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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.

To learn more, go to:

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.

For more information, go 

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.

To learn more, go to:

New York Comic Con
October 6 - 9, 2022

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

19th Annual Games for Change Festival: Video Games Reach Out


Video games are a place for creativity, communication, and breaking barriers. Leading the charge for what video games can be capable of is the Games For Change Festival.  Running July 13 - 16, the 19th Annual Games for Change Festival will be held at The Times Center (242 W 41st St, New York, NY) July 13 to 14, and global online events July 15 and 16. Games For Change brings together a diverse mix of games industry leaders, educators, and social innovators using games and immersive media to make impactful change.

Speakers include industry heavyweights and world luminaries like Nolan Bushnell (Founder of Atari), Kjersti Fløgstad (Nobel Peace Center), and Allison Matthews (Minecraft Education). Every year, the Games for Change Festival The curated list of events, featured talks, workshops, and networking opportunities are designed to elevate awareness of how gaming technology is being used to transform a growing list of sectors, including health, education, and world affairs.

To learn more, go to:

19th Annual Games For Change Festival
July 13 - 16, 2022

Times Center
242 W 41st Street
New York, NY 10036

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