Nickelodeon gave fans a glimpse into the minds of the creators of iconic cartoons during the Happy Happy! Joy Joy!: 25 Years of Nickelodeon Original Animation Panel, moderated by Nick Animation Podcast host Hector Navarro. Panelists Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold!), Butch Hartman (The Fairly OddParents, Bunsen Is a Beast!), Jhonen Vasquez (Invader Zim) and Arlene Klasky (Rugrats) gave the inside scoop on the Nicktoons legacy, and offered sneak peeks at the upcoming slate including first-look art from Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie (2017), an exclusive clip and art from Bunsen Is a Beast! (2017), and the world premiere of Don vs Raph — a TMNT animated short written and produced by Vasquez.
DreamWorks Animation and Netflix confirmed at the show that the critically-acclaimed original series Voltron Legendary Defender will return to streaming with a second season later this year. The announcement was made at a panel with EP Joaquim Dos Santos, co-EP Lauren Montgomery and writer Tim Hedrick, who were joined by surprise guest Steven Yeun (voice of Keith) to share behind-the-scenes stories, filmmaker favorites from season 1 and a sneak peek at season 2. DWA also announced that the 11-track season 1 soundtrack is now available on iTunes.
LEVEL-5 abby’s Yo-Kai Watch is returning for a second season on Disney XD on Aug. 1, and fans are in for a lot of excitement at the first-ever Yo-kai Interactive Area in Petco Park during the Con. (Look for the 15’ tall Jinbanyan!) The zone will feature Stage Events (including Yo-kai Exercise #1 dance lessons, episode screenings), “Stamps of Fury” booth activity challenge with unique prizes, Trading Card Tournament, Character Photo Opps, Season Two premiere sneak peek, new product previews (Hasbro’s new Yo-Kai Watch Model Zero, Yo-Motion Yo-Kai Medals and more) and Gaming Zone. Complete schedule and new product details here.
Wonder Woman is celebrating her 75th anniversary this year, and in honor of the original pop-culture icon of Girl Power, the U.S. Postal Service has partnered with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment to create a set of commemorative Forever stamps. The panel of four designs, representing the evolution of the superhero, will be among other Wonder Woman items revealed Saturday at CCI. USPS is planning a day-of-issue dedication ceremony for Oct. 7 at New York Comic-Con.
Wonder Woman’s big 75th party has already kicked off with an Amazonian unveiling from Warner Bros. Consumer Products during Wednesday’s Preview Night. The event included a massive replica of Wonder Woman’s Invisible Jet, which fans were able to climb inside for a truly unique photo opp, and artistic tributes to the Amazon Princess created just for the event by artists Kathrine Brannock, Celeste Byers and Christina Angelina.