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Director Don Coscarelli Making 1st Florida Appearance at the February 2014 Retr-O-Rama Collectibles Show
Jacksonville Show Has Balls!
Jacksonville, Florida’s Retr-O-Rama Collectibles Show has balls, the shiny silver flying kind with razor sharp tines! When the vintage pop culture show returns on Sunday, February 9 to the Ramada Conference Center in Mandarin they won’t just be sponsoring the largest show its kind in North Florida, they will also be bringing cult film director Don Coscarelli in from Los Angeles, CA, for his first ever show appearance in Florida! Coscarelli is best remembered for his Phantasm film franchise whose four installments date back to 1979 and feature those aforementioned nasty metallic spheres that do the bidding of the nefarious “Tall Man”. The California director, who also helmed the 80’s sci-fi fantasy The Beastmaster, pitted Elvis against a murderous mummy in Bubba Ho-Tep in the 90’s, and most recently was responsible for the art house hit John Dies at the End in 2012, won’t be alone. Joining him on the guest list are English actress Suzanna Leigh who starred in films for venerable Hammer Studios and opposite the real Elvis in Paradise Hawaiian Style in 1966, and Michael Weldon, author of the 1983 fanboy bible The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film.
As if this impressive guest list were not enough, they have taken over the entire conference center and filled it with over 8000 square feet of nostalgic goodies. Vendors will be set up from all over Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas with an eclectic line up of all things pop culture. Inside the multiple dealers areas you’ll find everything including action figures, Barbie dolls, movies posters, board games and a whole lot more. “We get a little bit of everything at these shows” says promoter Dan Tuchmann, “so there is something for everyone from the hardcore collector to the casual browser”. Retr-O-Rama shows are family friendly events that offer fun and nostalgia for those who want to relive their childhoods, purchase unique gifts, or even reclaim that childhood treasure that mom threw away when you moved out! It’s all here under one air conditioned roof, rain or shine.
The retro-rangers at Retrorama Collectibles have a few more tricks up their sleeves too. For this show they have enlisted some help from the dark side in the form of Squad 7 of the 501st Legion. Don’t be surprised if you see Imperial Stormtroopers patrolling the halls of the convention center or even an appearance by the dark lord himself! They will be available for photo ops with guests throughout the day. At 2PM there will be a very special onsite collectibles auction sponsored in conjunction with Emerald Auctions of Jacksonville. Some cool and unique items will be offered up for sale and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. Auction preview and registration will begin at 1PM.
If you just can’t wait until Sunday to get your nostalgia fix then head to Latitude 30 on Saturday, February 8 for a little something the Retrorama gang likes to call Throwback Theater! The entertainment complex’s luxury dine-in theater will be host to a double creature feature screening for the whole evening. First up it’s Hammer’s The Lost Continent at 6PM followed by a Q&A with star Suzanna Leigh. Then at 9PM it’s the original Phantasm followed by a visit with director Don Coscarelli! This theater has a full menu including adult beverages so you can enjoy dinner while you watch the movies. The film screenings are $20.00 each or $35.00 for a VIP double feature pass.
Whew, what a wacky weekend for lucky film and collectibles fans in Jacksonville! The main event starts at 10AM on Sunday at the Ramada Convention Center at 3130 Hartley Road. A special show preview will be offered at 9AM for diehard collectors and those who just have to have the best selection of bargains. Door prizes and extra surprises will be going on throughout the day until 4PM. General admission is $10.00 per adult and includes one free admission for children 12 and under. Additional child admissions are only $2.00 each. For more information or to purchase tickets for the show or screening, check out the Retrorama website at www.jaxretrorama.com, follow them on Facebook at Pop Retrorama, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or really go old school and call (904) 880-4281. There’s nothing else like this celebration of nostalgia that’s fun for the entire family so don’t miss it!
ORLANDO MEGACON – Look What’s Happening
MegaCon, the largest comic book, anime, gaming and multi media event in the southeastern U.S., begins announcing guests for the 2014 show. MegaCon will take place March 21 -23, 2014 at the Orange County Convention Center Hall SB in the North/South Building in Orlando, FL.
