VA Comicon Promoter Stepping Down After October 2011 Show But Con Will Continue

October 26, 2011 by  
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Press Release:

Brett Carreras, promoter of VA Comicon, steps down after Oct 29-30.

VA Comicon logoGreetings!

This is Brett from the VA Comicon…

I have known many of you for years, and some not nearly as long. I wanted to send out a heart-felt THANK YOU for everyone’s support of the VA Comicon, and my efforts as Director of PR for the show.

As you already know, the show THIS weekend will be the 25th anniversary event, founded by Guy Rose way back in 1986 as the “Chesterfield County Comic Collector’s Club.” I am proud to list Guy as one of my best friends, and look forward to celebrating his birthday THIS Sunday, Oct 30 at the VA Comicon.

As you also may know, I, Brett Carreras, took over promotion of the VA Comicon in 2004 to help Guy build excitement in the community. Today I am please to say the VA Comicon is THE premiere event for pop-culture in the state of Virginia, and I have helped in the past and in the future to bring Top Cow, Avatar Press, Fangoria, Zenescope, Moonstone, Adhouse and more AMAZING publishers to Richmond, Virginia.

I am now sitting here in Mountain View California (near San Francisco), with my friend and colleague Daniel Fogel (Hippy Comix) as we prepare for the VA comicon this WEEKEND, and I am reflecting back on my short but exciting career in comic books.

2011 has been a banner year for me. I had my first article published as an Overstreet advisor, I was told I will be listed as an adviser in an upcoming edition of the Fogel’s Underground Price Guide, I setup in San Diego with my good friend Ben Penrod, I helped to run the biggest comic book event EVER in the District of Columbia, and am about to personally finance the most exciting VA Comicon we have EVER had!

I have accomplished EVERYTHING I have ever set out to do in comic books. I have EVERY comic book on my “want list”. I am lucky enough to have traveled the country promoting this hobby. For me, this show in 4 days is a Pinnacle of EVERYTHING I have accomplished in this industry. While Brett’s Comic Pile will continue to operate, delivering thousands of comics for less than $1 each around the world, I feel I have professional hit a ceiling.

I invite YOU to join me at the VA Comicon for my retirement party (Why not go out on a high note, eh?), and Guy’s birthday party. In fact, if you pick up Advanced tickets NOW, at our website, I will even “eat the fees”. Type in the discount code “farewell” to save $1.24 off of each ticket. My gift to you during these last 48 hours the Advance Tickets are on sale.

Don’t worry…the VA Comicon will continue to operate, with FIVE shows planned in 2012…I look forward to telling you more about 2012 at our show this weekend. Thank you for ALL of your support, and please be sure to come by and say hi. I will see you at the show!


Brett Carreras

VA Comicon 25th Anniversary Show October 29-30, 2011 Featuring O’Barr, Suydam, Etc.

October 24, 2011 by  
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The Crow

Press Release:

The 25th Anniversary show is THIS WEEKEND, Oct 29-30 in Richmond
Dear Brett,

This is Brett from the VA Comicon…Man-o-man am I excited about the show coming up this wekend in Richmond, VA on Oct 29-30!
So many exciting things to announce…from a Female Super-hero figure modeling course on Saturday, to MORE exclusive comics you can ONLY get at the show (like the TMNT Variant with the LEE Momument on the Christmas themed cover, to the Sexiest Witchblade cover EVER)!
It all happens THIS weekend in Richmond, VA! Don’t miss the Charity Art auction on Saturday to Benefit the Hero Initiative, and the $500 Cash Costume contest on Sunday…$250 for best group, and $250 best overall. Scope the links below!
Stories Comics in Richmond has been kind enough to donate two $50 Gift Cards for the youth prices (12 and under)…one for best group, and one for best overall!
We have an awesome lineup of lectures this year, including a frank conversation about Hollywood with James O Barr (the creator of the Crow), and a round-table GI Joe talk with Larry Hama, Herb Trimpe and SL Gallant! Check out all of the links! The show will be GREAT! Go to our website for the schedule!
Finally, a reminder Children 12 and under are FREE, and everyone else is $10 for the entire weekend! SKIP THE LINES! Pick up your advance ticket today at the website, and get in 1 hour earlier on Saturday to boot!
Children of advance ticket holders get in early for FREE!
Check out the headlines below for more fun at our upcoming show! THIS WEEKEND. All info and tickets are at our website. WHEW!

