2014 Wizard World Chicago Review & Photos

The 2014 Wizard World Chicago is officially over and this was one of the best years ever! The convention took place again at the Donald E Stephens Convention center in Rosemont on September 12-14, 2014.

This year had some of the biggest and best names in the industry – such as Stan Lee, Bruce Campbell, Norman Reedus, Jason David Frank, and many WWE celebs!

One the biggest complaints/issues I heard from many people is the split floor layout. There were 2 different halls you had to visit depending on what you were looking for. Basically, the Artist Alley was separate from the rest of the convention. While this is not a major issue, it does lose a ton of foot traffic anyone with a booth set up.

The floor layout was good – It was easy to navigate once you were in the correct section.

All in all the con was a success and it is a great way to meet your favorite celebrites, talk to your favorite comic artist, and see some great cosplay!

Without further delay, here are the photos I took from this years Wizard World Chicago

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STAR TREK PRESENCE AT SDCC 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

STAR TREK PRESENCE AT COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2014 IS OUT OF THIS WORLD

 

Star Trek’s Ships of the Line Panel To Be Held on Thursday, July 24

 

Star Trek: Live in Concert  Will Be Performed
by San Diego Symphony on Saturday, July 26

 

NEW YORK– CBS Consumer Products announced today an out-of-this-world lineup for the iconic Star Trek™ franchise at Comic-Con International 2014 in San Diego. Fans will be able to participate in a full weekend of Star Trek events and activities at the world-famous convention including the Star Trek’s Ships of the Line panel on Thursday evening, and Star Trek: Live in Concert with the San Diego Symphony at Embarcadero Marina Park South on Saturday.

 

Star Trek fans will have an assortment of one-of-a-kind products to choose from including the debut of a collection of six dog tags featuring each series’ respective ship. The dog tags will be available atStar Trek licensee booths throughout the show, with a special dog tag available at the ThinkGeek Booth (#3849). Locations and times of the giveaways will be revealed via Twitter (@StarTrek).

 

 

STAR TREK’S SHIPS OF THE LINE PANEL

Star Trek’s presence at Comic-Con will kick off Thursday, July 24th from 8:30 – 9:30 pm with the Star Trek’s Ships of the Line panel in Room 4. In a Q&A moderated by Ben Robinson, editor for the long-running Star Trek Fact Files and the manager of Eaglemoss’ new Starship Collection, a team of Star Trek designers will take fans into the art department to showcase the art and inspiration of Star Trek’s most famous Ships of the Line and explore why starships have fascinated and inspired fans for nearly 50 years. Panelists include John Eaves, Andrew Probert, Doug Drexler, John Goodson, Greg Jein and Mike Okuda. Every fan who attends the panel will be given a starship collectible from Eaglemoss.

 

 

STAR TREK: LIVE IN CONCERT

On the heels of a three-day, sold-out run at Royal Albert Hall in London, CBS Consumer Products, Paramount Pictures, IMG Artists and the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency are bringing Star Trek: Live in Concert to Comic-Con featuring Star Trek (2009) as never seen before. Celebrating the extraordinary collaboration between film and music, Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino’s score is brought to life on stage as J.J. Abrams’ blockbuster film is shown simultaneously in high definition on the big screen. The concert takes place on Saturday, July 26, at 8 p.m. at Embarcadero Marina Park South with a special appearance by Giacchino and giveaways for fans in cosplay. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.startrekconcerts.com or www.sandiegosymphony.org.

 

 

STAR TREK EXCLUSIVES

A list of top exclusives and signings available onsite include:

 

3D Systems (Booth #3513)

Cubify will have an on-site scanning station at the 3D systems booth for fans to order their own personalized 3-D printed Star Trek figurines.

 

ANOVOS (Booth #4536)

ANOVOS will have a wide selection of high-end authentic reproductions of Star Trek uniforms available for purchase. They will also showcase the Captain Archer Bomber Jacket and the Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan uniform for Kirk and Spock.

 

Diamond Select Toys (Booth #2607)

Diamond Select Toys will showcase several new Star Trek collectibles including the Star Trek Select Worf action figure, Star Trek Electronic Starships, Star Trek Kirk Vinyl Bank and Star Trek III Phaser. They will also offer an exclusive Star Trek Electronic Starship for sale.

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VALHALLA ENTERTAINMENT SCAVENGER HUNT AT SDCC

VALHALLA ENTERTAINMENT SCAVENGER HUNT AT SAN DIEGO COMIC CON 2014 

Valhalla Entertainment, Production Company for “The Walking Dead”/owned by EP Gale Anne Hurd, is hosting a TWD Scavenger Hunt at San Diego Comic Con on Thursday, July 24.   There are two hiding spots with two chances to win either a panel pass to “The Walking Dead” panel or two Survivor tickets to The Walking Dead Escape.

Prizes will be located in two different locations surrounding the Comic Con/Gaslamp District and hints will be given via the Valhalla Entertainment Twitter account (@valhallapics) the morning of the 24th.  The first participant to each location will win the prize designated for that clue. Participants will claim the prize by tweeting a photo of themselves with the prize and will get re-tweeted by Valhalla Entertainment.  In order to participate you must be following the @valhallapics Twitter account.  To win the VIP panel pass, you must have an official Comic Con badge.  Valhalla Entertainment will not be responsible for supplying a valid credential.

For rules and more information on the Scavenger Hunt please visit our blog: http://valhallaentertainment.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/san-diego-social-media-contest/

TOKIDOKI TO REVEAL NEW COLLABORATIONS AT SDCC

TOKIDOKI TO REVEAL NEW COLLABORATIONS AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON JULY 24 – 27

Tokidoki Co-Founder and Creative Director Simone Legno to Host

Autograph Sessions in Brand’s New booth

Los Angeles, Calif. – July 17, 2014 – tokidoki, the pop culture brand meaning “sometimes” in Japanese, is thrilled to reveal  product from its fall ’14 London Sole collection as well as tease the 2015 collaboration with Peanuts with an exclusive tote bag.  All the exciting news will be unveiled at the brand’s new 20×20 booth at San Diego Comic-Con July 24 – 27, 2014. The first 100 fans at the booth will receive a free tokidoki x MLB tote, no purchase necessary.

tokidoki will unveil limited-edition product exclusives including tees and hats as well as a 5” Golden Donutella vinyl for $30.00.  A tote bag, made exclusively for Comic-Con, will feature a tokidoki x Peanuts design with an MSRP of $15.00. All apparel and hats will be priced between $20.00 and $30.00.

The new booth provides both an expanded and improved working area within the space to sell product to consumers and private cubicles to work with retailers.  The new space allows ample room for Legno to sign and interact with the brand’s beloved fans.   “We are so excited to unveil our all-new booth in San Diego,’ stated Legno.  “It’s a beautiful way to showcase our collection of characters.”

Legno’s autograph sessions will take place at booth #5145 from 3:00PM – 4:00PM Thursday, 7/24, Friday, July 25, and Saturday, 7/26.  Sixty signing passes will be handed out at the booth at the start of each day.

 
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Recovery-Con 2014 Dinner Meet-Up

Recovery-Con 2014 Dinner Meet-Up

Comic Con is all about having a great time and meeting new people but for some it is more than that. A few weeks ago I was contacted by a reader with a serious story and asked for my help with an event he has created.  He has created the first ever Recovery-Con 2014 Dinner Meet-Up – A place for people to talk and mingle with others who are or have struggled with some type of an addiction.

The website is: Nerds In Recovery

This is a great event and many of us have at one point or another been faced with some type of an addiction. Without revealing any details, here is something that was written in the email:

Comic-Con has become quite the little party scene in recent years and I thought it would be cool to create a safe after party for people in recovery (drugs included) to meet, share stories, network and have fun!

I know there are also a lot of others (half the artist and writers!) at Comic-Con who also have similar struggles. Anyway, I was wondering if you or your website would be interested in helping get the word out?

There isn’t much time left (I just thought of this recently) and I could use all the help I can get. If you know anybody who may be interested in this please let them know as well.

 

As you can tell this is an event to help people who struggled with an addiction and is a great way to meet and mingle with others who were faced with similar challenges.

Here is more info on the event:

Recovery-Con 2014 Dinner Meet-Up

When:  Saturday, July 26th, 8:00 P.M.

Where:  Luna Grill, Hillcrest Location  (Three miles from the convention)

350 University Ave

San Diego, CA 92103

 

Details: If you are going to Comic-Con and in recovery from addiction or even still struggling and want a safe, fun place to socialize, network and have fun with others in recovery then come on down to Luna Grill Hillcrest on the evening of Saturday, July 26th at 8 P.M. for some great Mediterranean fair!  Luna Grill in Hillcrest is a strait three miles down 4th street to University Ave and very easy to get to. They will be expecting us.

 

Carpooling: Seeing as how by that point we will all be sick and tired of walking the Con for those that want to team up early and get a taxi, use Uber or even rent one of those bicycle buggies (you know you’ve always wanted to) then some of us will be meeting at 7:15 at Horton Plaza at the corner of Broadway and 4th.  If you want to know how to find us there (it’s clever)  email me at nerdsinrecovery@gmail.com.

 

Additionally, I see this meeting as laying the ground work for future similar events that have loads of potential as they grow. To that end, I will be looking for people at the dinner who have ideas on how to grow and expand the Recovery-Con movement.

 

Thanks and I look forward to seeing you there.

