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Comic Con India 2014 Day One

Press Release:

Comic Enthusiasts witnessed and experienced a convention of International Standards

Mark Waid, an Eisner Award-winning American comic book writer, known for his work on Marvel Comics’ Captain America and David Lloyd, a British comics artist best known as the illustrator of the story V for Vendetta along with other renowned International personalities are attending 4th Annual Indian Comics Convention

Comic Con India partnered with the Charles M Schulz Museum to bring a special Inside Peanuts: The Life and Art of Charles M. Schulz exhibit to India for the 4th Annual Indian Comic Con

Tinkle Magazine was honoured with a Special Award, for its over 30 years of contribution to Indian comics and graphic arts

Catch the legendary Pran Kumar Sharma, Creator of Chacha Chaudhary on Feb 9, Sunday, receiving the Lifetime Achievement award by Comic Con India

Highlights:

Kids and adults dressed as their favourite comic, superhero and gaming characters.
Workshops with creators, artists and writers of popular comics and graphic novels.
New Exclusive Book Launches took pace
Over 100 Participants-brought local, national and international content
Merchandise from across the world
Sessions with Leading Artists, Writers & Publishers from India & Abroad

New Delhi, February 7’ 2014 – The Day 1 at 4th Annual Indian Comics Convention organized by Comic Con India received a great response from fans from across all age groups. Delhi’s audiences seemed overwhelmed while witnessing a convention of international standards. The convention which started today will be on at Capital’s Thyagraj Stadium (INA), till February 9’ 2014. Spread across 50000 Sq foot of area, this year the comics convention is divided into 3 zones – (i) Experience zone (ii) Exhibitor zone and (iii) Food court.

The first day of the fest saw a special session with Mohammad Faisal, the Creator of the insanely popular comic strip, “Garbage Bin”. There was also an interactive session with the team of Kuru Chronicles.

There were 5 exclusive book launches, 9XM launched their new and exclusive merchandise and Zee Cafe presented the special screening of the Hit TV Show “House of Cards”.

Also, one of the major and most interesting attraction at the Indian Comic Con is Inside Peanuts: The Life and Art of Charles M. Schulz exhibit. The exhibit has been shipped in exclusively for visitors at the convention takes the visitors through the journey of Peanuts & Charles M Schulz over the years.

Fans who come dressed as their favorite comics characters always steal the show. And this year as always, COSPLAYERS are grabbing tons of prizes under these 5 categories created to increase one’s chances of winning gifts. Each day, one winner is being chosen from each of five categories:
1. Comic book/graphic novel
2. Animated Series/Movie
3. Manga/Anime
4. Sci-Fi/Fantasy
5. Gaming

All 3 days, One lucky winner out of the chosen 5 wins A GOLDEN TICKET TO NEW YORK COMICS CONVENTION 2014, with a VIP ticket to the event!!

“We are extremely happy with the kind of response we are getting at the 4th Annual Indian Comics Convention from fans, artists, writers and participants all together. We are seeing everyone having a wonderful time taking part in the variety of interactive sessions. Cosplayers are having a gala time getting their pics clicked with audiences ”, shared Jatin Varma, Founder, Comic Con India.

This year, Comic Con India Awards also took place at the convention itself. 3rd CCI Awards honoured the work of the professionals of India’s Comics Industry with nominations in 8 categories. Tinkle Magazine was honoured with a Special Award, for its over 30 years of contribution to Indian comics and graphic arts.

Increasing the presence of International content at this convention is a highlight. There are International Exhibitors like 2000AD, british comics publisher best known for its Judge Dredd series; Toynk.com; Marvel & Image Comics By Diamond Book Distributors; Knockabout; Fanfare; Comixology, World’s largest digital platform for comics bringing international content from all across the globe.

Mark Waid, an Eisner Award-winning American comic book writer, known for his work on Marvel Comics’ Captain America and David Lloyd, a British comics artist best known as the illustrator of the story V for Vendetta along with other renowned International personalities are attending 4th Annual Indian Comics Convention. You can also catch the legendary Pran Kumar Sharma, Creator of Chacha Chaudhary on Feb 9, Sunday, receiving the Lifetime Achievement award by Comic Con India.

