NYCC 2014 – Marvel Unlimited Plus Members Only Panel...

If you love Marvel superheroes, and you read your comics on a tablet, you need to join Marvel Unlimited Plus. It is awesome. When I was growing up, I would see ads for the Merry Marvel Marching Society, or M.M.M.S. for short, the Marvel fan club of the 1960s, in the pages of old comics. I was jealous that there wasn’t anything like that today. Marvel Unlimited Plus is today’s M.M.M.S. Marvel Unlimited is Marvel’s version of Netflix for comics. For a monthly or annual fee, you get unlimited access to digital Marvel comics from the start of the company to as recent as about 6 months ago. The catalog is updated every Monday, with newer comics and back issues alike. Marvel Unlimited Plus adds another layer to the subscription. Each year, you receive a box of cool stuff, including an exclusive Marvel Legends action figure (this year’s figure is Rocket Raccoon), an exclusive variant covered comic, and a membership card. Throughout the year, Marvel will also mail out fun bits of swag like a fold-out Avengers anniversary poster. But what really makes Marvel Unlimited Plus a must buy is access to the Marvel Unlimited Plus Members Only panel at conventions like NYCC, SE:NYC and SDCC. This year’s panel was insane. We saw an extended trailer for next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. When Agent M asked if there were any questions after the trailer, I raised my hand and said “Can we see it again?” And then he played it again. It rocked. The panel also included exclusive preview art of upcoming books, and a star-studded line of panelists who were happy to take questions from the audience. On the way out, everyone was given a bag of exclusive swag that included another...

Marvel Civil War…2015???...

This afternoon, Marvel released a teaser image for Civil War, with the date of Summer 2015. It’s interesting that this teaser came right on the heels of their announcement at NYCC that Jonathan Hickman will be writing a new Secret Wars series. Now, the giant mural image in the Marvel booth advertising Secret Wars looked nothing like the 12 issues series from the 1980s, but this teaser for Civil War looks like it could have come from the original event. We have Spider-Man in his Tony Stark designed Iron Spider costume, being pulled on each side by Captain America and Iron Man. And Iron Man is wearing his Civil War era armor. The design is even reminiscent of the Civil War trade dress.   What do you think of this teaser? What did you think of the original Civil War series? Are you excited for this...

Gotham – S1E3 – The Balloonman – Recap...

Hi everyone! This week’s episode of Gotham was pretty boring! Let’s get to it! We open on Penguin getting off a bus, wearing the clothes that belonged to one of the bros he killed in last week’s episode. Looking around, he sees the following: some kids taking a guy’s wallet, a cop taking a bribe, a guy stealing a lady’s purse, and another lady (?) propositioning a stranger in a car for sex. All on the same block. In daylight. Within like a one minute time span. I know that we’re being force fed the line that Gotham is a horrible place and needs a savior (a “knight,” if you will) to come clean it up, but geez Louise, why does anyone live here? Anyway, Penguin sees all of this, smirks, and says “home.” As he walks away, we see a newscast talking about a guy who stole people’s money via a pyramid scheme – we cut to the thief yelling at his lawyer, basically showing the audience that he’s a real bad guy. He walks out onto the street, where he’s confronted by a stranger in a pig mask (for a second I thought it was going to be Professor. Pyg from Grant Morrison’s Batman run) who attaches a large balloon to him, carrying him high above the city. Yeah. This is happening. Buckle up. After the opening title, we see Gordon and Bullock at the crime scene, where Bullock tells Gordon that the thief deserved what he got, just in case viewers at home were not aware that everyone in Gotham City is awful. Back at the police station, we’re introduced to Lt. Cranston, whose sole purpose is to talk about beating up suspects to remind us that Gotham’s police force is...

NYCC 2014 Art Auction...

The charity art auction is a comic book convention staple, but wow, I’m not sure if any convention runs a better one than Mike Negin does for New York Comic Con. The NYCC Art Auction took place on Saturday night after the show floor closed. Negin, the talent coordinator for NYCC (meaning he’s the one you should go up to and personally thank for Artist’s Alley being packed with awesome guests each year), amasses a huge collection of original comic book art from creators at NYCC. The art in the auction ranges from interior pages to covers to sketches done at NYCC. I think that because all of the money raised is going to a very worthwhile charity, The St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, artists get very generous with what they donate. You will see some truly gorgeous comic art here. In total, this year’s auction raised $40,535, which I believe is a new record for the NYCC auction. I attended the art auction in 2013 and 2014. Both years, the night was capped by two items, a Walt Simonson sketch and an Adam Hughes sketch. But really, sketch isn’t the right word to use here. This isn’t the quick $20 head sketch that Adam does at his table (also for charity by the way). This is a fully rendered figure. Last year, he drew Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, flying through space with a full sea of stars behind her. This year, he drew a truly amazing Spider-Man. But if you want to go home with the Adam Hughes piece, you need to be ready to spend. Figure on bringing about $10,000 to take his piece home, and even that might not be enough. The Simonson can be had at the relatively bargain...

10 Commandments of NYCC 2014...

Every year, I like to write up a list of 10 Commandments of NYCC. This is a list of tips to ensure that you (and those around you) have a great time at NYCC.  Consider this your Lifehack: NYCC Pretty much all of these tips fall under the overarching tip of “Be cool.” 1. Bathe. Yeah, yeah, it’s a stereotype that con-goers smell. But I am going to put this at the top of 10 Commandments every year until people stop smelling like garbage bins at NYCC. Bathe. Every day. With soap! And don’t forget the deodorant afterwards. Also, showering in cologne is not the same as showering with soap and water. While you’re at it, maybe give your favorite Batman t-shirt a laundering too. The cute fanboy or fangirl next to you will thank you. 2. Wear comfortable shoes. NYCC is four days long. You’re going to spend a lot of that time waiting in line, with a heavy bag strapped to your back. Sure, Chucks look nice, but they offer no support. You’re better off wearing a pair of running sneakers or if you want to look fancy, Cole Haan Nike Air Lunargrands. 3. Be mindful of your backpacks. I used to tell people “No backpacks!” but I’ve revised that over recent years. A backpack with well padded straps is so much nicer to your back and shoulders. But you need to be mindful of it, especially if you stuff that thing more than someone about to scale the Himalayas. When you turn right, that backpack whacks the person to your left. Look around you before turning. That backpack is like a giant dinosaur tail. Keep your backpack to yourself. 4. Get sketches. One of my favorite things about New York Comic...

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast Episode 40 – Batgirl, The Return of the DCU?, Pre-NYCC!...

It’s our pre-NYCC podcast! Billy and Dave preview new comics coming out on Wednesday, 10/8/14, and there are a lot of good new comics coming out that day! They discuss the new Batgirl costume, the new Sabrina relaunch from Archie and the big reveal on the cover of this week’s Futures End. And the guys review the comics they’re been reading lately, including Afterlife With Archie. It’s a big episode. Enjoy! http://ia601405.us.archive.org/34/items/TuesdayNightComicsEpisode40/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%20Episode%2040.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

NYCC 2014 Sunday Panel Guide...

Well, you did it. You made it all the way to Sunday at NYCC. Congratulations. But don’t get too restful. There’s still a full day of panels available for you to enjoy! Here are our picks for the best of them! 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM – The Karate Kid 30th Anniversary Cast Reunion – 1A10 Oh man, Ralph Macchio, Billy Zabka and Martin Kove are all going to be here for this! That’s Daniel, Johnny and Sensei Kreese! This panel is the best around! 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM – Marvel Unlimited + Member Event – 1A21 You have to be a Marvel Unlimited + member to attend this panel, but you can sign up for Marvel Unlimited + at the Marvel booth. As someone who regularly uses Marvel Unlimited and is a + member, I highly recommend it. As a + member, you receive an exclusive Marvel Legends action figure, an exclusive variant comic, swag mailed to you throughout the year, and access to panels like this at NYCC, SDCC, C2E2 and SE:NYC. I went to this panel last year and loved it. 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM – Stormtroopers vs. Red Shirts – 1A18 Is the question here, which is better, Star Wars or Star Trek? Because that’s easy. It’s Star Wars. 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – NY Minute Dating – 1E03 Two of us here at Tuesday Night Movies were almost trampled to death by single fanboys and fangirls trying to get into this event a couple of NYCCs ago. Please don’t trample us this year. But please do have fun, and hopefully meet a cute fanboy and fangirl to accompany you to one of the panels we recommend later in the day. 11:15...

NYCC 2014 Saturday Panel Guide...

