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6 things we're FANGRRLing over at New York Comic Con 2019

By Clare McBride
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

It's here. It's finally here. Con season starts all the way back in July, and it can feel like a long haul to get to October, but … we did it, y'all! We made it to New York Comic Con 2019. SYFY WIRE will be covering and streaming the con all weekend, so whether you've got a badge or you're a million miles away, we can all enjoy it and geek out together.

In fact, here are six things we're FANGRRLing over at New York Comic Con 2019.

Magical musicals.

If "Once More, With Feeling" taught us anything, it's that musicals and geek culture go together like Stephen and Sondheim. (That's why I own all five of the most recent Sailor Moon musicals on DVD!) Musicals based on beloved young adult fantasy are having a particular moment right now, and that moment is coming to New York Comic Con.

The "Behind the Magic of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" panel on Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Hammerstein Ballroom will go behind the scenes of the award-winning musical. The musical will also have a booth (#1736) on the show floor all weekend. The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical will also have a presence, kicking off its Broadway production (which is currently in previews and officially opens on October 20) with a bang. "The World of Percy Jackson: From Page to Stage" on Thursday at 2:35 p.m. in Room 1A06 will explore the production's development from Off-Broadway to national tour to now and feature members of the creative and the cast.

Nancy Drew | First Look Trailer | The CW

Nancy Drew.

I'm honestly surprised it's taken this long after the success of Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina for Nancy Drew to be adapted in a similar vein in a world where true crime has never been hotter (as a genre, as a genre). I'm curious to see how it'll go, especially whether it'll double down on the supernatural element teased in the first trailer. Luckily, I don't have long to wait. On Sunday at 2 p.m. in Room 1A06, the cast and producers will be discussing the show and showing a sneak peek of the October 9 premiere.

Harley Quinn

The women of the DC Universe.

Wonder Woman 2 and Birds of Prey may be coming in 2020, but the DC Universe has no shortage of ladies representing at con this year. Warner Brothers Television will be taking over the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden for most of Sunday, starting at 10:30 a.m. (I know, I know, but early panels are character-building!) They'll be screening an early look at the new Harley Quinn animated series at 1:05 p.m. and the pilot for the upcoming Batwoman at 1:35 p.m., followed by a Q&A featuring the producers and cast of Batwoman.

And if you're intrigued by the upcoming Eternals and New Gods movies, you're in luck: On Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in Room 1A02, you can catch "Gangsters, Lovers, Heroes, Warriors, & Gods: Jack Kirby's Women," a panel focused entirely on Kirby's legendary female characters such as Big Barda and Jean Grey. If you're unfamiliar, this is a great chance to catch up before they hit the big screen.

Lando in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - Billy Dee Williams

The return of Billy Dee Williams.

While there's plenty of Star Wars on the schedule and on the floor this year, the Star Wars films don't have much of an official presence on the schedule. Between D23 and Star Wars Celebration, Disney's announced most of its upcoming Star Wars movie news on its own turf. But there's one indelible Star Wars cinematic presence at New York Comic Con this year: Billy Dee Williams himself. He'll be taking over Room 1A06 on Friday at 11 a.m. to talk about returning to the Star Wars franchise as Lando Calrissian after 36 years. If there was ever an early panel to hike up to the Javits Center for, this is it.

Star Trek: Picard.

I'm still pinching myself over how lucky we are to have Jean-Luc Picard return to our screens in Star Trek: Picard next year. The "Star Trek Universe" panel on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden will cover both Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard, featuring the cast and producers of both programs. Details on the panel are sparse, but I'd be very surprised if we didn't walk away with some sneak peeks and early looks. Also: Sonequa Martin-Green and Sir Patrick Stewart together in one panel? Be still my heart.

Learning how to share our fandom with the next generation.

If you, like me, have little ones in your life, you might catch yourself hoping that they turn out to be geeks like you. The family that cosplays together stays together. But if you want to learn how to nurture the next generation of fans from the ground up, then you're definitely going to want to catch actual father-and-son nerd combo Clint and Travis McElroy and other friends discuss how to raise "Next Gen Nerds" at 8 p.m. on Saturday in Room 1A21. They're clearly a success story, so why not learn from the best?

What are you FANGRRLing over at New York Comic Con 2019?