William Shatner, Sean Astin, Robert Englund, Etc. Headline Inaugural Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con in May 2014

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William Shatner, Sean Astin, Robert Englund, Manu Bennett, Ralph Macchio Headline Celebrity Guests At Inaugural Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con, May 2-4

Gilbert Gottfried, Dean Cain, James Marsters, Laurie Holden, Michael Rooker, Top Comics Creators At Pop Culture Festival At Minneapolis Convention Center

MINNEAPOLIS, March 11, 2014 – William Shatner (“Star Trek,” “T.J. Hooker”), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings, Rudy), Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Manu Bennett (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Arrow), Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid, My Cousin Vinny), Gilbert Gottfried (Problem Child, Beverly Hills Cop II) and Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “Stars Earn Stripes”) are among the celebrities scheduled to attend the inaugural Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con, May 2-4 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.It is the 6th of 16 events scheduled in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and will also feature a top-drawer collection of well-known comics artists and writers and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.

Shatner will appear on Friday and Saturday, May 2-3; Astin will attend on Saturday and Sunday; the others are scheduled for all three days.

Other notables scheduled at press time include Laurie Holden, Jon Bernthal and Michael Rookerof “The Walking Dead,”James Marsters (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Torchwood”), Jason David Frank (“Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers”), James Hong (Blade Runner, Mulan), Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk,” “The King of Queens”), Ian Ziering (“Beverly Hills 90210,” Sharknado) and the Boondock Saints duo of Sean Patrick Flanery and David Della Rocco.

Among the superstar comics creators scheduled to attend are Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams (“Batman,” “X-Men”), Ethan Van Sciver (“Green Lantern,” “Flash”), Mike Grell (“Green Arrow,” “Warlord”), Bob Layton (“Iron Man,” “Uncanny X-Men”), Barry Kitson (“Thor,” “Spider-Man”) and Kevin Maguire (“Justice League,” “Batman Confidential”), with more talented writers and artists to be announced.

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con show hours are Friday, May 2, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, May 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place all three days at the event, with celebrity Q&A’s, the Wizard World Film Festival, comics-themed sessions, costume contest, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Sunday, May 4, is also Kids Day, with an array of activities and programming specially designed for the younger Wizard World fans.

Minneapolis Comic Con is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor, often stopping by the Show Stage, the ideal place to see and be seen.

For more on the 2014 Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-minneapolis.html.

About Wizard World:

Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

Wizard World 2014-15 Schedule
March 28-30 – Wizard World Louisville Comic Con
April 4-6 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
May 2-4 – Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con
May 30-June 1 – Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con
June 19-22 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 1-3 – Wizard World San Antonio Comic Con
August 21-24 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 12-14 – Wizard World Richmond Comic Con
September 26-28 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
October 2-4 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
October 31-November 2 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
November 7-9 – Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con
November 21-23 – Wizard World Reno Comic Con
January 9-11, 2015 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
January 23-25, 2015 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
June 19-21, 2015 – Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con

 

Casting Call at Mall of America to Appear in a Promo Campaign for The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Press Release:

ACTION CASTING is looking for knowledgeable and enthusiastic Spider-Man super fans to audition for a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Come see us SATURDAY at the Mall of America and you may get an opportunity to swing like Spidey, meet a cast member, or go behind-the-scenes of the new movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Five people will be selected to be featured in a promotional campaign which will air across the networks of NBCUniversal.

DATE: Saturday, 03/22/14
TIME: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
LOCATION: The Mall of America
Executive Center
60 E. Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425

Details: www.beamazingspiderfan.com

For questions and all other inquiries please contact us at beamazingspiderfan@gmail.com

Spider-Man fans

MN – Catwoman Signing

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Artist Tom Nguyen appears at Captain Jack’s Comics on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from noon till 6:00 pm!

RSVP on Facebook!

Captain Jack’s Comics
8730 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55420

Hero Initiative Announces 20 Convention Stops in 2014

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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:

March 7-9
Wizard World Sacramento
http://www.wizardworld.com/home-sacramento.html

March 14-16
Planet Comicon, Kansas City, MO
http://planetcomicon.wordpress.com/

March 21-23
Orlando MegaCon With special guest Herb Trimpe appearing EXCLUSIVELY at the Hero booth, #733
http://www.MegaConvention.com/

March 28-30
Emerald City Seattle
http://www.emeraldcitycomicon.com/

April 4-6
Wizard World St. Louis
http://www.wizardworld.com/home-stlouis.html

April 18-20
Awesome Con Washington DC
http://awesomecondc.com/

April 25-27
Reed Chicago C2E2
http://www.c2e2.com/

April 24-27
Calgary Comic Expo
http://calgaryexpo.com/

May 2-4
Wizard World Minneapolis
http://www.wizardworld.com/home-minneapolis.html

May 17-18
Big Wow San Jose
http://www.bigwowcomicfest.com/

May 31-June 1
Long Beach Comic Expo
http://longbeachcomiccon.com/

June 5-8
Phoenix Comic Con
http://www.phoenixcomicon.com/

June 20-22
Charlotte HeroesCon
http://www.heroesonline.com/heroescon/

July 23-27
San Diego With Hero Board of Directors member Dennis O’Neil in attendance!
http://comic-con.org/cci

August 21-24
Wizard World Chicago
http://www.wizardworld.com/home-ch.html

September 5-7
Baltimore Comic Con
http://baltimorecomiccon.com/

September 27-28
Long Beach Comic Con
http://longbeachcomiccon.com/

October 2-4
Wizard World Austin
http://www.wizardworld.com/home-tx.html

October 9-12
Reed New York Comic Con
http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/

October 31-November 2
Wizard World Ohio
http://www.wizardworld.com/home-ohio.html

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.

MN – Punisher #1 Signing

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Mitch Gerads appears at Source Comics & Games on Wednesday February 5, 2014 from 4:00 till 7:00pm to celbreate the release of Punisher #1!

Source Comics & Games
2057 Snelling Ave North, Roseville, MN 55113
651-645-0386

Greg Ayres and Jonathan Klein added as Guests to AniMinneapolis 2014

January 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Anime, Convention News, Minnesota, Video Games

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AniMinneapolis announces two more guests

Minneapolis, MN – January 8, 2014 – AniMinneapolis announced earlier today that two new guests, Greg Ayres and Jonathan Klein, will be appearing at the convention in May in downtown Minneapolis.

Jonathan KleinJonathan Klein is an English language producer and director of Videogames and Anime at his company, New Generation Pictures, Inc. He has produced and/or directed the English voices on many popular anime titles, such as Hellsing & Hellsing Ultimate, Paranoia Agent, Ergo-Proxy, R.O.D the TV, Haibane Renmei, Texhnolyze and many others. Recently he directed Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians and Xtreme Xecutor for Funimation. He has also produced and/or directed the English voices on such videogames as Final Fantasy IV (DS version), Final Fantasy: The Crystal Bearers, Star Ocean IV, Valkrie Profile II & VP: Covenant of The Plume, The Guided Fate Paradox, Rune Factory 3, Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and every version of Capcom’s Street Fighter since Street Fighter IV, and a whole lot more. Jonathan is also involved in the production of several other Marvel Comics related videogames which he’ll talk about at the convention.

Greg Ayres can usually be found rockin’ out somewhere, whether animated or not. From the loud-mouthed Hideki in Nerima Daikon Brothers, to Koyuki, singing with the the band in Beck:Mongolian Chop Squad, he’s always glad to shake things up a bit. He is thrilled to be able to add the roles of Uesugi Kenshin in Sengoku Basara, Seikechi Tayama in Oh Edo Rocket, and Abe in Big Windup to his list of new roles. He can also be head as Son Goku in Saiyuki, Chrono in Chrono Crusade, Kaoru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host Club, Yuki in The Wallflower, Leo in Ghost Stories , Satoshi Hiwatari in DNAngel, Kaworu Nagisa in the Director’s Cut of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Negi Springfield in Negima, Heihachi in Samurai 7, Jr. in Xenosaga:The Animation, Tsujido in Speed Grapher, Roan in Ragnorok The Animation, Yamazaki in Welcome to the NHK, Nowy in Glass Fleet, Gau Ban in Shadow Skill, Pope Alessandro XVIII in Trinity Blood, and a bunch of other titles he’ll probably forget to mention. Funimation has recently announced that Greg will voice the role of Kouta Tsuchiya in it’s upcoming release of Baka and Test. When he’s not in a booth at the anime studios with headphones on, you can usually find him sporting headphones of a different variety behind “the decks”. A veteran nightclub DJ of many years, Greg has really enjoyed the opportunity of doing something else that he truly loves at conventions. From packed rooms at anime conventions, to the legendary stage of The Knitting Factory (NYC), Greg never misses an opportunity to share his love for music with anyone who will listen.

