[NYCC 2018] Panels and Screenings

New York Comic Con is over now but that doesn’t mean all the fun has to stop. For the 13th edition of this show NYCC brought in an expected 250,000 attendees. The show held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan is a celebration of all things pop culture. Like any top tier convention there were a ton of things to do throughout the shows four days from Panels, Exhibit Floor, Artist Alley, and Offsites.

Each year New York Comic Con plays host to hundreds of hours of content with discussions ranging from comics and cosplay to brands newest products and movie and televisions newest offerings filling rooms of a few hundred to thousands. The convention has gotten so large that on top of using the many smaller rooms and the 2,500 seat Main Stage room, NYCC continues to use the Hammerstein Ballroom, the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, and other venues in the area.

Unlike last year I actually went to a fair number of panels, though mainly TV focused, including Amazon Prime’s Lore and Good Omens, Starz American Gods, Netflix’s Netflix and Chills, Fox’s The Gifted, and AMC’s The Walking Dead. As always the panelists are enthusiastic to talk about new and upcoming seasons, banter with the moderator, and answer fan questions. Just don’t ask for a hug or you will be booed out of the room!

AMC’s The Walking Dead
Cast and executive producers from AMC’s “The Walking Dead” will discuss the show’s exciting new chapter and share some hints of what’s to come with a sneak peek into season 9. While there were less actors on the panel in previous years this NYCC was special as it will likely be one of the last ones Andrew Lincoln will end up doing as he begins his departure from the show. A lot was talked about from what to expect in the upcoming season including the appearance of a few older cast members including Jon Bernthal’s return as Shane and Scott Wilson’s character Herschel. Other tidbits include the appearance of the Whisperers. The panel did screen the first episode which as it has already aired starts off with a time jump and sees each of the communities building towards a larger goal but not without some strife. New episodes air Sundays at 9 PM ET.

Unfortunately The Walking Dead did lose a family member of the show as Scott Wilson passed away this Saturday. We wish his family our deepest condolences.
Panelists: Angela Kang, Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert, Greg Nicotero, Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Danai Gurira, Jeffrey Dean Morgan; Moderated by Chris Hardwick

Netflix and Chills
The midnight hour is close at hand with Netflix’s Mega Block of chills, thrills, and everything else of the other-worldly variety. Netflix came out with a two-hour block showing off four upcoming series Umbrella Academy, The Haunting of Hill House, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

The Umbrealla Academy
From Netflix: A dysfunctional family of superheroes comes together to solve the mystery of their father’s death, the threat of the apocalypse, and more.
Based on the comic of the same name created by Gerard Way and published by Dark Horse and set to premier February 15 the show follows the Hargreeves family as they attempt to solve their father’s death. The show looks interesting and as an added benefit has Mary J. Blige as the villain Cha-Cha. As an added benefit Tom Hopper from Black Sails fame is in it too!
Panelists: Ellen Page, Mary J. Blige, Tom Hopper, Rob Sheehan, Emmy Raver-Lampman, David Castañeda, Aidan Gallagher, Cameron Britton

Some official photos:

The Haunting of Hill House
From Netflix: Flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it.
The show which premiers October 12 is based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson.
Panelists: Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Siegel, Henry Thomas, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Victoria Pedretti

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
From Netflix: In this prequel to the fantasy classic, three young Gelflings inspire a rebellion against the cruel emporer when they discover a horrifying secret.
Not a lot to show here since the show is coming in 2019. However the prequel will have 10 episodes exploring the world of Thra as the Gelflings lead a rebellion and save the world from the Skeksis. Louis Leterrier who will be helming the series assures fans that they are using puppets and not CGI except for Green Screen to remove the puppeteers; a welcome relief to the entire Main Stage room.
Panelists: Lisa Henson, Louis Leterrier

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
From Netflix: Magic and mischief collide as half-human, half-witch Sabrina navigates between two worlds: mortal teen life and her family’s legacy, the Church of Night. Premiering October 26.
Netflix capped of their night with a look at the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina a half-human, half-witch who is approaching her 16th birthday and has to go through her dark baptism and renounce her mortal life. Sabrina however is torn between losing everything from her mortal life and unsure about signing her name in the Book of the Dark Lord. Aided by her two aunts; Hilda and Zelda, her cousin Ambrose and her Cat familiar Salem Sabrina must make her choice while fighting off evil forces that don’t accept her half-mortal status and threatens her and her family. We were treated to the first episode in the panel and overall I enjoyed what I saw.
Panelists: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Kiernan Shipka, Miranda Otto, Lucy Davis, Ross Lynch, Michelle Gomez, Chance Perdomo

Fox’s The Gifted
Season 2 of The Gifted picks up six months after the explosion of the Atlanta Station and The Mutant Underground’s search for their friends and family who left with The Inner Circle. Panelists discussed where their characters are going as the new season progresses. Little tidbits like the dark path Jace Turner (Bell) may take as he hunts down mutants in his anger from his daugther’s death, as well as Polaris’ (Dumont) feelings if her daughter was not a mutant – surprise it would not change her feelings. The Gifted airs on Tuesdays on Fox.
Panelists: Emma Dumont, Coby Bell, Jamie Chung, Sean Teale, Amy Acker, Matt Nix; Moderated by Jeph Loeb

Amazon Prime’s Lore
Featuring the cast and producers of Season 2 of the Anthology series developed by Aaron Mahnkle Lore featured new tales from the podcast, as well as original stories not yet available. The show combines documentary footage and cinematic scenes to tell horror stories and their origins that have given rise to our modern-day myths and legends. The series continues to interweave rich archival and mixed media sequences to complement the narrative segments but as described by the panel tries to do so by remaining as accurate as possible to the origin stories.

We got a sneak peek at a few clips from Season 2’s six episodes which will be available later this month. Episodes include “Hinterkaifeck” and based on the unsolved Hinterkaifeck murders in the small Bavarian farmstead; “Prague Clock” the cursed Orloj astronomical clock the dangerous quest to fix it; and “Jack Parsons” a rocket engineer, a principle founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Occultist.
Panelists: Gale Anne Hurd, Howard T. Owens, Sean Crouch, Aaron Mahnke, Josh Bowman, Thomas Kretschmann, Elie Haddad, Alicia Witt

Here’s a behind the scenes video of the upcoming second season

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Media Journalist | Michael loves all things pop culture and has an opinion about everything whether you ask for it or not. Michael collects steelbooks, posters, convention exclusives, LEGO, Transformers, and everything in between.