Star Wars Rebels’ Steve Blum & Mary Elizabeth McGlynn Appear at Anime Boston 2018

Press Release:

Voice Actors Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and Steve Blum will be appearing at Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA on March 30th through April 1, 2018.

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn is a voice over actress, writer, singer, and director. As an actress, she is currently playing Governor Pryce in Star Wars Rebels, Dr. Maheswaran in Steven Universe, Zahra Hydrus in Geek & Sundry’s Critical Role, Valkyrie in Lego Marvel’s Avengers, Talis in StarCraft II, Johanna in Heroes of the Storm, Queen Metalia in Sailor Moon Crystal, and Brooha in Glitter Force.

Mary Elizabeth portrayed Major Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost In The Shell Innocence, Solid State Society, and Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex for which she won the American Anime Award for Best Actress. Some of her other popular roles are Cornelia in Code Geass, Kurenai from Naruto, Julia from Cowboy Bebop, Zanpakuto from Bleach, Helba and Bordeau from .hack, Jagura from Wolf’s Rain, Nuriko in Fushigi Yuugi, and Caroline from Vampire Hunter D.

“Mary Elizabeth McGlynn has one of the most recognizable voices in anime. Female heroes have long had a prominent place in anime and Mary’s portrayal of Major Kusanagi in the Ghost in the Shell series stands as the most iconic,” said Victor Lee, Convention Chair.

With literally hundreds of V/O credits to his name, Veteran Voice Monkey Steve Blum is best known as the voice of Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop, the villain Amon in Legend of Korra, Wolverine from several incarnations of X-Men, Orochimaru, Zabuza, and others from Naruto, Vincent Valentine from Final Fantasy VII, Leeron from Gurren Lagann, Storm Troopers and many others in most of the Star Wars games, dozens of Digimon, and a gigantic list of other characters from Anime, Video Games, TV and Film. In 2012, Steve was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records as Most Prolific Voice Actor in Video Games – appearing in almost 300 games (now approaching 400!)

Currently you can find him as Zeb Orrelios and other characters in the incredible saga that is Star Wars: Rebels on Disney XD, as Shoe and Sparky in Laika’s The Boxtrolls, and as astronaut Quentin Thomas on Hip Hop superstar LOGIC’s amazing album The Incredible True Story and his latest release Everybody.

Added Victor Lee, “What more can be said about Steve Blum? If you watched anime, you’ve heard his voice. If you don’t think you’ve heard his voice, you’ve probably heard his voice. It’s been too long since Steve was last in Boston!”

Previously announced guests include FLOW, Asaka, Greg Ayres, Monica Rial, Hideyuki Tomioka, Katsuyuki Sumizawa, Hirokatsu Kihara, Michihiko Suwa, Kaoru Wada, Kaiji Tang, Josh Grelle, Amanda C. Miller, Jez Roth, Rachel Robinson, Christopher Bevins, J. Michael Tatum, Brandon McInnis, Caitlynn French, Scott Gibbs, and Yūji Mutō.

About Anime Boston: With nearly 26,000 attendees in 2017, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2018 is scheduled for Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.

About New England Anime Society, Inc.: The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.

Anime Los Angeles Celebrates 20 Years of Cowboy Bebop

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Celebrate 20 years of Cowboy Bebop at Animé Los Angeles 14 – January 25th to 28th at the Ontario Convention Center!

Voice talent guests from Cowboy Bebop include Beau Billingslea, Steve Blum, Melissa Fahn, Wendee Lee, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Lia Sargent, Skip Stellrecht, and Paul St Peter!

We have a wide variety of guests and programming for your enjoyment. Be sure to check out our website for all the recent updates including daily schedules.

Animé Los Angeles 14 is a little more than 2 weeks away – January 25th to 28th at the Ontario Convention Center! Are you registered? Memberships and Single Day tickets are available! Tickets are going fast!

Get more info and register at the link…

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ANIMÉ LOS ANGELES RETURNS TO THE INLAND EMPIRE IN 2018

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ANIMÉ LOS ANGELES RETURNS TO THE INLAND EMPIRE IN 2018 

The 4-Day Event To Take Place At The Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, California On January 25-28, 2018

Steve Blum and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn headline Animé Los Angeles’ Initial Guest List 

Ontario, California October 25, 2017 – Animé Los Angeles (ALA) is proud to officially announce the return to the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario California for a third consecutive year this January 25-28, 2018.  Animé Los Angeles is the largest and fastest growing animé convention in The Inland Empire.  In the last two years attendance numbers have skyrocketed by more than 150%. 

Animé Los Angeles will be bringing industry icons Steve Blum (Cowboy Bebop, Star Wars: Rebels, Voice of Wolverine) and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Star Wars: Rebels, Steven Universe, Critical Role) to headline it’s fourteenth year. 

Also joining the ALA 2018 guest list are Beau Billlingslea (Cowboy Bebop, Naruto, Digimon), Les Claypool  (Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell, Big O), Mary Claypool (Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell, Big O), Melissa Fahn (Cowboy Bebop, Digimon, Invader Zim), Victor Frost (Steven Universe Universe, Frostworks) & Paul St. Peter (Cowboy Bebop, Naruto, Kingdom Hearts).   With many more guests to be announced over the next few months, attendees can expect Animé Los Angeles 2018 to be the must attend event of the winter.

“We’re excited to be The Inland Empire’s premiere animé and cosplay event,” said ALA Chair Alec Orrock.  “We know we have a strong reputation to live up to and our team is dedicated to delivering an incredible experience.”

Looking to the future, Animé Los Angeles has contracted and committed to being held at the Ontario Convention Center through 2021 and being part of The Inland Empire for many years to come.

Ensure that you are part of the fun by ordering your tickets to Animé Los Angeles before the early registration discount ends on 10/31.

For more information as well tickets head to www.animelosangeles.org

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About Animé Los Angeles

Animé Los Angeles, established in 2005, is a medium-sized, community-focused animé convention with a more moderate-paced environment where you can meet up with old friends and make new ones, while also offering an abundance of diverse programming to keep our members busy and entertained. We are run with our fans in mind with the hopes to bring people closer together while celebrating a common love of Anime, Cosplay, and Fandom.

Animé Los Angeles (2006-present) is sponsored by Institute for Specialized Literature, Inc. (ISL), an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization.

For More Information Contact:

Alec Orrock – info@animelosangeles.org

Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) 2017 Report!

Chicago. I had been there before. It was 2014, and the occasion was Wizard World. April 2017 was my second trip to the city that the poet Carl Sandburg called “Hog Butcher for the World, / Tool Maker, / Stacker of Wheat, / Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler; / Stormy, husky, brawling, City of the Big Shoulders.” Railroads are no longer America’s arteries, and big shoulders are now an 80s fashion relic, but I, like Sandburg, “have seen painted women / under the gas lamps / luring the farm boys.”

   

Such women in Chi-Town can mean only one thing: the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, known as C2E2. I went with my convention buddy John, whom you will remember from Spooky Empire, Minneapolis Wizard World, and Florida Supercon. We stayed at the Congress Plaza Hotel. Opened in 1893 in anticipation of the World’s Columbian Exposition–i.e., the Chicago World’s Fair–the place was a blend of grand and shabby. John likened it to “the Stanley Hotel meets Super 8.”

We grabbed some dinner and walked around downtown, which was eerily empty for a Thursday evening. I saw a few people with the telltale Pokémon shirts, beanies, and/or Barbossa beads and thought: convention goers. Things would heat up the next day and be full-bore by Saturday. John was looking forward to panel discussions and stellar cosplays. I had my usual assortment of books to be signed.

One thing going to conventions with John has taught me is the value of the convention app (if there is one). I still like the printed program of course–great for signatures. But John always downloads the app because it is (1) updated in real time, (2) doesn’t require him to keep up with something else, and (3) makes him feel tech wizard-y. And the C2E2 app is sweet! It has autograph schedules, prices, and locations for every celebrity. The prices were an especially nice feature. Most conventions don’t post these in advance, which makes budgeting for the weekend Mulvaney-esque.

Another innovation was getting my badge in the mail. If you read my first DragonCon report, then you know my acrimony regarding registration lines. John agrees: “Just charge an extra 40 cents and mail everyone’s badge.” How satisfying it was to open an envelope in February, slide out my shiny badge, and reflect on at least one queue not in my future.

Of course, it is impossible to avoid lines altogether. It is an axiom that, no matter which line I choose–supermarket, toll road, ATM, wherever–it will the line with problems: a technical malfunction, say, or a non-English-speaking customer, or an employee who skipped training. At conventions, I am similarly thwarted. Steve Blum was scheduled to sign at 11:00am on Friday, which was great. Fridays are the least crowded days, making them best for autographs–except this Friday. All around me, guests were meeting fans, posing for pictures, translating Celtic texts, building additions onto homes. Meanwhile, I waited. And waited. Blum’s line grew longer than the Santa Fe Trail, and still I waited. The con staff began setting up his booth at 11:50, suggesting he would arrive at 12:00 rather than the advertised 11:00. In fact, it was almost 1:00 when he got there.

Autograph lines. Look closely, and you’ll see me with a floor-length beard.

Rob Liefeld was also late, though not as egregiously. His line would have been long anyway–everbody loves Robert–but there was a new thing complicating it: VIP clients. For $125 in advance ($160 on-site), you would get two signed exclusive comics, one signed Deadpool print, one autograph ticket for your own item, and a picture with Liefeld. He is a quick signer, and friendly without being effusive, which moves the line along. But it is a gut punch to get aaaaaaalmost to the table and be superseded by a group of VIPs. I said there should be VIP signing times and non-VIP signing times, but John argued that would dilute the perks of being a VIP, one of which is the freedom not to have to visit the booth at a specific time.

Those who eschewed the VIP ticket could choose from Liefeld’s a la carte menu.

The growing practice of comic creators charging for autographs has been discussed a lot lately. I don’t mind a blanket charge because, as Dan Seitz argues, “sign your name a hundred times in a row. It’s simple work, but it’s work. You pay people for work.” I do mind creators charging more for a CGC-witnessed signature. Is it more work to write your name when a third party is watching? And charging more to sign a more valuable book like New Mutants #98 is merely a money grab. After all, a number of market forces affect secondary value that have little to do with the quality of the product.

But I care less about cost than about time, the latter of which is more precious and fleeting at a convention. Memo, then, to all creators and celebrities: don’t be late to your signings! The convention is your job for a particular weekend. Do your job. I cannot conceive of any legitimate reason for a guest who is in a city where they have no other business and is staying at a hotel across the street to be unable to make an 11:00am appointment. I am at this convention to meet you, be enthralled by you, and then carry your name across the land. Hard to do that when you’re a no-show Jones.

As for the rest of the convention, it was a delight. C2E2 is big–70,000+ attendees–but the open floor plan gives plenty of space, so I never felt pinioned. The dealer room had all the comics dealers together, all the anime dealers together, all the T-shirt dealers together, etc., which made shopping go smoother. The family area had games, a play space, chairs for adults to rest, and circus performers. The selection of comic creators was spectacular–Stan Lee, Frank Miller (too bad he was there Saturday only and sold-out), Greg Rucka, Rob Liefeld, Matt Wagner, and some who don’t do many conventions anymore, like Dan Jurgens. There were fewer actors than I expected, but this reinforces the focus of C2E2–comic and entertainment, not the other way around. John said there weren’t enough panels and seminars for a convention this size, but the ones he attended were good. His favorite dealt with using comics to boost literacy and teach science. Finally, there was a larger selection of (over-priced) food vendors than I find at most conventions.

If you’ve never been to Chicago, go. And if you’ve never been to C2E2, go. Most conventions are run by small nonprofits, who are exposed as amateurs in a number of ways, but the power of ReedPOP ups the professionalism. Despite three different volunteers being unable to tell me where Frank Miller’s autograph sessions would be held, I found C2E2 to be well-managed, well-marketed, and an all-around pleasure.

Want to see more images from C2E2? Here you go!

“Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse / and strong and cunning.”

 

Must. Catch. Train.

 

I always wanted to be an Ivy League graduate.

