Atlanta Comic Convention (July 2017)

Atlanta

Convention Name
Atlanta Comic Convention
Convention Website Address
http://www.atlantacomicconvention.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
07/02/2017
About This Convention
The BEST One Day Show in the South! 4 times a year for 23 years! Over ONE MILLION Comic Books ( Gold, Silver, Variants, CGC, Hottest Titles from 1.00 to 10,000) Toys ( Vintage and New, Marvel Legends, DC Direct, Pops, Star Wars) , Dr. Who, Posters , X-Files, Star Trek, Pokémon, Yu Gi Oh, Bladed Weapons ( knives and swords) , Tradepaperbacks … More!
This show we are GIVING AWAY TWO 4 DAY PASSES TO DRAGON CON to a Lucky Winner. Just fill out a postcard at the door or go to the website www.atlantacomicconvention.com and fill out the online coupon. Bring it to the show. We will give you a ticket with your paid admission of 5.00.. we put the other half of the ticket in a box. at 3PM one of our Guests will draw out a Ticket. If YOUR Ticket matches that number drawn , you GET 2 FREE PASSES TO DRAGON CON.. Entry is FREE with paid admission!!
Guests for the show:
Roberto Yun Rodriguez Animator on Family Guy , Gravity Falls, Ultimate Spider-Man , Scooby Doo, Archer ..More!
Drew Geraci Artist on Guardians of the Galaxy , Nightwing, Birds of Prey , Thor, Captain America, More!
BOTH will SIGN anything you bring them for FREE!
Come in Costume and get an ADDITIONAL RAFFLE TICKET FOR THE DRAGON CON DRAWING! That’s TWO chances to WIN!
ALL MILITARY , LAW ENFORCEMENT , FIRE & RESCUE Personnel GET IN FREE WITH I.D.
COME CHECK US OUT! www.atlantacomicconvention.com
Venue Name and Address
Marriott Hotel-Century Center
2000 Century Blvd
Atlanta, Ga 30345
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
60
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
FAMILY GUY, GRAVITY FALLS , SCOOBY DOO , ULTIMATE SPIDERMAN ANIMATOR ROBERTO YUN RODRIGUEZ, DREW GERACI ARTIST OF NIGHTWING, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) 2017 Report!

Chicago. I had been there before. It was 2014, and the occasion was Wizard World. April 2017 was my second trip to the city that the poet Carl Sandburg called “Hog Butcher for the World, / Tool Maker, / Stacker of Wheat, / Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler; / Stormy, husky, brawling, City of the Big Shoulders.” Railroads are no longer America’s arteries, and big shoulders are now an 80s fashion relic, but I, like Sandburg, “have seen painted women / under the gas lamps / luring the farm boys.”

   

Such women in Chi-Town can mean only one thing: the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, known as C2E2. I went with my convention buddy John, whom you will remember from Spooky Empire, Minneapolis Wizard World, and Florida Supercon. We stayed at the Congress Plaza Hotel. Opened in 1893 in anticipation of the World’s Columbian Exposition–i.e., the Chicago World’s Fair–the place was a blend of grand and shabby. John likened it to “the Stanley Hotel meets Super 8.”

We grabbed some dinner and walked around downtown, which was eerily empty for a Thursday evening. I saw a few people with the telltale Pokémon shirts, beanies, and/or Barbossa beads and thought: convention goers. Things would heat up the next day and be full-bore by Saturday. John was looking forward to panel discussions and stellar cosplays. I had my usual assortment of books to be signed.

One thing going to conventions with John has taught me is the value of the convention app (if there is one). I still like the printed program of course–great for signatures. But John always downloads the app because it is (1) updated in real time, (2) doesn’t require him to keep up with something else, and (3) makes him feel tech wizard-y. And the C2E2 app is sweet! It has autograph schedules, prices, and locations for every celebrity. The prices were an especially nice feature. Most conventions don’t post these in advance, which makes budgeting for the weekend Mulvaney-esque.

Another innovation was getting my badge in the mail. If you read my first DragonCon report, then you know my acrimony regarding registration lines. John agrees: “Just charge an extra 40 cents and mail everyone’s badge.” How satisfying it was to open an envelope in February, slide out my shiny badge, and reflect on at least one queue not in my future.

