Gen Con Sells Out of 4-Day Badges, Limited Single-Day Badges Remain

July 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Convention News, Gaming, Indiana

Press Release:

Gen Con, the largest and longest-running hobby gaming convention in North America, has announced a sellout of 4-Day badges for Gen Con 50, its historic 50th convention to be held August 17-20, 2017. Sales of single-day badges (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Family Fun) will continue at gencon.com, though supplies are limited. The company urges those interested in attending to purchase these badges soon, as single-day badges also are expected to reach a sellout.

Due to these expected sellouts, Gen Con will not offer on-site badge sales at Gen Con 50. Any remaining attendee-type badges will be available for sale at gencon.com with will call pick-up. As in prior years, Gen Con will offer 24-hour will call, starting at noon on Wednesday, August 16 and staying open throughout the entire convention. The will call area also will expand to expedite the packet pick-up process.

“Though 4-Day badges have sold out for Gen Con 50 there are still many opportunities to attend the convention and take part in the celebration,” said Adrian Swartout, CEO/Owner of Gen Con LLC. “Family Fun Day badges provide a great opportunity for visitors who wish to sample the show for the first time. Anyone still interested in attending Gen Con 50 should purchase their badges soon.”

Family Fun Day, held on Sunday, August 20, allows a family of four to attend for $45. Children ages 8-and-under are free to attend any day of Gen Con with a child wristband.

Gen Con has capped Trade Day and some individual badge types previously in Indianapolis, but has never limited its 4-Day or single-day badge sales.

Gen Con 50 will take place August 17-20, 2017 in the Indiana Convention Center, Lucas Oil Stadium, and participating hotels. The convention will feature more than 500 exhibitors, more than 19,000 events, and an exclusive concert from Grammy Award-winning recording artist They Might Be Giants.

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Infinicon (August 2017)

Infinicon 2017

Convention Name
Infinicon
Convention Website Address
http://www.Infinicon.net
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
08/11/2017
End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
08/13/2017
About This Convention
Infinicon is a 3-day interactive convention August 11-13 in Dallas. Infinicon has something for everyone – Are you a Cosplayer? Do you sew? Win a Brother embroidery machine or Brother sewing serger in Friday’s costume tournament (not a drawing – a contest!) Celebrity and Industry Guests are coming to meet you for photo ops and autographs. Check out the expanded Art Show, and make your own creations in Infinicon’s Arts and Crafts room. The Slurred Nerd’s console room has open play and gaming features, including daily prize tournaments. Mad Raven Productions provide authentic selections of Steampunk costuming, workshops, and gaming! Fans of the JediCole Universe and the Rantcore Pit Podcast will enjoy game shows all weekend long. As always, contestants will be chosen from the audience..No convention would be complete without the Friday night Rocky Horror Picture Show, by “Los Bastardos” DFW’s premiere Shadowcast. (Leia’s the best!) We also feature a professional burlesque performance (free for all attendees aged 18+). Join CosPod the Cosplay Podcast for their headline Cosplay contest Saturday afternoon. Don’t miss Christopher Mihm’s award winning feature-length films paying homage to 1950s “drive-in cinema” era. Saturday he hosts a 14-hour film marathon of his works. (Convention attendees get in for free!).The Artemis Starship Bridge Simulator will be set up and “Quad Kings” will be hosting their Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament! Capture the entire convention by participating in the daily photo scavenger hunt. There are 200+ activities included at the k convention at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Addison.Full 3-day tickets start at $50 and parking is included! Book your discounted room, buy your badge, and get ready for fun at Infinicon, the interactive convention! August 11-13, 2017. Everyone is talking about Infinicon! www.Infinicon.net — still not sure? Check out the schedule https://infinicon2017.sched.com/mobile/#page:page-schedule
Venue Name and Address
Crowne Plaza Hotel in Addison
14315 Midway Road
Addison, TX 75001
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
60
Projected Attendance
1,700
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Science Fiction and Fantasy
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Gaming
  • Collectibles
Guests
Derek Arnold, Karan Ashley, Felix Silla, Russ Adams, Christopher R. Mihm, Erica Muse

