Comic-Concert: The 2012 After Party

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Comic-Concert: The 2012 After Party, a fan created event that focuses on the musical aspect of pop culture, returns for its Fourth Annual installment, now being held at the Whiskey Girl (located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and G Street in Downtown San Diego) on Sunday, July 15th at 6pm. Over the past few years, the “Geek Rock” genre has grown significantly in size, and this special event allows Comic-Con and local San Diegans the opportunity to experience a different side of the Popular Arts. Sponsored in part by Youmacon and ComicsOnline.com, the evening will feature a special performance by San Diego’s Musical Comedy Band: Random Gibberish!

Attendees are encouraged to arrive in costume from Comic-Con for our annual Costume Contest! For the 2012 event, Shout! Factory has been kind enough to provide several prizes for best costume! Contest will be judged by ComicsOnline’s Editor-In-Chief, Kevin Gaussoin, and some special guests.

There is no cover charge to enter this event, but attendees are kindly requested to make a $5 donation at the door to support this program. You do not need to have a Comic-Con pass to attend this performance. Must be 21+ to enter.

Random Gibberish has been channeling their love of pop culture and general insanity into music since 2003. In 2009, they won ABC’s “Official LOST Theme Competition” at Comic-Con. They rock out and make people laugh with songs inspired by comic books, video games, movies and TV. In addition to their musical comedy, they will be performing selections from their upcoming musical project: “And Then The Zombies Came… A Musical Apocalypse!”, as well as a special musical tribute to Power Rangers in honor of the upcoming 20th Anniversary, and a sing-along to classic television themes.

About the Venue Whiskey Girl is located on the busiest corner in the Gaslamp Quarter (corner of Fifth Avenue and G Street) and is the perfect place for a pre or post game lunch or dinner. Topped with over 20 Flat Screen TVs to watch any of your favorite game, this place is the best for any sports fan. Watch one of our live bands on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Nights. We are open every day at 11am and have great lunch specials! $3 Wells and Drafts 11am-8pm Monday-Friday, and are open on Sundays at 9am for Brunch Time Bingo. With, $10 “Bottomless Pink Lady” Cocktails, Jumbo Cinnamon Buns with Whiskey Glaze frosting, and chances to win awesome prizes! Check out www.WhiskeyGirl.com to see all of the events happening during Comic-Con 2012!

About Youmacon
Youmacon is not only Detroit’s first and only Anime Convention, it’s also one of the fastest growing fan conventions in the country! With over 10,000 people last year coming to enjoy our 24 hour programming, great industry guests, video game tournaments, and cosplay contests, we’ve had to expand this year yet again. Youmacon 2012 will be held at both the Renaissance Center, and at Cobo Hall, November 1-4, 2012. Please go to www.Youmacon.com for more information.

About ComicsOnline
Established in San Diego in 2001, ComicsOnline.com is your home for coverage at San Diego Comic-Con! More than just comics news, ComicsOnline has since branched out to cover everything geek pop culture including TV, movies, anime/manga, and all manner of games and technology, as well as the events that showcase them. Now with our ComicsOnline Podcast, numerous convention appearances, and special Sneak Preview Screenings of upcoming Theatrical Releases in cities across the country, ComicsOnline is more than ever everything geek pop culture. Check out www.ComicsOnline.com and like us on Facebook!

For more information about Comic-Concert: The 2012 After Party check out www.Comic-Concert, and follow us on Facebook!

Her Universe Panel Announced for SDCC 2012

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For the third year-in-a-row, actress and HER UNIVERSE™ Founder Ashley Eckstein will sponsor and host a panel at San Diego Comic-Con — but this time with a very special and unique participatory theme for girls at the convention. The panel, entitled, “Are You a Geek Girl Trendsetter? Show Off Your Style to the Fashion Experts and Win Prizes,” will take place on Saturday, July 14th from 6-7p.m. in room 25ABC and will feature an all-star group of experts made up of fashion buyers, designers, creators and actresses from the fashion and sci-fi worlds who will give their advice to fangirls on how to create their own style and look.  Eckstein (the voice of Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars: The Clone Wars) was inspired by the NBC television show Fashion Star to give female fans the opportunity to show their unique style and original designs to the experts through this panel!

