Baltimore Comic-Con 2018 Welcome Iconic Creators of Creative Icons

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Come to the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor this September 28-30 for the 2018 Baltimore Comic-Con! Purchase your tickets now and avoid lines at the ticket counter. The Baltimore Comic-Con will feature some of the industry’s most impactful talent, including Batman’s Harvey Bullock creator Howard Chaykin, Blue Devil creator Paris Cullins, Preacher creator Garth Ennis, Black Lightning creator Tony Isabella, New Mutants creator Bob McLeod, Power Pack creator Louise Simonson, Beta Ray Bill creator Walter Simonson, Thanos creator Jim Starlin, Big Hero 6 creator Gus Vazquez, and John Constantine creator Rick Veitch, just to name a few.

Howard Victor Chaykin is a longtime veteran of the comic book business. As a cartoonist — both writing and drawing — he has been a major influence on the direction of comics, referred to frequently as one of the principle architects of the modern comic book. His signature creation, American Flagg!, introduced a new level of narrative complexity, depth of character, and point of view in its text, not to mention a previously unseen level of design and craft to the visual nature of an all-too-frequently staid and timid medium. Chaykin continues to produce work that pushes the envelope of concept, context, and content in comics. Last year’s The Divided States of Hysteria, thanks to social media, enraged an entirely new generation of the willfully ignorant who might have had a better case if they’d actually read the damned book. Chaykin’s new series, Hey Kids! Comics!, is a fictionalized history of the comic book business, a love letter written with just a frisson of acid in the ink, to the field he’s loved and called home for over four decades.

Paris Cullins landed in DC Comics’ intern program after repeatedly bringing in samples of his work in the 1970s. His first work was featured in Secrets of Haunted House #42, and he went onto work on other DC horror titles like Ghosts, The Unexpected, and Weird War Tales. Cullins transitioned to super-hero titles, doing back-up or assistant work on Green Lantern, Justice League of America, The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl, and The Fury of Firestorm before taking on his first work on a title for his co-creation, Blue Devil. While he spent much of his career working at DC on titles such as Batman, The Forever People, and The New Gods, Cullins has drawn Richie Rich and Hot Stuff at Harvey Comics, Hyperkind for Marvel’s Razorline imprint, and Shi for Crusade Comics. In addition to his work in comics, Cullins has spent time at advertisement agencies doing storyboards for TV commercials, and has provided full-color storyboards and designs for video games.

Garth Ennis broke into the American Comic scene in 1991, taking over the writing reins on Hellblazer. After a successful four-year run, Ennis moved on to create Preacher, a 66-issue epic that ran from 1995 -2000, which has now been adopted to a hit television series on AMC. In addition to these two ground-breaking series, he also had lengthy runs on DC’s The Demon and Hitman. More recently, Ennis wrapped up The Boys, a 72-issue story which began at DC’s Wildstorm imprint before moving to Dynamite Entertainment with issue #7. He has had numerous stints on Marvel’s The Punisher for Marvel Knights and MAX, as well as Fury for Marvel MAX. His recent work includes Dastardly and Muttley for DC Comics and Jimmy’s Bastards for AfterShock Comics.

Tony Isabella is creator/writer of Black Lightning, co-creator of Misty Knight and Tigra, and writer of Captain America, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Spider-Man, Star Trek, and many more. He was an editor and writer at Marvel Comics. At DC, he created Black Lightning, the company’s first prominent African-American super-hero. He co-wrote the prose novels Captain America: Liberty’s Torch and Star Trek: The Case of the Colonist’s Corpse. He’s the author of 1000 Comic Books You Must Read and the odd-but-wondrous July 1963: A Pivotal Month in the Comic-Book Life of Tony Isabella. He’s received an Inkpot Award from Comic-Con International in San Diego and a Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award from ECBACC. Cleveland Magazine named him one of that city’s most interesting people of 2018. His most recent comics work is the six-issue Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands, marking his return to his creation. He writes the daily “Tony Isabella’s Bloggy Thing” and the weekly “Tony’s Tips” review column. He lectures on comics history, comics writing, and diversity in comics.

