ComicCon-ing: Fandemic Tour Comes to Houston

Sometimes life gets in the way.  Of course we have our day jobs that we love doing. Then there is the matter of finances since this blog is a second job that we pay to do. Then there is time and distance.

If those things wouldn’t be an issue, we would be at Fandemic Houston this weekend.

The Fandemic Tour is a new convention group that will bring fan conventions to different cities. They have already had a show in Sacremento and by all accounts it was a great success.  We except this weekend’s expo to be a great time for all as well.

The Celebrity Guests

This is an action packed con to say the least representing some of the biggest groups in fandom.

  • Walking Dead guests: Norman Reedus, Jeffery Dean Morgan, Steven Yeun, Pollyanna McIntosh
  • Smallville: Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, John Schneider
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn, Chris Sullivan

Plus joining Norman Reedus is his Boondock Saints costars Searn Partick Flanery and DAvid Della Rocco. Plus, crowd favorites Jason David Frank, Dean CAin, and Bruce Campbell will appear in Houston.  Plus, two of my favorite fandoms will be represented by Adam Baldwin (Firefly) and Clare Kramer (Buffy).  This is a great lineup!


Comic Creators and Artists

One of the draws for us is the comic creators and artists that will be at a con. 

  • Phil Ortiz (The Simpson)
  • Clinton Hobart (Disney)
  • Tom Cook (Hanna-Barbera)
  • Guy Gilchrist (Muppets)
  • Rod Thorton (Founder of Angel Comics)

And there will plenty of local artists including our friend Jessica Raney.  If you get a chance checkout her work Oddballs: A Collection of Short Fiction and Dreadful Pennies. Artist Alley is our favorite hangout at the end of each day, so make sure you visit!!!

Again, we wish we could make it.  We do have some friends who attended, and if they have time they might do a write up.  If you attened let us know how the con was on twitter!

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ComicCon-ing: Cons from Across the Country This Weekend

Each week we try to spotlight a few cons from across the country that feature guests from our fandoms. We try to focus on the guests these conventions bring and mainly on our favorite fandoms.  

The IC Collectors Convention: This collectors convention in Tennessee has some great guests considering it is primarily a collecotrs convention. Guests include:

  • Star Trek: William Shatner, Marina Sirtis, Rene Auberjonois, John de Lancie
  • Star Wars:  Chris Bunn, Gerald Home, Corey Dee Williams, Stephen Constantino, Julius Lefore, Bern Collaco, David Stone

Plus there will panels led by Steve Sansweet from Rancho Obi-Wan and Jim Searingen from Kenner Toys.  If you love collecting, especially Star Wars collecting, this is the convention for you.

Keystone Comic Con: This Philadelphia convention this is a new con. ReedPOP, the same people that put on Star Wars Celebration, is putting on this con. This con will be September 14-16 at the Philadelpphia Convention Center, which means stop by the Reading Terminal and get some donuts.  You will not be disappointed. Guests include:

  • Buffy/Angel: Amy Acker
  • The Office: Angela Kinsey, Brian Baumgartner, Creed Bratton, Leslie David Baker, Oscar Nunez
  • Doctor Who: Catherine Tate, John Barrowman,
  • Voice Actors: Kevin Conroy, John Barrowman, Phil Lamarr, Rob Paulsen, Troy Baker, Maruice Lamrche, Grey Delisle
  • Star Wars: Ray Park

They also have some great wrestling guests and True Blood actors as well. They will also have some great comic creators appearing such as Chris Claremont (X-Men), Frank Miller (The Dark Knight Returns), Fred Van Lente (Comic Book History of Comics), Greg Capullo (Batman), Nick Spencer (The Amazing Spider-Man), Jonboy Meyers (Teen Titans), Heidi McDonald (founder of The Comics Beat), and Alitha Martinez (Black Panther: World of Wakanda).

Cincinnati Comic Expo: The Duke Enegy Convention Center in Cincinnati will host this con.  Celebrity guests include:

  • Game of Thrones: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
  • Arrowverse: Manu Bennett, Katrina Law
  • Star Wars: Paul Blake, Peter Mayhew, Michael Bell,
  • Star Trek: Levar Burton, Karl Urban
  • MCU: Clark Gregg, Benedict Wong
  • Harry Potter: Chris Rankin

Comic creators include Neal Adams (Green Arrow/Green Lantern), J.M. Demaattis (Captain America), and Mike Zeck (Secret Wars).

