As part of what was considered the Academic end of programming for New York Comic Con, there was a panel dedicated to the historical document LEAPING TALL BUILDINGS. Academic was fitting though as the panel was moderated by Hannah Means-Shannon, a college professor in Medieval literature and history whose focus has turned to comics and comics history, writing various theory and thesis like articles on Sequart and very cultured journalistic articles for The Beat.
LEAPING TALL BUILDINGS is a collection of essays & interviews by Christopher Irving, balanced tightly against portrait photographs of the subjects taken by Seth Kushner, all bundled together ingeniously by graphic designer Eric Skillman. The book had pre-requisites of trying to focus mostly on creators who were both writers & artists, but many times that was forlayed to get a true full scope of comics in general and some of the more influential people who helped comics and the industry become what it is today, as there are features of folks such as Dan Didio, currently Co-Publisher of DC Comics after a 10 years as Vice President. Folks such as Harvey Pekar, primarily known as a writer. This widespread look shows that the book has its attention not merely on superheroes despite the book’s title, but on comics as a whole and it makes it a much better book for it. Also focused upon is Larry Hama, but I’ll get to that more in a moment.
Christopher Irving, Seth Kusher, Eric Skillman & Hannah Means-Shannon after the LEAPING TALL BUILDINGS panel at NYCC 2012
Hannah had some very focused questions for the panel, and after getting into some brass tacks behind how the book came about, she got more into the book itself and its creators. I first want to share a quote from Christopher Irving speaking of a creator who had a spotlight panel at NYCC and has been part of some amazing comics, most notably DONDI and Wildcat.
“There’s no bullshit in Irwin Hasen…”
Christopher Irving was raised in a town called Farmville in Virginia where he loved Batman and used to get picked on at school for wearing an X-Men t-shirt. He also really loved G.I. Joe. No, really, loved it. We’ll get back to that, but he loved G.I. Joe, not the show and the toys, the Marvel comic. Okay, let’s move on quick. Seth felt growing up loving comics back in the 70’s/80’s was way different, being a nerd is the norm now for a lot of folks, but back then it just wasn’t cool.
Chris talked about how he used to hide comics inside the pages of Hustler, (instead of you know the other way around). Seth said he was about to say the same thing, except it was Playboy, which Chris said was for babies.
Eric’s best anecdote of growing up with comics is that if you look through photos, up till the age of 8 years old you won’t find anything with him where he isn’t wearing a Superman outfit.
Hannah asked the panel about which character and or work really had an influence or effect on them growing up in becoming tue comics lovers. This allowed for Chris to really really really open up about his love of Marvel Comic’s G.I. Joe by Larry Hama. The flood gates were open and the topic would be returned to various times during the panel. From discussing the silent issue, to Larry Hama’s awesomeness, to Chris’ pure admiration of the man and meeting him. Chris had to even bring up that Hama appeared in The Warriors as a guy on a subway platform in a hat. Chris stated G.I. Joe as one of the best written monthly comics ever. Seth even had a story that he was actually published in the issues of G.I. Joe complaining about the silent issue. Seriously though, Chris really loves Larry Hama’s G.I. Joe, I think he’d marry them if he could. This wasn’t even mentioned at the panel but in talking with Seth later over the weekend it turns out Chris even wrote an issue by issue breakdown of the comic.
Seth Kusher stated that he learned to read from Spidey Super Stories, which was written by Jim Salicrup, now edtior at Papercutz, who just happened to be in the audience for this panel. From there he moved on to Marvel Tales, which was a reprint of Spider-Man starting from the beginning, so it allowed he almost ground floor introduction and then in High school he used his photography as an excuse to talk to girls, much like Peter Parker, coming full circle.
Eric’s comic book love came and cemented during that time when Superman was coming out weekly with a Jerry Ordway, Barbara Simonson, John Byrne, Roger Stern, Kerry Gammill, Jon Bogdanove, George Perez, etc. handling the chores.
The panel started a slide show showing off some of the people focused on in the book, which allowed for some great quotes.
On the recently passed away Joe Simon:
“It’s not every day you get to spend time with someone who is a lexicon of comics” – Seth Kushner
“No one is bigger than Simon” Seth feels.
They did not achieve an interview with the legendary Steve Ditko, but Seth did photograph his door and talked to the security guard in his building who told him “I see him come in sometimes, but I never see him leave”. Chris explained the details of trying to obtain an interview. He had sent a letter of request with an S.A.S.E. and received back a rejection letter in pencil. Instead of being dejected by this, he was happy because he just got an autograph from Steve Ditko.
A big ending of the panel was discussing with designer Eric Skillman, the particulars of the books interiors and choices made, as well as the final cover. Eric said that usually he does the cover first, but on this project the interiors were designed first and a lot of careful planning was involved. They showed off some of the alternate covers during this as well, which you can see in slightly blurry photos, not up to par with my usual work below.
The final day of Comic Con had absolutely nothing permanent on the schedule. There were a smattering of panels that were of interest to me, but for the most part this was my day to just not think about schedules or anything and finally enjoy the show floor a bit and let time dwindle away without a care in the world.
I took this time and opportunity to finally check out some of the video game booths which I knew would occupy real amounts of my time. First up was DMC-Devil May Cry, the reboot of the franchise from developer Ninja Theory. While playing in a loud environment, standing up without the ability to just relax and play meant that I had something difficulty fulling getting a grip of things, I was definitely sold on this game. I’ll want it eventually for my consoles as it covers all the basics I like in third person action-adventure. After that I decided to sit in for the Assassin’s Creed III theater where they had some well known girl gamer from the net do an actual play level than just a random video.
From there I went to try out MARVEL HEROES where I got into my first and only aggressive situation all show when a guy literally broke in front of line in front of me when I noticed I dropped something. I told the guy running the booth, but this guy just said “Mine” and I came very close to smashing his skull into the TV till I remembered that was illegal and unnecessary. I just wanted to play the demo to get points to score the very awesome T-shirt. Booth guy saw the encounter and just handed me cards. This was the most intense system of having to do something for freebies all show. All worth it though, cause damn that shirt is awesome.
