A Bookworm’s Guide to New York Comic Con 2019

A Bookworm’s Guide to New York Comic Con 2019

New York Comic Con

Overwhelmed by the lineup for this year’s New York Comic Con? Here, we’ve rounded up the best panels, signings, and giveaways for bookworms! As you schedule your day, make sure to double check if any events require arriving early, advance tickets, or an RSVP. Plus, click on author’s names to see even more of their NYCC events.



From Prose to Panels
Ever wonder what happens when a novel is adapted into a comic book or graphic novel? Explore the process of transitioning between the two mediums with panelists Benjamin Percy, Dani Hedlund, Lev Grossman, and V.E. Schwab.

What Scares the Scarer?
Just in time for Halloween, this panel is sure to deliver the thrills and chills. Authors share the scary inspiration behind their books. Stop by to hear from Kristin Thorsness (The Wicked Tree), Wesley Chu (The Walking Dead: Typhoon), Clay McLeod Chapman (The Remaking), Josh Malerman (Malorie), Sara Faring (The Tenth Girl), and Rachel Harrison (The Return).

Vengeance is Mine: a Protagonist’s Complicated Relationship with Retribution
Authors Maura Milan (Eclipse the Skies), Sam Sykes (Seven Blades in Black), Brittney Morris (SLAY), and Rosaria Munda (Fireborne) take the stage to discuss the tough choices their characters face as they seek to right the wrongs that have been done to them.

Page to Stage
Broadway fans have two exciting panels to choose from on Thursday. Both Percy Jackson, the musical adaptation of Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have panels including cast and crew dedicated to giving you an intimate glimpse into the process of bringing a story to life on the stage.

Talk about a dynamic duo–this year New York Comic Con and the New York Public Library are teaming up to offer panels for librarians and educators including a keynote from Ngozi Ukazu, tips on finding the perfect graphic novel for readers, and more

Delilah S. Dawson is signing at the BOOM! Studios booth.
Rosaria Munda will have a ticketed signing at the Penguin booth.
Lauren Shippen is signing at the Tor booth.


Stop by Penguin Teen to get a recommendation and a book!
Simon Teen is giving away a sample of Cassandra Claire’s Chain of Gold and swag!
The Fierce Reads booth has multiple ARC giveaways throughout the day.




Tor Presents: Magic X Mayhem
Do you love a good villain? What about characters who aren’t good or evil, but something in between? This panel features authors who aren’t afraid to break the rules when it comes to writing genre fiction: Annalee Newitz (The Future of Another Timeline), V.E. Schwab (Threads of Power), Charlotte Nicole Davis (The Good Luck Girls), Tochi Onyebuchi (Riot Baby), and Myke Cole (The Killing Light), and Lauren Shippen (The Bright Sessions).

When it’s More Than Teen Angst: Trauma in Speculative YA Fiction
It’s tough out there for a YA protagonist. There are corrupt governments to overthrow, monsters to slay, and battles to fight. In this panel, YA authors Arvin Ahmadi (Girl Gone Viral), Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles), Laura Sebastian (Ash Princess), Rory Power (Wilder Girls), and Victoria Lee (The Fever King) talk about tackling trauma in YA.

Lucasfilm Publishing- Stories from a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Need more Star Wars in your life? Us too, so we’ll definitely be at this panel to learn more about which of our favorite characters, planets, and more we’ll be seeing in upcoming books from panelists Cavan Scott (Dooku: Jedi Lost), George Mann (Star Wars: Myths & Fables), Justina Ireland (Lando’s Luck), Katie Cook (Search Your Feelings), and Zoraida Córdova (A Crash of Fate).

Family Members: The Best of Allies, The Worst of Enemies
From blood relatives to the family you choose, this panel explores the ways that family shapes the lives of characters. Stop by to hear from Adam Silvera (Infinity Son), Nikki Richard (Demon In The Whitelands), Bob Proehl (The Nobody People), Joan He (Descendant of the Crane), and Akwaeke Emezi (Pet).

The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019
Every year The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy anthology rounds up must-read stories from some of the greatest writers of our time. Don’t miss your chance to hear from these authors: Annalee Newitz (The Future of Another Timeline), Ben Percy (The Dark Net), Brenda Peynado (The Rock Eaters), Lesley Nneka Arimah (What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky), N.K. Jemisin (How Long ‘Til Black Future Month?), and Seanan McGuire (Middlegame).


HBO Watchmen Screening and Panel
HBO’s Watchmen, which is set 30 years after the original graphic novel, premieres later this fall, but you can get a sneak peek this weekend! Learn more about the series from the cast and crew, then sit back for screening of part of the first episode.


Ngozi Ukazu is signing at the Fierce Reads booth.
Annalee Newitz and L. Penelope are signing at the Tor booth.


The Penguin booth is giving away Girls Save the World in This One by Ash Parsons and The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu.
Simon Teen is giving away Chosen by Kiersten White and a sample of Cassandra Claire’s Chain of Gold and swag!
Fierce Reads booth is giving away ARCs of The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski.



