I’ll be at the New York Comic Con this Friday, Oct.8, through Sunday, Oct. 10, held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on Manhattan’s West Side. NYCC has quickly grown to be second only to the San Diego convention in size and importance.

My “home base” for the con will be the Top Cow booth, #2129. Rather than a set signing schedule, I’ll generally be at the booth to sign and chat when I’m not scheduled to be elsewhere. If I’m not around, you can ask one of the booth personnel when I’ll be back, or even to track me down. Two of my artistic collaborators, Michael Broussard of Artifacts and Nelson Blake 2nd ofMagdalena, will also be among the Cow herd for the show.

Top Cow will also be offering two con exclusive covers, both of which happen to be my books. Stjepan Sejic painted new covers for Artifacts #2 and Witchblade #138, both of which will be available at the booth. And if you’re around the booth at the right times, you might just bump into Aphrodite IV. She might even hand you a nice green balloon.

Here’s the rest of my public schedule for each day:

FRIDAY

4:30-5:30 p.m., Image Comics: The Writers panel, Room 1A14. I’ll be joined by fellow writers Robert Kirkman, Nick Spencer and Steve Seagle for a discussion of the writing process, and a Q & A session. Though, let’s face it, we’re gonna end up talking about Robert’s The Walking Dead quite a bit. And deservedly so.

SATURDAY

12:15-1:15 p.m., The Image Comics Show, Room 1A22. This is Image’s “company” panel, with announcements, updates, and a Q & A session. Other panelists scheduled are Joe Kelly, Ben McCool, John Layman and James Zhang. I suspect The Walking Dead will come up again.

1:15-2:15 p.m., Top Cow panel, Room 1A06. I’ll be on the panel, along with Filip Sablik, Michael Broussard, Jeff Katz of American Original and GeekWeek.com, Russ Cundiff of DiVide Pictures, and actor and comic geek Milo Ventimiglia (of “Heroes” fame). Expect Artifacts discussion (hopefully we can get just-announced artist Whilce Portacio to swing by), as well as some announcements of upcoming projects. Those who attend the panel can get a ticket for Milo’s autograph session that will follow immediately afterward.

4:30-5 p.m., signing at Graphic.ly booth, #1751. If you definitely want to get something signed, this might be the best time, as I absolutely know I’ll be here for at least 30 minutes.

SUNDAY

11 a.m.-noon, Writing Comics panel, Room 1A23. Billed as a “nuts-and-bolts discussion to help aspiring writers,” I’ll be joined by Paul Levitz, Jim McCann and Chris Eliopoulos. And hopefully a gallon jug of coffee.

One more NYCC note. My friends in the band Kirby Krackle will be playing gigs both Friday and Saturday night in the city. Check out their site for the details, as well as some pretty awesome music:

http://www.kirbykracklemusic.com/

Cheers,

Ron