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Wikia [LIVE]

Wikia [LIVE] At NYCC

At New York Comic Con, Wikia comes alive with exciting Wikia [LIVE] events where the Fans take center stage. In the months leading up to New York Comic Con, Wikia community members have been working alongside five of Masters of Animanga to write three different anime/manga stories across three different genres, Vampires, Girls and Samurai. The stories culminate at New York Comic Con, where these five manga and anime legends will come together in a rare appearance. Join us as we celebrate these stories at two exciting panel discussions and we honor fans at the Wikia Cosplay Contest.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

WIKIA [LIVE] PRESENTS: LEARN FROM THE MASTERS

Afro Samurai. Hells Angels. Lone Wolf and Cub. Ninja Scroll. What do these titles have in common? They represent some of the greatest works in anime/manga, from an equally diverse group of creators. “New school” artists like Shin-ichi Hiromoto and Takashi Okazaki; legends like Kazuo Koike and Masao Maruyama. Join Wikia as we celebrate these “industry leaders” by putting the spotlight on their careers, their works, and what the future has in store for them. Now’s your chance to get up close and personal with some of the genre’s greatest. Who knows? They may just offer some advice that sets you on your own path to stardom.

PANELISTS:

Kazuo Koike (Crying Freeman, Lone Wolf and Cub), Takashi Okazaki (Afro Samurai), Shin-ichi Hiromoto (Hells Angels) and Masao Maruyama (Trigun, Ninja Scroll, Studio Madhouse).

MODERATOR:

Eric Moro (Wikia’s Director of Programming, Entertainment).

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

WIKIA [LIVE] PRESENTS: THE MASTERS OF ANIMANGA

Throughout the month of September, manga/anime legends Kazuo Koike, Yoshitaka Amano, Takashi Okazaki, Shin-ichi Hiromoto and Masao Maruyama partnered with Wikia for “The Masters of Animanga: A Wikia Collaborative Writing Project.” This once-in-a-lifetime initiative offered Wikia community members the opportunity to write stories based on fully rendered illustrations and brief character descriptions created by these “Masters” in a one-paragraph-at-a-time format (one user contributed a paragraph to the story, then another built upon that, etc. until the project was closed). In fact, three different stories across three different genres were developed: Vampires, Girls and Samurai. Join Wikia and the “Masters” as they celebrate/unveil the three final stories and discuss this never-before-attempted fan collaboration. The future of this style of storytelling – one that takes the legitimizing of “fan fiction” to a whole new level – will also be discussed!

PANELISTS:

Kazuo Koike (Crying Freeman, Lone Wolf and Cub), Takashi Okazaki (Afro Samurai), Shin-ichi Hiromoto (Hells Angels), Hiro Ikegami (Space Battleship Yamato 2199) and Masao Maruyama (Trigun, Ninja Scroll, Studio Madhouse)

MODERATOR:

Eric Moro (Wikia’s Director of Programming, Entertainment)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

WIKIA [LIVE] COSPLAY CONTEST

Wikia is THE social universe for fans by fans, and it’s no secret that pop culture enthusiasts love the costumes and look of their favorite characters. To celebrate that amazing fandom, Wikia will be hosting the Wikia Heroes & Villains Cosplay Contest at New York Comic Con. Wikia is posting a cash/gift-card prize, along with several runner-up prizes. Wikia Stars (leading admins/experts in our comics, video game, and entertainment communities) will serve as judges for the contest.

MODERATOR:

Jennifer Betka (Wikia’s SVP of Marketing)

Wikia is the social universe for fans, by fans. At New York Comic Con, it's Wikia [LIVE], and the fans take center stage. In the months leading up to New York Comic Con, Wikia community members have been working alongside five of Masters of Animanga to write three different stories across three different genres, Vampires, Girls and Samurai. The stories culminate at New York Comic Con, where manga and anime legends Kazuo Koike (X-Men Unlimited, Lone Wolf and Cub), Yoshitaka Amano (Final Fantasy, Speed Racer), Takashi Okazaki (X-Men, Afro Samurai), Shin-ichi Hiromoto (Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Hells Angels), Hiroaki Ikegami and famed Japanese film producer Masao Maruyama (Ninja Scroll, Trigun) will come together in a panel discussion to celebrate these community-written stories. Join us as we write these stories in the days leading up to New York Comic Con, and follow along as we document the celebration in New York.