REEDPOP GOES IN-DEPTH ON PLANS FOR NEW YORK SUPER WEEK [INTERVIEW]
Last week, ReedPOP (the company behind New York Comic Con) announced that it would present an event called “New York Super Week” in October — a ten-day festival of pop media events at venues all over Manhattan and Brooklyn. And while the initial press release was full of hype and excitement, and contained a few intriguing tastes of planned events (Neil DeGrasse Tyson! Podcasts! Concerts!), the announcement came with very little information. There was no language about pricing, ticketing, or other logistics. The just-launched Super Week website contains links to forms so retailers and restaurants/bars can sign up to offer special promotions in association with the festival, as well as a submission form for organizations and individuals to propose events — but again, concrete details were light on the ground.
As might be expected, this has led to a variety of reactions from the comic and entertainment community. Many welcomed the idea of an expanded event, unbound by the confines of a convention center, while other conversations on websites and social media expressed skepticism about the motivation for crowd-sourcing venues and events, and commented that it seemed like an attempt for ReedPOP to monetize satellite events not actually organized by the company.
ComicsAlliance reached out to Matthew Wasowski, the Festival Director of Super Week, to ask for clarification on some of these issues, and get answers to a few of the questions that have arisen.
By Joe Hughes
If you’ve been following ComicsAlliance for the last few months, you’ll know that we are somewhat fascinated by the ’90s X-Men cartoon. It was an important moment for Marvel, as the show introduced many kids to both the X-Men and the Marvel universe. In the process the show helped create a new generation of fans, including Saturday Night Livestar Taran Killam. On hand at New York Comic Con to promote The Illegitimates, the comic he created with writer Marc Andreyko, Killam made a guest appearance at the Marvel booth, where he recreated the pilot episode of the show while playing every character. His Gambit is appropriately creepy, his Cyclops is appropriately dickish, and his Jubilee recreates the weirdest rhetorical question we have ever heard anyone ask. It’s pretty great.
By Joe Hughes
Anyway you look at it, Whoopi Goldberg has had an incredibly successful and varied career in entertainment (homegirl EGOTed, ya’ll). But for some folks, her most recognizable role will forever be as Guinan from Star Trek: The Next Generation, so it seemed perfectly natural that she’d attend last weekend’s New York Comic Con. But Goldberg wasn’t there to bask in Next Gen fan love. Rather, the award winning actress, and co-host on The View,was on the con floor pitching her idea for a comic.
She got advice from a few celebrities in attendance — Ronald D. Moore, Seth Green, Clare Grant, Kevin Smith, and Kristin Baur van Straten, among others — and made her pitch to DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan DiDio and Marvel Chief Creative Office Joe Quesada.
By Joe Hughes
No matter how you feel about the recently launched Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series (so far we’ve been disappointed, but still hold out hope), I think we can all agree on one thing: The best written, most entertaining and most well-defined character, by a pretty wide margin, is Lola. There are no vague, uninteresting mysteries associated with Lola. You know her motivations, and you know exactly why she’s with SHIELD. And really, can you say that about any other member of Agent Coulson’s team so far (okay, maybe Skye)?
DC Collectibles has announced two of its exclusive offerings for New York City Comic Con 2013. Fans who attend the show from October 10-13 at the Javits Center will be able to pick up a Super Best Friends Forever: Poison Ivy PVC figure as well as a DC Comics Super Heroes: Hal Jordan & Saint Walker action figure 2-pack at the Graphitti Designs booth #755.
RedBubble’s New York Comic Con Design Challenge!
RedBubble, one of my favorite t-shirt sites, is holding a design contest for New York Comic Con in October! The winning design will feature an original comic-inspired superhero or villain created by the designer, and will be available on a limited edition exclusive RedBubble t-shirt at NYCC!
“Fancy having your own design featured at New York Comic Con? Of course you do, so you need to get your concentration hat on and read these words:
Your task is to create your very own, highly original, comic book character. Superhero or villain. Splendidly powerful, embarrassingly weak, or just quite good at chess. Give them skills you’ve always wanted or defects you’ve always dreaded. Give them a snappy name and stick them on a t-shirt.
What would your character wear? What’s their calling card, weaponry or gadgetry? What’s their story? What are they fighting for or against? It’s up to you to answer these questions.
We’ll then whip the winning design into a limited edition, official RedBubble/NYCC 2011 t-shirt to be featured, praised, discussed and given to hundreds of adoring comic fans in New York this October.”
Good luck, everyone - I can’t wait to see the entries for this contest!