The biggest pop culture convention in North America is almost here — and that means good things for fans of everything from superhero comics to horror movies, with animation, action movies, and some Disney magic thrown in for good measure. With four days of panels, celebrity appearances, and more lying ahead, it’s safe to say that New York Comic Con 2023 is going to be a big deal… and here are some of the biggest panels from that big deal that fans can enjoy.
October is, of course, high spooky season, so it only makes sense that there’s some great horror panels during NYCC this year: Syfy’s Chucky returns to the Javits Center with an exclusive screening from the show’s third season on October 13, while Eli Roth shows up to share unseen footage from his upcoming serial killer movie Thanksgiving on the same day, and Renny Harlin is offering an exclusive look at his upcoming horror movie trilogy The Strangers October 14. Maybe your preferred mode of horror includes some fake fast food mascots, however — in which case, the Blumfest NYCC panel on Thursday October 12 should be a destination, as if features Blumhouse founder Jason Blum talking about the company’s recent and upcoming projects… including Five Nights at Freddy’s. (Cue the Toreador March.)
While Five Nights at Freddy’s is far from kid-friendly — it’s literally a story about dead kids, after all — there’s something a little more appropriate for a younger audience seeking thrills and chills at the same time: Disney+ is bringing Goosebumps to NYCC with an exclusive screening of the premiere episode on Friday afternoon. The streamer is also screening a sneak peek at the second season of Monsters at Work — the spin-off series from Monsters, Inc. — on Sunday, but maybe its biggest panel happens later that day, with a sneak peek screening of footage from Percy Jackson and the Olympians, based on the best-selling book series from Rick Riordan.
If the very mention of Olympians gets you excited, you might want to check out the Fox Entertainment Presents Krapopolis and Grimsburg panel on Saturday, which showcases both Dan Harmon’s new mythological sitcom featuring the voices of Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry, and Hannah Waddingham, as well as Jon Hamm’s new animated comedy, about a detective who returns to the town of Grimsburg for a journey of self-discovery and maybe some ridiculous crime solving on a fairly regular basis.
While we’re talking about animation, we shouldn’t forget about the Futurama panel on Thursday — which combines a screening of the season 11 finale with unseen footage from season 12 — nor the FX’s Archer screening on Friday, which is promising not just a screening, but also some giveaways and a “very special announcement.” (Start you’re speculating!) We’re not done yet, because we definitely shouldn’t forget about the Scott Pilgrim Takes Off panel on Saturday afternoon, which will see BenDavid Grabinski and Bryan Lee O’Malley talk about the upcoming Netflix show, tease the ways in which it’s not the story fans expect, and offer up a look at some previously unseen footage.
Of course, this is a comic convention — it’s right there in the name — so obviously, that means a panel from… Nobel Prize nominee Chef José Andrés…? It’s true; he’s going to be appearing on stage on Friday alongside Steve Orlando, Alberto Ponticelli, TKO Studios editor-in-chief Sebastian Garner, and TKO founder Tze Chun to talk about Feeding Dangerously, an upcoming non-fiction graphic novel about Andrés’ work with World Central Kitchen. It’s going to be a fun, enlightening conversation.
That said, it wouldn't be a New York Comic Con without some big Marvel panels, and Saturday's Marvel: Next Big Thing panel is likely to be the biggest of them all. How big? Well, editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski will be there alongside Jonathan Hickman and Gerry Duggan, as well as some other big guests... and the company is promising " a special look at the biggest Marvel Comics story of 2024." How could you stay away from that?
After all of this, you’d be forgiven if you felt the need to relax. Maybe it’s time to kick back and listen to Matthew Vaughn, in that case; the man behind Kick-Ass, The Kingsman, and Layer Cake is coming to NYCC to reveal all about Argylle, his upcoming new spy thriller starring Henry Cavill. As they used to say in comics, this is the big one — and NYCC attendees will have the chance to get on the ground floor. What better gift can you get at a con than a new fandom, after all…?
New York Comic Con 2023 runs October 12-15 at the Javits Center in New York City. As you would only expect, Popverse — which is owned by NYCC organizers ReedPop — will be there for the whole thing, reporting on panels and breaking news as it happens. We’re also going to be streaming a host of panels from the event, as well. Click here to find out what you can expect from Popverse during NYCC.