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Expos and Conventions

Second Special Edition: NYC Changes Venue, But Is Still All About Comics

Returning to New York on June 6th and 7th, 2015, ReedPop's Special Edition: NYC is a convention that’s an extends its popular New York Comic Con (NYCC) which takes place in Autumn 2015. But this show primarily focuses on comic books and their creators. The art and writing of comics is highlighted here, not the Hollywood-ification that has become so popular that sometimes overshadows that core creative side.

This show brings together the creators and fans, and offers the experience that comic cons were originally intended to provide. This gives fans the opportunity to meet their favorite writers and artists from all over the world, get quality time with them, and give them the recognition they deserve without being overwhelmed by the media hype that’s taken over the scene at the media-driven cons. 

The show utilized a structure similar to what’s done at NYCC's artist alley (jerry ordwaythough this year it’s set at Pier 94 rather than the Javits Center). By being at a different venue this year, it highlights that is is different from NYCC. So the emphasis is on the fan, the creators' tables, comic vendors, and comic companies. 

Here’s the chance to focus on meeting your favorite comic creator on a personal level, getting autographs and photos, or getting that one-of-kind commissioned sketch from somebody you’ve just discovered. 

SEN features a long list of creators appearing, both returners from last year and new to the show. Guests include: 

  • Meredith Gran
  • Jerry Ordway
  • Howard Chaykin
  • Jose Garcia-Lopez
  • Annie Wu
  • Ming Doyle
  • Brandon Graham
  • Alex de Campi

You can purchase comics getting great deals at this show. Perhaps you can search for that missing issue you need to fill out your collection, or gawk at/join in with the endless parade of cosplayers.

It’s reported that NYCC tickets will be available on-site during SE 2015 just in case you weren't able to obtain one through online -- or if you prefer to perform a traditional in-person transaction. 

Go through your comic collections for that specific book you want signed by your favorite creator — check out the list on the website and see if they will be there; or save up some money to get an artwork created by your favorite artist right there at the show. This show will be one memorable experience for any comic fan — from the youngest to those convention veterans.

For more info and tickets, go to:

Special Edition: NYC
June 6 - 7, 2015

Pier 94
711 12th Ave.
New York, NY 10019

Book Expo America & BookCon in NYC

This year's Book Expo America (BEA) trade show promises to give attendees access to what's new, what's next, and everything exciting in the world of books. Whether or not it does is another question. The American Booksellers’ Association, (ABA) has been holding this event for decades. Back in the day, it was possible to actually make money by getting as many giveaways as possible and selling them to local used bookstores. You can’t really do that anymore as everything is now digital.
There is still plenty to do however, as there are dozens of panel discussions and the like (they don’t do official receptions anymore, or at least won’t tell me about it.), and even though the amount of giveaways have declined, the exhibit floor is still full of interesting stuff. A new focus is on digital self-publishing, which means that print is now passé and just about anybody with a computer can produce an e-book and sell it on Amazon, and they have a number of workshops on how to do this. With bookstores rapidly becoming extinct, alternatives need to be found and pronto.
Over the weekend, the trade show will, for the second year running, be accompanied by BookCon, which is sort of like a comic book convention only without the pictures.
The general public is permitted to attend BookCon.
Book Expo America
May 27 – 29, 2015
Book Con
May 30-31
Jacob Javits Center
655 W 34th St.
New York, NY 10001

Games for Change Festival Examines Gaming's True Potential

In a relatively short span of decades, the medium of videogames has undergone many changes in the role they play in the cultural zeitgeist. From barroom novelty, to home entertainment, to just for kids, to grim and gritty, to massive to pocket, from complex to deceptively simple, the medium has taken many faces. The Games for Change Festival (April 21 -23, 2015), in conjunction with the Tribeca Film Festival and happening at the NYU Skirball Center (566 LaGuardia Pl., New York)  looks not just how we play and what kind of games we play, but it also examines the massive cultural reverberations the medium has made, and how it is also a tool for growth, learning, and social change.Yes, even the Angry Birds.

The emergence of the controversial Gamergate movement, gaming’s first culture war, is addressed in a series of talks with Alexandria Neonakis (The Last of Us), Matt Boch (Fantasia: Music Evolved), and Anthony Burch (Borderlands 2) about how the industry can better address issues of inclusion and representation in games. Rovio, makers of Angry Birds, discuss how games play an instrumental role in learning, while the company Filament shows how to create games aimed at educating and tailor made for schools.

Along with the extensive panels, there will also be playable games including the nominees for this year’s Games for Change awards, boardgames from art-game collective Babycastles, and, which looks at innovative independent games from all over the world.

The Games for Change Festival looks to the future of what video games truly have the potential to become.

To learn more, go to:

Games for Change Festival
April 21 - 23, 2015

New York University
Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Pl
New York, NY 10012

Fast-track to the 3rd Industrial Revolution Through The Inside 3D Printing Expo

3d-Printed-CarInside 3D Printing returns to the Javits Convention Center in New York City on April 15–17, 2015. The largest professional 3D printing event, this conference and expo offers insights into the relatively new, ever-changing 3D printing industry.

The conference covers cutting edge technology alongside established trends in 3D. Inside 3D Printing offer attendees, as the buzz-phrase expresses, “Strategies for the third industrial revolution.”

Keynote speakers for this year’s conference include company VIPs from MakerBot, Accenture Technology Labs, and Hewlett-Packard. Sessions cover the most recent developments in the 3D printing industry and how they apply to industries ranging from fashion to aerospace. Before the show floor opens this Thursday, a full day is devoted to tutorials to help participants catch up with the basic aspects of the technology, software, and law.

Among the session speakers are industry experts from: 

  • academia
  • venture capital
  • art
  • architecture
  • fashion
  • toy
  • robotics
  • law
  • government
  • military
  • accounting

Session topics include hos this technology is applied to the medical field and space exploration; new material processes such as metal 3D printing or advanced composites; and workflows involving scanning, CAD, and cloud printing.

The show floor opens on: 

Thursday, April 16 (10:00am–6:00pm) 

Friday, April 17 (10:00am-3:45pm)

Exhibitors will be demonstrating 3D printers and related equipment. The exhibitors include:

  • 3D Systems
  • EnvisionTEC
  • Stratasys
  • Autodesk

For more info go to:

Inside 3D Printing
April 15–172015

Javits Convention Center
New York City

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