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.