We are less than one month away from the experience that is New York Comic Con. In the next few weeks, we’ll be looking at some of what is happening each day at the show, and what we’re looking most forward to seeing.
We’ll kick off our series with a look at Thursday’s events.
There are signings going all day, every day of NYCC, and here’s some of the celebrities you’ll find in the autographing area on Thursday (check newyorkcomiccon.com for times and locations):
Dozens of panels are going on at NYCC each day, and there’s soemthing for everyone. Here’s a few we are looking forward to checking out:
Dark Horse Creators: Crafting The Original Story
Thu. October 8| 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM | Room 1A18
Dark Horse's creator-driven original series are full steam ahead with the industry's top talent! Moderated by Dark Horse Comics publicist Steve Sunu, Greg Pak (Kingsway West), Donny Cates and Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks), Christopher Golden (Joe Golem) and Ethan Young (Nanjing: The Burning City) discuss developing their original stories and what's coming next from Dark Horse's prolific creators.
Valiant 101: New Fans Start Here!
Thu. October 8| 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM | Room 1A01
You've heard the buzz… You've seen the reviews… Now find out where to start with Valiant Comics! From X-O MANOWAR to NINJAK to THE DEATH-DEFYING DR. MIRAGE and QUANTUM AND WOODY, jump on board here with a concise and fun-filled introduction to Valiant's biggest, most memorable characters…and find out for yourself why Buzzfeed calls Valiant "a universe full of your new favorite superheroes"!
Comics and New Literacy: Exploring Classroom Innovations
Thu. October 8| 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM | Room 1A05
This Panel of educators and industry professionals will explore the ever-changing climate of literacy and its connection to the graphic novel/comics classroom. As comics have begun to play a bigger role in classrooms around the country, educators have been able to explore more creative ways to use comics to engage students. This Panel will explore and discuss the amazing ways in which comics have been utilized to expand student literacy including multiple ways in which to build vocabulary, use graphic novels to bridge difficult texts (such as Shakespeare) and engage reluctant students as both readers and writers. The Panel will also discuss and predict the future for comics in the classroom.
MARVEL: House of Ideas
Thu. October 8| 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM | Room 1A21
Love having the best comics in the industry on your mobile devices? Want to know how Marvel stays on the cutting edge of technology? Then this panel is for you, True Believer! Get exciting news about what’s happening on the Marvel Comics App, Marvel Unlimited and MORE in this can’t-miss panel! Plus: Be here for the latest and greatest directly from Marvel Games! Panelists include Executive Editorial Director of Digital Ryan Penagos, Marvel Games Creative Director Bill Rosemann, and other Mighty Marvel Guests
The Walking Dead: An Inside Look with Robert Kirkman
Thu. October 8| 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM | Empire Stage 1-E
Join Creator Robert Kirkman and Special Guests as they explore the world of The Walking Dead franchise from the page and beyond.
BOOM! Studios Celebrates 10 Years and Push Comics Forward
Thu. October 8| 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM | Room 1A06
2015 marks the 10th year of publishing for BOOM! Studios, a multiple Eisner award-winning top 10 comic publisher. Rather than look back at what we achieved the past 10 years, join us as we look ahead to the next 10 years and how we can all push comics forward. Moderated by BOOM! President of Publishing & Marketing Filip Sablik, join Shannon Watters, Si Spurrier and James Tynion IV as they highlight the changes in the industry and what they want to see in comics.
How Harley Quinn Conquered the World
Thu. October 8| 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM | Room 1A24
Harley Quinn is unstoppable. But what makes her tick? In this all-star Panel, we'll celebrate and discuss everyone's favorite lovable, love-lorn, face-painted psychopath. Join current Harley Quinn Writers Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, as well as a host of other Harley-loving Guests, to talk about the character's fascinating origins, wild rise to fame and bright future.
The Papercutz 10th Anniversary Panel
Thu. October 8| 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM | Room 1A24
Celebrating 10 years of PAPERCUTZ! Founded in 2005, the #1 Kids' Graphic Novel Publisher started with THE HARDY BOYS & NANCY DREW and now publishes one of the most diverse lists in the comics industry, Join Editor-in-Chief Jim Salicrup, Publisher Terry Nantier and a variety of Papercutz creators as they reminisce about a decade in kids' publishing and look forward to the next 10 years.
WBTV Preview Night Screenings
Thu. October 8| 7:15 PM - 9:30 PM | Main Stage 1-D Presented by AT&T
For the third year in a row, Warner Bros. Television offers advance viewing of pilot episodes of three of the most highly anticipated series of the 2015–16 television season — Supergirl and Containment — as well as a sneak peek of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Supergirl: In the vast DC Comics Universe of super heroes, the rich mythology of Superman and the planet Krypton is perhaps the most famous and instantly recognizable. Enter Supergirl! Born on the doomed planet Krypton, the preteen Kara escaped at the same time as the infant Kal-El, but didn't arrive on Earth until many years later. Now age 24, living in National City and working as an assistant for Catco Worldwide Media mogul Cat Grant, Kara has spent so many years trying to fit in that she forgot to ever stand out. All that changes when she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and become the hero she was always destined to be. With the help of Daily Planet photographer James Olsen, her foster sister Alex and the research of the super-secret, off-the-grid Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO) and its head, Hank Henshaw, Kara takes to the skies to protect her world. Containment: When a mysterious and deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, a vast urban quarantine is quickly enforced, forcing those trapped on the inside to fight for their lives while local and federal officials desperately search for a cure in Containment. Torn apart from their loved ones, the survivors confined within the cordon must fight against not only fatal infection, but also isolation, fear and the disintegration of society around them. But as they begin to gain each other’s trust, hope remains and on either side of the cordon unlikely heroes will rise. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: When heroes alone are not enough… the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat – one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. From the creators of The Flash and Arrow comes this super hero team-up unlike anything that’s ever been seen on television before.
These are just a handful of events that are happening on Thursday. You can go to nycc15.mapyourshow.com and use the My Show Planner app to make your own schedule for the con, and you can have all the events at your fingertips by downloading the NYCC mobile app (nyccmobile.com).