New York Comic Con begins today and runs through this Sunday. It’s four of the crowded, nerdiest days you could spend in the Big Apple. And this year, the number of immersive fan “activations” has skyrocketed. In the past, NYCC has had a great exhibit hall, but it’s always been a bit light on the over-the-top, interactive experiences that have come to define the San Diego experience.
If you’ll be at NYCC this weekend, take a look at some of what’s available and make a point to swing by a few. Don’t just stand in line for panels and autographs all weekend. Have a unique experience you really can’t have anywhere else.
Westworld Experience Center
Looking for a taste of the luxuries and liberties afforded to Westworld guests? This immersive experience will not disappoint. Some of the park’s most iconic elements await New York Comic Con attendees lucky enough to attend. Westworld: The Experience will be open by appointment only. This event is open to New York Comic Con badge-holders 21 and over — be sure to bring your ID. The appointment desk will pop up in a different location each morning near the Javits Center, with locations being teased and revealed via the Westworld Facebook page and Twitter handle. The appointment desk will be open Thursday, October 5; Friday, October 6; Saturday, October 7; and Sunday, October 8 starting at 9 am ET until all slots for the day have been filled. Appointments will be available each day on a first come, first served basis. This is an ultra-exclusive event with limited appointments available Thursday-Sunday only. The location of Westworld: The Experience will only be revealed to those who are able to secure an appointment.
Museum of Lore
NYCC attendees and horror buffs seeking the ultimate Instagram photo will be thrilled by Amazon Prime Video’s Museum of Lore. In promotion of the new anthology series Lore, this unsettling, picture-perfect experience will take place in the North Concourse of the Javits Center. Inspired by one of the fastest-growing podcasts in the United States, Amazon Prime Video’s Lore activation will uncover some of the most haunting myths of all-time in the most “shareable” way. Guests will be taken through three rooms – “Gene’s Bedroom,” “The Unveiled,” and “The Beast Inside,” each of which will tell a different, blood-curdling tale from Lore all while providing attendees with must-share photo opportunities. (North Concourse)
The Tick Dangerboat
NYCC attendees will have the chance to immerse themselves in a completely explorable, larger-than-life cigarette vessel that will be built out on the convention’s main floor. Dangerboat, the opinionated sidekick and headquarters of The Tick’s Overkill, becomes a prominent meeting destination and character throughout the series storyline in both Season 1 and 2 of the popular original series. Guests will be delighted by hidden surprises within the experience, such as its ability to speak to the occupants themselves, customized promotional items that can be unlocked using their RFID wristbands, lighting affects, emergency alarms, and more. Attendees will depart Dangerboat feeling as if they’ve just stepped into the world of The Tick itself.
Jigsaw VR-Enabled Escape Room
The game is simple. The best ones are. Want to survive? Play by the rules. (past the main entrance tent)
Jack Ryan Experience
Introducing Echo Escape, the world’s first escape experience powered by voice. Step into the world of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, a new series coming to Amazon Prime Video, and join Alexa (the voice service that powers Amazon Echo), in a thrilling race against time where Amazon Echo with Intel inside is your key to solving puzzles, breaking codes, and saving the world! Visit Echo Escape next to the Twitch main stage for your chance to play, plus join us on Twitch as top gamers take on the challenge in a groundbreaking live stream event.
War for the Planet of the Apes Motion Capture Experience
“Bad Ape Chase” Weta Digital Motion Capture Experience: For the first time ever, fans at New York Comic-Con will have the opportunity to experience Weta Digital’s state-of-the-art Mo-Cap technology to immerse themselves into the world of Apes. Fans will be fitted into partial Mo-Cap suits, mount a horse simulator and be mapped into their own version of the film’s “Bad Ape Chase” scene.
Caesar & Maurice Photo Ops: Swing by Booth #102 for a photo with the life-like Caesar and Maurice busts that were used on-set during the filming of War for the Planet of the Apes.
Join Caesar’s Army: Fans will get the opportunity to use arm extensions like the ones used by the Mo-Cap stunt performers and train in the basics of ape-like movements. The demonstration and tutorial will be hosted by Terry Notary (Rocket) and Karin Konoval (Maurice), and fans will be picked at random to participate.
comiXology Photo Booth
ComiXology, Amazon’s premier digital comic shopping and reading service, will host a fan-centric Comic Book All-Star Trading Cards photo booth that lets comic fans take pictures with their favorite creators. Placing the spotlight on fans, comiXology is putting a twist on their popular trading card promotion with this year’s Comic Book All-Star photo booth. Fans now have the opportunity to get their photo taken with their favorite comic book creators during specified times or take a solo photo all weekend long and join #TeamComics. Whether posing with creators, solo, or with a friend, this photo opportunity is a celebration of comics culture. Participants will receive a print of the photo and also their card digitally to share via social media. Check here for a schedule of creators. (Hall 1E – Artists Alley, Booth AAB1)
Chucky’s Photo Booth
Wanna play with the world’s most demonic doll? Universal Pictures Home Entertainment dares you to join everyone’s favorite “Friend ‘Til the End” Chucky, in the heart of his latest haunt, the Harrogate psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane, for a very special, NYCC-exclusive photo opp in celebration of release of Cult of Chucky, the all-new, unrated movie coming to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital on Oct. 3! (Booth 241)
Hang Like Spidey
Buffy Gifting Suite
The 20th Anniversary celebration of Buffy the Vampire Slayer continues with a one-of-a-kind fan experience during New York Comic-Con. For years, celebrities have been invited to gifting suites to fill up their bags with complimentary items, but this time Buffy’s loyal fandom will have the opportunity to do the same at the Buffy Fan Gifting Suite. The New York City suite will be open for one day only on Friday, October 6th from 1-6 PM, allowing attendees to choose a few items from a wide assortment of Buffy merchandise – from apparel and accessories to games and brand new books – all for FREE! Click here to make a reservation.