The Ultimate Guide to New York Comic Con 2014 | Fanboys Anonymous

The Ultimate Guide to New York Comic Con 2014

Posted by Caelan Dooley Monday, October 6, 2014
Fanboys Assemble! The highly anticipated and sold-out New York Comic Con is just a few days awayand the Javits Center is packed with four days of panels, events, booths, and more! From Batman's 75th birthday to LGBT in comics and body image in cosplay, we've compiled a list of everything you need to make your weekend super exciting. Grab your cape and set your phasers to stun, this is your ultimate guide to NYCC!
Must see panels at NYCC

Top 10 Must See Panels:

New York Comic Con panel convention history50 Years of Fandom! How Comics Took Over the World
Thu. Oct. 9 | 3:15–4:00 p.m. | 1A06 | more info

Comic Cons dominate the entertainment industry and have come a long way since the first comic-focused convention in 1964. Now with over 180,000 guests, join a panel of celebs and pros as they talk about the growth of a $2 trillion industry, accompanied by images of the first Comic Cons and cosplayers.

New York Comic Con Bob's Burgers panelBob's Burgers Panel
Thu. Oct. 9 | 3:15–4:15 p.m. | Main Stage 1-D | more info

The hilarious and talented cast and producers of the hit animated show will come together for a Q&A panel discussion that will feature never-before-seen footage.


New York Comic Con LGBT in comics panel
New York TimesOUT and GeeksOUT Presents LGBT in Comics
Thu. Oct. 9 | 7:00 p.m.–7:45 p.m. | 1A10 | more info

Join in on the discussion of LGBT characters and creators in comics with Phil Jimenez (Wonder Woman), Kieron Gillen (Young Avengers), Jamie McKevle (Young Avengers), Luciano Vecchio (Marvel Infinite Comics Ultimate Spider-Man), Noelle Stevenson (Nimona), and Annie Mok (Screentests).

New York Comic Con Marvel panel MARVEL 75th Anniversary Day
Fri. Oct. 10 | 11:00 a.m.–3:45 p.m. | 1A18 | more info

Have a look back on 75 years of Marvel history, bringing together creators from all different eras under one roof to discuss the evolution of Marvel from a small publishing company to the multimedia giant it is today.

New York Comic Con David Tennant, Matt Smith, and Peter Capaldi panel
Doctor Who: 10 Years of New Who
Fri. Oct. 10 | 4:15 a.m.–5:00 p.m. | 1A24 | more info

Jump in the Tardis for a look back on the past 10 years of Doctor Who in a discussion panel about the Eccelston, Tennant, Smith, and Capaldi years and what the future will bring. Allons-y!


New York Comic Con 75 years of Batman panel DC Entertainment — Batman 75th Anniversary
Sat. Oct. 11 | 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. | Empire Stage 1-E | more info

Throughout his 75-year history, the Dark Knight has become one of the most popular and widely recognized super heroes in the world. Come by for a look at Batman's rich history and what the future holds for this pop culture icon with industry titans and other special guests.


New York Comic Con The Walking Dead first look season 5AMC'S The Walking Dead
Sat. Oct. 11 | 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. | Main Stage 1-D | more info

Join Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, and the rest of the zombie-killing cast and producers of AMC's The Walking Dead to discuss the upcoming fifth season with a never-before-seen sneak preview!


NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay
The NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay with Special Performance from by Cirque du Soleil
Sat. Oct. 11 | 7:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m. | Main Stage 1-D | more info

by Cirque du Soleil will deliver an exciting live performance you won't want to miss! Following the thrilling aerial and acrobatic journey, the NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay will make its debut in its first stop on the "Quest for the Crown" global competition circuit. Join the celebration of dedication and skill of some of the best cosplayers NYCC has to offer.

New York Comic Con Karate Kid Panel with Ralph Macchio, Billy Zabka, and Martin KoveThe Karate Kid 30th Anniversary Cast Reunion
Sun. Oct. 12 | 11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m. | 1A10 | more info

"Wax on, wax off!" It's been 30 years since Mr. Miyagi taught us that mercy is for the weak, and now the cast of The Karate Kid will be high-kicking their way to NYCC. Join Billy Zabka, Martin Kove, and the Karate Kid himself, Ralph Macchio, for a conversation about their experience.

New York Comic Con first look at new American Dad! season
American Dad! Moves to TBS: World Premiere of the Brand New Season
Sun. Oct. 12 | 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. | Empire Stage 1-E | more info

American Dad! is making a permanent move to TBS starting Oct. 20 at 9/8c with original uncensored episodes. Get a first look at the first episode of the new season, premiering exclusively at NYCC. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with cast and producers.


Other Noteworthy Panels: 

The Lord of the Rings: The Music of Middle-Earth
Thu. Oct. 9 | 4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m. | 1A18 | more info

In anticipation of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy in Concert at the Lincoln Center in April, join Academy Award-winning composer Howard Shore and author Doug Adams for an enlightening look at the music from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Reinventing Horror
Fri. Oct. 10 | 12:15 p.m.–1:00 p.m. | 1A05 | more info

Mark L. Miller (Ain't It Cool News, Pirouette) has been gathering a ghoulish ensemble of creative minds for the past seven years at NYCC. This year, he gathers a talented panel of filmmakers, writers, and artists to discuss how to reinvent and revitalize the horror genre, pushing new limits, twisting new concepts, and crafting new terrors to keep you up at night!

So They Say You Shouldn't Cosplay
Sat. Oct. 11 | 3:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m. | 1A18 | more info

Cosplay is not limited to one demographic and body type. Led by international costume designer and cosplayer, Ivy Doomkitty, this panel tackles important topics in cosplay such as body image, skin color, age, crossplay, and how to push past boundaries that others try to place on you.

The Future of Video Games
Sat. Oct. 11 | 5:00 p.m.–5:45 p.m. | 1B03 | more info

Bringing together top game designers to talk about the direction of the video game market, the panel will explore new technologies that will shape the next decade of games and how you will be gaming in the future with new consoles, mobile games, and the rise of digital downloads.

New York TimesOUT Presents Geeks, Gaymers, and Crossplay
Sat. Oct. 12 | 5:15 p.m.–6:00 p.m. | 1A24 | more info

The LGBT community has found a safe haven in the con culture. Equality and self-expression are encouraged in the space and fans are able to take their online relationships into the real works through these gatherings. Let's discuss the appeal of cons to the LGBT community and how the Internet is playing a major role in mainstreaming both of these cultural subsets.


Highly Anticipated Spotlights and Autographs:

Patrick Stewart Autographing
Sat. Oct. 11 | 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | Autographing Table 5 | $80
Sat. Oct. 11 | 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. | Autographing Table 5
Sun. Oct. 12 | 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. | Autographing Table 5

Patrick Stewart Spotlight
Sat. Oct. 11 | 1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m. | Main Stage 1-D | more info

Bill Nye Autographing
Sat. Oct. 11 | 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. | Autographing Table 14 | FREE

Stephen Amell Autographing
Fri. Oct. 10 | 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. | Autographing Table 6 | $50
Sat. Oct. 11 | 10:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m. | Autographing Table 6
Sun. Oct. 12 | 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. | Autographing Table 6

Stephen Amell Spotlight
Sat. Oct. 11 | 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. | Empire Stage 1-E | more info


Fun for Kids:


fun events for kids at NYCC

501st Legion: Empire City Garrison's Blast-a-Trooper
Thu. Oct. 9 | 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. | Family HQ - 1C04 | more info
Fri. Oct. 10 | 4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. | Family HQ - 1C04
Sat. Oct. 11 | 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. | Family HQ - 1C04
Sun. Oct. 12 | 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. | Family HQ - 1C04

Harry Potter NYC Presents: The Art of Wand Dueling
Fri. Oct. 10 | 1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m. | Family HQ - 1C04 | more info
Sat. Oct. 11 | 12:15 p.m.–1:00 p.m. | Family HQ - 1C04
Sat. Oct. 11 | 3:30 p.m.–4:15 p.m. | Family HQ - 1C04

Design Your Own Cape with the Art Force Five
Thu. Oct. 9 | 5:15 p.m.–6:45 p.m. | Family HQ - 1C02 |  more info

Make Your Own Superhero Mask
Fri. Oct. 10 | 1:45 p.m.–2:45 p.m. | Family HQ - 1C02 | more info
Sun. Oct. 12 | 3:15 p.m.–3:00 p.m. | Family HQ - 1C02 |

Make Your Own Puppets with Noel MacNeal
Fri. Oct. 10 | 4:45 p.m.–5:15 p.m. | Family HQ - 1C02 | more info

Kids Costume Parade
Fri. Oct. 10 | 4:45 p.m.–5:30 p.m. | Family HQ - 1C03 | more info
Sat. Oct. 11 | 3:15 p.m.–4:15 p.m. | Family HQ - 1C03
Sun. Oct. 12 | 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. | Family HQ - 1C03

Story Pirates Superhero Training
Sun. Oct. 12 | 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Family HQ - 1C02 | more info

Build-Your-Hero with the Art Force Five
Sun. Oct. 12 | 4:15 p.m.–5:00 p.m. | Family HQ - 1C02 | more info

For a full list of events geared towards kids, click here.


Best After Parties for Adults:

Rave of Thrones: Kristian Nairn aka Hodor DJ set w/ Special Guests
Fri. Oct. 10 | 11:00 p.m.–midnight | B.B. Kings Blues Club | $40-50 | tickets

Adult Swim TYRANNIC Maiden Voyage (21+)
Sat. Oct. 11 | 8:00 p.m.–midnight | Pier 81 | FREE | RSVP


Important info for Guests:

Don't forget to download the official NYCC app for your phone for panel details, autographing schedules, and exhibitor information. (WiFi is spotty in the center, especially on the lower levels, so open the app before you enter.)

To help with the heavy flow of panels, ReedPOP organizers set up a new policy that includes panel-specific wristbands and clearing out the Main Stage after each panel. Once you enter the Queue Hall, large signs on the right will announce which panels have reached maximum capacity and which still have space available. Line up on the left of the Queue Hall for a specific panel and wait for security to put a wristband on you that will guarantee admittance to that panel. You will then be able to leave the line, but make sure you arrive at least 35 minutes prior to the panel start time.

NYCC has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for sexual harassment, making it easy to report any harassment through the phone app. Cosplay is not consent and no means NO. Be respectful to all exhibitors and fans. If you would like to take a photo of a cosplayer, ask before you take them. Let's make this a fun weekend for everyone!

What are you most anticipating for NYCC? 
Is there someone on this list we missed? 
Let us know in the comments below!
THIS POST WRITTEN BY: CAITLIN DOOLEY

Caitlin Dooley is a Florida-based artist and writer/editor, covering the world of comic books, video games, film, and tech. Her artwork has been featured in pop-up galleries around New York. You can follow her on Twitter. Extended staff profile here.

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