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

The Ghostbusters of New Hampshire Ghostbusters

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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

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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.

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Arya of Game of Thrones.

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Arya of Game of Thrones.

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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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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.

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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.

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Deadpool and Wonder Woman.

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Dredd

Judge Dredd.

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Groot.

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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.

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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

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Pictures from Southcoast Toy and Comic Show 2014

 

By Jason Harris

 

Mark Dodson (Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Gremlins) and Orli Shoshan (Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)

Actors Mark Dodson (Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Gremlins) and Orli Shoshan (Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)

Authors Rob Watts and Susan Saunders.

Authors Rob Watts and Susan Saunders.

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Author Stacey Longo at the Books & Boos table.

Author Stacey Longo at the Books & Boos table.

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A Jawa.

A Jawa.

Actor Mark Dodson.

Actor Mark Dodson (Gremlins 2).

Deadpool.

Deadpool.

Actress Orli Shoshan.

Actress Orli Shoshan.

Wrestler Brandon Webb a.k.a. The Devils Reject

Wrestler Brandon Webb a.k.a. The Devils Reject.

Model Sarah Michelle.

Model Sarah Michelle.

Former WWE wrestler John Cena Sr.

Former WWE wrestler John Cena Sr.

Queen of the Paranormal Kadrolsha Ona.

Queen of the Paranormal Kadrolsha Ona.

Deathstroke.

Deathstroke.

Mark Dodson's publicity still to me from Gremlins 2.

Mark Dodson’s publicity still to me from Gremlins 2.

For more information on the Southcoast Toy and Comic Show, click here.

Authors, Illustrators, and Artists at the New England Author Expo (Pictures)

 

By Jason Harris

 

The 2014 New England Author Expo happened this past Wednesday night (July 30) in the Harborview Ballroom at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, MA.

Artist and author Seth McCombs holding his book, Old Salty Dog.

Artist and author Seth McCombs holding his book, Old Salty Dog.

Find out about McCombs and his work here.

Author Gina Fava with her book, The Sculptor,

Author Gina Fava with her book, The Sculptor.

Find about Fava at her website here.

Author Jacqui DeLorenzo with her two books, A Thread of Hope and Straight from My Heart.

Author Jacqui DeLorenzo with her two books, A Thread of Hope and Straight from My Heart.

Find out more about DeLorenzo and here books here.

Dr. Kathleen Marie Rice, author of The Butterfly Legacy.

Dr. Kathleen Marie Rice, author of The Butterfly Legacy.

Find out more about Rice’s book here.

Author M. R. Tighe with her book, Galaxy Rand.

Author M. R. Tighe with her book, Galaxy Rand.

Find out about Tighe’s books on her Amazon page here.

Author Rob Watts with his newest book, Left-Hand Path.

Author Rob Watts with his newest book, Left-Hand Path.

Find out more about Watts on his website here.

Author Katherine Silva with her book, Aequitas.

Author Katherine Silva with her book, Aequitas.

Find out more about Silva and her books on her website here.

Author Guntis Goncarous with his book, Havana's Secret.

Author Guntis Goncarous with his book, Havana’s Secret.

Find out more about Goncarous on his website here.

Author E.J. Fechenda with her book, Clean Slate.

Author E.J. Fechenda with her book, Clean Slate.

Find out more about Fechenda on her Amazon page here.

Author Karen Ann holding her book, Of Blood and Lions.

Author Karen Ann holding her book, Of Blood and Lions.

Find out more about Ann and her book on her website here.

From left to right: Katie, Lisa, and Kyle promoting memoir A Mother's Journey.

From left to right: Katie, Lisa, and Kyle Brodeur promoting their memoir, A Mother’s Journey.

Find out more about the Brodeur family and Lisa’s memoir, A Mother’s Journey, at her website here.

Author Lior Samson.

Author Lior Samson.

Find out more information about Samson here.

Author A.J. Kane with her first novel, Nova.

Author A.J. Kane with her first novel, Nova.

Find out more about Kane on her website here.

Author Norma D'Amico with her book, Norma D'Amico.

Author Norma D’Amico with her book, Now I Can See.

Find out more about D’Amico at her website here.

Authors Michael Evans, Stacey Longo, and Kurt Newton.

Authors Michael Evans, Stacey Longo, and Kurt Newton.

Find out more about Evans here, Longo here, and Newton here.

Author Nicholas Conley with his book, The Cage Legacy.

Author Nicholas Conley with his book, The Cage Legacy.

Find out more about Conley on his website here.

Author Rita Sawyer with her book, Shit Kickers & Stilettos.

Author Rita Sawyer with her book, Shit Kickers & Stilettos.

Find out more about Sawyer on her website here.

Author Rob Smales with his book, Dead of Winter.

Author Rob Smales with his book, Dead of Winter.

Find out more about Smales on his website here.

Author Ursula Wong with her book, Purple Trees.

Author Ursula Wong with her book, Purple Trees.

Find out more about Wong on her website here.


 

There will be one more entry from the 2014 New England Author Expo appearing on this website.

You can follow the Expo on its Facebook page here or on Twitter (@neauthorexpo).

 

The New England Authors Expo Happens July 30 in Danvers, MA.

By Jason Harris

The 2013 New England Authors Expo. Photo by Jason Harris.

The 2013 New England Authors Expo. Photo by Jason Harris.

The New England Authors Expo will be attended by authors, artists, booksellers, publishers, and many more guests, companies and organizations, which makes it the perfect time for readers to meet and talk to authors and others in the publishing world about books and the written word. For an entire list of who will be there, click here.

Some of the authors and artists in attendance are Stacey Longo, Rob Watts, Dale T. Phillips, Vlad V., Michele McPheeNicholas ConleyEric DimblebyGuntis GoncarovsEdith MaxwellUrsula Wong, A.J. Kane, and S.L. Johnson.

The bookseller, Books & Boos, will also be in attendance selling used and new books. There will be a few authors at its table. The authors are Longo, Michael Evans, and Kurt Newton.

The Expo operates from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and takes place in the Harborview Ballroom at the Danversport Yacht Club. The yacht club is located at 161 Elliott Street (Rt. 62) in Danvers, MA. There will be a free gift bag to the first 100 visitors. This event is FREE.

You can follow the Expo on its Facebook page here or on Twitter (@neauthorexpo).

Pictures from Terror Con 2014, Part 3

 

By Jason Harris

 

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WWE Superstar Kane

Audrey II

Audrey II

Commercial Artist Roger Kastel

Commercial Artist Roger Kastel

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Carel Struycken (Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Addams Family)

Carel Struycken (Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Addams Family)

Calypso holding Davey Jones' heart.

Calypso holding Davey Jones’ heart.

These Captain Jack Sparrows are fighting each other.

These Captain Jack Sparrows are fighting each other.

The two Jack Sparrows getting along and hanging out.

The two Jack Sparrows getting along and hanging out.

Authors Stacey Longo, Vlad Vaslyn, Rob Watts, and Dale T. Phillips at the Books & Boos table.

Authors Stacey Longo, Vlad Vaslyn, Rob Watts, and Dale T. Phillips at the Books & Boos table.

Bobby Campo (The Final Destination)

Bobby Campo (The Final Destination)

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Model/Actress Sarah Michelle with a young Scream fan.

Model/Actress Sarah Michelle with a young Scream fan.

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Author Stacey Longo with John Altamura (a.k.a. the Toxic Avenger)

Author Stacey Longo with John Altamura (a.k.a. the Toxic Avenger)

 

These are the final pictures from Terror Con.

Pictures from Terror Con 2014

 

By Jason Harris

Fred Williamson (From Dusk Till Dawn)

Fred Williamson (From Dusk Till Dawn)

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Erin Murphy of Bewitched.

Erin Murphy (Bewitched)

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Dee Wallace of E.T., Cujo, and Critters.

Dee Wallace of E.T., Cujo, and Critters.

An alligator on the loose at Terror Con.

An alligator on the loose at Terror Con.

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Lisa Loring a.k.a Wednesday Addams on The Addams Family.

Lisa Loring a.k.a Wednesday Addams on The Addams Family.

Musician Richie Scarlett and author Rob Watts.

Musician Richie Scarlett and author Rob Watts.

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Nicholas Brendon ( Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Criminal Minds)

Nicholas Brendon ( Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Criminal Minds)

Author Stacey Longo with Captain Jack Sparrow.

Author Stacey Longo with Captain Jack Sparrow.

 

Martin Wright a.k.a WWE's The Boogeyman.

Martin Wright a.k.a WWE’s The Boogeyman.

The Boogeyman

The Boogeyman

Jigsaw

Jigsaw

 

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Jason Vorhees

Jason Voorhees

Jason Voorhees without the hockey mask.

