Ichibancon 2016 Convention Report (With Vic Mignogna Interview!)

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A few years ago, when I was still in high school, a person who liked anime was made fun of for it. My school had a manga/book club, and the entire group was often ridiculed by jocks who wouldn’t know good writing if it were mixed in their protein shakes. Despite this, I grew to love the art form, and when I learned that there were whole conventions devoted to it, I begged my dad to take me to one. Surprisingly, he agreed.

Anime conventions were smaller then, including my first, Ichibancon 2012, which was held at a tiny hotel in Charlotte, NC. I originally went with two friends to meet none other than Vic Mignogna, who was–and remains to this day–my favorite voice actor. We stood in his autograph line for about 30 minutes, and when I finally got to his table, I said “Hi” in a talking-to-your-crush-for-the-first-time voice.

Now, five years later, I’m still going to that same convention. It was held this year over New Year’s Day weekend at Embassy Suites Hotel in Concord. Comparing this year’s Ichibancon to the one in 2012 is like comparing the inside of the TARDIS to the inside of my closet. Over 5,000 attendees pre-registered this year, which doesn’t include those who bought a badge on-site. I don’t think 5,000 people even knew about it in in 2012. The cosplayers were awesome. I saw anime, Marvel, and DC characters, plus assorted Pokemon and pop culture figures (the guy dressed as John Cena was meme-tastic). One group of cosplayers was from Undertale, a video game that just came out, which was impressive in its immediacy and quality. Dozens of panels were scheduled on just about any nerdy topic you could imagine, even for Homestuck, the webcomic created in 2009 by Andrew Hussie. The gamers had their own room: dozens of PlayStations and Nintendos (and I don’t mean Nintendogs) projected onto the walls. There was even a TARDIS bouncy house for all the children. I didn’t see the cosplay contest, but I’m sure it was fabulous, especially since, for the first year, a $500 prize was available for first place (this would probably cover the cost of half an automail leg).

Speaking of automail, I got a chance to talk to my five-years-ago idol, Vic Mignogna. Vic is the Johnny Depp of anime. Other voice actors were there, including several members of the cast of Durarara!! (Saki Mikajima, Kasuka Heiwajima, Seiji Yagiri, and Saburo Togusa), whom you don’t see often. But Vic was clearly the biggest draw: one girl came all the way from New Jersey to meet him.

After seeing him a dozen or more times over the years, I felt more relaxed than that initial time. Here is what we discussed.

Me: As Edward Elric, you’re very emotional and over the top. Then you recently switched to playing Kasuka on Durarara!! who is emotionless with a very emotional brother. What was that like?

Vic: You know, I have to tell you, I’m kind of naturally emotional and expressive with my voice. Then, when I was doing Durarara!!, started, and they asked me, can you take the emotion out of it? Can you make it flatter? I’m thinking, it’s pretty flat already. So, yeah, that was a big change.

Me: How long have you been doing conventions?

Vic: Wow. Honestly, maybe a total of thirteen years.

Me: How did you get started?

Vic: Well, I got started in voice acting sixteen or seventeen years ago, and I didn’t know anything about conventions. In fact, there weren’t any at the time. Then, a few years into my career, I saw Monica Rial, and she said to me, “Hey, do you want to go to an anime convention?” I was like, “A what? They have conventions?” I went to Star Trek conventions when I was a little boy, but I had never been to an anime convention. So I went as a guest to one in Ohio, in Columbus, and I was just blown away. I couldn’t believe that there were these wall scrolls with my characters on it and pencil boards and plushies. I had no idea this stuff existed. That was the first one I went to, and of course it ramped up since then.

Me: I’ve also seen you at conventions like DragonCon that are not strictly anime conventions. Talk about the difference between those.

Vic: Anime conventions are very special in and of themselves. There is a real strong sense of community because everybody is there because they love this one specific genre of entertainment. Multicultural, pop culture conventions are more of something for everyone. It’s nice to have an anime presence there, but they don’t typically have the same feeling, a sense of family that you get at an anime convention. I suppose it would probably be the same for any convention that pertains to one thing. If you went to a Supernatural convention, it’s a little more focused. But I enjoy pop culture conventions, mostly because I’m a big sci-fi fan myself, so it’s a real pleasure to get to meet other sci-fi actors that I’m a fan of.

Me: Who is your favorite celebrity you’ve ever met?

Vic: Oh, Bill Shatner, of course. I’ve loved Captain Kirk since I was a little boy. [Want to see Vic as a little boy? Click here.] And you know, when I was young, I used to go to Star Trek conventions, and he is the only one of the original cast I never got to meet. Now, to literally be represented by the same manager who represents Bill, we get booked into conventions together, and we’ve gotten to have dinner together and travel a little bit and hang out, so it’s a real privilege.

Me: Have you had to suppress the urge to squeal like a fangirl?

Vic: All the time. All the time. [Laughs.] I want to respect him and not turn into one of those fanboys he’s dealt with for forty years.

Me: I read on your Wikipedia page that you were once a law enforcement officer.

Vic: I was. Right after college, my mom, who lives on the eastern shore of Maryland, was very good friends with the chief of police in the city where she lived. She always used to brag to him about her son who was a moral, ethical, upstanding member of the community. And so he said, well, I’d like to have someone like that on the police force. I didn’t have any plans right after college, so I went back there and went through the police training and became a cop for two years. It was never a career move. I enjoyed it a lot, but it isn’t something I want to do forever.

Me: It takes a special person to do that job.

Vic: It does. And to deal with the darker side of humanity so much of your life, always having to enforce the laws and deal with people breaking the rules can make a person very cynical and depressed.

Me: I have a copy of your Gospel of John CD. What was the genesis [see what I did there?] of that project?

Vic: Actually, it’s kind of interesting. I was at a convention, and a mother came up to me and said, “My daughter loves your work. She could sit and listen to you for hours. She loves your voice. You could read the phone book and she would listen to it.” I thought, what a nice thing to say. Then I thought, maybe not the phone book, but what if I were to record something of more importance and give it away. So I went home and recorded the Gospel of John and used a contemporary translation and played the piano underneath it to make it easy to listen to. I put a lot of money into it myself to get all the discs pressed, and now I give it away at conventions because what better thing to give to fans of my work than something that is very precious to me?

Me: Do you have plans to do more books?

Vic: I would love to, but it takes a lot of time, and to be honest, I don’t know what book I would do. There aren’t a lot of books of the Bible that stand by themselves, that tell the whole story. If you’re gonna get one chance to tell someone the story of Jesus, why he came, what he did, his ministry, his rising again, all of that, it’s all pretty self-contained in the Gospel of John. So I don’t know what book I would do, and it’s very time-consuming. I don’t have a lot of time, especially now with the Star Trek series I’m doing.

Me: So the Star Trek series is still going well?

Vic: Oh yeah. Bigger than ever. We just finished shooting episode six. Popularity is growing, and viewership is growing. At the risk of sounding partial, it’s fantastic. It looks and feels and sounds exactly like the original series. We have managed to continue the original series in every way, so you feel like you’re watching episodes that were never broadcast.

Me: But they’re all original stories.

Vic: Oh yes. From the recreation of the sets to the lighting, costumes, make-up, story, music, editing, characters—everything. No amount of description can prepare you for the quality. And it’s free. Just go to startrekcontinues.com. The first episode is wonderful, and the second is better than the first, and the third is better than the second. They just get better and better

Me: Last question. What is it like dealing with all the fangirls who are much younger than you?

Vic: Well, it’s kind of funny because, if I were half my age, I would be flattered. But I really look at it more like a father looking at younger people and going, Man, if I can give some joy to this person, if I can make them feel special about themselves, because so many of these kids are struggling with who they are and their place in the world and their security and self-esteem. I feel as if I have been given an opportunity to be an encouragement, somebody that they look up to and notices them and compliments them and puts his arms around them and gives them a big hug and engages with them. I think that’s very important. I didn’t used to realize how important that is, and over the years, with all the emails and letters I’ve gotten and interactions I’ve had at conventions, I’ve come to realize that God has put me here for a very specific purpose, and that is to bring encouragement and love and kindness and support to a lot of people who are at a very sensitive crossroads in their lives.

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Of course, everyone has their criticisms no matter how much they enjoy something, and Ichibancon was not without flaws. For one thing, it needs a larger venue. There were lines to get into the dealer room and artist alley, and some of the panels were standing room only. Parking was ridiculous. I squeezed my car in next to a dumpster, and I saw people walking over from car dealerships and other hotels. According to one staff member, however, the only place large enough to expand to is the Charlotte Convention Center, whose surrounding hotels are much more expensive–$240 a night or more. Anime conventions are largely attended by teenagers, who don’t have much money (and spend what they do have on Call of Duty).