The main participants of 4th Annual Indian Comic Con are Amar Chitra Katha, Orange Radius, Abhijeet Kini, Pop Culture Publishing, Random House, Campfire Graphic Novel, Holy Cow Entertainment, HarperCollins Publishers, iComics, DC, Vertigo & Kodansha Comics By Random House India, Viz Media by Simon & Schuster India, Blaft Publications, Chariot Comics, Scholastic India, Meta Desi Comics and more!!

Comic Con India is dedicated to creating unique events and giving the fans, exhibitors and partners a platform to celebrate their undying love and passion for comics & pop culture. Comic Con India is dedicated to expanding India’s popular culture by creating high profile events that cater to fans of not only comics, but also, gaming, movies, television, merchandise, toys & more.
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This year, Comic Con India Awards also took place at the convention itself. 3rd CCI Awards honoured the work of the professionals of India’s Comics Industry. List of Awards and the winners which were announced today -

Best Comic Book/Graphic Novel – Gandhi: My Life Is My Message, Campfire Graphic Novels
Best Penciller/Inker/Penciller-Inker Team – Naresh Kumar for Julius Caesar, Campfire Graphic Novels
Best Colorist: Yogesh Pugaonkar for Ravanayan Finale Part 1, Holy Cow Sachin Nagar, Vijay Sharma & Pradeep Seravat for Gandhi: My Life Is My Message, Campfire
Best Cover: I am Kalki, Book 3, Vimanika Comics
Best Writer: Jason Quinn for Gandhi: My Life Is My Message, Campfire
Best Continuing Graphic Series: Mos Queeto, Tinkle Digest
Best children’s illustrated book – the story & the songs, karadi tales
Best children’s writer: – soyna owley, the magic of hobson-jobson, penguin
Tinkle Magazine was honoured with a Special Award, for its over 30 years of contribution to Indian comics and graphic arts
Catch the legendary Pran Kumar Sharma, Creator of Chacha Chaudhary on Feb 9, Sunday, receiving the Lifetime Achievement award by Comic Con India

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Director Don Coscarelli Making 1st Florida Appearance at the February 2014 Retr-O-Rama Collectibles Show

Press Release:

Jacksonville Show Has Balls!

PhantasmJacksonville, Florida’s Retr-O-Rama Collectibles Show has balls, the shiny silver flying kind with razor sharp tines! When the vintage pop culture show returns on Sunday, February 9 to the Ramada Conference Center in Mandarin they won’t just be sponsoring the largest show its kind in North Florida, they will also be bringing cult film director Don Coscarelli in from Los Angeles, CA, for his first ever show appearance in Florida! Coscarelli is best remembered for his Phantasm film franchise whose four installments date back to 1979 and feature those aforementioned nasty metallic spheres that do the bidding of the nefarious “Tall Man”. The California director, who also helmed the 80’s sci-fi fantasy The Beastmaster, pitted Elvis against a murderous mummy in Bubba Ho-Tep in the 90’s, and most recently was responsible for the art house hit John Dies at the End in 2012, won’t be alone. Joining him on the guest list are English actress Suzanna Leigh who starred in films for venerable Hammer Studios and opposite the real Elvis in Paradise Hawaiian Style in 1966, and Michael Weldon, author of the 1983 fanboy bible The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film.

