Friday, October 14, 2011

Bronx Economic Financial Summit


“Saturday, October 15, marks the ninth annual National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD). This nationwide effort is a call to action for Hispanics/Latinos to protect their lives and the lives of those they love by getting tested and learning about HIV/AIDS.

“This year’s theme, ‘Latinos Unite! Let’s stay Healthy! Get Tested for HIV,’ highlights the importance of reducing harm and improving health in our community. In that spirit, I urge all potentially at-risk Bronxites to do themselves and their loved ones a favor and get tested for HIV/AIDS. Testing is simple and readily available, and one’s health is far too important to leave to chance,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.


Microsoft to Require Annual Sustainability Reporting by Vendors 
Program stems from conversations with New York City Comptroller John C. Liu’s office on behalf of the New York City Pension Funds.
Microsoft Corp. today announced that it will launch a new effort to enhance the information it shares about its vendors’ commitment to social and environmental policies, programs and performance in its annual Citizenship Report.
Starting in 2013, Microsoft will require a cross section of its suppliers to provide reports on their adherence to the requirements listed in the existing Microsoft Vendor Code of Conduct. The code of conduct sets standards for legal compliance, business ethics, labor and human rights standards, environmental protection, and respect for intellectual property. The new reporting mechanism complements and strengthens Microsoft’s existing auditing and assurance programs, which include third-party monitoring of its contract hardware manufacturers. The reporting requirement will also drive sustainability improvements in Microsoft’s supply chain. More information on Microsoft’s current Responsible Sourcing Initiatives is available at Microsoft’s 2011 Citizenship Report. Microsoft is taking this step in response to a shareholder proposal received from New York City Comptroller John C. Liu on behalf of the New York City Pension Funds. 
“We appreciate and value the discussions we’ve had with Comptroller Liu’s office and the opportunity to continue our collaborative work with shareholders on initiatives that further demonstrate our commitment to corporate citizenship,” said Brad Smith, general counsel and executive vice president of Legal and Corporate Affairs for Microsoft. “This new reporting requirement will help shareholders, customers and others understand how Microsoft and its suppliers are meeting their expectations for social responsibility.
Microsoft will begin informing a dozen of its key vendors about the new reporting process in the coming months. Starting in 2013, Microsoft will include a summary of information from the vendor reports in its annual Citizenship Report. Vendors also will be encouraged to make their reports public. The program will continue to be evaluated in subsequent years to identify options to expand it and provide further visibility to shareholders.
“Microsoft has taken an important step to promote sustainability and transparency among its global suppliers,” Liu said. “If more firms showed such leadership it would hold more suppliers accountable for protecting human and workers’ rights, and reduce the legal and reputational risks that companies and their shareholders face. The New York City Pension Funds are taking this proposal to other companies and expect that they will follow the prudent path Microsoft has chosen.”
As part of the reporting process, Microsoft will also encourage all its suppliers to consider use of the reporting guidelines provided by the Global Reporting Initiative, the leading framework for corporate sustainability reporting based on input from a wide range of civil society organizations, labor, businesses, academics and other experts.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tour De Bronx press conference

  Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz was joined today by Transportation Alternatives, Montefiore Medical Center, St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx Lebanon Medical Center, Domino’s Pizza, the New York Botanical Garden and Woodlawn Cemetery to announce the 17th Annual Tour De Bronx , New York’s State largest free cycling event.  This year’s Tour De Bronx will take place on Sunday, October 23.  To register, please visit

   BP Diaz Said that he will be riding in the Tour De Bronx, but due to an ankle injury he would only be riding the 25 mile loop, and not the larger 40 mile route. 


