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.
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.
May 24, 2016 by Brian Pate
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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
TEKKEN 7: The King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 – North America schedule and locations:
|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|
|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 .
All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
Press Release © 2016 BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.
Tickets for the Official MegaCon after-parties are on-sale NOW. Click here to purchase.
OFFICIAL COSPLAY KARAOKE KICK-OFF PARTY
|THURSDAY MAY 26 AT 9PM (ROSEN PLAZA HOTEL)|
Join us for a Karaoke night like no other at Club 39 in the Rosen Plaza Hotel, hosted by our delightful Cosplayer guests! Drink specials, dance floor and special guests! Dress code: Casual or cosplay. 21+ only!
Thursday, May 26 at 9PM (Rosen Plaza Hotel)
|Cosplay Karaoke Kick-Off Party||$10 in advance|
OFFICIAL AFTER-PARTY: NERD NOISE NIGHT
|FRIDAY MAY 27 AT 8PM (BALLROOM W224)|
Join us for the Official MegaCon After Party in the Ballroom W224 of the OCCC, with a top DJ spinning all night, drink specials, and special guests! Dress code: casual or cosplay. 21+ only.
Friday, May 27 at 9PM (Ballroom W224)
|Nerd Noise Night||$10 in advance|
EXIT TUNES DANCE PARTY WITH DJ RYU☆ + DJ KORSK
|SATURDAY MAY 28 AT 8PM (BALLROOM W224)|
Join us for the Official MegaCon EDM Party in the Ballroom W224 of the OCCC. The hottest EDM straight from Japan! Hosted by DJ RYU☆ + DJ KORSK ft Kradness , with a special appearance by Alodia! This is an all ages event!
Saturday, May 28 at 8PM (Ballroom W224)
|Official EDM Party||$10 in advance|
Aw Yeah Comics welcomes legendary creator Jeff Smith (Bone, Rasl, Tuki) to their Skokie, IL shop on Saturday, June 25, 2016. This is truly an all ages friendly signing.
It will be split into two sessions, in order to better control the anticipated line. Noon to 2:00 PM (line caps at 1:30 PM ) will be for customers that have pre-ordered one or more of several items we will list shortly. There will then be an hour break. The 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM session will be first come, first served as far as being able to meet Jeff and get items signed. That line will cap at 4:00 PM.
Aw Yeah Comics
4933 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077
Writer Michael Moreci appears at Third Eye Comics on Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM to sign INDOCTRINATION #1!
Third Eye Comics
2027-A West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
Lisa Hanawalt appears at Floating World Comics on Friday, June 24th, 2016 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM for the Hot Dog Taste Test release party and presentation.
Hot Dog Taste Test serves up Lisa Hanawalt’s devastatingly funny comics, saliva stimulating art, and deliciously screwball lists as she skewers the pomposities of foodie subculture. Join the James Beard Award winning cartoonist and production designer/producer of Bojack Horseman as she presents a selection of food related excerpts from Hot Dog Taste Test.
Lisa Hanawalt is an artist living in Los Angeles and is the production designer/producer of the Netflix original series Bojack Horseman. Hanawalt has worked on illustrations, book covers, animations, comics, murals, and textile patterns, and exhibits her work in galleries. She writes and draws a James Beard Award–winning quarterly food column for Lucky Peach magazine, and co-hosts the podcast Baby Geniuses with the comedian Emily Heller. Her first collection with Drawn & Quarterly was 2013’s critically acclaimed My Dirty Dumb Eyes.
Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209
Artist Brad Walker signs copies of Aquaman #1 for fans at Midtown Comics Downtown on Thursday, June 23rd at 6:30pm.
Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038
JOE HILL (Locke & Key, Horns) appears at Barnes & Noble on Thursday June 16, 2016 at 7:00 PM to sign his new novel THE FIREMAN!
From Joe Hill, the award-winning, bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box, comes The Fireman (William Morrow), a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes, and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman.
Barnes & Noble
235 Daniel Webster Hwy Nashua, NH 03060
Author Brad Meltzer (Identity Crisis, Green Arrow) appears at Barnes & Noble on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 7:00 PM to sign his new thriller novel The House of Secrets!
Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Ste K 30, Los Angeles, California 90036