New York Comic Con is not only largest comic book and pop culture gathering in the country, it’s the only one that takes place in Gotham City.
Since it began in 2006, the annual New York City fan convention dedicated to comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television has continued to flex, and 2017 is looking particularly kick-ass.
This year’s NYCC goes down October 5-8 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Eleventh Ave in Hell’s Kitchen.
The four day weekend will be packed with celebrities, panels, parties, and cosplay. Plus, all kinds of experiences; from panels and Q&As to exclusive premieres of fan favorites months before they hit the big or small screen.
There’ll be autograph and photo opportunity megawattage from he-who-needs-no-introduction Mark Hamill, former voice of Batman Kevin Conroy, The Walking Dead and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2‘s Michael Rooker, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘s Felicity Jones aka Jyn Erso of the Rebel Alliance, as well as veteran actor William Shatner and many, many more. Doctor Who fans are especially in luck with Karen Gillan, Pearl Mackie, and Peter Capaldi on hand for photo ops throughout the weekend.
Panel guests span the likes of Rosario Dawson, Seth Green, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Keanu Reeves, John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, and Melissa Joan Hart amongst many others. Some specific panel highlights include:
Robot Chicken (1.45-2.30pm on Friday, October 6 at Hammerstein Ballroom)
An exclusive sneak peek of Season 9 of Robot Chicken, plus the show’s animated apocalypse zombie crossover, The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who’s Walking. Co-creators and executive producers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich will be joined by executive producer and co-headwriter Tom Root, writer-director Tom Sheppard, actor-writer Breckin Meyer. Moderated by Keith Crofford, senior vice president of production for Adult Swim.
The Walking Dead (7.45-8.45pm on Saturday, October 7 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden)
The Walking Dead panelists include cast members Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Tom Payne, Katelyn Nacon, and Austin Amelio, along with executive producer and showrunner Scott M. Gimple, executive producers Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, and Gale Anne Hurd, and executive producer, director, and special effects make-up supervisor Greg Nicotero. Moderated by Talking Dead host, Chris Hardwick.
The X-Files (1-2pm on Sunday, October 8 at the Main Stage)
Chris Carter, David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, and Mitch Pileggi come together following the cult show’s 2016 finale to premiere a first look of the new 10-episode event series.
There’s plenty more, naturally. To get sufficiently ready for the must-see unveilings, juicy Hollywood teasers, and star-studded gab sessions, take some time to trawl through the New York Comic Con website. Get your schedule and costuming in order and we’ll see you on the show floor.