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Town Hall Meetings with Assemblyman Dinowitz, Congressman Engel,  Councilman G. Oliver Koppell,      

State  Senators  Rivera,  Klein, and Espaillat 

 (This came in from the local elected officials, and is not a part of Comic Con)


Assemblyman Dinowitz, Congressman Engel, Council Member Koppell, State Senators Rivera, Klein, and Espaillat Announce Town Hall Meetings

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Congressman Eliot Engel, Council Member Oliver Koppell, State Senators Gustavo Rivera, Jeffrey Klein, and Adriano Espaillat will host several town hall meetings to answer constituents’ questions and hear their concerns.  See schedule below.

Sunday, October 23 • 1:30pm

Vladeck Hall

74 Van Cortlandt Park South

Meet and Greet Your Elected Officials

Sponsored by
the Amalgamated Housing Cooperative

With Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Congressman Eliot Engel, Council Member Oliver Koppell, and State Senator Gustavo Rivera

Monday, October 24 • 7:30pm

St. Barnabas High School
425 East 240th Street
Town Hall Meeting
Sponsored by the Woodlawn Heights Taxpayers and Community Association
With Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Council Member Oliver Koppell, and State Senator Jeffrey Klein

Tuesday, October 25 • 7:30pm   

Conservative Synagogue
Adath Israel of Riverdale

475 W. 250 St. (on Henry Hudson Pkwy. E.)

Special Forum on Environmental Issues

With Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Council Member Oliver Koppell, and State Senator Adriano Espaillat



Mosholu Montefiore
Community Center
        3450 Dekalb Avenue  
                    Town Hall Meeting
Sponsored by
the Mosholu Montefiore  Community Center
With Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Council Member Oliver Koppell, and State Senator Gustavo Rivera



Archaia Entertainment Unveils New York Comic Con Event Schedule

  Eisner-award winning graphic novel publisher, Archaia Entertainment, unveils its biggest event slate at this year’s New York Comic Con with several eye-opening presentations set to highlight the company’s most anticipated initiatives.

Friday offers attendees the chance to become more than fans with the panel, How to Make a Great Indie Graphic Novel, which gives fans an inside look at what it takes to become a published author and artist. Join Archaia editor-in-chief Stephen Christy and Chief Creative Officer Mark Smylie as they host special guests for an informative panel on what goes into the production of a full-length graphic novel, including the steps from concept to writing, design to production, to self-publishing or submitting your graphic novel for publication. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it takes to make an amazing-looking book, this is the panel to attend! Guests include Michael Lapinksi (Feeding Ground), Jim McCann (Return of the Dapper Men) and David Petersen (Mouse Guard). The panel takes place in Room 1A23 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm.

Also on Friday, Archaia is hosting two exciting off-site signing events attended by Chad Michael Murray, Victor Quinaz and Brent Schoonover.

One Tree Hill’s Chad Michael Murray will be signing copies of his highly-anticipated graphic novel, Everlast at Barnes & Noble (150 East 86th St., New York) beginning at 7:00pm. Everlast follows Derek Everlast, a mysterious man whose destiny in life is to guide mankind on the eve of the apocalypse.

Victor Quinaz and Brent Schoonover, creators of the gritty and groundbreaking Mr. Murder is Dead, will be signing copies at P.S. Bookshop (76 Front St, Brooklyn) from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Hearkening back to the golden age of comics, Mr. Murder is Dead is a stylistic noir that follows a burnt out detective as he uncovers the truth behind the death of his arch-nemesis. The creators will be back on Saturday when they’re joined by Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), who produced the graphic novel under his company, Before the Door Productions. All three will be available for autographs from 8:00pm to 10:00pm at St. Mark’s Place (11 Saint Mark’s Place, New York).

On Sunday, Archaia is honored to share the legacy of one of the world’s greatest creative visionaries, Jim Henson, in The Early Works of Jim Henson. Jim Henson was a creative genius responsible for some of the most iconic properties today, including The Muppets, Fraggle Rock and The Dark Crystal. But what was he like leading up to that success? Join Archaia and The Jim Henson Company as they explore his early works and creative process, complete with archival, rarely seen footage, brought to you by Henson archivist, Karen Falk. Then, get an advance look at TALE OF SAND, the new original graphic novel coming in November, based on a never-before-seen screenplay written by Jim Henson and his longtime collaborator, Jerry Juhl. Falk, Archaia editor-in-chief Stephen Christy and Tale of Sand artist Ramón Pérez will discuss the behind-the-scenes production of the book and debut some new images! Moderated by Archaia CEO PJ Bickett, the panel will happen from 3:45pm to 4:45pm in room 1A15.

