Special Edition: NYC – Sunday Panel Guide...

11:15 – 12:15 – Marvel Unlimited+ Members Only Event – I went to the Marvel Unlimited+ member event at NYCC 2013 and can vouch for the quality of these events. Members received an exclusive variant cover comic, an exclusive print and an acetate production proof cover of Origin II #1. Plus, we saw an extended trailer of the Guardians of the Galaxy  movie months before anyone else.  And Marvel talent will be on hand to answer fans questions (and possibly sign some comics). These events, and the exclusive action figure that Plus members receive when signing up, definitely make the Plus option worth getting when you sign up for Marvel Unlimited, Marvel’s digital comic version of Netflix. If you’re a member, make sure you attend this. I definitely will. (Theater B – 1E21)  12:15 – 1:15 – Self Publishing – Do you have an idea for a comic that you’d love to make? Yes, you could pitch it to a publisher. Or you could publish it yourself. Hey, it worked for Jeff Smith! He won’t be here, but Greg Pak, Amy Reeder and a few other creators who have had success with self publishing will be getting down to the nuts and bolts of self publishing. Be prepared to take notes. (Theater B – 1E21) 12:15 – 1:15 – DC Comics – Batman 75th Anniversary – Did Bob Wayne already retire? It’s going to be weird going to a DC panel without him moderating. Many Batman current Batman creators, including Gail Simone, James Tynion IV and Francis Manapul will talk about what’s coming  up in the Batman family of books in this special 75th anniversary year. (Theater A – 1E19) 1:45 – 2:45 – Sexy, Strange and Silly – Lost Superheroes of the Golden...

Top 5 Exclusives of WonderCon 2013...

WonderCon starts today and will be running through the entirety of this weekend in Anaheim, CA! The exclusives list isn’t as extensive as San Diego Comic-Con or New York Comic Con, but there are still some very cool items available. Here’s what we think are the best. Aardman Batman and Robin Action Figures 2-Pack (DC/Graphitti Designs) Price: $39.95, Limited to 2000 Different than the Aardman Batman NYCC 2012 exclusive, this Aardman Batmn sports the classic blue and grey uniform. Also included is an Aardman Robin, whose costume looks like a cross between Dick Grayson’s and Tim Drake’s Robin costumes. If you’re not interested in an Aardman Robin and want to save some money, you can still order the NYCC exclusive black and gray costumed Aardman Batman directly from Graphitti Designs’s website for $25. 3.75″ Larfleeze and Guy Gardner Action Figures 2-Pack (DC/Graphitti Designs) Price: $29.95, Limited to 5,000 This 2-pack looks better designed than the John Stewart and Atrocitus 2-pack from NYCC 2012. Guy looks like Guy. I love the smirk on his face. Orange Lantern Larfleeze looks great. And you get a figure of Larfleeze’s orange construct minion Glomulus. If you missed the John Stewart and Atrocitus 2-pack from NYCC, you can find that on Graphitti Designs’s website for $25, $5 less than this set. Personally, I’d rather pay the $5 extra for this set if I had to choose between the two. Will Eisner’s Spirit Artist Edition: Limited Signed and Numbered (IDW) Price: $300, Limited to 100 If you want this, you may have had to order it already. IDW took pre-orders for this book on their website on 3/27 and had it listed as sold out on 3/28. If you’re interested in buying this, I recommend making the IDW booth your first stop at...

Friday at NYCC 2012 Planning Guide Oct07

Friday at NYCC 2012 Planning Guide...

Friday is the first full day of NYCC. If you can get out of your day job, I highly recommend going on Friday. You won’t face anything near the large crowds of Saturday and you’ll have much more programming options than Thursday. Friday is the sweet spot on the NYCC baseball bat. 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Celebrity AutographingIf you’re interested in meeting Adam West, Burt Ward, Tom Felton, Sean Astin, Peter Davison, Lou Ferrigno or Christopher Lloyd, they’ll all be signing autographs today. Costs vary by person. For example, Batman’s signature is $10 more than Robin’s. 11:00 AM  – 12:00 PM CBLDF: The History of Comics CensorshipAttention all Media Studies majors! 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Wondrous Worlds, Fractured Futures: Speculative Fiction and Image ComicsA few years ago, I saw Brian K. Vaughn speak with JMS, Colleen Doran and Jeff Smith at a panel called World Building. Brian K. Vaughn quipped that the comics he was writing both took place in New York City, so he wasn’t sure why he was invited to the panel. His new comic with Fiona Staples, Saga, takes place far, far away from New York City. This is a can’t miss panel for fans of what Image Comics is doing right now. 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Marvel: House of IdeasThe focus of this panel is on Marvel’s digital comics offerings: Infinite Comics, Marvel.com and the Marvel mobile app. Oddly, Mark Waid will also be on this panel. Not sure what that’s about. Maybe a digital Daredevil exclusive? 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM Comics, Hollywood – What Creators Need to KnowThinking about turning that spec script you wrote into a graphic novel? Thinking about trying to sell your graphic novel as a feature? This may be the panel for you. 12:15...

Thursday at NYCC 2012 Planning Guide Sep24

Thursday at NYCC 2012 Planning Guide...

Last year, New York Comic Con extended the con from three days to four days for the first time. I love it. If you don’t like crowds, Thursday is for you. You can only attend NYCC on Thursday if you have a 4-Day or VIP pass. Thursday is the day to check out the big booth displays on the show floor. With not that many people around, you can get some great photos without a sea of heads at the bottom of each shot. Want to take a picture of yourself in a life size Darth Vader action figure bubble card? The line for it on Thursday might be one or two people. On Saturday, that line is going to be much, much longer. No line! The only downside to Thursday is Artist Alley is the least populated on this day. But on the flip side, this is a great time to sketches from the artists who are there and get first crack at buying some original art. There are also quality panels and screenings to attend. Here are what I think are the best panels and screenings to check out on Thursday. Unfortunately, working time turners haven’t been invented yet, or else I’d attend all of these. 3:45 – 4:45 Hasbro: TransformersIf you’re a Transformers fan, you know you’re going to be here…unless you’re at the Hasbro booth, buying whatever their unannounced exclusive is. Unfortunately, this panel starts 15 minutes before you’re probably able to get in the door to NYCC. 4:00 – 5:00 Protecting and Selling Your Comic Book or Graphic Novel – The Building BlocksTrue story: I once paid a few hundred dollars to take a class at NYU SCPS to learn the same things you’ll probably learn in this class...

NYCC 2012 Exclusives (UPDATED!) Sep21

NYCC 2012 Exclusives (UPDATED!)...

UPDATED 10/5/12!UPDATED AGAIN 10/9/12!! New York Comic Con is less than three weeks away and I am getting seriously excited for it. One of the best things about New York Comic Con is having access to limited edition items, many of which are either debuting or only available at NYCC.Here are the ones I’m more excited about! …and some that just have me shaking my head. 4-LOM and Zuckuss Christmas Ornaments (Hallmark) Price: ???, Limited to 800 sets. True story: I love Christmas and I love Star Wars. I already have a lot of Star Wars ornaments on my tree each year, but what’s two more, right? Last year’s droids two-pack sold out pretty quickly. This might be the first thing I buy on Thursday. The Dark Knight Returns Christmas Ornament (Hallmark)Price: ???, Limited to 700 setsThis was an SDCC exclusive, and I was jealous of anyone who bought it! I love Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. It’s one of the few comic book stories that I go back and read year after year. Would I be more excited if it was a David Mazzucchellli Year One Batman? Yes. Am I complaining? No. This will be mine! Cylon Centurion Christmas Ornament (Hallmark – Booth 1229)Price: ???, Limited to 600While you’re at the Hallmark booth, you might want to pick up this limited edition Cylon Centurion Christmas Ornament. It’s a gold plated variant of last year’s Cylon ornament. It makes sound. I probably won’t buy this one. My only exposure to Battlestar Galactica was playing with my cousin’s Cylon action figure when were kids. I never watched either the original show or the recent series. But that Cylon toy from my youth was so cool looking. It looked like a more bad-ass Stormtrooper. Did...