Once Upon a Comic Con

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Stepping off the subway at 34th and Broadway, you can sense in the air that this is not your typical Thursday in New York City. Something special is going on.

Those in the know are aware of what that something is. But the lay people of NY may be confused by the sight of Gandalf the grey on their train. And really confused by Two-Face Gandalf the Grey and White. But hey… it’s New York. So maybe they chalk it up to the quirks and oddities that come with everyday city life.

But then comes Princess Peach and Darth Vader. A Jedi My Little Pony walks by followed closely by an Optimus-Bumblebee hybrid. (Hybrids were very big this year. Click HERE for a laugh about it from College Humor.) Maybe characters they don’t even have a name for. These are the unique, non-mainstream costumes that only those of the “nerd” persuasion can identify and truly appreciate.

Yes… this is New York Comic Con.

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A place where Harley Quinn and Iron Man can be seen walking hand in hand. A magical land where Bronies and Deadpools and Stormtroopers all belong. And where you can find a unique interpretation of Elsa around every corner. Basically it’s nerd heaven!

The second you walk through those big glass doors, after making it through the never ending line that finally ends and you have your bags and weapons checked at the door, you do one of two things… 1. Quickly race to the first panel of the day or 2. Head straight up to the showroom floor. Either way you head there will be another line waiting for you. But it’s a line filled with Poison Ivy’s, Slave Leia’s, 10th Doctors and Disney Princesses… so is this line the end of the world? Nope! Just another day at the office.

If you have any Comic Con Spidey sense, you brought your snacks, wore the proper footwear and have leisurely mapped your day out, incorporating ample people watching time. Because that in and of itself is a beautiful and fascinating thing.

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Witnessing people in their natural element is an amazing treat and these people, my people, are most at home here at the Con. Among thousands of other like minds who understand their fandoms and passions. I can fall as easily into conversation with the Cumberbitches as I can with the Whovians. And the Trekkies and the Hookers (a newer one for sure.) And even with the DC universe vs the Marvel universe… here at the Con we are all nerds in this together. No warring factions here.

And for the first year ever, we have eclipsed the staggering mythological numbers that SDCC pulls in every year. And why not? After all, we are no red-headed step child. We are NYCC. A tour de force, a tidal wave of nerd culture. And in New York City we never do anything small!!

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Episode 4: Vagina Whisperer

Starring Liz Tailor

and Francis McCloud

Clothes: Liz – Lucy Dress by Liz Alig, Cobalt Peep Toe Flats by The Root Collective, Bling Collar Necklace by Noonday Collection, Handwoven Solola Foldover Clutch by The Root Collective, Green Button Earrings by iSanctuary

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New Episode Next Tuesday, Sept. 23rd!!

Surviving New York Comic Con

Tip #2: DO NOT plan to eat at the Javits Center. It is important for you to know that not only is the food at the Javits not incredibly delicious, it’s also not incredibly cheap. It’s the opposite of cheap. It cost an arm and a leg and unless you are smack in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, a disposable arm and/or leg may be hard to come by. So plan ahead. Bring a lunch or schedule time to take a walk outside and get some real food. Nearby restaurants include but are not limited to:

Mcdonalds: May not be the best cuisine, but it’s reliable and it’s dirt cheap. Plus there is a Mickey D’s right on 34th street and 10th Ave to make it easy to dash out and back and barely miss a beat or a panel.

River Diner: Located at 452 11th Ave. Diner food is always predictable, but it’s reliably good and decently priced.

Bianca’s Steakhouse: If you are not from here and want to experience a little of the food culture that New Yorkers love to brag on, why not try something a little fancier like this Steakhouse on w. 38th St.

O’Farrells: You can never go wrong with good old fashioned pub food. Try this Irish pub at 413 10th Ave.

 

Tip #3: That seat is yours for as long as you want it. If you made it into a panel (especially some of the bigger ones) and you want to stay for the following panel, you have every right to do so. That is NYCC policy and not everyone knows about it. So make sure to plan ahead and plant your butt in that seat if that room has multiple panels you are interested in attending!!

 

Tip #4: Artist Alley is cool. Just go there. There are so many artists and talented people doing great work and what better place to discover a new favorite than in the artist alley. Most of the artists are there and will gladly autograph their work for you. Making it a more personal experience. If they ever hit the big time you can say “I liked them way before. All the way back at Comic Con 2013!” Nerds love bragging on how long they’ve loved an actor and/or artist.

 

Tip #5: R-E-S-P-E-C-T Show a little respect to each other. This isn’t so much a tip as it is a request. We nerds have to stick together. We are apart of a large community of like minded dorks that the rest of the world just doesn’t understand. So try not to attack each other for a spot in line, Try not to ram your gigantic bag of swag into the unsuspecting arm of a fellow attendee. Try not to push someone out of the way for a photo with Patrick Stewart. We have to band together against long lines and fatigue and terrible convention food. So just try a little tenderness!!

The Countdown Begins

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Only 3 days till New York Comic Con opens it’s doors to nerds from all over the world. Granted NYCC is not quite the behemoth that SDCC is, but we do alright! (If you count 30,000+ as merely alright)

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So check out the official NYCC website. And start planning your days now, nerds. Cause you know what to expect. And if it’s your first time  then check back for tips on how to survive this nerd mecca.