It’s that time of year again! No, not Halloween (though that is sneaking up on us faster that I realize). I’m talking about New York Comic Con time! Though not as prolific as San Diego Comic Con, NYCC is the East Coast’s biggest comic and media convention, boasting hundreds of exhibitors and tens of thousands of attendees.
Just like its West Coast counterpart, NYCC attracts countless collectors and, as such, has become a haven for exclusive merchandise. This is where Funko comes in. Over the summer we showed you all of Funko’s SDCC exclusives, the Pop!s, Dorbz, Rides and Vnyls that were only available at the con. Luckily, they’re bringing a pretty strong game to New York Comic Con as well.
Since they’re revealing all of their exclusives in waves so make sure to check back often as we update to see everything you can expect to find at NYCC.
Also, as of now, it’s unclear which, if any, of these will be shared exclusives, with Hot Topic, Barnes & Noble and the like. Once news of that breaks, we’ll let you know.
Wave 9: Warner Bros. (Announced September 15)
Naturally, Funko wouldn’t leave Harry Potter fans in the lurch. Snape as Neville’s Boggart is a pretty clever Pop! to add to the line but I’m really looking forward to that Luna Lovegood lion head Rock Candy.
Also part of this wave are some classic Looney Tunes and Hanna Barbera characters. Speedy Gonzales is cool in a Mexican stereotype kind of way. All in all, though, I wasn’t a big fan of those cartoons so all I really care about is the Captain Caveman. Still, there’s some stuff there for the hardcore fans.
Lord of the Rings
Pop!: Lord of the Rings – 6” Glow-in-the-Dark Balrog
Looney Tunes & Hanna-Barbera
More of your favorite Looney Tunes & Hanna-Barbera characters are joining the Funko family!
Pop! Movies: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Gellert Grindelwald
Graves was actually Grindelwald! One of the most dangerous Dark Wizards of all time is now a Pop!
Wave 8: 80s & 90s (Announced September 13)
This is the wave I’ve been waiting for and I didn’t even know it. There have been one or two different Pop!s from each of the previous waves that I wanted but this? I want practically every single thing on this list. That 6-inch Dragonzord, the glow in the dark Green Ranger, Sailor V, the Thundercats… There are so many gems in this wave that I am awestruck.
Anyway, enough with my gushing. Take a look at Funko’s blog for more.
Go Go Power Rangers! Both the Green and Black 6-inch Dragonzord Pop!s have entered the fray for New York Comic Con 2017! Complete your Saban’s Power Rangers collection with the glow-in-the-dark Green Ranger Pop!
Bad news for the Dark Kingdom, but good news for Funko collectors: the Sailor V Pop! will be available at New York Comic Con 2017!
Pop! Anime: Sailor Moon – Sailor V
Ickis from Nickelodeon’s classic Aaahh!!! Real Monsters comes in a new mid-scare pose!
Pop! TV: Nickelodeon – Scary Ickis
Masters of the Universe
Beast Man makes his Pop! debut for New York Comic Con! Given his name, and ability to communicate with animals, it’s only right that the Beast Man Pop! is flocked!
Pop! TV: MOTU – Flocked Beast Man
Watch out, G.I. Joe! Destro, the leader of the Iron Grenadiers and M.A.R.S. founder, is coming to Pop!
Pop! TV: G.I. Joe – Destro
ThunderCats™, hooo! Lion-O, Mumm-Ra, and Snarf come in a Dorbz 3-pack for New York Comic Con 2017! Lion-O and Mumm-Ra make their Vynl. debut for the convention, as well!
Vynl.: ThunderCats™ 2-pack – Lion-O & Mumm-Ra
Wave 7: Video Games (Announced September 12)
It looks like this entire wave is similar to that 8-Bit Batman from the DC wave. I suppose this is just a new style Funko is pushing and I dug it with the Batman Pop! but here it just seems overused. Although, I do like that the first big push is 8-Bit Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, even though the turtles themselves are absent. Hopefully they’ll pop up somewhere as non-exclusive.
Here’s the news from Funko:
The 1980s arcade classic DIG DUG™ is joining our 8-Bit Pop! series!
Pop! Games: DIG DUG™ – DUG DUG™ 8-Bit
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Five Nights at Freddy’s
Calling all Five Nights at Freddy’s fans! The Lolbit Pop! won’t disappear even if you type “L-O-L”! “Please Stand By!”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Our 8-Bit TMNT Pop! series kicks off with Master Shredder and his Foot Soldiers! Make sure to collect all five colors!
Pop! 8-Bit: TMNT – Shredder
Pop! 8-Bit: TMNT – Blue Foot Soldier (500pc LE)
Pop! 8-Bit: TMNT – Purple Foot Soldier (500pc LE)
Pop! 8-Bit: TMNT – Red Foot Soldier (500pc LE)
Pop! 8-Bit: TMNT – White Foot Soldier (500pc LE)
Pop! 8-Bit: TMNT – Yellow Foot Soldier (500pc LE)
Wave 6: Disney (Announced September 7)
Though not mind blowing, there are a few good things coming out of the Disney release from Funko. Even though I’m not a big Kingdom Hearts fan, or a video game guy in general, I love both the Halloween Donald and the Halloween Goofy. They’ll probably become regular Halloween decorations around my house. (Oh, and look at that; NYCC is just a few weeks before Halloween. How convenient!)
Without a doubt, though, that Scrooge McDuck is probably the one I’ll search the hardest for. Though the Ducktales line of Pop!s is just starting to trickle out into stores, that Scrooge in the pile of money is the definitive Pop! to come out of that line.
Check it out from Funko’s blog:
From 1979’s The Black Hole to DuckTales and from Disney Parks to Kingdom Hearts, Disney fans are sure to be thrilled with this list of NYCC exclusives!
Pop! Disney: DuckTales – Swimsuit Scrooge McDuck
Pop! Disney: The Black Hole– Vincent
Pop! Disney: The Black Hole– Maximillian
Pop! Disney: Kingdom Hearts – Halloween Goofy
Pop! Disney: Kingdom Hearts – Halloween Donald
Pop! Disney: Disney Parks – Flocked Orange Bird (1000pc LE)
Pop! Disney: Disney Parks – Flocked Abominable Snowman (1000pc LE)
Dorbz Ridez: Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride (750pc LE)
Mini Hikari: Mickey Mouse – Red & Yellow 2-pack (3500pc LE)
Wave 5: Television (Announced September 6)
There is so much here that I’m excited for. First of all, that Buffy/Faith 2-pack is an amazing addition to the Buffy line. The fact that fans have gone so long without a Faith Pop! is a little unnerving so at least Funko has finally remedied that.
Then there’s that First Doctor. Another necessary Pop! for Doctor Who fans. I’m glad that Funko is branching out and releasing some of the older Doctors and not just rehashing Ten, Eleven and Twelve. I wonder if we’ll ever get a full line up of Doctors, and even if we’ll get a Nine at all.
But then look at everything else; Westworld, Land of the Lost, Stranger Things. Funko seems to be going all out for their Television line up of Pop!s and figures and I am all in for it.
Check out more on Funko’s blog:
Today’s NYCC reveals include some of your television favorites!
Are you a fan of Westworld? This Robotic Dolores Pop! is essential for any Westworld collectors!
Pop! TV: Westworld – Dolores
Trollhunters fans can now add Jim with his Amulet of Eclipse armor and a special version of AAARRRGGHH!!! to their collections!
Pop! Television: Trollhunters – Stone AAARRRGGHH!!!
Pop! Television: Trollhunters – Jim (Red Armor)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Faith makes her Funko debut in this special Buffy the Vampire Slayer Pop! 2-pack!
Pop! Television: Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Buffy & Faith 2-pack
The original Doctor finally joins the Doctor Who Pop! line!
Land of the Lost
It’s a Sleestak from Sid & Marty Krofft’s 1974 television series, along with Enik the Altrusian!
Pop! Television: Land of the Lost – Sleestak
Pop! Television: Land of the Lost – Enik
The Walking Dead
Will he prove to be a friend or foe to the Alexandrians? Watch your back, guys!
Pop! Television: The Walking Dead – Dwight (Burnt Face)
Poor Eleven’s being tested on again with this NYCC exclusive Pop! And grow your Stranger Things Action Figures set with this 3-pack featuring Upside Down Will, Eleven with her wig, and the Demogorgon!