Check out these quick links for more info!Many updates to exclusives!We added Arthur “Zombie King” Suydam to the guest list! 

Hero Initiative Original Art Auction info!

Lecture Schedule! SMALL PRESS updates!


Become a fan of us on Facebook to be in the KNOW, here are the most recent posts our fans were lucky enough to be in the know:
Please remember, this show is being self-financed by me, Brett Carreras, and is being operated completely as not-for-profit. We do have a VERY limited number of tables still available both days…if your company would like to be a part of Virginia’s BEST comic book show EVER in 25 years, we would love to hear from you!
I look forward to seeing everyone at the show!

Brett Carreras
VA Comicon

A reminder, we are at the CROWNE PLAZA WEST in Richmond, VA, which is NOT the same location as last-year’s show…We have sold the room to capacity the last two years…the best way to not have to WAIT in in line is to pick up an advance ticket for only $10, the same price as at the front door. Thanks!

Kids 12 and under areFREE!
We LOVE having families come to the VA Comicon! In fact, we want WHOLE GROUP participation…That’s why we have a GROUP cash prize on Sunday for our costume contest!
Remember…Kids 12 and under are FREE the whole weekend with paid parent admission! Getting an ADVANCE Ticket? Your child can get in 1 hour early with you FREE of charge as well! Online sales will stop on Thursday, so you only have DAYS to take advantage! Get one NOW!

Free Tickets To DC Comicon (Father’s Day) Available at VA Comicon This Saturday

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Washington DC Comicon flyer

Press Release:


Good evening! The title says it all!

Come to the VA Comicon THIS Saturday (June 11th) in Richmond, and pick up a ticket for the ONLY FREE NATIONAL SHOW IN THE COUNTRY, the Washington, DC Comicon!

The VA Comicon will feature an entire Small Press room, as well as top comic talent, door prize premiums from Top Cow, the Wieringo Scholarship, and Fangoria! Get there THIS Saturday in Richmond. More information, of course is at! And remember, ALL attendees will get a FREE ticket to the Washington DC Comicon.

The Washington Comicon will be held once again on the GMU campus on Sunday, June 19th (Father’s Day). With Special superstar Guests Frank Cho (Mighty Avengers), Ron Marz (Witchblade), Jim Starlin (Thanos), Larry Hama (GI Joe), Todd Dezago (Tellos), and more, make sure to bring dad to the Nation’s only FREE National-level comic book show!

The DC Comicon is being operated By Brett Carreras (The VA Comicon) and Marc Nathan (Baltimore Comicon), so it’s BOUND to be awesome! More info at

We’ll see you all on Saturday, and then on Father’s Day. Awesome!

-Brett (owner of
Promoter of the VA Comicon and co-promoter of the DC Comicon

The VA Comicon (June 2011)

May 18, 2011 by  
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VA Comicon

Convention Name
The VA Comicon
Convention Website Address
This convention will take place:

  • for one day only.


About This Convention
Virginia’s largest and longest running comic book and pop culture show! Now in it’s 25th year, The VA Comicon occurs quarterly in Richmond, VA and features some of the comic book community’s top art and publishing talent!
Venue Name and Address
The Crowne Plaza West
6531 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories

  • Anime
  • Horror



Top Cow Wraps 2010 Convention Tour at VA Comicon

November 19, 2010 by  
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Artifacts #3 variant, by Tucci

Press Release:


LOS ANGELES, Calif., November 18, 2010 – Top Cow’s 2010 convention tours wraps this weekend in Richmond, Virigina, with the two-day VA Comicon from November 20-21.

