Aliens to invade Seattle! Come to Comicon if you want to live!
Star of Terminator, Tombstone and Aliens aims his sights on Seattle!
Seattle, WA – The versatile and recognizable Michael Biehn (“Kyle Reese” The Terminator 1 & T2: Judgment Day, ”Johnny Ringo” from Tombstone, ”Hicks” from Aliens) is the third celebrity guest announced for the upcoming 12th annual Emerald City Comicon taking place on March 28th – 30th, 2014 at the Washington State Convention Center. He will be appearing all three days!
Michael Biehn is one of those prolific actors and familiar faces that makes it impossible not to have enjoyed at least one of his films. He is arguably best known to mainstream audiences as bad guy “Johnny Ringo” in the cult western classic Tombstone which co-starred Val Kilmer and Kurt Russell. But fans of Sci-Fi fare will know him as both futuristic hero “Kyle Reese” in The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day as well as space marine “Cpl. Hicks” in Aliens, all three films by director James Cameron. Biehn’s partnership with Cameron would continue in the 1989 underwater adventure The Abyss.
Biehn has played a Navy Seal on the big screen on no less than three occasions: the aforementioned The Abyss, the 1990 film Navy Seals co-starring Charlie Sheen and the Michael Bay action romp The Rock starring Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage.
Getting his start on television shows such as James at 16, Logan’s Run and Family, Biehn ended up with a recurring role on the critically acclaimed cop drama Hill Street Blues as “Officer Randall Buttman”. He quickly found work on the big screen in the 1983 military piece The Lords of Discipline. He also has an uncredited role as the athlete “Mike” in the 1978 musical Grease starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
In recent years, Biehn has returned to television with appearances on Criminal Minds, Adventure Inc., The Magnificent Seven and Law and Order: Criminal Intent, while continuing to tackle roles on the big screen in films including K2, Quentin Tarrantino’s Planet Terror, and Megiddo: The Omega Code 2. He can next be seen in the upcoming cable series 24 Hour Rental, about a group of petty criminals that operate a shady video rental store.
Biehn was born in Anniston, Alabama. After moving Arizona as youth, he took part in the high school drama program at Lake Havasu City before eventually studying acting at the University of Arizona.
Also attending with Biehn will be his wife, actress Jennifer Blanc, best known for her work as “Kendra Maibaum” on the cult television series by James Cameron Dark Angel starring Jessica Alba and as “Kate Bishop” on the FOX drama Party of Five. Other credits include Touched By Angel, Veronica Mars, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Both Biehn and Blanc appear together in the independent 2011 film The VIctim, which they also produced.
Biehn and Blanc join previously announced celebrity guests Nichelle Nichols (“Lt. Uhura” from Star Trek) and Richard Dean Anderson (star of MacGyver, Stargate SG-1). Roughly two dozen celebrity guests in all will be announced for this spectacular weekend, in addition to hundreds of popular comic guests, exhibitors and several exciting new offerings and surprises.
Coming off of a sold out 2013 show, tickets for Emerald City Comicon 2014 will be in high demand when they go on sale September 1st, 2014!
With a record turnout of 64,000 patrons in 2013, Emerald City Comicon consistently ranks as one of the Top 10 most attended conventions of its kind in North America as well as increasingly becoming the favorite show among many fans, comic guests, journalists and celebrities.
Established in 2003, Emerald City Comicon, while renowned worldwide for its growing popularity, continues to remain the Northwest’s premier comic book and pop culture convention founded in the belief that investing in local artists, companies and individuals is a lasting recipe for success and longevity.
Look for regular press releases containing all of the latest news leading up to the show in March 2014. For more information, please visit ECCC’s website at www.emeraldcitycomicon.com
Via Dark Horse:
Exclusive Product: Good Luck Trolls Exclusive Design
Item Description: 2.5″ “mystery” design Troll figure. Packaged in color box.
Production Run: 1,000
Availability: Four per person / all days
Trolls became one of America’s biggest toy fads in the early 1960s, and again over the years in various revivals from many toy manufacturers. After being off the market for nearly a decade, Dark Horse gave Trolls new life with a record selling mystery-box program. However, our San Diego Comic-Con exclusive is no mystery. This green Good Luck Troll with white hair glows under black light and is limited to 1,000 pieces.
