Daytona Beach Comic Con Returns in November 2017

Daytona’s original longest running one day comic and toy convention returns on Sunday November 5, 2017!

For more info check out the website HERE!

RICHARD DREYFUSS joins Spooky Empire this October

The one and only RICHARD DREYFUSS joins us at Spooky Empire this October in Orlando, FL!

While there is no introduction needed for this Hollywood Icon, some of his better known films include: “JAWS” (Matt Hooper), “CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND” (Roy Neary), “PIRANHA 3D”, “AMERICAN GRAFITTI”, “JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH” (Centipede), “STAND BY ME” (The Writer), “MR. HOLLANDS OPUS”, “THE CREW”, “KRIPPENDORFS TRIBE”, “W” (Dick Cheney), “DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS” and many, many more!

Meet RICHARD DREYFUSS October 27-29, 2017 at Spooky Empire at the Hyatt Regency Orlando!

Tickets, VIP Packages and room reservations are now on sale and moving fast! Get everything you need at www.spookyempire.com

Chandler Riggs added to FLORIDA SUPERCON

Chandler Riggs, best known for his role as Carl Grimes on The Walking Dead, has just been added to the guest list for FLORIDA SUPERCON www.floridasupercon.com JULY 27-30, 2017 @ The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center.

FLORIDA SUPERCON is 4 days of fun featuring celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors, industry guests, cosplayers, artists, writers, panels, Q&A’s, films & shorts, costume & cosplay contests, vendors, parties, anime, workshops, video gaming and more!

Over 150 TV and Movie Stars, Comic Book Creators, Entertainment Guests, and Cosplay Guests will be at Supercon! Keep an eye on http://floridasupercon.com/all-guests-florida-supercon/to stay up to date on who is coming! Some of the guests already confirmed include:

TV & MOVIE STARS
Peter Capaldi: Doctor Who
John Barrowman: Arrow, Doctor Who, Torchwood
Karen Gillan: Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Who
Lee Majors: The Six Million Dollar Man, The Fall Guy
Darryl “DMC” McDaniels: Darryl Makes Comics, RUN-DMC
Ricky Whittle: American Gods, The 100
Levar Burton: Star Trek: Next Generation, Reading Rainbow
Armin Shimerman: Star Trek: DS9, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
John de Lancie: Star Trek: The Next Generation, My Little Pony
Chandler Riggs: The Walking Dead
Michael Cudlitz: The Walking Dead, Southland
Josh McDermitt: The Walking Dead
Jason David Frank: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Amy Jo Johnson: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Felicity
Ralph Macchio: The Karate Kid, The Outsiders
William Zabka: The Karate Kid, The Equilizer, Back to School
Martin Kove: The Karate Kid, Death Race 2000
Jason Mewes: Clerks, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Brian O’Halloran: Clerks, Clerks II
Randy “The Cowboy” Jones: The Village People
Chris Sarandon: Nightmare Before Christmas, Princess Bride
Ken Page: The Nightmare Before Christmas
David Newell: Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
Lloyd Kaufman & Troma Entertainment: Toxic Avenger
Randy “The Cowboy” Jones: The Village People
Linda Blair, star of The Exorcist, Repossessed
Lindsey McKeon: One Tree Hill, Supernatural
Cindy Morgan: Caddyshack, TRON
Tony Todd: Candyman, The Flash, Transformers
Taimak: The Last Dragon
Jeremy Palko: The Walking Dead, Bloodline
Tate Steinsiek: Face Off, Puppet Master
Justin Nimmo: Power Rangers In Space
Roger Velasco: Power Rangers In Space, Power Rangers Turbo
Scotty Schwartz: The Toy, A Christmas Story
Mica Burton: Achievement Hunter
with more to come!

COMIC BOOK CREATORS
Sara Pichelli, David Finch, Jim Shooter, Keith Giffen, Aaron Kuder, Ed McGuinness, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Mike Zeck, Jose Delbo, Neal Adams, Rafael Albuquerque, David Lloyd, Kevin Nowlan, Peter J. Tomasi, Allen Bellman, John Beatty, Jeff Dekal, Jeremy Clark, Greg Horn, Andy Belanger, Kevin Maguire, Jeremy Whitley, Vanesa R. Del Rey, Georges Jeanty, David Messina, Marat Mychaels, Mostafa Moussa, Mindy Wheeler, Michael Kingston, Larry Elmore, Tyler Crook, Michelle Delecki, Terry Cronin, Rich Bonk, Adelso Corona, Greg Kirkpatrick, Danielle Otrakji, Ralph Cabrera, Mervyn McKoy, Alexis Ziritt, Vinnie Tartamella, Rafael Scavone, Clayton Henry, Buzz, Jude Millien, Jose Varese, Eric Bonhomme, Zenescope Entertainment, Creature Entertainment, Joel Adams, Dick Kulpa, and more to come!

