Spooky Empire rolls out the red carpet for Hollywood Icons this October

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Friday, September 22, 2017

SPOOKY EMPIRE ROLLS OUT THE RED CARPET FOR HOLLYWOOD ICONS THIS OCTOBER

“The Dark Side of Comic Con” celebrates the 30th anniversary of The Lost Boys with guest appearances from

Billy Wirth, Jamison Newlander and G Tom Mac 

Additionally, the convention will celebrate the Hollywood classic, Sixteen Candles, with the reunion of

Molly Ringwald, John & Joan Cusack and Anthony Michael Hall

ORLANDO – Spooky Empire, who hosts one of the most coveted and recognizable thriller conventions in the nation, announces the reunion of the Hollywood classic, Sixteen Candles, with the attendance of Molly Ringwald, John & Joan Cusack and Anthony Michael Hall on October 27 – 29, 2017 at The Hyatt Regency Orlando. The convention will also celebrate the 30th anniversary of iconic American horror comedy The Lost Boys with the attendance of Billy Wirth, Jamison Newlander and G Tom Mac. The convention has also added an array of new activities for guests to enjoy including a Charity Casino Night, an expanded Kid’s Zone, Special FX Makeup classes, Literary Guests & Creators Track, Fast Pass photo-op option, and many more to be announced through October.

As a bonus to the Spooky Empire family, doors will open earlier on Friday, October 27 at 12 p.m. to begin the weekend-long festivities.

Recently announced celebrity guests include:

  • Richard Dreyfuss is most recognized for his lead role in the classic Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Stand By Me, American Graffiti, W Stakeout, Down & Out In Beverly Hills, Mr. Hollands Opus, Piranha 3D and The Crew.
  • Shannon Elizabeth has starred in Scary Movie, Thir13en Ghosts, Cursed, Night of the Demons, The Twilight Zone, Tomcats, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back and as Nadia in American Pie and American Reunion.
  • Fairuza Balk most recognized role was Nancy in The Craft. She has also appeared in American History X, Waterboy, Return to Oz, Almost Famous, The Worst Witch, Things To Do in Denver When You’re Dead, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and Ray Donovan.
  • Daphne Zuniga stared as Princess Vespa in Mel Brooke’sSpaceballs and is recognized for her role in Melrose Place, The Sure Thing, The Fly 2, Vision Quest, Last Rites, Gross Anatomy, and One Tree Hill.
  • Loni Anderson is best known for her role as the receptionist on TV showWKRP In Cincinnati  as well as Stroker Ace, Munchie, Easy Street, VIP, The Love Boat, A Night At The Roxbury, and 3 Ninjas: High Noon.
  • John Kassir portfolio of work includes Tales of the Crypt, Animaniacs, Star Trek: Voyager, Pete’s Dragon, and Rick & Morty.
  • C.J. Graham played Jason Voorhees in the sixth film of the Friday the 13thseries Jason Lives. He will be in full costume for photo ops.
  • Ken Foree stars in Dawn of the Dead and has had roles in The Devil’s Rejects and Halloween. He also plays roger Rockmore on the Nickelodeon show Kenan & Kel.
  • Derek Mears starred in Predator, Friday the 13th (’09), The Hills Have Eyes 2, Hatchet 3, True Blood, Grimm, Sleepy Hollow, Cursed and Holliston.
  • Rachel Bolan is bass guitar player and main songwriter of the metal band “Skid Row.

The annual weekend will feature an array of activities including a tattoo festival, film festival, celebrity autographs, Kid’s Zone, costume and cosplay contest, huge exhibitor room, live music, performances, Q & A’s with artists, authors and filmmakers, a game room, seminars, creepy cars, among many other activities.

All advance tickets, now on sale, are discounted. Prices increase after October 8th and at the door. In advance, three-day passes are $60, one day passes on Friday and Sunday are $30, and one day passes on Saturday $35. Limited VIP Packages are available for $225 and include early entry to all three days, raffles, T-shirts, autograph line fast-pass, exclusive VIP party access on Saturday night with guest celebrities in attendance. Tickets for children under ten years old are free.

Rooms are available at The Hyatt Regency Orlando for a discounted price of $119 per night. Rooms can be reserved online or by calling 1-407-284-1234. Mention ‘Spooky Empire’ for special rate.

For more information regarding the schedule and to purchase tickets, visit www.spookyempire.com. Stay tuned as more activities, special guests, celebrities and more will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information about Spooky Empire, visit spookyempire.com.Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@SpookyEmpire).

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About Spooky Empire

Founded in 2003, Spooky Empire’s Fall Convention has grown to become one of the largest thriller conventions and the dark side of comic con in the nation with attendance increasing each year. Designed to be THE ultimate weekend for thriller fans of all ages, the event allows guests to meet and mingle with their favorite movie and TV stars, buy amazing collectibles from hundreds of vendors and artists, see new and emerging films as well as old favorites, get tattooed by some of the best artists in the world, and take part in one of the largest Zombie Walks in the country. In May 2011, Spooky Empire introduced their Spring Convention mid-season to provide fans with even more fun in anticipation of their Fall Convention. Spooky Empire’s ultimate goal is to provide memorable events for fans to return to each year, a place where they can congregate with thousands of other people with the same interests. For more information, visit www.spookyempire.com.

Spooky Empire Media Contacts:

Juliana Gutierrez, JWI PR | +1 305-991-4259 | juliana@jwipr.com

Jessica Wade Pfeffer, JWI PR| +1 305-804-8424 | jessica@jwipr.com

Anime NYC Brings Celebration of Japanese Culture & Anime to Javits Center on Nov. 17-19

Press Release:

LeftField Media will present a massive three-day celebration of Japanese animation and culture this fall at the inaugural Anime NYC convention powered by Crunchyroll, coming to New York City’s Javits Center from Friday, November 17 through Sunday, November 19. Attendees will be able to view exclusive anime screenings and meet major guests courtesy of international animation and manga publishers like Aniplex, Bandai Visual, Crunchyroll, Funimation, Sentai Filmworks, Sunrise, Yen Press, and VIZ Media; play the latest in Japanese gaming technology; chow down on Japanese delicacies and fusion cuisine; rock out to musical guests direct from Tokyo; and more. Tickets are currently available at www.animenyc.com with general admission tickets priced from $35-60, and with VIP tickets priced at $275 guaranteeing access to premiere programming and special guests.

LeftField Media looks to fill a void with Anime NYC. While most major cities in America play host to anime-specific conventions, New York City – America’s largest city – has no large, dedicated celebration of Japanese animation and culture. Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll has been in planning for over a year with tremendous support from partners in both America and Japan, and anticipates bringing together almost 20,000 fans at its inaugural convention. Anime has had a presence in American entertainment for decades in the form of beloved series like Pokemon, Dragon Ball Z, and Sailor Moon and films from acclaimed directors like Hayao Miyazaki and Satoshi Kon, and has seen broader audiences tuning in recently to watch hits like Attack on Titan, One-Punch Man, and Yuri!!! on Ice on services like Netflix, Hulu, and Crunchyroll.

Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll puts Japanese culture and animation on a massive international stage in New York City, at a time when the anime industry is burgeoning worldwide. The Anime Industry Report 2016 from the Association of Japanese Animators estimated the overseas anime industry (excluding Japan) generated $288.4 million USD in 2015, an increase of over $125 million from 2014. Anime represents a growing stake in the entertainment industry both worldwide and notably in America, with the Anime Industry Report 2016 reporting more anime licensing contracts filed in 2015 in the United States than in any other country.

