, CA (May 25, 2016) Hero Initiative, the charity that helps comic book creators in medical and financial need, will hit the Phoenix Comicon at the Phoenix Convention Center from June 2-5.

Tom RaneyHero’s booth, AA1200, will be the ONLY place you can find artist Tom Raney, best known for his work on titles such as Alpha Flight, Thor,Ultimate X-Men and more. He will be sketching and signing all weekend, with proceeds benefiting Hero Initiative, so do the right thing and come on by!

And top creators Arthur Adams, Kurt Busiek, Joyce Chin, Chad Hardin, Phil Hester, Dan Jurgens, John Layman, Jae Lee, Ron Marz, Mike Mayhew, Brian and Kristy Miller, Whilce Portacio, Brian Pulido, Norm Rapmund, Stan Sakai, and Ben Templesmith will all be collecting donations for Hero as well! Swing by on them and say “hi!”

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $950,000 to the comics’ veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

Awesome Con 2016 Announces Full Schedule of Events

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Awesome Con Announces Full Schedule of Events

Over 200 Hours of Diverse Panels, Talks, Screenings & Workshops Fill the Walter E. Washington Convention Center June 3-5

Washington DC (May 25, 2016) – Awesome Con, Washington DC’s Comic Con, is proud to announce its full lineup of programming, including talks from celebrity guests Peter Capaldi, Kevin Smith, John Barrowman, and the cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; scientific lectures with engineers, experts, astronauts, and Bill Nye the Science Guy; family workshops covering arts, crafts, comics, and literacy; and interactive activities including Sci-Fi Speed Dating, costume contests, and tabletop gaming.

“I’m very excited by everything we’re showcasing this year,” shared Awesome Con founder Ben Penrod. “We’ve got over ten rooms running non-stop with panels and special events, covering everything from comics, video games, movies, and books, to anime, toys, and cosplay. No matter what makes you geek out, we’ve got it!”

Awesome Con takes place June 3-5 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, with events running each day from morning to night. For Awesome Con’s full schedule, please visit awesome-con.com/schedule and see below for select highlights.

Celebrity & Comic Guests
Learn what makes Awesome Con’s biggest guests tick with talks from the stars behind fan-favorite TV shows, movies, and comic books.

  • Peter Capaldi (2:30 PM – June 5 – Hall D) The current Doctor in Doctor Who comes to Awesome Con all the way from the UK to talk about his role in the iconic series.
  • John Barrowman (3 PM – June 4 – Hall D) Whether he’s in BBC’s Torchwood, CW’s Arrow, or the British stage, Barrowman is a showstopper. Find out why at Awesome Con.
  • Adam West & Burt Ward (1:15 PM – June 4 – Hall D) The stars of 1966’s Batman series speak about their careers and the classic series’ lengthy legacy.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (12:30 PM – June 4 – Room 146) Brett Dalton and Elizabeth Henstridge talk about their hit series, just after the shocking season finale.
  • Karl Urban (5 PM – June 4 – Room 146) Urban plays McCoy in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond and was recently cast in Thor: Ragnarok. Learn what’s next for this rising star.
  • Tom King (12:30 PM – June 5 – Room 152) Following a career in the CIA, King started penning comics – and is now writing Batman. Hear about his unique career firsthand.
  • Paranormal Lockdown (1:30 PM – June 4 – Room 145B) Paranormal all-star Nick Groff and ghost hunter Katrina Weidman discuss their hit Destination America series.
  • A Haunting (4 PM – June 4 – Room 145B) Tony Call goes behind the scenes of this Destination America series, shot entirely in DC, Virginia, and Maryland.

Evening Events
Stay up late at Awesome Con with two extra special evening events, and grab premium tickets including autographs with their stars.

