New York Comic Con: GLAAD's guide to LGBTQ inclusive panels and screenings!

New York Comic Con kicks off today and runs through Sunday, October 8, bringing creators and fans of comic books, films and television together for four days of jam packed programming. This year's panels, screenings, and meet-ups include several events focused on LGBTQ content, and furthering diversity of all fields in comics, movies, and television. There are panels focused on inclusion of people of color, women, people with disabilities, and other marginalized voices.

This year, GLAAD is proud to partner with BOOM!Studios on the panel "The Future is LGBTQ," which includes prominent voices in pop culture discussing LGBTQ representation and our future in media. GLAAD's own Megan Townsend, Director of Entertainment Research and Analysis, is a featured speaker on this panel, making it one not to miss. Make sure to follow @GLAAD on Instagram to see highlights from the panel and our day at Comic Con.

Below you'll find a schedule of LGBTQ-inclusive and diversity focused panels at NYCC (descriptions taken from the official NYCC website). Be sure not to miss your favorite shows and creators!

Thursday, October 5th

Cartoon Network Presents: Steven Universe

If you’re “made of love,” you won’t want to miss this special event!  There will be singing.  There will be news from Homeworld.  There will be Rebecca Sugar.  Need we say more?  Ok, we’ll tell you one more thing…  There will be voice talent but you’ll have to come by to find out who.  Be there!

October 05, 2017, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Hammerstein Ballroom - 311 W 34th St

Girl Power Comics: Middle-Grade Fiction for Girls (and Boys)

The creators behind some of the most popular middle-grade graphic novels discuss creating stories with strong, positive female characters. Moderated by Brigid Alverson (Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal), the conversation will also cover the importance of overcoming the lingering perception that comics are only for boys. Panelists include: Jenni Holm (Babymouse series, Swing It, Sunny), Mark Siegel (5 Worlds, Sailor Twain), Laura Terry (Graveyard Shakes), Yehudi Mercado (Sci-Fu).

October 05, 2017, 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Celeste Auditorium - NYPL 476 5th Ave

Gender Identity: Understanding Through Art

At the forefront of modern social debate is the nature of gender identity and how we move forward culturally with new understanding of the diversity within. Many contemporary graphic novels directly and indirectly address this debate by providing fictional and non-fictional representations of individuals expressing and explaining how the definitions of both identity and gender have evolved. This panel will explore how this discussion can enter into the classroom. Speakers include Dana Simpson, Dr. Kate Monnin, Michael Gianfrancesco, Tami Stronach, and Molly Ostertag.

October 05, 2017, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Javits Center, Room 1B03

The Carmilla Movie: Sneak Peek with the Women in Front of and Behind the Camera

Announced at last year’s New York Comic Con, The Carmilla Movie is nearing worldwide release! Join lead actresses Elise Bauman and Natasha Negovanlis, as well as producers Steph Ouaknine and Melanie Windle for a more in-depth sneak peek at the upcoming feature. NYCC will have an exclusive premiere of the full-length trailer, as well as other surprises regarding The Carmilla Movie. Speakers include Elise Bauman, Natasha Negovanlis, Steph Ouaknine, and Melanie Windle.

October 05, 2017, 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Javits Center, Room 1A24

Representation Matters! How to Respectfully Write and Draw POC and LGBTQIA Characters

The comic book industry and its readers are looking for themselves in what they read. Now more than ever, representation in comics matters. Learn how to write and illustrate people of color, and respectfully depict LGBTQIA characters. The panelist includes Regine Sawyer (Women In Comics Collective), Tee Franklin (Bingo Love), Steve Fox (Love is Love), Kwanza Osajyefo (BLACK), Sarah Litt (BLACK), Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim) and moderator Henry Barajas (El Loco).

October 05, 2017, 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Javits Center, Room 1A05

Books As Flint: Using Graphic Novels to Spark Political Activism

Whether it be in the classroom or in the home, it can be difficult to open conversations about politics, race, religion, misogyny, and bigotry. This panel will explore comic/graphic novel titles that work to open up those conversations as well as hopefully spark some political/social activism among those affected. We will also explore activism options that could be/have been incepted from these reads. Speakers include Illya Kowalchuk, Tony Medina, Meryl Jaffee, John Shableski, Alan Brooks, and Stacey Robinson.

