NYC – Icons of Animation Exhibit

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Press Release:

The Society of Illustrators celebrates the work of four iconic illustrators- Peter de Sève, William Joyce, Carlos Nine, and Bill Plympton – with an exhibit featuring the original illustrations from numerous movies and shorts.

film screening and panel will take place on Thursday, June 5th at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse Guild, and an Opening Reception will take place on Friday, June 6th at. 6:30 pm

 

About the Artists

Peter de Sève:
Peter de Sève’s illustration and character designs are known throughout the world. His work spans three decades and various media, including magazines, books, print and televised advertising, animated feature films and magazines. Best recognized for his many New Yorker covers and his character designs for the three blockbuster Ice Age movies (“Scrat” is now an international icon), de Sève has also contributed to such films as Mulan, A Bug’s Life, Tarzan, and Finding Nemo.

His many distinctions include the prestigious Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators, a Clio Award for a Nike television commercial, a Spectrum Annual of Fantastic Art gold medal, a Soleil d’Or award from the Festival BD Sollies-Ville in France, and a Visual Effects Society Award nomination for outstanding animated character design for Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.

Peter was honored with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Character Design for his work on Sesame Street’s Abby Cadabby’s Flying Fairy School. He has received three Annie Award nominations for Character Design in a Feature Production, the most recent for his work on Arthur Christmas.

Peter lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife Randall (with whom he recently collaborated on his first children’s book, The Duchess of Whimsy) and their two daughters, Paulina and Fia.

William Joyce:
William Joyce has achieved world-wide recognition as an author, illustrator and pioneer in the digital and animation industry.

In February 2012, he won an Academy Award for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, an animated short film about the curative powers of story. In the past two years, he has also written seven hard copy Simon & Schuster children’s books including The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, The Guardians of Childhood book series: The Man in the Moon, The Sandman: Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie, Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth’s Core! And Toothania: Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies.

Named by Newsweek magazine as “One of the 100 people to watch in the new millennium”, William has been heavily involved in the world of digital animation from its full-scale inception at Pixar Animation. His projects have been produced by nearly every major film studio including Disney, Twentieth Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation. His feature films include Rise of the Guardians, Robots and Meet the Robinsons and his television series George Shrinks and Rolie Polie Olie for which he won three Emmy Awards.

Additionally, he is the writer, producer, and production designer on the Blue Sky Studios feature film, Epic, inspired by his book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs.

Carlos Nine:
Carlos Nine is a renowned illustrator, comics author, painter, sculptor, animation film writer, and author of several books. His works have been published in Argentina, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, U.S.A., Brazil, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

He was awarded awarded on several occasions the Silver Clio in Illustration (Clio Awards, New York, 1993), the Caran D’Ache award for best illustrator (Rome, Italy, 1995), the Prix de l’Ecole Supérieure de l’image (France, 2001) and the First Prize at the Angoulême Festival (France, 2001). He has published books and held exhibitions in numerous countries. He has been invited to give seminars, workshops, and courses in his country and in France.

He has also worked for several magazines and journals, including Le Monde (Paris), The New Yorker (USA), Noticas, Humor, and the newspapers La Nación and Clarín.

Bill Plympton
Mr. Plympton is considered the King of Indie Animation, and is the only person to hand draw an entire animated feature film. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, he graduated from Portland State University in Graphic Design. Bill moved to New York City in 1968 and began his career creating cartoons for publications such as New York Times, National Lampoon, Playboy and Screw.

In 1987, he was nominated for an Oscar® for his animated short Your Face. In 2005, Bill received another Oscar® nomination, this time for his short Guard Dog. Push Comes to Shove won the prestigious Cannes 1991 Palme d’Or; and in 2001, another short film, Eat, won the Grand Prize for Short Films in Cannes Critics’ Week.

After producing many shorts that appeared on MTV and Spike and Mike’s, he turned his talent to feature films. Since 1991, he’s made 10 feature films. 7 of them, The Tune, Mondo Plympton, I Married A Strange Person, Mutant Aliens, Hair High, Idiots and Angels, and Cheatin’, are all animated features.