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM – CollegeHumor and Dorkly Present “How to Get Paid For Being a Nerd” – 1A24 Even if you’re not interested in starting your own fansite, this should be fun. 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – The League Screening and Q&A – Empire Stage 1-E The League is one of the funniest shows on TV. You don’t have to like sports to like it. The League is about fantasy football about as much as It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is about Philadelphia. The whole cast will be on hand to discuss season 6. 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM – MARVEL Cup O’ Joe – Empire Stage 1-E Joe Quesada really stacked the deck at his panel. Brian Michael Bendis, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Dan Slott and Gerry Duggan. If you’re a Marvel reader, you’re probably reading a book written by at least one of these writers. 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM – Nerdist Comics Panel – 1A24 Ben Blacker is joined by the writers of three of my favorite projects of the past year: G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel), Heath Corson (Batman: Assault on Arkham) and Greg Pak (Code Monkey Save The World). This would be a hard panel for me to miss. See you there! 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM – CBLDF: Tales from the Code – True Stories of Censorship – 1A18 The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund does great work, defending the first amendment rights of comic book creators and retailers. Speakers Denny O’Neill and Paul Levitz both have long careers going back decades at DC Comics. I’ve seen Denny O’Neill speak before. He’s very outspoken. I expect this panel to be both educational and entertaining. 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM – #YesAllGeeks: Let’s Talk About Harassment in...

NYCC 2014 – Friday Panel Guide...

As I mentioned in our Thursday Panel Guide, there are a lot of panels at NYCC this year. On Friday, the panels get into full swing. There are bound to be time conflicts and hard decisions to make. To ease the process, here are our picks for the can’t-miss panels of Friday! 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM – Voice Acting Master Class With Andrea Romano – 1A10 Did I read that right? A voice acting class with Andrea Romano, the casting director behind pretty much every DC animated project since Batman: The Animated Series? Yes. Please. 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM – Image Comics: I is for Infinite – 1A14 Attention Scott Snyder fans! He’ll be talking about his non-Batman work at this panel. As will Kieron Gillen. Hmmm, I wonder if Jamie McKelvie will show up. It just makes sense to have both creators from The Wicked + The Divine there. 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM – Harry Potter NYC Presents The Art of Wand Dueling – Family HQ 1C04 Wand dueling. It’s like lightsaber fighting, but with less clashing of sticks and more pointing at each other while yelling, right? On the one hand, I can’t see this being as exciting as learning to have a lightsaber duel, but then again, I know for a fact that pointing at people and yelling “Expelliarmus!” is a run way to pass an afternoon. 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM – [adult swim] Panel Block – Main Stage 1-D All of [adult swim]’s panels in one handy block. Note: they will NOT be clearing the room between each panel in the [adult swim] block, so if you want to go to any of them, you may want to show up early and grab a seat for...

NYCC 2014 – Thursday Panel Highlights...

Have you looked at the panel list for New York Comic Con 2014? There are A LOT of panels this year! Yes, there are a lot of panels every year, but I feel that this year there are more, a lot more. Wading through the entire list of panels can be time consuming, so that’s why we’re here to give you our picks for the not-to-missed panels of NYCC 2014! In past years, the Thursday panels have seemed like little more than afterthoughts. That’s not the case this year, with big names presenting big things on the first day of NYCC! The doors to NYCC open at 12 noon on Thursday, giving you a full hour to buy exclusives, pick up merch and autograph tickets, and check out the show floor before heading to the first panels of the con at 1 PM. 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM – Walt Disney Studios Presents an Exclusive Look at Tomorrowland and Walt Disney Animation Studios Presents a Exclusive Look at Big Hero 6 – Main Stage 1-D I’m surprised this panel isn’t on Sunday, aka Kid’s Day, because it would be PACKED! As it is, I’d still expect a crowd, as you’re getting previews of both Tomorrowland and Big Hero 6, AND Directors Don Hall and Chris Williams (Big Hero 6) and Brad Bird (Tomorrowland) will be at this panel! If those names don’t ring a bell, Don Hall and Chris Williams directed a little movie called Frozen, and Brad Bird directed two of my favorite animated movies ever, The Iron Giant and The Incredibles. 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM – Friend of Comic Vine – 1A21 I consider myself a Friend of Comic Vine. I’ve helped update their wiki, participate on their message boards (though...