Monday, January 26, 2009

Spokane Comicon Update

Hello fans, Planning is in full swing for the 3rd annual Spokane Comicon on May 30th. Last Friday the first Spokane Comicon committee got together. The group consists of myself and enthusiastic people of the SFCC student government. We had a great meeting with a lot of creative ideas for the show. More details coming soon.

Spokane Comicon is pleased to announce the addition of writer and Spokane native Mark Rahner. Mark has a new comic series titled "Rotten" debuting in May from Moonstone Books. Mark also writes for the Seattle Times as their film critic. For more information please visit his site.

Current Guest List:
Art Thibert
Steve Lieber
Paul Guinan
Brandon Jerwa
Mark Rahner
Gabe Strine
Wayne Spitzer
Ben Hanson & Levi Skeen
The Hero Initiative
501st Legion

For more information about our show, guests, dealer info, directions, and more please visit our site online at


Nathan O'Brien
Spokane Comicon Founder & Coordinator

Valkyries, LLC Announces New Event "Innocente Seraphim"

Valkyries, LLC Announces New Event "Innocente Seraphim"

Valkyries, LLC, producers of cultural events, announced it will host a new two-day conference “Innocente Seraphim” which celebrates the art of the ball-jointed doll and Japanese Street Fashion.

Bellevue, WA, January 26, 2009 -- Valkyries, LLC, producers of cultural events, announced it will host a new two-day conference “Innocente Seraphim”. Taking place on August 8 and 9, 2009 at the beautiful Bellevue Westin Hotel, the conference will focus as an innovative meeting place for those who love Japanese Street Fashions and modern Ball-Jointed Dolls (BJD).

“Innocente Seraphim is organized to be the major annual gathering for those who are passionate about Japanese Street Fashion such as Gothic and Elegant Lolita, Visual Kei and FRUiTs; and for those who adore BJD’s from Japan, Korea, and China.” said Max Pham, Programming Manager/Co-founder of Innosera.

“At InnoSera, attendees and exhibitors will find information about the latest trends, developments and issues regarding the latest street fashion to upcoming street fashion designers from Japan. Innosera is also the place to be to get the best or latest information on current or soon-to-be released BJD collections from Asia” said Jennifer Wong, Operations Manager/Co-founder. “Attendees can participate in panels and workshops, meet Designers and professional Artisans, see fashion shows, and explore the Exhibitor’s Hall and Artist Alley.”

“Interest in Japanese Street Fashion and Ball-Jointed Dolls has grown substantially within the past few years. Hundreds of thousands of web-based communities and forums discuss designers and fashion trends for both BJD’s and those who love Japanese Street Fashion. American manga publisher TOKYOPOP translates the popular Japanese fashion magazine Gothic & Lolita Bible into English in response to the growing demands of the North American fan. ” said Walli Garrett-Lindsey, Publicity Manager/Co-founder. “One of the great things about InnoSera is our attendees give input on what they want to see and who in the fashion world they wish to meet in our community forum listed at With that input, InnoSera will always be new and exciting.”

Valkyries, LLC
Walli Garrett-Lindsey

Monday, January 19, 2009

Emerald City ComiCon 2009

Happy New Year (it's still cool to say that, right? The year IS still pretty new...), we wish everyone all the best for an amazing 2009!

As for an amazing 2009, that's what we're planning on for the Emerald City ComiCon and we've got a bunch of great announcements, so let's get to it.

To begin with, we've added a couple new media guests. First off is JEWEL STAITE. You may know Jewel as the actress who played Kaylee Frye in Serenity and Firefly, and most recently played Dr. Jennifer Keller in Stargate: Atlantis!

The other media guest is Mr. BRUCE TIMM. He is the award-winning producer, director and designer for Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Justice League: Unlimited, Superman/Doomsday and the upcoming direct-to-DVD Wonder Woman animated feature!

Of course we've also added a few more creators to our line-up. Where to begin?

How about with Eisner Award-nominees TED NAIFEH (Courtney Crumrin) and NATE POWELL (See My Brother Dance)?

