Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Halloween's technically October 31st, but that's not stopping our friends at Japan Society from hosting a creepy, kooky, spooky event at Kinokuniya Bookstore on November 1! Japan Society will be taking over Kinokuniya's second floor from 2 to 4 PM on November 1 for a session of Kamishibai Storytelling. From Japan Society...
Mystical creatures of Japan such as oni, kappa and tengu are introduced through kamishibai (Paper Theater) storytelling around the time of Halloween. Participants will hear Japanese folktales featuring ghosts and otherworldly creatures in English and Japanese, accompanied by song and dance. Popular anime ghost characters of Japan will be also introduced. Afterward, they will create their own masks of the folktale characters featured in the stories.
Japan Society recommends the event for children from 3-10 years old, but it's open to all. And it's free to all, too!
Kinokuniya is at 1073 Avenue of the Americas in NYC.
Halloween is coming up, but do you know what else is? NYCC 2010's Artist Alley applications. Applications for tables in New York Comic Con's 2010 Artist Alley will go live at noon (12 PM EST) on Monday, November 2nd. NYCC has been proud to feature both living legends as well as rising stars in our Artist Alley in previous years, and we're excited now to turn our attention to our Fifth Anniversary Show and our biggest and best Artist Alley yet!
If you'd like to participate, simply click over to www.nycomiccon.com starting at noon on Monday to apply. Please note that because of the sheer volume of applications we get, we cannot provide every artist a table. Instead, part of the tables are given away first come, first served and others are juried. (Applying just lets us know you'd like to participate in Artist Alley. It doesn't guarantee you a space.) Please also note that if you've appeared in NYCC's Artist Alley previously, you're not automatically provided a table in 2010. We do these things to make sure our Artist Alley has a diverse mix of artists -- and a different mix every year.
If you have any questions or comments about Artist Alley, just click over to www.nycomiccon.com. Further information, prices, and deadlines will all be online along with our applications.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Local band -- and friend of show -- HAPPYFUNSMILE plays an amalgam of Japanese street music, festival beats, and folk songs that's uniquely NYC -- and you've got two chances to see them this week.
HAPPYFUNSMILE will be performing a free show on October 30 at Forbidden City (just a few blocks from Forbidden Planet) in NYC. Taking place at 9 PM at 212 Avenue A (between 13th and 14th Streets), this is the band's annual Halloween gig. In other words, cosplay is encouraged! For more, click here.
Then, just a few nights later, the first J-Summit New York Halloween Party is taking place. On Sunday, November 1 at Webster Hall, it'll feature Uzuhi, Lilac, Gurigula, Kossan, Fuse, Ebina Kenichi, 10tecomai, DJ Frost, DJ AKi, DJ Yoshiki, and HAPPYFUNSMILE. Alone Together NYC will present a NY Meets Japan Fashion Show and Costume Contest, and there'll be a trip to Japan given away as part of the night. Doors open at 3 PM, and it's $25 at the door. Webster Hall is at 125 East 11th St. For more, click here.
NYAF isn't organizing either of the above activities, but they're events we want you -- as a New York Anime Fan -- to know about.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
C2E2 has a special Halloween treat for you! What is it? Well, considering this post's title is "Mike Mignola! C2E2 Guest of Honor!", methinks you can figure it out.
We're very excited to be bringing Mike out to C2E2 next year, and we think you'll be pretty jazzed, too. In fact, Mignola's been one of the most-asked-for names in all our conversations and meet ups with fans. And he's just the start. Once we're out of our post-Halloween sugar shock, expect to start seeing weekly updates to the C2E2 guest list. Writers, inkers, and pencillers! Oh my!
And, for the four of you who don't know anything about Mike Mignola, Mignola is best known as the award-winning creator/writer/artist of Hellboy, a comic series following an eponymous demon, the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, and their fight against various supernatural forces around the globe. The Hellboy saga, beginning publication in 1993, has crossed across comic books, animation, toys, video games, and – in 2004 – a live-action film starring Ron Perlman. Mignola served as a Visual Consultant for both the 2004 Hellboy motion picture as well as its 2008 sequel, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army. Outside of Hellboy, Mignola co-authored (with Christopher Golden) the novel BALTIMORE, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire. Mignola lives in southern California with his wife, daughter, and cat.
Marvel Comics is hosting the first ever MarvelFest on today in Union Square! The event features talents including Chris Claremont, Neal Adams, and Dan Slott as well as a costume contest and various giveaways. Oh, there'll also be an outdoor screening of the Astonishing X-Men motion comic, too. It all kicks off at 4 PM. For more details, visit http://marvel.com/fest09.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Don't forget, our friends at NYC's Paley Center are hosting a celebrity stage reading of The Twilight Zone’s “The Masks” tomorrow -- Wednesday, October 28 at 6:30 PM. Presented in association with Food For Thought Productions, The Paley Center's live reading will feature Lucie Arnaz, Laurence Luckinbill, Katharine Luckinbill, Robert Walden, and Fritz Weaver in front of the audience and is directed by Antony Marsellis. Anne Serling, daughter of Rod Serling, will also speak at the event.
Tickets are available at paleycenter.org and are $50 for the general public, but you can get tickets for half off -- only $25 -- by entering code "comiccon" at paleycenter.org. The Paley Center is located at 25 West 52 Street in NYC.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Whew, I think the week plus of drama surrounding our shows are behind us (can it be that Big Apple was just a week ago? Really?) for the time being at least, but as Rich Johnston said it best, that this is probably “The end of the beginning” of all this silliness. Heidi over at The Beat had probably the best summation of the whole situation that she posted here. Give it a read.
For now, I’m done talking about it, I said my piece and we are back to our usual routine of trying to build two kick ass shows for everyone next year.
A few minor updates for you all – we expect to have another guest announcement for C2E2 in the next week or 10 days. Should be a few big names and a longer list of other great creators that will join us on the shores of Lake Michigan in April. I’ve had a number of questions around VIP tickets for both NYCC and C2E2 and I expect VIP tix for C2E2 to go on sale in the next 4 weeks, but we’ll get you plenty of advance notice here and in our newsletter. For NYCC, it will most likely be spring before we post VIP tickets. Remember, you can buy a ticket and we’ll help you upgrade to a VIP later if that’s easier for you.
We are getting ready to post our first viral vid from It's Just Some Random Guy. I just got it today and it is awesome! We'll post it here in the next few days.
If you are interested in helping us build a kick as show in Chicago, email our Marketing Guru Brian Stephenson, he’s crafting some cool plans for the next few months in Chicago. Just tell him that you want to be a soldier in the C2E2 army, he’ll know what that means!
I’ve been really flattered with the comments on the blogs, the emails, voice mails and txt’s I personally and the entire team has gotten regarding this whole situation. Please know that we all appreciate the strong feedback and support form guests, fans and exhibitors. It means a lot. I know that we don’t do everything right and we are far from perfect, but the most important thing for you to know is that we do this for you, whether you are a fan, a creator or an exhibitor. These are your shows, we just build them for you. If you want something, we are listening don’t hesitate to tell us.
Lastly, remember that the best way to show your support for C2E2 and NYCC (besides all of the great comments and messages!) is to buy a ticket. Vote with your bucks and where you think they are best spent for the best experience.
Buy your C2E2 tickets here and you NYCC tickets here.
Thanks again and now we are getting back to work on building the kind of cons you all want!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Image Anime in New York City is celebrating Halloween this year by hosting an in-house cosplay contest for local anime fans. The event starts at 4 PM on October 31 and runs until 6:30. There’ll be separate catagories for guys and girls.
Here are the rules…
1. Costumes can be from any anime, manga, comic, tv show, or movie, but judges will be looking for attires that have great originality, craftsmanship, creativity, and a photogenic level.
2. In order to be judged, contestants must be at the store on October 31st during the event.
3. No weapons allowed. All props must be made from wood or plastic and contain no sharp edges. No projectile props will be allowed either.
