Main Stage Clearing

New York Comic Con will once again clear the Main Stage after each Panel.

This year fans will have two options to reserve a seat in a Main Stage panel!

Option 1

We have a special perk for our legacy fans, aka fans who have previously attended NYCC and have been Fan Verified before 2019. If that's you, you'll have first access to the lottery and are eligible to enter from Monday, September 16 to Tuesday, September 20 at 5:00 PM ET. You will receive your exclusive link via email on Monday, September 16.

All other fans are eligible to enter from Friday, September 23 to Tuesday, September 27 at 5:00 PM ET.

For any legacy fans who forget to enter early, you can also enter from September 23 to September 27.

Option 2

You can tap your Badge in the morning in the 1C Queue Hall to reserve your seat. There will be lines dedicated to each Main Stage Panel and you'll simply tap your badge to reserve your spot. That Panel will be coded into your Badge and when you arrive back in the Queue Hall prior to that Panel, you will tap your Badge again for entry into the Main Stage. Our super smart system will know that your spot is reserved.

That’s a quick snapshot so please read this page carefully for full badge tapping instructions.

Entering the Queue Hall

HOORAY! It's finally New York Comic Con and you're in the Javits Center. So, what's next? As you enter the building, you'll be ushered by our friendly NYCC Staff and Crew into the Queue Hall in Hall 1C. Two big whiteboards will tell you which Main Stage Panels are full and which still have space available.

We anticipate that some Panels will fill up as soon as we let Fans into the building so please plan accordingly.

You will walk straight past the Main Stage Panel signs to the back of the Queue Hall. NYCC Crew Members will direct you to the left if you want to line up for a Main Stage Panel. If Panels aren’t your thing, you will be directed to the right for the line to get onto the Show Floor.

Lining Up For the Panel You Want To See

There are up to six Panels on the Main Stage each day. There are also six individual lines for each of the Main Stage Panels in the Queue Hall. Each line will be clearly labeled with the name of one of the Main Stage Panels for that day.

Enter the line for the Panel you want to see and walk straight to the front (or until you hit the back of the line). Every Fan that gets in line will be counted. Once we hit maximum capacity – based on the number of seats available in the Main Stage – that specific Panel's line will close and we will cap the line. Once that line is capped, there is no more room in the Main Stage for this Panel and no one else will be allowed in line.

There will be no overflow room.

Tapping your Badge to enter a Panel

Every Fan in line will tap their Badge to reserve their space in the specific Panel they want to see. Badge tapping will occur in the individual Panel lines.

You will receive one Badge tap per Badge and you must be present to receive a Badge tap. A friend or family member cannot have your Badge tapped for you. Our team will tap your Badge using a scanner and this will confirm your space in the Main Stage for the Panel you are in line for.

Please note: If you leave the line for any reason before your Badge is tapped, you may forfeit your place in line and will have to go to the back of the line or may not be allowed back in line based on maximum capacity.

What Happens Next?

Once your Badge is tapped you have three options:

  • You can wait in that Panel line until the Panel begins
  • You can hop in line for another Panel that doesn't have a capped line
  • You can hop in line for the Show Floor and enjoy the rest of the Show! We would rather see you out enjoying all that NYCC has to offer instead of waiting in line all day

Getting Back In Line Before the Panel Starts

If you leave the Queue Hall after having your Badge tapped, please arrive 35 minutes prior to the Panel start time to gain entry. Make extra time for yourself and show up early. The crowds are large at NYCC and sometimes it can take longer to get around than you think.

When you arrive before the Panel begins, head into the same line for that Panel and wait until you are let into the Main Stage. Your will once again tap your Badge in order to gain entry into the Panel line and into the Main Stage.

  • If you tapped your Badge in the morning for that Panel, the scanner will light up green.
  • If you’re sneaky and trying to get in line for a capped Panel without tapping your Badge, the scanner will light up red you will be removed from the line.

This process will be used every day of the Show, but may fluctuate based on the needs of the day. If any changes are made onsite, NYCC Staff, Crew and Security will be there to assist with any questions and provide clear instructions.

All Panels are first-come first-served. If there's a Panel you really want to see we recommend you arrive early and get your Badge tapped for the Panel of your choosing. Once we tap the maximum capacity of Badges and fill all available Panel space, no more Badges will be tapped.

Let's Recap

Whew! We know that was a lot of information to absorb. Here's a quick breakdown to help you remember:

  1. View the signs right inside the Queue Hall to see which Main Stage Panels have reached maximum capacity and which still have space available (and which ones you want to go to!)
  2. Head to the back left of the Queue Hall to line up for the Main Stage Panel you want to see
  3. Wait in line until NYCC Crew or Staff ask you to tap your Badge
    • OR: Get your Badge tapped as you enter your queue line
  4. If you leave the line after getting your Badge tapped, arrive at least 35 minutes prior to the Panel start time
  5. Head into the same line for that Panel
  6. Make sure your Badge is ready to be tapped when you are let into the Main Stage
  7. Enjoy the Panel

View the Queue Hall Map

This process applies to these Badge types: Single Day, Premium Exhibitor, Exhibitor, Artist Alley, Press, Panelist, Guest, Industry, off-duty Crew and Medical Sticker holders.

NYCC will only be clearing the Main Stage. No other Panel rooms inside the Javits Center will be cleared.

Have a great time at NYCC!

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