Wizard World Anaheim 2010!

On April 16-18, 2010, while C2E2 was going on in Chicago, Gareb Shamus brought his Wizard World show to Anaheim. While I was a bit skeptical at the number of people who would attend this event due to the overwhelming talent going to C2E2, I was genuinely surprised at how well run the show was. There was something for everyone at this show, from shopping, to seeing the myriad of celebrities attending the event, to Artist Alley, where art collectors were able to snag some great art at very affordable prices. Everyone was very approachable, and even the celebrities had a good time, most taking in and enjoying their first comic convention. With the success of this show, I can only hope that Wizard World Anaheim can come by next year to hopefully bring more talent to this great show! Here’s a look at some of the highlights from this show:

Attendee line for the event.

Crowds anxiously lining up on Saturday to see the stars!

People already shopping around as soon as I got on the show floor on Friday afternoon.

Feed your inner geek!

A look at the show floor from a broader perspective. Nice and spacious.

Artist Alley. A lot of art collectors had a great time this weekend!

Todd Nauck putting the finishing touches on one of his first commissions at the show.

One of the more creative booths in Artist Alley.

Phil Jimenez debating if his sign was good enough (it was).

Phil working on a beautiful Zatanna sketch!

Simon Bisley working on a Lobo commission.

Glenn Fabry, looking through an attendee's sketchbook.

Fan favorite Rob Liefeld churning out sketches for his fans, including this sweet Lady Deadpool.

Stan "The Man" Lee signed autographs for lucky raffle winners.

Mike Mayhew sells a sketchbook at his booth in Artist Alley.

Artist Joel Gomez working on a Harley Quinn.

R2-D2 and crew hanging out. Very popular with the kids.

Adam West and Burt Ward signing for the fans. An extremely crowded line throughout the show for the original Batman and Robin!

The Batmobile!

Not to be outdown, the Mist Mobile was also parked nearby!

Brent Spiner pointing to a blanket while Levar Burton looks on. Also another crowd pleaser was the Star Trek crew, including William Shatner!

Ted Raimi signing autographs!

Up star Ed Asner walks through Artist Alley to sign at his table.

Kevin Sorbo chatting up with Jewel Staite at the show. Kinda cool watching celebrities interacting with one another.

Eureka's Neil Grayston and the lovely DeAnna Pappas pose for a picture.

And of course, what show would not be complete without booth babes and cosplay characters? Here are some of the best ones I saw:

Hula hoops rock!

Sweet Venom girls offering free drinks for attendees.

Magic!

Do you feel lucky?

Go ahead... make my day!

Where's Adam West?

Holly Marie Combs and Shannen Doherty charmed me into coming back next year!

And so did DeAnna Pappas. Hope to see you guys next year!

Bridget Carey (Facebook): Florida Supercon

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Bridget has posted a gallery of photos from the Florida Supercon to Facebook in which she meets Chris Claremont, Ted Raimi, and more. Follow the link.

Florida Supercon Announces Final Guest List

Press Release:

FINAL GUEST LIST ANNOUNCED FOR FLORIDA SUPERCON: JUNE 5-7, 2009

Florida Supercon returns in 2009! Now in it’s 4th year, FSC once again moves into a larger venue as the three day festival continues to grow. This year’s event will take place June 5, 6 & 7, 2009 at the Doubletree Miami Mart Airport Hotel and Convention Center in Miami, FL. The three day festival will take place in the convention center’s west hall (50,000 sq. feet) and the convention centers entire second floor (over 35,000 sq. feet) making this the largest genre event to ever hit South Florida. The show will include celebrity guests, artists, writers, vendors, industry guests, Q&A’s, parties, comic books, costume contests, anime programming, manga, cosplay, workshops, panels, cosplay photo shoots, dance parties, console gaming, LAN gaming, tabletop gaming, collectible card gaming, tournaments and more!

For more information, go to: www.floridasupercon.com

Bruce Campbell: Legendary Actor, Writer, Director and Producer. Bruce is best known for his starring role as Ash in the Evil Dead trilogy (Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness). He currently stars as Sam Axe in Burn Notice. Bruce has an array of impressive credits which include: The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., My Name is Bruce, Bubba Ho-Tep, Sky High, Jack of All Trades, Xena: Warrior Princess, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, Aqua Teen Hunger Force: The Movie, Man with the Screaming Brain and Congo. In addition to his film career, Campbell is an accomplished writer, including authoring an autobiography, If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor and a comical novel entitled Make Love! The Bruce Campbell Way.

Ted Raimi: Ted Raimi is best known to his fans for his roles as Joxer the Mighty in XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS and his roles in EVIL DEAD, ARMY OF DARKNESS, SEAQUEST DSV, CANDYMAN, the SPIDER-MAN trilogy, THE GRUDGE and MY NAME IS BRUCE.

Chris Claremont: Legendary Comic Book writer, Chris Claremont was the voice of the X-Men for 17 years (1974 – 1991). He returns to the X-Men this month, with X-Men Forever to finish the stories he left unfinished 18 years ago. He is also known as the creator of Excalibur and The New Mutants.

Doug Mahnke: Doug is the current artist on Green Lantern for DC Comics. In addition, he’s the co-creator of The Mask and his other credits include: Final Crisis, JLA, Batman, Final Crisis: Requiem, Final Crisis: Superman Beyond, Action Comics, Nightwing and more!

Tony Moore: Tony is the co-creator of The Walking Dead and most recently has been the artist of Fear Agent, The Amory Wars, The Exterminators, Ghost Rider and The Punisher.

Edi Gathegi: Edi is known for his roles as Laurent in the TWILIGHT film series, Dr. Jeffrey Cole (Big Love) in the television series HOUSE and Cheese in the 2007 film GONE BABY GONE.

Stanislav Ianevski: Stanislav is best known as Viktor Krum in the HARRY POTTER series of films and Miroslav in HOSTEL 2.

Dana Snyder: Dana is the star of AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE (Master Shake), CHOWDER (Gazpacho), SQUIDBILLIES (Granny), THE VENTURE BROTHERS (The Alchemist), MINORITEAM, SEALAB 2021 & more!

Dick Giordano:When one mentions the legends that have shaped the history of the comics industry, rest assured that high on that list will be the name of Dick Giordano. Since 1951, Dick Giordano has worked his pencil and ink magic for a variety of publishers including Charlton Comics, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dell, American Comics, Valiant, Treasure Chest and Junior Life. In addition to his considerable freelance contributions, Giordano acted as Editor-In-Chief for Charlton Comics, during which he oversaw the creation of their most memorable characters including such classics as The Blue Beetle and Captain Atom. As Executive Editorial Director of DC Comics, Dick was the guiding force behind such award-winning series as Alan Moore’s WATCHMEN, Frank Miller’s DARK KNIGHT RETURNS and many, many more revolutionary concepts. His creative vision at DC Comics resulted in raising the bar for creativity throughout the entire comics industry. In recent years, Dick Giordano, along with creative partners Bob Layton and David Michelinie, formed FUTURE ENTERTAINMENT, a multi-media company.

Patrick Rothfuss: New York Times Best Selling Author Patrick Rothfuss is the writer of The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear. Mr. Rothfuss was the recipient of the 2007 “Quill Award”, the 2007 Best Book of the Year – FantasyLiterature.net, Publisher Weekly’s 2007 Best Book of the Year (Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror).

Daniel Logan: Daniel is best known for his role as “Young” Boba Fett in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.

Richard LeParmentier: Richard is known the world over as Admiral Motti in the original STAR WARS. He was the admiral choked by Darth Vader. His other credits include: WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT, SUPERMAN 2, REDS & ROLLERBALL

Michele Knotz: Anime Voice Acting Star, Michele Knotz is the voice of Team Rocket’s Jessie, Misty, May, and Nurse Joy in Pokémon. Michele is also one of the stars of Smash Bros. Brawl and Shootfighter Tekken.

Bill Rogers: Anime voice acting star, Bill Rogers is the voice of Brock in Pokémon, Touma Seguchi in Gravitation, Yamamoto in Boogiepop Phantom, Tanaka Souihiro in Genshiken, Kevin in The Third and Bonsly, Lucario & Weavile in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Allen Bellman: Golden Age Comic Book Legend. Artist of Captain America, The Patriot, Let’s Play Detective, Human Torch, Sub-Mariner and more! Mr. Bellman was the recipient of the 2007 San Diego Comic Con Inkpot Award.

Dennis Calero: Superstar Comic Book Artist. Credits include: X-Men: Noir, X-Factor, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Supergirl and the Legion of Superheroes, Sliders, Magic: The Gathering, Fallen Angel, Supergirl and Countdown to Final Crisis.

Tony Bedard: Superstar Comic Book Writer. Tony is the current writer of DC Comic’s R.E.B.E.L.S. His other credits include: Birds of Prey, Exiles, Countdown, Supergirl, Uncanny X-Men, Outsiders, Supergirl & The Legion of Superheroes, Batman: Confidential, Mystic, DCU: Brave New World, Negation, JSA: Classified, Black Canary, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Rogue and Magnus Robot Fighter.

