I am very interested in how Amazon is using it’s positive business practices to instill a love of reading for kids between 5-12 with unlimited access to short stories for $2.99 a month. Amazon Studios is partnering with Signature Stories to bring stories to life with the voice acting talents of Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live) and Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants). They are using new stories that kids love like Niko and the Sword of Light and Danger & Eggs to the app.
The launch will be at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con where they will have the opportunity to see the videos and listen to the talent behind this app. Kids will be able to read along with favorite characters with original stories written by the shows’ writers. They will be new adventures that go beyond the TV series storylines that light the imagination of children.
“We couldn’t be more excited to kick off Signature Stories and are thrilled to be teaming up with great talent such as Aidy Bryant and Tom Kenny,” said Michael Robinson, Director of Consumer Products for Amazon Education. “We’re always looking for ways to help kids develop a love of reading and we’re looking forward to bringing on new brands, new characters, and new voices to Amazon Rapids over the coming months.”
Danger & Eggs follows the endless adventures of a fearless, teal-haired future stuntwoman, D.D. Danger, and her ever-cautious best friend, a giant, talking egg, named Phillip. As the daughter of a world-renowned daredevil, D.D. is always chasing her next big thrill.
Niko and the Sword of Light follows 10-year-old Niko who is the last of his kind in a strange, fantastical world. He must embark on an epic quest to defeat the darkness and bring the light back to his land. Armed with his magic sword, brave Niko journeys to the Cursed Volcano, making new friends and powerful foes along the way, all while uncovering secrets about his mysterious past.
“We’re excited for kids to connect with our characters in new ways as they tag along on epic adventures together while reading on Amazon Rapids,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “Both pilot episodes were popular among viewers and we’re thrilled that the shows’ quirky, engaging storylines and humor can help inspire kids to read.”
Amazon Rapids is available for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire devices. Parents who sign up now can subscribe at an introductory price of $2.99 per month to give their kids unlimited access to short stories. Parents can start a free two-week trial at http://rapids.amazon.com.
Key Amazon Rapids features include:
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I’m so excited about the Star Trek: Discover takeover at San Diego Comic Con from an art exhibit to panel AND a contest to take photos with Star Trek Officers! I’m ready to be beamed up Scotty! Who plans to meet me at the Gallery Takeover in Gaslamp and search for photos ops??? Tweet me to geek out in the gaslamp with Star Trek …….
STAR TREK: DISCOVERY GALLERY TAKEOVER
Thursday, July 20 to Sunday, July 23
CBS is creating a fully immersive Discovery experience at the Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts Gallery (363 Fifth Avenue); Comic-Con badges are not mandatory for entry. The exhibit will feature the debut of – and a photo opportunity with – the U.S.S. Discovery captain’s chair and will showcase additional props, costumes, sketches and more from Discovery. One thousand fans each day will receive complimentary limited-edition Discovery posters, and the location will also house an official Star Trek Shop with items exclusive to Comic-Con.
— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) June 29, 2017
“MEET STARFLEET” STAR TREK: DISCOVERY PANEL
Saturday, July 22 at 2:30pm in Ballroom 20
Over 50 years ago, the world was first introduced to what would quickly become a cultural phenomenon. Star Trek was a television series that inspired developments in science and technology, broke social barriers, and transported viewers around the globe to new adventures and uncharted frontiers. This fall, Star Trek: Discovery follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, while learning that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. Join cast members Sonequa Martin-Green, Jason Isaacs, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp and James Frain, alongside executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Gretchen J. Berg, Heather Kadin, Aaron Harberts and Akiva Goldsman for a conversation and introduction to Discovery.
The panel will be moderated by series guest star Rainn Wilson, who is set to play Harry Mudd, the charismatic conman and intergalactic criminal first introduced in Star Trek: The Original Series.
STAR TREK: DISCOVERY PEDICABS
Thursday, July 20 to Sunday, July 23
Fans can get free “intergalactic” rides throughout the Gaslamp District in pedicabs inspired by the design of the U.S.S. Discovery’s captain’s chair. The pedicabs will feature the series’ chair’s distinctive stitched black seats as well as video monitors built into its arm rests which, in this case, will screen trailers for the highly anticipated new show. As an added touch, each vehicle will display an illuminated U.S.S. Discovery delta shield on the back.
