Spooky Empire gets Strange!

MBB_spookyIf you haven’t heard of the Netflix hit series Stranger Things, you must be living in the Upside Down. 

We are excited to announce that MILLIE BOBBY BROWN will be appearing at Spooky Empire, October 8 & 9th, 2 days only!

MILLIE BOBBY BROWN currently stars as “Eleven” on “Stranger Things”. She’s also appeared as “Young Alice” in the ABC Once Upon A time spin off, “Once Upon A Time in Wonderland”, plus “Intruders”, “Modern Family” and “NCIS”.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet MILLIE BOBBY BROWN at Spooky Empire in Orlando, FL, October 8-9, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center.

Tickets, VIP packages and hotel rooms are available but moving fast! Get ’em while you can. WE WILL HAVE A PRE SALE FOR AUTOGRAPHS AND PHOTO OPS in the next week or two.

For more info visit us at www.spookyempire.com

Spooky Empire gets Weird!

Weird Al Spooky Empire“WEIRD AL” Yankovic is coming to Spooky Empire, October 7-9, 2016 in Orlando, FL.

Not that he needs much of an introduction, but you probably remember him for his pop culture parody songs and polka medleys such as “Eat It”, “White & Nerdy”, “Smells Like Nirvana”, “My Bologna”, “Like A Surgeon” and so many more.
“WEIRD AL” also has countless TV and film appearances including “UHF”, “The Simpsons”, “The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy”, “The Goldbergs”, “Adventure Time”, “Gravity Falls” and don’t forget he was in Rob Zombie’s “Halloween 2”!

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet “WEIRD AL” at Spooky Empire in Orlando, FL, October 7-9, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center.

Tickets, VIP packages and hotel rooms are available but moving fast! Get ’em while you can.

For more info visit us at www.spookyempire.com

Albany Comic Con (October 2016)

Albany Comic Con

Convention Name
Albany Comic Con
Convention Website Address
http://www.albanycomicbookshow.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
10/30/2016
About This Convention
The Albany Comic Con is the premiere comic book, and collectibles show in the Capital district of upstate New York. Now in its 7th year, and growing every year. The show features comic books for collectors of all ages.
The areas best dealers and professionals all come together to make the show a full blown convention, but with the intimacy you can’t find at the larger national conventions. We promote two shows a year, one in the Spring, close to FCBD. the other in the fall, close to Halloween. It’s the shows mission to continue to grow the comics medium. Expand audience awareness of comic books, and the fun and excitement they provide.
Venue Name and Address
Radisson Hotel 205 Wolf Rd
Albany, New York 12205
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
200
Projected Attendance
2,000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Anime
Additional Categories
  • Comic Books
  • Gaming
  • Horror
  • Sports
  • Collectibles
Guests
Joe Sinnott, Ron Marz, Joe Staton, Fred Hembeck, Bob Wiacek, Steve Orlando, Jack Purcell, Howard Mackie, many more.

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SUICIDE SQUAD CAST MEMBER JOINS SPOOKY EMPIRE AT THEIR ANNUAL DARK SIDE OF COMIC CON CONVENTION

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SUICIDE SQUAD CAST MEMBER JOINS SPOOKY EMPIRE AT THEIR ANNUAL DARK SIDE OF COMIC CON CONVENTION

Katana Makes Her Way to Orlando Following The Release Of This Highly-Anticipated Film

ORLANDO – Karen Fukuhara, better known for her role as Katana, in this summer’s hit blockbuster Suicide Squad, will be part of Spooky Empire’s dark side of comic con guest list at this year’s Fall Convention, which will take place at the Orange County Convention Center, Friday, October 7 – Sunday October 9, 2016. Fukuhara is one of many guests recently announced alongside Doug Bradley “Pinhead” from Hellraiser, Kane Hodder “Jason” from Friday the 13th, Tony Moran “Michael Myers” from Halloween, Bill Johnson “Leatherface” from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Robert Englund “Freddy Krueger” from A Nightmare on Elm Street and Zoe Bell from Death Proof and Kill Bill.

Fukuhara recently completed filming the role of Katana in Suicide Squad opposite Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Viola Davis and Jai Courtney scheduled to be released later on this week. Fukuhara will be appearing at Spooky Empire two days, October 8-9.
As previously announced, Spooky Empire has changed locations in order to accommodate even more attendees. Nearly 14,000 fans, guests, and professionals are expected to attend this year’s annual fun and horror friendly Halloween gathering. Further details about guest participation will be posted on the Spooky Empire website as soon as they become available.
“The fun is just beginning!” said Pete Mongelli, owner and event producer of Spooky Empire. “We will be announcing more thrilling guests in the upcoming months and we’re excited to have Fukuhara as Suicide Squad will be sweeping the box office.”

