The 2014 New York Comic Con begins Thursday, October 9th, and this year’s lineup is the best in the event’s history. We’ve put together a list of our must-see presenters this year that you don’t want to miss. Check out our picks below, and let us know who you’re most excited to see in the comments.
If you’re planning on attending, make sure you drop by our booth #2347 any day of the event. We’ll be raffling off two iPhone 6’s, as well as previewing our new mobile game, Raize’s Siege.
Thursday, October 9th
Location: Artist Alley
Amy Reeder draws both mainstream and independent comics and is half of the creative force behind the new Image Comics hit series Rocket Girl—a time-traveling romp about a teen cop with a jetpack. Known for her expressive characters, kinetic action, and vivid colors, Amy produces a vision that is distinctly her own, while still being easy to digest. Amy also drew Batwoman and Supergirl for DC Comics and rose to popularity on her particularly long run in Vertigo’s Madame Xanadu, which earned her three Eisner nominations: Best New Series, Best Artist, and Best Cover Artist.
Brad Bird (Director/Writer/Producer) directed the worldwide hit “Mission: Impossible —Ghost Protocol,” the fourth installment of the Tom Cruise-starring franchise, which netted nearly $700 million globally. Bird won Oscars® for writing and directing the Academy® Award-winning Pixar Animation Studios films “Ratatouille” and “The Incredibles.” His feature directorial debut was the critically acclaimed 1999 animated feature “The Iron Giant,” distributed by Warner Bros., which won the International Animated Film Society’s Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Theatrical Feature.
Bird began his first film, an animated short, at the age of 11, and finished it nearly three years later. The film brought him to the attention of Walt Disney Studios where, at age 14, he was mentored by Milt Kahl, one of a distinguished group of Disney’s legendary animators known as the “Nine Old Men.” Bird eventually worked as an animator at Disney, and other studios.
Bird has also served as executive consultant on “The Simpsons” and “King of the Hill,” the two longest running and most celebrated animated series on television. He also created, wrote, directed and co-produced the “Family Dog” episode of Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories” and co-wrote the screenplay for the live-action feature “*batteries not included.”
Friday, October 10th
Location: NYCC Autographing Area, NYCC Photo Op Area
Stan Lee is known to millions as the man whose Super Heroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry. His co-creations include Spider-Man™, The Avengers ™, X-Men™, Iron Man™, The Incredible Hulk™, The Fantastic Four™, as well as hundreds of others. He introduced Spider-Man™ as a syndicated newspaper strip that became the most successful of all syndicated adventure strips and has appeared in more than 500 newspapers worldwide. Stan currently remains Chairman Emeritus of Marvel, as well as a member of the Editorial Board of Marvel Comics.
Stan is currently the Chairman & Chief Creative Officer of POW! Entertainment, a multimedia entertainment company based in Beverly Hills, CA, which he founded with production partner Gill Champion & the late intellectual property specialist Arthur Lieberman. POW! has debuted several titles in the publishing sphere, including Solider Zero, Traveler, and Starborn with Boom Comics, Stan Lee and the Mighty 7 with Archie and A Squared Entertainment, and Romeo and Juliet: The War with 1821 Comics. Stan has been involved in creating five feature film scripts, including Annihilator with Magic Storm Entertainment and Prodigal. He is also involved with the creation of a live action musical for a casino in Macau called Yin and Yang: The Battle of Tao. Additionally, he is working on the creation of an Indian and South American superhero franchises.
Christian Slater has had an impressive career spanning the worlds of film, television and stage. He debuted on Broadway at age nine in The Music Man and has maintained a consistent presence on television and in film, most recently in Nymphomaniac.
Saturday, October 11th
Location: Artist Alley
Chris Claremont writes both comics and prose. His initial unbroken 17-year run on Marvel Comics The Uncanny X-Men is the stuff of industry legend. The story arc “ The Dark Phoenix Saga,” with its radical treatment of the story’s central character, paved the way for the reinterpretation of superhero mythos throughout the comics industry. His work is lauded for its anti-prejudice themes, and groundbreaking inclusion of minorities as heroes. With artist Frank Miller he created the Wolverine graphic novel that served as the foundation for the movie “The Wolverine” starring Hugh Jackman. His X-Men story arc “Days of Future Past” is the source material for Summer 2014’s X-Men movie. He is the creator of such iconic characters like Gambit, Mystique, Kitty Pryde, and Rogue.
Although best known for his work on Marvel Comic’s X-Men series, Chris has written other seminal characters such as Batman and Superman, The Fantastic Four, and is the author of nine novels, with more on the way. He is especially proud of his creator-owned work, with includes The Black Dragon and Marada, the She-Wolf (art by John Bolton) available in new master editions from Titan Books.
Location: Panels, NYCC Autographing Area
BILL NYE is a scientist, engineer, comedian, and inventor. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University where he studied under Carl Sagan, and worked on the 747 as an engineer at Boeing before creating and hosting his much-loved Emmy award-winning PBS/Discovery Channel show “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” He holds three Honorary Doctorate degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Goucher College, and Johns Hopkins, and teaches at Cornell regularly as a visiting professor.
Sunday, October 12th
Location: Panels, In Booth Signing
Grammy-and Emmy-winning producer/director Todd McFarlane became a true comic book superstar in the 1980s as a result of his work on Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man franchise.
In 1992, he launched his own comic title, Spawn, creating one of the most popular heroes of the 1990s. The comic became an Emmy Award-winning animated series on HBO and a live-action feature film from New Line Cinema that grossed more than $100 million.
A whirlwind of growth and expansion in McFarlane’s companies followed: more comics, action figures, and award-winning entertainment projects.
McFarlane founded the international award-winning McFarlane Toys – now one of America’s top action figure manufacturer. 2014 Marquee lines including AMC’s The Walking Dead The Walking Dead Comic and product based on the hit Nickelodeon TV series, Rabbids Invasion, The Walking Dead Comic and AMC’s The Walking Dead TV series, HALO and Assassin Creed video games, as well as the officially licensed teams of the NFL, NBA, and MLB.
In 2014, the McFarlane and McFarlane Toys added a new licensed category to McFarlane Toys’ portfolio with the announcement of AMC’s The Walking Dead Building Sets, a revolutionary evolution in brick building toys based on television’s most watched drama. Known as a game-changer for its realistic action figures, including those based on The Walking Dead. The new The Walking Dead toys will extend McFarlane’s high standards of artistic vision, realistic accuracy, and incredible detail into the brick building toy aisle alongside of other leading manufacturers.
Cory Doctorow is a co-editor of Boing Boing and a columnist for multiple publications including the Guardian, Locus, and Publishers Weekly. He was named one of the Web’s twenty-five influencers by Forbes magazine and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. His award-winning novel Little Brother was a New York Times bestseller. His most recent book is the graphic novel (with Jen Wang) In Real Life.
Make sure to drop by our booth on our visit, and catch up on the lastest issues of Biowars before you get your hands on the app!