New York Comic Con: 6 Must-See Panels From The Show's First Day

From Ta-Nehisi Coates in conversation to LGBTQ representation in Marvel's X-Men, there's a lot happening at the first day of next month's massive pop culture show.
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New York Comic Con is just a week away, and its first day of programming is already bringing out some big guns.

In addition to panels about Marvel and DC's superhero lines — including one focusing just on DC's Superman family — there are appearances by Ta-Nehisi Coates, X-Men spiritual father Chris Claremont and The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman.

For those attending the show and wondering just where they should be and at what time, let the following be your guide:

DC All Access

Fresh from the success of its summer Rebirth relaunch, DC Entertainment looks ahead to what's upcoming in 2017 with creators including The Flash's Joshua Williamson, Supergirl's Steve Orlando and Marguerite Bennett, writer of the fan-favorite DC Comics Bombshells series. Expect teases about the upcoming Justice League vs. Suicide Squad — which Williamson is writing — and Orlando's spinoff Justice League of America series. Room 1A24, 1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m.

Skybound Entertainment Presents: The Walking Dead with Robert Kirkman

Kirkman talks about what's coming up for the Image Comics series behind the hit AMC show, which is currently in the middle of the "Whisperer War" storyline. "Exclusive news and special guest panelists" are promised, so prepare for the unexpected. Hammerstein Ballroom, 2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

Kodansha Comics Presents The Attack on Titan Anthology

East meets West in this U.S. anthology based on the popular manga franchise, as creators including Paolo Rivera and Batgirl, Gotham Academy and Motor Crush writer Brenden Fletcher talk about bringing the alien invasion series to a whole new audience. Room 1A10, 4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m.

X-Traordinary: The LGBT Characters of the X-Men

This panel will be fascinating — the queer subtext of Marvel's X-Men franchise has often been remarked upon, especially considering the surprising lack of non-straight X-Men characters in the comics themselves. But what makes this panel different is that two of the guests are creators closely connected with the franchise itself: Chris Claremont, who wrote the series for more than a decade and pretty much set the template for the comics being created today, and Peter David, whose X-Factor included one of the few openly queer relationships in X-Men canon. Room 1A18, 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

Race and Gender: A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates and Steve Orlando

Cancel everything for this evening chat between scholar, journalist and Black Panther writer Coates and Orlando, whose Midnighter (and subsequent series, Midnighter and Apollo, which launches next week) has been hailed as a watershed book when it comes to LGBTQ representation at DC Entertainment. Room 1A10, 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

War for the Planet of the Apes

Fox is presenting a first-look at the anticipated film. 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Regal Ewalk Theater.

New York Comic Con runs Oct. 6-9 at the Javits Center and other locations across New York City. 

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Oct. 6, 11:43 a.m.: Updated with the Planet of the Apes panel information. 

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