Of course, it is impossible to avoid lines altogether. It is an axiom that, no matter which line I choose–supermarket, toll road, ATM, wherever–it will the line with problems: a technical malfunction, say, or a non-English-speaking customer, or an employee who skipped training. At conventions, I am similarly thwarted. Steve Blum was scheduled to sign at 11:00am on Friday, which was great. Fridays are the least crowded days, making them best for autographs–except this Friday. All around me, guests were meeting fans, posing for pictures, translating Celtic texts, building additions onto homes. Meanwhile, I waited. And waited. Blum’s line grew longer than the Santa Fe Trail, and still I waited. The con staff began setting up his booth at 11:50, suggesting he would arrive at 12:00 rather than the advertised 11:00. In fact, it was almost 1:00 when he got there.

Autograph lines. Look closely, and you’ll see me with a floor-length beard.

Rob Liefeld was also late, though not as egregiously. His line would have been long anyway–everbody loves Robert–but there was a new thing complicating it: VIP clients. For $125 in advance ($160 on-site), you would get two signed exclusive comics, one signed Deadpool print, one autograph ticket for your own item, and a picture with Liefeld. He is a quick signer, and friendly without being effusive, which moves the line along. But it is a gut punch to get aaaaaaalmost to the table and be superseded by a group of VIPs. I said there should be VIP signing times and non-VIP signing times, but John argued that would dilute the perks of being a VIP, one of which is the freedom not to have to visit the booth at a specific time.

Those who eschewed the VIP ticket could choose from Liefeld’s a la carte menu.

The growing practice of comic creators charging for autographs has been discussed a lot lately. I don’t mind a blanket charge because, as Dan Seitz argues, “sign your name a hundred times in a row. It’s simple work, but it’s work. You pay people for work.” I do mind creators charging more for a CGC-witnessed signature. Is it more work to write your name when a third party is watching? And charging more to sign a more valuable book like New Mutants #98 is merely a money grab. After all, a number of market forces affect secondary value that have little to do with the quality of the product.

But I care less about cost than about time, the latter of which is more precious and fleeting at a convention. Memo, then, to all creators and celebrities: don’t be late to your signings! The convention is your job for a particular weekend. Do your job. I cannot conceive of any legitimate reason for a guest who is in a city where they have no other business and is staying at a hotel across the street to be unable to make an 11:00am appointment. I am at this convention to meet you, be enthralled by you, and then carry your name across the land. Hard to do that when you’re a no-show Jones.

As for the rest of the convention, it was a delight. C2E2 is big–70,000+ attendees–but the open floor plan gives plenty of space, so I never felt pinioned. The dealer room had all the comics dealers together, all the anime dealers together, all the T-shirt dealers together, etc., which made shopping go smoother. The family area had games, a play space, chairs for adults to rest, and circus performers. The selection of comic creators was spectacular–Stan Lee, Frank Miller (too bad he was there Saturday only and sold-out), Greg Rucka, Rob Liefeld, Matt Wagner, and some who don’t do many conventions anymore, like Dan Jurgens. There were fewer actors than I expected, but this reinforces the focus of C2E2–comic and entertainment, not the other way around. John said there weren’t enough panels and seminars for a convention this size, but the ones he attended were good. His favorite dealt with using comics to boost literacy and teach science. Finally, there was a larger selection of (over-priced) food vendors than I find at most conventions.

If you’ve never been to Chicago, go. And if you’ve never been to C2E2, go. Most conventions are run by small nonprofits, who are exposed as amateurs in a number of ways, but the power of ReedPOP ups the professionalism. Despite three different volunteers being unable to tell me where Frank Miller’s autograph sessions would be held, I found C2E2 to be well-managed, well-marketed, and an all-around pleasure.

Want to see more images from C2E2? Here you go!

“Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse / and strong and cunning.”

 

Must. Catch. Train.

 

I always wanted to be an Ivy League graduate.

 

Look at that chicken . . . and the two cosplayers beside him.

 

At least I didn’t have to queue to see Q.

 

Strangely enough, John lost his voice after this picture with the Sea Witch.

 

“Wait’ll they get a load of me.”

 

“Sure, honey, I’ll go get your purse from the car. Be right back.”

 

Some people put a lot of thought into their cosplays. Others just wing it.

 

Two big reasons to go to C2E2 are . . . um . . .

 

C2E2 just goes on . . .

 

and on . . .

 

and on.

 

Cosplay Central: the heroes behind the heroes

 

Chicago is cold enough without this guy being in town.

 

ID10T Fest Adds Con Man, Animaniacs & Futurama Panels

Chris Hardwick’s Id10t Music Festival + Comic Conival, has added panels featuring the stars of Con Man, Animaniacs, and Futurama to their schedule for this weekend’s festival at the Shoreline Amphitheatre and the surrounding grounds in Mountain View, CA on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25th!

SATURDAY, JUNE 24

Moderated by Chris Hardwick.

