Anime Midwest 2014 Announces Akinori Isobe and Masumi Kano

April 15, 2014 by  
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ANIME MIDWEST ANNOUNCES AKINORI ISOBE AND MASUMI KANO

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Rosemont, Illinois – April 2, 2014 – President of Baby The Stars Shine Bright Akinori Isobe and designer Masumi Kano will be coming to Chicago in July for Anime Midwest. Anime Midwest is a Chicago anime and Japanese culture convention happening July 4-6, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare.

Established in 1988, Baby, the Stars Shine Bright is a lolita fashion clothing brand founded by Akinori and Fumiyo Isobe in Tokyo, Japan. The sister brand, Alice and the Pirates, was created in 2004. Currently, BABY, the Stars Shine Bright boasts 28 shops across Japan, with flagship stores in both Paris and San Francisco. Akinori Isobe is current President of Baby The Stars Shine Bright.

Masumi Kano graduated from Bunka Women’s University and after graduation she started working for Baby The Stars Shine Bright as a designer.

Anime Midwest and BABY are hosting a Lolita Tea Party, with tickets scheduled to go on sale on April 5th.

The convention will also feature a BABY The Stars Shine Bright fashion show. Model applications, etc, will be available online soon at http://animemidwest.com/baby

More about the anime convention’s guests at http://animemidwest.com/guests

Almost 10,000 anime fans will come to the Hyatt Regency O’Hare from July 4-6, 2014 to take part in cosplay, concerts, gaming tournaments, formal dances, and more. Anime fans can make new friends, meet voice actors, and have a lot of fun. The convention also provides a ConSweet full of free soda and ramen. Pre-registration is encouraged, and can be found at animemidwest.com

ReedPop Announces All-Star Kickoff Event for BookCon 2014 with Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and More

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BOOKCON ANNOUNCES SPECIAL ALL-STAR KICKOFF EVENT FEATURING JASON BATEMAN, TINA FEY, DIRECTOR SHAWN LEVY, AND WRITER JONATHAN TROPPER

Panel Discussion and Sneak Peek of Upcoming Feature Film Release “This Is Where I Leave You” on Friday, May 30th Sets the Stage for Highly Anticipated Consumer Book Event

NORWALK, CT – April 8, 2014 – Hot on the heels of its recent announcement of BookCon, a one-of-a-kind interactive consumer book event, ReedPOP, the world’s largest producer of pop culture events, announces a star-studded kickoff celebration to usher in the show.  Exemplifying the show’s mission of giving fans an experience where books and pop culture collide, ReedPOP will host a special panel and sneak peek of the upcoming film adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s bestselling book This Is Where I Leave You. The panel discussion will feature two of the stars of the film, Jason Bateman and Tina Fey, along with director Shawn Levy, and Tropper, who also wrote the screenplay, based on his novel. It will be followed by an exclusive Happy Hour to celebrate the debut of BookCon which will feature access to a number of top authors, giving fans the ultimate interactive experience.  The limited access BookCon kickoff event will happen on the eve of BookCon on May 30th at the Special Events Hall in the Javits Center.

The all-star BookCon kickoff event was created as a window into the type of events that BookCon will offer attendees.  The day-long event is crafted for creative-minded, passionate book fans in the publishing capital of the world.  Every aspect of the show is thoughtfully designed to appeal to the modern-day book lover with an appreciation for broader pop-culture and where these worlds intersect. By bridging the world of film and literature, the panel is a prime example of the mission for this consumer event and will usher in more exciting events and panels soon to be announced.

The hour-long panel, moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican, will start at 4:00 PM. A limited number of tickets for the BookCon kickoff event will be available for all those who purchase BookCon and BEA tickets for an additional $10. ReedPOP will also offer tickets as part of a VIP package that will include special artwork, a signed copy of This Is Where I Leave You, First Access to seating, access to BookCon on Saturday, and more.

“This is exactly the type of event that embodies what BookCon is all about and sets the tone in a truly impactful way,” said ReedPOP’s Global Senior Vice President, Lance Fensterman.  “This is our way of celebrating the debut of BookCon and giving fans a unique experience that will carry into the following day.”

Announcement of the kickoff event follows ReedPOP’s recent news of BookCon and its lineup of feature headliners including Amy Poehler, Martin Short, John Grisham, R.L. Stine, Stan Lee, Cary Elwes, Cassandra Clare, and Maggie Stiefvater.

Jonathan Tropper says: “This Is Where I Leave You was launched at BEA five years ago, so returning now to introduce the movie for the first time is a fitting and deeply satisfying way to celebrate the adaptation.”

