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  • MA – Vericon XV Signings

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    Sci-fi/fantasy authors Ken Liu, Will McIntosh, Mary Kowal, Jo Walton, BL Marsh, Luke Scull, Daniel José Older, and ML Brennan appear at Harvard Book Store on Saturday March 21, 2015 as part of Vericon XV!

    Press Release:

    Harvard Book Store is pleased to host book signings (open to all!) with this year’s featured authors at Harvard University’s Vericon XV.

    Vericon is an annual science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction convention, featuring awesome events like book signings, movie screenings, and author panels. Past guests have included George R.R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson and Tamora Pierce. This year’s guests include Ken Liu, Will McIntosh, Mary Kowal, Jo Walton, BL Marsh, Luke Scull, Daniel José Older, and ML Brennan. Learn more at vericon.org.

    Vericon XV will run from Friday March 20th to Sunday March 22nd. Events usually go from 10 in the morning until 8 at night, though this varies throughout the weekend.

    Most events take place at Sever Hall or Lowell Lecture hall, with book signings here at Harvard Book Store. Signings will take place on Saturday afternoon. Books for the signing will be on sale in Harvard Book Store all day Saturday.

    Signing Schedule:
    1:00pm–1:30pm: Ken Liu & Will McIntosh
    1:45–2:15: Mary Kowal & Jo Walton
    2:30–3:00: BL Marsh & Luke Scull
    3:15–3:45: Daniel José Older & ML Brennan

    Harvard Book Store
    1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
    (617) 661-1515

    MegaCon Returns to Orlando in April 2015

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    Press Release:

    Orlando MegaCon Returns to the Orange County Convention Center April 10-12, 2015

     ORLANDO, Fla. (March 2, 2014) — Orlando MegaCon, the Southeast’s largest comic book, anime, gaming and multi-media event, is returning to the Orange County Convention Center April 10-12.  The popular event promises to be bigger and better than ever with more events, exhibits and the announcement of celebrity guests including comic book icon, Stan Lee (Saturday and Sunday only).

    The weekend starts off with the First Annual MegaWalk at MegaCon 2015, hosted by the Hero Initiative. This event will take place on Friday, April 10 at 11 a.m. with all proceeds going towards the Hero Initiative. The Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. The walk’s grand marshal will be comic book legend George Perez.

    The festivities continue on Friday night at The Cosmos Party. With DJ performances, dancing, laser light show, VIP celebrities and costume contest, The Cosmos Party is the official launch of MegaCon. The Cosmo Party takes place in Ballroom D and tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  Attendees must be 18 or older with proper ID to attend this event.

    MegaCon’s avid attendees come first and foremost to see the all-star line-up of comic book guests including George Pérez, Ed McGuiness, Mike Perkins, Marv Wolfman, Allen Bellman, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Frank Cho, Ethan Van Sciver, Andy Smith, Darwyn Cooke, Drew Geraci, Rob Hunter, Katie Cook, Bob Layton, Chuck Dixon, Andy Price, Mike Lilly, Sean Chen, Greg Horn, Dan Parent, Sergio Cariello, Billy Tucci and Brian Pulido

    Also big draws at MegaCon are the “media guests” (stars of TV, film and professional sports).  Media guests include:

    • Norman Reedus, Michael Rooker, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies – The Walking Dead
    • Ron Perlman (Hellboy) and Mark Boone Junior – Sons of Anarchy (Saturday and Sunday only)
    • Hulk Hogan – Professional wrestling icon (Saturday and Sunday only)
    • Cary Elwes – The Princess Bride
    • Karen Gillan – Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy (Saturday and Sunday only)
    • Jenna Colman, Arthur Darvill – Doctor Who (Saturday and Sunday only)
    • Summer Glau – Firefly, Arrow (Saturday and Sunday only)
    • Adam Baldwin – Firefly, Chuck
    • Alan Tudyk — Firefly
    • David Ramsey – Arrow
    • Lou Ferrigno – The Incredible Hulk
    • Sean Patrick Flanery, David Della Rocca, Clifton Collins, Jr. – The Boondock Saints
    • Jeremy Shada, Olivia Olson – Adventure Time
    • Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell and Trey MacNeille – The Animaniacs and professional voice actors
    • Grey DeLisle and Troy Baker – professional voice actors

    Other weekend events include the MegaCon video gaming with the Supercon 2K series and an arcade room by Freeplay Florida.

    MegaCon 2015 Showroom Dates and Hours:

    Friday, April 10:        12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

    Saturday, April 11:   10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    Sunday, April 12:     10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

     

    MegaCon 2015 Ticket Prices:

    Online:  Friday – $30, Saturday – $35, Sunday $30, 3-day – $70
    Onsite:  Friday – $35, Saturday – $40, Sunday $35, 3-day –$75

     

    MegaCon 2015 Location:

    Orange County Convention Center

    West Building – Exhibit Halls A4 through B4

    9899 International Drive

    Orlando, FL  32819

     

    Saturday tickets are expected to sell out, so guests are encouraged to consider attending MegaCon on Friday or Sunday.
    About MegaCon

    MegaCon has grown to become one of the largest comic book and sci-fi conventions in the nation with attendance increasing each year. Designed to appeal to all ages and interests, MegaCon allows attendees to meet and mingle with their favorite comic book artists and TV/film stars, buy amazing collectibles from hundreds of vendors and artists, enjoy gaming events, and participate in numerous activities throughout the weekend.

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

    Anakin Skywalker Brings the Force to Big Wow! ComicFest 2015

     

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    Jake Lloyd, best known as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, appears at Big WOW! ComicFest 2015 to meet fans and sign autographs!

    Get tickets at the link!

    Guests include: Brent Anderson, Sanya Anwar, Stephen Bissette, Mark Bode, Nick Bradshaw, Tim Bradstreet, Dan Brereton, Danny Bulanadi, Frank Cho, Frank Cirocco, Lela Dowling, Tom Felton, Stephen E. Gordon, Adi Granov, Mick Gray, Rich Koslowski, Jake Lloyd, Ron Lim, Toshio Maeda, Steve Mannion, Chris Marrinan, Bill Morrison, Darick Robertson, Tone Rodriguez, Don Rosa, Stuart Sayger, Liam Sharp, Scott Shaw, Bill Sienkiewicz, John Totleben, Herb Trimpe, Rick Veitch, Tim Vigil, Ben Wolstenholme, Thomas Yeates, and more to be announced.

    For more information on Big WOW! Comicfest please check their website (www.bigwowcomicfest.com) and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

    The Great Lakes Comic-Con (February 2016)

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    Convention Name
    The Great Lakes Comic-Con
    Convention Website Address
    http://www.greatlakescomiccon.org
    This convention will take place:
    • over multiple days.
    Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    02/26/2016
    End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    02/27/2016
    About This Convention
    Admission $10 each day, or $15 for both days. Comic books and comic-related material! Costume Contest! Door Prize Raffle! Gaming! Kids ages 10 and under are free.
    Venue Name and Address
    Macomb Community College, Sports and Expo Center
    14500 E. 12 Mile Road
    Warren, MI 48088
    United States
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    Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
    100
    Projected Attendance
    5000
    Please select the Category that best describes the convention
    Comic Books
    Additional Categories
    • Anime
    • Gaming
    • Science Fiction and Fantasy
    • Collectibles
    Guests
    Guest TBA

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    New Jersey Comic Expo (November 2015)

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    Convention Name
    New Jersey Comic Expo
    Convention Website Address
    http://www.newjerseycomicexpo.com
    This convention will take place:
    • over multiple days.
    Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    11/21/2015
    End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    11/22/2015
    About This Convention
    New Jersey Comic Expo is an annual event held at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center each fall. It’s a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At New Jersey Comic Expo you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs, guest signings and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. For more specific information about the show, please check out the FAQ. New Jersey Comic Expo is a MAD Event Management, LLC production.
    Venue Name and Address
    New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center
    97 Sunfield Avenue
    Edison, New Jersey 088337
    United States
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    Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
    125
    Projected Attendance
    7500
    Please select the Category that best describes the convention
    Comic Books
    Additional Categories
    • Anime
    • Gaming
    • Science Fiction and Fantasy
    • Collectibles

    IN – Saga Signing

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    Superstar writer Brian K. Vaughan, co-creator of Saga, Ex Machina, Runaways, and Y: The Last Man, appears at Aw Yeah Comics for a signing on Saturday April 11, 2015 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM! In addition to his work in comics Vaughan has written for television programs including Lost and Under the Dome.

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Aw Yeah Comics
    111 E. Adams Street, Muncie, IN 47305
    765-282-5297

    Avatar/Korra Exhibit Draws Record-Breaking Crowd

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    Last Saturday night Gallery Nucleus opened a tribute exhibition of art to the Nickelodeon show Avatar: The Last Airbender and its spinoff The Legend of Korra. Hundreds of fans, many of whom cosplaying their favorite characters, waited for hours in eager anticipation with lines ultimately stretching around the building and down the block. Co-creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino were on hand to sign autographs for a limited number of attendees. The artwork on display included both early development art and original pieces created by Avatar/Korra production artists and fans selected for inclusion.

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    Co-creator Mike DiMartino with the sold out Korrasami print

    Nucleus owner Ben Zhu, a self-avowed fan of Korra, said he got in touch with Nickelodeon around the middle of the third season to start planning the art show. “Little did we know that we would be the main event post show and no other fans events were in the works,” said Zhu in an email, “So in that sense, we got lucky.” Avatar/Korra co-creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dimartino remarked that they already knew of Nucleus’s reputation when they were approached because of the animation exhibitions it had hosted in the past. “It worked out nicely,” said Konietzko, “Lots of the crew from both shows are here so it’s kind of a family reunion.”

    When asked about the future of 2D animation, Konietzko said the industry is currently in something of a Golden Age in television with more people going to art school specifically to study animation. Pointing to the artists represented in the exhibition, he and DiMartino agreed that they represent the future and will be the ones creating their own shows in the years to come.

    During the opening only the first people in the gallery were given wristbands to get signatures from Konietzko and DiMartino. But the many attending artists from each show, including Joaquim Dos Santos, Angela Song Mueller, Colin Heck, Johane Matte, Giancarlo Volpe, Emily Tetri, Kenji Ono, Elsa Garagarza, Will Ruzicka, and more, mingled with fans and very graciously signed art books and prints. Also voice actors PJ Byrne (Bolin), Seychelle Gabriel (Asami),Dee Bradley Baker (Tarrlok and every single animal) and his daughter Cora (young Korra) also made appearances to meet fans and snap selfies. All told, a reported 1,500 people showed up to indulge in their fandom. Ben Zhu said, “This event broke attendance records for us and is the most attended show in our gallery’s history just above the Final Fantasy X/X2 game release event and the Harry Potter Tribute Exhibition. We knew the event was going to be big but anticipated maybe 2/3 the actual attendance.”

    When asked if the story of Korra will continue in comic form as Avatar: The Last Airbender has, DiMartino remained cryptic but said if anything were to continue it would be there. He spoke well of the creative team behind the Dark Horse title, writer Gene Luen Yang and artist team Gurihiru, saying they are so talented they need very little direction.

    The artwork for the exhibition will remain on display till March 22. The closing event on Saturday March 21st will feature a Q&A panel with Konietzko and DiMartino but is most likely to be restricted to 100-150 people. Fans are encouraged to follow Gallery Nucleus on their Facebook page and Twitter to get the latest news.

    Record breaking crowd fills Gallery Nucleus

    Record breaking crowd fills Gallery Nucleus

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    Avatar Aang & Katara cosplayers

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    The very first drawing of Aang and early versions of Naga and Momo by co-creator Bryan Konietzko

     

    "Past Lives": Nesting dolls depicting the Avatar's previous incarnations.

    “Past Lives”: Nesting dolls depicting the Avatar’s previous incarnations.

    Artist Kenji Ono poses with his contributed pieces

    Artist Kenji Ono poses with his contributed pieces

    WI – Star Trek: Takedown Signing

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    Author John Jackson Miller appears at Powers Comics on Saturday, March 14th to sign comics and novels including his latest STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION: TAKEDOWN!

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Powers Comics & Collectibles
    2180 S Ridge Road, Green Bay, WI 54304
    (920) 884-8483

    TX – Loteria Grande Cards Signing

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    Hugo Award-winning artist John Picacio appears to signs his special-edition Loteria Grande Cards at Austin Books on Saturday, March 14th from 11am to 4pm!

    The cards, featuring all-new art visions inspired by the classic Mexican game of chance, measure a giant 4.5″ x 7.5″ on thick card stock. The reverse side features a reproduction of the original pencil drawing for each artwork – exclusive to this deluxe card edition.

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    Austin Books & Comics
    5002 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
    (512) 454-4197

    WA – Rat Queens Social Club

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    Join Kurtis J. Wiebe (Rat Queens, Pisces), Kate Leth (Power Up!), Ed Brisson (Sheltered, Cluster), Leila Del Duca (Shutter), Joshua Williamson (Birthright, Nailbiter), Jim Zub (Wayward, Skullkickers) and Kelly Fitzpatrick (Peter Panzerfaust, Rat Queens) for an evening of drinks and board games at the Ray Gun Lounge on Saturday, March 28th at 8:00 pm!

    Free admission, but a suggested donation of any amount to Gay City, who will be on site, would be much appreciated!

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Ray Gun Lounge
    501 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

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