Abrams ComicArts returns to the New York Comic Con next week, and has released its panel schedule for the show.

Panels

Thursday, October 3

11:15AM -:12:15PM
Vulture Presents: The Art of Comics Editing (Room 1A21)
The only part of the comics discipline to touch every facet of the creative process – from conception through writing, illustration, inking, and onward – editing is perhaps comics’ most invisible art, but, simultaneously, also one of its most essential. Only at NYCC, Vulture’s Abraham Riesman explores the art, nuance, and practical realities of comics editing in theory and practice with a distinguished panel of industry veterans, including Sebastian Girner (Editor-in-Chief, TKO), Chris Robinson (Assistant Editor, Marvel), Warren Simons (former Editor-in-Chief, Valiant), Charlotte Greenbaum (Abrams ComicArts), and more special guests.

4:00–5:00 PM
Sharing One’s Truths: Non-fiction, Memoir, Historical Fiction, and More (Room 1A18)
“History is written by the victors” as an aphorism can apply to factual accounts both broad and personal. Creators discuss how they chose to share their stories, and the impact they are seeking from their non-fiction works.
Speakers: Erin Williams (Commute), J. Michael Straczynski (Becoming Superman), Liana Finck (Excuse Me: Cartoons, Complaints, and Notes to Self), R.J. Palacio (White Bird: A Wonder Story), and Lauren Tarshis (I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912), in conversation with Tres Dean (For Your Consideration: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson)

Friday, October 4

4:00–5:00 PM
Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem (Room 1A18)
Readers have thrilled to solving crimes with detectives in fiction for centuries—the tropes and conventions of mysteries span books for all ages and are readily combined with other genres. From Hallowe’en mysteries to retellings of a favorite board game to mysteries of alternate pasts and the future, readers will readily detect suspenseful elements in these books.
Speakers: Vera Greentea (Grimoire Noir), Diana Peterfreund (In the Hall with the Knife), Elizabeth Eulberg (Past Perfect Life), Jess Rothenberg (The Kingdom), Claire O’Dell (Hound of Justice), and W.M. Akers (Westside), along with Diana Gill, (Executive Editor, Tor/Forge/Tor Teen)

Saturday, October 5

12:15–1:15 PM
25 Years of Mutts: Patrick McDonnell in Conversation with Chip Kidd (Room 1A24)
Join Patrick McDonnell in conversation with Chip Kidd to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Mutts, described by Charles M. Schulz as “one of the best comics strips of all time.” On September 5, 1994, Patrick McDonnell made his mark on the history of comics by introducing the world to Mooch, the curious cat; Earl, the ever-trusting dog; and the other characters who inhabit his beloved comic strip, which appears in 700 newspapers worldwide. McDonnell and Kidd will discuss in-depth the new book The Art of Nothing: 25 Years of Mutts and the Art of Patrick McDonnell and give a sneak peek to this one-of-a-kind collection that features rare and never-before-seen artwork, book proposals, sketchbook pages, and developmental work from McDonnell’s entire creative output including his bestselling children’s classics Me . . . Jane, The Gift of Nothing, South, Just Like Heaven, Hug Time, and Wag!
Speakers: Patrick McDonnell (The Art of Nothing: 25 Years of Mutts and the Art of Patrick McDonnell) and Chip Kidd

11:15 AM–12:15 PM
Water, Earth, Fire, Air: Continuing the Avatar Legacy (Room 1A21)
Dark Horse Comics, Abrams, and Nickelodeon are thrilled to treat fans to a panel worthy of Aang himself! Join Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra contributors for a further exploration of the beloved world. Fans will also have the opportunity to showcase their knowledge of the elements in a fun trivia competition for awesome prizes!
Speakers: F.C. Yee (Avatar, The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi)

2:45–3:45 PM
Inclusive Comics 101: Or, Comics for the Rest of Us (Room 1A02)
Like people, comics come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and personalities—more so today than ever before. This panel discussion will focus on how comics and graphic novels are breaking down barriers and what the future holds. As a bonus, attendees will leave with a list of inclusive and diverse comics for their libraries and classrooms!
Speakers: Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me), Ngozi Ukazu (Check, Please!), Andy Mientus (The Backstagers), and Julia Pohl-Miranda (Drawn & Quarterly). Moderated by Crystal Chen (NYPL)

Sunday, October 6

2:45–3:45 PM
Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall: How Myths and Fairy Tales Are Reflected in Modern SF/F (Room 1A18)
Fairy tales and myths have influenced storytelling for centuries. Hidden castles, magical lamps, and animal tricksters are motifs that still find their way into the stories of today. The fairy tales of old were designed to both entertain and teach in equal measure. But do such lessons serve a purpose in the modern-day era? Today’s spins on fairy tales are just as much rooted in current events as they are in myth and magic.
Speakers: Luanne G. Smith (The Vine Witch), F.C. Yee (Avatar: The Rise of Kyoshi), Emily R. King (The Hundredth Queen, Before the Broken Star), Mackenzi Lee (Loki: Where Mischief Lies), Rebecca Roanhorse (Trail Of Lightning, Storm of Locusts), Robin Hobb (Assassin’s Apprentice: The Illustrated Edition). Moderated by Adrienne Procaccini (Editor, 47North).

Author Signings!

Thursday, October 3

1:00–2:30 PM
Hall 1A Author Autographing Area – Table 2
Rebecca Sugar will sign Steven Universe: The Tale of Steven.
Ticketed signing: Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe creator, Rebecca Sugar, will sign exclusive, advance copies of Steven Universe: The Tale of Steven, which goes on sale 10/8. All books have been pre-stamped with a stamp Rebecca designed for the book, and come with an NYCC exclusive print.
125 tickets will be given out on a first come first serve basis at Abrams Booth #2228 starting the morning of 10/3, and fans can pick up their reserved copy at the signing.
Please note:
– 1 ticket = 1 pre-stamped book, signature by Rebecca (no personalization) and 1 photo taken by an NYCC staff member
– No additional books or memorabilia will be signed at the event.

5:15–6:15 PM
Hall 1A, Author Autographing Area, Table 1
Erin Williams will sign Commute: An Illustrated Memoir of Female Shame

Friday, October 4

5:15–6:15 PM
Hall 1A, Author Autographing Area, Table 1
Diana Peterfreund will sign In the Hall with the Knife

Saturday, October 5

12:30-1:15 PM
Abrams Booth #2228
F.C. Yee will sign Avatar, The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi

1:30–2:30 PM
Abrams Booth #2228
Patrick McDonnell will sign The Art of Nothing: 25 Years of Mutts and the Art of Patrick McDonnell

4:15–5:00 PM
Abrams Booth #2228
Andy Mientus will sign The Backstagers and the Ghost Light (Backstagers #1)

Sunday, October 6

4:00–5:00 PM
Hall 1A, Author Autographing Area, Table 1
F.C. Yee will sign Avatar, The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi

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