Avatar Legacy Panel at SDCC 2017

The Legend and Legacy Avatar: The Last Airbender continue at Comic-Con International in San Diego on Saturday July 22nd from 10:00 – 11:00 AM!

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Even though the story of Aang and Korra has ended, the fans keep the legacy alive! Moderated by Avatar_Mom, the panel showcases inspired fan artists and conversations with professionals from the series. Join Candice Canes (pottery artist), Cheryl Duong (artist), Paola Harris “Irrel” (artist), Kevin Coppa (creator of Puppetbenders), Dante Basco (voice actor, Prince Zuko/General Iroh II), Dee Bradley Baker (voice actor, Momo, Appa, Tarrlok, and more), and *just added* Avatar Korra herself Janet Varney to celebrate this amazing series and awesome community of fans. We may even have a surprise guest! During the panel there will be a live comic reading, cosplay contest, and a Q&A. Room 25ABC

HI – Dante Basco Performs

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Art + Flea celebrates seven years of supporting Hawaii’s local creative community on July 14th from 5-9PM for Ward Village’s New Wave Friday. Shop for thoughtfully handmade products and art from some of the community’s up and coming artists and designers. Live musical performances will include a live DJ set by DJ Packo and local hip-hop band, Castle Park. To make our anniversary event even better, we are bringing actor, dancer, and poet, Dante Basco to Honolulu to host Da Poetry Lounge, an event Dante began in Los Angeles for the purpose of giving a place for people to share their stories and be heard.

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South Shore Market, 1170 Auahi Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
(808) 593-8958

Bangarang Screening & Comic Con After Party

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Join actor Dante Basco (Rufio in HOOK, Prince Zuko in AVATAR: The Last Airbender) as he throws down some sick beats at the best COMIC CON after-party on Thursday July 20th from 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM! There will also be a debut of his short film BANGARANG (Rufio origins), for 12min at the beginning of the night. The evening will be hosted by The Geek Gatsby and feature a performance by The Library Bards and DJ Chuck None on the decks as well!

This is the most accessible party at San Diego Comic Con, FOR NERD AND BY NERDS! We have the entire club, no general public! You’re all invited and bring a friend! COSPLAY IS TOTALLY ENCOURAGED (though not required). Bring some friends and have a great time at one of the Gaslamp district’s hottest nightclubs!

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Bassmnt San Diego
919 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
619.231.9200

 

Dark Horse Schedule Announced for SDCC 2017

 

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Dark Horse Announces San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Programming Schedule

DARK HORSE COMICS
SDCC 2017
BOOTH #2615

Visit Dark Horse Comics at SDCC for free swag, such as comics, pins, postcards, and more! Check out our signings and panels too!

DARK HORSE SDCC SIGNING SCHEDULE
All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for most of our signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary.

Some signings require a wristband for entry, as noted on the schedule. Drawings for wristbands for these events will begin at show opening the day before and day of each signing. Come to the Dark Horse booth early for the best chance to join these events.

Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.

We have two signing stages. One features art by Mike Mignola for Hellboy and The visitor: How And Why He Stayed; the other showcases the art from The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts. The location of each signing is indicated by the following abbreviations:

HB = Hellboy Signing Stage LZ = The Legend of Zelda Signing Stage

All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please see Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.

THURSDAY, JULY 20

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. LZ TARZAN: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. HB HALO: RISE OF ATRIOX: Cullen Bunn, Alex Irvine, Jody Houser, Jonathan Wayshak

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. LZ PROJECT TBA: Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Ashley A. Woods

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. HB SYFY’S DARK MATTER: Alex Mallari Jr. (Four),

Anthony Lemke (Three), Jodelle Ferland (Five), Melissa O’Neil (Two)

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. HB VENTURE BROS. GO TEAM VENTURE: Jackson Publick, Ken Plume

(WRISTBAND REQUIRED)

*LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. HB HARROW COUNTY, DEATH FOLLOWS, CONAN THE SLAYER: Cullen Bunn

