[UPDATE] NYCC 2017 – Hello The Weeknd and a Wonder Woman origin story! Bye Fear the Walking Dead!

New York Comic Con (NYCC) invades New York on October 5th! If you’ve tried to look at the official schedule on the website, you know the web designer is probably an agent of Hydra and does not want fans to get information. It’s an absolute nightmare to browse. To sort through all the chaos, I’ll be highlighting some of the coolest panels as announcements roll out over the next month. I’ll also be keeping track of all sorts of news on autographing, booth activities and exclusives so make sure to visit that page and check back often!



  • 9/8 Added link to autographing, booth activities and exclusives information, added panels located at the Hudson Mercantile and panels for Artemis, Comic Book Men, Robot Chicken and Replicas
  • 9/14 Added clarification on panel room procedures and information on Freeform panels (Shadowhuntes, Beyond, Sirens)
  • 9/22 Added the professional librarian track, family HQ information, updated details for Dean Devlin panel and added Steven Universe, Epic Reads meet ups, The Shannara Chronicles, Explosion Jones, Worldbuilders party, Badass Women of SciFi, An Evening with Patrick Rothfuss, Batman vs Two-Face world premiere screening, Batman: The Animated Series 25th anniversary panel
  • 9/27 Added panelists for: The Walking Dead, Marvel’s Runaways, Future Man, The Shannara Chronicles and Bad-Ass Women of Syfy 
  • 9/30 Possibly my final schedule update for NYCC 2017! Fear the Walking Dead cancelled their debut visit. Added The Weeknd and Professor Marston & the Wonder Women


What’s different for NYCC 2017

  • Artist Alley is moving! The north annex is under construction (boo!) for a new Javits Center expansion (yah!) so we won’t see this space for several years. Artist Alley will now be located in one of the ballrooms on the ground floor. Space will be tight this year!
  • Pre-show lotteries are expanding! Prior to the start of the con, NYCC will hold online lotteries to win tickets to some of the biggest panels (on the Main Stage), exclusive autograph signings and to purchase exclusives. I’ll have more details on lottery specifics, but the lotteries will be live from September 14th to 25th. In the meantime, activate your badge since that’s key to entering the lotteries.
  • Panel rooms madness! The largest panel rooms have different rules so here’s the lowdown on each (follow @NYCCLines on twitter for real-time updates):
    • The Theater at Madison Square Garden (TMSG) – As long as you have a badge for that day, you can head straight to the theater (take 31st to 7th Ave to find the lines). They do not clear the room between panels. Be careful about bringing outside food and drinks since they are serious about not allowing them in.
    • Hammerstein Ballroom – Same procedure as TMSG, but just head down the street.
    • Main Stage – The biggest room onsite at Javits, this is ticketed. Half the tickets are given out in the pre-show lottery (which is live now), the rest will be given out first thing in the morning. This room is cleared between panels.
    • Hudson Mercantile – Some panels require a purchased ticket (see below), but otherwise, its the same procedure as TMSG.
  • Tickets on sale for ticketed panels! NYCC will be using the Hudson Mercantile location again, but this time for some panels that are NOT included on the NYCC badge and require a separate, purchased ticket. I’m wondering if this is their way of recouping money since a chunk of Javits is closed for construction which means less space to sell and fewer tickets to sell. It doesn’t feel like an additional, off-site event which typically happens after the regular con events are over. The one good thing is, if you didn’t get a badge for that day, you can still go to the panel since it requires the purchased ticket and not a badge. I’ll note if a separate ticket is needed with $$$.
  • NYCC is also utilizing the New York Public library for some panels specially geared toward librarians. You’ll need a pro badge to attend these panels which you can read about here.
  • Family HQ is a great place to take the restless kids who might want to learn how to use a lightsaber, make puppets or whatnot. Some activities require signup for their limited slots so check out this link to plan your day.




