NYCC Preview: ‘Star Trek: Discovery,’ Shatner, ‘The Orville,’ Exclusives And More

New York Comic Con kicks off on Thursday at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Below are all the highlights most of interest to Trek fans. We also have new details provided to us by CBS on the Discovery panel on Saturday.

Thursday October 5th


Star Trek: The Next 50 Years

7:00 PM – 8:15 PM: Hudson Mercantile – 500 W 36th St

Join Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, The Librarians) and Edward Gross (Geek Magazine), the authors of the critically acclaimed bestselling two volume series from St. Martin’s Press, The Fifty-Year Mission, along with Access Hollywood’s Scott Mantz, the Mount Rushmore of Treksperts, as they look back at five decades of Star Trek and speculate on where the franchise will boldly go over the next 50 years including the latest news from the set of Star Trek Discovery, the future of the movie franchise as well as why we need Trek today more than ever. From the book Kirkus Reviews hailed as “an absolute must for any Star Trek fan” and Booklist called “breathtaking in scope and depth.” Expect incredible stories, insight and possibly even a surprise guest or two. All ages. Buy tickets here

Inside ‘The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard’

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM: NYCC Live Stage – Booth 174

Author David Goodman (Family Guy, The Orville, Star Trek Enterprise) discusses his work on Captain Picard’s new memoirs.

Friday, October 6


‘The Orville’ Cast Interview

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM: NYCC Live Stage – Booth 174

Join the cast and crew behind Seth MacFarlane’s sci-fi comedy:  Adrianne Palicki – “Commander Kelly Grayson” (First Officer), Penny Johnson Jerald – “Dr. Claire Finn,” Scott Grimes – “Lieutenant Gordon Malloy” (Helmsman), Brannon Braga – Executive Producer, David A. Goodman – Executive Producer

‘The Orville’ panel/screening

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Hammerstein Ballroom – 311 W 34th St

Join Adrianne Palicki and executive producers David A. Goodman and Brannon Braga for an extended look at an unaired episode and discussion about the hit FOX show! “The Orville” is a one-hour science fiction comedic drama set 400 years in the future that follows the adventures of the U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory vessel where the human and alien crew face the wonders and dangers of outer space while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of regular people in a workplace…even though some of those people are from other planets, and the workplace is a faster-than-light spaceship.

Saturday, October 7


Star Trek: Discovery panel

3:45 PM – 4:45 PM: The Theater at Madison Square Garden

Join cast members Sonequa Martin-Green, Jason Isaacs, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp, Mary Chieffo, and Wilson Cruz alongside executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts, Heather Kadin and Akiva Goldsman. The panel will be moderated by former NASA Astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison, a major fan of Star Trek, the world’s first woman of color in space and leader of the 100 Year Starship initiative fostering the capabilities for human interstellar travel.

NOTE: There is also going to be a Discovery sneak preview and panel at PaleyFest on Saturday night at 8:00 pm at the Paley Center. CLICK HERE for info and tickets.

IDW Publishing: Stars of 2018

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM: Room 1A02

What does IDW have planned for 2018 and beyond? Here’s your first chance to find out! Join IDW CCO Chris Ryall, Group Editor Sarah Gaydos, and Editor Joe Hughes, along with Sword of Ages creator Gabriel Rodriguez and other talented-creators-to-be-named-later as they show and tell all about IDW’s upcoming slate of books, including a focus on our twin Stars, Star Wars and Star Trek! Bonus: everyone in attendance will receive a cool little promo item as well!

Sunday, October 8


World Premiere of Batman vs. Two Face with William Shatner

10:30 AM – 12:15 PM: Main Stage 1-D

Be amongst the first audience to see Batman vs. Two-Face, the highly anticipated sequel to the 2016 hit animated film Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment,Batman vs. Two-Face finds Batman and Robin back in classic 1960s action, protecting Gotham City from some of the most nefarious villains in comics history. But when the mutilated master of multiplicity, Two-Face, begins staging a daring crime wave across Gotham, the Caped Crusaders must work double-time to discover his mysterious secret identity before they can halt his evil-doing – all the while combating the likes of Catwoman, Joker, Riddler, Penguin, Bookworm, Hugo Strange and King Tut! The late Adam West leads the star-studded cast in his final performance as Batman – playing opposite fellow pop culture icon William Shatner (Star Trek) as the criminally conflicted Harvey Dent/Two-Face, and alongside his longtime pal Burt Ward, supplying more “holy” fun as the Boy Wonder himself, Robin. See the film, then stay for an action-packed panel comprised of Shatner and Ward with the filmmaking team of supervising producer/co-screenwriter James Tucker (Teen Titans: The Judas Contract), producer/co-screenwriter Michael Jelenic (Teen Titans Go!) and director Rick Morales (Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders). TV Guide Magazine senior writer Damian Holbrook will moderate the fun. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings Batman vs. Two-Face to Digital on October 10, 2017, and Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on October 17, 2017.

