The Wikia [LIVE] convention season has officially wrapped, and what better place to go out with a "bang" than New York Comic-Con 2013. With over 120,000 attendees and panels/exhibitors galore, the four-day event was a veritable potpourri of pop culture goodness. And Wikia's communities were there in a big way!
In fact, our Animanga community made a big splash by hosting not one, but TWO hour-long panel discussions with anime/manga legends Kazuo Koike, Masao Maruyama, Sin-ichi Hiromoto, and Takashi Okazaki. The first, "Learn From The Masters," celebrated the careers of these industry legends as well as the impact they've made in shaping modern-day pop culture. As the largest American publisher of Japanese manga, Dark Horse Comics partnered with Wikia for the panel, while Mike Richardson (President and Publisher of Dark Horse Comics) joined as a panelist. Over the course of the discussion, copies of Koike's Lone Wolf & Cub Omnibus Volume 1 were given away to attendees that truly demonstrated a desire to learn from our astute panelists.
The very next day, we were at it again with the fan-favorite "Masters of Animanga" panel. Wikia and the Masters celebrated/unveiled the final three stories from "The Masters of Animanga: A Wikia Collaborative Writing Project." The esteemed group of industry luminaries also discussed what it was like working on a "never-before-attempted" fan collaboration of this kind. Needless to say, their insights were quite intriguing. The final three projects—Red Bat, Tao: Rize of the Ying-yang, and The Fading Light: A Tale of Zan—were revealed through a Wikia-produced video, which you can see below.
Not to be outdone, Wikia's Cosplay community doubled its presence from C2E2 by hosting two cosplay contests – one Friday night and one Saturday night. At each event, audiences were treated to 30 dazzling contestants who had clearly put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into crafting some of the most incredible costumes seen on the East Coast. Representing characters from movies (like the Balrog from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring) to comics (like female Galactus from the Marvel Universe) to video games (like Link from The Legend of Zelda) and everything in-between, these contestants were a perfect representation of what it means to be a true pop culture enthusiast. A special shout out goes to Grand Prize winners Shyaporn Theerakulstit as Khan Noonien Singh (from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan) and Jessica Keddy as Rocket Raccoon (from Guardians of the Galaxy).
(NOTE: If you're a cosplayer who couldn't make it to either of the above contests, don’t fret! Wikia is hosting an online cosplay contest; deadline to enter is November 3. You can find more details here.)
Lastly, it’s always great to see real life Wikia community members enjoying the fandom they represent. To that end, it was great catching up with Jamie, Hatebunny, Kyletheobald, Midoki24, and MrBlonde267 (representatives of the Marvel Database and DC Database); and Pikapwn (from the Animanga community).
Make sure to stop by and watch all of our videos from New York Comic-Con on our Wikia [LIVE] page. Hope to see you and your fellow community members again next year. Good-bye 2013 convention season!
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