New York Comic Con Friday Recap: Mortal Engines, Harry Potter, Cosplay, and More!
Day two of New York Comic Con continued the fan frenzy. Featuring panels with The Magicians and Mortal Engines, a Dungeons and Dragons master class with Travis McElroy, the ever teeming show floor and Artist Alley, and oh, you know, over 50,000 attendees.
Here are the highlights of Friday at the largest convention on the east coast:
Sera Gamble and John McNamara Reveal Season Four Premiere Date of The Magicians
The morning started off magically with a panel featuring Magicians show-runners Sera Gamble and John McNamara, moderated by Magicians author Lev Grossman. Many secrets of the upcoming season four were revealed – such as a possible musical episode and a scene with two Pennys – as well as the premiere date: January 23! Fans in the audience dressed not only as Magicians characters, but as the writers themselves, wearing the actual unicorn hoodies the writers can be seen wearing in the writers’ room. Stay tuned to hear more Magicians secrets when part three of our Sera Gamble interview goes up later this fall. (Make sure to check out parts one and two!)
How to be Super Good at D&D with Travis McElroy
Travis McElroy, co-host and middlest brother of hit podcasts My Brother, My Brother, and Me and The Adventure Zone taught a master class on Dungeons and Dragons at The Studio @ NYCC. After an introduction, he answered questions from the audience and gave advice on character creation, world-building, and both playing and running games. His main point – do not try to “win” the game, just focus on character relationships. Attendees also received a free signed poster. – Jupiter Boggan, NYCC Contributor
Audible’s ‘Harry Potter Pensieve Experience’
Its been twenty years since The Boy Who Lived appeared on bookshelves, and Audible is celebrating with a unique fan experience. Audible, “the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment,” created a Pensieve booth on the north concourse where fans can choose a character’s “memories” and listen to clips from the audio book series. The memory bottles seemed to use magic to connect to the audio areas and provide fans with visuals with specific corresponding scenes to listen to. The booth was decked out with fabric-made memory wisps and fans received a code for free audio book while exiting – and they can keep the memory bottle! I chose to listen to Hermione’s memories and got to here the climax of Prizoner of Azkaban while watching imagery of the Forbidden Forest. After exiting the Pensieve, guests could take a video of themselves casting a spell with the wand of their choosing. This booth is a must see for any Potterhead at the convention.
Cosplay of the Day: DC Femme Fatales.
Cosplay was abound today – people of all ages, all sizes, and all fandoms finally getting to show off the costumes they have worked to hard to create. At the end of the weekend we will be showing off our favorite cosplays of the convention – but this badass trio takes the cake for day two.
Tomorrow looks to be the busiest day yet – panels for Starz’s hit series Outlander and Marvel’s Daredevil as well as a special guest at the E! People’s Choice Awards food truck! Follow @consandbeyond for updates throughout the day.