Sixth Annual Awesome Con Returns to Washington DC on Easter Weekend

Press Release:

The sixth annual Awesome Con by LeftField Media, the Mid-Atlantic’s premier pop culture convention, will unite 80,000 fans of comics, technology and science, television and film, custom art, over-the-top cosplay, and more at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1, 2018. The convention floor and panel rooms will buzz with hundreds of hours’ worth of programs including: celebrities and experts hosting panels and exclusive reveals; cosplay fashion shows; gaming tournaments; iconic film memorabilia exhibits; and a diverse array of activities for families on Easter weekend.

Family-friendly pavilion Awesome Con Jr returns with even more playful events planned to educate and entertain kids of all ages and parents alike, with special promotions in place to engage Awesome Con’s youngest fans throughout the show. Future Con, Awesome Con’s science pavilion, will dive into the latest developments in science and science fiction sure to delight even the most curious minds. Back for the second year is Pride Alley presented in partnership with Geeks OUT, shining a spotlight on LGBTQ creators and fans in an even more robust section of Artist Alley.

With Awesome Con 2018 hosting more energetic programs, more globally recognized special guests, and presenting more exclusive previews and announcements to attendees than ever before, it continues growing into a standout annual destination as an unbridled celebration of pop culture and pure fun.


  • Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy’s Drax the Destroyer, Blade Runner 2049)
  • Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy’s Yondu, The Walking Dead)
  • Stephen Amell (Arrow, New Girl, Private Practice)
  • John Barrowman (Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who)
  • Cress Williams (Black Lightning, Prison Break, Hart of Dixie)
  • Tom Welling (Smallville, Lucifer)
  • Pom Klementieff (Guardians of the Galaxy’s Mantis)
  • Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, Guardians of the Guardians Vol. 2, Impastor)
  • Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy’s Kraglin, Gilmore Girls)
  • Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story)
  • Joe Keery (Stranger Things, Molly’s Game, Slice)
  • Ben Savage (Boy Meets World, Girls Meet World, Chuck, Dear John, Little Monsters, Without a Trace)
  • Will Friedle (Boy Meets World, Girls Meets World, Batman Beyond, Kim Possible, Guardians of the Galaxy animated series)
  • Rider Strong (Boy Meets World, Girl Meets World, Cabin Fever)
  • Charisma Carpenter (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel)
  • Phil LaMarr (Futurama, Samurai Jack, Pulp Fiction, Justice League Unlimited, Mad TV, Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Comic Guests:

  • J. Scott Campbell (Gen¹³, Danger Girl, Spider-Man)
  • Fabian Nicieza (Deadpool co-creator, X-Men, Thunderbolts, Action Comics)
  • Jim Starlin (Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Infinity Gauntlet, Batman; co-creator of Drax, Gamora, and Thanos)
  • Greg Capullo (Batman, Reborn, X-Force, Quasar, The Creech)
  • Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Batman, Swamp Thing, Voodoo Heart)
  • Tom King (Batman, The Sheriff of Babylon, The Vision)
  • Colleen Doran (A Distant Soil, Wonder Woman, Amazing Spider-Man)
  • Sean Gordon Murphy (Batman: White Knight, Hellblazer: City of Demons, Punk Rock Jesus, Shaun of the Dead, Teen Titans, The Wake, Tokyo Ghost)
  • James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, Batman, The Woods)
  • Sorah Sungh (Iron Man, Princeless)


  • Friday or Sunday Only Admission: $35
  • Saturday Only Admission: $50
  • 3-Day Weekend Pass: $75
  • 3-Day ‘Geekend VIP’ Pass: $150
  • Kids 10 and under: free with coupon code AWESOMEJR
  • VIP passes & experiences range from the VIP Geekend ($150) to the premium, limited quantity Club Awesome Reserve Membership ($999) and offer access to various celebrity appearances and special events.

