BoroughCon 2017 Announced for Memorial Day Weekend

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Superhero, animation and gaming fans will soon converge on Utopia Parkway for a four-day celebration in a park-like setting.

St. John’s University will host BoroughCon, a new pop culture convention, over Memorial Day Weekend 2017, May 26-May 29. The event, which is expected to draw up to 20,000 attendees, will appeal to enthusiasts of heroic stories in film, television, gaming and graphic formats, as well as to those who enjoy anime and manga –animation and comics, respectively, in the Japanese tradition.

BoroughCon programming will include panels and autograph sessions with celebrities, gaming tournaments, screenings of both classic and as-yet unreleased films and TV shows, a vendors’ room and an artists’ alley. In addition to special programming for youth and children as well as their parents and grandparents, there will also be a cosplay competition.

“Cosplay is the performance art of creating costumes based on your favorite media characters, then embodying those characters for the audience,” BoroughCon CEO Matthew Goodison-Orr explains. “It has become a staple of these conventions, and cosplay is always one of the most popular draws.”

Media guests are currently being announced on BoroughCon.com and Goodison-Orr says, “BoroughCon will be able to deliver at least a couple of household names, as well as several actors well-known to everyone from all walks of life within the nerd community.”

Current guests include:
•    Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings, The Goonies)
•    Khary Payton (The Walking Dead, Young Justice, Teen Titans)
•    Dante Basco (Hook, American Dragon: Jake Long)
•    Steven Blum (animated voice of Wolverine, record holder for most video game credits)
•    Cree Summer (Codename: Kids Next Door, Inspector Gadget)
•    Jess Harnell (Crash Bandicoot, Animaniacs)
•    Grey DeLisle (Scooby-Doo, Avatar: The Last Airbender)
•    Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Star Wars: Rebels, Ghost in the Shell)
•    Chester Rushing (Stranger Things)
•    Johnny Brennan (Jerky Boys, Family Guy)
•    Grizz Chapman (30 Rock, The Lair)

The nerd community, he said, includes fans of comic books, manga, gaming, and science fiction/fantasy movies and television shows—and a great many self-professed nerds live in underserved neighborhoods of Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island. Comic creators appearing include Marv Wolfman (Teen Titans), Mike Grell (Green Arrow, Jon Sable), Tony Bedard (Supergirl, Birds of Prey)  Mark McKenna (Combat Jacks, Exiles).

“Surprisingly, New York City and the surrounding area runs short of adequate event space despite the world-class sports and concert venues,” says Goodison-Orr, who, when he served three years as CEO of Orlando’s KnightroKon, catered to up to 40,000 fans a year. “None of the hotels have anywhere enough meeting space for a convention of BoroughCon’s size, and the Javits Center is already home to New York Comic Con, with which we have no desire to invite comparison. So my partners and I chose to focus on the Four Boroughs, and St. John’s became the clear choice.”

The decision to embrace the outer boroughs required very little persuasion.

“Queens has roughly the same population as Houston, and Brooklyn is almost the size of Chicago. Both those middle-American cities host multiple ‘cons’ annually. So why would we want to be the second-biggest-by-a-mile in Manhattan when we can build something new and different here?”

What will set BoroughCon apart, according to Goodison-Orr, is the degree to which fans will enjoy direct access to well-known guests.

“If you come to BoroughCon, you’ll get a chance to meet, shake hands with or get an autograph from someone whose work you admire,” he said. “BoroughCon will be for regular fans – the con for the rest of us.”

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For up-to-date information, visit boroughcon.com.

Super Megafest Spring Show 2017

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Super Megafest is New England’s Super-Fun Comic & Celebrity Pop Culture Fanfest celebrating Comics, TV, Movie, Sci-Fi, Wrestling and Rock & Roll!

We feature incredible celebrity autograph signings and photo ops with guests! Scheduled celebrity Q & A Sessions and photo ops will be held throughout the weekend. Guests include Wil Wheaton, Laura Vandervoort, Barbara Eden, C. Thomas Howell, Sam Jones, Kristy McNichol, Loni Anderson, Cerina Vincent, Barry Williams, Chris Kirkpatrick, Sgt. Slaughter, and more!

X-Men and other Marvel and DC writers and artists will give panel discussions and mingle with celebrities and costumed fans. Guests include Chris Claremont, Mike Grell, Bob Hall, Jose Delbo, Bob Wiacek, Jim Lawson, Dennis Calero, and more.

The Super Megafest presents the best exhibitors on the East Coast with one of the largest selections of comics, toys, videos, non-sports cards and memorabilia from TV, Movies, and Rock & Roll that you will ever find!

Other attractions include an amazing Costume Contest (including a children’s category), stunning Movie Cars, mischievous Pirates and much more! After hours, enjoy a multitude of shadowcast movie performances and parties, including the COME TOGETHER MUSIC FEST and CosCLUB Dance Party, ensuring the event has something for all ages.

Fore more information and ticket information please go to the website: www.supermegafest.com

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Royal Plaza Trade Center
181 Boston Post Rd W, Marlborough, Massachusetts 01752

WI – FCBD: Mike Grell Signing

MIKE GRELL, comic book writer and artist best known for his outstanding work on DC Comics Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Superboy and the Legion of Superheroes, and Warlord, on Saturday, May 6, 2017 to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

Mr. Grell will be selling art prints, signing comics and doing commissioned art sketches! Pre-orders will be encouraged, check with the store for details!

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Powers Comics & Collectibles
2180 S Ridge Road, Green Bay, WI 54304
(920) 884-8483

TX – Mike Grell Signing

Mike Grell

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Bedrock City Comics is excited to welcome comic book writer and artist Mike Grell to our Westheimer & Clear Lake locations. Mike is best know for his work on Green Lantern, Green Arrow, and The Warlord. Mike will be signing on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the following Bedrock City Locations: Westheimer Store from 10:00 AM -2:00 PM and Clear Lake Store from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Mike will autograph one of his books for free and will charge $2.00 for each additional autograph.

The following will be available:
11 X 17 prints (include autograph)
B & W $15.00 – $20.00
Color $25.00-30.00

Onsite sketches (Head Only) $75.00

All commissions will need to be handled through his art agent, Scott Kress at www.catskillcomics.com

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Bedrock City Comic Co.
6516 Westheimer, Suite D, Houston, TX 77057
(713) 780-0675

102 W. Bay Area Blvd, Webster, TX 77598
(281) 557-2748

CA – The Pilgrim Signing

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Mike Grell and Mark Ryan sign at Emerald Knights Comics on Monday September 26th at 7PM!

Artist and writer Mike Grell, best known for Green Arrow, Sable, and Warlord, will be on hand to meet and greet fans and do original sketches (for a fee) and sign autographs. A fee will apply to sketches done on site.

Actor and writer Mark Ryan, best known as the voice of Bumblebee and Jetfire in the Transformers films, will be on hand to meet and greet fans and sign autographs. A small fee will apply to have items signed. Mark will also have copies of The Wild Wood Tarot on hand, signatures are included with the purchase of the book!

Both guests have teamed up to create the comic book THE PILGRIM and copies purchased at the store will be signed at no additional fee!

Emerald Knights Comics and Games
4116 W. Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA