Gaming Publishers and studios sign up for IGN Arena at KAPOW!


The games and movie industries are out in force supporting IGN at KAPOW! Comic Con – with Codemasters, Nintendo, Ubisoft and Optimum Releasing headlining activity in the IGN Arena.

Taking place on the weekend of April 9-10 at London’s Business Design Centre, Islington – KAPOW! is the UK’s most exciting event for comic books and the films, TV and games they inspire.  Tickets for the event are selling fast, with a limited amount still available at http://www.kapowcomiccon.com.  Tickets will not be available on the door.

IGN brings to life the UK’s biggest games and entertainment website at KAPOW! delivering an exclusive IGN First Look of Codemasters’ thrilling DiRT3 & Operation Flashpoint: Red River, and the chance for visitors to experience the Nintendo 3DS, with a selection of their biggest launch titles including Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, Pilotwings Resort and Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D.

IGN is also proud to welcome visionary game producer Tetsuya Mizuguchi.  The man behind cult video games Rez and Lumines will present Ubisoft’s eagerly-awaited Child of Eden to UK fans for the very first time.  Mizuguchi will demonstrate his unique multi-sensory shooter, in an exclusive IGN First Look event, presented in an HD cinema spec auditorium.  Gamers can also take part in a Q&A and signing session at the IGN stage, where fans are in with a chance of grabbing some collectable artwork to celebrate Child of Eden’s appearance at KAPOW!

The IGN Arcade will feature an exclusive first consumer hands-on experience of Disney’s Cars 2, as well as playable games from a host of leading publishers, including THQ, Warner Brothers and Namco Bandai.

Optimum Releasing are bringing their eagerly-anticipated teenagers vs. aliens movie Attack the Block to KAPOW! with IGN’s Entertainment Editor, Chris Tilly hosting an on-stage panel discussion with Adam & Joe star and Director Joe Cornish, with cast members.  Visitors to the IGN Arena can view exclusive footage from Attack the Block and other forthcoming Optimum movies in the Attack the Block lounge.


On Saturday, the IGN Arena hosts an attempt by a stellar list of comic talent led by Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons & John Romita Jr. to break two Guinness World Records for “Fastest Production of a Comic Book” and “Most Contributors to a Comic Book.” This superstar tag team will create a 20-page comic book starring Superior which will be printed on-site at the end of the day with the first copy auctioned for charity. Proceeds from sales of the special issue will go to Yorkhill Children’s Foundation.

Also featuring in the IGN Arena is the Blu-ray Lounge, where visitors will be able to enjoy the ultimate Blu-ray home cinema experience in 3D.

IGN readers that can’t attend the event will be able to keep in touch with all the news and announcements from the show on the IGN KAPOW! microsite at http://www.ign.com/events/kapow, which will be updated through the show weekend, with the very latest from the big-name comic, games, film and TV guests.

Mark Millar, Ambassador for KAPOW! 2011, said:

“It is fantastic to be so closely involved in an event like KAPOW! – the whole thing is working out even better than we expected. Our grand plan was to bring together the biggest names in all media and it is a pleasure to see the publishers, studios and TV companies getting so excited about this too. We have really hit the ground running, and I cannot wait to see what the KAPOW! team have in store to make the show even bigger next year. Several studios have already booked their panels as 2012 looks set to be a bumper year for the kind of stuff we’re into.”

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