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The Mary Sue’s Must-See New York Comic Con 2014 Panels

We combed through the entire panel list so you don't have to.

Comics

Comics as Literature in the English Classroom
Thu. October 9| 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM | 1A01
Comics as Literature in the English Classroom looks at utilizing comics as more than just a reading strategy for Teachers. The Panel will explore the types of media literacy and literary standards that can be addressed while teaching with comics. Social Studies, Sciences and English classroom Teachers can benefit from incorporating this medium into their curricula. Popular titles and best practice lessons will be included, as well as addressing common core standards.

Doctor Who Comics Panel
Thu. October 9| 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM | 1A10
Join a host of Creators from the new Doctor Who Comics and Editor Andrew James who’ll reveal exclusive secrets from the brand-new Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctor storylines and show never-before-seen art! Guests include: Writer Nick Abadzis, Writer Robbie Morrison, Artist Simon Fraser, Writer Rob Williams and many more! Plus, each Panel Attendee will receive a cool FREE Doctor Who Comics goody!

The World of Mouse Guard
Thu. October 9| 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM | 1A24
Get updated on everything Mouse Guard, including news on upcoming projects, collectibles and other surprises with Creator David Petersen. Plus, enjoy a live reading of several Mouse Guard short stories with David and Guest Hal Lublin (The Thrilling Adventure Hour) and a performance of an original song from Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 2 by Vocalist Kyra Sims, who will be joined by her accordion accompanist Henry Koperski. Moderated by BOOM! Studios Marketing Manager Mel Caylo.

Super Girls: Using Comics to Engage Female Students in the High School Classroom
Thu. October 9| 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM | 1B03
Secondary and post-secondary Educators, as well as industry Professionals, gather to discuss using comics in the classroom to engage female students. The Panel will include many comics/graphic novel titles for teachers to use, teaching strategies and overall engagement techniques to ensure that use of comics in your classroom is not seen as just “for the boys.”

50 Years of Fandom! How Comics Took Over the World
Thu. October 9| 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM | 1A06
In 1964, the first comic book focused convention was held in NYC. A publisher invited to that first Comic Con replied “What sort of damaged people would go to a Comic Con?” 50 years later, Comic Cons dominate the entertainment industry. Join our Panel of celebs and pros as they talk about their experiences and how comic Fans went from “Damaged People” to running a two trillion dollar industry. The Panel will be accompanied by images of the first Comic Cons and Cosplayers provided by Webble.

Skybound’s The Walking Dead
Thu. October 9| 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Empire Stage 1-E
Dive into the world of the Eisner award-winning graphic novel The Walking Dead with Creator Robert Kirkman and Skybound Editorial Director Sean Mackiewicz. Panel will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Dalton Ross.

Image Comics: I Is for Immersive
Thu. October 9| 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM | 1A21
Comics can contain entire universes between their covers, and Panelists Kelly Sue DeConnick (PRETTY DEADLY), Jason Latour (SOUTHERN BASTARDS), Jamie McKelvie (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE), Brandon Montclare (ROCKET GIRL), Tim Seeley (REVIVAL) and Kyle Higgins (COWL) excel at creating worlds that you can simply fall into from page one, Panel one. Anything goes in comics, and now’s your chance to pick the brains of some of the most creative minds around.

#WeNeedDiverse (Comic) Books – Diversity in Comics
Thu. October 9| 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM | 1A01
The #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign reflects the need for representation of diversity in children and teen literature – kids need to see themselves in what they read and they also need to be exposed to realities different to their own. What is the current state of diversity in comics and how far has it come? How can the medium of comics further lend to diverse narratives and empathic readers? From Superman vs. the KKK to the arrival of Ms. Marvel Kamala Khan, find out more.

New York TimesOUT and GeeksOUT Presents LGBT in Comics
Thu. October 9| 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM | 1A10
Join the discussion of LGBT Characters and Creators in comics with some of the industry’s best. Join Moderator Jude Biersdorfer (NYTimes Book Review – Staff Editor) and Panelists Phil Jimenez (Wonder Woman), Kieron Gillen (Young Avengers), Jamie McKevlie (Young Avengers), Luciano Vecchio (Marvel Infinite Comics Ultimate Spider-Man) and Annie Mok (Screentests) as they dive into the subject of LGBT diversity. Bring your best questions for this amazing Panel and they will answer them live.

