Official Press Release
New York Comic Con (NYCC) has announced that Mo Willems will appear as a Guest of Honor at its 2008 event which takes place April 18 – 20 at the Jacob K. Javits Center. Mr. Willems, a celebrated artist, creator, script-writer and author, has written Emmy-Award winning scripts for Sesame Street, created Sheep in the Big City for Cartoon Network, and been awarded the Caldecott Honor, among many other accomplishments. He will be a main attraction for the show’s officially designated Kids Day on Sunday, April 20. Kids Day, which will be sponsored by Diamond Comic Distributors, Disney Publishing, Kids Comic Con, Kids Love Comics, and PBS Kids, is designed to rekindle kids’ fascination with comic books and to showcase all the benefits of having a young enthusiast in the family. It will be devoted to providing a full day of activities designed to entertain young fans.
NYCC officials are pleased that Mr. Willems joins an ever-growing list of writers and authors who will be participating in New York Comic Con including Terry Brooks, Orson Scott Card, David Lead, Scott McCloud and Gail Simone, among many others. Given its home in New York City – the publishing capital of the world – organizers note that the presence of so many writers is a natural evolution. New York Comic Con is now the second largest popular culture event in the United States and it will highlight other Guests of Honor from across the pop culture spectrum including Mike Mignola, Grant Morrison, and T.M.Revolution. Hundreds of film and comics celebrities, artists and creators will be participating in the event.
“We are very, very lucky to have Mo Willems headline our Kids Day activities,” notes Lance Fensterman, Show Manager for NYCC. “Mo Willems is a man of extraordinary talents and he has an enormous and very loyal following among young people. I honestly can’t think of a better personality to draw attention to our Kids Day activities than Mo Willems. Plus, he lives in New York City, so what can be more appropriate than that?”
ABOUT MO WILLEMS:
After graduating from New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts, Willems spent a year traveling around the world drawing a cartoon every day, all of which have been published in the book You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When it Monsoons. Returning to New York, he went on to write Emmy Award-winning scripts for Sesame Street. He later created two animated television series, The Off-Beats and Sheep in the Big City. Willems then worked as head writer on Cartoon Network’s Codename: Kids Next Door. He has authored several books for young children, three of which (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity) were awarded a Caldecott Honor.
ABOUT KIDS DAY:
Children 12 and under are admitted for free on Kids Day — Sunday, April 20. All children 12 and under MUST show proof of age to be admitted for free! Please note, New York Comic Con recommends all children under 18 attend with an adult, and all children under 13 MUST have an adult with them while at New York Comic Con.
Kids Day Classes: New York Comic Con’s Kids Day will feature a ton of exciting workshops and educational classes for kids of all ages. Here are a few of the programs in the works:
• Cartoon Animals – Learn how to create lovable, funny characters with wide appeal
• Cartooning Workshop – Learn how to draw funny faces and interesting character
• Comics Workshop – Learn the process of making comics, moving from an idea to a finished piece Comics Workshop: For High School Students – An advance class for high schoolers wanting to draw comics
• Create Your Own Comics Character – How do you create a character? Starting at personality, artists and authors walk kids through fully conceptualizing and drawing a character
• Create Your Own Superhero – A step-by-step guide to original superhero cartooning
• Create Your Own Supervillain – What are the essential components of supervillainy? Find out in this fun workshop
• Give it Some Color! – Come and checkout this lively coloring workshop!
• How to Draw Manga – colorful hair and giant eyes feature in this fun drawing workshop
Kids Day Stage: Located right on the show floor, the New York Comic Con Variant Stage will be magically transformed into an exciting kids area on Kids Day. You won’t want to miss all the activities that we have planned for this kid-friendly area, including:
• Kids Drawing Area – Get your sketch on as you take pencil to paper to come up with you best drawing
• Monsters – Help draw some real scarey monsters that will come to life at New York Comic Con
• Choose Your Own Adventure Comic – Help create a new adventure comic with other kids
• Comics Jam – A lucky, few budding artists will join some comics legends to draw a comic book live on stage
• Comics Trivia – Think you know about comics? If you can beat our experts, you’ll win a prize!
• Cuteness Parade! – Watch as creators try to outdo each other in drawing cute things
• DC vs. Marvel – DC and Marvel creators draw competing characters, and you vote on the best!
• DC vs. Marvel Jr. – Just like other the sketch off, this time it’s DC and Marvel creators drawing YOUNG characters, and you vote on the best!
• Fist-A-Cuffs – Think you got an idea for the toughest superhero? Prove it!
• Light Saber Training – Want to fight like a Jedi? A lucky few of you will get the chance to learn the skills it takes to master the lightsaber
• Stand-up Comics – Meet four phenomenal creators who are funny in words and pictures
ABOUT NEW YORK COMIC CON:
New York Comic Con is the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention. Our show floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. Our panels and autograph sessions give fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators. Our screening rooms feature sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either big or small screens. And with dedicated professional hours, New York Comic Con is a market place, bringing together the major players in the entertainment industry. New York Comic Con is the second largest pop culture convention in America and the only one that takes place in the comic book, publishing, media, and licensing capital of the world — Gotham City. Further information can be found at newyorkcomiccon.com.
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