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NEW YORK COMIC-CON/MUSEUM RECEPTION WRAP-UP
Three Days in the Big Apple for the Con and Todd's Museum Exhibition
Friday, March 03, 2006

The McFarlane Companies were in full force at the first annual New York Comic-Con, February 24-26 at the Jacob Javitz Center. McFarlane staffers, Spawn artist Philip Tan -- and Todd McFarlane himself -- had the opportunity to meet and mingle with an overwhelming number of fans and curious onlookers.

The event represented the company's first appearance at an East Coast convention in quite some time, and offered fans not only a chance to see a number of new products headed their way, but also the opportunity to spend a little time with Todd at our booth, during signings or while attending our special two-hour panel discussion.

Our presence at the Con was highlighted by a number or revelations and unique opportunities, including:

New Products on Display at the McFarlane Companies Booth

Meet-and-Greet Signings with Todd McFarlane and the Spawn Creative TeamTodd's Saturday Panel Discussion Highlighted by Spawn/Batman Announcement>> COMIC BOOK PREVIEWS FROM NY COMICON (14 images)

While at the McFarlane Toys booth, Todd taped an audio interview for the Web site CultureCatch.com. Check it out here: http://www.culturecatch.com/

Overall, the show was a great experience, allowing us to interact with our fans -- both old and new -- and we would like to thank everyone who took the time to stop by the booth. Hopefully we'll see you again next year.

But that's not all...

The opening day of the Con also marked the launch of the "Todd McFarlane: A Retrospective" art exhibit at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA). The opening night VIP party offered a select number of guests (a nice mix of professionals and fans) to get an advanced look at the exhibit, as well as the unique opportunity to take part in a guided tour of the showroom by Todd, who used the time to offer everyone an insightful and often funny overview of his career.

Following the tour was a brief Q&A and a signing session during which everyone had the chance for a few moments of one-on-one time with Todd.

Todd returned to MoCCA on Saturday night for the public opening -- giving a new group the verbal tour of his career and signing autographs until 2AM.

MoCCA will host "Todd McFarlane: A Retrospective," from Feb. 25 through May 1. The multimedia retrospective exhibit showcasing Todd's art and career will feature artwork and artifacts including original comic art pages, animation cels, character designs and layouts, as well as toy designs and prototypes from the McFarlane Companies archives.

In conjunction with the exhibit, MoCCA will be selling a limited edition T-shirt featuring artwork by Todd, and a special New York Comic-Con limited-edition 3D version of Spawn issue #1 created exclusively for the 2006 MoCCA McFarlane retrospective.

Written and drawn by Todd, this 32-page book has a cover price of $5.95 and includes red/blue 3D glasses! This special book will be available as a Donor Premium (in recognition of donations of $6 or more) at the MoCCA Gift Shop during the run of the McFarlane retrospective exhibit, while supplies last. Proceeds benefit MoCCA.

TODD McFARLANE: A RETROSPECTIVE MINI-SITE
Visit Our MoCCA Mini-Site Here on Spawn.com! For those unable to attend the MoCCA show, we've created a mini-site featuring artwork from the exhibit, plus audio tracks of Todd's thoughts and reminiscences on each piece. Each week we're adding new content -- so check it out.

For complete information on and directions to MoCCA, go here: http://www.moccany.org/

>> COMIC BOOK PREVIEWS FROM NY COMICON (14 images)