Smithsonian and Awesome Con Introduce Future Con New Science Festival Inside Washington, D.C.’s Comic Con Kicks Off with StarTalk Live! Hosted by Astronaut Chris Hadfield
Smithsonian magazine and LeftField Media today are announcing a partnership to create an exciting new live event called “Future Con,” a three-day science, technology, and entertainment celebration that will be featured within LeftField Media’s upcoming Awesome Con on June 16-18, 2017 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Future Con will highlight the intersection of science, technology, and science fiction inside D.C.’s largest pop culture event. It is sponsored by Science Channel, features partners including NASA, the American Physical Society, the National Science Foundation, and Nerd Nite, and it will be headlined by StarTalk Live! hosted by Astronaut Chris Hadfield, who became a social media sensation through his (literally) out-of-this-world videos and performances from the International Space Station.
Driven by experts at Smithsonian magazine, Future Con will mix together interactive experiences, engaging discussions, and special guests centered around creating new awareness and advocacy for all things science, technology, engineering, and math. Previous Smithsonian Future events have featured astronaut Buzz Aldrin, oceanographer Bob Ballard, Star Trek actors William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, and George Takei, and the creators of Deadpool, The Martian, and The X-Files, with the Smithsonian now bringing similar visionary names from science and science fiction together in front of a broad, public audience at Awesome Con.
Awesome Con, now entering its fifth year, attracts over 60,000 attendees and participants including Stan Lee (co-creator of Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the X-Men), David Tennant (star of Doctor Who and Jessica Jones), John Barrowman (Doctor Who and Arrow), Felicia Day (creator of The Guild and noted author, producer, and blogger), Wil Wheaton (writer, blogger, actor, and voice actor), and Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo (acclaimed Batman writer and artist team). Awesome Con is a celebration of comic books, movies, television, toys, and games, and Future Con will add science to the worlds Awesome Con explores.
“The Smithsonian’s mission is to spread knowledge throughout the universe,” says Michael Caruso, editor in chief of Smithsonian magazine and Vice President of Live Events. “And we at Smithsonian are excited to partner with Awesome Con to do just that—transforming D.C.’s largest pop culture convention into a platform to showcase the individuals and organizations building the future today and communicating the important issues and technologies that will define our path tomorrow.”
“Our fans obviously love Star Wars, Star Trek, and Doctor Who, and we know they care deeply about real-world scientific advances in the same way they’re fascinated with science fiction,” says Ben Penrod, Awesome Con’s founder. “Working with Smithsonian magazine to create Future Con is one of our proudest achievements, making Awesome Con a space not just to entertain but one to inspire and educate, and we hope we can play a small part in creating the inventors, engineers, educators, and astronauts of tomorrow.”
Future Con’s kickoff event will welcome Colonel Chris Hadfield to host a special edition of StarTalk Live! Col. Hadfield is a veteran of two space shuttle missions and former commander of the International Space Station. He’s also been called the “most social media savvy astronaut” by Forbes for his ongoing documentation of his time in space to over 2 million Twitter followers. Col. Hadfield will appear at Future Con to lead a taping of StarTalk Live!, an award-winning talk show bridging the intersection between pop culture and science with humor and passion.
Future Con will see further pioneering names in space travel, artificial intelligence, nanomachines, climate science, and medical research share the stage with some of the brightest names in pop culture—with presenters including John Mather (NASA’s Nobel Laureate and head of the James Webb Telescope), Adam Steltzner (NASA’s “Rock and Roll Engineer” and head of the Mars 2020 mission), and Seth Shostak (Senior Astronomer at SETI: the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). Thought-provoking talks at Future Con will include Cassini’s Spectacular Grand Finale at Saturn, Parallel and Multi Universe Theory in Sci-Fi, Mars: Past, Present, & Future, Harry Potter and the Genetics of Wizarding, Space Lasers, and Antarctic Dinosaurs.
Future Con takes place June 16-18 inside this year’s Awesome Con, and no separate ticket is needed to attend—admission to Awesome Con includes access to Future Con’s speakers, exhibits, and events. For tickets to Awesome Con, visit awesomecon.com. For more information on Future Con, please visit smithsonianmag.com/futurecon, follow Awesome Con on Facebook and Twitter, and search for #futurecon.
ABOUT STARTALK LIVE
Science meets comedy onstage at StarTalk Live!, the StarTalk Radio road show that’s entertaining and educating sold-out audiences around the country! Just like the award-winning podcast, radio show, and Emmy nominated TV show, StarTalk Live! explores current events from the frontiers of science and includes scientists, celebrities, and comedians as featured guests. Each live show bridges the intersection between pop culture and science with clarity, humor, and passion, covering captivating subjects like space travel, human intelligence, extraterrestrial life, the Big Bang, the future of Earth, and the environment. StarTalk Live! gets its DNA from StarTalk Radio, the iTunes chart-topping radio show/podcast hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Emmy nominated TV show on the National Geographic Channel, StarTalk TV. StarTalk Live! is co-produced by Curved Light Productions and Pretty Good Friends.