It was clear from artist alley and the dealer room that neither of them was “juried.” Some conventions judge vendors’ merchandise ahead of time and then make decisions on who gets a slot. This is done to make sure there is enough variety and quality in the room. Ichibancon, it seems, didn’t do this because there was a lot of repetition in both areas. Merchandise was mostly plushies, posters, and wall scrolls. There was no manga, and I saw only one dealer selling comic-related stuff (usually, there are more).

Even with all these negative things going on in the convention, that is no reason for the muggles to boycott this convention (I saw a picketer in the parking lot). In fact, I believe that this convention is the perfect one for any anime convention newbies.

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This was only part of the line to get into the dealer’s room.

I hope this doesn't mean what I think it means.

I hope this doesn’t mean what I think it means.

Even broken up bands come to conventions.

Even broken up bands come to conventions.

Don't be upsetti, have some spaghetti!

Don’t be upsetti, have some spaghetti!

My dad stole my brand new beanie.

My dad stole my brand new beanie.

Cosplaying is a lot of work!

Cosplaying is a lot of hard work!

A consequence of a growing convention is more rules.

A consequence of a growing convention is more rules.

Some cosplayers really know how to get a-head.

Some cosplayers really know how to get a-head.

Let me tell you about Homestuck.

Let me tell you about Homestuck.

Even wizards need to eat.

Even wizards need to eat.

I don't think these guys are cosplayers.

I don’t think these guys are cosplayers.

The gaming room is always packed.

The gaming room is always packed.

Wow! My TV isn't this big!

Wow! My TV isn’t this big!

Don't take "friendliness pellets" from strangers.

Don’t take “friendliness pellets” from strangers.

Every year, The Chalk Twins have something new for the silent auction.

Every year, The Chalk Twins have something new for the silent auction.

The sign said "pets are not allowed" but an exception was made for these two.

The sign said “pets are not allowed” but an exception was made for these two.

And this is why pets are not allowed.

And this is why pets are not allowed.

Who invited this guy?

Who invited this guy?

Memes. Memes everywhere.

Memes. Memes everywhere.

IA – The Fireman Signing

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Press Release:

Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Joe Hill will talk about and sign copies of his new book, The Fireman, at the Coralville Public Library on Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

The Fireman is a novel about a terrifying worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes. The pandemic is caused by Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that tattoos its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

Joe Hill is the author of NOS4A2, Horns, and Heart-Shaped Box. He  is a two-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, and a past recipient of the Ray Bradbury Fellowship. His stories have appeared in a variety of journals and Year’s Best collections. He lives in New England.

A reception will follow the reading and signing. Books available from Prairie Lights Bookstore.

Coralville Public Library
1401 5th St, Coralville, Iowa 52241
(319) 248-1850

Jersey Shore Comic Book Show – Flemington Comic Fest (May 2016)

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Convention Name
Jersey Shore Comic Book Show – Flemington Comic Fest
Convention Website Address
http://www.jerseyshorecomicbookshow.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
05/15/2016
About This Convention
It’s all happening on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at the Flemington Elks Lodge, Route 31 S. in Flemington, New Jersey. Join us from 10am to 4pm for the Best Little Comic Con on the East Coast, sponsored by the folks of the Jersey Shore Comic Book Show.
Our guest line – up includes Tony DiGerolamo screenwriter and writer of the comic book, Bart Simpson. Also on hand will be child star and actress, Sharon Smyth Lentz better known as “Little Sarah” (Barnaby Collins Sister) from the Dark Shadows T.V. soap oprea. Appearing as well will be Christopher Weite from the hit series, “The Walking Dead,” “Gotham,” and oscar nominated film, “Creed,” as well as many horror films. Joining him will be the Zombie Queen herself, Carolyn Seibert star of many horror films such as, “6 Degrees of Hell,” “Forever Yours,” “Zombie Killers Elephants Graveyard, ” and many more.
We will be featuring over 10+ guest Artists, Writers and Creators of your favorite comics and graphic novels. Also on hand will be more than 20+ vendors with everything from golden age comics to present day comics, non-sport cards, toys, collectibles and so much more!! We will also have cosplayers on hand as well.
Admission to the show is $3.00 and kids under 12 are Free. For more information please call: (609) 242-7756 or visit our website: http://www.jerseyshorecomicbookshow.com
Venue Name and Address
Flemington Elks Lodge
165 Route 31 South
Flemington, New Jersey 08824
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
46
Projected Attendance
500
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Horror
  • Collectibles

