The final day of the 2010 NY Comicon ended with a more sedate day than the previous two, and that was only a good thing.
I began the day at the Art Institute, where pal and documentarian Ian Fischer invited me to attend as he shot footage of Pia Guerra, Ian Boothby and Shane McCarthy for his upcoming documentary, SUPERHERO NATION.
11:45AM-Ian Boothby and Pia Guerra at the Art Institute, about to be interviewed by documentarian Ian Fischer for his documentary on superheroes and what they mean to American culture and the people.
Pia awaits the start of shooting. Her interview was terrific and I could have listened to her expound on the subject for hours. The same is true for Ian Boothby, whose every word I agreed with. (His interview is not pictured because my shots of it came out blurry.)
Shane McCarthy, a fascinating Australian comics writer whose interest in Greek Mythology set him on his oath from childhood, a life-changing moment we both share. Among other interesting things about this guy, he has gone to remote aboriginal villages to speak with the children about the validity of comics as a medium for storytelling, something the elders were absolutely down with, being some serious story-telling folks themselves. His interview was riveting.
After the interviews, we hopped a cab and hightailed it to the Javits Center, where Pia and Ian had signings. We parted ways with the promise to get together before they headed back to Canada later in the week, and with that I made my way back to Artists Alley.
An attendee cosplays the Teen Titans' Raven. When I asked if I could take her picture, she stated, "I'm fourteen, you know..." to which I responded with how I was not there for porn, just superheroes. She laughed, and I asked her to make a "sinister" face, which is what we see here.
Sunday's throng was about 30% less than the crushing, jostling horde of the previous day, but it was still a bitch to navigate the floor. Hint: if you're kid's young enough to need a stroller and is not able to get around under their own steam, they're likely too young to go to a con with this level of crowding, and when you stop to inspect a stroller you completely obstruct foot traffic until you are done and move on. (Anyway, enough grousing.)
Children being led in a wacky dance in the area reserved for keeping the ambulatory little ones entertained.
My friend Charles, representing as Ciel Phantomhive from BLACK BUTLER. Outstanding!
Of the con's many Na'vi, this guy was my favorite. The characters just don't work without the height, and this guy nailed it.
At the 2000 AD booth, I re-met Robbie Morrison (L) and met Simon Fraser (R) for the first time. They're the creators of NIKOLAI DANTE, a long-running and popular series in the venerable U.K. sci-fi magazine, and a couple of very cool dudes. One of these days I would like to hoist a few with Simon, since he lives not too far from me.
A winsome A.C. fan waits while Amanda draws Cassidy from PREACHER. Oh, and she's dressed as Delirium from THE SANDMAN.
Colorist extraordinaire Paul Mounts receives a telepathic message from his home planet of Zggrbbzlxz.
(L-R) Billy Thompson, Stephanie Ratcliffe, her son Kodiak, and Charles, all relieved to be out of the throng and back on the outside.