Thursday, October 18, 2012

New York Comic Con 2012

My college friends and I on the last day of NYCC 2012!

This year is the first year since 2009 that I have attended NYCC. This event happens to be one of my favorites for many reasons. Firstly, it is located in the city which I call home -- New York City. This also means that many of my friends attend NYCC, and being able to see them always makes me happy.

This year's NYCC was a little different for me. For the first time in what seems like forever I did not find myself working at this event, nor did I debut a special cosplay. I did cosplay all weekend, but I wore "simple" costumes that I did not spend time slaving over and trying to set up photoshoots. For the first time, I simply enjoyed the convention.

I earned a "life achievement" on Friday at the con: I finally met Stan Lee. Meeting him was a top priority of mine, so it was one of the first things I did on that weekend. This man is simply incredible. He is over 90 years old and just recently had surgery where he now has a pacemaker. Despite all of this, the man still decided to attend this convention and do his thing. I would not take back the few seconds that I spent in Stan Lee's presence for anything. 

However, I do wish the meeting had a bit more to it. I was able to have a photo op with him, but the photo op consisted of me walking in the room, saying "hi" to Stan, snapping a photo, saying "thank you", and walking out. If possible, I would have at least wanted to shake his hand and tell him that he has inspired me since I was 7 years old. In addition, the picture of Stan and I is completely unflattering (I was in my Star Trek cosplay. There is a reason why Vulcans do not show emotion -- they do not look good when they smile). Even though I was not able to have a real conversation with Stan Lee and my picture came out bad, I am still unbelievably happy that I met him.

My NYCC Collection, including Cable & Deadpool #1 & Amazing Spider-Man #620 Variant

The top right picture in this image is a photo of my boyfriend and I with Peter Davison. Seeing Davison, who is mostly known to be the 5th Doctor and David Tennant's father-in-law, was a fabulous moment. He was such a kind man and I adored his British accent. It only made sense for the two of us to wear Doctor Who cosplay for this exciting event.

There are many stories of meeting famous people to be told from this past weekend. My boyfriend and I have been following IDW's Star Trek/Doctor Who series since it's inception. So far, it has been great. We both incredibly admire the artist, J.K. Woodward. To our excitement, he was in attendance at the Artist Alley. We were able to purchase postcards of his amazing artwork. On Sunday, I was donning my Star Trek uniform while Christian had his David Tennant suit on. When we stopped by Woodward's booth, I think he was more excited to see us dressed up than we were excited to see him. We managed to get one of Christian's comics signed, and he tweeted a picture of us! It was certainly another memorable moment of the weekend. Woodward is an amazing artist because of his amazing paint jobs on all of his artwork. When we visited him, he was in the process of doing a painting of Amy Pond and it looked absolutely beautiful.

The two of us also had encounters with Sean Astin, who played Samwise Gamgee in Lord of the Rings, and Mark Waid, the current Daredevil writer. But alas, another convention has gone by without me meeting Nathan Fillion who was one of the surprise guests at the Firefly panel. Conventions like this always get me excited because I have the opportunity to meet so many famous individuals -- I am still in awe of being in the presence of so many cool people.

Being able to simply enjoy the geek culture and meet awesome people who inspire me made NYCC great. I had an incredible weekend, and I look forward to my next adventure at a convention.



Adam said...

sounds like a fun event, even though some of my friends have some kind of anti-NYC Comic Con attitude. I might go in a year or two, wouldn't be a bad train ride up there.

Tracie said...

Aww, why do your friends not like NYCC?
I definitely think it is worth the trip! I've had a great time every year.

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