Skylanders® is Heading to San Diego Comic-Con!
Fans Attending San Diego Comic-Con Invited to Participate in Costume Contest at Official Skylanders Panel, with More Than $5,000 in Prizes
Activision Publishing, Inc.:
|WHAT:||Skylanders, the video game that pioneered the Toys-to-Life™ genre, will descend upon San Diego Comic-Con for the first time in the franchise’s history starting on July 24. Fans will be among the first in the world to get hands-on experience with Skylanders Trap Team™, the newest installment to the Skylanders franchise. To celebrate, Activision Publishing, Inc. will award more than $5,000 in prizes to the best Skylanders costumes of the show. Fans now have a chance to bring their creativity to life by dressing up as one of their favorites, such as Spyro, Stealth Elf, Eruptor, Kaos or any of the characters from the Skylanders universe.|
|The costume contest will take place at the San Diego Comic-Con panel, “Skylanders: The Creative Process of Bringing Toys to Life,” where members of the Skylanders team will offer insights into the development process of one of the world’s most beloved and successful Toys-to-Life video game franchises. Panel speakers include comic book writer Ron Marz (Green Lantern, DC vs. Marvel), famed voice of Kaos Richard Horvitz (Invader Zim, Billy and Mandy), Activision’s Senior Vice President of Consumer Marketing, John Coyne, and Toys for Bob’s Director of Toy and Character Development, I-Wei Huang.|
|Prizing for the costume contest is as follows:|
|WHEN:||Thursday, July 24, 2014|
|Media Call Time: 5:45 p.m.|
|Event Begins: 6:00 p.m.|
|WHERE:||San Diego Convention Center, Room 7AB|
|111 W. Harbor Dr. San Diego, CA 92101|
Comic Booked Studios will be playing episodes from Young Justice: Abduction, The Apartment Web Series, and The Quest Web Series!
Come by and meet Nicole and the team!
Sky High Comics
625 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd, San Marcos, California 92078
July 10, 2014 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Anime, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Cosplay, Horror, Manga, Massachusetts, Movies, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories, Video Games
Boston Comic Con, Dick’s Last Resort, Newbury Comics, and Faneuil Hall Marketplace are teaming up for the second annual pre-convention Boston Comic Con Costume Contest on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 from 11:45 am – 1:00 pm. The contest is open to the public and will feature a costume parade around Faneuil Hall Marketplace and prizes for the top three winners. Boston Comic Con will be held August 8-10, 2014 at the Seaport World Trade Center.
Contestants of all ages are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero, comic book character, and beyond (all costumes should be family friendly). The contest will kick off with a “Costume Parade” around Quincy Market, beginning and ending at Dick’s Last Resort (Boston Comic Con will also host its annual Costume Contest “Cosplay” during the Convention on Sunday, August 10th at 4:00 pm at the Seaport World Trade Center)
Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be awarded. 1st place winner will receive two VIP passes to the three day Boston Comic Con ($240 value that includes a limited-edition T-shirt). The 2nd place winner will walk away with a $100 gift certificate to Dick’s Last Resort. The 3rd place winner will be awarded a $50 gift certificate to Newbury Comics.
Costume contestants should arrive at Dick’s Last Resort at 11:45 am to check in and register. The parade will begin at 12:15 pm and the final winners will be announced at 12:45 pm. Judges will include representatives from Newbury Comics at Faneuil Hall, Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Boston Comic Con.
About Newbury Comics
Newbury Comics, a longtime exhibitor at Boston Comic Con, will be located at the Boston Comic Con Exhibition area in the Seaport World Trade Center. Newbury Comics will be giving out free promotional items at Boston Comic Con so stop by and visit their booth! Newbury Comics Faneuil Hall Marketplace store is located in the North Market building and is one of 28 stores all based in New England. Newbury Comics is independently owned and operated by its original founder for more than 30 years and specializes in music, movies and pop culture goods.
About Dick’s Last Resort at Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Dick’s is located in the Historic Quincy Market at Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston. It’s just a napkin’s throw away from the Harbor and the Boston Aquarium. Stop by and let yer hair down, enjoy some grub or toss back a few cold ones on our rockin’ patio. It’s all in fun at Dick’s in Boston, so come see why Dick has been infamous since the rowdy times began in 1993.
