Janet Varney, John Michael Higgins, Mindy Sterling, Dante Basco, and Dan Parsons appear on a panel moderated by Andrew Farago at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco on Saturday, November 19th at 7:00 PM! Tickets available at the link… *Premium tickets include a private post-event signing with the panelists.
Calling all benders! Go behind the scenes of The Legend of Korra and Avatar: The Last Airbender with special guests voice actors Janet Varney, John Michael Higgins, Mindy Sterling, Dante Basco and Avatar: Legacy illustrator Dan Parsons. Cosplay highly encouraged! All ages welcome.
Janet Varney (voice of Korra) is a comedian, actor, writer and producer known for her roles as Becca on FX’s You’re the Worst and as the host of TBS’s Dinner and a Movie. She is also known in San Francisco as the founder of the annual comedy festival San Francisco Sketchfest.
John Michael Higgins (voice of Varrick) is an actor and voice actor whose credits include Christopher Guest’s mockumentaries, Pitch Perfect, Yes Man, Bad Teacher, and many other films and television shows.
Mindy Sterling (voice of Lin Beifong) is known for her role as Frau Farbissina in the Austin Powers films as well as roles in Con Man, Legit, Chowder, iCarly and Disney Channel’s A.N.T. Farm.
Dante Basco (voice of Zuko and General Iroh) is known for his role as Rufio in the 1991 film Hook. He was also the voice of Jake Long in the Disney series American Dragon: Jake Long.
Dan Parsons (illustrator of Avatar: Legacy) is an illustrator and comic book artist who is best known for his work on Star Wars comics and Game of Thrones.
Andrew Farago (moderator) is the curator of the Cartoon Art Museum and the author of many books on cartooning including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History.
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California St, San Francisco, CA 94118
HASBRO announced it is creating the first-ever HASCON fan and family convention in September 2017. The massive event, which will be held in Providence at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin Donuts Center from September 8-10, 2017, will treat attendees to three unforgettable days featuring a celebration of Hasbro’s powerful characters and stories, including live interactive experiences, exclusive products, talent appearances, panels and much more.
From bringing the first action figure to life with G.I. JOE, to creating a world where robots are truly ‘more than meets the eye’ with TRANSFORMERS, Hasbro’s brands have always overflowed with rich stories and dynamic, multi-faceted characters, providing an incredible platform to capture the imaginations of fans of all ages. The premiere HASCON event will bring the magic of decades of storytelling under one roof for the ultimate, immersive Hasbro fan and family experience. Hasbro’s top properties, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, MAGIC THE GATHERING, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, G.I. JOE and many others will be reimagined through dynamic stage performances and unique opportunities for fans to engage with their favorite characters. In addition to interactive experiences designed to offer attendees a glimpse into Hasbro’s imaginative storytelling in action, visitors will have the chance to see first-look previews of Hasbro’s biggest television and movie series, attend panels and meet-and-greets with celebrities and creative talent associated with Hasbro brands, take part in Hasbro Gaming competitions and purchase special limited-edition Hasbro products.
“Hasbro is home to many of the world’s most recognizable brands, each of them with their own group of passionate and engaged fans,” said John Frascotti, President of Hasbro Brands. “HASCON will deliver an extraordinary peek behind the curtain of our brands, storytelling, and iconic characters while giving us the opportunity to invite fans and families to our hometown for the most memorable, unified Hasbro experience ever.”
For all of the latest information on HASCON 2017, please visit hascon.hasbro.com
Artist Nick Bradshaw (Spidey, Guardians of the Galaxy, Wolverine and the X-Men) appears at The Comic Book Shoppe on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM! Sketches may be available for donations as well, depending on turnout and demand. Kids under 12 get sketches for FREE!
The Comic Book Shoppe
228 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 1X1
The next Grand Rapids Comic-Con will be held on October 21-23, 2016, at the DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Friday, October 21: 2-8 pm with after-hours programming until 11 pm
Saturday, October 22: 10 am-7 pm with after hours programming until 11 pm
Sunday, October 23: 10 am until 5 pm
3-day pass: $40 advance, $50 at door
Friday only: $15 advance, $20 door
Saturday only: $20 advance, $25 door
Sunday only: $17 advance, $22 door
VIP pass: $149 advance only
Link to tickets is here.
Celebrity Guest List:
Wil Traval: “Jessica Jones”, “Arrow”, “Once Upon A Time”
Denise Crosby: Lt. Tasha Yar in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and the leader of Terminus in “The Walking Dead”
Bruno Gunn: Brutus in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Sean Maher: Dr. Simon Tam in “Firefly”, Nightwing in several DC Comics animed Batman movies
Steve Blum: Zeb Orrelios in “Star Wars Rebels”, Spike Spiegel in “Cowboy Bebop”, Wolverine in numerous X-Men animated features
Bryce Papnebrook: Eren Jaeger in “Attack On Titan”, Rin in “Blue Exorcist”
Austin St. John: The original Red Ranger in “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”
Steve Cardenas: Rocky DeSantos/Red Ranger in “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”
Robin Shelby: Slimer in Ghostbusters 2 and Lady Slimer in Ghostbusters (2016)
Russell Hodgkinson: Doc in “Z-Nation”
Felix Silla: “Buck Rogers In The 25th Century”, “The Addams Family”, Star Wars: Episode VI–Return Of The Jedi
Rob Miller: “Face Off”
Dr. Mortose: local horror host
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) Cast Reunion!
