Spooky Empire posts Photo Op info for Ultimate Horror Weekend

Spooky Empire LogoPre-Sale autograph and photo op tickets are available for the following guests.


Autographs and photo ops will also be available for purchase on site.

Prices are per autograph or photo op.

Autograph and /or photo op fees do not include admission to the show. Tickets to the show must be purchased separately.

Pre sale tickets will guarantee your chance for meet and greet/autograph or get a photo. 

Once lines are cut off only pre-sale ticket holders will be allowed to stay in line. 

Pre-Sale Autograph tickets will only be available online until Thursday, October 29th.

See the list here!

DeLand Comic & Collectibles Show hits January 10th!


For more info visit www.cfcollectibles.com

MegaCon Announces New Fall Show November 21st – 22nd!


Announcing MegaCon Fan Days!! Join us November 21-22 for a FANtastic fall show!

‪‎ Mega Fan Days brings you more of the MegaCon fandom, fun, & geekery you love – just in time before we ramp up for our MEGA show in May!

1st Guest announced Samwise Gamgee brings the shire to Orlando! Meet fan fave Sean Astin!

For more information visit http://megaconfandays.com

PalmCon hits this Weekend September 26th & 27 th!


Come out to the Palm Beach County Convention Center – September 26th & 27th for Palm Beach’s Original Comic-Con!

Meet Special Guest Matthew Wood – General Grievous in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: The Clone Wars!

Meet Special Guest Carlos Castellanos! Carlos is the illustrator of the nationally syndicated comic strip Baldo!

Meet Special Guest the one and only Captain Cartoon – Dick Kulpa! He is an accomplished artist, who worked on the Star Trek and Bruce Lee comic strips and headed up Cracked Magazine. He is also the creator of (the still on the loose) Bat-Boy for the Weekly World News!

PalmCon: The Palm Beach County Comic Book and Collectibles Show is Palm Beach County’s biggest comic and pop culture convention. Now celebrating their fifth year, PalmCon continues to hold true to it’s mission statement to bring Palm Beach County the best in comics, animation, and pop-culture while providing a fun and safe family friendly atmosphere.

More information and tickets can be found on our site! http://www.palmcon.net

Spooky Empire Announces a Very Impressive Line Up for UHW!

SE_flyer_2015Spooky Empire’s line up for this year Ultimate Horror Weekend October 30th- Nov 1st!

Includes a SCREAM and WILLY WONKA Reunion plus legend BURT REYNOLDS!

For more info and ticket information check out the website!

DragonCon 2015 Report (with an Interview with Caroll Spinney)!

DragonCon log
It started with my friend John, whom you may remember as my sometime convention companion. He was with me at Minneapolis Wizard World and at Spooky Empire in Orlando, where we discussed the popularity of horror movies while waiting to meet Tobin Bell.

Back in 2011, John sent me an email that read, “Son, look at this.” John and I have called each other “son” for twenty years. It’s our oldest invention, the stone tools of our friendship. His email included a link to a convention called DragonCon, which I was unfamiliar with. “We should go to this to watch all the freaks,” he went on. “We’d have the time of our lives!”

We went to DragonCon that year, plus the next two. In 2014, John was unavailable, so I took my wife and daughter, who went with me again this year, marking my fifth Labor Day weekend spent in Atlanta, Georgia.

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DragonCon has been held in the Dogwood City since 1986, when it was started by a science fiction and gaming group, the Dragon Alliance of Gamers and Role-Players (DAGR). From the outset, it was different. In an era when most conventions focused on a single universe (Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who) or medium (comics, games, science fiction), DragonCon was founded as a multi-genre convention, and it has remained one ever since.

That first gathering drew 1,400 fans and featured some surprisingly renowned guests: Robert Asprin, Lynn Abbey, Michael Moorcock, and the band Blue Öyster Cult. Attendance grew every year, doubling in some years. By 1995, it was at 14,000. It topped 40,000 in 2010, and in 2015, just five years later, over 65,000 were expected. Heck, there are now more volunteers (2,300+) than inaugural attendees!

Most gatherings of that size take place in convention centers, but DragonCon is still hotel-based. Initially confined to the Piedmont Plaza, it now swamps five four-star venues: the Hilton, Hyatt Regency, Marriott Marquis, Sheraton, and Westin. Vendor booths are located in a sixth building, the AmericasMart. Over 3,000 hours of programming are spread among those hotels, divided into fortysomething tracks. Tracks such as comics and Tolkien are the DNA of DragonCon. Others like podcasting, Whedon Universe, and filking are newer. The curriculum is always changing, always improving, according to Dan Carroll, DragonCon’s director of media. The alternate history track, for example, was added seven years ago when a panel on the topic was planned for 400 people. Over 3,000 showed up.

I went to one panel this year. Cacophonously titled “Legendary SW Authors Talk Mythos,” it featured four writers—Rebecca Moesta, Timothy Zahn, Michael Stackpole, and Kevin J. Anderson—who have totaled no fewer than 50 Star Wars novels. To call these authors “legendary” carries a double meaning, as their works, like others of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, are no longer canon thanks to a 2014 Lucasfilm decree. (This article describes the new continuity in detail.)

The authors talked about this decision, not to bellyache but to explain that it isn’t the degradation most fans seem to think. They knew from the start that they were scribblers, hired to tell tales from someone else’s world. They didn’t feel betrayed; they felt lucky for the opportunities. After all, it isn’t just any world—it is Star Wars, one of the best worlds in this, or any, universe. Besides, there is nothing to stop Lucasfilm from taking their work—say, Michael Stackpole’s X-Wing books—and turning it into a separate movie or TV series, a possibility hinted at during last year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

The panelists discussed other topics, including their tastes in stories (westerns, Doc Savage, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and fortuitously, romances like Gone with the Wind), what influenced them as writers, and how they collaborate. It was a fascinating colloquy despite the feebleness of the moderator, a supposed Star Wars blogger whose questions were rambling and confused the panelists. One question had already been answered by Stackpole, and after the moderator asked it, Kevin J. Anderson said, “Mike, you want to run through that again?” The moderator smiled, turned to the audience, and said, “Never mind. We’ll take your questions now.”

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One of the biggest attractions of DragonCon is the Walk of Fame, where all the TV, movie, gaming, and other guests interact with fans. Over 400 guests attended this year, a few of them household names: Stephen Amell, John Barrowman, Katie Cassidy, Karen Gillan, Nichelle Nichols, and Edward James Olmos. I wanted to interview some guests, a process DragonCon manages better than most conventions. Reporters who are granted press passes must be separately approved for interviews. These approvals are based on the size of their media outlets. Once I got my approval, I could request interviews with up to ten guests.

With over 500 interview requests for 114 slots (according to Samantha Douglas, the interview coordinator), not every reporter approved for interviews actually gets one. Imagine my surprise when I was offered two: one with Sylvester McCoy, who played the Seventh Doctor on Dr. Who, and one with Caroll Spinney, who played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street. The interviews were actually press conferences held in one of the Marriott meeting rooms. About twelve reporters were at each one. Most represented nerd-news sites like ConventionScene, though I also saw CNN and Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Through no fault of DragonCon, the press conferences were disasters. After we waited thirty minutes for Sylvester McCoy, someone came in to say that he was cancelling. His panel had run long, and because he was leaving that afternoon, there was no time to reschedule. Carol Spinney was over an hour late (he simply forgot) and stayed only about ten minutes. Here is a bit of what he had to say:

Reporter: I heard in other interviews that you based Big Bird on a four-year-old child. Over the years, have you had to adjust your characterization of that four-year-old child version of Big Bird based on the generations?

Spinney: Actually, initially, since I decided Big Bird could not read or write, he was four-and-a-half. Then I had to go up to six. And now he has been six for years. He is a precocious child of six. He travels by himself with a dog. And he went to China, somehow. I don’t know how he got tickets. I think it’s just fun playing him as a kind of wide-eyed child. I get letters all the time from children saying, “Big Bird, you’re my best friend. Please come and play with me.” One said, “How about next Thursday?”

