Ichibancon 8 Con Report (with Interview with Quinton Flynn)!

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In 2014, I began my career at Convention Scene with an article about Ichibancon, the Concord, NC anime convention that is now a staple of my family schedule. “Ichiban” means “number 1” in Japanese, a fitting appellation for a convention held over New Year’s Eve weekend.

We have attended since 2012, when my daughter was fourteen and stayed up all night in her bedroom watching one anime after another. Now she is nineteen, and she stays up all night in her bedroom watching one anime after another. She does have a job as a Pizza Hut deliverer, which is why she couldn’t go to the convention. This year was her first time missing Ichibancon, and I hated that for her.

I wrote in 2014 that the convention had grown. After spending its first three years at the Blake Hotel in Charlotte—which, after pissing off more Democrats than Donald Trump, was split into two hotels in 2013—Ichibancon moved to the larger, family-friendlier Embassy Suites in nearby Concord. It needs to move again. Fridays are usually the slowest days at conventions, but by 5:00pm on that Friday, this is where people were parking.

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I stuck my head into Vic Mignogna’s Q&A on Saturday, and it was less than standing-room only. A con staffer asked me to “choose another place to enjoy the presentation.” That sounds feng shui and all, but it was like telling a sardine, “You might be more comfortable at that end of the tin.” Managing growth is a problem all conventions face, and it is a good problem. Means you’re doing something right.

Ichibancon’s sister convention, Triad Anime Con, is moving this year from a hotel to the roomier Greensboro Coliseum. Ichibancon could step up to the Charlotte Convention Center, but that might be cost-prohibitive. Still, more space should be a priority in the next year or two.

Another consideration of managing growth is figuring out ways to smooth the experience for attendees. For that, Ichibancon developed its first mobile device app.

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The app was great for updates. Throughout the weekend, I got announcements for session delays and cancellations, price changes, and other things. The app was also a repository for policies and maps, relieving attendees of having to carry a program. Here, for instance, is the autograph policy.

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One criticism of the app is that I couldn’t find a master list of changes and updates. Once, I saw an update pop up, but it vanished before I could read it all, so I still didn’t know what was going on. This left me to dig through the calendar to find the change.

The best part of Ichibancon has always been its guests. We have seen Vic Mignogna there every year, and I still marvel at his star power. For a 5:00pm autograph session, his line started forming at 3:30. By 4:15, it stretched out of the room, around the corner, and down the hall. My colleague, Michaela McPherson, interviewed Vic last year, and I recommend the read.

I got a chance this year to talk to Quinton Flynn, a veteran of video game and anime voice work.

How did you get started doing voice acting?

Well, the long story short is, I got a voiceover agent in Los Angeles, and he started providing me with copy to audition. I started auditioning in a recording booth at their offices, or I would go to outside casting director offices to record me in a booth reading from copy, making it come alive on the page. Eventually, I started booking work for commercials on radio, some on TV, and then I started doing animation, where I voiced the Human Torch and Johnny in The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest. And then I replaced Nathan Lane in the role of Timon in The Adventures of Timon and Pumba.

The longer answer is that I started doing impressions as a little boy. All through school, I did theater. I was also into rock and roll, so I had rock bands, and in college, I studied radio, television, and film. Once I got out of the university, I took some local voiceover workshop classes in Cleveland. Eventually, I knew I had to bounce to one of the major cities. That city became L.A. I took some animation voiceover workshops, and in that process, made a proper demo to go around knocking on doors in Hollywood that eventually yielded me an agent who got me to that place where I started answering your question.

You also do video games. What are the differences in voicing for a video game as opposed to a TV show?

Well, in video games, it is nonlinear recording. You might show up to a session and be jumping around in the script to different time lines, and you have to kind of turn on a dime. It’s great if one has an improvisational background, which I do, and if one is easily flexible in terms of taking direction and interpretation and using their mind in the way we always did as children: pure imagination.

That is different from an animated series in that, more often than not, we record alone for a video game. It’s just me in the booth. On the other side of the glass is the engineer who is working the knobs and the buttons and the faders. There is a director and sometimes a writer and producer.

In an animated series, if it is an original one, like when I did Johnny Quest or Timon and Pumba, or when I guested on Scooby-Doo or Animaniacs, the whole cast would be in there, and we would start the script from beginning to end, so you’d have the whole story in linear fashion. We would often get the script beforehand, and we’d get to read it and know it, and we’d also have the opportunity to work off one another. So you’d have some fun organic things happening in the moment. Sometimes, we’d be allowed to improvise, and then you’d have some kind of camaraderie.

