How awesome is New York? So awesome that we're willing to throw crumbs to podunk towns like San Diego once in a while. Sure, knock yourself out, have the world's biggest pop culture convention in the world, we'll be over here on the East Coast being awesome.
As it happens, we have our own little Comic-Con and it ain't exactly something to sneeze at. Held in the House that Graft Built (a.k.a the Jacob K. Javits Center), New York Comic-Con is a perfectly suitable alternative for those too weak and puny to make it out to SD. If it is your first time, however, the schedule can be a little overwhelming. Luckily, I'm here to help you strategize.
"My Little Pony" in Room 1A06. Because you haven't seen a Brony til you've seen a New York City Brony, boyeeeee! (Thursday, 6:15 – 7:15 PM)
DC Comics' New 52 Spotlight on "Superman" in Room 1A10. The current creators behind the Man of Steel will be on hand to discuss what you can expect in upcoming runs. Anyone who asks a dingus question about the Zack Snyder movie will be subjected to heat rays emanating from Grant Morrison's terrifying eyes. (Thursday, 6:30 – 7:30 PM)
This has nothing to do with movies, but you have other interests, right? Kickoff concert in the downstairs "IGN Theater" with Ben Folds Five. They were pretty awesome back in 1999. Maybe they still are today? Plus they are directly responsible for this video, so for that they deserve your applause. (Thursday, 8 PM – 10 PM)
Hardcore vs. Badass on the "Unbound Stage." Writer Max Gladstone (yeah, your guess is as good as mine) is going to break down the difference between what makes a character hardcore versus what makes a character badass. Hey, it'll still be early, you can sit and sip your coffee and check this out while you think about the rest of the day. (Friday, 11 AM – 11:45 AM)
Adam West and Burt Ward Spotlight in Room 1A23. C'mon, go say "hi" to the original Batman and Robin. I don't want to be the one to remind you there may not be too many more opportunities to do so. (Friday, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM)
Christopher Lloyd Q&A in Room 1A10. "Back to the Future," "Star Trek II," "Taxi," "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" are just tip of the iceberg for this living legend. Of course, we all know his best work was in "Clue." (Friday, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM)
Like all of you, I've spent every waking moment since the end of Christophe Gans' 2006 film "Silent Hill" going "And? And!!?!" Finally, the sequel we've been waiting for is here. While they could basically screen 80% of the movie in the one hour panel time, cast and crew of "Silent Hill: Revelation 3D" (including "Game of Thrones'" Jon Snow) will show clips and dodge questions in the "IGN Theater." (Friday, 4 PM – 5 PM)
Anne Rice Spotlight in Room 1A10. The doyenne of the supernatural will talk vampires and, who knows, maybe serve gumbo for an hour. Go there specifically to hear how to properly pronounce "Memnoch." (Friday, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM)
Costume Contest on the "Variant Stage." Here and only here is it totally okay to stare at the Sailor Moon girls. (Friday, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM)
Kirk Hammett from Metallica discusses his passion for monster movie memorabilia in Room 1A23. Yeah, if you were on the fence about buying tickets to NYCC I think I just sold ya, huh? (Friday, 9 PM – 10 PM)
Come to Room 1A06 to see Bram Stoker's great-grandnephew Dacre give a PowerPoint presentation about the origins and legacy of the story of Dracula and, no, I swear I am not making this up. (Saturday, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM)
James Wan, the maniac behind "Saw" and "Insidious" will introduce you to "The Conjuring" in the "IGN Theater." The film, out in 2013, is about paranormal investigators starring Patrick Wilson (who will be at the Con) and Vera Farmiga (who will not.) (Saturday, 1 PM – 2 PM)
Don't leave the "IGN Theater" because right after "The Conjuring" comes "The Bay." Finally, all the letter-writing you "Diner" and "Avalon" Fanboys have done has paid off. Filmmaker Barry Levinson is coming to the Con! Yuks aside, this found-footage horror flick is supposed to be gross and terrifying, so definitely check this panel out. (Saturday, 2:15 PM – 2:45 PM)
If you are looking to be first in on the "next 'Twilight'" then stay in the "IGN Theater" for another panel for "Beautiful Creatures." Based on a popular young adult book series and starring Alden Ehrenreich (Coppola's "Tetro" in the hizzouse!) and Emmy Rossum, the film is directed by Richard LaGravenese, author of "The Fisher King" amongst other things. (Saturday, 3 PM – 3:30 PM)
Finally, a big Hollywood studio sticks its nose into the tent with a double-feature panel of circumspect remakes. The "IGN Theater" will be first to expose audiences to a clips from "Carrie" and "Evil Dead." Kimberly Peirce (director of the remarkable "Boys Don't Cry") teams up with Chloe Moretz for their telling of the Stephen King classic. Early stills show there will be pig's blood – no word yet on De Palma-esque split screens. Fede Alvarez is the director daring to step into Sam Raimi's shoes, but this is the Uruguayan dude who made that web short "Panic Attack!" a while back. Remember, you are kinda rooting for him. Bruce Campbell will be there, too, though he's only in the movie for a minute if he's in it at all. This is the biggest thing happening at NYCC this year so don't miss it. (Saturday, 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM)
Head to Room 1A10 for the "Trapped in the Closet" Sing-Along. Bring your own midget. (Saturday, 8 PM – 9PM)
Tom Felton will be hosting a Q&A in Room 1A10. Ask him what it was like to almost ruin "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." (What? What? Are you related to the guy? Come on, gimme a break!) (Sunday, 11 AM – 12 PM)
Follow the hordes to Room 1E07 for the first look at "The Following," the new Fox series from Kevin ("Scream") Williamson. Williamson, James Purefoy, Annie Parisse and Kevin Bacon will be on hand. I swear on all that's holy if anyone asks a question about "six degrees" I will come down there and... (Sunday, 12 PM – 1 PM)
Swing back to the "IGN Theater" to celebrate Spider-Man's 50th birthday with a special celebration featuring "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark." You know what this means? Betting pool on spinal injuries! (Sunday, 12:15 – 2 PM)
Be the first kid on your block to see the forthcoming indie film "Resolution," coming to VOD and select cities in 2013 from Tribeca Film. This dark and suspenseful look at a junkie trying to go cold turkey will be an apt metaphor for those of you trying to cut yourself off from buying any more Mighty Muggs. (Sunday, 2:30 – 4 PM)
Ian McDiarmid will host a Q&A in Room 1E13. I will personally give anyone $5 who asks him a question meant for Ian McShane. (Sunday, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM)
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