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NYCC Diversity Panels

NYCC Diversity Panels

Diversity is playing more and more of a role when it comes to comics, TV and movies. While we have a way to go we are making progress. The convention scene has embraced the discussion of diversity in media and comics for years and this year is no exception. Below is a list of several diversity panels available at NYCC this year. This is not an inclusive list just several to give you an overall idea of what is being offered. To see a full listing please check out the online program schedule on the NYCC WebsiteYou can search by diversity as a parameter to make the panels easy to find. Will you be attending any of the panels below? I will definitely be watching From Black Panther to Miles Morales should it be available via streaming. Let us know what you are excited for in the comments!


From Black Panther to Miles Morales: In Conversation With Ta-Nehisi Coates & Jason Reynolds

October 05, 2017, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Hudson Mercantile – 500 W 36th St

New York Times best-selling author Jason Reynolds (Ghost, Miles Morales: Spider-Man) and National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates (Black Panther, Between the World and Me) share the stage for this a one-of-a-kind panel at New York Comic Con! Be a part of this historic conversation as they discuss their lives, their work, and their significant stamp on the Marvel Universe.


Queer Culture: LGBTQ Presence in Pop Culture

October 06, 2017, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM


The New York Times’ LGBT and Allies Affinity Network, TimesOUT, presents its 4tj\h annual Queer Culture Panel. We will have a cast of panelist from all walks of life and careers in Pop Culture, including viral videos, cosplay, literature, television/web-series, news media, and activism. Join them as they discuss their careers, their lives and answer your questions!


Women in Comics: Celebrating Over 100 Years

October 06, 2017, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM


From Nell Brinkley in the early part of this century to the many women of today, comic scholars Karen Green (Columbia University Curator for Comics & Cartoons), Eisner winner Dr. Sheena Howard (Superb, Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation), writer Amy Chu (Red Sonja, Poison Ivy, Wonder Woman) veteran letterer Janice Chiang, and artist Alison Sampson (Winnebago Graveyard) celebrate the long history of women and their accomplishments in comics, and discuss their current state, and the future.


Full Spectrum: Why Color in Comics Matters

October 06, 2017, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM


One of the most basic traits of a hero, is to fight for humanity and impact the world around them. If the majority of our heroes are all from the same race, heritage, or ethnicity, it not only sends the message that only one group is capable of heroism, but it also leaves no room for other races to fight for humanity as well. Exploring the ideas behind diversity and talking about how we can help spread those changes, without excluding any race, is vital to the comic book discussion.


Super Asian America

October 05, 2017, 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM


With live-action versions of Death Note and Ghost in the Shell, Hollywood keeps mining Asian culture for inspiration-while sidelining Asian people. At the same time, series like Into the Badlands and Master of None demonstrate how successful shows with Asian leads can be.

Join Racebending for our 2nd annual panel at NYCC where we again assess (and nerd out over) the state of Super Asian America.


Black Superheroes; Luke Cage to Black Lives Matter

October 05, 2017, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM


Popular media has had a problem with the representation of black people for many years now, with the comics industry reflecting the same issues. But with the popularity of the Netflix series Luke Cage, the Black Panther comic and the Black Lives Matter movement, the subject of characters on TV is becoming an important topic of discussion. The panel will discuss the roles of black characters on TV, how it reflects back to our everyday lives, and how it affects real life.


Surviving as Womyn and Non-Binary People of Colour With Mental Illness in Cosplay

October 07, 2017, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM


Being a person of color in the cosplay community has its challenges for many, especially already marginalized groups dealing with mental illness. We discuss the stigma of mental illness as people of colour within the cosplay community and how we combat the struggles. Being womyn and non-binary persons of colour, we are happy to offer a safe, open environment to discuss and help provide solutions that will help others survive in the cosplay community and in the world!

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