Fans who stop by the Top Cow booth will be able to pick up convention exclusives, preview books and free goodies, and celebrate the success of this year’s action-packed event series Artifacts. Among the creators appearing at the booth will be Top Cow publisher Filip Sablik (Asset, Last Mortal), John Mahoney (Last Mortal) and Bill Tucci (Shi). Sablik will also be available throughout the show for portfolio reviews for aspiring artists.

The publisher will be offering three exclusive VA Comicon variants for the event: two blank sketch Artifacts #3 variants and a wraparound Artifacts #3 variant, by Tucci. The exclusives are limited and will be initially made at VA Comicon.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit For more information from Top Cow, please visit or follow them on Twitter (@TopCow).

About Top Cow Productions Inc.

Top Cow Productions, Inc. (, a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, was founded in December of 1992 by artist Marc Silvestri, who also co-founded Image Comics earlier that same year. Top Cow currently publishes its line of comic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries. The company has launched 20 franchises (18 original and two licensed) in the industry’s Top 10, seven at #1, a feat accomplished by no other publisher in the last two decades. Its flagship franchise, WITCHBLADE, was TNT’s #1 original film of 2000 and the subsequent TV series was released on DVD on July 29, 2008. WITCHBLADE is also the first American property to be fully adapted in Japan as an original anime and manga by Studio GONZO in 2006. Top Cow’s other flagship property, THE DARKNESS, was developed into a major next-generation video game release by Starbreeze and 2K Games and achieved platinum sales status. WANTED, an Eisner-nominated miniseries published by Top Cow from 2003-2005, is now a major motion picture from Universal Pictures starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman. Virtually all of Top Cow’s other properties are in development as feature films, live-action television, animation or video games. Top Cow has also successfully licensed and merchandised its franchises into toys, statues, clothing, lithographs, puppets, posters, magnets, shot glasses, lighters, lunch pails, wall scrolls, mouse pads, die-cast cars, calendars, Christmas ornaments, Halloween masks, trading cards, standees, video games and roleplaying games.

VA Comicon (November 2010)

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Convention VA COMICON
Convention Website
Start Date 11/20/2010
End Date 11/21/2010
Venue Name Ramada Plaza Richmond West
Venue Address 6624 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
United States
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables 120
Projected Attendance 2500
What category best describes your convention? Comic Books
What other categories might be appropriate for your convention? – Collectibles
– Gaming
– Horror
– Science Fiction and Fantasy

VA Comicon Offers Discount Code to Convention Scene Fans

November 16, 2010 by  
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Artifacts 3 Variant Cover
Press Release: Discount Code for HORROR-themed VA Comicon on November 20-21!
The VA Comicon will offer a 1 for 1 exchange for any valid Motor City Con Tickets onsite at our show for zero charge!

Come to Richmond, VA on November 20-21 (The weekend BEFORE Thanksgiving) for a HORROR themed Comic book show! We have assembled the best talent in the world to showcase the finest in Horror Comic books! And YOU can get into the ENTIRE fully-carpeted and chandeliered show (including the AMA Manga and Anime Show) for only $14.99!

VA Comicon logoHeadlined by Ethan Van Sciver (Blackest Night), The VA Comicon brings horror publishers Top Cow, Zenescope, Fangoria and more to Richmond! With Mutiple Show Exclusives including interlocking Witchblade and Darkness monster-themed covers by Billy Tucci! A Lady Death Exclusive Comic by Ivan Reis and Brian Pulido! A VA Comicon Grimm Fairy Tales exclusive with an Ebas Cover! An Arthur Suydam Exclusive Zombie Print, and a Bucky O’Hare print by Michael Golden. Finally a Limited edition Moonstone anthology by Con guests James Kuhoric (Scream Award winning writer of Freddy Vs. Jason Vs. Ash), and JC Vaughn (Vampire Hunter Dean)!

