Japanese Band FLOW Annonced as 1st Guests for Anime Boston 2018

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Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its first guest of honor today. J-rock band FLOW will be performing at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass, on March 30 through April 1, 2018.

FLOW is a 5-person rock band made up of KOHSHI (Vocals), KEIGO (Vocals), TAKE (Guitar), GOT’S (Bass), and IWASAKI (Drums).

Siblings KOHSHI (Vocals) and TAKE (Guitar) have been making music together since 1993. They formed FLOW in 1998. KEIGO (Vocals) joined in 1999 with GOT’S (Bass) and IWASAKI (Drums) joining in 2000 to form the current group.

FLOW made their major debut with the single “Blaster” in 2003, showing the world their impressive musical strength and versatility, including their signature twin vocals. Since their electric debut, FLOW has provided a wide variety of anime opening and closing themes including: “GO!!!” opening theme for Naruto, “COLORS” opening theme for Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, and most recently “Kaze no Uta” and “INNOSENSE” for Tales of Zestiria the X.

“FLOW is one of the most electrifying bands coming out of Japan today. Their blend of hard rock and hip-hop is sure to please at Anime Boston 2018,” said Victor Lee, Convention Chairman. “We are incredibly honored to have the privilege of hosting them at our convention and being able to present them to their fans!”

Furthermore as masters of performing live, FLOW is heralded as being energetic, exciting, and electrifying. In 2008, FLOW had successful performances in the Nippon Budokan. Since then, they’ve performed live all over Japan and the world. They have travelled to 17 countries across Asia, North America, South America, and Europe and show no signs of slowing down. The band has put on a record number of shows in Japan. FLOW continues to delight audiences around the globe with their unique sound and incredible live performances.

FLOW entered their 15th anniversary year starting in July 2017. To celebrate, they are holding a tour of six cities with seven performances.

FLOW is also collaborating with GRANRODEO, reuniting for the first time since 2014. Their new single “Howling” will be released on January 24, 2018.

You won’t want to take your eyes off of FLOW for their 15th anniversary. For more information on FLOW visit: www.flow.mu

About Anime Boston: With nearly 26,000 attendees in 2017, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2018 is scheduled for Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.

MomoCon 2018 Welcomes FLCL Stars

MomoCon is happy to bring FLCL stars Kari Wahlgren, the original Haruko Haruhara, and Barbara Goodson, the voice of Naota, as special guests to the 2018 convention on May 24-27th!

From Animation to Anime to Video Games, Kari Wahlgren is one of the top voice actresses in Los Angeles. Her first role as Haruko in FLCL remains a fan favorite, and her voice can be heard in Emmy and Academy Award-winning animated films and TV shows. Major Animation Roles Include: Chloe Carmichael in The Fairly Oddparents, Tigress in Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, Jessica/Rick’s Spaceship in Rick and Morty, Shandra Jimenez in Gravity Falls, Starfire in Justice League VS. Teen Titans movie, Anka in Archer, Letta Turmond in Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Major Anime Roles Include: Haruko in FLCL, Fuu in Samurai Champloo Saber in Fate Zero and Fate Stay Night, Celty in Durarara, Kagami in Lucky Star, Tayuya in Naruto, Anemone in Eureka 7, Robin in Witch Hunter Robin Rip Van Winkle in Hellsing Major Video Game Roles Include: Jedi Female Knight in Star Wars: The Old Republic, Ashe in Final Fantasy XII, Tessa in Skylanders, Proctor Ingram in Fallout 4, Vex in Skyrim, Caithe in Guild Wars 2, Raine in Tales of Symphonia

Among the over 200 characters Barbara Goodson has voiced, she is most known for creating the voice of Empress Rita Repulsa on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Mother Talzin in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Naota in FLCL, Red Fraggle in the animated Fraggle Rock, Granny Chiyo in Naruto, Lady Vashj in World of Warcraft, Sera and Marie Crystal in Robotech, Darling in Lady and the Tramp II, and Cruella DeVille and Cinderella’s Stepmother in Disney-On-Ice.

Other guests include Kimberly Brooks, Crispin Freeman, Kyle Hebert, Sean Schemmel, Tom Bancroft, Kate Leth, Sanford Greene, and many more!

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Have you registered for MomoCon 2018 yet?  Register as soon as possible to get the best rate on your 4-day membership for MomoCon 2018. Right now it is the early bird rate of $55, before the rate increase on January 1st. Be sure to register today and save!

About MomoCon   

Founded in 2004 by Jessica Merriman and Chris Stuckey, then students at Georgia Tech, MomoCon has grown from a 700 person on campus event to the largest event in the southeast United States for fans of video games, animation, cosplay, comics and tabletop games.

With 28,300 unique and over 71,000 turnstile attendance in 2016, MomoCon is one of the fastest growing all ages conventions in the country. Fans of Japanese Anime, American Animation, Comics, Video Games, and Tabletop Games come together to celebrate their passion by costuming / cosplay, browsing the huge exhibitors hall, meeting celebrity voice talent, designers, and writers behind their favorite shows, games, and comics and much much more over this 4 day event.