Confirmed comic book guests include:
J. Scott Campbell, Frank Brunner, Neal Adams, Bill Sienkiewicz, Mark Waid, Ron Marz, Greg Land, Michael Golden, Dennis Calero, George Pérez, Brandon Peterson, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Cully Hamner, Karl Story, Renee Witterstaetter, Billy Tucci (20th anniversary of Shi) and Brian Pulido (15th anniversary of Lady Death), Nick Bradshaw, Adam Kubert, Dan Jurgens, Mike Miller, Joshua Ortega, Digger, Bart Sears, Ethan Van Sciver, Mike McKone, Frank Tieri, Mike Mayhew, Chuck Dixon, Skottie Young
Confirmed media guests include:
Walking Dead – Lauren Cohan, Steven Yeun, David Morrissey, Beth Kinney, Sonequa Martin-Green
Torchwood – John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Gareth David-Lloyd
Torchwood animated series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse – Eliza Dushku
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Torchwood – James Marsters
Smallville – Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack, John Glover, Laura Vandervoort, Aaron Ashmore
Napolean Dynamite – John Heder
Battlestar Galactica – Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Herbert Jefferson, Anne Lockhart
Star Wars – Peter Mayhew, Tom Kane
Comic Book Men – Mike Zapcic, Ming Chen, Bryan Johnson
Star Trek, Big Bang Theory – Wil Wheaton;
Rob Paulsen, Jim Cummings, Quinton Flynn, Phil LaMarr, Rich Horvitz, Vic Mignogna, Jennifer Hale
You won’t want to miss Comos
First time ever official MegaCon Friday evening Dance for 18+ only
Costume Contest – Drinks – Dancing
Spectacular Laser show & visuals by Empire Visuals
Nelson Flux – Evolv 3
Hosted by Nick Wolfe
$10 – Friday evening from 9pm – 11:30pm
Introducing: The Ghost of the Robot Band with James Marsters – Saturday evening performance $20 in advance $25 at the door.
Other events include: MegaCon video gaming and the Supercon 2K series provided by National Video Gaming Association and Vibras Five.One, RPG, LARP, card and miniature gaming events, children events provided by the Skiffytown Heroes, Speed Dating, anime events, belly dancing, Indy Film Festival, movie trailers screening room, Saturday evening dance, late night adult only dance, and professional panel room.
Thanks to our sponsors: 101.1 WJRR, The am 740 Game, 104.1 Real Radio, Certified Guaranty Company, Central Florida Mensa, Students of the Unusual
The MegaCon guest list is constantly growing. Check www.MegaConvention.com frequently for more updates.
Orange County Convention Center
March 21st – 23rd
Contact Info: email@example.com or www.megaconvention.com
The creator/writer/producer of Community will be attending the Florida Supercon this July.
Paul Pelletier and Tony Kordos appear at Heroes Haven on Saturday, February 8th from noon till 4:00 pm!
Dynamite Comics is bringing TUROK back! To celebrate their release, Heroes’ Haven Comics will have their own Turok Dinosaur Hunter Exclusive Sketch Cover (limited to 500 copies) done by artists PAUL PELLETIER and TONY KORDOS! FIRST 100 PEOPLE IN LINE WILL GET A FREE COPY! Saturday, February 8th – 12:00pm to 4:00pm – Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet both cover artists and get a sketch!
Dynamite is proud to present an all-new adventure ongoing from superstar GREG PAK (Batman/Superman, World War Hulk) and incredible artist MIRKO COLAK (Red Skull: Incarnate, Conan)! Shunned from his tribe, a young Native American named Turok fights to survive, making a lonely life for himself in the unforgiving forest. But his hard-won cunning and survival skills face the ultimate test when man-eating THUNDER LIZARDS attack his people! Why are dinosaurs here? How have they survived? And will Turok use his abilities to save a society that’s taken everything away from him?
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B.J. Novak’s One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction.
A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes—only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins—turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother. We also meet Sophia, the first artificially intelligent being capable of love, who falls for a man who might not be ready for it himself; a vengeance-minded hare, obsessed with scoring a rematch against the tortoise who ruined his life; and post-college friends who try to figure out how to host an intervention in the era of Facebook. Along the way, we learn why wearing a red T-shirt every day is the key to finding love, how February got its name, and why the stock market is sometimes just . . . down.
Finding inspiration in questions from the nature of perfection to the icing on carrot cake, One More Thing has at its heart the most human of phenomena: love, fear, hope, ambition, and the inner stirring for the one elusive element that might just make a person complete. Across a dazzling range of subjects, themes, tones, and narrative voices, the many pieces in this collection are like nothing else, but they have one thing in common: they share the playful humor, deep heart, sharp eye, inquisitive mind, and altogether electrifying spirit of a writer with a fierce devotion to the entertainment of the reader.
About the Author
B.J. Novak is a writer and actor best known for his work on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning comedy series The Office as an actor, writer, director, and executive producer. He is also known for his stand up comedy performances and his roles in motion pictures such as Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks. He is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in English and Spanish literature.
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Pinned! Miami: South Florida’s Pin Up Model, Photography, Culture, Art, Fashion, Tattoo, Rockabilly and Burlesque Festival is 3 days dedicated to the culture of Pin Up, featuring models, bands, photographers, artists, workshops, panels, burlesque, classic cars, exhibitors, vendors, films, tattoo artists and more! Get ready for the sexiest show on Earth!
Pinned! Miami is May 23-25, 2014 at The Miami Airport Convention Center
711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami FL. 33126
Pinned! Hotline: 954.399.1330 firstname.lastname@example.org
Convention Center and Hotel Phone: 305.261.3800.
Friday, May 23: 2:00pm – 3:00am
Saturday, May 24: 11:00am – 3:00am
Sunday, May 25: 11:00am – 3:00am
Several hotels will be announced as “official” hotels for Pinned! and will include special room rates for our attendees, including:
(a) The Doubletree Miami Airport Convention Center Hotel. The official hotel of Pinned! Miami is the Doubletree attached to the convention center, located at 711 NW 72nd Ave., Miami FL. 33126.
Phone: 305-261-3800. Rooms will be available for $109 per night (single/double). Stay tuned for booking info to be posted shortly!
January 28, 2014 by Michael Pate
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Hero Initiative Announces 2014 Convention Schedule—20 dates in all!
LOS ANGELES, CA (January 22, 2014) Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that raises money for comic veterans in medical and financial need, will be attending 20 comic conventions in 2014!
Yes! The Hero crew will be busy bees this year bringing you special guests, parties, and much more from San Diego to Calgary to New York City! We may be attending a convention near you, so make sure you stop by and help us help others who have paved the way for many others and have brought us years of joy! JUST DO IT!
Schedule is as follows:
Wizard World Sacramento
Planet Comicon, Kansas City, MO
Orlando MegaCon With special guest Herb Trimpe appearing EXCLUSIVELY at the Hero booth, #733
Emerald City Seattle
Wizard World St. Louis
Awesome Con Washington DC
Reed Chicago C2E2
Calgary Comic Expo
Wizard World Minneapolis
Big Wow San Jose
May 31-June 1
Long Beach Comic Expo
Phoenix Comic Con
San Diego With Hero Board of Directors member Dennis O’Neil in attendance!
Wizard World Chicago
Baltimore Comic Con
Long Beach Comic Con
Wizard World Austin
Reed New York Comic Con
October 31-November 2
Wizard World Ohio
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 $500,000 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.
For more information, please visit us at www.heroinitiative.org.
January 21, 2014 by Joe Fauvel
Filed under Animation, Anime, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Florida, Gaming, Horror, Movies, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Video Games, Webcomics
The link for pre-purchased photo ops for MegaCon 2014 through our friends at Celebrity Photo Ops is now available on the Photo Op Info page on our website:
Please note, the photo op schedule for individuals and scheduling/pricing for group photo ops are still being developed.
Creator Owned Expo is designed to encourage Literacy, Artistic Creativity, innovations in Technology, and Social Interest in the sciences through Art, Sequential Art, Science fiction, Fantasy, Novels, Creative Nonfiction, Folklore, Historical Fiction, Mythology and other related genres.
This event promotes Independence in the areas of creative media, comics, art, crafts, animation, and self-published literature. We are a close knit ecosystem, a community built to encourage communication between the creators and the audience.
Ultimately,“this event is about comic creators, publishers, writers, film makers and creators in general and the fans who love them.” We need dedicated fans like you to help us get the word out about this wonder event. The event will feature educational panels, raffles, gifts, prizes, an artist exhibit area, and contest.
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