New York Comic Con 2013: Disappointment or Success?
By Amy Chen
Over 130,000 excited fans and geeks attended New York’s famous Comic Con this October at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. The four-day event was held from Thursday, October 10th to Sunday, October 13th. It was the eighth Comic Con held in New York.
Tickets for the New York Comic Con went on sale about a month prior to the event and prices ranged from $30 to $85. The price varied depending on the day and the number of days a fan wanted to go.
Comic Con allowed fans to “cosplay” or dress up as anime, cartoon, and T.V. show characters. The event sold many souvenirs. Many fans took pictures in costume to demonstrate their support for their favorite characters, comics, and shows. Each day, Comic Con had many exciting activities to entertain fans.
Thursday was filled mainly with panels for fans to attend, where groups of special guests came together to discuss different elements of Comic Con. Fans could watch the world premiere of the documentary Necessary Evil: Super Villains of DC Comics. Fans could also attend a comedy program called “Thursday Night Kickoff with Comedy Mutant.”
On Friday, fans met celebrity Felicia Day, who has appeared in TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Supernatural. There was also a panel for people interested in making costumes, titled “I Have No Sewing Machine but I Must Cosplay.” Later in the day, fans celebrated the 10th anniversary of The Walking Dead with Robert Kirkman, the comic book writer for the show.
Saturday was packed with “Question and Answer” sessions with many geek-experts. These experts included John DiMaggio, a voice actor, and Pete Holmes, host of the podcast, You Made It Weird. Fans also celebrated the 50th anniversary of popular science-fiction show Doctor Who with John Barrowman, an actor on the show.
On Sunday, there was a panel for the Cartoon Network series Adventure Time. It featured the cast and crew of the series. Lastly, fans attended a panel for Fox’s new show Sleepy Hollow.
Other notable guests include Hulk Hogan, Kristen Bauer, Anthony Daniels, and Stan Lee.
Despite the endless list of activities to do and the numerous celebrities that attended Comic Con, many found the event mundane compared to last year’s. One example of a let down this year was that there were no round table chats with actors like at last year’s Comic Con.
Samantha Yip ’15 expressed her disappointment, saying, “It was fun to see the individual styles of every artist there, but also disappointing because they didn’t have anything new compared to last year.”
While some were underwhelmed by the convention, others found the event exciting and look forward to next year’s Comic Con. Grace Lau ’15 showed her support for the event, “Comic Con was great. Seeing everyone cosplay was really interesting and it was just really fun!”