MoCCA Arts Festival 2018 Now Accepting Applications To Table

Table applications are now open for the 2018 MoCCA Arts Festival! Exhibitors are restricted to comic and cartoon artists and their representatives. This includes: Artists of creator-owned comics, publishers, and writers, selling only comic/cartoon art, comics and graphic novels. Exhibitors must display published material (self-published accepted) to be eligible.

The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s broader mission to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education.

The 2018 Fest will take place on April 7th and 8th, 2018. Applications to table at the Fest are now open through December 31st. Click here to apply!

Aquaman Star Splash-lands at Planet Comicon Kansas City 2018

Planet Comicon Kansas City, the Midwest’s biggest fan extravaganza, has announced that Jason Momoa will join the lineup of special guests and comic creators set to sign autographs and take pictures at the popular fan event, February 16-18, 2018 at Bartle Hall.

Momoa, who portrays the iconic superhero Aquaman in the recently-released Justice League movie, has held featured roles in Game of Thrones as well as Netflix’ action/adventure series Frontier.

Other guests include Danny Trejo (Machete), Alex Kingston (Doctor Who), Amy Jo Johnson (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones), Zach Callison (Steven Universe), Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter series) Ryan Hurst (Sons of Anarchy), and more.

For more information about the 2018 show, event photos, interviews and more, “Like” Planet Comicon on Facebook and follow @PlanetComicon on Twitter. Planet Comicon Kansas City is always available online at www.planetcomicon.com.

ReedPOP Debuts Keystone Comic Con in 2018

December 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Convention News, Pennsylvania

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ReedPOP, the world’s leading producer of pop culture events, today announced the launch of an all-new comic convention coming to Philadelphia in 2018 – Keystone Comic Con. Bringing together an all-star lineup of comic and pop culture guests, engaging panels and best in class exhibitors, Keystone Comic Con will debut at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, September 14-16, 2018.

Keystone Comic Con will feature all the elements that fans have come to expect from ReedPOP’s family of pop culture conventions, including New York Comic Con, C2E2, and Emerald City Comic Con, but with a local twist that will be unique to the Keystone State. Bringing together legendary comic talent, comic publishers, small press, entertainment guests and anime, ReedPOP is crafting an incredible experience that will represent the best of pop culture in Philadelphia and allow fans to discover new content and celebrate their passions.

Philadelphia has a strong history within the pop culture world, and now fans in Pennsylvania and beyond will have a place where they can come together for three full days of comics and entertainment programming. The show will also feature a robust show floor where fans can find the best comics, toys, collectibles, apparel, and other products.

“Philadelphia continues to be a strong market for pop culture and comic book sales, and we are very excited to bring a ReedPOP experience to this region,” said Lance Fensterman, Global Head of ReedPOP. “We are talking with local fans and retailers to find out what they are most excited about so we can create a show unique to this market that will provide fans with the ultimate destination to come together for a world class celebration of pop culture.”

Tickets for Keystone Comic Con will go on sale in early 2018. For more information and updates on the convention, visit KeystoneComicCon.com.

Comic-Con International 2018 Open Registration Begins Dec. 9th

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Comic-Con 2018 Open Registration will begin shortly after 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Saturday, December 9, 2017. The Expo Logic waiting room will open at 8:00 AM (PST) for registration code authorization.

To participate in Open Registration, you must have a valid and confirmed Comic-Con Member ID. Only Comic-Con Member ID accounts created and confirmed prior to November 27, 2017 at 9:30 AM Pacific Standard Time (PST) are eligible to participate.

If you are eligible to participate, you will need the Expo Logic waiting room link and your personal registration code. These will be sent to you via email at least 48 hours in advance of Open Registration. Your registration code and waiting room link will also be available in your Comic-Con Member ID account at least 48 hours in advance of Open Registration. This information is located under the “Registration Info” tab.

For important information on registration codes, the Expo Logic waiting room, purchasing badges for others, and browser requirements, we encourage you to read all of the Comic-Con 2018 Open Registration instructions at www.comic-con.org/cci/2018/open-registration 

EDIT **Comic-Con 2018 attendee badges are sold out. There will be no additional badge sales. We thank you for your continued support and we are very grateful to receive such a high level of interest in our event.**

There are more eligible attendees than available badges and not everyone will be able to purchase a badge during Open Registration. Entry into the waiting room does not guarantee a badge or registration session. 

Please follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Toucan – the official blog of Comic-Con and WonderCon Anaheim – for important registration announcements. We will post helpful tips and hints in the week leading up to Open Registration.

Stan Lee Returns to Silicon Valley Comic Con 2018

The man, the myth, the legend. Making his grand return to Silicon Valley Comic Con we are very excited to announce our first guest… STAN LEE!

Stan Lee is an American comic-book writer, editor, and publisher, who was formerly executive vice president and publisher of Marvel Comics.

Lee co-created Spider-Man, the Avengers, Black Panther,  the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Thor, the X-Men, and many other fictional characters, introducing a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books. In addition, he challenged the comics’ industry’s censorship organization, the Comics Code Authority, indirectly leading to it updating its policies. Lee subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.

