Tuesday, March 30, 2010

MIFFF 2010 Call For Entries

Call for Entries - MIFFF 2010
2010 Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival
MIFFF is seeking features, documentaries, short films and animation for the 2nd annual festival.

MIFFF has officially opened the submission season for the 2010 Festival. The premier genre film festival in the Pacific Northwest, MIFFF showcases action, animation, fantasy, horror, science fiction, and other mind-blowing films from across the globe. For additional information, or to submit your short or feature-length production for consideration, you may visit the MIFFF website at http://www.mifff.org

2010 Festival Dates are September 17th - 19th, 2010

Earlybird Submission Deadline is May 15th, 2010
Regular Submission Deadline is July 12th, 2010
Late Submission Deadline is July 26th, 2010
Final Submission Deadline is August 9th, 2010

Click here to download the Entry Form

or apply online:
Click to submit on Withoutabox.com

If you have questions, please email us at info@mifff.org

MIFFF produces the Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival, the premier Pacific Northwest weekend long event devoted towards independent and international genre film making. The event was created to offer exposure to films that traditionally are overlooked by the festival circuit from genres including action, animation, fantasy, horror, and science fiction.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Upcoming Events: April 2010 & Beyond

Norwescon: April 1st-4th, 2010 - Sea-Tac Washington
Website: http://www.norwescon.org

Sakura-Con: April 2nd-4th, 2010 - Seattle, Washington
Website: http://www.sakuracon.org

Game Design Expo: April 10th-11th, 2010 - Vancouver, BC Canada
Website: http://www.gamedesignexpo.com/

Just A Game Con: April 10th-11th, 2010 - Corvallis, Oregon
Website: http://home.centurytel.net/GOMC/JAGC.htm

The NW Fest Antique Toy Train & Collectibles Show: April 10th, 2010 - Spokane, Washington
Website: http://www.thenorthwestfest.com/

Circus at the End Of The World II: April 11th, 2010 - Seattle, Washington
Website: http://abneypark.com/market/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=25

Stargate SG-1 Atlantis Convention: April 15th-18th, 2010 - Vancouver, BC Canada
Website: http://www.creationent.com/cal/sgvan.htm

TEDx Seattle: April 16th, 2010 - Seattle, Washington
Website: http://sites.google.com/site/tedxseattlesite/home

IPMS Spring Show: April 17th, 2010 - Renton, Washington
Website: http://www.ipms-seattle.org/Springshow/

Supertrain: April 17th-18th, 2010 - Calgary, Alberta Canada
Website: http://www.supertrain.ca/

Spring Fairy Festival: April 20th, 2010 - Tacoma, Washington
Website: http://www.springfairyfestival.com

Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo: April 24th-25th, 2010 - Calgary, Alberta Canada
Website: http://www.calgaryexpo.com/

Mt. Hood Paranormal Conference: April 24th-25th, 2010 - Brightwood, Oregon
Website: http://rosecityparanormalconference.bravehost.com/

Play: A Video Game Symphony: April 24th, 2010 - Eugene, Oregon
Website: http://www.play-symphony.com/tickets.php

Stumptown Comics Fest: April 24th-25th, 2010 - Portland, Oregon
Website: http://www.stumptowncomics.com/

Greater Vancouver DieCast Toy Show: April 25th, 2010 - Pitt Meadows, BC Canada
Website: http://www.ricktippe.com/diecast/

Washington Cultural Congress: April 26th-28th, 2010 - Leavenworth, Washington
Website: http://wsaa.qwestoffice.net/congress.htm

A Festival For May: May 1st-2nd, 2010 - Carnation, WA
Website: http://www.camlann.org/may_fest.htm

Greater Seattle Toy Show: May 1st, 2010 - Kent, Washington
Website: http://www.oldride.com/events/washington_toyshow.html

RenFair: May 1st-2nd, 2010 - Moscow, ID
Website: http://www.moscowrenfair.org/

Northwest Comic Convention: May 2nd, 2010 - Portland, Oregon
Website: http://www.calcomiccon.com/NorthwestConinfo.aspx

Pop Culture Fair: May 2nd, 2010 - Edmonton, Alberta Canada
Website: http://www.popculturefair.com/

