These are still early days. And early doors. But here's a first stab at a New York Comic-Con Party list for 2018. If you want your event listed, please do get in touch. We run details of open and private events so that everyone can get a diary for what happens when the convention stops, and it spreads out across Manhattan. We'll run a more comprehensive list next week.
MONDAY, October 1st
We The Heroes Ball 2018, Rockbar NYC, 85 Christopher St, 9-11pm, 21+, $7, $10 on the door, Superhero-themed drag show We The Heroes Ball returns with performances by award-winning and nominated LGBT talent, including NYC's own FiFi Dubois, Hazel Tart, Lee Valone, and so many more. Enter a raffle at the show to win amazing prizes including 2 one-day passes to each day of NYCC! All money raised at the We The Heroes Ball will go towards the Trinity Place Shelter to help NYC LGBT homeless youth
TUESDAY, October 2nd
NYCC Presents: Sci-Fi Explosion, Rockbar NYC, 85 Christopher St, 7-8.30pm, 21+ $5. Join host Chris Cummins (Den of Geek, Music Video Book Club) and his special guests as they take you on an out of this world journey packed with some of the most hilarious science fiction-themed video clips you've never seen. With prizes from NECA Toys, Quirk Books, MVD Entertainment, Insight Editions, Abrams ComicArts, and more!
WEDNESDAY, October 3rd
GeekLifeRules: NY Cosplay Cabaret™ III: Road to NYCC, Broadway Comedy Club, 53Above Broadway, 318 West 53rd Street, 7.30-8.45pm. Performers and patrons alike are invited to dress in costumes from pop culture featuring songs and parodies from your favorite genre TV series, films, comics and musicals done in cosplay. $10 in advance, $15 week/day of show.
SPOONS, TOONS & BOOZE: NEW YORK COMIC CON EDITION Nitehawk Cinema 9:30 – 11:30pm Your Favorite Saturday Morning Cartoons + a Free Sugary Cereal Bar + a Special Menu of Superhero-Themed Episodes! One FREE Brooklyn Defender IPA*, the official beer of New York Comic Con, with entry, plus discounted beers throughout the show. $0
THURSDAY, October 4th
The Fifth Annual Doctor Who Costume and Trivia Contest, The Way Station, 683 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, $10 7 – 8:30pm 21+. Hosted by Chris Cummins, prizes from Big Finish, NECA Toys, Running Press, Titan Books, MVD Entertainment, Insight Editions
SCAD NYCC Alumni Networking Event, The New York Beer Company 321 W. 44th Street. Join Professor Tom Lyle and fellow alumni and industry professionals for networking and to share NY Comic Con stories. Make new connections and expand your network. RSVP by 10/01/2018. This event, hosted by the office for career and alumni success, is free and open to SCAD alumni.
Mashfest NYCC 2018 Kickoff hosted by SONICBOOMBOX and Mashfest NYC 8pm-1am, Mcgettigan's NYC70 West 36th Street. 21+. Admission: $10 in advance, $20 cash only at door. Kicking off NYCC off Mashfest-style with drink specials, fighting games & much more.
Monarch Comics Bookstore Title Launch, Porchlight, 5-7pm, Invite only,
Nicole's NYCC Opening Day Birthday! 8pm – 2am, Keats Bar, 842 2nd Avenue. Come celebrate the opening day of NYCC with the world renowned and mystical Nicole Oliva Soprano. $5 online early bird, then $10, then $15. $20 cash at the door. Drink specials. Free Karaoke all night long after 2 drinks!
FRIDAY, October 5th
Super Queereos: NYCC 2018 LGBTQ AFTER PARTY, The Manhattan Monster Bar, 80 Grove Street, 9pm-late, $10 online, $8 from LGBT HQ booth, #1483 at the show. Featuring DJ Mike Cruz, hosts Shirley U. Jest and Matthew Levine of LGBT HQ. Special guests D'Manda Martini, Captain Green Lantern 2018 and Shane Cherry. The night will feature drag and burlesque performances, A Cosplay Contest with over $1,000 in prizes, Video Games, Raffle Bags, Suprise Convention Guests & more.
NYCC Superheroes Sing!, NY Cosplayer Network, Karaoke Duet 35, 2nd floor 53 west 35th street 8-10pm $15
Black Girl Nerds & Nerds Of Color Party TBA
YouTuber Meetup with D-Piddy & Machinima ETC Show TBA
Sonicboombox NYCC 2018 Afterparty sponsored by Funimation, Kidrobot, Revolution Brewing, & Infinifan, Bowlmor Times Square, $20, Venue takeover — two floors, 90,000 square feet, 50 lanes of free bowling. Arcade room featuring multiplayer sit-down Mario Kart and more. Live DJs, photobooth and more. Free swag from Funimation, Kidrobot, Infinifan & Tentacle Kitty (while supplies last) $5 Mosaic Hero cans all night (while supplies last)
Comic Con Happy Hour Celebration, Society Of Illustrators, 128 E 63rd St 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Three exhibits: The Art of The Avengers and Other Superheroes, Tales From the Crypt: The Revolutionary Art of MAD and EC Comics, and Funny Ladies at The New Yorker: Cartoonists Then and Now. $35 includes admission to the museum, plus 1 drink ticket and an exhibition catalog.
4th Annual CEG Cosplay Booze Cruise, Pier 83, 8pm opens, 9pm-midnight cruise, door prized, DJ, full bar, featuring Ming Chen, Kristen Hughey, Ms Rae. $25 tickets. 18+
Universal AfterCon, 4th Floor, The Loft in Flatiron, 20 W 23rd Street. Party X Fun X Be yourself. Join fellow fans in fun Music, Multiplayer VR Games, Multiplayer Video games, Entertainment, themed Super-Hero Drinks, FREE Pizza, FREE Gift Bags. Gift bags are limited to the first 50 General admission tickets, but guaranteed for VIP guests. VIP guests are offered FREE Pizza, premium boneless wings & fries. Early bird $25, Early bird VIP $45
SATURDAY, October 6th
5th Annual NYCC Comics & Cocktails Dinner Party hosted by Women in Comics NYC Collective International. Death Ave Restaurant, 315 10th Ave,
Sexy Nerds Arcade & Pop-up Bar, 443 W 37th St, $500 CASH Cosplay Contest, 5pm opens, party 9pm-2am,$6 Game-themed drinks and $5 beers all night. Tons of video games to free play all night.
Sonicboombox Cosplay Dance Party- sponsored by Funimation, Kidrobot, & Tentacle Kitty. Hosted by Stella Chuu, Lua Stardust, Erica Fett, Byndo Gehk & Zombie Bit Me! Slake NYC, 251 W 30th St. Two floors, 4 bars, Two separate dance floors with different music/djs. Photobooth and more! $25 at door (cash only)
NYCC Party Bus A-Thon! 7.15pm-2am $81. The bus will pick us up after #NYCC is over. It will ride around NYC for 3 hrs. There are only 60 spots available. Semi-Open Open Bar, snacks, Music, Photographer, Virtual DJ, Gaming, cosplay, contests, and FREE after party. Last stop will be at Slattery's, there will be free entry, Featured videographer Lauro Rosas Felix. Music by Anthony Saint James. Professional Photos by Grace and Shine Photography. Featured cosplayers: Annie Lee Cosplay, KayshaChaos Cosplay, SpiderwomanMCG, Just Jen Cosplay $25 Slattery's gift card will be awarded for the best cosplayer. Win a $75 gift card prize for the best cosplay as well at the party and a $25 Amazon gift card prize for a random handpicked attendee that's marked as going. Sponsored by Jordan Renard Springer. Email email@example.com for a 20% off code.
RTNY NYCC After Party, Carragher's, 228 West 39th Street, 1 alcoholic drink or 2 soft drinks, $10
SUNDAY, October 7th
Solis Magazine After Party 2018, M1 Lounge, 52 Walker Street, 5pm -10pm. Solis Magazine presents a Special after party for everyone who attended NYCC 2018, Come dressed as your favorite character and prepare to have a lot of fun. Stay tuned for guest & sponsor info, plus our (cosplay & dance party) announcements. $10 in advance, $15 cash only at the door. Special VIP Seating Available – Limited Seating First come, first serve Basis. Live DJ, dancing, Photobooth Sessions, giveaways, Drink Specials, fighting games, Contest and more. 21+.
Kaiju Big Battel is a modern conflict of epic proportions. Evil villains, menacing alien beasts, and giant, city-crushing monsters threaten to destroy the planet Earth. Who will save the helpless humans from total ruin? The Heroes, of course, and the Heroines too. A few privileged humans also get in on the action, as they try to contain danger within the three-roped arena of Kaiju Big Battel. The Bell House 3pm $15, at the door $30