Additional exciting details about BookCon exhibitors, talent, and sponsors will be revealed in the coming weeks. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.TheBookCon.com or BookCon’s social media pages (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram).

ABOUT “THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU” 

The dramatic comedy “This is Where I Leave You” is directed by Shawn Levy, and based on the hilarious and poignant bestselling novel by Tropper.  It features a starring ensemble cast including Golden Globe winner Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development”); Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Tina Fey (“30 Rock”); and two-time Oscar® winner, multiple Golden Globe honoree and 2013 Emmy Award nominee Jane Fonda (“Klute,” “Coming Home,” HBO’s “The Newsroom”).

When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens.  Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide–driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.

Shawn Levy, who helmed the blockbuster “Night at the Museum” films, as well as “Date Night” and “Real Steel,” directs from a screenplay by Jonathan Tropper.

The film also stars Adam Driver (HBO’s “Girls”), Rose Byrne (“Bridesmaids,” “X-Men: First Class”), Corey Stoll (“House of Cards,” “Midnight in Paris”), Kathryn Hahn (NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”).

“This is Where I Leave You” is produced by Paula Weinstein (“The Perfect Storm,” HBO’s “Recount”) Shawn Levy, and Jeffrey Levine (“The Family Man”).  Mary McLaglen (“Real Steel,” “The Proposal”) and Jonathan Tropper serve as executive producers.  The creative filmmaking team includes director of photography Terry Stacey (“Safe Haven,” “50/50″), production designer Ford Wheeler (“Rachel Getting Married”), editor Dean Zimmerman (“Real Steel”) and costume designer Susan Lyall (“RED”).   The music is by Oscar&reg-winning composer Michael Giacchino (“Up”).

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Spring Creek Production, a 21 Laps Production, a Shawn Levy Film: “This is Where I Leave You,” opening September 12, 2014.  It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

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 and Australia, Star Wars Celebration, Special Edition: NYC,  Oz Comic-Con and the UFC Fan Expo. In 2013 ReedPOP (has) added Star 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, Europe, and Asia/Pacific (including Australia). (www.reedpop.com)

ABOUT BOOKEXPO AMERICA

BookExpo America (BEA) is North America’s largest gathering of book trade professionals attracting an international audience. The event is widely known as an ideal place for content creators, media, booksellers, rights professionals, and movie and television executives to meet new authors, discover new books, learn about trends shaping the book industry, and network with those who have a passion for books and reading. BEA is foremost a gathering place for creative writers and thinkers and the commerce they create. It is recognized for the media attention it brings to upcoming books as well as for the notable authors it attracts to the convention itself.

BEA is organized with the support of association partners including the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the American Booksellers Association (ABA).

Celebrate 75 Years of Batman at WonderCon 2014

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All-Star Batman 75th Anniversary Panel includes Jim Lee, Kevin Smith, Kevin Conroy,
Bruce Timm , Ralph Garman, and Peter Girardi

DC Entertainment (DCE) will mark the 75th anniversary of its iconic Batman character at WonderCon 2014 with an impressive line-up of can’t-miss reveals and exclusives sure to thrill fans of the world’s most popular Super Hero.

A special highlight of DCE’s WonderCon activities will be the Batman 75th Anniversary Panel scheduled for Saturday, April 19 at 4 pm. The exclusive event brings together a stunning collection of superstar talent heavily influenced by the legendary Dark Knight and his rich 75-year history. DCE co-publisher and renowned Batman artist Jim Lee will join the all-star celebrity duo and writers of the forthcoming BATMAN ’66 MEETS THE GREEN HORNET mini-series Kevin Smith (ClerksMallrats) and Ralph Garman (Family Guy, KROQ radio personality), the legendary voice of Batman Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated SeriesBatman: Arkham Knight), Peter Girardi, SVP – Creative Affairs, Warner Bros Animation and groundbreaking Batman animator Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) in a fascinating discussion about the celebrated Super Hero. The must-see panel will also feature an exclusive premiere of an animated short from Darwyn Cooke, inspired by the Batman Beyond series.

In addition, DCE will join Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation for special events including:

  • The world premiere of Son of Batman, the landmark 20th entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. Taking place Friday at 6:00 pm, the screening precedes a star-studded panel including the voice of Batman, Jason O’Mara (Terra NovaLife on Mars).
  • A special screening of an all-new episode of Teen Titans Go! Scheduled for Friday at 2:00 pm, go behind the scenes of the fan-favorite series with a panel featuring the show’s producers and members of the voice cast.
  • Son of Batman and Teen Titans Go! select voice cast signings will be held at the DCE booth (wristbands required).  The Teen Titans Go! signing will take place on Friday at 1:30pm and signings for Son of Batman will take place on Friday at 3:30pm.

