Florida Supercon returns with new dates, location, guest line up and exhibitor information 6/5-7/09

The South Florida Comic Book, Anime, Animation, Cosplay & Fantasy Convention Returns June 5-7, 2009

Florida Supercon Announces New Dates, Location, Initial Guest Line Up & Exhibitor Information

Florida Supercon adds Ted Raimi, Richard LeParmentier & Ken Lerner

Florida Supercon returns in 2009! Now in it’s 4th year, FSC once again moves into a larger venue as the three day festival continues to grow. This year’s event will take place June 5, 6 & 7, 2009 at the Doubletree Miami Mart Airport Hotel and Convention Center in Miami, FL. The three day festival will take place in the convention center’s west hall (50,000 sq. feet) and the convention centers entire second floor (over 35,000 sq. feet) making this the largest genre event to ever hit South Florida. The show will include celebrity guests, artists, writers, vendors, industry guests, Q&A’s, parties, costume contests, anime programming, manga, cosplay, workshops, panels, cosplay photo shoots, dance parties, console gaming, LAN gaming, tabletop gaming, collectible card gaming, tournaments and more!

As always, FSC will feature dozens of celebrities, artists and industry guests. Past guests have included the stars of Harry Potter, Clerks, South Park, The Simpsons, Batman: The Animated Series, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Thundercats, Jem, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Image Comics, Superman: The Movie, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Final Fantasy, Full Metal Alchemist and more! This year’s show will include more guests than ever before. Twenty-Three guests have already been set for the show. The initial list includes:

Edi Gathegi is an American film, stage and television actor. Edi is best known for his appearances as recurring character Dr. Jeffrey Cole (Big Love) in the television series House, as Cheese in the 2007 film Gone Baby Gone, as Deputy Martin in My Bloody Valentine and most recently as Laurent in the film Twilight.

Edi joins an already impressive line up which includes:

Bruce Campbell: Legendary Actor, Writer, Director and Producer. Bruce is best known for his starring role as Ash in the Evil Dead trilogy (Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness). He currently stars as Sam Axe in Burn Notice. Bruce has an array of impressive credits which include: The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., My Name is Bruce, Bubba Ho-Tep, Sky High, Jack of All Trades, Xena: Warrior Princess, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, Aqua Teen Hunger Force: The Movie, Man with the Screaming Brain and Congo.

Matthew Lewis: Star of the Harry Potter series of films, Matthew has portrayed Neville Longbottom in Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter & The Order of The Phoenix, Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince and the upcoming Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows.

Doug Mahnke: Doug is a superstar artist whose twenty year career has included credits as the co-creator of The Mask, and artist of Batman: The Man Who Laughs, Final Crisis, Final Crisis: Superman Beyond, Final Crisis: Requeim, JLA, Batman, Major Bummer, Nightwing, Black Adam: The Dark Age, Stormwatch P.H.D., Superman: The Man of Steel and Justice League Elite. Doug is set to be the new ongoing artist for Green Lantern, with the first issue shipping this June.

Tony Moore: Superstar artist Tony Moore was the original artist and co-creator of The Walking Dead. His other credits have included Fear Agent, The Exterminators, The Amory Wars, XXXZombies and Rob Zombie’s Spookshow International. Currently his work can be seen in Marvel’s Ghost Rider and will soon be teaming up with Rick Remender on The Punisher.

Sheldon Moldoff: A true legend in the comic book industry. Sheldon started as Bob Kane’s first assistant on Batman, working with Batman off and on for thirty years. From about 1939, he was one of DC’s most prolific cover artists, illustrating many covers, including the cover to All American #16, the first appearance of Green Lantern. In 1953 he became one of the lead artists on Batman, which he continued to draw for the next 14 years. During his Batman run, Sheldon created and co-created a slew of characters including: The Bat-Girl, Bat-Mite, Ace The Bat Hound and Poison Ivy.

Mark Brooks: Superstar Comic Book Artist. Credits include: Avengers: The Initative, New X-Men, Ultimate Spider-Man, Ultimate X-Men, Ultimate Fantastic Four, Transformers, Cable & Deadpool, Amazing Fantasy, Arana, What If?, G.I. Joe: Battle Files and Amazing Spider-Man.

