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Comic Con Russia and Igromir 2018 Start Ticket Sale

10 April, 12:49

This is the anniversary year for Comic Con Russia. Over the years, Comic Con Russia has been visited by celebrities like Nathan Fillion («Castle»), Michael Cudlitz («The Walking Dead»), Sebastian Roché («The Vampire Diaries»), Alfie Allen («The Game of Thrones»), Summer Glau («Firefly»), Misha Collins («Supernatural»), Anthony Daniels («Star Wars») e.t.c. Last year the festival was visited by Christopher Lloyd («Back to the Future»), Rutger Hauer («Blade Runner») and Stephanie Corneliussen («Mr. Robot»).

Many exclusive presentations of large foreign and local projects were held at Comic Con Russia 2017. More than 270 companies including Disney, MARVEL, Sony Pictures, «Karo Premier», «Nashe Kino», «Twentieth Century Fox Russia», «Sreda», TV-3, 2х2 and NТV channels widely presented novelties of game and film industry as well.

This year, the International Exhibition for Interactive Entertainment – «Igromir 2018» - will be held for the 13th time. Since its establishment in 2006, «Igromir» has become the main event for russian gaming industry and the most expected annual festival for videogame experts and enthusiasts.

Premieres of newest entertainment projects designed for all main gaming platforms, main novelties from the world of computer hardware, meetings with famous bloggers, streamers and stars of game industry – all this and much more awaits visitors of «Igromir 2018».

Comic Con Russia & Igromir 2018 working hours:

  • Thursday, October 4th, is a business day. From 11.00 till 18.00 the festival will be open for specialists, journalists and media representatives.
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In the following days, from October 5th to 7th, from 10.00 till 18.00, Comic Con Russia and «Igromir» will be open for the public.

The tickets can be purchased through TicketPlan.ru, on the Comic Con Russia and «Igromir» official website, via Concert.ru, Yandex Afisha, Afisha Rambler and in «Euroset».

Comic Con Russia will take place in Moscow for the 5th time!

10 April, 12:42

The largest pop culture festival, Comic Con Russia 2018, will take place in Moscow from October 4th to 7th. For the fifth time, the event will be held at «Crocus Expo» exhibition centre alongside «Igromir» - one of the main events for interactive entertainment.

Comic Con Russia became the biggest event for modern pop culture in Russia. Last year both festivals were attended by more than 164.000 people in 4 days. More than 270 companies presented novelties from the world of film industry, computer and video games.

Over the years, Comic Con Russia has been visited by celebrities like Christopher Lloyd («Back to the Future»), Rutger Hauer («Blade Runner»), Nathan Fillion («Castle»), Michael Cudlitz («The Walking Dead»), Sebastian Roché («The Vampire Diaries»), Alfie Allen («The Game of Thrones»), Summer Glau («Firefly»), Misha Collins («Supernatural»), Anthony Daniels («Star Wars») e.t.c.

Many presentations of large foreign and local projests were held at Comic Con Russia 2017. World-known companies like Disney, MARVEL, Sony Pictures, «Karo Premier», «Nashe Kino», «Twentieth Century Fox Russia», «Sreda», TV-3, 2х2 and NТV channels widely presented their novelties as well.

Stars like Alexander Petrov («Sparta» and «Gogol»), science-fiction author Sergei Lukianenko with director Sergei Mokritskiy («Draft»), Sergei Romanovich («Chernobyl 2. Exclusion Zone»), Alexander Ilyin Jr., Alexander Tsoy («Legend of Kolovrat») and Yuri Kolokolnikov («Countdown») became special guests of the event. In addition, there were several exclusive presentations of «Star Wars», «Blade Runner 2049», MARVEL projects, the «Coach» movie by Danila Koslovski, «Zomboyaschik» by Comedy Club Production, «Scythe» by Rustam Mosafir, «Goalkeeper of the Galaxy» by Dzhanik Fayziev, «Journey to China: The Mystery of Iron Mask» e.t.c.

