New York Comic Con is finally over and now with a considerably emptier bank account, I can actually reflect on my first real Comic Con experience.
This convention truly is for the strong. The Jacob Javits Convention Center is huge, bigger than any other convention I have ever been to and the con-goers never stop coming in. Thankfully, everything is mapped out so well that there is always a way to find out what you want to know, whether it was looking at one of NYCC’s maps or the phone app that was available. Both the Show Floor and the Artist Alley were huge. They both kept going and going and going, the rows never ended and I was amazed. Though most of my purchases were trivial fan related merchandise, there was a huge array of things available and not just comic books. Original art, independent comics, character figures (the amount of Funko Pops and Nendoroids was amazing), art galleries, fashion labels, you name it, it was there. Comic Con has transformed from a cheesy geek convention to a place to see pop culture at its finest.
Sadly, I did not get to go to Comic Con for the full four days, but what I saw in the three that I was there totally blew me away. Most of my convention was spent cramped in passageways between vendors trying to move to another booth while keeping an eye on my friends, but there were some moments that really made the convention for me.
On Friday, I met one of my biggest inspirations, Doug Jones. Jones is best known for being the faun from Pan’s Labyrinth and Billy from Hocus Pocus. He was so kind and an absolute delight to talk to. Later in the weekend, I was able to meet Brooke Allen of Lumberjanes who after having an animated discussion over a hard to find variant cover, offered to give me hers. I was honestly blown away and amazed by her kindness. I, of course also got to meet some other great artists such as Darian Brenner of Vampire High School and artists such as Janet Sung and Arielle Jovellanos, who are some of my local favorites.
I was amazed by the time and effort put into people’s cosplays. Just walking through the show floor I saw anything from Internet memes to super hero cosplays that you could tell took months to complete. Whether a person put on a Party City wig and glued leaves to their face and claimed they were Poison Ivy or made a custom armor suit out of foam and modge podge, I was amazed by each cosplayer’s dedication and commitment to dressing up like a character for a whole weekend. Though several cosplayers made incredibly beautiful and flashy cosplays, my personal favorites were an Elle Woods from Legally Blonde (check our Instagram for a photo of her) and a couple cosplaying Edward Elric and Winry Rockbell from the anime classic, Fullmetal Alchemist.
I will admit, I wish I was able to take more photos but it was so crowded and I kept getting stuck and sandwiched between people. Comic Con is not for the weak of heart and for the poor, so if you are ready for the challenge, start saving up now, begin practicing ordering tickets as soon as they release, and get going on those thrift store runs to find the perfect pieces for your dream cosplay, and get in the Comic Con spirit a whole year early, like the real geek that you are and celebrate your hobbies next October.