Hasbro Announces HasCon 2017


Press Release:

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

Grand Rapids Comic-Con Returns October 21-23, 2016

Grand Rapids Comic-Con

Press Release:

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

Ticket Prices:
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
Car show
Film festival (link here)
Anime room
Art show
Costume contest
Electronic and board/card gaming rooms
Comic and 1950’s sci-fi displays
100-plus hours of programming

More information: www.grcomiccon.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/grandrapidscomiccon
Twitter: www.twitter.com/grcomiccon
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/grcomiccon

Spooky Empire Reschedules convention for December!

spooky_decemberAfter many conversations with the convention center, hotels, agents and staff it looks like we have secured dates to reschedule Spooky Empire!

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!

ToyConNJ 6 Takes Place This November 2016

Press Release:




LINK: WonderCon Anaheim Announces First Wave of 2017 Special Guests

October 17, 2016 by  
Filed under California, Comic Books, Convention News


WonderCon Anaheim has announced their first wave for 2017 including Mark Waid and Hope Larson.

Steel City Con Adds Dana DeLorenzo and Jill Marie Jones from Ash Vs Evil Dead

Via Steel City Con:



The Steel City Comic Con is very pleased to announce that actress and former radio personality and producer, Dana DeLorenzo will be attending the upcoming show! She currently stars as Kelly Maxwell in Ash vs Evil Dead. Dana will be joining Ray Santiago and Jill Marie Jones for an amazing reunion of 3 main cast members of Ash vs, Evil Dead TV series!

ticket availability at www.steelcitycon.com

Dana DeLorenzo will be available for signings and professional photo ops. Don’t miss this rare opportunity.



The Steel City Comic Con is pleased to announce that Jill Marie Jones will be attending the upcoming Steel City Comic Con!
Jones is best known for her role as Antoinette “Toni” Childs-Garrett on the UPN comedy series, Girlfriends (2000-2006). Jones later has appeared in a number of films, and had the recurring role as Cynthia Irving on the Fox supernatural series, Sleepy Hollow. From 2015 to 2016, she starred as Amanda Fisher in the Starz horror-comedy series, Ash vs Evil Dead.

ticket availability at www.steelcitycon.com

Jill Marie Jones will be available for signings and professional photo ops. Don’t miss this rare opportunity.


LINK: Meet the Evil Genius Behind New York Comic Con


Entrepreneur interviews Lance Fensterman, creator of NYCC and senior global VP of ReedPOP.

Marvel Comics Schedule at NYCC 2016

Marvel Comics is live at New York Comic Con 2016! Join them right here at Marvel’s online destination for the latest con coverage, news, galleries, schedules, panels, live events and so much more! Panel and booth signing schedule has been announced, including opportunities to meet the casts of Luke Cage and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. plus the upcoming Legion and Iron Fist; see below for details.



Image Comics Schedule at NYCC 2016


Press Release:

Image Comics is pleased to return to the big apple this year for New York Comic Con on Thursday, October 7th through Sunday, October 9th. Please note: updates to the schedule may appear online during the show. Please refer back to this post for the most up-to-date information.

* Quantities will be limited by customer and per day on a first come, first served basis. Please ask at the Image booth about availability.

  • CANNIBAL #1 by Brian Buccellato, Jennifer Young & Matias Bergara, $10
  • MOONSHINE #1 by Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Risso, $10
  • REBORN #1 by Mark Millar & Greg Capullo, $10


  • TOKYO GHOST, VOL. 1 hardcover by Rick Remender & Sean Gordon Murphy, $35
  • MONSTRESS, VOL. 1 hardcover by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda, $40


Comics In #YourImage: Adventure
10/6/2016 at 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, in 1A21

Charles Soule (CURSE WORDS), Greg Rucka (BLACK MAGICK), Simon Spurrier (CRY HAVOC), Caspar Wijngaard (LIMBO), and Joe Harris & Martin Morazzo (SNOWFALL) are ready and willing to break down how they create perfect comic book adventures, versatile heroes, and chilling villains in complex stories that demand a lot from the reader, but have a huge payoff.

Comics In #YourImage: Character
10/7/2016 at 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, in Room 1A24

A high concept for a comic is a great invitation, but great characters are what make you want to stay with the book. Characters that you empathize with or are cooler than cool are captivating. Sana Takeda (MONSTRESS), Steven T. Seagle (CAMP MIDNIGHT), Rod Reis (HADRIAN’S WALL), Donny Cates (TBA), and Jason Hurley & Jeremy Haun (THE BEAUTY) are going to dig deep into characters, and how it’s not as easy as a cool outfit and a snappy name.

Comics In #YourImage: Storytelling
10/8/2016 at 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM, in 1A21

You can’t judge a comic solely based on what happens to the characters in it. You have to look at how things happen, what the story looks like, and a bunch of other little tiny things that make comics one of the most vibrant storytelling mediums around. Karen Berger (SURGEON X), Gabriel Hardman (INVISIBLE REPUBLIC), Declan Shalvey (INJECTION), Marjorie Liu (MONSTRESS), Scott Snyder (WYTCHES), and Bryan Hill (ROMULUS) are some of the best storytellers in the business. In addition, check out an EXCLUSIVE preview of the upcoming OFFICER DOWNE film at the end of the panel, based on the graphic novel by Joe Casey & Chris Burnham!

Comics In #YourImage: Spectacle
10/9/2016 at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, in 1A24

What is it that excites you about comics, that makes Wednesday the best day of the week? Whether it’s the idea of seeing a new world through someone else’s eyes or getting a look at reality from another angle, we’ve got you covered. Our panelists, including Jim Zub & Djibril Morissette-Phan (GLITTERBOMB), Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, & Babs Tarr (MOTORCRUSH), Jason Latour (SOUTHERN BASTARDS), and Andrew MacLean(HEADLOPPER) know what you want and aim to please.

*wristbands will be available for fans to pick as soon as doors open, first come, first served, at the Image booth on the day of the desired ticketed signing.

12 – 12:45 PM, Alex de Campi & Carla Speed McNeil
12 – 12:45 PM, Joshua Williamson
1 – 1:45 PM, Declan Shalvey
1 – 1:45 PM, Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart & Babs Tarr* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
2 – 2:45 PM, Greg Rucka* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
2 – 2:45 PM, Brandon Thomas
3 – 3:45 PM, Bob Fingerman
3 – 3:45 PM, Brian Schirmer
3 – 3:45 PM, Shawn Martinbrough
4 – 4:45 PM, Brian Buccellato
4 – 4:45 PM, Giuseppe Camuncoli
5 – 5:45 PM, Jim Zub & Djibril Morissette-Phan

10 – 10:45 AM, Scott Snyder* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
10 – 10:45 AM, Tim Seeley
11 – 11:45 AM, Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
11 – 11:45 AM, Joe Harris & Martin Morazzo
12 – 12:45 PM, Meredith McClaren
12 – 12:45 PM, Shane Davis
1 – 1:45 PM, Joshua Williamson
2 – 2:45 PM, Donny Cates & Geoff Shaw
2 – 2:45 PM, Brandon Thomas
3 – 3:45 PM, Kieron Gillen* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
3 – 3:45 PM, Giuseppe Camuncoli
4 – 4:45 PM, Emi Lenox
4 – 4:45 PM, Brian Wood & Garry Brown
5 – 5:45 PM, Jeremy Haun & Jason Hurley
5 – 5:45 PM, Gerry Duggan & Phil Noto
6 – 6:45 PM, Andrew MacLean

10 – 10:45 AM, Dustin Nguyen* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
11 – 11:45 AM, Wes Craig
11 – 11:45 AM, Shawn Martinbrough
12 – 12:45 PM, Brian Azzarello* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
12 – 12:45 PM, Giuseppe Camuncoli
1 – 1:45 PM, Greg Capullo* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
1 – 1:45 PM, Brandon Thomas
2 – 2:45 PM, Robert Kirkman* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
2 – 2:45 PM, Greg Rucka* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
3 – 3:45 PM, Jason Latour* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
4 – 4:45 PM, Brian Azzarello* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
4 – 4:45 PM, Paul Azaceta
5 – 5:45 PM, Jerome Opeña* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
6 – 6:45 PM, Andy Belanger

10 – 10:45 AM, Scott Snyder* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
11 – 11:45 AM, Caspar Wijngaard
11 – 11:45 AM, Stefano Gaudiano & Cliff Rathburn
1 – 1:45 PM, Leandro Fernandez
2 – 2:45 PM, Paul Azaceta


Albuquerque, Rafael: BB11
Balboni, Claudia: S6
Bechko, Corinna: Q9
Belanger, Andy: BB12
Blake II, Nelson: Q14
Brown, Garry: R4
Buccelleto, Brian: CC2
Burnham, Chris: F2
Camuncoli, Giuseppe: AA4
Cho, Frank: AA11
Craig, Wes: X6
Davis, Shane: B10
De Campi, Alex: B6
Delecki, Michelle: AA5
Dodson, Terry: D18
Dos Santos, Mark: V7
Eisma, Joe: X7
Fiumara, Max: BB3
Fletcher, Brenden: W16
Fowler, Tom: Q8
Giarrusso, Chris: D5
Glapion, Jonathan: G3
Goodhart, Isaac: Q15
Gorham, Adam: Q3
Hardman, Gabriel: Q9
Harren, James: R4
Harris, Joe: V18
Haun, Jeremy: Q1
Hawkins, Matt: Q15
Hill, Bryan: Q14
Huang, Edwin: S3
Jordan, Justin: N8
Katzenstein, Jason Adam: BB13
Kesgin, Sumeyye: Z17
Kyriazis, Ilias: H2
Larsen, Erik: Q18
Liu, Marjorie: K2
MacLean, Andrew: T4
Mahfood, Jim: O12
McClaren, Meredith: A3A
McNeil, Carla Speed: B6
Montclare, Brandon: H11
Moreci, Michael: X5
Morissette-Phan, Djibril: S5
Murphy, Sean Gordon: E1
Nguyen, Dustin: F9
Opeña, Jerome: L2
Orlando, Steve: K17
Ottley, Ryan: T10
Panosian, Dan: E13
Randolph, Khary: J18
Rathburn, Cliff: T11
Reeder, Amy: H10
Reis, Rod: R2
Rossmo, Riley: R5
Rucka, Greg: A1
Ryan Browne: X2
Scalera, Matteo: E3
Schirmer, Brian: S6
Seagle, Steven T.: BB13
Seeley, Tim: X1
Sejic, Linda: Q16
Sejic, Stjepan: Q17
Shalvey, Declan: K10
Shaw, Geoff: R5
Sienkiewicz, Bill: O10
Snyder, Scott: CC20
Soule, Charles: X3
Spencer, Nick: R1
Takeda, Sana: K2
Tarr, Babs: W17
Templesmith, Ben: N9
Van Lente, Fred: W12
Wijngaard, Caspar: H3
Williamson, Joshua: CC3
Wimberly, Ronald: O3
Zub, Jim: S4