Throughout the weekend, Archaia will host dozens of writers and artists for autograph sessions at their booth, #1546. Check or the booth for a schedule. In addition, Relativity Media, the studio behind the upcoming Immortals film, will host a gallery on the show floor (booth #444) featuring art from the graphic novel prelude, Immortals: Gods and Heroes, including works by Rafael Kayanan, Jock and Scott Hampton.

About Archaia Entertainment
Archaia is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 50 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Return of the Dapper Men, Gunnerkrigg Court, Awakening, The Killer, Days Missing, Tumor, Syndrome, Artesia, Engineer, and an entire line of The Jim Henson Company graphic novels. Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds, building one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels. Archaia was named Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year according to Ain’t it Cool News, Graphic Policy, and Comic Related, and was honored with nine 2011 Eisner Awards nominations. Archaia has also successfully emerged as a prolific storyteller in all facets of the entertainment industry, extending their popular brands into film, television, gaming, and branded digital media.

In new windowWorryWoos take the stage at New York Comic Con
The WorryWoos At The New York Comic Con
 We are so excited to announce,
WorryWoo creator, Andi Green will
be hosting WorryWoo Workshop 
on Kid's Day at the New York Comic Con!
October 16th at 2:30pm on the Hasbro Stage 
Join Andi Green as she talks about creating a WorryWoo Monster
and reads her latest book Don't Feed The WorryBug. After the reading, 
Green will conduct a "Color-a-Woo" workshop. This will be accompanied
by a "LIVE" guest appearance of  Wince, The Monster of Worry, 
and his best pal Squeek, The Monster of Innocence!
Don't forget your camera; this is a photo-op you won't want to miss! 
Coming to the New York Comic Con but won't be there on Sunday?
Don't "worry", there will be plenty of other WorryWoo sightings at 
The WorryWoo Monster Booth - #3017
 Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011




WHAT:      Voltron®, the franchise that began when the 1980s robot-themed television action series Voltron: Defender of the Universe® launched, will take part in New York Comic Con with a panel presentation, product giveaways, signing events and Voltron costume character appearances. The panel will feature all-new and classic Voltron content including toys and merchandise, a sneak peak of the Voltron video game presented by THQ, an early glance at Dynamite Entertainment Voltron comics, an exclusive preview of VIZ Kids’ Voltron Force™ graphic novels and a quick look at upcoming episodes of the television series Voltron Force on Nicktoons. Voltron-themed items including a “Club Lion Force” membership for Voltron collectibles from Mattel, t-shirts and DVDs will be given away as prizes throughout the panel presentation


WHO:       Jeremy Corray, Voltron Force Supervising Producer, will moderate the event that will include artists, writers, producers and designers from the entire Voltron universe:
·         From THQ, Peter Armstrong, Executive Producer;
·         From World Events Productions, Jeremy Corray and Bob Koplar, Vice President of WEP
·         From Dynamite Entertainment, Nick Barrucci, President, Dynamite Entertainment
·         From VIZ Media, Traci Todd, Senior Editor, Jacob Chabot, Cartoonist and Illustrator for VIZ Media graphic novels, and Brian “Smitty” Smith, Writer
·         From Mattel, Natalie So, Associate Marketing Manager

WHEN:     Panel – Sunday, October 16 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Room #1A24

Mattel Booth (#1222) – During the convention, the upcoming line of Voltron collectible toys will be displayed, and a limited number of “Blazing Sword Voltron” figures will be available for purchase.

VIZ Media Booth (#932) – Artists and writers of the Voltron Force graphic novels will be signing posters and greeting fans:

Saturday October 15th, 3-4PM
Brian Smith (Writer) & Dario Brizuela (Artist) for Voltron Force, Volume 3 
Sunday October 16th, 3-4PM
Brian Smith (Writer) & Jacob Chabot (Artist) for Voltron Force, Volume 1
Gazillion Entertainment Announces New Content and Characters for Super Hero Squad Online and Marvel Universe at New York Comic-Con!

  Gazillion Entertainment, a leading developer, publisher and operator of premium browser-based games, today revealed that the action-packed Super Hero Squad Online will be showcased during New York Comic-Con at the Marvel Entertainment booth #654. This free-to-play browser-based MMO allows the player to play as dozens of different Marvel Heroes, including the Super Hero Squad versions of the day-walking vampire Blade and the master of mysticism, Dr. Strange.

Super Hero Squad Online has a huge host of game worlds and missions to explore and conquer! Traverse the city streets or jump down into the sewers of Villainville, discover The World Tree and other landmarks in Asgard, fly through the sky of the Daily Bugle or scale the walls while exploring Baxter Plaza.  Players can actively engage in daily combat missions, fighting foes such as the floating freak MODOK in “MODOK Mo’ Problems” or beating up the big green goober Abomination in “Abomination Obliteration”.

With Super Hero Squad Online’s collectible card system, players build their own personalized decks with iconic Marvel Super Heroes and powers; pit them against friends in the game world, and gain experience and coins to use in game.  Additionally, players earn more epic cards by completing quests and mini-games or purchasing limited-edition cards online. Choose from hundreds of different cards, create the ultimate deck and defeat any and all challengers.

Fans can play the game entirely for free or subscribe to unlock additional Super Heroes, missions and rooms for the HQ. Spin the Prize Wheel for additional in-game Gold, Silver and items. This free online kids game is instantly accessible from most browsers without lengthy downloads, so it’s fast and easy for families to jump in and start having fun.

During New York Comic-Con, fans can stop by the Marvel Booth to get a free code for a playable Psylocke while supplies last. By picking up a postcard and Psylocke code, players can also enter a contest to win Dr. Strange! Throughout the month of October Super Hero Squad Online will be hosting a number of promotions, Halloween themed activities, brand new missions, heroes, contests and challenges for fans to enjoy!

“With the amount of content, features and updates we are unleashing during the month of October, we are shouting to the world, we are all done with Beta! We are LIVE!” stated Jay Minn, VP, Studio Director of Gazillion’s Seattle-based studio, The Amazing Society.

New York Comic-Con highlights include:

  • Be your favorite Super Hero and get hands-on time with the first Marvel massive online browser based game for all ages.

  • Marvel Games Panel at 1:15pm on Saturday, 10/15:  Gain new insight into Super Hero Squad Online, hear Gazillion’s President David Brevik discuss Marvel Universe and find out what new character he unveils from the game!

  • Contest and Giveaways: Win t-shirts, exclusive in-game characters and more by stopping by the booth in your best Marvel super hero costume!

For more information about Super Hero Squad Online please visit

About Gazillion Entertainment
Gazillion Entertainment is a privately held developer and publisher of free-to-play online games for all ages. Gazillion’s games feature revered brands and original properties, superior production quality and unmatched gameplay. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, Gazillion has development studios in California and Washington. For more information on Gazillion and its studios please visit

About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in licensing, entertainment (via Marvel Studios and Marvel Animation) and publishing (via Marvel Comics).  Marvel's strategy is to leverage its franchises in a growing array of opportunities around the world, including feature films, consumer products, toys, video games, animated television, direct-to-DVD and online.  For more information visit www.marvel.comSuper Hero(es) is a co-owned registered trademark.




