I decided to skip Saturday because I heard the crowds were a bit hellish on Saturdays. So I went to Sunday, the last day of the New York Comic Con at the Javits Center. Based on the 3 days I went, Sunday was by far the crowdest.
The day started off with me having to take the PATH on a Sunday, which they are notorious for awful service since they always doing work then. My train was 10 minutes late, but I went into World Trade Center to the A Train. Once I got out of there by 8th Ave, it was a downpour. I tried my best not to get wet but I was pretty soaked and sweaty by the time I got to Javits Center. I arrive a little after 9am and wanted to try to get into a panel today.
I made my way down to the massive queue hall, that I haven’t stepped inside yet for until Sunday. I’ve been there before during Book Con when I lined up to see a panel there. I had to make a decision: see X-Files panel for a show I never watched, see The Gifted panel or stay til the end and watch Batman Animated Series 25th anniversary show panel. I opted for Batman because I used to love that show back in the day and figured Mark Hamill might show up.
I didn’t have to wait too long for them to open up the queue halls and we could tap our badge to reserve your seat. I loved that they have been implementing this for NYCC because you don’t have to wait on line all damn day. I’m not sure how it was for the Walking Dead panel or anything but I wasn’t even going to bother with that one on Saturday. Figured it would just be online anyway and I was right. Not sure if my press badge would have gotten me into it or not, most likely not. After that, I met up with my friend Ray again who tap his badge to see the X-Files panel later on. The Batman panel was already full. We walked around a little bit, took a picture with Chucky and he had a nurse with him that day. I guess I had to take another picture haha.
Ray and I got separated for a little bit so I wandered around aimlessly. It was already starting to fill in with lots and lots of people. I made my way over to the book area, and saw that an author was signing children’s book at Disney Publishing. It was author Brendan Deneen, who wrote Night Night Groot. That sounded like a great book to read my 2 year old to bed. Disney was doing a buy 1 get 1 free deal so I ended up getting two books. I had Brendan sign my book and Ray caught up with me in time to take my picture with Brendan. He liked my Yondu shirt I was wearing, I said I designed it and he was surprised. I should have asked him if he wanted to be involved with my book idea that I have. I’m sure they get pitches all the time and probably annoying to hear. After buying the books, I realized I didn’t have a bag for them since I just had my camera bag. Next year, I’m probably going to bring backpack instead of my camera bag. I ended up buying two more children’s book, this time for books called My First Book of Superheroes and Superheroes On The Go. They were signed as well.
Ray and I made our way down to the food trucks and waited on the line for the Korean BBQ. Out of the food trucks, it was the most popular one for the day I thought just based on the long lines. After that, Ray did his X-Files panel and I pretty much stayed in one spot to take photos of cosplayers. At one point, Captain Jack Sparrow and Davy Jones showed up. Captain Jack must be a professional Jack Sparrow because he was just too good. He sounded like him, all the mannerisms and I’ve swear I’ve seen him before on videos or in other people’s pictures. Another costume that impressed me was this big lion looking thing, no idea what it was for though. I saw a Jawa on the floor and I asked to take a picture of it. I jumped when the Jawa spoke like a Jawa because I didn’t realize it was going to sound like that haha. I’ve noticed during this time, around 1pm that Javits Center was beyond packed. I ended up going to the press lounge to use the bathroom and rest a few minutes. I overheard from other press that the floor was the most crowded it’s been in 3 days. I’m kind of surprised Saturday wasn’t more packed. After resting a few, it was back down to the floor for more of the same. I was beyond exhausted of doing Comic Con for 2.5/3 days and needed much sleep. I still had the panel to go so I went down around 3:40 to wait on line for the Batman panel, which started at 4:15.
I ended up getting a spot on the other side of the room, sat down only to have someone with a Jedi costume blocking my view two seconds later. I ended up moving because I wanted to take a picture or two of the panel. I wasn’t sure if I could go close to get a shot of the panel since I had a press badge, but I did that as I was leaving towards the end. The panel was interesting if you watched the show, and it featured WB rep Gary Miereanu, Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski, Tara Strong and Kevin Conroy. I was hoping (I’m sure everyone else too) Mark Hamill would show up but that never happened. I believe it was a scheduling issue. It was still enjoyable to see and mainly to sit down for a few minutes. They talked about how they got away with a lot of stuff on the show, and Tara Strong pointed out that there still isn’t an animated series that has come close to it. Kevin Conroy was entertaining and even broke out into song, which I believe might have been from a Justice League movie. Towards the end, during the Q&A portion, Gary brought up that they will be giving away DVD set and it will be the last time they do so because it’s coming to Blu-Ray in 2018. I stupidly sold my sets, probably when I needed money, so I’m looking forward to getting this when it comes out in HD.
I cut out after that so I could beat the crowd going out of the main stage. Q&A at these cons, from what I’ve seen on video, are always so awkward. Everybody was leaving the Con around the same time since Sunday’s times end around 5pm. I was exhausted, probably smelly but definitely not as smelly as a lot of people I’ve smelled. But I enjoyed my very first Comic Con! I’ve got the Con bug now and will be doing this every year, at least go one day a year if I can manage. The cosplay costumes impressed me so much, and people really spend a lot of money, time and effort into their costumes. So much more effort than what I’ve seen for some Halloween costumes during the NYC parade. Hopefully next year, I’ll be able to do some interviews and see more panels besides just taking pictures of cosplayers.
All my photos will be on SkaPunkphotos.com soon but here are a lot of them: