How to NYCC 2019! What’s new and different! The lottery begins next week!

It’s that time again! New York Comic Con (aka NYCC) begins October 3rd and the fun news is starting to roll in! Here’s all you need to know to get ready for the last big con of the year!

I’ll be regularly posting updates on NYCC panels, autographs, exclusives and activities so follow along for all the news gathered in one place!



By now, you should have purchased your badges since everything but Thursday is sold out.

New this year: If you need a badge for any day besides Thursday, NYCC is working with Lyte so people who can no longer attend this year can resell their badges. Lyte is the ONLY legit place to buy badges so put your name on the waiting list ASAP!

If NYCC badges are being mailed to you, make sure you follow the instructions to activate. An activated badge not only gets you through the door, but it also allows you to enter the pre-show lotteries for access to certain panels, exclusives and autographs, purchase certain autographs and photo ops and also join virtual lines for certain booths and exclusives which will text you when it’s your turn in line.




Pre-show lotteries

NYCC uses a lottery for certain panel rooms, autographs and exclusives. Lotteries are only open to fan verified activated badges since anything you win is added to your badge which you’ll tap to redeem your prize.

New this year: Half the seats for panels in the Hammerstein Ballroom and the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden will be added to the lottery. These seats will be cleared out after the panel ends. The rest of the seats are open seating on a first come, first served basis and are not cleared out between panels.

New this year: Legacy fans (returning NYCC fans or those with verified accounts from 2018 or earlier) can participate in an earlier lottery. This lottery begins September 16th to September 20th. If you’re eligible, you’ll get an email with a link to go to the lottery.

Non-legacy fans (and any Legacy fans that missed the earlier lottery) can enter the lottery starting September 23rd to September 27th. The link will be emailed to you and posted on the NYCC page. I’ll also update this post with a link.

When your lottery opens, there are limits on how many things you can enter so weigh your choices carefully!

  • Pick up to 5 panels/autographing sessions
  • Pick up to 2 exclusives

If you want to attend a panel with up to 3 friends, get their fan verified email addresses before you enter the lottery. When you fill out your choices, you will need to enter their email addresses since the seat will be added to their badge. (You can’t take any friends if you win an autograph or exclusive purchase.)


So take your time with your selections! Winners will be notified three days after your lottery closes.

Still have questions? Here’s the official FAQ with more information.




In addition to Javits Center, NYCC uses several other locations. You’ll need a badge and to pass a security check before you enter. Make sure you consider the commute/security check in your schedule! Follow @NYCCLines on Twitter for updates so you don’t head out for a panel that’s capped.

Javits Center is home base for NYCC with the exhibit hall, autograph area, artist alley and many panels. This is where to go if you need to pick up badges or if you need help with your badge. After you enter Javits, the exhibit hall is upstairs and the panels, autograph hall and artist alley are downstairs.

The largest Javits panel room, the Main Stage, will be ticketed through the lottery. Some tickets are available through morning reservations so head to room 1C first thing in the morning to tap your badge for the panel you want. They will let fans grab reservations until the room caps. They clear the room between panels so the only way to attend is to win the lottery or tap your badge in the morning.

New this year: Half the seats in the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden and Hammerstein Ballroom will be assigned in the lottery.

The biggest panels will be held at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. This year, there will be a reserved section which is available through the lottery and will be cleared out between panels. If you don’t win a seat, don’t worry! The rest of the house is available on a first come, first served basis and they won’t clear those seats between sessions so you can spend the day here if you like. MSG will open around 45 minutes before the first panel and no food or drink is allowed so don’t think you can snack while you watch the panels.

The Hammerstein Ballroom hosts major panels and follows the same rules as MSG (see above).

NYCC is also holding some professional library panels at the New York Public Library so if you’re a librarian, check out their programming.



Anime Fest @ NYCC x Anime Expo

New This Year: It’s now located much closer and there are changes to how its badged

After being banished to the pier last year, Anime Fest is moving to the Hudson Mercantile which is much closer to Javits. A NYCC badge will let you visit the Anime Fest first floor exhibit hall.

There will be additional Anime Fest panels and signings in the Hudson Mercantile that’s accessible with an Anime Fest ticket for that specific event. These smaller events have two ticket tiers: general admission which usually includes a pre-signed item and a premium ticket which includes a meet and greet after the talk.


Ready to NYCC now? Bookmark this post since I’ll update it with new information and don’t forget to check out my other posts on panel highlights, autographs, activities and exclusives!

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