The Ultimate Guide to the Best of New York Comic Con 2014
There are many things to be excited about for this year's New York Comic Con. Between comics panels, variant covers, movie and television screenings, cosplay, autographing opportunities, funny t-shirts, sleep deprivation, and possible dehydration, there are too many things to count. Luckily, we've distilled everything (or at least the panels) to a lean twenty-four.
Here we go, your ultimate guide to the panels at 2014 NYCC:
Disney Presents Exclusive Looks at Tomorrowland and Pixar's Big Hero 6 - Thursday 1:00-2:30pm
The weekend opens up with a bang as Disney prepares to unveil an exclusive look at Tomorrowland, a movie project that is shrouded in secrecy. What we do know is that George Clooney and Britt Robertson play the lead characters who embark on an adventure that reportedly spans both time and space. After a fairly muted outing at this year's San Diego Comic Con, Disney are going big at New York, providing early access to one of their biggest productions for 2015. Producers Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird will be on hand to field questions and the official notes tease the chance of special guest appearances. If you can't wait until tomorrow, new images and plot details are available HERE!
Also screening during this 90 minute session is a look at Disney Animation Studios' upcoming adaptation of Marvel's Big Hero 6. The inflatable robot, Baymax, has been the star of the trailers so far, but Disney are giving those attending their panel an early look at what we can expect from the November 7 release.
Preview Nicolas Cage's Superman! - Thursday 1:15 - 2:00pm
It's not often that a documentary is genuinely one of the most exciting items on the menu at an event as large as NYCC, but 'The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened' is a truly fascinating prospect. The documentary takes a retrospective look at Tim Burton's attempt to create a Superman movie starring none other than Nicolas Cage. Plagued with production issues from the get go, Superman Lives never made it to theaters, and documentary producers Holly Payne and John Schnepp are going to be on hand to talk about what it was like uncovering the story of this almost comically troubled Superman production.
See Michael Shannon and Nicholas Hoult in the Sci-Fi Western, Young Ones - Friday 12:15 - 1:00pm
If you're a fan of sci-fi, you're going to want to check out the Young Ones panel featuring stars Nicholas Hoult (X-Men First Class, Warm Bodies) and Michael Shannon (Man of Steel). The pair both put in incredible performances in Jake Paltrow's tale of family survival in a drought-ridden future. Clips of the movie will be presented along with a chance for fans to ask their questions of two of sci-fi's biggest stars. Curious about the movie? Check out our Young Ones review.
Michael Keaton and Ed Norton Discuss Birdman with Chris Hardwick - Friday 6:00 - 7:00pm
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Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman received rave reviews when it debuted at the Telluride Film Festival earlier this year, and many are tipping it to make some noise when the Oscar nominations are announced. Birdman is being labelled as a uniquely funny movie that has more than a few ties to the realm of pop culture. Michael Keaton's performance is being lauded by many as the actor's best ever, and we're sure Chris Hardwick will have more than a few witty observations to make during the course of the hour-long panel. This is definitely one of the biggest events of the weekend.
A New Dawn: The Exciting Future of Star Wars Publishing - Saturday 3:15 - 4:00
Standing alongside the films as official Star Wars canon, the role of books in the Star Wars universe has never been more important. Join New York Times bestselling Author John Jackson Miller, Vanessa Marshall (Hera in Star Wars Rebels), Jennifer Heddle (Senior Editor, Lucasfilm) and Shelly Shapiro (Editor, Del Rey) as they discuss the planning of Star Wars: A New Dawn, as well as the exciting list of upcoming Star Wars novels from Del Rey.
Watch the First Episodes of NBC's Constantine and CW's The 100 (Season 2) at the Warner Bros. Screening Night - Thursday 8:00 - 10:00pm
One of the most talked about shows from San Diego Comic Con was NBC's TV adaptation of the beloved comic, Constantine. After the less than spectacular Keanu Reeves movie, fans of the DC Comics property will no doubt be wary of further disappointment. Thursday night represents your chance to see the entire pilot episode more than 2 weeks before it premieres on Friday, October 24.
Also included in the Warner Bros. screening night is a chance to see the entire first episode of CW's post-apocalyptic drama, The 100 (Season 2). Season 1 ended with a painful cliffhanger, so if you can't wait until Season 2 premieres on 22nd October, get yourself to the Main Stage tomorrow night!
Why Buffy the Vampire Slayer Will Always Kick Ass
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Buffy ended over a decade ago, but her influence still reverberates through pop culture today (if only because she actually added to the English language, including the phrase "to google"). Joss Whedon may not be a perfect feminist, but he's a pretty damn good one, and Buffy was the perfect role model for all of us who needed someone to idolize after Xena went off the air. She started out as a riff on the "helpless blonde" horror/sci-fi trope, but over time became one of the relatively few fully realized female characters of the 90's. She was smart, tough, but most importantly flawed. There's been rumblings in the feminist community lately that "strong female characters" have an undue burden to be perfect, that they need to have the right to be flawed as much as the male characters while still being strong and respectable. Luckily for us, Joss Whedon got that all the way back in 1997, and that's one of the many reasons why Buffy's legacy lives on today.
