Grand Rapids Comic-Con Returns October 21-23, 2016

Grand Rapids Comic-Con

Press Release:

The next Grand Rapids Comic-Con will be held on October 21-23, 2016, at the DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Hours:
Friday, October 21: 2-8 pm with after-hours programming until 11 pm
Saturday, October 22: 10 am-7 pm with after hours programming until 11 pm
Sunday, October 23: 10 am until 5 pm

Ticket Prices:
3-day pass: $40 advance, $50 at door
Friday only: $15 advance, $20 door
Saturday only: $20 advance, $25 door
Sunday only: $17 advance, $22 door
VIP pass: $149 advance only
Link to tickets is here.

Celebrity Guest List:
Wil Traval: “Jessica Jones”, “Arrow”, “Once Upon A Time”
Denise Crosby: Lt. Tasha Yar in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and the leader of Terminus in “The Walking Dead”
Bruno Gunn: Brutus in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Sean Maher: Dr. Simon Tam in “Firefly”, Nightwing in several DC Comics animed Batman movies
Steve Blum: Zeb Orrelios in “Star Wars Rebels”, Spike Spiegel in “Cowboy Bebop”, Wolverine in numerous X-Men animated features
Bryce Papnebrook: Eren Jaeger in “Attack On Titan”, Rin in “Blue Exorcist”
Austin St. John: The original Red Ranger in “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”
Steve Cardenas: Rocky DeSantos/Red Ranger in “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”
Robin Shelby: Slimer in Ghostbusters 2 and Lady Slimer in Ghostbusters (2016)
Russell Hodgkinson: Doc in “Z-Nation”
Felix Silla: “Buck Rogers In The 25th Century”, “The Addams Family”, Star Wars: Episode VI–Return Of The Jedi
Rob Miller: “Face Off”
Dr. Mortose: local horror host

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) Cast Reunion!
Michelan Sisti * Leif Tilden * Josh Pais

Comic Guest List:
Kevin Eastman: co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Jae Lee: Batman/Superman, Before Watchmen: Ozymandias
Bob Camp: creatiuve writer/director of Ren and Stimpy
Joe Rubinstein: Wolverine, Micronauts, The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe
Stuart Sayger: The Walking Dead, Bionicle
Tony Kordos: Batman and Robin Eternal
Rodney Ramos: Transmetropolitan
Steve Lieber: Whiteout, The Spectacular Foes Of Spider-Man
Jeff Balke: Deadpooh, Fantastic Four
Allen Bellman: Golden Age artist for Captain America
Greg Weisman: Gargoyles, Star Wars Rebels
Vince Locke: Sandman, Deadworld
J. David Spurlock: publisher on Vanguard Publishing
Tony Isabella: Black Lightning, 1000 Comic Books You Must Read
K. Lynn Smith: Plume, Cards Against Humanity
Jeff Carlisle: The Guild, Star Wars, Doctor Who
William Messner-Loebs: The Flash, Wonder Woman
Dirk Manning: Legends Of Oz, Nightmare World
Jason Moore: Batman: Haunted Gotham, The Crusades
Arvell Jones: All-Star Squadron, The Avengers
Jeff Balke: Fantastic Four, Deadpooh
Comfort and Adam: The Uniques, Rainbows In The Dark
Jon Alderink: Superman, Justice League: Generation Lost
Dan Monroe: children’s book illustrator
Tyler and Sara Sowles: Durontus: The Lost Serpent, G-Fan magazine
…plus an extensive artist alley!

Best Selling Authors:
Anne Bishop: The Others, Black Jewels
Susan Dennard: Truthwitch, Something Strange and Deadly
Adam Bray: Marvel, Star Wars technical manuals
Eric Telchin: Black and White Factory
Courtney Allison Moulton: Angelfire
MarcyKate Connolly: Monstrous, Ravenous

New! Kids Area in Exhibit Hall C, including a huge LEGOs display, Hot Wheels track, Star wars coloring area, two science exhibits, and a ton more. Check it out!

Plus:

100,000 square foot vending hall
Car show
Film festival (link here)
Anime room
Art show
Costume contest
Electronic and board/card gaming rooms
501st/Ghostbusters/Transformers
Comic and 1950’s sci-fi displays
100-plus hours of programming

More information: www.grcomiccon.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/grandrapidscomiccon
Twitter: www.twitter.com/grcomiccon
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/grcomiccon

Dallas Comic Book Show (January 2016)

North Texas Comic Book Show

Convention Name
Dallas Comic Book Show w/ Golden, Jones, Emberlin, O’Barr & McLeod – January 30th & 31st
Convention Website Address
http://comicbooksdallas.com
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
01/30/2016
End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
01/31/2016
About This Convention
The North Texas Comic Book Show will host their annual two day January event with special guests Randy Emberlin, Michael Golden, Arvell Jones, Bob McLeod, James O’Barr, and Andrew Mangum on January 30th & 31st, 2016. The event will feature over 60 dealers of comics, toys, and collectibles. Cosplay contest at 2 pm on Saturday.

Return to the early days of fandom with this smaller, affordable, con that specializes in connecting artists and creators with fans on a more intimate level. Tickets at the door. Kids 11 and under get in free!

Venue Name and Address
Doubletree Hotel Dallas Market Center
2015 Market Center Boulevard
Dallas, Texas 75207
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
75
Projected Attendance
750
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Randy Emberlin, Arvell Jones, Michael Golden, James O’Barr, Bob McLeod, Andrew Mangum, Danita Mangum

The Great Lakes Comic Expo (December 2015)

The Great Lakes Comic Expo

Convention Name
The Great Lakes Comic Expo
Convention Website Address
http://www.greatlakescomicexpo.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
12/05/2015
About This Convention
Comic Books, Toys, and Collectibles
Venue Name and Address
United Food and Commercial Workers Hall
876 Horace Brown Drive
Madison Heights, MI 48071
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
50
Projected Attendance
400
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Collectibles
Guests
Keith Pollard, Arvell Jones, William Messner-Loebs, Jason Moore

The Great Lakes Comic Expo

The Great Lakes Comic Expo (September 2015)

The Great Lakes Comic Expo

Convention Name
The Great Lakes Comic Expo
Convention Website Address
http://www.greatlakescomicexpo.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
09/19/2015
About This Convention
Comic Books, Toys, and Collectibles.
Venue Name and Address
United Food and Commercial Workers Hall
876 Horace Brown Drive
Madison Heights, MI 48071
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
50
Projected Attendance
400
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Collectibles
Guests
Keith Pollard, Arvell Jones, William Messner-Loebs, Jason Moore

The Great Lakes Comic Expo

The Great Lakes Comic Expo (July 2015)

The Great Lakes Comic Expo

Convention Name
The Great Lakes Comic Expo
Convention Website Address
http://www.greatlakescomicexpo.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
07/18/2015
About This Convention
Special Guests include Keith Pollard, Arvell Jones, William Messner-Loebs, and Jason Moore! Comic Books, Toys, and Collectibles
Venue Name and Address
Trinity Lutheran Church
38900 Harper Ave
Clinton Twp, MI 48036
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
50
Projected Attendance
400
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Collectibles
Guests
Keith Pollard, Arvell Jones, William Messner-Loebs, Jason Moore

The Great Lakes Comic Expo

Fantasticon Toledo (April 2015)

Fantasticon

Convention Name
Fantasticon Toledo
Convention Website Address
http://www.fantasticon.net/
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
04/11/2015
End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
04/12/2015
About This Convention
The Fantasticon is a mid-size show created for true comic book and pop culture collectors. The fans that come to our shows are true collectors that are looking for those rare items for their personal collections. Most leave very satisfied as we pride ourselves on having great dealers and artists at our shows. If you collect it, you will find it at a Fantasticon Show. We also are very proud of the fact that our admission price is the lowest of any of the other shows. And the cost for being an exhibitor or artist at the Fantasticon is far less than any other comic cons out there.

Fantasticon Toledo will take place at the Grand Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in downtown Toledo on April 11th and 12th. Some of our special guests will include Jeremy London, Scott Spiegel, Moses Moseley & Theshay West, Toledo’s own Dirk Manning, and many more!

Venue Name and Address
Grand Plaza Hotel and Convention Center
444 N. Summit Street
Toledo, Ohio 43604
United States
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Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Gaming
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Jeremy London, Scott Spiegel, Moses Moseley, Theshay West, Dirk Manning, Arvell Jones, Richard Comely, Keith Pollard, Scott Rosema, Jason Moore, William Messner-Loebs, Jordan Trovillion, War Machine, Alloy Ash

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Pittsburgh Comicon 2011 Adds Over 20 New Guests

December 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Pennsylvania, Top Stories

The Traveler with art by Chard Hardin

Via Pittsburgh Comicon:

Happy Holidays Conventionaires….

Before you all get snug in your beds to dream about sugarplums (does anyone really dream about sugarplums??) I wanted to fill you on our latest guest additions to the 2011 Pittsburgh Comicon. We just added over 20 new guests with some returning favorites and a slew of guests making their first appearance in Pittsburgh.

First Time Guests for 2011 include….
CHAD HARDIN, artist of Zatanna, Warlord and Stan Lee’s The Traveler from Boom Studios

BOB HALL, Marvel Artist from the 70’s through the 90’s. Co-creator of the West Coast Avengers. Artist/Writer of Valiant’s Shadowman and artist/writer of DC’s I, Joker and Batman DOA and much more.

KIRK LINDO, Creator/Artist of Vamperotica Comics and renowned pin-up artist

ARVELL JONES, best known for his 70’s Marvel Art and his work on DC’s All Star Squadron as well as numerous Milestone comics.

and

DAN PARENT, Prolific Archie artist best know for his work on Archie’s Veronica (You all know you prefer vivacious Veronica to boring Betty!)

We are thrilled to have all of these gentlemen at the Pittsburgh Comicon for the First Time.

We are also elated to bring back Pittsburgh favorites,
BILLY TUCCI-Hot off his work on DC’s The Red Hood
and
DAVE HOOVER -Renowned Pin-Up artist and artist of the first 3 issues of Zenescope’s Charmed comic.

For a full list of guests visit www.pittsburghcomicon.com

When we return from the Holidays, we’ll be only 4 months away from Pittsburgh Comicon 2011 so you can expect to hear from me more frequently with more exciting convention news.

Lastly, before I go, I want to send out congratulations to Friend of the Comicon and 2011 Con Guest, MIKE GRELL on recently being name EDITOR AND CHIEF OF ARDDEN ENTERTAINMENT. I know fans will be excited to talk to you about your publishing plans for Flash Gordon, and the upcoming Atlas Comics revivals Grim Ghost and Phoenix. Best of Luck in your new position, Iron Mike!!

Have a safe and happy holiday and I look forward to talking to you all in the new year!!

Patrick Thomas
Marketing Director – Pittsburgh Comicon

PITTSBURGH COMICON
APRIL 15, 16, 17, 2011
Monroeville Convention Center

Mid-Ohio Comic Con Launches 2010 Charity Auction on eBay

December 7, 2010 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Ohio

Press Release:

Mid-Ohio Comic Con Launches 2010 Charity Auction on eBay

Columbus, OH – December 2, 2010 – Mid-Ohio Comic Con is pleased to announce the launch of its 2010 charity auction on eBay. The auction features original art and other creative work from the guests at this year’s 30th anniversary show, many of whom made incredibly generous contributions. Of particular note, the auction includes all the giant sketches (19″ x 24″) done by artists on the Main Stage easel during the show as well as other contributed work, including sketchbooks, posters, and comics.

Batman by Matt WagnerProceeds from the auction will go to benefit the Hero Initiative, a non-profit organization that creates a financial safety net for comic creators who need emergency medical aid, financial support for the essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. “We are big believers in the Hero Initiative and are very pleased to see such strong support of its cause from the comic creators who donated their work to this year’s auction,” said James Henry, Managing Director of Mid-Ohio Comic Con.

Creators whose work is featured in the auction include Sergio Aragonés (Groo), Art Baltazar (Tiny Titans), Andy Bennett (Phantom), Pat Block (Scrooge), George Broderick (Christmas Eve), David Finch (Green Lantern), Chris Giarrusso (Mini Marvels), Michael Golden (Sketchbook), Lora Innes (Harley Quinn), Arvell Jones (Iron Fist), Todd Nauck (Impulse), Doug Paszkiewicz (Arsenic Lullaby), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Steve Scott (Hulk), Arthur Suydam (Zombie King Kong), Mark Texeira (Ghost Rider), Billy Tucci (Wonder Woman), and Matt Wagner (Batman).

Mid-Ohio-Con 2010 was held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH on the weekend of November 6-7, 2010 and featured a who’s who of creators from the worlds of comics, film, literature, and television, including featured comic guests David Finch, Adam Hughes, Frank Cho and Barry Kitson as well as featured media guests Michael Berryman Lou Ferrigno and many more. Visit Mid-Ohio-Con on Blogger for a recap of the incredible 30th anniversary show and for further information on the 2010 charity auction.

Mid-Ohio Comic Con 2011 will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, OH on the weekend of October 22-23, 2011. The event will showcase headline media guests Adam West and Burt Ward (Batman, natch!) along with featured comic guests Rob Liefeld (Deadpool, Youngblood, X-Force), Mike Grell (Warlord, Green Arrow), Greg Horn (Green Lantern, Emma Frost) and many more. Visit Wizard World’s Mid-Ohio Comic Con web site for more information on the 2011 show and stay tuned for regular announcements and updates.

Detroit Fanfare (October 2010)

August 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention Profiles, Gaming, Michigan

Convention Detroit Fan Fare
Convention Website http://detroitfanfare.com/
Start Date 10/30/2010
End Date 10/31/2010
About This Convention: Detroit has a very strong connection with comic conventions and fandom. Some of the earliest fandom magazines came out of the Detroit area in the late 1960’s and the Detroit Triple Fan Fair was the first convention of its kind. The “triple” stood for movies, comics, and science fiction. Detroit Fanfare is both proud and excited to bring back home some of the major participants that helped to grow the comic industry into the behemoth it is today. There will panels and discussions where the people who started so much will have a chance to discuss the early days, and reflect on their memories of the great stars that attended the convention. They will provide rare pictures and original drawings of some of the masters of the medium.
There will also be a Zombie Walk – “Pre-Show” the Morning of October 30th , and a Blood 4 Comics – October 30th & 31st for the American Red Cross Detroit Chapter plus many other exciting events for the Comic Book lover in you. Be sure to go to www.detroitfanfare.com for the most up to date information Regarding Detroit’s Hottest Comic Book show.
Convention Guests Guest of Honor Stan Lee, with Featured Special Guest Jim Starlin. We also have Comic Book Creators Greg Thekston, Carl Lungren, Guy Davis, Keith Pollard, Matt Busch, Gary Reed, Rich Buckler, Michael Netzer, Joe Pruitt, Vince Locke, Patrick Zircher, Bill Morrison, James O’Barr, Sean Mckeever, Tony Meillo, Mark Crilley, Arvell Jones, William Messner-Loebs, Raphael Nieves, Dan Dougherty, Rob Worley, Mark Bloodworth, Paul Storrie and many more to come.
Venue Name Hyatt Reagency Dearborn
Venue Address 600 Town Center Dr.
Dearborn, Michigan 48126
United States
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables 125
Projected Attendance 5000
What category best describes your convention? Comic Books
What other categories might be appropriate for your convention? – Gaming



Hero Initiative Hits the Mid-Ohio-Con

October 1, 2009 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Ohio

Hero Initiative hits the Mid-Ohio Comic-Con

Become a Hero Initiative Member!

Los Angeles CA. September 30, 2009 – Hero Initiative is proud to be a part of Mid-Ohio-Con in it’s 29th year as one of America’s longest-running and most successful comic book and pop-culture conventions, carrying on a fun and family-oriented tradition of bringing fans, talent and retailers of all ages together! This year’s Mid-Ohio-Con takes place October 3ndand 4th in Columbus Ohio at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Hall E.

The folks at Mid-Ohio-Con have most generously made it possible for a contribution from each ticket sold to go to Hero Initiative directly IF you start on the Hero page when you buy your tickets! Show your support by visiting our website at: www.heroinitiative.org, get your tickets and have a wonderful time!

Hero Initiative is kicking off its fall membership drive at Mid-Ohio-Con, with a fun-filled Membership Party, Saturday, October 3rd from 8pm-11pm at The Big Bar on 2 at the Hyatt Hotel in Downtown Columbus Ohio, connected to the convention center! While you are partying with some of the most amazing talent-including David Mack, Joe Jusko, Herb Trimpe, Mark Texeira, Barry Kitson, Josh Medors and more-you can renew your Hero Initiative membership! 2009 marked the first year ever for Hero Initiative memberships, and for 2010, we’ve revamped with more and better premiums! You can get full information at the party, at the booth, or order today at www.heroinitiative.org or www.heroinitiative.org/2010members. Old Members, remember to bring your membership card to claim a 10% discount!

And if joining the Hero Initiative and contributing to a very worth cause wasn’t enough, Sideshow Collectibles, www.sideshowcollectables.com, has contributed 50 gift cards worth random amounts from $10 to $50 that will be given to the first 50 people who sign-up for Hero Initiative memberships at Mid-Ohio! Get all the insider information and be invited to all the best events. Don’t miss out!

And as always, we at the Hero Initiative love to deliver the best talent lineup around! Come to our booth at Mid-Ohio and see:

Saturday October 3rd
11:00-12:00 Keith Pollard
12:00-1:00 Arvell Jones
1:00-2:00 Steve Scott
2:00-3:00 Todd Nauck
3:00-4:00 Mark Texeira
4:00-5:00 Pat Block

Sunday, October 4th

11:00-12:00 Fred Hembeck
12:00-1:00 Herb Trimpe
1:00-2:00 Darryl Banks
2:00-3:00 Scott Kolins
3:00-4:00 Barry Kitson
4:00-5:00 Michael Golden

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.

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