I will likely be somewhere much warmer than New York City the weekend of Feb. 6-8 (namely, home), which is too bad, because I’ll be missing the New York Comic Con. The panel schedule is now available, though their website notes some TV and movie panels are still to be announced. Here’s a rundown of some of the highlights thus far …
- Friday starts off with several panels aimed at booksellers, librarians, comic retailers and educators, many of which are sponsored by the retailer organization ComicsPRO, Publisher’s Weekly and Diamond. And if you’re interested in becoming a retailer, ComicsPRO is hosting a panel on Saturday for those who aspire to open their own shop.
- Just about all of the major comics publishers will have a presence at the show, with many hosting panels over the course of the three days. You can learn all about Dark Reign, War of Kings, Zuda, Vertigo, Dynamite, Dark Horse, Radical, Del Ray Manga, Battle for the Cowl and many more. BOOM! promises an announcement from Mark Waid, while Marvel’s X-Men panel will have an announcement as well. You can also help our site sponsor, IDW, celebrate their 10th anniversary. And it sounds like Disney Comics may finally be announcing some of their titles.
- The con is also hosting several “NYCC Classes” for aspiring pros who want to learn about story structure, self-publishing, inking and related topics.
- Two of my favorite animated shows, Superjail and The Venture Bros., will have panels … no doubt there will be a highlight reel of season 4 of the Venture Bros.
- In the “Um, what?” category, there’s a panel dedicated to the video game Splatterhouse. Actually it sounds like they’re working on an updated version of the game, which makes a little more sense … well, no, it doesn’t, now that I think about it …
- “Her Face Was an Open Book: The Art of Character” is something I’d probably check out based on the name and the fact that Dash Shaw and Thom Zahler are both on it.
- MTV News presents a special report live at the con … Who Is The Greatest Badass Of All Time? I vote for Kurt Loder.
- They’ll debut the Wonder Woman animated movie Friday night, and a sneak preview of the Black Panther cartoon Saturday. Sunday brings the world premiere of footage from the Astro Boy movie.
- I heard good things about Randy Jarrell and Jennifer de Guzman’s “How Not To Break Into Comics” panel when they hosted it in San Diego.
- On Saturday, The Wizard Magazine staff will be on hand to let you know how you can get a job at the magazine. Actually, if you’d like to get involved in comics journalism, go to the Radical Publishing panel that same day and talk to Geoff Boucher, who writes for the L.A. Times, or talk to The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald at the Art of Storytelling panel on Sunday.
- Douglas Wolk moderates a panel with Bryan Lee O’Malley on Sunday.
- Sunday also features a bunch of panels and activities aimed at kids, including a TOON Books panel and a costume contest.
You can find the list of panels announced so far right here.
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