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  • GraniteCon 2013 Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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    Press Release:

    Granitecon 2013 is just over five weeks away! Join us September 28th and 29th at the Radisson Center of New Hampshire! To celebrate ten years of Granitecon we’re expanding to two days, moving to the larger Expo Center and assembling our largest guest list ever! Expect all sorts of fun events, signings and more!

    graniteconGuests include:
    Chris Giarrusso – Mini Marvels
    Ben Templesmith – Ten Grand, 30 Days of Night
    Ethan Van Sciver – Green Lantern, Batman
    Arthur Suydam – Marvel Zombies
    Katie Cook – My Little Pony
    Art Baltazar – Tiny Titans
    Ron Marz – Witchblade, Green Lantern
    Mark Texiera – Ghost Rider
    David Petersen – Mouse Guard
    Dan Parent – Archie Comics
    Craig Rousseau – The Perhapanauts

    Plus Voice Actors Including:
    Jess Harnell – Animaniacs, The Cleveland Show
    Rob Paulsen – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Animaniacs
    Jim Cummings – Winnie the Pooh, Star Wars: The Clone Wars
    Grey Delisle – Avatar: The Last Airbender, Scooby-Doo, Fairly OddParents

    See the full guest list and buy tickets at www.granitecon.com!

    Make sure to follow Granitecon on Twitter @granitecon and Like us on Facebook!

    Hawthorne High School Comic Con Returns

    Press Release:

    New Jersey’s premier comic book convention the Hawthorne High School Comic Convention is back on May 14th for it’s sixth show. Join the students of the Cartooning and the Art Clubs as we present New Jersey’s premier comic book art gathering.

    There will be appearances by comic book creators and dealers. Art lessons will be presented all day by the comic professionals and we will have our incredible auction of original comic art, graphic novels, rare comics and other great items. The convention is held to celebrate the great American art form, comics, and to raise funds for our high school’s talented art department.

    The art lessons will include many of the skills needed to create comics. The art lessons are for all ages and skill levels

    Among the comic creators already booked to appear are:

    Walter Simonson
    Herb Trimpe
    Joe Sinnott (tent)
    Bob Wiacek
    Joe Staton
    Mark Texiera
    Rudy Nebres
    Paolo Rivera
    Joe Giella (tent)
    Mark Romanowski
    Dick Ayers
    Scott Roberts (tent)
    James Sherman
    Elaine Lee
    Danny Fingeroth
    Jim Salicrup
    Rodney Ramos
    Guy Dorian
    Ian Dorian
    Steve Mannion
    Buddy Scalera
    Rick Parker
    Ken Gale
    Mercy Van Vlack
    Trevor Von Eedon
    Louis Small Jr.
    Neil Volkes

    …And many more creators to come.

    This is an extremely “kids friendly” event. Our art lessons are for all ages and there will be “kid friendly” items in the art auction.

    The particulars:
    May 14th, 2011 from 10am – 4pm

    Dealer tables: $50: Email contact: alllal@aol.com

    So whether you are a long time comic book convention veteran or want to experience your very first comic book show, come on out for the finest comic book convention – the 6th Hawthorne High School Comic Book Convention on May 14th.

    Hawthorne High School
    160 Parmalee Avenue, Hawthorne, NJ 07506

    Wizard World Miami Comic Con 2011 Programming Schedule Released

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    Press Release:

    ‘Buffyfest,’ ‘Batman,’ Julie Benz, Billy Dee Williams, Scott Thompson Panels Plus Fan Groups Parade, ‘Are You Smarter Than A Ghostbuster?’ Highlight Miami Comic Con Programming

    ‘Secrets of Pro Wrestling,’ Wizard Spotlights, ‘Wizard School’ and Costume Contests Also On Tap February 26-27 at Miami Airport Convention Center (MACC)

    MIAMI, February 10, 2011 – Wizard World Miami Comic Con today announced its diverse programming schedule, featuring unique celebrity Q&A’s, movie screenings, game shows, artist schools and more for the event, set for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 26-27 at the Miami Airport Convention Center.

    Some of the highlights include:

    * Rare Q&A panels with Scott Thompson and Julie Benz , as well as popular Comic Con guests Billy Dee Williams, Adam West and Burt Ward
    * “Are You Smarter than a Ghostbuster” featuring Wizard World’s favorite Ghostbuster, Ernie Hudson
    * “Buffyfest” with Nicholas Brendon and “Vampire Diaries” with Clare Kramer and Mercedes McNab
    * Troopers, knights, Ghostbusters and other groups take over the Convention floor with a parade of fan groups
    * Saturday evening programming for adults only, 300 Brigade Villains Unite Show and the Bagged and Boarded “Smodcast”
    * Wizard Art School and Q&A’s featuring leading artists like Bill Sinkiewicz, Mike Grell, Phil Jimenez, Alé Garza, Michael Golden, Greg Horn and others
    * The popular adult costume contest and fun kids costume contest with great prizes

    Miami Comic Con programming will take place in Room A and Room B at the Miami Airport Convention Center, and is included with admission to the event. Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first come first serve basis and each room will be cleared between panels. The full schedule is below:

    Saturday

    11:30AM-12:00PM
    Exposed: Secrets Of Professional Wrestling
    Wrestlers Kevin Nash, Candice Michelle and Angela Fong give fans the low down on what’s real and what’s not in the world of professional wrestling. (Room B)

    12:00-12:30PM
    Julie Benz Q&A
    As a star of hit shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Dexter” and “No Ordinary Family,” Benz talks to fans about her extensive career, ups and downs in the industry and her thoughts on the new generation of sci-fi and fantasy on television. (Room A)

    1:00-1:45PM
    Billy Dee Williams Q&A
    Lando lands Miami Comic Con, as the coolest man in Star Wars history sits down to take fan questions. (Room A)

    Filipe Andrade Unleashed
    Andrade dishes on his new X-Men project: X-Men Unleashed, and offers tips about sustaining a career in comics whether you live in Manhattan or Siberia. (Room B)

    2:00-2:15PM
    Groups Of The Con Parade
    Join troopers, knights, Ghostbusters and more, as they parade around the convention floor.

    2:00-2:45PM
    Buffyfest With Nicholas Brendon
    Buffy’s “Xander Harris” sits down to take fan questions about life during and after the pop culture phenomenon. (Room A)

    The Cutting Edge W/ Bill Sienkiewicz, David Mack And J. David Spurlock
    Innovators Bill Sienkiewicz, David Mack, and J. David Spurlock discuss the wilder side of comics art. (Room B)

    3:00-3:30PM
    Are You Smarter Than A Ghostbuster? With Ernie Hudson
    Think you know GHOSTBUSTERS? Go head-to-head with Mr. “Winston Zeddemore” himself, as the Orlando Ghostbusters test your movie knowledge of the 1984 classic. (Room A)

    Tex: The Art Of Mark Texeira
    The legendary Ghost Rider, Sabertooth, Wolverine artist talks with award-winning author J. David Spurlock (Room B)

    4:00-4:45PM
    Batman And Robin W/ Adam West And Burt Ward
    The original ’60s Dynamic Duo reteams for this one-of-a-kind Q&A, where Batman and Robin drop their masks and talk about their lady co-stars, the villains they faced and the wild nights after the show!
    (Room A)

    Wizard Spotlight: Jim Starlin
    Join award-winning Warlock and Captain Marvel writer-artist Jim Starlin, as he hosts a crash-course in comic writing. (Room B)

    4:45-5:00PM
    Miami Ballroom Dancers
    Come watch this Miami dance troupe heat up the dance floor with an amazing cha-cha routine. (Room A)

    5:00-5:45PM
    Behind The Scenes Of “danny Husk: The Hollow Planet
    Scott Thompson (“The Kids in the Hall”) and Stephan Nilson (President of Frozen Beach Studios) will take you behind the scenes and into the pages of their newest graphic novel “Danny Husk: The Hollow Planet.” At the Q&A panel, several lucky attendees will win an autographed copy of “Danny Husk: The Hollow Planet,” the signed CGC preview of the OGN and a CGC certified autographed photo of Scott Thompson.

    Between The Lines W/ Alé Garza
    Fan-favorite artist Alé Garza takes fans on an artistic tour of his style and storytelling. (Room B)

    6:00-6:30PM
    Kid’s Costume Contest
    Bring any kids 10 and under for this special event with great prizes just for families and the youngsters. (Room B)

    6:30-8:30PM
    Costume Contest
    Get your best costume together and come on down to Wizard’s Miami Comic Con costume contest for huge prizes and some of the craziest outfits you’ll see this weekend. (Room B)

    9:00-9:45PM
    The 3000 Brigade Presents: The Almost Got Em’ – Villains Unite Show!
    This show is a parody of all aspects of convention, video game, comic, and anime fandom life. This time the 3000 Brigade will battle formidable foes, have sexy girls dances that interrupt everything, and of course ROCK YOUR SOCKS OFF in their sixth Spectacular Show! So be prepared to have your eyes and ears assaulted by the finest bunch of Cosplay/Comic Entertainers this side of the Mississippi. WARNING: This show can be crude, rude, explicit, and just plain wrong, so if you are easily offended please find something else to do at this fantastically awesome convention! (Room A)

    10:00-11:00PM
    Bagged And Boarded Smodcast W/ Matt Cohen And Branden Creecy
    Join Matt Cohen, his friend Brendan Creecy and a special celebrity guest host, as they ponder and pontificate the finer points of existence…and generally offend a whole bunch of people. WARNING: Leave the kiddies at home; this program contains explicit content and is for adult audiences only! (Room A)

    Sunday

    11:00-11:45AM
    Wizard Spotlight: Denise Crosby
    Starring as “Tasha Yar” on “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, Crosby dishes on her early exit from the series, her memories of the first episodes and how “Next Generation” continues to endure.

    Who Wants To Be On A Reality Show?! Hosted By Jarrett “The Defuser” Crippen
    Have you ever wanted to be on a reality show? Are you curious as to what the producers are looking for? Come get inside tips about reality shows and what it takes to win from the winner of Stan Lee’s “Who Wants to be a Superhero?” Season II. The Defuser (Jarrett Crippen) will talk about and answer questions regarding the audition process, competition, living conditions and other topics related to his show and reality shows in general. (Room B)

    12:00-12:45PM
    Buffyfest With Clare Kramer And Mercedes Mcnab
    McNab and Kramer talk about their days as “Harmony” and “Glory” in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” (Room A)

    Phil Jimenez: Breaking Into Comics
    The School of Visual Arts instructor and long-time comic pro covers the dos and don’ts on pitching yourself to comic companies and editors. (Room B)

    1:00-1:45PM
    Ray Park Q&A
    The “X-Men” and “Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace” star engages fans in this one-of-a-kind Q&A, where he discusses his extensive film biography and his evolution to genre icon. (Room A)

    Storytelling With Michael Golden
    No matter if you’re a writer, artist or a reader of comics, come for this sit-down with one of the most renowned storytellers in the business, Michael Golden, as he tells you a few tricks of the trade that will help you no matter what type of story you tell or enjoy, in whatever medium. It’s a rare opportunity to talk with the co-creator of X-Men Rogue, and groundbreaking penciler on such projects as Bucky O’Hare, The ’Nam, Micronauts, G.I. Joe, and much more. (Room B)

    2:00-2:45PM
    Between The Lines With Mike Grell
    The legendary comics icon behind classic Legion of Super-Heroes Tales and Warlord talks about his tips of the trade and shares his secrets from making it in comics. (Room A)

    3:00-3:45PM
    Wizard’s Digital Art School With Greg Horn
    Superstar Marvel and DC artist Greg Horn (Blackest Night covers) leads a discussion on digital art and takes you through his creative process. (Room A)

    Miami Comic Con is the second stop on Wizard’s 2011 North American tour, which to date has 13 events scheduled. Hours are Saturday, February 26, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday, February 27, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.. Tickets are available in advance online at www.wizardworld.com/miami.html at up to a 20% savings over tickets purchased at the door. Advance adult single-day tickets are $25 ($30 on site); two-day weekend tickets are $40 ($45 on site), and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult). VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available.

    UPDATED: New York Comic Book Marketplace to Take Place February 27th

    February 11, 2010 by  
    Filed under Collectibles, Comic Books, Convention News, New York, Top Stories

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    UPDATED 2/17/10 with New Location:

    Michael Carbonaro presents:

    The New York Comic Book Marketplace

    Special one-day event!

    Saturday, February 27th, 10:30AM – 7:00 PM

    Penn Plaza Pavilion, 401 7th Ave at 33rd St, New York City

    COMIC BOOKS RETURN TO PENN PLAZA

    THE NY COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE UNITES FANS, ARTISTS, DEALERS

    On Saturday, February 27th, Michael Carbonaro’s New York Comic Book Marketplace comes to the Penn Plaza Pavilion, 401 7th Ave at 33rd St, bringing scores of famous comic books, publishers, and dealers to the thousands of fans who will be attending.

    DATE: Saturday February 27th, 10:30 am – 7:00 pm

    PLACE: Penn Plaza Pavilion, 401 7th Avenue at 35th Street, New York City

    TICKETS: $10

    With its low cost (only $10 admission at the door) and intimate atmosphere, this convention will be a great opportunity for fans to meet favorite hot contemporary artists and comic book legends like Gene Colan, Billy Tucci, Mike Golden, Irwin Hasen, Jim Starlin, J H Williams III, Mark Texiera, Herb Trimpe, Bill Sienkiewicz, Chris Claremont, Sean Chen, Larry Hama, Rudy Nebres, Dick Ayers, Rodney Ramos, Steve Manion, Dan Slott, Guy Dorian, Ian Dorian, Scott Roberts, Renee Witterstaetter, Janet Jackson, Stu Suchet, John Cebollaro, Jorge Gonzalez, Cliff Chiang, and many more. All of the artists are happy to meet and greet comic book lovers, sign autographs, and many will even draw sketches of their favorite characters.

