A Steampunk’s Guide to New York Comic Con

New York Comic Con is upon us! Let’s see what the largest geek event in NYC has to offer for the brassy ‘n’ sassy set.

Flip through the suggested list below for panels to scope out at the Javits Center. Included are various “of steampunk interest” events too, (which explains Legend of Korra and Doctor Who among these items. But c’mon, who wouldn’t want to see John Barrowman?)

Comment below with any suggestions of other panels you’re excited about, vendors to pursue, and afterparties to crash!


Friday, October 11th

Anatomy of Steampunk Signing at Quayside Publishing
3:00 pm–4:00 pm
Booth 2006
Meet Katherine Gleason, Diana Pho (Ay-leen the Peacemaker) & others for this signing and get an advanced copy of Anatomy of Steampunk.

Steam It Up—Steampunk in Publishing
5:15 pm–6:15 pm
Room 1A17
From its beginnings as a loosely defined sub-genre of science fiction, steampunk has evolved into a cultural phenomenon bringing the future into the past and more. Join authors as they discuss the future of Steampunk.
Speakers: Ay-leen the Peacemaker (Moderator), Andrea Crember (The Inventor’s Secret), Kate Locke (Immortal Empire Series), Beth Ciotta (The Clockwork Canary series), Genevieve Valentine (Mechanique), Katherine Gleason (Anatomy of Steampunk) and Emma Jane Holloway (A Study in Silks)
Autograph Session to follow in the autographing area, Table 21!


Saturday, October 12th

50 Years of Doctor Who
11:15 am–12:15 pm
Room 1A23
Spanning 50 years, Doctor Who is a much loved wonder of television. From TV’s longest running science fiction show celebrates it’s 50th anniversary in November and a panel of Experts celebrate our shared fandom.
Speakers: Barnaby Edwards, Deborah Stanish, Graeme Burk, JK Woodward, Ken Deep, Robert Smith, Andre Tessier

Beyond the Webcomic

12:30 pm–1:30 pm
Room 1A08
Speakers: Kate Beaton, Ryan North, Seth Fishman, Christopher Hastings
Description: Join popular webcomic creators Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant), Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics), and Chris Hastings (Dr. McNinja) in a conversation with literary agent and author Seth Fishman (The Well’s End) about the world and the work beyond the webcomics that made their names. They’ll discuss a range of topics, from online to print, transitions to traditional publishing, new ventures and adventures in Kickstarter, picture books and more.
(Note: For fans of Beaton’s loosely-historically based comic!)

The Legend of Korra
11:00 am–12:00 pm
Empire Stage 1-E
Join Executive Producer Bryan Konietzko and Co-Executive Producer Joaquim Dos Santos as they pull back the curtain to reveal sneak peeks of what’s to come in Book 2: Spirits. Exclusive artwork, never-before-seen footage and a discussion with special guests from the incredible The Legend of Korra voice cast will be featured! Moderated by Bryan Konietzko.

Geeks of Color Assemble! : Minorities in Fandom
6:30 PM–7:30 PM
Room 1A17
From Community’s Abed and Troy to Miles Morales as Spiderman to Rinko Kikuchi and Idris Elba starring in Pacific Rim, this is obvious: people of color are impacting geek media. What challenges, however, do minorities still face? Discuss being a geek of color in comics, cosplay, videos games, steampunk, and more.
Speakers: Ay-leen the Peacemaker (Moderator), Nora Jemisin, Jeffrey L. Wilson, Emmanuel Ortiz, Jay Justice Cosplay, Muse En Lystrala, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Ger Tysk

NBC’s Dracula Screening
6:30 pm–7:30 pm
Room 1A14
Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars in this twisted and sophisticated retelling of Bram Stoker’s classic novel, Dracula, proving that some stories are truly eternal. The 10-episode series re-introduces Dracula as he arrives in London, posing as Alexander Grayson, an American entrepreneur who claims that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier. Only one circumstance can potentially thwart his plan: he’s fallen hopelessly in love with Mina Murray (Jessica De Gouw, “Arrow”), a young woman who appears to be the reincarnation of his dead wife.

John Barrownman Q&A
6:30 pm–7:30 pm
Empire Stage 1-E
Check out Torchwood’s John Barrowman for this can’t miss Q&A with fans!


Sunday, October 13th

Gareth David-Lloyd Q&A
11:00 am–12:00 pm
Room 1A23
Speaker: Gareth David-Lloyd
Description: Curious about the behind-the-scenes of Torchwood? Want to know what it’s like to play the infamous Dr. Watson? Join Gareth David-Lloyd for a Q&A with New York Comic Con fans and your questions could be answered!

Doctor Who: Big Finish, Audio Dramas and More…
2:45 pm–3:45 pm
Main Stage 1-D
Check out this panel with the 6th Doctor, Colin Baker, the voice behind the Daleks and Cybermen in the New Series and on the audio dramas, Nicholas Briggs, and Big Finish Producer and Director, Jason Haigh-Ellery.

Ay-leen the Peacemaker is psyched for this convention. She works at Tor Books, runs the multicultural steampunk blog Beyond Victoriana, pens academic things, and tweets.


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