Fans attending WonderCon also have the chance to pick-up three exclusive variant comic books at the Graphitti Designs booth (#301) including:

  • The debut issue of the new blockbuster weekly BATMAN: ETERNAL #1
  • The latest “Riddler” themed cover of BATMAN #29 in a location-specific hue of blue from artist Greg Capullo
  • The must-own debut issue of THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE #1 featuring an exclusive 3-D motion cover, never before seen and only available at the Con

Home to the most talented writers and artists in the business, DCE’s interactive 1200 square foot booth (#401) will serve as a hub for its stellar collection of appearances, announcements and events at WonderCon 2014.

Can’t make the Con? DC Entertainment’s website is the go-to place for behind the scenes coverage and in-depth interviews. Also, look out for a WonderCon 2014 special edition of DC All Access webseries premiering on Tuesday, April 22 at 10am PST.

Third Eye Booth Schedule for AwesomeCon 2014

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As many of you know, we like to really bring the Third Eye Comics experience to the floor of any convention we set up at, and with how awesome AwesomeCon is shaping up to be — we really put together something special for you this year!

We’ve got a HUGE space loaded with cool stuff for you to snag, and, we’ve got a roster of all-star comic creators signing at the booth all throughout the day!

Here is the official schedule for the Third Eye Booth at AwesomeCon on Saturday 4/19/14!

11AM-12PM: Chris Pyrate (Bartkira) – Artist of the new Third Eye 2014 Summer T-Shirt! Purchase one of these limited run shirts, and get it signed by the artist!

12PM-1PM Joe Keatinge & Leila del Duca – Get issue #1 of their new series SHUTTER (From IMAGE COMICS) signed at the Third Eye Booth & get a 15% off discount on the SHUTTER TPB this Fall!

1PM-2PM: JUSTIN JORDAN (STRANGE TALENT OF LUTHER STRODE, GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS, DEAD BODY ROAD)

2PM-2:30PM: JIM ZUB (SKULLKICKERS, SAMURAI JACK, PATHFINDER)

3PM-4PM: FRANK J. BARBIERE (SOLAR MAN OF THE ATOM, FIVE GHOSTS, WHITE SUITS) & FRED VAN LENTE (MAGNUS ROBOT FIGHTER, INCREDIBLE HERCULES, ARCHER & ARMSTRONG)

4PM-5PM: CARLA SPEED MCNEIL (MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDS FOREVER, FINDER)

We’ll have tons of great books available for sale by these talented folks at the Third Eye booth during their signings!

All signings take place on Saturday, but the Third Eye booth will be at AwesomeCon all 3 days Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Make sure you get your tickets online to avoid long purchase lines!

RSVP on Facebook!

Dark Horse Schedule for WonderCon 2014

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Visit Dark Horse at booth #519 and come see our panels! Details are below!

Free comics, prints, or posters will be available at each signing. There will also be items available for sale. Certain restrictions may apply. Please note that signings will be ticketed or capped as needed. All events are subject to change.
FREE SIGNINGS Dark Horse Booth #519
Friday, April 18
1:00 p.m. Avatar: The Last Airbender: Gene Yang
3:00 p.m. Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi: Dan Parsons
Saturday, April 19
11:00 a.m. Bad Houses: Sara Ryan
12:00 p.m. Avatar: The Last Airbender: Gene Yang
3:00 p.m. Tomb Raider: Gail Simone
4:00 p.m. Never Ending: D. J. Kirkbride, Robert Love
5:00 p.m. The Fifth Beatle: Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson
Sunday, April 20
11:30 a.m. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10: Christos Gage
1:00 p.m. The Star Wars: Mike Mayhew
3:00 p.m. Serenity: Leaves on the Wind: Zack Whedon, Georges Jeanty*
*Ticketed event. A set number of tickets will be distributed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings by drawing.
PANELS
 
