Future Con Unites the Brightest Stars of Stage & Science at Awesome Con 2018

Press Release:

Science experts and entertainers will unite this month at the Smithsonian magazine Future Con, a themed pavilion celebrating science, technology, science fiction and fantasy within the Mid-Atlantic’s premiere pop culture convention Awesome Con. From March 30-April 1 Future Con presents three days of special programming that will include tech demos, meet-and-greet opportunities with scientific leaders and the opportunity to dive into the stimulating and fantastical overlaps between real-world science and science fiction. Attendees of all ages can engage with panels and discussions as well as hands-on tech demos and workshops, all focused on fostering awareness and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

“Future Con is an opportunity for all of us to think about the future in a fun and engaging way through pop culture and science fiction,” says Awesome Con Founder Ben Penrod. “It’s important to showcase the people and organizations who take inspiration from pop culture, to solve real-life problems and create a better world for us all. In 2018, we’re partnering again with the Smithsonian to bring that message to fans at Awesome Con through Future Con.”

Awesome Con is proud to welcome the brightest minds from organizations leading scientific advancement and education to Future Con, with representatives from Boeing, National Science Foundation, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association for Psychological Science, and the Planetary Society leading programs and workshops throughout the weekend.

“Going to Future Con is like stepping into a time travel machine,” says Michael Caruso, Future Con founder and Smithsonian magazine Editor in Chief and Vice President of Live Events. “Future Con is a great mashup of science and science fiction, a way for people to experience the very real science that is making technology writers and filmmakers have only dreamed of actually come to life around us. This year, we’re partnering with some remarkably forward-thinking organizations – including NASA, Netflix, and X, The Moonshot Factory – to bring that great experience to our Future Con fans.”

Panels like Turning Science Fiction Space Travel into Science Fact presented by Boeing will bring together visionaries and engineers to share how ongoing scientific developments and research are laying the foundation for future space exploration. Learn from experts about what it takes to survive in space, travel to Mars, launch the largest rocket ever into space, and more.

Science lovers will also be able to sit in on Future Con events like the Netflix: “Lost in Space” panel presented in partnership with Netflix, an exclusive preview of the upcoming dramatic re-imagination of the classic show and an exploration of the goals of modern space travel. Attendees can stop by the Future Con pavilion and into an immersive “Lost in Space” pop-up complete with show props and décor that will be featured on the galactic adventure show.

In the panel Science behind Mad Science, X, The Moonshot Factory’s Rich DeVaul will reveal how the moonshot factory brings science fiction-sounding technologies such as driverless cars and balloon-powered internet to life. DeVaul will also share tips for aspiring moonshot takers and unveil some never-before-seen explorations. At the X booth at Future Con, show attendees will be able to see some of X’s prototypes up close and learn more about how engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs are part of X’s early-stage work. The X booth will also allow attendees to play a rapid-fire moonshot thinking game, learn about rapid prototyping and meet some of the scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs behind X’s technology.

Star Wars fans will be delighted with exhibits and events presented as part of Future Con, with franchise film stars John Boyega, Joonas Suotamo, and Jeremy Bulloch planning special appearances over the weekend.

Sci-fi movie fans can also attend a Science of “Pacific Rim” panel inspired by the blockbuster 2013 film. Dr. Rich DeVaul, Director of Mad Science at X, and Legendary Comics’ Senior Vice President of Creative Strategy Barnaby Legg clue attendees in to how close to we are to building defensive robots known as ‘jagers,’ whether we can merge consciousness and share memories and feelings with other individuals, and delve into the scientific principles explored in the film.

Future Con also takes a fun look at fiction vs. fact in the comics world, with panels like The Technology of Dark Nights: Metal featuring a discussion with “Batman” artist and writer duo Greg Capullo and Scott Snyder about the technology at the iconic character’s disposal.

