Last weekend, my friend Juliette and I ventured to New York City to attend New York Comic Con. For those of you who have never been to a convention before, they are basically composed of three types of activities:
- Signings: autograph sessions with actors, writers, artists, etc
- Panels: group discussions featuring either experts on a certain topic or the creators of a particular series. Often, these may include general announcements, preview screenings, and Q & A sessions
- Show Floor: numerous publishers, retailers, and other companies set up booths where they display and sell products, give out free promo materials, hold contests, have demonstrations and more
Day One: Friday, 10/24
I overslept and missed my bus into the city, resulting in the two of us missing Felicia Day’s spotlight panel. However, after checking into the hotel and grabbing a quick bite to eat, we managed to make it to the Javits Convention Center just in time for the Dark Horse Comics panel at 1:30 p.m.
Featuring senior managing editor Scott Allie (who oversees the Buffy and Angel titles), director of Public Relations Jeremy Atkins, singer/guitarist Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), and writer Brian Wood (DMZ, Demo), among others, the hour-long panel showcased all the new titles that would be released on Dark Horse in the coming year, including Morello’s new original series Orchid, the on-going Conan the Barbarian series, and comic adaptations of the House of Night book series and Guillermo del Toro‘s novel The Strain.
I was only really concerned with Buffy: Season 9 and its companion Angel & Faith series, which were only briefly mentioned here, the main focus given to the yet-to-be-released titles. I was also hoping for some news on the next installment of The Umbrella Academy and the first installment of The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, both by Dark Horse’s other resident rock star/writer, Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance).
Apparently, I wasn’t the only one: One of our fellow audience members took advantage of the Q & A portion of the panel to ask about the progress on Umbrella and Killjoys, which have been delayed several times at this point, thanks to Way’s other career. I knew the answer before they even said it: We should expect to see Killjoys before Umbrella, and they weren’t sure yet when Killjoys would be finished because of Way’s schedule. It was the same answer they always gave, and I knew not to expect anything different when neither title was mentioned earlier. Dark Horse would never forget to mention a release date for one of their most popular books at a big promotional event like this. If they had anything new to tell us, they would have said it up front.