Friday, April 18
5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Room 203 The Making of Star Wars
WonderCon Anaheim special guest artist Mike Mayhew (Avengers) goes behind the scenes of the Diamond Gem Award–winning series The Star Wars, from Dark Horse Comics. Mike will take you on a tour of the universe that was never meant to be, from its mysterious origins to a sneak peek at the collected volumes coming this summer.
Saturday, April 19
5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m., Room 213 Dark Horse Presents Avatar: The Last Airbender
Dark Horse’s growing line of books following up on the original Nickelodeon hit animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender have achieved bestseller status! Working directly with the show’s creators, Gene Yang (American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saints) penned the first three-book series, The Promise, to universal acclaim, and followed it with The Search. Now, Yang tackles the events directly following The Search in The Rift. Join Gene Yang for an exclusive look at what’s to come in what is sure to be one of the year’s most talked about series!
Sunday, April 20
1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m., Room 213 Dark Horse Presents Whedonversity
Dark Horse’s continuations of Joss Whedon’s cult favorites (Serenity, Buffy, Angel & Faith) remain some of the most-talked-about comics in today’s market. Dark Horse and WonderCon Anaheim are giving you an exclusive chance to hear all there is to tell about the upcoming arcs of both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Serenity from the creative teams themselves! Join Dark Horse, along with Buffy Season 10 writer Christos Gage, Serenity writer Zack Whedon, and artist Georges Jeanty, for what is guaranteed to be one panel you don’t wanna miss!

Connecticut ComiCONN adds more Comic Legends to 3 Day 2014 Event

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Connecticut ComiCONN adds more Comic Legends to 3 Day Event!

Connecticut ComiCONN celebrates its 5th annual event with a move to the Webster Bank Arena and expands to a 3-Day event!

To meet the demands of its’ ever-growing fan base, Connecticut ComiCONN (a.k.a. ComiCONN) has moved to a larger venue and added additional days to its con to be held August 15-17 at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT.

ComiCONN has been providing fans of comic books, collectibles and cosplay an event to come out and celebrate their passion for years and is the Nutmeg State’s largest event of its kind. “ComiCONN has always been called “a show for the fans by the fans”, said ComiCONN organizer, Mitch Hallock, “For that reason we are assembling three days saluting the glory of comics with some of their greatest creators”.

This year’s confirmed guests for the show include: George Perez, David Finch, Jose Luis Garcia Lopez, Klaus Janson, Neal Adams, Denny O’Neil, Keith Giffen, Bob Layton, Lee Weeks, Franco, Howard Porter, Jerry Ordway, J.M. DeMatteis, Chris Giarrusso, Ann Nocenti, Rich Buckler, Frank McLaughlin, Paul Kupperberg, Tom Raney, Scott Hanna, Arthur Suydam, Howard Mackie, Ryder Windham, Bob Wiacek, Mark McKenna, Jamal Igle, Billy Tucci, Adam Wallentta, Todd Dezago, Jack Purcell, Melissa Benson, Bob Camp, Jim Salicrup, Danny Fingeroth and more. In addition to comic writers and artists, pop culture fans will be able to meet actors

As usual ComiCONN offers fans a shopping mecca for modern and vintage comic books, toys, movie props and memorabilia, artwork and gaming supplies. ComiCONN will also host panels, live music, costume and trivia contests for kids and adults and a whole lot more. Interested exhibitors can visit the website and learn on how to obtain spaces for this year’s giant-sized ComiCONN!

In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Connecticut ComiCONN. The latest developments can always be found on our website www.comiconn.com , Twitter, and Facebook pages.

Long Beach Comic Con Announces New Logos, Websites, and Extended Event Date for 2014

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Long Beach Comic Con Announces Freshly Inked Logos, Websites, and Extended Event Date

Mark your Calendars:
Long Beach Comic Expo is May 31 – June 1, and
Long Beach Comic Con is September 27 – 28

Long Beach, CA (April 4, 2014) – Long Beach Comic Con organizers are proud to announce a freshly redesigned Long Beach Comic Con website and logo in celebration of its six years of comic conventions in Long Beach. Along with the growing popularity of its Long Beach Comic Expo, organizers are also excited to announce an entirely new website dedicated its spring event along with a fresh new logo to match.

Both websites for Long Beach Comic Con and Long Beach Comic Expo, feature a user-friendly interface, updated contemporary designs, and added information regarding its spring and fall conventions. Both websites are accessible from each other. Check out the new designs at: LongBeachComicCon.com and LongBeachComicExpo.com.

Long Beach Comic Expo has also expanded from a one-day event to an entire weekend-event thanks to the support from fans, special guests and exhibitors who have made this one the most popular spring comic conventions in Southern California. Long Beach Comic Expo takes place Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1.

The consumer comic book convention known as the Long Beach Comic & Horror Con since 2011 was a nod to their dates near Halloween. With their move to September 27-28 this year, organizers have decided to go back to their roots and renamed their fall event the Long Beach Comic Con. The horror theme at the convention has firmly taken hold and will continue to be represented in future events.

