RI – Star Wars Reads Day 2013

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Author Ryder Windham and the 501st Stormtroopers appear at Barnes & Noble for Star Wars Reads Day! Mr. Windham is the author of over 60 Star Wars novels, comics, and reference books. Come and meet Mr. Windham and have your picture taken with the Stormtroopers on Saturday October 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM.

Barnes & Noble
Warwick Centre, 1350-B Bald Hill Rd, Warwick, RI 02886
401-826-8885

Fan Communities Add Fun to Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con 2013

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‘Star Wars,’ ‘Ghostbusters,’ Zombie Groups Among Fan Communities To Add Fun To Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con

Cosplay And Fan-Based Organizations Bolster Inaugural Event At America’s Center, March 22-24

R2D2_With_Fans_LO_photo_by_Hector_M_ValleNEW YORK and ST. LOUIS, March 12, 2013 – Fan communities representing the most fervent followers of blockbuster franchises like “Star Wars” and “Ghostbusters,” zombies, pop culture and science fiction are among the groups that attendees will see roaming the Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con floor, March 22-24 at America’s Center.  Cosplayers from these groups love to interact with fans, adding another level of fun and in many cases raising money for charity.

Some organizations that fans will enjoy meeting include:

  • 501st Legion, an all-volunteer organization formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts under a collective identity within which to operate. The Legion seeks to promote interest in Star Wars through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for Star Wars-related events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.
  • Archon, a premier fan-run Science Fiction/Fantasy convention that began in 1977, held in Collinsville, Ill.  Archon has a personal touch – it wants everyone who visits to have the best time, meet fellow fans and great guests, and go back home eager to return the following year.
  • Airship Vindus, based out of Columbia, Mo., is a collection of prop-makers, costumers, writers and artists that desire to produce and share multimedia projects specializing in all things concerning the steampunk genre. Calling the project Steamworks & Shadows, one of its main goals is the inclusion and inspiration of steampunk artists and fans in the Midwest.
  • The Finest, a costuming club focused on the creation, display and cosplay of G.I. Joe and Cobra costumes from the action figure lines, comic books, cartoons and most recently the movies.  The Finest is always looking for new members who strive to bring to life one of the most iconic toy and comic book lines of the 1980’s.
  • Kansas City and Saint Louis R2 Builders Groups, founded in 1999 by Dave Everett, an internet fan based club with over 5000 members worldwide. Using the web as a common means to gather information and share thoughts and ideas with one common goal:  to build their very own, life sized, R-Series Astromech Droid.
  • Great St. Louis Ghostbusters, who entertain children of all ages at toy shows, conventions, and other events in the St. Louis metro area. The GSTLGBs meet about once a month with no dues and no requirements for membership except that members like Ghostbusters.
  • STL Nerdy Girls, a spin-off of the Oklahoma City Nerdy Girls meetup. The purpose of this group is to foster continuous learning for women of all ages interested in things typically described as “nerdy.” It hosts a book club, participates in lectures and tours, and volunteers with various organizations throughout the community.
  • The Rebel Legion, an international Star Wars costuming organization created by, of and for people interested in creating costumes from the Star Wars mythos. Research, create, build and improve your costumes in a place where costumers with similar passions share skills, tips and ideas.
  • Z.O.D. Zombification and Disaster Preparedness, an organization whose purpose is to promote zombie/apocalypse enthusiasm as well as disaster preparedness in a positive atmosphere and to provide opportunities for growth through entertainment, instructional programs, & community involvement. Z.O.D. was born from the mind of Author Shane Moore’s fictitious zombie fighting group from his novel “The Apocalypse of Enoch”

The inaugural Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con features Stan Lee, Laurie Holden, Billy Dee Williams, WWE® Superstar Randy Orton®, Henry Winkler, James Marsters and Dean Cain at the top of a standout lineup of celebrities.  They will be joined by an All-Star collection of well-known artists and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions in the second event on Wizard World’s 2013 calendar.

Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.  Admission is free for kids 10 and under, and Sunday, December 2, is “Kids Day,” an array of programming specially designed for children.

