New York Comic Con was happening for 4 days, so I wanted to check out as much as possible since I never been to a Comic Con before. I definitely have the bug for it now and want to go every year now. My wife Kristen never been to a Comic Con either and she loved it as well.
We started off the morning by taking the ferry from Paulus Hook up to midtown, which leaves you right near Javits Center. It’s a bit more pricier than just taking the PATH but I was so sick of walking already so it was the better option. We walked right to security and didn’t even have to wait for security or anything. I really liked how they let a lot of people in early, at least into the area where the food trucks were and it didn’t get a logjam of people outside the center and into the streets. They opened the doors fairly early around 9:30 so a lot of people ran into the spots they wanted to wait on line for.
I showed my wife some of the floor and then we saw that the Star Wars experience had a little bit of a line. So we waited in that for a good 20-30 minutes. It looked a bit different than the day before since it was all covered with black curtains. Apparently something changed everyday there so we were curious. I was skeptical it was going to be anything special but thankfully I was wrong. We had to sign waivers, which I joked saying it was to give up our first born. I wasn’t allowed to bring in my DSLR camera, but of course could use my iPhone. Of course that was silly but tis The Disney way. We signed the waiver, took a photo and were told that we would be given a text when it was okay to return.
So in the meantime, we walked around for a little bit. We took a picture with creepy Chucky, which was promoting the Cult of Chucky which was out via Netflix. I hate Chucky since I’m not a fan of horror but I couldn’t pass up the chance to take a picture. I liked how there was lots of photo ops on the floor, and the lines were fairly quick for them too. There was for The Walking Dead and others as well.
It wasn’t too long before we got a text to head back to the Star Wars experience. We waited another 15 minutes to go in, so lots of waiting for something that was pretty quick. It was fun and cool though! So you walk inside and see some props and models from the upcoming Episode of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. That was cool and all but I was wondering, this can’t be it since I heard loud noises when waiting. I knew something else was gonna happen. At some point, a person’s face went up on the screens and Imperials are on alert. Stormtroopers came marching in, some resistance fighters were telling people to get back and BB-8 came out as well! I didn’t know where to stand and then Kylo Ren came out and did the force chokehold to a resistance fighter and he went up the wall and dropped down. it’s a neat effect, although I did spot the rig fairly early on arriving inside. The resistance escaped with the person who’s face was on the screen and Kylo Ren disappeared as well. All the stormtroopers were directing people to leave the area, meanwhile I’m trying to get a selfie with one of them. They kept telling everybody to leave the area, pointing at me at one point. It was a fun nerdy moment seeing this all happen and I was laughing during most of it.
After that, Kristen and I did the Geico 360 photo camera thingy which was fun. I wanted to do Charlie’s Angels kind of pose for it. They didn’t send us the video of it, and poor quality too, later in the evening. Was still fun to do though. We just walked around all around the floor, which was still manageable at the time. We went to get some food at the food trucks, which was a better quality food and not as crowded as the cafeteria was. After getting some tacos, we went up to walking around more. Went to the Jellybean booth and spun the wheel to try new flavors. I won spilt milk and immediately spit it out. Kristen spun it on toothpaste mint and she spit it out. Fun?
We checked out the Sideshow collectibles and Hot Toys. Was just impressed with how life-like they look. Especially the Star Wars and Marvel ones. We were walking around when I ended up seeing a booth that had pictures of He-Man, Superfriends, and other things hanging up. It was for animator Tom Cook, so I ended up talking with him for a few minutes and he showed me a binder of all the shows he worked on. I was blown away, he pretty much animated my childhood. He said that he heard that a lot that weekend. There was only one show I didn’t watch that he did and that was animated Godzilla show I think. I ended up buying an autograph for 20 bucks. I thought that’s the least I could do for having him animate my childhood. I think 20 bucks is reasonable priced autograph, unlike some of these celebrities that are charging over 200 dollars for it.
The day was winding down for me, which made it tough to take pictures holding an autographed poster. Thankfully, my wife was willing to hold it for some of the time while I take pictures. My advice, if you’re going to buy something, buy it right at the end of the day. After taking pictures I called it a day since I was going to come back again on Sunday. You really need 2 days for a Comic Con if you can manage it because it’s so hard to see everything in 1 day.
I’ll have all my photos from the day over at SkaPunkPhotos.com soon.