2022 New York Comic Con: What to expect at this year’s event

October 3, 2022

by Carla Hay

Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Ismael Cruz Córdova and Charlie Vickers in “The Lord of the Rings: The RIngs of Power” (Photo by Matt Grace/Prime Video)

The 17th annual New York Comic Con takes place October 6 to October 9, 2022, in New York City. New York Comic Con has returned to being an in-person-only event, after being a hybrid event (where people could attend in person or virtually) in. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New York Comic Con was cancelled as an in-person event in 2020 and instead presented as a scaled-down virtual-only event. Before the pandemic, New York Comic Con attracted about 250,000 people per year since 2017, according to ReedPOP, the company that produces the event. The first New York Comic Con took place in 2006.

In 2022, New York Comic Con’s main hub remains the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New York Comic Con in 2022 has less activities, panels and locations than in previous years. For example, in 2019, New York Comic Con took place at several other locations in New York City, including Hammerstein Ballroom, the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, the New York Public Library, the Way Station (in Brooklyn) and AMC 34th Street. Anime Fest (an offshoot of Anime Expo that was presented in conjunction with New York Comic Con in 2018 and 2019) will not take place at New York Comic Con in 2022. Anime Fest was also cancelled in 2021. It’s unknown at this point if Anime Fest will be revived.

The COVID-19 pandemic has also resulted in safety requirements for New York Comic Con that began in 2021. All attendees are being asked to wear a face covering/mask at all times while inside a New York Comic Con building, except when eating or drinking. However, attendees do not have to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, which were requirements in 2021.

TV shows continue to dominate the most high-profile panels and activities. New York Comic Con in 2022 has the following TV shows with panel showcases in the event’s largest rooms: CBS’s  supernatural comedy series “Ghosts” on October 6; HBO Max’s animated series “Velma” (a spinoff of the “Scooby-Doo” series) on October 6; HBO/BBC’s fantasy drama series “His Dark Materials” on October 6; Fox’s animated series “Krapopolis” on October 7; Disney+’s action series “American Born Chinese” on October 7; Prime Video’s fantasy series “Good Omens” on October 7; Crunchyroll’s anime series “Chainsaw Man”; Syfy’s horror series “Chucky”; and Disney+’s fantasy series “The Mysterious Benedict Society” on October 7. Prime Video’s fantasy series “The Wheel of Time” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” will have a joint panel on October 7.

More TV show panels include Prime Video’s sci-fi series “The Peripheral” on October 8; Netflix’s “Shadow and Bone” on October 8; Crunchyroll’s “My Hero Academia” on October 8; Netflix’s horror/fantasy series “Wednesday” (a spinoff of “The Addams Family”) on October 8; AMC’s “The Walking Dead” on October 8; Disney+’s “The Muppets Mayhem” on October 9; The WB’s “The Winchesters” on October 9; and Starz’s “The Outlander” on October 9.

Paramount+’s “Star Trek” Universe will have a multi-series panel on October 8, with stars from “Star Trek: Discovery,” “Star Trek: Picard” and “Star Trek: Prodigy.” HBO Max’s “Doom Patrol” and “Titans” will have a joint panel on October 9. Cartoon Network and Adult Swim’s panel on October 9 will include a sneak preview of the “Unicorn: Warriors Eternal” series with creator Genndy Tartakovsky. There will also be a “Smallville” reunion on October 8, with stars Tom Welling, Erica Durance, Kristin Kreuk and John Glover.

Most of the feature films that have panels at New York Comic Con this year are animated films and horror movies. The include the world premiere screenings of horror film “Significant Other” on October 6 and the action-comedy “Violent Night” on October 7. The horror film “V/H/S/99” will have a discussion panel and sneak preview clips on October 7. Animated films getting their own panels include “Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm” on October 6; “Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons” on October 7; “Wendell & Wild” on October 8; and “Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind” on October 8. There will also be panel discussions for “Teen Wolf: The Movie” on October 7, and the zany biopic “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” on October 9.

In addition, New York Comic Con will have Q&As that each spotlight different actors and actresses. Two scream queens will team up when Jamie Lee Curtis (star of several “Halloween” movies) will be interviewed by Drew Barrymore (“Scream”) for a Q&A on October 8. For 1980s nostalgia, there’s a “Back to the Future” reunion panel with stars Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd on October 8. Oscar Isaac (who has starred in some “Star Wars” sequels, the 2021 remake of “Dune” and the Disney+ series “Moon Knight”) gets a spotlight Q&A on October 9.

Broadway stars are represented on several panels. “The Big Broadway Nerd Panel” will feature panelists Mason Alexander Park on October 6. Other panels about Broadway productions and musical theater include “#BroadwayToHollywood: A New Age of Musicals” on October 6; “Beetlejuice on Broadway” on October 7; “The Broadway Bard Party” on October 8; and “Sesame Street The Musical Panel” on October 9.

The 2022 Harvey Awards Hall of Fame ceremony will be take place during New York Comic Con on October 7. The recipients are author Neil Gaiman (“The Sandman,” “American Gods”), “Little Lulu” creator Marjorie Henderson Buell, underground cartoonist Gilbert Shelton and DC Comics/Marvel Comics writer and editor Roy Thomas.

New York Comic Con also offer specialty areas for attendees with specific identity needs. New this year at the River Pavilion is a gathering space called Asia Pop, for fans and enthusiasts of Asian pop culture. The Asia Pop center will offer discussion panels and a manga lending library. Also new this year is the Pride Lounge (located in Room 1C01-02), for people with LGBTQ interests, with some LGBTQ-themed discussion panels and guest appearances.

Family HQ (in Room 1E01-05) is a family-friendly environment, with an emphasis on activities for pre-teen children. In addition, Gaming Zone (in Room 1E) returns to offer a variety of options for gamers. The Community Lounge (located in the River Pavilion) is for informal gatherings and if attendees just need a place to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the other areas of the event. Julie Plec, creator/showrunner of “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Vampire Academy” TV series will be doing a special meet-up with fans in the Community Lounger on October 6, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

And, of course, there will be plenty of panels, exhibits and previews for comic books, video games, fantasy novels and other pop-culture attractions. It wouldn’t be a Comic Con without cosplaying and merchandise sales. The Cosplay Central area returns to the River Pavilion at the Javits Center. While at Cosplay Central, cosplayers can mingle, pose for photos, use the dressing rooms and attend panel discussions. The New York Comic Con finalist round for the Cosplay Central Crown Championship will take placee on October 8 at Main Stage 1D Hall. New York Comic Con also has an enormous amount of merchandise for sale for numerous types of entertainment.

AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS AND PHOTO OPS

Several stars from movies and TV shows will have individual autograph sessions and/or photo opportunities with fans, for a fee. All celebrities are offering autographs and photos, unless otherwise noted. Prices will vary, according to the celebrity. Participants include:

  • Ben Barnes (“Shadow and Bone,” “The Chronicles of Narnia”) on October 8 and October 9.
  • David Boreanaz (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” “Bones,” “SEAL Team”) on October 7.
  • Rachael Leigh Cook (“She’s All That,” “Josie and the Pussycats”) on October 7, October 8 and October 9.
  • Mick Foley (WWE star) on October 6, October 7, October 8 and October 9.
  • Michael J. Fox (“Back to the Future”) on October 7 and October 8.
  • Brendan Fraser (“Doom Patrol,” “The Mummy”) on October 8 and October 9.
  • Tyler Hoechlin (“Superman and Lois,” “Teen Wolf”) on October 8 and October 9.
  • Sam Heughan (“Outlander”) on October 8 and October 9.
  • Boyd Holbrook (“The Sandman,” “The Predator”) on October 8 and October 9.
  • Ice-T & Coco (“Ice Loves Coco”) on October 8 and October 9.
  • Oscar Isaac (“Star Wars” sequels, “Moon Knight,” “Dune”) on October 8 and October 9.
  • Tom Kenney (“SpongeBob SquarePants”) on October 6, October 7, October 8 and October 9.
  • John Leguizamo (“Super Mario Bros.,” “John Wick”) on October 6 and October 7.
  • Christopher Lloyd (“Back to the Future”) on October 7, October 8 and October 9.
  • Ralph Macchio (“Cobra Kai,” “The Karate Kid”) on October 6 and October 7.
  • Anson Mount (“Star Trek: Strange New Worlds”) on October 8 and October 9.
  • Cassandra Peterson (“Elvira, Mistress of the Dark”) on October 6, October 7, October 8 and October 9.
  • Sebastian Stan (Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”) on October 7.
  • Tom Sturridge (“The Sandman”) on October 7 and October 8.
  • Tom Welling (“Smallville”) on October 7, October 8 and October 9.

TELEVISION AND WEB SERIES PANELS

(All panel descriptions are courtesy of New York Comic Con.)

“Big City Greens”

October 6, 2022, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Room 405

We’re headed to the City! Panelists include Chris Houghton (creator/executive producer, voice of Cricket Green), Artemis Pebdani (voice of Gramma Alice), Marieve Herington (voice of Tilly Green), Bob Joles (voice of Bob Green) and Zeno Robinson (voice of Remy Remington), moderated by Shane Houghton (creator/executive producer). Get an opportunity to learn more about the show as they discuss some of their inspiration for the series, favorite episodes, behind the scenes moments, and what’s ahead for the Disney Channel original series, including an exclusive sneak peek.

“Ghosts”

October 6, 2022, 2 PM – 3 PM

Main Stage

Welcome to Woodstone! TV’s #1 new series and fan favorite phenomenon GHOSTS, follows Samantha and Jay a couple who learn that their new dream house is inhabited by ghosts that only Samantha can see and hear. Please join select cast members and executive producers for an exclusive sneak peek of an episode from Season Two followed by a lively and “spirited” moderated panel discussion.

“The Owl House”

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October 6, 2022, 3 PM – 4 PM

Room 405

Hoot Hoot! Join “The Owl House” creator/executive producer Dana Terrace, Sarah-Nicole Robles (voice of Luz), Mae Whitman (voice of Amity), Alex Hirsch (voice of King and Hooty) and Zeno Robinson (voice of Hunter) as they discuss the Peabody Award-winning animated series, the epic adventures that fans can expect ahead of its season three premiere on Disney Channel and answer your burning questions. The panel will be moderated by Cissy Jones (voice of Lilith).

“Pennyworth: The Origin of Batman’s Butler”

October 6, 2022, 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Room 401

The DC origin series “Pennyworth: The Origin of Batman’s Butler” follows Alfred Pennyworth, a former British SAS soldier, who forms a security company in 1960s London and goes to work with young billionaire Thomas Wayne and his wife Martha, before they become Bruce Wayne’s parents. Season three, premiering October 6 as a Max Original, begins after a five-year time jump: the civil war is over, and a cultural revolution has changed the world for better or worse – ushering in a new age of Super Heroes and Supervillains. Join series stars Jack Bannon and Ben Aldridge along with executive producers Bruno Heller and John Stephens for a screening of the thrilling season three premiere, as well as a discussion of the new season, exclusive sneak peeks and more. The panel will be moderated by Christian Holub (Entertainment Weekly).

“Velma”

October 6, 2023, 3:30 PM – 5 PM

Main Stage

From Warner Bros. Animation, Velma is an adult animated comedy series telling the origin story of Velma Dinkley, the unsung and underappreciated brains of the Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc. gang. An original and humorous spin that unmasks the complex and colorful past of one of America’s most beloved mystery solvers. Join executive producer Mindy Kaling who voices Velma along with showrunner Charlie Grandy and special guests for a sneak peek at the first episode.

“Koala Man”

October 6, 2022, 4:30 – 5:30 PM

Room 405

Head down under for “Koala Man,” a brand-new animated comedy from the creators of “Rick and Morty” and “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” coming to Hulu! Join creator, executive producer and the Koala himself Michael Cusack, and executive producers Justin Roiland, Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit for the world premiere screening, followed by a Q&A to learn everything about what the suburban Aussie superhero is all about!

“One of Us Is Lying”

October 6, 2022, 5 PM – 6 PM

Room 401

Panel with OOUIL cast and showrunner to discuss where we left off in Season 1 and tease Season 2 which will exclusively drop on Peacock on October 20 2022.

“His Dark Materials”

October 6, 2022, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Main Stage

From Philip Pullman’s epic His Dark Materials fantasy trilogy, in the final chapter of the HBO and BBC One series, Lyra (Dafne Keen), the prophesied child, and Will (Amir Wilson), the bearer of The Subtle Knife, must journey to a dark place from which no one has ever returned. But as her father, Lord Asriel’s (James McAvoy), great war against the Authority edges closer, they will learn that saving the worlds comes at a terrible price. Join executive producers Jane Tranter and Dan McCulloch and series stars Dafne Keen, Amir Wilson, and James McAvoy for a preview of the final season, including exclusive first looks, announcements, and more. The panel will be moderated by Emily Aslanian (TV Guide Magazine).

“The Paloni Show! Halloween Special!”

October 6, 2022, 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM

Room 405

Ghastly greetings! Join executive producers Justin Roiland and Ben Bayouth and star Zach Hadel to discuss their upcoming project on Hulu, “The Paloni Show! Halloween Special!,” while treating fans to an exclusive look at the Paloni family hosts and their favorite spooky shorts!

“Solar Opposites”

October 6, 2022, 6:15 PM – 7 PM

Room 405

Join our panel for an out-of-this-world conversation with co-creators and executive producers Justin Roiland and Mike McMahan, and executive producers Josh Bycel and Danielle Uhlarik who will discuss season three and the newly release Halloween special on Hulu, as well as what the Solars have to come, including an exclusive look at season four and exciting news.

“The Midnight Club”

October 6, 2022, 7:30 PM – 9 PM

Room 405

Want to hear a scary story? As the clock ticks down to midnight for the launch of “The Midnight Club” on Netflix, you can be among the first to see the World Premiere at New York Comic Con. Following the screening, join series creator Mike Flanagan, and special guests, for what promises to be a thrilling panel.

“The Legend of Vox Machina”

October 6, 2022, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Empire Stage

Join the executive producers and cast of The Legend of Vox Machina for an exclusive sneak peek of what’s to come in the animated series’ highly anticipated second season. Based on the beloved characters and adventures of Critical Role’s first livestreamed tabletop role-playing game campaign, this fantasy adventure quickly grew into an animated sensation. After saving the realm from evil and destruction at the hands of the most terrifying power couple in Exandria, Vox Machina is faced with saving the world once again—this time, from a sinister group of dragons known as the Chroma Conclave.

“One Piece”

October 6, 2022, 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM

Room 406.3

Screening of “One Piece” Episode #1029 and #1030. Special tie-in episodes to the new movie “One Piece Film Red.” featuring the backstory of when young Luffy met Shank’s daughter Uta.

“Ghost Brothers: Lights Out”

October 7, 2022, 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Room 401

As the first and only black paranormal investigators Dalen Spratt, Juwan Mass, and Marcus Harvey are seeking the truth in the spiritual realm, and with multiple TV series plus a podcast, the trio has a lot to share from their supernatural haunts and jaunts. The Brothers will give fans exclusive intel on the new season of their hit discovery+ series “Ghost Brothers: Lights Out,” their wildest ghost hunts, and what their paranormal work means to them. Fans in the room will also receive an exclusive giveaway. Come venture into the unknown with Ghost Brothers!

“Good Omens”

October 7, 2022, 11 AM – 12 PM

Empire Stage

In 2019, Aziraphale and Crowley helped save the world from the Apocalypse. Next year, they’ll return to solve a mystery that takes in all of Heaven and Hell. It’s time for an overdue celebration of all things Good Omens, and some of the creators and cast will return to New York Comic Con for a very special fan Q&A. Plan your questions and get ready to share in the behind-the-scenes stories of our favorite angel and demon, and perhaps some of your most burning questions about what you can expect in Season Two will be answered with more than just a “wait and see.”

“Krapopolis”

October 7, 2022, 11 AM – 12 PM

Main Stage

Join creator Dan Harmon (“Rick and Morty”) for an in-depth conversation on his upcoming animated series “Krapopolis.” Set in mythical ancient Greece, “Krapopolis” centers on a flawed family of humans, gods and monsters that tries to run one of the world’s first cities without killing each other. From Bento Box Entertainment, “Krapopolis” is the first animated series to be curated on the blockchain and will premiere in 2023 on FOX.