All advance tickets, now on sale, are discounted. Prices increase after September 19th and at the door. In advance, three day passes are $60, one day passes on Friday and Sunday are $30, and one day passes on Saturday $35. VIP Packages are $199 and include early entry to all three days, raffles, T-shirts, autograph line fast-pass, exclusive VIP party access on Saturday night with guest celebrities in attendance and a special cake designed by Eric and Patty Woller, two-time champions of Food Network Cake Wars. Tickets for children under eleven years old are free.

Rooms are available at The Hyatt Regency for a discounted price of $119 per night. Rooms can be reserved online or by calling 1-407-284-1234. Mention ‘Spooky Empire’ for special rate.

For more information regarding the schedule and to purchase tickets, visit www.spookyempire.com. Stay tuned as more activities, special guests, celebrities and more will be announced in the coming months.

For more information about Spooky Empire, visit spookyempire.com.

Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@SpookyEmpire).

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About Spooky Empire
Founded in 2003, Spooky Empire’s Fall Convention has grown to become one of the largest thriller conventions and the dark side of comic con in the nation with attendance increasing each year. Designed to be THE ultimate weekend for thriller fans of all ages, the event allows guests to meet and mingle with their favorite movie and TV stars, buy amazing collectibles from hundreds of vendors and artists, see new and emerging films as well as old favorites, get tattooed by some of the best artists in the world, and take part in one of the largest Zombie Walks in the country. In May 2011, Spooky Empire introduced their Spring Convention mid-season to provide fans with even more fun in anticipation of their Fall Convention. Spooky Empire’s ultimate goal is to provide memorable events for fans to return to each year, a place where they can congregate with thousands of other people with the same interests. For more information, visit www.spookyempire.com.

Spooky Empire Media Contacts:
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2016 Florida Supercon Con Report (Including an Interview with John Stover)!

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I know many of you are asking: who in the name of J. Jonah Jameson’s sideburns is John Stover? In fact, you have met him before. He introduced me to DragonCon in 2011. In 2014, he was my boon companion in Mouse-town for Spooky Empire. In 2015, we took a break from Florida to stay a few miles from the oldest Baptist church in America (founded in 1638) for Rhode Island Comic Con. This year, over the July 4 weekend, we were back in the Sunshine State for another convention new to me: Florida Supercon

John and I have been tight since eleventh grade, when he transferred to my high school midyear, walked into my Spanish class, and took the only available seat—next to me. Twenty-eight years later, we have seen each other through four divorces (two each), five weddings (I lead 3-2), a knot of children (my 2 step, his 3 bio), the near death of his first son, new jobs, new homes, graduate degrees, and a Playboy bunny ex-girlfriend (his, wouldn’t you know). Spooky Empire and Rhode Island were new to me, and I’m glad I could experience them with John.

Held in Miami, Supercon is the largest comic book, anime, cosplay, sci-fi, fantasy, video gaming & pop culture convention in South Florida, according to Instagram. Over 51,000 people attended in 2015, and it seemed this year’s total would surpass that. Four-day passes had sold out weeks before, and Saturday-only passes were gone by Friday afternoon. Unlike smaller conventions, which tend to be held in hotels, this one was at the Miami Beach Convention Center. I am biased toward hotels for their intimacy (Michaela McPherson discusses this in her Anime Fan Fest article), but except for DragonCon, which is unique, shows of 50,000+ people need the vastness of a convention center.

They need this vastness for, among other things, effective line operation. There were some major celebrities at this convention: William Shatner, Henry Winkler, Ben McKenzie, and some members of the Deadpool cast. Lines were long, but they never felt crowded or unruly. (For line management, it doesn’t get much worse than the George R.R. Martin debacle at ConCarolinas 2014.) I don’t mind the waiting part of being in line. You learn a lot by talking to other attendees. One couple talked about how accessible the mega-celebrities are at San Diego Comic-Con. The year they went, they were waiting to get into a panel when Ian McKellan showed up and started mingling. Another guy said he waited in Stan Lee’s signing line at Mega Con for five hours. Why? Stan was a no-show for the morning session—his M.O., according to the guy.

And sometimes cool things happen in line. Henry Winkler stood in front of his signing table, and he occasionally walked to the end of the line, shaking hands and thanking people for their patience. (Of course, if he didn’t take these breaks, there wouldn’t be such a need for patience.) Once, he stopped to perform a magic trick for a group of kids. John and I went to Henry’s Q&A, which was held in an honest-to-goodness theater next to the convention center. From the moment Henry stepped on stage, he owned it. I had read before that Henry was dyslexic, but I didn’t realize how problematic that was for him. He said that, academically, he was in the bottom 3% of the United States. He can’t spell and isn’t good at math. In high school, he took geometry four times, finally passing with a D.

