Rogen & Duke To Judge Stan Lee Awards

Mark Millar is still holding most of his Hollywood news surrounding the incoming Kapow! Comic Con close to the vest until February 14, but that doesn't mean some bits and bobs about who's helping with the April event in London won't come to light. Today, the creator and his staff sent along word that Hollywood actors/comic fans Seth Rogen and Clarke Duke will round out the selection committee for the Stan Lee Awards, which will anchor Kapow!'s programming. The full press release follows.

Press Release


Visitors to KAPOW! COMIC CON will be amongst the first in the world to get an exclusive sneak peek at various upcoming comics, movie blockbusters and hit TV shows from the biggest publishers and studios in the world. The San Diego Comic Con experience comes to London on 9th & 10th April 2011.

Seth Rogen, well-known for his roles in Knocked Up and Superbad, and Clarke Duke who starred in Kick-Ass and Hot Tub Time Machine have joined a prestigious list of judges, which include creator of Lost and producer of Star Trek Damon Lindelof and UK comedianAl Murray, to pick the nominees for The Stan Lee Awards taking place at Kapow! on 9th April.

Both well-known comic fans, Clarke explained, "Stan Lee has probably influenced popular culture more than any other living person, so it is a great honour for me to continue in that tradition by being a judge for the Stans... And I'm hoping Stan will end up giving me a nickname (something dynamic like 'Clobberin Clark Duke' would be ideal)."

Stan Lee is honoured to have these awards in his name and explains "this is a fantastic platform to reward the cream of comic book talent for all their creativity and imagination throughout 2010, which has brought us so much entertainment and inspiration".

The Stan Lee Awards judges, from the worlds of movie, TV, comic, gaming, publishing and retailing include:

- Damon Lindelof, creator of Lost and producer of Star Trek- Al Murray, TV presenter and comedian- Chris Hewitt, Empire- Robbie Collin, News of the World- Jamie Millar, GQ- Albert Ching, Newsarama- Jonah Weiland & Kiel Phegley, Comic Book Resources website- Richard George & Chris Tilly, IGN- Samual Roberts, SciFiNow magazine- Jes Bickham, Comic Heroes magazine- Forbidden Planet Megastore London

The shortlist for the Stan Lee Awards will be live on the Kapow! website from January 24th, where members of the general public will be able to vote.

Kapow! is also playing host to Andrew Macdonald, producer of international blockbuster hits such as Trainspotting, 28 Days Later and Last King of Scotland who will be talking about the upcoming Dredd movie, based on Judge Dredd from the 2000AD comics. Andrew explains, "It is fantastic to be involved with Kapow! and I'm really looking forward to talking to all the fans about our upcoming Dredd movie. I'll be on the 2000AD panel with a little taster of what people can look forward to from our 2012 release".

The film and TV guest list will be announced on the Kapow! website on 14th February 2011, this is a star-studded line up to reflect the excitement and the talent involved in the biggest year for comic book movies so far.

The announced comic guest list is unrivalled, and includes many creators who haven't attended UK conventions in almost 20 years. Frankie Boyle, Stewart Lee and Noel Clarke, who all contribute to UK news stand magazine CLiNT, will be taking part in panel discussions. John Romita Jr. (Kick-Ass), Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), Frank Quitely (Batman), Leinil Yu (Secret Invasion), Bryan Hitch (The Ultimates, The Authority) Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Civil War) and many, many more will all be signing autographs, speaking on panels and giving exclusive previews of upcoming works.

Tickets are on sale now at www.kapowcomiccon.com and are going fast!

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