Tony Moore (THE WALKING DEAD) incentive cover
Claudio Sanchez, creator and writer of THE AMORY WARS and KILL AUDIO, as well as frontman for progressive rock band COHEED AND CAMBRIA proudly debuts his latest book, KEY OF Z, at this year's New York Comic Con (NYCC) October 13th through 16th at the Javits Center in New York, NY, where Sanchez serves as a special guest of the show.
With art by Aaron Kuder (THE AMORY WARS), writers Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert bring a deadly new vision of New York City in KEY OF Z. The zombie apocalypse has transformed the city into two separate battle-hardened fiefdoms. Nick Ewing is left to survive while seeking revenge on those responsible for the death of his family – the warring gangs residing in The Big Apple’s most illustrious athletic houses. Ewing stumbles upon a sentimental artifact from his past that imbues him with surprising power. Find out what happens when he discovers the KEY OF Z.  A five-page preview is available upon request.

This #1 features a stunning NYCC-exclusive cover by Declan Shalvey (28 DAYS LATER, THUNDERBOLTS). KEY OF Z will be in stores October 19th, with cover art by Nathan Fox (FLORESCENT BLACK) and look for a special incentive cover by Tony Moore (THE WALKING DEAD).

Sanchez and Echert will be signing at their Evil Ink Comics booth (#1345) at New York Comic Con at 4pm Thursday and 5pm Friday (October 13th and 14th) and 4pm Sunday (October 16th). In addition, Kuder will be drawing personalized zombie sketches on Saturday afternoon (Oct 15th) starting at noon. Kuder and Comic legend Peter David will join the crew signing on Friday,  Nathan Fox will join Sunday and there will be an exclusive Tony Moore KEY OF Z print (limited to 100) and more goodies.
Also be sure to attend the BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY panel at NYCC where Claudio will be a guest speaker, happening Friday, October 14th at 12:15pm in the IGN Theater ( His band COHEED AND CAMBRIA appears on the BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY soundtrack, due out October 4th. The song "Deranged" can be heard here:
Following the convention, Sanchez and Echert will go on a mini-signing tour, including Boston and Providence (Newbury Comics), Orlando (A Comic Shop), Los Angeles (Meltdown Comics) and more. KEY OF Z will be in stores October 19th. Check with for more details.

About Evil Ink
Evil Ink Comics is an independent publisher and house of creation owned by COHEED AND CAMBRIA‘s, Claudio Sanchez.  Their roster of graphic and prose novels includes the hugely popular Sci-fi series, THE AMORY WARS: THE SECOND STAGE TURBINE BLADE, IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH:3 and YEAR OF THE BLACK RAINBOW; the musical dark comedy KILL AUDIO; and their newest, zombie-inspired KEY OF  Z. For marketing and distribution of their graphic offerings, Evil Ink currently teams up with Boom!Studios.  With Sanchez at the creator helm of all of Evil Ink’s series, writing duties are currently shared with Peter David (INCREDIBLE HULK, FALLEN ANGEL) and Chondra Echert (KILL AUDIO, KEY OF Z)  Evil Ink has worked with dozens of great artists, including THE WALKING DEAD‘s Tony Moore, Chris Burnham (BATMAN INCORPORATED, OFFICER DOWN) Aaron Kuder (THE AMORY WARS, KEY OF Z) and Sheldon Vella (KILL AUDIO, DEADPOOL #32.)  In addition to books, Evil Ink is behind the Kill Audio vinyl figure, winner of the 2011 Designer Toy Award for “Best Toy From a Comic.” Projects in the works include an Amory Wars game application, novelization of The Second Stage Turbine Blade miniseries and a follow-up series to Kill Audio.

About BOOM! Studios
Eisner, Harvey, and Best Publisher Award-winning BOOM! Studios ( generates a constellation of bestselling comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid's series IRREDEEMABLE, new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker, PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KABOOM! publishes Charles Schulz' PEANUTS, Roger Langridge’s SNARKED, and Scholastic’s WORDGIRL. BOOM!'s lit comix-focused imprint, BOOM! Town, recently won the Eisner Award for its first book, Shannon Wheeler's I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER.
It’s Anchor Bay’s World
At 2011 New York Comic Con!

