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An Animation Fan's Guide to New York Comic Con 2008

The New York Comic Con website has been updated with the full list of programming scheduled for this year’s convention in HTML format (organized chronologically) and in a PDF grid. Animation fans will probably be most interested in the following content:

FRIDAY, APRIL 18

1:00 – 2:00 PM

  • What’s Next After Naruto? (1E16), discussing emerging manga properties in the US and Japan.

3:00 – 4:00 PM

  • Illuminated (1E04), screening a new anime that combines 2-D and 3-D techniques.

4:00 – 5:00 PM

  • Bleach screening (1E15)

5:00 – 6:00 PM:

  • One Piece screening (1E04)
  • Bandai Entertainment Panel (1E09)
  • The State of Animation Panel, moderated by Mark Evanier (1E16)

6:00 – 7:00 PM

  • Lucky Star screening (1E04)
  • Nick Magazine Presents Avatar Comics (1E08)
  • FUNimation Panel (1E09)

6:30 – 7:30 PM

  • MoCCA presents Ralph Bakshi – Unfiltered (IGN Theater), examining the new book about the collected works of Ralph Bakshi

7:00 – 8:00 PM

  • Shin Chan screening (1E04)
  • Death Note screening (1E07)

7:30 – 8:30 PM

  • The Black Panel – NYCC Style (1E12-14), examining how black content is influencing entertainment.

SATURDAY, APRIL 19
10:30 – 11:30 AM

  • Nicktoons Network Presents: Three Delivery Panel (1E07), about Nicktoons’ new animated series coming in June

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Ben 10: Alien Force Screening and Panel (1E12-14)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • VIZ Media Panel (1E03)
  • Fullmetal Alchemist Top 3 (1E04), screening the top 3 episodes as voted by fans
  • STAN ON STAN! (1E10-11), with comic book legend Stan Lee
  • Steve Gerber Memorial Panel (1E16), commemorating the passing of the creator of Howard the Duck and Thundarr the Barbarian
  • Disney: Prince Caspian and WALL•E exclusive footage (IGN Theater)

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

  • Emma screening (1E04)
  • Spotlight on Mike Mignola (1E08)
  • T.M. Revolution panel (1E10-11)

1:00 – 2:00 PM

  • Code Geass screening (1E04)
  • Legion of Superheroes 50th Anniversary panel (1E08)
  • Robotech: Past, Present, and Future panel (1E09)
  • Star Wars and Indiana Jones: What’s Hot from Lucasfilm (IGN Theater), with looks at The Clone Wars animated series and Robot Chicken‘s Star Wars tribute

2:00 – 3:00 PM

  • 2002 Masters of the Universe DVD release screening (1E02)
  • One Piece: Behind the Scenes panel (1E03)
  • A Starter’s Guide on Independent Television (1E09), with an array of independent creators who created their own TV pilots

3:00 – 4:00 PM

  • Speed Racer, Digital Manga, and 801 Media panel (1E02). Peter Fernandez (original voice of Speed Racer) will be in attendance.
  • Voice Actors and the City (1E03)
  • Avatar the Last Airbender Finale panel (1E10-11), with show creators Bryan Konietzko and Mike DiMartino

4:00 – 5:00 PM

  • xxxHOLIC screening (1E04)
  • Back at the Barnyard panel (1E10-11), with a look at the upcoming Penguins of Madagascar CGI animated series
  • Venture Bros. panel (1E15)

5:00 – 6:00 PM

  • Shin Chan: Behind the Scenes panel (1E03)
  • Gravitation screening (1E04)
  • Robot Chicken: Star Wars panel (1E07), with Seth Green and Matthew Senrich

5:00 – 7:00 PM

  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time screening (1E10-11)

6:00 – 7:00 PM

  • ReBoot panel (1E02), with Gavin Blair and Dan Didio
  • Lucky Star and Code Geass: Behind the Scenes panel (1E03)

6:30 – 8:00 PM

  • Giant Robot Rumble panel (1E08), answering which giant robot can beat up the others

7:00 – 8:00 PM

  • Gundam SEED screening (1E10-11)
  • Bill Plympton panel (1E16), with a new look at his Idiots and Angels feature film

9:00 – 10:00 PM

  • T.M. Revolution concert (IGN Theater)


SUNDAY, APRIL 20

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya screening (1E07)
  • Mo Willems Spotlight (1E09), focusing on the creator of The Off-Beats and Sheep in the Big City

12:00 – 1:00 PM

  • Amuri in Star Ocean screening (1E07)
  • Edgar & Ellen panel (1E08), with co-creators Sara Berliner and Rick Carton.

1:00 – 2:00 PM

  • Witchblade screening (1E07)
  • Gundam SEED Destiny screening (1E10-11)
  • First Look at The Mighty B! (1E12-14), with an exclusive screening before the series premiere.

1:00 – 3:00 PM

  • Robotech: Free for All! panel (1E08)

2:00 – 3:00 PM

  • Dragon Ball Z Top 3 (1E07), with fan-voted top 3 episodes
  • Freedom screening (1E10-11)
  • First Look at Speed Racer: The Next Generation (1E12-14), with an exclusive screening before the series premiere.

2:00 – 2:45 PM

  • IGOR Sneak Preview and Discussion (IGN Theater) on the upcoming animated movie starring John Cusack

3:00 – 4:00 PM

  • Dragon Ball Z: Behind the Scenes panel (1E12-14)

3:00 – 5:00 PM

  • Gunbuster screening (1E07)

As in the past 2 years, Toon Zone News will be on location to cover the New York Comic Con.

The New York Comic Con will be held from April 18-20 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. For more information on tickets and special events, visit the New York Comic Con website.

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