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 Friday, October 12.11:00 am - 12:00 pm Wondrous Worlds, Fractured Futures: Speculative Fiction and Image Comics
Speakers: Brian K. Vaughan , Brian Wood , David Hine , Eric Stephenson , Fiona Staples , Glen Brunswick , Joe Harris , Ming Doyle
With the unlimited potential of comics, there is perhaps no better medium for speculative fiction than comics. Limited only by their imaginations, Image Comics creators have been creating far-flung universes where science, fantasy, and technology explode in rich possibilities. Find out why they choose science fiction, how they build worlds, and what inspires them in a conversation moderated by Elephantmen creator Richard Starkings. With Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan (Saga), Brian Wood and Ming Doyle (Mara), David Hine (Storm Dogs), Joe Harris (Great Pacific), and Glen Brunswick (Non-Humans).
11:00 am - 12:00 pm CBLDF: The History of Comics Censorship
Speaker: Charles Brownstein
Learn the shocking history of comics censorship and how even today comics and the people who make, sell, and read them are threatened. CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein tells the sordid tale, from the public book burnings and Senate hearings that led to the Comics Code Authority in the 1950s through the attacks on Underground comix in the 1970s and retailer busts in the 1980s up to modern attacks on readers and artists. This program includes the latest research on comics censorship, including new cases developing this year. Come learn about your rights, and how the CBLDF works to protect them!
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Marvel NOW!: All-New X-Men
Speakers: Arune Singh , Axel Alonso , Dennis Hopeless , Jeanine Schaefer , Nick Lowe , Peter David , Rick Remender
What's happening NOW! with Marvel's mutants? What bold new directions will the Children of the Atom head off in? Find out as Axel Alonso (Editor in Chief), Senior Editor Nick Lowe, Editor Jeanine Schaefer, Rick Remender (Uncanny Avengers), Dennis Hopeless (Cable & The X-Force), Peter David (X-Factor) and Arune Singh (Director of Communications) spill the beans on the future of the X-Men!
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Adam West and Burt Ward Spotlight
Speakers: Adam West , Burt Ward
POW! BAM! The caped crusaders are together again! NYCC turns the spotlight on the dynamic duo for a panel no 1960s Batman TV series fan could stand to miss!
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Oni Press - RevolutiONIzing Comics
Speakers: Ananth Panagariya , Chad Bowers , Chris Sims , Cullen Bunn , Tom Shimmin
This year Oni Press is making the "call-your-mom," "blow-your-mind" type of announcements as we celebrate our fifteenth year of publishing. With special guests Cullen Bunn (Sixth Gun), Ananth Panagariya (Johnny Wander), Chad Bowers (Awesome Hospital), Chris Sims (Comics Alliance) and more! Moderated by the most awesomest marketing coordinator you'll ever meet, Tom Shimmin. Get an exclusive look at the top-secret projects that are coming up in 2013! Note: Once shared, the projects will no longer be top secret.
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Vertigo: A View from the Cutting Edge of Comics
Speakers: Bill Willingham , Brian Azzarello , Dustin Nugyen , Jeff Lemire , John Cunningham , Karen Berger , Rafael Albuquerque , Ryan Kelly , Scott Snyder , Sean Murphy , Shelly Bond , Will Dennis
Join the writers and artists behind the acclaimed and award-winning brand for a panel about the weird, the wild and the always unexpected with all-star talent including Rafael Albuquerque (American Vampire), Brian Azzarello (Spaceman), Ryan Kelly (Saucer Country), Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth), Dustin Nguyen (American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares), Scott Snyder (American Vampire), Bill Willingham (Fables, Fairest) and more Vertigo blood!
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm VALIANT: The Future of VALIANT
Speakers: Dinesh Shamdasani , Duane Swiercyznski , Fred Van Lente , Joshua Dysart , Justin Jordan , Warren Simons
Valiant is back and, six months in, the buzz couldn't be bigger for the most successful relaunch in comics! Now, find out what the future holds for the Valiant Universe with an exclusive round of announcements and in-depth discussion featuring Joshua Dysart (Harbinger), Duane Swiercyznski (Bloodshot), Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong ), Justin Jordan (Shadowman), Executive Editor Warren Simons, Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani, and a ton of surprise special guests! The secret revelations you've been waiting for are about to be revealed as the next great phase in Valiant Comics begins, only at NYCC! Plus, no fan will want to miss the special door prizes Valiant will have on hand for every panel attendee.
