Someone finally figured it out: There are enough quirky oddballs in this city to warrant more than just four days of New York Comic Con festivities. When the army of nerds invades Gotham this October, round up your minifans and check out New York Super Week (October 3–12), a companion pop-culture festival hosting heroic happenings all over town including meet-and-greets with stars and interactive theater for kids. Track down some comic-themed kids' Halloween costumes and peep the full list of events at the Super Week website, then start making a plan of attack for the entire family. After all, if you're not too old for that Thor costume, neither are your kids.
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New York Comic Con and Super Week events
If you fell in love with The Adventures of Pete & Pete in the '90s, and your kids fell in love with the reruns, you're in luck. You can finally hear Polaris live (you know, the group that wrote that catchy opening song) for an extremely rare live se, plus a performance of "Killer Tofu," by the creators of the music in Doug. There will be a guest panel with some Golden Age Nickelodeon stars, including big and little Pete (Mike Maronna and Dann Tamberelli, respectively) and some very special undisclosed panelists. Your kids will also love The Adventures of Danny & Mike podcast that'll be recorded live at the show. Why remember your childhood memories when you can relive them? All ages.
Columbia University is unearthing priceless materials from their comics archives just in time for NYSW. Kids can see art from MAD artist All Jaffee,Elfquest artist Wendy Pini, drafts and notes from X-Men writer Chris Claremont and Legion of Super-Heroes writer Paul Levit, and correspondence with comics luminaries Stan Lee, harvey Kurtzman and Howard Cruse in the Rare Book & Manuscript Libraries. The opening event and reception will be held on Oct 7 at 6pm, and the exhibit will remain open through January 23, 2015. Ages 6 and up.
The grown-up Muppet fans behind ToughPigs.com presents a show packed with superhero-related clips from Muppety shows and specials featuring the likes of Christopher Reeve, Lynda Carter and Super Grover. During the event, Muppet-themed drink specials for adults will be available, and Muppet giveaways and sing-alongs hosted by staff for the kids. All ages.