AfterShock Comics Schedule for C2E2 2017

April 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois

Press Release:

Headed to the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) this year? AfterShock Comics will be there in full force to celebrate the comic book and pop culture convention spanning the latest and greatest from the world of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and videogames.

Convention Days/Hours:
• Friday, April 21: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
• Saturday, April 22: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
• Sunday, April 23: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Our Booth: 417

Our C2E2 Exclusives (available at our booth):
Eleanor & Egret #1 (C2E2 exclusive cover)
World Reader #1 (C2E2 exclusive cover)
Jimmy’s Bastards poster – Dave Johnson art (Series written by Garth Ennis with interiors by Russ Braun)
Babyteeth poster – Garry Brown art (Signed by creator + writer Donny Cates)

Signings (at our booth):
• Marguerite Bennett – Friday, April 21: 2:30-3:30 PM
• Donny Cates – Sunday, April 23: 1:00-2:00 PM

Our Panel:
• Sunday, April 23: 10:45am
• Room: S403
• Description: Join Donny Cates (BABYTEETH), Adam Glass (ROUGH RIDERS, THE NORMALS), Brian Azzarello (AMERICAN MONSTER), Phil Hester (SHIPWRECK, BLOOD BLISTER), Justin Jordan (STRAYER), Joe Pruett (AfterShock Publisher/CCO & BLACK-EYED KIDS), Mike Zagari (Aftershock SVP Digital/Creative) and more of the AfterShock Comics creative team as they discuss their current titles and future plans! (NOTE: Guests are subject to change)

Our Creators & Staff at the Show:
• Brian Azzarello (AMERICAN MONSTER)
• Marguerite Bennett (ANIMOSITY, INSEXTS)
• Donny Cates (BABYTEETH)
• Adam Glass (ROUGH RIDERS, THE NORMALS)
• Phil Hester (SHIPWRECK, BLOOD BLISTER)
• Justin Jordan (STRAYER)
• Lee Kramer (AfterShock President)
• Stephan Nilson (AfterShock Publishing Operations Manager)
• Joe Pruett (AfterShock Publisher/CCO & BLACK-EYED KIDS)
• Lisa Wu (AfterShock Retailers/Fan Relations Manager)
• Mike Zagari (Aftershock SVP Digital/Creative)
• + more!
*Note: Guests are subject to change

IDW Makes Its 1st Appearance at C2E2

April 18, 2017 by  
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Press Release:

This weekend from April 21st to April 23rd join IDW Publishing at McCormick Place in Chicago for the annual fan-favorite convention, C2E2! Marking the first year of exhibiting at the show IDW is bringing big names and special surprises to the fans in Chicago including cast and crew from the hit SyFy TV show Wynonna Earp. Located at Booth #609, IDW can be found all weekend long stocked with must-have books and signings that you won’t want to miss!

Make the IDW booth your first stop on the show floor and get our newest convention variants and a deluxe Wynonna Earp pack including signed comics, digital download codes, and more!

  • My Little Pony #53 Sara Richard Variant – $5 each
  • Wynonna Earp “Deluxe Pack” of comics – $25 each

Mark your calendars with our signing schedule now so you don’t miss any of the action!

Saturday April 22nd
11:00 – 12:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe – Paul Allor
12:00 – 1:00 Wynonna Earp – Tim Rozon, Varun Saranga (*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)
1:00 – 2:00 Aw Yeah Revolution – Art Baltazar
1:00 – 2:00 Micronauts – Cullen Bunn
2:00 – 3:00 Ghostbusters – Erik Burnham
3:00 – 4:00 Atomic Robo – Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener
4:00 – 5:00 Jem and the Holograms – Gisele Lagace, Jason Millet, Sara Richard
5:00 – 6:00 Star Trek – Donny Cates, Marc Laming
6:00 – 7:00 Helena Crash – Fabian Rangel Jr.