“American Born Chinese”

October 7, 2022, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Main Stage

Join the cast and creative team of the highly anticipated Disney+ Original series “American Born Chinese,” the genre-hopping action-comedy based on the graphic novel of the same name. The series follows the life of Chinese American teen Jin Wang as he navigates high school and unwittingly finds himself entangled in a battle of Chinese mythological gods. The event will include a moderated panel with Q&A to treat audiences to behind-the-scenes details about the making of the series and a first look of the action-packed, coming-of-age adventure that explores identity, culture and family while introducing Western audiences to popular Chinese mythological characters. Talent will be announced at a later date.

“Chainsaw Man”

October 7, 2022, 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

Empire Stage

Calling all Devil Hunters! Join Crunchyroll for a Chainsaw Man panel with the English dub cast that will have you totally revved up and ready for the upcoming hit anime! Featuring a conversation with the voice actors for Denji, Makima, Aki, and Power, as well as the exclusive U.S. premiere of the first episode dubbed!

“The Mysterious Benedict Society”

October 7, 2022, 2 PM – 3 PM

Main Stage

“The Mysterious Benedict Society” is coming back to Disney+ for season two!! Join our series stars, Tony Hale, Kristen Schaal, Mystic Incho, Seth Carr, Emmy DeOliveira and Marta Kessler along with executive producers and writers Phil Hay (creator), Matt Manfredi (creator), Darren Swimmer (showrunner) and Todd Slavkin (showrunner) as they talk about all the adventures coming up this season along with an exclusive sneak-peek screening of the season two premiere episode!

“Chucky”

October 7, 2022, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Empire Stage

Your friend ’till the end is back with a vengeance, ready to add new and returning favorites to his kill list! Chucky creator Don Mancini is joined by series cast members Jennifer Tilly (Tiffany Valentine), Zackary Arthur (Jake Wheeler), and other surprise guests to answer your burning questions and give you an exclusive sneak peek of the new season’s second episode before it airs on October 12. “Chucky” airs Wednesdays at 9PM on USA & SYFY.

“The Wheel of Time” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power”

October 7, 2022, 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Empire Stage

Prime Video presents a dream programming block for the fantasy fan, when “The Wheel of Time” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” take to New York Comic Con’s Empire Stage for back-to-back panels with series talent from each show. Following their season-long adventure that culminated in a showdown with The Dark One and the shocking reveal of The Dragon Reborn’s identity, the cast and creative team behind “The Wheel of Time” will assemble in New York for their first in-person Comic Con. Join series stars and showrunner Rafe Judkins as they reflect back on their Season One journey, both on and off screen, as well as drop a few hints of what audiences can anticipate from the hotly anticipated second season.

Join members of the cast from the Prime Video Original series “The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power” for an in-depth panel discussion about the first seven episodes of this groundbreaking series. Based on J.R.R Tolkien’s Second Age and beginning in a time of relative peace, “The Rings of Power” follows an ensemble cast of characters as they confront the reemergence of evil to Middle-Earth. Fans can get ready for some fun behind-the-scenes stories, hints about the long-awaited season finale, and a few surprises along the way.

“Reginald the Vampire”

October 7, 2022, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Room 405

Sink your teeth into SYFY’s newest series “Reginald the Vampire!” Join star and co-EP, Jacob Batalon, in a moderated conversation with fellow cast and creators, Em Haine, Savannah Basley, Harley Peyton, and Jeremiah Chechik. And catch an exclusive, extended sneak peek of the series’ second episode before it airs on October 12th.

“Let the Right One In”

October 7, 2022, 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Room 405

Starring Oscar nominee Demián Bichir (“A Better Life”) and rising star Madison Taylor Baez, “Let te Right One In” centers on Mark Kane (Bichir) and his daughter Eleanor Kane (Baez) whose lives were changed forever 10 years earlier when she was turned into a vampire. Locked in at age 12, perhaps forever, Eleanor lives a closed-in life, able to go out only at night, while her father does his best to provide her with the human blood she needs to stay alive. The series also stars Tony winner Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls, Power), Grace Gummer (Mr. Robot), Kevin Carroll (“Snowfall”), Ian Foreman (“Merry Wish-Mas”), Jacob Buster (“Colony”) and Nick Stahl (“Fear the Walking Dead”). With these emotionally charged and terrifying ingredients as a starting point, “Let te Right One In” will upend genre expectations, turning a naturalistic lens on human frailty, strength and compassion.

“Oddballs”

October 8, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Room 406.2

The brand new animated series Oddballs is premiering this fall on Netflix. Oddballs is based on the YouTube channel Odd1sOut with over 18 million subscribers. The show was recently announced on the Odd1sOut YouTube channel and has earned over 6.5 million views in less than 2 weeks. James Rallison the creator of Odd1sOut and Oddballs will be in attendance along with key crew and cast members (TBA) to answer questions and share behind the scene stories about the making of the series.

“Peripheral”

October 8, 2021, 11 AM – 12 PM

Main Stage

Immerse yourself in the world of “The Peripheral”! Join series stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Jack Reynor, Gary Carr, T’Nia Miller, and JJ Feild, as well as executive producers Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, creator and showrunner Scott B. Smith, and director Vincenzo Natali, as they give fans a first look at sci-fi thriller The Peripheral. The series centers on Flynne Fisher (Moretz), a woman trying to hold together the pieces of her broken family in a forgotten corner of tomorrow’s America. Flynne is smart, ambitious, and doomed. She has no future; until the future comes calling for her. “The Peripheral” is based on William Gibson’s best-selling novel of the same name, and gives viewers a hallucinatory glimpse into the fate of mankind—and what lies beyond.

“Smallville” Cast Reunion

October 8, 2022, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Main Stage

Over 20 years ago, Smallville, the groundbreaking superhero drama, hit television. Join Tom Welling (Clark Kent), Erica Durance (Lois Lane), Kristin Kreuk (Lana Lang) and John Glover (Lionel Kent) as they reflect on the shows history and answer fan questions!

“My Hero Academia”

October 8, 2022, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Empire Stage

Join “My Hero Academia” cast members to discuss the highly anticipated new season. Featuring Justin Briner, the English voice of Deku, and more.

“Shadow and Bone”

October 8, 2022, 2 PM – 3 PM

Main Stage

Join Amita Suman, Freddy Carter, Kit Young, and Ben Barnes as they sit down with author Leigh Bardugo to reflect on playing iconic roles from her fantasy series.

“The Dragon Prince”

October 8, 2022, 3 PM – 4 PM

Room 406.2

“The Dragon Prince” saga returns to Netflix this November! Join the cast, crew, and creators of the Emmy® Award-winning series as they dive deep into what’s next for the world of Xadia. Learn more about what challenges await our characters, ask our panelists your most need-to-know-questions, and be the first to watch never-before-seen footage from Season 4!

“Manifest”

October 8, 2022, 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

Room 401

Creator Jeff Rake and cast of “Manifest” discuss the hit series and what to expect from the epic fourth and final season.

“Star Trek” Universe

October 8, 2022, 4 PM – 5:30 PM

Empire Stage

The fan-favorite Star Trek universe panel returns to New York Comic Con, featuring conversations with the cast and executive producers “Star Trek: Picard” and the hit animated series “Star Trek: Prodigy.” “Star Trek: Picard” returns for its third and final season with the iconic Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis and Michael Dorn, as well as Executive Producers Alex Kurtzman, Rod Roddenberry and Terry Matalas. “Star Trek: Prodigy” returns to the NYCC stage this year with the talented voice cast including Kate Mulgrew, Ella Purnell, Brett Gray and Jameela Jamil, alongside Executive Producers Alex Kurtzman, Rod Roddenberry, Kevin Hageman, Dan Hageman and Ben Hibon as they discuss what’s ahead.

“The Walking Dead”

October 8, 2022, 5 PM – 6 PM

Main Stage

Cast and creatives of the flagship series “The Walking Dead” discuss the highly anticipated last episodes of the decade-long apocalyptic drama. Celebrate the monumental journey of this beloved series and characters as we follow their arcs in the recently launched final eight episodes of this epic final season on AMC and AMC+. Plus, a look at what is to come for the upcoming final episodes.

Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

October 8, 2022, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Room 405

Moon Girl Magic! Join the cast and creative team behind Disney Branded Television’s highly anticipated animated series “Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur,” ahead of its 2023 premiere on Disney Channel and Disney+, for a conversation about this innovative action-comedy series centered on African American teen girl superhero Lunella Lafayette (aka Moon Girl) and her 10-ton T-Rex, Devil Dinosaur. Panelists include Diamond White (voice of Lunella/Moon Girl), Fred Tatasciore (voice of Devil Dinosaur), Gary Anthony Williams (voice of Pops, Lunella’s grandfather), Steve Loter (executive producer), Rodney Clouden (supervising producer) and Pilar Flynn (producer), moderated by Allegra Frank, deputy entertainment editor, The Daily Beast.

“Wednesday”

October 8, 2022, 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM

Empire Stage

Darkness descends on New York Comic Con in the form of the iconic Wednesday Addams. Join the cast of Netflix’s upcoming sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery series “Wednesday,” including breakout star Jenna Ortega, Luis Guzmán and showrunners Alfred Gough and Miles Millar and more for an action-packed panel that promises many creepy and kooky surprises!

“Outlander”

October 9, 2022, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Empire Stage

Calling all Outlander fans! This is one you don’t want to miss! Kick off Sunday morning at New York Comic Con with a trip to the Scottish highlands. Join series stars Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser), Duncan LaCroix (Murtaugh Fraser) and David Berry (Lord John Grey) along with series author Diana Gabaldon as they discuss their time working on such a beloved show and all things Outlander!

“The Muppets Mayhem”

October 9, 2022, 11 AM – 12 PM

Main Stage

It’s time to play the music! Coming to Disney+ in 2023, “The Muppets Mayhem” is a brand-new series that, for the first time in the Muppets’ over 65-year history, focuses on the legendary Electric Mayhem band as they maneuver their way through the music world of Los Angeles with one goal – to finally record their first album. Join the “human” stars of the series – Lilly Singh, Tahj Mowry and Saara Chaudry – as well as co-creators and executive producers Adam F. Goldberg, Jeff Yorkes and Bill Barretta for exciting news, exclusive footage and more!

“Batwheels”

Sun, October 9, 2022, 11 AM – 12 PM

Room 401

The newest heroes of Gotham City are rolling into New York Comic Con for a special panel and screening featuring the premiere of two never-before-seen episodes of Batwheels. Join series producers and members of the voice cast for a look under the hood of DC’s first-ever Batman preschool animated series coming soon to Cartoonito on Cartoon Network and Cartoonito on HBO Max.

“Transformers: EarthSpark”

October 9, 2022, 12 PM – 1 PM

Room 405

Autobots, Roll Out! From Nickelodeon and Hasbro’s Entertainment One, join the next generation of heroes to celebrate the all-new Paramount+ original animated series “Transformers: EarthSpark.” During the exclusive panel, voice cast members Sydney Mikayla (Robby Malto), Zion Broadnax (Mo Malto), Diedrich Bader (Mandroid) and Cissy Jones (Elita-1), along with co-executive producer Dale Malinowski and executive producer Ant Ward, will give fans a first look at behind-the-scenes art, casting, and never-before-seen footage. Moderated by: Andrea Towers, Associate Editor, TV Guide Magazine.

“The Winchesters”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fee2fEjK0cM

October 9, 2022, 2 PM – 3:15 PM

Empire Stage

Before Sam and Dean, there were their parents, John and Mary. Told from the perspective of narrator Dean Winchester, the Supernatural prequel series is the epic, untold love story of how John Winchester and Mary Campbell met, fell in love, and started a demon-hunting family on their own. Join members of the cast and producers for a screening of the pilot, followed by a Q&A. “The Winchesters” is from executive producers Robbie Thompson (“Supernatural,” “Cursed”), Jensen Ackles (“Supernatural,” “The Boys”), Danneel Ackles (“Supernatural”), and David H. Goodman (Once Upon a Time, Fringe). The cast includes Meg Donnelly (American Housewife, Z-O-M-B-I-E-S), Drake Rodger (The In Between), Nida Khurshid (For the People), Jonathan “JoJo” Fleites, Demetria Kinney (“Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” “Motherland: Fort Salem”), Bianca Kajlich (“Dawson’s Creek,” “Legacies”) and Jensen Ackles (“Supernatural,” “The Boys”). Glen Winter (“Arrow,” “Doom Patrol,” “Titans”) directed the pilot, for which he also served as executive producer. “The Winchesters” premieres October 11, airing Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW, and is produced by Chaos Machine Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Studios.

Cartoon Network/Adult Swim

October 9, 2022, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Main Stage

Cartoon Network and Adult Swim have dominated the animation space for decades, creating millions of fans along the way. Sit down with legendary creator Genndy Tartakovsky, who grew his career at Cartoon Network and expanded Adult Swim’s slate with his Emmy® Award-winning series “Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal” and upcoming launch of “Unicorn: Warriors Eternal.” Also joining the conversation is Michael Ouweleen, president of Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang, who helped define these animation powerhouses from the beginning. Together the two will discuss then, now, and next. What does it mean to ignite audiences, cultivate nostalgia, and innovate in an evolving animated landscape? Find out what’s in store for animation lovers of all ages as Cartoon Network reflects on the last three decades and Adult Swim continues to celebrate the surreal and defy expectations. Also, join us for the first U.S. premiere screening of “Unicorn: Warriors Eternal.”

SpongeBob Squarepants Presents “The Tidal Zone”

October 9, 2022, 2 PM – 3 PM

Main Stage

Panelists: Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Jill Talley, Dana Snyder, Marc Ceccarelli and Vincent Waller.

“Fuuto PI”

Sun, October 9, 2022, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Room 401

Join Team Kamen Rider as we discuss Fuuto PI! After the panel be sure to stay for the special screening of finale before it airs in the US.

“Kindred”

October 9, 2022, 3 PM – 4 PM

Room 405

Octavia Butler fans rejoice!! FX is bringing “Kindred,” its newest drama series, to New York Comic-Con. Based on Hugo Award-winning author Octavia E. Butler’s wildly popular novel of the same name, “Kindred” is the very first adaption of a book by Ms. Butler to be produced for television or film. Join executive producer/writer Branden Jacobs-Jenkins with cast members Mallori Johnson, Micah Stock, Gayle Rankin, Austin Smith, Sophina Brown and Sheria Irving for a Q&A sharing how this visionary, fan-favorite story has been brought to life, and be among the first to see footage from the series ahead of its fall premiere exclusively on Hulu. “Kindred” centers on Dana, a young Black woman and aspiring writer who uproots her NYC life of familial obligation to claim a future in Los Angeles that, for once, feels all her own. But, before she can get settled into her new home, she finds herself being violently pulled back and forth in time to a 19th century plantation with which she and her family are surprisingly and intimately linked.

“Doom Patrol” and “Titans”

October 9, 2022, 3:30 PM – 5 PM

Main Stage

The fan-favorite DC series make their New York Comic Con debut, featuring a main stage conversation with the cast of “Doom Patrol,” followed by a conversation with “Titans” executive producer and cast. In the upcoming fourth season of “Doom Patrol,” the team unexpectedly travels to the future to find an unwelcome surprise. Faced with their imminent demise, the Doom Patrol must decide once and for all which is more important: their own happiness or the fate of the world? Join series stars Brendan Fraser, April Bowlby, Joivan Wade, and Michelle Gomez for an exclusive discussion and first look of the upcoming season. The panel will be moderated by Andy Swift (TVLine). “Titans,” debuting its fourth season this November on HBO Max, finds the team having saved Gotham, and hitting the road to head back to San Francisco. But after a stop in Metropolis, they find themselves in the crosshairs of a supernatural cult with powers unlike anything they’ve faced before. Join showrunner and executive producer Greg Walker and series star Brenton Thwaites, Ryan Potter, and Joshua Orpin, for a preview of the upcoming season, including first looks, exclusive reveals, and more. The panel will be moderated by Damian Holbrook (TV Guide Magazine).

