Transgender woman released after retaliation for suing Illinois for prison transfer

CHICAGO — Strawberry Hampton, who had to sue the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) to be moved to a women’s prison, was released this week. Hampton was kept in prison five months after her release date. Hampton, a transgender woman, sued the IDOC in 2018 to be moved to a women’s prison after being the target of abuse from guards and other inmates. The Uptown People’s Law Center (UPLC) and the MacArthur Justice Center, which represented Hampton in her lawsuit and in her clemency effort, say that she was kept in prison beyond as retaliatory punishment for reporting sexual abuse. She was transferred to a women’s prison at the very end of 2018.

Wakandacon – Inclusive Afro-Futuristic Con on July 26-28

CHICAGO — Wakandacon, a African-Americnan focused fan convention started after the huge success of Black Panther last year, is returning on July 26. From the Facebook event:
The cultural phenomenon Wakandacon is back for 2019! Wakandacon is a 3 day family-friendly Afrofuturistic celebration that speaks directly to issues being faced within the Black diaspora, with a focus on art, community, technology and self-expression. The Chicago Sun-Times named Wakandacon as one of Chicago’s top entertainment stories of 2018! Wakandacon is for comic nerds, pop culture buffs, big thinkers, techies, creatives, storytellers, gamers, science geeks, dreamers, makers, movers, shakers and anyone contributing to the culture!

Google ‘Thanos.’ Just do it.

CHICAGO — We haven’t seen “Avengers: Endgame” yet. (Don’t spoil it, we will come find you.) But Google is embracing the frenzy. Go to https://www.google.com/ and enter “Thanos” in the search bar. The above image should be on the right of the screen if you’re on a desktop, at the top of the screen if you’re on mobile. Then click or tap the Gauntlet…

Chicon 7 Announces At-Con Membership and Day Admission Rates

Chicon 7Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), has set the attending membership rates that will apply from August 1 onwards for both online and at-the-door sales, and determined its Day Admission rates.The following attending membership rate changes for Chicon 7 will go into effect on August 1, 2012:- The Adult Attending membership rate will increase from $215 to $230- Converting a Supporting membership to an Attending membership will be $180As 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.The Family Rate (2 adults plus 2 or more dependent children) will increase from $540 to $560.Day Admissions can be purchased online via the Chicon 7 website from August 1, 2012, or in person at the door. Day Admissions are priced according to the day being purchased and the age of the purchaser. (Quoted figures are for Thursday 30 / Friday 31 August / Saturday 1 / Sunday 2 / Monday 3 September respectively).Adult $50 / $70 / $70 / $70 / $40Young Adult $30 / $40 / $40 / $40 / $20Child $20 / $30 / $30 / $30 / $15Chicon 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 July 31, 2012, are available at www.chicon.org/membership.php.Chicon 7 is the 2012 World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”). The first Worldcon occurred in New York City in 1939 and Worldcons have been held annually since then except for 1942-45 when there was no event due to World War II.

Kevin Sorbo to Appear at Wizard World Chicago

Wizard WorldKevin Sorbo as HerculesKevin Sorbo, known across the globe for his portrayal of the title character in the popular “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” series, will appear as a special guest at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, August 9-12 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.  Sorbo, who has enjoyed continuous success on television for the past 20 years, will meet fans, sign autographs and pose for photos at Wizard World’s longest running and highest-attended show.The immense popularity of five initial two-hour “Hercules” telefilms in 1993 resulted in the launch of a weekly series by 1994 and helped launch Sorbo’s path to stardom. The series not only became a breakout hit by becoming the number one first-run program in syndication, it also passed “Baywatch” as the most watched TV show in the world.  The innovative action hour revitalized the entire action/adventure genre on television and fostered two spin-off series, “Xena, Warrior Princess”, and “Young Hercules”.  Sorbo also directed two episodes of the show, and co-wrote one installment.Following the success of “Hercules,” Sorbo went on to star in the lead role of “Captain Dylan Hunt” in “Gene Roddenberry’s, Andromeda.” The series, based upon writings from the late “Star Trek” creator’s archives, debuted as the number one hour show in first run syndication and held that spot throughout it’s five year run from 2000-2005.Sorbo will join other headliners like William Shatner, Stan Lee, Tom Felton, Scott Bakula, Jon Bernthal, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and WWE® Superstars CM Punk™ and John Cena®, notable artists Carlos Pacheco, George Pérez, Greg Capullo at the Midwest’s No. 1 Pop Culture Convention.Wizard World Chicago Comic Con (August 9-12), produced by Wizard World, Inc., will bring together thousands of fans of all ages 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. For more on the 2012 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/home-ch.html

Dan Con will be coming at you 2 times in 2013!

Decapitated DanIt is with great pleasure that I find myself writing this post for all of you. I have some big news to share and I just can not hold it in any longer. To begin but let’s start with this, Dan Con and T.C.S. (Toys, Comics, and Statues) have formed an alliance. T.C.S. founder Leo Guerrero and myself area teaming up to bring the public 4 shows in 2013. They will all be located at the Orland Park Civic Center.

Patrick Stewart Added To Wizard World Phila lineup – All 5 Star Trek Captains on Board

Wizard WorldPHILADELPHIA – Patrick Stewart, known to millions of fans as “Captain Jean-Luc Picard” on the television series “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and “Professor Charles Xavier” in the X-Men film series, will attend Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, Stewart and Wizard World, Inc. announced today.He joins William Shatner (“Captain Kirk”), Avery Brooks (“Captain Sisko”), Kate Mulgrew (“Captain Janeway”) and Scott Bakula (“Captain Archer”) as captains of their respective series in the iconic franchise who will be special guests at the event, set for Thursday, May 31, through Sunday, June 3 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  Stewart will appear at the event on Saturday.The Emmy-nominated actor, who has performed in more than 100 television and film roles, is one of several actors to appear in all three “X-Men” films: X-Men (2000), X2 (2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). His role as Picard, which started on “Next Generation,” placed him in four Star Trek films: Generations (1994), First Contact (1996), Insurrection (1998) and Nemesis (2002). He also served as the voice of numerous animated characters in movies like Chicken Little and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, as well as popular TV shows such as “Family Guy” and “American Dad.”“Bringing together the five Captains from the iconic ‘Star Trek’ series, capped with the addition of the legendary Sir Patrick Stewart, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our fans,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO.  “They and other standout guests like Chris Hemsworth, William Shatner and Stan Lee make Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con a can’t-miss event.”The five captains, Hemsworth (The Avengers, Thor), Lee (creator, “Spider-Man,” “X-Men”), WWE® Superstar CM Punk™ and Bruce Campbell (Army of Darkness, Evil Dead, “Burn Notice,” Spider-Man)” plus more than 60 other celebrities make this year’s Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con roster the best and most diverse ever.VIP tickets are available now for fans who want to secure their opportunity to meet many of the stars at the event, including the five captains as a group.  Fans can also visit http://www.wizardworld.com/philadelphia.html for links to VIP packages for Hemsworth, Lee, Ryan, WWE® Superstar CM Punk™, Bruce Campbell, Hayden Panettiere, Paul Wesley, James Marsters and group experiences with Boondock Saints, “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” and “Spartacus/Legend of the Seeker” actors.

Threadless’ Comics-On Tees Series Launches “Space-Time” at C2E2

Via press releaseThreadless, Chicago’s beloved international online community-based design company, has partnered with four comic artist icons in collaboration for their fifth series of the Comics-On Tees collection. Written and designed by Jeffrey Brown with artwork across a series of shirts by Jeff Lemire, Anders Nilsen, and Paul Hornschemeier, will be sold exclusively through Threadless either individually or as a set. Threadless will offer a sneak peek of the fifth series of Comic-On Tees at their booth at this year’s C2E2. The Comics-On Tees were created in 2010 as an effort to continue Threadless’s mission to inspire awesomeness as well as support their artist community. Threadless launched the Comics-On Tees line to continue to empower artists to get their work out in new ways by translating a comic book onto a series of tees.  “Space-Time!”

Maggie From The Walking Dead

Lance Fensterman C2E2Oh happy Friday! The sun is shining, birds are chirping and love is definitely in the air this Spring. My love for C2E2 Fans is so strong that it may even rival the love that Maggie and Glenn share on The Walking Dead. The good news is that we will soon find out whose love prevails in 2 weeks when our favorite farmer’s daughter and tomboy Lauren Cohan joins us at C2E2! If you want to find the comic creator, entertainer or writer that makes your heart skip a beat, check out C2E2’s Autographing schedule today!