NYCC 2019: Nickelodeon Brings SpongeBob SquarePants & Are You Afraid Of The Dark?

by James Ferguson

There are tons of things to do at New York Comic Con. One of my favorites are the interactive booths that some exhibitors have, allowing you to immerse yourself in the world of a movie or TV show. I was able to do some pretty cool stuff with The Tick and Good Omens at previous conventions. This time around, Nickelodeon is bringing a little piece of Bikini Bottom with a special Krusty Krab Activation from SpongeBob SquarePants.

This is part of the 20th anniversary celebration of SpongeBob SquarePants. Nick’s booth will be located in the Crystal Palace. Fans will be able to play special fry cook games at the booth, going head-to-head in a race against the clock. Plus, SpongeBob and Patrick Star will be there at select times as costumed characters for photo ops and giveaways throughout the convention. There will also be a special panel for SpongeBob Appreciation Day! Check out the details below:

SpongeBob Appreciation Day!
Friday, Oct. 4, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  (Location: Hammerstein Ballroom)  

Rev up those fryers because it’s SpongeBob Appreciation Day! SpongeBob’s Best Year ever continues with a table read of a fan-favorite episode and all the latest Bikini Bottom news. Bring it around town to hear from voice actors Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick), Clancy Brown (Mr. Krabs), Mr. Lawrence (Plankton) and Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy), along with co-executive producers Vincent Waller and Marc Ceccarelli about what it’s like to be part of this iconic Nickelodeon cartoon. So drop on the deck and flop like a fish, because we’re celebrating 20 years of nautical nonsense!  The panel is moderated by Tara Bennett (SyFy Wire).

That’s not all that Nickelodeon is bringing to NYCC though. The classic anthology series Are You Afraid of the Dark? Is returning to scare a new generation and there will be a special panel to celebrate.

Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Friday, Oct. 4, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Location: Hammerstein Ballroom)  

Just in time for Halloween, let’s celebrate the return of the Midnight Society! Light the campfire and grab the Midnight Dust, because we’re telling you the tale of how Nickelodeon’s iconic horror series has been reimagined for a new generation. Featuring stars Lyliana Wray (Top Gun: Maverick), Sam Ashe Arnold (Best. Worst. Weekend. Ever.), Miya Cech (Rim of the World), Jeremy Ray Taylor (It Chapter Two) and Rafael Casal (Blindspotting). Writer/executive producer BenDavid Grabinski and executive producer Matt Kaplan will also be on hand to share stories from the making of the limited series and show an exclusive clip.

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