CA – PaleyFest 2018: The Orville

Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes, Penny Johnson Jerald, Halston Sage, Peter Macon, J. Lee, Mark Jackson, Chad Coleman, David Goodman, Brannon Braga, and Jason Clark appear on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Dolby Theater as part of PALEYFEST 2018!

This is your chance to see some of your favorite stars IN PERSON and watch your favorite shows on the big screen along with other ultimate fans, followed by a moderated Q&A with members of the cast and creative team.

PaleyFest LA is the premier television festival. Join us at Hollywood’s world-famous Dolby Theatre March 16 to 25, 2018, as the hottest stars and creative talents in TV and entertainment gather to delight fans with exclusive behind-the-scenes scoops, hilarious anecdotes, and breaking news stories of their favorite shows that are the hallmark of PaleyFest.

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Dolby Theatre
6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028
(323) 308-6300

HeroesCon 2018 Announces Initial Guest List

Press Release:

HeroesCon 2018 will be held on June 15-17, 2018! We are still confirming guests and updating our website! New guests are added to the list semi-weekly! Get your tickets for the America’s Favorite COMIC Convention today!

2018 Guest List includes:

DAVE AIKINS | SpongeBob, Dora and Friends, Zombies!!!
MATTHEW ALLISON | Cankor Comics
ALEAH BAKER Sonic Universe, Mega Man
ANDY BELANGER Southern Cross, Vampirella, WWE
ANDY BENNETT | Vampire: the Masquerade, The Phantom, Kolchak the Night Stalker 
TAMRA BONVILLAIN | Doom Patrol, Wayward, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur
CHUCK BROWN Choosing Sides, BitterRoot, Femme Magnifique
ERIC CANETE | New Avengers: Luke Cage, Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man
BRYCE CARLSON | Editor at Boom Studios, Hit 1955,1957
RICHARD CASE | Spider-Man, Doom Patrol, Hunter: The Age of Magic, Annie Ammo
MICHAEL CHO | Batwoman, Shoplifter, DC/Marvel Cover Artist
RYAN CODY | Doc Unknown, Monstrous, The Phantom 
AARON CONLEY | Sabertooth Swordsman, Rocket Raccoon and Groot, GI JOE 
JAMIE COSLEY Cody the Cavalier, Star Wars Insider
CREATUREBOX | Ratchet & Clank, 9 lives (Spider Kitty), The MONSTER VOLUME
SHAWN CRYSTAL | Mother Panic, Arkham Manor, Scarlet Witch
MARC DEERING | Mother Panic, Arkham Manor, Scarlet Witch
VANESA DEL REY Redlands, Scarlet Witch, Hit 1955, 1957 
ERYK DONOVAN Memetic, Cognetic, Eugenic, Quantum Teens Are Go 
EVAN DORKIN Blackwood, The Eltingville Club, Beasts of Burden, Milk & Cheese, Dork!
SARAH DYER Calla Cthulhu, DC Nation, Beasts of Burden, Action Girl Comics, MAD
IAN FLYNN | Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cosmo
JOSÉ LUÍS GARCIA-LÓPEZ | Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Deadman, Twilight, Atari Force
SCOTT GODLEWSKI | Superman, Batwoman, Copperhead
GENE GONZALES | DC Comics Licensing Artist, Iron Man 2 Cards, Diary of Night
J GONZO La Mano Del Destino
SANFORD GREENE | Power Man & Iron Fist, Runaways, Rotten Apple, Deadpool
ADAM GUZOWSKI | Nailbiter, TMNT Color Classics, Great Divide
JOHN HAIRSTON JR. | 1962: The Age of Marvels
MARCUS HAMILTON | FRIDAY & SATURDAY ONLY Dennis the Menace
CULLY HAMNER | The Question, Red, Batman
BO HAMPTON | The Once And Future Tarzan, Batman, 3 Devils?
SCOTT HAMPTON | American Gods, Hellboy: Sleeping and the Dead, Batman, Sandman
