Awesome Con 2017 Releases Programming Schedule

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Awesome Con, Washington DC’s Comic Con, is proud to announce three days of programming complete with panels, workshops, celebrity appearances, and more, taking over the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from June 16-18. This year, Awesome Con attendees will have access to specialized sections including Future Con, presented in partnership with the Smithsonian, featuring more intellectually stimulating and entertaining content than ever, and robust family-friendly programming called Awesome Con Jr., presented in partnership with Nickelodeon. Attendees can start planning their Awesome Con experience and view the full schedule online at: www.awesomecon.com/programming

“This year we’ve doubled down on our programming efforts,” said Awesome Con founder Ben Penrod. “From Future Con, to Awesome Con Jr, to our LGBT creators showcase Pride Alley, and to our most robust celebrity guest list yet, Awesome Con has grown by leaps and bounds into a fan convention unlike any other.” 

Highlights from Awesome Con 2017 include: 

Celebrity & Comic Guests

Hear from some of the biggest influencers from the world of pop culture and comic books at panels, screenings, Q&As, and more. Events include:

Stan Lee Q&A (10:30AM – June 18 – Main Stage) Stan Lee will discuss his exciting career spanning several decades and answer questions from audience members. Seating begins at 9:30 AM.

Tech of Batman Panel with Greg Capullo, Scott Snyder & Tom King (1:30 PM – June 17 – Room 150) – Capullo and Snyder, the creative duo behind today’s Batman comics, join engineers and experts in technology and intelligence to look at the plausibility of replicating Batman in real life. Panelists will examine Batman’s endurance, tech, and more to determine what’s real and what’s best left to fiction.

David Tennant Explores Time and Space (10:30 AM – June 17 – Main Stage) – Actor David Tennant, who ‘visited’ the furthest futures while playing The Doctor on BBC’s Doctor Who, joins experts Dr. Grant Tremblay and Dr. Matt Shindell on Awesome Con’s Main Stage to discuss the outer reaches of the galaxy. They’ll cover topics including Doctor Who, what’s really going on out there among the stars, and answer questions from the audience. Seating begins at 9:30 AM.

Edgar Wright: Meet the Director of Baby Driver (2:00 PM – June 17 – Main Stage) – Meet Edgar Wright, the director of popular film juggernauts including Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Shaun of the Dead, and get a first look at his new film Baby Driver. Wright will share insight into his career and the creation of Baby Driver, with giveaways and extra surprises planned for fans. Hosted by Felicia Day.

WWE® Superstars Charlotte Flair™ & Shinsuke Nakamura™ Q&A (2:30 PM – June 17 – Room 146) – WWE® Superstars Charlotte Flair™ and Shinsuke Nakamura™ discuss life as WWE stars and answer audience questions.

The Guild Reunion with Felicia Day, Sandeep Parikh, Amy Okuda, Jeff Lewis, and Robin Thorsen (11:30 AM – June 18 – Room 146) – Cast members of The Guild, the award-winning original web series, reunite to talk about working with each other, their careers, and new projects, and answer audience questions.

Experience Japan! (1:00 PM – June 17 – Room 154) – Hosted by the Embassy of Japan, this panel seeks to help participants understand the influence of Japanese culture on American pop culture. Explore traditional Japanese culture, play Japanese games, and meet the embassy’s very own therapeutic robot, PARO.

Representation Matters with Bryan Turner, Jerry Gaylord & Penelope Gaylord (3:30 PM – June 16 – Room 152) – How important is it to see characters and creators that look like you? Join Identity Comics Studio and the “Loading Snacks” crew for a discussion on diversity in media, from the characters leading stories to the creators behind them.

Comics Conversation: Collections and Preservation at the Library of Congress (11:00 AM – June 17 – Room 150) – Join Library of Congress staff members for a panel discussion about the comics collections at the Library. Specialists from the Library’s newspaper, graphic art, and popular art conservation teams share collection highlights, insights on comics conservation, and suggest how attendees can utilize the Library’s comics collection. 

Future Con

StarTalk Live! with Colonel Chris Hadfield & Scott Adsit (8:00 PM – June 16 – Main Stage) – Colonel Chris Hadfield, former commander of the International Space Station, and award-winning actor and comedian Scott Adsit (Veep, 30 Rock) co-host a special edition of award-winning talk show StarTalk Live!, bridging the intersection between pop culture and science with humor and passion.

Brave New Girls: Women in STEM (5:00 PM – June 17 – Room 146) – Some of the greatest scientific advances in history have been made by women, but girls are seldom encouraged to explore the sciences. Future Con presents a panel of scientists jointly discussing the achievements of female scientists, women’s roles in STEM today, and the need for advocacy to create the next generation of female scientists, engineers, and astronauts. With speakers from NASA, the National Science Foundation, and more. Hosted by Nerdist’s Jessica Chobot.

