If you like us plan on being in New York City this week, and you have even the slightest bit of Geek blood coursing through your veins, then you will most undoubtedly (like us, and thousands of other similarly-minded Nerds) will be heading for the Jacob Javits Center for the four-day-long annual Pop Cultural Event known as the New York ComicCon. For it is only there, in this hallowed location, that we will be able to find all under one roof the greatest gathering on the East Coast of the biggest names in all of a multitude of TransMedia industries, from comics, to books, to film, to TV, to radio, to Manga, to the Internet and gaming.
NY ComicCon is a truly awesome gathering of all of this and more. Sure, sure there are similar (and usually smaller) events akin to NYCC all across the country and around the NY-TriState area, but this one is the motherlode of cons on this coast. Sponsored by Reed Exhibitions, the event is the nexus of all Pop Culture realities as veritable hoard of fans from all walks of life and with a multitude of interests all descend on the Center to Geek out on their favorite form of entertainment.
According to the mountains of press, PR, and spin coming out of NYCC, this is certainly going to be the event of the year, with numerous parties, and “world shattering” announcements that are scheduled for this weekend. Comicbook fan-favorite superstars include Dan Slott, The Kubert brothers, Adam Hughes, George Perez, John Romits, Jr. Jim Sterenko, and many more. Entertainment guests include Dani Gurira (The Walking Dead), David DuDuchovny (The X-Files), George Romare (Night of the Living Dead), Janeane Garofalo (Mystery Men), Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones), Kevin Smith (Comic Book Men); and literary guests like R.L Stine (Goosebumps), David Guggenheim (Safe House), Emma Vieceli (The Vampire Academy series), and more.
There will be cosplay (cosplay parties), industry events, films and TV shows debuting during the weekend, plus panels, autograph signings, gaming events, swag, and well, everything that will make fanboys and girls very very hape, including (of course) aisle after aisle of retailers halking their weares for purchase, everything from comicbooks, to toys, video and board games, books, clothing and everything else that you would expect to see at this type of event. Still perhaps the best part of NYCC is Artists Alley where fans get to mingle with their favorite creators, chat them up, and even pose for pictures.
Yep, NYCC is the event of the season, and if you are a self-respecting geek and don’;t show up, well, it is going to be totally your loss.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comicbooks for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comicbook articles and reviews.