Nick to Ignite Comic-Con

Animation will be well represented at next week’s Comic-Con Int’l in San Diego as Nickelodeon presents a number of programs and sneak peeks at upcoming animated shows.

On Thursday, July 20, Nick will offer attendees a chance to meet the rising stars of animation looking to follow in the footsteps of Butch Hartman, Craig McCracken and Genndy Tartakovsky. A program titled ‘Random! Cartoons and Tomorrow’s Hitmakers’ will provide an advance look at Random! Cartoons, Frederator’s newest anthology series of 39 short films. Creators Kyle Carrozza (Moobeard the Cow Pirate), Eric Robles (Fanboy), Anne Walker (Mind the Kitty), and Pen Ward (Adventure Time) will be on hand to talk about their creations and how they sold them to Frederator. The panel will be moderated by cartoon historian Jerry Beck, whose own cartoon creation, Hornswiggle, is included in the Random! Cartoons lineup. Films and works-in-progress will be screened in room 2 starting at 2:30 p.m.

More up-and-coming cartoon creators will be showcased in a panel discussion titled ‘Nickelodeon’s New Shorts: Fresh Content and Funky-Fresh Creators’ on Friday, July 21 at 10:30 in room 2 Participating panelists from Nickelodeon’s animated shorts program include SpongeBob SquarePants storyboard artist Luke Brookshier, Family Guy assistant director Debbie Cone, My Life as a Teenage Robot character designer Su Moon, CG-animator and comic book author Scott Sava and cult web-series Making Fiends creator Amy Winfrey. Peter Gal, director of development for Nickelodeon Animation will moderate.

Friday will also see signings by Michael Sinterniklaas (voice of Mikey Simon on Kappa Mikey) and Doug TenNapel (creator of Catscratch) at the Nickelodeon booth (#2515) at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.

The Fairly OddParents and Danny Phantom creator Butch Hartman will be signing autographs on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Then Nick will offer a peek at its new animated comedies El Tigre from Mucha Lucha contributors Jorge Gutierrez and Sandra Equihua and Tak and the Power of Juju from The Tick team of Randolph Heard and Audu Paden, as well as the puppet series Mr. Meaty from creators Jason Hoppley and Jamie Shannon. Held in room 6B from 2:30-3:15, the program will be followed by a Q&A with the shows’ creators.

The rest of Nick’s Saturday at Comic-Con will be devoted to the the hit action-comedy series Avatar: The Last Airbender. First up at 3:15 in room 6B is a behind-the-scenes panel discussion featuring a look at a day in the life of series creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, a glimpse of what’s coming up in the new season from head writer Aaron Ehasz, insight on the show’s art style and production process from director Giancarlo Volpe and a Q&A with cast members Mae Whitman (Katara), Jack DeSena (Sokka) and Dante Basco (Zuko). There will also be a special sneak peak of the show’s upcoming one-hour special. Whitman, DeSena and Dante Basco will then be available for signings at Nick’s booth for an hour starting at 4:30 p.m.

The fun continues on Sunday at 10:30 with sneak’peak screenings including a brand-new, never-before-seen episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, new installments of Catscratch and The X’s and trailers for the upcoming hour-long specials Avatar: The Secret of the Fire Nation and the Danny Phantom: Urban Jungle. All screenings will be held in room 6A. Signings with SpongeBob voice stars Tom Kenny & Mr. Lawrence and The X’s creator Carlos Ramos will follow at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively. Throughout the show, attendees can also try their hand at an interactive Avatar game on the convention center floor. A full schedule of Comic-Con events can be found at www.comic-con.org.