“Long Beach Comic Con is always striving to keep our loyal fans and exhibitors happy by providing captivating special guest, panels, and vendors. We thought we would celebrate our six years of dedicated comic fans by updating the Long Beach Comic Con image with fresh websites and logos,” said Martha Donato, executive director and co-principal of the Long Beach Comic Con shows.

Enjoy a special weekend full of exceptional guests and exhibitors, and engaging panels, at Long Beach Comic Expo Saturday, May 31 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday, June 1 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Long Beach Comic Con will take place this fall, Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Tickets for both shows are available now through the website: www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

Follow on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and information.

About Long Beach Comic Expo
Long Beach Comic Expo has expanded for 2014 – it is now 2 days! Long Beach Comic Expo is Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1, 2014. Long Beach Comic Expo is a true comic con focused on creating a unique experience that both fans and exhibitors in the Long Beach, Anaheim, and Los Angeles areas will enjoy. With something for everyone, Long Beach Comic Expo is at the Long Beach Convention Center. To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit www.longbeachcomicexpo.com.

About Long Beach Comic Convention
Long Beach Comic & Horror Con is now the Long Beach Comic Con! Long Beach Comic Con is Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, 2014. Long Beach Comic Convention is a true comic con focused on creating a unique experience that both fans and exhibitors in the Long Beach, Anaheim, and Los Angeles areas will enjoy. Maintaining its horror theme, the Long Beach Comic Con has something for everyone. Long Beach Comic Convention takes place at the Long Beach Convention Center. To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

Mayim Bialik Appears as Keynote Speaker at Evolution Expo 2014

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Evolution Expo 2014 is proud to welcome Mayim Bialik as our Sunday Keynote Speaker. Other guests include stars of science (Dr. Pascal Lee, Dr. Chris McKay, Joe Edwards, Wendy Lawrence, John Jaquish) and screen (Jason Momoa, John Rhys-davies, Amanda Tapping, Katee Sackhoff, Tim Russ, Kevin Sorbo). Evolution Expo happens on June 27-29th, 2014, at the Oakland Marriott City Center! For full details go to the website: www.evolutionexpo.net

About MAYIM BIALIK:

Mayim Hoya Bialik is currently seen starring on the CBS Chuck Lorre hit comedy ‘The Big Bang Theory’, where she plays the role of Amy Farrah Fowler (a role for which she received an Emmy nomination in 2012 and 2013 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Category). The show has received multiple awards show nominations and critical acclaim over the past six seasons, including nominations for; Emmy’s, SAG Awards, and the Golden Globe’s. The show won the 2013 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Network TV Comedy. Bialik was born in San Diego, California, to first generation Jewish American parents, documentary film makers and teachers. She played the young Bette Midler in ‘Beaches’, played the quirky Blossom Russo for 5 years on the NBC television sitcom ‘Blossom’, and also had guest roles on some of television’s most beloved shows of the 1980s and 1990s, such as ‘MacGuyver’, ‘Webster’, ‘Facts of Life’, and ‘Murphy Brown’. She also appeared in Woody Allen’s ‘Don’t Drink the Water’ in 1994, HBO’s ‘Fat Actress’, and the HBO comedy series ‘Curb your Enthusiasm’. Recent appearances include recurring roles on ‘Secret Life of the American Teenager’ and Fox’s ‘’Til Death’. She has also been a guest on some of televisions biggest talk shows such as: ‘The View’, ‘The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson’, ‘Tonight Show’, ‘Conan’, ‘The Talk’, ‘The Queen Latifah Show’, among many others.

After ‘Blossom’, Bialik earned a BS from UCLA in 2000 in Neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and went on to the Ph.D. program in Neuroscience, also at UCLA. She completed her doctorate in the Fall of 2007, which examined Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in adolescents with Prader-Willi syndrome. She is currently the spokesperson for Texas Instruments, inspiring young women to engage in careers that involve STEM. In March 2012 Mayim released her first book on attachment parenting through Simon & Schuster titled ‘Beyond the Sling’. The book guides parents through the world of attachment parenting and includes quotes of support from Ricki Lake and Dr. William Sears who himself coined the term ‘attachment parenting.’ She will release her second book titled ‘Mayim’s Vegan Table’, a Vegan family cookbook, February 2014 by Da Capo Press. Bialik is a board member of a variety of Jewish philanthropic organizations and contributes to a variety of charitable organizations such as the Gift of Life Foundation, PETA, and many others. She writes weekly for the Jewish parenting site Kveller.com about her life as an observant Jewish actress and mother, studies weekly independently and through Partners in Torah, and speaks for a variety of organizations around the United States.

