Honky Tonk Man invades Graham Crackers Comics, plus New Release list

Graham Crackers ComicsNEW RELEASE LIST for NEXT WEEK is below THANKS to all the COSPLAYERS that came out! And congratulations to all the winners!Wednesday we gave away 18 3-DAY PASSES to the upcoming C2E2 convention!The best dressed COSPLAYERS to show up after 4pm walked away witha free ($50 value) 3 day pass to the show! Costumes ranged from cute to awesome.THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT SHOWED UP FOR THE WALKING DEAD JAY BOANASINGA SIGNING!The line got backed up at times but Jay was awesomely patient with every person that waited to meet him, get a signed copy or simply discuss the book!wrestling superstarthe honky tonk man!@ graham crackers comics OF PLAINFIELD”He’s got long sideburns and his hair slicked back, he’s coming to your town in a pink Cadillac…” Ok well maybe he is leaving the pink Cadillac in the garage but the Honky Tonk Man is coming to your town! Plainfield IL to be exact and right here at our very own GCC Plainfield location!

Chicon 7 Announces NASA’s Sy Liebergot as Special Guest

Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”), is delighted to announce former NASA Flight Controller Sy Liebergot as a Special Guest. Sy Liebergot’s presence alongside Guest of Honor Story Musgrave adds further depth to Chicon 7’s tribute to the achievements of manned spaceflight.Sy Liebergot was the Lead EECOM Flight Controller in Mission Control for all of the Apollo manned missions and Skylab program missions. On the international scene, Sy was the Lead EECOM for the American-Russian Apollo-Soyuz Test Project mission. Sy was at the focal point of the Apollo 13 crisis in Mission Control when the spacecraft’s oxygen tank exploded. As part of the Apollo 13 Operations Team, Sy was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Chicon 7 Announces Second Deadline for Dealers’ Room Applications

ChiconChicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon”), has announced the second deadline for vendors to apply for space in its Dealers’ Room. This deadline is March 15, 2012. Vendors who did not apply during the first round submission period, which closed on January 15, 2012, are encouraged to sign up promptly to be sure of securing space.The Dealers’ Room is the Worldcon’s shopping mall and the Chicon 7 Dealers’ Room will include some 200 tables and booths selling a huge variety of genre-related items. In addition to numerous book sellers (both new and second-hand/antiquarian), a Worldcon Dealers’ Room typically includes vendors selling DVDs, comics, art prints, clothing, model kits, and jewelry as well as more unusual and esoteric items. With approximately 5,000 science fiction fans expected to attend, the Chicon 7 Dealers’ Room is likely to be busy throughout the five days of the convention. 8′ x 30″ tables are available for just $250 for the run of the convention, while 10′ x 10′ exhibit booths can be rented for just $750. Dealers may reserve up to five tables or booths.

Nerdist Industries Partners With ReedPOP For 2012 Events

C2E2ReedPOP, creators and organizers of the New York Comic Con (NYCC), the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), as well as other major events in the popular culture world, and Nerdist Industries, a multi-platform creator of genre and pop culture content, have today announced a continuation and formalization of a relationship that successfully began at NYCC in 2011 with the launch of the exclusive WHITE SPACE B2B conference. This new alliance provides for a wide range of strategic and cross-promotional activities that include Nerdist interviews with ReedPOP guests and a prominent role for Chris Hardwick, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Nerdist Industries, at ReedPOP shows. Hardwick, host of AMC’s Talking Dead as well as Nerdist specials for BBC America, founded Nerdist in 2008 and has nurtured its growth into a multimedia name now spanning blogs, a podcast, television, web-video, live-events and print. Chris will be a leading personality at NYCC, C2E2 and other ReedPOP events.   Nerdist Industries will have a presence on the floor of ReedPOP shows and will be significantly featured in several panels at these same events. Hardwick hosted The Avengers and The Walking Dead panels at NYCC in 2011, and he will emcee similar marquee content in 2012.

LM.C to perform at AnimeCentral

acen.orgAnime Central is proud to announce that LM.C will be Guests of Honor and performing at Anime Central’s 15th Anniversary Celebration! The Japanese visual kei “electrock” band will kick off their 2012 world tour with a guest appearance at Anime Central in Rosemont, IL April 27-29, 2012. Aside from LM.C’s concert performance, members maya and Aiji will be available for Q&A and autograph sessions over the course of the celebration weekend.LM.C debuted on October, 2006 as a rock unit made up of maya (Vocals) and Aiji (Guitar). Mixture, digi-rock, HIPHOP-like… their variety of pop and catchy sounds cannot be categorized easily and they do not confine themselves to the conventions of “visual-kei.”The year of 2012, LM.C has already announced their new releases and the long-awaited world tour “LM.C LIVE TOUR 2012 –STRONG POP- world tour” starting in this coming spring. Surely, the band’s first original album release and first world tour in 2 years make their worldwide royal fans go crazy for LM.C again!!Click here for more information about LM.C

