New York Comic Con x MCM Comic Con's Metaverse brings you featured guests from your favorite fandoms to answer your burning questions, show sneak peeks at their latest projects and give us an inside look into what they're working on! Just like the panel and events at our shows, they'll span a variety of geeky interests – from entertainment and comics to anime, gaming and books. The best part? Panels streaming to our YouTube page will be available for FREE! Check out the schedule below.
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Meet the creative team behind one of the most celebrated, revolutionary animated TV shows of all time as they discuss their new book, X-Men: The Art and Making of the Animated Series, by Eric Lewald (series showrunner) and Julia Lewald (series writer). The Lewalds are joined by other celebrated creators who helped make X-Men: The Animated Series, including Larry Houston (series producer/director), Rick Hoberg (series artist), Stephanie Graziano (production), and Sven Larsen (VP, Licensed Publishing for Marvel). Panelists will discuss what it’s like to develop, pitch, design, write, draw, direct, and produce a hit animated series, while showcasing never-before-seen production and promotional materials from the art book.
The Great Disaster Hits! Polygon Discovers the Secrets of Star Wars - The High Republic
Join the story architects of Star Wars: The High Republic as they introduce the heroes of a brand new saga, set centuries before the Skywalker saga, and reveal details of the central event that forever changes the galaxy far, far, away. Moderated by Polygon's comics editor, Susana Polo, the panel features writers Claudia Gray, Charles Soule, Justina Ireland, Daniel José Older, and Cavan Scott, along with Lucasfilm Publishing executive editor Jennifer Heddle and creative director Michael Siglain.
Ready Player Two | A Conversation with Ernest Cline and Wil Wheaton
#1 New York Times bestselling author Ernest Cline returns to Comic Con and kicks off his Ready Player Two virtual book tour appearing for a conversation with Wil Wheaton about Ready Player One—the near-future adventure that inspired Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster —and its highly anticipated sequel, Ready Player Two (out November 24th, but available to preorder now.)
From Page to Reality | Bringing Book Cosplay to Life
How do you bring a character to life from a written description? Join Woodsmoke & Words and Aigue-Marine as they discuss the creative world of Book Cosplay and how they have taken their favorite literary characters from page into reality. Then join us on discord to continue the conversation and share your book cosplays!
Lucasfilm Publishing | Stories from a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Join some of the biggest and best Star Wars authors as they talk about some of their exciting new projects set in a galaxy far, far away. Featuring Daniel José Older, Preetei Chhibber, Phil Szostak, Katie Cook, Zoraida Cordova,and Amy Ratcliffe. Moderated by This Week In Star Wars host Kristin Baver.
From Page to Reality - Bringing Book Cosplay to Life
Bibliophiles unite! Let your imagination run wild and continue the conversation after the panel is over...Who are your favourite literary characters to cosplay? How do you translate words into costume? Share in the chat and join our Literary Cosplay Showcase!
Head to the ReedPop Discord server and select the "cosplay showcase" channel to join in!
The Jedi Mind - Lessons in Mindfulness from Star Wars
The code that all Jedi strive to follow offers principles for being at peace and learning. In fact, these tenets are useful not just in a galaxy far, far away, but here in our own world. While the Force isn't present in our galaxy, we can still learn from how the Jedi use it to guide their lives. And we can use these lessons about the Force as a gateway to studying mindfulness and putting practices into action. Join us for an exploration of how the practice of mindfulness inspires and empowers some of our favorite Star Wars characters, and how we can bring some of that inspiration into our everyday lives. Panelists include Amy Ratcliffe, Managing Editor of Nerdist and author of The Jedi Mind; Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, and founder of Her Universe; and Dr. Drea Letamendi psychologist and co-host of the Lattes with Leia podcast.
Twenty Years of Harry Dresden | In Conversation with Jim Butcher and James Marsters
Join us as we dive into the world of Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden, Chicago’s first (and only) Wizard P.I and go behind the scenes of The Dresden Files with bestselling author Jim Butcher and series narrator James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer).
Join bestselling author Jim Butcher in a personal online one-to-one video meet and greet! Tickets purchased will include a branded video recording of the entire experience as a memento, and a copy of Battle Ground (with a signed bookplate).
Also don’t miss Jim Butcher in conversation with The Dresden Files series narrator James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) in their free panel on New York Comic Con’s YouTube channel. Tune in on Friday, October 9, 2020 at 8:30am PT / 11:30am ET / 4:30pm BT.
Food in Fandom | Whovians, The Flash, and Stranger Things
Dive into the world of all things geek and fandom culinary with Chris-Rachael Oseland as she whets your appetite with her culinary experiments from the Alien Universe to hobbits, Whovians, and horror.
Exclusive Interviews with the Creators of Steven Universe - The End of an Era
Join Steven Universe series creator Rebecca Sugar and author Chris McDonnell as they discuss Steven Universe: End of an Era (Abrams Books), the new art book that features concept art, storyboards, background paintings, and exclusive interviews about one of the most progressive, imaginative, and beloved animated series of our time. Joined by Kat Morris (writer, storyboard supervisor, supervising director) and Alonso Ramirez Ramos (producer, director on Steven Universe Future), the panel will explore the process of creating season four through Steven Universe Future, as well as the show’s incredible legacy. Moderated by journalist Charles Pulliam-Moore.
Join Christopher Paolini, author of international bestsellers Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, and Inheritance in a personal online one-to-one video meet and greet! Tickets purchased for this ultimate fan package will include a branded video recording of the entire experience as a memento, a hardback copy of To Sleep in a Sea of Stars (with signed bookplate), bookmark and limited laptop sticker. Ticket price is $55 (£43.20).
From Page to Screen - An Exclusive Look Inside the Hunger Games
For the first time ever, the creative professionals behind the Hunger Games come together for one must-see event. David Levithan (Publisher of the Hunger Games books) joins Nina Jacobson (Producer of the Hunger Games films) in an interview with Sydney Bucksbaum (Entertainment Weekly) as they share their behind-the-scenes experiences in bringing this wildly popular series to life. From bookshelf to big screen, it's a lot of work being the real-life Gamemasters of a worldwide phenomenon! Watch as these creative forces reminisce about their time with The Districts and learn more about the Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Let the games begin!
V.E. Schwab Spotlight - The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue
Join New York Times bestselling author V.E. Schwab, as Tor Books presents this exclusive panel about The Invisible Life Of Addie LaRue. As part of this special event, V.E. Schwab will be doing a reading of an excerpt from her new novel and answering your fan questions! Tickets purchased will include a copy of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue.
Adapting the Grishaverse with Leigh Bardugo and Eric Heisserer
Leigh Bardugo (King of Scars, Ninth House) is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. The Grishaverse (coming soon to Netflix in an original series titled Shadow and Bone) spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and the King of Scars Duology—with more to come. In this virtual NYCC program, she's joined by the showrunner of the Netflix adaptation, Eric Heisserer (Birdbox, Arrival) to discuss all things Grishaverse, including two new October titles: The Lives of Saints and Shadow and Bone: The Collector's Edition.
From the day Ripley encountered the first Xenomorph, the Alien Universe has gripped and horrified audiences worldwide. Through the novels and other tie-in books the story begun on the Nostromo has spun off in wild and unpredictable directions. Meet the architects of the expanding Alien Universe, and learn the secrets behind their efforts as the universe continues to expand in startling ways.
Here's your chance to meet Leigh Bardugo (King of Scars, Ninth House) in a personal online one-to-one video meet and greet! Tickets purchased will include a branded video recording of the entire experience as a memento, a copy of The Lives of Saints (with a signed bookplate) and a pre-order of Rule of Wolves. Tickets will be very limited & first-come-first-served.
Authors on Creating New Classics in Modern Fantasy
Editor Ann VanderMeer (The Big Book of Modern Fantasy) and authors Jeff VanderMeer (A Peculiar Peril), R.F. Kuang (The Burning God), Jordan Ifueko (Raybearer), P. Djeli Clark (Ring Shout), and Naomi Novik (A Deadly Education) examine the ways in which modern fantasy both honors the established traditions of the genre, and forges new ones, in conversation with Petra Mayer, Editor, NPR Books.
Science educator, TV host, and New York Times bestselling author Bill Nye is on a mission to help kids understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work with his new book, Bill Nye’s Great Big World of Science. Join Bill and his coauthor, science journalist Gregory Mone, in a spirited family-friendly conversation on the basic principles of science, key discoveries, recent revolutionary advances, and the problems that science still needs to solve for our Earth.
Kid Normal | Heroes and Villains with Greg James and Chris Smith
Join bestselling authors Greg James and Chris Smith, as they go behind the scenes of their Kid Normal series to reveal the inspiration behind some of the heroes, villains and thinly-disguised Star Wars references that have made their award-winning books a hit with kids and adults alike.
Best American Science Fiction 2020
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy series is the premier annual showcase of the country’s finest writers in the genre. This year’s anthology features a truly fantastic lineup selected by guest editor Diana Gabaldon, author of the mega-best-selling Outlander series, and series editor John Joseph Adams; from Charlie Jane Anders to Rebecca Roanhorse. Tune in to hear these genre titans discuss the ever-expanding and changing world of science fiction and fantasy.
Saga Press | All the Starfleet Ladies - Then & Now
From Uhura to Janeway to Burnham, Star Trek has a rich history of portraying complex, powerful female-identifying characters. How do Star Trek authors perceive their role in continuing this legacy in their Star Trek novels? Join Una McCormack (author of Picard: The Last Best Hope), Swapna Krishna (space, tech, and pop culture journalist), author Cassandra Rose Clarke, Lauren Jackson (publicity manager at Saga Press), and moderator Kendra James (editor at StarTrek.com), as they examine the ladies of Star Trek from its inception to the present.
PANELISTS: Una McCormack (Picard: The Last Best Hope), Swapna Krishna (science journalist), Cassandra Rose Clarke (Star Trek: Shadows Have Offended), Lauren Jackson (marketing/publicity, Saga Press), Kendra James (editor, StarTrek.com)
Penguin Teen Presents – When Fantasy Worldbuilding & the Real World Collide
Penguin Teen brings to life a fantasy world for every reader including reimagined Korean folklore, Afro-futurism, Africanjujuism and post-apocalyptic sci-fi. Powerhouse authors Tochi Onyebuchi (Rebel Sisters), Nnedi Okorafor (Ikenga), Kat Cho (Vicious Spirits), Lora Beth Johnson (Goddess in the Machine) sit down and discuss how they bring their worlds to life and use the lens fantasy to discuss real world issues.
Go Farther, Explore Deeper! | How Media Tie-Ins Enhance Storytelling
Media Tie-Ins enhance our appreciation of intellectual properties by telling new stories, or telling familiar tales in a different way. Explore the worlds of Avatar, Star Trek, Star Wars, Valiant Comics’ Faith, podcast protagonists Finn Caspian and Mars Patel, and Dungeons & Dragons with F.C. Yee (Avatar: The Shadow of Kyoshi), Una McCormack (Star Trek: Picard: The Last Best Hope), Julie Murphy (Faith: Taking Flight), Jonathan Messinger (The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspianseries), Sheela Chari (The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel), Preeti Chhibber (Star Wars Clone Wars Anthology, A Jedi, You Will Be), and Matt Forbeck (Dungeons & Dragons: The Mad Mage’s Academy: An Endless Quest Book)! Geeking out with Natalie Zutter, contributor to Tor.com and Den of Geek.
Saga Press | Can Mermaids Get Drunk? (And Other Important Questions About SFF IRL)
Our panel of sci-fi and fantasy writers delve into the possibilities and impossibilities of how their worldbuilding works. What elements of “real life” inspired the fantastical elements of their worlds? What research did they do to invent them and what sort of “in-world” research did they create? Did they write legal contracts, research papers, or even recipes? Find out here.
PANELISTS: Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone (This Is How You Lose the Time War), Kat Leyh (Lumberjanes), Ken Liu (The Grace of Kings, Wall of Storms, Hidden Girl and Other Stories), Rebecca Roanhorse (Black Sun, Trail of Lightning, Star Wars: Resistance Reborn), with moderator SB Divya (Machinehood)
All the Geeky Goodness! | A Celebration of Stories & Their Fandoms
Gather with your fellow fans to celebrate the unifying and elevating aspects of popular culture, through the lens of fiction and non-fiction. Join Sam Maggs (Con Quest!, The Fangirl’s Guide to the Universe), Abraham Riesman (True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee), Pat Dorian (Lon Chaney Speaks), Olivia Dade (Spoiler Alert), Tom Scioli (Jack Kirby), and Sarah Kuhn (Haunted Heroine) as they discuss fan favorites factual and fictional, and the influence of our heroes and heroines with Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Creating Conversations).