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Clarksville Comic, Anime and Toy Con (April 2016)

Convention Name
Clarksville Comic, Anime & Toy Con
Convention Website Address
http://www.comiccitytn.com
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
04/30/2016
End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
05/01/2016
About This Convention
CLARKSVILLE/FT CAMPBELL ANIME , COMIC, & TOY CON
APRIL 30 & MAY 1st, 2016
ALL MILITARY FREE WITH ID ON SUN …ALL FAMILY MEMBERS INCLUDED ! Police , Fire, and Rescue Personal FREE as well on Sunday with ID!
This show is created to give our Thanks to YOU , AND your Family , for your Service and Sacrifice for our Country!
Riverview Inn, 50 College St. , Clarksville , TN 37040 (931) 552-3331
SAT 10-5/ SUN 11-4.. FREE PARKING..ALL GUESTS SIGN FOR FREE! (Guests will sign any item brought to them for FREE…They will charge for the items at THEIR table..But the Autograph is FREE!
ADMISSION FOR NON MILITARY $10 A DAY, VIP PACKAGE 35.00 (Details Below)VIP PACKAGE THERE ARE ONLY 50 VIP’S AVAILABLE !!
The Package is 35.00 and Includes the following:
1. Guaranteed FREE Convention Nylon Totebag
2. Admission for BOTH Saturday and Sunday
3. Early Entrance BOTH days 30 Minutes before the rest of the Attendees (9:30 Sat, 10:30 Sun)
4. Goodie Bag at least 30.00 worth of Comics, Books, DVDs, CDs, Posters, Cards, etc.
5. 1/2 Price Passes to our Conventions in Nashville, Paducah, and Jackson (TN)
6. A SIGNED Comic Book . There will also be ONE signed comic book inside each package signed by , Mark Silvestri, Eric Powell, Mike Zeck, Joe Quesada, etc.
7.You will receive 10 “Raffle” Tickets for entry to the Sunday Win-An-Entire-Booth of Merchandise drawing (3000.00 worth of Merchandise) instead of ONE ticket that the regular admission gets you. (SEE DETAILS BELOW)
8.Free Passes to Atlanta Comic Convention
9. Free Black Widow Print made JUST for the show that you can have ALL the guests sign for FREE!
10. Gravity Falls or Family Guy Print to get signed by Roberto Rodriguez for FREE!
11.Spawn Comic to get signed by Mike Nicolosi for FREE!
12. Walking Dead Print to get signed by Santiago Cirillo for FREE!
…..ALL FOR JUST 35.00 ….You can Paypal the funds to wtillander@charter.net or send a check or MO to Wes Tillander, PO Box 1251 , Hogansville ,Ga 30230
You can also use your credit card …email me the number, expiration date , 3 digit number on the back of the card and your zip code..and we will process your order and email you your receipt…your charge will read “Wesley Tillander’s Books”… Anymore questions, let us know…Thanks Wes

GUESTS…
ARTISTS
Roberto Yun Rodriguez …Animator for Family Guy, Gravity Falls, Ultimate Spiderman, Archer, Cleveland Show, Venture Brothers, Scooby Doo Mysteries, More!

Jacob Roguemont Artist of Deadpool, Wolverine, Avengers , Iron Man, Thor , X-Men, Index to the Marvel Universe Series, More!

Sherard Jackson..Comic Artist of Voltron , Various Antarctic Press & Image Comic Titles and Animator on A Scanner Darkly , Unconditional, More!

ACTORS & MEDIA
Mike Nicolosi …Voice of Spawn’s arch enemy The Violator/The Clown, Things to do in Denver When you are Dead, More!

