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New York Comic Con 2018: what to expect at this year’s event

New York Comic Con 2018: what to expect at this year’s event

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Today marks the start of New York Comic Con. Taking place at the Javits Convention Center in midtown Manhattan, it’s already begun welcoming fans from all over the world to take part.

While New York Comic Con isn’t as big as its West Coast cousin San Diego Comic-Con International, it’s still a huge event that’s bound to reveal plenty of news about films, TV shows, comics, books, and more on the horizon in the coming months. Here’s what to expect this year.


The film presence this year, much like San Diego Comic-Con in July, isn’t as massive as it’s been in years past. But a number of studios are hosting big panels for fans, and we’ll likely get a couple of trailers for some anticipated movies, including Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines and the new Hellboy reboot. But we can also expect a look at the next and final installment of DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon series, The Hidden World, and maybe some news from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

TV shows

In recent years, NYCC has become an ideal launch pad for upcoming television programming, and there’s quite a bit to look forward to this year. DC Universe has already premiered the first two episodes of its upcoming gritty Teen Titans adaptation Titans, while Syfy will show off the pilot for its upcoming George R.R. Martin adaptation Nightflyers.

Netflix has a bunch of projects that it’s showing off: new seasons of Daredevil and Big Mouth, its upcoming reboot of She-Ra, as well as The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and The Haunting of Hill House. Hulu will be hyping the second season of Marvel’s Runaways, and Starz will promote American Gods. (The latter will be particularly interesting, given the series’s new showrunner and conspicuous lack of Gillian Anderson’s Media.) The CW will have Riverdale, Amazon will show off its upcoming take on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens, and CBS will assemble a big panel for the second season of Star Trek: Discovery.


These types of shows bring around a bunch of big activations, and this year is no different. Audible has put together a big Harry Potter experience in advance of the upcoming Fantastic Beasts film, while Amazon is putting on its own slate of activations for shows like Good Omens, The Tick, Lore, and Jack Ryan. And Starz will be re-creating the Motel America Diner from American Gods for all your Instagramming needs.

Comics and books

Comics will, of course, be a huge part of the show as well. Marjorie Liu, the creator of the Hugo-winning and Eisner-winning Monstress series, gave the keynote speech this morning. Over the weekend, independent artists will showcase their work in Artist Alley, and Marvel, DC Comics, Image, Dark Horse, and Comixology, among others, will be hosting panels. Book publishers are in their own backyard here in New York, so there’ll be a bunch of signings and panels from authors throughout the convention. Random House and Disney Publishing will also hold a bunch of panels for their upcoming works, so we could hear word on new Star Wars or Stranger Things titles.

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