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  • Billy Dee Williams coming to Florida SuperCon

    fsc_billydeeBilly Dee Williams “Lando Calrissian” in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, and numerous Star Wars video games has just been announced as a guest for FLORIDA SUPERCON at The Miami Beach Convention Center, June 25-28, 2015. www.floridasupercon.com

    Billy Dee Williams is also known for acting in the movies Brian’s Song, Lady Sings the Blues, and for playing Harvey Dent in Tim Burton’s Batman.

    The LARGEST Comic Con in South Florida is Florida Supercon! South Florida’s Comic Book, Anime, Animation, Video Game, Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Pop Culture Convention is JUNE 25-28, 2015 at THE MIAMI BEACH CONVENTION CENTER! It’s 4 days of fun featuring celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors, industry guests, cosplayers, artists, writers, panels, Q&A’s, films & shorts, costume & cosplay contests, vendors, parties, anime, workshops, video gaming and more!

    Check out the Florida Supercon event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/755416591166661

    New Comic Show in Coral Springs, FL

    Comic Fest Coral Springs logoComics Fest Coral Springs is a one-day family-friendly convention held at the Coral Springs Museum of Art in Coral Springs, FL.
    The show will be held Saturday, March 7, 2015, 9am-5pm.  Admission is $10
    Coral Springs Museum of Art
    2855 Coral Springs Drive
    Coral Springs, FL  33065
    There will also be a VIP artist meet and greet Friday night, March 6, 2015.  VIP tickets are $15, and can only be purchased alongside general admission tickets.
    Guests include:
    Barbara Randall Kesel (writer, DC, Marvel, CrossGen)
    Fernando Ruiz (Archie Comics)
    Dan Parent (Archie Comics)
    Derrick Fish (The Wellkeeper)
    Charles P. Wilson III (The Stuff of Legend, Wraith)
    Manny Aguilera (cartoonist)
    Silvana Delbo (painter)
    Jose Delbo (DC, Marvel, Yellow Submarine)
    Allen Bellman (Timely, Human Torch, Captain America)
     http://coralspringsmuseum.org/comics-fest-coral-springs/
    Twitter:  @ComicsFestCS
    Facebook:  Facebook.com/ComicsFestCS

    FL – Amazing Spider-Man Artist Signs

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    Superstar artist Humberto Ramos appears at Heroes Haven on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from noon till 6:00 pm in his first Florida appearance in eight years! Ramos is known for his work on Impulse, Spider-Man, Avengers: Initiative, and the X-Men. He has created many of his own series including Crimson, Out There and the French publication Fairy Quest.

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Heroes Haven
    4339 Gunn Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618
    813-269-8859

    Frank Quitely Added to Florida SuperCon 2015

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    FRANK QUITELY, artist of All-Star Superman, Batman and Robin, Jupiter’s Legacy, New X-Men, We3, JLA: Earth 2, Flex Mentallo, and The Authority is the latest superstar announced as a guest for FLORIDA SUPERCON at The Miami Beach Convention Center, June 25-28, 2015.www.floridasupercon.com. Frank Quitely will be appearing at Florida Supercon on Saturday and Sunday.

    The LARGEST Comic Con in South Florida is Florida Supercon! South Florida’s Comic Book, Anime, Animation, Video Game, Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Pop Culture Convention is JUNE 25-28, 2015 at THE MIAMI BEACH CONVENTION CENTER! It’s 4 days of fun featuring celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors, industry guests, cosplayers, artists, writers, panels, Q&A’s, films & shorts, costume & cosplay contests, vendors, parties, anime, workshops, video gaming and more!

    Shock Pop Comiccon introduces HUGE Cosplay contest

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    Get ready for a new era in cosplay South Florida!

    Shock Pop Comiccon presents to you the most prestigious, competitive, and professional cosplay event to ever take place in South Florida. Shock Pop Comiccon proudly presents, the South Florida Cosplay Championships. Featuring the largest payout for a cosplay event EVER in the history of South Florida conventions. With up to over $4,000 more in payout than any other event in South Florida. Honoring our tradition to do everything bigger and better than you have ever seen before in South Florida, let’s go ahead and tell you what this event is all about.