 

Walker Stalker Con Brings Major Celebrities to Boston in June 2014

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WALKER STALKER CON BRINGS MAJOR CELEBRITIES FROM ZOMBIE, HORROR AND SCI‐FI FILMS AND TV SHOWS TO BOSTON THIS JUNE!

BOSTON, MA – Walker Stalker Con, a zombie and horror themed fan‐centric convention, will be held at The Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston, MA on June 13, 14 & 15, 2014. Fan access to celebrity guests will be the primary focus of this event.

In Atlanta, GA on November 1‐3, 2013, Walker Stalker Con made its debut where it assembled more “The Walking Dead” cast members than any other convention ever before, along with other actors from zombie and horror films. The inaugural event had over 10,500 attendees. In Chicago, IL on March 14‐16, 2014, Walker Stalker Con made its second appearance as a convention and the first Walker Stalker Con of 2014. Now, Walker Stalker Con has set its sights on Boston!

With cast members from “The Walking Dead” returning to the upcoming Boston convention, along with stars from other zombie and horror films, Walker Stalker Con continues to position itself to be particularly unique.

Walker Stalker Con is the fruit of The Walker Stalkers Podcast with James & Eric (www.thewalkerstalkers.com). The podcast began with an amazing trip to Senoia, GA where James & Eric were able to view the set of The Walking Dead and meet the incredible actors from the show. As a result of this experience, a podcast began and then the idea of a convention focused around recreating that same experience with the cast and crew of the show, along with talented actors and artists from other zombie shows, movies and art.

In April 2013, James and Eric decided a podcast wasn’t enough, so they launched a Zombie, Horror and Sci‐Fi themed fan‐centric convention called Walker Stalker Con (www.WalkerStalkerCon.com). “We hope to continue this same kind of access and involvement as we did with our successful convention in Atlanta,” say James Frazier and Eric Nordhoff, hosts of the podcast. “We want fans of TV shows, films and comics in this genre to have a chance to have real interaction with their favorite celebrities – not just a 10 second hand shake and photo opp.”

Walker Stalker Con is not just a convention. It is a fan meet‐up and an opportunity for each guest to come away feeling like they’ve had an amazing experience and became part of a greater community of zombie lovers! Walker Stalker Con is three days of events, panels, and experiences that zombie fans won’t find anywhere else!

Confirmed guests for the convention include (with more to be announced):

Norman Reedus (Daryl, The Walking Dead, Murphy, The Boondock Saints)

Sean Patrick Flanery (Connor, The Boondock Saints)

David Della Rocco (Rocco, The Boondock Saints)

Steven Yeun (Glenn, The Walking Dead)

Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (Bob, The Walking Dead)

Clifton Collins, Jr. (Romeo, The Boondock Saints II)

Alanna Masterson (Tara, The Walking Dead)

Nick Gomez (Tomas, The Walking Dead)

Emma Bell (Amy, The Walking Dead)

Madison Lintz (Sophia, The Walking Dead)

Vincent Ward (Oscar, The Walking Dead)

Travis Love (Shumpert, The Walking Dead)

Addy Miller (Zombie girl, The Walking Dead)

Meyrick Murphy (Meghan, The Walking Dead)

Judith O’Dea (Barbra, Night of the Living Dead)

Russ Streiner (Johnny, Night of the Living Dead)

The full list of guests can be found at http://www.walkerstalkercon.com/boston/guests/
and will be updated daily as guests are announced.

Walker Stalker Con kicks off on Friday, June 13th at noon. The exhibit floor will be open all three days featuring games, toys, comic and other memorabilia for true fans of zombie and horror.

This year, Walker Stalker Con will feature The Boondock Saints 15th Anniversary with a Q&A Panel from the cast and a viewing of the film.

The full event schedule can be found at http://www.walkerstalkercon.com/boston/schedule/.

Tickets for the event start as low as $35 for general admission and can be purchased at http://www.walkerstalkercon.com/boston/tickets/.
For more information, guest announcements and regular updates about Walker Stalker
Con please visit the website http://www.walkerstalkercon.com/boston/.

Follow on Twitter @WalkrStalkrCon, @WSCon_Boston, @Walker_Stalkers
On Facebook at Walker Stalker Convention

SacAnime Welcomes the Voice of Tomb Raider

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SacAnime welcomes Camilla Luddington (Tomb Raider, Grey’s Anatomy, True Blood) to our Summer 2014 show. This will be her first appearance at a convention. Other recent additions include Neil Napier and Tiio Horn (Assassin’s Creed III), Dave Fennoy and Melissa Hutchison (Telltale Games’ Walking Dead) and Josh Grelle (Attack on Titan).