Sunday April 23rd
11:00 – 12:00 My Little Pony – Sara Richard (*Check out the show exclusive variant!)
12:00 – 1:00 Ghostbusters – Erik Burnham
1:00 – 2:00 Jem and the Holograms – Gisele Lagace, Jason Millet
2:00 – 3:00 Edward Scissorhands – Kate Leth, Drew Rausch
3:00 – 4:00 Love is Love – Jason Aaron, Steve Orlando

Additionally, we’ve teamed up with the CBLDF to host two special signings for the very special anthology collection, Love is Love on Friday, April 21st. Head to booth #409 to grab a copy and get it signed!

Friday 3pm – 4pm, featuring Jason Aaron, Jonathan Hickman, Jason Latour
Friday 4pm – 5pm, featuring Matt Wagner

All that, and be sure to come by our panels throughout the weekend to hear all of the biggest news first!

Title: IDW Entertainment Spotlight On: Wynonna Earp
Description: Find out the what’s in store for the acclaimed SyFy series’ second season straight from the cast and crew!
Date: 4/21/2017
Time: 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Location: S404

Title: The Latest and Greatest from IDW
Description: Join IDW’s Greg Goldstein and Dirk Wood to be among the first to find out about IDW’s next big event! Surprise guests, prizes, and an open Q&A make this one panel you won’t want to miss!
Date: 4/21/2017
Time: 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Location: S405a

Title: Jaws Will Drop, Sides Will Ache… SUPER WEIRD HEROES!
Description: A hilarious multimedia show of the kookiest, kraziest most bizarro leotard-clad bad-guy bashers of the Golden Age! The Hand (a giant hand!), Madam Fatale (an old lady cross dresser!), Kangaroo Man (yes!) and tons more are held up to reverence and ridicule. Based on the best selling book, “Super Weird Heroes”, the stand-up comedy presentation is by the former Creative Director of the Muppets and now editor of IDW/Yoe Books, Craig Yoe.
Date: 4/23/2017
Time: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: S405a

About IDW

IDW Media Holdings, Inc. (OCTQX: IDWM) is a fully integrated media company, which includes publishing, games, entertainment, and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery.

IDW Publishing’s comic book and graphic novel catalog includes some of the world’s most popular entertainment brands, including Transformers, My Little Pony, Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, and Disney’s classic characters. At IDW’s core is its commitment to creator-owned comics including 30 Days of Night, Locke & Key, Wormwood, Ragnarök, V-Wars, and Archangel by bestselling sci-fi author William Gibson.

IDW Publishing is also home to the acclaimed and award-winning imprints; Top Shelf, The Library of American Comics, Yoe! Books, and Artist Editions, showcasing the greatest original art ever published in American comic books.

IDW Games’ diverse line-up includes the international phenomenon Machi Koro, as well as hit licensed games such as X-Files, Back to the Future, The Godfather, and TMNT.

IDW Entertainment serves as the worldwide distributor of Wynonna Earp airing on the Syfy Channel in the U.S. and is producing BBC America’s Dirk Gently, based on the bestseller by Douglas Adams starring Elijah Wood and Samuel Barnett.

First Second Books Schedule for C2E2 2017

April 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois

First Second Books appears at C2E2 at booth #309

Friday April 21st

  • 10:30am: Scratch & Win: reveal your YA book prize
  • 11:30am: Giveaway: Game On! book + bookmark
  • 2:30pm: Giveaway: Thornhill advance book + print
  • 3:30pm: PublishINK Temporary Tattoo Parlor
  • 5:00pm: Giveaway: Shattered Warrior advance book

Saturday April 22nd

  • 10:30am: Scratch & Win: reveal your YA book prize
  • 11:30am: Signing: Last Seen Leaving  by Caleb Roehrig
  • 12:30pm: Giveaway: Rebel Genius book + poster
  • 2:15pm: Signing: Science Comics: Bats  by Falynn Koch
  • 3:15pm: Signing: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
  • 4:30pm: PublishINK Temporary Tattoo Parlor
  • 5:30pm: Giveaway: Heartless bookmark + tumbler
  • 6:00pm: Giveaway: Pigs Might Fly advance book

