Professional Programming

Where? River Pavilion and across the show!
When? All weekend! 
Thursday - Saturday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM 
Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

*Thursday is open to Industry Professional with Artist Alley, Professional, Panelist, Exhibitor, and Press Badge Types

ReedPop is proud to offer fans to New York Comic Con a weekend of professional programming along with the excitement of NYCC! If you are attending as a Professional Retailer, Creator, Librarian, Lawyer, Game Developer or any part of the industry, please join us for four days of content built for you. Most of this programming is accessible by all badge types! On top of that -- will also have quite space for you to take meetings. Welcome Home, Pros.

The New York Public Library’s Center for Educators and Schools (CES)

Join us for a day of programming and professional development for librarians and educators, including curated panels that feature teachers, scholars, and creators. This event is presented in partnership with The New York Public Library's Center for Educators and Schools, an initiative devoted to ensuring educators can make the most of the world-renowned resources of the Library. Find programs and services tailored to the educator community, including ready-to-use curricula that feature the Library’s collections, exhibition tours and tools that highlight the treasures of the Library, professional development opportunities through fellowships and credit-bearing workshops, school support and outreach, curated book lists, and more: Follow #NYPL-CTLE for more in the schedule!

Thursday October 12, Continuing Teacher & Leader Education (CTLE) Credits

Eligible New York State educators can receive CTLE credit for attending specified panels during NYCC Professional Day. Participants must complete an evaluation form after each session, following instructions from NYPL's Center for Educators and Schools staff. Certificates will be emailed within two weeks of attendance. Email [email protected] with any questions about CTLE credits.

Panels that will be eligible for credit:

  • NYC Civics For All Comics Group 23-24 Preview
  • Geekspaces Assemble! Safe spaces for our marginalized communities
  • Comics in College, Pop-Culture Pedagogy, and Fandom Final Projects
  • Anti-Drag Laws and the Future of Cosplay
  • Book Bans and Censorship: The New American Epidemic
  • Going Beyond the Pages: How to Design Library Fandom Conventions
  • Kids as Content Creators: Engaging Media-Savvy Students
  • CCCC [ C Squared]: Creating Comic Content for Curriculums!
  • Why Comics? Comic Books in the Classroom and the Battle for Their Place
  • Jewish identity in comics outside the Holocaust
  • From Pixels to Pride: Exploring LGBTQ+ Representation in Video Games and its Impact on Mental Health
  • Great Responsibility: Teaching History with Comics

Day of Manga Presented by Manga in Libraries

Friday, October 13

Come join us as we talk with professionals in the retailer, library, and educator fields about how Manga can be used in all aspects of your industry. This programming is geared toward Professionals, Educators, and Librarians and is open to all badge types like Pro, Panelist, Exhibitor, Fan, Press, etc. Check the app for more info and times!

Exploring Manga: Publisher Picks for Must Read Titles • Sponsored by
Manga in Libraries

Unveiling the Wonders of Manga and Manhwa
with Yen Press • Sponsored by Yen Press

Honoring BIPOC Voices in Manga: A Celebration of Diversity with SaturdayAM • Sponsored by SaturdayAM

Embarking on a Manga Publishing Journey with Kodansha • Sponsored by Kodansha

Manga for Kids: Why Is It So Hard To Find? • Sponsored by Mangasplaining

Pro Tables

Pop Culture Classroom

Tabling on Thursday October 12 and Friday October 13 in River Pavilion. 
Pop Culture Classroom works to inspire a love of learning, increase literacy, celebrate diversity, and build community through the tools of popular culture and the power of self-expression. We provide educators, librarians, and parents with FREE resources to unlock the academic and social-emotional learning potential that lies within the media that kids, teens, and adults already love, such as graphic novels, manga and anime, board games, video games, TTRPGs, cosplay, and sci-fi/fantasy. Visit our table or panel sessions to learn more about our free comics, curricular units, graphic novel teaching guides, the Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards, and more! Or, visit us in the Family HQ on Saturday and Sunday for free and fun arts and crafts activities for the whole family.  

Book Industry Charitable Foundation

Tabling on Thursday October 12 and Friday October 13 in River Pavilion.

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation’s mission is to strengthen the bookselling and comic retailing communities through charitable programs that support employees, owners, and their families. The Foundation was imagined and built by booksellers and proudly continues to be their safety net.  It is our vision to be a caring community of book and comic people.

Manga in Libraries

Tabling on Thursday October 12 and Friday October 13 in River Pavilion. 

Our mission is to assist librarians in the seamless integration of manga into their library spaces, curricula, and program initiatives. Through carefully curated book lists, insightful webinars, interactive workshops, and enlightening panels, Manga in Libraries is dedicated to providing comprehensive resources that cater to the diverse interests and needs of our communities. 

Professionals Only

Thursday, October 12 • Comics Professionals & Retailers

Open to Industry Professionals with Artist Alley, Professional, Panelist, Exhibitor, and Press Badge Types.

Retailer Signings, ComicsPro, Comics Industry Social Hour, ICV2


ATTN Comic Industry Pros: Join us for the ReedPop Industry Summit @ NYCC 2023, presented by Comic Sketch Art. The evening will feature industry heavyweights and keynote speakers Katie Pryde (Owner of Books With Pictures in Portland, OR), Marie Javins (Editor in Chief, DC), and Tom Taylor (Comic Creator on Titans, Nightwing, Superman: Son of Kal-El, DC Comics). Connect with budding and established professionals alike; light food and beverages will be served.  Learn more: 

Lunar Distribution Breakfast

Lunar Distribution will be holding an annual breakfast for Comic Book Store Retailers. This breakfast will have news, updates and industry talks about the Comic Book Industry. This will be held in the River Pavilion @NYCC and you must sign up in advance to be in attendance. 

Pro Lounge

Pro Lounge is open to Pro Badges only.

Looking for a private place to converse with other professionals? Need to take a break from all the handshaking on the Show Floor? In need of an area to co-work or simply charge your phone? Visit the Pro Lounge in River Pavilion! Kick back and relax, it’s pros only in this area. Small meeting rooms will be available on a first-come first served basis.

Professional Portfolio Reviews 

ReedPop is Partnering with Marvel and DC to bring you Portfolio reviews by Editors in the industry. Check out the info to submit your portfolios.