IBM Watson: Superman or Supercomputer? Making Money with Artificial Intelligence (5:30 PM – June 16 – Room 146) – IBM’s Artificial Intelligence creation Watson, which made its debut on Jeopardy! in 2011, amazed American audiences and today is an open platform for millions of users and developers. Dr. Marc Teerlink, IBM’s Chief Business Strategist, takes the stage to discuss what Watson represents for AI progress worldwide.

NASA’s Space Lasers (4:00 PM – June 16 – Room 143) – Explore the latest laser technology and the key science behind missions helping us investigate our home planet and beyond. Engineers and scientists will take you behind the scenes of missions like the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite 2 launching with green lasers in 2018, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter currently orbiting the Moon, and more. 

Awesome Con Jr

GeekDad Celebrates Father’s Day: Raising Geek Generation 2.0 (1:30PM – June 18 – Room 149) – Join some of the writers from GeekDad.com and their kids for a discussion about raising the next generation of geeks. Topics covered will include introducing various fandoms to kids, sharing old and new geeky passions, and determining what’s age-appropriate.

 Padawan Lightsaber Training presented by Saber Guild Corellia (5:45 PM – June 17 – Backlot Stage) – Adults and their ‘Padawans’ can join Saber Guild Corellia to learn how to wield a lightsaber and stave off the Dark Side on the Backlot stage.

Kids Costume Parade presented by The Emoji Movie (1:00 PM – June 18 – Backlot Stage) – Awesome Con encourages budding costume designers to strut their stuff in custom outfits at the Kids Costume Parade presented by The Emoji Movie. Participation is limited to the first 30 kids (and their parents) who register at the Backlog stage 30 minutes before the parade.

Let’s Go LEGO! (1:00PM – June 17 – Awesome Con Jr Stage) – Cartoonist John Gallagher shows you and your kids how to draw LEGO versions of your favorite characters. Come expand your art skills and take home the art as a souvenir. 

Pride Alley

Making LGBT+ Representation Matter in Fiction (5:00 PM – June 16 – Room 144) – Engage in a lively conversation about LGBTQ+ characters in fiction and what creators are doing, or not doing, to foster representation.

A History of LGBTQ+ Representation in Comic Books & Television (June 17 – 12:30 PM – Room 144) – Learn about the history of LGBTQ+ representation in Nerd Culture through discussion of the most iconic LGBTQ+ characters in anime, comic books, video games, and television. The important dialogue will conclude with thoughts on the importance of LGBTQ+ characters in the media and pop culture.

Pokémon, Musicals, & Gay with Voice Actor Jamie McGonnigal (4:30 PM – June 17 – Room 144) – Fans will have the opportunity to discuss Jamie McGonnigal’s impressive resume including his voice work on Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh!, his global LGBTQ+ activism, and his career as a Broadway producer. From questions about how to get started in voice acting to how to come out to your high school anime club – nothing is off the table! 

Esports

NRG at Awesome Con (11:00AM-2:00PM – June 18 – East Salons G-I, Booth 16) Fans of video games and esports will have a unique chance to meet players from NRG Esports’ Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) team at Awesome Con on Sunday, June 18. Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, will host the NRG CS:GO team’s visit in Awesome Con’s Video Game Room in East Salons G-I from 11:00AM to 12:00PM for a live gaming experience, followed by an autograph session in the show’s Exhibit Hall at booth 16 from 1:00PM to 2:00PM.

Edgar Wright Presents Baby Driver at Awesome Con 2017

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LeftField Media has announced that director Edgar Wright will make a special appearance at this year’s Awesome Con. Wright will screen his new, highly anticipated film Baby Driver to a select DC audience, and will appear as part of the Awesome Con’s featured weekend programs, including a signing with fans. Awesome Con is Washington DC’s Comic Con and attracts over 60,000 fans, guests including David Tennant, Stan Lee, and Scott Snyder, and partners including the Smithsonian and Nickelodeon. Awesome Con will be Wright’s exclusive US Comic Con appearance in the lead up to Baby Driver’s debut. 

Baby Driver – written and directed by Wright – is the story of Baby, a talented, young getaway driver who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams, he sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway, but after being coerced into working for a crime boss, Baby must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love, and freedom. Baby Driver features an ensemble cast including Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Eiza Gonzalez, Jon Hamm, and Jamie Foxx. Tristar Pictures and MRC present Baby Driver opening in US theaters on June 28. Its trailer can be viewed online now

Wright has developed a cult following and widespread acclaim for his clever, quirky, and imaginative films – including Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Shaun of the DeadHot Fuzz, and The World’s End. Fans looking to meet him and get a first look at his Baby Driver can find him at various Awesome Con events: 

  • Baby Driver Preview Screening – Thursday, June 157 PM at Regal Gallery Place

A special pre-Awesome Con event, this limited screening is open to select fans and media, and will feature a showing of the full film together with a Q&A from Wright. Media wishing to attend should contact Gabrielle Flamand at gabrielle@prcollaborative.com

  • Baby Driver Debut Panel and Q&A – Saturday, June 172 PM at Awesome Con’s Main Stage

Edgar Wright and Felicia Day (The Guild, Dr. Horrible) take to Awesome Con’s Main Stage to speak about Wright’s career, the creation of Baby Driver, his fans, and working with the film’s all-star cast. The panel will feature giveaways, surprises, and special clips from Baby Driver

  • Edgar Wright Signing – Saturday, June 173:15 PM in Awesome Con’s Autograph Area

Meet Edgar Wright and get a Baby Driver poster signed by the film’s writer and director! Wright will conduct a special signing with details on participation coming soon. 

