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NYCC 23: From the future of comics to going long on Star Wars, here’s Dark Horse’s slate of panels


Heading to the big show

New York Comic Con is back once again in all its glory, and will be crashing the Javits Center in the heart of NYC this week. Right there alongside of it too, will be Dark Horse Comics, with an impressive collection of panels.

While the publisher has a great selection of licenses and original titles to boast, it’ll also be engaging in a little generalization for those presentations. Yes, you’ll find talks on Lucasfilm and Avatar, but there are also scheduled to be dives into the realm of horror, a look at African fantasy elements in modern pop culture, and a panel for pros (and associated) only with “The Future of the Direct Market”.

Scroll down to take a look, but while you’re doing that, also keep in mind that there’s a chance “details and guests” could either be added or changed altogether, according to Dark Horse.


  • 4:45-5:30 PM
    • ICv2: The Future of Direct Market: Where Do We Go From Here?
      *This panel is open to industry professionals with Artist Alley, Professional, Panelist, Exhibitor, and Press badge types only. *This panel is open to industry professionals with Artist Alley, Professional, Panelist, Exhibitor, and Press badge types only. The final session at the ICv2 Insider Talks: Direct Market Summit, and Comic Industry Social Hour, at New York Comic Con will bring together a panel of industry thought leaders, led by Eisner-nominated ICv2 writer Rob Salkowitz, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Direct Market with a look ahead to its future. “On the Future of the Direct Market panel, I’ll be leading a conversation between creators, publishers and retailers on ways we can update the concept of the comic book store while keeping the elements that have made the Direct Market so resilient over the past 50 years,” Salkowitz said in laying out his plans. Panelists for The Future of the Direct Market: Where Do We Go from Here? (4:45-5:30) include three Direct Market retailers, each a leader in their field, an executive from a major Direct Market publisher, and an innovative creator. Panelists include: 
    • Panelists: Stu Colson, Dimitrios Fragiskatos, Jenn Haines, Jamal Igle, Cara O’Neil, Rob Salkowitz. 
    • Room: River Pavilion (professional programming)


  • 12:00PM-1:00 PM
    • Dark Horse Horror Hour
    • Calling all horror hounds! Gather to commune about horror comics in all their ghoulish glory with this gruesomely talented group. From Count Crowley to the Headless Horseman Annual, Where Monsters Lie to The Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos, Something is Killing the Children, and more–we’ll be discussing comics that are sure to keep readers up at night.
    • Panelists: David Dastmalchian, Leah Kilpatrick, Eric Powell, Harold Schechter, Kyle Starks, Tate Brombal, Scott Snyder, moderated by Aaron Sagers
    • Room: 406.3
  • 3:00-4:00 PM
    • Water, Earth, Fire, Air: Continuing the Avatar Legacy
    • Abrams Books, Dark Horse Comics, Nickelodeon, and Magpie Games are thrilled to treat fans to a panel worthy of the Avatar! Join publishing’s creators and writers of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra for an exploration of the beloved world.
    • Panelists: Faith Erin Hicks, F.C. Yee, James Mendez Hodes, Braving the Elements, more, moderated by Cara O’Neil.
    • Room: 406.1


  • 1:00-2:00 PM
    • World of Iyanu: The Ascension of African Fantasy in Comics & Animation
    • Roye Okupe’s YouNeek Studios creates comics inspired by African history, mythology, and culture, all by an all-star team of African creators. Now, their hit young adult graphic novel series Iyanu: Child of Wonder is being adapted into an animated series from Cartoon Network/Max/Lion Forge Animation, coming soon! Hear more from the team about creating these new worlds in comics and adapting to animation.
    • Panelists: Panelists: Roye Okupe, Brandon Easton, Cara O’Neil, moderated by Karama Horne.
    • Room: 408
    • 1:30-2:30 PM
    • Lucasfilm Publishing: Stories from a Galaxy Far, Far Away…
    • From the days of the glorious High Republic to the Age of Rebellion to the time of the fearsome First Order, join some of Lucasfilm Publishing’s all-star authors including Megan Crouse, Claudia Gray, John Jackson Miller, Charles Soule, and E.K. Johnston as they discuss stories from throughout the entire Star Wars saga. Including reveals, announcements, special guests, and sneak peeks! Moderated by Lucasfilm Publishing Creative Director Michael Siglain.
    • Room: 1B02

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