Hartford Comic Con is looking for Vendors and Artists!

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Hey there Vendors and Artists!
Hartford Comic Con, May 31st-June 1 2014,  is excited to announce- available space on the selling floor! 

 

This is your opportunity to participate with one of the fastest growing conventions in New England!

 

Hartford guests will include-but not limited to:
  • Comic artists likeEd McGuinness, Tim Sale, Jimmy Cheung, Joe Benitez, Jim Mahfood and many more
  • Publishers like Big Dog Ink
  • TV and Film actors like Chandler Riggs from the Walking Dead
  • Voice Actors
  • Cosplay Celebrities like Riddle1, Beelechere, and Echo Endless
  • Charities like Inkwell Awards, local children’s groups, and comic affiliations
Our projected attendance will reach 12-15 thousand our first year!
We would love to have you along for the ride on our maiden voyage!
It is easy to sign up.  Simply contact us at:
www.hartfordcomiccon.com
and submit either an Artist Alley application or Vendor Application.
(Click on the Registration link at the top of the toolbar)

For more information contact:
Epic Productions
epic@hartfordcomiccon.com
561-756-0732

STAPLE! Celebrates a Decade of Panels and Strips in 2014

 

STAPLE 2014

Press Release:

2014 STAPLE! The Independent Media Expo Marks 10 Years of Weird Special Guests, Exhibitions, Presentations Slated for Annual Weekend Geek-Out

AUSTIN, Texas – STAPLE!, The Independent Media Expo, is coming back to the Marchesa Hall & Theatre for another action-packed burst of fantasy, graphics, DIY culture, and storytelling. Like clockwork, heaps of artists, writers and comic lovers flock to Austin each March to experience the best, the weirdest and the newest in the indie media multiverse. 2014 marks STAPLE!’s tenth anniversary as the premiere indie comics convention in the Southwest, showcasing all that’s fit to self-print: comics, mini-comics, webcomics, zines, art, crafts, games, podcasts, and beyond.

Among the panelists announced today are: Chip Zdarsky, artist of Sex Criminals, Time Magazine’s #1 comic of 2013; New York Times best seller Francesco Francavilla, creator of Black Beetle and artist on Afterlife with Archie; Rob Harrell, creator of Monster on the Hill, listed among the Best Children’s Books of 2013; and Stoic Studios, the indie creators of acclaimed tactical RPG The Banner Saga.

STAPLE! came to fruition in 2005 when founder Chris Nicholas realized there were no tastefully curated get-togethers for underground comic buffs and game wizards. Taking a cue from any good comic protagonist, Nicholas did the impossible and created STAPLE! to showcase “the folks who publish comics and zines, and possible literary masterworks out of their own apartments and homes.” Nicholas continues, “It was a natural step to connect the fans to the artists through a conference like STAPLE!” Ten years later, the event has grown mightily and has hosted indie greats like Tony Millionaire, Jim Mahfood, Kevin Eastman, Dean Haspiel and Stan Sakai.

In addition to the magic and wonder to be found at the tables of over 150 exhibitors, Staplers can attend panels on Comics, Webcomics, and Indie Game Design; listen to exciting tutorials and presentations; discover intriguing new favorites and revisit old classics, all while exploring the fascinating DIY niche of independent print.

More information can be found at www.staple-austin.org. A full roster of panelists, performers, and exhibitors to be released in February 2014.

STAPLE! Comics Panelists

Francesco Francavilla is a NY Times bestselling author, award-winning storyteller, writer, artist and illustrator who has worked on a wide variety of projects, most recently Afterlife with Archie for Archie Comics and his creator-owned pulp hero Black Beetle for Dark Horse Comics.

Chip Zdarsky has quickly become one of the “must know” artists in creator owned comics. His current Image Comics project Sex Criminals (Time Magazine’s #1 Comic of 2013!), with writer Matt Fraction (Casanova, Satellite Sam, Hawkeye, etc.), is among the most talked about debuts of 2013. With massive critical acclaim and sold out print runs, it’s easy to see why: beautifully illustrated, it’s also funny, awkward, strange, haunting and sexy.

Rob Harrell created, wrote and drew the syndicated daily comic strip Big Top from 2002 through 2007. A Big Top collection was published in 2005 by Andrews McMeel Publishing. He currently writes and draws the long-running daily strip Adam@Home, which appears in more than 140 papers worldwide. His all-ages graphic novel, Monster on the Hill, was released by Top Shelf Productions in 2013, to many rave reviews and accolades. Harrell is currently writing and illustrating a series of middle-grade books called Life of Zarf for Penguin Books.

STAPLE! Webcomics Panelists

Jeremy The Artist is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, preferring the title of “Doodler Extraordinaire.” JTA currently works as host/web comic artist for the spectacular, infamous comic site My Talking Head, where he posts weekly web comics. He also moonlights as a caricaturist for local musical, artistic and special events throughout the year.

Monica Gallagher is an indie creator with over 10 years experience creating comics and illustrations with a positive, feminist spin. She has self-published several mini-comics and books, including the webcomics Bonnie N. Collide, Nine to Five, and Gods & Undergrads. Her first graphic novel, Glitter Kiss, written by Adrianne Ambrose, was published by Oni Press in late 2012 and was nominated for a YALSA award for Great Graphic Novel for Teens.

STAPLE! Indie Game Design Panelists

Moderator Scott Morris, aka “Tox” at CritsHappen.com, focuses on a balanced approach reviewing games from the designer board game industry. Taking a passionate approach to both big name publishers and crowd-funded designers, the focus is on quality, not quantity. Tox previews many Kickstarter projects for board game designers and publishers, and has consulted on several successful game design projects.

Stoic Studio, Creators of The Banner Saga

Alex Thomas immersed himself in the industry early and has done everything from 3D characters and environments, to 2D animation, illustration, screenplay writing, game design and cinematics for games including Star Wars: The Old Republic. His passion for character and environment design is reflected in the look, feel and physics of The Banner Saga.

Arnie Jorgensen began his career working on legendary comics such as Justice League for DC Comics. Eventually he became passionate about creating games, working on Star Wars: Galaxies and The Old Republic as lead concept artist. In his shift to focus on The Banner Saga, his art goes beyond concept and directly into the game.

John Watson has been programming since he was six years old. After doing some work on the Hubble Space Telescope at NASA, he decided to apply his vast abilities to the game industry, eventually bringing his superpowers as lead combat programmer on Star Wars: The Old Republic to Stoic.

ORLANDO MEGACON 2014 – A Look At What’s Happening

MegaCon 2014

ORLANDO MEGACON – A Look At What’s Happening

Press Release

MegaCon, the largest comic book, anime, gaming and multi media event in the southeastern U.S., begins announcing guests for the 2014 show. MegaCon will take place March 21 -23, 2014 at the Orange County Convention Center Hall SB in the North/South Building in Orlando, FL.

 Confirmed comic book guests include:

J. Scott Campbell, Frank Brunner, Neal Adams, Bill Sienkiewicz, Mark Waid, Ron Marz,  Greg Land, Michael Golden, Dennis Calero,  George Pérez, Brandon Peterson, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Cully Hamner, Karl Story, Renee Witterstaetter, Billy Tucci (20th  anniversary of Shi) and Brian Pulido (15th anniversary of Lady Death), Nick Bradshaw, Adam Kubert, Dan Jurgens, Mike Miller, Joshua Ortega, Digger, Bart Sears, Ethan Van Sciver, Mike McKone, Frank Tieri, Mike Mayhew, Chuck Dixon, Skottie Young

 Confirmed media guests include:

Walking Dead – Lauren Cohan, Steven Yeun, David Morrissey, Emily Kinney, Sonequa Martin-Green

Torchwood – John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Gareth David-Lloyd

Torchwood animated series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse – Eliza Dushku

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Torchwood – James Marsters

Smallville – Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack, John Glover, Laura Vandervoort, Aaron Ashmore

Napolean Dynamite – Jon Heder

Battlestar Galactica – Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Herbert Jefferson, Anne Lockhart

Star Wars – Peter Mayhew, Tom Kane

Comic Book Men – Mike Zapcic, Ming Chen, Bryan Johnson

Star Trek, Big Bang Theory – Wil Wheaton

 Voice Actors:

Rob Paulsen, Jim Cummings, Quinton Flynn, Phil LaMarr, Rich Horvitz, Vic Mignogna, Jennifer Hale

 You won’t want to miss Comos

First time ever official MegaCon Friday evening Dance for 18+ only

Costume Contest – Drinks – Dancing

Spectacular Laser show & visuals by Empire Visuals

Nelson Flux – Evolv 3

Hosted by Nick Wolfe

$10 – Friday evening from 9pm – 11:30pm

 Introducing: The Ghost of the Robot Band with James Marsters – Saturday evening performance $20 in advance $25 at the door.

Other events include: MegaCon video gaming and the Supercon 2K series provided by National Video Gaming Association and Vibras Five.One, RPG, LARP, card and miniature gaming events, children events provided by the Skiffytown Heroes, Speed Dating, anime events, belly dancing, Indy Film Festival, movie trailers screening room, Saturday evening dance, late night adult only dance, and professional panel room.