 

 

 

 

 

 

StarWars-ing: Star Wars Links for September 12!

Former ‘Solo’ Star Still Hopes to Join An:other Star Wars Film: One of more questionable parenting decisions was to rewatch The Wire when feeding the baby.  I’m afraid she will now walk down the street whistling the Farmer in the Dell. Because if any one from that show could have created an indelible impression on my young child, it was Michael K. Williams’ magnificent turn as Omar Little.  He was cast in Solo, but didn’t make it into the final film and was recast.  It wasn’t because he was bad, obviously, but couldn’t commit to re-shoots with Ron Howard. If he is cast again the saga, make him a good guy, but one you don’t want to mess with. (Note: we still haven’t seen Solo! We have to wait for the physical release because we are too vested in Disney’s points program)

Star Wars Celebration News!:  Star Wars Celebration Chicago has announced two of their hosts for the event and they are two of the best: Amy Ratcliffe and David Collins. We have attended multiple panels that they have hosted in the past and they do a phenomenal job of asking the right questions but not making it about them. Ms. Ratcliffe will host the Behind-the-Scenes Stage while Mr. Collins will host the Galaxy stage.  (To get a rundown of the stages check out our earlier blog here)starwarslinks

ComicCon-ing: Comic Cons this Weekend

Each week we try to highlight a few of the cons from around the country espcially ones that have people from our favorite fandoms such as Star Wars, Doctor Who, Buffy, the MCU, and DC (both TV and film). While all of these cons have great programming, we do focus on celebrity and comic creator appearances in our writeups. 

Rose City Comic Con:  The Oregon Convention center will be hosting this con that runs from Sept 7-9.  Here are the guests from our favorite fandoms:

  • DC:  Brandon Routh, City Lotz
  • Doctor Who: Catherine Tate, David Tennant, John Barrowman
  • MCU: Chris Sullivan, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Rooker,
  • Star Trek: Gates McFadden,  Karl Urban, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn

Of course, some of these guests overlap into other fandoms (David Tennant was in  The Clone Wars and John Barrowman is part of the Arrowverse).  Some of the comic creators that will be there are Adam Hughes, Alex Maleev, Brian Michael Bendis, Donny Cates, Gerry Conway, Greg Rucka, Jody Houser, Kelly Sue Deconnick, and Matt Fraction.  Also, this is a great con to get your new copy of Thrawn: Alliances signed by Timothy Zahn.

Wizard World Tulsa: This show will be at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Guests include:

  • Sons of Anarchy: Ron Pearlman, Ryan Hurst
  • Lord of the Rings: Billy Boyd
  • Marvel: Brianna Hildebrand (ok, we know it’s not technically part of the MCU!),
  • Buffy/Angel: Charisma Carpenter

There are quite a few other guests appearing such as Holly Marie Combs and Nichelle Nichols.  Some comic creators of note that will be there are Mike Grell, Jim Mehsling,

Arkansas Comic Con: This con will be held at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.  Guests include Bam Margera, Paul Blake, Charles Martinet, Richard Oldfield, Sean Patrick Flanery, Tim Rose, Joe Bob Briggs, and Jason David Frank. This is the same company that puts on the Mississippi Comic Con and the Louisiana Comic Con so expect a smoothly run show!

ComicCon-ing: Dragon Con and other Fan Conventions for Labor Day Weekend 2018

Of course, we can’t provide an exhaustive list of all the cons around the county.  We highly recommend checking out Previews World convention calendar for a great list of cons not only in the US but around the world.

We try to highlight a few cons we would love to attend if money and time were no object.  We look for cons that have guests from our favorite fandoms: Star Wars, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The Wire.  I know The Wire isn’t generally promoted at cons, but thankfully the Walking Dead has hired many of these actors, so some are starting to do cons.  Also, while many of these cons have wonderful entertainment schedules, we are autograph collectors at heart, so we definitely look at the guests that are listed in decided which ones make our wish list!

So, if we could, these are just a few places we would like to be this upcoming weekend!

Dragon Con:  Surprisingly, we have never been to Dragon Con, even though we really want to attend. Our friends that have attended rave about the con and every write up we ever read about it shows that it is an amazing convention. The great thing about Dragon Con is that it seems to truly place its author and creator guests on the same level as their celebrity guests. If you look at their featured guest page, there is no division amongst the two groups. Guests include Peter Capaldi, Mike Colter, Larry Elmore, Ric Flair, Brian Henson, Elizabeth Henstridge, Jason Isaacs, Georges Jeanty, Evangeline Lilly, Pearl Mackie, Larry Niven, Christopher Paolini, Craig Parker, Gail Simone,  Benedict Wong, and Timothy Zahn.  For Star Wars Fans, joining Isaacs and Zahn will be Tom Kenny, Gina Torres, and Cas Anver. Our favorite Star Wars youtube channel, Star Wars Explained, will be on a few panels at Dragon Con as well as discussing such topics as “New Star Wars Canon” and “Episode IX Speculation.”  If you are going to Dragon Con, make sure you rest up plenty of days before because it is con with little down time. Dragon Con is in Atlanta, Georgia from August 30 to September 3.

Fan Expo Canada: Fan Expo runs a great set of cons and their Toronto con doesn’t appear to be any different.  Celebrity Guests include Micheal J. Fox, Jason Momoa, Evangeline Lilly, Triple H, The Miz, Lucy Lawless, Ray Park, Peter Mayhew, Karen Gillan, Cary Elwes, Gary Lockwook,Keir Dullea, and many more. They also have an impressive list of comic creators including Charles Soule, Chris Ryall, John Byrne, Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Tom King, Nick Spencer, Majorie Liu, and many more.

 

ComicCon-ing: Cons from Around the Country for the Aug 24 2018 Weekend

Of course, we can’t provide an exhaustive list of all the cons around the county.  We highly recommend checking out Previews World convention calendar for a great list of cons not only in the US but around the world.

We try to highlight a few cons we would love to attend if money and time were no object.  We look for cons that have guests from our favorite fandoms: Star Wars, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The Wire.  I know The Wire isn’t generally promoted at cons, but thankfully the Walking Dead has hired many of these actors, so some are starting to do cons.  Also, while many of these cons have wonderful entertainment schedules, we are autograph collectors at heart, so we definitely look at the guests that are listed in decided which ones make our wish list!

So, if we could, these are just a few places we would like to be this upcoming weekend!

ToyXpo: The Bay Area Toy Expo is held in Santa Clara Silicon Valley Central Convention Center August 24-26, 2018. This con will have a Chips reunion with Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox.  C. Andrew Nelson has been involved with LucasFilm in the visual effects department and has done some voice work for them as well. Julie Dolan, who has voice Princess Leia in Star Wars Rebels, will also be there. Plus the voices of She-Ra and Skeletor, Melendy Britt, and Alan Oppenheimer will be attending.

Wizard World Chicago: We love Wizard World, and it looks like they are putting on a great show in Chicago.  David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will be there for all of us X-Files fans. For fans of Outlander, Diana Gabaldon, Graham McTavish, Lotte Verbeek, Richard Rankin, Sophie Skelton, and Caitriona Balfe will be there, and Sam Heughan will Skype into the show. From Guardians of the Galaxy, Michael Rooker and Pom Klementieff will be in Chicago. For Buffy fans, Charisma Carpenter and James Marsters will be signing at the con.  Gregg Sulkin, who plays Marsters son on Runaways, will also be at the convention. For a lot of fans though, the main attraction will be a Boy Meets World reunion with Will Friedle, Rider Strong, Ben Savage, and Danielle Fishel! The con will be from Aug 23-26 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

 

 

 

 

ComicCon-ing: A Look at Cons From Around the Country

Potterverse: This con focuses on the world of Harry Potter. This con takes place in Rockville Maryland. Guest include: Dan Folger, Miriam Margolyes, Simon Fisher-Becker, Jon Campling, Tolga Safer, and Trevor Butterfield

The Official Outlander Convention: This con focuses on the TV show Outlander and takes place in Secaucus, New Jersey.  Guests include Caitriona Balfe, Graham McTavish, Stephen Walters, David Berry, Cesar Domboy, Gary Lewis, Lotte Verbeek, Lauren Lyle, Andrew Gower, Richard Rankin, Scott Kyle, and Gillebride MacMillan.

Michigan Comic-Con: Detriot will be hosting the Michigan Comic-Con. Guests include John Rhys-Davies, Cary Elwes, Nichelle Nicholls, Ray Park, Jewel Staite, Lea Thompson, Michael Biehn, Renee O’Connor, Kevin Conroy, and Billy West.