After being on the floor I decided I would try to make it to a panel or so. The panel I decided to check out was the screening of The Following. On the way there I was happy to bump into Jamar Nicholas and I want to publicly thank him for just a few seconds of goodness. I’ve been a fan and friend of Jamar’s for a long time now. Going on almost I think 20 years actually as crazy as that seems, but since I’ll be 34 at the end of the year and I met the majority of folks when I was 15/16 then yes… that long ago.
The Following was crowded as all let out once I got in there and the only realistic seat I found was where I couldn’t see the screen, so it was uncomfortable to watch. I lasted about 20 minutes before deciding that I’ll just watch the series in January or whenever FOX airs it. I couldn’t find out any info on Press Hours or such, so whatever. The other major headache though was that the crowd clapped during the show, at where there would be commercial interruptions, etc. As if we were watching a broadway show instead of a TV screening. Yes, the cast are there, but still annoying as all let out especially after four full days of con.
I ended up deciding to go to the Press Lounge just to get some time alone for relaxation and next thing I know I bump into my buddy Lou J. Auguste and I’m recruited to help him shoot for the day on a documentary he’s working on. That ended up taking up the rest of the day. I did actually pop my head into the Sleeping Dogs panel to find out about the Nightmare DLC, but the developers were very uninteresting conversationalists discussing the history of the game and its development so I ducked out. I’ve read my share of articles and seen much more intriguing talks about the history of the game, I just wanted info on Nightmare DLC and hoping maybe a Sleeping Dogs giveaway, but I found myself literally falling asleep, so back to the press room I went.
We went to the show floor, Lou, myself and his two documentary co-stars Michelle and Jon and we filmed footage, talked and just enjoyed the floor. At this point more just appreciating the insanity that is Con and for me seeing it through newcomers fresh eyes, which is always a fun experience. Once done filming we met up with John J. of Adult Swim Central (not to be confused with Adult Swim, but just as awesome) and we walked the floor, bumping into various people, actually discovering booths I’d not seen in the three days prior (that is how HUGE the convention is) till the lights were shut down and volunteers went on megaphones to kick people out.
The convention finally came to and end and we all met up again, then said our goodbyes and that was it for me and five days of wildness. Except for recovering now from my first case of Con Crud after over 20 years of going to conventions (I think my first convention/conference of any kind was when I was around 10) and editing hours of video footage. Some of that is available now and some it is is coming in spurts, rendering is hell.
I made sure to be at Con super early to ensure myself a ticket from Mattel for the Dolph Ziggler signing. I ended up handing my ticket off to someone else in the end, but that’s another story for later on in this adventure of paragraphs.
After taking advantage of the show floor opening at 9:30 I walked around a bit to see what new if any freebies or swag was on the floor different from Friday and there was some, but it wasn’t long before I found myself heading down to the “basement” level for a special Disney Interactive session.
It was quite exciting to hear Warren Spector talk about Epic Mickey 2, as well as the Epic Mickey 3DS game. He showed off lots of screens, details and video footage not shown at San Diego, although most of it was shown at PAX probably. I’m going to take advantage of assets and memory to write up some details on the game from memory as my camera seems to have eaten the footage. This was the only thing my camera ate actually, but I remember most of what was discussed so I should be okay. I got a little hands on too, and that’s cemented in my brain.
After Epic Mickey 2 I rushed over to the Press Room for Bruce Timm and Andrea Romano. Those videos will be up within the week, but bigger and more exciting than hearing them discuss Batman: Dark Knight Returns Part 1 and 2 was the announcement of SUPERMAN: Unbound, based on the Braniac story by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank and JUSTICE LEAGUE: FLASHPOINT based on… well Flashpoint. I don’t know how they can even tackle Flashpoint in any fashion, but based on how well they handled the equally deft The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke I am actually excited by this prospect.
Next up was my scheduled interview with professional wrestling’s Booker T in celebration/promotion of his book From Prison to Promise. I asked him a few what I felt were hard-hitting questions although they didn’t really get hard-hitting answers exactly. Informative answers though and great material for my forthcoming review. Got a photo with the man as well so very chill indeed.
At this point I went to get online for Dolph Ziggler even with the signing an hour away. I felt even though it was ticketed, an hour was enough. It seriously was not enough. Not even remotely enough. Fans had started their OWN line unguided by security or Mattel and they’d started it around 11 or 12. Who knows, but it was long and many folks in it didn’t have tickets. Many did, but still… it was a huge clusterfuck in the power of Mattel not knowing what to do and having to wing it, staff being understaffed and security being completely useless. There were other moments I noticed like this on the floor for lines I didn’t plan to be on, but could still see a lack of control or logic. The con has had lines like this happen in the past, but this year they were just completely unprepared to deal with them.
As I said earlier I ended up giving up my ticket for Dolph, but I did get a good shot of him from the line. It wasn’t like they were giving something away and this wasn’t like the Booker interview where he MIGHT remember me, so once my Facebook photo upload finished to get the exclusive He-Man shirt, after waiting maybe 45 minutes if not more I left the line and headed down to the panel room.
Once down there I had to make a choice and I ended up going to the Ned Vizzini and Chris Columbus panel where they discussed and detailed their upcoming book House of Secrets. That was really fun and I knew I had to go to their autographing session to grab the sampler.
The other panel I wanted to go to at the same time was King of the Nerds with Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong. Since I didn’t get to, I at least got to meet them, shake their hands and get a signed photo print, a photo, fake glasses and an iPhone case. The Columbus/Vizzini signing was in the same line right after so I procured my sneak peek and then got on line for Brad “Cheeks” Bell, Sean Hemon and Jane Espenson of HUSBANDS. In my preview of NYCC I showed off again my photo from last year when Cheeks and Sean gave me a kiss. They both remembered and loved how much weight I lost and my new short hair, but Brad said that I had no expression in last year’s photo and he was right. So I over compensated this year.
Next up I went to the Remember Me panel and stayed up until they started showing footage I’d already seen. Actually the new footage to me was the combat and combos system, and of course discussing the development of the game and seeing all the great assets and concept art. I ducked out though once I felt like I was sufficiently educated and luckily they did the T-shirt giveaway at the beginning instead of the end. I went from there to the panel with the heads behind Mondo Media,Simon’s Cat, Shut Up Cartoons and Cartoon Hangover. The Cartoon Hangover stuff were shorter clips of what I saw on Friday night, but theMondo Mediasizzle reel was awesome as wasShut Up Cartoons. Three of these four channels are part of the new Youtube Animation network and they’re all awesome.
From there I went to the the special party sponsored by Samsung, Legendary Pictures, Nerdist and Comixology at SLATE. It wasn’t exactly my scene, even though the DJ was awesome. I only saw two people I knew even and one of them works at Legendary. There was free food though so that was awesome. It was just sliders and chicken fingers, but it was a good spread and a good end to my most eventful and busiest day of NYCC 2012.
I had many panels laid out for myself to hit, but I also knew that I also had press sessions this day and Saturday, so anytime not in one of those would be the only time I would have to actually be on the show floor itself, so I took advantage of that and hit the floor hard.
This meant visiting The Block and checking out vinyl toys and one off exclusives I couldn’t even begin to think of buying, but I took my share of photos and had conversations. Got a sketch from Australia’s Sekure D which was pretty sweet. I really liked Ron English‘s big statues he made to have shown off at the show as well. What was really sweet was seeing some of the art fromSpoke Art, especially the work from there Wes Anderson art show Bad Dads, where they had prints from both this last year and this year’s show.
The Block is next to where all the super expensive autographing of wrestlers, playboy bunnies and pornstars who aren’t actually guests of the con are located, so I got to see Brutus Beefcake, Tito Santana, and Greg Valentine whoring themselves across the aisle from the real Delorean and 1960’s Batmobile with a fake Marty McFly. Nearby was Shifty Look who had an old school arcade set up which was pretty cool. This was near the Podcast arena where I got to say hello to Keith R.A. DeCandido and next to him The Chronic Rift‘s John S. Drew who I haven’t met in person before but have talked to online. I also stopped in the Fandom Dating booth and got to talk to the site’s runner/owner. I had a feeling I wouldn’t make it to Sci-Fi Speed Dating during the show so at least being registered on that site might make something happen, although I’ve gotten two totally Spam or just “Really? Why would I respond to you?” things from it and the one person who caught my interest responded with such a blah response I didn’t follow up. The sites still in beta though and the NYCC was a big part of building the site, so we shall see.
My interview session withRed Bubble was rescheduled through txts while walking the floor so I made my way over to their booth. It was completely a thrill to learn more about the site and this is another one of my specific articles coming up with pictures and more, so I won’t say more now.
I had a little time to kill at this point and also bumped into a few friends on the floor just walking around, so I took advantage of this fact. I made my second purchase of the show around this time inTHEY LIVE Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray. Shout Factory, the distributors had it available for $25 and almost a month before release to retail so I just grabbed it since it’s something I’d buy in stores eventually anyways. After this I made my way over to Artist’s Alley for my first of two trips as there was lots of aisles in Artist’s Alley in the very large North Pavilion. While there I got to at least say hello to my good friend Laura Lee Gulledge and become a member of the Molly Danger fan club, Jamal Igle’s awesome project he’s working on.
Somewhere in this time I also made it over to Scott C.’s table in Autographing to pick up his new book The Great Showdowns, which would be purchase three of four, for those counting along. I had worn my Double Fine Adventure shirt specifically hoping a few folks would notice, but mostly Scott. I asked him to draw rejected versions of the two protagonists from the still codenamed REDS in a showdown inside the book.
The most exciting time I had on the schedule for the day though was getting to sit with Mary Lynn Rajskub, Hank Harris and Jamie Clayton, the cast of the transmedia program on rides.tv from Fourth Wall, DIRTY WORK. It was great to sit down with them and discuss working on the show, some behind the scenes and questions that haven’t really been covered, but mostly it was the meeting them that was most awesome and now having an excuse to promote the show even more than I was doing so before. I want more episodes and so does the cast, they really seemed to enjoy being part of this production.
After the press room I had a few hours to kill till I had to get my opportunity to interview Nick Kroll, so back to Artist’s Alley to try and finish it up knowing that I might not get back there Saturday or Sunday. I saw a couple of Cosplay’s that really caught my eye, most notably BATTLE POPE. I also made my final purchase, number four if you forgot from a few paragraphs above. It was the collected edition of ACE KILROY Volume One. When the collection first appeared on Kickstarter it really caught my notice, but at pledge rate it was going to run $40, a bit rich for my blood at the time. I am very happy and feel fortunate that the guy’s had a very successful Kickstarter (200% funded) and that the collection was at the table for $10. I snatched that right up! Can’t wait to sit down and read it.
Finally I headed back to the Press Room area which was located in the back of the Que Hall C used for letting folks into the building in the morning and the IGN theater after that. It’s what feels like a three block walk on paved concrete designed for cars and planes, not feet. That press ran a bit long, ending up at a table that was next to last in 15 minute roundtables. Yet I had lots of fun and got a great video which also features John C. Daly and executive producer John Levenstein.
It was more floor walking after till I decided to check out Scott C.’s Unbound stage talk where he went into further details behind the history of The Great Showdowns. The highlight of it all though was that during the Q & A Scott draw the questioners portraits. Yes, that means I have a quick sketch portrait of myself by Scott C. It’s a big large though, done on 11 X 17 paper.
I went over to theTitmouse panel after this and had gone to try and get some giveaways (I only wanted the coloring book actually), but as I was sitting there watching the sizzle reel I remembered that there was a Bravest Warriors/Superfuckers party down at Jim Hanley’s and so I rushed down there and while I was late, Nate, marketing director at Frederator had them reloop the Bravest Warriors episode, which ended up being the full version, which is not what was shown the next day at the panel. I also got some awesome buttons. If you aren’t subscribed to Cartoon Hangover, go do so now! Also, at the Titmouse panel I did at least discover that this awesome music video directed by Mike Judge of Zac Brown Band animated by Titmouse existed.
Thus ended my second day at NYCC and boy was I exhausted!