Legendary producer Roger Corman and Corman’s World documentary preview highlight Anchor Bay Films Theatrical and Anchor Bay Entertainment DVD/Blu-ray™ Releases at the 2011 New York Comic Con show – the East Coast’s largest fan and genre gathering!

Oscar™-winning producer Roger Corman will be making a rare appearance at the 2011 New York Comic Con on Saturday, October 15th to sign posters from the upcoming ABF documentary Corman’s World. ABE will also showcase the latest previews and posters for their upcoming Blu-ray™ and DVD titles!

EVENTS: Saturday, October 15th
                5:30 – 6:30pm
                Roger Corman poster signing at ABE Booth #430
Mr. Corman will sign exclusive Corman’s World theatrical posters specially printed for NYCC. PLEASE NOTE: Autographs are limited to the Corman’s World poster and ONE other Roger Corman related item only!!!

In addition, watch the latest previews from upcoming Anchor Bay Entertainment Blu-ray™ and DVD releases, spanning every major genre including:

Television: “Camelot: The Complete First Season,” “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena,” “Spartacus: Vengeance,” “The Walking Dead S1 Special Edition,” and “The Walking Dead Season 2”

Horror/Sci-Fi: Apollo 18, The Divide, The Howling Reborn, Ice Quake, Metal Shifters, Scream 4 and The Wicker Tree

Action/Thrillers: 13, 5 Days of War, Battle Royale and Carjacked

Manga: First Squad, Redline
In what’s become a NYCC tradition, there will be daily (sometimes hourly!) giveaways of exclusive ABE DVDs, Blu-rays™, merchandise and premiums during all four days of the 2011 New York Comic-Con!