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. LZ SOUPY LEAVES HOME: Cecil Castellucci, Jose Pimienta

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. HB ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini

4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. HB FEMINA & FAUNA: Camilla d’Errico and TOKIDOKI: Simone Legno

(WRISTBAND REQUIRED)

*LIMIT ONE PRINT PER PERSON

*NO OTHER ITEMS ALLOWED, UNLESS FEMINA & FAUNA IS PURCHASED

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. HB BANDETTE: Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES, THE WITCHER, MYSTERY GIRL,

COLDER: Paul Tobin

5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. LZ THE COMPLETE DOC UNKNOWN: Fabian Rangel Jr.

5:45 p.m.–6:45 p.m. HB THE GUILD: Felicia Day

(WRISTBAND REQUIRED)

*LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON

FRIDAY, JULY 21

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. HB AMERICAN GODS: Scott Hampton, David Mack

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. LZ EI8HT: Mike Johnson

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. HB THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY, THE KILLJOYS: Gerard Way, Gabriel Bá

(WRISTBAND REQUIRED)

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. LZ BIRD BOY: Anne Szabla

12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. HB XERXES, SIN CITY: Frank Miller

(WRISTBAND REQUIRED)

*NO POSED PHOTOGRAPHY

*LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. LZ BOUNTY: Mindy Lee

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. HB PROJECT TBA: Marc Guggenheim, Richard Hamilton

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. LZ LADY KILLER: Joëlle Jones

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. HB BLACK HAMMER CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE: Jeff Lemire, Fábio Moon

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. LZ MASS EFFECT ANDROMEDA: Mac Walters, Fabrice Condominas, Mike Gamble
DRAGON AGE: Mike Laidlaw, Blair Brown

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. HB SECRET LOVES (OF GEEKS): Dylan Edwards, JP LaRocque,

Maia Kobabe, Vita Ayala

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. LZ SECRET LOVES (OF GEEK GIRLS): Hope Nicholson,

Janet Hetherington, Jen Vaughn, Trina Robbins

5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. LZ SPELL ON WHEELS: Kate Leth, Marissa Louise

5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. HB BERGER BOOKS: TBA

6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. LZ DOTA 2: THE COMICS COLLECTION: Steve Jaros

SATURDAY, JULY 22

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. HB PROJECT TBA: Mat Johnson

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. LZ CREEPY: Dan Braun

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. HB PROJECT TBA: Ann Nocenti

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. LZ PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Paul Tobin, Ron Chan

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. LZ BEASTS OF BURDEN, SCARY GODMOTHER: Jill Thompson

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. HB OVERWATCH ANTHOLOGY: Matt Burns, Robert Brooks, Arnold Tsang, Michael Chu, Andrew Robinson

WORLD OF WARCRAFT CHRONICLE: Matt Burns, Robert Brooks

(WRISTBAND REQUIRED)

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. LZ EMPOWERED: Adam Warren

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. HB SERENITY NO POWER IN THE ‘VERSE,

THE VISITOR HOW AND WHY HE STAYED,

HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: Chris Roberson

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. LZ PROJECT TBA: Jeff Lemire

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. HB SYFY’S DARK MATTER: Alex Mallari Jr. (Four),

Anthony Lemke (Three), Jodelle Ferland (Five), Melissa O’Neil (Two)

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. LZ ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. HB THE SHAOLIN COWBOY,

THE BIG GUY AND RUSTY THE BOY ROBOT,

LEAD POISONING, HARD BOILED: Geof Darrow

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. LZ SOUPY LEAVES HOME: Cecil Castellucci, Jose Pimienta

5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. HB SPECIAL GUEST: TBA

5:00 p.m.–5: 50 p.m. LZ PROJECT TBA,

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MARTHA WASHINGTON: Dave Gibbons

6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. LZ TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN: Shannon Wheeler

SUNDAY, JULY 23

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. HB USAGI YOJIMBO: Stan Sakai