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About Awesome Con
Awesome Con is the biggest annual comic and pop culture convention in Washington, D.C., having welcomed over 71,000 attendees in 2017. Awesome Con celebrates all aspects of geekdom and pop culture, with a wide assortment of engaging events, comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay and more. Awesome Con is presented in partnership with LeftField Media, an event organization company developed by the founder of New York Comic Con. Learn more at

CA – Brave and the Bold #1 Signing

Comic artist, writer, and publisher Liam Sharp appears at Escapist Comics on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 3:00 PM to sign Brave and the Bold #1, a DC comic teaming up Batman and Wonder Woman that releases the same week. Liam Sharp drew the recent Wonder Woman Rebirth series as well as Superman and Batman for DC Comics, X-Men, Hulk and Spider-Man for Marvel Comics as well as Spawn: The Dark Ages for Todd McFarlane, and Alien. He is the co-founder/CCO of the motion comics company Madefire.

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Escapist Comics
3090 Claremont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

LA – Angel Medina Signing

Artist Angel Medina (Sensational Spider-Man, Spawn, KISS: Psycho Circus, Warlock and the Infinity Watch) appears at Showcase Comics on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at noon for a signing.

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Showcase Comic Books and Collectibles LLC
1071 Robert Rd Suite 12, Slidell, LA 70458
(985) 214-9100

CA – Bright Make-Up FX Symposium

Press Release:

Creature Features presents an intimate conversation with Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr. of Amalgamated Dynamics Inc., discussing the design and creation of the creature make-ups from Netflix’s BRIGHT!


The event will take place on Sunday, January 28th at 1pm. Admission is $8.

Tickets are available now at the link…

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Creature Features
2904 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 842-8665

MA – Joe Perry Signing

Joe Perry appears at Newbury Comics on Thursday January 29th at 6:00 PM to celebrate the release of Sweetzerland Manifesto.

Wristbands necessary to attend event and will be given out with purchase of “Sweetzerland Manifesto” at the Newbury St store only beginning on the album release date (1/19). Purchase of CD required for autograph.

Newbury Comics
332 Newbury Street Boston, MA 02115
(617) 236-4930

NV – Chris Claremont & Gerry Conway Signing

Writers Chris Claremont (X-Men) and Gerry Conway (Amazing Spider-Man) appear at Torpedo Comics on Saturday, January 27, 2018 for a signing.

TORPEDO GOLD MEMBERS: 5 Signatures from EACH guest!
TORPEDO VIP MEMBERS: 3 Signatures from EACH guest!

$10 per signature from Gerry Conway or Chris Claremont, with no limits. That means you can get 6,756,234 books signed.

(IN ADDITION TO THEIR 15% SAVINGS): Torpedo customers with an ACTIVE PULL BOX at least a month before each signing event, and are CURRENT on their books (AGAIN, CURRENT ON THEIR BOOKS!), will receive a ticket for a free signature from each guest the day of the event.

Torpedo VIP memberships are available at $200 each and GUARANTEE you to meet every guest of ours for the entire year of 2018! VIP memberships also include AT LEAST 1 signature from each guest (most guests will be 2-3)!

Torpedo Comics
8775 S. Lindell Road #150, Las Vegas, NV 89139
(702) 444-4432

SF – The Voices of New Looney Tunes

Bob Bergen, Dee Bradley Baker, Jeff Bergman, Matt Craig, and Collette Sunderman appear at the Castro Theatre on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 1:00 PM.

Press Release:

The voice cast of New Looney Tunes takes the Castro Theatre stage for an amazing afternoon! Join Bob Bergen (Porky Pig), Dee Bradley Baker (Daffy Duck), Jeff Bergman (Bugs Bunny) and producer Matt Craig for a live episode reading, directed by Collette Sunderman. Then marvel at the animated version of that episode, followed by a fun and informative Q&A. The New Looney Tunes streams exclusively on the Boomerang premium subscription service, available on Android, iOS, desktop, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet, Roku and Chromecast.

About New Looney Tunes:
The hilarious, heroic and mischievous Bugs Bunny you love is back! Follow Bugs as he stars in a new series consisting of slapstick comedic shorts that find the iconic, carrot-loving rabbit matching his wits against classic characters, such as Theodore “Tasmanian” Devil, Wile E. Coyote and Yosemite Sam. Along the way, Bugs will encounter brand-new foes but he’ll have some help from new friends like Bigfoot and Squeaks the Squirrel! Catch it on Boomerang, the streaming service with all the best cartoons, including all new exclusive versions of  Looney Tunes, Scooby Doo, Tom and Jerry, and more.

Presented by the Cartoon Art Museum and SF Sketchfest! It’s the city’s greatest comedy festival, with a variety of sketch and improv, film and television tributes and reunions, solo performers, podcasts and stand-up comedy performers. See the greatest names live and in person!