“I can’t tell you how often Edgar Wright’s movies are quoted at Awesome Con or how many times I’ve seen fans cosplay as the characters he’s created,” said Ben Penrod, Awesome Con’s Founder. “It’s an honor to be able to welcome Edgar now to the show, and I know we’ll be flooded with Baby Driver cosplayers next year!”

Awesome Con takes place June 16-18, 2017 in the Walter Washington Convention Center, and tickets are available now at awesomecon.com. Fans wanting to learn the latest news can follow Awesome Con on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Awesome Con Welcomes Scott Adsit as StarTalk Live! Co-Host

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Awesome Con, Washington D.C.’s premier pop culture convention, and StarTalk are proud to welcome actor and comedian Scott Adsit (Veep, 30 Rock) as a co-host of StarTalk Live! on June 16 during Awesome Con. Ticketholders for Awesome Con, which runs June 16-18 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, will be able to attend StarTalk Live! on a first come, first served basis with the option to purchase VIP tickets at www.awesomecon.com 

StarTalk Live! with hosts Colonel Chris Hadfield & Scott Adsit – Friday, June 16
StarTalk Live!, an award-winning talk show bridging the intersection between pop culture and science with humor and passion, will headline Smithsonian’s Future Con – an event series and science-focused pavilion within Awesome Con, Washington DC’s Comic Con. Colonel Chris Hadfield, who audiences may recognize from his documentation of his time in space via Twitter, and award-winning actor and comedian Scott Adsit (Veep, 30 Rock) will take the stage as co-hosts for this exciting program. StarTalk Live! is open to all Awesome Con ticket holders with first come, first served seating, and attendees have the option to purchase VIP tickets which include guaranteed seating and a book signing with Col. Chris Hadfield, coming soon to www.awesomecon.com. StarTalk Live! will take place at 8 PM on Friday, June 16 in the Walter Washington Convention Center.

About Col. Chris Hadfield
Called “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong,” Col. Hadfield woke the world up every morning during a five-month stay aboard the International Space Station with greetings and updates shared with over 2 million Twitter followers. Through his 21 years as an astronaut, three spaceflights, and 2,600 orbits of Earth, Colonel Hadfield has become a worldwide sensation, harnessing social media to make outer space accessible to millions and infusing a sense of wonder into our collective consciousness. 

About Scott Adsit
Scott Adsit made his mark on American comedy early on as a member of Second City’s Mainstage and ETC companies, and won Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Best Actor Award for his work there. Adsit travels avidly and teaches around the world, although audiences can catch him improvising and bringing a sharp sense of humor to the stage at Upright Citizens Brigade in Manhattan when he’s in New York City. Currently appearing on HBO’s Veep, Adsit has appeared on favorite television series including 30 Rock, The Office, Inside Amy Schumer, and Alias, as well as influential sketch comedy shows Mr. Show and Tenacious D. He is also the voice of Baymax in Disney’s Big Hero 6.

About Future Con
Future Con is a three-day science, technology, and entertainment celebration featured within LeftField Media’s Awesome Con, Washington DC’s Comic Con held annually. Future Con highlights the intersections and developments in science, technology, and science fiction inside D.C.’s largest pop culture event, and has welcomed partners including Smithsonian, Science Channel, NASA, the American Physical Society, the National Science Foundation, Nerd Nite, StarTalk, and more. Visit www.awesomecon.com for more information about Future Con.

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Awesome Con Masterclass w/ Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo

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Awesome Con, the Mid-Atlantic’s pop culture con held in Washington, DC from June 16-18, is excited to announce tickets are now available for a special comics masterclass with BATMAN writer and illustrator duo Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo on Saturday, June 17th.

Both Greg Capullo and Scott Snyder will be attending all three days of Awesome Con in addition to this special class.

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, two iconic figures behind the BATMAN comics, will take the stage together at Awesome Con for a special masterclass for aspiring writers and artists. On Saturday, June 17 at 7:15pm, 150 attendees will be able to attend a two-hour class and pick Snyder and Capullo’s brains with questions about the comic book industry and their craft, as well as go over behind-the-scenes sketches and samples of comic scripts.

Every guest will receive: 1 limited edition exclusive lithograph by Capullo, the chance to have 5 items signed by Capullo, and the chance to have 5 items signed by Snyder. Tickets are $199.99 and available now on the Awesome Con site; admission to Awesome Con is not included in the masterclass ticket and must be purchased separately at www.awesomecon.com.