Clayton Henry: Clayton is one of the comic book industry’s up and coming stars. His most recent work can be found in the pages of The Incredible Hercules, and his resume boasts work on The Uncanny X-Men, Alpha Flight, Exiles, New X-Men: Hellions, X-Men: Apocalypse vs. Dracula, Nine Rings of Wu-Tang and X-Men Unlimited.

Daniel Logan: Media Guest and Actor. Daniel is best known for his role as “Young” Boba Fett in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.

Dick Giordano: Since 1951, Dick Giordano has worked his pencil and ink magic for a variety of publishers including Charlton Comics, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dell, American Comics, Valiant, Treasure Chest and Junior Life. In addition to his considerable freelance contributions, Giordano acted as Editor-In-Chief for Charlton Comics, during which he oversaw the creation of their most memorable characters including such classics as The Blue Beetle and Captain Atom. As Executive Editorial Director of DC Comics, Dick was the guiding force behind such award-winning series as Alan Moore’s WATCHMEN, Frank Miller’s DARK KNIGHT RETURNS and many, many more revolutionary concepts. His creative vision at DC Comics resulted in raising the bar for creativity throughout the entire comics industry.

Brad Keston: Voice Actor. Brad was the voice of Charlie Brown in many Peanuts cartoons, including: The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, Is This Goodbye Charlie Brown?, What Have We Learned Charlie Brown?, It’s Flashbeagle Charlie Brown, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown.

Pamelyn Ferdin: Actress and Voice Actress. Pamelyn is best known as the voice of Lucy Van Pelt in many Peanuts cartoons, including: It Was a Short Summer Charlie Brown, A Boy Named Charlie Brown, and Play It Again Charlie Brown. Pamelyn’s other credits include: Charlotte’s Web (The Voice of Fern Arable), Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat (The Voice of Sally), Star Trek (Original Series: And The Children Shall Lead) and Sealab 2020 (The Voice of Sallie).

Dennis Calero: Superstar Comic Book Artist. Credits include: X-Men: Noir, X-Factor, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Supergirl and the Legion of Superheroes, Sliders, Magic: The Gathering, Fallen Angel, Supergirl and Countdown to Final Crisis.

Tony Bedard: Superstar Comic Book Writer. Tony is the current writer of DC Comic’s R.E.B.E.L.S. His other credits include: Birds of Prey, Exiles, Countdown, Supergirl, Uncanny X-Men, Outsiders, Supergirl & The Legion of Superheroes, Batman: Confidential, Mystic, DCU: Brave New World, Negation, JSA: Classified, Black Canary, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Rogue and Magnus Robot Fighter.

Patrick Rothfuss: New York Times Best Selling Author Patrick Rothfuss is the writer of The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear. Mr. Rothfuss was the recipient of the 2007 “Quill Award”, the 2007 Best Book of the Year – FantasyLiterature.net, Publisher Weekly’s 2007 Best Book of the Year (Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror).

Michele Knotz: Anime Voice Acting Star, Michele Knotz is the voice of Team Rocket’s Jessie, Misty, May, and Nurse Joy in Pokémon. Michele is also one of the stars of Smash Bros. Brawl and Shootfighter Tekken.

Herb Trimpe: Legendary Comic Book artist Herb Trimpe is best known for his work at Marvel from the 1960’s to the 1990’s, including art for The Incredible Hulk (for which he enjoyed an eight-year run and is credited with the co-creation of Wolverine in Incredible Hulk #180 and 181), The Transformers, G.I. Joe, Shogun Warriors and Godzilla.

Pat Broderick: Legendary Comic Book artist and animator, Pat Broderick is an icon of the 70’s and 80’s comic book industry. Mr. Broderick has been the artist for Batman, Captain Marvel, Firestorm, Captain Atom, Detective Comics, Green Lantern, The Micronauts, Shazam, Alpha Flight and more! In addition to his comic book art, Mr. Broderick’s animation work includes concept design work for the Jimmy Neutron movie.

Allen Bellman: Golden Age Comic Book Legend. Artist of Captain America, The Patriot, Let’s Play Detective, Human Torch, Sub-Mariner and more! Mr. Bellman was the recipient of the 2007 San Diego Comic Con Inkpot Award.

