You’re going to New York Comic-Con. You are going to New York Comic-Con! Whether this is your first or fifth trip to North America’s biggest pop culture event, a little pre-planning is necessary to not be completely overwhelmed by the spectacle. Just go in knowing that you can’t do everything. But if you have a plan, you’ll surely have the Comic-Con of your dreams. This year’s New York Comic-Con is October 6-9 at New York City’s Javits Center. So you have just a few days to put the finishing touches on your Splinter costume and check out this quick guide to Comic-Con 2016.
What to Bring
1. A quick draw camera- There are going to be an abundance of blink-and-you’ll-never-be-able-to-Instagram-it moments, so make sure your camera (okay, your smartphone) can easily switch into photo mode. For instance, with the Samsung Galaxy S6’s ultra-responsive 16 MP camera, you just have to double tap the home screen and you’re ready to snap a pic.
2. Rations- Not to go all mom on you, but it’s a good idea to pack some snacks and a refillable water bottle. Yes, you can get food there—the food court is actually decent—but do you really want to spend an hour or more of your Con time waiting for a burger?
3. Battery charger- Again, you don’t “have” to bring your portable charger, but it’s no one’s idea of a good time to spend your time searching around for an outlet, then waiting for that outlet to free up and then waiting for your phone to charge, when you could be watching a “Doctor Who” reunion.
1. Eleven and Hopper from “Stranger Things.” Milly Bobby Brown and David Harbour from the Netflix hit will do a panel October 7th from 11am-12pm.
2. Ta-Nehisi Coates and Steve Orlando. Join Coates (“Black Panther”) and Orlando (“Midnighter”) as they discuss issues surrounding race and gender in superhero fiction on October 6 from 8-9pm.
3. “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” On October 7th from 2:45-3:45pm, “Super Shredder” executive producer Ciro Nieli and voice actors Rob Paulsen, Greg Cipes, Hoon Lee and Kevin Michael Richardson will give a behind-the-scenes look at the new movie.
4. “The Walking Dead.” This year, Comic Con has expanded beyond the Javits Center to the theater at Madison Square Garden. MSG will host some of the more popular panels including the cast and executive producers of “The Walking Dead” on October 8th from 5:30-6:30pm.
What to Look For
1. Your dream photo-op. Check out the list of photo-op appearances (Stan Lee? Yes, please.) and snag a picture with your favorite authors and actors.
2. Shop the floor. The show floor is not only the best place to people watch, but you’ll find exclusive comics and one-of-a-kind memorabilia. Download the NYCC app to find out where your perfect find will be (and when everything is happening).
3. Take it all in. Don’t be in such a hurry to get to every panel or celebrity appearance that you forget to take in your fellow Con-goers. Download TimeOut New York’s Comic Con Bingo and compete with your friends to spot all the insanity and wonder that is Comic Con.