Mitch Breitweiser: Mitch is the artist of the recent Sub-Mariner 70th anniversary special, Captain America: The Chosen, Drax: The Destroyer, The Uncanny X-Men, Captain America: Theatre of War, Dark Tower and more!

Stephanie Sugar Lyn Beard: Stephanie is best known to the anime world as the voice of Sailor Mini-Moon (Chibi-Moon) in SAILOR MOON, in addition to her roles as Wish Bear in THE CARE BEARS and Kara in DI GATA DEFENDERS.

Ken Lerner: Ken is best known to fandom as Principal Flutie in the first season of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, in addition to his roles in THE RUNNING MAN, THE EXORCIST III, GAS PUMP GIRLS & UNLAWFUL ENTRY

Brad Kesten: Brad is known the world over as the voice of Charlie Brown in THE CHARLIE BROWN & SNOOPY SHOW, IS THIS GOODBYE CHARLIE BROWN?,
WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED CHARLIE BROWN?,
IT’S FLASHBEAGLE CHARLIE BROWN &
YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN.

Pamelyn Ferdin: Pamelyn is an acomplished actress and voice actress, best known for her role as Lucy Van Pelt in IT WAS A SHORT SUMMER CHARLIE BROWN, A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN &
PLAY IT AGAIN CHARLIE BROWN. Her other credits include: CHARLOTTE’S WEB (Fern),
DR. SEUSS’ THE CAT IN THE HAT (Sally),
STAR TREK Classic Series: And the Children Shall Lead and SEALAB 2020 (Sallie)

Stephanie Yanez: Discovering music at the age of 5, Stephanie Yanez was born to sing. Her love for music eventually led her to record four songs on Geneon’s Anime Karaoke Collection with three of those songs recorded with overseas Japan-based record label I’VE. This CD also includes the song that she won at Anime Expo’s AX Idol 2004 “Ningyo Hime” from the top anime series Chobits!

Clayton Henry
Superstar Comic Book Artist
Artist of The Incredible Hercules, Exiles, Alpha Flight, Avengers: The Initiative, New X-Men: Hellions, Uncanny X-Men, What If?, Nine Rings of the Wu Tang, The X-Men, Wolverine: First Class, X-Men Unlimited and more.

Rob Hunter: Superstar Comic Book Artist and Inker for Marvel, DC and Crossgen comics, including: Green Lantern: Blackest Night, Green Lantern Corps, Final Crisis: Submit, Gambit, X-Man, Teen Titans, X-Factor, X-Men Unlimited, Wolverine, Uncanny X-Men, Superman and more.

Christian Alamy: Superstar Comic Book Artist and Inker for DC comics, Christian’s credits include: Green Lantern: Blackest Night, Green Lantern, JSA, Green Lantern Corps, Final Crisis, Batman, Lobo, Enemy Ace: War in Heaven, Nightwing, Aquaman, Back Adam: The Dark Age, Final Crisis: Requiem, Final Crisis: Superman Beyond and more.

Tom Nguyen: Superstar Comic Book Artist
and Inker for Marvel and DC Comics, including: Green Lantern: Blackest Night, Green Lantern Corps, 52, Action Comics, JLA, Batman, Final Crisis, Final Crisis: Superman Beyond, JLA: Classified, X-Men Unlimited and more.

Pat Broderick: Legendary Comic Book artist and animator, Pat Broderick is an icon of the 70′s and 80′s comic book industry. Mr. Broderick has been the artist for Batman, Captain Marvel, Firestorm, Captain Atom, Detective Comics, Green Lantern, The Micronauts, Shazam, Alpha Flight and more! In addition to his comic book art, Mr. Broderick’s animation work includes concept design work for the Jimmy Neutron movie.

Greg Horn: Superstar Comic Book Artist and Painter. Credits include: Secret Invasion, Ms. Marvel, Elektra, She-Hulk, X-Men, Emma Frost, Wolverine, Namor, Spider-Man and more!

Ralph Cabrera: Superstar Comic Book Artist and Inker for Marvel Comics, including: The Fantastic Four, Fantastic Force, Quasar, Adv. of the X-Men, Morbius, Peter Parker: Spider-Man, Silver Surfer, Venom and more.

Yaya Han: International cosplay star, Yaya Han has made a name for herself in the world of cosplay and costuming over the past 8 years. To this day she has made over 75 costumes, with many more to come. Her intricate and lavish creations have won awards and acclaim worldwide, as she has participated in convention and cosplay activities in five countries and shared her knowlege as an invited guest.

Derec Donovan: Superstar Comic Book Artist for Marvel and Image Comics, including: Youngblood, Spider-Man, R.E.B.E.L.S., X-Men, Spider-Man, Supergirl, Rogue, Thor, Bug, Legion of Super-Heroes, Green Lantern, Action Comics, Adv. of Superman, Robin, Jubilee, Connor Hawke and more.
Brian Thompson: Media Guest – Actor. Brian’s credits include: Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (Shao Khan), Buffy The Vampire Slayer (The Judge and Luke The Vampire), The X-Files (Alien Bounty Hunter), Star Trek: Generations (Klingon Helm), Star Trek: The Next Generation (A Matter of Honor), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (To The Death & Rules of Engagement), Enterprise (United, Babel One, Aenar), Dragonheart (Brock), Charmed, Alien Nation, Werewolf, Terminator and Kindred: Embraced.

Cindy Morgan: Cindy is an actress best known for her roles as Lacey Underall in Caddyshack and Yori in Tron. Getting started as the Irish Spring girl, Cindy did several TV commercials before landing her first film role in Caddyshack. Cindy’s other credits include roles on Falcon Crest, The Larry Sanders Show, Amazing Stories and Bring ‘Em Back Alive.

Sean Shaw: Superstar Comic Book Artist. Credits include: Grimm Fairy Tales, Gen 13: Bootleg, Jungle Fantasy. Cavewoman Color Special, Alan Moore’s Glory,
Oz Squad, Shi, Lady Death, Coven, Vampirella and Wetworks.

Richard Green: Artist and Animator. Richard’s credits include work for Disney on Beauty and the Beast (Assistant Animator of Lumiere), Rescuers Down Under, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Goofy, Mickey Mouse and more.

Peter Badalamenti: Media Guest – Actor. Peter’s credits include: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Penrod), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (Penrod), The Curious Case of Benjiman Button (Younger/Older Benjiman), When In Rome (Ace Frehley), The Punisher, Bad Boys 2, Dr. Moreau’s House of Pain, Full Grown Men and Cremaster 3.

Heidi Arnhold: Heidi is a superstar Manga artist whose work includes Jim Henson’s Legends of the Dark Crystal and Star Trek: The Manga.

Sophie Mcnutt: Industry Guest. Funimation’s Operation Anime Co-ordinator.

Vinnie Tartemella: Artist and Painter. Credits include: Female Force: Michele Obama, Hillary Clintion, Princess Diana, Sarah Palin. Political Power: Bill Clinton, Colin Powell. Sinbad and the Merchant of Ages, Alice In Wonderland and Headlocked.

Elizabeth Breitweiser: Color Artist. Credits include: Agents of Atlas, Sub-Mariner 70th Anniversary, Captain America: Zero Point, What If?, Skaar: Son of Hulk and Uncanny X-Men.

Dreamweaver Press: Comic Book publisher, represented by writer JD Calderon and artist Daphne Lage. Titles include: The Oswald Chronicles, Tall Tails and Tenchi Muyo!

Luis Diaz: Artist and Designer for IDW, Topps, WWE and 3 Boys Productions. Credits include: The New Garbage Pail Kids, Wacky Packages, Wynonna Earp, Students of the Unusual, Lo-Fi Magazine, New Times – Miami, The Village Voice and more.

Terry Cronin & Pat Martin: Independent Comic Book creators. Students of the Unusual.

Kill Miss Pretty: Musical Guest

Murderous Rampage: Musical Guest

Joel Wynkoop: Actor

Hippojuice: Filmmakers and Podcast

Plus Artists:
Deleon Walters
Joel Estrada
Manny Aguilera
Greg Kirkpatrick
Rob Granito
Derrick Fish
Austin Janowsky
Amanda Stevens
Shannon Chenoweth
Echo Chernick
Christopher Darden
St. James Comics
G.W. Fisher
Heidi Arnhold
Gabi Gonzalez
Joe Fauv
Celine Chapus
Michael J. Valle
Wendy Lo
George Moss
Chris Berman
Patrick Baker
Chottip Nimla-Or
Daniel Mann
Hugh Rookwood
Zoombeanie
Kezia Sardina
Wonderland Creations
Monique Blaze
Cuz it Clipz
Johnny Zhang
Janda “Japanda” Farley
Marcos A. Rivera
Cayce Moyer
E. Robert Dunn
Alex Ferrer
Kurt Donath
Maria Rodriguez
Magaly Perez
Alex Teston
Jorge L. Garcia
Brenda Weeks
Kathleen Noda
Stephen Bryan
Silvia Shi
Richard A. Tucker
Frances Peraza-Barrenecha
Ana Galano
Imani King
Eclectic Artaholics
Arthur Ball
Christina Steele
Sally Saxton
Dizzy Dog Designs
Baka Nya Artist Circle

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