About Boston Comic Con
The 8th Annual Boston Comic Con will host a three-day convention at the Seaport World Trade Center Friday August 8 through Sunday August 10, 2014. A-list celebrities from the genres of science fiction fantasy, horror and beyond will participate in panel discussions, Q&As, photo ops and autograph signings throughout the convention, alongside 200+ comic book creators from the local region and beyond. In addition, a Comic Book film festival will be held throughout the weekend and a Comic Book art auction will be held on Sunday, August 10. New this year, a third day was added on Friday, August 8, first Cosplay Harbor and the official “after party” at Laugh Boston on Saturday, August 9, and a limited number of VIP entry tickets on the convention’s first day at 1 p.m. August 8, one hour before general admission. Celebrity appearances by Jason Momoa of “Game of Thrones,” John Barrowman of “Doctor Who,” “Torchwood” and Arrow,” Sean Astin of “The Goonies” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, James Marsters of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel,” Katie Cassidy of “Arrow,” Eve Myles of “Torchwood,” Jewel Staite of “Firefly,”Sam Witwer of “Being Human” and Darryl McDaniels, aka DMC, of Run-DMC.
ConCarolinas is a general sci-fi and fantasy convention held annually in Charlotte, NC. Attendance was 300 in the inaugural year, 2002, and the guests were small potatoes, but those days are done. Well over 2,000 people (my estimate) showed up this year, and the guest of honor was a bona fide celeb: George R. R. Martin, creator of Game of Thrones. Other guests included Anthony Montgomery from Star Trek: Enterprise and Laura Parker and Kathryn Leigh Scott from the original Dark Shadows.
Sounds accomplished, right? GRRM was announced over a year ago—not even Comic Con International is that foregoing—so I expected the con to run like a thoroughly Penzoiled Sprint Cup chassis. In some areas, it did. Events started and stopped on time, and they were easy to find, for the most part. One exception was the ballroom divided into three smaller rooms that the schedule called, noninformatively, “Main,” “Programming 2,” and “Programming 3.” I missed the start of one panel because it was scheduled for Programming 3 but took place in Main, and each time I passed these rooms, the only sign I saw bore the Hilton’s name for the room: Lakeshore.
This plaint is piddling, however. The real mess came with Saturday’s GRRM autograph session. It was scheduled for 3:00, and by 12:15, a line was evident. “You should get in line now,” my wife said, to which I replied, “But the sign says the line will start forming at 2:00.” A woman of few words when she’s right, thank God, she pointed to the dozen or so people standing there. Just then, another two or three walked up. I assumed the position.
A few minutes later, a con staffer—I’ll call her “Bee”—came over to wrecking-ball the line. “We’ll start the line at 2:00,” she announced. Until then, we should “go enjoy the rest of the con.” Instead, the now-twenty of us moved six feet away to flank the concrete steps that led from the hotel entrance to a duck pond. Unsatisfied, Bee told us to move on, saying she had to “keep the steps clear.” They were currently so clear that piano movers could have carried a Steinway up them.
A guy who looked like Robert Downey, Jr. tried to tell Bee she was being unreasonable. We had paid for admission, he argued, and it was our prerogative to waste three hours in line—a line that had formed against the fence surrounding the patio, well out of the way. Someone else offered that there was “nothing else to do,” which hurt Downey, Jr.’s case. He wanted to negotiate, not inflame.
Bee was having none of it. She walked away and returned with con security, one of whom asked us nicely, in contrast to his Ghiscari Legion cosplay, to disperse. Downey, Jr. stood up defeatedly. “It’s a little unnecessary,” he said, more soliloquy than direct address, “but whatever.” And we moved away.
Things were tense after that. People arrived by the minute, and because we couldn’t form a line, we had to hang around pretending that we weren’t forming one. Annoyance passed from one person to the next, growing with each utterance as in the telephone game. “This is literally why we bought tickets,” one person said. “I don’t think they were ready for this kind of crowd,” said another. I took a philosophical tack. The con staff had taken an orderly line that had arisen spontaneously and, through human agency, made it into a mob. Maybe they were anarchists.
At 1:16, Bee pulled out a megaphone and announced, “If you are gathered here in order to rush the line, your badge will be taken, and you will be escorted off.” All 100 of us? 200? Versus her little honor guard? We didn’t move. When a Canada goose wandered off the pond, Bee walked up to it and blared through her megaphone, “This is a goose-free zone.” She said it to be funny, but nobody laughed. Too much had passed between her and us.
