Daytona Beach Comic Con Returns in November 2017

Daytona’s original longest running one day comic and toy convention returns on Sunday November 5, 2017!

For more info check out the website HERE!

RICHARD DREYFUSS joins Spooky Empire this October

The one and only RICHARD DREYFUSS joins us at Spooky Empire this October in Orlando, FL!

While there is no introduction needed for this Hollywood Icon, some of his better known films include: “JAWS” (Matt Hooper), “CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND” (Roy Neary), “PIRANHA 3D”, “AMERICAN GRAFITTI”, “JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH” (Centipede), “STAND BY ME” (The Writer), “MR. HOLLANDS OPUS”, “THE CREW”, “KRIPPENDORFS TRIBE”, “W” (Dick Cheney), “DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS” and many, many more!

Meet RICHARD DREYFUSS October 27-29, 2017 at Spooky Empire at the Hyatt Regency Orlando!

Tickets, VIP Packages and room reservations are now on sale and moving fast! Get everything you need at www.spookyempire.com

Avatar Legacy Panel at SDCC 2017

The Legend and Legacy Avatar: The Last Airbender continue at Comic-Con International in San Diego on Saturday July 22nd from 10:00 – 11:00 AM!

Press Release:

Even though the story of Aang and Korra has ended, the fans keep the legacy alive! Moderated by Avatar_Mom, the panel showcases inspired fan artists and conversations with professionals from the series. Join Candice Canes (pottery artist), Cheryl Duong (artist), Paola Harris “Irrel” (artist), Kevin Coppa (creator of Puppetbenders), Dante Basco (voice actor, Prince Zuko/General Iroh II), Dee Bradley Baker (voice actor, Momo, Appa, Tarrlok, and more), and *just added* Avatar Korra herself Janet Varney to celebrate this amazing series and awesome community of fans. We may even have a surprise guest! During the panel there will be a live comic reading, cosplay contest, and a Q&A. Room 25ABC

Long Beach Comic Con 2017 Announces First Guests and Show Features

Press Release:

Long Beach Comic Con 2017 Announces First Guests & Show Features

Annual Southern California Pop Culture Convention Returns This September!

Long Beach, California (June 27, 2017) – Looking to get a little more comic in your comic con? Yearning to photograph your favorite Cosplayers without fear of being trampled by roving gangs of exclusives hunters?? Have we got the show for you! Long Beach Comic Con returns to the Long Beach Convention Center this September 2nd and 3rd for a weekend long celebration of pop culture in all the colors of your geeky rainbow! Visit with comic industry icons, discover new comic titles, shop aisles packed with sought after collectibles and superbly talented artists, get a picture with your favorite TV and Movie stars and sit in on inspiring panels with today’s most influential entertainment industry professionals… all in one day!

“It’s an amazing time to be a fan of all things geek right now” remarked Martha Donato, President of MAD Event Management, the producers of Long Beach Comic Con and several more pop culture events across the globe. “With our favorite comic characters crossing over into TV and film at an ever accelerating rate, we are more than happy to continue to provide a safe space for fans new and old to come together and celebrate where imagination, creativity and drive can take us.”

Our first round of Long Beach Comic Con guests includes:

Dave Gibbons (Artist on Watchmen, Captain America, Batman)
Pia Guerra ( Co-Creator of Y The Last Man / Penciler on Hellblazer, Black Canary)
Tony Harris (Co-Creator of Starman, Ex Machina / Artist on Doctor Strange, JSA: The Unholy Three)
Sandy King Carpenter (Co-Creator and Editor at Storm King Comics)
Camilla d’Errico (Comic Artist and Painter)
Tyler Kirkham (Artist on Green Lantern, Amazing Spider-Man, Superman)
Whilce Portacio (Artist on Uncanny X-Men, Batman, Spawn)
Barbara Randall Kesel (Writer on Hawk and Dove, Ultragirl, Meridian, The First)
Scott Koblish (Artist on Deadpool)
Noel G. (Actor on The Fast and the Furious 1-7, The Purge, Walking Dead)
Neil Ross (Voice Actor on The Transformers, Voltron, Spider-Man, Metal Gear Solid, Call of Duty)
Rikki Simons (Voice Actor on Invader Zim / Co-Creator & Writer on Robotech: Clone)
BJ Ward (Voice Actress on G.I.Joe, The Incredible Hulk, Voltron)
Will Ryan (Voice Actor on G.I.Joe, Land Before Time, The Little Mermaid)

