It’s New York Comic Con Week, as exemplified by this photo of the NYCC Camaro parked in front of NYC’s Forbidden Planet shop. Everyone I know is equal parts horrified and thrilled. NYCC kind of sneaks up on you—unlike the dreadnaught of San Diego Comic-Con, NYCC has always seemed like a simple matter by contrast—there’s no hotel lottery, no badge lottery, people can get booths. However that seeming bountiful supply has lulled us all into a false sense of security. I’ve already mentioned the scarcity of badges this year, but NYCC is still a huge undertaking that deserves perhaps more seriousness than it gets.
Today is my last day “in the office.” Although there’s a kickoff party tonight, I’ll have to skip it to get ready for tomorrow, but from 9 am on I’ll be in the Terrordome. All of the Beat’s usual ground crew members will be AT the show, so we may not be able to update as much as I’d like (unless there is a brave soul out there who wants to man our observation satellite.)
I’m very excited about all the panels I’m running! And here’s one I forgot to mention:
COMIX CHIX WITH KATE KOTLER – LIVE
Date: Sunday, October 13 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Speakers: Bonnie Burton, Jill Pantozzi, Joan Hilty, Kate Kotler, Meghan White, Molly McIsaac, Sarah Miller, Heidi MacDonald, Nicole Wakelin
Description: A live version of the popular GeekNation Comix Chix podcast, host Kate Kotler gathers some of the most awesome and funny female comic Creators, Journalists and Uber-Fans to discuss events, past and present, that shape women’s experiences in the comics industry.
While I normally disapprove of “women in comics” panels, Comix Chix is an exception in that instead of lumping together and marginalizing a bunch of disparate people by their gender, it focuses on people who address gender issues and gives them a chance to talk about them. I really enjoyed the panel I did at C2E2 on this topic—and learned a LOT from it. Hope you can come by!
Anyway, I will survive. We all will. I hope. Torsten has his survival guide ready for tomorrow morning, and I’ll run some more exclusives and who’s where as we go along.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.