Wikia Partnering with C2E2 2013

April 24, 2013 by  
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WIKIA PARTNERS WITH THE CHICAGO COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (C2E2)

Wikia [LIVE] Interactive Series To Be Featured At Annual Pop Culture Event

Wikia logoSan Francisco – April 19, 2013 - www.Wikia.com, the world’s leading collaborative media company and home to many of the Web’s largest social communities, announced today that it has partnered with C2E2, the annual comic and entertainment extravaganza which takes place every Spring in Chicago and is organized by ReedPOP, the leading producer of pop culture events around the world. The partnership is designed to integrate Wikia’s powerful community of entertainment experts into the industry’s leading events through Wikia [LIVE]. The live, interactive series will consist of a variety of programs that weave in the site’s popular hubs: Video Games, Entertainment and Lifestyle.

“It is with great excitement that we announce this partnership with C2E2,” said Eric Moro, Director of Entertainment Programming, Wikia. “We feel it is yet further recognition of Wikia as one of the largest communities of pop culture experts, and we look forward to working with C2E2 and the ReedPOP team to bring these voices to par with other industry experts.”

“Through this partnership, there is great opportunity for all parties involved,” notes Lance Fensterman, Global Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2. “I’m looking forward to working with Wikia to our mutual benefit, for C2E2 and throughout the year, and I know that we will be able to do some awesomely creative things together and make this the best C2E2 yet.”

At C2E2, Wikia will produce a live version of its “Expert Showcase.” The Wikia video series invites its most active and robust communities to join in a rapid-fire discussion on fun pop culture topics; at C2E2, the group will discuss “The Walking Dead.” Jake Trusheim of the Walking Dead Wikia community will serve as the voice of the fans for the panel. The “Expert Showcase” panel begins Friday, April 26 at 12:15 PM in Room W471. Past episodes include the “Marvel NOW! comic book imprint” and “The ongoing depiction of Iron Man on the big screen.”

“Wikia Heroes and Villains Cosplay Contest” will tie the community’s passion for pop culture topics to the lifestyle topics that dominate their world. Wikia invites fans to come dressed on Saturday, April 27 to the Variant Stage as their favorite character or asks contestants to create a hero or villain of their very own. Members of the Wikia community will serve as the panel of judges. All contestants must individually compete and provide one form of character reference. Prizes will be awarded by Wikia to the winners. The contest is full but further details about the event area vailable here.

“Wikia Qwizards” is a two day live-action quiz show beginning Friday, April 26 (2:00 – 3:00 PM) in Room W470b that will feature a special “Sci-Fi” theme. Qwizard contestants will be tasked with answering the host’s questions related to movies, TV, and video games, but in a twist, aspiring Qwizards get to write and ask questions for each other. Qwizards with the highest scores at the end will be invited to the center stage on Sunday, April 28 (3:15 – 4:14 PM) in Room W474 to determine the smartest C2E2 attendee. Prizes to be awarded by Wikia to the winners.

Additionally, Wikia will be sponsoring the official C2E2 after-hours hangout and watering hole known as the Wikia Bar at C2E2 for the entire weekend. All are welcome.

 

ABOUT REEDPOP: ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime & East, Star Wars Celebration, and the UFC Fan Expo. In 2013 ReedPOP will add Star Wars Celebration Europe and PAX Australia to its rapidly expanding portfolio of international events. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

ABOUT WIKIA:
Wikia is a trusted collaborative media platform. It is the definitive place for people to contribute to the assembly of original bodies of multi-media content around subjects they know and love. Using Wikia, anyone can form new communities around any subject or participate in over 300,000 existing communities by reading or contributing new content. With over 20 million pages of rich content, Wikia’s communities are the most authoritative information about any topic on the Internet. Wikia’s video game vertical (www.wikia.com/videogames) is a leading video-game focused network on the Web. Its entertainment vertical (www.wikia.com/entertainment) is the fastest growing US entertainment destination around the world.

Launched in 2006 by founders Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley, Wikia attracts more than 70 million global unique visitors per month and is ranked a Quantcast Top 35 Internet site.www.wikia.com or @wikia

Scene on the Web Weekly: April 15-21, 2013

Man of Steel gets a new trailer, Agent Smith reenters the Matrix, and Diamond Select Toys prepares for C2E2…all in this week’s Scene on the Web Weekly…in progress.


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C2E2 Welcomes New Comics Publishers to 2013 Convention

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C2E2 WELCOMES NEW COMICS PUBLISHERS TO ANNUAL POP CULTURE EVENT

First Time Exhibitors to Bring Brand-New Artists, Writers and Stories to Show!