Previously announced guests include Mark Sheppard, Rodger Bumpass,  J. Michael Tatum, Yuri Lowenthal, Johnny Yong Bosch, Roger Craig Smith, and more!

About CAMILLA LUDDINGTON:

Currently starring on ABC’s hit series Grey’s Anatomy, CAMILLA LUDDINGTON has the gift of portraying characters with both strength and vulnerability, and her Dr. Jo Wilson displays plenty of both as she finds her way through complicated storylines of love – opposite the troublesome Dr. Alex Karev — and career. Audiences relate, and love her.

The sci fi/fantasy world has come to love her too for her embodiment of Lara Croft, a different kind of heroine, in the video game Tomb Raider. When the game was released in 2013, critics praised Luddington for giving the classic icon a much-needed reboot. Gamers agreed, buying over a million copies in the first 48 hours of release.

But even before Grey’s and Raider, Luddington had made her mark. In her first starring role in America, she brought to life the real English girl who was destined to become a queen, starring as Kate Middleton in the much-loved Lifetime movie William and Kate. The project launched her career in this country, and was one of the two highest-rated programs ever aired on the network.

From princess to au pair, Luddington has brought life to all kinds of appealing young women. In a major recurring role opposite David Duchovny and Evan Handler on the critically acclaimed Showtime series Californication, she portrayed Lizzie, the seemingly sweet English nanny who would do whatever it took to make it in L.A.

And somewhere between the princess and the nanny came Claudette the Fairy, her recurring role on the award-winning True Blood, where she again was the heroine, protecting series star Anna Paquin from all those True Blood villains.

Luddington was born and raised near London in Berkshire, England. She started acting at age 5, entertaining the family and directing her little brother in their two-character performances. By the time she was 11, she had her first agent and was appearing in local theatre productions. After finishing her studies in Theatre Arts at London’s prestigious Italia Conti Academy in 2007, she moved to Los Angeles, where she now lives and works.

About NEIL NAPIER:
Neil Napier stars in SyFy’s new apocalyptic thriller, Helix as Dr. Peter Farragut, Alan’s flawed and deeply conflicted brother. Season One was a wild ride, and he is excited to get to work on Season Two later in 2014.

Prior to embodying Peter, Neil had the joyous privilege of playing Lt. Karl Hagerman in IFC’s dark and dangerous comedy series, Bullet In The Face. With other TV turns in The Listener (CTV), Blue Mountain State (Spike), Zero Hour (ABC), The Business (IFC) and Naked Josh (Showcase), it’s clear he likes to keep one foot in the dramatic and one foot in the absurd…

After spending much of his youth and early adulthood immersed in the worlds of rugby, football and hockey, Neil has found that his background in athletics has served him well in the world of performance.

In addition to dozens of forays onto the stage (his first love), and roles in cult horror films such as End of the Line and $la$her$, Neil’s physical approach to his craft has been called upon in several recent productions, such as Erased (Weinstein Company), Infected (SyFy), Immortals (Relativity), Riddick (Universal), as well as the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past (Fox Studios).

Videogames also figure large in Neil’s body of work: As well as playing the villainous role of Charles Lee in Assassin’s Creed 3, and the burned out old skater/guide, Bob, in Shaun White Skateboarding, he has voiced and motion-captured characters in several videogames, including Deus Ex; Human Revolution, Watchdogs, Outlast, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, and Thief IV. Neil is also currently working on several new videogame titles.

Born and raised in Montreal, Neil now resides in Toronto where, when not at work on a set or in a studio, he can be found playing hockey, practicing yoga and trying to get better at guitar.

About TIIO HORN:
Kaniehtiio (Tiio) Horn voiced and provided facial capture for Kaniehtí:io in Assassin’s Creed III.

Tiio was born and raised in Kahnawake, a Mohawk reserve just outside of Montreal.

Tiio burst onto the feature film scene with roles in the The Trotsky opposite Jay Baruchel, New Reel Film’s Leslie, My Name is Evil, as well as the lead role in the critically acclaimed and award winning The Wild Hunt. All three films premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. Other credits include supporting roles in Jacob Tierney’s Good Neighbours, Immortals opposite Mickey Rourke, Freida Pinto and Henry Cavill, On the Road starring Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley and Tom Sturridge

In 2009 Tiio earned a Gemini Award nomination for her portrayal of Angel in the APTN MOW Moccasin Flats: Redemption, as well in 2010 and 2011 as part of the ensemble cast of CBC’s 18 to Life. Other television credits include a rercurring role on Syfy’s Defiance, as well as guest star appearances on Being Human, Alphas and The CW hit show Supernatural. Tiio currently stars in the Netflix original series Hemlock Grove opposite Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgård and Landon Liboiron.

