Animated Shows at New York Comic Con 2014

Among the impressive array of guests at this year’s New York Comic Con were a range of animation experts who have helped to bring many of your favourite series to life. Animated shows represented at NYCC 2014 included Clarence, Steven Universe, Regular Show, Uncle Grandpa and Cartoon Network’s upcoming Over the Garden Wall. Once again, MCM Buzz’s roving photographer, Bryan Cooney, was on hand to capture images of the exciting guests attending the convention to talk about their work in animation.

Spencer Rothbell, Rebecca Sugar and Zach Callison

Spencer Rothbell, Rebecca Sugar and Zach Callison-Image courtesy of Bryan Cooney

Our first image shows Clarence writer Spencer Rothbell in discussion with Steven Universe writer and producer Rebecca Sugar, as well as Steven Universe star Zach Callison, who voices the show’s title character. Created by Skyler Page for Cartoon Network, Clarence tells the story of an optimistic young boy and his two friends, Jeff and Sumo. Steven Universe, meanwhile, follows the adventures of a boy named Steven, who inherits a powerful gemstone from his mother, Rose Quartz, and finds himself thrown into company with the Crystal Gems, a group of intergalactic warriors who use similar stones to defend the world from evil. Both shows were conceived by former Adventure Time storyboard artists.

Paula Spencer, Sam Marine and Pete Browngardt

Paula Spence, Sam Marine and Pete Browngardt-Image courtesy of Bryan Cooney

Our second photo depicts Regular Show art director Paula Spence with actor Sam Marin, who voices Benson and Muscle Man on the same show. The two are joined by Uncle Grandpa writer, producer and voice actor Peter Browngardt. Created by J.G. Quintel, Regular Show focuses on two animal friends – a blue jay named Mordecai and a raccoon called Rigby – whose attempts to shirk hard work often result in outlandish, supernatural adventures. A spin-off of monster show Secret Mountain Fort AwesomeUncle Grandpa revolves around a character who acts as the uncle and grandpa of everyone in the world, as he visits the houses of his many nieces, nephews and grandchildren and helps them solve their problems.

Patrick McHale, Collin Dean and Melanie Lynsted

Patrick McHale, Collin Dean and Melanie Lynsted-Image courtesy of Bryan Cooney

Set to air on Cartoon Network in November, Over the Garden Wall is a ten-episode miniseries following the puzzling adventures of brothers Wirt (Elijah Wood) and Greg (Collin Dean), who find themselves lost in the Unknown, a place described as “a strange forest adrift in time”. The show has a fairytale-esque feel, with designs influenced by folk art and classic illustrations, as well as an original, America-inspired soundtrack.  Attending NYCC to talk about the show were writer and creator Patrick McHale, along with actors Collin Dean and Melanie Lynskey, who play Greg and Beatrice respectively. The gorgeous-looking show will be the network’s first ever miniseries, and will also feature the vocal talents of Chris Isaak, Bebe Neuwirth, John Cleese, Shannyn Sossamon, Jack Jones, Samuel Ramey, Tim Curry, Deborah Voight among others. More information can be found on ToonZone.

Jessica DiCicco and Kent Osborne

Jessica DiCicco and Kent Osborne-Image courtesy of Bryan Cooney

Also putting in an appearance at the convention were talented voice actor Jessica DiCicco and writer Kent Osborne, who between them have a list of impressive credits to their names including Adventure Time, The Buzz, The Emperor’s New School and Spongebob SquarePants.

Images courtesy of Bryan Cooney.

If you enjoyed these photographs, you can find more pictures from NYCC here and here.

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