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New York Comic Con 2015

» Articles, Features, Convention / Event Reports | posted by Wai Yung (Wayne) Chim on 10/12/2015 [Discuss]

Another year has past. The long awaited go to event in New York has finally returned to Gotham. What event is that? No, it is not the International Auto Show, that event is none other than the 2015 New York Comic Con. This year marks my second go around with NYCC. As always, I thank ReedPop for the opportunity to cover the event as press, for putting together Comic Con and for continuously improving it year after year.

This year’s guest list contained some major players. Naruto creator, Masashi Kishimoto made his first U.S. public appearance. Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell, Game Of Thrones), her on screen brother Finn Jones (Loras Tyrell) and Keisha Castle-Hughes (Obara Sands) were there doing autograph sessions. The impressive list goes on and on. Comic con goers this time around will experience the newly opened 7 train 34th street Hudson Yard station, which will drop passengers off a block or so away from the Javitz center. Personally I prefer to walk from the 34th street Penn station. As a New Yorker, I would not bet my life on the MTA getting me anywhere quicker.

October 8th, 2015 - Day 1:
As I arrived at the Javitz center, things become familiar. Going through the doors and bag check was easy. I had my schedule mapped out with the NYCC mobile app and wanted to attend the Masashi Kishimoto panel. However, after repeated requests to the good people at Viz Media and received no response as to whether there was a RSVP list, I decided I’ll just see how bad the line was. Let’s just say, one look at that queue, I immediately did a 180 and made a B-line to The Block. It is fine, I am not a fan of Naruto at all, so personally I did not miss out. Sorry I couldn’t do a report on it for those who are Naruto fans though. I later spoke with a crew member of NYCC and he told me the Kishimoto panel was actually not as crazy as Viz had sold it to be. According to the crew member, there were a lot of seats left and I could’ve made it. Kishimoto’s panel was similar to Takeshi Obata’s last year, where he talked a bit about his work and then drew Naruto on the screen for the fans to see a master at his craft.

The Block this year is similar to last. Many vendors, many unique merchandise, many companies showing off what they are currently working on. It is always fun to walk through the Block. You do not know what kind of crazy cosplay will turn up aisle from aisle. Here are some pictures I took as I strolled through the sea of fans in the Block.

Heading over to the Artist Alley can be a traumatizing event. Walking past the lockers, the many Progressive insurance Unicorns will leave anyone with nightmares!

Back to the show floors:

Walking back to the show floors, I am greeted by this year’s go-to cosplay, Deadpool.

October 9th, 2014 - Day 2 and October 10th, 2014 -Day 3:
Sadly, I was not able to attend Friday or Saturday’s events. My cameraman Ray did make it on Saturday to ensure we do not miss any of the excellent cosplays on display. Also he was able to check out the Back to the Future Delorean up close, Jurassic World event and transforming into an Avatar character. Check out these gorgeous images from Saturday!

Photo by Stuart Ramson/Invision for Courtyard/AP Images
Photo by Stuart Ramson/Invision for Courtyard/AP Images

Photo Credit: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

October 11th, 2015 - Day 4:
Sunday is the wrap up day of another great year for the New York Comic Con. What a pleasure it has been to attend this event and to cover it. On the last day, con goers usually go to unwind and do a little bit of shopping as vendors throw out discounts so that they do not have to lugged things back. I was looking at a Warglaive of Azzinoth and the vendor told me, one warglaive is $350, if you want 2 the price is negotiable. He did not want to carry it back. I do not blame him, they were pretty big blades. But there is also a problem with buying these blades. The conversation I had with the NYCC crew comes to my mind. He showed me the many weapons and Captain America shields that were left outside of the venue because they were deemed too dangerous to carry inside. These blades would never be allowed in NYCC as a prop. But whatever, somewhere out there, someone would likely be interested in having two of these blades on the mantle to showcase. I am not one of those people though.

Ray and I, decided to just walk the floors and take as many pictures of cosplayers as we can. We did look to shop, but a lot of the things I wanted were sold out. Ray did make a few purchases and got some good discounts on it. Anyways without further ado, here are the pictures from Sunday.

Some Issues That I Came Across:
I did this section last year, so I might as well continue on the tradition. NYCC 2015 was great. There were a lot of good, but along with the good, there were the bad. What was bad? The lighting at Javitz center. I was there till 6:30PM on Thursday and it had gotten dark early. In an event where video and photography is so important, why were the lights not turned on at the main entrance areas? I understand the Javitz center lets in a lot of sun light, but there was barely any day light left. A lot of cosplayers and visitors stay around the entrance for photos. Do these people a favor, turn the lights on so they get better pictures.

Another issue I had were panels. Did something happen from last year that these panels no longer hold some press seats? Do the organizers not realize that we are there to cover the MANY events that go on during the convention. We do not necessarily have a couple hours to line up, especially when panel times overlap each other. I am not saying press should get special privileges, but not even offer some stand in room? I had intended to go to several panels throughout, but ended up doing none. Time constrictions, no communications from the organizers and the lack of interest from these organizers to get some publicity. After speaking with the NYCC crew, who did manage to attend the Masashi Kishimoto panel on Thursday and told me there were many empty seats. I could have filled it, but it is what it is. Hopefully next year, panel organizers will improve on this year’s issues.

In Closing:
Big thanks to ReedPop for allowing to cover New York Comic Con 2015. And keep up the amazing work that you guys are doing over there! I also have to thank the many cosplayers that attended this event and posed for our pictures. You guys are the fuel that continues to drive this event and the time you guys put in, in your outfits are greatly appreciated. A thanks goes out to the vendors, artists, and fans that make this event possible. Let’s look forward to NYCC 2016, October 6th-9th. See you there!


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