The moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. New York Comic Con dropped its exhibitor list, panel and screening schedule, and Artist Alley lineup.

Several companies — from your favorite comic book and graphic novel publishers to movie and TV production studios — will be there to fulfill all of your geeky dreams. Catch them from Oct. 3-6 at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and several other venues across New York, including Hammerstein Ballroom, Hard Rock Café, and Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, to get insider updates on your favorite series and movies. Then, head over to the booths for exciting meet-and-greets, photo-ops, and enough exclusive merch to make your heart soar.

You can also chill with the Pop Insider at our booth, #142! (Speaking of chilling, have you grabbed tickets to our Con Kick-Off Party yet?)

Some of this year’s notable exhibitors include Bandai Namco, Cryptozoic EntertainmentCulturefly, Dark Horse Comics, Diamond Select Toys, DisneyEntertainment Earth, Marvel (duh!), KidrobotLoungeflyTastemakers, and countless more of the biggest names in Geekdom and pop culture. Check out the full list here.

Read about a few of the standout panels below, and check out the full schedule here.



Behind the Merch Table: Turning Your Art Into Products that Sell, 12:15 p.m., Cosplay Central Stage, Javits Center

Experienced merch sellers and artists discuss ethical clothing manufacturing, shipping, product development, and what they’ve learned on the job.

Sony Pictures Presents: The Grudge: A Reimagining of the Horror Classic with Sam Raimi and Special Guests, Main Stage 1D, Javits Center, 4 p.m.

Director Sam Raimi, along with Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye, and Nicolas Pesce, will discuss how this horror classic was reimagined for the reboot.

Spider-Man Spectacular: A This Week in Marvel Special Event, Room 1A24, Javits Center, 2:45 p.m.

Attendees can join This Week in Marvel cohosts Ryan Penagos and Lorraine Cink as they talk all things Spider-Man with writers Saladin Ahmed, Seanan McGuire, and Leah Williams, and artist Pat Gleason.


Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Hammerstein Ballroom, 2:30 p.m.

Are You Afraid of the Dark? is back just in time for Halloween, and writer/executive producer BenDavid Grabinski and executive producer Matt Kaplan will meet with fans to share their stories from making the limited series and show an exclusive clip.

HBO Watchmen Screening and Panel, Main Stage 1D, Javits Center, 3:45 p.m.

Fans of the Watchmen comic book series can join the producers and stars of the upcoming HBO series for an exclusive sneak peek of the first episode, followed by a panel discussion.

Pokémon 20th-Anniversary Panel with Veronica Taylor, Room 1A24, Javits Center 12:15 p.m.

Veronica Taylor, who voiced Ash and May for more than eight seasons, will meet with Pokémon fans at this panel to discuss her career and celebrate the series’ 20th anniversary.


J.J. Abrams & Stephen King’s Castle Rock: Season Two World Premiere Screening and Panel, Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, 3:30 p.m.

Stars Lizzy Caplan, Tim Robbins, Paul Sparks, Yusra Warsama, Barkhad Abdi, and Elsie Fisher, along with co-creator/showrunner Dustin Thomason, will discuss the return of Hulu’s hit psychological-horror series on Wed., Oct. 23.

Join the Resistance! (Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker), Room 1A10, Javits Center, 1:30 p.m.

In this panel moderated by Ashley Eckstein, authors Delilah S. Dawson, Justina Ireland, Rebecca Roanhorse, Kevin Shinick, and Ethan Sacks will meet with fans to discuss their new Star Wars projects.

Excelsior! Remembering Stan Lee, Room 1C03, Javits Center, 2:45 p.m.

Colleagues and friends of the late Stan Lee will meet with fans at this panel to discuss his life and legacy. Panelists include Todd McFarlane, Michael Uslan, Paul Levitz, Jim Salicrup, Denis Kitchen, and Danny Fingeroth, who is releasing Lee’s upcoming biography.


Just Saiyan: Sean Schemmel & Chris Sabat at Anime Fest, Hudson Mercantile, 10 a.m.

Veteran voice actors Sean Schemmel and Christopher Sabat will host this panel to talk all things Dragon Ball, prank phone calls, and dubbing over famous Hollywood films. All attendees will receive an exclusive T-shirt commemorating the panel. The 200 general admission attendees will get a pre-signed item, while 100 fans who purchase premium tickets will have priority seating and access to a post-panel meet-and-greet and signing.

Batman Beyond 20th Anniversary, Main Stage 1D, Javits Center, 1:45 p.m.

Fans of the Bat can celebrate the series’ 20th anniversary and its upcoming remastered Blu-ray box set release with key members of the Batman Beyond creative team. The voices of Batman and Terry McGinnis, Will Friedle and Kevin Conroy, will lead the panel. Whoever attends, please ask Friedle to yell, “Feeny!’

Hasbro Star Wars, Room 1A02, Javits Center, 1:15 p.m.

Fans of Star Wars can join the Hasbro to check out the new Star Wars line of action figures and collectibles that tie into the upcoming sequel Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Big-name booths, screenings, and panels are great, but let’s not forget about an NYCC gem: Artists Alley. Check out this year’s full Artists Alley lineup here.

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