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Friday, June 11, 2021

L.A. Comic Con 2021: Early Bird 3-Session Passes Available Now!



Hey LA,

As California prepares to re-open June 15th, we’re excited to welcome you back to L.A. Comic Con this December 3-5, 2021! As our way to celebrate and say “Thank you!” for all your support this past year, all 3-Session and VIP passes are now 20% Off!

This early bird sale is the absolute lowest price you’ll see — And once the sale ends, these prices will not be seen again!


Please note: Anticipated maximum capacity limits at the LA Convention Center have reduced the number of tickets available — Securing your pass now is the only way to guarantee a 3-Session Pass for Los Angeles Con 2021!


Each day our show will be broken into two 5-hour long sessions. If you purchase the 3-Session or VIP Pass, you can choose ANY THREE SESSIONS BELOW to attend! You will be given your choice of sessions closer to the show, after more of the talent line-up is announced. If you buy a ticket now, you cannot be affected by potential sell-outs for any of the sessions.


Tom Kenny, Giancarlo Esposito & SO MUCH MORE!


We're excited to announce that Tom Kenny and Giancarlo Esposito are joining us at this year's L.A. Comic Con! Join them as they illuminate our Main Stage and keep an eye out on our social media for more guest announcements leading up L.A. Comic Con in December!



Tom Kenny the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, Heffer Wolfe in Rocko's Modern Life; the Ice King in Adventure Time; and more is back at L.A. Comic Con!



Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, The Mandolorian, and The Boys! We don't know what he'll do next, but we're excited to announce that he's coming to L.A. Comic Con!



Zachary Levi is coming to L.A. Comic Con! You might recognize him as Chuck, a handsome vigilante in Tangled, or most recently a teenager turned superhero, Shazam!



Tom Welling, best known for his role as Clark Kent from Smallville and Lt. Marcus Pierce from Lucifer is appearing on the main stage this December at L.A. Comic Con.



Comic book writer, inker, novelist, screenwriter, film director, and producer Frank Miller, known for Sin City, 300, Hellboy and so much more is coming to L.A. Comic Con!



Class is in session at the academy and the cast is coming to L.A. Comic Con! Join the voice-actors as they discuss favorite parts of the series and reflect on the beloved anime.


Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Simi Valley Toy and Comic Fest Returns for an On-Site Event Featuring the SIMI MINI COMMAND CENTER Power Rangers Event





LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Simi Valley Toy and Comic Fest, the only pop culture and toy show that did not skip a year during 2020’s COVID-19 global pandemic, is returning to Simi Valley, California. The full-day celebration of comic books, action figures, toy collecting, memorabilia, and more is celebrating the return of on-site, indoor events at the Grand Vista Hotel on Sunday July 18th, 2021.

Simi Valley Toy and Comic Fest is welcoming Guest Artist Michael Swanigan, whose work in the cartoon industry spans decades. As a storyboard artist on some of your favorite 80s and 90s childhood relics, Michael is a wealth of knowledge and filled with stories describing how your favorite shows were created. Visit him in the Artist Alley!

Simi Valley Toy and Comic Fest has a special surprise for its attendees—for the first time at an event we are hosting Simi Mini Command Center, a room filled exclusively with Power Rangers guests and celebrities! With Simi Valley, CA being the home of the original House of the Book building (most famously used as the exterior of the Command Center in the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers), we knew we had to pay homage to Simi Valley Toy and Comic Fest’s Hometown and give residents a Power Rangers experience they would not forget!

Simi Mini Command Center Power Rangers Celebrity Guests include:

Brennan Mejia: Power Rangers Dino Charge Red Ranger

William Shewfelt: Power Rangers Ninja Steel Red Ranger

Rorrie D. Travis: Power Rangers Beast Morphers Red Ranger

Liana Ramirez: Villain Roxy in Power Rangers Beast Morphers

Colby Strong: Villain Blaze in Power Rangers Beast Morphers

Abraham Rodriguez: Nate Silva in Power Rangers Beast Morphers

And in his FIRST EVER CONVENTION APPEARANCE, Actor and Voice Actor Richard Cansino, best known to Power Rangers fans as the voice of the monstrous KING SPHINX!

Bring those Lightning Collection figures to get signed because there is so much Morphinomenal Madness happening only at Simi Valley Toy and Comic Fest!


To show our love for the community, our excitement for the return of indoor events, and ensure that everyone who wants to come to the event has the opportunity, tickets for Simi Valley Toy and Comic Fest 2021 are only $5 at the door. Children twelve and under are free.

Simi Valley Toy and Comic Fest is a female owned and operated event, the brainchild of internet columnist and entrepreneur Loryn Stone. She is one half of Troublemakers Services, a group that owns and manages a portfolio of conventions and expos across California. Stone has two more single-day pop culture events coming to Ventura County, Megabit Game Expo at the Grand Vista Hotel on Sunday September 12th, 2021 and Ventura Toy and Comic Expo at the Crowne Plaza Hotel May 23rd, 2022.

