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.

MEDIA GUESTS:

  • 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)

TICKETS

  • 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 www.awesomecon.com.

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!

GENERAL ATTENDEES (NON-VIP MEMBERS):
$10 per signature from Gerry Conway or Chris Claremont, with no limits. That means you can get 6,756,234 books signed.

WE ARE NOW REWARDING OUR PULL BOX CUSTOMERS
(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 – Animal House 40th Anniversary Screening + Cast & Crew Reunion

The cast and crew of Animal House including director John Landis, Tim Matheson, Peter Riegert, Bruce McGill, Mark Metcalf, Martha Smith, James Widdoes, and more appear at the Castro Theatre on Sunday January 21, 2018 4:00 PM to celebrate the 40th Anniversary with a screening of the film and Q&A.

Whether you’re Delta Tau Chi or Omega Theta Pi, you won’t want to miss this 40th anniversary screening and reunion of the cast and director of “Animal House,” a groundbreaking comedy classic with some of the best comedic performances of the 1970s. Come dressed in your best toga. Join the cast and crew for a screening and onstage conversation moderated by author and musician Paul Myers.

Presented as part of 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… (Use code: TWELVE for a discount till Dec. 23rd)

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

MD – Swamp Thing Winter Special Signing

Writer Tom King (BATMAN, MISTER MIRACLE, THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON, VISION and more) appears at Third Eye Comics on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM to sign the SWAMP THING WINTER SPECIAL!

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Third Eye Comics
209 Chinquapin Round Road, Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 897-0322

NV – Torpedo Comics Signings

Torpedo Comics hosts two signings this weekend. The first is with writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo on Saturday, December 2nd from noon till 5:00 PM. Then artist Mark Brooks and writer Donny Cates appear on Sunday, December 3rd from noon till 2:00 PM. Check their page for the multiple signing prices and policies.

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

MA – The Fog Screening

Actress Adrienne Barbeau appears at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 11:59 PM to host a screening of THE FOG!

The Coolidge Corner Theatre is proud to honor actor Adrienne Barbeau by presenting her with our second Coolidge After Midnite Award, recognizing her outstanding work in some of the greatest genre films ever made!

Adrienne has provided a few of the most iconic performances in the history of horror, action, and science fiction, working with such legendary filmmakers as John Carpenter, Wes Craven, and George A. Romero. While her films feature ghosts, grotesque creatures, and ghouls from beyond the grave, it’s Adrienne’s humanity that leaves a lasting impression and continues to speak to new audiences decades later.

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Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446-2908
617-566-6660

WI – Garth Ennis Signing

Writer Garth Ennis (Jimmy’s Bastards, Preacher, Punisher MAX, The Boys, War Stories) will be signing at Kowabunga Comics on Saturday, October 28th! In addition to Garth will be Black Eyed Kids creator and Aftershock Comics Chief Creative Officer Joe Pruett and writer/artist Phil Hester.

Garth Ennis is a multi-award winning comic book writer  known for his love of graphic violence and black comedy. After taking over the reins of Judge Dredd, British Comics’ most recognizable character, from legendary Judge Dredd creator John Wagner, he exploded upon the American comic book market with credits that include HellblazerHitmanPunisherFuryCrossedBattlefieldsWar Stories, and The Boys. His legendary and hugely-influential DC Comics’ series PREACHER, which he co-created with artist Steve Dillon, has recently been given a pilot treatment by AMC. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, he now lives in New York City with his wife, Ruth.

Joe Pruett is the COO and Publisher at Aftershock. Joe is an Eisner and Harvey nominated writer and editor for his work on Negative Burn. He is known for his turn at Marvel on X-Men Unlimited, Wolverine, and Cable. Currently, Joe writes Black Eyed Kids at Aftershock.

Phillip Hester has been writing and drawing comics for nearly three decades, beginning while still a student at the University of Iowa. After a period of toiling in the burgeoning world of black and white indie comics, he broke into the mainstream with a long run as artist of DC’s Swamp Thing with writer Mark Millar. At nearly the same time, he wrote and drew the Eisner Award nominated series The Wretch. In 2001, Phil drew Kevin Smith’s revival of DC’s Green Arrow. He wrote the original graphic novel The Coffin with artist Mike Huddleston, which was optioned for a feature film by James Cameron. At Image Comics, he created Firebreather with artist Andy Kuhn, which became an Emmy-winning television feature for Cartoon Network. His work, as both artist and writer, has been featured in hundreds of comics from nearly every major American publisher, and includes runs on such titles as The DarknessWonder WomanAnt-ManUltimate Marvel Team-UpNightwingInvincible UniverseBatman BeyondThe Flash: Season Zero, and his current Image project Mythic with artist John McCrea. Phil lives in rural Iowa with his family.

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Kowabunga Comics
102 N Main St, Oconomowoc, WI 53066
(262) 569-9999

PA – Aftershock Comics Signing

Joe Pruett and Phil Hester sign at Fourcorners Comics on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 4:00 PM.

