The seconds are ticking away, and with it, everyone’s will to live.
New York Comic Con is thundering at us, like a herd of fear crazed buffalo—and if you’ve ever been to NYCC, you know this is an entirely accurate description.
We understand steps have been taken this year to make sure crowds stay safe and sane. It will be a piece of cake, we’re sure.
One important note: in the past years everyone had a very cavalier “I’ll drop by at the last minute” kind of vibe. That is no longer applicable to the show.
As of today the show is already sold out. There will be no onsite press or pro registration.
In other words, it’s almost as bad as San Diego.
However, we’re still getting last minute requests for badges and press passes.
Nada que ver, amigo!
You gotta remember to plan ahead.
On another note, we were at a baby shower this weekend, mostly full of normal, happy couples, some with kids. They were not nerds at all. Half of them knew NYCC was coming, and two of them were going. (One is a very close Beat pal so not a big surprise there.) The other was a mother of two who was looking forward to taking her older daughter (who is 7 or 8) to go on Kids Day. Her daughter is a big fan of Kazu Kibuishi’s Amulet books, the mom told me, and was planning to go dressed as Emily, the main character in her series. She also mentioned her cousin’s were going to see Draco Malfoy/Tom Felton.
So yeah, there’s something for everyone.
nycc’s revolving banner doesn’t have a comic on it; I know some of you love it, but that show seems gross to me — newyorkcomiccon.com
— Tom Spurgeon (@comicsreporter) September 30, 2012
NYCC has earned the “gross” award from Tom Spurgeon, who notes that the show seems to have left comics off the front page and all everybody does is drink and he doesn’t know why everyone likes it. I think when you add up all those statements, it isn’t too hard to see why there is a fondness for some aspects of the show.
NYCC is definitely more of a glorified pop culture show than anything particularly comics-oriented, but it seems to have something for everyone who likes something on TV or even in a comic. As for the rest of it…it is an awesome con for hanging out at, Marvel and DC both throw massive parties for the freelancers, and there are more than a dozen other bashes and tweet ups. So I think that’s why people like the show—you get to hang out with friends you only see once a year, especially those from Europe for whom San Diego is insanely expensive.
So yeah, NYCC is happening—the Beat has events every day starting tomorrow. We’ll have calendars and PR and party poop over the next few days. Just don’t ask me for a pass!
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.