Ultimate Fan Guide to New York Comic Con

You are now a part of the NYCC family! Whether you’re a first-time fan or a seasoned NYCC veteran, there’s always something to enjoy– and we’re determined to make 2018 the best NYCC you’ve ever attended. To help you make the most out of the unforgettable experience, we’ve gathered the most important info you need to know. Check out our list of tips and tricks.

One badge to rule them all! Before we jump into the ultimate fan guide, the best piece of advice we can give you is to activate your badge.

Activate your badge: Before you get to the show you will want to activate your NYCC badge so that it uniquely identifies you. Badge Activation is required. Badge Activation is there to protect you so that if you lose your badge, or it gets stolen by a villain, we can replace it for you. (Although, we do charge for replacement badges so we recommend that you hold onto yours as tightly as possible.) It'll also provide you with cool experiences as you walk around the show – you'll be able to take photos at our photo kiosks and be entered to win cool prizes at our NYCC XP tap towers. It's also where your photo ops, presale autographs, and any preshow lotteries you won will live! Hey, we did say one badge to rule them all, right?

It's dangerous to go alone, take this.

We’ve got your covered before the show, at the show and on the floor with our NYCC Official App, My Show planning feature, and @NYCCLines.

NYCC Mobile App

Trust us – you’ll be lost without it! Attend NYCC like a pro and download the Official NYCC App. The app gives you the most up-to-date information on panels, autographing times, exhibitor and artist alley lists, and so much more in the palm of your hand.

Keep that app updated: Remember to open the app before you get to the Javits and download the latest updates. If the app doesn't update for you, please delete and reinstall – that should fix it!

Download the app now!


My Show lets you plan: With so much to see at NYCC, you’ll want to make sure you’re in all the right places. When you set up your My Show account, you’ll be able to add items to your schedule and modify it in the app or on your desktop. You can favorite all the exhibitors, panels, and autographing sessions you want to see and add them to your schedule, so you don’t miss a thing. Log into My Show.

#NYCC PROTIP: When you find a panel or autographing session you want to add to your schedule, you can set up a reminder for that event!

@NYCCLines on Twitter

We know how lames lines are, so we are your eyes on the ground with @NYCCLines. Twitter account! We’ll keep you updated and tweet when a panel or activation still has room left or if it becomes full.

Follow @NYCCLines on Twitter

Find the brick tap three up, two across… or how to get to NYCC.

Hotel and travel

No one wants to walk the Show Floor like a zombie (unless that's your cosplay) so make sure you get some sleep! Save some green, and book a hotel in our special block through our official hotel travel experts OnPeak. You also don’t want to get lost, because that would be bad. As diligently as Frodo charted a course to Mount Doom, so too you must trek to NYCC by checking out our Directions & Travel Info.

Entrance Procedure

Do you already have your badge in hand? Look for the green entrance! There will be two this year and NYCC Staff will direct you to the one closest to where you're arriving from (example: if you're arriving from the subway you'll enter through one entrance and if you're arriving from the east side of Manhattan, you'll enter through another entrance). Our staff outside will direct you to the one that will be fastest for you so make sure to follow their instructions.

Have you purchased a badge online and need to pick it up? You're going to enter through the Blue Entrance in the Crystal Palace located on 11th Avenue and 35th Street. We strongly recommend picking up your badge early so you have it when you arrive for the show and can avoid any Will Call lines.

Will Call

If you did not receive your badges by mail, don’t worry. Bring your confirmation ID on your phone, or printed out, along with a form of ID to Will Call in the Crystal Palace and we can assist. If you want to pick up the badges on behalf of someone else, or if you want someone else to pick up your badges for you, make sure whoever is picking up the badges has the confirmation ID available, forwarded from the fan verified email address of the person who purchased the tickets, as well as a form of ID.

The hours to pick up your badges are as follows:

  • Tuesday, Oct 3 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM*
  • Wednesday, Oct 4 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM*
  • Thursday, Oct 5 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Friday, Oct 6 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, Oct 7 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Sunday, Oct 8 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

*the NYCC team strongly recommends you pick up your badges on Tuesday or Wednesday to avoid the Will Call line on Thursday


Lions, tiger and bears, oh my!

Show Floor

As you walk NYCC's Show Floor, you’ll see plenty of our incredible exhibitors. At their booths, you’ll have the opportunity to add more comics to your collection, pick up a shirt featuring your favorite fandom, or snag exclusives. Whether it’s our Exhibitor Exclusives that you can only get at NYCC, our Official NYCC Merch exclusives that are created especially by us for our fans, or our amazing Deals that showcase what our exhibitors are doing that sets them apart from the rest, you’ll be screaming “Shut up and take my money!”

The Block at NYCC, located on the Show Floor in front of aisles 575 through 975, brings together art, design, collectible toys, and fashion of the underground pop culture scene along with the tastemakers, trendsetters, artists and the brands that they create.

Make sure to bring plenty of cash because the Show Floor has it all.

#NYCC Pro Tip: Grab cash at an ATM before heading to the Javits Center as ATM lines can get long.

Artist Alley presented by comiXology

There’s plenty of stuff to take home and cherish after NYCC is over, but nothing is more unique than an original illustration from one of our artists in Artist Alley presented by comiXology. Love DC Comics and Doctor Who? Commission an artist draw Harley Quinn hanging out in the TARDIS. Or better yet, request they draw YOU in the TARDIS saving all of humanity from whatever perilous forces seek to destroy it. The possibilities are endless.

