It’s been 2 long years since the last New York Comic Con. Much to my surprise, it is back with a reduced capacity. It sells out quickly on a regular basis. This just means it is selling out even quicker this time around. Even as tickets went on sale, I was expecting it to be cancelled or postponed like others before the date arrived. I still have tickets for 2 other comic cons from 2020 that were pushed back, moved to another location, pushed back again, one con was bought/merged with another con and moved back to its original location. I'm still waiting to see when that one will even happen. Hopefully next year.
NYCC is one of the biggest on the east coast. Personally, I was intrigued on what a scaled back, stripped down con would even look like. For one weekend in October, the culmination of 2 years starved for a geek fest will come to an end. Of course, Friday, Saturday and Sunday sold out super fast. So, I could only get a Thursday pass.
Inside was just like any other NYCC, with a few minor changes. Being that this was a Thursday, it isn't as packed as other days. So, there is a little more walking room and you are not as pressed up against everyone else, looking for breathing room. Some usual NYCC vendors were missing. Most notably, the Funko booth was missing. Not that you could get into the booth anyway. You usually need to win a lottery pass to get in. But they normally have a couple giant Funko Pops to get pics of next to the booth. As you get toward the back, there a few empty spaces, which I am not used to seeing at the con.
The celebrity list was pretty good but unfortunately for me, a lot of them weren't coming until later in the weekend. Some wrestling talent was there Thursday-- Jake "the Snake" Roberts (on oxygen for the first part of the morning!), Jim Ross, Jerry "the King" Lawler and Rob Van Dam. I'm not a big wrestling fan so it wasn't really anyone I needed to see. Star Wars is more my thing. They did have a couple guys that did Boba Fett stunts in Episode V & VI but priced at $60 each, I have to pass. Later in the weekend was Hayden Christensen. He would have been cool to meet if he was cheaper. $175! Even Shatner was only $100. Who thinks Hayden is worth twice as much as Shatner?
For all the reduced capacity, the lines for some things were still insane. The Sandman setup line was long first thing in the morning but when I went back a few hours later, it was much better. The Official NYCC Merch Shop and the Chucky bus were impossible to get through. If I had more time and more days to be there, I could have stayed in the line for a while. But limited time means no time to waste.
This year's cosplays are much like others. Its like a "Who's Who" of the current fresh crop of shows and movies. Lots of Loki (with and without the Variant jacket), Sylvie, and Scarlet Witch adorned the show floor.
Alas, the day had to come to an end eventually and time to leave my "home away from home" and catch bus back to Philly. The smile that was on my face at the beginning was leaving and disappearing as I had to leave the world of make believe behind and go back to the real world. Until next year, New York. Rock out with your geek out.
Dave Christy loves horror, music, documentaries and more. He is also the co-runner of several fan based groups including Morningstars (THE Lucifer fan group also run by Melanie), and now is a member of the VIPers Spotlight Lounge team for Melanie's Muses. Other than "In The Spotlight" Features -check out his "31 Days Of Halloween Movies"
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