First and foremost, New York Comic Con is a comic book centered convention, but that doesn’t mean we don’t find a good mix of upcoming comics, graphic novels and even a YA tome or six when we go to panels and patrol the con floors. In fact, if you can’t get into BEA, NYCC is a great place to meet authors, snag copies of their books (some of which are even ARCs) and add some autographs to your collection.
So without further extrapolation, onto the books and comics you’re going to want to get your hands on! Or paws, no judgement here.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs
Release Date: October 29, 2013
Just in case your imagination is so terrible that even the photographic visuals in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children weren’t enough, a graphic novel adaptation is coming out right in time for Halloween and the annual All Hallow’s Read. Also to promote the books sequel Hollow City due out in January 2014. How very very convenient.
The Geek’s Guide to Dating by Eric Smith
Release Date: December 3, 2013
The fabulous social media manager over at Quirk Books, Eric Smith (who you may know as the guy who sold his fiance’s engagement ring after she broke up with him and bought some Master Chief armor with the cash) wrote a how-to guide for geeks and dating and since we’ve already seen the book in its draft and ARC stages we can tell you that it is witty, adorable and a must buy, even if you’re already in a relationship. Keep it around for the references alone!
Outcast by Robert Kirkman
Release Date: 2014
Walking Dead author Robert Kirkman is taking on yet another facet of the horror genre, this time by tackling demons, possessions and exorcisms. The monthly serial will follow protagonist Kyle Barnes who has been dealing with possession since he was a young child. Now in adulthood, Kyle is seeking answers that may have apocalyptic connotations that have nothing to do with Paranormal Activity.
Miracleman by Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman
Release Date: January 2014
Marvel has big plans to bring the story of British superhero Miracleman back to life. Started by Alan Moore in the 80’s, Marvel will re-release old issues leading up to the finale of the series which author Neil Gaiman referred to at NYCC as “the big incomplete book of my life” since his finished issue #25 never saw the light of day after the folding of the comic’s publisher Eclipse. On the one hand, bummer, on the other YAY US!
Unbound: An Archived Novel by Victoria Schwab
Release Date: January 28, 2014
The sequel to Victoria Schwab’s fabulous The Archived is on its way. When people begin disappearing without a trace Keeper Mackenzie Bishop finds herself the prime suspect of the mystery all while she’s dealing with some serious Archive related PTSD. Here’s hoping this sequel is full of even more Roland the Librarian- who we kid you not is the 10th Doctor- and guyliner wearing Wes! If not we will be very sad pandas.
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind by Zack Whedon
Release Date: January 29, 2014
As we previously reported, “Firefly” will continue in comic form from Dark Horse and creator Joss Whedon’s brother Zack Whedon and will take place after the film continuation Serenity. Zoe is pregnant, River is a new pilot and outlaw Mal and his crew are on the run after revealing that their shady government is even more terrible than anyone thought possible. Can’t wait to see how this continues the story of the wildest space western to ever space western.
Loki: Agent of Asgard by Al Ewing
Release Date: February 2014
If you love Loki (especially the hilarious Kid Loki in Young Avengers) then this is the Loki-centric comic for you! The series will focus an an older, “sexier” Loki returned to his adult body who lives in New York City and goes on missions for Asgard’s All-Mother to redeem himself of his past sins. But way funnier than that sounds. Even though, you know, he kills his brother Thor in the very first panel. He’s probably okay, right?
Cress: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Release Date: February 4, 2014
The third of four books in the Lunar Chronicles, this science fiction take on Rapunzel follows Cress, a young girl who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood. Unfortunately for everyone, she works for the nefarious moon queen, Queen Levana who has ordered her to track down cyborg Cinder and her gang of refugees, Captain Thorne, Scarlet and Wolf. Will girl power be able to save Earth or will it come at a deadly cost?
Wildwood Imperium by Colin Meloy
Release Date: February 4, 2014
The conclusion to Colin Meloy’s fantastical “are we sure this is written for children?” series Wildwood is coming to a close. Will the mechanical boy prince be brought back to life? What magical talking animals will Colin Meloy throw at us next? How hard is it to make another Decemberists album that we love? And why oh why is he going on a solo tour by himself? All these questions and none of them are surely to be answered.
Panic by Lauren Oliver
Release Date: March 3, 2014
Hot off the heels of her successful Delirium trilogy comes a new book from Lauren Oliver. The YA author who gave the world the life after death novel Before I Fall has another inventive premise up her sleeve. Panic is a game played by graduating seniors in the sleepy town of Carp which turns deadly. A novel of fear and friendship, this book has already had the optioning rights snapped up by Universal Pictures which is all kinds of bananas.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10 by Christos Gage
Release Date: March 19, 2014
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is getting a tenth season in comic form which will comprise 30 issues and tell the continuing story of the vampire slayer who has died many times but whose story will never die. The newest “season” will see magic returning to the Buffyverse. Brand new arcs will be written by Christos Gage, will be illustrated by Rebekah Isaacs and covers will be handled by ongoing artist Steve Morris.
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
Release Date: April 8, 2014
The final book in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy was pushed back a week, but it’s okay because come April we will have our hands on this beauty. In what is sure to be a stunning conclusion, Karou has still not forgiven Akiva for the slaughter of her people but the enemies must join forces in order to save the human world from an army of angry and avenging angels. Geeze angels, you’re such jerks. Why can’t you be more like Castiel?
Batman Eternal by Scott Snyder
Release Date: Spring 2014
Good news Batman fans, much-loved writer Scott Snyder will be helming Batman Eternal, a new weekly which will feature a rotating cast of fabulous scribes who include James Tynion IV, John Layman, Ray Fawkes and Tim Seeley. It will also see the arrival to the New 52 of character Stephanie Brown who will show up in issue 3. Snyder promised the series is going to be “the biggest, craziest and most fun stuff we’ve done on the book and in the world of Gotham.”
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Sadly, Rick Yancey’s sequel to The 5th Wave is not called The 6th Wave, but we totally forgive him because the Infinite Sea is a much better title, partially because this sea of humanity is all we could see (pun win!) at Comic Con. In the book, Cassie and her new military friends seek to learn what else the aliens have in store for the destruction of humanity and the Others will answer Cassie’s quest for defiance.
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Release Date: May 13, 2014? Maybe.
Another book pushed back in the publishing world partially due to author involvement is the third book in the intertwined love stories penned by Stephanie Perkins. This YA tome takes peripheral character Isla and readers back to Paris for Isla’s senior year all while crossing paths with the original lovers in the series: Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket. We cannot wait to see how this trilogy ends.
Lair of Dreams: A Diviner’s Novel by Libba Bray
Release Date: August 5, 2014
We’re hoping the hardest we have ever hoped that this is not the actual novel cover and merely a fan attempt that was accidentally put on GoodReads because, well, just look at it. Seriously guys, The Diviners was so gorgeous, this just isn’t fair! Anyway, the world knows that Evie O’Neill is a Diviner, someone who can read objects’ pasts and becomes known in the media world as America’s Sweetheart Seer. But it’s not all fun and games as a string of mysterious deaths ravages New York City and the Diviners must enter the dreamworld.