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Julian High School Group 2PETAL et al. in a collaboration with CopyLine Magazine was a guest presenter for Junior Achievement at Julian High School on Chicago’s South Side. PETAL et al. CEO Pamela McMillan & Vice President of Technology and Communications Clarence McMillan along with Copyline Magazine Editor and Publisher Juanita Bratcher met with groups of students throughout the day discussing career goals and paths taken to get where they got to in their careers. Ms. McMillan also sharing strategies for students to start teaching themselves the things they want to know before they start college by taking advantage of online learning and networking opportunities. Ms. Bratcher discussed her career, shared some of her publications and tips on becoming a writer and published author.

GenCon 2016The Gen Con 2016 Event Finder is live! Gen Con’s Event Finder, which was introduced last year, will be the default option for 2016, and now features “Search by Keyword” or “Game ID” functionality. The Event Finder works on mobile, tablet, and desktop devices. It requires an account on gencon.com to use. You can use this tool to view events and begin building your Wish List for Gen Con 2016 Event Registration. The Find Your Events page under the “Experience” header on the top of gencon.com has additional information on how this new interface works.

Long-time Gen Con attendees may be more comfortable using the classic event interface, and they may continue to do so at this web page. A downloadable Event Catalog which updates every six hours is also available in zip file and spreadsheet formats.The Event Catalog currently includes more than 12,500 events (a Gen Con record for its release), and new events will be added to the system as they are approved.
Never Participated in Event Registration?
With a record-breaking Exhibit Hall, exciting Georgia St experience, and a convention center full of amazing sights and sounds, you may think Gen Con has more than you could ever explore in four days. If you have never participated in ticketed events at Gen Con, you’re missing out on a GIANT part of Gen Con. With more than 12,500 different events in the Gen Con Event Catalog, there is something for everyone! You can try new games, play in competitive tournaments, watch live entertainment, learn to craft, and more.Veteran Gen Con attendees now are building their Wish Lists on gencon.com, preparing for the opening of Event Registration on Sunday, May 15 at noon (Eastern). If you have never participated in Event Registration or purchased Event Tickets before, don’t worry; Gen Con will help navigate you through the process.Prospective event ticket purchasers should make sure that they have an account at gencon.com and have a valid badge for Gen Con 2016. Once you have that completed, you can start building a Wish List using the Event Finder. You will want to load up your Wish List with your favorite events found through exploring the event offerings. Then, when Event Registration begins on Sunday, May 15, you can submit your Wish List at noon (Eastern), and it will process in the order in which it is received. Please keep in mind that with thousands of people submitting Wish Lists, many popular events sell out quickly and not everyone will get all the events they want. More information on how to take part in Wish Lists and Event Registration will be released in upcoming newsletters.You can begin building, adding to, re-ordering, and managing your Wish Lists now. To get the “Your Wish List” link under your sign-in information on the upper right of gencon.com, you must have at least one event in your Wish List and a valid Gen Con 2016 badge in your account.Want more information on how to take part in Event Registration? Check out this Find Your Events link. It has links to key pages as well as an instructional video.Have questions about your account or need further information about Event Registration? Email customerservice@gencon.com for more details. Given the high volume of emails anticipated during the week of Event Registration, attendees should plan to resolve any issues sooner rather than later.

