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New York Comic Con
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Friday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM
- Friday: 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM
- Sunday: 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM
NYCC Panels at the Hammerstein Ballroom Hours:
- Friday: 11:30 AM – 6:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
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Artist Alley Hours:
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Friday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Friday: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Saturday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Sunday: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
2015 New York Comic Con Preview
With only a few days until the official start of this year’s New York Comic Con, the show appears to have outdone itself once again. In response to fan demands, the show has expanded to make Thursday a full day schedule, unlike previous years, even with the expanded schedule. There are so many events and activities occurring during the 4-day show that not only are organizers using almost every single inch of the Javits Center, they are also utilizing the nearby Hammerstein Ballroom (with a capacity of 2,500) to showcase TV programming, especially exclusive screenings from TV studios, including Starz, USA Network and Cartoon Network.
Another location shift involves moving the location of the Artist Alley to the Javits Center’s North Hall, a separate area and not on the main show floor. This comes to the delight of many of the artists that are exhibiting, since the visitors to the hall are going there because they are truly interested in art and comics.
The main highlight of the show for some may be all the panels and exclusive debuts. The much anticipated 2016 reboot of the X-files will be unveiling its first episode at the show. The must buzzed about panels are the Walking Dead: An inside look withRobert Kirkman, where Kirkman (the show’s creator) and special guests from the show will be discussing the world of the Walking Dead franchise, as well as the Game of Thrones: a panel of Ice and Fire featuring numerous cast members sharing stories from the set discussing upcoming projects and speculating about Season 6.
Perhaps getting the most attention is the “major Batman announcement” that is set to take place during the DC Comics-Batman: The Bat-Universe panel. It is not clear what exactly will be announced during the panel. However, with the upcoming release of the: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” movie, many are speculating that the announcement might be about either another Batman film or perhaps an animated Batman project.
Even with all of these highly anticipated events, the main draw of Comic Con is the show floor itself, with nearly one thousand exhibitors, including Marvel, Lego, CapCom and more, the show will be active with giveaways, signings and exclusive merchandise for fans with everything from comics to television to books and so much more.
New York Comic Con 2015: 10 Must-See Panels From the First Two Days
Next week sees New York Comic Con take over the Big Apple for another four days (plus the pre-show New York Super Week events running throughout the city from Oct. 5). For those attending the show but wondering how to get the best bang from your comics programming buck, here are 10 panels from the show’s first two days to get you started. (Don’t worry about what to do on Saturday and Sunday; those beans will be spilled right here tomorrow.)
The Biggest Attack on Titan Manga Announcement Ever
Hajime Isayama‘s alien invasion manga continues to grow in popularity in the U.S. and its native Japan, and this panel from U.S. publishers Kodansha, promises “the biggest announcement about the comics series … ever.” Quite what that could be is a matter of mystery, but attendees are also likely to hear more about the live-action movie version of the series, the first installment of which recently opened in select theaters across the country. Room 1A18, 4 to 5 p.m.
Image Comics: Where Creators Own Action
A great lineup of independent creators — including Alex de Campi, Steve Orlando and Nick Dragotta — talk about action in comic books, and how to make it work on the printed page. Room 1A24, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.
Orlando is also one of the panelists on this discussion of LGBT representation in the current comic book scene, with others including Marvel’s Kris Anka, Batgirl‘s Babs Tarr, cover artist Kevin Wada (late of DC’sCatwoman) and writer James Tynion IV. Room 1A21, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.
DC Super Hero Girls
The lowdown on DC’s partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Mattel, intended to provide material for one of the most underserved markets in superhero material (girls aged 6-12), is unveiled, with those responsible for tie-in novels, comics and toys explaining what it’s all about. Room 1B03, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
DC Comics — The Dark Knight 30th Anniversary
Arguably DC’s biggest panel of the entire show, the 30th anniversary of Frank Miller‘s classic Batman series is celebrated by Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson — aka, the creative team of Dark Knight III: The Master Race sans Miller himself — as well as DC co-publisher Jim Lee “and maybe even a Surprise Guest or two” according to the publisher. Will Miller himself show up? Main Stage 1-D, 11 a.m. to noon.
