The Steel City Ghostbusters Launch Their New Website
Today The Steel City Ghostbusters went live with their new website (www.steelcityghostbusters.com). The new site is a complete overhaul of their old one, and aims to keep fans updated on the group’s plans as well as provide information about the community as a whole.
In addition to unveiling their new site, The Steel City Ghostbusters have put out the site’s first edition of their Featured Member series. The lucky first member to be interviewed is none other than the boisterous Conor Arlet.
Head on over to www.steelcityghostbusters.com and find out a little more about the guys and girls representing Pittsburgh.
Available here for download, issue two of the Franchise Newsletter highlights the history of one of the first franchises to hit the scene: the West Coast Busters. We also take some time to highlight Busterpalooza, an upcoming gathering in Houston of some of the south’s finest franchises, and Brandon Carnahan of the Steel City Ghostbusters takes some time to reflect on the Boston Saint Patrick’s Day parade from March. Issue 2 is a solid entry in our newsletter, so take some time and read up on what’s going on with Ghostbusters franchises worldwide.
The Arizona GBs will be at this year’s Phoenix ComiCon, and they’re going all out! They are hosting William “Walter Peck” Atherton at their booth, they will have their refurbished RGB arcade game and Vigo painting, and more! Read below for all the details you’ll need;
May 26-29, 2011 (Memorial Day Weekend)
The Arizona Ghostbusters have been busy gearing up for their 5th appearance at the Phoenix ComiCon. Each year our presence, booth size, and participation has grown. This year is no exception. This year our team will occupy at 20 ft x 40 ft booth, giving us enough room to display our Ecto-AZ and Sony’s 30ft Stay-Puft Balloon.We are proud to announce that we will be hosting William Atherton, aka Walter Peck, at our booth on Friday and Saturday of the convention.
This year we also helped set up Ernie Hudson appearing for the first time at the convention. Due to a new role he has taken on, he will only be available to appear at the con on Sunday. This may change and we will certainly update if it does. Ernie will be located in the celebrity section of the exhibit hall.
IDW Ghostbusters Cover Artist Nick Runge will also be in attendance at booth # 571 in the Artists Alley.
Website: http://rungeart.blogspot.com/All guest information is located here: http://www.phoenixcomicon.com/guestsPhoenix Convention Center
100 North 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Hyatt Regency Phoenix
122 North 2nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Convention Hall Hours:
Thursday (May 26) 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Friday (May 27) 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday(May 28) 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday (May 29) 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The main convention center programming hours are:
Thursday (May 26) 6:30 PM -11:30PM
Friday (May 27) 10:30 AM – 11:30 PM
Saturday (May 28) 10:30 AM – 11:30 PM
Sunday (May 29) 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM
The Hyatt programming hours are:
Thursday (May 26) 6:30 PM -2:00 AM
Friday (May 27) 10:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Saturday (May 28) 10:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Sunday (May 29) TBA
Fans Giving Back: Friday 4:30pm – 5:30pm
From Can’t Stop the Serenity screenings to Stormtrooper Toy Drives, find out how various fan groups give back to the community and how you can help.
Zombie Walk: Friday 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Bring out your dead to the 4th Annual Phoenix Comicon Zombie Walk! Lead by the AZ Ghostbusters; join us outside the Convention Center, look for the Ecto-AZ Truck! The walk finishes at the Hyatt and is the prequel to the Zombie Beauty Pageant.
Be Your Own Ghostbuster: Saturday 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Are you troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night? Learn how to build your own equipment to bust those pesky poltergeists. The Arizona Ghostbusters showcase the Ghostbusting tools of the trade.
Ghostbusting with Ernie Hudson: Sunday 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Ernie Hudson is a prolific actor with credits in many films, but he is most recognized as Ghostbuster Winston Zeddemore. As a Ghostbuster and as an actor, Ernie Hudson has seen stuff that will turn you pale! Join us in welcoming him and hearing about his many experiences.
Ghostbusters Trivia Contest: Sunday 3:00pm – 4:00pm
What was Dana Barretts apartment number? How much did the Ecto-1 cost? The Arizona Ghostbusters will offer up trivia questions covering the movies, cartoons, games and comics.
