An annual convention for fans of manga, anime, comic books, movies, video games and television shows, Comic Con has become a nationwide sensation. This weekend, the New York City Comic Con (NYCC) debuted the latest for everyone from casual fans to fanatics.
Many know Comic Con solely as San Diego, which is the largest running Comic Con in the U.S. with well over 300,000 guests visiting each year. NYCC is the second largest. Last year, over 167, 000 people were in attendance for the four day event.
Often, large companies debut new products at Comic Con in an attempt to get word out. One of the best known companies to debut work at Comic Con is Marvel, the production company that is best known for their “Avengers” films.
This year at NYCC, Marvel released a trailer for a new Netflix series entitled “Iron Fist” which will debut March 17, 2017. Marvel also revealed the plans for a group of heroes called the Defenders. The Defenders will consist of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Daredevil, along with Iron Fist.
It was also announced that Sigourney Weaver would be playing an important role in the Defenders; which role she will play is still questionable.
While Marvel is one of the biggest companies to release news at Comic Con, they’re not the only big news to come out of New York this weekend.
A teaser of the first episode for season six of “Teen Wolf” aired at NYCC. The main actors of “Teen Wolf” returned to NYCC for the very last time. The series based on the popular cult classic film of the same name will come to a close after six seasons on the air.
Other TV shows that participated in the panels include “The Walking Dead,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Mr. Robot” and “Black Mirror.”
While Comic Cons are largely known for their roles in film and TV show development, NYCC offers much more.
Authors and artists are often invited to speak at seminars for the weekend. This year’s authors were all accomplished individuals that any fan of novels might recognize.
Ann Martin is the author of the much-loved series “The Babysitter’s Club,” which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Martin spoke about her newest idea for a series involving Missy, a girl who takes up business offering magical cures for incorrigible children.
Another literary guest was Maggie Stiefvater, who became a favorite among book lovers with “Shiver” and “The Raven Boys.”
There are also multiple manga, anime and graphic novel artists that conduct panels within the NYCC.
While these are just a few of the many events surrounding the NYCC, there is definitely something for everyone. The four-day convention is held annually at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.