I arrived at Jacobs Javits with time to spare on Thursday evening’s preview ensuring my press badge and getting on line to hit the show floor for a bit before heading down to the panel rooms for my one and only panel I had definitely scheduled for myself to be on.
I must state that the show did open with lots of confusion and clusterf**k of a mess up as a volunteer accidentally told regular 4 day passes to get on the same line as Press & Pros. In the long run this didn’t end up affecting me as I was in and on the floor show perfectly and happily by 3:01, but for the fans this was just a wreck and a mess for a short while. The staff did their best to correct it, but man was it insanity and not well connected at first. These messes and confusion happened all weekend, and staff tried their darnedest to stay on top of it, but security measures, crowd control and obvious fire hazards became completely out of control. I am sure many people walked away from NYCC saying “What a gyp” as those who walked away with the greatest experience of their lives. I’ll admit for me personally it was just that, an amazing great experience, but as a member of the press and a person who believes in New York Comic Con, I am saddened by the lack of control this year’s show had especially since last year things felt much more organized and people from staff, to volunteers to security were much better prepared and in power of keeping the con sane and safe.
That all said we shall get into my own adventures and I’ll leave complaints, feelings and suggestions to a letter to Reedpop which will also be filled with praise, but lots of vitriol on behalf of fans everywhere.
I had a rule to myself about photos this year, especially considering cosplay and that was “rare or unusual” or just so damn gorgeous I must have a photo. Early on I actually got one of those nice rarities in a full on Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka costume. The photo will appear in an a special edition of PCS called NYCC Rare Cosplay.
The area I rushed for quickly was where all the book publishers are. I grabbed whatever galleys were of interest to me (like I need more books) and got schedules for when other handouts were happenings, as well as signings so I could try to add them to my schedule. My walkthroughs here ended up garnering lots of great swag. Best thing I got at this time which I’ll talk about more soon was a MADEFIRE bag of goodies and printed material. I also ended up making my first of only four purchases when I got issue #5 of The Misadventures of ELECTROLYTE and The Justice Purveyors, an excellent comic by Patrick Reilly and art by Renato Grampa Jr. which I first discovered at New York Comic Con and have been happy to see a new issue when there has been one over the last few years.
I continued walking the show floor a bit looking at so much exciting things before heading down to the panel room a little late, but not too late to catch a TON of the Leaping Tall Buildings panel. A separate article is coming on that and I have ideas for titles, but the main one is “Christopher Irving would marry Larry Hama’s G.I. Joe”. It was an entertaining and informative panel with great quotes and a great moderator. I hope you folks enjoy reading that when the article is up.
I went back to the show floor and got to have some fun with a little of this and that. I tried to get a HALO dude made out of Megablocks to blow my brains out, but no go there. I got to play some ofNi no Kuni – Wrath of the White Witch as well as a bit of stealth awesomeness Hitman: Absolution. I didn’t do very good with either of them, but I blame that on the fact of being on the game floor trying to game. Although that doesn’t then explain that I zoomed through the absolutely enthralling beta demo of TOMB RAIDER. That thing just blew my mind away. I seriously want to play that game right now!
I had a per-arranged appointment with upcoming awesome comics and books app company NARR8. This indeed will be another separate article detailing some of the particulars of this awesome concept that will be free to use at first and has great comics and magazines all for the iPad and eventually Android and iPhone. Go look at the website for now, but promise better further details here on Pop-Culture Spectrum soon.
Eventually I felt it was time to get off the show floor after a bit more exploring, acquiring more swag and enjoying myself, cause I had to get over to Ben Folds Five in the IGN theater.
I was able to find myself a fairly comfortable spot to enjoy the concert despite the giant in the front row who probably had a VIP or Ultimate access badge. I recorded almost the entire ONE HOUR AND FORTY MINUTE concert (to make a best of montage of 20-30 min) which featured only about 3-4 songs off of the new album and the rest was songs from their three albums prior including “Brick”, “Rock This Bitch”, “Uncle Walter”, “Underground”, “Song for the Dumped” and much more. It was seriously like getting a full on Ben Folds Five concert for free on top of Comic Con. Absolutely mind-blowing and completely and totally awesome. The concert let out at around 10 PM, and yet there was still the convention starting the next day at 10 AM or earlier. I stopped in a diner, got a quality dinner which I couldn’t finish so it became my breakfast and headed home and crashed hard after making sure all was ready for the next day.
On the day before NYCC I attended the second ever IcV2 Conference on Comics & Digital. The first conference was in 2011 and was fascinating, but this year was actually more lively and fun. Less conference and more panel sessions. Hearing folks like Jimmy Gownley and Francoise Mouly among other discuss Kid’s Comics was excellent. Dave Gibbons, Mark Waid, Brian Haberlin and folks from Comixology and DC dicuss digital, monetization, thoughts of formats and more were just as excellent. Yet my highlight for the entire event on top of meeting some cool fellow journalists and comics people doing cool things, was the chat between Chris Hardwick (now of Nerdist ) and Fred Seibert (Frederator). They ended up speaking for 40 minutes in a scheduled 25 minute session and that fact even becomes part of the talk. I’ve got talks with Frederator & Nerdist running, so while the video for that is now online, I won’t be sharing it just yet. I can share this photo of myself with Fred and Chris though.
Once IcV2 ended I made my way downtown to Toy Tokyo for a special He-Man and the Masters of the Universe event where I was able to see the soon to be released He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe iPhone/iPad/Android game. On the walls were tons of original art from the likes of Alvin Lee, Wellington Alves, Dave Wilkins and more. My favorite piece was definintely the Orko by Dan Hipp barnone though, but I love most Hipp artwork.
After the MOTU event I went around the corner to another art event, this one dedicated to Assassin’s Creed 3. There were lots of nice art on the walls, nothing really JUMPED at me, but I have those in my NYCC 2012 Flickr set, along with stuff from MOTU as well. There was also a photobooth at the AC3 event and food and drinks, so it made a great way to end the evening before coming home, editing and getting ready for today and Day One of NYCC. After today when the con opens at 3 PM, I’ll be busting out of the house as early as 6 or 7 AM starting Friday, so this will actually be my final full length post on here for a few. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (not as much Instagram, photos are being shot on a camera, as the iPhone is being used primarily for video, tweeting and e-mails)
This will be my final write up pre-con on NYCC, although if time and energy allows I’ll report on Wednesday’s ICV2 and the art events (which are NYCC related) I am planning to head to before offical NYCC day start. In this I’ll be giving as much infomration about exclusives, signings, and just intriguing booth events that I can gather, make sense of and of course are of interest to me. Why promote something that isn’t of interest to me? Seems silly right. At the end of this article I’ll be trying to do some perspective/retrospect going back to 2006. Some of that perspective might just roll into the article itself. We shall see what happens. Read, enjoy, take notes and get ready because Monday-Wednesday will go fast and before I know, you know it and the “world” knows it Thursday will hit, NYCC will open and even if things feel scary, wary, wild, dangerous, and you don’t feel ready, well as Ben Folds Five says “Do It Anyway”
Sure, Attack of the Show and Xplay aren’t the same since Kevin Pereira AND Adam Sessler have left, but Morgan Webb is still there and Blair Butler and Jessica Chobot. I guess Blair Herter is okay, but for me he will always have a Road Rules stigma. If he was on The Real World, the stigma is good, but he was on Road Rules… Anyways, G4 is going to have a presence at NYCC, with swag, stuff to buy, covering the con for people who have to be at home and even signings. Click the link for more info and once again, take notes. This is where information is going to get into the nitty gritty of “But that’s when this panel is, which is when this booth event is happening, oh no, damn it, compromise, compromise, ugh”
Time for some retrospection as I talk about professional wrestling & the NYCC. This year might be the biggest wrestling presence yet with quite an amount of folks appearing, but before I get into that, let’s look at previous years:
In 2006, KANE made an appearance:
In 2007, Mick Foley was there:
From at least my records, there was no presence in 2008, so we skip to 2009, where So Cal Val, Jackie Gayda, Christopher Daniels, James Storm, Jerry Lawler and Dawn Marie were in attendance.
In 2010, the only wrestler I personally encountered was Lawler. Last year (2011) Raven had a table and I met “Diamond” Dallas Page.
On top of wrestlers though here’s an extra excitement, rock superstar/horror maestro Dee Snider will at the Metal Sucks & Vertebrae33 (Booth #776) on Friday from 4-6 pm …
Some of the best parts of walking the show floor at NYCC on top of video game displays, toy showoffs and previews are interesting interactions of the social viral/meme/weirdness kind.
Over at DC they’ll be a green screen photo-op where you can strike your most evil pose alongside Bane, The Joker, Lex Luthor and more and then get a special printed image of your cover to take home.
Square Enix might have the craziest thing in marketing for TOMB RAIDER. It’s called thed the Tomb Raider Archery Experience and here are details from the official press release.
Each participant will let three arrows fly at their own individual TOMB RAIDER themed shooting target which they can then take as a memory of the event. Those lucky archers who hit a bull-eye will receive a limited edition TOMB RAIDER lithograph. The Archery Experience is being supervised by the New Jersey School of Archery.
When: Thursday, October 11: 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Friday, October 12: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday, October 13: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM*
*first hour on Saturday reserved for TOMB RAIDER community and media guests
Sunday, October 14: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Where: North Pavilion Walkway NC 106, Javits Center
Madefire is one of the coolest digital platforms going right now. All free comics in a new digital design program from the mind of Liam Sharp. There are comics on the application from the likes of Dave Gibbons, Gary Erskine, Jimmy Broxton, Angus McKie, Robbie Morrison, Dpug Braithwaite, and more. It’s pretty awesome, but as much as I respect the new digital revolution I will only love print. Luckily Madefire is bringing some print exclusives to the con in the Madefire Sketchbook 2012 and the MONO novella: Prospero Rising, a 150 page prequel to the first Mono comic with Gary Gianni art!
One of the more exciting new booths at Comic Con will be Spoke Art. This awesome SF Art Gallery has had showed advertised in Juxtapoz that always make me wish I had a private plane. At the booth they’ll have their upcoming show, their annual tribute to Wes Anderson films. Plus prints and more, but I’m just excited about the idea of getting to finally visit Spoke Art by taking a subway instead of getting on a plane.
There are going to be lots of indie comics debuting at the show, but one of the ones which has made some leeway in marketing and promotion that caught my eye is Tara Normal. It looks really quality and as I’ve said above, digital is awesome, but I LOVE print.
Here’s just one Signings Schedule: This one is for First Second (booth #1241):
2:00pm — MK Reed (Americus)
3:00pm — Zack Giallongo (Broxo)
4:00pm — JT Petty (Bloody Chester)
5:00pm — Ben Hatke (Legends of Zita the Spacegirl)
10:30am — Ben Hatke (Legends of Zita the Spacegirl)
11:30 – Faith Erin Hicks (Friends With Boys)
12:00pm — Carla Jablonski (Victory)
3:30pm — Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy)
4:30pm — Humayoun Ibrahim (The Moon Moth)
6:00pm — Zack Giallongo (Broxo)
11:30am — Mark Siegel (Sailor Twain)
12:30pm — Jorge Aguirre (Giants Beware)
1:30pm — Mike Cavallaro (Foiled)
2:30pm — Zack Giallongo (Broxo)
3:30pm — Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy)
If you look around the net you can find schedules for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and more. Take notes, notes, notes, also notes.
I am starting to feel like I could be bombarding people with too much information here. It’s a good place to end this with some perspective.
I decided to read my recaps from 2006-2011 of my expereinces at NYCC. Each year was different, each year was exciting. Each year was also exhausting and worth it. Yet each year it also felt like the first time. Everything I knew went out the window except basics.
Water, comfortable shoes, be note prepared, be ready and willing to drop or change your schedule be it changes in the con or sudden life situations. One year, my dad was in the hospital during con, another year my mom ended up in the hospital. Both suddenly making me changes my entire schedule and plans
My Sunday plans are way up in the air. They won’t be reconciled completely till Monday at the earliest. I’m going to the convention, but I don’t know if I’m going with my girls as I had hoped this year or that’s off the table because of scheduling conflicts. I’m perfectly happy for it to be a day with them and figuring out how to make it fun. My oldest niece loves comics, but the twins, not sure what they love. Oh they like pop-culture, but con? Not sure. If they can’t make it there are plenty of panels for me to go to and a chance to see what I haven’t seen of the show floor, so it’ll all work out. Here’s those panels and thoughts on them.
Over 30 Years with Brian & Wendy Froud: Faeries, Goblins and Trolls
10:30 am – 11:00 am
I’ve loved every single Brian Froud design and art done separately and with his wife Wendy since I was a child. As much as I love Brian because the dude actually designed all the awesomeness in Labyrinth. Wendy is the famous puppet builder of the original Yoda. Together they’re awesome though and with a backlog of tales and stories, this should prove to be a very entertaining half hour talk.
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Right after the Froud’s talk Elmo hits the stage. It’d be awesome for Wendy and Brian to stick around and this became a big talk with Kevin, Brian and Wendy discussing Jim Henson and what they meant to them, but this is Kid’s Day and so it’ll probably be just a silly half hour of Elmo (with maybe not even Kevin Clash, because I swear it hasn’t sounded like Clash at the recent talk show appearances) and Gordon (in character and probably never breaking it and just being plain old Roscoe and talking about being Gordon). Like I said, Kid’s Day, so no complaints. Gotta entertain the kids on Kid’s Day especially with plenty of stuff for the adults on Sunday still.
Capcom presents DMC: The All-New Devil May Cry
Sunday, October 14, 2012
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Right here is one for the adults, a panel showing off new footage and discussing the very violent, demon filled, time warping reboot of Devil May Cry. Developed by Ninja Theory, the folks behind the very awesome Enslaved, I have high hopes for this and I can’t believe there are two Capcom published games at a Comic Con that actually have me excited. But they do.
MAN OF ACTION Charts the Course from Comic Books to International Animation Success!
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle in conversation will probably talk about how Generator ReX started as a comic and then became an awesome show, the current version of the Ben10 series and its development and probably all of Joe Casey’s awesome comics and stuff like that. It’s a shame this at the same time as DMC, but if you think it’s bad that this is as the same time as DMC, the next panel really is a headache.
NAMCO BANDAI Games and CyberConnect2 on Creating Japanese Games for the Western World
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
I have to think the same game players into Capcom’s DMC games are the same people who enjoy games like Tales of or Naruto. What’s especially weird is that Namco were the publishers of Ninja Theory’s Enslaved. You;d think there would be some communication here. This is one of those cases maybe once again of too many fans, schedule panels at the same time and separate them for crowd control. Hideo Baba and Hiroshi Matsuyama will be on the panel discussing the development of making games based in Japan’s style and concept that American audiences would equally enjoy and be able to pick up.
The Following Pilot Screening and Q&A
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
This mid-season replacement/hiatus temp airing on FOX in 2013 was created by Kevin Williamson and stars Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Annie Parisse, Natalie Zea, Shawn Ashmore and more, the creator and named actors will be in attendance. As stated they’ll be airing that first episode scheduled sometime in January then taking questions from fans. Here’s the trailer, the show looks pretty damn great. The timing of this panel being against three other panels is very frustrating. Not just to me, but I’m sure everyone.
Sleeping Dogs – From Cancellation To Comeback and New Content
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
I absolutely loved Sleeping Dogs. While parts were a bit too cliché, everything was borrowed & inspired by films, but not actually seen in games yet. There are things done here not even seen in games like Shenmue or Yakuza, the closest brethern to Sleeping Dogs (more so than say True Crime as it was originally intended or Grant Theft Auto). Unlike GTA, the story never suddenly loses focus. While there are side missions, you aren’t suddenly feeling like you’ve abandoned the initial plotline to follow another one (at least I always felt that way in GTA games). Anyways, the developers will be talking about creating the game as an original IP, then being picked up for publishing as a True Crime game, being dropped by the publisher after hype, trailers and even gameplay showings, then continuing development and finding a new publisher allowing the game to become an original IP again. They’ll also be revealing the details on the games first story driven DLC, Nightmare at North Point.
Disney XD – New Animated Series Screening
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
I get a feeling this might just be a screening of Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja and their other new show Slugterra instead of an actual panel, but one can never really know. The two cartoons will still only be 44 minutes, so unless they end before schedule there could be more here.
NYCC Team Q&A
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
This is your best chance to properly/probably thank the ReedPoppers, Lance, Peter, Kristin, Roger, Jackie, Kim, Jenny, MK… who knows. I’m making a guess of which Team Members actually make themselves available here. Best guess Lance as the man behind e-mails and Kristin as the public face of the con definitely will be. The entire team has been so good to me that in the long run of everything, this is where I’ll be to show support to what I expect to be an incredible show of excitement, craziness and surprises.
Coming next a post of stuff on the show floor to not miss, autographing opportunities I think are fab (but I might be low key on these to try and decrease crowds, as if my writing increases them) and some closing thoughts and a little look back on 2011 as perspective.
Here we go again on a trip into the craziness of New York Comic Con with the second part of Saturday panels. A little less overlap here, but once again as stated before these articles are discounting autographing sessions, booth events and the such. Enjoy!
Carrie and the Evil Dead
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
This is 3:45 Ign Theater event, which means line up at 3 PM event doesn’t make things any easier. While I am not truly sold on remakes of either of these films, the Carrie one has a LOT going for it. Sure the Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore casting is exciting, but the fact that this isn’t a remake, but a revisionism of the original story from Brilliant playwright/comics writer/GLEE guy Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and writer/director Kymberly Pierce (adds some real oomph that that makes me excited for it. A bit more than Evil Dead which while spearheaded and produced by Raimi, Tapert and Campbell has unproven director and supposedly a treatment on it from Diablo Cody who proved with Jennifer’s Body that has no handle on horror writing. Still these are also the official unveiling for both these films. The first time any footage will be seen so, a great coup for New York Comic Con in pushing it’s hand at being as big as SDCC.
Garth Ennis: Top Secret New Project Revealed!