  • Kevin Smith (7 PM – June 3 – Hall D) The prolific, actor, comedian, comic writer, author, and podcaster comes to DC for an evening of candid stories and laughs.
  • Eugene Mirman (8 PM – June 4 – Room 152) Brooklyn comedian and the voice of Gene in Bob’s Burgers, Eugene Mirman brings his unique comedy show to Awesome Con.

Science Fair
Awesome Con’s Science Fair presented by Science Channel features three days of lectures, workshops, and discussions with scientists from Science Channel, NASA, the Smithsonian, and more.

  • StarTalk Live! (12 PM – June 5 – Hall D) Bill Nye and Eugene Mirman co-host StarTalk Live!, a talk show blending science and comedy with acclaimed special guests.
  • Exoplanets: Stranger than Fiction (5 PM – June 3 – Room 145A) A panel of NASA scientists discuss planets depicted in science fiction and how our knowledge of planets in our solar system – and beyond – present a picture stranger than fiction.
  • 3D Bioprinting: Moving Beyond Cyborgs (12:30 PM – June 4 – Room 145A) In this panel, organized by NationOfMakers.org, engineers explain the cutting-edge research that may someday replace mechanical implants with engineered human tissue.
  • Mars: Past, Present, and Future (7 PM – June 4 – Room 145A) Scientists talk about searching the Martian surface for clues about the possibility of life and how astronauts might someday explore the Mars on foot.
  • Outrageous Acts of Science (1:45 PM – June 4 – Room 145A) Join Science Channel as they celebrate their hit series Outrageous Acts of Science with some of the greatest (and most hilarious) scientific minds.

Kids Zone
Check out the Kids Zone on the Awesome Con show floor, filled with events and activities for little ones. Admission for kids under 10 is free.

  • Say Yes To Capes (6 PM – June 3 – Kids Zone) Personalize your own cape and mask and wear it around the con.
  • Scribble Scramble (3 PM – June 4 – Kids Zone) Kids and artists compete in a series of rapid fire drawing challenges.
  • Make Your Own Superhero Symbol (4 PM – June 4 – Kids Zone) Artist Carolyn Belefski helps kids create their own superhero symbols unique to their interests.
  • Making Mini-Comics (3 PM – June 5 – Kids Zone) Comic creator Laura Lee Gulledge helps kids write and draw their very own comic books.

Interactive & Nerdy
Beyond talks from celebrities and scientists, Awesome Con offers a wealth of interactive entertainment connecting fans with fellow fans.

  • Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Multiple Times – June 3-5 – Room 140) Looking for that special someone to spend New Comic Book Day with? Grab a spot at Sci-Fi Speed Dating.
  • The Backlot (All Day – June 3-5 – Exhibit Hall) Hold Captain America’s actual shield, snap a photo with a reproduction Batmobile, and check out larger than life props.
  • Tabletop Gaming (All Day – June 3-5 – Salons A-C) From Magic: The Gathering to Cards Against Humanity, play non-stop in the Foam Brain Games Tabletop Room.
  • Artemis Bridge (All Day – June 3-5 – Salon F) Ever fancied yourself a Starfleet commander? Live the dream in the live-action starship roleplaying experience.
  • Costume Contests (Multiple Times – June 4-5 – Hall D) Awesome Con offers attendees two chances to strut their stuff on stage, with prizes from Cosplay by McCall’s, Capture Me in 3D, Funimation, HERO HAIR: Cosplay Wigs for the Serious Adventurer, and Kotobukiya.

For Awesome Con’s full guest and event list, visit awesomecon.com, and for all the latest news and information, check out facebook.com/awesomecondc. Awesome Con tickets are available now.

About Awesome Con
Awesome Con is the biggest annual comic and pop culture convention in Washington DC and welcomed over 40,000 attendees in 2015. Awesome Con celebrates all aspects of geekdom and pop culture, with a wide assortment of engaging events, comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay, and more. 2016 marks Awesome Con’s first year in partnership with LeftField Media, an event organizer developed by the founder of New York Comic Con.