The Full Con Programming Schedule is located here: http://www.phoenixcomicon.com/programming
Our Key Booth Features:
Sony’s 28ft Stay-Puft Balloon
Our 1972 Pontiac Ecto-AZ on Display
Real Ghostbusters WeChe Arcade Cabinet for charity $ .25 per play
Kids Games including the Slime Scavenger Hunt
New team booth banners
Event Video Reel and Slideshow
Hourly raffles for a variety of Ghostbusters Prizes, Thinkgeek.com has donated some of the prizes including Stay-Puft MarshmallowsAZ Ghostbusters Stickers and Buttons
Kids Coloring SheetsAll raffles will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: www.cff.orgThis awesome artwork in honor of Ernie is now official con badge artwork from artist Christopher McDaniel.
Other Convention Guests:
Billy Dee Williams
Honky Tonk Man
Robert Duncan McNeill
We’ll update and correct any info as it’s recieved.
Free Comic Book Day is this Saturday and if you live in Tuscon, Arizona, and head over to Heroes and Villains comics, you’ll not only get to pick up some great, free comics, you can get to hang with the Arizona GBs!
And, this past weekend, the Louisiana GBs took to the track as part of the Relay for Life, helping to raise over $44,000 – the team itself was responsible for over $2000 of it!
After heavily promoting the event for months on television, radio, newspaper, the internet, and a lengthy word-of-mouth campaign at their preceding events, Relay for Life had finally arrived.
With blistered feet, and sore shoulders and legs, the Louisiana Ghostbusters wrapped up, this weekend, a tireless vigil of doing laps to battle cancer for the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life” in Franklin, LA. Relay for Life takes place in the spring in many dozens of cities around the country. The concept is simple: Cancer never quits, so for an entire evening and into the morning hours, teams all over the nation take to the track to maintain constant presence in defiance of the dreaded disease and all of its forms.
Beginning at 2pm Saturday afternoon, the Louisiana Ghostbusters were given the honor of leading the first lap while accompanied by some 28 other Relay teams, live music, fireworks, luminaries, food, and many other forms of motivation to keep going.
By the following morning LAGB was the only team to have maintained a constant presence for all 16 hours of the Relay, and they did so with with 2 members on the track at all times. They ended the event as they had begun it, geared up, proton packs humming, and as light on their feet as was possible. It is estimated the team walked in excess of 65 miles over the 16 hour jaunt. With occasionally as many as 10 busters present on the track at a time that number could easily have been as high as 85+ miles. It is also estimated that the Relay for life brought in over $44,400.00 in funds to fuel cancer research. The Louisiana Ghostbusters total as a team was in excess of $2050.00, with money being raised from parade appearances, bracelet sales (feature their patron cancer patients Rachel Wickman and Sarah Johnson), solicited donations, sponsorships, gift shop sales, and “suit up as a buster” FX Photographs.
This event was particularly momentous for the Louisiana Franchise for several reasons: First, it was the largest total every donated by Louisiana Ghostbusters to a single event. Second, the team got a surprise visit from their patron cancer patron, Rachel Wickman, for whom the “Rachel and Sarah’s Army” bracelets sold by the team was named. Third, LAGB gave away its first every Challenge Coin, in an private contest within the organization. This coin is identical to the ones being given away in the upcoming Golden Ghost Fan Film Awards contest. Fourth, this was the first all-night event for the team which demonstrated endurance and dedication to their cause by being the only one of 28 teams to keep to the track for all 16 hours of the event. Special recognition goes to the Franklin Fire Department who maintained vigil with LAGB throughout the night, and often took to the track with us in the wee hours, even doing an extra lap when the event was officially over.
In attendance of the event were Acting Manager Ben Langlinais, Assistant Manager Jack Dupuy, Franchise Founder Ryan Burke, Mississippi Ghostbusters President David Johnson, Art Director Savann Mok, Jennifer Burke, Joe Martin, John Kupsa, Emily Harris, Krista Dupuy, and LAGB Mascot Bandit “A. Beast” Burke.
The Louisiana Ghostbusters is a non-profit charity group and fan club of the Ghostbusters franchise of entertainment and is in no way affiliated with Sony Entertainment or Columbia Pictures. They have raised, in their first year of operation, over $8000 in funds for various charities such as the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Animal Protection and Welfare Society. All work done through LAGB is voluntary and they maintain no operating funds or payroll systems of any kind.
Nice work, gang!
The Arizona Ghostbusters have taken a WeChe arcade cabinet and kitted it out with a Real Ghostbusters arcade PCB – the group intends to make the Phoenix Comic Con the cabinet’s first outing, so if you intend to attend, bring quarters!