© 2013 DREAMWORKS ANIMATION L.L.C. Used under license by Dark Horse Comics.
Wizard World, Inc. Announces Record First Quarter 2013 Results
New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA, June 10, 2013 – Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) announced record financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 today.
CEO John Macaluso noted that the plan the company put in place less than twelve months ago continues to show positive results and record improvements. “I am pleased to report that Wizard World continued its financial improvement with a record quarter that saw revenues more than triple from a year ago earlier. Our team did this with while providing positive earnings to our shareholders and delivering a fun and special experience to our customers.”
Q1 Financial Summary
Convention revenue was $1,793,476 for the three months ended March 31, 2013, as compared to $520,155 for the comparable period ended March 31, 2012, an increase of $1,273,321. The Company produced two events during the period ended March 31, 2013, as compared to one event during the comparable period ended March 31, 2012. Average revenue generated per event in 2013 was $896,737 as compared to $520,155 during 2012.
Gross profit percentage increased from a gross profit of 29% during the three months ended March 31, 2012, to a gross profit of 46% for the three months ended March 31, 2013. The increase in convention revenue is primarily attributable to running better advertised and marketed events while expanding our in convention offerings and continued cost control procedures.
Operating expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2013, was $690,507, as compared to $508,419 for the three months ended March 31, 2012. The $182,088 increase is primarily attributable to an increase in labor costs
Income (loss) from operations for the three months ended March 31, 2013, was $126,092 as compared to a loss of $355,024 for the three months ended March 31, 2012. The increase is primarily attributable to running more profitable events during the three months ended March 31, 2013 as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2012.
Other income (expense) for the three months ended March 31, 2013, was $1,048,765, as compared to $51,121for the three months ended March 31, 2012. The increase is primarily attributable to the gain on the fair value of the Company’s derivative liabilities.
Net income (loss) attributable to common shareholder for three months ended March 31, 2012, was $1,104,176 or income per share of $0.03, as compared to $(357,774) or loss per share of $(0.01), for the three months ended March 31, 2012. The per share amounts are calculated net of deemed dividends.
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, was $191,861 and $(221,606), respectively. The net income (loss) attributable to common shareholder for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012 was $1,104,176 and $(357,774), respectively. The Company’s cash provided by (used in) operations increased primarily due to running profitable events.
The Company believes that our existing available cash, along with our cash flows from operations will enable the Company to meet the working capital requirements for at least 12 months. The estimated working capital requirement for the next 12 months is $2,300,000 with an estimated burn rate of $190,000 per month. The Company continues to explore potential expansion opportunities in the industry in order to boost sales while leveraging distribution systems to consolidate lower costs.
Statements in this press release relating to Wizard World, Inc.’s future plans, expectations, beliefs, intentions and prospects are “forward-looking statements” and are subject to material risks and uncertainties. When used in this press release, the words “will,” “future,” “expect,” “look forward to,” similar expressions and any other statements that are not historical facts are intended to identify those assertions as forward-looking statements. Any such statement may be influenced by a variety of factors, many of which are beyond the control of Wizard World that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those projected, described, expressed or implied in this press release due to a number of risks and uncertainties. Accordingly, no assurances can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur. A detailed discussion of these factors and other risks that affect Wizard World’s business is contained in its SEC filings, including its most recent report on Form 10-Q, particularly under the heading “Risk Factors.” Copies of these filings are available online from the SEC or by contacting Jerry Milani, Public Relations, at (646) 380-2479. All information set forth in this press release is current as of June 10, 2013. Wizard World undertakes no duty to update any statement in light of new information or future events.
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Berkeleyworks, the Art of Berkeley Breathed is coming soon… 300 plus pages of imagery, much of it never seen before, paired with my cutting commentary. Debuting on July 17th at the IDW booth at San Diego Comic-Con. I’ll be on hand to autograph copies.