Watch a never-before-seen Episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Friday 5:45 - 6:45pm
If the first three episodes are anything to go by, season 2 of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is going to be bigger and better than its predecessor in every way. Marvel's Head of Television, Jeph Loeb is coming to NYCC with some exciting news on the direction of the show and the world premiere of Episode 4, which doesn't air until October 14th. Don't be surprised either if there are a few teasers revealed regarding Marvel's next TV show, Agent Carter.
See if SyFy Can Pull Off a 12 Monkeys TV Show - Saturday 5:00 - 5:45pm
Terry Gilliam's 1995 movie Twelve Monkey's was brilliant, but does that mean it should be adapted into a TV show? It's always dangerous when you play around with SyFy gold like this, and many questioned SyFy's move to turn the story of time-traveling disease prevention into a TV show. 12 Monkey's doesn't debut until 2015, but New York Comic Con gives visitors the chance to cast a judging eye over the first 10 minutes of the pilot well before anyone else. The show creators will be on hand to field questions and talk about the direction they're taking on Gilliam's original work.
AMC Teases the Premiere of The Walking Dead Season 5 - Saturday 3:30 - 4:30pm
Yes, it's that time of year again. Hot off the back of the news that the show was renewed for a sixth season, Andrew Lincoln and fellow cast members arrive at NYCC to present a sneak preview of what's ahead for season 5. This is likely to be the busiest panel of the whole weekend, so if you want to see Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohen and co., you better plan on getting there well ahead of the panel's 3:30pm start time.
Sample Playstation's Adaptation of Graphic Novel, Powers - Saturday 3:15 - 4:15
Yes, Playstation are creating their own shows now. The gaming giant's adaptation of Icon's Powers graphic novels is an ambitious one. Taking a beloved series about a secret detective agency tasked with investigating superhuman crimes and turning it into a live action show is a hefty task, but if they pull it off, it will be pretty spectacular. Luckily, they've given themselves the best possible chance of success by securing the services of comic legend, Eddie Izzard. Izzard and some of the other cast members will be regaling the audience with tales of what it's like to deal with character borne out of an award-winning graphic novel series.
Netflix's Daredevil Show Becomes A Reality - Saturday 5:15 - 6:15pm
It's almost a year since Marvel and Netflix agreed their deal to produce 4 original Marvel character shows, but finally the streaming giant is ready to talk about the first in the series, Daredevil. There's no mention of any footage being revealed, but Jeph Loeb and cast members Rosario Dawson, Charlie Cox and Vincent D'Onofrio will all be at hand to answer the inevitable question of "Will this be better than that Ben Affleck monstrosity?"
The Following Gives a Special Video Screening and Q&A With Star Kevin Bacon
Come for one of the biggest stars at New York Comic Con, stay for the screening (or the other way around?) God knows why The Following is at Comic Con to begin with, since it's not actually sci-fi, fantasy, or based on comics, but we'll take it! After a wonderfully terrible first season and then a depressing sophomore slump, this panel should give us a good idea of whether the third season, which will premiere midseason on Fox, will hit the ground running and redeem itself.
Gotham Comes to Gotham
The city of Gotham is essentially the main character of the show (sorry, Gordon), and Gotham is essentially New York City, which makes Gotham something of a reverse love letter to the city it's visiting. Join the stars and producers of Gotham for a special video Presentation and Q&A, which will hopefully tell us more about the rise of Arkham Asylum, the backstory of Penguin, who's become the show's breakout character (sorry, Gordon), and as many spoilers as they're willing to tell us.
Get Exclusive Secrets About the New Doctor Who Comics - Thursday 2:00 - 2:45pm
Doctor Who comic strips have existed for almost as long as the show itself, but the new series from Titan Comics will be the first ongoing comic book storylines for the long-running and much beloved BBC show. They will produce series called The Tenth Doctor, based on David Tennant's performance, The Eleventh Doctor, based on Matt Smith's interpretation, and The Twelfth Doctor, based on Peter Capaldi's new iteration. The panel will include writers Nick Abadzis, Robbie Morrison, and Rob Williams, artist Simon Fraser, and editor Andrew James, who will supposedly reveal "exclusive secrets" from all three storylines.
Creator Robert Kirkman Talks Skybound's The Walking Dead - Thursday 4:00 - 5:00pm
Creator Robert Kirkman and Skybound Editorial Director Sean Mackiewicz will discuss the Skybound graphic novel The Walking Dead in a panel moderated by Entertainment Weekly's Dalton Ross. The series has received critical acclaim, receiving the Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series in 2010. Eric Sunde of IGN went so far as to call it "one of the best monthly comics available." It also served as the inspiration for the wildly popular and similarly acclaimed AMC television show.
MARVEL Celebrates 75 Years of Approximately Half of the Most Famous Superheroes - Friday 11:00 - 3:45pm
Marvel celebrates 75 years of comics and multimedia entertainment with nearly a full day of panels, including X-Men- The Shifting Face of Mutantkind, World Outside Your Window - Diversity in Marvel Comics, and Guardians of the Galaxy Then and Now- The Evolution of the Marvel Cosmic Universe. For a full list of the Marvel festivities, click here.
Marvel Talks Death of Wolverine and the Future of a Loganless X-Men Universe - Saturday 11:15 - 12:00pm
The death of the beloved mutant is one of the biggest events in comics in recent years, and several high-profile X-writers will be at NYCC to discuss the future (or lack thereof) of poor Logan and the ripple effect his death will have in the Marvel universe. Panelists include executive editor Mike Marts, Brian Michael Bendis (All-New X-Men), Gerry Duggan (Deadpool), Greg Pak (Storm), Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine), and more.
DC Won't Be Outdone by Marvel and Celebrates Batman's 75th Anniversary - Saturday 2:00 - 3:00pm
Between Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight series, comic books, video games, Gotham, and the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Batman is absolutely everywhere. In a panel that celebrates 75 years of the Bat Signal, the Batmobile, Arkham Asylum, Wayne Manor, orphan hero tropes, self-seriousness, possibly hypocritical no-kill rules, and raspy voices, "industry titans and other surprise guests" will discuss the legacy of one of the most iconic characters in comics.
Garth Ennis Talks Crossed with Very Special Mystery Guest - Saturday 7:00 - 7:45pm
Crossed may not be exactly beloved, but there's no denying that it's made an impression. The horror comic, which depicts a world ravaged by a virus that makes sufferers enact their most evil impulses, is predictably either criticized or hailed as completely depraved. The official description of the panel reads: "Survival horror changed forever when Garth Ennis created the grueling world of Crossed. For over five years he has defined the genre with an unrelenting series which dares you to read and experience the horror." Panelists include Ennis, Simon Spurrier (Crossed: Wish You Were Here), Justin Jordan (Crossed: Badlands) and a "very special comics giant guest." We have our fingers crossed that it's Alan Moore, who recently signed on to write Crossed +100.
"Marry, Do or Kill?" What Will it Take to Shatter Female Stereotypes in Comics? - Friday 11:15 - 12:00pm
To say that comics and sci-fi are not entirely inclusive is an understatement, but on the bright side, New York Comic Con is absolutely killing it with their diversity panels. There are almost too many to count, exploring underserved narratives and egregious stereotypes involving women, the queer community, transgender, non-white races, and more. In this panel, pop culture experts from different types of media weigh in on sexist female stereotypes and efforts to combat them. The official description reads: "Female characters have historically been limited to sexy good girls or sexy bad girls, with little between. Readers are ready for change. A panel of Writers, Artists and Editors weigh in on 'strong female characters,' 'fridged women,' the Bechdel test and troubleshooting storytelling stereotypes." It will be moderated by Red Stylo Media editor Enrica Jang, with panelists such as Marvel editor Ellie Pyle, Dennis Calero (X-Men Noir), Erica Schultz (Revenge), Andy Schmidt (Comics Experience), Claire Connelly (Oculus) and Jennie Wood (Flutter).
Strong Female Characters: The Women Shining in Geek Media - Saturday 1:15 - 2:00
Although it's true that geek culture is not the best place for female representation overall, there are many examples of strong female characters in sci-fi and fantasy that have had a significant impact on pop culture, feminism, and individuals. Accordingly, this panel will "focus on the positive representations of women, both as they exist now and as they've evolved over time and those creating them. We'll also be discussing the impact positive representations had on the lives of the Panelists and their hopes for characters we'll see in the future." The panel will be given by The Mary Sue, who are hosting not one, but three diversity panels. The others are Fight What You Know on Friday at 2:15 pm, which will encourage writers to represent characters from all different backgrounds, and All on the Table on Sunday at 3:00 pm, which will discuss representations in video games.
Damsels in Distress Need Not Apply
Come watch successful authors discuss their novels, all of which feature strong female protagonists, and the challenges they faced in writing those characters. We're most excited about The X-Files's Gillian Anderson, who was the driving force behind one of the strongest and best-written female characters on television and will be at the panel to discuss her book A Vision of Fire, which she wrote with Jeff Lovin. (Hear her read an excerpt from the novel here.) But there are many exciting authors to choose from, including Jennifer Donnelly (Deep Blue), SJ Harper (Reckoning), Romina Russell (Zodiac), Marie Rutkoski (The Winner's Curse), C.L. Wilson (Winter King), Alexandra Bracken (In The Afterlight), Colleen Gleason (The Spiritglass Charade) and Amelia Kahaney (Invisible).
Where Science Meets Science Fiction
From Dreams to Reality: Science Fiction as an Inspiration for NASA and Private Sector Space Development - Saturday 4:00 - 4:45 pm
Works of sci-fi arguably have more impact on the field of space exploration than any other scientific niche (technology might be the exception?), so professionals from NASA, Virgin Galactic, and Bigelow Aerospace will discuss "the influence of science fiction on real space programs being conducted by both private sector corporations and NASA." Keep your fingers crossed that NASA will discuss that long-awaited warp drive.