New York Comic Con Gets its Game On!
Whether San Diego, New York, or somewhere in between, Comic Con has always been the Mecca, or perhaps the ‘mothership’, of all fanboy/fangirl conventions. It is one of those events where Magic the Gathering wars, Vita and 3DS battles, and lots of costumed people grooving uncomfortably to Just Dance “I’ve lost count” is the order of the day. As expected, this year’s NY ComicCon, back at the Javits Center for its 6th straight year, was home base for that particular brand of unadulterated, unfettered fandom across a multitude of mediums.
As conventions go, ComicCon unfolded along the usual attendance bell curve it always does with Thursday being the most low-key and productive day while Saturday, with everyone off from school or work, was nearly busting at the seams. By 1pm, the show floor was a-flurry with cosplayers, rabid fans, and collectors looking for that rare nerd item they just can’t find anywhere else.
Of course, a Comic Con without that kind of ‘call to action’ just wouldn’t be any fun. Sure, there’s the occasional panel with just a hair too many people in it, as was the case during the Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Panel. Or there are the lines that seem to circle around a booth seven or eight times, a phenomena witnessed at everything from the Marvel and DC signing stations to the Halo 4 and Devil May Cry booths. And let’s not mention the wait at the food court (bring a boxed lunch).
But overall, people were cordial, patrons were patient (up to a point), and exhibitors seemed extremely pleased with the turn out, not to mention their sales over the four-day event. I don’t think I can overstate how important sales are to a Comic Con: people are there to sell, sell, sell and by Sunday, most stations were doing everything possible to clear out as much of their inventory as they could.