Comics events in the Big Apple have been gangbusters for the last few years, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to put on a show. Venues are small and expensive, transit is an issue and everyone wants to know, will I be able to see Norman Reedus?
This weekend Wizard World returns to New York with the lengthily named WIZARD WORLD COMIC CON NYC EXPERIENCE which is taking place at a brand new venue to comics, Basketball City at Pier 36. That is somewhere east of Chinatown so if the con is a wash you can go get some fine Malaysian food or get a rainbow desert drink at Pho Bang.
We’ll be checking it out on Saturday anyway. There are a metric ton of nerdlebiries—Stan Lee, Walking Dead folks, Hwil Hwheaton, Henry Winkler, CM Punk and PAM GRIER. I might just have to spring for an autograph from Jackie Brown. There is also a decent comics guest list—JG Jones, Amy Reeder, Greg Pak, Joe Harris, Mike Zeck, etc etc—and a decent amount of comics themed programming. So even if you just like comics, there will be activities.
There’s also a nerdlebrity cruise with Walking Dead cast members Friday night but you need an extra ticket for that which costs $199. I don’t know if I could handle being on a boat with Norman Reedus. You need extra tickets for autographs and photos — that Pam Grier photo will set me back $45. In fact, it adds up pretty quick to get your picture with nerdlebrities, so save your sheckels.
On a sad note, Virgil is not listed among the attendees.
Despite that I’ll be checking it out and reporting back.