The New York Comic Con might not be as well-known as the annual blowout in San Diego (which it's not affiliated with), but for nerds and nerd-lovers, it's still a worthwhile trip. This year's fest is taking over the Javits Center from October 13th to 16th with three days worth of comic-related panels, screenings and parties. This list is by no means definitive, but we've rounded up a few of the top picks for you to peruse—and don't forget to buy tickets in advance!

Digital Comics & Libraries—Past, Present & Future: A discussion with David Lisa and Michael Maziekien about the future of digital comics and graphic novels. You can already borrow e-books from the NYPL, what about e-comics?!
Thursday, October 13, 12 p.m.

Will Eisner's The Spirit and Bob Kane's The Batman: For those interested in learning about the history of characters and their creators, a discussion about the early years and complex relationship between the men behind The Spirit and Batman.
Friday, October 14, 1 p.m.

Food and Comics Panel with Wylie Dufresne: The molecular gastronomist chef from wd~50 talks with Marvel exec C.B. Cebulski about new horizons in food culture and comics culture, and where the two connect.
Friday, October 14, 2:45 p.m.

Celebrating 20 years of BONE with Jeff Smith: Smith's bestselling BONE saga, named one of the Top 10 graphic novels of all time by TIME magazine, is two decades old! Celebrate with Smith and fellow comics who've added to the BONE legacy, while they discuss the past, present and future of the seminal series.
Saturday, October 15, 3:45 p.m.

John Landis & Monsters in the Movies: Legendary filmmaker John Landis (Animal House, Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”) will be on hand to discuss some of the greatest monster creatues ever to creep, fly, slither, stalk, or rampage across the silver screen, from apes to zombies.
Saturday, October 15, 3:45 p.m.

IFC'S Portlandia and the Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret: Appease your too-cool-for-Comic-Con friends with this ironic comedy panel, featuring IFC stars Carrie Brownstein, David Cross, Fred Armisen, H. Jon Benjamin and Seth Meyers, that also promises sneak peeks at the upcoming seasons of each show.
Sunday, October 16, 11 a.m.

That's it for now, but check out the full schedule here, which has tons more info, including a DC Comics talent search, Mark Hamill appearances and an introduction to intellectual property law for aspiring Stan Lees.