PAX East is a Gift to Boston

This past weekend Penny Arcade brought their gaming convention to the east coast for the inaugural PAX East. The original Penny Arcade Expo (or PAX Prime) was founded in 2004 by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik (aka Gabe & Tycho) as a way to bring together all aspects of gaming culture. The convention has grown in size and acclaim in the intervening years leading them to bring it on the road. Their reputation is held in such high regard that PAX East was held to a sold out crowd with reports of over 60,000 attendees and plans of moving to the larger Boston Convention and Expo Center for 2011 and 2012.   

Major video game companies like Rockstar, Disney, EA and many more demoed their new products for gamers who travelled from all over to take part. One group drove two straight days from Washington, the home of PAX Prime, just to join the festivities. Wizard of the Coast hosted RPG tournaments and musicians like MC Frontalot, The Protomen, Anamanaguchi, and Metroid Metal rocked the evening concerts. 

The big theme of the convention is community. In his keynote speech actor and geek culture ambassador Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation) said that Gabe and Tycho have given the city of Boston a gift and implored the standing room only audience to appreciate the next three days saying that “playing games is never so much fun as when it’s done together.” He chronicled the long history of fans of sci-fi culture gathering in hotels and ballrooms, and then gamers playing in LAN parties, to travelling to E3. 

“And then when E3 sucked so very hard,” said Wheaton to the cheering crowd, “And begat the death of video games conventions, Gabe and Tycho created PAX.” This sentiment was echoed by Gabe and Tycho themselves in their Q&A panel, “The goal of PAX is to create a community of gamers as much as celebrating gaming itself.” When asked what the next location in the PAX tour is, Gabe and Tycho joked that they’d like to establish EuroPAX. But with this kind of success maybe it’s no that far from a reality. 

Wheaton also praised the gaming industry for its imagination and innovation. “As a kid I was inspired by movies,” he said, “But now video games lead the entertainment industry in driving visual narratives” and cited the game Heavy Rain specifically as the apex of the medium. “In this room there could be the next Gary Gygax or the next Shigeru Miyamoto.” 

Clearly, PAX East came out of the gate like a shot, blowing away everyone’s expectations. The gaming community has been given a desperately needed outlet to come together to celebrate their culture. Watch the website for when they open registration for next year’s show, it’s bound to sell out quick.

Florida Supercon Adds Guests and Launches New Website

FLORIDA SUPERCON 2009
FSC LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE AND ADDS NEW GUESTS FOR JUNE 18-20, 2010 SHOW

Miami, FL – As the 5th annual Florida Supercon grows closer, dozens of exciting new guests have been added from the worlds of Comic Books, Anime, Animation, Sci-Fi, Video Games, Horror, Comedy and more! In addition to the exciting new guests that have been added, a new website has been launched to support the event. The new website can be viewed at www.supercon.tv

Florida Supercon (FSC) returns to Miami for its 5th year as it takes over the entire Doubletree Miami Mart Airport Hotel and Convention Center. South Florida’s Comic Book, Anime, Animation, Video Game and Sci-Fi / Fantasy Festival is set for Friday, June 18 through Sunday, June 20, 2010.  The 5th FSC will be the largest yet, with almost 150,000 square feet of event space, plus more guest celebrities and artists than ever before!

Florida Supercon is a three day festival that includes celebrity guests, comic book publishers, artists, writers, vendors, Q&A’s, parties, costume contests, anime programming, cosplay, panels, photo shoots, live music, video games and more. The event kicks off at 12:00PM, Friday, June 18 and the fun continues almost around the clock until 6:00PM, Sunday, June 20.

Over 80 guests have already been announced for FSC 2010, and that number continues to grow every week. Some of the guests already lined up for FSC 2010 include:

Comic Book artists and writers such as Ariel Olivetti, Bill Sienkiewicz, Khoi Pham, Rafa Sandoval, Dennis Calero, Brad Walker, Paul Gulacy, Fred Van Lente, Filip Sablik, Georges Jeanty, Dick Giordano, Dustin Weaver, Steve Kurth, Shawn Crystal, Joe Jusko, Allen Bellman, Clayton Henry, Derec Donovan, Alex Saviuk, Pat Broderick, Rob Hunter, Greg “Dark One” Williams, Vinnie Tartamella, Dick Kulpa and more!

Anime and Animation voice actors like Troy Baker (Naruto, Code Geass), Richard Horvitz (Invader Zim), Larry Kenney (Thundercats), Brittney Karbowski (Xenosaga, Pani Poni Dash), Dana Snyder (Aqua Teen), Charles Fleischer (Roger Rabbit), Brad Kesten (Charlie Brown), Angela Lee-Sloan (Lucy in Peanuts), Stacy H. Tolkin (Sally in Peanuts) and more!

Legendary Filmmakers Lloyd Kaufman and Hershell Gordon Lewis.

Movie and TV Celebrities such as Tia Carrere (Wayne’s World, Relic Hunter), John Wesley Shipp (The Flash), Charles Fleischer (Back to the Future II), Julie McCullough (Growing Pains, The Blob), Louise Robey (Friday the 13th the series), Rebecca Staab (Fantastic Four), Michelle Lintel (The Black Scorpion), Sinn “Kizarny” Bodhi (WWE) and more!

Musical Guests like MC Frontalot, Robbed By A Flute, Sci-Fried, The Pursuit, Murderous Rampage and more!

Cosplay and Entertainment Guests such as the 3000 Brigade (Smash Bros. Show), Supercon Championship Wrestling, Wasabi Anime, Outland Armour and more!

Stand Up Comedy Guests like Lisa Corrao, The Revenge of the Nerds Comedy Show, Julie McCullough and more!

Additional guests can be found at on the Florida Supercon website at www.supercon.tv

This years FSC will have dedicated programming tracks for each of the genre’s being celebrated. Some of the amazing events include:

  • Q&A’s with most of our attending guests
  • Comic art portfolio reviews for aspiring artists
  • Fan panels for all aspects of the show (Comics, Anime, Animation, Sci-Fi etc.)
  • Industry panels for breaking into Comics, Anime, Animation etc…
  • The FSC Costume Competition (with over $3,000 in cash and prizes)
  • The FSC Cosplay Skit Contest
  • Rumble Roses Cosplay Wrestling
  • The Otaku Insomnia Rave
  • Cosplay Deviant’s Hentai Cafe
  • Cosplay RockBand
  • Supercon Championship Wrestling’s “Supercon Mania!”
  • The Smash Brothers 3000 Super Show
  • Filmmaking workshops with Hershell Gordon Lewis
  • The FSC Film Festival
  • Live Musical Performances
  • Live stand up comedy
  • Over 100 video game stations
  • Video game tournaments
  • A 50,000 square feet exhibition room with over 300 booths and tables featuring vendors, celebrity guests, artists, filmmakers and exhibits.

Complete information on these and dozens of more events taking place all weekend can be found at www.supercon.tv

The convention hours of operation are:

FRIDAY, JUNE 18: 12:00PM – 2:00AM

SATURDAY, JUNE 19: 11:00AM – 2:00AM

SUNDAY, JUNE 20: 11:00AM – 6:00PM

THE DOUBLE TREE MIAMI AIRPORT HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER is located at 711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33126. The Double Tree has over 150,000 square feet of total convention space to accommodate the growing attendance of Animation Supercon. Discounted room rates for convention are available. See our website www.supercon.tv for details.

Florida Supercon Announces First Guests for 2010

November 6, 2009 by  
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NEW DATES, FIRST GUESTS & MORE ANNOUNCED FOR FLORIDA SUPERCON 2010
South Florida’s Comic Book, Anime, Animation, Video Game and Sci-Fi / Fantasy Festival returns JUNE 18-20, 2010

www.floridasupercon.com

Miami, FL – Florida Supercon (FSC) returns to Miami for its 5th year as it takes over the entire Doubletree Miami Mart Airport Convention Center. South Florida’s Comic Book, Anime, Animation, Video Game and Sci-Fi / Fantasy Festival is set for Friday, June 18 through Sunday, June 20, 2010. The 5th FSC will be the largest yet, with almost 150,000 square feet of event space, plus more guest celebrities and artists than ever before!

Florida SuperconFlorida Supercon is a three day festival that includes celebrity guests, comic book publishers, artists, writers, vendors, Q&A’s, parties, costume contests, anime programming, cosplay, panels, photo shoots, live music, video games and more. The event kicks off at 12:00PM, Friday, June 18 and the fun continues almost around the clock until 6:00PM, Sunday, June 20.

Ticket, Vendor, Artist and Exhibitor information is available now online at www.floridasupercon.com

Over 30 guests have already been lined up for FSC 2010, including Comic Book guests: Bill Sienkiewicz, Dennis Calero, Dick Giordano, Joe Jusko, Clayton Henry, Fred Van Lente, Allen Bellman, Georges Jeanty, Pat Broderick, Kristen Sorra, Derec Donovan, Tom Gordon III, Pat Bastienne, Rob Hunter, Alex Saviuk, Terry Cronin, Pat Martin, Ricky Carralero, Ralph Cabrera, Greg Kirkpatrick and Media guests: Lloyd Kaufman (Troma Entertainment), MC Frontalot (Musical Guest), Brittney Karbowski (Anime Voice Actress), Christopher Smith (Anime Voice Actor), Dana Snyder (Voice Actor), plus the cast of Peanuts/Charlie Brown: Brad Kesten (Charlie Brown), Angela Lee-Sloan (Lucy) and Stacy Heather Tolkin (Sally).

More guests will be announced in the coming weeks and months as we get closer to the show.

For a detailed schedule and updates visit: www.floridasupercon.com

The convention hours of operation are:
FRIDAY, JUNE 18: 12:00PM – 2:00AM
SATURDAY, JUNE 19: 11:00AM – 2:00AM
SUNDAY, JUNE 20: 11:00AM – 6:00PM

The Double Tree Miami Airport Hotel & convention center is located at 711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33126. The Double Tree has almost 150,000 square feet of total convention space to accommodate the growing attendance of Florida Supercon. The Doubletree Hotel will be extending a special rate of $99 per night for hotel rooms. See our website www.floridasupercon.com for details.