Michelan Sisti * Leif Tilden * Josh Pais
Comic Guest List:
Kevin Eastman: co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Jae Lee: Batman/Superman, Before Watchmen: Ozymandias
Bob Camp: creatiuve writer/director of Ren and Stimpy
Joe Rubinstein: Wolverine, Micronauts, The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe
Stuart Sayger: The Walking Dead, Bionicle
Tony Kordos: Batman and Robin Eternal
Rodney Ramos: Transmetropolitan
Steve Lieber: Whiteout, The Spectacular Foes Of Spider-Man
Jeff Balke: Deadpooh, Fantastic Four
Allen Bellman: Golden Age artist for Captain America
Greg Weisman: Gargoyles, Star Wars Rebels
Vince Locke: Sandman, Deadworld
J. David Spurlock: publisher on Vanguard Publishing
Tony Isabella: Black Lightning, 1000 Comic Books You Must Read
K. Lynn Smith: Plume, Cards Against Humanity
Jeff Carlisle: The Guild, Star Wars, Doctor Who
William Messner-Loebs: The Flash, Wonder Woman
Dirk Manning: Legends Of Oz, Nightmare World
Jason Moore: Batman: Haunted Gotham, The Crusades
Arvell Jones: All-Star Squadron, The Avengers
Jeff Balke: Fantastic Four, Deadpooh
Comfort and Adam: The Uniques, Rainbows In The Dark
Jon Alderink: Superman, Justice League: Generation Lost
Dan Monroe: children’s book illustrator
Tyler and Sara Sowles: Durontus: The Lost Serpent, G-Fan magazine
…plus an extensive artist alley!
Best Selling Authors:
Anne Bishop: The Others, Black Jewels
Susan Dennard: Truthwitch, Something Strange and Deadly
Adam Bray: Marvel, Star Wars technical manuals
Eric Telchin: Black and White Factory
Courtney Allison Moulton: Angelfire
MarcyKate Connolly: Monstrous, Ravenous
New! Kids Area in Exhibit Hall C, including a huge LEGOs display, Hot Wheels track, Star wars coloring area, two science exhibits, and a ton more. Check it out!
100,000 square foot vending hall
Film festival (link here)
Electronic and board/card gaming rooms
Comic and 1950’s sci-fi displays
100-plus hours of programming
More information: www.grcomiccon.com
October 18, 2016 by Joe Fauvel
Filed under Animation, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Cosplay, Florida, Gaming, Horror, Manga, Movies, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Sports, Television, Video Games, Webcomics
So please join us for a special Spooky Empire convention this December 2-4, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.
We are working very hard on getting the guest list together and should have some announcements this week. We are working hard on booking some of the guests that were to attend last weekend.
Anyone that has purchased advanced tickets for the October Spooky Empire, we are giving you two options…your tickets will be accepted at either the December rescheduled event OR the April convention (April 21-23, 2017) For general admission ticket holders, there is no notice necessary and tickets do not need to be re-issued, just bring your existing ticket with you to one of the two events.
If you are a VIP package holder, please contact us to let us know which event you’ll be using your VIP package for.
(Emails will be going out to all ticket holders within the next 24 hours)
Due to the rescheduling of this event, tickets are non-refundable. However, if you are unable to use your tickets for either of the two events, these tickets are transferable. They may be sold or given to someone that can use them.
EXHIBITORS AND TATTOO ARTISTS: Your booth space will be available to you for either December OR April. However, we do need to know ASAP so that we can plan the space accordingly for each show. Emails are going out to all of you as well.
For everyone that has supported Spooky Empire over the last week, you will not be forgotten!! Everyone that contributed will be a part of this event in one way or another. Your generous contributions will go towards the expenses associated with making this rescheduled event happen. We are forever grateful and humbled by everyone’s support, patience, dedication and generosity. This is truly a family! The thought of possibly having to close Spooky Empire for good was the worst possible outcome for us, and all of your support this past week made us realize we have to do whatever we can to keep moving forward!
Stay tuned for updates!
Thanks so much!
Judge Archer starring Chengyuan Li Arrives on DVD, Digital HD, and On Demand on November 1st
Street Date: 11/1/16
DVD SRP: $19.98
From the writer of The Grandmaster comes the action-packed Judge Archer, arriving on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD, and On Demand November 1 from Lionsgate. House of Flying Daggers star Chengyuan Li leads an all-star martial arts cast in this movie with amazing stunts and hard-hitting fight choreography. The Judge Archer DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.