True Dungeon 2016 Information
What’s new for True Dungeon events in 2016? Quite a bit!
New Location: True Dungeon (TD) has expanded with a move from the Indiana Convention Center (ICC) to two exhibit halls inside Lucas Oil Stadium. Access to TD events is gained through a pedestrian connector from the Capitol Concourse located just outside the Gen Con Exhibit Hall in the Indiana Convention Center (ICC).Improved Sets: The first Lucas Oil Stadium exhibit hall will be brightly lit and will feature all the pre-game fun like the storyscape and coaching rooms. The second (and connected) hall will boast more dramatic lighting and sound because of this new private location. To take full advantage of these upgrades, True Dungeon has made large improvements to the sets of its adventures. For instance, more than 50 internally-illuminated lava features now can be found inside “Into the Deeperdark.” True Dungeon will boast two consecutive adventures, and this is the first year of the new four-year story arc! Play one or more adventures to find out how the new story begins.Part One: “Into the Deeperdark Players will face many terrors and challenges as they tread into the deepest realms of the Underdark as they give chase to a monster bent upon a grand scheme to gain a set of powerful relics.Part Two: “Behold Her Majesty The party must enter the bizarre abode of a twisted monster to discover the details of his vile scheme. Perplexing puzzles and bone-chilling monsters await!Note: For both adventures, two slightly different versions will be offered: one more puzzle-oriented, the other more combat-focused. This means that you can try a total of FOUR different adventures! You can find additional event details at True Dungeon’s website.True Dungeon event information in Gen Con’s Event Catalog may be viewed at this link.

Curious about True Dungeon? Want to explain TD to friends?  Check out this short video!

Hickman’s “Killer Breakfast” Update
Long-time Gen Con attendees may note that this year’s Event Catalog does not feature Tracy Hickman’s Killer Breakfast events. A popular event among Gen Con attendees, Hickman’s Killer Breakfast was a unique offering from a Lifetime Gen Con Guest of Honor. The team has some bittersweet news, as this event will not take place at Gen Con 2016. Tracy Hickman has accepted a position at a new company called The Void, and due to his busy new schedule, will not be able to attend Gen Con 2016.Tracy Hickman has sent a message to share with Gen Con attendees. “Gen Con holds a special place in my heart, in large part because of the friendships and connections with our fans over the years,” Tracy said. “It’s the familiar faces, the laughter and warm reunions that I’ll miss the most — that and Killer Breakfast, of course.”The Gen Con team wishes Tracy Hickman all the best with his new project, and hopes to see him return for Gen Con 50.
2016 Exhibit Hall Map, Record Number of Exhibitors
Ready to plan your Gen Con adventure? The 2016 Exhibit Hall map released this week on gencon.com. There are two ways to explore the map: an interactive map with links to exhibitor web sites and a printable Gen Con 2016 Exhibit Hall Map PDF. You can use the interactive web tool to discover more about the new companies exhibiting at Gen Con, or to see what your long-time favorites will have in-store for 2016. The printable PDF is great for drawing a path to the companies that you want to visit.For the first time in Gen Con history, the convention will feature more than 500 exhibitors, a more than 25% year-over-year increase. Expansion into Lucas Oil Stadium and into participating downtown Indy venues has created an opportunity to expand the Exhibit Hall in an unprecedented fashion. That’s a lot of games!
Gen Con Baseball Hats
OffWorld Designs has released two new baseball hats In the Official Gen Con Store for 2016. The black dragon and a stone khaki hats feature new designs for 2016, and are just $20 while supplies last.

Key Dates For Gen Con 2015

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Gen Con Key Dates2015 has arrived, and with that, many have started their preparations for Gen Con 2015. It is approximately just 200 days away!

Below is registration information with more important updates coming next week.

Convention Dates: Gen Con 2015 will take place from Thursday, July 30 to Sunday, August 2. That is correct; the show happens two weeks earlier this year than in 2014.

Badge Pre-Registration: Your first chance to pick-up your 4-Day or single day badges will occur as Badge Pre-Registration opens on Friday, January 23 at noon (Eastern). Has your information or address changed in the past year? You can save yourself time, and update it now at gencon.com. Badge Pre-Registration will last until June 14. After that date, badges prices will raise and shipping options will limited to Will Call pick-up only.

Hotel Registration: Gen Con’s Housing Portal will become active on Sunday, January 25 at noon (Eastern). Hotel Registration will have some key changes this year, intended to improve the ease of the registration process. Gen Con will announce these updates in approximately one week, so make sure to check your email or gencon.com to find out these details soon. An initial informational page on 2015 Gen Con housing has been posted for your review here, and will be updated throughout the convention year.

Event Submission: Begins today! Do you have a great idea for a gaming, educational, or entertainment event? You can submit it here (login required). Placement priority will go to those that apply prior to February 6. Event space is limited, and placement of events will depend on prior event performance and the historical performance of similar events. Do you have questions on running an event? Check the Host page and Event Host Policy, and you can email events@gencon.com or post in the GM Forum if you need any help at all.

Event Registration: Will start on Sunday, May 17. Save the date! Last year, Gen Con featured more than 14,000 gaming events, more than any other gaming convention in the world. With thousands of events, there is something for every interest – games, seminars, film, anime, live music, outdoor activities, costume events, an Art Show, and more!

More information will follow in the coming days, weeks, and months, and before you know it, Gen Con 2015 will be here!




Come Out & Play!

The Chicago Toy & Game Fair returns to Chicago on Navy Pier, November 22nd and 23rd at Navy Pier in Festival Hall A. Kick off your holiday fun! Please share this newsletter with friends, like us on Facebook, help us spread the word!

Featured Exhibits – We have robots, Rainbow Loom, dinosaurs, Star Wars characters, Lazer Tag, a truck filled with video games, carts… and so much more! Check out the Featured Exhibitor Page: http://www.chitagfair.com/featured-exhibits/

Young Inventor Challenge, presented by Spin Master(11/22 10a – 2p) – A fantastic opportunity for children ages 6 to 18 to showcase their own original toy & game inventions to toy & game industry professionals, members of media and the general public. We have a new workbook full of inspirations and exercises for you, and an even bigger prize package! Registration for the Young Inventor Challenge is at http://chitagfair.com/young-inventor-challenge/. The deadline is November 4th!

Rummikub National Championship! (11/22) – The Chicago Toy & Game Fair is hosting the Rummikub National Championship! The winner of the tournament receives round trip airfare and a travel stipend to compete in the World Championship next year in Germany! More details coming soon – http://www.chitagfair.com/featured-events/rummikub-national-championship

Illinois State Yo-Yo Championship (11/22 10a – 4p) – A dynamic performance competition (featuring ladder climbs). Hands-on tips for all skill levels; online and day-of registration available. This immensely entertaining contest will feature multiple divisions in both the Sport and Pro categories. Contest entry is open to all ages!

Catan National Championship, US Qualifier (11/22 10:30am) – This event is already full, and a wait list has started. Mayfair is considering adding additional seats. Open to ages 18+. For more information and wait list sign up, visit http://www.chitagfair.com/settlers-of-catan-national-championship-us-qualifier/

Star Wars Luncheon (11/22, 12p-1p) – Meet & eat with your favorite Star Wars characters! Plus free Star Wars Action figures! Sponsored by Hasbro. http://chitagfair.com/star-wars-luncheon/

Special Programming for Scouts (11/23) – Scouts in uniform receive free admission to the fair thanks to Mayfair Games, publishers of the hit board games “The Settlers of Catan” and “Catan Junior”. Mayfair Games will be providing a special workshop for boy scouts working towards their game design badge. Legoland Discovery Center will be providing a workshop for Girl Scouts on creating their own LEGO Comic Book. For more information, visit http://chitagfair.com/girl-scouts-and-boy-scouts/

Meet the Inventors (11/22 & 23) – Leslie Scott, inventor of the worldwide tower stacking sensation Jenga, will be giving copies of her book “About Jenga” to the first 1000 attendees at the fair. She will be available for signings 12-2 each day. You can also meet the inventors of Rainbow Loom, Zoomer the Robot Puppy and more! http://www.chitagfair.com/featured-inventors

Ticket Information - $10/adult, $5/child ages 3-13. More information, including a $2 off coupon and complimentary admission guidelines, can be found on our ticket page: http://chitagfair.com/tickets-and-hours/

More exciting things are being added every day! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on the latest news!


