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Nick Gears Up for Comic-Con

Nickelodeon and Nicktoons Network are gearing up for their events at Comic-Con International, to be held in San Diego, California, Thursday, July 20 - Sunday, July 23, 2006. The network will be located at booth #2515.

As a special promotion at the event, Nickelodeon is hosting an interactive AVATAR game on the convention center floor. Attendees can receive a promotional poster/map piece that asks them to help find Appa (a character from the show) at any of the six participating booths including Nickelodeon, Mattel, Paramount, Upper Deck, THQ and Simon and Schuster. Attendees need to go to each partner booth to receive a sticker for their map that will translate a Chinese character that corresponds to their booth. Once all five stickers are collected from all five partners, the Chinese characters on the map will read Have You Seen My Flying Bison? The attendee will then bring the completed map to the Nickelodeon booth for the answer and an AVATAR prize.

Panels include:

RANDOM! CARTOONS AND TOMORROWS HITMAKERS Thursday, July 20, 2:30-3:30 pmLocation: Room 2The panelists include:* Moderator: Jerry Beck (HORNSWIGGLE)* Kyle Carrozza (MOOBEARD THE COW PIRATE)* Eric Robles (FANBOY)* Anne Walker (MIND THE KITTY)* Pen Ward (ADVENTURE TIME)

NICKELODEON'S NEW SHORTS: FRESH CONTENT AND FUNKY-FRESH CREATORSFriday, July 21, 10:30-11:30 amLocation: Room 2The panelists include:* Moderator: Peter Gal, director of development, Nickelodeon Animation* Luke Brookshier, storyboard artist on SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS * Debbie Cone, assistant director on FAMILY GUY* Su Moon, character designer from MY LIFE AS A TEENAGE ROBOT* Scott Sava, CG-animator and comic book author* Amy Winfrey, creator of the cult web-series MAKING FIENDS

NICKELODEON MAGAZINE COMIC CAROUSELFriday, July 21, 3:30-4:30 pmLocation: Room 1BThe panelists include:* Chris Duffy and Dave Roman, editors* Sam Henderson, creator of MAGIC WHISTLE* James Kochalka, creator of MONKEY VS. ROBOT* R. Sikoryak, creator of RAW

NEW COMEDIES FROM NICKELODEONSaturday, July 22, 2:30-3:15 pmLocation: Room 6BThe panelists include:* Moderator: Eric Coleman, vp of animation development and production* Jorge Gutierrez and Sandra Equihua, creators of EL TIGRE, characters designers for MUCHA LUCHA* Randolph Heard and Audu Paden, creators of TAK AND THE POWER OF JUJU * Jason Hoppley and Jamie Shannon, creators of MR. MEATY

INSIDE NICKELODEON'S AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER Saturday, July 22, 3:15-4:00 pmLocation: Room 6BThe panelists include:* Moderator: Eric Coleman, vp of animation development and production* Michael Dante DiMartino & Bryan Konietzko, creators of AVATAR * Aaron Ehasz, head writer of AVATAR* Giancarlo Volpe, director of AVATAR* Mae Whitman, voice of Katara* Jack DeSena, voice of Sokka * Dante Basco, voice of Zuko

NICKELODEON: SNEAK PEEK SCREENINGSunday, July 23, 10:30 am -12:00 pmLocation: Room 6A

Appearances and signings at the Nickelodeon booth include:

Friday, July 20 12:00-1:00 pm Michael Sinterniklaas, voice of Mikey Simon on KAPPA MIKEY3:00-4:00 pm Doug TenNapel (creator of CATSCRATCH)

Saturday, July 22 11:30 am -12:30 pm Butch Hartman, creator of THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS & DANNY PHANTOM4:30-5:30 pm Mae Whitman, Jack DeSena and Dante Basco, cast of AVATAR

Sunday, July 23 12:30-2:00 pm Tom Kenny & Mr. Lawrence, voices of SpongeBob SquarePants and Plankton2:30-3:30 pm Carlos Ramos, creator of THE X'S

Nickelodeon, now in its 27th year, is the #1 entertainment brand for kids. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, magazines and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 89 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for ten consecutive years.

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