Apparently SDCC should start watching out. NYCC is slowly approaching the big boy league of ComicCon-dom (harr~).
In an article from the NY Daily News last Friday’s issue, NYCC’s attendance numbers have been growing steadily throughout its years of operation.
In my opinion, it’s about time! For the longest while NYCC was considered to be the sad little brother to SDCC with their massive numbers and big name appearances, but no longer!
If there was something I’d like to see at NYCC, it would be more accessibility. The one good thing about the Javits Center is its size. The cons is that it’s so out of the way for people (being all the way on the West side of the city) who have to commute by mass transit. Also, my theory has always been that since SDCC is on the West coast and much more accessible by stars that reside/film in Vancouver, it’s a quicker plane ride as opposed to traveling all the way to NY (celebs, prove me wrong and come to NYCC 2012!)
Some points I loved about NYCC 2011:
A swag bag. Swag is awesome. More swag = more people
Areas were separated by their respective interests (eg: autographing/independent artists having their own nooks in Javits)
Javits was opened up more to the public (hopefully the construction would be finished by NYCC 2012)
All in all, can’t wait to see what surprises are in store for next year’s Con.
With all good things, alas it must come to an end. I just want to say how lucky I feel to be a volunteer, to work in the background scenes with such great people, and together we made the show less frustrating for people, and hopefully it’ll be a show they’ll remember fondly looking back.
After working three straight Con days, I was also glad to have the last day off to enjoy with family. Mostly we took pictures of great cosplayers, and went to Bill Amend‘s autographing table at the North Pavilion (aka Javits North). As I joined the what seems to be the never ending/not moving line, I regretted getting there only a half hour earlier than the time he was slated to start. As the clock slowly ticked down to the next autographing guest, I began to fret. Slowly the Five Stages of Grief flashed through my mind.
Denial: It’s okay, I think I’ll be able to make the cut.
Anger: I can’t believe these people would make this man sign five freaking books (one of which I bet probably will end up on eBay…)
Bargaining: C’mon! If I get to him I promise I’ll be real quick so everyone can get a chance to talk to him! (At some point I would look up and pray to a nonexistent diety.)
Depression: Why does this always happen to me? I always seem to miss things at one time or another.
Acceptance: It’s okay if I don’t get to see him today, luckily I made the panel yesterday.
As luck would have it, I was about the fifth or sixth person on the line until the Red shirts (Reedpop Staff) came over to Bill and told him that time was up. While your average celeb would just go “sorry folks,” and walk away, Bill requested that he be moved to an empty table so that he could accommodate all of us. What a guy! Seriously. I think at that point we were all elated and mentally jumping for joy. Also I’ll have to say my faith in humanity was restored. The line was moved to a different table in a very orderly way with no changes in line position (no one cut another in the shift) and we all ended up at one of the end tables (which was rather nice as well, because he ended up sitting next to Stephen Lang of Terra Nova/Avatar who was also signing). I think in retrospect I should’ve brought my Foxtrot book but I figured that the line would’ve been long, and I didn’t really want to haul a heavy book in a crowd. Plus having carried things that equaled my body weight for the past few days I was a bit detracted from doing so for a fourth.
So all in all, every one got their pictures/drawings/books signed, and forgive me for being redundant, but Bill was just plain awesome. I never knew a celeb who valued their fans like he did, being so patient talking to everyone and indulging in being photographed. He was so down to earth and humorous, and accommodated everyone’s requests even when he was pressed for time. If anyone from Reedpop is reading this, please make it a priority to get this man a table/panel for NYCC 2012 because I will definitely come back just to see this guy (not being a creeper). And Bill, if you’re reading this, sorry for the severe foot in mouth disease I seem to have developed while talking to you. I just get real nervous around celebs, so thanks for either a) not noticing it or b) ignoring the verbal diarrhea that came out of my mouth. Oh and thanks for indulging in my mustached Quincy picture.
Me & Bill AAY-Mend (who has awesome hair by the way)
Can’t wait until NYCC 2012! Thanks Reedpop for giving us all such a memorable experience! I know I won’t forget it.
Saturday is just insane. No wonder the tickets for Saturday sold out just as quick as it became available. If you seek thrills and enjoy floating in the sea of flesh, then Saturdays is definitely the day you should try your hand at ComicCon. If you enjoy a quiet stroll through an area, please think about going earlier. You cannot just stay and enjoy the scenery during a Saturday Con day. Not that it is a bad thing, however. Some people just do not thrive on the hustle and bustle. I found it exciting, because there’s no stopping. You end up seeing a lot more than you would otherwise.
One memorable part of Saturday’s Con was going to watch a sneak peek at The Walking Dead panel. I did not get to stay for The Avengers because Bill Amend of Foxtrot had a panel as well on the other side of the Javits. I did manage to meet Clark Gregg as he walked out of the IGN theatre. Of course nothing makes my day perfect than having severe hoof in mouth disease so I ended up calling him “Richard” (from his role on The New Adventures of Old Christine) and asking for his autograph. He was very gracious and nice about it. So Clark if you’re reading this, sorry! I’ll make it up to you by watching the Avengers when it comes out. Sadly I didn’t get a picture of him.
I went to Bill Amend’s panel. It was very lively, and interesting. He mostly talked about his strip, about the history of Foxtrot, and showed us some old strips that he had done. There was also a nice anecdote about Bill Watterson of Calvin and Hobbes. I was a bit disappointed when Mr. Amend said that he chose not to license his characters for toys. I hope that he’ll change his mind in the future. I can understand his point, because it does get frustrating to have people who are just in it for the profit to buy up your products and then flip it for an insane price on eBay, and the true fans miss out. Maybe he could do what Patrick McDonnell (of Mutts) did and just had a store for a limited time only and then just shut it down for good. I’m still holding out hope that one day I can get a little miniature Quincy to put on my desk. I think that was the best panel I had the opportunity to sit in on. In my history of cons, Bill is bar none the most nicest guest I’ve encountered. Even though the panel was well over, Bill stayed outside in the hall to sign things for people. I think that was just plain awesome.
You would think Friday would follow in Thursday’s footsteps and be a calm, orderly day. Not quite. It’s more like the calm before the storm. You know, just like before there’s a torrential downpour, you have the heavy drizzling, so you come prepared but you’re not quite there yet. It also puts you in a more complacent mood before your get your socks knocked off come Saturday.
This year I had the opportunity to volunteer for the New York City ComicCon which took place at the Jacob K. Javits center. Without going into details of the convention floor itself (which of course if you’re so inclined to know, is here), it is the most suitable place for a crowd of that magnitude in New York City. The cons of it being at the Javits is that it’s such a long walk from the train station (A/C/E, 1/2/3, B/D/F/M – 34th & 8th/7th/6th Aves respectively) until the new (7) line extension gets built.
This is the first year that they had NYCC start on a Thursdays instead of the usual Friday-Sunday schedule. It was a good calm-before-the-storm moment as you only had the exhibitors and press (as well as those lucky folks who had purchased a 4-day pass) roaming throughout the area.
Great mantra to go by while at the NYCC.
This year there was a little bit more of an organization to the chaos that usually follows with ComicCon/NYAF where they had independent artists in their own little area upstairs on the fourth floor, and the main show floor was reserved for the big named displays (2k, Rockstar, Capcom, Nintendo, Intel, etc…) for easy navigation. Anime Cultyard had their own little area (with a fence around too, how fitting) and all the other areas had their own little nooks to call their own for the duration of the event.
Without being too long winded, here’s the rest of Thursday’s pictures!