VA Comicon (February 2010)

January 7, 2010 by  
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VA Comicon 2010

Convention VA Comicon
Convention Website http://www.vacomicon.com
Start Date 02/28/2010
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

VA Comicon Salutes GI Joe at This Weekend’s Show

November 19, 2009 by  
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Press Release:

The VA Comicon Hits Richmond, VA THIS weekend!

For the first time in over 25 years, there will be a 2-day comic book show in Virginia, and what a show it is! With seven creators who have worked on GI JOE, including Larry Hama, Chuck Dixon, Michael Golden, Robert Atkins and more, the VA Comicon is THE place to be for GI JOE fans! Featuring an exclusive 1 hour Q and A panel with Hama, Dixon, Atkins and others, this one isn’t to be missed!

The VA Comicon will include 7 GI Joe creators

The VA Comicon will include 7 GI Joe creators

Other guests include Chris Claremont, Mike McKone, Jim Calafiore, James Kuhoric, Billy Tucci, Budd Root, Reilly Brown, Randy Green, Alex Saviuk and DOZENS more! Also featuring a special lecture by Mile High Comics owner Chuck Rozanski about Mr. Edgar Church, the original owner of the most famous comic book collection ever discovered!

With a costume Contest on Sunday, participation by the Rebel Legion, and the 501st, Hourly doorprizes and more, the VA Comicon is truly a premiere comic book event…all this right before Thanksgiving weekend! Additional exhibitors are CGC grading company, Regal Cinemas, BRICK WEEKLY, Crusade Fine Arts, Tsunami Studios and more, why not join us! As a special bonus, we are giving away for FREE 750 copies of the VA COMICON exclusive Witchblade #132 with cover by guest Randy Green! Cool!

VA Comicon Witchblade Variant

VA Comicon Witchblade Variant

FREE for children 12 and under, FREE with a Military ID, FREE with a Student ID, and FREE if you come in Full Costume! Members of the Press are FREE, and there will be a FREE pod-cast area setup with FREE Wi-Fi! Also, there will be a FREE bowling party across the street in the sci-fi themed Sunset Lanes!

VIP tickets are only $9.95 for the entire weekend, and allow you to get in 30 minutes early each day! More information is at the newly updated website http://www.vacomicon.com! Check us out!

The VA Comicon is on Saturday November 21 from 12-7pm and Sunday November 22 from 10A-4pm.
It is located at the Crowne Plaza West at:

6531 West Broad St
Richmond, VA 23230

Advanced tickets are available online at our website, and allow you to get in 30 minutes early both days. Check us out at http://www.vacomicon.com. We look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,
Brett Carreras
Promoter of the VA Comicon in Richmond, VA

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Michael Golden Joins VA Comicon Lineup

November 17, 2009 by  
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Golden Surprise Addition to Virginia Comic-Con Line-up!

Richmond– Virginia IS for lovers…of G.I. Joe and Michael Golden artwork that is– as Golden signs on as a surprise last-minute guest for next weekend’s Virginia Comic-Con, slated for November 21-22, 2009!

Michael Golden, a fan favorite for his work on “Micronauts,” “G.I.Joe,” Batman, Dr. Strange, X-Men, Avengers, and “The ‘Nam,” among many other projects, has just been added to the line-up just this week, and is a natural for the event’s G.I. Joe theme, considering his groundbreaking work on that series.

Exiles by Michael Golden

Exiles by Michael Golden

This will also mark the artist’s first appearance in Virginia, in fact. And, to celebrate the fact, Golden will have some special prints and books for the occasion.

During his career, Golden has been an editor at DC Comics as well as senior art director at Marvel Comics, and has worked on numerous movie production projects, including some currently in development.

His art has been the focus of gallery shows in places as diverse as New York, Gijon, Barcelona, Antwerp and Brussels, and his class on storytelling has been conducted in countries including Spain, Brussels, Canada, the United States and China. Golden’s recent work can be seen on the covers of “Heroes for Hire,” “Exiles,” “Demon’s Regret,” “Uncanny X-Men,” and Spiderman, among many others. Vanguard Production’s recently released top-selling art retrospective “Excess: The Art of Michael Golden,” written by Renee Witterstaetter, has sold out and has gone into a second printing. This year will also see the release of Golden’s new sketchbook, “MORE Heroes and Villains,” from Eva Ink Publishing-a perfect match for last year’s “Heroes and Villains” sketchbook. (Soon to followed by the sketchbooks, “Dangerous Curves,” and “Bad Dog.” )

