New York Comic Con was full of hustle and bustle as it kicked underway.
Friday was a smorgasbord of unique costumes, amazing talent and lots and lots of exclusive toys. Friday saw the arrival of Doctor Who‘s John Barrowman, the unforgettable Captain Jack. He and his husband, Scott Gill, were on hand to meet and greet. My two comrades attended his exclusive photo shoot so they had an amazing souvenir.
Also on hand was the cast of the upcoming film Vampire Academy. The cast did a surprise panel followed by an exclusive meet and greet. The sneak peeks at the teen vamp pic was a huge hit.
BUT WAIT! There’s more.
This was on top of the exclusive comics of ElfQuest:The Final Quest and Grimm Fairy Tales. The Tru Blood panel was a great thing to sink your teeth into for the afternoon and an exclusive signing with Kathy Najimy.
Saturday was even more hectic as the panels for the CW‘s Reign and AdultSwim‘s Robot Chicken heated up the con. The Doctor Who panel was in full swing as they premiered scenes from the upcoming 50th Anniversary Special, and the CW‘s Beauty and The Beast panel featured a stunning Kristen Kruek.
The Once Upon a Time panel filled up almost instantly filling the new E1 Stage with 3,000 attendees. Actress Ginnifer Goodwin stopped by to preview the new season and the upcoming spinoff; Once Upon a Time In Wonderland.
Last, but not least featured the unforgettable William Shatner as a main attraction.
Sunday as things came to a close with the cast of Sleepy Hollow and the unforgettable R.L. Stine. Kids Day/Sunday also featured Quidditch for Beginners; an hour lesson on the finer points of Quidditch.
NYCC isn’t just about movies, tv and even comics. The folks at Chevy do a giveaway every year along with free NYCC t-shirts. Movie cars like the Delorean from Back To The Future and The Mystery Machine from Scooby-Doo are main stays.
There is an entire section of artists that line up all weekend in the East Wing of the building known as Artist’s Alley. Artist’s Alley features notable artists like Jim Steranko and Stan Lee to even authors like Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn) and Wendy & Richard Pini (ElfQuest). It also features a large Anime gathering. Although not the center attraction of the con, definitely worth mentioning.
Arizona Ice Tea gave out free samples of their soda all weekend, and the 3rd largest Magic the Gathering Tournament was held. I was excited to meet the very talented actress Molly Quinn (Castle), as she was part of a surprise panel for Nathan Fillion‘s “Thrilling Adventure Hour” made this writer’s entire weekend.
As if this isn’t enough to make you want to go to NYCC there are over 500 vendors of pop memorabilia’s and even bootlegs. The only place where you can still buy a He-Man’s Castle Greyskull in a box or LGR writer, Will Holden’s favorite, an unopened Super Nintendo.
Major companies like Bandi were promoting the 25th anniversary of the Power Rangers and Marvel was promoting Agents of the S.H.I.E.L.D. with giveaways and a panel. The Walking Dead stole the show with not only a meet and greet panel, but a zombie dress- up contest to boot.
Want more? Well so do we. Next year’s con will be bigger and better than ever. You can count on yours truly to be going back.
(All LGR photos courtesy of T. Johnson)