The Cosplay of NYCC 2012 Oct24

The Cosplay of NYCC 2012...

There were so many awesome costumes at this year’s New York Comic Con! I think this year may have boasted the most impressive cosplayers since NYCC began. Here are some of my favorites! New rule: all dealers need to cosplay, just like Absorbing Man here.  The most dangerous hazard with crowded escalators: getting hit in the face repeatedly by Bark the Mog’s wagging tail. Arcee, ready to roll out. And one of many 11th Doctors in the background.  “There’s money in the banana stand.” The only way this costume could have been better is if it was self-immolating. This might not be a George Costanza costume. Maybe this guy just really likes Seinfeld and tucking his shirts into his denim shorts. I hope this is a George Costanza costume. War time Captain America and the Scarecrow partying it up like an intercompany crossover. I was really impressed by this woman’s Captain Marvel costume for a couple of reasons: 1. This costume just debuted in the comics a couple of months ago! 2. She even incorporated Carol Danvers’s new hairstyle. There were so many Doctors at NYCC, but only one Doctor Strange. I want this cape.  I’ve seen many guys dressed as Ghostbusters over the years, but none as elaborate as this duo. They even had a Slimer!  A very manly Mera. While not a costume, this remote control R5-D4 was amazing.  Venom I really wish this picture came out clearer.  These three had awesome Wasp, Scarlet Witch and Ant-Man costumes.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone cosplay Ant-Man before! Weeping Angel. Don’t blink….but feel free to tip generously. Starro  This guy needs a “Free Face Hugs” sign. I don’t get the whole Free Hugs thing. But Free Shrugs, I get that.  Cassandra Cain Batgirl and...

The Dos and Don’ts of NYCC 2012 Oct10

The Dos and Don’ts of NYCC 2012...

Whether New York Comic Con 2012 is your first convention or your five hundredth, following these dos and don’ts will almost guarantee you and the people around you all have a good time. DO: Plan ahead!New York Comic Con is big. There are many cool panels to attend, writers, artists and actors to meet, dealers to buy from and publishers’ booths to check out. To make sure you don’t miss out that piece of exclusive merchandise that you really want, or meeting your favorite creator, plan ahead. Check out the maps and schedule on the website. Use your phone’s calendar to remind you of special events. Make a checklist. DO: Download the NYCC app for your iPhone or Droid!There have been NYCC smartphone before. They have for the most part been useless. This year’s NYCC app has changed that. They’ve rebuilt it from the ground up. It’s a great resource to have before and during the convention. It’s packed with information: panel schedules, a full list of guests, floor maps and a live Twitter stream of NYCC related tweets. If you’re looking for information regarding, NYCC, the app probably has it. DO: Bathe! Every morning! With soap!I will stop recommending this when you stop smelling. If you don’t bathe with soap, you will smell, thus both perpetuating a foul odor and a foul stereotype. Let’s start a new stereotype: The freshly washed nerd! DO: Mind your obnoxiously overstuffed backpack. It’s easy to not notice when you hit someone with your backpack. You probably don’t feel it. The other person definitely does. Better yet, pack a messenger bag instead. They are the perfect size for holding books, look more stylish, and make you more maneuverable. But if you’re a fan of looking like King Koopa,...

Sunday at NYCC 2012 Planning Guide Oct09

Sunday at NYCC 2012 Planning Guide...

