“A Guide to Surviving Your First Comic-Con.”
Comic-Con could be a wonderful, exciting, and unforgettable time for fans of all things pop culture, yet it could easily turn out to be an overwhelming, disappointing headache. As someone who has been to his fair share of the con, I’d like to let you in on a few important tips. Treat this as a guide to surviving your first comic-con.
Rule number 1. Don’t Panic. The Comic-Con environment, be it San Diego or New York, does not discriminate. It is a hectic, life in the fast lane, grind monkey grind week for everyone. If you’re an exhibitor, you start preparing long before everyone else starts their countdown; if you’re press you have to start coordinating with your contacts and memorizing your schedule as to not overbook yourself (which seems to always happen), and if you’re a fan, especially a “noob” (geek video game lingo for a newbie) you’re probably too excited to start even thinking about what you want to do, where you want to go, and who you want to see.
(For a peek at an NYCC newbie’s view be sure to check out Julie Hegner’s My So-Called Geek Life: Baby’s First Super-Sized Con.)
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Rule number 2. Plots and Plans. Before you go, be sure to have a plot and a plan. At last year’s New York Comic Con, I wanted my story to go something like “As an enthusiastic Superman fan, I was sure to check out the 75 Years exhibit featuring the costumes worn by Christopher Reeve, Dean Cain, Henry Cavill and others. My four-day experience was a dream.” It is an excellent idea to download the “NYCC Mobile” app available for Apple and Android users. It’s a useful tool that lists every guest, panel, exhibitor, and artist alley opportunity. For those that want to plan smart, it’s strongly suggested to take advantage of all the information provided in the official mobile app for New York Comic Con, distributed by Guidebook Inc.
Rule number 3. Have fun and take a little extra from the cookie jar. Make sure to have fun, be it for four days or just one. New York Comic Con is a great celebration of everything you love best about the comic books, cartoons, movies, and everything that best represents pop culture. If you’re someone looking to add another collectible to your collection, bring a little extra. There is so much going on at every booth that you wouldn’t want to miss out on an excellent sale. I will be sure to stop at P Novelties at booth #2917. They have an extensive collection of action figures and a unique array of statues. Two highlights may very well be the Terminator 2 Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots by Remco, and the Bottle City of Kandor Prop Replica statue. I wish them well and highly suggest you stop by their booth and see what they have. Another highlight is Royal Collectibles, family owned and operated since 1992, they are a comic book shop in Forest Hills, NY. A haven for all things Sideshow Hot Toys, statues, Funko Pop, and comic books – be sure to get lost in their booth located at #2922.
As we are at the eve of New York Comic Con, I hope that you are as excited as everyone at What’cha Reading. This year looks to be an amazing four days at the Jacob Javits Center. Remember, cosplay is not consent, heed the three rules, and have fun while you survive your first comic con.
*I’d like to highlight one aspect of the show that you may want to check out for yourself. Andrew Robinson, painter and one of the various artists featured on Marvel Comics “Thor” #1, will be at Artist Alley. He is represented by Essential Sequential Art and will be at booth #J7. Andrew will also have an autograph session, at zero cost, at booth #2107 Friday, October 10, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm.