What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you think about a comic book convention? Superman? Spiderman? Awesomeness? Or maybe it’s nerds? You’d be right on all accounts. When the Special Lady Friend got free passes to this past weekends NYC Comic Con, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go. I was never much into comic books, and I’ve seen the depictions of these types of conventions on The Simpsons, where folks dress up like their favorite characters and run around like chickens with their heads cut off in excitement over things I don’t understand. It just didn’t sound very awesome to me.
But hold the phone!!!! It was pretty awesome. We got there around one on a Sunday afternoon and it was so crowded we could barely get in the door. I’d say about 10 percent of the people there were in costume and they all looked incredibly rad. It was like a sneak peak into Halloween. I didn’t know who most of them were, but damn did they look awesome. And there was a topless girl. I’m not sure who she was supposed to be either, but the nerdist (like racist but with nerds) joke that popped into my head was that those may be the first boobs some of these nerds have ever seen in real life. (I apologize to the nerds reading this. I really liked ComicCon and was awed by the passion these folks showed for their interests).
We strolled around like cattle for a bit and then, oh man, then we went downstairs and I saw the DeLorean from Back To The Future. I love Back To The Future. I mean, really love those movies. So I started geeking out and the Special Lady Friend started laughing at me. You could get your picture taken inside the time machine for 10 dollars. Kinda steep for my budget, so I took a picture of it with me not in it and plan on doing some photoshopping in the near future to insert myself.
There were also famous people there signing autographs and taking pictures. Luke Skywalker was there. Cool. That guy who played Hercules was there too. Not as cool, but still kinda neat. There were also tons of actors there that I had no idea who they were.
Another cool part was “Artist Alley” where hundreds of artists ere hanging out and selling their art. It was amazing. Many of them were drawing or painting while they sat at their booths, which was also pretty neat. So many interesting methods and images. Didn’t expect to see that.
All in all, it was a very interesting experience and I was so glad that we went. I may even go again next year.