I’ve always been a little bit geeky. Although I was never really into comic books, I certainly enjoyed video games, so it was inevitable that I would eventually end up at Comic Con one day. For those of you who’ve never heard of the event, New York Comic Con (NYCC) is an annual convention dedicated to comics, graphic novels, video games, toys, manga, etc. Although I missed NYCC this past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend about two years ago.
The event is typically runs for four days in the Javits Center, located in Hell’s Kitchen. The price varies depending on which day you attend, but generally runs from $35.00 (For Thursday) to $50.00 (For Saturday). If you’re feeling ambitious, you can also purchase a 3-day pass for $65.00 or a 4-day pass for $95.00. I highly recommend you do so because there is just so much to see and do – from the celebrity panel discussions, to the individual booths, not to mention the costumes! In fact, I quickly regretted purchasing a one-day ticket as soon as I stepped into the convention.
Regardless, I made an attempt to check out as much as I could. Despite the crowds of people and the long lines, I had an amazing time – even though I’m not a hardcore comic book/manga/anime fan. In fact, I highly advise you to bring a decent camera, because many people come dressed to the event as their favorite characters. I gave it a lot, but really put no effort into my outfit. I slipped on a yellow sweater and a “Pikachu” hat, but coupled with my friend, who was dressed as Ash from Pokemon and my sister, who was dressed as Misty, we made a pretty awesome trio.
As such, people constantly approached us to take photos, and I suddenly felt famous. I did the same whenever I saw someone with an amazing costume. Some outfits literally left me in awe (people are so creative!). Furthermore, everyone was super kind and inviting. After all, most people come to the event to share their passion and celebrate it. If you also happen to be a hardcore fan, you will literally fall in love.
The only thing I could complain about are the long bathroom lines, but I should’ve expected that. I also advise coming to the event with comfortable shoes, water, food and cash. The ATMs will charge you an insane fee and food is expensive, but otherwise NYCC is well worth the money you will spend. Expect to also buy a bunch of cool posters and trinkets.
Lastly, you do not have to come early, but a lot of people do so in order to get a chance to meet the celebrities on panel or to get an autograph from their favorite author/illustrator. Although I wouldn’t necessary camp out, I’m seriously contemplating buy a 4-day pass next year.