MOVIE PANELS

(All panel descriptions are courtesy of New York Comic Con.)

“Significant Other”

October 6, 2022, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Room 401

Panel with the cast and creators of the high concept thriller “Significant Other.” Starring Jake Lacy (“The White Lotus”) and Maika Monroe (“It Follows”) with directors/writers Dan Berk and Robert Olsen (“Villains,” “Body”).

“Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm”

October 6, 2022, 8:30 PM – TBA

Main Stage

Be among the first to experience the all-new mystery-adventure feature-length film based on the famed Adult Swim series when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment presents the World Premiere of “Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm.” The R-rated film features everyone’s favorite rascals, the Aqua Teens: the brainy Frylock, the mouthy Master Shake, the loveable Meatwad, and everyone’s favorite perverted neighbor, Carl, as they split up then get back together to fight everyone’s favorite corporate overlord, Amazin, led by everyone’s favorite tech mogul, Neil and his trusty scientist sidekick, Elmer. In addition to the screening, filmmakers and key cast members will hold a panel discussion, including audience Q&A. Carey Means (“Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” “The Brak Show”), Dana Snyder (Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies) and Dave Willis (“Squidbillies,” “Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell”) return as the voices of Frylock, Master Shake and Meatwad, respectively. The film also stars Peter Serafinowicz (“The Tick”), Paul Walter Hauser (“Black Bird”), Natasha Rothwell (“The White Lotus”), Robert Smigel (“Bob’s Burgers”) and Tim Robinson (“Detroiters)”. The movie was written and directed by series creators Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro and produced by Williams Street Productions. “Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm” will be available on Digital, 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray starting November 8, 2022.

“Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons”

October 7, 2022, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Main Stage

Witness the unveiling of Warner Bros. Animation’s first-ever all-CG animated, feature-length film when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment presents the World Premiere of “Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons.” Ahhhh, to be young…and charged with saving the world from impending doom! That’s the burden that 11-year-old Jonathan Kent and reluctant young sidekick Damian Wayne face in this all-new DC Animated Movie. On his birthday, Jonathan Kent learns his dad is Superman and that he has latent superpowers of his own! He also meets the legendary Dark Knight and current Boy Wonder, Damian. But when the two boys are forced to team up to protect their loved ones from a hostile alien force, will they become the Super Sons they’re destined to be? Following the screening, filmmakers and key cast members will hold a panel discussion, including audience Q&A. Jack Dylan Glazer (“Shazam!,” “Luca,” “It”) and Jack Griffo (“The Thundermans”) lead the voice cast as Jonathan Kent and Damian Wayne, respectively, and the supporting cast features Troy Baker (“The Last of Us,” “Batman: The Long Halloween”) as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Travis Willingham (“Critical Role,” “Sofia The First”) as Superman/Clark Kent, and Laura Bailey (“The Legend of Vox Machina,” “Naruto: Shippûden”) as Lois Lane. Matt Peters (“Justice League Dark: Apokolips War”) directs Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons from a script penned by Jeremy Adams (“Mortal Kombat Legends” franchise). Supervising Producer is Rick Morales (“Injustice,” “Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders”). “Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons” will be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray and Digital starting October 18, 2022.

“Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!”

October 7, 2022, 4:45 PM – 6:45 PM

Room 401

Don your Halloween costume, and celebrate the spooky season with Scooby and the Mystery Inc. crew! Join us for an exclusive Scoobtober treat (no tricks, we promise) – the premiere screening of the all-new animated adventure, “Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!” Enjoy games, goodies, giveaways and more!

“Teen Wolf: The Movie”

October 7, 2022, 6 PM – 7 PM

Main Stage

The wolves return to Comic Con with “Teen Wolf: The Movie” and Wolf Pack creator Jeff Davis joining back-to-back conversations with the film and series’ casts to discuss the upcoming movie and tease what to anticipate from the new series.

“Violent Night”

October 7, 2022, 7 PM – 9:15 PM

Empire Stage

NYCC attendees will be the first audience in the world to see “Violent Night,” the new coal-dark holiday thriller from 87North, the bare-knuckle producers of “Nobody,” “John Wick,” “Atomic Blonde” and “Deadpool 2” and razor-edged director Tommy Wirkola (“Dead Snow” franchise). When a team of mercenaries breaks into a wealthy family compound on Christmas Eve, taking everyone inside hostage, the team isn’t prepared for a surprise combatant: Santa Claus (David Harbour, “Black Widow,” “Stranger Things” series) is on the grounds, and he’s about to show why this Nick is no saint. Please note “Violent Night” is rated R.

“V/H/S/99”

October 7, 2022, 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM

Room 401

On the heels of last year’s record breaking “V/H/S/94,” the Shudder Original Film “V/H/S/99” is the latest feature in the hit found footage anthology franchise, “V/H/S.” Join the directors and producers for an in depth discussion on all things “V/H/S,” the epic last year of the 90s, and what’s sure to be the biggest, baddest, and most wildly savage film in the franchise yet! The fifth installment in the hit horror V/H/S anthology franchise, “V/H/S/99” debuts Thursday, October 20 only on SHUDDER. “V/H/S/99” harkens back to the final punk rock analog days of VHS, while taking one giant leap forward into the hellish new millennium. In “V/H/S/99,” a thirsty teenager’s home video leads to a series of horrifying revelations.

“Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind”

October 8, 2022, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Main Stage

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment marks the 30th anniversary of the blockbuster “Mortal Kombat” video game series with an inside look at the making of “Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind,” the third in a series of MK-inspired feature-length animated films. Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind finds vicious, power-mad Kano determined to take over Earthrealm, one soul at a time. Assisted by a trio of cold Black Dragon mercenaries, he embarks on a brutal assault from town to defenseless town. The choice is simple: kneel or be annihilated. But when the cocky and talented but undisciplined Kenshi doesn’t take a knee, Kano and his clan destroy the young warrior, taking his eyesight and his confidence. Under the tutelage of reluctant, retired Kuai Liang, the only one powerful enough to challenge the malevolent Kano, Kenshi finds renewed hope and a clear path to redemption. But will it be enough to stop Kano from decimating all of Earthrealm? The presentation will include thrilling film clips and an entertaining panel discussion amongst filmmakers and key cast members. Manny Jacinto (“Top Gun: Maverick,” “The Good Place”), David Wenham (“Elvis,” “300,” “The Lord of the Rings” franchise) and Ron Yuan (“Mortal Kombat 11,” “Mulan”) spearhead a terrific voice cast as Kenshi Takahashi, Kano and Kuai Liang, respectively. The film is produced and directed by Rick Morales (“Mortal Kombat Legends” franchise, “Injustice”) from a script by Jeremy Adams (“Supernatural,” “Justice Society: World War II”), who also wrote the screenplays for the series’ first two films. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation in coordination with NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. Games, “Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind” arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital on October 9, 2022, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray on October 11, 2022.

“Wendell & Wild”

October 8, 2022, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Room 401

Panel descripton to be announced for this animated film that reunites Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.

Jamie Lee Curtis: Tribute to 45 years of “Halloween” and Laurie Strode

October 8, 2022, 6:15 PM – 7 PM

Empire Stage

n Halloween Ends (in theaters and streaming exclusively on Peacock Oct 14), icon Jamie Lee Curtis returns for the last time as Laurie Strode, horror’s first “final girl” and the role that launched Curtis’ career. Now, in this exclusive NYCC panel, moderated by fellow film icon Drew Barrymore, host and executive producer of “The Drew Barrymore Show, “the legendary Curtis discusses Laurie’s journey and her own from 1978’s “Halloween” to Laurie’s last stand against Michael Myers in this October’s “Halloween Ends.” Join us for an intimate, funny and fearless conversation with an artist who, for more than four decades, has shattered the rules (and the record books) and has reshaped horror forever as she says goodbye to one of the most beloved and revered characters in cinema history. Now, in this exclusive NYCC panel, the legendary Curtis discusses Laurie’s journey and her own from 1978’s Halloween to Laurie’s last stand against Michael Myers in this October’s “Halloween Ends.” Join us for an intimate, funny and fearless conversation with an artist who, for more than four decades, has shattered the rules (and the record books) and has reshaped horror forever as she says goodbye to one of the most beloved and revered characters in cinema history.

“Back to the Future” Reunion

October 8, 2022, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Main Stage

Gotta get back in time! The stars of the mega popular “Back to the Future” franchise are hitting the stage at New York Comic Con for a once-in-a-lifetime panel. Hop in your Delorean and head over to the Main Stage for a can’t miss Q&A. Limited reservations will be available for NYCC badge holders.

“Weird: The Al Yankovic Story”

October 9, 2022, 4 PM – 5 PM

Empire Stage

Come join the all-star cast and director of “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.” A Roku Original film streaming free on The Roku Channel this November 4. MTV & Comedy Central’s Josh Horowitz will join Daniel Radcliffe, Evan Rachel Wood, and director Eric Appel onstage, and the legendary man himself, “Weird” Al Yankovic, will join virtually to take us behind-the-scenes in an exclusive panel about the filming of this outrageously epic biopic.

Anthrax and Public Enemy’s Chuck D celebrate ‘Bring the Noise’ anniversary and Z2 Comics collaborations at 2021 New York Comic Con

October 9, 2021

by Carla Hay

Jonathan Donias, Joey Belladonna, Frank Bello, Scott Ian and Chuck D at New York Comic Con at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City on October 9, 2021. (Photo by Carla Hay)

In 1991, heavy metal band Anthrax and rap group Public Enemy (both New York-based acts) released their groundbreaking single “Bring the Noise,” which helped usher in and influence a musical movement of artists blending hard rock/heavy metal and rap. Artists such as Korn, Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit and Kid Rock (in his early career) owe a lot to how “Bring the Noise” laid the groundwork for the rap/heavy metal hybrid. The Anthrax/Public Enemy version of “Bring the Noise” was a remake of Public Enemy’s 1988 song “Bring the Noise.” Aerosmith and Run-DMC’s 1986 hit “Walk This Way” (which was a cover version of Aerosmith’s 1975 hit “Walk This Way”) was also an influence in merging rap and rock, but “Walk This Way” was more pop-leaning hard rock than heavy metal.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of “Bring the Noise,” Public Enemy leader Chuck D and the current members of Anthrax did a panel discussion together at the 2021 edition of New York Comic Con, held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Chuck D and members of Anthrax are also comic book enthusiasts and have collaborated with Z2 Comics to release graphic novels. Anthrax’s graphic novel “Among the Living” (named after the band’s 1987 album) was released in July 2021. Chuck D worked with Z2 Comics on the graphic novel “Apocalypse 91: The Revolution Never Sleeps” (released in June 2021), inspired by Public Enemy’s 1991 album “Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black.”

Chuck D, Anthrax rhythm guitarist Scott Ian, Anthrax lead singer Joey Belladonna, Anthrax bass player Frank Bello, Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante and Anthrax lead guitarist Jonathan Donias gathered for a lively panel discussion at New York Comic Con. After the panel discussion, Anthrax and Chuck D headed over the Z2 Comics booth in exhibition area, where they signed autographs (Anthrax signed copies of the “Among the Living”), posed for fan photos and took questions from fans. Here are some of the highlights from the Anthrax/Chuck D panel discussion.

Scott Ian and Chuck D at New York Comic Con at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City on October 9, 2021. (Photo by Carla Hay)

How and when did you get into comics?

Chuck D: I was born in 1960. So when Marvel started, it was the first thing I recognized, along with all the superheroes of DC [Comics]. Back when I was growing up, it was DC and Marvel. When I was in first grade in 1966, the amazing thing was Marvel had quasi-animation on [television] … I remember they had Captain America, the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor and Spider-Man. Comics were 12 cents [back then]. I was like, “Wow,” this matches up with the television [shows]. It was a great beginning.

I actually competed and drew my own comic books, but I also bought comic books. I didn’t front on Superman. He wasn’t corny. He was on TV. And then Batman came out on TV in 1966—Adam West and those dudes.

And then, the thing that really bit me, it wasn’t a comic, but “Star Trek” came out in 1967. I was 7, going on 8. That was really something. Those were the things that kind of took my imagination to the next realm.

I was growing up as a black kid in Queens. At the same time, you had Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. All that was going on with real people. It was also in that swirl that you could dare to dream and imagine. Muhammad Ali, he went from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, so he took on a superhero name.

Scott Ian: I still remember all the theme songs from those Marvel shows … My son knows those songs too … For me, it was similar to Chuck. [We’re] almost the same age. Growing up in Queens, I had an uncle who was 10 years older than me. When I would go over to his house, I would rifle through [his comic books].

Even before I could read, I would just sit there and look at the pictures of the Fantastic Four and Thor and Conan [the Barbarian]. That’s basically the first stuff I ever read was comic books. I credit [Marvel Comics iconic writer] Stan Lee with teaching me how to read. I was a card-carrying member on the Merry Marvel Marching Society in the 1960s … Comics is the most constant thing from the earliest age of my life.

Charlie Benante: I was on the opposite side. I was drawing the comics instead of reading them. I couldn’t wait to get the latest Hulk comic or Spider-Man comic, and learn how to draw from them. That art, that was inspiring to me. That’s all I cared about back then.

Like Chuck said about the TV shows, it was such a great thing to see them [the comic book characters] moving. The music in those shows was so awesome. Everything was great about those days.

Frank Bello: Growing up in the same household as Charlie [Editor’s note: Bello is Benante’s nephew] and watching him—I’m going to kiss his ass right now—I don’t know if you guys know this, but he’s a great artist. He does most of our artwork.

Growing up in that house and seeing the talent he had—this was even before music—just watching it got me into it. And, of course, the [TV] shows, they were great. I love that stuff. That’s a fantasy world we all need. It’s still important today.

Benante: It’s crazy how Judge Dredd came into the mix of music and comics. Scott would take if from there. Judge Dredd was such an amazing figure, to write about him. I remember the first time we played England, it was so huge. People were like “This is the greatest thing you guys have done.”

Ian: [He says jokingly] It was all planned … I was a huge Judge Dredd fan. I just remember hearing for the first time, Charlie had these riffs that became the [Anthrax] song “I Am the Law” [from the “Among the Living” album]. It sounded like a superhero theme song. It just clicked in my head.

Joey Belladonna: I like the [comic book] art. I’m with Charlie on the art. I got lucky. I moved Scott’s comics from one of his apartments. That was a lot of work. I couldn’t believe how heavy those boxes were.

Jonathan Donias: I’ve got to be honest. I don’t know much about comics. I had a Guns N’Roses comic as a kid.

How did your collaboration with Z2 Comics come together?

Benante: We tried to do a comic book for years. I always say that the last couple of [Anthrax] album covers were telling a story … And then COVID-19 hit. Josh [Frankel, publisher/owner of Z2 Comics] contacted us and said it would be a great idea to do a comic about the “Among the Living” album, but don’t take the songs the way that they were written on the record. Let people write their own story around the title. I was so excited about that. And everybody else was like, “Let’s do this.”

Ian: Yeah, we’d been asked to do a comic forever. And we’d always say no, because it’s always cheesy. They want to turn us into superheroes. I never want it to be us in the comic book. Anything we ever saw, or anything we were ever pitched [before Z2 Comics], was terrible. As someone who is a fan of that world, I just want it to be good.

When that idea was pitched to us: What if we have different writers take a song and see how it feels to them see what they take from that song? I was like, “Okay, I really like that idea, but here’s the wish list of people. Because if we can’t get the people we want, I still won’t want to do it, because I’m not writing it.” The first name on the list was Grant Morrison. I figured, “We’ll aim high.” And Grant said yes.

2021 New York Comic Con: What to expect at this year’s event

 

Antony Starr and Erin Moriarty in “The Boys” (Courtesy of Amazon Prime Video)

October 4, 2021

by Carla Hay

The 16th annual New York Comic Con takes place October 7 to October 10, 2021, in New York City. For the first time, New York Comic Con will be a hybrid event, where people can attend in person or virtually. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New York Comic Con was cancelled as an in-person event in 2020 and instead presented as a scaled-down virtual-only event. Before the pandemic, New York Comic Con attracted about 250,000 people per year since 2017, according to ReedPOP, the company that produces the event. The first New York Comic Con took place in 2006.

