Video Games Take Stage At 2008 NY Comic Con

April 1, 2008

VIDEO GAMES TAKE STAGE AT 2008
NEW YORK COMIC CON

GEARS OF WAR 2 CREATORS AMONG
GAME LUMINARIES AND CELEBRITY GUESTS AT THIS YEAR’S CONFERENCE

New York Comic Con (NYCC), the
second largest popular culture event in the United States, today announces many
of the video game highlights during its 2008 event, April 18-20, at the Jacob K.
Javits Center in New York City. With an expanded focus on video games, this
year’s conference includes a look into the award-winning Gears of War franchise
and the upcoming Gears of War 2 for the Xbox 360 by Epic Games President Michael
Capps and Gears of War 2 scriptwriter Joshua Ortega of Microsoft Game Studios.
New York Comic Con is a showcase for the biggest and the best of American pop
culture and video games. These driving forces in what’s popular and hot are
represented through a number of NYCC events, exhibitors, and guests, with this
year’s show attracting many celebrities including Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison,
and T.M. Revolution.

New York Comic Con is proud to
welcome exhibitors including Konami, Namco Bandai, Square-Enix, and Ubisoft;
some of the biggest names in the interactive entertainment industry. These
exhibitors will present their current hits and preview the summer’s biggest
titles from the show floor. While these demos and videos will be enough to
satisfy any gamer, they are just the tip of the iceberg. New York Comic Con will
present a special gamer summit on Sunday, April 20, with 12 panel discussions
led by video game industry leaders. NYCC’s gamer summit was created with the
guidance of TenTonHammer.com and Themis Media, publishers of cutting-edge sites
like The Escapist Magazine and WarCry Network. The summit will showcase games
including Age of Conan, EvE Online, Iron Man, Warhammer Online, and studios
including CCP, FunCom, Turbine, and 38 Studios. The summit will also feature
round table discussions and topics ranging from video game journalism and
writing for video games, to starting a career in the video game industry.

The gamer summit will begin with a
presentation by Michael Capps, president of Epic Games, and Joshua Ortega, the
scriptwriter behind Gears of War 2, discussing the origin of the Gears of War
saga, its unprecedented success, and offering a glimpse into this year’s
upcoming Gears of War 2.

As a benefit to attendees, this
year’s show also features an exciting mix of celebrity guests including: Stan
Lee (creator of X-Men and Spider-Man), Mike Mignola (creator of Hellboy), Ron
Perlman and Selma Blair (stars of Hellboy II), Guillermo del Toro (director of
Hellboy II), Frank Miller (creator of Sin City and 300), Seth Green and Matthew
Senreich (creators of Robot Chicken), John Cho and Kal Penn (stars of Harold and
Kumar), Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer (creators of The Venture Bros.), and Eva
Mendes (star of Ghost Rider).

ABOUT MICHAEL CAPPS: Dr. Michael
Capps is the president of Epic Games, creator of the multimillion-selling,
award-winning Unreal series and 2006 Game of the Year, Gears of War. Epic is
responsible for the Unreal Engine, the underlying technology that powers a range
of games including 2K Games’ 2007 Game of the Year, BioShock, and BioWare’s 2007
RPG of the Year, Mass Effect. Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 is the current holder and
three-time consecutive winner of Game Developer magazine’s Front Line award for
Best Engine. Under Michael’s leadership, Epic has been recognized as Studio of
the Year by Spike TV, Developer of the Year by Official Xbox Magazine, and Large
Company of the Year by the North Carolina Technology Association. Michael serves
on the board of directors for the International Game Developers Association (IGDA)
and the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS), two leading
organizations committed to advancing the interests of the game development and
entertainment software communities. Prior to entering the game industry, Michael
served as a professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, where he
specialized in defense and entertainment collaboration, virtual reality, and
computer graphics. While at the Naval Postgraduate School, Michael was also the
producer, designer and lead programmer for America’s Army, the official military
action game sponsored by the U.S. Army.

ABOUT JOSHUA ORTEGA: Ortega is a
Seattle-based writer whose work spans nearly the entire spectrum of the popular
arts. He has written for every major American comic book company including
Marvel, DC Comics, Dark Horse, Image, Top Cow, TOKYOPOP, Dynamite Entertainment
and more, working on high-profile properties such as Star Wars, Spider-Man, Star
Trek, Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer, and Battlestar Galactica. A former
journalist, Ortega is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel
((FREQUENCIES)), co-writer of the short film "…loves Martha," and has worked on
a wide variety of Xbox 360 titles for Microsoft Game Studios, including the
upcoming Gears of War 2.