Tickets available at the link…

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Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 621-6120

IL – An Evening with Neil Patrick Harris

Press Release:

Join Anderson’s Bookshops for a special event on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM with Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother, Doogie Howser MD) and his new book for children, The Magic Misfits! This will be a presentation and Q&A event only; there will be no signing or photo line. Your book will be pre-signed. Tickets available at the link…

UPDATE: Every book purchased (including those available at the event) secures you a chance to win a door prize which includes an exclusive VIP meet-and-greet immediately following the event. Neil will choose five lucky readers (+ 1 guest each) who will get to meet him after the event and take a photo.

From award-winning actor, Neil Patrick Harris, comes the magical first book in a new middle grade series with plenty of tricks up its sleeve.

Your ticket includes one copy of the new book and admission for one or two people, depending on the type you choose. You will receive your book when you arrive at the event. They will not be available for pick up before that time.

Here’s what you get with each ticket:
*Admittance for one person (two if you purchase that package)
*A pre-signed copy of the new book, The Magic Misfits handed to you when you arrive
*A presentation
*Audience Q&A

Here’s what you shouldn’t expect:
*A personalization (your name in the book)
*An autograph in the book that you bought elsewhere
*The opportunity to meet Neil
*A photo of you and Neil

Seating is first come, first served. Please carefully note the event start time and plan to arrive before that time. We cannot guarantee the length of time that any author will be with us.

Tickets are non-refundable. If you miss the event, in order to receive your book you will need to contact us within 30 days of the event.

PLEASE NOTE that this event follows the author’s and publisher’s wishes and may mean limits on photos and the number of signed or personalized books. Anderson’s Bookshop is not responsible for changes made by the author to the guidelines prior to or during the event.

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Bobak’s Signature Events
6440 Double Eagle Drive, Woodridge, IL 60517

Stan Lee Returns to Silicon Valley Comic Con 2018

The man, the myth, the legend. Making his grand return to Silicon Valley Comic Con we are very excited to announce our first guest… STAN LEE!

Stan Lee is an American comic-book writer, editor, and publisher, who was formerly executive vice president and publisher of Marvel Comics.

Lee co-created Spider-Man, the Avengers, Black Panther,  the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Thor, the X-Men, and many other fictional characters, introducing a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books. In addition, he challenged the comics’ industry’s censorship organization, the Comics Code Authority, indirectly leading to it updating its policies. Lee subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.

He has had cameo appearances in many Marvel film and television projects. A few of these appearances are self-aware and sometimes reference Lee’s involvement in the creation of certain characters.

On 16 July 2017, Lee was named a Disney Legend, a hall of fame program that recognizes individuals who have made an extraordinary and integral contribution to The Walt Disney Company.

Other guests for the 2018 convention include: Sean Astin, Jewel Staite, Matthew Lewis, Jim Shooter, Simon Bisley, Coop, Glenn Fabry, Andy Weir

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Steve Wozniak presents Silicon Valley’s first-ever Comic Con, where two of America’s greatest superheroes—pop culture and technology—will unite! Join forces with top celebrities and independent artists as we explore the new frontiers of cosplay, comics, video games, consumer electronics, music and apps in the world’s tech capital. SVCC 2018 will take place at the San Jose Convention Center April 6-8. Learn more at

CA – The Grouchy Historian Signing

Ed Asner and Ed Weinberger appear at the Santa Monica Library on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 3:00 PM to present their new book, The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs.

For decades, Ed Asner has entertained audiences with his film and television roles, most notably as cantankerous news editor Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Now, with political turmoil roiling the waves in virtually every aspect of American life, Ed and his co-author Ed. Weinberger wade into the debate with the new book The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs. In his typically irascible form, Asner “leads the charge for liberals to reclaim the Constitution from the right-wingers who use it as their justification for doing whatever terrible thing they want to do, which is usually to comfort the comfortable and afflict the afflicted. It’s about time someone gave them hell and explained that progressives can read, too.”

This event is ticketed. Free tickets for auditorium seating will be released one hour prior to program. Only one ticket per guest will be released, and guest must be present to receive a ticket. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis. A book sale and signing follows.

Santa Monica Public Library
601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-8600


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