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The Legend of Zelda Manga Creators Appear At MCM Comic Con London

VIZ Media has partnered with ReedPop and announced the appearance of the creators behind the smash hit The Legend of Zelda manga series, known jointly as Akira Himekawa, at the 2019 MCM Comic Con London. This marks their first-ever professional appearance in the UK.

Akira Himekawa is the penname of two women, A. Honda and S. Nagano, who have created multiple bestselling manga adventures inspired by the classic Nintendo puzzle-solving, role-playing video games. Their latest continuing series is The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, published by VIZ Media. 

Organized and presented by ReedPop, MCM London is the UK’s biggest annual pop culture event. The event will take place May 24th-26th at the London ExCel convention center.

Akira Himekawa’s MCM London Panels & Special Events Include:

Friday, May 24th

11:00am – 12:00pm Official VIZ Media Panel with Special Guests
Center Stage

Join VIZ Media for exciting announcements, exclusive first looks at upcoming new titles, and special prizes! THE LEGEND OF ZELDA manga creators, Akira Himekawa, will also make a special appearance.

Saturday, May 25th

2:00pm – 3:00pm THE LEGEND OF ZELDA Manga Panel
Main Stage

Join Akira Himekawa for an insightful panel to discuss their groundbreaking work, as well as catch a special live drawing session!

MCM London Comic Con On-Site Akira Himekawa Autograph Sessions:

Friday, May 24that 2:00pm – limited to 100 people

Saturday, May 25that 4:30pm – limited to 100 people

Signing session attendees each will receive an exclusive THE LEGEND OF ZELDA shikishi and poster from VIZ Media for Akira Himekawa to autograph (one item per person to be signed). Official signings are ticketed prior to the event, distribution details forthcoming.

Akira Himekawa Off-Site Autograph Sessions:

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
Friday, May 24th at 6:00pm
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London

Join VIZ Media to welcome Akira Himekawa for a special off-site appearance in London! Wristbands to attend the autograph session will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. Signing session attendees will receive an exclusive VIZ Media-supplied poster and shikishi; attendees select which one will be signed on site by the pair.

Around the Tubes

Port of Earth Vol. 1

It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below.

CBR – Netflix Developing Supercrooks Anime Based on Mark Millar Series – This is not surprising.

Newsarama – Port of Earth In Development as Amazon TV Show – This would be a good one.

The Beat – ReedPOP and Lyte team for ticket reselling at ECCC and Star Wars Celebration – Good to see this happening.

New York Comic Con’s Badges Go High-Tech with ShowClix

New York Comic Con is getting a boost of high-tech when it comes to their badges courtesy of ShowClix. The goal is to lessen any in-event queuing, something conventions as a whole are notorious for. When it comes to a large-scale event such as this that can be especially important. The new technology will also allow data collection which will allow ReedPOP, the show’s organizers, to make actionable decisions based on what’s collected. Real world usage and data feedback may replace anecdotal experiences. The data returned has the ability to change convention center usage in future years including placement of booths, attractions, or generally traffic flow.

For 2018, ShowClix has introduced greater integration with the badges. Anything NYCC attendees purchase through ShowClix or its integrated partners at the event will be tracked on their admission badge; pre-purchased merchandise, autographs, and other add-ons will all live within the attendee’s badge. For fans, this means eliminating the need to carry separate printed proofs-of-purchase on event day which will reduce time spent in on-site queues. For exhibitors, this translates to the collection of valuable attendee data, providing insight into their on-site activities.

This type of technology has already been put to good use at previous events. RFID has helped improve entry procedures and security as far back as 2013. In 2016, this technology was used to help eliminate unauthorized resale of tickets.

This is the sixth consecutive show that ShowClix has worked with ReedPop and have developed solutions to revolutionize the ticketing, admissions, and event-day experiences at NYCC.

New York Comic Con Partners with Anime Expo to Debut Anime Fest at NYCC x Anime Expo

ReedPOP has announced that it is partnering with The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) to launch Anime Fest @ NYCC x Anime Expo. The four-day event will take place at Pier 94 from October 4-7 and provide fans the ultimate East Coast anime festival and celebration of Japanese pop culture.

Fans will join Japanese guests, prolific artists, and other New York Otaku at a festival of autograph signings, cosplay, Instagram-worthy activations, a curated Artist Alley, live music, and creative Japanese pop culture classes. More surprises will be revealed in the coming months as Anime Fest @ NYCC x Anime Expo creates programming and content that brings the best of both worlds into one major anime festival.

Tickets for Anime Fest @ NYCC x Anime Expo will go on sale on July 15. Tickets are available to fans with Fan Verification accounts at a discounted rate when they purchase their New York Comic Con badges (or if they’ve already purchased NYCC badges) and will be made available to the general public not attending NYCC as well.

Pricing for badges range from $10-$25 for Anime Fest @ NYCC x Anime Expo:

  • Thursday (October 4): $20
  • Friday (October 5): $20
  • Saturday (October 6): $25
  • Sunday (October 7): $25
  • Sunday Kids (October 7): $10
  • Thursday (October 4): NYCC Badge Holder – $15
  • Friday (October 5): NYCC Badge Holder – $15
  • Saturday (October 6): NYCC Badge Holder – $20
  • Sunday (October 7): NYCC Badge Holder – $20
  • Sunday Kids (October 7): NYCC Badge Holder – $5

Five Days of Books

Everyone’s heard of Comic Con be it the San Diego or New York editions, for the non-comic geeks or book nerds there’s ReedPOP’s other pop culture offsprings Book Expo America and Book Con. These two events combine over five days, May 30th to June 3rd, in New York City to give readers a glimpse at upcoming books and a chance to meet their favorite authors.

