Great Allentown Comic Con Announces Schedule for November 2011 Mega Show

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GACC ANNOUNCES PANEL AND EVENT SCHEDULE FOR NOVEMBER 19-20TH MEGA SHOW!

Star Wars actors Peter Mayhew and Tom Kane, and Star Trek actor Robert Picardo are just some of the great panels attendees can see at The Great Allentown Comic Con’s MEGA SHOW event in November!

The Great Allentown Comic Con presents the 2011 MEGA SHOW Panel schedule, and a packed show room with 100 tables of artists and dealers this show is the largest “little con” in eastern PA. All panels will run approximately 1 hour, and many will include multimedia presentations and interactions with attendees as well as prizes! In addition to the panels below attendees can still expect Door Prizes at 11:30, 2:45 and 5pm both days.

Saturday

Main Show Room:

10:00 AM – Show Opens! – It’s time to “Get UR GEEK On!” as the first annual Great Allentown Comic Con MEGE SHOW officially Opens!

11:30 AM – Door Prizes! – Be sure to make it back into the main showroom where the first group of door prizes for the day will be given out…Busts, Trades, Comics and Toys…what will you win?

2:45 PM – Door Prizes! – Be sure to make it back into the main showroom where the second group of door prizes for the day will be given out…Busts, Trades, Comics and Toys…what will you win?

5:00 PM – Door Prizes! – Be sure to make it back into the main showroom where the final group of door prizes for the day will be given out…Busts, Trades, Comics and Toys…what will you win?

6:00 PM – That’s not All! -Sure the showroom is closed, but be sure to join the party at Lee Gribbens on Main in Emmaus at 9pm for the After Party sponsored by HIGH EVOLUTION STUDIOS!

Large Panel Room:

10:30 AM Crazy 8 Press – Join NY Times Best Selling Authors and Famed creators Michael Jan Friedman and Peter David as they discuss their new independent publishing venture Crazy 8 Press! With over 200 novels between them already printed, and dozens of universes and genre touched, listen to them discuss the new worlds they plan to visit now that they are independent.

12:30 PM Hound Comics – Join the Hound Comics team (Brimstone, Sajad Shah, Mina Sanwald, and Lucious) as they discuss upcoming project, current releases, and just how much goes into creating comics, books, cartoons and video games!

1:30 PM Joint 501st Legion and Rebel Legion Star Wars Trivia Contest! – Do you know how many parsecs it took the Millennium Falcon to finish the Kessel Run? How many meters long is a womp rat?….What is a womp rat anyway? If you can answer these questions than be sure to come to this Trivia contest…and Win some great prizes!

3:00 PM Costume Contest! – This one is easy…show up in a costume! Just think…Halloween could come twice this year! Cosplay expert Amber Love Delaney will be on hand to help judge the best outfits and hand out prizes!

4:00 PM Underbelly Media – YouTube sensation and all around geektastic sketch show Underbelly will be presenting a special multimedia show. Sketches, bits, and all around geek cultural explosions can be expected!

Small Panel Room:

10:30 AM Smurftology 101 – Join “Smurfologist” Matt Murray as he puts on his professor smurf hat and presents a history of The Smurfs! Is Papa Smurf actually Carl Marx? Do the Smurfs plan to take over the world? These myths (or truths?) and more will be covered…so be sure to “Smurf” yourself a chair and “Smurf” in!

12:30 PM Comic Greats and Legends Panel – Join Tom Smith, Neil Vokes, and Bob Hall as they discuss working in comics in the modern age…and just what it feels like to have been in the “funny books” for so long. Learn the untold stories about the creation and influences these artists have had on titles from The Avengers to Doctor Strange!

1:30 PM Toteman Panel – November is Epilepsy Awareness Month, and the GACC is proud to be supporting the Toteman Epilepsy Awareness/PSA comic book. But who is Toteman anyway…and why should people support this great book? Join Toteman creator John McLaren and artist RickMan to learn just why you should be helping this great cause!

4:00 PM Horror/Zombie Panel – Join Neil Vokes, Tom Schloendorn, Tommy Castillo and Chris Moreno as they discuss the Horror of the past and future, and our current love of all things Zombie.

Sunday

Main Show Room:
10:00 AM – Show Opens! – It’s time to “Get UR GEEK On!” as the first annual Great Allentown Comic Con MEGE SHOW officially Opens for a second day!

11:30 AM – Door Prizes! – Be sure to make it back into the main showroom where the first group of door prizes for the day will be given out…Busts, Trades, Comics and Toys…what will you win?

2:45 PM – Door Prizes! – Be sure to make it back into the main showroom where the second group of door prizes for the day will be given out…Busts, Trades, Comics and Toys…what will you win?

5:00 PM – Door Prizes & Show Closes! – Be sure to make it back into the main showroom where the final group of door prizes for the day will be given out…Busts, Trades, Comics and Toys…what will you win?

Large Panel Room:

10:30 AM JK Woodward & Peter David – Join the creative team behind Fallen Angel as they discuss working together on one of today’s top independent titles. Learn just what goes into the creative process for JK Woodward one of the comic industries most talented up and coming artists, and Peter David, one of its most prolific author/creators.

12:00 PM Star Wars Panel! – Join Peter Mayhew and Tom Kane as they discuss working in one of the most iconic and celebrated franchises in history. With some great stories, and possible spoilers? On upcoming events…this is a can’t miss panel for true fans of Star Wars!

1:30 PM Star Trek Panel -Join us as we let Robert Picardo have his way with us in this rare solo panel appearance. If prior experiences are any indication expect to catch at least one song and dance number, and quite a few entertaining stories and jokes. Be sure to arrive early to get a good seat!

3:00 PM Pretending to be on TV with Glen Tickle – Comedian Glen Tickle hosts a “late night” style show with attitude. Joined by artists and guests Glen will interview and get to the bottom of this whole “Comic Con” thing.

4:00 PM Toteman Epilepsy Auction – We are proud to be supporting the Toteman Epilepsy comic book and Epilepsy Awareness in general. November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month, and what could be better than supporting a great cause and an up and coming comic book creator. While online bidding has begun prior to the show, this will be the final live auction, and once the gavel lands some great art and items will find new homes…and with your support we will have raised enough to send the Toteman book to print. So…come and Bid High and Bid Often!

Small Panel Room:

10:30 AM How to Draw Smurfs – This one is for the kids! Smurfologist Matt Murray will teach you how to draw your favorite Smurf!

1:00 PM Disney World! – Former Disney Animator Terry Naughton has influenced and worked on many of the classic Disney films of the last 3 decades. Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast are just a few of the things he has done. Currently he has done the artwork for Peter and Angie Mayhew’s children’s novels and has his own book out “The Art of Terry Naughton”

*All times are approximate, and may change at last minute.

About The Great Allentown Comic Con! – The Only Comic, Sci-Fi and Pop-Culture Convention in the Lehigh Valley. Founded in 2010, by Riverside Comics; The Great Allentown Comic Con (GACC) is already one of the fastest growing Fan-focused events in the comics industry. Currently located in the 10,000 sq ft Showroom of the Merchants Square Mall in Allentown PA, the GACC is dedicated to producing celebrations of comics and popular culture by providing unique access to talented artists and a family-friendly experience for fans. The show motto “Get UR Geek On!” represents in part the recognition of the diverse and unique nature of our fans, and our commitment to providing events where they can come express themselves freely.

Great Allentown Comic Con! Announces Initial Lineup for November 2011 Mega Show

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THE GREAT ALLENTOWN COMIC CON! ANNOUNCES INITIAL NOVEMBER 19th & 20th MEGA SHOW GUEST LINEUP!

NY Times bestseller Michael Jan Friedman, Bob Greenberger, Publisher Steven H. Wilson, and Artists – Neil Vokes, Chris Moreno, and Tom Smith – Join The Great Allentown Comic Con’s November 19th – 20th Inaugural Mega Show Lineup.

