Ezekial Visits Tampa Bay Comic Con!

The Walking Dead Star will be visiting all weekend!

Khary Payton will be a guest at the July 28-30, Tampa Bay Comic Con!

Khary is best known for his role as Ezekial on The Walking Dead and Cyborg on Teen Titans!

To pre-order tickets for the July 28-30, Tampa Bay Comic Con, please visit: www.tampabaycomiccon.com

Triad Anime Con 2017 Report (including Interview with Johnny Yong Bosch)!

Greensboro. Third-largest city in North Carolina. Named for Major General Nathanael Greene, commander of the American rebel forces at the Battle of Guilford Court House on March 15, 1781. Two centuries later, a Greensboro resident, Orson Scott Card, set war at the heart of his novel Ender’s Game. Speaking of war, Greensboro is home to the Atlantic Coast Conference and often the site of its annual men’s basketball tournament, the last conference tourney before March Madness. Syracuse University coach Jim Boeheim told the world what he thinks of the city, and I forgive him his Gotham grouchiness. Perhaps if he spent more time there, he would have a softer opinion. Perhaps if his team had gone to this year’s Triad Anime Con, held March 3-5 at the Koury Convention Center, they wouldn’t have lost their first tournament game three days later.

Triad Anime is done by the same team that puts on Ichibancon in Charlotte (I wrote about this year’s Ichibancon here). It is normally held in Winston-Salem but moved to Greensboro this year and a larger venue. A much larger venue. Here was the view Friday morning.

Bueller? Bueller?

Things heated up throughout the day, and of course Saturday brought in a great crowd, but the whole weekend felt less cozy that I was accustomed to. I expect that to change, however, as the con grows into its new digs. The on-site Starbucks was a welcome sight, and next door was Four Seasons Mall, with plenty of lunchtime options. And for perhaps the first time in my convention-going career, I didn’t have trouble finding a parking spot.

When I first attended Triad back in 2014, there were only two or three guests. This year had three times that number. Vic Mignogna has been every year (read our 2016 interview with him here), and I always enjoy seeing him. I was eager to see Brian Beacock, but he had to cancel (hey, Triad: get a phone app like Ichibancon so you can update us on changes like that). The person I was most excited to see was Johnny Yong Bosch. Power Ranger, voice actor, rock star, Johnny has done a little of everything. Whereas Vic has the personality to fill a lecture hall, Johnny is more reserved. I caught up with him on Friday after his autograph session.

What’s it like going from a character like Ichigo (Bleach) to someone like Izaya Orihara (Durarara!!) or Saruhiko (K – Project)?

Well the thing is, I didn’t work on those at the same time. There’s a lot of separation in time. So things I worked on while I was doing Bleach was Code Geass. And I think that overlapped a little bit with Eureka Seven. They’re different characters in different shows, but once you know your character, you just go in and do it.

How did you get into voice acting after doing live action?

Well, basically I was working on an independent film with the Japanese stunt team from Power Rangers, and the audio got screwed up. So I had to dub myself. As I was dubbing myself for the movie, the producer walked in and heard my voice and he thought I had a decent hero voice and asked me to come audition for some animation. And when I auditioned for that animation, I got the role for Vash from Trigun.

Why do you think Power Rangers has stayed popular for over twenty years?

Well, that’s a good question. A majority of the fans have stayed pretty loyal. I know there have been different actors over the years. I really don’t know. Basically, I think that it’s something that people grew up with and that they want to keep watching.

What has been your favorite role thus far in your career?

It’s very hard to pick one. It’s like picking your favorite child. For me, they’ve all been really great moments in my life, from Vash in Trigun to Bleach, Code Geass. I think one of my most favorites would be Nero from Devil May Cry 4, because I got to do the motion capture. I got to go to Japan for the first time. And I wasn’t limited to the animation. I was creating the character and then they animated it. And it was more of me. That would be one of my favorites.

What is it like doing motion capture?

Motion capture is weird at first. Your motions have to be overdone a bit and you have to overact your body language so that the computer can read your motions. But your face and your voice have to be very natural because they pick up every little detail.

What do you think of all of the fanfiction of Shizuo and Izaya?

I don’t read those. I know they exist. People have brought me books that looked interesting at first and I’m like “Huh, what is this?” So no, I don’t read those, but I did a long time ago with Power Rangers. I was like “Oh, there’s fan fiction?” And I read one. It was a little weird for me, so I stayed away from it.

I thought it was cool that Narita, the creator of Durarara!!, made a fiction of Shizuo and Izaya for April Fools’ Day.

[What Johnny said here was, “Oh my goodness.” But what I heard was this.]

Let’s switch gears a little. How did you get started doing conventions?

In 2001 or 2002, a director of Trigun, whatsherface, went to Sakura Con and said that she had an awesome time and it was really cool and a lot of fun. She recommended to me to go and took me with her the following year. And it was cool. Over the years, little by little, the convention scene (nice shout out) started growing. It wasn’t every weekend then like it is now. I started getting more invites. And now I have a few booking agents that handle me and my appearances.

How many conventions a year do you do?

I think last year it was fifteen or twenty, this year I’m already doing far too many. It’s neat to come out and meet fans. If I’m in the booth working on a project, nobody is saying “great job”. The director might say “Okay, next one. Okay next one.” It’s not like in theatre where everyone cheers. You don’t get to see the reward. Coming to a con, is seeing that reward. Seeing whether it was a success or not. The only drawback for me is my family. My family is back home. My kids are little. My son, for the first six months of his life, didn’t know me and was afraid of me. That’s where I had to pull the brakes a little and make some changes.

How did you start your band, Eyeshine?

Basically I couldn’t get a job to save my life after Power Rangers. There weren’t a whole lot of half-Asian roles at the time. I was very depressed, and I was near homeless. I had two trash bags full of clothes and a guitar. And in that time, I started teaching myself to play the guitar. Out of all that, I formed the band.

How many concerts a year do you do?

I have no idea. There are so many. We have quite a few this year. We have a lot of albums now. Got a new one coming out this April.

Between conventions and your band, when do you find the time to do acting?

I do that as well! Every day. My weeks are usually booked a couple of weeks in advance. Sometimes more than that. For voiceover work especially because they know their schedule and when things are coming along. The end of this month and going into next month, I already have bookings for voice over.

Are you able to record at home?

Sometimes I record at home. I do have a studio at home. But sometimes they like you to be there, but on occasion, they’ll ask for pickups or something to be done at home.

Okay, last question. What are some of your favorite TV shows?

I am watching Walking Dead at the moment. Breaking Bad was a really good one. Sons of Anarchy was a very interesting show. I watch a lot of terrible shows. Not terrible as in inappropriate, but terrible as in really bad.

Do you ever think, when you’re watching a bad show, “I could do better”?

I may have thought that. The thing about bad TV shows is they stay with you forever.

Fellow Convention Scene writer Michaela McPherson and I pose with Johnny.

Another thing I enjoy about Triad and Ichibancon is the Otaku Flea Market. Held all day Sunday, the flea market is a chance for any convention goer to sell merchandise. It is a feature I have seen at no other convention. The intent is for people to sell their own used stuff–manga, costumes, DVDs, toys, cards, etc.–but sometimes vendors who couldn’t get into the dealer room will grab a table. I have also seen people selling original art, which is against the rules: art belongs in artist alley. It is a good rule though hard to enforce in the first-come-first-served madness of getting flea market tables. Besides, who says the person made the art they are selling? I had trouble finding this year’s flea market because it wasn’t in the room designated on the convention map, which probably explains why all the sellers had their wares on the floor instead of on tables. One of the hiccoughs of being in a new venue, I guess. Again, however, a phone app would have made the room switch easy to announce.

To all my readers, I’ll say this: come out next year and check out Triad Anime Con. It is terrific value–the weekend pass was only $42!–and I guarantee you’ll have fun. Don’t let Jim Boeheim have the last word on Greensboro. And before you go, enjoy these photos.

A view of the dealers room

Security was pretty tight at this convention.

“Near, far, wherever you are . . .”

The long and short of it

Not your typical cosplay car

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made, especially an old guy picketing an anime convention.

Ballers

Nice tat-Tardis!

Was she trying to tell me I need more Right Guard?

I guess only MOST exits are an entry somewhere else.