    Also on hand will be actor David Roya, famous for his role as Bernard Posner in the cult classic film “Billy Jack.”

    New York City has always been at the forefront of cutting edge and experimental comic and cartoon art, and the New York Comic Book Marketplace will be a great opportunity to meet with and see the work of exciting local independent artists and publishers.

    Over 100 dealer tables will be filled with comics old and new, toys, posters, trading cards, videos, and related pop-culture collectibles. This is an opportunity no true fan should miss!

    Michael Carbonaro has produced the longest-running comic book convention in New York City for the past 13 years. That convention has grown by leaps and bounds to being one of the largest public events in the city. This show will be a return to his roots: an exciting, affordable show at the Penn Plaza Pavilion with famous artists, wonderful dealers, and devoted fans all in the same building, and the love for a true American art form, the comic book.

    For more information and updates, and to sign up for the mailing list, go to the website at:

    http:www.nycbm.com

    You can also RSVP at the following sites:

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=ny+comic+book+marketplace&init=quick#!/event.php?eid=315039380448&ref=ts

    Myspace: http://tinyurl.com/y8exhx9

    Going: http://newyork.going.com/event-715787;New_York_Comic_Book_Marketplace

    Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/events/manhattan-new-york-comic-book-marketplace

    Mike Carbo’s New York Comic Book Marketplace (February 2010)

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    Convention Mike Carbo’s New York Comic Book Marketplace
    Convention Website http://www.nycbm.com/
    Start Date 02/27/2010
    About This Convention: NYC’s Longest-Running and Greatest One-Day Show Returns Saturday, February 27, 2010, from 11am to 7pm, at Penn Plaza Pavilion, 401 7th Ave at 33rd St, New York City

    Please call 1-800-723-5572 for more details and visit www.nycbm.com

    Sponsored in Part By Forbidden Planet New York

    Comments from our June 2009 Show:

    “Fantastic new room! Beautiful set-up. Wonder Woman #1 Sale! San Diego-like buys! New York needs more shows like this!
    – Vincent Zurzolo, Metropolis Comics

    “Was mobbed all day! Great space! Thumbs UP!!”
    – Ted Van Liew, Superworld Comics

    “I always enjoy the Big Apple shows – the fans are great and the guests are fantastic!”
    – Cliff Chiang, DC Comics Artist

    “It was a great show! Barely had time to sit it was so busy!”
    – New Dimension Comics

    “It was extremely well organized, crowd was enthusiastic! Can’t wait for the next one!”
    – Chuck Rozanski, Mile High Comics

    “All capital letters… PHENOMENAL!”
    – Joe Rodgers, Comic Dealer

    “Great fun seeing the fans! What a turnout! We’re coming back!”
    – Gene Colan, Legendary Comics Artist

    “Rivals April 5th 1987, Fred Greenberg’s 1-day! This brought back that fantastic memory!”
    – Rich Muchin, Tomorrow’s Treasures

    “This is the best Big Apple Con ever! The location, the people, the celebrity guests, the bargains… it couldn’t be any better!!!”
    Jim Salicrup, Editor-in-Chief, Papercutz, MOCCA Trustee

    Convention Guests Gene Colan, Billy Tucci, Mike Golden, Irwin Hasen, Jim Starlin, J H Williams III, Mark Texiera, Herb Trimpe, Bill Sienkiewicz, Chris Claremont, Sean Chen, Larry Hama, Rudy Nebres, Dick Ayers, Rodney Ramos, Steve Manion, Dan Slott, Guy Dorian, Ian Dorian, Scott Roberts, Renee Witterstaetter, Janet Jackson, Stu Suchet, John Cebollaro, Jorge Gonzalez, Cliff Chiang, and many more.

    Also on hand will be actor David Roya, famous for his role as Bernard Posner in the cult classic film “Billy Jack.”

    Venue Name Penn Plaza Pavilion
    Venue Address 401 7th Ave at 33rd St, New York City
    United States
    Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables 100
    Projected Attendance 3000
    What category best describes your convention? Comic Books
    What other categories might be appropriate for your convention? – Collectibles
    – Comic Books
    – Horror
    – Science Fiction and Fantasy
    Gene Colan, Billy Tucci, Mike Golden, Irwin Hasen, Jim Starlin, J H Williams III, Mark Texiera, Herb Trimpe, Bill Sienkiewicz, Chris Claremont, Sean Chen, Larry Hama, Rudy Nebres, Dick Ayers, Rodney Ramos, Steve Manion, Dan Slott, Guy Dorian, Ian Dorian, Scott Roberts, Renee Witterstaetter, Janet Jackson, Stu Suchet, John Cebollaro, Jorge Gonzalez, Cliff Chiang, and many more.