Marvel Comics has announced that they will be holding MarvelFest NYC 2009 on October 28th in order to celebrate the release of the Astonishing X-Men motion comic on iTunes. The Astonishing X-Men motion comic is based on the award winning story by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday. The celebration kicks off at 4 PM with an event at Forbidden Planet in New York City. Neal Adams, Chris Claremont, and Dan Slott will be appearing to meet fans and sign autographs. At 6 PM, the celebration moves to Union Square on 14th street in New York City. There will be Marvel giveaways, the opportunity for fans to photograph themselves on a life size Marvel cover and sketches from Marvel creators. There will also be a MarvelFest Costume Contest, where contestants (18 years old and older) will have a chance to win a variety of prizes, including the grand prize of being featured in a Marvel comic book. Celebrity judges will be on hand to select the winners, and all contestants will get a limited-edition Nick Fury Hasbro action figure (while supplies last), an exclusive Vengeance of The Moon Knight #1 MarvelFest Variant comic book and a 1 month subscription to Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. At 7 PM, the first episode of the Astonishing X-Men will be projected three stories high. “MarvelFest NYC 2009 is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for anyone who loves Marvel’s great characters” said Mike Pasciullo, who is Vice President of Merchandising and Communications of Marvel Comics. “This is something that’s never been done in the comic industry and we can’t wait to see how New York turns out to celebrate the premiere of Astonishing X-Men. Not only do you get a front row seat for a piece of entertainment history, but you can meet your favorite comic creators and dress up like your favorite heroes or villains for awesome prizes. And who doesn’t like Mighty Marvel Giveaways?” For complete details and official rules regarding MarvelFest NYC 2009 please visit www.marvel.com/fest.