Or fan-favorites KURT BUSIEK (Trinity), GAIL SIMONE (Wonder Woman), STEVE ROLSTON (Emiko Superstar), ED BRUBAKER (Captain America) and CLAYTON CRAIN (X-Force)?

We've also added Image Comics co-founder JIM VALENTINO (Shadowhawk)? Speaking of Image, the entire creative team of two of their books, Proof (ALEX GRECIAN, RILEY ROSSMO and KELLY TINDALL) and Dead Ahead
(CLARK CASTILLO, MEL SMITH and ALEX NIÑO) are all making their first ECCC appearance!

Classic creators ERNIE CHAN (Conan) and TONY DEZUNIGA (Jonah Hex), cartoonists KEITH KNIGHT (K Chronicles) and DANIELLE CORSETTO (Girls With Slingshots).

Indy favorites DEREK KIRK KIM (Good As Lily), KEVIN CROSS (Black Heart Billy), CHRIS MORENO (World War Hulk: Frontline), STUART SAYGER (Bionicle), CHRISTIAN BERANEK (Grimm Fairy Tales) and DAN WICKLINE
(1001 Arabian Nights).

Writers SCOTT ALLIE (Buffy), FORD GILMORE (Thundercats) and C.B. CEBULSKI (X-Infernus) along with Eisner Award-winning colorist DAVE STEWART.

That's it for new guests, and believe it or not, we still have more to announce! Unfortunately, we've had a few cancellations as is always inevitable. Due to scheduling conflicts, none of the Udon Studios crew (Omar Dogan, Joe Ng & Jim Zubkavich) will be appearing, and neither will Darwyn Cooke or Joe Casey.

I did want to mention that Harmony Gold will be bringing their 2009 Robotech Convention Tour doing panels and giveaways throughout the weekend, which should be a lot of fun.

In exhibitor-related news, we're completely sold out of our artist alley and we're getting close to selling out our exhibitor floor too, so if you've been putting off getting a space at the show, I'd recommend not putting it off any longer.

Another quick heads-up that we've added one more discounted attendee hotel to our hotels page:

Lastly, don't forget that tickets for the show are on sale now:

Video Games Live™ to Debut Music from Halo 3: ODST in Seattle

Video Games Live™ to Debut Music from Halo 3: ODST in Seattle
Jan 19th 2009
The Paramount Theater
Seattle, WA
Special Guests to Include: Halo Composers Marty O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori as well as Gabe & Tycho from Penny Arcade

After selling out scores of shows in front of hundreds of thousands of fans around the world, Video Games Live is proud to announce the live WORLD PREMIERE of the music from the Halo® 3: ODST trailer. The music will be given the full symphonic Video Games Live treatment at the Seattle performance at the famed Paramount Theatre on January 24th. Halo 3: ODST will be available to fans this Fall.

The Seattle performance of VGL will also feature personal appearances by veteran game composer Marty O'Donnell, best known for scoring the Halo franchise, as well as Halo composer Michael Salvatori and other members of the Bungie team— ticket holders will be able to interact with them at a post-show meet & greet. Says O'Donnell, “I've always debuted my music with Video Games Live and it's an honor to be involved with such a highly successful production. It's a fantastic show and a great and unique way to connect our music with an audience.” Video Games Live was the first to perform the music of Halo with a symphony orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl in 2005 featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic and guitar legend Steve Vai (whose guitar work appeared on Halo 2) in front a crowd of 11,000 people.

“We've been good friends of Marty for a long time and really love the work that he's done,” said video game composer and Video Games Live co-creator/conductor Jack Wall. “The audience's reaction to the Halo scores is always incredible and we're once again looking forward to adding more exclusive music from the franchise.” Game composer and Video Games Live co-creator/host Tommy Tallarico added, “It's always been a goal of ours to change the show each and every year. We're going into our 5th year of touring Video Games Live and each year we continue to mix it up and add to our setlist.” Aside from the 50+ game franchises already represented and created, Video Games Live is currently working on 10 new segments for 2009 including Megaman, Chrono Cross/Chrono Trigger, Super Smash Bros., Monkey Island, Shadow of the Colossus, Earthworm Jim, Silent Hill and more.

Joining Marty O'Donnell at the post-show meet & greet will be Penny Arcade creators/founders Gabe & Tycho, along with other industry creators, designers, artists and composers. Also appearing will be Canadian artists Splitting Adam, performing with the symphony their hit “On My Own” from the recent Need For Speed: Undercover game.

New Preferred Tickets and Additional Seating have been added today for this performance. Tickets are available at:

Video Games Live is currently planning over 60 shows for 2009. Additional international TOUR DATES can be found at:

Monday, January 12, 2009

Authors Bring Fantasy and Science Fiction to Oregon Writers Conference

Authors Bring Fantasy and Science Fiction to Oregon Writers Conference

This year's South Coast Writers Conference weighs in on the side of fantasy and science fiction with award winning authors. Jayel Gibson, Leslie What and Timothy Zahn to present workshops.

Gold Beach, OR: January 9, 2009 -- The South Coast Writers Conference is an eclectic gathering of writers of various genres, novice and published authors; returning and first-time attendees. It is our goal that participants and presenters leave the conference inspired and renewed, with new insights and skills, and better connections to fellow writers and resources. Once again we have invited some of the Northwest's best writers to guide you in an exploration and celebration of the many facets of writing. This mid-sized Oregon conference is known for the quality of its presenters, and has included bestselling keynote speakers such as authors David Oliver Relin (Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time) and Larry Brooks (Bait and Switch).

This year's South Coast Writers Conference is no exception and weighs in on the side of fantasy and science fiction with award winning authors Jayel Gibson, Leslie What, and Timothy Zahn to present workshops.

In addition to a full time writing career, Jayel Gibson serves as an adjunct instructor at Southwestern Oregon Community College where she teaches writing for publication. She is a two time Teacher of the Year award recipient for her innovative use of technology and video gaming in the elementary classroom. She is an Amazon Celtic Mythology bestselling author, and her Ancient Mirrors fantasy series has received three USA Book News 'Best Books' Finalist Awards and the 2008 National Indie Excellence Award for fantasy and science fiction. Gibson is also the online book club moderator for Realms of Fantasy Magazine. Her articles on video gaming as an educational tool have appeared in Louisiana Parent's Magazine, Dallas Child Magazine, and She is a popular panelist and presenter at conventions and conferences.

Leslie What is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction. She has performed commentaries on public radio, published two story collections and a novel, and written a humor and health column for an alternative weekly. She was the senior editor for the literary magazine Silk Road and has twice been invited to teach at the Clarion Writers Conference. She currently teaches writing at UCLA Extension. New works appear at Shape of a Box, Perigee, Asimov's, and Calyx.

Timothy Zahn has published over eighty short stories and novelettes, thirty-four novels, and four short fiction collections since leaving grad school in 1980. Along the way he has won a Hugo Award (for the novella Cascade Point, in 1984) and has been nominated twice more. He is best known for his eight Star Wars books: Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, Specter of the Past, Vision of the Future, Survivor's Quest, Outbound Flight, and Allegiance. Other books include the Quadrail series, the Cobra series, and the young-adult Dragonback series. Zahn's most recent books are Dragon and Liberator, the sixth Dragonback book, and The Third Lynx, the second of the Quadrail series.The third Quadrail book, Odd Girl Out, was published in November 2008.

Other presenters at this year's conference include: Linda Barnes, Robin Cody, Robert Hill, Elizabeth Lyon, Jim Malcolm, Elizabeth McKenzie, Elizabeth Rusch, and Floyd Skloot.

Along with all day workshops on Friday and Saturday, the Conference is hosting an 'Author Night' on Friday, February 13th from 7 pm to 10 pm. Join the Gold Beach community in this exciting and uplifting evening. Timothy Zahn will give the keynote presentation on: What in the World Are We Doing in This Crazy Business? Following his keynote address will be readings by the other conference presenters, as well as an opportunity to purchase autographed books. Free and open to the public, this event is held at the Curry Showcase on the Curry County Fairgrounds in Gold Beach, Oregon.

Participation in workshops is limited to 30 students or fewer, register early to secure a seat in the workshops you want.

