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...

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast 94 – More NYCC! Plus The Best Comic You Didn’t Buy Last Week!...

Dave and Billy recap their favorite parts of NYCC, review The Flash of Two Worlds episode of The Flash and a whole slew of books including a comic you probably missed last week but should definitely pick up this week, play the TWENTY (where they stick to a $20 budget and pick out the best of this week’s new comics) and talk A LOT of comics news! It’s a packed episode! http://ia601501.us.archive.org/9/items/TuesdayNightComics94/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%2094.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

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 Charity Art Auction Report...

Once again, the Charity Art Auction at New York Comic Con was my favorite part of NYCC weekend. Attendance at the art auction shot up noticibly this year. In years past, it was easy to find a seat. This year, I found myself holding seats for four friends who were running late, which meant I also found myself catching some serious side-eye from the standing room only crowd. I went into the Art Auction with a specific strategy this year. I would pick out a few pieces to seriously aim at buying during the viewing that preceded the auction. In previous years, I found myself price enforcing pieces of original art that I felt were going way too cheap, and found my cash supply too low when later in the auction when something I really wanted hit the auction block. Not this year. The problem was I had to keep reminding myself of this throughout the auction. There were many times when I was tempted to bid, and a few times when I did bid, on things I thought were too good a deal to pass up. Thankfully, I was able to restrain myself and let myself get outbid on those items. Because that meant I was able to go home with a seriously nice piece of original art. The cover to Action Comics #43 by Aaron Kuder. I love this cover. It has such a cool design. I love the vertical panels separating Superman and his supporting cast. I was a fan of this cover before it was in the art auction. When I saw it was going to be one of the pieces auctioned off, I knew I wanted to make a serious attempt to get it. Unfortunately, that meant letting A...

The Quest for Sketch

Anyone who has attended a comic book convention with me in the last decade and a half knows that my favorite thing to do at conventions is get sketches from my favorite artists. The recent blank sketch cover phenomenon is the best/worst thing to happen to me. It’s the best because I love them! How cool is it to get a one-of-a-kind cover drawn just for you on a comic? It’s the worst because I have WAY TOO MANY that are still blank. Between NYCC And SE:NYC, I can get maybe 2-4 sketch covers drawn on each convention, depending on time, price and artist availability. I have well over 30 blank sketch covers sitting in my apartment. That’s years of conventions to get them all illustrated, and that’s if I stop buying new ones cold turkey (Spoiler alert: That ain’t gonna happen). Anyone who has attended NYCC with me knows that I cannot let a NYCC go by without getting a sketch from Tood Nauck. I’ve been a fan of Todd’s since I first encountered his work in the late 90s on Young Justice (which is an awesome series that you need to track down and read). When Secret Wars: Age of Ultron vs Marvel Zombies #1 was released with a blank sketch variant, I broke my “No More Blank Sketch Covers” rule, because I knew exactly what I wanted on that cover and who I wanted to draw it. Half Ultron/Half Zombie Ultron in full color by Todd Nauck. Spider-Man is my all-time favorite superhero. I have a Spider-Man sketchbook that is, surprise, surprise, filled with sketches of Spider-Man. I have slowly been filling in the Spider-Man sketchbook since _______. It currently has ____ drawing of Spidey in it, including the four I...

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast – Attack on Titan by Scott Snyder and Gail Simone?!? And More From NYCC!...

Billy is all alone this week, and he’s talking NYCC! Plus, he reviews Invincible Iron Man #1, Dr. Strange #1, Amazing Spider-Man #1 and more. Plus, The Twenty! What did Billy think was the biggest news to come out of New York Comic Con? Hint: it involves Scott Snyder. http://ia601501.us.archive.org/25/items/TuesdayNightComics93/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%2093.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

NYCC 2015 Cosplay Gallery...

Photographs by David Henehan and Graig Kreindler  ...

The Biggest Attack on Titan Manga Announcement Ever...

The most exciting news from this year’s New York Comic Con may have come from one of the smallest panel rooms at the convention. Before NYCC, Attack on Titan’s publisher, Kodansha, said they had big news, but were very tight lipped pertaining to any details of the announcement. It should be no surprise that Attack on Titan fans filled room 1A18 to capacity for a panel titled The Biggest Attack on Titan Manga Announcement Ever to hear what the news would be. Before NYCC, The Beat speculated that the big announcement would involve American creators working on Attack on Titan. This was based on the fact that Jeanine Schaefer, known for her DC and Marvel, work would be one of the panelists. The Beat speculated correctly. Before a tightly packed, standing room only crowd, Kodansha announced that for the first time ever, western creators would be doing work on Attack on Titan. Coming in late 2016 is the Attack on Titan Anthology, a full color 250 page book of Attack on Titan short stories. Kodansha has booked some of the biggest names in comics to work on this book. The creators include Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, Michael Avon Oeming, Cameron Stewart, Paolo Rivera, Gail Simone and Scott Snyder. Yes, that Scott Snyder. Snyder himself made an appearance at the panel, literally running into the room from another panel and up to a microphone on stage. The crowd gave Scott a heavy amount of applause after he expressed his love for the Attack on Titan manga and anime, and that he hoped people dug the story he was working on for the anthology.    The art for the Attack on Titan Anthology that Kodansha had on display was gorgeous! With the talent they’ve lined up for this project, I see...

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast 92 – NYCC is Almost Here! Birthright Vol 2 Reviewed! Brett Breeding vs Dan Jurgens!...

Eeeeeeeeee! NYCC is only days away! Are you excited?! Of course you’re excited! We’re excited too! Listen to this week’s episode to find out which one panel Billy and Dave are each most looking forward to attending! You’ll also hear their picks for which comic books they’re be picking up on Wednesday, October 7, and their reviews of Birthright Vol 2: Call to Adventure, Justice League #44 and more. If you spot us at NYCC, be sure to say hi!   http://ia601503.us.archive.org/34/items/TuesdayNightComics92/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%2092.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

NYCC 2015 Saturday Panels – Our Picks!...

Written by Nick Doyle and Billy Henehan. They say if you can survive Saturday at NYCC, you can make it anywhere. There’s a reason why the Saturday tickets sell out before 4-Day Passes sell out and that is because Saturday is the mother of all days at NYCC. Most of the biggest events are happening today. Will you be able to make it all of them? Of course not, not unless you own a Time Turner. There are too many panels to go through on the NYCC site, but you don’t have to wade through them all. Because we have cut through all the mediocre panels to bring you the best of the best. If you have to choose, at least choose from these. Because these are the BEST of the BEST of New York Comic Con Saturday 2015. Writers Unite: Writing and Pitching Comic Stories – 11:00-12:00 1A01 This seems almost like a sequel to Charles Soule and Marguerite Bennett’s panel together at Special Edition: NYC. That was a great panel; I expect this one to be as well. Writers talking writing. More panels like this please. Spotlight on Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba: Different is Cool – 11:00-12:00 1A18 It’s been years since Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba have been at NYCC. If you’re a fan of theirs, you need to be at this panel, because who knows how long it will be until they return? Thrilling Adventure Hour – 11:15-12:15 1A24 Listen to the cast and writers of Thrilling Adventure Hour discuss their dearly departed comedy podcast (which lives on as a couple of Image Comics series – check them out!). All-New All-Different Marvel – 11:15-12:15 1A10 Marvel announcement. Glorious Marvel announcements. Oooh, Gerry Duggan is going to be there. Looks like...