    First off, the unique part about this event is, the prizing is tiered. Meaning, the more people who participate, the more we pay out. We start at a base payout for the first 100 participants, and raise the payout for every 99 people who join the event. Capping the increase at 600 participants. So tell all your friends about this, because the more people who show, the more money you make!

    The cosplay event will take place on Saturday February 14th, and will consist of a pre judging estimated to take 3 hours, and main competitions which we are slating for 1 hour and 30 minutes. There will be two separate sets of judges, one for the pre judging, and one for the main competition. We will be listing the judges shortly, as well as the times, we strongly suggest you register and get your admission now, we don’t expect spots for this to last very long.
    In order to register for this event, you must
    1) Purchase a Weekend pass or Saturday Admission
    2) Fill out pre registration form, and send it to shockpopcosplay@gmail.com . The Form is available on our website.
    3) Select free cosplay ticket on Eventbrite ticket registration page.

    Also we can now announce that immediately following the cosplay event will be a live performance from V Is For Villains.

    Categories we will be paying out for are

    South Florida Cosplay Champion (Our Best in Show)
    Comic Book Cosplay
    Movie and T.V. Cosplay (Includes Horror)
    Anime & Fantasy Cosplay
    Video Games Cosplay
    Group (Max 8 People)
    Juniors (8-14 years old)
    Rising Star

    A couple quick notes!
    We do not distinguish competitors based on skill level.
    Newer cosplayers are welcome and encouraged. We have a Rising Star category which recognizes skilled cosplayers who are just beginning, and have the makings of becoming future Cosplay Champions.

    So now, let’s get to the fun part!

    Payout for 0-199 participants

    South Florida Cosplay Champion- $800
    Comic Book Cosplay $100
    Movie and T.V. Cosplay $100
    Anime & Fantasy Cosplay $100
    Video Games Cosplay $100
    Group $100
    Juniors (8-14 years old) $100
    Rising Star $100

    Payout for 200-299 Participants

    South Florida Cosplay Champion- $1300
    Comic Book Cosplay $170
    Movie and T.V. Cosplay $170
    Anime & Fantasy Cosplay $170
    Video Games Cosplay $170
    Group $170
    Juniors (8-14 years old) $170
    Rising Star $170

    Payout for 300-399 Participants

    South Florida Cosplay Champion- $1800
    Comic Book Cosplay $240
    Movie and T.V. Cosplay $240
    Anime & Fantasy Cosplay $240
    Video Games Cosplay $240
    Group $240
    Juniors (8-14 years old) $240
    Rising Star $240

    Payout for 400-499 Participants

    South Florida Cosplay Champion- $2300
    Comic Book Cosplay $310
    Movie and T.V. Cosplay $310
    Anime & Fantasy Cosplay $310
    Video Games Cosplay $310
    Group $310
    Juniors (8-14 years old) $310
    Rising Star $310

    Payout for 500 to 599

    South Florida Cosplay Champion- $2800
    Comic Book Cosplay $385
    Movie and T.V. Cosplay $385
    Anime & Fantasy Cosplay $385
    Video Games Cosplay $385
    Group $385
    Juniors (8-14 years old) $385
    Rising Star $385

    Payout for 600 or More Participants

    South Florida Cosplay Champion- $3300
    Comic Book Cosplay $460
    Movie and T.V. Cosplay $460
    Anime & Fantasy Cosplay $460
    Video Games Cosplay $460
    Group $460
    Juniors (8-14 years old) $460
    Rising Star $460

    FL – Girls with Slingshots Signing

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    Danielle Corsetto, creator of Girls with Slingshots, appears at Heroes Haven for a signing on Sunday January 18, 2015 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM!

    Heroes Haven
    4339 Gunn Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618
    813-269-8859

    FL – Star Wars #1 Launch Party

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    Mike Perkins, Jamie Jones, Scott Blair, Ozzy Fernandez, John Rivett, and Jen Mercer appear at Heroes Haven on Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM to celebrate the release of Marvel’s new Star Wars series! Get a store exclusive variant cover of the first issue with art by Perkins!

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Heroes Haven
    4339 Gunn Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618
    813-269-8859

    The DeLand Comic & Collectibles Show is this Sunday!

    The DeLand Comic & Collectibles Show

    Volusia County Fairgrounds

    Sunday, Jan. 11th, 2015   10am to 5pm

    6th ANNUAL SHOW – THIS SUNDAY!
    Peruse 125+ tables full of cool Comics, 
    Collectibles, and other Pop-Culture treasures.
    From Action Figures to Dolls & Sci-Fi to Horror,
    There’s something for everyone!
    Shop with our more than 40 vendors and take home something, “you’ve been looking for”!
     
     VENDOR SPACE FOR THIS SHOW IS SOLD OUT
    9 AMAZING ARTISTS WITH ORIGINAL ART & PRINTS AVAILABLE! COMMISSIONS TOO!!
    Plenty of Free Parking — Food available on site
    Age 12 & Under Free with Adult
    visit our website for more details
    COSPLAYERS & COSTUMES WELCOME

    (no contest or judging)
    THEY’RE EDGY… THEY’RE STEAMPUNK…  THEY’RE  TOTALLY AWESOME…
    PHANTASMAGORIA 
    IS BACK TO AMUSE, ENTERTAIN,  TITILLATE, AND AMAZE YOU!
     
    C. BRADFORD GORBY added to Show!
    Make sure you stop by and check out his amazing art

    Illustrator C. Bradford Gorby started his art career in the third grade, selling watercolors to his neighbors – until his parents made him return the money. Not deterred by this setback, he kept drawing and actually found his parents quite encouraging in his artistic pursuits, introducing
    him to the pin-up art of Alberto Vargas .Eventually his enthusiasm for
    drawing pretty girls lured him to Central Florida, giving up his day job in computer graphics for Post Production Services in Cincinnati, Ohio. He spent 10 years illustrating FEMFORCE for Bill Black’s AC Comics, as well as slipping in a few other companies when time allowed, Image Comics, Todd McFarlane Productions, DC Comics and continued his work as a sculptor for Miniature Wargaming that he began in 1982 with Ral Partha Ent., Tag Industries, and Alderac Entertainment. He retired from art as a profession for 10 years and got a “real job” which only fueled his artistic drive, “at the end of my shift I would return home and create”. I am simply driven to draw, paint, sculpt, whether I am working professionally or not. It’s what I do. His full time job managing a liquor store lead to a chance meeting of a fan of his comic book work and that turned into a new job at Walt Disney World, where he spent 5 years as a Theme Produc-tion Specialist. He assisted in the creation of the character icons at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, as well as helping ensure that Cinderella and Princess Aurora always looked their loveliest outside of The World of Disney Store at Downtown Disney. Currently he is a self- employed freelance artist at C.Bradford Gorby Studio and working on a graphic novel with writers Michael Cucka and John Salimbene entitled WEBB.

    Super Special Guest!

    Come Meet a Legend at the DeLand Comic & Collectibles Show

    John Beatty is a veteran comic book artist best known for his work with both Marvel and DC Comics. Titles John has worked on include many fan

    favorites including Batman, The Punisher, Captain America,

    The Nam, Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars,Adventures of Superman, JLA, and many others! Visit with John and purchase a signed




    print or do yourself a favor and commission a custom piece.

     

    Keep up with the Pop-Culture world of Central Florida!
    Live from DeLand – The Riley & Kimmy Show
    DeLand’s own…  DERBY SIRENS   roll into our event!
    They’re Bad, They’re Beautiful, They’ll bowl you over
    Come meet the Thunder City Derby Sirens Roller Derby team
     
    HAVE YOUR PICTURE MADE WITH YOUR FAVORITE SUPERHERO AND
     RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITY AT THE SAME TIME!  THIS YEAR WE’VE GOT,

    THE COSTUMER’S WITH A CAUSE
    Jeff Balke – First DeLand Appearance!