In 2021, New York Comic Con’s main hub remains the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New York Comic Con in 2021 has less activities, panels and locations than in previous years. For example, in 2019, New York Comic Con took place at several other locations in New York City, including Hammerstein Ballroom, the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, the New York Public Library, the Way Station (in Brooklyn) and AMC 34th Street. Anime Fest (an offshoot of Anime Expo that was presented in conjunction with New York Comic Con in 2018 and 2019) will not take place at New York Comic Con in 2021.

The COVID-19 pandemic has also resulted in new safety requirements for New York Comic Con. All attendees ages 12 and up must show proof of vaccination. Attendees younger than age 12 must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated guardian and provide proof of either a negative rapid antigen COVID-19 test taken within six hours of entry to each day of the event,  or a negative lab PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of entry of each day of the event.

Checkpoints have been set up at or near the Javits Center for attendees to obtain wristbands indicating that people have shown proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. No one can be admitted into New York Comic Con without these wristbands. The checkpoint locations and open hours can be found here. All attendees must wear a face covering at all times while inside a New York Comic Con building, except when eating or drinking.

TV shows continue to dominate the most high-profile panels and activities. New York Comic Con in 2021 has the following TV shows with in-person panel showcases: Amazon Prime Video’s  superhero series “The Boys” on October 8; USA Network’s and Syfy’s horror series”Chucky” on October 8; Starz’s fantasy drama series “Outlander” on October 9; Paramount+’s sci-fi series “Star Trek: Discovery” on October 9;  FX’s sci-fi series “Y: The Last Man” on October 9; and FX’s vampire horror comedy series “What We Do in the Shadows” on October 10.

There are very few feature films that have panels at New York Comic Con this year. The movie panel that is expected to get the biggest crowd is Columbia Pictures’ “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” on October 8, featuring in-person appearances by director Jason Reitman, producer Ivan Reitman (who directed the first two “Ghostbusters” movies) and members of the “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” cast. Amazon Prime Video’s 2021 installment of its “Welcome to the Blumhouse” movie anthology horor series has a virtual-only panel on October 7. Funimation will have two in-person movie panels featuring the English-language voice cast members: “My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission” on October 8 and “Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train” on October 10.

In addition, New York Comic Con will have one-on-one Q&As that each spotlight a different actor: William Shatner (“Star Trek”) on October 7; George Takei (“Star Trek”) on October 8; and David Harbour (“Stranger Things,” “Black Widow”) on October 9. Meanwhile, in a virtual-only, pre-recorded Q&A on October 8, “Game of Thrones” alum Emilia Clarke discusses her comic book writing debut, “M.O.M.: Mother of Madness.”

Broadway stars are represented on several panels. “The Big Broadway Nerd Panel” will feature panelists such as Anthony Rapp (“Rent”) and James M. Iglehart (“Aladdin”) on October 8. Other Broadway-related panels include “The Broadway Bard Party” on October 9; “E-Ticket to Broadway” Podcast LIVE at Comic Con!” on October 9; “#BroadwayToHollywood: A New Age of Musicals” on October 10; and “Broadway’s A.J. Holmes: Creating One-Man Musical Yeah, But Not Right Now” on October 10.

The 2021 Harvey Awards Hall of Fame ceremony will be livestreamed during New York Comic Con on October  8. The recipients are manga artist Rumiko Takahashi (“Urusei Yatsura,” “Inuyasha”), horror illustrator Bernie Wrightson (“Swamp Thing”), painter and cover artist Jeffrey Catherine Jones, award-winning comic book artist Barry Windsor-Smith (“Conan the Barbarian,” “Weapon X”), and Michael Kaluta (“The Shadow,” “Starstruck”).

And, of course, there will be plenty of panels, exhibits and previews for comic books, video games, fantasy novels and other pop-culture attractions. It wouldn’t be a Comic Con without cosplaying and merchandise sales. The Cosplay Central area returns in a new location: on Level 1 in Room 1A02 (right across from Artist Alley) at the Javits Center. While at Cosplay Central, cosplayers can mingle, pose for photos, use the dressing rooms and attend panel discussions. New York Comic Con also has an enormous amount of merchandise for sale for numerous types of entertainment.

AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS AND PHOTO OPS

Several stars from movies and TV shows will have individual autograph sessions and/or photo opportunities with fans, for a fee. All celebrities are offering autographs and photos, unless otherwise noted. Prices will vary, according to the celebrity. Participants include:

  • John Cena (“The Suicide Squad,” “Peacemaker,” “F9”) on October 9.
  • Wes Chatham (“The Expanse”) on October 8  and October 9.
  • Hayden Christensen (“Star Wars: Attack of the Clones,” “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith”) on October 9 and October 10.
  • Chace Crawford (“The Boys”) on October 8 and October 9.
  • Karen Fukahara (“The Boys”) on October 8, October 9 and October 10.
  • David Harbour (“Stranger Things,” “Black Widow”) on October 9 and October 10.
  • Mary McDonnell (“Battlestar Galactica”) on October 7, October 8 and October 9.
  • Erin Moriarty (“The Boys”) on October 8, October 9 and October 10.
  • Kate Mulgrew (“Star Trek: Voyager,” “Star Trek: Prodigy”) on October 9.
  • Edward James Olmos (“Battlestar Galactica”) on October 7, October 8 and October 9.
  • Jack Quaid (“The Boys”) on October 8, October 9 and October 10.
  • William Shatner (“Star Trek”) on October 7, October 8 and October 9. (Autographs only.)
  • Jurnee Smollett (“Lovecraft Country,” “Birds of Prey”) on October 9.
  • Antony Starr (“The Boys”) on October 8, October 9 and October 10.
  • Steven Strait (“The Expanse”) on October 8 and October 9.
  • George Takei (“Star Trek”) on October 7, October 8 and October 9.
  • Janet Varney (“The Legend of Korra”) on October 8.

TELEVISION AND WEB SERIES PANELS

(All panel descriptions are courtesy of New York Comic Con.)

Virtual = Panelists will not appear in person; panel is available for viewing in person and online.

In Person = Panelists will appear in person; panel is available for viewing in person and online.

“Welcome to Earth”

October 7, 2021, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM (Virtual)

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See the planet as you’ve never witnessed it before with “Welcome to Earth,” the new, awe-inspiring Disney+ original series from National Geographic and starring Will Smith. Meet the Explorers that guide Will through an intimate journey as he travels to the ends of the Earth to observe the strangest, most unusual, and dangerous spectacles the planet has to offer. Learn directly from the Explorers what it takes to unlock some of nature’s most well kept secrets.

“Among the Stars

October 7, 2021, 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM (Virtual)

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“Among the Stars” is a six-part Disney+ original series with fly-on-the-wall access into the world of NASA. With cameras stationed on both Earth and the International Space Station, the series follows NASA astronaut Captain Chris Cassidy for one last mission to repair the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) which aims to reveal the origins of the universe. Hear directly from the Astronauts and scientists who take on space missions and the challenges they face every day!

“The World According to Jeff Goldblum”

October 7, 2021, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM (Virtual)

Room 411

Jeff Goldblum is back, and he’s as curious as ever. For season two of the Disney+ original series, premiering on Disney+ Day November 12, Jeff uncovers the surprising secrets and passionate people behind a whole new host of topics, including magic and illusions. Jeff finds out just how magic has shaped the world we live in. Join Jeff along with legendary Magicians Penn & Teller as well as Street Magician Erik Blackwell to go behind the curtain of the mysterious world of MAGIC.

“Battlestar Galactica Retrospective”

October 7, 2021, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM (In person)

Main Stage 1D Hall

The stars of the iconic show are coming to New York Comic Con! Join Edward James Olmos (Commander William Adama) and Mary McDonnell (President Laura Roslin) as they recount their journey aboard the Battlestar Galactica and answer questions from fans. Cylons and Humans are both welcome. So Say We All!

“Blade Runner: Black Lotus”

October 7, 2021, 6:45 – 7:45 PM (Virtual)

Room 411

Explore the intricate approach to writing the dystopian future with the producers and directors of “Blade Runner: Black Lotus” with futurist, Maurice Conti, who shares his take on how the Blade Runner world stacks up against our future.

“The Legend of Vox Machina”

October 8, 2021, 11 AM – 12 PM (Virtual)

Main Stage 1D Hall

“The Legend of Vox Machina” is an animated fantasy-adventure series for adults that follows Vox Machina, a band of misfits with a fondness for boozing and brawling. In a desperate attempt to pay off their mounting bar tab, these unlikely heroes end up on a quest to save the realm of Exandria from dark magical forces. From a sinister necromancer to a powerful curse, the group confronts a variety of obstacles that not only test their skills, but also the strength of their bond. Join the entire cast of Critical Role as they discuss the process of adapting a role-playing game (RPG) campaign into a series for Amazon Prime Video, as well as share a special sneak peek of footage from the series. Please note, this panel is recommended for mature audiences and contains content not suitable for younger audiences.

“Chucky”

October 8, 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM (In Person)

Empire Stage

Everyone’s favorite killer doll is coming to television! Join us for the world premiere of the first episode of the new series “Chucky,” ahead of its October 12 debut on USA and Syfy, followed by an exclusive conversation between creator and showrunner Don Mancini and franchise icon Jennifer Tilly (Tiffany Valentine). Get ready to play!

“I Know What You Did Last Summer”

October 8, 2021, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Virtual)

Room 404/405

Written and executive produced by Sara Goodman, “I Know What You Did Last Summer” is based on Lois Duncan’s 1973 novel, which was also the basis of the iconic 1997 film. One year after the fatal car accident that haunted their graduation night, a group of teenagers find themselves bound together by a dark secret and stalked by a brutal killer. As they try to piece together who’s after them, they reveal the dark side of their seemingly perfect town—and themselves. Everyone is hiding something, and uncovering the wrong secret could be deadly. Join the series cast and creator as they discuss what fans can most look forward to when the series premieres Friday, October 15, exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. Please note, this panel is recommended for mature audiences and contains content not suitable for younger audiences.

“The Boys”

October 8, 2021, 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM (In Person)

Empire Stage

Join Karen Fukuhara, Erin Moriarty, Jack Quaid and Antony Starr as they look back on their favorite moments from the first two seasons of “The Boys.”

“Evil”

October 8, 2021, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM (Virtual)

Room 411

“Evil” is a psychological mystery that examines the origins of evil along the dividing line between science and religion. The series focuses on a skeptical female psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and contractor as they investigate the Church’s backlog of unexplained mysteries, including supposed miracles, demonic possessions and hauntings. Their job is to assess if there’s a logical explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work. The second season brings evil closer to home. Kristen struggles with her darker nature, while David suffers temptation as he gets closer to his ordination. Meanwhile Ben is visited by night terrors that prey on his greatest fears. Please join series stars Katja Herbers, Mike Colter, Aasif Mandvi, Michael Emerson, Christine Lahti and Kurt Fuller, along with co-creators and executive producers Robert King and Michelle King for a panel discussion about the second season. “Evil” airs Sundays on Paramount+.

“Outlander”

October 9, 2021, 11 AM – 12 PM (In Person)

Empire Stage

Travel through the stones of Craigh na Dun and go back in time with the cast and executive producers of “Outlander” as they take on New York Comic Con in support of the sixth season, premiering early 2022.

“All Elite Wrestlng”

October 9, 2021, 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM (In Person)

Main Stage 1D Hall

Join the stars of “All Elite Wrestling” as they take the stage at New York Comic Con once again for a ringside view of their wildly popular wrestling shows airing weekly on TNT. Panelists: Orange Cassidy, Tony Schiavone, Adam Cole, Thunder Rosa, Darby Allin.

“Star Trek: Discovery”

October 9, 2021, 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM (In Person)

Empire Stage

In advance of the season four return of “Star Trek: Discovery” on Paramount+, join cast members Sonequa Martin-Green, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Wilson Cruz, David Ajala and Blu Del Barrio and executive producer Michelle Paradise as they tease the upcoming season of the hit series, which finds Captain Burnham and the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery facing a threat unlike any they’ve ever encountered. With Federation and non-Federation worlds alike feeling the impact, they must confront the unknown and work together to ensure a hopeful future for all. Produced by CBS Studios, “Star Trek Discovery” will premiere on Paramount+ on November 18.

“Psych 3: This Is Gus”

October 9, 2021, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Virtual)

Room 404/405

Calling all Psych-Os! Wait for iiiiiiiiiit……the Psych cast is back with an all-new movie! In preparation for a shotgun wedding before the birth of Baby Guster, Shawn and Groomzilla Gus go rogue in an attempt to track down Selene’s estranged husband, as Lassiter grapples with the future of his career. The cast and creators of the Peacock Original, “Psych 3: This Is Gus” reunite to discuss the upcoming film and reveal some exciting news! Moderated by Chancellor Agard.

“The Expanse”

October 9, 2021, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (In Person)

Main Stage 1D Hall

Join the main leads: Wes Chatham and Steven Strait of the hit Amazon show “The Expanse,” as they reflect on the series and answer fan questions!

“Hanna”

October 9, 2021, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM (Virtual)

Room 404/405

“Hanna” follows the journey of an extraordinary young woman as she strives to destroy Utrax, the sinister organization that genetically engineered her and others to be the perfect assassins. In the upcoming third season, Hanna attempts to destroy Utrax with the help of troubled ex-CIA agent Marissa Wiegler. The story crisscrosses Europe and builds to a dramatic climax when Hanna and Marissa discover the true, horrifying scope of the operation as well as who was ultimately behind it all. Join the cast and creators as they preview season 3, coming to Amazon Prime Video this fall.

“One of Us Is Lying”

October 9, 2021, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM (Virtual)

Room 404/405

Meet the cast and executive producers of Peacock’s highly-anticipated new original series “One of Us Is Lying.” Based on Karen M. McManus’s New York Times best-selling novel of the same title, this is the story of what happens when five high schoolers walk into detention and only four make it out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide. Join the cast and EPs of the Peacock Original series, Annalisa Cochrane (Addy), Chibuikem Uche (Cooper), Marianly Tejada (Bronwyn), Cooper van Grootel (Nate), and Mark McKenna (Simon), as well as executive producer Erica Saleh and showrunner/executive producer Darío Madrona, to discuss how they brought this fan-favorite book to life. Moderated by Ashley Bellman. ”One of Us Is Lying” starts streaming October 7, exclusively on Peacock.

“The 4400”

October 9, 2021, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM (Virtual)

Room 411

Based on the original TV series by Scott Peters and Renee Echevarria, 4400 overlooked, undervalued, or otherwise marginalized people who vanished without a trace over the last hundred years are all returned in an instant, having not aged a day and with no memory of what happened to them. Join series stars Brittany Adebumola, Joseph David-Jones, Ireon Roach, TL Thompson, Jaye Ladymore, Derrick A. King, Khailah Johnson, Cory Jeacoma, AMARR, and Autumn Best in a conversation moderated by showrunners Ariana Jackson and Sunil Nayar as they discuss the exciting, reimagined story and what to expect when the series premieres Monday, October 25 on The CW.

“Y: The Last Man”

October 9, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (In Person)

Empire Stage

Based on the best-selling comics from Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, FX’s highly anticipated adaptation of “Y: The Last Man” traverses a post-apocalyptic world in which a cataclysmic Event kills every mammal with a Y chromosome except for one cisgender man and his pet monkey. The series follows the survivors of this new world as they struggle with their efforts to restore what was lost and the opportunity to build something better. Currently streaming on FX on Hulu, join Executive Producer/Writer/Showrunner Eliza Clark and cast for and advanced screening of Episode 7 and a moderated discussion about how they updated the beloved books and brought them to life.

“The Girl in the Woods”

October 9, 2021, 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM (In Person)

Room 411

Peacock brings NYCC an exclusive first look at “The Girl in the Woods,” a much-anticipated series adaptation of one of the biggest IPs in Crypt TV’s monster universe. Set in the Pacific Northwest, “The Girl in the Woods” follows Carrie’s escape from her mysterious, cult-like colony that guards the world from monsters hidden behind a secret door within the woods. Join executive producers Jack Davis and Darren Brandl (Crypt TV), co-executive producer Jasmine Johnson, and director and co-executive producer Krysten Ritter as they discuss bringing this supernatural story to life and what fans can expect when the Peacock Original YA drama “The Girl in the Woods” premieres Thursday, October 21, exclusively on Peacock.

