Pre-Comic Con roundup, or: I won’t make it to half these things, but you should try to.

New York Comic Con kicks off tomorrow, and will be there to check it all out. We’ll also be holding a panel on Saturday, moderated by yours truly, where we’ll be talking all things web: web stories, web comics, web ebooks, and possibly web slingers. As a quick starter, here’s a relatively short and hardly comprehensive list of things and people happening at the Javits Center over the weekend. Additionally, Jon Schindette made a useful list of the denizens of Artist Alley here.


First off, we’ve got the CBLDF’s NYCC Welcome Party, tonight at Side Bar, 120 E. 15th Street, near Union Square (and close to the Flatiron—how convenient…). Attending artists will include: Colleen Doran, David Mack, Rantz Hoseley, Dean Haspiel, Molly Crabapple, Mike Cavallero, Nikki Cook, Mahmud Asrar, Brahm Revel and many more!


Molly Crabapple is signing on all three days of the show. She’ll be at the Comic News Insider booth. CNI will be doing a charity raffle and this year it will benefit the always-worthy Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

EOS books (booth 1829) is putting on a few events of note: Sarah Langan, the author of The Keeper and The Missing will have a signing from 3pm-5pm on Friday.

Tor Books (booth 1533) will be giving away some books at their booth, including Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, Mistborn by Barndon Sanderson, and some Afro Samurai galleys. They will also have a couple of signings: Brain Francis Slattery will be signing from 1:30PM-2:30PM at table 4 of the Autographing area and F. Paul Wilson will be signing at Table 5 from 2PM-3PM.

Both Leopoldo Gout and Sarah Langan will be participating in a Roundtable from 5:45-6:45 on Friday called NYC through its Authors (tentatively being held in Room 1A21).

Kim Harrison, the author of the Hollows series will be signing books from 11am-12pm at the EOS booth.

And then join Kim Harrison and Vicki Pettersson for a Roundtable of Sci-Fi, Supernatural and Fantasy Authors from 1:30pm-2:30pm Saturday (tentatively being held in Room 1A21).

Marvel is holding its War of Kings panel at 2PM, and an X-Men panel at 3:15PM, both in room 1A14.

At 4PM in the IGN theater Takashi Miike takes the stage to talk about Yatterman, his new giant-robot movie. Yes, you heard right: Takashi Miike makes a giant fucking robot movie. There is no way this will suck.

There is a panel titled “Pulps Thrive and Arrive at NY Comic Con”, going on at 4:30PM in room 1A21, which looks interesting. it will feature Charles Ardai from Hard Case Crime, among others.

There’s also the new Futurama movie, Into the Wild Green Yonder, being screened for the first time int eh IGN theater at 5:3oPM


Vampire Cowboys will be putting on a scene from tehir new creation, Soul Samurai, on teh Variant Stage at 11AM

Ben Templesmith will be doing a panel on Saturday at 6:30 in Room 1A21. A round table about Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies should be interesting.

Dacve Gibbons will be talking Watchmen, McG will be talking Terminator Salvation, and some other people will be talking about the remake of Friday the 13th (yeah. really.) at the IGN theater at 11AM

Chip Kidd will be talking Bat-Manga in room 1A21 at 12:15PM.

Gabe and Tycho from Penny Arcade will be fielding questions about their webcomic, PAX, Child’s PLay, and all the other amazingly awesome things these guys do at 12:30PM in room 1A06.

The panel is at 4PM in room 1A18.

There’s a sneak peek of Torchwood: Children of the Earth  at 4:15PM in room 1A08.

Room 1A04. 5:15PM. Afro Samurai: Resurrection. Nuff said.

Dan Goldman leads his successful digital art panel, this year featuring Cameron Stewart, Steve Ellis, Rami Efal, and Dennis Calero. Come see how the pros sling their pixels in room 1A15 at 5:45PM.

Come spend some time with the creative minds behind the Gears of War franchise in room 1A24 at 6:45PM.

Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer talk Venture Brothers. Hell yes. Room 1A08, 6:45PM.


Brian Wood will be signing at the DC/Vertigo booth from 2PM-3PM. He’ll also be doing a CBLDF seminar (man, those guys are everywhere!).

Vicki Pettersson, author of the Signs of the Zodiac books, will be signing from 11am-12pm.

Jeaniene Frost and Kim Harrison will be partaking in the Roundtable discussion Writers on Writing: Books, Comics, TV, Movies, and Games from 12:15pm -1:15pm (tentatively being held in Room 1A14).

Eldon Thompson, the author of The Divine Talisman, will be signing books from 1:30pm-2:30pm at the EOS booth.

Then check out a panel discussion,”Kick Ass Female Authors and their Killer Heroines” with Kim Harrison, Jeaniene Frost, Vicki Pettersson, Jocelynn Drake, and Margaret Ronald from 1:45-2:45 (tentatively being held in Room 1A21).

Jeaniene Frost, Jocelynn Drake, and Margaret Ronald will all be signing books from 3:30-4:30 at teh EOS booth.

What may prove to be the biggest draw of the day, Joss Whedon and Tamoh Penikett show us a sneak peek of Dollhouse in the IGN theater at 12:45PM.


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