Comic-Con International is pleased to announce that because of returned/cancelled badges we will once again be able to offer those badges for resale. This year we have also reduced the allotment of reserved badges for certain departments. Comic-Con has decided to add these badges to the resale for our attendees. We currently have several thousand single day badges available for resale, only 3,100 of which are Saturday badges. 4-Day badges are sold out.
NO PURCHASE NECESSSARY. The Comic-Con International Resale Drawing (“Drawing”) is open to legal residents of the United States and Canada, age 13 or older at the time of entry, that have been assigned a Comic-Con Member ID as of 05:30:00 PM PDT on 06/07/13, and that have not already registered for or purchased a 4-Day badge (with or without Preview Night) or a single day Saturday badge (“Eligible Members”). Promotion begins at 11:00:01 AM PDT on 06/10/13 and ends at 10:59:59 AM PDT on 06/12/13 (“Entry Period”). Void where prohibited by law. At the start of the Entry Period, all individuals with a confirmed Comic-Con Member ID will be sent an invitation via email with instructions to log in to their account at https://secure2.comic-con.org/memberid/ during the Entry Period to check their eligibility and to participate in the Drawing. Eligible Members must complete the registration form in its entirety and submit (“Entry”). Limit: one (1) Entry per Eligible Member. On or around 06/13/13, an independent judging organization appointed by Sponsor will select, in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received during the Entry Period, ten thousand (10,000) Eligible Members to be eligible to participate in a Comic Con International 2013 badge resale opportunity (“Resale Participants”) to be held at a time and date to be determined by Sponsor (“Resale Opportunity”). Time and date of Resale Opportunity will be included in initial notice to Resale Participants. Resale Participants are not guaranteed the ability to purchase a badge(s). There will be a limited number of single day badges available for purchase during the Resale Opportunity; the number of badges available for purchase will be determined by Sponsor prior to the start of the Resale Opportunity. Selected Resale Participants will be sent instructions via email prior to the date of the Resale Opportunity on how and when to participate in the Resale Opportunity. Badges will be available for purchase while supplies last for each type of badge available; there may be more Resale Participants than there are badges available for purchase. Badges purchased during the Resale Opportunity are non-refundable and non-transferable. Resale Participants must read the Comic-Con badge purchase terms and conditions carefully before purchasing. Badge purchase is subject to any terms or rules associated with the Resale Opportunity. Sponsor is not responsible for any damage to computer equipment related to participating in this promotion. Employees, board members and committee members of San Diego Comic Convention (“Sponsor”), its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, and the immediate family members of, and/or those living in the same household of each, are not eligible to participate.
DARK HORSE LAUNCHES ALL-NEW NEWSFEED WITH DAILY REVEALS OF 2013 COMIC-CON EXCLUSIVES!
JUNE 10, MILWAUKIE, OR—As anticipation for this year’s pop culture main event grows, Dark Horse makes the first of many announcements regarding exclusive products for this year’s Comic-Con International!
Every day this week, Dark Horse will reveal one item to be sold at this year’s convention, exclusively on Dark Horse’s all-new NewsFeed!
Up first is what will surely be one of this year’s most sought-after items! Continuing in Dark Horse’s incredibly successful line of collectibles based on HBO’s Game of Thrones comes this limited-edition sculptural replica of the Stark shield!
This seven-inch replica comes with a hook for wall mounting and retails for $30, with a limit of two per person. Produced in an incredibly limited run of only 1,200 pieces, these are sure to go fast!
Make sure to follow Dark Horse on Twitter throughout the week, as one exclusive item per day will be revealed at a random time on the Dark Horse NewsFeed.
Keep it locked to darkhorse.com/newsfeed to find out what you will be standing in line for at this year’s show, and look for sneak peeks at upcoming announcements about Dark Horse books, products, and events!
Make sure to stop by booth #2615 to check out all the awesome exclusives, only available at San Diego Comic-Con 2013!
A three-time New Fictioneer, Colorado’s Win Scott Eckert will be reading from two new works: THE SCARLET JAGUAR, a novella featuring Patricia Wildman, daughter of a certain bronze champion of justice, and A GIRL AND HER CAT, the first new Honey West novel in over forty years.
