Blog: New York Comic Con 2012
For years I have been jealous of those lucky enough to travel to San Diego annually to experience the geek oasis that is Comic Con. But luckily, in recent years our city has finally been granted our very own version of the much talked about convention. And for one long weekend in October everything we love about comics, Sci-Fi, and horror exist in symphony under the Javits Center roof. The hardcore nerds at LocalBozo.com made the Comic Con trip on Saturday to experience it all.
Directly outside the Javits Center walls sat hordes of creatively costumed men and women waiting to gain entry. This in itself is its own show. One of the first pieces of awesome that we saw was two guys dressed identically like the characters Walter White and Jesse Pinkman from AMC’s Breaking Bad, fully decked out in yellow Haz Mat suits. Meticulously dressed, these two guys were simply an appetizer to the outstanding costume display that we would soon find inside. After easily grabbing our passes, we approached the entrance to the grand floor, which without mincing words, literally took our breath away. There is simply so much going on at once, it might seem important to race around the convention like a maniac, but instead we paced ourselves so as not to miss any of the action.
As a fan of the cult BBC series “Doctor Who,” walking the floor was a real treat. There were droves of guys dressed as their favorite “Doctor.” Many of them chose to be Matt Smith, the most current incarnation. One lucky guy had a girlfriend dressed up like the TARDIS (Time travel machine). If you’re reading this man, hold onto her like grim death, she’s a keeper! In the back of the floor sat a Doctor Who table filled with various pieces of memorabilia including jackets matching the character and even a replica Dalek! Needless to say, the line for purchases was extremely long and nerd-filled.
Like wrestling? So do we. It was a true sight to see legends like Hacksaw Jim Duggan signing autographs and wielding his trademark 2×4. Contemporaries like Booked T were also on hand. Booker was promoting his highly revealing biography and doing a signing as well. The line of rabid wrestling fans was filled with those in costume including characters dressed just like current champion CM Punk.
The astounding amount of killer costumes pointed our eyes in literally every direction. Even though we don’t know much about it, these fans of Manga and Anime really know how to bring it when it comes to Con-Wear! Women in homemade yet professional looking dresses and wigs made to look like their favorite characters were joined arm in arm with guys brandishing homemade but fake weapons. One, if not the most impressive outfit, revealed a guy dressed flawlessly like Scorpion from Mortal Kombat. Check out the picture of him in the gallery and you’ll see what I mean. From the blue contact lenses to his own version of the spear, this guy was spot on. If you had the chutzpa to don a costume to the New York Comic Con, we raise our swords in your honor. Kudos to an amazing sideshow inside of the already massive sideshow.
The celeb spotting rolled on with one of our favorites, Nerdist pioneer Chris Hardwick in the house to do meet and greets with fans and to promote his new business venture with Legendary Pictures. Hardwick couldn’t have been a nicer guy, as he took the time to take a photo and interact briefly with the fans. If you haven’t listened to his podcast, now’s the time to start. I mean, last week his guest was mega star Tom Hanks! After the signing, Hardwick moved onto moderating the highly anticipated “Walking Dead” panel. The room was so packed that an alternative space was set up in what appeared to be an airplane hangar. And yes, this space was totally packed as well.
Our crew walked the showroom floor for a few fun filled hours, taking in the magic that surrounds Comic Con. There is truly something special about a place where lovers of different fantasy genres can gather together for one weekend and have a blast. As we left the building I spotted several people carrying large bags filled to the brim with merchandise. Not only are they walking away with lasting memories of the convention but also keepsakes that can be put on display in their video game lairs. Or at least, that’s our romantic little fantasy.
- Jay Rubin