Going on my 3rd straight year of attending New York Comic Con, I find it amazing that I can still be surprised, satisfied, and entertained by the sight of Costumed Characters, panels, artists, and celebrities. This year’s show featured some of the biggest names in the Comic Book world including Jim Lee, Geoff Johns, and even the voice of the animated Batman, Kevin Conroy. It was a show not to be missed.
Like many of the shows I have attended in the past, this show would be focused on Artist Alley. I had the goal of beginning a Jam Piece. This would involve a sketch that includes many characters on a single page. That journey proved successful and I was able to complete 9 out of 17 characters from artists like David Finch, Phil Jimenez, Daniel HDR, Alex Saviuk, Guy Dorian, Mike Lilly, Jamie Jones, Daxiong, and James Silvani.
Once that part of my journey was complete, I want on to explore the main show floor full of exhibitors. Like every show, I immediately made my way to the DC section the show. With the 75th anniversary of Batman this year, DC did not disappoint in providing Batman fans with great visuals. For fans of the Dark Knight Trilogy movies, you were provided with the statue from the last movie that honored a “fallen” Batman. In addition, fans were treated to the various Bat-Suits from past films and the cowl from the upcoming Batman vs. Superman Movie. As you walked around the DC booth, you could get a firsthand look and feel at Lego Batman 3 and Infinite Crisis. An excellent job by DC at this year’s show if you ask me.
Further exploring led me to the Hobbit. Wow! The life-sized versions of Smaug and Azog were terrifying to say the least. Within the Hobbit area, there were detailed figurines, a replica wizard hat worn by Gandolf, and even coins from the movie. This is the kind of booth were you could blow your entire budget if you didn’t have any self-control.
As the show progressed and my buddy and I walked around we saw many other sights to see. The huge model of Voltron stuck out like a sore thumb. I couldn’t resist taking a picture with one of my childhood heroes. Video games like Super-Smash Brothers and Skylanders took up many visitors’ times. In fact, I am pretty sure I kept seeing the same person playing on my many laps around the floor.
Of course you can’t mention Comic Con without mentioning the great cosplay all around you. It is always great to see a fan’s unique and stylish take on some of our favorite characters like the Joker, Harley Quinn, and Wolverine just to name a few. By far though, my favorite of the show this past weekend was Vega from Street Fighter and 2 groups of Deadpools who I am pretty sure were at least 25 people deep with each person a different version of Deadpool. Not only were they marching around in a big group, but they would stop at artists’ and exhibitors’ booth and begin chanting their name. They were by far the biggest hit of the show.
I also ran into various celebrities like DMC from Run DMC and Jerry “The King” Lawler from WWE. I even got to shake hands and talk a little WWE with Jerry. Unfortunately, I will not be making it into the Royal Rumble no matter how hard I pleaded with Jerry.
Like every Comic Con, this year’s show had an endless amount of great panels for everyone’s taste. I was lucky enough to get into the Gotham Rising panel and got to hear my favorite team of Greg Capullo and Scott Snyder talk about Batman and their plans for upcoming issues and stories. I also became a fan of Babs Tarr’s version of Batgirl and even picked up a comic from the show and a nice sketch from Babs herself.
New York Comic Con 2014 will go down as one of my favorite Comic Cons of all time. The show was organized, the staff was helpful, and everything was just the way I would expect a show of this caliber to run. The guests from all aspects were extremely friendly and genuinely wanted to meet as many of their fans as they could. Keep it coming New York Comic Con. The east coast is grateful to you for putting on such a great show. See you next year.