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.”
For up-to-date information, visit boroughcon.com.
Steel City Con returns to the Monroeville Convention Center on April 7 – April 9, 2017 with guests including Jason Isaacs, Adam West, Burt Ward, Katrina Law, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, Lindsay Wagner, Mena Suvari, William B. Davis, Caroll Spinney, Brian O’Halloran, Walt Flanagan, Michael Zapcic, Bryan Johnson, Ming Chen, and many more!
The Steel City Con is the exclusive comic con of the Monroeville Convention Center. It is one of the largest comic cons in the United States with over 100,000 square feet of convention space and filled with 750 vendor tables, artist alley, and celebrity guests. At the Steel City Con you can meet TV and film celebrities along with experience celebrity Q&As, panels, celebrity photo ops, and the Artist Charity Quick Sketch. You can also take part in the Steel City Con’s cosplay, trivia contest and costume contests!
Single day tickets or 3 day pass available now: www.steelcitycon.com/buy-tickets
Show Info: www.steelcitycon.com
Actor Cary Elwes appears at the Straz Center on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 8:00 PM for a screening of The Princess Bride followed by a Q&A.
Fans of The Princess Bride join the heroic Westley (actor Cary Elwes) in a behind-the-scenes look at life on and off the set of the iconic film. After a screening of the movie, Elwes engages in a moderated discussion on classic scenes, revealing never before shared secrets and tales of inconceivable antics!
Don’t be a Humperdinck, make haste to see The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes for a night you will always tweasure.
Note: A limited number of VIP packages are available and include the best seats in the house, a Meet and Greet with Cary Elwes and a signed copy of his best-selling book, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride.
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
1010 N WC MacInnes Pl, Tampa, Florida 33602
Actor Cary Elwes appears at the Florida Theatre on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 8:00 PM.
In this highly-anticipated event, fans of The Princess Bride will join the heroic Westley (actor Cary Elwes) in a behind-the-scenes look at life on and off the set of the classic film. After a screening of the iconic film, Elwes will engage in a moderated discussion on classic scenes, revealing never before shared secrets and tales of inconceivable antics! Journey back to the lands of Florin and Guilder; filled with adventure, romance and intrigue (and let’s not forget Rodents of Unusual Size!).
Cary Elwes has been seen in a multitude of films, including Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Dracula, Lady Jane, The Crush, Twister, Liar, Liar and many more. Cary is hitting the road to give fans the once-in-a-lifetime chance to capture this piece of cinematic history.
Don’t be a Humperdinck, make haste to see The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes for a night you will always treasure.
The Florida Theatre
128 E Forsyth St, Jacksonville, FL 32202
February 16, 2017 by Joe Fauvel
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Holy jackpot! ADAM WEST & BURT WARD are coming to BOSTON COMIC CON August 11-13, 2017!
Their FINAL Boston appearance!
For more info check out their website HERE!
Neil Patrick Harris, Alfre Woodard, Patrick Warburton, and creator Daniel Handler appear at the 92nd Street Y on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 8:00 PM for an advance screening of the new Netflix show A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Based on the internationally bestselling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus and Sunny — whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death.
The eight-episode series is a Netflix original production, executive produced by Emmy Award winner Barry Sonnenfeld and Daniel Handler, and premieres January 13, 2017 only on Netflix.
There will be a special screening before the discussion.
92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10128
Join Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman (the co-hosts of the wildly-popular podcast, HOLLYWOOD BABBLE-ON) on New Year’s Eve for Babble-On Comic Con Theatre at 8:00 PM and a live recording of the podcast at 10:00 PM!
Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman take a twisted look at showbiz news and bite the Hollywood hand that feeds them. Sometimes, they feel bad and give Hollywood a tetanus shot and some Neosporin, but, even then, they usually just turn around and bite Hollywood’s other hand. They can’t help it. It’s their nature. It’s like that “scorpion and frog” story. But, deep down, they’re just two nice East Coast boys… who happen to have a heavy dependence on drugs and alcohol, respectively.
8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Carrie Fisher appears at the Grove’s Barnes & Noble to sign her latest book THE PRINCESS DIARIST on Monday November 28, 2016 at 7:00 PM!
When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved–plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. The Princess Diarist is Fisher’s intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all.
This is a wristbanded event. Wristbands will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Monday November 28th at 9am to customers who purchase “The Princess Diarist” from Barnes & Noble at The Grove.
• Limit 1 wristband per book
• No memorabilia please
Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Ste K 30, Los Angeles, California 90036
Cary Elwes, star of The Princess Bride, appears at the Strand Book Store on Wednesday, November 16th at 6:00 PM to sign the recent New York Times Best Seller As You Wish. Line begins forming at 5pm in front of the store on Broadway.
No posed photos, Cary will not sign anything aside from the paperback of As You Wish.
Buy a copy of As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of Princess Bride to attend this event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located at the main-floor buying desk at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.
Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
Carrie Fisher appears at the Strand to sign her latest book THE PRINCESS DIARIST on Tuesday, November 22nd at 7:00 PM!
A long time ago in a galaxy right here, Princess Leia first graced the silver screen. She has since grown into an icon, being turned into decorative figurines and Halloween costumes. Recently, the infamous Carrie Fisher found the journals she had kept during the filming of on the most legendary movies of all time: Star Wars.
Featuring excerpts from her handwritten journals from a pre-star teen and new views from a larger-than-life celebrity invites readers into the joys and absurdities of Hollywood stardom. Join us at the main floor’s Buying Desk for a book signing!
Buy a copy of The Princess Diarist or a $15 gift card to attend this event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.
Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805