Mom at the Con

Written by Sarvenaz Tash. You can follow Sarvenaz on Twitter at @SarvenazTash. Photos by Graig Kreindler. This is my fifth year attending New York Comic Con…but my first one attending it as a parent. This was monumental for two reasons. 1) It was the longest amount of time my husband and I have spent away from our 11-week-old son. (This means my babysitter/sister got to liberally and appropriately use the poop emoji as we texted back and forth: always a win). But more importantly 2) we now had a pint-sized excuse to go shopping at the con! Our first purchase was the thing we both knew we wanted…if I have to be honest, even before he was born. What little boy or girl doesn’t need a plush Link to cuddle up to while dreaming of their own 8-bit adventures? Next, it was time to fulfill the Harry Potter contingent and these Pop! Vinyl figures fit the bill. Naturally if I was going to get him a starter kit, I needed the power trio in all their glory. I was also hoping to pick up the brand new illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone but, alas, was unable to find a copy at NYCC. We were also a little disappointed at the dearth of clever/geeky onesies (take note for next year, vendors! Nerdy parents need appropriately nerdy clothing options for their little ones too.) On a logistical note, we were actually hoping to take our little one to the con on Thursday for a couple of hours but he wasn’t feeling well. (We even had a Daenerys and Drogon costume on hand for just such a scenario, dagnabit…). Looking around the Javits with a parental eye, I think using a baby carrier would actually have...

Diving in the Deep End of Cosplay...

Photographs by Graig Kreindler and David Henehan and @dirkmanning. Written by Billy Henehan My journey into cosplay has been a slow one. My first cosplay was as the 11th Doctor. Tweed sports jacket, dress shirt, bowtie, suspenders and skinny jeans? No problem. That’s practically what I wear to work on Fridays. This was my regular cosplay for a few conventions. Fans know what you’re doing, but to anyone on the subway, you look like an average 20 or 30 something Brooklynite. How normal does the 11th Doctor outfit look? I interviewed Mike Tyson at NYCC 2014 in it and nobody batted an eye on how I was dressed, except for the one publicist who said I always dress snappy for interviews. This year though, I wanted more. I wanted to dress up every day of NYCC and I wanted my cosplay to be more than my usual office wear paired with a sonic screwdriver. So I plotted and planned and ordered maybe one too many spandex outfits. Here’s a big tip for anyone planning to cosplay to NYCC (or any big convention) next year: order far in advance. The companies that specialize in cosplay get hit hard during convention season, and what might be a 3 week turnaround time for them during the winter becomes a 12-16 week wait when SDCC and NYCC are nearing. I found this out the hard way. I ordered a very high quality Spider-Man suit from The RPC Studio. I was psyched for it to arrive. Sadly, NYCC has come and gone and my suit is still being processed. Bummer, I know. But I don’t blame RPC. I should have ordered sooner and not at the edge of their delivery window. Marty McFly was my Day 1 cosplay for...

NYCC 2015 Cosplay Gallery...

Photographs by David Henehan and Graig Kreindler  ...

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast Episode 45 – Now With 100% More Alli!...

Dave is on vacation this week for his honeymoon (Congrats Dave and Sarah!), and regular Nick is on vacation in the Pacific Northwest, but fear not! Billy has enlisted Dave’s groomsman and huge comics fan Alli to cohost this week’s episode of the Tuesday Night Comics podcast! Billy and Alli talk about DC’s upcoming Convergence crossover (while also allotting some time to cover Bloodlines #BloodlinesNeverForget). The guys also preview comics coming out Wednesday, 11/12/14, including Scott Snyder’s Batman #36 and Wytches #2 and Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr’s Batgirl #36. And if you love cosplay, this is the episode for you. Alli also talks cosplay, going over some projects his girlfriend Kim and he have made recently. To see some of the designs that Billy and Alli talk about, be sure to follow Kim Bishop Cosplay on Facebook.  Alli is great, and I can’t wait to have him back on the podcast! I think you’ll love this episode! Give it a listen!  #SmellsLikeBloodlines   http://ia601407.us.archive.org/16/items/TuesdayNightComicsEpisode45/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%20Episode%2045.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

NYCC 14 Cosplay Gallery...

Photos by David Henehan, Graig Kreindler and Billy Henehan There was so much excellent cosplay at New York Comic Con this year! People really went all out. Not only were there some truly excellent costumes this year, but I feel that more people dressed up this year than in previous years. Please enjoy our NYCC cosplay gallery. Who are your favorites?                            ...

NYCC 2014 Saturday Panel Guide...

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM – CollegeHumor and Dorkly Present “How to Get Paid For Being a Nerd” – 1A24 Even if you’re not interested in starting your own fansite, this should be fun. 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – The League Screening and Q&A – Empire Stage 1-E The League is one of the funniest shows on TV. You don’t have to like sports to like it. The League is about fantasy football about as much as It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is about Philadelphia. The whole cast will be on hand to discuss season 6. 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM – MARVEL Cup O’ Joe – Empire Stage 1-E Joe Quesada really stacked the deck at his panel. Brian Michael Bendis, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Dan Slott and Gerry Duggan. If you’re a Marvel reader, you’re probably reading a book written by at least one of these writers. 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM – Nerdist Comics Panel – 1A24 Ben Blacker is joined by the writers of three of my favorite projects of the past year: G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel), Heath Corson (Batman: Assault on Arkham) and Greg Pak (Code Monkey Save The World). This would be a hard panel for me to miss. See you there! 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM – CBLDF: Tales from the Code – True Stories of Censorship – 1A18 The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund does great work, defending the first amendment rights of comic book creators and retailers. Speakers Denny O’Neill and Paul Levitz both have long careers going back decades at DC Comics. I’ve seen Denny O’Neill speak before. He’s very outspoken. I expect this panel to be both educational and entertaining. 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM – #YesAllGeeks: Let’s Talk About Harassment in...

SE: NYC Cosplay Gallery...

Photos by David Henehan & Graig Kreindler. Captions by David Henehan. I was surprised by the number of cosplayers at Special Edition: NYC. There just didn’t seem to be that many compared to New York Comic Con. I wonder if it’s that people felt limited in what they could cosplay as at a convention that billed itself as geared specifically to comic books, and not one as all-encompassing as NYCC. That said, those who did cosplay at SE:NYC really brought it!                      ...

Brooklyn Defender Launch Party!...

Photos by Graig Kreindler. Written by David Henehan. Last night, New York Comic Con had their Brooklyn Defender Launch Party at Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg. For the past three years, Brooklyn Brewery has produced a limited edition beer in honor of New York Comic Con, the Brooklyn Defender. The recipe of the beer changes each year. Every year so far it’s been a different variation on an IPA, but Brooklyn Brewery founder and brewmaster Garrett Oliver said during his speech last night that it’s not guaranteed to always be an IPA. Besides the recipe changing every year, so does the design of the Brook Defender’s superhero persona the artist who designs it. The first Brooklyn Defender was designed by Tony Millionaire. Last year’s was designed by current Wonder Woman artist Cliff Chiang. This year’s Brooklyn Defender was designed by Rocketgirl’s Amy Reeder. Amy Reeder was at the event last night. She gave out free copies of Rocket Girl #1 and signed them as well. Besides the comic, everyone in attendance received a Brooklyn Defender pint glass, sticker and t-shirt, all designed by Reeder. And the NYCC crew raffled off a bunch of NYCC passes. Oh, and did I mention that the event was totally free to get into and was open bar all night! That’s right, free Brooklyn Brewery beer all night, and not just the Defender. Anything on tap was yours for the asking, including the delicious and deadly Brooklyn Blast! The one thing that did surprise me about last night’s event was the lack of cosplayers. There was one very awesome Rocketeer, and that was it. I was shocked. If you missed out on Brookyn Defender Launch Party in the past three years, make sure you attend next year! Last night was...

My 2nd New York Comic-Con...

This year, I had the pleasure of attending my second NY Comic-Con. My first one, in 2011, was a dizzying, eye-opening experience of costumes, nerd love, and getting faked out by the promise of cupcakes. In 2012 I, sadly, was attending a wedding instead of witnessing the marriage of geekdom and even deeper niche geekdom. But this year, I was back and so was a beautifully renovated Javits Center. I love traveling to the Javits via subway. Looking around in my car, I was wearing my 10th Doctor t-shirt and looked like the only one heading to this thing. But then as I got out on 7th Ave and walked west, I was slowly joined by more and more throngs clearly heading exactly where I was. How did I know? The capes gave it away, mostly. Also the inordinate amount of spandex. And then, a block away. I witnessed this: Why, yes, that is Boba Fett on an accordion. And he was playing the theme song from Zelda. Anyway, the Javits was a big buzz of excitement, art, merch, and—my favorite part—creative costumes. As someone who throws a yearly themed birthday party, you know I have an appreciation for costumes—most especially the homemade ones. Like this girl who came dressed as a character from Oregon Trail:   Or this homemade Dalek: In fact there were a lot of Doctor Who related costumes this year, which I appreciated. Though, I thought, a dearth of Harry Potter costumes. Something I think I must remedy next year. (Luckily, I have thrown a Harry Potter themed party before so I am prepared.) And speaking of Doctor Who, I was pretty thrilled that I had an opportunity to see John “Captain Jack” Barrowman—especially since I missed him at the convention...

NYCC 2013 Cosplay!

Wow, we saw A LOT of awesome cosplay at New York Comic Con this year! We took a bunch of photos of our favorites. Check it out!                                                        Photos by David Henehan and Graig...