Fox Atomic, the genre shingle of 20 Century Fox, will unveil new graphic novels and a machinima contest at the 2nd annual New York Comic-Con, which kicks off this Friday and continues through Sunday, Feb. 25. The company will offer attendees the first detailed look at the graphic novels based on the 28 Days Later and The Hills Have Eyes horror film franchises, as well as a chance to take part in the first fully-functional animated film studio in Second Life.
Scheduled for release on April 3 and Aug. 7, respectively, the 28 Days Later: The Aftermath and The Hills Have Eyes: The Beginning graphic novels will be showcased during a panel on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m. Fox Atomic Comics will also offer a gander at a horror anthology titled The Nightmare Factory, which is slated to hit bookshelves on August 8/07). Editor-in-chief R. Eric Lieb and newly signed editor Heidi Macdonald will be joined on stage by Jimmy Palmotti, co-writer of The Hills Have Eyes: The Beginning, and Steve Niles, writer of 28 Days Later: The Aftermath.
A virtual representation of the Fox Atomic booth will be featured in Linden Lab’s Second Life, a virtual environment where users worldwide will be able to sample the Comic Con experience by visiting the Fox Atomic Island. There, visitors can a machinima movie or take photos using Atomic-provided avatars based on upcoming films. The participant can choose to use the custom soundstages, any of the move-specific ‘sets’ scattered around the island, or chose to film anywhere within the world of Second Life. Submission for both the machinima and photo contests can be made anytime before Feb. 26. The top three winners will be announced on March 2. Prizes include round trip tickets for two to Costa Rica, a spring break trip for two and $100,000 Linden Dollars.
Other Comic-Con plans for Fox Atomic include a sneak peak at never-before-seen footage from the upcoming film The Hills Have Eyes 2, a panel featuring the horror icon Wes Craven and a ‘The Hills Have Eyes 2 15 Gigs of Fear’ music video mash-up contest. For more information go to www.nycomiccon.com.