Thanks to our sponsors: 101.1 WJRR, The am 740 Game, 104.1 Real Radio, Certified Guaranty Company, Central Florida Mensa, Students of the Unusual

 The MegaCon guest list is constantly growing. Check www.MegaConvention.com frequently for more updates.

MegaCon 2014

Orange County Convention Center

Orlando, Florida

March 21st – 23rd

Contact Info: info@megaconvention.com or www.megaconvention.com

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Lake Count-I-Con (June 2014)

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Convention Name
Lake Count-I-Con
Convention Website Address
http://www.counticon.com
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
06/28/2014
End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
06/29/2014
About This Convention
Lake County’s biggest Comic, Toy, Game and Art convention.
Description
Lake Count-I-Con is held at the Cultural & Civic Center in Round Lake Beach, Illinois.
It is 8,000 sq ft of comic books, retro toys, original art and table-top games that includes over 100 tables of artists and vendors.

Lake Count-I-Con also offers two gaming rooms that will host a number of workshops, open-play, and tournaments.

Lake Count-I-Con is on Saturday June, 28th and Sunday June, 29th from Noon until 6pm.

Located at the Cultural & Civic Center: 2007 N Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach, IL 60073

Admission is $3, FREE to children under 12.

Venue Name and Address
Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center
2007 Civic Center Way
Round Lake Beach, Illinois 60073
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
100
Projected Attendance
1000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Collectibles
Additional Categories
  • Comic Books
  • Gaming
Guests
To Be Announced

Indy PopCon (May 2014)

Indy PopCon

Convention Name
Indy PopCon
Convention Website Address
http://indypopcon.com
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
05/30/2014
End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
06/01/2014
About This Convention
Indy PopCon is a popular culture convention that will be coming to downtown Indianapolis in late May of 2014. Formed by a group of (mostly) Hoosiers with over 50 years of con experience, PopCon was created to give the Midwest a new kind of convention. Many popular conventions are hyper-focused and specific to certain genres. To get the most out of those conventions, you are likely already embedded within those specific cultures.

We’re a little bit different. Our goals for Indy PopCon are two-fold:

1. Make a Convention Accessible to All

Rather than specialize in one form of pop culture or another, we are dedicating resources to bringing in all aspects of popular culture. Our hope is that those who attend for one or two of our themes will discover new geeky, nerdy, and interesting hobbies and fun that they otherwise may not have been exposed to.

2. Make a Convention About YOU!

The landscape of popular culture is changing. Previously, one would need to be discovered in order to make a career in comics, art, entertainment, movies, and gaming. But with the success of funding platforms like Kickstarter and self-publishing platforms like YouTube, you are in control. You can choose what you want to publish, and what you like. You have the power to shape our popular culture!

We will invite the trail-blazers of this new pop culture phenomenon. YouTube stars, podcasters, web comic artists, webmasters, and more will be invited to share and grow their craft and also to help guide and train the next generation. Panels and workshops will be made available for those who have a dream and the passion to create, but just need a little guidance. Our hope is that Indy PopCon 2015 will feature new internet superstars who attended PopCon 2014!

Venue Name and Address
Indiana Convention Center
100 South Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46225
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
300
Projected Attendance
10000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Other
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Comic Books
  • Gaming
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Joel Hodgson, Kristian Nairn, John DiMaggio, Esme Bianco, Kevin Eastman, Guy Gilchrist, Tom Bancroft, Norm Breyfogle, Greg Horn

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NJ – An Evening of Creativity

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Writer Neil Gaiman (Sandman, American Gods, Doctor Who) speaks at Rowan University on Friday March 7th at 7:00 pm! This lecture is open to the public. Please note, there will be no book signings before or after this lecture.

Rowan University
201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, NJ 08028
(856) 256-4000

12 of the Most Geektastic Wrecking Ball Parodies You Will Ever See

Star Wars Wrecking Ball

If Miley Cyrus is not to your liking, try one of these on for size:

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The Hunger Games

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Dr. Who

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Gollum (Lord of the Rings)

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Minecraft

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Pokemon

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Grand Theft Auto

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Look Who’s Coming to MegaCon 2014…Comic Creators and Celebrities Announced

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Press Release:

ORLANDO MEGACON – Look What’s Happening

MegaCon, the largest comic book, anime, gaming and multi media event in the southeastern U.S., begins announcing guests for the 2014 show. MegaCon will take place March 21 -23, 2014 at the Orange County Convention Center Hall SB in the North/South Building in Orlando, FL.

Confirmed comic book guests include:
J. Scott Campbell, Frank Brunner, Neal Adams, Bill Sienkiewicz, Mark Waid, Ron Marz, Greg Land, Michael Golden, Dennis Calero, George Pérez, Brandon Peterson, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Cully Hamner, Karl Story, Renee Witterstaetter, Billy Tucci (20th anniversary of Shi) and Brian Pulido (15th anniversary of Lady Death), Nick Bradshaw, Adam Kubert, Dan Jurgens, Mike Miller, Joshua Ortega, Digger, Bart Sears, Ethan Van Sciver, Mike McKone, Frank Tieri, Mike Mayhew, Chuck Dixon, Skottie Young

Confirmed media guests include:
Walking Dead – Lauren Cohan, Steven Yeun, David Morrissey, Beth Kinney, Sonequa Martin-Green
Torchwood – John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Gareth David-Lloyd
Torchwood animated series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse – Eliza Dushku
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Torchwood – James Marsters
Smallville – Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack, John Glover, Laura Vandervoort, Aaron Ashmore
Napolean Dynamite – John Heder
Battlestar Galactica – Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Herbert Jefferson, Anne Lockhart
Star Wars – Peter Mayhew, Tom Kane
Comic Book Men – Mike Zapcic, Ming Chen, Bryan Johnson
Star Trek, Big Bang Theory – Wil Wheaton;

Voice Actors:
Rob Paulsen, Jim Cummings, Quinton Flynn, Phil LaMarr, Rich Horvitz, Vic Mignogna, Jennifer Hale

You won’t want to miss Comos

First time ever official MegaCon Friday evening Dance for 18+ only
Costume Contest – Drinks – Dancing
Spectacular Laser show & visuals by Empire Visuals
Nelson Flux – Evolv 3
Hosted by Nick Wolfe
$10 – Friday evening from 9pm – 11:30pm

Introducing: The Ghost of the Robot Band with James Marsters – Saturday evening performance $20 in advance $25 at the door.

Other events include: MegaCon video gaming and the Supercon 2K series provided by National Video Gaming Association and Vibras Five.One, RPG, LARP, card and miniature gaming events, children events provided by the Skiffytown Heroes, Speed Dating, anime events, belly dancing, Indy Film Festival, movie trailers screening room, Saturday evening dance, late night adult only dance, and professional panel room.

Thanks to our sponsors: 101.1 WJRR, The am 740 Game, 104.1 Real Radio, Certified Guaranty Company, Central Florida Mensa, Students of the Unusual

The MegaCon guest list is constantly growing. Check www.MegaConvention.com frequently for more updates.

MegaCon 2014
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Florida
March 21st – 23rd
Contact Info: info@megaconvention.com or www.megaconvention.com

Registration for SDCC 2014 Begins Saturday, February 8

Via Toucan Blog:

The Wait is Over: Preregistration is Coming!

ToucanComic-Con International 2014 badge preregistration will begin shortly after 9:00 AM Pacific Time (PT) on Saturday, February 8. The EPIC Registration landing page will open at 7:00 AM PT for registration code entry.

An email with additional information has been sent to all eligible attendees. If you are eligible to participate in preregistration and did not receive your email, please check your SPAM folder first and allow 4 – 6 hours for email batch processing before contacting Comic-Con through the “Contact Us’” feature in your Member ID account.

Remember, the EPIC landing page will be open for two full hours for registration code entry. You do not need to arrive at 7:00 AM to participate and there is no advantage in arriving early. For additional details, check out our previous Toucan registration blog post or click here to visit our 2014 Preregistration page.

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Pop Culture Expo (May 2014)

Pop Culture Expo

Convention Name
Pop Culture Expo
Convention Website Address
http://www.PopCultureExpo.com
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
05/23/2014
End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
05/25/2014
About This Convention
The POP CULTURE EXPO comes to the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington Mass. Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25 as a celebration to all forms of popular culture including a Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza, featuring Cosplay, Costume and Videogame Competitions for Cash Prizes, Celebrity Guests, Panels, Autographs, Screenings, Animation and Anime, plus 150 vendors of Vintage and Modern Toys, Comic Books and Pop Cultural Artifacts.

If you love movies, television, comic books, science fiction, horror, art, fantasy, music, toys, animation, collecting, celebrities, autographs, magazines, posters, jewelry or just having a fun day with the family, the POP CULTURE EXPO will be the place to be for the Holiday Weekend.

This Fan Convention is produced by Gary Sohmers, who created and produced the successful Collectibles Extravaganzas in the 20th century, and he brings new technology to enhance the event, and relieve the long lines of fans waiting for autographs. Gary is also well known as the appraiser of Pop Culture for 13 seasons on the PBS TV program “Antiques Roadshow,” along with producing over 1000 concerts and 150 consumer/fan events like this.

A low admission fee of only $15 per day, or $25 prepaid online for a two-day pass, is perfect for collectors to shop the vendors’ booths along with families, fans, nerds, geeks and photographers who just want to come to the event to dress up in costumes, play video games or to see and be seen.

Celebrities will be attending to sign autographs in person, which may be the only way to know that they are authentic, along with panels on pop culture subjects and genres. There will be fees for autographs and photographs with the celebrities. Celebrity fees will vary, and will be posted online in advance.

Pete Best, original drummer for The Beatles, Actress Rae Dawn Chon, Jon Provost from “Lassie” and Mark Goddard of “Lost In Space” are the first guests announced to appear with many more to come.
IMAGE Meet and Greet Personalized Autograph Experiences called “Video Op” will be available to capture the signing of your autograph with video for authentication and to allow the fan to be in the video with the celebrity when they sign the autograph. And if you cannot attend due to geography and still want a video recorded personal autograph experience you can order online athttp://www.imagemeetandgreet.com/events.

Purchasing autographs and tickets in advance is the best way to avoid standing in long lines. Many autograph experiences and panels will sell out in advance.

Each panel room holds only 150 people so the audience can be close and personal with the celebrities and panelists. Panels and Screenings will be announced in advance on the website. These reserved seats will be included with VIP and Conventioneer Packages and while supplies last will then be offered individually priced from $5 and up. Unfortunately, there may be disappointed fans as these will sell out. The celebrities, panels and screenings will be announced on the website as soon as they are confirmed.

Attendees can win prizes and cash in contests at the Pop Culture Expo. There will be costume contests with cash and show money prizes including children’s, teens and adult categories. Pop culture Expo is proud to announce a new attraction, the Create-A-New-Superhero contest, where contestants compete in costumes but they are back story is the most important part of winning. With cash prizes and the audience will vote for the winners.

Game Underground of Framingham MA, will be organizing and operating the Video Game Area with contests in fighting and racing games with cash prizes and “show money” prizes which can be spent with the vendors on the show floor. Top experts from around the country will compete in front of a live audience and online audience.

Since our event does not take place at a hotel, we have a lot more room for Cosplay, Contests, Vendors and Fun. We will be offering several options from our host hotels, which are all within 8 miles of the venue. We will have shuttles going back and forth between the hotels and the Shriners Auditorium all weekend. There is plenty of FREE PARKING around the venue and we will have shuttles taking people back and forth from the far ends of the lots also.

Other Fan and Conventioneer activities will be taking place at our host hotels including Friday Night May 23 Banquet Dinner with the Stars and a Pop Culture Party that includes an Adult Costume Contest with Prizes and live entertainment. Saturday May 24 activities at the hotel include Banquet Dinner with the Stars and a Pop Culture Party that includes an Adult Costume Contest with Prizes and live entertainment. Sunday May 25 includes a Breakfast with the Stars.

Each Banquet and Breakfast will involve 9 lucky fans sitting with each celebrity, along with autographs from, and pictures with, the celebrities at the meal. VIP and Conventioneers get first choice of Meals, and table placement, based on date of reservation. Celebrity meal availabilities will be announced by email and online.

Vendor spaces are available for dealers who sell pop-culture items, antique and collectible toys, authentic memorabilia, accoutrements of the nerd or geek lifestyle, anime and animation artwork and toys, comic books and art along with a large variety of out of the ordinary. Consumers expect to buy items they can’t get locally, so specialized exhibitors will be chosen to satisfy every collector or fans needs.

The schedule of events will be posted online and continuously updated at www.PopCultureExpo.com, along with ticket information and autograph opportunities. For further information, or to apply for vendor space, contact Gary@IMAGEMeetAndGreet.com or wexrex@aol.com.

Venue Name and Address
Shriners Auditorium
99 Fordham Rd
Hudson, MA Wilmington
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
150
Projected Attendance
15000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Other
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Comic Books
  • Gaming
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Pete Best of The Beatles, Mark Goddard of Lost In Space, Jon Provost of Lassie, Rae Dawn Chong of Melrose Place, Artist Roger Kastel of Jaws, Author Laurie Jacobson of Hollywood Haunted, more to be announced,

Pop Culture Expo flyer

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