Interestingly enough, in the video game world, depending on the writers and producers and actors, but largely those in charge of the cutting and editing, they have to be very sharp and clear about the scenes they are recording separately, so that when they bring the characters together, such as Axel and Roxas in the Kingdom Hearts series, they actually sound like they are talking to one another in the same scene, and I can tell you that, listening to the playthrough on YouTube, I was even blown away. It sounded like Jesse McCartney [who voices Roxas] and I were in the same room.

But you weren’t? You recorded separately, perhaps not on the same day?

No, never. In fact, I met Jesse at a release party the first time we had done Kingdom Hearts. We had said hello in passing, but we didn’t really know who we were to each other in the game. I’ve never seen him since. And yet, the relationship and the end result is very heartwarming, and I love it.

When I was growing up, video games didn’t have voice actors, and I’m always surprised at the number of video game fans who show up at conventions.

Oh, it’s true. I’ve done a huge body of work in animation, and some like it. Then I’ve done anime, which I have a bigger fan base for. And then, as you said, I’ve done video games, and the fan base is crazy. The way these things are released nowadays, they’re making major motion picture money, topping some of the biggest films that are coming out.

I once heard that the video game industry is bigger than the motion picture industry and the music industry combined.

Yeah, they’re making money hand over fist.

When you are preparing to voice a character, how do you get into the role?

Usually, I’m given a breakdown of the character, which tells me where the character is from, the character’s age, the tone and register of the character’s voice, what his position or role is, or title, what his background is. Based on that information, I then create and develop one character for them that I believe they are asking for, and I give it my Quinton Flynn take or spin. And then I might provide them with an alternate second or third read, just to give them something different, maybe something they hadn’t thought of, something that I think does apply to the character. I might sound older or add a different dialect, just to think outside the box. It’s kind of like painting or drawing, except I do it with my voice.

How did you get started doing conventions?

About ten years ago, my friend Jeff Nimoy, who was directing me in a show called Digimon Data Squad, was invited to a convention, and I believe another actor bowed out. He and I had done lots of improv together, and we had a fantastic relationship. He asked if I’d like to go, and I said sure, I’d love to go. I didn’t know anything about these conventions, and I didn’t know if anyone was going to know me. We showed up, and the attention, the adoration, the appreciation, the gratitude, the love, the interest, and the knowledge of the fans was immense. I had no idea. So over the last ten years, I’ve gotten to go many places in the U.S., Canada, England, and Ireland, and I’ve met people from all over the world. Recently, when I was in New York City for the New York Comic Con, I met people from Egypt, Scotland, Bangkok, Dubai, and Paris. I’ve had fans from Belize and Italy contact me on the Internet. It’s mind-blowing.

Switching gears a little, I love impressionists, which I know you are. Your YouTube video in which you tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood using 30 different impressions is terrific.

How did you develop your skills as an impressionist?

That is something I started when I was a little kid. My boyhood pal Billy Russ and I used to do impressions of impressionists’ impressions. At the time on TV, we were watching Frank Gorshin, Fred Travalena, John Byner, and Rich Little. Those were the four biggies. We started doing impressions of their impressions, and I was obsessed with entertainment, so I watched the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and I would do Johnny. I also watched Dinah Shore, Merv Griffin, and Mike Douglas, who would provide us with hours of entertainment, impressionists, actors, and characters that I would kind of sponge off and recreate with my voice. Then in 1975, when Saturday Night Live hit, I watched it until the 90s solidly, and I did impressions of those characters. It’s just been a skill I’ve had and developed since I was a kid, and I have found a method by which I’ve been able to do it. Some things take work. Other things just kind of fall into place. As I tell people, the characters talk for me; I don’t talk for them.

I always wonder whether impressionists ever get feedback from the people they do. Has anyone ever commented on your impressions?

I haven’t met any face-to-face, but I once did an impression of Paul McCartney on a morning radio show, and someone close to the McCartney camp called the radio station and said, “How did you get Paul’s private number, and why did you wake him up on tour?” Then they had to tell the truth: that this was an impressionist. That did get back to Paul, and he was actually impressed.