To be clear the first three days, Book Expo America or BEA, are more for industry folks, giving them a chance to chat and politik, like I did, look for upcoming book reviews as soon as I get a chance to power through my book haul. The last two days, Book Con is for the fans to get a chance to grab autographs and also learn about books on the horizon, and snag some discounted books, I spent a bit more than I needed too.

What follows are my 3 highlights, which can different from someone else’s, so please be kind as I went to panels that sparked my interests.

Day 1 is more for signing in but I was able to squeeze in my first panel, The Graphic Novels You Can’t Miss of 2018, moderated by Publishers Weekly’s Calvin Reid gave me a heads up on a gang of graphic novels that cover several genres; a memoir by David Small (Home After Dark), a new take on food by Blue Delliquanti (Meal), sports stories by Ngozi Ukazu (Check, Please!) and more sci-fi from the mind of Tim Fielder (creator of Matty’s Rocket).

 

On day 2, for whatever reason, odds are my Mom and her politicking, I’ve been in rooms with Congress people and Mayors before, but never a living legend like Congressman John Lewis and I was one of the lucky ones to meet him, Afua Richardson, and Andrew Aydin as they signed samplers of their new book Run.

My last panel for the Con on day 5 was PBS’s The Great American Read with authors Glynnis MacNicol, Yahdon Israel, Veronica Roth, Daniel Jose Older, and host host Lindsay Ellis. This literary showdown pitted American classics against each other in preparation for the eight-part series that explores 100 best-loved American novels chosen from a national survey. I still can’t believe that Harry Potter was the winner of our panel event. To vote or for more information go to PBS.

Of course there were other great panels, filled with authors who were gracious with their wit and insight in a carnival like space with a few Cosplayers, but if you’re a book lover like me you need to find your way to one of these amazing gatherings of book nerds.

 

George Carmona 3rd is an Artist/Writer, former Milestone Media Intern, former DC Comics paper pusher, lifelong comic geek and book lover. He is also the author of  DC Super Friends Joke Book from Penguin Random House. You can find his work at FistFullofArt.com or follow him on twitter at GCarmona3.

Around the Tubes

Tomorrow is new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments. While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Baylor Lariat – Kickstarting a Comic Career: three prominent comic artists visit Baylor – This is cool to see.

ICv2 – ReedPOP Makes Another Big Move, Acquiring EGX Events and Content Network – This is… interesting.

The Beat – GoFundMe Fundraiser to help Marvel colorist Justin Ponsor’s cancer treatment – Chip in and help!

 

Reviews

Comic Attack – Black Panther Annual #1

Talking Comic s- Bloodshot Salvation #1

Comics Bulletin – Postal: Mark #1

Sequart – Prism Stalker #1

ReedPOP Adds MCM Comic Con to Its Family of Conventions

We had word there was going to be a big announcement from ReedPOP after New York Comic Con and there’s a good chance this is it. The convention management company has acquired MCM Comic Con adding not just a convention but a leader in conventions in the United Kingdom. This will take effect immediately.

MCM Comic Con sees 300,000 fans and cosplayers take part in events in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool, and Belfast.

MCM Comic Con premiered in 2002 and was co-founded by Bryan Cooney and began as London Expo rebranding in 2004 as the London MCM Expo (MCM stands for “Movies, Comics, Media”).

Defending the Night, One Beer at a Time.

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Write drunk, edit sober was never a truer statement. With New York Comic Con less than a month away, this past Thursday I journeyed to the far away land of Brooklyn (not really) for the sixth annual launch of the Brooklyn Defender.

Not a comic or Netflix spinoff, the Brooklyn Defender is a specially crafted beer made by Brooklyn Brewery for New York Comic Con and ReedPOP, the organizers behind Comic Con.

For the past few years Brooklyn Brewery and ReedPOP have collaborated on this beer, designing the bottles label by recruiting comic book artists like Cliff Chang, Khary Randolph and Jamal Igle to help create the look of that years Defender. According to the ReedPOP representative Fallon Prinzivalli, this year was a “special year as it’s the sixth time or 6-pack” Defender team-up with Brooklyn Brewery. This year had a departure from previous years as it looks like the art chores were handled in house by Brooklyn Brewery with a retro silver age style, cape, underwear on the outside, and even emphasizing the four color spot process of making comics. As a beer drinker, I love the Brooklyn Brewery brand and I’m generally ok with the Defender beers, I found this year’s crisp, flavorful and light, a definite step up from a solid beer, the Brooklyn Defender gets 4 capes.

Ms. Prinzivalli also told me that “for the first time ever we have a couple of backdrops and props that people are going to be creating their own story of them defending beer with their friends. So then we’ll have a giant fan going that you can stand in front of and you can pretend that you’re flying through the clouds of New York City.” In addition to the Instagram contest, there was also a raffle and cosplay contest, with winners taking home 3 day passes to Comic Con.

Fans who were lucky enough to make it onto the rsvp list were also treated to free pizza from local pizzeria Sizzle Pizza, cake, and of course a bottle of the latest batch of the Defender beer.

Brooklyn Defender can be found all around New York Comic Con which runs October 5-8th, but will still be available well after.

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