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New Zealand Moves Ahead with Plans to Be Geek Capital of the World

September 5, 2014 at 1:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Watch out San Diego— Wellington, New Zealand is is launching a Comic Con of its own.

New Zealand is already a top destination for geeks who love Lord of the Rings, and now Wellington is ready to launch the first NZ Comic Con.

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Three Totally Free Things to Do at San Diego Comic-Con This Weekend

July 25, 2014 at 3:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday we gave you three fun, free things to do at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, but that just wasn't enough. So, here are three more unique events taking place for everyone (and not just badge holders):

Get a Marge Simpson Makeover

The M·A·C Cosmetics Gaslamp store will be selling the highly anticipated Simpsons collection for one day only on Saturday. Fans will be able to get the line before its official launch in September and receive a Marge Simpson-inspired makeover by a M·A·C Artist. The store is located at 234 Fifth Ave.

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Where to Lounge and Recharge Gadgets (for Free) During San Diego Comic-Con

July 23, 2014 at 3:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

Heading to San Diego Comic-Con this week? If you've been before you'll know how exhausting it can be fighting the crowds, waiting in lines, and carrying around all that new swag. Coming to the rescue is the Marriott Rewards program, which will be offering SDCC attendees the chance to perk up at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina Perk Up! Lounge.

To receive your free invite, just download the Marriott Guest Services App and find a LocalPerk, which will direct you to the hotel's Perk Up! Lounge. The lounge will have everything you need to relax, charge your phone, or refuel.

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Japan Just Opened a Wizarding World of Harry Potter of Their Very Own

Where: Osaka, Japan
July 21, 2014 at 4:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

While the world is still buzzing from last month's debut of the new Diagon Alley park at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Japan is celebrating their own piece of the pie.

On July 15, 2014, Universal Studios Japan opened their own version of the original Harry Potter park, Hogsmeade, which first swung open its doors in 2010 in Orlando.

All told, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter cost Universal Studios Japan ¥45 billion ($442.2 million) to construct, but they're hoping it'll rake in ¥5.6 trillion ($55 billion) over the next 10 years.

Universal Studios Japan debuted in 2001 and quickly became the second most visited amusement park in Japan, after Tokyo Disneyland. This Hogsmeade addition may be missing one or two things (like the Dragon Challenge Roller Coaster) from the Orlando park, but it makes up for the edits with a few new additions (and the park's "Jaws" area is still intact!).

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Ever Wonder What Frankfurt Airport Would Look Like as a Star Wars Location?

July 10, 2014 at 2:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

This was posted to YouTube last week, it swept through reddit three days ago, it landed at Laughing Squid on Monday, and on AdWeek later that day. We're only bringing it to you now and, for that, we apologize.

YouTube user Frank Wunderlich says he was flying back from the United States into Germany's Frankfurt Airport when he discovered that "the biggest german airport plays a key role as an imperial starport in the new episode" of Star Wars. Since most people can't really visualize what that means - even though the new Star Wars movie is kind of a big deal, and people have been sort of talking about the series in general for a while - he went ahead and posted the video we've embedded below.

The video - which he titled "Leaked Star Wars Episode VII Filmset Footage!" - is now inching toward 5 million views on YouTube. Because the Internet is kind of magic that way.

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How To Get Tickets To Hello Kitty Con 2014

July 10, 2014 at 2:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hello Kitty is turning 40 this year and Sanrio is inviting all of her fans to help her celebrate this fall.

Hello Kitty Con 2014 will celebrate all things Hello Kitty with exclusive merchandise, pop-up shops, panels and discussions, art installations, photo opps, costumes, workshops, tattoos, and other activities for fans of every age.

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The BBC is All Set to Take 'Dr. Who' on a First-Ever World Tour

June 12, 2014 at 4:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

BBC has some big news for Whovians around the world.

For the first time in the show's 50-year history, Doctor Who is going on tour.

The global jaunt will introduce Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor. Co-star Jenna Coleman and the show’s executive producer Steven Moffat will join him in 7 cities across 5 continents over 12 days for a series of media and fan events.

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Save Tatooine! Tunisia Seeks Preservation Help from 'Star Wars' Fans

Where: Tunisia
April 21, 2014 at 2:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

Tunisia is trying to save one of its most important landmarks and they need your help.

The site in question is the set that served as the fictional city of Mos Espa, located on the planet Tatooine, in the Star Wars films. Since being built for the movies in the 1970s, the location has become such a popular tourist destination there is a hotel built right inside.

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How To Get Tickets To WonderCon Anaheim 2014

March 11, 2014 at 3:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

Tickets are still available for 2014's WonderCon Anaheim, but apparently they're going fast.

The pop culture expo, taking place April 18-20, is put on by the same folks behind San Diego International Comic-Con and recently made the move to the Anaheim Convention Center from the Bay Area to accommodate more fans. As the Con has grown, so has its roster of movie and television panels, comic previews, autograph sessions, book-signings, and screenings.

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You'll Have to Wait Until Next Year for Tickets to San Diego Comic-Con

December 10, 2013 at 3:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

Comic fans will have a brief reprieve from the stress of purchasing San Diego Comic-Con badges for 2014.

Yesterday, organizers announced they’re postponing the always chaotic ticket-buying process for preregistered attendees until early next year so they can “fine-tune” the online system.

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20 Photos of Cosplay and Comic Books from Fan Expo Canada 2013

Where: Toronto, ON, Canada
August 28, 2013 at 12:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

Fan Expo Canada 2013 wrapped up on Sunday, but not before more than 100,000 fans got their cosplay on, tried out dozens of new video games, saw their favorite celebs up close, and bought lots and lots of comic books.

We've already deemed it better than San Diego Comic Con, but now you can see why.

Check out our gallery of photos from this year's Expo, which took place Aug. 22 - 25 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre:

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Fan Expo Canada is Better than San Diego Comic Con. There, We Said It.

Where: Toronto, ON, Canada
August 26, 2013 at 5:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

After spending this last weekend at Fan Expo Canada, we've learned that bigger isn't always better. Here are some of the clear advantages Fan Expo has over San Diego Comic-Con:

· Less Waiting
Being used to the mega-lines at San Diego Comic-Con, where fans start queuing up the night before, we were panicked when we arrived at our first Fan Expo panel a mere two hours early. The panic quickly subsided once we arrived to find only two fans in line early. This ended up being normal for the panels, leaving plenty of time to enjoy other events and the rest of the conference.

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