Alas Another Comic Con Come and Gone

I have to say this year’s was a lot of fun. There were some major problems with NYCCfail, but all in all it was a very good show. First the highlights.

Got to attend a panel with Sir Terry Pratchett. – There are just no words for how awesome and creative he is. Love him.

Dave got to meet with some of his favs from the comic world. George Perez, Stanton, and Grieger. I got two Helloby graphic novels signed by Mike Mignola. (Yes!!!)

Got a pair of custom fangs made for the Vampire Ball at AAD13 for next summer. If I’m doing this, I’m going all out. No plastic fangs for me baby. They rock. And I really can’t say enough nice things about Father Sebastian, the guy who crafted them. Nice dude, great conversation. Gave me some things to think about and books I really want to purchase.

Met Vickie from The Robot Museum and Cerece Murphy from LionSky Publishing. Both awesome ladies and real go-getters.

Watched a Quidditch match with my friend Malorie. Spent time shopping with her and her sis, Taylor. Dave and I met up with our friend Glenn Whittmore and hung out with him a while. (Why is it that most of our comic friends we only see at cons? Very sad that.)

Now for the not so good stuff.

First of all, shame on the organizers for placing Sir Terry in a huge hall where there were other events going on at the same time he was speaking. There was even a band playing not too far away. He’s a very soft spoken man. Even with the microphone we had a hard time hearing him. People actually got up and left because they couldn’t hear him. Very poorly done. #NYCCfail.

Secondly, the venders out front of Jacob Javits. Now, I want to say, I am a big supporter of the NYPD. I think they do a tremendous job in a city that size and that heavily populated. But why on earth would you make the venders move across the street from the venue for 10 minutes and then come back and just rearrange their carts? Did you not like the fact the falafel dude was on the right? And here’s the gyro guy on the corner…now you want him in the middle? Just dumb. So now you have all these conventioneers, crossing a busy street to go grab something to eat. Which is more dangerous, people lining up on a sidewalk out of the way of traffic…or crossing a busy street? *shakes head*

The “Green” door. – This is for the loading and unloading of ticketed conventioneers only. – Oh, unless they decide to stop anyone from going inside and make them stand in a line in the middle of the day because the concourse is too full. The entire reason people buy badges ahead of time (other than the fact the event has gotten so big you can’t buy them at the door now) is for the convenience of sailing right in and not having to wait in line. Also, the “Green” door is the farthest door away from whatever side street you happen to walk up. So, let’s just make in the most inconvenient entrance for all those involved. Oh, and while you’re at it…make sure you don’t let anyone walk OUT of the building in Artists Alley and force them to get back into the freakin’ throng of people wading through the corridor that connects that part of the convention hall to the main entrance. #NYCCfail.

The IGN Theater fiasco – Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice theater. Big. Seats I don’t know how many, but has a decent capacity. First fail was the fact no where in the literature does it tell you that to line up for the theater that is located in 1D, they make you line up in 1C. For realz, folks. You couldn’t have printed that somewhere? Second fail was the fact they let people stay in their seats for the next show, or the next next show. This is fine on the first days of the con when there aren’t many people there, but on Saturday. Um, no. Wrong. So unless you’d camped out there from the morning, you weren’t getting a seat for the later shows. My friend Mals actually texted me that all panels were filled for the rest of the day. HUGE #NYCCfail. All right, so I have this loverly 4-day pass and I can’t get into any of the panels because you decided not to clear the theater? That’s just not right. Why should I have to camp out all day long to see something that doesn’t happen until 4 or 5 pm?

Oh, and the most ironic thing about that…they have a Q & A panel at the end of the con for voicing complaints about the show. Guess what? Yep, that’s right….IT WAS FILLED!! So, instead of voicing my complaints through the proper channels I get to rant here online.

Despite these problems, I still say it was overall a great show. A fun time. The costumes were amazing. People were nice and gracious, despite the overwhelming crowds.

Next year…I might just get a booth.



In Anticipation of Comic Con

Next week is the New York Comic Con, taking place at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC. It’s been a few years since I attended this event as they seem to keep moving it around the calendar. The last time I went it was in January or February. Here it is October and we’re just gearing up for it…what’s that all about? Anyhoo…that time I only had a one-day pass that was paid for by a friend of ours who gave us the tix for dog sitting his adorable chocolate lab while he was away (the friend, not the dog.) This time I decided what the hell, I’d get four day passes for me and the hubster and we’d go in like the fan-geeks we are.

And why not? When we go to San Diego we buy passes for the entire con – of course going to SDCC requires a transcontinental excursion and a week’s vacation and another to recuperate, but it’s worth every minute and every penny spent. Since we live so close to NY, this four-day con will be spent in the luxury of our own home and getting back in time to let the dog out before she messes the carpet.

My friend Malorie went to the con last year with her four-day passes in hand and had a wonderful time (trust me, I saw the pix.) We’ve been discussing this year’s con since then and making plans to have a particularly kick-ass time. I can’t wait. Four days…to just wander around the dealer floor and artist alley and see the sights. To go to panel discussions and meet and greets of some of my heroes. It’s going to be awesome. I’ll be sure and take my camera and my phone so I can take pix on both and upload them here.

The best part of this – Dave got the four days off to go in with us. I bought the tix not knowing if he’d be able to swing the time off, but someone was smiling on us and made it happen. We’re hoping he makes some good contacts for his voice over work and gets auditions and all that loverly jazz. Me, I’m going to be concentrating on any writers and their tables down on the dealers’ floor and maybe I might just get a table next year, some banners and hock my own wares. Why not? I’ve had a vivid dream since Dave and his friends first started doing comic books and we’d go to show where they’d have their own tables: that dream is to take one year and do nothing but cons and write and meet the public. I’m still working on making that dream happen….maybe next year.