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  • Las Vegas Comic Expo 2013 to Show It’s Chic to be Geek in Vegas

    Las Vegas Comic Expo

    Press Release:

    CHIC TO BE GEEK IN LAS VEGAS

    (Las Vegas) – – The 2nd  annual Las Vegas Comic Expo (www.lasvegascomicexpo.com), a family-friendly event, will return to the Riviera Casino & Hotel on the World Famous Las Vegas Strip located at 2901 Las Vegas Boulevard South in Las Vegas on September 28-29, 2013.

    Las Vegas Comic Expo will again unite the comic book and pop-culture community’s huge and diverse audience of fans, creators and retailers together in one of the most renowned and unforgettable cities in the U.S.

    Charles Lee, organizer of Las Vegas Comic Expo, has proclaimed that “Las Vegas has widely been known as an ideal destination for conventions, and since last year, Vegas has proven to be a city capable of holding comic book and pop culture themed convention events.”

    Las Vegas Comic Expo will again feature artist demonstrations, panel discussions and the always entertaining cosplay costume contest.   Likewise, there will be vendors, artists, and writers in the exhibitor halls for fans to obtain autographs, art, toys, comic books, statues, and other rare collectibles.  Not limited to comic books, this is a pop culture event similar to the ones held in other major cities such as New York, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, Orlando, Los Angeles, and San Diego, where the hip to be square celebrate its chic to be geek.

    Fan boys and girls of entertainment like Star Wars, Star Trek, Hunger Games, True Blood, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Twilight, Walking Dead, and Dr. Who will converge in Las Vegas for an entertaining event.

    Exclusive collector items will be available at Las Vegas Comic Expo.  This is just the icing on the cake for a comic-book and pop culture convention that will welcome thousands of attendees to the Riviera Hotel located right on the strip at 2901 Las Vegas Boulevard South in Las Vegas, just minutes away from the Las Vegas airport.

    This affordable and fun convention will feature a wide variety of family-friendly and pop-culture must-see happenings including:

    • Comic Artist Alley featuring a multitude of beloved comic book creators from around the World including Mark Brooks, Joe Benitez, Jim Cheung, Whilce Portacio, Gerry Conway, Brian Pulido, Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez (the Hernandez brothers), Stephane Roux, Ryan Sook, Dean Yeagle, Carlo Pagulayan, Ale Garza, Agnes Garbowska, Brian Buccellato, Kenneth Rocafort, Philip Tan, Nei Ruffino, Eric Basaldua (EBAS), Joe Benitez, Glen Brunswick, Joel Gomez, Marat Mychaels, Jorge Molina, Stephen Segovia, Jay Anacleto, Brian Haberlin, Cat Staggs, and lots more.
    • Media guests: Kristin Bauer (True Blood), Sylvester McCoy (Dr. Who, The Hobbit), Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk, Celebrity Apprentice) and more to come….
    • Gaming, including HeroClix, Magic, and other popular trading card games.
      • Cosplay.  Tons of people dressing up as their favorite comic book/sci-fi/fantasy/anime characters, with the climax being a Saturday night costume contest and a Sunday afternoon children’s costume contest.
      • Panel discussions, autograph signings and meet & greet opportunities with your favorite guests.
      • Sunday Fun Day (Kid’s Day) events.

    The show welcomes all audiences including those seeking a family-friendly environment.  And for people looking to experience the legendary Las Vegas nightlife, it’s just a short walk away to restaurants, live entertainment and gambling.

    “We hope to continue to provide a fun, vibrant atmosphere that brings together the people who love and drive the thriving community of comics – the fans, the retailers and the professional creators – for a unique entertainment experience that will bring them back year after year,” said Charles Lee, organizer for the Las Vegas Comic Expo.

    EVENT INFO:

    WHAT:           Las Vegas Comic Expo (A Comic Book, Entertainment & Pop Culture Convention)

    WHERE:         Riviera Casino & Hotel

    2901 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (800) 634-3420

    WHEN:           Saturday – September 28, 2013 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

    Sunday – September 29, 2013  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    WHO:              Open to all ages.  A family friendly event

    COST:            $25 Daily Admission                $45 Weekend Pass

    Discounts for advance ticket purchase, prepaid ticket holders allowed early entry Children 8 years and under free with paid adult ticket (limit 2 children per paid adult).

     

    Confirmed Celebrity guests include…

    Kristin Bauer (True Blood) Sylvester McCoy (Dr. Who, The Hobbit)

    Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk, Celebrity Apprentice)

    Kristin Bauer

    McCoy

     

    To purchase tickets or access a complete guest list, program guide, and exhibitor information, please go to www.lasvegascomicexpo.com.  Check the website often for updates and new guests.

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    NV – Sheltered Signing

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    Ed Brisson and Johnnie Christmas sign at MaximuM Comics 3.0 on Wednesday, July 10th from 4:00 till 7:00pm!

    MaximuM Comics
    7950 W. Tropical Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89149

    Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival (November 2013)

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    Convention Name
    Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival
    Convention Website Address
    http://vegasvalleycomicbookfestival.org
    This convention will take place:
    • for one day only.
    Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
    11/02/2013
    About This Convention
    Biff! Bam! POW! The Vegas Valley Comic Book Fest returns to the Vegas valley with a full day of geeky goodness and comics! The longest running comic book event in Nevada, now in its 6th year, it features an artist alley, panels & workshops, an artist jam, cosplay contest, portfolio reviews and a marketplace with local comic book stores and publishers. This year’s guests include Greg Rucka (“Lazarus,” “Queen & Country,” “Whiteout,” “Stumptown”), Georges Jeanty (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Deadpool,” “Gambit,” “Teen Titans”), Warren Wucinich (“Courtney Crumrin”) and many more as well as the nerdrock musical stylings of Adam WarRock and 3d6. A free program the entire family can enjoy. For a complete listing of guests and activities, visit the website.
    Venue Name and Address
    Clark County Library
    1401 E. Flamingo Road
    Las Vegas, NV 89119
    United States
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    Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
    45
    Projected Attendance
    3000
    Please select the Category that best describes the convention
    Comic Books
    Additional Categories
    • Anime
    • Book Festival
    • Collectibles
    Guests
    Greg Rucka, Georges Jeanty, Warren Wucinich, Spencer Brinkerhoff III, Deryl Skelton, Adam WarRock, Ben Saunders, Molly McIsaac

    Jim Lee to Appear at Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con in June 2013

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    Industry legend and Superman Unchained artist Jim Lee will make a special appearance at the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con on June 15th, 2013, along with other industry legend Stan Lee!

    Other comic creators attending Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con include Batman artist Greg Capullo, Skottie Young, Humberto Ramos, Ryan Stegman, Rick Remender, Gerry Duggan, and many more! You can find out more info about the show as well as purchase tickets at their website listed below.

    http://amazinglasvegascomiccon.com

    NV – Free Comic Book Day 2013

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    Joe Benitez and Ale Garza sign at Velvet Underground Comics on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!!

    Velvet Underground Comics
    4241 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89102
    (702) 258-2689

    NV – Marvel Architect Signing

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    Writer Brian Michael Bendis signs at MaximuM Comics 3.0 on Wednesday, March 27th!

    MaximuM Comics
    7950 W. Tropical Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89149

    NV – Peter Panzerfaust Signing

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    Writer Kurtis J. Wiebe and artist Tyler Jenkins sign at Comic Oasis on Saturday March 9th!

    Comic Oasis
    3121 N. Rainbow Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89108
    (702) 212-8885

    NV – Grimm Fairy Tales Signing

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    Artist Ale Garza signs at Velvet Underground Comics on Saturday February 9, 2013 from 1-5 pm!

    Velvet Underground Comics
    4241 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89102
    (702) 258-2689

    MorrisonCon Con Report!

    October 7, 2012 by  
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    Enter a world full of comics, chaos, wonder, and Grant Morrison.

    The Hard Rock casino in Las Vegas was home to the inaugural MorrisonCon on September 29-30, 2012. Going in, I had no idea what to expect from this show. I knew that 10 of the biggest names were special guests, including Grant Morrison, frequent collaborators Frank Quitely, Darick Robertson, and Chris Burnham, along with comic superstars Robert Kirkman, Jim Lee, Jason Aaron, Jonathan Hickman, and Gerard Way. Also invited were Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, Chronicle writer Max Landis, and musical guests Jimmy Urine and Akira the Don.

    The crowd waiting for the start of MorrisonCon.

    James Sime greeting the crowd for the “Inaugural Awakening”.

    The energy of the crowd was palpable the minute I set foot in the main room. James Sime, the founder of Isotope Comics, stirred up the crowd with frenetic energy, setting up an introduction to Grant Morrison, who immediately proceeded to introduce Chris Burnham and Frank Quitely, and went straight into talking about upcoming artwork with their respective projects. It was fascinating to see the thought processes of the artists, and how they each interpreted Grant’s scripts and how it translated on to a page. Shortly after, Darick Robertson also joined the trio, and gave his take on working with Grant.

    Darick Robertson, Grant Morrison, Chris Burnham, and Frank Quitely discussing comics.

    The next panel involved Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four), JH Williams (Batwoman), Jason Aaron (Wolverine and the X-Men, Avengers vs. X-Men), Robert Kirkman (Walking Dead, Invincible), and Grant Morrison talking about the comic book writing process. From talking about approach to plotting out storylines, to being aware of page turns for reader shock value, to working with different artists and how they might interact with different story tellers, it was a fantastic panel to gain insight from 5 of the biggest writers in comics today.

    Jonathan Hickman, JH Williams III, Jason Aaron, Robert Kirkman and Grant Morrison talking about what they do best: writing.

    And since you can’t have comics without art, the following panel featured Chris Burnham, Frank Quitely, JH Williams III, Darick Robertson, and Jim Lee. The artists talked about influences, how they go about laying out pages, to new artists in comics that they personally enjoy. And of course, you can’t have an artist panel without art. Each artist chose a random guest’s sketchbook to draw in, and it was awesome to see them sketch away.

    Chris Burnham, JH Williams III, Darick Robertson, and Jim Lee enjoying Frank Quitely drawing Supersize Man.

    After an hour lunch break, the show continued with a musical based panel, featuring Akira the Don, Gerard Way, Darick Robertson, Grant Morrison, JH Williams III, and Jimmy Urine. It was awesome to see the panelists talk about how music was so intertwined in to their comics, from Gerard Way talking about listening to Tarantula by the Smashing Pumpkins while scripting an entire issue of Umbrella Academy, to the first concerts they’ve all attended, to an improptu performance of I Wanna Hold Your Hand by Darick, Grant and Akira which brought the crowd to their feet.

    Gerard Way: I think I got into music, because… the sex that I already wasn’t having, I wanted to intensify that… Did you guys take a look at me when the band started? I was trying to get as far away from sexual activity.

    The last panel of the show for me was the movie panel, featuring Max Landis, James Gunn, Darick Robertson, and Grant Morrison. Although the panel did get sidetracked at times, it was awesome to see James Gunn and Max Landis debating whether Chronicle was a superhero film and what defines a super hero, as well as Landis arguing with Darick Robertson on what he felt was a huge flaw of The Boys.

    Grant Morrison: Superheroes aren’t a genre, which is mistake people often make… They’re an ingredient, not a genre. That’s why they’ll last forever.

    On top of these amazing panels, there was also creator signings, where you actually had a reserved spot for a specific writer or artist, and you actually got to talk with them for more than the 10 seconds you’re usually alotted at usual cons. That to me was one THE highlight of the show, and I felt it was completely awesome that the artists and writers would embrace the idea, and enjoyed interacting with fans in a more intimate setting.

    Grant Morrison chatting with a fan, while the line awaits with anticipation.

    This show was definitely a one of a kind experience, and I believe is something all comic fans should definitely try attending once in their lifetime. If you ever wanted an comics show that was purely comics based, this is it. With rumors that this show could come back in the future, I’d definitely keep my eye out when tickets go on sale.

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