ANIMATION & ANIME STARS
Tony Anselmo: Donald Duck
Zach Callison: Steven Universe, Sofia the First
Vic Mignogna: Fullmetal Alchemist, Ouran High School, RWBY
Colleen Clinkenbeard: Fairy Tail, One Piece, Yuri on Ice
Charlet Chung: Overwatch, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
Jonny Cruz: Overwatch
Josh Petersdorf: Overwatch, League of Legends, Warcraft
Lindsay Jones: RWBY, Rooster Teeth, Achievement Hunter
Barbara Dunkelman: RWBY, Fairy Tail, Rooster Teeth
Kellen Goff: Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location
Josh Grelle: Attack on Titan, Date A Live, Free!, Yuri on Ice
B.J. Ward: G.I. Joe, Scooby Doo
Michael Bell: G.I. Joe, The Transformers
Shanon Farnon: Superfriends, Valley of the Dinosaurs
Dana Snyder: Aqua Teen, Justice League Action, Lego Star Wars
Chuck Huber: Soul Eater, Dragon Ball Z, One Piece
with more to come!

WRESTLING STARS
Ric Flair, Sting, Mick Foley, Amy “Lita” Dumas, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Leva “Blue Pants” Bates, Alex Chamberlain, Gangrel, Teddy Long, with more to come!

COSPLAY GUESTS
Bindi Smalls, Mica Burton, Martin Wong Photography, Danielle Beaulieu, Danielle DeNicola, Haiden Hazard, Jean WanWan, Alyson Tabbitha, Antonina Anime, Celissi Cosplay, Amy Nicole Cosplay, Gothic Sushi, AKrCos, Allen Ryde, Chasis Photos, Kiki Kannon, Handsome Jordan, Harley’s Love Shack, Sandmuffin Makeup, MiaAckerman Cosplay, SkyCosplays, ZipperTan, Brianna Blackfire, Hanari Solomon, and more to come!

LITERARY GUESTS
Kevin J. Anderson, Josh Vogt, Lt. Col. Keith Ikenberry, Keith R.A. DeCandido, J Scott Savage, P.L. McCall II, Bold Venture Press, Jeff Sass, Chris Berman, E. Robert Dunn, Elyse Reyes, and more to come!

ENTERTAINMENT GUESTS
FSCW (Florida Super Championship Wrestling), Lisa Corrao, Pineapple-Shaped Lamps, Revenge of the Nerds Comics, Cupcake Burlesque, Halo Kitty, Combat Robots, MyGeekGoddess, Gamemaster Nick, Guy Hutchinson, Kyle Marlett, Nerds Know, Noise Complaint, Mew World Order, Orange Anime, Patty Hawkins, Hips of Destruction, Robot Costumes USA, Screech Dragon Studios, DJ Anim8ted, SaberCraft, and more to come!

Planning to come? Join us on our Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1297731703585276/?

Mile High Comics Withdraws From San Diego Comic-Con After 44 Years

After a LONG history Mile High Comics is withdrawing from this years San Diego Comic Con

Online comic shop staple Mile High Comics is ending it’s 44 year relationship with San Diego Comic Con citing a shift on the conventions main focus as well as the cost if setting up at the convention. Read the full story HERE from Mile High’s website!

Introducing the RINGO Awards Jury at Baltimore Comic Con

July 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Maryland

Introducing the 2017 Ringo Awards Jury

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – July 7, 2017 – The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill, and fun of comics. The awards will be presented on Saturday, September 23, 2017 as part of the fan- and pro-favorite convention, The Baltimore Comic-Con. The Ringo Awards is currently in the midst of the 2017 nomination process, which is inclusive of fans and comic book professionals alike. Please submit your nominations before voting closes at midnight on July 18, 2017.

The Jury

An esteemed jury of comics professionals will participate in the nomination process, selecting favorite works in over 20 categories. The 2017 jury was chosen as a representative cross-section of the comic book industry, with members representing seasoned and venerated educators, retailers, press, and creators across numerous genres.

John Haines entered the hobby in 1964 via a ratty dog-eared copy of the Incredible Hulk #3 that he was given in an effort to keep still at the local barber shop. From that point on, he was hooked for life. A comic historian specializing in Timely, Atlas, and Centaur comics from the Golden Age, Haines contributed to various small fanzines and eventually became an advisor to the Overstreet Price Guide in the late 1990’s. Also a long-time fixture at east-coast conventions as a silver and golden age dealer, John opened his first brick-and-mortar shop, Comics and Fiends, in 2008. A year later, he began the annual Lake Effect Comic Book Convention which just celebrated its 8th anniversary. His passion for comic books is well-known, and he continues to read both new and old comics to this day.

