PalmCon 2014 Photos from WPTV News

PalmCon 2014

Here are some photos as posted by West Palm Beach’s Channel 5 News WPTV.

For more about PalmCon check out their website HERE!

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2014 Report! (Including an Interview with Lou Ferrigno)

It is a truth universally acknowledged . . . No. Let me rephrase. Waiting sucks.

I was in line at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. Shoulders smarting, back stiff as a statute, legs wobbly like a wooden easel, I was waiting for Josh Peck, a guest at this year’s (August 21-24) Chicago Wizard World Con. Josh is best known for starring opposite Drake Bell in the Nicklodeon show Drake & Josh. My daughter loved that show, and I was standing in line for her.

Josh finally arrived, and a great cheer went up–until he realized neither he nor his handler had any photos for him to sign. So we waited another 20 minutes. Chatted him up (his take on appearing in the remake of Red Dawn: “Awesome.”). Someone asked if he would yell “Megan!”, his signature line from Drake & Josh; he politely declined. Oh, and I got a selfie.

2014-08-22_14-01-09_346

(OK, it wasn’t a selfie; I asked someone to take the pic. Shows you how superannuated I am.)

Josh was friendly but ill-at-ease. You could tell he was a convention novice, as opposed to, say, Lou Ferrigno. A regular at Wizard World cons, Lou is best known for his role as the Hulk in the 1978 CBS television series. I got a chance to talk to him for a few minutes.

Me: How did you get started doing conventions?

Lou: I was out with a friend of mine one time, and I went to a place in Hollywood where they had a convention. I walked around, and they kept telling me I ought to do a convention because the fans really want my autograph. I’m so used to giving autographs, and I thought, why not have a table? That’s how it started. It’s a good living.

Me: How long have you been doing conventions?

Lou: About 15 years.

Me: What are some crazy fan stories you can share?

Lou: I had a woman one time who came to me about a year ago, and she had a Hulk tattoo on her leg, and she had my signature tattooed on her leg. She had both legs done, and she wanted to take a picture, and her husband is standing there looking like, every morning I have to get up and look at my wife’s legs with your signature and the Hulk’s picture.

Me: I guess we saw where her loyalties lie. How did you get into character to play the Hulk?

Lou: It came naturally to me. I use pantomiming, acting without speaking, and they just loved it. I used the sensitive part of me to become the character.

Me: You have talked a lot about an actual actor playing the Hulk versus CGI. You’ve said people have told you they preferred your version.

Lou: Over 90% of the people have said that.

Me: Why do you think that is?

Lou: CGI cannot compete with a human Hulk. There is no sensitivity. The Hulk, the character I created, with his vulnerability and sensitivity—it can never be replaced.

Me: When I was growing up, my mother didn’t let me watch the Hulk because she said he was “vulgar.” Did you ever get negative comments from people who didn’t like the character?

Lou: The only negative was a lot of mothers hated me because their sons ripped their shirts and walked around the house that way.

hulk

Another headliner was Stan Lee, whose first autograph session was scheduled for 5:00pm on Friday. I had paid online for an autograph ($80!), and though the ticket was good all weekend, I thought going the first day would help me eschew half-day lines. At 4:00, I strolled to his booth, saw about 20 people standing there, and got in line. Wonderful! I thought. Then: this doesn’t seem right. Next, I noticed three things in the span of 10 seconds:

  1. The Stan Lee VIP badges around the necks of the people in front of me;
  2. To my left, a separate line of proletariat-looking people, where I clearly belonged; and
  3. A con staffer walking toward me.

Once I was moved to the correct line, I waited about an hour, which isn’t bad. At one point, someone said Stan Lee was somewhere in the exhibit hall posing for pictures FREE. I found him, took this picture, and noticed something strange. Do you see it too?

2014-08-22_16-13-37_208

Five points to Gryffindor if you recognize that this person isn’t Stan Lee. I don’t know whether he was a cosplayer, a doppleganger, or something else, but I later got a candid (read: surreptitious) pic of the real deal.

2014-08-22_17-02-46_946

Stan was terrific, charming and humble, and his line managers took a bend-but-don’t-break approach that I appreciated. In fact, all the crowds were well managed. One helpful feature was a signing schedule at every celebrity’s booth, like this one at Josh Peck’s.