 

Look at that chicken . . . and the two cosplayers beside him.

 

At least I didn’t have to queue to see Q.

 

Strangely enough, John lost his voice after this picture with the Sea Witch.

 

“Wait’ll they get a load of me.”

 

“Sure, honey, I’ll go get your purse from the car. Be right back.”

 

Some people put a lot of thought into their cosplays. Others just wing it.

 

Two big reasons to go to C2E2 are . . . um . . .

 

C2E2 just goes on . . .

 

and on . . .

 

and on.

 

Cosplay Central: the heroes behind the heroes

 

Chicago is cold enough without this guy being in town.

 

Grand Rapids Comic-Con Returns October 21-23, 2016

Grand Rapids Comic-Con

Press Release:

The next Grand Rapids Comic-Con will be held on October 21-23, 2016, at the DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Hours:
Friday, October 21: 2-8 pm with after-hours programming until 11 pm
Saturday, October 22: 10 am-7 pm with after hours programming until 11 pm
Sunday, October 23: 10 am until 5 pm

Ticket Prices:
3-day pass: $40 advance, $50 at door
Friday only: $15 advance, $20 door
Saturday only: $20 advance, $25 door
Sunday only: $17 advance, $22 door
VIP pass: $149 advance only
Link to tickets is here.

Celebrity Guest List:
Wil Traval: “Jessica Jones”, “Arrow”, “Once Upon A Time”
Denise Crosby: Lt. Tasha Yar in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and the leader of Terminus in “The Walking Dead”
Bruno Gunn: Brutus in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Sean Maher: Dr. Simon Tam in “Firefly”, Nightwing in several DC Comics animed Batman movies
Steve Blum: Zeb Orrelios in “Star Wars Rebels”, Spike Spiegel in “Cowboy Bebop”, Wolverine in numerous X-Men animated features
Bryce Papnebrook: Eren Jaeger in “Attack On Titan”, Rin in “Blue Exorcist”
Austin St. John: The original Red Ranger in “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”
Steve Cardenas: Rocky DeSantos/Red Ranger in “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”
Robin Shelby: Slimer in Ghostbusters 2 and Lady Slimer in Ghostbusters (2016)
Russell Hodgkinson: Doc in “Z-Nation”
Felix Silla: “Buck Rogers In The 25th Century”, “The Addams Family”, Star Wars: Episode VI–Return Of The Jedi
Rob Miller: “Face Off”
Dr. Mortose: local horror host

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) Cast Reunion!
Michelan Sisti * Leif Tilden * Josh Pais

Comic Guest List:
Kevin Eastman: co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Jae Lee: Batman/Superman, Before Watchmen: Ozymandias
Bob Camp: creatiuve writer/director of Ren and Stimpy
Joe Rubinstein: Wolverine, Micronauts, The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe
Stuart Sayger: The Walking Dead, Bionicle
Tony Kordos: Batman and Robin Eternal
Rodney Ramos: Transmetropolitan
Steve Lieber: Whiteout, The Spectacular Foes Of Spider-Man
Jeff Balke: Deadpooh, Fantastic Four
Allen Bellman: Golden Age artist for Captain America
Greg Weisman: Gargoyles, Star Wars Rebels
Vince Locke: Sandman, Deadworld
J. David Spurlock: publisher on Vanguard Publishing
Tony Isabella: Black Lightning, 1000 Comic Books You Must Read
K. Lynn Smith: Plume, Cards Against Humanity
Jeff Carlisle: The Guild, Star Wars, Doctor Who
William Messner-Loebs: The Flash, Wonder Woman
Dirk Manning: Legends Of Oz, Nightmare World
Jason Moore: Batman: Haunted Gotham, The Crusades
Arvell Jones: All-Star Squadron, The Avengers
Jeff Balke: Fantastic Four, Deadpooh
Comfort and Adam: The Uniques, Rainbows In The Dark
Jon Alderink: Superman, Justice League: Generation Lost
Dan Monroe: children’s book illustrator
Tyler and Sara Sowles: Durontus: The Lost Serpent, G-Fan magazine
…plus an extensive artist alley!

