The moment we’ve all been waiting for! The New York Comic Con 2011 schedule is now live and full of awesomeness!
I’m not going to post everything but I’m going to share a few highlights from NYCC. There really is something for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Star Wars fan or straight comic books, you’ll be able to find something exciting.
There isn’t much going on Thursday as far as panels. I’d say the biggest thing going is the Kick Off concert
12:00-1:00: Locke & Key Pilot Screening
The most talked-about pilot not on the Fall schedule was the Fox production of Locke & Key. After a smash-hit screening at San Diego Comic-Con that fans are still talking about, it’s coming to the east coast for a one-time only screening! Come watch the special filmed adaptation of “Welcome to Lovecraft” and see the Eisner-winning comic brought to life! Introduction by IDW CEO & Publisher, Ted Adams.
12:15-1:15: Felicia Day Spotlight
You know her from The Guild and Dr. Horrible’s Sing A Long Blog…meet Felicia Day in this spotlight panel on her previous work and see what’s coming up next!
4:00-5:00: Creator-Owned Comics with Robert Kirkman
Image Comics partner and best selling writer Robert Kirkman (THE WALKING DEAD) is joined by Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson and some very special guests to discuss the exciting present and future possibilities of creator-owned comics. Be one of the first to hear some major announcements from the leading publisher of creator-owned comics.
7:30-8:30: Mark Hamill Spotlight
While most known for his lead role in the Classic Star Wars Trilogy, Mark is also a prolific voice actor who has lent his voice to hundreds of cartoons including Batman: The Animated Series, The Simpsons, Samurai Jack and Powerpuff Girls. Also, an avid comic book collector and writer, Hamill created his own comic book anti-hero, The Black Pearl, for Dark Horse Comics. Meet Mark Hamill in the spotlight panel!
11:00-12:00: Conventions, Cosplay, Masquerades & YOU
Con Goer Life Style -Going to cons on a budget: tips and tricks on basically streching that dollar for all three days of the con -Networking is Key: you never know when that friend who lives 5mins away from the con comes in handy Masquerades & Cosplay -Finding sources of inspiration: TV, youtube, movies, or already existing jokes, etc. -Putting thought on Paper: script writing for the otaku -Manage your resources: money, costumes, cosplayers, sewing patters, etc. -Which con to perform in: time limits, group limits, getting away with “implied” murder, etc. -On stage: stage techniques and combating stage fright -Cosplay Judging & Performance: your cosplay staff are your friends
12:00-1:00: DC ALL ACCESS: Justice League
Before they were the World’s Greatest Superheroes, they were considered the world’s most feared vigilantes. Join some of the creators of the new DC universe in a panel discussion headlined by the creative team behind the flagship title of DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 — DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee. Including all-star creators such as Brian Azzarello (Wonder Woman), Brian Buccellato (The Flash), Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), Yildiray Cinar (The Fury of Firestorm), Tony Daniel (Detective Comics, The Savage Hawkman), Francis Manapul (The Flash), Joe Prado (Aquaman), Ivan Reis (Aquaman), Philip Tan (The Savage Hawkman), and Eric Wallace (Mr. Terrific).
2:00-3:45: NYCC Exclusive! Smallville: The Complete Series Retrospective Premiere
New York Comic Con fans get the first and only advance look at the entire 100-minute Smallville retrospective in anticipation of the November 29 release of Smallville: The Complete Series on DVD. The Smallville retrospective, one of the most heralded features within more than 192 hours of content in the box set, features a fascinating look into every aspect of the series, including all-new interviews with producers, directors and cast alike. Be the first to see this all-encompassing revisit to the beloved series.
6:30-7:30: MARVEL STUDIOS: Marvel’s The Avengers
Continuing the epic big-screen adventures started in “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger,” in “Marvel’s The Avengers” the world’s greatest Super Heroes must assemble to pull the world back from the brink of disaster when an unexpected enemy threatens global security. This special presentation will feature never-before-seen footage and appearances by special surprise guests.
11:15-12:15: MARVEL: Women of Marvel
Forget Spider-Woman and Emma Frost, meet the real Ms. Marvels of the comic world! Join women from every discipline in the creative process at Marvel to hear what it’s like working as a woman in comics today. These ladies are busting through the four-color ceiling! Guests include editors Jeanine Schaefer (Wolverine), Lauren Sankovitch (Fantastic Four), Sana Amanat (Ultimate Comics Spider-Man) and more!
12:45-1:45: Spotlight on Robert Kirkman
Kirkman, one of the most successful writers in comics today, best known for his work on THE WALKING DEAD, INVINCIBLE, HAUNT, IMAGE UNITED, ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN, Marvel Zombies, the recent SUPER DINOSAUR and THE INFINITE will offer fans some insight into the genius behind their favorite hit comics. After becoming an Image Comics partner in 2009, introducing the internationally renowned hit TV show based on the comic, The Walking Dead on AMC, and recently announcing an upcoming video game adaptation of the same series from TellTale Games, he has proven to be an unstoppable creative force.
1:30-2:30: Drawing Star Wars with Bonnie Burton and Katie Cook
You Can Draw: Star Wars author Bonnie Burton and The Clone Wars web comic artist Katie Cook help kids draw fun Star Wars characters. Lucas Online Senior Editor Bonnie Burton edits the drawing tutorials and craft projects which can be found at Starwars.com. Artist Katie Cook (Katiecandraw.com) has done licensed art for Star Wars, Fraggle Rock, DC, Marvel, and more!
Again, this is just a small sample of what’s available at NYCC. Plus there’s always a surprise or two at these things. I’m most excited about The Avengers panel and I will sit in that room all day if I have to, seriously.
What are you guys looking forward to?