ComiCONN (August 2011)

Convention ComiCONN “A Show for the Fans by the Fans!”
Convention Website
Start Date 08/27/2011
About This Convention: Welcome to Connecticut, the nutmeg state, home to the first comic book, the Frisbee, the Wiffle Ball, and ComiCONN “A Show for the Fans by the Fans!”.

ComiCONN is pleased to announce that the Stamford Plaza Hotel, will be the designated hotel for our show on August 27th, 2011.

Come celebrate Thor, Captain America, Green Lantern, comics, movies, collecting, and the 30th anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark at this one day mega event!

Tell your friends, bring the family, and have some fun!

Convention Guests Check our show website or join our Facebook page for updates & more information.
Venue Name Stamford Plaza Hotel
Venue Address 2701 Summer Street
Stamford, Connecticut 06905
United States
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables 100
Projected Attendance 2000
What category best describes your convention? Comic Books
What other categories might be appropriate for your convention? - Collectibles
- Science Fiction and Fantasy

CT – Elephant Eater Tour

Ryan Claytor, University Comics Professor and Artist of “And Then One Day” autobiographical comics, gives a lecture and signs his comics on August 12th from 1pm-4pm!

Sarge’s Comics
124 State Street, New London, CT 06320

CT – The Enforcers Signing

Carl Herring Jr. signs at Sarge’s Comics on July 28th from 4-7pm.

RSVP on Facebook!

Sarge’s Comics Etc
124 State Street, New London, CT 06320-6303

ComiCONN Becomes Wizard World Connecticut Comic Con 2011

Press Release:

Gareb Shamus Acquires ComiCONN, Announces Wizard World Connecticut Comic Con for 2011

NEW YORK, June 11, 2010 – Gareb Shamus, CEO of Wizard Entertainment, today announced the acquisition of ComiCONN to create Wizard World Connecticut Comic Con 2011, to be held on a date and at a site to be determined. The announcement came on the first day of this weekend’s Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Shamus acquired ComiCONN (Alternate Universe LLC), whose officers, including Erik Yacko, Joseph Stinson, Mitchell Hallock and Jay Claus, will promote, advise, and consult on the show. ComiCONN “A Show for the Fans by the Fans!” will continue to run local events in Connecticut and are in the planning phases for their 2011 show.

“We are excited to build on the success of ComiCONN with the new Wizard World Connecticut Comic Con in 2011,” said Shamus. “There is a large base of fans throughout the state and neighboring areas who enjoy comics, pop culture, science fiction, movies, television, anime, and the many other facets of Wizard World Comic Con shows. It is a strong addition to what will be our largest Comic Con lineup ever next year.”

“ComiCONN is proud to join the Wizard World Entertainment family,” said Hallock, chief marketing officer and one of the founders. This new alliance will expand the type of excitement that Connecticut-based comic and genre fans have been craving. Our event was created to be an outlet ‘for the fans by the fans,’ and we have no doubt that by partnering with Wizard we will fulfill that promise tenfold.”

“This partnership is very positive for everyone: the industry, Connecticut, and most importantly, the fans,” added Yacko, ComiCONN founder and co-owner of the Alternate Universe comic shops.

About Wizard Entertainment:
Gareb Shamus founded Wizard Entertainment in 1991. Today, Shamus publishes consumer magazines Wizard, ToyFare, FunFare and numerous books about pop-culture’s top talent, comic books and toys. Shamus also produces the largest North American Comic Con tour.

Wizard World Comic Con Tour:
June 11-13, 2010, Philadelphia Comic Con, Pennsylvania Convention Center
August 19-22, 2010, Chicago Comic Con, Donald E. Stephens (Rosemont) Convention Center
October 1-3, 2010, Big Apple Comic Con, Penn Plaza Pavilion
October 15-17, 2010, New England Comic Con, John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center
November 12-14, 2010, Austin Comic Con, Austin Convention Center
December 3-5, 2010, Atlanta Comic Con, Cobb Galleria Centre
March 18-20, 2011, Toronto Comic Con, Direct Energy Centre
New Jersey Comic Con, 2010, New Jersey Convention and Expo Center, TBD

Cincinnati Comic Con, TBD
Cleveland Comic Con, TBD
Connecticut Comic Con TBD
Nashville Comic Con, TBD

For information on Connecticut Comic Con and other Wizard events, visit

Horns Tour

Joe Hill, co-creator of Locke & Key, goes on tour for his new novel Horns and writes on his blog:

(Photo Credit: Shane Leonard 2009)

HORNS is out in just over a month, which means I’m on tour, which means your chance to see my adorable smiling face (pictured above) is right around the corner. My current tour schedule is below, but keep in mind that it is subject to change, and that dates may be added, removed, or shifted around. You can trust me to update this post as more information comes in. I don’t, for example, have any UK dates, but I know a brief UK tour is under discussion. So stay tuned.

On a related HORNS note, before the week is out, I’m going to put up another post, fielding some of the more common questions I’ve had about the book. If you’ve got a question for me about HORNS, ask it in the comments thread, and maybe I’ll get to it (I’m collecting questions on Twitter as well).

Now I won’t be saying too much about the plot – this will be a spoiler free Q&A – but I’m glad to address stuff about release dates, or how the book got written, or why it took so long, or whatever you might have for me. You can also ask about L&K, H-SB or 20TH CENTURY GHOSTS, as long as you can tie it into HORNS in some way. If you did have a good question, you’d actually be doing me a favor by asking it. I have to do a mini-web-video-thing about the book and I don’t have a lot of practice talking about it yet, and so this will help me get my thoughts in order.


February 16th (Tues) – PORTSMOUTH, NH • River Run Books. 7:00 PM.

