If there was ever a bullcrap spin on a story, this NY Times pre-NYCC piece which attempted to cast it as the “smaller, quieter” cousin to SDCC is one.
“San Diego was the arena rock show; New York is the acoustic show,” said Jeremy Corray, creative director at World Events Productions, a television distribution company that is making its first visit to New York Comic Con to promote “Voltron: The Defender of the Universe,” an animated series from the 1980s. “San Diego has evolved into entertainment con. New York is a little more focused and manageable.”
There is nothing acoustic about New York Comic Con. It is loud, crowded and nutty. Just as happened last year, security is lax and people are getting in with badges in droves. It isn’t a dangerous feeling, but it sure is crowded, and trying to go anywhere is an exhausting task.
Plus there’s the matter of the felt carpet.
It’s thin and pills immediately, leading to a layer of little felt pills everywhere.
Even in a booth with nice thick carpet, the pills have been tracked in.
Of course in Artist Alley, there is no carpet at all.
NYCC is an ongoing nerdapalooza — mostly young, many costumed — seemingly focused on video games and anime.
Parties have been equally crowded and loud — but fun. Here’s the patron saint of the Marvel party.
Speaking of parties, Marvel and DC went different directions this year; DC decided to invite the entire office staff to thank them for the New 52; correspondingly, the freelance list was cut drastically, with fewer plus ones and some caught feelings from current DC creators who were disinvited because of their work for other companies.
As you can see from the above photo, they let anyone in to the Marvel party, with several DC staffers and creators seen wandering around. A very limited open bar, however.
Friday’s iFanboy party was the preferred alternate for those who didn’t go to DC, but the venue was way too small for the milling throngs. The craft beer was excellent, however.
We’re back to the floor for the last day of adventure. Come up and say hi!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.