Comic Con International, short for Comic Convention, is an international multigenre convention held every year in San Diego, California, United States. Comic Con was founded in 1970 by a group of business men from the San Diego area that included Shel Dorf, Richard Alf, Ken Krueger, and Mike Towry. Originally it was called the "Golden Gate Comic Book Convention" before changing to "San Diego Comic Book Convention" and eventually "San Diego Comic-Con international" which is what it currently goes by. Other names that the convention is commonly referred to are Comic Con, Comic Con San Diego, or simply SDCC for short. It is the largest convention held in San Diego with over 130,000 attending the event every year.
Comic Con 2015 runs for four days, Thursday through Sunday, but there is a special preview night held on Wednesday, July 8th, evening for professionals, exhibitors, and select guests. The convention features panels, seminars, workshops, and film previews across various pop culture and entertainment genres including, but not limited to, horror, animation, anime, manga, toys, collectibles, card games, video games, comics, and fantasy novels. Seventeen rooms are dedicated to panels and screenings with over 1,000 occurring each and every year. The size of the rooms range from 250+ seats to over 6,000+ seats.
The convention also features a huge floorspace for exhibitors to use. Movie studios and TV networks use the exhibition area to promote upcoming films and TV shows while comic book sellers and collectibles merchants use it as a place to complete transactions with the attendees. One of the most popular features is the autograph area where attendees get a chance to meet their favorite Comic Con celebrities while snagging a picture or autograph.
Universal Studios' 'Fast & Furious' Ride Sneak Peak
We recently had the pleasure of attending an exclusive preview of the “Fast & Furious-Supercharged” at Universal Studios in Hollywood. As a fan of “Fast & Furious” we really enjoyed the ride. The new 3D-HD ride featured a number of new projection effects such as audio, lighting and special effects that included cast members Vin Diesel (Dom), Dwayne Johnson (Hobbs), Michelle Rodriguez (Letty), Tyrese Gibson (Roman) and Luke Evans (Owen Shaw).
The tram ride takes you through other attractions in the park which some are new additions or add-ons to the old ones before reaching the final destination the “Fast & Furious-Supercharged” building Sullivan Truck Repair.
Once the tram enters the building which has two main rooms, the tram stops at the first building which features trucks and numerous tools and continues into the second room entering a dance party and featuring the cast members.
Upon entering the second building you will need your 3-D glasses. And then the high-speed chase begins followed by some life-size replica race cars pulling up next to the tram featuring the cast in action.
The Fast & Furious-Supercharged attraction uses a state-of-the-art 3D-HD projection technology along with the world’s longest and more expansive 360-degree screen that will span nearly 400 feet in length to surround guests by the Fast & Furious universe, using 18 4K projectors and a never-before-used front-projection system.
The 'Fast & Furious'- Supercharged will officially open to the public on June 24 and tickets are available at www.universalstudioshollywood.com
Universal Studios Hollywood to Open "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" in Spring 2016 HOGWARTS IS COMING TO HOLLYWOOD!
The countdown to “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” has begun as Universal Studios Hollywood announces the Spring 2016 arrival of the West Coast’s most anticipated entertainment experience and the introduction of the land’s signature attraction, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” in hyper-realistic 3D-HD. More than five years in the making, and inspired by J. K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters and the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood is expected to attract Harry Potter fans and visitors from all over the globe for decades to come.
Visitors will be swept into a fully immersive themed land that brings the Harry Potter fiction and films to life with impeccable detail and precision. “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will be faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including Hogwarts castle which will serve as its iconic focal point.
“Harry Potter is an exhilarating multi-generational global phenomenon that has captivated the world’s attention across every one of its mediums, from books and movies to exhilarating theme park adventures,” said Larry Kurzweil, President of Universal Studios Hollywood. “With its imminent arrival to The Entertainment Capital of L.A., Universal Studios Hollywood is thrilled to bring our guests a new, compelling experience of ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ as we embark on this next chapter in our storied history.” "The momentum behind J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world is as strong as ever and we are incredibly excited to bring Hogwarts to Hollywood," said Brad Globe, President, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. "Fans around the world have experienced the magic at ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ in Orlando and Osaka and we look forward to continued success with our partners at Universal Studios Hollywood as we offer more fans a chance to step into this immersive environment."
Like its counterparts in Florida and Japan, Hogwarts castle will sit at the heart of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” where the land’s signature ride, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey" will take guests on a journey into many memorable scenes alongside Harry, Ron and Hermione. Traveling by Floo powder, guests will soar high above Hogwarts, partake in a Quidditch match, narrowly escape a dragon attack and have a close encounter with the Whomping Willow. At Universal Studios Hollywood, "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™" will make its U.S. debut as a dynamic 3D-HD adventure designed to further immerse guests in an already captivating storyline. “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” is an achievement in pioneering theme park ride technology featuring a groundbreaking robotics ride system, fused with elaborate filmed action sequences and immersive visceral effects. Sporting Quidditch-inspired 3D goggles, guests will venture through journeys experienced by Harry and his friends, spiraling and pivoting 360-degrees along an elevated ride track on a whirlwind adventure of a lifetime.
Caitlyn Jenner to be Honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at The 2015 ESPYS on ABC July 15
Almost 40 years ago, Bruce Jenner’s Olympic success came as a result of strengthening both his mind and body leading to his status as one of the world’s greatest athletes, but the decision to publicly come out as a transgender woman took a different kind of courage and acceptance of one’s self. To celebrate that bravery, ESPN announced that Jenner will be presented with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at The 2015 ESPYS Presented by Capital One. Presented annually to individuals whose contributions transcend sports, the Arthur Ashe Courage Award is the pinnacle of the sports celebration, which will be televised Wednesday, July 15, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE.
Jenner’s unyielding resolve and hard work enabled him to win a gold medal in the 1976 Olympics and break world records. He then parlayed that success into a variety of roles across different areas including television, film, auto racing and business. Although Jenner first captured the attention of the nation for his athletic prowess and determination, the same strength of character shone through this past April when he sat down with ABC’s Diane Sawyer to come out as a transgender woman.
Power of Love Gala 2015
Saturday, June 13, 2015 Las Vegas performance by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion.
LICENSING INTERNATIONAL EXPO 2015
Held from June 9 - 11, 2015 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.
Brand Licensing Expo. Licensing Expo connects brand owners and agents with over 14, 000 retailers, licensees and manufacturers from every product category. This is your best opportunity to extend your brand into new categories, go global, make deals.
“Sundown In Downtown”
The Natural History Museum hosted “Sundown In Downtown” an outdoor calypso party under the stars celebration, Friday, June 5, 2015. All proceeds of the attendees benefited the Museum. The party included small bites from favorite restaurants, signature cocktails, live bands and dj and strolling performers.
Grumpy Cat Snags New Partners
Last week, the famous feline co-hosted for a day on MTV, appearing between shows with pop star Kat Graham. She also attended the Los Angeles, Calif., premiere of Disney's Cinderella, and headed to SXSW this past weekend in her role as the Friskies cat food brand's official spokescat. Grumpy visited the Haus of Bacon for two days, where pop artist Jason Mecier created a giant bacon statue in her likeness.
Grumpy Cat will also travel to Las Vegas, Nev., in June for Licensing Expo.
Grumpy Cat has also signed a number of new licensing deals for her brand:
American Greetings is planning a greeting card program for the Internet star that will launch in June.
Zynga is developing a Grumpy Cat online slot machine game that will be called "Hit It Rich."
Maud Borup is planning an array of seasonal candy and food gifts. Initial products will launch this fall and will include Grumpy Cat gummies, furball cotton candy, marshmallow pops, cake mix, chocolate novelties and cookie mix.
Chronicle Books is planning a third title to its Grumpy Cat book series that will be released this summer.
Insomniac announced more than two-dozen artist additions to the already incredible lineup for the 19th annual Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), Las Vegas. North America’s largest music festival is set to transform the Las Vegas Motor Speedway into a multi-sensory carnival experience on June 19-21, 2015, featuring over 200 DJs performing across 8 newly designed stages.
Additional artists for EDC Las Vegas 2015 include: Barreis, Baumer, Blasterjaxx, Brandon Elliot, Chus & Ceballos, Dosem, Eelke Kleijn, GAIA, Graff, Harry Romero, Juliet Fox, Prok & Fitch, Soul Clap, Ummet Ozcan, Wiwek, Louis B, CSTNZA, Wiseman, Out of Hand, Thee Cool Cats, The Interns, Human Life, Blaise James, Durante, Astronomar, Light Year.
EDC Las Vegas will create an immersive environment filled with brand new art installations, thrilling carnival rides, whimsical costumed performers, a nightly fireworks show rivaling the Olympic games and many more surprises to be discovered in the festivals’ almost 200-acre landscape. Brand new additions to this year’s festival include 8 brand new stage designs, a “design your own cabana” feature on the Marquee SkyDeck, an additional VIP viewing area at the Cosmic Meadow stage, a new menu at three-course sit down dining experience called The Terrace, healthy food trucks, like local Las Vegas favorites 50 Shades of Green and Baby’s Badass Burgers, Carnival Square, the ideal meet-up spot for every fan with food and beverage vendors, a video confessional booth and artist meet and greets, additional chill spots and more.
New additions to this year’s festival include:
Eight Brand New Stage Designs:
All eight of this year’s stages will feature new production and designs never before seen at EDC Las Vegas. Owls will again play a prominent role at the always-impressive kineticFIELD, and the story of the owl community will continue to evolve. Whereas last year’s cathedral was a shrine built to honor the sentiment of music as religion, this year’s narrative seeks to bring Headliners deeper into the kinetic world by introducing them to the Crystal Village. This year, between each DJ set, the mayor of the owl community will appear and take charge of the biggest celebration seen in thousands of years in the Crystal Village. He will release crystals to the audience, each containing the power of earth, fire, water and air. This integration of nature into the technological spectacle is a longstanding goal of EDC that was first established with the creation of the daisy symbol.
