Part 2 of a segment about two consecutive weekends where I got to met THREE of my childhood heroes, and have a lot of other cool things happen at a pair of conventions. This is in addition to the weekend earlier where it was Superhero Nirvana down in Flemington, NJ– October is a great month to be a costumer!
Well, this one is about the big boy of conventions in the New York City area – NY Comic Con! Last year there were 96,000 or so attendees – this year 105,000. According to Wikipedia, its been going up steadily since its inception…It sold out both weekend days this year, so I dont know how much higher those numbers can get…
Last year, Johnny Rox and I went to NYCC for a first time on the Saturday, and it was MOBBED (I’m not talking supermarket mobbed – I’m talking last train out of the apocalypse-mobbed!)… We went in normal civilian clothes (as opposed to being costumed) and we had a great time. Check out our experience last year here (Lots of pix there too)
Anyhoo, so lets get on with the events of the individual 2011 days!
Friday Oct 14th, 2011 – Day #1 (for me)
Someone mentioned to me that since I was vacation on Friday, I should go to NYCC that day because it would be a LOT less crowded… Nobody else was on vacation, so I had nobody else to go with, but I knew enough people there – so I headed into the city on Friday sans costume…
I got a call in the morning saying that the lines around the Javitz Center were insane but happily found out that these were people who had to pickup tickets. Luckily I ordered my tix a few months ago and had them in hand, and didn’t need to wait in any lines.. But I got there after 2pm anyway to avoid the initial confusion that usually happen at these things.
I went in without any maps, or any idea what I wanted to do… I said I wouldn’t do that again, and I actually created an agenda on the NYCC website, but I never printed it, nor did I remember anything on the list… There’s a LOT to see, and there’s no way in hell I was gonna see 5% of what there was to see, so I just decided to let Fate be my guide…
So I walked… And walked… And walked… I zigged and zagged down aisles dodging human traffic looking for (more…)