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    Press Release:

    San Jose Super Toy & Comic Show Hosts actors Bill Mumy & Jim Kelly

    Saturday, December 4, 2010
    Early Bird admission: 9 -11 am, $15
    General Admission: 11 am – 4 pm, $5

    The Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
    344 Tully Rd.
    San Jose, CA 95111

    Bill Mumy on Lost in Space

    Bill Mumy

    Toy & Comic Book collectors are invited to the San Jose Super Toy, Comic Book & Collectible Show on Saturday, December 4, 2010! Come see 250 tables filled with every variety of Vintage to Modern Collec

    tibles, including Comic Books,Magazines, Toys, Vinyl Records, Posters, GI Joes, Robots, Disneyana, Legos, Sports, TV, Music, and Movie Memorabilia, and lots more! We are Northern California’s Largest vintage Toy and Collectible show, growing in size and attendance since 1995.

    Jim Kelly

    Jim Kelly

    Media guests include actors Bill Mumy & Jim Kelly.

    Bill Mumy played Will Robinson in the cult 1960s CBS sci-fi television series Lost in Space and Lennier in the syndicated sci-fi TV series Babylon 5.

    Martial Artist and actor Jim Kelly is featured in a number of films, most notably one appearance with martial arts master Bruce Lee. He played Williams in the Classic Film ” ENTER the DRAGON”.

    Both Bill Mumy & Jim Kelly will all be signing photos and taking snapshots with attendees for a nominal fee.

    All guests are subject to cancellation due to professional commitments.

    For Show and Dealer Information:
    (408) 298-1709


    Wizard World Absorbs NOLA Comic-Con into New Orleans Comic Con

    November 4, 2010 by  
    Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Louisiana, Top Stories

    NOLA Comic-Con and Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con

    UPDATE: According to the NOLA Comic-Con website, their May event will proceed as planned.

    Press Release:

    Wizard World Acquires NOLA Comic-Con

    NEW YORK, November 3, 2010 – Gareb Shamus, CEO of Wizard Entertainment, today announced the acquisition of NOLA Comic-Con, which had been held the past two years in suburban New Orleans. The event will now become part of the Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con scheduled for January 29-30, 2011, at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

    “NOLA Comic-Con has been a well-respected event that has really helped bring out the comics fans in Louisiana,” said Shamus. “We are pleased to be working with Ronnie Prudhomme to help build New Orleans Comic Con in our first year.”

    “This can only help increase the interest in the comics industry in New Orleans,” said Prudhomme, NOLA Comic-Con owner and promoter. “The whole reason I started NOLA Comic-Con was to get people excited about comics here, and Wizard World’s involvement will take that interest even further.”

    New Orleans Comic Con, part of the world’s largest pop culture convention series, will be the first on the 2011 Wizard World Comic Con schedule, and the first Wizard World convention in “The Big Easy.

    The freshly renovated New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is an essential component of what makes the city’s major business events so successful. With 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space, the Convention Center is the sixth largest convention facility in the nation, and it consistently ranks in the country’s top ten of facilities that hold the most conventions and tradeshows annually.

    About Wizard Entertainment:
    Gareb Shamus founded Wizard Entertainment in 1991. Today, Shamus publishes consumer magazines Wizard, ToyFare, FunFare and numerous books about pop-culture’s top talent, comic books and toys. Shamus also produces the largest North American Comic Con tour. Wizard World Comic Con – The Pop-Culture Capital of the World!

    For the most recent event information please visit www.wizardworld.com and become a Wizard World Comic Con Fan on Facebook.

    Wizard World Comic Con Tour:
    November 12-14, 2010 – Austin Comic Con – Austin Convention Center
    December 4-5, 2010 – Atlanta Comic Con – Cobb Galleria Centre
    January 29-30, 2011 – New Orleans Comic Con – Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
    February 26-27, 2011 – Miami Comic Con – Miami Airport Convention Center (MACC)
    March 18-20, 2011 – Toronto Comic Con – Direct Energy Centre
    April 29-May 1, 2011 – Anaheim Comic Con – Anaheim Convention Center
    May 21-22, 2011 – Big Apple Comic Con ‘Spring Edition’ – Penn Plaza Pavilion
    June 17-19, 2011 – Philadelphia Comic Con – Pennsylvania Convention Center
    August 11-14, 2011 – Chicago Comic Con – Stephens Convention Center
    September 17-18, 2011 – New England Comic Con – Hynes Convention Center
    September 24-25, 2011 – Big Apple Comic Con – Penn Plaza Pavilion
    November 2011 – Austin Comic Con – Austin Convention Center
    December 2011 – Atlanta Comic Con
    TBA – New Jersey Comic Con
    TBA – Cincinnati Comic Con
    TBA – Cleveland Comic Con
    TBA – Nashville Comic Con

    LBCC 2010 Con Report!

    Long Beach Comic Con held it’s 2nd annual convention at the Long Beach Convention Center on Halloween weekend this year. With the success of the inaugural show, I was a bit disappointed to see a smaller crowd this year. The show did have some strong guests, featuring fan favorites J. Scott Campbell, Amanda Conner, Tim Sale, and Mike Mignola. However, it seemed that Halloween weekend proved that it’s the kids and family aspect that drive people to come, and can really dictate the success of a show. The people that did attend had a wonderful time, meeting their favorite creators, buying some show exclusives, and enjoying the Halloween festivities with costumes galore.

    Now onto some pictures from LBCC!

    Yoda greets you at the front of the Long Beach Convention Center.

    An enraged Hulk is in front of the ticket lines. BUY TICKETS!

    Helpful representatives are standing by.

    Welcome to LBCC!

    Retailers set up shop for customers.

    Wildstorm sets up in Artist Alley.

    Mike Mignola sketches away at the show.

    Josh Middleton draws X-23 for a fan while chatting up with people in line.

    Ebas showing off one of his awesome prints.

    Artist J. Scott Campbell draws for 3 lucky winners for the Hero Initiative.

    Tim Sale drawing for a fan at the Hero Initiative on Saturday morning.

    Darkwing Duck creator Tad Stones quickly had a long line after announcing he was sketching at the Boom Studios' booth.

    Stan "The Man" Lee greets colorist Nei Ruffino on Sunday afternoon.

    Glenn and Duane from the Walking Dead signs for fans the day of the Walking Dead premiere!

    And what’s a con without costumes? Thanks to Halloween, it was a treat to see some really awesome costumes. Here’s a few:

    Justice League (and Pinhead Guy)!

    It's me, Mario!

    Your outfit is so breathable. I'm so jealous.

    Gotta catch 'em all!

    Girl: What's that? Pig Mask: Dude I'm not falling for that this time.

    Princess Leia (now complete with chain)!

    What good is Leia without a Jabba?

    Antman: Let's pose honey. Wasp: I don't want to.... Antman: I SAID POSE! DO IT NOW!

    Popular costume this year: Kick Ass and Hitgirl.

    Schoolgirl and Zatanna. Nice.

    Who you gonna call?

    Hellboy visits Mike Mignola.

    Yoda meets Kermit. There's a crossover here that should be delved into...

    I lost my white mask, have you seen it?

    Ultimate Spidey. Not bad.

    HUGE Doctor Doom. I think he was on stilts.

    Wanna see my chicken dance?

    Man... my back hurts.

    Funniest costume I saw at the show.

    Best costume of the con. Period.

    In honor of the Walking Dead, Zombie Big Boy.

    Uhh... I think I'm gonna need a bigger gun.

    Todd Nauck as Chuck!

    Amanda Conner as Leela!

    Amanda Conner's 2nd costume! Smell you later!

    And who can forget the kids?

    Kid Flash!

    Kid Thor!

    Kid Wolverine!

    Kid Spiderman had too much fun....

    Joe Benitez says come back next year... or else!

    Hero Initiative Appearing at Mid-Ohio-Con 2010

    November 3, 2010 by  
    Filed under Collectibles, Comic Books, Convention News, Ohio

    Press Release:

    Hero Initiative celebrates Mid-Ohio Con’s 30th year!

    Archie Comics, New Fragrance from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and more!

    For Immediate Release: (November 2, 2010) Hero Initiative will celebrate Mid-Ohio Con’s 30th year as one of America’s longest-running and most successful comic book and pop-culture conventions! It’s happening this weekend, November 6-7 in Exhibit Hall E of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 North High Street, Columbus, OH For tickets visit http://midohiocon.blogspot.com/. In celebration, Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that helps comic creators in medical and financial need, will have signings and live sketching by special guests at its booth.

    We have excellent news for the BPAL fans out there! Heroine, the new scent from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab featuring the great new Adam Hughes label, will be available at the con! Heroine is the first scent created specifically for The Hero Initiative, and features Nepalese amber, East African patchouli, dark musk, apple blossom, petit grain, aged leather, skin musk, and rhubarb. Heroine will be available for $25 at the con, and will be $26 when it goes live on the BPAL site in late November.

    While getting a sketch, a couple of signatures and smelling amazing, you can browse the next six highly anticipated Hero Initiative original Archie #600 covers that are for sale! The next six available—from artists Norm Breyfogle, Agnes Garbowska, Leonard Kirk, Joseph Linsner, Al Milgrom and Aaron Sowd—will be on display at Hero’s Mid-Ohio booth as they’re simultaneously up for auction on eBay! Check out: http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZheroinitiativeQQhtZ-1

    Archie 600 Agnes GarbowskaSketching and signing schedule as follows:

    SAT, Nov. 6 10-6

    1130-1230: Kurt Busiek

    130-230: Herb Trimpe

    SUN, Nov. 7

    1030-1130: Matt Wagner

    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 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 $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

    Golden, Texeira, and Scott Round Out Mid-Ohio-Con 2010 Guest List

    November 2, 2010 by  
    Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Ohio

    Press Release:

    Mid-Ohio Con Right in the Middle of Things (In a good way of course)!
    Golden, Texeira and Scott Round Out Guest List!

    Columbus, OH– Mid-Ohio Con not only lives up to it’s geographical name, but this is one convention that also has it’s thumb right in the middle of pop culture and comics, and this fave Fall convention is BACK, November 6th and 7th! Joining the artistic line-up for the show will be comics creators Michael Golden, Mark Texeira, and Steve Scott!

    Tex: The Art of Mark Texeira

    Tex: The Art of Mark Texeira

    Michael Golden is known for many titles in his artistic legacy, notably as being co-creator of Rogue, Bucky O’Hare, Spartan X, Marionette, Bug, and more beloved characters. His storytelling work is touted in such books as “The ‘Nam,” “Doctor Strange,” “Avengers,” “G.I. Joe,” and much more. You can see his recent work on covers for Marvel Comics, and more storytelling is in the works as well, currently collaborating with Todd McFarlane!

    Michael has recently been honored with “Lifetime Achievement Awards” from the Lille Comics Festival as well as the University of Maryland Eastern Show. Gallery shows on Mr. Golden have been mounted in places as diverse as Antwerp, Gijon and Barcelona. A 45 piece gallery show is currently installed at UMES until December 2nd, while an another gallery show is slated to begin in Madrid in December.

    Fine art painter and storyteller Mark Texeira is known for his stunning covers on so many Marvel comics, it would be hard to name them all. Titles routinely associated with his name include “Ghost Rider,” “Black Panther,” “Moonknight,” and much more. Recently, Mark just completed a Punisher mini-series that will hit stands soon, as well as a few other projects for the Big M. His covers have also recently appeared as frontage for Vampirella and numerous other titles.

    Marks work has been featured in gallery shows in Charlotte, as well as Illustration House and The Society of Illustrators in Manhattan.

    Artist Steve Scott has just finished penciling an exciting Batman project that is on stands NOW, and his issue of “Batman Confidential” hit to rave reviews! Known for his work on “Indiana Jones,” “She-Hulk,” “Hulk,” “JLA,” “X-Men,” and much more, you can see a preview of Steve’s Batman project on newsarama at:


    Podcasts with many of the creators can be found at http://wheremonstersdwell.ca, while Steve’s work has also been featured in gallery shows in Charlotte, Illustration House and The Society of Illustrators in Manhattan.

    Recently returned from an appearance in Malta, writer, editor and publisher Renee Witterstaetter will be joining the crew as well as a guest at Mid-Ohio Con, to sign copies of her new books “Excess: The Art of Michael Golden,” and “Tex: The Art of Mark Texeira,” both published by Vanguard Productions. She will also have copies of her film book “Dying for Action: The Life and Films of Jackie Chan,” as well as copies of her numerous comic book work to choose from, including “Spartan X.”

    Coming up for Renee is the impending publication of her new books “Kerry and the Scary Things,” and “Mark Texeira: Nightmares and Daydreams Sketchbook.” Stop by Renee’s table as well, to inquire about commissions from any of the fellas above.

    Mid-Ohio Con is taking place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, and also features guests: David Finch, Adam Hughes, Brian Pulido, Matt Wagner, Billy Tucci, Bryan J.L. Glass, Chris Sprouse, David Mack, Ethan Van Scriver, Frank Cho, Herb Trimpe, Sergio Aragones, Todd Dezago,Todd Nauck, and many more. For more information go to:

    For more information on the artists and commissions/sketch lists contact Renee at: evaink@aol.com

    Steranko Donates Spirit of America Print to Pulp Adventurecon

    November 2, 2010 by  
    Filed under Collectibles, Comic Books, Convention News, New Jersey, Top Stories

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    Steranko Spirit of America

    Press Release:

    Pulp Adventurecon — Steranko contributes Spirit of America

    Pulp AdventureCon
    November 6th, 2010
    Ramada Inn, Bordentown, NJ

    UPDATE — November 1, 2010

    Legendary illustrator STERANKO — known for his innovative work of Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Shadow — is donating a copy of his “Spirit of America” benefit print to the show. The dazzling 18×24 print features the First Avenger, CAPTAIN AMERICA, in all his star-spangled glory. We’ll be offering this as a door prize at the show — and Fate will smile upon one fortunate pulp fan.

    Here are some of the people exhibiting at the Nov. 6, 2010 show …

    Steranko, Nick Certo, Brendan Faulkner, Francis Giordano, Martin Grams, Rich Greene, John Gunnison, Mark Halegua, Rick Hall, Gale Heimbach, Ed Hulse, Gary Lovisi, John Mimekos, Bill Parisho, Josh Petrie, David Saunders, Darrell Schweitzer, Gary Shaheen, Bruce Tinkel, Cowboy Tony K, and a few others TBA …

    Thousands of rare PULP MAGAZINES, vintage paperbacks and movie collectibles on display. If you’re seeking out the adventures of The Shadow, Doc Savage, Conan, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Dashiell Hammett, Zane Grey, Amazing Stories, Black Mask, Wild West Weekly, and thousands more, this is the show to attend.

    Go to www.boldventurepress.com to read about past shows. Walker Martin provides a pretty comprehensive overview of the stuff you missed in 2008.

    Pulp Adventurecon

    Ramada Inn, 1083 Route 206, Bordentown, NJ (just off NJ Turnpike exit 7)

    Time: 10 am to 5 pm
    Admission: $5
    Email us for information — boldventurepress@aol.com

    (If you’re using public transportation and need a ride, call the number on our website.)

    Scene on Video: Women of Warcraft Cosplay Photo Shoot from BlizzCon 2010

    November 1, 2010 by  
    Filed under California, Con Reports and Photos, Gaming

    Jo-Jo Chen Cosplay

    Jo-Jo Chen leads a behind-the-scenes look at G4’s Women of Warcraft Cosplay photo shoot from BlizzCon 2010.

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    Top Wizards of the Coast Creators at Comicpalooza 2010

    November 1, 2010 by  
    Filed under Collectibles, Comic Books, Convention News, Gaming, Texas, Top Stories

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    Press Release:

    Top Wizards of the Coast Creators Come Together at Comicpalooza

    Houston, TX – Oct. 28, 2010– Comicpalooza, Houston’s largest multi-format convention, welcomes some of Wizards of the Coast’s top creators Larry Elmore, Bruce Cordell, and Chris Sims to its ever expanding guest list. Larry Elmore is one of the most well-known artists to ever shape the image of the Dungeons and Dragons line. Beginning in the 1980’s, Elmore’s highly detailed larger than life fantasy paintings fed the imaginations of millions of gamers. Recently, Elmore has returned to illustrating for D&D, giving a new generation his lustrous vision of the world’s most popular tabletop RPG. Bruce Cordell is not only a key creator of D&D adventures and settings, he’s also a writer who has published novels and short stories in the Forgotten Realms shared universe. After spending years in editing and design and also on the WoTC Insider team, Chris Sims’ credits include Dark Sun, D&D Encounters Season 3: Keep on the Borderlands, and Heroes of Shadow. In addition to drastically expanding its gaming offerings, Comicpalooza will be adding panel discussions and industry events aimed both at players and hopeful game designers.

