Garden State Comic Fest Announces Contests, Prizes, and Panels for July 2016

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GARDEN STATE COMIC FEST ANNOUNCES CONTESTS, PRIZES AND PANELS

Hulkbuster cosplayThe Garden State Comic Fest will be giving away (as contest prizes) a year of tickets to other great Comic Cons!   Promoter, Sal Zurzolo says, “In addition to traditional cash prizes we are giving away something much more VALUABLE and you can you get one of these much sought after items the old fashioned way, by earning it when you win one of contests.”

“We know our fans love to attend conventions and to show our appreciation to the fans we added convention tickets to GS Comic Fest 2017 and a ‘Conventions for a Year Prize Package!’  The Garden State Cosplay Showdown costume contest Best in Show winner will receive tickets for 8 other northeast conventions and $500 to cover their tickets to any other shows they choose,” said Dave O’Hare, the show’s founder. Dave added, “Those with a talent for drawing can enter the Drawing Contest which will be judged by some of our very own guest artists.”

“If you can’t draw a stick figure, then our attendees can put their knowledge of superheroes to good use by entering the Superhero Trivia Contest and prove that their intellect is superior to all challengers,” said Sal.

“The GSCF Garden State Cosplay Showdown costume contest has 2 divisions, a kids contest for children under 16 and an adult division for those 16 and up,” Dave said.

In addition, Sal said, “We are thrilled to announce several panels including the Extreme Costumes, Thomas DePetrillo’s “How to Make Giant Cosplay (like the Hulkbuster)” and Vincent Zurzolo, who’s Metropolis Collectibles owns the most expensive comic in the world at $3.2 Million, on the “20 Gotcha’s on Buying Comics & Comic Book Art in 60 Minutes,’ and many more.”

The family friendly comic fest allows all children 11 and under Free Entry with a paying adult. There will be plenty of free parking for attendees. Tickets are available on-line now and will be available at the door while supplies last. For more information check out:
www.gardenstatecomicfest.com OR https://www.facebook.com/Gardenstatecomicfest OR https://twitter.com/GS_Comic_Fest

Photo Ops Tickets Now On-Sale for Boston Comic Con 2016

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Photo Ops tickets are now available for Boston Comic Con 2016 with media guests William Shatner (Star Trek’s original Captain Kirk), Karl Urban (Star Trek Beyond, Pete’s Dragon), Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who, Me Before You), Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Who), John Barrowman (Torchwood, Arrow), Ben McKenzie (Gotham, Southland), Elizabeth Henstridge (Agents of SHIELD), Caity Lotz (Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow), Robbie Amell (The Flash, X-Files), Ciara Renée (Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash), Seth Gilliam (The Walking Dead, Teen Wolf), and Vic Mignogna (Fullmetal Alchemist, Star Trek Continues).

Get tickets from Epic Photo Ops at the link…!

Boston Comic Con 2016 tickets are on-sale now at the link!

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About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Friday August 12th, Saturday August 13th, and Sunday August 14th at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

Squad Up! Suicide Squad Cosplay Contest

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The Squad Up! Suicide Squad Cosplay Contest launches today from DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. and invites you to cosplay as your favorite squad member for a chance to win a trip to San Diego this July for Comic-Con International. Have you always wanted to build a Deadshot mask? Is Harley Quinn your spirit animal? Got a purple alligator-skinned coat in the back of your closet that you’ve been wondering what to do with? Then this contest is for you!

Here’s how it works:

  • Assemble a costume based on the look of any of the following characters from Warner Bros.’s upcoming Suicide Squad film: Deadshot, The Joker, Harley Quinn, Colonel Rick Flag, Amanda Waller, Captain Boomerang, El Diablo, Killer Croc, Enchantress, Slipknot, and Katana.
  • Take a photo of yourself wearing your costume. Make sure it’s a good quality photo that really shows off your costume!
  • Enter using one of the three methods of entry listed here.

You can find the full list of rules and conditions here. Trust us, you’ll want to check them out. After the entry period, fans will be able to vote in two separate rounds and help us choose finalists in each of the character categories. Once we have our finalists, eleven different winners—one for each character—will be chosen.

We expect some heavy competition, but don’t worry, we’re here to help. At the link are some tips, as well as a gallery of characters to help with your costumes. Click on the photos to zoom in on them.

Apollo 11 Anniversary Gala

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Join us in celebrating the anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon with legendary astronaut and American icon, Buzz Aldrin! George Takei, best known for his role as Mr. Sulu in Star Trek: The Original Series), will join Buzz to host this special black-tie event which will be held at the Apollo/Saturn V Center at Kennedy Space Center, FL on July 23, 2016. Featuring fellow Star Trek alumna Nichelle Nichols (Uhura), long-time space news reporter John Zarrella (CNN), who will serve as the evening’s emcee, and NASA astronauts from each era of manned space flight, this Gala will celebrate the 47th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission as well as the 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series.

During the evening you will have the opportunity to view NASA restricted property, such as the launch pads and Vehicle Assembly Building, on your private transportation from our host hotel to the Apollo/Saturn V Center, enjoy a reception and open bar, receive an exclusive professional photo with our hosts, dine underneath one of the only remaining Saturn V rockets in the world (the largest rocket ever made which took Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin to the moon in 1969), enjoy a decadent dessert spread and specialty coffee, explore the award-winning Apollo/Saturn V facility which houses historic relics of the space program, and experience an engaging program with Aldrin and Takei as they share their experiences during a time when space travel transitioned from fantasy to reality.

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Also included will be an Apollo 11 Memorabilia Silent Auction and special raffle, available only to gala attendees.

Event proceeds benefit Buzz Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to igniting children’s passions for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math by providing educators with interactive and engaging hands-on educational activities.

Tickets available at the link…

Gotham Star Ben McKenzie Joins Boston Comic Con 2016

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Boston Comic Con welcomes actor Ben McKenzie to our celebrity guest line up! Ben stars as Detective James Gordon in the hit Fox series Gotham. Previously, Ben starred as Ryan Atwood in the television series The O.C. and as Officer Ben Sherman in Southland. Bat-fans will be interested to know he provided the voice for Bruce Wayne in the DC animated movie Batman: Year One.

Ben will appear to meet fans, sign autographs, and pose for photos on Saturday August 13 and Sunday August 14!

He joins our previously announced media guests William Shatner, Karl Urban, Jenna Coleman, Karen Gillan, John Barrowman, Elizabeth Henstridge, Caity Lotz, Robbie Amell, Ciara Renée, Seth Gilliam, and Vic Mignogna. Full media guest list at the link…

Boston Comic Con 2016 tickets are on-sale now at the link!

RSVP on Facebook!

About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Friday August 12th, Saturday August 13th, and Sunday August 14th at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

New Jersey Comic Expo 2016 Announces Guests

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New Jersey Comic Expo announced their first guest for 2016 is superstar artist David Finch! A long time fan favorite artist with runs on New Avengers, Ultimate X-Men, and Wonder Woman he is currently the artist on DC Comics Batman: Rebirth. Other guests include Paul Jenkins (Batman: The Dark Knight), Fabian Nicieza (co-creator of Deadpool), and Colleen Doran (upcoming Troll Bridge)!

Tickets for the 2016 New Jersey Comic Expo are NOW ON SALE! Take advantage of a low introductory price on tickets if you buy early this year! A weekend ticket is JUST $45, Saturday is $30 and Sunday is $25, so get your tickets now before prices go up! Remember! Kids 10 & under are FREE! (Limit 2 kids per paid adult). The convention will take place on November 19-20, 2016. Connect with social media – Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for the most up to the minute guest and event updates!

More details are on the website: www.newjerseycomicexpo.com

About New Jersey Comic Expo:
New Jersey Comic Expo is an annual event held at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center every 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. At New Jersey 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. New Jersey Comic Expo is a production of MAD Event Management, LLC. Visit www.madeventmanagement.com for additional information.