Guests include: Ethan Van Sciver, Billy Tucci, Arthur Suydam,Michael Golden, Mike McKone, Brian Pulido, Ebas, Herb Trimpe, Alex Saviuk, Dan Parent, Tim Seeley, Larry Hama, Jim Calafiore, Rick Spears, Robert Atkins, Joe Jusko, Randy Green, The Fillbach Brothers,Tsunami Studios, Eva Ink, Adhouse Books and DOZENS more!

Exhibitors include: CGC, The Hero Initiative,, Regal Cinemas, Fetch-a-Cure, The Wieringo Scholarship, Mile High Comics, Neat Stuff Collectibles, Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find, and Dozens more! In fact, more than HALF of our vendors will be selling Horror Comics from the Golden Age of Funny Books (1938-1955)!

Events include: An entire separate event hall filled with Manga and Anime vendors and creators! Lectures and panels including “Investing in Comics”, opportunities to sell your books on-site to the two top buyers of comic books in the world, Neat Stuff Collectibles and Mile High Comics, a FREE restoration check by top expert Steve Borock of Heritage Auctions at the Hero Initiative booth, exclusive horror movie screenings by Fangoria Saturday night, the first ever LIVE Town Hall Meeting and SO MUCH MORE! (Once again, more info is at!) We will also have an auction for original comic art on Saturday night immediately following the show, to help cover artist travel expenses. 30% of auction sales will also go to charity!

The show has PLENTY of FREE parking, and is located less than 5 minutes off of I-64 and I-95 at the Ramada Plaza West in Richmond, VA ( With a FREE shuttle to the train station, and hotel rooms for only $65 a night, you should check it out!

As a special bonus, users can get into the show 30 minutes early AND get all ticket fees waived by going to and entering the code CONVENTIONSCENE. As another bonus, attached to this message is the world premiere of Billy Tucci’s “Universal” inspired double-cover! All information regarding EVERYTHING is located at our newly re-designed website Be sure to stick around after for the HUGE original comic art auction Saturday night! With direct flights to Richmond for less than $59 from Philadelphia, New York and Florida, We KNOW will see you there!

Sincerely, Brett Carreras

Tickets On Sale for November VA Comicon

September 29, 2010 by  
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Press Release:

The BEST 2-day comic book show in the South!

Richmond, VA – 09/27/2010 – For Immediate Press Release:

The VA Comicon is proud to formally announce advance ticket sales for it’s November 20-21st show!

Richmond, VA welcomes premiere comic publishers on November 20-21, the weekend before Thanksgiving, Including Top Cow (Witchblade), Zenescope (Grimm Fairy Tales), Fangoria Magazine, Adhouse books and More!

Exhibitors come from all over the Eastern United States, and almost half of them will be selling Golden Age comics from the 1940’s and 1950s! Do you have some old comics? Bring them to the VA Comicon to submit them to CGC the top comic grading company! Got extra comics? Neat Stuff Collectibles is hosting a Buying Event at the VA Comicon! Get CASH for those unwanted comics!

The VA Comicon also welcomes DOZENS of top artists, including Guests of Honor Ethan Van Sciver (Green Lantern), Herb Trimpe (the Co-creator of Wolverine), Brian Pulido (creator of Lady Death) and Michael Golden (Micronauts)! Other artists include Mike McKone, Larry Hama, Dan Parent, Billy Tucci, Tim Seeley, Robert Atkins, Rick Spears and More!

The VA Comicon has recently updated it’s website to better accommodate it’s guests and exhibitors, including a newly-updated section for registered exhibitors.

Starting today, we are accepting online payments for 2-day advance VIP tickets for only $14.95! This includes access BOTH days, including 30 minutes early admittance to the show on Saturday, a FREE color print by Tsunami Studios, access to the horror movie screenings Saturday night by Fangoria, PLUS Free admission to the AMA 1/2, the Anime and Manga show across the hall from the VA Comicon!

Exclusives this year will be provided by: Top Cow, Zenescope, Brian Pulido, Moonstone, Tsunami Studios and more!