“The Hot Zone: Anthrax”

October 10, 2021, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM (Virtual)

Room 411

Nat Geo’s “The Hot Zone” anthology series delves into real-life stories of outbreaks and the heroes on the frontlines. Following the dark days of 9/11, America faced a second wave of attacks: the anthrax letters, which targeted journalists and politicians. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the haunting attacks that killed five people and caused panic across the United States. Inspired by true events, “The Hot Zone: Anthrax” is a timely scientific thriller that follows an FBI Special Agent as he tracks down the killer. While many of us can remember the breaking news headlines and widespread fear that arose during this time, there are many layers to this shocking and unbelievable story that have not yet been told. In this panel, go behind-the-scenes of this chilling crime story with co-stars Tony Goldwyn and Daniel Dae Kim, and showrunners Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson.

“Star Trek: Prodigy”

October 10, 2021, 12:45 PM – 2:00 PM (In Person)

Empire Stage

Join Paramount+, CBS Studios and Nickelodeon for a premiere screening for the whole family of the highly anticipated upcoming “Star Trek” animated kids’ series “Star Trek: Prodigy.” Following the screening, voice cast members Kate Mulgrew, Brett Gray, Rylee Alazraqui and Dee Bradley Baker, producers Kevin Hageman, Dan Hageman and Ben Hibon, and Ramsey Naito, President, Animation & Development, Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation, will take the stage for a moderated panel discussion.

Developed by Emmy® Award-winners Kevin and Dan Hageman (“Trollhunters” and “Ninjago”) the CG-animated series “Star Trek: Prodigy” is the first “Star Trek” series aimed at younger audiences and will follow a motley crew of young aliens who must figure out how to work together while navigating a greater galaxy, in search for a better future. These six young outcasts know nothing about the ship they have commandeered – a first in the history of the Star Trek Franchise – but over the course of their adventures together, they will each be introduced to Starfleet and the ideals it represents. Produced by the Nickelodeon Animation Studio and CBS Studios, “Star Trek: Prodigy” will premiere on Paramount+ on October 28.

“Just Beyond”

October 10, 2021, 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM (Virtual)

Room 411

Inspired by the writings of R.L. Stine, the Disney+ series “Just Beyond” tells astonishing and thought-provoking stories of a reality just beyond the one we know. In each of the eight unique stories, viewers meet a new cast of characters who must go on a surprising journey of self-discovery in a supernatural world of witches, aliens, ghosts and parallel universes. Join cast Cedric Joe, Megan Stott, Lexi Underwood along with creator and executive producer Seth Grahame-Smith and co-executive producer R.L. Stine for a Q&A moderated by TV Guide Magazine’s Damian Holbrook

“The Badass Women of ‘The Walking Dead'”

October 10, 2021, 2:00 – 3:00 PM (Virtual)

Room 404/405

We’ve seen the women of The Walking Dead Universe take down massive herds, horrible villains and lead their communities through hardship. This panel will celebrate the evolution of these fierce, strong female leads from every walk of life, starting from when we are first introduced to these characters and how we’ve watched them survive the apocalypse. Join EPs, directors and cast members as they discuss their favorite character storylines, their journeys and the importance of having strong female representation onscreen. Panelists: Alexa Mansour, Aliyah Royale, Angela Kang, Annet Mahendru, Christine Evangelista, Denise Huth, Jenna Elfman, Karen David, Lauren Cohan, Paola Lazaro. Moderator: Yvette Nicole Brown.

“What We Do in the Shadows'”

October 10, 2021, 2:45 – 3:45 PM (In Person)

Empire Stage

FX’s Emmy®-nominated vampire comedy “What We Do in the Shadows” returns to New York Comic Con for a live discussion with members of the cast and creative team. Catch a special presentation of an upcoming episode and join special guests in a lively conversation about the series Rolling Stone named “the funniest show on television.” What We Do in the Shadows is a documentary-style look into the daily (or rather, nightly) lives of four vampires who’ve “lived” together for hundreds of years. Seasons 3 currently airs Thursdays at 10pm ET/PT on FX and streams the next day on FX on Hulu.  Don’t miss the chance to attend the Vampiric Council of the Eastern Seaboard of the New World’s first public meeting! BAT!

MOVIE PANELS

(All panel descriptions are courtesy of New York Comic Con.)

Virtual = Panelists will not appear in person; panel is available for viewing in person and online.

In Person = Panelists will appear in person; panel is available for viewing in person and online.

“Welcome to the Blumhouse”

October 7, 2021, 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM (Virtual)

Room 411

This October, Welcome to the Blumhouse returns exclusively to Amazon Prime Video with the worldwide release of four electrifying new thrillers that plumb the depths of humanity’s deepest and darkest fears: “Bingo Hell” (directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero), “Black as Night” (directed by Maritte Lee Go), “Madres” (directed by Ryan Zaragoza) and “The Manor” (directed by Axelle Carolyn). Join all four directors, with a special introduction by Founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions Jason Blum, as they discuss the importance of showcasing female and emerging directors while delivering original stories to audiences everywhere. “Bingo Hell” and “Black as Night” premiere October 1, “Madres” and “The Manor” premiere October 8, all on Amazon Prime Video. Panel moderated by Dino-Ray Ramos.

“My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission”

October 8, 2021, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (In Person)

Empire Stage

Your sneak peek into the next chapter of the global anime phenomenon starts here. Presented by Funimation, the panel includes an exclusive preview of My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission. Hear from the dub cast and crew before the movie hits theaters October 29! Panelists: Voice cast members Ryan Colt Levy (Rody), Sarah Roach (Clair Voyance), Lisa Oritz (Burnin), Cristina Vee (Pino), Series and movie ADR Script Writer, Jeramey Kraatz. Moderator: Lauren Moore.

“Ghostbusters: Afterlife”

October 8, 2021, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM (In Person)

Empire Stage

Director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman will be joined by some of the cast of Sony Pictures’ “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” for an in-depth conversation. The panel will cover the highly-anticipated new film and the franchise at-large, one of the most beloved in pop culture history. In addition to insightful conversation the panel will feature never-before-seen clips from the film.

“Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train”

October 9, 2021, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (In Person)

Empire Stage

Board the Mugen Train once again! Presented by Funimation, this panel is your deep dive into “Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train.” Join the English voices of some of your favorite characters as they discuss everything from heart-wrenching scenes to moments that fans love most.

2019 New York Comic Con: What to expect at this year’s event

October 2, 2019

by Carla Hay

“Star Trek: Discovery” (Photo courtesy of CBS All Access)

The 14th annual New York Comic Con takes place October 3 to October 6 in New York City. The event is expected to draw about 250,000 people, according to ReedPOP, the company that produces the event. New York Comic Con’s main hub is at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, but there are also numerous activities taking place at several other locations in the city, including Hammerstein Ballroom, the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, the New York Public Library, the Way Station (in Brooklyn) and AMC 34th Street.

TV shows dominate the most high-profile panels and activities. New York Comic Con in 2019 also seven major exclusive TV panels: HBO’s “Watchmen,” based on the graphic-novel series; “Servant,” the Apple TV+ show from executive producer M. Night Shyamalan; the FX show “DEVS,” the first TV series from “Ex Machina” director Alex Garland; the Starz series “Outlander,” which is coming to New York Comic Con for the second year in a row; Hulu’s “Castle Rock,” which will premiere the first episode of the show’s second season; the “Star Trek” universe on CBS All Access will get a spotlight with a panel for “Star Trek: Discovery” and “Star Trek: Picard.” and a 20th anniversary panel for “Angel.”

Meanwhile,  Warner Bros. Television is having a panel for several of its shows: “Riverdale,” “Manifest,” “Roswell, New Mexico” “Batwoman” and “Harley Quinn.” There will also be a panel for the TNT series “Snowpiercer,” which is the TV version of the 2013 movie of the same name. “The Orville” will have its first New York Comic Con panel since moving from Fox to Hulu. Fans of USA Network’s  “The Purge” will get to see the first episode of the show’s second season, followed by a Q&A with the cast.

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” TV series has had a panel at New York Comic Con every year since the show debuted in 2010. The show’s 10th season (which premieres October 6, 2019) will be the first without original “Walking Dead” star Andrew Lincoln, who played “The Walking Dead” group leader Rick Grimes. Lincoln left the show in 2018, because he said he wanted to spend more time with his family. There will also be a separate panel for “The Walking Dead” universe, including the third “Walking Dead” TV series whose name is to be announced.

There are some movies due to be released in theaters that will also be showcased at the event, such as “1917,” “The King’s Man,” “Free Guy” and “The Grudge.” There will also be a panel featuring “The Lord of the Rings” hobbit actors Sean Astin and Billy Boyd, as well as a panel featuring several actresses who are the voices of Disney princesses in animated films.

Broadway shows are represented with separate panels for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” “Dear Evan Hansen” and “The Lightning Thief—The Percy Jackson Musical.” And, of course, there will be plenty of panels, exhibits and previews for comic books, video games, fantasy novels and other pop-culture attractions.

Every day during New York Comic Con, Syfy Wire on the NYCC Live Stage (at Booth 174) will have brief interviews with the talent appearing on the panels. It’s an opportunity to get an intimate, close-up look at the talent, but seating is limited. Click here for the NYCC Live Stage schedule.

And it wouldn’t be a Comic Con without cosplaying and merchandise sales. The Cosplay Central area returns for its second year at the River Pavilion of the fourth floor of the Javits Convention Center. While at Cosplay Central, cosplayers can mingle, pose for photos, use the dressing rooms and attend panel discussions. New York Comic Con also has an enormous amount of merchandise for sale for numerous types of entertainment.

ANIME FEST

(Image courtesy of Anime Fest)

As previously reported, For the second year in a row, New York Comic Con has partnered with Anime Expo to create Anime Fest, which will take place on the same days as New York Comic Con 2019 in New York City: October 3 to October 6. Anime Fest is a separate event that will be held at Hudson Mercantile. It’s a change in venue from the 2018 Anime Expo, which was held at Pier 94. The good news is that Hudson Mercantile is much closer to the Javits Convention Center than Pier 94.

AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS AND PHOTO OPS

Several stars from movies and TV shows will have individual autograph sessions and/or photo opportunities with fans. They include:

  • Tom Hiddleston (“Thor,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” “The Avengers” and the upcoming Disney+ “Loki” series) on October 3 and October 4.
  •  Paul Rudd (“Ant-Man,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Avengers: Endgame”) on October 3 and October 4.
  • Billy Dee Williams (“The Empire Strikes Back,” “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”) on October 3, October 4 and October 5.
  • Amy Acker (“The Gifted,” “Person of Interest,” “Angel”) on October 4, October 5 and October 6.
  • Benedict Wong (“Doctor Strange,” “Deadly Class”) on October 3, October 4 and October 5.
  • Billy Boyd (“The Lord of the Rings” movie series) on October 4, October 5 and October 6.
  • Anika Noni Rose (“The Princess and the Frog”) on October 4, October 5, and October 6.
  • James Marsden (“Angel,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) on October 3, October 4, October 5, and October 6.
  • Charisma Carpenter (“Angel,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) on October 3, October 4, October 5, and October 6.
  • Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek” original series) on October 3, October 4, October 5, and October 6.
  • Christopher Eccleston (“Doctor Who,” “The Leftovers”) on October 3 and October 4.
  • Tom Kenny (“SpongeBob SquarePants”) on October 3, October 4, October 5, and October 6.

TELEVISION AND WEB SERIES PANELS

“The Purge”

October 3, 2019, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Hammerstein Ballroom

Based on the popular film franchise, USA Network’s “The Purge” is back! In Season 2 of the hit anthology series, we will finally discover what happens the other 364 days of the year, which will leave you asking: does what happens on Purge night really stay on Purge night? Don’t miss the premiere screening of the first episode from the new season, followed by an exclusive Q&A with the executive producers (including creator James DeMonaco, Krystal Houghton Ziv and James Roland) and stars Derek Luke, Paola Nuñez, Joel Allen and Rochelle Aytes.

“RWBY Volume 7”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPc7OLVc_Yk

October 3, 2019, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Hammerstein Ballroom

The cast and crew of “RWBY” return to New York Comic Con with an early look at the upcoming Volume 7, world premiere reveals, news, and more!

“Servant”

October 3, 2019, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Hammerstein Ballroom

An exclusive event with master storyteller M. Night Shyamalan as he introduces Servant, a new psychological thriller series coming to Apple TV+. “Servant” follows a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home. Please join M. Night Shyamalan, Tony Basgallop, and the cast including Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell, Nell Tiger Free, and Rupert Grint.

“Big Mouth”

October 3, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Main Stage 1-D – Javits Center

Get comfortable being uncomfortable with your favorite puberty-driven animated series “Big Mouth”! Join Nick Kroll and cast, along with executive producers as they take on NYCC with hilarious clips and commentary from the highly-anticipated third season. Filled with complicated friendships, hormone monsters, musical numbers, and everything in between, “Big Mouth” is bringing its most heartwarming and raunchy moments to Comic-Con with a super-sized panel not to be missed.

“Marvel’s Runaways”

October 4, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

“Marvel’s Runaways” is headed back to Madison Square Garden with an action-packed panel you won’t want to miss! Be the first to experience the premiere episode of the highly-anticipated third season with the stars and creative forces of Marvel’s Runaways. After the exclusive screening, join Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television, along with the cast and executive producers, to discuss what’s to come in Season 3. All episodes of Marvel’s Runaways Season 3 drop on December 13, 2019, only on Hulu.

“Watchmen”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-33JCGEGzwU

October 4, 2019, 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM

Main Stage 1-D – Javits Center

Set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, HBO’s upcoming series “Watchmen” embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name while breaking new ground of its own. From the co-creator of “The Leftovers,” Damon Lindelof’s new series is set in contemporary 2019 where roughly 30 years have passed since the original “Watchmen” story. Please join producers Lindelof, Nicole Kassell, series stars Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Hong Chau for an exclusive sneak peek of the first episode of the HBO series followed by a panel discussion.

“The Walking Dead” Universe

October 5, 2019, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

“The Walking Dead”

The Walking Dead is a story that started 10 years ago with one man trying to find his family. That family grew and gradually communities took shape. They fought and survived, thrived and gave birth to a new generation. Season 10 picks up a few months from where we left off, with the collected communities still dealing with the after effects of Alpha and the Whisperers horrific display of power, reluctantly respecting the new borderlines being imposed on them, all while organizing themselves into a militia-style fight force, preparing for a battle that may be unavoidable. The Whisperers are a threat unlike any they have ever faced, and the very idea of whether civilization can survive in a world filled with the dead hangs in the balance. The series’ milestone 10th season returns on October 6, 2019.

“TWD3”

The untitled third series in the Walking Dead Universe will focus on the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse.

“Angel” 20th Anniversary Reunion

October 5, 2019, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Hammerstein Ballroom

On October 5, 1999, “Angel,” the incredible spin-off from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” debuted. On October 5, 2019, we reassemble the cast on the stage of the Hammerstein Ballroom to honor a truly groundbreaking show on its 20th Anniversary. Moderated by Clare Kramer (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”).

Amazon Prime Video: “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” and “The Expanse”

October 5, 2019, 10:45 AM – 1:30 PM

Main Stage 1D – Javits Center

Join stars and producers from Amazon Prime Video’s Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” and “The Expanse” for world premiere screenings and individual Q&A sessions on the Javits Main Stage.

“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”: Season 2 World Premiere Screening and Q&A

Join the cast of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, including John Krasinski, Noomi Rapace and Michael Kelly, for the world premiere screening of Season Two’s action-packed first episode. After tracking a potentially suspicious shipment of illegal arms in the Venezuelan jungle, CIA Officer Jack Ryan (Krasinski) heads down to South America to investigate. As Jack’s investigation threatens to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy, the President of Venezuela launches a counter-attack that hits home for Jack, leading him and his fellow operatives on a global mission spanning the United States, UK, Russia, and Venezuela to unravel the President’s nefarious plot and bring stability to a country on the brink of chaos. The second season of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan will premiere November 1, 2019, on Amazon Prime Video.

