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October 18, 2012

New York Comic Con: A Weekend Fondly Remembered

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New York Comic Con rocked New York City and the Javits Center from October 11-14. It was a massive success, attracting 116,000 people to share their love for comics, graphic novels, manga, pop culture, and all the entertainment they provide. We asked some of the attendees to share what they saw, heard, and felt during their time at the show.
 

Lance Fensterman
Global Vice President of ReedPOP (and the man we all owe a huge debt of gratitude to for putting NY Comic Con together!)
 
If you attended any panels, what were some of your favorite ones and why?
 
The My Little Pony Panel was awesome as I continue to be fascinated with the growing MLP sub culture. I also loved the Adult Swim Children's Hospital panel because I have a twisted sense of humor and I think it is one of the funniest shows on TV. Lastly the Spiderman: Turn off the Dark panel for kids day was freaking great. SO many kids having so much fun.
 
What did you learn this past weekend? This can include, but is not limited to: an announcement about an upcoming series or book, news about a new creative team, a juicy piece of comics-related news, an insight into the industry, or just something you learned about how to manage a weekend spent at Comic Con.
 
I think it is hard to narrow it down to one thing, but we hold a Q&A at the end of the day Sunday so that all the fans have a chance to ask questions and make suggestions to the organizers, this is the first year we've done it and we had a packed room. So maybe I didn't learn this as much as I was reminded of the fact that our fans are the best fans anywhere. They love this event and feel a sense of ownership over it. Myself and my team are but the stewards of it, building the event the specifications and desires of the fans as best we can.
 
What was the best thing you bought this weekend? And is there anything that you now regret not buying or picking up?
 
The best two things I bought were the LEGO Ultimate Collectors Edition B-Wing Starfighter --- it is awesome! --- and a My Little Pony Pinkie Pie T-shirt for the lady in my life. Who could ask for more than that?
 
What was the best costume you saw?
 
A Hawk Man costume with actual expandable brass wings. It was insane. The wings must have weighed 20 pounds and had to have been hand-crafted. It was really, really impressive.
 
Share some pure joy: Name something from this weekend that happened that made you happy/excited/thrilled to be a comics fan.
Two memories, the first being on kids day seeing thousands of kids in awe of all the coolness. When they would walk into the main exhibit hall many of them would just stop, there eyes would get big and they would just let out a loud and enthusiastic, "Wow!!!!". The second being the way the crowd reacted when Nathan Fillion made a surprise appearance during the Firefly panel. I knew it was coming and I turned to the person next to me and said, "This place is about to go nuts" and sure enough, a minute later it was pandemonium. That is what is so fun about running this show: We get to make fun for thousands of people. Now that is a great job.


David Saylor
Vice President Creative Director, Trade Publishing, Editorial Director, Graphix
 
Favorite panel: Publisher's Spotlight on YA. I got to see all the new YA books and also tell fans about next year's Graphix titles. 
 
What I learned: Spend more time in Artist's Alley—there are multitudes of talented artists eager to meet you and talk about their work. 
 
Something that made me happy: I met actor, writer, and improv comedian Scott Adsit of 30 ROCK fame. 
  
Also I have some photos:


A Harry Potter-inspired crew…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Matthew Reinhart, whose Star Wars pop-up book was just released, with Ian McDiarmid, aka Palpatine from the Star Wars films.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


Leigh Walton
Top Shelf Comics
 
I learned that, after five years with Top Shelf, I can run our presence at a 120,000-person show almost single-handedly! Though it would have been impossible without the hard-working help of a few special people.
 
I learned that Nate Powell is making incredible progress on March, the historic graphic novel he's creating with Andrew Aydin and US Congressman John Lewis, and that this book --- which we've only just begun to roll out --- is going to be very special indeed.
 
I got my first look at Sean Howe's Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, which I'm looking forward to diving into soon.
 
I got some tremendous submissions, from artists that hopefully I'll get to work with soon.
 
The best costume I saw was a Chewbacca who walked into a restroom while I was washing my hands --- not a guy in a Chewbacca suit, a Chewbacca! He was so huge and so detailed that I really felt as if a Wookiee has walked off the bridge of the Millennium Falcon and into the men's room. Absolutely perfect.
 