Video Games Live!: May 5th-6th, 2010 - Vancouver, BC Canada
Website: http://www.videogameslive.com

Game Developers Conference Canada: May 6th-10th, 2010 - Vancouver, BC Canada
Website: http://www.gdc-canada.com/

LOGIN Conference: May 10th-13th, 2010 - Seattle, WA
Website: http://www.2010.loginconference.com/

UFO Fest: May 14th-15th, 2010 - McMinnville, Oregon
Website: http://www.mcmenamins.com/ufofest07/index.html

Shelby's Collectible Toy Show: May 15th, 2010 - Portland, Oregon
Website: http://www.rosecitycollectorsmarket.com/toyshow.html

Zompire: May 15th-16th, 2010 - Portland, Oregon
Website: http://www.zompire.com/

Victoria Toy Show: May 16th, 2010 - Sydney, BC Canada
Website: http://members.shaw.ca/dshelton99/

Spokane Comicon: May 22nd, 2010, Spokane, Washington
Website: http://www.spokanecomicon.com/

Victoria Steam Exposition: May 6th-10th, 2010 - Victoria, BC Canada
Website: http://victoriasteamexpo.blogspot.com

Anime Oasis EVO: May 27th-30th, 2010 - Boise, Idaho
Website: http://www.animeoasis.org/

Enfilade!: May 28th-30th, 2010 - Olympia, Washington
Website: http://www.nhmgs.org/enfilade2010.html

Miscon: May 28th-31th, 2010 - Missoula, Montana
Website: http://www.miscon.org/

ConComCon: June 4th-6th, 2010 - Sea-Tac, Washington
Website: http://swoc.org/ccubed/

Olympia Comics Festival: June 5th, 2010 - Olympia, Washington
Website: http://olympiacomicsfestival.org/

NW Pinball: June 11th - 13th, 2010 - Seattle, Washington

IPMS North Olympic Peninsula Model Show: June 12th, 2010 - Port Townsend, Washington
Website: http://www.nopms.net/

All's Faire: June 18th-20th, 2010 - Sumner, Washington
Website: http://www.allsfaire.org

Crypticon: June 18th-20th, 2010 - Everett, Washington
Website: http://www.crypticonseattle.com/

Go Play NW: June 18th-20th, 2010 - Seattle, Washington
Website: http://www.goplaynw.org/

PAIZOCON: June 18th-20th, 2010 - Bellevue, Washington
Website: http://paizo.com/store/paizo/paizocon

Clarion West: June 20th - July 30th, 2010 - Seattle, Washington
Website: http://www.clarionwest.org/

Fairy Congress: June 25th-27th, 2010 - Twisp, Washington
Website: http://www.fairycongress.com/

SugokuCon: June 25th-27th, 2010 - Helena, Montana
Website: http://sugokucon.homestead.com/

Yaoifest: June 26th-27th, 2010 - Calgary, AB Canada
Website: http://www.yaoifest.com/

Ye Merrie Greenwood Renaissance Faire: June 26th-27th, 2010 - Richland, Washington
Website: http://www.yemerriegreenwoodfaire.org/

Platform International Animation Festival: June 29th-July 3rd, 2010 - Portland, Oregon
Website: http://www.platformfestival.com

Gate Con: July 8th-11th, 2010 - Vancouver, BC Canada
Website: http://gatecon.com

BC Renassaince Festival: July 16th-18th, 2010 - Langley, BC Canada
Website: http://www.bcrenfest.com/

OtakuCon: July 17th-18th, 2010 - Spokane, Washington
Website: http://www.otakucon.com

Casual Connect: July 20th-22nd, 2010 - Seattle, Washington
Website: http://seattle.casualconnect.org/

Summer Faire: July 24th - August 22nd, 2010 - Carnation, Washington
Website: http://www.camlann.org/summer_festivals.htm

SpoCon: July 30th - August 1st, 2010, Spokane, Washington
Website: http://www.spocon.us

August 6th-8th, 2010 - Edmonton, Alberta Canada
Website: http://www.animethon.org

Fandemonium: August 6th-8th, 2010 - Boise, Idaho
Website: http://www.fandemonium.org/