     
    Jeff has co-created his own ongoing comic book series called Urban Legends, which he is also the colorist on.  He’s also starting up his own comic book publishing company which will launch in the Spring of 2015. Jeff also freelance colors for comic book companies such as Image, Zenescope, After Hours Press, Antarctic Press and many others.  In just 5 short years, he’s colored over 150 comics. An award winning colorist, winning the 2011 Shel Dorf Award for “Colorist of the Year”, Jeff has been also been nominated multiple times for an Eagle Award as “Favorite Colorist”. Jeff is the creator of something called Sketch Coloring™.  This is where you bring him anything b/w, and he’ll color it up by hand with markers right there on the spot.  This is how he, as a colorist, creates a sketch to make it a “one of a kind, unique”  item for you. No two Sketch Colorings™ will ever be alike.  

    Tod Allen Smith joins the Show!

    Tod is an artist from Altoona PA, and is an officially licensed Lucasfilm artist with Topps Trading Cards which include sketch cards for Star Wars The Clone Wars: Rise of the Bounty Hunters, Star Wars Galaxy 4 trough 7, Mars Attacks and Indiana Jones Masterpieces, Star Wars: Galactic Files 1 and 2 including Star Wars Illustrated, Star Wars Chrome Perspectives and Star Wars Masterwork. Other sketch card sets include Marvel Masterpieces 2 and 3, along with sketch cards for the Captain America and Iron Man 2 movies for Upper Deck. Also, Hack/Slash and Zombies vs. Cheerleaders for 5Finity. The Hobbit, The Walking Dead and DC New 52 for Cryptozoic Entertainment. Tod was also featured in the Voltron United and Drawn art book. Currently Tod has completed story boards for Star Wars actor Jake Lloyds first directorial gig and is partners with Jake in Pumpkin Pact Productions. Tod is also doing work with table top skirmish game makers Micro Art Studio, and with Monkey House Games for Jeff Dee and Jack Herman’s re-launch of the classic super hero rpg Villains and Vigilantes. Stop by and welcome Tod back to Florida.

     

     

    First time at The D.C.&C.S.
      Like most people that have a love and desire for artistic creation, Austin started drawing at age 7. For over 19 years I have been working in comics on high profile projects in very small doses! I have had the pleasure of inking on books like Iron Man with Bob Layton for Marvel, X-Men Unlimited, 10th Muse/Shi, 10th Muse 800, God Wars and Judo Girl for Alias Comics/Bluewater Productions, Ink Assists on: Tomb Raider & Necromancer for Top Cow, Lettering work on John Carpenter’s Aslyum for StormKing, Witch Girls and Witch Girls Tales for Magna Comix, Illustrated sketch cards for Vamperilla, Red Sonja, The Avengers & Iron Man 3, Wizards of the Coast’s GI Joe, and illustrated a Donald Trump story for Cracked Magazine! I have also done my own projects like 7th Millennium, TAN, Stanley the Snowman and his exciting new project Divine Retribution.
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    Back by popular demand!
    Tommy Castillo joins us again at the DeLand Comic & Collectibles Show!

    Tommy Castillo is a master artist of the twisted and the macabre. Whether creating a slimy corpse reaching for you or the gentle glance of a mighty dragon, Tommy will capture you with the dynamics of his penciling and the intensity of his palette. With a career spanning eighteen years, Tommy is famed and sought after for his dark humor, brilliant attention to detail, and his love of the darker side of art. Tommy has put paint and pencil to such titles as Batman Detective; Legends of the Dark Knight; Toetags, with Horror legend George Romero; Evil Ernie; Tales From the Crypt; Alice in Wonderland; King Kong; Dragons, Myths, and Mayhem; various storyboards and designs for films; and many more of the macabre based literature. Tommy has been sought out by the fields largest companies: DC comics, Paramount Pictures, Warhammer, Wizards of the Coast, and Image and as offbeat as Rolling Stone magazine. His diverse styling and insane line work have defined him as one of today’s greatest in the field of comics and fine art…and y’know, he renders some of the scariest books of today, and the guy will get as giddy as a schoolboy on Sunday at the sight of a muppet. You gotta love that.