Girls are asked to attend the panel in their own custom made or styled everyday geek/sci-fi inspired outfits and accessories. Up to 30 girls on a first come, first served basis will have the opportunity to show their outfits before our expert panel. Each panelist will then choose two girls who truly impressed them with their overall design and flair to become finalists.  Panelists will give their feedback and advice to the finalists and they will then choose a first, second and third place winner, each of whom will receive a special prize. The panel will be filmed by MTV Geek as part of their Comic-Con coverage.

Comic-Con is full of geek girls who create, design and construct their own fashions. Eckstein devised this panel as a way for girls to get feedback on their trendsetting creations from a special panel of fashion professionals:

Tarina Tarantino – World renowned designer whose jewelry, handbag, cosmetic and lifestyle collections can be found in the best luxury fashion stores internationally as well as her own trademark boutiques.

Ed Labay - Senior Buyer/Licensed Apparel for leading music and pop culture fashion retailer, Hot Topic, who helps determine the fashion trends for fanboys and fangirls through the chain’s more than 600 stores.

Courtney Lear – Social Media Manager for Hot Topic and self-proclaimed geekette who has her finger on the pulse of the fanboy and fangirl communities online.

Clare Grant – Actress (Robot Chicken and Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and producer and founder of Team Unicorn, a multi-media production team of fangirls whose videos have been seen by millions.

Bonnie Burton – Author and creator of the Star Wars Craft Book and geek girl extraordinaire.

Stepping in as co-host with Ashley for this very special panel is actress, “Geek Goddess” and voice of Padme Amidala in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Catherine Taber!  Her Universe will also be offering its licensed geek girl apparel at booth 2913-F in the Lucasfilm Pavilion at Comic-Con.

About Her Universe Her Universe was launched in 2009 by actress and entrepreneur Ashley Eckstein, and her partner, The Araca Group, known as one of the most innovative theatrical production and merchandise companies in the world. Her Universe was created to directly address the expanding market of female fans by entering into its first agreement with Lucas Licensing to develop and produce a line of female-centered Star Wars apparel and accessories. The success of that line was followed up with a collection for the Syfy network including such shows as Battlestar Galactica and with BBC America for its Doctor Who franchise. You can learn more about Her Universe and purchase the current line of fangirl apparel and accessories by going to  www.heruniverse.com and by following Eckstein on Twitter and visiting the Her Universe Facebook page.

About Tarina Tarantino With a design aesthetic that is unmistakable and all her own, designer Tarina Tarantino along with her husband and partner Alfonso Campos founded the TARINA TARANTINO jewelry and accessories brand in 1995. Tarina’s original and co-branded designs, with brand giants such as Sanrio, Mattel and Paul Mitchell, are loved by celebrities and legions of fans and she has sparked a cult following that has spread globally. Tarina’s jewelry and accessories are all handmade in downtown LA in the heart of LA’s Fashion District ,and her designs can be found in her original boutiques in Milan, Los Angeles and nearly 2,000 luxury retailers worldwide. Coming soon, Tarina’s newest location, The Sparkle Factory will open in downtown LA. www.tarinatarantino.com

About Hot Topic Hot Topic is a mall- and web-based specialty retailer beloved by rebellious teens for more than 20 years. Hot Topic capitalizes on the latest trends in music and pop culture, offering band-related apparel and accessories, licensed merchandise, and fashion apparel and accessories to an edgy subculture of expressive individuals.  Hot Topic operates 624 stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico and an online store at hottopic.com. Find us on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube

About Team Unicorn Representing the idea that “like unicorns, geek girls aren’t supposed to exist”, Team Unicorn is a multi-media production team formed in Los Angeles, California in 2010. Its members are Michele Boyd, Clare Grant, Milynn Sarley, and Rileah Vanderbilt. www.teamunicornftw.com

Avatar Legacy Fan Panel Scheduled for SDCC 2012

Avatar Legacy Fan Panels returns to San Diego Comic Con for the fifth year with an event dedicated to the fans of the Nickelodeon cartoons  Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra! Moderated by superfan Avatar_Mom, this year’s panel includes special guests Bobby Rubio (Avatar: The Last Airbender, Pixar Studios, Alcatraz High), Freelance Concept Artist DJ Welch (Dark Kenjie), Kevin Coppa (Puppet Benders), and Actor/Voice Actor Dante Basco (Avatar: The Last Airbender, Legend of Korra), and perhaps a few more surprise guests.  If that isn’t enough, there will be a cosplay contest to showcase the fandom’s talented “fabric benders.” The action takes place in Room 28E on Saturday July 14, 2012 from 11:00am – 12:00pm!