DUSTIN HARBIN | BEHOLD! The Dinosaurs, DIARY COMICS, DHARBIN!
TONY HARRIS | Blood Blister, Starman, JSA, Ex Machina
ANDY HIRSCH | The Baker Street Peculiars, Varmints, Garfield
NEAL HOLMAN | Archer, Frisky Dingo, Science!, Redline, Sealab2021 
JASON HORN | Aw Yeah Comics, Ninjasaur, Gruff
TINI HOWARD | Assassinistas, Hack/Slash, Rick and Morty
BRIAN HURTT | The Damned, The Sixth Gun, Table Titans
KLAUS JANSON | Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Daredevil, Spider-Man
JUSTIN JORDAN Luther Strode, Spread, The Family Trade, Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern
MATT KINDT | Dept. H, Mind MGMT, X-O Manowar
HOPE LARSON | Batgirl, Goldie Vance, Compass South & Knife’s Edge, A Wrinkle in Time
JASON LATOUR | Southern Bastards, Spider-Gwen, Loose Ends, Black Cloud
MINDY LEE | Bounty 
MEGAN LEVENS Angel City, Spell on Wheels, Star Trek
BILL MCKAY Zombie Tramp, Dollface, Vampblade
BOB MCLEOD | New Mutants, Spider-Man, Kraven’s Last Hunt
KEVIN MELLON Archer, Suicide Sisters, Heart, Lovestruck
DAN MENDOZA Zombie Tramp, Dollface, Sad Girl Psycho Baby
JASON MOORE Spook House, Batman Haunted Gotham, The Crusades, Evil Ernie Destroyer
MARK MORALES Avengers, Spider-Man/Deadpool, Invincible
CARY NORD | Conan, X-O Manowar, Eternal Warrior, Mutant X, Daredevil
KEVIN NOWLAN | Dr Strange, Batman, Hellboy, Man-Thing
DAN PANOSIAN | Slots, John Tiffany, Batwing, All Star Western
BRITTANY PEER | TMNTU Karai’s Path, Misfit City, Jonesy
JOE PEKAR | Grimm Fairy Tales, Brandi Bare, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
RAMÓN PÉREZ | Hawkeye, Tale of Sand, Spider-Man
ED PISKOR | Hip Hop Family Tree, X-Men: Grand Designs, Wizzywig, American Splendor: Our Movie Year
JOE PRADO | Blackest Night, Brightest Day, Aquaman, Justice League, Superman
ROD REIS | Damnation, Secret Empire, C.O.W.L., Hadrian’s Wall
MATTHEW ROBERTS Manifest Destiny, Battle Pope: Mayhem
ANDREW ROBINSON | The Fifth Beatle, Dusty Star, Batman, Winter Soldier
ROBSON ROCHA | Green Lanterns, Justice League vs Suicide Squad, Supergirl
ROBBI RODRIGUEZ Spider-Gwen, Frankie Get Your Gun, FBP, Uncanny X-Force 
DON ROSA | The Life and Times of Uncle Scrooge, Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories
MATT SANTORELLI | DC Rebirth, Superwoman, New Super-Man
MATTEO SCALERA | Black Science, Dead Body Road, Ghosted, Hulk, Avengers
DECLAN SHALVEY | Injection, Moon Knight, Deadpool vs Old Man Logan
EVAN “DOC” SHANER | Superman, Future Quest, Flash Gordon, Shazam
HOYT SILVA | Adventures in Crime, Operation: Nemesis, Quatermain: Ghosts of the Nzadi 
KATIE SKELLY | My Pretty Vampire, Twisted Romance, Nurse Nurse, Operation Margarine
ANDY SMITH | Demi-God, Thanos, X-Men, Stormwatch, Wolverine, Superman, Batman
DOMO STANTON | Starbrand & Nightmask, Prez, Deadpool, Chozen
BRIAN STELFREEZE | Black Panther, Day Men, Wednesday Comics, Batman
SARAH STERN | Zodiac Starforce, Goldie Vance, Cindersong
MARCIO TAKARA | All-New Wolverine, Captain Marvel, Armor Wars, Batman
JOHN TIMMS | Harley Quinn
WILFREDO TORRES | Legion, Jupiter’s Circle, The Shadow: Year One, Lobster Johnson, Aliens
LEE WEEKS Batman, Superman, Daredevil, Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man
JOEY WEISER | Mermin, Spongebob Squarepants
KELLY WILLIAMS | Metaphase, Creepy, This Nightmare Kills Fascists
ROBERT WILSON IV Heartthrob, Bitch Planet, Laser Joan, Knuckleheads
TRACY YARDLEY Sonic the Hedgehog, Cosmo, The Adventures of Galaxy Man and Cosmic Girl

