A Personal Update and Plea

February 24, 2018 by  
Filed under Florida, Site News

Hi, everyone.

Many of our advertisers and promoters have been trying to get ahold of me the last couple of weeks. I don’t normally share a lof of personal information with the Convention Scene audience, but I need to offer an explanation.

Two weeks ago, my mother, Betty Pate, who has been declining health for several years, slipped into a coma. I have been out-of-town and at her beside for much of the past two weeks. My brother and I had her moved to a hospice on Thursday, where again I stayed with her around the clock, and yesterday afternoon she passed away, with my brother and I at her side.

This week we will be making funeral arrangements so things won’t get anywhere close to normal until next week.

If you have ever had to bury a loved one, you know that funerals are quite expensive, and, unfortunately, we were not fully prepared for this. Therefore, I am accepting donations towards my mother’s funeral costs. If we raise more money than we need for the funeral, the rest will be reinvested into the site towards some new features I want to add this year.

So that I can transfer the funds into my back account quickly, I am including a PayPal donation button below. So if you like the site or have ever found it beneficial to you, please contribute. If you can’t at this time, I understand and would love to your prayers as well.

Thank you.

Brian Pate, Owner
Convention Scene





Pee Wee at MegaCon!

Get Set for a Big Adventure!

Paul Reubens created the iconic character, Pee-wee Herman, while a member of the famed Los Angeles improv group The Groundlings. The Pee-wee Herman Show premiered at The Groundlings Theatre in 1981. It moved to the Roxy on Sunset Strip, and HBO’s production of the show introduced Pee-wee Herman to a national audience.

Pee-wee was brought to the big screen in the hit 1985 comedy Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, which Paul Reubens co-wrote and marked Tim Burton’s directorial debut. Reubens went on to create, co-write and co-direct Pee-wee’s Playhouse on CBS where the series earned 22 Emmy® Awards during its five year run. Reubens has personally been nominated for 14 Emmy® Awards, winning twice.

Paul Reubens has also starred in many diverse, non-Pee-wee film and television roles. He recently appeared as Oswald Cobblepot, The Penguin’s father on Gotham. Other TV credits include: The Blacklist, Portlandia, 30 Rock, Pushing Daisies, Reno 911 and Everybody Loves Raymond.

For more information on MegaCon visit HERE!

ZOINKS!! You’re going to “Scream” for this next guest announcement from Spooky Empire!

MATTHEW LILLARD will appear at Spooky Empire this April 6-8, 2018 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort!

MATTHEW LILLARD has an amazing lineup of films including of course “Scream”, “Serial Mom”, “Thir13en Ghosts”, “Hackers”, “SLC Punk!”, “Wicker Park”, “Without a Paddle”, “She’s All That” and of course as the iconic character and voice of SHAGGY in the the “Scooby Doo” movies. He has continued on as the voice of Shaggy in “Scooby Doo Mystery Inc” series and all movies and videos, including “Scooby Doo Meets Kiss” and “Lego Scooby Doo”.

This is one event you don’t want to miss! Reserve your rooms, VIP Packages, and advance tickets today at www.spookyempire.com!

FL – Islandborn Signing

Author Junot Díaz appears at Miami Dade College, in partnership with the Miami Book Fair, on Friday, March 16th at 6:30 PM to present and sign his new children’s book ISLANDBORN! Get tickets from Books & Books at the link…

New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner, Junot Díaz, to discuss the gloriously illustrated and lyrically written picture book, Islandborn, a celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imagination’s boundless ability to connect us—to our families, to our past and to ourselves.

Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist.

RSVP on Facebook!

Miami Dade College – Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33132
(305) 237-3000

Cast of The Princess Bride makes their way to Orlando

Inconceivable!

CARY ELWES, CHRIS SARANDON, and WALLACE SHAWN, stars of the cult classic The Princess Bride, head to Orlando.

MegaCon is held at the Orange County Convention Center May 24-27, 2018 in Orlando, FL.

Get your tickets now!

For more information click here.

FL – Redlands Signing

Artist Vanesa Del Rey appears at Multiverse Corps Comics on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 2:00 PM to sign REDLANDS from Image Comics.

Vanesa Del Rey is best known for her artwork on All-New Wolverine, Armor Wars, Black Widow, Constantine: The Hellblazer, Creepy, Daredevil, Hit: 1957, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Scarlet Witch, Secret Wars Journal, Spider-Women, The Eighth Seal, The Empty Man, The Punisher, Wolverine and The X-Men, Zero and more!

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Multiverse Corps Comics
14234 SW 8TH St. Unit 16, Miami, FL 33184
(305) 987-5302

Spooky Empire Brings Hair-raising Guests to the Wyndham Orlando Resort for Mid-season Convention

Spooky Empire LogoSpooky Empire, founder of one of the most coveted and recognizable thriller conventions in the nation, announces their highly-anticipated mid-season convention on April 6 – 8, 2018 at The Wyndham Orlando Resort. The 3-day annual convention will feature an array of activities including celebrity autographs with meet & greets, photo ops, Q&A’s led by special guests, live performances, and their popular tattoo festival with more than 25+ artists.