NYCC AFTERPARTY: Image Comics and Sonicboombox team up for a night of wizards, bowling, and mingling

You’re invited to join the fun on Friday night at Bowlmor Times Square 

Image Comics, Midtown Comics and Sonicboombox are re-teaming for a special NYCC After Party to be held at Bowlmor Times Square (222 W. 44th Street). A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Must be 21+ to attend. The fun begins at 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. in the Art Deco room (4th floor) 12 lanes of free bowling (first come, first served) Admission: $15 in advance, get tickets here.

Come join Charles Soule, Greg Rucka, Jason Latour, Wes Craig, Alex de Campi, Declan Shalvey, Amy Reeder, Tim Seeley, and more of your favorite Image creators for specialty drinks, complimentary bowling all night long, photobooth shenanigans, mingling, and enjoy a live music performance, Q&A, giveaway, and raffle from Charles Soule and his Wizard Band in celebration of the forthcoming launch of CURSE WORDS.

– See more at: https://imagecomics.com/content/view/image-comics-at-new-york-comic-con#sthash.zA4rDrPh.dpuf

Living Dead Weekend 2016 Celebrates Film Origins of the Zombie

October 5, 2016 by  
Filed under Convention News, Horror, Pennsylvania

Living Dead Weekend

Press Release:


Evans City, September 30, 2016: Evans City, PA, the home of the modern zombie in pop-culture will host the annual Living Dead Weekend on October 14, 15 and 16. This title is given to this Pennsylvania bureau because of it’s ties to the 1968 classic film, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Evans City served as the filming location of the infamous George A. Romero’s debut feature film about a night where the recently dead have returned to life and upset the human way of life. Now 48 years old, the film has had immeasurable influence on pop-culture and has given the world a new monster archetype.

This annual event has grown considerably and has become Evans City’s largest local festival. This event will feature a full weekend of events including movie screenings in the nearby Strand Theater, over 30 celebrities from the Romero films signing autographs, seminars and discussion panels, makeup and special FX booths, and over 100 vendors of art, crafts, food, exhibits, entertainers, Halloween merchandise, zombie goods, souvenirs and apparel. Also back for its third outing within the weekend is the Sunday afternoon Pet Walk of the Living Dead, a family friendly pet and owner costumed parade around EDCO Park which includes various local pet vendors all day this year.

A highlight of this year’s Weekend is a community effort to raise funds to save EDCO Park’s swimming Pool. GHOULS FOR THE POOL is Evans’s City’s answer to the popular Scarecrow Invasion- an interactive art exhibit to fill the park with fan-made zombie scarecrows. Participants will build and design a scarecrow to decorate and add ambiance to the park for Halloween. For only $5, the core essentials are supplied and park visitors throughout the weekend will use their ideas and artistic vision to build a zombie scarecrow and plant it in the park. The goal is to fill the back yard of the park with 1000 unique zombies. For every zombie scarecrow that joins the horde, the park gets $5.00.

Everyone is invited to celebrate all things zombies and especially the film that started it all, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, where it all began, Evans City, PA. Visitors from all around the world, as far as New Zealand are expected this year. Admission is FREE, with some activities having individual ticket costs. Additional details can be found at the website www.TheLivingDeadWeekend.com

“The way Evans City has embraced its own role as a focal point of film making history, and the warmth of the community to all its many visitors has made this a truly special event,” says, Jim Krut, actor from DAWN OF THE DEAD, “As the event continues to grow, the town will continue to find itself seen through the eyes of visitors from across the country and the world.”

The Living Dead Museum is a museum and gift shop celebrating Zombies in Pop-Culture. Located in the town center of Evans City, PA, location of the original film, George A. Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, the themed attraction takes fans through a visual history of zombies in cinema and pop-culture. Displays of props and memorabilia are woven into a presentation featuring interactive experiences, and zombie gift shopping. For more information, visit www.livingdeadmuseum.com and www.TheLivingDeadWeekend.com .

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