As if this impressive guest list were not enough, they have taken over the entire conference center and filled it with over 8000 square feet of nostalgic goodies. Vendors will be set up from all over Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas with an eclectic line up of all things pop culture. Inside the multiple dealers areas you’ll find everything including action figures, Barbie dolls, movies posters, board games and a whole lot more. “We get a little bit of everything at these shows” says promoter Dan Tuchmann, “so there is something for everyone from the hardcore collector to the casual browser”. Retr-O-Rama shows are family friendly events that offer fun and nostalgia for those who want to relive their childhoods, purchase unique gifts, or even reclaim that childhood treasure that mom threw away when you moved out! It’s all here under one air conditioned roof, rain or shine.
The retro-rangers at Retrorama Collectibles have a few more tricks up their sleeves too. For this show they have enlisted some help from the dark side in the form of Squad 7 of the 501st Legion. Don’t be surprised if you see Imperial Stormtroopers patrolling the halls of the convention center or even an appearance by the dark lord himself! They will be available for photo ops with guests throughout the day. At 2PM there will be a very special onsite collectibles auction sponsored in conjunction with Emerald Auctions of Jacksonville. Some cool and unique items will be offered up for sale and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. Auction preview and registration will begin at 1PM.

If you just can’t wait until Sunday to get your nostalgia fix then head to Latitude 30 on Saturday, February 8 for a little something the Retrorama gang likes to call Throwback Theater! The entertainment complex’s luxury dine-in theater will be host to a double creature feature screening for the whole evening. First up it’s Hammer’s The Lost Continent at 6PM followed by a Q&A with star Suzanna Leigh. Then at 9PM it’s the original Phantasm followed by a visit with director Don Coscarelli! This theater has a full menu including adult beverages so you can enjoy dinner while you watch the movies. The film screenings are $20.00 each or $35.00 for a VIP double feature pass.
Whew, what a wacky weekend for lucky film and collectibles fans in Jacksonville! The main event starts at 10AM on Sunday at the Ramada Convention Center at 3130 Hartley Road. A special show preview will be offered at 9AM for diehard collectors and those who just have to have the best selection of bargains. Door prizes and extra surprises will be going on throughout the day until 4PM. General admission is $10.00 per adult and includes one free admission for children 12 and under. Additional child admissions are only $2.00 each. For more information or to purchase tickets for the show or screening, check out the Retrorama website at www.jaxretrorama.com, follow them on Facebook at Pop Retrorama, E-mail retrorama66@aol.com or really go old school and call (904) 880-4281. There’s nothing else like this celebration of nostalgia that’s fun for the entire family so don’t miss it!

Registration for SDCC 2014 Begins Saturday, February 8

Via Toucan Blog:

The Wait is Over: Preregistration is Coming!

ToucanComic-Con International 2014 badge preregistration will begin shortly after 9:00 AM Pacific Time (PT) on Saturday, February 8. The EPIC Registration landing page will open at 7:00 AM PT for registration code entry.

An email with additional information has been sent to all eligible attendees. If you are eligible to participate in preregistration and did not receive your email, please check your SPAM folder first and allow 4 – 6 hours for email batch processing before contacting Comic-Con through the “Contact Us’” feature in your Member ID account.

Remember, the EPIC landing page will be open for two full hours for registration code entry. You do not need to arrive at 7:00 AM to participate and there is no advantage in arriving early. For additional details, check out our previous Toucan registration blog post or click here to visit our 2014 Preregistration page.

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Florida Supercon 2014 Adds Dan Harmon

The creator/writer/producer of Community will be attending the Florida Supercon this July.

Pop Culture Expo 2014 is Bringing a Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza to Massachusetts This May

Pop Culture Expo

Press Release:

The POP CULTURE EXPO comes to the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington Mass. Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25 as a celebration to all forms of popular culture including a Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza, featuring Cosplay, Costume and Videogame Competitions for Cash Prizes, Celebrity Guests, Panels, Autographs, Screenings, Animation and Anime, plus 150 vendors of Vintage and Modern Toys, Comic Books and Pop Cultural Artifacts.

If you love movies, television, comic books, science fiction, horror, art, fantasy, music, toys, animation, collecting, celebrities, autographs, magazines, posters, jewelry or just having a fun day with the family, the POP CULTURE EXPO will be the place to be for the Holiday Weekend.

This Fan Convention is produced by Gary Sohmers, who created and produced the successful Collectibles Extravaganzas in the 20th century, and he brings new technology to enhance the event, and relieve the long lines of fans waiting for autographs.  Gary is also well known as the appraiser of Pop Culture for 13 seasons on the PBS TV program “Antiques Roadshow,” along with producing over 1000 concerts and 150 consumer/fan events like this.

A low admission fee of only $15 per day, or $25 prepaid online for a two-day pass, is perfect for collectors to shop the vendors’ booths along with families, fans, nerds, geeks and photographers who just want to come to the event to dress up in costumes, play video games or to see and be seen.

Celebrities will be attending to sign autographs in person, which may be the only way to know that they are authentic, along with panels on pop culture subjects and genres.  There will be fees for autographs and photographs with the celebrities. Celebrity fees will vary, and will be posted online in advance.

Pete Best, original drummer for The Beatles, Actress Rae Dawn Chon, Jon Provost from “Lassie” and Mark Goddard of “Lost In Space” are the first guests announced to appear with many more to come.

IMAGE Meet and Greet Personalized Autograph Experiences called “Video Op” will be available to capture the signing of your autograph with video for authentication and to allow the fan to be in the video with the celebrity when they sign the autograph.  And if you cannot attend due to geography and still want a video recorded personal autograph experience you can order online at http://www.imagemeetandgreet.com/events.

Purchasing autographs and tickets in advance is the best way to avoid standing in long lines. Many autograph experiences and panels will sell out in advance.

Each panel room holds only 150 people so the audience can be close and personal with the celebrities and panelists.  Panels and Screenings will be announced in advance on the website.  These reserved seats will be included with VIP and Conventioneer Packages and while supplies last will then be offered individually priced from $5 and up.  Unfortunately, there may be disappointed fans as these will sell out.  The celebrities, panels and screenings will be announced on the website as soon as they are confirmed.

Attendees can win prizes and cash in contests at the Pop Culture Expo. There will be costume contests with cash and show money prizes including children’s, teens and adult categories. Pop culture Expo is proud to announce a new attraction, the Create-A-New-Superhero contest, where contestants compete in costumes but they are back story is the most important part of winning. With cash prizes and the audience will vote for the winners.

Game Underground of Framingham MA, will be organizing and operating the Video Game Area with contests in fighting and racing games with cash prizes and “show money” prizes which can be spent with the vendors on the show floor.  Top experts from around the country will compete in front of a live audience and online audience.

Since our event does not take place at a hotel, we have a lot more room for Cosplay, Contests, Vendors and Fun.  We will be offering several options from our host hotels, which are all within 8 miles of the venue. We will have shuttles going back and forth between the hotels and the Shriners Auditorium all weekend.  There is plenty of FREE PARKING around the venue and we will have shuttles taking people back and forth from the far ends of the lots also.

Other Fan and Conventioneer activities will be taking place at our host hotels including Friday Night May 23 Banquet Dinner with the Stars and a Pop Culture Party that includes an Adult Costume Contest with Prizes and live entertainment. Saturday May 24 activities at the hotel include Banquet Dinner with the Stars and a Pop Culture Party that includes an Adult Costume Contest with Prizes and live entertainment.  Sunday May 25 includes a Breakfast with the Stars.

Each Banquet and Breakfast will involve 9 lucky fans sitting with each celebrity, along with autographs from, and pictures with, the celebrities at the meal. VIP and Conventioneers get first choice of Meals, and table placement, based on date of reservation.  Celebrity meal availabilities will be announced by email and online.

Vendor spaces are available for dealers who sell pop-culture items, antique and collectible toys, authentic memorabilia, accoutrements of the nerd or geek lifestyle, anime and animation artwork and toys, comic books and art along with a large variety of out of the ordinary. Consumers expect to buy items they can’t get locally, so specialized exhibitors will be chosen to satisfy every collector or fans needs.

The schedule of events will be posted online and continuously updated at www.PopCultureExpo.com, along with ticket information and autograph opportunities. For further information, or to apply for vendor space, contact Gary@IMAGEMeetAndGreet.com or wexrex@aol.com.

