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!
Saturday marks Day 3 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 3. There’s no way to fit it all in but we’ll do our best to cover what we’ve got here.
Marvel: Avengers: Shattered Heroes (11:00 am – 12:00 pm)
Official Description: After the Marvel Universe was dealt a treacherous hand courtesy of Fear Itself – the heroes of the Marvel Universe emerge shattered. With new questions and new surprises, we’ve got your exclusive first look right here! Get the answers to all your questions from Executive Editor Tom Brevoort, Editor In Chief Axel Alonso, Matt Fraction (Fear Itself), Kieron Gillen (Journey into Mystery), Christos Gage (Avengers Academy) and more.
Why We Like It: Fear Itself was a game changer for the Marvel Universe but what’ll be next for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? Hopefully, this panel will shed some light on that. Plus, there are some funny guys on this panel so it’s sure to be a good time.
Location: American Airline Theater, 1A06
DC ALL ACCESS: Justice League (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)
Official Description: 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), Dan Jurgens (Justice League International), JT Krul (Captain Atom), Francis Manapul (The Flash), Joe Prado (Aquaman), Ivan Reis (Aquaman), Philip Tan (The Savage Hawkman) and Eric Wallace (Mr. Terrific).
Why We Like It: Just like the Avengers panel, we want to know what’s going on! This panel boasts a huge line-up of creators, too. So on top of being totally informational, it’ll definitely be a great place to politely ask for a reasonable amount of autographs.
Location: MTV Theater 1A10
Archie Comics: Riverdale and Beyond (1:30 pm – 2:30 pm)
Official Description: Archie Comics continues to blaze trails across all platforms, including print, digital and beyond! Join Archie Co-CEO Jon Goldwater, President Mike Pellerito, Editor in Chief Victor Gorelick, iVerse’s Michael Murphey, Licensing Coordinator Kari Silbergleit, comic historian Craig Yoe (The Best of Archie’s Madhouse) superstar creator Dan Parent (Kevin Keller) and Executive Director of Publicity and Marketing Alex Segura (Archie Meets Kiss) for a look into the future of Archie stories including the forthcoming Archie Meets Kiss crossover and a number of major announcements! Join us for special guest stars, exclusive sneak peeks and much more! All panel attendees will receive giveaway bags with over $100 worth of content including BEST OF ARCHIE, ARCHIE THE MARRIED LIFE Vol. 1, MEGA MAN and SONIC comics!!
Why We Like It: Archie is putting out some of the raddest comics on the stands right now! This panel will give some info on their future plans and have major announcements. We’re psyched. Let’s see if they can top last year when they announced the Mega Man ongoing. Oh yeah, and free swag. A lot of it.
DC All Access: The Edge/The Dark (2:30 pm – 3:30 pm)
Official Description: The DC universe is home to all kinds of heroes – including some who barely fit that name! Hear what’s coming up in the pages of titles like Justice League Dark, Swamp Thing, O.M.A.C., All-Star Western and more, with top talent including Ivan Brandon (Men of War), Paul Cornell (Stormwatch, Demon Knights), Josh Fialkov (I, Vampire), Keith Giffen (O.M.A.C.), Adam Glass (Suicide Squad), Viktor Kalvachev (Men of War), Andy Lanning (Resurrection Man), Jeff Lemire (Animal Man, Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E.), Moritat (All-Star Western), Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western), and Scott Snyder (Swamp Thing)!
Why We Like It: The Dark line has been (arguably, but barely) the strongest thing to come out of the DC relaunch. This panel will give previews of the upcoming arcs and give fans a little bit of time to interact with their favorite creators. We’re just hoping that Scott Snyder/Jeff Lemire Swamp Thing and Animal Man crossover was more than just a drunken joke.
Celebrating 20 Years of BONE with Jeff Smith! (3:45 pm – 4:45 pm)
Official Description: Join Jeff Smith as he discusses the incredible journey of the BONE saga, which was named one of the Top 10 graphic novels of all time by TIME magazine. Learn about the past, present, and future of this epic, bestselling graphic novel series! Dr. Katie Monnin, a professor at the University of North Florida and author of educational resource books about graphic novels and readers, will lead the conversation about the BONE series. Panelists include Jeff Smith, author and creator of BONE; Tom Sniegoski, author of BONE: QUEST FOR THE SPARK, a trilogy of illustrated novels, and TALL TALES, a BONE companion; David Saylor, VP Creative Director and Editorial Director of the Graphix imprint of Scholastic; and Cassandra Pelham, Associate Editor for Scholastic Press and Graphix. This session will cover the beginnings of the BONE series in the underground comic book scene and its development into an internationally bestselling series. Panelists will also discuss what’s next for BONE and what lies in store for its beloved characters. Attendees will receive a complimentary BONE tote bag!
Why We Like It: BONE is an incredible piece of work. It’s hard to believe that it’s been around for 20 years. The stories always feel so new! This panel will give fans an inside track into creator Jeff Smith’s thought processes when he was creating BONE as well as provide some historical background for the series. And free tote bags are always good.
Marvel: Cup O’ Joe (5:00 pm – 6:00 pm)
Official Description: This is it Mighty Marvel fans, the no-holds-barred, anything goes, full of surprises panel you wait all year for, and it’s here! Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada takes on all questions, shocks the audience with jaw-dropping announcements, and keeps you guessing with surprise guests. You never know who will show up, but you better be here, because this is the panel that everyone will be talking about!
Why We Like It: This year the Cup O’ Joe panel has pretty high stakes. Consdering the recent “It’s Coming.” press material sent out to retailers and all, this is sure to be jam packed with major announcements that will shake the Marvel Universe to it’s core!
Location: MTV Theater, 1A10
Keep it right here for all your NYCC needs! And feel free to visit our NYCC hubpage for as much up-to-date information as we can possibly muster! To make sure you get into the right line for NYCC please check here or you may not be allowed in!
Header photo by Flickr user Ryan Brunsvold, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons.