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The East Coast’s most exciting pop culture event is back and bigger than ever. From October 5 through to October 8, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center will transform into geek Mecca for this pop-culture extravaganza. Packed with panels, celebrities, exhibitions, shopping and more cosplay costumes than you can shake a stick at, the 2017 NYC Comic Con promises to be the best one yet. Not sure what’s going on? We’ve got you covered. Here are the NYC Comic Con basics.

For the full list of Comic Con panels, seminars and activities, check out the official website, but some of the highlights this year include:

Michael Rooker Spotlight: Thursday 2:30-3:30pm
Fans of Guardians of the Galaxy and The Walking Dead should head to the main stage for the Michael Rooker panel, where the actor will be sharing some juicy behind-the-scenes anecdotes.

(Photo by Mark Allbayan)

American Gods Panel: Thursday 6-7pm 
Three American Gods cast members– Ricky Whittle, Yetide Badaki and Pablo Schrieber – will be chatting about their experiences on this popular show and answering fan questions.

Peter Capaldi Spotlight: Friday 11am-12pm
The news that Peter Capaldi’s Doctor Who replacement would be female rocked the world, and the man himself will be chatting about this on Friday 6th. Will the first female Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, pop by?

(Picture by Gage Skidmore)

Pacific Rim Uprising: Friday 12pm-1pm
Head to Madison Square Garden for the big reveal of the Pacific Rim sequel. Some clips will be shown and John Boyega will make an appearance.

(Picture by awardscircuit08)

Star Trek: Discovery: Saturday 3:45-4:45pm
If you’re a Star Trek fan then the only place to be this Saturday is Madison Square Garden for the Star Trek: Discovery panel. Packed with cast appearances, passionate discussion and insider secrets, this one-hour panel can’t be missed.

The Punisher: Saturday 5:15-6:15pm
Marvel's latest Netflix series, The Punisher, is one of the most highly anticipated new shows – an astonishing feat considering we know hardly anything about the show and don’t even have a release date. This panel will shed some more light on the show, and we’ll probably get a full trailer, too.

The Walking Dead: Saturday 7:45-8:45pm 
The cast of this enormously popular show will be discussing all things Walking Dead at what is looking to be one of NYC Comic Con’s most attended events. Andrew Lincoln, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Norman Reedus will be divulging some of the best-kept secrets of season 8.

(Photo by Marcelo David)

The X-Files: Sunday 1-2pm
The truth is still out there, and this Sunday Comic Con legends Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny will be there to unveil it. The cast and directors will be discussing the 10 new episodes that will hit in January, and the audience will get to enjoy a sneak peek at the series.

Comic Con Tips

Comic Con is just as much fun as it sounds, but this epic event requires careful consideration and planning if you want to make the most of it. Here are a few of our top tips.

Finding a costume
By now most people will have sorted their costumes, but if attending Comic Con was a last minute decision, don’t fret. Head to one of the many Halloween stores in the city to pick up an outfit, and then customise it to make it unique.

(Photo by Kevyn Davides)

Plan what you want to see
There’s so much going on at NYC Comic Con that you can’t just play it by ear. Pick the panels and events you want to catch, write out a schedule and stick to it.

Wear comfortable shoes
The Javits Center is a 15-minute walk from the nearest subway, and you’ll be on your feet for most of the day. Wear comfy shoes! If your costume necessitates high-heels, take them in your backpack and change at the venue.

Bring enough cash
Most vendors take cards but you’ll get a discount if you use cash. If you want to purchase autographs, they’re almost always cash-only. Remember that the lines for ATMs will be long.

Sign up for Wi-Fi
The Javits Center has no free Wi-Fi and phone service will be nearly non-existent. Stay connected by signing up to Javits Center Wi-Fi for $8 per day.

Go with a friend
It’s a given that you’ll want to take photos of all the incredible costumes around you. Bringing a friend means you can alternate taking photos and holding each other’s places in the line if you need a bathroom break.

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Author: Nicole Mungo

Nicole Mungo contributes to YOTEL New York’s marketing team. She enjoys cooking, hiking, reading & a good glass of wine.

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