New York Comic Con promises to be bigger and better this year, and we can tell they’re on their way to fulfilling that promise based on the programming schedule alone. Panel information was released today, a month before the major event descends upon the city’s Javits Center, and we couldn’t be more excited to explore this year’s offerings.
Kicking things off on Thursday, October 4, is a Robotech panel at Anime Fest @ NYCC x Anime Expo on Pier 94. The panel will feature the latest developments in the Robotech universe, including new merchandise and the Sony Pictures live-action film. While this isn’t directly related to Star Wars, some fans will remember that Robotech inspired many of the creators behind Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and Star Wars Resistance, including Dave Filoni.
“That animated series to me,” said Filoni in a StarWars.com article, “showed me as a kid that, ‘Wow, these characters can die. Roy Fokker got shot down. How does that work?’ The romance in it made me feel very much like what was happening in Star Wars. The Zentraedi battlecruisers… It was all so incredible to me and it made me say, ‘I want to grow up and make an animated series like that.'”
Later that evening, Amy Ratcliffe will take to the stage to talk about her upcoming book, Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy, as well as other geeky material. The fan-centric panel will also feature some of the artists who contributed to the new project. Click here to learn more about this highly anticipated book from Chronicle Books.
On Friday, October 5, Disney-Lucasfilm Press Executive Director Michael Siglain will be joined by some of the most talented authors from a galaxy far, far away to share new and upcoming titles at the Disney-Lucasfilm Publishing panel. Every year, their Star Wars book announcements generate a lot of buzz, so you can rest assured knowing that this year won’t be any different.
The Star Wars presence quiets down a bit on Saturday, October 6, but for those of you who love to participate in game shows, Book Narrator Marc Thompson will be hosting a fan game show dressed as Obi-Wan Kenobi. Others are hoping a Star Wars Resistance panel announcement turns up on Saturday’s schedule in the near future, so keep your eyes on StarWars.com for any and all official business.
Finally, Hasbro and IDW will bookend the convention. Toy collectors will get an in-depth look at Hasbro’s latest actions figures and products, while IDW’s creators (like those behind Star Wars Adventures) will give fans a crash course on making comics aimed at younger audiences.
Other panels that might be of interest to Star Wars fans attending NYCC include:
- Disney Publishing Presents: What’s New and Upcoming from Disney Publishing (October 4) – Dive into the world of books and get a sneak peak at new and upcoming titles from Disney Publishing. Sitting as a panelist will be Justina Ireland (Star Wars: Flight of the Falcon: Lando’s Luck).
- So You Want to be a Jedi (Or Stormtrooper, Or Pilot…) (October 5) – Representatives from the 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, the Mandolorian Mercs, and Saber Guild will come together to discuss the costuming process and how they use Star Wars to help make the world a better place.
- Phil LaMarr on the Art of Voice Acting (October 5) – Join voice actor Phil LaMarr as he provides tips, tricks, and techniques to use in the world of voice acting.
NYCC is more than just panels, however. There will also be Star Wars artists and voice actors present at this year’s convention, such as Jen Bartel, Cryssy Cheung, and Karen Hallion from Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy as well as Steve Blum, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Grey DeLisle, and Phil LaMarr (all four of which will be at the Twisted Toonz panel).
More geeky content will be added over the course of September, so stay tuned for more information as it becomes available. In the meantime, make sure to follow New York Comic Con on Twitter for the latest updates.