YogaQuest Presents Star Trek: a Narrated Yogic Adventure!

4:15 PM – 4:45 PM: Family HQ – 1C03

Live long and prosper! Captain Kirk and his crew wind up in a parallel universe in this narrated yogic adventure! YogaQuest is unlike any yoga class you have experienced before! It is a unique blend of yoga and fan-fiction story-telling. Your quest is guided by a narrator and a certified yoga instructor, as the class embarks on an epic and often ridiculous journey through a popular fandom. Move through the story by following a yoga routine designed to improve strength, balance and flexibility. No previous yoga experience, special clothing, or mats necessary. Pose nerdy with us!

Exhibitor Hall Star Trek exclusives and signings

IDW (Booth #1844)

IDW is offering a con exclusive version of John Byrn’s Star Trek: New Visions #18. First 100 people to buy this book on Friday morning  will get a wristband for the John Byrne signing on Friday from 3:30-5:30pm. There will also be a signing event with Star Trek comic artists Cecil Castellucci, Donny Cates, Cryssy Cheung, Marc Laming, Declan Shalvey on Saturday between 6 pm and 7 pm.

Titan (Booth #2142)

Titan Book will be selling early release copies of Star Trek Beyond – The Make-Up Artistry of Joel Harlow, each of which is signed by Joel Harlow and comes with a with limited edition print ($45). They are also selling the new Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard with exclusive enamel pin ($25).

Chronicle (booth # 2323)

Chronicle Books will be selling limited edition Star Trek Cats Patches: using the artwork from Jenny Parks’ hit book Star Trek Cats. Chronicle Books will offer one of three unique collectible patches per day― Thursday: Captain James T. Kirk, Friday: Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, Saturday: First Officer Spock. Each patch is priced at $5, limit 3 patches per person per day. Also if you by Star Trek Cats at NYCC you receive a free poster.

Star Trek star autographs and photo ops

William Shatner: Star Trek’s orignal captain Kirk will be signing in the Autograph Area on Saturday and Sunday, and he will also be available for photo ops on Saturday starting at 6 pm and Sunday starting at 12:30 pm. Photo op cost is $100.

Jason Isaacs: Captain Lorca from Star Trek: Discovery will be signing in the Autograph area on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. He will be doing photo ops Thursday starting at 3:45 pm, Friday starting at 1:45 pm, and Sunday starting at 11:45 am. Photo op cost is $80.


TrekMovie will be there

TrekMovie has a team ready for NYCC and we will be tweeting and reporting from the event, so stay tuned for the Star Trek news from New York. For more infomraiton on NYCC, visit

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A Yogic Adventure?! Wow, to each their own.

Okay, The Orville has had it’s fifteen minutes of fame here. If the only justification for it’s continued appearance here is it being a very generic version of Trek maybe it’s time for it to get it’s own page…

Well, I like “The Orville”, and it’s pretty obvious that Anthony and the staff also like the show. If anything, I think it’s about time that there was a dedicated “Orville” link in the site menu bar. How about it, Anthony?

@Scott Gammans,

“If anything, I think it’s about time that there was a dedicated “Orville” link in the site menu bar.”

I second that.

I like the Orville articles and reviews here.

I love watching Orville and reading the articles about it here. Maybe here is a suggestion for you…skip them.

Don’t worry, it’s likely to be cancelled soon.

No, it’s not. It has been very well received.

Not really

For any network not named Fox, the ratings suck. For Fox, it’ll get a budget cut and another season…

the Orville is great, most star trek fun i have had, i look forward to it every week, i don’t see cancellation in it’s future

Phil, you’re welcome to leave if you don’t like the coverage. However, many people here do–including the people who run this page, which doesn’t charge for its content–and it has a very clear Star Trek connection since it’s based on Star Trek. So your complaint is meaningless.