Joining Michael in Virginia will be Larry Hama (G.I. Joe), Alex Saviuk (Spiderman), Chris Claremont (X-Men), Bill Tucci (Sgt. Rock), Chuck Dixon (Birds of Prey), Kelly Yates (Doctor Who), Jim Califiore (Exiles), John Gallagher (Buzzboy), Steve Conley (Astounding Space Thrills), Mike McKone (Fantastic Four), Eric Wolfe-Hanson (G.I. Joe), Rick Ketchum (Runaways), James Kuhoric (Army of Darkness), our own J.C. Vaughn (24), Mike McKone (Amazing Spider-Man), Reilly Brown (Cable), Dan Parent (Archie), Randy Green (Witchbalde), Andy Smith (Red Sonja), Steve Bird (Blue Beetle), Rick Spears (Teenagers from Mars), Renee Witterstaetter (writer for numerous books from Vanguard Productions, Spartan X), James Callahan (Strange Detective Tales), Louis Small, Jr. (Vampirella), Brian Shearer (Gravyboy), Kevin Sharpe (G.I. Joe), Budd Root (Cavewoman), and Zuda Comics winner Adam Lucas (Goldilock).

Admission is $10 for adults to the November 21-22, 2009 show at the Crowne Plaza West, 6532 W Broad Street in Richmond, VA, but it will be free to anyone in full costume, children, folks with student ID and people with military ID. It will also be free to members of the press.

For more information on Michael Golden, his commission and appearances, contact evaink@aol.com, or check out his facebook listing at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Michael-Golden/44937601170

For more information on the Virginia Comic-Con go to: http://www.vacomicon.com

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CGC and More at November 2009 VA COMICON

September 29, 2009 by  
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Press Release:

Greetings, fellow comic fans!

We are proud to make a few of several upcoming announcements regarding Virginia’s first 2-day show in over 25 years!

First off, we have a slew of swell artists and writers lined up for the show including:

Larry Hama
Chuck Dixon
Chris Claremont
Mike McKone
Billy Tucci
Randy Green
Robert Atkins

and DOZENS more! Additionally, we have some top exhibitors signed up to display including:

CGC (their final scheduled event of 2009!)
The Hero Initiative
the Mike Wieringo Scholarship
Regal Cinemas
Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find
Cards Comics and Collectibles
Brett’s Comic Pile

and DOZENS more!

We will have many comic panels scheduled all day long, including:

A discussion on Edgar Church by Chuck Rozanski
a GI Joe panel with Larry Hama, Chuck Dixon and Robert Atkins!

Witchblade Cover by Randy Green

Witchblade Cover by Randy Green

We will have an exclusive Top Cow comic book: Witchblade #132 with a VERY special sketch holiday cover by guest Randy Green!

Also, we are looking for folks wishing to moderate discussion panels, as well as volunteers and CGC witnesses. E-mail me at info@vacomicon.com if you are interested.

Finally, and this is very special, Adam Lucas, the current #1 competitor in DC Comics’ ZUDA COMPETITION with his entry “Goldilock” has agreed to come to the show if we help him to win! The voting ends in less than 24 hours. He is in a dead heat for #1, and if you could kindly visit http://www.zudacomics.com/node/1261 and login and vote him in as your favorite, he will come to our show! What a cool deal! YOU can help us get an additional hot young artist to come to the show. Interactive convention-going!

Well…That is about it…oh yeah…there is a FREE sci-fi themed bowling party on Saturday night…and two-day passes start at $9.95, with children, folks with student IDs or Military IDs getting in FREE both days!

You have nothing to lose…visit http://www.VAcomicon.com for more information!

Go ahead and vote for Adam so he will come to the show! Visit our site, and help to make a difference in the first 2-day show in Virginia in over 25 years! Awesome!

Regards,

Brett Carreras
owner Brett’s Comic Pile in Richmond, VA
Sponsor of the 2008 and 2009 Harvey Awards
Promoter of the VA Comicon on November 21-22

Larry Hama Headlines Virginia Comicon This November

July 10, 2009 by  
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Press release:

Larry Hama Headlines the first 2-Day Comic show in VA on November 21-22!

The Virginia Comicon is proud to host the first 2-day comic book show in the state of Virginia in over 25 years. It will be held across 3 ball-rooms at the Crowne Plaza West in Richmond, VA on November 21-22.

Larry Hama is headlining the event, best known as the creator of the modern G.I. Joe franchise, he is joined by 3 G.I. Joe artists, and dozens of other comic book professionals, including: Mike McKone (Fantastic Four, Exiles), Robert Atkins (G.I. Joe), James Kuhoric (Dead Irons, Freddy Vs. Jason Vs. Ash), Randy Green (Tomb Raider, Witchblade), Rick Ketcham (Amazing Spider-Man), Reilly Brown (Cable and Deadpool), Dan Parent (Archie, Betty and Veronica), Rick Spears (Teenagers from Mars), Tsunami Studios and many, MANY more!

The show will be focusing specifically on older comics, from the 1940’s to the 1980’s but there will be plenty to see and do by everyone. With only 64 exhibitor booths in the vendor room, it is our goal to get the most exciting and diverse selection of prime Gold, Silver and Bronze age comics ever assembled at a regional show…and our current exhibitor list shows it with great vendors such as Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find (the operators of HeroesCon) and Cards Comics and Collectibles (The Operator of the Baltimore Comicon) already signed up as premier exhibitors!

Show highlights include: Hourly doorprize drawings, Comic book panels all day, dozens of top comic professionals, a huge selection of comic book collectibles, a presentation by Chuck Rozanski discussing the works of Mr. Edgar Church, A free limited edition print by Robert Atkins and Tsunami Studios, a cash bar, an “old school comic book swap meet”, an exclusive Top Cow Convention Exclusive comic and super-cheap admission of only $9.95 for 2 days!

Reserve your VIP passes today by registering online at www.VAcomicon.com to get the best rate, tons of FREE convention exclusive comics, and to get into the show 30 minutes early each day!

A select number of vendor booths are still available for only $175 each. As this is a comic book event, we will NOT have T-Shirts, DVDs, Video Games, Movie Posters or other Media For sale. Thanks for understanding. Be sure to visit our full-featured website at www.VAcomicon.com for much more info.

Thanks, and have a great day!

Sincerely,

Brett Carreras
Owner of Brett’s Comic Pile in Richmond, VA
Sponsor of the 2007 and 2008 Harvey Awards
Promoter of the VA Comicon on Nov 21-22

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First 2-day Comic Show in Virginia in Over 25 Years

June 25, 2009 by  
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We are pleased to officially announce the VA Comicon on November 21-22 will be Virginia’s first 2-day comic show in over 25 years!

As such, we are planning a HUGE list of events, guests and premiums. Below is a partial list of featured guests to get everyone excited:

LARRY HAMA
(writer: GI JOE, The ‘NAM, Wolverine)
ROBERT ATKINS
(penciller: GI JOE, upcoming Amazing Spider-man)
RICK KETCHAM
(Inker: Joss Whedon’s Runaways and upcoming Amazing Spider-man))
TSUNAMI STUDIOS
(Multi-state studio with offices in NC and GA, specializing in pencilling and inking)
STEVE BIRD
(Inker: Blue Beetle, Hard Time and more)
BRIAN SHEARER
(Artist: Marvel Trading Carda and GravyBoy)
JOHN “Waki” WYCOUGH
(Inker: BloodRayne, GI JOE, Noble Causes)
RICK SPEARS
(Creator of Indy hit “Teenagers from Mars” and writer of an upcoming Marvel project with James Callahan…see below)
JAMES CALLAHAN
(Creator of Rotting in Dirtville, and penciller of the critically acclaimed “Strange Detective Tales”)
J.C. VAUGHN
(writer: Battlestar Galactica, 24, Shi, Zombie-Proof, The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide)
STEVE CONLEY
(Creator of Astounding Space Thrills, and penciller of Star Trek Season 4)
LOUIS SMALL JR.
(Penciller on Vampirella, Codename Knockout)
BUDD ROOT
(Creator of Cavewoman for Basement Comics)
ANDY SMITH
(Penciller: Red Sonja and Claw, Weaon X, The Deadly Duo, and much, MUCH more!)
…And MANY MORE!

As an added bonus, Mr. Chuck Rozanski, the owner of Mile High Comics, will be giving a rare talk on Saturday regarding Mr. Edgar Church, the original owner of the “Mile High” Collection…the most famous comic book collection ever discovered!

Much more information is at our newly updated website over at http://www.vacomicon.com

Thanks for checking us out, and we look forward to seeing you on November 21-22!

Regards,

Brett Carreras
Sponsor of the 2007 and 2008 Harvey Awards
Owner of Brett’s Comic Pile
Promoter of the VA Comicon on Nov 21-22

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