NYCC Fan FAQs

About The Show

What Is New York Comic Con?

New York Comic Con is the East Coast's biggest and most exciting popular culture convention. Our Show Floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies and television. Our panels and autograph sessions give Fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators. Our screening rooms feature sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either big or small screens. And with dedicated professional hours, New York Comic Con is a market place, bringing together the major players in the entertainment industry. New York Comic Con is the second largest pop culture convention in America and the only one that takes place in the comic book, publishing, media and licensing capital of the world — Gotham City.

How Big Is New York Comic Con?

New York Comic Con attracted over 133,000 attendees in 2013, easily making it the second largest comic book and pop culture gathering in the country. And Crain’s New York Business has ranked NYCC as the second largest event in New York City! We don’t toot our own horn often, but that’s pretty awesome!

Who is the organizer?

New York Comic Conn is another killer event by ReedPOP. ReedPOP also runs the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime, East and Australia, Star Wars Celebration, Special Edition: NYC, Oz Comic-Con, BookCon and the UFC Fan Expo.

Is New York Comic Con Affiliated With…

There are a number of comic book shows around the country and even around New York City. New York Comic Con is ONLY affiliated with C2E2: The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo and Special Edition: NYC. We do not run, do not staff, are not part of any other comic conventions. New York Comic Con is a ReedPOP show and is not affiliated with San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC).

Hours And Location

When is New York Comic Con?

New York Comic Con will be held October 9-12, 2014

What are the hours at New York Comic Con?

Show Floor:

  • Thursday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Artist Alley:

  • Thursday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Panels:

  • Thursday: 12:30 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM


Where Is New York Comic Con?

New York Comic Con is held at the Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan. The Javits Center is located at 655 West 34th Street.

How do I get to New York Comic Con?

Whether you're flying (by plane, broom or cape), driving or sitting on a train or bus, a full list of directions are available on our Travel Page.

Tickets

How much does it cost?

Tickets to NYCC vary in price. Check out our Buy Tickets page for the full breakdown.

Who Needs A Ticket?

All attendees six-years-old and up need a ticket to enter New York Comic Con October 9-12, 2014. Children 5 and under will be admitted for free all weekend and no ticket is required. Please note, NYCC recommends all children under 18 attend with an adult, and all children under 13 must have an adult with them while at the con. Sunday Kids Day Tickets ($5 each) are for those children 6-12 and advanced registration is required. Please be prepared to show proof of age onsite. Similar to other Tickets, Kids Day Tickets can and will sell out, so be sure to get yours early.

What's the Deal with Kids Day Tickets?

Sunday Kids Day Tickets for Sunday, October 12 are for those children 6-12 and advanced registration is required. Similar to other Tickets, Kids Day Tickets can and will sell out, so be sure to get yours early. Please be prepared to show proof of age onsite. We highly recommend that you purchase your Kids Day Ticket early as there is a chance that we will reach maximum capacity for Kids Day Tickets to NYCC 2014 prior to the deadline. Once all Kids Day Tickets are allocated, no more will be released.

How do I get a Ticket?

You will be able to purchase your NYCC Tickets in advance of the show online. Tickets will be rolling out in waves, so be sure to check back often to see which tickets are on sale. You will also be able to purchase tickets from many NYC area comic shops soon as well. A full list of comic shops that will have tickets will be provided the week before they go on sale. Here's an insider tip: Tickets sold out last year and none were available to purchase onsite. Buy your tickets early to secure your spot at the greatest NYCC yet!

What is the Ticket Mailing Deadline?

If you are purchasing your Ticket(s) on or before 11:59 PM EDT on September 12, 2014 your Ticket(s) will be mailed via USPS to the address you enter. If you order 5 or more Tickets, please note that UPS shipping will be automatically added to your order to ensure delivery. Please not that tickets will not begin to mail until September 2014 and no international orders will be shipped.

What's the Refund Policy?

Once you purchase a ticket it is yours to have and to hold forever, well at least until NYCC 2014. Sorry, we don’t offer refunds on any NYCC Tickets.

NYCC Safety And Weapons Policy

What do I do if I find/lose something?

Please bring all found items to the Show Office or the Security Office. The Lost and Found is located in the Security Office.

What if I get hurt?

If you're hurt reach out to the NYCC Staff, Crew or nearby Security and we'll get you the help you need!

What if I'm Harassed?

Harassment of any kind, including stalking, deliberate intimidation, unwelcome physical attention, physical assault and battery, will not be tolerated at NYCC. If it's illegal outside the convention center, it's illegal inside the convention center. Harassment is grounds for removal from the convention without refund as well as potential legal action. We want NYCC to be a safe, open and accepting environment for all Fans, and if you find yourself victim of harassment at the convention please come immediately to NYCC's Show Office.

What does NYCC think of Weapons?

Please read this entire policy before attending New York Comic Con. Failure to follow this policy may result in your removal from the convention without refund.

The following items are forbidden at New York Comic Con:
If you're bringing, buying or selling something that could maim, damage or cause serious bodily harm, we're going to take issue. The following items are forbidden at NYCC:

  • Functional firearms (including air soft guns, BB guns, cap guns, paintball guns and pellet guns)
  • Realistic replica firearms (including reproduction, fake or toy guns that can be confused for functional firearms)
  • Functional projectile weapons (including blow guns, crossbows, long bows, silly string, slingshots, water balloons and water guns)
  • Sharpened metal-bladed weapons (including axes, daggers, hatches, knives, kunai, shuriken, swords, sword canes and switch blades)
  • Explosives (including firecrackers and fireworks)
  • Chemical weapons (including mace and pepper spray)
  • Blunt weapons (including brass knuckles, clubs and nunchaku)
  • Hard prop weapons (including props made of metal, fiberglass and glass)
  • Instruments that cause excessive noise levels like vuvuzelas, grenade whistles and grenade horns
  • Whips
  • Aerosol mustard

Prop weapons will be allowed providing they are composed of cardboard, foam, wood or other light materials. Prop firearms are allowed only if they cannot be mistaken for real weapons. The barrel of all prop firearms must be covered with brightly-colored caps. Prop bows will be allowed providing all arrows have soft tips.

