HavenCon is thrilled to welcome actors Dante Basco and Janet Varney! They will be with us both Saturday April 4th and Sunday April 5, 2015 to speak with fans as well as providing autographs.
Janet Varney is a comedian, actor, writer and producer. In the animation world, she is lucky enough to be the voice of Korra on Nickelodeon’s hit series The Legend of Korra. She also spent seven wonderful years hosting TBS’s “Dinner and a Movie,” recurred on HBO’s Entourage, was a series regular on the beloved E! and Yahoo series Burning Love seasons 1 and 3, and has made guest appearances in hit shows including How I Met Your Mother, Key and Peele, Psych, Bones, on the panel of Chelsea Lately, as a regular co-host on HuffPost Live, and has appeared in films such as Still Waiting, Drillbit Taylor, and Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer. Janet is the host of the popular Nerdist podcast The JV Club and the co-founder, creative director and producer of SF Sketchfest, the San Francisco Comedy Festival, now in its 14th year.
With a career spanning over two and a half decades, DANTE BASCO is a Hollywood actor who has become a cult classic and pioneering figure in Asian-American cinema. He was first introduced in Steven Spielberg’s fairytale movie Hook, as “Rufio,” the leader of the Lost Boys. He quickly jumped to leading roles like Newline’s Take the Lead, opposite Antonio Banderas, and The Debut, which became the voice of a Filipino American generation. 20th Century Fox executives were so mesmerized by the uniqueness of Dante’s look and ability that they gave him a development deal for his own series and he starred in a pilot for Touchstone/ABC, The Chang Family Saves the World, written and produced by John Ridley and directed by Paris Barclay. Ever versatile, he’s “Jake Long” in Disney’s animated series American Dragon: Jake Long as well as “Prince Zuko” in Nickelodeon’s phenomenal hit, Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Born and raised in the City by the Bay, Dante started out breakdancing with his three brothers at the age of 8, calling themselves “The Street Freaks”. Quickly they became one of the top groups in San Francisco, opening for acts like Ice-T and Vanity and performing during halftime shows for the 49ers and the Oakland A’s.
Dante and his family moved to Los Angeles in the mid-80s where he started to work immediately. By the age of 16, Dante was fencing against Dustin Hoffman and flying with Robin Williams in Hook. He’s found success on the small screen as well on from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and recurring on Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper and Moesha in the 90s to prominent spots on Nash Bridges, Touched by an Angel, and Providence in the early 2000s and hit shows today like CSI: Miami, Entourage and Hawaii Five-O.
A young man of many talents, Dante is the founder of on e of the largest weekly poetry venue in the country, “Da Poetry Lounge” in Los Angeles and he has also shared his spoken word poetry on Russell Simmons’ HBO Def Poetry Jam. He has also begun writing and producing his own features with his production company Kinetic Films, including Hang Loose, a (hilarious buddy comedy) with YouTube sensation KevJumba, winning the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Special Jury Prizes for “Best Actor” and “Best Newcomer” respectively.
From breakdancing in the streets of San Francisco to starring in movies on the silver screen, Dante Basco has become one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood and truly an Asian American icon.
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February 23, 2015 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Anime, Art Show, California, Comic Books, Movies, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Signing and Appearance Profiles, Television, Top Stories, Video Games
Creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino appear on a panel at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday March 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM for the closing of the Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra retrospective exhibit to answer questions from fans and talking about their experience working on the shows for the past ten years.
Artists will be available for signing after the panel.
$5 Admission or FREE when you purchase any Korra / Avatar related books or prints from the gallery.
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
February 6, 2015 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Art Show, California, Comic Books, Cosplay, Movies, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Signing and Appearance Profiles, Television, Top Stories, Video Games
Gallery Nucleus and Nickelodeon Studios are proud to present an official art exhibition paying tribute to The Legend of Korra and Avatar: The Last Airbender.
On display will be behind-the-scenes production art and tribute art by select illustrators as well as artists from the TV show. We will also be accepting open submissions from the fans!
Learn more about how to submit your artwork to this exhibition and the OPEN CALL for entries HERE (submission closed on FEB. 20)
Cosplay is highly encouraged! Open to the Public, All Ages Welcome, No RSVP needed.
$5 or FREE when you come in costume
OPENING RECEPTION HIGHLIGHTS
Meet the creators of the TV show: Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino as well as other key creatives from the show on opening night on Saturday March 7, 2015 from 6:00 – 10:00 PM.
First 40 people in the door will receive a FREE game download code postcard for the Legend of Korra game!
First 100 people in line to purchase any new exclusive releases will receive a ticket to get their items signed by Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino (limit 1 item per person, wristbands will be given to the first 100 in line) No holding place in line for friends or family. Wristbands will be handed out at random times throughout the day as line forms.
Hourly raffle giveaways at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm (Winners need not be present to win. Winning #s will also be announced on our Facebook and twitter)
Original tribute artwork by artists from the TV show and comics will be on display and for sale
The Art of The Legend of Korra book, Seasons 1, 2, and 3 as well as the comic books will be available in our shop. (See below for event exclusives)
RECEPTION SCHEDULE / ARTISTS SIGNING
(5:00 pm – 6:00 pm) press / vip hour
(6:00 pm) doors open
(6:00 pm – 9:00 pm) Signing for first 100 people w/ creators Bryan Konietzco and Michael DiMartino
(8:00 pm) raffle prizes (you do not need to be present to win)
(9:00 pm) raffle prizes (you do not need to be present to win)
(10:00 pm) final raffle prizes / reception concludes (you do not need to be present to win)
Other exhibiting and tv show artists will be present (look for people with name tags)
Angela Song Mueller
Joaquim Dos Santos
perry maple dixon
William Nanqing Niu
…more to be announced!
EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION RELEASES
Aang Statue $149.95 limited edition of 750 (Released for the first time on opening night, if arrives as scheduled)
Naga Plush $34.95 (Released for the first time on opening night)
The Art of Legend of Korra Book 3 $39.95
More to be announced…
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
Voice actor Rob Paulsen welcomes JANET VARNEY, star of The Legend of Korra, to Talkin’ Toons LIVE on Tuesday November 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM at the Hollywood Improv!
The world-famous Hollywood Improv is proud to invite you to join Emmy and Annie award winner Rob Paulsen as he talks about his experiences in voice acting!
About Rob Paulsen:
Born in Detroit, Rob Paulsen spent his childhood in Livonia and Rochester, attending Junior and Senior high school in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Rob loved cartoons like most kids but aspired to be a professional hockey player. “Fortunately, thanks to some big, strong, kid from Winnipeg who drilled me so hard my ears are still ringing, I learned around age 18 I had neither the talent nor the temperament to make a living playing hockey. So, I turned to my other passions: singing and acting.”
The goal of bringing absolute believability to a fictional character, live-action or animated, is what every actor strives for. Those who are committed to their career and who combine experience, passion and skill are likely to succeed.
Those gifted with exceptional talent who focus on maximizing their potential by finding their own niche, quickly break away from the pack. After years of honing their craft and consistently delivering memorable performances in which the character impacts an indelible image on the viewer, the public and the industry take notice, singling out the best.
“I’m getting paid to do what I got in trouble for in the 7th grade,” jests Rob, who won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 as “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program” for Pinky and The Brain (Warner Bros.) Though nominated twice previously, the victory was especially sweet due to some formidable competition – fellow nominees Louie Anderson, Ernest Borgnine, Dennis Franz and Jeffery Tambor. In addition to his Emmy, Rob won back-to-back Annie Awards in 1997 and 1998. “I absolutely love what I do and thank my lucky stars for twenty-five years of full-time employment in this business,” he says.
“It’s a treat to portray a complex character,” Rob explains about Pinky, a goof-ball mouse with funny teeth, a head filled with clouds and an inane imagination that is punctuated with a staccato laugh. “Besides … where else could I find a job where emotional outbursts and odd exclamations like ‘Egad!,’ ‘Narf!,’ ‘Poit!,’ ‘Splonk!,’ and ‘Zort!’ are allowed and in fact, encouraged?” With over 2,000 half-hours of animation to his credit, Rob’s versatility shines in his starring roles as the voices of Yakko, Pinky and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff in the Peabody and two-time Emmy award-winning series “Animaniacs.”
Some of Rob’s other well-known animated characters include Raphael of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” Arthur in “The Tick,” the title role in “The Mask” (for a WHOLE lot less dough than Mr. Carrey, thank you), the title role in “Mighty Max,” Carl Wheezer in “Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius,” Jack Fenton in “Danny Phantom,” Bobble in the “Tinkerbell” series of DVDs and hopefully more to come.
Paulsen’s extensive credits include on-camera roles in numerous motion pictures including Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match, and Warlocked. His television acting credits include guest-starring roles on MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Additionally, he is one of the most sought-after voice actors in the commercial arena, performing in over 1000 commercial spots.
As passionate about “paying it forward” as he is about his lucrative career, Rob supports various charitable organizations, particularly those benefiting children and military veterans. Rob’s volunteer work with GOALmodels has been particularly rewarding. GOALmodels, a high school program in Reseda, California, is designed to inspire 9th graders to set goals and overcome obstacles in life. Blending his life experiences with passion for his work, his presentations are informative, entertaining and inspiring. In his leisure time, Rob enjoys golf, riding his motorcycle and occasionally lacing up his skates for another chance to relive his past glory on the rink. He spends the majority of his free time with his wife, Parrish, and their two Yorkshire terriers, Pooshie and Tala.
8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Last week saw the premiere of the final season of Nickelodeon’s acclaimed animated series The Legend of Korra. Give Team Avatar a proper send off at the several events that have been scheduled for New York Comic Con!
Nickelodeon’s Legend of Korra: Book 4
Thu. October 9| 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM | Empire Stage 1-E
Please join Executive Producer and Creator team Bryan Konietzko and Mike DiMartino (Avatar: The Last Airbender) as they provide a tantalizing glimpse behind the curtain of this ground-breaking animated series. Special Guests include Voice Actors Janet Varney (Korra), David Faustino (Mako) and P.J. Byrne (Bolin). Includes an exclusive screening of a never-before-seen episode from Korra’s final season. Moderated by Megan Casey, Vice President, Current Series, Nickelodeon Animation.
Dark Horse Comics Signing | Booth #1636
Friday, October 10| 11:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m. | Hellboy Stage
AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER, THE LEGEND OF KORRA: Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko
(WRISTBAND REQUIRED. Wristbands will be distributed by drawing in the Dark Horse booth on Thursday and Friday at show opening.)
Avatar: The Last Airbender: Legend and Legacy
Sun. October 12| 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM| 1A06
Join Avatar Mom (moderator), Monica McClain (Illustrator/Art Instructor), Alison Wilgus (Artist/Writer), Kevin Coppa (Puppetbenders Creator), Sifu Manuel Rodriguez (Martial Arts Choreographer for Toph Beifong) and Jessie Flower (voice of Toph Beifong) for Avatar: The Last Airbender art, history, demonstrations and stories – plus a live comic reading from Dark Horse Comics’ The Rift. Attending Cosplayers may win books and signed original Legend of Korra animation drawings donated by Studio Mir!
Dark Horse Comics Signing | Booth #1636
Sunday, October 12| 03:30 p.m.–04:30 p.m. | Hellboy Stage
AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER, THE LEGEND OF KORRA: Jessie Flower (voice actor of Toph Beifong)
(WRISTBAND REQUIRED. Wristbands will be distributed by drawing in the Dark Horse booth on Saturday and Sunday at show opening.)
Additionally Dark Horse will have on sale a their booth at limited number of Avatar Aang Memorial Statues as seen below.
For over 5 years, The Avatar Legacy Fan Panel has proudly organized this gathering.
Moderator Avatar_Mom, Kevin Coppa (Puppetbenders), Elizabeth Furr (fan artist/Amira Ink!), Gene Luen Yang (writer/cartoonist), Angela Song Mueller (character designer), Josh Hamilton (writer), and Jessie Flower (voice actor for Toph) share stories and answer questions about the Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra!
Cosplayers, practice your stance for the cosplay contest! Cosplay prizes include titles from Dark Horse Comics.
Saturday, July 26 • 10:30am – 11:30am :: Room 24ABC
Animator Bryan Konietzko, co-creator of Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, appears for a signing at Montserrat College of Art’s Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery on Saturday May 17th from 11:00 – 12:30 pm! The exhibition will be on view and open to the public from April 29 – May 17, 2014.
Montserrat College of Art announces internationally known Animator Bryan Konietzko as the 2014 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient. Mr. Konietzko will address the Montserrat community on May 16, 2014 at 10 am at the Dane Street Church, 10 Dane Street, Beverly.
