In a little less than one week fanboys, comic collectors, cosplayers from all over will descend upon the Big Apple’s Jacob Javitz Center for the New York Comic Con! And while there are many great cons in the Tri-State area throughout the year, the NYCC is the Grand Poobah of them all.
And so for 4 days from October 6th – 9th there will be a ton of comic geeky goodness taking place at the Javits center as well as other areas in Manhattan too. Below I highlight some of the essentials (but not all as there’s way too much) for the comic fan to be aware of. I’ve also loaded this post with a crazy amount of hyperlinks to get you as much information as possible.
NYCC is regarded by many as a comic-centered con, which means there are a ton of comic writers & artists attending and a ton of vendors selling comics and other collectibles. In addition to many entertainment guests, tons of panels and screenings. There’s going to be a tremendous amount of talent at this thing and so while I can’t name them all, I have highlighted a nice chunk below for folks to be mindful of. Just in case you can see the comic guests list in full by clicking here and the schedule for all autographing sessions by clicking here.
HURC’S COMIC GUEST HEAVY HITTER LIST
Jim Starlin (Fri/Sat) – The Thanos legend will have his own booth – TBD
Erik Larsen (All days) – Will be hanging with the Savage Dragon in artist alley Q-18
Frank Brunner (All days) – Frank will be smoking a cigar with Howard The Duck somewhere in artist alley
Chris Claremont (All days) – Will be signing a heap of X-Men books in artist alley AA-20
Klaus Janson (All days) – The famed inker and penciler will be in artist alley E-10
Larry Hama (Fri/Sat/Sun) – The long time writer of G.I Joe will be in artist alley B-9
Bill Sienkiewicz (All days) – The Elketra: Assassin veteran will be in artist alley O-10
Greg Capullo (TBD) – In booth signing #1444. Caution: loud Heavy Metal may be playing
Scott Snyder (All days) – Will be talking Batman I’m sure somewhere in artist alley
Amanda Conner (All days) – The famed Harley Quinn artist will be in artist alley DD-10
Charles Soule (All days) – The writer of Daredevil and many other things will be in artist alley X-3
There will also be quite a bit of entertainment guests this year. As with most cons it’s advised to buy tickets for certain photo ops and autograph signings in advance as there is no guarantee you’ll get it just by showing up. There will be an insane amount of people attending this convention and if tickets sell out, they sell out. This is especially true in cases where some guests might not be there for all four days. Below are a few of the big entertainment names to be mindful of. Again, just in case, the full list of entertainment guests can be found by clicking here and photo ops by clicking here.
Carrie Fisher (Sat/Sun) – Your Worship will be in the NYCC autographing area – table 5
Jon Bernthal (Sat/Sun) – The Punisher will be present and there will be photo opportunities
Matt Smith (Thur/Fri) – Dr. Who will be signing autographs in the NYCC Autographing Area – table 3
Chad Coleman (All days) – Chad aka Tyreese from TWD will be present for in-booth signings and panels
Robin Lord Taylor (Fri/Sat/Sun) – The Gotham star will be signing at the NYCC Autographing area – table 11
David Harbour (Fri) – The Stranger Things star will be in the NYCC Autographing Area – table 15
Ralph Macchio (Thur/Sun) – The Karate Kid will be waxing on, waxing off in the NYCC Autographing Area – table 15
Stan Lee (All Days but…) – This will be the great Stan Lee’s last appearance at NYCC proving all good things come to an end. This is one of those cases where it’s best to get tickets in advance because there’s no telling if you can get a ticket the day of. For more details on all the photo opportunities click here.
There are a lot of cool things going down at NYCC this year to be aware of. Most are taking place inside the Javits center, but there are some events going on offsite too. In those cases click on the hyperlink for more details. Below are just a few of the different kinds of panels going on that might be of interest and worthwhile.
PANELS AND SCREENINGS
Adam West (All Days but…) – Batman legend Adam West returns to NYCC for all days, but sadly his panels have all sold out at this point. Though, there are tickets left for Thursday to hear him talk about his upcoming animated Batman film. It’s still not a bad idea to attempt to get tickets at the Javits center, just inquire a few hours before it starts.
AMC Presents Comic Book Men (Thur) – Kevin Smith and company will be on the main stage (1-D) from 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM
Ash vs Evil Dead (Thur) – Join Bruce Campbell and cast for a panel and screening at the Hammerstein Ballroom (311 W 34th St.) from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM. For more details click here.
Archer (Thur night) – Archer is back Thursday at NYCC at the Hammerstein Ballroom from 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM. For more details on this click here
DC Rebirth – What’s Next? (Sat) – DC’s Rebirth has been going extremely well, but you know this of course if you read comics. Be sure to check out this panel in room 1A06 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Speakers include: Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn), Juan Ferreyra (Green Arrow), Ben Percy (Green Arrow, Teen Titans), Christopher Priest (Deathstroke), Greg Rucka (Wonder Woman), Rob Venditti (Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps), Josh Williamson (Flash) and others!
DC Comics – Meet The Publishers (Sat) – Meet DC’s publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio. Need I say more? Taking place in room 1A21 from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
Skyboud Comics Preview with Robert Kirkman (Thur) – Join the creator of The Walking Dead Robert Kirkman, artist Paul Azaceta, and writer Brandon Thomas as they discuss the latest Skybound comic titles. Taking place from 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM on the NYCC Live Stage – Booth #154.
Skybound Entertainment Presents: The Walking Dead with Robert Kirkman (Thur) – Join Kirkman again for a second time from 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM, at the Hammerstein Ballroom – 311 W 34th St. For more details click here.
HURC’S MUST VISIT BOOTHS AND VENDORS
Zapp Comics – One of New Jersey’s best comic shops will have a nice set up as usual. From key books (raw or graded) to back issues galore. Definitely check out Zapp Comics – booth 2513
Funko – One of the hottest booths for sure located at – booth 722. IMPORTANT: be sure to check out Funko’s booth procedures by clicking here
Marvel – One of the larger booths for sure and kind of hard to miss – booth 1354
IDW Publishing – Every year at NYCC I look forward to visiting IDW’s booth. Be sure to check them out – booth 1844
BOOM! Studios – BOOM has been putting out great comics, plain and simple! Be sure to check them out – booth 1828
Valiant Entertainment – 2016 has been a great year for Valiant comics, so stop by – booth 1635
AfterShock Comics – Another great indie company that has been putting out some great books this year. Another must visit – booth 2238
CGC Comics – The always awesome CGC crew will have two tables. One booth in the main area 2522 and another in artist alley N306
Midtown Comics – New York City’s biggest comic book retailer will be located at – booth 2336
There’s so much going on during the four days of the NYCC and hopefully this post was somewhat helpful and at least one or two things caught your attention . In closing, have an awesome con my friends for this great event only comes but once a year. Be safe and buy a lot of comics! I’ll be there on Friday and Sunday and will hopefully be posting some of what’s going on via Twitter & Facebook.
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