By 1:45, at least 400 people had gathered. The original group was still camped on the concrete steps, with newcomers forming parallel lines that stretched alongside the duck pond toward the hotel parking lot. About every thirty minutes, a con employee walked between the lines, urging us to keep the sidewalk clear because “the fire marshal is here,” though I never saw anyone official-looking. One person dubbed our station “the line to get into the line,” and we laughed—finally.
At 2:00, Bee started assembling the line. She did it fairly, calling ten people at a time from different spots, starting with the ur-group on the steps. I got in with the seventh summoning. My reward was to wait another hour before the 3:00 start, though this was better: Revolution had been averted, and I was now guaranteed an autograph. GRRM was scheduled to sign for only an hour, and those who didn’t reach him during that time might be turned away. (When someone griped about this, Bee said simply, “He is not a machine.”)
In all, I waited from 12:15 to nearly 4:00 to meet George R. R. Martin, and it was over with a few strokes of his pen. But it was worth it. The writer was gracious, even charming, and he signed two books for me. Autographs are my favorite part of conventions, and Downey, Jr. was right: You can have fun just sitting and waiting. Looking at cosplays. Writing a story (I got most of this done during the downtime). My wife and I rounded out the day with a couple of panels and that evening’s charity auction, hosted by podcaster and voice actor Rich Sigfrit, who also moderated a sci-fi-centric Whose Line Is It Anyway? starring the improv comedy group Pineapple-Shaped Lamps.
So that was it from Charlotte and the 13th ConCarolinas. Next year is already shaping up to be a good one with writer John Scalzi as the guest of honor. My next stop: Charlotte again for Heroes Convention on June 19. Maybe I’ll see you there!
Indication #1 you are at a sci-fi convention.
Indication # you are at a sci-fi convention.
Guys, no need to fight. There are enough tickets for everyone.
I would have seen GRRM sooner if it weren’t for those meddling kids!
Inside the dealer room.
People came from all over for this convention. Even Golgotha.
No, Johnny Depp was not there. Would have been awesome, though.
GRRM signing line: the Haves . . .
. . . and the Have-Nots
I’m not sure why I bought so much stuff at the auction. Any ideas?
GRRM addresses fans during one of his readings.
Lara Parker and Kathryn Leigh Scott pose for a picture.
My feet were hurting. Throbbing, in fact. With blisters on each ball and heel, even short walks delivered a four square of pain. Ever had a pebble trapped in your shoe? How about a shuriken? Watching me walk, people must have thought, “The poor man. Must have forgotten his crutches. How can he get around on two broken legs?”
I was in this predicament thanks to walking twenty-seven miles in one weekend, mostly around the latest Wizard World Comic Con, which was held May 2-4 in Minneapolis. It was that city’s first-ever Wizard World con, and everything from guests to vendors to venue—the 87-room, 475,000-square-foot downtown convention center—was spectacular.
Headlining the event were Matt Smith and Karen Gillan from Doctor Who. Gillan, a former model, played traveling companion to Smith’s Doctor in series 5-7. I saw her on Saturday, smiling and chatting, her hair in a bun, amid a sea of fans. Smith showed up the next day, and the two had a joint photo op—the third time in North America that this had happened (the first two were the Louisville Comic Con and the St. Louis Comic Con). Other stars were William Shatner, Robert Englund, Ernie Hudson, Ralph Macchio, Neal Adams, Mike Grell, and Lou Ferrigno (my interview with Ferrigno will appear on ConventionScene in a few days). Other events included celebrity one-on-ones, panel discussions, a film festival, RPG tournaments, speed dating, at least 75 exhibitors, and a cosplay contest.
I caught most of Ralph Macchio’s one-on-one session on Saturday afternoon. Now 52 years old, Macchio delights in the Karate Kid franchise, though it used to bother him. In the early 90s, he said, he struggled to find acting work, and there were days he stayed hidden at home because he couldn’t face another “wax on, wax off” encounter. But film quotes were not all that fans said to him. Some told him how the movie had helped them deal with bullying, or it had changed their lives in other ways. When he thought about those people, he realized he would be “foolish” to reject his legacy. Ralph Macchio is a funny, humble guy who likes the Karate Kid re-make (though he doesn’t see it as “iconic”) and who is hoping his future includes more voice acting (he has done several episodes of Robot Chicken). And do his two kids understand their dad’s place in cinematic history? Macchio told the story of his son Daniel (hmm . . . coincidence?) coming across a trove of magazines and other memorabilia from the 80s. The boy raced into his sister’s bedroom and said, “Julia! Dad was huge and we missed it!”
Minneapolis was cold this May—unseasonably so, according to one native, which is just my luck—but the city was grand, the people welcoming, and the comic con a smash hit. If you weren’t there, browse the photos below to see what you missed. Next I am off to ConCarolinas (May 30-June 1) in the Queen City, Charlotte. Maybe I’ll see you!
Day 1 of Minneapolis’s first-ever Wizard World
Can’t wait to get in!
I had trouble finding a parking spot, so . . .
Robert Englund plans his next nightmare.
Deadpool! Get out of the picture!
A couple of convention security officers.
Minnesota isn’t quite the Caribbean, but this pirate didn’t mind.
Look just under the poster of Karen Gillan to see the real Karen Gillan.
My cell phone wasn’t working, so I asked this guy to call my wife. With his mind.
Yes, it’s bigger on the inside, but how many licks does it take to get the Tootsie Roll center?
I thought about asking this guy for directions but decided against it.
Who scheduled a dance competition on the same weekend as Wizard World?!
FAIRY TALES AND THE KING OF MONSTERS TOGETHER IN ORLANDO!
ORLANDO, FL – Kick off the summer with one of the greatest fan events to come to Orlando!
Spooky Empire’s May-Hem convention takes place May 30th-June 1st at The DoubleTree at Universal Studios 5780 Major Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819). A three day weekend with something for everyone!
The first of two Spooky Empire conventions in 2014 brings a fantastic guest list covering not just the horror genre but SciFi, Fantasy, Rock n Roll and more!
Celebrate two film anniversaries starting with actors from the original 1954 “Godzilla” film. Akira Takarada and Haruo Nakajima (the man behind the Godzilla mask) make a rare convention appearance together to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the original film and of course the most recent hit the “Godzilla 2014” redo.
The second appearance would honor the 30th Anniversary of “A Nightmare on Elm Street”. Meet original cast members Robert Englund “Freddy Krueger”, Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss and Ronee Blakley.
“Once Upon a Time” fans get a real treat when cast members make a rare first time appearance together. Meet Lana Parrilla “Regina” (her first convention appearance), Lee Arenberg “Grumpy”, Rebecca Mader “The Wicked Witch”, and Sean Maguire “Robin Hood”. The cast will be available for autographs, photo ops and a Q&A!
To round off this guest list full of headliners is writer and director John Carpenter. John Carpenter’s list of classic films include “Halloween”, “They Live”, “Escape From New York”, “Christine” and countless more.
Spooky Empire always brings a little rock ‘n’ roll to the mix! This year they’ve added “Misfits” members Doyle and Dr. Chud, “The Ramones” own Marky Ramone, and even Ex-“Runaways” members Lita Ford and Cherie Currie.
Wrestling fanactics do not want to miss out on our Friday event “In the Pit with Piper” featuring the one and only “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka! This will be and event to go down in history!
Plus tons more celebrity guests available for meet and greets and autographs all weekend including Disney’s own Pat Carroll (Ursula) from “The Little Mermaid, Jamie Kennedy “Scream” and “Ghost Whisperer”, Laurie Holden “The Walking Dead” and even a gathering of the original “Halloween” cast with Nick Castle, P.J. Soles, Charles Cyphers, Will Sandin, Nancy Loomis and Tommy Lee Wallace!
Spooky Empire is not just about the guests, they have some monstrous events lined up as always. Check out the schedule for events such as : Huge vendor room, live performances, panels and Q&As, Tattoo Festival with special guest artists, Charity Poker Tournament, Monster Museums, films, and for the first time a Dia De Los Muertos Opening Party which takes place starting at 12pm on Friday afternoon.
Closing out the weekend is Spooky Empire’s annual costume contest on Sunday. This year’s contest is sponsored by Orlando’s “Legends: A Haunting at Old Town”. $1,000 in cash prizes and more for winners!
Get your discount advance tickets online now! Just $50 for a 3 day pass ($60 at the door). Daily passes available as well!
Visit spookyempire.com for more information or call the Spooky Empire Hotline at 954-258-7852
Spooky Empire, Inc.
May 26, 2014 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Connecticut, Convention News, Cosplay, Gaming, Horror, Movies, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Video Games, Webcomics
Hartford Comic Con is this weekend! Holy Smokes Batman!
