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New York Comic Con 2013: Panels

October 30, 2013

hisui_icon_4040 To continue my analogy from the post about the heart, mind, and soul of a convention it is time to look at the brain of NYCC: The panels.

Panels are the part of the convention most likely to stimulate your mind and maybe teach you something. Unlike your average anime convention all the panels at NYCC are done by professionals. The upside is the overall quality is higher as you have people who theoretically should be experts on what they are talking about. Some panels still end up being real stinkers for one reason or another but overall if you step into a room you can bet that you are going to be entertained.

The downside is everyone is shilling something on any panel you’re at. There are very few panels that are pure theory or uncut fandom. Even when they are they plugging something then are working on that they want you to buy. I don’t really have a problem with that. I mean I plug the blog whenever I do work on another site so I can’t fault anyone talking a bit about what puts food on their plate. I only saw one panel last year that was just an unapologetic commercial for an hour but that was an unfortunate exception to the rule.

I only mention that because some people have a real problem with the commercialism as opposed to the “purer” fan experience of a fan run convention. But if you have that attitude you are in the wrong place.

narutaki_icon_4040 At most conventions I spend a majority of my time in panel rooms, and I still spend plenty of time in them at NYCC, but it feels more like a piece of the convention as opposed to most of the convention for me.

The thing I enjoy most at NYCC is that I can go from webcomics to video games to classic cartoons all in a weekend. The panels most reflect the eclectic quality of the convention. I do however lament the lack of anime content that wasn’t simply screenings or industry panels. As such most of my attention was elsewhere.

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The Speakeasy #046: The Princess Bubble-tini, New York Comic Con 2013

October 29, 2013
Drink #046: The Princess Bubble-tini,
New York Comic Con 2013

New York Comic Con is a celebration, and celebrate it we did! The Speakeasy this month is actually a triple-combo made up of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday podcasts that we only posted on YouTube. So do forgive a bit of repetition. Joining us each night is Patz from The Cockpit and Alain’s elusive roommate.

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

The Princess Bubble-tini

1 oz Bubble gum vodka
1/2 oz Amaretto
1 splash Grenadine (to color)

Directions: In a cocktail shaker add all alcohol and a splash of grenadine. Shake vigorously with ice. Strain into a martini glass. Fill with Sprite. Garnish with a gumball.

More New York Comic Con 2013 posts:

New York Comic Con 2013: General Impressions
New York Comic Con 2013: Panels

New York Comic Con 2013: Show Floor & Artist Alley
New York Comic Con 2013: Masters of Animanga
New York Comic Con 2013: Our 7 Favorite Announcements
New York Comic Con 2013: Podcasts


New York Comic Con 2013: Masters of Animanga

October 28, 2013

hisui_icon_4040 I think everyone who saw the schedule has about the same though, “Why would I want to go to a panel about and Amerimanga He-Man?” OK. I might be the only person who had that thought but I think most people who saw these panels assumed they were about some mediocre OEL manga titles with some talented American comic artists forced to ULTRA-ANIMIZE their artwork to try to capitalize on the long over manga boom. The only people who would be interested in the panel would be someone who was interested in one of the artists involved outside of the Masters of Animanga project. But that was not the case.

In actuality Kazuo Koike, Takashi Okazaki, Sin’Ichi Hiromoto, and Masao Maruyama were all on the panel. A panel of two well-known manga artists, one legendary manga artist, and one anime producer whose career is almost as old as modern anime itself. This was a surprisingly high-profile line-up. I think most major cons would love a row of anime and manga guests like that. And here they were not getting anywhere near the attention they deserved. There was some signage about it around the con so it was not totally unadvertised but I think the name alone turned away 80% of the people who would have normally flocked to such a panel.

narutaki_icon_4040 These panels put on by Wikia win the award for worst names ever. I honestly think they were preventing people from coming; I know I skipped over them in the schedule at first. A name like Kazuo Koike shouldn’t be buried in the fine print and yet there he was.

Mr. Koike is one of the few manga-ka known by comic fans and could have easily filled a room to just chat about Lone Wolf and Cub. Instead, the Wikia panels were focusing on their latest venture which one might describe as hyper fan-fiction.

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New York Comic Con 2013: Show Floor & Artist Alley

October 22, 2013

hisui_icon_4040 If panels are the brain of New York Comic Con, than the Show Room is the heart of the event, and Artist Alley is soul. The Show Room is the glitzy center of the convention that pumps life into the rest of the convention. It tends to be one of the biggest draws and where the casual attendees tend to spend most of their time. A New York Comic Con dealers room is filled with exclusive demos, sneak peaks, free swag, samples big and small, hidden signings, and tons of things to buy in every stripe of geekery. It is the clearly the most impressive part of the convention.

On the other hand a little off to the side is the equally impressive if a bit quieter (and only quieter in comparison) Artist Alley. If the roots of New York Comic Con are comics of all sorts than here is where they shine the most. A walk down the lanes lets you meet a wide variety of different artists whose mediums include traditional superheros, odd indy projects, popular webcomics, and even some manga artists. There you can converse about their work, trade tips on the trade, and buy exclusive pieces of art as well as more mass-produced pieces of merchandise. Artist Alley is probably the most intimate part of the convention and I’m including Sci-Fi Speed Dating in that assessment.

narutaki_icon_4040 This year saw the Show Floor back to its full capacity as the last remnants of construction finished after 2012’s con. And while the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle alley way was a pretty awesome way of connecting one side of the floor to the other last year, “The Block” got much more traffic now that you could see it unobstructed.

On the reverse, Artist Alley saw no visible changes from last time around, but that was actually a good thing since the North Pavilion is easily the most inviting section in the entire Javits Center. And finally finally, people don’t seem to be missing the existence of the alley.

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