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Hasbro Expands All-Star Lineup for First-Ever HASCON with Flo Rida, Maddie Ziegler, Isabela Moner, David Ortiz, Jackie Bradley Jr., Eh Bee Family and the cast of ‘Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters’

Just Announced: Performance by Flo Rida and Meet and Greets with Maddie Ziegler, Isabela Moner, Eh Bee Family, David Ortiz, James White, Jackie Bradley Jr., Susan Blu, Len Cabral and the voice cast of Hasbro’s Netflix Original Series for Kids ‘Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters’


Pawtucket, R.I. – August 8, 2017 – Today Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), a global play and entertainment company, unveiled additional entertainment programming details for the first ever HASCON FANmily event. Happening September 8 – 10, 2017 at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, HASCON will bring Hasbro’s most iconic brands to life.

Joining the previously announced all-star lineup is a performance by GRAMMY®-nominated rapper and singer-songwriter Flo Rida (“My House,” “Whistle”), who will perform a full set to HASCON guests the evening of Saturday, September 9, and a meet and greet with actress, dance icon and NYT bestselling author, Maddie Ziegler (as featured in “Sia: Chandelier,” “Leap!”), Isabela Moner (Transformers: The Last Knight), and family-friendly internet personalities, the Eh Bee Family. Also joining HASCON is veteran voice actress Susan Blu (“The Transformers: The Movie,” “Jem”), MLB-retired designated hitter David “Big Papi” Ortiz, current center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (of the Boston Red Sox), New England Patriots running back and Super Bowl™ 51 Hero James White (of the New England Patriots) and internationally acclaimed and award-winning storyteller Len Cabral.

HASCON will also feature a panel and autograph session with talent and creators from Hasbro’s upcoming Netflix original series for kids Stretch Armstrong and the Flex FightersOgie Banks (“Ultimate Spider-Man”), Walter Koenig (“Star Trek,” “Babylon 5”), Scott Menville (“Teen Titans Go!,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”), series executive producer/writer Kevin Burke (“Ultimate Spider-Man,” “Avengers Assemble”), series executive producer/writer Chris “Doc” Wyatt (“Ultimate Spider-Man,” “Napoleon Dynamite”) and series supervising director Vic Cook (“The Spectacular Spider-man,” “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated”) will be featured on the panel and at the autograph session on Sunday, September 10. 

Previously announced programming includes a performance and meet and greet with Multi-Platinum GRAMMY® Award-Winning singer-songwriter Daya, panel discussions with Stan Lee (Marvel Comics Legend), James Gunn (writer and director, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 1 and 2), Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Producer of all the TRANSFORMERS films, as well as G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra and G.I. JOE Retaliation), Dude Perfect and many more.

This unique event will bring Hasbro’s most iconic brands to life like never before, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY and G.I. JOE and exceptional partner brands such as BEYBLADE, DREAMWORKS TROLLS and SESAME STREET. Fans will get a peek behind the Hasbro curtain during the three days filled with exciting first-look previews and panels from Hasbro’s biggest television and movie series, including Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS: RESCUE BOTS, LITTLEST PET SHOP and MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC as seen on Hasbro’s joint-venture television network Discovery Family.

In addition, there will be activities inspired by several iconic Disney properties, including Disney Princess, Frozen, Elena of Avalor, Moana and Descendants 2, as well as Star Wars and Marvel’s Avengers, Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy. From movie props and costumes on display, to hands-on fun through art tutorials and more, these areas will be can’t-miss destinations during the show.

To purchase General Admission and VIP tickets, view complete package details and stay up to date on all the latest information on HASCON 2017, please visit http://hascon.hasbro.com

The inaugural HASCON FANmily™ event is presented in part by IDW Publishing, Ultra PRO, Discovery Family and Norwegian Airlines. 

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Coming out is nicer than expected

“Wait so, you are ‘gay’?”

That was the question I hated answering for the second time. I finally got to actually explain in full to John and Jade about being Pansexual, and finally admit to dating Karkat.

“Yeah well, not specifically; in easy terms yes. I’d technically be labeled as Bisexual, but for this I’m going by pansexual terms”

I may have seemed calm to them on the outside, but inside I was freaking out. ‘Mr. cool guy’ (as Jade used to call me) wasn’t necessarily doing so hot right about now.

“Wow, this is some pretty deep stuff Dave! After three years, you must have done some deep inner soul searching.” At least Jade was taking it in a nice way.

“Wait. So does this mean you are dating Karkat after all?”

I laid my palm on the back of my neck and replied flatly.

“Yeah, pretty much.” 

“So my suspicions were correct! “ The conversation went on a little more after that. It went mostly with them talking about how they accept me even if they themselves don’t necessarily go ‘that way’. I guess I should be glad; I’m more relived if anything holy shit.

A few days after, we all officially settled in our new universe, the trolls joining us of course. A couple of us decided to share a place together. John messaged me to meet him at a place, which led to our living room to no surprise considering Egbert wasn’t some superficial type of dude. Once I took a look around, to my surprise I found Karkat on the couch instead of John-even though he lived here too. Other than Karkat, there was a pizza, a jug of apple cider with a note on it, some plastic cups and paper plates, and a huge stack of movies on the coffee table. Surprisingly there were ones that didn’t suck.

“Where’s John?”

“I was about to ask you the same thing.” My thoughts trailed back to the note on the apple cider and I walked over to the jug and pulled the note off to read it aloud.

“Hey Dave and/or Karkat, which ever is reading this-
It’s been awhile since all of us had gotten settled along with the new universe and I noticed you two hadn’t really been able to hang out alone for a bit. Along with being one of your guys’ bros I decided I’d let you guys have the place for the night! Everything’s fresh for you guys so I guess, enjoy your time!


Setting the note down next to the movie stack, I made my way to the couch and sat down next to Karkat leaning back.

“Well I guess we don’t want this to all go to waste. Plus he did go out of his way to get fancy ass apple cider.”

“True. Is that going to be your highlight of the night?”

“No it’s probably going to be having you all to myself with the apple cider.”

“Of course.”

He scoffed with a smile and shook his head. I leaned forward out of my position and grabbed the movie stack shuffling through the names. There were a couple of romcoms due to Karkat’s taste like “Along came Polly,“ “Hitch,” and “50 First Dates”. Other titles included “Napoleon Dynamite,” “Spider-man,” and “Starsky and Hutch,“ which I, of course, was still sporting the ‘Stiller Shades’ from. Karkat opened up the pizza box and grabbed himself a slice and a plate.

“So what movie do we watch first?” I said, holding up three movies each in my two hands as if they were cards and I was dealing it up like a worker at a casino; all I needed was a shitty plastic visor. As he bit into his pizza, Karkat looked over at our ‘evening selection’. I was surprised he didn’t immediately go for a romcom like the connoisseur he was for them. His finger pointed to the three other titles, he then finished swallowing his food and continued on.

“Considering we’ve watched my choice for a majority of times before, you choose.”

“This night keeps getting better doesn’t it?”

“Oh fuck you!”

“I’m kidding, I’m up for anything honestly but considering it’s my choice I’ll throw something in.”

"Whatever” He went back to his pizza and I got up to put in “Starsky and Hutch” considering how classic it is. I snapped open the cider and poured myself a cup and sat down to get ready to start the ‘alone time’ as John had put it.

It had been a couple of hours of movies and shitty jokes later, the pizza had about three slices left and half the apple cider was gone. Karkat and I wound up laying on each other in a weird position that I don’t even know if you could call it cuddling or not. I ended up taking off my shades at some point and set them on the table. The movie playing at the moment was ‘Hitch’ due to Karkat putting it in the DVD player before I could get up to change the next disk myself. It was currently at the part where Will Smith ended up being drugged up on medicine so much he could barely function and his date was leading him back to her place. I tore my eyes away from the TV screen to look at Karkat who I had thought would still be up, especially for this movie. But to turn around my thoughts I found him at ease in his sleep, surprise mother fucker. I quietly and carefully moved from my spot on the couch and got up to grab the pizza and cider jug, making my way to put them away in the kitchen. Soon after I went to the hallway closet and grabbed a blanket and carried it back to the living room. I set it on the couch’s arm and fixed Karkat’s legs so they weren’t off the edge and rested on the cushions. He stirred a bit in his sleep causing him to move around, soon facing the back of the couch. I grabbed the blanket again and made my way to lying next to Karkat, covering us both up with it. I looked up at the clock on the wall.

“Damn, two thirty in the morning already?”

Cutting off the only light left on in the house, my arm reached forward for the remote and I shut off the TV because there’s no way I was going to finish watching it if he’s out. I positioned myself to a comfortable position next to Karkat so I was both spooning him and not falling off the couch. I wrapped one arm over his sleeping figure moving us a bit closer together and kissed his face whispering,

“Good night Karks.”

I abbreviated his name because I myself, like Will Smith had been even though he was drugged up, was too tired to function and finish his full first name.

“Good night, Strider”

God damn it he was awake enough to reply. Couldn’t be smooth all the time, could I?

John must have come home the next morning and caught us on the couch because the next thing I knew both of us woke up to being flooded with messages from others and a notification of being tagged in a photo by Egbert. ‘Caught them when I came home, guess my idea succeeded!’ was the description to a photo taken of me and Vantas cuddling it up on the couch. As great as it was and I’ll give John props for it, Karkat was a little more flustered and upset about some of the comments about being ‘cute’. Guess that’s an argument I’m willing to disagree about.

One of these days I’ll have to pay Egbert back, for more than just the picture.