“The Expanse”: Season 4 World Premiere Screening and Q&A

“The Expanse” will host a world premiere screening of the first episode from the Amazon Prime Video series’ highly-anticipated fourth season! Season 4 marks a new chapter for the crew of the Rocinante, as they join the land rush and embark on a U.N. mission to explore the newly discovered, Earth-like planets that exist beyond the Ring Gate. The first planet to be settled, Ilus, is one rich with natural resources, but it’s also scarred by the ruins of a long dead alien civilization. While Earthers, Martians and Belters maneuver to colonize Ilus and its natural resources, tensions rise between the opposing nations, but these early explorers don’t understand the true threat of this new world and are unaware of the larger dangers that await them. Following the premiere screening, join the series stars and showrunner for an in-depth conversation and exciting updates about what fans can expect when the new season launches on Amazon Prime Video on December 13, 2019.

“Snowpiercer”

October 5, 2019, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Hammerstein Ballroom

Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, “Snowpiercer” centers on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a 1001 car, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out in this riveting television adaptation, produced by Tomorrow Studios, based on the acclaimed movie and graphic novel series of the same name. TBS offers a brand-new sneak peek of the highly anticipated post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller along with a panel featuring stars Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, Alison Wright, Mickey Sumner, Lena Hall, Sheila Vand, Steven Ogg and EP / showrunner Graeme Manson.

“DEVS”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24Fb17q7Y8o

October 5, 2019, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Hammerstein Ballroom

From visionary screenwriter/director/filmmaker Alex Garland (“Ex Machina,” “Annihilation”) comes FX’s “DEVS,” a high-tech suspense thriller about a young software engineer who investigates the secretive development division of her employer, which she believes is behind the murder of her boyfriend. Please join Alex Garland and cast for an exclusive sneak peek and must-see conversation about this electrifying new limited series. “DEVS” premieres on FX in 2020.

“Star Trek” Universe

October 5, 2019, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Over 50 years ago, the world was first introduced to what would quickly become a cultural phenomenon for the ages. “Star Trek” broke barriers then and continues to do so now, inspiring people of all generations and walks of life with its celebration of cultural diversity, scientific exploration and the pursuit of uncharted frontiers. Today, the “Star Trek” universe continues to thrive, exploring all new missions for Starfleet. CBS All Access invites you to join Sonequa Martin-Green, cast and producers of its hit “Star Trek” series including “Star Trek: Discovery” and Sir Patrick Stewart, cast and producers from the highly anticipated “Star Trek: Picard.”

“Castle Rock”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bytPaQ5I8U

October 5, 2019, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

J.J. Abrams and Stephen King’s hit psychological horror series returns! Set in the Stephen King multiverse, “Castle Rock” combines the mythological scale and intimate storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine forestland. In season two, a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes, Stephen King’s nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock. Panelists include series stars Lizzy Caplan, Tim Robbins, Paul Sparks, Yusra Warsama, Barkhad Abdi, Matthew Alan and Elsie Fisher, along with co-creator and showrunner Dustin Thomason. Castle Rock premieres Wednesday, October 23, 2019, only on Hulu.

“Outlander”

October 5, 2019, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Join the creators and cast of the hit STARZ Original Series for a discussion on the series so far and what is to come in Season Five.

“The Walking Dead”

October 5, 2019, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

AMC Presents a special advance screening of the Season 10 premiere of “The Walking Dead.”

Warner Bros. Television: “Riverdale,” “Manifest,” “Roswell, New Mexico” “Harley Quinn,” “Batwoman”

October 6, 2019, 10:30 AM – 2:45 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

“Riverdale” Special Video Presentation and Q&A

10:30 AM–11:30 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4LHLj6Bf5E

Now that the Gargoyle King has been revealed, The Black Hood is dead and Hiram is in jail, can Archie and the gang have a normal senior year? Riverdale returns for its second appearance at New York Comic Con, to discuss the new mysteries of season four, including the shocking finale flash forward and what it means for Jughead and the others. Join us for a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars Mädchen Amick, Marisol Nichols, Mark Consuelos and Skeet Ulrich and executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. “Riverdale’s” Season 4 returns October 9, airing Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.

“Manifest” Special Video Presentation and Q&A

11:35 AM –12:05 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Issehc3pOUI

Last season’s breakout hit drama returns with more heart-pounding mystery and answers to some of last season’s biggest questions! When Montego Air Flight 828 landed safely in New York after a turbulent but routine flight, the crew and passengers were relieved. Yet in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five years and their friends, families and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on. Now, faced with the impossible, they’re all given a second chance. Join the series cast and executive producer/creator Jeff Rake, as they delve even further into the mystery of Flight 828, and offer a special sneak peek at some exclusive new footage! “Manifest’s” second season will air midseason on NBC.

“Roswell, New Mexico” Special Video Presentation and Q&A

12:10 PM – 1:00 PM

Following the shocking season one finale, where Max used his powers to resurrect Rosa while not realizing that he was sacrificing his own life in the process, join “Roswell, New Mexico” as it returns for its second appearance at New York Comic Con! In season two, Liz mourns her lost love by seeking comfort in science, both earthly and extraterrestrial, as Rosa turns to Kyle to help her find her place in the unfamiliar territory of 2019. In their grief, Isobel explores potentially dangerous methods of self-defense, and Michael spirals into some old bad habits, putting his relationships with Maria and Alex at risk. Join us for a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars Jeanine Mason, Nathan Dean Parsons, Michael Vlamis, Lily Cowles and Tyler Blackburn and executive producers Carina Adly MacKenzie, Chris Hollier and Julie Plec. “Roswell, New Mexico” will return midseason on The CW.

“Harley Quinn” Screening

1:05 PM – 1:30 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS-xdZIZgII

Catch an early look at this upcoming adult animated action-comedy series coming soon to DC Universe. Harley Quinn puts everyone’s favorite Gotham villainess front and center as Harley has finally broken things off with the Joker and attempts to make it on her own as the criminal Queenpin of Gotham City. Voicing the title role of Harley Quinn, Kaley Cuoco (“The Big Bang Theory”) leads an all-star comedic voice cast which includes Lake Bell (“Bless This Mess”), Alan Tudyk (“Doom Patrol”), Tony Hale (“Veep”), Ron Funches (“Powerless”), JB Smoove (“Spider-Man: Far From Home”), Jason Alexander (“Seinfeld”), Diedrich Bader (“Veep”), Chris Meloni (“Happy!”), Jim Rash (“Community”), Wanda Sykes (“Black-ish”) and so many more.

“Batwoman” Pilot Screening and Q&A

1:35 PM – 2:45 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOGTn3TT1Mw

Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope. Join cast and producers for a screening of the pilot, followed by a Q&A. From executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl”), Caroline Dries (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Smallville”), Geoff Johns (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Titans”) and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl”). The cast includes Ruby Rose (“Orange Is the New Black,” “The Meg,” “XXX: Return of Xander Cage”), Rachel Skarsten (“Reign,” “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Lost Girl”), Meagan Tandy (“Survivor’s Remorse,” “UnREAL,” “Teen Wolf”), Nicole Kang (“You”), Camrus Johnson (“Luke Cage,” “The Sun Is Also a Star”), Elizabeth Anweis (“Twin Peaks”) and Dougray Scott (“Taken 3,” “Hitman,” “Mission: Impossible 2”). Marcos Siega (“You,” “God Friended Me,” “Blindspot”) directed the pilot, for which he also served as executive producer alongside David Nutter (“Game of Thrones,” “Arrow,” “The Flash”). “Batwoman” premieres October 6, 2019. airing Sundays at 8/7c on The CW.

In addition, Sunday’s Warner Bros. Television Block will also include exclusive footage into the upcoming seasons of “Black Lightning” (returning Monday, October 7, 2019, at 9/8c on The CW), “Katy Keene” (premieres midseason on The CW), “Legacies” (returning Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 9/8c on The CW) and “Prodigal Son” (Mondays at 9/8c on Fox), as well as the current second season of Titans (now streaming on DC Universe).

“DreamWorks’ She-Ra and the Princesses of Power”

October 6, 2019, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Main Stage 1D – Javits Center

Join cast and creators for a discussion of the hit animated series. Panelists include A.J. Michalka, Aimee Carrero, Karen Fukuhara, Krutika Mallikarjuna, Lauren Ash and Marcus Scribner.

“Batman Beyond” 20th Anniversary

October 6, 2019, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Main Stage 1D – Javits Center

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, “Batman Beyond” won two Emmy Awards and three Annie Awards as it captured the imaginations of a new generation of Batman fans, setting new standards for super hero storytelling with innovative designs, outstanding voice acting and an intriguing approach to DC’s iconic characters and stories. The series also spawned an acclaimed animated film, “Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.” Come celebrate the series’ 20th anniversary and its upcoming remastered Blu-ray box set release with key members of the Batman Beyond creative team, led by the voices of Batman & Terry McGinnis – Kevin Conroy (“Batman: The Animated Series”) and Will Friedle (“Boy Meets World,” “Kim Possible”). “Batman Beyond: The Complete Series Deluxe Limited Edition” box set arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting October 15, 2019 and in a stunning Blu-ray box set on October 29, 2019.

“The Orville”

October 6, 2019, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Main Stage 1D – Javits Center

Emmy-nominated series “The Orville” is back for season 3 and heading to New York! Join the dynamic crew of the U.S.S. Orville: Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon, Jessica Szohr, J Lee, Mark Jackson & Chad L. Coleman and Executive Producers David A. Goodman, Jon Cassar & Brannon Braga to celebrate the show and learn about its exciting, new adventures on Hulu!

In addition, these TV shows or web series will be showcased with panels at New York Comic Con this year:

  • “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”
  • “The Banana Splits Movie”
  • “Castlevania”
  • “Charmed”
  • “Creepshow”
  • “Daybreak”
  • “Dragon Ball Super”
  • “The Dragon Prince”
  • “Emergence”
  • “Evil”
  • “For All Mankind”
  • “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”
  • “Impractical Jokers”
  • “Impulse”
  • “The Last Kids on Earth”
  • “Lincoln”
  • “Lost in Space”
  • “Nancy Drew”
  • “neXt”
  • “Pandora”
  • “Primal”
  • “Reprisal”
  • “Resident Alien”
  • “Robot Chicken”
  • “Seis Manos”
  • “Steven Universe”
  • “Tell Me a Story”
  • “Wonder Woman: Bloodline”
  • “Wynonna Earp”

MOVIE PANELS

“1917”

AMC 34th Street

October 3, 2019, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Sam Mendes, the Academy Award-winning director of “Skyfall,” “Spectre” and “American Beauty,” legendary Academy Award winning cinematographer Roger Deakins and more take you behind the scenes of their thrilling new epic, “1917,” about two young British soldiers on an impossible mission, in a race against time, to cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack.

“The King’s Man” and “Free Guy”

October 3, 2019, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Main Stage 1-D – Javits Center

20th Century Fox will be at New York Comic Con with Criminal Masterminds, British Intelligence Agents, Despondent Bank Tellers & Biker Girls for An Insider’s Look at “The King’s Man” and “Free Guy.” This panel will introduce both films and feature exclusive conversations with the cast and filmmakers. “The King’s Man” is Matthew Vaughn’s origin story of Britain’s very first independent intelligence agency hitting theaters in February 2020. “Free Guy” is an adventure-comedy directed by Shawn Levy starring Ryan Reynolds as a forlorn bank teller who discovers he is a background character in an open world video game, in theaters in July 2020.

“The Grudge” (2020)

October 3, 2019, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Main Stage 1-D – Javits Center

Sony Pictures presents “The Grudge,” a reimagining of the horror classic. Appearing in person: producer Sam Raimi and cast members Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye, Nicolas Pesce and Andrea Riseborough.

“Murder in the Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JImsHFVztGI

October 3, 2019, 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM

Room 1A21 – Javits Center

Join us to celebrate the theatrical release of “Murder in the Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story”! Based off the 2012 photojournal of the same name, the documentary contains over fifty interviews with various metal stalwarts, (including Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament and Death Angel), telling its tall tales through a mix of first-person interviews, animation and narration by comedian Brian Posehn. In addition to never-before-seen clips, we’ll talk with our headbanging panelists about metal music’s influence within today’s comic con culture. NO BALLADS!!!

*All panel descriptions are courtesy of New York Comic Con.

2019 New York Comic Con: Anime Fest returns for second consecutive year, relocates to Hudson Mercantile

July 15, 2019

by Carla Hay

(Image courtesy of Anime Fest)

For the second year in a row, New York Comic Con has partnered with Anime Expo to create Anime Fest, which will take place on the same days as New York Comic Con 2019 in New York City: October 3 to October 6. Anime Fest is a separate event that will be held at Hudson Mercantile, a change in venue from the 2018 Anime Expo, which was held at Pier 94. New York Comic Con takes place at various locations in New York City, but the main hub is at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The good news is that Hudson Mercantile is much closer to the Javits Convention Center than Pier 94.

New York Comic Con badge purchases are not required to attend Anime Fest, and vice versa, but separate tickets are required for most Anime Fest offerings. However, the first floor of Hudson Mercantile will be  Anime Fest headquarters, which will be New York Comic Con badge holders and Anime Fest ticket holders alike. According to Anime Fest, this community hub will have “interactive and immersive experiences and opportunities to connect with other fans.”

Panels announced so far for Anime Fest 2019 include those featuring voice actor Charlet Chung (“Overwatch); Veronica Taylor (“Pokémon,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”); and Christopher Sabat and Sean Schemmel  (“Dragon Ball Z”).

 

2019 New York Comic Con: ‘Lord of the Rings’ stars, ‘Angel’ stars, Disney Princess actresses set to make appearances

July 2, 2019

by Carla Hay

Lord of the Rings
Pictured from left to right: Sean Astin, Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd in “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (Photos courtesy of New Line Cinema)

Stars of “The Lord of the Rings” movies, the “Angel” TV series, and Disney Princess movies are set to make appearances at the 14th annual New York Comic Con, which will take place October 3 to October 6, 2019 in New York City. The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center is the main hub of the event, but several event activities will take place at other venues in the city.

Sean Astin, Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd, who starred as hobbits in “The Lord of the Rings” movie trilogy, will be at the event. There will also be a reunion of “Angel” stars James Marsters, Charisma Carpenter, J. August Richards, Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof. In addition, Disney princess voice actresses Anika Noni Rose (“The Princess and the Frog”), Jodi Benson (“The Little Mermaid”) and Paige O’Hara (“Beauty and the Beast”) will be there to greet fans.

Other celebrities announced for the event so far include “The Empire Strike Back” co-star Billy Dee Williams; original “Star Trek” series co-star Nichelle Nichols; Paul Reubens (also known as Pee Wee Herman); and “SpongeBob SquarePants” creator/voice star Tom Kenny. Also confirmed are “Deadly Class” TV series co-stars Benedict Wong, Maria Gabriela De Faria and Benjamin Wadsworth.

All of these announced stars will be signing autographs at the event.

A complete schedule of 2019 New York Comic Con panels, activities and other celebrity appearances will be announced in the coming weeks.

New York Comic Con, which is produced by ReedPOP, was attended by a record-setting 250,000 people in 2018, according to ReedPop. The event is now the highest-attended comic-book/pop-culture fan convention in North America. Movies and TV programs that were showcased at the 2018 New York Comic Con included “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” “Dragon Ball Z Super: Broly,” “The Walking Dead,” “Doctor Who,”  “Good Omens,” “Riverdale,” “The Umbrella Academy” and “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.”

UPDATE: Dominic Monaghan has canceled his appearance at New York Comic Con 2019.

2019 Popsugar Play/Ground: Chrissy Teigen, Issa Rae, Mandy Moore headline event

March 6, 2019

The following is a press release from PopSugar:

On June 22 and June 23, powerhouse global lifestyle brand PopSugar, along with event partner Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading event organizer, will return to Pier 94 in New York City to present the second annual PopSugar Play/Ground, an experiential wonderland for women. Following the huge success of last year’s inaugural festival, the event will provide experiences both playful and grounding, bringing together a large and engaged community of women with today’s most compelling leaders, experts, and artists.

