New York Comic Con

Grace Brosnan, Staff Writer

There’s a place where you can become a whole different person. You can put on a different face, dress up in something completely extraordinary and become famed in the matter of four days. I know, it’s hard to believe that something that exciting actually exists, but it does. New York Comic Con in New York City is truly a magical place filled with comic geeks, superhero lovers, extremely long tines and TV fanatics. Of course it isn’t just specific to those particular groups. NYCC is opened up to so many genres that most people who were lucky enough to be able to snatch tickets are usually more than satisfied with the outcome of their weekend.  

As for me, I was lucky enough to be able to obtain a ticket with two of my family members. Overall, I had luckily accomplished almost all that I wanted to do between the confusing schedule of Comic Con and the overwhelming plan that I wanted to accomplish..

On Friday, we covered the floor. I wanted one day to be able to explore the floor and try and spend all the money I had in my wallet. The Floor is where many exhibitors set up booths and try to sell their products. Some booths don’t give out merchandise for free, but for many do to try and get you involved with their products.There are hundreds of booths set up in two enormous rooms where it seems like thousands of people roam around. There is barely any room to walk in between the aisles and I had to yell things at people I never would have thought I would say in my life like, “Move your wings!” or “Get your sword out of my way!” As annoying as all the lines were that were wrapped around corners of walls, people being a little too obnoxious and rude staff members, NYCC is easily one of the best things to experience. There are many activities to do throughout the day at Comic Con. You could walk the floor all day, you could wait for interviews or special screenings. You could be a total gamer and just compete with other people for the whole day. They have a whole room for that stuff. It’s truly astonishing how much New York Comic Con can appeal to your interests.

As for me, I love panels. Saturday morning, I woke myself up at 5:30 and quickly got ready in a sweatshirt, leggings and a Harley Quinn beanie, because why not? That day at a different venue but the same Comic Con was a day of many panels that I was interested in seeing. We got there especially early because I wanted to get a good seat in the venue. Yes, I know. Dedication.

The first panel that opened the Hammerstein Ballroom and that I wanted to go to was at 10:30 in the morning. So I sat on a line, rather close to the front, for four hours waiting for those doors to open. It was definitely worth it in the end though. With the exception of the ‘reserved seats’ for the VIPs, we got exceptional seats right in the front and really close. Rather than seeing blurs for the guests that were going to be on stage in moments, I could actually see the precise color of their eyes. The panel that I got to witness was sadly the last ever Teen Wolf panel ever. This year their series of six seasons is coming to its completion and luckily for me, their last panel to ever be held with the cast was at NYCC. I was lucky enough to go and even ask the cast a question. The whole experience was surreal for me but I’m very grateful I got to be involved in such a touching panel.

What’s also very cool about NYCC is all the famous people that attend. This year, the cast of The Defenders was there: Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), Mike Colter (Luke Cage) and Finn Jones (Iron Fist). The cast of Marvel’s Agents of Shield was there along with Jon Bernthal (The Punisher), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan from Once Upon a Time) and many more.

As for me, the only person I wanted to meet that was actually letting people take pictures with her and signing autographs was Erin Richards. Erin Richards plays the “certified sane” Barbara Kean on FOX’s Gotham. Gotham is one of my favorite shows and knowing that she was going to be there was so exciting. Meeting her was a very bizarre experience, She was extremely kind, funny, sweet and not totally insane as her other half, Barbara. As Barbara would have probably kidnapped me for her own pleasure, Erin Richards decided to put our fists up and smile for the camera.

Overall, New York Comic Con was such a surreal, extraordinary experience. Seeing so many things come to life from my TV or computer screen lit up my eyes every time I would see something out of the ordinary casually walking around in Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Each sight sparked my childish imagination a little more, as I felt giddy walking next to a random stranger dressed at Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy, watching a new exclusive episode of Once Upon a Time, or getting to meet new superheroes. Being able to attend NYCC was truly a privilege and such a once in a lifetime experience that I hope get to experience again soon.

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