Attack on Titan Storms Anime Boston 2014

ab14-AOTBoston is a good city in which to be a geek. Annually it hosts several well established conventions including Vericon, Arisia, PAX East, and Boston Comic Con. Last weekend Anime Boston hit town bringing with it thousands of attendees, most of whom wore cosplay. Founded by the New England Anime Society in 2003 with a focus on Japanese animation and comics, the convention still welcomes fans of many genres and media who are interested.

This year’s big feature was the highly anticipated US debut of the English dub of Attack on Titan. A popular manga which was adapted last year into an animated series, Attack on Titan imagines a world where the entire human race hides away in a giant walled city to protect themselves from monstrous Titans that have devoured anyone caught outside. After one hundred years of peace, lead character Eren Yeager, his adoptive sister Mikasa Ackerman, and their friend Armin Arlert find themselves pulled into the Survey Corps to battle the new breed of Titans that have breached the walls and avenge their fallen families.

In the weeks leading up to Anime Boston the production company FUNimation gradually announced the English language cast for the dubbed version. Included were 2014 guests Patrick Seitz as Keith, Kyle Hebert at Mitabi, Mike McFarland as Jean (in addition to being the voice over director), Josh Grelle as Armin, Matthew Mercer as Levi, and Trina Nishimura as Mikasa. The only role unannounced leading up to the convention was that of Eren, the main character, which led to a great deal of speculation that it would be given to actor Greg Ayres, who was another guest of the show. However, at the premiere Sr. Manager of Social Strategy and Development for FUNimation Justin Rojas began with a specially recorded video message. Actor Bryce Papenbrook appeared on screen to announce that he would perform the role of Eren and expressed his regrets that he could not appear in person.

The crowd was raucous and excited as they were given the first public screening of the first three episodes of Attack on Titan. The fans sang along to the theme song and cheered loudly for the first appearance of literally every major character. One thing anime fans have in spades is enthusiasm. An encore presentation with two more episodes was screened on Sunday. The full series will release on June 3rd 2014.

Following the screening was a Q&A with cast members Mike McFarland, Josh Grelle, Matthew Mercer, and Trina Nishimura. They all expressed a keen interest in the project, though Mercer seemed intimidated by one fan saying he is now a sex symbol. His signing line earlier that day would certainly reinforce his popularity as hundreds of fans queued up though only one hundred were guaranteed to get their posters and DVDs signed. Grelle said it was exciting to see an anime taking a chance and deviating from the old trope of “harem shows with magic” which have dominated the industry. He also said the music drew him in as well.

McFarland and Mercer were both unacquainted with Attack on Titan prior to being cast but each said they binged on the entire series in one viewing because they were so drawn into the story and characters. McFarland warned that it’s a gritty show but SO dark that some characters won’t make it. When asked about casting, McFarland said that many key roles went to Los Angeles talent, as opposed to FUNimation stalwarts, because of amount of work that went into each session and that he actively wanted to bring in new people as much as possible. The actors were pushed hard to make sure the performances were the very best.

Nishimura had an admiration for her role as Mikasa, a character who is as strong or even stronger those around her. “The stereotype of the anime chick is changing,” she said to applause, “It’s not pantie shots and flying and sparkles.”

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MA – Meltdown Family Music & Book Festival

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Cartoonists Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman will be part of the Meltdown Family Music and Book Festival on Saturday March 29th! Along with Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Lunch Lady) and other awesome authors and musicians. Admission is FREE! Details at the link!

Here is the full schedule of the book events:

10:40 a.m. – Tanya Lee Stone
11:40 a.m. – Bob Shea
12:40 p.m. – Jarrett Krosoczka Drawing Party
1:40 p.m. – Dave Roman
2:40 p.m. – Raina Telgemeier

Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School
80 Locust Street, Northampton, MA 01060

Enter to WIN The FLORIDA SUPERCON “LIFETIME PASS”

Florida SuperConEnter to WIN The FLORIDA SUPERCON “LIFETIME PASS” GIVEAWAY

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Win a Lifetime Pass to ALL Florida Supercon events, V.I.P. passes, and Weekend Passes!