Best Selling Authors:
Anne Bishop: The Others, Black Jewels
Susan Dennard: Truthwitch, Something Strange and Deadly
Adam Bray: Marvel, Star Wars technical manuals
Eric Telchin: Black and White Factory
Courtney Allison Moulton: Angelfire
MarcyKate Connolly: Monstrous, Ravenous

New! Kids Area in Exhibit Hall C, including a huge LEGOs display, Hot Wheels track, Star wars coloring area, two science exhibits, and a ton more. Check it out!

Plus:

100,000 square foot vending hall
Car show
Film festival (link here)
Anime room
Art show
Costume contest
Electronic and board/card gaming rooms
501st/Ghostbusters/Transformers
Comic and 1950’s sci-fi displays
100-plus hours of programming

More information: www.grcomiccon.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/grandrapidscomiccon
Twitter: www.twitter.com/grcomiccon
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/grcomiccon

Florida Supercon 2016 is Next Weekend

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Press Release:

Florida Supercon is the LARGEST Comic Con in Miami. Supercon takes place JULY 1-4, 2016 at THE MIAMI BEACH CONVENTION CENTER and FILLMORE MIAMI BEACH AT THE JACKIE GLEASON THEATER!

Find the best in Comic Books, Media Guests, Anime, Animation, Video Games, Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Pop Culture in South Florida. Florida Supercon is 4 days of fun featuring celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors, industry guests, cosplayers, artists, writers, panels, Q&A’s, films & shorts, costume & cosplay contests, vendors, parties, anime, workshops, video gaming and more!

Some of the highlights for Florida Supercon 2016 include:

  • Star Trek 50th Anniversary Celebration: William Shatner “Captain Kirk”, Walter Koenig “Pavel Chekov”, Michael Dorn “Worf”, Denise Crosby “Tasha Yar”, Robert Picardo “The Doctor”, René Auberjonois “Odo”, Robert Duncan McNeill “Tom Paris”,  David Warner “Chancellor Gorkon & St. John Talbot”, Chase Masterson “Leeta the Bajoran”, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture Cinematographer Bruce Logan.
  • DC’s Legends of Tomorrow star: Casper Crump “Vandal Savage”.
  • FOX’S Gotham star: Ben McKenzie “Jim Gordon”.
  • Doctor Who star: Alex Kingston “River Song.”
  • The Walking Dead Cast Members: Michael Cudlitz “Abraham Ford”, and Denise Crosby “Mary”.
  • Star Wars Cast Members: Jeremy Bulloch “Boba Fett”, Tim Rose “Admiral Ackbar”, Jessica Henwick “Jessika Pava”, Chris Parsons “4-Lom”, and Star Wars: A New Hope special effects co-ordinator Bruce Logan.
  • First Time Ever TRON ReunionBruce Boxleitner “TRON”, David Warner “Sark”, Cindy Morgan “Yori”, and TRON Cinematographer Bruce Logan.
  • Game of Thrones cast members: Natalia Tena “Osha” and Jessica Henwick “Nymeria Sand”.
  • Harry Potter stars: Natalia Tena “Tonks”, and Devon Murray “Seamus Finnigan”.
  • Sesame Street cast members: Emilio Delgado “Luis” and Bob McGrath “Bob Johnson”.
  • Steven Universe stars: Zach Callison “Steven”, Michaela Dietz “Amethyst”, and Grace Rolek “Connie”.
  • Wrestling Superstars: Mick Foley, Diamond Dallas Page, Mickie James, The Godfather, Road Warrior Animal, and Demolition.
  • Pokémon 20th Anniversary Celebration: Veronica Taylor “Ash Ketchum”, Michael Liscio Jr. “Clemont and Inkay”, Tara Sands “Bulbasaur, Richie, Sammy, Oddish and Jasmine”, Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld “Bonnie, Nurse Joy, Jasmine and Audino”, and Haven Paschall “Serena, Concordia, and Ellie”.
  • Anime Stars: Vic Mignogna (Fullmetal Alchemist, Dragon Ball Z, Ouran High School Host Club), Caitlin Glass (Fullmetal Alchemist, Attack on Titan, Ouran High School), Steve Blum (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo), Trina Nishimura (Attack on Titan, Witchblade, Claymore), and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Ghost In The Shell, Sailor Moon).
  • Animation Stars: Tara Strong (Teen Titans Go), Jeremy Shada (Adventure Time), Dana Snyder (Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies), Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Darkwing Duck), Larry Kenney (Thundercats, Count Chocula), Charles Martinet (Mario, Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, Toadsworth, Baby Mario, and Baby Luigi for Nintendo), Steve Blum (Transformers: Prime, Wolverine and the X-Men, Legend of Korra), and Andy Sipes (Triptank, Code Monkeys, and Archer).
  • Dozens of Comic Book Artists and Writers: Keith Giffen, Greg Capullo, Fabian Nicieza, Joe Keatinge, Leila del Duca, Neal Adams, José Luis Garcia-Lopez, Jorge Molina, Ramón Pérez, Jill Thompson, Colleen Doran, Scott Kolins, Allen Bellman, Scott Hepburn, Trevor Von Eeden, Elliot S! Maggin, Brad Walker, Khary Randolph, John Beatty, Shawn Crystal, Brent Schoonover, Cory Smith, Tony Bedard, Mateus Santolouco, Tony Bedard, Jose Delbo, Greg Horn, Andy Kuhn, and many more!
  • Power Ranger Cast Members: Austin St. John, Christopher Khayman Lee, Steve Cardenas, and Dan Southworth.
  • More celebrities including: Henry Winkler (Happy Days, Children’s Hospital, The Waterboy), Kel Mitchell (Kenan & Kel, Good Burger, Mystery Men), Lisa Corrao (Every Witch Way), and many more to be announced!
  • Multiple costume and cosplay events each day of the show, with thousands of dollars in cash and prizes on the line!
  • Over 500,000 square feet of convention space featuring 700 booths and tables with vendors, celebrity guests, artists, filmmakers, and exhibits. 3 stages of entertainment, video games, plus a dozen rooms for panels, tabletop gaming and screenings.

Click here to get tickets.

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THE MIAMI BEACH CONVENTION CENTER & FILLMORE MIAMI BEACH AT THE JACKIE GLEASON THEATER
1901 Convention Center Dr. • Miami Beach, FL 33139 • 305.673.7311
SUPERCON PHONE: 954.399.1330 info@superconventions.com

Tidewater Comicon (May 2016)

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Convention Name
Tidewater Comicon
Convention Website Address
http://www.tidewatercomicon.com
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
05/21/2016
End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
05/22/2016
About This Convention
The fastest growing show in Virginia with Celebrity Guests, Comic Book Creators, Vehicles, Gaming, and a tremendous Vendor Hall.
Venue Name and Address
Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
250
Projected Attendance
16,000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Gaming
Guests
Ernie Hudson, John Wesley Shipp, Karan Ashley, Steve Blum, Peter David, Jae Lee, Mike Zeck, Gerry Conway, And many more

Tidewater Comicon 2016 Announces 1st Guests

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Tidewater Comicon has announced their first guests for the 2016 convention on May 21st-22nd: Chris Claremont (Writer of Uncanny X-Men, Nightcrawler, New Mutants, Excalibur), John Wesley Shipp (star of The Flash, Dawson’s Creek), John De Lancie (Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Discord from My Little Pony, Breaking Bad) and Steve Blum (voice actor on Star Wars Rebels, The Legend of Korra, Wolverine and the X-Men, Cowboy Bebop, Transformers, and many more). For those seeking tables or more information please visit www.tidewatercomicon.com

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Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th St, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
(757) 385-2000

CA – Talkin’ Toons w/ Anime Stars

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Rob Paulsen welcomes anime voice actors Steve Blum, Kari Wahlgren, Sean Schemmel, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, and Todd Haberkorn to Talkin’ Toons LIVE on Tuesday July 28, 2015 at 8:00 PM at the Hollywood Improv! A signing will follow the show.

Get tickets at the link!

Press Release:

The world-famous Hollywood Improv is proud to invite you to join Emmy and Annie award winner Rob Paulsen as he talks about his experiences in voice acting!

