Chicon 7 Hugo Finalists to be Announced on Saturday, April 7

ChiconChicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”), is delighted to report that the finalists for this year’s Hugo Awards and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer will be announced on Saturday, April 7, starting at 3 p.m. CDT. We are also proud to announce that this year’s number of nomination ballots set a new record.The nominations announcement will be made simultaneously at five conventions in the United States and Europe. Science fiction fans around the world will be able to follow the announcement live and celebrate the authors, editors, artists, and works that have been selected as the best of 2011.Conventions taking part in the announcement are:Norwescon 35, one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier science fiction and fantasy conventions, at Seatac, WA (1 p.m. PDT)Leprecon 38, Arizona’s annual science fiction and fantasy convention, at Tempe, AZ (1 p.m. MST)Minicon 47, Minnesota’s longest-running science fiction convention, at Bloomington, MN (3 p.m. CDT)Marcon 47, the Midwest’s largest annual convention, at Columbus, OH (4 p.m. EDT).Olympus 2012, the British National Science Fiction Convention (Eastercon) (9 p.m. BST).Chicon 7 representatives will be joined for the announcement by special guests including authors George RR Martin at Eastercon and Joe Haldeman at Leprecon, and artist John Picacio at Norwescon.Final arrangements are currently being made to broadcast all five convention presentations via Ustream. Details of how to follow the announcement online will be announced on the Chicon 7 website shortly.This year’s nomination process set a new record, with over 1100 ballots received for the first time in the long history of the Hugo Awards. Chicon 7 received a total of 1101 nomination ballots, compared to the 1006 nomination ballots received by Renovation (the previous record holder) in 2011.The chair of Chicon 7, Dave McCarty, said “We are delighted to continue the momentum built up over the last few years in raising the profile of the Hugo Awards and the level of engagement in the nomination process.

Wizard World, Inc. Names John Macaluso to New Position of CEO

Wizard WorldNEW YORK – Wizard World, Inc. (symbol: WIZD) (“Wizard World” or the “Company”), one of North America’s most diverse digital entertainment and events companies, announced that John Macaluso, a successful businessman and entrepreneur, has been named the Company’s new Chief Executive Officer. He had previously been appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) in May 2011.As a Board member, Macaluso has been instrumental in Wizard World’s growth and expansion in the Comic con event space in the last year. Event attendance at Comic Cons in New Orleans and Chicago have risen, while the Company has refocused on its core assets, added new stars to its events and cut costs. The latest example of that revamped face was announced last week, with “Thor” and “The Avengers” star Chris Hemsworth added to a star-studded list of Philadelphia Comic Con guests in June, along with headliners such as Stan Lee, William Shatner and dozens of other stars of the pop culture industry. The Company’s next event will be held in Toronto, April 14-15.“We are extremely pleased to announce the appointment of John Macaluso as Chief Executive Officer,” stated Mike Mathews, Wizard World Chairman.

Before Watchmen at C2E2!

Lance Fensterman C2E2What’s poppin’ Windy City? After another week of epic C2E2 announcements, I find it only fitting to bring in your weekend with just a few more details on this pop culture party. We’re all set to bring the house down in exactly 3 weeks from today and we’ve still got a lot more coming, including details about DC’s presence at C2E2! DC Entertainment’s Before Watchmen creators will be hosting a special edition Panel and bringing a crew of creators that will blow your mind! That’s not all DC’s bringing to the table, they will also be hosting several Panels throughout the weekend packed with DC talent including David Finch, Scott Snyder, Jimmy Palmiotti, Kevin Maguire and many more!

‘Quantum Leap,’ Evening Parties Highlight Wizard World Toronto Comic Con Programming

Via press releaseTORONTO  – Interactive sessions with “Quantum Leap” headliners Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell, the “Being Human” trio of Sam Witwer, Sam Huntington and Meaghan Rath and stars like Jeri Ryan, Paul Wesley, WWE® Hall of Famer Edge® and Amy Acker, evening parties, movie screenings, comics sessions and more highlight the special programming offerings at Wizard World Toronto Comic Con, April 14-15 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC).  The two days are packed with fun, informative panels which span the world of pop culture from movies to comics to television and more.Some of the top sessions include:A “Quantum Leap” reunion, with stars Bakula and Stockwell sharing stories about the award-winning sci-fi series. Witwer, Huntington and Rath show their human sides in discussing the hit Syfy series which already has a huge cult following Q&A and unique meet-and-greet opportunity with Ryan, “Seven of Nine” on “Star Trek: Voyager” and standout character actress in “Boston Public” and “Body of Proof” WWE® Hall of Famer Edge® won’t throw any chairs – we don’t think – but fans will want to grab one for this larger-than-life superstar’s panelAcker, Paul Wesley, Colin Ferguson and Sean Maher dish on their respective careers and roles Informative, interactive sessions with superstar artists including Michael Golden, Dave Ross, Mike Deodato Jr., John McCrea, Ken Lashley, Francis Manapul, Dale Keown, Greg Horn and othersScreening of the groundbreaking 1984 film THE LAST STARFIGHTER, hosted by stars Catherine Mary Stewart and Lance Guest Portfolio reviews by Glass House Graphics CEO David Campiti and his professional team, looking for the next big star artists Party time… including Wizard World Toronto Drink And Draw, hosted by artist Tommy Castillo, and the Official After Party (locations TBD) The popular adult costume contest and fun kids costume contest with great prizes Unless noted, Toronto Comic Con programming will take place in the designated panel rooms at the MTCC, and is included with admission to the event.  The Jeri Ryan Meet and Greet requires a separate ticket purchase.  Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first come first serve basis and each room will be cleared between panels.The full schedule is at http://www.wizardworldcomiccon.com/programming-toronto.html. 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.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.

Countdown to ACen 2012!

AnimeCentral46 days until ACen and we have some exciting announcements for you! We would like to give a warm ACen welcome to our new guests of honor: Cassandra Lee, Sixh.IBI, Gashicon, Johnny Yong Bosch and Eyeshine! For more information check out the guest section of our website, or our guest relations forums. We would also like to announce that waves of badges have started to go out. If you opted to have your badge mailed to you keep an eye on our forums for details on which waves have gone out. If you still want to add badge mailing to your badge be sure to contact our registration team soon, because our badge mailing tier deadline is March 15th!Hotel Room BlocksStill looking for a room?

Tom Morello Is Coming to C2E2

Lance Fensterman C2E2What’s happenin’ Chi-Town? I’ve always longed for shoulder length hair for the simple fact of being able to head bang at rock n’ roll concerts. You know what really gets me going? Epic guitar solos. I’ll have to go out and get the necessary amenities for C2E2 because the rock star guitar player Tom Morello is coming to C2E2!

Chicon 7 Announces London as Sole 2014 Site Selection Bidder

Via press releaseChicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, is pleased to announce the start of the process to select the host site for the 72nd Worldcon. The only bid to have formally filed by the deadline of March 2, 2012, is the London in 2014 bid, jointly chaired by Steve Cooper and Mike Scott. The bid proposes to host the Worldcon in London, England, from August 14 to August 18, 2014.All Adult and Young Adult Attending and Supporting members of Chicon 7 are eligible to take part in the site selection process. Ballots may be submitted by postal mail or in person at the convention, up to the close of voting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 1, 2012. Chicon 7 is also looking into the option of online voting, which is now permitted for the first time under a constitutional amendment ratified at Renovation, the 2011 Worldcon.

John Barrowman & Chad Michael Murray Are Coming to C2E2!

Lance Fensterman C2E2John BarrowmanBingo bango bongo Chicago! How many times have you wished you could travel back in time? I would go back and convince young me that letting my mom sew all my clothes in middle school was not the fashion choice that was going to win me friends. Or maybe that having my senior picture taken with a puppet would seem strange. Having just gone to a sad place, let’s go to a happy place, the happiest place on earth – C2E2 and even better, C2E2 with even more intergalactic Guests!

Chicon 7 Increases Attending Membership Rates

Via press releaseOn April 1, 2012, the following membership rate changes will go into effect for Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention:- Full Adult Attending membership rates will increase from $195 to $215- Converting a Supporting membership to an Attending membership will be $165As part of the convention’s policy to encourage families and children to attend Chicon 7 the following attending membership rates for Children (0-16 years old) and Young Adults (17-21) will remain unchanged:- Children (0-16 years old) at $75- Young Adults (17-21 years old) at $100.In addition, the Family Rate for two adults plus two or more dependent children will remain unchanged at $540, providing an additional $40 discount for attending families. All Child and Young Adult rates are based on the person’s age as of August 30, 2012.The rate for an Adult Supporting membership will stay unchanged at $50.These rates will be valid through to the close of convention pre-registration on July 31, 2012. Chicon 7 will be selling “at the door” memberships, including full attending and individual day memberships, from August 1 onwards.Chicon 7 memberships are available for immediate purchase at various conventions, at www.chicon.org, and by postal mail. Full information on all registration and payment options, along with the current rates which are good through March 31, 2012, are available at www.chicon.org/membership.php.