WonderCon Anaheim Adds Nine More Guests for 2014

Via Toucan Blog

Nine More Guests for WonderCon Anaheim 2014!

We’re finalizing our guest list for WonderCon Anaheim and these 9 additional great pros have signed on for the show, which will be held April 18-20 (Easter weekend!) at the Anaheim Convention Center.

WonderCon 2014 Guests

Kiera Cass, author, The Selection Series (The Selection, The Elite, The One)

Tommy Lee Edwards, artist, The Question, Wolverine, Turf

Cully Hamner, artist, co-creator, RED; artist, The Shade, Blue Beetle

Georges Jeanty, artist, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Majestic

Jim Lee, co-publisher, DC Entertainment; artist, Justice League, Superman Unchained

Jim Pascoe, writer, Undertown, Hellboy Animated

James Robinson, writer, Starman, Invaders, Fantastic Four

Gail Simone, writer, Batgirl, Red Sonja, Tomb Raider

Mark Waid, writer, Daredevil, The Indestructible Hulk

Click here for bios and larger photos of all of our WCA 2014 special guests!

Comic-Con International Introducing Randomized Waiting Room for SDCC 2014 Ticket Registration

Via Toucan Blog:

EPIC Waiting Room Should Level the Playing Field

ToucanWe would first like to thank everyone for your patience while we conduct a lot of tests on the new registration system. We know how frustrating purchasing a badge for Comic-Con can be and while the sheer number of people who would like to attend far outnumber the badges available, we really do hope the new system will make the process less aggravating.

We have heard suggestions from many of you, as far ranging as utilizing a fee-heavy corporate ticket broker to returning to the old days of mailing in an order form. While all of the options considered had their own pros and cons, one thing was certain, the everyone-push-a-button-all-at-the-same-time model has been extremely problematic.

Working closely with the team at EPIC Registration, Comic-Con has decided to introduce a randomized waiting room. This decision was based on the number of suggestions we received and countless hours trying to find the fairest way to implement changes to what has been a problem plagued process. During 2014 badge preregistration, prospective attendees will be given a time frame in which they can log in to the EPIC waiting room prior to the badge sale. Once the badge sale begins, everyone who is inside the waiting room will be randomly assigned to a registration session. Your assigned registration session is not tied to the time you entered the waiting room. There is no advantage in arriving early.

Our hope in creating a randomized system is to alleviate the rush to purchase badges, which inevitably causes technical issues or prevents attendees from purchasing badges at all.

Again, thank you for your patience and for sticking with us! We are still in the process of load testing the system and preregistration for eligible attendees will not occur this weekend, February 1. Keep a close eye on this blog for additional tips and details in the following days.

To see if you are eligible to participate in badge preregistration, please click here to visit our 2014 Preregistration page.

Lionsgate Planning Reveals for Final Hunger Games Films at SDCC 2014

Mockingjay

According to an article for Variety (by way of Yahoo! Movies), Lionsgate is planning reveals of their plans for Mockingjay, the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy, at Comic-Con International: San Diego in July:

There will be reveals of the campaign in May at the Cannes film festival and in July at Comic-Con.

Mockingjay: Part 1 will be released on November 21 of this year while Mockingjay: Part 2 will hit theaters in November 2015.

Raleigh Comic-Con (2014 Schedule)

Raleigh Comic-Con Show dates for 2014:

  • Sunday, April 6th;
  • Sunday, August 24th;
  • Sunday, December 7th

Location: Hampton Inn & Suites Crabtree Valley, 3920 Arrow Drive, Raleigh, NC 27612

Hours: 10 am to 4 pm

Admission: Free!!

More Info: Lyn Anderson, PO Box 99201, Raleigh, NC 27624 (919) 844-1758

Updates on Facebook

2nd longest running show in NC, featuring mainly Comics, Toys, Art.

Venue Name Hampton Inn & Suites Crabtree Valley
Venue Address 3920 Arrow Drive
Raleigh, NC 27612
What category best describes your convention? Comic Books

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