Norwalk, CT, March 26, 2013: Officials at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) have announced that there will be many new and fresh faces at the annual pop culture extravaganza this year. Several notable comics publishers will be exhibiting at the show for the first time. They will be joining other leading publishers, such as Marvel and DC Entertainment, who have helped to make C2E2 the preeminent pop culture event in the Midwest since its debut in 2010. Officials are projecting that exhibitor space at C2E2 will be approximately 25 percent larger than last year! A few of the creative and innovative new companies on hand this year will be Action Lab Entertainment, Athleta Comics and Lion Forge Comics. In addition, Reload Comics and 2000 AD/Rebellion will be at C2E2 for the first time promoting their widely popular properties and titles.

In addition to Marvel and DC, some other returning publishers include Anomaly Productions, Archaia, Avatar Press, Big Dog Ink, Boom! Studios, Dark Horse, Medallion Press, Quirk Books, Valiant Entertainment, Xigency Studios and Zenescope Entertainment. All these publishers will have new comic books and stories to reveal at C2E2 and they will have fresh, original artwork to display in their booths. DC Entertainment has provided the original poster art for this year’s show which features Superman in an iconic Chicago setting. The Marvel booth will be centrally located on the show floor where fans will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with creators and staff. Many of the publishers will also be participating in panels, providing show exclusives, and will be bringing their top talent to meet the thousands of fans on hand at C2E2.

As noted, C2E2 has quickly become the largest and most influential pop culture event in the Midwest. It attracted just over 27,000 fans when it was launched in 2010 and grew to over 41,000 fans last year. While it is impossible to project attendance for 2013, convention officials note that ticket sales are running between 85% – 95% ahead of the same time last year, virtually guaranteeing that this will be the most widely attended C2E2 to date. This year’s C2E2 will take place April 26 – 28 in the West Building at McCormick Place Convention Center.

“The fact that we have so many really cool first time publishers signing up for our show is the best news I could possibly be sharing,” notes Lance Fensterman, Global Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2. “Presenting new original content and being able to provide fans an opportunity to meet artists and creators who they have never met before is the lifeblood of what we do! We want to provide a home where our new customers feel instantly happy and productive and where our fans come away feeling like they have ‘discovered’ something. I am hugely grateful to all the publishers who have decided to join us for the first time this year and I know our fans will do everything they can to make C2E2 a great experience for them.”

Examples of the various projects that some of these publishers will be promoting at C2E2 include:

  • Action Lab Entertainment, publisher of the 2012 two-time Eisner nominated Princeless,will be at C2E2 to introduce their lineup of creator-owned comics. They will be presenting at the Diamond Retailer Summit and will talk about Jamal Igle’s Molly DangerNFL Rush Zone, Jeremy Dale’s SkywardPrinceless, Vamplets: Nightmare Nursery, Pirate Eye and their new Mature Readers line called Action Lab: Danger Zone.
  • Athleta Comics is owned by Israel Idonije, the longtime defensive player for the Chicago Bears. Mr. Idonije will be coming to C2E2 to promote his first comic project The Protectors. Idonije was inspired to create The Protectors when he had an idea for a superhero who would appeal to both comic book enthusiasts and die-hard sports fans.  He has teamed up with the creative team of writer Ron Marz and artist Bart Sears and Idonije, Marz and Sears will be at the Athleta booth throughout the show and will participate in a panel!
  • Lion Forge Comics will unveil its two latest publications on Saturday, April 27 at C2E2.  Former Playboy 2011 Playmate of the Year has partnered with Lion Forge on the use of her image and story line for Wonderous: The Aventures of Claire Sinclair. Actor Flex Alexander has collaborated with Lion Forge on a cyber-thriller comic called The Joshua Run.  Alexander notes: “I am very excited to be a part of C2E2 this year. This is big for me because I grew up a comic book fan and collector. I can’t wait for everyone to get into the world of The Joshua Run. It is going to be an amazing ride!”
  • United Kingdom publisher Reload will be making their first U.S. convention appearance at C2E2. They will promote their flagship title, Jericho, which was created by Fwah Storm, self-described as a “musician, magician, poet, illustrator, a proud member of Reload Comics and so much more!” Storm notes that Reload will be bringing their books, merchandise and promotional material (along with some other goodies!) to C2E2.
  • The staff at 2000 AD/Rebellion note: “After hearing such good things about C2E2, we knew exactly where we’d be spreading the 2000 AD Thrill-power! We’ll be promoting our North American line of collections – from classics such as Judge Dredd and Sláine the Barbarian, to more modern titles like Leviathan and Zombo – as well as bringing a few little British treats across for fans new and old! We’ll also have a great panel on the Friday evening at 7:45pm with several top names that will be very familiar to US audiences! We can’t wait to get to Chicago and introduce new readers to the amazing galaxy of characters from 2000 AD!”

