MySpace.com, the social networking giant which recently launched the MySpace Comic Books community, has announced for New York Comic Con a special MySpace Mystery Panel. Scheduled for Saturday, this special panel will feature three mystery guests, all of whom are top creators in the comics industry. The secret identities of the Mystery Panelists will be unveiled only on the day of the event, but CBR has for you an exclusive clue:
Two of the Mystery Panel guests have not been previously announced as attending the New York Comic Con. Their appearance at the Mystery Panel will be a total surprise.
In the days leading up to Saturday's event, further clues will be revealed in the form of MySpace bulletins, which fans can receive when they add MySpace Comic Books and New York Comic Con as a friends on MySpace.
In keeping with the style of MySpace's film and music events, the NYCC Mystery Panel will be conducted in a fun and informal "anything goes" format, meaning fans will have a very good time having their questions answered, their comments addressed and their grievances heard by the three top tier creators. Attendees should also note that due to the expected turnout for this panel and the limited room available, the event will be ticketed. Fans can pick up free tickets at the Fox Atomic booth #533 on Saturday morning.
The MySpace Mystery Panel is but one indication of the megasite's vigorous embrace of the comics industry. Launched last week, MySpace Comic Books has, as of this writing, more than 27,000 friends added. Featuring news, contests, exclusives and other special features like user-generated comics, the interactive community promises to amplify the profiles of comic books, graphic novels and manga with exposure to MySpace's audience of millions.
In addition to the Mystery Panel, MySpace's New York Comic Con acitivites include show coverage by MySpace member Olive Panter, a plucky fangirl who will cover all the NYCC action and report back to the MySpace Comic Books community via video reports from the convention floor. Also featured at NYCC is the "Official MySpace Meet Up Point." Set up at the Fox Atomic booth #533, the Meet Up point is an easy way for MySpacers to meet not just each other face-to-face, but also talents like Wes Craven and Jimmy Palmiotti. The area will also be equipped with computer stations for users to enter "The Hills Have Eyes 2: 15 Gigs of Fear" music video mash-up contest, and of course to check their MySpace profiles.
In concurrence with the launch of MySpace Comic Books, the site's Black Curtain Screenings is presenting "300" in IMAX Theatres around the country. Based upon the graphic novel by Frank Miller, the MySpace screenings take place weeks before the film officially opens, and are free to and exclusively for MySpace members. Director Zack Snyder prepared a filmed introduction and special package of never-before-seen footage especially for the Black Curtain Screenings, and Dark Horse Comics created uniquely branded, limited edition versions of "300: The Art of the Film" to give away to the MySpace crowds.