I agree Phil. This is trekmovie. My assumption is because former Trek stars and crew work on the show. I don’t know. That’s the only justification I could come up with.

Its a bit silly, the coverage. I dont really care since its not my site. But can we request other shows be covered? I like The Deuce. Lets cover that

I hope its paid consideration. In which case, this site deserves the coin.

A friend of mine is a Firefly fan. Even sells merchandise at SDCC. I think they have a dedicated page, though….

Maybe we can get Firefly coverage here.

I have another justification, it is great Trek, How about that Jack ?

I don’t have a problem with The Orville being featured here at all, I enjoy the show so any coverage here is most welcome. Besides, on a personal note is the only genre related site I make a point of checking in with at least once a day.

Respectfully, speak for yourself, Phil. The Trekmovie staff obviously have an affinity for the show, as do I. Keep those Orville articles coming, Folks. Nice work.


The Orville is wanna-be Trek. And it fails miserably.

Kinda like how TNG was wannabe TOS for the first two seasons.

“Orville” isn’t perfect, but I think it has been steadily improving since the premiere. I look forward to seeing new episodes, and I hope that Fox gives the show time to find its voice.

I think it already has it’s voice and I enjoy it’s voice every week.

Some might say the same for the DISCOVERY show…so the ORVILLE articles might as well stay too. ;)

No it doesn’t fail, it is great

You know, I bet they like Star Wars, too….yet the title at the top of the page continues to read ‘TrekMovie’. It’s their page, if they wanted to dedicate space to Alton Brown or The Avengers, the admins can do whatever they want with it. Maybe it’s time to change the tagline to everything new in scifi…

Thats a good point. Can we do Star Wars coverage too?

No, The Orville is not ‘ other ‘ scifi, the Orville is obviously ‘ trek ‘ and I love it.
LOng live The Orville. on tv, in the media and on this website, thank you for including it here.


I like The Orville and as the others have said, I’d love to see more coverage.

If you don’t like it, don’t read about it. It’s as simple as that.

Nice to see NYC get some Trek Con love. They used to be almost an annual thing there when I was growing up.

Is it just me, or is there something seriously out of whack when the panel featuring Mark Altman and Ed Gross costs $19, but the panels featuring the casts of “The Orville” and “Star Trek Discovery” are free (or, at least, don’t cost any more over and above the admission price to ComicCon)?

Don’t get me wrong; I’d love to hear what Mark Altman has to say. Back in the 90’s, the Cinefantastique magazine issues that featured his Star Trek recaps and reviews were absolute must-haves. Two decades later I still have every single issue and they’re prized possessions.

But a $19 premium vs. panels where I can see the casts from two current science fiction TV series? Really?? This does not compute.

You can always opt out of the Altman and Gross panel.

I may not be your target audience, but no, it’s not just you. I’m not exactly a rabid con-goer (last time was over 25 years ago, a CreationCon where the vibe was totally ‘off’ and I left within an hour of getting into the thing, and prior to that was back in the 70s), but I don’t remember ever hearing of paying extra $ — and a lot of extra $ at that, twice as much as I’ve ever paid for a movie ticket to anything — for a single specific event at a convention.

I avidly devoured most print TREK up till the Berman era, and bought up pretty much all ‘making of’ stuff on every genre effort till recently (even used to own MAKING OF THE TREK CONVENTIONS in hardcover), but this seems to be the pinnacle of milking the fans. The original cons I read about in that book didn’t seem financially motivated at all, whereas this …

Most here probably know this but I had no idea a Capt Kirk mask was used for the Halloween movie classic from 1978… lmao when I found out….

McCoy- DAMMIT Jim, he’s dead! You’ve killed another one!

I knew but I just found out a year ago. But yeah pretty cool.

About “Batman vs. Two-Face”: they should have cast Mark Hamill as Joker. It would be great to have William Shatner and Mark Hamill play supervillains together in one movie.

I just don’t get the appeal of the Star Trek Cats book. It’s just gimmicky crap.

I agree. Anyone who wastes their money on that needs their head checked.

I saw the ad and I immediately can think of cat people who would love it first. Forget the Trek. It’s just cats. And more cats. And more cats!

My wife would like it, since we have cats. Not…gonna…happen.

I thought that too, but my wife thought it was hilarious.

I’m off Friday. Maybe I’ll swing by the Hammerstein to catch this, if door tix are available.