There was another convention I was attending, and I had been on a panel doing impressions of Christopher Walken and Christopher Lloyd. I found myself on a break speaking with Christopher Lloyd. His handler had been at the panel, and he said to me, “God, I loved your panel and all your impressions. Which was your favorite?” My Christopher Lloyd/Doc Brown impression went over like gangbusters and was by far the most fun. But there I was, as close to Christopher Lloyd as I am to you, and I was thinking, Do I tell him he was my favorite? If I do, will he be honored? Or will he be upset? What if he asks me to do it? I didn’t know him well, and I was afraid he would think I was mocking him. So I didn’t tell him. But I promise you this: if I see Christopher Lloyd again, I’m gonna flat out tell him.

Okay, last question. What’s the next convention you’re going to, and acting-wise, what are you working on now?

I will be in London for their anime convention [London Anime and Gaming Convention, February 3-5]. That is my next convention. I am currently working on an animated series on the Internet called Cartoon Hook-ups, in which I voice the role of Deadpool.

I saw a picture of that series on your table, and I wasn’t familiar with it.

Right. Not a lot of people are. It is put together by a gentleman named Jared Winkler, who is a terrific writer, and he has a fantastic artist with him. These are adult-themed, sitcom-type animated episodes where different cartoon characters and sometimes video game or anime characters end up hooking up in hotel rooms. They are cliffhangers in a way because the question is, are they going to hook up? Will they be accepted, or will they be rejected? It’s a lot of fun, and I got to do Deadpool, which was a thrill for me.

Who does Deadpool hook up with?

The closest he came to hooking up was with Harley Quinn. It is one of the best, and the actress who plays Harley Quinn [Lauren Taler] is spot-on. I encourage anyone to look that up. You’ll get a big laugh.

What else are you working on?

I’m a character named Jhin on League of Legends, which is a platform game you can sign up for online. I’m also creating a show called The Snozzberries, which is about three brothers who have the same mother who was a groupie, so they all have different fathers. They were latchkey kids who ended up living in front of the TV set, and their whole life is seen through a veil or prism of popular culture. They do a musical thing that is akin to Spinal Tap meets Hedwig and the Angry Inch. It will be a combination of animation themes, sitcom themes, movie themes, and original songs along with comedy interspersed. We may start out in the clubs playing it as a show, or we may do it into a little theater venue that tours. We’re not sure yet, but we will start out shooting episodes to post online, so look out for The Snozzberries starring Quinton Flynn, Scott Vaughn, and a third brother as yet to be determined.

Quinton and me

Quinton and me

Another area of Ichibancon that has grown is artist alley. In a world that increasingly devalues the fine arts, a convention artist alley is still a place where painters, sculptors, jewelers, and other artisans can make a living. I remember when the Ichibancon artist alley had only three or four members. This year, over a dozen artists were there, offering something for everyone.

An artist at work

An artist at work

Ichibancon was one of my first conventions, and it remains one of my favorites. The venue is posh (if a little crowded), the staff is among the best I’ve worked with, and North Carolina in January is not the deep freeze that other parts of the country are. Check out Ichibancon next year. Maybe I’ll see you there!

It was great seeing Vic Mignogna again.

It was great seeing Vic Mignogna again.

This couple decided not to leave the kids in the hotel room. Understandable.

This couple decided not to leave the kids in the hotel room. Understandable.

This couple decided not to have kids. Totally understandable.

This couple decided not to have kids. Totally understandable.

A look at the Ichibancon video game room.

A look at the Ichibancon video game room.

Artist alley can be a little cozy.

Artist alley can be a little cozy.

This Cruella is a fella.

This Cruella is a fella.

Coffee, tea, or LSD?

Coffee, tea, or LSD?

I thought I was coming down with something, so I asked to see the nurse. Then I really came down with something.

I thought I was coming down with something, so I asked to see the nurse. Then I really came down with something.

Spellcheck, where are you when I need you?

Spellcheck, where are you when I need you?

GatorCon in West Palm Beach on May 13th!

Gatorcon copyFrom the Creators of RocCon! & Central PA ComicCon..both successful shows in the 3K-4K attendance range…….
It’s GatorCon! A full day of Comics & Pop Culture fun on Saturday May 13th, 2017 from 10am to 6pm  at the Hilton Airport, West Palm Beach!

150 Australian Ave, West Palm Beach, FL · (561) 684-9400
We start all our shows with one day the 1st year and expand from there. This model has worked for us,our vendors and attendees so we stay with what works! It’s that’s simple.
Come get in on the ground floor of Florida’s Newest show!  You can always count on tons of advertising, great guests, moderately priced food, lots of parking and most of all, fun panels to keep people there all day!
VENDOR SIGN UP LINK
OUR VENUE! 
The Beautiful Airport Hilton
150 Australian Avenue
West Palm Beach!

We have taken up all their Ballroom and Breakout Room space to accommodate
Vendors and Attendees alike!  Tons of free parking!

THE BEST PART? The hotel is adding a ballroom giving us room to grow for at least the next year or two of the show!  In the meantime, we have the Main Ballroom and breakout space!
If you are coming from a distance or just want to stay over for a different reason…..the Hilton has given us  a $99.00 Group Rate for a Single or Double FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS for attendees and vendors.  We have 20 set aside, get yours while they last!
There is a moderately priced restaurant on the premises along with a snack bar and a bar area for after the show!
Tons of parking for vendors and attendees alike.
Vendor space is limited and a great value!  All our prior shows have started with no less than 1500 attendance….we are expecting at least the same with GatorCon!
SPACES AVAILABLE:  1 CORNER 10X1010 ($150) , 7 10X10’S ($125), 6 8X8’S ($99)AND 14 individual 8ft tables at $75.00.
Signup for your space before they’re gone at www.gatorcon.net

Questions?  Email us anytime at akentertainny@aol.com. or Monday-Friday between 9-5 at 585-317-4046

SPECIAL GUESTS SO FAR WITH MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!

WELCOME CHRISTOPER DOOHAN TO GATORCON!

 As a child, Chris spent time on the sets of the original series with his father, James “Scotty” Doohan. At 19 years old, Chris was asked to be in the first Star Trek movie, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, which was only the beginning of several appearances on that beloved ship. His most recent credited Trek movie role put him in the transporter room of J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek Into Darkness”, which followed his appearance in the directors first “Star Trek” in 2009, where Chris shared the screen with the new Scotty, Simon Pegg.

Chris is currently playing “Scotty” in the critically acclaimed, award winning web series, Star Trek Continues and also voices the character of Scotty on the popular game, Star Trek Online: Agents of Yesterday.

COMIC BOOK GUEST OF HONOR:  MARK SPARACIO!

 Successful illustrator Mark Sparacio studied sequential art for three years under the legendary Will Eisner recognized as the creator of the graphic novel at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. While still in school, Sparacio received his first contract job to do a painting for the movie poster for the United Artist film, The Draughtsman’s Contract. This opportunity resulted in a long run as a freelance illustrator for the advertising industry.   When the market for illustration collapsed, the door opened for Sparacio to return to the medium that is his first lovecomic books. In addition to painting covers for Billy Tucci’s Shi, D.C. Comic’s Green Lantern, Comics Buyer’s Guide and Alter Ego, Sparacio has also worked for Marvel Comics, painting covers for Heroes for Hire as well as covers for the Comics Values Annual from 2007 and 2008, and The Overstreet Price Guide for the same two years.
Sparacio recently completed the interior sequential pencils for issue #34 of Jonah Hex, along with painted covers for a new six issue Sgt. Rock mini-series being released by DC Comics. He has also done paintings for card sets for UpperDeck /DC Comics and for Topps Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kids.
In addition to handling the illustrations for No Quarter, Sparacio is currently penciling and doing painted covers for the new, on-going series Captain Action from Moonstone Comics, based on the classic Ideal Toys action figure (written by former X-Men writer Fabian Nicieza).  Mark is constantly developing new ideas and creating the corresponding artworkFor more information, please visit Mark Sparacio’s website: www.marksparacio.com
OTHER ARTIST GUESTS OF HONOR TO BE ANNOUNCED!
Visit www.gatorcon.net for more information!

Charlotte Mini Con is Over the Hill

Charlotte Mini Con 40thCharlotte MiniCon is back and it’s turning 40!

Come celebrate at the original North Carolina comic convention. We’re keeping it old school with comic book vendors and comic creators at Grady Cole Center on Saturday, January 28, 2017. More info coming soon, don’t miss it!

CHARLOTTE MINICON TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Florida SuperCon gets Sting!

FloridaSuperCon StingSting has just been announced as a special guest for FLORIDA SUPERCON July 27-30, 2017 at The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center

Sting will be appearing on Saturday July 29, 2017 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm only! He will be appearing in full makeup and wrestling gear! Go to https://register.growtix.com/e/florida_super_con_2017/6763 for Autograph and Photo Op Tickets. Since Sting is appearing for such a short time, Autograph and Photo Op Tickets are extremely limited!

Sting is a wrestling legend, best known for his career with World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), and most recently with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Sting is regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, having held a total of 25 total championships throughout his career, including 21 between WCW and TNA, which includes 14 major world championship reigns, in a three decade career. Sting was inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame in 2012 and WWE Hall of Fame in 2016.

Sting joins other Wrestling Stars Ric Flair, Amy “Lita” Dumas, Mick Foley, and Jerry “The King” Lawler at Florida Supercon!

Florida Supercon is 4 days of fun featuring celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors, industry guests, cosplayers, artists, writers, panels, Q&A’s, films & shorts, costume & cosplay contests, vendors, parties, anime, workshops, video gaming and more! TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE @ www.floridasupercon.com. Use promo code SUPER25 to save 25% off General Admission and VIP Tickets for a LIMITED TIME.

Over 150 guests will be announced in the weeks and months leading up to the show! Some of the guests already confirmed include:

TV & Movie Stars: Joel Hodgson (MST3K), Chris Sarandon (The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Princess Bride, Fright Night), Ken Page (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Cats), Brian O’Halloran (Clerks, Chasing Amy), Jason David Frank (Power Rangers), Amy Jo Johnson (Power Rangers), Tony Todd (Candyman, Star Trek, Final Destination), Cindy Morgan (Caddyshack, Tron), and more to come!

Animation and Anime Stars: Michael Bell (G.I. Joe, Plastic Man, The Smurfs, Transformers), Colleen Clinkenbeard (Dragonball Z Kai, Fairy Tail, One Piece, Yuri on Ice), Shanon Farnon (Super Friends, Valley of the Dinosaurs), Josh Grelle (Attack on Titan, Date A Live, Free!, Yuri on Ice), Dana Snyder (Aqua Teen, Justice League Action, Lego Star Wars, Squidbillies), and more to come!


Comic Book Creators: Neal Adams, George Perez, Mike Zeck, David Finch, Jose Delbo, Allen Bellman, John Beatty, and more to come!

Wrestling Stars: Ric Flair, Sting, Amy “Lita” Dumas, Mick Foley, Jerry “The King” Lawler, and more to come!

Plus dozens of Cosplay Guests, Entertainment Guests, and Fan Groups!

Check out our Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1297731703585276 and RSVP to let us know you’re coming!

Baltimore Comic-Con Presents Neal Adams Appearances

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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – January 9, 2017 – The 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con takes place the weekend of September 22-24, 2017 at the Baltimore Convention Center in the Inner Harbor, and tickets are now on sale! The Baltimore Comic-Con is thrilled to announce multiple upcoming appearances for comics legend Neal Adams.

On Saturday, February 25th, Cards, Comics and Collectibles of Reisterstown, MD, the store that brings you the Baltimore Comic-Con, is sponsoring an in-store appearance by Neal Adams from 1pm to 4pm. The store is located at 100 Chartley Dr,, Reisterstown, MD 21136

On Sunday, February 26th, Cards, Comics and Collectibles will be hosting Neal at the Shoff Promotions Comic Book Show in Tyson’s Corner, VA. The show takes place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22102 (near the Tyson’s Corner Metro stop on the Silver Line).

And, last but not least, Neal returns to the Baltimore Comic-Con on September 22-24, 2017 at the Baltimore Convention Center! Purchase your tickets to the show here: www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets.

Neal Adams’ work on such DC Comics characters as Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, and Green Arrow redefined an era of comics, bringing a photorealistic feel to the pages of their respective books.

In the late-’60s, while freelancing for DC Comics, Adams also began working at Marvel Comics on X-Men with Roy Thomas. He continued to work for DC and Marvel throughout the late-’60s and ’70s, working on The Avengers, Detective Comics, and Green Lantern/Green Arrow. More recently, Adams did the 7-issue second volume of Batman: Odyssey for DC Comics, and handled art duties on Marvel Comics’ First X-Men and Harley’s Little Black Book, parodying his famous Superman vs. Muhammad Ali comic from the 1970s.

“Neal Adams is unquestionably one of the greats ever to work in the comics field,” said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “His influence is vast, from his industry-changing art style starting in the Silver Age to his efforts to protect creator’s rights, and bringing attention to social issues. He has a shelf full of industry awards and accolades, and he deserves every one of them. He’s one of our guests that attendees simply cannot get enough of, and we couldn’t be happier to make him available at the store and these upcoming shows for our fans.”

In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Neal Adams (Harley’s Little Black Book), Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Reilly Brown (Slapstick), Mark Buckingham (Everafter: From the Pages of Fables), Dave Bullock (The Rocketeer at War), Jim Calafiore (Surviving Megalopolis), Howard Chaykin (Midnight of the Soul); Frank Cho (Skybourne), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn), Todd Dezago (The Perhapanauts), David Finch (Batman), Meredith Finch (Catwoman: Election Night), Ramona Fradon (Convergence: Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman), Michael Golden (Doctor Strange), Scott Hanna (Wonder Woman), Dean Haspiel (Dark Horse Presents), Klaus Janson (Dark Knight III: The Master Race), Kazu Kibuishi (Harry Potter covers), Matt Kindt (Ninjak), Sharlene Kindt (Dept. H), Tom King (Batman), Barry Kitson (Avengers), Hope Larson (Batgirl), David Marquez (Civil War II), Mike McKone (Old Man Logan), Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Mark Morales (Deathstroke), Greg Pak (The Totally Awesome Hulk), Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn), Paul Pelletier (Cyborg), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Revolution), Tom Raney (Invincible Iron Man), Don Rosa (Donald Duck), Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts), Andy Runton (Owly), Julie Fujii Sakai (Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Stuart Sayger (Krampus: Shadow of Saint Nicholas), Louise Simonson (Faith); Walter Simonson (Ragnarok); Rob Stull (Executive Assistant: Orchid), Peter Tomasi (Superman), Billy Tucci (Shi), James Tynion IV (Detective Comics), Ethan Van Sciver (Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps), Mark Waid (Avengers), Renee Witterstaetter (Joe Jusko: Maelstrom), and Rich Woodall (Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl).

About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 18th year of bringing the comic book industry to the mid-Atlantic area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

Anime Boston 2017 Announces 1st North American Guests

Press Release:

Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its first North American guests of honor today. Lex Lang and Sandy Fox will be appearing at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass, on March 31 through April 2, 2017.

Lex Lang000-lex-lang is a two-time Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards honored voice actor and director. He is one of the top 20 Anime, Animation and Video Game Voice Actors of All Time on IMDB. Over the last 20 years, he has been in over five hundred original animation episodes, anime series, and video games and has played a wide assortment of fan favorites throughout his career.

Lang’s credits include: Kuzuki in Fate/Stay Night, Maxie in Pokemon Generations, Hayate Gekko in Naruto, Marechiyo Omaeda in Bleach, Sanosuke Sagara in Rurouni Kenshin, Goemon in Lupin the Third, Captain Harlock in Captain Harlock, and Fire Lord Sozin in Avatar: The Last Airbender.

000-sandy-foxSandy Fox is an American actor, voice actor, singer and producer. She is listed as one of the Top 20 Female Anime Voice Actors of All Time on IMDB. She began her career in the entertainment industry working for the Walt Disney Company performing in hundreds of live stage shows as a singer, dancer and comedic talent.

As a voice actor, she began her career providing an array of voices for The Simpsons, King of the Hill, and Futurama and she is known for being one of the cutest voices in the industry. Her credits include voicing Chibiusa and Black Lady in the new Viz Media Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal series, Courtney in Pokemon Generations, Sumomo in Chobits, and Harmony in Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi. She has also voiced Betty Boop internationally for Universal Studios and King Syndicate Features since 1991.

Previously announced guests include Puffy AmiYumi.

About Anime Boston: With nearly 27,000 attendees in 2016, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2017 is scheduled for Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.

About New England Anime Society, Inc.: The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.

8th Annual DeLand Comic & Collectibles Show hits this weekend!

deland_butch8th Annual DeLand Comic & Collectibles Show

Sunday, January 8th, 2017 at the Volusia Co.Fairgrounds

Over 75 Vendors & Artists plus Special Guests

 $5 Admission, 12 & under Free w/adult, Prizes, Food Truck, Free Parking!

New for 2017: Magic the Gathering & other gaming Tournaments

Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster) joins us at the DeLand Show!

More Room, More Vendors, More Entertainment for 2017!

The DeLand Comic & Collectibles Show

Still in the same location, we are moving into the larger side of the building where the bathrooms are located. We’ve added an Artist Alley to compliment our Special Guests along with more vendor spaces. Also new this year is a

MAGIC THE GATHERING Tournament along with other Gaming (incl. Board Games) brought to you by DeLand’s own GALAXY GAMES.

 FEATURED GUESTS AND ENTERTAINERS

Come meet BUTCH PATRICK

Don’t miss your chance to meet Eddie Munster in person!