The Conference is always scheduled on Presidents' Day weekend in the hopes that attendees will extend their stay to write and to explore the splendor of America's Wild Rivers Coast. Visit our miles of spectacular beaches, explore our many hiking trails, or spend time on the mighty Rogue River.

For more information on the Conference, contact the Gold Beach Center of Southwestern Oregon Community College (541) 247-2741 to request a brochure.

The 14th Annual South Coast Writers Conference is co-sponsored by Southwestern Oregon Community College and the Gold Beach Visitor Center.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Stumptown 2009

Happy new year, and welcome to the weekend. Here's hoping that 2009
will be a good year for you and a good one for comics!

And you heard it here first: Our Guest of Honor for the 2009 Stumptown
Comics Fest
(April 18 & 19) will be self-publishing hero to you and
me, JEFF SMITH. We're thrilled to have him join us.

Speaking of, the 2009 Fest is open for exhibitor registration! A
handful of eagle-eyed attendees watching the website have already
beaten the rush—-which sold out last year's fest before the Early Bird
Deadline—-so if you're planning on tabling this year, don't delay.

Longtime exhibitors will notice some improvements to the table pricing
structure, aimed at encouraging the greatest number of folks to
participate in the show. While the Early Bird window has been
eliminated, its discounted $70 price for a half table (which includes
one exhibitor badge) is now the standard price-- happy news for your
pocketbook! A full eight-foot table (with two badges) will put one
back $150, and additional square-footage will accrue additional costs.
Extra exhibitor badges are available for $10 apiece. All the details
are available in your handy PDF registration form at the Fest's online

The registration and payment deadline is ***February 18th, 2009.***
Checks should be made out to the Stumptown Comics Foundation, and
mailed with a completed registration form to:
SCF 2009 Registration
P.O. Box 40715
Portland, OR 97240

The goal of each year's Fest is to outdo the offerings, operations,
and low-key awesomeness of the prior year. Last year featured record
attendance, tours of comics-related gallery shows, and a staggering
number of events coinciding with the mayor's "Portland Comics Month"
proclamation—-all in addition to the Fest's full slate of workshops,
panels, signings, portfolio reviews, fantastic guests, and the Trophy
Awards. Stay tuned for the announcement of this year's Special Guests
and brand-new workshops.A

The Stumptown Comics Fest is an annual festival celebration of comics
and cartooning art in Portland, Oregon. Our Sixth Annual fest will be
held on April 18th-19th, 2009, at the Doubletree Hotel Lloyd Center,
1000 NE Multnomah St, Portland, OR 97232. Hope to see you there!

Best wishes,
Stumptown Publicity

StarFleet Region Five Summit at RadCon

Posted on behalf of Major Mitch Dunn, USS Thermopylae NCC 74703

The Region Five Summit at RadCon (Feb 13th, 14th & 15th) will soon be upon us. If you have not already made Reservations, I strongly recommend you do so ASAP. Ensure they know you are with “StarFleet”. Or you will be told that there are no rooms left in that weekend.

Here is the Hotel Information and Itinerary:
Best Western, Pasco Washington 1-509-543-7722
We have been granted a $5.00 discount for room prices as quoted to RadCon. Star Fleet is well loved and they are looking forward to our increase in activities in their hotel. Just tell them you are with "StarFleet" when you call. They will also provide Transportation to both the Airport, as well as Service between the Hotels for RadCon.

Does this mean that you cannot attend RadCon? Certainly not! What it means is that members of R5 will not have to pay the RadCon membership if they do not wish to attend RadCon but DO wish to attend the Region 5 Summit and Activities. We noted that there were several people that just could not afford the convention so didn't attend the summit and muster in previous years. We are thinking that this is a great way to have access to RadCon for those folks that wish it.

Friday schedule items: 13 February 2009
12:00 – Until 16:45 on Sunday, Star Trek Movie and TV Shows on the Big Screen in the Dining Area and will be open for general use during all hours except during breakfast in which only Hotel Guest may stay in that dining room. We have to be courteous to the other patrons as well. A SFI desk will be provided at this time for people checking in, Please sign in so for our own accountability.

