WIKIA BRINGS GAME OF THRONES STARS TO SUPERFANS AT NEW YORK COMIC CON
Fantasy Foods as Chosen by Superfans in the Annual Wikia Fiction Food Contest to be Featured During the Event
San Francisco – October TK, 2014 – Wikia, the social universe of fandom and the ultimate source for powerful and relevant pop culture, entertainment and game expertise, today announces its plans for New York Comic Con, deemed the biggest pop culture event on the East Coast. Providing one-of-a-kind access, Wikia will join ReedPop in welcoming “Game of Thrones” to the stage and a Fantasy Food Truck to the Javits Center. Wikia will also bring events on the ground to fans across the web and add participatory experiences for visitors at Comic Con.
Taking place October 9-12 in New York City, Wikia will host Kristian Nairn (“Hodor”) and Daniel Portman (“Podrick Payne”) from “Game of Thrones,” on stage to be interviewed by Wikia Stars, providing unprecedented access for its fans. Wikia will also bring fantasy foods to life with a full-size food truck inside the convention, featuring winning fictional foods chosen by the fans themselves in the annual Wikia Fantasy Food Fiction bracket tournament. The winning foods will be further explored during a panel that challenges the audience with Fantasy Food Trivia.
“Bringing these experiences to life for fans and providing them access to industry stars and characters like Hodor and Podrick is what we strive to do,” stated Eric Moro, Director of Programming, Entertainment for Wikia. “Wikia creates direct connections between its superfans and the content that fuels their passion.”
Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved will be featured as sponsor of the fictional food experience. Onsite, attendees will be invited to play in a game station attributed to the breakthrough musical motion video game inspired by Disney’s classic animated film “Fantasia.” Featuring more than 30 tracks from renowned artists, including Drake, Lorde, The Who, Nicki Minaj, The White Stripes, and others, Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved will be available on October 21 worldwide for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and for Kinect for Xbox 360.
Among the Wikia events and activities taking place at New York Comic Con:
• “Game of Thrones” Fan Forum featuring Kristian Nairn & Daniel Portman Date: Thursday, October 9 1:30 – 2:30 PM | Location: Empire Stage 1E Speakers: Kristian Nairn (“Hodor”), Daniel Portman (“Podrick Payne”), Adam Whitehead (Founder, Game of Thrones Wikia), Jamie Hari (Founder, Marvel Database)
The popular C2E2 panel comes to New York, as do contributors from Wikia's most popular communities, focusing their fan expertise on the book-to-TV mega-hit, Game of Thrones. Joining the panel and lending their first-hand experiences to the conversation are series regulars Kristian Nairn (“Hodor”) and Daniel Portman (“Podrick Payne”). Wikia Stars will also be part of the panel alongside Hodor and Podrick, providing their expertise on the show from the fan perspective. Fans can join for the geek-out session and get their season five questions answered with direct access to talent from the popular HBO series.
• Wikia Fantasy Food Truck Date: Friday, October 10 - Saturday, October 11 [2 PM - 3 PM] | Location: North Corridor Lobby, Level 2
Thousands of Wikia superfan communities participated in a Fantasy Food bracket tournament, bringing to the forefront fictional dishes from the vast reaches of the pop culture landscape. Well, the fans have spoken and the “Final Four” dishes – Nuka Cola (Fallout), a blue fizzy Italian soda; Bacon Pancakes (Adventure Time), pancake dippers with bacon inside; Smile Dip (Gravity Falls), shortbread cookie dipped in frosting with pink sanding sugar tips; and Greedy Milk (Warframe), a smooth milk-inspired ice cream – will be served for free from a full-sized Fantasy Food Truck parked inside the Javits Center. How will these concoctions come out? Come by and taste for yourself!
• Wikia’s Fantasy Food Fiction Live Date: Saturday, October 11 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM | Location: 1A14 Speakers: Chris Avellone (Creative Director of Obsidian Entertainment - Fallout: New Vegas, Fallout 2), Brian Walton (Editor-in-chief of Nerdist.com), Rebecca Ford (Community at Digital Extremes - Warframe), Yasumine Mousa (Gravity Falls Wikia), Ryan Lanese (Nukapedia Fallout Community Wikia)
A panel focusing on fictional foods such as Harry Potter’s Butterbeer, Fallout’s Nuka Cola, Glee’s Slushie and Doctor Who’s Fish Fingers & Custard. Wikia superfans along with TV show and video game creators will be exploring the culinary phenomena, discussing how fictional foods come about, while Wikia’s fans will explain the significance of foods in fandom as well as why they develop their own fan communities. Fans and creators will also sample foods featured on Wikia’s Fantasy Food Truck.
• The #WikiaFoodTruck will be home base for hungry superfans, but it will also be the place to receive marching orders for the #WikiaLive Fan Army, a competition spread across all four convention days that will offer superfans opportunities to win unique prizes and VIP experiences. Wikia will be distributing a limited supply of mission cards each day that include tasks (i.e. posting a picture of Batman and Superman cosplayers facing off) through which fans earn points. Those who accumulate the most will receive top prizes including front of line access and rare figures from Sideshow Collectibles.
About Wikia: Wikia, the social universe for fans, by fans, is the home for social fandom and the ultimate source for powerful and relevant pop culture, entertainment and gaming expertise. It is the definitive place for people to contribute to the assembly of original bodies of multi-media content around subjects they know and love. Using Wikia, anyone can form new communities around any subject or participate in over 350,000 existing communities by reading or contributing new content. With over 34 million pages of rich content, Wikia’s communities are the most authoritative information about any topic on the Internet. Wikia’s video game vertical (games.wikia.com) is a leading video-game focused information hub on the Web. Wikia’s recently expanded entertainment verticals (movies.wikia.com, tv.wikia.com, books.wikia.com and music.wikia.com) collectively represent the fastest growing U.S. entertainment destination around the world. Lifestyle.wikia.com boasts over 75,000 communities chronicling fashion, food and technology.
Launched in 2006 by founder Jimmy Wales, Wikia attracts more than 120 million global unique visitors per month and is ranked a Quantcast Top 25 and comScore Top 80 Internet site, as well as a Nielsen Top 10 social network. www.wikia.com or @wikia
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