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Cinefantastique's New York Comic Con 2011: Star Wars: The Clone Wars' Ashley Eckstein (Video)


DC, Marvel, Dark Horse all claimed significant shares of turf at this year’s New York Comic Con, but only STAR WARS staked out its own universe, incorporating numerous vendors within the confines of its expansive area (including Hallmark, for all your limited-edition Xmas ornament needs).

And there in the midst of it was Ashley Eckstein — a.k.a. Ahsoka Tano of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS — greeting fans and promoting Her Universe, her own clothing line designed to appeal to the geek girl in all of us (but mostly in geek girls). We got a few minutes to talk to her, check out the garments, and ponder some universal truths in the war of geekish sexes.


Big Apple WizardCon's Mike Carbonaro Tells Origin Tales

When the Big Apple Wizard Con arrives in NYC October 1st, 2010, organizer-founder Mike Carbonaro will be in evidence everywhere. The Big Apple part of the Wizard Comic Con convention title comes from the Big Apple Conventions that were a major pop culture in New York for over 11 years, the result of what could have been an unfortunate incident.

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Prior to the Big Apple shows the Great Eastern Convention was the New York staple, hosted by Fred Greenberg at the New York Coliseum. When that location was leveled to make way for the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, Greenberg was set to relocate the show to the Jacob Javits Center, the city’s largest convention facility.

On the day of the load in day for that show the dealers and guests were greet by signage informing them the show was canceled. The quick thinking organizer Carbonaro rallied the troops and marched everyone over to the basement auditorium of St. Paul the Apostle’s Church on 9th Ave and 60th Street in New York, salvaging the day and laying the foundation for a New York institution.

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OnMobile 2011

OnMobile 2011 is held in the fox Theatre & Club Fox in Redwood City, CA on JunOnMobile-Logoe 14 - 15, 2011.

OnMobile 2011 is a two-and-a-half day executive event features high-level debates on what's hot in the emerging mobile market and how these innovations are disrupting how companies and consumers work, play, advertise, and connect.

OnMobile also showcases the top entrepreneurial CEOs who are driving mobile innovation.

A few of the major keynote speakers include Andrew Fisher CEO of Shazam, Tim Chang of Norweat Venture Partners, and Gurbaksh Chahal, CEO of RadiumOne.

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Make the Stage at Internet Week New York

Internet Week is being held on June 6 - 13, 2011 at the Metropolitan Pavilion plus other IWNY-logo2venues around New York City.

Noting that Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently called for New York City to be "the #1 digital city in the world," Internet Week New York chair David-Michel Davies said "the festival’s line-up reflects how the city is well-positioned to make that goal come true."

"There has been a groundswell of energy and activity in the New York technology industry over the past few years," said Davies. "The festival has become a draw for people looking to exchange ideas and explore and experience where the Internet might be taking us next."

Senators Chuck Schumer, keynote speaker, and Kirstin Gillibrand will be in attendance. iwn-SchumerSome of the other thought leaders and innovators include:

  • Rachel Ray
  • Jane Pratt
  • Kevin Jonas
  • Tyra Banks
  • Isabella Rossellini
  • Craig Newmark, Craigslist founder
  • Rachel Sterne, New York City’s Chief Digital Officer
  • Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures
  • David Karp, Tumblr founder
  • Tim Westergren, Pandora founder
  • Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist 

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