Special Guests and Events:

  • Sailor Moon Crystal Cast Panel and Screening with Stephanie Sheh (Sailor Moon), Kate Higgins (Sailor Mercury), Cristina Vee (Sailor Mars), Amanda Celine Miller (Sailor Jupiter), Cherami Leigh (Sailor Venus), Sandy Fox (Chibi-Usa), Erica Mendez (Sailor Uranus), Lauren Landa (Sailor Neptune), Christine Marie Cabanos (Sailor Saturn), and Robbie Daymond (Tuxedo Mask)
  • US Premiere of the film Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower and concert lead by composer Naruyoshi Kikuchi
  • Anime Diva Night powered by Anisong World Matsuri concert featuring Japanese singers Yoko Ishida, Chihiro Yonekura, and TRUE
  • NY Ramen Summit featuring a discussion between famed ramen chefs from around NYC
  • Talk from LeSean Thomas, an NYC native who has successfully worked in the anime industry in Japan and whose Children of Ether is now on Crunchyroll and whose Cannon Busters will be debuting next year on Netflix

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Anime NYC is New York City’s anime convention! A showcase of the best of Japanese pop culture in the biggest city in America, Anime NYC brings anime fans and publishers together for three days of unique exhibits, exclusive screenings, extensive panels, and appearances by some of the biggest creators in Japan. Join us for a celebration of Japanese animation, manga, cosplay, movies, food, fashion, travel, technology, toys, and games in the heart of NYC! For more, visit animenyc.com.

New My Little Pony & Transformers Unveiled at HasCon 2017

HasCon, Hasbro’s first ever convention included many special events, panels, and autograph sessions with celebrities, artists, and athletes. But at the heart of the show is the toys upon which Hasbro has built its empire. When speaking with staff members, their commitment and passion for the stories and characters built around this merchandise is clearly self-evident. Convention Scene spoke with managers for both My Little Pony (MLP) and Transformers, two of the company’s most stalwart brands.

As both of these properties are entering their fourth decade, the obvious question is how do they stay fresh and remain relevant for generations of fans. Tyla Bucher (Vice President of Global Brand Strategy & Marketing, My Little Pony) explained it thusly, “One of the responsibilities of the brand owner is to make sure that the brand always feels new and different and timely and really all of it starts with our show and the content. We have our main six ponies that are pretty consistent as far as cast go but they’re always having new adventures, meeting new friends, and the way that our writers write them and their personalities is so timely that there’s something about that content that continues enthusiasm and engagement around the brand. We bring that to life on the product side so that whatever you see on the show you experience when you take it home.”

Ben Montano (Director of Brand Marketing, Transformers) said, “Whether it’s Robots in Disguise now or Rescue Bots or the movie universe to G1, Optimus Prime still stands for loyalty and dignity but he’s a little weathered or a different iteration or he may be from a time before the war. That’s where the fun has been, it’s how can we bring those parts of their story to life in a video game or a new animated series.”

As Hasbro continues to expand its brand across multimedia platforms, with animation, feature films, video games, and comic books, the staff emphasized that product is a key component to keeping the story cohesive and continuity intact. “It’s a seamless dialogue,” said Montano, “What’s fun is that I get to work a lot with our partners whether it’s Paramount Studios, Hasbro Studios, or Polygon for Robots in Disguise and those partnerships are great; we all understand that together we make better story.”

Bucher reiterated this sentiment, “Brand integrity and continuity is something that we focus on and I have people on the team. We’re really connected everyone who works on the brand so even though Pony touches on a lot of different businesses all those team are really connected because they want to be linked to the story and the right way.”

MLP in particular has seen a huge resurgence in the past few year with the launch of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. “The content is really what attracts our fans, and we have fans of all ages and genders,” said Bucher, “The timing of the show in 2010, or G4 as people call it, was perfect for people who remembered it from the 80s and now may or may not have kids that they are introducing to the brand, both girls and boys.”

