Monday, October 7, 2013

Comic Con 2013

Wikia Panel Schedule @ NYCC - FT. Anime legends and Cosplay events

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM


Afro Samurai. Hells Angels. Lone Wolf and Cub. Ninja Scroll. What do these titles have in common? They represent some of the greatest works in anime/manga, from an equally diverse group of creators. “New school” artists like Shin-ichi Hiromoto and Takashi Okazaki; legends like Kazuo Koike and Masao Maruyama. Join Wikia as we celebrate these “industry leaders” by putting the spotlight on their careers, their works, and what the future has in store for them. Now’s your chance to get up close and personal with some of the genre’s greatest. Who knows? They may just offer some advice that sets you on your own path to stardom.


Kazuo Koike (Crying Freeman, Lone Wolf and Cub), Takashi Okazaki (Afro Samurai), Shin-ichi Hiromoto (Hells Angels) and Masao Maruyama (Trigun, Ninja Scroll, Studio Madhouse).



Eric Moro (Wikia’s Director of Programming, Entertainment).


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM


Throughout the month of September, manga/anime legends Kazuo Koike, Yoshitaka Amano, Takashi Okazaki, Shin-ichi Hiromoto and Masao Maruyama partnered with Wikia for “The Masters of Animanga: A Wikia Collaborative Writing Project.” This once-in-a-lifetime initiative offered Wikia community members the opportunity to write stories based on fully rendered illustrations and brief character descriptions created by these “Masters” in a one-paragraph-at-a-time format (one user contributed a paragraph to the story, then another built upon that, etc. until the project was closed). In fact, three different stories across three different genres were developed: Vampires, Girls and Samurai. Join Wikia and the “Masters” as they celebrate/unveil the three final stories and discuss this never-before-attempted fan collaboration. The future of this style of storytelling – one that takes the legitimizing of “fan fiction” to a whole new level – will also be discussed!


Kazuo Koike (Crying Freeman, Lone Wolf and Cub), Takashi Okazaki (Afro Samurai), Shin-ichi Hiromoto (Hells Angels), Hiro Ikegami (Space Battleship Yamato 2199) and Masao Maruyama (Trigun, Ninja Scroll, Studio Madhouse)



Eric Moro (Wikia’s Director of Programming, Entertainment)


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM


Wikia is THE social universe for fans by fans, and it’s no secret that pop culture enthusiasts love the costumes and look of their favorite characters. To celebrate that amazing fandom, Wikia will be hosting the Wikia Heroes & Villains Cosplay Contest at New York Comic Con. Wikia is posting a cash/gift-card prize, along with several runner-up prizes. Wikia Stars (leading admins/experts in our comics, video game, and entertainment communities) will serve as judges for the contest.


Jennifer Betka (Wikia’s SVP of Marketing)



Voltron® and Robotech to team up for the first time
at New York Comic Con this October.

Fresh off the blockbuster comic series team up announcement this summer from Dynamite Entertainment, New York Comic Con will host a joint panel of two of anime's greatest legends—Voltron® and Robotech—for the first time on Friday October 11th at 11:00 a.m. in Room 1A14 ! This historic event will be the first time representatives of both properties will be together discussing the much buzzed about Robotech / Voltron crossover from Dynamite Comics.  
To give fans the latest news, sneak peeks, and insights into the creation of this historic crossover, World Events Productions (WEP,LLC) and Harmony Gold U.S.A. can confirm the following members of the creative team will be attending the New York Comic Con: 

Jeremy Corray Voltron Creative Director
Tommy Yune Robotech Creative Director
Bob Koplar Vice President, World Events Productions 
Kevin McKeever Vice President of Marketing for Robotech
Joseph Rybandt – Senior Editor, Dynamite Comics

Tommy Yune is co-writing the story with Dynamite Comics who will produce and distribute the comics. The first issue of the Robotech / Voltron Crossover is expected to be released in December 2013.
Voltron fans at New York Comic Con have always shown us tremendous amount of love and enthusiasm,” commented WEP’s Jeremy Corray. “This opportunity to form up with our friends at Harmony Gold for the first ever Robotech / Voltron crossover panel has been a pop-culture event years in the making that fans of classic ‘80s cartoons, anime, and giant robots won’t want to miss. Fans planning their panel hits should mark it down now.” 
"Robotech and Voltron share many common roots as two of the best known series in anime history,” said Tommy Yune, Creative Director, Harmony Gold. “We're thrilled to be a part of this exciting project with our colleagues from World Events Productions."
“The New York Comic-Con is the perfect venue for the inaugural Robotech / Voltron teamup panel! I think fans are really going to enjoy it!,” said Kevin McKeever, Vice President of Marketing for Robotech.
In addition to the Robotech / Voltron Crossover panel on Friday, fans can also catch the annual Robotech Industry Panel that Friday at 12:30 p.m. in Room 1A15 and the Voltron 30th Anniversary Sneak Peek panel Sunday, October 13th at 2:30 PM Room 1A06 for prizes, previews and more.

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