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HEROES CONVENTION was founded in 1982 by Shelton Drum, owner of Charlotte’s Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find comics shop. Since then the convention has become famous for its comics-first and family-friendly atmosphere, where fans can mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. Boasting an incredible guest list built mainly on reputation and goodwill, HeroesCon is known nationwide as a “must” on the summer schedule, drawing fans, exhibitors, and creators from all over the world to the Charlotte Convention Center.

WonderCon Anaheim 2018 is Right Around the Corner

Press Release:WonderCon Anaheim logo

Have you heard what we have right around the corner? It’s WonderCon Anaheim time! Yes, we’re the people who bring you Comic-Con in San Diego, and now we’re focused on our big show up the freeway. WonderCon Anaheim will be Friday through Sunday, March 23rd to March 25th at the newly remodeled Anaheim Convention Center.

Our expansive exhibit floor features over 900 exhibitors and our Special Guests include: Sergio Aragonés, Ryan Benjamin, Nidhi Chanani, Michael Dante DiMartino, Mark Evanier, Jason Fabok, Mitch Gerads, Kevin Grevioux, Larry Hama, Kevin Hearne, Faith Erin Hicks, Jody Houser, John Jennings, Kelley Jones, Dan Jurgens, Jim Lee, David Petersen, Ed Piskor, Matthew Rosenberg, Patrick Rothfuss, V.E. Schwab, Liam Sharp, Gail Simone, Mariko Tamaki, Laini Taylor, and Mark Waid.

If you’re a time lord calm one of your hearts, we also have hundreds of hours of programming featuring special presentations from AMC, DC, Freeform, Marvel Television, NBC TV, Sony TV, SYFY, WB Home Entertainment and WB TV which makes WonderCon Anaheim THE show you don’t want to miss!

Like Comic-Con, badges are only available online and do sell out (don’t worry, we haven’t made it a lottery system yet). Be sure to purchase your badges now while all badge types are still available.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE  BADGES

 

Arizona Comic Mini Expo 2018 Charity Drink & Draw

January 31, 2018 by  
Filed under Arizona, Comic Books, Convention News

 

Comic Creators Mike Norton, Tim Seeley, Mitch Gerads, Scott Godlewski, Ryan Cody, Ryan Quackenbush, J. Gonzo, and more appear at the Bonus Round in Phoenix, AZ on Friday, May 5th for the 2018 Arizona Comic Mini Expo’s Drink and Draw launch party from 7:00 – 10:00 PM. Professional artists will be doing sketches for fans and collecting money for the Hero Initiative and the Arizona ACLU.

Bonus Round
24 W Camelback Rd, Ste DE, Phoenix, AZ 85013
(602) 374-6936

DragonCon 2017 Report!

Each year, I start checking the guest list on the DragonCon web site in December. Call it my Christmas tradition. I check it once a month until, say, May, then once a week until summer’s midpoint. After that, I’m checking it pretty much daily until that pre-Labor Day Thursday, when the convention opens.

The web site has a full guest list and a featured list. The featured list is where the major authors  and actors appear. It is the only list I check because, unless you are self-published or have ten or fewer Twitter followers, that is the list you are usually on.