Tickets for C2E2 are currently on sale at www.C2E2.com. Anyone interested in exhibiting at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo should contact Larry Settembrini, Larry@ReedPOP.com.  As noted, more guests and activities will be announced in the month ahead and fans should keep their eyes on C2E2’s website for additional comics and entertainment announcements.

ABOUT REEDPOP: ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime & East, Star Wars Celebration, and the UFC Fan Expo. In 2013 ReedPOP will add Star Wars Celebration Europe and PAX Australia to its rapidly expanding portfolio of international events. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

C2E2 Getting Exclusive “Galaxy Hero” Beer in 2013

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REVOLUTION BREWING TO CREATE BEER EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE CHICAGO COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (C2E2)

“Galaxy Hero” Beer to be Launched at Tap Room Party on April 4!

Galaxy HeroNorwalk, CT, March 14, 2013: The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) has today announced that Chicago’s Revolution Brewing will create a beer exclusively for C2E2′s audience of pop culture enthusiasts and comic book fans. “Galaxy Hero”, which is described by Revolution Brewing as a beer which “shoots a raygun blast of Galaxy and Zythos hops into your mouth and leaves a crisp, dry finish” is a superhero’s beer for a superhero-loving audience. The new, exclusive IPA beer will be available for tasting at a debut party sponsored by C2E2 and Revolution Brewing on April 4 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the Revolution Brewery Tap Room, located at 3340 N. Kedzie Avenue. Everyone who RSVPs will get at least one drink ticket for a complimentary Galaxy Hero! The beer will also be available in several locations throughout Chicago in the weeks leading up to C2E2 and at the bar in the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel during C2E2.

Launched in 2010, C2E2 has quickly become the largest and most influential pop culture event in the Midwest attracting top comics, entertainment and literary guests and artists. This year’s convention will be no exception. Ticket sales are currently running 75% ahead of this time last year and just a few of the guests who have already been announced include Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, J. Michael Straczynski, R.L. Stine, Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Peter Davison and Felicia Day. Many more high profile guest announcements will be made in the next month.

C2E2 will take place April 26 – 28 in the West Building at McCormick Place Convention Center.

“I love beer. I love comics. I love Chicago. This is the greatest thing we’ve ever done!” notes Lance Fensterman, Global Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2. “This tasty partnership only proves what I have always believed to be true – that pop culture influences are everywhere in our lives. Thanks to the folks at Revolution Brewing, artists in their own right for creating this hoppy masterpiece just for C2E2, our fans and yes, the staff. Cheers!”

Josh Deth, Owner of Revolution Brewing and “Chairman of the Party,” comments: “I took my kids to C2E2 last year and it was a blast, so it is super cool to be brewing up Galaxy IPA for this year’s show!”

Tickets for C2E2 are currently on sale at www.C2E2.com. Anyone interested in exhibiting at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo should contact Larry Settembrini, Larry@ReedPOP.com. As noted, more guests and activities will be announced in the month ahead and fans should keep their eyes on C2E2′s website for additional comics and entertainment announcements.

ABOUT REEDPOP: ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime & East, Star Wars Celebration, and the UFC Fan Expo. In 2013 ReedPOP will add Star Wars Celebration Europe and PAX Australia to its rapidly expanding portfolio of international events. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

ABOUT REVOLUTION BREWING: Revolution Brewing is Chicago’s new hometown craft brewery. Our brewpub in Logan Square is a bustling, neighborhood institution where friends and families meet to enjoy the freshest beer in town. Opening our brewery has been a labor of love. We think you can see that in everything we do ranging from the details of our carved fists holding up our mahogany bar to the pungent hop aroma of our Anti-Hero IPA to our creative dishes like our bacon-fat popcorn.

The growth of craft breweries in the U.S. has been nothing short of a revolution and we’re proud to be standing tall in this new crowd. The changing tastes of beer drinkers demand bigger flavors and more variety. That’s exactly what we give you at Revolution Brewing. Our brewpub produces about 50 different beer styles each year. We’ve got session beers like Workingman Mild, hop-bombs like Double Fist and more bourbon barrel aged beers than you can shake a stave at. We have fun doing what we do and invite you to come in and join us.

