I meant to do a longer post on how this trip was funded, and believe me it could have been it’s own post, however I find myself with so much to say already that I’ll just say this; a few years ago Colleen and I committed to saving every $5 bill we got and all our coin change. With that we managed to more than fund a trip across the country to New York Comic Con (we wanted to go to San Diego but couldn’t get tickets). We had family and friends help us out as well from time to time but the bulk of the funds came from those $5 bills.
Anyway we had a fairly uneventful trip to NYC, except a small detour to go back for our badges which we couldn’t get in without. There was some hassle with our hotel which we are still sorting out but that is also not the subject of this post. I’m gonna talk about what we actually did at NYCC, and experiencing it as a first time fan AND as someone who is very new to the world of comics.
Once we entered we followed the crush of people to the show floor. But before we even got there we came across a moving velociraptor (Zulu) and her “trainer” a man dressed like Chris Pratt in Jurassic World.
Anyway after that we started walking around the booths, our travel was about as organized as that of two moths buzzing from light source to light source, but we found a BUNCH of cool stuff. Anything and everything nerdy you could want was there somewhere. It was just a matter of finding it. We scored several decals for pretty cheep and each picked up a comic compilation to read during down times. We both bemoaned the fact that the Buffy art that caught our eyes was $800 and after deciding against selling a kidney to pay for it moved on quickly.
We later saw Sarah Michelle Gellar at the Star Wars: Rebles panel, which was super exciting, not only because we love her and Buffy, but because we were dressed as Buffy and Faith. During the Q&A a fan came to the mic and spoke whole heartedly about the profound effect Buffy had had on her which brought the fan, Sarah, me and lots lots of other people to tears (and I don’t really cry for stuff like that).We also caught the panels with Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead creator) and a few Game of Thrones cast members. Every panel member I saw today seemed to genuinely want to be up there and having a good time; which was great.
We came across the Marvel booth just as they were handing out posters and calling people up for a version of celebrity pyramid with passing audience members. I didn’t get called but it was fun to watch. We also got total pictures on their replica Jessica Drew set!
One of my favorite parts of the day was seeing all the Cosplay. I’m new to the art of Cosplay and I doubt I’ll ever go as deep into it as some people but I love seeing what people can do and use to turn themselves into their favorite characters.
I’ll be back tomorrow for a run down of day 2!