July 23, 2014 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Anime, California, Comic Books, Comic-Con International, Convention News, Horror, Manga, Movies, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Video Games, Webcomics
All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for most of our signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary.
6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
This past weekend was ConnectiCon in Hartford, CT. Founded in 2002 primarily as a gaming convention, it has come to encompass multiple genres and attracts attendees from all over the country. It roots in gaming are still clearly apparent as they host a gaming room equal the size of the main vendor/artist area which hosted hundreds if not thousands of gamers playing Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh, WarHammer, and many other table top games. Naturally there is also a large contingent of cosplayers dressed as their favorite characters from TV, moves, comic books and video games. The projected attendenace fo this year was 17,000 people and while there were certainly a lot of people in the Hartford Convention Center, it was laid out and organized so it never felt crowded. The autograph lines for guests moved surprisingly fast and, provided you showed up a little early, panels were easy to get into.
A big draw for this year’s ConnectiCon was the wealth of guests from the voice acting industry. A growing trend at conventions across the country, these talented performers need only a microphone to display their gift for breathing life into characters. Guests included Invader Zim’s Richard Horvitz and Rikki Simons, Pinky and the Brain’s Maurice LaMarche and Rob Paulsen, Batman: The Brave and the Bold’s Dietrich Bader, Mass Effect’s Jennifer Hale, and Legend of Korra’s Janet Varney. Speaking to the press, Horvitz and Simons said they love having meeting fans who grew up watching Zim and are now cosplaying as their characters. The also mentioned people sometime have full sleeve tattoos where they leave room to get autographed. Horvitz said, “We always ask them to please not get murdered because we’re afraid the police will think the killer signed their work.”
As an actor who had success in on-screen roles on The Drew Carey Show, Outsourced, and Office Space, Bader remarked that he is in awe at the talent of his cartoon co-stars and how unpretentious and friendly most are compared to the rest of Hollywood. When asked what his favorite character to play was, Bader immediately and unequivocally said “Batman.” Prior to being cast on Brave and the Bold Bader had not been terribly well-versed in Bat-lore but said that getting into character really moved him especially in the scene where Batman confronts his parents’ killer, during Bader said he had literal tears running down his face.
On panels with LaMarche and Paulsen it was readily evident that their their friendship and work relationship easily rolls into one another. Paulsen remarked several times that his co-stars are people with whom he would choose to be friends had they never met at work. They often finished one another’s jokes and would goad the other into saying a favorite line or catchphrase. They credited a mutual love of Monty Python and Beyond the Fringe as instantly cementing their bond when the first worked together.
LaMarche and Paulsen shared many stories from Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain, one being the famous “Yes, Always” sketch in which LaMarche faithfully recreates a famous outtake of Orson Welles recording a commercial for peas in which the famous director angrily tells off the staff. LaMarche had regaled his co-stars, directors, and engineers with his rendition so it was added to the script as a suprise for LaMarche. They also regaled the audience to a reading of “Green Eggs in Ham” with Paulsen reading Sam I Am (in the voice of Pinky) and LaMarche playing the main character as the Brain. The showstopper, however, was Paulsen singing “Yakko’s World” in which he rattles off every single country in the world to which the entire crowd clapped along.
Finally, Janet Varney who voices the title character of The Legend of Korra spoke about the series to a full panel room of Avatar-fans. She noted that they all had very pointed questions regarding many of Korra’s decisions on the show. Varney said while she often disagrees with Korra’s actions that is part of what makes her a well-rounded character. Twice during the Q&A Varney had to apologize for “rudely” taking a phone call. The first was from Firelord Zuko (actor Dante Basco) who called in to look for his honor and the second was Bolin (voice actor PJ Byrne), both whom were kind enough to say hello to the fans and field a question or two.
Fans were very excited to meet the people who helped bring their animated favorites to life. LaMarche said it best, “Hearing I made your childhood better makes my middle age better.” Here’s looking forward to seeing what voice talents are scheduled for next year’s show!
