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My So-Called Geek Life: NYCC Day One



I have just emerged from the Javits Center after six and a half hours, and I am here to tell you the NYCC 2014 is completely insane.

Thursday, the old hands at this convention tell me, was the calm day. It was a day where the floor didn’t open to the public until 3:00 so the professionals had time to check everything out. When Rosemary, Nancy, and I emerged after the Batman forever stamp release (another of my What’cha Reading colleagues will write about that, I’m sure), we found this:


That was the crowd streaming in at about 11AM, headed toward the “Queue Room” where they would wait until the floor opened. We chose that time to head to the Press Lounge (our own equivalent of the Queue Room since press couldn’t get into the floor early, either) and discovered that we had a view:


That was the last time I could see the floor. I’m not normally one for poetic flights of fancy, but it once the doors opened, the space filled up like the Titanic’s forward hold: slowly and inexorably. By 2, it was wall to wall people. By 4:30, when I left, it was literally jam-packed. So much for Thursday being a slow day! I’ve never been to SDCC, but I don’t see how it could be any bigger than this.

For all the crowds and all the shell shock I’m currently experiencing from my time on the floor, there was a good vibe out there today. Everyone was excited to kick things off and be among their people. The mobile signal strength was better this year (including in the basement panel rooms), so I know a lot of content was hitting the outside world throughout the day. And I was glad to find that this picture I posted to Twitter started a lot of conversations online:


As a geek girl, that’s an issue near and dear to my heart, but it’s an issue that deserves an article of its own, so I’ll leave it for now. I’ll end by saying that Day One of NYCC was intense, crowded, and amazing, and this n00b can’t wait to go back tomorrow. Catch you on the flip side.

About Author

Julie Hegner has been descending the geek rabbit hole since she watched her first episode of Star Trek at age eight. A longtime fan of Trek, Who, X-Files, and the Whedonverse, it was only a matter of time until hanging out with other geek girls and repeatedly watching Tom Hiddleston led her to the awesomeness of comics. She takes a special joy in reading about ladies who kick ass, but in general anything with a good storyline floats her boat. You can tweet @julz91 on Twitter.


  1. Thanks for sharing the shot of the vendor area while you can still see the floor… That is a novel perspective.

    And admittedly I’ve been battling hormones, but the cosplay sign brought a tear to my eye. Firstly because we have to be so adamant about safety, but secondly, because geekdom has again banded together for the good of all. Glad to see it. Have fun!

  2. It was a wonderful con all around. I got to attend a panel about harassment in fandoms/cons that I’ll be writing up in the next day or so. Stay tuned!

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