2017 Panel Schedule Highlights

Thursday – October 5th

  • 10:30 Steven Universe – Rebecca Sugar is back with this NYCC staple (Hammerstein)
  • 11:00 The Watcher in the Woods re-imagined – Melissa Joan Hart and Paula Hart will discuss their reboot of the 80’s cult classic for Lifetime (Room 1A06)
  • 11:15 The Librarians and Bad Samaritan – Dean Devlin, who produces both projects will be on had with some additional guests. Noah Wyle Christian Kane, Lindy Booth and John Harlan Kim will join him to talk about the upcoming season of The Librarians and Robert Sheehan will be on hand to discuss Bad Samaritan which stars David Tennant (1A10)
  • 12:00 Robert Kirkman – The man behind The Walking Dead will be chatting about all the many things he’s working on (Hammerstein)
  • 12:00 From Black Panther to Miles Morales – Incredibly talented and thoughtful authors Ta-Nehisi Coates and Jason Reynolds talk (Hudson)
  • 1:30 Comic Book Men – Kevin Smith, Walter Flanagan, Bryan Johnson, Ming Chen and Michael Zapcic will talk all thinks geek (Hammerstein)
  • 1:45 Explosion Jones – Michael Madsen, Vvica A Fox, Carl Weathers and series creators Mike Parker and Micheal William sa they talk about these animated shorts set in the 1980’s about an ex-special forces commando/dad (1A10)
  • 2:30 Michael Rooker Spotlight – He’s Mary Poppins, y’all! (Main Stage)
  • 2:45 Here Lie Dragons & Eternal Beasties – Authors Tochi Onyebuchi, Jodi Meadows, Kristen Ciccarelli and Tui Sutherland talk about fantastic beasts and how to write them (Room 1A18)
  • 2:45 Artemis with Andy Weir (via Skype) and Rosario Dawson – Artemis is Andy Weir’s follow up to The Martian. Rosario will narrate the audio book (1A06)
  • 3:00 Stan Against Evil – IFC will screen the season 2 premiere and bring stars John C. McGinley, Janet Varney and showrunner Dana Gould (Hammerstein)
  • 3:00 25 Years of Fears: Goosebumps with R.L. Stine – Includes a pre-signed copy of SlappyWorld #1 (Hudson $$$)
  • 4:15 Marvel Press Presents: From Panel to Page –  Jason Reynolds (Miles Morales: Spider-Man), Margaret Stohl (Black Widow: Red Vengeance) and Ron Smith (Black Panther: The Young Prince) talk about bringing favorite comic characters to life through prose (1A10)
  • 4:30 Lore – Amazon Prime Video’s new series takes the scary real-life stories explored in the popular Lore podcast to the streaming screen. Hear producers Gale Anne Hurd and Aaron Mahnke and stars Kristin Bauer van Straten, Robert Patrick, Holland Roden and others talk about this spooky new anthology series (Hammerstein)
  • 5:15 Child’s Play and Cult of Chucky – Creator Don Mancini reunites Brad Douirif, Fiona Dourif, Jennifer Tilly and Alex Vincent (1A06)
  • 5:30 Pop-Culture Throwdown – With authors Brandon T. Snider, Emmy Laybourne, Celeste Lim, Zoraida Cordova, Mia Garcia, Scott Meyer (1A24)
  • 6:00 American Gods – Ricky Whittle, Pablo Schrieber and Yetide Badaki will be live to talk about the second season (Main Stage)
  • 6:00 Keanu Reeves discusses Replicas – The panel title says it all. The movie is about a man who tries to clone his dead family (1A06)
  • 6:45 Fashioning Fiction: The Aesthetics of Fantasy Worlds – Fantasy authors Melissa Grey, Wendy Xu, Ashley Poston, Danielle Paige, Victoria Schwab, Babs Tarr and Yissel Ayala talk about world building (1A24)
  • 7:00 Star Trek: the next 50 years – Authors of The Fifty-Year Mission join Scott Mantz to talk about Star Trek (Hudson $$$)
  • 7:15 Super Asian America – Chat about Asian influence and projects with Greg Pak, Ellen Oh, Mybnette Louie, Mike Le, Preeti Chhibber, William Yu, Karuna Riazi
  • 7:45 StarTalk Radio with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Adam Savage – Big geeks geek out about geek stuff and science (Main Stage)
  • 8:45 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Two decades with feeling – Edward Gross and Mark A Altman will lead the discussion, singing, surprises and special giveaways (Hudson)