The family that cosplays together stays together.

So sad when a convention ends. I’m looking forward to next year already!

Walt Simonson visits the Garden State

GSCF is proud to welcome Legendary artist and writer Walter Simonson to Garden State Comic Fest July 8th in Morristown NJ.

Simonson is most known for his work on Thor, which he wrote and illustrated for nine years, during which he created the character Beta Ray Billand Malekith the Accursed
Among others.
He has also worked on other Marvel titles such as X-Factor and Fantastic Four, on DC Comics books including DETECTIVE COMICS, Manhunter, Metal Men and Orion, and on licensed properties such as Star Wars, Alien, Battlestar Galactica and Robocop vs. Terminator.
In addition to his work for both Marvel and DC, Simonson has also generated a considerable body of creator-owned work, like Star-Slammers and Ragnarok. Simonson is married to Louise Simonson. The couple made a cameo appearance in the 2011 Thor feature film.
Simonson has won numerous awards for his work and has influenced artists such as Arthur Adams and Todd McFarlane.
At the 2010 Harvey Awards, Simonson received the 2010 Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award. It was presented to him by his wife, Louise Simonson.


Currently Walter has been working on his creator-owned series Ragnarök published by IDW Publishing. It features a version of Thor unrelated to the Marvel character. The first issue was published in July 2014.


You can see more on this at Walter Simonson’s Ragnarök and check out The Official Walter Simonson Page

REMEMBER SATURDAY ONLY!!!!

Daredevil’s Charlie Cox Takes on Boston Comic Con 2017

DAREDEVIL’S CHARLIE COX TAKES BOSTON

CHARLIE COX, the man who brings Marvel’s DAREDEVIL character Matt Murdock to life joins the all-star BOSTON COMIC CON guest list.

Boston comic con takes place August 11-13 2017 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

For more info visit the website HERE!

Clarksville Anime, Comic and Toy Con (April 2017)