ABOUT EPIC GAMES: Epic Games, Inc.,
based in Cary, North Carolina and established in 1991, develops cutting-edge
games and cross-platform game engine technology. The company has created
multiple million-selling, award-winning titles in its Unreal series, recently
shipping Unreal Tournament 3 for PC and PlayStation 3. Epic’s breakthrough game,
Gears of War, sold over 4.5 million copies and was awarded overall Game of the
Year for 2006 by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, Game Developers
Choice Awards, GameSpot, GamePro, and many others. Epic is also responsible for
the Unreal Engine, which is the underlying technology for a wide range of games
including the Game Critics Awards’ Best Console Game, Spike TV’s 2007 RPG of the
Year Mass Effect by BioWare, the 2007 BAFTA Best Game and Spike TV Game of the
Year BioShock by 2K Games. Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 is the current holder, and
three-time consecutive winner of Game Developer magazine’s Front Line award for
Best Game Engine. Epic was also recognized as 2006 Studio of the Year by Spike
TV, 2006 Developer of the Year by Official Xbox Magazine, and 2007 Large Company
of the Year by the North Carolina Technology Association. Additional information
about Epic can be obtained through the Epic Games Web site at
www.epicgames.com

ABOUT TENTONHAMMER.COM:
TenTonHammer.com began in 2005 as an online game community site specializing in
building communities where players have a home away from home where they can
chat with their friends, post in the message forums, share game stories, and ask
questions to our experienced staff. Now entering into its third year of service,
TenTonHammer.com has become a premiere site for online game news and videos.
Offering coverage of the top MMO games as well as exploring the market for new
games, Ten Ton Hammer provides readers and viewers with one of the largest
selections of free MMO guides on the internet, along with quality features,
editorials, previews and review of your favorite games.

ABOUT THEMIS MEDIA: Themis Media, a
division of Themis Group Inc., is the publisher of The Escapist Magazine and
WarCry Network . The Escapist Magazine is the hottest video game news and
lifestyle site on the internet today, covering gamer and digital culture in a
progressive editorial style, with articles and columns by the top writers in and
outside of the industry and cutting-edge, highly intelligent, and
super-entertaining viral video content. WarCry Network is the online community
centered on massively multiplayer online games that provides a combination of
innovative editorial, user-generated content and an extended network of MMO
centric fan sites.

ABOUT NEW YORK COMIC CON: New York
Comic Con is the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture
convention. Our show floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics,
graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. Our
panels and autograph sessions give fans a chance to interact with their favorite
creators. Our screening rooms feature sneak peeks at films and television shows
months before they hit either big or small screens. And with dedicated
professional hours, New York Comic Con is a market place, bringing together the
major players in the entertainment industry. New York Comic Con is the second
largest pop culture convention in America and the only one that takes place in
the comic book, publishing, media, and licensing capital of the world — Gotham
City. Further information can be found at
www.newyorkcomiccon.com.  

ABOUT REED EXHIBITIONS: The New York
Comic Con is operated by Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading events organizer.
In 2006, Reed brought together over six million industry professionals from
around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today, Reed events
are held in 34 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and
Asia, and organized by 37 fully staffed offices.

Reed organizes a wide range of
events, including exhibitions, conferences, congresses, and meetings. Its
portfolio of over 460 events serves 52 industry sectors, including aerospace and
defense, building and construction, design, electronics, energy, oil and gas,
entertainment, food and hospitality, gifts, healthcare, IT/telecoms, jewelry,
manufacturing, marketing and business services, pharmaceuticals, property,
publishing, security, sport and recreation, transport and logistics, and travel.

Working closely with professional
bodies, trade associations, and government departments, Reed ensures that each
and every event is targeted and relevant to industry needs. As a result, many
Reed events are market leaders in their field.

Reed Exhibitions is part of Reed
Elsevier Group plc, a FTSE-100 company and world-leading publisher and
information provider. In 2005, Reed Elsevier made adjusted profit before
taxation of 1,002 million on turnover of 5,166 million.

Epic, Epic Games, Unreal, Unreal
Tournament and Gears of War are trademarks or registered trademarks of Epic
Games, Inc. in the United States of America and elsewhere. All other trademarks
are the property of their respective owners.