Books! Comics! Video Games! Art! Celebrities! And much, much more. New York Comic Con is not only the biggest among all of the New York City comic conventions, but it’s also the largest and most exciting convention in all of the East Coast. This year, the convention will be taking place October 6th-9th and will be held at the Javits Center in Manhattan. People from all over the world come to see the magic that happens here, and with a yearly attendance of over 167,000–yes that’s three zeros–they’re certainly doing something right.
Cast of The Walking Dead at New York Comic Con
So if you’re a lover of fantasy, a comic book aficionado, or just a fan of TV and movies, you should make this the year you go. Keep on reading to find out just what you can expect to see at this massive convention.
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#1. Featured Guests
This year the convention goes all out to bring you your favorite stars and creators. You can go to the autograph block and get Carrie Fisher’s (Princess Leia from the original Star Wars trilogy) signature, or even from Game of Thrones star, Jack Gleeson! Hang out with the guy who made science fun again, Neil Degrasse Tyson, and don’t forget to check out Keanu Reeves who’ll be there on Saturday to promote the new John Wick movie.
Carrie Fisher finally comes to New York! This is your choice to ask her questions and get her signature.
#2. The Block
The Block, The Merchant floor, The Dragon’s Horde. The Block goes by many names, and no matter which one you choose, it’s universally revered as the heart of the New York City Comic Con. Stalls upon stalls turn this way and that, forming the only labyrinth that is actually enjoyable to be lost in. You might even see a real life minotaur!
This is the place where you can find anything your heart desires. Designer toys, figures, art pieces, weaponry, mystery boxes, grab bags, posters, clothing, video games, comics, graphic novels, the latest anime, and many exclusives that you won’t find anywhere else! The Block has it all, including plenty of free tote bags to store all your new swag (stay on the lookout, but bring a backpack just in case).
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#3. Artist Alley
The Artist Alley is the closest you will ever get to meeting your comic book, manga, and anime heroes in person. Without question, it’s the best place to meet the creators of your favorite heroes and villains. Artists from all walks of life gather here to display and even sell their best work, and you can usually grab some killer art work at great prices. There’s no telling what sorts of masterpieces you will find there.
Have you always wanted to hear about the villains of your favorite comics and books from the very people who created them? Have you always wanted to meet the cast of Impractical Jokers or Game of Thrones? Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own cosplay gear or how to write your own comic book? Well, by attending the panels at the 2016 New York City Comic Con, now you can. Here you can listen to, and pose questions, to your favorite artists, authors, actors, cosplayers, and many others!
This year’s amazing panelists include the cast of the Walking Dead, Gotham, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Doctor Who, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, Power Rangers, Key & Peele (whose panel will correspond with Kid’s Day), Elementary (yeah, Lucy Liu is there too), Robot Chicken, Adventure Time (meet John DiMaggio, the voice actor behind Jake the Dog, and Bender from Futurama!), and the list could go on forever. Well, not forever, this is literally half the list, but you get the idea.
The Gotham Panel from 2015 is back again this year!
Comic Con itself is an enormous event, but we dive deeper into the rabbit hole because there are events within these events. No, this isn’t Inception, but it is important to note that there are some seriously cool events that take place during the four days that the convention takes place.
These events are usually large team based activities that anyone can sign up to take part in. You can pick up foam weapons and take place in large scale combat, take part in the annual Eastern Championships of Cosplay Contest (there’s a huge cash reward and a trip to Japan for the winner), meet with other artists and authors to write and discuss your ideas together, and even find events that let you playtest the newest games before they get released!
#6. Getting Tickets
Tickets are currently only available for Thursday October 6th, but they’ll soon sell out so get them while you can! You can also usually find individual sellers overcharging for tickets if you’re desperate to get in, but you’ll want to keep your eye on the Midtown Comics (located near Times Square) facebook and twitter feeds, since they have been known to sell last minute tickets at regular prices that you can pick up in person only, with a two tickets per person limit.
If all else fails and you still don’t have a ticket, go anyway! If you head over in the afternoon, you can luck out and find people leaving who are done for the day and willing to give you their tickets. Even if you don’t get in, the incredible cosplay and costume designs are worth the trip.
To learn even more about the specific stars, artists, cosplayers, and merchants head on over the New York Comic Con Website, where you can purchase tickets, reserve booths, volunteer, and see updates about the event.
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