Meanwhile, Marvel pushes its All-New All-Different publishing relaunch with this panel spotlighting the properties that have made the most impact via the big screen, with creators from Ant-Man, A-Force and otherMarvel comic books alongside executive editor Tom Brevoort. Room 1A06, 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.
Archie Comics Forever
Archie is having a great year, with the recent relaunch of the core Archie and Jughead titles complementing the critically-acclaimed The Black Hood, Afterlife With Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Creators Dan Parent, Mark Waid, Chip Zdarsky, Erica Henderson and Robert Aguirre-Sacasa are on hand to lure more newcomers in to the fold. Room 1A05, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.
Pushing Boundaries Forward: Gender, Diversity and Representation in Comic Books
Finally, the face of mainstream comics is changing, and becoming less white, straight and male. A group of creators and critics discuss just what that means, why independent publishers and webcomics lead the way, and what the future really looks like. Room 1A24, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.
Love is in the air with this evening panel devoted to the crowdfunding success Fresh Romance, a digital anthology series reviving and reinventing the romance comics format for a contemporary audience. Editor and creator Janelle Asselin is joined by a number of creators to share the love (and maybe some hints of what’s to come, as well.) Room 1B03, 7:45 to 8:45 p.m.
New York Comic Con runs Oct. 8 through 11 at the Javits Center.
ComiXology Submit: The Future of Self-Publishing
Creators who’ve found success through self-publishing on the leading digital comic platform in North America talk about their experiences, and offer tips for newcomers on how to avoid mistakes they made.Room 1A18, 4pm-5pm
Comic creators who love to eat talk about their twin passions, with Marvel SVP C.B. Cebulski — a man who loves food so much he created a short-lived web series where he interviewed Marvel creators over dinner to combine his interests — leading the way. Room 1A05, 4:15pm-5:15pm
25 Years of Valiant: Book of Death and Beyond
The independent publisher behind such titles as X-O Manowar, The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage and Book of Death— the first issue of the last title being the best-selling independent comic of the year — offers teases of what’s coming up in its future, with creators Matt Kindt and Doug Braithwaite on hand to drop hints. Room 1A18, 5:15pm-6:15pm
Truthiness is Stranger than Fiction: New Reality-Based Graphic Novels
Comics might not seem like the ideal format for journalism and memoir, but Jennifer Hayden, Troy Little, <strongand others discuss non-fiction comics and their potential. Room 1A05, 6:45pm-7:45pm
DC Entertainment — All Access
The more diverse titles from DC’s June “DC You” initiative — including Midnighter, Black Canary and Bizarro — are showcased during this Sunday morning spotlight, with creators including Amanda Conner, Babs Tarr,Heath Corson and Batman writer Scott Snyder present. Room 1A06, 12:15pm-1:15pm
A (Wo)man’s World: Closing The Gender Gap in Pop Culture
Not necessarily a comics panel, but well worth attending — UN Women’s HeForShe campaign brings executives from the movie and toy industries together to talk about why the entertainment industry hasn’t managed gender parity yet, and what’s standing in the way of achieving it. (Ironically, this panel literally happens at the same time as Marvel’s annual Women in Marvel panel, because why would you want to space those two panels out?) Room 1B03, 1:30pm-2:30pm
Culturally Queer: The Explosion of LGBTQ Representation in Mainstream Comics & Pop Culture
Sensing a theme in Sunday’s programming? Fan-favorite artist Phil Jimenez leads a discussion with a number of comic creators about what’s gone right — and what remains to be done — when it comes to queer representation in comic books and pop culture. Room 1A24, 2:30pm-3:30pm
The Future of Comics for Children and Young Adults
Titles like Smile and Lumberjanes show that there’s a hunger amongst readers for well-done comics for kids and YA readers, so why has the industry been so slow in responding to it? A group of creators and editors including Sarah Gaydos and Robin Herrera tackle the subject. Room 1B03, 2:45pm-3:45pm
A Force for Good: The Powerful Partnership Between Mental Health and Pop Culture
The potential for pop culture to help those with mental illnesses — whether through direct representation or allegorical narratives — is explored in depth with this late-afternoon panel featuring writers Mara Wilson andAlex de Campi, as well as a number of medical professionals. Room 1A24, 3:45pm-4:45pm
New York Comic Con runs Oct. 8 through Oct. 11 at the Javits Center.