New York Comic Con—the biggest and most exciting East Coast pop culture convention—is back once again this year at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.
The event, which is produced by the world’s leading producer of pop culture events ReedPOP, attracts more than 200,000 people during the four-day extravaganza. New York Comic Con is also the host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies and television. Con-goers also have the opportunity to attend celebrity panels and interact with their favorite creators during autograph and photo sessions.
Annually, the con provides screening rooms, which feature highly anticipated sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit the big or small screens to eagerly awaiting fans.
Some of the many celebrities who will be in attendance this year are Jason David Frank from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Jason Momoa from Aquaman and Game of Thrones, Danai Gurira from Marvel’s Black Panther, Mark Ruffalo from The Avengers and Thor: Ragnarok, and Michelle Rodriguez from The Fast and the Furious franchise.
This year ReedPOP is partnering with The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) to launch Anime Fest @ NYCC x Anime Expo, which will take place concurrently with New York Comic Con at Pier 94.
At Anime Expo, fans will join Japanese guests, prolific artists and other New York Otaku at a festival of autograph signings, cosplay, Instagram-worthy activities, a curated Artist Alley, live music and creative Japanese pop culture classes.
“We’re thrilled to give our fans added Japanese content during the week of New York Comic Con and to partner with the leading anime event in the United States to do so,” said Lance Fensterman, Global President of ReedPOP. “Anime and manga are increasingly popular among our fans, and we wanted to give them a fuller experience with uniquely interactive sessions, the opportunity to connect with the anime community, an area dedicated to designing wearable fashion and much more. With a partner like Anime Expo, we’re excited to build upon our already robust anime content and create an experience that is unlike anything we’ve been able to deliver before.”
The con is also introducing the debut of The Studio @ NYCC—a new event series featuring NYCC master classes, workshops and exclusive conversations developed in collaboration with Entertainment Weekly and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
The Studio @ NYCC, which will be at the Shop Studios located at 528 W 39th St., will offer events that explore storytelling in all its forms including film and television, art, books, tech and more. Industry luminaries will discuss their craft in an intimate setting sure to spark creativity and inspire meaningful dialogue as well. The Studio @ NYCC events will each be separately ticketed and will not require a badge, allowing con fans and the general public to attend.
“We’re always looking for new ways to bring amazing pop culture content to our NYCC fans and a wider audience,” said Fensterman. “We’re thrilled to offer the opportunity for fans to learn from the best in their fields at our NYCC master classes and workshops and to hear from all-star talent about their creative inspiration and relevant industry topics.”
New York Comic Con, which is the only convention that takes place in the comic book, publishing, media and licensing capital of the world, kicks off on Thursday, Oct. 4, through Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center located at 655 W 34th St. Tickets for Thursday’s events are still available.
To purchase tickets, visit www.newyorkcomiccon.com.