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Awesome Con 2017 Offers Stan Lee Exclusive Programming

Awesome Con, the Mid-Atlantic’s premier pop culture convention is coming to Washington, DC from June 16-18, 2017 and eager to share new programming highlights featuring Stan Lee, the creator of beloved franchises including Spider-Man, Avengers, X-Men, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, and more.

Stan Lee Premium Package

Presented by Stan Lee Collectibles, the Stan Lee Premium Package will be available for $350 and includes: 1 autograph from Stan Lee, a photo op, an autographed lithograph, a comic book from the Stan Lee Collectibles collection, a collectible Stan Lee Awesome Con badge and lanyard, and a $25 gift certificate for the Stan Lee Collectibles booth at Awesome Con. Admission to Awesome Con is not included with the Stan Lee Premium Package and must be purchased separately at www.awesomecon.com; this package will be available for purchase at 10am EST on Saturday, May 6

Bagels & Coffee with Stan – Saturday, June 17

150 guests will have the chance to join Stan Lee for an exclusive breakfast session with the pop culture icon the morning of Saturday, June 17. For $295, guests can participate in a Q&A session with Stan Lee while enjoying a light breakfast buffet. Attendees will also receive a signed photo of Stan Lee and the chance to snap a selfie with him. Admission to Awesome Con is not included in Bagels & Coffee with Stan and must be purchased separately at www.awesomecon.com; this package will be available for purchase at 10am EST on Saturday, May 6. 

Stan Lee Museum Pop-Up

This year, Awesome Con is bringing together highlight items and collectibles from Stan Lee’s expansive career together for the Stan Lee Museum Pop-Up. Check out 18 larger-than-life Marvel statues modeled after Stan Lee’s most well-known characters, including the Hulkbuster, as well as more than 50 pieces of Stan Lee memorabilia spanning seven decades of his career. Awesome Con ticket holders have full access to the Stan Lee Museum Pop-Up during exhibit hall hours. 

Stan Lee Q&A Sunday, June 18

Stan Lee will host a panel on Awesome Con’s main stage on Sunday, June 18, answering questions from attendees about his career and his work over the years. Entry to the Stan Lee Q&A is included with Awesome Con tickets.

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Future Con with Chris Hadfield Announced

Smithsonian and Awesome Con Introduce Future Con New Science Festival Inside Washington, D.C.’s Comic Con Kicks Off with StarTalk Live! Hosted by Astronaut Chris Hadfield

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Smithsonian magazine and LeftField Media today are announcing a partnership to create an exciting new live event called “Future Con,” a three-day science, technology, and entertainment celebration that will be featured within LeftField Media’s upcoming Awesome Con on June 16-18, 2017 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Future Con will highlight the intersection of science, technology, and science fiction inside D.C.’s largest pop culture event. It is sponsored by Science Channel, features partners including NASA, the American Physical Society, the National Science Foundation, and Nerd Nite, and it will be headlined by StarTalk Live! hosted by Astronaut Chris Hadfield, who became a social media sensation through his (literally) out-of-this-world videos and performances from the International Space Station.

Driven by experts at Smithsonian magazine, Future Con will mix together interactive experiences, engaging discussions, and special guests centered around creating new awareness and advocacy for all things science, technology, engineering, and math. Previous Smithsonian Future events have featured astronaut Buzz Aldrin, oceanographer Bob Ballard, Star Trek actors William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, and George Takei, and the creators of Deadpool, The Martian, and The X-Files, with the Smithsonian now bringing similar visionary names from science and science fiction together in front of a broad, public audience at Awesome Con.

Awesome Con, now entering its fifth year, attracts over 60,000 attendees and participants including Stan Lee (co-creator of Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the X-Men), David Tennant (star of Doctor Who and Jessica Jones), John Barrowman (Doctor Who and Arrow), Felicia Day (creator of The Guild and noted author, producer, and blogger), Wil Wheaton (writer, blogger, actor, and voice actor), and Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo (acclaimed Batman writer and artist team). Awesome Con is a celebration of comic books, movies, television, toys, and games, and Future Con will add science to the worlds Awesome Con explores.

“The Smithsonian’s mission is to spread knowledge throughout the universe,” says Michael Caruso, editor in chief of Smithsonian magazine and Vice President of Live Events. “And we at Smithsonian are excited to partner with Awesome Con to do just that—transforming D.C.’s largest pop culture convention into a platform to showcase the individuals and organizations building the future today and communicating the important issues and technologies that will define our path tomorrow.”

“Our fans obviously love Star Wars, Star Trek, and Doctor Who, and we know they care deeply about real-world scientific advances in the same way they’re fascinated with science fiction,” says Ben Penrod, Awesome Con’s founder. “Working with Smithsonian magazine to create Future Con is one of our proudest achievements, making Awesome Con a space not just to entertain but one to inspire and educate, and we hope we can play a small part in creating the inventors, engineers, educators, and astronauts of tomorrow.”