In the photo below, one young fan insisted that he get a signature and sketch in his copy of James Kochalka's Dragon Puncher --- even if the artist signing was not James Kochalka (who didn't attend the show), but Jeffrey Brown (author of Incredible Change-Bots and Darth Vader and Son)! So Jeffrey was a good sport and did his best to draw James' characters, so as not to disappoint the little guy. James got a kick out of it too, when he found out.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Barbara Moon
Consultant at Suffolk Cooperative Library System
 
This year it all seemed so incredibly crazy and busy! WOW! How do they pack so much into the Javits?
 
As a librarian, I most enjoyed meeting with cartoonists and publishers, learning what is new and what I can share with our local librarians.
 
There were many highlights: Meeting some of my favorite indie artists has to be a favorite activity. I stopped by the cartoonists next to the Image booth and chatted with Joe Kelly. I love his I Kill Giants and share it often --- it works so well for book discussion groups for library and school folks who work with children and teens. This is a perfect “gateway” book to take to schools --- introducing faculty to the power of GN. It was a thrill when he signed a copy for me.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The costumes were incredible --- but must include the Superhero Dog!
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
I was so inspired that we are creating our own “Comic Con 101: How to Create a Comic Con at your Library” workshop.  Thanks to several publishers, artists, and vendors, this event should be a hit!


David Gromer
Book Reporter/GraphicNovelReporter

One thing I learned from my weekend at Comic Con is that if you want to train to be a reporter, this is definitely a good place to practice assertiveness, weaving in and out of the crowds, forcing your way through if you need to.

There is nothing I regret buying at Comic Con. If I had to pick one thing to call the best thing, it would have to be the Ikki Tousen Dragon Destiny DVD I bought from Media Blasters --- I love their stuff, and I wish now I'd gotten the Queen's Blade DVDs as well. Oh, well, there's always next year!
 
I couldn't possibly pick the best cosplay out the ones I saw. A few that really caught my eye were Cell and Master Roshi from Dragonball Z - those two were especially well done. Saw a bunch of Sailor Guardians from Sailor Moon too, and they were pretty accurate.
 
One thing that made me happy to be a comics fan was seeing the new Namco Bandai games in action - they're my favorites. I walked away from Dragonball Z HD Collection with a 10-0 record!


Alina Berganovsky
Book Reporter/GraphicNovelReporter
 
If you attended any panels, what were some of your favorite ones and why?
My favorite panel was called Hocus Pocus and it was several fantasy/sci-fi authors that were discussing the paranormal beings in their books. It was great to hear some of my favorite authors speak like Kim Harrison and Jacqueline Carey, but it was also great to discover some new authors that I hadn't heard of before. They talked about what they most fear and Kim Harrison joked that she wouldn't want to come across a minotaur, which I thought was funny because a minotaur wouldn't have been one of the first things I thought of as most scary.
 
What did you learn this past weekend? This can include, but is not limited to: an announcement about an upcoming series or book, news about a new creative team, a juicy piece of comics-related news, an insight into the industry, or just something you learned about how to manage a weekend spent at Comic Con.
I learned that Anne Rice may have television shows coming out based on her books. If this is true than I can't wait to see them! Plus, I learned that some panels get filled up really fast so you wanna line up way in advance for them. I got shut out of the Buffy panel this year and it was not fun!
 
What was the best thing you bought this weekend? And is there anything that you now regret not buying or picking up?
I didn't buy anything cool, but I regret not buying a Doctor Who mug that said "Keep Calm and Don't Blink." Doctor Who is possibly my favorite show and it would have been an amazing thing to have.
 
What was the best costume you saw?
As I mentioned, I love Doctor Who and I saw a girl dressed as a Weeping Angel. She had grey paint all over her body and wings. It was a really good portrayal.
 
Share some pure joy: Name something from this weekend that happened that made you happy/excited/thrilled to be a comics fan.
The best moment was meeting Nicholas Brendan, the actor who plays Xander on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and finding out he's actually the nicest person. His autographs and pictures cost money, but he let me take a picture with me for free. Now every time I watch Buffy, I'll think about what a cool guy he is.