17:00 – Honor Guard Post the Colors in the Main Hall – Opening Statements Welcome Aboard Star Base Five.
17:30 -19:00 Marine Muster, 5th Brigade On Deck, Visiting Dignitaries Please RSVP to:
19:00 – 20:30 Star Fleet Marine Mess Dinner. This dinner is open to everyone, see menu below to make order request.
21:00 – 02:00 The Night Club Opens, there will be a full service bar that will be sectioned off from the public side of the room. Our security will check your Legal Identification so please ensure you have it on you. Games and Fun come one come All.

Saturday schedule items: 14 February 2009
00:00 – 23:59 Star Trek Movie and TV Shows on the Big Screen
06:00 - 10:00 Breakfast in the Dining Room (Non Hotel guest are welcome for $6.00 at the Hotel)
10:00 - Region 5 Summit ~ Main Meeting Room
12:00 - CO/XO Lunch Meeting ~ Executive Meeting Room
13:00 - Marine Melee Combat (Boffers), LazerTag & Air Soft Marksmanship Competition
This will need to be outside and ALL are welcome (not just marines). So bring your LazerTag & AirSoft Toys. If you don’t have any, there will be enough for you to borrow for the Competition and or the LaserTag Shoot out. AirSoft will be out doors and dependant on Weather, LaserTag will be a mix of both in and out door. Again dependant on the Weather.
19:00 - Prospective Slaves check in with the Auctioneer. ID will be required (over 18 required)
20:00 - 21:00 The Night Club opens and the Orion Slave Auction begins.
(The Orion Slave Auction is a for fun event only and not to be construed in any other fashion)
2100 – 0200 Star Fleet Marine Ball (All Hands Invited ~ Formal to Semi Formal Please)
The Music will be loud enough to dance to, but quiet enough to chat with your friends.

Sundays Scheduled Items: 15 February 2009
00:00 – 11:45 Star Trek Movie and TV Shows on the Big Screen
06:00 – 10:00 Hotel Guest Breakfast in the Dining Room
12:00 - Closing Ceremonies & Honor Guard Retires the Colors

The Meals on site are as follows.

Friday Night Marine Dress Mess Dinner (120 person occupancy) Meal is at a fixed price of $15 a plate. Please specify if you prefer the Main Room or in the TV/Dinning Area. We have 60 seats in each area. All orders need to be completed no later than Friday February 6th 2009 These seats will be filled on a first come first serve basis, please be prompt in your request.

Please place Orders for either or both dinners via Email to: all request must be received no later than Friday, 6 February 2009. Sooner if you have a preference of which dining area you would like for Friday night.

Payments for all actual meals can be done on your rooms or in person at the door, with the exception of the Late Night Pay-Per Plate finger foods which will be taken on location.

Choice of Entrée in Buffet’

1) Mesquite Tri-Tip London Broil
Mushroom and Peppercorn Cabernet Sauce on the side

2) Grilled Chicken Breast
Champagne Crème with white sauce: Tomatoes Marinated in Basil on the side

3) Alaskan Salmon
Orange Chipotle Cream Sauce on the side

Vegetable Selections
Seasoned Green Beans Covered in Oven Roasted Almonds

Starch Selections:
Best Western Pasco’s Signature potatoes
Garlic, Blue Cheese or Ranch, Bacon Mash requested on the side

All meals come with fresh rolls and salad bar. All alcohol sauces have been requested to be available on the side Examples are the Burgundy Sauce and the Champagne Cream Sauce.

Saturday Night Supreme Taco Bar for $10.00 in the TV/Dining area for dinner from 6pm to 8pm.
Email via all request must be received no later than Friday, 6 February 2009
Season Ground Beef and Fajita style chicken with classic refried beans combined with an array of toppings. This Mexican Fiesta includes: Flour Tortillas, Hard Shell Corn Tortillas (substitute soft shell corn tortillas if preferred) Shredded Romaine lettuce, sour cream; diced tomatoes, diced onions, diced bell peppers and shredded cheese; with tri-color chips and salsa.

Late Night Hospitality (Pay-Per Plates) Menu: Cash on location: Captains please take a poll and email with an estimated number so we can ensure we order enough or don’t way over order.
Poppers, Mozzarella Sticks, Popcorn Chicken, Hot Wings, Egg/Spring Rolls, Fresh Veggies, French Fries, Assorted Cheese and Crackers.

Pre Order Wonderful Wraps for Lunch directly from the Hotel; Can be billed to your room or paid for at the counter.
Please specify when ordering if you have dietary needs.

Classic Turkey Bacon Ranch Wrap These classic style wraps come with turkey, cheddar cheese, bacon, ranch dressing, wrapped in a superb garlic herb tortilla : $6.95

*Spicy Chipotle Ham and Swiss With the spirit of an original taste, these spiced up wraps come in a tomato basil shell filled with bacon, romaine lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and a zesty chipotle mayo: $6.95

These wraps also come with your choice of assorted chips, and sodas

Payments for Friday and Saturday Night Dinners can be paid via your room or in person. All Orders Submitted Must Be Paid in Full. Cancellations Must Be Completed No Later Than Friday February 6th 2009 other wise your food will be prepared as the Hotel has to order this special for this event. Late cancelations can be paid directly to the Hotel, they will have your name and diner order on hand.

Keep a Smile

Major Mitch Dunn, USS Thermopylae NCC 74703
Commander Aero Group, 503rd MSG "Raven"
Prospective CO, USS Pinguin & 533rd MSG
Operations Officer, Region five Summit 09'
Region five Chief Medical Officer
5th Brigade Information Officer

Monday, January 5, 2009

SPARK FX 2009 Festival

SPARK FX '09 - Festival & Conference
January 21 - 26, 2009
Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour St.
Vancouver, BC Canada

Films: $8 Members / $10 Regular
Featured Speakers: $15 Members / $25 Regular
Talks & Panels: $10 Members / $20 Regular
Info & Tickets:


Yes! SPARK FX '09 is open for business. On behalf of Vancouver ACM SIGGRAPH and the Vancouver International Film Centre, we would like to invite you to join us from January 21 - 26 for our second annual celebration of cinema magic. With most films now confirmed, we've opened sales up today – the last film should be confirmed by the end of the week. Sales for the speaking sessions will start this Wednesday (Jan. 7) at noon.

Once again this year, we're bringing you a fantastic mix of classic and recent effects-laden popcorn-chomping eye candy. Films like the original Alien, the classic Forbidden Planet, the blockbuster Terminator 2: Judgement Day, and from this century, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – a film which set a new standard for the creation of digital characters.

Films are fabulous, but if you'd really like to learn something, then you might want to sit on your refresh button at lunch time on Wednesday – sales for some of the talks are likely to move really fast! We'll have Dennis Muren, winner of 9 Academy Awards including 6 Oscars®. Dennis will be talking about where he sees visual effects going in the future, and since he's the man driving the bus, he probably has a pretty good idea. Then there's Jeff Barnes, CEO of CafeFX, and Chairman of the Board of the Visual Effects Society. Jeff is coming to talk about the creation of the effects in Pan's Labyrinth, while Harrison Ellenshaw, one of the leading matte painters working today, is coming to share his thoughts about the relationship between computer graphics and narrative film, and how they influence each other. On the more technical side, Dr. Paul Debevec is joining us to talk about recent advances in the creation and animation of believable human characters.

Tickets for the films are $8 for members and $10 for non-members, while most of the talks are $10 for members and $20 for non-members. With over 15 speaker and panel sessions lined up, now would be a great time to become a member. For only $35 a year (+GST), you could save hundreds, and don’t forget to thank all our great sponsors – without them, ticket prices couldn’t be nearly this low.

There are literally dozens of excellent speakers with enviable credit lists taking part in SPARK FX this year, and we can't wait to see you at the Vancouver International Film Centre!

Megabyte Sponsor: BC Innovation Council
Kilobyte Sponsors: Electronic Arts Canada, Autodesk
Byte Sponsors: Annex Pro, Vancouver Economic Development
Festival Partner: Vancouver International Film Centre
Friends of the Festival: Visual Effects Society, Visual Effects Association of BC

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Brickfest Website Launches

The annual spring-time lego convention in Portland Oregon Brickfest, has formally launched their website for 2009. The currently are looking for volunteers and panelists for the upcoming show.