Thursday, June 12, 2014
NY Comic Fest This Saturday in White Plains, NY
It’s all about comics, creators, collectibles, cosplay -- and fans!
New York City’s northern suburbs are going to experience their first comic convention in at least a decade next month -- the NEW YORK COMIC FEST! This family-friendly, one-day event features some of the biggest writers and artists on the planet -- from DC, Marvel and dozens of independent publishers. Plus it wouldn’t be a comics show without toy & collectibles dealers; original art dealers; panel discussions, two costume contests, a trivia contest ...and the BATMOBILE! The convention hours are 10 am – 6pm.
New York Comic Fest’s (NYCF) focus is to promote the people who create comics and provide a great, welcoming atmosphere to fans and families. And the cost -- $20 a ticket in advance, $25 day of show, with children under 12 free with a ticket-holding adult -- is a fraction of what fans pay in Manhattan for a show that features the same level of A-list talent. Plus it’s Father’s Day weekend -- a great chance for dad and the kids to meet with the people who write and draw BATMAN, SUPERMAN, THE JUSTICE LEAGUE, DAREDEVIL, THE HULK, CAPTAIN AMERICA, SPIDER-MAN, THE AVENGERS, THE X-MEN and MORE!
GUESTS - Here's a sampling of the stellar lineup. Full GUESTS list with Photos @ http://www.nycomicfest.com/guests
Jim Steranko – One of the most famous and influential creators in comics history, Steranko is responsible for the modern depictions of SHIELD and Captain America. The multi-talented Steranko is an illustrator, musician, art director, magician, fire-eater, designer, escape artist, filmmaker, pop-culture lecturer, and publisher.
Scott Snyder – NYCF’s “Guest of Honor” is, simply put, the biggest comics writer working today with a critically acclaimed run on Batman -- the best-selling superhero comic on the market. Other credits include the incredibly popular American Vampire, Superman Unchained, The Wake and Swamp Thing, as well as a collection of prose stories called “Voodoo Heart.” Scott also teaches and is on the faculty at Sarah Lawrence College.
Mark Waid -- The hardest-working man in comics is known for a decades-long string of wildly popular and critical smashes, such as his current runs on Daredevil and the Hulk and his epic miniseries “Kingdom Come.” He’s also the driving force behind the webcomic publisher Thrillbent and is a comics retailer to boot. At any given time, Mark seems to be working on a half-dozen comics -- all of them embraced by fans.
Basil Gogos -- The World’s Most Famous Monster Artist! Gogos has a legendary fan-following as
chronicled in the best-selling Vanguard book, Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos. His original Famous Monsters magazine cover paintings of the 1960s and ‘70s are highly sought-after and he has works in the collections of filmmakers and rock stars including Rob Zombie, Johnny Depp, Nicholas Cage and Benicio Del Toro.
Denny O’Neil -- One of the most influential writers and editors in comics history, Denny O’Neil is the writer most responsible for the darker, more intense depiction of Batman that fans love today. He and his art partner Neal Adams not only redefined Batman, but also modernized Green Lantern and Green Arrow, the basis of the hit CW TV show “ARROW.” There probably isn’t a major comics character that the Rockland County resident hasn’t worked on.
Bill Sienkiewicz -- The boundaries-busting artist was one of the creators who redefined what comics and graphic novels could be, with a litany of credits, including work on Elektra, Moon Knight and
Batman. He’s also well-known in the music industry having designed album art for the likes of Dio, the RZA and Bruce Cockburn.
J. J. Sedelmaier - Animation director of “Saturday Night Live”’s TV Fun House featuring The Amiguously Gay Duo, X-Presidents, Steven Colbert’s Tek Jansen, Beavis and Butt-Head, and many others. J.J. Sedelmaier is not only a Westchester County resident, his studio is located in White Plains.
Christy Blanch -- Christy’s not only a comics writer and retailer, she’s one of the world’s foremost educators on the subject of comics. She heads up the online lecture series “Social Issues
Through Comic Books”, which delves into topics such as addiction, the environment and gender equality through the prism of comics.
Paul Levitz -- The longtime DC Comics president and publisher, who splits his time between NYC and Westchester, is now one of comics’ foremost historians and teachers. He also continues to write comics, such as DC’s Worlds’ Finest, and is one of the most important comics creators and executives of the last 40 years.
Dean Haspiel -- Emmy Award-winning artist for illustrations on HBO’s “Bored To Death,” creator of
BILLY DOGMA and The Red Hook are just a few credits. In addition, the SUNY-Purchase grad has
collaborated with Harvey Pekar, Jonathan Ames, and Inverna Lockpez and his latest project is Mamaroneck-based Archie/Red Circle’s The Fox -- with writer Mark Waid.
IT’S BATMAN’S 75TH ANNIVERSARY -
The New York Comic Fest is also celebrating the 75th birthday of the Dark Knight, with a special bat-tery of programming, including a panel discussion on the Caped Crusader past and present, featuring Scott Snyder, Denny O’Neil and Paul Levitz, and moderated by the editor of the website 13thDimension.com, Westchester resident Dan Greenfield. There will also be a special Batman cosplay contest, a Batman trivia contest -- both with top-notch prizes -- as well as the most famous BATMOBILE of them all, from the 1960s TV series!
COSTUME (COSPLAY) CONTESTS - An event for everyone! Categories include: Best Male Costume, Best Female Costume, Best Girl Costume (12 and under), Best Boy Costume (12 and under), Best Couple, Best Group. More info: http://www.nycomicfest.com/events
PANEL DISCUSSIONS -
Lively discussions and Q&A’s with the NYCF’s lengthy list of guests. Topics include not only the history of Batman and the legacy of Wally Wood, but social issues in comics, the ins and outs of comics writing, animation and art. For schedule: http://www.nycomicfest.com/panels
Make sure to check out the NYCF website for new additions and updates! http://www.nycomicfest.com