Except this year. This year, Wallace Shawn was too obscure to make the featured list, which is . . . wait for it . . . inconceivable. And Jerry Pournelle. Jerry wrote or edited 43 books. He won the Heinlein Society Award, the Prometheus Award, and the John W. Campbell Award. He was the president of SWFA and one of sci-fi’s leading lights. How was Jerry effing Pournelle left off the featured list?

(Don’t tell me they were added too late to make both lists. Arthur Darvill was on both despite being added the day before the con opened).

I had never met Jerry Pournelle at any convention, despite being a bibliophile and science fiction fan. Thus, there was a hole in my collection where his autograph belonged. Fortunately, I saw him on the web site before leaving home, so I grabbed my first edition of New Voices in Science Fiction: Stories by Campbell Award Nominees (1977). The book contains Jerry’s story “Silent Leges,” a masterpiece of military sci-fi. My copy was signed by George R.R. Martin. I wanted Jerry to sign it, too.

He was scheduled to be on a panel Friday afternoon. I got there early. Snagged a front row seat. The other panelists were milling, talking to fans, signing a book here or there. Then I heard someone say, “There’s Jerry.” Turning around, I expected to see the tuxedoed impresario on his Wikipedia page. Shuffling toward me instead was a gaunt man of many years being helped toward the stage. He used a walker. Settling into his chair, he sighed, the weight of a world (not this one, surely; one of his creation) on his shoulders.

I hate being the first to ask for an autograph, and as the panel was starting in ten minutes, I needed someone else to step up. And someone did. I was at the table next, passing Jerry my book and asking if I could have “a quick signature.” He turned the book in his hands like a rare gem.

“Am I in this?” he asked weakly.

“Yes sir,” I said, opening to the title page and handing him my pen.

“Am I a co-editor of this?” I was about to demur, but he answered himself: “No, that was George.” The pen I had given him was a felt tip Expresso, the only pen I can use without smearing the ink. He tried to sign his looping J and poked a hole in the page. I winced. He got it right the second time, though the signature was eroded-looking, like Sumerian clay tablets.

There. Target acquired. I needed to get my book back lest it suffer more damage, like a cracked spine. (Burt Ward did this at DragonCon 2012, opening my book so wide I heard the binding let go like a gunshot.) Inexplicably, I turned to the table of contents. “See? There’s your story,” I said. He smiled. “Oh yes,” he said. “That story.” Then he signed again, forgetting, I suppose, that he had already obliged me.

I don’t mean to ridicule. In fact, I admire Jerry for coming out to DragonCon. He was clearly unwell. Things got worse the following week, and he passed away on September 8. According to the New York Times, he “contracted a cold and flu on the trip.” I was getting over some sickness the day I met him. Did he contract my cold? Did I kill Jerry Pournelle?

I hope not. The memory of a once-vibrant writer hobbling down an aisle is haunting enough. It is hard seeing your heroes reduced by time. When I saw Adam West in 2013, he walked with a cane. William Shatner has put on a few cheb’a’. For some people, going to conventions is like going to a class reunion: they want to see who is still a geek or jock, who succeeded and who flopped, and who got old. I go to pay my respects. Knowing I was among the last people to see Jerry Pournelle alive is a sobering thought, one that has made me realize my responsibility as a fan: to treat celebrities with dignity. They show up for our entertainment; we show up for their actualization. Puts things in perspective, don’t you think?

Attendance at this year’s DragonCon was a record-setting 80,000-plus, which most people attributed to two factors: (1) Stan Lee, who had not been to DragonCon since 2012; and (2) a Doctor Who contingent of Billie Piper, Karen Gillan (who cancelled last year), Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston–and Matt Smith. I heard that Matt was the first post-2005 Doctor to attend DragonCon, and he was terrific, humble and funny, though he wouldn’t shake my hand, offering the fist bump instead. Karen limited herself to the fist bump too. Alex and Billie shook hands and hugged people. Different strokes, I guess.