Is This a Kissing Book?
If your heart skips a beat for YA books with a love story then you’ll fall in love with this panel. Stop by to hear authors Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), Renée Ahdieh (The Beautiful), Sona Charaipotra (Symptoms of a Heartbreak), and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell and Mariko Tamaki (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me) talk about romance, heartbreak, and more.

The Harper Voyager-Epic Reads Fantastical Intergalactic Battle Royale
Looking for fun and games? Epic Reads and Harper Voyager are teaming up to create a thrilling game unlike any other. Bring your best strategies and prepare to go home with a new book!

Magic Space Opera/Science Fantasy
Think science fiction and fantasy can’t mix? This panel will change your mind. Authors Alex White (A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe), Scott Westerfeld (Shatter City), Victoria Lee (The Fever King), Valerie Valdes (Chilling Effect), and Delilah Dawson (Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire) gather to talk about the intersection of your two favorite genres.

Spotlight on…
Want to learn more about your favorite creator? This is your chance! On Saturday there are three separate spotlight panels that feature writers and artists talking about their upcoming projects. Be first in line to see Marie Lu, Sarah J. Maas, or Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang.

Journey to the highlands and find out from the cast and crew what you can expect next from season five of Outlander.


R.L. Stine and Lev Grossman are signing at the BOOM! Studios booth.
Renée Ahdieh will have a ticketed signing at the Penguin booth.
Marie Lu and Jess Rothenberg are signing at the Fierce Reads booth.
Tochi Onyebuchi and P. Djeli Clark are signing and giving away ARCs at the Tor booth.
Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez are signing at the IDW booth.


Epic Reads is offering readers copies of Almost American Girl by Robin Ha, Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold, and I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi.
The Penguin booth is giving away A Phoenix First Must Burn edited by Patrice Caldwell.
Simon Teen is giving away Of Curses and Kisses ARCs by Sandhya Menon.
The Fierce Reads booth is giving away Children of Virtue and Vengeance swag.




Not Your Mother’s Tinkerbell
Prepare to be enchanted. This panel takes a look at faerie worlds in books by Holly Black (The Wicked King), Megan Shepherd (Midnight Beauties), Sara Holland (Havenfall), Erin A. Craig (House of Salt and Sorrows), and Seanan McGuire (Rosemary and Rue: 10th Anniversary). Catch up with the authors after the panel for a signing!

Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall: How Myths and Fairytales Are Reflected in Modern SF/F
Once upon a time there was a reader who longed for more retellings, and they found their heart’s desire granted at this panel thanks to authors Luanne G. Smith (The Vine Witch), F.C. Yee (Avatar: The Rise of Kyoshi), Emily R. King (The Hundredth Queen), Mackenzi Lee (Loki: Where Mischief Lies), Rebecca Roanhorse (Trail Of Lightning), and Robin Hobb (Assassin’s Apprentice: The Illustrated Edition). Plus almost all of the authors are signing after!

Representation Matters
LGBTQ+ authors gather together for this panel about the importance of readers seeing themselves reflected on the pages of the books they read. Stop by to hear from Mark Oshiro (Anger Is A Gift), Heidi Heilig (For a Muse of Fire), amanda lovelace (the princess saves herself in this one), Cyrus Parker (masquerade), Sophia Elaine Hanson (Vinyl), and Danika Stone (All the Feels).

Book Buzz from Get Underlined and Tor
Don’t waste your time scanning the show floor for a crystal ball; just attend these two publisher panels for a glimpse into your future reading. Start your morning with the Get Underlined panel to learn about upcoming YA books and pick up a swag bag, then spend the afternoon at the Tor panel to hear about books from Tor, Tor Teen, and Tor.com before leaving with a free book and many more added to your TBR.


Women of Marvel Panel & World Premiere Screening of Marvel Rising: Operation Shuri
This action-packed event includes both a panel and a screening. The discussion will cover some of Marvel’s fiercest heroines, while the screening will give you a first look at the latest installment in the Marvel Rising series, which follows teen heroes fighting to save the world.

Nancy Drew Screening and Panel Discussion
Put on your detective hats, readers. Nancy Drew is on a new case and you’ll want to go along for the ride. Get a sneak peek at the upcoming CW show inspired by the beloved series and then stick around for a panel with producers and stars to pick up on even more clues about what you can expect from the new show.


Ngozi Ukazu is signing after the LGBTQ+ YA Comics and Graphic Novels panel.
N.K. Jemisin is signing after the Five Writers on the Relationship Between Humanity and Technology panel.
Delilah S. Dawson is signing at the BOOM! Studios booth.
Mark Oshiro is signing at the Tor booth.
Diana Gabaldon is signing at the Random House booth.


Epic Reads is offering readers copies of Infinity Son by Adam Silvera and Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda & Valynne E. Maetani.

Kelly Gallucci
Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of Bookish.com, where she oversees Bookish's editorial content, offers book recommendations, and interviews authors like Leigh Bardugo, V.E. Schwab, and Sabaa Tahir. She's just coming off of moderating an author panel at New York Comic Con. When she's not working, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and binging Netflix with her pitbull. She is a Gryffindor.


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