The two guests will both be signing autographs and doing panels at AniMinneapolis, which will be held from May 23-25, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. You can see the announcement at http://animecon.org/posts/975-Jonathan-Klein-and-Greg-Ayres-at-AniMinneapolis.

This year will feature AniMinneapolis’s first ever charity auction. 100% of proceeds will be going to charities such as St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, as the convention auctions off rare and limited edition anime collectibles. Thanks to New Generation Pictures and future sponsors the convention will be auctioning off over 50 of the most rare and unique anime pieces that can be found.

Jonathan and Greg join a growing guest list that includes Chris Rager, Eric Stuart, Linkara, Jad Saxton, Leah Clark, and Steam Powered Giraffe. The full list, including bios for each, can be found at http://animinneapolis.com/guests

AniMinneapolis costs only $45 to attend for the weekend for attendees who register in advance, before March 31. Interested anime fans can register at http://animinneapolis.com/registration.

Steam Powered Giraffe come to AniMinneapolis 2014

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Steam Powered Giraffe come to AniMinneapolis

Steam Powered GiraffeMinneapolis, MN – December 20, 2013 – AniMinneapolis, one of the largest anime and comic cons in Minneapolis, announced today they will be featuring a performance by steampunk-band Steam Powered Giraffe. Guests attending the convention so far include Steam Powered Giraffe, Leah Clark, Jad Saxton, Linkara, Chris Rager, Eric Stuart, and Dr. Awkward. The anime convention will be held May 23-25, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis downtown.

ABOUT STEAM POWERED GIRAFFE
The robots of Steam Powered Giraffe are like nothing you’ve ever seen. The malfunctioning joke-spewing metal men play a collection of original Vaudeville inspired tunes fused with modern flare and executed in a super-sleek, one-of-a-kind performance. More than just a band, Steam Powered Giraffe is an experience that must be seen and heard by the entire family. The artists behind the robots started street busking as these quirky characters in January 2008 at Balboa Park, California, and instantly drew the attention of Southern California. Since then they’ve performed at such venues as The San Diego Fair, The San Diego Zoo, The Wild Animal Park, Legoland, Ontario Mills, and numerous Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Steampunk Conventions.

The act combines the visual of robot pantomime with sketches, pop culture references, improvised comedic dialogue, and of course, original music. From their heartwarming nostalgic melodies to their funky cabaret rock, Steam Powered Giraffe’s songs are memorable, infectious, and as unique as the robots themselves. The band will be performing likely on Friday evening. SPG played at Meta Con in Minneapolis last September. Their performance announcement was first posted at http://animecon.org/posts/967-Steam-Powered-Giraffe-come-to-AniMinneapolis

ABOUT ANIMINNEAPOLIS
AniMinneapolis is one of the most anticipated and exciting conventions in the Midwest, expecting to bring together 4,000+ anime fans for a weekend of anime, music, manga, video games, and more. Fans attending will be able to participate in 100s of events, in addition to special concerts and interactive events. Admission is cheap at just $40 for the weekend until the end of the year, and interested fans can register at http://animinneapolis.com/registration

The full and updated guest list can always be found at http://animinneapolis.com/guests

MN – Ben 10 Signing

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Come meet Gordon Purcell, artist of the new Ben10 comic book series from IDW comics and Protectors Inc from Image Comics, this Saturday, November 23rd from 1 to 4PM at Comic Book College. Gordon will be available to sign your copies of the comic books and available for doing commission sketches!