Reporter: When the movie [Follow That Bird, 1985] came out, Big Bird had already been around for a while, and a whole generation of children had been watching him and relating to him as a friend, and kids really felt that their friend had been kidnapped. Were you expecting Big Bird to connect to a whole country of children at that deep of a level?

Spinney: I didn’t really know what to expect. When Jim Henson hired me, we were both puppeteers. I would do whatever characters needed performing, but by the third year, with Big Bird, I was so busy. They tried to have me continue doing the incidental stuff too, but one day, Big Bird was in almost all the scenes, and I had to keep taking a taxi up and down Broadway [performing as different characters in different scenes], so one day I said, “Let’s not play this game anymore.” On the fourth year, I said I was busy enough that we needed more puppeteers. So we got some more.

Reporter: I saw that you visited the Center for Puppetry Arts yesterday. Can you talk about what you saw and did there?

Spinney: Well, the museum is going to open by November. They have so many things to display. I saw the place where they are building and repairing puppets, a lot of the Henson puppets that are worn-out. Some of the material has decayed. It has turned to powder. The only puppet I ever created myself is one that has gone to pieces. It was Bruno, who carried Oscar’s trash can around. There were fake arms going to Bruno’s shoulders, and my hands were inside. Oscar would come up and try to boss him around, but Bruno would not be bossed. I designed Bruno so that my head was in his head. I could see out through where the bags under his eyes would be. He looked like a Bert-type puppet. That way, we could get Oscar out on stage for concert tours. I asked a couple of years ago why we don’t use Bruno in shows anymore. He doesn’t exist. He has turned to powder. I asked why they don’t make a new one. It would cost $20,000, so good-bye, Bruno.

Reporter: You are an animator as well. Are you planning on making any future animations?

Spinney: Not really. After four years of doing it in Boston, I kind of got tired of it. I was glad it didn’t have to be my permanent career. I was hired by Disney Studios to be an animator, though I didn’t take the job. This was 1957, and the pay was only $56 a week for the first two years. I decided I’d try for something different, so I did. Walt [Disney] actually walked into the room during my interview. I never actually got to speak to him. I had always had a bucket list of three people I would like to meet: Andrew Wyeth, who I spent an afternoon with once and his son Jamie; Walt Disney—at least I was in the same room with him, and I turned his company down; and the other one was Jim Henson, who personally hired me. So I guess I accomplished all those.

Caroll Spinney in the interview room

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Suppose you are thinking of going to DragonCon in 2016, which will be its 30th anniversary. What do you need to know?

  •  Book early. Tickets are plentiful, but the hotels fill up fast. The marketing manager at the Hyatt told me that it takes fifteen minutes to sell his 1,250 guest rooms for DragonCon weekend.
  • Prepare to wait. You will wait for autographs. You will wait for panels. You will wait for the Heroes & Villains ball or the DragonCon Burlesque or panels with the biggest celebrities. Heck, you will wait for an elevator or a restroom. Get used to it.
  • Pay in cash. I have a dream that someday the DragonCon decision-makers will realize they need to mail pre-paid badges. What’s the point of buying online when you have to pick them up in-person? This means 65,000 people standing in line. Yes, registration starts on Thursday, but this benefits only those who buy a weekend pass. Those who want a one-day pass on Saturday can only buy it on Saturday and must pick it up on-site, even if they paid online. You may as well pay for a one-day on-site, and if you do, pay cash. The cash line is terribly shorter and faster than the credit card line.
  •  Account for the parade. A highlight of the weekend is the Saturday parade, which starts at 10:00am and stretches through downtown. Over 80,000 people show up to watch, making it the second largest parade in the state of Georgia (the first is the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade). Along the parade route, every inch of sidewalk bears a geeky gawker. It’s like a Marvel mosh pit, so plan accordingly. I heard one woman complaining that she had missed her Saturday morning photo op (which she had paid for) because she could not reach the hotel through the throng.
  •  Schedules are bunk. The program you are handed at registration contains a detailed schedule for the entire weekend. It is outdated the moment it is printed. There is a smartphone app that is kept current, but even it is not omniscient. For example, when I entered the Walk of Fame on Saturday, I saw a handwritten sign taped above Karen Gillan’s booth announcing that she would arrive on Sunday. DC Comics luminary George Perez left at 1:00pm on Saturday, and that was announced only when his signing line was cut off at noon. And I’ve already mentioned the press conference bloopers. Bottom line: No one can manage a convention of this heft flawlessly, so be flexible. Don’t have a meltdown when something goes awry.
  • Take care of yourself. Dan Carroll calls DragonCon an “immersive experience.” This can be dreadful if you don’t manage it. He told me about an attendee some years back, a diabetic, who fainted during a session in the gaming room. She told the EMT who restored her that she hadn’t eaten in two hours. “When did you last eat?” the EMT asked. “Around 2:00,” the woman answered. The EMT looked at her and said, “Honey, it’s now 11:00.”