Convention Name
Clarksville Anime, Comic & Toy Con (TN)
Convention Website Address
http://www.comiccitytn.com
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
04/29/2017
End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
04/30/2017
About This Convention
Clarksville Anime , Comic & Toy Con
April 29 & 30, 2017
Riverview Inn
50 College Street
Clarksville , TN 37040
April 29 (SAT) 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
April 30 (Sunday) 12:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Admission 10.00 per day , 35.00 VIP Package , 50.00 PLATINUM VIP PACKAGE (limited to 25)
Our FIFTH Year begins, we started this show as a celebration of our Military AND Their Families. We , once again , would like to Honor and Thank our Military Personnel AND the Family ( who have to Sacrifice and Support their Loved Ones while they serve Our Country) by letting in ANY Military Personnel AND Their Families in FOR FREE ON SUNDAY with I.D! In fact , we have expanded the program to include ANY LAW ENFORCEMENT , FIRE , RESCUE, EMT Personnel and THEIR FAMILIES in FOR FREE ON SUNDAY as well with I.D. . Also, ANY COLLEGE STUDENT with I.D can ALSO get in for FREE on Sunday. Thanks to EVERYONE who makes our Country Safer and Secure so we can HAVE Events like this for our Families and Friends! www.comiccitytn.com for current details about the show and join our Facebook Page for up to the minute changes! Hope to see you there!
GUESTS FOR THE SHOW
MEDIA
STRANGER THINGS Bully James ….. CADE JONES ( First Appearance in Tennessee )
WALKING DEAD’s The Kingdom’s Henry … MACSEN LINTZ ( First time Appearance in Tennessee )also appears in Under the Dome, Hall Pass, More!
DAVID FULTZ .. Stuntman on DARK KNIGHT , RED , my Bloody Wedding
BILL BYRGE … ERNEST Movie Regular (Ernest Scared Stupid, Ernest Saves Christmas, More)
JOHN PYKA / BIG DADDY COOL …Magician , Entertainer , & Author
COMIC ARTISTS
SAM PAYNE ..Artist of Archie’s Betty & Veronica and Josie & the Pussycats
JACOB ROUGEMONT writer on such varied titles as DEADPOOL, Wolverine, Avengers, Thor, Spiderman , and the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
BEN FOSSELMAN…Animator who has worked on SESAME STREET , SPONGEBOB and created his OWN Comic Ballad of Dean Rockwell
WILL WOODS … Nationally Known Fan Artist with art from Justice League , Star Wars, Disney , More!
AUTHORS
EVE MILADY Author and Artist whose works include Steampunk Themed book The Captain’s Bride
BETHANY ADAMS Author of Exiled: The Return of the Elves
MALCOLM & MARIA IVY Author of Silverwing
STACIE O’BRIEN Author of Myst & Prophesy
D. ALLEN LEWIS Author of many books Pulpology, History Now: Apollo 11, and the Steampunk Themed Capes and Clockwork
AMY Mc CLUNG ..Author of Cascades of Moonlight
DR. JEFF THOMPSON … Author of Television Horrors of Dan Curtis and Dark Shadows Expert & Authority!
STEAMPUNK & COSPLAY
JAMES NEATHERLY … Contestant on Game Show’s Network TV Show Steampunked , also Cosplay Expert & Artist!
SARA NEATHERLY….. Steampunk and Cosplay Expert
HAIDEN HAZARD … Multi-Award winning Cosplay Expert
STEAMPUNK is ALSO represented by above Guests Authors ( D. Allen Lewis & Eve Milady )VIP PACKAGE
LIMITED TO 50 ….. for 35.00 the VIP PACKAGE INCLUDES:
1. 2 day Admission Pass to the Show
2. Exclusive Convention Batman Poster made JUST for the Murfreesboro Anime & Comic Kon show. Signed by one of the Murfreesboro Guests.
3. A Signed Comic Book ( Signed by an Artist or Writer Mike Zeck, Linsner, etc.)
4. 2 Packs of Collectible , Vintage Trading Cards
5. Hunger Games Poster signed by BOTH Justin East & Hillary Meyers of District 12 !
6. 10 Skateboard Stickers
7. 1 Trade Paperback (15-20.00 value)
8. 10 Raffle Tickets to the 5000.00 Prize Drawing on Sunday. Each Attendee gets automatically gets a TICKET to enter into the 5000.00 Prize Drawing on Sunday. YOU will receive TEN tickets to the drawing!
(ALL past winners of the big prize have been VIPs…So get 9 more tickets/ chances to win)
9.FREE Sunday Only Passes to the following Conventions:
Fandomfest,
Hypericon,
Gem City,
Marble City Comic Con,
Clarksville Comic & Anime Convention,
Paducah Comic Convention,
Jackson Toy , Comic & Anime Convention ,
Atlanta Comic Convention
Dyersburg Comic Con
10 . Plus An EXCLUSIVE Atlanta Comic Convention NYLON TOTEBAG TO CARRY EVERYTHING IN!
