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Steel City Con Show Report

Written By: Laura Inglis - Aug• 12•14

I hadn’t been to the Steel City Comic Con for a couple of years and was pleasantly surprised to find that while some things remained the same, there were a lot of improvements to the show. The show still has a great mix of vendors, celebrities and artists, but they’ve now added more programming and a costume contest.

Steel City Con


The celebrities for the August 8-10, 2014 show included Penny Marshall, Billy Dee Williams, LeVar Burton, Dean Cain, Verne Troyer, Steve Cardenas, Cerina Vincent, Pat Priest, Butch Patrick,  Tom Savini and Margot Kidder. At some point during the weekend, they all had Q&A sessions which was a nice addition to the show and seemed to be a hit with attendees as there were very few seats available during each session. In addition to the celebrities, there were also famous cars on-hand including replicas of the 1966 Batmobile, Back to the Future DeLorean, Ghostbusters Ecto-1, KITT from Knight Rider and the Munsters Dragula. If all that wasn’t enough, the Star Wars 501st Legion was on-hand with promo cards, a droid hunt and “Blast a Trooper” game.

While many people attended to meet the celebrites, many still come just to shop. The show boasts over 750 tables with a nice variety of merchandise. Comic books, autographs, toys, artwork, trading cards (both sports and non-sports) and collectibles fill the room. While many of dealers sell toys, there is a nice variety in terms of price and time period. There is always a great selection of toys from the early 1950s through the present day.

Steel City Con

Ghostbusters Ecto-1

Celebrities and merchandise still aren’t enough for you? Well that’s ok because there are plenty of people walking around in costumes too. You won’t find too many people in costume on Friday but there are plenty of friendly costumed people on Saturday and Sunday. The main programming highlight for Sunday was the costume contest. There were actually separate contests for ages 12 and under, 13-19 and 20 and older. There were trophies and prizes for each age group but I believe the winner of the 20 and older category walked away with a $1,000 cash prize courtesy of Haunted Acres Manor haunted house.

This is one of the few three-day shows that actually charges a reasonable admission fee ($15 per day or $30 for the weekend) and gives you a lot for your money. The next Steel City Comic Con is December 5-7 at the Monroeville Convention Center.  If you decide to go I’d recommend buying a 3-day pass as you can’t possibly see everything this show has to offer in just one day. Look for more info on the Steel City Con website. And be sure to view my gallery of photos from around the show floor below.

Exclusive Trading Card Images from Once Upon A Time!

Written By: Harris Toser - Aug• 08•14

Cryptozoic Entertainment’s Once Upon A Time Trading Cards Season 1 is set to release in late October or early November. The series includes 45 base cards with images from the first season of the hugely popular ABC series. Inserts include autograph cards, costume cards, sketch cards, and other inserts.

Cryptozoic has sent over several exclusive base card and autograph card images to show off the series. All feature actor Jamie Dornan….someone over at CZE must be a big Dornan fan (and is probably waiting for the actor’s turn in Fifty Shades of Grey next February).

For all the details on Cryptozoic Entertainment’s Once Upon A Time Trading Cards Season 1, be sure to visit Cryptozoic’s OUAT product page.


Once Upon A Time base card

Once Upon A Time base card back

Once Upon A Time base card back

Once Upon A Time base card

Once Upon A Time base card

Once Upon A Time autograph card


To Boldly Go Where No Ape Has Gone Before…

Written By: Harris Toser - Jul• 26•14

Star Trek/Planet of the Apes

In addition to last night’s Garbage Pail Kids comics and Thursday’s Orphan Black announcement, IDW Publishing has another interesting comic on the way, announced just yesterday for Comic-Con International. IDW Publishing will partner with BOOM! Studios for a Star Trek/Planet of the Apes crossover. This will mark the first time BOOM! Studios has partnered with another publisher.

The crossover will pair the original Star Trek crew with Taylor, Nova and the cast from the original Planet of the Apes film and will be published by IDW Publishing. The comic will be written by Star Trek scribes Scott and David Tipton (who previously worked on the crossover Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation 2) while interior art and covers will be created by the British newcomer Rachael Stott.

“Planet of the Apes and Star Trek are groundbreaking science-fiction properties and both deal with many of the same social issues and themes,” says Greg Goldstein IDW President & Chief Operating Officer (and former exec at Inkworks and Topps). “A crossover between the two is a natural and long overdue.”

“Before I could read comic books as a child, I could watch science fiction on my television. My dad used to wake me up way past my bedtime to watch Star Trek in syndication—it came on after the nightly news—and I took a Planet of the Apes lunchbox with me to kindergarten every day,” says BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie. “Suffice to say, teaming up these two titans of science fiction on the page in a way that they probably will never meet each other on the silver screen is a huge moment for me personally and emotionally.”

IDW Publishing has not yet announced a publication date for Star Trek/Planet of the Apes.

GPK Comics from IDW

Written By: Harris Toser - Jul• 25•14

IDW Publishing Garbage Pail Kids

IDW Publishing has been on a roll with press releases this week in conjunction with Comic-Con International. Tonight, the company has announced plans for a Garbage Pail Kids comic. With next year’s 30th anniversary of Garbage Pail Kids, IDW feels the timing is right.

Hate cartoonist Peter Bagge, who provided the initial image of new character Comic-Con Ron, will be a part of the new series, planned as an anthology of loosely connected stories by a variety of talented creators from around the industry, including some of Topps’ official “GPK” artists.

“As a child of the Eighties, I was at ground zero for the Garbage Pail Kids phenomenon,” series editor Denton J. Tipton said. “The profoundly irreverent stickers spoke directly to the rascal inside each and every one of my classmates, and helped us drive our teachers to the brink of insanity. I couldn’t be more happy to be working with some of the giants of alternative comics to push the buttons of an entirely new generation of educators, many of which likely remember when the poo-covered sneaker was on the other foot.”

“Having grown up with GPK and sharing my name with the flagship character, I can say it’s no small honor to help shepherd the Garbage Pail Kids into their first ever comic book,” said Topps’ Adam Levine, Head of Outbound Licensing. “It’s going to be a real treat to see our friends at IDW flesh out the world of the Garbage Pail Kids so that after 30 years we can finally find out who all of these weird little guys are.”

IDW promises more information on the creative team and scheduling soon. Stay tuned.