Santiago Cirrillo … The Walking Dead’s Julio

David Fultz..Credits include The Dark Knight, Santa Claus Vs The Zombies, RED, More! Plus He is a Musician and Hall of Fame Martial Artist

Bill Byrge…Ernest Saves Christmas, Ernest Scared Straight

James Neathery…Contestant on Game Show Network’s Steampunked, and Cosplay Expert

AUTHORS
D. Alan Lewis…2010 Claymore Award nominated writer of The Blood in the Garden Snowflake, and Steampunk Expert

Dr. Jeff Thompson…Horror Writer and Dark Shadows Expert

WIN-AN-ENTIRE-BOOTH PRIZE RAFFLE ! (3000.00 WORTH OF MERCHANDISE!)
Have you said “How can I spend just 10.00 and win 3000.00 worth of STUFF?” The answer to that question is…Come to the show!….We are creating an entire BOOTH of Merchandise (DVDs, CDs, Toys, Comics, Books, Posters, Prints, Statues, Cards, Gaming, T-Shirts, MORE! Entry to the Contest is FREE WITH PAID Admission!
ON SUNDAY each Attendee will get ONE Raffle Ticket when they pay for their admission…. This automatically enters you in the Contest..…After the winner on the Kid’s Costume Contest is announced, One of our celebrities will draw a ticket from the sealed box…We will call out your number , and , if your number matches up….you will win an entire BOOTH OF MERCHANDISE …..worth 3000.00!!!!! YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN!! VIP Members will receive TEN Tickets to enter the Raffle!….BRING A TRUCK TO GET IT ALL HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We really aren’t kidding…..

COSTUME CONTEST
EVERYONE WHO ENTERS THE COSTUME CONTEST WILL RECEIVE 50.00 WORTH OF MERCHANDISE ….. JUST FOR ENTERING!!!!
Saturday…No catagories…Come as your Favorite Comic Book, Anime/Manga, Movie /TV Character, Steampunk, etc. The OVERALL Winner will receive a 1000.00 PRIZE! ( 900.00 Marchandise Prize PLUS 100.00 in “Dealer’s Bucks “to spend on anything you want in the Dealers Room! PLUS..The 50.00 worth of Merchandise for entering the Contest!!!
Sunday…We are doing KIDS DAY …Children Costumers/Cosplayers (10 AND UNDER) . The Costume Contest will be held in the meeting area on Saturday beginning at 3:00 …Sunday’s KIDS COSTUME Contest will be at 3:00 PM! Winner will receive a 200.00 Prize Package! ALL KIDS ,who participate in the contest , will receive FREE GIFTS just for entering!

PANEL SCHEDULE (Subject to change)
SATURDAY
1:00 -2:00…Steampunk Panel
2:00 – 3:00…Cosplay 101
3:00 – 4:00 ..Costume Contest
5:00…David Fultz will give an Acting in film / Stunt Man Q&A Demonstration
SUNDAY
12:00 -1:00..Ghostbusters Panel
1:00-2:00 ..LARP (Live Action Role Playing ) Panel
2:00-3:00..Kids Costume Contest
3:00…WIN A 3000.00 BOOTH PRIZE DRAWING
DON’T MISS THIS!!

Venue Name and Address
Riverview Inn
50 College St
Clarksville, TN 37040
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
65
Projected Attendance
1,000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Collectibles
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Comic Books
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Roberto Rodriguez, Mike Nicolosi, 20 Guests in All

Clarksville

FL – The Fireman Signing

joe-hill-brattle-theatre-49JOE HILL (Locke & Key, Horns) appears at Books & Books on Friday, May 20th at 8:00 PM!

Press Release:

From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box comes a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman.

The fireman is coming. Stay cool.

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

Harper Grayson, a compassionate, dedicated nurse as pragmatic as Mary Poppins, treated hundreds of infected patients before her hospital burned to the ground. Now she’s discovered the telltale gold-flecked marks on her skin. When the outbreak first began, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: they would take matters into their own hands if they became infected. To Jakob’s dismay, Harper wants to live—at least until the fetus she is carrying comes to term. At the hospital, she witnessed infected mothers give birth to healthy babies and believes hers will be fine too. . . if she can live long enough to deliver the child.

Convinced that his do-gooding wife has made him sick, Jakob becomes unhinged, and eventually abandons her as their placid New England community collapses in terror. The chaos gives rise to ruthless Cremation Squads—armed, self-appointed posses roaming the streets and woods to exterminate those who they believe carry the spore. But Harper isn’t as alone as she fears: a mysterious and compelling stranger she briefly met at the hospital, a man in a dirty yellow fire fighter’s jacket, carrying a hooked iron bar, straddles the abyss between insanity and death. Known as The Fireman, he strolls the ruins of New Hampshire, a madman afflicted with Dragonscale who has learned to control the fire within himself, using it as a shield to protect the hunted . . . and as a weapon to avenge the wronged.

