After Dark

Where? Hall 1E and Level 4 Panel Rooms 
When? All weekend! 
Thursday, Friday and Saturday after the Show Floor closes!

The party doesn’t stop when the Show Floor closes! There’s a ton left to do at NYCC after the lights go down. Whether you want to sing your heart out at our late-night karaoke, play some games and grab a drink with friends, or geek out over: anime, comic books, or cosplay, we got it all!


The Escape to Shining Vale

Friday, October 13 · 7:30 PM-9:30 PM · 21+ · Registration Required To Attend

STARZ presents “Escape to Shining Vale”, a spine-tingling soirée Inspired by the original horror comedy series Shining Vale. Prepare to enter through an asylum and into Shining Vale, where you’ll be transported right into the Phelps’ family home. Join STARZ and NYCC for a night of laughter, scares, and unforgettable memories this Friday the 13th and don't be afraid to RSVP, because in Shining Vale, the only thing scarier than the party is missing it!

This sponsored event is not eligible for first access to VIP badge holders.

Paramount+ Presents Peak Screaming After Dark

Saturday, October 14 · 8:00 PM-11:00 PM · 21+ · Registration Required To Attend

Step inside, if you dare… to our laboratory of scares. Be electrified by specialty concoctions and light up the dance floor in your favorite spooky attire as our mad scientist DJ spins the night away. From creepy sights to eerie delights, it’s gonna be a scream!

This sponsored event is not eligible for first access to VIP badge holders.


NYCC Karaoke

October 12, 13, and 14 in Room 406.3!

Welcome to NYCC Karaoke! Enjoy spectating or participating in this singing fest as we all come together and tap into our inner rockstar!  

Nerd Nite: E.T., Maggots, and Hangovers, Together Again

Friday October 13 at 7:45 PM • Room 406.1

Nerd Nite NYC just turned 18-years-old in September, and we want to celebrate with you, our beloved NYCC kindred spirits! Join us at our NYCC panel for three rapid-fire, fun-yet-informative Nerd Nite presentations about the weirdo marketing of E.T., maggot therapy in 2023, and how to cure a hangover. And in addition to the presentations, we’ll give you an exclusive sneak preview of our new book coming out in February via St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan, How to Win Friends and Influence Fungi: Collected Quirks of Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math from Nerd Nite. See it at NYCC first!

It's Written in the Stars: Magical Girls & Astrology

Thursday October 12 at 7:45 PM • Room 406.1

In this panel Anibaes Anime will discuss the connection between astrology and some of our favorite magical girl characters!

Well, this Bites - Creating a Last of Us Inspired Cordyceps Bite with SFX Techniques! 


Special effects make up often seems unattainable for cosplayers. But it doesn’t have to be.  

Join Molly, Nama'Slay Cosplay, as she walks you through a hands-on demo of creating your own cordyceps bite using facial tissue, liquid latex, and bruise wheel make up. She has used this technique to create her own Last of Us Clicker cosplay, as well as used similar techniques for her Gorr the God Butcher, generic zombie, and various undead cosplays.

Magnificent Danger - Video Game Music Brass Band

Saturday October 14 at 9:45 PM • Room 1C03

Magnificent Danger is a collective of mobile brass and percussion dishing out weird and funky mashups of iconic tunes from your favorite video games and anime. Our eclectic fusion of big band, New Orleans second line, riot jazz, funk, and hip-hop creates a bizarre but danceable party appreciated by musicians and nerds alike.


Free-to-Play Gaming

Roll for initiative. Think board games are hardly ever boring? Well, we've got you covered. Grab some friends and get ready to play. Head to Hall 1E for our Board Game Library, Paint-and Take Arena, TCG, and Dungeons & Dragons, our awesome gaming Partners!

Art Auction

You Can Make A Difference! The NYCC Charity Art Auction benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; an internationally recognized organization for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Your participation in this event will help support lifesaving research and treatment for the children of St. Jude. Come down and bid with other art enthusiasts for the chance to own a piece of original art from some of your favorite creators, all for a good cause! Have Fun. Get Art. Save Lives.

Crafts After Dark

Because crafting isn't just for kids! Try your hand at some lo-fi activities, drink and draw your best cosplay caricature, or make something epic to take home with you in NYCC’s independent craft workshops. Get nostalgic and throw it back to being a 90’s kid by making a super cool Beaded Lizard, tell your BFF you love them by making a cute Friendship Bracelet, or have a go at making Pom Pom key chains, earrings and bookmarks.