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NYCC 2011 – The Panels Your Butt Will Go Numb Waiting For

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New York Comic Con is just two days and change away now and if you’re like me, you haven’t even had time to check out the programming schedule. There’s definitely a large list but if you’re the type of person who’s interested in seeing the bigger, flashier panels at the convention, here’s the schedule you’ll be getting ready to wait in line for/sit in a room all day for at the big IGN Theater at the Javits Center. 

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  • NYCC Kick-Off Concert with Headliner DJ Z-Trip
    7:30PM – 10:00PM
    NYCC 2011 is going to be the biggest show the East Coast has ever seen so we want to start it off right with a concert on Thursday, October 13 at 7:30 PM in the IGN Theater – Presented by Sprint. The concert is free to all VIP’s and 4-Day ticket holders BUT seating is first come, first served and will be extremely limited due to size of the auditorium and popularity of the event. Ultimate Access, Special Access and Anime Access VIP ticket holders will be guaranteed to get into the concert first; then, 4-Day ticket holders will be let in until the auditorium is full. The concert is open to all 4-Day ticket holders on a first come, first served basis and we cannot guarantee that all 4-Day ticket holders that want to attend the show will be able to get in.


  • Batman: Arkham City
    12:15PM – 1:15PM
    Get the inside scoop on Batman: Arkham City, the highly-anticipated follow-up to the hit game Batman: Arkham Asylum, the Guinness World Record holder for the “Most Critically-Acclaimed Superhero Game Ever.” Be among the first to see and hear new details about the next chapter in Batman’s gritty, immersive world – including some surprise reveals about the game and its characters – from the voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy (Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: The Animated Series); front man Claudio Sanchez of the popular progressive rock band “Coheed and Cambria,” which wrote and performed the track “Deranged” featured on Batman: Arkham City – The Album; and Rocksteady Studios Game Director Sefton Hill (Batman: Arkham Asylum), and more. And don’t leave early … there are special prizes lurking in the shadows.
  • DC Universe Animated Original Movies gives an early look at Batman: Year One, Catwoman & Justice League: Doom
    3:00PM – 4:00PM
    Warner Home Video, Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation proudly present an action-packed hour of first looks with the premiere of the animated short Catwoman, an inside glimpse of Batman: Year One, and the New York Comic Con exclusive first footage of Justice League: Doom, the highly-anticipated next entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. Panelists include the ultimate voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy, executive producer Bruce Timm, casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano. Moderator Gary Miereanu will offer a first-look glimpse into the 2012 DC Universe Animated Original Movies slate, give away some exclusive prizes to inquisitive audience members, and quite possibly introduce a few surprise guests. Warner Home Video will distribute Batman: Year One and Catwoman on Blu-Ray™ and DVD on October 18, 2011
  • The Venture Bros
    4:15PM – 5:00PM
    Show creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer, perennial Comic-Con favorites, will discuss their original series and answer questions that have been submitted by fans on
  • Robot Chicken
    5:15PM – 6:00PM
    Seth Green (co-creator), Matthew Senreich (co-creator), Doug Goldstein (head writer and co-producer) and Zeb Wells discuss their popular series Robot Chicken and provide a sneak peek of season 5.5, premiering on Oct. 23rd on Adult Swim.
  • Jay and Silent Bob Get Old
    7:00PM – 9:00PM
    Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes will appear together for a live performance of their popular podcast Jay & Silent Bob Get Old. Fans who are interested in attending the live performance must have a New York Comic Con ticket and also purchase an additional ticket to the podcast. All ticket prices are based on seating location, visit for ticket availability.


