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New York Comic Con Begins; A Preview


Stay Puft isn’t attacking the city and there’s no Chitauri wormhole hovering over the skyline yet scores of Ghostbusters and Avengers will be seen descending upon Manhattan this weekend for New York Comic Con, the second largest comics and entertainment convention in the world. New York Comic Con began Thursday at the Javits Center in New York and starting tomorrow, “Hey You Geeks!!” will be there to bring you some of the biggest Film, TV and Comics news as it happens. Stay tuned to Sound On Sight for updates, listen to a special episode of the Hey You Geeks podcast next week for exclusive interviews from the Con and follow me on Twitter and Tumblr for floor reports and pictures throughout the weekend.

Here’s a brief preview of what to expect…

TV is represented in full force in New York with some of the biggest new shows as well as beloved standards showing up to whet fans appetites. Undoubtedly, the two most anticipated television panels are ABC/Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and AMC’s The Walking Dead, both of which will be presented by their respective casts. The Walking Dead fan-base is at a particular fever pitch ahead of its season premiere this Sunday. FOX has a couple of anticipated events as well, presenting a panel for Sleepy Hollow which has quickly earned itself cult-status and Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a new docu-series hosted by Neil de Grasse Tyson that follows up Carl Sagan’s 1980 series; Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Starz also is on hand to present a panel covering their hotly anticipated pirate series Black Sails and Outlander; the new Ronald Moore (Battlestar Galactica) developed show based on the series of novels by Diana Gabaldon.

Other TV highlights to watch out for include a panel covering the newest Star Wars animated series, Rebels, an X-Files remembered panel featuring both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and a slew of Cartoon Network/Adult Swim shows highlighted by what’s sure to be a lively Adventure Time panel on Sunday led by NY Times culture writer Dave Itzkoff.

The film docket at NYCC isn’t as exciting as it could be, perhaps a cause of its Fall scheduling behind many big-summer releases. While it would be great to see films like the new Godzilla, Justice League and Man Of Steel sequel, all we can hope for are snippets of news scattered throughout the DC panels this weekend. Marvel on the other hand will surely tease some Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor and Captain America news during their big Cup O’Joe panel with Marvel CCO Joe Quesada on Saturday. Who knows, maybe we’ll even get an Ant-Man title tease. Other movies with a presence at the Con include fun indie greats like Bad Milo and Zero Charisma as well as grumble worthy remakes of Oldboy and Carrie.

Comics are the heart of New York Comic Con and this year, every major comic company is on hand alongside some of the most innovative indie publishers to offer a preview of what’s next. We’ll see what’s coming throughout the weekend, but a few of the big comics panels to watch out for are the Superman 75 year anniversary panel from DC, where there may even be some surprise Man Of Steel movie news (imagine a Ben Affleck surprise appearance!) and again, Marvel’s Cup O’Joe panel where Empire of the Dead, a new horror title from George Romero will be unveiled by Romero himself. Dark Horse is also set to unveil Serenity: Leaves of the Wind, Zack Whedon’s comic book follow-up to the cult-classic science fiction series.

Outside of great panels and a show floor full of incredible geek-inspired treasures, there are loads of opportunities to meet famous folks and get autographs from stars like Stallone, Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) or Sigourney Weaver or even get a photo with both Dana and Scully or Picard and Kirk (yes, Shatner and Stewart have a joint photo opp, but it will cost ya). There are also exclusive goodies you can’t find anywhere else, like Marvel’s plush Rocket Raccoon (which I hope to purchase) and Mezco Toys Walter White action figure.

If you can’t make it to NYCC (which is sold-out), you can catch some of the panels live on NYCC Stream (#NYCCLIVE) throughout the weekend. Also, be sure to stay tuned to Sound On Sight, listen to next week’s episode of the Hey You Geeks podcast and follow me on Twitter and Tumblr for more.

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