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 2019 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 big list of tips and tricks.

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 photo kiosks and be entered to win cool prizes at our NYCC XP tap towers. It's also where your pre-show lotteries you won will live!

Show hours. Planning your trip can be hectic enough with hotels, flights, and shows. Take note of our Will Call & Show Hours so that you’re arriving right on time:

NYCC Will Call Hours:

Fan, Pro, & Press Badges:

  • Tuesday, October 1 – 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM*
  • Wednesday, October 2 – 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM*
  • Thursday, October 3 – 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday, October 4 – 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, October 5 – 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday, October 6 – 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

Show Floor:

  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM*
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM*
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM*
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

*Artist Alley closes at 8:00 PM.


  • Thursday: 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM

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 and @NYCCLines.


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!

@NYCCLines on Twitter

We know how lames lines are, so we're your eyes on the ground with the @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 Connections Housing. 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.


Make sure you know where you're going! Check out our maps:

Lions, tigers, 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!”

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

Exhibitor List Exhibitor Exclusives Show Specials

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.

The Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center is located at 311 W 34TH ST.

Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden is located at 4 Pennsylvania Plaza.

Panel Schedule 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 our celebration of your love for all things anime. Located just a block away from the Javits Center, it is the NYCC home for exclusive and intimate anime panels and signings, interactive and immersive experiences, after hours parties, and a place to geek out and connect with other fans in a space that NYCC has created just for you.

If you have a valid NYCC Badge, access to the 1st floor of the Hudson Mercantile is included, however all 6th floor events are separately ticketed.

If you have a ticket to an Anime Fest @ NYCC event, you will have access to the first floor included with your ticket. No NYCC Badge or fan verification required.

See Events Anime Fest FAQs

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 Ops

Your pre-purchase of a photo op does not put you at the front of the line. Please show up 15 mins before your scheduled time. If you didn't pre-purchase, make sure you have cash on you.

Buy Photo Ops Photo Op FAQs


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 lifestyle.

Main Stage Panels

The Main Stage 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 Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden and the Hammerstein Ballroom, are cleared. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, unless you won a lottery and have a reserved seat!

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 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 hefty fee, so save yourself the time and money and bring cash! Autographs and photo ops purchased at the show are cash only, and there may be other unexpected cash only exhibitors.
  • CASHLESS PAY – spend more time exploring and less time checking out with cashless pay, presented by Citi! Load up your RFID wristband when you arrive and simply tap to pay at participating exhibitors. Learn more here.
  • 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 it to social! Please ask permission before you take someone’s photo and keep in mind that Cosplay is not Consent.
  • 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 plugs, bricks, and chargers with you! If you forget yours, have no fear!
  • IPHONE, IPAD, ANDROID, ASTROMECH, GAMEBOY – whatever web-enabled device you need to download the NYCC app (available here!) and entertain yourself while in line at NYCC while planning your schedule.

What not to bring

Please keep in mind that the safety and security of our fans, staff, and exhibitors is our top priority. If you’re not sure if it’s safe to bring, it’s best to leave it at home.

NYCC Safety and Weapons Policy

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 Penguin Random House Book Club

Penguin Random House will be running Book Club sessions with early access to upcoming books! This is an exciting opportunity to read a new science fiction, horror, or occult and supernatural book before it is released, meet fellow book lovers and NYCC fans, and get some cool swag from Penguin Random House.

Read all about it

Sponsors & Friends of the Show

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