GRAND PRIZE
* 1 LIFETIME PASS TO ALL FLORIDA SUPERCON EVENTS ($700 VALUE)
* 1 V.I.P. UPGRADE FOR FSC 2014 ($200 VALUE)
* 1 V.I.P. PASS FOR A FRIEND ($200 VALUE)
$1,100 VALUE

2ND PRIZE
* 2 V.I.P. TICKETS TO FLORIDA SUPERCON 2014
$400 VALUE

3RD PRIZE
* 2 FULL 4 DAY WEEKEND PASSES TO FLORIDA SUPERCON 2014
$160 VALUE

WINNERS WILL BE CHOSEN AT RANDOM ON APRIL 1, 2014 @ 9:00PM

NOTE: If you have already purchased tickets, and win the contest, you will receive a refund for the purchased tickets.

For more info on Florida SuperCon check out their website!

Updated Schedule of Events for MegaCon

eliza_dushkuThe new schedule of events is now available on the MegaCon website.

Additions:

Sunday, March 23rd
Q&A Panel with Manu Bennett
Room S320
2:20 PM – 3:10 PM

Cancellation:

Sunday, March 23rd
Q&A Panel with Eliza Dushku

See the entire schedule HERE!

Where to Park for MegaCon

megaconparking2014We would like to share the following announcement on behalf of the Orange County Convention Center, the venue of MegaCon 2014.

The following map indicates available parking areas for MegaCon 2014 during the dates of March 21-23. The OCCC charges $9 per standard sized vehicle or $15 for oversized vehicle (RV or Bus). The OCCC will be providing complimentary shuttle services to and from the Destination Parkway Garage and Flat Lot, which is directly across from the Hilton Orlando hotel.

If you are staying at the DoubleTree Orlando by Sea World, the host hotel for MegaCon 2014, MegaCon will be providing complimentary shuttle service to and from the convention center and the Doubletree Friday-Sunday.

If you are staying at one of the hotels on I-Drive or Universal Blvd and do not want to drive over, there are cabs in the area that will drop you off in front of the South Building. Cost may vary based on distance away.

An alternative is utilizing the I-Ride Trolley, which has pick up and drop off locations in numerous locations up and down I-Drive. You can pay $2.00 per ride or purchase off their website or at your hotel, a 3 day unlimited pass for $7.00. This is a great alternative if you want to get back and forth to MegaCon without having to drive and find parking. For more information on the I-Ride Trolley for pick up and drop off locations or to purchase a trolley pass, please visit their website at:

http://www.iridetrolley.com/

Enter the Megacon Autograph Hunt this weekend!

megacon_autohun“Hunt down sixteen of MegaCon’s great artists, get all their autographs and you could win art from all of them!”

Grab your game piece from one of sixteen amazing artists and start the hunt!

Collect them all and you’ll get an entry form to fill out and be entered for our daily prize pack!

For more info on MegaCon check out their website!

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MegaCon Photo Ops Schedule!

Megacon 2014This huge con is coming very soon. See this updated Photo Ops schedule!

Megacon 2014 Photo Ops

Visit Megacon’s website for all the info you need.

NYC – Drawing Party

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Join Raina Telgemeier, Dave Roman, and Laura Lee Gulledge for two fun filled events on Saturday March 1st at Bergen Street Comics!

3:00-5:00 Drawing Party Games for kids & teens
7:00-9:00 Comics Party w/Presentation

RSVP on Facebook!

Bergen Street Comics
470 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Baltimore Comic-Con 2014 Guests List Continues to Grow!

Baltimore Comic ConBaltimore Comic-Con Guest List Continues to Grow!

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - February 17, 2014 - The new and expanded floor for our premiere 3-day show continues to fill in!  The 2014 Baltimore Comic-Con will be held the weekend of September 5-7!

The Baltimore Comic-Con is elated to welcome back to our show the amazingly talented Kevin Maguire,Herb Trimpe, and Mark Waid.