One of the big developments underway right for MLP is the brand new feature film set to debut next month. “We have a movie coming out in five weeks so everything that we’re doing now is driving towards generating excitement for that which is a huge thing for our brand it’s such an exciting thing,” said Bucher “The Ponies are going on an adventure where they leave the Equestria for the first time which is a huge thing if you’re a fan and if you’re not it doesn’t matter because you still get introduced to these Ponies are having a really, really fun adventure. The new form factors are we have sea Ponies we have hippogriffs, we have a mysterious Pony with a broken horn so we’re taking the characters and the worlds of the brand in all these really different directions.”

On the Transformers side, Hasbro has rolled out a new line called Power of the Primes, which allows fans to combine multiple Transformers into a new, unique figure. “One of the things we thought would be magical would be to pay off the idea that a mortal Transformer, like Hot Rod, changing into a Prime, or the thirteenth Prime specifically once they get the Matrix of Leadership,” said John Warden (Design Manager, Transformers) “It’s a fun and challenging transformation and something we’ve never tried before. And as a result where fans are going to get a cool new version of Optimus Prime. So I think in a lot of ways it’s taking the D.N.A. of the character and then adding something that’s revolutionary and fun that plays homage to something that fans know about but have never experienced before in toy.”

Finally both teams credited the passion and savviness of their fans as motivation to create a better product. “Our fanbase is really smart and really engaged with the brand so if you go off the rails they’ll notice that and they’ll call you on it so we try really hard to make sure that all of our story lines and our characters and our Backstory are tied together in a way that if you’re the consumer it seamless,” said Bucher.” Warden stated, “Lots of new stuff on the horizon and I just wanted to say a big thank you out to the fans in your audience. Thank you for being Transformers fans, you inspire us and we’ll keep trying to bring awesome toys for you.”

WI – Garth Ennis Signing

Writer Garth Ennis (Jimmy’s Bastards, Preacher, Punisher MAX, The Boys, War Stories) will be signing at Kowabunga Comics on Saturday, October 28th! In addition to Garth will be Black Eyed Kids creator and Aftershock Comics Chief Creative Officer Joe Pruett.

Garth Ennis is a multi-award winning comic book writer  known for his love of graphic violence and black comedy. After taking over the reins of Judge Dredd, British Comics’ most recognizable character, from legendary Judge Dredd creator John Wagner, he exploded upon the American comic book market with credits that include HellblazerHitmanPunisherFuryCrossedBattlefieldsWar Stories, and The Boys. His legendary and hugely-influential DC Comics’ series PREACHER, which he co-created with artist Steve Dillon, has recently been given a pilot treatment by AMC. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, he now lives in New York City with his wife, Ruth.

Joe Pruett is the COO and Publisher at Aftershock. Joe is an Eisner and Harvey nominated writer and editor for his work on Negative Burn. He is known for his turn at Marvel on X-Men Unlimited, Wolverine, and Cable. Currently, Joe writes Black Eyed Kids at Aftershock.

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Kowabunga Comics
102 N Main St, Oconomowoc, WI 53066
(262) 569-9999

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Hosts Events for Cartoon Crossroads Columbus 2017

September 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Ohio

Press Release:

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is proud to host the first two days of the third-annual Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC)! This city-wide, four-day festival brings hundreds of cartoonists from across the nation together to celebrate cartoon art at a variety of venues throughout Columbus.

All events are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

On Thursday, catch presentations by STEVE HAMAKER on computer coloring, DAN GEARINO on research for comics historians, and KEVIN HUIZENGA on depicting time in comics form, as well as a spotlight on our guest DANA SIMPSON.

Friday’s features include presentations by LESLIE STEIN on watercolor, Pulitzer Prize winner SIGNE WILKINSON on editorial cartooning, JAMAICA DYER on creating autobiography, and behind-the-scenes tours every hour on the hour from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, starting from the Reading Room.