February 17th (Wed)  - MANCHESTER, NH • Barnes & Noble. 7:00 PM

February 18th (Thurs) – CONCORD, NH • Gibson’s Bookstore. 7:00 PM.

February 19th (Fri) – MILFORD, NH • Toadstool Bookshop. 6:30 PM.

February 21st (Sun) – SALEM, MA • Cornerstone Books. 3:00 PM.

February 22nd (Mon) – CAMBRIDGE, MA • Porter Square Books. 7:00 PM.

February 23rd (Tues) – SOUTH HADLEY, MA • Odyssey Bookshop. 7:00 PM.

February 24th (Wed) – NEW CANAAN, CT • New Canaan Library. 7:30 PM.

February 25th (Thurs) – NYC, NY • Barnes & Noble (82nd & Broadway). 7:00 PM.

February 26th (Fri) – HUNTINGTON, NY • Book Revue. 7:00 PM.

March 1st (Mon) – PITTSBURGH, PA • Joseph-Beth Booksellers. 7:00 PM. (with an inevitable unscheduled side trip to my personal mecca, the Monroeville Mall, where I’ll probably just wander around, you know, like all the other zombies)

March 2nd (Tues) – SEATTLE, WA • University Bookstore. 7:00 PM.

March 3rd (Wed) – PORTLAND, OR • Powell’s Books. 7:30 PM.

March 4th (Thurs) – SAN FRANCISCO, CA • Booksmith. 7:30 PM.

March 5th (Fri) – CORTE MADERA, CA • Book Passage. 7:00 PM.

March 8 (Mon) – EXETER, NH • Water Street Books. 7:00 PM.

March 9 (Tues) – SOUTH PORTLAND, ME • Borders. 7:00 PM.

March 10 (Wed) – BANGOR, ME • Borders. 6:00 PM.

ComiCONN (May 2010)


Convention ComiCONN
Convention Website
Start Date 05/15/2010
About This Convention: Welcome to Connecticut, home to the WWE, UCONN Huskies, PEZ, the legendary Fawcett Comics & Charlton Comics, and now ComiCONN.

This is our 1st show and we look forward to making this an annual event in Connecticut.

“A Show for the Fans by the Fans!”

Creator signings!  Guests!  Raffle prizes!  Exclusives!  Don’t miss out!

Come celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back with ComiCONN.

Convention Guests Check out our website for all information.
Venue Name ComiCONN
Venue Address 201 Washington Avenue
North Haven, Connecticut 06473
United States
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables 60
Projected Attendance 600
What category best describes your convention? Comic Books
What other categories might be appropriate for your convention? - Collectibles
- Science Fiction and Fantasy

Plainville, CT Comic, Toy and Collectibles Show (September 2009)

September 25, 2009 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Connecticut, Convention Profiles

Convention Plainville, CT Comic, Toy and Collectibles Show
Convention Website
Start Date 09/27/2009

Venue Name Plainville VFW
Venue Address 7 Northwest Dr.
Plainville, CT 06062
United States
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables 42
Projected Attendance 500
What category best describes your convention? Comic Books
What other categories might be appropriate for your convention? - Collectibles
- Gaming
- Science Fiction and Fantasy

CT – Rusty Haller Benefit Auction and Gallery Event

Free Lunch Studios announced today that they will serve as host for the Rusty Haller Benefit Auction and Gallery event. On Sunday, July 19, 2009, the CT-based creative studio will open its doors to the public for the purposes of celebrating the life and career of cartoonist, Rusty Haller, and raising funds to help their fellow artist through a challenging time in his life.

In January of this year, Rusty lost his mother. She was his number one fan and support. They helped each other in many different ways. Since her passing, Rusty has fallen on tough times. Rusty Haller has been a professional Cartoonist and Illustrator since 1987. During his career, he has worked for major comics publishers Marvel, DC, Disney and Archie comics illustrating comic book series such as THE FLINTSTONES, LOONEY TUNES, ALF, TINY TOON ADVENTURES, COUNT DUCKULA and many others. He has also worked for numerous independent and small press publishers.

Mr. Haller is a member of the Comicbook Artists Guild, an organization of independent comic creators with chapters nationwide. He is also a regular guest at the annual multi-genre convention Connecticon. In 2009, Mr. Haller became an Associate Artist with the new independent comics publishing venture Atlas Unleashed!

Owners of Free Lunch Studios, Matt C. Ryan, Steve Kanaras and Steve Kuster are proud to have the support of local and nationwide members of the comic book industry, as well as various vendors of pop culture collectibles. The fundraising event will feature a silent auction and various raffles, while displaying a collection of Haller’s artwork. The studio will be open from 2pm to 6pm.

Sponsors of the event who have also donated items for the auction include:

• Buried Under Comics
• Frank Policastro
• Mike Rinaldi
• Jim Parente
• Tom Fiore
• Cybertronian Artifacts/Mike Hodgkins
• Flying Monkeys/Ed Bradley
• Atlas Unleashed
• SJS Promotions
• Freelance Ink/Robert J. Sodaro
• Jolly Rogue Studios
• MediaConnectionOnline/Modern Observer Group/Eric Lopkin
• Immortal Gothic Angel/Shawnti Therrien
• Novastar Studios/James Rodriguez
• Guild Works Publications/Keith Murphey
• Comicbook Artists Guild
• Brianna Benn
• POW Entertainment
• Connecticon
• Hector Rodriguez
• Free Lunch Comics

Free Lunch Studios is located at 518 Salmon Brook Street (rear entrance) in Granby, CT. For more information on the Rusty Haller Benefit Auction and Gallery, please contact Steve Kanaras at

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