Make sure to watch Season 2 of Stranger Things coming to Netflix this October!!
Pop! Television: Stranger Things – Eleven with Electrodes
Action Figures: Stranger Things – Eleven with Wig, Upside Down Will & Demogorgon 3-pack
Wave 4: Star Wars (Announced September 5)
No surprise here that we’ll be getting Star Wars stuff from Funko. With The Last Jedi just a few months out, this wave was revealed a few days after Force Friday, the huge retail push for brand new Star Wars merch. I’m actually slightly surprised that this reveal didn’t drop on Force Friday, but I’m not in charge of that.
Anyway, here are all the Star Wars offerings from Funko’s blog.
We have great selection of Star Wars offerings for New York Comic Con 2017!
The Rogue One Pop! line continues to grow with the addition of K-2SO in an action pose, young Saw Gerrera, a disguised Jyn Erso, and a chrome Death Star Droid!
Bounty hunter collectors rejoice! Dengar is now part of the Pop! family along with the latest Pop! Deluxe – Boba Fett’s Slave I!
Pop! Star Wars: Rogue One – Action Pose K-2SO
Pop! Star Wars: Rogue One – Saw Gerrera with Hair
Pop! Star Wars: Rogue One – Jyn Disguise with Helmet
Pop! Star Wars: Rogue One – Death Star Droid
Pop! Star Wars: Dengar
Pop! Deluxe: Star Wars – Boba Fett with Slave I
Wave 3: DC (Announced August 30)
Quite a few additions to the Funko DC Comics lineup for NYCC. Unfortunately, none of it is too appealing. The First Appearance Superman looks pretty cool, if not entirely bland. I can see many Superman fans clamoring for that one. And that Batmobile is just a pale imitation of the red Batmobile that debuted at San Diego Comic Con over the summer.
For me, the only real winner from this lineup is the 8-bit Batman, and that’s only on originality alone. While I’m not totally bowled over by the Funko’s DC offerings, I at least give them credit for branching out and trying new things, even if those “new things” are just more Superman and Batman.
According to the Funko blog:
Our 8-Bit Pop! line makes its debut with the iconic Caped Crusader, who also shows up in a shiny black chrome, as well as a new color variant for his 1966 Batmobile in the action figure line!
Batman Classic TV Series Super-Villains come together in a Dorbz 3-pack, and Superman’s first appearance is now immortalized in Pop! form too!
Pop! Heroes: First Appearance Superman
Pop! Heroes: Black Chrome Batman
Pop! 8-Bit: Blue & Grey Batman
Dorbz: Batman Classic TV Series Villains 3-pack (4000pc LE)
Action Figure: Batman with Batmobile (1250pc LE)
Wave 2: Game of Thrones (Announced August 28)
There are two Game of Thrones Pop!s coming to New York Comic Con this year. First up is Lyanna Mormont, the Lady of House Mormont. A fan-favorite from the show ever since she displayed her indomitable will and loyalty to Jon Snow and Winterfell, she’s sure to be a popular choice.
Also up is Jaqen H’Ghar, the disciple of the Many Faced God who helped mold Arya into the ruthless, sociopathic murderess we’ve all grown to love. I’m not sure how popular this Pop! will prove to be but it’s a great addition to anyone’s collection. However, if I had to choose, I’m #TeamLyanna all the way.
From the Funko blog:
We are proud to announce two new figures from the hit HBO® series that will be available at New York Comic Con 2017!
Pop! Game of Thrones: Lyanna Mormont
Head of House Mormont and fiercely loyal to House Stark, Westeros’s most powerful child now has her very own Pop! Vinyl Funko Figure!
Pop! Game of Thrones: Jaqen H’Ghar
A new face has been added to the hall of Funko Faces! Jaqen H’Ghar, one of the Faceless Men of Braavos, has now been reimagined as a Pop! Vinyl Funko Figure!
Wave 1: WWE’s Zack Ryder (Announced August 23)
Big news for any WWE/Zack Ryder fans. This one definitely isn’t for me but I won’t fault anyone for being excited. Besides, it’s an exclusive so that’s news in itself.
We’re kicking off our New York Comic Con reveals with our favorite Funko collecting broski, Zack Ryder!
Pop! WWE: Zack Ryder
We were able to surprise him with his figure at SDCC- watch this video for his reaction!
Residents in the Heartland, rejoice! Boss Key Productions’ Tramell Isaac and thatgamecompany’s Jacky Ke Jiang will keynote the first ever XPO Game Festival, which will be held Sept. 23 – 25 at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
XPO Game Festival is the first ever full-scale game festival to be hosted in America’s Heartland. Featuring a retro lounge, Indie Alley, panel speakers, tabletop games, film screenings, LAN party areas, a laser tag arena, concerts, and after-parties, there’s something to do for everyone!
Isaac and Jiang join a star-studded list of industry professionals who will be speaking at XPO, including: Susan Arendt (GamesRadar), Candace Brenner (Daybreak Game Company), Nick Chester (Epic Games), The Coster Brothers (Butterscotch Shenanigans), Charles Cox (4Gency), Jake Baldino (Lead Producer/Host, Gameranx), Craig Kaufman and Steve Spohn (AbleGamers), Richard Mitchell (XPO, Joystiq), Monika Lee (Blizzard), Chris Rickwood (Rickwood Music), Paul Yoskowitz (WinterLeaf Entertainment), noted game journalist Robert Workman, and many more.
“We’re thrilled with the warm reception we’ve been getting from the gaming community. It goes to show that there’s a huge demand for events like XPO Game Festival in the Heartland. I’m honored to have such talented gaming legends come speak at XPO. Hearing their stories and learning from each speaker first-hand will be quite a thrill for both our guests and XPO Game Festival organizers.” – Ray Hoyt, President, VisitTulsa and Office of Film, Music, Arts and Culture
RETRO GAMING’S “HOLY GRAIL”
Dan and Terry Diebold will be showing off the mythical Nintendo PlayStation — the product of a failed partnership between Nintendo and Sony that’s considered by many to be the “holy grail” of retro gaming. The father and son duo will be showcasing the console throughout the convention and will also host a panel discussion where they’ll share the story behind the discovery. If you’re a fan of retro games, this is something you won’t want to miss!
Friday & Saturday, September 16 – 17th
9:00pm: Pre-event film screening at Circle Cinema in Tulsa
Thursday, September 22nd
Kickoff Party featuring Brentalfloss
Friday & Saturday, September 23 – 24th
* After parties with live music in downtown Tulsa
* Live music throughout the festival, featuring Bit Brigade and Mega Ran
* Virtual Reality setups including Oculus Rift and HTC Vive
* $10k Rocket League Tournament produced by LegionBattles in conjunction with XPO
* Fabled Nintendo PlayStation prototype on display
* Live escape room presented by Escape Tulsa
* Retro lounge packed with vintage arcade games and consoles
* Laser Tag Arena
* Console tournament with thousands of dollars in prizes
* Cosplay contest and nationally recognized cosplay guests
* Indie Alley featuring intra and international indie developers
* LAN Party areas
Saturday, September 24th
12:00pm: Tabletop game tournaments presented by Alien Games — including a Magic the Gathering pre-release
Weekend passes grant access to XPO Game Festival and all of its attractions for the whole weekend — including the kick-off party on Thursday, Sept. 22 – and feature full access to XPO, including the virtual reality showcase, Indie Alley showcase, retro lounge, tabletop gaming, fighting games, Magic the Gathering tournaments, panels, and the expo floor. In addition, attendees will also get access to that day’s concert and afterparty in downtown Tulsa. More information and a full price breakdown can be found at the XPO Game Festival official website!
See you in Oklahoma!
Nan desu ka in Japanese means, “what is it?” which is a very appropriate name for an anime convention. Anime conventions harbor some of the most ambitious cosplay, attracts the most interesting people, and is a place where passion comes out to play. From standing in line for panels, to making jokes in the back row of the viewing rooms where anime plays 24/7, there are plenty of social opportunities at conventions and events like Nan Desu Kan.
Like most anime conventions, Nan Desu Kan will have a cornucopia of activities to see and do. Every corner of the nerd world is on display at Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, the home for Nan Desu Kan. With a myriad of activities and guest to keep you entertained, I would be surprised to find someone nose deep in their phone – unless you’re playing Pokemon Go.
This year, Nan Desu Kan is celebrating its 20th anniversary and is taking place on September 2-4th, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Nan Desu Kan staff and coordinators have a petty good lineup of guests that will be appearing here. Chris Bevans, (voice actor for hits like Sengoku Basara, .hack//Quantum, Samurai 7). Also there will be Johnny Yong Bosch (played the Black Ranger on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, as well as a voice actor for Kaneda in Akira, Renton in Eureka Seven, Albert in The Count of Monte Cristo, and Kiba in Wolf’s Rain). As well as Richard Epcar (voice of Batou in Ghost in the Shell) among many other voice actors and industry types.
Are you an AV type? Well they have an anime music video contest. I used to watch those things nonstop in the days of LimeWire and Kaza peer to peer sharing applications. You fancy yourself an artistic type? Well enter in some work into a contest, auction off some of your work or just come in and gaze! You want to know more about specific things in the industry? Well, check out the assortment of culture and industry panels. You will also have game rooms for designer board games and video games. Along with, workshops, and the before mentioned anime viewing rooms. Musical guests and dance parties are present if you’d like to get your groove on. Finally, there are the dealers rooms where you will learn to hate your wallet and all of its contents within.
With over 7,500 attendees last year, Nan Desu Kan will be a much smaller con than I am used to. I originate from Dallas, Texas where we have Project A-Kon. In 2016 its attendance was over 32,000 super fans. A smaller event than what I am used to actually has me very excited. While A-Kon is mega fun, it is too crowded, and becomes a beacon for unsavory types alongside the nerd crews I seem to get along with more.
If visiting with voice actors isn’t your bag and you have the incurable need to dance, don’t forget to attend the multiple concerts that will be occurring. Eyeshine, an American edge rock band from West Hills, will be the musical talent for a show as well will be there running a panel. DJ Bullock will be handling the Saturday night rave, and Onemadcow will be setting the tunes for the J-Pop dance party on Friday night.
I recently moved to Denver, Colorado, a beacon of outdoors activity. Being a huge fan of all things nerd culture, it’s easy to become worried about how the scene is here. I have lived a lifetime indoors digesting media and evading the sun. Living with no regrets, I still knew wanted a bit more. Combining some old passions with the new in a nice juggling act I like to call, “My Life.” So how does one jump into the nerd scene here in Denver? I could try awkwardly meeting people out in the wild like some insane person. Maybe instead I could seek a location where I know my kin will be located. So I decide on Nan Desu Kan, the Rocky Mountain region’s largest anime convention.
I have a peculiar relationship with Japanese animation. Loving anime was easy growing up as a kid in the 90s and early 2000s. However, slowly I fell off the boat as the newer stuff did not resonate with me. Reminiscing about anime has me realizing that I grew up in the golden age of Japanese animation. That late 80s to early 2000s was just a special time for the medium. Anime was different back then, and to me it was just better. All of that aside, I still very much enjoy the culture. Going to conventions like Nan Desu Kan allows me to live and breathe for 3 solid days with other like-minded individuals as we geek out about all things Japan. After all, anime conventions are hardly ever just about the anime, it’s about nerd culture in general.
With my time at Nan Desu Kan you can expect tons of pictures of cosplay. Also some quick reviews of anime I pop in and watch in the viewing areas. You can also expect some coverage over useless purchases made. Expect a couple more articles chronicling my experience at the con.
Nan Desu Kan takes place on September 2nd to the 4th at the Sheraton Denver Downtown. You can get all the information at the official website, and there is still time to pre-register for the event as well! Sub Cultured will be on hand to cover every aspect of the convention in real time on Twitter and Facebook, but you can also visit right back here at Sub-Cultured to read up on my review surrounded by a culture and people I just love. More to come on Nan Desu Kan!
With Halloween around the corner, we dove into our closets to find quick and easy costumes to please all manner of costume and cosplay enthusiasts! Our focus today is on the adorably naive Misa Amane from the popular anime Death Note!
