Thursday, July 12, 2012

Comic-Con Opens in San Diego

Photo by Mark Davis/PictureGroup
San Diego, CA, USA (July 12, 2012) --  Comic-con, the world's largest conference for comics, and science fiction/fantasy genre films, televisions, and games, opens today at the San Diego Convention Center.  More than 125,000 attendees are expected at the event, including themed entertainment designers seeking out the newest IP, which includes 460,000 square feet of exhibits, hundreds of presentations in over twenty venues, and a monster/heavy metal-themed party at Petco Park, which normally is home field for baseball's San Diego Padres.

Among those rumored to make an appearance are June Foray.  This past October, she became the latest recipient of the Comic-Con Icon Award. The award was given to the "first lady of cartoon voices" as part of The Scream Awards last October, telecast on the SPIKE cable network.

Ms. Foray is the voice of such pop culture icons as Rocky the Flying Squirrel and his nemesis Natasha Fatale on Rocky & Bullwinkle, Nell Fenwick on Dudley Do-Right, Granny on Tweety & Sylvester, Aunt May on Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, and Ursula on George of the Jungle, just to name a few of her thousands of animated cartoon credits. Her recent biography, Did You Grow Up With Me, Too? tells the story of how she became one of the true superstars of voice-acting. In addition, Ms. Foray has also been an important part of Comic-Con International over the past four decades, appearing at the event numerous times since her first appearance in 1973.  Last month, she become the oldest person on record to win an Emmy Award, her first.

Ms. Foray has reprised a number of her animated roles for theme park attractions, including Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin at Disneyland and Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls at Islands of Adventure, along with original properties such as Pirates of the Caribbean.

Comic-Con's Icon Award is presented to individuals or organizations who have been instrumental in bringing comics and/or the popular arts to a wider audience. Ms. Foray's large body of work has placed her squarely in the realm of pop culture greats. She joins an impressive list of past Icon Award recipients, who include Frank Miller (2006), Neil Gaiman (2007), George Lucas (2008), Stan Lee (2009), and Ray Bradbury (2010).