New York Comic Con 2013

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Sunday, October 20, 2013

As someone who primarily covers and photographs concerts, getting the opportunity to cover Comic Con was an absolute dream come true. While music may be what I focus most on on this site, I’m also a huge gamer and pop culture fan so Comic Con is the perfect place for me. With that said, it’s a whole other monster to concur and I had no idea what to expect.

After a troubling start to my trip (never stay at Hotel Pennsylvania if you travel to NYC), it was time to start day one of my trip to NYCC. As I met up with fellow writer and my loyal interviewer Tory, we started on our way to the Javits Convention Center. One of the improvements from years past was the addition of RFID (radio frequency identification) chips in each pass, which helped reduce the amount of fraud. The press area (according to other press on staff) was vastly improved on the year as well giving us a great area to set up for interviews, photos and to relax between panels. The people behind NYCC are trying to make their version of the pop culture staple be as big if not BIGGER than the main one in San Diego and with how quickly attendance is growing for NYCC, it may be possible soon. I’ve seen several outlets report that NYCC ’13 drew upwards of 130,000 people over the four days, a major step up from last years 116,000 and an astronomical jump from it’s inaugural year (2007) which was only 15,000. We expect big things from New York Comic Con in the future.

Javits is a fantastic place to hold Comic Con. It’s huge – giving tons of room for exhibitors, panels, booths and fans. Its ceiling is made primarily of glass so it’s well lit and can retain some heat when the temperature is a little on the cold side. If you’re a fan of people watching (like I am) you can’t do much better than Comic Con. Cosplayers from all over the world were there with some unbelievable costumes ranging from standard ones like Star Wars or Batman to way more random and obscure stuff. It was crazy to see the level of detail some people put into their costumes.

Friday saw some great panels including Robot Chicken, RWBY, Game of Thrones, Comic Book Men and many others others. Saturday saw the likes of Batman: Arkham Origins, The Walking Dead, Marvel: Agents of SHIELD, Teen Wolf, Thief and The Pete Holmes Show. Sunday had some of my personal favorites including The League’s first ever Comic Con panel, and The Following then panels from Adventure Time, R.L. Stine, Person of Interest and Sleepy Hollow.

Former Chuck star Zachary Levi was also there with his company Nerd Machine. Their booth, affectionately known as Nerd HQ, was the sight of some great meet and greets and photos ops. Zachary Levi was available for photo ops and autographs each day as well as Seth Green (Robot Chicken), Greg Grunberg (Heroes), Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), the cast of The League and several others. All proceeds from the photos and signatures were given to the amazing charity Operation Smile, which helps give effective reconstructive surgery and related medical care for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate’s. While they were pricey, knowing that it was all going towards a good cause made it okay.

I had an absolute blast a NYCC ’13 and I can’t wait to cover San Diego next summer and NY again next fall.

New York Comic Con 2014 is scheduled for October 9-12, 2014.

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Tory’s thoughts on her NYCC experience:

Last weekend I spent Friday through Sunday at the New York City 2013 Comic Con. To be completely honest I was out of my normal comfort zone, I am so used to music festivals and concerts not displays of artwork and action figures. But my over all experience there was amazing and I wish I could go back. It was very over whelming at first, there were rows upon rows of tables and booths.

The fan base there was incredible. I have never seen so many adults dressed up. It was difficult to walk by considering there were so many people. People would stop and pause just to take a photo of a complete stranger dressed up in costume. This was a new experience for me that I thoroughly enjoyed. I meet so many creative and amazing people in three days.

My day began early every single day, but my weekend started with Friday. I took an early train into NYC. When I was at my local train station I noticed a man with brown pants and strings hanging off all down the leg. I could tell he was heading to Comic Con for the weekend, seeing this man in costume was only the start. I arrived at Comic Con each day with a different unique tee shirt I cam the conclusion that if you do not dress up for this event you tend to stick out more.

