Pictures from ConnectiCon 2017

Pikachu.

Pikachu.

Author A.L. Davroe.

Author A.L. Davroe.

Rocket.

Rocket.

Dr. Fate

Dr. Fate

Queen Amidala.

Queen Amidala.

Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones).

Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones).

Thor and Loki.

Thor and Loki.

Ghostface.

Ghostface.

Julian Glover (Indiana Jones ad the Last Crusade).

Julian Glover (Indiana Jones ad the Last Crusade).

Chewbacca.

Chewbacca.

Loki and Thor.

Loki and Thor.

Peggy Carter and Captain America.

Peggy Carter and Captain America.

Author Neo Edmund.

Author Neo Edmund.

Kid’s Con Returns to Rhode Island Comic Con

Rhode Island Comic Con announces activities for the littlest fans

 

A mainstay in the Rhode Island Comic Con event schedule, Kids Con sets the stage for an exciting weekend for the younger generation of fandom. Kids Con is a series of organized activities within the walls of Rhode Island Comic Con, the Biggest Show in the Smallest State, slated for November 7th and 8th at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin Donuts Center area. Activities are designed for fans 12 and under.

Some of the activities scheduled for the two-day program include:

  • Puppet making and “How to be a Puppeteer,” hosted by Julio Robles. Robles is a former student of Michael Earl, the original man behind Snuffleupagus and Forgetful Jones on Sesame Street. Julio is a puppeteer and a puppet builder and has been featured in TV shows such as The Steve Katsos Show and movies including “What’s Your Number?” Recently Julio finished work being a puppet teacher to the Stratton cast of Avenue Q. He currently spends a great deal of time working on his YouTube page called ScrapsTV.
  • Comic Construction Workshop, hosted by Matt Ryan. Ryan is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist. His work appears in his own comic, Food Fight, the 2015 Massachusetts Children’s Book Award nominated The Nearly Calamitous Taming of PZ and the Junk Food comic strips.
  • Roger Williams Zoo’s Zoomobile will visit with the children with the animals.
  • A gaming tournament hosted by Rhode Island Comic Con sponsor, GameStop. Kids will compete in video games Mario Kart and Smash Brothers.
  • A magic show by Dezrah Blinn.

Aside from these scheduled events, Kids Con will feature story time with costumed characters as well as a princess dance party and a heroes vs. villains dance-off.

Commenting on this year’s Kids Con, coordinator Jillian Aldrich said, “It’s going to be the biggest Kids Con yet! Tons of games, crafts, and events!”

Kids Con is free to attend with a paid admission to the convention. Tickets for Rhode Island Comic Con are currently on sale through Ticketmaster, or by visiting http://www.ricomiccon.com. Daily tickets start at only $29.00 and a three-day weekend admission is $75 in advance, $85 at the door (if available). For kids ages 6 to 12, a weekend admission is $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Kids under 6 are admitted free.

In its fourth year, the award-winning Rhode Island Comic Con, produced by Altered Reality Entertainment, expands to three days, two venues, and over 100 celebrity guests, including actors from Star Trek, Doctor WhoGame of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy, Agents of Shield, and Transformers, among many others. Comic book artists from Marvel, DC and the independent market all converge on downtown Providence. Gaming, cosplay, and after parties all add to an exciting schedule of events and panels.

Rhode Island Comic Con Announces Panel Schedule

In a few days the Biggest Show in the Smallest State, Rhode Island Comic Con organizers have announced the schedule of panels, celebrity Q&A sessions, and special events.

According to the convention’s Programming Director, Michael Gianfrancesco, “The programming staff has worked hard to put together what we think is an entertaining and diverse offering of amazing panels for our guests this year. We are excited about all of our major offerings and are thrilled to have guest celebrity moderator Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bring it On) from geeknation.com working with us to make these events even more of a memorable experience for attendees.”

