Category: Conventions

Baltimore Comic-Con 2018 – Cosplay Pics

Baltimore Comic-Con 2018 – Cosplay Pics

Pop Culture Squad was at this past weekend’s Baltimore Comic-Con. There were loads of great cosplay of all ages. We were able to capture a small set of those costumes for your entertainment.

 

 

Photography by Shari Harrison

2018 Ringo Awards LiveBlog

2018 Ringo Awards LiveBlog

 

The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill and fun of comics. The nomination ballot is determined by fans and pros alike.

The second annual awards return as part of the fan- and pro-favorite convention, The Baltimore Comic-Con.

Voting for the 2018 Ringo Awards ended August 31, 2018

Top honors will be announced at an awards ceremony Saturday, September 29, 2018 as part of the Baltimore Comic-Con.

Follow along below as we are there to bring you the awards news as it happens.

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So Long and Thanks for the Fish, Man #008: Indie Comic Book Publishing 101 Part 8

So Long and Thanks for the Fish, Man #008: Indie Comic Book Publishing 101 Part 8

This past weekend, Unshaven Comics attended a bad comic convention. I’ll unpack that a bit in a few moments, but for now, just go on the ride with me. Comic conventions are a mandatory element of our industry. Conventions are the live events that draws together the widest breadth of potential customers to the budding indie creator. From behind an eight-foot table, a would-be artist can get answers to nearly every single burning question they’ll wind up having throughout their comics career. In short? The comic con is a living breathing microcosm of the industry writ large. So pay attention, because:

The Con can make or break you.

Let’s start with this past weekend to provide us a dead body to dissect. I’ll opt not to name the convention where my Unshaven lads and I failed to succeed… because pointing a finger of shame/blame is not only unprofessional, it’s wholly unnecessary. And to boot, the coordinator of the Artist Alley was fantastic to us, and our load in and load out of the show was smooth as silk (once we got our table assignment).

So why did it suck?

In short: The fans didn’t show up. And those who did, were not in the mood to buy. It happens. And when it does, we need to look at the data, the anecdotal evidence, and extrapolate our conclusions.  Continue reading “So Long and Thanks for the Fish, Man #008: Indie Comic Book Publishing 101 Part 8”

Brainiac On Banjo #009: The Four Million Dollar Fan

Brainiac On Banjo #009: The Four Million Dollar Fan

I’m going to start with two facts.

Fact #1 – The first big-ass comic book convention that attracted lots of people from beyond its immediate environs was the 1964 New York Comicon. It, in turn, led to thousands of comic book conventions, many called “comicons,” “comic-cons,” and similar-sounding derivatives.

Fact #2 – There is a difference between law and ethics. Our laws usually try to be precise. Ethics tend to vary a bit from person to person and, certainly, from time to time. One person easily could steal from another – particularly in the area of intellectual property – and be cool with our laws.

All of this comes to mind because there was a verdict last Thursday in the case of the San Diego Comic Con versus the Salt Lake Comic Con. San Diego said they trademarked the term, and this is so. They didn’t create it, they weren’t even among the first to employ it, but they did trademark it. And so, last winter, San Diego won a $20,000 judgment against Salt Lake for trademark infringement.

I’m thinking of trademarking “U.S. District Court…” but I digress.  Continue reading “Brainiac On Banjo #009: The Four Million Dollar Fan”

With Further Ado #002: Steranko & Vanguard: 25 Projects in 25 Years

With Further Ado #002: Steranko & Vanguard: 25 Projects in 25 Years

My love for Jim Steranko’s work started a little differently than for most Steranko fans. 

When I was a kid, my super-supportive dad fielded my passion for comic book by finding the things he liked so we could share them.  The Phantom and Prince Valiant were longtime favorites of his, but he’d soon come to really enjoy series like Jonah Hex and Master of Kung Fu.

We both liked Steranko’s artwork.  One day he surprised me by ordering Steranko’s History of Comics. I immediately devoured it.  Then he subscribed to Steranko’s Comixscene (which soon become Mediascene). But when I read it, I was perplexed by the peculiar cutouts.  Turns out, my mom had intercepted it from the mailbox, and took her scissors to essentially censor all the sexy pictures from it.

Soon after, Steranko’s The Supergirls arrived – which were gorgeous Steranko pinups, mostly topless, of women in superhero costumes. That one was hidden from me for about 25 years.

