Con Game! Updates on the big NYC cons! D23 Expo hosts a Broadway concert!
Lots of things are percolating in New York for a number of different cons! Most immediately, Special Edition: NYC begins this week. This is the comics-focused, intimate cousin to New York Comic Con. If you’re an East coaster who just can’t wait until October, this is a nice sample bite to tide you over until then.
Nice bonus: A limited amount of tickets to NYCC will be available on-site. The online ticket sale sold out quickly so this is one of the few remaining ticket opportunities. (The final chance is the on-site sale at Midtown Comics – details to be announced later.)
NYCC will be the centerpiece of the second annual New York Super Week – a program of events city-wide. One of the first Super Week events has been announced – it’s the return of the largest online gaming tournament for the East Coast. Sponsored by ESL and Twitch, they will once again take over Madison Square Garden Theater where 8 Dota 2 teams will compete for a cool $250,000.
Over on the left coast, Disney is ramping up for its biannual D23 Expo which takes place on August 14 to 16th. This year, they are moving the really big panels out of the Anaheim Convention Center Arena and into one of the ballrooms which will increase the number of people who can attend. (Yeah!) Hall D23 will seat 7,500 (that’s 1000 more than Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con) and will hold court to the Disney Legends Award Ceremony and two Walt Disney Studios panels.
The first Studio panel will focus on Disney Animation and Pixar projects which include Zootopia and Finding Dory. The live-action Studio panel will feature plans for Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm so that means Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Jungle Book, maybe Beauty and the Beast, probably Captain America: Civil War, maybe Doctor Strange, definitely Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Generally, everything else we’re all geeking about.
Disney Theatricals will also be putting on a show this year! The 70-minute concert, called Disney on Broadway’s “The Originals” features original cast members from Mary Poppins (Ashley Brown), Tarzan (Josh Strickland) and Aladdin (Tony-winner James Monroe Iglehart). There will be a live band and special behind-the-scenes videos and interviewers from the full category of Disney on Broadway. This concert will play twice on Saturday.
D23 will also have a ton of different props and costumes on display (including a bunch from Disneyland) and the usual Disney stores with a ton of exclusives.
Tickets are available here and note that the prices increase after this month. If you want to attend anything in Hall D23, I suggest you join the Disney fan club, D23 since those members get to enter an hour early and those panels will fill the room quickly.
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