Saturday’s events include:

  •  Buckler and McGregor: The Making of the Panther
  •  The Faces of Star Trek
  •  Under the Helmet: The Men who Played Boba Fett
  • Magical Objects
  • Cosplay Workshop: Foam Armor
  • Q & A with Neal Adams
  • Ride Along with Sons of Anarchy
  • The Voices of Batman
  • The Weekly Pull Live
  • It’s a Homestuck Life
  • Spirit Connections Gallery Readings with Spirit Medium Tiffany Rice
  • Behind the Masks and Uniforms: Star Wars Characters
  • Everything Wrong With: A Day in the life of CinemaSins
  • Limitless Cosplay: Cosplay Your Way to Self-Love
  • Back into the Pensieve: Ridiculous Harry Potter Theories You Forgot About
  • Cosplay Workshop: Wig Styling 101
  • Explore the Supernatural
  • Dealing Toys with Travis Landry
  • Q & A with Jason Momoa
  • Q & A with David Prowse
  • Growing Up Geek: Nerd Parents Raising Geek Offspring
  • Introduction to Lightsabers
  • Cosplay Workshop: Hands On Molding and Casting
  • Q & A with Ron Perlman
  • Creating Worlds with Chris Claremont
  • The Voices of Sailor Moon
  • Find Your Nerd Herd
  • Cosplay for a Cause
  • Q & A with Amy Jo Johnson
  • Super Beard Bros. Presents: The Newlywed Game
  • Transformers Unmasked
  • Bringing Back the Good Stuff: Reviving 90’s Retro Nostalgic Entertainment with Erica Crooks
  • Who wants to be a Super Millionaire?
  • A Celebration of Carrie Fisher
  • Comedy Show with Ron Funches
  • RICC 2015 Cosplay Contest

Sunday’s schedule includes:

  • Ghost Facers versus Ghost Hunters
  • Has the Sorting Hat Ever Been Wrong?
  • Living the Cosplay Life
  • Meet The Legions: A look at the costumes, charity, and camaraderie of the 501st and Rebel Legions
  • Cosplay Workshop: Sewing Basics
  • The Voices of Spongebob
  • Mike Grell: A Retrospective
  • Orlando Jones Live on Stage
  • Dr. Who 101
  • Charlton Comics: The Movie
  • Spirit Connections Gallery Readings with Spirit Medium Tiffany Rice
  • The World of The Walking Dead
  • How to Be a YouTube Star
  • Q&A with Henry Winkler
  • Inside The Outsiders
  • Dressed to Impress: How to make an Impact on the Judges of the Costume Contest
  • Dynamic Drawing for Toys
  • Cosplay Workshop: Head Casting Demonstration
  • Kids Cosplay Contest
  • A Look Inside the Tardis: Dr. Who Stars Speak
  • Bishonen Pretty Boy Swag
  • King of Comic Con
  • Meet the Power Rangers

Gianfrancesco went on to comment, “In addition, we have added a slate of informative and unique fan panels, which cover some of the more specific fandoms. We have panels on Dr. Who, Harry Potter, and comic drawing. We have even added a cosplay workshop room with hands-on demonstrations of molding, sewing, and wig styling. It’s going to be a great year for all our guests at RICC!”

For specific locations, times, and descriptions for each event, please refer to Rhode Island Comic Con’s website.

Tickets for Rhode Island Comic Con are currently on sale through Ticketmaster, or by visiting www.ricomiccon.com. Daily tickets start at only $29.00 and a three-day weekend admission is $75 in advance, $85 at the door (if available). VIP and celebrity packages are also available.

In its fourth year, the award-winning Rhode Island Comic Con, produced by Altered Reality Entertainment, expands to three days, two venues, and over 100 celebrity guests, including actors from Star Trek, Doctor WhoGame of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy, Agents of Shield, and Transformers, among many others. Comic book artists from Marvel, DC and the independent market all converge on downtown Providence. Gaming, cosplay, and after parties all add to an exciting schedule of events and panels.

Pictures from Connecticut’s ComiConn

 

By Jason Harris

 

The 8th Connecticut ComiConn took place in the Mohegan Sun Convention Center this weekend. It was my first time attending this convention even though it has been going on in different locations in Connecticut over the last seven years. Read more on the Bleeding Cool website here. I have attended many conventions over the years and I have also been a vendor too. I can say I will be attending this one again next year, which happens Aug. 19 – 21, 2016 at Mohegan Sun under the name, TerrifiCon.

Adrian Pasdar (Agents of SHIELD, Near Dark).

Adrian Pasdar (Agents of SHIELD, Near Dark).

The Incredibles.

The Incredibles.

Chase Masterson (Star Trek: DS9).

Chase Masterson (Star Trek: DS9).

The Batmobile.

The Batmobile.

Comic book artist Bob Camp and Michelle Ford.

