As to be expected due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all three lists are a bit shorter than usual. The most notable difference may be in the exhibitor list. Although it looks like the show floor will still have plenty to offer, many of NYCC’s usual major players are absent from the list, including Funko, Entertainment Earth, Marvel, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and Sideshow.
The panel programming list also looks a bit different this year because it features a mix of in-person and virtual-only content. The virtual programming will be prerecorded and livestreamed, supplementing the traditional, in-person panels. Many of these virtual panels, including a conversation with the cast of The Sandman and a panel for Wheel of Time, will also be streamed for audiences in the Javits Center.
However, the in-person schedule still features some big names and franchises. This year, there will be two large stages within Javits: The Main Stage in 1D Hall and The Empire Stage. Unlike the past few years of in-person NYCC, there will not be a second location in Madison Square Garden’s Hulu theater.
Some of the major panels include Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Outlander, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train, My Hero Academia, All Elite Wrestling, and Star Trek: Discovery. There will also be a series of “Spotlight” panels, where a single celebrity will discuss their work. So far, these spotlights feature William Shatner, David Harbour, and George Takei.
This year, NYCC also has a new reservations system. Reservations for panels will open on Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. ET. Fans who have a badge can learn more about the reservation system here.
Those who are planning to attend NYCC either in person or online can check out the full panel schedule, the exhibitor list, and the artist alley list now. Be sure to keep an eye on all three, though, as ReedPop will continue to update them between now and the start of the show. Celebrity photo opportunities and autograph sessions are also on sale now, with guests including Jon Cena, Hayden Christensen, and David Harbour.
For all updates and information pertaining to NYCC, or to buy tickets to the convention, fans can visit the official website.