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. LZ BEANWORLD: Larry Marder

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. HB EMILY THE STRANGE: Rob Reger, Buzz Parker, Cat Farris

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. LZ BUFFY: THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS, MISFITS OF AVALON: Kel McDonald

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. HB WONDER WOMAN/CONAN, LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS: Gail Simone

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. LZ TOMB RAIDER: Philip Sevy, Mariko Tamaki

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. HB THE LEGEND OF KORRA: Michael Dante DiMartino, Irene Koh, Janet Varney

(WRISTBAND REQUIRED)

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. LZ HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES, TWO BROTHERS: Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon

DARK HORSE SDCC PANEL SCHEDULE
Please join us at the panels below, brought to you by Dark Horse Comics and friends! Please visit http://www.comic-con.org/cci/programming-schedule for more panels featuring Dark Horse creators and guidelines for attending panels.

THURSDAY, JULY 20

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. DARK HORSE PRESENTS: GO TEAM VENTURE! (Room 23ABC)

In late 2017, Dark Horse and Adult Swim will publish Go Team Venture! The Art and Making of the Venture Bros.! The gorgeous book will detail the creation of the cult-classic animated television series. Join The Venture Bros. creator Jackson Publick and Go Team Venture! The Art and Making of the Venture Bros. writer Ken Plume for a discussion about the critically acclaimed television show and the highly anticipated art book.

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. CONSOLE YOURSELF: VIDEO GAME COMICS AND BOOKS (Room 23ABC)

Video game franchises have found a foothold in comics at Dark Horse. With a line of video game–related comics and deluxe art books, including the best-selling World of Warcraft Chronicle, The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts, and The Art of Mass Effect: Andromeda, the publisher now works with the biggest studios and brands in the business. Join Dark Horse editors, 343 Industries’ Frank O’Connor, BioWare’s Mac Walters, and Blizzard Entertainment’s Robert Simpson for news and announcements on all your favorite video game tie-ins!

FRIDAY, JULY 21

10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. GEEKING OUT ON SECRET LOVES: WHEN PERSONAL TALES FILL THE PAGE (Room 25ABC)

The Secret Loves of Geeks is the newest anthology from editor Hope Nicholson about love, sex, and dating with stories from cartoonists and professional geeks who tell their intimate, heartbreaking, and inspiring stories. Join Dark Horse creators of all genders, orientations, and cultural backgrounds for a discussion on the modern idea of love.

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. ARTISTS WHO WRITE: THE ART AND CRAFT OF COMICS (Room 23ABC)

Whether it’s a murder mystery, a superhero adventure, or a new take on history, creators put a lot of thought into the sequential art that drives stories told in comics. Join Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), Larry Marder (Beanworld), and Adam Warren (Empowered) as they discuss turning an idea into a full-fledged story and how they continue to keep their writing fresh.

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. AN INTRODUCTION TO BERGER BOOKS (Room 25ABC)

Strange realities, true fictions, dark secrets, and monsters of a different kind. And that’s just for starters. Join Karen Berger (founding Vertigo editor) and surprise guests as the first projects in this new genre-bending Dark Horse imprint are revealed!

SATURDAY, JULY 22

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. DARK HORSE MANGA (Room 7AB)

This year is the 30th anniversary of the manga industry in North America—an industry born from the love of comics fans and comics publishers for the work of Japanese creators. Dark Horse was one of the manga pioneers in the 1980s, and continues to publish Japanese titles ranging from Danganronpa, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Unofficial Hatsune Mix to I Am a Hero, Lone Wolf & Cub, and Berserk. Join Carl Horn and other Dark Horse staff members for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse!

5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. IT TAKES ALL KINDS TO MAKE COMICS: A DARK HORSE CELEBRATION OF DIVERSITY (Room 8)

For years, comics creators from a variety of backgrounds have been doing incredible work furthering the medium of sequential art. With Eisner Award–winning storytelling and phenomenal artistic expression, people from a variety of backgrounds have truly started a movement of more accurate and diverse representation in the comic business. Join Gabriel Bá (Two Brothers), Fábio Moon (Two Brothers), Jose Pimienta (Soupy Leaves Home), Irene Koh (The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars), and Erika Alexander (Concrete Park) for a fascinating conversation on embracing people and cultures from around the world, and what changes still need to be made in the comics industry.