Limited vendor space remains to those who would like to exhibit at the event  - email for more details or visit the website.

To keep up to date with all things Simi Valley Toy and Comic Fest you can follow the show on social media:




Thursday, June 3, 2021

Comic Con Revolution 2021: The Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno is Coming to CCR!


THIS DECEMBER 18th, 2021

More Guests Announced EVERY Wednesday ALL Summer Long!

We are pleased to announce that Lou Ferrigno will be at their booth all day Saturday December 18th courtesy The Inland Empire Toy Store!  Lou has, of course starred, as The Incredible Hulk on TV but also Pumping Iron, King Of Queens, I Love You, Man, Adventure Time as well as being an award winning body builder!

Remember, if you want to meet Lou be sure to pick up either Weekend or Saturday tickets and head over to the Inland Empire Toy Store booth on December 18th -- he will only be at Comic Con Revolution Saturday Dec 18th!

The return of Comic Con Revolution just keeps growing every week. Stay tuned for another exciting guest announcement every Wednesday this summer! And of course, don't forget to get your tickets today! Lou Ferrigno is another can't miss part of an amazing guest list we will be announcing over the next few months.  Writers, artists, authors, cosplayers, voice actors, wrestlers and more will all be joining us this December so grab your tickets now and we'll see you then!

Order your tickets today at
For more information about Comic Con Revolution go to


Previously Announced Guests...


Wednesday, June 2, 2021

The Literary Tarot Featuring Stephen Graham Jones, Victor LaValle, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Isaac Marion and More!


For Immediate Release:

Brink Literacy Project Launches The Literary Tarot On Kickstarter 

(June 1, 2021) Brink Literacy Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the world through storytelling, is launching a Kickstarter campaign for The Literary Tarot. This is an ambitious and unusual collaboration with some of the greatest authors and cartoonists of our time who have been asked to pair a tarot card with a seminal book that embodies the meaning of the arcana. Working with the storytellers and a diverse and talented art team, Brink Literacy Project has tapped into the magic of classic literature to bring a whole new kind of tarot deck to life. 

The Literary Tarot deck will feature the complete set of all 78 tarot cards, illustrated with a stunning limited palette and foil accents.

Major Arcana card pairings include:

  • Bestselling crime writer Chelsea Cain pairs The Emperor with Agatha Christie’s Poirot Investigates

  • PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novelist K-Ming Chang (Bestiary) pairs The Magician with Wu Cheng'en's sixteenth-century novel Journey to the West

  • Amal El-Mohtar (author of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award-winning novella This Is How You Lose the Time War) pairs The Star with Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Emily of the New Moon

  • Lev Grossman (The Magicians Trilogy) pairs The World with King Arthur

  • Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Victor LaValle (The Changeling) pairs The Tower with H.P. Lovecraft's "The Outsider"

  • Talia Lavin (the author of Cultural Warlords and the host of the Moby Dick Energy podcast) pairs The Devil with Herman Melville’s Moby Dick

  • Isaac Marion (the author of the bestselling Warm Bodies series) pairs The Hermit with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein 

  • Bestselling Mexican Gothic novelist Silvia Moreno-Garcia pairs The Lovers with Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence

  • The bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng, pairs The Hanged Man with T. S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

  • Nebula, Hugo, and Locus Award-winning novelist Rebecca Roanhorse (Black Sun) pairs Death with Bram Stoker’s Dracula 

  • Quill Award-winning novelist Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicle trilogy) pairs The Fool with Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote

  • Simon Tolkien (No Man's Land: A Novel) pairs The Chariot with Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island

  • Novelist and comic book writer G. Willow Wilson (The Bird King) pairs the Wheel of Fortune with William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair

For the Minor Arcana, each suit is renamed to reflect the literary tools that brought them to life (Ink, Quills, Light, and Parchment). Minor Acana Pairings include:

  • Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award-winning writer Charlie Jane Anders (Victories Greater Than Death) pairs the Knight of Light (Cups) with Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones

  • Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale) pairs the Queen of Light (Cups) with Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre

  • Vita Ayala (The Wilds) pairs the King of Light (Cups) with Homer’s The Odyssey

  • Bestselling author Leigh Bardugo (Ninth House and Shadow and Bone) pairs the Ace of Parchment (Pentacles) with Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden

  • Tarot reader and host of The Word Witch Podcast Charlie Claire Burgess pairs the Eight of Quills (Swords) with Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper

  • Kelly Sue DeConnick (co-creator and writer of Bitch Planet) pairs the King of Quills (Swords) with Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations

  • Bestselling writer Roxane Gay (The Bad Feminist) pairs the King of Parchment (Pentacles) with Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • The Hugo Award-winning writer of Die, Kieron Gillen, pairs Five of Quills (Swords) with Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment

  • Bestselling horror writer Stephen Graham Jones (The Only Good Indians) pairs the Three of Quills (Swords) with W. W. Jacobs’s seminal, supernatural short story “The Monkey's Paw”