  • A Liar’s Autobiography
    1:30PM – 2:30PM
    FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY: an exclusive sneak peek at the hotly anticipated animated 3D movie from EPIX Pictures celebrating the uproarious and often sexually charged life and times of the late Graham Chapman of MONTY PYTHON fame. The film, as told in Graham’s own words from an audio recording of his book, will also feature the voice talents of fellow Monty Python members John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and others. On hand for the panel will be the films 3 directors, Bill Jones (son of Terry Jones), Ben Timlett, and Jeff Simpson plus two of the film’s fifteen (15!!) animators and a surprise celebrity guest moderator who’s sure to add to the hilarity.
  • Nikita Special Video Presentation and Q&A
    2:45PM – 3:45PM
    Nikita returns to NYCC with series stars Maggie Q (Mission: Impossible 3), Shane West (ER) and Lyndsy Fonseca (Kick-Ass) joining producer Albert Kim to reveal classified video and information. The second season finds Nikita and Michael on the run with a black box containing the government’s darkest secrets. Leading the hunt for them is Alex … and she knows all of Nikita’s tricks. From Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television, Nikita airs Fridays at 8/7c on The CW. Become a fan of the show on Facebook at and follow The CW on Twitter @CW_network.
  • Ghost Rider – Spirit of Vengeance
    4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    After blazing a trail around the globe in the worldwide hit Ghost Rider, Nicolas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze in Columbia Pictures’ Ghost Rider – Spirit of Vengeance. Still struggling with his curse as the devil’s bounty hunter, Blaze is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is recruited by a secret sect to save a young boy (Fergus Riordan) from the devil (Ciaran Hinds). At first, Johnny is reluctant to embrace the power of the Ghost Rider again, but it is the only way to protect the boy – and possibly rid himself of his curse forever. Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the directors of the film, will be in attendance to give you a look at their vision for the film and their no-holds-barred style of directing.
  • AMC’s The Walking Dead
    5:15PM – 6:15PM
    AMC’s The Walking Dead Panel Event: Robert Kirkman (Creator/Writer of The Walking Dead comic) along with the cast and producers of The Walking Dead discuss the success of season one and what to look forward to in season two. The panel will also include a special sneak peek at the new season. The Walking Dead returns October 16 at 9/8c. Only on AMC.
  • MARVEL STUDIOS: Marvel’s The Avengers
    6:30PM – 7:30PM
    Continuing the epic big-screen adventures started in “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger,” in “Marvel’s The Avengers” the world’s greatest Super Heroes must assemble to pull the world back from the brink of disaster when an unexpected enemy threatens global security. This special presentation will feature never-before-seen footage and appearances by special surprise guests.
  • Masquerade
    8:00PM – 10:00PM
    The New York Comic Con and New York Anime Festival Masquerade’s an event for cosplayers looking to put on a show. Our Masquerade is a costume showcase that is part fashion show and part talent show with prizes on the line… The Masquerade’s winning team takes home prizes from our contest’s sponsors and $1,000 in prize money. Spend your Saturday night watching giant robots, wizards, magical girls, and at least one Time Lord take the stage!


  • Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below
    11:00AM – 1:00PM
    Makoto Shinkai introduces the New York Premiere of his latest film. IA girl named Asuna meets a young man called Shun who comes from the faraway land of Agartha. The two quickly become friends, but then — just as quickly — Shun disappears. And when Asuna hears the word “Agartha” again in school as part of a myth, she knows adventure and mystery lie ahead. Makoto Shinkai’s most ambitious film yet, Children who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below is grand in scope, marrying together lavish visuals with a narrative that literally crosses worlds.
  • Tekken: Blood Vengeance in 3D
    1:30PM – 4:00PM
    LIVE APPEARANCE BY DAI SATO (Screenwriter) and KATSUHIRO HARADA (Tekken Game Producer)! Based on the hit video game from Namco Bandai Games! Ling Xiaoyu is dispatched to an international school to spy on Shin Kamiya, a victim of a secret genetic experiments that may hold the key to the M Cell. While investigating, she befriends Alisa Bosconovitch who also shows an interest in Shin. Their new friendship is put to the test as they are caught in the middle of the Mishima family feud. Written by Dai Soto (Cowboy Bebop, Wolf’s Rain, Ghost in the Shell), this CGI animated feature takes the world of Tekken to a new level!

Take heed newbies and veteran con-goers alike, Kevin Feige, Chris Evans, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg and Cobie Smulders will all be appearing at the Marvel panel on Saturday! That means folks will be lining up early in the morning and sitting in the hall ALL DAY. Some folks may leave after the earlier panels so a few more may make it in but if you really have your sights set on seeing that one, you won’t be seeing anything outside of the IGN Theater.

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."