Friday – October 6th

  • 10:30 The World of Philip K. Dick: The Man in the High Castle and Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams – The Amazon Prime Video panel with the longest name will discuss The Man in the High Castle (with Rufus Sewell, Rupert Evans, Jason O’Mara, Eric Overmyer and Dan Percival) and the new series, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (Liam Cunningham, Michael Dinner and Ronald D. Moore). (Hammerstein)
  • 11:00 Peter Capaldi – The Doctor will talk about his final run and the upcoming Christmas special (Main Stage)
  • 11:00 Extraordinary Enchantments – Epic fantasy writers Lisa Maxwell, Tamora Pierce, Katherine Arden, K. Arsenault Rivera, S.A. Chakraborty and VE Schwab will be epic (1A24)
  • 12:00 Pacific Rim Uprising – Director Steven S. DeKnight joins stars John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Burn Gorman and Cailee Spaeny to talk about jaegers and kaijus (TMSG)
  • 12:15 Hey Arnold! – Nickelodeon brings the original creator and the cast back to talk about Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie (Hammerstein)
  • 12:45 Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – It’s all connected when Samuel Barnett, Elijah Wood, Hannah Marks, Jade Eshete, Fiona Dourif and creator Max Landis return with an extended preview of the second season premiere (Main Stage)
  • 1:30 The End of the World and Questionable Futures – Authors (Paolo Bacigalupi, Amy S. Foster, Lauren Oliver, Scott Reintgen and D. Nolan Clark) will talk about creating bleak fictional futures (1A24)
  • 1:30 Hulu and Seth Rogen’s Future Man – Stars Josh Hutcherson, Eliza Coupe, Derek Wilson, Haley Joel Osment and producers Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir and Ben Karlin will host the premiere screening and discussion for this show about a janitor/gamer who is recruited to travel through time to save humanity (1A6)
  • 1:45 Robot Chicken – With Seth Green, Matt Senreich, Tom Root, Tom Sheppard, Breckin Meyer and Keith Crofford (Hammerstein)
  • 2:00 Rooster Teeth’s RWBY – The hit anime series RWBY gathers Lindsay Jones, Barbara Dunkelman, Miles Luna, Kerry Shawcross and Gray G Haddock to talk up Volume 5 (TMSG)
  • 2:00 Worldbuilders Party – This fundraiser is a chance to hang with Patrick Rothfuss, Chuck Wendig, Myke Cole, Karen Hallion, Naomi Novik, Jarrett Melendez and play games and such. The four hour event will donate proceeds to Heifer International, Mercy Cops and First Book (Hudson $$$)
  • 2:45 How do I put this on a resume? – Authors Julia Dao, Rhonda Belleza, Sasha Alsberg, F.C. Yee and Lindsay Cummings chat about their characters with very, um, special skill sets (1A18)
  • 3:00 Olan Rogers’ Final Space – TBS’s new animated comedic space opera brings creator Olan Rogers and cast members on stage (Hammerstein)
  • [UPDATE] 3:30 Fear the Walking Dead – Cast TBA (TMSG) cancelled
  • 4:00 Lucasfilm Publishing Presents: Tales from a Galaxy Far, Far Away! – It’s a galaxy of writers with Delilah Dawson, John Jackson Miller, Daniel Jose Older, Timothy Zahn, Claudia Gray, Benjamin Acker, Cavan Scott and more who will talk about upcoming projects (1A24)
  • 4:00 Epic Reads meet up – HarperCollins will bring Lauren Oliver, Kristen Ciccarelli, Jodi Meadows, Tiffany D, Jackson and Kimberly McCreaight for a chat and signing (1C01)
  • 4:15 Gotham by Gaslight – The first look at the newest DC animated series inspired by a steampunk Batman issue. Look for Bruce Timm, Sam Liu, Jim Krieg and some of the voice talent (Main Stage)
  • 4:15 Badass Women of SciFi- Syfy’s putting together a panel of folks that include: Emily Andras, Sera Gamble, Yetide Badaki and Cher Martinetti. (1A10)
  • 4:30 Once Upon a Time – Yes, it’s still going despite half the cast leaving.  Hear what Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz and Lana Parrilla have to say about the upcoming season (Hammerstein)
  • 5:30 Shut Eye – Showrunner John Shiban and stars Jeffrey Donovan, KaDee Strickland, Isabella Rossellinni, David Zayas, Angus Sampson, Susan Misner talk about the upcoming second season on Hulu (1A10)
  • 6:00 The Orville – Seth MacFarlane’s live-action space opera comedy will have Adrianne Palicki, David Goodman and Brannon Braga on hand to talk about the new Fox show (Hammerstein)
  • 7:00 Family Guy – Look for Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mike Henry, Rich Appel and Alex Sulkin to bring a sneak peek of the upcoming 300th episode (Hammerstein)
  • 7:45 Hulu and Marvel Television: Marvel’s Runaways – Producers Jeph Loeb, Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Allegra Acosta, Ariel Barer, Gregg Sulkin and Lyrica Okano will bring the first glimpse of this show airing November 21st (Main Stage)
  • 7:45 An Evening with Patrick Rothfuss – Moderated by Hank Green (1A06)


Saturday – October 7th

  • [UPDATE] The Weeknd tweeted a mysterious image that hints he may be dropping by NYCC to promote a littl something for Marvel. There are no details so he may be dropping by the booth or crashing a panel.
  • 11:00 The Tick – The whole gang will be here to infest us all with their offbeat humor.  Look for Ben Edlund, Peter Serafinowicz, Griffin Newman, Jackie Earle Haley, Valorie Curry, Brendan Hines, Yara Martinez, Scott Speiser and Michael Cerveris (1A06)
  • 11:00 Voltron Legendary Defender – The popular Netflix series assembles Joaquim, Lauren Montgomery, Josh Keaton, AJ LoCascio to gab about the fourth season. Also, attendees will get an exclusive poster (Main Stage)
  • 11:00 Celebrate Fairy Tail: A Chat with Hiro Mashima – In a rare US appearance, the man behind Fairy Tail will talk about one of the most popular manga titles. Also, attendees will get exclusive swag (Hammerstein)
  • 11:00 From A Certain Point of View: A Star Wars 40th Anniversary Celebration – Authors include Ben Acker, Pierce Brown, Adam Christopher, Zoraida Cordova, Delilah Dawson, Jason Fry, Kieron Gillen, Claudia Gray, EK Johnston, Mur Lafferty, John Jackson Miller, Daniel Jose Older, Mallory Ortberg, Beth Revis, Cavan Scott, Charles Soule, Marc Thompson, Elizabeth Wein, Chuck Wendig and maybe more. Attendees get a copy of the con exclusive edition of the book pre-signed copy by around a dozen authors (Hudson $$$)
  • 12:00 Shadowhunters and BeyondShadowhunters will bring producers and “members of the cast” and Beyond will preview the new season with Burkely Duffield, Dilan Gwyn, Eden Brolin, Adam Nussdorf, Tim Kring and David Eick. Attendees will receive special poster designed by Marvel artists (TMSG)
  • 12:15 The Shannara Chronicles – The show returns for its second season on October 10th on Spike (not MTV) with Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett, Austin Butler, Vanessa Morgan, Al Gough and Miles Millar. (1A06)
  • 12:30 Sons of Anarchy with Ryan Hurst and Theo Rossi – Taking a break from their signing and autographing duties, they’ll reminisce about the old days with their biker gang (1A10)
  • 12:30 Ash vs Evil Dead – They’re back! Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Arielle Carver-O’Neill and Dana DeLorenzo will hype the upcoming season on Starz (Hammerstein)
  • 12:45 Adam Savage – Will he be cosplay as Totoro again? (Main Stage)
  • 1:00 Rainbow Rowell in conversation – Attendees get a copy of Carry On and a private signing. One additional book from home may be signed (Hudson $$$)
  • 1:30 Is it Dark in Here or is it Just My Book? – Writers of dark books are often hilarious in panel so join Libba Bray, Gray Hendrix, Danielle Vega, Joe Hill and M.T. Anderson (1A24)
  • 2:00 Happy!– Premiere screening of this new SYFY show based off a Grant Morrison graphic novel.  Grant will be joined by stars Christopher Meloni, Brian Taylor and Patrick MacManus to talk about the adult-oriented show. Happy! follows Nick, a drunk hitman whose life is changed when he meets an imaginary, optimistic horse named Happy (Hammerstein)
  • 2:00 Marvel Television: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Specific guests TBA, but they say its the whole gang for the first time ever at NYCC (TMSG)
  • 2:30 Twisted Toonz – All the cartoon voices you know and love (Troy Baker, Jess Harnell, Jim Cumming, Tress MacNeille, Nolan North and Rob Paulsen) do an unrehearsed, live reading of a popular movie, in assorted character voices (Main Stage)
  • 2:45 Telling Stories with Patrick Rothfuss Jonathan Coulton & Friends (1A10)
  • 3:30 The Magicians – Guests TBA (Hammerstein)
  • 3:45 Star Trek: Discovery – CBS hopes fans will bold go where no one has gone before and subscribe to CBS All Access to see this show. Guests TBA (TMSG)
  • 4:00 Siren – Freeform will debut the premiere episode about mermaids and a small coastal town. There will be a Q&A with Eline Powell, Alex Roe, Fola Evans-Akingbola, Ian Verdun, Emily Whitesell and Eric Wald. Attendees will receive an exclusive poster by Marvel artists.
  • 4:15 Reverie – Screening and discussion for this new series which stars Sarah Shahi as a hostage negotiator. Guests TBA (1A10)
  • 4:15 Psych – Attention Pysch-Os! Gather round for James Roday, Kirsten Nelson, Corbin Bernsen, Maggie Lawson, Chris Henze and Steven Franks (no Dule?!?!) to talk about the movie due later this year (Main Stage)
  • 5:00 Archer: Danger Island – Screening and chat with H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter, Chris Parnell, Amber Nash, Lucky Yates, Adam Reed, Matt Thompson and Casey Willis (Hammerstein)
  • 5:15 Netflix: Marvel’s The Punisher – Jeph Loeb, Steve Lightfoot and Jim Chory preview the series which starts in November (TMSG)
  • 5:15 The New Classics of SF/F – Ann Leckie and NK Jemisin (1A18)
  • 5:30 Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan – Carlton Cuse chats with stars John Krasinski, Wendell Pierce and Abbie Cornish about this new take on the CIA spy for Amazon Prime Video (1A06)
  • 5:30 Mythbusters LIVE – The new crew (Brian Louden, Rhett Allain, Jon Lung, Rob Hammersley, John Luscombe and Wyatt Channell) share sneak peaks about their new series (1A21)
  • 7:45 The Walking Dead – Andrew Lincoln, Austin Amelio, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Katelyn Nacon, Lauren Cohen, Lennie James, Melissa McBride, Norman Reedus (TMSG)
  • 8:00 Netflix: Black Mirror – Creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones (1A06)
  • 8:00 NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay presented by Singer – Crazy cosplay fun! (Main Stage)


