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.
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.