Whether it’s your first or 10th year going to NYCC, you learn something new every year about how to ‘survive’ the it (or any con for that matter). So in preparation for this years NYCC, I’ve compiled what I’ve learned over the past few years into this little list:
New York Comic Con has come and gone! *Someone cue the Back to Reality by En Vogue* Over this past weekend, while trekking to and from the Jacob Javits center, there was one thought that kept popping into my head: this is like Fashion Week for geeks! Now before you go calling Anna Wintour on me, let me explain. I realize there aren’t too many of us that look forward to (and lose their minds at) both events so let me give you my personal breakdown:
1. There’s new product unveilings: Where Comic Con lacks in runways it more than makes up for in panels where industry leaders announce upcoming product releases and updates. Take for instance the Streetfighter’s 25th Anniversary panel, where Yoshinori Ono announced his plan to revive the beloved 90’s classic, Darkstalkers, for a possible release in Spring ’13 entitled Darkstalkers Resurrection! (Seriously when the trailer for the new Darkstalkers came on we all, including me, lost our minds!) Not to mention Marvel’s announcement of Agent Coulson‘s return to S.H.I.E.L.D. in the upcoming ABC show of the same name (no word on how they’ll explain his return from the dead) + the (re)launch of a slew of comic titles including Secret Avengers, Young Avengers and the (obviously) Hunger Games inspired Avengers Arena.
You would think as much as I’ve loved comics books, cartoons and video games my entire life that I would’ve been to comic con before. Sadly though, I haven’t before last weekend and I inadvertently turned my experience into a 3-day love affair with the place! I missed the Avengers panel 😦 but I did meet a few celebs, took a ton of great pics and got some cool takeaways including a plethora of branded t-shirts.