Smithsonian and Awesome Con Introduce Future Con New Science Festival Inside Washington, D.C.’s Comic Con Kicks Off with StarTalk Live! Hosted by Astronaut Chris Hadfield
Smithsonian magazine and LeftField Media today are announcing a partnership to create an exciting new live event called “Future Con,” a three-day science, technology, and entertainment celebration that will be featured within LeftField Media’s upcoming Awesome Con on June 16-18, 2017 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Future Con will highlight the intersection of science, technology, and science fiction inside D.C.’s largest pop culture event. It is sponsored by Science Channel, features partners including NASA, the American Physical Society, the National Science Foundation, and Nerd Nite, and it will be headlined by StarTalk Live! hosted by Astronaut Chris Hadfield, who became a social media sensation through his (literally) out-of-this-world videos and performances from the International Space Station.
Driven by experts at Smithsonian magazine, Future Con will mix together interactive experiences, engaging discussions, and special guests centered around creating new awareness and advocacy for all things science, technology, engineering, and math. Previous Smithsonian Future events have featured astronaut Buzz Aldrin, oceanographer Bob Ballard, Star Trek actors William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, and George Takei, and the creators of Deadpool, The Martian, and The X-Files, with the Smithsonian now bringing similar visionary names from science and science fiction together in front of a broad, public audience at Awesome Con.
Awesome Con, now entering its fifth year, attracts over 60,000 attendees and participants including Stan Lee (co-creator of Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the X-Men), David Tennant (star of Doctor Who and Jessica Jones), John Barrowman (Doctor Who and Arrow), Felicia Day (creator of The Guild and noted author, producer, and blogger), Wil Wheaton (writer, blogger, actor, and voice actor), and Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo (acclaimed Batman writer and artist team). Awesome Con is a celebration of comic books, movies, television, toys, and games, and Future Con will add science to the worlds Awesome Con explores.
“The Smithsonian’s mission is to spread knowledge throughout the universe,” says Michael Caruso, editor in chief of Smithsonian magazine and Vice President of Live Events. “And we at Smithsonian are excited to partner with Awesome Con to do just that—transforming D.C.’s largest pop culture convention into a platform to showcase the individuals and organizations building the future today and communicating the important issues and technologies that will define our path tomorrow.”
“Our fans obviously love Star Wars, Star Trek, and Doctor Who, and we know they care deeply about real-world scientific advances in the same way they’re fascinated with science fiction,” says Ben Penrod, Awesome Con’s founder. “Working with Smithsonian magazine to create Future Con is one of our proudest achievements, making Awesome Con a space not just to entertain but one to inspire and educate, and we hope we can play a small part in creating the inventors, engineers, educators, and astronauts of tomorrow.”
Future Con’s kickoff event will welcome Colonel Chris Hadfield to host a special edition of StarTalk Live! Col. Hadfield is a veteran of two space shuttle missions and former commander of the International Space Station. He’s also been called the “most social media savvy astronaut” by Forbes for his ongoing documentation of his time in space to over 2 million Twitter followers. Col. Hadfield will appear at Future Con to lead a taping of StarTalk Live!, an award-winning talk show bridging the intersection between pop culture and science with humor and passion.
Future Con will see further pioneering names in space travel, artificial intelligence, nanomachines, climate science, and medical research share the stage with some of the brightest names in pop culture—with presenters including John Mather (NASA’s Nobel Laureate and head of the James Webb Telescope), Adam Steltzner (NASA’s “Rock and Roll Engineer” and head of the Mars 2020 mission), and Seth Shostak (Senior Astronomer at SETI: the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). Thought-provoking talks at Future Con will include Cassini’s Spectacular Grand Finale at Saturn, Parallel and Multi Universe Theory in Sci-Fi, Mars: Past, Present, & Future, Harry Potter and the Genetics of Wizarding, Space Lasers, and Antarctic Dinosaurs.
Future Con takes place June 16-18 inside this year’s Awesome Con, and no separate ticket is needed to attend—admission to Awesome Con includes access to Future Con’s speakers, exhibits, and events. For tickets to Awesome Con, visit awesomecon.com. For more information on Future Con, please visit smithsonianmag.com/futurecon, follow Awesome Con on Facebook and Twitter, and search for #futurecon.
ABOUT STARTALK LIVE
Science meets comedy onstage at StarTalk Live!, the StarTalk Radio road show that’s entertaining and educating sold-out audiences around the country! Just like the award-winning podcast, radio show, and Emmy nominated TV show, StarTalk Live! explores current events from the frontiers of science and includes scientists, celebrities, and comedians as featured guests. Each live show bridges the intersection between pop culture and science with clarity, humor, and passion, covering captivating subjects like space travel, human intelligence, extraterrestrial life, the Big Bang, the future of Earth, and the environment. StarTalk Live! gets its DNA from StarTalk Radio, the iTunes chart-topping radio show/podcast hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Emmy nominated TV show on the National Geographic Channel, StarTalk TV. StarTalk Live! is co-produced by Curved Light Productions and Pretty Good Friends.
ABOUT SMITHSONIAN MEDIA
Smithsonian Media is comprised of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, Air & Space magazine, Smithsonian Books, and the Smithsonian Media Digital Network. In addition, Smithsonian Media oversees the Smithsonian Institution’s interest in the Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between the Smithsonian Institution and CBS/Showtime. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 20 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually. (smithsonianmag.com / si.edu)
ABOUT LEFTFIELD MEDIA
LeftField Media, LLC is an events company focused on developing face-to-face events in a range of communities rooted in contemporary culture and shared passion. LeftField was formed in 2014 by Greg Topalian (President, LeftField Media) and is now owned by Topalian and Clarion Events Ltd. With a keen sense of the ever-evolving needs of businesses and their consumers as well as new opportunities created by change, LeftField takes a clean slate approach to business. LeftField’s portfolio includes Play Fair (playfairny.com), a family-focused celebration of toys and play built with the Toy Industry Association; Awesome Con (awesomecon.com), Washington DC’s Comic Con; Rose City Comic Con (rosecitycomiccon.com), Portland, Oregon’s Comic Con; Anime NYC (animenyc.com), a Japanese pop culture festival presented by Crunchyroll; the Five Points Festival (fivepointsfest.com), a designer toy and comic art convention curated by Clutter; and the Classic Auto Show (theclassicautoshow.com), a classic and vintage auto show launched in Los Angeles. LeftField Media is headquartered in historic Trumbull, CT. (leftfieldmedia.com)
Planet Comicon Kansas City 2017 is excited to announce a dynamic duo of exclusive variant covers for this weekend show.
Harley Quinn #18 features the “Maid of Mischief” herself as presented by the always amazing Amanda Conner. (Creative partner and fellow Planet Comicon 2017 guest Jimmy Palmiotti is also featured in this issue.) This special limited edition will be available for sale at the Planet Comicon Merchandise Booth (#1215) as well as at Conner and Palmiotti’s respective booths (#322 and #324).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #69 features a cover by another of our 2017 featured guests, Kevin Eastman. This special limited edition will be available for sale at the Planet Comicon Merchandise Booth (#1215).
Other featured creators include Dan Didio (DC Comics Publisher), Chris Claremont (Uncanny X-Men, New Mutants), Chad Hardin, Joseph Michael Linsner (Harley Quinn), Jim Steranko (Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD), Neal Adams (Batman), Howard Chaykin (American Flagg!), Frank Brunner (Doctor Strange), Greg Land (Uncanny X-Men) and many, many more!
For more information about the 2017 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.
COMIC CON REVOLUTION – THE INLAND EMPIRE’S FIRST FULL SCALE COMIC CON
COMPLETE PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
Programming Highlights Include, The Psychology of Batman, John Carpenter’s The Thing 35th Anniversary Art Book, How To Create Characters and Write Super Stories, LARP 101: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse and so much more!
