Somewhere between the chaotic wall-to-wall obstacle course that is Comic-Con International in San Diego and the transcendent tranquility of MorrisonCon in Las Vegas, Reed Exhibitions' New York Comic Con
is one of the United States' most trafficked events for comic books, film, television, games, and all sorts of awesome things of a similar nature. The number of discussion panels, parties, contests and other events can seem overwhelming, so ComicsAlliance is here to help you navigate the coming weekend
with a handy guide on the panels and events you don't want to miss in our guide to events on Thursday, October 11.1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Changing the Game with The Graphic Textbook
Speakers: David Rapp , Janet Lee , Josh Elder
The Graphic Textbook from Reading With Pictures raised $77k on Kickstarter and was featured on NPR, Wired.com and the Chicago Tribune. And that was just the beginning! Meet the creators and educators behind this groundbreaking book that promises to revolutionize the role of comics in the classroom and find out how you can get involved!
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Pitching for Professionals
Speakers: Andy Schmidt , Chris Ryall , Nick Lowe
When you finally have an editor willing to hear your ideas, will you be ready? From tips on how to succeed in a "bake-off" competition to how to present ideas cold, this panel will help you and your project get the green light it deserves! Listen in as former Marvel and IDW editor Andy Schmidt, IDW Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall and Marvel Editor Nick Lowe discuss the ins-and-outs of pitching!
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm DC Collectibles
Speakers: Jim Fletcher , Jim Lee , John Cunningham , Lee Bermejo , Nancy Spears , Ryan Mansour
Action figures, statues, busts, PVC figures...DC Collectibles has them all – and more! Join the DC Collectibles crew led by DCE's Co-Publisher Jim Lee with Director – Creative Services Jim Fletcher, Director – Product Management Ryan Mansour, Executive Director – Business Development Nancy Spears, artist Lee Bermejo and others to hear how they come up with so many great products, and what's coming up from comics' top makers of awesome collectibles!
5:15 pm - 6:15 pm Comics Studies Conference: Power and Sexuality in Comics
Speakers: Beverly Taylor , Cameron McKee , Evan Johnson , Mark Head , Sam Cannon
Cameron McKee (UC-Berkeley) argues that Tom of Finland's subversion of heterosexual spaces in Kake constructs an iconic gay identity. Sam Cannon (UT-Austin) shows how the sequential artistry in Los Penitentes intersects with (homo)sexuality and political power. Evan Johnson (UT-Dallas) explores the sublimination of female power in the Marvel Universe.
6:15 pm - 7:15 pm My little Pony
Join special guests from Hasbro Studios and The HUB TV Network's "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" as they share details of the making of the animated series and how the "friendship" and "magic" are brought to life. Fans won't want to miss it! Also includes Q&A time.
6:15 pm - 7:15 pm Comics Pros And Film Buffs: When Fanboys Collide
Speakers: Ben Mankewicz , Gabriel Hardman , Jeff Parker , John Siuntres , Martin Pasko , Matt Singer
Join TV Film Critics and Comic Book Pros as they Disscuss How Classic and Current Films and Comics influence each other. Critics Ben Mankewicz (TCM) and Matt Singer (INDIEWIRE.COM) join Comic Books Pros Gabriel Hardman Jeff Parker and Martin Pasko as they discuss how the two worlds have intersected since the silent film era to today's hit films and comics. The panel will be moderated by John Siuntres, Host of the Word Balloon Podcast.
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm THE NEW 52: Superman
Speakers: Bob Wayne , Grant Morrison , Mahmud Asrar , Matt Idelson , Scott Lobdell , Scott Snyder
Since the launch of the New 52, Superman has been flying higher than ever! Join Group Editor Matt Idelson and SUPER talent Mahmud Asrar (Supergirl), Scott Lodbell (Superman), Grant Morrison (Action Comics), Scott Snyder (Batman) to take fans new and old up, up and away with a sneak peak at what's in store for Superman.
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm The Image Revolution Documentary
Speakers: F.J. De Santo , Jordan Rennert , Mike Phillips , Patrick Meaney
Twenty years ago, the seven biggest superstars in comics created a company that changed the industry and started a creator rights revolution. From Spawn to The Walking Dead, discover the highs, lows, secrets and controversies of Image Comics in an exclusive sneak preview of The Image Revolution, a new documentary from the creators of Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods and Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts. Speaking on the panel will be director Patrick Meaney, producer Jordan Rennert and Sequart's Mike Phillips, along with moderator F.J. De Santo, and a special guest! At San Diego Comic Con, Marc Silvestri appeared on the panel, who will be on this one?
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm NYCC Kick-Off Concert with Ben Folds Five
Location: IGN Theater
Ben Folds Five start it off right with a concert on Thursday, October 11 at 8:00 PM in the IGN Theater. The concert is free to all VIP's and 4-Day ticket holders BUT seating is first come, first served and will be extremely limited due to size of the auditorium and popularity of the event. Ultimate Access and Special Access VIP ticket holders will be guaranteed to get into the show first; then, 4-Day ticket holders will be let in until the auditorium is full. The concert is open to all 4-Day ticket holders on a first come, first served basis and we cannot guarantee that all 4-Day ticket holders that want to attend the show will be able to get in.