ABOUT SMITHSONIAN MEDIA
Smithsonian Media is comprised of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, Air & Space magazine, Smithsonian Books, and the Smithsonian Media Digital Network. In addition, Smithsonian Media oversees the Smithsonian Institution’s interest in the Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between the Smithsonian Institution and CBS/Showtime. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 20 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually. (smithsonianmag.com / si.edu)
ABOUT LEFTFIELD MEDIA
LeftField Media, LLC is an events company focused on developing face-to-face events in a range of communities rooted in contemporary culture and shared passion. LeftField was formed in 2014 by Greg Topalian (President, LeftField Media) and is now owned by Topalian and Clarion Events Ltd. With a keen sense of the ever-evolving needs of businesses and their consumers as well as new opportunities created by change, LeftField takes a clean slate approach to business. LeftField’s portfolio includes Play Fair (playfairny.com), a family-focused celebration of toys and play built with the Toy Industry Association; Awesome Con (awesomecon.com), Washington DC’s Comic Con; Rose City Comic Con (rosecitycomiccon.com), Portland, Oregon’s Comic Con; Anime NYC (animenyc.com), a Japanese pop culture festival presented by Crunchyroll; the Five Points Festival (fivepointsfest.com), a designer toy and comic art convention curated by Clutter; and the Classic Auto Show (theclassicautoshow.com), a classic and vintage auto show launched in Los Angeles. LeftField Media is headquartered in historic Trumbull, CT. (leftfieldmedia.com)
Animator/illustrator Benson Shum appears at Hicklebee’s Books on Saturday, April 29th at 11:00 AM! Holly’s Day at the Pool is Benson’s first picture book and was selected to be part of the Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Benson Shum enjoys creating and telling stories through animation and illustration. He has worked in the animation industry for seventeen years and is currently at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where he was a part of such films as Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, and Moana. His inspiration comes from his love of children’s book illustrations, and observation of the little things in life.
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Planet Comicon Kansas City 2017 is excited to announce a dynamic duo of exclusive variant covers for this weekend show.
Harley Quinn #18 features the “Maid of Mischief” herself as presented by the always amazing Amanda Conner. (Creative partner and fellow Planet Comicon 2017 guest Jimmy Palmiotti is also featured in this issue.) This special limited edition will be available for sale at the Planet Comicon Merchandise Booth (#1215) as well as at Conner and Palmiotti’s respective booths (#322 and #324).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #69 features a cover by another of our 2017 featured guests, Kevin Eastman. This special limited edition will be available for sale at the Planet Comicon Merchandise Booth (#1215).
Other featured creators include Dan Didio (DC Comics Publisher), Chris Claremont (Uncanny X-Men, New Mutants), Chad Hardin, Joseph Michael Linsner (Harley Quinn), Jim Steranko (Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD), Neal Adams (Batman), Howard Chaykin (American Flagg!), Frank Brunner (Doctor Strange), Greg Land (Uncanny X-Men) and many, many more!
For more information about the 2017 show, event photos, interviews and more, “Like” Planet Comicon on Facebook and follow @PlanetComicon on Twitter. Planet Comicon Kansas City is always available online at www.planetcomicon.com.
Writer/artist Gene Ha (Mae, Justice League of America, Top 10) appears at the La Grange Public Library from 2:00 – 4:00 PM and Chimera’s Comics from 5:00 – 8:00 PM on Saturday May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!
La Grange Public Library
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Saladin Ahmed, award winning writer of the new Black Bolt series from Marvel Comics, appears at Green Brain Comics on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.
Green Brain Comics
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Artist Carlos D’Anda (Cyborg, Deathblow, Star Wars) signs and sketches at Comickaze on Saturday May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!
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Jenny Frison, Jen Van Meter, Michael Lark, Robert Wilson IV, Jordan Boyd, Ken Lowery, Chad Thomas, and more sign at Zeus Comics on Saturday May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!
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Hero Initiative, the nonprofit that aids comic book creators in medical and financial need, is heading to Kansas City, MO for Planet Comicon, April 28th-30th at the Bartle Hall Convention Center.
Artist Greg Land, best known his work on The Uncanny X-Men, Birds of Prey, and Ultimate Fantastic Four will be at the Hero booth #1030 all weekend! Make sure you stop by and get a sketch or your books signed!
Plus Hero Initiative Ambassadors across the con floor will be collecting for our cause when you get your books signed, so make sure ay them a visit. Howard Chaykin, Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti, Shannon Denton, Colleen Doran, Phil Hester, Jai Nitz, and Frank Tieri are all on the job so do right thing!
About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.
Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $950,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.
COMIC CON REVOLUTION – THE INLAND EMPIRE’S FIRST FULL SCALE COMIC CON
COMPLETE PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
Programming Highlights Include, The Psychology of Batman, John Carpenter’s The Thing 35th Anniversary Art Book, How To Create Characters and Write Super Stories, LARP 101: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse and so much more!