Misa Amane is introduced to viewers in beginning of the series with somewhat of a gothic lolita style, which is a perfect balance between the character’s dynamic as a bubbly, aspiring top idol with a secret interest in the darkness of the Shinigami world. We chose a black corset dress with a fluffy tiered lace skirt from Tragic Beautiful, which sounds like the most appropriate shop for Misa Amane to spend all her easily earned cash. The gloves from Etsy are both laced and lace to mirror the dress. To go with the fleur de lis theme from the anime, we picked thigh high patterned stockings from Mod Cloth with a flower motif. Betsey Johnson ruffled combat boots were a great find to compliment the hard and soft of Misa’s character, and as an up and coming model, we can totally see Misa clunking down one of Betsey’s runways. As Misa’s style can be portrayed through just a few pieces, we left room for you to accessorise with crucifixes and chokers to your dark little heart’s content.
Want to take your Misa costume to the next level? Find a black leather diary, write “Death Note” on it, and grab some red contacts for your Shinigami eyes! You could even beg and plead in that adorably cute way to have a friend make a Halloween costume of L from Death Note so you can go as a pair!
Planning on making this costume? Doing some other DIY awesome? Want to check out the rest of our Halloween Costumes From Your Closet ideas? Show me all your spook-tacular creations with the hashtag #SCaryMonth on Twitter and Instagram!
New York Comic Con is a day away, and we’re STILL finalizing our schedule. It’s a packed weekend, and with a cornucopia of panels and themed parties to satisfy any geek, it’s definitely going to be a whirlwind. What’s on your agenda, besides participating in our Instagram challenge?
11:00 AM – 88MPH: A Celebration of Back to the Future
11:15 AM – We Need More Diverse Comics
1:30 PM – TOR: The Next Generation
2:45 PM – Disabled or Mislabeled?: Graphic Novels and Comics About Disabilities
4:00 PM – VERTIGO: The New #1s
5:30 PM – Games and Education
5:15 PM – New York TimesOUT presents LGBT in Comics
5:30 PM – VIZ Media Presents: An Evening with Masashi Kishimoto, Creator of Naruto
PARTIES AND EVENTS:
MootCon4 – Game of Thrones Meetup at Stitch from 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM (FREE)
11:15 AM – From Black Face to Black Panther: The Evolution of the Depiction of People of Color in Comic Books, Graphic Novels and Film
12:15 PM – Image Comics: Where Creators Own Worlds
2:30 PM – [Adult Swim] Panel Block
2:45 PM – DC Entertainment Spotlight on Scott Snyder
3:30 PM – USA Network: COLONY Screening & Q&A Followed by Mr. Robot Panel with Cast and Creator
4:15 PM – Archie Comics Forever
7:45 PM – Fresh Romance
PARTIES AND EVENTS:
BrimpForum – Celebration of Sex Criminals at Mustang Harry’s from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (FREE but there is a raffle benefitting The Hero Initiative)
Sonicboombox presents: Image Comics NYCC Afterparty – Join creators for drinks and bowling at Bowlmor Times Square from 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM ($15-$20)
11:15 AM – All New All Different Marvel
12:30 PM – Marry, Do, or Kill? What Will It Take to Shatter Female Stereotypes in Comics?
1:45 PM – Clueless 20th Anniversary Panel
2:45 PM – MARVEL: Cup O’Joe
4:15 PM – Comics Creators Consuming Coffee: Where Food & Comics Collide
4:15 PM – Image Comics: Where Creators Own Reality
5:00 PM – The Netflix Original Series Marvel’s Jessica Jones and Marvel’s Daredevil
5:15 PM – Secret Identities – Creating Transgender Characters in Comic Books
5:30 PM – Street Fighter V
7:45 PM – Bravest Warriors from Cartoon Hangover
PARTIES AND EVENTS:
Sonicboombox presents: Cosplay Dance Afterparty at Slate NY from 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM ($20)
10:45 AM – Goosebumps & The Baby-Sitters Club Revisited: A Conversation with R.L. Stine, Ann M. Martin, Raina Telgemeier, and Dave Roman
12:15 PM – DC Entertainment: All Access
1:30 PM – Women of Marvel