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  • MN – Marvel Encyclopedia Signing

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    Meet Marvel Comics illustrator, Dan Wallace, at Barnes & Noble on Saturday August 2, 2014 at 3:00 PM for a special Marvel Day Event. For 70 years, Marvel Comics has been entertaining generations with a library of over 8,000 characters! This event is a featured event during our Get Pop-Cultured Month.

    Barnes & Noble
    Galleria Shopping Center, 3225 W 69th, Edina, MN 55435
    952-920-0633

    MN – Girls with Slingshots Signing

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    Danielle Corsetto, the Amazing creator of Girls With Slingshots, appears at Highlander Games and Comics on Thursday, July 10th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm on her Slingshot Across America tour!

    RSVP on Facebook!

    Highlander Games and Comics
    3952 Central Ave NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421
    (763) 706-0859

    MCBA FallCon Comic Book Party (October 2014)

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    Convention Name
    MCBA FallCon Comic Book Party
    Convention Website Address
    http://www.midwestcomicbook.com
    This convention will take place:
    • for one day only.
    Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    10/04/2014
    About This Convention
    The Midwest Comic Book Association (MCBA) is pleased to announce that the 27th Annual MCBA FallCon Comic Book Party (aka “The One Day Wonder!”) will take place at the Education Building located on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Saturday October 4, 2014. FallCon, one of the premiere comic book events in the midwest with a growing national reputation, is a celebration of the extraordinary marriage between the written word and graphic arts. A fascinating and focused acclaimation of an American born, truly unique, dynamic, ever growing and evolving medium that comic books represent. “FallCon is a 420 minute nexus of all of the things that make the world of comic books so very compelling and relevant!” said Nick Postiglione, Co-Director of the all volunteer MCBA, “Over the years, FallCon has been built around the concept of developing community and providing opportu nity for all aspects of our growing community to interface in a welcoming and energetic enviroment. The midwest has a long standing reputation of being a breeder reactor for comic creators of all types and given the recent appropriation of cutting edge comic book culture by the much larger mainstream media, it’s a great spotlight for the wildly diverse aspects of our exponentially growing creative community. Including superstar creators, working professionals, up and comers, Independent & Alternative creators, webcomicers, self-publishers, mini-comic folks, small press, and all creative and format points in between!”Of course no FallCon could possibly be complete without the hucksters! Offering a super gigantic comic book marketplace with comic book stores and dealers buying, selling and trading all things comic books. There will be literally tons of comic books (Around 500,000 golden age, silver age, bronze age, current and collectible comic books), trade paperbacks, graphic novels , original comic book art, manga, action figures, statues, Star Wars & Trek, unexplicable trinkets, collectibles and the list goes on into a reasonable approximation of infinity. At FallCon, expectation of the unexpected is generally expected! Costumed characters, hundreds of door prizes, surprise guests, portfolio reviews, attendees of all shapes, sizes, colors, ages, sexes, characters and mundane’s from all walks of life will converge to join the party. A One Day Wonder of pure comic book action! Now is the time and FallCon is the place where there’s something for everyone and everyone is welcome!
    Venue Name and Address
    MN State Fairgrounds – Education Building
    1265 Snelling Ave North
    Saint Paul, Minnesota 55113
    United States
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    Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
    175
    Projected Attendance
    5000
    Please select the Category that best describes the convention
    Comic Books
    Additional Categories
    • Anime
    • Science Fiction and Fantasy
    • Collectibles
    Guests
    Please check the website for a list of over 150 creators!

    FallCon

    MSP Comicon (May 2015)

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    Convention Name
    MSP COMICON
    Convention Website Address
    http://www.midwestcomicbook.com
    This convention will take place:
    • over multiple days.
    Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    05/16/2015
    End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    05/17/2015
    About This Convention
    The all volunteer, not-for-for profit Midwest Comic Book Association is pleased and proud to announce that for the 27th consecutive year a celebration of comical proportions will take place here in the Twin Cities. The Midwest Comic Book Association (MCBA) MSP Comicon (The event formally known as SpringCon – We’ve renamed our first born!) is scheduled for May 16 & 17, 2015, 10AM to 5PM both days. SpringCon will take place at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, in the Grandstand, at 1265 Snelling Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55108

    The MSP Comicon, is one of the Midwest’s largest celebrations of comic book culture, it is a unique regional nexus of graphic literature and the wildly diverse communities that fuel it, produce it, and and ultimately consume it. Given the fact that the Midwest has a long standing and somewhat inexplicable reputation of producing a disproportionate number of working comic book & graphic literature professionals, including comic book writers, artists, inkers, etc., as well as being a breeder reactor for new and independent talent, it’s no wonder that FallCon has become one of the leading comic book conventions nationwide amongst the creative community, dealers and especially amongst the fans.

    “The MSP Comicon, a traditional comic book convention with a 21st century bleeding edge, continues to benefit as a result of the regions ever growing home grown comic book creative community, a numerically exploding fan & readership base and ultimately the recent adoption of bleeding edge comic book culture by the much larger mainstream media” Said Nick Postiglione, Co-Director of the MCBA “Thematically, the MSP Comicon presents a relaxed, welcoming, interactive atmosphere where all aspects of the diverse worlds of graphic literature congregate, network, debate & discuss and acquire all things related exclusively to comic books and the many sub-cultures these worlds constantly generate, spawn and re-invent.”