New York, NY April 26, 2017 – Comic Con Revolution (CCR) The Inland Empire’s first full scale Comic Con will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario California. With CCR only a few weeks away, Atomic Crush Events is proud to announce the show’s full programming slate is on ComicConRevolution.com for attendees to view.
Programming Highlights include:
#GenerationRevolution: Animators Day Off – What do artists and writers do when they aren’t working on your favorite animated projects from film, TV, and video games? From comic books, children’s books, even novels; what creative people do as a side job and for fun will amaze you. Join Mike Morris (Ducktales 2017), Mike Collins (Mr. Peabody and Sherman), Steven E Gordon (X-Men Evolution), Aaron Long (Bojack Horseman), Rachel Reed (Rockstar Games) and Anne Walker Farrell (Bojack Horseman).
The Psychology of Batman – Join Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward, as they bring their hit podcast, The Arkham Sessions, to Comic Con Revolution! Using episodes of the iconic ’90s cartoon Batman: The Animated Series, The Arkham Sessions dishes out real knowledge about mental health and mental illness, as they analyze Batman and his infamous Rogues Gallery. Alongside special guest Livio Ramondelli (IDW’s Transformers), this very special panel will take a look at the fan favorite episode “”Over the Edge.””
John Carpenter’s “The Thing” 35th Anniversary Art Book – Filled with art inspired by the film. Join special guests Tim Bradstreet, Cat Staggs, and Stormking Productions’ Sandy King Carpenter as they take a look at some of the art being seen for the first time ever, and talk about their memories of watching John Carpenter’s The Thing. Oh, and did we mention The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? Filmmaker and Slayer: Repentless comic book writer Jon Schnepp is hosting?
How To Create Characters and Write Super Stories Do you want to create your own characters and write and draw their amazing adventures? Come join Super Siblings and Pandamonium cartoonist Patrick Scullin as he teaches how to make original picture books. Bring your imagination and some drawing supplies and Patrick will guide you through the steps of creating a story and putting it to paper. No drawing experience is required for this family friendly session.
LARP 101: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse” This panel is for anyone interested in what LARP (Live Action Role Playing) is and how it is played/how to get into LARPing.
“The support we have received from not only the comic community but from the Inland Empire itself has been overwhelming,” said Atomic Crush Events co-founder Drew Seldin. “Putting together an event you can be proud of takes hard work but it also requires that those around you believe in what you are doing as much as you do.”
Guests currently scheduled to appear include Orion Acaba, Karl Altstaetter, Chris Bachalo, Anjali Bhimani, Tim Bradstreet, Sandy King Carpenter, Marty Casaus, Feodor Chin, Matthew Clark, Mike Collins, Neo Edmund, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Derek Fridolfs, Joel Gomez, Steven Gordon, Travis Hanson, Matt Hawkins, Ray-Anthony Height, Dennis Hopeless, Doug Jung, Scott Koblish, Mike Kunkel, Hope Larson, Dr. Andrea Letamendi, Livesay, Scott Lobdell, Pamela Lovas, Ron Marz, Raychul Moore, Mike Morris, Bill Moseley, Todd Nauck, David Naughton, Carla Perez, Karlee Perez, Josh Petersdorf, Whilce Portacio, Livio Ramondelli, Norm Rapmund, Paolo Rivera, Joe Rubinstein, Jon Schnepp, Patrick Scullin, Beth Sotelo, Cat Staggs, Art Thibert, Koi Turnbull, Gus Vazquez, Vivid Vidka, Dave Wagner, Tommy Walker, Brian Ward
Information about Comic Con Revolution is available at www.comicconrevolution.com
About Comic Con Revolution
Comic Con Revolution was founded on very simple principles. We are excited to celebrate comics and the creative arts. At the absolute core of what we do are the creators themselves. The people who create the comics, games, toys, film, movies and more that we all love. Without their tireless dedication to creating the fantastic worlds we all get lost in, events like Comic Con Revolution would not be possible. We strive to create the best possible experience for attendees, exhibitors and guests alike. Our team of event industry veterans are dedicated to working hard to create that experience for each of you.
About Atomic Crush Events
Atomic Crush Events is an event consultation and management company that was founded on experience and innovation. Bringing together expertise in event management, marketing, sales and business development to create a unique team that can analyze and identify the best course of action when developing a live event. Our philosophy is simple – create the best experience possible for attendees, exhibitors and guests alike.
More information is available at www.atomiccrushevents.com
Rob Liefeld (co-creator of Deadpool, Cable, X-Force, and Youngblood) will be at Phat Collectibles’ Anaheim Store from 10 AM – 12 PM signing copies of the New Youngblood #1 for FREE on Saturday May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day! There will be a Phat Collectibles Store Exclusive cover for Youngblood #1 available for only $10 alongside the regular cover and Blank cover.
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