John Allen Small, an award-winning journalist and columnist from Oklahoma, selects from a pair of short works for his reading. “The Bright Heart of Eternity” is a tribute to Edgar Rice Burroughs and Philip José Farmer. “Ghost of Thunder Isle” is featured in the new Moonstone Books anthology, THE AVENGER: ROARING HEART OF THE CRUCIBLE.
At 1 PM on Saturday, July 27th, writer, editor-in-chief of Airship 27, and two-time Pulp Factory Award winner, Ron Fortier, and five contemporary authors will gaze into their crystal balls to chart the road ahead for the new and exciting continuation of the pulp genre known as “New Pulp.” Joining Ron will be Jim Beard, Win Scott Eckert, Rick Lai, Frank Schildiner, and Dr. Art Sippo.
To celebrate the 80th anniversaries of “The Man of Bronze” and KING KONG, Will Murray, author of “The Wild Adventures of Doc Savage,” paired the two characters in his novel, SKULL ISLAND. On Saturday, July 27th, at 2 PM, PulpFest 2013 will host a special “New Fictioneers” reading of Mr. Murray’s bestselling novel by Radio Archives’ reader Roger Price.
Jim Beard broke into the world of “New Pulp” in 2012 when Airship 27 published SGT. JANUS, SPIRIT-BREAKER, a collection of ghost stories featuring an occult detective, and CAPTAIN ACTION: RIDDLE OF THE GLOWING MEN, the first prose novel based on the 1960s action figure.
A columnist for the TOLEDO FREE PRESS, “The Beard” will be finishing up Please visit www.pulpfest.com to learn more about Jim Beard and his work.
PulpFest’s “New Fictioneer” programming. At 3 PM on Saturday, July 27th, Jim will be reading from his two Airship 27 books as well as a story from MONSTER EARTH, a shared-world anthology of giant monster tales.
For more, please visit www.pulpfest.com and be sure to register now for “summer’s great pulp con!”
Stan Lee, Patrick Stewart, Five ‘The Walking Dead’ Stars, WWE® Superstar CM Punk® Headline Wizard World Comic Con NYC Experience, June 28-29-30
Norman Reedus, Laurie Holden, Michael Rooker, Jon Bernthal, Chandler Riggs From ‘TWD’ To Attend Fan Extravaganza At New Riverside Location At Basketball City (Pier 36)
NEW YORK, June 4, 2013 – Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) has announced the celebrity and superstar creator rosters for the 2013 Wizard World Comic Con NYC Experience, June 28-30 at Basketball city (Pier 36) in Manhattan. Comics legend Stan Lee, “Star Trek: The Next Generation” icon Patrick Stewart and five prominent cast members of “The Walking Dead,” including Norman Reedus, Laurie Holden, Michael Rooker, Jon Bernthal and Chandler Riggs, “The Fonz” Henry Winkler and WWE® Superstar CM Punk®top the celebrity list. Mike Deodato Jr., (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Wonder Woman”), Carlos Pacheco (“X-Men,” “Green Lantern”),Humberto Ramos (“The Spectacular Spider-Man,” “Impulse”) and Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams (“Batman,” “Superman”) are among the most prominent creators attending.
Lee and Stewart will appear on Saturday, June 29; Punk will attend on Friday, June 28; Reedus, Bernthal and Riggs are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday; Holden and Rooker are both slated for all three days.
Other standout special guests include Hockey Hall of Famer Brian Leetch, Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor, both appearing Saturday, and Wil Wheaton (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”), Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventure of Superman”), Pam Grier (“Smallville,” “The L Word”), Anthony Michael Hall (Batman, Sixteen Candles), James Marsters (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Caprica”), Sarah Underwood (“Attack of the Show,” The House Bunny) and Jason David Frank (“Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”), all scheduled for the full three days.
A highlight of the event is the Wizard World Comic Con NYC Experience Celebrity Cruise on Friday from 9 p.m. – midnight (additional ticket required). Reedus, Rooker and Bernthal are scheduled to be aboard as the ship sails from Basketball City up past the Freedom Tower. All attendees must be 21 years of age, and DJ, buffet menu and two free drinks are included, and a ticket to any day of the event is required in order to purchase tickets for the cruise.
