I’m hearing more and more about New York Comic Con this year.  Maybe because I’m attuned to it; maybe because I report on something about Comic-Con, E3, D23, Anime Expo, AM2, and whatever fan event that I’ve gone to in the past year.  Alas, I am unable to attend NYCC this year.  I’m hoping to go to ComiKaze and Long Beach Comic Con but haven’t received word about my press passes.

Here are some highlights I’ll be missing.  Hopefully you can write in and tell us how it went if you’re there:

Star Wars will have its own Zip Code at NYCC.  There, attendees will learn more about the huge Star Wars fan party coming next August, co-created by Lucasfilm and ReedPOP, order tickets, and purchase exclusive Star Wars Celebration VI merchandise.

NYCC will also Whitespace described as a “think tank for 100 masters and innovators in the fields of TV, film, comics, games, technology and advertising.”

Speed Dating at New York Comic Con will be the basis for a new reality series pilot about pop culture fans looking for love.  NYCC also offers a day set aside for professionals that includes sessions on how to get people into the door, the art of customer service, and comics in the classroom.

Panels and screenings:

  • The Avengers will finally have their panel at a Con.  With Chris Evans and Tom Hiddleston (Loki) along with producer Kevin Feige, the panel follows up on the recently released trailer.

  • DC Universe debuts tidbits of Batman: Year One and Catwoman, due out next Tuesday, as well as Justice League: Doom. (Note** the African American John Stewart from the animated series as well as Mexican American Kyle Rayner from the storyline the movie is based on have been replaced by Hal Jordan, voiced here by Castle star Nathan Fillion.)
  • It Gets Better (with Comics!) asking some questions about gay teen and comics such as “What difficulties does one face when trying to put a queer-positive comic book into the hands of someone who needs a hero?”
  • A Spotlight on Mark Hamill, actor and comic book creator of The Black Pearl, for Dark Horse Comics as well as creative consultant to New-Gen, which will be made into a feature film.
  • Always Bet on Black, “A multimedia exploration on the history of Black (African American) heroes Ebony White to The Black Panther from Lando to Spawn.”

  • Terra Nova panel with stars Stephen Lang and Jason O’Mara.  (**I like this show but if the show wants to avoid being a Lost wannabe, it should find better writers.)
  • AMC’s The Walking Dead panel on the cusp of its season premiere this Sunday — I am so looking forward to the start and hoping the episodes will be more than the six they gave last year.  The stars will be in attendance with a sneak preview.
  • Viz Media panel where I’m sure audience members will have freebies thrown their way as they were at Anime Expo.

Exclusives to NYCC

Some exclusives to the convention are a very cool Funko Batman exclusive; an awesome limited edition Justice League art print by animation director DAVE BULLOCK (not sure if it’s free or not); Batman: Arkham City Joker action figure by Graphitti Designs; Hallmark Cards Star Trek and Star Wars exclusives ornaments of the USS Defiant and Astromech droids; and Hasbro’s Marvel Universe Compound Hulk (cool!!).


In addition DC will offer Lego Green Lantern and Batman minifig giveaways as well as the chance to win limited-edition Lego Superman minifigs.


Among a bevy of comic book creators, Jim Lee, Phil Jiminez, Leinil Yu, Jim Cheung, Jeph Loeb, Greg Pak, Guillermo Ortego, Dustin Nguyen, Cliff Chiang, Chris Claremont and Bernard Chang will be on hand.

NYCC, the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention, runs October 13-16 at the Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan.



–Ken Choy

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