Inside Fan Verification: now you need a cell phone to buy New York Comic Con tickets

IMG_5922

A few days ago ReedPOP announced a new “Fan Verification” system for buying tickets for NYCC. ReedPOP head Lance Fensterman told us the system was in order to combat scalping, but also to get more of a snapshot of who wants to attend New York Comic-Con.
Getting “verified” is key because online sales is the only way to buy NYCC badges this year. In the past there were some on site and retail sales but no more.

NYCC ’15: Artist Alley Under Siege

IMG_1363-0.jpg

   According to folks texting me from the belly of the beast, NYCC security temporarily blocked entry to and attempted to evacuate Artists Alley as a result of overcrowding. There have been numberous reports of a bottleneck at the entry and restricted-to-no movement in the hallway. This sort of thing typically gives rise to confusion […]

NYCC ’15: The Dark Knight 30th Anniversary w/ Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert and more

DK III

For those who missed it on twitter, our intrepid leader Heidi MacDonald was on the ground at the anniversary panel for The Dark Knight, where The Dark Knight III: The Master Race was on everyone’s mind. The panel had a few surprises in store, including an appearance by Frank Miller himself. Here’s the rundown:   […]

NYCC 2015: Box Office Opens May 13!

NYCC 2015 sales

GAH!  We’re heading deep into “comic con summer” (TCAF, BookCon, BookExpo…) and ReedPOP has announced that tickets for New York Comic Con, scheduled for October 8 – 11, 2015, will go on sale next Wednesday!  (Last year, it was Thursday, June 26.) As stated on their website, it’s not as crazy as San Diego, as you […]

Baseball, Comic-Cons, and Paying Volunteers

Minimum Wage

Yesterday The Mary Sue published an article suggesting that for-profit comic-cons could be violating federal labor law by not paying minimum wage to workers improperly classified as volunteers. However, a recent case involving Major League Baseball shows how ReedPop and other commercial comic-con ventures could beat the tag.

NYCC ’14 panels you missed: Geeks of Color Go Pro

From L to R: Diana Pho, LeSean Thomas, Alice Meichi Li, Daniel Jose Older, I.W. Gregorio and Tracey J. John

by Edie Nugent The main stage spectacles of NYCC saw panels filled with celebrity actors and moderators alike, whipping thousands of screaming audience members into a frenzy. No less intense or enthusiastic, however, were the panels scheduled towards the end of the night in the smaller conference rooms at the Javits Center. Once such panel—Geeks […]

NYCC ’14: Marvel fans loved their sneak peak at tonight’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and forthcoming series Agent Carter

The cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Photo Credit: ABC.Marvel Studios

By Edie Nugent     If the response from the fans at NYCC is anything to go by, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. should delight viewers with “Face My Enemy,” the fourth episode of season two. Nearly 3,000 people lined up in advance of the Friday night screening to obtain bracelets allowing them to get an […]

NYCC’14: Marvel Spider-Announcements to Close the Show

Spider-Gwen-1-Cover-Robbi-Rodriguez

By David Nieves Marvel saved some big reveals for their NYCC curtain call. Among the top of those announcements is the creative team on Spider-Gwen #1. The ongoing series will be written by Jason Latour with Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renz. Introduced in Edge of the Spider-Verse #2, Gwen Stacy Spidey has become an overnight fan favorite and […]