JUST ADDED: Gurihiru Studios artists Chifuyu Sasaki and Naoko Kawano (artists of the Dark Horse comic series ATLA: The Promise) have been added to the panel!

Splash Page Comic Art Hosts Charlie Adlard & Edgar Salazar at SDCC 2012

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Splash Page Comic Art will be setup at the San Diego Comic Con in our row of booths at #4400 on the left hand side of the hall at the entrance between Hall Lobby E and F in the illustrators area from July 11 to 15, 2012 (in two weeks).

Charlie Adlard Walking Dead 100 Release Signing at SDCC

On Preview Night, Wednesday July 11th, Splash Page Comic Art will host a Walking Dead Issue 100 release signing with artist Charlie Adlard from 6pm to 8pm. Charlie will sign the Walking Dead 100 books that we’ll have for sale at the booth, including the SDCC Exclusive Variant book. For this particular signing, no outside material will be signed (other than the required SDCC program) and Charlie will not be sketching.

The original art to Walking Dead Issue 99 & 100 will be available for sale on Thursday, July 12 at booth 4400 when the San Diego Comic Con opens at 9:00 AM. The first six collectors to purchase a minimum of $1,000 worth of any of Charlie Adlard’s originals will receive a pre-drawn bonus sketch for free. The sketches are bust shots of various Walking Dead characters/zombies on 9 X 11.5 pieces of bristol board. The sketches may be chosen on a first come first serve basis.

Edgar Salazar SDCC Commission List

Edgar Salazar, artist of Dynamite’s Red Sonja and John Carter: Warlord of Mars, will take on a select number of commisions for delivery at San Diego Comic Con. He will not be sketching at the convention, but will take them on now for delivery at our booth 4400. Requests may be made at the link:

Prices & mediums:

9X12, Pencils
One character–$80
Two characters–$160
Head/bust drawing–$40

9X 12 PENCIL AND INK
One character–$120
Two characters–$245
Head/bust drawing–$65

9X 12 COPICS
One character–$150
Two characters–$240
Head/bust drawing–$75

If you are attending the SDCC and want to buy or seriously consider a particular piece of art, PLEASE contact us now to bring select items with us. We will be unable to bring our entire inventory to the show. Make sure we have what you want by telling us now. The cutoff to let us know what to bring is Wednesday, July 4th.

Come by my row of booths #4400 and see all of the great art that we’ll have for sale. Thanks

Mark Hay, Owner Splash Page Comic Art

Legend of Korra Panel Details for SDCC 2012

Legend of Korra and Avatar: The Last Airbender co-creator Bryan Konietzko announced exciting news on his tumblr about the panel he, fellow co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino, and several cast and crew members will host at Comic Con this year:

Hello, everyone! I wish I had some time to draw something new for the blog, but I’ve been buried in all sorts of work. So in an effort to post something related to the Book 1 finale this Saturday, here is the rough concept for the press art I posted last week. It might be interesting to those of you who like to see this sort of process work.

I have some more specifics on our San Diego Comic Con activities to share:

WHAT:  The Legend of Korra Comic-Con Panel WHEN: Friday, July 13 from 11:15a – 12:15p WHERE: Ballroom 20 WHO:  Co-creators and executive producers Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, Joaquim Dos Santos (co-executive producer), Janet Varney (Korra), David Faustino (Mako), P.J. Byrne (Bolin), Seychelle Gabriel (Asami), and Andrea Romano (voice director).  The panel will include an in-depth discussion of Book 1 and a live performance by the voice actors.

WHAT:  The Legend of Korra Comic-Con Signing WHEN: Friday, July 13 beginning at 2:30 p.m. WHERE: Nickelodeon booth

I’ve been told that Ballroom 20 holds 4300 people, so just get 4300 people to hold your places in the Game of Thrones line for Hall H, and pop over to Ballroom 20 for a spell. Among other things, Andrea is going to lead the actors in a live table read of some key scenes from Book 1. We’ve never done that sort of thing at a panel, so it should be really fun.

***Remember: The actors are not the characters, so be nice to David. He isn’t Mako. He just plays one on TV.

HASBRO Announces G.I. Joe: Retaliation Exclusives for SDCC 2012

HASBRO GI Joe

HASBRO has starting revealing their G.I. JOE: Retaliation movie line, including 3 exclusives for Comic-Con International 2012.

Via HASBRO.com:

HASBRO is proud to unveil the official movie action figure and toy line for the new “G.I. JOE: Retaliation” movie starring Dwayne Johnson & Bruce Willis! The new line reflects the movie magic, including the epic battle between the G.I. JOE team and arch-nemesis COBRA, which, led by COBRA COMMANDER, is once again intent on taking over the world.

The G.I. JOE movie toy line features your favorite G.I. JOE characters, including an all-new, super-heroic take on ROADBLOCK, as well as JOE COLTON, the original founder of the G.I. JOE team, and an imposing COBRA COMMANDER action figure! Also featured is an array of incredible new ninja toys, including an unprecedented line-up of “ninja-tastic” action figures, vehicles, swords, masks, and throwing stars. And don’t forget the action-packed toy vehicles: “Wherever there’s trouble, G.I. JOE is there,” whether by land, sea, or air!

We hope you enjoy the new G.I. JOE movie line of your favorite “A Real American Hero” as much as we enjoyed making it! “Yo Joe”!

Marvel Announces 2012 Convention Plans

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Marvel has announced plans to attend 4 conventions in 2012, hitting the usual high spots with 2 stops in California plus Chicago and New York:

Mar 16-18 - Wondercon in Anaheim, CA.
Apr 13-15 - C2E2 in Chicago, IL
Jul 11-15 - San Diego Comic-Con in San Diego, CA
Oct 11-14 - New York Comic Con in New York, NY

Brent Anderson Art Stolen

July 27, 2011 by  
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Artist Brent Anderson’s car was broken into while at the San Diego Zoo and many pages of original art were stolen including the following:

–50 pages from Astro City Vols. 1 & 2 & Local Heroes
–Astro City: Dark Age Books 1 (#s 1-4), 2 (#s 1-4) & 3 (#s 1-4) (50 pages)
–Green Lantern: Legacy approx. 45 pages between pages 1-45 (except page 5)
–Green Lantern Silver Age Special (approx. 4 pages)
–Green Lantern/Plastic Man team-up special (approx. 8 pages)
–Rising Stars #15-24 (approx. 48 pages)

Please spread the word to all your contacts, particularly to comic art dealers and collectors. If you see any of these pages surface, email Anderson at kneedeep@sonic.net. Thank you.

Here is an update on the Green Lantern pages stolen on Monday July 25, 2011:

Green Lantern Stolen Art List
Green Lantern: Legacy pp. 3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 18, 20, 21, 24, 30-36, 38-40, 42-46, 48, 51-57, 60 & 67-69
All other pages between 1 and 70 sold prior to Monday July 25, 2011 are “safe” pages. If any person’s safe page is on the stolen list, email Brent Anderson at kneedeep@sonic.net with the page number and the location and date the page was purchased, and it will be recorded with the San Diego Police Department as safe and added to the Safe List.

Silver Age: Green Lantern #1 pp. 3, 5, 7, & 8
All other pages sold prior to Monday July 25, 2011 are “safe” pages. If any person’s safe page is on the stolen list, email Brent Anderson at kneedeep@sonic.net with the page number and the location and date the page was purchased, and it will be recorded with the San Diego Police Department as safe and added to the Safe List.