Anime Evolution: August 13th-15th, 2010 - Vancouver, BC Canada
Website: http://www.animeevolution.com/

Dragonflight: August 13th-15th, 2010 - Bellevue, Washington
Website: http://www.dragonflight.org/

Tolkien Moot: August 13th-15th, 2010 - Spokane, Washington
Website: http://www.tolkienmoot.org

Gnomedex 10: August 19th-21st, 2010 - Seattle, Washington
Website: http://www.gnomedex.com/

Astronomi-con: August 21st-22nd, 2010 - Vancouver, BC Canada

Salute to Supernatural: August 27th-29th, 2010 - Vancouver, BC Canada
Website: http://www.creationent.com/cal/supernatural_van.htm

PAX Prime: September 3rd-5th, 2010 - Seattle, Washington
Website: http://www.paxsite.com/

FanFair Fest: September 4th-5th, 2010 - Vancouver, BC Canada
Website: http://fanfairfest.com

Kumoricon: September 4th-6th, 2010 - Portland, Oregon
Website: http://www.kumoricon.org/

Spark Animation: September 8th-12th 2010 - Vancouver, BC Canada
Website: http://siggraph.ca/festivals/information.php?SPARKA10

Greater Seattle Toy Show: September 11th, 2010 - Kent, Washington
Website: http://www.oldride.com/events/washington_toyshow.html

Shrewfaire: September 11th-12th, 2010 - Kings Valley, Oregon
Website: http://www.shrewfaire.com/

Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival(MIFFF): September 17th-19th, 2010 - Seattle, Washington
Website: http://www.mifff.org

Portland Pirate Festival: September 18th-19th, 2010 - St. Johns, Oregon
Website: http://www.portlandpiratefestival.com/

Retro Gaming Expo: September 18th-19th, 2010 - Portland, Oregon
Website: http://retrogamingexpo.com/

Foolscap: September 24th-26th, 2010 - Redmond, Washington
Website: http://www.foolscapcon.org/

Rain Furrest: September 24th-26th, 2010 - Sea-Tac, Washington
Website: http://www.rainfurrest.org

Jet City Comic Show: September 25th, 2010, Seattle, Washington
Website: http://www.jetcitycomicshow.com

Sci-Fan Modeling Show: September 25th, 2010, Lynnwood, Washington
Website: http://www.galaxyhobby.com/scifan.htm

BrickCon: September 30th - October 3rd, 2010 - Seattle, Washington
Website: http://www.brickcon.org/

ConQuest Oregon: October 1st-3rd, 2010 - Hillsburo, Oregon
Website: http://www.conquestoregon.com/

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival:
October 1st-3rd, 2010 - Portland, Oregon
Website: http://hplfilmfestival.com

Twilight Convention: October 1st-3rd, 2010 - Portland, Oregon
Website: http://www.creationent.com/cal/twilight_or.htm

VCON: October 1st-3rd, 2010 - Vancouver, BC Canada
Website: http://www.vcon.ca

Wordstock Festival: October 7th-10th, 2010 - Portland, Oregon
Website: http://www.wordstockfestival.com/

Tactical Solutions: October 8th-10th, 2010 - Spokane Valley, Washington
Website: http://tactical-solutions-gaming.tripod.com/index.html

Con: Version: October 15th-17th, 2010 - Calgary, AB Canada
Website: http://www.con-version.org/

FallCon: October 15th-17th, 2010 - Calgary, AB Canada
Website: http://www.fallcon.com/

ZOMBCON: October 29th-31st, 2010 - Seattle, Washington
Website: http://www.zombcon.com

Hot Rod Monsters Film Festival: October 30th-31st, 2010 - Seattle, Washington
Website: http://www.hotrodmonstersfilmfest.com/

AmberCon Northwest: November 4th-6th, 2010 - Portland, Oregon
Website: http://www.amberconnw.org/

Aki Con: November 5th-7th, 2010 - Bellevue, Washington
Website: http://www.akicon.org/

BottosCon: November 12th-14th, 2010 - Surrey, BC Canada
Website: http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/BottosCon/

Orycon: November 12th-14th, 2010 - Portland, Oregon
Website: http://www.orycon.org/

Greater Vancouver DieCast Toy Show: November 14th, 2010 - Pitt Meadows, BC Canada
Website: http://www.ricktippe.com/diecast/

Portland Comic Book Show: November 14th, 2010 - Portland, Oregon
Website: http://www.portlandcomicbookshow.com/

SteamCon: November 19th-21th, 2010 - Sea-Tac, Washington

Tomodaichi Fest: November 26th-28th, 2010 - Boise, Idaho
Website: http://www.tomodachifest.com/

RustyCon: January 15th-17th, 2011 - Sea-Tac, Washington
Website: http://www.rustycon.com/

Salute To Twilight Convention: January 21st-23rd, 2011 - Seattle, Washington
Website: http://www.creationent.com/cal/twilight_wa.htm

Spark FX: January 26th - January 30th, 2011 - Vancouver, BC Canada
Website: http://siggraph.ca/

Conflikt: January 28th-30th, 2011 - Seattle, Washington
Website: http://conflikt.org/

Gotta Con: February 4th-6th, 2011 - Victoria, BC Canada
Website: http://www.gottacon.com/

Emerald City ComiCon: March 4th-6th, 2011 - Seattle, Washington
Website: http://www.emeraldcitycomicon.com/

Ani Id Con: March 11th-13th, 2011 - Boise, Idaho
Website: http://aniidacon.webs.com/

Bloody Words: June 3rd-5th, 2011 - Victoria, BC Canada
Website: http://www.bloodywords2011.com/

Siggraph: August 8th-12th, 2011 - Vancouver, BC Canada
Website: http://www.siggraph.org/calendar/

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sidekicks & Henchman Exhibit

The Flatcolor Gallery in Seattle opened an exhibit this month called "Sidekicks & Henchmen" that's "focused on comic book characters outside of the Hollywood movie heroes and villains. There is a mix of local and national artists that are on display. The show work is inspired by lesser-known comic book characters sidekicks, henchmen, heroes and villains."

The exhibition will run through March 13th-28th, 2010. If you are interested in purchasing any of the work shown below please contact the Flatcolor Gallery.

Flatcolor Gallery
528 1st Avenue S.
Seattle, WA 98104

Edmonton Collectible Toy and Comic Show

One week to go to the Edmonton Collectible Toy and Comic Show!

Are you excited yet? Because we sure are!

In addition to western Canada's largest dealer area and our special guests Amy Allen and Bob McLeod, we have some other great stuff lined up that you won't want to miss!


With the popularily of last year's ehxibits where we featured some incredible GI Joe and Transformers toys and original art, My Little Ponies, a great Barbie display as well as original comic and animation art, we plan to have an even bigger and better exhibit area this year! We'll be celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back with a great display or theatrical posters and rare vintage toys from Kenner Canada. We'll also have displays of Star Wars Kubricks, Gremlins and more original comic and toy art!

Collector Panels!

11am: Independent comic creators Daniel Schneider, Jeff Martin, Bob Prodor and James Davidge will be discussing the do's and don'ts of independent comic publishing as well as discussing their current, must-read projects: Merc, Hell Inc and HEAT: The Space Age of Pro Wrestling, and The Duchess Ranch of Old John Ware, respectively.

Noon: A History of Kenner Toys with David Gaule. Illinois native David Gaule is a well-known vintage Star Wars collector and Kenner historian and we're pleased to have David at this year's event where he'll be discussing the history of Kenner toys; from well-known lines like Star Wars to obscure classics such as Milky the Cow!

1pm: G1 Transformers. Vance McLennan, who's incredible Transformers exhibit last year attracted a lot of attention, will be giving a discussion on the history of Transformers, from their start as a Takara toy line in Japan, to their Hasbro years and back to how the line finished off in Japan. He'll also be showcasing some very cool items from his collection!

The 501st Stormtrooper Legion, Badlands Division will be in attendance once again and will have some great displays planned for the kids and young-at-heart alike!

With so much going on at this year's show, you don't dare miss it!

When: Sunday, March 28th, 2010 - 10am-5pm


$10 General Admission

FREE for Kids Under 12!