Artist Alley List

Offsite Panels

If you're interested in going directly to an offsite panel location first thing in the morning, as long as you have your NYCC badge, you can! Fans are not required to stop by the Javits Center before heading to our offsite venues.

Remember: You must have a valid NYCC Badge for the specific day of the panel(s) you'd like to see.

Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Anime Fest @ NYCC x Anime Expo

Anime Fest @ NYCC x Anime Expo is dedicated to Japanese guests, a curated Artist Alley, creative classes, Instagram-worthy activations, cosplay, and more. You can check out all the Otaku fun at Pier 94.

Your Anime Fest @ NYCC badge will also give you access to these specific NYCC panels (as long as you have an Anime Fest @ NYCC badge valid for the day of that panel) at our offsite venues:

  • DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender | Friday, October 5 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM | Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center
  • Dragon Ball Super: Broly Panel | Friday, October 5 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM | The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
  • RWBY and gen:LOCK Mega Panel | Sunday, October 7 | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM | The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Seats will be available to both NYCC and Anime Fest @ NYCC badge holders on a first-come, first-served basis.

Schedule of Panels and Meetups at AFNYCC AFNYCC Badge Activation

Be still my beating heart! Meeting your fave.

Whether you’re a Whovian, an Avenger, part of the Dothraki, or a gamer, we’ve got an amazing guest for you. See who’s coming to our Photo Op and Autographing Area in the NYCC app or printed Program Guide. Don’t be shy – get an autograph or photo op today. Check out the tabs for some #NYCC Pro Tips, and schedules!

Photo Op

#NYCC Pro Tip: Your pre-purchase of a photo op does not put you at the front of the line. Please show up15 mins before your scheduled time. If you didn't pre-purchase, make sure you have cash on you.

Buy Photo Op Photo Ops FAQ


#NYCC Pro Tip: If you want some time to chat with your fave then make sure you get an autograph! Unlike Photo Ops, you have more time to swoon over them--er, um, we mean chat with them!

Autographing Schedule Buy Autographs


It's more than a con, it's a life style.

Main Stage Panels

Here is a quick break down on how Main Stage panels work. This is the only room that we clear out after each panel, and the only room that you can tap your badge every morning in the Queue Hall to reserve your spot in the room for the panels each day. For a guide so comprehensive you'd think that Hermione Granger wrote it, click here.

As a reminder, we only clear the Main Stage. No other panel room at NYCC, including our offsite venues The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden and the Hammerstein Ballroom, are cleared. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

What to bring

As con veterans, we recommend bringing a few things:

  • BAG OF HOLDING – you’ll want to bring a large tote bag or backpack to cart around all of your awesome NYCC exclusives you pick up throughout the show.
  • REFILLABLE WATER BOTTLE AND SNACKS – so you don’t have to wait in line to buy water or a snack and you’ll never come close to dehydration or starvation! No one wants that. Fill up, drink up, and don’t go hungry!  (Please note that some offsite venues, including the Hammerstein Ballroom and the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, do not allow outside food or beverage to be brought in.)
  • SURVIVAL KIT – the necessities you don’t think about until you need them: tissues, hand sanitizer, Band-Aids, aspirin, deodorant, chapstick, zombie repellent... you know, the basics.
  • CASH – the ATMs often have long lines and charge a fee, so save yourself the time and money and bring cash! Autographs and photo ops at the show are cash only, and there may be other unexpected cash only exhibitors.CAMERA – you’ll want to snap a pic of all the awesome cosplays you see or use it for the inevitable selfies you’ll have to take. Make sure to use #NYCC when you share to social! Please ask permission before you take someone’s photo and keep in mind that Cosplay is not Consent (link to anti-harassment)
  • COMIC BOOK BAGS AND BOARDS – protect your precious comic book purchases!
  • POWER – A long day at NYCC can quickly drain those devices in your pocket. Bring your chargers with you! If you forget yours, have no fear! We'll have charging stations onsite brought to you by Smarty Pants.
  • IPHONE, IPAD, DROID, GAMEBOY, TAMAGOTCHI – whatever web-enabled device you need to download the NYCC app (available soon!) and entertain yourself while in line at NYCC.

Food Guide

Walking the Show Floor can leave a fan hungry, don't worry – we got you. Check out our specially curated food guide!

Food Guide

From day-to-night NYCC has got something planned for you!

NYCC Presents

NYCC Presents brings the fun of the big show to various venues around the Big Apple, like the Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center, The Way Station, Stonewall Inn, Shop Studios, Rock Bar NYC, and a ton more. NYCC Presents keeps the celebration going with awesome events that feature concerts, live podcasts, comedy acts, and more.

Check out all of the events

The Studios @ NYCC

The Studio @ NYCC, powered by Entertainment Weekly and MPAA, brings you inside the worlds of entertainment and storytelling by connecting you with top tier talent and creators through a series of masterclasses, workshops and exclusive conversations. Hear industry luminaries discuss their craft in an intimate setting sure to spark your creativity and inspire conversation. The Studio @ NYCC is your place to explore storytelling in all its forms including art, books, film & TV, music, tech and more.

Check them all out

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