So it’s particularly fascinating to me the J. David Spurlock explained to me that he’s done 25 projects with Jim Steranko over the past 25 years.  Continue reading “With Further Ado #002: Steranko & Vanguard: 25 Projects in 25 Years”

DC Universe Experience Installation Announced for SDCC 2018

DC Universe Experience Installation Announced for SDCC 2018

DC UNIVERSE, a first-of-its-kind digital subscription service designed especially for DC fans, will come to life with over half a dozen immersive, interactive experiences at Comic-Con International. Fans will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the DC Universe for the first time and literally walk through the originals, classics and comics soon to be available through the digital service.

Warner Bros. Digital Networks and DC Entertainment tapped Giant Spoon, the creative agency behind the successful “Westworld” activation at SXSW 2018. The partnership will bring decades of artistry and innovative new content being developed exclusively for DC UNIVERSE to life

Open Thursday, July 19 to Sunday, July 22 at the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, directly across the street from the San Diego Convention Center. A larger-than-life installation of epic proportions will welcome fans into interactive spaces that bring iconic characters and stories to life.

 Guests of the activation will interact with dozens of activities and installations including:

  • Explore Dick Grayson’s Titans loft and uncover clues to his whereabouts
  • Experience the mysterious creations of Dr. Niles Caulder in the Doom Patrol lab
  • Avoid succumbing to the deadly virus in the mystical swamps of Swamp Thing
  • Join earth’s newest superhero team in the Young Justice Watchtower
  • Create mayhem in the Harley Quinn chaos room
  • Step into the sewers with Batman and descend into madness in The Court of Owls
  • Enjoy the first public unveiling of rare artwork and memorabilia only previously seen in exclusive engagements
  • Discover hidden clues and get an exclusive first-look at the DC UNIVERSE digital subscription service
  • And so much more…

Register now at DCUniverseExperience.com! (Signing up online in advance allows guests to streamline the onsite admission process. Pre-registration does not allow guests to reserve their spot or bypass the line. The activation will be open on a first-come, first-served basis.)

DC UNIVERSE will be available in Fall 2018 as a direct-to-consumer digital service. Fans who sign up for memberships will enjoy new original live-action and animated series, classic TV series and films, a curated selection of comic books, breaking news, an expansive encyclopedia, and access to exclusive merchandise. Additional fan features include opportunities to connect with others in the DC community, earn premium rewards, and participate in sweepstakes and contests.

Follow the excitement online at #DCUxSDCC

Salt City Comic-Con Pre-game Captain America Movie Event in Auburn NY

Salt City Comic-Con Pre-game Captain America Movie Event in Auburn NY

The recent Marvel movie, Captain America: Civil War (2016) pitted super heroes against one another as they struggled to balance long-time friendships with passionately held political beliefs. Stuffed with an overwhelming jumble of heroes, this movie was loosely based on the iconic comic series by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven. Millar had once famously explained that this expansive adventure was a way “to play with all the toys in the toy box.”

This feature film will be screened at Auburn Public Theater on Thursday July 5th at 7pm by a vintage Captain America cartoon, showcasing the first time that many of these Marvel heroes appeared onscreen. The cartoon also utilized many of Captain America co-creator Jack Kirby’s original illustrations.

Geek Culture Expert (and PCS contributor) Ed Catto will be moderating the features and provide a brief introduction.

Cosplayer Steve Barker will be appearing in costume as Captain America at the unique event. Steve will also be exhibiting his impressive Captain America styled motorcycle out front of the theater.

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Buffy Vampire Hunt Next Month in San Diego!

Buffy Vampire Hunt Next Month in San Diego!

Buffy’s coming to San Diego & she’s bringing swag.  20th Century Fox Consumer products announced today the first-ever Buffy Vampire Hunt set to send fans through the streets of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter on Saturday, July 21st.  Oh and wouldn’t you know, that’s during Comic-Con! 

Fans can become a “slayer” by locating each “Vampire Nest” through downtown’s historic Gaslamp Quarter (including the Convention Center) where they will be rewarded with a wide-range of prizes at each location.   We’re talking Buffy Funko figurines, posters, stickers, pin, shirts, comic, etc. 

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All-Star Comic Con – VA – Cosplay Pics

All-Star Comic Con – VA – Cosplay Pics

PCS was at All-Star Comic Con at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel in Virginia on Father’s Day June 17, 2018. Here is a sampling of the great cosplay that was on display.

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Our favorite cosplay from C2E2 2018

Our favorite cosplay from C2E2 2018