SUNDAY, JULY 23

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. THE COMIC BOOK ELEMENTS OF AVATAR AND KORRA (Room 24ABC)

Dark Horse and Nickelodeon are excited to treat fans to a panel worthy of Aang himself! Join Michael Dante DiMartino, Irene Koh, the creative team behind The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars, and other special guests for a further exploration of the world. Fans will also have the opportunity to showcase their knowledge of the elements in a fun trivia competition for awesome prizes!

CA – An Evening with Kelly Hu

Actress Kelly Hu appears in conversation with Dante Basco on Thursday, July 6th at 7:00 PM for WeOwnthe8th.

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The Great Company
1917 Bay St, Fl 2nd, Los Angeles, California 90021
(323) 250-2434

MN – Asian America in Graphic Novels: An Evening with Gene Luen Yang

Award-winning Graphic Novelist GENE LUEN YANG appears at the Jeanne d’Arc Auditorium in Whitby Hall on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 6:30 PM.

GENE LUEN YANG began making comics and graphic novels in the fifth grade. In 2006 First Second Books published American Born Chinese, which became the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award. It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album.

In 2013, First Second Books released Boxers & Saints, Yang’s two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion. Nominated for a National Book Award, this book also won the L.A. Times Book Prize.

Gene Yang has created a number of other comics, including Dark Horse Comics’ continuation of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender and DC Comics’ Superman! In addition to cartooning, he teaches creative writing through Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, teaching alongside amazing authors like Anne Ursu, Gary Schmidt, Laura Ruby, Matt De La Pena, to name a few.

In January 2016, the Library of Congress, Every Child A Reader, and the Children’s Book Council appointed Gene Luen Yang the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

Co-hosted by the St. Catherine University – MLIS Program, St. Kate’s Library, Friends of the Libraries, Education Department, St. Catherine University MIPS Office, St. Kate’s ALA Student Chapter, Progressive Librarians Guild, Student Governance Organization, Endowed Mission Chairs, and Addendum Books.

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St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105

Montreal Comiccon 2017 Hosts David Tennant, Nathan Fillion & Many More

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Montreal Comiccon is a pop-culture fan convention that showcases artists and products from entertainment genres like: Sci-fi, Horror, Anime, Gaming in all its forms, and, of course, bande dessinée and comic books. It features a large array of exhibits with several companies demonstrating their wares and a few vehicles or set pieces from film or television are on display, a shopping experience like no other, aimed at fans that are looking for games, T-Shirts, comics, toys, statues, DVDs/Blu-rays, replicas and more collector items.

Fans have the opportunity come to meet their favorite creators from the world of comics and BD, get their autographs, buy a sketch or thank them for their work. Additionally, one of the biggest draws, fans get to meet the personalities behind their favorite TV shows and movies. Celebrities participate in autograph sessions, photo opportunities and Q&As that accommodate between 700 and 3000 fans.

Fans are encouraged (but not obliged) to come dressed as their favorite pop culture characters, be they from movies, TV, video games or comics. It culminates at the Masquerade, the big costuming competition that brings in judges from across the globe, over 60 competitors, and close to 3000 fans to cheer them on when they hit the big stage.

Over the course of three days, fans are treated to over 100 different panel discussions and workshops that help further promote comics, costuming, gaming and pop culture in general. A gaming zone for fans to discover new game demos, participate in tourneys or simply enjoy some free-play. Video games are feature for both indie games and AAA studios with demos and eSports tournaments. Screenings for short and feature films are presented that include fans films, as well as independent and studio productions.

Montreal Comiccon is proud to announce a strong starter line-up focused on fans favourite franchises.

