Nickelodeon has a lot of great things happening at Comic-Con this year.
We’re going to showcase our hit animated shows through an innovative booth design, fan activations, talent-driven panels and more. Our 1800-square-foot booth (#4113), inspired by the excitement and imagination streaming out of our Burbank Animation Studio, features a bold spiraling collage showcasing beloved hits like Rugrats, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Invader Zim, SpongeBob SquarePants and more, extending down to the floor from the ceiling of the convention center.
For the first time, Nickelodeon will hold an open call during the convention for original animated project ideas. Nick’s animation development team will be on-site from Thursday, July 24, to Saturday, July 26, with the goal of greenlighting a pitch for its global Animated Shorts Program, which is designed to identify and develop original comedy-driven content for kids. Participants must register in advance for their one-on-one meetings and will have 15 minutes to pitch their idea. Guidelines, restrictions, and pre-registration information are available at www.nickshortspitches.com.
Nickelodeon’s booth will also feature fan activations that include a voice-record room where fans can lend their own vocal talents to select scenes from their favorite Nick TV shows; a GIF Booth; a fan-art competition; and autograph signings with Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), Sean Astin (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Janet Varney (The Legend of Korra) and more.
The network will also present four panels: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Sanjay and Craig; The Legend of Korra; and Nickelodeon’s New Animation Pipeline, which will give fans a sneak preview of the network’s new series, Breadwinners, Bad Seeds (working title) and Pig Goat Banana Cricket.
Below is a full list of Nick talent at Comic-Con this year:
- The Legend of Korra’s Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko (co-creators/executive producers); Janet Varney (Korra); David Faustino (Mako); Seychelle Gabrielle (Asami Sato); Mindy Sterling (Lin Beifong) and John Michael Higgins (Varrick).
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Seth Green (Leonardo); Sean Astin (Raphael); Greg Cipes (Michelangelo); Rob Paulsen (Donatello); Josh Peck (Casey Jones); Mae Whitman (April O’Neil); Kelly Hu (Karai); Ciro Nieli (executive producer) and Brandon Auman (executive producer).
- Sanjay and Craig’s Jim Dirschberger and Jay Howell (co-creators/executive producers); Maulik Pancholy (Sanjay); Chris Hardwick (Craig); Matt Jones (Hector); Tony Hale (Mr. Noodman); John DiMaggio (Penny) and Nika Futterman (Belle Pepper).
- SpongeBob SquarePants’ Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants).
- Breadwinners’Steve Borstand Gary “Doodles” Di Raffaele (creators/executive producers).Bad Seeds’ (working title) C.H. Greenblatt (creator).
- Pig Goat Banana Cricket’s J. Ryan and Dave Cooper (co-creators) and David Stacks (executive producer).
First Second, the book industry’s premier publisher of graphic novels, is excited to announce an excellent line-up for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con – including a show debut, four Eisner Nominated graphic novels and two convention Guests of Honor!
ONE SHOW DEBUT
“To say that the American superhero comic book medium is somewhat biased towards portraying most heroes as Caucasian is something of an understatement. Although serious strides have been made towards diversity in recent years, the truth is, most superheroes are still predominantly white as milk. And those that aren’t are not really headlining their own comic books, at least, sadly, not for extended periods of time. Decades ago, though, there was an Asian superhero, even if readers didn’t really know he was Asian: The Green Turtle, a hero revived for Luen Yang and Sonny Liew’s The Shadow Hero.” — Nerdist
FOUR EISNER AWARD NOMINATIONS
TWO SDCC GUESTS OF HONOR
Gene Luen Yang, author of The Shadow Hero
Lucy Knisley, author of Relish
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will officially unveil the details of its highly-anticipated November 2014 release of “Batman: The Complete Television Series” at a Comic-Con International panel – featuring special guests Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar – on Thursday, July 24 from 6:00-7:00pm in Hall H.
The actors behind Batman, Robin and Catwoman will give fans their first inside sneak peak at the most anticipated home entertainment release in fanboy history. All the details will be revealed, including an initial look at exclusive content, limited edition packaging, and dazzling HD remastered footage from the landmark series.