He has had cameo appearances in many Marvel film and television projects. A few of these appearances are self-aware and sometimes reference Lee’s involvement in the creation of certain characters.

On 16 July 2017, Lee was named a Disney Legend, a hall of fame program that recognizes individuals who have made an extraordinary and integral contribution to The Walt Disney Company.

Other guests for the 2018 convention include: Sean Astin, Jewel Staite, Matthew Lewis, Jim Shooter, Simon Bisley, Coop, Glenn Fabry, Andy Weir

For tickets and information go to SVComicCon.com

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New Dates for Granite Con 2018

Granite State Comicon has announced new dates for their 2018 convention; GraniteCon 2018 will now be held one week earlier, on September 8-9th. TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW; Single Day, Weekend, and VIP passes available at the link.

The Granite State Comicon is northern New England’s premiere comic book and pop culture event.  Now in its 16th year the Granite State Comicon features guest artists, celebrities, cosplay, vendors, dedicated kids con, workshops, panels, after hours events and more!  For a full list of guests and events please visit www.granitecon.com.

3rd Annual Ground Zero Animation Expo on June 9-10th

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Ground Zero Animation EXPO is an annual event held in Orange County, CA. This year it will be held at The Art Institute of Orange County, Santa Ana. The EXPO caters to those interested in breaking into the Animation industry or anyone who appreciates animated films, shows & shorts. The event also focuses on all parts of the industry from illustration, publishing, stop motion, fabricating and claymation/puppetry to character design, 3D modeling, prop/background design and much more. Industry professionals are there to share all day at their tables, through panels, demos, lectures, workshop and during unique one on one portfolio reviews. Ground Zero is a grassroots show that has a big impact. Don’t miss the exclusive special events leading up to the next Ground Zero Animation EXPO of 2018.

General Admission is free. Tickets will be sold for panels, workshops and demos only. The EXPO will be held June 9-10, 2018 at The Art Institute of Orange County in Santa Ana. General admission and specialty tickets will go live between Dec 2017 & Jan 2018. We will have small events planned before the big event, so be sure to follow!

Attend this one of a kind animation event. We have professionals to share tips & tricks on breaking into the industry, notes on portfolio composition, 2D animation discussions, and more! Our panelists range from artists in major studios, freelance, stop motion, gaming studios and more.

Looking to join the industry, make your own animation, freelance, create storyboards, layout, production, etc? Interested in meeting professionals to ask your questions and purchase amazing art from them? Then this is the event for you!

The Animation Alley area will be filled with the panelists/professionals selling their own work, sharing about future projects and meeting with you one on one. Outdoors you will find the Up & Coming Animation Alley area to see new talent & those about to be discovered along with our sponsors!

Panels, demos and workshops are exclusive to those who purchase the specialty tickets. Limited space for panels, so make sure you get your tickets and be in line for each panel early.

Make sure you keep an eye on our website/social media to get updates and find out what panels/workshops you want to attend and what professionals and newcomers we have selected.

Since we have extended our event to 2 days & have a new location, we will be offering triple the panels, workshops & demos. These tickets will go on sale as they are added and we will notify via newsletters and on our event page. You can find updates on our social media and website: Instagram and Facebook.

Select the ticket to have your portfolio reviewed. Only 10 portfolio reviews on each day. Meet 1 on 1 with a professional who will look through your work to give you advice and answer questions you may have.

This event caters to ages 16+, but is open to all ages. 

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WonderCon 2018 Badges On-Sale Now

November 21, 2017 by  
Filed under California, Comic Books, Convention News

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WonderCon Anaheim, one of the country’s fastest-growing comics and popular arts conventions, will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center March 23 – March 25, 2018. Brought to you by the same team that puts on Comic-Con in San Diego, WonderCon Anaheim features 900+ exhibitors in a 412,000 square foot Exhibit Hall filled with comics, original art, toys, and merchandise from many popular artists, publishers, and retailers. Attendees can expect exclusive movie and television programming, panels featuring the top comics publishers in the country, anime, autographs, games, the Masquerade, and portfolio review. WonderCon Anaheim offers the complete convention experience!

Badges are available for purchase online only starting today, November 20, 2018 

To purchase your badge, log in to your Comic-Con Member ID account, click the “Registration Info” tab, and choose the “Purchase Badges” option in the WonderCon Anaheim section.  Badge prices and purchase information can be found at www.comic-con.org/wca/2018/badge-sale

Save time, don’t wait in line! All badges purchased prior to February 20, 2018 will be shipped to you in advance. Badges purchased after this date will be available for onsite pick-up only.

We are unable to ship to international addresses. If you are an international attendee, will be able to pick up your badge onsite at the Registration Area when you arrive.

We look forward to seeing you at WonderCon Anaheim 2018! For more information on exhibitors, programming, exclusives, and special guests, please visit www.comic-con.org/wca

Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Toucan – the official blog of Comic-Con and WonderCon Anaheim – for important announcements.

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