But he had wanted to act since he was seven years old, and he found a way to do it. How? Tenacity and gratitude: “two words I live by.” Both traits power his lifelong advocacy for literacy and education. “If you have trouble in school,” he said, “it has nothing to do with how smart you are”—good advice from a man who overcame his obstacles. He has a new show coming out on August 23 called Better Late Than Never. He lauded the cast and writing of Arrested Development, and of course, he talked about being the Fonz, whom he based on Sylvester Stallone’s character from Lords of Flatbush. “One of the things I brought to the Fonz,” he said, “was loyalty to my friends,” which was why Fonz was always watching out for Richie, Ralph, and Potsie. Fonz was the anti-bully, at a time when bullying was becoming an epidemic. And when someone asked him about working with the late Robin Williams on Happy Days, he gushed for five minutes about Williams’s brilliance. The next person asked about Ron Howard and got this response: “Ron Howard looks like a loaf of Wonder Bread.” He didn’t say “Ayyyyyy” after that line, but it was implied.

The Fonz signs something for me. Whoa!

The Fonz signs something for me. Whoa!

What else can I tell you about Supercon? Actually, I’ll let John Stover tell you in his words. John and I have been to a lot of conventions together, and he tends to give thoughtful feedback on things.

Me: Tell me about a couple of the panels you attended.

John: Okay. I attended a tap dance show which was based on video games such as The Legend of Zelda. Link was the lead, and there were about 6-7 other tap dancers.

Me: Were they children performers?

John: No, I’d say late teens or early 20s. It was set to music inspired by video games. I watched about 15 minutes of the hour and decided that was enough. Then I went to watch a short film which was part of the short film festival. It was okay. You know how those are. Some of them are good, some are mediocre.

Me: The one I watched with you, Attack of the Killer Donuts, was worse than mediocre.

John: Cheesiness.

Me: Thirty minutes of my life I won’t get back.

John: I stuck my head into one session that had something to do with light saber technology [actual title: The Lightsaber Combat Global Movement and How to Participate]. That was a little over my head.

Me: It turned up the nerd factor. That’s like the people who teach themselves to speak Klingon or Elvish. They are immersed.

John: Yes. That is one reason why I liked this convention more than any of the others we’ve attended. I like the breakout sessions. Those to me give it a more local feel. They are organized by local fans, and I feel like there is more enthusiasm and more energy in the convention when that happens.

Me: As opposed to, say, Wizard World conventions, which are more commercial.

John: Yes. This is not a bunch of experts. It’s local fans volunteering their time for the thing they love.

Me: So you would recommend Florida Supercon?

John: Yes!

Me: What does someone need to know before coming here?

John: Don’t be a fuddy-duddy. At least buy a nerd-related T-shirt at Target or something. We made that mistake for the first few years. I was looking this weekend at all the people not dressed up or even wearing a T-shirt, and I thought, get some enthusiasm. I would also recommend wearing comfortable shoes. But that’s what I liked about the panels. Whenever you get tired of walking, just find one that interests you or that you want to learn about.

Me: I liked the eating choices. Often, in conventions held in a convention center, there is only one restaurant, the convention center snack bar. This one had several food courts with Papa John’s Pizza, a Chinese place, a taco place, a French place, gyros, barbecue. There were lots of options for dining—all overpriced but lots of options.

John: The biggest food court could have had more tables, though. Did you see that?

Me: Yeah. It had a huge open floor with nothing on it where they could have put in more tables.

John: I liked how, at the photo op area, there was a schedule of all the photo ops for each day with prices. There was a big screen monitor with a spreadsheet listing them all. Too often, it is hard to know when the photo ops are scheduled and how much they cost. It might be printed in the program, but then you have to dig that out and flip through it. Here, the information was right up on the screen, so I appreciated the organization.

The whole convention was well organized, in fact. I saw few signs rescheduling things, and as far as I know, only three guests cancelled: Jerry Lawler, Karl Urban, and Arthur Darvill. I liked the extended dealer room hours: until 8:00pm on Friday and Saturday. And the cosplays were among the best I’ve seen. I guess my only disappointment was the schedule on the web site, which was not a single printable sheet. Each day had its own web site page. There was a convention app, but my antediluvian Android is not app-friendly, meaning I had to rely on the web site—not good for a place where 50,000+ were soaking up the Wi-Fi.

I agree with John: Florida Supercon is terrific, well-organized and fun. Despite its size, it is not unwieldy. We’ve all attended conventions that were too much for their staff, but this is not one of them. Check out the pix below for more fun!

I see the Scarecrow, but I don't think either of the other two is Mrs. King.

I see the Scarecrow, but I don’t think either of the other two is Mrs. King.

 

The site of wonderful cosplayers fills you with determination.

The site of wonderful cosplayers fills me with determination.

 

Now that's a good idea: homemade wings to fly to the front of autograph lines.