    An ideal event for seasoned comic book conventioneers, as well as first timers, MSP Comicon is all about celebrating our community, the fun and experience and provides attendees with the opportunity to personally interface with hundreds of comic book artists, inkers & writers. This includes national industry super stars, working professionals, up and comers, independent & alternative voices, beginners, has beens, never will be’s and all creative points in between.

    Other goings on include extensive guest creator panels, free portfolio reviews, how to art classes, extensive art show, Arkham Asylum children’s activities, cosplay & costume contest, the super cool MCBA charity garage sale, the prop shop, tons of fan groups, HeroClixs Tounaments, Burl’s traveling RPG, free grab bags, over 1,000 door prizes and much more TBA!

    Of course no comic book convention could be complete without hucksters! The MSP Comicon also features a super gynormous comic book marketplace with comic book stores and dealers buying, selling and trading all things comic books. There will be literally tons of comic books (Around 500,000 golden age, silver age, bronze age, current and collectible comic books), trade paperbacks, graphic novels, original comic book art, manga, action figures, statues, Star Wars & Trek, Doctor Who, Godzilla, inexplicable trinkets, collectibles and the list goes on to a reasonable approximation of infinity.

    Described by one long time attendee as a “graphic literature blender and bake shop” the MCBA Comicon is the place where graphic arts and the written words are equally recognized and a venue where new and exciting creative alliances will be formed, collectors dreams will be recognized or dashed, new friendships will be forged in the pursuit of common interests, local charities will be benefited, cos playing costume characters will be masters of all they survey, creative types will be inspired and all will be as it should. 840 minutes of pure comic book action! Something for everyone and everyone welcome!

    Venue Name and Address
    Minnesota State Fairgrounds – Grandstand
    1265 Snelling Avenue North
    Saint Paul, Minnesota 55108
    United States
    Map It
    Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
    250
    Please select the Category that best describes the convention
    Comic Books
    Additional Categories
    • Anime
    • Gaming
    • Horror
    • Science Fiction and Fantasy
    • Collectibles
    Guests
    Guest list of over 150 Guest Creators to be announced soon!

    Minneapolis Wizard World Con Report!

    My feet were hurting. Throbbing, in fact. With blisters on each ball and heel, even short walks delivered a four square of pain. Ever had a pebble trapped in your shoe? How about a shuriken? Watching me walk, people must have thought, “The poor man. Must have forgotten his crutches. How can he get around on two broken legs?”

    I was in this predicament thanks to walking twenty-seven miles in one weekend, mostly around the latest Wizard World Comic Con, which was held May 2-4 in Minneapolis. It was that city’s first-ever Wizard World con, and everything from guests to vendors to venue—the 87-room, 475,000-square-foot downtown convention center—was spectacular.

    Headlining the event were Matt Smith and Karen Gillan from Doctor Who. Gillan, a former model, played traveling companion to Smith’s Doctor in series 5-7. I saw her on Saturday, smiling and chatting, her hair in a bun, amid a sea of fans. Smith showed up the next day, and the two had a joint photo op—the third time in North America that this had happened (the first two were the Louisville Comic Con and the St. Louis Comic Con). Other stars were William Shatner, Robert Englund, Ernie Hudson, Ralph Macchio, Neal Adams, Mike Grell, and Lou Ferrigno (my interview with Ferrigno will appear on ConventionScene in a few days). Other events included celebrity one-on-ones, panel discussions, a film festival, RPG tournaments, speed dating, at least 75 exhibitors, and a cosplay contest.

    I caught most of Ralph Macchio’s one-on-one session on Saturday afternoon. Now 52 years old, Macchio delights in the Karate Kid franchise, though it used to bother him. In the early 90s, he said, he struggled to find acting work, and there were days he stayed hidden at home because he couldn’t face another “wax on, wax off” encounter. But film quotes were not all that fans said to him. Some told him how the movie had helped them deal with bullying, or it had changed their lives in other ways. When he thought about those people, he realized he would be “foolish” to reject his legacy. Ralph Macchio is a funny, humble guy who likes the Karate Kid re-make (though he doesn’t see it as “iconic”) and who is hoping his future includes more voice acting (he has done several episodes of Robot Chicken). And do his two kids understand their dad’s place in cinematic history? Macchio told the story of his son Daniel (hmm . . . coincidence?) coming across a trove of magazines and other memorabilia from the 80s. The boy raced into his sister’s bedroom and said, “Julia! Dad was huge and we missed it!”

    Minneapolis was cold this May—unseasonably so, according to one native, which is just my luck—but the city was grand, the people welcoming, and the comic con a smash hit. If you weren’t there, browse the photos below to see what you missed. Next I am off to ConCarolinas (May 30-June 1) in the Queen City, Charlotte. Maybe I’ll see you!

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    Day 1 of Minneapolis’s first-ever Wizard World

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    Can’t wait to get in!

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    I had trouble finding a parking spot, so . . .

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    Robert Englund plans his next nightmare.

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    Fabulous costumes!

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    Deadpool! Get out of the picture!

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    A couple of convention security officers.

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    Minnesota isn’t quite the Caribbean, but this pirate didn’t mind.

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    Look just under the poster of Karen Gillan to see the real Karen Gillan.

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    My cell phone wasn’t working, so I asked this guy to call my wife. With his mind.

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    Yes, it’s bigger on the inside, but how many licks does it take to get the Tootsie Roll center?

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    I thought about asking this guy for directions but decided against it.

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    Who scheduled a dance competition on the same weekend as Wizard World?!

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

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    Press Release:

    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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    Press Release:

    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

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