DC and Tony Daniel Provide Superman Poster for C2E2 2013

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DC ENTERTAINMENT REVEALS POSTER ART FOR THE CHICAGO COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (C2E2)

Superstar artist Tony S. Daniel Creates Original Drawing Featuring Superman!

Norwalk, CT, Friday, January 18: DC Entertainment – the renowned comic book publisher and media entertainment company – has today revealed that they will provide the original poster art for the 2013 edition of the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2). The exclusive art will feature Superman in an iconic Chicago setting. The poster will figure prominently in C2E2′s advertising and promotion and will be featured at the convention as well as in Chicago area retailers and on transit trains and buses throughout Chicago leading up to the show. Famed DC artist Tony S. Daniel (ACTION COMICS) has drawn the powerful new image of Superman flying over the Chicago skyline. Daniel will also be a Spotlight Guest at C2E2 in 2013.

This year’s C2E2, which is produced by the organizers of New York Comic Con (NYCC), is expected to attract thousands of loyal fans making this convention the largest pop culture extravaganza in the Midwest. It will take place April 26 – 28, 2013 in the West Building at the McCormick Place Convention Center.

“Each year I am always encouraged by the tremendous support that DC Entertainment provides at our shows,” notes Lance Fensterman¸ Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2. “This year is obviously no exception and this early announcement is a great way to be setting the stage for C2E2. The poster art is a key element of our show and a critical part of our marketing strategy. This year’s image reflects the strength and dynamism of C2E2 and I am incredibly grateful to Tony Daniel for contributing his time and effort on our behalf. He is a brilliant artist and he has created what will be a lasting image for C2E2 in 2013.”

Once again, DC Entertainment will have a presence at C2E2 with an interactive booth where fans will have room and opportunity to meet with creators and staff.

ABOUT TONY S. DANIEL: A life long Chicagoan residing now in the Northern Suburbs, Tony has dedicated himself to the creation of comic books. Tony started his career at indie publisher, Comico, drawing the cult classic , “Elementals.” Soon after, Tony moved over to Marvel Comics’ “X-Force” and “Gambit and the X-ternals.” Tony then worked with the legendary Alan Moore at Image’s “Spawn: Bloodfued” before going on to create his own indie books, such as “The Tenth,” “Adrenalynn,” “F5″ and “Silke” for Image and Dark Horse Comics. Going back to the mainstream, Tony has worked at DC comics since 2004 on books like “Teen Titans” and, most notably, “Batman” with superstar writer Grant Morrison, before writing and drawing his own run on “Batman” following the “Battle For the Cowl” event. Tony relaunched the New 52 “Detective Comics” which he both worked on as writer and artist. Tony’s most recent assignment involves Superman in the pages of Action Comics with writer Andy Diggle.

Tickets for C2E2 are currently on sale at www.C2E2.com. Anyone interested in exhibiting at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo should contact Larry Settembrini, Larry@ReedPOP.com. Organizers note that many more guests and activities will be announced in the months ahead and fans should keep their eyes on C2E2′s website for additional comics and entertainment announcements.

ABOUT REEDPOP: ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime & East, Star Wars Celebration, and the UFC Fan Expo. In 2013 ReedPOP will add Star WarsCelebration Europe and PAX Australia to its rapidly expanding portfolio of international events. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

ABOUT DC ENTERTAINMENT: DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world. In January 2012, DC Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner divisions, launched We Can Be Heroes-a giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League super heroes-to raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.

Holy Reunion, Batman! Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar to Appear at C2E2 2013

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ADAM WEST, BURT WARD AND JULIE NEWMAR TO REUNITE AT THE CHICAGO COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO

Catwoman Will Join Batman and Robin for Autographing and Panel Appearance!

Norwalk, CT, January 9, 2013: Noted actors Adam West and Burt Ward, who created the roles of Batman and Robin in the 1960′s Batman TV series, will appear at this year’s Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) along with legendary actress Julie Newmar who famously appeared as Catwoman in the same series. The three actors will be reunited at C2E2 where they will be Spotlight Entertainment Guests appearing together on a panel as well as signing in the Autographing Area for all three days of the show. C2E2, which is organized by the producers of New York Comic Con (NYCC), is a celebration of pop culture embracing timeless products and creations and attracting famous and successful artists, creators, writers, actors and musicians from every walk of life. Organizers recently announced that the multi-talented artist Kevin Smith will be making a special appearance at C2E2 this year where he will appear in an exclusive engagement at the show.

C2E2 is the largest pop culture event to take place annually in the Midwest and show officials are anticipating that this year’s event will be the biggest since it was launched in 2010. C2E2 will be held April 26 – 28 in the West Building at McCormick Place Convention Center.

In addition to his role as Batman, Mr. West has made nearly 50 other movies and has had starring roles in several TV series including The DetectivesThe Last Precinct, and The Clinic. Notably, he is currently recognized for his voice work playing the fictionalized character Mayor Adam West on the animated series Family Guy. Burt Ward has had numerous acting jobs and has appeared in several reunions with co-star Adam West through the years. Ward is also tirelessly devoted to rescuing dogs and both he and his wife operate the largest giant breed dog rescue in the world, Gentle Giants Rescue. Ms. Newmar is a Tony Award-winning stage actress widely known to a generation of TV viewers for her guest-starring appearances in many iconic TV programs in the 1960′s and 70′s including The MonkeesColumboGet SmartStar TrekF Troop and The Beverly Hillbillies, among many others. She is widely credited for creating the quintessential Catwoman in the Batman TV Series.

“Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar enjoy an immense following in the pop culture community and we are proud to be making this early announcement about their appearance at C2E2,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2. “We will be revealing many more guests in the coming months all of whom will reflect the range and diversity of our audience and the depth of our programming. Our goal is to bring together top talent from many fields who have one thing in common – they are loved and respected by the pop culture community. Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar certainly meet this criteria and I am grateful to them for agreeing to be at our show for three full days.”

Tickets for C2E2 are currently on sale at www.C2E2.com. Anyone interested in exhibiting at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo should contact Larry Settembrini, Larry@ReedPOP.com. Many more guests and activities will be announced in the months ahead and fans should keep their eyes on C2E2′s website for additional comics and entertainment announcements.

ADAM WEST: Adam West is a true American icon. From his humble beginning on a wheat ranch in Walla Walla, Washington, Adam skyrocketed to fame in Hollywood, pursuing an extraordinary career in entertainment that has spanned half a century. His role as Batman in the classic television series and feature of the same name continues to be seen throughout the world more than 40 years after its debut. While Batman, and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, remains his signature role, Adam has a multitude of motion picture, theater, and TV credits to his name.

He has made nearly 50 movies, including starring or co-starring roles in Drop Dead GorgeousThe New AgeThe Young PhiladelphiansAn American Vampire StorySoldier in the RainRobinson Crusoe on Mars, and Nevada Smith.

He has had starring roles in several TV series other than Batman, including The DetectivesThe Last Precinct, and The Clinic. His theater credits include Volpone at the Mark Taper Forum at the Los Angeles Music Center.

Adam West has also lent his voice to animated characters in such well-known series as Family GuyThe SimpsonsRugratsBatmanAnimaniacsJonny BravoSpydogsThe Super Adventure Team, and many others. His voice-over work in animated film includes the roles of “Ace, Hollywood Chicken Little” in Disney’s Chicken Little, and “Uncle Art” in Disney’s Meet the Robinsons. In 2000, he also contributed the voice of “Leonard Fox” to the animated short, Redux Riding Hood, which went on to win an Academy Award nomination.

Adam West is the author of two books, Back to the Batcave and Climbing the Walls. He lends his support to numerous charities and won $250,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, on behalf of an organization supporting underprivileged women and children in Idaho. Adam splits his time between homes in Palm Springs, California, and Ketchum, Idaho.

More than 50 years after starting his career in Hollywood, Adam West continues to work consistently in TV and film. His most recent work includes a guest starring role on the hit series 30 Rock and a viral video for Funny or Die. His undeniable talent and unique brand of humor have become truly iconic in entertainment and he continues to entertain fans around the world.

BURT WARD: At the age of 20, Ward auditioned for the part of Robin. After beating out over 1,100 other kids for the part, Ward was cast alongside Adam West in the title role, and the two would go on to become pop culture icons. First airing as a mid-season replacement, Batman took the ratings – and world – by storm with its vivid colors and larger than life villains, played by some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

The series went on to produce 120 episodes and a full length feature film. The multi-level appeal of the show made it a life-long favorite for fans young and old. The show still airs today in 50 countries worldwide. Burt Ward and Adam West quickly became household names and remain that way today.

Today, Burt and his wife operate the largest giant breed dog rescue in the world, Gentle Giants Rescue. Over the past 18 years, they have rescued over 14,000 dogs. Having dedicated his life to saving the lives of thousands of dogs, it really shows that Burt Ward has gone from the “Caped Crusader” to the “Canine Crusader”.

JULIE NEWMAR: Born in Hollywood … known for being the quintessential Catwoman. Julie Newmar dropped out of college to become a choreographer/ dance director for Universal Studios. Her early appearances are often seen on YouTube, including her role as the golden statue-come to-life in the film Serpent of the Nile. She was next cast as one of the brides in the classic MGM musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Like her mother, a former Ziegfeld girl, Julie made the New York stage her next horizon at age 19.