Aftershock Comics launched in 2015 and since then has introduced acclaimed comics like Animosity, Rough Riders, Shipwreck, Unholy Grail and Black Eyed Kids. Aftershock Comics is “a comic book company that combines the creative edge of an independent comic book publisher with the strengths and experience of a traditional powerhouse.”

Joe Pruett is the COO and Publisher at Aftershock. Joe is an Eisner and Harvey nominated writer and editor for his work on Negative Burn. He is known for his turn at Marvel on X-Men Unlimited, Wolverine, and Cable. Currently, Joe writes Black Eyed Kids at Aftershock.

Phil Hester started working on indie comics. Phil is best known as the artist for DC’s Swamp Thing and Kevin Smith’s Green Arrow. Over his long career, he has worked as both writer and artist on The Darkness, Wonder Woman, Ant-Man, Ultimate Marvel Team-Up, Nightwing, Invincible Universe, Batman Beyond, and The Flash: Season Zero. At Aftershock, Phil writes Blood Blister and is the artist for Shipwreck. A Phil Hester variant of Dark Ark #1 debuts on September 20th and will be available for the signing.

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Fourcorners Comics
42 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 334-2336

MA – Becky Cloonan Signing

Press Release:

Acclaimed comic book creator Becky Cloonan will appear for a reception and signing event at That’s Entertainment in Worcester on Saturday, September 2nd from 1:00 till 4:00 PM. Cloonan will be signing comics and other memorabilia. She will be selling prints and pins at her table. The event is free and open to the public, and all ages are welcome.

The reception celebrates the installation of an original 16-foot x 24-foot mural which Cloonan will paint on the Lois Lane side of That’s Entertainment’s building throughout the week prior to the signing event. Cloonan’s mural is part of the Pow! Wow! Worcester art event, and That’s Entertainment is one of the sponsors. Visitors will be able to see the mural taking shape beginning August 25th.

Becky Cloonan is a versatile and well-known comic book artist and writer, whose output has ranged from self-published mini-comics to work for the major publishers over the past fifteen years. In naming her one of the top female comic creators of all time, Comic Book Resources called Cloonan “a fast rising star [who] as a result… has a shocking list of credits for one so young” and added that “she has especially become known for her ability with horror, subtle or unsubtle. The ability to create real mood and atmosphere and emotional resonance through her imagery.”

For Vertigo, she worked with writer Brian Wood on Demo and Northlanders, and drew the American Virgin series. For DC Comics, Cloonan’s most notable work was as writer and artist on Gotham Academy, and she also drew issues of Swamp Thing and Harley Quinn. She became the first female artist in history to draw the main Batman title. Cloonan also wrote Southern Cross for Image Comics, and has also collaborated with Wood on Conan the Barbarian for Dark Horse Comics.

That’s Entertainment Manager Ken Carson says, “Cloonan’s Conan the Barbarian art was especially impressive and memorable for me. Conan has appeared in comics for almost 50 years, and actually goes back to the 1930s in pulp magazine stories. But Becky somehow gives the character a completely fresh take, so it all seems brand new again.”

By Chance or Providence: Stories by Becky Cloonan, just released in a trade paperback edition by Image Comics, collects in one volume her trilogy of award-winning short stories: “Wolves”, “The Mire” and “Demeter”.

“This volume is a showcase for Becky’s storytelling talent,” says That’s Entertainment’s Marketer Sorana Gatej.

“The best comic books blend words and pictures seamlessly, and her stories of sword and sorcery are haunting and lovely.”

“Anytime would be a fine time to host Becky Cloonan, and to have her create a giant, wonderful mural on our building,” adds Carson. “But since we are in the midst of celebrating our 25th year on Park Avenue, this all seems especially well-timed.”

Located at the corner of Lois Lane and Park Ave. in Worcester, MA, That’s Entertainment is a pop culture emporium which specializes in everyone’s “geek.” Checkout their wide variety of comics, vinyl records, vintage and modern video games and systems, anime, collectible card games, roleplaying games, board games, sports cards, memorabilia, toys, posters, and so much more!

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That’s Entertainment
244 Park Ave, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 755-4207

NJ – Kubert School Artists Signing

Artists Jan Duursema, Tom Mandrake and more appear at Dewey’s Comic City on Saturday, August 19th from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.

Jan Duursema: Star Wars: Legacy, Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi, numerous Star Wars series for Dark Horse; co-created Arion, Lord of Atlantis and drew the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons for for three years for DC Comics; a Kubert School graduate Jan currently is an instructor at the school.

Tom Mandrake: Batman, The Spectre, and Swamp Thing for DC Comics, The Punisher, The Hulk Unchained, and The New Mutants for Marvel Comics, as well as work for many other publishers; a Kubert School graduate where Tom currently is an instructor.

Sian Mandrake: freelance artist and teacher; currently a penciller on the “7 Deadly Sinners” project by Chuck Dixon as well as illustrating a soon to be announced children’s book

Jack Mandrake: A freelance artist and designer, Jack begins his first year at the Kubert School this fall semester.

Justin Prokowich: Kubert class of 2013; works as a freelance artist and designer.

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Dewey’s Comic City
13 Park Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940
(973) 593-0042

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