Pictures from Super Megafest 2016 Fall Edition Part II

By Jason Harris

 

Welcome to my second post of pictures from Super Megafest took place back in October at the Royal Plaza Trade Convention Center in Marlborough, MA.

Artist Hannibal King.

The Mouth of the South Jimmy Hart.

WWE Wrestler Rob Van Dam.

Harley Quinn and Rey.

Artist Joe St. Pierre.

Author Jackie Leduc.

BernNadette Stanis (Good Times).

Queen of the Paranormal Kadrolsha Ona.

David Mazouz (Gotham).

Fenham Publishing owner Jim Dyer.

Peter Facinelli (Twilight).

Cosplayer R.W. Martin and Richard Dean Anderson (MacGyver).

Brian Krause (Charmed).

Artist Dan Nakrosis.

Steve Dash (Friday the 13th Part 2).

Author M.W. Schwartz.

Aileen Quinn (Annie) with her mom.

Actor Richard Grieco and author Stacey Longo.

Artist Bill Anderson.

Deathstroke and Sandra Taylor (Under Siege 2).

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Joker and Harley Quinn.

Holly Marie Combs and Brian Krause (Charmed).

Darth Maul.

Cosplayer Zombie Leader.



Artist Heather Farrington.

Kyle Ren.

Klockow Comics.

Cosplayer Chelsea Von Chastity.


Illustrator Jason Casey.

Artist Craig Holland.


Artist Scott William Simmons.

Pictures from Super Megafest 2016 Fall Edition 

By Jason Harris

 

Super Megafest took place at the Royal Plaza Trade Convention Center in Marlborough, MA. back in October.

Meat Loaf

Stranger Things cosplay.

Author Stacey Longo.

Cobra Commander and Thor.

Ralph Macchio and William Zabka (The Karate Kid).

Zoom.

Richard Grieco (21 Jump Street).

Judge Dredd.

Model/actress Torrie Wilson.

Noah Schnapp (Stranger Things).

Jeremy Palko (The Walking Dead).

Jimmie Walker (Good Times).

Cosplayer Captain Kaycee.

Artist Mark McKenna.

Tony Todd (Candyman).

Artist Dave Devries.

John James (Dynasty).

Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas).

Pictures from Super Megafest Spring 2016 Part 3

By Jason Harris

 

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Artist Alex Saviuk.

Sully

Skully Kouture.

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Actor James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) at his Q & A session.

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Musicians Mark Lindsay and Susan Cowsill.

Musicians Mark Lindsay and Susan Cowsill.

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Author Stacey Longo and Matt Herring speaking about writing.

Author Stacey Longo and Matt Herring speaking about writing.

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Actress Dina Meyer (Starship Troopers).

Actress Dina Meyer (Starship Troopers).

Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys) at his Q & A session.

Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys) at his Q & A session.

Actor Burt Reynolds (Smokey and the Bandit).

Actor Burt Reynolds (Smokey and the Bandit).

Pictures from Super Megafest 2016 Spring Edition Part 2

 

By Jason Harris

 

Mark Dodson

Mark Dodson (Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Gremlins).

Author Matt Herring.

Author Matt Herring.

David Harris (The Warriors).

David Harris (The Warriors).

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Artist Jay Mooers.

Artist Jay Mooers.

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Ron

WWE Hall of Fame Legend Ron Simmons.

Author Stacey Longo.

Author Stacey Longo.

Superman vs. Batman.

Superman vs. Batman.

Eric Bischoff (WWE).

Eric Bischoff (WWE).

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Kevin Sorbo at his Q and A panel.

Kevin Sorbo at his Q and A panel.

Butch Patrick (The Munsters).

Butch Patrick (The Munsters).

Cynthia Rothrock (Mercenaries).

Cynthia Rothrock (Mercenaries).

Mick Foley (WWE).

Mick Foley (WWE).

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Musician Mark Lindsay.

Musician Mark Lindsay.

Actress/Model Sara Jean Underwood.

Actress/Model Sara Jean Underwood.

Artist Hannibal King.

Artist Hannibal King.

Mitch Hallock, organizer of Terrific Comic Con.

Mitch Hallock, creator of TerrifiCon.

Artist Jack Purcell.

Artist Jack Purcell.

The crowds of Super Megafest.

The crowds of Super Megafest.

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Wrestler Mickie James (WWE).

Wrestler Mickie James (WWE).

Pictures from Super Megafest 2016 Spring Edition

 

By Jason Harris

 

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Lee Meriwether (Batman, Star Trek, All My Children).

Author Stacey Longo.

Author Stacey Longo.

Cosplayer R.W. Martin.

Cosplayer R.W. Martin.

Michael

Michael Beck (The Warriors).

Cosplay at Super Megafest.

Cosplay at Super Megafest.

Kevin Sorbo (Hercules

Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Andromeda).

Thor.

Thor.

Corbin Bernsen.

Corbin Bernsen (Major League, Star Trek: TNG).

The Walking Dead's Negan.

The Walking Dead’s Negan.

Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers).

Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers).

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Illustrator Karen Gosselin.

Illustrator Karen Gosselin.

Ric Flair (WWE).

Ric Flair (WWE).

The Disney Princesses.

The Disney Princesses.

Peter Mayhew. (Star Wars).

Peter Mayhew. (Star Wars).

Gary Sohmers of Northeast Comic Con.

Gary Sohmers of Northeast Comic Con.

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William Zabka (The Karate Kid).

William Zabka (The Karate Kid).

Pictures from Super Megafest Fall 2015

By Jason Harris

 

The 2015 Fall edition of Super Megafest happened over the weekend and it was a great two days with celebrities, authors, artists, vendors and cosplay. Here are the pictures from the convention.

Actor John Schneider (The Dukes of Hazzard).

Actor John Schneider (The Dukes of Hazzard).

Author Stacey Longo.

Author Stacey Longo.

Actress Catherine Bach (The Dukes of Hazzard).

Actress Catherine Bach (The Dukes of Hazzard).

Daisy Duke.

Daisy Duke.

Actor Tom Wopat ().

Actor Tom Wopat (The Dukes of Hazzard).

Hellgirl.

Hellgirl.

Actress Judith Hoag (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [1990]).

Actress Judith Hoag (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [1990]).

Masters of the Universe

Ram-man and Orko.

Actors Leif Tilden and Michelan Sisti (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [1990]).

Actors Leif Tilden and Michelan Sisti (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [1990]).

Artist Hannibal King.

Artist Hannibal King.

The Year Without a Santa Claus

Heat Miser and Snow Miser.

Actress Addy Miller (The Walking Dead).

Actress Addy Miller (The Walking Dead).

The X-men

Wolverine.

Actress/Model Kristanna Loken.

Actress/Model Kristanna Loken.

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Actor Bruce Boxleitner (Tron).

Actor Bruce Boxleitner (Tron).

Ash.

Ash.

Actress Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek).

Actress Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek).

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Artist Steve Lavigne.

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Crew from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Actor Michael Biehn (The Terminator).

Actor Michael Biehn (The Terminator).

Cosplayer Chelsea Von Chastity.

Cosplayer Chelsea Von Chastity.

Actor Ricky Whittle (The 100).

Actor Ricky Whittle (The 100).

Author Byron Turner.

Author Byron Turner.

Former NBA Player Dennis Rodman.

Former NBA Player Dennis Rodman.

Actor Kevin McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl).

Actor Kevin McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl).

Actresses Natalie Skyy (Sons of Anarchy) and Arryn Zech (Red vs. Blue).

Actresses Natalie Skyy (Sons of Anarchy) and Arryn Zech (Red vs. Blue).

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Authors Matt Herring and Stacey Longo at their The Art of Genre Writing panel.

Authors Matt Herring and Stacey Longo at their The Art of Genre Writing panel.

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A alien has burst onto the convention scene.

A alien has burst onto the convention scene.

Playboy model Valerie Cormier.

Playboy model Valerie Cormier.

Wolverine.

Wolverine.

Artist Joe St. Pierre.

Artist Joe St. Pierre.

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The Monkees

Musician/actor Peter Tork.