July 10, 2014 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Anime, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Cosplay, Horror, Manga, Massachusetts, Movies, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories, Video Games
Boston Comic Con, Dick’s Last Resort, Newbury Comics, and Faneuil Hall Marketplace are teaming up for the second annual pre-convention Boston Comic Con Costume Contest on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 from 11:45 am – 1:00 pm. The contest is open to the public and will feature a costume parade around Faneuil Hall Marketplace and prizes for the top three winners. Boston Comic Con will be held August 8-10, 2014 at the Seaport World Trade Center.
Contestants of all ages are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero, comic book character, and beyond (all costumes should be family friendly). The contest will kick off with a “Costume Parade” around Quincy Market, beginning and ending at Dick’s Last Resort (Boston Comic Con will also host its annual Costume Contest “Cosplay” during the Convention on Sunday, August 10th at 4:00 pm at the Seaport World Trade Center)
Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be awarded. 1st place winner will receive two VIP passes to the three day Boston Comic Con ($240 value that includes a limited-edition T-shirt). The 2nd place winner will walk away with a $100 gift certificate to Dick’s Last Resort. The 3rd place winner will be awarded a $50 gift certificate to Newbury Comics.
Costume contestants should arrive at Dick’s Last Resort at 11:45 am to check in and register. The parade will begin at 12:15 pm and the final winners will be announced at 12:45 pm. Judges will include representatives from Newbury Comics at Faneuil Hall, Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Boston Comic Con.
About Newbury Comics
Newbury Comics, a longtime exhibitor at Boston Comic Con, will be located at the Boston Comic Con Exhibition area in the Seaport World Trade Center. Newbury Comics will be giving out free promotional items at Boston Comic Con so stop by and visit their booth! Newbury Comics Faneuil Hall Marketplace store is located in the North Market building and is one of 28 stores all based in New England. Newbury Comics is independently owned and operated by its original founder for more than 30 years and specializes in music, movies and pop culture goods.
About Dick’s Last Resort at Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Dick’s is located in the Historic Quincy Market at Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston. It’s just a napkin’s throw away from the Harbor and the Boston Aquarium. Stop by and let yer hair down, enjoy some grub or toss back a few cold ones on our rockin’ patio. It’s all in fun at Dick’s in Boston, so come see why Dick has been infamous since the rowdy times began in 1993.
About Boston Comic Con
The 8th Annual Boston Comic Con will host a three-day convention at the Seaport World Trade Center Friday August 8 through Sunday August 10, 2014. A-list celebrities from the genres of science fiction fantasy, horror and beyond will participate in panel discussions, Q&As, photo ops and autograph signings throughout the convention, alongside 200+ comic book creators from the local region and beyond. In addition, a Comic Book film festival will be held throughout the weekend and a Comic Book art auction will be held on Sunday, August 10. New this year, a third day was added on Friday, August 8, first Cosplay Harbor and the official “after party” at Laugh Boston on Saturday, August 9, and a limited number of VIP entry tickets on the convention’s first day at 1 p.m. August 8, one hour before general admission. Celebrity appearances by Jason Momoa of “Game of Thrones,” John Barrowman of “Doctor Who,” “Torchwood” and Arrow,” Sean Astin of “The Goonies” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, James Marsters of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel,” Katie Cassidy of “Arrow,” Eve Myles of “Torchwood,” Jewel Staite of “Firefly,”Sam Witwer of “Being Human” and Darryl McDaniels, aka DMC, of Run-DMC.
Fans of pop culture from across the Northeast and around the world will gather at the Connecticut Convention Center July 10th-13th, for the twelfth annual ConnectiCon in Hartford, CT. Founded in 2002, ConnectiCon is the largest massively multi-genre convention in New England.
This year’s event showcases over 7,000 hours of programming spread out over four days including; informative panels and hands-on workshops, special guest and celebrity appearances, trading card games, board games, and roleplaying games, including dozens of scheduled tournaments, console gaming and arcade machines. ConnectiCon is proud to introduce the Northeast League of Legends Tournament with over $6,000 in prizes!
