New York Comic Con 2013 In Review

New York Comic Con came and went this past weekend and it has been a blast as always. The more times I keep going to this convention, the more I feel as if this convention is getting more crowded every year. As much as I barely want to tolerate the congested streets of New York City on a regular basis, I’m willing to put up with the crowds at NYCC. There’s always lots to see and do at the convention, and I’m going to detail the biggest highlights of my convention weekend with photos!

Usually, I tend to find at least one thing I wish to purchase for myself at NYCC. This time, I didn’t find much I really wanted to buy. The only thing I did purchase was a birthday gift for a good friend of mine, whose birthday is coming up this week. While it would have been amazing to purchase a good number of the figurines and action figures on display at the convention for sale, it’s much too expensive for me to buy. It’s also impossible to find a spot to put these figures with my current living situation the way it is at the moment. For the time being, I had to be content with taking photos of the stuff I wish I could buy.

Okay, I don't really need the guns from Mass Effect, but it would still be cool to hold one and pretend I'm Commander Shepard.
Okay, I don’t really need the guns from Mass Effect, but it would still be cool to hold one and pretend I’m Commander Shepard.
Sailor Moon! I did want these very much.
Sailor Moon! I did want these very much.

NYCC celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Power Rangers series by showcasing all the toys and merchandise ever made, starting with the original Power Rangers series (the one I grew up with in the ’90s) to the present one. It was nice to reminisce about the series with my friends, as we each proclaimed our favorite Power Ranger as a kid. Mine was the Pink Ranger.

The Green Ranger's Dragonzord and Dragon Dagger.
The Green Ranger’s Dragonzord and Dragon Dagger.
The original Power Rangers action figures. I remember how the heads would flip to have each Ranger wearing their helmet. Classic!
The original Power Rangers action figures. I remember how the heads would flip to have each Ranger wearing their helmet. Classic!

No geeky convention is complete without having demos of upcoming video games available for attendees to try out. Ubi Soft’s Watch Dogs was available to try out, but unfortunately the line was way too long to have the patience to wait for a turn at the game. Instead, me and my friend opted to try out the demo for the new Phoenix Wright game, Dual Destinies, for the 3DS. The line was much shorter and we were both excited to see how the Phoenix Wright game would look on a 3DS system.

Let’s just say the graphics look amazing in 3D and Phoenix is back in top form as ever. I’m looking forward to getting to know Phoenix’s new assistant Athena Cykes and being able to use more of the new Mood Matrix feature in the game. If you want a chance to test out the demo yourself, a rep for the Phoenix Wright booth said it was also available to download now at the Nintendo eShop.

The Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies booth. The demo is amazing! I really can't wait for this game to come out.
The Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies booth. The demo is amazing! I really can’t wait for this game to come out.

Finally, there were only two panels this year I really wanted to attend. The first one was the Power Rangers panel featuring the Green Ranger himself, Jason David Frank and Jason Narvy, better known as Skull from the series. The actor who played Bulk in the series was supposed to attend the panel with them as well, but we were told he had to bow out due to personal family issues he had to take care of.

The one hour panel was highly entertaining and extremely funny. Both Frank and Narvy talked about their time on the show, what it felt like to play the characters, and their current or future projects. Skull is now a college professor of English! He’s even called doctor. It’d be surreal to have your college English class taught by the guy who played Skull from the Power Rangers. The two of them have great rapport with one another and are very attentive and gracious to their fans. You can tell that both Frank and Narvy were genuinely having just as much fun as the fans were by being a part of the panel.

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The “Green Ranger” Jason David Frank (left) and “Skull” Jason Narvy (right). These two were incredibly funny. No one wanted this panel to end.
I zoomed in on the stage. This was the best shot I could get of the two actors. Me and my friend did have pretty good seats.
I zoomed in on the stage. This was the best shot I could get of the two actors. Me and my friend did have pretty good seats.

The final panel I attended was the X-Files panel with none other than Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully themselves, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. The number 20 seemed to be a magical number at the convention this year because not only was the Power Rangers celebrating a 20th anniversary, but it was also the 20th anniversary of the X-Files.

Like the Power Rangers panel, both Duchovny and Anderson talked about the impact the X-Files has had on the sci-fi genre and pop culture in general. The actors reminisced about their time on the show and how it felt to play two iconic characters from a beloved series. They even admitted that they’re still open to the idea of doing another X-Files movie if the project were to ever get approved by the studios. I really do hope there will be another movie in the future.