     


    JOE FAUVEL returns to



    theDeLandComic&CollectiblesShow
     
      Joe is a graphic designer and the creator/artist talent behind CRY Comic. Joe also works on Assassin’s Guild and the Knightshift Showcase. Come meet Joe Fauvel at the DeLand Show and get a signed copy of CRY or perhaps commission him to make you a custom sketch on Strathmore Bristol Vellum Paper using his Mirado Black Warrior HB pencils and a # 2 Sable Brush!
     

    RAVENWOLF Joins us for the DELAND COMIC & COLLECTIBLES SHOW.
      Journey into a creative world where portrait and comic art collide! Join Graven and Monica Ravenwolf as they explore the path of art, comics and illustration. This will be their first appearance in DeLand so make sure you stop by and make them feel at home!

       George Frei, artist extraordinaire returns to DeLand!                                                       

     For more than 15 years George Frei has worked in the Entertainment, Consumer Products, and Advertising. His versatile skill set allowed him work for some of the highest profile clients in the industry. His work includes Toy design, Consumer Products for Theme park’s and Restaurants, Branding, Set design, Character Design, & Conceptual Development.

    In 2005 George worked for Disney Design Group as an in house freelance artist. He worked in the Consumer product Division for Disneyland, Disneyworld, & Hong Kong Disneyland. George produced high profile product for Disney Cruise line, which became a best seller.

    George Currently teaches Digital Art & Design at Full Sail University in Orlando FL. George is still actively involved in side projects and freelance work for his company. He has opened an online store for fans of his work to purchase their favorite prints of his work.

    George is actively involved in George Frei Design and it’s current projects.

    The DeLand Comic & Collectibles Show
     is sponsored by: 

    Carasells Pop-Culture Collectibles
    216 N. Woodland Blvd. DeLand, FL  32720
    HOURS: Tu.-Th. 10a – 6p, 

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    at Carasells Collectibles & Shoppes at Rivertown Mall 

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    FL – Epochalypse Signing

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    Writer Jonathan Hennessey appears at Heroes’ Haven Comics to showcase his new comic book series EPOCHALYPSE on Saturday December 27th at 3:00 PM! The first 25 customers to attend our event will receive a FREE copy of Epochalypse #1 and #2!

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Heroes Haven
    4339 Gunn Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618
    813-269-8859

    Spooky Empire Con Report!

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    “Why do you think horror movies are so popular?” asked my friend John. It was Friday evening, October 24, and we were standing in Tobin Bell’s autograph line at Spooky Empire, the semiannual fright fest held in sunny Orlando. I have known John since 1990, when he, a transfer student from Massachusetts, walked into my high school Spanish class and took the only available seat–the one next to me. After high school, we worked together at McDonald’s, and when he moved to Tennessee for college, and then Florida to work in the nursing home industry, we remained friends. He was with me at the Minneapolis Wizard World, as a matter of fact.

    And this is what our friendship is like: deep thoughts. Why are horror movies popular? “Fear is primal,” I answered. “We like being scared because it is a release, especially when the object scaring us is revealed to be harmless, like a man in a mask.” (The Atlantic magazine ran a great article on exactly this topic; I’ll recommend it here.) We talked about it more, stepping forward every so often as the incredibly slow-moving line moved forward (with incredible slowness). This is not because the line was mismanaged; there were simply a lot of people in it.

    I have seen all the Saw movies, and Tobin Bell was the one person I wanted to see at my inaugural Spooky Empire, which calls itself “one of the largest horror cons in the US.” Horror cons tend to be peopled by B- and C-list celebs, but this one had some moneymakers: Tara Reid, David Guintoli and Bitsie Tulloch (from TV’s Grimm), Derek Mears, Chris Sarandon, some of The Walking Dead cast, most of Rob Zombie’s Halloween cast, and, of course, Tobin Bell. He was very gracious with his time, talking and laughing with attendees. The person in front of me had a Tobin Bell mask for him to sign, and I wanted to ask Tobin how it felt to hold his own face in his hands, but I was afraid it’d be weird. Instead, I handed him my still-in-the-box figure of Billy, Jigsaw’s creepy puppet (which I had already had Cary Elwes sign at DragonCon). Below is the result.

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    Want a close-up of Billy? Here it is.

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    Sadly, the household-name-ness did not extend to the authors. I am a writer, an English professor, and a sometime bookseller. In other words, I know literature. As a 25-year fan of horror fiction, I know horror literature. But I did not know a single writer in attendance. (Full disclosure: Carrie Harris was there. She seems pretty big in YA circles, and she got the big-author-convention treatment, meaning she got a panel of her own and her picture was the biggest in the program.) I seem to remember Clive Barker attending a couple of years ago, so I know Spooky Empire can attract true literary stars. I was disappointed that they hadn’t done so this year.

    The good thing is that the writers who were there stayed paneled-up. They led not just author talks but actual seminars on writing and publishing, some of which were tailored to specific interests, such as Friday night’s “Writing for Screen and Other Mediums.” Though the name should have been “media” (sorry, writerly tic), it was a good seminar.

    Halloween is a cold weather holiday, so it seemed strange to attend a horror convention in a T-shirt and no jacket. Yet I enjoyed the experience. The dealer room seemed small for “one of the largest horror cons in the US,” but some cool merchandise was available. I talked to one dealer who had a collection of vintage costumes, most still in the boxes. Had he had those costumes for 40 years, or did he buy them like that? “I assemble them,” he said, buying a mask here, pants there, the box from some other source. How long does it take him to put together a costume? Over 10 years, for some. He also had an assortment of stuff like we used to order from the ad pages in 70s-era comics and magazines–stuff like X-ray glasses, monster teeth, fake blood, all still in packages, most in mint condition.

    These are the dealers I like. Others had mostly new stuff, some of which I see over and over at conventions. This, however, I had never seen.

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    One suggestion I have for Spooky Empire: better signage. John and I went through the hotel main entrance (Doubletree at Universal), followed the crowd of ghouls and zombies and normal-looking people (who could be homicidal maniacs because, as Wednesday Addams reminds us, “they look like everyone else”), and got all the way to what turned out to be a side entrance to the convention, where a guard pointed back the way we had come and said, “The convention entrance is that way.” A sign to that effect would have kept us from going in the wrong way. Also, a hotel employee was standing out front, directing drivers to the convention parking lot, up the street from the hotel parking lot. I think a sign could have done that job as well.

    These complaints are trifles, though. Spooky Empire is as well-run as it is well-known, and I look forward to going again. I won’t get another weekend pass–there isn’t enough for multiple days–but the one-day pass is worth the money. John, who isn’t a horror guy, concurs, saying he enjoyed seeing the celebs and cosplayers. Where will we go next? Dunno. But when we figure it out, you–or, since I’m from North Carolina, y’all–will be the first to know.

    See below for a few more Spooky Empire pics.

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    Look at that disgusting blob! And Slimer, too.

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    With guests like this, who needs security?

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    “There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet.”

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    Word to the wise: don’t photo bomb guys who have actual bombs.

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    Abraham Lincoln, convention goer

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    Chris Sarandon (Jack Skellington) signs a Nightmare Before Christmas picture for my daughter.

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    Ken Page (Oogie Boogie) signs the same picture.

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    Fans chat up Tara Reid.

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    I’m guessing this is a teacher from the Black Lagoon.

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    I wonder what Tobin Bell thought of HER.

     

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