Nathan Fillion is best known to Firefly enthusiast as Captain Malcolm Reynolds, a role he reprised in the 2005 film Serenity – though most recently was the star of the hit series Castle.

David Tennant is loved by legions of fans for his role as the 10th Doctor on the international hit series Doctor Who. Since then, he’s had a successful run starring on several dramas including the BBC series Broadchurch and Netflix’s Jessica Jones.

John Rhys-Davies has had a long and varied career, starring in several TV series like Sliders and the The Shannara Chronicles, though best known for his roles as Sallah in Raiders of the Lost Ark, and, of course, Gimli, in the Lord of the Rings trilogy of films. The Harry Potter franchise has risen to the top as one of the most impactful, and we have none other than the actor who portrayed evil wizard Lucius Malfoy, Jason Isaacs, who was just announced as one of the leads on the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery.  Comiccon will also be celebrating 20 years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with the presence of James Marsters, who played the sometimes good, mostly evil vampire, Spike. As ever, Star Wars remains one of the most adored franchise, and we’ll be bringing in the galaxy’s most infamous bounty hunter, Boba Fett, as played by actor Jeremy Bulloch.

For twenty five years, Kevin Conroy has been considered the definitive voice of Batman, starting with Batman: The Animated Series. Beyond the 85-episode run, he has been the voice of Bruce Wayne in multiple TV series, animated films, and video games, including the acclaimed video game Batman: Arkham Asylum, and will return as the Dark Knight in Injustice 2, slated for release in May 2017.

Video Games continue to dominate the entertainment market and one of the bestselling for 2016 was Ubisoft’s own Watch Dogs 2. For this year’s event, Comiccon will focus on the talented group of motion capture actors, who bring the game’s DedSec team of hackers to life:  Tasya Teles (Sitara), Shawn Baichoo (Wrench), and Jonathan Dubsky (Josh), Christopher Jacot (Dusan), John Tench (T-Bone) and Ruffin Prentiss (Marcus).

From comic books to cartoons, toys, and blockbuster films, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been a mainstay for over 30 years. We are very thrilled to welcome the co-creator of TMNT, Kevin Eastman, whom, to this day, continues to write and draw for the IDW series. Joining him will be the creator of American Flagg, Howard Chaykin, whom also has the distinction of being the very first artist on the Marvel Comics 1977 Star Wars. In addition, fans can look forward to meeting Glenn Fabry, the painter and illustrator known for his covers on Preacher, 2000 A.D., and, most recently American Gods; Marguerite Sauvage, the artist on the breakthrough Valiant comic series Faith, and also created the Montreal Comiccon 2017 poster art; plus Julien Paré-Sorel, the artist on the anxiously-awaited comic series Dans une galaxie près de chez vous, which is written by the original show creators Pierre-Yves Bernard et Claude Legault and expected to release in 2018.

Fans of costume building are in for a special treat with some of the most popular professional cosplayers. These include Italian cosplayer Leon Chiro and one of the hosts of the new TV series Cosplay Melee, LeeAnna Vamp. They’ll be there to meet fans and offer tips and tricks at their costume panels. As ever, the Masquerade costume contest will be taking place on Saturday, July 8, where amateur costume makers take to the Comiccon stage to compete in front of industry judges.

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For tickets and further information please go to the website: www.montrealcomiccon.com

OR – Dante Basco Speaks

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In honor of Asian and Pacific Islander Month, the Asian and Pacific American Student Union is proud to announce that Dante Basco will be at the University of Oregon on Thursday May 18, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.

Dante Basco is an actor, poet, writer, and producer known for Hook, American Dragon: Jake Long, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. He also appeared in TV shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, CSI: Miami, Entourage, and The Suite Life of Zach and Cody.

Come to our event to enjoy some spoken poetry by Dante Basco and listen to his experience in the entertainment industry as a Filipino American.

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Rose City Comic Con 2017 Expands to 3-Day Event

This year Rose City Comic Con, Portland’s best comic and pop-culture convention, is expanding to a 3-day event and will now run September 8-10, 2017. Tickets are currently on sale and guests announcements have begun. The current guest list includes: “Weird” Al Yankovic, Felicia Day, Michael Rosenbaum, Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass, Grey Delisle, Neal Adams, Katie Cook, Mike Zeck, James O’Barr, and more.

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For further information and tickets, please go to the convention website: rosecitycomiccon.com

BoroughCon 2017 Announced for Memorial Day Weekend

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Superhero, animation and gaming fans will soon converge on Utopia Parkway for a four-day celebration in a park-like setting.

St. John’s University will host BoroughCon, a new pop culture convention, over Memorial Day Weekend 2017, May 26-May 29. The event, which is expected to draw up to 20,000 attendees, will appeal to enthusiasts of heroic stories in film, television, gaming and graphic formats, as well as to those who enjoy anime and manga –animation and comics, respectively, in the Japanese tradition.

BoroughCon programming will include panels and autograph sessions with celebrities, gaming tournaments, screenings of both classic and as-yet unreleased films and TV shows, a vendors’ room and an artists’ alley. In addition to special programming for youth and children as well as their parents and grandparents, there will also be a cosplay competition.

“Cosplay is the performance art of creating costumes based on your favorite media characters, then embodying those characters for the audience,” BoroughCon CEO Matthew Goodison-Orr explains. “It has become a staple of these conventions, and cosplay is always one of the most popular draws.”

Media guests are currently being announced on BoroughCon.com and Goodison-Orr says, “BoroughCon will be able to deliver at least a couple of household names, as well as several actors well-known to everyone from all walks of life within the nerd community.”

Current guests include:
•    Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings, The Goonies)
•    Khary Payton (The Walking Dead, Young Justice, Teen Titans)
•    Dante Basco (Hook, American Dragon: Jake Long)
•    Steven Blum (animated voice of Wolverine, record holder for most video game credits)
•    Cree Summer (Codename: Kids Next Door, Inspector Gadget)
•    Jess Harnell (Crash Bandicoot, Animaniacs)
•    Grey DeLisle (Scooby-Doo, Avatar: The Last Airbender)
•    Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Star Wars: Rebels, Ghost in the Shell)
•    Chester Rushing (Stranger Things)
•    Johnny Brennan (Jerky Boys, Family Guy)
•    Grizz Chapman (30 Rock, The Lair)

The nerd community, he said, includes fans of comic books, manga, gaming, and science fiction/fantasy movies and television shows—and a great many self-professed nerds live in underserved neighborhoods of Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island. Comic creators appearing include Marv Wolfman (Teen Titans), Mike Grell (Green Arrow, Jon Sable), Tony Bedard (Supergirl, Birds of Prey)  Mark McKenna (Combat Jacks, Exiles).

“Surprisingly, New York City and the surrounding area runs short of adequate event space despite the world-class sports and concert venues,” says Goodison-Orr, who, when he served three years as CEO of Orlando’s KnightroKon, catered to up to 40,000 fans a year. “None of the hotels have anywhere enough meeting space for a convention of BoroughCon’s size, and the Javits Center is already home to New York Comic Con, with which we have no desire to invite comparison. So my partners and I chose to focus on the Four Boroughs, and St. John’s became the clear choice.”

The decision to embrace the outer boroughs required very little persuasion.

“Queens has roughly the same population as Houston, and Brooklyn is almost the size of Chicago. Both those middle-American cities host multiple ‘cons’ annually. So why would we want to be the second-biggest-by-a-mile in Manhattan when we can build something new and different here?”

What will set BoroughCon apart, according to Goodison-Orr, is the degree to which fans will enjoy direct access to well-known guests.

“If you come to BoroughCon, you’ll get a chance to meet, shake hands with or get an autograph from someone whose work you admire,” he said. “BoroughCon will be for regular fans – the con for the rest of us.”

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For up-to-date information, visit boroughcon.com.

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