Cottage Country Comic-Con (June 2018)

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Convention Name
Cottage Country Comic-Con
Convention Website Address
http://www.cottagecountrycomiccon.com
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
06/23/2018
End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
06/24/2018
About This Convention
The Cottage Country Comic-Con is back with a BANG! It’s a collectors mecca convention located in the beautiful City of Orillia, Canada. Cottage Country Comic-Con strives to be Ontario’s best and truest comic con featuring fandoms of multiple genres. As long-time fans of comic books, toys, pop-culture, records, wreslting, antique market, cosplay, animation, scifi and fantasy, the promoter wanted to bring that style event to Orillia.

The show will have over 300 exhibitors that cater to a wide-spectrum of interests including comic books, magazines, toys, games, movies, records, wreslting, antique market, television, anime, manga, cosplay, artwork, sketches and apparel plus much more. In addition, a roster of comic industry professionals and fandom-related celebrities are in attendance for attendees to meet and greet. This will be one show not to miss!

Venue Name and Address
100 University Avenue
Orillia, Ontario L3V6H2
Canada
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
300
Projected Attendance
20,000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Collectibles
Additional Categories
  • Book Festival
  • Comic Books
  • Gaming
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
Guests
Brutus The Barber Beefcake, Tito Santana, KITT, HonkyTonk Man, General Lee, Herbie, Delorean, Batmobile

 

ComicCard Comic Convention (September 2017)

ComicCard Comic Convention

Convention Name
ComicCard Comic Convention
Convention Website Address
http://www.comiccard.net/
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
09/16/2017
About This Convention
Comic convention featuring artists and writers Tim Seeley, Keith Champagne, Tom Nguyen and Frank Fosco. Our vendors will have thousands of comic books (golden and silver age to modern), Funko POP! figures, vintage action figures and pop culture collectibles.

Show runs 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM.
Special anniversary $3 admission (kids under 16 free).
Onsite ATM and restaurant!

Venue Name and Address
311 W. 84th St
Bloomington, MN 55420
United States
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Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Gaming
  • Collectibles
Guests
Tim Seeley, Keith Champagne, Tom Nguyen, Frank Fosco

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

Long Beach Comic Con (September 2017)

Long Beach Comic Con

Convention Name
Long Beach Comic Con
Convention Website Address
http://www.longbeachcomiccon.com
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
09/02/2017
End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
09/03/2017
About This Convention
Long Beach Comic Con is a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop cultures. The Long Beach Comic Con packs in two days of movie screenings, panels, an action-packed exhibit floor with artists, retailers, live experiences, meet & greets, celebrity signings and more.
Venue Name and Address
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, California 90802
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
350
Projected Attendance
20,000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Gaming
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Sandy King Carpenter; Dave Gibbons; Pia Guerra;Matt Haley; Tony Harris; Dean Haspiel; Tom Hodges; D.J Kirkbride; Tyler Kirkham; Scott Koblish; Whilce Portacio; Barbara Randall Kesel; Norm Rapmund; Jason Rodriguez; Neil Ross;

Boston SouthCoast Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza (July 2017)

Boston SouthCoast Comic Con

Convention Name
Boston SouthCoast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza
Convention Website Address
http://www.NEComicCon.Net
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
07/22/2017
End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
07/23/2017
About This Convention
Careers In The Creative Arts BSCCC Focus

The Boston SouthCoast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza is more than just a comic book convention for fans to spend money, stand in line, dress up and pose or even meet a celebrity, artist or creator. Yes, we have ALL of that, and more.

The mission statement for all events produced by Northeast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza producer Gary Sohmers, is to show the next generation where the careers are in the creative arts, by giving young people the opportunity to immerse themselves among other current and future professionals for shared knowledge in the numerous fields where job opportunities exist.

The number of careers available in the creative arts outnumbers many other categories of job creation and include art, film, television, gaming, publishing, costuming, special effects and writing along with creating and producing all of these jobs in the entertainment industries. Every ancillary aspect that drives consumer goods sales including advertising, media, marketing, sales, retail and internet are all industries dependent on creative thinkers and “artists” to allow them to succeed.

As part of the fun of learning, BSCCC will be offering numerous opportunities for all age groups to gain some insights, so families can learn and share the info gathered.

As far as celebrities go, it takes hard work and luck to be a “celebrity,” which any of them will tell you. But the career they chose as a young child actor like Micky Dolenz on the 1950s TV show “Circus Boy” and The Monkees in the 1960s, and Chasen Hampton who starred on the “All New Micky Mouse Club,” along with Mike Maronna and Danny Tamberelli of “Adventures of Pete & Pete” in the 1990s can give some direction and knowledge to young people thinking of pursuing careers in acting or music during one on one conversations with them or in the Panels or Q&A.  And Billy West’s career in radio, voice over work in animation and as the iconic voice of the Red M&M, shows that the path from silliness as a kid to respect in a career can be a strange one.

Great comic book artists working for Marvel, DC, Disney and independently, such as Joe St. Pierre, Steve Geiger, Joe Caramagna and others share advice, review portfolios and mentor budding young artists, writers and creators.

Other aspects of the creative arts include New Yorker and Mad Magazine humorous cartooning (Bob Eckstein), licensed merchandising and characterizations (Joey Mars) and animation and character design for The Simpsons (Phil Ortiz). Creator of the only all female animated musical group, Those American Girls, and of the Professor Panic and Scary Stories podcast, Peter Bernard, and many other authors and creators such as Will Murray, Brian Hall, MW Schwartz and others can offer some advice on starting a new concept from scratch and those challenges only learned from doing.

Jeff Kline has had a long career in television animation production having produced Transformers: Robots In Disguise, DragonTales, Jackie Chan Adventures and many other, and is currently publisher of Darby Pop with the only official Bruce Lee comic, and he will be offering to review young artists’ portfolios.

In costuming, the event features great Cosplay activities including our original Create-A-Hero, Create-A-Villain and Create-A-Character Costume Contests each day, where an original idea and costume is presented on stage for voting by the fans.  Its cosplay with an original backstory, and mash-ups are accepted.  Get your creative on, and maybe you can meet a writer and an artist and soon be involved in a new project.

Mike Lopez and the team from Kids Comic Con will be having drawing, writing and creative workshops all weekend for kids.  Emmy Award winning puppeteer Bill Diamond will be offering How-To Puppet workshops, along with fun and games in our Puppetland. Eric Bornstein will be making Masks including cosplay, parade and theatrical. All of these people are showing why there really are careers in the arts for dedicated people who want to do something passionately enough to learn it.

The schedule of activities is on the website www.SouthCoastComicCon.com, although many of the creative arts professionals will be at their tables for walk up conversations.

Show hours are Saturday July 22 from 10:00 am till 6:00 pm and Sunday July 23 from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm, with early bird entry for an additional fee at 9:30 am.  Box office opens at 9:00 am.

Venue Name and Address
Hanover Mall Event Center
1775 Washington Street
Hanover, MA 02339
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
100
Projected Attendance
5,000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Collectibles
Additional Categories
  • Comic Books
  • Gaming
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
Guests
Micky Dolenz, James Tolkan, Billy West, Mark Goddard, Mike Maronna, Danny Tamberelli, Phil Ortiz, Jeff Kline, Bill Diamond, Joe St Pierre, Steve Geiger, Joe Caramagna, Kadrolsha Ona, Chasen Hampton, Tommy DeNucci, Susan Backlinie,

Boston SouthCoast Comic Con Summer 2017

Mid-Summer Comic Con (July 2017)

Mid-summer Comic Convention

Convention Name
Mid-Summer Comic Con
Convention Website Address
https://www.facebook.com/events/662872100565184/
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
07/15/2017
About This Convention
A one-day convention featuring thousands of comic books, action figures and gaming cards. Artists appearing include Christopher Jones and Erik Burnham.
Venue Name and Address
6501 Portland Ave
Richfield, MN 55423
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
25
Projected Attendance
500
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Gaming
  • Collectibles
Guests
Christopher Jones, Erik Burnham

Mid-Summer

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.

 

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