Event hours are Friday, March 22, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 24, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more on the 2013 Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-stlouis.html.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

***** SAVE THE 2013-14 DATES *****
March 22-24 – Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con
May 30 – June 2 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
June 28-30 – Wizard World New York City Experience
August 8-11 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 20-22 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
October 18-20 – Wizard World Nashville Comic Con
November 22-24 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
January 24-26, 2014 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
February 7-9, 2014 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con

More Than 20 Fan Communities To Be Represented at Wizard World Austin Comic Con 2012

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More Than 20 Fan Communities To Show Their Stuff at 2012 Wizard World Austin Comic Con

‘Star Trek,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Ghostbusters’ Clubs, Podcast, Children’s Museum Among Top Organizations At Austin Convention Center, October 26-28

NEW YORK and AUSTIN, Texas, October 15, 2012 – Attendees at this month’s Wizard World Austin Comic Con, on their way to visiting celebrities, artists, exhibitors and other attractions, will likely run into more than a few members of the more than 20 fan communities setting up on and roaming the Austin Convention Center floor, Oct. 26-28.  Groups displaying their affinity for such staples as Star Wars, “Star Trek,” Ghostbusters, “Doctor Who,” charities, themed podcasters and other non-profit organizations will be on hand, greatly enhancing the fan experience for the thousands expected over the three days.

Some of the organizations on site include:

  • 501st Garrison – Central Texas Squad, a chapter of the national organization which seeks to promote interest in Star Wars through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for Star Wars-related events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.
  • Anomaly Podcast and Blog, an award winning geek-girl show, often featured in the “What’s Hot” section under “TV and Film” within the iTunes store. From the start, the founders of Anomaly had but one goal in mind: to have fun while sharing their feminine perspectives on all things geek. Created over five years ago, Anomaly and its supporting show, Anomaly Supplemental, each feature commentary on science fiction and fantasy literature, television, and film.
  • Ark Angel, whose “meetings” range from actual meetings of a business type to anything from watching movies at one of the Crew’s houses, camping trips, laser tag outings, bowling, LAN parties, role-playing games, or just sitting around a table playing games of all types.
  • Cybertronz Elite, the elite Transformers Collectors and fan group. Established February 2011 by its founding Core 13 members, who have a vision in bringing all transformers collector’s and fans together, for the purpose of helping give back to the community, collecting, educating, and expanding the Transformers fan base across the universe, “till all are one!”
  • D20 Girls Project, a semi-unique business that combines Social Networking, Talent Management, and Event Services. D20 also arranges with manufacturers, publishers and conventions to provide trade show models and spokes models at gaming and fandom related industry conventions across the U.S.
  • DFW Ghostbusters, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to dealing with ghosts, goblins and the undead, all while raising money to help those in need and give back to the community.
  • Doctor Who Fan Club of Austin, a local Austin Facebook Fan Club that participates in holding watch parties, bound together by the love of Doctor Who and living the values shared as Doctor Who fans.
  • The Fandom Association of Central Texas, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the promotion of science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction.  The Association sponsors many activities aimed towards furthering the cause of literacy and the enjoyment of the genres, for example is ArmadilloCon, an annual literary conference.
  • Houston Ghostbusters, a fan based group focused on doing community events and charity work in costume, and whose main goal is to make a positive impact on the world through love of movies, costumes and prop making.
  • Punching the Walls of Reality, a rising Austin-based website looking to expand its audience with a unique sense of humor and well-opined reviews that are becoming all too scarce throughout the vast expanse of the Internet. It produces several candid and hilarious blogs with topics ranging from the latest in video games, most popular television shows, most loathed movies, mainstream comic books and highlights of the combat sport of mixed martial arts.
  • PurrKayla, winner of fan-made online Superhero show, which was judged by fellow Superheroes.
  • Safeplace, whose mission isending sexual and domestic violence through safety, healing, prevention and social change.  Safeplace provides safety for individuals and families affected by sexual and domestic violence; helps victims in their healing so they can move beyond being defined by the crimes committed against them, and become survivors; promotes safe and healthy relationships for the prevention of sexual and domestic violence; and works with others to create change in attitudes, behaviors and policies that perpetuate the acceptance of, and impact our understanding and responses to, sexual and domestic violence.
  • Save Our Seeker, fan-organized campaign to save “Legend of the Seeker” is an Emmy-award winning fantasy TV show produced by Disney/ABC Studios, based on Terry Goodkind’s bestselling epic series “The Sword of Truth.” The series follows the extraordinary transformation of woodsman Richard Cypher into a magical leader.
  • Sith Shadow Council of Texas, a fan based Star Wars group. We dress-up, perform and participate in many events and charities within Texas and the San Antonio area.
  • The Steam Engine Intrepid, a renegade steampunk group out of San Antonio Texas but with scouts in other cities, which prefers to travel by rail because the thought of an airship sickens our leader the Dark Professor.
  • Star Wars Children’s Museum, a nonprofit group of like-minded individuals working for a goal : To Build a Star Wars Themed Children’s Museum. Its Mission is “To Inspire and Educate.” Its goal is to actually build the building a design from the Star Wars universe, and fill it with interesting, excited, educational exhibits to capture the attention and inspire the imaginations of today’s youth.
  • USS Navras, a correspondence chapter of Starfleet, The International Star Trek Fan Association, Inc.– meaning that men, women, and children from all over the world can actively join and participate.
  • USS Zavala, a chapter of Starfleet, the oldest continuously operating Star Trek fan organization in the world. Zavala is dedicated to the ideals of diplomacy, justice, and the pursuit of knowledge espoused in the Star Trek genre.
  • WGTR “World Grand Theft Radio,” the nationwide internet radio station No. 1 worldwide Halloween radio station in Sept & Oct. With over 30 original shows a week live, “our mission to make your on air dreams come true!”

Eight stars of the popular series “Star Trek: The Next Generation, including the legendary Patrick Stewart and Will Wheaton (Stand By Me) will be joined by Eliza Dushku (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” True Lies), WWE® Superstar CM Punk®, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino (“Jersey Shore”), Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “90210”), Anthony Michael Hall (Sixteen Candles, Weird Science), Michael Rooker (“The Walking Dead,” Henry), Jon Bernthal (“The Walking Dead,” The Ghost Writer) and theBoondock Saints trio of Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery and David Della Rocco, among others at Wizard World Austin Comic Con.

Wizard World Austin Comic Con, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.  Admission is free for kids 10 and under, and Sunday, October 28, is “Kids Day,” with an array of programming specially designed for children.

For more on the 2012 Wizard World Austin Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-tx.html.

About Wizard World:
Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

***** SAVE THE 2012-13 DATES *****
October 26-28, 2012 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
November 30 – December 2, 2012 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
February 22-24, 2013 – Wizard World Portland Comic Con
May 30 – June 2, 2013 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 8-11, 2013 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 20-22, 2013 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con

Garrison Carida Strikes Back at The Great Allentown Comic Con

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The Great Allentown Comic Con! is proud to announce that members of the 501st Legion – Vader’s Fist will be attending the April 3rd Show!

The 501st is a volunteer organization, “The World’s Definitive Imperial Star Wars Costuming Organization.” Endorsed and preferred by Lucasfilm Ltd. Garrison Carida® of the 501st Legion performs charitable events and community-based ventures, while celebrating and promoting the Star Wars universe with people young and old. Their group has participated with groups including Make-A-Wish Foundation, Walk Now For Autism, Sunshine Foundation, The Franklin Institute, various regional children’s hospitals, The Today Show featuring Donald Trump, the Rose Parade, and many others. The 501st Legion has worked closely over the years with many of the Star Wars celebrities and also with Lucasfilm at many conventions and events.

Members of the 501st Garrison Carida® will be accepting toy donations all day at the show, as well as available for photos with fans and enthusiasts of all ages. In addition, we will be holding a special Donation auction prior to our scheduled 1pm auction, with all proceeds to benefit a charity in association with Garrison Carida®.

For more information please visit the Garrison Carida® site at http://www.501stgarrisoncarida.org or email us! – info@allentowncomiccon.com

Thanks and see you all at the show!

The Great Allentown Comic Con! Staff

The Granite State Comicon Heads Back to Hampshire

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The Granite State Comicon is coming back to Manchester New Hampshire on May 31st! The state’s largest comic convention features dealers from all over the region with the latest and greatest comics, games, action figures and more! The Granite State Comicon also has an oversized artist’s alley featuring special guests Jamal Igle (Supergirl), Pop Mhan (Spyboy, Batgirl), Scott Wegener (Atomic Robo, Killer of Demons), Keith Champagne (The Mighty), Norman Lee (Marvel Adventures Spider-man), The Fillbach Brothers (Star Wars Clone Wars Adventures) and many more local favorites!!! The game zone features video gaming tournaments, a Naruto CCG tournament and a massive Yu-Gi-Oh tournament for a Nintendo DSi!!! The day’s other events include raffles and freebies at the door, an open cartooning workshop, the Sweetongeeks.com singles wall and a live podcast of Josh & Ben’s Near Mint Comic Show!

The Star Wars 501st Stormtrooper Legion and Alderaan Base will be returning to the show so you can have your picture taken with your favorite Star Wars characters!

The Granite State Comicon is being held at the Radisson Center of New Hampshire, 700 Elm Street in the heart of downtown Manchester. Admission is just $5, kids under 10 get in FREE with paid adult admission. There is plenty of free on street parking around the facility!

For all the latest info check out www.granitecon.com