Beginning his career in Marvel Comics’ production department, Bob McLeod got his early credits penciling and inking for Crazy magazine. He was a member of The Crusty Bunkers inkers while working at Adams’ Continuity Studios, became a top inker on titles like Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk, Conan the Barbarian, and Star Wars, and DC Comics’ Detective Comics, Legion of Super-Heroes, Wonder Woman, and The New Titans. He also drew the graphic novel and the first three issues of Marvel’s New Mutants, as well as inking a number of subsequent issues, and helped launch DC’s Superman: The Man of Steel. He also wrote and illustrated Superhero ABC from HarperCollins, and edited Rough Stuff magazine for TwoMorrows Publishing. McLeod currently teaches part-time at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design.

Louise Simonson has, like her husband Walter, contributed significantly to the comic book industry. “Weezie”, as she is known, began her comics career as an editor at Warren Publishing before leaving for Marvel to edit titles including X-Men, New Mutants, and Star Wars. Departing the editorial role in favor of writing, Weezie has contributed to storylines in Marvel’s Marvel Team-Up, Web of Spider-Man, and Red Sonja, and was responsible for the introduction of Apocalypse in X-Factor as well as the launch of Power Pack. At DC Comics, she worked on Superman: The Man of Steel and The Adventures of Superman.

Walter Simonson has made vast contributions to comics publishing, as a writer, an artist, and even in founding publishing imprints. He was recognized in 2012 at the Harvey Awards in Special Award for Excellence in Production/Presentation and Best Domestic Reprint Project for Walt Simonson’s The Mighty Thor, Artist’s Edition from IDW, and in 2013 for Alien: The Illustrated Story from Titan Books for Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work. He also received the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 at the Harvey Awards. Walt’s career began in the 1970s at DC Comics, where he worked on titles such as Weird War Tales, Manhunter, Metal Men, Orion, Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, Vigilante, and Hercules Unbound. Over at Marvel Comics, Simonson has had numerous noteworthy runs, including The Rampaging Hulk magazine, X-Factor, Fantastic Four, and Thor, on which he was responsible for the introduction of Beta Ray Bill and Thor as a frog.

The multi-talented Jim Starlin has worked on both writing and creating art for some of the most noteworthy creations since his entry into the field of comics in the 1970s. The mind behind the Marvel character Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu, he is also responsible for a number of noteworthy cosmic characters in the Marvel Universe, including Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, and the villainous Thanos, all of whom are featured in this year’s major motion picture, Avengers: Infinity War.He developed noteworthy runs on Marvel’s Captain Marvel, Warlock, and Silver Surfer, Marvel mini-series Infinity Gauntlet, Infinity War, and Infinity Crusade, and DC Comics’ Batman, The Weird, and Cosmic Odyssey. His Death of Captain Marvel was the first Marvel graphic novel to be published. More recently, he has provided writing and art for DC’s Stormwatch and writing on Green Lantern: Mongul #23.2, and he returned to his classic villain in April 2014 with Marvel’s Thanos: The Infinity Revelation and 2018’s Thanos: The Infinity Siblings.

Gus Vazquez is an illustrator who has worked in nearly every field, including comic books, trading cards, storyboarding for music videos, commercials, animation and film, logo design, character and toy design, and more. He started his career in comic books working as an assistant to comic book artists Adam Pollina on X-Force, and Kevin McGuire on Trinity Angels. He got his first solo gig at Marvel Comics drawing the covers and interiors for Sunfire and Big Hero 6, the series that introduced the characters featured in Disney’s Oscar winning Big Hero 6. He has worked on such Marvel titles as Deadpool, X-Force, Spider-Man, What If? Civil War, What If? Back in Black, The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, and more. For DC, he has worked on such titles as Green Lantern, JLA, Blue Beetle, and most recently on The Flash, Suicide Squad, and Green Arrow. Gus was the artist on several issues of Claudio Sanchez’s (of rock music group Coheed and Cambria) The Amory Wars, and was instrumental in helping bring together the creative team of his friends, David Atchison (writer) and Tony Shasteen (illustrator), and his niece, film and TV actress Rosario Dawson on 12 Gauge’s The O.C.T. Currently, Gus has been working for DC Comics on The Sasquatch Detective, a backup story which can be found in the pages of Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, as well as DMC (Daryl Makes Comics) and on La Borinqueña. He is also working on his creator-owned book, Fang.