11. ALSO , An ADDITIONAL Power Ranger 11 X 17 Movie Poster
ALL THIS FOR ONLY 35.00
you can send the Paypal funds to
wtillander@charter.net
and we will send you a receipt for your VIP Pass!
PLATINUM VIP PACKAGE (LIMITED TO 25) The price for PLATINUM PACKAGE is 50.00
In ADDITION TO THE REGULAR Eleven VIP PACKAGE Items …. you will receive the following:
1.COUPON for FREE AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO of YOUR CHOICE from Stranger Things Bully Cade Jone’s Table ( 20.00 value by itself)
2. AUTOGRAPHED INSURGENT 11 x 17 POSTER , signed Factionless’s Character Paracord Actor Aaron Brewster
3. 25 RAFFLE TICKETS FOR THE SUNDAY 5000.00 PRIZE TABLE DRAWING! That is 15 MORE Tickets to the Raffle! Increase your chances 25 Times Over! EVERY one that has WON the Prize Table Drawing has been a VIP Member!
4. YOUR CHOICE of ORIGINAL MOVIE POSTER ( Hellboy, Spiderman, Ghost Rider, Underworld, James Bond : Quantum of Solace, Rob Zombie’s Halloween ) ( 20.00 VALUE!)
COSTUME CONTEST
SATURDAY ( 4:00 TO 5:00 )
Costume Contest will feature EVERY Category from Anime , Comic Book, Steampunk, Movie & TV, etc.) . There will be 3 Winners .
Third Place will receive Either a Sword or other Bladed Weapon or THREE Movie Posters ( Courtesy of the Atlanta Comic Convention’s Swords & Posters Booth)
Second Place will Receive Star Wars Anakin (Jake Lloyd) AUTOGRAPH AND 125.00 STAR WARS BOOK (Courtesy of Comic City Convention )
FIRST PLACE will win TWO TICKETS TO THE STYX & REO SPEEDWAGON CONCERT in Nashville AND will receive 100.00 in Dealer’s Bucks to spend on ANYTHING you want in the Dealer’s Room… YOU point at it , and WE Pay for it till the 100.00 runs out!
SUNDAY’S FREE 5000.00 BOOTH RAFFLE
DO YOU LIKE STUFF? If you , On SUNDAY , You will receive a Raffle Ticket FREE with your Admission. ( You may BUY additional Tickets at the door for 2.00 each 3 FOR 5.00 to increase your chances ..OR Buy a VIP Package for 35.00 and get TEN Tickets Included in the VIP Package or the PLATINUM VIP PACKAGE and get 25 TICKETS). We have built an entire Booth FULL of Comic Books, Trade Paperbacks, Toys, Posters , Star Wars items, Dr. Who, Gaming and Non-Sport Cards, More! Remember ….. EVERY Paid admission receives an Ticket to the Raffle at the door. At 3:30 SUNDAY we have a Celebrity Draw a Number from the Box , and If YOUR Number matches the one they Draw….YOU WIN THE ENTIRE BOOTH OF ITEMS ( OVER 5000.00 RETAIL VALUE!) …BRING A TRUCK TO GET IT ALL HOME! EVERY PAST PRIZE TABLE HAS BEEN WON BY A VIP MEMBER!
SCHEDULE
PANELS ( TIMES AND CONTENT ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
SATURDAY
11:00 – 12:00 STEAMPUNK TODAY Q&A WITH STEAMPUNK Experts SARA and JAMES NEATHERY
12:00 – 1:00 WRITERS WORKSHOP
W/ AUTHORS DR JEFF THOMPSON and AMY McCLUNG giving tips on how to become a Professional Writer.
1:00 – 2:00 ARTIST PORTFOLIO REVIEWS
ARTIST BEN FOSSILMAN GIVES YOU HELPFUL HINTS ON GETTING PUBLISHED
2:00 – 3:00 WALKING DEAD/STRANGER THINGS Q/A
W/ CADE JONES and MACSEN LINTZ
3:00 – 4:00 COSPLAY 101
DOS AND DONTS of COSPLAY W/ HAIDEN HAZARD
4:00 – 5:00 COSTUME CONTEST
HOST BIG DADDY COOL HOST THIS EVENT
1ST PLACE $100 DEALER BUCKS TO SPEND AND A PAIR OF TICKETS TO REO SPEEDWAGON AND STYX
2ND PLACE GETS A $200.00 STAR WARS PRIZE PACK (Book and Autograph)
3RD PLACE GETS A BLADED WEAPON OR 3 MOVIE POSTERS
SUNDAY
12:00 – 1:00 FAN PANEL
1:00 – 2:00 COSPLAY OF 7 DEADLY SINS Q/A
2:00- 3:00 How to be a HOLLYWOOD STUNTMAN Q & A
STUNTMAN DAVID FUNTZ TELLS the UPS and DOWNS of STUNTWORK in Movies
3:00 – 4:00 KIDS COSTUME CONTEST
EVERY Kid gets a Prize JUST for entering the contest! WINNER GET A 100.00 Kid’s Prize Box! ( Comics, DVDS , Toys, More!)
THE BIG $5000.00 PRIZE BOOTH GIVEAWAY RAFFLE (Must be present to win)
We build an entire booth and GIVE IT AWAY! Last year we gave away 3000.00 worth of Merchandise …. THIS year we are making it 5000.00 worth of Goodies! Comics , Toys, Posters, Prints, Autographs, DVDs, CDs, Swords, Knives, More!) BRING A TRUCK … It is a LOT of STUFF!
Venue Name and Address
50 College Street
Clarksville, TN 37040
United States
Map It
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
60
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Stranger Things Cade Jones, Walking Dead’s Madsen Lintz…35 more!

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NYC – Speed Racer 50th Anniversary Signing

Press Release:

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic anime series ‘Speed Racer’ with original voice actress Corinne Orr who will be in conversation with longtime anime voice actor, director, scriptwriter and producer Michael Sinterniklaas on Wednesday April 26th at 6:00 PM. Signing of DVD/Blu-Ray sleeve to follow.

Updated and Important information regarding the Speed Racer event on Wednesday:

We are hosting this event before Funimation releases the anniversary DVD of Speed Racer Mach Gogogo.

For the event you will receive an exclusive DVD slip for signing. In order to obtain the slip, you must pre-order the DVD at our location the day of the event. You may do so at the Customer Service desk or in our Music & Movies department. A bookseller will help you pre-order and direct you to the cash registers to pay.

Upon payment you will receive a wristband which is your ticket into the event along with the DVD sleeve. Please call for any additional info!

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Barnes & Noble – Tribeca
97 Warren St, New York, NY 10007
(212) 587-5389

MA – The Princess Bride: An Evening with Cary Elwes

Actor Cary Elwes appears at the Wilbur Theatre on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 7:30 PM for a screening of The Princess Bride followed by a Q&A. Tickets available here…

Known for playing Westley in Rob Reiner’s iconic The Princess Bride, Cary Elwes has enjoyed a successful career in film, and has most recently taken on the role of author.

Elwes can be seen in the second season of Sony Crackle’s “The Art of More.”He stars on the show opposite Dennis Quaid, Kate Bosworth and Christian Cooke. Cary also recently filmed a lead in the feature film THE FIRST directed by Jennifer DeLia.

His memoir As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride became a New York Times Bestseller. The paperback edition of the book was released on November 4th. He can be seen in The Billionaire Boys Club opposite Ansel Elgort, Emma Roberts, Taron Egerton and Kevin Spacey. Written and directed by James Cox, the film follows a group of wealthy boys in Los Angeles during the early 1980s who establish a “get rich quick”scam that turns deadly. He can also be seen in The Queen of Spain opposite Penelope Cruz, which was released November 25th in Spain, Sugar Mountain with Jason Momoa and Anna Hutchison and We Don’t Belong Here alongside Catherine Keener and Anton Yelchin. Other film appearances include director Rob Reiner’s Being Charlie, which bowed at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews.

He also recently produced and wrote Elvis Nixon which starred Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon which was released by Bleeker Street. Elwes is also known for his roles in Academy Award winning films Glory, Days of Thunder and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, box-office hits Hot Shots!, Twister, Liar Liar and Saw, and the cult classic Robin Hood: Men In Tights. He has also played popular recurring roles in Golden Globe© and Emmy Award© winning television series “The X-Files,” and the highly rated comedy series “Psych.” Other TV credits include “Seinfeld” and the critically acclaimed miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon,” “Uprising,” “The Riverman” and “Pope John Paul II.” A native of London, Elwes currently resides in Los Angeles in with his family.

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Wilbur Theatre
246 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 248-9700

Daytona Beach Comic Con is this Sunday April 23rd!

This Sunday April 23, 2017 is the Daytona Beach Comic Book Convention

It will be held at Embery-Riddle ICI Center, 601 S. Clyde Morris Blvd, Daytona Beach, Florida. Admission at the door is $8. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM.


Some of the vendors are Earl ShawJustin WilsonTony HinesJohn TischlerJake BatesTidalwavecomics OwnerPablo OrdonePedro CruzDavid CorporonJim Carasells CollectiblesDavid McPikeSteve BaginskieDavid FinleySteven MyersDavid SalleDavid T AlexanderChristian GillispieAngelo CrawfordScott DoaneJay OlchakMark GmuerBruce Hughes,  Todd MerrickGeorge PintyeDoug OConnorDoug BerryMike KalesJoe TeggeGary ClarkRaymond SanabriaAaron MeaslesLeigh Hathaway WestonLisa PottsTerry MooreChris FossSteven WarrenEric SpeanburghPatty Harvey WollerEric WollerDaryll GunterLeah Butler Crawford..

For a full vendors list go to the web page HERE! 