All the Brits were in one room, sitting at a row of tables. It would have made sense to have a single line, and if you had autograph tickets for, say, only two of the five, you would simply skip the ones you didn’t have tickets for. Instead, once you got, say, Matt’s autograph, you were directed into a separate line for someone else, and if you wanted a third autograph, you had to trudge to a third line, and so on. Bit of a nutter way to do things, if you ask me. Also daft was the fact that Billie Piper was there only one day, but when I bought autograph tickets on Friday, I was told she was there all weekend. I didn’t learn she was Sunday only until I showed up on Saturday. DragonCon is staffed by volunteers, and it is bedlam from start to finish, but I don’t think I’m out of bounds to ask the autograph ticket sellers to know when the autographers will be available.

Lines are a fact of convention life, and with more attendees than all but four NFL stadiums hold, I expected some lines to be interminable. What I didn’t expect, though maybe I should have, was a line to get into a building. Vendors and artists occupy three floors of Americas Mart 2, and last year, the fire marshall shut down the building one day because it was at capacity. To prevent that this year, DragonCon staffers were funneling people into a line outside, letting them in a few at a time. It was a workable but maddening solution. One vendor told me that, next year, the artists will be moved to the fourth floor of Americas Mart, which is an excellent idea. Spreading out attendees over more of the building should curb the overcrowding problem.

After being unable to interview guests last year, I was scheduled for two this year: Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes. Remembering that only one of my two interviews in 2015 took place, I was cautiously optimistic. Turns out the caution was warranted, as was naked fury, because both Marina and Jonathan cancelled. Another reporter told me she had an interview with Gates McFadden, who simply didn’t show up.

To all DragonCon celebs: I know conventions aren’t your vacations. You are working while you’re there. I am working too, and I can’t do my work if you blow off a media session. Remember when you were young actors, struggling to make your way? People helped you, right? So pay that forward–help us. We’re not Nightline anchors. We need the exposure your interviews give us. I can’t speak for all reporters, but I make my interviews short and anodyne, possibly enjoyable. So if you agree to an interview, please keep it. That’s all we–I–ask.

This year was my seventh DragonCon, and despite my cavils, I love it. The show gets better every year. If you have the chance to attend, do it. Don’t say you’ll think about it. Don’t say you want to read more of my reviews first. Just go. But keep reading my reviews. And take a look at the pictures below. Talk to you soon.

Me with my colleague, Michaela McPherson. Check out her interview with Jai Nitz, creator of Suicide Squad’s El Diablo, on Convention Scene.

 

Cool board, bro.

 

Where’s Harley Quinn when you need her?

 

Never seen Marry Poppins and Bert cosplayers before. Excellent!

 

Excuse me, sir. Why is your suitcase wiggling?

 

Believe it or not, this is the first year I’ve seen a dragon at DragonCon.

 

When Michaela wanted to enter the armory, I told her she was axing for trouble.

 

When the rum is gone, you can buy more in the hotel bars . . . or from this guy.

 

Me Grimlock say, “Rawr.”

 

This guy is most definitely not a member of Hair Club for Men.

 

Before and after

 

DragonCon hoststhe Robert A. Heinlein “Pay It Forward” blood drive, which reached a milestone this year: 25,000 donors since 2002.

NYC – Kung Fu Night w/ Signings

Larry Hama (GI Joe), Greg Pak (Totally Awesome Hulk), Caitlin Yarsky (Coyotes), and Jerry Ma (Legend) sign at Anyone Comics on Saturday, December 9th at 5:00 PM. The shop will also be screening kung fu classics Iron Monkey and Fearless.

