New York Comic Con kicked off Thursday with an Adam West Batman tribute, a spotlight on “Doctor Who” actor Arthur Darvill and Disney’s previews of “Tomorrowland” and “Big Hero 6,” among other panels.
The pop-culture expo, held at Manhattan’s Javits Center today through Sunday, is expected to draw some 130,000 fans for a four-day convention that has come to rival the West Coast’s Comic-Con International in San Diego.
If your schedule for this weekend’s events is still up in the air, consider these must-see NYCC panels slated for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
TNT’S “The Librarians“
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Empire Stage 1-E
The upcoming series (based on the TV movies) follow a group of librarians on their adventures to protect mysterious, ancient artifacts. This panel features a sneak peek of the first episode, which premieres Dec. 7, and discussion with executive producer John Rogers and cast members Christian Kane, John Kim, Lindy Booth and Rebecca Romijn.
Marvel 75th Anniversary: Guardians of the Galaxy – Then and Now
2:00 – 2:45 p.m., Room 1A18
Following the blockbuster summer movie, this panel dives into the history of the quirky team and other Marvel space characters. Panelists include Gerry Duggan (“Nova”), Al Milgrom (“Captain Marvel”), Doug Moench (“The Inhumans”) and Jim Starlin (“The Infinity Gauntlet”).
DC Comics – Batman: Gotham Rising
3:15 – 4:15 p.m., Empire Stage 1-E
It’s a big year for the Bat-family as the Caped Crusader celebrates 75 years in comics. This panel features DC’s roster of all-star Bat-team creators, including Babs Tarr, Brenden Fletcher, Brian Buccellato, Cameron Stewart, Francis Manapul, Greg Capullo, James Tynion IV, Marc Andreyko, Peter Tomasi and Scott Snyder.
Archie Forever: Life, Afterlife and Beyond
4:15 – 5:00 p.m., Room 1A05
This isn’t your grandfather’s “Archie.” Come see what’s new in “Afterlife With Archie,” the just-launched “Sabrina” series and more. Panelists include Jon Goldwater, Dan Parent, Francesco Francavilla and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
IDW Publishing: The Big One
4:15 – 5:00 p.m., Room 1A14
IDW reveals its top-secret NYCC announcements. Join this Q&A with editor-in-chief Chris Ryall, president Greg Goldstein, editor Sarah Gaydos and marketing vice president Dirk Wood, with special guests Gabriel Rodriguez, Kate Leth, Jonathan Maberry, Joe Harris and Scott Tipton.
“Once Upon a Time” Has Frozen Over!
4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Empire Stage 1-E
“Frozen” ice queen Elsa has come to Storybrooke this season, and co-creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz and Emma Swan actress Jennifer Morrison will be on hand to discuss the new season story lines and characters in the hit ABC show “Once Upon a Time.”
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
5:45 – 6:45 p.m., Main Stage 1-D
Marvel’s head of television Jeph Loeb and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” star Clark Gregg share news about the show and premiere an episode before it airs on ABC.
Kids Costume Parade
Friday, 4:45 – 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.; Sunday 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., Family HQ – 1C03
Kids 12 and under show off their costumes in a parade led by puppeteer Leslie Carrara-Rudolph (Abby Cadabby on “Sesame Street”) and her puppet friend Lolly Lardpop. Arrive 30 minutes prior to register your child. To register, please arrive 30 minutes prior to the parade since space is limited and is not guaranteed.
6:00 – 7:00 p.m., Empire Stage 1-E
Join Michael Keaton and Edward Norton as they discuss the upcoming black comedy “Birdman,” about an aging actor famous for playing a superhero decades earlier.
Dark Horse and Sega Present: 35 Years of Alien
6:15 – 7:00 p.m., Room 1A24
Dark Horse achieved one of its earliest successes with the 1987 publication of “Aliens.” Now, following the release of the highly anticipated “Fire and Stone” and Sega’s “Alien: Isolation,” the two companies take a look back at a wild publishing history based on the frightening 35-year-old franchise. Join Dark Horse publicist Aub Driver, along with Mike Richardson (president and publisher, Dark Horse Comics), Randy Stradley (vice president of publishing, Dark Horse Comics), Paul Tobin (“Prometheus”), Joshua Williamson and Chris Mooneyham (“Predator”), and a few surprise guests.
Patrick Stewart Spotlight
1:45 – 2:45 p.m., Main Stage 1-D
The “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “X-Men” actor takes the stage to answer questions about his legendary performances.
DC Entertainment – Batman 75th Anniversary
2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Empire Stage 1-E
The Dark Knight turns 75 this year, and some of the most influential Bat-creators in comics are on hand to discuss Batman’s past and future. Panelists include Blair Herter, Geoff Johns, Greg Capullo, Jim Lee, Kevin Conroy, Neal Adams and Scott Snyder.
Spotlight on Randall Munroe with Bill Nye
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM | 1A10
Webcomic “xkcd” creator Randall Munroe and Bill Nye the Science Guy take the stage for a fun, educational discussion of hypothetical questions and really weird science.
Image Comics: I is for Impact
2:15 – 3:00 p.m., Room 1A06
The creators behind some of Image’s weirdest and most successful titles discuss bringing their bizarre ideas to the page. Guests include Wes Craig (“Deadly Class”), Matt Fraction (“Sex Criminals”), Steve Orlando (“Undertow”), James Robinson (“The Saviors”), Roc Upchurch (“Rat Queens”), Frank Quitely (“Jupiter’s Legacy”) and Brian K. Vaughan (“Saga”).
AMC’s “The Walking Dead”
3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Main Stage 1-D
The cast and producers of AMC’s hit zombie series discuss the upcoming fifth season and debut new footage. Guests include Andrew Lincoln, Chad L. Coleman, Danai Gurira, Lauren Cohan, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Melissa McBride, Michael Cudlitz, Norman Reedus, Sonequa Martin-Green and Steven Yeun.
Official “Sailor Moon” Panel
4:15 – 5:00 p.m., Room 1A14
VIZ Media’s “Sailor Moon” team previews footage of the remastered episodes of the beloved anime series and celebrates the return of Usagi and her friends.
Stephen Amell Spotlight
4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Empire Stage 1-E
Stephen Amell, the star of the CW’s “Arrow,” discusses his role as the hooded vigilante.
An Exclusive Look at “12 Monkeys”
5:00 – 5:45 p.m., Room 1A21
Get inside details and see the first 10 minutes of the premiere of Syfy’s upcoming “12 Monkeys,” inspired by the movie. Guests include executive producers Natalie Chaidez, Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, the team responsible for co-writing the pilot.
“Marvel’s Daredevil,” Exclusively on Netflix
5:15 – 6:15 p.m., Main Stage 1-D
Executive producer Steve DeKnight and Marvel’s head of television Jeph Loeb join the cast of “Daredevil” for their first appearance. They’ll answer questions about the 2015 Netflix show.
“Star Wars Rebels”
5:45 – 6:45 p.m., Empire Stage 1-E
Get a behind-the-scenes peek and exclusive preview of the highly anticipated Disney XD series with star Vanessa Marshall, who voices Hera.
The NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay with Special Performance from KÀ by Cirque du Soleil
7:30 – 10:00 p.m., Main Stage 1-D
KÀ by Cirque du Soleil will deliver a gravity-defying live performance to celebrate the launch of its third custom Marvel comic book. Following the KÀ performance and Q&A is the debut of the NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay costume contest, the first stop in the new cosplay competition circuit Quest for the Crown.
“The Karate Kid” 30th Anniversary Cast Reunion
11:00 – 11:45 a.m., Room 1A10
It’s been 30 years since Mr. Miyagi taught Daniel the value of “Wax on, wax off.” Join Billy Zabka, Martin Kove and Ralph Macchio for a panel discussion about their experiences making the movie.
Dothraki 101: Learn to Speak Like a Khal
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Room 1A24
David Peterson, language creator for HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” teaches fans how the language is structured, pronunciation basics and key expressions. Dothras chek! (Ride well!)
Cartoon Network Presents: CN ANYTHING
12:15 – 1:45 p.m., Empire Stage 1-E
This all-inclusive panel features the creators and talent behind hit Cartoon Network shows like “Uncle Grandpa,” “Adventure Time” and more. Also, get a sneak peek at the upcoming miniseries “Over the Garden Wall.” Panelists include Adam Devine, Collin Dean, Estelle, Jessica DiCicco, Kent Osborne, Melanie Lynskey, Patrick McHale, Paula Spence, Pete Browngardt, Rebecca Sugar, Sam Marin, Spencer Rothbell, Tom Kenny and Zach Callison.
“Gotham” Special Video Presentation and Q&A
1:15 – 2:15 p.m., Main Stage 1-D
See a special video presentation for Fox’s Batman prequel series and join a Q&A with the show’s stars and producers.
“Sesame Street” & Pop Culture: 45 Years of Spoofs on the ‘Street’
2:15 – 3:00 p.m., 1A24
In this family-friendly panel, “Sesame Street” Muppets and performers discuss the series’ 45-year history and share screenings of some of the show’s best entertainment world parodies.
3:00 – 4:00 p.m., Main Stage 1-D
Join Len Wiseman, Lyndie Greenwood, Mark Goffman and Orlando Jones for a Q&A and preview of an upcoming episode of the hit Fox series.
The Making of “The Princess Bride”
5:15 – 6:00 p.m., 1A06
“The Princess Bride” actor Cary Elwes (Westley) takes fans behind the scenes of the cult classic. Elwes’ book “As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride” will be published by Touchstone in October.
Did we miss your most anticipated panel? Let us know in the comments. And stay tuned for news from the big convention.
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