Yes I know that seems weird “A.V. why would you go to a comic book convention if you don’t read comic books?” Well my baby sister is a comic book/anime fan and I thought it would be a great idea to surprise her with tickets to one of the biggest comic book/cartoon/anime/video game conventions, New York Comic Con! I have heard about about this convention and it is intense, people from all over the world attend. Tickets are guaranteed to sell out. Sure, I am a Nintendo Wii Champion and like cartoons but was I ready for the culture shock that is *dramatic music* Comic Con.
I spoke to some Comic Con veterans, who at 1st questioned my interest as if I was trying to infringe upon the rights of a secret society. I guess I was but it was for my sister! I learned several things while preparing for/attending this convention, here it goes! How to survive Comic Con…If you don’t read comic books.
1) Get your tickets EARLY I purchased ours month and a half before and all I could get was a Friday ticket (Saturday and multiple day passes sell out quick).
2) Get some comic book/geeky pop culture street cred or go with someone who has it (I chose the latter, my sister).
3) If you don’t have that much cred wear a better costume and learn some jargon it is called “cos play” (short for costume play) not “wearing a costume.”
Rogue is my FAVORITE X-men character her and Magneto (hmmm maybe next year). Her style is sweet and smooth, she touches you and you lose all your power (how cool is that?) but she is sexy so you want her to touch you. Still a lady because she is completely tight and skimpy but covered. She is my spirit animal. It was a journey to make this costume I have some quick pics of it here.
*Bonus* My cosplay made it to Buzzfeed.com, Ebony.com and the official Instagram page for New York Comic Con not to bad for a 1st timer.
Buzzfeed: 24 Awesome POC Cosplays From NYCC click here
Ebony.com: Crowds Swarm the 2013 New York Comic Con Click here
NYCC Instagram here
3a) if you wear a costume commit to it there are no limits! Trust me you won’t look unusual I saw life-size Pac Man.
On the other hand be comfortable it is a long day so try to stay away from the heels ladies…
… and gents.
4) Have an open mind! Just like you would visiting any other cultural activity. You wouldn’t go to someone’s home, eat their food and say “that’s crazy/weird” so don’t do it there. Also, bring money (cash and cards), snacks food in all convention centers are expensive.
5) Find something that you have interest in. The convention’s programming is very diverse (within context) no need to overplan. I saw fans of comic books, anime, contemporary cartoons (i.e. Bob’s Burgers), cult classic movies/shows i.e. The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad. The film Child’s Play (Chucky) celebrated its 25th year anniversary with a cast panel. There is something for almost anyone even my grandmother! She really loves wrestling and Hulk Hogan was there that’s why I said that. They even had speed dating! Many different panels and activities to see if you aren’t into comic books you may even learn something new, I did. Will. I. Am (from the Black Eyed Peas) is coming out with this cool graphic novel and he hopes to introduce various people to the world of science fiction/fact that may not have been interested in it before for instance inner city children. Dope stuff check more about “Wizards and Robots” here.
6) Catch with some old friends.
7) Make new ones… this might be the wrong crowd.
7a) Make your boyfriend jealous.
8) Settle an old score.
So we meet again…
9) Watch a street fight.
10) Take pics with people who are in costume but didn’t go to comic con (Oh the joys of living in New York City).
Most importantly have fun!
Until next time may the force be with you while you live long and prosper!