Thursday at NYCC 2012 Planning Guide Sep24

Thursday at NYCC 2012 Planning Guide...

Last year, New York Comic Con extended the con from three days to four days for the first time. I love it. If you don’t like crowds, Thursday is for you. You can only attend NYCC on Thursday if you have a 4-Day or VIP pass. Thursday is the day to check out the big booth displays on the show floor. With not that many people around, you can get some great photos without a sea of heads at the bottom of each shot. Want to take a picture of yourself in a life size Darth Vader action figure bubble card? The line for it on Thursday might be one or two people. On Saturday, that line is going to be much, much longer. No line! The only downside to Thursday is Artist Alley is the least populated on this day. But on the flip side, this is a great time to sketches from the artists who are there and get first crack at buying some original art. There are also quality panels and screenings to attend. Here are what I think are the best panels and screenings to check out on Thursday. Unfortunately, working time turners haven’t been invented yet, or else I’d attend all of these. 3:45 – 4:45 Hasbro: TransformersIf you’re a Transformers fan, you know you’re going to be here…unless you’re at the Hasbro booth, buying whatever their unannounced exclusive is. Unfortunately, this panel starts 15 minutes before you’re probably able to get in the door to NYCC. 4:00 – 5:00 Protecting and Selling Your Comic Book or Graphic Novel – The Building BlocksTrue story: I once paid a few hundred dollars to take a class at NYU SCPS to learn the same things you’ll probably learn in this class...

NYCC 2012 Exclusives (UPDATED!) Sep21

NYCC 2012 Exclusives (UPDATED!)...

UPDATED 10/5/12!UPDATED AGAIN 10/9/12!! New York Comic Con is less than three weeks away and I am getting seriously excited for it. One of the best things about New York Comic Con is having access to limited edition items, many of which are either debuting or only available at NYCC.Here are the ones I’m more excited about! …and some that just have me shaking my head. 4-LOM and Zuckuss Christmas Ornaments (Hallmark) Price: ???, Limited to 800 sets. True story: I love Christmas and I love Star Wars. I already have a lot of Star Wars ornaments on my tree each year, but what’s two more, right? Last year’s droids two-pack sold out pretty quickly. This might be the first thing I buy on Thursday. The Dark Knight Returns Christmas Ornament (Hallmark)Price: ???, Limited to 700 setsThis was an SDCC exclusive, and I was jealous of anyone who bought it! I love Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. It’s one of the few comic book stories that I go back and read year after year. Would I be more excited if it was a David Mazzucchellli Year One Batman? Yes. Am I complaining? No. This will be mine! Cylon Centurion Christmas Ornament (Hallmark – Booth 1229)Price: ???, Limited to 600While you’re at the Hallmark booth, you might want to pick up this limited edition Cylon Centurion Christmas Ornament. It’s a gold plated variant of last year’s Cylon ornament. It makes sound. I probably won’t buy this one. My only exposure to Battlestar Galactica was playing with my cousin’s Cylon action figure when were kids. I never watched either the original show or the recent series. But that Cylon toy from my youth was so cool looking. It looked like a more bad-ass Stormtrooper. Did...

On The Couch 2012 #2: 2012 Feb19

On The Couch 2012 #2: 2012...

I watched 2012 because if the world is going to end this year, I want to know the playbook. THE SEVEN LESSONS I LEARNED ABOUT THE UPCOMING END OF THE WORLD 1. If you think the 1% are screwing us over now, just you wait until end of the world contingency plans come into play. 2. Since people on the ark had to pay in Euros, now is a buying opportunity for Americans thanks to a favorable exchange rate caused by the current European debt crisis. 3. Avoid Hawaii. It’s going to be one giant pool of lava. That’s fine; it’s not like I’m planning my honeymoon there or anything. 4. When planning a vacation, book it on the cruise line where the two jazz singers performed. The world was halfway through Armageddon before the water got rough for the passengers. 5. During the end of the world, never say “I just feel like there’s something pulling us apart.” The ground will crack underneath you. 6. If a guy says “I wish you could see what I’m seeing,” chances are at that moment you have a direct, unobstructed view of his coin slot. 7. Don’t fuck with John Cusack. Seriously. Date his wife who he’s separated from? You’ll die. Promise to save him and then screw him over in a frozen wasteland? Yeah, you’re dead too. Or maybe you’re a building that wants to fall on his limo. He’ll drive through you! Don’t mess. Seriously, don’t...