Team Eastman’s 2014 Turtle Tour

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KEVIN EASTMAN, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and longtime publisher of Heavy Metal, kicks off a year of touring across the United States and abroad this weekend with an appearance at Jared’s Epic Party in Dallas, TX! Visit Kevin’s website for full details of all his original art available for sale and regular updates about his schedule. And stay in touch with Kevin on Facebook and Twitter!

Upcoming 2014 appearances and signings …..

February 22 -  Jareds Epic Party – Dallas, TX

March 2   - Sac Con – Sacramento, CA

March 28 and 29 – DLUX Expo – Detroit, MI

April 5 and 6 – Gem City Comic Con – Dayton, OH

April 25 & 26 - Calgary Comic Con, Canada

May 3 - Free Comic Book Day, Jetpack, Rochester, NH

May 9 & 10 - WAP! Comic Con, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

May 31 & June 1 - Indy Pop Con, Indianapolis, IN

June 6 & 7 - Niagara Falls CC, Niagara Falls, Canada

June 21 - Heroes Con, Charlotte, NC

July 12 & 13 - Capitol City Comic Con – Austin, TX

July 24-27 - San Diego Comicon – San Diego, CA

Sept 12 & 13 - Wizard World – Richmond, VA

Sept 26-27 - Alamo City – San Antonio, TX

October – Australia and New Zealand TBA

NC – NOFRIENDS Reunion

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NOFRIENDS family reunion! featuring the one and only Adam WarRock and Tribe One! plus The ThoughtCriminals! Roanoke, Virginia’s Illbotz! and sets by kristybee!, Mikal kHill, Sulfur (Sean Church) and more!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

8:00 PM DOORS / 9:00 PM SHOW / AGES 18 & UP WELCOME!
$7 in advance / $9 day of show ($2 surcharge for under 21)

RSVP on Facebook!

The World Famous Milestone Club (est.1969)
3400 Tuckaseegee Road (between Karendale & Glenwood) Charlotte, NC 28208
(704)398-0472

Ichibancon 2014 Report!

Two years ago, my knowledge of anime was limited to three facts: (1) it was made in Japan, (2) the characters had weird hair and eyes, and (3) my daughter was obsessed with it. She would emerge from her room after a weekend binge, hair wild, eyes bloodshot–looking like a character herself, actually–and I would think, “What does she see in those shows?”

Then I watched Fullmetal Alchemist, then Death Note, then Black Butler, and I thought, “OK, these are pretty cool.” So cool, in fact, that I took my daughter to Ichibancon 3, my first anime convention, in 2012. We are now back from Ichibancon 5, held January 9-12 in Concord, NC, a suburb of Charlotte. It has grown a lot since our first year–bigger hotel, more dealers, more fans, and three days instead of two. Last year, for instance, there were 2-3 arcade games in the hallway. This year, a room was devoted to Street Fighter, Technika 3, Versus City, Dance Dance Revolution Extreme, Guitar Freaks, and about a dozen Playstations and Xbox 360s.

There were also more guests than before. J. Michael Tatum, Bryce Papenbrook, Cherami Leigh, Jad Sexton, and Chuck Huber all had Q & A sessions following by autograph signings. I sat in on Bryce’s Saturday Q & A, which had about 100 attendees in a ballroom that seated nearly 400. Respectable, but not great. Afterward, five or six people left, and about 300 streamed in. Soon cosplayers were standing against the walls and out the doors, waiting for the weekend’s headliner, Vic Mignogna.

Vic is the Johnny Depp of anime. I had seen him at previous conventions, and each time I was amazed at how good he was with fans. He talks to them like old friends, lets girls hug him, and signs anything you wave in his face. In his Q & A, he showed the energy and improv skills of a young Robin Williams. Someone asked him–they always ask him–for his advice to aspiring voice actors, and it was this: (1) get as much experience as you can acting, (2) move to one of the best cities for voice actors–Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Dallas, or Vancouver–and (3) find a way to feed yourself. (Voice actors don’t exactly make it rain.)

Ichibancon was fun, and I was glad to see it growing. In March, I am headed to Winston-Salem to the Triad Anime Con, which is operated by the same company, Nostalgiaconventions. Maybe I’ll see you there!

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Hero Initiative Announces 20 Convention Stops in 2014

Herb Trimpe
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.

Charlotte Comicon Comics and Toy Show (August 2014)

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Convention Name
Charlotte Comicon Comics and Toy Show
Convention Website Address
http://www.charlottecomicon.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
08/03/2014
About This Convention
2 HUGE Rooms
Hours 10 am – 4 pm

Admission $5
Under 12 Free Admission
Cos-players Free AdmissionThe Best Family Friendly Comic Show on the East Coast

Venue Name and Address
Crowne Plaza Executive Park Hotel
5700 Westpark Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina 28217
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
65
Projected Attendance
1200
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles

Charlotte Comicon (April 2014)

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Convention Name
Charlotte Comicon
Convention Website Address
http://www.charlottecomicon.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
04/13/2014
About This Convention
Hours 10 am – 4 pm
Admission $5
Under 12 Free Admission
Cos-players Free Admission
The Best Family Friendly Comic Show on the East Coast
Venue Name and Address
CROWNE PLAZA EXECUTIVE PARK HOTEL
5700 Westpark Dr
Charlotte, North Carolina 28217
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
65
Projected Attendance
1200
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Al Bigley, Andy Smith, Budd Root, James Robert Smith, more !!

Hickory Con (May 2014)

Convention Name
Hickory Con
Convention Website Address
http://www.hickorycon.com/
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
05/10/2014
About This Convention
Hickory con will have a number of artist that will be attending.You can get you own sketch from any of these guys!
We will have the 501 Star Wars Brigade, Star Trek Fleet and the Klingon Assault Group as well. Bring your camera!
We will have Tons of comics, toys, and lots of other collectibles to choose from. we will also have a yugioh card tournament and 3 booster boxes will be given away in prizes $10 entry for tournament.
Admission to the show is $4.00 entry for adults and $2.00 for children 13 and under at the door. a fun filled day for all. Hope to see you there.
Venue Name and Address
Hickory Metro Convention Center
1960 13th Ave Dr. SE
Hickory, NC 28602
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
100
Projected Attendance
600
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Gaming
  • Collectibles

Charlotte MiniCon 2014 Con Report!

On Saturday January 25, 2014 the Charlotte MiniCon returned to the Grady Cole Center. With over 2,500 guests in attendance, comic book lovers of all ages came out to enjoy the day. Admission to MiniCon was free as always, though a donation of a non-perishable food item (even pet food) was encouraged. Five tons of food, in fact, was collected for the Second Harvest Food Bank, a local non-profit organization.

The MiniCon was founded by Shelton Drum in January of 1977. In 1980, Drum would go on to found Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find and the annual Heroes Convention, which is also held in Charlotte. Said Drum, “We did the MiniCon for a while and then focus shifted to Heroes. But we brought it back in 2007 and it has been growing bigger ever since.”

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Founder Shelton Drum

 

 

The convention focuses primarily on comic books, highlighting the writers and artists that bring them to life. One such writer, David Pinckney, traveled all the way from Atlanta, Georgia to attend the single-day MiniCon. “I actually found out about it on Convention Scene’s website!” said Pinckney. He was there promoting his comic book, No West to Cross, which is the story of a female gunslinger, “…the first cowgirl in the wild west.” Interestingly enough, though published a year ago, Pinckney has never met any of the artists associated with his work. “I utilized websites like Pencil Jack and Digital Webbing to find artists to work with. “I have team members located in Nebraska, Florida; it’s pretty cool.”

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Artist John Hairston, Jr. works on a portrait at MiniCon.

 

Someone else who drew a sizable crowd was gallery artist, John Hairston, Jr. from All City Studios. “This is my favorite environment,” said Hairston. “I’m among my people, if you know what I mean?” Hairston has been working conventions for 12 years. Painting free-hand on canvas at the MiniCon, he claimed he always knew he wanted to illustrate comic books, yet his work crosses the line into fine art. “I get a lot of commissions from a Con like this.” I, for one, could have stood and watched him paint all day!

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Amberle Linnea and Kristin Jann Fischer.

 

 

It’s no secret that the cosplay scene in Charlotte is very impressive. Characters of every kind lined the stage at the Grady Cole Center to register for the costume contest, while Charlotte cosplay legend DJ Spider played that funky music. Fan favorites included Kristin Jann Fischer, who looked positively painted into her Black Widow costume, even going so far as to adopt a spot-on Russian accent as she chatted up the other guests as Natalia Romanoff. Amberle Linnea wowed the room with her homemade rendition of Hunger Games character Effie Trinket. Painstakingly piecing together over 1,000 tiny butterflies–including those on her eyelashes and body–Linnea laughed, “You should have seen me trying to ride in the car on the way over here. This dress doesn’t bend!” That’s dedication.

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Charlotte MiniCon 2014

 

All in all, it was a fun day. The Grady Cole Center had plenty of upper deck seating for those needing to take a break. They also had a concessions booth set up in the lobby. Charlotte MiniCon was a shopper’s paradise. We know of various sports’ seasons, wedding season, award season and so forth. For me, the annual Charlotte MiniCon each January is a fantastic way to kick off my “convention season” of the new year. Up next for Shelton Drum and his crew will be their annual 3-day Heroes Convention June 20-22, 2014.

Photos courtesy Garrett Marks

Raleigh Comic-Con (2014 Schedule)

January 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention Profiles, North Carolina

Raleigh Comic-Con Show dates for 2014:

  • Sunday, April 6th;
  • Sunday, August 24th;
  • Sunday, December 7th

Location: Hampton Inn & Suites Crabtree Valley, 3920 Arrow Drive, Raleigh, NC 27612

Hours: 10 am to 4 pm

Admission: Free!!

More Info: Lyn Anderson, PO Box 99201, Raleigh, NC 27624 (919) 844-1758

Updates on Facebook

2nd longest running show in NC, featuring mainly Comics, Toys, Art.

Venue Name Hampton Inn & Suites Crabtree Valley
Venue Address 3920 Arrow Drive
Raleigh, NC 27612
What category best describes your convention? Comic Books

NC – Savage Wolverine Signing

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Writer Scott Lope and artist Phil Jimenez sign at Jake’s Memory Lane Comics on Saturday, January 18th at 1:00 PM!

Press Release:

Come out to Jake’s Memory Lane Comics on Saturday January 18th and meet Superstar Comic Artist Phil Jimenez (Infinite Crisis, Wonder Woman, New X-Men) and new comic writer/ animal advocate Scott Lope.

MLC is teaming up with Jimenez, Lope and, of course, the Savage Wolverine to fight Rhino poaching. 100 percent of the proceeds of Savage Wolverine #12 and #13 from our store will be donated to Animal Warriors to help take the fight to the poachers. This is a great family friendly event. We have plenty of copies to get signed by the Marvel Comics creators. The signing starts at 1pm.

In addition to the signing, we’ll have some crazy good specials, including a fifty cent comic sale!

RSVP on Facebook!

Jake’s Memory Lane Comics
5214 Market St. 105, Wilmington, NC 28405

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