COSTUME DESIGNERS GUILD (I.A.T.S.E. LOCAL 892) RETURNS TO COMIC-CON FOR THE NINTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR
Costume Designers Guild (I.A.T.S.E. Local 892), the labor union representing costume designers, assistant costume designers and illustrators in film and television, will be participating in San Diego Comic-Con July 24-27at the San Diego Convention Center. The Guild returns to produce and host lively television and film costume design panels, as well as recognize the best Comic-Con costumes in the Hall Costume Awards and at the Comic-Con International 2014 Masquerade Ball.
This year we are excited to introduce a third (and all new) panel, “Costumes as a Career,” in addition to our annual “Costume Design” and “Costume Illustration” panels. We will also unveil a new Masquerade Ball award trophy, created by Legacy Effects, as well as a new CDG/Comic-Con event apparel t-shirt.
Below is a current list of scheduled panels and events. Be sure to check back for updates throughout July. See you at Comic-Con!
HISTORY’S Hit Drama Series VIKINGS
Returns to Raid San Diego Comic Con 2014
with Panel and Appearances by
Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen,
Alexander Ludwig and Creator Michael Hirst
New York, New York – July 7, 2014 – HISTORY®’s hit scripted drama series VIKINGS returns to San Diego Comic Con on Friday, July 25 with several exciting opportunities for fans, including a panel with exclusive season three footage, an interactive “On the Set” experience and autograph signing.
Details are as follows:
HISTORY’s VIKINGS Panel: Friday, July 25 from 4:45 – 5:45 p.m., Room 6A
VIKINGS returns to SDCC fresh from the season three set. Travis Fimmel (Ragnar), Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha), Clive Standen (Rollo) and Alexander Ludwig (Bjorn) along with Michael Hirst (writer/creator) and Julian Hobbs (VP Scripted & Non-Fiction Development & Programming, HISTORY) will reveal an exclusive sneak peek of the new season. Don’t miss out – come join them and find out what the gods have in store for season three!
“On the Set with VIKINGS”: Thursday, July 24 – Saturday, July 26. Location: 450 2nd Avenue
Cast Autograph Signing on Friday, July 25 from 1 – 2 p.m. at 450 2nd Avenue
Fans will get a behind-the-scenes look at VIKINGS and have a starring role in their own custom video that can be shared on social media. From the moment fans enter the “back-lot” they will be treated as cast members. Upon entering, guests will create a character profile and choose a weapon of choice. Next, they will meet with hair and make-up artists to become transformed into a fierce Viking and be placed into three scenes complete with Vikings ships, battles, axes and villages. When fans have completed the experience they will have a :30 video to share via Twitter, Facebook or Vine.
When you think of wrestling do you think of books? I never did. When I thought of wrestling, I thought of big, loud-mouth, trash talking wrestlers pounding someone into the mat, or jumping on them from ropes, or hitting them upside the head with a chair. Yeah…that’s how people usually think of wrestling and the WWE I’m guessing.
But hold on! There’s another side to the WWE – a softer, gentler side of those somewhat rowdy folk. They’re big believers in helping to promote literacy which also happens to be a huge passion of mine and the reason I began this blog over seven years ago. I wanted to promote books, get people excited about reading and mainly, get kids excited about it. I serve on the Cybils for the same reasons. So when I heard about this amazing thing the WWE was doing for literacy, I got right behind it.
The WWE is working with YALSA (we know that acronym pretty darned well here at AmoXcalli) and We Give Books in this most splendid initiative. Through Friday, March 7, students can sign up for the WrestleMania Reading Challenge at WWEReadingSuperstar.com. Through WWE’s expanded partnership with Pearson Foundation’s digital reading initiative, We Give Books, and YALSA, children between ages 4 and 12 can select a WWE Superstar Reading Buddy and read digital books to participate, while teens ages 13 to 18 can select a WWE Superstar Pen Pal, read a book and write an essay.
How cool is that?
But wait, there’s more!
WWE will make a financial contribution to We Give Books and YALSA to support literacy initiatives and provide access to books for children across the United States. The WWE and its Superstars will also continue to host reading celebrations, visiting kids at local schools and libraries to stress the importance of reading. The celebrations will include special visits from the We Give Books ReadMobile. We Give Books is a digital initiative created by the Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation to equip families, classrooms and libraries with print and online books for children. What kid wouldn’t want a WWW Superstar in their classroom?
Additionally, WWE will utilize all of its platforms, including TV broadcasts, Live Events, digital and social media to encourage children to read at school, at home, in their local library or wherever they’re inspired to read.
So sign up your kids, get teachers and students involved, let the schools in your community know about this initiative.
Youngest soloist at the Dance Theatre of Harlem to make publishing debut in Fall 2014
New York, NY, July 24, 2013—Random House Children’s Books has acquired 18-year-old ballet star Michaela DePrince’s debut memoir, it was announced today by Nancy Hinkel, Vice President and Publishing Director of Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers. Executive Editor Erin Clarke will edit the book, which does not yet have a title.
DePrince was born in Sierra Leone and orphaned by a brutal civil war at the age of three. It was there that she found a picture of a ballerina that ultimately changed the course of her life. In her memoir, Michaela will share her experiences growing up as an orphan in war-torn Sierra Leone and her journey to becoming a professional ballet dancer in New York City. It will include a photo insert highlighting moments from her incredible story.
“When I was four and a half years old, and with my adoptive family, I sat down with my mom and shared with her the story of my experiences in Sierra Leone. I didn’t know then that this memoir would be the end result of that sharing,” says DePrince. “This writing experience has enabled me to relive my past, appreciate my present, and continue to set goals for my future. I couldn’t be happier that through my memoir I will be able to reach out to young people all over the world and encourage them to make their dreams come true.”
DePrince will co-write with her adoptive mother, Elaine DePrince. Alfred A. Knopf will also publish a Step into Reading chapter book edition for younger readers titled Ballerina Dreams: The Story of Michaela DePrince.
“We are so pleased to have the opportunity to share Michaela’s extraordinarily inspiring story, and reach both teens and young readers.” says Hinkel.
Clarke negotiated the book deal for Alfred A. Knopf with Adriana Dominguez of Full Circle Literary, representing Michaela and Elaine DePrince.
On July 28th, DePrince will begin dancing with the Dutch National Ballet, considered to be one of the top classical ballet companies in the world.
Michaela DePrince was one of the stars in the ballet documentary, First Position, which was nominated for a 2013 NAACP Image Award. She was also an AT&T guest artist on Dancing with the Stars, and has appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, the BBC World News, and other news programs in the United States and internationally. In 2012, she received the Trailblazer Award from the American Skin Association. In addition to dancing in guest principal roles in South Africa and the Netherlands, Michaela has been invited by the U.S. Embassy in South Africa to give motivational talks to youth, and by the United Nations to represent children affected by war. In late 2012, Michaela received an invitation to join the Dutch National Ballet, considered to be one of the top classical ballet companies in the world. In 2013, Michaela participated in Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s Women in the World Summit along with Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, and Tina Brown.
Random House Children’s Books is the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher. Creating books for toddlers through young adult readers, in all formats from board books to activity books to picture books, novels, ebooks, and apps, the imprints of Random House Children’s Books bring together award-winning authors and illustrators, world-famous franchise characters, and multimillion-copy series. The company’s website, Kids @ Random (RandomhHousekKids.com) offers an array of activities, games, and resources for children, teens, parents, and educators. Random House Children’s Books is a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.
Bringing the Growing Mexican Book Market to New York
BookExpo America’s Global Market Forum 2013 Highlights Mexico
Norwalk, CT, April 24, 2013: BEA officials have today announced that BEA’s annual Global Market Forum will focus on Mexico. The Global Market Forum, which honors countries from around the world by providing educational panels and cultural exchange opportunities, has become a cornerstone of BEA’s international outreach. Last year’s initiative, which focused on Russia, included a wide range of activities throughout New York City. BookExpo America is North America’s leading book industry event and will take place in New York City at the Jacob K. Javits Center, May 29 – June 1, 2013.
Mexico is a book market worth 10,084 million pesos ($830 million) in 2011, and it has grown 2.7 percent in volume and 13.2 percent in value since 2010. Mexico, the 13th largest economy of the world, with a growth in GDP of 5.5% in 2010, occupies a significant position among today’s emerging economies, and – not the least through the NAFTA agreement – is a privileged trading partner of the USA. 45 million people in the US speak Spanish as their first or second language.