She soon became an overnight sensation as the one and only Stupefyin’ Jones in Li’l Abner. Julie would recreate the same role on Broadway 42 years later, in the same costume. Subsequent to the original performance, her legs were insured for 10 million dollars (not however, in the event of theft).

Julie won a Tony for her acting role on Broadway in the hit comedy Marriage-Go-Round, and she was immediately accepted by the prestigious Actors Studio. Loving dance, she continued to star in Bob Fosse’s musicals on and off Broadway. She toured nationally with Joel Grey in Stop the World I Want to Get Off.

She guest-starred in many now-favorite TV episodes, on shows such as The MonkeesColumbo,Love American StyleGet SmartStar TrekF TroopThe Beverly HillbilliesTwilight Zone andRoute 66. The part she’s most fondly remembered for is Catwoman, in the original Batmantelevision series.

In 1995, Universal Pictures and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment produced a movie named after her, To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar. In the film, Julie appeared as herself.

With cutting-edge sensibility, Julie retrained herself into the Internet world of social media. Active on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jnewmar, Julie is currently working on four books, and various videos to be seen on the media section of her website, www.JulieNewmar.com.

An avid gardener, Julie’s gardens are renowned. There is a rose, daylily and begonia named after her. See: http://JulieNewmar.com/videos/julie_newmar_garden/ 

Julie has a handicapped son who “sparks love and a high level of creativity” in her life.

ABOUT REEDPOP: ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime & East, Star Wars Celebration and the UFC Fan Expo. In 2013 ReedPOP will add Star Wars Celebration Europe and PAX Australia to its rapidly expanding portfolio of international events. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

The Hunger Games Costumes Tour to Visit The Hollywood Show, ECCC, C2E2, NYCC, and More in 2013

Hunger Games Costumes

Press Release:

HUNGER GAMES COSTUMES COUNTRYWIDE TOUR BEGINS MARCH 1

Exhibit Showcases the Original Screen-Worn Costumes from Record-Breaking Blockbuster

Los Angeles, January 7, 2013

Haxbee, Inc. announces the Hunger Games Costumes Exhibit & Auction. The exhibit encompasses original screen-worn costumes worn by Jennifer Lawrence as “Katniss,” Josh Hutcherson as “Peeta,” Elizabeth Banks as “Effie,” Stanley Tucci as “Caesar,” Liam Hemsworth as “Gale,” Woody Harrelson as “Haymitch,” Lenny Kravtiz as “Cinna,” Donald Sutherland as “President Snow,” Wes Bentley as “Seneca,” and many, many more.

To kick off the tour, Haxbee and its subsidiary, Blacksparrow Auctions, will be providing a special sneak preview at The Hollywood Show in Los Angeles from January 11 to 13. The Hollywood Show, a popular movie and television memorabilia convention that features over a hundred celebrities at each of its four annual shows, will be held at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel.

Following the Hollywood Show, the Hunger Games Costumes Exhibit will begin its tour and be seen at the following locations:

  • March 1-3 Emerald City Comicon, Seattle, WA
  • April 26-28 Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Chicago, IL
  • October 10-13 New York Comic Con, New York, NY

Additional dates and locations will be announced in the future. The exhibit winds up in New York City, where ReedPOP–the largest producer of pop culture events in the world—will host a live auction at New York Comic Con. Over 200+ costumes will be on the auction block. Interested bidders will be able to bid live in-person, by telephone, via absentee, and on the Internet as facilitated by iCollector. A print catalog will be available for purchase in April.

Haxbee, Inc. and its Blacksparrow Auctions subsidiary have a collective number of 80 years’ experience dealing with Hollywood memorabilia and collectibles. For more information about the company and the Hunger Games Costumes Exhibit & Auction, visit haxbee.com.

Manga Artist Moyoco Anno to Appear at NYCC 2012 as a Spotlight Guest

Sugar Sugar Rune

Press Release:

ACCLAIMED MANGA ARTIST MOYOCO ANNO TO BE SPOTLIGHT GUEST AT NEW YORK COMIC CON

Anno To Attend In Cooperation With Vertical, Inc.

