Event Coverage: New York Comic Con 2019

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This is Comic Booked’s third year in a row going to the best comic convention the east coast has to offer. Four solid days of panels, sneak peeks, cosplay, signings, photo ops, and altogether comic book excitement. There’s so much to do and never enough time, but here is my quick take on some of my favorite highlights from Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday’s event. These are my takeaways from New York Comic Con 2019:

“Spider-Man Spectacular: A This Week in Marvel Special Event” Panel

  • live recording of the podcast with hosts Ryan Penagos and Lauren Cink
  • guests writer Frank Tieri, writer Leah Moore, writer Seanan McGuire, and editor Nick Lowe
  • Frank Tieri’s Ravencroft is Arkham Asylum for Marvel, an Absolute Carnage spin-off starting with Dracula, Sabretooth, and Carnage one-shots, then its own series
  • Leah Moore’s Amazing Mary Jane is a book where Peter and MJ try living on different coasts while MJ takes center stage in a battle with Mysterio
  • Seanan McGuire’s Ghost Spider continues to be a fan-favorite with two Jackals going after Gwen for different reasons and they do not get along
  • the hit Spider-Man PS4 game gets another spin-off comic, this time for Black Cat
  • 2099 returns as “80 years ago was 1939 and 80 years from now is 2099” goes from a Matthew Rosenberg idea to a story written by Nick Spencer with one-shots featuring Doom, Ghost Rider, Punisher, etc., ranging from the original series and Robert Kirkman’s anniversary run and some new characters potentially
  • Q&A and trivia challenge with prizes
  • Free button

DC “Meet the Publishers” Panel:

  • DC Universe subscriptions are taking off
  • Walmart books are doing great and the line is expanding to ten, with a special Brad Meltzer and Jim Lee war story with Batman and modern day veteran juxtaposition, also in direct market with variant covers in Walmart but no longer exclusive, serving as entry points for new readers
  • nostalgia and superheroes are kings of pop culture right now, Legion is back thanks to Brian Michael Bendis, Justice Society is back thanks to Scott Snyder, Doomsday Clock will tie everything up and do a soft reboot, and Metal Men by Dan DiDio and Shane Davis is maxi-series of his dreams
  • Year of the Villain’s final culminating miniseries is going to change up the status quo
  • the Hill House universe where Joe Hill writes two but oversees all will have several easter eggs and build its own loosely-connected universe
  • imprints are doing well (Black Label and DC Ink) and Vertigo is slowly being folded back into DCU proper so readers can enjoy classic characters at three levels: kids, teens and above, and adults only
  • lots of laughs, Dan DiDio maybe doesn’t know the difference between the terms “easter eggs” and “spoilers” and Jim Lee thinks that is hilarious, showcasing a humanity in a fan’s impromptu selfie moment with Jim, the announcement that MAD Magazine isn’t going away under Dan’s watch, and Jim says he will protect Nightwing at all costs
  • Free Legion flight ring

“DC Nation” Panel

  • publisher-writer Dan DiDio, writer N. K. Jemisin writer, artist-writer Lee Bermejo, writer Tom King, artist-writer Tony S. Daniel, and publisher-artist Jim Lee
  • actively working on DCU timeline (starting with Wonder Woman, then Superman, then modern age, and all the way up to Legion)
  • King and Lee have a sketch battle for prizes
  • King says the f-word 16 times (and the audience counts for him)
  • The New Gods movie is based on Mr. Miracle by Tom King and Mitch Gerads (and is written by King)
  • King is working with Gerads (and Evan “Doc” Shaner) on Strange Adventures
  • New Green Lantern title is part of the Young Animal line but will cross into DCU proper
  • Dan is happy for the first time in a long time according to Jim
  • Q&A
  • free Batman/Superman #1 variant “Year of the Villain” acetate cover