ConnectiCon features main events such as, “Nerd Prom,” which is held Thursday evening at 8:30pm, tickets are available online. “ConnectiCon’s Singled Out!” Contestants, who pre-register online, will have a chance to win a date sponsored by ConnectiCon at a local participating restaurant. There’s also a ConnectiCon Masquerade Event held on Saturday, and the ConnectiCon “Cosplay Death match!” Plus many other fantastic events!
ConnectiCon will host nearly 90 special guests and celebrities including stars of stage and screen such as Noah Hathaway (The Neverending Story), Walter Jones (Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers), Alan Oppenheimer (Masters of the Universe), Janet Varney (Legend of Korra), Jennifer Hale (Mass Effect), Maurice LaMarche (Futurama) and Rob Paulsen (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Richard Horvitz and Rikki Simons of the cartoon Invader Zim and Internet celebrity, Doug Walker, AKA That Guy With The Glasses. Joining them are voice actors Chris Cason, Danielle McRae, Ellen McLain, and Lauren Landa, comic creator Farel Dalrymple, and dozens of other talented guests.
Annual memberships to ConnectiCon are available online or at the door, and include access to all four days of the convention, as well as quarterly member appreciation days and other events year-round. It’s fun for the entire family! For more information please go to their website www.connecticon.org or Facebook page.
Writer/director John Michael McDonagh and actor Brendan Gleeson appear for a special advance screening of Fox Searchlight’s CALVARY to be followed by a Q & A on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 7:00 PM. Presented by the Irish Film Festival.
Get free tickets at the link SOLD OUT
Kendall Square Cinema
1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139
Writer Jimmy Palmiotti and artist Amanda Conner appear at Yancy Street Comics from 6pm-8pm on Wednesday July 16th!
Harley Quinn Invades SDCC #1! The title says it all! Our favorite little troublemaker, Harley Quinn, takes on Comic-Con International: San Diego in this over the top issue! She’ll have to battle long lines, crazy crowds and the dread con crud, all in the quest to get her own comic book published!
Yancy Street Comics
9409 US 19 (inside Gulfview Square Mall), Port Richey, FL 34668
Voice actor Rob Paulsen welcomes fellow Transformers G1 alums Charlie Adler (Silverbolt), Gregg Berger (Grimlock), Hal Rayle (Snarl), and Neil Ross (Bonecrusher) to Talkin’ Toons LIVE on Tuesday June 24, 2014 at 8:00 PM at the Hollywood Improv!
The world-famous Hollywood Improv is proud to invite you to join Emmy and Annie award winner Rob Paulsen as he talks about his experiences in voice acting!
About Rob Paulsen:
Born in Detroit, Rob Paulsen spent his childhood in Livonia and Rochester, attending Junior and Senior high school in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Rob loved cartoons like most kids but aspired to be a professional hockey player. “Fortunately, thanks to some big, strong, kid from Winnipeg who drilled me so hard my ears are still ringing, I learned around age 18 I had neither the talent nor the temperament to make a living playing hockey. So, I turned to my other passions: singing and acting.”
The goal of bringing absolute believability to a fictional character, live-action or animated, is what every actor strives for. Those who are committed to their career and who combine experience, passion and skill are likely to succeed.
Those gifted with exceptional talent who focus on maximizing their potential by finding their own niche, quickly break away from the pack. After years of honing their craft and consistently delivering memorable performances in which the character impacts an indelible image on the viewer, the public and the industry take notice, singling out the best.
“I’m getting paid to do what I got in trouble for in the 7th grade,” jests Rob, who won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 as “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program” for Pinky and The Brain (Warner Bros.) Though nominated twice previously, the victory was especially sweet due to some formidable competition – fellow nominees Louie Anderson, Ernest Borgnine, Dennis Franz and Jeffery Tambor. In addition to his Emmy, Rob won back-to-back Annie Awards in 1997 and 1998. “I absolutely love what I do and thank my lucky stars for twenty-five years of full-time employment in this business,” he says.