Collider Offering Free Trip for Two to SDCC 2016

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Collider is offering a free trip for two to SDCC 2016. The winner of their contest will receive:

  • Airfare for two to San Diego, California
  • Two badges to the San Diego Comic-Con
  • Accommodations at a hotel located on the SDCC shuttle route.
  • $250 gift card for “a little extra spending money”

The contest ends June 30 and is only available to residents of the continental United States.

For more information and to enter, visit Collider.

5th Annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE)

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The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE), a weekend-long celebration of independent comics, returns to Chicago for its fifth year on Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12, 2016, from 11am to 6pm, with over 200 local, national, and international exhibitors at the Center on Halsted, located at 3656 North Halsted Avenue. Featuring comics for sale, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, and more, CAKE is dedicated to fostering community and dialogue among independent artists, small presses, publishers, and readers.

Free and open to the public, CAKE celebrates the diverse community of underground and alternative comics artists, publishers, and fans, both in Chicago and the United States, as well as the rest of the world. Comics, prints, and other artwork will be available for purchase, and in addition to the expo itself, several off-site events will occur throughout the weekend.

In addition to art for sale, the expo also features workshops, exhibitions, and panel discussions with special guests Chester Brown, Tyrell Cannon, Ezra Claytan Daniels, Sammy Harkham, Cathy G. Johnson, Laura Park, Patrick Kyle, Trina Robbins, and Leslie Stein. Independent publishers appearing at CAKE include 2D Cloud, Alternative Comics, Drawn & Quarterly, Fantagraphics Books, Koyama Press, Retrofit Comics, Secret Acres, and a number of Chicago-based publishers. For a full list of this year’s exhibitors, visit the website.

CAKE is an independent, not-for-profit, volunteer-run organization and would not be possible without the help of generous donations from supporters and sponsors, including Blick Art Materials, Busy Beaver Button Company, the Center on Halsted, Graham Crackers Comics, Challengers Comics, Halfwit Coffee, Print Ninja, Quimby’s Books, and Spudnik Press Cooperative.

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For more information about the expo, please visit www.cakechicago.com.

MA – Baggywrinkles Signing

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Join tall ship sailor-turned-cartoonist Lucy Bellwood on Wednesday June 8, 2016 for a reading and signing event at the USS Constitution Museum celebrating her new book Baggywrinkles: a Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea!

Reading: “Scurvy Dogs, the Cartoon History of Scurvy” at 1:30pm in the Discovery Center

Signing: 2:30pm-4:30pm in the Gift Shop

Baggywrinkles is a rollicking, educational survey of maritime lore built around cartoonist Lucy Bellwood’s time aboard tall ships. From the scourge of scurvy to the exhilaration of climbing the rigging for the first time, Lucy’s comics bring the reader into a world of high seas history and informative adventure with “a sheer and unremitting sense of joy” [Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier].

More details on the USS Constitution Museum website

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USS Constitution Museum
Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA 02129
(617) 426-1812

Hero Initiative Hits Phoenix Comicon 2016 with Special Guest Tom Raney

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Hero Initiative hits Phoenix Comicon With Special Guest Tom Raney

Los Angeles, CA (May 25, 2016) Hero Initiative, the charity that helps comic book creators in medical and financial need, will hit the Phoenix Comicon at the Phoenix Convention Center from June 2-5.

Tom RaneyHero’s booth, AA1200, will be the ONLY place you can find artist Tom Raney, best known for his work on titles such as Alpha Flight, Thor,Ultimate X-Men and more. He will be sketching and signing all weekend, with proceeds benefiting Hero Initiative, so do the right thing and come on by!

And top creators Arthur Adams, Kurt Busiek, Joyce Chin, Chad Hardin, Phil Hester, Dan Jurgens, John Layman, Jae Lee, Ron Marz, Mike Mayhew, Brian and Kristy Miller, Whilce Portacio, Brian Pulido, Norm Rapmund, Stan Sakai, and Ben Templesmith will all be collecting donations for Hero as well! Swing by on them and say “hi!”

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators 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.

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