Special Guests

 Industry Experts

  • Dr. Rich DeVaul (Director of Mad Science, X, The Moonshot Factory)
  • Dr. Suveen Mathaudhu (Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Material Science, University of California-Riverside)
  • Dr. Erin McDonald (“Dr. Erin Explains the Universe,” Stanford University)
  • Dr. Theresa McCulla (Beer Historian, Smithsonian)
  • Jared Espley (Planetary Scientist, NASA)
  • Terry Hurford (Planetary Scientist, NASA)
  • Carie Lemack (CEO, DreamUp)

Entertainment Guests

  • John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Pacific Rim Uprising)
  • Dave Bautista (Blade Runner 2049, Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, Spectre)
  • Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, The Walking Dead)
  • Pom Klementieff (Avengers: Infinity War, Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, Gilmore Girls)
  • Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)
  • Jeremy Bulloch (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, The Newcomers, Doctor Who)
  • John Barrowman (Doctor Who, Arrow, Torchwood, Legends of Tomorrow)
  • Joonas Suotamo (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

Future Con takes place March 30-April 1, 2018 inside this year’s Awesome Con, and no separate ticket is needed to attend Future Con events—admission to Awesome Con includes access to Future Con’s speakers, exhibits, and events. For tickets to Awesome Con, visit www.awesomecon.com. For more information on Future Con, please visit www.awesomecon.com/future-con, or follow Awesome Con on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram and search for #FutureCon.

Cincinnati Comic Expo 2018 Announces 1st Guests

Cincinnati Comic Expo has announced their first guests for this year’s show, to be held on September 14-16, 2018! Tickets are on sale now.

The Kingslayer is Coming to the Queen City

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, best known for his role as Jaime Lannister on HBO’s Game of Thrones, will be making a rare U.S. convention appearance and attending all three days of the 2018 Cincinnati Comic Expo! Nikolaj’s many film credits in numerous genre include Gods of Egypt, The Other Woman, Oblivion, Mama, and Black Hawk Down.

Get your admission passes to meet Nikolaj, who will be on hand for autographs and photo-ops will the fans throughout the weekend.

Cobie Smulders Makes Her First Trip to Cincinnati

Fans can now tell their family and friends “How I Met Cobie Smulders” when they see her at the upcoming Cincinnati Comic Expo! Following her big break of nine seasons on How I Met Your Mother, Cobie is currently cast as Agent Maria Hill in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Between portraying Agent Hill in The Avengers, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Cobie has appeared in other projects, such as The Lego Movie, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, and Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Meet Cobie on Saturday and Sunday to get an autograph and photo-op at the Expo this September.

Guest Thomas Grummett Kickoffs the Artist Lineup

Comic artist Tom Grummett will be attending the 2018 Cincinnati Comic Expo. Grummett’s work with both DC and Marvel is recognized in The New Titans, The Adventures of Superman, Superboy, The Power Company, Robin, and Thunderbolts. Following those projects, Grummett was an artist working with writer Chris Claremont on 2009’s and 2010’s X-Men Forever comic series.

Cincinnati Comic Expo Welcomes Guest Artist Rick Leonardi

The lineup of comic guests at the Expo continues to grow with the addition of Rick Leonardi. Rick has a long career with Dark Horse, DC, and Marvel working on numerous titles including Cloak and Dagger, The Uncanny X-Men, The New Mutants, Nightwing, Batgirl, Superman, and others. In addition, Rick is known for his work on Star Wars: General Grievous and Superman Returns Prequel, which tied in with the featured films.

Follow us on social media so you can be one of the first to hear the fresh line up of close to 20 NEW comic artists to Cincinnati Comic Expo and other guest film and TV stars that will join us in 2018.

For further information please go to the website: cincinnaticomicexpo.com

T-Minus 7 Days Till Planet Comicon 2018

Press Release:

The final details are beginning to lock into place at Planet Comicon Kansas City and you’re going to hear from us more frequently as we get closer and closer to next week’s comic and pop culture party, one of the largest in the nation!

As many of you veterans and superfans know, our guests make extraordinary sacrifices to carve out time from their busy shooting and appearance schedules to join us at Planet Comicon, and sometimes changes are unavoidable. However, we have good news! A number of our guests have actually extended the time they’ll be spending with us next weekend. Here are the details…

  • Sonequa Martin-Green (Star Trek: Discovery, The Walking Dead) will now be appearing on Friday and Saturday, a slight change from her previous Saturday/Sunday schedule.
  • Trish Stratus and Amy “Lita” Dumas, two dynamite divas of the ring and WWE Hall of Famers were set to appear to only appear on Saturday and Sunday. They will now be at the show for ALL THREE DAYS!
  • John Cusack (High Fidelity, Say Anything) was previously scheduled for only Saturday afternoon and early Sunday but now will be appearing for the majority of both Saturday and Sunday!
  • Pom Klementieff (Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Infinity War) has now confirmed that she will be at the show all day on Saturday and Sunday.