4. There will be no changing room. You must come to the store already in costume.
5. The event is for all ages so clothing must be PG rated to ensure the store remains a clean, family environment.
Image Anime is located at 242 West 30th Street.
The awesome dudes at Japanator.com have an interview with friend of show Ali T. Kokmen! Stop reading this, and read Japanator's Ali interview now!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
And now a word for the gamers...
The Intercollegiate Smash Invitational will take place November 13th and 14th, 2009 at Princeton University in Princeton, NJ. Participating schools include Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University, Rutgers University, University of Maryland, University of Pennsylvania, and West Virginia University. You can get more details at http://www.smashboards.com/showthread.php?t=251164.
Today is the first ever NYC Dumpling Festival -- taking place in Sara D. Roosevelt Park off East Houston Street in Manhattan. From 12 PM to 5 PM in Chinatown, the event will feature cookbook signings with Chefs Wai Hon Chu (co-author of The Dumpling: A Seasonal Guide) and Jaden Hair (author of The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook: 101 Asian Recipes Simple Enough for Tonight's Dinner), an East Village dumpling tour, dumpling making classes, family games, and a dumpling eating contest. Guests and attendees will also be able to taste and experience dumplings from around the world with offerings such as gnocchi (Italy), tamale (Mexico), palitaw (Philippines), kuih koci (Malaysia), idli (India), bao (China), and pierogi (Poland).
All proceeds from the NYC Dumpling Festival will benefit the Food Bank For New York City.
Nom! Nom! Nom!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I love New York. I love the people, the places, and events, the opportunities, and the food. And I love when it all intersects. Like this weekend at the first ever NYC Dumpling Festival -- taking place October 24 in Sara D. Roosevelt Park off East Houston Street in Manhattan.
From 12 PM to 5 PM in Chinatown, the event will feature cookbook signings with Chefs Wai Hon Chu (co-author of The Dumpling: A Seasonal Guide) and Jaden Hair (author of The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook: 101 Asian Recipes Simple Enough for Tonight's Dinner), an East Village dumpling tour, dumpling making classes, family games, and a dumpling eating contest. Guests and attendees will also be able to taste and experience dumplings from around the world with offerings such as gnocchi (Italy), tamale (Mexico), palitaw (Philippines), kuih koci (Malaysia), idli (India), bao (China), and pierogi (Poland).
All proceeds from the NYC Dumpling Festival will benefit the Food Bank For New York City. (And a big thanks for C.B. Cebulski for the tip!)
What are you doing October 28? Here's what... Marvel Comics is hosting the first ever Marvelfest on Oct 28th in Union Square. The event will feature talents including Chris Claremont, Neal Adams, and Dan Slott as well as a costume contest and various giveaways. Oh, there'll also be an outdoor screening of the Astonishing X-Men motion comic. It all kicks off at 4 PM.
For more details, visit http://marvel.com/fest09.
Our friend Danny Fingeroth is currently conducting a series of classes at MoCCA titled How To Write Comics and Graphic Novels. The classes start tonight and run through to December 15.
It's an eight-week course whose aim is to teach students in a supportive atmosphere how to structure and write comics and graphic novel stories of professional caliber. Combining lectures, assignments in class and at home, and roundtable critiquing, the class will cover writing for all kinds of comics, including autobiographical, historical, indie, and superheroes. (No drawing skill is required.)
Tuition is $495 for non-members and $445 for MoCCA members. To signup, visit www.moccany.org/education.html.
Our friends at NYC's Paley Center are hosting a celebrity stage reading of The Twilight Zone’s “The Masks” on Wednesday, October 28 at 6:30 PM. Presented in association with Food For Thought Productions, The Paley Center's live reading will feature Lucie Arnaz, Laurence Luckinbill, Katharine Luckinbill, Robert Walden, and Fritz Weaver in front of the audience and is directed by Antony Marsellis. Anne Serling, daughter of Rod Serling, will also speak at the event.
Tickets are available at paleycenter.org and are $50 for the general public, but you can get tickets for half off -- only $25 -- by entering code "comiccon" at paleycenter.org.
The Paley Center is located at 25 West 52 Street in NYC.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
I’ve gotten a lot of questions about what I think of Wizard putting the Big Apple Con dates on the same weekend as New York Comic Con for 2010 and honestly, what I think doesn’t matter one bit. We run an event that serves the industry (and I mean industry broadly; comics, manga, Anime, film, TV, gaming). Our purpose is to grow the industry and serve the fans, exhibitors and guests. So what I think about it is far less important than what the fans, exhibitors and guests think.
Looking through blogs tonight and the emails I’ve gotten from our partners in the industry, I think it’s pretty clear what all of these groups think of the decision. Read a few comments on the articles from Newsarama, CBR, Robot 6 or The Beat. It seems pretty clear to me.
There is a fundamental difference in philosophies between our organizations. We approach our shows by thinking about the fans, the industry and the exhibitors first and ourselves second. We believe that if we serve the fans, the industry, the guests and the exhibitors first we will be rewarded with a good show thus a good business proposition. How does putting an event on the exact same dates as NYCC (or even C2E2 for that matter) do anything to help the fans, exhibitors or guests?
I am not claiming that we are altruistic and do everything s right all the time. Far from it. If you read this blog, I think you know, that I know, we screw a lot up, but we don’t run from our mistakes or criticism, we listen and we learn. And yes, we operate these events as businesses. But we believe our success comes directly from treating people well and helping them grow there business (Midtown Comics busiest 3 days of the year are during NYCC – that is success to us). Good business is not doing what you want for you and taking a short term gain.
There in lies the fundamental difference in why and how we run our events. I welcome having these differences on display directly against each other.
I am making an effort to speak about how we conduct ourselves as I think Wizard’s choices are clear based on the events they run. So what do we believe in?
- Pleasing the fansGrowing the business as a whole by attracting new customers
- Serving our exhibitors by doing what we say we will do and delivering an audience to them
- Giving our guests a great experience
- Honestly reporting our numbers
- Being accountable to our customers (fans, guests and exhibitors)
- The ticket you buy, gets you access to all of our guests, you don’t have to pay to meet everyone
- Investing in our shows to make them cool
- Not misleading our fans on guests, costs or the experience they should expect
- Using the talent our exhibitors share with us to grow THERE business, not just ours
- A firm commitment to the business of the business (education, networking, licensing, rights, retailers, etc)
So what do I think of the Big Apple dates? Ask Marvel. Ask DC. Ask Sony. Ask an artist alley participant. Ask a creator. Ask a fan. You’ll get a clear answer of just who these choices of dates are intended to serve.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Sunday, October 18 is Osamu Tezuka Day at Kinokuniya Bookstore in NYC! The full schedule is here. Swing on by 1073 Ave of the Americas starting at noon to meet up with NYAF, Vertical, Abrams, and Samurai Beat Radio as we all celebrate Osamu Tezuka and our favorite Tezuka characters. (I heart Dororo.)
Friday, October 16, 2009
Just got a call from the NYCC crew (Larry, Mark and Tonya) that the Wizard people kicked them out of Big Apple Con! Too funny. They had a whole bevy of security guards escort them out. Wow. Little different than the last few years when Joe Yanarella, Adam Tracey and the Wizard crew would come to NYCC and we'd have a nice chat, catch up, be professional and then they'd hang out and see customers.....
To be fair, Peter Katz of Wizard did hand them cash to refund the ticket cost. Classy.
So why were they so afraid of having some NYCC staffers there?
Posted by Lance Fensterman at 6:57 PM
Saturday and Sunday is Meet The Breeds in the Javits Center in NYC. Organized by the American Kennel Club, and it'll feature "160 dog breeds and 41 cat breeds" and is open to the public. If you're in NYC, love dogs or cats -- or have kids -- come on out to Meet the Breeds with me! Grab your tickets at www.meetthebreeds.com.
Expect far too many pictures tomorrow.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
In a purely personal post, my favorite band of all time -- HAPPYFUNSMILE -- will be performing a free show on October 30 at Forbidden City (just a few blocks from Forbidden Planet) in NYC. Taking place at 9 PM at 212 Avenue A (between 13th and 14th Streets), it's a concert that's not to be missed. HAPPYFUNSMILE performs an amalgam of Japanese street music, festival beats, and folk songs that's uniquely NYC.
Won't you join me at Forbidden City?
NYAF has the joy of announcing that Anime USA in Arlington, Virginia will serve as a preliminary for the 2010 New York Anime Festival's Yume Cosplay Prize. The winners of this year’s Anime USA Masquerade will take home a trip to New York City and a guaranteed spot in the 2010 NYAF's Yume Cosplay Prize Finals -- with the winners of the Finals winning a week-long trip to Japan.
Anime USA takes place November 20-22 this year at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. Guests include Steve Blum, Michael Sinterniklaas, Leah Clark, and J. Michael Tatum. This year's New York Anime Festival took place September 25-27 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Guests included Yoshiyuki Tomino, Yui Makino, Kyle Hebert, and Monica Rial. At this year's NYAF, cosplayers Yaya Han and Anna Raper won the first ever Yume Cosplay Prize at NYAF's Masquerade. Ms. Han and Ms. Raper will be traveling to Tokyo, Japan next Spring and attending the Tokyo International Anime Fair, their trip provided by the New York Anime Festival.
The winners of this year's Anime USA Masquerade will compete in next year's New York Anime Festival Yume Cosplay Prize Masquerade for a chance at winning a trip to Tokyo, Japan in 2011. To compete in the Anime USA Yume Cosplay Prize Preliminaries, cosplayers:
1) Must be available to attend Anime USA in 2009 and the New York Anime Festival in 2010
2) Must be 18 years of age
3) Must be citizens or legal residents of the USA
4) Must be available to participate in Anime USA promotional activities
5) Must enter in teams of two, or if entering in a team of more than two, select two members to head on to NYC
Winners of the Anime USA Yume Cosplay Prize Preliminaries receive:
1) Free roundtrip transportation for two from Virginia to New York City
2) Free accommodations for two at a NYAF official convention hotel in New York City
3) Free passes for two to the 2010 New York Anime Festival
4) A guaranteed place in the 2010 Yume Cosplay Masquerade Finals
For more information on the Anime USA Masquerade, please visit animeusa.org. For more information on the Yume Cosplay Masquerade, visit newyorkanimefestival.com. Additional conventions interested in hosting Regional Preliminaries for the 2010 Yume Cosplay Prize should contact New York Anime Festival Programming Director Peter Tatara (email@example.com).
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Mad Norwegian Press has announced the forthcoming publication of "Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It." Slated for March 15 release, this essay collection ---designed for male and female readers alike --- features a host of award-winning female novelists, academics and actresses discussing their involvement with "Doctor Who" fandom, critiquing various characters and aspects of the series, and examining the more extraordinary aspects of what it's like to be a female "Doctor Who"enthusiast.
Contributors to this essay collection include Carole E. Barrowman (Anything Goes), Elizabeth Bear (the Jenny Casey trilogy), Lisa Bowerman (star of the Bernice Summerfield audios), Jackie Jenkins (Doctor Who Magazine), Mary Robinette Kowal (Shades of Milk and Honey), Seanan McGuire (Rosemary and Rue), Jody Lynn Nye (the Mythology series), Kate Orman (Seeing I), Lloyd Rose (Camera Obscura), Catherynne M. Valente (The Orphan’s Tales) and more. Also included is a comic from Tammy Garrison and Katy Shuttleworth (Torchwood Babiez), as well as interviews with India Fisher (Charley in the Doctor Who audios) and Sophie Aldred (Ace on Doctor Who,1987-1989).
Don't forget that Sunday, October 18 is Osamu Tezuka Day at Kinokuniya Bookstore in NYC! The full schedule is here. Swing on by 1073 Ave of the Americas starting at noon to meet up with NYAF, Vertical, Abrams, and Samurai Beat Radio as we all celebrate Osamu Tezuka and our favorite Tezuka characters.
And, yes, there will be giveaways. Rumor has it, there'll be boxes of manga and DVDs from this year's New York Anime Festival.
C2E2 will feature a lot of panels and a lot of screenings. We'll have presentations by Marvel and DC, we'll have talks about Golden and Silver Age creators, and have glimpses at movies and TV shows months before their premieres -- but we'll have something more, too. Beyond all the fun at our cons, we're always proud to present an academic track -- educational panels that give back and fill out attendees with something (other than swag) that they'll take home with them.
This year, though, we're proud to do more than just host an academic track. The first C2E2 is working with the Institute for Comics Studies to launch the Comics Studies Conference. Taking place in conjunction with C2E2, the CSC will promote the study, understanding, recognition, and cultural legitimacy of comics and support the discussion and dissemination of this study and understanding.
If you're a librarian, professor, teacher, or scholarly fan, the Comics Studies Conference wants to hear from you. The CSC invites proposals for scholarly presentations, book talks, slide talks, roundtables, professional-focus panels, workshops and other panels centered on sequential art and comics in any form (graphic novels, comic strips, comic books, manga, web comics, etc.), comics-centric works, or adaptations of comics materials, genres, or figures into other media for its first annual meeting, held in conjunction with C2E2.
Proposals that concern comics produced in or otherwise connected to Chicago, and proposals by Chicago-area faculty, scholars, and comics professionals are especially encouraged.
The CSC proposal deadline is December 1. Sumbit proposals online here.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The first J-Summit New York Halloween Party is taking place Sunday, November 1 at Webster Hall. NYAF isn't organzing the event, but we're happy to spread the word.
Uzuhi, Lilac, Gurigula, HappyFunSmile, Kossan, Fuse, Ebina Kenichi, 10tecomai, DJ Frost, DJ AKi, and DJ Yoshiki will be performing. Alone Together NYC will present a NY Meets Japan Fashion Show and Halloween Contest.
Doors open at 3 PM. $25 at the door. Webster Hall is at 125 East 11th St.
Posted by Peter Tatara at 5:32 PM
Monday, October 12, 2009
It may just be in some YouTube video posted on www.mediumatlarge.net, too.
Posted by Peter Tatara at 4:48 PM
So, if you're a regular reader, you no doubt know that every Saturday is "Caturday" -- meaning an adorable picture of a kitten -- but this Saturday is something special, the biggest, bestest Caturday ever. See, this weekend is Meet The Breeds in the Javits Center in NYC. A dog and pet show open to the public, it's organized by the American Kennel Club, and it'll feature "160 dog breeds and 41 cat breeds", and you know I've already got my ticket. Expect updates live from the show floor, including a complete abuse of my BlackBerry's camera, as we search for the cutest kitten of them all. And, if you're in NYC, love dogs or cats -- or have kids -- come on out to Meet the Breeds, too!
PS: Yes, this entire post is serious.
Tokyo No Records (tokyonorecords.com) have two new albums they’re putting out this season, and our friends at Superglorious are putting together a fun soiree to showcase the new tunes. Join ‘em on Wednesday, October 14th upstairs at The Bowery Electric at 9 PM for the Tokyo No Records release party. The DJs for the night include Captain Heartlock, Eric Eiffel, and Hayden Honey. The Heiz will also be in attendance so you can say hello to them before they go on their US tour.
Bowery Electric is located at 327 Bowery (bet. 2nd and 3rd St.) Must be 21 and over (with ID)
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Entertainment Weekly on The Lord of The Rings at Radio City! Be there tonight at 7:30!
Posted by Peter Tatara at 4:21 PM
This is an abridged version of the video shown at Radio City yesterday and today (October 8 and 9, 2009) as part of The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring Concerts. This video was looped within Radio City prior to the start of the concert, showcasing the winners of NYCC's Photo and Art contest to all the audience. Note the uploaded video is sped up quite a bit, with the actual video shown at Radio City running over 10 minutes long - each image displayed much longer.
For more information, visit nycomiccon.com and theradiocitylotrconcert.com. (Also, notice the Lord of The Rings Online giveaway in the video! Enter by October 15 for a chance to win!)