Comic Con Russia 2017 trade area offered a variety of products, hosting more than 100 shops specializing in pop culture themed goods: from comic books to collectible figures of iconic characters.

At Comic Con Russia 2018 visitors will have a unique opportunity to be the first to see exclusive TV show and film premieres, learn of latest board games, entertaining literature and comics and meet foreign and local film stars and special guests, visit photo- and autograph sessions, appreciate colorful cosplay defile and take part in various fan meetings!

Join us in October 2018 at Crocus Expo!

The results of the exhibition "IgroMir 2017" and the festival Comic Con Russia 2017

10 April, 12:38

12th International Exhibition for Interactive Entertainment «Igromir 2017», which is considered to be the main event of Russian game industry and the most expected feast for videogames enthusiasts, took place in Moscow from September 28th to October 1st 2017. The event was held at «Crocus Expo» exhibiting center.

«Igromir» visitors could see the latest game projects, gaming tech, innovative computer hardware, VR – projects, spectacular shows at the stands of participating companies and much more. They could also take part in various esports tournaments, giveaways and contests provided by «Igromir»'s partners.

Richard Garriott, aka «Lord British», the founder of Space Adventures, creator of «Ultima», «LineAge 2», «Tabula Rasa» and also a well-known astronaut and traveller, was a special guest of the event. He held a conference to celebrate the launch of the russian version of his new project – «Shroud of the Avatar», which was followed by meet-and-greet and autograph session.

PlayStation, Activision, Blizzard Entertainment, THQ Nordic, «Softclub», Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Capcom, Ubisoft, SEGA, Epic Games, Bandai Namco, «Бука», Nekki, Intel, ASUS, Lenovo, MSI, Alienware, OMEN by HP, HyperX, GIGABYTE and other participating companies presented their stands at «Igromir 2017».

Alongside «Igromir», fourth international pop culture festival - Comic Con Russia 2017 - was held at Crocus Expo. Many exclusive presentations of large foreign and local projects, including film premieres, new board games, popular series and comics were held at the event. Visitors had a unique chance to meet and greet world-known celebrities and special guests, appreciate the cosplay show and runway and take part in fan meetings.

Comic Con Russia special guests, Christopher Lloyd, Rutger Hauer and Stephanie Corneliussen, were warmly welcomed by their fans. The stars performed on the Comic Con’s main stage, answered fans’ questions and took several photo- and autograph sessions.
The latest Russian – Chinese film project, «Viy 2: Journey to China», which is to be released in Russia in 2018, was presented by Rutger Hauer during a press conference.
The «Gogol. The Beginning» star, Alexander Petrov, presented his latest project and spoke on the process of creating an image of one of the most mysterious Russian classic authors of all times and also presented the sequel of the project -«Gogol. Viy». The presentation was followed by the autograph session.

In Comic Con Russia 2017 cinema hall, was held an exclusive presentation of the «Blade Runner 2049».
Director Dzhanik Fayziev and the cast of «Goalkeeper of the Galaxy» presented their project on the stage of Comic Con Russia. The festival visitors had an opportunity to ask their questions and see an exclusive scene from the movie.
Guests of Comic Con Russia - Sergey Romanovich, Anvar Halilulaev and Konstantin Davydov - presented the second season of TV3’s «Chernobyl», performed on stage and took photo- and autograph sessions.

Russian sci-fi author Sergey Lukianenko and director Sergey Mokritskiy spoke on the screen adaptation of «Rough Draft» and answered their fans' questions. The performance was followed by Sergey Lukianenko's autograph session at the stand of AST publishing company.

The BUBBLE publishing house held an exclusive presentation of the movie «Major Grom: The Plague Doctor», which had a huge success among the public.
Russian branch office of «Disney» presented four booths dedicated to the most expected movie premieres of 2017: «The Last Warrior», «Thor: Ragnarok», a new movie by Disney/Pixar «Coco» and «Star Wars: The Last Jedi».