A decade has passed since Wray Nerely (Alan Tudyk) was an actor on the hit (well, cult hit) sci-fi show, Spectrum. Wray’s career has stalled in the vacuum of space while his best friend and former co-star, Jack Moore’s (Nathan Fillion), has hit warp speed. Aided by his truly certifiable convention booker, Bobbie (Mindy Sterling), Wray navigates the sci-fi convention circuit alongside a host of colorful who’s-whos and has-beens. He struggles with the trappings of a stagnant career, the adoration of a rabid fanbase, and an industry that only sees him as a quirky spaceship pilot.

SUNDAY, JUNE 25

Hatched from Matt Groening’s brain, Futurama follows pizza guy Philip J. Fry (voiced by Billy West), who reawakens in 31st century New New York after a cryonics lab accident. Now part of the Planet Express delivery crew, Fry travels to the farthest reaches of the universe with his robot buddy Bender and cyclopsian love interest Leela, discovering freaky mutants, intergalactic conspiracies and other strange stuff. The panel will feature West (Philip J. Fry), Maurice LaMarche (Morbo) and Phil LaMarr (Hermes Conrad).

Moderated by Chris Hardwick.

Animaniacs LIVE! is a musical revue starring original cast members Rob Paulsen (Yakko, and Pinky from Pinky and the Brain) and Maurice LaMarche (Brain from Pinky and The Brain), accompanied by Emmy winning composer Randy Rogel, who wrote and created many of those memorable songs you STILL can’t remove from your brain pan.

Featuring a number of songs from the run of the show, Animaniacs LIVE! is based on the beloved WB cartoon Animaniacs which delighted television audiences from 1992 to 1998. Cartoon clips will be shown alongside the talent. In addition to the concert, Rob, Maurice and Randy share behind the scenes secrets about the making of the series! Whether you’re a lover of music, animation, or fun, experience Animaniacs like never before in Animaniacs LIVE!

ON – Motor Crush vol. 1 Signing

Co-creator Brenden Fletcher (Batgirl, Black CanaryGotham Academy) appears at Big B Comics on Saturday, July 8th from noon till 3:00 PM to sign the first volume of MOTOR CRUSH from Image Comics!

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Big B Comics
6465 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 1V4
289-296-2968

TX/OR – Heartthrob Signings

Celebrate the release of HEARTTHROB SEASON 2 across the country on Saturday, July 1st as writer Christopher Sebela (Dead Letters, Captain Marvel, Injustice) signs at Books With Pictures while artist Robert Wilson IV (Heartthrob, Bitch Planet, Like a Virus) signs at Red Pegasus Comics.

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Books with Pictures
1100 SE Division Street, Portland, Oregon 97202
(503) 498-8499

Red Pegasus Comics
208 W 8th St, Dallas, Texas 75208
(972) 413-8716

NY – Motro vol. 1 Signing

Ulises Farinas and Erick Freitas appear at Escape Pod Comics on Wednesday, June 28th at 5:00 PM to celebrate the release of MOTRO volume one.

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Escape Pod Comics
302 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743
(631) 923-1044

UK – Jeff Parker Signing

Press Release:

Orbital is delighted to welcome Jeff Parker to the shop on Saturday 24th June! Jeff will be joining us for a signing followed by an after-hours talk.

Writer and artist Jeff Parker has worked on titles such as Agents of Atlas and Hulk from Marvel, his Eisner nominated The Interman and more recently Batman ’66 and Future Quest from DC. Jeff will be signing with us from 5:00 – 7:00 PM so come on down and bring your favourite comics to get signed!

After the signing, Jeff will then be hosting a talk called Writing for Drawing, so if you’ve come for the signing, stick around a little longer to hear from one of the masters of their craft.

Orbital Comics
8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
020 7240 0591

NJ – My Little Pony Signing

Artist Diana Leto appears at East Side Mags on Saturday June 24th from 1:00 till 6:00 PM to sign MY LITTLE PONY comics from IDW Publishing.

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East Side Mags
7 S Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042
(862) 333-4961

TN – Giallo Gumbo Signing

Jahni Kwatrae will be making his debut at Rick’s Comic City on Saturday June 24th from noon till 5:00 PM. He will have copies of his debut book Giallo Gumbo here for sale and signing them. Come out and meet him and support local talent.

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Rick’s Comic City
2710 Old Lebanon Road, Nashville TN 37214
615-883-7890

PA – Carefree, Like Me! Signing

Illustrator Rashad Malik Davis celebrates the release of his new children’s picture book, Carefree, Like Me! – Chapter 1: Root the Brave at Amalgam Comics in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday June 24th from 2:00 till 5:00 PM!

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Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc.
2578 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

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