New York Comic Con, an industry driven behemoth convention, spans over four days. Initially, this was a three day convention, but with more demand, a fourth day was added for professionals and those who are hard core fans.
Tickets for 2013 rapidly sold out earlier in the year, so it is assumed that 2014 would be a similar situation as it was this year. Comic Book Resources reported that attendance for New York Comic Con hit San Diego Comic Con numbers.
For the press, VIP’s, pros, and exhibitors there was a different entrance from the general public, and that was located closer to 34th street on 11th avenue. This was referred as the blue entrance.
Attendees had their bags inspected and badges scanned as they entered and exited the Javits. There was an issue Thursday on unauthorized tweets and facebook messages automatically generated by NYCC as a way to socially be the big thing, but it definitely created a negative ripple that Reed repealing this authorization breach on Friday. I had an unauthorized tweet, that I found and definitely deleted due to phishing fears.
Badges were mailed out prior to the convention, so lanyards were available around the convention’s information booth to people who needed it.
Whether attendees were shopping, cosplaying, waiting on huge lines for either panels or autographs, Javits was packed. The main attraction was on the third level for the enormous show floor. Panels were held at 1-A. Autographs at 1-B. Main events and theaters were around 1-D to 1-E. Artist Alley was at the North Pavilion.
Mobile technology was the key to getting updates or tweeting. Charging stations were also provided at designated areas around the Javits, either on the show floor or at stations like this.
The convention for me began on Thursday morning and went on until Sunday afternoon. Thursday was when the professional targeted panels occurred. These are targeted presentations/panels for individuals whose careers and livelihood stem from working within the industry. Pro panels are slightly different from industry panels.
There are several reasons why people who would choose to attend pro panels and this is not an exhaustive list.
- Contributing editorial views
- Showing sincerity (this ties in with learning)
- Topics to affirm what you know and bring back to your professional life
Industry panels at conventions are conducted by various companies that would talk about their current products, upcoming releases, and announcements.
Throughout the weekend, there were plenty of things occurring on the show floor as well as all parts of the Javits. It took good shoes, layers, convention survival tactics, extra batteries, planning, and patience. This was all within a small part of New York.
For this year’s New York Comic Con, Anime Diet had myself and Eric Chu covering the convention. Photographs we took have been uploaded to Anime Diet’s Flickr, so be sure to check that out.