Sunday – October 8th

  • 10:30 Batman vs Two Face – World premiere screening to be followed by a chat with William Shatner, Burt Ward, James Tucker, Michael Jelenic, Rick Morales and Damian Holbrook (Main Stage)
  • 11:00 Deception – Magic and misdirection meet FBI counterespionage in this new thriller series which premieres mid-season on ABC. Guests TBA (1A10)
  • 12:00 Geeky YA FTW – This panel features authors Danika Stone, Brian Katcher, Lily Anderson, Kristin Hackett, Sarvenaz Tash, Laurent Linn (1A18)
  • 12:00 John Leguizamo presents Freak! The Comic Book! – John will be joined by the creative crew behind the comic adaption of his book/play (Hudson)
  • 12:15 Epic Reads meet up – HarperCollins will bring Soman Chainani, Victoria Schwab, Heidi Heilig, Lexa Hillyer and Sara Holland for a chat and signing (1C01)
  • [UPDATE] 12:30 Professor Marston & the Wonder Women – Luke Evans. Rebecca Hall and director Angela Robinson will preview this film about the creation of Wonder Woman (Hammerstein)
  • 1:00 The X-Files – Chris Carter, David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and Mitch Pileggi talk about the truth and being out there for the new season on Fox (Main Stage)
  • 1:15 A Fantastic Assortment of Fantasy – This book panel features Max Brallier, Emily Asher-Perrin, Tomi Adeyemi, Nidhi Chanani, Daniel Jose Older, Molly Ostertag, Armand Baltazar (1A18)
  • 1:15 Calling all Fandoms – Harper Voyager and Epic Reads preview their upcoming SF/F titles (1A05)
  • 1:30 Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo (Hudson)
  • 2:00 WB Television block – With nnearly 3 hours, WB will feature Blindspot, Castle Rock, Gotham and more. Guests TBA (Hammerstein)
  • 2:30 A Wizard, a Dragon and a Zombie Traverse into a Story – Authors Peter Clines, Pierce Brown, Rachel Hartman, Josh Malerman, Cressida Cowell, Erik Forrest Jackson and Paul Vigna (1A21)
  • 2:30 When Truth Becomes Stranger than Fiction – Authors Sean Gandert, Rysa Walker, Jason Kirk, PJ Manney and Meg Elison (1A05)
  • 2:45 The Gifted – The new Fox show set in the X-Men world will bring Amy Acker, Stephen Moyer, Jamie Chung and showrunner Matt Nix to talk about this new series (Main Stage)
  • 3:00 Colleen Hoover discussing Without Merit – Attendees receive a copy of Without Merit either pre-signed (general admission) or to be signed (priority ticket) (Hudson $$$)
  • 4:00 The Exorcist – To chat about the second season, Fox will have Ben Daniels, Alfonso Herrera, Kurt Egyiawan, John Cho, Zuleikha Robinson, Jeremy Slater and Sean Crouch on hand (1A10)
  • 4:15 Batman: The Animated Series 25th anniversary – Celebrate with Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, Kevin Conroy and Tara Strong (Main Stage)
  • 6:00 We Got This Live! – Live podcast taping with Mark Gagliardi and Hal Lublin (Hudson)


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Whew! Updates should continue up until a few days before the con starts so check back often!

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