Author Herring at his Dr. Who 101 panel.

Author Matt Herring at his Dr. Who 101 panel.

Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney.

Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney.

Musician/author Bobby Hart.

Musician/author Bobby Hart.

Mortal Kombat.

Mortal Kombat.

Author David R. Witanowski (left) and graphic designer Brian Morey (right).

Author David R. Witanowski (left) and graphic designer Brian Morey (right).

Actor Michael Winslow and myself.

Actor Michael Winslow and myself.

Talking with Ken Reid, The TV Guidance Counselor

By Jason Harris

Courtesy of Ken Reid Tumblr page.

Courtesy of Ken Reid’s Tumblr page.

Ken Reid is a stand-up comedian and a podcaster, TV Guidance Counselor. He will be attending the New England Super Megafest this weekend. He will be performing Friday night at the Cosplay Comedy Kickoff Party. I had the pleasure recently to ask a number of questions about

Q:     In 2003, you decided to try your hand at stand-up. What was the impetuous behind that decision?

A:     I had been in bands from 1996-1999 or so, I am in no way shape or form a musician, but always wanted to perform. Once the band broke up and I had no musicians to ride the coattails of I thought stand up was my only route. I always liked comedy and watched tons of stand up, so i gave it a go.

Q:     How many stand-up engagements do you perform in a year?

A:     I average about 2 a week so 100-150 a year is probably about the normal.

Q:    Do you have any engagements coming up? If yes, where and when?

A:     I’ve taken the rest of 2015 off for the most part for a much needed breather, but I’m still doing the podcast weekly and will be back to frequent shows in 2016. My updated schedule is always at ikenreid.com

Q:    When did the idea for your podcast, TV Guidance Counselor, come about?

A:     Friend and fellow comic Sean Sullivan basically told me that I have all these TV Guides, when people come over my house we often will flip through them and discuss old shows, why not just do that as a podcast? I wanted to do a podcast for a long time but didn’t have a great idea that would be different from the usual two comics just chatting format, until Sean threw that at me. I also do almost no pop culture stuff in my stand up, despite that occupying a huge part of my brain, so it was a great excuse to exercise a lot of that stuff.

Q:     When did you start collecting TV Guides?

A:     As early as I can remember. There are photos of me at age 2 with a TV Guide in my hand.

Q:    What issue made you want to collect TV Guides?

A:    Not sure if it’s a specific issue really . I like having the little digest sized time machine on hand.

Q:    Are you still collecting?

A:    Not new issues, but if I see some old ones I don’t have, I grab them.

Q:    What were some of your favorite shows growing up?

A:    Just the Ten of Us is a lifelong favorite, Newhart, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, The Adventures of Pete and Pete. The Facts of Life. Weirdly I’ve been lucky enough to have people who’ve been on all those shows guest on my podcast.

Q:    What are some of your favorite shows now?

A:    Weirdly I don’t watch too much new stuff. I like The Flash, and I still watch Supernatural. Fringe was the only show I watched weekly as it came out and LOVED in the last few years. I think it is the best sci-fi show of all time.

Q:    Who are some of the people you would like to have on your podcast?

A:     I do have some dream guests. Paul “Pee Wee Herman” Reubens, Cassanda “Elvira” Peterson, John Larroquette, John Waters.

Q:     You will be at Super Megafest in November and the Pop Culture Expo in December, are these the first conventions you have been a guest at?

A:     Weirdly no. Gary at North East Comic Con has had me do live TV Guidance Counselors at the last few. I always have a good time. Last year, I did the stand up show at Super Megafest, which was also fun.

Q:     What drew you to being a guest at a convention?

A:     They asked, and I’m almost always there anyway, so it’s a win-win.

Q:     Are there any comedians you looked up to growing up?

A:     Dana Gould was my absolute #1 for sure. I was also always a huge Bob Newhart fan.

Q:    Who are some comedians today that you would suggest people go see?

A:    Hmm….I’d still go with Dana Gould.

Q:    Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to become a comedian?

A:    Don’t do it! But if you must be prepared to be terrible for at least two years even if you think you are. Don’t do it with a goal in mind, just do it to enjoy doing it and you’ll be fine.

If you are free this weekend, go to Super Megafest to hear Ken and to meet a lot of celebrities. Find out more information here.

Pictures from the April 2015 Super Megafest Show Part 1

By Jason Harris

The first ever April Super Megafest,  three-day show, took place at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center this past weekend. Below are pictures from the show.2015-04-17 16.19.20

Rae Dawn Chong (Commando).

Rae Dawn Chong (Commando).

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Larry Wilcox (CHiPs).

Larry Wilcox (CHiPs).

Erik Estrada (ChiPs).

Erik Estrada (ChiPs).

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Author Stacey Longo and the Nestle Quik Bunny.

Author Stacey Longo and the Nestle Quik Bunny.

Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: The Next Generation).

Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: The Next Generation).

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Helen Slater (Supergirl).

Helen Slater (Supergirl).

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Author Stacey Longo.

Author Stacey Longo.

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Wrestler and Actress Ashley Tramonte.

Wrestler and Actress Ashley Tramonte.

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Interview with Author David Price

by Jason Harris

 

Author David Price at the 2013 New England Author Expo. Photo by Jason Harris.

Author David Price at the 2013 New England Author Expo. Photo by Jason Harris.

 

David Price is the author of Dead in the USA. He resides in Massachusetts. His new story, “Necrophone,” appeared in the online sci-fi & fantasy magazine, Buzzy Mag, today.

JH: How did your adventure in writing come about?

DP: Well, I’ve always loved reading. I was a huge comic book fan, and later moved on to Stephen King, J.R.R. Tolkien, Brian Lumley and many other speculative fiction writers. In my freshman year of college, I absolutely aced Composition 1. I was undeclared, and my professor suggested I become an English Major. That’s really when I first started thinking seriously about becoming a writer.

JH: What was your first published work?

DP: I had a short story based on the haunted experiences in my life published in a collection called Tales from the Grave.

JH: Do you have a specific writing style?

DP: The most frequent comment or compliment to my writing is that it’s “page-turning.” I’ve also been told that I do particularly well with dialogue. I don’t tend to bog down on details or describe a scene for very long. If you like extensive, detailed descriptions, I’m probably not for you. If you like stuff that moves along, I might be your guy.

JH: What year were you published?

DP: 2012 was the first time I saw myself in print, other than an online article or two.

JH: Have any real life instances influenced your work?

DP: Oh sure, I’ve put many of my real life experiences in my work. In my story “Necrophone,” coming out in Buzzy Mag in March, I mention cliff jumping at a quarry.  That really happened. Actually quite a bit of that story is based on my relationship with my grandfather, as I wrote it shortly after he died.

JH: What books have influenced your life the most?

DP: Hmm, my life or my writing? The Stand is my favorite book, so it’s certainly influenced me. The works of Stephen King have changed the way I see the world, at times. Some of the ideas in the Dark Tower series will always influence me, I think. And then of course, there’s J.R.R. Tolkien. The fact that The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are the main influence for the Dungeons & Dragons game is important. D & D is the inspiration for the series of epic fantasy books I am currently writing.

JH: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

DP: Stephen King, hands down. Even when his stories don’t quite hit the mark, he has the way of always getting me to care about his characters. I don’t think I write much like Stephen King myself, but I am always conscious of trying to get the reader to care about my characters.

JH: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

DP: Well, J.K. Rowling isn’t that new, but I consider the Harry Potter series pretty much revolutionary. I’m a big fan of John McIlveen, having recently read his collection, Jerks. Bracken MacLeod is an up and coming writer, as anyone who is paying attention to the horror and crime markets will tell you. Kealan Patrick Burke writes so beautifully, that I doubt I’ll ever equal his style.

JH: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

DP: As I said, “Necrophone” is a short story that will be published online in Buzzy Mag on March 27. It’s about a man who discovers a phone app that allows him to communicate with the dead, in this case, his recently deceased grandfather. Other than that, I’m putting some more polish on the first book of my epic Lovecraftian fantasy series: Lightbringer.

JH: What was the last book or piece of work that you had published? What was it about?