In the desperate season to come, as the world burns out of control, Harper must learn the Fireman’s secrets before her life—and that of her unborn child—goes up in smoke.

About the Author

Joe Hill is the author of the New York Times bestsellers HornsHeart-Shaped Box, and NOS4A2. He is also the Eisner Award-winning writer of a six-volume comic book series, Locke & Key.

Books & Books
265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134
305.442.4408

MN – The Fireman Signing

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Press Release:

Join Magers & Quinn Booksellers and Uptown Church for a special evening with bestselling author Joe Hill, reading from his new novel The Fireman, on  Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

THIS IS A TICKETED EVENT. Purchase your ticket on Eventbrite via the link above (and find more details at that link as well). A copy of The Fireman is included in your ticket purchase.

From Joe Hill, the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2, Horns, and Heart-Shaped Box comes a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman.

All of Joe Hill’s novels have topped national bestseller lists, won numerous national awards, garnered rave reviews, and have been or are in the process of being adapted into film or TV series (Last fall Horns was released on the big screen, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple; Deadline recently announced that NOS4A2 is in development for an AMC series; followed quickly by the news that Fox finalized a development deal for The Fireman).

This is a ticketed event. Purchase a ticket on Eventbrite via the link.

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Uptown Church
1219 W 31st St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 270-5333

NYC – The Fireman Signing

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JOE HILL (Locke & Key, Horns) appears at the Strand on Wednesday, May 18th at 7:00 PM!

Press Release:

Joe Hill, award-winning author of NOS4A2, Horns, and other chilling bestsellers, returns with The Fireman, a gripping tale of a plague unlike anything we’ve seen before.

No one knows where it came from, but Dragonscale spreads like wildfire, tracing its victims’ flesh with blackened gold, then setting them ablaze. Harper Grayson, a dedicated nurse, discovers its mark on her own skin and resolves to stay alive long enough to give birth to her son, endangering her husband and everyone around them. As society collapses around them, the ranks close around her as angry Cremation Squads rove the streets, exterminating the afflicted.

A mysterious and compelling stranger Harper met at the hospital, a man in a dirty yellow fire fighter’s jacket, carrying a hooked iron bar, straddles the abyss between insanity and death. Known as The Fireman, he strolls the ruins of New Hampshire, a madman afflicted with Dragonscale who has learned to control the fire within himself, using it as a shield to protect the hunted . . . and as a weapon to avenge the wronged.

Don’t miss this evening with a modern master as Joe Hill presents his latest white-hot tale of perseverance in the face of a civilization in flames.

RSVP on Facebook!

Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(212) 473-1452

Entries Open for Boston Comic Con 2016 Film Festival

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Press Release:

Calling all filmmakers!  Boston Comic Con is now accepting entries for its annual Film Festival.

If you have, or are creating a comic-related, horror, suspense, action/adventure, sci-fi, or fantasy movie and want to submit it for consideration, click here to print or download the Entry Form.  Movie times and titles will be published in the event details as part of the event, and accepted film-makers will have the opportunity to introduce their entry to the Film Festival audience.

Movies can be submitted in the following categories:

  • Narrative Feature
  • Narrative Short
  • Animated Short
  • Music Video
  • Documentary Feature
  • Documentary Short

Boston Comic Con 2016 tickets are on-sale now at the link!

RSVP on Facebook!

About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Friday August 12th, Saturday August 13th, and Sunday August 14th at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

TerrifiCon Tickets On-Sale Now

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Press Release:

Calling all fans of superheroes, sci-fi, horror, and anime! TerrifiCon: CT’s Terrific Comic Con™ invades the massive Mohegan Sun Convention Center in Uncasville, Connecticut, on August 19-21, 2016, for three days of action, excitement, and family fun.

Big Fedora Marketing, the producer of the three-day comic con at Mohegan Sun, is expanding the event’s programming to provide fans with more space for exhibits and a greater number of dealers in rare comic books and pop-culture merchandise. TerrifiCon offers fans more opportunities to meet their favorite comic-book artists and writers, as well as performers from TV and movies. There will also be a great lineup of after-con activities, including parties, poker, music, and comedy all at Mohegan Sun, recently voted Connecticut’s “Best Hotel” by Travel and Leisure magazine.