Twenty Years of “The Crow” with James O’Barr
Thu. October 9| 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM | 1B03
Crow Creator James O’Barr will be attending NYCC for the first time. Join him for a Q&A about “The Crow,” which hit theaters 20 years ago, with a new Crow movie in production this year. A rare chance to ask questions and talk one on one with the Creator of a true American icon.

“Marry, Do or Kill?” What Will it Take to Shatter Female Stereotypes in Comics?
Fri. October 10| 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM | 1A05
Female characters have historically been limited to sexy good girls or sexy bad girls, with little between. Readers are ready for change. A panel of Writers, Artists and Editors weigh in on “strong female characters,” “fridged women,” the Bechdel test and troubleshooting storytelling stereotypes. With Marvel Editor Ellie Pyle, Dennis Calero (X-Men Noir), Erica Schultz (Revenge), Andy Schmidt (Comics Experience), Claire Connelly (Oculus) and Jenny Wood (Flutter). Moderated by Enrica Jang, Editor at Red Stylo Media.

Women of Color in Comics: Race, Gender and the Comic Book Medium
Fri. October 10| 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM | 1A24
Diversity. Women in Comics. Both subjects are hot button topics in the comic book industry. However, it isn’t often that both issues collide. This Panel includes Creators and Artists that are not only women, but women of color working in Multimedia industries. Host Regine L. Sawyer, (Owner of Lockett Down Productions), will lead a discussion touching on issues like gender/ethnic representation in comics, the ‘CON-sent’ movement and how they are currently influencing the industry as a whole.

Prism Comics Presents: Women in Queer Comics
Fri. October 10| 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM | 1A14
Be it in print or on the web, lesbian, transgender and bisexual women are using comics to tell their stories more and more. Join Moderator Tara Madison Avery (Dirtheads, Gooch) and Panelists Joan Hilty (Bitter Girl), Jennifer Camper (Women’s Review of Books, Bitch Magazine), Kristin Enos (Web of Lies, Deseo), Ariel Schrag (Likewise, Adam) and Elizabeth Fernandez (The Code Crimson) for a discussion of queer women’s improved profile in the industry and their approach to storytelling.

Archie Forever: Life, Afterlife and Beyond
Fri. October 10| 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM | 1A05
Archie is everywhere! This is the one Panel you cannot miss! Get some exclusive news on the hit AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE series, details on the just-launched SABRINA series, info on the Dark Circle superhero line and everything you wanted to know about Archie and his friends on this all-star Panel featuring the AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE creative team of Writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Artist Francesco Francavilla along with Publisher/Co-CEO Jon Goldwater, Writer/Artist Dan Parent and more!

The Jim Henson Company: Upcoming Comics with Archaia
Fri. October 10| 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM | 1A24
Join Archaia as they reveal details, previews and behind-the-scenes info of its publishing plan for projects with The Jim Henson Company with Panelists Kate Leth (Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock), Shane-Michael Vidaurri (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches), Matthew Dow Smith (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches) and Henson Company Archivist Karen Falk. Moderated by Henson line Editor at Archaia Rebecca “Tay” Taylor.

We Are BOOM!
Sat. October 11| 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM | 1A21
Last year was a banner year for us here at BOOM! Studios: our first feature film, 2 Guns, was released; we signed a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox; Archaia joined us as a new imprint; we expanded the KaBOOM! lineup and we launched BOOM! Box. Join BOOM! Editor-In-Chief Matt Gagnon and Managing Editor Bryce Carlson, plus James Tynion IV (The Woods), Marguerite Bennett (Butterfly, Sleepy Hollow) and Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes) as we share our mission to create the future of comics…now.

MARVEL Cup O’ Joe
Sat. October 11| 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM | Empire Stage 1-E
Join us for this Convention favorite! Here is your chance to Q&A with Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, for this no-holds-barred exposé on everything Marvel. Got a question about a favorite hero? Want to hear groundbreaking news straight from the source? Need a rundown on breaking developments in Marvel comics, film and TV? This panel is for you! With special announcements galore! Featuring writers Brian Michael Bendis (All-New X-Men), Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man), Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel), Gerry Duggan (Deadpool), Erica Henderson and other Mighty Marvel guests!