Sunday April 23rd

  • 10:30am: Scratch & Win: reveal your YA book prize
  • 12:00pm: Signing: Something New by Lucy Knisley
  • 1:00pm: PublishINK Temporary Tattoo Parlor
  • 2:00pm: Giveaway: Real Friends advance book + poster
  • 3:00pm: Giveaway: Sticker Girl book
  • 4:00pm: Signing: Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld

Cincinnati Comic Expo Welcomes Comic Guests on Sept. 22-24th

Cincinnati’s First & Original Premier Comic Convention and Pop Culture Expo returns to the Duke Energy Convention Center on September 22-24, 2017!

What would a comic con be without the creators that imagine and conceive our favorite comics? At Cincinnati Comic Expo you can see creators of Marvel, DC, and independent comics. From Spider-Man to Wonder Woman; meet the creators, discover your new favorite series, and enjoy the heart of comic con.

That’s not all! As the region’s leading comicon, Cincinnati Comic Expo is staying true to the heritage of the event by bringing attendees the chance to meet the best and brightest from local industry talent. Coupled with rare and sought after signing events, it is an event that will leave you feeling satisfied.

Comic Creator Guests include:

  • Greg Capullo: Batman, Reborn, Spawn
  • Adam Hughes: Betty & Veronica, Wonder Woman, Batgirl
  • Chad Hardin: Harley Quinn, Spider-Man
  • William Stout: Jurassic Park, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs
  • Darryl Banks: Green Lantern, Superman
  • David Michael Beck: Star Wars, G.I. Joe
  • Dave Aikins: Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob Comics
  • Scott Beaderstadt: Trollords, The Mummy
  • Andy Bennett: Sherlock Holmes, Negative Burn
  • Craig Boldman: Archie, Action Comics
  • Johnny Desjardins: Vampirella, Grimm Fairy Tales
  • Corbyn Kern: Orphan Black, Back to the Future
  • Mark Kidwell: ’68, Battle Pope
  • Gavin Smith: The Accelerators, Human City
  • More to be announced in the future

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For further information please go to the website: cincinnaticomicexpo.com

Queer Comics Expo Moves to July 8-9th

Press Release:

Expanding its presence at the SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, the fourth annual Queer Comics Expo (QCE) will take place on Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9, 2017 from 11am to 5pm.

This fourth QCE will expand beyond the Bay Gallery and Classroom space used last year at SOMArts to include its Theater space and Board Room, which allows for additional exhibitors and programming. “Thanks to the Queer Cultural Center’s introduction to SOMArts last year, we were able to strengthen that location partnership and enable the Queer Comics Expo to expand and practically double our capacity from last year,” explained Nina Taylor Kester, the event’s Co-Founder and Program Coordinator at the Cartoon Art Museum.

QCE is proud to be part of the Queer Cultural Center’s annual National Queer Arts Festival for the fourth consecutive year. The expo also serves as a fundraiser for the Cartoon Art Museum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to fostering the next generation of visual storytellers by celebrating the history of cartoon art, its role in society, and its universal appeal.

The Queer Comics Expo’s Exhibitor, Programming and Volunteer Application is live at the link…

Advance Tickets are available online here…

This Friday, April 14, 2017, additional teaser announcements will be shared during the 9am webcomics panel at the Queers & Comics Conference to which Taylor Kester is an Advisory Board Member. Additional official announcements will follow in the coming weeks.

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Find Queer Comics Expo updates at QCExpo.tumblr.com, facebook.com/QCExpo and now twitter.com/QCExpo!

Sesame Street Cast Appear at SVCC 2017

Press Release:

With a programming theme of “The Future of Humanity: Where Will Humanity Be In 2075?” Silicon Valley Comic Con will feature a robust kid zone: the Kids S.T.E.A.M. Lab (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) for the generation of attendees most likely to see the year 2075. Steve Wozniak’s pop culture and technology expo will take place the weekend of April 21-23 in San Jose. Aiming to both inspire and entertain, SVCC has revealed a roster of new celebrity guests, exhibitors and interactive displays specifically designed to cater to the kids attending the event.

