Ah New York Comic Con. NYCC. The Big Apple Comics Collective. It’s been just under a month since I attended and it’s about time I reported on it. And the way I feel about NYCC is… it was okay.
Well I guess that’s about it for this week, see you next week.
[Editor’s Note: Hold on a minute]
Okay so I’m back from a talk with my superiors, where they explained that they’ve been very patient with me, both in regards to NYCC and in general. So I suppose I do have to talk about NYCC in more depth. That said, I stand by my initial reaction, so let’s see if we can’t back engineer this feeling.
First, a little background about me and NYCC; my first and only attendance to NYCC was in 2012, when I got to attend with a couple friends (I was living in New York City at the time) and I was…not a fan. It was ridiculously crowded, impossible to move around, and ridiculously expensive (okay so that last part I expected, but still). I’ve stated in the past that I’m a big fan of ConnectiCon, because it seems to have a bigger focus on pleasing the fans, whereas NYCC (at least from that one time) seemed more focused on trying to match San Diego Comic Con.
I will say that most of the problems with overcrowding have been solved. Oh there were still a ton of people there (I believe the technical measurement is a f**kton) but there was at least room to move and, you know, breathe. Unfortunately, due to the number of people (see the technical measurement above) there wasn’t a whole ton of room for me in most of the panels. Oh I got to attend a few (Women of Marvel, Women of DC…American Dad…) but overall I couldn’t get in to most of the ones I wanted to. I think that sort of contributes to my feeling of not having attended, despite having gone all three days.
The American Dad panel was pretty standard, with the cast there (including Patrick Stewart, swoon). If nothing else, I’m glad the show will be continuing on TBS, despite being cancelled by Fox. Without being too hard on Family Guy, Family Guy is basically a worthless piece of garbage while American Dad is genuinely hilarious and needs to continue.
Obviously the highlight of all the panels I attended was getting to talk to Gail Simone (she wrote some of my favorite comics, like Secret Six and Birds of Prey) at the Women of DC panel. One thing that struck me about the panel is how many of them traced their entry to comics back to my favorite graphic novel, Sandman. Both Simone and Shelly Bond (current Executive Editor of Vertigo comics) referenced it as one of their earliest comics and Caitlin Kittredge (Coffin Hill) said that she read it during her commute on what she cheerfully called ‘The meth bus’ to avoid attention from her fellow passengers.
The Women of DC panel was probably the most interesting I attended, with the other panelists including Babs Tarr (who’s drawing for the current Batgirl comic), Meredith Finch (who is slated to start writing for an upcoming Wonder Woman comic) and Becky Cloonan (co-writer of Gotham Academy). Of course for me, the biggest deal for me was the fact there’s an upcoming Secret Six comic (I f**king love the Secret Six) and Gail Simone gave some details about how the new series will start and whether there will be changes to any of the leads. I won’t tell you guys though, because I’m a jerk.
The Women of Marvel panel was significantly less interesting, but still pretty solid. A handful of new series were announced (new Gamora series by Nicole Perlman, new X-Men series by G. Willow Wilson, who created the new Kamala Khan Ms. Marvel…I seem to recall a Black Widow…novel maybe? [Editor’s Note: It is, a Black Widow YA novel.]) There was a couple of interesting moments, such as when one of the panelists was mentioned in a death threat on Twitter to a prominent female media member who shall go tactfully unnamed, during the panel. Overall, there’s not a lot of stuff.
Overall NYCC exceeded my modest expectations, after the debacle that was my 2012 attendance. I wish I could have gotten more interviews (or, you know, any), or gotten to a few more panels, but overall, I had more fun that I was expecting. Plus my girlfriend knitted the ‘Knittaz 4 Life’ sweater from Bob’s Burgers. So I had that going for me.
So that’s it for Elessar and New York Comic Con, at least until 2015. Here’s hoping I get to go again. [Editor’s Note: We’re never sending him to another Convention].