About Rob Paulsen:
Born in Detroit, Rob Paulsen spent his childhood in Livonia and Rochester, attending Junior and Senior high school in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Rob loved cartoons like most kids but aspired to be a professional hockey player. “Fortunately, thanks to some big, strong, kid from Winnipeg who drilled me so hard my ears are still ringing, I learned around age 18 I had neither the talent nor the temperament to make a living playing hockey. So, I turned to my other passions: singing and acting.”

The goal of bringing absolute believability to a fictional character, live-action or animated, is what every actor strives for. Those who are committed to their career and who combine experience, passion and skill are likely to succeed.

Those gifted with exceptional talent who focus on maximizing their potential by finding their own niche, quickly break away from the pack. After years of honing their craft and consistently delivering memorable performances in which the character impacts an indelible image on the viewer, the public and the industry take notice, singling out the best.

“I’m getting paid to do what I got in trouble for in the 7th grade,” jests Rob, who won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 as “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program” for Pinky and The Brain (Warner Bros.) Though nominated twice previously, the victory was especially sweet due to some formidable competition – fellow nominees Louie Anderson, Ernest Borgnine, Dennis Franz and Jeffery Tambor. In addition to his Emmy, Rob won back-to-back Annie Awards in 1997 and 1998. “I absolutely love what I do and thank my lucky stars for twenty-five years of full-time employment in this business,” he says.

“It’s a treat to portray a complex character,” Rob explains about Pinky, a goof-ball mouse with funny teeth, a head filled with clouds and an inane imagination that is punctuated with a staccato laugh. “Besides … where else could I find a job where emotional outbursts and odd exclamations like ‘Egad!,’ ‘Narf!,’ ‘Poit!,’ ‘Splonk!,’ and ‘Zort!’ are allowed and in fact, encouraged?” With over 2,000 half-hours of animation to his credit, Rob’s versatility shines in his starring roles as the voices of Yakko, Pinky and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff in the Peabody and two-time Emmy award-winning series “Animaniacs.”

Some of Rob’s other well-known animated characters include Raphael of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” Arthur in “The Tick,” the title role in “The Mask” (for a WHOLE lot less dough than Mr. Carrey, thank you), the title role in “Mighty Max,” Carl Wheezer in “Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius,” Jack Fenton in “Danny Phantom,” Bobble in the “Tinkerbell” series of DVDs and hopefully more to come.

Paulsen’s extensive credits include on-camera roles in numerous motion pictures including Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match, and Warlocked. His television acting credits include guest-starring roles on MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Additionally, he is one of the most sought-after voice actors in the commercial arena, performing in over 1000 commercial spots.

As passionate about “paying it forward” as he is about his lucrative career, Rob supports various charitable organizations, particularly those benefiting children and military veterans. Rob’s volunteer work with GOALmodels has been particularly rewarding. GOALmodels, a high school program in Reseda, California, is designed to inspire 9th graders to set goals and overcome obstacles in life. Blending his life experiences with passion for his work, his presentations are informative, entertaining and inspiring. In his leisure time, Rob enjoys golf, riding his motorcycle and occasionally lacing up his skates for another chance to relive his past glory on the rink. He spends the majority of his free time with his wife, Parrish, and their two Yorkshire terriers, Pooshie and Tala.

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Star Wars Rebels Premieres Season 2 at Celebration

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Press Release:

This April, attendees of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim will witness the global  premiere of Star Wars Rebels season two, which continues the epic adventures of the crew of the Ghost and further reveals the early days of the rebellion against the Empire.  Fans will be the first to see the first episode of season two following an encore screening of the series’ two-part season one finale.

At Celebration, there will also be a special Star Wars Rebels panel featuring members of the cast and crew from the Disney XD animated series. Dave Filoni (Executive Producer, Supervising Director), Freddie Prinze, Jr. (Kanan), Vanessa Marshall (Hera), Tiya Sircar (Sabine), Steve Blum (Zeb), Taylor Gray (Ezra) and other special guests will discuss the startling season one finale and offer exclusive sneak peeks of what’s to come in season two.

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