New York Comic Con (NYCC) 2016 brought hundreds of thousands of pop culture lovers, cosplayers, and scalpers back to the midtown Manhattan streets. The show floor of the Javits Center was once again littered with everything TV, movies, video games, anime, manga, and of course comics for the convention’s 10th anniversary, and these were WatchLOUD’s favorite moments not including short power naps.
1. Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet signing
Remember Marvel’s initiative to revive Black Panther in the comics? They also had various rappers – including Run The Jewels, Jean Grae, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, and Czarface – contribute songs to go with each part of the revival. Most of the big names (except RTJ) showed up at NYCC to sign posters and meet fans.
2. John Wick 2 teaser trailer
John Wick was a genuine surprise when it dropped back in 2014, a slick action movie with just enough self-awareness and sense of geography to help Keanu Reeves boost the title character to underground infamy. Even after getting revenge for his wife and his dog, Wick’s coming back in 2017, and the teaser trailer for the movie dropped this weekend at the con. With Common, Ian McShane, Bridget Moynahan, and John Leguizamo joining Reeves for the murky fun, you know this is about to be a blast.
3. Logic & Steve Blum The Incredible True Story panel
It’s been almost exactly a year since Logic dropped his spaceship concept album The Incredible True Story, and after the baffling explanation he gave about his next release AfricAryaN, morbid curiosity led me to this panel. Logic, along with voice actor Steve Blum, producer Arjun “6ix” Ivatury, and musician Kevin Randolph, talked about the process behind the project and how it’s changed his life over the course of the past year; while also more or less saying that he alone made it cool to be nerdy in rap (“My voice is a voice that hip-hop lacked.”). Riiiiight.
4. Black Heroes Matter panel
The surge of Black heroes in comics books and movies over the last few years has been nothing short of inspiring. The Black Heroes Matter panel on Saturday afternoon proved that by swiftly hitting capacity. Either way, the esteemed panelists (The Blerdgurl, David Walker, John Jennings, Mshindo Kuumba, Regine Swayer, Uraeus, William Foster) want to keep the train moving just as much as the fans.
5. Adult Swim Tyrannic Cruise Third Maiden Voyage
Adult Swim’s yearly trip around the Statue of Liberty got an upgrade this year: a bigger boat, a bigger decoration budget (beautifully designed pillows and life preservers that people walked off with) and a bigger musical name in Flying Lotus. Even with lots of rocking and a little bit of seasickness, the Tyrannic’s “Third Maiden Voyage” was live.
6. Boom! Bap! Pow! The (Re)Evolution Of Hip-Hop & Comics
What better way to close out NYCC than with some words from legends? Hip-hop and comics have always been synonymous, but the panel of Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Parrish Smith of EPMD, artists James Ellis and Bill Sienkiewicz, Marvel Comics’ editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, and Wu-Tang’s Method Man proved just how deep by digging into both genres’ respective pasts. And they even gave out some scoops along the way.