Infinicon (August 2016)

Infinicon Dallas

Convention Name
Infinicon
Convention Website Address
http://www.Infinicon.net
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
08/05/2016
End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
08/07/2016
About This Convention
Star Wars fans have a rare opportunity to meet Dickey Beer in person August 5-7, 2016.

Mr. Beer is the actor / stuntman who played Boba Fett in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi! In Return of the Jedi Mr. Beer was also an Imperial Biker Scout, Stormtrooper, Gamorrean Guard, and “Barada”… one of Jabba’s skiff guards. Mr. Beer’s Hollywood resume includes Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade among his many fan-favorite credits.

Joining Mr. Beer are Gerald Home and Bill Blair.

Gerald Home was also a masked actor in Star Wars: Return fo the Jedi. His first character from Jabba’s Palace was named “Tessek” according to the Star Wars Expanded Universe (or Squid Head to collectors of vintage Kenner action figures). In later scenes Mr. Home portrayed a Mon Calamari Officer on the bridge of Admiral Ackbar’s attack cruiser during the assault on the second Death Star.

Bill Blair has made frequent appearances on Babylon 5, Deep Space 9, Star Trek: Enterprise, Charmed, and dozens of other sci-fi and fan culture series’; often without the need to reprise roles. Mr. Blair set the Guinness World Record for “Most Special Effect Make-Up Characters Portrayed in a Career” back in May of 2011 with 202 characters, in addition to the roles he has continued to play in the five years since.

The actors will be meeting fans and signing autographs at Infinicon, a three day convention in Addison (North Dallas), Texas that features costuming, science fiction, steampunk, and gameshow content along with console gaming tournaments, an art show with exhibiting artists, and a vendor room.

Everyone is talking about Infinicon! The three-day convention featuring cosplay, steampunk, console gaming, gameshows, celebrity guests, an art show, vendor room, and artist alley is August 5th through 7th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Addison, Texas.

Friday is the tournament of costumes. Take your top costumes into a one-of-a-kind head-to-head tournament! First place is a Brother brand embroidery sewing machine and second place is a Brother sewing serger.

Friday night Los Bastardos, Dallas’ premiere shadowcast, presents the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Entrance is free for all convention attendees… Although you must be seventeen with ID or accompanied.

Saturday afternoon is the Cosplay Contest presented by CosPod. Buy your convention badge in advance and you can register online to compete.

Sunday is the Cosplay Community swap meet. Tables are available from the Vendor Registration Page on the website. The ballroom is open to the public to shop until 5pm. No badge is required for entry. All costume communities and genres are welcome to participate.

All weekend long there is console gaming sponsored by The Slurred Nerd. Daily tournaments have $300 cash in combined prizes.

The steampunk track is provided by Mad Raven Productions.

The JediCole Universe is producing fun game shows to challenge your nerd and fan culture knowledge and skills.

And the United States of Geekdom have put together some Infinicon exclusive content for their fans, followers, and new found friends.

Taffeta Darling stars as Infinicon’s 2016 Cosplay Guest of the year. Starting out as a pinup model and cosplayer, Taffeta was nominated and won Sam Johnson’s coveted “Fan Babe of the Year for 2010”, and was a top three finalist in the “Hot Rods and Heels” Texas Pin-Up Model of the Year for 2011. She created the YouTube channel: “FanGirls” which features DIY video discussions and reviews on video games, comics, novels, movies, conventions and other pop culture musts.

You too can become a part of the show. Volunteer positions; panel, performance, and content provider applications; vendor and exhibitor booths; small press and artist tables; and art show submission guidelines are all available from the main website.

Buy your badge and book your hotel room today. (Really, today!)

Infinicon. It’s the convention everyone is talking about. Tell your friends.

Discounted tickets are available online in advance, or are available at the door on the days of the event: August 5-7, 2016.

Full information and details: http://www.Infinicon.net

We’ll see you at Infinicon!

