ROAD to NYCC2017 - Issue No.3
37 DAYS AND COUNTING UNTIL New York Comic Con 2017 on the ROAD to NYCC!
Happy Hump Day, Fanboys and Girls and assembled Transgendered species!
First off, let me apologize for missing Tuesday's blog date. I try to keep postings a regular as possible for all 12 of the nice folks out there who I think have actually been reading them. Seriously though, it’s been a crazy birthday weekend that led into a couple of days of me getting to play in the Netflix MCU sandbox #actorslife. I wish I could say more than that but *spoilers* are expressly forbidden. I just continue to count my blessings.
So today as we get closer to New York Comic Con 2017 I wanted asked a dear friend a question whose answer I thought might resonate with a particular demo of folks who attend or are thinking of attending a con:
“So if I’m not a Cosplayer, Comic book nerd, Dungeon Master, Tribute, Jedi, Ringer, Bronie, Moonie, Twihard, Potterhead, X-Phile, Arrowhead, Thronie, Browncoat, Scoobie, Whedonite, Trekkie, Trekker, Truebie, or Whovian…WHAT THE HELL WOULD I DO AT A COMIC-CON?”
Glad you asked. And here to answer that is the one and only “Fritz,” our guest Ghost Writer for Issue No.3 with a top 10 list of things you can do to enhance your convention experience even if you’re thinking there won’t be much that appeals to you.
By the request of the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. their true identity has been redacted as to protect themselves and their family. And if you figure out who it is KINDLY KEEP IT TO YOURSELF AND DO NOT POST IT IN THE COMMENTS…..SERIOUSLY!
Instead, why don’t you share any advice you might have for the mild-mannered fan attending the convention, especially if it’s for the first time. And I’m curious as to which fan groups I might have missed in that list above. COMMENT below and feel free to LIKE and SHARE AWAY! See you all next week!!
And now, The Ghostwriter!! (Image Credit: Naolito of DeviantArt)
So you’ve got tickets to NYCC but aren’t a super huge geek. Guess what? There’s still plenty to do at the con!
Hi, I’m Fritz, and I’m a geek. Except that most geeks around me don’t realize that I am one of them. I don’t wear tons of t-shirts with my favorite superheroes on them, I don’t participate in a lot of group outings outside of NYCC, and I spend more time talking about hockey than I do about Doctor Who. But every year I go to NYCC and I never have a moment where I am bored and question why I decided to come. So I’ve made a top 10 list of things you can do to enhance your convention experience even if you’re thinking there won’t be much that appeals to you:
1. Seek out activities that DO involve one of your interests! Are you a Marvel fan? Go to one of the related panels. Find the cosplay photoshoot. Not only will you get to interact with other people who share your interest, but they might have information on other Marvel-related events at the con that you didn’t know about.
2. Expand your horizons! Pick a panel on a topic you’ve never heard of. Go! A few years ago I went to a panel on a horror movie remake. I’ll admit right now I’m not a horror movie fan. But guess what? Not only did I learn about the movie, but I learned more about the techniques used in the storytelling – something I could take as a learning experience for my own writing. And I walked out of there with a movie recommendation for friends that DO like horror.
3. Cosplay. Cosplay. Cosplay. I can’t say this enough. There are a million different reasons people choose to cosplay, but I want to point out one in particular - the community experience. When you’re walking through the convention center in your Command Gold Starfleet uniform, do you know what happens? Other Star Trek fans will come up to YOU and interact with YOU! It takes away a lot of the anxiety about approaching other people and lets them start the conversation.
4. Appreciate the art. The artist’s alley is one of the best parts of NYCC. Even if an artist doesn’t have pieces from a comic or show you enjoy, it’s still like getting to walk through an art museum where the prints are for sale right in front of you! And you never know, maybe you’ll find that an artist who has Star Wars prints also happens to have art from a non-geek interest of yours.
5. Networking. This often surprises people, but beyond meeting people with similar geek interests, you can often find someone from your profession, or someone from a field in which you’re looking for a connection at NYCC. There are a LOT of people at the con, and sometimes a love of Batman can lead to a business connection.
6. Shopping. Sure, there are a lot of things you can buy on ebay and amazon to satisfy your Doctor Who cravings. But guess what? Sometimes it’s easier to know what you want when you see it in person. And even better when you can try on that dalek corset dress before you buy it instead of playing the internet guessing game with sizes. There are a lot of unique vendors to check out with items you might not have considered before, from modified lego figures to hand crafted dolls to bat’leths.
7. Meeting your favorite celebrities, even if they’re at NYCC representing a show you’ve never seen. Personally, I love Pablo Schreiber. He’ll be at the convention this year because of his role in American Gods. I’ve never seen American Gods. I know, how terrible of me! But I sincerely respected his performance in The Wire, which happens to be one of my favorite shows. So now, even though he will be there for another purpose, I have the chance to meet an actor from a show I love.
8. The freebies. Sure, there are lots of things you can spend money on at NYCC. But some of the most interesting things you can bring home and show off to your friends are free. I have a friend who is OBSESSED with Hello Kitty. Guess what I got for free (and then gifted to her) at last year’s NYCC? A paper Hello Kitty crown. She was ecstatic and I made a friend smile, all with no effort because I stumbled across the stand giving out the crowns.
9. The random exhibits. At NYCC 2015 I was looking for a good spot to meet with friends. We found a clear area that happened to be right next to an exhibit for a TV show that was going to premiere that fall. While I absolutely couldn’t tell you what the show was called, I will forever remember the booth and here’s why: the booth created a video of you laying in a tape outline in a crime scene. That video is still on my hard drive somewhere, and I laugh at it every time I stumble across it. It’s just one of the random memories I have from stumbling across an exhibitor I’d never heard of. And that’s the beauty of it – you get random experiences that are unexpected from a convention you thought was just about comics.
10. The after parties. Don’t let your convention stop at the Javits Centerdoors! Not only can you pack your days at the convention full of art, actors, cosplay, and random experiences, but you can make the entire long weekend an immersive experience. There are multiple parties each night, ranging from Battlestar Galactia canteen gatherings to geeky cabarets. And don’t let the fact that you don’t know anyone stop you from going to a party – there is so much love and acceptance in the geek community that you will find new friends, or at least someone with whom you can debate the merits of DS9 versus Enterprise.
So go forth and enjoy your NYCC experience, even if most days you care more about Shakespeare than Shingeki no Kyojin!