2014-08-22_14-08-30_411

Despite being the biggest event in the Wizard World portfolio, Chicago was a delight. I did a lot of waiting, but that is unavoidable, and I passed the time gawking at some world-class cosplayers. The rooms were laid out well, prices were clearly advertised, most things happened on time, and I saw little tension among staff or attendees. CGC was doing comic book grading on site, and that also went well, probably because Stan Lee had his own booth.

2014-08-23_14-43-17_526

If you go to only one Wizard World con ever, make it Chicago. You’ll have a ball. Here are a few more pics to show you why.

2014-08-22_12-34-44_7

No, this isn’t security removing an unruly attendee; it’s just a cadre of cosplayers.

2014-08-22_17-49-50_398

The long and short of it.

2014-08-23_16-54-37_883

Doin’ the Cybertron shuffle.

2014-08-22_17-22-58_157

Looking forward to the Ant Man movie in 2015.

2014-08-22_15-17-57_396

Even the queen had a good time hanging with a few (dis)loyal subjects.

CHANDLER RIGGS at Ultimate Horror Weekend!

Spooky empire Chandler Riggs

“Where’s Carl?” He’ll be at Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend, Saturday, Oct 25th (ONE DAY ONLY) in Orlando, FL.

CHANDLER RIGGS has just been added to our guest list along with cast members of The Walking Dead.

Visit our website www.spookyempire.com for advance discount tickets and VIP Packages!

MELISSA McBRIDE is making her very first Spooky Empire Appearance

Spooky  McBride

The Walking Dead’s MELISSA McBRIDE is making her very first Spooky Empire appearance

Saturday and Sunday ONLY!

Get your advance tickets and VIP packages today and meet “Carol” from The Walking Dead at Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend, October 25-26 in Orlando, FL!

Visit our site www.spookyempire.com for tickets and more details!

Sergio Cariello to attend Winter Garden Wonderfest

Sergio Cariello wonderfest

Sergio Cariello to attend Winter Garden Wonderfest

Cariello has been illustrating comics since 1992. At DC he worked on Superman, Wonder woman,Batman, Green Arrow, Azrael and others. Also drew for Marvel on iconic characters such as Captain America, Thor, Spider-Man, Spider-Girl, Hulk, Avengers and Conan. Taught several courses at the Joe Kubert School over 7 years. Penciled and inked Eisner nominated The Lone Ranger series, also Awarded Best Western Comic Book of the Year by True West Magazine’s Best of the West 2009 Source Book. Recently worked from Larry Hama’s script of GI Joe for IDW and collaborated with Lee Week’s Daredevil “Dark Nights” for Marvel. He’s also illustrated “Son of Samson Manga series for Zondervan Publishers and the Award winner, Best Selling juvenile book” Action Bible” for David C. Cook. Currently illustrating new stories for “The Christ” for Kingstone Media and Biblical Curriculum for Calvary and New Series for David C Cook Publisher , among other gigs here and there.

For mor information on Wonderfest check out the website HERE!

Halloween Reunion at Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend

Halloween reunionSCOUT TAYLOR-COMPTON and KRISTINA KLEBE

are joining Tyler Mane, Dee Wallace and Lew Temple at Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend to represent Rob Zombie’s Halloween! 

Meet all 5 Halloween guests all weekend, October 24-26, 2014 at the DoubleTree at Universal in Orlando, FL. 

Get your discounted advance tickets and VIP packages today at www.spookyempire.com!

PalmCon adds the Floor Layout

PalmCon 2014PalmCon

The Palm Beach County Comic Book & Collectibles Show

PalmCon is Palm Beach County’s Largest Comic Event! Now in its fourth year PalmCon is expanding from a one day event to a TWO DAY celebration!

PalmCon 2014 is taking place on September 27th and 28th at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, located at 650 Okeechobee Boulevard West Palm Beach, FL 33401

http://www.palmcon.net

palmcon floor 2014

Artist Alley/Fan Tables
1 PBC Library System
2 Erick Marquez
3 Keke Illustrations
4 Joe Fauvel
5 George Moss

6 Art by Sabina
7 Rolf Dorisca Art Studio
8 KJC Images
9 Usri’s art
10 LocoDuck Studios

11 Danielle Gransaull
12 Hot Damn Arts
13 Erika Taguchi-Newton
14 Ginger Anne London
15

16 South Florida Brown Coats
17 1701st Fleet
18 Mandel Public Library
19 On A planet Named Up in the Sky
20 Time and Tide Publishing

