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The top ten New York Comic Con 2017 panels you can’t miss

Preview new series, meet stars, and chat with your favorite creators at these awesome New York Comic Con 2017 panels

By David Goldberg
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Besides oggling at the amazing costumes, one of the best things to do New York Comic Con 2017 is check out some stimulating panels. Just weeks before Halloween in NYC, hundreds of thousands of costumed New Yorkers (make sure to hit up a Halloween store in NYC) head to the Javits Center for the largest pop culture event in North America. Before creators, actors and fans take the stage to speak geek, we round up the best comics panels, best new movies to see and more at the juggernaut event. Stay tuned for the best parties where you can unleash your inner nerd.

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Best Comic Con 2017 panels

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1. From Black Panther to Miles Morales: Jason Reynolds and Ta-Nehisi Coates

Miles Morales: Spider-Man author Reynolds joins Black Panther and Between the World and Me scribe Coates to chat about their love of comics, the characters they write and how superherodom is evolving.

Oct 5 noon–1pm

2. Todd McFarlane Talks Movies, Comics and Toys

The Image Comics co-founder, Spawn creator, industry visionary and reliable provocateur shares tips for making it in the business like a maverick at this unpredictable Q&A. He’ll also share details on the upcoming Spawn cinematic reboot.


October 5, 1:30–2:30pm

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3. 25 Years of Fears: Goosebumps with R.L. Stine

Over a quarter-century, R.L. Stine has created a children’s horror institution, with over 60 Goosebumps books published, along with TV, video game and film adaptations. The supreme master of spooky storytelling celebrates the legacy of the series.

October 5, 3–5pm; $10

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4. Hey Arnold!: From Hillwood to the Jungle

Try to contain your glee. The kids of P.S. 118 are about to return in November’s Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie, and to toast the big reunion, original series voice actors Lane Toran, Francesca Marie Smith, Anndi McAfee and Oliva Hack share their experiences and a sneak peak.

October 6, 12:15–1:15pm

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5. Lumberjanes: The Hardcore Lady Type Panel

Join the writers of the critically-acclaimed cult series—Brooklyn Allen, Gabby Rivera, Mariko Tamaki and editor Whitney Leopard—as they discuss four years of adventures at Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady Types.

October 6, 4–5pm

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6. It Devours! The Writers of Welcome to Night Vale Discuss Science, Faith, Romance and the Toothy Power of the Smiling God

Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink—of the rabidly-adored podcast series Welcome to Night Vale—share their new book in the mystery saga, It Devours!

October 7, 2:45–3:45pm

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7. Celebrating 100 Years of Jack Kirby: The King’s New York

In honor of Jack Kirby’s 100th birthday, historian Greg Young examines the King’s lively depictions of his hometown in comics like Fantastic Four, Captain America and the Avengers.

October 7, 4–5pm

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8. Netflix Presents Black Mirror

The wait is over: fans of this century’s Twilight Zone can preview the fourth season of Black Mirror at this Q&A with showrunners Annabel Jones and Charlie Brooker. Prepare to have your mind blown.

October 7, 8–9pm

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9. Kicking Ass, Taking Names: Women of Color in Comics

A panel of writers and editors including Desiree Rodriguez, Vita Ayala, Janice Chiang, Sheena Howard and Amy Chu discuss the explosive impact of female superheroes of color and how far they’ve yet to go.

October 8, 10:45–11:45am

10. Batman: The Animated Series 25th Anniversary

It’s been a quarter century since the animated depiction of the caped crusader set the standard for superhero storytelling. Look back on the beloved series with Kevin Conroy (Batman), Tara Strong (Batgirl) and producers Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett.

October 8, 4:15–5:15pm

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