Future Con’s kickoff event will welcome Colonel Chris Hadfield to host a special edition of StarTalk Live! Col. Hadfield is a veteran of two space shuttle missions and former commander of the International Space Station. He’s also been called the “most social media savvy astronaut” by Forbes for his ongoing documentation of his time in space to over 2 million Twitter followers. Col. Hadfield will appear at Future Con to lead a taping of StarTalk Live!, an award-winning talk show bridging the intersection between pop culture and science with humor and passion.

Future Con will see further pioneering names in space travel, artificial intelligence, nanomachines, climate science, and medical research share the stage with some of the brightest names in pop culture—with presenters including John Mather (NASA’s Nobel Laureate and head of the James Webb Telescope), Adam Steltzner (NASA’s “Rock and Roll Engineer” and head of the Mars 2020 mission), and Seth Shostak (Senior Astronomer at SETI: the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). Thought-provoking talks at Future Con will include Cassini’s Spectacular Grand Finale at Saturn, Parallel and Multi Universe Theory in Sci-Fi, Mars: Past, Present, & Future, Harry Potter and the Genetics of Wizarding, Space Lasers, and Antarctic Dinosaurs.

Future Con takes place June 16-18 inside this year’s Awesome Con, and no separate ticket is needed to attend—admission to Awesome Con includes access to Future Con’s speakers, exhibits, and events. For tickets to Awesome Con, visit awesomecon.com. For more information on Future Con, please visit smithsonianmag.com/futurecon, follow Awesome Con on Facebook and Twitter, and search for #futurecon.

ABOUT STARTALK LIVE

Science meets comedy onstage at StarTalk Live!, the StarTalk Radio road show that’s entertaining and educating sold-out audiences around the country! Just like the award-winning podcast, radio show, and Emmy nominated TV show, StarTalk Live! explores current events from the frontiers of science and includes scientists, celebrities, and comedians as featured guests. Each live show bridges the intersection between pop culture and science with clarity, humor, and passion, covering captivating subjects like space travel, human intelligence, extraterrestrial life, the Big Bang, the future of Earth, and the environment. StarTalk Live! gets its DNA from StarTalk Radio, the iTunes chart-topping radio show/podcast hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Emmy nominated TV show on the National Geographic Channel, StarTalk TV. StarTalk Live! is co-produced by Curved Light Productions and Pretty Good Friends.

ABOUT SMITHSONIAN MEDIA

Smithsonian Media is comprised of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, Air & Space magazine, Smithsonian Books, and the Smithsonian Media Digital Network. In addition, Smithsonian Media oversees the Smithsonian Institution’s interest in the Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between the Smithsonian Institution and CBS/Showtime. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 20 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually. (smithsonianmag.com / si.edu)

ABOUT LEFTFIELD MEDIA

LeftField Media, LLC is an events company focused on developing face-to-face events in a range of communities rooted in contemporary culture and shared passion. LeftField was formed in 2014 by Greg Topalian (President, LeftField Media) and is now owned by Topalian and Clarion Events Ltd. With a keen sense of the ever-evolving needs of businesses and their consumers as well as new opportunities created by change, LeftField takes a clean slate approach to business. LeftField’s portfolio includes Play Fair (playfairny.com), a family-focused celebration of toys and play built with the Toy Industry Association; Awesome Con (awesomecon.com), Washington DC’s Comic Con; Rose City Comic Con (rosecitycomiccon.com), Portland, Oregon’s Comic Con; Anime NYC (animenyc.com), a Japanese pop culture festival presented by Crunchyroll; the Five Points Festival (fivepointsfest.com), a designer toy and comic art convention curated by Clutter; and the Classic Auto Show (theclassicautoshow.com), a classic and vintage auto show launched in Los Angeles. LeftField Media is headquartered in historic Trumbull, CT. (leftfieldmedia.com)

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Awesome Con 2016 Announces Full Schedule of Events

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Awesome Con Announces Full Schedule of Events

Over 200 Hours of Diverse Panels, Talks, Screenings & Workshops Fill the Walter E. Washington Convention Center June 3-5

Washington DC (May 25, 2016) – Awesome Con, Washington DC’s Comic Con, is proud to announce its full lineup of programming, including talks from celebrity guests Peter Capaldi, Kevin Smith, John Barrowman, and the cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; scientific lectures with engineers, experts, astronauts, and Bill Nye the Science Guy; family workshops covering arts, crafts, comics, and literacy; and interactive activities including Sci-Fi Speed Dating, costume contests, and tabletop gaming.

“I’m very excited by everything we’re showcasing this year,” shared Awesome Con founder Ben Penrod. “We’ve got over ten rooms running non-stop with panels and special events, covering everything from comics, video games, movies, and books, to anime, toys, and cosplay. No matter what makes you geek out, we’ve got it!”

Awesome Con takes place June 3-5 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, with events running each day from morning to night. For Awesome Con’s full schedule, please visit awesome-con.com/schedule and see below for select highlights.

Celebrity & Comic Guests
Learn what makes Awesome Con’s biggest guests tick with talks from the stars behind fan-favorite TV shows, movies, and comic books.

  • Peter Capaldi (2:30 PM – June 5 – Hall D) The current Doctor in Doctor Who comes to Awesome Con all the way from the UK to talk about his role in the iconic series.
  • John Barrowman (3 PM – June 4 – Hall D) Whether he’s in BBC’s Torchwood, CW’s Arrow, or the British stage, Barrowman is a showstopper. Find out why at Awesome Con.
  • Adam West & Burt Ward (1:15 PM – June 4 – Hall D) The stars of 1966’s Batman series speak about their careers and the classic series’ lengthy legacy.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (12:30 PM – June 4 – Room 146) Brett Dalton and Elizabeth Henstridge talk about their hit series, just after the shocking season finale.
  • Karl Urban (5 PM – June 4 – Room 146) Urban plays McCoy in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond and was recently cast in Thor: Ragnarok. Learn what’s next for this rising star.
  • Tom King (12:30 PM – June 5 – Room 152) Following a career in the CIA, King started penning comics – and is now writing Batman. Hear about his unique career firsthand.
  • Paranormal Lockdown (1:30 PM – June 4 – Room 145B) Paranormal all-star Nick Groff and ghost hunter Katrina Weidman discuss their hit Destination America series.
  • A Haunting (4 PM – June 4 – Room 145B) Tony Call goes behind the scenes of this Destination America series, shot entirely in DC, Virginia, and Maryland.

Evening Events
Stay up late at Awesome Con with two extra special evening events, and grab premium tickets including autographs with their stars.

  • Kevin Smith (7 PM – June 3 – Hall D) The prolific, actor, comedian, comic writer, author, and podcaster comes to DC for an evening of candid stories and laughs.
  • Eugene Mirman (8 PM – June 4 – Room 152) Brooklyn comedian and the voice of Gene in Bob’s Burgers, Eugene Mirman brings his unique comedy show to Awesome Con.

Science Fair
Awesome Con’s Science Fair presented by Science Channel features three days of lectures, workshops, and discussions with scientists from Science Channel, NASA, the Smithsonian, and more.

  • StarTalk Live! (12 PM – June 5 – Hall D) Bill Nye and Eugene Mirman co-host StarTalk Live!, a talk show blending science and comedy with acclaimed special guests.
  • Exoplanets: Stranger than Fiction (5 PM – June 3 – Room 145A) A panel of NASA scientists discuss planets depicted in science fiction and how our knowledge of planets in our solar system – and beyond – present a picture stranger than fiction.
  • 3D Bioprinting: Moving Beyond Cyborgs (12:30 PM – June 4 – Room 145A) In this panel, organized by NationOfMakers.org, engineers explain the cutting-edge research that may someday replace mechanical implants with engineered human tissue.
  • Mars: Past, Present, and Future (7 PM – June 4 – Room 145A) Scientists talk about searching the Martian surface for clues about the possibility of life and how astronauts might someday explore the Mars on foot.
  • Outrageous Acts of Science (1:45 PM – June 4 – Room 145A) Join Science Channel as they celebrate their hit series Outrageous Acts of Science with some of the greatest (and most hilarious) scientific minds.

Kids Zone
Check out the Kids Zone on the Awesome Con show floor, filled with events and activities for little ones. Admission for kids under 10 is free.

  • Say Yes To Capes (6 PM – June 3 – Kids Zone) Personalize your own cape and mask and wear it around the con.
  • Scribble Scramble (3 PM – June 4 – Kids Zone) Kids and artists compete in a series of rapid fire drawing challenges.
  • Make Your Own Superhero Symbol (4 PM – June 4 – Kids Zone) Artist Carolyn Belefski helps kids create their own superhero symbols unique to their interests.
  • Making Mini-Comics (3 PM – June 5 – Kids Zone) Comic creator Laura Lee Gulledge helps kids write and draw their very own comic books.

Interactive & Nerdy
Beyond talks from celebrities and scientists, Awesome Con offers a wealth of interactive entertainment connecting fans with fellow fans.

  • Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Multiple Times – June 3-5 – Room 140) Looking for that special someone to spend New Comic Book Day with? Grab a spot at Sci-Fi Speed Dating.
  • The Backlot (All Day – June 3-5 – Exhibit Hall) Hold Captain America’s actual shield, snap a photo with a reproduction Batmobile, and check out larger than life props.
  • Tabletop Gaming (All Day – June 3-5 – Salons A-C) From Magic: The Gathering to Cards Against Humanity, play non-stop in the Foam Brain Games Tabletop Room.
  • Artemis Bridge (All Day – June 3-5 – Salon F) Ever fancied yourself a Starfleet commander? Live the dream in the live-action starship roleplaying experience.
  • Costume Contests (Multiple Times – June 4-5 – Hall D) Awesome Con offers attendees two chances to strut their stuff on stage, with prizes from Cosplay by McCall’s, Capture Me in 3D, Funimation, HERO HAIR: Cosplay Wigs for the Serious Adventurer, and Kotobukiya.