Where: The Shaw Conference Centre (Hall A)

9797 Jasper Avenue.

(See www.edtoyshow.com for more details.)

Looking to sell your collection or thin out some of thse extras you've accumulated all these years? There's no better place to sell your stuff! No eBay fees, no shipping hassles. Drop us a line at contact@edtoyshow.com if you're interested.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Rustycon 2010 episode of Pacific Fen Spotlight now posted

Post on behalf of Jim Granger - Pacific Fen Spotlight:

The Pacific Fen Spotlight episode for Rustycon 2010 is now posted. I interviewed the Guests of Honor James Blaylock, Teresa Mather, and David-Glenn Anderson.

Watch the show at: http://www.pac-fen.com/episodes/E207-Rustycon_2010/

Saturday, March 6, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: McMenamins' 2010 UFO Festival Speakers Are Announced

11th Annual UFO Festival at McMenamins Hotel Oregon
UFO enthusiasts are making plans to converge in Oregon wine country!  All are welcome -- event passes on sale March 15 at ufofest.com

McMINNVILLE, Ore.—Tuesday, March 2, 2010—The buzz is building as we get closer to the 11th Annual UFO Festival on May 14 and 15, 2010, hosted by McMenamins Hotel Oregon (3130 NE Evans St., [503] 472-8427 or [888] 472-8427). The festival, set in a small town in the middle of Oregon wine country, explores and celebrates the possibilities of life beyond Earth. We will welcome keynote speaker and author James Clarkson, a well-known UFO investigator; U.K. crop circle expert Colin Andrews; and UFO witness and abductee Travis Walton, on whom the book and Hollywood film “Fire in the Sky” was based. Passes are $10 per event, $15 for two events or $25 for all three events; UFO passes are available beginning March 15 at ufofest.com.

Skeptics and believers alike are invited to enjoy all the events happening throughout the weekend – an outdoor festival tent and UFO gift shop, the big rock- gospel-country sounds of Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside as they perform on McMenamins’ Great Northwest Music Tour, an outlandish alien costume parade, an alien pet costume contest, a performance by Willamette Radio Workshop and more! And have a pint or two of McMenamins Alienator Ale, handcrafted especially for the event. To cap off the weekend, attend our Alien Costume Ball for live rock ‘n’ roll by The Empty Space Orchestra and a chance to win prizes for the most comical or well-done space outfit.

All events are free and open to all ages, unless otherwise noted in the schedule below. Additional information and photos can be found at ufofest.com.

About the Speakers:

James Clarkson • Friday, May 14 • 7 p.m.
UFO investigator and expert on June Crain’s account of the Roswell UFO crash retrieval

Clarkson is a military policeman and in the Washington police/criminal investigator, also known as the “UFO Cop.” In 1987, he began using his investigative skills/experience to look into UFOs and advocate for fellow officers. He’s now the Director for MUFON in Washington State. Clarkson’s festival presentation will be about June Crain, who worked at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and handled some of the pieces from Roswell and who had heard of at least three other UFO crash retrievals. Hear how her story collaborates the UFO cover-ups by the government.

Travis Walton • Saturday, May 15 • 10 a.m.
UFO witness and abductee

Walton, the subject of the book and film “Fire in the Sky,” will discuss what is called “the best documented account of alien abduction yet recorded,” in which he was taken in front of witnesses.  After a failed manhunt, Walton returned, dazed and disoriented, five days later to recount what had happened.

Colin Andrews • Saturday, May 15 • 4 p.m.
Preeminent U.K. crop circles expert

Colin Andrews, a crop circles expert and recent expat of the United Kingdom, will discuss his knowledge of crop circles as well as his time spent on former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet as an advisor to the largest crop circle surveillance project, codenamed “Operation Blackbird.”
Please note: All of our speakers are available for print, radio and television interviews. Contact Renee Rank, McMenamins Marketing Director, at (503) 492-5457 or ReneeR@ed.mcmenamin.com for scheduling and availability. See ufofest.com for additional photos, along with schedule details, festival history, event passes and beyond…


All events requiring passes will be held at the McMinnville Community Center (600 NE Evans St.), two blocks from McMenamins Hotel Oregon.

