NYCC 2019: Harley Quinn Storms Gotham City

Article by Chris Foti

If you are a fan of Harley Quinn and are attending New York Comic Con this year then you will have plenty to be excited about. With Harley Quinn set to debut on DC Universe next month, her leading role in Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) and her continued appearances in various DC Comics books, there is plenty to celebrate.

DC and WB have announced their plans to highlight Dr. Quinzel at NYCC:

FROM HUDSON YARDS TO JAVITS CENTER…
HARLEY QUINN DESCENDS ON NEW YORK COMIC CON

DC & Warner Bros. to celebrate Harley’s upcoming adventures on the big and small screens with a crazy array of events across the city, including a movie costumes display, an immersive Harley Quinn Art Gallery … and more!

New York Comic-Con is about to get sassy as DC and Warner Bros. bring Harley Quinn to Gotham City in a big way!

In celebration of the much-anticipated release of the new DC UNIVERSE original animated series Harley Quinn, as well as her upcoming feature in which she teams up with a gang of absolutely kickass DC girls, Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), fans will have multiple opportunities to interact with this beloved character from comics, TV and film, including a mix of fun activations, stunts…and a surprise or two!

BIRDS OF PREY (AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN)
The DC booth (#SC4001) opens on Thursday with the reveal of several never-before-seen Birds of Preycharacter costumes from the film, including Harley Quinn, Black Canary, Huntress, Renee Montoya and Cassandra Cain. Fans can take part in photo opportunities, giveaways and cosplay meet-ups, as well as be the first to see new lifestyle products inspired by the film. In addition to Funko’s collectible Pop! figures, Harley devotees can look for exclusive fashion collections from premier brands and retailers! In addition, on Saturday and Sunday, the DC booth will transform into the ultimate Harley playground with – because, of course, with Harley you should expect the unexpected – special surprises.

Outside the convention center, and all across the city, Warner Bros. Pictures’ Birds of Prey… will tantalize fans with eye-popping, psychedelic, Harley-ized billboards popping up everywhere. So be on the lookout – meaning, look up!

HARLEY QUINN POP-UP GALLERY
The mayhem continues on Friday, October 4 at DC Universe’s Headquarters (#DCUHQ) at the Hudson Yards Loft with the debut of “The Fantabulous Evolution of One Harley Quinn Gallery”, an immersive pop-up installation.

The Fantabulous Evolution of One Harley Quinn Gallery, just steps from the Javits Center, and open to the public, Harley will reign from the original concept sketch for Batman: The Animated Series through the theatrical release of Birds of Prey cover art.

No Badge Required! This fun, interactive exhibit will invite fans to experience the evolution of DC’s most delightfully deranged Super-Villain. From her first comic book appearance to her upcoming animated series and her next big-screen adventure, get a sneak peek at all things Harley Quinn including special edition cover art, original and exclusive art from the new animated series as well as model sheets, sketches, collectibles, props, costumes and more.  The exhibit will feature art by Amanda Conner, Jim Lee and Bruce Timm, among others. No badges, tickets or reservations required!

“Harley is allowed to be human, just like the rest of us. She can have fun, make mistakes, throw tantrums… you have a lot of characters that have to be perfect, but she can be imperfect. And what’s really fun is she gets to do all the mischievous and fiendish things that the rest of us can only fantasize about doing,” said Amanda Conner, legendary comic book artist and concept artist on the Harley Quinn animated series on DCU.

HARLEY QUINN ORIGINAL ANIMATED SERIES ONLY ON DCU
Fans will also get a chance to catch an early look at DC UNIVERSE’s adult animated action-comedy series Harley Quinn on Sunday, October 6 at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden at 1:05 pm. (NYCC badge required.)

PANEL: HARLEY QUINN IN COMICS 
Harley Quinn continues to have an important role in the DC Publishing line. She’ll be celebrated at the convention with a panel, hosted by Damian Holbrook, and featuring writers and artists currently working on the following titles that will be promoted at NYCC on Saturday, October 5th from 5:15-6:15 (Room 1A21).

  • Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass – Written by Mariko Tamaki, with art by Steve Pugh. A young adult graphic novel on sale now!
  • Harley Quinn monthly series – Written by Sam Humphries, with art by Sami Basri; Issue #66 on sale October
  • Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity – Written by Kami Garcia; art by Mico Suayan and Mike Mayhew; Issue #1 on sale October 9
  • Harley Quinn: Villain of the Year – Written by Mark Russell; issue #1 on sale December 18
  • Birds of Prey  – Written by Brian Azzarello; Art by Emanuela Lupacchino and Ray McCarthy; Issue #1 on sale in February 2020

To keep up with all the Harley activities during NYCC, get the latest updates on the DC and DC UNIVERSE social channels including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

ABOUT BIRDS OF PREY (AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN)
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) stars Margot Robbie in the title role. Directed by Cathy Yan, the film also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress; Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary; Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya; Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz; and Ewan McGregor as Roman Sionis.  Newcomer Ella Jay Basco also stars as Cassandra “Cass” Cain in her feature film debut.

Yan directed from a script by Christina Hodson, based on characters from DC.  Robbie also produced, alongside Bryan Unkeless and Sue Kroll. The film’s executive producers are Walter Hamada, Galen Vaisman, Geoff Johns, David Ayer and Hans Ritter.

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents, a LuckyChap/Clubhouse Production, a Kroll & Co. Entertainment Production, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).  Opening in theaters and IMAX nationwide on February 7, 2020, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

ABOUT HARLEY QUINN ANIMATED SERIES
Exclusive to DC UNIVERSE, Harley Quinn puts everyone’s favorite Gotham villainess front and center as Harley has finally broken things off with the Joker and attempts to make it on her own as the criminal Queenpin of Gotham City. Voicing the title role of Harley Quinn, Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) leads an all-star comedic voice cast which includes Lake Bell (Bless This Mess), Alan Tudyk (Doom Patrol), Tony Hale (Veep), Ron Funches (Powerless), JB Smoove (Spiderman: Far From Home), Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), Diedrich Bader (Veep), Chris Meloni (Happy!), Jim Rash (Community), Wanda Sykes (Black-ish) and so many more. Harley Quinn is produced by Ehsugadee Productions in association with Warner Bros. Animation, with executive producers Kaley Cuoco, Sam Register, Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker and Dean Lorey. Check out DC UNIVERSE at https://www.dcuniverse.com/join.

Are you attending New York Comic Con? Are you planning on attending any of these celebrations of Harley Quinn? Let us know and share your experience!


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Chris Foti

Lifelong fan of Batman and Boston Sports