Official Press Release
Norwalk, CT – Spawn creator Todd McFarlane is slated to be a guest of honor at New York Comic-Con, February 24-26, 2006 at the Jacob Javits Center. In addition, he will participate in a panel discussion with other artists and industry experts, and will be present for as-yet-unscheduled autograph signing sessions. The McFarlane Companies will have a strong presence at the convention, with members of the Spawn creative team manning an exhibit booth, visiting with attendees and showcasing upcoming product releases.
McFarlane’s Comic-Con appearance coincides with his February 24th attendance at an exclusive Preview Reception hosted by New York Comic-Con at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) of a retrospective exhibit showcasing McFarlane’s art and career. The multimedia exhibit will include original artwork and artifacts from private collections and the McFarlane Companies archives including original comic art pages, animation cels, character designs and layouts, as well as toy designs and prototypes. The official opening of the exhibit will be held the following night, Saturday, February 25 and is scheduled to be open to the public through May 1, 2006.
“We’re honored to be hosting this anthology of Todd McFarlane’s career,” says Greg Topalian, group vice president in charge of Launch Pad for Reed Exhibitions. “He has been a driving influence not only in comics, but in the arenas of toys, television, feature film and music video. The MoCCA exhibit will present convention-goers with a wonderful and rare opportunity to see Todd’s extraordinary art, while the two receptions held during the convention weekend will offer the additional and rare opportunity for people to meet him in person.”
Widely recognized as one of the most influential comic book creators of the last two decades, McFarlane is best known as the creator of Spawn. The book’s hugely popular 1992 debut sold an amazing 1.7 million copies – an unprecedented feat in independent comics. A whirlwind of growth and expansion followed: more comics, action figures, film and award-winning animation.
New York Comic-Con organizers note that tickets for the public have just gone on sale via the convention’s Web site at www.nycomiccon.com. The first 1000 people to purchase a ticket to the show will receive an exclusive limited edition Serenity Action Figure. Those attending New York Comic-Con may also stop by the MoCCA booth to pick up a complimentary pass for free admission (while supplies last) to the museum during normal hours (Friday thru Monday, 12-5pm) that entire week, February 25 – March 6.
The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art is a volunteer-run 501 (c) (3) nonprofit arts education organization dedicated to promoting greater understanding and appreciation of all forms of comic and cartoon art. The museum is located on the fourth floor of 594 Broadway in New York City, and its exhibits are generally open to the public Friday-Monday, 12pm-5pm. General admission is $3. For more information about MoCCA as well as upcoming events and exhibits at the museum, visit their official website (moccany.org).
New York Comic-Con is managed by Reed Exhibitions (RX), a division of Reed Elsevier plc., Reed Exhibitions, the world’s largest organizer of business-to-business events. Each year, Reed events assemble over 90,000 suppliers and over 5 million buyers from around the world. Today, Reed events are held in over 30 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, and are organized by 26 fully staffed offices. Reed’s portfolio of events serves 49 industries in 12 key sectors.
Spawn is one of the world’s best-selling and longest-running monthly comic books, with hundreds of millions of copies sold worldwide in more than 120 countries, and 15 different languages. The book is currently on issue 150. Spawn is presently on its 28th series of award-winning action figures, with millions of figures sold and a legion of fans worldwide. McFarlane Toys ranks in the top five of action figure manufacturers in the United States, with distribution in more than 55 different countries.
The company Web site, Spawn.com, features online promotions and product information and is immensely popular with fans and collectors, receiving more than 265 million hits monthly. The return of “Todd McFarlane’s Spawn: The Animated Series” is currently in development with IDT Entertainment and DSP Film Roman (“The Simpsons” and “King of the Hill”).
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