PopSugar Play/Ground celebrates dreams, no matter what they may look like, and provides the tools to achieve them. Festival-goers can expect one-of-a-kind programming that has something for everyone, with an emphasis on wellness, career advancement, activism, self-care, and self-love. The Main Stage will feature uplifting and inspiring panel conversations with headliners Chrissy Teigen, Issa Rae, and Mandy Moore, among others, cutting-edge workouts, and much more to be announced. Further highlights this year include immersive villages:

  • The Playground: a space where attendees can tap into their inner child and experience pure joy
  • Sugar Studios: a fitness dome programmed with back-to-back workouts from today’s leading influencers and most highly sought-after studios
  • The Samsung Soul Space Village: a dedicated wellness space offering expert workshops and classes focused on spirituality, stress relief, crystal healing, and more
  • The Beauty Carnival: a beauty hub that aims to gamify beauty in the most luring, eye-catching, and experiential way
  • The Mall of the Future: a shopping space with numerous brands that everybody will love, from all-time favorites to the up-and-coming. This village will also include The Pop Shop, an area curated by PopSugar editors that will feature exclusive collaborations and an entire PopSugar product range

“PopSugar Play/Ground is going to be even bigger and better this year,” said Lisa Sugar, founder and president of PopSugar. “We were thrilled with the community that joined us in year one, and this year we plan to build on our success to bring together women who are ready and excited to learn, play, and be inspired by the incredible talent and experiences we have lined up. PopSugar has always celebrated the multihyphenate woman, and Play/Ground is a place where she can embrace and connect with new friends while treating and celebrating herself.”

“I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be a part of PopSugar Play/Ground this June because it’s a festival that celebrates all aspects of the modern-day woman — playfulness, politics, health, wellness, and fearlessness,” Mandy Moore said. “It’s about celebrating her potential and speaking to all sides of her. It’s a weekend dedicated to learning, being inspired, and creating your path to happiness — whatever that may be.”

Immersive retail is a cornerstone of PopSugar Play/Ground. In the shopping bazaar, guests will be able to purchase exclusive items curated by both PopSugar editors and Play/Ground celebrity headliners, as well as limited-edition product collaborations with PopSugar’s favorite brands. Samsung, one of Play/Ground’s presenting sponsors, will partner on the Samsung Soul Space Village, focused on holistic health, spirituality and more. Wendy’s will return to PopSugarPlay/Ground as a premiere sponsor for the second year in a row. CALIA by Carrie Underwood, Nair, Physicians Formula, Tropicana, and many other brands will also activate at PopSugar Play/Ground, producing highly experiential and Instagram-worthy activations that are unique to PopSugarPlay/Ground.

“PopSugar Play/Ground is a leader in the experiential event space, and we are thrilled to bring the festival to NYC for the second year,” said Ron Walden, group vice president of ReedPOP West, a division of Reed Exhibitions. “We can’t wait to build off last year’s success and share the evolution of PopSugar Play/Ground in June with our audience.”

The two-day festival is expected to attract more than 15,000 attendees. Tickets are on sale now and begin at $55 for GA and $200 for VIP. More guests, brand partners, and exhibitors will be announced in the following months.

For more information on PopSugar Play/Ground and to purchase tickets, please go to www.popsugarplayground.com.

Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson and ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ team untangle secrets of their groundbreaking movie

October 6, 2018

by Carla Hay

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Jake Johnson, Lauren Velez, Shameik Moore, Brian Tyree Henry Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey at the “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” panel at New York Comic Con in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)

The animated film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” was one of the most talked-about revelations at the 2018 edition of New York Comic Con in New York City. Not only were fans given a huge surprise treat by seeing the first 35 minutes of the film before the panel discussion took place, but those in the audience who saw the sneak preview were also raving about it. Simply put: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (which opens in theaters on December 14, 2018) has the makings of being an award-winning hit.

The movie also represents the first time on the big screen that Spider-Man will be played by characters other than Peter Parker. The main Spider-Man in “Into the Spider-Verse” is Miles Morales, a half-Puerto Rican, half-African American high schooler from Brooklyn, who almost reluctantly becomes the masked webslinger under the mentorship of Parker. The trailers for the movie indicate that Morales’ love interest Gwen Stacy will also take on the persona of Spider-Gwen, plus there are other variations of Spider-Man in this movie’s alternate universe. (No spoilers here.)

After getting rapturous applause following the sneak preview, several members of the “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” team took to the stage for a discussion panel. They included Shameik Moore (voice of Miles Morales); Jake Johnson (voice of Peter Parker); Lauren Velez (voice of Rio Morales, Miles’ mother); Brian Tyree Henry (voice of Jefferson Davis, Miles’ father); producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller; and directors Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey. Here is what they said:

Christopher Miller, Phil Lord, Jake Johnson, Shameik Moore, Lauren Velez, Brian Tyree Henry, Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey at the “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” panel at New York Comic Con in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)

Phil and Chris, how did you get involved in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”?

Lord: When Sony came to us and said, “Wouldn’t it be cool to do Spider-Man as an animated movie?” And the first thing we thought was, “Yeah, that would be awesome to see a comic book come to life, but wouldn’t it be the seventh Spider-Man movie? It would have to feel like something super-fresh.” So we said we wouldn’t want to do it unless it was Miles Morales’ story.

Miller: It seemed like they really wanted us to do this, so we could make some demands. And so, we used the fact that this story had been told a lot of times to our advantage, because the expectation now is, “How can we do it differently?”

The visuals are stunning. Peter and Bob, can you talk about the visual approach and how the story is set in Brooklyn?

Ramsey: As Phil said, this was a chance for us to really lean into a medium that was made for Spider-Man … How can we take advantage of a medium that has been visually expressive for so many years and tie it into the original source material? And so, we started to lean into flash frames and visuals that are really reminiscent of drawings, but we had to figure out a way to do it with a computer, which is its own giant task.

And then separately, we’ve seen the Peter Parker story. We know. We haven’t seen the Miles Morales story. Brooklyn is such a character. There are so many things that were born out of New York: hip-hop, graffiti, Miles. How do we view the movie with a character that is the city? Each borough has its own flavor.

Persichetti: The great thing for us, as filmmakers, is that the stars all kind of lined up, and we were in a situation where we had producers/creators—Phil [Lord]  and Chris [Miller]—who had a vision, and a studio that said, “You can do that,” even though they didn’t know what we were going to do.

Every step along of the way, everyone on the team pushed as far as they could into his idea of using animation to be more expressive, be like a comic book, honor the original source, and to try to bring New York 2018 to life in a way that everybody in the audience can understand, so everyone can go through this experience in Miles’ shoes. Hopefully, we got it right.

Ramsey: And I think the secret was we didn’t tell them how bold of a visual approach we were going to take until it was too late to change it.

Jake Johnson and Shameik Moore at the “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” panel at New York Comic Con in New York City.   (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)

Shameik, what was it like to inhabit the Miles Morales character?

Moore: I can relate to the upbringing we’re looking at. I’m not actually Latino, but I feel the spirit. I’m very excited. When I was younger and I first saw Miles Morales, I was like, “Dude, there’s a black Spider-Man out there.”

I wrote it down in a journal filming this movie called “Dope.” I said, “I am Miles Morales. I am Spider-Man.” And two years later, I got the opportunity, with these guys. We made an amazing movie. It really is a crazy thing.

Jake, what can you say about the Peter Parker character in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”?

Johnson: It’s Peter Parker at 40. Peter Parker who’s a little chubby. Peter Parker who’s a little depressed. I just saw [the movie] this morning. It’s just so exciting, and I’m fired up to be in it.

Jake, how would you describe the relationship between Peter Parker and Miles Morales?

Johnson: They become partners in crime. They become unlikely friends. There’s a little bit of “The Karate Kid.” They end up needing each other to get out of a situation, and they become friends along the way.

Bryan Tyree Henry at the “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” panel at New York Comic Con in New York City.   (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)

Brian, how would you describe your Jefferson Davis character as Miles’ father?

Henry: It reminded me of my father. I was raised by my father for … most of my formative years—junior high through high school—puberty, mostly. My father was a Vietnam vet, and there was this kid he was trying to raise. Looking at the [the movie], I was like, “Oh, that’s what he was going through!” I didn’t think I was that bad, but I was off the chain!

There is nothing more important to me than to see a black boy and his father. We’ve seen the single mom trying to bring up a teenage boy to be a man, but it’s really nice to see … Miles Morales has both of his parents. He’s bilingual and raised in Brooklyn. His mom works in a hospital, and [his father] is a cop.

He had a damn good upbringing. We made a good man! It’s important for everyone to see that Miles is part of that. It was very important for me to be part of that, to be someone trying to raise [Miles] right and make him a decent man … And to play the husband of Lauren Velez? I jumped at the chance. Our son is the bomb! It’s an honor to be on this panel with all these creators. And Miles is “dope.” See what I did there?

Shameik Moore and Lauren Velez at the “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” panel at New York Comic Con in New York City.   (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)

Lauren, can you talk about your Rio character, who’s Miles’ mother?

Velez: This is my first animation [project] ever. I had no idea what to expect at all. I’m floored by everything. I’m floored by the storytelling, the visual style. Is that animation? Look at the depth of that. So much if it is beyond what I expected. I really have the most amazing family.

My son [Miles] is so dope and my husband is amazing. I’m the daughter of a cop [in real life], and seeing this [movie] made me think so much of my own family and growing … [Miles] doesn’t come from a broken home. He comes from a real stable, professional parenting environment and parents who want the best for him, and want him to achieve his highest potential. That’s why they’ve sent him away to a school that is better for him but is still diverse; he’s not completely away from his world. All of that I thought was so important.

And the bilingual aspect of it. I’m Nuyorican, and I think Miles is such loving, wonderful son on the cusp of manhood. I feel like [Rio] supports him in moving toward being the man she wants him to but still wants to nurture him and hold on to him and take care of him. I think, secretly, she thinks his art is so dope, and she supports that.

2018 New York Comic Con: What to expect at this year’s event

October 1, 2018

by Carla Hay

NYCC

 

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation)

The 13th annual New York Comic Con takes place October 4 to October 7 in New York City. The event is expected to draw about 200,000 people, according to ReedPOP, the company that produces the event. New York Comic Con’s main hub is at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, but there are also numerous activities taking place at several other locations in the city, including Hammerstein Ballroom, Shop Studios, the New York Public Library and the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.

TV shows dominate the most high-profile panels and activities. “The Walking Dead” TV series has had a panel at New York Comic Con every year since the show debuted in 2010. The show’s ninth season (which premieres October 7, 2018) will have the last episodes with Andrew Lincoln, who plays “The Walking Dead” group leader Rick Grimes. Lincoln is leaving the show because he says he wants to spend more time with his family.

New York Comic Con in 2018 also has four major exclusive TV panels: “Outlander,” which is coming to New York Comic Con for the first time this year; “Doctor Who,” with the Comic Con debut of Jodie Whittaker, the first woman to play the show’s title role; “Tardis Time,” a panel reuniting former “Doctor Who” cast members David Tennant, Matt Smith and Alex Kingston; and a “Netflix and Chills” panel, with sneak previews of Netflix’s upcoming supernatural shows  (“Umbrella Academy,” “The Haunting of Hill House” and “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,”  “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance”), as well as interviews with some of the cast members.

Meanwhile, “Riverdale” will have its New York Comic Con panel debut this year. “Gotham,” which has been at New York Comic Con since its 2014 debut, will have its final New York Comic Con panel before the series ends in 2019.

There are some movies due to be released in theaters that will also be showcased at the event, such as “Mortal Engines,” “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” and “Dragon Ball Super: Broly.” And, of course, there will be plenty of panels, exhibits and previews for comic books, video games, fantasy novels and other pop-culture attractions.

ANIME FEST

 As previously reported, for the first time this year, New York Comic Con has partnered with Anime Expo to create Anime Fest, which will take place on the same days as New York Comic Con 2018 in New York City: October 4 to October 7.  Anime Fest, which will be held at Pier 94, requires a separate price of admission for everyone. New York Comic Con badges not do not include admission to Anime Fest, and a New York Comic Con badge is not required to purchase admission to Anime Fest.

SHOP STUDIOS PANELS AND SESSIONS

New at Comic Con this year are panels and sessions presented by Entertainment Weekly and the Motion Picture Association of America at Shop Studios, which is at 528 W. 39th Street. Some of the panels require tickets. For ticketed panels, most are free to New York Comic Con badge holders and have various prices for people without New York Comic Con badges.

Some of the highlights of Shop Studios include:

  • Entertainment Weekly presents a conversation with actress Sophie Turner (“Dark Phoenix,” “X-Men Apocalypse,” “Game of Thrones”). Tickets are not required. (October 6, 2018, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM)
  • Comic-book illustrator Alex Ross does a rare Comic Con autograph session to celebrate his book “Marvelocity,” a retrospective celebration of the world’s most beloved Marvel characters. Ross is also doing a panel conversation with editor and designer Chip Kidd. This is a ticketed session, with admission charges for everyone, including New York Comic Con badge holders. All tickets include a copy of “Marvelocity” and an exclusive Black Panther print. Ticket prices are $75 for the panel and autograph session or $65 for the autograph session only. (October 6, 2018, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM)
  • Entertainment Weekly presents the “Visionaries” panel with filmmakers Robert Rodriguez (“Alita: Battle Angel,” “Sin City,” “From Dusk Till Dawn”), Taika Waititi (“Thor: Ragnarok,” “What We Do in the Shadows”) and Drew Goddard (“Bad Times at the El Royale,” “The Cabin in the Woods”). This is not a ticketed panel. October 6, 2018, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM)
  • Entertainment Weekly presents the “Brave Warriors” panel with actors Josh Bowman (“Time After Time”), Josh Dallas (“Once Upon a Time,” “Manifest”), Joel de la Feunte (“The Man in the High Castle,” “Manifest”) and Jason Lewis (“Midnight, Texas”). This is not a ticketed panel. (October 7, 2018, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM)
  • Bill Nye does a Q&A conversation with Gregory Moyne. This is a ticketed panel. Free admission tickets are no longer available for New York Comic Con badge holders. Ticket prices are $25, which includes priority seating and a pre-signed copy of Nye and Moyne’s book “Jack and the Geniuses #3: Lost in the Jungle.” (October 7, 2018, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM)

AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS AND PHOTO OPS

Several stars from movies and TV shows will have individual autograph  sessions and/or photo opportunities with fans. They include:

  • Mark Ruffalo (“Avengers: Infinity War,” “Thor: Ragnarok” and other Marvel Studios superhero movies) on October 4.
  • Zachary Levi (“Shazam!,” “Chuck”) on October 4 and October 5.
  • David Tennant (“Doctor Who,” “Good Omens”) on October 5 and October 7.
  • Jason Momoa (“Aquaman,” “Justice League”) on October 6.
  • Michelle Rodriguez (“The Fast and the Furious” franchise, “Lost,” “Avatar,” “Resident Evil”on October 6.
  • Danai Gurira (“The Walking Dead,” “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War”) on October 6 and October 7.
  • Aisha Tyler (“Archer,” “Criminal Minds”) on October 6 and October 7.
  • Matt Smith (“Doctor Who,” “The Crown”) on October 6 and October 7.

NYCC LIVE STAGE

Various celebrities will be stopping by for brief interviews at the NYCC Live Stage at Booth 174 at Javits Center. Here are some of the most high-profile appearances:

Robert Rodriguez and Michelle Rodriguez

October 4, 2018, 11:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez (“Alita: Battle Angel,” “Sin City,” “From Dusk Till Dawn”), actress Michelle Rodriguez (“The Fast and the Furious” franchise, “Lost,” “Avatar,” “Resident Evil”) and writer Racer Rodriguez discuss their new, first-of-a-kind VR project “The Limit.” (Racer is Robert’s son. Michelle is not related to them.)

Zachary Levi

October 4, 2018, 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

The star of “Shazam!” stops by to preview the movie.

“Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Cast Interview

October 5, 2018, 11:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Omar Miller (Raph) Josh Brener (Donnie), Brandon Smith (Mikey) Kat Graham (April O’Neil), Andy Suriano (Character Designer), Ant Ward (Producer), and Rob Paulsen (Voice Director) swing by to discuss the reboot of everyone’s favorite “Heroes in a Half Shell.”

“Titans” Cast Interview

October 5, 2018, 11:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Pal around with the Titans themselves: Brenton Thwaites (Robin), Teagan Croft (Raven), Minka Kelly (Dove), Anna Diop (Starfire), Alan Ritchson (Hawk), and Ryan Potter (Beast Boy), as they discuss the upcoming DC Universe series.

“Outlander” Cast Interview

October 6, 2018, 11:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Go inside the hit fantasy drama’s upcoming fourth season with the show’s stars Sam Heughan (Jamie MacKenzie Fraser), Caitriona Balfe (Claire Beauchamp Randall/Fraser), Sophie Skelton (Bree Randall), and Richard Rankin (Roger Wakefield).

“Good Omens” Cast Interview

October 6, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:45 PM

Writer Neil Gaiman and director Douglas Mackinnon discuss the end of the world with Michael Sheen (Aziraphale), Miranda Richardson (Madame Tracy), and David Tennant (Crowley).

“Manifest” Cast Interview

October 6, 2018, 2:15 PM – 2:30 PM

Series creator Jeff Rake waxes poetic on disappearing commercial airliners alongside Josh Dallas (Ben Stone) and Melissa Roxburgh (Michaela Stone).

 

TELEVISION AND WEB SERIES PANELS

“Marvel’s Runaways”

October 5, 2018, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

“Marvel’s Runaways” is headed to Madison Square Garden, for the very first time, with an action-packed panel, Q&A and never-before-seen-footage.  Join Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television, along with the cast and executive producer, as they let you in on what’s to come for the highly-anticipated Season 2 of the Hulu original series “Marvel’s Runaways.” You won’t want to miss this fun-filled event! And don’t forget all 13 episodes of “Marvel’s Runaways Season 2” will drop on December 21, 2018, only on Hulu.

“DreamWorks Tales of Arcadia: 3Below”

October 5, 2018, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Guillermo del Toro offers a first look inside his upcoming Netflix original series “DreamWorks Tales of Arcadia: 3Below,” the second chapter in the “Tales of Arcadia” trilogy. The panel will also include executive producers Rodrigo Blaas, Marc Guggenheim and Chad Hammes, and actor Diego Luna (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”). The series follows two royal teenage aliens,and their bodyguard who flee a surprise takeover of their home planet by an evil dictator and crash land in Arcadia. Now on the run from intergalactic bounty hunters, they struggle to blend in and adapt to the bizarre world of high school all the while attempting to repair their ship so they can return and defend their home planet.

“Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”

October 5, 2018, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Main Stage 1-D Presented by Verizon – Javits Center

Rise up! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back in the next mutation of New York’s half-shell heroes.  Join us as we celebrate the latest incarnation of The Turtles.  Featuring Omar Miller (“Ballers”) as Raph, Ben Schwartz (“Parks and Recreation”) as Leo, Josh Brener (“Silicon Valley”) as Donnie, Brandon Smith (“You’re the Worst”) as Mikey, Kat Graham (“The Vampire Diaries”) as April and special guest Maurice LaMarche (“Pinky and the Brain”) as the Foot Brute.  Joining the cast are co-executive producers, Andy Suriano and Ant Ward, and legendary voice director Rob Paulsen. Panel highlights will include never-before-seen clips from the series, special guests and exclusive giveaways.

Netflix and Chills

October 5, 2018, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Main Stage 1-D Presented by Verizon – Javits Center

The midnight hour is close at hand with Netflix’s Mega Block of chills, thrills, and everything else of the other-worldly variety. Join the casts of “Umbrella Academy,” “The Haunting of Hill House” and “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” as they descend upon New York Comic Con to discuss these highly anticipated new series. Plus, get a first look at “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” before anyone else. Panelists: Ellen Page, Mary J. Blige, Rob Sheehan, Emmy Raver-Lampman, David Castañeda, Aidan Gallagher, Cameron Britton, Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Siegel.

Tardis Time: Matt Smith, David Tennant and Alex Kingston Live

October 5, 2018, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Hammerstein Ballroom 

The Tenth and Eleventh Doctors are joined by River Song in a once-in-a-regeneration experience at the Hammerstein Ballroom on October 5, 2018. David Tennant, Matt Smith, and Alex Kingston (along with companion/host Aaron Sagers) will make you laugh, cry, and feel bigger on the inside with their tales from across space and time. This is a ticketed event that is not free to New York Comic Con badgeholders. Tickets range from $19-$249.

The forces of good and evil take the stage to give fans a first ever sneak-peak of the highly anticipated series adaptation of Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman’s best-selling “Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch” novel. A dark, comedic story set in modern day Britain that centers on the stoic and sensible angel, Aziraphale (played by Sheen) and the suave man-about-town demon, Crowley (played by Tennant) as they join forces to prevent the coming of the Apocalypse.

“Good Omens”

October 6, 2018, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

The forces of good and evil take the stage to give fans a first ever sneak-peak of the highly anticipated series adaptation of Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman’s best-selling “Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch” novel. A dark, comedic story set in modern day Britain that centers on the stoic and sensible angel, Aziraphale (played by Michael Sheen) and the suave man-about-town demon, Crowley (played by David Tennant) as they join forces to prevent the coming of the Apocalypse. Panelists: Neil Gaiman, David Tennant, Douglas Mackinnon, Michael Sheen  Miranda Richardson

“Marvel’s Daredevil”

October 6, 2018, 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Witness New York Comic Con’s highly anticipated return of “Daredevil,” Marvel’s first superhero on Netflix! Join the series’ stars Charlie Cox, Elden Henson, Deborah Ann Woll, Vincent D’Onofrio, Joanne Whalley, Wilson Bethel, Jay Ali, series showrunner Erik Oleson and executive producer/Marvel head of television Jeph Loeb for what promises to be an epic panel full of surprise reveals.

“Star Trek: Discovery”

October 6, 2018, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

“Star Trek,” one of the most iconic and influential global television franchises, has left an indelible mark on our world.   What began as a TV show over 50 years ago became a window into the future and a reflection of our greatest hopes for a better tomorrow.   Join the cast and producers of “Star Trek: Discovery” as they discuss the legacy of the franchise, and what adventures await the CBS All Access Original Series as it warps into Season 2.  Panelists are to be announced.

“Outlander”

October 6, 2018, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Join executive producers Ronald D. Moore and Maril Davis, along with cast members Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin, for a discussion about the new season of the hit Starz Original Series. Season 4 of “Outlander” continues the story of time-traveling doctor Claire Fraser and her 18th-century Highlander husband Jamie Fraser as they try to make a home for themselves in the rough and dangerous “New World” of colonial America. Meanwhile, in the 20th century, Claire and Jamie’s daughter Brianna Randall and historian Roger Wakefield search for proof that Brianna’s parents found each other in the past.

“The Walking Dead”

October 6, 2018, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Cast and executive producers from AMC’s “The Walking Dead” will discuss the show’s exciting new chapter and share some hints of what’s to come with a sneak peek into season 9, debuting on October 7th at 9PM ET/PT. Panelists: Danai Gurira, Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Angela Kang, Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman , Gale Anne Hurd and  Dave Alpert.

“Riverdale”

October 7, 2018, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Following yet another drama-filled season and shocking Season 2 finale, don’t miss “Riverdale” when it makes its debut at New York Comic Con this year! Join Archie and the gang as they continue to dive into the secrets that loom and keep emerging from the shadows in a town that once seemed like a quiet, ordinary place. The circumstances surrounding Archie’s arrest kick off the drama of season three as the gang tries to #FreeArchie, while Hiram Lodge continues to flesh out his plans to control not only Riverdale, but also the ever growing SoDale. Based on the characters from Archie Comics and produced by Berlanti Productions (“The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “Blindspot,” “Arrow,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”) in association with Warner Bros. Television, this one-hour drama is a bold, subversive take on the surreality of small-town life. Join us for an exclusive sneak peek at Season 3, followed by a Q&A with series stars and producers. “Riverdale” returns for Season 3 on October 10, airing Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW. “Riverdale: The Complete Second Season” is available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital. Panelists announced so far: KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Luke Perry, Mädchen Amick, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Jon Goldwater.

“Gotham”

October 7, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Join “Gotham” as the show returns to New York Comic Con for its final appearance. With Gotham on the brink of total anarchy and cut off from the outside world, only Jim Gordon, Bruce Wayne and a handful of heroes remain behind to retake the city. Inspired by the “No Man’s Land” arc from the comics, villains including Penguin, the Riddler, the Sirens and Jeremiah have taken claim on various regions of the city. Will order be restored, or will chaos reign in Gotham? Be among the first to hear what’s in store for the final chapter of Gotham as the show returns to New York Comic Con for a special video presentation, followed by a Q&A with series stars and producers. From Warner Bros. Television, “Gotham” returns for its fifth and final season midseason on Fox, and “Gotham: The Complete Fourth Season” is available now on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD. Panelists announced so far: David Mazouz, Donal Logue, Robin Lord Taylor, Cory Michael Smith, Camren Bicondova, Sean Pertwee, Chris Chalk, Erin Richards, John Stephens.

“What We Do in the Shadows”

October 7, 2018, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Hammerstein Ballroom

Exclusive Sneak-Peek Screening and Q&A – Based on the classic cult film of the same name, FX presents an exclusive screening of its new vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows, followed by a spirited discussion with executive producers Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi and Paul Simms.  Set in Staten Island, What We Do in the Shadows follows three vampires who have been roommates for hundreds, and hundreds, of years. Following the screening, fans will have a chance to hear directly from the producers about the unending ennui of everyday immortal life that mere humans take for granted.  The series will debut on FX in Spring 2019.

“Doctor Who”

October 7, 2018, 1:45 PM – 3:30 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

BBC America is bringing “Doctor Who” to New York Comic Con for its global premiere! When the new season of “Doctor Who” hits BBC America timed to the U.K. premiere broadcast on Sunday, October 7th at 1:45 p.m. ET/PT, fans will get to experience the first episode live together at New York Comic Con. The screening of the first episode with new star Jodie Whittaker, entitled “The Woman Who Fell to Earth,” will be followed by a panel and fan Q&A with Whittaker, showrunner Chris Chibnall and executive producer Matt Strevens.

“RWBY” and “gen:LOCK” Mega Panel

October 7, 2018, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Rooster Teeth is bringing exclusive sneak peeks of “RWBY Volume 6” and “gen:LOCK” to New York Comic Con. Join “RWBY” cast and crew Lindsay Jones (Ruby), Kara Eberle (Weiss), Arryn Zech (Blake), Barbara Dunkelman (Yang), Miles Luna and Kerry Shawcross for exciting “RWBY” news, hilarious behind-the-scenes stories and more. “gen:LOCK” writer/director Gray G. Haddock will show the most that’s ever been seen of “gen:LOCK.”

In addition, these TV shows or web series will be showcased with panels at New York Comic Con this year:

  • “The 100”
  • “American Dad”
  • “American Gods”
  • “Archer: 1999”
  • “Batman: The Animated Series”
  • “Big Mouth”
  • “Blindspot”
  • “Boy Meets World”(25th Anniversary Reunion)
  • “The Boys”
  • “Charmed”
  • “Cobra Kai”
  • “Cosmos: Possible Worlds”
  • “Cowboy Bebop”
  • “Critical Role”
  • “Deadly Class”
  • “A Discovery of Witches”
  • “The Dragon Prince”
  • “Drunk History”
  • “Family Guy”
  • “Future Man”
  • “The Gifted”
  • “Happy!”
  • “Human Kind Of”
  • “Hilda”
  • “Impractical Jokers”
  • “Legacies”
  • “Liver Spots and Astro Nots”
  • “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” (25th Anniversary Reunion)
  • “Lore”
  • “The Magicians”
  • “The Man in the High Castle”
  • “Manifest”
  • “Mars”
  • “Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors”
  • “Midnight, Texas”
  • “Mythical Beasts”
  • “Nightflyers”
  • “Origin”
  • “The Orville”
  • “Our Star Wars Stories”
  • “The Passage”
  • “Project Blue Book”
  • “Roswell, New Mexico”
  • “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power”
  • “Siren”
  • “Stan Against Evil”
  • “SuperMansion”
  • “The Tick”
  • “Titans”
  • “Trailer Park 2.0”
  • “Voltron Legendary Defender”

MOVIE PANELS

“Mortal Engines”

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

October 5, 2018, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Hundreds of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities roam Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Now, two fugitives forge an unlikely alliance destined to change the future. Join cast & filmmakers from “Mortal Engines” the startling, epic adventure from the filmmakers of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit,” as they share exclusive materials and thrilling tales of production. Panelists: Peter Jackson  Philippa Boyens, Hugo Weaving,  Jihae,  Leila George, Rob Sheehan, Stephen Lang,  Hera Hilmar and Christian Rivers.

“Dragon Ball Super: Broly”

October 5, 2018, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

The greatest action animated series of all time returns for a new movie of epic proportions! Join a roster of English voice actors—and special guests from Japan—as they discuss the film and reveal never-before-seen announcements. This panel reunites the English and Japanese voices of Goku, Sean Schemmel and Masako Nozawa, along with Japanese director Tatsuya Nagamine and English voice actors!

“Hellboy” (2019)

October 6, 2018, 11:00 PM – 12:00 PM

Main Stage 1-D Presented by Verizon – Javits Center

Join stars David Harbour, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim and Ian McShane, and comic book creator Mike Mignola to discuss the film. Based on the Dark Horse comic book “Hellboy” caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

October 6, 2018, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Cast and filmmakers from Sony Pictures Entertainment’s highly anticipated “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” from the creative minds of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, will give audiences an inside look at the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse—where more than one can wear the mask. The film is presented in association with Marvel. Panelists: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson,  Brian Tyree Henry,  Luna Lauren Velez, Miller, Lord, Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichietti.

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” 

October 7, 2018, 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Welcome cast and filmmakers from DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.” Get ready to rediscover Toothless—the King of all Dragons—as he meets a potential girlfriend and journeys alongside Hiccup to a hidden world you thought only existed in myth. Writer/director Dean DeBlois will be joined by special guests as he reveals all-new footage and brings us deep into his surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown, and the most unlikely of friendships—one that’s spanned the lifetimes of both the Night Fury and the chief of Berk.

 “Twilight” (10th Anniversary)

October 7, 2018, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Main Stage 1-D Presented by Verizon – Javits Center

To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of “Twilight’s” original theatrical release, Lionsgate invites you to join director Catherine Hardwicke and “Twilight” actors Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone and Edi Gathegi to reminisce about the epic saga and how it changed the state of fandom.

*All panel descriptions are courtesy of New York Comic Con.

2018 New York Comic Con: Anime Expo partners with event to create Anime Fest

July 14, 2018

by Carla Hay

Anime Expo Anime Fest

For the first time, New York Comic Con has partnered with Anime Expo to create Anime Fest, which will take place on the same days as New York Comic Con 2018 in New York City: October 4 to October 7.  Anime Fest is a separate event that will be held at Pier 94. New York Comic Con takes place at various locations in New York City, but the main hub is at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

New York Comic Con badge purchases are not required to attend Anime Fest, and vice versa, but New York Comic Con badge holders get a discount on Anime Fest badges from July 15 to August 19, or until all these discounted badges are sold out.

The regular prices for Anime Fest 2018 are $20 each for October 4 or October 5; $25 each for October 6 or October 7; and $10 each for children on October 7 only.

New York Comic Con badge holder discount prices for Anime Fest 2018 are $15 each for October 4 or October 5; $20 each for October 6 or October 7; and $5 each for children on October 7 only.

According to an announcement on the New York Comic Con website, Anime Fest will have “Japanese guests, a curated Artist Alley, creative classes, Instagram-worthy activations, cosplay and a few more surprises we’ll announce closer to the event.”

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