Demons Come to New York

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John Carpenter’s Asylum exhibiting at New York Comic Con

(Hollywood, CA-October 6, 2014) Storm King Productions announced today a plethora of convention news and show specials surrounding their booth (#2029) at this year’s New York Comic Con. A small presale run of John Carpenter’s Asylum graphic novel in both hardback and soft cover editions will be on sale before the book officially hits stores the end of this month. Prologue issue #00 will also be for sale including a con exclusive sketch cover variant. Pre-orders will be taken for the limited edition art book version of the trade as well. This item is ONLY available through the publisher. Each order will be in the form of a raffle ticket that includes entry into a drawing to win a flat screen TV. Drawing will be held Sunday October 12th at 3pm. Winner MUST be present to take possession of the the TV immediately. Co creators and artists behind John Carpenter’s Asylum will be available for signings as well!

John Carpenter’s Asylum Signing Schedule:

Sandy King Carpenter (John Carpenter’s Asylum, They Live) Every day 2pm-5pm

Leo Manco (John Carpenter’s Asylum, HellBlazer) Every day 2pm-5pm

Janice Chiang (John Carpenter’s Asylum, Guardians of the Galaxy) Saturday 2pm-5pm

All creators are available for interviews as well. Ms. King Carpenter is available for panels.  Contact Lys@sphinxgroup.com to book time in advance of the show.

The soft cover trade NYCC release will be $19.99 and a full 200 pages which contain the 144 comic pages from the first six issues as well as a sketchbook from Leo Manco that shows pages in the three different stages of development (pencils, inks, colors), a “how to”guide covering the creation of the John Carpenter’s Asylum animated trailer, and three new demons never before seen in the comic! The hardcover edition includes two collectible art cards. The limited edition art book includes an oversized slipcase hand numbered with signatures by Sandy King Carpenter, John Carpenter, Leo Manco, Bruce Jones, Trent Olsen, Janice Chiang and Thomas Ian Griffith. The run will be strictly limited to 500.

About John Carpenter’s Asylum:

There’s a war coming to the City of Angels.  In tunnels beneath the city, in the dark alleys among the homeless, demons lurk and Lucifer bides his time. One man knows.  One man sees. One man walks those dark streets. Father Daniel Beckett’s seen demons and he’s spoken to the Devil, but he’s never seen an angel and he’s never spoken to God.  Obsessed and driven as much by betrayal as righteousness and anger as redemption, he walks the smoke-filled encampments of lost souls like Dante’s nine rings of the Inferno. He is God’s warrior at war with God.

With this step into the comic book world, John Carpenter brings it all to the serial world he’s loved since childhood.  Supernatural horror with that twist of fate that only flawed mankind can provide.

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About Storm King Productions:

Storm King Productions is headed up by writer producer powerhouse Sandy King Carpenter. Storm King focuses on artistic storytelling in all forms. Their flagship comic book title John Carpenter’s Asylum has become a global fan favorite. Other comic properties including Randy Queen’s DarkChylde, are also currently in production.

walking dead Return Of Popular Run Includes Drawings By Superstar Artists For All 24 Shows In Wizard World Comic Con Series Beginning In New Orleans, January 9-11; VIPs To Receive Additional B&W Sketch
NEW YORK – Skybound’s The Walking Dead created by Robert Kirkman, the groundbreaking, Eisner Award winning comic book series, continues to captivate audiences worldwide. With anticipation high for the debut of Season 5 of the television series in a few weeks, Skybound, Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, and Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) today announced the launch of an entirely new series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of popular issues of The Walking Dead comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at every Wizard World Comic Con event in 2015.

Superstar artists who regularly appear at Wizard World events will draw the unique covers for each of the 24 shows scheduled to date, beginning with Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, January 9-11 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The artists for each book will be announced as they are selected. A similar series in 2013 featuring exclusives of The Walking Dead #1 proved to be wildly popular with fans.

