New York Comic Con kicks off today, and Tor.com will be there to cover all three days of panels, signings, and screenings. If you’ll be at the Javits Center, be sure to stop by the Tor Books booth and pick up some of our shiny new temporary tattoos, featuring three different versions of Stubby the Rocket. Located at Booth #2328, Tor will also be hosting giveaways all weekend (including titles from Cherie Priest, George R.R. Martin, Orson Scott Card, Terry Goodkind, Richard Matheson, and Robert Jordan, to name just a few), as well as signings by Tor authors like Brandon Sanderson, who’ll be appearing in conjunction with The Gathering Storm giveaway at 3 PM on Saturday. See the complete Tor Books events schedule here.
We’ve also compiled a shortlist of some of the many, many events we’re hoping to check out over the next few days—everything from Sherlock Holmes to Batman to Indiana Jones to Bruce Campbell, with a slew of our favorite authors thrown in for good measure. Check it out, along with links to the full NYCC schedule, below the fold.
Will Eisner’s New York (2-3 PM) Room 1A14: Join the renowned award-winning author and cartoonist, Jules Feiffer, best selling author and columnist, David Hajdu, writer and former President & Publisher, DC Comics, Paul Levitz, artist, author, publisher, and cartoonist, Denis Kitchen, author and biographer, Michael Schumacher, and moderator, author, comic book editor, & historian, Danny Fingeroth to learn about Will Eisner from those who knew and worked with him.
MAD about MAD! (3:15-4:15) Room 1A06: Celebrate almost 60 years of Mad Magazine and its recent return to television on the Cartoon Network with editor John Ficarra, legendary Mad artist Mort Drucker, and others.
Dark Horse (5:45-6:45 PM) Room 1A24: Join Dark Horse Director of PR Jeremy Atkins, Managing Editor Scott Allie, and Senior Editor Chris Warner, along with a host of the industry's top creators for a first hand look at the future of the medium.
Penguin YA and Adult Authors Talk Monsters, Myths and Mayhem in Literature (7-8 PM) Room 1A14: Featuring authors Seanan McGuire (aka Mira Grant), Anton Strout, Tom Sniegoski, Cris Ramsay, Roger Ma, Mari Mancusi and Andrea Cremer.
Fantasy Writers Panel (7:30-8:30 PM) Room 1A15: Featuring authors Joe Abercrombie (Best Served Cold), Peter V. Brett (The Warded Man), Jim Butcher (Changes), Naomi Novik (His Majesty’s Dragon), Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches), and Brandon Sanderson (The Way of Kings).
U.S. Premiere Screening of Sherlock (8-10 PM) Room 1A06: From the writers of Doctor Who, a Sherlock for the 21st century—Sherlock Holmes stalks again in a thrilling modern version of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Atonement, The Last Enemy) as the go-to consulting detective in 21st century London, with Martin Freeman (The Office UK, Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy) as his loyal friend, Dr. John Watson, and Rupert Graves as the long-suffering Inspector Lestrade.
Venture Bros. (8-9 PM) IGN Theater: Arguably the best series on the Cartoon Network; creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer are on hand to discuss the show and take audience questions.
James Marsters Spotlight (8:45-9:45) Room 1A08: Spike plays rock and roll, talks about stuff, is awesome.
Fanfiction: From Mary Sue to Shakespeare (10:45-11:45 AM) Room 1E12: An examination of the history behind fanfiction, and the culture of fanfiction today.
Brandon Sanderson signing at The Gathering Storm giveaway (3 PM), Tor Books booth, #2328.
Gotham City 14 Miles: Why Batman ‘66 Matters (4:15-5:15 PM) Room 1A15: Editor Jim Beard leads roundtable of contributors to Gotham City 14 Miles, a collection of essays from Sequart Books on the 1960s Batman TV series, the comics that inspired it, and why it should matter to both comic book fans and followers of pop culture alike. Long live Adam West!!!
