Beat Retreat: GameStop Expo 2016, video game camp holds comic surprises

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Last week GameStop managers and employees got the royal treatment from the retailer’s various vendors and partners at GameStop Expo 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The three day show is built as part reward for GameStop employees and part sales training from the many companies selling their products in GS stores. The final day […]

Wizard World adds controversial swimmer Ryan Lochte as a guest for Richmond show September 10

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Wizard World’s convention circuit has often taken on some of pop culture’s “black sheep” and repackaged them as comic-con guests. Nothing wrong with that. Disgraced Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich made an appearance at a Chicago show a few years ago, for instance. And now Ryan Lochte, the disgraced swimmer and reality TV star, is joining […]

When Stan Lee stops going to real conventions he’ll go to online conventions

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Well here’s a new spin on the convention scene: Tradeshow.net, a proposed startup of virtual conventions as reported by Beat pal Paul Nicolasi. The venture would set up a bunch of virtual cons with booths and chats and so on. And of course, Stan Lee, who is visible in the initial mailings. From Tradeshow’s vendor […]

Hodor! Kristain Nairn coming to Baltimore Comic Con – but he needs to leave his guns at home

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As long as we’re talking Baltimore Comic Con — which is only a few short weeks away–and will be held over the Labor Day weekend, Friday Sept. 2-Sunday Sept.4 — it’s just been announced that Game of Thrones actor Kristin “Hodor” Nairn will be attending on Saturday, giving us all a chance to write a […]

#sdcc SDCC’16: Tips From a Local – “Avoiding the Con Cruds”

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By: Nicholas Eskey One of the hardships that comes with travel is catching an illness. It happens. New surroundings, a climate unlike that of your home town, different air quality, and even stress of travel that might affect your health. If you take into account the tight quarters that a popular convention entails, mixed with […]

SDCC’16: Tips from a Local – Getting Gear Ready for the Convention

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By: Nicholas Eskey Attending conventions can be the highlight of anyone’s year. They allow fans to share their fandom with other likeminded individuals, purchase rare and exotic collectibles, explore new destinations, get the latest news from industry people, meet their favorite actors or artists, and maybe show off their elaborate cosplay creations. However, attending conventions […]

Downtown San Diego’s expansion of the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina; Impact on Comic-Con International and more

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By Nicholas Eskey As the world’s largest comic convention, one that celebrates all forms of popular culture in film, television, video games and of course print, San Diego Comic-Con is also well known also for its grand physical scale. You’d be hard pressed to find a corner of downtown that isn’t affected by it. This […]