Remember: we have special admission prices and membership discounts for active military, teachers, and librarians…and children ages 7 and under are FREE!

Have App, Will Travel: Download the Official 2018 Planet Comicon Kansas City Mobile App!

The Planet Comicon Kansas City app is your ultimate guide to Kansas City’s fantastic, fun-filled festival for fans of all ages and it’s back for 2018.

This carefully crafted pocket pal includes a list of all schedules as well as details on celebrities, comics creators, cosplayers, and more. Create your own schedule, get the latest news and updates during Planet Comicon, and check out all the necessary show details to make your visit to our world as perfect as possible. Get it in the App Store or on Google Play.

A Planet-sized Deal for our GoComics Fans!

All Planet Comicon Kansas City attendees can save 25% off any item in the GoComics Store! Find your happy place with icons like Foxtrot, Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield and Peanuts, as well as modern classics like Fowl Language, Sarah’s Scribbles, The Awkward Yeti, and many more.

Use code PCC25 at store.gocomics.com to save 25% off the entire store!

Planet Comicon Kansas City Pro Tip No. 42

Don’t get left out in the cold: So you’ve got your admission wristband, now it’s time to get in line. Planet Comicon Kansas City is all about making the fan experience a positive one and in 2018 that includes queuing for the show indoors. The line will form in the 2200 Lobby and be extended through the Convention Center and Municipal Auditorium for all waiting guests. Don’t worry about the weather and please know we’ll do our absolute best to get you into Planet Comicon Kansas City in a timely and efficient manner!

For more information about the 2018 show, event photos, interviews and more, “Like” Planet Comicon on Facebook and follow @PlanetComicon on Twitter. Planet Comicon Kansas City is always available online at www.planetcomicon.com.

Sonequa Martin-Green, Pom Klementieff & More Added to Planet Comicon 2018

Press Release:

Just when you thought Planet Comicon Kansas City – one of the nation’s largest and oldest comic and pop culture conventions – was winding down on the big announcements, we drop a couple more names into the mix. Sure, you might think we’d “say anything” to get a few of you “rogues” to join us at this point (and we have more about those gents below), but right now we’re talking about Pom Klementieff and Sonequa Martin-Green!

Pom Klementieff is best known for her role as Mantis in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and is set to reprise her role in Avengers: Infinity War. She made her Hollywood debut in Spike Lee’s Oldboy (2013), a remake of the South Korean film of the same name.

Meanwhile, Sonequa Martin-Green is the breakout star of the brand new CBS series “Star Trek: Discovery” in her portrayal of science specialist Michael Burnham. Prior to this, she was best known for her television role as Sasha Williams in The Walking Dead and Tamara in Once Upon a Time.

John Cusack, one of the most respected and accomplished actors of his generation, joins the guest roster of Planet Comicon Kansas City 2018. His films include such classics as Say AnythingEight Men Out16 CandlesHigh FidelityBetter Off DeadOne Crazy SummerCon Air, Grosse Pointe Blank… and the list goes on!

Perennial fan favorite Alan Tudyk once again joins the guest roster of Planet Comicon Kansas City 2018. His credits include “Firefly,” Serenity, “Con Man,” MoanaWreck-It RalphFrozen and so much more! In 2016, Tudyk appeared in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, as the scene-stealing and super snarky security droid, K-2SO.

Want to stay close to the action? We have secured special pricing at select hotels surrounding the Kansas City Convention Center.

Other guests include Jason Momoa (Justice League), Danny Trejo (Machete), Alice Cooper, Amy Jo Johnson (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones), Zach Callison (Steven Universe), Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter series) Ryan Hurst (Sons of Anarchy), and more.

For more information about the 2018 show, event photos, interviews and more, “Like” Planet Comicon on Facebook and follow @PlanetComicon on Twitter. Planet Comicon Kansas City is always available online at www.planetcomicon.com.

NYC – The Glass Castle Discussion

Join actor Brie Larson, actor Naomi Watts, and author Jeannette Walls for a conversation on Tuesday, August 8th at 7:00 PM about their upcoming film, “The Glass Castle,” based on Walls’s critically acclaimed memoir of the same name. Tickets available at the link…

Chronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight–knit family, “The Glass Castle” recounts the unconventional upbringing Walls and her siblings had as part of a dysfunctional family. Joining the conversation for the question–and–answer portion of the evening is director and screenwriter Destin Daniel Cretton.

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