Jason Voorhees without the hockey mask.

There will be a couple more entries with pictures from Terror Con coming on Monday and Tuesday.

Pictures from the Rock Comic Expo

 

By Jason Harris

 

The first Rock Comic Expo happened yesterday at the Rockingham Park in Salem, New Hampshire. The Expo was created by J. Moulton. It ran from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. It was a day of people in cosplay and talking with authors and artists.2014-05-09 23.53.05

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Author Rob Watts with the Iron Patriot.

Author Rob Watts with the Iron Patriot.

Emily and Jeremy Drouin of Eplis Comic.

Emily and Jeremy Drouin of Eplis Comic.

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Author Dale T. Phillips

Author Dale T. Phillips holding his book, Crooked Paths.

Author Rob Watts holding his latest book, Left-Hand Path.

Author Rob Watts holding his latest book, Left-Hand Path.

Crystalia Amaquelin of Marvel's The Inhumans.

Crystalia Amaquelin of Marvel’s The Inhumans.

Authors Rob Watts and Dale T. Phillips

Authors Rob Watts and Dale T. Phillips

Author Stacey Longo talking with a expo attendee.

Author Stacey Longo talking with an expo attendee.

Authors Vlad Vaslyn and Dale T. Phillips behind the New England Horror Writers table.

Authors Vlad Vaslyn and Dale T. Phillips behind the New England Horror Writers table.

Moulton plans to make the comic expo a two-day event next year. He is also involved with Vermont Comic Con, which debuts in October.

Meet Artists and Authors at the Rock Comic Expo this Saturday

Rock Comic Expo

The Rock Comic Expo is a one-day show happening in Salem, New Hampshire on Saturday. The expo will consist of  vendors, comic book artists and authors from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The artists at the Expo will include Emily Drouin, John Coen, Jerry Fleming, and Amanda Dufresne. You can see the entire list of artists on the Rock Comic Expo website here.

There will also be authors at the Expo promoting and selling their books. These authors include Gordon Bean, Elizabeth Black, Stacey Longo, Dale T. Phillips, Vlad Vaslyn, and Rob Watts.

Tickets to the Expo are $5. The Expo takes place at Rockingham Park in Salem, NH.

Resolutions for 2014

 

It’s that time of year again when people start thinking about what their resolutions will be for 2014.  According to Wikipedia, resolutions are a secular tradition more common in the West. The U.S. government even has a page on its website mentioning some of the most popular resolutions. Some of the more popular ones are quitting smoking, volunteering to help others, getting a better job, managing debt, and saving money. You can see the entire list here.

The biggest one that people choose for their resolution is to lose weight. If this is yours, I would suggest finding a 24-hour gym to add to your routine. I belonged to Anytime Fitness a number of years ago and the flexible hours were perfect for my schedule. Like the name implies, it’s open 24/7 for its members. I went at 4 a.m. a couple of times and there were a few people there even then. It was convenient and I didn’t have to wait to use the machines I wanted to use.

This year my resolution isn’t to lose weight, but to read more, a resolution I’ve made in the past. 2013 was not a big reading year for me; in fact, I read more in 2012.  Here are just a few of the authors I want to read in 2014: Stephen King, Dale T. Phillips, Vlad Vasyln, Stacey Longo, Joe Hill, Jeff Strand, Clive Barker, Bracken MacLeod, Daniel G. Keohane, Rob Watts, David Price, Monica J O’Rourke, and Melissa Crandall. It won’t be the first time reading some of these authors, but all have been on my author-to-read list because I either know them or someone has recommended their work to me.

My other resolution is to get a full-time job to get cracking on managing my debt. Do I want to make that resolution and face that challenge? Just thinking about it gives me a headache; so I would rather just think about the magical places the authors on my list will take me when I crack open their books and start reading.

Happy New Year!

‘Snowpolcalypse’ is Coming to New Jersey

Shop~~element51The creators of the children’s book, Snowpolcalypse, will be signing copies at a New Jersey store.

Author Rob Watts and illustrator Susan Saunders will be on hand from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday night at Bobby’s News & Gifts located at 521 Main Street in Boonton, New Jersey reading and signing Snowpolcalypse. You can find out what happens when Walter wishes for a snow day.

Don’t miss this chance to meet them and to pick up a perfect Christmas gift for your children.