Alexander Ilyin Jr. and Alexander Tsoy presented the film «Furious».
A film by ТNТ and Comedy Club Production, «Zомбоyaschik», was presented by producer David Tsallaev and cast members Ekaterina Varnava and Anna Hilkevich.
The visitors had a chance to visit stands of the following companies: «Twentieth Century Fox», Disney, MARVEL, Sony Pictures, «Karo Premiere», BUBBLE, Nintendo, Hobby Games e.t.c.

The «Author Alley», a special zone for native and foreign comic book authors and artists, hosted special guests – Jim Cheung, Otto Schmidt, Peter Nguyen and many others. The visitors could take autographs and take part in several master-classes.
Jellyfish Jam publishing house presented new comics at Comic Con Russia: «Frontier », «Diptych», «Mouse Guard», «Wicked+Divine» and other projects.

More than 160.000 people visited both events within 4 days. More than 270 companies presented their products at 210 booths and shops in the exhibition and trade area. Total exhibition area of Crocus Expo pavilion allocated for Comic Con Russia and Igromir amounted to 26.500 кв.м.
More than 19 000 specialists took part in the business day on September 28th. The whole event was covered by more than 2000 media representatives: magazines, TV- and radiostations, specialized Internet resources, famous videobloggers, streamers and public pages in social media.

Comic Con Russia: dates for 2017 announced

28 December, 12:23

The Organizing Committee of the event has announced that the fourth International Festival of Comic Con Russia will take place from the 28th of September to the 1st of October, 2017 at Crocus Expo (Крокус Экспо) exhibition centre.

The festival is a real treat for all fans of popular culture. At it, visitors will see premieres from the world of film (and TV series) as well as presentations of new computer and board games, fun literature and, of course, popular comics, anime and manga.

The following guest stars attended the 2016 event: Nathan Fillion (Castle), Michael Cudlitz (The Walking Dead) and Sebastian Roché (Supernatural). They performed before visitors on two stages and held autograph and photo sessions with fans. On previous occasions, stars such as Anthony Daniels (Star Wars), Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica), Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones), Summer Glau (Firefly) and Misha Collins (Supernatural) were also guests.

Both foreign and domestic films were showcased. In particular, the following films were presented in person (in brackets): Viking (Konstantin Ernst); Gravity (the leading actress Irina Starshenbaum and director Fyodor Bondarchuk); Collector (director Alexei Krasovsky); Defenders (its leading actors and director Sarik Andreasyan); and Salyut-7.The Story of a feat (Maria Mironova, one of its leading actors, producer Julia Mishkinene and director Klim Shipenko). In addition, many other projects were presented both on stage and screen.

The Trade Zone of Comic Con Russia 2016 had more than a hundred shops and stores that offered the visitor the whole range of products from the world of popular culture, from comic books to board games and figurines of iconic characters.

At Comic Con Russia 2017 visitors can expect more first showings, stars, competitions, stunning cosplay and a great atmosphere! We look forward to seeing you in 2017 at Crocus Expo.

Comic Con Russia will again be held at the same time as IgroMir 2017. Since its inception in 2006, IgroMir has become the Russian gaming world’s main event and the most long-awaited annual event for all video games fans.

Misha Collins at Comic Con Russia 2014!

9 September, 14:17

Comic Con Russia 2014 proudly announces that Misha Collins will make a very special guest appearance at first Russian international show for pop culture enthusiasts Comic Con Russia 2014!

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Misha Collins stars as Castiel, the angel on The CW’s thriller, “Supernatural.” In addition to “Supernatural,” Misha has had recurring roles on “ER” and “24” and has guest-starred on numerous other shows including “Nip/Tuck,” “CSI,” “CSI:NY,” “NCIS,” “Monk,” and “NYPD Blue” to name a few. On the big screen, Misha is best known for his role as serial killer Paul Bernardo in the film “Karla.” Other film credits include “Par 6” and “Girl, Interrupted.” Misha wrote and directed the comic series: TSA America, Level Orange and has Directed an episode of Supernatural.