DP: Last year I had my essay “Shark Bait” published in the collection, Phobias, from Hidden Thoughts Press.

JH: Do you have a ritual before you write?

DP: Not really. I’ve used music at times, usually Tool or Puscifer. Sometimes I drink coffee, sometimes wine.

JH: Do you have any advice for other writers?

DP: If you don’t have the stomach for rejection, this might not be the business or hobby for you. I wasn’t ready for all the rejection, to be honest. I mean, I knew it was part of the business, but I didn’t realize how hard it would be to handle at times. That story, “Necrophone” that I’ve mentioned already? That was rejected more than ten times. I finally sold it to Buzzy Mag, making it the best paying story I’ve sold to date. You just never know. Stick with it and try not to take it personally. Just keep writing, keep improving, and keep submitting.

JH: Are you going to be signing anywhere in the near future?

DP: I will be at Super MegaFest in Marlborough, MA, April 17-19, Anthocon in Portsmouth, NH, June 5-7, Necon in Portsmouth, RI, July 16-19, Granite State ComicCon in Manchester, NH September 12-13, and possibly Necronomicon in Providence, RI, August 20-23. That’s all for now!

You can follow David on Twitter here and find out about David on his website here and on his Amazon page here.

Pictures from Super Megafest 2014

By Jason Harris

Super Megafest has come to New England once again. It’s a show that draws hundreds of people every year. If you couldn’t make it this year, you will have two chances next year. There will be two Super Megafests next year. A Spring Edition in April to be held at the Marlborough Trade Center in Marlborough, MA. This convention will be held over three days, April 17 through 19. The Fall Edition will once again be held at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel in Framingham, MA. November 21 and 22.

Dwight Schultz (The A-Team, Star Trek: The Next Generation).

Dwight Schultz (The A-Team, Star Trek: The Next Generation).

Denise Crosby (Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Walking Dead).

Denise Crosby (Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Walking Dead).

Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation).

Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation).

Lee Arenberg (Pirates of the Caribbean series).

Lee Arenberg (Pirates of the Caribbean series).

Paul Amos (Lost Girl).

Paul Amos (Lost Girl).

Me and Kris Holden-Reid (Lost Girl).

Me and Kris Holden-Reid (Lost Girl).

Joe Pantoliano (The Matrix, Daredevil).

Joe Pantoliano (The Matrix, Daredevil).

Jamie Kennedy (Scream, Scream 2).

Jamie Kennedy (Scream, Scream 2).

Ian Ziering (90210, Sharknado).

Ian Ziering (90210, Sharknado).

Wrestler Scott Hall.

Wrestler Scott Hall.

Wrestler Kevin Nash (Magic Mike, Rock of Ages).

Wrestler Kevin Nash (Magic Mike, Rock of Ages).

Kiss Demon.

Kiss Demon.

Vincent Pastore (The Celebrity Apprentice, The Sopranos).

Vincent Pastore (The Celebrity Apprentice, The Sopranos).

Aileen Quinn (Annie).

Aileen Quinn (Annie).

Debbie Gibson (Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark, Rock of Ages).

Debbie Gibson (Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark, Rock of Ages).

Author Stacey Longo and musician Gary DeCarlo.

Author Stacey Longo and musician Gary DeCarlo.

Musician Micky Dolenz signing an autograph for a fan.

Musician Micky Dolenz signing an autograph for a fan.

The pictures below are pirates from the Rogues’ Armada. You can also find these pirates on Facebook here.

A pirates from the Rogues’ Armada.

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Commodore Samuel “WeirdBeard” Hain of the Rogues’ Armada.

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Authors Della Rita Rossetti and Lory La Selva Paduano.

Authors Della Rita Rossetti and Lory La Selva Paduano.

Spawn.

Spawn.

A Dalek from Dr. Who.

A Dalek from Dr. Who.

Santa Darth Vader.

Santa Darth Vader.

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A Starfleet officer.

A Starfleet officer.

BB hanging with the Ghostbusters.

BB hanging with the Ghostbusters.

Spawn.

Spawn.

BB hanging with some superheroes.

BB hanging with some superheroes.