Friday, July 21 & Saturday, July 22
Fans can take part in the #TrekDiscovery Challenge when they encounter an array of authentically costumed Trek ambassadors, representing crews from five of the Star Trektelevision series (The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyagerand Enterprise). Fans who post photos of themselves with each of the five series’ crews – and also in the Discovery captain’s chair at the Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts Gallery – and who tag all six photos with the #TrekDiscovery challenge hashtag on Twitter or Instagram, will be eligible to win a Roku streaming stick and a subscription to CBS All Access. Prizes will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Fans can find clues regarding the location of the #TrekDiscovery crews by following @StarTrek on Twitter and Instagram.
— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) July 17, 2017
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Children’s Book Council (CBC) Graphic Novel Committee Programming During San Diego Comic-Con
I grew up living at the library as a child in my hometown where I explored not only big cities but the universe. Now that kids have so many options for entertainment and accessing content how do libraries stay relevant in a digital age? Heck how do books stay relevant for kids who grow up watching, using a cellphone/tablet or other device to read? I’m pretty old fashioned since I love the tactile feel of a book, seeing the cover and font chosen by the author.
I am very interested in the Children’s book Council (CBC) Graphic Novel Committee Programming at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. I loved reading comic books/graphic novels when I was young and discovering Manga when I got older. I was quite surprised when I was at the library that they had a section for checkout that looked in great condition (and they say people don’t respect the library).
They have a program lineup from 11 AM to 6 PM on Friday, July 11th for Educators, librarians, and media welcome with a ComicCon badge
Friday, July 21, 11 am – 6 pm
San Diego Public Library, Central Library, 330 Park Blvd.
All programs are in the Shiley Special Events Suite, 9th floor
“From Asterix to Zeus – Developing an Essential Kids Graphic Novel Collection” – 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.
While the category has enjoyed tremendous popularity in recent years, kids’ graphic novels are not a recent phenomenon. What classic titles or series should librarians have on their shelves to provide historical context and provide a complete survey of the medium? Join us for this illuminating discussion moderated by Dawn Rutherford (branch manager, Brier Library), with panelists Jenny McCluskey (collection development librarian for Ingram Library Services LLC), Alea Perez (chair of YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee), Carla Riemer (librarian, Claremont Middle School), and Mark Siegel (editorial director, First Second).
“Handling Challenges: Bans and Challenges to Comics” – 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m.
Comics are uniquely vulnerable to challenges and bans, especially comics for teen audiences. Learn about challenged and banned comics and what you can do if they’re challenged in your school or library. Panelists are: Raina Telgemeier (Ghosts), Candice Mack (Teen Services manager, Los Angeles Public Library), Gina Gagliano (marketing and publicity manager, First Second), and David Saylor (VP / creative director / trade publishing / editorial director, Graphix). Moderated by Betsy Gomez (editorial director, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund).
“Read Like a Girl: Middle-Grade Fiction for Girls (and Boys)” – 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m.
The authors behind some of your favorite middle grade graphic fiction discuss creating stories with strong, positive female characters, and the importance of overcoming the lingering perception that comics are only for boys. Our panel features Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina), Victoria Jamieson (Roller Girl, Great Pet Caper series), Jenni Holm (Babymouse series, Swing It, Sunny), Molly Ostertag (The Witch Boy), and Raina Telgemeier (Ghosts). Moderated by Brigid Alverson (writer and reviewer Good Comics for Kids).
“Nonfiction and Memoir in Graphic Novels” – 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m.
Combining text and image can make difficult or abstract subject matter more appealing, winning over even the most reluctant reader. Learn how nonfiction graphic novels and graphic memoirs can be used to supplement lessons in STEM and history, and bring awareness to marginalized perspectives in the classroom. This panel includes: Mairghread Scott (Science Comics: Robots), Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do), Nathan Hale (One Trick Pony), Tillie Walden (Spinning), and Alison Wilgus (Science Comics: Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared). Moderated by Heidi MacDonald (Publishers Weekly, ComicsBeat.com).
“Prose to Panels: Graphic Novel Adaptations” – 3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.
A discussion about graphic novel adaptations of novels. How can the graphic novel format enhance these texts? And how can educators use adaptations to make stories more accessible? If you read the graphic novel instead of the prose novel does it still “count”? How does the story change if a classic is adapted into graphic novel format? Is something lost? Is something gained? And what if graphic novels are then converted into prose novels – as with the forthcoming Lumberjanes novels? Moderated by Kelly Quinn Chiu (children’s librarian at the Santa Clara City Library), the panel includes: Mariko Tamaki (Lumberjanes), Brooke Allen (Lumberjanes), Landis Blair (The Trial: A Choose Your Own Adventure Comic), Charles Kochman (editorial director of Abrams ComicsArts), and R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics).
“Meet the Makers” – 4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
Join graphic novel authors and artists Jeffrey Brown (Lucy and Andy Neanderthal), Nick Abadzis (Laika), Joe Flood (Science Comics: Dinosaurs) and James Parks and Ben Costa (Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo Book 1: The Road to Epoli) to learn the process behind making a comic. Moderated by Allison Tran (Senior Librarian for Children’s Services, Mission Viejo Library).
“Publishers Talkback Session” – 5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m.
Come talk to publishers about how graphic novels are doing at your library, and what they should know based on the feedback from your community! With Robin Herrera (editor, Oni Press), Gina Gagliano (marketing and publicity manager, First Second), and Mallory Loehr (SVP & Publisher, Random House Books for Young Readers). Moderated by Alea Perez (chair of YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee).
About the Children’s Book Council
Children’s Book Council (CBC) is the nonprofit trade association for children’s book publishers in North America. The CBC offers children’s publishers, from independent presses to large houses, the opportunity to work together on issues of importance to the industry at large, including educational programming, diversity in employment and books, literacy advocacy, and partnerships with other national organizations. CBC staff also oversee the programs of Every Child a Reader, a 501(c)(3) literacy charity whose popular national campaigns include Children’s Book Week, the longest-running literacy initiative in the country; the Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards, the only book awards chosen by children and teens; and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature program, in partnership with the Library of Congress.
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This years FXhibition is going to be even bigger than last year with interactive experiences that will have you on the edge of your seat! The installation is from July 20-23 ready to keep fans of FX Network ready to tune in and drop in living out fanboy/fangirl dreams .. or is that horrors the Strain is on the lawn too! I was hooked on Legion after episode three so am very curious about the Sessions: The Legion Mixed Reality Experience that will be powered by Microsoft HoloLens and bring the series to life or nightmare. You will be ‘David Hailer’ using the HoloLens to be a part of his world and test his world. You can make reservations beginning July 17th at LegionSessions.com
American Horror Story fans will get a chance to get a tease of the upcoming season with the larger than life AHS Zoetrope that promises to show the series in a new chilling and (am sure) horrifying way. Fans will also get to learn the title of the new AHS series July 20 with Ryan Murphy announcing the news! Exhibition will have a photo booth inspired by the freshman series Atlanta.
Other sharable video and photo opportunities at “FXhibition” include:
For details and more information on how to be a part of the “FXHibition” experience, visit FXSDCC.com.
ABOUT FX NETWORKS
FX Networks, a business unit of 21st Century Fox, is comprised of the networks FX, FXX and FXM and the video on-demand app FXNOW. FX, the flagship general entertainment basic cable channel, launched in June of 1994 and is carried in 90 million homes. The diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas series, includingThe Americans, The Strain, Taboo, Legion and Snowfall; the critically-acclaimed limited series American Horror Story, Fargo, American Crime Story, FEUD: Bette and Joan and the upcoming Trust; and acclaimed hit comedy series including the award-winning Louie, Baskets, Better Things and Atlanta. In 2016, FX received a basic cable record 56 Emmy® Award nominations and a basic cable record 18 wins, including 9 for The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. FXX, the newest network, launched in September 2013 and is carried in 85 million homes. Geared towards a young adult audience, the schedule features original series, movies, and acquired series. The channel is anchored by the acclaimed hit comedies It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the Emmy® Award winning comedy series Archer, You’re the Worst and the upcoming untitled Marvel’s Deadpool animated comedy series. FXX is also the exclusive cable home to The Simpsons, the longest-running comedy in TV history. FXM (formerly Fox Movie Channel) was launched in October of 1994 and is now carried in 55 million homes. Its schedule features classic films during the day (FXM Retro), and contemporary box office hits and acclaimed, award-winning films in the evening, as well as short-form award-winning original programming.