“It’s a treat to portray a complex character,” Rob explains about Pinky, a goof-ball mouse with funny teeth, a head filled with clouds and an inane imagination that is punctuated with a staccato laugh. “Besides … where else could I find a job where emotional outbursts and odd exclamations like ‘Egad!,’ ‘Narf!,’ ‘Poit!,’ ‘Splonk!,’ and ‘Zort!’ are allowed and in fact, encouraged?” With over 2,000 half-hours of animation to his credit, Rob’s versatility shines in his starring roles as the voices of Yakko, Pinky and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff in the Peabody and two-time Emmy award-winning series “Animaniacs.”
Some of Rob’s other well-known animated characters include Raphael of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” Arthur in “The Tick,” the title role in “The Mask” (for a WHOLE lot less dough than Mr. Carrey, thank you), the title role in “Mighty Max,” Carl Wheezer in “Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius,” Jack Fenton in “Danny Phantom,” Bobble in the “Tinkerbell” series of DVDs and hopefully more to come.
Paulsen’s extensive credits include on-camera roles in numerous motion pictures including Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match, and Warlocked. His television acting credits include guest-starring roles on MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Additionally, he is one of the most sought-after voice actors in the commercial arena, performing in over 1000 commercial spots.
As passionate about “paying it forward” as he is about his lucrative career, Rob supports various charitable organizations, particularly those benefiting children and military veterans. Rob’s volunteer work with GOALmodels has been particularly rewarding. GOALmodels, a high school program in Reseda, California, is designed to inspire 9th graders to set goals and overcome obstacles in life. Blending his life experiences with passion for his work, his presentations are informative, entertaining and inspiring. In his leisure time, Rob enjoys golf, riding his motorcycle and occasionally lacing up his skates for another chance to relive his past glory on the rink. He spends the majority of his free time with his wife, Parrish, and their two Yorkshire terriers, Pooshie and Tala.
8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Artist Alina Chau brings her lyrical watercolours to TR!CKSTER for a solo show opening on Saturday, June 21st from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. All new pieces in a style that shows more realism and still maintains Alina’s signature whimsy.
2631 Ashby Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
Boston Comic Con is happy to announce that Celebrity Photo Op Tickets are now on sale for the 2014 convention!
Get your photo professionally taken with:
1. Jason Momoa of Game of Thrones
2. John Barrowman of Arrow and Torchwood
3. Sean Astin of The Lord of The Rings
4. James Marsters of Buffy The Vampire Slayer
5. Jewel Staite of Firefly
6. Sam Witwer of Being Human
7. Eve Myles of Torchwood
8. Katie Cassidy of Arrow
All professional photo ops cost $60. It includes one 8 x 10 color photo of the fan and the celebrity. Advanced tickets for celebrity photo ops can be only purchased on line by clicking here. Celebrity photo ops are scheduled at specific times on specific days. The schedule is subject to change. Celebrity photo op tickets do not include admission to the Boston Comic Con or a celebrity autograph. Celebrity autographs are on a first come first serve basis and can only be purchased at the celebrity’s table on site at the show by waiting in line. All celebrity autographs cost $40. The number of professional celebrity photo op tickets is limited. A maximum of two (2) adults and four (4) children under 12 may appear in the same photo. Below is the celebrity photo op schedule.
To purchase admission tickets to The Boston Comic Con and celebrity photo op tickets click on this link: Boston Comic Con Tickets
The Cartoon Art Museum hosts artist Matt Haley on Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm as part of its on going Cartoonist-in-Residence program. Visitors will be given the chance to talk to Matt, view and discuss his work. This event is free and open to the public.
Matt Haley has been illustrating hit graphic novels for Marvel and DC Comics for over two decades on characters ranging from The Incredible Hulk to Batgirl and has moved on to work with some of entertainment’s greatest luminaries such as Avengers director Joss Whedon on the feature documentary Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fans Hope with Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), television series like Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee’s Who Wants to be a Superhero? for NBC/Universal as well as Human Target for Fox Television and Sanctuary for the SyFy Channel. He has directed animation for American Express, Spike TV and the USA Network and created artwork and designs for best-selling video game franchises like the Tom Clancy series of Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell games as well as the Spider-Man franchise for Nintendo. Most recently, Mr. Haley created and directed the television series Blackstar Warrior.
Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105