Now that’s a good idea: homemade wings to fly to the front of autograph lines.

 

I see Link, so I guess that means he isn't missing.

I see Link, so I guess that means he isn’t missing.

 

You, robot.

You, robot.

 

John and Lady D sittin' in a tree, K-I-L-L-I-N-G.

John and Lady Deadpool sittin’ in a tree, K-I-L-L-I-N-G.

 

Springfield awaits!

Springfield awaits!

 

If I leave John alone too long, he ends up with some unsavory characters.

If I leave John alone too long, he ends up with some unsavory characters.

 

Greg Capullo signs a book for me.

Greg Capullo signs a book for me.

 

Why is no one in this guy's autograph line?

Why is no one in this guy’s autograph line?

 

Cool tats, bro.

Cool tats, bro.

 

Best. Cosplay. Ever.

Best. Cosplay. Ever. The frame is PVC pipe, the wheels are spray foam, and the seat is an overturned mop bucket with wheels on it.

WHOOOOO!! The Nature Boy coming to Spooky Empire!

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WOOOOOO!!!! Wrestling fans, guess who’s coming to Spooky Empire? The one and only wrestling legend RIC FLAIR will be at Spooky Empire, one day only, in Orlando, FL!

RIC FLAIR AKA “The Nature Boy” is among the most famous and well-known wrestlers in the world, and has been one of wrestling’s biggest stars since the late 1970s.

Meet RIC FLAIR one day ONLY, Friday, October 7, 2016 at SPOOKY EMPIRE at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando October 7-9, 2016.

Tickets, VIP packages and hotel rooms are available but moving fast! Get ’em while you can.

For more info visit us at www.spookyempire.com

IGN LIVE! at SDCC 2016

IGN Live SDCC 2016

IGN is streaming live from the San Diego Comic Con, and you can watch it on Convention Scene.

Ratha Con (May 2017)

Ratha Con 2017

Convention Name
Ratha Con
Convention Website Address
http://www.therathacon.com
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
05/12/2017
End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
05/13/2017
About This Convention
Two day convention that begins with an art opening of Pop Culture themed artwork, films, and more at ARTS/West, 132 W. State St. Athens, Ohio. Then the main convention will be on May 13th at the Athens Community Center, 701 E. State St. Athens, Ohio. The main convention will have everything including special guests, a quidditch tournament, costume contests, comic creators, pop culture artists, performances, sellers and vendors, gaming, kids’ craft activities, panels, discussions, workshops and much, much more…
Venue Name and Address
Athens Community Center, 701 E. State St.
Athens, Ohio 45701
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
40
Projected Attendance
800
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Science Fiction and Fantasy
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Comic Books
  • Gaming
  • Horror
  • Collectibles

Rocky Mountain Con (November 2016)

Rocky Mountain Con

Convention Name
Rocky Mountain Con
Convention Website Address
http://www.rockymountaincon.com/
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
11/05/2016
End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
11/06/2016
About This Convention
Rocky Mountain Con or “RMC” is a two day Comic Book, Sci Fi, Fantasy, Cosplay, and Gaming event in Denver/Aurora Colorado area. We began as a fundraising event for Aurora Rise, a local charity helping the victims and families affected by the Aurora Theater Shooting. We continue to work very closely with Aurora Rise with a portion of all ticket sales going directly to that group. This year RMC will be welcoming over 95 exhibitors, 100 artists, and celebrity guests from comics, movies, TV, and cosplay to fill our over 65000 square feet of event space.
Venue Name and Address
Crowne Plaza DIA Convention Center
15500 East 40th Ave
Denver, Colorado 80239
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
95
Projected Attendance
10,000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Gaming
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
John Wesley Shipp, Mike Grell, Adrian Paul, Mike Zeck, Margot Kidder, Chad Hardin, Michael Golden, Bob, Hall, Ani-Mia, Soni Aralynn, Alan Harris, Renee Witterstaetter, Mike Baron, Eric Moran, Ron Fortier, Jennifer Van Damsel

Chase Con (October 2016)

Chase Con

Convention Name
Chase Con- Saratoga’s Comic Con
Convention Website Address
http://www.chasecon.org
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
10/22/2016
End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
10/23/2016
About This Convention
Chase Con- Saratoga’s Comic Con Welcomes Cosplay, Guest Stars, Gaming, Anime, Sci-Fi, Furries, Geeks, Comic Books, Artists, & Vendors! Fun for everyone on 10/22-23/16!
Venue Name and Address
Saratoga Springs City Center
522 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
100
Projected Attendance
3,000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Gaming
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Jim Lawson Dahlia Legault Jeremy Ambler Gene Snisky JG Hertzler Rusty Gilligan David Madison Scott Schiaffo Alex Simmons Mike Lilly

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