Joining the SVCC 2017 lineup of incredible guests are the beloved members of the Sesame Street cast, including Caroll Edwin Spinney (Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch), Alison Bartlett (Gina), Roscoe Orman (Gordon), Bob McGrath (Bob Johnson) and Emilio Delgado (Luis).

“Not many people know that after Steve Wozniak left Apple, he went on to teach elementary and middle school in Los Gatos,” said Trip Hunter, CEO of Silicon Valley Comic Con. “Providing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for children is one of his passions, so having a robust Kids S.T.E.A.M. Lab was a priority this year.”

Participating Kids S.T.E.A.M. Lab exhibitors include the Children’s Discovery Museum, NASA and The San Jose Public Library. From NASA’s Aeronautics and Robotics demos to interactive displays of vintage tech, kids of all ages will have a “blast!” Attendees can also create their own kingdom and Imagination Playground at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, release their inner Godzilla by building and destroying a Cardboard City, or explore the modern tech world with the San Jose Public Library (SJPL). Found a rip in your Jedi robe? SJPL has your back with their Emergency Cosplay Repair. The lab will also include fun DIY comic book buttons and photo booths. Official Disneyland park face-painter, Parnaz Gharah, will also be in the Kids S.T.E.A.M. Lab doing free designs. Special events and celebrity guest appearances will take place in the Kid S.T.E.A.M. Lab throughout the day, including children’s book readings, drawing demos, space exploration talks and more.

To learn more about the new Kids S.T.E.A.M. Lab and purchase tickets, visit: www.svcomiccon.com.

ABOUT SILICON VALLEY COMIC CON

Silicon Valley Comic Con celebrates the Age of the Geek by bringing together America’s two greatest superheroes: pop culture and technology. Featuring top celebrities, comics, independent artists, cosplay, video game creators, consumer electronics, music and apps, Silicon Valley Comic Con is where entertainment and our electronic worlds intersect. The second annual Silicon Valley Comic Con will be hosted at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA the weekend of April 21-23, 2017.

Dark Horse Comics Schedule for C2E2 2017

Press Release:

Visit Dark Horse Comics at C2E2 for free swag, such as comics, pins, postcards, and more! Check out our signings and panels too!

SIGNING SCHEDULE

All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed. Please note that some of the titles listed below have not been released for sale yet—in those cases, special prints will be available.

Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.

All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please ask the Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.

FRIDAY, APRIL 21

11:00–11:45 a.m. MAE: Gene Ha

12:00–12:45 p.m. CALL OF DUTY: ZOMBIES, EERIE: Justin Jordan

1:00–1:45 p.m. SPACE-MULLET!, ALABASTER, THE GHOST FLEET: Daniel Warren Johnson

2:00–2:45 p.m. DARK HORSE CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE HENCHGIRL HC: Kristen Gudsnuk

3:00–3:45 p.m. HOUSE OF PENANCE, THE MIGHTY, LIGHT BRIGADE: Peter Tomasi

4:00–4:45 p.m. CHIMICHANGA, THE GOON: Eric Powell

5:00–5:45 p.m. LADY KILLER: Joëlle Jones

6:00–6:45 p.m. THE PAYBACKS: Eliot Rahal
SATURDAY, APRIL 22

10:00–10:45 a.m. DARK HORSE CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE HENCHGIRL HC: Kristen Gudsnuk

11:00–11:45 a.m. TARZAN ON THE PLANET OF THE APES, SUNDOWNERS: Tim Seeley

12:00–12:45 p.m. BLACK HAMMER: Jeff Lemire

1:00–1:45 p.m. BUFFY: THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS, MISFITS OF AVALON: Kel McDonald

2:00–2:45 p.m. LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS: Jim Calafiore

3:00–3:45 p.m. THE SHAOLIN COWBOY, THE BIG GUY AND RUSTY THE BOY ROBOT: Geof Darrow

4:00–4:45 p.m. KABUKI, AMERICAN GODS, FIGHT CLUB 2: David Mack

5:00–5:45 p.m. SPELL ON WHEELS: Kate Leth

6:00–6:45 p.m. DRAGON AGE: MAGEKILLER, VEIL: Greg Rucka

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 23

10:10–11:45 a.m. DARK HORSE CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE HENCHGIRL HC: Kristen Gudsnuk

12:00–12:45 p.m. BATTLEPUG, B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH: Mike Norton

2:00–2:45 p.m. APOCALYPTIGIRL, THE TOMORROWS: Andrew MacLean

PANEL SCHEDULE
Please join us at the panels below, brought to you by Dark Horse Comics and friends! Please visit http://www.c2e2.com/Events/Panels-And-Screenings/Panels for more panels featuring Dark Horse creators, as well as guidelines for attending panels.

SATURDAY, APRIL 22
3:00–4:00 p.m. Panel Room S403 The Millennial’s Guide to Keeping Comics Alive

The integration of social media into society has completely changed how people communicate with each other, and the comics industry is not invulnerable to this change. Join Dark Horse creators Kristen Gudsnuk (Henchgirl) and Kel McDonald (Buffy: The High School Years, Misfits of Avalon) to discuss the implications of social media on the industry and how creators use social media to engage with fans.

SUNDAY, APRIL 23
1:15–2:15 p.m. Panel Room S403 The Un-CONventional Superheroes

For decades, popular culture has been dominated by stories from superhero comic books. Most people can’t think of either superheroes or comics without thinking of the other. In recent years, Dark Horse creators have sought to pay homage to superheroes while also putting a modern spin on the idea of heroics. Join Jim Calafiore (Leaving Megalopolis), Kristen Gudsnuk (Henchgirl), and Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer) for a lively conversation about superheroes and antiheroes in the modern era and how their characters seek to challenge society’s perceptions of the superhero.
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Rose City Comic Con 2017 Expands to 3-Day Event

This year Rose City Comic Con, Portland’s best comic and pop-culture convention, is expanding to a 3-day event and will now run September 8-10, 2017. Tickets are currently on sale and guests announcements have begun. The current guest list includes: “Weird” Al Yankovic, Felicia Day, Michael Rosenbaum, Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Grey Delisle, Neal Adams, Katie Cook, Mike Zeck, James O’Barr, and more.

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For further information and tickets, please go to the convention website: rosecitycomiccon.com

Hero Initiative Blows Into C2E2 2017

Press Release:

Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that aids comic book creators in medical and financial need, breezes into Chicago for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, also known as C2E2, located at McCormick Place April 21-23.

And we have an amazing crew anchoring our booth, #1459! Writer/artist Bill Willingham, the man behind Fables and a NEW First Comics series to be announced at C2E2, will be EXCLUSIVELY at the Hero booth all weekend! He’ll be joined by Punisher and Batman artist Bill Reinhold, and Incredible Hulk writer Sean McKeever. Check them all out at booth #1459!

While at the booth, make sure you get in on our raffle for an amazing helicopter trip for two over downtown Chicago from Chicago Helicopter Experience, a $456 value! Raffle tickets will be on sale at the Hero booth all weekend, just $2 each!

And you can now DRINK your comics! Hero is hosting the WORLD PREMIERE of Ten Pin Creep, a Revival mystery story told across six beer labels! The party is Friday, April 21 from 7-10 pm at the Motor Row Gallery and Lofts 2345 S. Michigan Ave. (mere STEPS from the convention center!). Price is $4 per beer or $20 for the whole 6-pack! Non-alcoholic drinks will also be served, and creators Mike Norton and Tim Seeley WILL be in attendance autographing bottles! Many of your other fave creators such as Franco Aureliani, Amy Chu, Jenny Frison, Jody Houser, Ken Lashley, Sean McKeever, Dustin Nguyen, Steve Orlando, Mike Perkins, Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp, and James Tynion IV will also be there, so don’t miss out on the party!

And as always Hero Initiative’s creative ambassadors are on the floor collecting for Hero at their own tables. Please swing by and say “hi” to Jason Aaron, Chris Burnham, Stephan Franck, Eric Gapstur, Patrick Gleason, Jonathan Hickman, Phil Hester, Jody Houser, Ken Lashley, Mike Norton, Steve Orlando, Ande Parks, Tim Seeley, Liam Sharp, Ryan Stegman, Jill Thompson, James Tynion IV, and Chip Zdarsky.

About The Hero Initiative:
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book artists and craftsmen in need. Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $950,000 to the comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

BoroughCon 2017 Announced for Memorial Day Weekend

Press Release:

Superhero, animation and gaming fans will soon converge on Utopia Parkway for a four-day celebration in a park-like setting.

St. John’s University will host BoroughCon, a new pop culture convention, over Memorial Day Weekend 2017, May 26-May 29. The event, which is expected to draw up to 20,000 attendees, will appeal to enthusiasts of heroic stories in film, television, gaming and graphic formats, as well as to those who enjoy anime and manga –animation and comics, respectively, in the Japanese tradition.

BoroughCon programming will include panels and autograph sessions with celebrities, gaming tournaments, screenings of both classic and as-yet unreleased films and TV shows, a vendors’ room and an artists’ alley. In addition to special programming for youth and children as well as their parents and grandparents, there will also be a cosplay competition.

“Cosplay is the performance art of creating costumes based on your favorite media characters, then embodying those characters for the audience,” BoroughCon CEO Matthew Goodison-Orr explains. “It has become a staple of these conventions, and cosplay is always one of the most popular draws.”

Media guests are currently being announced on BoroughCon.com and Goodison-Orr says, “BoroughCon will be able to deliver at least a couple of household names, as well as several actors well-known to everyone from all walks of life within the nerd community.”

Current guests include:
•    Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings, The Goonies)
•    Khary Payton (The Walking Dead, Young Justice, Teen Titans)
•    Dante Basco (Hook, American Dragon: Jake Long)
•    Steven Blum (animated voice of Wolverine, record holder for most video game credits)
•    Cree Summer (Codename: Kids Next Door, Inspector Gadget)
•    Jess Harnell (Crash Bandicoot, Animaniacs)
•    Grey DeLisle (Scooby-Doo, Avatar: The Last Airbender)
•    Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Star Wars: Rebels, Ghost in the Shell)
•    Chester Rushing (Stranger Things)
•    Johnny Brennan (Jerky Boys, Family Guy)
•    Grizz Chapman (30 Rock, The Lair)

The nerd community, he said, includes fans of comic books, manga, gaming, and science fiction/fantasy movies and television shows—and a great many self-professed nerds live in underserved neighborhoods of Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island. Comic creators appearing include Marv Wolfman (Teen Titans), Mike Grell (Green Arrow, Jon Sable), Tony Bedard (Supergirl, Birds of Prey)  Mark McKenna (Combat Jacks, Exiles).

“Surprisingly, New York City and the surrounding area runs short of adequate event space despite the world-class sports and concert venues,” says Goodison-Orr, who, when he served three years as CEO of Orlando’s KnightroKon, catered to up to 40,000 fans a year. “None of the hotels have anywhere enough meeting space for a convention of BoroughCon’s size, and the Javits Center is already home to New York Comic Con, with which we have no desire to invite comparison. So my partners and I chose to focus on the Four Boroughs, and St. John’s became the clear choice.”

The decision to embrace the outer boroughs required very little persuasion.

“Queens has roughly the same population as Houston, and Brooklyn is almost the size of Chicago. Both those middle-American cities host multiple ‘cons’ annually. So why would we want to be the second-biggest-by-a-mile in Manhattan when we can build something new and different here?”

What will set BoroughCon apart, according to Goodison-Orr, is the degree to which fans will enjoy direct access to well-known guests.

“If you come to BoroughCon, you’ll get a chance to meet, shake hands with or get an autograph from someone whose work you admire,” he said. “BoroughCon will be for regular fans – the con for the rest of us.”

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For up-to-date information, visit boroughcon.com.

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