The Artist Alley at Wizard World Comic Con NYC Experience will also feature Mike Zeck (“Spider-Man,” “Punisher”), Jim Cheung (“Avengers Vs. X-Men,” “Uncanny X-Men”), Stan Goldberg (“Archie,” “Simpsons Comics”), “Zombie King” Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”), Michael Golden (“Hulk,” “Daredevil”), Rick Buckler (“New Crusaders,” “Thor”) and J.G. Jones (“Final Crisis,” “Wanted”).
Additionally, all full price attendees will receive a free copy of the Exclusive Variant Cover of The Walking Dead #1 comic, available only at Comic Con Wizard World NYC Experience.
Wizard World Comic Con NYC Experience will be the fourth of eight events on the 2013 calendar, which also includes shows in Chicago (Aug. 8-11), Columbus, Ohio (Sept. 20-22), Nashville, Tenn. (Oct. 18-20) and Austin, Texas (Nov. 22-24). Wizard World has also scheduled four 2014 dates: Portland, Ore. (Jan. 24-26), New Orleans (Feb. 7-9), St. Louis (April 4-6) and Philadelphia (June 19-22).
Wizard World events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, music, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.
About Wizard World:
Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, creators, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, workshops, and costume contests.
The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.
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June 28-30 – Wizard World Comic Con NYC Experience
August 8-11 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 20-22 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
October 18-20 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
November 22-24 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
January 24-26, 2014 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
February 7-9, 2014 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
April 4-6, 2014 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
June 19-22, 2014 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
Reports come in from Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, people get ready for HeroesCon, the Tampa Bay Comic Con announces Hunger Games and Game of Thrones guests, and more!
Twitch Announces Exclusive Broadcasting Partnership With ReedPOP
PAX Prime, PAX East, New York Comic Con and C2E2 among initial pop culture conventions streaming live content exclusively on Twitch
June 05, 2013 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Twitch, the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers, today announced it has teamed up with ReedPOP, the largest producer of pop culture events in the world, as their exclusive streaming partner. Twitch will be the live broadcasting home for some of their largest pop culture conventions, including PAX Prime, PAX East, New York Comic Con and the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2).
“Given the growing popularity of pop culture conventions, many of them are selling out, leaving a lot of fans out in the dark and having to trawl the internet for bits and pieces of news that relate to these events,” said Emmett Shear, Twitch CEO. “With our new partnership with ReedPOP, the ability to enjoy compelling convention content from the comfort of home is now a reality.”
Twitch and ReedPOP have a long standing relationship which have involved partnerships surrounding their biggest pop culture events, such as PAX, C2E2 and New York Comic Con. This new partnership bundles all of these events and more on the horizon into a cohesive package for greater synergy between brands and offerings.
“We are all about reaching as many fans as possible and anything we can do to connect our fans with the incredible talent that comes to our shows is awesome,” notes Lance Fensterman, Global Vice President, ReedPOP. “This partnership with Twitch ensures that everyone interested in our shows will have a consistent destination for some of the best pop culture content in the world whenever they want!”
The partnership with ReedPOP is a significant milestone for Twitch as the company approaches its two-year anniversary. With a growing number of broadcasting partners and visitors—which have both more than quadrupled since its launch in June 2011—having secured a large scale exclusive with an industry leader like ReedPOP is indicative of Twitch’s preeminent role in the live streaming movement.
For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jason Scorrano at jscorrano@ReedPOP.com.
Twitch is the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers. More than 35 million gamers gather every month on Twitch to broadcast, watch and chat about gaming. Twitch’s video platform is the backbone of both live and on-demand distribution for leading video game broadcasters including casual gamers, pro players, tournaments, leagues, developers and gaming media organizations. Twitch is leading a revolution in the gaming community, working to create a participatory experience that transcends gameplay. Learn more at http://twitch.tv.
About ReedPOP: ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime & East, Star Wars Celebration, and the UFC Fan Expo. In 2013 ReedPOP has addedStar Wars Celebration Europe and PAX Australia to its rapidly expanding portfolio of international events. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.