Jeri Ryan, Scott Bakula, Among Headliners At 2012 Wizard World Toronto Comic Con

TORONTO – A state-of-the-art downtown venue, new dates and fresh celebrity guests mark the third Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, which today announced its standout lineup scheduled to attend the event, April 14-15 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC).  Popular screen stars Paul Wesley, Jeri Ryan, Scott Bakula and Amy Acker will be joined by WWE® Superstar Edge® and dozens of standout celebs and talented comic book artists and writers at the convention, which promises to be even bigger and better in 2012.Bakula (“Star Trek: Enterprise,” “Quantum Leap”) and Acker (“Angel,” THE CABIN IN THE WOODS) will appear both days, while Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries,” “24”), Ryan (“Star Trek: Voyager,” “Boston Public”) and Edge® are scheduled to attend on Saturday only.“Toronto and the entire region have embraced Wizard World Toronto Comic Con over the past two years, and we’re excited to bring a first-class event to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World Board of Directors.  “From well-known, relevant stars like Paul Wesley and Jeri Ryan and classic and cult actors and actresses to an outstanding collection of big-time artists and a unique array of exhibitors and vendors, there’s something for everyone.”More after the jump!The event, produced by Wizard World, Inc. (WIZD.PK), will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, comics, toys, video gaming, television, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World shows always have top-notch comics creators on hand, and Toronto Comic Con boasts one of the most impressive rosters ever.  Headlining the group are Mike Deodato Jr. (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Wonder Woman”), “Jock” (“Detective Comics,” “Batman”), John McCrea (“Hitman,” “Transmetropolitan”), Javi Fernandez (“Flashpoint: The Outsider,” “Captain America: First Vengeance”), Dale Keown (“Hulk,” “The Pitt”), Tyler Kirkham (“Green Lantern Corps,” “Blackest Night”), Marcus To (“The Huntress,” “The Authority”), Ken Lashley (“Batwing,” “Avengers”), David Mack (“Kabuki,” “Daredevil”), Greg Tocchini (“Batman and Robin,” “Hulk”), Michael Golden (“Batman,” “Spider-Man”), Greg Horn (“Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark,” “X-Force”) and Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”).Other popular celebrity guests scheduled for Toronto include Colin Ferguson (“Eureka,” THE OPPOSITE OF SEX), Sean Maher (“Serenity,” “Firefly”), Jeremy Bulloch (STAR WARS: EPISODE V, VI, III, “Doctors”), Sam Witwer (“Smallville,” THE MIST), Sam Huntington (SUPERMAN RETURNS, FANBOYS), Meaghan Rath (“Being Human,” LOST AND DELIRIOUS) and Catherine Mary Stewart (WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S, THE LAST STARFIGHTER).Children and adult attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite villain, superhero or pop culture personality for the chance to win special prizes in costume contests.  Event-goers may also try their hand interactive product exhibits and shop for collectible comics, movie and television memorabilia, toys and games at scores of dealer booths.Toronto Comic Con is scheduled as the second stop on Wizard World’s 2012 North American tour.  Hours are Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 15, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Tickets are available in advance online at http://www.wizardworldcomiccon.com/toronto.html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door.  Advance adult single-day tickets are priced at $25 ($38 on site); two-day tickets are $40 ($55 on site), and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult).  VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available on a limited basis.About MTCCThe Metro Toronto Convention Centre (http://www.mtccc.com) is Canada’s #1 convention and trade show facility.  It is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, within walking distance of almost 13,000 hotel rooms, shopping, restaurants and Toronto sites.  About Wizard World:Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworldcomiccon.com.***** SAVE THE 2012 DATES *****April 14-15 – Toronto Comic ConJune 1-3 – Philadelphia Comic ConAugust 9-12 – Chicago Comic ConSeptember 29-30 – Mid-Ohio Comic ConOctober 26-28 – Austin Comic ConTBD 2013 – New Orleans Comic Con

No Satanic Porn: Jennie Breeden of The Devil’s Panties

We happen to be big fans of webcomics here. And our favorite happens to be The Devil’s Panties by Jennie Breeden. She was gracious enough to agree to be our first interview. After we got done with our fanboy squeeing, we asked her about drawing, fans and blowing kilts.Windy City Banner – First question, did you ever think you’d be where you are with your comic when you first started?Jennie Breeden – Not at all. I started it as a way to keep active art wise, while working those temporary after college jobs.

Hugo Award Nomination Period is Open

CHICAGO – Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), is delighted to announce that the 2012 Hugo Award nomination period is now open.Nomination ballots will be accepted from January 2, 2012, to Sunday, March 11, 2012, 23:59 PDT for the prestigious Hugo Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Members of Chicon 7 and LoneStarCon 3 (the 2013 Worldcon) who join by January 31, 2012, and all members of Renovation, the 2011 Worldcon, are invited to submit nominating ballots.The Hugo Awards are the premier award in the science fiction genre, honoring science fiction literature and media as well as the genre’s fans. The Awards were first presented at the 1953 World Science Fiction Convention in Philadelphia (Philcon II), and they have continued to honor science fiction and fantasy notables for nearly 60 years.More information about the Hugo Awards, including details about how to submit a nominating ballot, is available from www.chicon.org/hugo-awards.php. Nominations may be submitted by postal mail or online.For additional information, contact us at hugoadmin@chicon.org.