All events are free and welcome to all ages (unless noted).

*** FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2010 ***

James Clarkson
, author/expert on the June Crain account of the Roswell Crash retrievalDoors at 6 p.m.; event at 7 p.m. · McMinnville Community Center
$10 per person at the door; discounted combination passes available beginning March 15
Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Live music by Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside

As part of the Great Northwest Music Tour
7 p.m. · Mattie's Room at Hotel Oregon

Live music by Kirby Swatosh
& The Moon Rock Patrol
7 p.m. · Cellar Bar at Hotel Oregon · 21 & over

*** SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2010 ***

Food & Concessions Tent

9 a.m. 'til 6 p.m. · Evans St.

A Presentation by Travis Walton, UFO witness and abductee

Doors at 9 a.m.; event at 10 a.m. · McMinnville Community Center
$10 per person at the door; discounted combination passes available beginning March 15
Food and drinks will be available for purchase. 

Vivid Curve Digeridoo Making for the kids
Kids can make a digeridoo and then walk in the parade and play them.
11 a.m. · U.S. Bank Plaza on Third St.
Free · First come first serve (up to 50 kids)

UFO Costume Parade

It’s a highlight every year, with floats, bands, dancing Hammerheads and more!
1 p.m. · Third St.
To participate in the UFO Costume Parade, please complete and submit the UFO Parade Entry Form 2010 (coming soon on ufofest.com).

Alien Pet Costume Contest

Bring your pet, dressed in its alien best!
2 p.m. · U.S. Bank Plaza on Third St.

A performance by Willamette Radio Workshop

2 p.m. · McMinnville Community Center

Speaker's Forum Featuring Keynote Speaker Colin Andrews, preeminent U.K. crop circles expert

Emceed by Peter Davenport, director of the National UFO Reporting Center (Seattle, WA)
Doors at 3 p.m.; event at 4 p.m. · McMinnville Community Center
$10 per person at the door; discounted combination passes available beginning March 15
Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Live music by Kirby Swatosh & The Moon Rock Patrol

7 p.m. · Cellar Bar at Hotel Oregon · 21 & over

Alien Costume Ball

Featuring live music by The Empty Space Orchestra
7 p.m. · Mattie's Room at Hotel Oregon
Guestrooms and overnight packages at McMenamins Hotel Oregon are sold out – please refer to the McMinnville Downtown Association or the Chamber of Commerce for alternate local lodging.

Set in Oregon’s idyllic wine country 40 miles south of Portland, McMenamins’ historic 1905 hotel in McMinnville is the perfect retreat for guests wanting to uncork and unwind. Cozy guestrooms, a comfortable restaurant and pub, live music on weekends, the legendary Rooftop Bar and more offer visitors from far and wide several reasons to simply relax. Hotel Oregon is also home to the quirky and fun UFO Festival, now in its 11th year and the second-largest alien-related gathering in the nation! The festival began as a way to honor the 1950 Trent UFO sighting in which two local citizens witnessed and photographed an unknown craft hovering in the sky above, said to be some of the most credible images of UFOs to date. More than 5,000 visitors convened in downtown McMinnville for the 2009 festival and parade. See ufofest.com for more information.

The name “McMenamin” is well known throughout the Pacific Northwest, signifying a great place to enjoy handcrafted ales, wine, spirits and pub fare with family and friends. The dream began more than 20 years ago in the hearts of brothers Mike and Brian McMenamin. With 56 properties (including Hotel Oregon) and counting, the siblings are considered to be pioneers of the Pacific Northwest microbrew, historic hotels and music venue industries. Go to mcmenamins.com for additional information, photos and more.

This notice was posted on behalf of:

Kerry Beeaker - McMenamins Writer/Editor
(503) 492-5443

Comics Publishing in Puget Sound

The community newspaper Tacoma weekly has published an article called "Comics Publishing in South Puget Sound" which covers the comic book indystry in the region.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Interview of ECCC Head Jim

The founder and head of publicity for the Emerald City ComiCon Jim Demonakos was recently interviewed by the website BrokenFrontier.com. There's also an audio interview conducted by The Comics Podcast.