Superweek New York Comic Con Fun!
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We are excited to have our fourth New York Comic con here reporting on the 2015 New York Comic Con! Held at the Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan during October 8-11, it was a super action packed weekend.
Beginning with a panel from the woman behind the Twilight series, Stephenie Meyer was celebrating 10 years of Twilight. The discussion included the evolution of the twilight series and what new works will be coming from Stephenie. She answered many of the fans questions regarding any continuation of the series. It was announced by Stephenie that she had no plans on continuing the series and will be focusing on her next work.
On Thursday, Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings) made his first Con appearance at this year’s New York Comic Con. Attendees got an exclusive look at the first episode of the new season of Legends, along with an opportunity to hear from Bean and executive producer Ken Biller about the completely revamped show’s return. Bean stars as an undercover agent whose world is turned upside down when he discovers that the life he knew – including his name – has all been a lie. Now on the run for a murder he didn’t commit, he searches for his true identity, following a trail that takes him to London and the European continent, where he discovers a dark and violent past that holds the key to his future survival
On Friday Jeff Hephner (Interstellar, Maid in Manhattan) introduced an exclusive sneak peek of TNT’s exciting new series Agent X, in which he stars with Sharon Stone and Gerald McRaney. In times of extreme crisis, when traditional law and government aren’t in a position to help, there is an unseen hand that works to protect this country and its citizens from all manner of threats by any means necessary. Hidden from the view of the public – and even from the President – there is a top secret agent (Hephner) who is trained and ready to serve, deployed only at the careful discretion of the Vice President (Stone).
Next on the list was an exclusive preview of a new program with Destination America called EXORCISM:LIVE!. A network dedicated to all-American entertainment will revisit the frightening house that inspired the iconic movie The Exorcist with a live paranormal investigation, séance, and exorcism. The live event will take place at the original Exorcist House in the suburbs of St. Louis, where the infamous ritual was performed on Roland Doe in 1949. In the 66 years since, no one has ever attempted to banish the demonic entities that inhabit this home… until now! EXORCISM: LIVE! Airs Friday, October 30 at 9/8c on Destination America.
Psychic medium and paranormal expert CHIP COFFEY, Ghost Asylum star CHRIS SMITH, renowned ghost hunter NICK GROFF, and many more gave insight to their own encounters with paranormal activities and their preparation for entering the frightening possessed house.
On Saturday ABC Family gave an exclusive look at one of their new series Shadowhunters based on the best selling novel by Cassandra Clare known as the Mortal Instruments. Both the cast and Cassandra made their appearances at this year’s Comic Con answering fan questions on relations between the novel and what will be seen on the new TV series. Cassandra also gave a sneak peak of her new novel Lady Midnight: The Dark Artifacts set to come out March 8, 2016.
Next was another panel sneak peak into the latest blockbuster film starring Vin Diesel called The Last Hunter set to hit theaters October 23, 2015. The panel included stars Vin Diesel, Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie, and Director Breck Eisner. Some exclusive clips of the film were shown and questions from fans were answered by the star panel.
Lastly, Her Universe Founder and Star Wars actress Ashley Eckstein made a big announcement launching their publishing company and calling upon aspiring writers. Ashley also announced the publishing of her new fan fiction book called The Confidence Chronicles and Weirdest by Heather Nuhfer. The panel included Anne Convery, Dave Filoni, Heather Nuhfer, Melinda Hsu Taylor, Amy Tanenbaum, and Anthony Ziccardi Many great questions from fans and aspiring writers were answered.
On the last Super Sunday WGN America brought it’s highly anticipated heroic thriller “Underground” to the comic con. This new series is slated to premiere in 2016. In the gripping original series “Underground,” bravery, ingenuity and power take center stage as plantation slaves band together in the fight of their lives for their families, their future…and most importantly, their freedom. In 1857, a courageous man named Noah organizes a small team of fellow slaves on the Macon Plantation, and puts together a plan to escape and head 600 dangerous miles North, to freedom. The odds of success are slim and for those who make it off the plantation, the risks and uncertainties of life on the run multiply. The sacrifices are immense as they leave family behind to pay for their bold escape. They’re aided along the way by an abolitionist couple in Ohio, new to running a station on the Underground and unprepared for the havoc it will wreak on their personal lives, all the while being pursued by a ruthless mercenary catcher hell-bent on bringing them back, dead or alive.
“Underground” is created and written by Misha Green (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Heroes”) and Joe Pokaski (“Heroes,” “Daredevil”), who serve as Executive Producers alongside Academy Award-winning writer Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind,” “I Am Legend”) of Weed Road Pictures; Tory Tunnell (“King Arthur,” “Holy Rollers”) and Joby Harold (“King Arthur,” “Edge of Tomorrow”) of Safehouse Pictures. Anthony Hemingway (“The Wire, “Treme”) directs and executive produces. Visionary artist and producer John Legend, Academy Award and Golden Globe winner and nine-time Grammy winning singer-songwriter, and his Get Lifted partners Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius are on board to executive produce as well. Additionally, Get Lifted will oversee the score, soundtrack, and all music aspects of the series.soundtrack, and all musical aspects of the series.
This powerful series is bringing light to the real superheroes of the historic tale of the Underground Railroad taught in American history. It tells the true stories of those slaves escaping to freedom. The show will inspire and educate all while keeping the audience on the edge of their seats engaging to watch what happens next.
The panel for this upcoming series included the creators and writers Misha Green and Joe Pokaski. Stars of the show Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Jessica De Gouw, Alano Miller, Amirah Vann, and Marc Blucas. Great questions asked my engaging fans were answered.
The last super panel entitled A Force for Good: The Powerful Partnership Between Mental Health and Pop Culture. With the awareness of pop culture’s power to help people with mental illnesses, reaching new heights, from celebrated depictions of superhero struggles to the personal stories of the creators themselves. Inspiring speakers discussed how comics can be a force for good in mental health.
The speakers included: Jenny Jaffe (founder of Project UROK), Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D. (Broadcast Thought), H. Eric Bender, M.D., actor and writer Mara Wilson, Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., Janina Scarlet, Ph.D. (Superhero Therapy), Latina feminist mental health activist Dior Vargas (The People of Color & Mental Illness Photo Project), Darryl Cunningham (Science Tales, Psychiatric Tales), MizCaramelVixen of VixenVarsity.com and #BlackComicsMonth, and moderator Jeff Trexler (Broadcast Thought).
Project UROK is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create funny, meaningful videos for teenagers struggling with mental health issues, made by people who have been there before.
Founded by Jenny Jaffe (CollegeHumor), the site officially launched in April of 2015 and features a variety of honest, funny and relatable videos for young adults recounting their struggles with mental health. Project UROK ultimately strives to be an interactive, all-encompassing source of teen mental health resources, encouraging users to upload their own videos and share their experiences on the site’s message boards. Among others, Project UROK features a video from Mara Wilson, a New York-based writer, performer, storyteller, and the host of the monthly show “What Are You Afraid Of?”
Overall, we had super fun seeing some inspiring and great panel discussions along with a few sneak previews of upcoming entertainment that inspires at the 2015 New York Comic Con!
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