New York Comic Con is here and although we won’t be pushing through crowds at the Javits, perusing the amazing artist alley or chomping down on an expensive pretzel as our only meal of the day, there will be panels, exclusives, cosplay and all the other fun stuff you expect. Here’s some of the best exclusives and a guide to How to Metaverse — and check out all the other info here. And note that NYCC Metaverse has actually merged with MCM, the UK’s biggest show of the year, for a transcontinental experience.


When is it?
Thursday, October 8 to Sunday, October 11

Where is it?
Panel programming will be exclusively live streamed at, while the Show Floor, Artist Alley, and other features can be found at

Is it free?
Most of Metaverse, including all panels, is free to enjoy and open to all. However, there are a few paid features for those interested. Fans can visit Growtix to purchase exclusive experiences like meet and greets, live Q&As, and personalized video recordings to get up close with their fave guests.

How to…Watch Panels:
NYCC & MCM Comic Con’s Metaverse programming can be found exclusively at The NYCC YouTube programming is presented by Alienware in the U.S. Fans can subscribe to the channel now and tune in (for free!) beginning Thursday, October 8 at 12pm ET / 9am PT for content featuring the biggest names in television, streaming, comics, books, gaming and more. The full programming schedule is available now here:

How to…Engage with the Community:

Of course, no New York Comic Con or MCM Comic Con event would be complete without the opportunity for fans to connect with like-minded people, debate their most loved fandoms and interact with their favorite celebrities. We’ve added loads of opportunities for fans to socialize, and for celebrities/guests to join in too:

  • YouTube Panel Live Chat

Guests, partners and fans alike can join in with the live YouTube chat as a panel premieres; they can react in real time, ask questions and continue the conversation outside of the video, making for a real 360 experience.

  • Hop onto the ReedPop Discord server

Another great way to connect fans is in our Discord server – think YouTube live chat, but 24/7, 365 days a year. Visitors will be able to join a fandom specific channel and share stories, memes, run polls or just hang out and chat. Some guests will be joining fans after their panel premieres, with organized meet-ups, podcast sessions and even K-pop dance classes, there’s a lot going on!

Visit for more information on how to access the server and take part.

How to…Show Off Your Cosplay:
SYFY WIRE is partnering with con organizer ReedPop for a cosplay contest hosted entirely on SYFY Wire’s Instagram page. The competition is open to all amateur cosplayers from around the U.S. Now through October 6, cosplayers can post a photo of their homemade cosplay on your personal page, use the hashtag #FanFaveCosplayContest, and tag both SYFY Wire and @newyorkcomiccon. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, October 14 and will receive a NYCC 2021 experience package including 4-day badges for them and a friend.

In addition, SYFY WIRE is co-sponsoring NYCC’s annual Cosplay Central’s Virtual Championships of Cosplay, the most prestigious pro-cosplayer event in all the land. Scheduled to kick off Saturday, Oct. 10, the event will feature 50 cosplayers with Jaremi Carey, of RuPaul’s Drag Race, as the host.

How to…Support Artists and Retailers:
Just like at a live event, fans will be able to browse our Artist Alley for unique creators, snag geeky gifts and nerdy merch in the Retailer Zone, and find the latest and greatest brands on the Show Floor – only this time it’s virtual! Fans can explore the Show Floor and Retailer Zone to check out booths from brands like Bandai, Harper Collins, Penguin Random House, and Viz. Additionally, the virtual Artist Alley features 300 artists each showcasing exclusive artwork, merch, specials, and more.

Fans can also find exclusive merch through in the Official Show Store with new products added right up to the event.



“Thanks to the generous participation of our talented creative partners, IDW can still be a part of your New York Comic Con experience this year,” says Nachie Marsham, IDW Publisher. “We’re thrilled to highlight our fan-favorite Locke & Key and Sonic The Hedgehog comics in virtual panels, and hope that fans worldwide will tune in and enjoy!”

IDW’s dedicated NYCC web store ( launches today, the home for all of IDW and Top Shelf Production’s convention exclusives, signed bookplate editions, special bundles, and bargains aplenty! Here’s our plan for rollout:

  • Beginning Today, October 5th: As a special “thank you” to our devoted fans, the web store debuts with hard-to-find con exclusives and autographed merchandise from conventions past, many available at special discounts! We’ve opened our vaults, so come see what incredible rarities you’ve missed from previous shows!
  • Beginning Thursday, October 8th: IDW’s new convention exclusives for Fall 2020’s hottest comic books become available to order! Batman/The MaxxCanto IILocke & KeySnake EyesSonic The HedgehogStar Wars Adventures, and Transformers / Back to the Future… featuring cover artwork by today’s fan-favorite comic artists: Gabriel RodríguezEvan StanleySam Kieth, and more!
  • Beginning Friday, October 9th: IDW’s first surprise exclusive release of the show is unlocked… featuring cover artwork by one of 2020’s most sought-after comic artists! Stay tuned to IDW social media for the coming revelation!
  • Beginning Saturday, October 10th: Our second surprise exclusive release will unlock! We’re not going to spoil the secret right now, but longtime comic fans will NOT be disappointed! IDW’s social media will reveal soon — keep an eye out!

Throughout the event, IDW will also run a special contest for fans to win one of each of IDW’s NYCC 2020 convention exclusive comic book variants — to enter, simply enter your email address at our NYCC web store.

Full details for all of IDW’s panels and exclusive products for New York ComicCon are available below!


Don’t worry if you miss the panel when it first launches — the best thing about NYCC’s virtual nature is that you can watch any and all programming at your leisure from the comfort of your own home, anytime you want!


IDW Presents: The World of Locke & Key

Unlock what’s next in the world of Locke & Key, now a hit Netflix original series! Join New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill (Full ThrottleNOS4A2, Dying is Easy) and legendary artist Gabriel Rodríguez in conversation with series editor Chris Ryall, as they welcome you back to Keyhouse. Be the first to hear more about the next wave of comics and graphic novels in the Locke & Key franchise!

  • Joe Hill (writer, Locke & Key)
  • Gabriel Rodríguez (artist, Locke & Key)
  • Chris Ryall (editor, Locke & Key)

Panel Goes Live: Thursday, October 8, at 4:20pm EST (1:20pm PST).


IDW Presents: Sonic The Hedgehog Comics!

Go fast with Sonic the Hedgehog comics! Join the IDW writers and artists who bring your favorite blue blur to life, one panel at a time. Learn more about what artist and writer Evan Stanley has in store for the ongoing series. Plus, find out what the bad guys are up to in Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys with writer Ian Flynn and artist Jack Lawrence. Moderated by Sonic editor David Mariotte and featuring SEGA of America’s Licensing Manager, Michael Cisneros!

  • Ian Flynn (writer, Sonic The Hedgehog: Bad Guys)
  • Jack Lawrence (artist, Sonic The Hedgehog: Bad Guys)
  • Evan Stanley (writer/artist, Sonic The Hedgehog)
  • Michael Cisneros (licensing manager, SEGA America)
  • David Mariotte (editor, Sonic The Hedgehog)

Panel Goes Live: Friday, October 9, at 12:20pm EST (9:20am PST).



All new convention exclusives will be made available to order beginning Thursday, October 8th, with two surprise items becoming available on Friday, 10/9, and Saturday 10/10, respectively. IDW is offering free domestic shipment on all orders of $35 or more. Visit IDW’s convention webstore here to place orders — but hurry, these hot comics are only available while supplies last, and the web store closes at midnight on October 11th!

Batman/The Maxx: Arkham Dreams – The Lost Compendium – Convention Exclusive Variant
Written & Illustrated by Sam Kieth
Convention Exclusive Cover by Sam Kieth
$20.00Canto II: The Hollow Men #1 – Convention Exclusive Variant
Written by David M. Booher, Illustrated by Drew Zucker
Convention Exclusive Cover by Drew Zucker & Vittorio Astone
$10.00Canto II: The Hollow Men #2 – Convention Exclusive Variant
Written by David M. Booher, Illustrated by Drew Zucker
Convention Exclusive Cover by Drew Zucker & Vittorio Astone
$10.00Locke & Key: …In Pale Battalions Go… #1 – Convention Exclusive Variant
Written by Joe Hill, Illustrated by Gabriel Rodríguez
Convention Exclusive Cover by Gabriel Rodríguez
$10.00Snake Eyes: Deadgame #2 – Convention Exclusive Variant
By Rob Liefeld
Convention Exclusive Cover Featuring Toy Packaging Art from Hasbro

Sonic the Hedgehog #33 – Convention Exclusive Variant
Written & Illustrated by Evan Stanley
Convention Exclusive Cover by Evan Stanley

Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys #1 – Convention Exclusive Variant
Written by Ian Flynn, Illustrated by Jack Lawrence
Convention Exclusive Cover by Evan Stanley

Star Wars Adventures #1 (2020) – Convention Exclusive Variant
Written by Michael Moreci & Nick Brokenshire, Illustrated by Ilias Kyriazis & Nick Brokenshire
Convention Exclusive Cover by Derek Charm

Transformers/Back to the Future #1 – Convention Exclusive Variant
Written by Cavan Scott, Illustrated by Juan Samu
Convention Exclusive Cover by Andrew Griffith


SCOUT COMICS is offering four NYCC exclusves covers, All four are first issues of some current and upcoming Scout titles: PHANTOM STARKILLER, SH*TSHOW, GRIT and IT EATS WHAT FEEDS IT. These exclusives will be title-free covers on gorgeous 100lb heavy card stock.

All exclusive Scout NYCC titles will be available at the Scout’s webstore starting NOW, Thursday October 8, 2020 for $25.00 a piece.

Use Order Code NYCC2020 at checkout to receive 50% off these exclusives and ALL past NYCC Scout exclusives until Sunday October 11th at 11:59pm eastern time.

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Dark Horse

Join us online for panels featuring some of Dark Horse’s world-renowned creators! Visit  to watch.

9:55 AM – 10:25 AM PT

Creating Worlds – Building a Comics Universe for the Ages
Dark Horse Comics is known for cultivating creator-owned comic universes expanding the worlds of licensed comics. Join Jody Houser (Stranger Things, Critical Role), Nnedi Okorafor (LaGuardia, Binti), Chris Roberson (Witchfinder, iRobot), and Gene Luen Yang (Avatar the Last Airbender, Superman Smashes the Klan) as they discuss the universes they’ve built up and out in comics and beyond.

1:55 PM PT

SYFY’s Resident Alien – Sneak Peek & Panel Featuring Executive Producer and Cast
Be among the first to see 10 minutes of SYFY’s new series Resident Alien, followed by a virtual Q&A with star Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Rogue One), writer/executive producer Chris Sheridan (Family Guy), and cast members Sara Tomko (Once Upon A Time), Corey Reynolds (The Closer), Alice Wetterlund (Silicon Valley), and Levi Fiehler (Mars) moderated by IGN Editorial Manager, Laura Prudom. The series, based on the Dark Horse comic, follows a stranded alien’s entertaining attempts to fit into small-town American life while keeping his true identity under wraps and pursuing his own mysterious agenda.


2020 is an unprecedented year, and while we’re all coming together from home, Dark Horse comics is thrilled to offer fans the chance to get our 2020 convention exclusives through Dark Horse Direct. All convention exclusives are available for purchase now!

StarCraft: Scavengers #1 Convention Exclusive Variant (Wei Wong) 

$10.00 Each
Limited quantity of 1000

Limit of 5 per person

Writer Jody Houser (Stranger Things comic series, Critical Role: Vox Machina comic series) and artist Gabriel Guzmán (Mass Effect: Discovery, Star Wars) join forces for StarCraft, a new series further exploring the expansive universe of Blizzards hit game! A group of terran space scavengers hope to pull off the job of their lifetimes, pillaging a derelict protoss ship.
* Produced by Dark Horse Comics in close collaboration with Blizzard Entertainment.
* Writer Jody Houser takes readers on a sci-fi-horror thrill ride in space!
* Exclusive cover art by Wei Wong!

BANG! #1 Convention Exclusive Sketch Cover (Matt Kindt)

$40.00 each

Limited quantity of 500

Limit of 1 per person

A best-of-the-best secret agent with memories he couldn’t possibly possess, a mystery writer in her 60s who spends her retirement solving crimes, a man of action with mysterious drugs that keep him ahead of a constant string of targeted disasters, a seemingly omnipotent terrorist organization that might be behind it all . . .

And they’re all connected to one man: a science-fiction author with more information than seems possible, whose books may hold the key to either saving reality or destroying it.

  • A mind-bending story that ties in with past Kindt works (Revolver).

Action, mystery, and altered reality! Individual, one of a kind, sketched covers by Matt Kindt! No two copies will be the same!

** Cover selection is randomized upon order placement. Sketch will not match the image displayed. Sketches may include line art, stamp work, artistic damaging, etc. This item is NOT eligible for return or exchange.

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X-Ray Robot #1 Convention Exclusive Variant (Christian Ward)

$10.00 each

Limited quantity of 1000

Limit of 5 per person

Max is a family man seeking a more interesting life. While conducting a new experiment at work, the fabric of his reality is torn before his eyes, and a robotic figure appears, claiming to be his 277-year-old self. The robot is able to ”X-Ray” multiple dimensions and battles a nihilistic entity from another dimension who wants to take all life to its ”Pre-Big Bang” status. Max and the robot embark on an interdimensional roadtrip through past and future to take down the ”Nihilist” and save the universe!

  • Mike Allred’s new bizarre superhero character X-Ray Robot!

”One of the best cartoonists in all of comics has done it again! X-Ray Robot is another Allred homerun!!” -Brian Michael Bendis

”Michael Allred kicks so much ass I can barely stand it. X-Ray Robot is the work of a master!” -Rob Thomas, creator of Veronica Mars

Exclusive cover art by Christian Ward! This stunning artwork plays homage to the Seattle grown grunge phenomena, Nirvana.

Machine Gun Wizards Convention Exclusive Book Plate (Christian Ward)

$10.00 each

Limited quantity of 200

Limit of 5 per person

An adhesive bookplate with exclusive art by Christian Ward to apply to your copy of Machine Gun Wizards.

Eliot Ness and his team of Untouchables work overtime taking on dangerous criminals that hide in the seedy underbelly of 1930s Chicago. Except in this world, Al Capone isn’t dealing in alcohol, but in magic. With Lick, a drug that grants magical powers to anyone who ingests it, mobsters become wizards, ordinary men become monsters, and darker secrets than Ness can imagine lie at the heart of it all.

Collects the four-issue miniseries and features a sketchbook section and pinups by Declan Shalvey, Ian Bertram, Tula Lotay, and more.


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Stranger Things #1 Glow-In-The-Dark Convention Exclusive (Kyle Lambert)

$15.00 each

Limited quantity of 4,000

Limit of 5 per person

The nostalgia-igniting hit Netflix original series comes to comic shelves. Follow Will Byers into a dimension of decay and destruction where he must use his wits and resolve to dodge the pursuit of the Demogorgon and escape the Upside Down.

  • Written by award-winning comics veteran Jody Houser (Faith, Orphan Black, Mother Panic).

  • Based on Will’s unseen journey during season 1 of hit Netflix show Stranger Things.

Exclusive cover art by Kyle Lambert, featuring Glow In The Dark detailing!

The Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion #1 Convention Exclusive (Mike Mignola)

$10.00 each

Limited quantity of 4,000

Limit of 5 per person

Faced with an increasing number of lunatics with superpowers eager to face off with his own wunderkind brood, Sir Reginald Hargreeves developed the ultimate solution.

Now, just a few years after Hargreeves’s death, his Umbrella Academy is scattered. Number Five is a hired gun, Kraken is stalking big game, Rumor is dealing with the wreckage of her marriage, a rotund Spaceboy runs around the streets of Tokyo, Vanya continues her physical therapy after being shot in the head–and no one wants to even mention Seance until issue #2.

With a Netflix series soon to debut, the award-winning and best-selling superhero series returns, stranger than ever.

And their past is coming back to hunt them.

Exclusive cover art by Mike Mignola!

Critical Role: Vox Machina OriginsII #1 Convention Exclusive (Babs Tarr)

$10.00 each

Limited quantity of 4,000

Limit of 5 per person

The unlikely heroes of Vox Machina are back in action!

Join familiar faces from Critical Role’s smash-hit first campaign as their escapades in Stilben lead them toward new adventure–and a dire threat to Grog when he goes missing in the night. Tracking him down will see the party lose one member, gain another, and reveal parts of Grog’s secret past. But first, his friends have to actually find him.

From award-nominated writer Jody Houser (Orphan Black, Stranger Things) and first series artist Olivia Samson, with colorist MSASSYK (Isola, Gotham Academy) and letterer Ariana Maher (James Bond, Xena)! Exclusive cover art by Babs Tarr!

American Gods: My Ainsel #1 Convention Exclusive (Christian Ward)


Limited quantity of 1,000

Limit of 5 per person

The bizarre road trip across America continues as our heroes gather reinforcements for the imminent god war!
Shadow and Wednesday leave the House on the Rock and continue their journey across the country where they set up aliases, meet new gods, and prepare for war.
The Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, and Nebula Award-winning novel and hit Starz television series by Neil Gaiman is adapted as a graphic novel!

Hellboy: Seed of Destruction 25th Anniversary #1 Convention Exclusive (Mike Mignola)


Limited quantity of 4,000

Limit of 5 per person

This special 25th anniversary edition of the first issue of Hellboy depicts his arrival on earth in the midst of WWII to the return of his adoptive father from a failed Arctic expedition, and Hellboy’s first encounter with Mignola’s infamous frog monsters. Features a new cover by Mignola with Dave Stewart.

Exclusive cover color by Dave Stewart!

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Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer of Justice! #1 Convention Exclusive (Christian Ward)

$10.00 each

Limited quantity of 1,000
Limit of 5 per person

DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics present the ultimate superhero crossover event of 2019!

A strange man arrives simultaneously on Black Hammer Farm and in Metropolis, and both worlds are warped as Starro attacks! Batman, Green Lantern, Flash, Wonder Woman, Superman, and more crossover with Golden Gail, Colonel Weird, and the rest of the Black Hammer gang!
Exclusive cover art by Christian Ward! Limited Edition of 1000.

Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and Rise of Alexander #1 Foil Convention Exclusive (Frank Miller)

$15.00 each

Limited quantity of 1,000
Limit of 5 per person

The Persian Empire is vast beyond imagining. It seems destined to last a thousand years . . . But a whirlwind comes from the west: the greatest warlord the world will ever know. Alexander!

Exclusive cover from Frank Miller with gold foil detailing!

Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins Logo Pin


Limited quantity of 3,000

Limit of 5 per person

Also available at

Celebrate the second series release of our Vox Machina Origins comics with the Origins-inspired pin.

Cyberpunk 2077: Night City Enamel Pin 

$10.00 each

Limited quantity of 1,000

Limit of 5 per person

Welcome to Night City, the setting for CD PROJEKT RED’s highly anticipate game, Cyberpunk 2077 arriving November 19, 2020. Get the exclusive Night City Enamel Pin before the game hits shelves!

The Dragon Prince: Aaravos Enamel Pin 

$10.00 each

Limited quantity of 1,000
Limit of 5 per person


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Signed bookplates for some of your favorite comics FREE with purchase:

To commemorate another weird milestone in this unprecedented “Year Without a Comic-Con,” and to offer a piece of the convention exprience we’re all missing this year, we’re bringing back our Comic-Con virtual sale to offer signed bookplates from the artists of the following new & recent releases, free with purchase:

From Hell: Master Edition (Hardcover) — w/ bookplate signed by Eddie Campbell
Kodi — w/ bookplate signed by Jared Cullum
Glork Patrol on the Bad Planet — w/ bookplate signed by James Kochalka
Monkey vs. Robot: The Complete Epic — w/ bookplate signed by James Kochalka
Johnny Boo (Book 11): Johnny Boo Finds a Clue — w/ bookplate signed by James Kochalka
Red Panda & Moon Bear — w/ bookplate signed by Jarod Roselló
Red Panda & Moon Bear (Spanish Edition) — w/ bookplate signed by Jarod Roselló
Cosmoknights (Book One) — w/ bookplate signed by Hannah Templer

Starting now and running through the weekend while supplies last, you can order these exclusively from the online store of our parent publisher, IDW. Check it out today!