TX – An Evening with Neil Gaiman

Author Neil Gaiman, whose popular and acclaimed works, including Coraline, The Sandman, American Gods, and The Graveyard Book have reached audiences of all ages and made Gaiman one of the most celebrated writers of our time, appears at the AT&T Performing Arts Center on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 7:30 PM! Tickets available at the link…

In this live event, “An Evening with Neil Gaiman” he will tell stories and read stories, answer questions, and in his own words “amaze, befuddle and generally delight. It will be fun and odd and not like any other evening with Neil Gaiman.

“I make things up and write them down” is the way Neil Gaiman describes his varied art.

Today, as one of the most celebrated writers of our time, his popular and critically acclaimed works bend genres while reaching audiences of all ages. Gaiman’s bestselling contemporary fantasy novel, American Gods, took the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, and Locus awards—as did his bestselling young adult story, Coraline. Another children’s novel, The Graveyard Book, is the only work to win both the Newbery (US) and Carnegie (UK) Medals – awarded by librarians for the most prestigious contribution to children’s literature.

Gaiman’s groundbreaking Sandman comics, which has garnered a large number of accolades including nine Eisner Awards, was described by Stephen King as having turned graphic novels into “art.” Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as the greatest epic in the history of the form, an issue of Sandman was the first comic book to receive literary recognition, the World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story.

Two of Gaiman’s speeches have gone viral. One of them, “Make Good Art,” an inspiring commencement address from 2012, received 1.5 million views (Vimeo and YouTube), and proved so popular it was released as a book illustrated and designed by Chip Kidd.

A self-described “feral child who was raised in libraries,” Gaiman credits librarians with fostering a life-long love of reading. He is a passionate advocate for books and libraries, and a supporter and former board member of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. His blog has more than a million regular readers, and more than two million people follow him on Twitter. Born in England, Gaiman lives in the United States and teaches at Bard College. He is married to artist/musician Amanda Palmer, with whom he sometimes
performs.

Neil Gaiman has been honored with numerous awards around the world. Altogether, he has received 4 Hugos, 2 Nebulas, 1 World Fantasy Award, 4 Bram Stoker Awards, 6 Locus Awards, 2 British SF Awards, 1 British Fantasy Award, 3 Geffens, 1 International Horror Guild Award, 2 Mythopoeic Awards, and 15 Eisner Awards. Other honors include the Shirley Jackson Award, Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Prize (for his body of work), Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Defender of Liberty award, and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Arts, one of the oldest American universities dedicated to the visual and performing arts and design.

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AT&T Performing Arts Center
2403 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 880-0202

The Outsiders invades Spooky Empire


We’re very excited to add these two guests to our lineup! When PonyBoy and The Karate Kid want to come out to Spooky Empire, we can’t say no.

C. THOMAS HOWELL and RALPH MACCHIO will be at Spooky Empire next weekend, and this is your chance to meet them both in person, to celebrate the upcoming 35th anniversary of the classic film “The Outsiders”

C. THOMAS HOWELL kicked off his career with a small part (Tyler) in the classic “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial”, but after his memorable performance as “Ponyboy Curtis” in “The Outsiders” he became one of the most popular young actors of the 80’s. He went on to star in many films and TV series including (for you horror fans) “The Hitcher” (1 & 2), “Red Dawn”, “Tank”, “Secret Admirer”, “Soulman”, “The Hillside Strangler”, and more recently “Mutant Vampire Zombies from the Hood”, “The Amazing Spiderman”, “Southland”, “Torchwood” “24” and “Grimm”.

RALPH MACCHIO started out in commercials before his regular appearance on “Eight is Enough”. His career also took a jump after his appearance as “Johnny Cade” in the film “The Outsiders”. He went on to star in his most memorable role as “Daniel” in “The Karate Kid” series of films. He also starred in “Teachers”, “Crossroads”, “My Cousin Vinny”, and more recently had a recurring role on “Ugly Betty. He also joined the hit reality show “Dancing with the Stars” in 2011.

Don’t miss out on this amazing appearance, and be sure to check out their Q&A for a special surprise.

Advance tickets and VIP are still available, and hotel reservations are limited but available. www.spookyempire.com

STAY GOLD!

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