Allentown PA, August 31s t – NY Times Bestselling authors and award winning artists have announced plans to attend the Inaugural 2011 Mega Show edition of the Lehigh Valley’s largest pop culture extravaganza – The Great Allentown Comic Con! to be held November 19th and 20th at the Merchants Square Mall in Allentown PA.

“With the success of our 1-day shows, we are thrilled to offer our fans a chance to see even more guests over the course of a weekend long event.” – Christopher D. Wertz, Show Founder and Promoter. “We are also pleased to be able to provide our fans a chance to meet such amazingly talented creators such as NY Times Best Seller Michael Jan Friedman and his business partner and fellow author Bob Greenberger (they recently founded Crazy 8 Press along with friend and colleague Peter David).”

The November show will have a strong Sci-fi theme, the guests announced today provide a Star Trek presence with additional Sci-fi and Comic Book related guests also being planned (To be announced in coming weeks). For more information visit us online at www.allentowncomiccon.com and remember to come to the show in November and “Get Ur Geek On!”

For a Full list of Guests attending the November 19-20th 2011 Mega Show, please visit: http://www.allentowncomiccon.com/artists-and-guests.html

Those interested in Dealers and items of interested can visit: http://www.allentowncomiccon.com/dealers.html

The following is a partial list of initial guest announcement details:

Michael Jan Friedman is the author of nearly 70 books of fiction and non-fiction, about half of them set somewhere in the wilds of the Star Trek universe.
Friedman has also written for the Aliens, Predator, Wolf Man, Lois and Clark, DC Super Hero, Marvel Super Hero, and Wishbone licensed book universes. Eleven of his book titles, including the autobiography Hollywood Hulk Hogan and Ghost Hunting (written with SciFi’s Ghost Hunters), have appeared on the prestigious New York Times primary bestseller list, and his novel adaptation of the Batman & Robin movie was for a time the #1 bestselling book in Poland (really).

Bob Greenberger began his professional career began at Starlog Press where he created Comics Scene then joined DC Comics as assistant editor, working on the seminal before switching to the administrative side of the company, rising to the role of Manager-Editorial Operations.
In 2000, Bob left DC for a job as Producer at Gist Communications and then returned to comics in 2001, as Marvel Comics’ Director-Publishing Operations. In 2002, he went back to DC Comics as a Senior Editor in its collected editions department. Bob joined Weekly World News as Managing Editor until its demise in 2007. Since then he has been a fulltime freelance writer and editor including numerous Star Trek novels and short fiction in addition to short works of science fiction and fantasy. His adult nonfiction includes the Scribe award-winning novelization of Hellboy II: The Golden Army. He is a founding member of the writers’ cooperative, Crazy 8 Press, which launched this past summer.

Crazy 8 Press Founded by Michael Jan Friedman, the website (www.crazy8press.com) allows Peter David, Bob Greenberger, Glenn Hauman, Aaron Rosenberg and Howard Weinstein to make their old and new original fiction available directly to the fans. The offerings are formatted for use by all eReaders or Print on Demand with new titles released every 6-8 weeks.

Steven H. Wilson has interviewed Jonathan Frakes and William Campbell for Starlog, written for DC Comics Star Trek classic and Warlord series, and, most recently, served as principal writer and director for Prometheus Radio Theatre and publisher of Firebringer Press. His original science fiction series, The Arbiter Chronicles, currently boasting nineteen full-cast audio dramas and the novel Taken Liberty, has won the Mark Time Silver Award and the Parsec Award for Best Audio Drama (long form). A new series of episodes is currently in development. His third novel, Unfriendly Persuasion, is due out in 2012. As a podcaster, besides hosting the Prometheus Radio Theatre podcast, Steve has recorded Lester Del Rey’s Badge of Infamy for podiobooks.com, multiple roles in J. Daniel Sawyer’s production of Antithesis, and Nobilis’s upcoming presentation of Scouts.

Neil Vokes has been Illustrating stories in comic books professionally for over 28 years working on titles and projects involving Superman, Iron Man, Tarzan, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and many more, currently working on FLESH & BLOOD with Bob Tinnell, the first issue of which is due out in October in time for Halloween.

