Some days, the top news story is the top news story just because it’s the only one I could come up with art for. Not that “Return of the Dapper Men” artist Janet Lee attending Florida Supercon isn’t news, but it’s about the only story today with any kind of art that I could attach to it. Well, maybe the next one, but no one really knows what Boba Fett looks like without his mask.
- Speaking of which, original Boba Fett actor Jeremy Bulloch, guy who basically restarted the Star Wars franchise in the 90s Timothy Zahn, Jeremy Bulloch, author Katherine Kurtz and musicians Denise Vasquez and Randy Martinez are guests of honor at ShevaCon 2012. OK, I know what Boba Fett looks like without his mask on, but these days, that’s basically an old, if in good shape, British guy.
- Koyama Press will have over 20 creators attending Toronto Comic Art Expo.
- Last open house for Anime Expo volunteers is on April 16th in Anaheim.
- Fargo Con is also looking for volunteers.
- It only took three hours for EXP Con attendees to book 40% of the con’s hotel space. So much for procrastination.
- Twilight New Jersey tix are on sale.
- San Japan tix, on the other hand, have just a couple of days left at the pre-reg rates.
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- Every convention planner should be the ones from Toronto Comic Arts Festival. You want to know how awesome they are? They put together a guide to places to eat and drink around the convention center and even made it all nice and pretty on Google Maps. They even got a food columnist for the Toronto Star newspaper to put it together. I’ve actually made a low-end version of this for areas surrounding the San Diego Convention Center, and am going to eventually be putting together a Conmania 101 segment regarding this. Seriously, this is super awesome.
- Speaking of Toronto, the last day to book a hotel with their official group rate is tomorrow, the 12th. It also looks like they might be out of Sunday hotel rooms, but they still have Friday and Saturday and could still get more Sundays. Finally, if you are going to fly Air Canada to get to the con and haven’t booked your flight, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Bad news Twilight Arlington: Julia Jones had to cancel due to filming. Good news Twilight Arlington: Leah Gibson is taking her place.
- Today is the last chance to get Texas Frightmare passes at the discounted rate.
- Anime Conji has their day and date set for next year — March 16th-18th 2012 at the Town and Country Resort Hotel. And yes, it’s already been added to the upcoming conventions section of Conmania. I am on the ball!
- Anime Expo in Los Angeles give you two, count em, two chances to win! Probably more, but that’s what they announced today. If you’re good with the drawings, enter the art show. If you’re better with the singings and the actings and what not, check out AX Idol. Also, all the proceeds from their charity auction are going to the Japanese Red Cross Society.
- Albuquerque Comic Expo (still spelling it correctly!) announced two guests — Walter Jon Williams, whom I don’t know, but is apparently a rather prolific author, and Brian Pulido, who created Lady Death and Evil Ernie and with whom I once shared a drunken ride back from a convention party with. So when I said I don’t know earlier, I meant that in a “I’ve never met him” way. They also have a badge design contest.
- Heroes Con may or may not have a t-shirt. The design is the one at the right. If you have an opinion one way or the other, go tell them about it.
- I-Con in San Francisco is looking for some setup volunteers.
- Would be Gen Con attendees, start warming up your clicking fingers — tickets go on sale Sunday, May 1.
- Clockwork Con needs people for a crafting panel.
- NorWesCon needs food prep volunteers.
- Artist Terence Hanley is going to be at Derby City Con.
- EXP Con will start their hotel booking and weekend pass pre-reg tomorrow.
- Florida Super Con is going to have 2 Player Productions in their Geek Film Festival.
- And finally, Chicago Horror Fest tickets are now on sale.
Listen up Conmaniacs, hope you liked the video from yesterday. More should be on the way, so keep your eyes open.
- Anime Expo in Los Angeles is approaching, which you should be able to tell from the little countdown clock. Speaking of which, you can download your own and more website goodies by making with the clicky.
- Speaking of goodies, MTAC has their T-shirt designs up. Only $20.
- “G-Man” and “Mini Marvels” artist Chris Giarrusso is going to be at Mid-Ohio Con.
- Want to know how awesome the Animated Detour convention was last weekend? $36,195.42 worth of awesome. That’s how much they raised in their donation buckets for the crisis in Japan.
- Ready for a ton of news from I-CON? The New York con put up their gaming schedule and autograph schedule, as well as their interactive programming schedule. They also announced a panel with Peter David, Joe Lansdale and Bob the Dinosaur on comedy, and a trivia game show. I love those. Cleaned up the prizes at several.
- Albuquerque Comic Expo is giving you a couple chances to win some major convention upgrades. Wednesday, someone gets their three-day pass bumped up to a VIP package. And one VIP ticket holder will get a chance to win a special one-on-one sit down with Stan “The Man” Lee, although that won’t be determined until after all the VIP passes have been sold. So in theory, you could win a one-on-one with Stan for the price of a three-day pass. Although unlikely.
- Time for vengeance, eh? “The Crow” creator James O’Barr is going to be at Toronto Comic Arts Festival.
- Going to Fanaticon in North Carolina? Want to be interviewed by Bold Life Magazine? Make with the clicky.
- Apparently the Hall of Fame event at GIJoeCon was a blast, so BotCon would like to remind you not to miss theirs.
- Spooky Empire’s May-Hem’s newsletter is up. Most of the news has been reported on here, but there it’s all in one nice place.
There’s something about Tuesdays that bring out the convention guest announcements. Probably because con organizers are still all hung over from the weekend on Monday. I should probably form a study on this.
- The cool thing about a horror convention in Los Angeles, you can be sure the guests are probably going to be pretty awesome because it’s not like they have a long way to drive. Which is probably why my fellow Cal State Northridge alumni, Robert “Freddy Kreuger” Englund, is going to be at the Los Angeles Weekend of Horrors taking part in a panel for “Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon.”
- Speaking of awesome scary guests, Malcolm McDowell is taking his freaky British self to Texas Frightmare Weekend. And if you don’t know who Malcolm McDowell is, shame on you. Because of him in “A Clockwork Orange,” I can never listen to “Singing in the Rain” the same way again.
- Continuing with the horror theme, the Scarefest in Kentucky had a huge guest announcement – Lance Henriksen, Michael Biehn, James Hampton, Danielle Harris and Jennifer Blanc. That makes two of the stars of “Aliens,” the dad from “Teen Wolf,” Jamie Lee Curtis’ replacement in the newer “Halloween” movies after she got killed, and the girl in the wheel chair Zack fell for in that one “Saved by the Bell” episode. Don’t lie, you know which one it was.
- Continuing with the theme, Robert Axelrod, the voice of Lord Zed from “Power Rangers,” will be attending MTAC in Nashville.
- And yet with all those people famous for playing freaks and weirdos, probably the oddest guest is Ad Astra’s, who has David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, attending. Because really, who is scarier, Freddy Kreuger or a politician?
- Speaking of scary, do you think you are? The World Horror Convention in Texas has set up a pitch session, where you can spin your spooky stories at something like 14 editors and agents. Click for the list.
- Want to run a panel at Anime Expo in Los Angeles? Follow the link for the online signups.
- GameCon Memphis is open for pre-reg!
- Did you think you knew where Naka-Kon was being held next year? Not so fast. They’re moving to the Overland Park Convention Center and the Sheraton attached Feb. 10-12, 2012.
- Check out Marvel’s exclusive cover for WonderCon. Which makes sense, given the X-Men are currently based out of San Francisco.
The weekend is just about over, and everyone should be straggling back from whatever convention they went to this weekend, the big one being C2E2. The biggest news out of that one, at least by my reckoning, is Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin on “Daredevil.” Loves me some Rivera and Martin art. Pretty.
- Kansas City’s Planet Comicon has their panel schedule up.
- Shore Leave in Baltimore announced their last acting guest, Emilie Ullerup, who played Cat Grant on “Smallville.”
- El Paso Comic Con has signed James Horan, who was on a bunch of different Star Trek series and voiced Wheeljack on “Transformers Prime.”
- The band Celldweller will be playing Florida FSC Supercon.
- Anime Conji in San Diego is holding Lolita Day. And if that was the deciding factor of you attending, good news, because they’ve extended their online registration. Although they don’t say for how long, so don’t dawdle.
OK, I’ll assume we’ve all had a good nerd freak out over the first image of Adrianne Palicki in her costume for the new “Wonder Woman” TV show? Could be worse. Could be better, but could be worse. Either way, whether the show lives or fails, Palicki has a lifetime ahead of her signing autographs on the con circuit, somewhere in between Lou Ferigno and the guy who played Night Man.
- The hashtag #c2e2 is bobbing in and out of the US trending topics on Twitter. I post their tweet reporting that, because when I checked, they weren’t. But then I retweeted their post, so maybe it is again? Who says nerds don’t social network?
- Two bits of Megacon news — first, they posted J. Scott Campbell’s lithograph that is going to be exclusive at the show, as seen in the image on the right. Second, they got 40 more Stan Lee VIP packages. So you can get your lithograph of Stan surrounded by the lovely ladies of Marvel, then get The Man to sign it for you!
- Like Funimantion’s anime? Here’s there convention schedule through October.
- Star Trek Vegas put their autograph and photo opportunity tickets on sale. Wait a sec, only $90 to take a photo with Nimoy? For a con like this, that seems low. Although, true story, I used to sit two rows behind him during the high holidays at Temple Adat Shalom when I was a kid. No photo ops there, though. Kind of tacky.
- Weekend of Horrors in Los Angeles was also announced. John Carpenter, Asia Argento, Tom Savini… I’m shivering in my boots already.
- Actor LeVar Burton is going to be at the Edmonton Collectible Toy and Comic Show. Although a word of warning, it’s the real actor LeVar Burton, not an autographed picture of the actor LeVar Burton. You can disappoint him.
- Geek Girl Con wants you to name their mascots.
- CoreCon’s got schedules!
- Hal Con has announced its guest lineup. Which includes Erin Gray. So what else do you need to know?
- Flashback Weekend in Chicago is going to premiere the movie Mole Men of Belmont Avenue. No idea what it is about, but I’m guessing Mole Men. Also, Robert Englund.
- San Japan in San Antonio started selling tickets. So as usual, don’t procrastinate. But I know you, you will…
- Finally, Anime Expo in LA put up a special prize package on Ebay. If you win, you get hotel stay, two four day passes with front row access to all ticketed events, early entry into the hall and a merchandise package, 100% of the proceeds will go to the Japanese Red Cross Society, so either way, everyone wins. Last I checked, bidding was at $1,000 with a little over six days left, so don’t miss out.
It figures the best news of the day would pop up right after I push publish on the blog. Going to C2E2? Then you’re going to want to be at the Dark Horse booth at 1PM on Saturday, because Kenny F’n Powers himself, Danny McBride, is going to be there signing to promote his upcoming fantasy spoof, Your Highness. To which I say, Huzzah!
- Are you going to C2E2 this weekend and want to have a permanent souvenir of your trip? Then hop on over to Ebay, because the Hero Initiative is auctioning off Cliff Chiang artwork to be tattooed by Brian Stringer. Not only do you get the tattoo, but also the one-of-a-kind artwork the tat was based on. Plus, all of the money goes to the Hero Initiative charity. So if your mom gets on your case for getting a tattoo, tell her it was all for a good cause.
- Also from the Hero Initiative at C2E2, we mentioned a while back about their Avengers Mansion party, showing off the New Avengers 100 covers with a raffle to win a custom Avengers wine bottle. Check it out, the bottle is almost finished, and it is looking purty.
- Want to hang out with Bill Shatner in Vegas? Of course you do. It’s Bill Shatner. Star Trek Vegas is auctioning off backstage passes.
- Heads up cosplayers – Megacon posted their costume contest rules.
- What do you know, so did Fargo Core Con.
- GIJoeCon only has 38 American Hero registered attendee packages left for this year’s “Mission Brazil 2″ set and are currently sold out of the non-attending Homefront Hero package. So if you want the goodies, act now.
- Scarefest has announced some guests – Bill Moseley, Zach Galligan, Elvira and Kane Hodder.
- Want to learn how to play “Donkey Kong?” Steve Weibe, star of “King of Kong,” will be teaching you how at the Northwest Pinball Show. Also, pinball artist John Youssi will be speaking there as well.
- Green Lantern artist Darryl Banks will be at the Cincinnati Comics Expo.
- Free Anime Expo badges for spamming your Twitter!
- Mark Brooks will not be at Boston Con.
- Space artist B.E. Johnson will be a guest of honor at ApolloCon.
- The Fandom Advisory Network is going to be at C2E2, giving you a chance to double up your con time and win a trip for two to the New York Comic Con. Visit the FAN booth and make a 30 second video saying why you should win, and you’ll have a chance to win a VIP prize package that includes transportation to New York, hotel accommodations, 2 VIP tickets to New York Comic Con, a celebration dinner with superfan Steve Geppi, and more. Even if you’re not at the con, you can shoot your own video and upload it to enter the contest. Just follow the directions in the above link.
- C2E2 attendees also have a chance to win meet and greet tickets with band Coheed and Cambria. Just click the link and fill out the form to enter.
- C2E2 also announced a mobile app, although it isn’t quite available yet. Click on the link, they’ll send you a notification when you can download it.
- If you’re going to PAX East and staying at the Westin Waterfront, they have a business proposition for you. If you move to the Westin Copley, which is a five minute cab ride away, they’ll comp your room for you. Cab fare has to be less than a hotel stay. Email email@example.com for details.
- Also at PAX, game publisher Bethesda is hosting a free party. Food, drinks, entertainment, swag and a chance to play the new game “Brink.”