Comic book artist Bob Camp and Michelle Ford.

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Greg Grunberg (Big Ass Spider!, Heroes, and Heroes).

Greg Grunberg (Big Ass Spider!, Heroes, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens).

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Batman.

Batman.

A Jedi and Game of Thrones' Daenerys Targaryen.

A Jedi and Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen.

Disney Frozen's Anna and  Elsa.

Disney’s Frozen’s Anna and Elsa.

Fantastic Four's The Thing.

Fantastic Four’s The Thing.

Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series).

Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series).

The Joker.

The Joker.

The Penguin and Harley Quinn.

The Penguin and Harley Quinn.

Booster Gold and a friend from the Capsule Corp.

Booster Gold and a friend from the Capsule Corporation.

The Baroness and Snake Eyes.

The Baroness and Snake Eyes.

Author Stacey Longo with members of Kiss tribute band, Kiss Forever.

Author Stacey Longo with members of Kiss tribute band, Kiss Forever.

Aquawoman.

Aquawoman.

Author Matt Herring.

Author Matt Herring.

Wolverine, Joker, and Deadpool with Spiderman photo-bombing in the background.

Wolverine, Joker, and Deadpool with Spiderman photo-bombing in the background.

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Ke Huy Quan (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Goonies).

Ke Huy Quan (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Goonies).

Green Arrow and fellow archer.

Green Arrow and fellow archer.

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Indiana Jones.

Indiana Jones.

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper.

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper.

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Author Stacey Longo with Shield agents.

Author Stacey Longo with Shield agents.

My Second Trip to Granite State ComiCon (Pictures)

By Dale T. Phillips

Pictures by Dale T. Phillips and Stacey Longo

 

Once more, I got to travel to another world or a lot of them, by attending Granite State ComiCon, organized by Double Midnight Comics. I was one of two authors at the Books & Boos table. The other author at the table being Stacey Longo. We were signing books for fans, new and old.

Author Stacey Longo at the Books & Boos table.

Author Stacey Longo at the Books & Boos table.

It was an amazing time at a well-run con, with thousands of fun people enjoying themselves and sharing their special likes of comics, TV shows, books, films, graphic novels, games, and cultural icons of all sorts.

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Hall2

Waiting

You get to see people like The New England Brethren of Pirates.Pirates1

The Ghostbusters of New Hampshire Ghostbusters

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GhostB_501_roller

The New England garrison of the 501st Legion.
All three groups make appearances to help raise money for charities. These people put a lot of time and effort into their outfits and shows, and they deserve a big hand for what they do.501_base

Star_wars

Starwarrior

Wookie_face

Leia

Sam Jones

Sam Jones

You get to see celebrities, like Sam Jones (of Flash Gordon and Ted fame) and tough-guy actor William Forsythe, both of whom were

Author Stacey Longo with William

Author Stacey Longo with William Forsythe.

extremely gracious and kind to the fans. You also see the people behind the voices of your favorite animated characters such as Richard Horvitz, who voices Zim in Invader Zim, .

Richard Horvitz.

Richard Horvitz.

You get to meet writers such as Gordon Bean, Rob Watts, Katherine Silva, and Scott Goudsward, who are all members of the New England Horror Writers.

From left to right: Bean, Watts, Silva, and Goudsward.

From left to right: Gordon Bean, Rob Watts, Katherine Silva, and Scott Goudsward.

Author Matthew Bartlett, another NEHW member, was also signing books at the organization’s table.

Author Matthew Bart

Author Matthew Bartlett.

Besides the NEHW and Longo, Chris Philbrook, another author, had his own table at the convention.

During my time at the convention, I also met author John Murphy, who was recently heard on the Sci-fi Saturday Night podcast. I can’t wait to hear their interviews with the cast members of Game of Thrones.

Me (left) and John Murphy (right).

Me (left) and John Murphy (right).

The Game of Thrones celebrities.

The Game of Thrones celebrities.

Speaking of which, lots of folks were Game of Thrones cosplaying to honor the cast members who were there.

Arya

Arya of Game of Thrones.

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Arya of Game of Thrones.

Snow_dani

 

Miltos Yeramelou (Syrio on GoT) hosted a Water Dancing class to teach beginning fencers. I watched some of it, and thought it superb– and I’ve been a fencer for over 35 years.

Miltos Yeramelou.

Miltos Yeramelou.

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Syrio3

Groot

Groot.

You get to see about every superhero and supervillain you can think of.

Catwoman

Catwoman.

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Robin and Batgirl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Harley Quinn, the Joker and the Riddler.

Mr_T_JasonAnd many other costumes. A guy who plays Mr T. emceed the huge costume contest. I sure wouldn’t want to judge that one, because there are so manyCostume_crowd2 cool costumes, it would be too hard to choose a winner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two days of fun, and we just saw a small part of it. It’s a total experience, with panels, parties, and participation.

Alien

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Freddy Krueger and Jason Vorhees.

Borg

A Borg from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Horns

Loki

Harley_Joker

Harley Quinn and the Joker.

Big_Guy

HauntedAcres Haunted Acres is New England’s most exciting haunted attraction, with Maniac’s Midway, live bands, a beer garden, and lots of food and ride vendors.

Cosplayers

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Frozen’s Elsa taking a trip in the Tardis.

Deadpool_WW

Deadpool and Wonder Woman.

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Dredd

Judge Dredd.

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Groot.

Gosselin

Artist Karen Gosselin.

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Mr. T with author Stacey Longo, holding her book Secret Things.

Princesses

Puppet

Ralphie

Ralphie from A Christmas Story.

Saints_3D

Silverlady

Steampunk

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A Medieval Deadpool.

Me with author Rob Watts.

Me with author Rob Watts.

Tardi

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Vulcan

Star Trek’s Starfleet officer

WreckRalph

Wreck-It Ralph.

The Dome and Kriana of Sci-fi Saturday Night.

The Dome and Kriana of Sci-fi Saturday Night.

Disney Princesses.

Disney Princesses.

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A Droogie.

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Wonder Woman and Batman.

Guardians

Guardians of the Galaxy.

A Droogie.

A Droogie.

Brave's Princess Merida and Silk.

Brave’s Princess Merida and Silk.

Performers from Fright Kingdom.

Performers from Fright Kingdom.

Convention attendees.

Convention attendees.

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Rikki Simons, the voice of Gir.

Rikki Simons, the voice of Gir on Invader Zim.

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Thor and Voltron

Puppet

January Sale at Books and Boos

 

Books & Boos, an independent bookstore in Colchester, CT. is having a sale, which started this past Tuesday and runs through the end of the month. You buy three used books and get the fourth one free (of equal or lesser value). They offer used books of all genres.

The bookstore also sells new books by local, Connecticut, and New England authors including Dale T. Phillips, Stacey Longo, Dan Waters, Jan Kozlowski, and Kristi Petersen Schoonover to name only a few. They carry over 50 plus authors on consignment.

The bookstore also sells Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games bookmarks made by a local company, zombie Poe t-shirts, and other interesting items.

Game of Thrones booksmarks.

Game of Thrones booksmarks.

Hunger Games bookmarks.

Hunger Games bookmarks.

Books and Boos' Zombie Poe t-shirt.

Books and Boos’ Zombie Poe t-shirt.

You can find everything mentioned here in the physical store, but some of the items are available through the bookstore’s website. If you are looking for a particular book, they can work with you through Paypal or put it on the website for you. Just give them a call at (860) 861-6214.

Books & Boos also has an Amazon storefront.

You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Winners of the SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D Signed posters

The New England Horror Writers are proud to announce that Cort Kern, of Illinois, and Rob Smales, of Massachusetts, have each won a Silent Hill: Revelation 3D poster signed by the two stars Adelaide Clemens (X-men Origins: Wolverine) and Kit Harington (television series Game of Thrones), director and writer Michael J. Bassett (Solomon Kane), and producer Samuel Hadida (True Romance).

The movie opens in theaters today. Check out the movies’ Facebook page by clicking here.

Giveaway: SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D /Signed posters

The New England Horror Writers are having their first giveaway. Starting at Monday at midnight and ending Thursday at midnight, the NEHW will be giving away two signed posters from the new movie Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, which opens in theaters Friday. The posters are signed by the two stars Adelaide Clemens (X-men Origins: Wolverine) and Kit Harington (television series Game of Thrones), director and writer Michael J. Bassett (Solomon Kane), and producer Samuel Hadida (True Romance).

To win a copy of the poster (shown above), email your name and address to nehwevents@gmail.com. Two names will be chosen at random.

Check out the movies’ Facebook page by clicking here.

Excitment and Craziness at ConnectiCon 2012

Excitment and Craziness at ConnectiCon 2012

by Kendra L. Saunders

ConnectiCon has all of the rush, excitement and craziness of any of the major conventions, but it also provides a few much-needed lulls.

Carlos Ferro and Kendra L. Saunders at ConnectiCon 2012.

Carlos Ferro and Kendra L. Saunders at ConnectiCon 2012.

ConnectiCon 2012 boasted some fun and impressive guests, most notably Doug Walker, the Nostalgia Critic and Carlos Ferro (voice actor for Assassin’s Creed, Gears of War). The panel rooms were reasonable in size and there were enough genres represented to keep anyone entertained. Some of the most popular panels at this year’s convention were the ones centered around My Little Pony (I kid you not), a panel about famous bromances and the Steampunk Sex panel.

The Vagabonds and roadie, Kendra L. Saunders. Photo by Nick Presuto.

The Vagabonds and roadie, Kendra L. Saunders. Photo by Nick Presuto.

Now, walking around in full steampunk get-up with a popular steampunk group, The Vagabonds, means you’re going to be asked once or 10 times if you’re part of the Steampunk Sex panel. We were not part of it, and in fact, The Vagabonds had a panel scheduled at the same time. The Vagabonds’ crowd was a bit smaller for that particular panel, but I, as their ‘roadie’ and not a member of the actual group, could gauge things from the floor. The audience members were all incredibly entertaining people who kept the vibe in the room fun. Who says panels can’t be like a rock concert?

The dealer room was a bit slim and I did hear several complaints about that throughout the weekend. I’d intended to buy a wig at the convention, actually, but there weren’t any of the usual wig tables. There was an impressive market for Japanese foods, candy, and drinks, however, and those booths seemed especially crowded.

Carlos Ferro’s panel on Friday night was lively and enthusiastic, both on the part of the attendees and on the part of Carlos himself. He told us a few things he wasn’t supposed to (he’ll be a voice in the new Batman game and hinted at being a famous villain for it) and made a lot of jokes about his man crush on Michael Fassbender. He also mentioned that he prefers ConnectiCon to San Diego Comic Con. Carlos DJed the rave on Saturday night.

The Nostalgia Critic was so popular at the event that his presentation on Saturday caused outrageous lines of eager fans and headaches for the staff. The line had to be cut off at some point and a second presentation scheduled for the following day, which pushed the closing ceremonies back. The Nostalgia Critic was chipper and funny in person and when I mentioned to him that my brothers and I had gotten headaches and stomach-aches from watching his videos, he just smiled and said, “Always good to know I caused physical pain!” I saw male and female cosplayers of the Nostalgia Critic roaming the halls. How’s that for surreal!

Kendra L. Saunders with cosplay gender bender Avengers.

Kendra L. Saunders with cosplay gender bender Avengers.

Speaking of cosplaying, there was a ridiculously convincing Mr. T at ConnectiCon. If you told me that it was the real Mr. T just trolling all of us, I would believe you. Other standouts included a Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, a woman dressed entirely as a piece of art, a cosplay group as most of the cast of Game of Thrones, Gumby and loads of great Doctor Who characters.

Kendra L. Saunders and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Kendra L. Saunders and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

The rave on Friday and Saturday night drew a lot of attention and went on well into the early hours of the morning. Cafeteria space for the event was plentiful (better than other conventions I’ve attended) and for the most part, I didn’t see any rudeness or bad behavior on the part of the staff, despite mumblings and mutterings I heard from other con-goers.

All in all, I suggest ConnectiCon for anyone thinking of attending a convention in the northeastern states. Make sure to book your room well in advance, though (at least 6 months prior), as rooms sell out very quickly. Bring your imagination, a sense of humor and plenty of water bottles,and I can almost assure you that you’ll have a great time.

About the author:

Kendra L. Saunders is the author of magic realism novel, Inanimate Objects, host of the quirky literary podcast, 13 1/2 Minutes, marketing coordinator for Spencer Hill Press, Jazz-Age/all things England enthusiast and sometimes-roadie for her friends, The Vagabonds. For more information about her, as well as helpful writing tips, visit www.kendralsaunders.com. The Vagabonds can be found at www.the-vagabonds.net. Nick Presuto can be found at http://pyrophotography.tumblr.com/.