    Comicpalooza (Trademark pending) is an annual multi-genre convention held in Houston, Texas, and features comics, sci-fi, anime, horror, steampunk, New Media, film, and celebrities. The next Comicpalooza will be held May 27-29, 2011 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Sponsors for Comicpalooza include the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, FUNimation, and the Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP).

    Startling Events, LLC is the organizing events company for Comicpalooza. Startling Events, LLC is incorporated in Katy, Texas, a suburb of Houston, Texas.

    Top Wizards of the Coast Creators Come Together at Comicpalooza

    Event name: Comicpalooza

    Convention date: May 27-29, 2011




    Shoff Promotions Comic Book & Nonsports Card Show (October 2010)

    October 29, 2010 by  
    Filed under Comic Books, Convention Profiles, Virginia

    Shoff Promotions

    From Shoff Promotions:

    Just a last reminder of our upcoming Shoff Promotions Baseball Card & Sports Card Show PLUS our Comic Book & Nonsports Card Show Together again SATURDAY October 30 10am-3:30pm at the Tysons Corner Virginia Crowne Plaza. We will have a ballroom full of dealers selling their wide assortment of collectibles including sports cards- vintage to the present,autographs and sports collectibles and a new dealer with great hockey cards & memorabilia AND Gold, Silver and Modern Age comic books, a large assortment of non sports cards of all types and a variety of hobby supplies. Something for everyone.
    I hope to see you Sat. Oct. 30 We won’t Trick you ,we’ll just Treat you right
    Nick Shoff
    ********************WEAR A HALLOWEEN COSTME GET IN FREE *****************************

    Mid-Ohio-Con 2010 Announces $1,000 Costume Contest Prize Package

    October 27, 2010 by  
    Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Ohio

    Press Release:

    Mid-Ohio-Con Announces $1,000 Costume Contest Prize Package

    Columbus, OH – October 26, 2010 – Mid-Ohio-Con today announced details of the prize package for its 2010 Costume Contest. “The costume contest is always one of the most popular attractions for Mid-Ohio-Con and this year should be no exception. In addition to the amazing superhero, sci-fi and fantasy costumes, we’re really excited to see a Zombie hoard for our special category The Walking Dead.“ said James Henry, Managing Director of Mid-Ohio-Con.

    The Mid-Ohio-Con Costume Contest will be held at 5:00 PM on Saturday, November 6th and will feature $1,000 in prize money. Always one of the most popular events at the show, the contest is sure to be fantastic fun for contestants and spectators alike. Prizes for the Mid-Ohio-Con 2010 Costume Contest will include

    · $500 in cash for the winner of Best Costume: Overall

    · $100 in cash for the winner of Best Costume: Anime/Manga

    · $100 in cash for the winner of Best Costume: Kids

    · $100 in cash for the winner of Best Costume: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

    · $100 in cash for the winner of Best Costume: Super Hero

    · $100 in cash for the winner of Best Costume: Zombie

    Mid-Ohio-Con attendees must register for the contest in order to participate, which can be done by downloading the rules and registration form for the contest online or picking up a form Alienated Productions at Booth 709 on site at Mid-Ohio-Con. All forms must be filled out in advance of the costume contest and submitted to Alienated Productions no later than 4:30 PM on Saturday, November 6th.

    Now entering its 30th year, Mid-Ohio-Con is one of America’s longest-running and most successful comic book and pop culture conventions. Each year, Mid-Ohio-Con brings fans of all ages together with leading comic book writers and artists, film and television creators and stars, as well as publishers and retailers from across the nation. Mid-Ohio-Con 2010 will be held on November 6-7 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Visit us online at www.midohiocon.com.

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