Non-Sport & Entertainment Trading Card News from Non-Sport Update

Star Trek, Cosplay, and More at The Great Philadelphia Comic Con!

Written By: Harris Toser - Mar• 09•15

The Great Philadelphia Comic Con! show logoThe inaugural Great Philadelphia Comic Con! is coming up on April 3 – 5 at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. The show is produced by the same folks who produce The Great Allentown Comic Con! at the Merchants Square Mall (home of The Philly Non-Sports Card Show).

Next month’s show packs a ton into the three-day weekend. The show boasts a great array of special guests, panels, cosplay, and other activities. On the media guest side, some of the celebrities include Star Trek‘s George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, and Walter Koenig; Mighty Morphin Power Rangers‘ Austin St. James, David Fielding, Kerrigan Mahan, David Yost, and Walter E. Jones; J. August Richards (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.); Seth Gilliam (Starship Troopers, The Walking Dead); and others. Artists include Jim Steranko, J.K. Woodward, Mike McKone, Scott Hanna, Terry Naughton, and others. For a full list of guests, visit the show’s guest and artist List Page.

For trading card collectors, The Great Philadelphia Comic Con! will feature an exclusive trading card set. The idea of the series is similar to the series found at The Great Allentown Comic Con—the cards can be collected from various tables around the exhibit floor. The cards highlight guests appearing at the show including both artists and celebrities.

The Great Philadelphia Comic Con! will also feature a cosplay contest though details for this have not yet been announced. You can find complete show details on the show website including show hours, admission rates, directions, and more.

Wizard World Launches CONtv

Written By: Harris Toser - Mar• 04•15

CONtv logoYesterday, Wizard World and Cinedigm launched CONtv, a multi-platform digital streaming network. The network will allow fans to view over 2,500 hours of fan-centric, curated films and TV episodes.

CONtv is available through iOS and Android apps as well as via the web. The network is offering both free and paid, “VIP” accounts, which allows for ad-free viewing, access to exclusive content, first looks, and perks at Wizard World Comic Cons, including reserved seating and discounts. The apps are now availabe on iTunes (iPhone | iPad) and the Google Play Store and Wizard World promises they will be coming soon to Samsung and other platforms.

Here are some of CONtv’s current offerings:

  • Ongoing event coverage with exclusive series Live @ the Con, and All Access Pass, allowing fans to get up close to the action with celebrity panels featuring industry icons like William Shatner (Star Trek), Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead), and Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead), one-on-one spotlights with pop culture heroes like Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk) and Manu Bennett (Arrow), artist and creator workshops with top-notch professionals like Joel Adams (King of the Hill) and Tom Hodges (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), and expert Q&A’s with fan favorite talent like Sara Underwood (Attack of the Show!).
  • After-hour fan events like the “Drink & Draw” where professional and amateur creators go head-to-head in drawing and writing competitions and “Cosplay LIVE,” where local and National Cosplayers compete for the best cosplay of the con. Planning a trip to the next con? “CON City,” dives into local culture with nightlife, geek culture, and unique offerings that makes each Comic Con distinct.
  • CONtv also boasts an expansive portfolio of acquired film and television content spanning cult television, sci-fi, horror and fantasy films, grindhouse classics, thrilling martial arts adventures, and much more.

In the coming weeks, CONtv will debut the following original programming:

  • On March 9th, fans will find full vindication for their hours of binge viewing with host and horror icon Bruce Campbell’s new pop-culture trivia game show Last Fan Standing. New episodes will release Mondays throughout the spring.
  • On March 22nd, all 11 episodes of Fight of the Living Dead, the highly anticipated, genre-bending horror/reality series that follows top YouTube celebrities as they struggle to “survive” in a simulated zombie apocalypse, will release exclusively on CONtv.
  • The explosive action continues into April with My Morphing Life, the pulse-pounding series that centers on the insane real-life adventures of original Green Power Ranger, Jason David Frank.

For more information, visit CONtv.com.

[CONTEST] Win a box of Star Wars Rebel Trading Cards from Topps and Non-Sport Update

Written By: Harris Toser - Feb• 27•15

It’s contest time! We’ve teamed up with Topps to give away a box of the brand new Star Wars Rebels trading cards. Those who regularly read Non-Sport Update will know all about the series via our “Force Awakens” feature story in the current Feb/Mar ’15 issue, which not only details Star Wars Rebel Trading Cards, but also looks at the upcoming Star Wars Illustrated. The issue also contains an exclusive Star Wars price guide cover. You can still pick-up a copy via the NSU Online Store and on newsstands through mid-March.

For those who missed our feature story, Star Wars Rebels Trading Cards tell the story of the exciting time right before A New Hope as The Empire is tightening its grip on the galaxy. The series introduces a small band of Rebels who are challenging their rule. The new series contains 100 base cards plus 20 stickers and 10 temporary tattoos. You can catch episodes of Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD. And you can learn more about Topps Star Wars trading cards via the Topps’ dedicated Star Wars Facebook page.

Star Wars Rebels Trading Cards

Star Wars Rebels Trading Cards can be found in mass retailers in the US such as Target and on Topps.com. There are six cards per pack and each pack carries a suggested retail price of $1.99. Take a look at our exclusive preview via the gallery below.

You may enter to win a box via our Rafflecopter plug-in below. While you may only enter once, our plug-in gives you an opportunity to multiply your chances up to four times by visiting and liking the NSU Facebook page, tweeting, and so on. See the plug-in below for details as well as the official contest rules. The contest will end March 6, 2015.

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More DC from CZE

Written By: Harris Toser - Feb• 15•15

Cryptozoic Entertainment (CZE) has been making quite a number of announcements around the New York Toy Fair, which is taking place now through Feb. 17th. The latest is a new line of branded collectible merchandise inspired by popular DC Comics characters.

Cryptozoic has already released quite a number of DC related collectibles including six versions of the DC Comics Deck Building Games and the Batman: Arkham City Escape board game. Non-sport collectors will already be familiar with the many DC Comics trading card sets CZE has released including DC Comics: Superman The Legend, DC Comics: The Women of Legend, and DC Comics: The New 52.

DC52 by Rich Woodall

Six card DC Comics The New 52 puzzle set by Rich Woodall

The latest DC Comics announcements calls for the company to produce a wide range of collector’s products including statues, busts, vinyl figures, banks and fan club collector kits. Products will showcase well-known brands such as Batman: Arkham Asylum, DC Comics Bombshells and Batman: The Animated Series.

CZE’s Bill Schanes (who recently  joined the company after his 27 year tenure at Diamond Comic Distributors) commented, “Our relationship with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment continues to grow and provide Cryptozoic with amazing opportunities to release diverse, innovative, fan-focused products.”

The latest wave of DC Comics related products are expected in the fourth quarter of this year with line extensions through 2016.