October 05, 2017, 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Berger Forum - NYPL 476 5th Ave

The Representation Book Shelf: Building A More Diverse Comics Classroom

This panel will discuss the importance of diverse titles in classroom libraries as well as suggestions for titles to fill that shelf. The panelists will offer their suggestions on titles that are racially diverse, explore multiple cultural, gender-based, and religious contexts, and will help open the doors to discussion amongst your students about why it's important for us to not just be different but also to understand these differences. The speakers include Katie Monnin, Ngozi Ukazu, Gina Gagliano, Geoff Gerber, Jorge Aguirre, and Micahel Gianfrancesco.

October 05, 2017, 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Javits Center, Room 1B03

Graphic Sex: Comics, New Media, and the Queering of Sex Education

Feeling good about our bodies, our identities, and our sexual desires should come naturally. Instead, many of us in the queer community still feel uncomfortable and without options when it comes to exploring and expressing who we are and what we like. Join artists, authors, creators, librarians, and a family practice physician to discover how sex-positive, non-fiction comics, videos, and zines, can help promote healthy sex lives and teach all of us--kids to adults--to be proud of who we are. Speakers include Valerie Acklin, Nola Thacker, Derek Ivie, Lindsay Amer, and Karen Birgit Pols.

October 05, 2017, 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Celeste Auditorium - NYPL 476 5th Ave

American Gods with Ricky Whittle, Pablo Schreiber, and Yetide Badaki

Stars Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon), Pablo Schrieber (Mad Sweeney) and Yetide Badaki (Bilquis) bring the hit show American Gods to New York Comic Con! Based on Neil Gaiman’s best-selling novel, the cast of the hit series will be on hand to answer your burning questions in advance of the highly anticipated second season!

October 05, 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Main Stage 1-D Presented by AT&T

The Wonder Women Behind LGBTQ Characters in Comics

The New York Times' LGBTQ and Allies Affinity Network, TimesOUT, presents it's 6th annual LGBTQ Comic Book Panel, this year focusing on the women who have created and worked on some of comics most loved LGBTQ characters. Join the panel of amazing female creators as we discuss the characters, their creation and eventual coming out, and their impact on comics, tv and film and the creators' work and careers. Speakers include Jennie Wood, Vita Ayala, Desiree Rodriquez, Amy Reeder, Jude Biersdorfer, Tee Franklin, and Gail Simone.

October 05, 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Javits Center, Room 1A02

Super Asian America

With live-action versions of Death Note and Ghost in the Shell, Hollywood keeps mining Asian culture for inspiration-while sidelining Asian people. At the same time, series like Into the Badlands and Master of None demonstrate how successful shows with Asian leads can be.

Join Racebending for our 2nd annual panel at NYCC where we again assess (and nerd out over) the state of Super Asian America. Speakers includes Greg Pak, Ellen Oh, Mynette Louie, Mike Le, Preeti Chhibber, William Yu, and Karuna Riazi.

October 05, 2017, 7:15 PM - 8:15 PM

Javits Center, Room 1A02

Building the Resistance: Activism in Fandom

In an increasingly polarized age, fans of all colors have directed their passion to battle the problems experienced by their diverse communities. Hear from fans who are making an impact in the world and start your origin story from ordinary fan to superpowered activist! Joining us is Vishavjit Singh (Sikh Captain America), Desiree Rodriguez (Being Latinx in Comics), and more. Moderated by Keith Chow (Nerds of Color).

October 05, 2017, 7:45 PM - 8:45 PM

Javits Center, Room 1A18

Friday October 6th:

#BlackComicsMonth: Diversity in Comics

#BlackComicsMonth presents its 4th annual Diversity in Comics NYCC panel! We're going to focus on various ways to create your own comics, how to get your work seen, and of course discuss why comic creators, publishers, and editors tend to overlook marginalized creators. We all know RepresentationMatters, so why aren't comics reflecting this? It's time to season those bland comics! Speakers include Cameron Glover, Shauna Grant, Vita Ayala, Zora Gilbert, Fabian LeLay, Tee Franklin, and Gail Simone.