Vendor Tables
21 Doctor Rob
22 Doctor Rob
23 Doctor Rob
24 Doctor Rob
25 Doctor Rob
26 Doctor Rob
27 Doctor Rob

28 Hanami Sakura
29 Mark Who 42
30 Klassic Komix
31 Sean’s Comics

32 Glen Cohen Books
33 Glen Cohen Books

34 CJs Comics
35 CJs Comics
36 CJs Comics

37 Irving Santiago
38 Irving Santiago
39 Irving Santiago

100 Block
101 NEHS
102 NEHS
103 NEHS
104 NEHS
105 Ella Kate Boutique
106 A Friend Shawls
107 A Design Geek
108 Share Local Art

200 Block
201 Past Present Future Comics
202 Past Present Future Comics
203 Past Present Future Comics
204
205
206 Past Present Future Comics
207 Past Present Future Comics
208 Past Present Future Comics

300 Block
301 Charm Creativity
302 Toy Guyz
303 Pixel Armor
304 Like A Cat
305 Past & Present Comics
306 Past & Present Comics
307 Funky Dead Trees
308 Wicked Toys & Collectibles

400 Block
401 Cosplay for Jedi
402 Nathan Szerdy
403 Jennifer Crumpler
404 Rob Reep Art
405 Inverse Press
406 The Art of Abbazia
407 Think Alike
408 Oops Comic Adventure
409 Hooligans
410 The Pocket Shop

500 Block
501 DMAC Digital Media Arts College
502 JD Netto
503 JD Netto
504 Fuenmayor Art
505 KP Sparkle Boutique
506 Dno’s Collectibles
507 Humphrey Ching
508 Zipper Tan
509 Mervyn McKoy
510 LASIK Vision Institute

600 Block
601 Ransom Designs
602 Idea Storm
603
604 One-Stop-Comic-Shop
605 The Dragon’s Treasure Chest
606 Mike’s Comics
607 Video Game Planet
608 Steve-O’s Collectibles
609 J & Mel’s Comics and
Action Figures
610 Pop Culture Playground

700 Quad
701 Kechal Comics (Kevin Joseph)
702 Creature Entertainment
703 Resistance Entertainment
704 Super Conventions

800 Quad
801 Heroes & Villains
802 Sign Zeppelin
803 Minimeki
804 Heroes & Villains

900 Block
901 Mario’s Comics
902 Rebel Imprint
903 Klassic Komix
904 Rat’s Toys
905 Lisa’s Mom
906 Personally Yours
907 Plastic U Like
908 Zoltan’s Comics

1000 GuestBlock
1001
1002
1003
1004
1005
1006
1007
1008
1009
1010

1100 Block
1101 3D Me
1102 Theresa Dawn
1003 JDT Productions
1004 JDT Productions
1105 A Flawless Image
1106
1007 Tusk
1008

Other Locations

Georgette Pressler – Face Painter

The 501st

The Mandalorian Mercs

The TARDIS

The Batmobile

Setallth Mobile Gaming

The Time & Tide Car

Pow Wow Radio (in Loby)

Jim Shooter: Guest of Honor for FLORIDA SUPERCON

SuperCon Jim ShooterJim Shooter has just been announced as a Guest of Honor for FLORIDA SUPERCON

June 25-28, 2015 at The Miami Beach Convention Center

Jim Shooter – a true legend in the comic book industry – has been a writer, artist, editor, and publisher for nearly fifty years! He is the former Editor-in-Chief for Marvel Comics and Valiant Comics. His writing credits include The Avengers, Secret Wars, Secret Wars II, Action Comics, Adventure Comics, Legion of Super-Heroes, Superboy, Superman’s Pal: Jimmy Olsen, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Star Brand, World’s Finest Comics, Harbinger, Magnus: Robot Fighter, Solar: Man of the Atom, and X-O Manowar. Jim Shooter has created or co-created dozens of characters, including Archer & Armstrong, The Beyonder, Chemical King, Controllers, Emerald Empress, The Fatal Five, Ferro Lad, Graviton, Henry Peter Gyrich, Jocasta, Karate Kid, Laurel Kent, Mordru, Nemesis Kid, Paladin, The Parasite, Persuader Princess Projectra, Rond Vidar, Shadow Lass, Star Brand, Sun-Eater, Symbiote, Tharok, U-Foes, Universo, Validus, and The Wanderers. He came up with the original story for The Transformers and helped oversee the launch of G.I. Joe in the 1980s, contributing many of the major ideas and themes for the story.

www.floridasupercon.com

NYC – NYCC Presents: Heroes & Villains

HeroesVillains-NYCC14-FULL

Fred Van Lente, Greg Pak, and Cory Smith appear on Friday September 5, 2014 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM!

