New York Comic Con, October 10-13, is the biggest East Coast show of the year, and we are headed down there to fill our Adventure Time WeLoveFine oversized Con bag with swag, original art, and business cards to continue to deliver the fine comic book journalism you have come to expect from Earth Prime Time each week. Here’s a preview of some of the weird and wonderful delights the con has promised us from the many media announcements making their way to our inbox this fall.
This is truly a nerd’s holiday weekend! We here at LeaguePodcast make it a tradition of heading to Gotham once a year since our inception there, four years ago at a New York Comic Con afterparty. Hometown friends, miles from home, delighted in the smells of Hell’s Kitchen over beers at an iFanboy party and made an honest swing at weekly comic book podcasting ourselves and now we’re 166 episodes in, with events and our own after parties to attend to!
With a small bottle of Spider-Man hand sanitizer attached to our backpacks, a Mophie Juice Pack on the iPhone, we are getting on the safest and cheapest early bus on Friday to live it all again.
This time, it’s bigger. This time, it will be better. How do we know? The con has grown from 105,000 people in 2011 to 116,000 in 2012. And there’s gonna be a new Walking Dead episode this weekend and a ten year anniversary celebration of the comic with issue #115.
Hollywood certainly takes a fair amount of floor space in San Diego and New York. Besides everyone’s favorite zombie show, you could catch a screening of the doll of our nightmares, Chucky returning in Curse of Chucky. The 25th Anniversary of Chucky is celebrated at a panel on Friday.
Movie stars! TV stars! Comedians! Method Man?
Captain Jean Luc Picard and Professor X himself, Patrick Stewart appears on Sunday for autographs—make it so! On Thursday in the Main Theatre, check out Brian Posehn (Deadpool), Janeane Garofalo and more for the first NYCC comedy show from The Comedy Mutant crew. Throughout the con you might run into Kevin Smith (Clerks, Comic Book Men, Batman), John Barrowman (Torchwood), William Shatner or Felicia Day.
Just remember, don’t be creepy!
Comic Guests! Writers! Artists! Colorists?
That’s right folks, everyone will be here. Except of course if they can’t make it. Most artists end up in the expanded Artist’s Alley for some drawing time and chatting with fans! Check signing times at Marvel and DC Booths for the superstars like Superior Spider-Man’s Dan Slott or Batman’s Scott Snyder. Our favorite thing to do is crash the Marvel and DC panels to get the first look at upcoming news and be the first to hear about big story changes! As announced in this very column…George Perez is with Boom! Studios, and will likely be approachable. You can ask him about Superman and why he’s sticking with an independent company! Or don’t if it looks like it is making him angry.
Some companies like Dark Horse Comics might wish to leak some announcements before the party this week, to give fans something to chew about while running into cosplayers on the floor.
This week, Dark Horse announces a crossover event for the ages, Matt Wagner’s The Shadow vs. Grendel
On Sunday, appropriately ‘kid’s day’ at the con, join actress Chase Masterson (Star Trek /Doctor Who) and award-winning author Carrie Goldman (Bullied) for a panel to stop the cruelty in our classrooms and schoolyards: End Bullying! Responding to Cruelty in Our Culture is hosted by the newly formed Anti Bullying Coalition and NOH8.
Panels like this shows that a pop culture event can refocus on our kids that are growing up in a violent world, and give them real life super heroes to look up to!
Another panel we are really looking forward to is our favorite new/old publisher Valiant Comics panel at 4pm on Saturday. Last summer’s Summer Of Valiant launch, coupled with the upcoming Unity event keeps us on our toes with exciting multi-genre books in The Valiant Universe. What could they possibly mean by “The (Original) World’s Worst Supehero Team?”, Quantum and Woody is already on issue #4!
Friday, digital comics provider ComiXology will be hosting Larry Hama at their booth and giving away to some lucky fan (I may elbow you) G.I. Joe: The Best of Larry Hama hardcover from IDW! Be sure to swing by this weekend for other cool giveaways.
If all of this makes your head spin, don’t worry, with a little planning you can see ALMOST everything you want.
TIPS AND TRICKS!
- Sleep 4 hours a night, eat well! You’re in NYC! Don’t just eat street food. One Papaya Dog per day LIMIT
- Don’t stand in the aisle. Prime Directive: Keep Moving, or get out of the way (Roderick on the Line)
- Get the App
- Map out the show in Advance
Phew! It will be crazy but we hope you all have a great time if you are going! Can’t afford the trip? Follow #NYCC hashtag on twitter for announcements this weekend.
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