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Anyone Comics
1216 Union Street, Brooklyn, New York 11225
(347) 350-8422

SF – Animaniacs 25th Anniversary Celebration

It’s time for Animaniacs! The beloved show turns 25, and SF Sketchfest is proud to celebrate it with an evening of stories, songs and general tomfoolery with three of the massive talents behind the show: Rob Paulsen (Yakko, Pinky, Dr. Scratchansniff), Maurice LaMarche (The Brain), and Randy Rogel, the man responsible for the amazing wordplay and music in the show, appear at the Brava Theater Center on Friday January 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

Tickets available now…

Maurice LaMarche:
Maurice LaMarche is an Emmy Award winning Canadian voice actor and former stand up comedian. He is best known for his voicework in Futurama as Kif Kroker, as Egon Spengler in The Real Ghostbusters, Verminous Skumm and Duke Nukem in Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Big Bob Pataki in Hey Arnold!, Dizzy Devil in Tiny Toons, The Brain in Animaniacs and Pinky and The Brain, and his portrayal of Mr. Freeze in Batman: Arkham City. His extensive resumes also includes voice work on The Critic, GI Joe, Freakazoid!, The Tick, Taz-Mania, Talespin, The Littler Mermaid, King of the Hill, Sonic Underground, Disney’s House of Mouse, Mickey Mouse Works, and Inspector Gadget. He also dubbed the voice of Orson Welles over Vincent D’Onofrio’s on-camera performance in Ed Wood. Follow him on twitter: @mauricelamarche.

Rob Paulsen
One of the most acclaimed and in-demand voice actors out there, with over 2,000 animated half-hours to his credit and 1000 commercial spots, Rob Paulsen is familiar to many as the voice of Pinky from Pinky and the Brain (for which he won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program, and back to back Annie awards in 1997 and 1998); Yakko and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff from Animaniacs; Arthur from The Tick; Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Jack Fenton in Danny Phantom; Carl Wheezer in Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius; the title role in Mighty Max; Bobble in the Tinkerbell series; and the title role in The Mask. On camera, he’s appeared in the films Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match and Warlocked. TV work includes MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Rob’s new weekly podcast, Talkin’ Toons with Rob Paulsen, is available on iTunes. Check out his website at www.robpaulsenlive.com

Randy Rogel
Randy has won three Emmy Awards (nominated for ten), a Peabody Award, two Annie Awards, three Leo Awards, and the Ovation Award. He recently co-wrote the hit song “Poisonous Love” for Kristen Chenoweth with John Powell for the major motion picture “Rio 2.” He was show-runner for the animated series “1001 Nights” and won Leo awards for Writing and Best Animated Series. At Disney, Randy wrote songs and scripts for the animated movies “Peter Pan — Return to Neverland,” “Cinderella II,” “Cinderella III,” “Winnie The Pooh,” “Around the World in Eighty Days,” “The Three Musketeers,” and “101 Dalmations II.” Randy spent nine years on staff at Warner Bros. Animation where he began as an original writer on the “Batman” series and then joined the staff of Steven Spielberg’s “Animaniacs,” for which wrote most of the songs and many of the scripts. Randy is a West Point graduate with ten years service as an officer in the combat arms. He has a B.S. in Engineering from the academy and a Masters Degree in International Relations from Boston University.

Presented by the Cartoon Art Museum and SF Sketchfest! It’s the city’s greatest comedy festival, with a variety of sketch and improv, film and television tributes and reunions, solo performers, podcasts and stand-up comedy performers. See the greatest names live and in person!

Brava Theater Center
2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

NC – Transformers Celebration Signing

Meet Transformers artist and inker Brian Shearer at Acme Comics for a signing on Saturday November 4th!

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Acme Comics
2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408
336-574-2263

HasCon Is More Than Meets the Eye

This year Hasbro debuted the inaugural HasCon, a “FANmily” event in which the popular toy and gaming company invited fans to get an in-depth look at their latest products, purchase exclusive collectibles, rub elbows with celebrities, and indulge in their passion for the many brands represented.

The initial impression that HasCon was very different from most public conventions in that most of the main exhibition hall was not devoted to vendors and retailers, aside from the Hasbro booths selling convention exclusives. Instead, there were large pavilions dedicated to the variety of Hasbro brands such as Transformers, My Little Pony, GI Joe, Nerf, and Magic: The Gathering as well license partners like Star Wars and Marvel. Each area was filled with latest toys and games which staff members encouraged attendees to play with. Additionally, they showcased movie props, original design and packaging artwork, and interactive displays.