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OSCAR®-WINNING ANIMATION STUDIO LAIKA COMES TO SAN DIEGO FOR PRIDE AND COMIC-CON CELEBRATIONS JULY 14-23, 2017 with the Laika Experience Pop Up Exhibit. Fans will be able to see props, puppets, monsters and sets from Kubo and the Two Strings, The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman & Caroline. A signing with Travis Knight, Laika President & CEO, an exhibit of fan art, interactive experiences, photo ops, daily giveaway (pair of EXCLUSIVE LAIKA Nikes) and a shop with merchandise that you can take home! The pop up opens Friday, July 14th for San Diego Pride!!!!
Details below …..
WHAT TO SEE at The LAIKA Experience:
Sets, puppets, monsters, props from all four LAIKA films.
LAIKA merchandise available for purchase.
Daily drawing for pair of Nike’s customized shoes created for LAIKA films.
Photo ops with LAIKA costumed characters.
Saturday–Sunday, July 15-16 from 11 AM – 6:00 PM:
Watch for LAIKA walkaround costumed characters at the LAIKA GIF Photo Booth inside the gates of Balboa Park during the PRIDE Festival. Pose for a photo with ParaNorman’s “Mitch,” the first gay character ever featured in an animated film. Customized LAIKA headbands will be distributed.
Friday, July 21 from 2-2:30pm
Facebook Live/Media Partner WIRED Magazine: LAIKA President & CEO Travis Knight (director of Kubo and the Two Strings) will be joined by New York Times bestselling author Tony DiTerlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles; Star Wars: Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight) for a Facebook Live tour of The LAIKA Experience. Travis will share LAIKA’s unique creative process with Tony as they take FB guests on a virtual tour of the pop up exhibit. Fans will be able to ask questions via facebook.com/WIRED.
Friday, July 21 at 3pm
Come for a chance to meet Travis Knight, President & CEO of LAIKA and director of Oscar®-nominated KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, at an autograph signing session of items purchased at the Pop Up. Autographs of merchandise (available at the Pop Up Shop in the Exhibit) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. This is Mr. Knight’s only public appearance during the Exhibit.
WHEN: Friday, July 14 through Sunday, July 23, 2017
Hours of operation:
WHERE: San Diego’s Gaslamp District
San Diego, CA 92101
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Fueled by the vision of its owner, Nike co-founder and former Chairman Philip H. Knight, and its President & CEO Travis Knight, feature film animation studio LAIKA was founded in 2005. Located just outside Portland, Oregon, LAIKA was awarded a Scientific and Technology Oscar® for its innovation in 3D printing in 2016. Its four films, Kubo and the Two Strings (2016); The Boxtrolls (2014); ParaNorman (2012), and Coraline (2009) were all nominated for Oscars® and PGA Awards as Outstanding Animated Film. Kubo, which marked the directorial debut of Travis Knight, also received an Oscar® nomination for Outstanding Visual Effects. Kubo won this year’s BAFTA Award as well as three Annie Awards, the National Board of Review and 19 regional and critics’ group awards. The Boxtrolls also earned Critics’ Choice and Golden Globe Award nominations and 13 Annie Award nominations, more than any other film that year. ParaNormangarnered BAFTA, Critics’ Choice, and GLAAD Media Award nominations and won two Annie Awards and was cited as the year’s best animated film by 14 critics’ groups. Coraline earned Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Critics’ Choice nominations, and was named one of the year’s 10 Best Films by the American Film Institute (AFI).
For more details and updated hours of operation visit www.laika.com
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Tomi Adeyemi, the author of the upcoming Children of Blood and Bone series, which is inspired by West African mythology, will be signing samplers of the first book in the trilogy, which has been optioned by Fox 2000 for a movie adaptation!
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The Tick Takeover will be open to the public Thursday, July 20th through Saturday, July 22nd from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm, and Sunday, July 23rd from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm at the MLK Promenade (corner of 1st and J street).
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