More Headliners Announced for Florida Supercon 2010

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MORE HEADLINERS ANNOUNCED FOR FSC 2010
LESS THAN JAKE, RICHARD ROUNDTREE, FRED “THE HAMMER” WILLAMSON, BRIAN PULIDO and MORE COMIC BOOK, MEDIA, MUSICAL & WRESTLING GUESTS!
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Miami, FL – As the biggest genre event in South Florida draws closer, new guests continue to be added weekly! Florida’s most exciting and fun genre convention is set to occur June 18-20, 2010 in Miami, FL.

Florida Supercon (FSC) is South Florida’s Comic Book, Anime, Animation, Video Game and Sci-Fi / Fantasy Festival, 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. FSC returns to Miami for its 5th year as it takes over almost 150,0000 square feet at the Doubletree Miami Mart Airport Hotel and Convention Center to become the largest genre convention in the history of South Florida!

New Celebrity Guests include:
• Richard Roundtree: An Icon to millions! Richard is best known to the world for his role as Shaft in the Shaft series of films (Shaft, Shaft Goes to Africa and Shaft’s Big Score) and TV movies in the 1970’s and most recently as one of the stars of Heroes (as Charles Deveaux one of the founders of The Company). The legendary Richard Roundtree will make his very first convention appearance at Florida Supercon.
• Fred “The Hammer” Williamson: The legendary “Hammer” joins his Original Gangstas co-star Richard Roundtree at FSC! “The Hammer” has starred in dozens of films including: The Hammer, From Dusk Til Dawn, M.A.S.H, Black Caeser, Hell Up in Harlem, The Inglorious Bastards and much more! He also starred in the original Star Trek series episode The Cloud Minders.
• Sally Kellerman: Sally is best known for her role as Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in the film M.A.S.H (1970), for which she was nominated for an Oscar. Sally has dozens of credits including starring roles in the classic Star Trek 2nd pilot episode Where No Man Has Gone Before, as Rodney Dangerfield’s teacher / love interest in Back To School, The Boston Strangler, Brewster McCloud, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Lost Horizon, Centennial, Foxes, Moving Violations, Meatballs III: Summer Job, That’s Life!, Boris and Natasha, Prêt-à-Porter, American Virgin and many more!
• Anthony Forrest: Anthony is best known as the Stormtrooper in Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope, dazed by Obi-Wan Kenobi at the Mos Eisley roadblock who said “These aren’t the droids we’re looking for.” He also played Fixer in scenes deleted from the original Star Wars. Forrest has acted in over a dozen films including: Star Wars, The Spy Who Loved Me, Riders of the Storm and The Eagle Has Landed.

New Musical Guests include:
• Less Than Jake: LTJ has just been announced as the headlining band for Florida Supercon 2010! Ska Punk legends Less Than Jake Less will take the stage Friday, June 18 at 10:00pm on the Main Events stage. The legendary Ska / Punk band will headline the Florida Supercon Music Festival which will feature over 25 live bands and take place over the entire 3 day weekend.
• Plus: Crimson (Rock), Krondor Krew (Nerdcore) and Emergency Pizza Party (Nerdcore).

New Comic Book Guests include:
• Brian Pulido: Pulido has created and written hundreds of comic books including Lady Death, Evil Ernie, Purgatori, Belladonna, Cremator, Gypsy, War Angel, Killer Gnomes, Unholy and licensed comics including A Nightmare on Elm St., Chucky, Friday The 13th and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Currently his creation Lady Death is published by Avatar.
• Bo Hampton: Artist, Painter and Animator. Bo’s art credits include: Batman, Swamp Thing, Airboy, Alien Worlds, Batman Adventures, Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, Greylore, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Moon Knight, Total Eclipse, Viking Glory & Epic Illustrated, His animation credits include: Superman, Extreme Ghostbusters, Batman and more!

New Wrestling Guests include:
• Daffney: Known the world over as “The Scream Queen” and “The Gothic Goddess”, current TNA Wrestling Superstar #Daffney started her career in WCW in 1999 and is a former two time WCW World Cruiserweight Champion. She has wrestled for dozens of wrestling promotions, including: Xtreme Pro Wrestling, Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling, Women’s Extreme Wrestling and Ohio Valley Wrestling.
• Stevie Richards: On February 25, 1992, Richards participated in the first ever ECW match and continued with ECW until 1997, where he held the ECW Tag Team Championship twice with Raven and was a member of the bWo. He spent 1997 at WCW and went to the WWF in 1999 where he led the Right to Censor stable, was a 22 time Hardcore Champion and the self proclaimed GM of Sunday Night Heat. He spent some time with WWE’s ECW brand before leaving WWE in 2008. In 2009 he started with TNA as Dr. Stevie.
• Stacy “The Kat” Carter: Also known as “Miss Kitty”. Former WWF wrestler and valet. She first appeared on Monday Night Raw as Miss Kitty, an assistant to Debra and was soon put in the role of Chyna’s valet. At Armageddon in December 1999, Miss Kitty won the WWF Women’s Championship in a Four Corners Evening Gown Pool match by defeating then-champion Ivory, Jacqueline, and Barbara “BB” Bush by stripping them of their gowns. By 2000, she began to be referred to as The Kat. She left the WWF in 2001.

More information for each of these guests may be found at the FSC website www.supercon.tv. These new guests join a line up of over 150 guests already announced for the show, 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, Greg Horn, Allen Bellman, Brian Pulido, Bo Hampton, Clayton Henry, Alex Saviuk, Pat Broderick, Rob Hunter, Greg “Dark One” Williams, Vinnie Tartamella, Dick Kulpa, Jay Leisten, Luis Diaz 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 Richard Roundtree (Shaft), Fred “The Hammer” Williamson (From Dusk Til Dawn), Tia Carrere (Wayne’s World, Relic Hunter), Robb Demarest (Ghost Hunters International), Brandy Green (Ghost Hunters International), Luciana Carro (Battlestar Galactica), Sally Kellerman (M.A.S.H.), 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), Anthony Forrest (Star Wars) and more!

Wrestling Guests such as The Iron Sheik (WWF), Greg “The Hammer” Valentine (WWF), Daffney (WCW, TNA), Stevie Richards (ECW, WWF, TNA), Stacy “The Kat” Carter (WWF), Sinn “Kizarny” Bodhi (WWE), Terri Runnels (WWF), Traci Brooks (TNA) and SoCal Val (TNA).

Musical Guests like Less Than Jake, Crimson, Krondor Krew, Emergency Pizza Party, Addax, Feeding Fingers, The Joyness, S.S. Hanami, Robbed By A Flute, Sci-Fried, The Pursuit, Murderous Rampage and more!

Cosplay and Entertainment Guests such as Yaya Han, Miracole Burns, The 3000 Brigade (Smash Bros. Show), Supercon Championship Wrestling, Wasabi Anime 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 400 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

FSC is located at The Double Tree Miami Airport Hotel and Convention Center,
711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33126. Discounted room rates for convention

Hero Initiative Offering Limited Edition Overstreet Price Guide at SDCC 2010

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Hero Initiative to Offer Exclusive Limited Edition Overstreet #40

John Romita, Jr. recreates Conan The Barbarian#1 for 40th Anniversary Exclusive

Los Angeles CA, April 26, 2010-Artist John Romita, Jr., inker Klaus Janson, and colorist Dean White have recreated 1970’s Conan The Barbarian #1 for the cover of a limited hardcover Hero Initiative variant edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #40. This is the first time an exclusive edition of the long-running industry institution has ever been issued.

Limited to 500 hardcover copies, the Hero Initiative edition of the 40th anniversary Guide will go on sale on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at Comic-Con International: San Diego, the same day the regular editions of the Guide go on sale nationwide.

“For some time now, both Steve Geppi and Bob Overstreet have been looking for a way to get the Guide actively involved with the Hero Initiative, which isn’t too surprising since both of those gentlemen and the Guide itself reflect a deep love of the medium and its heritage,” said The Hero Initiative’s Jim McLauchlin. “This year, as the Guide celebrates its 40th anniversary, we brought up the idea of doing a limited edition exclusive cover as a fundraiser. It came together very quickly.”

“We’re very happy to be able to promote such a great cause,” said Steve Geppi. “It’s impossible to really love comics without acknowledging the creators who set the stage for where we are today. Without them, what would we have? The Hero Initiative’s role in helping creators who have had some difficulties is essential if we’re truly interested in honoring our past and present as we move toward tomorrow.”

At the show, individual copies of the book will be on sale for $35, and it will also be available as part of premium packages offered by Hero. Through the efforts of all involved, the Hero Initiative will be able to receive the full cover price for each sale.

“This was truly a collaborative effort,” said J.C. Vaughn, Associate Publisher of Gemstone Publishing. “Mark Huesman, the Guide’s Creative Director, suggested the idea of a recreation of Conan The Barbarian #1 for the cover, since that landmark issue is also celebrating its 40th anniversary. Jim McLauchlin and the Hero Initiative secured the services of John Romita, Jr., Klaus Janson, and Dean White to provide the fantastic art. Since John is exclusive with Marvel, Jim also got Marvel’s permission for him to do the project. Dark Horse’s Mike Richardson arranged the permission to do the cover with the folks at Conan Properties International, LLC. Angelo Messina at WorldColor arranged for his company to donate the plate change and the limited edition portion of our print run. If any one of these things hadn’t happened, we wouldn’t have been able to do this project in this way.”

The Conan edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #40 features Romita, Jr., Janson, and White’s recreation of the cover for Conan The Barbarian #1 by Barry Windsor-Smith, originally published by Marvel Comics in 1970, the same year the first edition of the Guide debuted. Conan is now published by Dark Horse Comics. Author and publisher Robert M. Overstreet, who will be one of Comic-Con’s special guests this year, will appear at the Hero booth during the show (schedule to be announced).

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

About Gemstone Publishing

Best known as the home of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, Gemstone Publishing was formed by Diamond Comic Distributors President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen A. Geppi as a conduit for his efforts in preserving and promoting the history of the comics medium. The standard editions of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #40 are offered in both hardcover and soft cover, featuring a choice of Batman by Mark Chiarello and Captain America by Darwyn Cooke. In addition to the Guide, Gemstone also publishes Scoop, a free weekly e-newsletter which looks inside the world of pop culture with a focus on auctions, toys, comics, posters, art and anything and everything pop culture.

NYC – Join the Legion

Paul Levitz signs Legion of Superheroes #1 on May 22nd from 2-4pm.

Midtown Comics Times Square, 200 W 40th Street (Corner of 7th Avenue), New York, NY 10018

Radical Publishing Hosts Gene and Nick Simmons at SDCC

RADICAL PUBLISHING HOSTS GENE SIMMONS AND NICK SIMMONS FOR SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2009

Radical Publishing is proud and excited to host rock legend Gene Simmons and his son Nick Simmons, star of Gene Simmons Family Jewels, at SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2009 where they will be signing copies of Radical’s newest comic book title, Incarnate #1, created, written and penciled by Nick Simmons.

Nick Simmon's Incarnate

Nick Simmon's Incarnate

Premiering at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International, Incarnate is the brainchild of Nick Simmons and stands as Radical’s watershed American Manga title. Incarnate tells the story of Revenants – immortal, indestructible, ageless creatures that have existed since time immemorial. Centuries ago, the Revenant known as Mot was worshipped as a God. Now, he walks the Earth in search of a purpose to his immortality – but when a secret society discovers a way to kill Revenants, Mot and his fellow immortals must make a choice: Hunt or be hunted.
In addition, Gene and Nick Simmons will be at the Radical Event at the Hard Rock taking place during San Diego Comic-Con International. The Radical event will feature Gene Simmons and very special guests onstage performing followed by a landmark jam session. A&E television will be filming the event for an upcoming episode of Gene Simmons Family Jewels.
“Nick’s work on Incarnate has been nothing less than incredible and we’re excited to premiere it at this year’s Comic-Con International.” said Radical President and Publisher Barry Levine. “Here at Radical, we pride ourselves on fostering creativity, talent and quality – and the Simmons family has that in spades. Both are huge comic fans and it’s our pleasure and privilege to host them this year for both the Incarnate signings and the Radical Event at the Hard Rock.”
Gene Simmons and Nick Simmons will be signing on July 23rd, July 24th and July 25th at the Radical Publishing booth. Nick Simmons will also appear at the Radical Publishing Creators Panel on FRIDAY, JULY 24TH from 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M. in Room 4.
Radical Publishing Booth #3735
Thursday

3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Friday

2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Saturday

1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Incarnate #1 appears in the June 2009 Diamond Previews catalog, to ship in August 2009 and features a cover by popular Runaways and Buffy the Vampire Slayer cover artist Jo Chen (Diamond Code: JUN091053).

Source: Radical Publishing