New York Comic-Con is right around the corner and with it comes crowds, chaos and the ever present con crud. This year, Kabooooom will be right in the thick of things covering as many panels, Q&As and random happenings as possible. Of course, you’ll need a guide to get help you spend your time at all the best panels and events. we’re here to help! Can’t make it to NYCC? Then consider our guide a preview of the things that we’ll be covering and stay tuned for liveblog coverage during the show!
Friday marks Day 2 of this year’s NYCC and it’s shaping up to be a doozy. There are literally panels everywhere! These are some of the highlights for Day 2. There’s no way to fit it all in but we’ll do our best to cover what we’ve got here.
It Gets Better (With Comics) (11:00 am – 12:00 pm)
Official Description: This panel will shed greater light on a topic that dominated last year’s general LGBT discussion panel at NYCC: How can comics help at-risk LGBT teens? Comics and queer teens are made for each other, but what comics have connected with young adult readers most effectively? What kinds of comics are still needed? How can libraries and outreach groups best utilize comics to reach teens? What difficulties do they face when trying to put a queer-positive comic book into the hands of someone who needs a hero? These questions and more will be discussed in an exciting panel featuring: Charles “Zan” Christiansen, founder of Prism Comics and writer of The Power Within, Daniel Ketchum, editor of X-Men: Legacy and X-Factor, Ivan Velez Jr., prolific comics writer and creator of Tales of the Closet, Rica Takashima, avant-garde street artist and creator of Rica ‘tte Kanji!? and Jackson Martin, NYPL Associate and organizer of Anti-Prom, the largest LGBT teen event in NYC. Moderator: Chris Shoemaker, New York Public Library Young Adult Programming Specialist
Why We Like It: Comics have always been a queer-friendly medium and the LGBT community definitely has some of the best heroes (Midnighter, Apollo and Batwoman in particular, spring to mind). Every year we hear about tragedies within the LGBT community particularly regarding teens and young adults. Everyone deserves to live and if a queer-positive comic book can help, then we’re all the better for it. Maybe this panel can help someone or help someone help a friend who is struggling. At the very least, it will keep the discussion going.
Locke & Key Fox Pilot Screening (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)
Official Description: 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.
Why We Like It: We’ve been dying to see it ever since we heard that it wasn’t being picked up. What’s worse is that we heard it was good! Hopefully, big fan support can bring this one back to life or at least convince MTV to really move on this property.
Location: MTV Theater, 1A10
The Comics History of the World (1:30 pm – 2:30 pm)
Official Description: Views of world history in comics run from the imaginary to the tightly researched. They can inform and shed light on little known heroes and villains. Join Ben McCool (Nevsky), Fred Van Lente (Action Philosophers), Francesco Francavilla (The Black Coat) and more as they discuss the ins and out of making real life characters come alive on the comics page — and having a blast while doing it. The panel will include a sneak peak at next year’s Nevsky graphic novel with never before seen artwork.
Why We Like It: History in comics is usually pretty crazy but many of our favorite heroes and villains are rooted in the actual events of our past. This panel will be a inside look on how history informs some of our favorite stories. Plus the panelists on this one are excellent creators who are all working on some great books!
DC Universe Animated Original Movies gives an early look at Batman: Year One, Catwoman & Justice League: Doom (3:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Official Description: Warner Home Video, Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation proudly present an action-packed hour of first looks with the premiere of the animated short Catwoman, an inside glimpse of Batman: Year One, and the New York Comic Con exclusive first footage of Justice League: Doom, the highly-anticipated next entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. Panelists include the ultimate voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy, executive producer Bruce Timm, casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano. Moderator Gary Miereanu will offer a first-look glimpse into the 2012 DC Universe Animated Original Movies slate, give away some exclusive prizes to inquisitive audience members, and quite possibly introduce a few surprise guests. Warner Home Video will distribute Batman: Year One and Catwoman on Blu-Ray™ and DVD on October 18, 2011.
Why We Like It: DC has ruled the superhero animation game for as long as anyone can remember. Every year it’s exciting to see what they have lined up. 2011 has been a big year for them and 2012 could be even bigger. We’re psyched just to see glimpses of what they have coming soon. And Batman will be there. Seriously, guys, Kevin Conroy IS Batman.
Location: IGN Theater
Creator-Owned Comics with Robert Kirkman (4:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
Official Description: 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.
Why We Like It: Some of us here at Kabooooom maybe have a rocky past with some of Kirkman’s writing but one thing is for sure, this man has made a living off of his creator-owned work. And honestly, most of it is very, very good. Any advice that he has to give to aspiring comic book pros is valuable. Teasers of new books are always nice, too.
Location: American Airlines Theater, 1A06
DC All Access: Green Lantern (5:00 pm – 6:00 pm)
Official Description: In Brightest Day, in Blackest Night, the minds behind the Green Lantern franchise take flight—onto the stage to shed some light on the Emerald Warriors! Join the Corps with DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer and Green Lantern writer Geoff Johns, along with Tony Bedard (Green Lantern: New Guardians), writer Peter Tomasi (Green Lantern Corps) and more!
Why We Like It: The Green Lantern franchise is arguably DC’s biggest and it wouldn’t have gotten to that level without the vigorous work of the creators behind it. This panel will gives fans the inside track on what’s coming up for the Guardians of Willpower. We like it because we like knowing what’s going on and we’d love to hear what DC has in store for us in the coming year.
Location: MTV Theater, 1A10
MARVEL: Amazing Spider-Man (6:15 pm – 7:15 pm)
Official Description: Spider-Man’s licking his wounds after the cataclysmic conclusion of Spider-Island! But he shouldn’t get too comfortable as the Sinister Six plot their long awaited revenge! Sit down with our spectacular panel including Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man), Greg Rucka (Punisher), Senior Editor Steve Wacker, Editor in Chief Axel Alonso and more as they lay the groundwork for New York City’s greatest heroes. And don’t forget to grab your exclusive Daredevil pin – only at this panel!
Why We Like It: Slott’s run on Spidey has been monumental. He’s telling great stories that are action-packed and full of heart. After the absolute insanity of Spider Island, we can’t wait to find out what’s next especially since Greg Rucka will be there and any story with Spider-Man and Punisher is probably pretty good.
Location: MTV Theater, 1A10
XX: The Women of Queer Comics (7:45 pm – 8:45 pm)
Official Description: LGBT women and their straight allies are a force to be reckoned with in the comics world. JD Glass (CORE) moderates a dynamic panel exploring the specific challenges they face in the traditional comics world and the changing digital landscape, as well as the unique perspectives, storytelling aesthetics, and sense of community they bring to the table. Explore the past, present, and future of women in queer comics with Paige Braddock (“Jane’s World”), Jennifer Camper (“Rude Girls and Dangerous Women”), Joan Hilty (“Bitter Girl”), Kris Dresen (“She’s In The Trees”), Abby Denson (“High School Confidential”), and Erica Friedman (Yuricon & ALC Publishing).
Why We Like It: The comic book medium has always been a go-to medium for those that felt poorly represented in the mainstream media. These ladies have made a name for themselves by creating works that are unique to themselves and their own experiences. This panel will allow for even moe interesting perspectives on not only women in queer comics but women in comics in general. Considering the latest racy books from DC, this is sure to be a fun panel.
Steampunk in Comics and Literature (9:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
Official Description: Steampunk traces its origins back to the science fiction of the 19th century, and the term itself was coined to describe a genre of Victorian sci-fi being written by modern authors. At the same time, steampunk and Victorian industrial age aesthetics have long held a great fascination for comic and manga artists of various backgrounds. This panel will discuss steampunk as a literary and artistic genre, examining steampunk’s literary origins and early examples of steampunk in comic book medium, as well as modern examples from both mediums such as Jay Lake’s Mainspring, G. D. Falksen’s Blood In The Skies, Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and Girl Genius by Phil and Kaja Foglio. The panel will also feature first looks at upcoming titles and give aways from leading publishers such as Wildside Press, Orbit Books, and Yen Press.
Why We Like It: Steampunk is pretty awesome. Anyone who has read the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen can tell you that. But not all of us are aware of its origins. Who decided it was cool to start putting gogles and rivets on everything? We can’t wait to find out.
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