Chris Moreno is the creator of Zombie Dickheads, now appearing in Zombie Bomb: Dark Daze from Terminal Press. His work has appeared in Disney’s Toy Story for BOOM! Studios, The Minions of Ka from Arcana, and Paul Jenkins’ Sidekick from Image Comics. His creator-owned character, Sanz Pantz: Ninja Platypus appears in the Popgun anthologies from Image. His other comics credits include Alien Inventor, World War Hulk: Frontline, Dracula vs. King Arthur, Monkey in a Wagon vs. Lemur on a Big Wheel, The Last Sin of Mark Grimm, the webcomic Super Frat (http://www.superfrat.com), and Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales.
Chris’s work has appeared on sketch cards for Inkworks for The Spirit, Shrek the Third, Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem, Hellboy: Sword of Storms, Robots and Family Guy. His art has also been seen in role-playing games for companies like Kenzer & Co. , on their Hackmaster game and Knights of the Dinner Table Magazine, and Tony DiGerolamo’s Complete Mafia for d20 from Living Room Games.

Tom Smith has been one of the top comic book color artists for the last 25 years and has colored some of Comic’s best-selling titles and has done work for all the top comic companies. Including Marvel ,DC, Image ,Top Cow, IDW, Chaos , First, Malibu, Platinum, Gorilla, Topps, IDW and many others on the Comics like Avengers ,X-Men 2099, Hulk “Future Imperfect,” Avengers /JLA, Spiderman, The Brave and the Bold, Dr Who, Astro-boy, The Ghoul, Jurassic Park, and also has been the Sunday color artist of The Phantom newspaper strip for the last 2 years. He owns and operates his own color and pre-press house “Scorpion Studios” in the great state of New Jersey.

About The Great Allentown Comic Con! – The Largest Pop-Culture Comic Convention in the Lehigh Valley. Founded in 2010, by Riverside Comics; The Great Allentown Comic Con (GACC) is already one of the fastest growing Fan-focused events in the comics industry. Currently located in the 10,000 sq ft Showroom of the Merchants Square Mall in Allentown PA, the GACC is dedicated to producing celebrations of comics and popular culture by providing unique access to talented artists and a family-friendly experience for fans. The show motto “Get UR Geek On!” represents in part the recognition of the diverse and unique nature of our fans, and events where they can come express themselves.

The Great Allentown Comic Con – Mega Show (November 2011)

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Convention Name
The Great Allentown Comic Con – Mega Show!
Convention Website Address
http://www.allentowncomiccon.com
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date
11/19/2011
End Date
11/20/2011
About This Convention
The GACC – Largest Pop-Culture Comic Convention in the Lehigh Valley – Inaugural 2 Day Mega Show Event!

Over 10,000 SqFt of Dealers – Golden age-Current, Collectible Toys, Cards, Pulp, and Vintage Memorabilia!

Special Prizes, Door Prizes and Artists/Media Guests all weekend, Special original art fundraising auction Sunday!

Come Get UR Geek On! At The Great Allentown Comic Con!

Guests Include:

Writers:
NY Times Best Selling Author – Michael Jan Friedman
Former DC/Marvel editor and author – Bob Greenberger
Steven H. Wilson
Phil Giunta
John Mclaren

Artists:
Neil Vokes
Tom Smith
Chris Moreno
RickMan
Nick Mockoviak
Mina Sanwald
Gwen Patton (Sunday Only)
Media/Pop Culture Guests:
BrimStone (Hound Comics)
Garrison Carida – 501st Legion (Saturday Only)
Smurfologist Matt Murray

Publishers:
Hound Comics
Ultimate Comics Group (Sunday Only)
And Many More!

Venue Name and Address
Merchants Square Mall
1901 S. 12th St.
Allentown, PA 18103
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
95
Projected Attendance
1500
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Gaming
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Sports
Guests
Michael Jan Friedman, Neil Vokes, Bob Greenberger, Tom Smith, Chris Moreno, Brimstone, Mina Sanwald, Crazy 8 Press, Steven Wilson, 501st Legion