Friday, May 10, 2013

May 11: ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con!

Hi, there!  Here's all the latest news about the Second Annual ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con! 

 Remember, the ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con is an event benefiting Archbishop Neale School, a great Catholic School in La Plata, MD.  ALL of the planning, advertising and organization for the event is done by a group of committed and enthusiastic parent volunteers.  And EVERY PENNY of the vendor and admission fees and money raised from the silent auction goes DIRECTLY to the school's operating budget.  We thank you all for your support!

We have over eighty tables with more than 25 different vendors and over 20 artists and creators.  Check out our website for a larger sampling!  We have many of the BIG comic shops joining us this year including Cards, Comics and Collectibles from Reisterstown, MD; Third Eye Comics from Prince Frederick and Annapolis, MD: and Laughing Ogre Comics from Virginia!  Not to mention the great comic and book shops from the Southern Maryland area like Comics MD and Booknuts Book Shop!  Many of our friends from last year's show will be returning, too, like Harry Hopkins, Gene Carpenter, Don "Ducky" Gehl and Ben Penrod, plus some terrific NEW supporters like The Comics and Gaming Outpost, Untamed Worlds and!

What an amazing group of artists we've gathered for you!  Right off the top and thanks to our friends at Cards, Comics and Collectibles, we have one of the biggest names in the comic industry - FRANK CHO!  You know Frank from his work on the newspaper and webstrip, Liberty Meadows, along with his incredible work with Marvel including the current 'Savage Wolverine', not to mention the fact he's one of the best pin-up girl artists in the business!  We are thrilled and honored to have him signing for you at our event!  Please Note:  This is Frank's ONLY scheduled convention appearance in the DC/MD/VA area for the rest of the year!  Don't miss him! 

In addition to Frank, our good friends from Third Eye Comics will have up and coming artists Jerry Gaylord and Bryan Turner!  These cutting edge artists have a gritty, urban-manga style and their work can be seen in such cool titles as 'Fanboys Vs. Zombies', 'Adventure Time' and the new 'NFL Rush Zone'!  Bryan and Jerry, along with Jerry's wife, artist Penelope Gaylord, will be signing at Third Eyes' table and at their own table on the Artists' Avenue!

We're also delighted to have many artists returning to our show including Bill McKay, Dan Nokes, Keir Lyles, and Laura Inglis!  Plus we have many NEW artists joining us for the first time including Carolyn Belefski, Joe Carabeo, Rod & Leanne Hannah, Liz & Jimmy Reed, Roger McCormick, Mike Munshaw, and Advent Comics' Tony Kittrell!  Again, check out our website for more artists!

  This year, we're proud to present a screening room at our show, with a big movie screen and quality sound!  We're still solidifying our screening schedule, but we can promise you a Sneak Preview Clips of an amazing new film call PLASTIC GALAXY - The Story of Star Wars Toys!  The director of this indie film is New York-based director Brian Stillman and he'll be making the trip down to present the film and conduct a Q&A with audience members!  He's interviewed dozens of folks connected with the Star Wars toy business, so bring your questions for Brian!

Also making the trip down from New York is Sarah Hoppes from indie comics publisher Dark Ink Pictures!  She'll be there with copies of Dark Ink's comics and she'll be conducting a panel for comic fans!

And coming back this year from Zeitgeyser Games is Andy Niggles, designer of the awesome Conquest Tactics strategic card game!  Andy will be conducting demos throughout the day, so get ready for some very cool gaming action!  And, the most exciting part, Andy will be premiering - for the FIRST TIME EVER! - the new game

These are incredibly fun games that you don't need a super-expensive, rare, foil embossed card to play!  Andy and his team from Zeitgeyser Games will be will be demoing their games throughout the day.

The Silent Auction!
  Our Silent Auction this year will be VERY special!  We have tried to gather many unique and unusual items, most autographed especially for this show!  We have some terrific autographed items from Karen Traviss, Troy Denning, James Arnold Taylor, Aaron Allston, Carlos Garzon and Doug Chiang!  And we'll have INCREDIBLE, ORIGINAL ART from Doug Chiang, Laura Inglis, Dan Nokes, Keir Lyles, Mike O'Shields and legendary comic artist John Byrne!

And if all this isn't enough!! 
Returning to our show for a second time are the Viking Re-Enactors from the Longship Company!  The Vikings were incredibly well-received last year by kids and adults and we're very happy to have them back!  Also returning - and in greater numbers - Star Wars Stormtroopers from the legendary 501
st Legion!  The troops will be on hand for photos and games with the kids with great Star Wars prizes!  And also for Star Wars fans and collectors, the DC Star Wars Collectors Club will be on hand!

The Kids Art Contest will be back, door prizes will be announced every hour and we'll have lots of great food!  Thanks to Deputy Dog Hot Dogs, Circus Ice Cream  and Sir Pops-A-Lot Kettle Corn for joining our returning food vendors, T&J's BarBQ and Pizza Hotline! 
Most of all, we want to thank YOU!  There's no show without you!  So please tell all your friends, go to our website, LIKE us on Facebook and join us on Saturday, May 11, from 10-3pm for the Second Annual ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con!

The ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con is an ALL AGES fan and collectors event benefiting Archbishop Neale School on Saturday, May 11, 2013, from 10am to 3pm. For more information, visit

About Archbishop Neale School -

Archbishop Neale School is a Catholic elementary school in La Plata, Maryland that has been in continuous operation since 1927, with a two-track system for grades Pre-K through 8 and a curriculum centered on the Archdiocese of Washington graded course of study. We are fully accredited, and our teachers are certified by the State of Maryland in their specific areas. We serve Catholic students from over seven parishes and many non-Catholics as well. For over 80 years, parents have entrusted their children to ANS because they are assured of an excellent, Archdiocesan standards-based academic curriculum that encompasses Catholic faith and values delivered in a safe, caring environment. For more information, visit

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