We all knew we’d be here—attending NYCC from home, through their online Metaverse experience. So far, it looks like it’s well-planned out, with numerous panels staggered throughout the convention weekend. And while there have been some debacles already, NYCC organizers had a lot more time to prepare than the SDCC folks did. So, what should we expect from the weekend? And what does success or failure mean for the industry?
A Quick Look at Some of the Awesome NYCC Metaverse Online Panels
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Online or in person, the panels are the heart of all cons. I attended NYCC 2019 about three or four decades ago, and the energy at the panels was the best fuel to get through the day. While SDCC 2020 Online announced exciting panels, they fell flat in delivery. Can the NYCC 2020 Metaverse Online succeed where SDCC fumbled? We’ll have to find out. So, just like our monthly comic recommendations, here are three panels to really look forward to:
To be honest, this is a little bittersweet for me. I am loving X of Sword and the Dawn of X era. But I was at the big Dawn of X panel at NYCC 2019, getting all the announcements, seeing the team lineups, and learning about the future of Krakoa. The crowd went nuts a few times, more than any other panel I attended. And now we’re just going to watch the X of Swords announcements on our computer screen? Well, if the NYCC Metaverse Online can capture even an ounce of that energy, it’ll be a success.
This fall, ten X-Men will rise, swords in hand, to defend the new mutant nation of Krakoa from mysterious new enemies in X OF SWORDS!! Join host Angelique Roche and an X-traordinary lineup of the finest creators weaving this bold new tale including Marvel Editor Jordan D. White, Tini Howard, Gerry Duggan, Benjamin Percy and Vita Ayala! Guaranteed to bring you unbelievable revelations, memorable new characters, and breathtaking battles, this is the story you’ve been waiting for X-Fans!
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Enjoying The Boys? Well, as far as messed up superhero stories go, it has some steep competition with other series like Mark Waid’s Irredeemable/Incorruptible, but even more so with Robert Kirkman’s Invincible (no relation to Waid’s series).It’s almost strange that Amazon is launching an adaptation of Invincible considering they already have The Boys. They’re essentially producing competing shows at a time when there’s a saturation of good TV. Regardless, it should be one of the more exciting panels during NYCC Metaverse Online.
Join creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) live as he teases what fans can anticipate from this upcoming adult animated series, based on his iconic comic book by the same name, which revolves around 17-year old Mark Grayson, who’s just like every other guy his age – except his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet, Omni-Man
Lucasfilm Publishing | Stories from a Galaxy Far, Far Away
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While we all love the Star Wars films (admit it, you loved every single one), they are only a drop in the bucket of the Star Wars universe. There are dozens of books that are canon, and hundreds more that are “legends” now. There are brilliant comics and graphic novels. But there is something really exciting on the horizon: the High Republic. Whatever Lucasfilm announces during NYCC Metaverse Online, it should be a lot of fun.
Join some of the biggest and best Star Wars authors as they talk about some of their exciting new projects set in a galaxy far, far away. Featuring Daniel José Older, Preetei Chhibber, Phil Szostak, Katie Cook, Zoraida Cordova,and Amy Ratcliffe. Moderated by This Week In Star Wars host Kristin Baver.
NYCC Metaverse Online Needs to Succeed—Or at Least Distract Us
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SDCC was a bit painful. As a comic book journalist, I was left wondering why they even tried. The DC Fandome was a little better, but much smaller in scale. NYCC is the second biggest comic con we have, but this online Metaverse idea has to be twice as big as SDCC Online 2020. Comic Con panels help drive up excitement for upcoming comics. How many of us even remember the announcements during SDCC 2020 Online? There was a new New Mutants trailer and…some other things?
We need NYCC 2020 Metaverse Online to make a splash. We need some memorable announcements. Even if online, we need to feel just a small amount of what we feel when we’re there in person. Just a small amount can help the industry greatly right now. So, check out the panels, and just imagine being in the Hall watching.
Roman Colombo finished his MFA in 2010 and now teaches writing and graphic novel literature at various Philadelphia colleges. His first novel, Trading Saints for Sinners, was published in 2014. He's currently working on his next novel and hoping to find an agent soon.