The Speakeasy #082: Miss Hokusai, New York Comic Comic Con

Ongoing Investigations: Miss Hokusai from Production I.G.

Song: Cover of “You Say Run” from My Hero Academia performed by iconiQuestra

Food for Thought: What is your favorite Edo period anime or manga?

Topics: New York Comic Con 2016


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

Wonder Woman

  • 2 oz. Midori melon liqueur
  • 2 oz. Peach schnapps
  • 3 oz. Orange juice
  • 1 oz. Pineapple juice
  • 2 oz. Cranberry juice

Fill hurricane glass with ice. Add ingredients in order listed. Don’t stir! Should have three layers; green, orange, and red. Garnish with a cherry.

New York Comic Con 2016: Anime and Manga

hisui_icon_4040_round If you need proof that this was an odd NYCC I can’t think of one better than the fact that Kate did not do anything anime and manga related this year. I did not help that she could not get out of work on the days when the headline events were but it still makes it extremely peculiar. It is not as if there was no compelling anime and manga content. Isuna Hasekura and Yusei Matsui would be solid guests at a convention devoted to anime let alone a general media con like NYCC so the content was there in spades. It just so happened that it worked out that I was the only person in our little gang who could attend much of the content.

So I will try to give you all a decent overview  of what happened in our little corner of the world especially when it is so easy to only see people talking about the other mediums at NYCC.
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New York Comic Con 2016: General Impressions

hisui_icon_4040_round I am always a little envious of people who work in places where they can nerd out with their coworkers. Maybe they can discuss Game of Thrones with everyone in the office the Monday after it comes out. They might know someone else who is waiting with bated breath for Star Trek: DiscoveryOther people might know a coworker or two who loves anime and manga on the down low. I don’t have that luxury. There are no such geeks in my department. But there was a curious change this year. People, where I work were, discussing New York Comic Con

Now most of the conversation was catty and uninformed. It is not like everyone I work with was magically educated by Felicia Day while I was not looking. These are still the people who actively wish harm on people who play Pokémon Go. The important fact was that they were discussing it like a piece of celebrity gossip or a general interest piece of current events. There might have been bigger signs that New York Comic Con has become an event of much magnitude in has entered the mainstream consciousness but none of them are as personal.

By the way, I did not engage with any of these conversations. I am not a moron. I just wanted to note they existed.

So as always Kate and I will try to cut to a slice of the giant pie that is NYCC. You would need a team of a dozen writers to cover everything that happened and you would still miss a dozen events and points of interest just because of the fluid nature of the event. We never try to give our readers that sort of overview. What we hope to do is share our experience that hopefully is a little more inline with what people who read the blog might be interested in.

Hopefully, you will come away with a better idea of some of the unreported parts of the colossal convention.

narutaki_icon_4040_round Look guys, New York Comic Con 2015 was kind of a high-point in my life so I made sure not to setup crazy expectations for 2016. That worked out for the best since I had an abbreviated visit to the convention. There was nothing wrong with NYCC 2016 as far as I could see, it was simply a solid if not especially remarkable year.

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