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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 prizesThe 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
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
IFP’s five-day Independent Filmmaker Conference will be held in New York City from September 19-23, 2009. It is a must-attend event for film and media professionals to learn how today’s creative choices and business decisions are impacting tomorrow’s artists, industry and audiences--and are shaping the future of independent film and media-making. Over 2000 filmmakers, producers, funders, distributors, agents, and buyers are expected to attend in order to share winning strategies on the art and business of independent filmmaking.The first two days focus on Making Your First Feature. Other panel themes include: Positioning Your Film for Festivals; Audience Building; Unlocking Financial Opportunities; and Strategizing Your Film Career.Keynote conversations include Mira Nair--award winning director of this fall's Amelia and Monsoon Wedding; Peter Saraf--co-founder/producer of Big Beach Films (Away We Go, Little Miss Sunshine) and R.J. Cutler--director of this season's hottest documentary, The September Issue. The conference will include advice from pioneering independent filmmakers and insights from industry leaders from BMI, HBO, Hot Docs, Kodak, SAGIndie, Sundance, SXSW, Withoutabox, and others. Featured Industry leaders also include Peter Broderick (Paradigm Consulting), Yance Ford (POV), Ted Hope (This is that), Lynne Kirby (Sundance Channel), Peter Kujawski (Focus Features), Dylan Leiner (Sony Pictures Classics), Andrew Mer (SnagFilms), Craig Parks (IFC), Tom Quinn (Magnolia Pictures), Christine Vachon (Killer Films), and more. Panelists will offer key advice on: Making Your First Feature; Building an Audience for Your Film; New Digital & Financial Models; Positioning Your Film for Festivals & Buyers; and Strategizing Your Next Career Move.
For more info, and to purchase passes go to: http://conference.ifp.org/filmmaker_conference/index.html
Independent Filmmaker Conference/Independent Film Week September 19-23,2009The Fashion Institute of Technology Haft Auditorium, 227 West 27th Street New York, NY 10001
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