The creators of New York Comic Con, ReedPOP, decided to bring a strictly comic convention back to the heart of Manhattan, and the experience at the Special Edition: NYC con in the Javit’s Center, proved to be intimate, memorable, and thoroughly kicked super-villain ass.
It was truly an intimate occasion.
Highlight: the only big lines present were for the NYCC passes on sale.
Special Edition: NYC was created to be different, to be strictly comic related, to be cozy, like the foregone original comic con’s of the 1970’s (where it is alleged that only dozens of people showed up the first few years to share their enthusiasm for the great medium), and to bring together the artists, creators, and avid readers.
I strolled down the lane, stopped and talked with the writer and co-creator of Kill Shakespeare, Anthony Del Col. And yes, I was the first person to ever purchase their newest release, The Mask of Night #1!
It is not that Anthony Del Col is unavailable at the New York Comic Con, it is just that there are normally so many swarms of people that I rarely get to see, let alone talk to him. And he is an innovative genius worth talking to.
All of the artists were extremely accessible, because the raging, riotous crowds were largely absent, as were the Paparazzi and the movie star chasers.
The people who attended Special Edition: NYC did so because of their love of comics.
Fun as the San Diego Comic Con and the New York Comic Con Mecca’s are for all manner of pop culture enthusiasts, these are HUGE events, Mega-Con’s, and sifting through the numerous nerdgasm worthy products, art, toys, video games, costumes, memorabilia, celebrities, and creators becomes challenging with tens of thousands of people to wade through.
Do not get me wrong. The two giant conventions are unbelievably fun, like waking on the morning of your tenth birthday with imaginings of Spiderman-related presents. At times, finding comic books is almost difficult, because of all the awesome pop culture elements.
The Special Edition: NYC was just a different kind of fun.
Though there was a tremendous buzz from the floor as soon as you got to the room usually held as Artist’s Alley at the NYCC, there was an extraordinary amount of room to walk.
You could see the show floor in places, and aside from a few dealers with toys almost everything as far as the cyclopean eye could see was comic-related.
Was Sam Ellis the lead character designer for Archer there? Yes, he was.
There was also a great amount of original art, comic dealers with great pricing, like Searchlight Comics (with golden age, brand spankin’ new books, and everything in between), and half of the floor was dedicated to rows of phenomenally talented artists, including some of Leslie Ditto’s prints at Metro Orange Art.
In a world where there is open air, names and pictures pop out at you; I saw the name MORIARTY in bold letters walking a row at the con in this way.
Creator and writer Daniel Corey showed me his gorgeous hardcover collection from Image Comics of the Moriarty story he drew up about the infamous arch nemesis of Sherlock Holmes. After Sherlock’s death, Moriarty unraveled over the course of twenty years, and I am eager to read how the World War inspires him to try and renew his villainous league.
Could my chance encounter with the Moriarty inventor have happened at a larger convention? Maybe, but equally as likely, I might not have even seen the book through the throngs of con goers.
Conclusion: Special Edition: NYC is well worth the buzz of east coast comic lovers.