Guess who’s back?? It is I, your friendly neighborhood book lover. The month off did me some good. I read some great books, slept, enjoyed the rest of Summer, and went to Paris for a week (which was FANTASTIC). I’m ready to roll and just in time for NEW YORK COMIC CON! The four-day event begins this Thursday and below are some panels, vendors and activations that I’ll be visiting so they’re on your radar:
Blacksad: Under the Skin Demo
On Thursday, the first day of NYCC, I’ll be demoing a new adventure game called Blacksad: Under the Skin. Now I normally do not play video games (except for the 80s games) so I probably won’t know what I’m doing. But one of the great things about NYCC is having access to these games so I can tell all of you and my gamer friends about them. Based on the Eisner award-winning comic book Blacksad, I’ll get a first-hand look at the game before it launches on November 5. If you’re at NYCC, stop by Booth #1665 to try it for yourself.
Celebrating its new home at Amazon Prime Video and the premiere of Season 4, the sci-fi show Expanse will be hosting an interstellar experience through its activation. If you remember any of my posts or recaps from last year’s Con, I love activations. They’re interactive, fun and give NYCC attendees a chance to interact with their favorite shows, films or books. Fans of Expanse will get exclusive access to the activation, as they become crew members of the spaceship Rocinante. They’ll be able to travel to the show’s new setting and there will be photo opps as fans take their first steps on New Terra (or Ilus, depending on their allegiance). I’ll let you know which one I choose. For now, take a look at the cool photos below and stop by and experience the activation for yourself.
Hulu’s Castle Rock Season 2 Premiere and Panel
Saturday at last year’s NYCC was my day of panels. I went to so many and this year will be no different. And I’m ECSTATIC to be attending the Season 2 premiere screening and panel for Hulu’s show Castle Rock. I watched Season 1 and I am obsessed with this show. Believe me when I tell you that I quickly said “yes” to an invite I received to attend the panel. I can’t wait to see what Hulu is cooking up for this season, because Season 1 was nuts. This season, fans of the show and Stephen King’s book Misery will be reintroduced to nurse and psycho super fan Annie Wilkes (played by Lizzy Caplan). I’ll post after the screening to give you my honest (and spoiler-free) feedback. If you’re around on Saturday, get in line early for this panel. It’ll be at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden and starts at 3:30pm. Don’t miss it!
Legion M, the first fan-owned entertainment company, will be at NYCC to celebrate its latest projects, Memory: The Origins of Alien and Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. During NYCC, Legion M’s very own Jeff Annison (Founder and President), David Baxter (VP of Development) and Terri Piñon (Legion M’s Meetup Hostess with the Mostest) will give fans and investors a first look at the two projects, as long as exclusive access to swag and merchandise for sale. I plan on attending one of the Memory: The Origins of Alien screenings and getting my hands on a t-shirt. Stop by Booth #746 to see what Legion M has in store. In the meantime, take a look at the official trailer for Memory: The Origins of Alien.
Facebook Watch has a new show airing this month called The Birch, about a blood-thirsty tree that may or may not be the friend of three teenagers. Sounds weird? Yes. Is it any good? I’m lucky enough to watch the first six episodes so I’ll let you know before it airs. In the meantime, head to Booth #152 for “The Birch Experience,” an immersive photo opp for all NYCC badge holders. Make sure to get a pic with The Birch herself (or else). I’ll be stopping by so I can see her for myself. The show premieres on Facebook Watch on October 11.
Game of Thrones/Johnnie Walker Pop-Up
Still mourning the end of Game of Thrones? I definitely am so what better way than to visit the Johnnie Walker A Song of Ice and A Song of Fire pop-up this Saturday. Head on over to the Crossing Arts Gallery (559 West 23rd St.) to sip the newest blends of Johnnie Walker’s collaboration with HBO. But make sure to RSVP before you go or you’ll be iced out. Get it? Iced out? No? Okay. Go to www.jwiceandfire.com to RSVP.
A TRICK OF LIGHT: Stan Lee’s Alliances
One of the late, great Stan Lee’s creative works before his death, A Trick of Light is an adult novel, co-authored by Kat Rosenfeld, and the first installment into a brand new universe. It “explores the deeply complex relationship between technology and humanity.” The book will be promoted at the “Building a New Universe with Stan Lee” panel on Friday from 5:30p-6:30p, followed by a book signing.
This is just a small taste of what’s to come at NYCC. I’ve already carved out my days, with Saturday being my busiest one. This time, however, I’m not going to kill myself to get to everything. I’m being strategic about what I see, the panels and special events I attend and the vendors who’ll be taking my money (I’m coming for you, Design by Hümans). Instead of exhausting myself to get to everything, I’m going to show up when I want and enjoy the things I want to enjoy the most.
See you guys there!