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New York Comic Con 2014: Show Floor & Artist Alley

October 27, 2014

narutaki_icon_4040 Only at a media bonanza like NYCC is the show floor a destination; a place where many attendees spend their entire convention. Each year it seems to take longer and longer to explore all of it, and to be honest I’m not sure I actually did get to every corner.

But it isn’t just the industry booths and chance to buy merchandise that has grown immense, so has the artist alley. There was an increased awareness of the real live creators just a hallway away last year and finally in 2014 it feels like everyone knows what and where they alley is.

hisui_icon_4040 My youngest brother and his significant other went to NYCC this year after hearing about my experience last year. Due to their schedules they only went on Friday. They came in when the convention started and left as it ended and they spent their whole day in two places: The show floor and artist alley. They thought about seeing one or two of the panels in Main Events but a quick look at the whiteboard told them that all the wrist bands for anything they wanted to see were long gone. Despite that they had a great time. Why? Because there is enough to do on just the show floor or artist alley that you could spend a whole day at either and not explore every part of it.

The last few years I have been using Thursday to explore as much of the show floor as I could. The crowds are smaller and there was not that much else to do so it was the best time to hit the show floor and play games or hit booths that would have lines that would eat up a large chunk of your time. This year however there were actually a full slate of panels this year as opposed to the sprinkling of panels you saw in the past. That meant that you had to decide if you were going to explore the show floor when it was only moderately crazy or see the panels on Thursday and then experience the show floor when it is in hyperdrive mode.

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

October 20, 2014
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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.

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

Gods of Death Love Apples

Ingredients:

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: 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!

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Pre-NYCC 2014 Podcast

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Our tentative schedule for the convention:

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

Friday
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

Saturday
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

Sunday
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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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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