When it comes to books and publishing, however, the picture is more complex.Read More»
The Chocolate War, I Am the Cheese and others will be available as eBooks on March 19, 2013
New York, NY (March 19, 2013)— Beverly Horowitz, VP & Publisher, Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers, announced today that Robert Cormier’s classic young adult novels will be released in eBook format for the first time. Horowitz believes that “for Robert Cormier there were no taboos. What mattered was the way that difficult topics were handled. These dynamic novels still speak to readers and are now more relevant and accessible than ever.” Cormier’s novels have delighted, challenged and generated discussion among readers for more than 30 years in print, and now they will be available to a new generation of readers as eBooks. The new editions will be available March 19th wherever eBooks are sold.
Random House will launch the program with twelve titles: Fade, Heroes, In the Middle of the Night, Tunes for Bears to Dance To, We All Fall Down, After the First Death, 8 Plus 1, Beyond the Chocolate War, The Bumblebee Flies Anyway, I Am the Cheese, The Chocolate War and Tenderness. Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, publishes Robert Cormier’s classic novels in hardcover, and the Ember and Laurel-Leaf imprints will continue to publish his trade paperback editions.
A tireless warrior in the crusade for realistic young adult fiction, Cormier not only changed the landscape of young adult literature but also pushed the boundaries of what could be discussed in the classroom. He was ahead of his time in dealing with issues of bullying and the importance of independent thought. “I take real people and put them in extraordinary situations,” he said in an interview with School Library Journal. “I’m very interested in intimidation. And the way people manipulate other people, [as well as] the obvious abuse of authority.”
In 1974, The Chocolate War, was published to instant critical praise and secured Cormier a perennial spot in the annals of classic teen fiction. The New York Times praised its “powerful integration of the personal, political and moral.”
Robert Cormier is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring his lifetime contributions in writing for teens, for The Chocolate War, I Am the Cheese and After the First Death. He was born, and lived the entirety of his life, in Leominster, Massachusetts. As a freshman at Fitchburg State College, Cormier published his first short story, The Sign, in a national Catholic magazine. After a brief stint scripting radio commercials after college, Cormier went on to become an award-winning journalist and author. Despite his fame, he never stopped writing for his local newspaper, The Fitchburg Sentinel.
Alfred A. Knopf Books For Young Readers | March 19, 2013 | $7.99 | Ages 12 and up
The Chocolate War
I Am the Cheese
8 Plus 1
After the First Death
We All Fall Down
Tunes for Bears
to Dance To
In the Middle
of the Night
Random House Books for Young Readers is an imprint of the Random House Children’s Books division of Random House, Inc., whose parent company is Bertelsmann. Visit us on the Web at RandomHouseKids.com.
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CHICAGO — American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan sent the following letter to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal regarding the recent announcement to close the Georgia Archives to the public:
“As President of the American Library Association, with more than 60,000 members across the country (including over 1,500 public, school, and academic librarians, archivists and trustees in Georgia), I write to express our deep concern and dismay about the recent announcement by Secretary of State Brian Kemp that the Georgia Archives will be closed to the public (except for very limited appointments) on November 1.
“The Georgia Archives is a treasure trove of unique documents and official records. As one of the original 13 colonies, Georgia has a rich and colorful history. Events of historic importance continue to occur. The State of Georgia established the Archives to preserve the history of Georgia, and access to that resource is vitally important to the future of Georgia and its citizens.
“Although some of the materials at the Georgia Archives have been digitized, the vast majority are still only accessible through a personal visit. Closing the Archives to the public is counter to the tenets of open government and to the principle of open access to information that undergirds our democracy. This is why no other state has closed access to its state archives to the public.
“All Georgians will be affected directly or indirectly by the closure of the Georgia Archives. Faculty and students from all institutions in the University System of Georgia and private colleges and universities will lose ready access to primary sources for undergraduate and graduate research. Children in kindergarten through high school will lose the opportunity to visit a place where history comes to life via original manuscripts, documents, and maps.
“One of the largest groups affected will be genealogical researchers who use the Archives to trace their Georgia roots. Authors trying to piece together the history of certain Georgia events, people, and places will lose one of their most important resources. Fewer books, journal articles, and documentaries about the history and cultural heritage of Georgia will be produced.
“I urge you to reverse this decision and to find a way to help the Georgia Archives remain open to the public. Its impending closure will be a major impediment to historical research and will affect not only future generations of Georgia residents but also anyone outside of Georgia who will study Georgia history and culture.”
Source: American Library Association