This past weekend was New York Comic Con which took place at the Jacob Javits Center. It was that time of the year where all the geeks were united under one roof. My friend and I got three day passes and we were set for the whole weekend.
When attending the Cons, it was always a sensory overload. So many sights and sounds to take in all at once. It was difficult to decide where to go or look first. This was probably my fourth time attending the Con, and it never ceases to be overwhelming and awesome at the same time.
My friend and I made an attempt to try and attend more panels this year. Of course, that didn’t pan out the way we thought it would. We mainly got stuck on the showroom floor and watching people pass us by in their cosplay. There were a ton of things that could easily distract a convention goer.
There were plenty of exhibitors from Square Enix to Midtown Comics selling merchandise that would make any geek giddy. Pictures are worth a thousand words, and I’m going to let the photos I took speak for themselves.
I am a huge Mass Effect fan. No surprise there, right? What do you think I found when I was walking around the convention floor? Mass Effect figurines!
The figures were done well. As much as I would have loved to have taken Female Shepard home with me, I didn’t have the space or the money to buy her. I will just have to be content with a photo of this awesome figurine. They also had Male Shepard, but I still love Female Shepard more.
A lot of the figures that were being sold at the convention were so detailed and looked very much like the characters from the video games. You know you were getting quality figurines when such care was put into making them.
Aside from the figurines, there were some pretty cool looking Lego statues on display at the Lego booth. Take a look at this Gandalf and Bilbo Baggins statue from the upcoming The Hobbit movie.
Or maybe you might prefer something big, green, and mad? Like this Lego Hulk?
Of course what convention would be complete without taking photos of some cool cosplayers. Among the popular costumes this year were Doctor Who, Bane from Batman, and the Black Widow from this summer’s recent Avengers movie. I took photos of the costumes I liked best, but there were tons of others that were just as good too.
While my friend and I didn’t quite go to as many panels we would have liked to (we went to just two), at least the panels we went to were pretty major. We attended a panel for Stan Lee on Saturday and then a Q & A session for Tom Felton, better known as Draco Malfoy of the Harry Potter films, on Sunday. To me, these two panels were the highlights of the convention experience.
Unfortunately for Stan Lee’s panel, I couldn’t get an actual photo of him from where I was sitting because my friend and I were too far back from the stage. The best I could capture was the screen they showed of the stage and table. This panel talked about upcoming television projects as well as to promote Stan Lee’s current show, Cocktails with Stan. Stan Lee seemed like a very nice guy with a great sense of humor too.
And of course, there was the Q & A panel for Tom Felton. Seats were completely full, but a limited amount of people were allowed to do standing room. My friend and I were lucky to get in on the standing room only space, and we stood at a pretty good spot to see Tom. He answered mainly questions about Harry Potter, a few on his post-Potter projects, and dealing with fame and being typecast in roles. Tom was charming, funny, and just a very down to earth type of guy. Hopefully he gets more film roles in the future.
There you have it. This is my New York Comic Con experience over the three days I attended. It was fun, chaotic, and full of geeky goodness. I am hoping that next year I will do better with the panel attending. There were some panels for manga and anime related things, but unfortunately I never made it to any of those. Maybe next year!