For Awesome Con’s full guest and event list, visit awesomecon.com, and for all the latest news and information, check out facebook.com/awesomecondc. Awesome Con tickets are available now.

About Awesome Con
Awesome Con is the biggest annual comic and pop culture convention in Washington DC and welcomed over 40,000 attendees in 2015. Awesome Con celebrates all aspects of geekdom and pop culture, with a wide assortment of engaging events, comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay, and more. 2016 marks Awesome Con’s first year in partnership with LeftField Media, an event organizer developed by the founder of New York Comic Con.

New Owners Bring Awesome Con 2016 to Walter E. Washington Convention Center

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Awesome Con, the biggest annual comic and pop culture convention in Washington, DC, expects to attract its most dynamic crowd yet in 2016. This June 3rd-5th, fans will experience an impressive line-up of celebrity guests from the worlds of television, movies, and comic books and specialized pavilions focused on science and technology, family activities, and larger-than-life props. Panel discussions bring together noted experts from comic creators to scientists at NASA; costume contests, sci-fi speed dating, and gaming tournaments celebrate all things geeky; and the show floor will feature exhibits dedicated to comics, collectibles, toys, cosplay, and original art. Fun for fans of all ages, Awesome Con continues its commitment to creating an inclusive atmosphere for diehard fans, casual fans, and families. And this year is Awesome Con’s first year in partnership with LeftField Media, an event organizer created by the founder of New York Comic Con.

Special guest headliners include: Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who, The Musketeers, The Fifth Estate, Torchwood), Adam West (Batman, Family Guy, The Simpsons), Burt Ward (Batman) Kevin Smith (Comic Book Men, Jay and Silent Bob, Clerks), and John Barrowman (Arrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who).

Daily and full weekend passes available now on the website. VIP passes & experiences range from $150 to $465 and offer access to various celebrity appearances and special events. Click here for further details.

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Awesome Con is DC’s comic-con! Awesome Con embraces all aspects of geekdom and pop culture, with a wide assortment of comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay, and more. Special events include discussion panels, costume contests, trivia contests, gaming tournaments, and tons of activities for kids. It is strongly advised to buy tickets in advance! For further details please go to the website: www.awesome-con.com

Guests Announced for Awesome Con 2016

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Awesome Con 2016 returns on June 3rd – 5th at the Washington Convention Center! Guests include: ADAM WEST (Batman), BURT WARD (Robin), CHARLES MARTINET (the voice of Mario), DAVID PROWSE (Darth Vader), GEORGINA HAIG (Once Upon a Time), GREY DELISLE (Avatar: The Last Airbender), JEFF SHULTZ (Archie Comics), JEREMY LONDON (Mallrats), JEREMY WHITLEY (Princeless), KEVIN SMITH (Clerks), MORENA BACCARIN (Gotham), RAY PARK (Darth Maul), ROBIN LORD TAYLOR (The Penguin), TIM ROSE (Admiral Ackbar) and more!

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Awesome Con is DC’s comic-con! Awesome Con embraces all aspects of geekdom and pop culture, with a wide assortment of comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay, and more. Special events include discussion panels, costume contests, trivia contests, gaming tournaments, and tons of activities for kids. It is strongly advised to buy tickets in advance! For further details please go to their website: www.awesome-con.com

 

BOOM! Studios Goes Coast-to-Coast with Awesome Con AND WonderCon 2014

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ADVENTURE TIME 2014 ANNUAL #1 Awesome Con Exclusive Cover by Ian McGinty

ADVENTURE TIME 2014 ANNUAL #1 Awesome Con Exclusive Cover by Ian McGinty

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BOOM! STUDIOS GOES COAST-TO-COAST WITH AWESOME CON AND WONDERCON, APRIL 18-20, 2014

April 9, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Award-winning comic book publisher BOOM! Studios announced today it will exhibit at both Awesome Con in Washington, D.C. and WonderCon in Anaheim, California, during the weekend of April 18-20, 2014.

At Awesome Con, which will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., BOOM! can be found at booth number 421. They will host the following creators all weekend:

Brooke Allen (LUMBERJANES)
Ian McGinty (ADVENTURE TIME: CANDY CAPERS)
Jerry Gaylord (LOKI: RAGNAROK & ROLL, FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES)
In addition, an Awesome Con exclusive variant cover of ADVENTURE TIME 2014 ANNUAL #1 illustrated by Ian McGinty will be sold through the convention. Starring baby versions of Fionna and Cake, this is the first-ever horizontal ADVENTURE TIME issue!

For tickets and more information on Awesome Con, visit awesomecondc.com.

