Now that the distribution lawsuit over Watchmen has been settled, how much hype can the upcoming film, based on Alan Moore’s canonical graphic novel, sustain? Get some idea at this year’s New York Comic Con, when the original comic’s artist, Dave Gibbons, will sit down with the movie’s still photographer to discuss the translation of four-color pages to silver screen. Other panels (among hundreds) include “5 Themes of The Twilight Zone,” “Kick-Ass Female Authors and Killer Heroines,” and “Otaku Collection Development,” in which veteran librarians explain how to organize manga on public library’s shelves. Plenty of dealers on the main floor will ensure that your personal runs of Bleach and Death Note are complete, plus you can test-drive unreleased video games at Sega and other gamers’ booths or shoot the breeze with your favorite creator among the hundreds in “Artist Alley.”

Fri., Feb. 6, 1 p.m.; Feb. 7-8, 10 a.m., 2009