Bill Plympton has also collaborated with Kanye West and Weird Al Yankovic in a number of music videos and book projects. In 2006, he received the Winsor McCay Lifetime Achievement Award from The Annie Awards.

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065
212-838-2560

CA – FCBD: My Little Pony Signing

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Amy Mebberson (My Little Pony) signs at Beach Ball Comics on Saturday May 3rd from 11:00 am till 2:00 pm for Free Comic Book Day!

RSVP on Facebook!

Beach Ball Comics
3024 W Ball Rd Ste G, Anaheim, CA 92804

GraniteCon Celebrates 10th Anniversary

graniteconSave the date!  Granitecon 2013 is September 28th and 29th! To celebrate 10 years of Granitecon we’re expanding to 2 days and moving to the larger Expo Center!  Expect all sorts of fun events, signings and more!  Check out the recently relaunched granitecon.com for some of the early details including our first round of guests!!!

So far our guests include:

  • Katie Cook – My Little Pony
  • Chris Giarrusso – Mighty Marvels, G-Man
  • JK Woodward – Star Trek/Doctor Who
  • Ale Garza - Deadpool, Teen Titans
  • Craig Rousseau – Marvel Adventures, Perhapanauts
  • Chrissie Zullo – Fables
  • Amy Mebberson – My Little Pony, Sesame Street
  • Edwin Huang – Skullkickers
  • Mike Raicht – Stuff of Legend Writer
  • Erik Burnham – Ghostbusters, TMNT Writer
  • Blair Shedd – Doctor Who, Dorothy of Oz
With more to be announced soon!

Make sure to follow Granitecon on Twitter @granitecon and Like us on Facebook!

NYCC 2012 to Take a Walk Down Sesame Street with Appearances by Elmo and Gordon

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Press Release:

ELMO AND GORDON TO APPEAR DURING “NYCC KIDS” AT NEW YORK COMIC CON

Sesame Street Characters to Visit Pop Culture Event on Sunday, October 14

Norwalk, CT, September 10, 2012: New York Comic Con (NYCC) officials today announced that Sesame Street’sElmo, the 3 ½-year-old monster with the high pitched voice and contagious giggle, will appear at the show along with his good friend Gordon (Roscoe Orman). The hugely popular and widely recognized pair from Sesame Streetwill visit the annual pop culture event during NYCC Kids, a day focused on programming and activities for younger fans and their families on Sunday, October 14, 2012. Organizers note that further details about the appearance, including the precise time Elmo and Gordon will be present for kids and fans will be announced in the near future on the NYCC website.

NYCC Kids, which always takes place on the last day of New York Comic Con, is enormously popular for children and their parents, annually attracting thousands of young kids to the pop culture extravaganza. Each year, NYCC invites the young and the young at heart to the event to enjoy, create and share in the love of all aspects of pop culture. NYCC Kids features activities for kids including drawing workshops, author readings, animal education, active games and events, and a chance to see and meet their favorite characters! New York Comic Con, which hosted over 100,000 fans last year, is one of the largest annual conventions to take place in New York City. This year’s event will take place October 11 – 14, 2012 at the Javits Center. Tickets are selling quickly and may be purchased at www.NewYorkComicCon.com.

“I am delighted to be welcoming Elmo and Gordon to New York Comic Con,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for NYCC. “Not only will they be a highlight event for NYCC Kids, but they also underscore the range of personalities and talent who are attracted to our show. There is something for everyone at New York Comic Con and it doesn’t make any difference if you’re 3-years-old or 80-years-old. That’s what our show are all about! We provide the very best entertainment in the pop culture universe and we cater to every age and demographic. Elmo and Gordon are legendary and we’re pleased to provide this opportunity for thousands of kids (and adults!) to see them in person.”

ABOUT ELMO: Elmo is a 3 ½-year-old red monster who is enthusiastic, friendly and cheerful. He always wants to be part of everything that goes on. However, like most preschoolers, he sometimes doesn’t have the skills or knowledge to do what he wants. But that never stops him because he has a very positive, optimistic view of himself and life.

