The Crystal Ball Fantasy Masquerade

January 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Convention News, Cosplay, Georgia

Dragon Con and MomoCon present a night of fun and fantasy at The Crystal Ball, a formal event at the world famous Georgia Aquarium Oceans Ballroom on February 25th, 2017 at 7:00 PM!

The night will be alive with hosts of costumed fairies and fae in their best formal attire, framed by the gentle creatures of the deep from all sides, dancing the evening away to orchestral favorites and some secret gems. Each woodland faun and goblin king will be dining on heirloom greens with the cursed blood oranges, toasted pecans, and roquefort, the finest of stewed ovine (or braised short ribs) or vegetarian option for our elven friends, finished with the legendary lemon souffle tart, which opens it’s delicate pastry only once every thousand years for a chosen few.

For the dwarves of the party, a cash bar is available for the evening with brew, ale, wine, and assorted cocktails. The night will come alive with the orchestral stylings of the most popular of entertainment, including ballroom arrangements from The Lord of the Rings, Final Fantasy, Harry Potter, The Legend of Zelda, Miyazaki movies, and many many more, with a full dance floor on which to take your favorite necromancer or lamia for a swinging good time!

VIP access is available, including a special VIP gift bag with custom event artisan-etched glassware, commemorative cloisonne pin, drink ticket, and special reserved seating.

Dinner consists of a three course meal, with the main dish featuring beef (vegan and vegetarian options are available). Dinner will begin at 8:30pm. VIP exclusive hors d’oeuvres are available at 7:00 PM.

Tickets available now while supplies last

Dee Snider Rocks Spooky Empire

What do you want to do with your life?!

We want to ROCK…at Spooky Empire, and our first guest is no stranger to rock n roll!

We’re thrilled to announce that DEE SNIDER will be joining us April 21-23 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive.

Go Retro with DEE SNIDER..front man for the legendary band “Twisted Sister”, and star of the film “Strangeland” as the iconic character “Capt Howdy”.

Advance tickets and VIP packages are now available for April. Hotel reservations are open and moving fast. The Wyndham has a special rate of $119/night when you mention “Spooky Empire“. Visit our site at www.spookyempire.com

Firefly’s Summer Glau Appears at Planet Comicon 2017

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Firefly’s Summer Glau announced to appear at Planet Comicon Kansas City on Saturday April 29 and Sunday April 30, 2017! Tickets are available for sale now at the link…

Summer Glau is an American prima ballerina and actress, who is best known for for her iconic characters River Tam in Joss Whedon’s TV series Firefly and the feature film, Serenity and Cameron Philips in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. She has also recently appeared as Isabel Rochev on the CW series Arrow.

She got her start in Joss Whedon’s much acclaimed TV series Angel playing a cursed Prima Ballerina. Her other sci-fi credits include The 4400 as Tess, a schizophrenic who can control others with her mind and followed it with a return to the Whedonverse in Dollhouse as Echo’s long lost nemesis, Bennet Halverson.

Previously announced guests include Felicia Day, Kevin Eastman, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, Jason Aaron, Bill Amend, Don Rosa, Rick Burchett, Phil Hester, Dennis Hopeless, Matt Kindt, and many more.

GatorCon in West Palm Beach on May 13th!

Gatorcon copyFrom the Creators of RocCon! & Central PA ComicCon..both successful shows in the 3K-4K attendance range…….
It’s GatorCon! A full day of Comics & Pop Culture fun on Saturday May 13th, 2017 from 10am to 6pm  at the Hilton Airport, West Palm Beach!

150 Australian Ave, West Palm Beach, FL · (561) 684-9400
We start all our shows with one day the 1st year and expand from there. This model has worked for us,our vendors and attendees so we stay with what works! It’s that’s simple.
Come get in on the ground floor of Florida’s Newest show!  You can always count on tons of advertising, great guests, moderately priced food, lots of parking and most of all, fun panels to keep people there all day!
VENDOR SIGN UP LINK
OUR VENUE! 
The Beautiful Airport Hilton
150 Australian Avenue
West Palm Beach!

We have taken up all their Ballroom and Breakout Room space to accommodate
Vendors and Attendees alike!  Tons of free parking!

THE BEST PART? The hotel is adding a ballroom giving us room to grow for at least the next year or two of the show!  In the meantime, we have the Main Ballroom and breakout space!
If you are coming from a distance or just want to stay over for a different reason…..the Hilton has given us  a $99.00 Group Rate for a Single or Double FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS for attendees and vendors.  We have 20 set aside, get yours while they last!
There is a moderately priced restaurant on the premises along with a snack bar and a bar area for after the show!
Tons of parking for vendors and attendees alike.
Vendor space is limited and a great value!  All our prior shows have started with no less than 1500 attendance….we are expecting at least the same with GatorCon!
SPACES AVAILABLE:  1 CORNER 10X1010 ($150) , 7 10X10’S ($125), 6 8X8’S ($99)AND 14 individual 8ft tables at $75.00.
Signup for your space before they’re gone at www.gatorcon.net

Questions?  Email us anytime at akentertainny@aol.com. or Monday-Friday between 9-5 at 585-317-4046

SPECIAL GUESTS SO FAR WITH MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!

WELCOME CHRISTOPER DOOHAN TO GATORCON!

 As a child, Chris spent time on the sets of the original series with his father, James “Scotty” Doohan. At 19 years old, Chris was asked to be in the first Star Trek movie, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, which was only the beginning of several appearances on that beloved ship. His most recent credited Trek movie role put him in the transporter room of J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek Into Darkness”, which followed his appearance in the directors first “Star Trek” in 2009, where Chris shared the screen with the new Scotty, Simon Pegg.

Chris is currently playing “Scotty” in the critically acclaimed, award winning web series, Star Trek Continues and also voices the character of Scotty on the popular game, Star Trek Online: Agents of Yesterday.

COMIC BOOK GUEST OF HONOR:  MARK SPARACIO!

 Successful illustrator Mark Sparacio studied sequential art for three years under the legendary Will Eisner recognized as the creator of the graphic novel at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. While still in school, Sparacio received his first contract job to do a painting for the movie poster for the United Artist film, The Draughtsman’s Contract. This opportunity resulted in a long run as a freelance illustrator for the advertising industry.   When the market for illustration collapsed, the door opened for Sparacio to return to the medium that is his first lovecomic books. In addition to painting covers for Billy Tucci’s Shi, D.C. Comic’s Green Lantern, Comics Buyer’s Guide and Alter Ego, Sparacio has also worked for Marvel Comics, painting covers for Heroes for Hire as well as covers for the Comics Values Annual from 2007 and 2008, and The Overstreet Price Guide for the same two years.
Sparacio recently completed the interior sequential pencils for issue #34 of Jonah Hex, along with painted covers for a new six issue Sgt. Rock mini-series being released by DC Comics. He has also done paintings for card sets for UpperDeck /DC Comics and for Topps Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kids.
In addition to handling the illustrations for No Quarter, Sparacio is currently penciling and doing painted covers for the new, on-going series Captain Action from Moonstone Comics, based on the classic Ideal Toys action figure (written by former X-Men writer Fabian Nicieza).  Mark is constantly developing new ideas and creating the corresponding artworkFor more information, please visit Mark Sparacio’s website: www.marksparacio.com
OTHER ARTIST GUESTS OF HONOR TO BE ANNOUNCED!
Visit www.gatorcon.net for more information!

Dark Heron Official Beer of Emerald City Comicon 2017

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Fremont Brewing and Emerald City Comicon have teamed up again to bring you the Dark Heron – an exclusive IPA specifically created as the Official Beer of Emerald City Comicon 2017, featuring a female superhero lead – Dark Heron.

This year’s Dark Heron defends the taste buds of her city against the Bland Beer League with a secret weapon of an explosive, international combo of American Experimental Hop HBC 438®, German Super-Hop Huell Melon and the Wonder Down Under Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand. Combining their fruity, tropical, and spicy aromas and flavor with the Legendary Northwest malts and a zap! of Oats, Dark Heron transforms water into a bold, expressive IPA and saves you from another corporate-mandated Bland Beer.

The beer will be available for tasting at a debut party sponsored by Emerald City Comicon and Fremont Brewing on Thursday, February 2 at the Fremont Brewing Urban Beer Garden – 1050 N 34th St in Seattle.

In celebration of the Pacific Northwest’s largest and most heroic pop culture festival (as well as Seattle’s official bird and Fremont Brewing’s logo), cartoonist Jennifer Vaughn (Nicki Minaj: The Empire, Plants Vs Zombies: Heroes) adapted Fremont Brewing’s heron logo and crafted the bold spirit of Dark Heron to embody the modern heroine.

Dark Heron will be available on tap at ECCC 2017, in bars and restaurants throughout Seattle and in 22 oz. bottles in regional grocery stores starting Friday, February 3, 2017.

Great Lakes Comic-Con 2017 Returns on Feb 24-25th

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The Great Lakes Comic-Con returns on February 24-25, 2017 at Macomb Community College. Special Guests Include: Wrestling legend Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Greg Land (Uncanny X-Men, Sojourn), Angel Medina (Spawn, The Incredible Hulk), Alex Saviuk (Spectacular Spider-Man), Tom Cook, Keith Pollard, Arvell Jones, William Messner-Loebs, Jason Moore, and many more!

RSVP on Facebook!

The Great Lakes Comic-Con, or GLCC, is a comic, toy, and collectible event that runs annually in the Metro-Detroit Area (Michigan). The goals of GLCC are to provide a venue for collectors and dealers to get together, buy/sell some of their favorite collectibles, and support children’s literacy, as well as other child-related charities.

For The Great Lakes Comic-Con, we will be supporting Reading is Fundamental (www.rif.org). Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is the largest children’s literacy nonprofit organization in the United States. The goal is a literate America in which all children have access to books and discover the joys and value of reading.

Aquaman Dives Into LBCE 2017

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Actor Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, The Red Road) will be joining us at Long Beach Comic Expo on Saturday February 18, 2017 only! SAVE THE DATE! Barbarian, Dothraki and soon to be Fish Whisperer in DC’s JUSTICE LEAGUE movie and an AQUAMAN stand-alone spinoff, Jason Momoa is also headed to Netflix to star in the action/adventure series FRONTIER.

Other guests include Tim Bradstreet, Jim Cheung, Agnes Garbowska, Keron Grant, Mike Kunkel, Todd Nauck, Amy Reeder, Frank Tieri, and Mark Waid.

Long Beach Comic Expo is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center each spring. It’s a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Expo, you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs, guest signings, and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. For more specific information about the show, please use the FAQ button on the website (www.longbeachcomicexpo.com). Long Beach Comic Expo is a production of MAD Event Management, LLC.

RSVP on Facebook!

Tickets available at the link: http://lbce2017.eventbrite.com

Charlotte Mini Con is Over the Hill

Charlotte Mini Con 40thCharlotte MiniCon is back and it’s turning 40!

Come celebrate at the original North Carolina comic convention. We’re keeping it old school with comic book vendors and comic creators at Grady Cole Center on Saturday, January 28, 2017. More info coming soon, don’t miss it!

CHARLOTTE MINICON TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Florida SuperCon gets Sting!

FloridaSuperCon StingSting has just been announced as a special guest for FLORIDA SUPERCON July 27-30, 2017 at The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center

Sting will be appearing on Saturday July 29, 2017 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm only! He will be appearing in full makeup and wrestling gear! Go to https://register.growtix.com/e/florida_super_con_2017/6763 for Autograph and Photo Op Tickets. Since Sting is appearing for such a short time, Autograph and Photo Op Tickets are extremely limited!

Sting is a wrestling legend, best known for his career with World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), and most recently with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Sting is regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, having held a total of 25 total championships throughout his career, including 21 between WCW and TNA, which includes 14 major world championship reigns, in a three decade career. Sting was inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame in 2012 and WWE Hall of Fame in 2016.

Sting joins other Wrestling Stars Ric Flair, Amy “Lita” Dumas, Mick Foley, and Jerry “The King” Lawler at Florida Supercon!

Florida Supercon is 4 days of fun featuring celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors, industry guests, cosplayers, artists, writers, panels, Q&A’s, films & shorts, costume & cosplay contests, vendors, parties, anime, workshops, video gaming and more! TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE @ www.floridasupercon.com. Use promo code SUPER25 to save 25% off General Admission and VIP Tickets for a LIMITED TIME.

Over 150 guests will be announced in the weeks and months leading up to the show! Some of the guests already confirmed include:

TV & Movie Stars: Joel Hodgson (MST3K), Chris Sarandon (The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Princess Bride, Fright Night), Ken Page (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Cats), Brian O’Halloran (Clerks, Chasing Amy), Jason David Frank (Power Rangers), Amy Jo Johnson (Power Rangers), Tony Todd (Candyman, Star Trek, Final Destination), Cindy Morgan (Caddyshack, Tron), and more to come!

Animation and Anime Stars: Michael Bell (G.I. Joe, Plastic Man, The Smurfs, Transformers), Colleen Clinkenbeard (Dragonball Z Kai, Fairy Tail, One Piece, Yuri on Ice), Shanon Farnon (Super Friends, Valley of the Dinosaurs), Josh Grelle (Attack on Titan, Date A Live, Free!, Yuri on Ice), Dana Snyder (Aqua Teen, Justice League Action, Lego Star Wars, Squidbillies), and more to come!


Comic Book Creators: Neal Adams, George Perez, Mike Zeck, David Finch, Jose Delbo, Allen Bellman, John Beatty, and more to come!

Wrestling Stars: Ric Flair, Sting, Amy “Lita” Dumas, Mick Foley, Jerry “The King” Lawler, and more to come!

Plus dozens of Cosplay Guests, Entertainment Guests, and Fan Groups!

Check out our Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1297731703585276 and RSVP to let us know you’re coming!

Cartoon Art Museum Co-Presents SF Sketchfest Events

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The Cartoon Art Museum is proud to co-present three events in collaboration with the 2017 SF Sketchfest. Join us on Friday, January 20 for Dragon Ball Z Live VR Panel with Chris Rager, Monica Rial, Christopher Sabat, Sean Shemmel, Sonny Strait, and Eric Vale at the Brava Theater Center!

The Cartoon Art Museum is co-hosting a pair of events on Saturday, January 28, including An Afternoon with The Venture Bros. with Paul Boocock, Michael Sinterniklaas, Dana Snyder, and James Urbaniak, moderated by Dana Gould at Cobb’s Comedy Club and Skull Juice Podcast: Trent Live with Dino Stamatopoulos, Scott Adsit, Brian McCann, and musical guest Britta Phillips at the Brava Theater Center.

Tickets are available through the SF Sketchfest website, Detailed event descriptions and direct ticket links follow:

*Dragon Ball Z Live VR Panel with Chris Rager, Monica Rial, Christopher Sabat, Sean Shemmel, Sonny Strait, and Eric Vale
Friday, January 20, 10 PM to 11:30 PM, $30
Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St, SF
Tickets at the link…

The cast of the legendary anime suit up on stage to take your questions and discuss their show like you’ve never seen them before. Cast members include Christopher Sabat (Vegeta, Piccolo), Sean Schemmel (Goku), Monica Rial (Bulma), Sonny Strait (Krillin) and Chris Rager (Mr Satan).

*An Afternoon with The Venture Bros. with Paul Boocock, Michael Sinterniklaas, Dana Snyder, and James Urbaniak, moderated by Dana Gould
Saturday, January 28, 2 PM to 3:30 PM, $20
Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus St., SF
Tickets at the link…

They’re baaaaack! Want action? Adventure? Comedy? Then look no further than The Venture Bros.! A staple of Adult Swim’s animated late-night shows, The Venture Bros. follows the unpredictable adventures of twin thrillseekers Hank and Dean Venture. Join Paul Boocock (Jonas Venture, Sr.), Michael Sinterniklass (Dean Venture), Dana Snyder (The Alchemist) and James Urbaniak (Dr. Venture) for an afternoon of all-things Venture! Moderated by Dana Gould (The Simpsons, Stan Against Evil).

*Skull Juice Podcast: Trent Live with Dino Stamatopoulos, Scott Adsit, Brian McCann, and musical guest Britta Phillips
Saturday, January 28, 10 PM to 11:30 PM, $25
Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St, SF
Tickets at the link…

Years ago Dino Stamatopoulos wrote a musical comedy (or more appropriately a Light Tragedy with Music) about a small family surviving through a cold winter. Think Sam Shepard meets Moral Orel. Although this play was only performed once, in Chicago, it’s being brought back in the form of a musical graphic novel. However, for San Francisco Sketchfest, for the first time since the original staging, Dino and guests will perform scenes and music from TRENT: a light tragedy with music.

ABOUT SF SKETCHFEST

SF Sketchfest was founded in 2001 by David Owen, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney as a way to showcase the talents of six Bay Area sketch comedy groups: The Fresh Robots, Kasper Hauser, The Meehan Brothers, Please Leave the Bronx, Totally False People and White Noise Radio Theatre. The festival debuted in January of 2002 at the Shelton Theatre in downtown San Francisco and has grown rapidly into a nationally recognized comedy festival that mixes national headliners, local favorites and the best up-and-coming groups from throughout North America for a month of sketch, improv, stand-up and alternative comedy. A favorite with audiences, critics, and performers alike, the festival has grown substantially to become a highly anticipated artistic showcase that consistently delivers top quality comedic performances, tributes and panel discussions. To learn about past participants, visit the Past Festivals page (coming soon).
Audiences have overwhelmingly responded to SF Sketchfest’s diverse programming which has featured performers from every major North American television comedy smash of the last 25 years including Saturday Night Live, The Kids in the Hall, Mr. Show, Arrested Development, VEEP, The Upright Citizens Brigade, The State, Mystery Science Theatre 3000, Strangers With Candy, Key & Peele, The Simpsons, The Daily Show and more. SF Sketchfest offers its audiences the rare opportunity to see their favorite performers in intimate live performances and discussions.

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