October 06, 2017, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Javits Center, Room 1A21

Full Spectrum: Why Color in Comics Matters

One of the most basic traits of a hero, is to fight for humanity and impact the world around them. If the majority of our heroes are all from the same race, heritage, or ethnicity, it not only sends the message that only one group is capable of heroism, but it also leaves no room for other races to fight for humanity as well. Exploring the ideas behind diversity and talking about how we can help spread those changes, without excluding any race, is vital to the comic book discussion.

October 06, 2017, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Javits Center, Room 1B03

"Crazy" Talk: Mental Health, Pop Culture, and Empowerment

Does mental health represent the next wave of diversity in comics, or is that just "crazy" talk? Psychiatrists Praveen Kambam, M.D., (Broadcast Thought), Jennifer Yen, M.D., and Christy Duan, M.D., and attorney Jeff Trexler (The Beat, The Comics Journal) will discuss the state of mental health media representation and how a mental health/pop culture partnership can be a "win-win" for both the entertainment industry and people with mental illnesses. Speakers include Praveen Kamban, Jeff Trexler, Christy Duan, and Jennifer Yen.

October 06, 2017, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Javits Center, Room 1A05

We Need Diverse Books Presents: Spring Awakening - Diversity in Coming-of-Age Comics & Graphic Novels

Cartoonists discuss diversity in coming-of-age stories. How do these artists tap into the voices of young protagonists? What compelled them to tell stories that vary from autobiographical to contemporary to fantasy? Join us as we talk about these issues and the need for more authentic representations in comics/graphic novels. Panelists include Gina Gagliano (First Second Books), Nidhi Chanani (Pashima), Jorge Aguirre (Giants Beware!), Ngozi Ukazu (Check, Please), and Molly Ostertag (Witch Boy).

October 06, 2017, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Javits Center, Room 1A18

Women in Comics: Celebrating Over 100 Years

From Nell Brinkley in the early part of this century to the many women of today, comic scholars Karen Green (Columbia University Curator for Comics & Cartoons), Eisner winner Dr. Sheena Howard (Superb, Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation), writer Amy Chu (Red Sonja, Poison Ivy, Wonder Woman) veteran letterer Janice Chiang, and artist Alison Sampson (Winnebago Graveyard) celebrate the long history of women and their accomplishments in comics, and discuss their current state, and the future.

October 06, 2017, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Javits Center, Room 1A05

Lumberjanes: The Hardcore Lady Type Panel

BOOM! Studios’ Lumberjanes is one of the biggest success stories in comics – and their biggest adventures yet are coming in 2018! Join co-creator Brooklyn Allen, Gabby Rivera (Lumberjanes: Faire & Square special), Mariko Tamaki (Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power novel), BOOM! Studios editor Whitney Leopard and more to celebrate over four years of Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types!

October 06, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM,

Javits Center, Room 1A18

SYFY Wire Fangrrls Presents: Badass Women of Sci-Fi

The future is female – and it’s already here. Over the last few decades, science fiction has featured an increasingly diverse slate of women in a variety of roles. Join our panel of accomplished female writers, producers, actors and other creators to discuss representation in the genre, what it takes to create these stories and where we go from here. Speakers include Yetide Badaki, Sera Gamble, Frankie Adams, Emily Andras,and Cher Mertinetti.

October 06, 2017, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Javits Center, Room 1A10

Black Superheroes; Luke Cage to Black Lives Matter

Popular media has had a problem with the representation of black people for many years now, with the comics industry reflecting the same issues. But with the popularity of the Netflix series Luke Cage, the Black Panther comic and the Black Lives Matter movement, the subject of characters on TV is becoming an important topic of discussion. The panel will discuss the roles of black characters on TV, how it reflects back to our everyday lives, and how it affects real life. Speakers include Isabella L. Price, Nourisha Wells, and Courtney Thomas.

October 06, 2017, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Javits Center, Room 1A05

Geeks of Color, 5th Edition: Getting in the Door

Geeks of Color is the premiere NYCC panel on diverse career-building in comics, book publishing, gaming, animation, and film/TV. Learn the business from award-winning children's author Dr. Tony Medina (I Am Alfonso Jones), Eisner & Harvey Award-nominated artist Ethan Young, Cerece Rennie Murphy (founder, Narazu.com) gamer podcaster/author Michael F. Haspil (Graveyard Shift), video game designer/activist Shawn Alexander Allen (Rockstar Games; Nuchallenger). Mod by Tor Books editor Diana M. Pho.