Also on campus Thursday and Friday are SOL-CON, the Black and Brown Comix Expo, and events at the Wexner Center, including film screenings and an interview with CHRIS WARE by our associate curator Caitlin McGurk (free but must reserve tickets in advance beginning September 25).

On Friday from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, join us for a special 40th anniversary celebration at the Billy Ireland!

Explore our current exhibits, enjoy refreshments, and prepare for a few surprises!

Visitors will get to peruse an open-house display of materials selected by the Billy Ireland’s 2017 CXC special guests, and view our special anniversary exhibitions, TALES FROM THE VAULT: 40 YEARS / 40 STORIES and FOUNDING COLLECTIONS: 1977-2017. These dynamic exhibits include some of the most unique moments from our four decades of collecting.

Following the reception, head over to Wexner Center for the Arts to see a special sneak-peek of MY FRIEND DAHMER, the film adaptation of BICLM guest DERF’s critically acclaimed graphic memoir (free but must reserve tickets in advance beginning September 25).

Check here for a full schedule of CXC events!

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Dynamite Entertainment Appears at Baltimore Comic-Con 2017

September 20, 2017 by  
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Headed to Baltimore Comic-Con this year? Team Dynamite will be there in full force to celebrate the 18th annual event, which hosts a variety of comic creator guests, retailers, exhibitors, panels, and special events!

This year, the Baltimore Comic-Con will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on September 22-24, 2017. Tickets are available online — avoid ticket lines by purchasing now.

While there, be sure to visit the Dynamite team at Booth #2010, and pick up their exclusive Baltimore Comic-Con foil covers of SheenaKiller Instinct, and The Librarians!

Dynamite Creators & Staff that will be attending Baltimore Comic-Con 2017 include:

  • Amy Chu (KISSRed Sonja)
  • Greg Pak (John Wick)
  • Steve Orlando (The Shadow/Batman)
  • Mark Evanier (Grumpy Cat/Garfield)
  • Joseph Michael Linsner (DawnBettie Page)
  • James Kuhoric (Army of DarknessDead Irons)
  • Walter Simonson (Battlestar Galactica)
  • Louise Simonson (Red Sonja)
  • Frank Cho (Jungle GirlRed Sonja)
  • Phil Hester (Black TerrorKevin Smith’s Green Hornet)
  • Nick Barrucci (Dynamite Publisher and CEO)
  • Alan Payne (Dynamite VP, Sales & Marketing)
  • Joseph Rybandt (Dynamite Senior Editor)
  • Pat O’Connell (Dynamite Sales Manager)
  • Janie Mackenzie (Dynamite PR & Marketing Coordinator, Social Media Manager)

In addition, Dynamite will be hosting two exciting panels at this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con!

DARE TO BE HEROIC WITH DYNAMITE
Friday, Sept. 22nd, 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Location: Room 345-346

Villains don’t stand a chance this fall as Dynamite unleashes our team of all-star creators and unites some of comics’ most iconic heroes in what’s certain to be some of the hottest releases of the season. Join Steve Orlando (The Shadow/Batman), Greg Pak (John Wick), Amy Chu (Red Sonja), and more as they join forces to discuss the anatomy of crafting a true hero!

DYNAMITE: IGNITING IMAGINATIONS
Saturday, Sept. 23, 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Location: Room 343-344

Discover where some of comics’ most acclaimed writers find the inspiration behind their creations, and how they translate the first creative spark to the final printed page. Greg Pak (John WickBattlestar Galactica), Steve Orlando (Shadow/Batman), Sean Von Gorman (KISSToe Tag Riot), and more offer a behind-the- scenes look at the real-life origin stories of some of your most beloved comic creations!

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The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center on September 22-24, 2017. In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our websiteTwitterInstagram, and Facebook pages.