Venue Name and Address
Crowne Plaza Addison
14315 Midway Road
Addison, TX 75001
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
65
Projected Attendance
2300
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Science Fiction and Fantasy
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Comic Books
  • Gaming
  • Collectibles
Guests
Dickey Beer, Gerlad Home, Bill Blair, Taffeta Darling

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Valiant’s 2016 Convention Tour Blasts into Space City Comic Con

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Valiant’s 2016 Convention Tour Goes Beyond for Space City Comic Con with Exclusive Merchandise, Panels, and More!

This weekend, the Valiant 2016 Convention Tour is blasting into S​​pace City Comic Con 2016 – and we’re bringing along a galaxy’s-worth of merchandise, programming, panels, and the best-reviewed comics in the industry!

From May 27th to May 29th, visit the Valiant booth in Houston’s NRG Center for a first-hand look at why Valiant has conquered the comics landscape with a complete selection of Valiant trade paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers for award-winning titles, including X-O MANOWAR, DIVINITY, RAI,HARBINGER, ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, NINJAK, and many more!

Then, visit the Space Cadets Collection store booth and the Space City Comic Con merchandise booth to pick up the 4001 A.D. #1 (of 4) SPACE CITY COMIC CON EXCLUSIVE VARIANT – featuring the artwork of Valiant exclusive all-stars Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS) and David Baron (DIVINITY II)! New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY II), supserstar artist Clayton Crain (RAI, Carnage), and Eisner Award winner David Mack (Daredevil) kick off the FIRST ISSUE of Valiant’s most ambitious summer event here as Rai leads the heroes of the 41st century into an explosive rebellion against the despotic ruler Father and the forces of New Japan! And head to David Baron’s official booth for an exclusive signature all weekend long!

4001 A.D. #1 (of 4)

The weekend shifts into overdrive on Friday, May 27th at 4:00 p.m. CT in room #201 for VALIANT 101: NEW FANS START HERE! You’ve heard the buzz… You’ve seen the reviews… Now find out where to start with Valiant Comics! From X-O MANOWAR to NINJAK to THE DEATH-DEFYING DR. MIRAGE and ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, jump on board here with a concise and fun-filled introduction to Valiant’s biggest, most memorable characters…and find out for yourself why Buzzfeed calls Valiant “a universe full of your new favorite superheroes”!

Then, Valiant is giving Houston a sneak-peek at the 41st century on Saturday, May 28th at 3:00 p.m.CT in room #202 for VALIANT: THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.! This summer…the future of Earth will be decided in the stars when Valiant presents the blockbuster crossover event of the year in 4001 A.D.! Now, get primed for the epic showdown between Rai and the forces of New Japan right here! Plus: Don’t miss an all-new round of news and announcements for ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, BLOODSHOT REBORN, DIVINITY, FAITH, NINJAK, X-O MANOWAR, and more!

We’ll see you in the Bayou City! And don’t miss a moment of the action as Valiant’s one-of-a-kind convention road show marches on through Denver; Phoenix; Washington, D.C.; and more all summer long!

Valiant 2016 Convention Tour

Friday, May 27 – Sunday, May 29th
Space City Comic Con
NRG Center
Houston, TX
Thursday, June 2nd – Sunday, June 5th
Phoenix Comicon
Phoenix Convention Center, Hyatt Regency
Phoenix, AZ
Friday, June 3rd – Sunday, June 5th
Awesome Con
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, DC
Friday, June 17th – Sunday, June 19th
Denver Comic Con
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, Colorado

Look for more dates to be added to the Valiant 2016 Convention Tour all year long!

For more information, visit Valiant on FacebookTwitterTumblr, Instagram, and ValiantUniverse.com.

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com

Hero Initiative Hits MegaCon 2016 with Ken Lashley

May 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Florida

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Hero Initiative Hits Orlando MegaCon

With Special Guest Artist Ken Lashley

Los Angeles (May 19, 2016) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that aids comic book creators in medical and financial need, will be adding to the craziness at the Orlando MegaCon, May 26-29 at the Orange County Convention Center Hall D, located at 9800 International Drive in Orlando, Fla.

Anchoring our booth during the four-day extravaganza is artist Ken Lashley best known for his work on Flash, Excalibur and Suicide Squad. He will be signing and sketching so make sure you bring your books! All donations will benefit the great cause of Hero Initiative!

In addition, artists across the floor will be raising money for Hero all weekend. Generously donate $1 per signature and it’s a win-win for all! Check out participating creators Arthur Adams and Joyce Chin, Greg Land, Jae Lee, Jose Marzan Jr., Brian Pulido, Gail Simone, and Frank Tieri.

 

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book artists and craftsmen in need. Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $950,000 to the comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

Wizard World and Crypt TV Launch Eight-City Horror Series in 2016

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Wizard World and Crypt TV Launch Eight-City Horror Series

Hair-Raising Video Series Debuts Exclusively at Wizard World Philadelphia June 2 – 6

Crypt TVLOS ANGELES–Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB:WIZD), producer of the largest comic and pop culture convention events, and Crypt TV, the digital brand behind the most terrifying content on the web, have announced a new eight-city video showcase series that will treat Wizard World Comic Con attendees to some of the scariest video content available today.

Crypt TV, co-founded by famed horror director Eli Roth, will curate the exclusive showcase for select Wizard World Comic Con dates. The series will debut in Philadelphia on June 2nd-6th, followed by showcases at Wizard World events in Sacramento, Columbus, Chicago, Richmond, Austin, Tulsa and Pittsburgh (dates below).

“Our partnership with Crypt TV allows Wizard World to continue its commitment to creating and presenting new streams of content,” said John Maatta, President and CEO of Wizard World. “Philadelphia fans will be on the edge of their seats as they access some of the most unique and frightful programming ever at the convention.”

Crypt TV, which has over one million fans and averages over 15 million video views a month, prides itself on bringing new scary stories from talented filmmakers into the world. Crypt TV is fundamentally changing the way fans consume and celebrate genre content — in short form, on mobile, every day.

“We are so excited to partner with Wizard World and showcase Crypt TV’s content to their loyal fans” said Eli Roth, actor, director and co-founder of Crypt TV. “Wizard World is a perfect avenue to showcase our original characters and horror series, and we’re going to curate something really special for the fans.”

“There’s a lot of crossover between Wizard World fans and Crypt TV fans and I’m excited to bring our short scares to the big screen” said Jack Davis, CEO and co-founder of Crypt TV. “Wizard World has been great in helping make sure we make this a unique experience: our booth is going to have more than just exclusive content, we will have giveaways from HANNIBAL and more, available only at Wizard World.”

Crypt TV Screening Events will be held at the following Wizard World Comic Cons:

Philadelphia, PA June 2 – 6
Sacramento, CA June 17 – 19
Columbus, OH July 29 – 31
Chicago, IL Aug 18 – 21
Richmond, VA Sept 9 – 11
Austin, TX Sept 22 – 25
Tulsa, OK Oct 21 – 23
Pittsburgh, PA Nov 5 – 6

About Crypt TV

Crypt TV (http://CryptTV.com/) is a digital genre brand co-founded by Jack Davis and horror icon Eli Roth. Inspired by its motto #WeirdIsGood, Crypt creates and distributes dark, edgy and scary video content on Facebook and across its family of publisher sites. One year after launch, with 1.2 million direct social followers, and a syndication network of over 4 million unique monthly visitors on the sites in its network, Crypt TV has become the fastest growing leader in digital scares. In addition to working with the best up-and-coming filmmakers across the world, Crypt TV makes engaging original video content directly for the Top Hollywood Studios, including Universal, Fox, and Warner Brothers and has a strategic partnership with Blumhouse Productions. Crypt TV is uniting fans and creating a movement that is redefining what the future of genre content means to millennials.

About Wizard World (OTCBB:WIZD)

Wizard World, Inc. (www.wizardworld.com) produces comic cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, graphic novels, toys, video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World has also launched Wizard World Store (www.shopwizardworld.com), CONtv, a digital media channel in partnership with leading independent content distributor Cinedigm™ (NASDAQ: CIDM), and ComicConBox™ (www.comicconbox.com), a premium subscription-based monthly box service. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.

The Wizard World 2016 schedule is available at: http://wizardworld.com/searchby/city/.

Record Crowds at Puerto Rico Comic Con 2016

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Record Crowds Indulged Their Inner Geek at Puerto Rico Comic Con 2016

The Annual Event Showcased Top Names From Hollywood, Comics, Animation, Video Games, and Other Areas of the Entertainment World

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO–(May 24, 2016) –  Well over 40,000 fans from all over the world indulged their passion for pop culture, entertainment and fun-under-the-Caribbean sun at Puerto Rico Comic Comic Con (PRCC) this past weekend, May 20-22 The three-day event, which just wrapped up its 14th year, featured a slate of entertainment industry guests, covering the gamut from television and film, to videogames, collectibles, anime, cosplay and more.

“Based on what we are hearing from our fans, special guests, exhibitors and retailers, this year’s Con was a success by all measures. We are extremely grateful to everyone for having helped Puerto Rico Comic Con become the region’s largest and most important entertainment event, and look forward to even bigger and better experiences in the years ahead,” said Ricardo Carrion, executive producer of PRCC.

Something for everyone. From science fiction and fantasy, to Japanese animation, independent art, videogame, TV, movies, and memorabilia, Puerto Rico Comic Con had something for everyone. Conventiongoers not only roamed the main exhibition hall of the Puerto Rico Convention Center decked out in their favorite cosplay, visiting the hundreds of exhibitor booths. They also took in engaging Q&A panels with their favorite artists, as well as photos and autographs, including Lana Parrilla, who is of Puerto Rican descent and best known for her portrayal of Regina Mills/Evil Queen in the ABC-TV series “Once Upon a Time”; and Lyndsy Fonseca, famous for her roles in both “Kick-Ass” movies and TV’s “Marvel’s Agent Carter” and “How I Met Your Mother”.

Fans also couldn’t get enough of Puerto Rico Comic Con’s other marquee guests, which included veteran comic book artist John Romita, Jr., PRCC’s first Guest of Honor; Jessica Nigri, international cosplayer and model; comic book artist and five-time Eisner Award winner Eric Powell, creator of “The Goon” series; voice actress Laura Bailey (“Silent Hill,” “Final Fantasy XIII”); voice actor Travis Willingham (“Fullmetal Alchemist”); Deborah Philips and Kerrigan Mahan (“Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”); international cosplayer LeeAnna Vamp, and official Star Wars novelist Claudia Gray.

A Con in Paradise. Each year people from all over the Americas come to Puerto Rico Comic Con, as the event stands out from other cons for its idyllic location. The island of Puerto Rico is a Caribbean paradise featuring a year-round tropical climate. As a U.S. territory, no passport is required for travel from the U.S. mainland. Couple that with entertainment geekdom over three days, and it’s a win-win situation for fans. Convention goers often turn their stay into a mini vacation, given Puerto Rico’s colorful culture, cuisine, history, natural wonders and beaches.

For more information: prcomiccon.com and PRComicCon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snap Chat.

Conceived in 2002, Puerto Rico Comic Con has grown exponentially over the years, with 30% year-over-year growth during the past six years. It is one of the top 20 cons in North America.

