TCBS – Toronto Comic Book Show (August 2017)

TCBS

Convention Name
TCBS – Toronto Comic Book Show
Convention Website Address
http://torontocomicbookshow.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
08/13/2017
About This Convention
Sunday August 13th, 2017
10AM4PM
Toronto Plaza Hotel
1677 Wilson AvePRIZES EVERY HOUR!

The hottest show in the country is back! TCBS Summer 2017!

75 vendor tables packed with JUST BOOKS!

The largest selection of key books under one roof! Priced to move! Our vendors are always wheeling and dealing so bring cash! ATM on site too!

Key Books, Graded Books, Tens of thousands of $1 books and so much more! Books from all your favourite heroes including Avengers, Batman, Fantastic Four, Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, Superman, X-Men, Wonder Woman to name just a few! Tons of independent and trade paperbacks too!

Admission just $5.00, Kids under 12 are FREE!

FREE RAFFLE TICKET for everyone!

For more info, please visit www.torontocomicbookshow.com

Venue Name and Address
Toronto Plaza Hotel
1677 Wilson Ave
Toronto, Ontario m3l1a5
Canada
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
75
Projected Attendance
2,000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Anime
Additional Categories
  • Comic Books

TCBS

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

Legendary Iron Man artist Bob Layton!

For more info visit the website HERE!

Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) 2017 Report!

Chicago. I had been there before. It was 2014, and the occasion was Wizard World. April 2017 was my second trip to the city that the poet Carl Sandburg called “Hog Butcher for the World, / Tool Maker, / Stacker of Wheat, / Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler; / Stormy, husky, brawling, City of the Big Shoulders.” Railroads are no longer America’s arteries, and big shoulders are now an 80s fashion relic, but I, like Sandburg, “have seen painted women / under the gas lamps / luring the farm boys.”

   

Such women in Chi-Town can mean only one thing: the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, known as C2E2. I went with my convention buddy John, whom you will remember from Spooky Empire, Minneapolis Wizard World, and Florida Supercon. We stayed at the Congress Plaza Hotel. Opened in 1893 in anticipation of the World’s Columbian Exposition–i.e., the Chicago World’s Fair–the place was a blend of grand and shabby. John likened it to “the Stanley Hotel meets Super 8.”

We grabbed some dinner and walked around downtown, which was eerily empty for a Thursday evening. I saw a few people with the telltale Pokémon shirts, beanies, and/or Barbossa beads and thought: convention goers. Things would heat up the next day and be full-bore by Saturday. John was looking forward to panel discussions and stellar cosplays. I had my usual assortment of books to be signed.

One thing going to conventions with John has taught me is the value of the convention app (if there is one). I still like the printed program of course–great for signatures. But John always downloads the app because it is (1) updated in real time, (2) doesn’t require him to keep up with something else, and (3) makes him feel tech wizard-y. And the C2E2 app is sweet! It has autograph schedules, prices, and locations for every celebrity. The prices were an especially nice feature. Most conventions don’t post these in advance, which makes budgeting for the weekend Mulvaney-esque.

Another innovation was getting my badge in the mail. If you read my first DragonCon report, then you know my acrimony regarding registration lines. John agrees: “Just charge an extra 40 cents and mail everyone’s badge.” How satisfying it was to open an envelope in February, slide out my shiny badge, and reflect on at least one queue not in my future.

Of course, it is impossible to avoid lines altogether. It is an axiom that, no matter which line I choose–supermarket, toll road, ATM, wherever–it will the line with problems: a technical malfunction, say, or a non-English-speaking customer, or an employee who skipped training. At conventions, I am similarly thwarted. Steve Blum was scheduled to sign at 11:00am on Friday, which was great. Fridays are the least crowded days, making them best for autographs–except this Friday. All around me, guests were meeting fans, posing for pictures, translating Celtic texts, building additions onto homes. Meanwhile, I waited. And waited. Blum’s line grew longer than the Santa Fe Trail, and still I waited. The con staff began setting up his booth at 11:50, suggesting he would arrive at 12:00 rather than the advertised 11:00. In fact, it was almost 1:00 when he got there.

Autograph lines. Look closely, and you’ll see me with a floor-length beard.

Rob Liefeld was also late, though not as egregiously. His line would have been long anyway–everbody loves Robert–but there was a new thing complicating it: VIP clients. For $125 in advance ($160 on-site), you would get two signed exclusive comics, one signed Deadpool print, one autograph ticket for your own item, and a picture with Liefeld. He is a quick signer, and friendly without being effusive, which moves the line along. But it is a gut punch to get aaaaaaalmost to the table and be superseded by a group of VIPs. I said there should be VIP signing times and non-VIP signing times, but John argued that would dilute the perks of being a VIP, one of which is the freedom not to have to visit the booth at a specific time.

Those who eschewed the VIP ticket could choose from Liefeld’s a la carte menu.

The growing practice of comic creators charging for autographs has been discussed a lot lately. I don’t mind a blanket charge because, as Dan Seitz argues, “sign your name a hundred times in a row. It’s simple work, but it’s work. You pay people for work.” I do mind creators charging more for a CGC-witnessed signature. Is it more work to write your name when a third party is watching? And charging more to sign a more valuable book like New Mutants #98 is merely a money grab. After all, a number of market forces affect secondary value that have little to do with the quality of the product.

But I care less about cost than about time, the latter of which is more precious and fleeting at a convention. Memo, then, to all creators and celebrities: don’t be late to your signings! The convention is your job for a particular weekend. Do your job. I cannot conceive of any legitimate reason for a guest who is in a city where they have no other business and is staying at a hotel across the street to be unable to make an 11:00am appointment. I am at this convention to meet you, be enthralled by you, and then carry your name across the land. Hard to do that when you’re a no-show Jones.

As for the rest of the convention, it was a delight. C2E2 is big–70,000+ attendees–but the open floor plan gives plenty of space, so I never felt pinioned. The dealer room had all the comics dealers together, all the anime dealers together, all the T-shirt dealers together, etc., which made shopping go smoother. The family area had games, a play space, chairs for adults to rest, and circus performers. The selection of comic creators was spectacular–Stan Lee, Frank Miller (too bad he was there Saturday only and sold-out), Greg Rucka, Rob Liefeld, Matt Wagner, and some who don’t do many conventions anymore, like Dan Jurgens. There were fewer actors than I expected, but this reinforces the focus of C2E2–comic and entertainment, not the other way around. John said there weren’t enough panels and seminars for a convention this size, but the ones he attended were good. His favorite dealt with using comics to boost literacy and teach science. Finally, there was a larger selection of (over-priced) food vendors than I find at most conventions.

If you’ve never been to Chicago, go. And if you’ve never been to C2E2, go. Most conventions are run by small nonprofits, who are exposed as amateurs in a number of ways, but the power of ReedPOP ups the professionalism. Despite three different volunteers being unable to tell me where Frank Miller’s autograph sessions would be held, I found C2E2 to be well-managed, well-marketed, and an all-around pleasure.

Want to see more images from C2E2? Here you go!

“Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse / and strong and cunning.”

 

Must. Catch. Train.

 

I always wanted to be an Ivy League graduate.

 

Look at that chicken . . . and the two cosplayers beside him.

 

At least I didn’t have to queue to see Q.

 

Strangely enough, John lost his voice after this picture with the Sea Witch.

 

“Wait’ll they get a load of me.”

 

“Sure, honey, I’ll go get your purse from the car. Be right back.”

 

Some people put a lot of thought into their cosplays. Others just wing it.

 

Two big reasons to go to C2E2 are . . . um . . .

 

C2E2 just goes on . . .

 

and on . . .

 

and on.

 

Cosplay Central: the heroes behind the heroes

 

Chicago is cold enough without this guy being in town.

 

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

VA – 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 Wolf Trap Filene Center on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 8:00 PM. Tickets available at the link…

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Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
1551 Trap Rd, Vienna, Virginia 22182
(703) 255-1800

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

TN – The Princess Bride Screening

Actor Cary Elwes appears at Jackson Hall on Saturday, June 24th at 7:30 PM for a screening of The Princess Bride! 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 soon be seen in the second season of Sony Crackle’s “The Art of More” starting November 16th. 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 will be released on November 4th.

He will soon 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 also soon be seen in The Queen of Spain opposite Penelope Cruz, which will be 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.”

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Tennessee Performing Arts Center
505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN 37243
(615) 782-4040

MI – The Princess Bride Screening

Actor Cary Elwes appears at the Midland Center for the Arts on Saturday, June 10th at 7:30 PM! Tickets available here…

In this highly-anticipated event, fans of The Princess Bride will join the heroic Westley (actor Cary Elwes) in a behind-the-scenes look at life on and off the set of the film. After a screening of the iconic film, Elwes will engage in a moderated discussion on classic scenes, revealing never before shared secrets and tales of inconceivable antics! It’s a night you will always tweasure!

Limited VIP Seating: VIP ticket holders get the best seats in the house, are invited to a meet-and-greet reception with Cary Elwes after the show, plus receive a signed paperback copy of his best-selling book, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride.

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Midland Center for the Arts
1801 W Saint Andrews Rd, Midland, MI 48640
(989) 631-8250

Towne of Historic Smithville Comic Festival (June 2017)

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Convention Name
Towne of Historic Smithville Comic Festival
Convention Website Address
http://www.jerseyshorecomicbookshow.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
06/04/2017
About This Convention
An outdoor comic festival thru-out the Towne of Historic Smithville, featuring artists, cosplayers, and vendors offering up comic books, graphic novels, toys, crafts, non-sport cards, collectibles and so much more. This event is outdoors and spaces are available. It is BRING YOUR OWN TABLE. The deadline for space reservations and payment is May 26. Vendor space is $35, Artist space $25.
Venue Name and Address
The Towne of Historic Smithville
Route 9 & Moss Mill Road
Smithville, New Jersey 08205
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
35
Projected Attendance
3,000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Comic Books
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Actress Sharon Lentz from Dark Shadows fame, Joe DelBeato, Tony DiGerolamo, Actor Corey Sosner, Jeremiah Kleckner, Robin Copley (Aurum), Isiah Puga, The Philadelphia Avengers, Carter Cosplay, NJGhostbusters, Jedi’s.

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MI – An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes

Actor Cary Elwes appears at the Royal Oak Music Theatre on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 7:00 PM for a screening of The Princess Bride followed by a Q&A. VIP tickets include preferred seating, signed book, and photo opportunity. Tickets available here…

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Royal Oak Music Theatre
318 W 4th St, Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 399-2980

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