  • Hart Hanson (creator of the TV series Bones and author of the novel The Driver) pairs the Page of Ink (Wands) with Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain

  • Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winning writer Kelly Link (Get in Trouble) pairs the Two of Parchment (Pentacles) with Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees

  • The award winning writer of Monstress, Marjorie Liu pairs the Queen of Quills (Swords) with Beowulf

  • Bestselling comic book writer Mark Millar (Jupiter’s Legacy) pairs the Ace of Quills (Swords) with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

  • Erin Morgenstern (The Starless Sea) pairs the Five of Light (Cups) with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

  • Novelist and biographer Alec Nevala-Lee pairs the Two of Quills (Swords) with Sophocles’s tragedy Antigone

  • Novelist and comic book writer Benjamin Percy (The Ninth Metal) pairs the Seven of Quills (Swords) with Edgar Allan Poe’s The Black Cat

  • Bestselling comic book writer Mark Waid (Kingdom Come) pairs the Page of Quills (Swords) with Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

The artists for Literary Tarot are:

  • Major Arcana: Samantha Dow

  • Light: Shan Bennion 

  • Ink and Box Design: Ejiwa “Edge” Ebenebe 

  • Quills: Isabel Burke 

  • Parchment: Bradley Clayton 

Books have always been magical portals to other worlds,” said Brink Literacy Project CEO Dani Hedlund. “In their pages, we unearth countless insights and secrets, inspiration and cautionary tales. Like us, these characters face uncertain futures, Towers rising up in their path or the Wheel of Fortune pushing them toward greater fates. As any great tarot reader knows, we can always change the trajectory of our choices. As we delve into how these classic heroes and villains handle life’s trials and temptations, so too can we divine our own futures.”

More pairings will be announced throughout the month of the campaign, including pairings from bestselling comic book writers Brian Bendis (Cover), Emill Ferris (My Favorite Thing is Monsters), Christopher Golden (Lady Baltimore), Jonathan Hickman (X of Swords), Tini Howard (Excalibur) and Greg Rucka (The Old Guard). For updates about the project, follow The Literary Tarot on Twitter.  

For more updates on the Brink Literacy Project Campaign, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Literary Tarot campaign will run throughout the month of June. To support the campaign, visit Kickstarter:


About Brink Literacy Project:

Brink Literacy Project is devoted to utilizing the power of storytelling to positively affect the lives of people on the brink. Through our education, community, and publishing divisions, our nonprofit works worldwide to foster a love of literature, increase literacy rates, and use storytelling to empower underserved communities.


Our Education division delivers innovative literacy and storytelling programs with a focus on increasing literacy rates and assisting personal development through storytelling. We have a strong focus on bringing our initiatives to low-income, low-literacy, and marginalized communities, whether that means teaching in prisons or creating completely original curricula to tackle low reading proficiency in our youth.

Through our Community division, Brink forges partnerships with universities and other humanitarian and literary organizations. As a global community of readers, writers, artists, students, and supporters, Brink brings people from diverse backgrounds together to celebrate the beauty and power of storytelling. 

Our Publishing division, headlined by our print journal, F(r)iction, is the culmination of our efforts to #PublishWeird, pushing the boundaries of what, and who, is accepted in the literary world and providing a platform for underrepresented and trailblazing voices alike.

About F(r)iction:

F(r)iction is a literary anthology carefully curated to evaluate an important cultural topic from vastly different perspectives. From historical origins and nonfiction essays to the wildest reaches of fiction, poetry, comics, and art, each issue inspires us to think differently.

F(r)iction is the imprint of the 501(c)(3) literacy and storytelling nonprofit Brink Literacy Project. At the heart of our mission, we use F(r)iction to achieve several of our nonprofit’s key goals: to mentor emerging writers, amplify diverse and underrepresented voices, encourage experimentation and genre-melding, and delve into themes that raise important social issues.

In promoting a diversity of storytelling, we publish trailblazing industry legends and new and underrepresented voices alike. Big name authors such as Charlie Jane Anders, Benjamin Percy, Lev Grossman, Stephen Graham Jones, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Faylita Hicks, Joyce Carol Oates, Jeff VanderMeer, and Kwame Dawes have graced our pages, to name but a mere handful!

But creating a beautiful book isn’t enough—we want to make sure these collections enchant readers who would not otherwise have access to such works. And so, since 2015, Brink has developed and taught education programs using F(r)iction as the primary teaching tool. With a focus on enhancing “literacy” both in terms of increasing reading/writing skills and fostering a love of literature within the community, these programs have expanded to include women’s prisons, homeless shelters, high schools, and university classrooms.

And that’s not all! With the readership for literary journals dwindling every day, we want to reinvigorate the entire reading experience. And so we do a completely mad thing . . . we commission custom full-color illustrations for every single piece published AND use specialty printing techniques on our covers (spot gloss, holographic foil, metallic sheen, you name it!), to create a visual experience that is as mesmerizing as the literature within.

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