It was really exciting to see them live at NYCC, but my friend did point out how awkward the two seemed to be at interviews. I did find David Duchovny more awkward at answering fan questions than Gillian Anderson. At the very least, when those two were talking and joking with each other, you can clearly see that they have that amazing chemistry they were able to bring to the relationship of Mulder and Scully for all those years. They made their on-screen characters’ friendship and then their eventual romance believable.

“Agent Fox Mulder” David Duchovny (left) and “Agent Dana Scully” Gillian Anderson (right). I had, what my friend called, a “geekgasm” at this panel. I loved the X-Files.
I tried to zoom in on the stage, but it was hard. I was seated sort of far from it. This was one of the few better shots I was able to get of them.
I tried to zoom in on the stage, but it was hard. I was seated sort of far from it. This was one of the few better shots I was able to get of them.

What made this panel even more amazing was bearing witness to a wonderful wedding proposal at this year’s Comic Con! One guy commented to both Duchovny and Anderson about what made the relationship of Mulder and Scully truly special. The guy believed the relationship of Mulder and Scully portrayed how two opposites can come together and compliment each other in every way, or represent two people who are willing to love and support each other no matter what happens. After making that comment, the guy segue ways into asking the two actors to give their blessing for a question he is about to ask his girlfriend.

The proposal was so touching and romantic. To think all of it happened towards the end of an X-Files panel. Of course, the guy’s girlfriend said yes, and the couple came up on stage to get the blessing from Duchovny and Anderson for a long and happy marriage together. Suffice it to say, the guy’s girlfriend was overwhelmed with a billion emotions. Talk about a memorable convention for those two.

This concludes my NYCC 2013 review. If you want to see more coverage of NYCC, be sure to check out tomorrow’s post on Geek Force Network as I do a visual review of NYCC. You’ll see more photos and comments of other stuff I saw and did at the convention that isn’t covered here.

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13 thoughts on “New York Comic Con 2013 In Review

  1. That’s a lot of Power Rangers nostalgia for me. Thankfully, it’s the sort of nostalgia you know to not try curing by returning to the source … UNLIKE POKEMON! We need you in Kalos!

    1. Haha, I know. I really need to get the new Pokemon soon! As for me, after attending the Power Rangers panel, I’m feeling a little bit nostalgic. Maybe I might return to the source.

  2. Sounds like you had an awesome time! It’s funny how Power Rangers are making a comeback… I remember them from my childhood too! Also I’m excited for the Phoenix Wright game, so it’s good to hear the demo is fun. I’m going to keep what you said there in mind — skipping the long lines and go for a shorter line to enjoy something a little less popular sounds like a smart plan!

    Mostly I’m just impressed that you had such restraint with not buying anything. I bet everything is super expensive… yet it’s got to be soooo hard to just look… =)

    1. It really is! The ones I could afford I wasn’t really interested in buying. The ones that were most expensive I really did want to buy. It’s terrible. I tend to skip anything with too long of a line when it comes to demos. If the wait time isn’t too long then I’ll go for it. Otherwise, I don’t want to waste too much of my time waiting on a line.

  3. Awesome post! This makes me want to go ever more! I totally know what you mean about all the stuff you can’t afford to buy though. Oh well, I guess we have to content ourselves with drooling for now. I do somehow always manage to spend way more than I intend to at these things though.
    Also, you’re a Pink Ranger fan? I could have guessed that. 🙂 I was a Red Ranger fan, predictably…

    1. Yeah, it’s pretty obvious I’d most likely be a Pink Ranger fan. Almost every girl in my grade school class was! 🙂 You really need to go to this convention! It’d be cool to hang out finally!

  4. Awesome post, NYCC looked like a blast!. Two things:First, I need me one of those Mass Effect weapons (Seriously that pulse rifle was too cool!). Second, holy crap those Power Ranger action figures! I actually had a couple of them as a kid, my favorite being the blue ranger!

    1. It really was! I love going every year now. It really was tempting to walk home with one of the Mass Effect guns, but seeing the price was enough to take a step back from the display case and walk away with my friend. It still didn’t stop me from fantasizing about it though!

      I wanted the Power Rangers action figures as a kid, but never got one. 😦 I would have loved to have the Pink Ranger.

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