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Garth actually has books scheduled past the end of The Boys, including Stitched from Avatar, The Shadow from Dynamite and Fury from Marvel. This must be some completely new major announcement of what he plans to try and tackle with The Boys done. There’s very little left from him to accomplish as a writer in comics, unless maybe he’s going to tackle kid’s comics! Oh wait, NO!, He did ERF! too…what is left for Garth?!
Kickstarter and Indie Comics!
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The panel description only mentions Benign Kingdom as the discussion partners for this talk, but I really hope they tackle things such as Fairy Quest, Womanthology, Sullivan’s Sluggers, Molly Danger and other successful Kickstarter comics projects that may’ve not happened as well as they are without the website. There’s a lot to tackle there, but I hope they do it all.
Marvel Television Presents
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
This is where Jeph Loeb tries his damnedest to sell the new Avengers toon to us and why it’ll be bigger and better than the last one that was completely perfect and deserved a third season. They also premiere the new Hulk cartoon and maybe another cartoon too. Maybe this will be where they discuss S.H.I.E.L.D a bit more. I still wish Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest was on the air. Spectacular Spider-Man as well. I like Ultimate Spider-Man even, but they tied it into Avengers: Earth’s Migtiest… so I lost and confused. Marvel man.
ADULT SWIM: Childrens Hospital/NTSF:SD:SUV::
4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
These two Adult Swim live action shows are obscenely different, but both accomplish the same thing, combining really funny comic actors with very famous dramatic actors to perfectly parody some of the tropes of television. Children’s Hospital tackles all those medical dramas, while NTSFohfuckit tackles all the crime procedurals. NTSF has the special exception of having folks like Kate Mulgrew and Rebecca Roijn in them, both folks you wouldn’t be shocked to see cast in a real crime drama show. Although Children’s Hospital does have Ken Marino who while a member of The State is also a very warranted dramatic actor and Malin Ackerman. What am I rambling on about? I’m just saying I like these shows and I’d be curious to see with their further success what a panel would bring.
AMC’s “The Walking Dead” Panel Event
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
This will be a MAD house. Going into season 3 now which is just the night after this people are going to line up for this even more than um… whatever the thing I said people would line up for before. Ignore what I said… this is where the line will be like a parade of walking dead in Atlanta. The new showrunner Glen Mazzara, Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, and most of the cast including Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, David Morrissey and Michael Rooker are going to be there and fans are so rabid that they’ll even be excited that they’ll see footage from the episode airing the night after!
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
At last years Brooklyn Book Festival I covered a Comics Quickfire that featured Laura Lee Gulledge, Dave Roman and Raina Tegelemeier. They did one at the Book Fest this year too, but I missed it, but the one they’re doing at the con has Laura, with Dave as host and the following artists are joining in: Ryan Sias, Mark Siegel and John Green. These things can be really fun filled and create awesome drawings.
Hip-Hop and Comics: Cultures Combining
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
There’s only two people on this panel who I feel have merged hip-hop and comics, those being Eric Orr, the highly valued graffiti artist Robothead who has bridged grafiti with being a fine artist as well as a comic strip creator and Adam Wallenta, the writer/artist behind the official Public Enemy comic and an MC himself. The panel does feature some awesome people on top of this though in the hip-hop legends DMC and Pete Rock. The only “things” missing are Percy Carey and MC Chris.
Developers from IO Interactive demo HITMAN
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
I’ve seen tons of Hitman footage online, but seeing it on panel with developers discussing it with a Q&A is always a bonus. There are so few games for me to play ever, but things like Hitman, AC3, Epic Mickey, Last of Us, Remember Me… makes it easier.
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
I always consider going to this… but at the same time, the entire show is a costume contest, just in here, they can win a prize and be on a runway. For cosplayers and cosplay lovers it’s perfect though.
Ladies of Womanthology
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
1A07 Womanthology is an awesome project which features lots of amazing talent and was a very successful Kickstarter project, and equally successful when published by IDW, so much so it’s becoming an ongoing concept. There’s an assortment of ladies talking on this such as Jill Pantozzi, but notable for me is my internet friend Ashlee Lentini.
FIRST COMICS Relaunch and 30th Anniversary Party!
Saturday, October 13, 2012
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Last year First was in a hidden corner promoting some of the upcoming books and the resurgence of the company, including doing a new BADGER and new stuff from Fillbach Bros. The thing is that they aren’t doing regular distribution so unless you go to a comics shop that picks them up you arent getting these books. Hopefully they’ll have them available at the convention. I mostly want to see this new Badger book from Baron and Fillbach. I’ll totally buy that. I don’t want to hear about it anymore… I want to have it in my hands.
Capcom Presents: Remember Me
6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
After watching videos of Remember Me from the internet I am super excited for this panel. I want to know, see and hear as much as I can about it as possible. It combines everything I like in gaming and from what I can tell has none of what I don’t tend to enjoy.
You Can’t Do That On Television
7:45 pm – 8:45 pm
I want to go to this late night panel simply to hear/see Fred Seibert show off and talk about Superf*ckers and Bravest Warriors from Cartoon Hangover. The stuff on Mondo is awesome too… but I’m all about Cartoon Hangover.
There’s Saturday night parties as well and Sunday has tons of events. I’m hoping things come through and I’m taking my nieces with me on Sunday, meaning any plans I had for panels go up in the air, but I don’t know what’s up yet.
My preview of NYCC continues with a look at Saturday panels going from 10:30 in the morning till 4 in the afternoon. There is a lot of overlap here. I’ll be making compromises, you’ll be making compromises. A lot of these compromises for me come from Press offerings and stuff happening on the show floor as well as autographing. Focusing solely on panels in these previews already make the show look huge, imagine if I talked about the show floor and the autographs and the giveaways? I will be doing that though, it’ll be getting its own post and then if you already have a ticket you might go “Oh my god, that’s too much craziness and stay home… or you’ll show up and have a nervous breakdown or you’ll have an amazing time. Just do me a favor? Shower. That’s it. Smell good.
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Going into its third season, Haven is one of those SyFy shows that allows SyFy to not be a channel full of bad direct to cable movies and a Friday night wrestling program considered of secondary importance by the company that runs it. It’s not the only show that is quality, SyFy also has Warehouse 13 and Lost Girl. Spekaing of Lost Girl though, guess what’s on a panel directly during the Haven panel? That’s right, LOST GIRL. Based on the Entertainment guests page, Emily Rose and Eric Balfour will be in attendance.
Ksenia Solo, Zoie Palmer and Rick Howland are all scheduled to appear for the Lost Girl panel. The panel and promotions are in conjunction with Funamation who are releasing the U.S. edition of Season One to DVD which is probably why the show which was actually a SyFy pickup and not a SyFy original is in direct “competition” time with Haven. Haven is in the IGN theater so, probably way more crowded.
Marvel Video Games
11:15 am – 12:15 pm
At this point the only Marvel game I’m interested in is Deadpool. If they have that on the floor and I can see it Thursday night or Friday I might not make this panel. Although they could have some surprise announcement or giveaway. That’s a chance at ANY panel though, special give aways. This is going to fall into scheduling, what else is happening, etc. I do relaly care about Deadpool.
Once More With Feeling: 15 Years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Scott Allie is hosting this and it will probably MOSTLY discuss the Buffy comic, but I am guessing Nicholas Brendon and Amber Benson will come into tell some stories as well on the anniversary of it all. Maybe Seth Green might sneak up in there too. Those chances are pretty worth it to sit down on this and take the chance, or just to reminisce on Buffy. Whatever.
Violet and Daisy
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
This film has been on the film festival circuit for so long I thought it’d never get an official release. Actually I think it’s only been shown at Toronto International Film Festival in terms of North America, while getting showings in China, and Germany at special Fanfests. Director/screenwriter will be at the panel as well, and this is Saorsie’s main film since 2011’s Hanna other than the Neil Jordan vampire flick and before her seriously huge film, in the adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s The Host. Of the three films, Violet and Daisy is the most intriguing to me.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2!
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
I have yet to actually see the first part of the newest DC Animation adaptation, again from Bruce Timm of the Frank Miller “classic”. I put classic in quotations, because I’ve never been a big fan of the comic. An animated adaptation is cool and all and this panel itself is going to be fan service galore for hardcore Batman fans. I’m expecting the line down the block and by that I mean up the stairwells, and outside the actual Jacob Javits arena. Longer than lines for Robot Chicken and Venture Bros. combined. Longer than lines for um… Dark Knight Rises midnight showings. That long, long enough for the Joker to show up. The real Joker… Frank Miller. I know Kevin Conroy is going to be there. Is here for this? I don’t know… I bet he is.
Mad about MAD
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
I always want to go to one of these MAD panels to see if the Regular Gang of Idiots are as funny, less funny or more funny in panel/person than in the pages of their magazine. This year the panel has John Ficarra, Sam Viviano, Al Jaffe, Peter Kuper and Drew Friedman. Jaffe and Friedman are big pulls right now.
Bill Paxton and John McLaughlin’s “Seven Holes For Air” Introduction
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Seven Holes for Air was being mentioned as a vehicle that Paxton would direct starring Mickey Rourke, but that fell through and Paxton took an acting role. While that happened he helped turn the script into a graphic novel with art by Mick Reinman. I’m guessing this the official unveiling of the comic book and then the start of building fan interest to finally make the movie happen. He co-wrote with John McLaughlin, and I think it’s the one who wrote the upcoming Hitchcock and also Parker. Unless it’s the host of the political TV show or the famous rock musician. No, I bet it’s the Parker guy. In an interview Paxton stated he’d be trying to sell the property to Legendary. I don’t know if that already happened and that’s why the panel is happening, because Legendary Comics is publishing the comic and then going into production or not, but speculation is fun.
2:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Yes, Barry Levinson has made some of the greatest films of all time. Diner, Rain Man, Wag the Dog, TOYS (I love TOYS), and I even had the pleasure of working with the man myself on the set of Sleepers. Still, this is a found footage film and was produced by Jason Blum, the man behind such films as Paranormal Actvity 1-3 and the recent found footage horror film Sinister. The trailer also did not instill a lot of faith in me. Yet I am optimistic about The Bay because it’s Barry Levinson…
JUDGE DREDD, 2000 AD, IDW
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
This is one of those kind of panels where the description actually explains what is compelling and worthwhile of the whole deal:
With the Dredd 3D movie in cinemas from September 21, 2012, the new Dredd monthly comic launching from IDW in November 2012 and 2000 AD continuing to release new and classic
material, along with celebrating 35 years of publishing and celebrating many other high-flying series, such as the climax of the Nikolai Dante saga, this panel must not be missed – with top talent such as Duane Swierczynski (IDW’s Judge Dredd), Andy Diggle (The Losers, Lenny Zero), Simon Fraser (Nikolai Dante), Ian Edginton (Leviathan, The New Deadwardians) and Al Ewing (Jennifer Blood, Zaucer of Zilk)!
King of the Nerds on TBS: Sneak Peek and Panel
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Turns out I was too old to even try out for this show had I heard about it. There’s something about the concept of this show that makes me think it’ll be Beauty & The Geek without the Beauty and with a much cooler host than Mike Richards in the way cooler than their Revenge of the Nerds characters, Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong. I am actually curious about the program and what kind of panel they’ll put together here.
From FIGHT CLUB To HELL and BACK
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
This event is set up for Chuck Palahniuk to discuss his novel DAMNED and I assume also Invisible Monsters Remixed. Mostly DAMNED though as Random House will be giving away 350 free copies. 200 in a ticketed autograph event and 150 at this panel. I gave DAMNED a very critical review, but I still enjoyed it and look forward to any opportunity to listen to Chuck talk so I might have to skip King of the Nerds for this… but then there’s the next panel!
Chris Columbus & Ned Vizzini Discuss HOUSE OF SECRETS
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
As a writer Crhis Columbus gave us The Goonies, Gremlins and Young Sherlock Holmes. Ned Vizzini has written three excellently and weird novels which really capture a teenage voice. These two coming together to present a new teenage supernatural concept in a YA book is an awesome idea and one I wholeheartedly like and support. These 3 PM panels being up against each other is near torture for someone of my ilk. I’ve said in my intros about compromises, this is it in a true nutshell.