At WonderCon, which will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, BOOM! Studios can be found at booth number 319. They will host the following creators at the booth all weekend:

Eric M. Esquivel (LOKI: RAGNAROK AND ROLL, BRAVEST WARRIORS, FREELANCERS)
Megan Hutchison (AN AURORA GRIMEON STORY: WILL O’ THE WISP)
Michael Alan Nelson (DAY MEN, 28 DAYS LATER, PROTOCOL: ORPHANS)
Mike Kunkel (HEROBEAR AND THE KID)
Noelle Stevenson (LUMBERJANES, ADVENTURE TIME)
In addition, signings with the following creators are scheduled:

FRIDAY, April 18
2-3 p.m. R.J. Ryan (THE JOYNERS IN 3D)
5-6 p.m. Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert (TRANSLUCID, AMORY WARS, KEY OF Z, KILL AUDIO) – This is a ticketed signing. Tickets are only available at the BOOM! Studios booth whille supplies last on the day of the specified signing.

SATURDAY, April 19
1-2 p.m. Steven Grant (2 GUNS, 3 GUNS, ROBOCOP, DECEIVERS)
3-4 p.m. Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert (TRANSLUCID, AMORY WARS, KEY OF Z, KILL AUDIO) – This is a ticketed signing. Tickets are only available at the BOOM! Studios booth whille supplies last on the day of the specified signing.
5-6 p.m. R.J. Ryan (THE JOYNERS IN 3D)

SUNDAY, April 20
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. R.J. Ryan (THE JOYNERS IN 3D)
1-2 p.m. Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert (TRANSLUCID, AMORY WARS, KEY OF Z, KILL AUDIO) – This is a ticketed signing. Tickets are only available at the BOOM! Studios booth whille supplies last on the day of the specified signing.)
3:30-4:30 p.m. Natasha Allegri (ADVENTURE TIME: FIONNA & CAKE, BEE AND PUPPYCAT)

In addition, the BOOM! Studios booth will host sketch artists all weekend, including:
Hannah Nance Partlow (ADVENTURE TIME: CANDY CAPERS)
Kassandra Heller (ADVENTURE TIME)
For $20, fans can request and purchase custom sketches to be drawn on blank ADVENTURE TIME Get-A-Sketch covers.

Special WonderCon exclusive variants will be available for purchase for:
BRAVEST WARRIORS 2014 ANNUAL #1 (cover by Sam Lavagnino, the voice of CatBug on the “Bravest Warriors” show!)
HEROBEAR AND THE KID: SAVING TIME #1 (cover by Mike Kunkel)
LUMBERJANES #1 (cover by Jess Fink)
TRANSLUCID #1 (cover by Dan Duncan)
BOOM! will present the following panels at WonderCon:

We Are BOOM!
Sat., April 19, 3:30 p.m., Room 208
Last year was a banner year for BOOM! highlighted by the release of our first feature 2 GUNS (starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg) and new first-look deal with 20th Century Fox. Archaia joined us as a new imprint, we expanded the all-ages KaBOOM! lineup, and launched our newest imprint, BOOM! Box. Join BOOM! Studios VP of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik and Editor-In-Chief Matt Gagnon as we share our mission to create the future of comics…now. We are BOOM! Come Innovate With Us.

Redefining All-Ages Comics
Sun., April 20, 11:30 a.m., Room 203
Join KaBOOM! Editor Shannon Watters as she moderates a lively discussion about the importance of all-ages comics in today’s market and teases what’s in store from the BOOM! Studios imprint in 2014. We’re not just talking about “kids” comics, we’re talking about amazing comics that can be enjoyed by young, old, and everyone in between! Adding to the discussion are all-ages creators Mike Kunkel (HEROBEAR AND THE KID), Natasha Allegri (ADVENTURE TIME: FIONNA AND CAKE), and Noelle Stevenson (ADVENTURE TIME)! Bring the whole family and discover comics to share!

For aspiring artists, BOOM! will participate in the following portfolio reviews at WonderCon:

Sat., April 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Room 206 B
With Assistant Editor Whitney Leopard and Editor Rebecca Taylor.

Sun., April 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Room 206 B
With Editor Shannon Watters.
For tickets and information for WonderCon, visit comic-con.org/wca.

ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, and many other great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films.

BRAVEST WARRIORS 2014 ANNUAL #1 WonderCon Exclusive Cover by Sam Lavagnino

BRAVEST WARRIORS 2014 ANNUAL #1 WonderCon Exclusive Cover by Sam Lavagnino

HEROBEAR AND THE KID: SAVING TIME #1 WonderCon Exclusive Cover by Mike Kunkel

HEROBEAR AND THE KID: SAVING TIME #1 WonderCon Exclusive Cover by Mike Kunkel

LUMBERJANES #1 WonderCon Exclusive Cover by Jess Fink

LUMBERJANES #1 WonderCon Exclusive Cover by Jess Fink

TRANSLUCID #1 WonderCon Exclusive Cover by Dan Duncan

TRANSLUCID #1 WonderCon Exclusive Cover by Dan Duncan

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