Appearing in Cosplay Corner:

Ali Williams
Angi Viper
Amber Brite
Bernie Bregman
Alkali Layke
Molecular Agatha
GemGem Cosplay
Zabracus Cosplay
Lisa Pinelli

The McDuffie Awards for Diversity in Comics:

Five creators will be awarded for their contributions and commitment to diversity, both on the page and behind the scenes in the comic book industry. The award’s namesake, Dwayne McDuffie, is well known among fans and entertainment professionals alike with work on Warner Bros. Justice League Unlimited, Ben 10 and Static Shock animated TV series — the latter of which he co-created, based on the Milestone Media property he was partially responsible for. He also worked on projects for Marvel, DC and other publishers. In 1993, he became one of the founding partners of Milestone Media, a studio created to promote diversity in mainstream comic books and other media. He died in 2011, aged 49. We celebrate his life, his work, and the commitment of creators following in his footsteps.

Judges for this year’s award include a number of comic book industry luminaries, including celebrated Black Panther writer Don McGregor, Batgirl and Birds of Prey writer Gail Simone, Green Lantern and Iron Man artist Mark D. Bright, and Milestone Media’s Matt Wayne, among many others. The winner of the award will be announced at a special ceremony on Saturday at the Long Beach Comic Expo in February of 2018. Nominations will be opened at Long Beach Comic Con in early September 2017.

Space Expo:

For those who’d like a little nerding-out along with their geektastic adventures! MAD Events is dedicated to providing high-quality educational and often, interactive attractions made accessible through a pop culture atmosphere. Space Expo brings together the Space and Entertainment industries to strengthen them by fostering interest and creating future scientists and engineers. Hear from leading scientists, conduct experiments, check out authentic tools of space exploration and even see how you’d look as an astronaut!

In the coming months, we’ll be rolling out news on special guests, show features, panels and more than a few surprises, so keep an eye on LongBeachComicCon.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter and you won’t miss a beat!

Long Beach Comic Con tickets are on sale NOW at LongBeachComicCon.com
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ABOUT MAD EVENT MANAGEMENT: MAD Event Management is an all-purpose event planning facilitator whose owners have 50 combined years of experience producing annual large-scale consumer conventions around the country, including Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Dallas. MAD’s capabilities include: Site Selection, Exhibit Staffing, Marketing Plans, Vendor Selection, Floor Plan Development, On-Site Execution, Sponsor Exhibitor Sales, Travel Management, Contract Development, Setup & Disassembly and Contract Coordination. Visit www.madeventmanagement.com for additional information.

Chandler Riggs added to FLORIDA SUPERCON

Chandler Riggs, best known for his role as Carl Grimes on The Walking Dead, has just been added to the guest list for FLORIDA SUPERCON www.floridasupercon.com JULY 27-30, 2017 @ The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center.

FLORIDA SUPERCON is 4 days of fun featuring celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors, industry guests, cosplayers, artists, writers, panels, Q&A’s, films & shorts, costume & cosplay contests, vendors, parties, anime, workshops, video gaming and more!

Over 150 TV and Movie Stars, Comic Book Creators, Entertainment Guests, and Cosplay Guests will be at Supercon! Keep an eye on http://floridasupercon.com/all-guests-florida-supercon/to stay up to date on who is coming! Some of the guests already confirmed include:

TV & MOVIE STARS
Peter Capaldi: Doctor Who
John Barrowman: Arrow, Doctor Who, Torchwood
Karen Gillan: Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Who
Lee Majors: The Six Million Dollar Man, The Fall Guy
Darryl “DMC” McDaniels: Darryl Makes Comics, RUN-DMC
Ricky Whittle: American Gods, The 100
Levar Burton: Star Trek: Next Generation, Reading Rainbow
Armin Shimerman: Star Trek: DS9, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
John de Lancie: Star Trek: The Next Generation, My Little Pony
Chandler Riggs: The Walking Dead
Michael Cudlitz: The Walking Dead, Southland
Josh McDermitt: The Walking Dead
Jason David Frank: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Amy Jo Johnson: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Felicity
Ralph Macchio: The Karate Kid, The Outsiders
William Zabka: The Karate Kid, The Equilizer, Back to School
Martin Kove: The Karate Kid, Death Race 2000
Jason Mewes: Clerks, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Brian O’Halloran: Clerks, Clerks II
Randy “The Cowboy” Jones: The Village People
Chris Sarandon: Nightmare Before Christmas, Princess Bride
Ken Page: The Nightmare Before Christmas
David Newell: Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
Lloyd Kaufman & Troma Entertainment: Toxic Avenger
Randy “The Cowboy” Jones: The Village People
Linda Blair, star of The Exorcist, Repossessed
Lindsey McKeon: One Tree Hill, Supernatural
Cindy Morgan: Caddyshack, TRON
Tony Todd: Candyman, The Flash, Transformers
Taimak: The Last Dragon
Jeremy Palko: The Walking Dead, Bloodline
Tate Steinsiek: Face Off, Puppet Master
Justin Nimmo: Power Rangers In Space
Roger Velasco: Power Rangers In Space, Power Rangers Turbo
Scotty Schwartz: The Toy, A Christmas Story
Mica Burton: Achievement Hunter
with more to come!

COMIC BOOK CREATORS
Sara Pichelli, David Finch, Jim Shooter, Keith Giffen, Aaron Kuder, Ed McGuinness, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Mike Zeck, Jose Delbo, Neal Adams, Rafael Albuquerque, David Lloyd, Kevin Nowlan, Peter J. Tomasi, Allen Bellman, John Beatty, Jeff Dekal, Jeremy Clark, Greg Horn, Andy Belanger, Kevin Maguire, Jeremy Whitley, Vanesa R. Del Rey, Georges Jeanty, David Messina, Marat Mychaels, Mostafa Moussa, Mindy Wheeler, Michael Kingston, Larry Elmore, Tyler Crook, Michelle Delecki, Terry Cronin, Rich Bonk, Adelso Corona, Greg Kirkpatrick, Danielle Otrakji, Ralph Cabrera, Mervyn McKoy, Alexis Ziritt, Vinnie Tartamella, Rafael Scavone, Clayton Henry, Buzz, Jude Millien, Jose Varese, Eric Bonhomme, Zenescope Entertainment, Creature Entertainment, Joel Adams, Dick Kulpa, and more to come!

ANIMATION & ANIME STARS
Tony Anselmo: Donald Duck
Zach Callison: Steven Universe, Sofia the First
Vic Mignogna: Fullmetal Alchemist, Ouran High School, RWBY
Colleen Clinkenbeard: Fairy Tail, One Piece, Yuri on Ice
Charlet Chung: Overwatch, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
Jonny Cruz: Overwatch
Josh Petersdorf: Overwatch, League of Legends, Warcraft
Lindsay Jones: RWBY, Rooster Teeth, Achievement Hunter
Barbara Dunkelman: RWBY, Fairy Tail, Rooster Teeth
Kellen Goff: Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location
Josh Grelle: Attack on Titan, Date A Live, Free!, Yuri on Ice
B.J. Ward: G.I. Joe, Scooby Doo
Michael Bell: G.I. Joe, The Transformers
Shanon Farnon: Superfriends, Valley of the Dinosaurs
Dana Snyder: Aqua Teen, Justice League Action, Lego Star Wars
Chuck Huber: Soul Eater, Dragon Ball Z, One Piece
with more to come!

WRESTLING STARS
Ric Flair, Sting, Mick Foley, Amy “Lita” Dumas, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Leva “Blue Pants” Bates, Alex Chamberlain, Gangrel, Teddy Long, with more to come!

COSPLAY GUESTS
Bindi Smalls, Mica Burton, Martin Wong Photography, Danielle Beaulieu, Danielle DeNicola, Haiden Hazard, Jean WanWan, Alyson Tabbitha, Antonina Anime, Celissi Cosplay, Amy Nicole Cosplay, Gothic Sushi, AKrCos, Allen Ryde, Chasis Photos, Kiki Kannon, Handsome Jordan, Harley’s Love Shack, Sandmuffin Makeup, MiaAckerman Cosplay, SkyCosplays, ZipperTan, Brianna Blackfire, Hanari Solomon, and more to come!

LITERARY GUESTS
Kevin J. Anderson, Josh Vogt, Lt. Col. Keith Ikenberry, Keith R.A. DeCandido, J Scott Savage, P.L. McCall II, Bold Venture Press, Jeff Sass, Chris Berman, E. Robert Dunn, Elyse Reyes, and more to come!

ENTERTAINMENT GUESTS
FSCW (Florida Super Championship Wrestling), Lisa Corrao, Pineapple-Shaped Lamps, Revenge of the Nerds Comics, Cupcake Burlesque, Halo Kitty, Combat Robots, MyGeekGoddess, Gamemaster Nick, Guy Hutchinson, Kyle Marlett, Nerds Know, Noise Complaint, Mew World Order, Orange Anime, Patty Hawkins, Hips of Destruction, Robot Costumes USA, Screech Dragon Studios, DJ Anim8ted, SaberCraft, and more to come!

Planning to come? Join us on our Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1297731703585276/?

Jay & Silent Bob’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

Kevin Smith is inviting Jay & Silent Bob cosplayers to hang with him to celebrate both his 47th birthday and the Secret Stash’s 20 anniversary in Red Bank, NJ on AUGUST 5th!

He’s trying to break into the most famous records book of all time with the largest gathering of Jay and Silent Bob cosplayers ever assembled! Come dressed in your best Jay or Silent Bob costume and get ready to mingle with the luminaries of the Secret Stash – Walt Flanagan, Bryan Johnson, Ming Chen, and Mike Zapcic (aka the Comic Book Men) before you take a giant group photo with all the cosplayers and the REAL Jay and Bob – JASON MEWES and KEVIN SMITH!

PLEASE NOTE:

  • This event will take place on Saturday August 5th, 2017 at Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash in Red Bank, New Jersey.
  • All participants are to report to Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash by 7:00am.
  • ALL attendees MUST be in a Jay or Silent Bob costume in order to participate.

Register at the link…

RSVP on Facebook!

Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash
35 Broad Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
(732) 758-0508

The Brain comes to Knoxville!

Fanboy Expo is absolutely thrilled to announce that the greatest wrestling villian of the 1980s will be joining us in Knoxville October 6-8. Please help us welcome the one and only Bobby The Brain Heenan to the lineup.

Bobby is best known as the manager of the infamous Heenan Family with members like Andre The Giant, King Kong Bundy and Rick Rude. A fantastic addition for us. Get your tickets now! www.fanboyexpo.com

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.

 

Awesome Con 2017 Releases Programming Schedule

Press Release:

Awesome Con, Washington DC’s Comic Con, is proud to announce three days of programming complete with panels, workshops, celebrity appearances, and more, taking over the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from June 16-18. This year, Awesome Con attendees will have access to specialized sections including Future Con, presented in partnership with the Smithsonian, featuring more intellectually stimulating and entertaining content than ever, and robust family-friendly programming called Awesome Con Jr., presented in partnership with Nickelodeon. Attendees can start planning their Awesome Con experience and view the full schedule online at: www.awesomecon.com/programming

“This year we’ve doubled down on our programming efforts,” said Awesome Con founder Ben Penrod. “From Future Con, to Awesome Con Jr, to our LGBT creators showcase Pride Alley, and to our most robust celebrity guest list yet, Awesome Con has grown by leaps and bounds into a fan convention unlike any other.” 

Highlights from Awesome Con 2017 include: 

Celebrity & Comic Guests

Hear from some of the biggest influencers from the world of pop culture and comic books at panels, screenings, Q&As, and more. Events include:

Stan Lee Q&A (10:30AM – June 18 – Main Stage) Stan Lee will discuss his exciting career spanning several decades and answer questions from audience members. Seating begins at 9:30 AM.

Tech of Batman Panel with Greg Capullo, Scott Snyder & Tom King (1:30 PM – June 17 – Room 150) – Capullo and Snyder, the creative duo behind today’s Batman comics, join engineers and experts in technology and intelligence to look at the plausibility of replicating Batman in real life. Panelists will examine Batman’s endurance, tech, and more to determine what’s real and what’s best left to fiction.

David Tennant Explores Time and Space (10:30 AM – June 17 – Main Stage) – Actor David Tennant, who ‘visited’ the furthest futures while playing The Doctor on BBC’s Doctor Who, joins experts Dr. Grant Tremblay and Dr. Matt Shindell on Awesome Con’s Main Stage to discuss the outer reaches of the galaxy. They’ll cover topics including Doctor Who, what’s really going on out there among the stars, and answer questions from the audience. Seating begins at 9:30 AM.

Edgar Wright: Meet the Director of Baby Driver (2:00 PM – June 17 – Main Stage) – Meet Edgar Wright, the director of popular film juggernauts including Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Shaun of the Dead, and get a first look at his new film Baby Driver. Wright will share insight into his career and the creation of Baby Driver, with giveaways and extra surprises planned for fans. Hosted by Felicia Day.

WWE® Superstars Charlotte Flair™ & Shinsuke Nakamura™ Q&A (2:30 PM – June 17 – Room 146) – WWE® Superstars Charlotte Flair™ and Shinsuke Nakamura™ discuss life as WWE stars and answer audience questions.

The Guild Reunion with Felicia Day, Sandeep Parikh, Amy Okuda, Jeff Lewis, and Robin Thorsen (11:30 AM – June 18 – Room 146) – Cast members of The Guild, the award-winning original web series, reunite to talk about working with each other, their careers, and new projects, and answer audience questions.

Experience Japan! (1:00 PM – June 17 – Room 154) – Hosted by the Embassy of Japan, this panel seeks to help participants understand the influence of Japanese culture on American pop culture. Explore traditional Japanese culture, play Japanese games, and meet the embassy’s very own therapeutic robot, PARO.

Representation Matters with Bryan Turner, Jerry Gaylord & Penelope Gaylord (3:30 PM – June 16 – Room 152) – How important is it to see characters and creators that look like you? Join Identity Comics Studio and the “Loading Snacks” crew for a discussion on diversity in media, from the characters leading stories to the creators behind them.

Comics Conversation: Collections and Preservation at the Library of Congress (11:00 AM – June 17 – Room 150) – Join Library of Congress staff members for a panel discussion about the comics collections at the Library. Specialists from the Library’s newspaper, graphic art, and popular art conservation teams share collection highlights, insights on comics conservation, and suggest how attendees can utilize the Library’s comics collection. 

Future Con

StarTalk Live! with Colonel Chris Hadfield & Scott Adsit (8:00 PM – June 16 – Main Stage) – Colonel Chris Hadfield, former commander of the International Space Station, and award-winning actor and comedian Scott Adsit (Veep, 30 Rock) co-host a special edition of award-winning talk show StarTalk Live!, bridging the intersection between pop culture and science with humor and passion.

Brave New Girls: Women in STEM (5:00 PM – June 17 – Room 146) – Some of the greatest scientific advances in history have been made by women, but girls are seldom encouraged to explore the sciences. Future Con presents a panel of scientists jointly discussing the achievements of female scientists, women’s roles in STEM today, and the need for advocacy to create the next generation of female scientists, engineers, and astronauts. With speakers from NASA, the National Science Foundation, and more. Hosted by Nerdist’s Jessica Chobot.

IBM Watson: Superman or Supercomputer? Making Money with Artificial Intelligence (5:30 PM – June 16 – Room 146) – IBM’s Artificial Intelligence creation Watson, which made its debut on Jeopardy! in 2011, amazed American audiences and today is an open platform for millions of users and developers. Dr. Marc Teerlink, IBM’s Chief Business Strategist, takes the stage to discuss what Watson represents for AI progress worldwide.

NASA’s Space Lasers (4:00 PM – June 16 – Room 143) – Explore the latest laser technology and the key science behind missions helping us investigate our home planet and beyond. Engineers and scientists will take you behind the scenes of missions like the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite 2 launching with green lasers in 2018, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter currently orbiting the Moon, and more. 

Awesome Con Jr

GeekDad Celebrates Father’s Day: Raising Geek Generation 2.0 (1:30PM – June 18 – Room 149) – Join some of the writers from GeekDad.com and their kids for a discussion about raising the next generation of geeks. Topics covered will include introducing various fandoms to kids, sharing old and new geeky passions, and determining what’s age-appropriate.

 Padawan Lightsaber Training presented by Saber Guild Corellia (5:45 PM – June 17 – Backlot Stage) – Adults and their ‘Padawans’ can join Saber Guild Corellia to learn how to wield a lightsaber and stave off the Dark Side on the Backlot stage.

Kids Costume Parade presented by The Emoji Movie (1:00 PM – June 18 – Backlot Stage) – Awesome Con encourages budding costume designers to strut their stuff in custom outfits at the Kids Costume Parade presented by The Emoji Movie. Participation is limited to the first 30 kids (and their parents) who register at the Backlog stage 30 minutes before the parade.

Let’s Go LEGO! (1:00PM – June 17 – Awesome Con Jr Stage) – Cartoonist John Gallagher shows you and your kids how to draw LEGO versions of your favorite characters. Come expand your art skills and take home the art as a souvenir. 

Pride Alley

Making LGBT+ Representation Matter in Fiction (5:00 PM – June 16 – Room 144) – Engage in a lively conversation about LGBTQ+ characters in fiction and what creators are doing, or not doing, to foster representation.

A History of LGBTQ+ Representation in Comic Books & Television (June 17 – 12:30 PM – Room 144) – Learn about the history of LGBTQ+ representation in Nerd Culture through discussion of the most iconic LGBTQ+ characters in anime, comic books, video games, and television. The important dialogue will conclude with thoughts on the importance of LGBTQ+ characters in the media and pop culture.

Pokémon, Musicals, & Gay with Voice Actor Jamie McGonnigal (4:30 PM – June 17 – Room 144) – Fans will have the opportunity to discuss Jamie McGonnigal’s impressive resume including his voice work on Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh!, his global LGBTQ+ activism, and his career as a Broadway producer. From questions about how to get started in voice acting to how to come out to your high school anime club – nothing is off the table! 

Esports

NRG at Awesome Con (11:00AM-2:00PM – June 18 – East Salons G-I, Booth 16) Fans of video games and esports will have a unique chance to meet players from NRG Esports’ Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) team at Awesome Con on Sunday, June 18. Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, will host the NRG CS:GO team’s visit in Awesome Con’s Video Game Room in East Salons G-I from 11:00AM to 12:00PM for a live gaming experience, followed by an autograph session in the show’s Exhibit Hall at booth 16 from 1:00PM to 2:00PM.

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