Green Lantern/Plastic Man 1-Shot (1 of 2) pp. 3, 4, 19, 21, 22; (2 of 2) pp. 1, 2, 7, 10, 14, 16
All other pages sold prior to Monday July 25, 2011 are “safe” pages. If any person’s safe page is on the stolen list, email Brent Anderson at kneedeep@sonic.net with the page number and the location and date the page was purchased, and it will be recorded with the San Diego Police Department as safe and added to the Safe List.

Editor’s note: The image supplied (Astro City – Dark Age #1 p24) may or may not be one of the pages that was stolen but has been added as an example. Thank you.

Terminal Press Releases the Zombie Bomb App at SDCC 2011

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As the pop culture behemoth that is Comic-Con International rolls into San Diego this week, your hardworking friends over at team ZombieBomb! have BIG news for all fans of our special brand of undead goodness: the ZombieBomb! App for the iPad, out today.

The comic anthology that’s been setting zombie fandom on fire for the past year lurches into the digital age with an app sure to satisfy both hardcore ZB! devotees as well as those coming to the series for the first time. The ZombieBomb! App offers access to every issue of the ZB! series, as well as serving as a hub to our Facebook community and ZombieBombTV episode library. Additionally, exclusive wallpapers and an official ZB! alarm clock round out what is sure to be one of the most killer apps you download this year.

As well as today’s online debut, the ZombieBomb! App will be a primary feature at the Terminal Press Comic-Con booth, #1737. Visitors can try out the app live at the booth while meeting our creators and picking up signed copies of the first five issues of ZombieBomb!

In attendance at this year’s con will be co-editor/cover artist Adam Miller, as well as creators Keith McCleary, Adam Street, Geoff Mosse, Tom Bennett, and the entire ZBTV film crew. It’s going to be an amazing show capping off an amazing first year of ZombieBomb!

The ZombieBomb! App:

Every Issue of Zombie Bomb! Available Digitally for the first time!

Fully Featured Zombie Alarm Clock with awesome Zombie Artwork & Sounds

Free Zombie Bomb! Wallpaper for your iPad by your favorite Zombie artists

Interact with the Zombie Bomb! Facebook community right inside the App

Every Episode of Zombie Bomb! TV & New

Fantagraphics Schedule at SDCC 2011

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Fantagraphics is puttin’ the “comics” back in Comic-Con as we head to San Diego this week with a slew of scintillating signings, almost two-dozen dynamite debuts, and a collection of comics sure to please any comics fan… and fill those enormous free tote bags they give away at the door.

First up, DEBUTS!
• Love & Rockets New Stories 4 by Los Bros Hernandez
• Mark Twain’s Autobiography by Michael Kupperman
• Prison Pit Vol. 3 by Johnny Ryan
• Mome 22, edited by Eric Reynolds
• The Raven by Lou Reed and Lorenzo Mattotti
•  The Art of Joe Kubert, edited by Bill Schelly
• Setting the Standard: Alex Toth, edited by Greg Sadowski
• Esperanza by Jaime Hernanadez
• Like A Sniper Lining Up His Shot by Jacques Tardi
• Gil Jordan, Private Detective: Murder by High Tide by M. Tillieux
• The Pin-Up Art of Humorama, edited by Alex Chun
• Drawing Power, edited by Rick Marschall and Warren Bernard
• Sibyl-Anne vs. Ratticus by R. Macherot
• Willie & Joe: Back Home hardcover and Willie & Joe: The WWII Years softcover by Bill Mauldin
• The Armed Garden by David B.
• Complete Peanuts 1981-1982 (Vol. 16) by Charles Schultz
• Even More Jewish Comedians by Drew Friedman
• The Hidden by Richard Sala
• The Man Who Grew His Beard by Olivier Schrauwen
• Nuts by Gahan Wilson

Next up, SIGNINGS!