Dana Snyder: Dana may be best known as the voice of Master Shake in the Adult Swim series Aqua Teen Hunger Force, but his extensive list of credits also includes Chowder (Gazpacho), The Venture Brothers (The Alchemist), Squidbillies (Granny), Minoriteam (Dr. Wang), Sealab 2021 and Robot Chicken. Contrary to popular belief, Dana was NOT the “Food-Way Woman” in The Shawshank Redemption.

Bill Rogers: Anime voice acting star, Bill Rogers is the voice of Brock in Pokémon, Touma Seguchi in Gravitation, Yamamoto in Boogiepop Phantom, Tanaka Souihiro in Genshiken, Kevin in The Third and Bonsly, Lucario & Weavile in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Greg Horn: Superstar Comic Book Artist and Painter. Credits include: Secret Invasion, Ms. Marvel, Elektra, She-Hulk, X-Men, Emma Frost, Wolverine, Namor, Spider-Man and more!

Christian Alamy: Christian is a comic book artist, both as a penciller and as an inker. His pencil credits include: Batman: Gotham Knights, Batman: Black & White, Enemy Ace: War in Heaven, Lobo, Lobo Goes to Hollywood, Lobo’s Back, Superboy and much more. His inking credits include: Black Adam: The Dark Age, Aquaman, Final Crisis, Final Crisis: Requiem, Final Crisis: Superman Beyond, Green Lantern Corps, JLA, Hawkman and more!

Tom Nguyen: Tom is a comic book artist who has done work for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Seattle Weekly, Wizard Magazine, Dynamite Entertainment, IDW Publishing, Upper Deck and more. Some of his credits include: Batman, Final Crisis: Superman Beyond, Green Lantern Corps, 52,
JLA, JLA: Classified and Justice League Elite. In 2005, Tom and Jeff Pederson released two instructional DVD’s: The Doug Mahnke Style of Pencilling and the Tom Nguyen Style of Inking. In 2008, Tom added “author” to his resume as his first instructional book, Incredible Comics with Tom Nguyen: The Ultimate Guide to Creating Kick-ass Comic Art, hit the shelves at bookstores.

Luis Diaz: Luis has worked successfully as an illustrator, designer and fine artist. From advertising agencies, webstites and publishers including: IDW Publishing (Wynonna Earp), The Topps Company, Bang Productions, Miami New Times, The Village Voice, Three Boys Productions (Students of the Unusual) and recently the WWE. In addition, Luis has created over 40 paintings for the new Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages.

Derec Donovan: Derec is a veteren artist in the comic book industry, and has worked for Marvel Comics and DC Comics on books such as Superman, Spider-Man, Jubilee, Robin and Connor Hawke. He is currently the regular artist on Youngblood at Image Comics.

Yaya Han: International cosplay star, Yaya Han has made a name for herself in the world of cosplay and costuming over the past 8 years. To this day she has made over 75 costumes, with many more to come. Her intricate and lavish creations have won awards and acclaim worldwide, as she has participated in convention and cosplay activities in five countries and shared her knowlege as an invited guest.

Cindy Morgan: Cindy is an actress best known for her roles as Lacey Underall in Caddyshack and Yori in Tron. Getting started as the Irish Spring girl, Cindy did several TV commercials before landing her first film role in Caddyshack. Cindy’s other credits include roles on Falcon Crest, The Larry Sanders Show, Amazing Stories and Bring ‘Em Back Alive.

Stephanie Yanez: Discovering music at the age of 5, Stephanie Yanez was born to sing. Her love for music eventually led her to record four songs on Geneon’s Anime Karaoke Collection with three of those songs recorded with overseas Japan-based record label I’VE. This CD also includes the song that she won at Anime Expo’s AX Idol 2004 “Ningyo Hime” from the top anime series Chobits!

Brian Thompson: Media Guest – Actor. Brian’s credits include: Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (Shao Khan), Buffy The Vampire Slayer (The Judge and Luke The Vampire), The X-Files (Alien Bounty Hunter), Star Trek: Generations (Klingon Helm), Star Trek: The Next Generation (A Matter of Honor), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (To The Death & Rules of Engagement), Enterprise (United, Babel One, Aenar), Dragonheart (Brock), Charmed, Alien Nation, Werewolf, Terminator and Kindred: Embraced.

