This post is for Pace’s pop-culture junkies. Whether you’re a comic book connoisseur, a would-be media magnate, or a run-of-the-mill fan fanatic, Comic Con has something for you.
New York Comic Con (NYCC) is the largest pop culture convention on the east coast. An added bonus for NYC attendees is that it also takes place in Gotham City, the comic book capital of the world. More than 185,000 fans attended New York Comic Con in 2016, which made it the largest comic book and pop culture gathering in the U.S. last year. This year’s event will run from October 5–8 at the Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan at 655 West 34th Street.
In addition to panels, screenings, and special events, NYCC features hundreds of guests who will be signing autographs in a designated autograph area, in Artist Alley, in private rooms, and at various booths on the show floor. A very small snapshot of guests include:
- Adi Granov | Iron Man, Star Wars: Darth Vader, Marvel Movies
- Afua Richardson | Black Panther: World of Wakanda, Genius, All Star Batman
- Geoff Johns | Green Lantern, DC Universe Rebirth
- Amy Mebberson | Disney Princesses
- Billy Martin | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mavel Cover Artist
- Felicity Jones | Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- Jason Isaacs | Harry Potter
- Josh Hutcherson | Hunger Games, Future Man
- Peter Capaldi | Doctor Who
- Yetide Badaki | American Gods
- Jodi Meadows | Before She Ignites, My Lady Jane, The Orphan Queen duology
- Jason Fry | Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View
- Jonathan Hennessey | The Comic Book Story of Video Games, Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of an American Founding Father, The Comic Book Story of Beer
- Rachel Ignotofsky | Women in Science, Women in Sports
- R.L. Stine | Goosebumps
The New York Public Library will also play a part in this year’s show. On October 5th, from 9am–4pm, the library will host a free, ticketed event, or “professional day,” for librarians, teachers, and educators on comics and graphic novels.
We’re posting about Comic Con now because you need to get tickets early. You must also have a Fan Verification profile to attend NYCC.
Rachael is a loud-and-proud lover of the written word. Born in Canada but raised in Arizona, she left the Grand Canyon State in 2012 to study journalism and law at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The self-proclaimed bibliophile got her start writing about real estate and art, but most recently worked in communications where she designed marketing mockups, took photos, and made videos for the oldest law school in Canada. When she wasn’t at the farmers’ market or at work, she was copyediting two novels and one nonfiction work that went to print this past summer. She’s very much looking forward to learning the ins-and-outs of publishing and managing the MS Pace Publishing Blog. You’ll often find Rachael with a coffee in one hand and a book or magazine in the other reading about art, history, or contemporary culture.
Kimberly Holcombe was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. She received her BA in English with a Creative Writing minor and her MA in Writing at Coastal Carolina University. For the past two years, Kimberly was the design editor, copyeditor, and managing editor of CCU’s online literary journal, Waccamaw. Waccamaw is where she found her passion for the publishing industry, bringing her to Pace University’s M.S. in Publishing program. At Pace, Kimberly will be the graduate assistant in the publishing lab, maintaining the lab and helping students when needed. She will also help write posts on the M.S. in Publishing blog. When she isn’t working, writing fiction, or editing, she is listening to music, playing video games, or hanging out with friends.
Bryan Potts, Pace University Press Graduate Assistant
Bryan Potts is an incoming graduate student in the M.S. in Publishing program. A proud Jersey boy, Bryan was a Literature major (concentration in Creative Writing) and International Business minor at Ramapo College of New Jersey. While at Ramapo, he was part of the editorial team for Trillium, the college’s student-run creative writing magazine and proudly served as the student representative on a council to reconfigure the structure of Ramapo’s general education courses. He also served as a consultant at the Center for Reading and Writing on campus and was a Supplemental Instructor for the Educational Opportunity Fund program for two summers. Editing and writing are two loves of his life, though he also dreams of one day owning and operating his own Murakami-esque jazz bar. He is an avid board and video gamer and is especially interested in studying the publication and editorial processes that tie-in products, novelizations, and multimedia projects.
Elliane Mellet, Pace University Press Graduate Assistant
Ely Mellet was born and raised in Houston, Texas but moved to Chicago to study Journalism and Graphic Design at Loyola University. Ely interned at the Better Government Association helping to hold government officials accountable and was a terrible radio host at her university’s radio station. She had hoped to publish news articles that would change the world but soon realized that books were much more influential in instilling change and offering new perspectives. Ely is a graduate assistant for the Pace University Press and will be aiding in the editing and production process for the journals published there. Ely is excited to begin her first year in the M.S. in Publishing program at Pace, but not excited about New York winters.
Jennifer Thompson, Office Student Aide
Jennifer Thompson is in her second year in the program with an expected graduation date of May 2018. From Atlanta, GA, she went to Pennsylvania State University for undergrad and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Psychology. She loves to travel and has been to England, France, and Costa Rica. (She will be in Thailand in January.) Besides her obvious passion for books and reading, she has a special interest in children’s books because she doesn’t want to grow up. In her Student Aide position, she will be handling any and all office-related tasks, as well as helping out with the blog.
Lin Wu (Grace), Publishing Lab Student Aide
Lin Wu (Grace) is a current M.S. in Publishing student at Pace University. She graduated from Kent State University in Ohio with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. After being an editor’s assistant back in China at a local magazine publisher years ago, she started to have a passion for magazine publishing and production. Grace is very excited to learn about publishing through this program and working towards her goals.
Dear Colleagues and Graduate Students,
I hope you enjoyed your summer break. Welcome back to Pace University. We have 27 new students, 57 current students, and 3 visiting students enrolled in the Pace Publishing program for Fall 2017 – a total of 87 students this semester. The faculty and staff look forward to working with you and assisting you this term.
Please mark your calendar for the following publishing event. Bette Rockmore will be giving the Fall semester lecture as Visiting Professor on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. She is the Vice President of Advertising Sales at SiriusXM Satellite Radio and will serve as Visiting Professor for the 2017/18 academic year. Her lecture will take place at 163 William Street, 18th floor at the downtown NYC campus from 6–8pm. She will discuss issues currently facing the publishing and media industries. Refreshments will be served. You will receive an official invitation shortly.
Another important date to place in your calendar is Wednesday, September 27th. We would like to invite all M.S. in Publishing students to our Fall Orientation to meet faculty, staff, and classmates. Join us from 5–6pm in our Multimedia Lab at Midtown Center, 8th floor. RSVP to email@example.com no later than September 13, 2017.
We wish you a very successful semester. Please feel free to contact me or faculty or staff if you have any questions. My very best to you this term.
Director M.S. in Publishing Program
Director Pace University Press
Each spring, Pace University’s Center of Community Action and Research leads the Alternative Spring Break program, which is designed to “provide valuable service to affected communities while giving participants the opportunity to have impact on a local level, while learning about the regional/national/global contexts.” This year, 16 participants will be given the opportunity to put their energies into helping rebuild the Rockaways, a community in Queens that is still working to recover following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Anyone interested in participating is required to attend at least one of the following information session:
Thursday, February 2
Civic E319 (NYC Campus), Miller Hall 16 (Pleasantville Campus)
Wednesday, February 8 (PLV)
163 William Street, Room 1520 (NYC), Dyson 218 (PLV)
The dates for the trip are Monday, March 13th-Thursday, March 16th.
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The Student Leadership Conference is an opportunity for students to grow, learn, and develop as leaders. They will listen to speakers, participate in workshops, and network with professionals in fields relevant to their courses of study. There will be three sessions and each will consist of multiple presentations around the conference theme and session.
This conference is free and open to all students, faculty and staff members on both the Pace New York City and Pleasantville campus. Students from other institutions will be charged a fee of $25.00. Presenting at the Leadership Conference will allow you to connect with students, highlight your creativity and share your expertise. For students interested in presenting, it will give you an opportunity to find a mentor or enhance your existing relationship. As a courtesy to presenters, the conference fee will be waived.
The 9th Annual Leadership Conference is composed of a vibrant keynote address, three different workshops to choose from, breakfast and lunch, a closing soft skills interactive networking session, and dessert.
The 2016 Fall Leadership Conference will be held on Friday February 19, 2016 from 10am to 5pm in the Student Union.
You must register in advance. To register click here.
You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. – Jane Goodall
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On Wednesday, November 11th Pace students visited the HarperCollins Headquarters in New York. The students were greeted by Human Resources Director, Carolyn Zimatore and led to a conference room. At every seat there were HarperCollins water bottles and a book waiting for every student. After an overview of the different publishing departments and how they collaborate Zimatore passed the presentation onto Sara Sargent, the executive editor for HarperCollins Children.
Sargent answered student’s questions and spoke about the trends in children’s books. Next up was Brian Perrin, Marketing and Digital Product Development. Perrin spoke about working in book marketing and working with an editor to position a book. They both discussed the duties of an entry-level position in marketing and editorial and what you can expect. The last speaker was Brianne Fong, an Assistant Manager, Digital Rights. Fong’s team negotiates eBook rights for backlist titles at HarperCollins. She spoke in detail about the work behind acquiring rights and how digital rights create a new audience for backlist titles.
Students gained valuable information from these amazing speakers and were able to see a major publishing house in person. Thank you HarperCollins for the wonderful experience.