 

Anonymous Nerd, The S is for Sober


							

Enter to Win a Limited Edition Peavey Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Guitar at Diamond’s Booth at San Diego Comic-Con

Enter to Win a Limited Edition Peavey Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Guitar at Diamond’s Booth at San Diego Comic-Con
6f68b769348574b672a0730d 588x219 Enter to Win a Limited Edition Peavey Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Guitar at Diamond’s Booth at San Diego Comic Con
July 9, 2014, Meridian, MS – Peavey Electronics® and Diamond Comic Distributors have teamed up at the Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) to give away a Limited Edition 2014 Comic-Con Eastman/Laird Rockmaster® Glow-in-the-Dark TMNT Guitar from Peavey.
Attendees can enter to win exclusively at the Diamond PREVIEWSworld Booth #2401 starting July 23 until July 27. 
The Peavey Limited Edition 2014 Comic-Con Eastman/Laird Rockmaster® guitar features officially licensed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles® “Glow-in-the-dark” artwork by TMNT creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. In 1983, these two friends and comic book writers created what would become an iconic brand of pizza-eating, skateboarding, crime-fighting mutant reptiles.
The Rockmaster Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle guitar has a high gloss finish on a basswood body, providing excellent balance, playability and tone. With a maple neck and rosewood fret board for fast rhythm and lead playing, plus sealed tuner gears and an adjustable bridge to keep your guitar in tune longer, this guitar is ready to rock. It also comes with a cable, strap and picks. 
This Limited Edition custom guitar is available exclusively from Action Figure Express who will have the guitars on display and available to purchase for $275 at their booth #3345 during SDCC. Only 100 Glow-In-The-Dark TMNT Peavey guitars are available for sale, with each one individually hand numbered. 
 
“This is the type of one-of-a-kind collectible that TMNT fans will be clamoring for at SDCC,” said Diamond Brand Manager Erique Watson. “Old-school Eastman & Laird art, the awesome glow in the dark feature, custom collectible packaging, and only 100 guitars available make them absolutely amazing. Seriously, when the convention floor opens, I suspect there’ll be a mad dash for this exclusive!”  
Diamond is attending San Diego Comic-Con from July 23rd until July 27th. For more information on what Diamond is showcasing and its scheduled events during the convention, go to www.previewsworld.com
For more information about Peavey Electronics, please visit www.peavey.com.
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ABOUT PEAVEY ELECTRONICS® – Founded in 1965, Peavey® is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of musical instruments and professional sound equipment. Peavey has earned more than 180 patents and distributes to more than 130 countries. Peavey and its MediaMatrix®, Architectural Acoustics®, Crest Audio®, Composite Acoustics® and Trace Elliot® brands and affiliates can be found on concert stages and in airports, stadiums, theme parks and other venues around the world. To find out more, visit www.peavey.com.
ABOUT ACTION FIGURE EXPRESS (AFX) – Since 1997, Action Figure Express has been servicing the collector market by providing a variety of exclusive and limited edition products such as mini busts, statues, action figures, toys, and more at competitive prices along with quick and professional service. There’s something for everyone here at AFX with brands such as Star Wars, Thundercats, Ghostbusters, Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marvel and DC Superheroes, and more! For more information about Action Figure Express, go to www.shopafx.com
ABOUT DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS (DCD) – Diamond is at the nexus of comics and pop culture. Based in Baltimore, MD, DCD is the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books, graphic novels, and related pop-culture merchandise, serving thousands of retailers worldwide. For more information, visit Diamond on theweb at www.diamondcomics.com.
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Diamond Select Toys Opens DST Lounge for SDCC

Diamond Select Toys Turns San Diego Eatery into the DST Lounge!

Comic-Con International is an experience, to be sure, but sometimes you just need to get out of the convention center! San Diego’s nearby Gaslamp District offers a variety of options for fun, food and drink, and Diamond Select Toys has always had their favorite for all three: Taste and Thirst on 4th. So this year, DST is taking it over and turning it into the DST Lounge from July 24-26!


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The home of some great food, a wide selection of drinks and some of the best chicken wings in town, all in a casual atmosphere, DST has decorated Taste & Thirst with DST products and artwork, turning it into a celebration of the stories and characters that Comic-Con attendees love, including Star Trek, Star Wars, Sin City, Godzilla, Ghostbusters, TMNT and Marvel Comics! Coupons for food and drink discounts will be given out at the Diamond Select booth (#2607) on the convention floor, so you can take the short walk up 4th for lunch or dinner, or stop by after the convention for drinks in the bar! 


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The lounge will celebrate its grand opening with a kickoff party starting at 10PM on Thursday night, July 24, open to anyone ages 21 and older. The DST staff will be in attendance, so look for the DST staff shirts if you’re hoping to rub elbows with the guys who get their products from the drawing board to store shelves. Plus, illusionist Nick Ivory will perform until 10:45, so be sure to catch some of his amazing slight-of-hand! After that, the Lounge will be open from 11AM-2AM on Friday and 9AM-2AM on Saturday.

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