In addition to larger-than-life scenic elements and production stages full of state-of-the-art lighting and pyrotechnics, The Funk House—a colorful, 360-degree structure built entirely out of reclaimed and recycled materials—will debut at EDC Las Vegas for the first time. This environmentally friendly stage will feature a soundtrack of funk, disco, rare groove, soul, and classic hip-hop, giving fans a taste of the past with a healthy dose of future funk.
The EDC experience is about the culture and bringing our community together. Set right in the middle of the festival grounds, the new Carnival Square is the ideal meet-up spot. With easy access points, the one-stop shop features seating, food and beverage vendors, merchandise booths, a general store, meet-and-greets, lineup information, a video confessional booth, picturesque photo opportunities, lost and found and more!
Marquee SkyDeck at EDC:
EDC’s cabana space, now known as the Marquee SkyDeck, allows Headliners to absorb the festival culture and booming sounds from their exclusive perch facing kineticFIELD. The Marquee SkyDeck is an open-air nightclub complete with high-end décor, bars and more. In 2015, we’re taking our table service offerings to another level by offering a private table at the usually off-limits “Front of House” right in the middle of all the action. For information on reservations, please email email@example.com. And while we’re talking about the SkyDeck, here’s something else new and exciting:
Design Your Own Cabana at the Marquee SkyDeck:
If you’ve ever thought that you have a flair for design, or you’d like your private entertaining space to stand out from the crowd, Insomniac invites you to put your personal touch on the festival by customizing your cabana space inside the Marquee SkyDeck at EDC. Just let our creative department know which theme you want and your cabana will be transformed into the ultimate EDC fantasy, complete with couches, tables and other décor to match. A number of themes including Safari, Austin Powers, Man Cave, Rock n’ Roll, Midsummer Night and more are available to select from. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and reservations.
An incredible assortment of projects are making their EDC Vegas debut this year. Artist Gerard Minakawa will create Palace Blue, a colonnade of bamboo-forged columns with a vaulted roof and a central structure inspired by the Hagia Sophia cathedral in Istanbul. Building this impressive structure will require about 20 tons of materials, including about 500 bamboo poles, steel, wood and fabric.
Exciting New Food Trucks:
When it comes to your food options at EDC Las Vegas, we want to make sure there’s something tasty for everyone. From festival classics like pizza and burgers, to health conscious offerings like organic foods and Maine lobster, EDC is excited to welcome a number of new food trucks to our already impressive lineup of food offerings.
New this year are:
Cousins Maine Lobster
50 Shades of Green (organic food items)
Señor Blues (Tex-Mex)
Baby’s Badass Burgers (gourmet burgers)
Oming's Kitchen (Vietnamese)
Bowl of Heaven (yogurt parfait)
Urban Pie (gourmet wood oven burning pizza)
The Terrace at kineticFIELD:
Once known as the “Dining Deck,” EDC’s upscale restaurant has a new name and a tasty new menu guaranteed to delight your taste buds. The menu at The Terrace at kineticFIELD has been carefully curated by Chef Keven Alan Lee, Executive Chef and CEO of My World on a Plate. A sample of the delectable dishes that will be available include the Spicy Tuna Electro Roll (a crusted, multi-color spicy tuna roll, sweet tamari glaze, summer greens and ginger dressing), Hypnotic Tacos (P-30 glazed chicken, cloud taco shells, rainbow vegetable slaw) and THE BOMB S’mores (loaded and torched marshmallow, cookies, dripping chocolate and caramel atop a scoop of vanilla ice cream). The 3-course seated dinner is $140 per person and the 3-day VIP café meal is $88. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit here.
Take a Load off at our Chill Spots:
Looking for a place to hang out, rest your feet, and take in the sights of EDC Las Vegas? Festivalgoers can soak up the EDC culture and environment with the addition of more Chill Spots located throughout the festival grounds. These relaxing environments will include benches set beneath LED trees and other creative elements that allow fans to take a break between their favorite sets.
Insomniac is introducing new merchandise designs exclusive to EDC Las Vegas for Headliners to purchase. New designs will now be available in VIP areas as well as additional merchandise booths that have been added to the festival grounds. During EDC Week, merchandise can now be purchased throughout the Las Vegas Strip at participating hotel properties, including the Wynn and Encore, with more to be announced soon. There’s no better way to memorialize your EDC experience.
New VIP Viewing Deck at cosmicMEADOW:
Headliners looking for the ultimate spot at the cosmicMEADOW stage can now enjoy an exciting new addition to the popular area—a VIP viewing area where the sights and sounds of the festival are yours to take in.