Actually, there’s a lot more to Butch Patrick than his role as Eddie Munster. Butch has over 58 credits in TV shows and Major Motion Pictures, spanning a career of 50 plus years as an entertainer. He has worked with many of Hollywood’s greats such as Burt Lancaster, Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney to name a few. It’s really a pleasure to add him to our show and we hope you will come out and make him welcome here in DeLand. Full Bio – click here

Legendary artist – JOHN BEATTY

John Beatty ( Inker – Marvel Super Heroes “Secret Wars”, Captain America, The Punisher, Thanos Quest, Batman and more)  John is a veteran comic book artist, best know for his inking work for both Marvel and DC Comics. Developing into one of the industries top inkers over his career, Beatty has worked with top pencil artists, such as Mike Zeck, Kelley Jones and Michael Golden and has worked on almost every major comic character in the industry at one time or another.

GEORGE LOWE – Voice Actor

Space Ghost Coast To Coast & more

Come out and meet the incredibly talented George Lowe at his first ever DeLand appearance! Mr. Lowe’s credits include: Space Ghost Coast to Coast, spin-off program Cartoon PlanetAqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for TheatersThe Brak ShowRobot ChickenPerfect Hair Forever , and other Adult Swim series.

Artist / Actor – TIM PROCTOR

Tim Proctor is a freelance artist / illustrator who is most known for his sketch card work. He has  worked on a number of properties including Star Wars, The Walking Dead, Mars Attacks, The Lord of the Rings, X-Files , The Hobbit, My Little Pony, Marvel  and more. Tim has also produced prints through Acme Archives for both Lucasfilm and Disney.

In addition to creating art, he can also been seen portraying walkers on AMC’s hit television show The Walking Dead.

CLAY MANN at 2017 DeLand Show

Clay Mann is a comic book artist who has worked with Marvel, DC and Valiant. Mr. Mann has over 30 covers to his name and has credits as both a penciller and inker. Some of Clay’s covers include X-Men, Thor, Batman, Daredevil, Star Wars and more. Due to a previously scheduled engagement Clay can only be with us from 10 am to Noon. Make sure you come early to meet Clay and get an autograph or sketch.

John Didonna & Phantasmagoria

Once again John has graciously offered the incredible talents of his troupe to entertain, and yes, even mesmerize you. John (Lord Byron) will be our M.C and Phantasmagoria will keep you enthralled. Steampunk meets theater with supernatural overtones, mystery and beauty. Fresh off their 7th unforgettable, original show at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Orlando and recent performances in Baltimore and Atlanta, don’t miss them right here in DeLand.

“One of the most unique theater troupes in the country.” – Paul Milliken, Good Day Atlanta

Meet SCOTT FENSTERER

Sculptor – Make-up Artist

Scott’s studio has been putting out top-notch sculptures in all scales for almost two decades. Its specialty: hyper realistic sculpture and a serious dedication to capturing likenesses. Be it six inches or six feet, no detail is spared! Scott’s clients have included private collectors, Toy Fare/Wizard Publications, Plastic Earth/Robot Chicken, Majic Productions, museums, exposition companies and the television and motion picture industries. You may remember Seeing some of Scott’s amazing work on Season 9 of the hit SyFy show “FACE OFF” where he went deep into the season, just missing the finals.

TOMMY CASTILLO, Master of the Macabre!

Whether creating a slimy corpse reaching for you or the gentle glance of a mighty dragon, Tommy will capture you with the dynamics of his penciling and the intensity of his palette. Tommy is famed and sought after for his dark humor, brilliant attention to detail, and his love of the darker side of art. Tommy has put paint and pencil to such titles as Batman Detective; Legends of the Dark Knight; Toetags, with Horror legend George Romero; Evil Ernie; Tales From the Crypt; Alice in Wonderland; King Kong; Dragons, Myths, and Mayhem; various storyboards and designs for films; and many more of the macabre based literature. Tommy has been sought out by the fields largest companies: DC comics, Paramount Pictures, Warhammer, Wizards of the Coast, Image and even Rolling Stone magazine. His diverse styling and insane line work have defined him as one of today’s greatest in the field of comics and fine art.

Sketches by MANNY CARTOON!

Manny has illustrated for many high end clients including Disney, and Carnival Cruise Lines. His illustrations have been used on everything from vehicle wraps, t-shirts, and promo items as well as  advertising and packaging.

When he’s not drawing for clients, he’s lending his artistic talents to causes like St. Jude’s and the American Cancer Society for all different kinds of fundraising efforts.

Manny earned his BFA in Graphic Design from Miami Intl. Univ. of Art & Design in 2003.

THE RILEY & KIMMY SHOW

LIVE Pop-Culture Podcast from

 the DeLand Comic & Collectibles Show!

The Riley & Kimmy Show is a daily nerd/geek talk show originating from Orlando, Florida that includes commentaries, information and most of all…. fun. Discussions include Comic Books, Cosplay, Multi-Media (including Radio and TV),                                                                       Films/Movies, toy/pop culture collecting & more.

Jeff Dixon – Author

Disney based adventure stories

Jeff Dixon was raised in Florida and has always been fascinated with the man Walt Disney and the theme park he created. Dixon feels that any guest who would take the time to look would discover a story that will never be completed. It is against this canvas that Dixon paints this mystery, adventure, and thrillers…. The Key to the Kingdom, Unlocking the Kingdom, Storming the Kingdom and the upcoming Terror in the Kingdom. Each of these epic dramas carry the reader across the state of Florida to discover details that most people have missed. Each discovery and revelation will have the reader wondering if they are reading fact or fiction. In a quickening pace, the characters find themselves on a collision course with an unthinkable outcome! Fans of Walt Disney will love the history and tourists will find a travel guide that takes them on a trip most guests never get to take.

THUNDER CITY DERBY SIRENS

Founded in 2010, the Thunder City Derby Sirens (TCDS) are a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to raising awareness of women’s flat track roller derby and working with other local non-profit organizations with a focus on women’s health & issues, children, animals & the environment. We are based in Deland, Florida, just a short drive from Orlando & Daytona Beach. We started the team out of a love for derby and we’ve grown into a nonprofit because we want to give back to the community that supports us.

BRICKHOUSE GRILL – DeLand

The perfect place to relax & eat after the Show!

Brickhouse Grill in DeLand is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Deland. With a vast menu of offerings, whether you’re in the mood for Fresh Seafood, a delicious Char Boiled, Hand Cut Steak, or care to dine from our luscious Salad Bar, we provide casual dining at its best. Serving Deland for over a decade, Brickhouse is family owned and operated by Restaurateurs whom have been serving the community for over 23 years.

Boston Comic Con Celebrates their 10th Anniversary!

boston_comiccon_10thBoston Comic Con Celebrates their 10th Anniversary!

2017 is an exciting year for Boston Comic Con as we celebrate our 10th anniversary! The show has established a strong reputation for delivering the ultimate fan experience in New England and we look forward to continuing this tradition with some exciting announcements! Stay tuned for more news about our amazing lineup for 2017.

Tickets on Sale March 1st 2017

For more on Boston Comic Con check out the website HERE!

Exclusive Spooky Empire poster revealed

se_vip_exclusiveVIP Attendees, here’s a sneak peek at the exclusive Spooky Empire poster that you will be receiving this weekend when you check in! 

Poster art by an amazing artist and Spooky friend Andrew Cremeans Poster is 18×24

Not a VIP, but need to get your hands on one? You’re in luck..a limited run of these lithograph art prints will be available for sale at our Spooky Empire merch booth all weekend for $20 (or until they sell out!)

For more info on Spooky Empire visit HERE!

 

OR – Urotsukidoji Release Party

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Toshio Maeda appears at Floating World Comics for the Urotsukidoji release party and exhibit on Thursday December 8th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.

FAKKU is pleased to announce our release of the classic erotic manga Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend by Toshio Maeda. Like all FAKKU releases, Urotsukidoji is made with the original, untouched art. For the worldwide release of this book, we created a re-mastered edition alongside Toshio Maeda. The first of four volumes is available for the first time at the Floating World opening where you can meet Maeda himself! The event is co-sponsored by the CBLDF and Tim Goodyear will host a Q&A with the legendary artist, Toshio Maeda.

Urotsukidoji follows the story of Nagumo, a boy who unknowingly contains the god of the demon realm, Urotsukidoji within him. His power is sought after by demons both good and nefarious, but Nagumo is clueless as he deals with puberty. Both the anime and manga have a cult following internationally, known for their dark humor and beautiful, lewd ink illustrations.

Toshio Maeda is the proclaimed “tentacle master” of erotic manga. Aside from Urotsukidoji, Maeda is known for several series, most notably La Blue Girl, and Adventure Kid. Recognized internationally, Maeda has made a significant mark on expanding the erotic genre.

FAKKU is the largest hentai website in the United States began publishing hentai manga two years ago under its manga imprint FAKKU Books. To date FAKKU has released 29 books and continues to release three monthly magazines digitally.

**Exhibit will contain mature content.**

RSVP on Facebook!

Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 241-0227

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