Last week, I talked about how I put together costumes based on my favorite characters…this week I’m going to tell you what I do with them all! Halloween parties aren’t the only events where costumes are appropriate.
Last weekend, I hopped on a bus and went to New York Comic Con!
NYCC is one of the largest pop culture events on the East Coast and among the largest “comic cons” in the country after the legendary San Diego convention. This year, the four day long event, a day of programming having been added on Thursday the 11th for the first time, drew over 100,000 people to the Jacob Javits Center in New York. Some were costumed, some were just there to sight see, but all of them were fans of some aspect of “nerd culture”.
The biggest draws of the weekend were, without a doubt, The Walking Dead and the 10th anniversary of Firefly.
Fans of AMC’s wildly popular zombie-centric drama based on the series of comic books of the same name, lined up as early as 5am on Saturday hoping to get tickets to a signing and seats to see a panel featuring the show’s stars and creators. Meanwhile, Joss Whedon’s sci-fi/western fusion might have only gotten one season ten years ago, but its fans (including me!) proved to be as passionate as ever, waiting for hours in the hope that seats would open up in the packed IGN Theater (where the weekend’s main events were held) to see an anniversary panel that featured surprise appearances from Nathan Fillion, Jewel Staite, and Sean Maher, three of the show’s stars.
Whedon’s work overall had a huge presence at the convention (though, unfortunately, he didn’t attend himself) with a panel on his classic 90s TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer drawing in crowds, big news about his upcoming series about Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. making waves, and costumes from The Avengers being some of the most popular among con-goers. Of course, there were dozens of other amazing guests in attendance as well; comic book legends like Neal Adams, Joe Quesada, and the ubiquitous Stan Lee, authors like Anne Rice and Terry Pratchett, and actors like Tom Felton, Sean Astin, and Carrie Fisher. On top of that, there were hundreds of big name exhibitors, like Marvel, DC, Comixology, and Nintendo on the convention center’s enormous show floor selling merchandise and announcing upcoming products and events.
Comic Con is not just about superheroes.
It’s not even just about comics! More and more, NYCC and other events like it are becoming melting pots for all things geeky. Just a cursory look at the amazing costumes that attendees donned is enough to prove that science fiction, Japanese anime, video games, and even children’s cartoons have fanbases to rival those of Batman and Iron Man.
For me, however, the biggest draw of any convention is the people. I absolutely love being around other people who are quirky and passionate about the same things I am! I love seeing incredible costumes and meeting wacky characters! NYCC was like nothing else I’ve ever been to. It was enormous and at times a little overwhelming, but still an incredibly awesome, positive environment. I spent time with good friends, made new ones, shared opinions, and had all kinds of (costumed) adventures! …..is it next fall yet?
(Me, on the left, and two of my roommates on Saturday at New York Comic Con!)
Did you hear any of the news out of New York Comic Con? Would you ever consider attending? Do you think conventions are becoming a more popular thing to go to?