More than 40 comic-creator guests will be part of the largest gathering of comic-book professionals in Connecticut for the three-day spectacular. The list includes Marvel’s award-winning and best-selling Spider-Man writer Dan Slott, legendary Batman artist Neal Adams, the first-ever New England appearance of comic writer Roger Stern, and a rare con appearance by artist Rick Hoberg, who worked on Marvel’s original adaptation of “Star Wars” and animated shows like “Spider- Man and his Amazing Friends,” “Jem,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “The X-Men,”. New York Times best selling author Peter David (Star Trek, Hulk) and many more. Artists appearing include Mark Bagley (Spider-Man), Dan Parent (Archie), Ron Garney (Daredevil), Graham Nolan (Batman), Scott Koblish (Deadpool), Franco (Tiny Titans) and dozens more.

From the world of television and movies, writer/director/actor and lifelong fanboy, Kevin Smith, will be doing a special comedy show on Saturday night at the Cabaret theater at Mohegan Sun. Other members of Smith’s View Askewniverse will be meeting fans over the course of the weekend, including actor Jason Mewes, from Smith’s films “Clerks,” and the Jay and Silent Bob film series, Jeremy London from “Mallrats” (and “Party of Five”), and the cast of “Comic Book Men”.

Other celebrity guests include representatives of current and recent hits, such as Michael Cudlitz (“The Walking Dead”), Katrina Law (“Arrow”), and Sean Gunn (“Gilmore Girls,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”), as well as veteran performers, like Rene Auberjonois (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Boston Legal,” “Benson”), Sam J. Jones (“Flash Gordon”), and wrestling legend Road Warrior Animal. Many more guests will be announced in the coming months.

The three-day event will also have many other events and attractions, including a costume contest for adults, a costume parade for children, more than a dozen question-and-answer panels with the invited guests, live music and comedy, photo backdrops, and a special day of children’s programming on Sunday which includes magic shows, music, and more.

“For fans of comic books, sci-fi/fantasy films and TV shows, and cosplay, the three-day convention at Mohegan Sun will be the ‘must-attend’ event of the summer”, said TerrifiCon’s owner Mitch Hallock. “We are also incorporating the terrific elements and activities of Mohegan Sun which you cannot find at any other comic con and that will give fans so much more to do after the show ends for the day.” Hallock, who is a lifelong comic-book fan and frequent contributor to WPLR’s “Chaz and AJ” radio program as “King of the Nerds” went on to say this comic con will “deliver the experience fans expect from the massive big-city comic cons while still maintaining an intimate setting.”

Visit the con’s official website for show hours and details at www.terrificon.com

Children 8 and under are admitted at no charge to the comic con when accompanied by a paying adult attendee. Comic con tickets are on sale at Mohegan Sun Box Office, which is open seven days a week, from 10 am – 8 pm, or may be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com

MA – The Fireman Signing

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Press Release:

Harvard Book Store welcomes JOE HILL, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box, on Tuesday May 17, 2016 at 6:00 PM for a reading from his latest novel, The Fireman. Tickets available at the link…

About The Fireman

From bestselling author Joe Hill comes a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman.

The fireman is coming. Stay cool.

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

Harper Grayson, a compassionate, dedicated nurse as pragmatic as Mary Poppins, treated hundreds of infected patients before her hospital burned to the ground. Now she’s discovered the telltale gold-flecked marks on her skin. When the outbreak first began, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: they would take matters into their own hands if they became infected. To Jakob’s dismay, Harper wants to live—at least until the fetus she is carrying comes to term. At the hospital, she witnessed infected mothers give birth to healthy babies and believes hers will be fine too. . . if she can live long enough to deliver the child.

Convinced that his do-gooding wife has made him sick, Jakob becomes unhinged, and eventually abandons her as their placid New England community collapses in terror. The chaos gives rise to ruthless Cremation Squads—armed, self-appointed posses roaming the streets and woods to exterminate those who they believe carry the spore. But Harper isn’t as alone as she fears: a mysterious and compelling stranger she briefly met at the hospital, a man in a dirty yellow fire fighter’s jacket, carrying a hooked iron bar, straddles the abyss between insanity and death. Known as The Fireman, he strolls the ruins of New Hampshire, a madman afflicted with Dragonscale who has learned to control the fire within himself, using it as a shield to protect the hunted . . . and as a weapon to avenge the wronged.

In the desperate season to come, as the world burns out of control, Harper must learn the Fireman’s secrets before her life—and that of her unborn child—goes up in smoke.

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The Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-6837

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