New York, NY April 26, 2017 – Comic Con Revolution (CCR) The Inland Empire’s first full scale Comic Con will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario California. With CCR only a few weeks away, Atomic Crush Events is proud to announce the show’s full programming slate is on ComicConRevolution.com for attendees to view.
Programming Highlights include:
#GenerationRevolution: Animators Day Off – What do artists and writers do when they aren’t working on your favorite animated projects from film, TV, and video games? From comic books, children’s books, even novels; what creative people do as a side job and for fun will amaze you. Join Mike Morris (Ducktales 2017), Mike Collins (Mr. Peabody and Sherman), Steven E Gordon (X-Men Evolution), Aaron Long (Bojack Horseman), Rachel Reed (Rockstar Games) and Anne Walker Farrell (Bojack Horseman).
The Psychology of Batman – Join Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward, as they bring their hit podcast, The Arkham Sessions, to Comic Con Revolution! Using episodes of the iconic ’90s cartoon Batman: The Animated Series, The Arkham Sessions dishes out real knowledge about mental health and mental illness, as they analyze Batman and his infamous Rogues Gallery. Alongside special guest Livio Ramondelli (IDW’s Transformers), this very special panel will take a look at the fan favorite episode “”Over the Edge.””
John Carpenter’s “The Thing” 35th Anniversary Art Book – Filled with art inspired by the film. Join special guests Tim Bradstreet, Cat Staggs, and Stormking Productions’ Sandy King Carpenter as they take a look at some of the art being seen for the first time ever, and talk about their memories of watching John Carpenter’s The Thing. Oh, and did we mention The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? Filmmaker and Slayer: Repentless comic book writer Jon Schnepp is hosting?
How To Create Characters and Write Super Stories Do you want to create your own characters and write and draw their amazing adventures? Come join Super Siblings and Pandamonium cartoonist Patrick Scullin as he teaches how to make original picture books. Bring your imagination and some drawing supplies and Patrick will guide you through the steps of creating a story and putting it to paper. No drawing experience is required for this family friendly session.
LARP 101: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse” This panel is for anyone interested in what LARP (Live Action Role Playing) is and how it is played/how to get into LARPing.
“The support we have received from not only the comic community but from the Inland Empire itself has been overwhelming,” said Atomic Crush Events co-founder Drew Seldin. “Putting together an event you can be proud of takes hard work but it also requires that those around you believe in what you are doing as much as you do.”
Guests currently scheduled to appear include Orion Acaba, Karl Altstaetter, Chris Bachalo, Anjali Bhimani, Tim Bradstreet, Sandy King Carpenter, Marty Casaus, Feodor Chin, Matthew Clark, Mike Collins, Neo Edmund, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Derek Fridolfs, Joel Gomez, Steven Gordon, Travis Hanson, Matt Hawkins, Ray-Anthony Height, Dennis Hopeless, Doug Jung, Scott Koblish, Mike Kunkel, Hope Larson, Dr. Andrea Letamendi, Livesay, Scott Lobdell, Pamela Lovas, Ron Marz, Raychul Moore, Mike Morris, Bill Moseley, Todd Nauck, David Naughton, Carla Perez, Karlee Perez, Josh Petersdorf, Whilce Portacio, Livio Ramondelli, Norm Rapmund, Paolo Rivera, Joe Rubinstein, Jon Schnepp, Patrick Scullin, Beth Sotelo, Cat Staggs, Art Thibert, Koi Turnbull, Gus Vazquez, Vivid Vidka, Dave Wagner, Tommy Walker, Brian Ward
Information about Comic Con Revolution is available at www.comicconrevolution.com
About Comic Con Revolution
Comic Con Revolution was founded on very simple principles. We are excited to celebrate comics and the creative arts. At the absolute core of what we do are the creators themselves. The people who create the comics, games, toys, film, movies and more that we all love. Without their tireless dedication to creating the fantastic worlds we all get lost in, events like Comic Con Revolution would not be possible. We strive to create the best possible experience for attendees, exhibitors and guests alike. Our team of event industry veterans are dedicated to working hard to create that experience for each of you.
