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High Definition Expo in NYC Again

Since 2001, HD Expo has been held in venues where the entertainment and technology communities meet and exchange invaluable information, community and education. In 2009, HD Expo transitions to Createasphere, a world where entertainment technology and creative vision converge. Building on the success of HD Expo, CreateaSphere is an integrated organization presenting expos and events, a membership organization, ongoing professional educations, and a dynamic online content resource. Createasphere is headquartered in Burbank, California.

Createasphere's HD Expo returns to New York for its second year on September 17th, 2009 after eight successful years in LA and five in Chicago. The well-known industry trade show and conference is in the midst of a year of transformation as it enters the “Createasphere,” expanding a brand that supported the adoption of a single technology to a multi-faceted organization that champions the broader needs and interests of the content creation community.

From 11:00 - 7:00PM the annual HD Expo will be held at The New Yorker Hotel with online registration free. That includes all panels, keynotes, exhibit hall, and intensive workshops.

Renowned cinematographer Lance Acord will join American Cinematographer magazine's East Coast contributing writer Patricia Thomson in a far-ranging Keynote Conversation that will discuss about creativity, cinematography, collaboration and directing.

Acord has worked on some of cinema’s best visual storytelling of the past decade. A native of Northern California, Acord studied photography and filmmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute. His first feature DP credit, "Buffalo 66," earned him a Spirit Award nomination that brought international attention to the young cinematographer for its powerful visual style.

Lance lensed Sofia Coppola's Oscar winning “Lost In Translation” and “Marie Antoinette,” a sumptuous, modern telling of the ill-fated queen’s story.  As one of Hollywood’s most sought after cinematographers, Lance is also a well known and award winning television commercial director. Through his company, Park Pictures, he has directed spots for Nike, Mercedes, Gucci, Coca Cola, Adidas and numerous globally recognized brands. Lance has directed and or shot music videos for artists including Sheryl Crow, Bjork and Elastica. Kudos include three Gold Lions at Cannes for his spot work, alongside nominations from the DGA, BAFTA and the Chicago Film Critics Association for his feature film cinematography.

He worked with Spike Jonze on the critically acclaimed “Being John Malkovich" and continued his relationship with the director for the Academy Award winning “Adaptation."  That collaboration continues on “Where the Wild Things Are,” an emotive telling of the beloved Maurice Sendak children’s story. His latest feature project, "Where the Wild Things Are," looks to be one of the most visually engaging and beautifully imagined films of the year. The film opens nation-wide October 16th.

In addition to the Keynote Conversation, a variety of panels and educational offerings fill the day, including; “How the Editor Tells the Story: Creativity, Teamwork, Technology,” featuring Oscar winning and nominated editors, sponsored by POST Magazine, Manhattan Edit Workshop and American Cinema Editors; and “Incentives, Production, Collaboration: An Up to the New York Minute Production Update,” sponsored by the New York Production Alliance. A full compliment of paid and free educational intensives are being presented as well.

For further information about panels, education or exhibition at this HD Expo or future ones, call 818-842-6611 or visit:

San Francisco Design School Grads Star at NY Fashion Week

For the sixth consecutive year the talented student-designers of San Francisco's Academy of Art University will invade the land of FIT and Parsons when they present the school's Spring 2010 collections in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week's Main Tent in Bryant Park.

On Saturday, September 12 at 3pm, it will be standing room only as seven AAU designers will present their womenswear collections from the Fashion, Textile and Knitwear Design programs.

"These young designers have an amazing opportunity to be part of New York Fashion Week," said Dr. Elisa Stephens, AAU president. "We view this show as the University's commitment to help launch the careers of our graduates," he declared.
The seven designers are:

California native Amanda Cleary, MFA Fashion Design with an undergraduate degree in graphic design. She has interned for Elie Tahari and Verrieres & Sako. Ms. Cleary said she used packaging design as inspiration for her collection. She plans ro move to London or New York to pursue her career. We trust she will see the light and relocate to the Fashion Capitalm of the World: Manhattan!

Sawanya Jonthepmala, MFA Fashion and Textile Design, is a native of Thailand. "For my silhouette, I was inspired by the orgami-like details of Krathong, which are small boats made out of banana leaves," she said. The traditional glass mosacis from Thai Bhuddist temples inspired her textile designs.

South Carolina native Brittney Major, MFA Fashion Design, is a self-desribed "prep" and uses "unconventional preppy" as her inspiration, During the summer of 2008, Ms. Major was an intern for Zac Posen. She is pursuing a career in pattern-making and technical design.

Jin Pan was born and rasied in China. "My collection was inspired by Anna Fidler's paintings of abstract landscapes. mythical happenings and unseen energy," she said. Ms. Pan interned wih Anna Sui as a patternmaker in 2008 and will work on costume designs for the Hua Yi performing Group this fall.

A native of Sofia, Bulgaria, Marina Nikolaeva Popsaka, MFA Fashion and Knitwear Design, is the daughter of a professor in textile and fashion design. "I grew up surrounded by art and fabric," she said. "For my collection I was inspired by nature, humanity and light, as well as the chaos of color and texture," said Ms.Popska.

Kara Sennett, MFA Fashion Design, was raised on U.S. military bases in Germany, with summers spent in Delaware. "David Hockeny's painting beverly Hills Housewife was my inspiration for my wool and vinyl collection depicting the Mad Men era of the 1960s," she said.

Manila-born Richelle Valenzuela, MFA Fashion Design, has lived in San Francisco since he was 14. "The structure of the gem-cuttin diagram and the facets of the gem, not the gliiter amd glitz, inspired my collection,' he said.

Celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2009, Academy of Art University is the largest accredited private art and design school in the U.S. with over 13,000 students, including over 2,000 fashion students, The School of Fashion houses 10 areas of specialization: Fashion Design, Textile Design, Technical Design, Knitwear Design, Accessory Design, Costume Design, Fashion Illustration, Fashion Journalism, Fashion Merchandising and Visual Merchandising,

Gladys Perint Palmer, a working journalist and illustrator, is AAU's Executive Director of Fashion.

Go To Chicago's Toy & Game Fair This November

Chicago's Toy & Game Fair (CHITAG) is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, November 21-22, 2009. Held at beautiful Navy Pier in Chicago, The Chicago Toy & Game Fair is the only toy and game fair open to the public. Every Fall funseekers come from far and wide for two days of previewing and playing the hottest and latest new toys and games. To be dazzled and enchanted, to learn and explore, audiences come to mingle and participate in a magical community event and most of all, to have fun!

It offers an opportunity to speak to the gamers, inventors, and professional in the industry--whether to get feedback, share ideas, or simply having fun playing games. It's in a venue that allows them to ask questions that help shape their ideas. In addition to exhibitions, there are the speaker panels as well as the Ask the Experts in the Inventor and Industry Programs that has made this a fantastic event.

A sampling of last year's CHITAG events included Meet-and-eat with the mighty Star Wars™ 501st Stormtrooper Battalion plus gifts from Hasbro, Top Trumps and Cartoon Network or join us for the Integrity Toys Dynamite Girls Breakfast!. There was the Renaissance Knights Chess Pavilion where participants had fun playing chess on one of the giant chess sets and tested their chess acumen against one of the experts.  There was also a quad tournament where players competed for prizes
The Young Inventor Challenge had kids puttng on thinking caps and inventing. Kids ages 6 -16 competed in this toy and game invention competition to judged by representatives of Hasbro, Mattel, Fundex, Lund and Co. and more. Boy Scouts participating in the Young Inventor Challenge could qualify for an Entrepreneur Merit Badge with many opportunities to attain other Merit Badges throughout the Fair.
There was also an Educator Conference--a State of Illinois accredited program (CPDU credit awarded) to assist educators on the fine art of incorporating play in the classroom.

The complete schedule of events for CHITAG 2009 will be posted on their site in  coming weeks and made available for download. Check back for full details.

To order tickets in advance--Adults: $10 • Children: $5--contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 847-677-8277.

First Big Apple Comic-Con Under the Wizard World Team

Tens of thousands of comics, sci-fi and other genre fans will converge at the Big Apple Comic-Con to celebrate the best in pop culture. New York City's Big Apple Comic-Con has it all - Movies, Comics, Toys, Video Gaming, Games, TV, Anime, Manga, Horror, Wrestling, MMA, Original Art, Collectibles & More! This is New York's longest running and most widely attended Comic-Con. Now at a new and larger home at Pier 94 on the West Side Highway in Manhattan (55th Street & 12th Avenue). This is the most anticipated move of 2009. Big Apple Con returns October 16-18, 2009 at Pier 94 in Manhattan.

Joe Kubert, comic industry legend will attend Big Apple Comic-Con along with his sons Andy and Adam. Currently Andy is working on Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader Batman project for DC Comics. See each of their bios on our Guest Page. This rare trifecta appearance by the Kuberts includes a lesson straight from The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, Inc. instructors. The elder Kubert began his career at the age of 11 and has worked in the field ever since, and in his more than 60 years with the medium, he has produced countless stories for countless characters, including DC's Hawkman, Tarzan, Enemy Ace, Batman, and The Flash.

In 1976, Joe Kubert founded the first and only accredited school devoted solely to the art of cartoon graphics. The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, Inc. in Dover, New Jersey, has since produced many of today's leading cartoonists. Hundreds of the school's graduates have gained acclaim and admiration in high profile positions in comic books, advertising agencies, computer color and separation, animation, advertising and illustration. Kubert has received numerous awards including the Inkpot Award, Will Eisner Award, Harvey Award, and the Jack Kirby Award.

Highlights of the Kuberts' appearance include: Art panel taught by Joe & Andy together (approx. 90 minutes); A joint signing at the Wizard booth; Separate individual signings by Joe, Andy & Adam at the Wizard booth.

All Tickets Gain Entry to both Big Apple Comic-Con & Video Game Expo. Tickets are non-refundable--important: Bring your printed out e-tickets to the event to gain admittance. Children 10 and under get in free Sunday only when accompanied by a paid adult (Limit 2 Child Tickets per paid Ticket). Credit card will be charged at time of purchase. Group discounts, $5 off each ticket, are available for 3-Day passes purchased in quantities of 15 or more. This discount is automatically applied online and not available at the door. All Advance Ticket Orders will receive a random Wizard HC or TPB (How to Draw, Twisted ToyFare, etc.) Tickets will be $5 higher on site the day of the event. Save up to 15 percent off the price of tickets by ordering now.

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Show Hours:
Friday, October 16, 2009 - 12pm - 8pm
Saturday, October 17, 2009 - 10am - 7pm
Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 10am - 5pm


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