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Spring is Here and So is The Big Apple Comic Con


Big Apple Comic Con"Back to Spring”
Saturday & Sunday March 25 - 26, 2023
10am-7pm (early admission 9am)

General Admission $35 Saturday; $30 Sunday;
VIP Admission $90

Two day General Admission $50;

Kids under 14 $15; Kids under 10 are Free.

Meet and Greet with Roy Thomas $220 (Includes Sunday VIP admission)

The New Yorker Hotel
481 8th Ave
New York, NY 10001

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There are comic cons and then there are comic cons. While the New York Comic Con is a huge affair with thousands of attendees and media stars, bigger isn’t necessarily better. And that’s the case here. Thankfully, there has been The Big Apple Comic Con, now in its 26th year. This is the local con that’s about what matters — Comic Books — and all its related creative content. From 10am-7pm (early admission 9am), BACC  is rolling out its 3rd Annual “Back To Spring” event, this Saturday and Sunday March 25th and 26th.

An essential NYC comic book and pop culture collectible event, it’s a national hub for comic book collectors and traders with many of the biggest dealers in the country in attendance and some of the greatest collectibles are exhibited, bought, sold, traded.

In addition, The BACC Back to Spring event will include over 100 artists, guests, exhibitors, and cosplayers, with a special focus on up and coming artists from the NYC area. Guests include:

•Legendary Marvel Comics creator, writer, and editor Roy Thomas who wrote more than 1200 titles, edited over 1000 Marvel books, and is responsible for thousands of subjects produced while Editor-in-Chief at Marvel from 1972 to 1974. Roy is the real deal, a giant of the Silver Age and the man who opened the Bronze Age of comic books. Roy is bringing two exclusive, very limited edition, Variant Covers.

•The King of Indie Animation, twice Oscar nominated Bill Plympton. In 1991, Plympton won the Prix Spécial du Jury at the Cannes Film Festival for Push Comes to Shove which was featured on MTV's animated series Liquid Television. Bill’s cartoons have appeared in the NYTimes, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and his video animation credits include over a dozen Simpsons episodes.

•Alitha Martinez 2018 Eisner Award, and GLAAD Media Award winner (World of Wakanda). Innovative, versatile (Iron Man, Moon Girl, Black Panther, Nubia, Archie), a complete master of the craft and culture, Alitha’s unique style and humane vision emerge whatever subject she creates, her skills just keep growing.

•Best selling author (books, comics, graphic novels), playwright, screenwriter, actor, teacher Clay McLeod Chapman is at the forefront of horror writing (Ghost Eaters, Whisper Down the Lane). The NYTs noted how “Chapman uses the macabre to explore the humanity of his characters and reveal an almost spiritual side to the horrific.” Clay’s comic book credits include Marvel Spiderman , and cutting edge comic book horror

Russ Braun the artist behind Jimmy’s Bastards, and Marvel’s hit Where Monsters’ Dwell, whose long and storied career began at DC comics with Batman and Justice League

Jamal Igle, Inkpot Award winner, artist, editor, art director, creator of the hit comic Molly Danger. His work for DC, Marvel, and Image, from Starship Troopers, Green Lantern, to Supergirl, Iron Fist/Wolverine to Venture, and Nightwing have distinguished him as a master stylist and a major voice of the new generation.

James Sherman a unique comic book artist whose pencils and inks balance color and realism over a 50 year career from DC to Marvel (Superboy, Justice League, Startrek, Punisher, X-Men, Spiderman ...)

Ulises Farinas artist and illustrator of Star Wars, co-creator of Amazing Forest, Cloudia & Rex, Motro, and Gamma (Dark Horse), Lockjaw (Marvel). His most recent work is Dungeons & Dragons

And there is more, including an exclusive Sunday Meet and Greet with Roy Thomas (20 guests only). Origins of Play will again offer a comprehensive, playable history of video games. Pick your favorite from SpaceInvaders to Super Smash Bros and play all day (or park the kids and enjoy our panel events).

Our partner, and the best comicbook sales platform, HipComic is onboard with free books, and a special
membership offer. As is CGC dealer and CGC Signature Series Facilitator, Captured Collectibles.
Of course, BACC’s rightfully famous Cosplay contest, with prizes.