HCC features top celebrity talents like:
Michael Massee: Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2
Giancarlo Esposito: Breaking Bad, Revolution, Once Upon A Time
Katrina Law: Spartacus, Arrow
*NEW* Liam McIntyre: Spartacus
*NEW* Kyla Kenedy: Walking Dead
*NEW* Ellen Hollman: Spartacus
*NEW* Steven Dunlevy: Spartacus
*NEW* Anna Hutchinson: Spartacus, Cabin in the Woods, Power Rangers
Brando Eaton: Dexter, Cabin Fever, Zoey 101
TOP COMIC CREATORS!
We have the comic industries top talents including special guests X-Men’s Ed McGuinness, Tim Sale from Captain America, Jimmy Cheung from Original Sin, Eisner winning cover artist: The Reverend Dave Johnson, Kaare Andrews from Iron Fist, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb from Adventure Time and The Midas Flesh, Sam Ellis from Archer, David Rodriguez from Skylanders, Matthew Dow Smith and Blair Shedd from Doctor Who, Sara Richard and Agnes Garbowska from My Little Pony, Craig Rousseau from Batman ’66, the crews from Big Dog Ink and Station Studios and so many more!
League of Legends live tournament is available! Shout casted by Brando Eaton and guests. Magic Draft Events and Yu-gi-oh Box Tournaments are also available for sign up. Sign up now for chances to win fantastic prizes and get your game on!
KIDS rule at HCC!
Introducing a full KidConn to happening during the two days of fun.
Cosplay your thing?
Bringing their creative skills are Riddle1, BelleChere, Nadyasonika, Nikkinevermore, Echo Endless, and Miggy Jagger!
We offer fun for the whole family!
Gallery Show at the Tobacco Shop, Drink and Draw at McKinnon’s Irish Pub, and the after party at City Steam Brewery! Full details at the link!
Expected attendance will reach 12-15 thousand our first year!
Hartford Comic Con will take place on May 31 – June 1, 2014 at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. For more information, tickets, registration, and the complete list of guests please check out the website: www.hartfordcomiccon.com and follow them on Twitter (@ HartfordCon) and Facebook!
May 26, 2014 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Cosplay, Horror, Massachusetts, Movies, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories, Video Games, Webcomics
Boston Comic Con welcomes KATIE CASSIDY as our newest guest for the 2014 convention! Katie Cassidy is best known to audiences as the character Laurel Lance on the CW’s hit series Arrow. She joins co-star John Barrowman for her first appearance at Boston Comic Con! She has previously starred on several other series including Gossip Girl, Melrose Place, and Supernatural. Katie has appeared on the big screen as well in feature films such as Black Christmas, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Taken. Come meet her on August 8-10th at Boston Comic Con!
Previously announced guests include Sean Astin, James Marsters, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Jason Momoa, Eve Myles, Jewel Staite, Sam Witwer, Simon Bisley, Greg Capullo, Amanda Conner, Danielle Corsetto, Ivy Doomkitty, Adam Kubert, Carlos Pacheco, Jimmy Palmiotti, Eric Powell, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, Jeff Smith, Scott Snyder, Skottie Young, and many more! For the full guest list plus artist alley, exhibitor, and film fest registration please check out the Boston Comic Con website!
About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Friday August 8th, Saturday August 9th and Sunday August 10th at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!
- Our Special Edition: NYC Event will take place Wednesday, May 28th.
- 11:30 to 2:00PM outside the Midtown Comics Times Square store
- There will be a raffle for a pair of NYCC 4 Day tickets and a pair of VIP Special Edition tickets. Every person that is present will be entered.
- Cosplay Contest for 2 VIP tickets to Special Edition: NYC
- Giveaways – comics, NYCC merch, SENYC Posters!
- Raindate: Thursday, May 29th.
We hope you can make it out to this fun event. Cosplayers, come dressed as your favorite superhero for even more prizes and photo opportunities!
Special Edition: NYC is presented by ReedPop, the folks behind New York Comic Con! Special Edition is a pure celebration of comic book culture created specifically for die-hard comic book fans, creators and publishers! It’s a smaller, comics-only convention that will take place at the Javits Center in NYC on Saturday June 15, and Sunday June 16. Tickets are available at Midtown Comics right now, in-store only at our three NYC locations. Tickets are available for single days only, Saturday and Sunday, $30.00 each, $5.00 for kids 6-12.