We have outgrown our old location, and are at a new, LARGER location this year, the Ramada Plaza West! The entire VA COMICON is fully carpeted and chandeliered! You don’t wan’t to miss out! We also have several discount airlines that fly into Richmond, and we are less than 5 minutes from I-95 and I-64!

Why not visit our newly-redesigned website at to learn more right now!
We will see you there!


Brett Carreras
promoter of the VA Comicon (
owner of Brett’s Comic Pile (

Inaugural DC Comic-Con on May 2nd

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Washington, DC – April 15, 2010 – Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con, and Brett Carreras, promoter of the VA Comicon, are proud to jointly announce the inaugural DC Comic-Con.  The show will be held on Sunday, May 2nd, 2010 (the day after Free Comic Book Day) from 10am-5pm in the Student Union Building II (SUB II) at George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, VA.

Admission to the show is only $5!  GMU students, faculty, and staff get in free!  All active military personnel with current military IDs get in free!

The show will feature an amazing guest list for an inaugural show, a show exclusive comic, a full room of brick-and-mortar retailers bringing Golden Age, Silver Age, and modern comics inventories, manga and anime products, and toys!  There will also be a sanctioned Magic the Gathering tournament!

Our guests for this premiere event include:  Frank Cho (Mighty Avengers), Herb Trimpe (Incredible Hulk), JG Jones (52), the Fillbach Brothers (Clone Wars Adventures) sponsored by Laughing Ogre Comics, the Luna Brothers (The Sword) sponsored by Laughing Ogre Comics, Steve Conley (Star Trek Omnibus: The Original Series), John K. Snyder III (Doctor Mid-Nite) sponsored by the Hero Initiative, and Jo Chen (Runaways) sponsored by the Hero Initiative.

Show Exclusive Comic and Giveaways
Thanks to our friends at Top Cow Productions, the DC Comic-Con will be offering a show-exclusive Witchblade #136 DC Comic-Con Variant by co-headlining guest JG Jones.  This exclusive comic will be available in very limited quantities at the Hero Initiative booth, and is selling for only $5, of which $1 goes to the Hero Initiative.

Additionally, the first 500 attendees will receive a copy of the Overstreet Guide to Collecting Comics, Gemstone’s 2010 Free Comic Book Day publication.

Sanctioned Magic the Gathering Tournament
A special Magic the Gathering — Rise of the Eldrazi tournament with a massive prize pool will be held at the show.  Each player will receive six unopened boosters from the new Rise of the Eldrazi set, and players will then construct a deck from those boosters (free extra lands provided).  The tournament will be played in Swiss Rounds, and will begin promptly at 10am when the doors open.

To participate in this sanctioned event, entry is $19 through May 1st or $22 at the door (participants must also purchase a separate convention admission ticket).  The show will be open 2 hours past the scheduled conclusion of the tournament so that players will have plenty of time to check out the main showroom.

Participants may pre-register for the Magic Tournament over the phone with a major credit card (call 703-241-9393) or in person at Victory Comics, 586 S. Washington St., Falls Church, VA 22046-4415.

The show will be held at the George Mason University campus at 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA  22030 in the Student Union Building II (SUB II).  Free Parking is available in Lot A (beside the Patriot Center), which is a short walk from SUB II.  A map of the campus can be found here, and directions to the show can be found on the show website.

About The DC Comic-Con
The DC Comic-Con, launching in 2010 on Sunday, May 2nd from 10am-5pm, is a result of the cooperative work of Marc Nathan, sponsor of the Baltimore Comic-Con and Brett Carreras, sponsor of the VA Comicon. For more information, please visit the website.

VA Comicon (August 2010)

January 7, 2010 by  
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VA Comicon 2010

Convention VA Comicon
Convention Website
Start Date 08/08/2010
Venue Name The Crowne Plaza West
Venue Address 6532 W Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
United States
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables 62
Projected Attendance 500
What category best describes your convention? Comic Books
What other categories might be appropriate for your convention? – Collectibles

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