This year, celebrity guests include:

•   The return of The Chiodo Brothers, the group of sibling creative forces known for movies such as Killer Klowns from Outer Space. They have also created creatures and puppets for films and TV show including Critters, Team America: World Police, Elf, Ernest Scared Stupid, Monsters, The Thundermans, The Simpsons, and Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.

•   They will be joined by David Naughton, from American Werewolf in London and Twilight Zone.

•   Along with Butch Patrick best known for his role as “Eddie Munster” from The Munsters.

•   Director, actor, stuntman, writer, and the last living Universal Monster, Ricou Browning. Best known his role as the only actor to portray the “Gill-Man” in three films, Creature From the Black Lagoon, Revenge of the Creatureand The Creature Walks Among Us. Browning also worked on Flipper, Sea Hunt, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and many other films.

Other expected guests include:

•   Meet the mother and son stars from Child’s Play, Catherine Hicks, Alex Vincent and Chucky himself.

•   The one and only Slim Jim Phantom, legendary drummer for the ever-popular rockabilly band The Stray Cats.

And many more to be announced leading up to the convention.

Throughout the weekend guests will enjoy vendors and haunting exhibitors that will offer the ultimate in merchandise including art, movies, toys, props, action figures, comic books, special effects, clothing, and jewelry.

All advance tickets, now on sale, are discounted. Prices increase at the door. In advance, three-day passes are $65, one day passes on Friday and Sunday are $30, and one day passes on Saturday $35. VIP Packages are $225 and include early entry to all three days, raffles, T-shirts, autograph line fast-pass, exclusive VIP party access on Saturday night with guest celebrities in attendance. Kids 10 and under are free.

Rooms are available at The Wyndham Orlando Resort for a discounted price of $121 per night through March 9. Rooms can be reserved by calling 1-407-351-2420. Mention ‘Spooky Empire’ for special rate.

For more information regarding the schedule and to purchase tickets, visit www.spookyempire.com/purchase-tickets.

For more information about Spooky Empire, visit www.spookyempire.com. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@SpookyEmpire).

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About Spooky Empire

Founded in 2003, Spooky Empire’s Fall Convention has grown to become one of the largest thriller conventions and the dark side of comic con in the nation with attendance increasing each year. Designed to be THE ultimate weekend for thriller fans of all ages, the event allows guests to meet and mingle with their favorite movie and TV stars, buy amazing collectibles from hundreds of vendors and artists, see new and emerging films as well as old favorites, get tattooed by some of the best artists in the world, and take part in one of the largest Zombie Walks in the country. In May 2011, Spooky Empire introduced their Spring Convention mid-season to provide fans with even more fun in anticipation of their Fall Convention. Spooky Empire’s ultimate goal is to provide memorable events for fans to return to each year, a place where they can congregate with thousands of other people with the same interests. For more information, visit www.spookyempire.com.

Spooky Empire Media Contacts:

Juliana Gutierrez, JWI PR | +1 305-991-4259 | juliana@jwipr.com

Jessica Wade Pfeffer, JWI PR | +1 305-804-8424 | jessica@jwipr.com

FL – The Escape Artist Signing

Author Brad Meltzer (Justice League of America, Identity Crisis, Green Arrow) appears at the Vero Beach Book Center on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 7:00 PM to present and sign his new thriller, The Escape Artist!

Brad Meltzer is the New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle and several other top selling political thrillers. In addition to his fiction, Brad has been on the bestseller list for his nonfiction, advice, children’s books, and graphic books. He is the host of Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel, and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History on H2. He earned his law degree from Columbia University, where he was on the Columbia Law Review.

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Vero Beach Book Center
392 21st Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960
772-569-2050

FL – The Escape Artist Signing

Author Brad Meltzer (Justice League of America, Identity Crisis, Green Arrow) appears at Books & Books on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 7:00 PM to present and sign his new thriller, The Escape Artist!

Brad Meltzer is the New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle and several other top selling political thrillers. In addition to his fiction, Brad has been on the bestseller list for his nonfiction, advice, children’s books, and graphic books. He is the host of Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel, and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History on H2. He earned his law degree from Columbia University, where he was on the Columbia Law Review.

RSVP on Facebook!

Books & Books
265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134
305.442.4408

 

Legendary X-Men Writer visits ComicCon Revolution

The Revolution is almost here! Legendary X-Men writer Chris Claremont will be at Comic Con Revolution – West Palm Beach – Saturday, February 24th at the Palm Beach County Convention Center! Don’t miss it!

Buy your tickets today & save as prices increase at the door!
Get more info at bit.ly/CCRWPB
Get tix at bit.ly/CCRWPBtix

Kids 12 & under get in FREE with a paid adult. (Limit 2 kids per paid adult.) — in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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