AOL’s ComicsAlliance Presents: ASK COMICSALLIANCE (5-6 PM) Room 1A24: Join Comics Alliance Editor-In-Chief Laura Hudson and Assistant Editor Caleb Goellner in this panel featuring Chris Sims, noted Batmanologist and humorist, along with writers David Brothers and David Uzumeri as they bring one of Comics Alliance's most popular features to New York Comic Con.
Where is the line between Science Fiction and Science Faction? (6:15-7:15 PM) Room 1A14: City College Physic Professor and host of Science Channel's Sci Fi Science, Dr. Michio Kaku is joined by Nick Sagan, award-winning writer and son of Carl Sagan, to review the tangled history of SciFi/Sci Fact and preview the latest in SF storytelling.
LGBT Comics, Creators, and Characters (6:30-7:30 PM) Room 1A23: Moderated by Jeff Krell, creator of the long-running gay-themed humor strip Jayson, scheduled panelists include famed underground comix creator and graphic novelist Howard Cruse (Wendel, Stuck Rubber Baby, original editor of Gay Comix), Abby Denson (High School Confidential), Tim Fish (Cavalcade of Boys, Young Bottoms in Love), Joan Hilty (Bitter Girl, an editor at DC's Vertigo imprint), Phil Jimenez (Eisner and GLAAD-nominated writer/artist for DC Comics) and Dan Parent (longtime Archie Comics writer/artist who created Kevin Keller, Archie’s first openly gay teen).
Indie Cred: Why Indie Comics Matter (7:30-8:30 PM) Room 1A17: Alex Robinson and other indie creators talk about their craft, the state of indie comics and more.
Roddenberry is Back! (9-10 PM) Room 1A23: Announcements from Roddenberry Productions, helmed by Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, Jr. (son of Gene Roddenberry), about some old, new, and original properties.
The Women of Marvel (10:45-11:45) Room 1A14: Join women from every discipline in the creative process at Marvel to hear what it’s like working as a woman in comics today. Guests include New York Times Best Selling author Marjorie Liu (X-23), Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic (Women of Marvel), Sonia Oback (X-Force), Stephanie Hans (Women of Marvel), with moderator and Girl Comics editor Jeanine Schaefer.
Oni Press Presents Panelmonium 2010 (1:15-2:15 PM) Room 1A14: Join in the Q&A with your favorite Oni creators including: Jen Van Meter (Hopeless Savages), Brahm Revel (Guerillas), Antony Johnston (Wasteland), Ray Fawkes (Possessions), Eduardo Medeiros, Rafael Albuquerque, & Mateus Santolouco (Mondo Urbano), Matt Loux (Yo Gabba Gabba!: Goodnight Gabba Land) and many more! Get sneak peeks at upcoming Oni projects, news on Oni Press fan initiatives, free Oni comics, prizes and more!
Real Archaeology of Indiana Jones (1:15-2:15 PM) Room 1A22: Exploring the very real history and science behind the world’s most famous fictional archaeologist. We’re also hoping to learn the proper way to conduct the always difficult “throw me the idol, I’ll throw you the rope” exchange.
Scott Westerfeld Spotlight (1:30-2:30 PM) Room 1A21: The fabulous and delightful author of Leviathan, Behemoth, and the Uglies series comes to NYCC.
The Walking Dead on AMC (2:15-3:45 PM) IGN Theater: A preview of the first full scenes from the network’s highly anticipated series accompanied by the stars and producers of the drama, based on the comic book written by Robert Kirkman: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, and Steven Yeun. Joining the cast are writer, director, executive producer and three-time Academy Award nominee Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) and executive producers Robert Kirkman and Gale Anne Hurd. The Walking Dead will premiere on Halloween at 10 PM EST on AMC.
Bruce Campbell Spotlight (4-5 PM) Room 1A08: Presenting the one, the only, the legendary Bruce Campbell. Hail to the king, baby!
And finally, check out the NYCC master chart of signings and autograph sessions—featuring everyone from Joe Abercrombie, Jim Butcher, and (of course) Bruce Campbell to Seth Green, Sherilyn Kenyon and Jane Yolen—here.