Luke Wilson to Moderate Panel for Mike Judge’s “Beavis and Butt-Head,” and Executive Producer of “The Howard Stern Show” Gary Dell’Abate to Moderate “Good Vibes”
Full Pilot Episode of “Good Vibes” Will be Available in its Entirety on Following Its World Premiere at NY Comic-Con on Friday, October 14
Legend Stan Lee Joins MTV Comics For a Special Panel and Announcement Involving “The Seekers”
MTV will be bringing the all-new Mike Judge’s “Beavis and Butt-Head,” new animated comedy “Good Vibes,” and scripted horror-comedy series “Death Valley” to NY Comic-Con this year, with panels scheduled on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15.  Fans will be treated to exclusive first looks at upcoming episodes and clips from the series, along with autograph signings with the casts and cool free merchandise.  In addition, comics legend Stan Lee will join MTV Comics executive editor Tom Akel as they announce the winners of the talent search to write and illustrate “The Seekers.”
Join “Beavis and Butt-Head” creator and executive producer Mike Judge, along with moderator Luke Wilson (“Old School,” “The Royal Tennenbaums”), for a discussion about the legendary duo of “Beavis and Butt-Head’s” return to MTV, and to get a sneak peek of exclusive footage of the show.  The panel will take place on Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m., in Room 1A10, and Mike Judge’s “Beavis and Butt-Head” premieres on MTV Thursday, October 27 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
“Good Vibes” voice talent Adam Brody (“The OC”), Josh Gad (“Book of Mormon”), Debi Mazar (“Entourage”) and Olivia Thirlby (“Bored to Death”),  along with creator David Gordon Green (“Pineapple Express,” “Your Highness”) and executive producers Tom Brady and Brad Ableson (“The Simpsons”), and Mike Clements (“Life and Times of Tim,” “Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea”), will sit down with Baba Booey himself, Gary Dell'Abate, executive producer of “The Howard Stern Show” for the past 28 years,  to discuss the new series.  Fans will also be treated to the world premiere of the pilot episode during the panel, and it will be available in its entirety on following the session.  The “Good Vibes” panel will take place on Friday, October 14 at 10:45 a.m., in Room IA22, and the series premieres on MTV  Thursday, October 27 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.
“Death Valley” cast members Tania Raymonde (“Lost”), Charlie Sanders (Funny or Die’s “The Big Dog”), and Texas Battle (“Final Destination 3,” “Dragonball,” “Coach Carter”)  will join producers Spider One and Eric Weinberg, in a discussion about this genre-busting horror-comedy show, and will also get an exclusive first look at a future episode of the series.  The “Death Valley” panel will take place on Saturday, October 15 at 3:45 p.m., in Room 1A22, and the series airs on Monday nights at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
Join comics legend Stan Lee and MTV Comics Executive Editor Tom Akel as they announce the winners of the talent search to write and illustrate “The Seekers.” Get your first look at the art and story from Stan's new epic and meet the creative team. You'll also get a sneak peek at some new projects from MTV Comics and a special appearance by our Mystery Guest. Plus an exclusive gift for the first 100 attendees.  MTV Comics and Stan Lee's “The Seekers” panel will take place on Friday, October 14 at 1:30 p.m., in Room 1A06.
Mike Judge’s  “Beavis and Butt-Head”
In 1993, Mike Judge, creator of “Beavis and Butt-Head,” and MTV knocked their heads together and launched a cartoon series starring a couple of lunkheads and unwittingly started an animated pop culture revolution.  Now, “Beavis and Butt-Head” are coming back to MTV on Thursday, October 27 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT to unleash upon “Jersey Shore,” viral videos and more!  See footage from the new episodes, and join Mike Judge as he discusses the duo’s return to MTV!   Fans who attend the panel will receive some sweet “Beavis and Butt-Head” swag.  
Good Vibes
This half-hour coming-of-age comedy follows transplanted Jersey boy Mondo (voiced by Josh Gad) and his best bud Woodie (voiced by Adam Brody) as they surf the biggest waves, hit the wildest parties and chase the prettiest girls in Play Del Toro - a colorful California beach community.  The all-star ensemble cast also features voice appearances by Debi Mazar as ‘Babs’ Mondo’s mom; Alan Tudyk as ‘Lonnie,’ a burnt-out but wise beach bum; Danny McBride as ‘Ms. Teets,’ a massively overweight and inappropriate human sexuality teacher; Olivia Thirlby as ‘Jeena,’ the beautiful girl of Mondo’s dreams; Jake Busey as ‘Turk,’ an obnoxious local surfer and bully; and Tony Hale as ‘Wadska,’ a charmingly nerdy and delusional friend.
The series was created by David Gordon Green (“Pineapple Express,” “Your Highness”) and is animated by Six Point Harness.  Executive producers include Green, as well as Tom Brady ("The Simpsons”), Tom Werner (“Roseanne,” “That 70’s Show”), Mike Clements (“Life and Times of Tim,” “Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea”) and Brad Ableson (“The Simpsons”).  Clay Spencer serves as the executive in charge of production for MTV.  “Good Vibes” premieres on MTV on Thursday, October 27 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.
MTV’s horror-comedy “Death Valley” is a scripted series that follows the ‘Undead Task Force’ (UTF), a newly formed division of the LAPD, documentary-style, as they capture the monsters that roam the streets of California’s San Fernando Valley.  In a world where vampires, werewolves and zombies live freely, “Death Valley” is a fun, comedic non-stop thrill ride featuring chases, hardcore kills and bizarre encounters.  The series airs Monday nights at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
“Death Valley stars Tania Raymonde (“Lost”), Bryan Callen (“The Hangover”), Caity Lotz (“Mad Men”), Bryce Johnson (‘Sleeping Dogs Lie”), Texas Battle (“Final Destination 3,” “Dragonball,” “Coach Carter”) and Charlie Sanders (Funny or Die’s “The Big Dog”).
“Death Valley” is executive produced by Eric Weinberg (“Californication,” “Scrubs”), Austin Reading (“Spike TV’s Scream Awards,” “FEARnet”), Julie Kellman Reading and Tim Healy.  Spider One is co-executive producer.  Tony DiBari is executive producer for MTV, and Matthew Parillo is the MTV executive in charge of production
About MTV:
MTV is the world’s premier youth entertainment brand.   With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people.  MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its Emmy®, Grammy® and Peabody® award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile.  MTV’s sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unparalleled customized content for young males, music fans and college students, and its online hub is a leading destination for music, news and pop culture.  MTV, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  For more information, go to

