From The Big Apple
been to my first comic convention in New York City only
last year, I nonetheless felt like a pro walking into this
year’s Big Apple Con at Pier 54 on Saturday, October
Curry in the spirit of things as Silk Spectre.
Damn you, Peter Brady...
all, I’d done my
first Con from behind the scenes, and this year, I was
walking in as press, so I figured I’d breeze my way
right through, knowing all the ins and outs that I had to
be taught the first time, how to navigate the Con properly,
all that good stuff – nope, not quite.
I finally worked out that daily passes were retrieved downstairs
in a completely separate building where, as it turns out,
the panels were also being held, and got on the winding
but fast-moving line to the entrance, I was stoked to learn
that, unlike the football-sized, multi-leveled affair that
is NYCC at the Javits Center, everything at Big Apple could
be easily tracked down. It only took a half hour to do a
walk-through of the entire event. This enabled me to track
down the generally elusive Artist’s Alley, notate
which booths were where and which products were being featured,
eyeball the guests and scope out the amount of people waiting
on any given event.
stars were easy to spot and very accessible to Con attendees.
Demolition Smash actually approached me for a photo, while
Bill Shatner cheerfully made eye contact in between signatures.
Jim Lee was more than happy to have press film his panel
(my memory card ran out for the second half, but I took
lots of notes) and the stage wasn’t miles away from
the seats, so you can actually hear all of his responses
on the video.
this year was the new line of NHL figurines by Todd MacFarlane
(whose signing at the NHL store the day before Con I was
fortunate enough to attend.) The television show, “Heroes”
and the movie “Twilight” received heavy coverage,
much to the delight of the pre-teen set in attendance. The
Wii Fit section positively swarmed with Con-goers, while
smart shoppers like myself snapped up fifty percent off
and two-for-one trade paperbacks and featured artist bundles
(such as the “For Tomorrow” Superman series.)
in his glory.
opportunity to get up close and personal with the likes
of Nichelle Nichols, Adam West and Julie Newmar was awesome,
however, there were definitely some celebrity guests whose
relation to pop culture was a bit more questionable (see
Danielle Staub and Adrienne Curry.)
being said, a Pop Culture Con is what Big Apple Con truly
is. The presence of cosplay was minimal (but really, really
well done) and the focus appeared to be more on gold and
silver age comics and artists in attendance versus true
hard to find treasures. When said treasures did appear,
they appeared in the form of auction items.
signings were poorly advertised, volunteers were unsure
as to where anything was and panels were cancelled without
notice to either the booth representatives or the panel
attendees (a tiny whiteboard posted outside of the Conference
Room areas was thought to suffice.)
Newmar and Adam West ... together again.
I really wanted to attend the West panel, I found myself
not that psyched to trudge out in the rain on Sunday and
unconvinced I’d missed much on Friday. Saturday night
appeared to be at the height of all of the best events,
and I have to say that this Con, unlike the NYCC, did not
really require an entire weekend for me.
much appreciated the cleanliness of the facility, the friendliness
of the security staff and the fact that the food prices
were a bit more reasonable than NYCC. There were two very
comfy lounges set up for people to eat at, rather than having
to inhale one’s lunch standing on a signing line.
The absence of anime was no doubt a godsend to everyone.
missed the presence of The Hero Initiative and was disappointed
at the lack of charitable presences at this Con.
my suggestion to Con-goers would be to purchase a daily
pass for Saturday, stay in the City that night and keep
their eyes and ears open for special events surrounding
the Con. You can use the saved ticket money to buy more
comics, of course, and maybe even bid on a rare cel or two.
Gerard, not frozen in time.
Schneider, the greatest Pa Kent...
Gerard, not frozen in time.
Bridges. At Big Apple Con,
it takes diffr'nt strokes to move the world.