Located at the Rhode Island Convention Center, directly across the street from Hasbro’s global headquarters, many (if not all) of the staff on hand were employees of the company who were friendly, engaging, and enthusiastic to talk about their work with attendees and show off their latest projects. “We know that we have such a vested audience and so many brands so why don’t we open up our doors and let in everybody in who would love a peek behind the curtain,” said Tyla Bucher (Vice President of Global Brand Strategy & Marketing, My Little Pony), “It’s not so much driving the brand forward as much as it is about creating another point of connection with consumers and fans.”

John Warden (Design Manager, Transformers) echoed this sentiment, “Any chance to actually meet the not just the designers the marketing team like we normally would get at a San Diego Comic Con but also the engineering team, the packaging team, copywriters… We’re all part of the big Hasbro family and really fans have an opportunity to see everything that makes the brand work.”

Another marked difference is that HasCon was incredibly family-friendly with games and activities geared toward children as well as adult fans. There were stylists on hand to give attendees My Little Pony and Troll-themed makeovers, a Nerf shooting gallery to demo their entire collection, several cosplayers in costume to interact with fans and pose for photos, and, naturally, the latest toys. While it may seem obvious to the layperson, the fact of the matter is that most large conventions are geared toward adult fans with kid-oriented events and exhibits being an afterthought, if they are included at all.

“Obviously the big idea around HasCon,” said Ben Montano (Director of Brand Marketing, Transformers), “is to bring all families together, not just the super fan or a collector but also fans who want to bring their kids into a property or they’re already sharing a love of. For Hasbro to be able to do that, not just for fans of Transformers but My Little Pony, Magic the Gathering, that’s absolutely insane and mind blowing and we’ve seen in the last day and a half now fans and families coming in and their kids split off one way and they go another and everyone has something to appreciate and enjoy.”

Shane Wilhelmsen, a local fan and veteran of many comic conventions across the United States, attended HasCon on Friday accompanied by his two-year old daughter. “Honestly, when I bought our passes a few months ago I didn’t have a very clear idea what to expect or how well she would handle the whole experience,” said Wilhelmsen via email, “I had a general sense of what brands were going to be there based on the information on their website, but wasn’t sure what was going to have its own booth, or what sort of experiences were going to be there beyond panels (which I knew she wasn’t going to want to sit through).” However, his fears were soon alleviated as his daughter enjoyed playing with Mr. Potato Head toys, participating in a singalong with Sesame Street’s Elmo and Abby Cadabby, and meeting the Trolls cosplayers at their booth which Wilhelmsen cited as her favorite part of the convention. “She had an amazing time! She was well-behaved and totally engaged from the time we got there to pick up our badges in the morning until we had to leave at 5:00 PM.”

Overall, the first HasCon was a rousing success. There were certainly some organizational hiccups but those occur at any show, and certainly for an initial launch it’s to be expected. But the level of fan-engagement and excitement was clearly evident from top to bottom and fans are sure to want to come back next year to see what new excitement Hasbro has in store.

IDW Heads To Rhode Island For HasCon 2017

Press Release:

IDW is joining longtime partner HASBRO for their debut convention in Providence, Rhode Island – HASCON! Featuring unique brand-based experiences, celebrity appearances, and premiere paneling, HASCON is set to be a fun-filled convention for the whole family. Taking over both the Rhode Island Convention Center and the Dunkin’ Donuts Center from September 8th – September 10th, fans will be treated to a convention unlike any other!

Find the IDW booth stocked with comics, graphic novels, enamel pins, lithographs, and more, all weekend long at booth L104! Those that weren’t able to secure one of the highly-sought after Tom Whalen prints at SDCC will have another chance at HASCON, as ROMG.I. JoeOptimus Prime, and Megatron will all be available as a gift with purchase at the IDW booth. Be sure to get yours while supplies last.

