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New York Comic Con 2014: Anime & Manga

October 22, 2014

hisui_icon_4040 Ever since they stopped holding the New York Anime Festival there had been two repeated complaints at the feedback panels at New York Comic Con. The first is people recounting their Walking Dead horror stories and the second is people wondering was why is there was not more anime and manga content. I admit most of the time when pressed people wanted American voice actors and ignored the few Japanese productions guests that attended the convention but at least it was an interest in seeing more anime and manga. The general anime blogging community might have written off the event but the fans still felt like they might get their slice of the pie at New York Comic Con. This year New York Comic Con came with a far better selection. Enough to make most fans take notice.

Having Takeshi Obata, the US premiere of the 25th episode of Kill La Kill, and The Kakehashi Project would be a slightly underwhelming if it were the only guests at Otakon but an amazing lineup for any medium-sized convention. In the case of New York Comic Con it shows a solid commitment to getting fans of Japanese popular culture the material they have been asking for. I for one was very happy with the lineup. It let me get a solid about of anime and manga content each day while still letting me indulge my other geeky hobbies as well. Exactly what I wanted.

narutaki_icon_4040 Last year, at the NYCC feedback panel there was a resounding plea for better anime and manga content beyond basic industry panels. I’m happy to say that NYCC listened, or maybe the anime and manga companies realized the potential again, either way us fans were reaping the benefits this year.

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The Speakeasy #058: Gods of Death Love Apples, NYCC 2014

October 20, 2014
Drink #058: Gods of Death Love Apples
NYCC 2014

This was the best NYCC since the last NYCC! Hear us discuss what the convention did right and what still needs improvement.


And now your helpful bartenders at The Speakeasy present your drink:

Gods of Death Love Apples


1 oz. Brandy
1 oz. dark rum
1 dash of angostura bitters
4 oz. apple juice
1 apple

Directions: Mix the brandy, rum, and bitters in a separate glass. Crush a little bit of apple in a rocks glass to add a bit of flavor. Add the alcohol, apple juice, and ice. Serve with an apple garnish.


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New York Comic Con 2014: Our 4 Favorite Anime & Manga Announcements

October 13, 2014

hisui_icon_4040 As much as there is still a certain sentiment of there being “no anime and manga content at New York Comic Con,” there are still a good deal of anime and manga companies in attendance and plenty of casual fans who show up to the convention looking to see what is being presented. The companies at the convention have an opportunity to connect with a part of the fandom that might otherwise not know what is going on outside of the most popular titles.

Therefore, while New York Comic Con might not get the announcement blitz of a convention like Anime Expo, the anime and manga companies tend to save some of their bigger cards for the convention to play to a larger audience.

narutaki_icon_4040 Anime and manga is just part of the larger pie of New York Comic Con, much like the big West Coast show in San Diego. It is the biggest thing going on on the East Coast so you better believe anime and manga companies are turning out and playing up their new announcements as much as anyone else. There were the usually licenses of new and recent anime and manga but also some big surprises during the con as well.

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New York Comic Con 2014: Obata Cometh

October 8, 2014

(note: No Type-Moon Weekly News Round Up
or All Points Bulletin this week.)

It seems like New York Comic Con never ceases to surprise us. This year we’re lucky to have the great Takeshi Obata (Death Note, Hikaru no Go, Bakuman, All You Need is Kill) in attendance. We’re also privileged to hear from some up and coming creators during the Kakehashi Project panel. Beyond that there will be more than enough comics, movies, and cartoons to keep us busy all weekend long. We look forward to seeing you there and/or bringing you tons of coverage from the event!


Pre-NYCC 2014 Podcast


Our tentative schedule for the convention:

02:15PM The World of Mouse Guard
05:00PM Image Comics: I Is for Immersive
06:45PM The Future of Weekly Shonen Jump

11:00AM Crunchyroll Industry Panel
12:00PM Editors on Editing
12:45PM Elementary Panel & Exclusive Screening
02:15PM Publishers Weekly: Comics the European Way
03:15:PM Damsels in Distress Need Not Apply
04:00PM Nerdist Writers Panel
05:00PM Weekly Shonen Jump Presents: Takeshi Obata, Artist for Death Note and All You Need Is Kill
06:00PM Comics: Where to Begin?
07:15PM Justice League: Throne of Atlantis
08:15PM Your Opinion Sucks! Rotten Tomatoes Critics vs. Fans

11:00AM Crunchyroll Industry Panel
11:15AM The Art of Animation and Saturday Morning Cartoons with Animator/Director Tom Cook
12:15PM The One Weird Trick for Learning about Comics
01:00PM Sunrise Official Panel
02:00PM Spotlight on Randall Munroe with Bill Nye
02:15PM Image Comics: I Is for Impact
03:15PM How D&D Changed The World and Why Role-Playing Games Rule
04:15PM Official Sailor Moon Panel
05:15PM Vertical Manga 2014
06:15PM Anime News Network
07:00PM Evolution of the Action-RPG Genre
08:15PM KILL la KILL Episode 25 (OVA) US Premiere and English Cast Meet and Greet

11:15AM Survivors of the First Comic Con
12:15PM Dark Circle Comics: Building the Future of Super Hero Comics
01:00PM KAKEHASHI Project – New Japanese Animation Talent
02:00PM Kodansha Comics
03:00PM The Mary Sue Presents – All on the Table
04:15PM Moviepilot Presents Women in Geek Media – Super Girls on a Mission!
05:00PM NYCC Staff Q&A


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