Norwalk, CT, September 19, 2012:  New York Comic Con (NYCC) is today proud to announce Ms. Moyoco Anno, the writer and illustrator of numerous acclaimed Japanese comics including Sakuran, Sugar Sugar Rune, Flowers and Bees and Hataraki-man, will appear at this year’s NYCC as a Spotlight Guest. New York Comic Con will take place October 11 – 14, 2012 at NYC’s Javits Center. NYCC is one of New York’s largest annual events, last year attracting over 100,000 attendees. Ms. Anno joins a broad range of already-announced guests including Yoshitaka Amano, Brian K. Vaughan, Mike Mignola, Joshua Gates and Anne Rice. Anno’s appearance at New York Comic Con is in partnership with Vertical, Inc., publisher of Sakuran in the US.

Moyoco Anno is one of the most respected names in Japanese comics today and is also regarded highly worldwide as one of the most important figures in josei manga (women’s comics). Her nearly twenty comic properties have attained enormous popularity since her debut in 1989, especially among young women in Japan, where she is equally known for her iconic design work as her writing, which often covers the topics of women and beauty. Though she is primarily known abroad for her women’s comics, her most popular title in the United States has been Sugar Sugar Rune (published by Del Rey), which was targeted at primary school-aged girls. For this work, she earned the prestigious Kodansha Manga Award in 2005. Anno has also written a number of titles for men’s anthologies in more recent years, including Flowers and Bees (VIZ Media), and one of her most popular works, Hataraki-man, which would eventually be adapted into live-action and animated TV series.

Sakuran, her most recent work in English (Vertical, Inc.), is a beautifully drawn tale of Japanese courtesans, and it has already received accolades since its July 2012 release, including being selected as one of BookExpo America’s Great Graphic Novels of 2012.

Anno will participate at New York Comic Con on October 13 and 14, speaking about her career and signing autographs for attendees. Full details about her panel and signings will be made available in the near future.

“I am honored to welcome Ms. Moyoco Anno to New York Comic Con,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for NYCC. “When many Americans think comic books, they think muscled men in capes and tights. Ms. Anno is responsible for a very different kind of comic that is acclaimed around the world. We hope her time at NYCC rewards her existing fans in America as well as introduces her to many, many new readers.”

Tickets for New York Comic Con 2012 are currently available for purchase at www.NewYorkComicCon.com. Companies interested in exhibiting at New York Comic Con should contact Larry Settembrini,Larry@ReedPOP.com. Other information about the show, as well as news about ReedPOP, which organizes a range of pop culture events, is available at facebook.com/NewYorkComicCon and twitter.com/NY_Comic_Con . Officials note that more details about Ms. Anno’s appearance as well as additional guests and scheduling information will be announced over the coming weeks and fans should keep their eyes on NYCC’s website for additional announcements.

ABOUT VERTICAL, INC: Vertical translates the best contemporary Japanese books. We select our popular novels, graphic novels and quality nonfiction from a rich, variegated stock: Japan’s huge and vibrant book market. In fields like animation and video games, Japanese entertainment thrills people worldwide. The Japanese book world’s offerings are equally entertaining. Until now, however, most Japanese books translated into English have either been literary classics or introductions to traditional culture meant for a limited circle of Japanophiles. Vertical publishes exciting titles that require no prior knowledge of Japanese culture and are not intended to primarily familiarize readers with it; we choose good reads with universal themes. Read different. Read Vertical.

ABOUT REEDPOP:  ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena.  ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans.  The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime & East, Star Wars Celebration, Fantasy Football Fest and the UFC Fan Expo.  In 2013 ReePOP will add Star Wars Celebration Europe and PAX Australia to its rapidly expanding portfolio of international events.  The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion.  ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

Andrew Lincoln and Other Cast Members from The Walking Dead to Appear with Robert Kirkman at NYCC 2012

Walking Dead Season 3

Press Release:

ANDREW LINCOLN AND ADDITIONAL CAST MEMBERS OF THE WALKING DEAD TO APPEAR ON PANEL AT NEW YORK COMIC CON

Other Panelists Include Showrunner and Executive Producer Glenn Mazzara; Executive Producers Robert Kirkman and Gale Anne Hurd

Norwalk, CT, September 14, 2012: New York Comic Con (NYCC) officials have confirmed that a high profile panel focusing on season three of AMC’s hit television series The Walking Dead will take place at this year’s pop culture extravaganza. Cast members including Andrew Lincoln will be joined by showrunner and executive producer Glenn Mazzara as well as executive producers Robert Kirkman and Gale Anne Hurd. Moderated by Talking Dead host Chris HardwickThe Walking Dead panel, which will take place in the IGN Theater on Saturday, October 13, 5:00pm – 6:00pm, will include an exclusive clip from the premiere episode of season three.