My first interview consisted of Rooster Teeth’s newest hit show “RWBY” which is pronounced like the gem ruby. I got to meet the creator and directors Monty Oum, Kerry Shawcross and Miles Luna. After the interviewed I pretty much explored Comic Con looking at different booths and people. I had a few hours to kill before my Robot Chicken interview with producer and voice actor Breckin Meyer and Matthew Senreich. To be honest I was disappointed that Seth Green wasn’t going to be there for the interview. However when I found out he was doing a paid meet and greet for charity it made up for it. So thanks to my boss I got to meet Seth Green and it was one of the coolest things that have ever happened to me in my either life. Seth Green was awesome because he allowed me to hold him in my arms… not kidding I’m serious don’t believe look at the photo in the gallery.

So Saturday comes, and my first interview was with the cast of Archer. I was able to talk to Judy Greer (Cheryl Tunt), Amber Nash (Pam Poovey), Aisha Tyler (Lana Kane), Adam Reed (Ray Gillette) and Lucky Yates (Dr. Krieger). Lucky was definitely the craziest one because as soon as I put down my microphone he grabs it and starts looking at all of us like he’s animal looking for prey but really he’s just looking for questions. Overall, everyone was really nice and couldn’t give much away about what’s next for Archer.

After my interview with Archer, I was in press with the new late night TBS comedy show The Pete Holmes Show. Pete Holmes is known for his pod cast and is extremely tall. Unfortunately Pete couldn’t tell us what special guest that will be appearing on the show, but of course there will be special guests. I was then in the pressroom for MTV hit dramedy Teen Wolf. I was able to speak with the creator and producer himself of the show Jeff Davis as well as actors Linden Ashby (Sheriff Stilinski) and Dylan O’Brien (Stiles). Sadly my table did not get much time with Dylan but I can say that he was quite the guy, with the short time I had with him he was very outgoing, funny and super sweet. Lucky me I was able to grab a quick selfie off my IPhone with him (in the gallery).

After my interviews I waited online to meet the mastermind of ZEROFRIENDS, Alex Pardee. I have been a huge fan of Pardee artwork for about four years now, and if it wasn’t for Youtuber Mitchell Davis (LiveLavaLive) I would have never seen Pardee’s work. Pardee is incredible he takes his artwork to a whole new level, it’s so twisted and odd but at the same time so very happy and creepy! My personal favorite work of his is “backpack friends” and “goodnight lava”. I actually got quit star struck when I met him, with shaking hands I told him how I discovered his work and how much I love it. Personally I am not an artist myself but I do admire art work. I even purchased his book “Awful Homesick”. Pardee does not just do a meet and greet and signs anything he personally makes a sketch for you and takes the time to talk to you. It was such an amazing experience to meet him and I encourage you to check out his work.

Sunday is funday and it sure was for me. I never thought I would see the day where I would be interviewing the writers for the cartoon network show Adventure Time. Rebecca Sugar and Kent Osborne are such creative and amazing people. If that was not only super awesome but I got to meet and interview the voices of Finn the Human (Jeremy Shada) and Jake The Dog (John DiMaggio).

Comic Con was defiantly an overwhelming but extraordinary event. If you ever thought about going, I highly recommend it. The things I have seen are just too difficult to explain; you really have to go there and experience for yourself. I am looking forward to going back next year.

 

Here’s all of our coverage from this years edition of NYCC!

 

Panel and interviews with the cast of The League.

Interview with Mass Effect lead writer Mac Walters.

Interviews with the cast of The Following.

Interviews with voice actor and producer of Robot Chicken.

Interviews with the cast of TimesTalks’ Adventure Time.

Interviews with the voice actors of Batman: Arkham Origins.

Interviews with some of the cast of Teen Wolf.

Interviews with some of the cast of Archer.

Interview with cast members of FXX’s new comedy Chozen.

Interview with Pete Holmes TBS’ new Late Night show: The Pete Holmes Show.

Interview with creators and voice actors of Rooster Teeth’s new anime show RWBY.

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