ABOUT ROSCOE ORMAN / “GORDON”: Roscoe Orman (Gordon) is an accomplished actor whose credits extend to television, stage, and screen. This season of Sesame Street marks Orman’s 37th year as Gordon, a science teacher who is married to Susan and the father of Miles.

Orman has worked extensively on the New York stage with the Negro Ensemble Company, New York Shakespeare Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, New Federal Theatre and American Place Theatre. Orman’s film credits include the title role in Willie Dynamite, F/X, Striking Distance, New Jersey Drive, Drive By, Thirty Days,Twilight’s Last Gleaming, Coney Island, Compliments of the Serpent and the 2011 family film Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life. On television, he has been seen on such shows as Sanford and Son, Kojak, All My Children,Law & Order, Sex and the City, Cosby and The Wire. He has authored two books, Sesame Street Dad: Evolution of an Actor and Ricky & Mobo, a children’s book which he also illustrated.

As noted, tickets for New York Comic Con in 2012 are currently available for purchase atwww.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 andtwitter.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.

NYC – Being Elmo Screening

Muppeteer Kevin Clash and producer-cinematographer James Miller host a screening on Sat, Nov 12, 2011 at 2pm. Kevin Clash also hosts a screening of Elmo in Grouchland at noon.

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Sundance and the Audience Award at the Nantucket Film Festival, this documentary chronicles the story of Kevin Clash—the award-winning persona behind the furry red monster Elmo of Sesame Street. Growing up in Baltimore in the 1970s, Clash had different aspirations than his classmates; he wanted to be a puppeteer for Jim Henson. With a supportive family behind him, he made his dreams come true.

BAM Rose Cinemas
General Admission: $12
BAM Cinema Club Members: $7
Movie Moguls: Free
Children (13 & under): $9
Seniors: $9
Students: $9 (25 and under with a valid ID, Mon—Thu)

BAM
30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11217

PA – Big Bird and Friends Appear at Toonseum

Caroll Spinney, the man behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street appears at a special event for the Toonseum.

Press Release:

Pittsburgh – On Saturday, November 6th, 2010, the ToonSeum celebrates memories of Saturday mornings filled with cartoons, breakfast cereals and animated heroes. Jim Martin (Gary Gnu of the Great Space Coaster) and David Newell (Mr. McFeely of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood) will be on hand throughout the evening, along with live music, a silent auction with unique experiences, food, drink, and plenty of cartoons.

The evening begins with a special ticketed VIP reception at 6:30pm featuring a conversation with Caroll Spinney. Caroll is best known for his portrayals of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street. Caroll is also a talented cartoonist, painter and illustrator. Attendees of the VIP reception will receive a signed print from Caroll, along with a year-long ToonSeum Membership.

After the VIP reception, the ToonSeum kicks open the doors to all ticketholders at 8pm for KA-BLAM! III: The Return of Saturday Morning. This year’s blast is a celebration of cartoons, comics and everything else that made our mornings special. With cartoons, hands on activities, entertainment and much more, the event is a great chance for grown ups to let their inner child out to play and party.

The annual fundraiser benefits the ToonSeum, Pittsburgh’s Museum of Cartoon Art. The ToonSeum, located in Downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, is one of only three museums in the nation dedicated to the comic and cartoon arts.

This year’s event being is chaired by Yu-Ling and Gregg Behr (who are fans of cartoons and of being big kids). “The Toonseum is a new and important asset to our vibrant Cultural District and we are honored to be a part of KA-BLAM. Celebrating childhood memories is important and something we should take time out to do. This event will remind us of all the things we loved as kids and still love as big kids.” – Gregg Behr

KA-BLAM! Will take place on Saturday, November 6th, 2010. The VIP Reception with Caroll Spinney begins at 6:30pm, and the main event will be from 8:00 pm to 11:30 pm.

VIP Tickets are $100 each or $150 per couple. VIP admission includes a signed limited edition print and ToonSeum membership. KA-BLAM event only tickets are $50 and student tickets are $25. All ticketholders must be 21 years of age to attend. Saturday morning pajama dress is welcome and optional.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.ka-blam.org or in-person at the ToonSeum.

Toonseum
945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222