In addition to Andrew Lincoln, additional cast members participating in the panel include Norman Reedus,Chandler RiggsDanai GuriraDavid Morrissey and  Michael Rooker. There will also be a limited signing for 50 fans and tickets for the signing will be given away on a first served basis on Saturday morning (10/13). Further details about the signing will be announced soon. The Walking Dead, which returns to AMC on October 14 at 9:00pm (EST)/8:00pm (CST), was originally a comic book series created by writer Robert Kirkman in 2003. It won the 2010 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series and the television series premiered to enormous attention and acclaim on October 31, 2010.

New York Comic Con, which will take place October 11 – 14, 2012 at NYC’s Javits Center, is one of New York’s largest annual events, last year attracting over 100,000 attendees. The pop culture convention draws a wide cross section of fans eager to meet and greet the creators, actors, writers, musicians and artists.  The show includes top talent from the worlds of comics, film, television, music, books and gaming.

The Walking Dead is a huge attraction for our fans and I am enormously grateful to AMC for making this possible,” notes Lance Fensterman Show Manager for NYCC and Group Vice President for ReedPOP. “This is a star-studded line up of panelists and I know that we will have thousands of fans who will want to be on hand to hear these creators, producers and stars talk about their contribution to this incredible show. I can’t thank these guests enough for giving their time and talent to New York Comic Con.”

Tickets for New York Comic Con in 2012 are currently available for purchase at www.NewYorkComicCon.com. Anyone interested in exhibiting at New York Comic Con should contact Larry Settembrini, Larry@ReedPOP.com. Other information about the show, as well as news about ReedPOP, which organizes a range of pop culture events, is available at facebook.com/NewYorkComicCon and twitter.com/NY_Comic_Con . Organizers note that many more guests will be announced over the next few weeks and fans should keep their eyes on NYCC’s website and blog for additional comics, entertainment and anime announcements.

ABOUT REEDPOP: ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime & East, Star Wars Celebration, Fantasy Football Fest and the UFC Fan Expo. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

Steve McNiven Provides a Marvel NOW! Poster for NYCC 2012

NYCC 2012 Poster

Press Release:

MARVEL COMICS REVEALS POSTER ART FOR NEW YORK COMIC CON

The Avengers Come to Manhattan!

Steve McNiven Creates Original Art for 2012 Pop Culture Event

Norwalk, CT, August 31, 2012: Officials at New York Comic Con (NYCC) have announced that Marvel Comics will provide the original poster art for the 2012 edition of the annual pop culture extravaganza. Marvel, the renowned comic books and media entertainment company, has revealed the art which will feature The Avengers in an iconic New York setting. The specially created poster will figure prominently in NYCC’s advertising and promotion and will be featured at the convention as well as in comic book shops around the tri-state area and on MTA and LIRR railroads. Steve McNiven, the well-known and accomplished Marvel Comics artist, is credited for drawing the poster art which showcases Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Captain America in the newly-designed costumes they will be sporting as part of the exciting new Marvel NOW! initiative launching in stores in October. McNiven will also be a Spotlight Guest at NYCC this year.

New York Comic Con, which will take place October 11 – 14, 2012 at NYC’s Javits Center, is one of New York’s largest annual events, last year attracting over 100,000 attendees. The pop culture convention draws a wide cross section of fans eager to meet and greet the creators, actors, writers, musicians and artists. As noted, the original poster art will be widely used to promote the show as well as to create a distinct identity for the 2012 edition of New York Comic Con.

Once again, Marvel Entertainment will have a 3000 square foot booth on the show floor at NYCC where attendees will have ample room and opportunity to mingle with creators and staff including Joe Quesada, Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment and Axel Alonso, Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief. Other Marvel Spotlight Guests who will be on hand to greet fans will be Kieron Gillen, Jonathan Hickman, Rick Remender, Esad Ribic, Dan Slott and Steve McNiven.

Tickets for New York Comic Con in 2012 are currently available for purchase at www.NewYorkComicCon.com. Anyone interested in exhibiting at New York Comic Con should contact Larry Settembrini, Larry@ReedPOP.com . Other information about the show, as well as news about ReedPOP, which organizes a range of pop culture events, is available at facebook.com/NewYorkComicCon and twitter.com/NY_Comic_Con. Organizers note that many more guests will be announced over the next few weeks and fans should keep their eyes on NYCC’s website and blog for additional comics, entertainment and anime announcements.

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 entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND/OR ARTWORK PLEASE CONTACT:
Arune Singh
MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT
212-576-4061
asingh@marvel.com

ABOUT REEDPOP: ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime & East, Star Wars Celebration, Fantasy Football Fest and the UFC Fan Expo. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

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