Misha was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He earned a BA in Social Theory from The University of Chicago, where he graduated with honors. Before turning to acting, he worked as a carpenter and woodworker in New England’s Berkshire Mountains. Misha also interned at the White House during the Clinton Administration and worked at National Public Radio headquarters in DC.

Misha is a published poet with works in “The Columbia Poetry Review,” “The California Quarterly” and other literary journals. A film Misha helped produce, “Loot,” won “Best Documentary Feature” at the LA Film Festival in 2008 and aired on HBO.

Photo opportunities and autograph sessions with Misha Collins will be organized on the 4th and 5th of October in the main exhibition hall of Comic Con Russia 2014. Before that, Misha will also greet his fans at the very special appearance on the main stage of Comic Con Russia.

Stay tuned for updates about Misha’s appearance! See you at the show!

Chicago's C2E2 comic and pop culture convention this weekend

22 April, 14:40

This weekend one of the best comic conventions in the country takes place, the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, also known as C2E2.

Since Cleveland is not getting a comic convention this year, Chicago is a close alternative, a cheap ride away on the Megabus. Go to the website for all the details about guests and such, but I'm anxious to see Stan Lee (Fantastic Four and most of Marvel Comics); Adam Hughes (Wonder Woman); Adi Granov (Iron Man); Dan Jurgens (Superman); Gail Simone (Birds of Prey); Neal Adams (Batman); Gene Ha (Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix); Greg Horn (tons of fantastic Marvel covers) and Mark Waid (Flash, Kingdom Come) and dozens more.

There will be a bunch of comic companies represented and a few will look at artists' portfolios. The best part is the panels where industry pros talk about news about comics coming out the rest in the year. And there will be lots of people there in costume, if you go for that sort of thing. And, once again, I will be among four comic fans facing off against comic writer Mark Waid in the Great Silver Age Comics Trivia Contest. This is sort of like The Great Lakes Avengers (a trivia question right there) challenging Galactus, Waid is one of those guys whose memory for useless facts is simply ridiculous. He's also one of my favorite comic writers in the business, one of the ones that fall into my "I'll buy anything he writes" category. I write that in the vain hope that he will go easy on me. Which does not seem likely.

I won't be alone. There will be three other comic fans up there alongside me in the hope that four-to-one will be almost fair. Last year we held out pretty well against the mutant Waid.

I have this nightmare of sitting up there and being asked, "What is Superman's father's name?" and not be able to come up with anything besides Marlon Brando (who played Jor-El in the first Superman movie.)

Contest organizer Craig Shutt, a columnist for the late, great and sorely missed "Comics Buyer's Guide" will make sure that the battle royal is clean and fair. Though I'll see if Shutt can be bribed.

The contest is 2:30 p.m. Chicago time Sunday on the Live Stage in the South Building. I'll update this site with the results as soon as I stop shaking.

Author: Michael Sangiacomo
Original news: http://www.cleveland.com/comic-books/index.ssf/2014/04/chicagos_c2e2_comic_and_pop_cu.html

New York Comic Con producers plan smaller show just for comics

22 April, 14:31

The company behind New York Comic Con is creating a convention in New York for, well... comics. ReedPop, which runs not only NYCC but also the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo and the PAX gaming convention, has announced a purely comics-focused new event known as "Special Edition: NYC." Held on June 14th and 15th in Manhattan, it's meant to be a gathering for comic book fans, artists, writers, and collectors. ReedPop VP Lance Fensterman describes it as an "intimate destination" in contrast to NYCC, which had over 130,000 attendees in 2014.

As an events management company, ReedPop will always have an incentive to test new gatherings. The fact that it's launching Special Edition now, though, speaks to the growth and evolution of existing comic conventions beyond comic books and towards general pop culture. Events like NYCC and the unaffiliated San Diego Comic Con draw thousands of dedicated comic book fans, but they're often there to get some hard-earned kudos for cosplay outfits, see panels held by big-name authors, filmmakers, and TV stars, or catch previews of next year's movies. The show floor has plenty of collectors or artists selling commissioned work, but it can also be a free-for-all of booths showing off video games and TV shows.

