New York Comic Con (NYCC) returns in earnest this year—not to the Javits Center, but an Internet connection near you. NYCC's "Metaverse" event—"a virtual realm that is the sum of all fandoms"—runs Thursday, October 8, through Sunday, October 11, as an alternative to the in-person con, typically the largest pop-culture convention on the East Coast. Metaverse panels will stream for free on NYCC's YouTube channel, including live chat options and Q&As. Fans can buy personal online meet and greets with creators and celebrities, and visitors can browse the virtual Artist Alley—a space for artists offering art, apparel, collectibles and commissions. Several SVA alumni, as usual, are in the mix this year, digital format and all.
Author of the best-selling graphic novels Smile and Guts Raina Telgemeier (BFA 2002 Illustration) hosts "Graphix Out Loud—Kids' Comics Come to Life." The panel will feature live readings of new and upcoming young adult graphic novels, featuring Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright (Twins), Maria Scrivan (Forget Me Nat), and Penelope Bageiu (The Witches: The Graphic Novel).
The groundbreaking animated series Steven Universe may have officially ended—including a limited epilogue series earlier this year—but there is still plenty to discuss. Regarded as one of the most progressive, imaginative and beloved animated series of the last decade, Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar (BFA 2009 Animation) and author Chris McDonnell (BFA 2001 Animation) will introduce Steven Universe: End of an Era (Abrams Books), a new art book featuring concept art, storyboards, background paintings and exclusive interviews. Joined by writer and storyboard supervisor and producer Kat Morris (BFA 2009 Animation), the panel will explore the process of creating the series from season four through Steven Universe Future, as well as the show's legacy.
For "Stories from a Galaxy Far, Far Away," Phil Szostak (BFA 1994 Animation) joins fellow Star Wars authors to talk about writing for the epic series and new projects.
Storyboard artist Mike Patten (BFA 2015 Animation) worked on Marvel's MODOK, a forthcoming Hulu series that comedian and creator Patton Oswalt will present at the convention. Marvel's first foray into animated comedy geared toward adults features the eponymous big-headed, egomaniacal supervillain dealing with a midlife crisis and dysfunctional family life. Also over the weekend: Tim Needles (BFA 1998 Photography) will announce his new book, STEAM Power: Infusing Art Into Your STEM Curriculum, and filmmaker and illustrator Bill Plympton (BFA 1969 Cartooning) returns to Artist Alley with his signature animation antics.
Check out the full schedule of panels here and stay tuned for updates!