A member of The Kubert School’s first graduating class, Rick Veitch made a name early in his career as a fantasy artist and writer for Marvel’s Epic line of titles, where he worked on Epic Illustrated, Heartburst, and The One. He went on to work on the critically acclaimed Swamp Thing from DC Comics, as well as Miracleman from Eclipse Comics, for which he both wrote and provided art. Veitch then moved into the indie comics scene, working initially on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Mirage Studios and then launching his own King Hell publishing house, with titles like Bratpack and The Maximortal. Returning to larger publishers, Veitch has worked on Image’s 1963 and Supreme, and DC’s Tomorrow Stories, America’s Best Comics, The Question, and Aquaman. More recently, he wrote the Vertigo title Army@Love and The Big Lie from Image. You can find his Miracleman work reprinted these days from Marvel Comics and Rick Veitch’s The One from IDW Publishing.

“We were looking through our guest list and came to the realization that a tremendous amount of significant comics characters were created by guests in the room this year,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Without the contributions of these guests, the comics tapestry would be far less ornate in each publisher’s respective universe. We know our fans are going to be excited to pull out issues of their favorite or first appearances of these characters to get signed by these great guests!”

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 19th year of bringing the comic book industry to the mid-Atlantic area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

CA – Ventura Strong Signing

Bernard Chang, Howard Chaykin, Marc Andreyko, Dylan Campbell, Darrell May, and more appear at Hypno Comics & Games on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from noon till 5:00 PM for the shop’s benefit event! Free comics and swag from DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Boom Studios, and Dark Horse Comics. Live auction and more!

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Hypno Comics & Games
1803 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 651-9767

CA – Justice League Cast Q&A + Signing

Voice actors Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman), Phil Lamarr (Green Lantern), Maria Canals-Barrera (Hawkgirl) and Voice Director Andrea Romano appear at the Perky Nerd on Saturday, November 18th from 2:00 – 5:00 PM for a Q&A and signing!

It will be $5 cash at the door which includes a comic, panel, and meet and greet. Plus, thanks to our wonderful friends at the WB, we will be giving away mini posters. Any purchase over $25 will earn a full size movie poster and JL shield pin while supplies last and earns you a ticket into the raffle to win a Justice League Funko POP and two free tickets to see the Justice League in theatres. You can also check out our Just Us League Fan Art Show in the art gallery featuring local artists. It’s going to be a superhero kind of Saturday.

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The Perky Nerd
1606 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, California 91506
(818) 823-7511

CA – Newsboy Legion & Boy Commandos Special #1 Signing

Comics legend Howard Chaykin will be signing at Arsenal Comics and Games from 3:00 to 6:00 PM on Wednesday August 9th! Howard Chaykin is a comic book creator who has been active in the industry since the 70s and known for creating countless of critically acclaimed comics. As well as multiple creator owned projects, Howard Chaykin is also famous for being the first artist to draw Marvel’s Star Wars comic in 1977.

Howard Chaykin will be signing copies of the Jack Kirby 100th Special of Newsboy Legion and Boy Commandos that he wrote and drew as well as the newest issue of his series Divided States of Hysteria. Both comics come out on the day of the signing! You are welcome to bring any comic to be signed by Howard Chaykin, we just require that you please purchase one of his comics that come out that day!

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Arsenal Comics & Games
2333 Michael Drive Newbury Park CA 91320
805-499-6197

CA – The Divided States of Hysteria Signing

Legendary Comic Creator Howard Chaykin appears at Hypno Comics on Wednesday June 7th from noon till 3:00 PM to sign copies of his newest project from Image ComicsThe Divided States of Hysteria.  Also known for his Marvel Star Wars Run, American Flagg, Black Kiss, Satellite Sam, Barnum!, Blackhawks, Hawkgirl, Avengers, X-Men, and more.

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Hypno Comics & Games
1803 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 651-9767

CA – Star Wars Artist Edition Signing

Howard Chaykin appears at the San Diego Comic Art Gallery on Friday, April 7th.

With a career that spans over 40 years, Chaykin has worked on some of the most beloved characters in comics, such as “Batman” and “The Avengers”, and has created some of the most well respected original material, like “American Flagg” and “Black Kiss”. However, nothing in pop culture will ever be as big as “Star Wars” and Chaykin was the first artist to work on the comics. We couldn’t be more excited to have him back here at the Gallery.

Howard will be signing from 6-8. We’ll have plenty of IDW Publishing’s “Star Wars” Artifact Editions on hand for sale as well as “Star Wars” Micro Fun-Packs for you to get signed. Outside items are allowed but please keep them limited to five.

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San Diego Comic Art Gallery – Barracks 3 First Floor
2765 Truxtun Road, San Diego, CA 92106
(858) 270-1315

Baltimore Comic-Con 2017 Tickets Now On-Sale

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Baltimore Comic-Con is pleased to present our fans with an early holiday gift — tickets will be on sale from Black Friday to Christmas at a discount rate for next year’s show, taking place the weekend of September 22-24, 2017 at the Baltimore Convention Center in downtown Baltimore.

Tickets that are now on sale include:
  • Weekend
  • Friday only
  • Saturday only
  • Sunday only
  • VIP*

As always, children 10 and under are free for general admission with a paid adult general admission!

* VIP packages are a separate purchase from General Admission tickets (which will be required to participate in any VIP offerings). VIP ticket holders receive exclusive early admission to all three days of the show, as well as a gift package that includes a show t-shirt, the 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con yearbook, and more!

“Every year, we get asked if we can provide tickets early enough for holiday gifts or Valentine’s Day gifts or birthday gifts, but we have been unable to make that happen… until now!” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “We’re thrilled to announce that, through the holiday weekend, tickets are available for our 2017 event at a discounted rate and, if you’ve peeked at our website, you know our our guest list is already growing with some great new and returning guests, CGC is with us again to do on-site grading, and we began selling our 2017 show floor space to exhibitors and retailers before last year’s show even ended.”

First guests include: Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Reilly Brown (Slapstick), Mark Buckingham (Everafter: From the Pages of Fables), Dave Bullock (The Rocketeer at War), Jim Calafiore (Surviving Megalopolis), Howard Chaykin (Midnight of the Soul); Frank Cho (Skybourne), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn), Todd Dezago (The Perhapanauts), David Finch (Batman), Meredith Finch (Catwoman: Election Night), Ramona Fradon (Convergence: Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman), Michael Golden (Doctor Strange), Scott Hanna (Wonder Woman), Dean Haspiel (Dark Horse Presents), Klaus Janson (Dark Knight III: The Master Race), Kazu Kibuishi (Harry Potter covers), Matt Kindt (Ninjak), Sharlene Kindt (Dept. H), Tom King (Batman), Barry Kitson (Avengers), Hope Larson (Batgirl), David Marquez (Civil War II), Mike McKone (Old Man Logan), Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Mark Morales (Deathstroke), Greg Pak (The Totally Awesome Hulk), Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn), Paul Pelletier (Cyborg), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Revolution), Tom Raney (Invincible Iron Man), Don Rosa (Donald Duck), Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts), Andy Runton (Owly), Julie Fujii Sakai (Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Stuart Sayger (Krampus: Shadow of Saint Nicholas), Louise Simonson (Faith); Walter Simonson (Ragnarok); Rob Stull (Executive Assistant: Orchid), Peter Tomasi (Superman), Billy Tucci (Shi), James Tynion IV (Detective Comics), Ethan Van Sciver (Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps), Mark Waid (Avengers), Renee Witterstaetter (Joe Jusko: Maelstrom), and Rich Woodall (Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl).

Visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/ for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets!

Photo Ops Tickets Now On-Sale for Boston Comic Con 2016

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Photo Ops tickets are now available for Boston Comic Con 2016 with media guests William Shatner (Star Trek’s original Captain Kirk), Karl Urban (Star Trek Beyond, Pete’s Dragon), Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who, Me Before You), Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Who), John Barrowman (Torchwood, Arrow), Ben McKenzie (Gotham, Southland), Elizabeth Henstridge (Agents of SHIELD), Caity Lotz (Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow), Robbie Amell (The Flash, X-Files), Ciara Renée (Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash), Seth Gilliam (The Walking Dead, Teen Wolf), and Vic Mignogna (Fullmetal Alchemist, Star Trek Continues).

Get tickets from Epic Photo Ops at the link…!

Boston Comic Con 2016 tickets are on-sale now at the link!

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About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Friday August 12th, Saturday August 13th, and Sunday August 14th at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

DC Universe Stars at Boston Comic Con 2016

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Boston Comic Con is thrilled to announce the appearance of stars from each of the CW’s highly successful DC Universe television shows. These additions expand our already stellar Celebrity Guest line-up.

