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NYCC 2018: New York Comic Con Unveils Exclusive New Event Series The Studio

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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.

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Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes

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Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.

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Masterchef Is Back! For Halo Season 2

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A quick recap – Halo is set in a war-torn 26th century, where humanity led by the United Nations Space Command or UNSC and their supersoldiers known as Spartans, fights against the onslaught of the alien conglomerate known as the Covenant. The full dust-up of Halo Season 1, can be found here. Onward into the introduction of Halo Season 2!

It’s been six months since the forced separation of Spartan Masterchief John (Pablo Schreiber) and Cortana (Jen Taylor), and the Silver Team has been sent on a mission to evacuate residents of the planet Sanctuary before the Covenant glasses the whole thing. This comes with its own set of challenges, given the resistance of the planet’s inhabitants, and it doesn’t help that Masterchef starts seeing things right in the middle of trying to save some marines. Or is he? Those energy swords the squad of Elites were carrying looked worryingly real.

Back on Reach, the Silver Team is entirely dismayed to learn they have a brand new Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) representative come in as the new boss, to finally replace the traitorous Halsey, James Ackerson (Joseph Morgan). And of course, Ackerson manages to immediately get under Masterchief’s skin, by not only expressing far too much interest in John’s relationship with Cortana but also apparently disbelieving of John’s report of his encounters on Sanctuary. That just means Masterchief has to go around, if not entirely over, Ackerson’s head.

Elsewhere, Soren (Bokeem Woodbine) is trolling the slave markets in his boredom, only to stumble across a soon-to-be indentured servant who claims he knows the whereabouts of the UNSC’s most hunted human, Catherine Halsey (Natascha McElhone). That should bring a huge bounty, but really, Soren should’ve known better by now.

Halo Season 2 premieres Thursday, February 8th, 2024, and will continue to air every Thursday, only on Paramount+!

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Reborn as a Vending Machine I Now Wander the Dungeon’: I look forward to your next use!  

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If the title of this delightful little isekai anime entry didn’t give it all away, our nameless protagonist is a vending machine fanatic who, after being killed by a vending machine, gets reincarnated in another fantasy-style world as one! 

Japan has a tendency to give birth to all sorts of crazed fads that can last for decades, and no one does better when it comes to the vending machine industry, too. These days there are vending machines that will serve you sushi you can actually eat, hot pizza in the box, wagyu steaks, freshly popped popcorn, and a whole mind-boggling array of tasty treats, and other non-edible but still useful items! Umbrellas! Condoms! Oxygen masks, sterile bandages, shoes, and emergency clothing! Actually, far more things that we use on an everyday basis, could be considered as technically a vending machine, and the anime explores that beautifully. Into the world of vending machine fanaticism, we dive! 

So our poor protagonist never gave a name, and inevitably when he’s discovered by his first official friend the starving hunter Lammis, she dubs him “Boxxo”. Like many isekai that seem to take inspiration from video games and RPGs, Boxxo discovers he ways he can communicate, level up his existence, and even evince magic-like powers and attack and defend against monsters and enemies. Though in the beginning, and as an underlying theme throughout the show, Boxxo is primarily concerned with providing unique never-before-tasted-in-this-world food and drink to the amazed folk, human and otherwise. 

Boxxo’s prices are entirely reasonable and hey, he can even choose to give out his wares for free on occasion, so his popularity immediately skyrockets. Lammis with her awkward charm and prodigious strength blessing, introduces Boxxo to other friends of Clearflow Lake Village and associates along the way – Director Bear, an actual bear-monster who’s the head of the Hunters Association; Lammis’ friend Hulemy, the insane genius magic item engineer; the Bearcats Suco, Pell, Short and Mikenne, cheerful hunters with astronomic appetites; even suspicious Kerioyl, leader of the Menagerie of Fools party. 

The show approaches the practicality and versatility of the true vending machine with amusement, but also with the love true fans display for things they’re passionate about. Certainly, things like a brothel needing a condom vending machine exist in our world, but to toss them into a potentially more innocent other-world isekai is a welcome and often hilarious treat. The show celebrates the cheerful idiocy and devotion of the fans to their chosen fandom, in this case, yes vending machines, but also the spirit of the lonely otaku finally finding their Tribe! 

Pay your coins to watch ‘Reborn as a Vending Machine’ on Crunchyroll now! 

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