COMIC BOOK COLLEGE
3145 Hennepin Ave. So. Minneapolis, MN 55408
612-822-2309

Wizard World Plans Massive Expansion for 2014; Adds Seven Cities to Their Comic Con Tour

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Wizard World Comic Con Plans Massive Expansion In 2014, Adding Seven New Cities To The Largest Comic Con Tour Ever

World’s Largest Pop Culture Convention Series Now Includes 15 Events With Plans To Expand To Sacramento, Calif.; Louisville, Ky.; Minneapolis; Atlanta; San Antonio; Richmond, Va.; Tulsa, Okla.

Wizard World ExpansionWizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD), the world’s largest pop culture convention series is announcing a large-scale expansion to its already largest Comic Con Tour. Fans of movies, TV, cosplay, comics, graphic novels, toys, games, sci-fi, sports entertainment, music and more across the U.S. will now be treated to a whopping 15 events in 2014, potentially with room for additional expansion.

Wizard World promises to continue bringing top-level celebrities for autographs, photo ops and panel programming as well as top rated TV show and blockbuster film and game releases to engage with the Comic Con audience. Additionally, while industry trends show artists exhibition areas shrinking at many other convention show floors, Wizard World has a strong commitment to including leading and up-and-coming comic book artists and writers from the U.S. and from all over the world. Over a dozen countries’ top talent have been represented at Wizard World 2013 events including Canada, Mexico, Spain, Great Britain, France, Italy, Philippines, Turkey, Singapore, Croatia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and more.

Fans can expect to see community fueled costume contests, evening panel programming, live video streaming, top industry exhibitors, retailers, fan groups and exclusive attractions (like the Frank Frazetta pop-up museum collection) that are staples of the Wizard World experience, providing memorable and long-lasting experiences for attendees of all ages.

Eight cities from the 2013 schedule return next year: Portland, Ore. (Jan. 24-26, Oregon Convention Center); New Orleans (Feb. 7-9, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center); St. Louis (April 4-6, America’s Center); Philadelphia (June 19-22, Pennsylvania Convention Center); Chicago (Aug. 21-24, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center); Nashville, Tenn. (Sept. 26-28, Music City Center); Austin, Texas (Oct. 11-12, Austin Convention Center); and Columbus, Ohio (Oct. 31-Nov. 2, Greater Columbus Convention Center).
The tour has expanded to include the following new shows: Sacramento, Calif. (March 7-9, Sacramento Convention Center); Louisville, Ky. (March 28-30, Kentucky International Convention Center); Minneapolis (May 2-4, Minneapolis Convention Center); Atlanta (May 30-June 1, Georgia World Congress Center); San Antonio (Aug. 1-3, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center); Richmond, Va. (Sept. 12-14, Greater Richmond Convention Center) and Tulsa, Okla. (Nov., 7-9, Cox Business Center).

“Our mantra has been, ‘Give the fans a great experience, give the celebrities and creators a great experience, take care of our exhibitors and everyone will want to come back,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO and Chairman. “We have had such an overwhelmingly positive reaction to all our 2013 events, both first-year and existing shows, that it was obvious what the fans were telling us – ‘We want more!’”

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Three events in the coming months conclude the 2013 slate: Columbus, Ohio (Sept. 20-22); Nashville, Tenn. (Oct. 18-20); and Austin, Texas (Nov. 22-24).

About Wizard World:
Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

The full event schedule can be found at http://www.wizardworld.com/wizcon.html.

Wizard World 2013 Schedule
September 20-22 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
October 18-20 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
November 22-24 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con

Wizard World 2014 Schedule
January 24-26 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
February 7-9 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
March 7-9 – Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con
March 28-30 – Wizard World Louisville Comic Con
April 4-6 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
May 2-4 – Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con
May 30-June 1 – Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con
June 19-22 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 1-3 – Wizard World San Antonio Comic Con
August 21-24 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 12-14 – Wizard World Richmond Comic Con
September 26-28 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
October 11-12 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
October 31-November 2 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
November 7-9 – Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con

MN – Star Wars Reads Day 2013

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Join authors Troy Denning and Daniel Wallace along with the 501st Legion Central Garrison for a celebration of Star Wars and reading. Book discussions, activities and photo opportunities with characters from Star Wars on Saturday October 05, 2013 at 2:00 PM for Star Wars Reads Day!

Barnes & Noble
HarMar Mall, 2100 North Snelling Ave, Roseville, MN 55113
651-639-9256

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