Other DC News

  • Rachel Maddow joins CW’s Batwoman series as Vesper Fairchild
  • Young Justice’s Amethyst gets her own spin-off comic from Wonder Comics in 2020 by Amy Reeder
  • Harley Quinn animated series premieres Nov. 29 on DC Universe
  • Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey 4-issue miniseries by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti will serve as a spiritual sequel to the duo’s legendary Harley Quinn run and will launch in Feb. from DC’s Black Label imprint
  • Batwoman premieres on the CW

Other Marvel News

  • Earth X comic book prequel announced from Jim Krueger and Alex Ross
  • Cloak & Dagger will meet the Runaways in next seasons’ shows on Freeform and Hulu
  • Thor comic book relaunch by Donny Cates and Nic Klein

DC Year of the Villain Panel

  • host Hector Navarro
  • guest writer Scott Snyder, writer Joshua Williamson, artist-writer Cully Hamner, writer James Tynion IV, and writer Cecil Castullucci
  • special guest artist Greg Capullo
  • Q&A
  • everyone shared their favorite villains
  • preview art of upcoming comics and storylines
  • everything culminates at the end of the year in Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen (aka HA!) by Tynion
  • everything has been planned and was pitched starting with
  • Aliens vs Predator logic: Whoever wins, we lose
  • Apex Lex vs the Batman Who Laughs
  • the heroes at their lowest point
  • free Batman/Superman #1 variant comic

Marvel Fanfare Panel

  • host C. B. Cebulski
  • guest writer Chris Claremont
  • Stan Lee and Roy Thomas hiring story
  • X-Men stories galore
  • Bryan Singer story
  • Claremont doesn’t read X-Men he doesn’t write (after his tenure… even though he loves Joss Whedon and he has taken inspiration from Buffy who was inspired by Kitty Pryde)
  • Q&A
  • free variant cover for Absolute Carnage: Miles Morales #2

X-Men: Dawn of X Panel

  • host editor-writer C. B. Cebulski
  • guests editor Jordan White, writer Ed Brisson, writer Tini Howard, and writer Benjamin Percy
  • special video from writer Jonathan Hickman and writer Gerry Dugan
  • previews of new X-Men line and behind-the-scenes talk about rebooting and relaunching the line
  • Q&A
  • special announcement: new Wolverine series by Percy and Adam Kubert
  • free variant cover for Powers of X #5

Around the Convention Center

  • Artist Alley (quick chats and some memorabilia and signatures from the likes of creators Alex Maleev, Chris Claremont, Cully Hamner, David Mack, Fabian Nicieza, Frank Tieri, James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Howard Mackie, Greg Capullo, Jock, Steve Orlando, Phil Jiminez, Matthew Rosenberg, Peter J. Tomasi, Tony S. Daniel, Tom King, and so many more)
  • exhibitors
  • indy creators
  • SyFy live stage on the exhibit floor
  • SyFy fan lounge (significantly less crowded this year)
  • Cosplay Corner with live stage and larger area for costume repair, photo shoots, and lounging around
  • press lounge
  • fan lounge (Watchmen themed)
  • food truck vendors
  • premieres (Super Dinosaur, Wonder Woman: Bloodline, Watchmen, and more!)
  • DC booth (free exclusive pins, Birds of Prey costumes on display, new toys on display, trailers galore, signings and DC Daily interviews being filmed on site, Margot Robbie surprise appearance, and tons of free comics, posters, masks, buttons, toys, etc.)
  • food court
  • El Camino: Breaking Bad interactive walkthrough (with free poster… the security guard told me I could take pictures, but he reminded me to be respectful because it was an active crime scene)

Outside the Convention Center

  • Harley Quinn DC Universe popup (special Hudson Yards Loft location, art installation, DCYou launch, free exclusive pin and print)
  • Titans season 2 giant billboard
  • Watchmen miniseries billboards all over Manhattan
  • DC community signs still up from this summer
  • Joker movie premiere
  • cosplayers in public

And so much more! It’s always a pleasure to go to any convention, but New York Comic Con remains my favorite. I can’t wait to see what next year has to offer. New York Comic Con 2017, 2018, and now 2019 have been some of my favorite moments as part of the Comic Booked team and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to cover all three years. Here’s to hoping I get to cover NYCC 2019!

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