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NC Comicon Adds Animation Panels & Screenings

NCCC lineup to include U.S. premiere of DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of The Scroll; Director Stephan Franck to introduce screenings of Sony Pictures Animation's ‘The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow’ and fan-favorite ‘The Iron Giant.’

The North Carolina Comicon has added an exciting new animation dimension to this year's event, which takes place in Durham, NC November 15 & 16.

Rodolphe Guenoden, director of Dreamworks' highly-anticipated short Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of The Scroll, will present the film as a U.S. premiere exclusive. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Guenoden and Stephan Franck, who will present Sony Pictures Animation's The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow, which earned him an Annie Award nomination for Best Director. Franck will also introduce a screening of fan-favorite The Iron Giant, on which he was supervising animator. Another NCCC exclusive will be Film Roman’s unveiling of a new animated action-comedy called The Vindicator written, directed and presented by renowned illustrator Tommy Lee Edwards.

This event will be part of the NC Comicon second annual ComiQuest Film Fest, which includes rare screenings of the animated gems Akira and Nausicaa, alongside the live-action comic book inspired classics Tim Burton’s Batman, Flash Gordon, Conan the Barbarian, and more.

Meanwhile, NCCC 2014 also features an exciting line of comics creator panels, with A-list guests such as Fiona Staples, Sean Murphy, Bob Fingerman, John Paul Leon, and Invader Zim & MST3K writer Frank Conniff.  John Barrowman of Doctor Who and Arrow fame will be greeting fans and conducting a panel with his Hollow Earth and Torchwood co-writer Carole E Barrowman, who is leading a workshop for aspiring writers. With a focus on talent development, NCCC will also provide priceless access to key industry players for aspiring creators, with Valiant Entertainment, Action Lab, and Dark Horse Comics editor-in-chief Scott Allie conducting portfolio reviews alongside other seasoned industry professionals.

“My goal is to make this the kind of convention I dreamed about attending when I was starting out,” says NCCC senior director & co-owner Tommy Lee Edwards. “Comics and fandom are at the heart of NC Comicon, but we also want to celebrate all mediums of creative storytelling with fellow creators who drift from comics to animation to film and everywhere in between. There’s something for everybody at our show- Comic book readers, collectors, cosplayers, and film fans, with many of the industry’s top writers, illustrators, animators, and directors accessible to everybody who wants to visit.” 

Source: North Carolina Comicon

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.