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  • NYCC 2021 | SHEPROP! HAS YOUR BACK: Supporting women trans and non-binary cosplayers in a creative world

    Members Access NYCC 2021 | SHEPROP! HAS YOUR BACK: Supporting women trans and non-binary cosplayers in a creative world

    Women, trans, and nonbinary cosplayers can face unique challenges when looking for help. Body shaming self-esteem ability shaming slut-shaming and misogyny can be barriers to getting the help and support we need. The SheProp! Community is here to help including Raisin Cosplay, Maweezy, Tin Lizzy, ThouArtAnuli, SewSilly, and Rebecca Noel. Our panelists of experienced cosplayers are ready to answer your questions whether they are about creating a costume or surviving and thriving in the cosplay community. Come and join the discussion about why SheProp! has quickly become a vital presence for women trans and non-binary makers providing a space for accessible support & encouragement for costume designers SFX artists cosplayers and more at all skill levels.

  • NYCC 2021 | Cosplaying for a cause and how to start a charity group

    Members Access NYCC 2021 | Cosplaying for a cause and how to start a charity group

    The NY Avengers are a charity organization that visits community events Hospitals ill or trauma stricken children. We travel to all 5 boroughs and NJ. We would like to discuss how we use cosplay for good and how you can start your own charity group. We also would like to discuss how our cosplays are made and how to keep the positivity flowing in the cosplay community.

  • NYCC 2021 | Volunteer Cosplaying in your Community

    Members Access NYCC 2021 | Volunteer Cosplaying in your Community

    Looking for other ways to cosplay outside of conventions? Look no further, come listen to great thoughts and ideas on how to turn your hobby into more than just an occasional weekend gig! Cosplay can be a wonderful volunteer activity within your community!

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NYCC 2021 | William Shatner Spotlight
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NYCC 2021 | William Shatner Spotlight

Join William Shatner, best known for his role as Captain Kirk in Star Trek: The Original Series, as he talks about Kirk, Boston Legal, TJ Hooker, The Twilight Zone and more from his legendary career!
NYCC 2021 | SHEPROP! HAS YOUR BACK: Supporting women trans and non-binary cosplayers in a creative world
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Members Access | NYCC 2021 | SHEPROP! HAS YOUR BACK: Supporting women trans and non-binary cosplayers in a creative world

Women, trans, and nonbinary cosplayers can face unique challenges when looking for help. Body shaming self-esteem ability shaming slut-shaming and misogyny can be barriers to getting the help and support we need. The SheProp! Community is here to help including Raisin Cosplay, Maweezy, Tin Lizzy, ThouArtAnuli, SewSilly, and Rebecca Noel. Our panelists of experienced cosplayers are ready to answer your questions whether they are about creating a costume or surviving and thriving in the cosplay community. Come and join the discussion about why SheProp! has quickly become a vital presence for women trans and non-binary makers providing a space for accessible support & encouragement for costume designers SFX artists cosplayers and more at all skill levels.
NYCC 2021 | Cosplaying for a cause and how to start a charity group
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Members Access | NYCC 2021 | Cosplaying for a cause and how to start a charity group

The NY Avengers are a charity organization that visits community events Hospitals ill or trauma stricken children. We travel to all 5 boroughs and NJ. We would like to discuss how we use cosplay for good and how you can start your own charity group. We also would like to discuss how our cosplays are made and how to keep the positivity flowing in the cosplay community.
NYCC 2021 | Volunteer Cosplaying in your Community
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Members Access | NYCC 2021 | Volunteer Cosplaying in your Community

Looking for other ways to cosplay outside of conventions? Look no further, come listen to great thoughts and ideas on how to turn your hobby into more than just an occasional weekend gig! Cosplay can be a wonderful volunteer activity within your community!
NYCC 2021 | The Business of Cosplay: Cosplay Professional Development
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Members Access | NYCC 2021 | The Business of Cosplay: Cosplay Professional Development

So you want to be a Cosplay Entrepreneur? The Business of Cosplay explores building a brand, creating value and cultivating engagement as a cosplay entrepreneur. Led by international cosplayer and business consultant Philip Odango aka Canvas Cosplay, award-winning cosplayers and cosplay entrepreneurs LuckyGrim Creative, Vanta Black Cosplay and Geeks A Gogo share insights, trends, challenges and learnings to equip enterprising cosplayers crafters, makers, photographers and artists in their professional journey. Learn from this exciting and informative session.
NYCC 2021 | Teen Talk Through Manga
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Members Access | NYCC 2021 | Teen Talk Through Manga

This panel will be an open discussion about how teen issues including first love, school life, and social-emotional development are represented in manga. Based on real conversations we have had with teens at the library we will discuss how to tie the discussed topics to manga that they have read and loved. Anime and manga have been subjected to controversy and fans have been bullied for their love of comics and manga and through this panel, we hope there will be a better understanding and appreciation for this media.
NYCC 2021 | What Gru Knew (and you should too)
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Members Access | NYCC 2021 | What Gru Knew (and you should too)

Marvel Comics Legend Mark Gruenwald knew a lot about comics. As Executive Editor from 1987 until his untimely death in 1996, Gru enjoyed the longest tenure ever as a writer for Captain America and masterminded the groundbreaking Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, but did you know he also provided the inspiration for the Owen Wilson portrayed character Mobius M Mobius in the MCU TV hit LOKI, created dozens of well-known characters including: U.S. Agent, Diamond Back, and Crossbones, and had his ashes made into a comic book? Learn more about the life and legacy of the man whom Stan Lee called the "Heart and Soul of Marvel Comics” in this entertaining and informative panel featuring co-workers, friends, and of course... fans.
NYCC 2021 | Building Relationships with Publishers and Editors
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Members Access | NYCC 2021 | Building Relationships with Publishers and Editors

Creating comics requires ongoing productive relationships with your editors and publishers. Start with a personalized professional strategy to manage your career and maintain a positive, mutually beneficial relationship with editors and publishers.
NYCC 2021 | The Heart of Storytelling
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Members Access | NYCC 2021 | The Heart of Storytelling

More often than not, the stories that resonate intensely with us as readers, come from very real life experiences. Join these four authors as they talk about how they bring these stories of autism, learning disabilities, and psychological challenges to the page. Moderator: Janna Morishima Panelists: Rosemary Rivera, Mario Menjivar, Tracy White, Claudia Addeo.
NYCC 2021 | So you want to create a Graphic Medicine Book Club?
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Members Access | NYCC 2021 | So you want to create a Graphic Medicine Book Club?

Graphic novels are becoming increasingly part of the classroom experience in higher education there has been a larger emphasis on stories of illness and health being presented in this format and the field of Graphic Medicine keeps growing in popularity. Trying to rally together institutional support identify appropriate content for students and share resources to meet regularly can be difficult. Hear firsthand experiences from educators and artists who have created a space both in-person and online for reading discussing and teaching these kinds of texts. By engaging in a conversation about the successes challenges and best practices for forming these kinds of meeting groups and spaces to explore graphic medicine texts collaboratively other educators can learn strategies to create similar programming in their schools and libraries.
NYCC 2021 | Pow! Bam! We need more Diverse Superheroes!
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Members Access | NYCC 2021 | Pow! Bam! We need more Diverse Superheroes!

Diversity statements have been declared by big publishing houses yet we have to see more Black Indigenous and Persons of Color as leading superheroes of comics read by our diverse communities. This panel features creators and librarians from the five National Associations of Librarians of Color in the USA sharing actionable points to tackle this situation such as: How can we show societal gains from reading materials reflecting diverse superheroes? How can we show the demand for these publications and advocate for them?
NYCC 2021 | From Graphic Novels to Horror Thrillers: How Different Audiobooks are Narrated
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Members Access | NYCC 2021 | From Graphic Novels to Horror Thrillers: How Different Audiobooks are Narrated

This panel explores the intricacies of transforming books into audiobooks through the art of narration. Featuring Kristen Radtke author/narrator of SEEK YOU, Grady Hendrix author of FINAL GIRL SUPPORT CLUB, and Andrea Bartz author of WE WERE NEVER HERE, the trio discusses the differences in their written words versus the audiobook form, and how they ensure the same emotionally-charged prose of suspense, loneliness, and horror come across through expert narration. SEEK YOU is a wide-ranging exploration of our inner lives and public selves. Narrated by author Kristen Radtke it digs into the ways in which we attempt to feel closer to one another and the distance that remains. Via the lenses of gender and violence technology and art Radtke ushers us through a history of loneliness and longing and shares what feels impossible to share. Kristen Radtke has established herself as a pioneer of the graphic essay. Her work has appeared in THE NEW YORK TIMES THE ATLANTIC VOGUE GQ and OXFORD AMERICAN. She is the art director of THE BELIEVER and she has contacts and fans everywhere. FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP is a wickedly witty homage to the classic “final girl” trope from horror and slasher films from NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Grady Hendrix. Andrea Bartz is a Brooklyn-based journalist and author of the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller and Reese Book Club Pick WE WERE NEVER HERE about a backpacking trip with deadly consequences in this “eerie psychological thriller . . . with alluring locales, Hitchcockian tension, and possibly the best pair of female leads since Thelma and Louise” (BookPage), from the bestselling author of The Lost Night and The Herd. To purchase books from these authors and more, please visit our official bookseller RJ Julia: https://www.rjjulia.com/new-york-comic-con-virtual-sessions
NYCC 2021 | Evolution of TTRPG Tools: Past, Present and the Future
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Members Access | NYCC 2021 | Evolution of TTRPG Tools: Past, Present and the Future

TTRPG players are extremely creative when it comes to gaming supporting tools. From laminating grid paper maps to building extensive physical 3D battlefields from creating minecraft scenes to sharing on virtual tabletops. Technology already plays a big role in the TTRPG community. Follow the journey of past, present, and future of TTRPG tools through research data gathered from players like you.
NYCC 2021 | Defending Comics Today: Contemporary Comics Censorship
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Members Access | NYCC 2021 | Defending Comics Today: Contemporary Comics Censorship

The Comics Code may be a thing of the past but new censorship challenges continue to emerge. Algorithmic content restrictions and targeted takedowns in online platforms graphic novel bans at schools proposed legislation curbing free speech – these are just a few of the issues that the comic creators, publishers, retailers and fans have been encountering in recent years. Join the CBLDF Coalition Director Betsy Gomez, Media Director Jordan Smith, Interim Director Jeff Trexler, and Heavy Metal Executive Editor Joseph P. Illidge for what is sure to be a lively discussion of the past present and future of comics censorship.
NYCC 2021 | Getting Twiztid with Haunted High-Ons: From Music to Comics!
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Members Access | NYCC 2021 | Getting Twiztid with Haunted High-Ons: From Music to Comics!

Join rap/rock icons Jamie Madrox Spaniolo and Paul Monoxide Methric of Twiztid with comic writer Dirk Manning in a discussion about the past present and future of their Ringo Award Nominated comic series Twiztid Haunted High-Ons from Source Point Press! The panel presentation will be followed by a moderated crowd Q&A and a major announcement! Immediately following the panel Twiztid be participating in a special signing engagement at the Source Point Press booth on the convention floor.
NYCC 2021 | Conventions, Games, and other Fannish Delights!
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Members Access | NYCC 2021 | Conventions, Games, and other Fannish Delights!

A panel celebrating all the fun of fandoms, conventions and other celebrations of popular culture, featuring authors who love them in their life and in their writing. Nerds, unite! Nerd out with Petra Mayer (NPR), Ryan La Sala (BE DAZZLED), William Evans and Omar Holmon (BLACK NERD PROBLEMS), Alexis Nedd (DON’T HATE THE PLAYER), and Lincoln Michel (THE BODY SCOUT).
NYCC 2021 | Can We Finally Admit Games Should Be in Classrooms?
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Members Access | NYCC 2021 | Can We Finally Admit Games Should Be in Classrooms?

School has often been a source of frustration for many gamers. Too much homework too little creativity and no connections between content and real-life are some of students’ go-to responses. HOWEVER what if we told you there are a bunch of teachers that are pushing the boundaries of the classroom to not only encourage gaming but utilize game-based learning tabletop games and video games as perfect catalysts for student learning? Join Zack Hartzman: Social Studies/ ELA Teacher & Founder of Hey Listen Games Harry Loizides: Math Teacher & Contributor to Six One Indie Maryann Cullinan: Middle School Teacher and Adam Mills: Special Education/Social Studies Teacher & Author for a fun and honest panel where we advocate that games should absolutely be in classrooms. Feel free to follow us on Twitter! Zack Hartzman: @HeyListenGames_ Harry Loizides: @illgrillchill Adam Mills: @MillsWHHS Maryanne Cullinan: @culliope
NYCC 2021 | Anime Happens Here: Funimation Panel
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Members Access | NYCC 2021 | Anime Happens Here: Funimation Panel

A little bit of news—a whole lot of celebrating! Experience anime’s homecoming at NYCC with a performance and Q&A from anime-inspired artist Guapdad 4000. Plus giveaways, Funimation co-productions, and the biggest shows streaming this fall.
NYCC 2021 | When Comics Come To School: MS137 America's School of Heroes
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Members Access | NYCC 2021 | When Comics Come To School: MS137 America's School of Heroes

The growing use of the comics medium in the classroom environment continues to expand in schools across the country as more educational professionals seize the opportunity to engage their students with a wider range of tools. From the language arts to visual art and to the school library, teachers, and administrators have discovered that not only does the comics medium drive engagement with students, it also creates partnerships across disciplines throughout the school. Join in this conversation with the educators from MS137 America's School of Heroes as they talk about their experience, opportunities and discoveries.
NYCC 2021 | The Future Is Mobile: Leveraging Digital Media for Libraries & Classrooms
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Members Access | NYCC 2021 | The Future Is Mobile: Leveraging Digital Media for Libraries & Classrooms

As readers, we love our comics whether we get them as floppies or trades! But what about digital platforms? In this panel, we’ll look at all things digital, whether it’s digital storytelling, our favorite webcomics, or the digital databases that feed our addictions. We’ll explore how we can use these digital mediums to promote literacy in our online libraries and classrooms. You’ll leave this panel with a curated reading list to help you start your own digital engagement.
NYCC 2021 | STEAM Power!
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Members Access | NYCC 2021 | STEAM Power!

STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Math) education has become the norm for curriculum across the country. Often, it starts too late. Out-of-school learning is imperative for children. It is important for them to start STEAM education at a young age in order to establish their own learning path. Who better to get them safely on that path than a bunch of superheroes? The merger of STEAM-based learning comics and cosplay is a natural fit. It opens the world of STEAM to the very young in a way that is hands-on accessible and engaging. The art of cosplay covers many of the basic tenets of STEAM curriculum. Teaching children utilizing cosplay can be a strong bridge between formal and informal learning. Together the panel will bring ideas on how to make the world of STEAM immersive educational open and alive for the very young.
NYCC 2021 | John Paul Leon Tribute
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Members Access | NYCC 2021 | John Paul Leon Tribute

A tribute to the life and work of JOHN PAUL LEON "the artist's artist". since 1991 JOHN PAUL LEON has dedicated his career to the craft of sequential illustration and American superhero comic books and has earned the love and respect of all of his professional peers. he passed away this May 2nd after a 14-year battle with cancer leaving behind a legacy as perhaps one of the more talented modern-day artists in the industry. Let's explore some of his works from his initial try-out portfolio to his early debut as an artist on STATIC EARTH X thru his artistic process on his critically-acclaimed creator-owned series THE WINTER MEN and his final days on BATMAN CREATURE OF THE NIGHT JUPITERS LEGACY REQUIEM and BATMAN/CATWOMAN.
NYCC 2021 | Pitch Perfect: How to Successfully Pitch Your Story to a Publisher
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Members Access | NYCC 2021 | Pitch Perfect: How to Successfully Pitch Your Story to a Publisher

You’ve got a story to tell and you want the world to see it! All you need is someone to agree to publish it! So how do you do that? Does the whole creative team have to be in place before approaching a publisher? Does the project have to be completed? How do I talk with a publisher? What do they want out of the book? If the book is done, why won’t they just publish it? It’s free money, right??? Join Andy Schmidt, Publisher at CEX Publishing and comics educator, and other comics pros for a frank discussion about how to pitch to comics publishers.
NYCC 2021 | How to Sell Your Books into Schools and Public Libraries
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Members Access | NYCC 2021 | How to Sell Your Books into Schools and Public Libraries

The use of graphic novels and manga in libraries and classrooms continues to grow at a rapid pace. Every day, more teachers and librarians are bringing the comics they love into their environments and yet so many publishers and authors are challenged in understanding what it takes to get books into this multi-billion dollar market. Join us for a direct conversation on what it takes to get your books into this rapidly growing market. Christina Taylor, Melissa Jacobs, and Stephanie Anderson (NYPL Bookops) Moderated by Heidi McDonald (Publshers Weekly)
NYCC 2021 | Graphic Novels as Resources for Kids Dealing with Anxiety
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Members Access | NYCC 2021 | Graphic Novels as Resources for Kids Dealing with Anxiety

Join Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham (FRIENDS FOREVER), Mike Holmes (MY OWN WORLD), and XX (XX) for a discussion on graphic novels for young readers as tools for exploring and encouraging conversations about mental illness, specifically anxiety.
Political Cartoons as Learning Tools
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Members Access | Political Cartoons as Learning Tools

In this program, you'll hear from Ian Rosenberg and Mike Cavallaro (FREE SPEECH HANDBOOK), Ally Shwed (FAULT LINES IN THE CONSTITUTION: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL), and Mark Siegel (Editorial & Creative Director, First Second) who are all part of World Citizen Comics, a line of civics-minded graphic novels for readers of all ages.
Meet the Manga Editors
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Members Access | Meet the Manga Editors

Behind every great translated manga volume is a hard working manga editor who helped make it happen.
Comics vs. Illustrated Books: The Ultimate Showdown!
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Members Access | Comics vs. Illustrated Books: The Ultimate Showdown!

Join us for a lively debate about what makes a comic a comic. What differentiates a comic from a graphic novel from an illustrated book? Who gets to decide? We’ll try to solve this debate once and for all (or at least go out swinging!).
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