CULTURE

New York Comic Con 2018: What to Expect

Thousands of people will pour into the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center today, hoping to learn anything new about their fandoms

Today is the first day of New York Comic Con and crowds of people are already starting to pour in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, dressed up as their favorite characters.

Of course, NYCC won't be as big as the OG event, San Diego Comic Con, but we can still expect tons of news about releases, movies, shows and more.

Comics

If you're a die-hard fan for the original reason of this convention, you'll be pretty busy this weekend — comics will be a huge part of the show, like always. Marjorie Liu will be giving a keynote speech to kick off the day — she's the creator of the Monstress series, which won both Hugo and Eisner awards.

In the Artist Alley, you can check out independent artists showcasing their books and artwork, a great way to support smaller names. Bigger companies such as Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and others will host panels all weekend.

Some other interesting panels involve education and representation — Emily Ree will be speaking for the 'History Comics Club' and 'Queer Comics for Kids of All Ages' will also be represented at the convention.

Movies

The younger crowd — who weren't brought up on comics — will probably be more interested in the movie announcements and events. Fans expect new trailers to drop, such as for Peter Jackson's Mortal Engines, the last movie in DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon series and the Hellboy reboot.

Movie panels will include Todd McFarlane's talk about his new Spawn movie, From Page to Screen: Owning Your Own Intellectual Property and a movie interview about Constantine: City of Demons.

Shows

NYCC is pretty much the place to be for show premieres — DC Universe premiered the first two episodes of its Teen Titans reboot, Titans and Syfy will be showing Nightflyers, a George R. R. Martin adaption. Netflix will premiere new seasons of Daredevil, Big Mouth, The Haunting of Hill House and more. Hulu will do the same with shows such as Marvel's Runaways and American Gods.


Activations

Activations are basically installations with show or movie themes — I think of them as Instagram opportunities within Comic Con. Audible will be presenting a Harry Potter exhibit while promoting the new Fantastic Beasts movie. Amazon has some installations relating to Good Omens, Jack Ryan, and more.

Other events will include a White Walker by Johnnie Walker pop up, a Queer Lounge, NYCC Presents, a Star Wars Fan Club Experience and more. This year will also include an entire section dedicated solely to anime. Guests will include Mark Ruffalo from The Incredible Hulk, Travis McElroy from the podcast My Brother, My Brother and Me, Aisha Taylor from Archer and much, much more.


Amber Wang is a freelancer for Popdust, Gearbrain and various other sites. She is also a student at NYU, a photographer and a marketing intern.



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FILM

17 "Mean Girls" Memes to Celebrate October 3rd

On Wednesdays, we wear pink — but on October 3rd, we also look at memes

14 years ago, Tina Fey graced us with a cinematic masterpiece called Mean Girls.

Cady Heron, played by Lindsey Lohan, is a transfer student from Africa who has to adjust to life in an average American highschool. The movie follows her mishaps as she attempts to infiltrate the "Plastics," three of the most popular girls in school.

Mean Girls has many iconic moments, like the scene where Cady is asked by her crush, Aaron Samuels, what day it is. She responds, "October 3rd." Now, Oct. 3 is known as Mean Girls day.

So sit back in your over-sized pink shirt and enjoy these 17 memes that Mean Girls has graced us with over the years.

1. Steve Harrington is a Cool Mom™

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2. When Mean Girls fans are already parents

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3. Sully gets mean

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4. For when you need to feel sad

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5. For when you spent your entire paycheck at Sephora

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6. You can't change my mind

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7. Mom-agers are the coolest moms

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8. For when you need to be extra

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9. Regina George if she went to Hogwarts

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10. Guilty pleasures are nothing to be ashamed of

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11. The OG clique

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12. Am I being obvious?

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13. When you're indecisive about which meme to post today

14. When your plan fails

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15. For the politically inclined

16. Even superheroes are dumb sometimes


17. And now, you can focus on Halloween

Gaming

Fans Excited by Leaked Harry Potter RPG Footage

The role-playing game adds another element to the Harry Potter universe

Harry Potter might never die — after the final Deathly Hallows movies, we got a Fantastic Beasts spinoff, a mobile game and now, an RPG with newly leaked footage to geek out over.

The leaked footage came out of a sub forum from the popular site Reddit — the subreddit was titled r/gaming and the post has about 1.2k comments so far. As of today, the video has been taken down due to containing "content from Warner Bros. Entertainment Interactive, who has blocked it on copyright grounds."

The video itself shows a much anticipated game in which users can customize their characters, learn as witches and wizards at Hogwarts and choose to play on either the good or evil side. The game doesn't have a title yet, but we can take a lot from the apparent description and trailer.

The 3rd person open world RPG will be set in the 19th Century Wizarding World — you will be attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry late as a fifth year due to your unique ability to "track and identify remnants of a pottant ancient power."

Conflict begins at the Forbidden Forest and along with Professor Elezar Fig, you discover new locations and start to solve the mysteries behind these occurrences. On your quests, you'll learn to craft potions, perfect spells and find fantastic beasts. Your character can also battle supernatural enemies such as Dark Wizards and Goblins.

Your fate is entirely up to you — choose from eight different Wizard types, make friends wherever you want and master the new magic system.

In the past, Harry Potter has attempted to develop video games — 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' was the first title to appear on PlayStation, Windows, Game Boy Advance, and more. This was followed by 'Chamber of Secrets' and 'Quidditch World Cup' in the next two years.

The brand has also come out with various apps — the most recent being 'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery,' a Pokemon GO-style game in which players can run around in an RPG set in a time before Harry Potter attended Hogwarts.

Other than this new RPG leak, we also have the second 'Fantastic Beasts' which highlights 'The Crimes of Grindelwald.'


Amber Wang is a freelancer for Popdust, Gearbrain and various other sites. She is also a student at NYU, a photographer and a marketing intern.


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