Thursday, July 21st:
1:00 – 2:00 PM    Joyce Farmer / Esther Pearl Watson
2:00 – 3:00 PM    Bill Schelly / Robert Goodin
3:00 – 5:00 PM    Gilbert Hernandez / Jaime Hernandez / Mario Hernandez
5:00 – 6:00 PM    Frank Stack / Paul Hornschemeier

Friday, July 22nd:
11:00 – 12:00 PM    Joyce Farmer / Bill Schelly
12:00 – 1:00 PM    Floyd Norman / Wilfred Santiago / Frank Stack
1:00 – 3:00 PM    Gilbert Hernandez / Jaime Hernandez / Mario Hernandez
3:00 – 4:00 PM    Paul Hornschemeier / Anders Nilsen / Esther Pearl Watson
4:00 – 5:00 PM    Mark Kalesniko / John Pham / Malachi Ward
5:00 – 7:00 PM    Johnny Ryan
5:00 – 6:00 PM    Jon Vermilyea
6:00 – 7:00 PM    Robert Goodin
Saturday, July 23rd:
12:00 – 1:00 PM        Wilfred Santiago / Bill Schelly
1:00 – 2:00 PM        Joyce Farmer /  Frank Stack
2:00 – 4:00 PM        Paul Hornschemeier / Johnny Ryan
3:00 – 4:00 PM        Esther Pearl Watson
4:00 – 5:00 PM        Mark Kalesniko
4:00 – 6:00 PM        Gilbert Hernandez / Jaime Hernandez / Mario Hernandez
6:00 – 7:00 PM        Robert Goodin / Jon Vermilyea / Malachi Ward

Sunday, July 24th:
11:00 – 12:00 PM   Joyce Farmer / Jon Vermilyea / Esther Pearl Watson
12:00 – 1:00 PM    Mark Kalesniko / Frank Stack
1:00 – 3:00 PM    Gilbert Hernandez / Jaime Hernandez / Mario Hernandez

All the action awaits you at our usual spot, Booth #1718!

And don’t miss our amazing PANELS!  I won’t get into all the details, because Mike did so earlier here on the FLOG, so click on the date to see our previously posted full rundown on each panel!

Thursday, July 21st:
• 12:30-1:30     Spotlight on Bill Schelly [Room 8]
• 1:00-2:00     CBLDF Master Session 2: Shannon Wheeler [Room 30CDE]
• 2:00-3:00     Love and Rockets — Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario Hernandez [Room 9]
• 2:30-3:30     Joyce Farmer: Special Exits, A Memoir [Room 4]
• 3:30-4:30     Spotlight on Frank Stack  [Room 4]
• 6:00-7:00     Comics for Social Justice: The Making of Oil and Water [Room 9]

Friday, July 22nd:
• 10:30-11:30     Comics Arts Conference Session #5: Critical Approaches to Comics: An Introduction to Theories and Methods— Matthew J. Smith and Randy Duncan with panelist, Andrei Molotiu. [Room 26AB]
• 1:00-2:00     Comics Arts Conference Session #6: Wordless Comics with Andrei Molotiu. [Room 26AB]
• 12:00-1:00     CBLDF Master Session 3: Jaime Hernandez [Room 30CDE]
• 1:00-2:00     Publishing Queer: Producing LGBT Comics and Graphic Novels with moderator Justin Hall  [Room 9]
• 1:00-2:30     The Golden Age of the Fanzine moderated by Bill Schelly. [Room 24ABC]
• 10:30-11:30     Cartoon Network Comedy: Regular Show/The Problem Solverz and More! The Problem Solverz talent includes Ben Jones, John Pham, and Jon Vermilyea. [Room 6A]
Saturday, July 23rd:
• 10:00-11:30     50 Years of Comic Fandom: The Founders with Bill Schelly [Room 24ABC]
• 11:30-12:30     Bill Blackbeard: The Man Who Saved Comics with Trina Robbins [Room 24ABC]
• 12:30-1:30     Fantagraphics 35th Anniversary  [Room 24ABC]
• 1:00-2:00     Spotlight on Anders Nilsen [Room 4]
• 2:30-3:30     The Art of the Graphic Novel with Joyce Farmer (Special Exits, A Memoir) [Room 24ABC]   

Sunday, July 24th:
• Nothing. Come shop with us!

PHEW! And, can you believe it? This is only the beginning! Stay tuned to the Fantagraphics FLOG, Twitter and Facebook for important (we mean it!) Comic-Con announcements all week long!

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