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My Thursday at NY Comic Con 2019

Ellen Levitt

Posted on October 5, 2019 21:40

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New York City's Comic Con is a feast of fun, fandom, and funky costumes. I attended the first day, Thursday, and found inspiration and more.

The annual Comic Con in New York City draws huge and varied crowds. Men and women, young and old, people of various ethnicities and interests, flock to the Javits Convention Center (and a few other venues) because they want to geek out on popular culture, especially comic books, science fiction, fantasy and related topics. 

I attended Thursday, the first day of the four-day run, and the festivities were dampened slightly by on-off drizzle. My wait to get inside was about 25 minutes, but once I passed through the main entrance, I felt that familiar thrill of impending fun opportunities. 

I took photos with a giant doll and a hot-pink sports car; I played a carnival game and won a stuffed Gecko toy; I admired artwork and graphics in the Artists Alley section; I gawked at the cosplay outfits of many attendees; I bought my oldest daughter a tote bag from one of her favorite cartoons.

While I didn't cosplay, I did walk around with my lunch in a genuine dented 1970s metal lunchbox, and several people told me they thought it was so cool. 

I attended two panels: one about cartoonist Jack Kirby's work (it was very interesting) and a "This Week in Marvel" podcast that focused on Spider-Man (my all-time favorite superhero).

I'm not exactly the most hardcore Comic Con kinda person: I have a few specific interests within the overstuffed field (particularly animation, the Harry Potter universe, and graphic novels), but I also enjoy Comic Con for voyeuristic reasons: I gain exposure to and surface familiarity with a wide range of pop-culture niches. I find ideas for writing assignments and enjoy checking out quirky things that are new to me, which I might want to indulge further at some point.

2019 was the fourth time I've done NY Comic Con, and I must admit that my third time (2017) I sat through the most interesting panels. And this year, the first time I went to NYCC by myself, without one or both of my daughters. It was easier for me to roam around and make more spur-of-the-moment choices of things to see.

Each person has favorite sections to explore in the Convention Center, and one of mine is the publishers' section. Book and comics publishers congregate in a few aisles, and I like to check out their many offerings. This time I picked up two free books, and one of them was an advance copy of a graphic novel, "Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio," by Derf Backderf. I read it on the train ride home, and I'm very impressed. 

Comic Con can bleed your wallet dry but I only spent $11 (I bought a button at the booth of High School of Art & Design, and a $10 tote bag). My feet ached (a typical 'Con kvetch) and when I needed the bathroom I used Portosans outside. But I revel in the unbridled enthusiasm and creativity found here. Excelsior!

 

Ellen Levitt

Posted on October 5, 2019 21:40

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