Konietzko is a Peabody Award winning and Emmy nominated animation director, best known as the co-creator and executive producer of the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. He has also worked as a character designer at Film Roman for Family Guy and as Assistant Director for Mission Hill and King of the Hill. He was a Storyboard Artist and Art Director for the Nickelodeon animated series Invader Zim. Konietzko earned a BFA degree in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998.
“We are extremely honored to have an artist of Mr. Konietzko’s caliber speaking to our graduates,” said Stephen D. Immerman, president of the college. “His successful career both in the US and abroad will be inspirational to our community. We are excited to welcome him to the campus and to the North Shore.”
Immediately following commencement, students and guests are invited to the Beverly Common, next to the Hardie Building, for an outdoor reception hosted by the Montserrat community. The Montserrat Gallery will be open for viewing of the 2014 All Senior Show at the college’s main campus building at 23 Essex Street.
Please note: a Silent Auction corresponds with the exhibition and all works are for sale! All proceeds will be donated to The One Fund.
Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery
23 Essex Street Beverly, MA 01915
Chris Hardwick (Craig), Maulik Pancholy (Sanjay), Matt Jones (Hector), John DiMaggio (Penny Pepper), Nolan North (Huggle Bunny) and more appear on Saturday, February 8th, 2014 at 11:00 am at Kanbar Hall at the JCCSF!
SF Sketchfest brings the Nickelodeon animated series “Sanjay and Craig” home to the city where it was created. For the first time ever, the rad-awesome stars of the show will perform an episode in front of an audience, accompanied by clips from the series. Following the performance will be a Q&A with the cast and creators, and the world premiere of a brand new “Sanjay and Craig” episode. All children, doom babies, chicken wing eaters and talking snakes welcome!
Scheduled to appear: Chris Hardwick (Craig), Maulik Pancholy (Sanjay), Matt Jones (Hector), John DiMaggio (Penny Pepper), Nolan North (Huggle Bunny) and more.
Due to a change in his shooting schedule, Tony Hale will not be appearing as previously announced.
Co-presented by the Cartoon Art Museum & JCCSF
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
Bryan Konietzko, co-creator of The Legend of Korra and Avatar: The Last Airbender, speaks at the RISD Auditorium on Monday October 14th at 7pm!
He says on his Tumblr: “I will be giving a lecture about my art, career, and other nonsense at my alma mater, the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, on Monday October 14th at 7:00 pm in the Main Auditorium. This event is presented by the Illustration Department, but it is open to students in all majors as well as to the general public. It has been a while since I’ve been back and I’m really looking forward to it. New Englanders, I hope to see you there!”
Rhode Island School of Design
17 Canal Walk Providence, RI 02903
**UPDATE** The Walking Dead’s Steven Yuen joins the panel for the debut of his performance as Wan, the original Avatar! Voice-actors PJ Byrne (Bolin) and Janet Varney (Korra herself!) have been added to the lineup! Plus there will be an NYCC exclusive poster. And a screening of the episodes “Beginnings: Part One,” which introduces the original avatar Wan! More details via Korra Nation!
Join Executive Producer Bryan Konietzko and Co-Executive Producer Joaquim Dos Santos at New York Comic Con on Saturday October 12, 2013 at 11am as they pull back the curtain to reveal sneak peeks of what’s to come in Legend of Korra Book 2: Spirits. Exclusive artwork, never-before-seen footage, and a discussion with special guests from the incredible “The Legend of Korra“ voice cast will be featured! Moderated by Bryan Konietzko.
Konietzko says on his Tumblr: “It’s just like San Diego Comic-Con, minus the hyphen! It has been a long time since we made it out to a convention other than SDCC, and we know that fact bums out a lot of non-SoCal/SoCal-accessible fans. We wish that we could venture out more, but even just prepping for and visiting San Diego once a year takes a lot of time out of our jam-packed production schedule, so traveling even further for conventions is usually not an option. But we’re going to make it happen anyway for NYCC, and we’re really looking forward to it!
Unfortunately Mike can’t make it, but Joaquim and I will be joined by some special guests at the panel Saturday, October 12th at 11:00 am. Lots of cool stuff in the works for the presentation. We’re putting together a signing on that Saturday too, so I’ll update with more info when I have it.
See you East Coasters soon!“
Location: Empire Stage 1-E Presented By: Arizona Beverage Co.
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