Caity Lotz is an American actress, dancer, martial artist, singer, and model. She is known for her roles in AMC’s Mad Men and as Officer Kirsten Landry in MTV’s mockumentary series Death Valley, as well as roles in movies including The Pact, The Machine, Battle of the Year, and the sci-fi thriller 400 Days. Caity currently stars as Sara Lance (a.k.a. The White Canary) in CW’s hot new TV show, Legends of Tomorrow, a character she began playing as a recurring role on Arrow.

Robbie Amell is a Canadian actor and model best known to fans for his recurring role as Ronnie Raymond (a.k.a. Firestorm) on CW’s The Flash. His previous TV appearance include The X-Files, True Jackson VP, 1600 Penn, Revenge, and the lead role on The Tomorrow People. His film roles include Left for Dead, Max, The Duff, and Freddie in Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster.

Ciara Renée is an American actress, singer and musician. With Broadway roles as The Witch in Big Fish and the Leading Player in Pippin to her credit, as well as her portrayal of Esmeralda in the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Ciara is best known to comic book fans for her role as Kendra Saunders – aka Hawkgirl in CW’s show Legends of Tomorrow. She has played Hawkgirl in three different series – appearing in both Arrow and The Flash before starring in Legends of Tomorrow.

All three will appear on Saturday August 13th and Sunday August 14th to meet fans, sign autographs, and pose for photos. Prices and schedules will be announced closer to the convention. Full media guest list at the link…

Boston Comic Con 2016 tickets are on-sale now at the link!

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About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Friday August 12th, Saturday August 13th, and Sunday August 14th at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!

TerrifiCon Announces Howard Chaykin as 2016 Guest

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TerrifiCon is unwrapping our gifts a few days early and we don’t care if you’ve been naughty or nice!

We are presenting the fans our first, new legendary comic creator who will be appearing alongside, comic writers, artists, TV/movie actors on August 19-21 at the lavish Mohegan Sun convention center in Uncasville, CT as we present the terrific comic con…

Please welcome, the one and only, artist and writer, HOWARD CHAYKIN to his first ever con appearance in Connecticut!

Mr. Chaykin was born in 1950 in New Jersey but raised in East Flatbush and Brownsville, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY. He started out as a gofer for the legendary artist Gil Kane at 19, which also led him to work for Wally Wood, Gray Morrow, Neal Adams and Byron Preiss, all of whom are greats in the field of comics. This is where he honed his skills as an artist and a writer. Before starting to work in film and television he was one of the pioneers of the graphic novel with “Stars Be My Destination” and “Empire.” He was also the artist of the comic adaptation of “Star Wars” as well as the artist of one of the “Luke Skywalker” movie posters for the film. He also created the revolutionary comics “American Flagg” and “Black Kiss” and did modern updates of “The Shadow” and “Blackhawk”. He’s worked on the original “Flash” TV series, and more recently on comics like “Satellite Sam” with Matt Fraction, SHIELD and many more!

Fans can meet Mr. Chaykin, on August 19-21 at the Mohegan Sun as Big Fedora Marketing, LLC presents the Terrific Comic Con – TERRIFICON!

Be sure to follow us throughout 2016 as we keep adding to our guest list of creators, featured artists, announce events, costume, trivia contests and more surprises.

Plus the finest DEALERS and EXHIBITORS in the North East will be there with terrific items to buy from original art, toys, clothes, statues, Funko and of course – COMICS! (if you want to be part of it remember booths/tables go ON SALE IN JANUARY). TICKETS ARE ON SALE IN FEBRUARY.

You can follow the latest news here on Facebook on this page or in our group “TerrifiCon at the Mohegan Sun August 19-21, 2016.”

Hear me, Mitch Hallock, “King of the Nerds” on CT’s favorite morning show – CHAZ & AJ on WPLR, WDRC and 95.9 FOX radio as your friendly neighborhood producer of cons reviews the latest news in pop culture!

Follow the Terrific Comic Con on Twitter @itsterrificon Instagram @terrificon_2016 or sign up for our newsletter on our website : www.terrificon.com

We are going to rock Connecticut and the surrounding states this Summer and are thrilled to have you along for the ride. Be sure to invite your friends along too for comics, cosplay and cool times at the Mohegan Sun!

Have a safe, happy and super – TERRIFIC Holiday and New Year!

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