The Non-Sport Update trio of Editor-In-Chief Alan Biegel, Production Manager Harris Toser, and myself once again traveled to the big city to attend and report on the 2014 version of the New York Comic Con. The show was as popular as ever as it was a complete sell-out before the doors even opened. And in fact, it was reported New York Comic Con’s 2014 attendance surpassed Comic Con International’s attendance (151,000 vs. 130,000).
We arrived via the Port Imperial Ferry which drops us off right behind the Javits Center where the show is held. The organizers do a fine job of getting people into the show with a minimum of wait time and we were able to get right in when we arrived. We spent the entire day walking the main floor of the show where you can find all the vendors and exhibitors, along with the Artist Alley which is also on the main floor down the hallway in another massive room.
Panels and autograph sessions are on the lower and upper levels but as we were only there for one day we did not get a chance to attend any panels or check out the autograph area as we didn’t even get to see everything on the main floor – we may have to go another day next year! Panel highlights for the weekend included The Walking Dead and Star Trek The Next Generation hosted by Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner. George Clooney made a surprise appearance as well promoting his upcoming Disney film, Tomorrowland.
Usually each year there are one or two properties that stand out but this year, there was a good mix of just about everything including always popular franchises like The Walking Dead, Marvel Comics, and my personal favorite My Little Pony! There are all kinds of small press, book publishers, and vendors selling just about anything you can imagine, props, toys, shirts, and of course comics. We did spot some vendors selling non-sports cards and we did secure promo cards from SideKick and Topps, who were the two card manufacturers in attendance. We also picked up an exclusive Adventure Time promo from Abrams Publishing, but they were also distributing different cards on the other show days so completing a set of these will be a challenge!
As always, Cosplay plays a big role at NYCC, and they were out in force once again, with costumes that are professional quality to some that looked like they were that morning out of a garbage can! I complain because they clog up the aisles but even I have to admit that are fun to look at. Some popular themes this year were Guardians of the Galaxy and Disney’s Frozen.
A nice surprise for us was seeing our good friend Natalie (NL on Card Talk) all the way from San Diego, as we did not know she was coming until the day before. We met up with her in Artist Alley and after a long but fun day we went to Pio Pio, a nearby Peruvian restaurant that was excellent. We wrapped up the day with a return trip on the Ferry which boasts a fantastic view of the New York City skyline at night.
Make sure you get your badge early if you plan on attending next year as the show continues to grow in popularity. Next year’s fest will take place October 8-11, 2015. And be sure to take a look at the exclusive photo gallery below (all photos taken by Harris Toser).