The Special Edition event is lower-profile and focused exclusively on comics and graphic novels; among other things, it's meant to be a place where fans can meet authors in a less hectic environment. The guests announced so far have won both dedicated followings and critical praise, but they aren't household names. Artist Alex Maleev won an Eisner award for his work on Daredevil, and Brian Wood wrote and helped illustrate DMZ, which launched to critical acclaim in 2005. The list also includes illustrator Frank Cho and Greg Pak, who currently writes DC's Batman / Superman and Action Comics series.

Author: Adi Robertson
Original news: http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/24/5442586/new-york-comic-con-producers-plan-smaller-comic-convention

Comic-Con: Looking Ahead To 2014

22 April, 14:23

Even though we aren’t even done with our 2013 coverage, we’re already starting to look forward to 2014. And when we say “look forward to”, we actually mean “start planning” because in the world of Comic-Con, there’s no such thing as “too early”. So we found some tidbits of information relating to next year’s SDCC that our readers might find interesting.

First off, everyone start marking your calendars and booking your arrangements now. San Diego Comic-Con 2014 will be on Thursday July 24 through Sunday July 27.

Next, the New York Times has a piece on the influence of Comic-Con and mainstream success of Hollywood big budget pictures, and how it doesn’t always work out. The latest example is Legendary’s Pacific Rim, which debuted last year at Comic-Con but has been one of the bigger box office disappointments in recent months. We’ve seen this in the past – Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Cowboys & Aliens, for example, where Hall H acceptance doesn’t necessarily translate to the outside world.

It begs the question, is Comic-Con already too big? If Hollywood feels it needs to fill the space in Hall H with films that their market research says are perfect for the Comic-Con crowd, yet a high number of them underperform, will Hollywood feel the investment is worth it? And when the expansion to the Convention Center finally becomes reality, that just means more programming is needed to fill that space, and more of the same.

The article is more of a damning of the Hollywood machine; Comic-Con is just a by-product of it. As long as Hollywood keeps churning out sequels, reboots and remakes, the more “same-y” the programming schedule might start to feel, and it will be interesting to see how attendees respond to it.

On the flipside, ICv2 interviewed CCI’s David Glanzer on how he felt this year’s convention went and what changes they might do for the future. In the article, Glanzer talked about the “Comic-Con campus” they are promoting in lieu of the completed expansion to the Convention Center, something he talked to us about earlier in the year. And we have to say, we were mightily impressed with the use of the surrounding locations this year, although we noticed that more of them required attendees to have a 2013 badge. This is good in that it pulls the 130,000 badge holders in different directions, and avoids the dreaded logjam of people trying to line up for one panel or squeezing onto the show floor. But we’re not completely sold in that, as the quest to acquire Comic-Con badges becomes more and more difficult for the average person, that means more and more people without badges descending upon San Diego who would normally be able to attend, like the Xbox Lounge, are shut out from participating in these activations as well.

But aside from that, special kudos goes to CCI for the myriad of improvements implemented, such as moving the big gaming booths to the other end of the Convention Center and general queue management.

In the meantime, we want to leave you with something to think about. Earlier this week we tweeted how 2014 will be a crazy year for Hollywood and Hall H. So many big blockbusters in 2014 and 2015 will be expected to show at Comic-Con: Avengers 2, Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy, the return of Disney with Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Star Wars Episode VII, Tomorrowland and Into The Woods; The Hobbit: There and Back Again, Batman vs. Superman, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Jurassic Park 4, Terminator, Independence Day 2, The Fantastic Four and more. With that line-up, and countless surprises and yet-unannounced projects, Comic-Con ain’t big enough.

Author: Jeremy Rutz
Original news: http://sdccblog.com/2013/07/comic-con-looking-ahead-to-2014/

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