Kevin Maguire acquired notoriety working on a number of DC titles including Justice League, Formerly Known As Justice League, JLA Classified, and Doom Patrol, as well as Marvel’s Defenders. He is one of the artists credited with the relaunch of DC’s Teen Titans and alternated art duties on the relaunched World’s Finest.  Maguire has recently been seen on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

 

Artist/writer Herb Trimpe has the privilege of having been the first to bring the X-Men’s Wolverine to life in the pages of The Incredible Hulk #181. Trimpe cut his teeth with Marvel beginning in comics’ Silver Age of the 1960s, where he began his long run onThe Incredible Hulk, as well as a year spent on The Defenders later in his careerHis long tenure at Marvel also meant he would go on to work with most all of the major characters (and many minor ones). More recently, Trimpe’s lines can be found gracing the pages of IDW’s GI Joe: A Real American Hero and Dinosaurs Attack.

The multiple Harvey and Eisner Award-winning Mark Waid has been the voice behind numerous issues, mini-series, and title runs that have resonated throughout comics fandom and the creative community alike.  His acclaimed runs and series include DC Comics’ The Flash, Kingdom Come, The Kingdom, JLA: Year One, JLA, Legion of Super-Heroes, and Superman: Birthright, Marvel Comics’ Captain America, Fantastic Four, Amazing Spider-Man, The Indestructible Hulk, and Daredevil, BOOM! Studios’ Incorruptible and Irredeemable,Archie Comics’ The Fox, and Empire, originally published by Gorilla Comics and later by DC Comics.  He also went on to become Editor-in-Chief and then Chief Creative Officer at BOOM! Studios, while continuing to work on freelance assignments for other publishers. Waid is one of the principals behind Thrillbent Comics, a digital comics initiative, where he also publishes titles such as In the Pi of the Beholder, Luther, Cthulhu Calls, If You’re So Smart, and Insufferable.

 

“We are so blessed to have guests of this caliber attending our show,” commented Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Each of these gentlemen has made significant contributions to the industry in which we work, and they truly raise the bar for the Con.”

 

This year’s previously confirmed guests for the show include: Marty Baumann (Pixar artist); Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); Dave Bullock (Batman Black and White); Greg Capullo (Batman); Bernard Chang (Green Lantern Corps); Sean Chen (Amazing Spider-Man); Jimmy Cheung (Infinity); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (X-Men:  Battle of the Atom); Richard Clark (House of Gold & Bones); Steve Conley (Bloop); Alan Davis (Wolverine); Tommy Lee Edwards (Suicide Risk); Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys); David Finch (Forever Evil); Dave Gibbons (Watchmen); Bryan JL Glass (Mice Templar); Michael Golden (The Ravagers); Cully Hamner (Animal Man); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Fred Hembeck (Garfield); Adam Hughes (Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan); JG Jones (Green Lantern Corps, Batman Black and White); Justin Jordan (Luther Strode, Green Lantern: New Guardians); Barry Kitson (Empire); Aaron Kuder (Action Comics); David Mack (Shadowman); Alex Maleev (Moon Knight); Ron Marz (Witchblade); Bob McLeod (X-Men: Gold); Tradd Moore (Deadpool Annual); Mark Morales (New Avengers); Dan Parent (Archie, Veronica, Kevin Keller); David Peterson (Mouse Guard); Eric Powell (The Goon); Joe Prado (Justice League); Brian Pulido (Lady Death); Ivan Reis (Aquaman and The Others); Budd Root (Cavewoman); Alex Saviuk (Web of Spider-Man); Andy Smith (Superman #23.1: Bizarro); John K. Snyder III (Zorro Rides Again); Allison Sohn (sketch card artist); Charles Soule (Thunderbolts); Ben Templesmith (The Memory Collectors); Peter Tomasi (Batman and Two-Face); John Totleben (Swamp Thing); Billy Tucci (Shi); Rick Veitch (Saga of the Swamp Thing); Matt Wagner (Grendel); Bill Willingham (Fables); Renee Witterstaetter (Joe Jusko: Maelstrom); and Thom Zahler (My Little Pony).

In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our websiteTwitter, and Facebook pages.

Contact Information

Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con:

press@baltimorecomiccon.com - for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution

promoter@baltimorecomiccon.com - for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications

registrar@baltimorecomiccon.com - for inquiries about submitted registrations

harveys@baltimorecomiccon.com - for the Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet

general@baltimorecomiccon.com - for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries

About The Baltimore Comic-Con

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 14th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 9 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.

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

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