Star Trek Beyond to Have IMAX Debut at SDCC 2016

Star Trek Beyond

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WORLD PREMIERE OF “STAR TREK BEYOND” TO DEBUT IN IMAX® AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON®

THE FIRST-EVER OUTDOOR IMAX PREMIERE EVENT WILL INCLUDE APPEARANCES BY THE FILM’S CAST AND CREW, AND A LIVE CONCERT PERFORMANCE BY THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA HOLLYWOOD, CA

(May 20, 2016) – Paramount Pictures, Skydance, Bad Robot and director Justin Lin today announced that the world premiere of “STAR TREK BEYOND” will play in the immersive IMAX® format at Comic-Con International: San Diego, in partnership with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and IMAX Corporation, on Wednesday, July 20, at the Embarcadero Marina Park South.

The red carpet event at San Diego Comic-Con, which marks the first-ever open-air IMAX world premiere, will feature special appearances by Lin and the “STAR TREK BEYOND” filmmakers and cast, as well as a live concert performance of Academy Award®-winning composer Michael Giacchino’s film score by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. Lin made the announcement at the STAR TREK FAN EVENT, where all fans in attendance were invited.

“I am thrilled to celebrate the premiere of the film together with the fans at Comic-Con and excited for everyone there to experience Michael Giacchino’s incredible score played live,” said Lin.

Added David Glanzer, spokesperson for Comic-Con International: “We are both privileged and excited that Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Bad Robot have chosen to honor fans by having the world premiere of the next chapter of Star Trek at Comic-Con this summer.”

“What better way to show appreciation for the constant support of IMAX fans worldwide than by partnering with our friends at Paramount, Skydance, Bad Robot and the San Diego Symphony Orchestra on this ultimate Comic-Con world premiere,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment.

As a special event for this year’s Comic-Con attendees, fans will have the chance to attend the world premiere of “STAR TREK BEYOND.” Details about ticket distribution will be announced prior to the 2016 convention.

“STAR TREK BEYOND,” the highly anticipated next installment in the globally popular Star Trek franchise, created by Gene Roddenberry and reintroduced by J.J. Abrams in 2009, returns with director Justin Lin (“The Fast and the Furious” franchise) at the helm of this epic voyage of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her intrepid crew. In “Beyond,” the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.

From Paramount Pictures and Skydance, “STAR TREK BEYOND” is a Bad Robot, Sneaky Shark, Perfect Storm Entertainment production. The film stars John Cho, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoë Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and Idris Elba. Directed by Justin Lin, the third film in the franchise series is produced by J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci, Lindsey Weber, and Justin Lin; and executive produced by Jeffrey Chernov, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Tommy Harper. Based upon “Star Trek” created by Gene Roddenberry, the screenplay is written by Simon Pegg & Doug Jung.

The IMAX® release of “STAR TREK BEYOND” will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

“STAR TREK BEYOND” opens in theaters and IMAX® beginning July 22, 2016.

About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

Tekken 7 Tournament 2016 Part of the Wizard World Comic Cons and Gaming Tour

Tekken 7

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BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA INC. OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES THE TEKKEN 7: THE KING OF THE IRON FIST TOURNAMENT 2016 FOR NORTH AMERICA

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (May 19, 2016) – Leading video game developer and publisher, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., today announced the TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 – North America , scheduled to hit major North American cities throughout the rest of the year in anticipation of the home console release of TEKKEN 7 .

The TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 – North America aims to bring together the top TEKKEN players from around the country for the largest ever TEKKEN tournament in North America for a knockdown, drag-out competition through 18 different cities across the United States and Canada for bragging rights and cash prizes. The nationwide tournament series is the only place in North America for fans to get their hands on the arcade version of TEKKEN 7.

“The TEKKEN series is a cornerstone of the fighting game community and continues to evolve and advance the genre forward with each installment,” said Katsuhiro Harada, Director of TEKKEN Project at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. “I’m excited to see what the North American TEKKEN community is made of as they compete over the next seven months in the TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 in North America.”