In 1920s China, Judge Archer takes on the dangerous job of settling disputes between warring schools of martial arts. When a mysterious woman asks him to avenge her father’s murder, Archer poses as a fruit seller in a distant town to stake out his prey. To distract and seduce Archer, the clever killer sends a gorgeous woman, who proves to be a talented warrior herself. This action saga portrays knife, spear, and arrow battles, plus historic fighting methods never before seen on film.
Year of Production: 2012
Title Copyright: JUDGE ARCHER © Beijing MTM Culture Media Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Home Entertainment Premiere
Rating: PG-13 for some violence, suggestive content and a thematic element.
Subtitles: English and Spanish
Feature Run Time: 91 minutes
DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (2.35:1)
DVD Audio Status: English and Mandarin 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio
Writer MARJORIE LIU (Han Solo, Black Widow, Astonishing X-Men) appears at Harvard COOP on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 7:00 PM!
New York Times-bestselling author Marjorie Liu shares the first installment in her new gripping graphic novel series, Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening. Described as “a delight” by Neil Gaiman, Marjorie and illustrator Sana Takeda have created a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk that will have readers highly anticipating the next book in the series. Monstress tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers.
1400 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02238
WonderCon Anaheim has announced their first wave for 2017 including Mark Waid and Hope Larson.
Broken Vows, a New Film by Lionsgate Available Oct 11, 2016.
Experience the intensity of the psychological thriller Broken Vows when it arrives on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD and On Demand October 11 from Lionsgate.
Over the years, the story of a cheating husband being stalked by a crazed ex-mistress has become something of a cliche. With Lionsgate’s latest direct-to-audience film, Broken Vows, the writers do a decent job of flipping the script. In the movie, Jaimie Alexander stars as a woman who must find the strength to escape the grasp of a psychotic stalker before he destroys everything and everyone she loves. Here is a detailed description:
“In this chilling, sexy thriller, Tara (Jaimie Alexander, TV’s “Blindspot”) finds her life unraveling after hooking up with bartender Patrick (Wes Bentley, The Hunger Games) during her bachelorette party in New Orleans. Patrick becomes obsessed with Tara, not knowing she’s about to marry Michael (Cam Gigandet, The Twilight Saga franchise), and tracks her down to her quiet California home. As Patrick’s obsession turns violent, Tara stands to not only lose her marriage and her loved ones, but also her life.”
Though the plot is a tad formulaic, the cast does an honorable job of working with what they’ve been given. The been-there-done-that feel of the story is quickly forgotten given the gender role reversal of sorts. Having a strong female lead is a nice change of pace. Jaimie Alexander may not have the longest resume in the business, but she is definitely one to keep an eye on. I was already a fan of her work on the series Blindspot, and this film is a nice vehicle for her to put aside her action-hero notoriety and stretch her emotional chops. Alexandra Breckenridge, coming off of a memorable stint on the series The Walking Dead, does a fine job as well. This isn’t exactly Fatal Attraction, but Broken Vows is a thriller worthy of your time.
And, what made that time more enjoyable for me was Wes Bentley. I’ve always been a sucker for stalker movies; what can I say? They creep me out. But, couple that with Bentley’s smoldering gaze (it’s like he’s looking through you) and that’s enough to keep me glued to the television. Whether your familiarity with his work comes from American Horror Story or all the way back to American Beauty, there’s no mistaking his understated ability to crawl under your skin. His intensity, even in lighter roles, is frightening, and for some reason I find that attractive. I get that I should probably have felt sorry for the poor, betrayed husband-to-be, played by Cam Gigandet, but I didn’t. His character, Michael, had a smugness about him. I can’t put my finger on what it was, but I can see how it would be easy to lose yourself in Bentley’s bartender. (There’s something wrong with me).
While this psychological thriller is somewhat predictable, it was well shot and still held enough twists and turns (stick with it til the end) to make it worth the hour and a half you’ll spend yelling at your TV. If the typical array of October/Halloween horror movies are not your cup of tea, I would recommend an evening of Broken Vows. The Broken Vows DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.
Wes Bentley TV’s “American Horror Story: Hotel,” The Hunger Games
Jaimie Alexander TV’s “Blindspot,” Thor
Cam Gigandet Easy A, The Twilight Saga Franchise
Astrid Bryan TV’s “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Alexandra Breckenridge TV’s “The Walking Dead”
and Alex Ladove Life of Crime
Year of Production: 2016
Title Copyright: © 2015 Bullet Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Home Entertainment Premiere
Rating: Rated R for Disturbing Violent Content, Language and Some Sexuality
DVD Closed Captioned: English
DVD Subtitles: English and Spanish
Feature Run Time: 91 minutes
DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio