NJCE 2017 Programming Schedule Announced

November 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, New Jersey

New Jersey Comic Expo has announced their programming schedule for this year’s show on November 18-19th!

Guests include: Garth Ennis, Gail Simone, Colleen Doran, Jae Lee, Kevin Maguire, Keith Giffen, Larry Hama, Rags Morales, Jerry Ordway, Ron Marz, Scott Lobdell, Tom Defalco, Jim Calafiore, Sean Chen, Dennis Calero, Amy Chu, Tom Raney, Scott Hanna, and more.

New Jersey Comic Expo is an annual event held at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center each Fall. 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. Details at the website: newjerseycomicexpo.com

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Michael J. Fox visits Boston in 2018

Hop in a Delorean, grab your hoverboard and check your Flux Capacitor, we’re going Back to the Future with Michael J. Fox in 2018!

Mr. Fox really doesn’t need any introduction, but the TV and silver screen icon has starred in the incredible Back to the Future Trilogy, Teen Wolf, The Secret of My Success, Bright Lights/Big City, Doc Hollywood, Family Ties and Spin City!

FAN EXPO Boston 2018 tickets go on sale on November 15 at 10AM EST. Bookmark this now: www.FANEXPOBoston.com/tickets

Dear Basketball Premieres at CTNX 2017

NBA legend Kobe Bryant and animator extraordinaire Glen Keane host the Grand Opening of CTN Animation Expo 2017 on Thursday November 16, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Get tickets at the link…

Widely regarded as one of the best basketball players of all time Kobe Bryant pairs up with world renowned legendary animator Glen Keane to ‘tip off’ opening night at CTNX2017. Join these two legends for a very special event that includes an interview about their careers moderated by executive producer Don Hahn and a screening of Dear Basketball.

CTN animation eXpo, now in its ninth year, is a living creative force designed from the outside in and 100% fueled by being the inspirational portal for generations to come. It started in 2009 in a town called Burbank with a community called the Creative Talent Network (CTN) at it’s core. More details at the website: creativetalentnetwork.com

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Gail Simone Announced for NJCE 2017

November 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, New Jersey

New Jersey Comic Expo 2017 welcomes writer GAIL SIMONE as their guest of honor on November 18-19th!

Gail Simone is a comic book writer best known for penning DC Comics Birds of Prey, her other notable works include Batgirl, Secret Six, Welcome to Tranquility, The All-New Atom, Deadpool, and Wonder Woman. Don’t miss your chance to meet her at NJCE!

Other guests include: Garth Ennis, Colleen Doran, Jae Lee, Kevin Maguire, Keith Giffen, Larry Hama, Rags Morales, Jerry Ordway, Ron Marz, Scott Lobdell, Tom Defalco, Jim Calafiore, Sean Chen, Dennis Calero, Amy Chu, Tom Raney, Scott Hanna, and more.

New Jersey Comic Expo is an annual event held at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center each Fall. 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. Details at the website: newjerseycomicexpo.com

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Clermont Comic Con Returns November 19th

Clermont’s only comic con grows even more!

Meet Wrestling Legends B. Brian Blair and Bugsy McGraw. The Munsters’s own Butch Patrick! Legendary Iron Man artist Bob Layton and much more!

Visit www.clermontcomiccon.com for more information.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Fan Art Contest

Submit your original Star Wars: The Last Jedi fan art for the opportunity to have your artwork displayed at the U.S. premiere of the movie.

Requirements:

  • Must be original artwork you created
  • Must only include characters and/or themes from Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Must be less than 10 MB in file size
  • Must be in jpg/jpeg or png
  • See Official Rules for additional content requirements and restrictions

SUBMISSION WINDOW ENDS SUNDAY NOVEMBER 26TH, 11:59PM PST. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Limit five (5) entries per person. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C. ages 18+. Void wherever prohibited or restricted. For full details, limitations, and restrictions, please see the website….

 

Anime NYC 2017 Announces Scheduling

Press Release:

Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll and presented by LeftField Media will present three days of entertaining and educational programming about Japanese culture, the anime industry, gaming, and more at the inaugural show at New York’s Javits Center on November 17-19, 2017. Over 20,000 fans are expected to convene for the show and dive into exclusive film and anime screenings, panels with internationally renowned artists and creators, and live musical experiences over the weekend. Attendees can start planning their Anime NYC experience and view the full schedule online now at: www.animenyc.com/panels. Tickets range from $35-40.

Anime is something just outside of the mainstream, but there’s always been a hunger for it,” says Peter Tatara, Vice President of Anime Events for LeftField Media. “For us, Anime NYC is an opportunity to build a cool, colorful event that will put the anime, manga, and so much more that fans love on center stage.”

Friday, November 17

  • Anime Diva Night powered by Anisong World Matsuri (8:00PM – Main Stage) Anime NYC and Lantis Co., Ltd. Present the first Anime Diva Night – a concert featuring top hits and anime songs from global artists Yoko Ishida, Chihiro Yonekura, and TRUE.
  • PokeBiology (2:00PM – Panel Room 1) Ever wonder about the seemingly infinite number of Tentacool in the ocean? How a Weedle can take down a Snorlax? Or ever wish your Pokemon team could function in the real world? This panel covers some real-life parallels between the Pokemon universe and our own, including some ecology, physiology, and other basic biological concepts.
  • SKY-HI (4:00PM – Panel Room 3) Meet one of Japan’s biggest rappers, SKY-HI, in a rare appearance live at Anime NYC. Mitsuhiro Hidaka, who started his career in 2005 as a member of the Japanese idol group AAA, shares stories from his career as SKY-HI during this talk.
  • Haikyu!!: Meet the U.S. Stars (4:15PM – Main Stage) Sentai Filmworks brings the sports anime “Haikyu!!” out in English for the first time. Meet stars Bryson Baugus (Shoyo Hinata), Scott Gibbs (Tobio Kageyama), and Director Kyle Colby Jones as they talk about their work on the series.
  • How to Take a Selfie (5:30PM – Panel Room 2) Four master level cosplay photographers teach a photography workshop everyone can relate to. Photographic techniques will be broken down into clear, practical advice on how to look your best.
  • 20 Years of “One Piece” (8:00PM – Panel Room 3) The One Piece Podcast presents a panel about the most popular manga of all time. This panel is dedicated to the amazing moments and history behind this Guinness World Record-setting series. Join in and celebrate its amazing 20th anniversary with Anime NYC.

Saturday, November 18

  • Official “Sailor Moon” Panel (11:15AM – Main Stage) The largest gathering of Sailor Guardians yet descends on the Big Apple for an event of epic proportions. Meet over 10 “Sailor Moon” English voice actors in this very special event packed to the brim with news, sneak peeks, and announcements galore. Every attendee will receive an exclusive gift while supplies last, only available at Anime NYC.
  • LeSean Thomas Q&A (3:00PM – Main Stage) New York native LeSean Thomas has worked in the animation industries in the U.S., South Korea, and Japan – and Anime NYC is proud to welcome him home. Hear Thomas speak about growing up in the Bronx, getting his start in the animation field, and what it takes to make it in the world of anime. Attendees will have the chance to hear about Thomas’ diverse career as an artist, animation producer, and director, and his work on projects including the Peabody Award-winning “The Boondocks” (Supervising Character Designer, Co-Director), “The Legend of Korra” (Storyboard Artist, Animation Production), and “Black Dynamite” (Creative Producer, Supervising Director). Thomas is also the creator of Crunchyroll’s “Children of Ether” and “Cannon Busters,” coming to Netflix next year.
  • “Princess Principal” Screening and Q&A (2:45PM – Main Stage) Come enjoy the first episode of the critically acclaimed anime “Princess Principal” followed by a Q&A session with Director Masaki Tachibana.
  • Cosplay & Disabilities (12:45PM – Panel Room 2) Join Anime NYC for a discussion about cosplaying with disabilities, as well as the positive aspects cosplay can introduce into a person’s life. Hear stories from fellow cosplayers about the joy it can bring and how we can all keep fan conventions a fun, adventurous, and equal place for all.
  • Nerds on Hip-Hop: Bridging Anime and Hip-Hop (5:45PM – Panel Room 2) Entertainment journalist Victoria Johnson and Doctor of Education student Marcus Wolfe will lead a panel discussing the intersection between hip-hop music and anime including notables such as “Samurai Champloo” and upcoming series like “Tephlon Funk.”
  • Inside the Action of “Infini-T Force” with VIZ Media and Tatsunoko (2:00PM – Panel Room 1) Think you know Japanese anime superheroes? Get ready for beloved characters coming together with “Infini-T Force,” the action-packed series that unites popular figures Gatchaman, Tekkaman, Polimar, and Casshan in one awesome team. Meet the project’s Producer Kaz Haruna, joining the convention all the way from Japan, as well as other special guests who will give attendees the inside scoop on the brand new series. Attendees will receive an exclusive premium poster while supplies last.
  • Japanese Feminism 101 (3:45PM – Panel Room 2) Feminist critique of anime is all over the internet today. However, how is feminism manifested in modern-day Japan? This panel introduces key women in Japanese feminist history such as Raicho Hiratsuka and Beate Sirota Gordon as well as feminist artists like Machiko Hasegawa and Rokudenashiko.
  • “IDOLiSH7” Premiere and Q&A (6:00PM – Panel Room 1) Enjoy the first two episodes of upcoming anime “IDOLiSH7,” adapted from a Japanese music game, before the series debuts in Japan. Following this premiere screening, Director Makoto Bessho and Executive Producer Sokichi Shimooka will talk about bringing the beloved game to life in an anime.
  • Masquerade ULTRA DELUXE presented by Tokyo Otaku Mode (8:00PM – Main Stage) Part costume contest and part Japanese game show, see Anime NYC’s best cosplayers strut their stuff – or maybe even get on stage yourself.
  • Exploring Dystopia in “Attack on Titan,” “The Walking Dead,” and Fahrenheit 451 (8:45PM – Panel Room 2) This panel will focus on the dystopian theme that runs through mainstream shows and publications “Attack on Titan,” “The Walking Dead,” and Fahrenheit 451. Explore the similarities and differences of the dystopia in these three works in this in-depth discussion.

Sunday, November 19

  • Fullmetal Alchemist U.S. Premiere (3:15PM – Main Stage) Anime NYC is proud to present the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist film’s exclusive US Premiere on November 19 as the Closing Film of the inaugural Anime NYC convention! Fullmetal Alchemist, which tells the story of two alchemist brothers seeking the Philosopher’s Stone, is one of the year’s most anticipated films in Japan and for anime fans around the world, with its original manga series having sold over 70 million copies worldwide! Fullmetal Alchemist Director Fumihiko Sori will make a rare appearance at Anime NYC to introduce the film and sign autographs for fans before the debut, which will be the film’s first screening in the US ahead of its premiere in Japanese theaters later this year. This special ticketed event is sold out.
  • NYC Ramen Summit (12:00PM – Panel Room 1) Globally-recognized ramen chefs Ivan Orkin (Ivan Ramen, Slurp Shop) and Shigetoshi Nakamura (Nakamura) along with Sun Noodle’s Kenshiro Uki sit together on the first NYC Ramen Summit. The three will discuss their unique careers, the cultural significance of ramen, and the dish’s devoted following in New York and across the U.S. Sho Spaeth, Features Editor at Serious Eats, joins to moderate the discussion.
  • Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower Premiere & Concert (11:30AM – Main Stage) The U.S. premiere of the second Gundam Thunderbolt film screens live at Anime NYC! Come see Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower on the big screen, followed by a one-of-a-kind jazz show led by the film’s composer Naruyoshi Kikuchi.
  • Japanese Tea and You (10:45AM – Panel Room 2) ‘Ryokucha,’ or Japanese green tea, has become more and more popular outside of Japan in recent years, but it’s still misunderstood. This panel will review the unique processing and varieties of ryokucha, hot and iced brewing methods, and ways to easily incorporate it into your daily life.
  • Cosplays Tips & Tricks with YuffieBunny and Uncanny Megan (11:00AM – Panel Room 3) With well over 15 years of combined experience, cosplayers Uncanny Megan and YuffieBunny unleash some of their favorite cosplay tips and tricks. The duo will cover areas ranging from sewing, wig styling, constructing armor, and prop building to tips on wearing different kinds of cosplays at conventions. Attendees can participate in a Q&A at the end.
  • Short & Sweet: Role Playing Games Worth Your Time (11:45AM – Panel Room 2) Ever wanted to play a role playing game, or RPG, but were intimidated or felt you have no time to dive into a lengthy game? This panel acts as a guide for those who are looking to ease their way into the world of Japanese role playing games. Come learn about the origins of the genre and a few games that can give you the full RPG experience in a fraction of the time.
  • “Terra Formars” English Premiere (1:00PM – Panel Room 1) What would happen if humans could harness a special biological technology to make planets like Mars habitable? Dark, visceral and violent, “Terra Formars” is hard sci-fi at its finest that presents stinging questions about space exploration and human progress. Episodes will be presented uncut for the first time in English.
  • So Your Kid Wants to Cosplay? (2:45PM – Panel Room 2) So your kid wants to cosplay… now what? A simple guide for parents to understand the basics of cosplay and how it can impact the lives of their children. Potential cosplayers can also come to see how they should approach their parents if they want to cosplay.

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Fans wanting to learn the latest news can follow Anime NYC on Facebook and Twitter or visit www.animenyc.com, which will be updated with more announcements and special guests leading into the show.

THE ICONIC SPOOKY EMPIRE MADE A RECORD BREAKING COMEBACK

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

THE ICONIC SPOOKY EMPIRE MADE A RECORD BREAKING COMEBACK LAST WEEKEND CLOSING ITS 15th FALL CONVENTION WITH THOUSANDS OF ATTENDEES

The fall convention weekend included Hollywood icons, unique photo-ops, numerous awards, haunting vendors & exhibitors, never ending lines for celebrity autographs with meet & greets, a tattoo festival, an expanded Kids Zone, and packed Special FX Makeup classes

 ORLANDO, FL – On October 27 – 29, 2017, Spooky Empire, hosted its coveted and much anticipated thriller convention in Orlando. This year, Spooky Empire set the bar high with their hair-raising guest line-up at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. The annual weekend opened their doors earlier on Friday and invited guests to enter the ‘dark side of comic con’ with a tattoo festival featuring top tattoo artists, a film festival that included the showing of Foolish Mortals and the screening of Stranger Things 2 premiere episodes, costume and cosplay contest, huge exhibitor room, live music and performances, the debut of FSCW Wrestling at Spooky Empire, Q & A’s with artists, authors, filmmakers and the new addition of the Charity Casino Night, benefiting Conductive Education Center of Orlando.

Pete Mongelli, co-founder of Spooky Empire, shared, “Every time I passed the ticketing tables or autographs rooms, I was in awe of the never ending lines of fans filled with excitement and anticipation to be face-to-face with their heroes. Spooky Empire has created a solid family for the last 15 years and that’s what you feel at the convention. Everyone is coming together as family from the kids, to the attendees and special guests. Spooky Empire drew in an epic crowd in 2017 and we’re excited for what’s to come.” 

The event had classic icon guest appearances such as: Richard Dreyfuss fromJaws, Molly Ringwald, John Cusack and Anthony Michael Hall from Sixteen Candles, and from the American horror comedy The Lost Boys Billy Wirth, Jamison Newlander and G Tom Mac. Top panels included cast members from What We Do In The Shadows Petyr and Deacon in an unforgettable and levitating Q&A, and The Lost Boys and IT Loser’s Clubcast members Wyatt Oleff (Stanley Uris), Jaden Lieberher (Bill Denbrough), Sofia Lillis (Beverly Marsh) and Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben Hanscom) drew in a full house. Guests also had a once in a lifetime photo opportunity with C.J. Graham in full “Jason” costume from Jason Lives and a special photo-op with Richard Dreyfuss that drew in fans with legendary memorabilia to be signed or pose in front of large shark jaws.  Pauliegon’s Pencilnecks hosted a spectacular Ghostbusters Experience with cars, props, photo-ops and look-a-likes with an identical Egon Spengler from Ghostbusters! For the Rock ‘n’ Roll fans,the weekend was unforgettable with a performance from G Tom Mac.

Guests, aside from roaming the convention, had fun dressing up in their favorite costumes and cosplay characters. The most popular character portrayed was Pennywise from this year’s IT but Quintin Hasen in his homemade Xenomorph costume from Alien took the coveted Best in Show top prize during their annual costume contest.

The weekend left guests anticipating Spooky Empire’s mid-season convention, which is scheduled to take place April 6 – 8, 2018 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort.

For more information about Spooky Empire and their mid-season convention, visit www.spookyempire.com.Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram(@SpookyEmpire). 

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About Spooky Empire

Founded in 2003, Spooky Empire’s Fall Convention has grown to become one of the largest thriller conventions and the dark side of comic con in the nation with attendance increasing each year. Designed to be THE ultimate weekend for thriller fans of all ages, the event allows guests to meet and mingle with their favorite movie and TV stars, buy amazing collectibles from hundreds of vendors and artists, see new and emerging films as well as old favorites, get tattooed by some of the best artists in the world, and take part in one of the largest Zombie Walks in the country. In May 2011, Spooky Empire introduced their Spring Convention mid-season to provide fans with even more fun in anticipation of their Fall Convention. Spooky Empire’s ultimate goal is to provide memorable events for fans to return to each year, a place where they can congregate with thousands of other people with the same interests. For more information, visit www.spookyempire.com.

 

Spooky Empire Media Contacts:

Juliana Gutierrez, JWI PR | +1 305-991-4259 | juliana@jwipr.com

Jessica Wade Pfeffer, JWI PR | +1 305-804-8424 | jessica@jwipr.com

Early Bird Rates Extended for Planet Comicon Kansas City 2017

Press Release:

Early bird pricing EXTENDED for Planet Comicon Kansas City! Purchase NOW for the best price of the year!

This year, Planet Comicon Kansas City promises to deliver an incredible list of comic creators, special guests, and an entire universe of cosplay, collectibles, and interactive fun…not to mention a full slate of panels and demos for adoring aficionados, aspiring artists, and curious collectors of all ages. Planet Comicon Kansas City has grown to be one of the top 25 pop culture and comic book events in the country by attendance and you do not want to miss one minute.

ACT NOW to take advantage of early bird pricing for a 20% discount on Friday and Sunday single day, adult and youth admissions.

Deadline for purchase at this special pricing has been EXTENDED to November 20, 2017. You will not see a better deal. And don’t forget that Planet Comicon Kansas City is your best value for the entire family – children 7 years old and under are free!

Special guests! Comic creators! The excitement is building!

We’re thrilled to announce the addition of celebrated comic creators Megan Levens (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Star Trek, Spell on Wheels), Jai Nitz (Co-Creator Suicide Squad’s El Diablo, Co-Creator Dream Thief), Geof Darrow (Shaolin Cowboy, The Big Guy and Rusty the Robot Boy, Hard Boiled), and Kyle Strahm (Spread, Downfall, Octane Bloodstain). They will be joining an ever-growing list of celebrities, fellow comic creators, and cosplayers coming to Planet Comicon Kansas City in 2018!

Currently scheduled to appear include:

  • Jason Aaron Scalped, Star Wars, Southern Bastards, Thor
  • CW Cooke Solitary, Stillwater
  • Abby Darkstar Cosplayer & Gamer
  • Amy “Lita” Dumas WWE Hall of Fame
  • Chad Hardin Harley Quinn, Temerity
  • Ryan Hurst Sons of Anarchy, Outsiders, Bates Motel
  • Amy Jo Johnson Power Rangers, Felicity
  • Jae Lee Inhumans, Dark Tower, Batman/Superman
  • Charles Martinet Voice of Mario and Luigi
  • B. Clay Moore Hawaiian Dick, the Whistling Skull, Savage, Endless Summer
  • Michael Rooker The Walking Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Sean Schemmel Dragon Ball Z
  • Mark Sheppard Supernatural, Battlestar Galactica, Warehouse 13, Firefly
  • Sting WWE Hall of Fame
  • Trish Stratus WWE Hall of Fame
  • Freddie E. Williams II Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, He-Man/Thundercats Series

Many more creator and celebrity guests will be attending the show. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or stay tuned to our website each week for more guest announcements.

10th Annual Captain’s Comic Expo Scheduled for February 24-25th

Press Release:

The 10th Annual Captain’s Comic Expo returns to Charleston, SC on Saturday, February 24 & Sunday, February 25, 2018 at Patriot’s Point!

Captain’s Comic Expo is one part comic book convention, one part pop culture art show, and two full days of fun!

Featuring:
Comic Book and Toy vendors from across the southeast
Artists and Artisans with their amazing creations
Star Wars 501st characters on stage – Saturday
Charleston’s biggest Cosplay Contest – Sunday
Babs Tarr – Artist of Motor Crush, Batgirl
Rico Renzi – Spider-Gwen, Squirrel Girl
Shawn Crystal – Deadpool, Mother Panic
Tini Howard – MMPR Pink, Hack/Slash, Rick & Morty
Jump castle & food trucks
130+ total tables of fun!

Tickets start at $10 for adults with kids 10 & under FREE!
Presale tickets will be available at Captain’s Comics and Toys and Online in November and also available at the door. Parking for the event is FREE!

Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 10am-4pm

For more information check out www.captainscomicexpo.com

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