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm Archie Comics: The Hottest Publisher in the Industry
Speakers: Adam Tracey , Dan Parent , Jim Sokolowski , Jon Goldwater , Kari Silbergleit , Michael Uslan , Mike Pellerito , Paul Kaminski , Victor Gorelick
The Era of Archie continues! After another year of dominating the headlines with groundbreaking storylines, innovative storytelling and the best comics on the market, the Archie Comics team converges on New York to reveal what's next! The panel includes Archie Comics co-CEO Jon Goldwater, President Mike Pellerito, Editor-in-chief Victor Gorelick, writer/artist Dan Parent (Kevin Keller), writer Michael Uslan (Archie: Will You Marry Me?), and a handful of major, newsworthy surprises! Archie Comics continues to keep fans on their toes, shaking things up in Riverdale from one storyline ("Reversedale") to the next ("Archie Meets GLEE"). Archie and friends have never been more relevant, and that makes this a can't-miss panel! Plus, all attendees will receive a FREE ARCHIE GIFT BAG. Be there!
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm The Kubert School: Celebrating over 35 Years of Talent
Speaker: Adam Kubert
Since it was founded in 1976, The Kubert School has offered students a high quality and challenging education in Cartooning and Graphic Art. In this spotlight panel, Adam Kubert (AvX), will lead a unique and lively conversation where he will answer all your questions about the school. Come and learn what has made this important institution so relevant in today's age of comics.
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Food in Comics
Speakers: Alex Maleev , C.B. Cebulski , Geoffrey Zakarian
Join renowned chef Geoffrey Zakarian, C.B. Cebulski, Alex Maleev and other special guests as they share the stage for an hour talking about the new horizons in foodie culture and comics culture and where they often and appetizingly interconnect. Moderated by Ron Richards of iFanboy.
5:15 pm - 6:15 pm From "Batman" to "The Dark Knight Rises": How a Boy Who Loved Batman Brought a Dark and Serious Batman to the Silver Screen
Speaker: Michael Uslan
Michael Uslan, Originator and Executive Producer of all the Batman movies through "The Dark Knight Rises" and author of his memoir, THE BOY WHO LOVED BATMAN, tells his story how a blue-collar kid from Jersey managed to buy the movie rights to Batman and endured a ten year struggle of rejection from Hollywood in his mission to show the entire world what the true Batman as created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger was really like.
5:15 pm - 6:15 pm The Venture Bros.
Location: IGN Theater
Speakers: Doc Hammer , Jackson Publick
Show creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer, perennial Comic-Con favorites, will discuss their original series, upcoming Halloween Special and answer fan questions.
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Robot Chicken
Location: IGN Theater
Speakers: Clare Grant , Kevin Shinick , Matthew Senreich , Seth Green
Seth Green (co-creator) and Matthew Senreich (co-creator), Kevin Shinick (MAD), and Clare Grant discuss season six of their popular Adult Swim series Robot Chicken.
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm TRON: Uprising
Speakers: Charlie Bean , Troy Underwood
Join the Uprising! Be the first to see two new episodes of the groundbreaking DISNEY XD series, TRON: Uprising at New York Comic Con. Join Executive Producer and Director Charlie Bean as he screens the two-part episode event, "Scars Parts 1 & 2" where Beck (Elijah Wood) must convince Tron (Bruce Boxleitner) to halt his revenge against an old foe. Tron's history before the occupation will be revealed, and fans learn exactly what Clu did to injure Tron and force him into hiding. New episodes return Friday, October 19 on Disney XD.
7:45 pm - 8:45 pm Walter Simonson and Ridley Scott's ALIEN
Speakers: Andrew Sumner , Walter Simonson
Walter Simonson discusses his groundbreaking work on the original ALIEN graphic novel, republished and re-mastered by Titan Books. Walter reveals how, so early in his career, he came to work with Ridley Scott on one of the most famous films of the 20th Century, and what it was like to work with Archie Goodwin, a legend in the comic industry. Fans also will learn how it became possible to reproduce the original artwork for so seminal a project, more than 30 years later!
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm The Psychology of Cosplay
Speakers: Andrea Letamendi , Bill Doran , Holly Conrad , Jenna Busch , Jill Pantozzi , Robin Rosenberg
Do you want to understand cosplay? Join psychologists Robin Rosenberg (Psychology of Superheroes, What's the Matter with Batman?) and Andrea Letamendi (UCLA) as they explore the psychology of cosplay and discuss results of their interviews and survey. Featured cosplayers Jill Pantozzi (The Mary Sue, IGN), Holly Conrad (Comic-Con Episode IV-A Fan's Hope) and Bill Doran (Punished Props) will speak about their experiences creating and wearing elaborate costumes and props, and Jenna Busch (Stan Lee's 'Cocktails with Stan') will moderate.