Hanna Means-Shannon received her undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a Ph.D. in Medieval Languages and Literature, from Oxford University and worked as an English Professor for a number of years. During this time, she discovered both comics scholarship and comics journalism. Starting out on TripCity.net, a Brooklyn-based literary arts salon, and then continuing to write about comics as a Contributing Editor at The Comics Beat, she focused on in-depth interviews, reviews, and convention reporting. Named the New York area representative for BleedingCool.com, she was later hired to be the site’s Editor-in-Chief as well as their magazine editor, a position she held for two years. Stepping down to pursue other opportunities in comics, she moved to the West Coast to become an Associate Editor for Dark Horse Comics. Due to family needs, she later returned to the East Coast and was hired to re-launch the pop culture news website Comicon.com as Executive Editor in January 2017. She also continues to edit creator-owned comics on a limited basis.

Jamar Nicholas is a multi-time GLYPHS Comic Award-winning, Philadelphia-based cartoonist and educator. He has taught and lectured on the topic of comics creation at numerous institutions, dedicating his career to empowering young people to create their own cartoons and comics, helping them realize the power of visual narrative. Some of his works include adapting and illustrating Geoffrey Canada’s Fist Stick Knife Gun, the full-color comic strip Detective Boogaloo: Hip-Hop Cop that was serialized in the US Metro newspapers (Philadelphia, NYC, and Boston), and his upcoming original graphic novel Leon: Protector of the Playground. He is also a writer and columnist for DRAW! Magazine, the how-to source for comic book and animation professionals, and was a host of the Comic Book Diner podcast, focusing on the business of comics.

Chris Powell serves as Vice President of Retailer Services at Diamond Comic Distributors, supervising their Customer Service and Retail Technology departments while maintaining his business development role. He has spearheaded Diamond’s rollout of publisher-supported incentive programs to encourage comic shops to add point-of-sale systems, expand their locations, and open new stores, and was instrumental in the launch of Diamond Digital, a program which gives comic shops an opportunity to benefit from digital comic sales. An industry veteran, Powell previously held the General Manager and Chief Relationship Officer position at Lone Star Comics and mycomicshop.com, based in Arlington, Texas. During his 20+ year career in comics, he not only helped manage the very successful Lone Star business, but also served as a Founding Board Member of ComicsPro, and is a Board Member and past President of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Born in Madrid, Spain and now living in Baltimore, Maryland, José Villarrubia is best known for his collaborations with author Alan Moore: his illustrations for his books Voice of the Fire and The Mirror of Love and his graphic novel Promethea. He has worked extensively for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, Wildstorm, Vertigo, Valiant, Archie, Legendary, and other publishers, doing digitally painted colors. He has been nominated several times for the Eisner Award, and won the Harvey Award for Cuba: My Revolution.

Fan and Pro Nomination Categories

* Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist)
* Best Writer
* Best Artist or Penciller
* Best Inker
* Best Letterer
* Best Colorist
* Best Cover Artist
* Best Series
* Best Single Issue or Story
* Best Original Graphic Novel
* Best Anthology
* Best Humor Comic
* Best Comic Strip or Panel
* Best Webcomic
* Best Non-fiction Comic Work
* Best Presentation in Design
Jury-Only Nomination (with three bonus jurors)

* The Mike Wieringo Spirit Award
Fan-Only Favorite Categories

* Favorite Hero
* Favorite Villain
* Favorite New Series
* Favorite New Talent
Hero Initiative Award (selected by the Hero Initiative)

* The Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award
* The Dick Giordano Humanitarian Award

“We were fortunate to be able to start with a green field project with the Ringo Awards,” said Marc Nathan, Baltimore Comic-Con promoter. “We knew there was demand for an award at the show, we knew we wanted to honor Ringo, and we had the advantage of knowing how other awards function, both in our industry and out. The best way for us to balance the votes of the masses was to recruit a jury that would be able to apply their experiences in the industry and submit an impartial, informed ballot.We ended up with representatives from each segment of the comics supply chain, from creator to distributor to retailer to consumer. We were very happy with the selections, and that everyone asked was avid to participate. We’re excited to see the final ballot!”

About Mike Wieringo

Michael Lance “Mike” Wieringo was known to fans and friends as “Ringo”, which is how he signed his artwork. His comics artist graced the pages of DC Comics’ The Flash, Adventures of Superman, Batman, and Robin, Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Sensational Spider-Man, and Rogue, and his co-creation Tellos. He passed away on August 12, 2007 at the young age of 44 from an apparent heart attack.

