New York Comic Con 2011

Everybody knows about that big geeky convention in San Diego every summer, but every fall there's equally cool event by the same folks right here in the Big Apple.  I'm talking about the New York Comic Con, which starts today and runs through Sunday. 

Unlike the West Coast version, which has grown into a multi-genre behemoth, the New York version is still heavily focused on the comic book medium.  The spotlight is still on comic artists and writers and hasn't been completely taken over by Hollywood marketers.  Visitors will have the chance to see such noteworthy figures in the comic book industry as Tim Sale, David Finch, Joe Quesada, Jim Lee, Frank Miller, Geoff Johns, Adam Kubert, Joe Kubert, Garth Ennis, John Romita Jr., John Romita Sr., and many, many others.

The mainstream worlds of TV and movies will still have a big presence too, of course.  Actress Eliza Dushku is scheduled to be there, and so will the casts of Nikita and Haven.  Jason Momoa (Conan the Barbarian and Game of Thrones) will also be on hand.  The big news will likely be Marvel making a big splash as it hypes next year's highly anticipated Avengers film.

A Kick-Off Concert features Z-Trip and Tom Morello.  There will be a Charity Comic Art Auction.  Kevin Smith will have a typically entertaining podcast called "Jay and Silent Bob Get Old." 

A screening and panel discussion of the new television show Once Upon a Time is planned for Friday.  The unaired pilot for Locke and Key, which has generated a lot of buzz but still hasn't been picked up by any network for broadcast, will also be shown.  The highly anticipated video game sequel Batman: Arkham City will also have a huge presence at the convention. 

The premiere of Green Lantern: The Animated Series will be screened on Saturday.  Jeph Loeb will take a look at what Marvel has in the pipeline for upcoming television productions.  Fans will also get a sneak peek at the new version of MTV's Beavis and Butt-Head

The infamous Broadway musical Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark will attempt to polish its image on Sunday. 

It's a weekend loaded with great stuff -- costume contests, anime films, autograph signings, and more panel discussions than any human being can possibly attend without being cloned.  Fun times await!