Monday, October 10, 2011


New York Cares to bring thousands of volunteers to give
Bronx schools a back-to-school makeover.

New York Cares will send 7,000 volunteers across the city to revitalize public schools on New York Cares Day, Saturday, October 15, 2011.  Now in its 20th year, this citywide day of volunteering will revitalize 111 schools across the five boroughs. This year, volunteers will spruce up 24 schools in The Bronx including IS 229 in Morris Heights where New Yorkers will brighten up hallways with inspirational quotes, paint murals in the cafeteria and give the teachers' lounge a makeover.

“There’s still time for Bronx residents to grab a paint brush and join us for New York Cares Day,” said Gary Bagley, Executive Director of New York Cares. “We’re proud that for 20 years, our volunteers have helped the city provide vibrant and inspiring learning environments for students in every borough.” 

Also, at IS 229 the winner of New York Cares’ student mural contest will paint his original design.  The theme of the mural contest -- open to all public high school students -- was “Students Give Back.” Another highlighted site is PS/MS 280 X Mosholu Parkway in Norwood where volunteers will create murals to encourage recycling. 

On New York Cares Day, volunteers will paint classrooms and fences, re-organize libraries, plant flowers, fix-up playgrounds, and create colorful new murals. 

New Yorkers (12 years old and up) can register to volunteer from now until October 14 at, with a registration fee of $20 per person. On Saturday, October 15, volunteers can come to the New York Cares office at 214 West 29th Street, Manhattan at 8:30am to register and participate.  The website provides complete information about the event including details on making donations in honor of a team or volunteer. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

New York Cares Day is the city’s largest day of hands-on volunteering in the public schools.  This annual day of service is run by New York Cares -- the city’s leading volunteer organization -- in partnership with the NYC Department of Education.  Like a walk-a-thon, participants raise money in honor of the time they spent volunteering.  Money raised goes to support the event and New York Cares’ year-round volunteer programs. Each year, New York Cares mobilizes 54,000 volunteers to help 400,000 New Yorkers in need.

New York Cares volunteers will also be working at other schools in the Bronx on October 15, including:

  • PS 92 X, Belmont
  • PS 50 X - Clara Barton, Claremont
  • PS 443 X - The Family School, Concourse
  • PS 9 X - Ryer Avenue Elementary School, Fordham
  • 600 X - Alfred E. Smith Career and Technical Education High School, Melrose
  • PS 1X - Courtlandt School, Melrose
  • IS 117 X - Joseph H. Wade, Morris Heights
  • PS 463 X - Urban Scholars Community School, Morrisania
  • PS 146 X - Edward J. Collins School, Morrisania
  • PS 161 X - Ponce De Leon, North Side
  • 308 X - Bronx Dance Academy, Norwood
  • PS 94 X - Kings College School, Norwood
  • PS 47 X - John Randolph, Parkchester
  • 461 X - Metropolitan Lighthouse Charter School, Soundview
  • PS 107 X, Soundview
  • IS 123 X - James M. Kieran, Soundview
  • PS 130 X - Abram Stevens Hewitt, South Side
  • HS 477 X - Marble Hill High School for International Studies, Spuyten Duyvil
  • PS 33 X - The Timothy Dwight School, University Heights
  • PS 68 X, Wakefield
  • HS 305 X - Pablo Neruda Academy for Architecture and World Studies, Westchester Square
  • MS 289 X - Young Scholars Academy, Williamsbridge