Tiio wrote, directed and acted in the semi autobiographical short film ‘The Smoke Shack’, which took home the ‘Golden Sheaf’ award for Best Comedy at the 2013 the Yorkton Film Festival.

In her spare time Tiio plays roller derby, and spends time with friends, family and her cat Boodz. She divides her time between Kahnawake, Toronto and Los Angeles.

About JOSH GRELLE:
A native Texan and avid anime fan, Josh Grelle has been working in voice work for over 10 years. After starting with ADV Films in January 2004, Josh was quickly bombarded with tons of in-booth experience on a wide range of shows, including Wedding Peach, Steam Detectives, 009-1, and the legendary Gatchaman. He began working for FUNimation Entertainment in 2006. Since then, he has starred in numerous titles; his most famous being Kenichi in Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple. Other roles include Armin in Attack on Titan, Kyohei in the Wallflower, Kouichi in Linebarrles of Iron, Yuki in Future Diary, Itsuki in Initial D, and Kuranosuke in Princess Jellyfish. More recent roles include Chow from Starship Troopers: Invasion, Nicky in Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, Kazuya Aoi in Freezing, Yuji Sakai in Shakugan no Shana, Akihisa Yoshii in Baka and Test, and Komatsu in Toriko. Aside from anime, Josh has lent his voice to a number of video games, including Sima Shi in Dynasty Warriors 7, Xbalanque in Smite, Dave in Borderlands 2, and the voice of the “energetic” custom character in Dragonball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi. Josh is represented by The Mary Collins Agency.

About DAVE FENNOY:
Dave Fennoy has been a preeminent voice working in Los Angeles since 1990 and one of the most versatile voices in the industry providing voices for Commercials, Narrations, TV Promos, Award Shows, Animation and Games. He portrayed Lee Everett in Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead. Lately he is known by 30+ million Hulu viewers as “The Hulu Guy”, the omnipresent voice of HULU.COM. His promo clients over the years include ABC, The WB, Fox, CBS, Showtime, Starz, ESPN, The Disney Channel and TV One. His campaign spokesvoice credits include Lexus, McDonalds, Corona Beer, KFC, Toyota, Chrysler, and ATT, Time Life Music R&B/Gospel and Southern Company. Gamers enjoy his work on STARCRAFT II, Metal Gear, That’s So Raven, Ultimate Spiderman, Delta Force, Star Wars, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and many others. Narration credits include programs for National Geographic, Discovery Channel and Science Channel’s popular series, “When Earth Erupts”. His various film voices include “Ghost Rider”, “Happy Feet”,and “King’s Ransom”, and he has proved a cartoon favorite in such series as The LeBrons, Kim Possible, Ben 10, Darkwing Duck, New Kids on the Block, Pro Stars, Johnny Quest and Sonic the Hedgehog. Dave has been the show voice for several TV and Award shows, among them Late Night with Gregg Kinnear, The Billboard Music Awards, The Teen Choice Awards, Cedric the Entertainer Presents, and for the past 15 years The NAACP Image Awards.

Mr. Fennoy is a sought-after VO instructor, and the subject of a chapter in the book “Secrets of Voice Over Success” by Joan Baker.

About MELISSA HUTCHISON:
Melissa Hutchison has been earning her keep as a Voice Over actress for almost a decade. A Bay Area Local since 1989, Melissa divides her work between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Her resume includes a wide variety of work, ranging from TV and Radio commercials, to children’s interactive toys, animation, and video games.

Melissa’s most current claim to fame is being the voice of Clementine, From Telltale games, The Walking Dead. This role just earned her a Spike TV VGA for best performance by a female, and the game itself has pulled in over 55 Game of The Year awards for 2012.

When not fighting zombies, Melissa has also voiced for League of Legends (Ashe), Deadly Premonition (Anna Graham and Sallie Graham), Sonic and the Black Knight (Merlina), Bakugan: Defenders of the Core (Marucho), Telltales Back to the Future (Trixie Trotter) Telltales Sam and Max (Stinky), Death Jr. 2: Root of Evil (Pandora), and the list goes on! Melissa also got to dip her acting chops into the world of Anime, by doing the voice of Chise, in Saikano: She the Ultimate Weapon, back in 2002. Currently Melissa is working on an animated series, set to be released in 2014, called the Space Racers.

SACANIME is being held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday August – 29th – 31st, 2014 at the Sacramento Convention Center and Sheraton Grand Hotel. For more information, check out our website at: www.sacanime.com

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