The dust has settled and NYCC 2016 has come to a close. As I write this article I wanted to highlight a small departure from my initial plan, which was to write con diary articles for each day I attended. With so much going on Saturday and some limitations in writing notes (due mainly to ensuring intellectual property shown in panels were not recorded) I decided instead to combine my Saturday and Sunday experiences into one article.
My primary objectives for this day were the panels for Falling Water and The Walking Dead. First up was the Falling Water Panel – the new show premiering on the USA Network on October 13th and also online buy clicking here. This was a great panel and it included the three of the four principal actors (Lizzie Brochere, Will Yun Lee, and Zak Orth – David Ajala was unable to attend because he is acting in a play called ‘One Night in Miami’ in London). Co-creator Blake Masters and Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd were also on the panel. A special addition to the panel was Moran Cerf (Neuroscientist and former hacker) who discussed some of the science and concepts involving dreams.
Once the panel was over I had the opportunity to sit down with the cast and producers for an interview (more to follow in my “What I’m Watching: Falling Water”).
After the conclusion of my interview session I made a quick trip to the autographing area for Jack Gleeson’s autograph before heading over to The Theater at Madison Square Garden for the afternoon Panels. The first panel I attended was the Trollhunters panel, which is Guillermo del Toro’s latest project debuting on Netflix December 23rd. We were treated to the first two episodes and the reaction from the crowd was enthusiastic. The cast includes the late Anton Yelchin as “Jim,” an ordinary teenage boy whose discovery of a mystical amulet sets his life on a course filled with high-stakes adventure; Kelsey Grammer as “Blinky,” a kind-hearted troll who befriends Jim; and Ron Perlman provides the voice of “Bular,” a sinister troll who targets Jim and his friends for battle. I will personally be tuning in – stay tuned for a “What I’m Watching: Trollhunters”. The panel was fun and it was topped off by Ron Perlman who brought out a cake to celebrate Guillermo’s birthday – the entire audience then proceed to sing happy birthday.
The next, and last, panel for the day at the venue was The Walking Dead. The panel was nothing short of electric, which included 17 panelists from the cast, ranging from Negan himself Jeffery Dean Morgan, Melissa McBride, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, as well as the creative forces behind the show – Gale Ann Hurd, Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotero and Robert Kirkman. Unfortunately Andrew Lincoln, Chandler Riggs, and Josh McDermitt were not in attendance. The room was filled to capacity with fans, and the panel ranged from jokes from the panelist to cheers from the crowd as our cast favorites spoke. There were lighthearted moments where Chris Hardwick helped fix Sonequa Martin-Green’s hair after it became undone and Michael Cudlitz’s uncanny bravado as he discussed Abraham’s love for Sasha. At the conclusion of the panel we were treated to a sneak peek of the season premiere which left a lot of the crowd both excited and fearful of what will happen on October 23rd and how this season will unfold.
My main priority was spending time with my close friends attending for the day and to get Carrie Fisher’s autograph. It was a bit of a wait due to her popularity, and when I got up to meet her, she was extremely personable. This interaction was certainly one of the highlights of my con.
I had an opportunity to stop by the Treadwater both to talk with the team behind their ‘transmedia’ product line which includes a graphic novel series, interactive cards, game – which is currently under development. Chad Coleman (Tyrese from The Walking Dead) is a partner in the venture and was at the booth talking to fans, signing autographs, and taking pictures. Stay tuned for my upcoming article on Treadwater.
My last priority of the day was the Timeless autograph session. Meeting the cast was fantastic. For me personally it was special meeting Goran Visnjic in person and taking a picture with him. Eric Kripe was very nice to talk to and even answered a few questions before the signing from those of us waiting in line. He also encouraged the fans to watch the show live.
Overall, my experience at this year’s NYCC was fantastic, and there was certainly a lot offered and to do across the spectrum of fandoms. If you plan to make the trip to the con next year, the dates will be October 5th to 8th 2017.