Press Release:

CALLING ALL HEROES!

Do you have what it takes to save the world from mayhem? Prove it when you attend the first installment of New York Comic Con Presents… Heroes! Come dressed to conquer evil and take part in the Heroes Costume Contest for a chance to win tickets to NYCC. Not into the whole tights and cape get up? Bring your pencils and sketch pad and fearlessly draw alongside fellow NYCC Fans in a hero-themed drawing competition, with prizes provided by our special NYCC Comic Guests! You’ll also have a chance to win tickets to NYCC 2014! There will be drink specials for the brave, freebies for the gutsy and an all-around good time for heroes and heroines alike!

More info at the link!

RockBar NYC
185 Christopher Street, New York City, NY 60657
(212) 675-1864

NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay to Debut at New York Comic Con 2014

NYCC cosplay

Press Release:

NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay to Debut at New York Comic Con 2014

First Stop in “Quest for the Crown” Cosplay Competition Circuit to Play Out at NYCC and Lay Foundation for Search to Find Best Cosplayer on the Planet.

New York – August 25, 2014 – Today, ReedPOP, the world’s leading producer of pop culture events, announces the debut of a new Cosplay championship at this year’s New York Comic Con (NYCC). The inaugural NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay will be the biggest and most prestigious costume contest on the East Coast and will serve as the first stop in the “Quest for the Crown,” a new Cosplay competition circuit that celebrates the very best in Cosplay design from all over the world.

Cosplay veterans, former champions and amateurs alike will battle it out for a shot at the NYCC Eastern Championship Crown and over $10,000 in cash and prizes. The Eastern Champion of Cosplay will represent the East Coast in the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay in Chicago in April 2015, the final round in the Quest for the Crown competition. Thousands of NYCC fans will watch in person and millions of people around the world will tune in via the New York Comic Con live stream to witness the spectacle and pageantry of this fun-filled competition celebrating the best Cosplayers the East Coast has to offer — entries spanning the worlds of comics, movies, television, video games, anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy!

“The Crown Championships of Cosplay began in Chicago last year, and we’re excited to now introduce this new leg of our Cosplay tournament here,” said Lance Fensterman, Global Senior Vice President of ReedPOP.  “We love the evolution and growth of our contests — we’ve seen the best Chicago has to offer, and we look forward to expanding this now to reward the passion, dedication and craftsmanship of Cosplayers around America… and ultimately the planet.”

The Crown Championships of Cosplay debuted at ReedPOP’s Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo earlier this year, and New York Comic Con represents the kick-off of a larger Quest for the Crown competition that will span multiple events, all leading up to a final again set in ReedPOP’s C2E2.  ReedPOP, with over 15 events around the globe, looks forward to setting up additional stops in the Quest for the Crown from the US to Australia, creating a new, worldwide platform to showcase the Cosplay community.

NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay Prizes will include:

First Place/Best in Show

  • Two VIP Tickets for C2E2 2015
  • $1,500 Cash
  • Airfare – within the continental US to C2E2 2015
  • Hotel for two nights in Chicago for C2E2 2015
  • Automatic Entry into the final round of the Crown Championships of Cosplay at C2E2
  • $100 Gift Card to ReedPOP Supply Co.

Second Place

  • Two VIP Tickets for NYCC 2015
  • $1,000 Cash
  • $50 Gift Card for ReedPOP Supply Co.

Third Place

  • Two 4-Day Tickets for NYCC 2015
  • $500 Cash
  • $25 Gift Card to ReedPOP Supply Co.

Fans can register here for the NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay, starting today. All submissions must be in by 11:59 PM EDT on Friday, September 19.

About ReedPOP
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions, which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime, East and South, Star Wars Celebration, and the UFC Fan Expo. In 2013, ReedPOP added Star Wars Celebration Europe and PAX Australia to its rapidly expanding portfolio of international events. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion.  ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Australia and the Asia/Pacific. (www.reedpop.com)

Next Page »