Hero Initiative Heads to Baltimore Comic-Con 2017 with Exclusive Creators Joshua Dysart, Dennis O’Neil, Khoi Pham

September 19, 2017 by  
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Hero Initiative, the nonprofit that helps comic book creators in medical and financial need, is heading to Baltimore Comic-Con September 22-24 at the Baltimore Convention Center. And Hero’s booth, #1501, is the ONLY place to find creators Joshua Dysart (Living Level-3: IraqDennis O’Neil (Green Lantern/Green Arrow) and Khoi Pham (Mighty Avengers). This amazing group will be signing and sketching all weekend to support out cause! Don’t miss out!

And Hero Initiative Ambassadors will be collecting for Hero on the con floor. Please swing by and say “hi” to: Reilly Brown, Mark Buckingham, Jim Calafiore, Richard Case, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Brian Haberlin, Phil Hester, JG Jones, Matt Kindt, Barry Kitson, Jay Leisten, Laura Martin, Dustin Nguyen, Jerry Ordway, Steve Orlando, Greg Pak, Jeff Parker, Andrew Pepoy, Brandon Peterson, Keith Pollard, Craig Rousseau, Stan Sakai, Bart Sears, Louise Simonson, Walt Simonson, Andy Smith, Joe Staton, Mark Waid, Marv Wolfman, and Rich Woodall. Stop on by and do the right thing!

About The Hero Initiative:
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book artists and craftsmen in need. Hero Initiative 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 $1 million to the comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.HeroInitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

Shamus Brothers Return With Ace Universe Comic Con Starting in December 2017

Press Release:

ACE Universe Transforms “Comic Con” Business With Ground-Breaking Approach That Will Shake Up The Industry

World’s Most Experienced Comic Con Producers Launch New Media Company, Unveil Innovative Business Model, Announce Star-Studded Shows

NEW YORKSept. 19, 2017 — Brothers Stephen and Gareb Shamus, the world’s most experienced producers of the wildly popular Comic Con conventions, today announced the launch of their new groundbreaking experiential company – ACE Universe.  With 20 years of experience and 175 Comic Con shows to their name, the Shamus brothers have smashed the old model, which they pioneered, and developed a new immersive approach that will redefine the industry going forward.

ACE Universe is also announcing the dates and locations for its first events: December 8-10, 2017 at NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island (New York), and January 13-15 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ. VIP tickets for the Long Island event are on sale now, and General Admission tickets for NYCB LIVE will go on sale Friday, September 22, all via www.aceuniverse.com on Ticketmaster.com, nycblive.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the Ticketmaster Box Office located at the Coliseum.

Tickets for the Glendale, AZ, event will be on sale soon. Stay tuned to the website for more details!

Confirmed guests for the Long Island event include:  Henry Cavill (SupermanJustice League), Gal Gadot (Wonder WomanJustice League), Jason Momoa (Aquaman, Justice League), Ray Fisher (Cyborg, Justice League), Ezra Miller(The Flash, Justice League), and Ciarán Hinds (Steppenwolf, Justice League), with more guests to be announced.

ACE Universe has secured partnerships across key sectors including Technology, Media, Entertainment, Gaming, Publishers, Manufacturers, Licensors, and Retailers to help create a robust experience for fans.  The Comic Cons will be hosted in world-class Arenas, which bring a completely new set of aesthetics and benefits for attendees, including programming shown on the JumboTron, which means the fans will never miss a panel, regardless of where they are.

ACE Universe will be the first to provide free global live streaming to fans with wall-to-wall coverage of the entire Comic Con. Now, all fans can enjoy access to top-tier talent, breaking news and on-site programming as every aspect of the show will be fully streamed, social media friendly and available on mobile devices.

“We revolutionized the Comic Con industry in the 90’s, and we’re thrilled to do it all over again in 2017,” says Gareb Shamus, ACE Universe Chairman & CEO. “We believe this is the optimal time to shake up the industry and recalibrate with a complete and total emphasis on the fan experience. Our new platform is centered on creating an unforgettable experience for fans by featuring meet-and-greets with stars from the latest hit superhero movies, quality vendors, professional creators, superior venues and immersive programming.”

“We can’t wait for seasoned Comic Con fans to experience our events, and we’re excited to introduce all new types of fans into this incredible world, many of whom have never enjoyed a Comic Con before,” says Stephen Shamus, President of ACE Universe. “Families can now enjoy a curated experience with access to top name Film and TV talent, artists, writers and other creative professionals.”

In addition to the upcoming show in Long Island, ACE Universe will be announcing the full 2018 schedule, including dates, cities, tickets and VIP Admissions on www.aceuniverse.com. Stay tuned! Connect with ACE Comic Con at Facebook.com/acecomiccon & @acecomiccon on Instagram and Twitter.

ACE Universe
ACE Universe (www.aceuniverse.com) is a New York-based media and experiential events company founded by Gareb and Stephen Shamus, who are the world’s most experienced producers of Comic Con conventions.  Stephen has personally produced over 175 Comic Con events, booked thousands of celebrity guests, and played host to millions of happy fans.  Gareb is a leading pop-culture expert, founder of the largest Comic Con tour in the world, an original producer of national Comic Cons, and publisher of multiple award-winning magazines published in 75 countries worldwide.  ACE Universe produces premium events in world-class venues that feature the best of Film, TV, Gaming, Virtual Reality, Collectibles, Comics, Original Art, Toys, Action Figures, Graphic Novels, Illustrators, Writers, Creators, and Entertainment Programming.  Fans can live stream all ACE Universe events at www.aceuniverse.com and engage with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Amulet Creator Kazu Kibuishi Comes to Baltimore Comic-Con 2017

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Kazu Kibuishi, creator of the Amulet graphic novel series and the cover artist for the anniversary edition of Harry Potter, comes to Baltimore Comic-Con as part of Kids Love Comics.

New York Times bestseller Kazu Kibuishi’s magical graphic novels have taken the book world by storm, and now that magic is coming to the Baltimore Comic-Con September 22-24! Mr. Kibuishi will be on hand all weekend (Booth #3013 in the Kids Love Comics Area) to meet his fans, sign his books, and share his process in creating graphic novels. Copies of Mr. Kibuishi’s books will be available for purchase if anyone forgets to bring a copy to have signed!

Ask any class of kids across America about the graphic novel series Amulet, and you will probably hear an excited description of adventure, kid heroes, and amazing creatures, all said with a big smile. Featuring magic, elves, robots, demons, and anthropomorphic animals, Amulet has become a bright light for reluctant readers and excited book lovers alike.

Kibuishi will be giving FREE talks on his process of creating comics on Saturday at the Baltimore Comic-Con, as part of the perennial convention’s Kids Love Comics educational and entertainment initiative.

“Baltimore Comic-Con is not only a wonderful comic convention,” said John Gallagher, Kids Love Comics Executive Director, “it’s an incredible, family-friendly event. Kazu’s inclusion at the show is a natural progression of BCC’s dedication to inspiring young people to read and enjoy the magic of comics.”

Mr. Kibuishi’s programming (just a part of the weekend-long kids programming and classes) at the show is as follows:

SATURDAY
Kids Love Comics Area
1:00 – 2:00 – Panel Party with Mark Mariano and Kazu Kibuishi

You are cordially invited you to the Panel Party, where your imagination, storytelling ability, and art skills will be welcomed and celebrated. Simply put, we are going to have a blast making comics together! Warning: attending this party may result in you throwing your own Panel Party at home!

Room 345-346
2:45 – 3:45 – Amulet Graphic Novel: Behind-the-Scenes
Presentation and Q&A with author Kazu Kibuishi on the creation of the Amulet graphic novel series for Scholastic Graphix. Explore the process of creating adventures for all ages!