Nerdist Comics Panel
Sat. October 11| 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM | 1A24
Join Hosts Ben Blacker (Thunderbolts) and Heath Corson (Justice League: War; Batman: Assault on Arkham) and Guests G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel; Air) and more Writers TBA for a special NYCC edition of Nerdist Comics Panel in which will be discussed the process and business of writing comic books.

DC Entertainment – Batman 75th Anniversary
Sat. October 11| 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Empire Stage 1-E
Throughout his 75 year history, the Dark Knight has become one of the most popular and widely recognized super heroes in the world. From comics to TV to movies to video games, the World’s Greatest Detective has permeated all entertainment mediums and beyond. Come by for a look at Batman’s rich history and what the future holds for this pop culture icon with industry titans and other surprise Guests!

CBLDF: Tales from the Code – True Stories of Censorship
Sat. October 11| 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM | 1A18
For more than 50 years, American comic books were subject to the censorship of the Comics Code, a system born from a time when comics were burned in the streets and blamed for all of society’s ills. Though the Code is gone, its influence remains. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund gathers Denny O’Neil, Paul Levitz and other top Storytellers who worked under the Code’s strictures to tell the tales of how its censorship touched their creative visions.

Image Comics: I Is for Impact
Sat. October 11| 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM | 1A06
No matter how weird of an idea you may have, if you can hook someone, they’ll be a reader for life. Frank Quitely (JUPITER’S LEGACY), Wes Craig (DEADLY CLASS), Matt Fraction (SEX CRIMINALS), Steve Orlando (UNDERTOW), James Robinson (THE SAVIORS), Roc Upchurch (RAT QUEENS) and Brian K. Vaughan (SAGA) take strange ideas and turn them into intensely relatable and entertaining comics. Now, they’re going to share their secrets and talk about how fun it is to make the unreal real.

DC Comics – Champions of Justice
Sat. October 11| 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM | 1A06
The heroes of DC Comics – The New 52 return to New York for a star-studded, action packed Panel! Join the Creators of DC Comics’ most powerful and influential heroes and heroines for a sneak peek of what is to come for these champions of justice!

DC Entertainment: Women of DC Entertainment
Sat. October 11| 6:15 PM – 7:00 PM | 1A06
This amazing Cast of Editors, Artists and Writers discuss their unique creative processes on some of your favorite DCE titles! Not to be missed.

Women of MARVEL Panel
Sun. October 12| 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM | 1A06
From Ms. Marvel to Black Widow, from Twitter to tumblr, women in comics has been one of the most talked-about topics in the industry recently. Join the conversation as women from every discipline in the creative process at Marvel discuss what it’s like working as a woman in comics today and what it means for the future of the industry! Plus, plenty of special announcements! Panelists will include Editor Sana Amanat, Talent Scout Jeanine Schaefer, Associate Producer Judy Stephens, writers Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel) and Erica Henderson, and other Mighty Marvel Guests!

Granddaughters of the Comic Book Revolution: The Golden Age Lives!
Sun. October 12| 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM | 1B03
What kind of Creators and visionaries first pioneered comic books? Who were they and what went on behind the scenes? Find out from family members who have become Artists, Advocates and comic book Experts themselves. Moderator Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology) asks Athena (Bill) Finger, Christie (William Moulton) Marston, Chelle (Sheldon) Mayer, Jacque (Mart) Nodell, Nicky (Major Malcolm) Wheeler-Nicholson and more to reveal secrets, memories, insights and discoveries.

MARVEL: Spider-Verse
Sun. October 12| 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM | 1A10
This is your panel for all things Spider-Man! Join us as we discuss the most epic Spidey event of all time as every Spider-Man EVER comes together to face a world-ending threat! Plus, get the low-down on Silk, the mysterious new character who has everybody talking! Panelists will include Senior Editor Nick Lowe, writer Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man), artist Humberto Ramos (Amazing Spider-Man), and more special guests!

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