Big Apple Comic Con “Back To Spring is Saturday & Sunday March 25-26 2023 10am-7pm (early admission 9am) Tickets: General Admission $35 Saturday; $30 Sunday; VIP Admission $90; Two day General Admission $50; Kids under 14 $15; Kids under 10 are Free. Meet and Greet with Roy Thomas $220 (Includes Sunday VIP admission)

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APAP|NYC+ 2023: The Performing Arts Conference Returns to In Person


The Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) has announced the return of APAP|NYC+ 2023, at the New York Hilton Midtown, January 13  to 17, 2023.The first in-person installment of the conference since 2020, APAP|NYC+ is the annual gathering of the performing arts presenting, booking and touring industry and the members conference of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals. The event will be opened by two-time Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Charlotte St. Martin of The Broadway League.

With the theme of "Community. Commerce. Learning. Discovery.", APAP|NYC+ allows for networking and discovery within the entertainment industry with extensive panels, networking events, and mixers.

APAP|NYC+ 2023 will spotlight programs dedicated to APAP's advocacy initiatives, including:

  • APAP Arts Compensation Project: advancing compensation transparency in the arts industry

  • BEEP: Building Ethical and Equitable Partnerships in contracting + artists' fees

  • ArtsForward: promoting the recovery of the performing arts industry

  • 10/20/30 Pledge: building racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in the field

Other events include ArtsForward in Practice: Learnings and Stories from Partnering During the Pandemic Equity in Contracting – New Resources and Next Steps, and A Brutally Honest Conversation about Nonprofit, For-Profit, Government, Philanthropy, and the Arts. 

Based in Washington, D.C., APAP is the national service, advocacy and membership organization dedicated to developing and supporting a robust, performing arts presenting, booking and touring field and the professionals who work within it.

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January 13 - 17, 2023

New York Hilton Midtown
1335 6th Ave.
New York, NY 10019

New York’s Big Apple Comic Con Celebrates the Holiday Season Through Its 3rd Annual Christmas Con

What would make this holiday season the best ever? Well, besides winning a billion dollar lottery, or, if you have a secure garage, getting a new Lamborghini, then it could be finding some incredibly rare collectible. Now if you’re a comic book collecting obsessive, that would be lucking into a pristine condition silver- or golden-age comic book worth maybe a million dollars or more. Ok, so that’s pretty unlikely — finding a top graded golden or silver age number 1. How about acquiring an original drawing by Jack Kirby or maybe a Frank Frazetta painting?

Now, if you don’t have such luck in finding those works for a-song-and-a-dance, then you have to go to The Christmas Con this December 17th at the New Yorker Hotel -- and maybe you'll find them there, but probably not cheaply. Bring wads of cash or a hefty credit and then go wild. Yes, it's an authentic comic con — the holiday edition of the Big Apple Comic Convention (BACC) — a place for serious fans of comics and related media. This 3rd Annual edition combines a Christmas party with a standard convention offering loads of gifts, prizes, and special events to celebrate the season of holidays. 

The BACC Christmas Con has over 100 exhibitors, plus artists, guests, and cosplayers, with a special focus on 30 up-and-coming artists from the NYC area. 

Guests include: 

steranko medJim Steranko, the man who transformed comic book visual art through Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.E.I.L.D. A master of surreal imagery, he reimagined comic book art through a fine art lens. This is a rare and special appearance.

Rich Davis, author of the phenomenal Cult of Dracula and Rise of Dracula (soon to be a video series).

Khoi Pham, a DC and Marvel artist (Teen Titans, Duo, X-Men, Venom, Hulk) and talent mentor.

Sy Barry, whose 70 year career includes The Phantom comic strip, DC and Marvel. Barry celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. in the landmark 1957 comic book The Montgomery Story.

Alitha Martinez, the 2018 Eisner and GLAAD Media Award winner (World of Wakanda, Iron Man, Moon Girl, Black Panther, Nubia

Brian O’Halloran, author, podcaster, and comic prince of Clerks, and Clerks II and upcoming Clerks III.

Origins of Play will once again offer a comprehensive, playable history of video games. Attendees can pick a favorite from Space Invaders to Super Smash Bros and play all day (or park the kids there and enjoy the panel events). 

HipComics — its newest partner and the best dedicated comic sales platform — will make its first appearance in NYC with tons of free books, prizes and special offers. 21th Century Studios is also onboard with preview tickets, giveaways and prizes for epic sci-fi film Avatar: The Way of the Water

Of course, BACC is also holding its rightfully famous Cosplay contest, and first ever Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest, with prizes by partner Ultimate Wireless. 

All of this takes place in the spacious ballrooms of Midtown’s New Yorker Hotel. The Art Deco masterpiece sits right across from the big post office and the train station (481 8th Ave at 34th St). Enduring the Covid pandemic crisis, BACC has survived and flourished notwithstanding these past two years . So this year, as co-founder Mike Carbonaro says, “We are here to celebrate with our fans.”

Founded by comic book maven Michael "Mike Carbo" Carbonaro in 1995, the show started at the auditorium of St Paul's Church on 10th Ave. in Manhattan. After spending 12 years at The Penn Plaza Pavilion, the show moved to The New Yorker Hotel which is "The Daily Planet Building" of the Superman Comics World. 

The Big Apple Comic Convention has been the premier boutique comic and popular culture show for the City. It’s chock full of dealers, collectors, and fans out for a good time in New York City and offers a place to share with others of like mind. Beside its comic collecting core, celebrities, cosplayers, music and film related participants are also in abundance as well. It’s a traditional comic convention with a fun, family-friendly feel that is the lure of this 20 year+ event. For more than two decades, Big Apple Conventions has presented the most outrageous NYC based comic and popular culture conventions. BACC also sponsored a trading card convention and much more extensive two day event in March in the same location.

Though comic book collecting is at its center, the convention also features a range of pop culture elements including science fiction/fantasy, film/television, cosplay, animation, anime, manga, toys, horror, collectible card games, video games, web comics, and fantasy novels. Including panels, seminars, and workshops with professionals from various fields. The Big Apple Comic Con also features previews of upcoming films, and a main event costume contest with prizes, and music. That’s why it celebrates cosplay and costumes which are an integral and vital part of its 20 year + history. Adds Carbonaro, “We love the art and the way cosplayers have revitalized conventions by creating a dynamic link between the worlds of comics, animation, cinema, and real life.”

After its decades long run, BACC has become a NYC essential: the comic book and pop culture collectible event, by and for the local community. But it is also a national hub for comic book collectors and traders. Many of the biggest dealers in the country attend and some of the greatest collectible books are exhibited, bought, sold, traded. And if you need a place to start, come to the show and talk with Mike, who is also a very active collector and mega-buyer — he can evaluate your popular culture collection, so don’t hesitate to contact BACC.

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Big Apple Comic Con’s Christmas Con
Saturday, December 17th 2022
10 am - 7 pm (early admission 9am) 

New Yorker Hotel
481 8th Ave @34th St

General Admission $30
VIP Admission $85
Kids under 14 $15
Kids under 10 are Free

The Incredible New York Comic Con Smashes into 2022!


New York’s biggest event for comics, cartoons, sci-fi, movies, and more returns as the New York Comic Con descends upon the Javits Center. From October 6th to the 9th NYCC will host a multitude of screenings, special panels, and a mammoth artist’s alley. Comic guests include Adam Kubert, Arthur Adams, Chrissie Zullo, Janet Sung, Joshua Swaby, Peach Momoko, and many, many more.

Special film and entertainment guests include parody virtuoso Weird Al Yankovic, Brendan Fraser, Cassandra Peterson, and author Diana Gabaldon. The eagerly awaited Super Mario Bros. film trailer will be exhibited to fans eager to see Brooklyn’s native son and video game superstar hit the big screen (for the first time since the 90s). Experts from on the Japanese comics industry will weigh in on the Best & Worst Manga of 2022 panel. HBO Max’s Velma series, taking an adult spin on the classic character, will be screened with a guest appearance by Mindy Kaling. For animation fans, the Adult Swim movie Aqua Teen Forever: Plantasm will be premiered, and the US premiere of the hotly anticipated dub of Chainsaw Man. Even TV’s Svengoolie is taking part in NYCC with a special panel moderated by comic book publisher Dan DiDio.

So get your most comfortable shoes (or your best costume), and get ready for a comics and media onslaught.

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New York Comic Con
October 6 - 9, 2022

Javits Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10014

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