Six buildings. 65,000 attendees. 2,400 volunteers. A $55 million economic impact. You may have attended conventions in the past, but none compares to DragonCon, one of the United States’ largest and most venerable. Nowhere is this more evident than in the cosplays, which are more sumptuous than those you’ll see anywhere. Check them out for yourself below. Maybe I’ll see you there next year, when I plan to be dressed like this.

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twenties DC

Gotham City’s underworld, circa 1925

Big Trouble

I didn’t want trouble, but these guys brought it. Big trouble.

Star Wars

George Lucas’s first casting attempt


Here’s Sam. Where’s Dean?


It’s always hot in Georgia in early September. Some people respond by practically going nude.

Scooby gang

Who you gonna call? Sorry, wrong ghostbusters.

scooby villains

Maybe Mystery Inc. was looking for these guys. I found them instead.


I went to DragonCon looking for a life-size Barbie doll. Here it is.

Steampunk ood

This was a ood cosplay . . . I mean, a good cosplay.

Kermit & Piggy

An impromptu Muppet Show breaks out.


I found a baby once. Then this guy took him from me.


Preach it, Deadpool. Preach it.


Want to know what 3,000+ cosplayers in a parade look like? Here’s a glimpse.

Wife and daughter

Want to know what happens when my wife and daughter spend an entire weekend together? Here’s a glimpse.

MA – Batman Day 2015 Signing


Artist ALEX CORMACK (Future Proof, Oxymoron, I Play the Bad Guy) appears at The Hall of Comics on Saturday, September 26th from noon till 4:00 PM and will do free sketches to celebrate Batman Day 2015. They will also raffle off an original Batman drawing by Alex for charity. Plus there will be several cosplayers to pose for photos.

RSVP on Facebook!

The Hall of Comics
3 Turnpike Rd, Southborough, MA 01772
(508) 485-1300

Long Beach Comic Con Announces 2015 Programming

Long Beach 2015

Press Release:

Long Beach Comic Con Announces Highlights From Its Guest List, Full Programming Slate & Key Initiatives for September 12 & 13th, 2015

Long Beach, CA (September 2, 2015) – In advance of the seventh annual Long Beach Comic Con, MAD Event Management announced today highlights from its guest list, the full slate of programming for the convention and several major initiatives. All told, the convention will play host to more than 175 guests, 100 panels, and 300 artist alley exhibitors and more than 475 exhibitors. The convention will be held September 12th and 13th in the main exhibition hall at the Long Beach Comic Convention Center.

This year’s Long Beach Comic Con guest list is amazingly diverse with over 175 guests, including:

  • Popular TV, Film & gaming stars:
    • John Barrowman (Merlin from ARROW);
    • Chloe Bennet (Skye on MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD);
    • Peter Shinkoda and Tommy Walker (Marvel’s DAREDEVIL)
    • Maitland Ward Baxter (BOY MEETS GIRL).
  • Acclaimed TV & Film writers:
    • Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas (Marvel Entertainment’s AGENT CARTER);
    • Christos Gage and Ruth Fletcher Gage (Marvel’s DAREDEVIL);
    • Marc Guggenheim (ARROW);
    • Jeff King (WHITE COLLAR);
    • Man of Action’s Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle), the creators of BEN 10 and the team/characters in BIG HERO 6
  • More than 150 comic book writers and artists:
    • Legendary artist Art Adams (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY TEAM UP);
    • Kris Anka (Marvel’s CAPTAIN MARVEL)
    • Joe Casey (SEX)
    • Adam Kubert and the Joe Kubert School, making their first appearance at a Long Beach Show;
    • Joshua Hale Fialkov (THE LIFE AFTER);
    • Kyle Higgins (C.O.W.L.)
    • Joe Kelly (I KILL GIANTS)
    • Dustin Nguyen (DESCENDER);
    • David Petersen, celebrating the 10th anniversary of MOUSE GUARD;
    • Duncan Rouleau (THE GREAT UNKNOWN)
    • Stan Sakai, the legendary creator of USAGI YOJIMBO;
    • Steven T. Seagle (It’s a bird …)
    • Marc Silvestri, popular artist and CEO of Top Cow Productions;
    • STAR WARS artists Stuart and Kathryn Immonen;
    • Legendary writers Len Wein (SWAMP THING) and Marv Wolfman (NEW TEEN TITANS).
  • Cosplay fan favorites:
    • Nicole Marie Jean
    • Miss Chrissy Lynn;
    • Raychul Moore;
    • Destiny Nickelsen;
    • International Cosplayer Giada Robin;
    • Vampy Bit Me;
    • Vegas Power Girl.

“Long Beach Comic Con is a celebration of the creative arts,” said Long Beach Comic Con Executive Director and Co-Founder Martha Donato. “In addition to panels devoted to DC Entertainment, Marvel Entertainment, Aspen Comics, Image Comics and Dark Horse Comics, we have amazing, family-friendly programming dedicated to animation, tv, film and novels and exhibitors and sponsors such as Columbia Memorial Space Center, Lionsgate Films, and T-Mobile and sponsors like Bernina and Kettle.

Programming highlights include:

  • Anniversary panels for 30 Years of ROBOTECH animation and 10 years of MOUSE GUARD graphic novels;
  • Breaking Into Hollywood A conversation with Ralph Garman (BATMAN ‘66 MEETS THE GREEN HORNET), Joshua Fialkov (AFRO SAMURAI: RESURRECTION), Marc Guggenheim (ARROW) and Kyle Higgins (THE LEAGUE), moderated by Aaron Couch, LA Digital News Editor of People Magazine;
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer panel;
  • “Couples Therapy”, in which KROQ ‘s Ralph Garman talks with Hollywood power couple Tara Butters (MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD) and Marc Guggenheim (ARROW);
  • The Devastator Presents: Funny Book Fest;
  • Dwayne McDuffie Awards Announcements of nominees for the award, to be presented at Long Beach Comic Expo next spring;
  • GeekFest Film Fest, including three full length feature films, short films, web series and fan films including a “Star Wars Musical”;
  • How to Conquer the Animation World with James Ganiere (CEO at Rio Vista Universal), Dean DeBlois (writer and director of HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 3), Mike Morris (Animator for THE SIMPSONS), Terran Gregory (Project Director at Blizzard Entertainment) and Forrest Whaley (ForrestFire101 – Maker Studio/YouTube).
  • #PerformanceMatters. Creating your Character in Video Games. Troy Baker (BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM), Crispin Freeman (WORLD OF WARCRAFT), Phil LaMarr (MWETAL GEAR SOLID 2), Liam O’Brien (WORLD OF WARCRAFT), America Young (HALO 5) and Thom Willams (MIDDLE EARTH: SHADOW OF MORDOR)
  • Psychology of Daredevil. Join Dr. Andrea Letamendi, who has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Christos Gage and Ruth Fletcher Gage, writers on Netflix’s original DAREDEVIL series, and actors Tommy Walker (Francis) and Peter Shinkoda (Nobu) as they discuss the intersection of psychology and comic books, specifically focusing on the characters they write and play on DAREDEVIL.
  • A Q &A with John Barrowman;
  • Shades & Shadows Reading Series including a live show;
  • A STAR WARS panel with Brian Miller , illustrator for Topps, novelist Cecil Castellucci (STAR WARS: MOVING TARGET), and Stuart Immonen, artist for Marvel’s best selling STAR WARS comic books.
  • 2 days of #MakeComics panels devoted to teaching aspiring writers and artists how to make comics.