“The TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 – North America series of events expands upon our tournament footprint that was set in motion earlier this year through our partnership with Wizard World Comic Cons and Gaming Tour,” said Eric Hartness, Vice President of Marketing at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “The added reach of the TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 – North America events will ensure that TEKKEN fans across the country will have an opportunity to experience the next chapter of the storied TEKKEN videogame franchise and compete for cash and glory.”

The TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 – North America began on February 19, 2016 at Wizard World in Portland, OR and will continue through November 6, 2016 at the Wizard World Comic Con and Gaming Tour in Pittsburg, PA.  Tournaments will be held at Wizard World Comic Con and Gaming Tour sites and key fighting game circuit cities. Each tournament event will feature a prize pool of $3,000 with a final prize pool of $20,000 at the TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 – North America finals. For full tournament rules and regulations please visit

https://www.bandainamcoent.com/news/tekken-tour-na .

TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 – North America schedule and locations:

 

Date Location Event
February 19-21 Portland, OR Wizard World
March 18-20 Atlanta, GA Final Round
April 1-3 St. Louis, MO Wizard World
April 29-May 1 Des Moines, WA NorthWest Majors
May 6-8 Minneapolis, MN Wizard World
May 27-29 Chicago, IL Combo Breaker
June 2-5 Philadelphia, PA Wizard World
June 17-19 Sacramento, CA Wizard World
July 29-31 Columbus, OH Wizard World
August 18-21 Chicago, IL Wizard World
August 19-21 Philadelphia, PA Summer Jam X
September 9-11 Richmond, VA Wizard World
September 23-25 Austin, TX Wizard World
October 14-16 Southern California SoCal Regionals
October 28-30 Toronto, Canada Canada Cup
November 4-6 Pittsburgh, PA Wizard World

 

Date Location Event
TBA TBA TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016
North America Final

 

About BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., part of BANDAI NAMCO Holdings Inc., is a leading global publisher and developer of interactive entertainment for all major video game consoles, iOS, Android, and online platforms. The company is known for creating and publishing many of the industry’s top video game franchises including PAC-MAN ®, GALAGA ®,TEKKEN ®, SOULCALIBUR ®, and ACE COMBAT ®. BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. is the premier publisher in the Western hemisphere for anime based video games including NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™, DRAGON BALL Z ®, and ONE PIECE ®. More information about the company and its products can be found at http://www.bandainamcoent.com orwww.facebook.com/BandaiNamcoUS .

About Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD)

Wizard World, Inc. ( www.wizardworld.com ) produces comic cons, gaming and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, graphic novels, toys, video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World has also launched Wizard World Store ( www.shopwizardworld.com ), CONtv, a digital media channel in partnership with leading independent content distributor Cinedigm™ (NASDAQ: CIDM), and ComicConBox™ ( www.comicconbox.com), a premium subscription-based monthly box service. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.

Wizard World 2016 schedule available at: www.wizardworld.com/wizcon.html .

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Press Release © 2016 BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.

XCON World IX Takes Place This Weekend in South Carolina

Press Release:

XCON (9th Annual) will take place this weekend May 20-22 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center

XCONXCON is a Pop Culture Comic Con featuring all things Nerdy and Cool

Doors Open at 12pm on Friday, 10am on Saturday and 11am on Sunday

XCON is a Non Profit Fund Raiser for Local Children’s Charities including The Boys and Girls Club

XCON will feature the Nation’s largest Cosplay Competition with over $10,000 in cash and prizes

XCON will also feature Celebrity Meetings, Games, Contests and Hundreds of Vendors selling Geeky Goodness.

The XCON exclusive VIP party will take place on Friday Night at Nerd Bar –

The Cast of Face Off from the Sci Fy Channel will be hosting Special FX makeup classes on Saturday and Sunday

Tickets are on sale now at www.xconworld.com

Adults are only $23 for all 3 Days and Kids under 12 are Free

For information please call Robin 843 602 4501

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