Big Guests, Big Vendors and a Big Film Make the 2013 ANS Sci-Fi and Comic Con a Big Deal

ANS Sci Fi and Comic Con

Press Release:

Big Guests, Big Vendors and A Big Film Make the Second ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con a BIG DEAL!

Preparations are in full swing for the May 11 benefit event showcasing Archbishop Neale School in La Plata.

“Our headlining special guest is the unmistakable Frank Cho,” says event organizer Tom Boone. “This is Frank’s only scheduled convention appearance in the DC area for the rest of the year!” This May, Marvel Comics will be wrapping up a well-received six issue series written and drawn by Mr. Cho called ‘Savage Wolverine’, based on the X-Men hero. More than 20 other comic artists and writers will be attending as well as artists from other disciplines including digital media, sculpting, pyrography and photography.

In addition to artists, more than 20 vendors covering over 80 tables will be selling a wide array of comics, cards, sci-fi, pop culture and entertainment collectibles. “We’re very proud that nearly all of our vendors from our 2012 show have returned and we’ve attracted even more this year,” says Boone. Among them are Cards, Comics and Collectibles, a retail store in Reisterstown and Third Eye Comics, a retailer with stores in Prince Frederick and Annapolis. “We have vendors coming from as far away as Pennsylvania. We’ve cast the net wide to try to get as many unique vendors as possible for our attendees.” Local retailers such as Comics MD and BookNuts Book Shop will also have a presence at the show.

Another first for the event is the screening of films. New York based filmmaker Brian Stillman will be attending the ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con to present previously unseen clips from his upcoming film, ‘Plastic Galaxy – The Story of Star Wars Toys’. According to Boone, “It’s an incredible documentary that toy collectors and Star Wars fans will love.” Other works include student films from the DAVE School in Orlando, FL, and rare films that have never been commercially released.

Panels and presentations, a staple of comic conventions, will also be a part of this year’s charity event. “How to Make Your Own Comic” will be a panel discussion with artists and creators lead by Chris Rizzo, Creative Director of New York based multimedia group Dark Ink Pictures. The panel will discuss topics such as breaking into comics and writing techniques. “The DIY ethic is strong in comics today. The internet and indie publishing are breaking down barriers and providing young creators with opportunities that were unthinkable as little as ten years ago,” says Boone.

Popular at conventions around the world is the 501st Legion, a Star Wars-inspired costuming group whose local unit, the Old Line Garrison, will be returning to the ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con in greater numbers this year. The stormtroopers will be entertaining fans of all ages with a charity putt-putt game and plenty of photo opportunities throughout the event. Also returning are the Viking Re-enactors from Southern Maryland’s own Longship Company, with authentic costumes and equipment.

Another highlight of the ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con is the Silent Auction. “Every penny from admissions, the vendor’s fees and the silent auction goes directly to the operating budget of Archbishop Neale School.” To that end, an impressive array of unique and one-of a-kind collectibles have been gathered for the auction from attending artists including Mike O’Shields and Laura Inglis, to major industry names like John Byrne, Doug Chiang and James Arnold Taylor, and authors Troy Denning and Lemony Snicket.

“All this is just the tip of the iceberg,” says Boone. “We’re screening more films and we’ll have more artists and more presentations. We’re using more space inside the school than ever. We have more food vendors this year, more prizes, more of everything fans go to conventions for. We encourage all of our attendees to make plans to stay for a while!”

The Second Annual ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con is happening May 11, 2013, from 10am to 3pm at Archbishop Neale School in La Plata, Maryland. Admission is $5 for adults, kids under ten are free. For more information, visit www.anscomiccon.com

About Archbishop Neale School -

Archbishop Neale School is a Catholic elementary school in La Plata, Maryland that has been in continuous operation since 1927, with a two-track system for grades Pre-K through 8 and a curriculum centered on the Archdiocese of Washington graded course of study. We are fully accredited, and our teachers are certified by the State of Maryland in their specific areas. We serve Catholic students from over seven parishes and many non-Catholics as well. For over 80 years, parents have entrusted their children to ANS because they are assured of an excellent, Archdiocesan standards-based academic curriculum that encompasses Catholic faith and values delivered in a safe, caring environment. For more information, visit www.ArchbishopNealeSchool.org

Frank Cho to Headline ANS Sci-Fi and Comic Con 2013

Savage Wolverine 1

Press Release:

LEGENDARY COMICS CREATOR TO HEADLINE THE SECOND ANNUAL ANS SCI-FI & COMIC CON

On May 11, 2013, the ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con returns to Archbishop Neale School in La Plata, Maryland for their Second Annual benefit event. Organizer Tom Boone says of the event, “It’s a fundraiser for the school and an awareness-raiser. We want people to come see our school, see the students’ work, see our wonderful facility and also to have a great time in a welcoming atmosphere.”

Archbishop Neale School is a Catholic elementary school in La Plata, Maryland that has been in continuous operation for 85 years. With a two-track system for grades Pre-K through 8, the school serves Catholic students from over seven parishes in the Southern Maryland area and many non-Catholics as well.

Headlining a stellar array of vendors and artists is legendary comic creator, writer and artist Frank Cho. “We are very grateful to all of our vendors, many of whom participated in our first show and also many new friends”, says Boone. “Having an artist of Mr. Cho’s stature and acclaim as our guest is an honor and we are very grateful for his support.”

As the creator of the groundbreaking newspaper strip Liberty Meadows, Mr. Cho is well known for his incredible artistry and story writing talent. Cho is currently the writer and artist behind Marvel Comics’ “Savage Wolverine” title that debuted earlier this month. In addition to Cho, area artists working in a wide range of mediums will be represented including sculptors, pyro-artists, independent and online comic artists, writers and publishers.

The event promises a fun-filled, full day event for the whole family. The largest feature is an amazing array of vendors selling vintage and modern comics, collectible cards, sci-fi and pop culture toys. There will be a kid’s art contest and prizes, a charity silent auction with collectibles and autographed items as well as panels, presentations and a film festival showing rare and unique films for sci-fi and comic fans. Tours of the school will also be available to interested parents.

The Second Annual ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con is Saturday, May 11, 2013, from 10-3pm at Archbishop Neale School, 104 Port Tobacco Road, La Plata, Maryland. For more information, please visit anscomiccon.com. Contact event organizer Tom Boone at info@anscomiccon.com. For more information about the school, visit archbishopnealeschool.org

The ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con is an ALL AGES fan and collectors event benefiting Archbishop Neale School on Saturday, May 11, 2013, from 10am to 3pm. For more information, visit www.anscomiccon.com

About Archbishop Neale School -

Archbishop Neale School is a Catholic elementary school in La Plata, Maryland that has been in continuous operation since 1927, with a two-track system for grades Pre-K through 8 and a curriculum centered on the Archdiocese of Washington graded course of study. We are fully accredited, and our teachers are certified by the State of Maryland in their specific areas. We serve Catholic students from over seven parishes and many non-Catholics as well. For over 80 years, parents have entrusted their children to ANS because they are assured of an excellent, Archdiocesan standards-based academic curriculum that encompasses Catholic faith and values delivered in a safe, caring environment. For more information, visit www.ArchbishopNealeSchool.org