New York Comic Con 2015: 10 Must-See Panels From the Final Two Days

Everything from digital self-publishing to pop culture's potential to address mental health issues is available at next week's pop culture show.
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The final two days of New York Comic Con — which opens Oct. 8 at the Javits Center — promise to be packed, both in terms of the number of attendees to the show (which sold out some time back) and the amount of panels and presentations available for those showing up. If you're one of that lucky number but aren't quite sure where to start, here are 10 panels from the show's second half to put you on the right track. (For those wondering what to see during the first half, those answers can be found here.)

Saturday

Spotlight on Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba: Different is Cool

The Eisner Award-winning twins have returned with a new graphic novel, Two Brothers, and on this spotlight panel will find themselves discussing their long career collaborating, working primarily outside of their native country — they hail from Brazil — and staying true to their creative muses. Room 1A18, 11am-12pm

ComiXology Submit: The Future of Self-Publishing

Creators who've found success through self-publishing on the leading digital comic platform in North America talk about their experiences, and offer tips for newcomers on how to avoid mistakes they made. Room 1A18, 4pm-5pm

Comic Creators Consuming Coffee: Where Food & Comics Collide

Comic creators who love to eat talk about their twin passions, with Marvel SVP C.B. Cebulski — a man who loves food so much he created a short-lived web series where he interviewed Marvel creators over dinner to combine his interests — leading the way. Room 1A05, 4:15pm-5:15pm

25 Years of Valiant: Book of Death and Beyond

The independent publisher behind such titles as X-O Manowar, The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage and Book of Death — the first issue of the last title being the best-selling independent comic of the year — offers teases of what's coming up in its future, with creators Matt Kindt and Doug Braithwaite on hand to drop hints. Room 1A18, 5:15pm-6:15pm

Truthiness is Stranger than Fiction: New Reality-Based Graphic Novels

Comics might not seem like the ideal format for journalism and memoir, but Jennifer Hayden, Troy Little, and others discuss non-fiction comics and their potential. Room 1A05, 6:45pm-7:45pm

Sunday

DC Entertainment — All Access

The more diverse titles from DC's June "DC You" initiative — including Midnighter, Black Canary and Bizarro — are showcased during this Sunday morning spotlight, with creators including Amanda Conner, Babs Tarr, Heath Corson and Batman writer Scott Snyder present. Room 1A06, 12:15pm-1:15pm

A (Wo)man's World: Closing The Gender Gap in Pop Culture

Not necessarily a comics panel, but well worth attending — UN Women's HeForShe campaign brings executives from the movie and toy industries together to talk about why the entertainment industry hasn't managed gender parity yet, and what's standing in the way of achieving it. (Ironically, this panel literally happens at the same time as Marvel's annual Women in Marvel panel, because why would you want to space those two panels out?) Room 1B03, 1:30pm-2:30pm

Culturally Queer: The Explosion of LGBTQ Representation in Mainstream Comics & Pop Culture

Sensing a theme in Sunday's programming? Fan-favorite artist Phil Jimenez leads a discussion with a number of comic creators about what's gone right — and what remains to be done — when it comes to queer representation in comic books and pop culture. Room 1A24, 2:30pm-3:30pm

The Future of Comics for Children and Young Adults

Titles like Smile and Lumberjanes show that there's a hunger amongst readers for well-done comics for kids and YA readers, so why has the industry been so slow in responding to it? A group of creators and editors including Sarah Gaydos and Robin Herrera tackle the subject. Room 1B03, 2:45pm-3:45pm

A Force for Good: The Powerful Partnership Between Mental Health and Pop Culture

The potential for pop culture to help those with mental illnesses — whether through direct representation or allegorical narratives — is explored in depth with this late-afternoon panel featuring writers Mara Wilson and Alex de Campi, as well as a number of medical professionals. Room 1A24, 3:45pm-4:45pm

New York Comic Con runs Oct. 8 through Oct. 11 at the Javits Center.

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