SUNDAY
Room 347-348
11:00 – 12:00 – Writing for Young Readers
How is writing for young readers unique? What are the rewards and challenges? Are any themes off limits? Join Kazu Kibuishi, Barry Lyga, Andy Runton, Hope Larson, Louise Simonson, and moderator Charlie Kochman as they explore writing for young readers.

Limited copies of Kazu Kibuishi’s books will be on hand for purchase, courtesy of Captain Bluehen Comics, Newark, DE and Kids Love Comics

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The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center on September 22-24, 2017. In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our websiteTwitterInstagram, and Facebook pages.

Gemstone Publishing Gets Ready for Baltimore Comic-Con 2017

September 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Maryland

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Gemstone Publishing, home of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, marks the publisher’s return to the Baltimore Comic-Con at the Baltimore Convention Center, on FridaySunday, September 22-24, 2017.

Creative Director Mark Huesman, Associate Editor Amanda Sheriff, Director of Operations Mike Wilbur, Assistant Editor Carrie Wood, and Vice-President of Publishing J.C. Vaughn will all be on hand at different times during the show at Booth #2203.

“We’re excited to be back at the Baltimore Comic-Con, our hometown show. Attendees at this convention have rightly come to expect one of the most comic-centered conventions with a tremendous guest-to-attendee ratio. We’re looking forward to talking with everyone at this year’s con,” said Associate Editor Amanda Sheriff.

With The Big, Big Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #47 already sold out and the standard editions marching in that direction, the Gemstone team will be talking with fans and retailers about their upcoming projects, including The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Horror (due out October 4) and The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide#48 (July 2018). The company also expects to announce at least one new project during the Baltimore Comic-Con.

On Saturday, from 4:00 to 5:00 PM in Room 347-348 at the Baltimore Convention Center, Gemstone and the Guide will host their popular panel, “LICENSED! Overstreet Looks at Licensed Comics.” From the Disney work of Carl Barks to Zorro by Alex Toth, from Planet of the Apes to Star Wars, and from The Micronauts to G.I. Joe, licensed titles have been an exciting part of the fabric of comics. Join The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide for a lively discussion of licensed comics with Mark Wheatley (Doctor WhoJonny QuestTarzan), James Kuhoric (Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash, Hatchet), Joseph Rybandt (Editor – Dynamite Entertainment) and Overstreet’s own J.C. Vaughn (24Stargate AtlantisStargate Universe).

Amanda Sheriff, who led the Gemstone team and other contributors through The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Movie Posters and The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Concert Posters, and Carrie Wood, who similarly pulled together The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Video Games and The Overstreet Guide To Cosplay, will both be available to sign copies of those books (those titles and others will be on sale at the Gemstone booth).

They’ll also be more than happy to talk about the upcoming release The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Horror, the latest in Gemstone’s “How To” line and the company’s first genre-specific book. It turns the spotlight on action figures, statues, comics, toys, premiums, movie posters, screen-used items, autographs, games, and other items. It showcases actors, directors, and collectors, first edition books and out-of-print VHS and DVDs. It looks at The Walking Dead, Universal Monsters, Hammer horror, EC Comics, Friday the 13th, Godzilla, video games, ’60s TV shows, sci-fi horror such as Alien, and more. Scream Queen Linnea Quigley wrote the book’s foreword.

“Like all of our books, The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Horror is designed to inform newcomers and offer experienced collectors new insights and possibly new ways to look at their collections and collecting habits,” Sheriff said. “I’m personally looking forward to talking with the fans at the Baltimore Comic-Con about it and our other upcoming projects.”

Gemstone will also have copies of this year’s Free Comic Book Day offering, The Overstreet Guide To Collecting, available free of charge at the booth while supplies last. Cover artist Billy Tucci (ShiSgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion) and interior artists Brendon and Brian Fraim (The FlightStarring Sonya Deveraux) are also scheduled to be at the Baltimore Comic-Con.

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The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center on September 22-24, 2017. In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our websiteTwitterInstagram, and Facebook pages.

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