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The top 10 New York Comic Con events you shouldn’t miss

With great panels comes great responsibility. Here’s your primer on the best New York Comic Con events, talks and more

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New York Comic Con

It’s the most wonderful time of year for fans of all things geeky. With more than 150,000 attendees and hundreds of appearances, signings, sales and screenings at every corner of Javits Center, you’ll need our help to navigate this essential fall event. So dry clean your cape, stick to our list and use the Force. Need inspiration? Check out our photos from last year’s glorious convention before suiting up for the 10th annual New York Comic Con.

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New York Comic Con events by date

#BlackComicsMonth: Diversity in Comics

Oct 8, 6:30–7:30pm, room 1A18

Superheroes aren’t just for white dudes anymore. Celebrate the unstoppable move toward diversity behind and on the page with medium-defying artists and activists including #blackcomicsmonth founder MizCaramelVixen, Batman/Superman writer Greg Pak, artist Mildred Lewis, Shaft writer David F. Walker and more.

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DC Comics – The Dark Knight 30th Anniversary

October 9, 11am–noon, main stage 1-D

Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns redefined comics, Batman and Ben Affleck for generations to come. Before the release of the final chapter in the Dark Knight saga, The Dark Knight III: The Master Race, cocreators Brian Azzarello, Klaus Janson, Andy Kubert and DC Entertainment copublisher Jim Lee will prepare fans for the mega-event.

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Writers Unite: Writing and Pitching Comic Stories

Oct 10, 11am–12pm, room 1A01

Get advice on breaking into comics from some of the hottest rising stars in the industry, including Steve Orlando (Midnighter), Marguerite Bennett (Angela: Queen of Hel), Charles Soule (Daredevil) and Jim Zub (Samurai Jack).

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The X-Files

Oct 10, 1:15–2:30pm, main stage 1–D

The truth is out there, and the first episode of The X-Files reboot is right here. Series creator Chris Carter and the seemingly ageless David Duchovny treat their eternally faithful fans to a Q&A and preview screening of next year’s reboot.

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Clueless 20th Anniversary Panel

Oct 10, 1:45–2:45pm, room 1A10

You’re going to have to shove your way past a lot of Ambers to get a seat for this one, as fans of the ’90s classic join writer/director Amy Heckerling and “surprise guests” to look back on Beverly Hills High. We’re holding out hope to see Cher and Josh back together in person. Or at least Mr. Hall and Miss Geist.

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NYCC Eastern Championship of Cosplay

Oct 10, 7:30–10pm, main stage 1–D

The best of the best have spent months working with metal saws, glue guns and Etsy customer support to prepare for this massive costume competition and major stop in the national cosplay tournament. Watch in awe as career cosplayers take the stage in their most comprehensive Spawn, Darth Vader and Imperator Furiosa getups. Whether you’re competing or going normcore, you’re guaranteed to skyrocket your Instagram likes just by showing up.

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Women of Marvel

Oct 11, 1:30–2:30pm, room 1A06

In the past few years, Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel and the new Thor have debuted to spectacular fanfare, ushering in a new age of vocal women reading and making comics. Join Marvel’s Content Development director Sana Amanat, assistant editor Emily Shaw, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. costume designer Ann Foley and others to discuss the challenges and advances that women in the superhero industry face.

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Speed Dating at NYCC

Fri, Sat, Sun, times vary, room 1E04, $20

Stop complaining about the one in the Batgirl T-shirt who got away at last year’s Con and meet the superhero of your dreams at this year’s edition. NY Minute Dating will be holding several rounds of hetero and LGBT speed-dating, where you’ll be matched with more than 25 other single geeks to establish fast connections. If you meet any mild-mannered reporters, Norse gods or Amazon princesses, we advise you to lock them down fast.

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