The exclusive The Walking Dead editions will be produced in extremely limited quantities and are available at registration to fans only while supplies last at each Wizard World convention. VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version of the comic. The full schedule of 2015 Wizard World shows is available at www.wizd.me/PRSchedule2015.

“Skybound is pleased to work with Wizard World and many talented artists to bring this series to thousands of fans,” said Kirkman, “Wizard World attendees have been great supporters of The Walking Dead for years, so these books are particularly appropriate for this audience.”

“Wizard World fans have shown a strong desire for everything The Walking Dead, and we are proud that this partnership with Robert Kirkman and Skybound will allow us to give these books free to all of our paid attendees,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO and President. “We have seen the rise in popularity of The Walking Dead, from popular celebrity guests like Norman Reedus, Jon Bernthal, Michael Rooker and many others, to cosplay of dozens of characters, to artwork and merchandise at our shows. We know that fans will appreciate the return of one of our most popular promotions ever.”

About Robert Kirkman
Robert Kirkman is the creator of many popular comic books, including the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead, long-running Invincible, all-ages Super Dinosaur, and the new exorcism comic, Outcast which was released in June 2014 and recently received a pilot pickup for CINEMAX with Fox International.

Since entering the comics scene with his self-published cult-hit Battle Pope in 2000, the Kentucky native has risen to fame as one of the most successful names in comics and entertainment. In 2008, Kirkman became a partner at Image Comics, and in 2010, he opened Skybound, his own imprint at Image, which publishes his titles as well as other original work.

That same year, Kirkman continued to expand his presence in the entertainment industry, becoming a creator, executive producer and writer on The Walking Dead television show. The show is in production on its fifth season and has become the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time. To date The Walking Dead is the #1 on television among the coveted 18-49 demo.

Kirkman is also slated to executive produce AMC’s upcoming The Walking Dead companion series.

Under the Skybound Entertainment umbrella Kirkman wrapped production on his first feature film, Air, starring The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus and Academy Award-nominated actor Djimon Hounsou.

About Skybound Entertainment
Since opening its doors in 2010, Skybound Entertainment has grown into a multiplatform entertainment company. Skybound CEO Robert Kirkman is creator of the award-winning The Walking Dead comic book series, the inspiration for the hit TV show of the same name where he serves as creator and executive producer. To date The Walking Dead is the #1 on television among the coveted 18-49 demo.

Skybound Entertainment and Kirkman just wrapped production on their first feature film, Air, starring The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus and Academy Award-nominated actor Djimon Hounsou. The film is slated to be released in the spring of 2015.

Skybound released Kirkman’s new exorcism comic, Outcast, in June 2014 which recently got the green light for a television pilot with CINEMAX and Fox International. Kirkman will serve ascreator and executive producer of the series.

Skybound Entertainment and digital entertainment company Maker Studios recently announced a deal for the studio to produce and air four digital series based off Skybound IPs.

Comic book titles published by Skybound include The Walking Dead, the superhero-comic Invincible, all-ages comic Super Dinosaur, the revenge drama Dead Body Road, and heist comic Thief of Thieves.

Skybound also creates a wide range of merchandise, including video games, apparel, board games, and action figures.

For more information, please visit Skybound online at www.skybound.com and www.thewalkingdead.com.

About Wizard World
Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, graphic novels, toys, video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, the Wizard World Film Festival, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World also produces socialcon featuring social media stars and will be launching ConTV, a digital media channel in partnership with leading independent content distributor Cinedigm™ (NASDAQ: CIDM).

Full event information can be found at www.wizd.me/PR.

Wizard World Remaining 2014 Schedule
October 31-November 2 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
November 7-9 – Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con
November 21-23 – Wizard World Reno Comic Con

Wizard World 2015 schedule available at: www.wizd.me/PRSchedule2015.