Photo By: Autumn de Wilde
New York Comic Con isn’t just about the panels, the signings, and the exclusives… It’s also about the parties and events outside of the Javits Center. And while there may not be a Gaslamp district right outside like in San Diego, you’ve only got all of New York to rage in, all night long. Here’s a rundown of some of the big events not cooped up in the Convention Hall:
MONDAY, OCTOBER 8TH
DARKNESS & LIGHT: ART INSPIRED BY HEROES & VILLAINS, HOPE & HEROISM
WHERE: Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle – 10am-9pm
WHAT: DC Entertainment’s art exhibition celebrates the heroes of the DCU, but also benefits a good cause: the “We Can Be Heroes” campaign, which helps feed people in need on the Horn of Africa. The exhibition is open to the public until Sunday the 14th. [NOTE: Hours are 11am-7pm on the Sunday, 10am-9pm every other day.]
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9TH
THE BROOKLYN DEFENDER PINT NIGHTS
WHERE: Beer Authority, 300 W. 40th St. – 6pm-8pm
PRICE: FREE, but must be 21+
WHAT: NYC’s hometown Brooklyn brewery came up with a special batch of beer for NYCC called “Brooklyn Defender,” and there’s only a few places you can snag it – like this pouring event. You can also grab some swag, and even buy sold-out 4-Day tix, so hit this up… But only if you’re over 21.
COMIC BOOK CLUB WITH BILL WILLINGHAM & DANIEL WAY
WHERE: Fontana’s, 105 Eldridge Street – 7pm
WHAT: This is pretty self-serving, as I’m one of the hosts, but kick off NYCC early with the creator of Fables, and the writer of Deadpool chatting in a downtown bar at a live taping of the Comic Book Club podcast.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10TH
THE BROOKLYN DEFENDER PINT NIGHTS
WHERE: New York Beer Company, 321 W. 44th St. – 6pm-8pm
PRICE: FREE, but must be 21+
WHAT: Same as above, but different location and day. You figured that out though, right?
ONI PRESS/BERGEN STREET SIGNING PARTY
WHERE: Bergen Street Comics, 470 Bergen St. in Brooklyn – 6pm-9pm
WHAT: Philip Gelatt, Tyler Crook, and Brahm Revel head to Bergen Street Comics to sign and chat. If you’re not regularly in NYC, this is a great way of hanging out with creators in one of the city’s nicest shops. Plus, there’s awesome food up and down Bergen Street, so make a night of it!
A CELEBRATION OF POP COMICS
WHERE: Jim Hanley’s, 4 W. 33rd St. – 7pm
WHAT: An insane looking line-up, including Kieron Gillen, Joe Keatinge, Jamal Igle, and David Gallaher pack into local comics landmark Jim Hanley’s to discussion the intersection of music and comics… Plus, snacks and drinks! We’re sure it’ll mostly be dominated with talk of Billy Ray Cyrus’ Marvel book.
EXTREME MAKEOVER: THE COMICS EDITION
WHERE: MOCA, 215 Centre Street – 7pm-10pm
PRICE: $5 non-members, $3 students and seniors
WHAT: Larry Hama, Greg Pak, and more come together to discuss racism in comics, and some of the most extreme comic book makeovers. We’re guessing they’re not talking about beautification here.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11TH
BEN FOLDS FIVE
WHERE: Javits Center, IGN Theater – 8pm
PRICE: FREE, with VIP or 4-Day NYCC tix
WHAT: Okay, fine, this is an event inside the Con; but it’s also a Ben Folds Five concert officially kicking off NYCC 2012, and that’s pretty sweet. Seating is first come first served, so line up now, probably.
RINGERS TAKE MANHATTAN
WHERE: The Speakeasy at the Gin Mill, 422 Amsterdam Ave. – 8pm-11pm
PRICE: $25 advance/$30 at the door
WHAT: TheOneRing.net hosts their annual NYCC party, complete with food, drink, second breakfast, and some awesome prizes. Plus, the whole party is happening at 48 frames per second, which is probably really annoying!
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12TH
ROCK COMIC CON 4-NYC!
WHERE: Rebel NYC, 251 W. 30th St. – 7pm
PRICE: $12 advance/$15 at the door.
WHAT: Nerd rockers Schaffer The Dark Lord, H2Awesome! and more are joined by Epic Win Burlesque and others for a raucous party/show to close out Night 2! Plus, it benefits the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, so you can feel good while rocking out with your comic book out.
THE MARY SUE/HER UNIVERSE MEET-UP
WHERE: The Houndstooth Pub, 520 8th Ave. – 8pm
WHAT: The delightful Mary Sue website, and Her Universe, purveyors of the clothes that make me jealous I’m not a lady team up to bring a free after con hangout, complete with swag from Her Universe’s (and MTV Geek live-stream host) Ashley Eckstein and artist Katie Cook.
THE BIG NYCC PARTY
WHERE: The Houndstooth Pub, 520 8th Ave. – 8pm-Midnight
WHAT: Nope, your eyes don’t deceive you: this is the same exact location as the Mary Sue/Her Universe meet-up. This party, though, benefits The Hero Initiative, and features Image Comics superstars Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, Justin Jordan, Tradd Moore, Sina Grace, and more. Side-note: I don’t know if you could head to the Mary Sue meet-up and sneak into this, but be nice, it’s for a good cause you jerks.
DRINKS FOR A CURE
WHERE: Idle Hands Bar, 25 Ave. B – 9pm-??
WHAT: The iFanboys host a party with Shirts For A Cure… But the real draw is DJing from Rick Remender and Jerome Opena, which means anyone who goes to this party will die in incredibly gut-wrenching and surprising ways.
DANCES OF VICE
WHERE: The Gallery @ LPR, 158 Bleecker St. – 10pm-4am
PRICE: $8 advance/$10 at the door
WHAT: Dancing, with an emphasis on golden age scifi themes. Can’t wait to dance to an awesome remix of the Land of the Lost theme, you guys!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13TH
3RD ANNUAL GGN #NYCC GEEK-OUT
WHERE: STITCH Bar & Lounge, 247 W. 47th St. - 8pm
WHAT: Geek Girls Network offers a chill hang-out after the Con's big day, with some free swag. As of posting time, this was almost sold out, so snag yer tix quick.
THE 2ND ANNUAL DESIGNER TOY AWARDS
WHERE: Providence NYC, 311 West 57th St. - 8PM
PRICE: Free, or $49.99 for VIP Badges
WHAT: For all those into custom minifigs, there's The Designer Toy Awards. Hosted by The Sucklord, the event promises awards, surprises, and freebies. And hey, if you don't like it, you can always make your own awards show.
COMIC CON AFTER PARTY
WHERE: The Studio at Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St. – 11pm-4am
PRICE: $30, or free with a NYCC badge
WHAT: It’s a Star Wars themed dance party at NYC’s iconic Webster Hall. Plus, dubstep by Steven Lions. I understand what one of those things is!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14TH
WHERE: Club Element, 225 E. Houston St. - 4pm-11pm
PRICE: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
WHAT: Close out Comic-Con weekend with a steampunk inspired party with Halloween performances and more.
We’ll update this list with parties and events as we find out about them, so keep checking back! And if you have an event you want listed, shoot me an e-mail.