New initiatives and exclusives include:

  • Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles

Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles

Due to generous donations and grants, 200 greater Los Angeles girls—including 100 girls from underserved communities—will take part in a program that includes meeting comic professionals, playing laser tag and attending a workshop where they can earn their Comic Book Artist and Novelist badges. This year actress Chloe Bennet, who plays Skye on MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD, will be presenting the girls with their Comic Artist badges.

“At the Long Beach Comic Con, middle school and high school Girl Scouts will be able to work one-on-one with professional comic book artists, writers, editors, and young adult novelists to create a comic book page from start to finish,” said Lise L. Luttgens, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles’ Chief Executive Officer. “Girl Scouts is all about giving girls access to hands-on experiences that empower them to discover and pursue their passions, and this unique collaboration with the Long Beach Comic Con is a perfect example of that.”

  • Golden Apple LBCC-Exclusive STAR WARS variant cover

Exhibitor Golden Apple Comics will sell a Long Beach Comic Con exclusive edition of STAR WARS: SHATTERED EMPIRE issue 1 with a cover by artist Phil Noto. The comic is an exclusive available through Golden Apple and GameFly. Golden Apple will be exhibiting at LBCC at booth # 1024.

  • The Hero Initiative Limited Edition Beer designed by artist Clayton Crain

The Hero Initiative, a charity dedicated to helping comic book creators in financial need, has partnered with Los Angeles brewery MacLeod Ale for a limited-edition label for The King’s Taxes Scottish Ale, designed by GHOST RIDER and CARNAGE artist Clayton Crain. The art will appear on a limited run of bottles, signed prints and commemorative glasses. Hero Initiative will host a special tasting from 6 PM to 9 PM Saturday, and have a full selection of The King’s Taxes merchandise available.

  • LifeStream Blood Bank, a not-for-profit blood bank with host a blood drive on site
  • A MAGIC: THE GATHERING tournament

CoastCardsAndCollectibles.com will host a Magic the Gathering tournament, which will include on-demand Origins Drafts and Standard Constructed as well as running Standard Constructed and Modern Main Events.  Kids(12 and under) will also have exclusive Pokemon and MtG events on both days!”

  • The Inaugural Long Beach Space Expo

The Columbia Memorial Space Center is partnering with Long Beach Comic Con for Space Expo 2015, an innovative and one-of-a-kind program that will connect comic book convention attendees directly with the world of scientific discovery. Panels will be held featuring top aerospace industry notables discussing hot button scientific topics and there will be interactive exhibits featuring robotics, 3D printing, and even a spacesuit – all curated by Columbia Memorial Space Center, the prestigious CA-based learning center dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of science to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

“The Space Expo is an innovative way to connect the public to space and science,” said Columbia Memorial Space Center President Ben Dickow. “Instead of making people come to us, we’re taking science and technology to them with two full days of activities and speakers who are at the top of the space field. The Expo will give the public the opportunity to interact directly with NASA professionals and space explorers. We’ve put together the largest collection of JPL scientists we know of, outside of an academic conference, all ready to share their love of space with you!”

Enjoy an exciting weekend full of exceptional guests and exhibitors, and engaging panels, at Long Beach Comic Con, Saturday, September 12 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday, September 13 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Long Beach Convention Center. The show opens to advance ticket holders both days at 9:30 AM. Tickets are available now through the website: www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

Follow Long Beach Comic Con on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and information.


Long Beach Comic Con is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center that celebrates comic books and pop culture and showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Con, you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs for all ages, guest signings and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. Long Beach Comic Con is a MAD Event Management, LLC production. To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

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The Columbia Memorial Space Center, located in Downey, California, is a hands-on learning center dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of science and innovation to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.  Through world-class programs and engaging exhibits, the Space Center strives to ignite a community of critical and creative thinkers. 

Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles serves more than 40,000 girls in partnership with more than 20,000 volunteers throughout the diverse communities of Los Angeles County and parts of Kern, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties. The council engages girls through programs in Leadership, Business and Financial Literacy, Outdoor Adventure, STE[A]M (science, technology, engineering, art, math), and Healthy Living. To join, volunteer, reconnect, or support, visit www.girlscoutsla.org or call 213-213-0123.

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $700,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

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CA – Star Wars Authors Signing

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Cecil Castellucci, Michael Kogge, Cole Horton, and Adam Bray sign at Mysterious Galaxy Books on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 9:30pm!

Press Release:

Rebels and Imperial loyalists are invited to our Galaxy for the midnight launch of Star Wars®: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, sure to offer the best insights into everything diehard fans have wondered about the Star Wars® universe, as they prepare for the advent of “Star Wars®: The Force Awakens,” premiering on December 18. Our festive evening will include photo opportunities, The Imperial Sands Garrison, a coloring station and activity sheets, two family-friendly trivia rounds, and a session with moderators Sarah and Richard, hosts of the popular “Skywalking Through Neverland” podcast, interviewing the authors, leading up to a climactic book signing when the books go on sale at midnight! Giveaways include Star Wars®: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know posters, assorted Star Wars® bookmarks, sticker sheets, DK Star Wars® “Be A Rebel. Read A Book.” t-shirts & tote bags, and other wonderful prizes.

Michael Kogge is an American screenwriter and author who has written for several Star Wars projects, and three books in the Star Wars Rebels series, Rise of the Rebels, The Rebellion Begins, and Droids in Distress, as well as an original epic comic, Empire of the Wolf.

Cole Horton is a 20th century historian and longtime member of the Star Wars community, and has served as historian for StarWars.com. Cole is active in the Star Wars fan community as an R2 Builder, member of the 501st Legion, and occasional collector.

Adam Bray, travel writer, journalist, explorer, and adventurer, is a contributor to 40 books on travel in Southeast Asia and called a ‘Modern Indiana Jones’ by CNN. Adam is the author of DK’s Star Wars: What Makes a Monster? and Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide.

Authoress and Artiste Cecil Castellucci is well known to Mysterious Galaxy readers. Very little is known about her new middle grade novel, Star Wars®: Journey to The Force Awakens: Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure, except that the warrior princess is featured front and center!

The Imperial Sands Garrison’s Mission is to keep the story of Star Wars alive for current and future generations by creating high-quality costumes and props based on the Star Wars universe, and to contribute to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.

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Mysterious Galaxy Books
5943 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92111

Hartford Comic Con Returns on Sept. 19-20, 2015


Hartford Comic Con returns this September 19-20, 2015 at the XL Center in Hartford, CT! In the very first year, over 11,000 fans attended and this year they are looking for even more fans to join in the fun!

The staff has been hard at work putting together a great guest line up for this year’s convention and will continue to do so up to the opening of the show! Currently the following comic creators are scheduled to appear: Ray Fawkes, Chad Hardin, John Tyler Christopher, Ed McGuinness, Ben Templesmith, Dave Dorman, Jeremy Bastian, Craig Rousseau, Mark McKenna (special host for this year’s Kids Conn!), Jack Purcell, Bob Almond, Khary Randolph, Paul Ryan, Sara Richard, Darby Pop!, Jeff Schultz, Ransom Getty, Nate Bellegarde, Mike Lilly, Matt Fletcher, Braden Lamb, Alex Sanchez, Eric Talbot, Alex Sanchez and Ale Garza!

Additionally several media guests from movies and television will also appear: Kelly Hu, Eric Roberts, Michael Jai WhiteJoey Lauren Adams, Christy Romano, BJ Britt, Ernie Hudson, Samantha Newark, Nicki Clyne, Robert Axelrod, Jeff Kline, Taimak, Tito Santana, and Trina Nishimura!

For those interested in either Artist Alley tables or Vendor space, please visit our website www.hartfordcomiccon.com and follow the link under the registration tab.

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For those interested in attending our event, tickets are available directly from the XL Center’s homepage www.xlcenter.com, by phone 877-522-8499, or by visiting the XL Center itself.

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