New York Comic Con ’12 October 11-14 is sold out! Are you lucky enough to have a pass? Got that cousin with a table spot sneaking you in the back of the Javits Center? The League bought passes months ago, and have a Secret Origin at NYCC ’09 — we can’t miss this weekend’s spectacular convention, the world’s safety depends on it. Here’s a guide to the madness, lines, dollar hot dogs from Hell’s Kitchen and how to avoid Con-Crud from one of those television Walking Dead zombies.
The New York Comic Con (presented by ReedPOP, 2006—present) is the East Coast’s largest comic book convention set in the heart of Manhattan. The 2011 convention broke attendance records at 105,000. Programming continues to grow and expand to a fourth day, adding Thursday to the schedule this year and last. Saturdays are the craziest in the expansive and somewhat bleak Javits Center. Getting from a screening to a panel in time can be frustrating, and expect there to be hours spent in line.
Vendors, artists, writers and gamers occupy every spot on the floor and it will feel like you are being pick-pocketed by Catwoman every two minutes (you may be). Is the convention worth all of the craziness, blisters and cosplay? Absolutely. Every second of it.
Advice from the League forthcoming. The convention offers two convenient ways to plan out your time and of course the program book each year is invaluable. Take some time checking off the panels and screenings you want to attend, and be sure to block off some free time to meet up with pals, or walk around to the various tables.
Yes, even block off your wandering time. Don’t forget to eat, drink plenty of water and carry hand sanitizer. (Some) Nerds are (really) gross (especially in NYC)!
NYCC — My Show Planner (web based).
NYCC Mobile Apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry.
The apps work great, with real time updating for panel room changes, twitter integration and other sharing options. NYCC is on the Instagram train (who isn’t?) so follow and tag them up here — @newyorkcomiccon.
Don’t expect your phone to be awesome at the con, though. Some spots where the panels are buried are so deep underground you’ll be literally sitting next to Mole Man with one bar.
Keep that program book and your friends close by!
Party! If the League knows anything, it’s that great ideas steal themselves.
We all met at the iFanboy NYCC party in ’09 and finalized our local domination in the competitive field of comic book podcasting and after-party having. Join the League and the iFanboys at Idle Hands Bar on Friday for creators Rick Remender (Uncanny X-Force, Fear Agent, Uncanny Avengers) and Jerome Opeña (Uncanny X-Force, Fear Agent, Avengers) and our esteemed mentor and X-Men fan from iFanboy, Ron Richards (DJ Ronxo) on the turntables! Here’s a Facebook Event for the thing. Let this drinking party also serve as a fundraiser for Shirts for a Cure. We declare this to be true!
OK, OK, but what’s going down at the convention that we can’t miss?
Settle down, big orange question! There are celebrity autograph sessions including Hollywood and Image Comics’ own Robert Kirkman (Walking Dead, Thief of Thieves, Invincible).
Grant Morrison (Action Comics, All-Star Superman, Supergods, fresh from MorrisonCon), Kevin Smith and Comic Book Men, Carrie Fisher, Adam West and so many more will be speaking at panels and blowing your mind all weekend.
Friday is Adult Swim day at the Con for all of your Venture Bros., Robot Chicken and Superjail needs.
The animated version of Dark Knight Returns debuted a few weeks ago, and part 2 of the epic Timm-verse take of the Frank Miller future Batman screens on Saturday.
When the con winds down and the adults have had their fun, Sunday is Kid’s day at New York Comic Con. Join Elmo, Gordon and more Sesame Street pals will be there for a debut appearance at the con. It should be noted that kids under 12 get in free on Sunday! Be sure to dress your kids appropriately — a Power Rangers suit always is a big hit.
Final words: We’re not telling you which panels to go to but we can give you some sage advice. Bring cash. Walk a few blocks east for food and coffee. Take plenty of breaks. Wash those hands and take a few minutes to talk to some artists at artist’s alley. We’re sure you’ll see some familiar Boston faces at the tables! If you love crowds, you are in heaven. You’ll be among 104,999 of your closest nerd friends with nerd swagger.
When you get in the door, yell something like, “My people, I have arrived”!
BUT WAIT…THERE’S MORE! CHECK OUT LEAGUEPODCAST.COM — BOSTON’S COMIC BOOK AND POP CULTURE PODCAST — “Thinking about Comics since 2009″!
League of Ordinary Gentlemen Podcast Episode #129 — “It’s Free If You’re Stealing”“
Clay, Dursin and Darth Lingel chat about the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out, Daredevil: End of Days and three frames of the new Star Trek, starring Benedict Cumberbund. Direct Download / Mp3 Stream (opens in new window).
Don’t forget our costume party October 27th at McGreevys!