About Atomic Crush Events
Atomic Crush Events is an event consultation and management company that was founded on experience and innovation. Bringing together expertise in event management, marketing, sales and business development to create a unique team that can analyze and identify the best course of action when developing a live event. Our philosophy is simple – create the best experience possible for attendees, exhibitors and guests alike.
More information is available at www.atomiccrushevents.com
Actress Lili Reinhart (Betty Cooper from CW’s Riverdale) and show creator/Executive Producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa appear at Golden Apple Comics on Saturday May 6th from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM to sign RIVERDALE and BETTY & VERONICA comic books and celebrate Free Comic Book Day! Plus writer Marc Andreyko (Love Is Love, Wonder Woman ’77) will be there signing FREE Wonder Woman comics. And writer Gerry Duggan (Deadpool, Nova, Uncanny Avengers) will appear at 2:00 PM to sign the FREE All-New Guardians of the Galaxy.
Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Meet Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld on Wednesday May 17th at Barnes & Noble at The Grove in L.A. for a Q&A and signing to celebrate the debut of Marvel’s first ever Deadpool OGN “Deadpool: Bad Blood” from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Each attendee will receive an exclusive ‘DAY OF RELEASE CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY’ provided by Rob Liefeld and Key Collectibles.
Rob Liefeld’s legendary career began at the age of 18 years old. Fresh out of high school he was hired by both Marvel and DC Comics where he began laying the foundation for a resume that would define a generation. Rob has covered many of the industries top-tier franchises and produced memorable runs on diverse titles such as Cable, Wolverine, Deathstroke, Hawk and Dove, X-Men, X-Force, Fighting American, Spider Man, Hawkman, Teen Titans, and Deadpool.
Marvel Comics and Rob Liefeld now present Deadpool In his first Original Graphic Novel! Deadpool’s been shooting, stabbing and otherwise annoying people for a long time now. He’s made a lot of enemies. One he can’t quite place is the brutal Thumper, who keeps showing up out of the blue to pound him into jelly…..
“Deadpool: Bad Blood” needs to be purchased from Barnes & Noble at The Grove in order to receive a wristband to attend this event. Wristbands will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Wednesday May 17th at 9am to customers who purchase “”Deadpool: Bad Blood” from Barnes & Noble at The Grove.
• Limit 1 wristband per book
• Personalization will be available
• Rob Liefeld will only be signing Deadpool: Bad Blood
• Absolutely No memorabilia please
Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Ste K 30, Los Angeles, California 90036
EAST COAST COMICON RETURNS TO NY/NJ METRO AREA
Features Legendary Comic Creators, Actors, Wrestlers and the Famous Film Vehicles
Secaucus, NJ—New Jersey’s largest comic convention returns to the Meadowlands Exposition Center on April 29-30. Guests include an array of recognizable pop culture figures and some of the world’s top comic book creators. East Coast Comicon is proud to announce the appearance of Danny Trejo (Machete, Heat), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, The Crow), Tony Todd (Candyman, Flash), Dawn Wells (Gilligan’s Island), Kevin Nash (WWE), and a rare reunion of the original cast members of Lost in Space, including Angela Cartwright, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, and Bill Mumy. All are available for photos and autographs (prices vary).More than seventy (70) comic artists and writers will be on hand including
More than seventy (70) comic artists and writers will be on hand including legendary creators, George Perez and Marv Wolfman, whose ground-breaking work on the New Teen Titans is the inspiration for the popular Cartoon Network Series Teen Titans Go! Fans of comic cinema are sure to want to meet Keith Giffen (co-creator of Rocket Raccoon) and Fabian Nicienza (co-creator of Deadpool).Others appearing include superstars Art Adams (X-Men), Kyle Baker (Plastic Man), Mike Zeck (Secret Wars, Punisher), Simon Bisley (Judge Dredd, Lobo), Mike Grell (Green Arrow), Denny O’Neill (Batman), and Tim Bradstreet (Punisher). Classic comics talent will also be on hand to meet fans, including Allen Bellman (Captain America), Joe Giella (The Flash, Batman), and original Marvel bullpen artist Larry Lieber, who co-created Iron Man,
Classic comics talent will also be on hand to meet fans, including Allen Bellman (Captain America), Joe Giella (The Flash, Batman), and original Marvel bullpen artist Larry Lieber, who co-created Iron Man, Ant Man, and Thor. Also Guinness Book of World Records will be present to recognize the career of artist Ken Bald. Animation directors and artists of Ren & Stimpy Bill Wray will be on hand.There’s comics fun for all ages, including a Kids Love Comics section that offers
Animation directors and artists of Ren & Stimpy Bill Wray will be on hand.There’s comics fun for all ages, including a Kids Love Comics section that offers activities all day including how to make comics, drawing lessons, and more. Over a dozen kid’s-friendly professional comic artists will be there to teach and sell their books.
Photo ops are available to get your picture taken with some of the most recognized vehicles from movies & tv. Parked onsite are Batmobiles from three iterations of the caped crusader (’66, ’89, and ’05), the Monkees Mobile, the Munsters Koach, Stephen King’s Christine, and the Lost in Space chariot. For the first time, East Coast Comicon is pleased to present a 3-D diorama of the Star Wars trash compactor, which allows you to re-enact a famous scene. (Prices vary for photo ops).
Over 200 vendors will be offering a wide assortment from dollar box comics to super-rare comics. Posters, books, graphic novels, T-shirts, art, toys, and many other collectible items will be sold. And on Sunday afternoon, the East Coast Comicon Cosplay Contest will award $500 for the best costume. Many other prizes and trophies will be awarded. The contest begins at 4 pm.
Location: Meadowlands Exposition Center
Dates: April 29 & 30, 2017
Times: 10 am to 6pm Sat & Sun
Adult Tickets $30.50
Kids Ticket $9.50 (ages 6 to 12) Sunday Adult Tickets $26.50 Kids Ticket $7.50 Sunday (ages 6 to 12) CHILDREN 5 AND UNDER ADMITTED FREE WHEN ACCOMPANIED BY A TICKET HOLDING ADULT (limit 2 children per adult)
2 day Weekend Pass $52.50
2 day Weekend Pass Early admission $82.50
VIP Ticket $135.50 (limited to 100 tickets)
Early entry to the convention (enter at 9:30 am, regular ticket holders enter after 10 am) • Two day pass • Seating in first two rows for all panels (until full). Must be seated before panel begins. • Go to front of all lines for Two (2) different signings. • East Coast Comicon poster. • Your choice of East Coast Comicon T-shirt
Day of Show Tickets:
Kids 6 to 12 yrs old $10
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.
For further information and tickets, please go to the convention website: rosecitycomiccon.com
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.”
For up-to-date information, visit boroughcon.com.
Nickel City Con and Buffalo’s historic North Park Theatre are proud to announce an exclusive screening of FLASH GORDON, with a Q&A following the film with Flash Gordon himself SAM JONES. Experience the Sci-Fi Cult Classic and the epic QUEEN soundtrack on the big screen in Buffalo’s finest theater.
You’ll get exclusive insight and background information from the filming of the movie as Sam recalls his days on set and his life in Hollywood after Flash and his recent resurgence in the Ted & Ted 2 movies.
Join us for this great Pre-Con event Thursday May 18th at the North Park Theatre. Get your tickets now, don’t wait- the first 150 tickets come with a free pass to opening night at Nickel City Con, Friday May 19!
The cast and Executive Producers of Agents of SHIELD spoke to the media at Wondercon 2017, and Convention Scene’s own Richard Oh was there!