New York Comic Con 2016 Preview

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This weekend marks the start of New York Comic Con, the 4-day mega-con that takes over the Big Apple each October in celebration of geek culture. As always, there is something for everyone at this year’s con, whether you’re a comic book fan, a gamer, an avid anime fiend, a bookworm or just a nostalgic pop-culture consumer. Ahead of the weekend’s festivities, GeekMom Corrina Lawson and I preview what we’re most excited to see at this year’s con.

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Lumberjanes #29 variant by Natacha Busto

Tony’s Con Picks

I’ve gone to New York Comic Con for the past five years, and as always, the movie and TV offerings are what excite me most. In past years I’ve interviewed a number of great people, from Ronald D. Moore to Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell and Lucy Lawless. I love doing interviews, but this year, my focus is on the panels, and simply enjoying the con and scoping out what’s next.

There aren’t a ton of big movie panels that interest me this year, but there is one that I consider a must. On Saturday afternoon, from 2-3 PM, Lionsgate presents a double feature panel showcasing the new Power Rangers movie, which I’m dying to catch a glimpse of, and a look at John Wick: Chapter 2 featuring Keanu Reeves himself. John Wick might be the best action movie of this past decade, so you better believe I’m in line for the sequel. Another can’t miss event on Saturday is “Brat Pack America,” a panel conversation with Amy Heckerling (director of Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless) and Martha Coolidge (director of Real Genius). Other movie panels of interest include a Saturday panel for Zhang Yimou’s Great Wall with star (and my favorite actor) Matt Damon in attendance, and a Thursday panel for Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 with the legendary Corman himself.

On the TV side of things, I’m most excited for Friday’s People of Earth panel, previewing the upcoming TBS comedy series about a support group for alien abductees. On Thursday, there’s a panel called 25 Years of Captain Planet, featuring the cartoon’s voice cast as well as legendary actor Ed Asner who voiced eco-villain Hoggish Greedly on the series (and also voiced Carl Fredricksen in Pixar’s Up). Other TV panels of interest include Thursday’s preview of IFC’s new comedy series, Stan Against Evil and Starz’ preview of season 2 of Ash Vs. Evil Dead, Saturday’s preview of Black Mirror season 3 on Netflix and Sunday panels on the new FX series Legion and HBO’s Westworld.

Finally, I’m looking forward to Friday’s Star Wars Writers Roundtable event, featuring an impressive lineup of Star Wars authors including Chuck Wendig, Charles Soule Jim Luceno, E.K. Johnston (the hotly anticipated Ashoka) and the legend himself, Timothy Zahn (Heir to the Empire and the upcoming Thrawn). My pick for the must-have NYCC exclusive is Boom Studios’ Hamilton themed variant cover for Lumberjanes #29 by Natacha Bustos.

Tony Nunes

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Art by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez

Corrina’s Con Picks

Having already attended the supposedly “Big” geek event of the year, Comic-Con in San Diego, you would think there wouldn’t be too left to do and see at NYCC.

Wrong.

I’m looking forward once again to interviewing a couple of DC creators: Tom King, who has killed it this year on Omega Men, Vision (for Marvel), Sheriff of Babylon and, currently, Batman.

I’m also looking forward to interviewing one of my favorite artists, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. If you don’t recognize the name, you recognize his work, as it’s so iconic that it appears on everything from party cups to sneakers to t-shirts. If you have DC geekwear, chances are the artwork is by Garcia-Lopez.

lion-forgeI’m also going to speak to the people at Lion Forge Comics, who have been making some big announcements leading to the con. While DC and Marvel are the big guys in the monthly comics world, I feel as if companies like Lion Forge will be the future and reach audiences who have been underserved in the current market. Plus, the designs for their upcoming comics just look cool.

As for the rest? I plan to walk Artist’s Alley in a hope to commission artwork of either Lois Lane or Black Canary. I have come prepared this year, with a proper tube to transport the prints/artwork without damage. Having been to both big cons, I prefer the NYCC artist alley, as (in past years) it’s been easier to have a conversation with the creators, and I found it a bit less crowded than the SDCC exhibit floor.

Corrina Lawson

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