New York Comic Con 2016: Anime and Manga

hisui_icon_4040_round If you need proof that this was an odd NYCC I can’t think of one better than the fact that Kate did not do anything anime and manga related this year. I did not help that she could not get out of work on the days when the headline events were but it still makes it extremely peculiar. It is not as if there was no compelling anime and manga content. Isuna Hasekura and Yusei Matsui would be solid guests at a convention devoted to anime let alone a general media con like NYCC so the content was there in spades. It just so happened that it worked out that I was the only person in our little gang who could attend much of the content.

So I will try to give you all a decent overview  of what happened in our little corner of the world especially when it is so easy to only see people talking about the other mediums at NYCC.
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New York Comic Con 2016: General Impressions

hisui_icon_4040_round I am always a little envious of people who work in places where they can nerd out with their coworkers. Maybe they can discuss Game of Thrones with everyone in the office the Monday after it comes out. They might know someone else who is waiting with bated breath for Star Trek: DiscoveryOther people might know a coworker or two who loves anime and manga on the down low. I don’t have that luxury. There are no such geeks in my department. But there was a curious change this year. People, where I work were, discussing New York Comic Con

Now most of the conversation was catty and uninformed. It is not like everyone I work with was magically educated by Felicia Day while I was not looking. These are still the people who actively wish harm on people who play Pokémon Go. The important fact was that they were discussing it like a piece of celebrity gossip or a general interest piece of current events. There might have been bigger signs that New York Comic Con has become an event of much magnitude in has entered the mainstream consciousness but none of them are as personal.

By the way, I did not engage with any of these conversations. I am not a moron. I just wanted to note they existed.

So as always Kate and I will try to cut to a slice of the giant pie that is NYCC. You would need a team of a dozen writers to cover everything that happened and you would still miss a dozen events and points of interest just because of the fluid nature of the event. We never try to give our readers that sort of overview. What we hope to do is share our experience that hopefully is a little more inline with what people who read the blog might be interested in.

Hopefully, you will come away with a better idea of some of the unreported parts of the colossal convention.

narutaki_icon_4040_round Look guys, New York Comic Con 2015 was kind of a high-point in my life so I made sure not to setup crazy expectations for 2016. That worked out for the best since I had an abbreviated visit to the convention. There was nothing wrong with NYCC 2016 as far as I could see, it was simply a solid if not especially remarkable year.

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Pre-New York Comic Con 2016: Economical Assassins

(note: No Type-Moon Weekly News Round Up
or All Points Bulletin this week.)


While the NYCC is clearly a media mix convention with everything from panels about the new Marvel Movies and Batman comics to Star Trek, Star Wars, and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, there is still a good amount of anime and manga programming.

This year the big guests are Isuna Hasekura of Spice and Wolf fame and Yusei Matsui the manga-ka of Assassination Classroom. It is also worth mentioning that Yasuyuki Mimura will be at the Kodansha Comics Manga Panel. You have probably never heard of him but he is an editor for titles like Inuyashiki and Devils’ Line. All of this plus industry panels and screenings round-out the anime and manga content.

There will be a lot to see and do at New York Comic Con that isn’t anime and manga, obviously. While we could never hope to cover it all we will try to bring you the best anime and manga coverage we can while also giving you a look at the rest of the convention on the side.

A List of All the Manga and Anime Goings-on at NYCC

Our tentative schedule for the convention:

11:15 AM – Kodansha Comics Manga Panel
12:45 PM – Nat Geo’s StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson: Everything You Ever Need to Know About Space Travel, Sci-Fi, The Human Race, the Universe and Beyond
02:00 PM – Tales from the TARDIS with Matt Smith, Alex Kingston and Jenna Coleman
03:00 PM – The Future of Comics in New Realities
04:15 PM – Kodansha Comics Presents the Attack on Titan Anthology
05:15 PM – X-TRAORDINARY: The LGBT Characters of the X-MEN
06:30 PM – Vampire Hunter D
07:45 PM – Imagine/Research/Create a World Where…

10:30 AM – BBC America Takeover Featuring Doctor Who, Class and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
01:30 PM – Aniplex of America Industry Panel
02:45 PM – Spotlight on Spice & Wolf Author Isuna Hasekura
04:00 PM – An Hour with Adam Savage
05:15 PM – An Evening with Yusei Matsui, Creator of Assassination Classroom
06:45 PM – Good Smile Company Industry Panel
07:45 PM – Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt December Sky Screening

11:00 AM – Nostalgia and Reboots in Literature
12:15 PM – StarTalk All Stars! The Science of Science Fiction
01:30 PM – Drawing From the World: Franco-Belgian Comics in Global Context
03:00 PM – Official One Punch Man Panel
04:15 PM – Sunrise & Bandai Namco Pictures Official Panel
05:15 PM – Dark Horse: Classified Featuring Avatar the Last Airbender
05:30 PM – ComicsBeat Presents: The European Comics Invasion
06:45 PM – In Depth with Tumblr Fandometrics
07:45 PM – Sony Music Entertainment Japan Interactive Video Screening

11:00 AM – Disney Press Presents: Disney’s Gravity Falls: Journey into Journal 3
12:15 PM – Celebrate First Second’s 10th Anniversary
02:45 PM – Official Sailor Moon Panel
02:45 PM – We Need Diverse Books: #WhitewashedOut in Books & Media
04:00 PM – NYCC Team Q&A