If this year is anything like last year, Sunday at NYCC 2012 will be very crowded. It won’t be Saturday crowded, but it will still be crowded, especially in the early afternoon. With it being Kids Day, at least the average height of the crowd will be greatly reduced. Need a break from the crowds on the show floor? Get thee to a panel! There aren’t as many options as Saturday, but there are some very, very good options. 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Minimates Turns 10: Small Toys, Big PlansPeople seem to either love or hate Minimates. I’m in the love camp, despite not actually currently owning any Minimates. With Marina getting a Minimate this year, I have to ask what Marvel character is left that hasn’t received the Minimate treatment? D-Man? Maybe this is his year! 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Marvel NOW!: Amazing Spider-Man and BeyondAmazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott has said that he will have to go into hiding once Amazing Spider-Man #700 comes out. What is he planning?! Expect some ominous clues here. And Mark Waid will also be here talking about my current favorite Marvel title, Daredevil. 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM DC Entertainment – Meet the Co-PublishersThe line for this was LONG last year. With the New 52 still as popular (or unpopular, depending on the person you ask) as last year, expect this to be crowded again this year, with Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, Dan DiDio and Bob Wayne talking about the plans for the New 52 in 2013. Get here early if you want to get a good seat. When do you think the first Wally West/Donna Troy question gets asked? I predict it will be before the 3rd question in the Q&A. 11:00 AM – 12:00...

Saturday at NYCC 2012 Planning Guide Oct08

Saturday at NYCC 2012 Planning Guide...

Saturday is the most popular day at New York Comic Con. You will find yourself in the middle of some slow moving crowds. But you will be rewarded with the best programming of the weekend. 8:00 AM Robot Chicken Autographing Ticket Giveaway8:00 AM AMC’s The Walking Dead Autographing Ticket GiveawayNYCC doesn’t start until 10 AM on Saturday, but if you want to get in on either of these autographing sessions, plan for an early morning. The lines for these officially start forming at 7:00 AM, but I wouldn’t be surprised if people show up even earlier. Assuming you can only get tickets to one, do you line up for Robot Chicken or The Walking Dead? And what do you do between 8:01 AM and 9:59 AM? 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Celebrity Autographing and Photo-OpsMiss getting your picture taken or your DVD signed by your favorite Hobbit/evil wizard/brother-kissing Rebel leader on Friday? You’re in luck! They’ll happily take your money today too! 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM The Image Comics ExperienceCome here and hear announcements for what may be the best new series coming to your LCS in the months to come! 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Kill Shakespeare: The Live Stage ReadingAre you fan of this IDW series? Then maybe you’d like to see the story performed by live actors. The costumes are almost guaranteed to be better than the Green Goblin’s from Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2See exclusive footage of the second half of the animated Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Movie. DC Animation Legend Bruce Timm will be on hand for this one. 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM MattypaloozaIf you’ve got one (or more!) of mattycollector.com’s subscriptions, I’m guessing...

Friday at NYCC 2012 Planning Guide Oct07

Friday at NYCC 2012 Planning Guide...

Friday is the first full day of NYCC. If you can get out of your day job, I highly recommend going on Friday. You won’t face anything near the large crowds of Saturday and you’ll have much more programming options than Thursday. Friday is the sweet spot on the NYCC baseball bat. 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Celebrity AutographingIf you’re interested in meeting Adam West, Burt Ward, Tom Felton, Sean Astin, Peter Davison, Lou Ferrigno or Christopher Lloyd, they’ll all be signing autographs today. Costs vary by person. For example, Batman’s signature is $10 more than Robin’s. 11:00 AM  – 12:00 PM CBLDF: The History of Comics CensorshipAttention all Media Studies majors! 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Wondrous Worlds, Fractured Futures: Speculative Fiction and Image ComicsA few years ago, I saw Brian K. Vaughn speak with JMS, Colleen Doran and Jeff Smith at a panel called World Building. Brian K. Vaughn quipped that the comics he was writing both took place in New York City, so he wasn’t sure why he was invited to the panel. His new comic with Fiona Staples, Saga, takes place far, far away from New York City. This is a can’t miss panel for fans of what Image Comics is doing right now. 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Marvel: House of IdeasThe focus of this panel is on Marvel’s digital comics offerings: Infinite Comics, Marvel.com and the Marvel mobile app. Oddly, Mark Waid will also be on this panel. Not sure what that’s about. Maybe a digital Daredevil exclusive? 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM Comics, Hollywood – What Creators Need to KnowThinking about turning that spec script you wrote into a graphic novel? Thinking about trying to sell your graphic novel as a feature? This may be the panel for you. 12:15...