October 06, 2017, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Javits Center, Room 1A05

Queer Culture: Presented by New York TimesOUT

The New York Times' LGBT and Allies Affinity Network, TimesOUT, presents its 4th annual Queer Culture Panel. We will have a cast of panelist from all walks of life and careers in Pop Culture, including viral videos, cosplay, literature, television/web-series, news media, and activism. Join them as they discuss their careers, their lives and answer your questions! Speakers include Anthony Grillo, Pearl Love, Jude Biersdorfer, Heather Hogan, James Reese, David Barclay Moore, and Baltimore Russell.

October 06, 2017, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Javits Center, Room 1A18

Hulu and Marvel Television Present Marvel's Runaways

Marvel’s Runaways makes a fresh landing in New York as Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television, joins the stellar cast and executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage to let you in on some of the secrets and mysteries of the highly-anticipated, new Hulu Original Series, Marvel’s Runaways. You won’t want to miss this fun-filled panel featuring exclusive footage. And be sure to catch Season One of Marvel’s Runaways when it premieres on Hulu, Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

October 06, 2017, 7:45 PM - 9:15 PM

Main Stage 1-D Presented by AT&T

Heroes of Diversity

Public Pop Culture figures from minority groups who overcame adversity, disability, and or prejudice to find success in their chosen fields. Speakers include Matthew Levine and Jay Justice.

October 06, 2017, 7:45 PM - 8:45 PM

Javits Center, Room 1B03

Saturday, October 7th

REPRESENT: The Rise of Characters of Color in Sci-Fi Film and TV

This panel will explore the growing number of strong, memorable characters who happen to be people of color in the world of sci-fi entertainment media.Diversity has been a hot topic in the industry for a while and we're finally seeing a bigger presence of significant Black, Latino, Asian and Indigenous characters who are killing it in the hottest sci-fi TV and film. This panel will celebrate the importance of these beloved characters for fans and explore what it takes to bring them to life, from both behind and in front of the camera. Speakers include Celia Peters, Rick Worthy, Gabby Rivera, Jeff Barnaby, Ytasha Womack, M. Asli Dukan, and Jennerfer Phang.

October 07, 2017, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Javits Center, Room 1A05

Freeform’s Super Sci-Fi Q&A Panel with Shadowhunters and Beyond

Fans of Freeform’s hit series “Shadowhunters” and “Beyond” get a glimpse into the upcoming seasons from cast and executive producers. “Will it be smooth sailing for the reunited Malec?," “Will Holden return to a normal life?,” plus much more will be revealed during this epic panel. Cast and EP participants to be announced at a later date.

October 07, 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

The Theater at Madison Square Garden

The Shannara Chronicles

The hit fantasy show returns to NYCC!  Join the stars and producers of The Shannara Chronicles as they talk season 2, answer your questions and show exclusive previews of what’s to come.

October 07, 2017, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Javits Center, Room 1A06

Surviving as Womyn and Non-Binary People of Colour With Mental Illness in Cosplay

Being a person of color in the cosplay community has its challenges for many, especially already marginalized groups dealing with mental illness. We discuss the stigma of mental illness as people of colour within the cosplay community and how we combat the struggles. Being womyn and non-binary persons of colour, we are happy to offer a safe, open environment to discuss and help provide solutions that will help others survive in the cosplay community and in the world! Speakers include Harley LoveGood, The Goddess, Queerly Femmetastic Cosplay, Cleopatra From the Bronx , and Melicious Cosplay.

October 07, 2017, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Javits Center, Room 1A05

Black Heroes Matter

The need to champion Black culture remains as relevant as it was last year, when Black Heroes Matter, a movement for Independent Black Comics, was born. Come to the Black Heroes Matter panel to hear Brother Uraeus (Jacyen Wise) direct a lively discussion on what's changing for Black people in comics, science fiction, genre and pop culture, with Carl Varnado (Blacks in Gaming), Ryan Benjamin (Teen Titans), David Walker (Luke Cage) and Faith Cheltenham (YesBlackPeople.com).

October 07, 2017, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Javits Center, Room 1A18

Comics for Causes: Planned Parenthood & ComicMix

Activism in comics has been a growing trend over the past few years and the current political climate has created an immense need to champion causes. With that in mind, ComicMix is publishing Mine!, a comic anthology celebrating the amazing work of Planned Parenthood, as well as benefiting this organization. Project creators and editors will share why they support PP while exploring the creation of this groundbreaking anthology, and discuss how the comics community can make a difference. Speakers include Molly Jackson, Tee Franklin, Sheilah Villari, Joe Corallo, Mike Gold, Mindy Newell, and Gabby Rivera.

October 07, 2017, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Javits Center, Room 1A02

The Comic Book Elements of Avatar and Korra

Dark Horse and Nickelodeon are excited to treat fans to a panel worthy of Aang himself! Join the creative team behind The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars and other special guests for a further exploration of the world. Fans will also have the opportunity to showcase their knowledge of the elements in a fun trivia competition for awesome prizes

October 07, 2017, 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Javits Center, 1A21

SYFY Panel Block: Happy! & The Magicians

HAPPY!

2:00PM – 3:30PM

Get in on the exclusive first-ever screening of HAPPY! based on the New York Times bestselling graphic novel from Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson of the same name. Then, join Christopher Meloni, Grant Morrison, Brian Taylor and Patrick MacManus as they discuss what fans can expect from the TV adaptation. HAPPY! follows Nick Sax (Meloni), an intoxicated, corrupt cop-turned-hitman whose life is changed forever by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue winged horse named “Happy.” HAPPY! premieres Wednesday, December 6 at 10/9c on SYFY. Moderated by USA Today’s Brian Truitt.

Please note, HAPPY! is recommended for fans 18+ and may contain content not suitable for younger audiences.

THE MAGICIANS

3:30PM – 4:30PM

The MAGIC will return to the Con, even if the last season of SYFY’s hit series left fans wondering if it would be gone forever. Join series stars Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, Summer Bishil, and executive producers, Sera Gamble and John McNamara for a never-before-seen look at Season 3 and their quest to bring magic back to the world. THE MAGICIANS returns to SYFY in 2018.

October 07, 2017, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Hammerstein Ballroom - 311 W 34th St

Archie Comics: Riverdale Revealed

Just in time for the new THE ARCHIES and JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER comic launches and the debut of Riverdale Season 2, this panel has it all! Get exclusive news on upcoming comics and a look ahead at the second season of The CW's hit Riverdale' TV show! Speakers include Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Dan Parent, Mike Pelleriot, Jamie Rotante, Alex Segura, and Goldwater.

October 07, 2017, 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Javits Center, Room 1A18

The Future is LGBTQ

BOOM! Studios & GLAAD are proud to assemble a diverse group of talent from the world of entertainment including Gabby Rivera (Marvel’s America), Steve Orlando (DC’s Justice League of America), Shadi Petosky (Amazon’s Danger & Eggs), Brooklyn Allen (BOOM! Studios’ Lumberjanes), Mariko Tamaki (BOOM! Studios’ Lumberjanes), James Tynion IV (BOOM! Studios’ The Woods), Megan Townsend (GLAAD) and more for an honest discussion of LGBTQ representation in pop culture and the path forward to a better future, moderated by Abraham Riesman (Vulture.com).

October 07, 2017, 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Javits Center, Room 1A02

Star Trek: Discovery

This fall on CBS All Access, Star Trek: Discovery follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, while learning that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. The iconic television franchise, which first launched over 50 years ago, continues to remain true to its roots, and Starfleet’s steadfast ideals of adventure, an earnest pursuit for exploration, and the hope that we can all come together for a better tomorrow. Join members of the cast, alongside the creative minds behind the new series for a panel conversation on Star Trek: Discovery.

October 07, 2017, 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

The Theater at Madison Square Garden

Women of Color Break Out the Books: Professionals in the Biz

The face of publishing is changing, with professional women of color being more of a force than ever. But what is it really like working in publishing? A fresh take on becoming successful that's more than leaning in, but also branching out. Featuring professionals from the industry's top houses, including author K. Arsenault Rivera, senior book designer Regina Flath, video game editor Jes Negron & senior marketing manager Ebony LaDelle. Moderated by Tor Books editor Diana M. Pho.

October 07, 2017, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Javits Center, Room 1A05

How (and Why) To Create Disabled Characters

Disability is a superpower. Think of Professor X and his wheelchair. Daredevil without sight. Disability gives characters an advantage, because they interact with the world differently than their peers. But sometimes issues arise- we'll discuss topics like restoring disabled characters and using disability for inspiration porn. We'll also discuss representation behind the scenes. Come join our panel of experts on disability in comics to talk about the joys and trials of writing disability! Speakers include Patrick Cokley, Mike Mort, Rebecca Cokley, Diana Theobald, and Day Al-Mohamed.

October 07, 2017, 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM

Javits Center, Room 1A02

Let's Talk About Our Problematic Faves: Marginalized Fans & the Media

Queer & POC industry insiders on critiquing the media they love (or don't). Where does the convo go when identities intersect? We tackle hard questions on whitewashing, queer-baiting & appropriation. Featuring geek media critic Mark Oshiro, author Karuna Riazi (The Gauntlet), children's TV writer Terence Taylor (PBS, Nickelodeon, Disney), game creator Shoshana Kessock (Phoenix Outlaw Productions), and author Lara Elena Donnelly (Amberlough). Moderated by Tor Books editor Diana M. Pho.

October 07, 2017, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Javits Center, Room 1B03

AMC's The Walking Dead

Join ‘The Walking Dead’ cast and executive producers for a panel where they will discuss the season 7 finale and share a sneak peek into season 8, premiering October 22nd 9/8c. Speakers include Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Tom Payne, Katelyn Nacon, and Austin Amelio.

October 07, 2017, 7:45 PM - 8:45 PM

The Theater at Madison Square Garden

Sunday, October 8th:

Kicking Ass, Taking Names: Women of Color in Comics

From Misty Knight to Ms. Marvel, women of color have rocked the comics world for decades. Yet representation both on the page and in the bullpen continues to be controversial. How do we move things forward? Hear what current pros have to say about the subject, including Lion Forge editor Desiree Rodriguez, Vita Ayala (Batgirl), Janice Chiang, Sheena Howard (Black Comics: Politics of Race & Representation), and Amy Chu (Red Sonja, Poison Ivy, Wonder Woman.)

October 08, 2017, 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Javits Center, Room 1A05

Queers For Fears – Understanding LGBTQ Villiany and Who's Doing it Right

Villainy, like gender, is a spectrum. This panel will gather writers, artists, and creators to talk about what makes a villain stick, and what makes a queer one challenging, but worthwhile. Speakers include Joey Stern, Max Wittert, Nicole Gitau, Amber Garza, Tee Franklin, Lawrence Gullo.

October 08, 2017, 12:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Javits Center, Room 1A05

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

By now every fan knows the origin of Wonder Woman, but very few know about the real-life women who inspired the iconic super-heroine and their unique relationship with the man who created her. PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN tells that fascinating and extraordinary story. Please join us for a preview panel about this acclaimed film with its stars Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, and director Angela Robinson. Everyone attending will receive a free poster.

October 08, 2017, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Hammerstein Ballroom - 311 W 34th St

Afropunks & Blerds: The Black Nerd Renaissance, Part 2

The Afropunks and Blerds are back with a vengeance! Last year we took NYCC by storm, and this year we're returning to talk about visibility and representation in pop culture, while waving our freak flags. Speakers include Karama Horne, Regine Sawyer, Corey Glover, David F. Walker, Time Fielder, and Vernon Reid.

October 08, 2017, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Javits Center, Room 1A02

Cosplay and Disabilities

Last year, the Cosplay and Disabilities panel was incredible and you won't want miss out this year! Panelists with disabilities will tell stories and talk about how the cosplay community has helped them and how they've used their own experiences in cosplay to help make the world more accessible and change the way we (dis)Abilities are viewed. Panelists will discuss topics such as diversity, accessibility, mental health, body image and, the "cripping" movement, among other hot topics! Speakers include Joseph "Dopple Cosplay" Munisteri,Shanise "Harajuku-Chíc Cosplay" Lawrence, Dylan "Dylan DozenFingers" Cohen, "The LionHeart, Nathan Gonzalez, and Stardust Megu.,

October 08, 2017, 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Javits Center, Room 1A18

NYCC takes place at primarily the Jacob Javits Convention Center on October 5th - October 8th. You can find the complete schedule here!