ReedPOP, the world’s leading producer of pop culture events, announced the debut of The Studio @ NYCC, a new event series featuring NYCC Master Classes, Workshops and exclusive Conversations developed in collaboration with Entertainment Weekly and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Bringing fans inside the worlds of entertainment and storytelling by connecting them with top-tier talent and creators, The Studio @ NYCC will take place October 4-7 at Shop Studios (528 W 39th St), just one block from the Javits Center, NYCC’s home base.
The Studio @ NYCC offers events that explore storytelling in all its forms including film & TV, art, books, tech, and more. Industry luminaries will discuss their craft in an intimate setting sure to spark creativity and inspire meaningful dialogue. The Studio @ NYCC events will each be separately ticketed and will not require a NYCC badge, allowing NYCC fans and the general public to attend.
This new event series includes a very rare public appearance by Eisner Award-winning artist Alex Ross. Ross will discuss his new book Marvelocity from Pantheon with editor and designer Chip Kidd. This headlining event will take place on Saturday, October 6 and will feature a signing session with Ross following the Conversation.
Tickets for this and other first wave events are on sale now at NYCC18.com/TheStudio with more events announced in the coming weeks.
“We’re always looking for new ways to bring amazing pop culture content to our NYCC fans and a wider audience. We’re thrilled to offer the opportunity for fans to learn from the best in their fields at our NYCC Master Classes and Workshops and to hear from all-star talent about their creative inspiration and relevant industry topics,” said Lance Fensterman, Global President of ReedPOP. “The Studio @ NYCC offers truly one-of-its-kind experiences that fans are going to love.”
Conversation events will feature handpicked talent in an intimate setting to discuss today’s essential topics in entertainment such as diversity & inclusion, content trends, and upcoming projects from Hollywood’s biggest hitters. ReedPOP is working with Entertainment Weekly and the MPAA to curate these unique Conversations with talent and creators in the worlds of film & TV.
NYCC Master Classes enable students and fans to learn from stars of the entertainment industry. These one-time only classes feature stars sharing experiences from their own careers, allowing attendees to learn new skills and concepts in a genre of interest.
Workshops give fans an opportunity to roll up their sleeves and dive in to their craft alongside leading experts in a number of artistic fields. Leading experts in each of these fields will offer activities, anecdotes and tips that will deliver unparalleled insight to break through in their field.
Tickets for these and other first wave events are on sale now at NYCC18.com/TheStudio with more to come in the following weeks.
· Marvelocity: Comic artist Alex Ross discusses his new Marvel-based book from Pantheon with editor and designer Chip Kidd
· Emmy-winning Producer and Screen Writer Ronald D. Moore: The Producer behind Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica and Outlander (NYCC Master Class)
· Building Worlds with The Handmaid’s Tale Costume Designer Ane Crabtree (NYCC Master Class)
· A Conversation with Travis McElroy, Clint McElroy, and Carey Pietsch discussing their latest graphic novel from First Second, The Adventure Zone Here: Here There Be Gerblins and their upcoming follow-up, The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited
· Actor and Comedian Phil LaMarr (Justice League Unlimited, Futurama, MADTV) on the Art Voice Acting (NYCC Master Class)
· Comic Artist and Writer Katie Cook (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Nothing Special) teaches Writing for Graphic Novels (Workshop)
· Jumping the Voxelgon: How to Start Making Games with Shawn Alexander Allen (Workshop)
· Basic Unarmed Combat For the Screen taught by renowned Fencing Instructor Jared Kirby (Workshop)
· Filming in New York: Why you should make your next film or TV series in the Empire State, featuring Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky, experts from the Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development (MPTV) and industry representatives (Workshop)
The Studio @ NYCC is another exciting expansion of New York Comic Con programming and experiences as ReedPOP broadens the event’s reach to every corner of the city. This year’s show will consist of hundreds of events across eight venues including the debut of Anime Fest @ NYCC x Anime Expo at Pier 94, exclusive TV and film panels at the Hammerstein Ballroom and The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, in-depth librarian and educator focused programming at the New York Public Library, and much more.
New York Comic Con is the ultimate pop culture destination event in the United States. NYCC brings the best of comics, television, film, exhibitors, celebrities, cosplay, anime, and more to create memorable, uniquely exciting experiences for fans. These experiences transcend beyond the walls of the Javits Center and continue to live beyond the weekend of NYCC through the online world of ReedPOP digital content.
Additional exciting details about NYCC, talent, and sponsors will be announced in the coming months.
