More than 1,000 Tickets Donated to Veterans in Just 3 weeks!

More than 1,000 tickets have been donated to veterans, active military and the families of those who gave their lives in U.S. military service in the first 3 weeks of a partnership forged between Veteran Tickets Foundation, and Brown Paper Tickets.

Veterans are eligible for donations of tickets given by event producers and ticket buyers through Brown Paper Tickets. This is the only ticketing company partnership whereby tickets are being donated instead of sold to veterans at a discounted military rate.

“Our partnership seems to be in full swing,” saidĀ Michael A. Focareto, a veteran of the U.S. Navy andĀ Chief Executive Officer/Founder of Veteran Tickets Foundation.

Here are some ‘thank you’ messages we received from veterans who have used tickets donated through the producers on Brown Paper Tickets.”

A big thank you for the passes to the Rose City Comic-Con. If it wasn’t for you I would not have been able to take my sons to this event. They had such a good time. I remember going to this event when I was about their age and it was priceless to see the look on their faces as we walked around and looked at the different exhibits. Thank You!” – Posted by Jim on September 10, 2012. Jim is currently serving in the US Military and attended Rose City Comic-Con in Portland, Oregon on September 8, 2012.

Thanks for the ticket to the comedy show. The show is hilarious…haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. Greatly appreciated!” – Posted by Edgar on August 28, 2012. Edgar is currently serving in the US Military and attended “Reinforcing Stereotypes – A Night of Stand Up Comedy” in San Francisco, California on August 24, 2012.

“Brown Paper Tickets is proud to help event producers and ticket buyers to donate their tickets to veterans and their families,” said William S. Jordan, president and founder of Brown Paper Tickets. “As a company founded on the principals of fair-trade, we look for opportunities such as this partnership with Vet Tix to give to our community, and specifically, to give back to those who put their lives on the line for our freedom. This is our way of saying, ‘thank you.'”

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Rose City Comic-Con: Portland Enters the Fold

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Can you believe that before this year, Portland, Oregon was lacking a Comic-Con? From the Emerald City to New York to, of course, San Diego, Comic-Cons have been cropping up the world over. Originally a niched convention for dedicated fans, Comic-Cons have become events of national appeal and acclaim; they’re an overall celebration of what it means to be a fan. In under two weeks — September 8 and 9 — Portland gets their own.

Comic-Cons, traditionally, feature tables full of comic vendors where you can meet artists and presses (often with specials!), panels of industry greats, and incredible workshops, and the Rose City’s is no exception. We got a chance to speak with intrepid Rose City Comic-Con organizer Ron Brister about some of the geeky staples in his own backyard, comics in Portland, and taking on the incredible feat of organizing a festival while still having a day job.

Describe the Portland comix scene and why you felt you needed to bring it a Comic-Con.

The comic scene in Portland is pretty vibrant. We have many artist and writers that live in the area, Dark Horse Comics is head-quartered here, and the largest independent studio, Periscope, are all located in the metro area. Based on all that, we felt that Portland was missing something, a more mainstream convention that celebrated all things Pop Culture. The events that we had in town either were stagnant, catered to a small subset, or where narrowly focused on one subject. Plus, we travelled to the conventions up and down the west coast only to run into all the same people from Portland. It was then that we said, “Hey, why don’t we do something like this in Portland?”

Of course, there’s a wider scope of pop culture than just comics — as is the nature of the modern comic-con. Is there still an emphasis of comics themselves, or is this about a wider landscape?

Rose City Comic-Con is a comic convention at heart. With that in mind we have focused our efforts on comic artist, writers, and vendors. However, comics these days have a massive crossover into other genres such as sci-fi and fantasy. Many of our guest are not only comic folks but they are also novelists, screen writers, musicians and actors. But I think the foundation for all those other creative mediums is comics.
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