Justin Kohn to Attend Grand Rapids Comic-Con 2014

February 4, 2014 by  
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Stop-Motion Animator Justin Kohn To Attend Grand Rapids Comic-Con

Justin KohnThe Grand Rapids Comic-Con will have world-known stop-motion animator Justin Kohn as a guest at their 2014 show which will be held at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on November 21-23.

Justin is a world-known expert in the animation art of three-dimensional effects including stop-motion animation. His talents have been sought after by Hollywood for over 25 years and have been in the forefront of many classic animated films.

Justin has been involved with three-dimensional animated effects work since 1979. In the 80s and 90s, he ran a small animation armature manufacturing and effects rigging studio in Los Angeles along with partner Master Machinist Peter J Marinello.

Justin received national attention for his stop-motion animation work in the 1988 sci-fi cult classic Killer Klowns From Outer Space. His most famous work appeared in two classic animation films: the Jack Skellington sleigh scenes in the 1993 holiday classic The Nightmare Before Christmas as well as being the lead animator in the 2009 creep fest Coraline.

Justin’s other 3-D animation film credits include Robocop 2, James And the Giant Peach, Monkeybone, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, Antz, and Puppet Master. Justin also has a wide range of television credits as well including “The Bite-Sized Adventures Of Sam Sandwich” for the Disney Channel and “Beforel Orel: Trust” for Adult Swim.

Justin’s newest project are the animation effects in the upcoming fantasy Anomalisa starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and David Thewlis.

In addition to signing autographs, Justin will also be bringing to the Grand Rapids Comic-Con a museum of authentic character props from his work which will be displayed in a museum-style format. He will also give a presentation on 3-D animation effects.

Justin Kohn - Nightmare Before Christmas“This is a very exciting guest announcement for us,” said owner and co-event coordinator Mark Hodges. “Justin is an ultra-rare appearance and we will be the first comic-con in the United States to host him. Bringing in unique guests such as Justin is a commitment to our patrons that we will be bringing in a great guest list.”

The Grand Rapids Comic-Con will be held on November 21-23, 2014, at the DeltaPlex Arena and Conference Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more information, please visit the website www.grcomiccon.com.

Animation Props on Display at December 2010 Animation Celebration

November 24, 2010 by  
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Classic animation props on display at Animation Celebration

Grand Rapids, Mich.: Nov. 20 – Stop-motion animation specialist, Justin Kohn, will display props from his body of work for the first time at the “Animation Celebration” film festival at the Knickerbocker Theater in Holland, Mich., on Saturday, Dec. 4.

Justin KohnKohn is supplying props from the films he worked on for public display to event ticket holders, including items from The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline, and Monkeybone.

Animation Celebration, sponsored by Phoenix E.V. Inc., marks the first time that these props will be publicly displayed anywhere in the United States.

“We are excited to be a part of this event,” said Phoenix E.V. Inc. event coordinator, Mark Hodges. “We want our event to be as educational as possible in addition to being fun and entertaining, and being able to display actual props used in these stop-motion films fits well into our goals.”

Kohn will give discussions about the props and his work in the animation industry, as well as sign autographs and meet with fans.

“It is just fun and exciting to be able to host this unique display of Hollywood memorabilia,” said Hodges.

This museum display is being supervised by Phoenix E.V. as well as Hope College, the owner of the Knickerbocker. Students from the college will be overseeing the display of these props.

Animation Celebration Planned for December in Michigan

October 20, 2010 by  
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Animation Celebration!
December 4, 2010
The Knickerbocker Theater
86 E. 8th St.
Holland, Michigan
11 am to 1 am

The Simpsons Movie
Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Spirited Away
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Snoopy Come Home
Pete’s Dragon
Gulliver’s Travels (1939)


Justin Kohn: stop-motion animation specialist whose work includes The
Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline, and James and the Giant Peach—
first U.S. appearance ever!
Tom Kane: the voice of Yoda in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”!

Ugliest Christmas sweater contest: Come on, we all have one in the
back of the closet or in a box in the garage. Dust it off, wear it to
the show, and maybe you will win a prize package!

Costume contest:
Wear a costume fitting for the show and maybe win a
prize package!

PLUS: Short films, vendors, “embarrassing moments in animation
history”, and a lot more!

$25/advance, $30/door
Available at the Knickerbocker box office, by calling 616-395-7890 or
at http://www.hope.edu/arts/knick/index.html