Richard Green: Artist and Animator. Richard’s credits include work for Disney on Beauty and the Beast (Assistant Animator of Lumiere), Rescuers Down Under, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Goofy, Mickey Mouse and more.

Peter Badalamenti: Media Guest – Actor. Peter’s credits include: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Penrod), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (Penrod), The Curious Case of Benjiman Button (Younger/Older Benjiman), When In Rome (Ace Frehley), The Punisher, Bad Boys 2, Dr. Moreau’s House of Pain, Full Grown Men and Cremaster 3.

Heidi Arnhold: Heidi is a superstar Manga artist whose work includes Jim Henson’s Legends of the Dark Crystal and Star Trek: The Manga.

Ralph Cabrera: Superstar artist of Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man and more!

Sophie Mcnutt: Industry Guest. Funimation’s Operation Anime Co-ordinator.

Terry Cronin & Pat Martin: Independent Comic Book creators. Students of the Unusual.

Rob Granito: Superstar Artist. Teen Titans Go, Warner Bros., USPS Marvel Postage Stamp Artist.

Greg Kirkpatrick: Independent Comic Book Artist. Living in Infamy, Novavolo, Savage Dragon.

Plus: Manuel Aguilera (Artist), Deleon Walters (Artist), Joel Estrada (Artist), The Earth Dies Screaming (Nerdcore Band), Derrick Fish (Artist), Nakia Mann (Artist – Zoom Suit), Austin Janowsky (Artist – Iron Man: The End, 10th Muse, GI Joe, Cracked Magazine), Joe Fauvel (Artist & Writer – Cry, Assassin’s Guild), Kezia Sardina (Artist), Chris Berman (Writer – The Hive), E. Robert Dunn (Writer – Echelon’s End). Gabi Gonzalez (Artist), Alex Ferrer (Artist), Kill Miss Pretty (Musical Guest), Stonefox (Musical Guest), The Pretty Faces (Musical Guest), The Joyness (Musical Guest), G.W. Fisher (Artist), Wendy Lo (Artist/Designer), Celine Chapus (Artist), Michael J. Valle (Artist), Kezia Sardina (Artist), George Moss (Artist), Kurt Donath (Artist), Erica Espino (Artist), Maria Rodriguez (Artist), Hugh Rookwood (Artist), Marcos A. Rivera (Artist), Echo Chernik (Artist) and Daniel Mann (Artist).
Dozens of more guests will be announced in the coming months.

The new location for FSC is The Doubletree Miami Mart Airport Hotel and Convention Center, 711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami FL. 33126. FSC will take up over 85,000 sq. feet of space at the convention center, which will include over 120 vendor booths (showcasing comic books, trade paperbacks, graphic novels, toys, anime, manga, clothing, accessories, DVD’s, CD’s, books, autographs and more!), a 9,000 sq. feet main events area, console gaming, LAN gaming, tabletop gaming, card gaming, panel rooms, anime viewing rooms and movie screening rooms.

The convention hours of operation are:
FRIDAY, JUNE 5: 3:30PM – 2:00AM
SATURDAY, JUNE 6: 11:00AM – 2:00AM
SUNDAY, JUNE 7: 11:00AM – 6:00PM

For more information and updates: visit www.floridasupercon.com

Florida Supercon Tickets are currently available online and will be available at the show.
General Admission (3) Day Weekend Pass
$25 if reserved before March 1, 2009
$30 if reserved between March 2 and May 20, 2009
$35 if reserved between May 21 and June 4, 2009 online and at the show.
Single Day passes are available online and at the show for Friday ($20), Saturday ($25) and Sunday ($20)
Children under 10 years old are FREE when accompanied by a paid adult.
Parents accompanying children over 10 years old are eligible for a Parents ticket (which provides a $10 discount)
Military, Police and Firefighters get a $10 per ticket discount.
VIP Tickets are available for $150

Vendor and Artist space in now available and information is online at www.floridasupercon.com/VENDORS.html
FSC will be switching to 10×10 pipe and draped vendor booth spaces for the first time.