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 big and small screens. 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 185,000 Fans in 2016, easily making it the largest comic book and pop culture gathering in the country. We’re proud to be on the Village Voice’s Best of NYC® 2016. TL;DR: We’re kind of a big deal (but in a totally humble and not at all Ron Burgundy-like way).
Who is the organizer?
New York Comic Con is another killer event by ReedPOP. ReedPOP also runs the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Emerald City Comicon (ECCC), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) West, East, South and Australia, Star Wars Celebration, BookCon and more.
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, Emerald City Comicon and Special Edition: NYC. We do not run, do not staff, are not part of any other comic conventions in the US. New York Comic Con is a ReedPOP show and is not affiliated with San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC).
How do I get a Ticket?
You must have a Fan Verification profile to attend NYCC (whether you’re buying the ticket for yourself or someone is buying it for you). Make sure you check out our Buy Tickets page for complete details.
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!
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 for New York Comic Con October 5-8, 2017. Please be prepared to show proof of age onsite. 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 NYCC.
What is the Ticket Mailing Deadline?
If you are purchasing your Ticket(s) on or before 11:59 PM EDT on August 26, 2016 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 note that tickets will not begin to mail until late August/early September 2016.
International orders will have the option to have Tickets mailed or picked up onsite.
If you are purchasing after 11:59 PM EST on August 26, 2016, please bring your printed confirmation to the Javits Center to exchange for your NYCC Ticket.
What's the Refund Policy?
Once you purchase a Ticket it is yours to have and to hold forever, well at least until NYCC 2017. Sorry, we don’t offer refunds on any NYCC Tickets.
What are the security expectations at NYCC?
The safety and security of our staff, exhibitors, and fans is our priority. We work closely with the venue, corporate security, state, local, and federal law enforcement authorities to identify risks, assess them, and develop security plans for our events.
Everyone attending NYCC should be aware that the following are in place:
Everyone attending NYCC is requested to:
- Security may approach you to assist outside, at entry, or inside NYCC
- Everyone must wear their NYCC badge at all times. This includes exhibitors, vendors, fans (attendees), speakers, guests, artists, professionals, press, staff, and crew.
- Security procedures are fully operational at our events to keep the supervillains at bay
- Bag checks are in operation at our events to keep out tesseracts and the like
- Walkthrough or hand held scanners may be in operation at our events
- CCTV in operation at our events is monitored and recorded
- Uniformed and covert (secret identities ftw!) Security Guards and Police are in attendance at our event
- Canine Security and Detection is in operation at some of our events
- Keep personal property with you at all times and don't leave any items unattended
- Report anything that looks unusual, suspicious, or just out of place to NYCC Staff, Security, or Crew
- Remain patient and courteous with NYCC Staff and Security undertaking security checks. We have your best interests at heart and want to get you inside the building as quickly as possible
- Follow the instructions of NYCC Staff at all times
- On the final day you're attending NYCC, keep your badge as a souvenir or dispose of it inside the venue or when you've returned home. Don't sell it to scalpers who may be outside on the streets. Don't throw it away in trash cans outside the venue. Scalpers are sneaky and will find a way to grab it and upsell it to an unsuspecting fan who doesn't have a ticket
- Carry a recognized form of photo ID at all times (of your actual identity, not your secret one)
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?
New York Comic Con has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for harassment of any kind, including but not limited to:
- offensive verbal comments
- physical assault and/or battery
- harassing or non-consensual photography or recording
- sustained disruption of Panels, signings, and other events
- bathroom policing
- inappropriate physical contact
- unwelcome physical attention
in relation to, but not limited to:
- national origin
- gender identity
- gender presentation
- sexual orientation
- body size
If a person engages in harassing behavior, New York Comic Con (NYCC) Staff will take prompt action in any form they deem appropriate, including expulsion from NYCC with no refund. Our policy applies to EVERYONE at the convention. Exhibitors, Fans (Attendees), Speakers, Guests, Professionals, Press, Staff, Volunteers and Security are all subject to our Anti-Harassment Policy.
For more information and details on reporting harassment, please visit our Anti-Harassment Policy Page
What does NYCC think of weapons and firearms used as cosplay props?
Please be advised that The Theater at Madison Square Garden has specific rules regarding cosplay. You can find the rules and regulations here.
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. This policy applies to any and all venues hosting New York Comic Con events.
At the discretion of Security onsite, the following may be allowed:
- Plastic and Metal Shields
- Lightweight Plastic/PVC Props/Light Sabers
- Toy guns as long as they do not look like real ones, cannot function or shoot projectiles and have an orange tip on the barrel. The barrel of all prop firearms must be covered with brightly-colored caps. Prop bows will be allowed providing all arrows have soft tips made of foam or cardboard.
If any of the above items are deemed unsafe by NYCC Security, they will not be allowed inside the building. They will only be allowed as long as they are deemed safe and will not cause harm onsite.
If you're bringing, buying or selling something that could maim, damage or cause 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, PVC, wood and glass)
- Instruments that cause excessive noise levels like vuvuzelas, grenade whistles and grenade horns
- Aerosol mustard
- Selfie sticks
Basically, don't be an idiot.
Can I fly a drone around NYCC?
Nope, drones are not allowed inside the Javits Center or at NYCC.
Are Selfie Sticks Allowed?
No, Selfie Sticks are not allowed at NYCC.
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 pop 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.
We will perform bag checks of attendees as well as tagging prop weapons with a different color band every show day. This will take place at the entrance tent on the Inner Roadway as well as the Crystal Palace.
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.
Where can I pick up stuff I lost at NYCC?
Lost & Found at the Javits Center is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The phone number is (212) 216-2344. The Public Safety Division keeps lost items for 30 days and lost valuables for up to three months.
Can I take pictures and video?
For the most part, you’re welcome to take still pictures and video at New York Comic Con. Note that recording (including live-streaming apps) and flash photography are not permitted in Panels, Concerts or Screenings. Recording and photos are also not permitted in certain parts of NYCC’s Autographing Hall in 1B. 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 Late Night with Seth Meyers, 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?
My Show a free tool you can use to easily find Exhibitors, Artists, Show Specials and then add them to your personal show agenda.
A Panel Room was full when I got there, so I couldn’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 livestreamed popular panels so you can still take part in the fun! Tune in here to catch what you missed.
Do you clear the rooms between Panel and Screenings?
New York Comic Con 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.
Can I have my wedding at NYCC?
Thank you for thinking of NYCC in this special way! We love that you want to get married at our event, but with the crowd and size of NYCC we are not equipped to deliver such a special experience. We wouldn’t want anything outside of our control to ruin this important day in your lives.
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?
The Javits Center has been fitted with a high-density wireless Internet access system. This service includes FREE wireless Internet access up to 256K of bandwidth. The free WiFi service has been optimized for light business uses such as simple web browsing and e-mail. Video streaming and other high bandwidth needs will be better served by other Internet services available at the Javits Center.
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 on the Show Floor.
How do I learn more about graffiti artwork like what appears in the NYCC graphics?
Andre P. Charles, a noted local graffiti artist, and the owner of the copyright for the “NYC Collection” (a graffiti presentation of the letters NYC). Andre P. Charles will be appearing in New York Comic Con’s Artists Alley. New York Comic Con is a licensee of Mr. Charles on the NYC Collection work.
And Now a Word From Our Legal Team...
Tickets and/or badges (“Badges”) for the event (“Event”) are non-refundable and non-transferable and cannot be reproduced, resold or upgraded. The unauthorized resale or attempted resale of the Badge is prohibited and will constitute a forfeiture of the Badge without compensation. Each Badge must be used by the same person (the “Attendee”) for each day of the Event. The Event’s operating hours, schedules, guests and speakers are subject to change or cancellation without notice. Each Badge is a revocable license to attend the Event. All panels, autographing, photo ops, special events, show features and performances are subject to availability and access is not guaranteed and/or may require an additional fee. ReedPOP is not responsible for lost or stolen Badges. The Attendee acknowledges there are hazards and risks of physical injury or illness to Attendees of the Event and that not all such hazards or risks can be fully eliminated. By accepting this Badge and attending the Event, the Attendee freely and voluntarily agrees to assume the full risk of bodily injury or property damage, regardless of severity, or death that Attendee may sustain as a result of attending the Event, whether or not caused by the negligence or gross negligence of ReedPOP.