Basically, don't be an idiot.

What does NYCC think of Bootlegs?

The buying and selling of counterfeit / knock-off / unlicensed materials is not tolerated at New York Comic Con. NYCC is a celebration of the best of popular culture, and bootlegs have no place in the show. Violation of this rule will result in one and only one warning. A second violation and you'll be removed from the show.

Weapons and Bag Check

Management shall have sole discretion in any matter that it believes may affect public safety or be important to protect the integrity of the event.

Can You Watch My Kids?

Sorry. New York Comic Con does not provide Child Care services at this time.

What should I do if my child, friends, family or I get separated?

Find a NYCC staff member or security guard and we will help you locate your missing party. We suggest that when you arrive at NYCC you and your party pick a location to meet in case anyone does get lost.

Can You Page Someone For Me?

There is no PA system available inside the Javits. Arrange a time and a place to meet beforehand, or we suggest using those cool cell phone things.

Accessibility

Can I Bring My Pet?

If you have pets, please leave them at home. The Javits Center will not allow animals — except for service animals — into the building.

What's a medical badge?

Medical Badges are available to NYCC Fans who require special assistance. To find out more about the Medical Badge and what it entails visit our Fans with Special Needs Page.

Other Useful Information

Can I Take Pictures?

For the most part, you're welcome to take still pictures and video at New York Comic Con; however, please note that all photography and recording is prohibited during screenings and concerts in the Main Events Hall. Also, please understand that guests may or may not pose for photographs with Fans. Guests have a right to their privacy and if they ask not to have their picture taken, please respect their wishes.

Will I Be On Camera?

We attract local, national and international press including CBR, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, FOX News, G4TV, MTV, Newsarama, New York Post, People Magazine, Radio Disney, The New York Times, TV Guide, USA Today and much more. In purchasing this badge and in consideration for being admitted to the Event, the holder consents to being recorded (by audio, visual and/or other means) for exhibition and exploitation by any means in all media now known or hereafter devised worldwide in perpetuity. Holder also hereby: (1) releases Reed Exhibitions from any liability for loss or damage to persons or property, infringement of any right or any other claim or course of action of any kind; (2) authorizes and permits Reed Exhibitions and its designees which include but are not limited to all sponsors, exhibitors and contractors to use and authorize the use of his/her name, voice, likeness and all reproductions thereof by any means and in all media now and hereafter know for all purposes worldwide in perpetuity; and (3) agrees to comply with all rules and regulations of the event. Holder agrees not to make any recordings of any kind at designated activities without the express written permission of Reed Exhibitions. We reserve the right to deny entry or remove from the event facilities any person who in our sole and absolute discretion is behaving or threatening to behave in a manner which we reasonably consider to be disruptive of the event.

What is Artist Alley?

Artist Alley is the place to rub elbows with the greatest pencilers, inkers and writers from every corner of comics.

Will Guests Sign Autographs?

NYCC will feature hundreds of guests that will sign autographs in the Autograph Area, in Artist Alley, in private rooms and at various booths on the Show Floor. Guests will sign your NYCC Program Guide and only officially licensed DVDs, comics, toys and other collectibles, but they will not sign bootleg merchandise. While some guests will sign autographs at no charge, this is ultimately up to the guests' individual discretion. Please bring only one item to be signed during each autograph session and understand that guests may or may not post for photographs with Fans.

What is My Show Planner?

My Show Planner a free tool you can use to easily find Exhibitors, Artists, Show Specials and then add them to your personal show agenda. Sign in and start today!

A Room was full when I got there, so now I can't see a panel. What do I do?

Due to supply and demand and the limited number of seats available, unfortunately not everyone will get to see all the panels. That's why NYCC will be live-streaming popular panels so you can still take part in the fun! Check back before the show for exact room locations that will be hosting live streaming.

Do you clear the rooms between panels and screenings?

For the first time we will be clearing the Main Stage after each Panel. Only the Main Stage will be cleared after each Panel. No other Panel Rooms will be cleared.

Remember To Be Nice!

Please turn your cell phones off or to vibrate when you're in panel or screening rooms. If you must take or make a call, please step outside.

Is There A Coat Check?

Yup! The Javits Center operates a Coat Check open to all Exhibitors and Fans. It's located across from Starbucks on the Level 2 South Concourse overlooking the entrance to Main Events Hall-D. The cost is $3.00 per item. You can check briefcases, backpacks, umbrellas and luggage. There is a separate Coat Check for VIPs in the VIP Lounge.

Is There Wifi In The Javits?

Yes! WiFi access is available throughout the Javits Center for $4.95 per hour, $29.95 per Show day or $69.95 for 3 days. Simply connect to the network "Javits" and open up your Internet browser. When the browser loads it will automatically open a Javits WiFi entry page. Select your service and pay via credit card. A receipt will be emailed to you. The Javits Center wireless system is used primarily by our Fans and Exhibitors to check email and browse the Internet.

Can I Bring A Suitcase Or Handcart With Me?

Please be aware that handcarts, trolleys, oversized strollers, rolling luggage and wheeled backpacks are not allowed in the Exhibition Hall.

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