No Question Mark Box Here; Super Mario Delivers a 1-Up in Theaters
If you were born in the ’80s, ’90s, or literally ANY decade after those, you know about Super Mario. A cultural phenomenon was brought to life on the big screen this last weekend. One that has not only stood the test of time but reinvented itself time and time again. This wasn’t even the first time it’s been made into a movie but, well, let’s be honest.. some of us choose not to acknowledge the LIVE action adaptation of the beloved game from 30 years ago.
It was pretty bad… But this was animation. ILLUMINATION animation at that. The Universal company that brought us Gru and his Minions, showed us the Secret Life of Pets, and gave us a reason to SING! Still, I had my reservations and even some concerns, especially when the casting was announced.
Eyebrows were raised. As big of stars as they were on paper, could they really deliver on voicing characters from a staple of our childhood? They did.
Chris Pratt and Charlie Day may not be Italian, and Jack Black may not be a King or Turtle creature from the Mushroom Kingdom, but they make the characters their own all while paying homage to the lore of a video game.
From the jump, the story reintroduces us to the brothers that just want to save Brooklyn one clogged sink at a time. We feel an instant connection and relate to these “underdogs of the plumbing world”. The movie is riddled with easter eggs, each of which tugs on the heartstrings of every generation of Mario fandom. And the soundtrack was beautifully put together to not only make us feel like we’re taking a walkthrough of the game but like an experience all its own with some familiar favorites thrown in.
Every word in the movie is pure eye candy for both those that are casual fans, and those analyzing every frame to see what they’ll catch next. Bowser’s ship, the Mushroom Kingdom, Kong’s arena, and the Rainbow Road.. They’re all meant to give us just enough of a “new” look at these amazing worlds, but stay true to how we remember them.
The movie itself moves along at the perfect pace. Although, if you don’t really know ANYTHING about the Super Mario Bros, you may have gotten a little lost and felt left behind in the green tunnel. But that’s ok! It’s an adventure of the imagination and a classic story of a boy that meets a girl and tries to save the world from a monster that wants to destroy it.
What’s funny is that you could easily say this is a story about two characters who couldn’t be more opposite if they tried, battling to win the heart of a princess. Who would’ve thought that the King of the Koopas was just trying to impress his crush?
And that song? Ohhh THAT song! It’s my new ringtone and deserves the Oscar for Best Original Song.
Back to the movie.
Universal and Illumination clearly understood the assignment. Is it missing some things or could things have been done differently or even better? Absolutely! We’re the worst critics of the things we hold nearest and dearest to our hearts. But if you’re up for going on a 90-minute adventure through amazing worlds, with awesome music, and characters that’ll make you smile and laugh, then this is the perfect movie to spring you into that warm summer feeling.
Plus there’s the whole part with karts and shells, and banana peels and oh my goodness how amazing was that?? It’s enough to make you want to stand up and cheer, then go home and destroy your friends and family on your favorite track haha.
The bottom line, it pays homage in all the right ways to the little guy with the mustache, while giving us something new and exciting. Take the kids and go see Super Mario Bros. You’ll be glad you did!
Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023
Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Opening Act Saturday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m. on North 200A. Talent confirmed so far to participate in the post-screening panel is Natalie Alyn Lind (Big Sky, The Goldbergs, Gotham) as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince and longtime RWBY cast member Lindsay Jones (Camp Camp) as Ruby, Kara Eberle ( RWBY: Ice Queendom) as Weiss, Arryn Zech (Detective Now Dead) as Blake and Barbara Dunkelman (Blood Fest) as Yang – along with Jeannie Tirado (Soul, Saints Row) as Green Lantern and Tru Valentino (The Rookie, The Cuphead Show!) as a cyborg. Also attending the panel will be producer/director Kerry Shawcross (series RWBY) and writer Meghan Fitzmartin (Supernatural, Justice Society: World War II).
Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023 with the big screen debut from DC Animated Films: highlights this year include the world premieres of the highly anticipated Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham and Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Part One the weekend of March 24-26 in Anaheim, California. Both screenings will be followed by panel discussions with actors and creators. Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham premieres at The Arena on Friday, March 24 at 6 p.m. Tati Gabrielle (Kaleidoscope, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Uncharted) as Kai Li Cain, Christopher Gorham (The Lincoln Lawyer, Insatiable) as Oliver Queen, David Dastmalchian (Dune, Suicide Squad, Ant-Man) as Grendon, producer/co-director Sam Liu (The Death and the Return of Superman), co-director Christopher Berkeley (Young Justice) and screenwriter Jase Ricci (Teen Titans Go! and DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem Across the Multiverse).
Both films will have encore screenings in the Arena on Sunday, March 26. Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One will screen at 12:15pm, followed by Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham at 2:00pm