New York Comic Con (NYCC) today announced that Guest of Honor J. Michael Straczynski will no longer be able to participate in its 2009 event.
Straczynski, a writer noted for creating the television series Babylon 5 and writing the recent feature film CHANGELING, had to cancel his New York Comic Con appearance due to CHANGELING’s script’s nomination for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award and his need to be in England during the entirety of the convention for BAFTA events.
New York Comic Con takes place February 6-8 in the Jacob Javits Center in New York, NY. Guests of Honor include Brian Michael Bendis, Carmine Infantino, Geoff Johns, Takashi Miike, Grant Morrison, and Bruce Timm and Special Guests include Seth Green, Jackson Publick, J.J. Sedelmaier, and Art Spiegelman.
“I never in a million years imagined that I might be nominated for a British Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Changeling,” Straczynski said. “It simply was never on my radar screen. I’m devastated at not being able to be at the con, and I send my deepest regrets and apologies to everybody who was looking forward to seeing me. With massive, massive amounts of apologies and bowing and scraping and forelock- tugging, I have no choice but to say that I can’t be there for the convention.”