About the Ringo Awards

The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill and fun of comics. The Ringo Awards recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories, and are the only industry awards nominated by fans and pros alike, with final voting by the comic professional community. Launched in 2017, the awards ceremony is held annually at the Baltimore Comic-Con. Further details are available at www.ringoawards.com.

About the Baltimore Comic-Con

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 18th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com

The Brain comes to Knoxville!

Fanboy Expo is absolutely thrilled to announce that the greatest wrestling villian of the 1980s will be joining us in Knoxville October 6-8. Please help us welcome the one and only Bobby The Brain Heenan to the lineup.

Bobby is best known as the manager of the infamous Heenan Family with members like Andre The Giant, King Kong Bundy and Rick Rude. A fantastic addition for us. Get your tickets now! www.fanboyexpo.com

Clermont Comic Con adds more Artists to November 19th Show!

Legendary Iron Man artist Bob Layton!

For more info visit the website HERE!

FL – Alex Saviuk Signing

Long time Marvel and DC comic book artist Alex Saviuk will be doing an in-store signing at West Orange Comics & Video Games on Saturday July 8th 2017 from 2:00 – 8:00 PM.

Renowned as one of the top Spider-Man artists, he has also done work on The Flash, Green Lantern, Worlds Finest, Spider-Man Adventures, The X-Files, and Superman (just to name a few)! While you’re here you can also visit West Orange Cinema for the new Spider-Man: Homecoming movie!

RSVP on Facebook!

West Orange Comics & Video Games
1575 Maguire Road Suite 108, Ocoee, Florida 34761
(407) 741-3195

STAR WARS Legend Confirmed for Boston! 

THIS IS THE DROID YOU’RE LOOKING FOR!

ANTHONY DANIELS, the legendary actor behind STAR WARS’ iconic C-3PO is bringing
over seven million forms of communication to BOSTON COMIC CON!

Boston Comic Con runs from August 11-13 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

Bob Layton will attend Clermont Comic Con

Bob Layton will attend Clermont Comic Con November 19th

One of the comics industry’s true visionaries at every level, creator, writer, artist, designer, and entrepreneur, with over 5000 comic book credits to his name, Bob Layton has successfully migrated from comics to other media, including television, animation and feature films .

If you’ve seen the Iron Man movies, then you’re familiar with Bob’s work as the DVD extras make clear. Bob reinvented the Iron Man comic in the late 70s, taking it from near-cancellation to one of Marvel’s all-time bestselling series. The classic Iron Man story “Demon in a Bottle” was recently voted “one of the top 20 comic stories of all time”. Bob also is credited as the co-creator of Marvel’s War Machine and DC Comics’ The Huntress as well as designing Mattel’s hugely-successful “Secret Wars” toy line.

At Marvel, Bob launched the first mini-series in comics’ history with his highly-praised “Hercules: Prince of Power“. That series, which Layton wrote and drew, spawned several successful sequels, a graphic novel and is still available to this day in trade paperback format. Layton also launched the record-breaking comic series “X-Factor” for Marvel. As co-author, Bob was involved in the creation of the new Ant-Man (Scott Lang) and many of the characters that appeared in the hit Marvel film.

Dubbed the unofficial “King of Marvel Merchandising”, Bob’s Bronze Age art currently appears on over 10,000 individual items for sale.

Bob was instrumental in Valiant Comics’ meteoric success in the 90s — first as co-architect of the Valiant Universe and then, as its Co-Owner/Editor-In-Chief/Senior VP. Valiant continues to thrive to this day and has begun work on creating motion pictures based on Bob’s original creations with Sony Pictures

In 2007, Bob made a career change and turned his attentions towards film and television. Bob currently works with Hollywood and the various Florida Film Commissions in developing properties in state for motion pictures and television. Bob has creative credits in seven Marvel films and a host of other television and movie acknowledgments while working with such stars as Academy Award Nominee Edward James Olmos, Kevin Feige, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Faveau, (Iron Man 1-3 , Ant-Man and both Avengers films) Howard Stern, Tracy Torme’ (Star Trek, Sliders, Odyssey 5), Scott Winant (Huff, My So-Called Life, True Blood), John Turman (FF2: Rise of the Sliver Surfer), Patrick Massett and Jon Zinman, (Caprica, Tomb Raider, Deep Blue Sea), Anne Marie Gillen ( Fried Green Tomatoes) David Nutter (Smallville, X-Files, Sarah Conner Chronicles, Flash, Arrow), John Harrison (Dune, Children of Dune) , Dante Harper (Mission Impossible, Edge of Tomorrow)Comedian Dane Cook and George Romero (Night of the Living Dead).

For more information visit HERE

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