IDW will also be offering several HASCON exclusives, at $10 each, that can ONLY be found at the IDW booth, including:

  • First Strike #1, A Hasbro Comic Book Event, with a new cover by Sara Pitre-Durocher
  • G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #1 reprint, with a B&W cover by Neal Adams
  • My Little Pony: The Movie Prequel TP with a special cover by Tony Fleecs

IDW will also be bringing remaining 2017 convention variants for ClueJem and the HologramsMy Little PonyROM, and Transformers vs. G.I. Joe, to HASCON for their original price.

Talent from across the IDW line will be on hand to sign throughout the weekend including Marcelo Matere (Transformers), Brenda Hickey (My Little Pony), Aubrey Sitterson (G.I. Joe), Chris Ryall (ROM), Chris Mowry (Transformers), and more!

IDW Transformers Panel
Friday, September 8th | 12:30p.m. | HASCON Main Stage
Have you ever wanted to know how a comic book comes to life? Hear from the artists and writers that create the Transformers comics. Learn how story ideas are developed and brought to life by the amazing team of writers and artists at IDW.

From Unicron to Megatron – Explore the Villains of Transformers
Friday, September 8th | 2:30p.m. | HASCON Main Stage
It feels good to be bad. Dive into the history of some of the most evil bots in the Transformers universe. Hosted by the Transformers brand team.

G.I. Joe Legends Dinner
Friday, September 8th | 6:30p.m. | Providence Renaissance Hotel
Join co-emcees and G.I. Joe authors Derryl DePriest and Dan Klingensmith for an intimate and entertaining evening event featuring one of the greatest gatherings of G.I. Joe Legends ever assembled! As we celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the launch of the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero line, enjoy a sit-down dinner, meet and mingle with Legends and listen to them discuss their experiences on G.I. Joe. All attendees will receive an event-exclusive G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Lithograph Set featuring paintings from the 1980s line.

Tickets available here: www.eiseverywhere.com/ereg/index.php?eventid=236825

My Little Pony Mane Event Dinner
Friday, September 8th | 6:30p.m. | Omni Hotel
Enter the world of Equestria for an unforgettable evening of entertainment! Join us for special guest appearances, a sit-down dinner and a first look at select 2018 My Little Pony toys. Head Storyteller, Meghan McCarthy will introduce a sneak preview of scenes from the upcoming My Little Pony: The Movie! Plus, enter a raffle for a chance to win My Little Pony merchandise. Each VIP attendee will receive a Super Fan My Little Pony gift bag including pre-signed autographs from multiple members of the Mane 6, Special Comic reprints for HASCON, a VIP event exclusive pin set and more.

Tickets available here: www.eiseverywhere.com/ereg/index.php?eventid=236825

IDW Revolution Panel
Saturday, September 9th | 11:00 a.m. | Discovery Family Stage
IDW and Hasbro have been making great comics together for over a decade now! How’d it all get started? Where’s it going next? IDW CCO Chris Ryall and guests to be named will share stories of comics past and Visions of comics future!

IDW Transformers Panel
Saturday, September 9th | 1:00p.m. | HASCON Main Stage
Have you ever wanted to know how a comic book comes to life? Hear from the artists and writers that create the Transformers comics. Learn how story ideas are developed and brought to life by the amazing team of writers and artists at IDW.

IDW MLP Panel: Comics are Magic
Sunday, September 10th | 12:00p.m. | Discovery Family Stage
IDW has been publishing My Little Pony comics since 2012, and recently passed the major milestone of Issue #50. Come meet some of the creative team behind these beloved comics, and learn first-hand what goes into creating original stories about your favorite Pony friends. Bobby CurnowMy Little Pony series editor at IDW, and lead artist Andy Price, have been working on the comics since the very first issue. And Brenda Hickey, who is currently drawing the new My Little Pony: Legends of Magic series, joined the team not long after in 2013. Join us for behind the scenes stories of how My Little Pony comics come to life!

Tickets and information for the convention are available at: hascon.hasbro.com

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